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City Living – July 4, 2015

City Living – July 4, 2015

Cactuses

Enthusiasts of cactuses should head down to the Museo de Paleontologia (...

Columns

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Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

Calculated buffoonery or eccentricity in politics can be a clever tactic, if emp...

Celebrating our patriotic days

Part of the expat experience is a compilation of surreal experiences. Everyone I...

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide – July 4, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

Tuesday recitals
The Degollado Theater opens its doors each Tuesday for the free classical music series Martes de Musica y Opera. No tickets are sold nor is there numbered seating. Just turn up before the performance and grab a seat. The quality is always exceptional, and the theater will often fill ...

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International Book Fair (FIL) preps for British invasion

6 DAYS AGO
International Book Fair (FIL)  preps for British invasion

The United Kingdom aims to showcase new voices, as much as to celebrate established figures in the country’s literary, academic and artistic worlds, as guests of honor at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) later this year.

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Virgin of Zapopan to wear new attire for annual trek to Chapala

-1 DAYS AGO
Virgin of Zapopan to wear new  attire for annual trek to Chapala

As Mother Nature begins working her rainy season wonders, devout Roman Catholics are making ready to raise prayers to Mother Mary for divine intervention to protect and replenish Lake Chapala. In that vein, thousands of pilgrims will congregate Sunday, July 12 to manifest their devotion to La Virgen...

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Summer fun awaits budding artists

-1 DAYS AGO
Summer fun awaits budding artists

Lakeside children will have a unique opportunity to get a head start toward following this area’s ancient traditions of making art during the week-long Third Annual LCS Children’s Art Program Summer Art Camp later this month.

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Post 7, Niños charity link up to help youth education program

-1 DAYS AGO
Post 7, Niños charity link up to help youth education program

The board of American Legion Post 7 in Chapala has agreed to install a large donation “drop box” to help support Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic (NCA).  

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Ribera Arts Review – July 4, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review – July 4, 2015

Art Xik Xik

Art Xik Xik is sponsoring a special event on Saturday, July 4, 5 p.m. at the Casa Cultural de Ajijic.  Some of the area’s favorite artists will be exhibiting their newest works, along with pieces from the early days of their career, alongside the work of their protég&e...

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At the Movies - Dark Places

-1 DAYS AGO

Libby Day was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. In court, the traumatized child pointed the finger at her brother, Ben, and her testimony put the troubled 16-year-old in prison for life.

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At the Movies - Poltergeist

6 DAYS AGO

A young suburban girl is abducted by spirits that have besieged her family’s home. Desperate, her parents devise a plan to rescue her from the other side in this remake of Tobe Hooper’s seminal 1982 horror film.

Director: Gil Kenan. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kyle Catlett, S...

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Columns

Fight to protect Nixticuil Forest explored in ‘ethnographic’ photo exhibit

-1 DAYS AGO
Fight to protect Nixticuil Forest explored in ‘ethnographic’ photo exhibit

A new photographic exhibit in Guadalajara showcases the struggle of activists, biologists, botanists, anthropologists – and especially ordinary people in the community – to defend and conserve the remains of a great forest which once stretched from Tesistan to the Huentitan Canyon.

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In the footsteps of Porfirio Díaz: A visit to the hot springs of Mazatepec

6 DAYS AGO
In the footsteps of Porfirio Díaz: A visit to the hot springs of Mazatepec

I used to avoid balnearios (public swimming pools) with a passion, but recently I was invited to join a team of University of Guadalajara geographers investigating all of the hot springs around the old Primavera Caldera. To my surprise, I discovered that some balnearios have more to offer than noisy...

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Confederate war ended as armies were beaten, railways smashed, cities burned, crops destroyed, desertions grew

-1 DAYS AGO

The disagreement, debate, argument and name-calling regarding the continued public display of the Confederate Flag on government properties – and widely accepted lies about the Confederacy – continues (with a heavy load of irony) today.  This in the wake of killings of nine parishio...

