At the June meeting of the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic (CASA), the presentation categories were: Seafood/Fish Entree (Category A) and Complementary Side Dish (Category B). Congratulations to the winners in Category A: 1st Place – Diane Pretti for Shrimp, Scallop & Sweet Potato Cakes, 2nd Place – Annie Green for Prawns Nuez, 3rd Place – Sally Myers for Shrimp Capri. The People’s Choice Award came to a tie and the awards went to Susan Bzoza for Goan Shrimp, and to Sally Myers for Shrimp Capri.
June CASA winners: Diane Pretti, Annie Green and Sally Myers
Winners in Category B: 1st Place – Ginger Perkins for Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, 2nd Place – Beth Cathcart for Stuffed Artichokes with Tomatoes and Cheese, 3rd Place – Sandy Feldmann for Roasted Peppers with Walnut Stuffing and People’s Choice was a tie, going to Beth Cathcart for Stuffed Artichokes with Tomatoes and Cheese and to Patrick Winn for Wild Rice Summer Salad.
Are you ready for another mouth-watering list of foods? Here are the results of the July meeting where the presentation categories were: Italian Main Dish (Category A) and Italian Dessert (Category B).
Winners in Category A: 1st Place – Peter Luciano, a new member and first time presenter, for Coda di Buce Fagioli; 2nd Place – Diane Pretti for Chicken Pumpkin & Spinach Cannelloni with Marinara and Bechamel Sauces; 3rd Place – Mary Ann Waite for Mile High Lasagna Pie. For the first time in CASA history there was a four-way tie for People’s Choice in Category A: Rosemary Schuricht for Osso Bucco over Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Diane Pretti for Chicken, Pumpkin & Spinach Cannelloni with Marinara and Bechamel Sauces, Beth Cathcart for Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms & Tarragon, and Peter Luciano for Coda di Buce Fagioli.
Winners in Category B: 1st Place – Alex Gordon, another new member/first time presenter, for Torta Ville d’este (Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Mousse Cake (Oh, my God! That sounds wonderful!), 2nd Place – Nancy Baxter for Zuppa Ingles and 3rd Place, another tie, to Karen Lee for Chocolate Tiramisu Sweet Cream Truffle (Ohhh, another awesome treat!) and Marti Hurley for Cassata Cake. The People’s Choice Award went to Karen Lee for Chocolate Tiramisu Sweet Cream Truffle.
Several months ago the CASA Progressive Dinner Club began. The first dinner was held April 16th . The theme was Greek food and the event was such a huge success that there is now a wait/standby list of members who want to participate. June 25th was the second “Dinner Club” event and the theme was Italian. The club mixes and matches homes for appetizers, main course and desserts. This event will be held bi-monthly and the next will be in late August.
The CASA Member/Guest 4th Annual Picnic will be held September 4 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society campus.
July CASA winners: Karen Lee, Beth Cathcart, Rosemary Schuricht, Peter Luciano and Diane Pretti
For anyone interested in joining CASA, please contact Mary Ann Waite, 2011 President, at 766 – 1436 or email
and please visit the CASA website at www.ajijiccasa.org.
The Love in Action Center extends its thanks to Soriana Super Market for their generous support through the “Round Up” Program. Since April the Chapala store has encouraged customers to “round-up” to the next even peso figure when making purchases, with the benefit going to the Love in Action Center. At a ceremony July 7th Love in Action staff, volunteers and children were on hand to see Assistant Manager Jorge Alvarado Rodriquez, assisted by Manager of Cashiers, Luis Padilla Reyes, Antonio Lopez Torres and other Soriana staff present a check for $15,994 pesos, the proceeds of the “Round Up” program, to Center Founder Anabel Frutos and Center Administrator Dina Oropeza.
