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By Kay Davis

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April 2010

Events are listed by date, like a calendar: past events, then those planned for the future. Some organizations offer multiple events, and these items appear toward the end of the column.

On January 26, the 904 Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada held its annual golf tournament and pig roast dinner at Country Club de Chapala. The tournament was won by Doug Archer, Rod Pye, Carole Durham and Brian O’Neil. The 904th is a group of ex-military and civilian aviators and aviation enthusiasts. For more information, see the Association’s web site at 904wing.org.

 

 

17th Tee Pause: Mike Brisco and Gord Stewart await a clear green

On January 28, The Two Agaves held a book signing at Casa del Sol. Bill Frayer read from his latest book of poems, Agave Blood, depicting ordinary situations with unique wisdom. The Agave Marias authors recited lines from the book,seeming to create a whole new story.

 

Bill Frayer reading from Agave Blood

At their January 30 annual general meeting, Country Club de Chapala members elected Charley Temple president. The Country Club de Chapala is a semi-private, nonprofit country club, offering a challenging golf course with beautiful surroundings and a club that includes dining facilities. For more information, contact Country Club de Chapala Membership Chair Richard Belair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Club’s web site at www.ccchapala.com.

 

Charles Temple

At their February annual banquet Casa, the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic, celebrated their finest culinary winners of the past year. Three were given the group’s highest award, the BING. This year’s winners were Karen Rowell, Joe DeLeon and Monica Malloy. Casa President Patrick Winn presented them with large pewter bowls to recognize their achievement. Other awards were given for second, third place, and People’s Choice. All who would like to join CASA can contact Patrick Winn at 766 – 4842 or by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

CASA winners: Karen Rowell, Joe DeLeon and Monica Malloy

On February 6 at the Centro Cultural de Ajijic, Pat Apt, Jesús L?pez Vega and Korina Butiémy displayed their art work. Korina is 10 and shows great promise.

Álvarez Morales played with light

In February Jazz vocalist Dilia teamed up with award winning Toronto-based chef Alex Sgroi for two shows at El Bar Co. Dinner was served in the back garden where the sound was excellent. Dilia was backed by Ricardo Raygosa on keyboards, Chelo on Drums, Cesar Coronat on Bass and Juan Pablo Hernandez on Sax and Flute.

Dilia and Chef Sgroi at El Bar Co

February 13, Lakeside Friends of the Animals held a cocktail thank you at the Billy Moon Estate, hosted by Claudette Champagne. John Marshall and Elyn McEvoy addressed the group briefly on behalf of Lakeside animals. Charlie, a gentle mascot for the affair, found new owners. Want to help animals? Write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Charlie found a new home

On Valentine’s Day, while Chapala rocked to Carnaval, the Old Train Station in Chapala provided a refuge of tranquility. There was a photo show called “Bohemian Night” which hung on the walls for viewing before and after a concert presented by the CREM Orquestra, formerly Golden Strings. The children and adolescents who comprise the group are truly exceptional.

EVENTS TO COME:

 

From March 2 – 13 at the Ajijic Cultural Center, ASA, the Art Society of Ajijic will have a judged art show. All upstanding members can submit artwork March 1, 10 – 12, two pieces for a fee of $50 pesos. Judging will take place March 2, opening 3 – 6. The Culture Center is open daily from 10 – 2 and 3 – 6, admission free. There will be no ASA meeting in March, resuming April 15, then the first Monday each month at La Nueva Posada. Annual dues are $200 pesos.

Álvarez Morales played with light

March 5 – 7 the Mexican Chili Cookoff will be held at the grounds of Tobolandía in Ajijic. Besides Chili there are the parade, vendors of foods, drinks and other interesting items and performers of various kinds. Contact Charlie Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 March 5 – 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium in La Floresta, Northern Lights will put sparkle into your days. Contact Roseann Wilshere at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On March 10, 11, 16 & 18 at 7:30 p.m. at La Nueva Posada, Shirley Haverland’s Farewell Appearance may bring a tear or two at her “Comedy in Concert,” fun-filled show. Lakeside’s Funny Lady is moving to the US on March 30, tickets available at the hotel desk and at Suzy’s Consignments across from Roberto’s restaurant, or call 766 – 1853, open seating. Guests are invited to stay and share a farewell toast with Shirley.

On March 11 the School for the Deaf and Children with Special Needs will hold their Black and White Ball: One Thousand and One Nights. Lakeside’s most elegant formal affair will feature an Arabian theme, entertainment by a belly dancer. The function will be held at the Villa Encantada Eventos in Chapala. Tickets are $750 pesos per person. Chairperson Jim Lloyd at 766 – 3070 or Leslie Martin at 766 – 2274.

Black and White Ball: One Thousand and One Nights

From March 13 – 15 at 3 p.m., Naked Stage will present Lysistrata. This version is updated for modern audiences. Directed by Sally Jo Bartlett. Reservations are a must. Call 766 – 2044. 

On March 17 at 7:30 p.m., The Spanglish Imposition returns Lakeside’s improv comedy to Centro Sol y Luna for three “Wacky Wednesdays.” Subsequent shows are March 24 and 31 at the new Pocket Theater in Centro Sol y Luna, Rio Bravo #10. There will be new sketches and improv games. Bring a large item and they will try to use it as a prop. Tickets are $150 pesos. Get your tickets early. Call 765 – 7240, also available at Sol y Luna or Diane Pearl Colecciones. Open seating.

