The Pedro Rey Mariachi School in Ajijic will present a Valentine’s concert at Open Circle, at the Lake Chapala Society, Sunday, February 11, 10:30 a.m.
The Escuela de Mariachi Pedro Rey is teaching mariachi music to a new generation and helping preserve Mexican traditions by offering a musical study program focused on mariachi for children, youths, and adults.
School director Dany Medeles, one of the key founders and driving forces behind this program along with dedicated music teachers, provides instruction and motivation to students. They ensure the correct execution of instruments such as guitar, violin, trumpet, vihuela (a five-string guitar-like instrument from 19th-century Mexico), guitarrón (a very large, deep-bodied Mexican six-string acoustic bass guitar), as well as a children´s choir.
The musicians will play songs in the tradition of mariachi music, also called “son jaliscience” (Jalisco sound), native to this state and made famous in Guadalajara. Donations collected during the presentation will go to support the school and its unique programs.
Free spay and neuter
Tails of Mexico sponsors a free dog and cat sterilization campaign for residents of San Juan Cosala, Sunday, February 11, at the Primary School at Calle Cardenal 25 in San Juan Cosala. For more information ,call 333-247-6944.
Need help requesting your ballots for 2024 U.S. elections? VoteFromAbroad.org Voter Assistance volunteers will be at the Lake Chapala Society Monday, February 12 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. 2024 Elections in progress now! So requesting /sending your ballots back now is smarter. Especially if you can only return your ballot by snail mail. VoteFromAbroad.org Voter Questions? Email VoteLakeChapala @gmail.com.
Thursday, February 15, the Lake Chapala Birders will meet at 8 a.m. at the sculpture at the traffic light in La Floresta, leaving immediately for the Sierra de Tapalpa (a 90-minute drive). The group will bird from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Expect to see higher altitude birds such as acorn woodpecker and slate-throated redstart and if lucky trans-volcanic jay.
Bring your own refreshments for the morning. At 1 p.m. the group will end up in Tapalpa to have lunch at a restaurant overlooking the square. Expect to be back in Ajijic about 4 p.m.
Let the good times roll! Laissez le bon temps rouler!
The Democrats Abroad Lake Chapala Chapter is holding a Valentine’s Week Happy Hour
Monday, February 12 at 4 p.m. at La Bodega Restaurant, 16 de Septiembre 124 in Ajijic. Join them for this special Valentine’s Week Cocktails & Conversation as the 2024 election season revs up. No need to RSVP. Just drop by!
Latin dance tutorials by Richard Gomez at La Estacion Pizza and Bakery in Riberas del Pilar are every Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. From 6 to 8 p.m., the Latin Big Bang Band plays. The cover charge is 50 pesos.
Drag for paws
Bone Voyage Dog Rescue is holding a Bingo night at Fonda Doña Lola Thursday, February 29, 5 p.m. 500 pesos for 8 rounds of bingo. The last round has a grand prize of 10,000 pesos. All proceeds go to Bone Voyage. Get a reserved table with the purchase of ten tickets, available at Lucky Bar and Fenix Realty.