• Glenn Wilson
    July 26, 2020
    News and Coronavirus Update:
    • The southern Texas area struck hardest by coronavirus was hit with a hurricane.
    • GTO reaches 7 thousand 575 active cases of COVID-19.
    • Coronavirus in Mexico: the death toll reached 43,374 and the infections reached 385,036.
    • Florida now has more coronavirus cases than New York and California leads the nation.
    • 35 guanajuatenses passed away this Saturday by Covid-19.
    • Georgina is Miss Guanajuato 2020; she represented San Miguel de Allende.
    • Letter from a businessman from Banquets of León to Governor Diego Sinhué.
    • In two days, Guanajuato records 78 deaths from Covid; there are more than 19 thousand 300 infected by the virus.
    • Sanmiguelenses, here you can buy your little piece from the Mexican National Lottery ...
    • Works continue in communities of San Miguel de Allende.
    • Guanajuato has a new record of Covid-19 infections.
    • 41 people die from Covid-19 during this Friday in Guanajuato.
    • Young woman from San Miguel is the new representative for the Miss Mexico 2020 pageant.
    • The tianguistas, the first to tell you to wear your mask.
    • This is how we work today in the work of the Depressed in SMA.
    • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Online Service.
    • Up to 60 people a day are infected in Celaya from Covid-19.
    • Event organizers must be certified in San Miguel de Allende.
    • Other Coronavirus News.
    • More News.
    • Stay Home!
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    The southern Texas area struck hardest by coronavirus was hit with a hurricane, governor says.
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    Texas officials grappling with coronavirus are now working a second front after Hurricane Hanna made landfall on the southeastern part of the state Saturday evening and now threatens parts of the state with flooding.

    "Any hurricane is an enormous challenge," Gov. Greg Abbott said in a news conference Saturday. "This challenge is complicated and made even more severe, seeing that it is sweeping through an area that is the most challenged area in the state for Covid-19."
    The governor issued a disaster declaration for 32 counties in the state and has also issued a federal emergency disaster declaration request. Urging extreme caution, Abbott warned residents across the state not to forget about the virus because of the storm.
    CNN

    GTO reaches 7 thousand 575 active cases of COVID-19.
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    After two days of daily growth of 3 percent in the cases of COVID-19, which represents more than 600 new infections every 24 hours, the state of Guanajuato reached 19,316 confirmed cases and 1,166 deaths from coronavirus.

    In the state, 642 new cases were registered on Friday and 604 this Saturday, in addition to 78 deaths for both days amid calls from Health Secretary Daniel Díaz that coronavirus cases could decrease significantly in two weeks if the population participate by accessing the majority use of the mouth mask, and the controversy by the Interstate Meeting COVID-19 to face the health contingency, which included a walking tour of the streets of Guanajuato to the Alhóndiga de Granaditas and "a food service", which not food , for eleven governors of the Federalist Alliance and its delegations.

    Guanajuato has remained for several weeks as the second entity with the most active confirmed cases, only below Mexico City. To date it reports 7.9% of the total, according to data from the federal Ministry of Health.
    POPLab (sp)

    Coronavirus in Mexico: the death toll reached 43,374 and the infections reached 385,036.
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    In Mexico there are 385,036 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 433,384 negative cases, 93,433 suspects, and a total of 43,374 confirmed deaths. Dr. Ruy López Ridaura, director general of the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control, reported that today's evening conference is number 148, and that it is the 55th day of the "New Normal". ...

    Within the availability of general hospital beds , there is a total of 30,666, of which 16,500 are available and 14,166 (46%) occupied. The state with the highest occupation is Nuevo León, with 81 percent .
    Infobae (sp) | English.

    Florida now has more coronavirus cases than New York and California leads the nation.
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    Florida has reported more confirmed coronavirus cases than New York state, as the epicenter of the pandemic has shifted from the Northeast to the Sunbelt region across the American South and West.

    Florida has confirmed at least 414,511 total cases since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, and is seeing record daily coronavirus deaths based on a seven-day moving average, along with other states like Texas and California. Florida recorded at least 12,444 new daily cases on Friday.

