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Laguna Chapalac - July 06, 2019

Recycling on Facebook

The Ajijic Recycling Committee has set up a Facebook page to keep the public up to speed on the program and respond to questions and concerns.

It’s a space to find details about how discarded plastic, glass, cardboard and metal suitable for recycling is collected, sorted and transported to buyers.

Blue collection baskets (cestos), sponsored by individuals and businesses at 2,000 pesos each, are being placed throughout Ajijic for weekly pickup. A map showing locations and pick-up schedules is posted in the files section. The Centro de Acopio warehouse is located on the mountain side of the Carretera on the western outskirts of town between the BP gas station and La Cristina.

Persons interested in volunteering to support the cause may contact Brian Stott through Facebook Messenger and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Linda Ball 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..

British Luncheon

pg12The Lakeside British and Commonwealth Society holds its monthly luncheon on Saturday, July 6, 12:45 p.m. at Manix Restaurant, Ocampo 57 in Ajijic.

A fun trivia game is planned.

Menu is a small salad, vicchysoise, coq au vin, potatoes and vegetables, seafood pasta or a large salad with protein. Dessert is lemon sorbet. The cost is 150 pesos plus drinks and tip.

Contact Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Arleen Foster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your attendance. Visitors welcome.

Open Circle

Lila Wells presents “Encore! Encore!” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, July 7, 10:30 a.m. to noon on the patio of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

Back by popular demand, Wells will reprise last year’s performance of Dave Eggers’ “first person” account of the life of Steven, the Fast-Fast Dog. If you missed it last year, you won’t want to miss it again.

To round out the program, Wells will read from the essays of E. B. White, who wrote over 1,800 mostly humorous pieces for The New Yorker magazine between 1925 and 1976. He is also the much loved author of the children’s classic, “Charlotte’s Web.” 

Wells has been involved in theater for more than 50 years. Since coming to Lakeside in 2015, she has performed at Lakeside Little Theatre (“Nunsense”), but has given most of her time to the Naked Stage and Bare Stage theater groups. She is currently writing with a group of local playwrights in preparation for the Lake Chapala 10-Minute-Play Festival, scheduled next year at Lakeside Little Theatre. Information: opencircleajijic.org.

LCS courses

These courses, for LCS members only, will keep you in the know:

• Street Spanish, Monday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Legal aspects of non-profit associations in Mexico, Wednesday, July 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Introduction to Lakeside, Thursday, July 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Mexican Manners, Thursday,  July 25, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Vacation time for kids

If you know children from seven years of age up, invite them to the Chapala Public Library, which is offering a free summer program for children July 8 through August 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the library at Juarez 508 in Chapala or call (376) 765-2571.

TED Talks

Techno-sociologist Zynep Tufekci presents “We’re Building a Dystopia Just to Make People Click on Ads” at the next Ted Talk, Tuesday, July 9, noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Lake Chapala Society Sala. Open to LCS members only.

Tufekci details how the same algorithms three companies use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. The machines aren’t the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI (artificial intelligence) to control us – and what we can do in response.

Hosted by Susan Weeks.

Medical professionals

The Lake Chapala Society is sponsoring a presentation by the Jalisco State Commission for Protection Against Sanitation Risks (Coprisjal) to help medical professionals of all stripes understand the forms and paperwork that must be completed to receive permission to advertise their services. The presentation will be given by Coprisjal staffers Ramon Avalos Huerta and Ana Maria Panduro on Wednesday, July 10, noon to 3 p.m. Each of the talks will last an hour and be followed by another 60 minutes of question-and-answer time.

Invited are doctors, dentists, therapists, massage therapists, assisted living and nursing home administrators, pharmacists, laboratory managers, etcetera.

Lake Chapala Birders

Wednesday, July 10, 8:30 a.m., the Lake Chapala Birders will meet at the Old Train Station in Chapala to carpool, leaving immediately for the Chapala lakeshore east, including the pumping station. Expect to see a good variety of shore birds in a variety of habitats. At 10 a.m. the group will head to the Palapa de Don Juan for breakfast and complete the bird list.

If you need a ride to Chapala, email John Keeling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least 48 hours ahead of time.

The train station is on the lakeshore road just east of Cristiania Park.

Lake Chapala Birders is an informal group of bird observers led by John and Rosemary Keeling. Information: chapalabirders.org.

Cruz Roja

A fundraiser to help the Cruz Roja Chapala buy solar panels and reduce their electricity bill will be held at Scallion Ajijic Bistro, Thursday, July 18, 3-6 p.m. Sponsored by STI Solar Technology and Scallion, the Tequila, Tapas and Mas event will include special tequila drinks, tapas, entertainment and drawings for prizes.

Tickets, 250 pesos, are available from Yoly’s Beauty shop, the Cruz Roja and Scallion Ajijic Bistro. Information: (376) 766-4990.

LCS bus trip

The Lake Chapala Society takes a bus trip to Galerias Mall/Costco in Guadalajara, Thursday, July 18. Check the LCS office or website to sign up and learn the departure times and cost of the trips. Registration and payment can now be made online at lakechapalasociety.com/public/bustrip_form.php.

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, regardless of experience or affiliation. Chairs and cushions and brief written instructions on meditation for beginners are provided.

Wednesday, July 10, the meditation period will be followed by a selection from talks given live at the 2019 Tricycle BuddhaFest. By special subscription, HoA will access the best of the best from teachers such as Robert Thurman, Roshi Joan Halifax, Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fischer, Sharon Salzberg and Roshi Pat O’Hara.  The video will be followed by a discussion period.

Every Monday in July the Community will screen a film from the recent Buddhafest in Los Angles, California. Admission is free. The July 8 double feature is “Peace” (75 minutes) and “Darkhan” (60 minutes).

The Tuesday Practice/Study group meets weekly from 3 to 5 p.m.  Sessions begin with a silent meditation period followed by discussion of the week’s reading. The book is “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening” by Joseph Goldstein. Size is limited to ten participants.

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.

Lakesiders unite for Canada Day fête




Lakeside residents of diverse nationalities gathered Monday, July 1 on the grounds of the Centro Cultural González Gallo to celebrate Canada Day. The picnic lunch and festive afternoon of camaraderie was organized by the Chapala branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. As the party got under way, Chapala Mayor Moisés Anaya popped in briefly to salute resident Canadians.

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