Global Climate Strike
A non-partisan rally will be held Saturday, September 21, 4 p.m., in Lower La Foresta at the glorieta circle on the Carretera by Pranzo’s Restaurant.
A festival celebrating kombucha will be held Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Pancho’s Deli in Riberas del Pilar.
The schedule begins with yoga at 9 a.m. (bring your mat), a conference by Dr. Claudia Alvarado Osuna at 11 a.m., a kombucha tea tasting at noon, brunch at 1 p.m., and sale of kombucha and related products at 2:30 p.m.
Plant and garden sale
Vivero La Esperanza nursery, a project of Poco a Poco servicing the pueblos of the San Pedro Itzican area and San Juan Tecomatlan, is hosting a plant and garden sale at the Garden Center in Riberas del Pilar, Saturday, September 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jewelry and knitted items produced by the local Women’s Jewelry Collective Project and the Women’s Knitting Projects of San Pedro Itzican will also be on sale. The Brigadista Traditional Dance Troupe from San Pedro Itzican will perform an opening ritual dance ceremony at noon.
See pocoapocosanpedro.com and fcoandbradsmexicotravels.blogspot.com for more information.
Don Beaudreault will present “Thank God for Agnostics!” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, September 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon, on the patio of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).
“Thank God for Agnostics!”, written by Don Beaudreault, is a dramatic and musical presentation of the life of Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899). It will explore topics that are still relevant today, including women’s rights, racial equality, religious diversity, and freedom of speech. Terry Gibbard and Cindy Paul will assist Beaudreault in this production.
A retired Unitarian minister, chaplain, and English teacher, Beaudreault is also a professional jazz pianist, having worked musically with Imelda Marcos, Tennessee Ernie Ford, the Iranian Air Force, and Popo the Clown (not at the same time). For fun he writes comic gay novels. He has two daughters, two granddaughters, seven dogs, two cats, and one husband.
LCS members can take advantage of a variety of courses and seminars.
• Take a class to obtain a driver’s license, Monday, September 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Then go to Guadalajara to obtain your new or renewal license, Tuesday, September 24, 7 a.m.
• Mexican Manners, Wednesday, September 25, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Mexican Salsas, Monday, September 30, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Introduction to Lakeside. Topics include: banking, shopping, medical services, transportation, housing, utilities, maid and gardening services, social protocols, fiestas, holidays, and religious observations. Thursday, October 10, 9 a.m.
Check the LCS office or website for costs and to sign up.
Red Cross needs help
If you are looking for a meaningful way to serve the expat and Mexican population, volunteer for the Red Cross (Cruz Roja), which provides healthcare at its Chapala clinic, rescue services for hikers in the mountains, and ambulance service to the entire Lakeside community. Currently Cruz Roja needs help with staffing its table at the Lake Chapala Society on Tuesday and Friday mornings, 10 a.m. to noon. The position includes taking donations, selling tickets for fund raisers, helping people sign up for events and workshops, and selling small items. You can work regularly, occasionally, or as an on-call substitute.
The organization also needs volunteers for fundraising events, including the November Golf Classic and the February Chili Cookoff; and help is needed at the medical information kit workshops. To volunteer, stop by the Cruz Roja table at the Lake Chapala Society, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Journalist George Monbiot presents “The New Political Story That Could Change Everything” at the next Ted Talk, Tuesday, September 24, noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Lake Chapala Society Sala. Open to LCS members only.
To get out of the mess we’re in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation. This contagiously optimistic talk will make you rethink the possibilities for our shared future.
Hosted by Susan Weeks.
Hot Science at LCS
Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can get the lowdown on new science, technology and medical news, each Tuesday in the LCS Sala, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Topics for September 24: What if aging weren’t inevitable, but a curable disease? How will the world change as computers spread into everyday transformative objects?
Presented by Silicon Valley guy Richard Clarke.
Tech classes at LCS
Michael Goss teaches tech classes Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. for LCS members.
• September 26: Introduction to Facebook.
• October 3: Keeping Your Passwords
• October 10: Skype and Texting
• October 24: Google Photos
• October 31: Chromebooks
Every Thursday, noon to 2 p.m., Technical Help Desk for phones, laptops, tablets, TV questions, cell phone operations, email and everything else tech.
LCS bus trip
The Lake Chapala Society takes a bus trip to the Guadalajara Zoo Thursday, October 10.
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 at lakechapalasociety.com.
Ecology & recycling party
The Committee for Recycling of Ajijic, in cooperation with the Lake Chapala Society, will hold an event at LCS, Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn how recycling will benefit the local community. There will be refreshments, drinks, live music and food. Entry fee: one piece of recycling material.
Water, Light and Hope is the name of the inspirational festival that will be held Saturday, October 5, 4 to 10 p.m., at Chapala’s Cristiania Park.
The highlight of the event will be a mass after-dark release of floating lanterns in Lake Chapala’s waters. On-site activities will include entertainment featuring local performers, a play area for children, a commercial exhibition section and a variety of food and drink stands.
The Heart of Awareness meditation center offers meditation sessions Sunday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Thursday at 11 a.m. All are open to the general public regardless of experience or affiliation.
Wednesday, September 25, the meditation period will be followed by a reading and time for reflection and discussion. The selected reading is titled “The Gift of Gratitude” by Ajahn Sumedho, a senior monk of the Thai forest tradition.
A yoga class is offered at The Heart of Awareness on Thursdays from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Mats and blocks are provided.