    Florida ranks second on the list of U.S. states with the greatest number of cases. California is leading the country with more than 440,325 cases as of Friday. New York, once the epicenter of the outbreak, is now third with at least 411,200 confirmed infections. Texas, now a hotspot as well, has confirmed a total of 380,554 cases.
    CNBC

    35 guanajuatenses passed away this Saturday by Covid-19.
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    In Guanajuato, 35 deaths from Covid-19 are registered today, the main municipalities that reported cases are: Irapuato, León and Celaya. By: Lic. Antonieta Herrera Rubio. San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Saturday, July 25, 2020.- According to official figures from the Secretary of Public Health of the state of Guanajuato, it was reported that 35 people have ...
    Noticias Con Valor (sp) July 25, 2020 7:23 pm | English.

    Georgina is Miss Guanajuato 2020; she represented San Miguel de Allende.
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    GUANAJUATO.- Her name is Georgina Villanueva, she is 22 years old and she is a student of the Sustainable Chemical Engineering career at the University of Guanajuato. Georgina is the new Miss Guanajuato, who participated representing San Miguel de Allende and managed to take the crown as the new beauty ambassador in Guanajuato. She participated in ...
    News San Miguel (sp) July 25, 2020 10:23 pm | English.

    Letter from a businessman from Banquets of León to Governor Diego Sinhué.
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    LEÓN.– Through his social networks, a banquet businessman from the city of León, asks the Governor of Guanajuato, Diego Sinhué Rodríguez Vallejo, to explain why he can ask for a Chicken CON menu. GOLDEN SHEETS for your friends, put together a party with the public purse while the ...
    News San Miguel (sp) July 25, 2020 6:32 pm | English.

    In two days, Guanajuato records 78 deaths from Covid; there are more than 19 thousand 300 infected by the virus.
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    GUANAJUATO.– This Saturday, July 25, 37 Guanajuato victims of the Coronavirus died. In two days, Guanajuato registered 78 deaths, the highest number of deaths recorded by the daily count of the Ministry of Health. In San Miguel de Allende we are about to reach 200 confirmed cases and others ...
    News San Miguel (sp) July 25, 2020 4:41 pm | English.

    Sanmiguelenses, here you can buy your little piece from the Mexican National Lottery ...
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    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE. - In case you do not know and you are pending, find out that in San Miguel de Allende the so-called 'Cachitos' of the Mexican National Lottery are also being sold, these newsletters with a cost of $ 500 pesos each, in which you can participate for one bag of up to 2 ...
    News San Miguel (sp) July 25, 2020 3:11 pm | English.

    Quarantine If You Might Be Sick w/Scenarios: Stay home if you might have been exposed to COVID-19.
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    As cases increase, this is very important (scenario examples included at the end)
    Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.
    Atención San Miguel July 25, 2020 4:00 pm

    Works continue in communities of San Miguel de Allende.
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    By: Ana Barrón July 26, 2020 San Miguel de Allende, Gto.- Thanks to the coordinated work between society and government, through the “Renewed Action Program” (PAR), in the community «Montecillo de la Milpa» they already have a new access road; and in «La Palma» they have already started the construction of the soccer field ...
    TV Independencia (sp) July 26, 2020 1:11 am | English.

    Guanajuato has a new record of Covid-19 infections.
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    State authorities announced that of the 37 deaths that were recorded in the last 24 hours
    El Sol de Bajio (sp) July 25, 2020 10:08 pm | English.

    41 people die from Covid-19 during this Friday in Guanajuato.
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    Statewide, 41 people were reported killed by Covid-19 this Friday. * The main municipalities where deaths occurred are: León, Cortazar, Celaya and Dolores Hidalgo By: Lic. Antonieta Herrera Rubio. San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Saturday, July 25, 2020. Through the state Ministry of Health, it was reported that the death toll ofRead more "41 people per Covid-19 die this Friday in Guanajuato"
    Noticias Con Valor (sp) July 25, 2020 10:48 am | English.

