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Laguna Chapalac - March 22, 2020

Lake Chapala Society

Lake Chapala Society President Carole Wolff has announced that the Ajijic organization will be temporarily be suspending all its programs, activities, events and services, including its libraries, until “the level of contact with others is safer.”

This includes the Blues Festival scheduled for Saturday, March 21 and the Fashion Show in April. In addition, the Annual General Meeting scheduled on Thursday, March 19 will be rescheduled at a later date.

Wolff says the LCS grounds will remain open, so individuals can “enjoy the gardens and have access to the Internet to stay in touch with family, friends and current events.” Keeping the LCS’ doors open to the community during these critical times reflects the society’s long legacy of “people helping people,” she says.

American Legion

American Legion Post 7 Chapala will remain open to serve its members and the community. The Legion is instituting enhanced precautions to ensure the health and safety of all those who enter.

Open Circle

Open Circle has suspended its program at the Lake Chapala Society in support of our community’s health during this coronavirus outbreak. In lieu of the presentations in the garden at LCS, the group is asking their speakers to video their presentation, which can be watched on the Open Circle YouTube video Channel. Access to current and past videos are available at opencircleajijic.org.

Democrats Abroad

The Lake Chapala Chapter of Democrats Abroad has suspended all of its ongoing and future public events until further notice. This includes the 8th Annual Film Festival at Plaza Bugambilias, Debate Watch events at El Bar Co., and Chapter meetings held on the second Monday of each month at La Bodega Restaurant. The Chapter will resume these activities when the public health situation allows.

A recent press release from the organization says: “Meanwhile, the critical mission of electing a new president and more Democrats to Congress remains. Please watch for announcements concerning activities in which individuals can engage at home to assist the ‘Get Out the Vote’ efforts underway worldwide by Democrats Abroad and in the United States. U.S. citizens who will not be in the U.S. this year to vote are highly encouraged to register and request their absentee ballots online at the website VoteFromAbroad.org as soon as possible to make sure their votes are counted in forthcoming state primaries and the November election. This website helps applicants to complete Federal Forms online and to submit these forms by email to their local election officials.”

Lake Chapala Chapter volunteers are available to provide telephone support for those with voting questions. Write for assistance 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..

School for Special Children

The general assembly meeting of members scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 10 a.m., at the Hotel Real de Chapala, has been postponed.

The new rescheduled date is Thursday, April 30, starting registration at 10 a.m., making the first call at 10:30 a.m. In case there is no quorum, the second call will be made 30 minutes later (11 a.m.), and all of the members attending in person or by proxy shall constitute a quorum.

The agenda for this rescheduled meeting will be according to the previous announcement in the Guadalajara Reporter edition of March 14-2020.

Pancake Breakfast

pg13aThe Pancake breakfast to benefit lakeside first responders to be held March 29 at Tobolandia Water Park has been cancelled.

Behind the Walls home tour

In light of the Jalisco government mandate placing limits on public events in response to the increasing numbers of COVID-19/Coronavirus infections worldwide, and in consideration of the generous home owners who have volunteered to open their homes; our many volunteer drivers and helpers; and the large number of patrons who have purchased tickets for the upcoming Behind the Walls Tour (March 26, 2020) the School for Special Children in Jocotepec feels compelled to make the very difficult decision to cancel this final tour of this season.

Revenue from the Behind the Walls Tours is one of the major sources of funds which help to finance the school. This unique school serves the needs of approximately 100 Lakeside children with physical and learning disabilities by providing such necessities as daily meals, facility maintenance, support staff and transportation assistance — to name just a few of the contributions.

Refunding the money from ticket sales for this very popular last tour will significantly reduce the revenue for these important services. Therefore, we sincerely hope that many of our patrons will redefine the cost of their canceled ticket as a donation to a very worthwhile cause.  However, if you choose to redeem the cost of your ticket, please come to the parking lot at the Ajijic Malecon (the location where the Tours regularly meet) at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26, and the school will gladly refund the purchase price (300 pesos) in exchange for your March tour ticket.

April Fool’s event

pg13bFriends and supporters of the Tepehua Centro Comunitario and Poco A Poco San Pedro Itzican, had been looking forward to the 5th annual April Fools event, but the organizers of the event feel they need to put public health first and have postponed the event, scheduled April 1 at the Sunrise Restaurant in San Antonio Tlayacapan, until further notice.

Rescheduling of the event will be publicized and money back will be offered for tickets already sold. A refund station set up in the Tepehua Treasures store located at Calle Hildago 100-A on the carretera in Riberas Del Pilar (a few doors west of Zona Gym), where you can bring in your ticket for a full refund between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. You can also contact Harvey Bernier at 603-923-8893, (US cell) 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..

Sponsors: your sponsorship will be honored at the rescheduled event, or call Harvey if you would like a refund at this time.

Donors: your generosity will go to support the programs dealing with kidney disease in the affected areas around Lake Chapala.

A big heartfelt thank you to all from the organizers, who will see you as soon as they feel it is safe to hold the event.

Insight Meditation

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all activities at The Heart of Awareness Insight Meditation Center have been suspended out of what, we hope, is an excess of caution around transmission of the coronavirus.

This was not an easy decision — the practice is more important than ever and the refuge offered by our beautiful quiet space is a priceless gift to our community.

We are pondering other ways to stay in touch and perhaps offering virtual opportunities.

There’ll be ongoing communication by way of The Heart of Awareness mailing list during this hiatus, so that we can continue to feel connected to one another. If you are not already receiving our emails, you may request that you be added to the list by sending an email 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..  You can also visit www.heartofawareness.org for additional information and resources.

pg16aThe center will resume its regular schedule as soon as conditions allow. In the meantime, please take good care of your practice.


Manix Restaurant is offering home deliveries on all menu items.

La Bodega Ajijic has suspended inside service, carryout only Tuesday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m.

Panino’s is offering takeout service.

El Rey Taco Chapala is offering free deliveries, Vista del Lago to Ajijic.

Rangers BBQ Spring Fiesta, April 3, postponed until further notice.

El Gato Feo Café has closed indefinitely.


• Niños Incapacitados Masked Ball, March 19.

• Lucky Dog Open House, March 21.

• Operation Feed Spirit Dinner, March 27.

• Feria de la Capirotada de Ajijic, March 28.

• Operación Amor Spay and Neuter Clinic, March 28-29.

• The annual Pasion de Cristo (passion play) enactments on Maunday Thursday and Good Friday in Chapala, Ajijic, San Antonio Tlayacapan and Jocotepec.

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