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City Living - October 25, 2014

City Living - October 25, 2014

Amsoc Halloween party

Don’t miss Amsoc’s annual Halloween/Day of the Dead party T...

Columns

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We Are the Entertainment

We Are the Entertainment

“We Are the Entertainment.” I’ve used that title for several articles and talks ...

Mexican Lifestyles

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Parents kept 14-year-old girl in chains

-1 DAYS AGO

Police have arrested a Guadalajara couple who kept their 14-year-old daughter chained up for a year because they believed as she was mentally ill.  

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Female cops attacked by drunk drivers during breath test stops

-1 DAYS AGO

Female traffic officers who administer breath tests to drivers at the “Salvando Vidas” drunk-driving road blocks are to be sent on a self defense course.

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Chapala area cabbies pledge to boost customer service

7 DAYS AGO
Chapala area cabbies pledge to boost customer service

Representatives of taxi drivers based in Chapala and Ajijic have come on board with local businesses and state agencies to improve customer services, including a commitment to make late night transport more accessible to residents and visitors.

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Chapala municipality plans major pier upgrade

13 DAYS AGO
Chapala municipality plans major pier upgrade

Chapala Harbormaster Luis Jorge Ochoa has revealed promising news on plans for a major upgrade of the Chapala waterfront, including the dredging of a first rate navigation channel and significant enlargement of the city pier.

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Tequila, seafood and wine, you’ll feel fine

-1 DAYS AGO
Tequila, seafood and wine, you’ll feel fine

Fresh seafood served with a high-grade tequila is a match made in heaven for those who enjoy the finer tastes in life. At a special exposition in Zapopan last week, the health benefits of these traditional Mexican foods were being promoted by politicians and food producers.

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One in 10 traffic cops shown the door so far this year

-1 DAYS AGO

Nine percent of Jalisco’s traffic cops have been dismissed from their jobs this year, as state authorities continue to crack down on corruption in the Transportation Department (Secretaria de Movilidad or Semov).

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Jack White cancels Zapopan gig after keyboardist dies in Puebla

7 DAYS AGO

Internationally-renowned U.S. rockstar Jack White has cancelled the remainder of his Mexican tour following the sudden and unexpected death of his group’s keyboardist, Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens. The 38-year-old musician was found dead in his hotel room in Puebla on Tuesday.

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Mexico's federal government relaxes strict income/asset requirements for retired expats

12 DAYS AGO

Immigration law changes published Friday, October 10 in Mexico's Diario Oficial de la Federacion (DOF) substantially reduce the income and asset/investment qualification requirements for retired temporary residents, while also mandating a minor relaxation of requirements for permanent residents.

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US citizen murdered in Vallarta

7 DAYS AGO

The body of a 57-year-old U.S. citizen has been found outside his home in Puerto Vallarta’s Colonia El Cerro.

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‘Flying saucers’ spotted in Bucerias?

28 DAYS AGO

Patricia Moss, a well-known businessperson in Cruz de Huanacaxtle,  took photographs of UFOs framed by palm trees in the early morning sky around Bucerias on Friday, September 19, at around 7:25 a.m.

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ISIS claims refuted

7 DAYS AGO

The U.S. Department of Homeland says statements by a California lawmaker that people with ties to Islamic State (ISIS) have been crossing the Mexican border are “categorically false.” A spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said the information about individuals “with known ISIS affiliation...

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Mattel to release 'Mariachi' Barbie

1 MONTHS AGO
Mattel to release 'Mariachi' Barbie

Timed to coincide with Mexican Independence Day, and with the U.S. Latino market in mind,  Mattel will release a “Mariachi Barbie” on September 15. 

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Mexico awaits iPhone launch next week

-1 DAYS AGO

Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will become available in Mexico on October 31.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, October 23, 2014

11 HOURS AGO

-       Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 43,450.75 a decrease of 465.8 points from Thursday, October 16, 2013.

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Obituaries - October 25, 2014

10 HOURS AGO
Obituaries - October 25, 2014

Michael Hall

 

Michael Hall passed away peacefully on October 1 at the Hospital Ajijic at the age of 82 with his wife Dona by his side.

 

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Obituary – October 18, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
Obituary – October 18, 2014

Jeannie Patricia McCallum

Jeannie Patricia McCallum died at her home on October 7 in the company of her partner Kathryn Vine, and close friends Fran Smartt and Paula Verden.

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Rookie Tapatio golfer steps up a grade

12 HOURS AGO

Guadalajara golfer Carlos Ortiz, 22, has made a bright start to his first season on the elite U.S. PGA Tour.

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Jalisco corrals best equestrians for national charro championship

12 HOURS AGO
Jalisco corrals best equestrians  for national charro championship

Top-notch equestrians from Mexico and the United States are saddling up to compete in the 70th Campeonato Nacional Charro, to be held Monday, October 27 through Sunday, November 16 at the Rancho Santa María arena in Tlajomulco de Zuñiga.

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Expat Living

Take Fido with you on trick or treat day

-1 DAYS AGO
Take Fido with you on trick or treat day

Going to a Halloween bash and want to bring your dog along? Stop into Monster House and get him a costume. Monster House is a Halloween mask company based in Cuernavaca that ships its products to the United States but also puts up four temporary stores in metro Guadalajara.

