June 2 Charlie Klestadt of Cruz Roja was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver. The word has been passed along, but we want everyone to know so that if you can visit him at Ajijic Hospital/Clinic. All visitors must expect to be sold raffle and Luau tickets for Cruz Roja Chapala. Charlie has talked of nothing else since the accident. He even hallucinated about them while he was on heavy pain meds. He has responded well to treatment but will be incapacitated for months while his bones heal. No surgery was required. He appears to be in good spirits and his wife Ann spent overnights with him while he was in Guadalajara. Please do not call their home. Flowers, cards and gifts are not desired and should be turned into cash donations for Cruz Roja.
Charlie Klestadt – Get Well Soon!
June 14 at Gloriosa Hair Salon there was a book signing by David Bryen, a life-long motorcycle rider and career psychotherapist. He introduced his book:Riding off the Edge of the Map. “In 2010 two other motorcyclists and I took a trip to Mexico’s stunning Copper Canyon. Most trips turn into ‘adventures’ because of mistakes. Horrible roads, a broken rib, and a stolen bike gave me the opportunity to reflect on the human reality that the farther you go the harder it is to turn back. However, I also have learned that for every two steps forward, I fall back three but get there anyway because I was going the wrong direction in the first place.”
Book cover of David Bryen’s exciting adventure
“Following an errant map, getting disoriented in the Canyon, and falling into danger parallel the journey of life in which old paradigms (maps), once our faithful guides, eventually lead us into trouble. My book, while describing the physical drama of the trip, explores among other things, this life-interest of mine: how to let go of maps that are no longer useful.”
“I invite you to look at my book Riding off the Edge of the Map. It’s for sale at Diane Pearl’s in Ajijic and at The Oasis Cloud in Riberas. It is also available on as a paperback and as a Kindle book. You can also order the book on my website .”
Jim Tipton, prolific creator of poems and short stories, says: “This book belongs beside two other classics, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”
June 22 on the Plaza in Ajijic, there was a fiesta in celebration of the life of Jeanne Chaussee who passed away suddenly June 9. It’s difficult to imagine her two columns in the Guadalajara Reporter without her style and precision. The celebration stressed her love of Mexico and suggested we all plant something lovely in our gardens in her memory. Since I was given a cutting of Frangipani, a lovely tree with lightly scented pink flowers, it went into a special space in my garden. Three cheers to Libby Townsend and others who helped put this celebration together. And again, donations to Cruz Roja will be appropriate.
Jeanne Chaussee – a woman who spoke her mind
June 22 the Ajijic Cultural Center opened a photography exhibit, CUBA TODAY, by Jorge A. Santana. The show will run until July 11. After 40 years of teaching Spanish and Hispanic culture at the university level, Jorge Santana retired to expand his collection of videos and photographs from 50+ travel studies abroad. Photography has been one of his passions. See his videos on YouTube World Culture Series: armsantana. The selected photos in this exhibit were taken during a California State University travel-study trip to Cuba in 2012. The images reflect some of the scenes of CUBA TODAY.
It is a kaleidoscope of life on an island off limits to most Americans. This is a documentary of present day Cuba and Cubans in their struggle to survive within a country faced with many government restrictions, of life on the verge of dramatic change. He documents nascent private enterprise, food rationing, religion, music, classic cars, education. There is still time to take in this fascinating exhibit on Cuba Today.
July 17 at the American Legion – look for that listing under American Legion and at La Bodega on July 23 and August 20, 7:30 p.m., the Doo Wops will sing. They have broken La Bodega’s singing group attendance record. Perhaps you feel transported back to the 50s and 60s with their song choices. For example, Jack Fallon reminds you of temptations, singing My Girl. Then he may switch to Buddy Holly songs in a different tempo. Jack also sings Mustang Sally, but the ladies’ favorite is Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison. Jerry Morse will sing Elvis Presley songs like Don’t Be Cruel and the romantic I Can’t Help Falling in Love, then switch to Willie Nelson with Always On My Mind. Call Javier at La Bodega at 766-1002 for reservations. Remember, have fun now.
July 26, 27, 28 Naked Stage offers the July reading Do Not Go Gentle by Susan Zeder, directed by Robin Lawrason. Ms. Zeder has been recognized internationally as one of the leading playwrights for family audiences in the United States.Her plays have been produced in all 50 states by professional, university and community theatres. Her work has also been seen in Canada, England, France, Switzerland, Greece, Israel, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Naked Stage play reading
The Story: Lillian Boedecker Barron is 84 years old, vibrant, funny, wise, and recently deceased! Lillian had shared a special, long-distance bond with her granddaughter Kelly but suffered estrangement from her son Windsor, a colonel in the Air Force, as he moved his family from base to base all over the world. After her death Lillian discovers that she cannot “move on” until the rifts are somehow mended.
For reservations email or call Michelle Boudreau at 765-6408. Naked Stage presents minimalistic play readings for adult theatre lovers at 4 p.m., donation $80 pesos. Bar opens at 3 p.m., box office at 3:15 p.m. Prior to or after the Reading, Daniel’s is open for lunch and dinner. After the Readings, the manager Daniel is offering 2 x 1 Dinners and 2 x 1 Margaritas.
The Naked Stage is located in Plaza de la Ribera (Formerly Sol y Luna). Drive West on the Carretera from Central Ajijic. Turn South on Rio Bravo. The theatre is behind the Don Pedro Restaurant two blocks down on the left. Meals will be served.
