Last updateFri, 30 Jan 2015 6pm

Satellite Rotary E-club supports garment students

The Satellite Rotary E-Club of Lake Chapala has accepted an exciting vocational training project, Mariposa Project/Butterflies in Mexico which is aimed at teaching local girls and women, ages 13 to 25 the skills needed to find employment in the fields of textile design and production.

Instructor Jan Manning, and Bernadine Jansen, the group’s executive director, have created a curriculum and are ready to begin a pilot project 

with the group’s partner, El Corazon Creativo, the local artisan cooperative at Galeana 14 in Ajijic.

The sales of the beautiful prototype garment style entitled “the Ronda,” have generated enough seed money for fabric and thread for the first class. Interested students must commit to attending a two-hour class every Saturday for six months in order to complete the 48-hour course of study. The requirements for participation are demanding, but the rewards will be great. 

The pilot program will begin with a small number of students in February. For more information about donations of fabrics, thread, notions, tools and other items, call Janzen, (387)761-0360 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   









American School has largest US history class in Latin America

This year the College Board in the United States revised the Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history course in order to imitate the process a historian goes through to explore the past. This is why insightful analysis of documents is required, as well as research and critical thinking, which will culminate in a three-hour and 15-minute exam to be held in May.

Ajijic hosts Purépecha festival

Native folk from 13 communities in the state of Michoacan will showcase their crafts, customs and regional cuisine at the Ajijic Plaza during the Union de Pueblos Purépecha Festival to be held next weekend, kicking off on Friday, December 12around 5 p.m.

The event will offer holiday shoppers a perfect opportunity to pick up great deals on hand-embroidered clothing, rebozo shawls, hats and choice artesanias fashioned from pottery, copper, straw and wood.

Entertainment highlights will include performances by the masked Diablo dancers from Tocuaro and the ancient Juego de Pelota (warriors’ ball game) demonstrated by a group from Tzintzuntzan.













Lakesiders honor veterans

Several hundred Chapala area expats paused this week to honor veterans of the armed services at ceremonies commemorating the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice ended the bloody hostilities of World War I.