    Young woman from San Miguel is the new representative for the Miss Mexico 2020 pageant.
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    * She is Georgina Villanueva is 22 years old. By: Lic. Antonieta Herrera Rubio. San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Saturday July 25, 2020.- The municipality of San Miguel de Allende has just been crowned with the new "Miss Guanajuato" she is Georgina Villanueva, who will represent the entire Bajío in the Miss Mexico national pageant . LaSigue reading "Young Sanmiguelense is the new representative for the Miss Mexico 2020 pageant"
    Noticias Con Valor (sp) July 25, 2020 9:12 am | English.

    The tianguistas, the first to tell you to wear your mask.
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    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE. - This Saturday we took a tour of the Plaza de la Estación, which as we well know, in the back, every Saturday the famous 'Tianguis La Estación' is put, one of the few places in San Miguel de Allende where the People can come to buy ...
    News San Miguel (sp) July 25, 2020 1:07 pm | English.

    This is how we work today in the work of the Depressed in SMA.
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    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE. - After the bridge in front of La Comer was removed to advance the work of the Depressed, people are already crossing below in the lanes of the road, by the passage that was opened so that the cars that go are also turning heading ...
    News San Miguel (sp) July 25, 2020 11:44 am | English.

    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Online Service.
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    Atención San Miguel (sp) July 25, 2020 7:00 am | English.

    Up to 60 people a day are infected in Celaya from Covid-19.
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    The ratio of infections by colonies is because in certain areas care has not been taken
    El Sol de Bajio (sp) July 25, 2020 6:00 am | English.

    Event organizers must be certified in San Miguel de Allende.
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    They must also comply with the "Guanajuato Sano" badge issued by the State Government through the Ministry of Tourism.
    El Sol de Bajio (sp) July 25, 2020 6:00 am | English.
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    U.S. Embassy News, Updates, and Information
    U.S. Embassy News, Updates, and Information.
    Last update: Health Alert – Mexico COVID-19 Update (July 22, 2020) 
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    SMA and Mexico: Key Coronavirus Declarations History and Timeline.
    SMA and Mexico: Key Coronavirus Declarations History and Timeline.
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    List of Health First Certified Establishments.
    Portal | Direct link to list of Certified Establishments.
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    Free COVID-19 Screening in SMA
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    From Joey Merrifield:
    Mexicans or ex-pats can contact me via WhatsApp 4151145009 and I will screen them and if eligible per the government protocols for free testing I will contact Dra Chao who does the testing directly. I have a very close working relationship with her. Kate Greenaway. RN and I will ensure they receive the home health care guide (English/Spanish) which is available at https://www.covid19sma.com/ and assist with symptom management. WhatsApp only 4151145009 or Email
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    Shortage and on going need for N95 Masks for Frontline Medical Staff in Mexico.
    There is a shortage and on going need for N95 masks which are being used faster than we can get donations. ... Donate: N95 Masks for Frontline Medical Staff in Mexico.
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  • Glenn Wilson
    July 26, 2020
    Latest Changes:
    • SMA: no new cases; 81 active.
    • GTO: 37 new deaths; 604 new cases.
    • MEX: 729 new deaths.

    SMA: 10 deaths, 199 confirmed (43 suspected; 108 recovered).
    SMA: 10 deaths, 199 confirmed (31 suspected; 103 recovered) (yesterday).
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    81 active confirmed cases. It is very likely there are additional active cases that have not been confirmed, so "don't let your guard down."
    coronavirus.sanmigueldeallende.gob.mx (<< click for latest). (SMA numbers are also available on the GTO site, next.)
    In the dashboard above there are 199 confirmed cases, 10 deaths and 108 recovered. 199-10-108 = 81 active confirmed cases.

    GTO: 1,166 deaths, 19,316 confirmed (3,182 suspected).
    GTO: 1,129 deaths, 18,712 confirmed (3,055 suspected) (yesterday).
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    coronavirus.guanajuato.gob.mx (<< click for latest and the full chart of municipalities).

    Mexico Data and Interactive Maps
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    Click here for the current data and interactive maps.

    Worldometer
    Mexico: 385,036 cases and 43,374 deaths (click for latest).
    Mexico: 378,285 cases and 42,645 (yesterday).

    USA | Canada | World (click for latest).

