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Laguna Chapalac - June 20, 2014

A party designed to buy school supplies and educational materials for the students of an indigenous school in the Copper Canyon begins at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 22 at La Bodega restaurant in Ajijic at 16 de Septiembre 124.

Proceeds from the beef, chicken or vegetarian fajitas and a portion of the income from the bar will go to the students. Guests at the event can also help by purchasing the available Tarahumara goods, the finery sold by Jose Melendrez or with cash donations, warm clothing, blankets, and other needed items. All those who donate to the school supply cause will be entered into a drawing for a prize. Guests can join into the 50/50 draw.

Two local groups of musicians will play for the event. American Songbook, which includes Paul Brier, Jay Shuffle and Francis Dryden, will entertain with the music from the 1930s to the 1960s.


Local knitters

More than a dozen local knitters took their yarn and needles to the gazebo in the Ajijic plaza and participated in the World-Wide Knit in Public event sponsored locally by the Needlepushers. The international event is a weeklong annual June celebration of knitting and other fiber arts. In addition to U.S., Canadian and groups from dozens of countries, knitters in Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, and Tijuana were also knitting in public. Most of the plaza knitters were working on some of the nearly 200 sweaters to be given by the Needlepushers to lakeside children in the fall. Shown here in the front row are, from left: Julie Hensley, Joan Eby and Wendy Hamblin. Kay Headley and Margaret Presuddi are standing.


Market Baskets

Summer is the right time to visit Lakeside’s Monday and Tuesday markets. Both feature easy parking and calm shopping during this less busy season.

The market in San Antonio Tlayacapan (located in the Fuente Azul Eventos center between Johnny Mama’s Bar and Lety’s Mariscos) is open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and features fresh produce, fresh lamb and beef, breads, handmade glassware, textiles, soaps and jewelry plus an array of home-style soups, casseroles, desserts and salads, all ready to serve.

The Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays is at the La Huerta Eventos center, near the cemetery at the west end of Ajijic. There, customers will find organic ice cream, beef, lamb, Italian sausages, vegetables and greens, breads and pastries, and other great taste treats.

Shoppers can return to La Huerta on Friday morning for another smaller, but delightful array of handmade and homegrown items.


San Antonio Expats

Many of the foreigners living in San Antonio Tlayacapan have formed a cohesive community in monthly meetings where they can help others become acquainted and discuss local problems and needs. This month’s meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 6 p.m. at Cenaduria Elvira, Ramon Corona 127 behind the blue doors across the street from Mario’s Restaurant.

This month’s discussion will center on a report regarding the Rosary broadcasts from the San Antonio Tlayacapan church and the advice received from Chapala municipal judge as to action being taken. The other hot topic centers on the destruction of the malecon in San Antonio.


Compassion for animals

Ajijic Rotary Dog Assisted Therapy (ARDAT) volunteer and humane education teacher Cinthia Orozco de Gortari (at left in the photo to the right) recently presented a copy of her book, “Huérfanos de Humano” (Orphans of Man) to long-time Ajijic resident and animal lover Marguerite MarXsen. MarXsen donated 2,000 pesos towards the cost of publishing the compilation of true short stories about street dogs that De Gortari hopes will promote greater compassion and respect for animals. An English version of the book will be available later this year. ARDAT is a program of the Rotary Club of Ajijic.


Bling June Mixer

Bling, the organization of international Lakesiders involved in local businesses, is meeting for a Saturday, June 28, noon to 3 p.m. mixer and follow-up Facebook-for-business lesson. This month the group will explore marketing as opposed to advertising in social media in the meeting at Lauri’s Café at Carretera 24 in Ajijic. Contact Shannon Conshue at the restaurant for more information.


Canada’s Birthday Party

Barbara Wills, the new president of Lake Chapala’s Canadian Club, has released the details of the group’s party and dinner to honor Canada’s 147th birthday. The event’s cocktail hour will begin at 5 p.m. on July 1 at La Nueva Posada. The barbeque dinner at 6 p.m. will include barbecue chicken or pork, potato salad, cowboy beans, garlic bread and a special birthday cake.