Sue Kelly, Center Librarian, would like donations of puzzles and games as well as books. She writes, “By now, I don’t think we have one puzzle with all the pieces. We need fairly simple kinds of puzzles with not too many pieces, suitable for ages 6 – 10. The popular games are checkers (we have the pieces but no boards), dominos (most of them are missing) and bingo type games. It is surprising how many kids are now reading books on their own.” If you can donate games, puzzles or books, contact Sue at
Love in Action Center is a shelter for children whose families can no longer care for them. To find out more about the Love In Action Center, visit the website at www.loveinactioncenter.org. Also, guests are welcome to visit the Center in Chapala at Pedro Moreno #76. Call 765 – 7409 to make an appointment between 10 – 2, Monday through Friday or email
Dina Oropeza, Center Administrator; Weezie Burgess, Center Board Co-Chair and Anabel Frutos, Center Founder receive donation from Soriana
On July 9 the Lakeside auditorium was packed with people enjoying the Summer Music Festival presented by the Regional Center of Musical Studies (CREM). The concert was a tribute to the Beatles, with instrumental arrangements of their most popular pieces by four chamber groups in the first half, and the second half by the CREM Orchestra. It was really fun to be at Lakeside and listen to the talented performers playing instrumental songs such as “I am the Walrus” and “Hey, Jude”. In the second half, the CREM Orchestra played with a concertmaster who was seriously young (about 14) and a conductor who was in his early twenties. They, and the orchestra, are amazingly talented. The Summer Music Festival also honored Maestro Pedro Barbosa for his work with CREM. All in all a magical evening!
CREM in performance
EVENTS TO COME:
The Scotiabank Northern Lights 2012 Schedule has confirmed dates. The concert dates within the two weeks may still change, but at least if we are now able to block out those two weeks on the calendar, and certainly as the time approaches, we will keep you informed of more specifics. February 16 is the first day of the festival; March 2nd is the last day. Concert dates are February 16, 18, 20 – 29, March 1 and March 2. At least some of these dates will feature performers we all want to see and hear. Check their website at northernlightsmusicfestival.com.
There are three Mexican high schools at Lakeside whose libraries seek books in English for their students. The particular purpose at this time is to give Mexican students the chance to learn to read in English and to prepare them for a bilingual science education. This is a project of the Lakeside Science Fair Association. Any English language books suitable for young people would be welcomed by these schools and relished by the youth. Salvadore’s Restaurant at Bugambilias Plaza in Ajijic has agreed to receive the books. Contact Charlie Smith or Hank Shiver (home 765-3295, cell 333-841-8416) for more information.
The American Legion post #7 schedule for August:
Sundays......12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers
Aug 3..........9 – 9:45 a.m. – US Consulate at Legion (late? See them at LCS)
Aug 4..........3 p.m. – Maple Leaf Club (bring botanas to share)
Aug 5..........8 a.m. – Yard Sale
Aug 13.........4 p.m. – Hot August Night (dine/dance to Ricardo’s music;
Menu – ribs, twice baked potatoes, corn on the cob;
Tickets $130 pesos from members or at legion
Aug 25.........3 p.m. – Lone Star Club (Country-Western music)
For information, call 765 – 2259 or www.americanlegionchapalapost7.org
Legion Hot August Night celebration
Lake Chapala Society offers many activities for a variety of tastes and needs. On July 2 there was the CAN-AM Celebration. Over 500 ticket holders were in a celebratory mood. Although rain threatened this did not dampen spirits. Red, white and blue decorations brightened up the patio, where people gathered to enjoy excellent hot dogs, Bratwurst, baked goods and “killer” Margaritas. Aurora Michel was Master of Ceremonies for the day, while DJ Jack Fallon, kept the music going. Roberto Sutto charmed the crowd with his magical guitar and romantic ballads. The 50-50 drawings made two winners very happy. They received $1,300 pesos and $1,100 pesos as their share of the draw. Non-profit organizations were a big part of the event, and had an extremely successful day selling their wares and providing information about their activities in the community. The LCS Special Events Committee extends a big “thank you” to the many volunteers who so willingly gave of their time and energy.
