Grace Church and other local volunteers are sponsoring orphanage fun days every Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Los Carriles Park in Lower La Floresta. Grace church volunteers Steve McDill and Donald Spangler are coordinating and partnering with four local boys and girls homes (Mama Cleo boys home, Love in Action, La Ola and Treasure House homes for girls). Activities include soccer, tennis, volleyball, pickleball, basketball and eating pizza. According to McDill and Spangler, there were 47 kids at the program on Saturday, August 26 and six lakeside area volunteers. Spangler will also share and teach the children character and life lessons during the breaks and at lunch time. Several boys from Mama Cleo’s get to spend quality time with their sibling sisters that live at Love in Action. If someone wants to volunteer to help out, buy pizza or donate tennis rackets and balls, please contact Grace church or McDill at 615-603-4860 on WhatsApp or Spangler at 376-106-2183.
Diane LeBlanc, an internationally known author and animal communicator, presents “Can Animals Talk to Us?” at Open Circle Sunday, September 3, 10:30 a.m. at Lake Chapala Society.
Everyone talks to their pets, but what if we could learn to listen to what they are saying to us?
LeBlanc is part of a growing movement that was once discounted as “pet psychics,” but over the past 70 years has gained legitimacy as scientists continually add to our field of knowledge about animals.
She will show that animal communication is neither magic nor mind-reading—but an innate skill we all have if we take the time to develop it. As there is an abundance in the Lakeside area, rescue dogs and their issues will be one of her focuses.
LeBlanc will give demonstrations with selected Bone Voyage dogs that will be present. To learn more about LeBlanc, visit her website, Becoming APetWhisperer.com.
In 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.
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.
In collaboration with the Goethe Institut Mexico and the Goethe-Zentum Bezirk, three German films will be shown without cost at the Centro Para La Cultura y Las Artes September 6, 20, 21 and 27 at 6 p.m.
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.
Cruz Roja Chapala will be the benefit of an artisanal fashion show by top Mexican designer Paul Medina at the Raquet Club, September 7, 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets 500 pesos are available at the LCS offices, Yoly’s Beauty Shop, the Cruz Roja and the Raquet Club.
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.com.
A Mexican fiesta to benefit those with renal deficiencies and cancer will be held Saturday, September 16, beginning 8 p.m. on the Ajijic Malecon.
Enjoy Mexican delicacies and live music.
Local writer and international award winner Rachel (R.J.) McMillen is offering a creative writing workshop in the Pueblo Magico of Comala, Colima, October 24 to 26 through the Lake Chapala Society. McMillen, the author of the popular Dan Connor mystery series of books, has been giving writing tips to lakeside writers for some time.
Make tails wag
Kinda Bazaar in Riberas del Pilar is offering to donate all proceeds from any unused treasures you designate that are sold for Pet Food Bank Lakeside.