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Salute to Mexico’s Bandera

Salute to Mexico’s Bandera

Though February 24 slipped by with little fanfare this year, it was Mexico&rsquo...

Arts & Entertainment

Local group to stage debut opera

3 MONTHS AGO
Local group to stage debut opera

Expat opera buffs starved of a fix in these culturally bereft times, should go online Saturday evening to watch – and support – a local version of “Madame Butterfly,” the first original production sponsored by the Universidad de Guadalajara’s Conjunto Santander. 

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Urban artists are serious professionals, not hobbyists, contest winner says

3 MONTHS AGO
Urban artists are serious professionals, not hobbyists, contest winner says

Daniel Reséndiz, a Guadalajara artist better known as Mack, has defended the Jalisco’s government’s initiative to allow urban artists the opportunity  to paint murals on columns supporting elevated sections of Guadalajara’s new Tren Ligero (subway) line.

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Christmas décor at Ajijic plaza

2 MONTHS AGO
Christmas décor at Ajijic plaza

The spirit of Christmas got a boost in Ajijic last week as seasonal decorations were installed at the central plaza.

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A literary jamboree courtesy of San Miguel

3 MONTHS AGO
A literary jamboree courtesy of San Miguel

The San Miguel de Allende Writer’s Conference and Literary Festival began in October and is spread out over six months through March 2021.

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Ribera Arts Review - January 16, 2021

1 MONTHS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - January 16, 2021

Reader’s Theatre

The next production in Lakeside Little Theatre’s Ajijic Reader’s Theatre (ART) series is “It’s My Party,” with show dates of January 22 to 24. All performances are at 4 p.m.

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Ribera Arts Review - January 09, 2021

1 MONTHS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - January 09, 2021

Beautify Ajijic

Artists Ted Shaw, his wife Ana Romo, Rocio Vera, muralist Juan Romo, and jewelry creator Cesar Matta are on a quest to beautify Ajijic while at the same time trying to find projects to keep talented local artists working during this year’s very slow high season.

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At the Movies - January 09, 2021

1 MONTHS AGO

Invasion 2

With the fall of the alien ship Julia’s life changed, now three years later mankind is about to experience new encounter.

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At the Movies - January 02, 2021

1 MONTHS AGO

Come Away

When their eldest brother dies, Peter and Alice seek to save their parents from despair until they are forced to choose between home and imagination, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.

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Columns

Is homeopathy the placebo effect on steroids?

13 DAYS AGO
Is homeopathy the placebo effect on steroids?

Before I moved to Mexico I had never heard of homeopathy, an approach to medicine developed by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796.

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Guadalajara’s ‘do it on foot’ archaeologist Otto Schöndube passes away

1 MONTHS AGO
Guadalajara’s ‘do it on foot’ archaeologist Otto Schöndube passes away

A pioneer in the archaeology of western Mexico, Otto George Schöndube Baumbach, died on December 30, 2020, at the age of 84.

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An affair of the heart: coldly, freely choosing a high, hard-minded way to leave

13 DAYS AGO

On an August afternoon in 1963 Astfulo (“Tulfo”) Diaz gave me a horse racing tip. In pueblos lining Lake Chapala, horse racing of both the most formal competitions, as well as the most casual pickup races were grandly popular. Spontaneously, without preparation, they could take place, mi...

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Survival techniques and raw country wisdom

1 MONTHS AGO

Chucha — Maria de Jesus — Anzaldo was a small wiry woman of about 60 when I first met her in the 1960s.

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Social media alternatives

20 DAYS AGO

The toxic political climate now existing in 2021 has prompted some people to start investigating alternatives to “big tech” and its censorship.

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WhatsApp privacy concerns: is switching worth the hassle?

1 MONTHS AGO

The sensational headline responsible for alarming many read: “Millions of WhatsApp users ABANDON the app and switch to rivals Telegram or Signal ahead of privacy policy update that will force them to share their personal data with Facebook.”

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Ancient Aztecs feared world would end at new year

1 MONTHS AGO
Ancient Aztecs feared world would end at new year

With insurrection in Washington D.C. and Covid-19 vaccinations lagging around the world, only a fervent optimist can cherish January hopes that 2021 will be a year of golden good fortune.

