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What’s Happening in La Ventana? Let us know if you have something to share or questions for the community.
  • Looking for gear storage. Does anyone have a storage option for those of us wanting to leave gear here? Please contact Barry at barryjsamson@gmail.com
  • La Ventana Artists - join us for weekly sketch club on Mondays from 10am - noon. Contact nancy@nancywilhelms.com.
All Things Reptile by Chance Stevens - The Sand Snake (Chilomeniscus stramineus) is a small, harmless and striking snake with beautiful pigmentation. Its coloration ranges widely from orange with contrasting black bands to solid brown, or anywhere in between. Sand Snakes are sometimes known as sand swimmers as they seemingly swim through the sand. These non-venomous cuties are nocturnal and frequently found on sand dunes or anywhere with loose soil, including even rocky outcroppings on occasion. Their tracks look like small curvy indents on the sand between bushes, sometimes littering the dunes. 
Interestingly, Cerralvo Island has its own endemic species of sand snake known as Savages Sand Snake that lives only on the island and nowhere else. It’s relatively similar to the somewhat common Sand Snake that shares the mainland with us. 
As for the diet of these little reptiles, they eat small invertebrates such as crickets, centipedes, cockroaches and termites. Here in the Cape Region, these snakes are active throughout the year but their peak activity is from mid-March to late August. They are very cold tolerant, and can be found still foraging throughout the night even at temperatures near 16 degrees C (61 degrees F), which is quite cold in the reptile world. 
If you want to talk reptiles, please email ChanceStevens123@icloud.com or message 503-777-1404.
Sand Snake!
Sand Snake!
MasViento Wind Forecast - (Today: Mostly sunny. Northeast wind 8-10 mph…possibly becoming north 14-16 mph late) Satellite passes last evening showed light southwest winds over the Sea of Cortez, and the latest model forecasts show light winds over the bay this morning. The forecast for this afternoon is a low-confidence one, as most models show light southwest to west background flow will continue, and depending on the thickness of high cloud cover, we could see a light onshore breeze developing similar to yesterday. One of the models does show the leading edge of the next pulse of north flow reaching us by around 4 pm, with a sunset/moonrise ride possible. Wes - daily forecasts: MasViento.
Farmers Market - The market is on! Every Thursday, located on the main road, Corredor Isla Cerralvo, just a few blocks north of Club Cerralvo.
Learning to Kite at 72 - How many face plants does it take to learn to kite? All of you proficient kiters make it look so easy, but at 72 it’s difficult and challenging. To take on this sport at this age you have to be willing to suffer through the challenges. Using the board for the first time, after flying the kite on the beach and body dragging, seems literally impossible. Flying the kite is like trying to tame a wild dragon; it gyrates wildly from side to side as you try and control it by moving the bar with little understanding as to how the lines steer the kite, as you get yanked along often resulting in one face plant after another. It takes time for muscle memory to kick in, which occurs slowly the older you are. My kids and grandkids make it look like so much fun and I wanted to participate too so I took on the challenge. Every day I learn something new and every day I ask myself, why am I putting myself through this physical torture? But I feel lucky that I have the opportunity to be out in the ocean and when I look up at the magenta kite against a cerulean blue sky with dispersed mackerel clouds, I am touched by the beauty and experience of being on/in the water learning this crazy sport. Riding back on the rescue jet ski, I marvel at the talented kiters and foilers with kites and wings in every color under the rainbow. You make it look so easy. So, I will keep trying, building muscle memory and skill emulating all of you and hopefully be able do to a downwinder someday. Kris Selby krisselby@hotmail.com
Community Action
No Más Basura - Our next Recycling drop off day will be tomorrow Thursday the 17th from 8-10am. We are still collecting jars in all sizes for various businesses in town. If possible please leave the lids on. Your NMB team Nomasbasuralv@gmail.com 
Local Ambulance Services - Training is one of the hidden costs of running the ambulance service here. The government mandates this training but does not pay the 21,700 pesos per person that it costs. Our crew is extremely grateful to all the generous members of our community whose donations have greatly helped to cover their training costs. 
The basic training covers CPR, medications, burns, shock, trauma, spinal boards, splinting, intravenous injections, immobilising and transporting patients in various locations including mountainous areas and rappelling down steep slopes, and many other essential skills ‚Äď even emergency childbirth. The volunteers have to dedicate one or 2 days every weekend for these trainings for 8 months, on top of their hours assisting Comandante Lupita, also an unpaid volunteer (already fully trained), on call-outs.¬†
But training is an ongoing process. The next one is for extracting injured people from crashed vehicles, including when upside down, and from collapsed structures. Donations would be very welcome. paypal.me/ambulancia247. On behalf of the Ambulance Support Group. chris.bradley3@gmail.com
Events & Activities
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Health & Wellness
The complete calendar of yoga and other wellness classes and retreats is featured on the Health & Wellness page.