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Long ago echoes of an instructive,  harsh campesino father’s day, one that saved an opportunist’s life

6 DAYS AGO

We lay well up on a rising slope, chins on our crossed arms.  It was Father’s Day in the United Sates that morning.  But at that time in Mexico nobody paid that any attention.  Fathers didn’t seem to count.  “You see anything?” my companion said. &nbs...

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How an extra second could provoke electronic chaos

13 DAYS AGO

When you wake up  on the morning of Wednesday, July 1, if you discover some electronic device or another is not working, here is a possible explanation.  Tuesday, June 30 is going to be a longer day than the days before … by exactly one second.  Time kept by atomic clocks is co...

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New Microsoft upgrade icon is legit, if a little underhanded

20 DAYS AGO

Last week my phone started ringing off the wall.  Actually, it would be more accurate to say my phone was vibrating off my belt, but people generally are more comfortable using the old expression.

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Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

13 DAYS AGO
Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

Calculated buffoonery or eccentricity in politics can be a clever tactic, if employed by clever people (example, London Mayor Boris Johnson). Trouble is, Donald Trump ain’t smart. He’s only rich – “really” rich, as he told us loudly Wednesday while announcing his candid...

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The heavens open – is this really March?

3 MONTHS AGO
The heavens open – is this really March?

March is on record as the driest month of the year in Jalisco, meteorologists say.  Tlaloc, the Aztec rain God, obviously thought it was time for that stat to change.

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Celebrating our patriotic days

-1 DAYS AGO

Part of the expat experience is a compilation of surreal experiences. Everyone I know at Lake Chapala has a laundry list of strange sights, unfathomable events and untranslatable conversations.

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Do’s & don’ts on submitting copy

6 DAYS AGO

I’m thinking maybe folks have forgotten how, when and where to submit information about Lakeside activities. You might guess, since I’m addressing this topic this week that there have been a few, shall we say, surprises, recently?

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – Green Lemons and Assault Rifles

-1 DAYS AGO

There are some things that I’ve gotten used to in Mexico. Lemons are green, potatoes aren’t from Idaho, water in restaurants comes in bottles, and two out of every three cars on the street are white- — the other one is likely a VW bug.  

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – Lost In Translation

6 DAYS AGO

I got my flu shot, washed my hands regularly, ate my fruit and vegetables, got more vitamin C from the sunshine than I ever got in Illinois, and even took an occasional multi-vitamin.

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Expat Living

AARP advises on common scams

-1 DAYS AGO

AARP recently published an article about scams, including advice that is just as pertinent to expats living in Mexico as their core readership in the United States.

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Vancouver Language Centre marks national day

-1 DAYS AGO
Vancouver Language Centre marks national day

The Vancouver Language Centre in Guadalajara celebrated Canada Day Wednesday, July 1 with a party.

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City Living – July 4, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
City Living – July 4, 2015

Cactuses

Enthusiasts of cactuses should head down to the Museo de Paleontologia (Paleontology  Museum) Sunday, July 5 to see a magnificent exhibit of more than 100 top-class varieties presented by Cactofilos Guadalajara.

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City Living – June 27, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
City Living – June 27, 2015

Hypnosis

John Milton, sometimes billed as “the greatest hypnotist in America,” returns to Guadalajara for seven shows in July.

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Lake Chapala Society maple tree thrives

-1 DAYS AGO
Lake Chapala Society maple tree thrives

Just in time for the the celebration of Canada’s 148th birthday, summer rains have helped sprout new foliage on the little maple tree planted near the main entrance to the grounds of the Lake Chapala Society.

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Open Circle reorganizes

-1 DAYS AGO

Open Circle members and coordinators will gather on Wednesday, July 8, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Lake Chapala Society Sala to review the organizational processes and procedures of the group.

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Laguna Chapalac – July 4, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – July 4, 2015

Post 7

American Legion Post 7 in Chapala is marking U.S. Independence Day with an old-fashioned Fourth of July picnic. Those attending will begin gathering at the post in Chapala on Saturday, July 4, 1 p.m. The lunch, including fried chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad and a chocolate sundae, wi...

