Last updateFri, 15 Jan 2021 2pm

Laguna Chapalac - January 02, 2021

Open Circle

Due to late-breaking Covid restrictions, Open Circle cancelled last Sunday’s presentation by Michael Warren on Shakespeare and Fermat, and will also postpone John Stokdijk’s presentation, “The Great Pause,” on Sunday, January 3.

Open Circle will begin again Sunday, January 10, 10:30 a.m. with a presentation by Sandy Britton, “Why Do We Do That?”

pg16bHelp the Tarahumara

A collection is being taken for the Tarahumara Project with a drop-off January 9 and 10 at Flavio Romero 370-B in Chapala.

Needed are clean winter clothing, boots, bedclothes, towels and toiletries. Also classroom supplies, backpacks, books and games for children in Spanish. Funds are required to pay for gas for the 900-mile trip to and from Chapala to the Sierra Chihuahua. For more information, contact Libby Townsend, 376-766-3338.

LCS DVD library reopens

The LCS DVD, Books on Tape and Library of Congress Talking Books library will open Monday, January 4 with new hours of 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Covid-19 precautions will be taken for your safety, so some things will be different.

Members are asked to use the DVD library website to pre-order DVDs (for six days) and pick them up in 2-5 days. No late fees will be charged.

Used books will also be for sale, and talking books will be available for check out. Only one person at a time will be allowed to browse in the room.

LCS classes this month

• Introduction to Lakeside class both on-campus and via Zoom will be taught by Rachel McMillen January 11 and 15. The on campus class runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon and the Zoom class is 1 to 2 p.m.

Moving to another country can be intimidating if we don’t have the basic knowledge to function successfully. That is why LCS offers you this class — whether you plan to move here or already live Lakeside. There’s always a world to know.

pg17bSession 1 on January 11 focuses on “Exploring Lakeside.” Topics discussed will include Where exactly is Lakeside?, Lakeside communities, Ajijic village, fiestas, and the Lake Chapala Society,

Session 2 on January 15 concentrates on “Living at Lakeside.” Topics discussed will include health and medical, eating out  and eating in, money, banks and ATMs, churches, entertainment and recreation, transportation, accommodations and utilities.

• Mexican Manners with Alfredo Perez tackles cultural shock. Perez focuses on explaining the local rules of urbanity, appropriate body language, differences in behavior, phrases to use, time structure differences, and dealing with government authorities. The class is Thursday, January 14, 3-4:30 p.m. Enrollment ends January 12.

• How the Mexican Government Works in its Three Levels and What to do if Intimidated by the Authorities. This two-session class is on Fridays, January 22 and 29, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Neill James Veranda. Enrollment ends January 22.

To register and pay for these classes visit the LCS website. You must be an LCS member to attend these classes.

Bah-humbug! Santa loses legs


The Santa Claus figure stationed among holiday decorations set up on the median strip in front of Chapala City Hall was attacked by vandals last weekend. Authorities discovered that unknown assailants had amputated both of St. Nick’s legs at the hip, leaving him pantless and helplessly seated atop a tree stump.  We suspect the naughty-not-nice perps are already scratched off his 2021 gift list.

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