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Laguna Chapalac - November 29, 2014


World AIDS Day, which was established in 1988 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations to remember those living with HIV and those who died from AIDS, will be commemorated on Sunday, November 30, when two red ribbons will be installed at the amphitheater on Ajijic’s malecon. Representatives from Ajijic Cares and Vihas de Vidas will be on hand throughout the day to provide information about the disease and its prevention.

Both groups will continue to share information all day Monday, December 1. Then at sunset, an official remembrance ceremony will be held at the ampitheater. Area residents are encouraged to attend, and to bring flowers or personal memorials. These events are planned to show support to those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS, and to continue to work toward the end of the disease.

Bilingual Toastmasters

Several guests have attended recent Toastmasters meetings, and the local group now has two new members. The group continues to speak at meetings on gratitude in conjunction with the November Thanksgiving holiday. Members recently called into effect the spontaneity learned in the group as they stepped up to cover absences due to the holidays. Both full-time and winter residents are valuable additions to the Ajijic group.

The Lake Chapala Bilingual Toastmasters meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sala of the Lake Chapala Society on Monday, December 1 will be held in English. The side gate on Ramon Corona will be open for members. For English information, call Guy Jobidon, (376) 766-5181. Marissa Urrutia is available at (33) 1600-5937 to answer questions in Spanish.

LCS Seminars

The series of Ted podcast talks at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) continue at noon on Tuesday, December 2. The talk, available for LCS members, will be chaired by Ron Mullenaux and features leadership specialist Ron Simon Sinek. In the podcast, he considers how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. He explores the idea of the golden circle, what he calls “a naturally occurring pattern, grounded in the biology of human decision-making.” This concept may explain why we are inspired by some people, leaders, messages and organizations over others.

Santa Pet Photos

The friends of Lucky Dog are sponsoring the second annual opportunity for local pet parents to have their pets’ pictures taken with Santa. Take animals to San Marco 7a in Riberas del Pilar on Wednesday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Monday, December 8, Santa will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m. at the Chapala Country Club in Vista del Lago. Yves Restaurant will be Santa’s stopover point on Thursday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Photo prices are 200 pesos for either one 8x10-inch photo, two 5x7-inch photos or four 4x5-inch photos. When more than one dog is in the photo, the cost increases to 250 pesos.

If preferred, dogs can be photographed with Mexican props. For more information about the rescue and adoption work of Lucky Dog, visit www.luckydogrescuemexico.com or the Facebook page: luckydogrescuelakechapalajaliscomexico.

Christmas Sing-A-Long
Ajijic’s Club Ukulele de Laguna is hosting a Thursday, December 4, 5 p.m. Christmas Sing-A-Long at Maria Isabel Restaurant. Drinks from the no-host bar will be available during the program to encourage enthusiastic participation.

There is no admission charge for the event which is designed for everyone: singers, wannabes, listeners, and curiosity seekers. The Sing-A-Long is a purely fun opportunity to hear and sing some of the familiar seasonal songs that make listeners smile. Song sheets with lyrics will be available for the audience. Club Ukulele members emphasize that they are living proof that no skill is required to participate in this event.

British Society

The Saturday, December 6, 1 p.m. meeting of the Lakeside British Society at Manix Restaurant will feature two speakers talking about medical insurance coverage.

Tad Fleming will be on hand to share details on her positive experiences with Seguro Popular, one option for full-time residents, while Julianne Ray of Ray Travel Resources and Insurance has written very competitive travel medical policies for some of the group’s members.

Those planning to attend should call Alicia McNiff at (376) 765-4786 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP their menu choice. The full lunch options at 120 pesos, including tip, are either chicken Florentine or sea bass Florentine. Both are served with vegetables and the choice of a small salad or soup. The lighter choice is the 80-peso luncheon salad. Dessert will be carrot cake.

LCS Bus Trips

The Guadalajara restaurant Santo Coyote is co-hosting bus trips so that lakesiders can see the Charros de Jalisco playing baseball at their home field in Guadalajara.

The first bus trip leaves from the sculpture in La Floresta at 10 a.m. to arrive in time for the noon game on Sunday, November 30. The following trip will be on Sunday December 7.

Those wishing to attend the games must sign up at the Lake Chapala Society. The transportation cost is 250 pesos for members and 275 pesos for non-members.

The next LCS shopping bus trip to the Galerias Mall in Guadalajara leaves from the sculpture in La Floresta on Tuesday, December 9, 9:30 a.m. The mall is anchored by Liverpool, Sears, Best Buy, the Home Store and features a host of specialty shops and stores. Restaurants include Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse, Chili’s, Italiani’s, plus new additions the Cheesecake Factory and PF Chang’s. The area surrounding the mall includes a Super Walmart, Sams, Costco and Mega Superstore. The bus fee is 250 pesos. Sign up at the LCS.

