• CarolaLepe
    October 29, 2018
    Centro Infantil de los Angeles is a nonprofit organization that provides free, quality daycare and preschool education to children with the greatest need in San Miguel de Allende, México. Our center affords working parents the comfort of knowing their children are fed, nurtured and can learn in a safe, caring environment as they work to make a better life for themselves and the community as a whole.

    We receive monetary donations through our website www.centroinfantil.org and we have a Sponsorship program and a Volunteer Program as well.

    For our volunteer program, we pair individuals with teachers to assist with upkeep of classrooms, educational activities, breakfast/lunch service, and supporting for school events. You can read more about our organization and our volunteer program on our website: www.centroinfantil.org

    For our Sponsorship program please email or call our Volunteer Coordinator Carola Lepe Fernandez: (415) 139-3242 to receive more information.
    We will be hosting a welcoming event on Wednesday November 7th @ our Daycare in Enrique Velasco Ibarra #9 Colonia Santa Julia at 10am for anyone that is interested in getting to know CILA a little better.
  • Glenn Wilson
    October 12, 2018

    What happens when you add massive amounts of carbs to the daily diet of type 2 diabetics in the form of whole grains?
    This is what the macrobiotic diet did—better within days, and hitting normal fasting blood sugars within a week. 100% of those on the macrobiotic diet got down to at least under 110, whereas less than half of those on the diabetes diet did. And, this was on fewer drugs.
    They took diabetics and put them on a 73% carbohydrate diet, adding a hundred grams of carbs to their daily diet, and in the form of grains. And what happened? Did their blood sugars skyrocket out of control? No, they got better—significantly better in a matter of days, with average fasting blood sugars starting out at 129 and falling to 95, and, holy moly, look at their LDL cholesterol, down to 62, a nearly 48% drop, in three weeks.

    More at NutritionFacts.org...
  • Marc Berube
    October 10, 2018
    Hundreds of Mexican nationals are being deported from the US every day. Many arrive in Mexico having experienced profound stress, fear and uncertainty during the deportation process, which often includes months in detention camps separated from their friends, families and existing supports.

    Caminamos Juntos is a non-profit volunteer organization whose program was created to receive and assist Mexican nationals in their needs to resettle.

    Those we serve are participants in a program that responds to their individual needs. Our program participants work with a trained case manager to develop an individualized action plan to assist in the transition of integrating into our community and restoring their sense of dignity.

    Individualized action plans help to focus on finding jobs, housing, psychological counseling and support in all aspects of their cultural reintegration. CJ is available to all those returnees who have come to the San Miguel area to rebuild meaningful and productive lives.

    Our website:

    How to donate:

    Our Facebook page:

    Contact number - 415-169-0030
  • Stella Garcia Nilsen
    October 10, 2018
    Audubon de México AC recognizes that a healthy environment is critical to the survival of all living beings. Through education, conservation, and recreation they engage people in acts of environmental stewardship to ensure quality of life in San Miguel de Allende – for today and as a legacy to the generations to come.

    Our region is under ever-increasing environmental stress, and therefore risk. As a result there is a great need for action-oriented environmental programs in San Miguel that help people become a part of the solution.

    Audubon’s Ninos y Naturaleza program takes over 300 grade school children on a journey into the world nature as viewed through the eyes of a bird and helps empower them to make a difference in the world by providing formative experiences that stimulate their sense of empathy, connectedness, wonder and appreciation and leads to changing their perspective of themselves and the world around them forever.

    Their Nature in the City program promotes community participation in creating urban habitat gardens to provide wildlife with refuges so they may continue to thrive and beautiful spaces for people to engage with nature.

    Amigos de la Presa is an Audubon program that draws attention to our water resources by getting people out on the Presa Allende to see for themselves its intrinsic value and the challenges we must overcome. It promotes community action in protecting our waterways and sustainable solutions for managing our fragile water resources.

    Your support will go far in helping Audubon continue providing these meaningful programs that draw people onto the path to a sustainable San Miguel.

    Go to: http://www.audubonmexico.org/what-we-do/

  • Jonathan Brown
    October 7, 2018

    I nominate Patrotado Pro Ninos - which is a charity focused on Children's health - they run several vans to pueblos in the surrounding area offering free dental and medical care for children. http://www.patronatoproninos.org . Donations can be made at http://www.patronatoproninos.org/donate.html.
  • Paula nunes
    September 27, 2018
    My name is Paula Nunes, and I am currently a volunteer at Caminos de Agua. I would like to nominate Caminos de Agua for the month of October. I nominate them because I see their work as very important, both for Mexicans and expats.

    Caminos de Agua believes that access to safe, healthy drinking water should be a fundamental human right. The Caminos de Agua mission is to provide open-source solutions for communities at-risk on our aquifer in Central Mexico, and provide those solutions for others confronting similar water challenges throughout the world.

    Drawing on years of well water monitoring, community work, university collaborations, and research & development, Caminos de Agua has developed a three-tiered approach to assuring safe, healthy, and accessible drinking water; ceramic filters, research and development on a low-cost arsenic and fluoride filter, and rainwater harvesting systems.

    Currently, Caminos de Agua is improving their ceramic filter design. These improvements make it possible to attach their ceramic filter to nearly any container with no training. Additionally, besides only removing bacteria, these improvements make it possible to remove also organic chemicals, and it can even be modified to remove arsenic, fluoride, and other contaminants. With the size and weight of a 1-liter bottle of water, Aguadapt can produce more than 27,000-liters of drinking water over its lifetime at a price accessible for a family living on less on $2 USD per day.To learn more about the improvements to their ceramic filter: https://youtu.be/zlkJL3s0bqM

    For more information, visit www.caminosdeagua.org.
    If you would like to contact them, visit www.caminosdeagua.org/en/contact.
    If you would like to support them, visit www.caminosdeagua.org/en/donate.
  • Joseph Toone
    September 23, 2018
    Crisscrossing the streets of town are the brightly colored paper flags that identify a variety of fiestas. The flags are a tradition with deep roots and with a bit of color knowledge you’ll know exactly what is being celebrated.

