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Laguna Chapalac - November 10, 2018

Cancellation

The U.S. Marine Corps celebration of its 243rd birthday, Saturday, November 10, at La Nueva Posada, has been cancelled.

As an alternative, you are invited to gather for a casual cup of coffee to toast the Marine Corps at the American Legion Post 7, that same day at 10 a.m.

Veterans Day

American Legion Post 7 Chapala will celebrate this special day, Sunday, November 11, with a ceremony at 10:55 a.m. at the Post. A social hour begins at 1 p.m. and a dinner, 250 pesos, will be served at 2 p.m. Music is by The Crooners.

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The Lake Chapala Branch 182 of the Royal Canadian Legion invites all to a Remembrance Day ceremony commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I (1918-2018 Centennial Celebration), Sunday, November 11.

The event will be held on the property of the Hermanas Benedictinas de la Adoracion Perpetua del Santisimo Sacramento, Calle Jesus Garcia Norte, across from Panino Deli in San Antonio Tlayacapan, 300 meters north on the right, next to the football field. Guests should be seated by 10:30 a.m. A post-service luncheon and refreshments will be served.

Open Circle

Cindy Paul presents “Songs of Remembrance“ at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, November 11, 10:30 a.m., on the patio of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

On this Day of Remembrance, singer-actress Paul presents a nostalgic musical tribute to Dame Vera Margaret Lynn. Brits and Canadians will immediately recognize the name Vera Lynn, whose wartime hits, such as “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “We’ll Meet Again,” remain indelibly etched in memory. At the age of 101, “The Forces’ Sweetheart” is still inspiring the world with her grand spirit and rich, expressive voice.

What was it like to live in England during World War II? Blackouts, sirens, riveting Winston Churchill speeches, and Lynn on the radio. This tribute offers a glimpse of how Lynn helped pull an entire nation through the hell of war … and why we never want it to happen again. Cindy Paul is a well-known performer at Lakeside with a solid reputation of excellence. 

Information: opencircleajijic.org.

Toastmasters

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The Toastmasters clubs of Lago de Chapala and Jóvenes Coparmex of Guadalajara will hold a joint meeting Sunday, November 11, noon to 2 p.m., in the amphitheater on the Ajijic malecon. 

The meeting aims to introduce people to Toastmasters, and view its activities in a public setting. 

Both Spanish and English speakers will be participating. The meeting is free and all are welcome. 

The Lago de Chapala club normally meets Mondays 7 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society. Enter by the back entrance.

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TED Talks

Explorer Mark Pollock and human rights lawyer Simone George expound on “A Love Letter to Realism in a Time of Grief” at the next TED Talk, Tuesday, November 13, noon to 1:15 p.m., at the Lake Chapala Society Sala. LCS members only.

When faced with life’s toughest circumstances, how should we respond: as an optimist, a realist or something else? In an unforgettable talk, Pollock and George explore the tension between acceptance and hope in times of grief – and share the groundbreaking work they’re undertaking to cure paralysis.

Hosted by Ron Mullenaux.

Chapala Birders

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The Lake Chapala birders will meet Wednesday, November 14, 8 a.m. at the Old Train Station (Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo). From there they will proceed to bird various prime shore spots along the lakeshore east of Chapala as far as San Nicolas de Ibarra, covering a wide range of habitats. At 10:15 a.m. the group will breakfast at Palapa de Don Juan restaurant and complete the list of bird sightings. Bird walks are open to all those interested in birds; just bring binoculars. If you need a ride, contact John Keeling, 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 Health Day

The following shots will be offered Thursday, November 15, 9:30 a.m. to noon, on the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Patio: flu, pneumonia for life (Prevnar 13), pneumovax and DPT. Sign up for shots in the LCS office and get shot price information.

Blood pressure and glucose screenings will also be available.

Focus on Mexico

Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of various courses in November.

Alfredo Perez teaches a course on “Mexican Manners,” Friday, November 16, noon to 2 p.m.

Ana Moreno teaches “Making Corn Tortillas” and “Other Dishes Mexicans Enjoy and Share with the World” on Tuesday, November 20, 1-4:30 p.m.

You can learn how to make a piñata Tuesday and Wednesday, December 4 and 5 and a course on Mexico’s traditional fermented beverage will be given on December 6.

pg18aEnroll for any of these courses at the LCS office, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fashion show

Programa Pro Niños Incapacitados del Lago holds a fashion show and luncheon benefit at the Hotel Real de Chapala, Wednesday, November 14, noon to 4 p.m. The latest fashions by Lynn Gilbank, Cugini’s Boutique and Barbara Milagros will be shown in a promenade on the catwalk.

