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Laguna Chapalac - April 29, 2023

Expo Women in Business

The plaza of San Juan Cosala will be humming with women offering services and products Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visitors will be able to take advantage of workshops on coaching, mentoring, learning how to improve their businesses and finding better ways to promote their products.

Health fair and foot race

A 5-km Race for Health is slated for Sunday, April 30, 8 a.m. with the starting point at the Ajijic Malecon.

You can run, jog or walk, but the idea is to raise funds to benefit some of the people with health issues (cancer, kidney disease and other ailments) in Ajijic and help their families that are caring for them.

Categories are masters, free, veterans and youth. The 100- peso enrollment fee includes hydration, acknowledgement and a runner’s number. Prizes will go to the first three places in each category. Sign up with Chayo Forres at 333-452-5414.

A Fair/Kermese will be held throughout the day beginning at 8 a.m. and include activities such as zumba, cross-fit and spinning lessons, as well as musical entertainment by Lola la Tequilera, Raul Contreras, Norteno and Banda music and others. Various families will be offering food, including birria, sopes, tacos, enchiladas, pozole, desserts, beer and cocktails. Stylists will ply their trade from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’d like to donate something for this cause, call 333-224-4135.

Open Circle

Lydia Bodin presents “Volunteering at Lakeside” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, April 30, 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.


There are charities that work around the Lake Chapala area with incredible impact on the local community. They can only do their work when individuals who live here step up and volunteer to help. We are not just talking about writing a check—which is always welcome— there is a need to do real work that can be transformative for the local community. This will be a unique opportunity to hear about the actual need of local charities who are engaged in the work of performing human services around Lake Chapala.

Representatives from a number of charities will speak briefly about their need for committed and talented volunteers. Following these presentations, there will be a chance to speak directly to represented charities and to be enrolled in the life saving work and human services provided by these different groups. The satisfaction that this type of work confers will not only transform the community—it will also transform the giver.

We invite you to this very different Open Circle.
Bodin is the President of Ninos Incapacitados, a local charity that provides medical care for children. She has been a Lakeside full-time resident for almost five years. In her former life, she was a prosecutor working in the area of crimes against women and children.

Registration is strongly encouraged. Reserve at opencircleajijic.org.

End of Life in Mexico

Local attorney Spencer Richard McMullen will give the presentation “Being Prepared for End of Life in Mexico,” Sunday, April 30, 1 to 3 p.m. at American Legion Post 7, Morelos 114 at Guerrero, in Chapala.

Topics to be covered include banking, wills, notary, doctors, funeral services, beneficiaries, and more. Representatives from notaries, funeral homes, the Lake Chapala Society and Red Cross will be on hand. This event is free of charge and open to the public. No reservations needed. The  Legion kitchen and bar will be open for food and drink service.and drink service.

Rock ’n’ Roll Party

pg16bSince its inception, the Lakeside Charities Grant Program has distributed more than 650,000 pesos to local non-profits, including Niños de San Antonio, Tepehua, Poco a Poco San Pedro, Hope House, Sunrise Rotary, Have Hammers and San Juan Cosala Token Shop. 

They invite you to join them at a Rock ‘N’ Roll Party so they can offer “new” grants to other lakeside projects in 2023. The party is at Hotel Villa Montecarlo’s lakeview terrace Wednesday, May 3, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., where you’ll have a rockin’ good time that helps a wide range of non-profits.

A 450-peso ticket invites you to “dance your cares away” to DJ Howard’s classic oldies, while chowing down grilled Costco hot dogs and side dishes. Drinks will be available from a no-host Grant Program Wine bar and Hotel Montecarlo cocktail bars. If you like a “little action,” check out the 50/50 raffle.

Want a free gift bottle of wine? Just plan ahead with a few friends, purchase six or more tickets together, and get a free gift bottle for your special reserved table. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now for tickets. No tickets sold at the door.

Doggie Oasis

Stray Dogs of Mexico Rescue and Adoptions (near Ixlahuacan) is holding a Garden Party and Art Show fundraiser at Mel’s Casa Social, Tuesday, May 2, noon to 4 p.m. Music by Black String, a floral arrangement contest, doggie fashion show (send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for info on how to enter), garden games and prizes, plus an art show and sale in a variety of mediums. Tickets, 475 pesos, available at Mel’s (Ignacio Zaragoza 44, Ajijic) and include the first beverage (selection of wines, champagne and beer) and all the hors d’oeuvres you can eat. The organization has 66 dogs and needs help to keep going.

Art Auction

Efren Gonzalez is holding an art auction, Friday, May 5, 4 p.m. on the Ajijic Plaza to raise funds to celebrate Mother’s Day in Ajijic.

Well-known artists will auction off oils, watercolors, acrylics and pastels. An oil painting demonstration by Gonzalez takes place at 3 p.m. and the result will be auctioned off at 4 p.m. Refreshing drinks will be served.

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