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Laguna Chapalac - October 07, 2023

Open Circle

Ed Tasca  presents “Things You May Not Know About Laughter” at Open Circle Sunday, October 8, 10:30 a.m. at Lake Chapala Society.

Our capacity to laugh is a human phenomenon we take for granted. But the social sciences have found more to our ability to laugh than we may have realized. We know we laugh and we love it. We almost always believe our sense of humor to be an unusual, even crazy one, because it makes us feel a certain superiority over the irrational, the misguided and the pretentious. Says Tasca: “I have spent a lifetime fascinated by the subject of what makes people laugh and how it can be produced in so many ways for so many social and intellectual reasons. I’d like to share what I know about different types of laughter, debunk some myths and explain how we know laughter/humor works for us and against us as shapers of our individual personalities.”

Canadian Thanksgiving


• Bobby’s Escondido will serve a five-course dinner, Monday, October 9, 2 to 6:30 p.m. The menu is Shrimp Escoffier, Black Forest mushroom bisque, grape aspic with mascarpone dressing, your choice of turkey with all the trimmings or home-cured baked ham with peach cinnamon glaze, or a combo. Other main courses are sea bass topped with sautéed scallops or beef brisket au jus with foie gras and horseradish sauce. Dessert is pumpkin pie with pumpkin praline mousse. The cost is 490 pesos. Reservations: 331-771-1641.

• Manix Restaurant will serve appetizers and a three-course dinner from noon to 8 p.m., Monday, October 9. On the menu are Waldorf salad, turkey with all the trimmings and apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Live music from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is 430 pesos, drinks and tips not included. Reservations: 376-766-0061.

• Simply Joyful will hold a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner Monday October 9, noon to 8 p.m. with a price of 385 pesos. The menu is turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce and rolls, with pie and ice cream for desert. Their regular menu will also be offered.

• Sol y Luna Hotel and Spa offers a three-course Canadian Thanksgiving meal: creamed corn, turkey with mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie with a glass of wine for 490 pesos, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Live music. Reservations: 333-232-6888.

• The Canadian Veterans Support Association will hold a Thanksgiving turkey dinner Monday, October 9, 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sunrise Café. Music is by Abby Rivera. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available at Kinda Bazar or 331-758-0676.

Love in Action

pg16c copyTomahawk Steakhouse in Chapala hosts a benefit dinner for Love in Action on October 13, 6 p.m.  Tickets, 500 pesos, include a set menu of steak and vegetables. Drinks, tips and dessert are not included. Tickets are available at Love in Action and Actinver in Ajijic. Carretera Chapala-Mezcala 1011 in San Nicolás de Ibarra.


American Legion Post 7 holds an Oktoberfest party, Friday, October 13, 2 to 6 p.m. The menu includes bratwurst, sauerkraut, browned beer onions, German potato salad, pretzels and dessert. Live music. The cost is 300 pesos. This event supports the Red Nose Project.

Democrats Abroad

Fall Party

Mark your calendar for Monday, October 16, 4 p.m. when the Chapala chapter of Democrats Abroad (DA) holds its Fall 2023 Celebration and Mixer, including happy hour and more.

Everyone is welcome—including Independents—as DA gears up for the 2024 U.S. elections. 

Location: Evelia’s Bar and Restaurante, Gonzalez Gallo 24-B (next to the old train station) in Chapala.

The celebration will include: 2x1 margaritas and a full menu, including the creperie. Also live music (singer to be announced), karaoke if desired, food and drink for purchase and great conversation. It’s a great chance to get to know other voters in our area.

DA needs to let Evelia’s know how many people are coming, so send your RSVP to DALakeChapala @gmail.com.

Chapala Birders

Monday October 16, the Lake Chapala Birders will meet at 8 a.m. at the “Sculpture” (at the only traffic light in La Floresta, south-east corner, opposite Restaurant Pranzo), departing immediately for Villa Corona on Lake Atotonilco (a 60-minute drive). Expect to see various shore birds such as white-faced ibis and roseate spoonbill. Bring your own mid-morning refreshments. There will be a break for snacking at 11 a.m. The group  will be back in Ajijic by about 1:30 p.m. You must reserve: email John Keeling at least two days ahead of time at chapalabirders @yahoo.com, letting him know if you can bring a vehicle and can take others, or you would like to be a passenger. (There are not always have enough cars.)

Bird-walks are open to both beginners and experienced birders. Just bring binoculars. There are always knowledgeable birders on hand to identify the species. Most car trips are limited to three vehicles and 14 people because larger convoys are hard to manage when trying to stop on country roads to look at the birds.

Vinofiles event

The Lake Chapala Society will hold a wine tasting of vintages from Spain, France, Germany, the United States, Mexico and Chile by more than 15 distributors working with La Paz Licoreria in San Antonio. The sipping begins Friday, October 20, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. with music by Abby Rivera. Admission, 350 pesos, includes appetizers. Tickets at the LCS office Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or via lakechapalasociety.com.

Debtors forgiveness

If you owe predial (property) taxes, now and until the end of the year, Chapala is offering a 75-percent discount on any fines and interest accrued. Go to City Hall Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. to find out how much you can save.

Seasonal tablecloths

The women at Tepehua Sewing just completed a variety of tablecloths (approximately 58”x58”). They are made from polyester for easy wash and no ironing.

They have fun Mexican designs for Día de los Muertos, Día de la Revolución, and also generic Mexican designs. The cost is 300 pesos (rectangular) or 200 (square). Available at Tepehua Treasures Thrift Shop in Riberas del Pilar, open Monday-Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Special orders are welcomed. Alteration services are available every Friday at the thrift shop.

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