For tickets, 350 pesos, contact Jan Manning, (376) 766-5278 or 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 bus trips

The Lake Chapala Society heads to Costco and the Galerias Mall in Guadalajara Tuesday, November 20. On Friday November 23, the bus goes to the Guadalajara Zoo.

The bus departs 9:30 a.m. from the sculpture in La Floresta and returns from the outing at 3:30 p.m. for each trip. Tickets, 370 pesos for members and 470 pesos for non-members, must be purchased no later than two days before any LCS bus trip. This doesn’t include the cost of the zoo tickets.

Lakeside Freethinkers

At the next meeting of the Lakeside Freethinkers, the following will be considered: deceit, hope and the truth. The placebo effect is real, but, relies on deceit. What are the ethical consequences of deliberately deceiving patients when hope, albeit false, can improve quality of life? 

The meeting is Wednesday, November 21, 4-6 p.m., at La Nueva Posada.

pg18bThe Lakeside Freethinkers define a “freethinker” as a person who is an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, or skeptic. Freethinkers reject supernatural and other unsupported claims, and rely instead on reason applied to evidence to guide their lives.

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Christmas FOR Jaltepec

Due to the demolition and reconstruction of the Centro Educativo Jaltepec hospitality and hotel school, this year’s Christmas FOR Jaltepec will be held at La Bodega in Ajijic.

The dinner event Thursday, November 29, will start at 6 p.m. Donation of 650 pesos per person. The luncheon starts at noon, Friday, November 30. Donation of 550 pesos per person.

Well-known DJ Walt will play Christmas music during cocktails. Hors d’oeuvres will be prepared and served by the students, as well as a three-course roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings. And for those who wish, there will be dancing afterwards. Information: Linda Buckthorp, (376) 766-1631, 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..

Insight Meditation

The Heart of Awareness Insight Meditation Community offers multiple opportunities each week for silent meditation: All sessions are open to the public regardless of experience or affiliation. Chairs and cushions are provided, as well as brief written instructions on meditation for beginners.

Wednesday, November 14, the meditation period will be followed by a reading from teachings by Gil Fronsdal, founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California, and the Insight Retreat Center in Santa Cruz. His subject will be “Tolerance/Intolerance and Appreciating the Present Moment.” A discussion period will follow the reading.  A yoga class is offered Thursdays from 9-10:45 a.m.

pg18cThe meditation center is at Guadalupe Victoria 101, Ajijic.

People’s Choice winners

Local publishers Imagen, developers of Best of Lake Chapala and its annual People’s Choice Awards, and publishers of the Chapala Directory and Streetsmart map guide, have announced the winners of the 2018 People’s Choice Awards.

Based on tens of thousands of votes in the finals round, 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners have been posted on BestofLakeChapala.com. Winners will also be published in the upcoming Chapala Directory. Additionally, first-place winners will receive a certificate suitable for framing and authorization to use the award emblem for publicity purposes.

A new People’s Choice “Elite” award has been created for businesspeople who have now been named winners for five or more years. Ten area businesspeople qualified for this new five-year Elite award. With four winning years under their belt, 16 more will be contenders for the Elite award in 2019. A list of these outstanding businesses can be seen online at BestofLakeChapala.com. 

The fifth edition of Imagen’s StreetSmart map guide, featuring updated street maps and street index and new and updated articles, is now available. Look for them at Diane Pearl and numerous area advertisers.

Celebrating 25 years of innovative projects and professional service to Lakeside Chapala, Imagen extends its thanks to the local community. Updates related to Best of Lake Chapala and other Imagen projects can be found on Facebook. 

Military Ball

The Legion of Honor of the Lake Chapala Shrine Club will host this year’s Military Ball February 9, 2019, at the Hotel Villa Montecarlo in Chapala. The formal event, originally conceived and organized by the Shrine Legion of Honor, now includes all Lakeside military groups: the Shrine Legion of Honor, The Royal Canadian Legion and American Legion Posts 7 and 9. Past members of the 904 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association and the Navy League also participate in this event.

All veterans and supporters of the Lakeside military groups are welcome, as are any non-military guests. Tickets, 450 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl; O’Rourke Investments (O&A); Jim Lovel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Hugo Beauchemin, 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..

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