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Laguna Chapalac - January 27, 2024

Open Circle

Ben Franklin returns to Open Circle at the Lake Chapala Society, Sunday, January 28, 10:30 a.m.

pg16aDr. Franklin (Steven Nousen) has just marked the 84th anniversary of his birth and knows he does not have long to live. He has been quite ill but insists upon gathering his closest friends into his Philadelphia home to reflect on his extraordinary life. He will also share some thoughts about recent events such as his role in drafting the Constitution of the United States and his views on the afterlife.

In his previous appearances at Open Circle, Dr. Franklin has recounted his early years as a printer, his role as a diplomat to both the English and French governments, his role in drafting the Declaration of Independence, and his family relationships. Videos are available on the Open Circle website.
As a member of the audience, you will be playing the role of citizens of Philadelphia on January 28, 1790.

Nousen has been performing as Ben Franklin for most of the 21st century in multiple venues, including the Library of Congress and the National Geographic Society. There will be time allotted for questions.

Leaving your pet behind

Tail End Planning is holding a presentation of ways to take care of your pets once you are gone, Sunday, January 28, 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 7 Chapala, Calle Morelos 114 in Chapala.

Three speakers will be on hand. Jena Marie Olio of Clicker Pets will share about Tail End Place, a sanctuary she is developing for orphaned dogs. Ricardo Rosas will talk about his services related to animal planning and Jesus Villalobos is an attorney who assisted Tail End Planning in developing a Pet Agreement used in animal planning.

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Voter Assistance

pg16cNeed help requesting your ballots for 2024 U.S. elections? Join volunteers from VoteFromAbroad.org Monday, January 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

Primaries are in progress now! Now is the best time to request ballots and avoid the rush. This year more than ever, it’s important to request your ballots early, because when you do so by January 31, you will receive ballots for all U.S. elections throughout the year. And this gives you time to fix any issues with your ballot.

Everyone is welcome—including Democrats, Independents and more. No need to RSVP. Just drop by LCS this Monday.

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Choir

The Harmony Voces Femeninas de Ajijic is holding auditions for its Mayahuel Female Choir to participate in the Fesvial of Women’s Choirs in Latin America held in Tlaquepaque this spring. If you enjoy singing, love choral music, want to have fun and are a women over 50, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via WhatsApp at 331-564-8287.

Fire prevention fundraiser

Funds are desperately needed to create fire prevention and fighting equipment at The Ranch, a no-kill shelter for dogs. A fundraiser will be held Monday, February 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Manix Restaurant (open for events only) Ocampo 57 in Ajijic. Polanco and Steadman will entertain.

An Italian buffet dinner with a vegetarian option will be served. Shared seating, make new friends, or call Manix, 331-065-0725, to only reserve a table for eight.

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Tickets, 500 pesos, can be purchased at: Its Kinda Bazar, Hidalgo 86 in W. Riberas del Pilar, The Scandinavian Bakery in Centro Laguna Mall and Blue Rose Bistro, Carretera 224 in West Ajijic.

Fashion show

Tickets are going fast for the popular fashion shop of quality used clothing to benefit the School for Special Children to be held at the Moon Estate in West Ajijic February 8, 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are 200 pesos, but if you donate four or more gently worn items and you get half price off on your ticket. Appetizers are provided and wine is available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the school. Contact Heather Hunter at 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..

Mardi Gras

American Legion Post 7 Chapala is ready to party. The Legion Auxiliary is hosting its annual Mardi Gras dance party and shrimp/sausage boil, Friday, February 9, cocktails at 2 p.m. and dinner at 3 p.m. Music by Tito and the Cuban Zona Band, best party mask competition, complimentary mask and beads, games, raffles, tarot card readings, blingy party wear encouraged. Limited seating.

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