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Laguna Chapalac - January 12, 2024

Democrats Abroad

Join the Democrats Abroad Lake Chapala Chapter at a special social gathering to kick off the 2024 election season, Monday, January 15 at 4 p.m. at Sol y Luna Restaurant, Rio Bravo 1, West Ajijic.  

Enjoy great food and meeting up with new friends and old. Everyone is welcome—including Democrats and Independents. 

The Democrats Abroad “Vote 2024! How We Win Gameplan” will be discussed. Seating is limited. RSVP today at bit.ly/41StJPU. 

“Ask your friends to come, too. We need everyone on deck for 2024,” say the Democrats.

Dining for Jaltepec

The Centro Educativo Jaltepec, Mexico’s only hotel and hospitality management technical university for young women, located at Lakeside, invites you to join them for a week of fine dining. From January 15 to 19, six local restaurants will donate 15 percent of their revenue each evening to benefit Jaltepec students, who will be at those establishments each night.

See the ad on page 12 for a full list of dates, the dining establishments participating, and reservations numbers.

Plan for your pets

If your pets outlive you, what will happen to them? Diane Pearl Gallery invites you to a presentation of Tail End Planning by Juanita Crampton, Tuesday, January 16, 1 to 3 p.m. You can share your concerns, learn about the planning process, tune in to community resources and turn this uncomfortable issue into a positive action for your four-legged family members. Santa Margarita 23, Riberas del Pilar. RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 376-766-5683.

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Lakeside Cooking Club

Calling all Lakeside cooks and culinary friends! The kickoff of the new Lakeside Cooking Club’s planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 4  p.m. at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church Courtyard, Calle San Jorge 250, Riberas del Pilar, two blocks behind Mom’s Deli, a large burgundy building. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for reservations.
Each attendee is asked to bring not only a favorite pot luck dish of food to share, but also bring your thoughts for a wonderful year of fun, cooking, learning, eating and friendship. Email Michele Lococo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. No fee is required for this meeting.

Lakeside Freethinkers

The next meeting of the Lakeside Freethinkers will take place on Wednesday, January 17. It will be a live event. The topic for discussion will be Richard Dawkins’ “Milestones of Belief.”

Dawkins is a British evolutionary biologist and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was Professor for Public Understanding of Science in the University of Oxford. He has won several academic and writing awards and is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. He is also a well-known vocal atheist and (believe it or not) was the one who coined the term meme.

If you are interested in participating, would like more information, or to be placed on a mailing list, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Lakeside Freethinkers define a “freethinker” as a person who identifies himself or herself as an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, or skeptic. They reject belief in the supernatural and rely on science and reason to guide their lives.

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Meet the Authors

If you missed the initial Meet the Authors’ event to launch the recent anthology release, “Bravados- Living, Loving and Aging at Lake Chapala,” produced by Janice Kimball, due to the inclement weather, you have a second opportunity.

Diane Pearl’s Gallery, Sta. Margarita 23, Riberas del Pilar, will be hosting another Meet the Authors’ gathering on January 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Come and listen, as many of the 21 authors offer glimpses into their stories that capture unique experiences of living Lakeside. Books will be available for sale for 300 pesos.

Authors will remain after the presentation to sign books purchased.

Mortality

Loretta Downs presents Mortality Up Close and Personal, an intimate conversation about death and dying, at the Heart of Awareness Meditation Center, Guadalupe Victoria, 101 in Ajijic. The two-part program runs Mondays, January 22 and January 29, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Downs is a storyteller with extraordinary experiences that suffuse her lively presentations with love, compassion, hope and wisdom. Her optimistic perspective on the end of life is informed by decades of being with the dying and the people who care for them. She knows about living with loss, braving the challenges of mid-life, caring for loved ones through death­—and what it took to confront her own mortality.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-043-4669 for more information and registration.

Pickleball

A beginners group pickleball clinic is held Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Montecarlo Hotel in Chapala. The clinic is tailored for those who are new to the game or look to enhance their fundamental skills. Cost is 200 pesos. Reserve at 331-091-3385.

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