On a warm and sunny New Year’s Day, twenty two people waded into the placid waters of Lake Chapala at the Chapala Malecón. Why? These adventurous folks were there to raise funds for the Cruz Roja. Once in the water, they had to stay partially immersed for twenty minutes. As the minutes ticked away, some participants played frisbee and some looked like they wanted to be anyplace other than standing in the lake. Pictured is polar bearette, Margy Kassier, who moved here in September from Alaska.
Chapala Polar Bearette
The children at the School for the Deaf and Special Needs Kids were treated to a special party to celebrate both Christmas and Kings Day. Approximately 100 children attended the fun event that had piñatas, a clown, cake and pop, and presents for everyone. The party was sponsored by loyal supporters of the School, Fernando Gomez and Steve Cross, owners of Casa Flores B & B in Ajijic.
These children receive an education that they would not receive anywhere else. Not all of the children are deaf; some have cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, quadriplegia or paraplegia, or various levels of visual impairment. Along with education and transportation to and from school, the children receive a daily hot meal. More than 20,000 such meals were served last year. Pictured: The children at the movies – the event was courtesy of Fernando Gomez and Steve Cross. Seated with the children, from L to R, are Fernando Gomez, Mike Campo, President. and Cece Girling. VP of Fundraising,
Childen at the movies
Every Monday from 10 to 12:30 pm, the Monday Market at the Hole in One in San Antonio offers delicious homemade food for sale as well as handmade crafts such as jewelry, purses, soap and knitwear. Examples of the homemade food offered for sale are: Italian sausages, chile en nogadas, tamales, New Orleans gumbo, New Orleans Boudin, Chili, smoked salmon and smoke salmon dips, flavored butters, french truffles, pies, banana bread, fancy cupcakes, peanut butter cups, doggie treats, gluten free products, corn beef, shrimp and salmon bisque. Available food products may vary each week and many vendors accept special orders. Vendors include local village men and women, gourmet expat cooks and artisan expats. Easy parking is available. Pictured: Mary Ann Waite with her homemade cured corn beef.
At the Monday Market
The third Tuesday of every month at 2:30 pm, the Royal Canadian Legion meets at Bar Tomas’ Restaurant in Chapala. A veterans’ organization since 1918, the group recently received its charter for the first branch in Mexico. If you are a Canadian citizen, British Commonwealth subject, American citizen or a Mexican ex-serviceman, you are eligible for membership. On the agenda are events such as card games, dances, movies, sports activities as well as other entertainment. “We want to bring a little bit of Canada’s military history and traditions home to Lake Chapala.” For more information: e-mail
or phone secretary Lynn Bishop at 765-3264. Pictured, Left-to-Right : Lynn Bishop, Secretary, Mary Beth ‘Sam’ Corbeil, President; and Duanne Rathwell, Treasurer.
Officers Royal Canadian Legion
We have added something new. If you need to purchase tickets for an event from the LCS ticket booth, Diane Pearl, Charter Club, or the Auditorio de la Ribera, you can find the hours that they are open under “Ticket Info,” at the end of this column.
February 7 at 5pm and the 6th at 6pm = the Auditorio de la Ribera presents a local classical ballet group. Tickets are 35 pesos and sold at the Auditorio.
February 8, at 3 pm - A Mexican Fiesta and Art Auction will be held at the Hotel Nueva Posada, Ajijic. The Fiesta starts with a cash bar and music, followed by lunch and the art auction. Proceeds provide funds for the upcoming April Easter Passion Play. Tickets are 150 Pesos to include lunch and can be purchased at Diane Pearl and Nueva Posada. For questions, email
Easter Passion Play
February 10, 11, 12 from 11 to 5 pm - The 35th Annual Mexican National Chili Cook-Off, is at Tobolandia in Ajijic. All proceeds go to local charities. For three days professionals and home cooks compete for the title of People’s Choice Winner in three categories. Friday, both professional and home cooks compete in the salsa competition and margarita tasting. Saturday, home cooks compete with their favorite chili recipes. Sunday, the restaurant chefs compete for their best chili. For more information, visit: www.mexicanchilicookoff.com.
New this year, is the first annual rubber duck race with proceeds benefitting the Cruz Roja Chapala and Chili Cook Off charities. Three thousand rubber ducks will hit the waters of Tobolandia on all three days with duck heats scheduled at 3:30 pm each day. The person that is holding the winning duck number in each heat wins a Skagen watch. The top 50 ducks from each heat compete on the 12th at 4 pm for the grand prize: a 32” flat screen TV, generously donated by Ajijic Electronics.
For only 50 pesos, you can purchase a ticket with a unique duck number; the ducks are not physically sold. Discount “Quack Packs” are also available. You can purchase tickets at the LCS Cruz Roja Table or the Chili Cookoff. You do not need to be present to win. For more information, contact Barbara or Bill Wilson at 765-7047.
Margarita Tasting at the Chili Cook-off
February 10 to 21 - It is Carnival time! According to one news report, 90,000 people are expected to attend the Chapala Carnival. The carnival parade starts at 7 pm on the 10th and Panteon Rococo performs the next day.. Check Facebook: “Carnaval de Chapala” for more information and event schedules.
In Ajijic, on the 21st, a traditional parade is scheduled in the morning. Evening festivities include music, stilts, masks, costumes, bands, drums and more.
February 10, at 7 pm - 7th Gala del Mariachi featuring Dina Buendia at Hotel Real de Chapala is a benefit for the works of San Andres Apostol Church in Ajijic. Tickets are 250 pesos and can be purchased at the hotel or parish.
February 11, 6 pm - CREM performs music of Mexico and music from classic films at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Tickets are 100 pesos and can be purchased at the Auditorio.