    Johns Hopkins
    World (click for latest; takes a moment to load).
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  • Glenn Wilson
    May 22, 2020
    May 22, 2020:
    • Coyote pups rescued.
    • New Pantoja protesters block the public road again - impacts El El Pípila alternate route.
    • Municipal Government seeks dialogue with inhabitants of Nuevo Pantoja.
    • Cattle are stolen from a rancher in the Bandita community; they poison dogs.
    • Guanajuato expects a good agricultural cycle.
    • Other News Headlines.
    • Find a place to nap.

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    See our Links page for many more news sites including English translated versions of Spanish language news sites.
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    • Updated May 20 Travel Restrictions – Fact Sheet.
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    Coyote pups rescued
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    Dolores Hidalgo- Personnel from the Directorate of Environmental Protection of the Municipality of Dolores Hidalgo in coordination with the Volunteer Fire Department rescued seven coyote pups that were trapped in a drainage channel, the animals were left available to the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection of Mexico.

    The 7 coyote puppies of the Canis latrans species, were located thanks to a citizen report where they reported that inside a pipe in the community of El Potrero de la Salud there were several disoriented puppies inside it.

    With the collaboration of the rescue team of the elements of Voluntary Firefighters, it was possible to extract the cubs who were given food and water.
    Coyote pups rescued (sp).

    New Pantoja protesters block the public road again
    San Miguel de Allende, Gto.- (OEM-Informex) .- This morning (May 21), residents of Nuevo Pantoja, blocked with stones, one of the main streets of this ejido land. Due to the fact that there are still manifestations of overcharging by the San Miguel de Allende Drinking Water and Sewerage System.

    At least a dozen people placed the stones in the middle of one of the dirt roads in the area, which now serves as an alternate route for vehicles entering the municipality from Celaya and going to the upper part of the city or to Querétaro . The road is used in order to avoid the traffic generated by the "El Pípila" overpass work .

    The situation caused vehicle chaos again among some cars that were stuck inside Nuevo Pantoja, as the inhabitants of this place closed their way, who continue to express themselves due to the problem they have in excessive water charges due to not having a meter. And it is to be noted that this area of ​​Nuevo Pantoja, being ejido land, has not yet been regularized, so to date and after 40 years, these families still do not have legal certainty about the place where they live, situation that makes it impossible to become creditors of basic services.
    New Pantoja protesters block the public road again (sp).

    Municipal Government seeks dialogue with inhabitants of Nuevo Pantoja
    Neighbors of Nuevo Pantoja and representatives of the municipal government met this day to find solutions to the problems they face in this neighborhood, the municipality seeks the acceptance of the inhabitants to divert heavy traffic in the area.
    San Miguel de Allende, Gto. - After listening to the concerns of the residents, the representatives of the municipality presented a series of proposals that will help to solve the problems of water and the use of alternative roads to “La Obra” (Depressed Step El Pípila), which pass through the neighborhood.

    Aware that they are in an irregular settlement, the settlers requested stops, the presence of traffic agents and lighting to avoid accidents in the area.

    The municipality, through the SAPASMA (Drinking Water and Sewerage System of San Miguel de Allende) proposed a proposal so that the collection of water is fairer for the settlers, who accepted that there is a problem of water leakage that increases the cost of the service due to a hydraulic network that they ordered to be built and that presents deficiencies.
    Municipal Government seeks dialogue with inhabitants of Nuevo Pantoja (sp).

    Cattle are stolen from a rancher in the Bandita community; they poison dogs
    Twenty-five heads of cattle were stolen from a Bandita ranch. Last night, the thieves arrived and took the animals that were in their corral located in the La Esperanza area. Before starting, the thieves used poisoned chorizo poisoned to kill the four of the dogs that were watching the cattle.
    Cattle are stolen from a rancher in the Bandita community; they poison dogs (sp).

    Guanajuato expects a good agricultural cycle
    Guanajuato expects a good agricultural cycle, as the production of 600 thousand tons of food is projected , between corn and sorghum.

    "It is projected that we have a good cycle of corn, producers are opting more for corn, because it gives higher yields, this year it is projected that it does have a good price due to the pandemic and there are some 400 thousand hectares that they will be sown with this grain.

