Focus on lyrics while rocking out! John Coinman Band

Puerto Peñasco is becoming a popular spot for bands! In addition to an array of local talent, the area continues to welcome late into the night banda music from across Mexico, the soothing sounds of trop-rocker Mark Mulligan, and Americana rock rhythms of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, among others. After last Saturday, Puerto Peñasco […]

“The Independent” ready for Circus Mexicus 2014

In just one month, the traditional music trek of Peacemakers to Puerto Peñasco’s beaches will be upon us for the XXIII edition of Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers’ Circus Mexicus.  In an interview we did with Roger a couple years back, he explained how people were hearing music off their albums sooner through social networking […]

A quick sit-down with Jimmy Maldonado. Filmmaker. Photographer.

I recall news spreading that someone from Rocky Point had won a short-film contest in Cd. Obregon, and it wasn’t until the day I finally met the winner did I recall this – and was introduced to Jimmy Maldonado. I had been speaking with Nina Mier of the Primera Toma (First Take) Film Club about the […]

UTPP looking to 2012-13 academic year

The Technological University of Puerto Peñasco (UTPP) is about ready to graduate its first class and looking forward to the future.  On Tuesday, May 29th, school Director Rafael Mendívil Millán met with various local members of the press and invited upcoming high-school graduates to consider enrolling in one of UTPP’s professional programs which include studies in gastronomy, marketing […]

10th Coastal Cabalgata (Horse ride & show) 4/28 – 4/29

Mount up! For the 10th time the Cabalgantes del Desierto, A.C. (Desert Riders), in coordination with the City of Puerto Peñasco will be holding a Coastal Cabalgata (Coastal Ride) bringing together the states of Sonora and Baja California.  Along with dancing horses, the event begins on Saturday, April 28th at 7 p.m. by the El […]

Earth Day April 22nd

In various parts of the US, Mexico, and across the globe, plans are underway for events to celebrate and commemorate a day that concerns us all: April 22nd – Earth Day. Here in Puerto Peñasco, the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) is planning their First Family Day for Saturday, April […]

The Chef Mickey Experience + chiles en nogada

Honestly, I don’t call myself a person with a virtue for cooking – I’ve been known to burn water for coffee…or bread for sandwiches. That’s why when I was invited to join a cooking class with Chef Mickey (in Plaza del Sol, along Blvd. Fremont), my only thought was “Oh goodness…what did I get myself […]

Film and wonder traveling through Sonora: Udi Goren

“Everyone has a story to tell.”  This is what Udi Goren, visual journalist and global traveler, tells us drives him to discover stories and explore regions across the globe. Originally from Israel, Goren graduated from Brooks Institute in California last year and took to the road with his brother as they made their way into […]

Reflections on the beginning of Spring 2012

Slacks and a sweater for Spring For days now, the change of season could already be perceived in the air. The typical warmth of  this time of year was beginning to be felt. I was already prepared for a change of wardrobe, and to let myself be seduced by the sun’s rays; nevertheless, this past […]

Film Workshop welcomes Horacio Castelo / Taller de Cine

The ongoing Film Workshop, which has been meeting with various presenters locally since mid-February, will welcome actor Horacio Castelo for its 4th course this Saturday, March 17.  The workshop, entitled “Introduction to the Seventh Art” is held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and this week will include a showing of one of […]

Sonora Reads: Commemorating Padre Kino

On the morning of March 15th at Plaza del Camarón, as part of the “Sonora Reads” program, a reading event took place in commemoration of the 301 years since the passing of Father Francisco Eusebio Kino. Participants included those from the City administration, the Cultural Institute, and musicians, alongside students from local jr. high and […]

Countdown to Spring Break: Dining on a budget

In the March issue of JoinUs, shared some ideas about dining options around Rocky Point on a Spring Break budget….no, carbohydrates do not just come from beer! Check it out!  Plus, be sure to check out the Drink and Dine  part of RockyPoint360 for more dining ideas!! Rocky Point a la carte! By Shandra […]

CEDO announces 18th Environmental Contest

For just over 30 years the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) in Puerto Peñasco has striven to fulfill its mission “…to advance and share knowledge about the Upper Gulf of California and surrounding Sonoran Desert and promote conservation and sustainable use of its natural resources” (  Among CEDO’s many activities, […]

Las Conchas Home Tour / CEDO Benefit 3/3

Want to peak inside some lovely homes in Las Conchas?  Several homeowners will open their elegant beach casas on Saturday, March 3 for viewing.  Admission to the Home Tour is $15 US, with ALL of these revenues to benefit the ongoing work of CEDO (Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans). Organizers tell […]

Art & Music @ Peñasco del Sol 2/29

Art and music will take center stage on Wednesday evening, Feb. 29th at Peñasco del Sol Hotel with an 8 p.m. piano concert recital by German Esquer Delgado, local musician and one of the instructors with the Puerto Peñasco Youth Orchestra, as well as an exhibit of the International Photography Festival from Alamos, Sonora. The piano concert, which […]

Piano Recital German Esquer Delgado 2/29

German Esquer Delgado, a talented pianist and one of the instructors of the evolving Puerto Peñasco Youth Orchestra will have a concert recital on Feb. 29 at the Gran Salon Peñasco of Peñasco del Sol Hotel at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will go to Pro Asilo de Ancianos (Pro – Casa Hogar Home for the Elderly). Entrance is 100 […]