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Laguna Chapalac – July 4, 2015

Post 7

American Legion Post 7 in Chapala is marking U.S. Independence Day with an old-fashioned Fourth of July picnic. Those attending will begin gathering at the post in Chapala on Saturday, July 4, 1 p.m. The lunch, including fried chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad and a chocolate sundae, will be served to revelers at 2 p.m. Tickets at 130 pesos can be purchased at the door.

Conservatives’ Fourth

The Lakeside Conservatives Group is holding its fourth of July Celebration Potluck at the Raquet Club (lower level under the Big Palapa) on Saturday, July 4, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring their favorite 4th of July family food. Traditional hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. A no-host/open bar will be available or attendees are welcome to bring their own bottles or wine.

The cost is 50 pesos per person. RSVP to Nancy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (387) 761-0484 so organizers can plan the meat and buns.

Guests are welcome to attend with members. This is a great chance to meet like-minded folks and share opinions in a convivial atmosphere.

Disabled parking is available on the east side driveway in the back of the clubhouse.

Democrats, Progressives

Democrats Abroad and Lakeside Progressives are jointly hosting a July 4th celebration at La Nueva Posada in Ajijic on Saturday, July 4, from 3-6 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, homemade apple pie and ice cream.

There will be a cash bar, games and raffle. Music will be courtesy of Jimmy Barto and Noe Raygoza. Tickets are available for 200 pesos at Diane Pearl Colecciones or at the door.

Combo Celebration

Rather than to be left out of the fun, Canadians and those from the U.S. can head down to the Maria Isabel Restaurant Bar  at the Old Posada Ajijic  for a combination American Independence Day and Canada Day celebration on Saturday July 4 from 5-8 p.m. The barbecue grill fiesta will be accompanied by live music at 150 pesos per person. Call (33) 3676-6920 for reservations.

July Vacation

Members of the British Society are taking a month off from their regular first Saturday of each month meeting schedule. They will reconvene for lunch and a presentation at Manix Restaurant on Saturday, August 1.

Bridge Classes

The Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club is taking advantage of the off-season to offer six free bridge lessons beginning on Friday, July 10, 9 a.m. at the group’s regular meeting room at Hidalgo 79 in Riberas del Pilar (between Mom’s Deli and Mascara’s Clinic).

Lessons will cover opening bids and responses, no trump bids and responses, overcalls, take out doubles, weak twos and other preemptive bids and slam bidding. There will be time after the lessons for those attending to play.

Warm Weather

The Moringa Madres of San Juan Cosala water and tend their trees and harvest the leaves from their Moringa trees so they can ship their yield to the Thistle Farm Shared Trade Marketplace that empowers marginalized women around the world.  

Women there who are learning to survive and to support themselves blend the leaves with teas grown and harvested by women in some of the 16 other associated social enterprises around the world. The tea then either becomes part of the Tea Survival kit which is created by women in five locations in three countries or it is stockpiled to be served at by another social enterprise in the network organizations designed to give women fair wages for their work..

Hot Moringa tea blend has been on the menu of Nashville’s Thistle Stop Cafe for months. With warmer weather the ladies at the cafe have designed a new cooler version of Moringa tea that utilizes all of its healing qualities with a refreshing lift. Iced Citrus Spice Moringa Tea is blended with orange peel, red rose hips and cloves, creating a fresh antioxidant-loaded way to cool off.  

Open Circle

Those attending Open Circle gather in the back area of the LCS grounds on Sundays at 10 a.m. for refreshments and socializing.
On Sunday, July 5, 10:30 a.m., Dr. Patsi Krakoff will present, “It’s Not Too Late to Get Fit, and Here’s How!”

During the talk she will relate the latest neurophysiological findings that spur retirees into fitness plans in their 60s, 70s and even the 80s and 90s.

Plus, she will reveal a proven tip for forming life-long habits that help folks become fit while having fun and living longer and in ways that may surprise the audience members. She believes everyone can get fit at any age, but in ways that may surprise you!

Krakoff, who holds a doctorate of psychology degree, is from San Diego. She’s still working through her online writing services business, Content for Coaches. She  ghost writes newsletters, ebooks and blogs for leadership coaches. In previous lives, she was a Los Angeles social worker, a Paris fashion model, a journalist for “French Men’s Vogue,” and global jet setter. Today her passion is for staying fit through tennis, the gym, and jogging. So far Patsi has surpassed her short-lived family genes.

