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Laguna Chapalac - August 03, 2019

British Luncheon

The Lakeside British and Commonwealth Society holds its monthly luncheon on Saturday, October 5, 12:45 p.m. at Manix Restaurant, Ocampo 57 in Ajijic.  Gary Fish will speak on “Grieving.”

Menu is a small salad, lentil soup, roast pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy, spinach lasagna or a large salad with protein. Dessert shortcake with strawberries and ice-cream. 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.

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.

Keynote speakers will be Aranzazú Arámbula and Dominique Melhado Basurto from Comunidad de Enlace Ambiental, who will discuss “Climate Reality.” Their talk, to be delivered sequentially in Spanish and English, will explore threats to the environment attributed to climate change.

Early bird guests will be welcomed with free coffee, donuts and croissants available until 10:30 a.m., when Chapala Mayor Moisés Anaya is expected to deliver the Fiesta’s opening remarks.

The silent auction will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Live auctions, offering a broad array of merchandise, gourmet offerings and unique experience opportunities, will start at 1:30 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.

There will be refreshments, drinks, live music and food. Entry fee: one piece of recycling material.


A day of food and fun is slated for Sunday, October 6 at La Bodega, starting at 1 p.m. and continuing into the evening.

Proceeds will help replace the cash, school supplies and warm blankets and clothing earmarked for the free Tarahumara children’s hospital and school in the Copper Canyon, which were stolen in two robberies at the house of the Tarahumara Project founder Elizabeth Townsend earlier this month.

The Tarahumara Project has been working with the Free Tarahumara Children’s Hospital since 2006 and the school since 2008. The hospital sees an average of 6,500 patients a year. The school teaches the indigenous children in their own language first, and then Spanish, to be proud of who they are, and where they come from.

pg12At the event, the special is grilled hamburgers and the a la carte menu will also be available. La Bodega will donate proceeds from the sale of food and drink. Tarahumara handicrafts will be for sale, as well as clothing made by Townsend, original jewelry and artwork. A a 50/50 drawing will be held. All donations of cash or kind will get a chance to win a piece of art or jewelry.

All proceeds and donations will go to the hospital.

Open Circle

Dr. Beatriz Gallagher will present “Your Immune System and the Battles Within You” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, October 6, 10:30 a.m. to noon, on the patio of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

Essential for your survival, the immune system can distinguish between self and non-self, friend or foe, and its powerful chemicals can destroy sick cells and pathogens. It is a complex system always at work, but it can also turn against you and attack healthy tissues by mistaken identity. It can be overactive and cause allergies or become weak and then you get sick. Gallagher will tell you what compromises its integrity and how to feed it properly to keep it humming.

Gallagher obtained a bachelor’s degree in Science and Biochemistry and a master’s degree in Human Nutrition. She also holds a diplomate in Chinese Medicine and a PhD in Integrative Medicine and Clinical Nutrition. Other training includes Biochemistry of Addictions, Nutrigenomics, and Genetic Testing. She moved to the Chapala area in 2010 and has since maintained a private practice here.

Information: opencircleajijic.org.

LCS courses

LCS members can take advantage of a variety of courses and seminars.

• 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.

  Mexican Corn Tortilla with Ana Moreno, Wednesday, October 9, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

• Learn about Mole with Ana Moreno, Thursday, October 17, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Mexican Tricky Spanish with Alfredo Perez, Tuesday. October 15, 1 to 3 p.m.

  Mexican Manners with Alfredo Perez, Thursday, October 24, 10 to 12:30 p.m.

  Learn some of the history and great traditions of Dia de los Muertos and build an altar as well as create a calavera literaria (humorous ode to death) with Alfredo Perez, Wednesday, October 30, 10 to 1 p.m.

Check the LCS office or website for costs and to sign up.

TED Talks

Biologist and Geneticist Jennifer Doudna presents “How CRISPR Lets Us Edit our DNA” at the next Ted Talk, Tuesday, October 8, noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Lake Chapala Society Sala. Open to LCS members only.

Doudna co-invented a groundbreaking new technology for editing genes, called CRISPR-Cas9. The tool allows scientists to make precise edits to DNA strands, which could lead to treatments for genetic diseases ... but could also be used to create so-called “designer babies.” Doudna reviews how CRISPR-Cas9 works -- and asks the scientific community to pause and discuss the ethics of this new tool.