    In the movie Coco these flags are featured in the opening sequence. There they are used to tell the backstory of Miguel’s family and why music is shunned. It’s a stunning introduction to the flags’ importance in Mexican culture.

    The use of paper for decorating religious festivities can be traced back to pre-Hispanic Mexico. The Aztecs used the bark of mulberry and wild fig trees to make a rough paper for flags and banners to decorate temples, streets, and homes for faith-based events.

    After the Spanish Conquest papel de china (tissue paper, or literally, paper from China) arrived in galleons from the Philippines to Acapulco wrapped around porcelain to protect it during the long journey. This thin paper quickly became the favored material for Catholic holiday flag decorations. On the street of Baranca factories made the cut paper flags during the Colonial Era. It was called papel picado, or pecked paper.

    The handmade tissue stacked 40 to 50 layers deep, was and sometimes still is, laid on a lead base. Various sized chisels were used to peck out the design. The paper was glued, at the top, to a long string. Because tissue paper's delicate consistency tends to make it ephemeral in nature the papel picado was used on Day of the Dead altars to remind us of the paper thin line between being living or dead. Handmade flags are considered a Mexican folk art though cut-outs made from plastic are fast gaining favor nowadays, frequently imported, once again, from China.

    I’ve a danzon partner, Dona Gouda, that frequently dresses with the colors representing the particular day. It is a game for her to try to stump me. For example, she is wearing green and yellow and I need to know it is the 28th of the month dedicated to St. Jude, the patron of lost causes and a lad seen in art in those colors.

    Colors with papel picado also indicate the celebration, for example:

    - Red, white and green with the faces of war heroes indicate the Mexican flag and Independence Day in mid-September.
    - Red, white and green with a Virgin indicate the feast day of Guadalupe, December 12th.
    - Red, green, silver and gold with Baby Jesus, the nativity, angels and bells indicate Christmas.
    - Multicolored flags during Day of the Dead with skulls, skeletons and Catrinas are used to mark off an altar only for the intended and not some less savory spirits.
    - White flags during Day of the Dead indicate a deceased child who needs his or her guardian angel to help guide them to their altars.
    - Purple and orange frequent Day of the Dead as purple was the Church’s color for mourning and for the indigenous it was orange.
    - Pink and blue are Mary of Three Hail Mary’s signature colors representing angels and where we get the colors for children’s nurseries.
    - Yellow and green is tricky. It could be one of the three celebrations each year for St. Joseph (two feast days and the day he died) or the 28th of every month for St. Jude, patron of lost causes. Both lads look lovely in green and yellow.
    - Blue and white are for Our Lady of Loreto celebrated in early September on her namesake street.
    - Purple and White with crucifixion scenes litter our landscape at Holy Week and Easter.
    - Red is normally reserved for the sacred heart of Jesus, Mary and/or Joseph throughout the year.
    - Red and white are for St. Michael, the town’s namesake, celebrated in late September.
    - Countless designs and colors are for weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. At a Quinceañera the birthday gal’s dress color will frequently match her fiesta’s flags.

    Whatever the occasion, papel picado, or the paper flags, invariably transmit the mirthful message: ¡Viva la Fiesta! ¡Viva Mexico!


    Joseph Toone is Amazon's bestselling author of the San Miguel de Allende Secrets series of books and TripAdvisor's best rated historical walking tour guide. For more information contact or visit History and Culture Walking Tours or JosephTooneTours.com, also on FaceBook.
  • Megan Gabel
    September 19, 2018
    The Sociedad Protectora de Animales de San Miguel de Allende, A.C. is the only no-kill shelter for dogs and cats in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In operation since 1980, we house approximately 100 animals. We also have a clinic within our facilities which takes care of our resident animals and offers lower-cost medical care for pets owned by the public. Our website (https://www.spasanmiguel.org) has information about adopting (including photos and videos of our available animals), volunteering, donating, how to help, our clinic, and more. To donate instantly by PayPal, please click this link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DSAVMCCDAEKKW The S.P.A. does not receive any government support and relies upon donations to keep our doors open.

    A good way to stay up to date is by following us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/spasanmiguel) which also albums of our adoption success stories. More information is available by emailing

    Our video gives you an idea of who we are and what we do: https://youtu.be/6grULRHi6Sk

    We have many goals at the S.P.A. We strive to educate our community about the importance of taking care of their pets and giving them the health care they need, i.e., vaccinations and sterilization, and we provide economical options to satisfy these responsibilities. We would like to increase awareness and appreciation of animals so that others can enjoy the magic that comes from owning and cherishing a beloved pet. Teaching people to be kind to and tolerant of animals is another one of our goals. Regarding our own S.P.A. resident animals, we are searching for permanent, loving homes for all of them. We also want to provide the best possible living conditions for our animals while they are at the S.P.A., waiting for their forever families.

    We hope you will join us in supporting these goals.
  • Glenn Wilson
    August 14, 2018
    A slice of life in San Miguel de Allende in photos. Please feel free to add your own photos here or start your own discussion.

    POD: Picture of the Day August 14, 2018
    A flat white from Inside Cafe. At Insurgentes 66 across from the Biblioteca. More #InsideCafe.
  • Glenn Wilson
    August 1, 2018
    A slice of life in San Miguel de Allende in photos. Feel free to add your own photos here or start your own discussion.

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