Laguna Chapalac - September 26, 2020

In-person voter assistance

The Lake Chapala Get Out the Vote (GOTV) team will be offering in-person voter assistance daily, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., except Sunday, until Tuesday, September 29, at the Lake Chapala Society.

All voters who requested overseas absentee ballots should have received them by email on or before September 19. Priority will be given to voters from mail-only ballot return states (check at, who requested their ballots but did not get them.

pg13aWeekly sessions at LCS will start on Tuesday, October 6, same hours, for all voters.

U.S. Voter Assistance

Vote From Abroad (VFA) has scheduled supplementary live U.S. voter assistance sessions via Zoom to meet demand.  Go to for more information.

Ballot return information

Comprehensive recommendations about how to return ballots to the United States in time for them to count in the November 3 election can be found at IfLakeside residents have additional questions or concerns about voting, they can address them to 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..

Health update

Skin Cancer Screenings will resume in October at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS). Screenings are held 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Medical services are open to the public. During the Phase I opening of the LCS campus, no walk-ins will be allowed. Patients can call the LCS office or make an appointment in person in the office beginning September 21. The cutoff date for sign-ups is the Tuesday before the scheduled screening. The office personnel will assign appointments. The screening is free, but there will be a charge for treatment. The clinic is for skin cancer screenings and treatment only. For other dermatological concerns, contact the Riberas Medical Group to make an appointment with Dr. Ballesteros, 376-688-1244.

The Lake Chapala Society will schedule Fall Health Days for the flu shot and other shots that may be available as soon as the Mexican government releases the vaccines. Check here and at the LCS website for updates.

Spanish classes at LCS


In the Spanish in Action (Español en Acción) course, four language skills will be worked on: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, oral expression, and written expression. Grammar structures and vocabularies are taught in a practical and communicative way, as well as authentic and fun. The objective is that students are able to express themselves in various situations with the present and future tenses. One morning and one afternoon class is scheduled, Monday and Thursdays, from October 15 to December 7. Classes are limited to ten people. See the LCS website to register and for costs.

In the Spanish a la Carte classes, Alfredo Perez offers different options for those trying to improve their skills. All the classes are 70 minutes via Zoom, are for LCS members only and limited to nine participants.

Improve your pronunciation for Spanish by doing vocal exercises and practice r, rr, d and t sounds Wednesday, October 7 and 14, 10 to 11:10 a.m.

Conversation for advanced students who want to practice their Spanish and learn more vocabulary are held October 14, 21, and 28, noon to 1:10 p.m.

Expresar la Opinion (Expressing opinions). Wednesday, October 21 and 28, 10 to 11:10 a.m.

Registration is online through PayPal. If you wish to make your payment in cash, send an email to 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..

Open Circle

Open Circle is having technical problems with their videos, so they won’t be showing any videos until the last week of October. In November, Open Circle plans to have live presentations again at LCS.

American Legion

American Legion Post 7 in Chapala welcomes anyone interested in learning how their membership process works. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month, at 11 a.m.

The Post will celebrate the U.S. Navy’s birthday, Thursday, October 13, 3 p.m. They’ll supply the cake, you supply your stories.

Octoberfest at Post 7 is Saturday, October 17. Enjoy live music, Bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, rye bread and dessert. Two seatings, noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is 250 pesos. Seatings are limited. Morelos 114, Chapala; 376-765-2259.

Live music this weekend

FRIDAY: Traficantes del Rito are at Iron Horse in Riberas del Pilar, 7 to 10 p.m. Yayo Rocha and Rocio Mejia are at La Cima del Copal, 4 to 7 p.m. Old Souls play Scallion Ajijic Bistro, from 6 p.m. Tequila Blues plays at Hacienda del Lago, from 10 p.m. The Friday Night Project performs at El Barco, from 7 p.m. Casa Domenech host jazz musicians Carlos Torres and Chucho Soto,6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Gargamel Cover Band is at Ajijic Pub House, 7 to 9 p.m. Latinitos Lounge Trio is at Garufu, Colon 43, Ajijic, from 3 p.m. Black String is at Casa Linda, from 5:30 p.m. Next Wave performs at the Iron Horse, from 7 p.m. Spin plays at Casa Domenech, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Daniel Cordero plays solo at the Iron Horse, 3 to 6 p.m. Traficantes del Rito perform at Mercado del Lago, Paseo Ramon Corona 36, Chapala, 3 to 5 p.m.