On Wednesday, December 17, the LCS shopping bus takes off from La Floresta at 9:30 a.m. headed to the high-end Andares Mall. Department stores include Palacio de Hierro and Liverpool, while among the specialty shops are the Body Shop, Prada, Birkenstock, Mac Store, Best Buy, Benetton, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein and more. Restaurants include PF Chang’s, La Moresca, California Pizza Kitchen, La Vaca Argentina, Chili’s and Outback Steakhouse. A Walmart adjoins the mall. The bus fare is 250 pesos.  All tickets must be purchased in the LCS office.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

The beginning of the Advent season, the first Sunday of the church’s new year, and the words of Jesus about the end of the world, all come together in Fr. Winston Welty’s sermon, “A Barbed Wire Advent,” at St. Andrew’s Anglican church on Sunday, November 30. The worship service begins with the lighting of the Advent Wreath at 10 a.m. The children’s bilingual Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. The coffee hour follows the worship service in the garden.

The feeding program supported by St. Andrew’s welcomes non-perishables such as beans, rice, lentils, pasta, salt and oil – donations can be left in the baskets by the church doors.

Regalorama, a church’s full day of fun, food, and shopping, is scheduled for Saturday, December 6. The doors open at 10 a.m.

Little Chapel

A special service of worship and healing will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 30 at the Little Chapel by the Lake. Conducting the service in the absence of Rev. Gene Raymer will be Dr. Daniel Boatright and Bob Nipper. Nipper’s message will be “Are You Hearing What You Need to Hear, or Want to Hear?” In addition a healing prayer by Quy Nguyen will be offered.

Following the service, the congregation will enjoy fellowship and food at a local restaurant. The Little Chapel by the Lake is located on the mountain side of the Carretera just east of the Chula Vista Golf Course.

Lakeside Presbyterian

November 30 is the first Sunday of Advent, the season when Christians look forward to the Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus. To mark the season, Pastor Ross Arnold will begin a series of Advent sermons. The first message is entitled, “The Light Shines in Darkness,” which uses the Gospel of Luke to examine the “WHY” of Christmas and the the serious implications behind the coming of God to earth as a baby boy.

English-language services begin at 10 a.m, with the Spanish-language worship starting at noon. Lakeside Presbyterian Church is in Riberas del Pilar on the mountain side of the Carretera, next to S&S Auto.

San Andrés English

Rev. Basil G. Royston, D. Min. welcomes the children of Villa Infantil de San Jose and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe to the English Mass at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 30, the Feast of Saint Andrew and the first Sunday of Advent.

The children, who will sing some of the responses during the Mass, will be accompanied by Madre Paty, the new supervisor of the home on the southwest shore of Lake Chapala.

The English congregation sponsors a monthly food drive for the children’s home on the first Sunday of each month.

Christ Church

Christ Church Lakeside will observe the beginning of Advent with a noon service on Sunday, November 30 at La Sagrada Familia Mission in Mazamitla. The local congregation will take Thanksgiving dinner to share with the members of La Sagrada Familia. The convoy will leave Farmacia Guadalajara at 9:15 a.m. Call Kay Borkowski at (376) 766-2495 if you need a ride. Those attending are asked to bring Thanksgiving-style side dishes.

There will be no Christ Church service at the Little Chapel by the Lake on Sunday, November 30.

Deacon Rob Wells leads a one-hour Bible study at 10 a.m. each Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall of the Little Chapel. The group is currently studying the Gospel of Luke.

Heart of Awareness

The Heart of Awareness Buddhist Community meets at 4:30 p.m.on Wednesdays for meditation and dharma teachings at a new location: Paseos de los Velaros 60 in lower La Floresta. The dharma talk on Wednesday, December 3 is “Three Characteristics of Existence.” Those who attend gather at La Nueva Posada immediately after the session for the monthly “First Wednesday Social” dinner with dharma friends. The First Sunday Long sit is on Sunday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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 in Heart of Awareness is open to those with Zen, Tibetan or Shambhala backgrounds, as well as people with no previous meditation experience. For further information, call Karin Miles at (376) 766-0020.

Unitarian Universalist

During the 10:30 a.m. gathering on Sunday, November 30, Lew Crippen will lead the congregation in a video service. A coffee hour will follow.

Unitarian Universalists search for truth along many paths and gather around common moral values that include the inherent worth and dignity of every person. They are a caring, liberal, open-minded community that encourages others to seek their own spiritual path wherever it leads.

The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meets at Plaza de la Ribera, Rio Bravo 10A in Ajijic. For further information call (376) 766-1458 or visit www.uuflc.org.

Open Circle

Beatriz Gallagher will present the program “the Gut and the Head Connection” during the Sunday, November 30, 10:30 a.m. meeting of Open Circle in the rear patio of the Lake Chapala Society.

Her talk is based on her own education and experience and on the work of Michael D. Gershon, who published the book “The Second Brain” in which he points to the nerve cells of the gut which act like a brain controlling mood, immune system, transit time, detox and allergies. 

Gallagher is a nutrition specialist and holds a doctorate in integrative medicine and clinical nutrition, as well as numerous other degrees and certifications. She has been in practice for over 30 years and at the present time works at the Integrity clinic.