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Covid messaging: mixed & chaotic, and can also lead to fatigue

4 MONTHS AGO
Covid messaging: mixed & chaotic, and can also lead to fatigue

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro has generally earned praise for the robust and no-nonsense way in which he has handled the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

4 YEARS AGO

I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

4 YEARS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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Expect the Unexpected

6 DAYS AGO

If there´s one thing that can aggravate relative newcomers to Mexico living, it´s having to cope with situations that are out of their control. Old hands know that learning to expect the unexpected is the best formula for maintaining sanity.

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Amor y Amistad

13 DAYS AGO
Amor y Amistad

February 14 may be Valentine’s Day for you and me, but for your Mexican neighbors it’s El Día del Amor y la Amistad.

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If the cartels distributed the vaccines

6 DAYS AGO
If the cartels distributed the vaccines

We don’t yet know for sure who will be distributing and applying the vaccines for us. The farmacias have been mentioned.

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Lost in transition: What Covid has ripped from us

13 DAYS AGO

“The pandemic hath changed a lot of things,” as a biblical saying might go. Here are what appear to be the most critical losses, if you don’t count “bar hopping.”

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Expat Living

Briefly - February 06, 2021

21 DAYS AGO

AstraZeneca vaccine not for sale

Mexico’s health regulator, Cofepris, has issued a warning about the illegal sale of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Mexico.

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Three Kings day delight

1 MONTHS AGO
Three Kings day delight

Jalisco’s Family Development Agency (DIF) managed to collect some 9,000 toys, which volunteers distributed to various neighborhoods of Guadalajara on January 6, Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day).

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City Living - January 25, 2020

1 YEAR AGO
City Living - January 25, 2020

Dragon dance

Sunday, January 26, experience the Chinese New Year with a presentation of the dragon dance, and other rituals, by the students and professors of Kung-Fu Dragón Inmortal, one of the most acclaimed Kung Fu schools in Guadalajara. The Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 25...

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City Living – March 16, 2019

1 YEAR AGO

American School race

Think green – the sixth annual Eco Race and Green Market are scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at Guadalajara’s American School Foundation. Everyone is welcomed to this event meant to raise awareness about conserving the planet’s resources. Expect to learn a lot ...

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Weekly Worship - February 20, 2021

6 DAYS AGO

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Sunday, February 21, the last Sunday after the Epiphany, St. Andrew’s congregation will live-stream the service though the link at StAndrewsRiberas.org beginning 10 a.m. The Rev. Robbin Moore will preach and celebrate Holy Communion.

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Weekly Worship - February 13, 2021

13 DAYS AGO

Little Chapel

At the praise and worship service at the Little Chapel by the Lake, Sunday, February 14, 11 a.m., Pastor Pete Campbell will be starting a new series on the book of Daniel.

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Laguna Chapalac - February 20, 2021

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - February 20, 2021

Open Circle returns

Loretta Downs presents “When Vulnerability Becomes Strength: From Care Giver to Receiver,” at the next meeting of Open Circle in the Lake Chapala Society garden, Sunday, February 21, 10:30 a.m.

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Laguna Chapalac - February 13, 2021

13 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - February 13, 2021

Pet love

Operación Amor sterilizes animals in the communities surrounding Lake Chapala. A supporter recently offered to match all donations received by February 28 up to 25,000 pesos.

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 28, 2020

11 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 28, 2020

Village & Covid-19

Normally at this time in March, the tourists and snowbirds are trickling northward as fundraisers and community events are winding down, ending the high season at a leisurely pace.

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‘Tis the season to be scammed

1 YEAR AGO

At this time of year, as the snowbirds return and tourists are everywhere, it’s paradise … for scammers.

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North Banderas Beat - February 13, 2021

13 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - February 13, 2021

Love is in the air 

Dinner at your favorite romantic restaurant is always a good idea for Valentine’s Day(Dia del Amor y la Amistad in Mexico), so I’ll share some suggestions below.

