Messages for the Community

11th San Felipe Cancer Walk

The 11th San Felipe Cancer walk will be held on February 18, 2017.

It is organized by the San Felipe Cancer Society in cooperation with the Rotary Club of San Felipe, S.F.A.R.P. and Club Las Amigas.
Registration time: 8:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.
Walk begins at San Felipe Arches: 9:30 a.m.

The funds raised for this event will be used for local cancer education; screening, and assisting with treatments for San Felipe Residents.

This is a no stress walk that our community has been participating in for many years.

Your support will be greatly appreciated!!

11th San Felipe Cancer Walk

SECOND CHANCE could be your best chance!


It is a sad day. My favorite pair of jeans has refused to fit me. No matter how hard I try to pry myself into them. We have been together for a long time. Now it seems “fitting” to sadly deliver them to a place where they can be worn and loved by someone…ok…I will say it….”skinnier”.

Many women here have had the luxury of very nice clothing, brand labels. It takes a long time to part with items that look good on us. We have to talk ourselves out of things. Especially clothing that is hanging in our bulging closets, waiting for the moment to be worn again. Clothing and shoes don’t talk. But all those years ago they distinctly said, “You look hot darling!” when you gazed into your full-length mirror. Right? The word “hot” faded into some other word as time meandered viciously around your aging body. The word “seriously?…” comes to mind. Yeah? Right.

Fortunately for me and all those other women (and men!), about three years ago a group of women living here had an idea. Every once in a while the female gender needs what has been called “retail therapy”…yes even in our little village. Women just have to go look at clothes, shoes, linens, often. Even if they don’t buy anything, it just makes them feel good. The group’s idea was to open a really nice resale store, so they drew up a plan, recruited five daytime managers, found a suitable location, donated their own time, labor, and money for start-up costs, and opened Second Chance, a 100% volunteer- and donation-based resale store. All items in the store are donated and all proceeds after meeting expenses are “paid forward” to the community.

At first, Second Chance donated all of its proceeds to VIVA [Volunteers for Indigent and Vulnerable Animals], to help with its spay and neuter and education programs. At the end of its first year, Second Chance realized it was far more successful than it had ever imagined, and the decision was made to share its good fortune not only with VIVA but with other local causes and organizations. Some of those include the Cancer Society, Cruz Roja, Volunteers Without Limits, C.A.M., K.O.Hambre, San Felipe United, both orphanages, and the San Felipe Rowing Team. It can be said that Second Chance is really making a difference!

One of Second Chance’s managers speaks to me in a back room where every item is meticulously checked, hung up, and made ready for sale. Donations of items come in regularly and they must be dealt with. Volunteers take button replacement and simple sewing needs home. Efficiency is paramount and from my view things get done fast. Some clothing and household items not appropriate for Second Chance will be sent to other organizations such as Volunteers Without Limits or to other local segundas. It is unusual to have to throw things away. People who are donating understand that everything should be clean and gently used.

It is volunteers that keep the shop new and lively. It is volunteers that keep the clothes, shoes, and small household items neatly stacked and displayed. Racks, shelves, and tables have been either donated or built. Most maintenance and repairs are done by the enthusiastic husband of one of the managers. The volunteers here seem to be having all the fun. Really. I am told that and I imagine it is true.

Second Chance has morphed into a place where everything that was once old is new again to someone else. It has become a very social place. The community walks in and out with lovely things.

Prices are pleasingly low. This was done deliberately to encourage a quick turnover of items and to entice everyone in this village to consider shopping here. It is catching on. Local shoppers tell their friends the drive out from town is worth it. It is tempting for them to keep the place secret.

Very reasonable price lists hang on the walls. You need not ask for more discounts because you can’t do any better without feeling guilty.

Let me give you examples: Dresses, jackets, and swimwear list at $6.00 per item. Sweaters and tops, a mere $5.00…shorts $4.00.

The managers of Second Chance know the value of good marketing and display. Right now it’s Christmas in the store…and yes, there are Christmas items to buy.

A local artist who used one of the manager’s clever designs painted the outside of the building. This has made finding the store easy… and has brought in many more customers. In fact, it has motivated other shop owners to “dress up” the outside of their buildings as well. All the colors of the buildings are delightful as you drive into our wonderful town.

There is nothing like going to a place of comfort. It is a wonderful store to try things on in private. Delectable fragrance fills the air, jewelry sparkles and shoes beg you to try them Go ahead…you deserve it.

There are many stories to be told here. I will keep you posted on those later. Just know that your money will go far here and a lovely present of love will cost little.

I could be sad about my jeans. But they will belong to someone else… all good.

Centavo’s Wise Words: If the shoe fits… try another pair on!


SECOND CHANCE could be your best chance!

El Padrino’s Christmas Posada for San Felipe Children

An afternoon to remember at El Padrino’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria was offered to an amazing group of San Felipe children by truly enthusiastic volunteers. Christmas gifts, a great meal and the visit of our own San Felipe Santa, created the perfect celebration to warm up the hearts of this incredible kids.
















The Santa Maria Giving Fund – Raising The Roof

The Santa María Giving Fund generates support for the local Catholic Church and the community by bringing events and activities that have a very positive impact.

The event “Raise The Roof” was a success and the funds to complete the “Lord of Mercy” Catholic Church in Los Arcos were increased.

