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Laguna Chapalac - April 22, 2023

Cacao ceremony

Alba Rebeca is holding a cacao ceremony at Parque de la Cristiania in Chapala, Sunday, April 23, 9 a.m. The experiences with this sacred ancestral drink promotes “an expansion of your heart, connecting your bodies.

It will be spiritual, physical, mental and emotional and unify those at the ceremony in equilibrium,” it states. Reserve your space (500 pesos) via Patricia Garcia Martinez, whatsapp: 331-354-3248.

Open Circle

pg16cTed Shaw presents “The Magic of Wonder” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.

Get ready to be inspired by the insights of one of the leading experts in personal achievement, Ted Shaw.

“Ted is the expert other professionals come to study with and learn advanced methods of personal achievement,” says Steve Consalvez, CEO at Success Formulae, UK.

Through Shaw’s inspiring talk, you will learn how to change your mindset and gain new confidence to achieve the life you desire. Shaw is a master firewalking instructor and one of the co-authors of the training manual used at the Firewalking Institute of Research and Education to teach and certify personal development coaches who use firewalking in their events.

Shaw currently lives at Lakeside with his family and spends his time writing, making art, facilitating life-changing events for corporations, groups and individuals, personal coaching, and traveling.

Registration is strongly encouraged. Reserve at opencircleajijic.org.

Expo Women in business

Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the plaza of San Juan Cosala will be humming with women offering services and products. They will also take advantage of workshops, coaching, mentors, learn abilities to increase their businesses and find better ways to promote their products.

End of Life in Mexico

Local attorney Spencer Richard McMullen will give the presentation “Being Prepared for End of Life in Mexico,” Sunday, April 30, 1 to 3 p.m. at American Legion Post 7, Morelos 114 at Guerrero, in Chapala.
Topics that will be covered include banking, wills, notary, doctors, funeral services, beneficiaries, and more. Representatives from notaries, funeral homes, the Lake Chapala Society and Red Cross will be on hand. This event is free of charge and open to the public. No reservations needed. The Legion kitchen and bar will be open for food and drink service.

Health fair and foot race

A 5-km Race for Health is slated for Sunday, April 30, 8 a.m. with the starting point at the Ajijic Malecon.

You can run, jog or walk, but the idea is to raise funds to benefit some of the people with health issues (cancer, kidney disease and other ailments) in Ajijic and help their families that are caring for them.

Categories are masters, free, veterans and youth. The 100- peso enrollment fee includes hydration, acknowledgement and a runner’s number. Prizes will go to the first three places in each category. Sign up with Chayo Forres at 333-452-5414.

A Fair-Kermesse will be held throughout the day and include activities such as zumba, crossfit and spinning lessons, as well as musical entertainment by Lola la Tequilera, Raul Contreras, Norteno and Banda music and others. Various families will be offering food, including birria, sopes, tacos, enchiladas, pozole, desserts, beer and cocktails. If you’d like to donate something for this cause, call 333-224-4135.

Rock ’n’ Roll Party

Since its inception, Lakeside Charities Grant Program AC has distributed more than 650,000 pesos to local non-profits including Niños de San Antonio, Tepehua, Poco a Poco San Pedro, Hope House, Sunrise Rotary, Have Hammers and San Juan Cosala Token Shop. 

They invite you to join them at a Rock ‘N’ Roll Party so they can offer “new” grants to other lakeside projects in 2023. The party is at Hotel Villa Montecarlo’s lakeview terrace Wednesday, May 3, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., where you’ll have a rockin’ good time that helps a wide range of non-profits.

A 450-peso ticket invites you to “dance your cares away” to DJ Howard’s classic oldies, while chowing down grilled Costco hot dogs and side dishes. Drinks will be available from a no-host Grant Program Wine bar and Hotel Montecarlo cocktail bars. If you like a “little action”, check out the 50/50 raffle.

Want a free gift bottle of wine? Just plan ahead with a few friends, purchase six or more tickets together, and get a free gift bottle for your special reserved table. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now for tickets. Sorry, but no tickets sold at the door.

Helping HandsFundraiser


Javier Gonzalez and his wife Martha of La Bodega de Ajijic are holding the first of hopefully quarterly events to raise funds for local charities Thursday, May 25, 7 p.m.

Helping Hands, seeking to help the most needy people at Lakeside, invites you to participate as a judge with your vote and donation of 1,000 pesos for the winning charity. The idea is to get 100 people to each meeting to collectively come up with 100,000 pesos.

Legally constituted and organized charities from the municipalities of Chapala and Jocotepec that have registered with Helping Hands will participate. Their names will enter a raffle and the first three charities will each have 20 minutes to explain what they do, as well as how they will commit to invest the 100,000 pesos.

Then the judges (the 100 participants who have donated 1,000 pesos each) will vote on one of those three charities. The organization that obtains the most votes will take the total proceeds plus 30-percent of the sales from that day at La Bodega. Winning charities will not participate in the next scheduled Helping Hands events. Contact Javier at La Bodega to sign up as a judge.

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