Laguna Chapalac - August 03, 2019

Open Circle

Writer, novelist, playwright and essayist Ed Tasca will present “Leonardo da Vinci” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, August 4, 10:30 a.m. to noon, on the patio of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

Arguably the most fascinating mind the known cosmos has ever produced, Leonardo da Vinci was a major figure of the Italian Renaissance. This year the world joins in celebrating him on the 500th anniversary of his death. Tasca will attempt to capture da Vinci’s essence but will certainly fall short. As of yet, no historian, no biographer, no researcher has been able to come close because of the vast array of his achievements and the complexity of his creative genius.

Among Tasca’s books is a collection of Leo’s fables, “The Fables of Leonardo da Vinci.” Tasca’s works have been published in the Unites States, Canada, England, Australia, Italy and Mexico. He currently writes a weekly humor column for the Guadalajara Reporter and does some acting 


Canadian consul visits lakeside


Lewis Coughlin, Canada’s new Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner in Guadalajara, brought his family to lakeside this week for some R&R, taking advantage of the jaunt to meet up with Canadian Club of Lake Chapala President Barbara Wills. Coughlin will be guest speaker at the club’s next meeting, set for Wednesday, August 28, at La Nueva Posada. Topics he plans to address include CUSMA (the new NAFTA), voter registration procedures for Canada’s October 21 elections, and important consular services for resident Canadians.

Disc Golf Tournament

Chapala will host its first Parajetes Open Disc Golf Tournament Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4, at  a challenging 12-basket, 18-hole course in Parque Cristiania. The event is the first in Mexico sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). The game is played in about 40 countries and currently there are over 115,000 active members of the PDGA worldwide (as of 2018).

The Parjaretes tournament is a two-day event with 54 holes of golf planned. August 3, players will meet at 7:45 a.m. to hear PDGA rules before the 8:05 a.m. tee time for a round of 18 holes in an amateur PDGA sanctioned event. The afternoon singles event on Saturday is also 18 holes, ending in time for a little glow disc fun. Players meet at 6 p.m. Tee time is 6:20 p.m.

Sunday, a doubles tournament players meeting begins 8 a.m. with an 8:20 a.m. tee time.

Pajaretes (made from alcohol-laced raw milk) are available to all registered players over 18 years of age.

Teams will be assigned based upon the results of the previous day’s singles scores: best with worst and meet in the middle.

Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-604-5701.

British Luncheon

The Lakeside British and Commonwealth Society holds its monthly luncheon on Saturday, August 3, 12:45 p.m. at Manix Restaurant, Ocampo 57 in Ajijic.

Phil Rylett asks “How can we maintain the tradition of the great British eccentrics?”

Menu is a small salad, carrot and ginger soup, steak pie, mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy, cauliflower with cheese or a large salad with protein. Dessert is chocolate cake. The cost is 180 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 at (376) 766-1742 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your attendance. Visitors welcome.

Mr. Chapala

Muscle madness is the calling card for the sixth annual Mr. Chapala Body Building Competition, scheduled for Saturday, August 3, from 5 p.m. at Chapala’s Benito Juárez Coliseum, located at the north end of Avenida Madero, between the 7-11 store and the municipal soccer field.  A collateral six-kilometer cross-country trail race will be held earlier that day, kicking off from the coliseum at 8:30 a.m.

The competition is divided into three separate age categories in both men’s and women’s divisions, with an enrollment fee of 100 pesos. Cash prizes are earmarked for the first three places in each field, while all participants will take home commemorative medals.

For further information and advance sign-up for the race, visit Zona Fitness Gym at Hidalgo 86, Riberas del Pilar. Details are also available from Jorge de Santiago at 333-829-5950 and the Zona Fitness Facebook page.

TED Talks

Amy Cuddy presents “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are” at the next Ted Talk, Tuesday, August 6, noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Lake Chapala Society Sala. Open to LCS members only.  Cuddy argues that “power posing” – standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident – can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.