    "There are another 200,000 that are going to be produced from sorghum, it continues to be produced despite the pests, since animal feed is needed, so there are 200,000 hectares that are going to be planted and this guarantees us to have the necessary production to satisfy the demand of the state ”, said José Francisco Gutiérrez Michel, secretary of Agri-Food and Rural Development of Guanajuato.
    Guanajuato expects a good agricultural cycle (sp).

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  • Glenn Wilson
    May 1, 2020
    Francisco Garay's Presentation to the Midday Rotary Club April 28, 2020. Watch to understand the current state of affairs in SMA with regards to government, economics, business, and NGO activity.

    Francisco "Paco" Garay is the Director of the Office of Economic Development and International Affairs for the City of San Miguel de Allende.



    The Midday Rotary Club continues their series of great Zoom presentations! Last weeks presentation was Midday Rotary - This week's topic: SMAFAQ and covering the news in SMA. A copy of the presentation is attached to that post.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    March 28, 2020
    Update: Summary transcript and link to video in the comments.

    Message to U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (March 27, 2020)

    Location: Mexico
    Event: March 31 Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Landau

    Please join U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau for a Virtual Town Hall Tuesday, March 31, at 3:30 p.m. as he discusses the most recent Department of State travel advice for U.S. citizens in light of COVID-19 and answers your questions.

    Take part by going to the Embassy’s Facebook page to watch the Facebook Live event.

    (GW: I believe that you do not need a Facebook account to view the virtual town hall. When / if Facebook nags you to sign in just dismiss that banner / dialog or select "Not now.").

    Submit your questions by commenting on the event while it is happening or by sending them in advance to using the subject: “Virtual Town Hall” in your email. We will do our best to answer as many questions as possible.

    The U.S. government has no higher priority than the protection of U.S. citizens. It’s essential that you are well informed and updated. We look forward to answering your questions and providing you with our most recent travel advice. In the meantime, you can learn more at the Embassy’s COVID-19 website and by watching this message to U.S. citizens from Ambassador Landau on our website.

    Actions to Take:

    Assistance:
    • For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 55-8526-2561 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the United States.
    • The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at:
    Paseo de la Reforma 305
    Colonia Cuauhtémoc
    06500, Ciudad de México
    Phone: +52-55-5080-2000
    Fax: +52-55-5080-2005
    E-Mail:

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  • Glenn Wilson
    March 19, 2020
    Charlie, an online friend, sent me this brief report and pics and gave me permission to share it here.
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    We are traveling to Portland OR today.

    1st leg Queretaro to Monterey. Only about 10 people on the jet.

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    I am 67, have never see anything like it before! Now in Monterey waiting to go to Atlanta its like a ghost town.
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    More employees than travelers.

    Distancing is fairly easy! Some workers have masks. But most people are just looking at their phones.

    Just as bad! On the jet, but, Atlanta is a bit busier...
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    Thanks Charlie!
  • Glenn Wilson
    March 13, 2020
    We started SMAFAQ to share information with our SMA community.

    Today, over 1,000 people get our email digest every day and SMAFAQ gets over 1,000 page views per day. Thanks!

    If you want your event or story or business or art to get noticed you can share your own articles here. See: Creating Discussions and Comments.

    Thanks for reading!
  • Glenn Wilson
    February 13, 2020
    This is the video of the town hall event held on January 24, 2020 by the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in San Miguel de Allende.

    If anyone has any questions, you can contact the U.S. Consular Agency in SMA at . Greg Moore is our local U.S. Consular Agent in SMA.



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  • Signe Hammer
    February 6, 2020
    Only Connect: Ancient Mexico and its North American Heirs
    By Signe Hammer

    How are the legendary civilizations of ancient Mexico connected to their North American descendants? Join PEN on Tuesday, Feb 18, at 6:30 PM in the second-floor auditorium of the Bellas Artes to hear Texas writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker John Philip Santos discuss this profound question in “Ancestral Journeys to Now: Searching for Our Connections to Ancient Mexico”

    “The last fifty years,” Santos says, “have been a golden age in Mexican archaeology.” Excavations at Mayan, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Chichimeca and Aztec sites “have immeasurably advanced our understanding of ancient Mexico. Other developments have provided a kind of ‘Rosetta Stone’ of the mythic imagination shared by many of the indigenous peoples of pre-contact Mexico.”

