On September 24, more than 100 people celebrated Noche Mexicana at the Auditorio to benefit the Auditorium Upgrade Project. Attendees were entertained before and after dinner with great performances by Blanca & Ricardo, Mariachi Los Gavilanes and Ballet Folklorico “Son de Mexico.”
On October 12, Paco Rentería and his band gave a spirited guitar performance enjoyed by 300 people in the Auditorium. Together, the events raised 76,000 pesos for the Auditorium Project.
On October 8, local artists, Javier Zaragoza and Jesus Lopez Vega, started work on a unique mural honoring the six-decade Children’s Art Program at LCS. More than 20 guests, including Ajijic mayor, Javier Rojas, and 50 children attended this kick-off celebration. The mural depicts the history of the program since its founding by Neill James in 1956. Jesus and Javier will paint on Mondays to Saturdays (except Wednesdays) from 9:30 to 1pm on the LCS back patio. All are invited to come meet the artists and see this unique tribute to the Children’s Art Program.
Javier Zaragoza paints student Katrina Gutierrez’s portrait on the mural.
On October 8, approximately 130 Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members celebrated Oktoberfest. Adding to the festive air, many members of the German community dressed in traditional costumes. Pam Ladd, who was in charge of food and getting a team of cooks to make the German potato salad and red cabbage, did an excellent job. Barbara Rotthaler put together a small group of fellow Germans which charmed everyone with their singing of German songs.
Canadian Les Sasvari at LCS Octoberfest
On October 10, approximately 120 Lakesiders celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving at the American Legion in Chapala. Volunteers roasted 20 turkeys and mashed 33 kilos of mashed potatoes to accompany dressing, gravy, cranberries, broccoli salad, honeyed carrots, and pumpkin pie. No one left hungry, and there were compliments all around.
Ellen and Mario Okunsky, Frances Records, Dessie Rider, John Rider, and Ronald Records
On October 15, the city of Tepatitlán hosted approximately 50 Lakeside LCS Members. Two buses full of Lakeside’s left La Floresta at 8 am, returning about 12 hours later – after a full day of sightseeing, eating and sampling tequila. An excellent breakfast and lunch (both free) was provided, along with tours of the local museum, churches, University of Guadalajara campus, a Japanese tea house, and the local Santa Virginia tequila distillery. A good time was had by all.
University of Guadalajara Campus Tepatitlán
November 5 -13 , Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) presents “No Clue,” directed by Roseann Wilshere. “Was it Mr. Green in the study with a gun? Miss Scarlet in the hall with the rope? Or, was it Wadsworth the butler?” Meet all the notorious suspects as the bodies and the laughs pile up. Purchase advance tickets at the Theatre from 10 to noon starting November 3. Performances begin at 7:30 pm, and the bar opens at 6:30 pm. Sunday matinees at 3 pm. For more information check their new website: www.lakesidelittletheatre.com.
November 7 to December 5 at the Ajijic Cultural Center, “Past and Present” is the theme for an exhibition of the works of local residents Dimitar Krustev and his wife Helen Marie K. The world has been their studio...with brush and pencil recording our changing world. Dimitar’s forte is oil and painted drawings, while Helen Marie prefers acrylics. Come and view and enjoy their 2 different unique styles.
Helen Marie Acrylic
November 10, 11, 12 My, My, How Nice! Productions presents “The Senior Class,” at Plaza de la Riberas, Thursday and Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 3 pm. “Embraceable...amazingly young, a lotta zip!” “...left floating on wings of song, the greatest compliment for a musical revue.” Tickets are 175 pesos and available at Mia’s Boutique, Diane Pearl’s, or by email
January 5, 6, 12 and 13 My, My, How Nice presents “Malt Shop Memories,” a 50’s/60’s revue. You will want to get on your feet and dance along - dance space provided! Email to purchase advance tickets for Christmas presents!
November 8, Tuesday 4 - 6 pm Storytellers #3 will be held on the Lake Chapala Society Back Patio. Proceeds benefit the LCS Aid to Education - Jim Collums Education Fund. This time, the storytelling event is writers’ choice with Mike Cook, Ken Clark, and Neil McKinnon reading their own stories. Admission is free, but your donations help a child stay in school. Join us; it’s fun. The bar opens at 3:30.
