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Laguna Chapalac – April 4, 2015

LCS Seminars

The Tuesday April 7, noon seminar will be chaired by Ron Mullenaux. The meeting is reserved for Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members only and features a video talk by political scientist Parag Khanna titled “Mapping the future of countries.” Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but in his talk Khanna proves that they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.

The Tuesday, April 7 Neill James Lecture at 2 p.m. in the LCS Sala is open to the public. Dr. John Milton’s video lecture is titled “‘Are We Rational?” The session will briefly examine some of the effects of cognitive biases as they affect our decisions and attitudes toward our political and judicial systems, our financial and medical health, and our personal relationships. Milton has worked for the last 20 years, mainly in Asia, in the development of natural language processing systems.

Rib Rodeo

American Legion Post 7 is hosting a Rib Rodeo on Wednesday, April 15. The cocktail hour begins at 3 p.m. and dinner is served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The menu includes slow cooked and grilled ribs or pulled pork along with coleslaw, baked beans and that old-time, Southern favorite, sweet potato pie. 

Fabian Gomez Pantoja will provide entertainment for the event. Tickets available at the bar are 180 pesos for members and 200 pesos for non-members. The Legion Post is at Morelos 114 in Chapala. 

LCS Directories

The Lake Chapala Society 2015 directories are now available at the LCS office. The directories include valuable information for members, including telephone numbers, Mexican holidays, embassies and consulates and LCS history and details about the programs and services of the organization. 

LCS office hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information is available at www.lakechapalasociety.com. 

Shopping Trip

The LCS shopping bus excursion will explore the stores and boutiques of Galerías Mall on Wednesday, April 15. The bus will leave from the sculpture in La Floresta at 9:30 a.m. Galerias’ many stores include Liverpool, Best Buy, H&M, Sears, Sanborns, dozens of boutiques and many food choices. Dine at the Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, Chili’s, Applebee’s, Outback Steak House, or one of the many smaller food court stops. 

The mall is adjacent to Costco, Super Walmart, Super Mega and Sam’s Club, so bus passengers can shop in those locations, too. Tickets are available at the LCS office at 250 pesos for members and 300 pesos for non-members. LCS bus trips sell out quickly – buy tickets early.

Brit Gathering

Sharon Sibson will host the first British gathering at her home in Riberas del Pilar on Saturday, April 25. 2 p.m. While living in Guadalajara, she hosted similar events there to allow Brits an opportunity to relax and have an opportunity to socialize. 

The group is not intended to replace the British Club’s regular meeting on the first Saturday of each month at Manix. 

These events will be more social and include the opportunity for attendees to being a dish to share and a preferred beverage. Non-British spouses and partners are very welcome, as are those with a British connection of some sort. 

For directions and to RSVP, contact Sibson at (376) 106-2179, or (33) 1527-0980.

Special Children

Growing sales and profits at the Casi Nuevo (Like New) Bazaar in Riberas del Pilar during the past six months demonstrate the success of the store which supports the School for Special Children. 

To keep that chain of success going the bazaar needs help from the community. As those heading back north clean out closets and cupboard preparing to pack for the trip can drop unneeded “like new” clothing and household items at the bazaar. Not going north? Volunteers are needed to help in the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To help promote the growth of the bazaar and its contributions to the School for Special Children contact Shirley Kollin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Snowbirds! Please, check your closets up north for items to donate for the Annual Fashion Show and Sale which will be held Friday, December 4. Those with fashion show clothing donations can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Presbyterian Church

The congregation of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church have moved into their new building at San Jorge 250, two blocks south of Mom’s Deli. 

On Sunday, April 5 the congregation will conduct an Easter Celebration Service at 10 a.m. Pastor Arnold Ross says, “On this Easter day of all days, we celebrate the Risen Christ, who proved by his resurrection from the dead that he had defeated death and truly was Savior and Lord.” 

Following the bilingual service in which both LPC’s English- and Spanish-language congregations will participate, there will be a time of fellowship and refreshment. 

Little Chapel

Members of the Little Chapel by the Lake will share a joint Sunrise Easter Service with the congregation of Christ Church Lakeside on Easter Sunday, April 5 at the home of Little Chapel member H.R. Thornton.

Because parking is limited at the residence, a shuttle service from the church will begin at approximately 7 a.m. Coffee and pastries will be provided for attendees prior to the beginning of the service.

A baptismal service will be held at the conclusion of the worship period. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Christ’s resurrection than with the symbolic resurrection of a new believer,” says Rev. Gene Raymer.

All attendees at the sunrise service will be treated to breakfast at a local restaurant following the service. The Little Chapel by the Lake is located on the mountain side of the Carretera just east of the golf course in Chula Vista. To learn more about this interdenominational congregation, visit LCBTL on Facebook.

St Andrew’s 

Easter Sunday, April 5 at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church will feature two celebrations – at 9 and 11 a.m. Each service will include a full choir, “Alleluia bells” in the congregation, a festival Easter Liturgy, and Fr. Winston Welty’s sermon, “I See Live People.”

Every Sunday, the feeding program supported by St. Andrew’s welcomes donations of non-perishable foods to be left in the baskets by the church doors.

The monthly breakfast of the “Company of Gentlemen,” a cordial, informal gathering that welcomes into fellowship the men of the parish and the community will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. at the church.

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

Unitarian Universalist 

The members of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meet every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Plaza de la Ribera, Rio Brave 10A in Ajijic. 

Unitarian Universalists search for truth along many paths. They 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. For further information, visit www.uuflc.org.

San Andres

The English congregation of San Andres Catholic Church in Ajijic will celebrate the empty tomb during the 9 a.m. Mass conducted by Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min. Members of the congregation are invited to bring bells to joyfully accompany the Gloria during the Mass. They will also welcome into the community of the Catholic Church Christopher J. Pamely.

Easter is on the first Sunday of the month so members are reminded to bring non-perishable foods, paper goods and cleaning supplies for the 28 children and 3 nuns residing at Villa Infantil.  

Buddhist Community

The Heart of Awareness Buddhist Community will meet on Sunday, April 5 for the First Sunday Long Sit, from 9 a.m. to noon. Arrive by 8:50 a.m. to prepare for three rounds of 40 minutes sitting and 20 minutes walking meditation. 

The sangha also meets at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for meditation and dharma teachings. Each meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. with 30 minutes of sitting meditation followed by a 10-minute walking meditation and another 10 minutes sitting. The dharma film shown on April 8 is “The Open Question.”

The sangha’s location is in Plaza San Juan at Guadalupe Victoria 101 in Ajijic. 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 on the sangha, call Janet Reichert  at (376) 766-6069.