    Santos will “explore how these discoveries, and the work of scholars, archaeologists and creatives in Mexico and the United States, help us to illuminate the profound connections between ancient Mexico and the Mexican(x) now—and what these connections may reveal about our future.”

    Santos’s two memoirs, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (a National Book Award finalist) and The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, tell the ancestral stories of his family, an American origin story involving Spain, Mexico, and the lands that became South Texas. His book of poems is Songs Older Than Any Known Singer.

    An Emmy-nominated television producer, Santos has produced more than 40 documentaries and news programs for CBS and PBS. His journalism and commentary have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Manchester Guardian and Texas Monthly. 

    Santos, the first Latino Rhodes Scholar, holds degrees from Oxford University and Notre Dame. He is currently University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies in the Honors College at the University of Texas San Antonio. In 2017 he was awarded the Texas Medal for the Arts in Literature.

    San Miguel PEN is a chapter of PEN International, the organization of writers that fights for freedom of expression around the world. The 150-peso admission helps fund local activities and includes a free glass of wine with dinner afterwards at Vivali’s, across the street at Hernandez Macias 66. Tickets at Ticket Central in the Biblioteca or at the door. For more information, visit sanmiguelpen.com.

    San Miguel PEN 2020 Winter Lecture
    John Phillip Santos
    “Ancestral Journeys to Now: Searching for Our Connections to Ancient Mexico”
    Tue, Feb 18, 6:30pm
    In English with Spanish Supertitles
    Bellas Artes Second Floor Auditorium
    Hernandez Macias 75

    150 pesos / People under 25 & Migrants Free

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  • Signe Hammer
    February 5, 2020
    Join the Audubon Birdwalk and Great Backyard Bird Count
    By Signe Hammer

    Come help count the world’s birds! Join the Audubon birdwalk on Sunday morning. Or count birds in your own yard or local park anytime today (Friday) through Monday. Or do both!

    Why count? The Great Backyard Bird Count provides an annual snapshot of the worldwide distribution and abundance of birds. Over time (20+ years and counting) these snapshots help scientists who monitor the health of bird populations around the world answer such questions as how climate change is affecting those populations. Their conclusions, in turn, can help us protect these beautiful creatures and the environment we share with them.

    Last year, a record 225,000 people joined the four-day count, reporting a record 6,699 species, more than half the world’s known total. Mexico alone reported 755 different species, well ahead of the US.
    Join the Audubon birdwalk: On Sunday, we’ll walk with leaders Luke Rich, Michael Burns and Signe Hammer along the Rio Laja, near Cieniguita and the bridge to Guanajuato. The varied habitat includes a wooded river trail, farmland with big trees, and open sky for raptors.

    Everyone is welcome to join this birdwalk, from beginners to experienced birders. Adults and children (aged 10 and up, with their parents) alike will enjoy seeing the birds, and many will want to help count them.

    Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. We’ll have our Audubon de México bird guide, Birds of San Miguel—with 81 species commonly found in the San Miguel area—for sale. Our guides carry telescopes so that everyone can see distant birds clearly, and we’ll also have a few pairs of binoculars to lend.

    Carpooling is essential, so if you have a car, please bring it. Plan to arrive at 7:45, as we leave promptly at 8. You'll be back by noon, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends.

    Count birds in your own backyard Friday to Monday, February 14-17. If you are familiar with our local birds, you can count the birds in your own back (or front) yard or local park. Spend as little as 15 minutes or as long as you like on any or all of the four days. To avoid double-counting, try standing in one spot and recording the number of each species you see. Keep a record each time you count—with the date, your start time and total time, your name and your birdwatching-location address. Send your count lists to .

    For more information, visit our website at: http:// www.audubonmexico.org. 

    Audubon Birdwalk and Great Backyard Bird Count
    Sun, Feb 16, 7:45am-Noon
    Meets in front of Instituto Allende
    Ancha de San Antonio 20
    Signe Hammer, 415-111-7638 / +1-917-478-5379
    Members free, non-members 200 pesos or US $10

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