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October 2016

 

 

OPEN CIRCLE

Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.

October 9 FIZZ ED – The Lowdown on Fermented Foods & Beverages

Presented by Carol Kaufman, Jaime Navarro, and Tommy Arnold

All over the world, people are rediscovering the art of making and consuming homemade pickles, sauerkraut, yoghurt and naturally fizzy, probiotic-rich drinks. Three Lakeside fermenting enthusiasts will present a fascinating view of this fermentation craze, including the reasons to consume these superfoods and how to make your own.

October 16 Out of the Shadows

Presented by John Stokdijk

John will share his insights into mental health and mental illnesses. He will also share his life-long personal struggle with maintaining good mental health. John will also address the topic in light of a transition from a career in Canada to retirement in Ajijic.

October 23 When the Saints Go Marching In

Presented by Rev. Don Beaudreault

Don served Unitarian Universalist congregations for 37 years and before that was an English teacher. Along the way, he has been a professional jazz pianist, starting at the age of 17. He has lived in or traveled to 60 countries. One of the places where he served a church was New Orleans. Don will share the ambience of that remarkable place through poetry and song.

October 30 End of Life

Presented by Dr. Sam Thelin

Dr. Sam will discuss the meaning of death and provide an overview of the dying process in natural and diseased situations. He’ll talk about palliative care in terminal patients and in non-terminal patients, and common misconceptions about euthanasia.

November 6 The Battle Between War and Peace

Presented by David Bryen

 


Dr. Sam Thelin

 

Most thoughtful people who say they seek peace and are opposed to war acknowledge that war may be justified in the face of certain perils: to protect life, culture, property and sacred beliefs. War is the ultimate expression of the forces of human violence that underlie all the conflicts that threaten the survival of our world, dominate our politics, destroy our relationships and put us at odds inside ourselves. Exploring the operation of these forces and the complex paradoxes of war on an individual and global scale may be our most relevant moral responsibility, helping us understand Pogo’s meaning when he said, “We have met the enemy and he is us”. 

David Bryen currently serves as coordinator of Open Circle. Before retiring to Ajijic he practiced as a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist and marriage counselor. He is a poet, author, carpenter and avid motorcyclist.

BUTTERFLIES AND BIKES

Mariposa Project/Butterflies en Mexico (BeM) is gearing up for its third annual “Exercise 4 Change” fundraiser project, from November 2016 through February 2017. Interested in finding out more? Come to the free orientation meeting at Sky Fitness gym in Ajijic West on October 13, from 5 to 6 p.m. You can also just come to sign up to volunteer or sponsor a program.

 


Javier Gonzalez Nava

 

Here’s how it works: you can bike, run, swim, walk, row, use an elliptical trainer, a treadmill or anything else that can be used to measure your efforts, at the pace you want and in your own time. You will be supporting one or more areas of the Project’s work: anti-violence and family, school and community and apprentice programs.

Visit www.gomariposa.org and go to Exercise 4 Change 2016-2017, or call 387-761-0360 for more information or to register.

SEE THEM PAINT

Members of the Lake Chapala Painting Guild will be offering demos in various media at Sol Mexicano. The artists and their demonstration dates coming up are as follows: Lois Schroff, October 19 and 20; Geraldine Classen, November 3 and 4.

Each session will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until at least 1 p.m. There is no charge and reservations aren’t necessary. Everyone is invited.

Sol Mexicano is located on Colon #13 in Ajijic, a half block south of the plaza.

WHERE EXACTLY IS MULLINGAR?

Outside Mullingar is a delightful Irish love story. It’s directed by Ann Swiston Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits in their 50s. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that – due to his painful shyness – suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, but she’s watching the years slip away.

 


Cast Members: Dave McIntosh, Mary Hunt, Peter Luciano, Deborah Spitz and Douglas Pinkerton

 

Cast Members: Dave McIntosh, Mary Hunt, Peter Luciano, Deborah Spitz and Douglas Pinkerton.

The show runs October 21-30. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. evenings, and at 3 p.m. for Sunday matinees.

