American Schools convene in GDL
Around 750 educators, consultants and exhibitors will convene in Guadalajara from October 5 to 7 for the annual conference presented by the “Tri-Association” network of American Schools in Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean.
The American School Foundation of Guadalajara will be the host of the conference, which carries that theme, “Reinventing Today for a Better Tomorrow.”
Speakers and workshops will concentrate on the transformation of education systems that can lead to more innovative and sustainable practices.
The opening ceremony is Wednesday, October 5, 8 a.m. at the Fiesta Americana Minerva.
Keynote speakers include Zoe Weil president of the Institute for Humane Education; Michael Johnston, head of the Colegio Maya in Guatemala; Jennie Magiera, chief technology officer in a school district in Des Plaines, Iowa; and Monica Martinez, a senior fellow to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and appointee to the White House Commission of Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
As an education strategist, Martinez serves in an advisory capacity to leaders of multiple organizations, including foundations, education systems across the K-16 sector state systems, and non-profits, to assist in creating, revising, or implementing their education initiatives.
Abastos to offer discounts Sunday
A group of traders at Guadalajara’s Abastos Market will lower their prices on Sunday, October 2 in a show of solidarity with Tapatio households.
Around 60 traders on Calle 15 of the complex will offer wholesale prices – 40 percent less or more – on small purchases of fresh produce, according to Miguel Fernando Gracián Ramírez, president of Unión de Comerciantes del Mercado de Abastos de Guadalajara.
Gracián Ramírez said the special event is one of several planned in the lead up to the market’s 50th anniversary in 2017.
The discounts will be exclusive to Calle 15, located between Mandarina and Avenida del Mercado.
Eco-friendly Saturday market
The Círculo de Producción hosts a weekly farmer’s market each Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Calle Morelos 2178, in Colonia Ladrón de Guevara (cross streets: Pablo Villaseñor and Salado Álvarez). The market is held to one side of the Ecotienda, which is also open at the same time. The venue is a few blocks north of the Centro Magno.
Círculo de Producción is a collective of small, local producers of organic, natural and eco-friendly products, who sell directly to the public at tianguis, farmer’s markets or through small independent health stores. Many of the vendors also sell at the weekly farmer’s markets in the Lake Chapala area.
An antidote to industrial food production, the collective tries to build connections between producers and consumers through educational programs, including workshops and visits to the countryside. See www.circulodeproduccion.org, or visit them on Facebook.
Archaeology at Casa Clavigero
Around 80 pre-Hispanic adornments, tools, musical instruments and ceremonial objects from Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit are on display at the Casa Clavigero, the cultural center operated by the Iteso University. The pieces are all part of the collection of Guadalajara’s Regional Museum. The significance of animals to these ancient tribes of western Mexico is a common theme throughout the exhibit, highlighted by the preponderance of ceramic dogs, serpents, snails and other species. The pieces date from around 200 B.C. to 500 A.D. The Casa Clavigero is at Jose Guadalupe Zuno 2038. Open Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Up until October 15.
Ballet Jalisco travels to Guanajuato
The Ballet Jalisco thrilled audiences last weekend with its performances of “Don Quixote” at the Degollado Theater. The professional troupe now heads to the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, where it will perform the same work – free of charge – in the massive plaza facing the Granaditos de Alhondiga Thursday, October 6, 8 p.m.