Eat & Drink
Check out the most comprehensive list of Restaurants, Cafes and Bars, with maps to help you discover them all.
Radaroma - You are cordially invited to enjoy the incomparable talent of Troubadour Anibal Cota and delight yourself with the exquisite dishes of Chef Ruben Perez this Thursday, February 17 from 6pm to 8pm at Radaroma, La Ventana, BCS
Business
The Ventana View Business Directory has over 150 listings for local businesses and services. What can you find in the directory? See all of the categories. Announcements:
Alas del Mar Wing Shop and Alas del Mar Bike Shop - New Location in South Beach! We are the dealers in Mexico from the following brands where you can find or information in each of the brands official websites in the dealer area: Fanatic, Duotone Windsurf, Ion Bike, Quatro Maui, KT Surfing.
Marcela Matteotti: Diamante Realtors - I like to offer security to clients, knowing that they are working with a professional agent and I am always happy to answer as many times as it is necessary until they have it clear.
Palapas Ventana - Scuba Certification Season has begun! Palapas Ventana is offering 10% off scuba certification if you sign up during the month of February. 20 years of experience here in town offering certifiation+great gear and instructors who know their stuff! Mention code ‚Äú222‚ÄĚ when you call or text¬†+1-310-594-DIVE / whatsapp¬†+52 (612) 111 9188 or contact@palapasventana.com
Playa Central Kite School & Wingfoil Center - This week we are featuring the Manera 3/2 long women and men’s neoprene wetsuits. Come touch, feel and try them on. - Keep sn eye our for harness sale coming soon. Open 8AM-6PM. 
Windy Fiesta Weekend with an Island Double-Cross, Big Air and Racing: Feb 25-27. This is 3 day weekend with kite adventures and happy hour fiestas every night at different La Ventana restaurants. Fri. Feb. 25 is the Island Double Cross (with boat support) Feb. 26 is the Big Air and Feb 27 there will be a downwind race, and course racing (4 disciplines). This is wind permitting. WhatsApp +526121140267 to register or email info@playacentralkiteboarding.com 
Classifieds
The Ventana View Classifieds is your 24/7 lost & found and swap meet. Post your own available/wanted or lost/found, and it shows up on the site immediately, will stay up for two weeks. Go here now to see it in action and learn how it works! New listings this week:
  • Left leash (Jim)
  • Board found Last chance to claim it (Ben)
  • Unusuable Kites or Wings (Kris Selby)
  • Wanted Mens Wetsuit XXL or XL (Kirk)
  • Wanted women‚Äôs large wetsuit (Brian)
  • Rental House 2br/2ba - Nov22-Apr23 (Baja Woody)
  • Men‚Äôs medium wetsuit (VJ)
  • Looking for trailer for next season. (Evan Louis)
  • Long aluminum Slingshot mast (Wingdinger)
Real Estate & Rentals
The self-service Real Estate & Rentals section is where you manage your own rental and real estate listings. Add photos, and edit your listing as you like. Learn more and submit your listing here.
Ride Sharing & Travel
The Ventana View Travel Board is where you coordinate with other travelers.
  • Need a ride¬†to or from the Airport? Want to share a shuttle?
  • Looking to Caravan¬†up and down the Baja peninsula?
  • Need transport¬†for you or your stuff to or from La Ventana?
  • Or can you offer¬†a ride for people or stuff?
New Rideshares
New Travelshares
  • Southbound Feb 2022:¬†Caravan.¬†Hello, We are crossing the border at Mexicali on Weds 2/16 and are looking for caravan buddies for the trip down to LV. ‚Ķ (Bob Greenberg)
  • Southbound Feb 2022:¬†Caravan.¬†I‚Äôm planning on crossing the border at Mexicali at dawn on Feb 22 and would like to caravan. (Steve)
  • Northbound Feb 2022:¬†Ride for Stuff.¬†Surfboard, no bag to Hood River (or Portland, or Bend) I will contribute! Could travel later, But I am leaving Mar 2. (Scotty)
  • Northbound Mar 2022:¬†Ride for Stuff.¬†Looking for ride for Gear- golf bag with 2kites, board and bars (69 pounds in total) to go back to Vancouver Canada o‚Ķ (Barry Samson)
  • Other Feb 2022:¬†Ride for People.¬†First time to area and hoping to explore La Paz some day in February. I‚Äôd like to walk the Malecon, have lunch, go to ‚Ķ (Catherine)
In Case of Emergency
Bookmark the In Case of Emergency page. Numbers to call and how to call them if you need help. We depend on the entire community to help keep this often changing information up to date. Email us with feedback, suggestions, corrections.
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