Continuing through June 30, PEACE PALS ART CONTEST FOR CHILDREN: Teaching kids life lessons through art: That is the goal of the 20th Annual Peace Pals International™ Art Contest. The theme for 2017, “Nature for All ~ Loving the Earth,” is intended to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers. Youth, ages 5-16, from around the world are invited to enter the art contest with their drawings about nature and conservation. Kids throughout the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area will be participating in this program thanks to a donation by Club Rotary Zihuatanejo of paper, colors, and art materials. For more information, go to: www.wppspeacepals.org
Continuing through July 31, Goi INTERNATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: The International Essay Contest for Young People is one of the youth education programs organized by the Goi Peace Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. Started in 2000, the annual contest aims to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development, and to inspire society to learn from its young minds and think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. The theme for the 2017 competition is “Learning from Nature.” For more information, go to: https://www.goipeace.or.jp/en/work/essay-contest/.
Thursday, June 1, DIA DE LA MARINA NACIONAL (NATIONAL MARINE/NAVY DAY): A national holiday, Marine Day is a solemn occasion for the nation of Mexico, when the National Flag is hoisted at full mast. Zihuatanejo has been an important port since colonial times. There is a navy station at the port and a Naval Hospital in Ixtapa. In 1942, the first of June was established as Marine Day in tribute to all, who with their work, personal sacrifice, participation, and cooperation at all levels, contributed to the birth and consolidation of the maritime sector in the country. On this day, Zihuatanejo pays tribute to our local navy personnel and the fishermen, tour operators, water sports operators, marine merchants, and others who care for our oceans and waters.
One of the most famous Navy officers in Mexico’s history was Jose Azueta, for whom the city of Zihuatanejo is named. His statute is at the pier of Zihuatanejo.
Photo by: Margaret Reid
Thursday, June 1, GLOBAL DAY OF PARENTS: The Global Day of Parents is observed on the first of June every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 and honors parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. Our families may be different, but we all share the same love.
Poster by: Amnistía Internaciónal México
Thursday, June 8, OCEAN DAY: June 8 is Ocean Day, and the month is dedicated to conserving our world’s oceans. This is especially important to the tourist resort area of Zihuatanejo. Wherever you live, in Zihuatanejo or in any waterfront area, now is the time to take action to preserve our oceans! See: Our Oceans -Our Future! June is International Ocean Month
Sunday, June 18, All Day Long! FATHER’S DAY: Happy Father’s Day! Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates male parenting. It is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide. Mexico, USA and Canada observe this day on the third Sunday in June. Be sure to kiss and hug Daddy!
Visit the Peace Pole Monument: If you are in Zihuatanejo this month, we encourage you to visit and meditate at the Peace Pole Monument, located along the waterfront, next to the Archeological Museum. It bears the inscription, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in the native Náhuatl language, Spanish, French and English.
Thursday & Friday, July 6-7, 1st Regional Conference of Languages at UTCGG in Petalan: The Language Academy of the Universidad Tecnológica de la Costa Grande de Guerrero (UTCGG) in Petalán invites teachers, educators, and language instructors (English, French and Spanish) to its 1st Regional Language Conference on July 6-7, 2017. Patricia Ann Talley, Editor of www.Imagine-Mexico.com and representative of Peace Pals International™ will be a keynote speaker at this conference presenting, “Teaching Peace through Language Studies.” See: UTCGG Tech University Invites Educators to 1st Regional Language Conference-July 6 &7,2017
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