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North Banderas Beat - January 30, 2021

28 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - January 30, 2021

Profoundly aware that regular high season happenings are restricted this year, it only takes a little effort to find something new to do that in the past one might not have considered.

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 01, 2020

11 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 01, 2020

Bocce Ball Tournament

A few weeks after hosting an elegant dinner dance in late January, the Bocce Ball Committee and aficionados of the sport donned shorts and t-shirts to face off in the 6th annual Bocce Ball Tournament on February 15.

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La Manzanilla Memo – February 15, 2020

1 YEAR AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – February 15, 2020

Otra Vez

Last November, a little thrift store named Otra Vez opened its doors to the residents of La Manzanilla and became an instant hit with both the Mexican and expat communities.  Operating solely with donations and dedicated volunteers, it is now in its second year with no signs of slowin...

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - April 04, 2020

10 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - April 04, 2020

In the Bahia de Navidad everyone is doing their part to stay safe and help each other. As some businesses close down, others stay open to keep the community safe and supplied with basic essentials and information regarding Covid-19.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 22, 2020

11 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 22, 2020

Four years ago, a small team of big-hearted Canadian and Americans decided they wanted to give something substantial back to the community.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 06, 2021

20 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 06, 2021

Races

To celebrate the Día de Amor y Amistad (Valentine’s Day), two races, sponsored by the Municipal Sports Advisory Committee (Comude), will be held on Sunday, February 14 along two areas: the Malecon and the Rio Pitillal linear parkway.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 07, 2020

11 MONTHS AGO

El Salado

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro last week signed a decree to increase the size of the protected area of El Salado marshland by 23 percent.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Days of the Dead in Michoacán

4 MONTHS AGO
Days of the Dead in Michoacán

Mexico’s Days of the Dead coincide with the Christian All Souls and All Saints Day, November 1 and November 2.

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When to tip – and not to tip

3 YEARS AGO
When to tip – and not to tip

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexico’s social culture, chiefly because of its informal, cash-driven economy.

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Senate beefs up laws on access to beaches

4 MONTHS AGO

The Mexican Senate has approved reforms to the General Law of National Assets, increasing the fines for establishments or individuals that restrict access to Mexico’s beaches, to more than one million pesos.

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Masocta-PV highway not totally safe, US says

4 MONTHS AGO

Despite the recent renovations to the Highway 554 linking the Jalisco town of Mascota with Puerto Vallarta (reported in last week’s edition), the U.S. State Department believes the road is far from safe for travel.

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Go Bistro – Ajijic’s great escape from the humdrum of isolation

4 MONTHS AGO
Go Bistro – Ajijic’s great escape from the humdrum of isolation

If you’re looking for ways to escape the captivity of sheltering in place, Go Bistro, by all accounts, is a safe haven from Lakeside’s forced introversion.

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101 different ways to use tortillas

4 MONTHS AGO

The tortilla is a central ingredient of an entire lexicon of cookery, whose sauces and stuffings serve only to give it variety and interest.

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BOOK REVIEW: New coffee table book of Mexican crafts out in time to celebrate Day of the Dead

4 MONTHS AGO
BOOK REVIEW: New coffee table book of Mexican  crafts out in time to celebrate Day of the Dead

“Arte Popular Mexicano. De mascaras, Barro, Calacas, Criaturas fantásticas, ...” by Miguel Abruch Linder

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New book explores little-known twists of US-Mexico fights & friendship

1 YEAR AGO
New book explores little-known  twists of US-Mexico fights & friendship

A remarkable English-speaking historian and author is in our midst – “the real thing,” as one commentator put it – and residents of Ajijic and Guadalajara have a chance to witness him present his latest publishing project on its official release date, Sunday, March 8, in Ajij...

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Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

1 YEAR AGO
Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

As Guadalajara and Jalisco enter into their warm season, typically between April and June of each year, residents and seasonal visitors should take precautions to avoid heat stress.  What’s more, the University of Guadalajara’s Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology reports that eve...

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Winter warning: Catching a cold, getting the sniffles is all too easy here

2 YEARS AGO
Winter warning: Catching a cold,  getting the sniffles is all too easy here

Returning snowbirds should not be fooled by the warmer winter weather in this region. Big swings in temperature can play havoc with a person’s health and bring on cold symptoms in a flash.

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News

Cardinal has pacemaker fitted

13 DAYS AGO

The Archdiocese of Guadalajara has announced that Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the former archbishop of Guadalajara, has undergone successful surgery and been fitted with a pacemaker.

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Looking Back: A review of January news from the last 50 years

21 DAYS AGO
Looking Back: A review of January news from the last 50 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our January editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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Chapala wins first copa Jalisco match

6 DAYS AGO
Chapala wins first copa Jalisco match

The Selección Chapala soccer team narrowly defeated its rival from Jocotepec Sunday, February 14, in the hard-fought first round of this year’s Copa Jalisco competition.

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Chapala cultural center set to reopen

6 DAYS AGO
Chapala cultural center set to reopen

Chapala´s Centro Cultural González Gallo (CCGG) will reopen its doors as of Saturday, February 19, with activities resuming in accordance with health safety protocols mandated under the Jalisco government´s plan for the remainder of this year.

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Crime falling on my watch, governor boasts

6 DAYS AGO

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro boasted this week of internal government data that shows a significant reduction in crime since he took office in December 2018.

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Curbs lifted in Covid strategy reassessment

6 DAYS AGO

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro last week announced a major replanning of his government’s Covid-19 strategy, eliminating most of the current restrictions on business, cultural, social, religious and sports activities, and allowing gatherings of up to 300 people without the need to request a s...

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No Mexican virus variant

6 DAYS AGO

Mexico’s Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE) has ruled out the existence of a Mexican variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus after analyzing four samples in which a mutation was identified by University of Guadalajara (UdG) researchers.

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Double mask for more protection, CDC recommends

13 DAYS AGO

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says wearing two masks offers significantly better protection against Covid-19. 

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Navy captain takes control in Vallarta

1 MONTHS AGO

Following the assassination of former Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval last month, the Mexican Navy (Semar) has taken charge of municipal public security in Puerto Vallarta.

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Three weeks of ‘low-cost’ fine dining

5 MONTHS AGO

Amid these troubled times, Puerto Vallarta has rescheduled its popular Restaurant Week promotion, set to run September 15 though October 10.

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Are wealthy nations doing enough to vaccinate the rest of the world?

13 DAYS AGO

As rich nations ramp up their Covid vaccination programs, many low-income and developing countries have yet to administer a single jab. 

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Biden makes bold moves on wall & DACA on day one

1 MONTHS AGO

On his first day in office, U.S. President Joe Biden issued an “immediate pause” on construction of the southern border wall, “to allow a close review of the legality of the funding and contracting methods used, and to determine the best way to redirect funds that were diverted by ...

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The British Council marks a milestone

2 YEARS AGO

It’s been 75 years since the arrival in Mexico of the British Council, a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that promotes a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language, while encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational understanding and co-ope...

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Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

3 YEARS AGO
Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

Data released this week by the National Statistics Agency (Inegi) showed the consumer price index to have risen by 0.59 percent in December, leaving inflation for 2017 at 6.77 percent – the highest level since 2000, when the rate was 8.96 percent.

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Obituary - February 13, 2021

13 DAYS AGO
Obituary - February 13, 2021

Tony Andalón

Well-known lakeside entrepreneur Antonio “Tony” Andalón died Thursday, February 4, at the age of 68.

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Obituary - February 06, 2021

21 DAYS AGO
Obituary - February 06, 2021

John Simmons

Following a short illness, Ajijic resident John Simmons died on January 29 at the Ribera Medical Center in Ajijic. He was 87 years old.

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Super Bowl LV: A generational matchup

21 DAYS AGO

Even if you’re not a big fan of football, this year’s Super Bowl is one for the ages. And it’s not just the 18-year age gap between Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (43) and Kansas quarterback Patrick Mahomes (25) that piques the interest.

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Chivas crash out in semis, Leon champions

2 MONTHS AGO

The Guadalajara Chivas soccer team failed to reach the Liga MX final after losing by a single goal to eventual champions Leon in their second semi-final game.

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