“TED Talk Tuesdays” offers insights into dementia

“Dementia, You’re Not the Boss of Me!” is the topic of the first “TED Talk Tuesdays” presentation for 2018. It will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesday, January 9, at The Boutique Dinner Theatre.

Speaker Michael Lindner is the CEO and founder of Vallarta Hospice, and a longtime health professional as a Palliative Care Nurse. He also just happens to be a classical musician.

Michael hails from Keokuk, Iowa. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance, and a master’s degree in Sacred Music, magna cum laude. He also holds a master’s in Harpsichord Performance, magna cum laude; as well as an Associate Degree in Science (Nursing).

From his talk, Michael wants people to gain a greater knowledge of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, and how to care for and interact with patients.

Michael will be donating his honorarium to the SPCA of Puerto Vallarta. He encourages others to learn about and support this non-profit’s work with local animals. There will be opportunities to donate to the SPCA at Michael’s talk.

“TED Talk Tuesdays” will be presented from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on alternating Tuesdays through the season.

Here is the remaining “TED Talk Tuesdays” schedule. Dates are being added continually as interest grows.

January 23: Petr Myska—Photographer, Biologist, Author.
“Nature: Puerto Vallarta’s Greatest Asset.”

A native of Chekoslovakia, Petr is the author of the bilingual guide, “Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals of Western Mexico.” Now in its second printing, the book is full of stunning wildlife photographs of exotic creatures who live all around us. Thirteen years of studying and photographing wildlife are represented. “Everyone loves nature,” he said. “They might not know it yet. But everyone needs contact with nature.”

February 6: Kathleen Naomi Atkins and Todd Atkins—New Owners, XocoDiva Chocolates.
“Chocolates: A Valentine’s Day Love Story: How Chocolate Can Save Your Soul.”

Kathleen Naomi Atkins and Todd Atkins are “gypsy souls,” who believe living means growth, change, excitement, and following your dreams. He is a chiropractor from Seattle with many entrepreneurial pursuits under his belt. Most recently, he was a Dunkin Donuts owner and manager in Chicago. Kathleen is from rural Illinois, and holds a master’s degree in Management Information Systems, and a bachelor’s in Accounting. She is also a graduate of Fashion College, and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre.

Kathleen will discuss the importance of chocolate, starting at birth, and how it saved her life. How you can find your chocolate, too, and wake up from being a zombie.

Todd will reveal his secrets of how chocolate can improve your health and your relationships.

Kathleen and Todd vacationed in PV in May of 2016, when a series of chain reactions occurred to turn their world upside-down. They walked into a chocolate shop with a sign that said, “How would you like to own a business in Mexico?” and fell in love with PV in four days. A few months later, they sold everything, hopped in their car with their two greyhounds, and said “adios” to the Chicago snow.

February 20: Sol Rose—Restaurateur, Singer, Stage Star.
“From Melodies to Meatloaf: How To Succeed in Business WITH Really Trying.”

March 6: Dr. Marcia Hootman—Writer, Minister, Musician.
“How Much Does a Grudge Weigh?”


Each week, an “interesting person” living in Puerto Vallarta shares his or her expertise and insights, on a variety of socially relevant topics.

Each talk concludes with a half-hour interactive discussion, in which audience members may make comments and ask questions of the speaker. Most presentations will be accompanied by slide illustrations and other media.

Breakfast Burritos, Breakfast Sandwiches, coffees, teas, and other fare will be offered from the Nacho Daddy kitchen and bar, at nominal prices.

Audience-goers are encouraged to remain after the presentations, to cultivate friendships and continue discussions, during a no-host lunch. The Boutique Theater is located upstairs at Nacho Daddy, a popular restaurant, bar and music venue, at 287 Basilio Badillo. Its “Mex-Tex” menu includes such favorites as Tortilla Soup, Steak Nachos, and Chicken Fajitas.

Tickets cost $250 pesos each. While tickets may be remaining at the door for presentations, some ticket-seekers had to be turned away last year. Advance ticket purchases are recommended, from, or at the box office.

For updates, go to, or follow The Boutique Dinner Theatre on Facebook. You can also message producer Catherine Caldera on Facebook.

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