LLT Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday and Thursday plus

10 a.m. to noon every day during the show, except for Sunday.

For email reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone  376-766-0954 (messages are okay). Also, visit the website at  www.lakesidelittletheatre.com for more information on ticket sales, upcoming productions and general information

A BOUTIQUE FASHION SHOW

Once again Lois Cugini, of Opus Boutique, is sponsoring a fashion show. All proceeds will benefit Niños Incapacitados.

 


Lois Cugini

 

The date is Thursday, October 27. The gates open at 2:30 p.m. and the fashion show starts at 3:30 p.m. The ticket price is 150 pesos. There are limited tickets available. They are available at Opus Boutique.

The show will be at Aldama #31 in Ajijic. Shaded seating is available. For information, call Beryl and Robert Owen at 766- 2157 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(For more information about Niños Incapacitados upcoming events, check their new website:  http://www.programaninos.com/events).

FOR BALLET LOVERS

The Ballet de Jalisco will perform a program of exceptional dances at the Auditorio on Thursday, October 29, at 6 p.m.

Viva la Musica is sponsoring this performance by the state’s only professional ballet company. Tickets for this exciting and very unusual performance are being sold at LCS on Thursdays and Fridays from 10-12 as well as at the Auditorio, Mia’s Boutique, and  Diane Pearl  Colecciones. Viva expects the program to sell out so it’s important to get your tickets as soon as possible.

The gala will feature selections from classical, semi-classical, and contemporary ballets.  

 

 

VIVA LA MUSICA BUS TRIPS

“Live at the Met” Opera

Saturday October 29 Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni, with Hibla Gerzmava as Dona Anna and Malin Bystrom as Dona Elvira.  The bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.

Saturday December 10 ‘L’Amour de Loin’ (Love from Afar) is a new opera by Kaija Saariaho. It premiered in 2000 in Salzburg. It’s a medieval love story with Susanna Philips as Clémence and Eric Owens as Jaufré. The bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, November 6 Beethoven Lenora Overture, and the Ninth Symphony. This concert celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Degollado Theater. Seats are double the regular price. Trip cost is 600 pesos for Viva members and 700 pesos for non-members. The bus leaves at 10:30 am.

Live Opera in Guadalajara

Friday November 25: Live Opera Othello with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and the State Choir, with tenor Issachah Savage as Othello, and soprano Maija Kovalevska as Desdemona. The bus leaves at 4:30 p.m., with a stop at a fine restaurant. The tickets are 500 pesos for members and 600 pesos for non-members.

The Jalisco Ballet

Sunday December 18 The Jalisco Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. This is always a Christmas sell-out. The bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. Bus trip tickets are 500 pesos for members and 600 pesos for non-members.

Bus trip tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon.

ZOMBIES AT THE PLAZA

Come to the Ajiic plaza on Saturday, October 29 at 5 p.m. to see the annual Michael Jackson’s Thrill the World flash mob event. Val Jones and Dee Grant are busy rehearsing with zombie wannabes now, for the not-to-be missed performance.

 

 

“Zombies,” aka your friends and neighbors under the gory costumes and makeup, get sponsorship to participate and their donations go to the Red Cross. In 2015 the event cleared 200,000 pesos.  For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A MARRIAGE AND A DOG

The Bravo! Theatre’s next production is SylviaRoseann Wilshere is directing.  

 

 

The play, by A.R. Gurney, is a modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog.  The NY Times said “Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affiar in A.R. Gurney’s new comedy Sylvia.”

It is a howlingly funny play!   The production will be on November 3, 4, 5, and 6 and November 10, 11, 12 and 13.  Tickets are 200 pesos and may be purchased from Diane Pearl Colecciones and Mia’s Boutique or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WIN A CAR! OR A GOLF CART!

The Country Club de Chapala and Cruz Roja Chapala Delegacion are proud to announce the XIII Golf Classic. As usual, there will be great prizes. Win a car from Dalton Toyota or a golf cart, compliments of Lozano, or maybe a dream vacation donated by SkyMed. There are lots of ways to win, even for non-golfers!

