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Laguna Chapalac - October 23, 2021

Open Circle

Collette Clavadetscher presents “Lakeside Little Theatre – Through the Pandemic and What is in Store” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, October 24, 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

Covid has had its effect on the entertainment industry globally, and Lakeside is no exception. Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT), the oldest English-language theatre in Mexico, has tried to keep people in the loop through the past 18 months. Come and find out how the theater has managed during this difficult period and the plans for navigating the future. You will also hear about the great shows that will be presented this season.


Clavadetscher has been the president of LLT since May 1, 2018. She has been a board member in various positions since 2013, acted in performances since arriving at Lakeside in 2010 and directed two plays in recent seasons.

In-person attendance is by prior reservation only at opencircleajijic.org and depends on space as dictated by Jalisco state distancing and sanitary regulations.

Chapala Birders

Bird-walks are open to all those interested in birds, both beginners and experienced birders.

Wednesday, October 27, the Lake Chapala Birders meet at 8:15 a.m. at the sculpture at the only traffic light in La Floresta, south side, near Restaurant Pranzo, leaving immediately for the Rosa Amarilla Loop (a 60-minute drive). Expect to see a variety of grassland birds and possibly a white-tailed hawk. Bring refreshments for the morning and sandwiches for the 12:30 p.m. lunch stop. Return to Ajijic at about 3 p.m. Reservations are necessary. Email John Keeling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two days ahead, indicating if you can bring a vehicle or that you would like to be a passenger.

LLT classes

• Mexican Day of the Dead class with Alfredo Perez is November 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

• Introduction to Spanish classes are November 2, 9 and 16. For details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Introduction to Lakeside by Rachel McMillen is on campus November 8, or via Zoom November 12, both classes are 9 a.m. to noon. LCS members only. Enroll at the LCS website or at their offices.

• Jalisco driver’s license class by Alfredo Perez Aldana is November 8, 3 to 4:30 p.m., with a November 17 visit to the Licensing Office to take the test. Enroll at the LCS website.

• Advanced Care Planning Workshop by Loretta Downs is November 11 and 18, 10 a.m. to noon on campus.

All classes can be enrolled via the LCS website or at the office.

Helping flood victims

A fund for flood/mud slide victims in San Juan Cosala is up and running at Viva Mexico Restaurant. All funds collected go directly to the victims. Besides cash, items needed include furniture, beds, mattresses, bedding, tables, stoves, refrigerators, sinks, building supplies, etcetera. All items can be dropped off at Viva Mexico and will be stored until properties are restored and items can be delivered. If you have donations and cannot drop them off at Viva Mexico, contact Janine at 376-766-6044 or Cheryl Kennedy at 376-765-4415 to arrange for a pick-up.

Caritas, the Catholic relief service, has a bazaar at Constitucion 34 in Ajijic. They are looking for donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, medicine and food packages. They buy food in bulk, and sell items from their bazaar to give food to the poor. If you have large items to donate, such as appliances or furniture, call Martha Alejandra Mora (English-speaking) to arrange delivery at 331-702-6382. Miguel Novack is the English-speaking expat representative and liaison with Caritas Mexico and can be contacted to donate funds at 331-287-0431.

Day of the Dead

Piltzintli A.C., a children’s center in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, is holding a Miquiztle festival celebrating Day of the Dead, Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, beginning 6 p.m.. Photo ops include ofrendas, altars, music and dance and typical Mexican fare. Crafts will be for sale. Av. Santiago 83, in front of the Ixtlahuacan Centro de Salud.

An entrance fee of 30 pesos will be used to help purchase equipment for the kids in the program.

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