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Laguna Chapalac - August 13, 2023

Open Circle

Dan Acuff presents “Your personal philosophy of life and how it affects you positively and negatively” at Open Circle Sunday, August 13, 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.

From bumper stickers like “Life Sucks Then You Die” to “Life’s A Bowl Of Cherries”, our parents’ admonitions – “Don’t Speak Unless Spoken To”, and life’s experiences – “You Can’t Trust Anyone” – these and many more aphorisms, chidings and warnings such as “An Eye For An Eye”, “Actions Speak Louder Than Words”, “Better Safe Than Sorry”—these simple words either limit us or expand our well-being, success, and happiness.
At Dr. Acuff’s personal insight-producing presentation you will be challenged to explore the words and sayings that have either been visited upon you by life or that you have concluded for yourself. Come prepared to identify your own personal life philosophies and share them with a partner.
You may very well discover the need to revise, replace, add on or remove certain seemingly innocent sayings that put guardrails on your everyday happiness or contribute to it.



The Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera (Auditorio de la Ribera) will hold a showing of short films, nominated for best fiction by the 65 anniversary of the Mexican Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences, Wednesday, August 16, 6 p.m. Showing will be “Agustina” by Luciana Herrara Caso; “Aire” by Kenya Marquez; “El Grillo” by Carlos Hernandez Vazquez; “En Cualquier Lugar” by Minerva Rivera Bolaños; and “Pitbull” by Fabian Leon Lopez.

Chapala birders

Thursday August 17, the Lake Chapala Birders will meet at 8 a.m. at the Sculpture at the traffic light in La Floresta, opposite Restaurant Pranzo, leaving immediately for the Mezcala Mountain (a 40-minute drive). They will park and then walk the one-mile trail at the top. After a snack break at 11 a.m. the birders will return to Ajijic about 12:30 p.m. Other pick-up points can be arranged between Ajijic and Mezcala. If you plan on going, email John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at least two days ahead indicating either that you can bring a vehicle and can take others, or you would like to be a passenger. The road up the mountain requires vehicles with four-wheel drive.

Photo workshop

Jose Antonio Cerda Velazco will present a workshop on Photography of Art and Cultural Property, Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera. No charge. For more information, see estacioncardinalribera.sc@ jalisco.gob.mx.


Mexico is blessed with the largest variety of bees on the American continents. Friday, August 25 is Jalisco Bee Keepers Day. At the Jocotepec preparatoria (high school), a series of five talks by the local bee keepers association and the University of Guadalajara Center for Bee Investigation will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and coincide with a meal of beef birria and a refresco. The cost is 300 pesos.


The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans Association, ANAVETS Mexico Unit 19, will hold its third anniversary party at Torcello Restaurant in San Antonio, Saturday, September 2, 1 to 5 p.m. An Italian buffet with live music by Mary’s Island are on the docket. Tickets, available until August 25, are 300 pesos for members and 350 pesos for non-members. Call Richard Palmer, 331-263-1161, for more information.

Workers Unite! ... and eat

American Legion Post 7 Chapala will celebrate Labor Day with a meal Monday, September 4, 2-6 p.m. Enjoy 1/3-pound hamburgers, coleslaw, stuffed potato salad, mac and cheese and berry crisp. A 50/50 raffle and a liquor basket will be held. Music by Renee and Kiki. Tickets, 300 pesos, at the Post.

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