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Laguna Chapalac - October 01, 2022

Mexican art and design

Huizache Tienda Creativa at 16 de Septiembre 22 in Ajijic is holding a popup show Friday, September 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Offerings include art, jewelry, ceramics, pewter, hand-painted boxes, clothing, and more.

Open Circle

Eduardo Ramos Cordero and Philip Rylett present “The hidden traditions of Ajijic” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, October 2, 10:30 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.


There are so many wonderful Ajijic traditions which are very visible. But there are others that we either don’t see, or simply don’t understand what is happening. Ramos, affectionately known in the village by the nickname Lalo, will recount those traditions that have survived and are still practiced today — sometimes discretely and sometimes hidden in plain sight.
Ramos is Ajijic’s cronista, a title given to those who are charged with keeping the stories of the pueblo. As a teenager, he recognized that many stories of the older folk might disappear, so he collected them. He also organizes the Easter Passion Play, as well as many lesser known events. He has revived many traditions lost to the past.

Reservations are recommended on the LCS website opencircleajijic.org (click on Contact Us). The Lake Chapala Society is located at 16 de Septiembre 16-a, Ajijic.

Vote From Abroad

“You still have a little time to get your ballot in for the 2022 U.S. elections — even if you missed the Ballot Return Week. “But not much,” said local Vote From Abroad chair Terry Rosson.

“If you wait, it could cost you a lot more if you must mail back your ballot,” Rosson stressed. “And 23 states require this.”

Whether you’re mailing your ballot or faxing it back, several local “shipping shops” can help. One example is iShop & Mail manager Maricela and her team in San Antonio Tlayacapan offers both mail and fax services.

“We strongly recommend that you return your ballot by October 7, whether you use mail, email or fax,” added Rosson. “Remember, voting from Mexico takes more time.”   

Given new voting requirements in many states, it’s important to leave plenty of time if your state requires you to correct your ballot in some way.  

Have questions? Vote From Abroad can help you Saturday, October 1 at the Chapala Malecon, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Or visit them at the Lake Chapala Society Monday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Still need to request your ballot? Go immediately to VoteFromAbroad.org. Or for more details, email 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..


Medicare in Mexico

Hospital San Antonio is holding a seminar on how to enroll or use Medicare Advantage plans in Mexico on Wednesday, October 5, 10 a.m. to noon at the HS HOTSSON hotel in Chapala. Gabriel Perez and Jerry Hauser will speak and offer insurance advisory services and a question and answer period. RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


An Oktoberfest party, sponsored by ANAVETS Mexico Unit 19, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6 at Mama’s Musical Bar. The menu is bratwurst and sauerkraut, fried potatoes, red cabbage, apple strudel or vegetarian quiche. Daniel Cordero will entertain. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Mama’s 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..

ANAVETS Mexico also hosts weekly dart games at Mama’s Musical Bar at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays. All skill levels are welcome. Also on Thursdays, enjoy a game of cornhole at noon. This is an ideal way to meet new friends.

Vegan cooking classes

A chef and former instructor for the Natural Epicurean Plant Based Culinary School in Austin, Texas is offering vegan cooking classes Tuesdays, beginning August 4, 2 to 5 p.m. in West Ajijic. He will offer easy-to-follow classes for veganizing classics — everything from dairy products, eggs, fish, cheese, bacon and more. Learn tricks and techniques to simplify your everyday cooking, as well as new ingredients for old favorites. The first class will focus on making California rolls.

Bring your appetite, sense of adventure and Tupperware. Sign up at http://forms.gle/hMgG5eiur7PxXAXT9.

Directions will be given with confirmation. Cost is 600 pesos.

Canadian Thanksgiving

The Canadian Veterans Support Association (CVSA) will celebrate a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving dinner at Sunrise Restaurant in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Monday, October 10, with a social hour beginning 2 p.m. and dinner served 3 p.m. Entertainment will be by Abby Rivera. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available at Kinda Bazaar in Riberas del Pilar or call John Kelly at 331-758-0676.

Other Thanksgiving options include Panino’s, Manix, Bobby’s Restaurant Escondido.

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