December 20 was the holiday and end of year meeting for the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic (CASA). But it was also an opportunity to acknowledge Donna Carnall with a Lifetime Membership. First, the meeting presentations were botanas/appetizers and Libations. First place winners were Sally Myers for Christmas Caviar and Howard Feldstein for his Christmas Eggnog. Second and third place for botanas were Rick Feldman for Feta Cheese Tart and Pat Carroll for Tortilla Espanola. Second and third for libations were Patrick Winn for Pineapple Eggnog and Donna Carnall for Navidad Sangria.
December winners: Sally Myers, Rick Feldman, Pat Carroll
At the January 17 CASA meeting, first place went to Susan Bzoza for Lingenberry Brisket (Beef Main Dish) and to Donna Carnall for Warm German Potato Salad (Complementary Side Dish). Pat Carroll won second for Beef Wellington. Wayne Palfrey won 3rd for Chipolte Mashed Potatoes alongside Sally Myers for Sassy Potatoes.
January winners: Lifetime Member Donna Carnall and Susan Bzoza
For anyone interested in joining, call Mary Ann Waite, 2011 President of CASA, 766 – 1436 or email
and visit CASA’s website at http://222.casaajijic.org.
January 1 Polar Bear Swim for the benefit of Cruz Roja Mexico: for some of us, New Year’s Day is when we let the holidays wind down while the men watch football and the ladies chat and fix nibbles. But for some bold individuals, there is the challenge of a Polar Bear Swim. They seem to have had a good time, didn’t they?
Cruz Roja Polar Bear Swim
EVENTS TO COME:
February 10 the “Roaring Twenties Gala” for the benefit of the Lakeside School for the Deaf and Children with Special Needs will be held at the beautiful Villa Encantada Eventos in Chapala. Ladies, get out your flapper dresses and men, your most formal wear. This year’s dinner-dance features a theme of jazz age booze, broads, “bad guys” and fun. Catering will be by Providencia from Guadalajara, entertainment by Sol and Luna who perform at Roberto’s Restaurant regularly. Drive to the front door for Valet parking. Tickets are $750 pesos, and you can arrange tables of 10. For further information, contact Paula or Fran at 766 – 4443 or
The purpose of this non-profit organization is to assure professional education for deaf children, to teach them sign language, to speak, do sculpture, carpentry and arts. The school provides all types of hearing aids to improve their quality of life.
School for the Deaf “Roaring Twenties” Gala
February 10 the Russian State Ballet will present the Gala along with the most beautiful suite from Swan Lake. Performance will be at the Auditorium in La Floresta. Presently on a second tour throughout Mexico, Russian State Ballet Mari El brings the famous classical ballet piece featuring the greatest soloists of a new generation of Russian ballet. The choreographer is Konstantin Ivanov, Artist Emeritus of Russia and former Bolshoi Ballet soloist. This is the first time the Lake Chapala area will be able to see classical ballet of such extraordinary quality.
Russian State Ballet Mari El is part of Opera and Ballet Theater Sapaev of more than 45 years. In leading roles are winners of important international awards: Olga Chelpanova, Konstantin Korotkov, Egor Motouzov, Kyrill Parshin and Koike Saori. These young dancers are coming out of the greatest schools of Choreographic Art in Moscow, Perm and Kazan and are able to face the most difficult masterpieces of classical and modern ballet, such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake by P.I. Tchaikovsky, Don Quixote and La Bayadera by L. Minkus, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella by Prokofiev, Spartacus and Triumph of Rome by A. Khatchaturian. Every year they tour the world.
This is an event you should not miss, a magical night. Tickets are $500 pesos and are available at Tony’s Restaurant next to Super Lake, Salvador’s, Dianne Pearl Colecciones at Colon #1 and Ocampo, and at the Auditorium in La Floresta.
