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Laguna Chapalac – August 2, 2014

Upscale Resale

The Upscale Resale Bazaar is in the process of change in order to assist more area children. When volunteers opened the shop in 2010, the plan was for the receipts to go to Hope House and the newly established home which had just four children.

La Ola withdrew from the bazaar and their monthly receipts of more than 12,000 pesos in April. All May, June and July profits have been a bonus for Hope House. After visiting three other children’s homes, and other projects, Love in Action won the volunteers’ votes as the shop’s second charity.

These two homes are caring for nearly 50 children who often arrive malnourished, without birth certificates or school experience.

In addition to food, clothing, and medical care, these children need love, and confidence-building individual attention. Some of the children have been bullied in school, due to their residence in the homes. After careful consideration and working with the Jalisco agency which oversees these homes, Love in Action has opened a charter school for their children.

Hope House is hoping to provide a computer lab so the children can supplement their public school work with lessons from khanacademy.org and other sources. Through the sales of donated household items, the volunteers are able to help both organizations toward their goals. Upscale Resale Bazar is on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar between Maskaras Clinic and Dr. Pinto’s office and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information contact Betty Parker at (376) 376-5723 or the shop at (376) 106-0882.

Toastmasters Club

The Lakeside Bilingual Toastmasters Club will hold their first meeting in the Lake Chapala Sala on Monday, August 4, at the new time, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Those who attended the training in Guadalajara on Saturday, July 26 received praise for the business operation example provided by the Lakeside group. The theme for August meetings is “Building Enthusiasm.”

The August 4 session will be held in Spanish while English will be spoken at the Monday, August 11 meeting. New contact numbers are, English: Guy Jobidon, (376) 766-5181; and Spanish: Marissa Urrutia by cell phone at (33) 1600-5937.

Shrimp Broil

American Legion Post Seven hosts its 6th annual Shrimp Broil on Thursday, August 7.  
Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are 170 pesos per person and are available only through advance sale.

This popular all-you-can-eat event has limited seating, so early purchase of tickets is advised. They are available at the Legion bar, at Morelos 114, in Chapala.

Experimenta Mexico

One of several new initiatives at the LCS this summer is a multi-cultural program open to the Mexican and expat communities. The first Experimenta Mexico will be held on Friday, August 8, 5-7 p.m. and will explore Mexico’s favorite spirit, tequila.

During the session participants will be invited to experience Jalisco’s most famous export by learning how it is made, how to know which are the really good brands and how to drink this fine liquor.

A local lakeside producer will explain about the blue agave Weber, the jimador and the varieties and complexities of making tequila.
Plan a sip or two of tequila as you learn. Sign up at LCS. Admittance is 200 pesos for members and 250 pesos for non- members. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Woodstock Celebration

The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) is hosting the bash of the year to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the August 16, 1969, Woodstock Festival. The event will kick off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 with wall-to-wall music by the Cosmic Rockers with Edgardo Cedeño covering the music of Woodstock and that era. Listen for tunes made famous by Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Janis Joplin, and Joe Cocker.

Among the featured events will be the costume contests. Get your hippie on; the winner takes home a genuine bottle of Boone’s Farm. A free brownie goes to the first 100 groovy guests through the gate. They’ll also want to coast over to the cash bar for the Electric Kool-Aid before getting down to the music while waiting for the other surprises of the day.

There’s parking on the beach, and good vibes at the event. Admission tickets are 100 pesos and available at LCS or Diane Pearl Colecciones. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Follow LCS on Facebook: facebook.com/lakechapalasociety.

Open Circle

The Sunday, August 3 program of Open Circle will feature Beryl Dorsch, Raul Ruiz and Jim Spivey discussing NeuroLinguistic Programming and its uses.

Attendees of Open Circle gather at 10 a.m. every Sunday in the rear patio of the Lake Chapala Society for fellowship over coffee, tea and sandwich bites. The presentation follows at 10:30 a.m.

Center for Spiritual Living

The meeting of the Sacred Conversations Supportive Community will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 8. A potluck dinner will follow the program.

“Living Science of Mind,” the teachings of Ernest Holmes, are being reviewed one week at a time on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The group examines putting these thoughts to use in practical “real life” applications. Sessions are conducted by Tim Schubert, Arch Crane and Beth McDonald.

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

Discussion and meditation on the principles taught by Louise Hay in “You Can Heal Your Life” are held in Spanish on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This group meets in Casa Corazon de Andrea at 16 de Septiembre 30 in Ajijic. Call: Maureen Jones (376) 766-2338.

