U.S. veterinarian group will be doing free spay and neuter clinics with Mayan Families at Colegio Marti near the market in Panajachel. The clinics will be held this Saturday, Sunday and Monday (February 4,5,6). Please bring lots of dogs and cats and help stop the future suffering of so many unwanted puppies and kittens. We can arrange pick up if you know of someone who can not get their animal to the clinic. call the Mayan Families office...7762 2490 and ask for Susie or Sharon.
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The art of local Tz'utujil (Maya) artist, Felipe Ujpan, has been exhibited in the U.S. Felipe now paints his interpretation for the first International Lake Atitlan Marathon being held on the shores and rim of Lago de Atitlán. Come run with us and visit Maya villages along the way. Train, play, learn and "Corramos por el Lago"! To learn more about the Marathon go to: http://atitlanmarathon.com/
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EntreMundos is a free bi-monthly bi-lingual (Spanish-English) magazine out of Quetzaltenango, published by EntreMundos a Guatemala-based NGO. "News and commentary on human rights and development in Guatemala." Copies can sometimes be found at the Iguana but you can also download and read past issues at Issuu.com (an interesting website on it's own!). Donations for their services and/or magazine are happily accepted on their website: http://www.entremundos.org/en/index.html
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Guatemala Elections are now over, but the political signs are still in evidence. Skip Caldwell of Panajachel took this picture on the road from San Juan LL towards San Pedro LL. It is, in someway, a commentary on our current political situation here. This is what Skip had to say about his photo: "When there are major elections around Guatemala political signs are seen painted on rocks. Political parties are represented by certain colors and certain logos. You see this in many areas of Guatemala but you see quite heavily in the Highlands. One possible reason is many of the local inhabitants grew up in a time when education, in general, and reading in particular; was not useful to feed a family. Thus, colors and logos (Glyphs) are used. I thought this was a very interesting picture and maybe a "picture perfect" but totally unintended political statement!"