November 15, 4 to 6 pm Opening reception for Judy Dykstra Brown at Sol Mexican-Galeria del Arte. The artist’s style is visual art that combines found and crafted objects into metaphorical stories. The Gallery is located at #13 Colon, Ajijic. Wine and snacks will be served.
November 18, 6 pm Gourmet dinner fund raiser for Rotary International’s Stop Polio Nowcampaign. Sponsored by the Ajijic Rotary Club, Roberto’s and Lakeside Medical College. Entertainment will be provided by Daniel. Dinner is 250 pesos. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl, Dr. J. Manuel Cordova’s Office, Roberto’s and Dr. Gerardo Leon’s office. For more information, email
November 16, 17, 18 “Comedy Capers – Music Makers!” is at Auditorio de la Ribera. Dave McIntosh and Patteye Simpson have teamed up with Choreographer Barbara Clippinger, and a wonderful and wacky group of friends from Los Cantantes del Lago and Lakeside Little Theatre to produce a show of comedy skits and songs sure to entertain you! November 16.
Wednesday 4 pm preview is 150 pesos; November 17 and 18, the performance is at 7:30 pm and tickets are 200 pesos. Purchase tickets at Diane Pearl’s, Charter Club, Auditorio and LCS from 10-12. Proceeds benefit the Auditorio Upgrade.
November 18 to 20: Feria’s 10th Anniversary features Artists of Ajijic at the Yacht Club in Chapala on Paseo Ramon Corona. In addition to the 80 artisans, coming from all corners of Mexico, a special 10th Anniversary exhibition and sale will take place during this year’s Feria Maestros del Arte. The local Mexican painters of Ajijic who got their start in the Neill James Children’s Art Program will be honored and as a tribute to this legacy we have invited 14 artists to exhibit and sell their paintings during the Feria. This group represents six decades of artists who studied at the art program founded in Ajijic in 1956.
The current Children’s Art program will also be offering artwork and cards for sale painted by the children who attend the free classes every Saturday morning at the Lake Chapala Society.
Admission is 50 pesos. Hours are Friday & Saturday 10 to 6 pm and Sunday 10 to 4 pm. For more information www.mexicoartshow.com.
Artists exhibiting in the show in the picture are: (back row left to right) Victor Romero, Antonio Cardenas, Daniel Palma, Javier Ramos, Bruno Mariscal, Jesus Lopez Vega, Juan Olivarez; (front row left to right) Antonio Lopez Vega, Javier Zaragoza, Lucia Padilla and Jose Abarca. Not pictured: Efren Gonzalez, Luis Enrique Martinez and Juan Navarro.
Ajijic artists exhibiting at the Feria
November 11 to 21 The International Film Festival presents films from USA, France, Italy, Germany and Mexico at Cinemas del Lago, Ajijic; the Atequiza Theater, Ixtlahuacán; and the Eden, at 5 de Mayo Street, Chapala. For show schedule, go to www.fictercermilenio. Tickets are 20 pesos.
November 12, Saturday, 3 to 8 pm Jesus Lopez Vega invites you to a welcome reception for the newly-remodeled Galeria de Arte Axixic, Rio Zula #1 and Ocampo, in West Ajijic. In addition to presenting Jesus’ new works, this opening exhibition is a collective show featuring recent works from other Lakeside artists to include Antonio Lopez Vega, Pat Apt, DePaul Durham, Cha Chazaro, Judy Dykstra-Brown, Gabriel Mariscal, Gloria Palazzo, Xilotl, Linda Richards and Kathy Seaboyer. Artworks on exhibit will include paintings, etchings, photography, retablos, sculpture and much more. Please come and enjoy the music, cocktails and great art.
Artist Jesus Lopez Vega
November 15, Tuesday 11 am, Harvey Bliss will give a talk about dozens of medicinal plants at the Laguna Mall Food Court. Some plants will be familiar to many people, and some not; some known internationally and some known particularly to Mexicans; and all useful in maintaining and promoting good health.
