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Laguna Chapalac - February 23, 2013


The Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club hosted the Valentine’s Day Sectional Tournament from February 14-17 at the Hotel Real de Chapala.

Steve Penning, the tournament director, says that 140 registered bridge players attended, coming in from Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Houston, Texas and Ontario, Canada.

Thirteen-year-old Sarah Sims from Newmarket, Ontario set the record as the youngest duplicate bridge player to play at the Lake Chapala Club.


The members of 904 (Lake Chapala-Mexico) Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada held a regular meeting at Manix Restaurant on Thursday, February 14.

The guest speaker was Ron Spriggs, aviation historian and curator of the Ron Spriggs Exhibit of the Tuskegee Airmen in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Spriggs gave a very engaging talk on the history of the formation, training and fighting exploits of the first Afro-American airmen in World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen comprised almost 1,000 pilots and 17,000 airmen.

Garage sale

Non-profit groups will gather at at Flora Exotica for their monthly garage sale on Sunday, February 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As usual, there will be many items on sale, including antiques, tools, clothes and Swarovski crystal, as well as many unique handmade items.

Flora Exotica is located on the corner of the Libramiento and the Carretera.

Genealogy forum

The February meeting of the Genealogy Forum will take place Monday, February 25, 2 p.m. in the Sala at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

This month, the group will be talking about “Brick Wall Grandmothers” or “Finding the Women.”  The discussion will center around the difficulties of tracing female ancestors.

In addition, Marci Bowman will present a brief “how-to” on entering data into the free Legacy Family Tree software for those just starting in family history research.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  If you have any questions, call Fran Murphy at 766-0067.


The Tuesday, February 26, noon seminar, available for Lake Chapala Society members, will be chaired by Fred Harland.

In his TED Talk podcast, “Will Our Kids Be a Different Species?,” Juan Enriquez explores the far reaches of human change and asks whether we are done evolving.

Enriquez is a broad thinker who studies the intersection of science, business and society. He has an amazing background – founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, member of Craig Venter’s marine-based team to collect genetic data from the world’s oceans, CEO of Mexico City’s Urban Development Corporation, and managing director of a life sciences venture capital firm.  He helped negotiate a cease-fire with Zapatista rebels. He has published widely on topics from the technical to the sociological and has recently written “Homo Evolutis,” the basis of this podcast.

British Society

The Lakeside British Society will meet Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m. at Manix Restaurant (Ocampo 57, Ajijic).

Though the speaker for the luncheon meeting has not been confirmed, the menu has been.  Choices of entrée are pork ribs with potato salad or grilled bass with mushroom sauce (each comes with a small salad) for 120 pesos (including tip). A large salad will be available for 80 pesos. Dessert is rum cake.

Call Alicia McNiff at 765-4786 or contact if you plan to attend and state your choice of menu. Visitors are always welcome.


A memorial service for Tony Harries, who passed away several weeks ago, will be held Saturday, March 9, 2-4 p.m. at Paseo de la Brisas 20 in La Floresta.

All are welcome. Call Luci Merrit at 766-2758 or (cel.) 333-007-4483.


The Lake Chapala Chapter of Democrats Abroad, Mexico will hold elections for officers to serve on their executive committee during the general membership meeting on Monday, March 11, 4 p.m. at La Nueva Posada (Donato Guerra 9, Ajijic).

Chapter officers point out that nominations for additional candidates will be accepted from the floor during the meeting.  For a nomination to be accepted, the nominee must have previously agreed to serve if elected, and the nomination must be seconded.  His or her name will then be added to the ballot before the final results are tallied.

Immigration talk

Alvaro Becerra of Becerra Immigration Services will give a talk on his specialist subject on the Neill James patio of the Lake Chapala Society on Friday, March 15, 11 a.m.  

This talk will be informative for those of you still confused by recent immigration law changes. Everyone is welcome.


Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic (NCA) will sponsor a benefit rock concert starring The Tall Boys at El Bar Co. on Friday, March 15.  Tickets cost 250 pesos and include BBQ ribs, mashed potatoes and salad, plus a no-host bar. 

The bar will open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at El Bar Co, Diane Pearl Colecciones, the Lake Chapala Society, NCA Bazaar Thrift Store, or by calling 765-7032.  Enjoy the ambience of this trendy, remodeled supper club.


The hospitality university for women in Jocotepec (Jaltepec Centro Educativo) is extending an invitation to everyone in the community to attend a fundraising dinner on Thursday, March 21.  