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Laguna Chapalac – June 27, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – June 27, 2015

LCS Closings

The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) will close on Wednesday, July 1 in observance of Canada Day, and again on Saturday, July 4 for the celebration of U.S. Independence Day.

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

4 MONTHS AGO

As aspiring writers well know, authoring a book is one thing, getting it published is another.

An opportunity to bridge that gap will be offered at the Puerto Vallarta International Writers Conference at Bibioteca Los Mangos March 6-8. Evelyn Bryne of White Bird Publications will be attending to gi...

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

7 MONTHS AGO
Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

After more than two decades wintering and living on the Jalisco coast, Barbara McKinley Morrison has used her experiences to pen her first novel.

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North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

3 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

Altruism Festival

Paraiso Felino, the no-kill cat shelter in the northshore inland town of San Juan, will again be  one of the 24 Vallarta-area community service organizations to benefit from the annual International Altruism Festival, set for May 17 at the Hotel Marriott, in cooperation with ...

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La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

3 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

Bare Bones Theatre 

Since 2011 La Manzanilla’s Bare Bones Readers’ Theatre, headed-up by Arleen Pace, has been entertaining us with their annual productions. During their inaugural shows the group had us laughing and blushing during lively performances of The Vagina Monologues.   From int...

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Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

3 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

The International Language

Barra’s families come from fishing and agriculture ancestry, so locals are drawn to certain musical styles. Of course, the town’s population includes tourists and expats, who along with locals, like to kick back and groove to banda, norteña and grupera sounds. 

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

3 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

Cat Tails

A cool cocktail, awesome hors d’oeuvres, live music and a spectacular sunset awaits at the PuRR Project Sunset Cocktail at Daiquiri Dick’s on on Tuesday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

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Mexican Lifestyles

Becoming fluent in Mexican body language

13 DAYS AGO
Becoming fluent in Mexican body language

Expats in Mexico may take comfort from the fact researchers estimate that just seven percent of human communication is verbal. Tone of voice, facial expressions, posture and gestures account for the rest. While mastering Spanish requires hours of study, becoming fluent in hand signals is a whole lot...

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Direct flights to Costa Rica in Sept.

1 MONTHS AGO

Discount airline Volaris will connect Guadalajara with San Jose, Costa Rica, with two direct weekly flights, beginning September 10. The flights will leave Guadalajara on Thursdays and Sundays at 7:20 a.m., returning the same days at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets are already on sale on the airline’s...

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A package deal for the wealthy tippler

1 MONTHS AGO
A package deal for the wealthy tippler

Here’s a unique experience for well-to-do tequila lovers.

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Getting a decent meal in downtown Guadalajara

1 MONTHS AGO

The rejuvenation of Guadalajara’s historic center has become an obligatory commitment made by all candidates running for the job of city mayor.

But little has been done in recent decades to fulfill these endless pledges.

Periodic street beautification projects represent the tip of a very lar...

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Totol: the fiery red wines of Tijuana

1 MONTHS AGO
Totol: the fiery red wines of Tijuana

She’s a beautiful pale-skinned and red-haired “Tapatia” called Marisol Medrano. Although he looks Mexican and his name is Gustavo Pena Verplancken, he’s of Belgian origin. 

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The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

3 MONTHS AGO
The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

The production line of books on Mexico seems to get longer with each passing year. Dozens of tomes were published in 2014, the best selling titles of which appear below (guide books excluded) in no particular order.   Only one of the books in this list was self-published, which goes to disprove...

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

8 MONTHS 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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Chikungunya virus spreading throughout Mexico

13 DAYS AGO

The chikungunya virus has extended to ten Mexican states, and while only two cases have been reported in Jalisco, neighboring Colima has 34 confirmed cases.

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The dangers of expired meds

2 MONTHS AGO
The dangers of expired meds

Elias Iñiguez Mejia, the president of the Health Committee in the Jalisco Congress, is pushing for a statewide campaign to disseminate the risks posed by out-of-date medicines, as well as their correct disposal.

