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Laguna Chapalac - May 18, 2019

Help for folkloric group

Children from the Atotonilquillo folk dance group that often performs at the American Legion Post 7 in Chapala were involved in a bus accident on May 5 (Guadalajara Reporter, May 11, page 2).

One passed away and others were injured and are recovering in hospital. Legion members and their guests have grown fond of these talented kids and are saddened by this tragic event. The American Legion Post 7 is doing all it can for them and their families. If you would like to make a donation to help, drop it off at the Legion, located at Morelos 114 in Chapala.

Open Circle


Sydney Metrick presents “The Snake Swallows Its Tail: An Eternal Cycle of Renewal” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, May 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon on the patio of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

The ancient symbol of the snake eating its tail represents the past appearing to disappear but actually transitioning into a new experience of reality. Or as T.S. Eliot said, “The end is where we start from.” Metrick will review the five major transitional stages of our lives: beginnings, mergings, cycles, healings and endings, and discuss how we support these important passages. You’ll learn how to bring more meaning to your own transitions.

Metrick has authored five books that address rites of passage: “The Art of Ritual; I Do,” “Crossing the Bridge,” “Rituals for Life,” “Love and Loss” and the soon to be released “Moving to Mexico: Relocation as a Rite of Passage,” which includes interviews with people who have moved here from another country.

Metrick has a doctorate in expressive arts therapy and decades of experience creating and performing ceremonies for individuals, families and groups.

Information: opencircleajijic.org.


Take your meditation practice and breathing exercises to the next level at the upcoming Iyengar yoga workshop on Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yogi Teresa Diaz from Oaxaca will teach the class at the Drishti Center, Allan W. Lloyd 152-C, San Antonio Tlayacapan.

TED Talks

Computer designer and brain researcher Jeff Hawkins presents “How Brain Science Will Change Computing” at the next Ted Talk, Tuesday, May 21, noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Sala. Open to LCS members only.

Hawkins urges us to take a new look at the brain – to see it not as a fast processor, but as a memory system that stores and plays back experiences to help us predict, intelligently, what will happen next.

Hosted by Susan Weeks.

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Lakeside Singles is hosting a get-together Wednesday, May 22, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Brew House, Las Flores 25 in West Ajijic, across the street from Hacienda Don Pedro. Enjoy 14 specialty beers from Corazon de Malta – many of them on tap – as well as a good wine selection and a varied menu. If you plan to attend, 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..

Hospital volunteers

Sign-ups for anyone interested in joining the volunteer service team at the new Hospital San Antonio are scheduled Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Look for program coordinator Marilyn Heesch, who will be waiting right off the lobby to register candidates willing to commit to a minimum of one three-hour shift over a one-year period.

The hospital is located on the Carretera, across the road from the Chula Vista Golf Club.  

LCS courses

• Introduction to Spanish classes begin Tuesday, May 14 and run for three weeks from noon to 1:30 p.m. Both of these classes are for LCS members only.  Sign up at the LCS office.

• Wednesday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., learn about Mexican manners with Alfredo Perez at the LCS Sala.

The costs and course descriptions for each course are available at lakechapalasociety.com or at the LCS office.

LCS  bus trip


The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) is offering a bus trip to Guadalajara’s Galerias Mall and Costco, Wednesday, May 22. Shop at Liverpool, Sears, Best Buy, Sanborns, Gap, C&A, Tommy Hilfiger, the Body Shop, Radio Shack and more. Nearby are Sams Club and Super Mega. Dozens of restaurants are located either in or next to the mall.

Check the LCS office or website to sign up and learn the departure times and cost of the trip. Registration and payment can now be made online.

Bike ride

The second Rodada Embiciate (ecological bike ride) is Monday, May 27, 5 to 7 p.m., beginning at the Preparatoria (High School) Regional de Chapala on the Libramiento and finishing at the San Antonio malecon.

Call 331-410-7888 for more information and to register.

Memorial Day

American Legion Post 7 in Chapala is holding a Memorial Day ceremony in the expatriate section of the Chapala cemetery Monday, May 27, 11 a.m. Later, back at Post headquarters, a luncheon begins 2 p.m. with live music for dancing after the meal and door prizes and raffles.

Chow down on pulled pork, corn on the cob, baked beans and ice cream. Cocktail hour begins prior to dinner. Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at the Legion.

Insight Meditation

The Heart of Awareness Insight Meditation Community offers multiple opportunities each week for silent meditation: Sunday, 9 a.m., Wednesday, 4 p.m. and Thursday, 11 a.m. There are no fees and all sessions are open to the public. Chairs and cushions and brief written instructions on meditation for beginners are provided.

Sunday and Thursday, the meditation period is 60 minutes and includes sitting and walking.  Wednesday’s “sit” is 45 minutes long.

“Holy (Un) Holy River”, a 60-minute documentary, will be shown on Monday, May 20, 3 p.m. The sacred Ganges river, a spiritual and ecological life-source in India, has become one of the most contaminated rivers in the world. On a journey from its source in Himalayan glaciers to its outlet in the Bay of Bengal, three American filmmakers explore the fragile state of “Ma Ganga” (Mother Ganges) and interview those fighting for its future.  

Wednesday, May 22, the meditation period will be followed by a reading and discussion.

A yoga class suitable for beginners and advanced students, is offered Thursday, 9 to 10:45 a.m.

The center is at Guadalupe Victoria 101, Ajijic. Information: heartofawareness.org.

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