“I stepped through an ordinary gate off one of the charming streets of Todos Santos and found myself transported to another place and time. Each home, each building I walked into, I experienced the rich history of Todos Santos.” Kim Dee of Los Alamitos, California, a participant of the Todos Santos’ Historic Home Tour adds, “I happened to be in town and took the tour. So many exquisite homes and buildings were open to patrons of the Tour. This is a great way to learn about the town’s past while seeing inside all the beautiful homes. I plan to coordinate this year’s trip to be in Todos Santos again in March.”
This year’s Todos Santos’ Historic Home Tour is Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 10:00 – 3:00. This one-day event benefits the educational programs of The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the event at the Cultural Center located on Calle Benito Juarez. Admission is $300 pesos or $20 USD. Docents are on hand at each site to offer more information.
This year’s coordinator, Paul Bumann says, “We have over 25 historic sites including private homes, hotels/inns, municipal buildings, mission church, and sugar cane processor. Experience sites thoughtfully restored to reflect the uniqueness of the days before electricity and telephone. Open just once a year to the public, these magnificent homes and buildings allow you to soak in and imagine the tranquil elegance of Todos Santos over a century ago. Be sure to bring your family, friends, neighbors and architects.”
New this year is an optional “Find the Saint Challenge.” Todos Santos (translated All Saints) has several statues of saints around town cleverly perched in niches on the exterior of buildings. Find and mark all of them on a map and you will be entered into a drawing for a commemorative painting by renowned artist, Erick Ochoa. It’s a fun way to look up and notice all these little treasures around town. Also new this year, several restaurants will offer discounts on breakfast and lunch to wristband holders while you are in town for the day.
In the words of historic homeowners, Lisa Welsch and husband, Doug Colton, “We are delighted to open our historic outdoor theater home Casa Cine Viejo for the Palapa Society Fundraiser. I cannot think of any better non-profit that benefits a wide range of folks from Todos Santos. The history and culture of this town are amazing, and our home – although updated – still has the historic woven guest casitas and theater wall in place. Some architectural features remain which will give all visitors a sense of how it was back in 1935.”
President of The Palapa Society, Erick Ochoa, sums up, “We love working with all the homeowners and businesses to give visitors and residents an exciting experience to see the history of Todos Santos while benefiting the Palapa Society’s students.”
Bumann adds, “The program booklet has been translated into Spanish so be sure to spread the word to all your Spanish-speaking family members, friends and neighbors!”
The Palapa Society, a Mexican and U.S. non-profit, that offers:
Scholarships to over 90 middle/high school and university students annually.
The newly opened Palapa School providing a high quality, SEP-certified education to prepare middle school (and soon high school) students for university and a lifetime of opportunities.
After-school English classes serving over 170 students and 90 adults
A bilingual adult library with over 9,00 books and DVDs
A bilingual children’s library
Art, ecology, swimming, and water safety classes
The 9th Annual Todos Santos Open Studio will be held the weekend of Feb 10 & 11, from 10 am to 4 pm. All proceeds benefit the children’s art programs at the Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. Advance ticket sales begin Jan 28th at $10 USD ($200 pesos) and can be purchased in town at the Tecolote Book Store located on Calle Juarez, or ordered online by email or purchased at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets can also be purchased on event days from 9 – 3 at Cleo’s in Las Tunas and The Palapa Learning Center (PLC) on del Huerto in town.
This two-day event draws hundreds of people curious to see working art studios, meet the artists, and perhaps purchase their art. Approximately 40 participating artists include painters, sculptors, photographers, muralists, plein air painters, encaustic artists, jewelers, print-makers, collage artists, potters, and wood turners. New this year, the Palapa Learning Center will be a special stop on the tour featuring a sampling of 20 selected tour artists’ work for sale. Additionally, the Palapa Society’s children artists will be working in their “studio” with work on display.
“Following a self-guided tour, visitors can catch a glimpse of the creative and artistic energy of the Todos Santos’ artists. It is an amazing experience to drive down a dusty road and gain entry to a magical place that is only open to the public once a year! No matter what your taste, you will leave inspired by the art and conversation with the artist!” Anne Hebebrand
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2017 Todos Santos 5Km Carrera presented by Palapa Society
The annual 5Km Carrera is just around the corner. This year’s event will be a 5Km Run/Walk through the streets of Todos Santos and the Otro Lado on Saturday, December 30, 2017. The race will begin and end in the town Plaza. All proceeds benefit the programs of the Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C.
