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Laguna Chapalac - June 23 2018

Open Circle

Kassandra King presents “Rementia: New Choices for New Agers” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. on the patio of the Lake Chapala Society.

King’s presentation will focus on creating new possibilities outside the traditional clinical model of care for those wishing to stay at Lakeside throughout the travails of aging. She will introduce options based on communal cooperation and the individual’s psychosocial needs.

Her interest in this field began as a volunteer at a young age. She enjoys the wisdom of elders and uses her natural abilities to connect with the cognitively impaired. With a BA and certification in longterm care administration, King has worked as a nursing home administrator at Alzheimer’s care facilities. As public policy and education director, she served at two chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association. She spends her time between San Diego, California and Lakeside, doing private consulting and rementia care training. Her first published book, “Getting REAL about Alzheimer’s – Rementia through Engagement, Assistance, and Love,” comes from 25 years of experience.

For more information on Open Circle, see opencircleajijic.org.

Genealogy Forum

The Lakeside Genealogy Forum will meet Monday, 25 June, 1 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Riberas del Pilar.

Do you have stacks of vintage family photos or albums full of people you don’t know? Maybe you know who they are, but your children won’t. You’re not the only one. Join members of the Lakeside Genealogy Forum for a working session on dating, identifying, and archiving family photos.

The group will do a little ‘crowd-sourcing’ to help each other identify information contained in the photos. There will be books there on dating old photographs, plus everyone in the group might be able to help by giving suggestions as to the reason for the photo being taken. A supply of archival ink pens will be available so you can safely write on the back.

If you have one, please bring iPads or equivalents with scanner apps installed, or Smart phones or cameras to copy the photos. It would be a shame to leave them to your family unidentified and not in digital form.

The Genealogy Forum is open to all. There are no dues. Whether you are just starting to research your family tree or you are an experienced genealogist, the Genealogy Forum will have something for you. The group meets on the last Monday of each month.

LCS TED talks

Psychologist Barry Schwartz presents “The Paradox of Choice,” Tuesday, June 26, noon to 1:15 p.m. at the LCS Sala.

Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. Choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

LCS tech help

Every Thursday, tech expert Mike Goss will be available to help with questions and issues with phones, tablets and laptops from noon to 2 p.m. outside the LCS Sala. Members are encouraged to bring their portable devices so that questions can be solved during the sit down.

LCS bus trip

The Lake Chapala Society hosts a bus trip to Costco and Galerias Mall in Guadalajara, Thursday, June 28. Tickets for either trip are 370 pesos for members and 470 pesos for non-members.

Sign up at the LCS office at least two days before the trip is scheduled. The bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. in front of the sculpture in La Floresta.

Canada Day fiesta

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch will hold a Canada Day celebration Sunday, July 1, noon to 5 p.m. at Funky Finns Bar in San Antonio Tlayacapan.

On the menu are BBQ hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, corn on the cob and birthday cake. Music is by DJ Phill and Brenda. There will be dancing and door prizes. Tickets, 250 pesos, are available until June 27 from O&A O’Rourke in Central Laguna, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LCS Spanish

Warren Hardy Spanish Classes begin July 2 and run through August 20. Classes meet two days a week for one hour and a half each session at the Wilkes Education Center. Register at the Blue Umbrella Patio from June 25-30. For more information see lakechapalasociety.com.

Introduction to Spanish will begin on Tuesday, July 10. Register in the Lake Chapala Society service office.

Meanwhile, continue to learn by joining Exploring Spanish, held every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Sala. LCS Members only. Free.

July 4th shindig

Democrats Abroad is holding another fun-filled U.S. Independence Day celebration, Wednesday, July 4, 4-8 p.m. at the lush gardens of Hotel Villa Montecarlo in Chapala.

The fiesta includes a live show and music by the Jamm Band and a menu of American outdoor specialties: hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon and apple pie. A cash bar is available. Come celebrate with your neighbors and friends and make some new ones while you’re there.

pg14Tickets, 300 pesos in advance, 350 pesos at the door, are available at Diane Pearl, Yoli’s Beauty Salon and Hotel Monte Carlo.

More July 4th

American Legion Post 7 Chapala will celebrate the July 4 holiday at the post with a picnic and live music by Sol y Luna. The event begins 1 p.m.

On the bill of fare are fried chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad and ice cream.  Tickets, 200 pesos are available at the post and generally sell out early.

Perry’s Pizza in West Ajijic will celebrate July 4 from 6-10 p.m. with a special menu of hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad and music by Noe and the Classics. Cover charge is 50 pesos.

Los Telares will offer grilled specials on July 4: ribeye, vacio, arrachera (flank steak), ribs, hamburgers and much more. Call (376) 766-0428 for reservations.

British Society

The Lakeside British Society holds its monthly luncheon Saturday, July 7, 12:45 p.m. at Manix Restaurant, Ocampo 57 in Ajijic.

The speaker will be Cesar Rubio, a local lawyer who will give some useful information on what one should have in place if you become seriously ill or die while in Mexico.

Menu choices begin with a small salad or lentil soup; choice of breaded steak with mashed potato, vegetables and gravy or curried shrimp with rice or a Cobb salad. Dessert is apple pie with ice cream. The cost is 150 pesos plus tip.

Contact Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Sue Morris, 766-0847 to confirm your attendance and menu choice.

Insight Meditation

The Heart of Awareness Insight Meditation Community offers multiple opportunities each week for silent meditation, Monday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Thursday at 11 a.m. All sessions are open to the public regardless of experience or affiliation, and chairs and cushions are provided. There are brief written instructions on meditation for beginners.

Wednesday, June 27, the meditation period will be followed by a video talk by Stephen Batchelor, contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. This week’s talk in the series called “Buddhism for This One and Only Life” is titled “Entering the Stream.”

A yoga class is offered at The Heart of Awareness on Thursdays at 9 a.m. These gentle and relaxing yoga practice sessions are taught by Latika. Some mats and blocks are provided but participants are invited to bring their own mat and water bottle.  The class is one hour and 45 minutes.

Beginning Saturday, July 7, a series of four weekly “Introduction to Insight Medication” sessions will be offered. from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The sessions will include practical instruction and brief guided practice sessions for those who are just curious, who are new to meditation practice, or who wish to join in for a refresher. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-043-4669 for more information or to register.

The meditation center is located at Guadalupe Victoria 101, Ajijic. For more information, see heartofawareness.org.

Fitness walks

A walk for fitness will take place on the LCS gazebo every Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. through September 26. This activity will follow Leslie Sansone’s “Walk at Home” program – an activity endorsed by the American Heart Association. Contact Lisa O’Dell for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


One-hour yoga classes by certified instructor Delia, featuring both chair and mat techniques, are held Wednesdays, 9 a.m. at American Legion Post 7 in Chapala. To sign up, or for more information, call 331-222-0438.

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