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City Living - April 17, 2015

Green Race

The third annual “Green Race” and Ecological Fair takes place Sunday, April 19 at the American School in Guadalajara. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara is organizing the event to correspond with International Earth Day. 

The 10-kilometer race starts at 7.30 a.m., with an entrance fee of 280 pesos and the three-kilometer race sets off at  9 a.m., with a 150-peso fee. 

Last year’s event raised over 125,000 pesos from runners and corporate sponsors. 

On the day, the school will host an ecological fair where NGOs, businesses and government representatives will offer information on environmental projects. Food and drinks will be served. Everyone is welcome.


City Living - April 10, 2015

Producer’s Fair

Dozens of vendors will set up shop at the next edition of the Feria de Productores (Producer’s Fair) on Sunday, April 19 at the Lions Club (Club de Leones), just off Avenida Tepeyac.

The event is organized by Circulo de Produccion, 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.

The fair will also feature gourmet food and crafts, and include an art display, musical presentations and children’s workshops. Hours are 10 a.m to 5 p.m.  Entry is 15 pesos, 10 pesos for children.

The Club de Leones is at Av. de los Leones 75, Fracc. Tepeyac Casino, Zapopan.

To learn more about Circulo de Produccion, visit www.circulodeproduccion.org. or visit them on Facebook.

Cemetry tours

The recently renovated historic Belen Cemetery in downtown Guadalajara is offering day and night tours to visitors interested in hearing the legends and history of this mysterious, iconic landmark.

Day tours are offered from Tuesday to Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets cost 24 pesos. Students and teachers with identification are charged 12 pesos. Over 60’s and disabled people are given free entry. Camera use in the photogenic graveyard is charged at 65 pesos. 

Night tours that include “ghostly tales” are run Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8.30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11.30 p.m. Tickets cost 65 pesos.

Tickets are sold in the cemetery office on Calle Belen 684. Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

English Chruch Fellowship

Pastor Ray De Lange speaks to members of English Fellowship at the church’s Good Friday morning celebration at Parque Metropolitano April 3. ‘According to the gospel of Mark, Jesus was hung up on the cross, crucified, at 9 a.m. That’s the time our worship service began,’ said De Lange. ‘We sang, heard messages on the seven statements Jesus made from the cross, prayed, and ended with a light breakfast. Then many of us went on to enjoy the playground equipment.’

Easter bonnet contest

Sue Priddy awards first prize to Mari Jose Rios, winner of the ‘Easter bonnet’ contest, at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Guadalajara April 5. The contest was conceived in honor of St. Mark’s parishioner Joan Forsyth, who died in 2014. ‘Joan knew that Easter was the perfect time for a beautiful hat,’ said Priddy.

Migrant's Stations of the Cross 

Migrants and volunteers carry Central American flags along the railway tracks in Guadalajara during a Stations of the Cross commemoration on Good Friday. The event was organized by the charity FM4, which provides support to migrants passing through the metropolitan area on their way to the United States. An additional aim of the procession was to raise awareness of the difficult and insecure nature of the journey.

City Living - April 4, 2015

Vocal groups

Distinguished vocal groups are set to perform outdoors in downtown Guadalajara’s Plaza Tapatia on Tuesday, April 7, between 5 and 7 p.m. 

City Living - March 20, 2015

Baseball

Local baseball fans could be watching the stars of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Deigo Padres playing in the Telmex Stadium in 2016 if Charros de Jalisco owner Armando Navarro gets his way.   

City Living - March 13, 2015

St. Pat’s at AMSOC

The American Society (Amsoc) celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a luncheon on Thursday, March 19 that includes filet mignon, salad, cabbage and baked potato.

The occasion will also serve as Amsoc’s 70th birthday, so birthday cake will be served.

The cost of the meal is 150 pesos.  Tickets must be paid for by Tuesday, March 17. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Amsoc is at Av. San Francisco 3332, Colonia Chapalita. Call (33) 3121-2395 for more information.

City Living - March 6, 2015

Tlaquepaque happenings

To highlight the fact that shopping is not the only attraction to draw visitors to Tlaquepaque, city fathers have hired a world-famous classical ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, to give two free performances this weekend, as well as some workshops to budding local musicians next week.

City Living - February 27, 2015

Foodie group

A year ago a group of expats in Guadalajara decided to get together once a month for an informal themed pot-luck to share home-cooked entrees and desserts in the pleasant surroundings of the American Society (Amsoc).  No judges or competition were involved, just a community formed on the love of food and cooking.