Both of us wish to thank each of you readers who enjoyed our column in Ojo’s April issue. We are most grateful for your enthusiasm and your best wishes to us. Therefore, may we give you MAY FLOWERS? Please share them with every mother you know!
We have holidays: ENJOY!
USA Mother’s Day
For almost all of us, there’s that one special lady in our lives, who usually cannot be replaced – Mom! Yes, if we’re lucky, from the day we’re born, there’s no one who nurtures us, cares for us, and loves us every waking moment the way that our moms do. Mother’s Day should touch our hearts because we realize that it is through them that we arrived on this planet and hopefully most of us have left a mark of some type behind of which to be proud. In the USA and Canada, Mother’s Day falls on May 13th this year, while in Mexico it falls on the same day each year. which is 10th of May. Mexicans have a fixed date for celebrating this special day, unlike North Americans who celebrate it on the second Sunday of May. A mother bears a lot of pain and suffering while bringing her child to the world and continues to sacrifice for him/her all her life. She sacrifices her needs to make life painless and pleasing as possible for her child. MOTHER’S Day! Such a day gives the child a chance to pay homage to that blessed soul who brought them into the world.
Mexico’s Mother’s Day
Memorial Day is May 28th this year. In 1865, towards the end of the Civil War, the day was called Decoration Day. Families would go to the grave sites of fallen soldiers and friends to decorate their graves to honor them. By the 20th Century it was changed to Memorial Day and was extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We have that honor now to remember them.
Academically speaking there is a brother (Arif East-Raza Chavez) and sister (Paola Albertine East-Raza Chavez) genuine ACT in Chapala that would be almost impossible to follow. Both are members of Chapala’s famous Alma Chavez and Paul East Raza family and both maintained the equivalent of an almost 4.0 average throughout high-school. To those of us who went to school ~~ some time ago ~~ that is a perfect score... PERFECT! Can you possibly imagine that anyone could top them? Amazing enough Arif, who is now in medical school, continues doing exceptionally well and Paola is determined to follow him. BRILLIANT STUDENTS INDEED.
Arfi/Paola Raza: “scholastically brilliant.”
Speeding over to Theatre Row:
“LEGENDS” IS COMING TO TOWN!
The May production for Naked Stage is the hilarious sometimes irreverent play “Legends” written by James Kirwood of “A Chorus Line” fame and directed by our very own Barbara Clippinger. “Legends” is a story of two once big-time movie stars who literally hated each other in real life. Now, many years later with old age and poverty staring them in the face, they are challenged to appear together on the stage in a new play which a young, ambitious producer hopes to put on Broadway. He’ll do almost anything to get it there! The cast: Jeritza McCarter, Betty Lloyd Robinson, Tina Jones and Greg Clarke who are a delight. You can see it at the Naked Stage Reader’s Theatre on the afternoons of May 25, 26, and 27 in Plaza de la Ribera, Ajijic. Because of the enormous popularity of NSRT, reservations are a must, so please call Ann Pinkerton 766-5986. Recommended: HURRY!
Jeritza and Betty
The Object of Desire – a concert of voice and piano will be on Sunday 20 May at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Riberas del Pilar, at 4:00 pm. Eduardo “Lalo” Muñoz-Zúñiga (baritone) and Timothy G. Ruff Welch, (piano) will present the concert sponsored by Los Cantantes del Lago as a benefit for those attending the International Choral Kathaumixw (www.kathaumixw.org) in Powell River, BC this July. Sung in six languages (with translations) there will be works by Bach, Handel, Moleiro, Ravel, Bernstein, Wagner, Gershwin and several musical favorites. You don’t want to miss this concert! Tickets are $180 pesos and available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, by email:
, or at the door. Cash Bar at 3:00 pm and concert at 4:00 pm.
Timothy G. Ruff Welch
LLT: “Sex Please, We’re Sixty” a spoof about menopause and Viagra cleverly passed out faux Viagra tablets during the show. Perhaps that’s why the audience hit the Angel Terrace Bar to celebrate the closing of a wonderful Season #47. Notice to Everyone: Lakeside Little Theatre’s GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY is coming up rapidly, only a mere two years away. Name me anything else at Lakeside that has lived longer and more actively beyond 50 years? Congrats to LLT for hanging in there. April’s “Applause Party” was yet another smashing success and a wonderful way to end the season for LLT. Suggestion: Let’s have a run off and repeat the most popular shows of LLT through the years to celebrate! We vote yes! YES!
Lakeside’s fabulous Ed Tasca went to P. V per the request of ‘Dems Abroad’ to do his excellent short play about FDR.…..and came back a star! That is not easy for most of us, but for Ed: kudos, salutes, applause, cheers, yelling and screaming, bravos, and damn you’re good! Ed starring as FDR: looked-and-sounded just like him.
Ed Tasca as FDR
Speaking of the Roosevelts, his wife Eleanor, was just as famous as he was, and the following quotes of hers will give some of the reason why:
Many people will walk in and out of your life,
But only true friends will leave
footprints in your heart.
