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Laguna Chapalac - March 26, 2016

Open Circle

“Beating breast cancer without surgery, chemo, or radiation” is the subject of a presentation by Sheryl Malin at the Sunday, March 26, 10:30 a.m. meeting of Open Circle, to be held in the garden of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

The diagnosis of cancer brings with it the horror of being subjected to terrifying surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy, all of which can have side effects as bad as or worse than the disease. When Sheryl was diagnosed with breast cancer, she and her husband went to the internet and discovered highly effective alternative treatments being used in Europe and in Mexico. This is the story of how Sheryl beat cancer without surgery, chemo, or radiation. It is one woman’s personal story and does not provide a template on which others should base their own life-saving decisions. Sheryl’s 2015 book is titled “My Journey of Completion Body, Heart & Soul — Enjoying life While Managing Cancer.”

For more information, see opencircleajijic.org.

Genealogy Forum

The Genealogy Forum will meet Monday, March 28 in the Lake Chapala Society Sala.  This will be the group’s last meeting held at LCS. 

Say organizers: “We want to thank LCS for their generous use of their space for our monthly meetings. In April, our meetings will move to a room near the Family History Center in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The March meeting will be a work party to sort and move our genealogy library. There will be no presentation.  Please bring your laptop to the meeting.”

LCS Singles

The LCS Singles group is hosting a get-together Tuesday, March 29 at El BarCo Bar & Restaurant between 4 and 6 p.m. 

This is an opportunity to make new friends in a relaxed environment. You can enjoy drinks (2x1 on margaritas and wines), free appetizers and great views from the upstairs Sky Bar. 

Several interactive activities have been planned from 4:30 p.m. Join in the competition and win a prize on the new roof-top putting green and/or the blind draws. 

Those who stay for the barbecue dinner can enjoy the TrainWreck band from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Also check out BarCo’s popular wine cellar during your visit. 

El BarCo is located at Carretera Oriente 33A, just west of Pemex in Ajijic. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a space. 

LCS seminar

Lake Chapala Society members are invited to attend the Tuesday, March 29 learning seminar from noon to 1:15 p.m. featuring a Ted Talk by geneticist Jennifer Doudna speaking on “We can now edit our DNA. But let’s do it wisely.” Fred Harland is the moderator.

Doudna was part of inventing a potentially world-changing genetic technology: the gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 that allows human genome editing by adding or removing genetic material at will. This enables fighting genetic diseases (cutting out HIV, altering cancer cells) as well as, potentially, opening the road to “engineered humans.” Because some applications of genetic manipulation can be inherited, Doudna and numerous colleagues have called for prudent use of the technology until the ethics and safety have been properly considered.

Neill James lecture

Phil Rylett presents “How to communicate with a Spanish speaker” on Tuesday, March 29, at 2 p.m. in the LCS sala. 

Most people would like to speak (or improve) their Spanish. But how do you actually use the language at Lakeside, and does this make a difference to how you should learn it? Rylett will explain the science of second language acquisition and how this knowledge might help you better communicate in Spanish.

Rylett began learning Spanish about eight years ago, while also starting to teach ESL (English as a Second Language). Noticing the ineffectiveness of much conventional second language instruction, he explored the science behind language learning, and encountered radical challenges to standard methods of second language teaching. 


The Heart of Awareness Community meets on Wednesdays. Noble Silence begins at 4 p.m., followed by a formal meditation, dharma teachings and discussion at 4:30. This week, on March 30, there will be the last of five audio presentations: “Waking Up — What Does It Really Mean?” 

Drop-in meditation is on every Sunday (except first Sundays) and every Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. and every Thursday from 11-noon.  A Drop-In Practice/Study group meets every Friday from 2-  to 4 p.m.  All are welcome.

The sangha’s location 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 www.heartofawareness.org, or call Janet Reichert  at (376)766-6069.

Android/Tablet Classes

Lake Chapala Society members are invited to two classes in the use of Android cell phones and tablets on Thursday, March 31 and Thursday, April 7, 10 a.m. in the LCS Sala.  You must have an Android device and have registered for the class to attend. Topics to be included are an overview of Android, setting up email, downloading apps, using widgets, using cell phone as a GPS, managing apps and data, photos and photo editing apps.  Register with your LCS number 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..

Wine tasting

The Lake Chapala Society invites one and all to a wine tasting event, Saturday April 16, 3 to 5:30 p.m.  Fine wines from Mexico, Chile and Argentina will be paired with delicious cheeses and appetizers. Tickets for this event, 50 pesos for members and 100 pesos for non-members, are only available at LCS.

Wing Ding

American Legion Post 7 in Chapala will hold a Wing Ding feast with deserts Thursday, April 21. Cocktails begin at 3 p.m. with chicken wings, and pineapple/raisin coleslaw and choice of deserts available at 4 p.m. The cost is 100 pesos. Live music will be on tap. Contact Peggy Graves with questions and if you’d like to provide a desert, 765-6581.

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