Early signup begins on Friday, December 29th from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in front of Cafelix. All entrants must register for the race in the Plaza from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 30 to receive a race bib and timing chip. Entry fee is $200 pesos for adults and $150 pesos for students. Race time begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Accurate race timing equipment will be used again this year which includes bibs and an electronic chip system. Immediately following the race, awards will be presented to overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place men and women along with medals for men’s and women’s age group winners. Souvenir bibs will be given to all participants and souvenir race t-shirts will be available in the Plaza for $200 pesos purchase.
Come join the fun. This event is a great way to bring the community together for a fun, healthy day, and a great cause. For more information on the Palapa Society of Todos Santos, the Carrera, or to DONATE, please contact us at email@example.com.
A Special Thank you to Our Sponsors
Carrera 5km de Todos Santos 2017, presentada por la Sociedad de La Palapa.
La carrera anual de 5 km está ya muy próxima. El evento consistirá en una carrera/caminata de 5 km por las calles de Todos Santos el sábado 30 de diciembre de 2017. La carrera inicia y termina en la Plaza Cívica de esta población. Los fondos recaudados serán destinados a los programas de la Sociedad de La Palapa de Todos Santos, A.C.
Las preinscripciones inician el viernes 29 de diciembre de 9 a 13:00 horas frente a Cafélix. Todos los participantes deberán registrarse para la carrera a más tardar en la plaza de 7 a 8:30 am el día del evento para recibir su número de corredor y chip de cronometraje. La tarifa de inscripción es de 200 pesos para adultos y 150 pesos para estudiantes. La carrera comienza puntualmente a las 9:00 a.m.
Este año, utilizaremos nuevamente equipo de cronometraje de precisión, que incluye el número de corredor y un sistema de chip electrónico. Inmediatamente después de la carrera, se otorgarán premios a los tres primeros lugares femenil y varonil generales, así como medallas para los ganadores en su categoría por edades. Se entregarán números conmemorativos a todos los participantes y las camisetas recuerdo del evento estarán a la venta en la Plaza por 200 pesos.
Ven y únete a la diversión. Este evento es una gran manera de unir a la comunidad en un día divertido y saludable por una gran causa. Para mayores informes sobre la Sociedad de La Palapa de Todos Santos, la Carrera, o para DONAR, contáctenos a través del correo firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel Discussion with Elena Poniatowska
Join us for this special evening with Ms. Poniatowska, where she will deliver an inspired talk, read from some of her works, and respond to questions from the audience.
Free of Charge
November 9, 2017
Teatro Manuel Marquez de LeonPanel Discussion with Juan Diego Gonzalez followed by audience Q&A session.
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Conversatorio con Elena Poniatowska
9 de Noviembre, 2017 – 6 pm
Teatro Manuel Márquez de León
Acompañenos en una velada especial con la Maesta Elena Poniatowska, en un conversatorio que incluirá charlas, lectura, de su obra, y preguntos, del auditorio. Cupo limitado, entrada gratutia.
Noche con Elena
This intimate and elegant evening with Ms. Poniatowska will be a night to remember. This is a night to celebrate our featured guest and recognize the many people who made the PLC dream a reality. This event is not a fundraiser, price of ticket covers expenses.
November 10, 2017
Noche con Elena
10 de Noviembre, 2017 – 6 pm
Restaurante Los Adobes
Cuota de Recouperación $500.00 MXP
Esta velada intimo y elegante con la Maestra Poniatowska será una noche inolvidable. Una noche para celebrar a nuestra invitada y agradecer a todos quienes hicieron posible el nuevo Centro Educativo. Este evento no es de recaudación, el costo del boleto cubre gastos. Boletos a ala venta partir de Octobre 18.
PLC Grand Opening and Biblioteca Ribbon Cutting with Elena Poniatowska
The whole community is invited to come together for this Grand Opening celebration of the Palapa Learning Center and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Biblioteca Elena Poniatowska.
Free of Charge
November 11, 2017
Palapa Learning Center
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Inauguración Centro Educativo Palapa y Apertura de Biblioteca con Elena Poniatowska
11 de Noviembre, 2017 – 5:00 pm
Centro Educativo La Palapa
Se invita a la comunidad entera a reunirse para esta celebración de la Gran Inauguración del Centro Educativo de la Palapa y la Apertura de la Biblioteca Elena Poniatowska.
A Special Thank You for Our Sponsors
Baja Under the Stars
Transforming Lives Through Education,
A Palapa Society Benefit Event,
September 15, 2017,
Denver Botanic Gardens, with Grammy Award-Winning La Santa Cecilia
5:30 p.m. – VIP Champagne Meet and Greet
6:00 p.m.– Dinner and Entertainment by Grammy Award Winning La Santa Cecilia
$225.00 USD per person – Dinner and Entertainment
$250.00 USD per person – Select Seating for dinner and concert
$275.00 USD – SOLD OUT per person – VIP Champagne Meet and Greet (limited space), dinner (reserved seating), and entertainment.
