February 2024: Palapa Society News

The Kitchen Witches

🎭 ONLY 3 SHOWS LEFT for "The Kitchen Witches"! This play is an absolute must-see! Join us on Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. or Sunday, February 25that 2:00 p.m. for the final performances.

Tickets are available at El Tecolote Bookstore Monday through Saturday (bookstore open from 11 – 4) or on the day of the show at the door. Admission is $500 MXN.

Directed by Pamela Sue Martin, this uproarious comedy supports The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C., benefiting education and community initiatives.

Featuring a stellar cast including Josh Lay, Celia Devault, Kathy Warnert, and Daniel Caracas, it's an experience you won't want to miss!

See you there! 🎟️

Todos Santos Open Studio Tour

We are thrilled to share that the 13th Annual Todos Santos Open Studio Tour surpassed all expectations! We extend our deepest gratitude to the talented artists and enthusiastic guests who made this beloved community event a resounding success.

Here's a glimpse by the numbers:

  • 698 tickets sold
  • 44 exceptional artists participated
  • A remarkable $22,279.33 raised

Mark your calendars for our next event: February 10 - 12, 2025. We look forward to your continued support as we strive to make each year even more remarkable than the last.

The Palapa School: Breaking Boundaries!

We are back to school along with a new year full of opportunities and experiences to become better versions of ourselves. The rest of the school year looks very promising for our students, as throughout all the months until July, they will be able to experience activities, celebrations, and special dates such as:

  • Academic activities: School wide cross-curricular projects (2nd trimester), community cross-curricular projects (3rd trimester), and periodic assessments.
  • Celebrations: Valentine's Day, International Book Day Commemoration, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Teacher's Day, Student's Day.
  • Special dates: Regional robotics competition, State math Olympiads, Open club, Inclusion Week, March 8th, spring break, Earth Day, Health Week, Career Day, Palapa Wrapped, Closing Assembly, and Graduation Ceremony.

Learning will not stop, and moments of academic and personal development will continue to be fostered among the "palaperos" thanks to the great Palapa Team and the support of their entire community. 2024. Here we come!

Puente al Inglés para Niños

By Jacki Gillespie

We are settling into 2024 very well. Our attendance has been great and the kids are growing more confident in their English with every class. Learning a second language can be challenging and rewarding. Keeping our classes fun helps keep our students interested.

We would love to add another volunteer teacher to take on a class of our waitlist students. If you are interested please contact me at puentealingles@palapasociety.org.

Biblioteca Elena Poniatowska

Continuing with our “Focus on Volunteers” series.

The following is an interview with Wanda Piccini, Monday library volunteer.

PB: How did you come to Todos Santos?

WP: My brother lived in Pescadero for several years and when I came to visit I fell in love with the clean flagstone streets in the downtown area. 

PB: Why did you want to volunteer at the library?

WP: A good friend suggested that I give something back to the community. She said it would also be a good way to meet people.

PB: Did it fulfill your expectations?

WP: It has far surpassed my expectations.

PB: What are your favorite things about volunteering at the library?

WP: I love talking to people and helping them find the books they are looking for. The library is not just about books and reading, we are also a clearing house of information about the community.

PB: What section of the library do you gravitate towards?

WP: I like fiction and mystery. My friend tried to get me interested in Science Fiction, but I don’t like reading anything that isn’t real.

Click here to read more.

Children's Library Hours

By Anaid Olvera Martinez, Director 

Did you know that the world's first library dates back to the 7th century BC? It was located in the city of Nineveh, Iraq, and was built under the orders of King Asurbanipal. The purpose of the library was to safeguard stone tablets and papyrus scrolls so that they could be consulted.

More than 2500 years later, modern libraries continue to fulfill their objective of safeguarding and preserving materials that we can access to inform, entertain, and educate ourselves.

Today, we can find various types of libraries, including specialized, university, and public or community libraries. The Palapa Society has two libraries that serve our community in Todos Santos, El Pescadero, and surrounding areas.

Click here to read more.

Community Calendar

Biblioteca Elena Poniatowska Hours

Community Library: M, W & F 10 am - 1 pm

Children’s Library: M, T & Th 5 - 6 pm Sat: 10 am - 2 pm

Biblioteca Elena Poniatowska Book Group

March 15, 2024 and runs every third Friday until June 2024

Cost: Priceless

Time: 12 - 1 pm

Location: The Palapa Learning Center

Join us for stimulating discussions on books and climate change!

Escuela de la Palapa 

February 1, 2024 Inscriptions for Secundaria and Preparatoria

For more information: Visit Website

Palapa Society Events Calendar

The Kitchen Witches

Community Theatre Production

A Benefit for The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C.

February 23 - 25, 2024

Location: Teatro Manuel Marquez de Leon

Tickets available at El Tecolote Bookstore M - F 11 - 4 pm or 1 hour before the show at the Teatro Manuel Marquez de Leon.

$500 MXN

Believe in Your Magic

A Benefit for The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C.

✨ Join us for "Believe in Your Magic," celebrating 20 years of The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. on March 17, 2024, at Teatro Pescadero.

Enjoy a captivating dinner and show with illusionist Diego Winburn, a silent auction, and more.

Let the enchantment begin! ✨

Don't forget to check out the latest Journal del Pacifco for our article!

Buy Tickets Here

The Palapa Society’s Annual Donor Appreciation Party

April 13, 2024

5 - 8 PM

Come celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us!

Free for Palapa Society Donors

Please R.S.V.P to tickets@palapasociety.org

Special Thank you´s

A special thank you to Janice Kinne for our special winter edition of the Journal del Pacifico. You went above and beyond to assist us!

January Donors


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Join our community of dedicated supporters, and together, we can make a profound and sustainable impact on the educational opportunities of those in need.

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The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. exists to make a positive difference in people’s lives through inspirational quality education and timely support through community service and programs.

It is the vision of The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. to be a sustainable, accessible community focused organization in which quality educational programs empower choice filled lives and create positive transformational change.
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