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Laguna Chapalac - September 19, 2020

Open Circle

Open Circle has suspended its weekly program on the patio at Lake Chapala Society.

Each week the group highlights a different video of a past presentation. This week, Sandy Britton, presents “How and Why We Remember.” It will be available for viewing Sunday, September 20, 10:30 a.m. at opencircleajijic.org.

We humans define ourselves in large part through our memories, to the point where loss of memory feels like loss of self. Our memories also play an essential role in our survival. While memory has been studied by philosophers and scientists for centuries, it’s only been in the last 50 years or so that researchers have learned how subtle and complex memory really is. Recent research has added even more insight into how memory works — and how it can work against us. Take a journey through this fascinating aspect of the human mind, and learn the latest findings on how to improve your ability to remember.   

Britton is from northern California. Her background is in software development but she’s always been fascinated by the computer between our ears. She combines her love of brain science and public speaking to bring you this talk.


Monday, September 21, the main Lake Chapala Society (LCS) campus will be open to: members, people who have registered for an activity or guests who buy a daily pass for 40 pesos, which can be purchased at the entrance. Masks will be required at all times while on campus.

The only two entrances will be through the main gate and the lakeside gate where volunteers will take temperatures, provide gel and a mask if necessary. A record of all who enter will be kept each day. Bring your membership card with you.

The library and office will be open. Activities are limited to outdoor spaces and to 15 or fewer people.

Exercise, dance and any activity using music will be moved from the gazebo to the South Campus lakeside patio area, newly tiled for that purpose. The gazebo on the north patio, veranda on the blue patio, Ken Gosh pavilion and grass will be used for meetings and activities.For all classes and activities,  enroll in advance to help access control.

Members may no longer enter the library and must use the LCS website to order their books two days in advance. Volunteers are needed to cover positions at the membership desk, customer service desk, IT team, DVD library and docents. To volunteer, see the LCS website.

A host of new classes are available at LCS, including various virtual Spanish classes for all levels of proficiency. An in-person Spanish in Action class is offered October 15-December 7 at the Maestros Patio.

Prueba Mexico offers two classes at LCS: Mexican Traditional Chocolate, Friday, October 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with instruction by Norma Maldonado from Luna Cacau; and Mexican Day of the Dead, Friday, October 30, 2 to 4:30 p.m. with instruction by Alfredo Perez. The Personal Enrichment Program offers an in-person driver’s license class Wednesday, October 28 at the SCRB patio.

Class size is limited for all these classes. To enroll in these classes or for more information see the LCS website.

The campus is a smoke-free environment, so there are no smoking areas.

Transforming Women

Centro Educativo Jaltepec is the only technical university in all of Mexico in hotel and hospitality management to grant a degree to its students. The institute provides a highly valued education for the daughters of local maids, gardeners, construction workers and artisans who know the value of education but are unable to provide it.

pg13aIn the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and with the university’s campus under reconstruction, there was a sudden end to Jaltepec’s fundraising and scholarship drive. Further fundraising events are unlikely to occur in the near future.    

Jaltepec is reaching out to the Lakeside community and appealling for donations to its general scholarship fund. Checks or cash may be dropped off with the receptionist at Banco Multiva, Financial Side, addressed to Jaltepec on the envelope with your name and email address. Your donation will be acknowledged by Jaltepec Community Facilitator Linda Buckthorp, 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.. Checks should be made out to Centros de Formacion, A.C.

To see an informative video, type in “Jaltepec School Transforming Women for Life” on YouTube.

Community Orchestra

While still not able to perform live, the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra (LCCO) presents a new video that they have been working on for the past few weeks.

“One of the happiest songs of the past 50 years has to be Electric Light Orchestra’s ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ written by Jeff Lynne, and let’s face it, we sure need more of that happy feeling during these current times,” said LCCO conductor Michael Reason.

Reason created an arrangement of this classic number and got some members of the orchestra to record their individual parts. He then put it all together and, via the wonders of technology, enlisted a group of singers from Mexico, Canada and England to create the LCCO International Chorus which dominates the final part of the song.   See the video on the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra Facebook page.

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