The 175-peso tickets are available by calling (376) 766-5231 or (376) 765-5161 or at the reception desk at La Nueva Posada in Ajijic.


LCS Can-Am Celebration

The Can-Am celebration, honoring the birthdays of Canada and the United States, will party on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2 at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

Tickets are available now at the LCS for 50 pesos; those who wait until the day of the event will pay 100 pesos at the door. Hundreds of expats have already purchased tickets for this popular annual hometown event.

Tony’s Restaurant will be cooking up and selling hot dogs, hamburgers and Cheers’ homemade brats. There will be two cash bars, and some charity groups will also be selling goodies to guests.

The day will start with mood music by Edgar Cedeño, giving way to dance music by the Sol y Luna band featuring Daniel Tejeda. Other popular activities include the LCS semi-annual used book sale, used video sale, sale of paintings produced by children in the Saturday art program and a 50/50 drawing. Numerous lakeside charities will be on hand to explain their work and sell their own items.

Visit the LCS at at 16 de Septiembre 16A to purchase tickets. Call (376) 766-1140 to reserve a spot for a charity or email  Karla Boentgen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with additional questions.


July 4 at the Legion

The July 4 celebration at American Legion Post 7 will feature a traditional summer picnic menu. The event begins at noon with cocktails, followed at 1 p.m. with the meal of fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, and ice cream sundaes.

Music for listening or dancing will be provided by Sol y Luna from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are 120 pesos and available at the Legion or by emailing the event chairman Al Roseman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


LCS Spanish Classes

The start of the next term of Warren Hardy Spanish language classes at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) begins on Monday, July 7, and will continue through August 23, according to program manager Peter Donaldson.

The Warren Hardy Spanish language course is designed for the adult student and the LCS sessions include several levels of learning to fit the students as they progress in the program.

Registration is currently under way at the LCS office on weekdays. Students can also sign-up for classes on the blue umbrella patio between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. from June 30 to July 4. The instructor will be available to help determine the correct level for each student. The cost for the Warren Hardy sessions is 750 pesos.

The Introduction to Spanish is a casual class for beginners. It covers the Spanish alphabet, simple vocabulary and phrases to use for shopping, and includes useful information about our area and Mexican culture. These classes start on the first Tuesday of each month and continue on Tuesdays between noon and 1:30 p.m. for four weeks. Learning materials are provided to the student, with the tuition set at 175 pesos.


Grace Schofield Zeballos

Joan Turner, Joan Davis and Judy Eager, close friends of Grace Schofield Zeballos, met recently to scatter her ashes into Lake Chapala. Zeballos was born June 16, 1918 in Manchester, England. She died on November 20, 2013 at Alicia’s Retirement home at the age of 95.


HU Song

The HU Song is a contemplative spiritual exercise offering participants opportunities for insight, inspiration, and spiritual guidance. It is held on the third Saturday of each month at the Center for Spiritual Living, Nicolas Bravo 17B, Ajijic.

The next HU Song is on Saturday, June 21, 10:30 a.m. People of all faiths are welcome. Call Penny White at (376) 766-1230 for further information. The event is hosted by Eckankar Mexico.


Heart of Awareness

The Heart of Awareness Buddhist Community meets for meditation and dharma teachings at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Encarnation Rosas 9 in Ajijic. The subject of the Wednesday, June 25 dharma film is “Wisdom and Avoiding Idle Talk.”

Heart of Awareness is a non-sectarian Buddhist practice community grounded in the original teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Theravada/Vipassana tradition. Membership is open to everyone, and includes people with Zen, Tibetan, and Shambhala backgrounds as well as those with no prior meditation experience. For more information, call Karin Miles at (376) 766-0020.


Center Spiritual Living

Participants will continue to explore Global Chants and the simple Dances expressing the depth, beauty and harmony of different spiritual traditions on Friday, June 27, 5 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living.

A study group meets at CSL from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays to discuss practical real-life applications of the teachings of Earnest Holmes in “Living Science of Mind.” Leading the group are Tim Schubert, Arch Crane and Beth McDonald.