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Learning Spanish from a Three-Year-Old

11 HOURS AGO

There used to be a game show in the United States called, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.” I don’t think it’s still on, but I don’t really know. I never watched it. Because, frankly, I didn’t want to know.

 

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City Living - October 25, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
City Living - October 25, 2014

Amsoc Halloween party

Don’t miss Amsoc’s annual Halloween/Day of the Dead party Thursday, October 30. Put on your finest cobwebbed attire and compete in the costume contest. A 50/50 raffle will be held.

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City Living - October 18, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
City Living - October 18, 2014

One BIllion Rising

Hundreds of women will get up to dance and shake their bodies at the Auditorio Benito Juarez on Saturday, October 18, 7 p.m. when the Fiestas de Octubre hosts a “One Billion Rising” event.

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Rotary E-Club starts vocational program for young people

13 HOURS AGO
Rotary E-Club starts vocational program for young people

The Satellite Rotary E-Club of Lake Chapala is pursuing a dynamic program to help children and young people develop life and vocational skills that can help keep their families intact.

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US Consulate aids delivery of ballots from lakeside voters

7 DAYS AGO
US Consulate aids delivery of ballots from lakeside voters

With midterm elections coming up in just over two weeks, the United States Consulate General in Guadalajara is once again providing a vital service to absentee voters residing in the lakeshore area.

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Laguna Chapalac - October 25, 2014

13 HOURS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - October 25, 2014

Upcoming fiestas

To Halloween or not Halloween? The spooky day so many expats love to fear has gained popularity during the past two decades. There were plenty of purists (probably mostly expats) who adamantly fought the importation of Halloween. They were concerned that a day focused on ghosts, sk...

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Laguna Chapalac - October 18, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - October 18, 2014

History Club

The History Club of the Lake Chapala Society commences its 2014-15 season on Tuesday, October 21, 1 p.m. at the society.  The group will view one of the “Cosmos” series of famed astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan. 

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Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

6 MONTHS AGO
Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

The extravaganza combining dance, music and theater has returned to Teatro Vallarta, Uruguay 184, for another exciting run.  Fandango is a contemporary musical interpretation of Mexican cultural traditions. The production has 30 dancers and 15 musicians.

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Chacala looks to boost artistic credentials with first music festival

7 MONTHS AGO
Chacala looks to boost artistic  credentials with first music festival

Organizers are inviting one and all to enjoy “six days of music, singing, art, dancing and creativity” at the first Chacala Village Music Festival from March 24-30.

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North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

6 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

Spring has arrived and the snowbirds are beginning their annual flights north.

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North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

7 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

The north shore of Banderas Bay is once again hosting the Mexico Cup Regatta.

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La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

6 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

The semi-annual La Manzanilla Regatta was held Friday, March 21.

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La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

7 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

The high winter season is pulsing along at a rapid pace.  Here’s what a typical week looks like in our little fishing village.

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Arts & Entertainment

Modern dance festival begins Sunday

-1 DAYS AGO

The Onesino Gonzalez International modern dance festival runs from October 26 through November 2, with performances scheduled at three city venues.

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Entertainment Guide – October 25, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

Cats
Professional Mexico City version of Andrew Lloyd Weber musical inspired by T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” In Spanish, but admirers of this work won’t mind too much.
Teatro Diana, Friday, October 24, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m  300-950 pesos.

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‘Show Stoppers 9’ promises full range of musical offerings

13 HOURS AGO
‘Show Stoppers 9’ promises full range of musical offerings

Back after the summer break, Los Cantantes del Lago is already hard at work rehearsing for its annual fundraiser, the ever popular “Show Stoppers” – its ninth edition!  

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Kindrid Quilters gear up for Nov. 8 annual show

6 DAYS AGO
Kindrid Quilters gear up for Nov. 8 annual show

A local group of eight international award-winning quilters will host their second annual textile and fabric show on Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Paseo de las Canoas 29 in La Floresta.

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Ribera Arts Review - October 25, 2014

14 HOURS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - October 25, 2014

Little Theatre

Nobel Prize-winning author Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” will open at the Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) on November 7. The intense drama about adultery and lies and the misremembered memories of love is directed by Neal Checkoway. “The story is told backwards and as we move into the pas...

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Ribera Arts Review - October 18, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - October 18, 2014

Photo Exhibit

“Recuerdos de Jocotepec,” an exhibition of the photography of Felipe de Jesus Moreno Ibarra, opens on Saturday, October 18, 7 p.m.  in the Studio-Gallery Metzcalli, at Careterra 40 in San Juan Cosala.

 

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Canadian documentaries

9 HOURS AGO

Two award-winning Canadian documentary films are showing over the next two weeks at the Guillermo del Toro movie theater located inside the Instituto Cultural Cabañas. 

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At the Movies: Magic in the Moonlight

9 HOURS AGO

Set in the 1920s French Riviera, this romantic comedy follows a surprising series of events that occur when a master magician tries to expose a psychic as a fraud. Director: Woody Allen. Cast: Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney. Rated: PG-13. Time: 1:37.

