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Laguna Chapalac - August 26, 2023

Yard Sale

American Legion Post 7 hosts a Cases in Crisis Yard Sale fundraiser Friday, August 25, and Saturday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The proceeds benefit the Legion’s home repair program for Mexican homeowners. Donations can be dropped off at the Legion.

Kermes on the Malecon

pg16A food and entertainment fair to benefit local nursing student, Nallely Miramontes Díaz, who will be undergoing her second round of complicated spinal surgery this week, is scheduled for Friday, August 25, 2 to 8 p.m. on the Ajijic Malecon.

Mexican antojitos will be offered and a cash bar will be on site with beer, wine, liquor and soft drinks.

Live entertainment will begin around 3 p.m. with a set by Mariachi Real Axixic. The next hour will feature a fashion show of outfits made from recycled materials, modeled by candidates for queen of Jocotepec’s Fiestas Patrias. Mariachi Real will play a second set around 4 p.m., followed by a second fashion parade of more recycled garb and typical Mexican costumes. The program will close with the performance of a guest banda group.

Two raffles are also planned. There will be one for winning a huge tub of pantry goods and another for a 50/50 cash award.

Admission to the event is free of charge. Ample seating will be spread out under portable tents.

Former Ixtlahuacán Mayor Dr. Eduardo Cervantes Aguilar has pledged to pay matching funds for every dollar donated by hijos ausentes and local expats. The goal is to raise at least 500,000 pesos to cover Nallely’s medical expenses.

Open Circle

Margrita van der Hoek  presents “Youth Mentoring at Lakeside” at Open Circle Sunday, August 27, 10:30 a.m. at Lake Chapala Society.

Van der Hoek believes that just like there are risk factors for youth, there are also protective factors that help young people thrive. These exist at different levels (individual, family, school, peer groups, community etc.) Evidence-based mentoring programs focused on life skills have proven to be very effective and are a way of working at community level to support youth and contribute in a structural way to a happier and healthier environment.

Margrita will speak about her experiences with teenagers and how Lakeside residents are and can become involved in a mentoring program. Margrita is certified in Youth Resilience Coaching, Youth Well-being Coaching and Executive Coaching and runs her private practice Veredas Coaching.

LCS goes to GDL

The Lake Chapala Society is taking a bus to downtown Guadalajara and specifically to Instituto Cultural Cabañas Tuesday, August 29.

See the amazing frescos of muralist Jose Clemente Orozco, the neoclassical architecture of this orphanage opened in 1810 and the many other exhibits of this now iconic museum and exposition space in downtown Guadalajara. The trip also includes a tour of El Centro and lunch in a traditional Mexican restaurant (food and drinks are not included in the trip price). The trip leaves Ajijic promptly at 10 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. Cost is 1,199 pesos and LCS members get a 30-percent discount. Register at lcsajijic.givecloud.co.

Mexican Fiesta

pg23In a fundraiser to benefit Ajijic’s 2023 patriotic public celebrations, the Lake Chapala Society will hold a Mexican Party, Friday, September 1, 3 p.m. at the LCS grounds. From 3 p.m. enjoy traditional Mexican food, mariachi and a sayacas show, and from 5 to 6 p.m. the Ballet Folklorico Son de Mexico Infantil by Luis Guzman. Tickets are 500 pesos at the LCS office.

Workers Unite and eat!

American Legion Post 7 Chapala will celebrate Labor Day with a meal Monday, September 4, 2 to 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 are 300 pesos at the Post.

Write your memoir

Author, teacher and writing coach Doris Gallan will give a two-hour workshop, Introduction to Memoir Writing, Wednesday, September 6, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society. The workshop will show you where to begin your memoir, how to write a brief outline for your stories, and how to organize yourself and your writing to finish your book.


American Legion Post 7 holds a Mexican Train Dominos game every Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. If you have a set of dominos, bring them. There are two games, one for smokers and one for non-smokers.


The Lake Chapala Society presents its 9th tequila tasting event, Friday, September 8, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Unlimited tasting of more than 100 varieties of tequila and appetizers are included in the 350 peso admission price. Tickets are available online at lakechapalasociety. com or at the LCS office Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is 780 pesos (LCS members get a 30 percent discount). Subscribe at lcsajijic.givecloud.co.

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