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Local group to stage debut opera

1 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

2 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

1 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

2 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

6 DAYS 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

13 DAYS 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

13 DAYS 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

21 DAYS 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

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

13 DAYS 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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‘The Lullaby of Life’: Just what you need to get you through the pandemic

5 MONTHS AGO
‘The Lullaby of Life’:  Just what you need to get you through the pandemic

In July 2019, Guadalajara video game studio 1 Simple Game was invited to participate in Google’s Indie Games Accelerator, an event offering special training to a handful of developers selected from around the world.

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Thwarting official surveillance

13 DAYS AGO

“The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” cried Chicken Little. “The internet is going dark, the internet is going dark!” cries law enforcement and government snoops.

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COMPUTER CORNER: Grabbing screenshots, a basic skill

2 MONTHS AGO

The message contained in the email that appeared in my inbox read: “I got a message from somewhere and I think it said something about how I have to sign up with Windows or somebody so Google can download my iPad to Facebook in the cloud.

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Ancient Aztecs feared world would end at new year

13 DAYS 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

3 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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Lost in Translation

6 DAYS AGO
Lost in Translation

As someone who prefers receiving practical over superfluous gift items, I was deeply grateful to Santa for delivering a useful tool for grooming my family’s four hairy canines.

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Setting goals for 2021

13 DAYS AGO
Setting goals for 2021

It’s customary for people to kick off a new year by drawing up resolutions and goals for the coming 12 months.

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White supremacists and white brain matter

6 DAYS AGO

U.S. white supremacy is back in the news.

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Can I be happy and rational at the same time?­

13 DAYS AGO

People who are active in religious congregations tend to be happier and more civically engaged than either religiously unaffiliated adults or inactive members of religious groups, according to Pew Research Center worldwide data.

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Expat Living

Three Kings day delight

13 DAYS 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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Fans shut out for Chivas semi-final game; tie remains all square

1 MONTHS AGO

The Jalisco government did not allow soccer fans inside the Akron Stadium Wednesday to watch the Guadalajara Chivas take on Leon in the first game of the two-leg Liga Mx semi-final.

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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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Search on for driver who ran down cyclist

6 DAYS AGO

Between 11 and 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 7, a young boy who was riding his bicycle west along on the frontage road across from central Ajijic’s Pemex station was struck by a vehicle heading in the opposite direction.

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Weekly Worship - January 16, 2021

6 DAYS AGO

Lakeside Presbyterian

Sunday, January 17, at the 10 a.m. service of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church (LPC), worship services are at facebook/lpcchapala or www.lpcchapala.org. Devotionals are on the same sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Laguna Chapalac - January 16, 2021

6 DAYS AGO

Open Circle

David Bryen presents “Inside Wood” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, January 17, 10:30 a.m. in the garden at Lake Chapala Society

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Laguna Chapalac - January 09, 2021

13 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - January 09, 2021

Open Circle

Sandy Britton presents “Why Do We Do That?” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, January 10, 10:30 a.m. in the garden at Lake Chapala Society

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 28, 2020

10 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 - January 16, 2021

6 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - January 16, 2021

Living in a beachfront town invites sunbathing, margarita sipping, water sports, beach strolls and sunsets.

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North Banderas Beat - January 02, 2021

21 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - January 02, 2021

New Year, goals & energy

If there was ever a year where new healthy, vibrant and passionate energy is needed, it is 2021.

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 01, 2020

10 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

11 MONTHS 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

9 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

10 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 - March 07, 2020

10 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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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 22, 2020

11 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 22, 2020

Chili Cook-off

The eighth annual Puerto Vallarta Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for Saturday, February 22 at Parque Parota (in front of Hotel Puerto de Luna and across the street from the Fiesta Americana Hotel).

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Mexican Lifestyles

Days of the Dead in Michoacán

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

11 MONTHS 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

New Food Bank HQ gets off the ground

6 DAYS AGO
New Food Bank HQ gets off the ground

Governor Enrique Alfaro this week laid the first stone of a building that will become the new headquarters of the Jalisaco Food Bank, a private initiative financed through the private sector.

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Cardinal spouts off again over coronavirus

6 DAYS AGO

Just a week after uttering some controversial observations on pandemic safety protocols, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the former archbishop of Guadalajara, has put his foot in his mouth once more.

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Motorcyclist is 2021’s first highway fatality

6 DAYS AGO

A young man from Chapala who was heading to Ajijic on his motorcycle early on January 1 died when he crashed near the highway intersection with Calle Allen W. Lloyd in San Antonio Tlayacapan.

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Chapala cops become the apple of kids’ eyes

6 DAYS AGO
Chapala cops become the apple of kids’ eyes

The first time Chapala police officers distributed apples to local children on Three Kings Day was in 2014, an initiative the local media subsequently dubbed “Operation Apple.”

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Pharmacies keen to sell & apply Covid vaccines

6 DAYS AGO

Federal government authorization permitting, pharmacies such as Farmacias Guadalajara, Farmacias del Ahorro and Farmacias Benavides may soon be administering the Covid-19 vaccination to the general public.

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Futuro founder seeks Zapopan mayor’s job

13 DAYS AGO
Futuro founder seeks Zapopan mayor’s job

Pedro Kumamoto, the former independent state legislator and co-founder of the new Futuro Party in Jalisco, has announced that he will run for mayor of Zapopan in June.

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Interjet strike another blow to crippled airline

6 DAYS AGO

Almost two-thirds of the employees of discount airline Interjet went on strike this week, protesting the non-payment of wages for more than six months.

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More than 300,000 Covid shots given so far, minister says

6 DAYS AGO
More than 300,000 Covid shots given so far, minister says

A total of 95,095  health workers across Mexico received a Covid-19 shot on Thursday, January 14, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell confirmed at his regular evening press conference.

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Three weeks of ‘low-cost’ fine dining

4 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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Puerto Vallarta welcomes back visitors

4 MONTHS AGO

As of this weekend, hotels in Jalisco will be able to increase their capacity to 50 percent.

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US election: What actually happens on December 14?

1 MONTHS AGO

The Monday after the second Wednesday in December of U.S. presidential election years is set as the date on which the electors meet and vote. In 2020, the meeting is on December 14.

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Former US envoy teams up with Biden transition

2 MONTHS AGO
Former US envoy teams up with Biden transition

Roberta Jacobson, the former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has been named as part of the 500-strong team that will work to prepare the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden to take control of the federal government.

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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 - January 16, 2021

6 DAYS AGO
Obituary - January 16, 2021

Heather Zaina Altmire

Lakeside’s Heather Zaina Altmire, described by her mother Lisa as her “beloved daughter and best friend,” passed away on December 29, 2020, after a long battle with dengue hemorrhagic fever.

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Obituaries - January 08, 2021

13 DAYS AGO
Obituaries - January 08, 2021

Richard Tingen

Richard Oscar Tingen passed away Sunday, January 3 at age 76. The long-time lakeside resident and pioneer in the local real estate sector spent his final days in a Guadalajara hospital, where he was being treated for various health issues.

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Chivas crash out in semis, Leon champions

1 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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‘Canelo’ to fight British champ in December

2 MONTHS AGO

Guadalajara’s world champion boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will return to the ring for the first time in more than year on December 19 to fight Callum Smith, the British holder of the WBC super-middleweight crown.

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