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Columns

Stunning mural to adorn new wing of city’s first hospital

12 HOURS AGO
Stunning mural to adorn  new wing of city’s first hospital

Guadalajara painter Jorge Monroy, working with a team of three other artists, is nearing completion of a huge mural gracing the newest building of the Antiguo Hospital Civil complex.

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The Tala Tuff Trail: Exploring a remote corner of the Primavera Forest

7 DAYS AGO
The Tala Tuff Trail: Exploring a remote corner of the Primavera Forest

The huge Bosque la Primavera that hugs Guadalajara’s west side now has two signposted Interpretive Trails. I described the first one in my September 13, 2013 column and here comes a report on the second.

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Getting to Palo Gordo: A young traveler’s early lessons of Mexico

9 HOURS AGO

Mexico in the 1950s had a rough and ancient look to it. And as I lied about my age in a tense effort to look older and get across the border, this hard-used, slightly adrift appearance surprised and pleased me. I stepped eagerly into the Republic for the first time just outside the desert town of Me...

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Corn relaxes you (booze, mattresses), fixes you up (antibiotics, pharmaceuticals) & transports you (rubber tires, ethanol)

7 DAYS AGO
Corn relaxes you (booze, mattresses),  fixes you up (antibiotics, pharmaceuticals) & transports you (rubber tires, ethanol)

“Why all this commotion about corn?” a friend asked earlier this week. “It’s just a commonplace kind of farming isn’t it?”

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Facebook & death: ‘memorialized profiles’

13 HOURS AGO

This is the week Mexico celebrates Day of the Dead, that most colorful of all holidays.  And every year about this time I always seem to notice some news article reported on the computer/technical news sites I follow that is at least tangentially related to death and dying. This year will be no...

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Computer needs a nap? Sleep, hibernation dilemmas

21 DAYS AGO

My Aunt Rose, no longer an octogenarian because she proudly points out as of this summer she is a nonagenarian, asks this week’s question as she familiarizes herself with her new laptop and its newer version of Windows.  “On the computer, what is the difference between hibernate and sleep?” she...

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We Are the Entertainment

7 DAYS AGO
We Are the Entertainment

“We Are the Entertainment.” I’ve used that title for several articles and talks over the years. While the details have varied, the theme suggests that while it seems the local residents are genetically kind and helpful to the expats who share their villages, it may also be that our cobblestone pratf...

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Two Thanksgivings and Chiles en Nogada

14 DAYS AGO
Two Thanksgivings and Chiles en Nogada

The busier fall season is upon us. More returning winter residents are showing up each week and the annual flurry of local restaurant activity designed to attract the attention of locals and snowbirds is underway.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

3 MONTHS AGO
Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

A growing number of expatriate residents are mystified and miffed at being subjected to a sudden shift in the way they were accustomed to doing banking business here. Many are feeling hassled because certain south-of-the-border financial establishments that are now refusing to handle U.S. dollar che...

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Aguascalientes: a focal point for Day of the Dead

7 DAYS AGO
Aguascalientes: a focal point for Day of the Dead

It can be argued that no better spot in Mexico exists to honor los Dias de los Muertos than the city of Aguascalientes. 

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Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

2 MONTHS AGO
Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

In its latest issue, leading travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler designated the Marieta Islands off the Nayarit coastline as one of the “101 Most Incredible Places” in the world.

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First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

20 DAYS AGO
First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

Israel Lopez had been planning to open a lakeside eatery for years, even though he wasn’t in the restaurant business. First he found the spot, then purchased the land and financed the building — a huge 120-seat restaurant with a big bar and a good size kitchen.

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Traditional restaurant affords ‘remedies’ for every ill

21 DAYS AGO
Traditional restaurant affords ‘remedies’ for every ill

Where you hear a 10-piece mariachi band ringing out nightly, you hardly expect to find an apothecary.  Yet at the Guadalajara restaurant Los Remedios, located on La Paz three blocks west of Chapultepec, they playfully claim to have found solutions — remedios —  to life’s most pressing prob...

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

10 HOURS AGO

Put yourself in this scenario: Your name is Judy. Your husband’s name is Bob. Together you have discovered Lake Chapala in central Mexico (for Bob it is “love at first sight”) and there you have recently purchased your retirement home, where “One entire sliding-glass wall opened onto a view of the l...

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English-language book publisher in Mexico announces changes

7 DAYS AGO

Editorial Wisemaz, the only full-service English-language book publisher in Mexico, announces a reorganization designed to clarify the company’s mission and streamline sales and distribution in the United States and Canada.

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Jalisco hopes to administer 3 million flu vaccines this season

20 DAYS AGO

A record number of flu vaccines will be made available to residents of Jalisco this fall and winter, Public Health Director Hector Ramirez Cordero announced Thursday.

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‘Stem cell’ treatments blacklisted

1 MONTHS AGO

Mexico’s Federal Commission against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) has issued a black list of illegal “stem cell” products that are being marketed as helping with many degenerative conditions, as well as for anti-ageing.

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