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Laguna Chapalac - February 17, 2024

Open Circle

Phil Rylett presents “Touching Ajijic’s Past” at Open Circle, at the Lake Chapala Society, Sunday, February 18, 10:30 a.m.

pg16Ajijic has centuries of history and a lot of it is still around us today. Eduardo “Lalo” Ramos and Jambo Corona transmit a live broadcast on Ajijic history every week called “Tradiciones Ajijic.” Their knowledge of Ajijic’s past is the product of generations of stories past down, and they can point to many things that still surround us today and connect us to that past.

Join Rylett  and his guests as he takes a little tour of people, places and things of the past that still exist today that have shaped this pueblo, from its traditions, buildings and people.

Ramos is the cronista (story keeper) of Ajijic and has revived many of its lost traditions. He is also the director of the Easter Passion Play. Corona has broadcast his shows to Ajijic for many years. He is one of the masters of ceremonies of the Easter Passion Play and is the voice you hear making announcements at many community events. He is also the owner of Tepetate Thai Restaurant in Ajijic.

Rylett has lived in Ajijic for 11 years and is the other master of ceremonies for the Easter Passion Play. He will give the initial presentation, while Ramos and Corona will answer any questions the audience may have about Ajijic and its past.

Lakeside Freethinkers

The next meeting of the Lakeside Freethinkers on Tuesday, February 20, will be a live event. Past Chairman Philip  Rylett will talk about and lead a discussion on the topic, “Is there a war on science?” If you are interested in participating, would like more information, or to be placed on the mailing list, contact 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..

The Lakeside Freethinkers define a “freethinker” as a person who identifies himself or herself as an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, or skeptic. They reject belief in the supernatural and rely on science and reason to guide their lives.

Help for voters

Need help requesting your ballots for 2024 U.S. elections? 

Join VoteFromAbroad.org Voter Assistance volunteers Monday, February 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

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US taxes for expats

Democrats Abroad Lake Chapala chapter is hosting a presentation on “Avoiding Tax and Investment Pitfalls: Guidance for U.S. Retirees Living in Mexico” on Monday, February 19, 4 p.m. at Sol y Luna Restaurant, Rio Bravo 10 in West Ajijic. This event features Patrick Oden, long-time tax expert and owner of Lakeside Tax Service. You can also join in via Zoom.  

For details and to buy tickets (US$8 per person), visit bit.ly/3weipGh. Proceeds fund Lakeside Voting Assistance events and other voter outreach

Chapala Birders

Wednesday, February 21, the Lake Chapala Birders will meet at 8 a.m. at El Bajio on the west side of Ajijic. The group will walk down the lane to the lake, expecting to see a good variety of birds in the tall trees and fields. At 10 a.m. they will head to Fonda Dona Lola for breakfast and review the bird list.

How to get there: From Ajijic go about two miles (three kms) west from the light at Colon, turn downhill for El Bajio (across from the west end of Latitude/Margaritaville) and park immediately on the lateral road parallel to the Carretera.

Bird-walks are open to all those interested in birds, beginners and experienced birders. Just bring binoculars. There are always knowledgeable birders on hand to identify the species.

Comedy

Casa Domenech is holding a Lakeside Laughs Improv with Lakeside’s only comedy troupe, Saturday, February 17, 6:30 p.m. Zaragoza 109, in Ajijic. Tickets, 200 pesos, include a glass of sangria, a shot of tequila or a soft drink Appetizers are available for sale during the show and dinner afterwards. Advance tickets at the venue or via paypal at 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..

Doors will close when the show begins.

American Legion

It is country night at American Legion Post 7 Chapala, Saturday, February 24, 4 to 7 p.m. Line dancing lessons for all levels and abilities will be held from 4 to 5 p.m.

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