November 15 – 17 the Feria Maestros del Arte, the annual fair for Mexican art, will be held at the Chapala Yacht Club. One artist, Arturo Salgado Vasquez, has created earrings he calls Arillo Estrella made from plata (silver) .925 with fresh water pearls. The technique is Filigrana-Cartoneado, list price $3,500 pesos, but he has given them to the Feria to help raise funds. You now have the opportunity to buy and wear this beautiful work of art. The Feria will take offers over $2000 pesos and they will let bidders know in a few weeks via their next newsletter (July). Email offers to . As a “silent auction” this is a creative approach and the earrings are truly beautiful.
Silver Earrings up for bids
The American Legion post #7 schedule:
On July 17 there will be Sock Hop: 5 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. dinner/dancing to the Doo Wops, prizes for best dressed, twist, hoola-hoops, etc. Tickets $100 pesos at the Legion, advance sales only, 765 – 2259, #114 Morelos at Guerrero, Chapala.
The American Legion in Chapala is the largest post outside the United States, boasting 138 members or more, and there is a lot to do! They have:
A restaurant and bar: Sundays 12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers
On-site Consulate and Social Security services the first Wednesday of every month
A Service Officer available to war veterans in need of help
Card games such as Bridge and Pinochle
Celebrations on all patriotic holidays -USA
Massages by appointment
A yard sale the first Friday of every month from 8-12
WiFi for free (It has saved me a few times.)
Contact for questions: 765 – 2259.
American Legion typical Happy Hour 3 - 6
Lake Chapala Society (LCS)
Casi Nuevo Celebrates Its 10th Year
Casi Nuevo was conceived as a thrift shop to sell donated clothing and household items at affordable prices. All profits were for the benefit of the students at the School for the Deaf, now known as the School for Special Needs Children. Casi Nuevo now accepts consignments and shares all profits with two additional children’s charities, the LCS Community Education Program and Have Hammers...Will Travel.
Casi Nuevo has expanded its charter once again to do estate sales. The first estate sale took place last month and was a great success. The entire contents of Mary Alice Sargent’s two-story house were sold in one day!
LCS depends on your support to help these three charities. Donations are accepted as are consignments of furniture, household goods, rugs, lamps, appliances, art work, pottery, kitchen gadgets, books, etc. For your convenience, you may place donations in the drop-box outside the video library at LCS or pick-up, and delivery of larger items can be arranged. Contact Jacqueline at 766-1303 for assistance.
Volunteer salespersons are always welcome. This is a fun job, and you can work full or part-time. We will train you. Spanish is not required, but some Spanish helps. The Casi Nuevo store is located on the carretera in Riberas del Pilar on the corner across from 7-Eleven. Easy to locate-it’s the shop with the red door, open 10 am to 3 pm, Monday to Saturday.
LCS Finds Parking Solution
Thanks to the Ajijic Delegado, Hector España, LCS now has permission for members to use the beach area in front of Yve’s Restaurant for parking during LCS service hours. Members wishing to use the parking area will be allowed in at no fee. Non-members will have to pay the municipal government. A parking attendant will be working at the corner of Paseo del Lago and Ramon Corona. Small tips are encouraged. LCS members wishing to use this parking area during LCS hours should come to the office for a special pass to place on the dashboard showing that you are a current member. Permits are good through December 31. Please respect this membership privilege so that it can continue into the future.
Lakeside Little Theatre:
The LLT is having auditions for the first two plays this July for performances in October and November. The first is Local Hero, Audition dates July 12 &13 with registration at 9:30 and auditions at 10am. The show is October 4 – 13. Planned cast: 15 men including one of African descent and 5 women. LLT encourages everyone, experienced or not to come out.
Local Hero is a modern day fable based on the 1983 film of the same name. It is a whimsical flight of fancy full of memorable characters, relating the tale of what happens when Big Oil meets Wee Scotland. The play marks Checkoway’s writing/directing return to LLT for the first time since his back-to-back hits “An Inspector Calls” and “Being There” in 2004-2005. For information or scripts, email or call 766-2847.
Poster of movie/play
The second play is The Heiress by Ruth & Augustus Goetz, directed by Rosann Wilshere. A period drama, this is a touching story of a woman who loses her heart but gains her dignity. Cast: 6 women and 3 men. Auditions are July 26 and 27, registration at 9:30, auditions at 10. Everyone is encouraged to come out. The performance dates are Nov 8-17. For scripts and information contact Rosann: .
VIVA La Musica:
Viva Summer Schedule
This is the 2013 Summer Sunday concert series at St. Andrew’s Church, Riberas del Pilar. A cash bar will serve champagne during intermission. Come and join us! $200 members, $300 general, free for music students. Tickets are available at LCS, 10-12 or at Diane Pearl’s.
Jul 21 4 p.m. – Cronopius String Quartet & Cuatemoc Garcia, Flute: Bocherini, Reicha, Shostakovich, Gamboa and Ginastera
Aug 18 Issac Ramirez Cello & Andres Sarre Piano: Toussaint, de Falla, Faure and Piazzola
Sep 15 Nury Ulate & David Mosqueda Prelude Flute and Guitar: Solo Guitar Bach, Ponce and Turini, Flute and Guitar Back Oliva & Pujol Buenos Aires Suite
Oct 13 Quartet Tania Touby Piano, Konstantin Zumbilov Violin, Robert Nelson Viola and Yalissa Cruz Celloplaying Mozart and Brahms Piano Quartets
Viva Bus Trips to the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra
Jul 14 10:30 departure – Moncayo, Sinfonietta, Shostakovitch, Piano concerto No.3, Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5, Guest Conductor, Anatoly Zatin, Vlada Vasilieva, piano
Joyce Vath receiving the award on behalf of her late husband, Richard. The tribute is the Gilmore Brown Award. It is the first time ever that it was given posthumously by the trustees of the world-famous Pasadena Playhouse. Richard had been a past president of the Playhouse.