To handle yourself, use your head;
To handle others, use your heart.
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
If someone betrays you once, it is their fault;
If they betray you twice, it is your fault.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
Beautiful young people
are accidents of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art.
Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can’t live long enough
to make them all yourself.
“Storytellers” Says Thanks: Harriet Hart, representing the Lake Chapala Writers Conference, was warmly welcomed by Larry Reeves at the April event of the “Storytellers,” the group that presents readings of original fiction by Lakeside’s talented writers every month to benefit the Jim Collums Education Fund. The Writers Conference made a generous donation of $2000 pesos. All donations and event proceeds go toward helping local Mexican children stay in school.“Storytellers” invites you to be on hand Tuesday, June 12. This time the theme is “Erotica.” At LCS gazebo, 4 to 6 pm. The bar opens at 3:30.
May 25: A Directors’ Workshop: to be presented by Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) and lead by Dave McIntosh: Director of the LLT smash hit – “How The Other Half Loves .” Dave brings over 50 years of directorial experience to this workshop on the art and craft of stage directing. The workshop is open to aspiring as well as experienced directors, and will culminate in 4 live performances, June 27th -30th. Limited space, so please visit for more information www.lakesidelittletheatre.com and for workshop schedule and registration requirements or contact Dave at
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: 5:00 p.m.
The Spay & Neuter ‘company of humanitarians’ for the protecting of animals is throwing a party to celebrate those who fought in Pueblo, Mexico so valiantly many years ago to save the Republic of Mexico. This is going to be an “all you can eat” Mexican Buffet catered by Lakeside’s super chef Marcos. To carry off the spirit of this event, Lakesiders’ Gudrun and Dryden Jones are bringing in a Mexican band, piñatas, and will support a cash bar. This once in a lifetime (up to now) event will take place in the Jones’ home in La Floresta on Paseo del Mirador #14. This celebration is totally meant to have fun and salute Mexico for the many different ways it has had to use to remain the glorious Republic it is. Ticket ($250. pesos) for this fun event will go towards feeding, housing, and medicals for wee animals. Handy Mail, Lighting Design (Bugambilia’s Plaza), Friday (in the a.m. in front of Lloyds), 2nd Time Around, Bruno’s, Diane Pearl or Bagel & Coffee in West Ajijic.
ANTIQUES WITH A SPLASH!!!!
Let’s haul out the antiques we don’t use:
Do you have an item that you are uncertain of the history, value, or even what it is? Do you need an appraisal? Would it appeal to you to be in the local
“FAUX” ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW”?
On May 24th, 2012 the American Legion Post 7 in Chapala is having a “Faux” Antiques Roadshow.
No Charge attached!
Start time: 1:00 pm gate entry: Show 2:00 p.m.
Burgers on the grill!! Appraisal Experts will be on hand for all items brought in this day!
Currently seeking the following: Show guests with an item or collection (free appraisals by experts!) Looking for the top 20 hidden treasures.
Personal message: a brief description of your item(s) plus your interest in being a guest!
Look for further details and advertising about this fun event, Come have a burger, and watch the show, and see if you can guess the value. Is it “treasure or trash”?
Our “AMERICAN BANDSTAND” Leader is GONE!
The last ball dropped on April 18th when American Bandstand hero Dick Clark died at age 82. Clark will probably be missed more than any other single performing artist in this world. He was raised in Mt.Vernon, NY. He was an icon of enormous popularity and launched the careers for stars such as Diana Ross, Bill Hailey, The Jackson Five, Madonna, Chubby Checkers and many other ‘rock and roll’ stars on his famous TV show. He will also be remembered for 4 decades of hosting New Years Eve in Times Square, NYC There will be an empty space in our hearts for the vibrant and youthful Dick Clark who was an ambassador of pop culture. So “Rock Around the Clock” Dick, and “So Long”. His memory will live on and on and on.
The Fabulous Dick Clark
Here is a health hint which can save your day:
CUCUMBERS…. what a gem the cucumber is!
Research it for yourself so you will be satisfied.
1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need Every day just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron,
Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, Put down the caffinated soda and pick up a cucumber, which is the best source of B vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide a quick pick-me-up which can last for hours.
3. Try rubbing a cucumber slice over the mirror in your bathroom, it will to eliminate the fog.
4. Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. Chemicals in a cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drives garden pests crazy.
5. A slice or two of cucumbers for tightening your skin along any problem area for a few minutes; the phytochemicals in the cucumber causes collagen in you to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles, too!!!
6. If you want to avoid a hangover or headache, eat a few cucumber slices before retiring and wake up refreshed, headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients in your body!
7. Looking to fight off an afternoon/evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders/explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
8. Want to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
9. Out of WD 40 or grafite? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge: no squeak.
See you next month with more of what’s happening!
“A cheerful heart is good medicine”