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    I am interested in community service projects and enjoy computing, gardening, my pets, and learning more about Mexico.

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  1. Operation Feed teaches English 6 days a week to over 100 students of all ages. We hope you will come over the topes to Viva Mexico on August 28th between 4 and 7 p.m. to have a terrific Tex-Mex Buffet. The Fundraiser is 300 pesos for the buffet and 1st drink. 150 pesos of your cost goes to buy supplies, pay the Internet bill, pay for books, etc. It's an easy fundraiser. No tickets. Just make a reservation. No auctions or sales. No entertainment, so you can have good conversations with your dinner partners. Come support Operation Feed, the English learners, and Viva Mexico.
  2. Operation Feed supports over 550 villagers in San Juan Cosala. We work to raise the funds without impacting other Lakeside charities. So, during the "low season" we have our two big events. April 26th beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Viva Mexico is our first of the year. Come on over and feast on an Agustin buffet. Meet some of the micro-business members. Shop through the 30 items basket auction. Your 450 pesos will buy you an amazing many course buffet dinner with vegan and vegetarian items and delicious desserts. Plus you will have provided a family with a despensa (food bag) for 3 weeks. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl's and Mia's. Or just email me and I'll arrange personal delivery. If you can't come, think about buying tickets for some who has been really helpful to you or paying for tickets that can be given to some of our outstanding Mexican assistants.
  3. Yes. We will be getting everything ready for our families starting at 11 am at Viva Mexico. Just look for the crazies in stocking caps.
  4. The first two home tours are sold out! Great for the children at The School for Special Needs. Don't wait, though. Get your tickets for the rest of the Home Tours soon. All the tours sell out quickly.
  5. Event is now filled. Thanks for the support of Agustin, Viva Mexico, and Operation Feed.
  6. What my Mexican friends have told me is that they do not line the streets with their altars normally. I love Chapala''s altars, but they say that wouldn't be normal in the small villages. Most are pretty private or at their cemetery plot. Also there isn't as much dancing and big bands, etc. The priests do several short masses in the small cemeteries throughout the day. A bit less public celebration. Just what I've been told. It will be interesting to hear Agustin talk about the efforts here in SJC to keep these two days very traditional.
  7. Augustin, of Viva Mexico, wants to share the traditional (not expanded for tourists) happenings of the Day of the Dead. At Viva Mexico, a small group will get together at 1 p.m. to order from his new menu. It includes salads and his outstanding traditional Mexican meals, plus great steak and lamb. He will talk with us about the altar and life on the Day of the Dead in San Juan Cosala over his life time. Then we will walk or drive up to the cemetery and see the devotion of the villagers to their ancestors. Because this is meant to be a very small group, I have only 6 places left. Please email me to reserve them. Thanks, Carol
  8. The School for Special Children's very popular Auction Fashion Show is coming on December 6th. Check out the information about this great event. The link will take you to ticket information, table reservation directions, and lots of info about the event. The profits from this event go to support the education of over 100 very special children. Make sure to let your friends know about this, too. Getting a table together can make the afternoon really fun. Donating clothing for the show and store makes the event work! Auction Fashion Show dates and info
  9. We know that soon it will be “low season”, but we are still counting on 100 people wanting a great meal that supports 102 families in San Juan Cosala. Everyone knows how much Agustin does to support Lakeside, and he is pulling out all the stops to make this event special. Plus the team has been working to create unique silent auction items and fun entertainment. With the change in times, we will have an extra hour before dark to enjoy the spirit raffles and live entertainment. So get your tickets now. If you want to reserve a table, just let us know. And we are getting drivers lined up for transportation to and from Ajijic if you don’t drive.
  10. Many people around the lake knew Bud Gallagher through all the work he did with so many charities, churches, and just helping any one who called. He recently passed away and those who worked with him have established a memorial fund to keep his good work going. You would have seen him at LCS providing information and help ... or at spay and neuter clinics hauling boxes and food ... or taking a villager to a doctor’s appt ... or bringing food to Operation Feed. He was always there for so many of us. He really believed that we needed to do more to help those in need climb up to the next step. In his honor, Operation Feed has established a special fund for projects to do just that. Help for the knitters group ... funding the nutrition classes that may help with the diabetes crisis ... and funds to pay for glasses, medicines, etc. We invite you to contribute just $30 US or $500 pesos to become a member of the Bud’s Giving Tree. Let us know how you want your name listed. This tree will serve as a reminder to all of us who volunteer that our efforts will last longer than we do. Plus Bud’s family will have a permanent visible reminder of how much Bud meant to all of us. You can donate through our website or by calling Jon Seaborg or at Viva Mexico. http://operationfeed.weebly.com/donate.html
  11. Hope you will join us at El Barco on January 31st for a great Disco Party. James and some of his students from the Dance and Exercise Studio are coming, so I know this will be fun.
  12. The children and staff of the School for Special Children want to thank you all for your continual support. Although the January Home Tour is sold out, there are still tickets available for February, March, and April. Join us for the fun, beautiful, and idea packed tours. Plus we hope to see you at our booth at the Chili Cook-Off.
  13. Take two minutes to watch the children from the School for Special Children at their Posada. They were very serious when they did the traditional walk with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. Then they had a great time at their party. Here are the faces of the children you support through your donations, shopping at Casi Nuevo, attending the auction fashion show, going on the Behind the Walls Home Tours, eating at the Chili Cook-Off, and all the other ways you help these children have a supportive and quality education. Special thanks to Bernhard for the lovely photos.
  14. The School for Special Children is hoping to reach all who have supported the children this year. Dear Volunteers, Donors, and Supporters, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work and support over this past year. We have had our biggest year in fundraising in 2017 and we’ve been able to buy things for the school such as IPads for the faculty, which has been so useful with all the wonderful apps that are used for teaching. We are also in the process of buying a new jungle gym for the backyard at the school which will give the children hours of fun climbing and sliding. Whether you attend or are more directly involved in our house tours, the fashion show, the Chili Cook Off or helping at Casi Nuevo, we are truly grateful for the time and support you have given us over this past year. So again, thank you and I hope you have a wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy New Year. All the best Jan Riley President
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