Swan Lake by the Russian State Ballet
February 13, 12 – 3 p.m., has been scheduled for a unique “Souper Sunday” fundraising event in the LCS Gardens. For $100 pesos you can enjoy a selection of soups and breads, and you keep the bowl, perhaps an antique. Also available will be a cash bar, cash dessert table and an art show. Proceeds will benefit Rotary’s community projects. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Colon #1 at the corner of Ocampo; law offices of Henri Loridans, Carretera Oriente #58-A; or Upscale Resale, Riberas. For additional information, call Anita Hocker at 766 – 2410 or email
Rotary Club of Ajijic is one of the few English speaking Rotary Clubs in Mexico, serving the community since 2002. For more information, visit the club’s website at www.rotaryajijic.com or stop at the Rotary table at LCS on Mondays, 10 – 12.
February 15, 3 – 6 p.m. will be the opening for a display of paintings by Isidro Xilotl and Francisco Gonzales. The show will run from February 15 – 28 at El Dorado, located on the Libramiento in San Antonio. The opening will be in the lobby of the high rise, parking available. Come see the art; see the views too.
On March 3 at the Hotel Real de Chapala in La Floresta, Niños Incapacitados del Lago will hold their Spring Fling Ball. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be a delicious buffet dinner, exciting live and silent auctions plus dancing to the irresistible Noé & The Classics. Tickets are $450 pesos, available at LCS Feb 7 – Feb 26, 10:30 – 12:30 daily. Tables of 10 can be reserved or you can join an open table. Please contact Jane Hainsworth at 766 – 1937,
or Kari Higgins at 766 – 3651,
. Dress is formal to smart casual. Niños Incapacitados is an all-volunteer organization that helps low-income Mexican families pay for ongoing and/or major medical expenses for their children with disabling or life-threatening illnesses.
March 17 is the next special event for Lakeside Friends of the Animals who are hosting a St. Pat’s for Pets Party. LFA throws great parties, so be sure to consider attending this one for the animals and for yourself. More details in the March column.
Senior with a puppy bundle of love
The American Legion post #7 schedule for February:
Happy Valentine’s Day – love never grows old!
Sundays, 12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers
Feb 4, 8 – 1 p.m. – Yard Sale
Feb 6, 5 p.m. – Super Bowl Sunday
Feb 12, 4 p.m. – Valentine Dinner & Dance; cocktails at 4, dinner at 5 (no tickets the day of the event; buy early)
Feb 24, 3 p.m. – Lone Star Club (Country-Western music)
For information, call 765 – 2259 or www.americanlegionchapalapost7.org
Cruz Roja (Red Cross) Bus Trips for February are scheduled for:
Note – buses leave from the lights at the entrance to La Floresta.
Feb 3 to Galeria – leaves 9 a.m., leaves Galeria 4 p.m., cost $150 pesos; this trip offers high end shopping and great restaurants.
Feb 16 to Tonala – leaves 9, leaves Tonala 3:30 p.m., cost $150 pesos; offers lots of Mexican handicrafts.
On the above two trips, call June at 766 – 4939 for more information.
Feb 22 to Mezcala – leaves 9 a.m., Mescala Island, an area full of history on the struggle for Mexican Independence, cost $250 pesos includes bus and boat trip to the island (and back). Lunch is extra. Your tour guide is Mezcala historian Señor Exciquio Santiago C. For further information, call Susannah at 766 – 3757.
View from Mezcala Island fort where Mexicans fought off Spaniards
The Lake Chapala Society Singles Group have planned through March:
Feb 10..... 5 p.m. Dinner at Viva Mexico, San Juan Cosalá
Mar 3..... 5 p.m. Mixer at Garden Restaurant on Colon
Mar 10.... 5 p.m. Dinner at La Vita Bella (Racquet Club)
Mar 24.... 9 a.m. Guadalajara / Tlaquepaque with lunch
On February 10, the Singles Group will carpool out to San Juan Cosalá for a 5 p.m. mixer, followed by dinner at Viva Mexico, one of the best known Mexican restaurants lakeside. Updates on activities can be found on the LCS Singles Mix ‘n Match website (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lcs_mixandmatch) and polls will be posted for members to indicate interest. Contacts for info:
, Special Events Director, LCS Singles
, Singles Group Committee
Lakeside Little Theatre news:
The fifth show of Season 46 of the Lakeside Little Theatre is Richard Adler & Jerry Ross’ The Pajama Game. Peggy Lord Chilton directs this fast-paced musical about a labor strike, a pajama factory and the smoochy shenanigans that ensue. Music is directed by Richard & Eleanor Stromberg, and dancing is choreographed by Alexis Hoff. Performances run February 26 – March 8, 2011. Tickets go on sale starting February 24 from 10 – 12 every day (except Sunday) and again one hour prior to show time during the run of the play. This show will sell out, so get your tickets early.
