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Downtown Zapopan on wheels

Amidst more pressing matters such as elections, local media have recently ballyhooed the extension of the innovative, state-owned, Mi Bici rent-a-bike system into centro or “downtown” Zapopan. (Downtown is in quotation marks because the bustling area near the famed Basilica of the Virgin of Zapopan on the north fringe of Guadalajara lacks tall buildings, except for the basilica, and maintains the charm of a smaller pueblo, even though Zapopan is a sprawling suburb that almost encircles Guadalajara and helps account for one-third of the metropolitan area’s population of nearly 4.5 million.) 

Guadalajara Mayor hopefuls face off

The four leading candidates for mayor of Guadalajara took part in a lively debate Wednesday in the regal surroundings of the Universidad de Guadalajara Paraninfo.  In front of a majestic backdrop – Jose Clemente Oroozc’s mural ‘El pueblo y sus falsos líderes’  (The people and their false leaders) – the candidates talked up their somewhat similar platforms, outlining the need for greater community policing, transparency in government and the obligation to invest in non-motorized transportation. Polls suggest Enrique Alfaro of the Citizens Movement (MC) and Ricardo Villanueva of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) are running neck and neck. The Guadalajara mayor’s job is the most coveted in all Mexico and often a fast-track route to the governor’s chair.

Ribera Arts Review - March 27, 2015

Sunday Movie

“Pride,”  based on a true story about London-based gays and lesbians helping mineworkers on strike in Wales, is the fifth film in this year’s Sunday Afternoon at the Movies series, sponsored by the Lake Chapala Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico.

Showtime is 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 at Cinemas del Lago, Theater #1, Bugambilias Plaza, Ajijic.  Tickets are 50 pesos at the box office.  The public is welcome.  A post-movie discussion is led by Elizabeth Katz and Ralph Jennings.

Net proceeds help fund the sponsoring organization’s voter registration program for all U.S. expats living at Lakeside, regardless of political affiliation.

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Ajijic neighborhoods in full bloom thanks to facade project



Chapala artist and photography Jaime Barbiery conceived  a new public art form during the 2010 Ajijic mural contest that formed part of the bicentennial celebrations. He added the words fachada (façade) + arte = Facharte. Chapala resident Carole Stern (shown at left above) recently asked the Facharte project to create murals and street décor in her Plaza de Toros neighborhood. Ajijic artists Miguel Angel Flores and Guillermo Gonzalez Hernandez (shown at right finishing the nets) responded with these works of art for the neighbors. Contact Facharte for your own piece of public art by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Jaime at 33-3474-1192. Visit Facharte.blogspot.com to see other Facharte murals and works.

Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – February 14, 2014

The Feast of Saint Valentine’s Day is originally about an Italian priest martyred on February 14, 269 AD. Legend says that he was executed for performing weddings for soldiers and their maidens, an action forbidden in those days. His farewell message to his jailer’s daughter, who Valentine apparently healed, was signed “Your Valentine.” The word “feast” then does not mean “a large celebratory meal,” but instead “a religious celebration dedicated to a particular saint.”