Involvement Opportunities

Here’s a New Year’s resolution worth keeping. Get involved with one or more (or all) of the following social and charitable groups that meet in Rosarito Beach. Here are the meeting dates for 2016 so you can jot these into your calendar.

The Cruz Roja American volunteers meet on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00 am at the Rosarito Beach Hotel’s Quixote Room for breakfast and a speaker. 2016 dates are: Jan 14, Feb 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, Sep 18, Oct 13, Nov 10, and Dec 8. Cruz Roja provides free local ambulance service to all Rosarito residents and a centrally located hospital for all. $20 dues also gets you a  $100 discount to all those pesky ambulance-to-the-border trips. The volunteers operate a thrift store behind Waldo’s with all proceeds benefitting the hospital. Annual fundraisers include an art and flower show, fashion show, and soup’s on luncheon.

The Flying Samaritans meet at 10:00 am on the third Wednesday of each month at Villas del Mar. 2016 dates are Jan 20, Feb 17, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, Sep 21, Oct 19, and Nov 16. The Flying Samaritans host medical clinics on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, and offer periodic vision and auditory clinics for the Mexican community. Annual dues are $20 (single), and $30 (couple). Their fundraisers include monthly bingo at the Oceana Restaurant and the big July 4th bash at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. www.flyingsamaritansrosarito.org.

Friends of the Library meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm at the main library in IMAC Park behind Banamex. Dates for the year are: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, Sep 14, Oct 12, and Nov 9. The Friends of the Library offer several reading programs throughout the year and provide books to the city’s school children. Annual dues are $15. Fundraisers include poker tourneys and the Holiday Home Tour. www.friendsofthelibrary.com.mx

FRAO, the Foreign Residents Attention Office, meets monthly on the third Thursday for breakfast and a speaker at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. 2016 dates are: Jan 21, Feb 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, Sep 22, Oct 20, and Nov 17. This government-funded office offers assistance and information to immigrants living in the Rosarito area, including help with visas.  Email: FRAO@rosarito.gob.mx.

The USBC, United Society of Baja California, meets on the first Saturday of each month (with the exception of the spring Bike Race month), at 10:00 am at the Rosarito Beach Hotel’s Casa Blanca Restaurant for breakfast and a speaker. This year’s dates are: Jan 2, Feb 6, March 5, April 2, May 14, June 4, July 2, August 6, Sept 3, Oct 1, Nov 5, and Dec 3. This social club has monthly pot luck luncheons and restaurant tours, and supports local charities as well as people in need. www.unitedsocietyofbaja.org.

This is your community, get involved and meet some new friends.