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Laguna Chapalac - March 23, 2023

Open Circle

Rex Gale presents “TED, TEDx, and TEDxAjijic?” at the Lake Chapala Society on Sunday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.

March 31, David Ellison speaks about “Empowering Woman: The Global Panacea.”

Ellison will review the evidence demonstrating how educating women, giving them control over their bodies and their marriages (among other reforms) transforms whole societies, cultures, economies, environments ... everything. 

April 7, composer and pianist Don Rochlin presents “The Improvised Life.”

Drawing on the metaphor, “As in Music So In Life,” Rochlin will demonstrate the five steps to successful improvisation in music and how they directly relate to non- musicians, as well as musicians and other artists  who would like to experience more spontaneity, creativity, a greater sense of purpose and well being. Included in the presentation will be several improvised piano interludes.

U.S. voter assistance

Need help requesting—and returning—your ballots for 2024 U.S. elections? Come to the Lake Chapala Society Monday, March 25, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. for Vote From Abroad help.

2024 elections are in progress now!  Requesting or sending your ballots back right away is smarter. Especially if you can only return your ballot by snail mail. Questions? Email  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..

Chapala Birders

Monday, March 25, the Lake Chapala Birders will meet at 8:15 a.m. at the entrance to Cristiania Park in Chapala. Expect to see an interesting selection of species in the park and on the shore of the lake. At about 10 a.m., the birders will head to La Palapa de Don Juan for breakfast and complete the bird list.

Bird-walks are open to all interested in birds, beginners and experienced birders. Just bring binoculars. There are always knowledgeable birders on hand to identify the species.

Genealogy Forum

Unravelling the mysteries of old photos is the subject of the next Genealogy Forum on Friday, April 5, 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Riberas del Pilar. The program will be both a presentation on how to identify vintage photographs by their type, age and distinguishing elements, and a brief introduction to new digital tools that can compare old and new family portraits. Distinctive characteristics about how photographs have been preserved (scrapbooks, frames, schoolbooks) will also be reviewed. Ilona de Borhegyi, a professional photographer and photo historian, will be the speaker. She will describe the history of portrait photography, particularly related to family events, and the stories they can tell. Everyone is also invited to bring their most puzzling photos and albums to have identified with the speaker and other members’ help.

Membership is free. Visitors are welcome. Contact Phyl Gaskell 376-766-2722 (can leave a message).

Lakeside Singers

Lakeside Singers will perform Thursday, April 11, 3:30 p.m. at O’Hana’s independent living home (large yellow complex on the lakeside), at La Paz 73A, San Juan Cosala (telephone: 387-761-0403).  Meet at Christ Church Lakeside at 3:15 p.m. if you need a ride. Belva Velazquez will be on piano. Twenty word booklets for the songs are available. If you are a musician and want to do a solo or have a group, or just want to play along, you’re welcome. Chords are written on some of the songs.

Children’s Day toy drive

Civil Protection and Firefighters of Chapala are collecting toys for Dia del Niño. To contribute, bring toys for kids aged one to 16 to the Lake Chapala Society, through Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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