Social security woes
Have you had problems with the U.S. Social Security “Proof of Life” form (SSA-7162)?
U.S. Social Security recipients living abroad are supposed to receive this form regularly via the local postal system and they are required to return the signed, filled out form, or lose their benefits.
Expat taxation challenges
Need a little guidance on your 2022 taxes? Check out the free Expat Taxation Challenges presentation on February 20 at 4 p.m. (only via Zoom online). Sponsored by Democrats Abroad Lake Chapala, this event will be presented by Lakeside Tax Service owner Patrick Oden and Dems Abroad Taxation Task Force’s Ilona de Borhegyi. Key topics will include special taxation issues faced by U.S. Citizens living in Mexico—including foreign accounts, investments, rental income and more. To RSVP, your Zoom link and more details, go to democratsabroad.org/mx_events.
Car legalization info
In a bid to help an economically challenged local family finance the medical expenses of an ill aunt, a fundraiser will be held on the San Juan Cosala plaza, Sunday, February 26, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Traditional Mexican food will be for sale and a raffle will be held for a TV, a microwave and a ride to the airport. If you can help with the costs of the fundraiser, call Pedro, 333-142-0528, or Ruth, 332-254-2489.
Int’l Women’s Day
Meet the women and men from some outstanding Lakeside nonprofits that support local girls and women at their tables at the Art Fair in Centro Laguna Mall, Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizations include Tepehua Sewing Group, Niñas Sabias, Have Hammer…Will Travel and Pro Mexico. Volunteers and students will be on hand to help you learn about their services, sell you their handmade products, and take your donations for their worthwhile causes. This notice is on behalf of the newly formed Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a coalition of interfaith churches at Lakeside.
Jaltepec does Sinatra
Billed as a leisurely all-inclusive Sunday afternoon to benefit the students of Centro Educativo Jaltepec, the Signature Sinatra Event will be held Sunday, March 12, 12:30 p.m. at the home of Jaltepec Community Facilitator Linda Buckthorp. This is the fourth in a series of presentations by Bill Dingwall focused on the musical career of Frank Sinatra and how his unique vocal techniques helped to reinvent the Great American Songbook and beyond. Timothy G. Ruff Welch will provide a piano prelude to the cocktail hour, which begins at 12:30 p.m. Students from Jaltepec will serve hors d’oeuvres and a three-course lunch prepared by Molinerlla Pasta Artesanal.
Dingwall’s presentation and story line follows and will feature the voice of Signature Sinatra and bottomless glasses of wine, sponsored by wine hosts Chiemi and Gene Ma. Gustavo Garcia Vela of Molinella Pasta Artesanal is president of BECA GDL and patron of this event. His menu will consist of cantaloup with Serrano ham, salad with lasagna Bolognese and apple or chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream.