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Amigos De Palapa Newsletter

February, 2014

New Programs / New Teachers

As the Palapa Society continues to grow it adds on new programs to augment the existing successful programs.
Doug West and Jill Mollenhauer have teamed to create an art educational program.   Both are accomplished artists and teachers, and together they combine their skills to augment a fantastic art program that excites and engages the students.   The Palapa Society recognizes the importance of instilling the sense of creativity and problem solving in our youth.
Claudia Millan has worked with the Bridge to English and is now heading her own program called eco kids where she will help students engage in working with the environmental issues moving toward sustainable living.
She describes her program as “aimed at instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility for the environment”   As Claudia says, “Todays Youth are Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

Her goals for the Eco Kids Program are:
  • to increase flora and fauna knowledge
  • instill a sense of wonder and responsibility for the environment
  • teach children to become socially involved
  • help kids understand the connection with their own environment through science experiments.
It is important for us to do all we can to ensure the next generation is aware of the challenges that face them in sustaining and protecting our planet, and to provide them with the knowledge and tools to make this happen.


Palapa Programs:

Our programs have resumed for the 2015 season and continue to grow with the demand and interest from the community

The Beca Program, led by Palapa President Erick Ochoa, supports 60 high school and 19 university students. We are proud of the accomplishments of these students who bring so much back to our community as graduates in fields such as education and architecture.

The Puente (Bridge to English) Program, let by Serena Saltzman hosts 120 children from beginners to advanced English learners.

The Adult English Program has grown tremendously with over 40 adults learning English to help them in their business and every day lives.

The Childrens Art Program meets Wednesdays, led by internationally known artist Doug West.

The Palapa Community Library  houses over 14,000 catalogued books, DVD’s, audio selections and magazines available for check out.

The Children’s Library is proud of its growing collection of books and programs for younger children and teens, including the US middle and high school reading curriculum list of books.

The Chino Project supports children in our community with major medical needs

Hurricane Odile Relief Effort

The relief effort is officially ended with over 200 homes receiving new lamina roofs and 10 new housing structures built.   Thanks to the relief efforts with monies raised through gofundme, the Todos Santos Music Festival and the International Community Foundation, people received the gift of food, shelter and replacement of many of the clothing and household items that they had lost in the storm.   
The last of the hurricane relief money is currently being used to clean up the trash and debris still piled in our streets.   We give thanks to the local truckers who are helping us in this effort, and the debris will be moved to the municipal dump site. 



Fund Raisers:

This extensive program requires funding and we at the Palapa Society are so proud of  the community response to our various fundraisers...

The Tianguis (yard sale) raised over 100,000 pesos to help fund the Beca Program.

The Porque 5K Run/Walk will be held on Dec 27th,  starting from the town Plaza at 9:00 (come early for warmups) and proceeds will fund the Chino Project. Help us to realize our goal  to raise 10,000 pesos this year through registration sales, t-shirts, baseball caps and raffle tickets.

Art Studio Tour - is a much loved event attended by hundreds of out of town-ers as well as local residents.   Over 35 artist studios are open to the public.

The Historic Home Tour, usually held in March, will skip this year, but look forward to the event again in 2016.

We are also starting the Beca Angel Program! You can become a Beca Angel by making a donation to the program that will pay for the scholarship of a student to attend school. 1500 pesos will fund a student for a semester – 3,000 pesos for a school year.

To find out how to become a Beca Angel contact 

Art Studio Tour

The art studio tour took place on the 7th and 8th of February and was a great success as always.   Visitors came from all over Baja Sur to see the workspaces of the artists and to engage them in conversation about their art.    This year the largest number yet, 35 artists opened their studios!  This was the first time the tour had encompassed two days, and the reviews were all positive.   Visitors had more time to enjoy each studio, and many people came to spend the whole weekend, enjoying our hotels and restaurants.   The ticket sales go to the Palapa Societies art program and supports the classes and young artists for special studies.


Todos Santos Music Festival!!!

The Palapa Society extends it’s deepest thanks to Peter Buck and his talented friends, for believing in the goals of the Palapa Society and helping us to achieve our dreams of building our own permanent home.

The 2015 Music Festival was held the 15 – 17th of January and again the 21st and 24th  to sold out crowds at both Hotel California and the final night in the town plaza.

Visit for more information.

To help the Palapa Society of Todos Santos, you can make a donation at: 
The International Community Foundation ICF,, (Tax deductible donation)

Once again this festival has brought fun to our town as musicians and eager fans came in from all over the world.   For two weeks Hotel California was a center of energy as people were treated to high class musicians playing in a relaxed small town atmosphere.    We send a continued thanks to Peter Buck and Chloe Johnson whose dream has become a reality and helped to move the Palapa Society into its next level of accomplishments as a learning center.   This year the ticket sales went to the hurricane relief effort as the Palapa Society poured countless hours into food and rebuilding.  

The Palapa Society Dream!!!

The Palapa society event on January 18th, Legends and Heroes was a great success and an important pivotal point for the Palapa Society.   Hosted by Michael and Pat Cope at Galeria de Todos Santos, the guests were treated to an array of cocktails and culinary treats as only Michael’s talents can dream.    Guests mingled while a slideshow chronicled the accomplishments of the Hurricane Odile Relief Program.   Erick Ochoa, Palapa President, thanked the audience for the continuing community support, and then he and Todos Santos residents Cindy and David Higgins outlined the dream of the future development for the Palapa Society.   The Higgins have pledged the seed money to purchase land and build a learning center that will be a permanent home to our Palapa programs.   The money raised for this event's ticket sales will go to fund the many Palapa programs.

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