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Laguna Chapalac - August 6, 2016

Lakeside British Society

The next Lakeside British Society lunch is Saturday, August 6, 1 p.m. at Manix Restaurant when Ruth Baker from Sweets & Treats Ajijic will be the featured speaker this month.  

Menu choices for the luncheon include minestrone soup or a small salad, spaghetti Bolognese, spinach lasagna or breaded fish fillet with chips. Dessert is chocolate mousse. The cost is 135 pesos (not including tip). Manix is at Ocampo 57 in Ajijic.

For reservations call Arlene, 766-1742 or Sue Sue, 766-0847, 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..

Legion bazaar

American Legion Post Seven in Chapala stages its inaugural First Saturday Bazaar, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

So far the list for handmade goods that will be offered for sale includes art, jewelry, crafts made by women associated with the Tepehua Community Center and dolls made by inmates at Puente Grande Prison. Feature food items will be empanandas, cakes, salads and chocolate. 

Browsers will also find health supplements, cosmetics, natural medicine, clothing, household items, fine pens and watches. Sol Isaac will promote cosmetic makeovers and a representative from SkyMed will explain their medical emergency flight service.

Post Seven also holds a fish fry from 3 to 6 p.m.

If you are interested in renting space to sell items, contact Sue Schools, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (333) 199-3269 (cell).

American Legion Post Seven is located at Morelos 114 in Chapala.

Open Circle

Sandy Britton will present “Letting Mexico Mellow You Out” at Open Circle on Sunday, August 7, 10:30 a.m. in the garden of the Lake Chapala Society.

When you travel to, do business with, or move to another country, the culture clash can puzzle and even frustrate you – or it can expand your mind and change the way you see things. Britton will share how the concept of “cultural intelligence” helped her understand her adopted country better, but even more important, how her time in Mexico has altered her view of life.

Britton is from northern California. Her background is in software development and dog training, but she combines her love of cultural sociology and public speaking to bring you this presentation. For more information see opencircleajijic.org.

Lakeside Progressives

In an attempt find a way to bring the two U.S. political parties together, a TED Talk by Dr. Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University, is scheduled for the August 9 meeting of the Lakeside Progressives. Haidt will speak on “How Common Threats can make Common (Political) Ground.” The current status of the presidential campaigns will also be discussed. 

The Lakeside Progressives meet 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Peacock Garden Restaurant on Colon in Ajijic. 

Most attendees have dinner at the restaurant following the meeting. The group’s Facebook page is Lakeside Progressives. Email Chad Olsen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions. 

Bird watcher excursions

The Chapala Birders group has scheduled two outings for this month. The destination for the first nature walk, on Friday, August 12, is Lake Cajititlan, located about 30 minutes away from the carpool departure point at Donas Donuts, 8 a.m. The second will take place Monday August 22, 8:30 a.m., along the shoreline near the Chapala aqueduct pumping station situated east of Santa Cruz de la Soledad. Both will be followed by breakfast at Delicias in Chapala. 

The excursions are open to all interested in bird watching, either novice or experienced. Knowledgeable birders join in to help identify the species. Just show up with binoculars and cash to cover incidental expenses for gas. For transportation arrangements and more information contact John 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..


The Heart of Awareness Buddhist Sangha meets weekly on Wednesdays. Noble Silence begins at 4 p.m., followed at 4:30 p.m. by a formal meditation period, dharma teachings and discussion.   This week, on August 10, the teaching will be part two of a four-part video retreat titled “The Buddha and the Shrimper,” led by Larry Rosenberg.

Saturdays, August 13 and 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Heart of Awareness community will offer an Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Practice. The course will be taught by Kevin Knox, a long-time meditator. Space is limited and registration is necessary.

The center is open for hour-long silent meditation periods on Sunday and Monday, from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon. A “Drop-In” Practice/Study group meets every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. All are welcome.

For more information on Heart of Awareness, visit heartofawareness.org, or call Janet Reichert, (376) 766-6069.

Pet control

Operation Compasion, which is based in Jocotepec, continues with its outreach program for pet sterilization in villages around the lake. They will conduct a free one-day sterilization clinic Thursday, August 14 at the Pro Mexico building across from the plaza in San Juan Cosala from 9 a.m. on. The medical service is offered at no charge to Mexican pet owners, although voluntary donations are gratefully accepted.

Appointments can be made at (331) 219-6829 (cell).

Immunization Day

The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) will offer shots of five-year typhoid fever vaccine and both lifetime and five-year pneumonia vaccines on Wednesday, August 17.  The shots will be given in the LCS gazebo area from 9:30 to 1 p.m.

Early sign up in the LCS office is recommended as only 90 doses of the typhoid vaccine are available. Those who have signed up will be attended to first. After 11 a.m., walk-ins can obtain the typhoid vaccine, if still available.

The typhoid vaccine costs 700 pesos; the five-year pneumonia shot (Neumovax) 700 pesos; and the lifetime pneumonia shot (Prevnar 13) 1,600 pesos.  Typhoid and pneumonia vaccines may not be taken on the same day.

All medical services and immunizations at LCS are open to the public.

Lakeside Singers

The Lakeside Singers will join in a sing-a-long at Alicia’s nursing home (Juan Alvarez 56, Ajijic) Wednesday, August 17, 4:30 p.m. All those who enjoy singing and can carry a tune are welcome. After each sing-along dinner is scheduled some place nearby. Just show up.

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