Please email email@example.com for more information about tickets and the event.
**A portion of tickets, sponsorships and donation amounts are eligible for a US tax deduction through the Palapa Fund at the International Community Foundation.
The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, Mexico, a non-profit, invites you to attend our first stateside event, “Baja Under the Stars.” Join us for this memorable evening with Grammy Award-winning La Santa Cecilia. Located in the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens, all ticket holders will also receive a FREE pass to the Gardens.
Join us for an elegant evening to support the future leaders of Todos Santos.
The Palapa Society is a multi-cultural non-profit located in Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life and offer a brighter future for local children and their families through scholarship and educational programs. We are at an exciting stage as we carry out our mission to build a full campus.
This Denver charity event will celebrate the opening of the new Palapa Learning Center, a 4-building campus to include a community library, English language acquisition, middle school, and high school. The buildings are nearing completion and will open this fall.
We are currently seeking funding for technology, scholarships, resources, and equipment which will ultimately serve over 120 students to receive a university-track education, not currently available to young scholars in Todos Santos, Mexico. Join us for an elegant, inspirational evening and help us support the future leaders of this community.
If you are unable to attend but would like to donate, click here.
See you in Denver!
Thank you to our Sponsors
We are excited to announce The Palapa Society is the beneficiary of the silent auction and raffle held during this year’s GastroVino Food and Wine Festival held Sunday, May 7th in the Town Plaza from 2 – 6 p.m.
- Nearly 100 auction items available for onsite bidding and immediate sale
- One exclusive piece of art by Ezra Katz available only through online bidding.
- Two exciting adventures available for an onsite Raffles
- A Buy It Now feature for all onsite Silent Auction items
Exclusive Online Auction
Painting by Ezra Katz
Ezra Katz, noted Todos Santos artist recently donated an original painting to benefit The Palapa Society. This piece will be auctioned online only from Tuesday, April 25 with bids closing Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
The 108 X 108 cm (42 X 42 inch) painting, “Storm Watchers,” is a signed oil painting on canvas by renowned artist, Ezra Katz as part of the GastroVino weekend and will be featured in the auction tent for viewing May 7 during the Town Plaza event, and online for bidding.
Click here to view and BID NOW.
The auction will start on April 25 and ends on May 9, 2017.
More about Ezra Katz: click to learn more about Ezra Katz. http://ezrakatz.com/
Todos Santos Eco Adventures
WIN a Magdalena Bay Whale Watching
Trip for 2
Value: $1,270 USD
2 days includes transportation, meals, one night hotel, and 2 three-hour whale watching sessions with bilingual naturalist. Click here to view their website.
Black Sheep Motorsports
Value: $8,000 MXP
WIN a Adventure Trip for 2. Take a ride in one of Black Sheep Motorsports side-by-side Can Am Commander. Choose from a variety of self-guided GPS tours up to $8,000 MXP. This is an excellent way to day-trip and explore. Click here to view their website.
An amazing collection of nearly 100 items for the Silent Auction are available for bid or a “Buy It Now” price (a new feature) for high quality art, jewelry, lodging, restaurant, services, and retail shop items. A popular feature of GastroVino, look for the big tent and enjoy a shopping bonanza.
Here is a sampling of items for bid.
Scroll through the below businesses for a complete list of all items up for auction. Set your sights on what you want to bid on.
|Café Santa Fe||Anne Hebebrand|
|Café Todos Santos/Tre Galline||Brian Guffy|
|Derek’s Sushi||Carlos César Diaz Castro|
|Fonda el Zaguan/La Morena||Cate Thomassen|
|Gallo Azul||Doug West|
|Rancho Hierbabuena||Erick Ochoa|
|La Copa Cocina||Ezra Katz|
|La Copa Bar||Janna Kincade|
|La Casitas||Jill Logan|
|La Esquina||Jill Mollenhauer|
|La Posta del Oasis Restaurant||Marsha Dahlquist|
|La Santena||Martin Angel|
|Landi’s||Robert E Wood|
|Las Fuentes Restaurant||Roxanne Sandy Sparks|
|Mi Pueblito||Susan Doyle|
|Shut Up Frank’s||Brilliante|
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
|Chocolate Laguna||Nancy Serfas|
|Emma’s Deli||Pat O’Connell|
|Las Fuentes Winery||Aldo’s Gym|
|Mayra’s Kitchen||Body Works by Mike Turner|
|Rancho Buen Dia||Cuatro Vientos|
|Taller 17 Bakery||Dr. Amir, Chiropractor|
|Joy of Floating|
|El Angel Azul (La Paz)||Lola’s Hair|
|Flora del Mar||Lucky Nails Salon|
|Hacienda Hotel||Mario’s Surf School|
|Hotel Vida Soul (East Cape)||Picante Jazz Cats (Donna & Dal)|
|Hotelito||Music Lessons with Dal Farias|
|Perro Surfero||Salsa Lessons|
|Puesta del Sol||St Jude’s|
|Todos Santos Inn||Todos Santos Private Transportation|
|Water Ways Baja|
|We Are the Drum|
|Casita Anita||White Sands Spa|
|Casa Catalina||Zumba by Jan Turner|
|Gregorio Knit Shop||
|Nomad Chic||Black Sheep Motorsports|
|Besame Mucho Bazaar||Todos Santos Eco Adventures|
Live Art Auction
Come out and see the artists at work!
