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Human Rights skipper takes helm on Chapala area issues

Embarking on a marathon working tour in the Lake Chapala region last week, Jalisco Human Rights Commission president Felipe de Jesus Alvarez Cibrian addressed local issues revolving around indigenous cultures, clean water and public security.


Javier Zaragoza rejuvenates Ajijic mural

Ajijic artist Javier Zaragoza has temporarily closed shop at his local gallery to dedicate his time and talent to restoring the giant mural he painted on the southern façade of the town’s Delegacion office building back in 2008.


Live entertainers slated for Chapala Tequila Festival

As if free samplings of Mexico’s emblematic firewater isn’t enough to draw hoards of visitors, the three-day Festival del Tequila Chapala 2013 will offer plenty of south-of-the-border style entertainment.


Expats exit LCS meeting on car legalization with unanswered questions

While the Lake Chapala Society deserves a pat on the back for attempting to get official answers on sticky legal issues that impact many expat residents through the new monthly Town Topic series, the July 19 session advertised as “Nuts and Bolts of Legalizing your Car” clearly fell short of expectations for the 50-plus members who squeezed in to every available seat.


Fanfare and fervor envelop Virgin of Zapopan’s Chapala visit

Chapala will welcome the beloved Virgen de Zapopan on Sunday, July 14 for a two-day visit that will be enveloped in colorful fanfare and religious fervor.


Chapala Tequila Festival attracts crush of visitors

Gallon after gallon of free-flowing booze, lively Mexican style entertainment and an exhibition gallery for a wide array of Jalisco-made merchandise turned Chapala’s first annual Festival del Tequila into an irresistible a magnet for an estimated throng of 10,000 visitors over its three-day run.


Chapala traffic alert

With the Virgin of Zapopan’s summer pilgrimage and the Mud Festival off-road vehicle event (see above right) both booked for Sunday, July 14, motorists should think twice before setting out to drive to or through Chapala that day.


Chapala lighthouse undergoes a facelift

Chapala’s emblematic faro (lighthouse) is looking spiffy following recent renovation work. Local artist Miguel Mora spent several weeks retouching the series of small frescos depicting important episodes in lakeside history that embellish the interior of the structure. He also designed the decorative iron work that has been installed to protect the artwork from vandalism.


Motorheads to mix it up at Chapala Mud Fest

Motorheads can expect a day of adrenaline and sport at the Can-Am BRP Festival del Lodo, to be held in Chapala on Sunday, July 14.


Mayor pitches Malecon renewal plan

Mayor Joaquin Huerta has hit the stump to pitch his plan for an extreme makeover of the eastern leg of Chapala’s waterfront Malecon.


Mayor quells furor over Ajijic rave with public apology

In response to continuing fallout from the recent electronic music blowout held at Ajijic’s Tecoluta soccer field, Chapala Mayor Joaquin Huerta has issued a formal apology and a firm promise that he will henceforth prohibit all events of that type in the municipality.


Chapala fires up for weekend tequila fest

Fans of Mexico’s famed firewater will have the chance to engage in some serious tippling over the three-day run of the Chapala Tequila Festival, which kicks off Friday, July 19 along the center line of the waterfront Malecon.


Electronic music fest raises ruckus in Ajijic

A 22-hour electronic music festival held June 29 and 30 in Ajijic triggered mass outrage among local residents who were forced to endure incessant high-decibel noise and offensive misbehavior by more than 1,500 young rockers from the Guadalajara metro area in attendance.


Chapala quietly pulls out the stops for beloved icon

Festivities surrounding the annual summer visit of the famed statue of the Virgin of Zapopan were replete with all the usual religious pageantry, with a few novel twists for the several thousand devotees in attendance.


Chapala American Legion Post Seven: Not the place to talk about war

If you harbor any preconceived ideas about Chapala’s American Legion Post Seven, now is probably a good time to ditch them.


Getting down & dirty at Chapala mud fest

Hundreds of off-road enthusiasts roared into Chapala last Sunday to mix it up in the mud at the area’s first Festival del Lodo. 


Legislators let mayor off the hook

Jalisco’s state congress saved Chapala Mayor Joaquin Huerta from a two-week suspension from his duties, voting last week to reject a judicial ruling to that effect handed down earlier this year.


Chapala police collar US fugitive

A fugitive who had been hiding out in Lakeside for several months was arrested by Chapala police this week and extradited to the United States.


Chapala Tequila Festival back on track

Following a brief postponement, Chapala’s Festival del Tequila 2013 is back on track with firm dates set for July 19 through 21.


Shriners help local boy with gift of hearing

Christian de la Cruz, a four-year-old boy from San Juan Tecomatlan who was born deaf and without ears, has just returned to lakeside after receiving specialized surgery at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal, Canada.


Corn Fest seeks to turn tide against GMOs

A local campaign aimed at promoting the preservation of Mexico’s heirloom corn species has been launched as a follow-up to the recent March against Monsanto, a worldwide movement against the spread of genetically modified (GMO) seeds and crops.


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