Sunday, June 24, 2012

Beach Buzz: Movie Stars, Golf and more

It's June in Puerto Penasco. Summer is here. And so were some genuine movie stars!

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Real Women Have Curves), Michael Pena (Observe and Report, 30 Minutes or Less, Crash, World Trade Center) and Rosario Dawson (Gemini Division, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Girl Walks Into a Bar) recently visited Penasco for a couple of days break from filming a biography about legendary civil rights activist and Latino icon Cesar Chavez.

Pena plays Cesar Chavez, Ferrera plays his wife Helen, and Dawson plays Dolores Huerta, Chavez’s partner in activism and co-founder of what eventually became the United Farm Workers. The script by Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda) will focus on Chavez organizing “the largest non-violent protest in U.S. history to accomplish his ultimate goal of obtaining basic human rights for over 50,000 farm workers in California.”

The crew has been filming in various locations across Sonora over the past two months including Hermosillo, Pesqueira, and Cananea.

How did they like it? America Ferrera tweeted regarding the above photo: "The bigness of my hair is due to the awesome beach trip I took this weekend with the cast of CHAVEZ to Puerto Penasco."

In other local news, Mayan Palace Resorts has signed a three year agreement for Digital Caddies GPS service at its Peninsula de Cortez golf course, a Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II co-design out at La Jolla de Cortez. The course, which is the site of the annual Uniting Nations Cup, is situated on a two mile peninsula with a tidal estuary on one side, the Sea of Cortez on another and an inlet to the south. The challenging 7,210 yard, 18 hole, par 72 sand dune course has nine ocean side holes.

With the Digital Caddies GPS system in place, guests who play at the resort have a user-friendly way to quickly and accurately detect real-time yardages helping golfers play better golf (and have more fun in the process).

Also, the new Sam's Club has opened. Next door to Bodega Aurrera (a WalMart store), this Sam's Club is the smaller version built for smaller cities but it has most everything you're accustomed to seeing in a Sam's. Don't look for lower prices on things like furniture, appliances, clothes, electronics, etc. Those things are always more expensive in Mexico, which may explain why so many Mexicans from border cities cross into the USA to shop at the stores there. But at least the opening of this store and Bodega Aurrera forced Ley's to clean up its act, lower prices and add more products. So that's a good thing!

And finally, in case you missed it the first annual Tequila Fest 2012 was a big hit, with lots tequila tasting, music, food, impromptu dancing and a general great time was had by all. Try to make it to next year's Tequila Fest! You won't be sorry!

And Hey! The weather is sunny and beautiful, so come on down!

And that's the Buzz on the Beach for today.

Peace out...

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