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 October 8: 82-year-old woman with dementia gets her memory back after changing her diet; nature-based climate action no longer “the forgotten solution;” Chiapas scientist, 9, awarded prize for solar water heater.

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.

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• 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.


Conexiones Entre Amigos is a monthly networking event.

This month’s featured speaker will be from the new San Antonio Hospital. Tuesday, October 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society. Free entrance.

Introduction to Spanish

Open to all current LCS members, this class is designed for individuals without any Spanish language background. Classes begin Tuesday, October 8, noon to 1:30 p.m. for three Tuesdays. Register and pay online or register and pay in the LCS service office.


Join the Lakeside Singers Wednesday, October 9, 4:30 p.m. as they perform for the residents at O’Hana’s assisted living facility, Calle La Paz 6, in San Juan Cosala. After the performance, the singers will dine at Viva Mexico restaurant, on Calle Porfirio Diaz.

LCS bus trips

The Lake Chapala Society takes a bus trip to the Guadalajara Zoo Thursday, October 10.

On October 17, LCS heads to Costco and Home Depot. November 1, experience the Day of the Dead festival in Tlaquepaque including a guided tour.

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.

Dog-gone event

The Ranch no-kill dog home is holding a fundraiser at Adelitas Bar and Grill in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Thursday, October 17, 5 p.m. A cover charge of 100 pesos includes music, a 50/50 raffle, a sales table and a live auction. Donations of old towels, collars and leashes are needed.

Adelitas will offer special prices on four special meals at this event. Reservations: 376-766-0097.

Yappy Hour

The third annual Yappy Hour, a fundraiser for Tails of Mexico, will also be held Thursday, October 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Janelle’s Garden Restaurant in West Ajijic. Enjoy an appetizer buffet, live music, silent auction and cash bar. This event supports spay-and-neuter program and Bone Voyage, a program to ship local dogs to loving homes north-of-the-border. Tickets, 350 pesos (400 at the door), are available at Janelle’s, Diane Pearl and online at tailsofmexico.weebly.com.

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.

Breast cancer run-walk

It’s that time of year again! Lend your support to a much needed fundraiser supporting women with low incomes in the fight against breast cancer.

Rotary Club of Ajijic will be holding its 3rd annual 5k to De-Feet Breast Cancer. Proceeds will go to Salvati Guadalajara.

Organizers are planning for at least 500 participants this year. The run/walk takes place Sunday October 27, 8-11 a.m., starting at the Ajijic Plaza.

For registrations, see the Rotary Ajijic Facebook page.

Garden Guild Floral Show

The Lakeside Garden Guild is now selling tickets to its 2019 Annual Floral Show to be held on Saturday, November 16, 3-6 p.m. Tickets are 300 pesos and include a complementary drink and hors d’oeuvres. You can buy tickets from either  Barb at 376-766-5452 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Leslie at 376- 766-2274 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..

The show will be held at the beautiful Original Hacienda del Lago on O’Campo and Privada de O’Campo in Ajijic.

Some of the Guild’s beautiful arrangements will be for sale at the show.

The proceeds from the show will go toward the Guild’s 2020 Community Project. The 2019 project was building the new foot bridges on the Ajijic Malecon.

Insight Meditation

The Heart of Awareness (HOA) 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, October 9, the meditation period will be followed by a reading from “Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom” by Joseph Goldstein.  This week we consider a topic from the section “What is the path?” titled “Fear of enlightenment.”

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Website: heartofawareness.com. The HOA center is located at Guadalupe Victoria 101.

Inspirational festival rescheduled


Due to concerns over the current wet climate and large quantities of lirio (water hyacinth) clogging the lake, the Water, Light and Hope (Agua Luz y Esperanza) inspirational festival scheduled for Saturday, October 5 at Chapala’s Cristiania Park has been rescheduled for Saturday November 30, 2 p.m.

The highlight of the event was to have been a mass after-dark release of floating lanterns in Lake Chapala’s waters.

Prices for the new event will be “restructured” to accomodate the change, organizers say.  Information: AguaLuzyEsperanza.com.

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