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City Living - December 20, 2014

Church holiday schedules

Reverend Carlos Catalan will conduct a bilingual service at All Saint’s Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24), 6 p.m. All Saint’s bilingual choir will present a selection of hymns. All Saints’s is located at Tepeyac 4600 on the corner of Prados de Tepeyac in Colonia Tepeyac Casino, Zapopan. Call 3121-6741 for more information.

The English Fellowship of Guadalajara, located at Gabriel D’annunzio 5184 in Colonia Jardines Vallarta. will hold a New Year’s Eve Fellowship gathering starting 7 p.m. at the home of Pastor Ray de Lange. Call 3627-8559 for more information.

San Juan Crisostomo Roman Catholic Church will hold a Spanish-language Christmas Eve Mass at 9 p.m. Father Miguel Alfonso Sencion Guerrero will celebrate. The church is located At Don Bosco 115, Colonia Don Bosco Vallarta in Zapopan. Park at the Grand Plaza between Avenidas Vallarta and Lazaro Cardenas near the Sears store. Call 3122-7167 for more information.

St. Mark’s Anglican/Episcopal Church will hold a solemn, bilingual Christmas Eve Mass, 7 p.m. The full choir led by Debbie Matthew Rodriguez and accompanied by Ana Silvia Guerrero on organ will sing carols and culminate with Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Wassail, a Christmas cocktail, and other delicious refreshments follow.

Christmas Day Mass in English is at 11 a.m. Reverend James Priddy will celebrate both Masses in the church full of poinsettias. St. Mark’s is at Chichimecas 836 at the corner of Aztecas, a three-minute drive north of Plaza Mexico, and at the end of bus route 33A. Call 3817-4511 for more information.

Amsoc schedule

The American Society of Jalisco (Amsoc) will be open Monday to Friday. from 9 a.m. to noon daily, during Christmas and New Year weeks. They plan a pot luck meal on Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25), from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; a breakfast starting at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day, as well as a pot luck beginning at 12:30 p.m. Amsoc will remain open until about 2 p.m. on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Bring a dish to share at the pot luck. Saturday English conversation classes will be held normal hours, 2 to 4 p.m.,over the next two weeks.

Amsoc is located at San Francisco 3332, Colonia Chapalita. Call 3121-2306 for more information. New faces are always welcome.

Huichol nativity scene

Charming nativity scenes created by the Huichol indigenous peoples of Jalisco and Nayarit, and adorned splendidly with tiny chaquira beads, are on sale at the Museo de Arte Huichol Wixarika, next to the Zapopan Basilica (Eva Briseño 152). Painted sets are also available. Prices range from 1,900 to 2,500 pesos. The museum is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.  Entry fee 10 pesos adults, five pesos for children.

Coca Cola caravan

Coca Cola has had a Christmas Caravan roaming the streets of Mexico since 1920. This year is no different and the multi-vehicle spectacle including Santa, polar bears and dancing and singing elves, will make a stop at the Coca Cola Santa’s Village in Plaza Liberacion, behind the Cathedral, at 7:20 and 8:30 p.m. on December 21, 23, 25-28 and 30. While you’re there you can ice skate, take a tube sled ride, mount the Galaxia Ferris wheel and enjoy the light-and sound-filled Coca Cola Christmas tree and enjoy the millions of downtown holiday lights. A half-hour wait for most of these free events is standard.

Nativity Scene

Fifty biblical scenes from both the Old and New Testaments featuring more than 1,100 clay figures have gone on display at the Museo Regional de Guadalajara (Liceo 60) in the city center.  

The figures were all created by Veracruz craftsman José Felipe Nieva in the first half of the 20th century, inspired by French artist Gustave Doré’s illustrations for the English Bible in 1866. The collection belongs to the Amparo y Manuel Foundation, set up by Mexican businessman Manuel Espinosa Yglesias in honor of his late wife Amparo in 1979. The exhibit also includes an intervention by Mexican “sound artist” Francisco Eme. Last December, the show was exhibited at the Museo de Artes Populares in the Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City.

The Museo Regional de Guadalajara is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Telephone: (33) 3614-9957. Entry 41 pesos, children free.

Play ball!

Charros de Jalisco baseball fans can watch the final series of the regular season unfold next weekend at the Estadio Pan Americano de Baseball in Zapopan.
The Venados de Mazatlan are the opponents in a three-game series scheduled Saturday, December 27, 5 p.m.; Sunday, December 28, noon; and Monday, December 29, 8 p.m. Tickets start at 80 pesos.

Barring an unforeseen disaster,  the Charros will easily qualify for January’s playoffs in their first season in the Mexican Pacific League.  
See this newspaper for the playoff schedules.  

House of Iceland

To promote the Nordic island in Guadalajara, the honorary consul of Iceland is staging a series of chamber music concerts over the next six months, titled “The Sunflower Cycle.”

The opening event will take place on December 20 in the “House of Iceland” (Casa Islandia) in Zapopan’s Colonia Rinconada Santa Rita, with well-known tenor Santiago Cumplido performing a collection of medieval English folk songs in the garden.

The second concert is planned for February 14 under the name, “Love for Music.” Mary Carmen Camarena will sing without a microphone, promoting intimacy between performer and public. The Children’s Cathedral Choir will perform “Spring Polyphony” on March 21 and the cycle will close on May 16 with “Urban Cathedral” performed by the ensemble Sal de Flor.

The concerts begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost 120 pesos and 100 pesos for teachers or students. You can buy tickets directly from the House of Iceland, located on Rinconada del Girasol 3575, in Rinconada Santa Rita.

Street feeder

Many stray dogs won’t go hungry this winter after university students invented a street feeder.  The device, which was developed by design students at Guadalajara’s Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente  (ITESO), dispenses food for the animals automatically.