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HURRY, HURRY, HURRY! Big PA race Sunday

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    LAST FULL DAY TO REGISTER IS SATURDAY

Cash prizes for race winners, gifts for runners

Walk, jog or run, win or lose, the fun is in the doing  and while the Puerto Aventuras Annual Road Race has not reached the number of the Boston Marathon (22,849) runners, it is nearing its maximum count of 500 participants.

Even if you don’t participate in the race, snowbirds and locals may want to come watch the proceedings, have a coffee or breakfast in the local restaurants, watch the exhausted runners dash across the finish line and renew old acquaintances and/or make new ones.
Last year’s event attracted more than 400 runners, so the goal of 500 is not out of reach. Here are the details of Sunday’s event and times to register Friday and Saturday:

Date: Sunday November 13, 2011;Place: Kiosk at the Commercial Plaza of Puerto Aventuras; Start Times: 10 km. 7:00 A.M. – 5 km. 7:15 A.M. -1 km. 9:00 A. M. – Capacity: 500 racers.

Categories:1 km, kids, boys and girls (9 to 14) 500 meters for kids 8 and under; 5 km., JUNIORS: male or female (15 to 18); OPEN: men or woman (19 to 39); MASTERS: men or woman (40 and up); 10 KM OPEN: men or woman (19 to 39);MASTERS: men or woman (40 to 49); VETERANS: men or woman (50 and up).

COST AND REGISTRATION:$80.00 pesos per person until Saturday November 12 at 16:00 p.m.;1) By e-mail to: carrerapuertoaventuras@hotmail.com; 2) Asociación de Colonos de Puerto Aventuras. Tel 984 873 51-16 y 17; TIME: from 09:00 a 14:00 & 15:00 a 18:00 hrs. Monday to Friday

PACKAGES AND NUMBERS will be given at the Colonos office Friday November 11 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. NOTE: Registration on Sunday will cost $250.00 pesos and only in the categories available. You will receive your number but no gift package.

PRICES AND AWARDS:There will be $50,000.00 pesos in total purse for the first, second and third place of each category; And special prizes from our sponsors; Also gifts for the first resident of P.A. to arrive. For your safety the race duration will be 1 hr. and 59 min and the route will be protected from traffic.  Pointing up

Library adds 1,000 books, eyes expansion

By Betsey Amy Vogt
      The Puerto Aventuras librarians have been busy over the summer, cataloging and shelving around a thousand new books.  Recently, there has been some great feedback

from members who were going to buy books online, but have found them right here in the Puerto library.  So stop by and check out what we have, you may be surprised.  ¡Tambien tenemos libros nuevos en espanol!
The library is located just inside the courtyard of the Colegio building, opposite Bamboo on the new marina.  There is a volunteer librarian on duty weekdays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm to answer any questions you may have or to help look for books.  If you are not yet a member, lifetime memberships are just $100 pesos.
The volunteers very much hoping to expand the library in the not too distant future, as we are currently using every available space (plus some).  Help us out by taking home a duplicate or maybe a foreign-language book for a mere $10 peso donation, or keep an eye out for our book table on the marina near Cafe Ole. School

LOOKING UP IN PA           image

BIRDER HAS RARE FIND NEAR HIS DOOR

By Gayle Sandholm
     Residents and visitors to Puerto Aventuras who take the time to “look up” can be amazed and awed by the rich variety of birds in our trees, bushes, beaches and sky. While the Yucatan provides birdwatchers some exotic birds, a walk around Puerto can provide the opportunity to be surprised by the variety and number of species right here.
I am an amateur birder. That said, on this my 5th stay here, I’ve seen many of the birds common to the area as well as some “lifers” (1st time sightings). The majority of my sightings have been in the areas adjacent to the golf course.
On my first day of “looking up” I spotted a social flycatcher, tropical kingbird, Yucatan woodpecker, Yucatan jay, mockingbird, yellow throated warbler, great tailed grackle, turkey vulture, magnificent frigatebird, orange oriole, white winged dove and the ‘chatering’ chachalaca.
Then, to my utter amazement, I spotted a Violaceous Trogon, (in photo above.) This is a lifer. My wife and I have traveled to Arizona on numerous trips to see the illusive Elegant Trogon. It took us two years to finally see it. Now, here in PA, several hundred yards from my door, this marvelous bird reveals itself. I went back, again and again, just to see it and to confirm the sighting.
”     In the past days I’ve also seen a red billed pigeon, summer tanager (beautifully red), rose breasted grosbeak, great egrets, brown pelicans and gulls, terns, warblers and vireos yet to be identified.
And, in the coming days I await some birds seen in previous visits: hummingbirds, buntings, warblers, clay colored robin, American redstart. Like many amateur birders in the area, I am “looking up” right here in PA. A lifer might be in the next tree!
(Ed. Note:  Gayle Sandholm of Montana is a retired pastor with a lifetime of “looking up” and seeing wondrous things. He is a frequent PA visitor and 15-year birder).

Briefly said…

Compiled from staff, contributor and media reports
REPORTS OF MONKEY KILLED could not be corroborated by the PA Security team, said Security Manager Jesus Galdeano Chavez this week. He said security personnel have scoured the resort’s roads but did not find a body or blood where the alleged accident supposedly took place. Also, security personnel have since spotted two monkeys of the same size, male and female, walking together, thus offering evidence the family remains intact…HIGHER TAXES, FEES are in the making as the municipality of Solidarity in Playa del Carmen, which covers Puerto Aventuras, votes to increase the tax yield by 11 percent, or roughly 120 million pesos, for 2012…PHONE USER SAYS TelMex temporarily not offering new lines into Aventuras. More on that later…COZUMEL is investing 30 million pesos on infrastructure including a walkway from Las Casitas beach…A DISCOUNT WEEKEND similar to “tax free” holidays in the U.S. is set in Q. Roo for Nov. 18-21 with savings from 10 to 50 percent at participating retailers…PROPOSED FEE INCREASES to archeological sites  have been kept at bay for at least another year in q. Roo, reports the National Institute of  Anthropology and History (INAH) …Island with a palm tree

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