Cocktails and hors d‘oeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m. with a no-host bar and complimentary cocktail music by Timothy Welch. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

The menu includes gazpacho soup, chicken stuffed with spinach and broccoli or pork filet (solomillo) with mustard and pineapple. Both main courses will be accompanied by seasonal vegetables. Dessert will be cornets stuffed with strawberry mousse. The feast comes with tea or coffee, regular or decaf.

The donation is 350 pesos per person. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 13 to Linda Buckthorp at 766-1631.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the needier students of this technical university in hotel and hospitality management.


Don’t forget “The Return of the Amigo Cup” golf tournament on April 11 at the Chapala Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament sponsored by the club and Niños de Chapala y Ajijic (NCA) will go toward youth scholarships.  

Tickets on sale now at Diane Pearl Colecciones, the Lake Chapala Society and CCC. 

Jewish congregation

The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation and Otto (Baruch) Rand are offering two lectures to the general community.

The first one is Wednesday, February 27, 2 p.m. at Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation and is entitled “Free Will.” It will deal with the question of whether or not we have free will.

The second lecture, at the same venue, entitled “Soul,” is set for Wednesday, March 6, 2 p.m. and discusses whether we have an incorporeal, non-physical soul, and whether it dies with the body. Ancient and modern views by religions and science will be surveyed.

There is no cost for these lectures, but a donation would be welcome.  Please email Baruch ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you plan to attend, to give him an idea of the number to expect.

The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation is located in Riberas del Pilar, Sta. Margarita 113.

Spiritual living

Centers for Spiritual Living across the United States are supporting the “Season for Non-Violence.”

Here in Ajijic, the Center for Spritual Living is offering a class/discussion on “The 64 Ways in 64 Days to Practice Non-Violence” on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon until April 4. The center also continues with its normal schedule with services on Fridays at 5 p.m. The center is located at Nicolas Bravo 17. For more information call 766-0920.

Christ Church Anglican

Christ Church Anglican Fellowship will celebrate the Second Sunday in Lent on February 24 with the Holy Eucharist Rite II at the Little Chapel by the Lake at 9:30 a.m. Fr. Danny Borkowski’s sermon topic is “The Fox and the Hen,” based on Luke 13:31-35. There is a time of fellowship for the congregations of Christ Church and the Little Chapel by the Lake at 10:30 a.m. after the Christ Church service and before the Little Chapel service at 11:15 a.m.


The series on Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark continues at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. On Sunday, February 24, Pastor Ross Arnold’s message is “Sealed with a Kiss,” based on Mark 14:43-52. Worship begins at 10 a.m.

The Friday morning, interactive Bible study continues in the book of James at 10 a.m. on February 22 at the church. Mark your calendar for the church’s Spring Bazaar, coming up on March 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll find lots of great bargains – and all the money raised goes to support local Lakeside charities. Lakeside Presbyterian Church is located on the mountain side of the Carretera just west of S&S Auto and Bubba’s.


The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meets each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Sta. Margarita 113 (southwest corner of Santa Clara) in Riberas del Pilar.  The program on Sunday, February 24 will be a music service. They will present a history of the civil rights movement through music and song. The service will be led by the LCUUF choir and choir director Bob Koches.  The fellowship will not have a coffee hour this Sunday. Instead, attendees are welcome to join the fellowship at a restaurant.  For more information please call 766-1119 or email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

St. Andrew’s Anglican

“Wait and See” – it’s the hardest piece of advice addressed to people of faith. Just when we’re “on fire” and raring to go, God asks us to wait – wait for the right moment, God’s moment, the moment intended. That’s Father Winston Welty’s sermon theme this week as the congregation continues to walk the way of the Cross at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

In addition to worship, St. Andrew’s invites members and visitors alike to join in for a time of refreshment, welcome and fellowship between the services.

St. Andrew’s is located at Calle San Lucas 19, just a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.

Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., the second of Fr. Winston’s studies on “The Hard Sayings of Jesus” will convene in the kitchen meeting room. Bring a Bible and an inquiring mind, and you’re guaranteed a good time.

Little Chapel

The Little Chapel by the Lake, an interdenominational fellowship, will hold its regular service on Sunday, February 24, 11:15 a.m.  The Rev. Gene Raymer will speak on the topic “Back in the Day.”  Following services, members will have a fellowship luncheon at Magaña Restaurant. 

The church is continuing its outreach ministry to those physically unable to attend regular services and is acting as host for Fuego del Cielo, an interdenominational Bible Institute where Hispanic students attend for two years.

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