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One of the most anticipated Baja events is the Wine Harvest Festival or, as the locals would say, Fiestas de la Vendimia. 

Over two weeks of parties and dinners will bring local wines, great food and incredible entertainment to the Guadalupe Valley guests. 

For information on traveling to this region, call, toll free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA (2252)-411 or email
For more information about the event: Go to or visit the Provino offices in Ensenada, Av. 20 de Noviembre 1138-2, Zona Centro. 

Phone: Provino at +52 (646) 178-3038 or 178-2949. 


Friday August 2nd at 7:00 pm: Muestra del Vino (Wine Show). 

This activity includes wine tasting from over 40 nearby vineyards and regional dishes prepared by local restaurants. 

Where: Centro Social, Cívico y Cultural Riviera del Pacífico. Cost: $420 pesos. SOLD OUT.

Saturday August 3rd at 9:00 am: Visitas Enologicas. Bus tour of the Ensenada Wine region. This activity will take …

US flag to fly over Havana again, but that won't end America's Cuba debate


Cuba is one of a number of key foreign-policy issues in which President Obama has sought to get beyond what he has seen as mistaken policies of the past. The approach has been vaunted by some, vilified by others.

By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer

JULY 1, 2015

Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba may have agreed Wednesday to open embassies in each other’s capital for the first time in half a century, but that doesn’t mean it will be all salsa music and humdrum diplomacy between the two longtime adversaries anytime soon.

President Obama emphasized that “very serious differences” remain between the two neighboring countries, particularly on human rights and democracy, as he announced a long-awaited accord between the two governments Wednesday. 

The agreement will allow each country’s existing diplomatic offices in Washington and Havana to reopen as full-fledged embassies as of July 20.

“I believe that American engagement – through our embassy, our…


From Bonita to Cape Coral, where to celebrate the 4th

Tamara Pigott 
Special to The News-Press
2:39 p.m. EDT July 1, 2015

(Photo: news-press file photo)

July 4 is right around the corner and Lee County has a full schedule of parades and fireworks throughout the area to commemorate Independence Day. 

So get out this weekend and have some fun as we celebrate with old-fashioned hometown parades, spectacular fireworks and much more. Have a fun, safe time as you enjoy the holiday.

Kick off the holiday July 3 in Estero

The festivities begin on Friday night when Miromar Outlets in Estero gets a jump on the holiday with its “Have a Blast” Independence Eve fireworks. In its 16th year, the lakeside event includes live music, kids activities and entertainment with fireworks at dusk. It’s a great family event and you might want to arrive early to find the perfect place to catch the fireworks.

Bonita Springs

Star Spangled Bonita begins its July 4 celebration at 9 a.m. with a parade on Old 41. At 4 p.m., a p…

At Boston’s Fenway Park, a different Green Monster


With the opening of a vegetable garden on the roof of the oldest baseball park in the United States, the Boston Red Sox became the latest Major League Baseball team to feature more green than just a perfectly manicured field.

By Shontee Pant, Staff writer

JUNE 30, 2015

Shontee Pant/The Christian Science Monitor

A vibrant vegetable garden is growing atop the roof of the oldest baseball park in the United States. When Fenway Park opened Fenway Farms this spring, the Boston Red Sox became the latest Major League Baseball team to feature more green than just a perfectly manicured field.

Patches of produce now sprout up across the nation at the stadiums of the San Francisco Giants, the Colorado Rockies, and the San Diego Padres. Fenway Farms, which officially kicked off on Red Sox opening day, is currently the largest major league garden with 5,000 square feet of growing space. 

Located atop the managing offices of the Red Sox, the all-organic garden was the idea of Linda Pizzuti …

Fairchild’s Mango Festival features mangoes of Jamaica

Dr. Noris Ledesma, Fairchild’s curator of tropical fruit, holds a basket of mangos at the 2013 mango festival.
© 2013 George Leposky

The mangoes of Jamaica take center stage this year at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 23rd annual International Mango Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 11th and 12th, 2015.

Each year, mangoes from a different country where this pan-tropical fruit grows are featured at the festival.

 Jamaica’s mangoes are a worthy choice for such attention because“it is part of their culture, and they take it for granted,”says Noris Ledesma, Ph.D., Fairchild’s curator of tropical fruit.

“In Jamaica, mangoes are consumed mainly as fresh fruit. A 10-year-old child picks a mango fruit on his way to school for a snack. Every backyard has at least one mango tree; of course, it’s their favorite mango! Many urban and suburban households produce significant amounts of mangos because it is traditional to plant fruit trees around the home, and mangoes are one of the most popular…