Carlos César Diaz Castro, from La Paz, Mexico, is a photographer, graphic designer, painter, communicator, and teacher whose pictorial work presents honest images of a generous environment of forms and details linked to his admiration for the land. Without idealizing the iconography of the everyday, he takes his notes directly from the nature of the moment and then executes his definitive works in the studio. His work can be found at Centro de Artes Populares in La Paz, BCS, Mexico.
Brian Guffey is a self-taught artist with images from his life experiences and childhood loosely represented in his paintings. Storytelling, children’s books, and his grandmother are all inspirations for conceptualizing imagery and themes. His work can be seen as either light-hearted, thought-provoking, or both simultaneously.
Tori Sepulveda is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara where she majored in fine art, then taught high school advanced placement art for 37 years. She is please to continue teaching and painting here in Todos Santos where she can use her experience to inspire others and support the community. Her art can be seen at Mangos Gallery as well as her own studio.
Robert E. Wood is a Canadian artist adept at portraying a wide variety of subject matter including landscape, seascape, still life, street scenes, and more. He has been a frequent visitor to Todos Santos since 2007, and this is his 4th time painting on location at GastroVino to benefit local causes. Robert has been honored to have won first place in the only art competition he ever entered: Arabella art magazine’s 2014 “Great Canadian Landscape Painting Competition.” His paintings hang in private and corporate collections around the world, and his work is represented by the Diaz Castro Galleria in La Paz.
March 25, 2017|
7:30 am Check-in and/or Registration
at Plaza Publica, Todos Santos, BCS|
Advanced registration encouraged.|
• 9:00 am Romex 10K
• 9:15 am La Esquina 5K|
All participants must check in.
Races begin at Plaza Publica.
Donation Fee: $10 USD or $200 MXP.
Register online below.
Souvenir bib will be provided at check-in the day of the event. Please bring a copy of your registration receipt to ease check in. Races will happen rain or shine. No refunds available.
- Runners will be timed using RFID chip system.
- Supporter check points.
- Awards Ceremony after race in Plaza Publica
Back by Popular Demand
The Palapa Society run is back after a two-year hiatus due to Hurricane Odile and a year of repaving streets in Todos Santos. The run is officially called the Carrera de Todos Santos 5/10K. With its return, the run has expanded to 2 races. The La Esquina 5K run and the Romex 10K race will now be offered to runners in our Pueblo Magico. Begun in 2009, The Palapa Society is organizing this benefit run in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, intended to bring together the people of our community for good health, a fun experience, and a great cause.
If you are a seasoned athlete or running your first organized event, the two options make this an ideal run for you. This annual event will be held on Saturday, March 25th, 2017. Registration begins that day at 7:30 a.m. with the race at 9 a.m. Plan to arrive early for warm ups and registration.
The run route will begin and end at the Todos Santos Town Plaza with the 5K staying primarily on paved streets with a little section of unpaved roads. The 10K will initially follow the same route but then head south out toward Punta Lobos on the dirt road. Volunteers will be stationed along the marked route to direct, cheer you on, and provide water. To view course map, click here.
About The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C.
The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. is a Mexican non-profit organization providing enhanced educational opportunities for the youth of Todos Santos and Pescadero. Our organization provides many programs including English language classes for children and adults, art, summer water safety and ecology classes, high school and university scholarships, and will soon open a SEP-certified Middle and High School in August 2017 at the new Palapa Learning Center.
Proceeds from the 5K/10K event will provide funding for all current programs and help finance the future of our students. Come join us for this fun-filled family event.
For information on the run, the programs, how to DONATE, or volunteer contact the Palapa Society at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced registration encouraged.
In person advanced registration available March 23 & 24 at Cafelix 10 am – 2 pm
Day of the event registration at 7:30 am at Plaza Publico, Todos Santos
OR Advanced Registration Online with credit card or Paypal using a button below:
(US $ or MXN $)
Thank you to our Sponsors: