Zombies on the Malecon
Saturday, October 29, 5 p.m., Ajijic celebrates its 12th “Thrill The World” event, where zombies young and old, Mexican and expats, dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and raise money for local charities.
Held on the Ajijic Malecón, the event will include entertainment both before and after the dance.
Festival of souls
Don’t miss a traditional evening celebrating the Day of the Dead: “Fiesta de las Animas,” (Festival of Souls) at La Bodega de Ajijic, Saturday, October 29 beginning 5 p.m. Music, art, an altar to place your dear departed’s photo on, a special meal, a Catrina costume contest and much more is scheduled. Contact La Bodega at 376-766-1002 to find out more and reserve your table.
Los Güeros Lake Chapala motorcycle club is putting on a Texas BBQ, Saturday, October 29, 3 p.m. at American Legion Post 7 Chapala as a fundraiser in support of the 9th annual Lake Chapala Toy Run. Food is provided by Juan Mata and Rangers BBQ. Don’t miss Doug’s exceptional margarita bar and live music by The Dead Güeros Band. Come in your best Halloween costume. An on-site makeup artist will be available. Tickets, 500 pesos, are available at the Iron Horse Saloon, the American Legion and from Los Güeros members.
Spooky stuff for kids
As part of the LCS Intercultural Celebration of Life and Honoring Death Festival, a children’s movie night will be held Saturday, October 29, with two feature films dubbed in Spanish with English subtitles at the Wilkes Education Center, Calle Galeana 18. “The Book of Life,” followed by a discussion, 4-6 p.m.; “Beetlejuice,” showing for teenagers, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Treats will be available. Limited space, 40 free tickets for each movie offered for pickup at the Wilkes Center or LCS. A Halloween party for children will be held the next day, Sunday, October 30, 2 to 5 p.m. at the LCS campus. Scheduled are games, pumpkin carving, science experiments, music, and a costume contest, with snacks and beverages. 100 tickets are free for pickup at LCS or the Wilkes Center.
Both the Iron Horse in Riberas del Pilar and Scallions in Ajijic will have Halloween parties Saturday, October 29. Century 21 will hold a Dia de Muertos event, including an altar de muertos, a pre-Hispanic dance performance and snacks, Saturday, October 29, 6 p.m. at Tres Cielos, Prolongacion del Monte 52 in San Antonio. RSVP: 331-410-6883.
The Dirty Black Beans will play at the Lake Chapala Society’s adult Halloween gig, Monday, October 31, 3 to 7 p.m. Costumes welcome but not required. Prizes will be given for original costumes. A cash bar and food will be available. Tickets, 300 pesos members, 350 pesos guests, from the LCS office, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or at lakechapalasociety.com.
Dogs in masks
The Iron Horse Saloon in Riberas del Pilar is holding a Yappy Howl-o-ween dog costume party with tricks, treats and dog photos Sunday, October 30, 4 to 7 p.m. as a benefit for Lucky Dog Rescue and Adoption.
Scottish country dancing
Social dancing of Scotland, classes will be held from November 1 until the end of March or April, on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15 a.m. to about 12:45 p.m. outside in the South Patio at the Lake Chapala Society. No partners are required. No experience is necessary. Included in the price of your LCS membership. Information: Phyl, 376-766-2722 or 331-331-3071.
Cerveceria Ocho Maltas is holding its first annual Charral Beer Fest Saturday, November 5, noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, November 6, noon to 5 p.m. 11 breweries will be pouring, tasting, and talking about beer and enjoying food and live music. Entrance is only 100 pesos.
Heart of Awareness
The Heart of Awareness Buddhist Community and Practice Center is located at Guadalupe Victoria 101 in Ajijic. Activities at the center are open to all, no experience required. Chairs and cushions are provided and there are written instructions for beginners.
Periods for silent meditation are Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Wednesdays, 4 p.m. every week. The 60-minute meditation period includes sitting and walking. There are no fees for practice opportunities, but donations are always welcome.
Wednesday, November 1, the meditation period will be followed by a video teaching by Sharon Salzberg, a noted author and one of the founding teachers at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts. Her topic will be “Lovingkindness: Alone with Others.” A discussion period follows the video, and the session ends 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 6, there will be three consecutive hours of silent meditation, beginning at 9 a.m. Each hour consists of sitting and walking meditation. Participation can be for 1, 2, or all 3 of the hours.