Holiday home tour
The Raquet Club is holding a Holiday Home Tour and Art Show Saturday, December 10, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Ten beautiful homes will be open for viewing. Each home owner will guide people through their homes. Refreshments will be served on the terrace, where there will be an art show from 1 to 6 p.m.
Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the Raquet Club office,.
Christmas for Tails
Tails of Mexico is holding a Christmas Market in front of Pancho’s in West Ajijic Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items for sale include Christmas-themed dog clothing, toys, leaches, collars, harness, thunder shirts (to help with anxiety from fireworks) and more. One hundred percent of the proceeds to go spay-and-neuter clinics.
Get your body moving at the salsa styling workshop for men and women, Saturday, December 10, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ajijic Cultural Center. General admission 600 pesos. Current Ocodance students 450 pesos.
See a free presentation of a pastorela (traditional Christmas play) by the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara Cultural Department Theatre Group, together with Mariachi Tcurui, Saturday, December 10, 7 p.m. on the esplanade of the Ajijic Cultural Center.
Roland Palencia will present “UNIDAD: Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos,” a documentary film screening on Sunday, December 11, 10:30 a.m. at Open Circle in the Lake Chapala Society.
The Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos (GLLU) organization was founded in 1981, only a dozen years after the Stonewall rebellion, and a year before the HIV/AIDS pandemic began to ravage LGBTQ communities. GLLU was the greater Los Angeles area’s first major gay and lesbian Latino organization, and the UNIDAD film chronicles events surrounding GLLU at a pivotal time in the history of the convergent equality, feminist, and civil rights movements that shaped the destinies of GLLU’s multiple and overlapping communities for decades thereafter.
GLLU was revolutionary for its time, as it affirmed the multiple identities of being LGBTQ+, Latino, immigrant and undocumented, political and economic refugees, class and color, Latin American and U.S. Chicano heritage, while becoming trailblazing pioneers who empowered the blossoming Latino and Queer movements. The 40-minute film seeks to recount and reclaim this history and stories.
Roland Palencia (he/him) is a professor at California State University Northridge (CSUN)’s Tseng College in the Diverse Community Development Leadership Master of Arts program. He is the executive producer of two documentary films: “TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story,” depicting the life and activism of the nationally renowned Trans Latina activist Bamby Salcedo; and “UNIDAD: Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos.” A trailer of the film can be seen at opencircleajijic.org.
Register on the site to reserve your seat at Open Circle events.
Mexican Train Dominoes
Mexican Train Dominoes meets at Pancha la Boba’s (one door east of Bonanza on the Malecon) Mondays, 1 p.m. and play begins 1:30 p.m. A host will explain the rules and there is always a beginner’s table where you can learn to play.
Learn to create your own piñata in the traditional way at the LCS course December 14 and 16, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is 600 pesos for LCS members and 780 pesos for non-members. Register at lakechapalasociety.co.
If you make a great piñata then enter it in Chapala’s first Traditional Mexican Piñata Contest. Only good for hand-made piñatas, not purchased ones. You can enter your creation up to Friday, December 16, 8 p.m., at the Chapala Cultural offices in the Antigua Presidencia. Cash prizes will go to the top three creations.
LCS fashion show
Alma Gutierrez presents a fashion show at the Lake Chapala Society as an LCS fundraiser Wednesday, December 14, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Admission, 350 pesos, includes appetizers. A cash bar will be available.
Behind the Walls
The School for Special Children is holding its Behind the Walls Home Tours once again this season. See some of Lakeside’s most luxurious homes. Tour dates are 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.
The tours meet at the Ajijic Pier, second parking lot, west of Calle Colon at 10:15 a.m. Masks are required. Information: Jessie, 376-766-1438.
Anavets Mexico will hold a Festive Dress-up Euchre and Darts afternoon, Thursday, December 15, 12:30 p.m. at Mama’s Musical Bar in San Antonio Tlayacapan.
ESL teachers wanted
ESL volunteer teachers needed. No experience or ability to speak Spanish necessary. We will teach you. You will work with a partner and must be able to drive. David Ellison and Ron Robertson oversee a small ESL program in the villages of Mezcala and San Pedro Itzicán under the auspices of Poco a Poco. Initially, you’d observe, then substitute when Ellison is called away. Eventually, if you’re willing, you’d have your own, small classes (about eight students). The students are motivated, and it’s a lot of fun! Go to Facebook/PocoAPocoSanPedro to send a message to Ellison.