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Pelicans in paradise

A large flock of American White Pelicans has honed into Chapala’s waterfront as an idyllic spot to spend the winter, complete with congenial surroundings and free meals.


Chili Cook-Off 2014 coming to a boil

Hot action is on the horizon, with the 36th annual Mexican National Chili Cook-Off ready to rock February 14, 15 and 16 at the Tobolandia water park grounds. Gates open daily at 11 a.m. to welcome crowds for culinary competitions and a full day of stage shows, food, drink and shopping market stalls of more than 100 vendors offering assorted goods and services. 

Lakeside author’s talent shines in new children’s storybook

“Julio Hummingbird was tiny, about the size of a chocolate bar, but he didn’t mind being small until one evening when he visited his favorite bird feeder in the garden of Señora Sanchez. There sitting right on top of it was Oscar Oriole, big, bad, beautiful and bold.”

Ajijic B&Bs shine

It’s an exciting time for two of Ajijic’s top B&B’s.

Cajititlan braces for massive influx of devotees

Thousands of pilgrims began swarming the small Jalisco town of Cajititlan de los Reyes as of December 31 to pay devotion to the town’s religious patrons Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar, better known as the Wisemen of the Orient.

Nuestra Belleza contest kicks off local beauty pageant season

Chapala’s 2014 beauty pageant circuit gets under way Saturday, February 8 with the Nuestra Belleza (Our Beauty) competition to be held at the Auditorio de la Ribera. The event is open to the public, scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. A nominal admission fee of 50 pesos per person to cover production costs is payable at the door.

Ajijic welcomes in New Year with zany, whimsical parade

If you want to get 2014 off to a light-hearted start, don’t miss Ajijic’s wild and wacky Año Nuevo parade to be put on January 1 by residents of the west-end Barrio de Guadalupe. 

Ajijic’s Callejon del Arte showcases budget-friendly artisanal goods

Ajijic’s central plaza is an enticing spot to hang out, sip a freshly brewed cup of java and engage in casual people watching.

Celebrity burro alive & well

Recently Lake Chapala’s web-boards have been deluged with inquiries from people concerned as to the whereabouts of Viño Blanco, the white donkey formerly owned by the late Peter Moir. She was adopted by Yves and lived by his restaurant on the lakeshore until the restaurant moved. Since then, as one of her fans wrote in panic, “She’s disappeared!”

Godson lives his dream: from children’s shelter to professional soccer aspirant

Three years ago, a local children’s center was looking for godparents for their charges.  Jim Lloyd and Robin Lawrason wanted to assist and were assigned nine-year-old Dany as their godson.  

Ajijic resident's impressive Christmas display

Long-time Ajijic resident Denny Allison qualifies as a jolly-spirited Christmas fanatic. Over more than two decades of residence he has accumulated a collection of holiday decorations so huge that he and his Mexican wife spend more than three weeks arranging more than 1,500 pieces that adorn practically every inch of their entire west-end abode.

Magi magic draws throngs to Cajititlan

More than 40,000 pilgrims swarmed the town of Cajiititlan on Tuesday, January 7 for the main day of festivities honoring patron saints Baltazar, Melchor and Gaspar, better known collectively as Los Reyes Magos.

Bible scenes at Chapala City Hall

The foyer at Chapala City Hall is the venue for the huge exhibition of landscapes depicting Biblical tales that is on loan from the town of San Antonio Tlayacapan.

2014 Chili Cookoff starts to simmer

Plans for the 36th annual Mexican National Chili Cook-Off are on already on the burner and heating up fast. Lakeside’s biggest, boldest community charity event will be held February 14 through 16, set once again on the grounds of the Tobolandia waterpark.

Catholic community’s ‘Misas de Gallo’

Across Mexico the spiritual celebration of Christmas for Roman Catholics culminates on the night of December 24 with the Misa de Gallo (Rooster’s Mass) commemorating the Messiah’s birth.

Cambodia genocide survivor featured speaker at Ajijic Rotary

On Tuesday, January 28, Lori Vinh Sok Brown will be sharing her unique and inspirational story of how, as a 22-year old, she escaped the killing fields of Cambodia with her two young children in the late 1970’s.

Lakeside Christmas Services

Lakeside Presbyterian will be celebrating the season in these three meaningful ways.

Impersonator of Aussie diva has spill-over crowd rolling in the aisles

El Piano Rojo was jam-packed last Sunday, as the grapevine had worked overtime following the previous night’s performance by Dame Edna impersonator, Michael L. Walters. So many turned out for the second and final show that the performance was delayed while additional seating was brought in.

Chapala, Ajijic to stage living nativities

As the holiday season comes to a frantic peak early next week, the parish churches in Chapala and Ajijic will present live representations of the Nativity aimed at bringing people together to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

2014 Lakeside activities & special events

In addition to the national holidays and celebrations that will be observed during 2014, there will be all kinds of special happenings going on in the Lake Chapala area.

Therapy dog visits local schools

Ajijic Rotary Dog Assisted Therapy (ARDAT) dog Lucas and his handler, Sergio Barajas, recently visited a group of excited students at the Basilio Vadillo school in downtown Ajijic.


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