The 10:30 am. to noon Thursday discussion group is sharing the book “A Thousand Names for Joy” by Byron Katie. The program begins with an optional meditation from 10-10:20 a.m. followed by the group discussion.

Retreat Ajijic entitled “Despierta & Escucha” (Wake up & Listen) featuring John Waterhouse, world president for Centers for Spiritual Living, is scheduled to begin on July 14. For details, call Schubert at (376) 766-0920. All events are held at CSL Lake Chapala, Nicolas Bravo 17 in Ajijic.

The Thursday Spanish discussion and meditation group meets from 7-9:30 p.m.to explore the principles taught by Louise Hay in “You Can Heal Your Life.” This group meets at Casa Corazon de Andrea, 16 de Septiembre 30, Ajijic. Information is available by calling Maureen Jones at (376) 766-2338.


Unitarian Universalist

The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Felllowship meets at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays at Plaza de la Ribera, Rio Bravo 10A in Ajijic. Jan Manning will present “Why People Believe” at the June 22 service.

For further information, call (376) 765-7231 or visit www.uuflc.org. There will be no coffee hour following services during June.


Open Circle

Attendees at Open Circle will have the opportunity to meet Ajijic’s “Young Musicians Making a Difference” during the June 22 meeting.

Participants meet at 10 a.m. on Sundays in the rear patio of LCS for fellowship, coffee, tea and sandwich bites.

The presentation featuring four talented Ajijic musicians will begin at 10:30 a.m. Attending will be pianist Rodrigo Leal Murillo, and three members of the talented local Medeles family: Juan Pablo Medeles, Daniel Arturo Medeles Cordova and Jesús Ernesto Medeles Cordova.

Leal and “Los Medeles” have a vision for serving the Lakeside community with music education and chamber and orchestral concerts. These young men and their fathers and uncles are the founders of the Ajijic Orchestra (a group of local and expat musicians of all ages), a fledgling youth orchestra in San Juan Cosala, and the Easter music camp program. During this Open Circle program, they will reveal their vision for classical music at Lakeside and perform for the assembly.


Lakeside Presbyterian

Pastor Ross Arnold continues his series of sermons based upon selected Psalms during the Sunday, June 22, 10 a.m. worship service at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. “Compelling Evidence,” from the text of Psalm 19, a song composed by King David, will be the topic of this week’s sermon.

Arnold’s examinations of the Psalms provoke lively discussion during each week’s “post sermon” fellowship and refreshments in the garden.

Lakeside Presbyterian Church is on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, between Vigolari and S&S Auto.


Christ Church

There will be two ordinations on Saturday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Cathedral (La Catedral de San Pablo) in the northern portion of Zapopan, one of metro area Guadalajara’s municipalities. Those wishing to attend should call Danny Borkowski for directions.

The June 22, 9:30 a.m. celebration of the Holy Eucharist Rite II at Christ Church Lakeside will feature, “From Fear to Love,” the message Rev. Danny Borkowski has drawn from Matthew 10:24-39. The congregations of Christ Church and the Little Chapel by the Lake enjoy a common coffee fellowship time between their services from about 10:35 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. at the Little Chapel by the Lake, at Carretera 10 near the entrance to upper Chula Vista.

Deacon Rob Wells leads Bible study at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays in the fellowship hall. The sessions currently are focusing on the Gospel of Mark and last about an hour. The Jerusalem Bible is the main source due to its rich commentaries and notes. Those interested may join the group at any time.

Christ Church will take its “Church in a Box” back to Holy Family Mission (La Sagrada Familia) in Mazamitla in a convoy leaving from Farmacia Guadalajara in Ajijic at 9 a.m. on June 29. Those who need transportation should call (376) 766-2495.


St. Andrew’s Anglican

Rev. Susan Sica who is filling the pulpit of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church during the absence of Rev. Winston Welty has selected the title “The Teaching Season” for the June 22, 10 a.m. service at the church. A time of welcome, fellowship, and refreshment in the garden follows the worship service.

The children’s Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. St. Andrew’s Anglican Church is at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.