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Laguna Chapalac - October 17, 2020

Help the kids

Poco a Poco’s Children’s Community Kitchen is holding a bazaar Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m to 2 pm. and Sunday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Calle del Manglar 153 in Villa Nova, Ajijic.

The goods will be mostly children’s clothing and toys, so tell your Mexican friends with children or grandchildren.

Postponed reopening

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church has had to postpone its reopening schedule for live worship services from Sunday, October 18, to Sunday, November 1, 10 a.m. The congregation will unveil the “Dancing Saints” mural recently completed by local artist Javier Zaragoza. St. Andrew’s is at San Lucas 19 in Riberas del Pilar.

U.S. Voter Assistance

The Lake Chapala Get Out The Vote (GOTV) team will be offering in-person voter assistance weekly on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Neill James Mural Art Patio at the Lake Chapala Society. A single Thursday session, same hours, is on October 22.  Faxing is not provided.  Voters are asked to consult their states’ deadlines first at votefromabroad.org/states.  Required health protocols must be followed on the LCS campus. 

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 damx.me/lakechapala.  If Lakeside 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.. 

Lakeside Freethinkers

Patrick Ryan, co-chairman of the Lakeside Freethinkers, will lead a discussion on “Religious Belief from a Humanist Point of View at the group’s next meeting Wednesday, October 21, 4 p.m., via Zoom technology.  Ryan is a humanist from Canada.

The Lakeside Freethinkers have been meeting virtually for the past few months. To join the meeting or obtain additional information, 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..

The group defines a “freethinker” as a person who is an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, or skeptic. They believe that individuals should not accept ideas proposed as truth without recourse to knowledge and reason. They reject belief in the supernatural.

Accident victim needs op

The Feria Maestros del Arte has been asked by Susana Valdez of the Huichol Indigenous Center to petition the foreign community for help. Miguel Carrillo de la Cruz, a 30-year-old Huichol judge, snapped and fractured his spine while cutting wood for a Huichol ceremony. Approximately 130,000 pesos is needed to pay the hospital bill. U.S. tax deductible donations can be sent via the Paypal donate button on at www.thehuicholcenter.org.

LCS flu shots

“LCS will schedule Health Day(s) the first or second week of November, as soon as Mexico releases the 4-strain flu shot. Other shots to be offered are the Prevnar 13 for life and the pneumonia for five years. Prices are to be determined and payments will be cash only. Sign-up, pay and receive queue numbers the day the shot is administered. No advance sign-up.

Skin Cancer Screenings


Skin cancer screenings are cancelled at the LCS for the month of October. Contact Dra. Ballesteros at the Riberas Clinic for an appointment at 376-688-1244.

Free performance

An 11-piece chamber orchestra has been assembled from the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra and will perform Friday, October 23 at the Lake Chapala Society, from noon to 2 p.m. Music will include works by Johann Strauss, Albeniz, Holst, Piazzola and Gounod. Social distancing will be adhered to during the performance.

Tech Talk

Tech Talk classes held via Zoom are free and open to everyone. You must send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for the classes.

Thursday, October 22, 10 a.m., the topic is “Downloading E-Books.” This class will demonstrate some methods of downloading books to handheld devices (Android or Apple). Several sources will be shown and discussed. All of the sites are for free books.

“Voice Dictation on your Computer or Handheld Device” is the topic for Thursday, October 29, 10 a.m. Do you want to write your memoirs but can’t type on your little bitty keyboard? Come learn how to simply talk to your device and it does the rest.


Support Bone Voyage Dog Rescue by heading to AutoCinema Del Lago for the acclaimed mystery thriller “Get Out” (in English with Spanish subtitles) Thursday, October 29. Bring your dog for the canine Halloween parade. Dress up your pooch and you can too. The admission of 100 pesos per person or 200 pesos for a full car will be donated to Bone Voyage Dog Rescue. Doors open 6:45 p.m., costume parade is at 7:15 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. See AutoCinema’s ad on page 22.


A Remembrance and Veterans Day ceremony will be held by the Canadian Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans Association (ANAVE


TS) Unit 19 Wednesday, November 11, 10:30 a.m. at Mama’s Music Bar, Gonzalez Gallo 86 in San Antonio Tlayacapan. A lunch will follow the ceremony. Social distancing protocols will be in effect. For tickets, 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..

Operacion Amor

This lakeside charity has sterilized 512 pets in their “Pet Taxi” program through the end of September. The program is aimed at people with limited resources, who cannot cover the cost of sterilizing their pet. With support from Yaretzi Siordia and volunteers who offer their car for transportation, they pick up the pets at home, take them to the vet and return them home sterilized. Operacion Amor is also working with the MexiMutt Project. They cover the cost of sterilization and Operacion Amor supports with transportation. In this collaboration, they have sterilized 37 pets.

Now Operacion Amor has a goal to raise 25,000 pesos in October. If they do so, it will be matched for a total of 50,000 pesos. So far Operacion Amor is at 40 percent of their goal. If you would like to see fewer homeless street dogs and cats, please donate via Paypal at http://bit.ly/OperacionAmor or through the Foundation for Lake Chapala Charities at https://www.LakeChapalaCharities.org.

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