November 11, 7:30 pm Kovac Promotions Presents “The Nutcracker” with Russian State Ballet Mari El, at the Auditorio de la Ribera. This is the same ballet company that presented Swan Lake in February this year. Purchase tickets at: Tony’s Plus Restaurant, Auditorio, Salvadors, Diane Pearl, $500 pesos
November 18, 19, 20 The Naked Stage Readers’ Theatre presents “Separate Tables” at Plaza de la Ribera. Written by Sir Terrence Rattigan and directed by Betty Lloyd-Robinson, this drama is actually two one-act plays that take place in the English seaside town of Bournemouth. The first play, “Table By the Window” concerns the troubled relationship of a disgraced politician and his ex-wife. The second play, “Table Number Seven” deals with a touching relationship between a repressed spinster and a retired English army officer.
The box office opens at 3:15 pm and showtime is at 4:00 pm. For further information and reservations please call Ann Pinkerton at 766-5986 or email
. No performances are scheduled for December.
Saturday, December 3, 10 am don’t miss the grandmother of all bazaars at St. Andrew’s Church, San Lucas #19, Riberas del Pilar. Every year on the first Saturday of December the Church members and their many friends from the community hold this amazing event where everything from soup to nuts is offered for sale at amazing prices. You will find clothing, jewelry, tools, electronics, books, household items and furniture.
Entrance is free and yummy food is available to eat there plus preserves and baked goods are available to take home. All proceeds from this event, officially called ‘The Regalorama,’ go to many deserving Lakeside charities. It is St. Andrew’s way to give back to this wonderful community which welcomes our presence here.
December 6, Tuesday, Christmas at Jaltepec to benefit Jaltepec Centro Educativo. The dinner event starts with a No Host Bar and beautiful hors d’oeuvres prepared by the students. At 7:15 pm, a Taste of Los Cantantes under the musical direction of Timothy G.R. Welch will commence. A full Roast Turkey Dinner with sausage stuffing and all the trimmings will be prepared and served by the students at 8 pm. The cost is $500 pesos per person which will include a starter course, dessert, tea & coffee, reg. & decaf.
The luncheon event the following day, December 7, starts with a No Host Bar at noon with hors d’oeuvres. The concert will take place a 1:15 pm and the same dinner as mentioned above will be served at 2 p.m. The cost of this event is $400 pesos per person and we throw in the million dollar view of Lake Chapala for free!
For reservations and tickets, contact Linda Buckthorp at 766-1631 or email
December 13, 7 pm and December 14, 4 pm, Los Cantantes presents “Christmas through the Seasons” at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Los Cantantes del Lago is celebrating their 10th Anniversary Season and has grown from performing show tunes to major works by internationally famous composers. Los Cantantes is committed to sharing our gift with communities in Mexico who have not experienced live concerts of choral music. Those moments are cherished as the exchange from chorister to audience makes a full circle. Purchase tickets at LCS Tickets or
Three Viva bus trips to Guadalajara are scheduled in November to see the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra. For reservations, email
Nov 11 Beethoven Coriolanus overture, Brahms Symphony No. 2
Nov 20 Sanchez Gutierrez Afterlight, Elgar cello concerto
Nov 27 Victor Rasgado Fanfare, Hindemith piano concerto, Moncayo Symphony
The Music Appreciation Society’s (MAS) 2011-2012 schedule for concerts at the Auditorio de La Ribera is:
Nov 15 Blas Galindo Orchestra
Dec 8 The Children’s Choir of Morelia
Jan 19 Orquesta Filarmonica de San Luis Potosi
Feb 14 Classical FX Quartet of Kennedy Center Opera Company
Mar 13 Compania de Danza Clasica y Neoclasica de Jalisco
Purchase tickets at LCS 10 to noon two weeks prior to each performance and at the Charter Club at Plaza Montana. For more information, contact Kathleen Phelps at 766-0010 or email
Friday, December 9, 5 to 8 pm The First Annual Animal Buddies Christmas Bash to aid Neuter and Spay for local rescuers will be held at Salvador’s Restaurant, Ajijic. Join us for a Spaghetti Dinner, fabulous desserts, live entertainment, wonderful door prizes and some great raffles. A few pet beds will be available for sale. $200 pesos tickets are available at Salvador’s, Mia’s Boutique and Diane Pearl; they will not be sold at the event. Please join us for a fun evening and help us to curtail the pet overpopulation at Lakeside. For more details and raffle ticket sales, go to PepesPawsandClaws.com or email