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Laguna Chapalac - November 12, 2022

Paella fest

Coming on the heels of the successful first Festival of Paellas of Lake Chapala, is the annual Paella Festival scheduled for Saturday November 12, 2:30 p.m., at the Fraccionamiento Residencial Constanza in San Juan Cosala.

This promises to be a casual, al fresco afternoon of fragrant smells that will be a prelude to the feast of flavors to come.

On the slopes of San Juan Cosalá, in a garden with a wonderful view of the lake, the contenders will gather around the paellas; the extended and round pans bear the same name as the dish that is prepared in them.
This event will be a culinary competition challenging the competitors to outdo each other by creating traditional and alternative forms of the well-known dish. 
Entertainment includes live music by Lake Side Jazz Trio, as well as and flamenco music and dance throughout the afternoon from Pilar Villasante Espectaculo Flamenco.

Entry to the afternoon of food and fun is 470 pesos per person. Ticketed entry includes gazpacho, tortilla de patatas, paella, Dessert and a complimentary glass of wine. A no-host bar will be available.

Reservations should be made beforehand with Paco Romero at 333-139-4028 or 333-106-8596.

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Christmas floral show

The Lakeside Garden Guild announces its 2022 Holiday Arrangement Sale Friday, November 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sol y Luna Hotel, Rio Bravo 10A in west Ajijc. Known for its stunning live flower arrangements, the show has reemerged after a two-year Covid hiatus. This year’s creations will offer live succulent wreaths, table decorations, and other beautiful floral holiday arrangements.

“Due to the yearlong Covid concerns of our members, we opted to take a more moderate approach in our fundraising,” says President Allegra Willis. “We are excited to be able to fund our new 2023 community projects focused on beautification, and continuing our tradition of renovating and improving local family gathering areas on the Malecon.”

Entrance to the event is free, and the Sol y Luna restaurant and bar will be open for patrons to enjoy.

Since 1968, Lakeside Garden Guild members enjoy monthly instructive programs on botanical or floral design subjects or related topics. Each November, the Floral Design Show hosts 250 guests to peruse 38 to 40 floral arrangements created by the members of the Guild.

The Guild is committed to restarting this outstanding event in 2023. The proceeds are reserved for the ongoing community projects sponsored by the Lakeside Garden Guild.

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Holistic health

A holistic health fair will take place Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Garden of Dreams B&B, Calle Constitucion 105, Ajijic. The fair will feature local practitioners, teachers and trainers, renowned speakers and authors, health products, food and services, holistic music and arts. Free admission. This event is to benefit the Kids Kitchen.

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Chess tourney

HuaraChess club invites the Jalisco chess community to the 4th edition of Los Maestros del Lago Chess Tournament, Sunday, November 20, 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.

Deadline to pay and register is November 16, 6 p.m. Registration and payment info at bit.ly/registrohuarachess2022.

Chapala Birders

Monday, November 14, the Lake Chapala Birders will meet at 8 a.m. at the Sculpture in La Floresta, leaving immediately for Las Trojes (one hour away), to hike the Horizontal Oak Forest Trail. The group hikes to the edge of the hidden valley (three hours hiking uphill, two hours back). Don’t expect many birds, but the hike is pleasant and you may see the red-faced warbler.

Return is at about 4 p.m. Bring refreshments and sandwiches for lunch at noon at the top. You must reserve via email with club leader 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 and can take others, or you would like to be a passenger.

• Friday, November 18, Lake Chapala Birders will meet at 8:15 a.m. at the entrance to Cristiania Park in Chapala. Expect tosee an interesting selection of species in the park and on the shore of the lake. At about 10 a.m. the birders will go to La Palapa de Don Juan’ for breakfast and complete the bird list.

60th birthday

American Legion Post 7 Chapala celebrates its 60th anniversary, Tuesday, November 15, beginning 11 a.m. with the history of the American Legion and of Post 7. Live music with a lunch of filet mignon from noon to 3 p.m. costs 200 pesos. Address: Morelos 114.

Behind the Walls

The School for Special Children is holding the Behind the Walls Home Tours once again this season. See some of Lakeside’s most luxurious homes. Tour dates are November 17, December 15, January 26, February 23 and March 23. Tickets, 300 pesos per tour or 1,300 for all the tours, are available at Charter Club Tours, La Bella Vida, Mia’s Boutique. Information: Jessie, 376-766-1438.

Spiritual self inquiry

Satsang: The Inner Shamanic Path will be held at Villa del Angel, Calle Emilio Zapata 3, Ajijic Sunday, November 20, 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. There will be time for silence, a Dharma talk, and self-inquiry.

Spiritual teacher Noris Binet facilitates meditative self-awareness and self-inquiry to support spiritual awakening and self-realization. She is in the Advaita non-dual tradition under the lineage of Ramana Maharshi. For the last 22 years her root teacher has been Gangaji.

Binet is a psychospiritual therapist and holds an honorary doctorate in counseling and philosophy from the IIHS in Montreal, Canada. Her studies include meditation and Pranayama in India, the art of offerings in Indonesia, and shamanic practices in Mexico.

Euchre

ANAVETS Mexico is sponsoring Euchre at Mama’s Musical Bar in San Antonio, Thursday, November 17, noon.

Play is quasi-tournament style, which means you will have a new partner for every game. That way no partner/team will dominate the play and you’ll meet lots of new people.

Socializing and having fun is the goal. Entrance is in the back of the parking lot, on the left. All are welcome. Novice players will be taught the rules and how to play the game.

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