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News

Foreign students flocking to Tec university

-1 DAYS AGO

The Tecnologico de Monterrey  (Tec) Campus Guadalajara has a record number of foreign students in its ranks this year.

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Angry teachers picket court complex

-1 DAYS AGO
Angry teachers picket court complex

Almost 1,000 teachers from various parts of Jalisco briefly blocked the city beltway (periferico) Tuesday, before staging a protest outside the Ciudad Judicial complex, which houses both state and federal civil courts.

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Pesticide and infant obesity link studied

-1 DAYS AGO

A University of Guadalajara research project is looking into a possible link between the pesticide Lindane and the incidence of childhood obesity among youngsters aged two to five born in Chapala and Jocotepec. 

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Business leaders list skills for filling void at regional tourism office

-1 DAYS AGO
Business leaders list skills for filling void at regional tourism office

Leaders of the Chapala area business community are anxious to see a dynamic and well-qualified person take charge as chief officer of the regional branch of Jalisco’s Ministry of Tourism (Seturjal).

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State lawmakers nix assisted dying bill

-1 DAYS AGO

Jalisco lawmakers have binned an assisted dying bill that would have given people with terminal illnesses a greater say in how they live out their final days.

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State Congress stalling over same-sex marriage law change

6 DAYS AGO
State Congress stalling over  same-sex marriage law change

The Jalisco legislature is not obliged to change the state Civil Code in the aftermath of a Mexican Supreme Court ruling that deems state laws that discriminate against same-sex marriage to be “unconstitutional.”

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‘Menchito’ freed, then re-arrested

-1 DAYS AGO
‘Menchito’ freed, then re-arrested

Federal police re-arrested the son of the presumed leader of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) just moments after a judge had released him citing illegal police procedures during his arrest on July 22.

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Dognapping comes to Mexico

-1 DAYS AGO

Gangs of dognappers have taken to exploiting Mexicans’ growing love for their pets.
Monica Pineda, the vice president of People for the Defense of Animals (GPDA), outlines three main methods that dognappers operate.

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US Consulate searching for new agent in Nuevo Vallarta

6 DAYS AGO

The United States Consulate General in Guadalajara is seeking a U.S. citizen applicant for the consular agent position in Nuevo Vallarta, Jalisco.  

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New Costalegre airport will detonate tourism in region, state officials hope

6 DAYS AGO
New Costalegre airport will detonate tourism in region, state officials hope

The conclusion of the Chalacatepec airport in the Costalegre region of southern Jalisco is virtually assured.

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Huichol art on view in Vancouver

13 DAYS AGO
Huichol art on view in Vancouver

Yarn paintings by the late Huichol artist and shaman Jose Benitez Sanchez  (1938-2009) are currently on exhibit at the the Art Gallery at Vancouver Island University. 

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Top female diplomat gets nod as new US envoy

27 DAYS AGO
Top female diplomat gets nod as new US envoy

U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Roberta Jacobson, the top State Department official to Latin America, as the next ambassador to Mexico.

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Obituary – Peter McCleod Braswell

20 DAYS AGO
Obituary – Peter McCleod Braswell

Peter McCleod Braswell, 70, died June 1 in Ajijic, his home since his retirement in 2005. 

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Obituaries – Alan Vincent Roseman

27 DAYS AGO
Obituaries – Alan Vincent Roseman

 Alan Vincent Roseman, a seven-year resident of Chapala, died on May 16 following surgery. 

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Wakeboard competition comes to Boca Laguna

6 DAYS AGO

Chapala’s Boca Laguna water ski club will be the venue for the opening round of competition in Mexico’s 2015 National Wakeboard Championship circuit, set for this weekend.

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Soccer star inaugurates National School Olympics

20 DAYS AGO
Soccer star inaugurates  National School Olympics

Back from Europe  for his summer vacation, Tapatio soccer idol Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez opened the eighth National School Olympics (Olimpiada Nacional Escolar) this week to the delight of some 9,000 excitable children at the Auditorio Telmex.

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