March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium, Kovac Productions offers “Gypsy Night.” Tickets are $300 pesos, available at the Auditorium in La Floresta, Tony’s Restaurant, Salvador’s and Charter Club Tours. The show features Gyula Horvath, a Hungarian virtuoso violinist, performing from theaters such as the Sydney Opera House and La Scala in Milan, in the USA, China, England, Switzerland and before Pope John Paul II.

Gypsy Night Poster

On March 19, the 10th Annual Cruz Roja Fashion Show will begin at 3 p.m. at the Hotel Real de Chapala in La Floresta. A cold buffet will be served. Admission is $400 pesos. Tables for 10 will be $4,500 pesos. Sales at the Cruz Roja table at the Lake Chapala Society or call June Cooper, 766 – 4939. Ten Platinum tables will go for $6,000 pesos, including drinks, special botanas, buffet and first choice (Feb. 1 – 13) of preferred table location.

March 19 at La Nueva Posada, 10 a.m., the Ajijic Writers Group will sponsor a guest speaker, Professor Emeritus of Russian Literature James E. Falen, University of Tennessee,  who has published translations of Alexander Pushkin and many modern Russian writers.

Prof. James Falen

March 20 at 7 p.m. and March 21 at 4 p.m. at the Auditorium in La Floresta, Los Cantantes del Lago will put on their Spring Concert. This choir has become very popular and promises once again to present a great concert. Tickets are $200 pesos. Contact a member of Los Cantantes for tickets or Jan Feise at 766 – 2691, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 24 from 6:30 p.m., Have Hammers...Will Travel will have its first fundraiser to help purchase tools for their LCS carpentry workshops for local Mexican boys. The event will be held at the Riviera Alta Clubhouse, featuring Tony’s ribs or chicken, apple pie and ice cream. Entertainment by The Tallboys Band, cost $250 pesos per person. For time and reservations, contact Robert Owen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On March 28 – 29 and April 4 – 6, 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday and 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, My, My, How Nice! Productions presents Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. The show will be at Sol y Luna, Rio Bravo #10, and will star a new face at Lakeside stages, Peter Palmer, owner of Pedro’s Gourmet and GO Le Club restaurants. Michael Warren and Jayme Littlejohn costar, direction by John Ward. The play promises to keep audiences rolling in the aisles. Ticket prices are $200 pesos, on sale at Diane Pearl Colecciones and Suzy’s Consignments or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A portion of all My, My How Nice Productions goes to CREM, the children’s symphony.

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

The American Legion post #7 schedule for March:

Sundays: 12 – 3 p.m. Legion Grill: burgers    

Mar 3 – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.: US Consulate (no Social Security)

Mar 13 – 3 p.m. – Free Movie: Homeward Bound

Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Mar 25 – 3 p.m. Lone Star

Until March 18, Food Extravaganza continues at the Lake Chapala Society during Food Month, co-sponsored by LCS and ACÁ, the Asociaci?n Comunitaria de Autosuficiencia. Distinguished area chefs demonstrate the best of regional and international food. Sign up at the LCS office or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cost is $50 pesos per food lecture. Check the LCS bulletin board or email ACÁ at the above email address for the full schedule:

March 8 – April 23 (7 weeks) Spanish classes: sign up – blue umbrella patio

Lakeside Little Theatre news:

On stage now is Sandy Wilson’s musical The Boy Friend, directed by Allen McGill. Presented as “The Longest Running Roadshow Of The Boy Friend,” this fun show runs from February 27 to March 9.

Rehearsals are underway for the final show of the season, Cash on Delivery. Bob Coull directs Michael Cooney’s farce about a con artist, welfare fraud, and mistaken identity. Performances April 3 – 11.

LLT’s Annual General Meeting will be March 17. Registration at 10 a.m., meeting at 11, election for positions on the LLT Board of Directors. All members are encouraged to attend and vote.

The Season Ticket Renewal and New Sales are on March 18, 10 – 1 in the LLT lobby. Season tickets are $800 pesos per reserved seat for six plays from September 2010 through April 2011, including LLT Membership. Individual tickets are $150 pesos.

LLT invites all member volunteers during the 2009 — 2010 Season to our annual Applause Party on April 17, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Theatre.

LLT’s The Boy Friend

The Music Appreciation Society (MAS) program:

February 9 at the Auditorium in La Floresta, the Three Sopranos: Liliana del Conde, Mariana del Rocío Corona, and Zaira Soria “wowed” the audience with songs from My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess, arias from Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, Turandot, La Traviata, Tosca, adding to their international reputation.

February 19 on the LCS back patio, Michael Warren’s play was read and well enacted. Murder by Proxy started with a past “death by misadventure” along with persistent speculations, providing the audience an immediate suspect. But it wasn’t that easy. Not until the very end did we find out.

March 23 at the Auditorium there will be Two Guitarists Extraodinaire: Juanito Pazcual and Russian, Grisha Goryachev. Tickets for a single MAS performance at the Auditorium $250 pesos per. For information, call 765 – 6409.

Open Circle at LCS on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.:

       Mar 7    Bill Sanders

       Mar 14 - Mar 21 Phyl Gaskell

       Mar 28 - Apr 4 Wendee Hill

VIVA! La Musica Zacatecas Trip April 30 – May 4 for tour and opera Armida. Departure April 30 at 7:30 a.m. from Lloyds; arrival 1 p.m., lunch at Restaurant Hacienda del Cobre. The Opera Armida is May 1, directly from the Metropolitan Opera House by satellite. Each day a planned tourist activity and free time; cost of the trip is $4,350 pesos per person for VIVA members and $4,550 for non-members, including luxury bus and hotel accommodations, guide, entrance to museums and sites, ticket to the opera. A deposit of $2,000 pesos is required by March 6, balance due March 31. Contact Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834.

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