 

 

The tournament is held on Thursday, November 3 at the Country Club de Chapala.

Registration at the CCC pro Shop. For information on how you can be a player or sponsor call 766-2054 or 766-4990.

KAMA IS “PLEASURE” IN SANSCRIT…

…and a pleasurable  six day residential yoga retreat is what Latika Pierrette Claude is offering from Monday, November 7 to Saturday, November 12 here in Ajijic.

 

 

Latika says, “Be healed and nurtured from within with gentle yoga.” Local residents who want to attend will have eight two hour classes, a gourmet vegan lunch on Friday at Casa Vegana, a visit to a hot spring spa on Saturday, and participation in other of the week’s activities.

To sign up or for more information, contact Latika at 376 106 2131 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The retreat will be held at the Heart of  Awareness Buddhist Sangha at Guadalupe Victoria 101 in Ajijic.

THE NAKED STAGE

The next Naked Stage production is Time Stands Still. It’s directed by L.B. Hamilton and runs October 28, 29, 30. 

It’s set in Brooklyn and revolves around Sarah, a photo journalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb, and her reporter boyfriend James who is swamped by guilt after leaving Sarah alone in Iraq.

Cast members are Carolyn Cothran, Kevin Leitch, Amanda Miller, and David Goldman,

The Naked Stage is in Riberas del Pilar, at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church.

For more information and reservations, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates.

DANCE UNDER THE STARS

“Dancing Under the Stars” is the theme of the new Lake Chapala Charities fundraiser on Thursday, November 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

 

Dr. Tony Pinto, noted chef, will prepare his famous seafood paella as part of the multi -course Mediterranean supper on Hotel Montecarlo’s beautiful tented terrace.

There will be cash cocktail and wine bars, a silent auction and a few surprises. After dessert DJ Howard will switch from dinner to dancing music.

Advance tickets are 375 pesos if purchased by November 5. The ticket price goes up to 450 pesos for tickets purchased November 6 - 10, so buy yours now!   This promises to be a lovely evening, so tickets will sell quickly and seating is limited.

To reserve tables for 6-8 guests and a free bottle of wine to your table, please contact Margy Kassier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 766-4337. Tickets are available starting October 17 at LCS, the Tuesday market and the Hotel Montecarlo.

FERIA MAESTRO DEL ARTE

The 15th annual Feria will be held November 11-13, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission will be 50 pesos.

The Feria’s location is at the Club de Yates de Chapala (Chapala Yacht Club), Paseo Ramon Corona in Chapala.

Check out the website: www.mexicoartshow.com. Or, for Feria questions (general information, volunteering, artists), contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This is a great volunteer opportunity, especially for hosting. Contact Sandra Spencer at (376) 766.1923, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JALTEPEC DOES IT AGAIN

Centro Educativo Jaltepec is preparing for its annual Christmas Dinner and Luncheon event. The dinner will take place on Tuesday, November 29, and the luncheon is on the following day, Wednesday, November 30.

The students will, as usual, prepare the delicious meals. Timothy G. Ruff Welch will direct “A Taste of Los Cantantes del Lago.”

Contact Linda Buckthorp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (376) 766.1631 to make your reservation in advance.

 

sandy olson

 

SANDY OLSON

 

Column: Lakeside Living

 

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Sandy Olson is a typical San Franciscan, and that’s enough about that. As a career, she was a community college instructor, first as a parent education specialist, though she has no talent with children, and later as an ESL instructor, getting hired with no knowledge of automotive mechanics. Somehow the administration never found her out. She’s hoping that the Editor of the Ojo del Lago doesn’t find out, too, that all the notices in Lakeside Living are fiction that she makes up while she sits in the Ajijic Plaza all day.

Sandy has moved to Mexico forever four times at last count and now she has a driver’s license and DIF card and is going for permanent residency soon. Lakeside is home and she can’t imagine living anywhere else.

 

 

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