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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.”

Satellite Rotary E-club supports garment students

The Satellite Rotary E-Club of Lake Chapala has accepted an exciting vocational training project, Mariposa Project/Butterflies in Mexico which is aimed at teaching local girls and women, ages 13 to 25 the skills needed to find employment in the fields of textile design and production.

Instructor Jan Manning, and Bernadine Jansen, the group’s executive director, have created a curriculum and are ready to begin a pilot project 

with the group’s partner, El Corazon Creativo, the local artisan cooperative at Galeana 14 in Ajijic.

The sales of the beautiful prototype garment style entitled “the Ronda,” have generated enough seed money for fabric and thread for the first class. Interested students must commit to attending a two-hour class every Saturday for six months in order to complete the 48-hour course of study. The requirements for participation are demanding, but the rewards will be great. 

The pilot program will begin with a small number of students in February. For more information about donations of fabrics, thread, notions, tools and other items, call Janzen, (387)761-0360 or 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..   









Acclaimed guitarist accompanies local flamenco artist in Ajijic venue

“The true power and beauty of flamenco comes from the way the music and dance combine -- they are one entity,” says internationally acclaimed flamenco guitarist Daniel Ward. The California musician will demonstrate the combination of those art forms during a dinner performance of the Spanish art on Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. at El Jardin de Ninette restaurant at Javier Mina 7 in Ajijic.  

First season of JPO anniversary year promises array of talent

It is daunting to try to select the highlights of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra’s (OFJ) first temporada of 2015 — its big 100th anniversary year — because, as OFJ staffer Julia Gonzalez puts it, the season, which lasts until April 26, is “muy saturado” (very saturated). In other words, chock full. 

American School has largest US history class in Latin America

This year the College Board in the United States revised the Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history course in order to imitate the process a historian goes through to explore the past. This is why insightful analysis of documents is required, as well as research and critical thinking, which will culminate in a three-hour and 15-minute exam to be held in May.