Mazatlán Photo Calendars are Out!


Photographers whose works are in the calendar: Lenny, Beverly, Dianne and John, with Dee Hulen from Sonrisas in yellow in the center. Missing is Lloyd.

Sonrisas, the small group of powerful expatriate women who give scholarships to outstanding students, has just published their third “photos of Mazatlán” calendar. I am once again proud to be included in this very worthwhile effort. Be sure to get your calendars, and those you want to give as gifts, quickly. They always run out long before Christmas!

Yesterday afternoon (Friday) was the launch party at Macaw’s downtown, just prior to ArtWalk. On hand were some of the women in the group, as well as all but one of the photographers. Photographers with works in the Sonrisas calendar this year include Beverly Kreutzer (the cover), Lenny Wollitz, Dianne Hofner Saphiere, John Kirsch, and Lloyd Goldstein. Click a photo below to enlarge it.

The Sonrisas group has been around for about ten years, though several of these ladies have lived in Mazatlán for decades. The group includes Lynn Hopkins de Hernández, Dee Hulen, Judith Wolfberg, Kathy Thompson, Marg Deane, Valerie Byrd, Lena Brown, Trish Kenison, Tish Loeppke, Claire Robertson, and Diane Hoover.

They have helped students get a good education, sponsoring academically-talented youngsters from elementary school clear through, for outstanding scholars, to university. They are even sponsoring one student who is currently studying abroad in Valparaiso, Chile!

Each lady contributes money to the scholarship fund, and they also conduct fundraising activities such as the calendar, bi-annual trips to a spa north of town or to Guadalajara/Tonalá and Tlaquepaque to go shopping; they’ve made and sold handmade greeting cards, and they used to have a large garage sale, as well.

The calendars contain 14 months (November 2015-January 2017), are bilingual, and list Mexican, Canadian and US American holidays—and this year they have a hole for hanging! They cost only 100 pesos each. Calendars are available at:

  • Twisted Mamas in the Golden Zone
  • Cafe Playa Sur downtown

Dee Hulen will be at Macaws every Friday from 4-6 pm till mid-December or till the calendars are sold out (they printed 600 this year). Group members will also be selling calendars at Rico’s and Looney Bean.

For more information please canemail Dee Hulen or Lynne Hopkins.

About Dianne Hofner Saphiere

There are loads of talented people in this gorgeous world of ours. We all have a unique contribution to make, and if we collaborate, I am confident we have all the pieces we need to solve any problem we face. I have been an intercultural organizational effectiveness consultant since 1979, working primarily with for-profit multinational corporations. I lived and worked in Japan in the late 70s through the 80s, and currently live in and work from México, where with a wonderful partner we've raised a bicultural, global-minded son. I have worked with organizations and people from over 100 nations in my career. What's your story?

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