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Laguna Chapalac – November 19, 2011

Kids with cancer

Century 21 will hold its Fourth Annual Bazaar for “Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cancer on Saturday, November 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hole-in-One restaurant in Chula Vista. The goal is to raise funds to help reduce the list of 249 children and teenagers waiting for cancer treatment.

You can participate by donating items in good condition to be sold at the event, and then showing up to purchase one of the great bargains you’re bound to find there.

Donations will be received at Century21 AccessMex (across the highway from OXXO Chula Vista), Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you need pick-up for donations, call (376) 766-2612/13/14. Check out the website at www.casadelaamistad.org.mx.

Golfers

Lake Chapala area golfers were out in force last week serving as stewards at the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational at the Guadalajara Country Club. This is the fourth consecutive year that the expatriate community has volunteered at the event, and they were duly thanked by all concerned at the awards ceremony.

San Nicolas

Join the Second Annual San Nicolas de Ibarra five-kilometer Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, December 4. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on the central plaza in San Nicolas de Ibarra. The start is at 8:30 a.m. The finish line is at the mural in Chapala across from the bandstand on the malecon. All proceeds will go to the Cruz Roja. You can support this event by joining in the run/walk, sponsoring one of the runners or walkers or making a donation at the Cruz Roja desk at the Lake Chapala Society or at the finish in Chapala.

Animal Buddies

Animal Buddies will hold their First Annual Christmas Bash Dinner at Salvador ’s Restaurant on December 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The dinner includes house salad, garlic bread and spaghetti with choice of three sauces and a choice of one beverage (wine, beer, soda or iced tea) and homemade desserts.

There will be live entertainment, raffles, great door prizes and more. Raffle tickets can be purchased at 20 pesos each from Animal Buddies members directly and from Anita’s Animals at the Wednesday tianguis in Ajijic.

Dinner tickets are 200 pesos and can be purchased at Salvador’s, Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique, Anita’s Animals and from Animal Buddies members. Go to www.PepesPawsandClaws.com for more details and photos of some of the many prizes and raffle items.

Proceeds from this event will go toward low-cost spaying and neutering for those animals rescued locally.

Love in Action

The Second Holiday Fundraiser to benefit the Love in Action Children’s Center will be held Monday, December 19, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Chris and Lise Wolf will host the event in their beautiful historic home, “La Mina,” at Rio Yaqui 20 in Villa Nova, Ajijic. The event will feature fabulous food, an open bar and a charming musical concert by the children of the Shelter.

Tickets are 1,000 pesos each. Reserve then at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 766-1049 or 766-5987. The total price of the tickets will be donated to the Love in Action Chldren’s Center.

Live auction

The Second Annual Red Cross Live Auction will be held on Thursday, December 8, 4 p.m. at Hotel Real de Chapala in lower La Floresta. Nicole Sergent will again be the auctioneer, presenting the items with her unique banter.

Viewing will begin at 3 p.m. and the live auction will start at 4 p.m. (sharp) and should be completed by 5:30 p.m.

Snacks will be served during the viewing, along with tequila samples by Siete Leguas. There will also be a cash bar with waiter service run by the hotel.

All items in the live auction will have a minimum value of 1,000 pesos. They include a week in a  condominium in Nuevo Vallarta valued at 14,000 pesos, one week at Casa Gutman in upper Ajijic  (worth 6,500 pesos), items form Ojeda Knives, a necklace/bracelet set from Heather Altmire (2,000 pesos), a gift certificate from jeweler Daniel Jackson (5,000 pesos), and many other gift items.

Tickets are on sale from Charlie Klestadt and Nicole Sergent and at the Red Cross table at the Lake Chapala Society. Admission is 50 pesos and pays for entry and a bidding paddle. Call Sergent at 766-4375 or Klestadt at (cel.) 331-445-2136 for more information.

Learning

The next Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Learning Seminar will be on Tuesday, November 22, noon, in the Sala. The speaker (via a TED internet podcast) will be Steven Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics and a specialist in the economics of crime. Levitt gives a fascinating presentation analyzing the economics of gangs and crack cocaine. (He shows that crack cocaine gangs operate much like a McDonald’s franchise). The moderator of the seminar will be Fred Harland. All LCS members are invited to see and hear and join the discussion afterwards.

Bazaar

The Community Bazaar for non-profit groups at lakeside will be held on Sunday, November 20 (to celebrate Revolution Day), and Sunday, November 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Flora Exotica across the libramiento from Centro Laguna. There are still a few spots available. The booths measure 3x3 meters and cost 50 pesos each to cover advertising expenses. Any non-profit group that would like to participate should contact Lori Geiger at 765-4916 for more information.

Animal people

Lakeside Friends of the Animals (LFA) is having another great party. This time it’s the “BowWowMeow Luau,” and you’re invited. The date is Monday, December 5, 6-9 p.m. and will feature Hawaiian entertainment with Polynesian dancers and an authentic Hawaiian singer. Two honored guests will be Barb Hess (the former “cat lady” at the Animal Shelter) and Lila Kawananakoa (still a cat lady on her own terms). Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale at Diane Pearl’s, Zaina (in Plaza Bouganvilla), Roberto’s Restaurant or from Heather Altmire at 766-3177.

Presbyterians

The sermon at Lakeside Presbyterian Church for Sunday, November 20, will be another in Pastor Ross Arnold’s “Real People” series. The title is “The Vision of Daniel” from Daniel 7: 13 and 14. The church service begins at 10 a.m.

Bible study continues on Friday, November 25, 10 a.m. on the Book of Luke.

Lakeside Presbyterian Church is located on the mountain side of the Carretera just west of S&S Auto and Bubba’s Restaurant.

Unitarians

The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (LCUUF) meets each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Sta. Margarita 113 in Riberas del Pilar. The service on November 20 is entitled “Giving Thanks” and will be presented by Bob McKeown. There will be special music by the choir and a presentation of the Harvest Communion by Pixie Frayer. There will be a coffee hour social following the service. For more information call 766-1119 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christ Church Anglican

Christ Church Anglican Fellowship will meet Sunday, November 20, 10 a.m. on the ground floor of Manix Restaurant to celebrate the feast of Christ the King with the Holy Eucharist, Rite I. The sermon topic by Father Danny Borkowski will be “Who are the targets of our compassion?” based on Matthew 25:31-46.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

It’s ‘Pledge Sunday” at St. Andrews. Never fear. St. Andrew’s Anglican Church understands that stewardship is more than money … it’s everything that happens after we say, “We believe.” The preacher at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services will be newly ordained Deacon, The Rev. Dr. James Priddy, whose sermon title is “Lost in Space?”

Between the two services there is a time of welcome, fellowship and refreshment starting at 10 a.m. Even though it is “Pledge Sunday,” St. Andrew’s promises that no one will put “the arm” on you, so it’s a safe place to visit and get acquainted.

The church is located at Calle San Lucas 19, just a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar and there’s easy parking on the street or in the church parking lot.

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