These are photos of the Gift Wrapping Christmas Posada. The Santa María Fund made it possible to gather many many gifts that will bring joy and hope to the children in need in San Felipe this Christmas season.


















Thank you to all involved for making this happen for the San Felipe community.

Time to Tune Up Your Desert Vehicles

Now that the weather is so nice it’s time to tune up your desert vehicles!

Many people from out of town bring their motor toys down to enjoy some rugged riding. We know how much fun these toys are but safety is always an issue. Ride smart and safely and be considerate and careful when riding the beach.


If you are going for a desert run it is best to go with two vehicles. You never want to be stuck where you can’t be found.

Time to Tune Up Your Desert Vehicles

Time to Tune Up Your Desert Vehicles

Winter Shelter


In a humane gesture for our society, on November 30th, the local organization Volunteers Without Limits AC, headed by its president Kyle Crawford, with the collaboration of peers who want to help the local homeless population, initiated the set up of a winter shelter for people in need. We would like to recognize the humanitarian gesture from Isabel Avila and Samuel Gonzalez, owners of the building that will be used for this cause during the period of intense cold in San Felipe.


Martin Romo from San Felipe United wants to recognize this big push made by a segment of our society in a united and loving way to help our fellow citizens in need, extending his gratitude to Jonathan Cabrales, Brenda Benitez, Kyle Crawford, Paty Orozco, Bill and Guadalupe Sprawling.


All of you whom might have the willingness to donate blankets, sheets, pillows, sleeping bags as well as toilet paper, shampoo and soap, or who might want to directly collaborate are invited and welcomed.




Please contact Volunteers Without Limits AC or Martín Romo for more details.

See our Civic Groups directory here >>

This information was provided by San Felipe United.

San Felipe Security Update

With the goal of speeding up the install of an all purpose federal prosecution office in San Felipe and to strengthen the local security strategy, civil and military authorities and representatives of private enterprise meet the morning of Friday September 18 at the San Felipe Marina Resort & Spa Hotel represented by Arnulfo Zárate, were several agreements and commitments were reached.




During the meeting it was clarified that it is vital that the federal prosecution office for San Felipe, currently located in the city of Mexicali, is transferred immediately and permanently to the port, for which it is required a joining effort between the 3 levels of government, the private sector and organizations of various kinds. San Felipe Security Update




For this reason during the meeting a letter request to the governor of Baja California was signed by all participants asking to soon make it possible to bring this important component and finally have a comprehensive and effective security strategy serving San Felipe.




Currently integrating  federal legal cases and lifting testimonies becomes very difficult because all matters move to Mexicali, where effectiveness often is lost for reasons of various kinds.

During the meeting it was recognized that not only the high unemployment rate is the factor that motivates criminal actions. In San Felipe, as in many other parts of the country; organized crime, taking advantage of the many existing prohibitions and legal gaps, has created a culture of lawlessness and antivalues that have a direct bearing on society. Role models offered to today’s youth, have great influence of narco mafias; so many young people, instead of following productive lifestyles within the law, aspire to become part of the organized crime, attracted by the myth of instant riches, access to weapons, vehicles and a long negative etcetera.

The Mexican Navy in San Felipe, has been given the task of establishing dissuasive actions to remind thugs is time to give up to their impunity and controls of the black market in town. It was noted that, although the lack of resources coming from the  federation has been an obstacle for speeding up certain actions, gradually the situation is changing in San Felipe for the good.

The sub-police station in San Felipe under new leadership, is working in three shifts in coordinated action with the Ministry of Defense, the Mexican Navy and the PGJE. This coordination is already paying off and now seeks to work hand in hand with the citizens.

A judicial police representative commented that a new culture of positive values ​​should be promoted among local children and youth as a primary prevention tool for risk behaviors and to overcome involvement in anti social activities. San Felipe Security Update

In the meeting it was announced results are showing in all key security areas, but much remains to be done. Thanks to the Navy’s military actions, poaching is completely going down and this directly lowers local crime statistics. The number of arrests has increased according to the PGR and big changes are on the way due to the implementation of the new system of justice. Reverting the decadent culture of organized crime will be paramount.

As Sanfelipenses we have to realize that the eyes of the world are watching what happens here; we also need to realize that there is great value in preserving the natural resources of this unique place in the world and we must defend and care for it as the treasure it is.

Participants to the meeting are personnel belonging to the following institutions of the three branches of government, the private sector and public bodies: Attorney-General of the State of Baja California, Navy Department, Secretariat of National Defense, Public Ministry of San Felipe, Baja California state police, Federal Electricity Commission, Government of Mexicali – San Felipe Delegation, Aldermen of the City of Mexicali, El Dorado Ranch, and the Economic Development Council of San Felipe.

Held in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. Friday 18 September 2015 Photos and text by Luis Almodóvar for

San Felipe Security Update




Spay Neuter Clinic


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Spay neuter clinic to be held Sunday, October 18th   8 am – 3 pm

and Monday, October 19th  8 am – 3 pm

Cost for local Mexicans 150 pesos
American and Canadian  $25.00 or 400 pesos

For appointment call: Judy    686-233-8872 or

Play It Again Segunda
381 Ave. Mar de Cortez  #3
Near El Cortez Hotel entrance

Please bring animals on a leash and DO NOT feed them after midnight

Why Spay and Neuter
One litter of kittens can create 420,000 unwanted cats in 6 years
One litter of puppies can create 67,000 unwanted dogs in 7 years