February 11 to March 1 - Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival has a jammed packed program of musical events scheduled from February 11 to March 2. Please see elsewhere in this month’s El Ojo for a complete schedule. Performance information is also available at: www.northernlightsmusicfestival.com.
Scotiabank Northern Lights Concert
February 12, 4 pm – Los Cantantes del Lago presents Broadway Showstoppers”4” with more Broadway favorites sung by the talented Los Cantantes singers. Purchase tickets for 175 pesos at the LCS ticket booth or email
February 14, 5 pm – On Valentine’s Day, MAS Musica presents Classical FX at the Auditorio de la Ribera. This versatile, celebrated quartet from the Washington DC Kennedy Center Opera Company will perform classic opera, Mexican tunes, southern gospels, Broadway hits, and Valentine “sweets at the new time of 5 pm.
After the performance, dine at Roberto’s Restaurant. They have a special Valentine’s Day dinner planned. Show your ticket stub to the server and receive a 15% discount on your dinner meal, plus you will also have the opportunity to meet the performers. Tickets are 350 pesos and can be purchased at the LCS ticket booth and Charter Club Tours as well as at a new ticket location Sundays, Feb 5 and 12 from 10 to 2 pm on the Guadalupe Victoria walkway near the plaza.
February 15, 6 pm to 10 pm - Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Have Hammers, Will Travel at the Club Exotica on the Ajijic Plaza; the entrance is through El Jardin Restaurant. Enjoy a sit-down BBQ Ribs or Chicken Dinner and then dance to the music of the popular Tall Boys Band. This annual fund raiser supports the Hammers Trade Center, where local youth and young adults learn valuable life skills through carpentry and woodworking classes. Purchase tickets for $300 pesos with main floor seating, or $400 pesos for premier mezzanine seating, at the LCS ticket booth and Diane Pearl. Tickets can also be purchased at the Trade Center, 49 Ocampo, and Actinver Bank. Come early to watch the Maestro and several students working on class projects.
Have Hammers, Will Travel – Teaching Life Skills
February 16, 6 pm – Ballet Folklorico of San Juan de Cosala performs at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Tickets can be purchased at the Auditorio for 150 pesos. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are 100 pesos each.
February 23, 4 to 6:30pm - Enjoy a Cruise on the Lake with music and dancing on the boat “Batur.” Sponsored by the LCS Singles Group, non members are welcome. The Batur sails at 4:00 pm from the pier in front of La Palapa del Guayabo Restaurant at the east end of the Chapala Malecón. For more information, check the LCS section in this issue.
February 23, 10:30 am – Behind the Walls Tours invites you to join an a escorted tour to see some very special Lakeside homes. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside School for the Deal and Children with Special Needs. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl and Charter Club Tours for170 pesos or 200 pesos the day of the tour. A Behind the Walls Tour is also scheduled for March 22.
February 25 - Viva offers a bus trip to see Ernani by Verdi, at Teatro Diana, a HD Broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera. Tickets are $400 for non-members and must be purchased by February 11. To reserve, email
February 25 and 26, 10 to 4 pm – Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) invites you to its first open studio event. Visit multiple ASA Artists home studios to see their work and the work of other artists. Artists’ works will also be available for purchase. To visit an open studio, you need to purchase a passport. The passport includes a brochure showing each artist’s work and address, plus a map with the location of the open studios.
Passports will be on sale for 20 pesos at various locations, including the LCS ticket booth and Diane Pearl in early February. You can also purchase a passport at an open studio the day of the event. For more information, visit www,ajijicart.weebly.com
February 26 – March 6, Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) presents a musical treat: A Taste of Broadway. Written and directed by Barbara Clippinger, choreographed by Alexis Hoff, the musical director is Patteye Simpson. “A razzle dazzle tribute to Broadway’s glitzy and glamorous style of dancing, singing, eye-popping costumes and full-on production numbers. Like nothing seen at Lakeside before!” Purchase advance tickets at the Theatre from 10 to noon starting Thursday, February 23. Performances begin at 7:30 pm, and the bar opens at 6:30 pm. Sunday matinees are at 3 pm. For more information, visit the website: www.lakesidelittletheatre.com.
March 1 at 2:30 pm - The American Legion Post #7, Morelos #114 in Chapala, invites you to a garden party and fashion show. Botanas and a complimentary glass of wine will be served and the fashion show will feature slightly used, inexpensive clothes, from Terry’s Tianguis. Proceeds benefit Cruz Roja and the Little Blue School. You can purchase tickets, in advance only, for 100 pesos at the Legion, at Terry’s Tianguis, or phone 765-2601. Terry’s Tianguis is located at Hidalgo 265-B on the carretera near the Immigration Office and they are open daily 9 am to 8 pm. If you haven’t visited Terry’s Tianguis lately, their remodeling is now complete and they offer a huge selection of slightly used clothes.
March 13 - MAS presents VIVA Flamenco, a stellar Flamenco ensemble from Mexico City. The previously scheduled Compania de Danza Clasica y Neoclassca de Jalisco was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. Ticket information will be provided at a later date.
You can purchase tickets from the LCS ticket booth, Diane Pearl, Charter Club and the Auditorio as follows:
The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) ticket booth is open Monday through Friday from 10 am toNoon.
Diane Pearl Colecciones is located at corner of Colon and Ocampo in Ajijic, and tickets can be purchased 10 to 5 pm Monday through Saturday, and noon to 3 pm on Sunday.
Charter Club Tours is located in Plaza Montana, on the main street and Colon. Tickets can be purchased from 10 to 5 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 to 1pm.
Auditorio de la Ribera del Lago is located on the lake side of the Carretera in La Floresta and tickets can be purchased from 9 to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.
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