All other activities are at the Center for Spiritual Living, Nicolas Bravo 17, Ajijic. Call Tim Schubert, (376) 766-0920, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details

Buddhist Community

The Heart of Awareness Buddhist Community meets in Ajijic for meditation and dharma teachings at 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday. The dharma talk on Wednesday, August 6 will be “The Paramity of Morality.” The talk is followed by the optional First Wednesday Social with dharma friends joining for dinner at La Nueva Posada.

Sunday, August 3 is the First Sunday Long Sit from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants should arrive by 8:50 a.m. to prepare for three 40-minute rounds of sitting meditation and 20 minutes of walking meditation.

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. The membership is open to those with Zen, Tibetan, and Shambhala backgrounds as well as people with no prior meditation experience. For Call Karin Miles at (376) 766-0020 for information. Events are held at Encarnation Rosas 9 in Ajijic.

Unitarian Universalist

The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meets at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday at Plaza de la Ribera, Rio Bravo 10 in Ajijic. Ana Ellsworth will present “Social Justice for the Aging” during the Sunday, August 3 meeting. A coffee hour will follow.

For more information, either call 765-7231 or visit www.uuflc.org.

Christ Church

Christ Church Lakeside will celebrate the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 3 at the Little Chapel by the Lake, Carretera 10 near the entrance of Chula Vista. The theme of Fr. Danny Borkowski’s message is “You Feed Them” based on Matthew 14:13-21.

The congregations of Christ Church Lakeside and the Little Chapel by the Lake share a coffee and fellowship from about 10:25 a.m. until 11:10 a.m.

Two special events highlight the first Sunday of each month at the Little Chapel by the Lake. The two congregations join for a luncheon; those attending are reminded to bring items that can be served on the leftover buns from last week’s annual picnic. Members are asked to bring dried beans and rice to donate to Love in Action Children’s home

Deacon Rob Wells leads an hour-long Bible study on Tuesdays beginning at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Wells uses The Jerusalem Bible and currently is leading the group in study of the Gospel of Mark. New members can join the study at any time.

Lakeside Presbyterian

Pastor Ross Arnold’s Sunday, August 3, 10 a.m. sermon topic is “Seeing God’s Face,” based on Psalm 17 in which King David refers to his own the trials and tribulations of life. His directions remain apt in modern life.

Each attendee of Lakeside Presbyterian is asked to bring a can of vegetables, such as corn, beans or hominy, to which will be added meat and gravy to create “Hobo Stew” for the regular Second Sunday comida on Sunday, August 10.

Following the service, members will gather in the garden for refreshments and fellowship. Lakeside Presbyterian Church is on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, between Vigolari and S&S Auto. Just watch for the LPC sign: “You have family at Lakeside!”

Little Chapel

The interdenominational congregation of the Little Chapel by the Lake starts off the month of August with the collecting of donated beans and rice for the of the organization supported by the congregation, the Love and Action children’s home.

Following the 11:15 a.m. worship service, members will join with Christ Church Lakeside for a potluck lunch, “Fun on a Bun,” which will feature sloppy Joes and pulled pork sandwiches and other summer side dishes.

Wednesday night features the Mid-Week Movie Night. This week’s movie is “Where the Red Fern Grows,” a story of a boy who gets two dogs and the many conflicts which follow. James Whitmore is among the movie’s stars.

The Little Chapel by the Lake is located on the mountain side of the Carretera just east of the Chula Vista golf course.

San Andrés English Mass

“The Lord Who Feeds Us” is the homily topic chosen by Rev. Basil G. Royston D.Min, for the 9 a.m. English Mass on Sunday, August 3 in the Templo de San Andrés in downtown Ajijic.

Royston remarked, “Today we celebrate the great love of God that not only gives us life, but also sustains that life with the food of the Eucharist, the love of God made visible in Christ our Lord.”

A group of expats interested in learning more about the Catholic Church and wondering why Catholics do the things they do and about their beliefs is forming at San Andrés Catholic Parish. For more information email Royston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

This week during the 10 a.m. worship service at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, parishioners will hear the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes which is featured six times in the four gospels. Those early writers evidently believed this story to be crucial to understanding God. Considered by some to be a metaphor or symbol, Fr. Winston Welty’s sermon, “A Taste of God’s Tomorrow,” draws out the meaning of the story.

A time of welcome, refreshment, and fellowship takes place in the garden after the service. The Bilingual children’s Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m.

Those interested in deepening their spiritual life meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the church for a weekly experience in centering prayer, a silent contemplation and quiet meditation leading to experience of God’s presence.

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