If you would like to volunteer behind the scenes, the LLT is always looking for people to train in lighting, sound, wardrobe, props, make-up, stage managing and other positions. Contact Don Chaloner at 766 – 1975 or email at
MAS MUSICA (Music Appreciation Society) performances will be at the Auditorio de la Ribera in La Floresta.
Feb. 15 – Bob Milne, Ragtime and Jazz piano virtuoso and historian, is sure to hold the audience spellbound. MAS MUSICA is always happy to welcome new volunteers to help with ticket sales, hospitality and other concert related duties. Please contact Beverly at 765 – 6409,
. Also, refer to web site MASajijic.com.
Bob Milne, Ragtime and Jazz pianist
Open Circle meets at the back patio of the Lake Chapala Society each Sunday morning at 10:15 for mini-sandwiches and coffee followed by a speaker who talks on the topic of the day. No products are sold, and no religion is touted.
Feb. 6 Ann Lewis
At the January 16 Open Circle, Todd Stong drew an audience of 500 to hear about the infrastructure of communities around Lake Chapala. Test results are encouraging, e.g. mercury levels are equivalent to USA can of tuna, 1/3 acceptable limits. With 60% of the world’s fish supply now farmed, aquaculture offers a potential for 11,000 jobs for villagers. He commends government for the 100 treatment plants along the Lerma River and the lake – bacterial levels are 1/4 the limit set for recreational use, heavy metals at 1/3 the limit. Mexico’s largest lake is safe and stable. Testing and infrastructure plans in municipios continue with expanded fish farming, sewage treatment, water purification, etc. Clearly, they are committed to assuring the future of our communities and our lake. Mexico is preparing for tomorrow’s needs today. Thank you, Todd, for keeping us informed.
VIVA! LA MUSICA Bus trips to the ‘Live from the Met’ Opera series at Teatro Diana:
Feb 26 – Iphigene en Tauride (Gluck) at noon, bus at 10:30 a.m.
Mar 19 – Lucio di Lammermoor (Donizetti) at 11 a.m., bus at 9:30
Apr 9 – Le Comte Orcy (Rossini) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.
Apr 23 – Capriccio (R. Strauss) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.
Apr 30 – Il Trovatore (Verdi) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.
May 14 – Die Walkure (Wagner) at 11 a.m., bus leaves at 9:30 a.m.
Contact Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834. Tickets cost $300 pesos for members, $350 pesos for non-members. For the January 8 opera, arrange tickets ASAP.
The New VIVA Concert Series proposed addresses concerns of driving after dark; start times are aimed for 4 p.m. The preliminary line-up at the Auditorium:
Mar 10 – 6 p.m. Cuban latino music and dance
Sep Ensemble “Vocal Contrapuntal”
Oct Piano four hands: Guillermo Salvador, Rosalinda Preciado
Nov Dolores Moreno, soprano with harp
Ticket prices for the Concert Series are $1100 pesos (members), $1250 (non-members). Single tickets are $250 pesos (members), $300 pesos (non-members).
Auditorium improvements: A non-profit organization Pro Auditorio del Lago de Chapala, AC has been formed to raise two million pesos from the community. The total cost will be six million pesos with 1/3 from the state of Jalisco and 1/3 from the federal government. Construction is scheduled for next summer – volunteers are needed to assist in the planning of the fundraising drive. For further details, contact Rosemary Keeling at 766 – 1801.
Following the tragic death of Allan Turnipseed, Viva has lost their graphic designer. Allan graciously did all the artwork without charge for years, kindly donating his time and talent to help Viva as well as other worthy causes. He will be remembered fondly and with respect. No one can ever replace what Allan contributed, but if you know of someone who could pick up where he left off, please contact Rosemary Keeling at 766 – 1801.