On August 4, 11 &18, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Sala (in the back) LCS offers a thought provoking series entitled “The Edge of Consciousness”, facilitated by Jim Spivey who has held a long-time fascination with big questions like “Where did we come from?” and “Where are we going?” He will be presenting material adapted from documentaries, followed by open discussion. Some of the topics to be explored are the beginnings of the universe, the first life forms on earth, origins of the human mind, belief systems, knowledge and learning, extension of the senses, and concluding with, will the human species survive? For the curious, this upcoming series may provide some answers but, most certainly, will offer additional food for thought. The series is open to the public, at no cost.
Jenny Pray (left) listens to music at LCS Can-Am Day
The Naked Stage has a schedule for performances through January 2012. Located at Plaza de la Ribera on Rio Bravo, in Ajijic, the minimalistic theater “reads” well-rehearsed scripts. The plays they present are adult-oriented and quite entertaining. The bar opens at 2 p.m., the box office at 2:15 p.m. and the donation is $80 pesos per person. For reservations, please call Ann Pinkerton at 766 – 5986 or email
For August In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) by Sarah Ruhl is scheduled for August 26, 27 and 28 at 3 p.m. The play is a fanciful but compassionate consideration of the treatment and the mistreatment of women in the late 19th century. Jeritza McCarter will direct this comedy.
Save these future dates for up-coming productions:
Sep 23, 24, 25
Oct 21, 22, 23
Nov 18, 19, 20
Dec 16, 17, 18
Jan 27, 28, 29
VIVA La Musica:
It is a great help to VIVA in organizing trips if responses come in early so that they can purchase tickets in time for securing good seats. They need to know in advance how many to buy.
Live from the Met Opera Bus Trips – Viva plans to take a bus to all six operas offered this fall. Tickets are $320 pesos to members, $400 pesos to non-members, and a series of 6 tickets is $1800 pesos for members (this is a special).
Oct 15 Donizetti Anna Bolena (Ann Boleyn)
Oct 29 Mozart Don Giovanni
Nov 5 Wagner Siegfried
Nov 19 Glass Satyagraha
Dec 3 Handel Rodelina
Dec 10 Gounod Faust
Viva Fall Concerts – There is an exciting and varied line-up of concerts for this fall:
Sep 29 Vocal Contrapunto Choir
Oct 27 Piano “Four Hands” – Guillermo Salvador and Rosalinda Preciado
Dec 1 Dolores Moreno, soprano, with the Chris Wilshere chamber orchestra
Anna Bolena (Ann Boleyn)
These concerts will take place in the Auditorium in Ajijic at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $250 pesos for members, $300 pesos for non-members. Season tickets are now available for these three concerts. Patrons and Series ticket holders will have priority seating in reserved rows G and H center.
Friday Ticket Sales at LCS: Viva will be selling tickets to Viva events on Fridays from 10 – 12 at the LCS Ticket Booth. We hope this will make it easier for people to pay for events.
Auditorium Improvement Project: The Jalisco government has given one million pesos to the project and the auditorium will be closed in August and September for Phase I of the improvements. The Federal government has recently promised to give a further one million pesos for auditorium improvements on condition that the local community raise an equal amount by November. A long list of fund raising events is being planned. Those already planned include:
Sep 9, 10, 11 at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday – Lip-Sync, directed by Michael McLaughlin and Betty Robinson
Oct (tba) – Concert by local ensembles with Emmanuel Medeles and CREM
Nov (tba) – Comedy Capers, a variety show directed by Pattye Simpson and David McIntosh
Nov 6 – Piano and Harpsichord Concert by Michael Tsalka.
Dr. Manuel Cordova, who writes our “Stay Healthy” column, was recently invited (all expenses paid!) to attend a Medical Conference in Salzburg, Austria. The conference, which drew prominent doctors from all five continents, dealt with the prevention and treatment of strokes. Doctor Cordova is the president of the Lakeside College of Physicians.
Dr. Manuel Cordova