An Introduction to Lakeside seminar will be held Thursday, August 8, 9 a.m. in the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Sala.

Topics include: banking, shopping, medical services, transportation, housing, utilities, maid and gardening services, social protocols, fiestas, holidays, and religious observations.

The cost is 250 pesos. For LCS members only. Register in the office or on the LCS website.

pg13Community movies

LCS is screening free films in Spanish every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Wilkes Education Center. The August films are: “Las Aventuras de Aladdín” (August 9); “La Dama y el Vagabundo” (August 16) and “La Dama y el Vagabundo 2” (August 23).

Banking explained

Carolina Garcia, who works for Actinver, will discuss banking in Mexico at the Conexiones Entre Amigos meeting Tuesday, August 13, 6 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.


Lakeside Singles will be getting together Wednesday, August 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cocinart Restaurant, located at 16 de Septiembre 4D (just east of Colon) in Ajijic.  If you plan to attend, provide the number and names of your guests to 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 courses

• Temazcal: ancient Mexican ritual (purifying spirit), Friday, August 9, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Learn about Mexican Manners, Thursday, August 22, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Learn about Street Spanish, Wednesday, August 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cost and course description is available at or at the LCS office. For LCS members only.

Driver’s license class

The LCS PEP series offers a class to obtain a driver’s license on Monday, August 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m., in the South Campus Board Room.

Study the course for getting a license and go to Guadalajara to obtain your new or renewal license on Tuesday, August 27, 7 a.m.

Grant Program deadline

The Lakeside Charities Grant Program is asking registered charities in the area to complete applications for Summer 2019 grants by August 14. Grant awards up to 25,000 pesos are available for projects with priorities on supporting access to basic necessities of life, which impact a group of people, and which have limited access to funding.

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LCS bus trips

The Lake Chapala Society takes a bus trip to the crafts center of Tonala, Wednesday, August 7.

On Wednesday, August 21,  the bus will go to Costco/Galerias Mall in Guadalajara.

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

Insight Meditation

The Heart of Awareness meditation center is located at Guadalupe Victoria 101 and all meditation sessions are open to the general public regardless of experience or affiliation.  Chairs and cushions are provided and there are written instructions on meditation for beginners. 

On the “First Sunday,” August 4, the center is open from 9 a.m. until noon for three rounds of sitting and walking meditation. Participants are welcome to come for all or just a portion of this extended practice period.  Additional meditation periods are offered Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Thursday at 11 a.m.

The movie matinee series continues every Monday afternoon in August at 3 p.m.  HoA will screen another feature from the recent “Buddhafest” in Los Angeles. On August 5 the selection is “Darkhan” (60 minutes). The Buryats are a Mongolian-speaking Buddhist people who live in Siberia, Russia. This film is a portrait of Dashi Namdakov, an extraordinary Buryati artist whose works have been shown around the world. Beautifully filmed on location in Siberia and Europe, “Darkhan” explores a creative spirit completely in synch with his roots and the international art world. Admission is free and all are welcome. 

On Wednesday, August 7, the meditation period will be followed by a talk on “Right Effort” by JoAnna Hardy, an empowered teacher in the Spirit Rock, IMS lineage. Helping communities and individuals that don’t typically have access to traditional dharma settings, social/racial justice, and building multicultural community are top on her list of priorities.  By special subscription, HoA will access this talk and others given at the Tricycle Buddhafest 2019 and 2018.  The video teaching will be followed by a discussion period.  On Wednesdays, individuals are welcome to come for just the meditation period (4 to 4:45 p.m.), just the program and discussion period (4:50 to 5:50 p.m.), or both.  The Wednesday session ends by 6 p.m.

A yoga class is offered at The Heart of Awareness on Thursdays from 9 to 10:45 a.m.   Mats and blocks are provided.  In lieu of a fee for the class, the instructors request that participants make a 100-peso donation. Suitable for beginners and advanced students.

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