On Sunday, July 12, Peter Luciano from the Lakeside Little Theater, Jim Lloyd from the Naked Stage and Jayme Littlejohn from the Bravo Theatre present an unusual Open Circle program entitled, “A Small Village with Three Theatres.”

Attesting to the incredible cultural richness of this community, there are three thriving theaters in Ajijic, each distinct and viable in its offerings. The representatives from each of the organizations will explain their own special niche.  

Little Chapel

Pastor Gene Raymer will deliver the message, “Where was God,” during the regular Sunday, July 5 interdenominational worship service at 11:15 a.m. at the Little Chapel by the Lake. The day will start at 10:45 a.m. with a refreshment and fellowship time shared with the Christ Church Lakeside congregation. Following the worship service, members will gather for additional fellowship and food at a local restaurant.

The Tuesday, July 7, 7 p.m. study group will discuss “Experiencing God.”  The Little Chapel by the Lake is at the Carretera 10, just east of the golf course in Chula Vista.

Lakeside Presbyterian

“As long as humanity has existed, people have been looking for the ‘real’ truth, powerful guidance that would help them make sense of their lives and struggles,” says Pastor Ross Arnold of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church. “That source of truth has always been there for us in one of history’s oldest books; we’ve overlooked, ignored, or taken it for granted.”

On Sunday, July 5, 10 a.m. Arnold continues his “If You Love Me” sermon series with “If You Love Me, Live by God’s Word.” Refreshments and fellowship follow the service. The Pastor’s Forum convenes in the church library at 11:30 a.m. During this session, participants may ask the pastor about the sermon, the church, the faith or other questions.

Lakeside Presbyterian Church is in Riberas del Pilar, at San Jorge 250. Just turn toward the lake at at Mom’s Deli. The church is two blocks on the right.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

A cliché says that familiarity breeds contempt. In the Gospel reading at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church on Sunday, July 5, 10 a.m., Jesus says much the same thing: “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown.”

Fr. Winston Welty’s sermon “Ain’t That Mary’s Kid?” suggests that even today, those who think they know Jesus best are those who most often fail to recognize who he is.

Children’s Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. Refreshments are served in the garden following the worship service.

Every Sunday, the feeding program supported by St. Andrew’s welcomes donations of non-perishable food items which can be left in the baskets by the church doors. The monthly breakfast meeting, the “Company of Gentlemen,” joins in fellowship the men of the parish and of the community in the church kitchen on Wednesday, July 8, 8:30 a.m.

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

San Andres English

The Church as Prophet of God is the theme on Sunday, July 5, 9 a.m. as the English congregation of San Andrés Parish meets for Holy Mass.

Says Father Basil G. Royston, D. Min.: “The Church rejoices in the spirit of prophecy, even though the exercise of that charism does not bring her any honor from the world. It is exercised in weakness.”

The first Sunday of each month members of this congregation bring non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and other housekeeping items needed for the 30 orphans and three nuns of La Villa of Guadalupe and San José.

On Saturday, July 11, the Villa will celebrate their 19th anniversary with mass at 1 p.m. followed by a potluck lunch for the guests, children and staff and a program which will include songs and a dance performed by the children. For other activities and information visit friendsofvillainfantil.org and the Facebook page Villa Infantil Guadalupe y San Jose.

Christ Church

The members of Christ Church Lakeside will observe Holy Communion from the Presanctified Elements during the Sunday, July 5, 9:30 a.m. service in The Little Chapel by the Lake. Deacon Rob Wells will preside and Warden Jim Powers will present the message based on Mark 6:1-13 with the theme, “Rejection.”

The congregations of Christ Church Lakeside and Little Chapel share a common coffee fellowship time between their Sunday services.

On the first Sunday of each month members bring dried beans and rice to give to Love in Action.

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 Bravo 10 A.
During the service on Sunday, July 5, Paula Odem will present a program entitled,  “My Life With Yoga.”

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 wherever it leads. For further information, visit the webpage www.uuflc.org.

Buddhist Community

When the Heart of Awareness Community meets on Wednesday, July 8, Noble Silence will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a formal meditation. The dharma teachings and discussion at 4:30 p.m. will be a recording of an Adyashanti teaching, “A Radical Shift in Identity””

The sangha is at Guadalupe Victoria 101, suites A-B, in Ajijic. The Heart of Awareness is a non-sectarian community grounded in the teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Theravada/Vipassana tradition. Prior experience or affiliation is not required. For further information on the community and scheduled activities, visit the website www.heartofawareness.org or call Janet Reichert  at (376) 766-6069.