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Justice officials explain legal system to expats

Five officials representing different levels of the Fiscalia General del Estado (State Attorney General’s Office, abbreviated FGE) faced a crowd of about 50 curious Lake Chapala Society members attending the November 29 conference on Jalisco’s justice system.


Lakeshore faithful celebrate devotion to Virgin of Guadalupe

Just as our heads had begun to clear and trembling pets emerged from their hiding places under the bed after Ajijic’s noisy San Andrés fiestas, the daily roar of fireworks has started up again, this time blasting out at the west end of the village where the novenario honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe runs in full fury from December 4 through 12.


Organizing the organizations

Following the November 6 summit meeting of lakeside area non-profit organizations, Betty Prentki has been busy updating a comprehensive directory of more than 60 different support groups, fraternal associations and clubs.


LCS presents new art for 2014 directory

The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) recently gave first prize in their yearly Children’s Art Contest to 15-year-old Oscar Orlando Ibarra Lopez. The young artist from San Antonio Tlayacapan will see his artwork grace the cover of the society’s 2014 directory, which is due out in early February of next year.


Chapala’s parking meter controversy has no end in sight

For those who are puzzled about the facts concerning Chapala’s parking meter system, the Reporter reveals the low down on a heated public controversy that seems to take new twists week by week.


Writers confab scheduled for February 2014

The 10th Annual Lake Chapala Writers Conference, scheduled February 26-28, 2014 at Hotel Danza del Sol, Ajijic, will inspire veteran and novice writers alike.


Chapala gains from prolonged rains

Lake Chapala has benefited in what has turned out to be an atypical rainy season. During August, normally the height of the summer wet period, the elevation level dropped by seven centimeters.


Birders set key dates in December

Lake Chapala Birders will meet Wednesday, December 11, 8 a.m., for an observation walk along the San Antonio Malecón. The shallow lagoon and natural vegetation at this location is ideal for sightings of herons, egrets, ducks and kingbirds. The nature lovers will wrap up the experience with breakfast and note sharing at the nearby Sunrise Restaurant. 


Operacion Amor brings pet sterilizations to San Nicolas

Operacion Amor has racked up yet another success in its two-year campaign to encourage the Chapala area’s native populace to spay and neuter their dogs and cats in order to prevent unwanted reproduction.


Happy trails for the disabled

It takes of team of four to assist 10-year-old Ismael with his exercise routine at the Pepe Martinez Equine Therapy Center.


Chapala gets funds for conservation

Mexico’s Environment Ministry (Semarnat) has earmarked a modest funding package to promote the conservation of Lake Chapala’s natural wealth.  This is first time funding has been made available since the lake’s 2009 recognition as an internationally important wetland under the Ramsar Convention, as well as the Cierro Viejo protected forest area designation formalized earlier this year.


Local children fitted with free hearing aids

Some 80 hearing-impaired children and adolescents from the lakeside area were fitted with hearing aids last week, concluding an intensive social service campaign spearheaded by the Texas-based Hearing Head for Latin America organization and the Guadalajara non-profit association Salud, Cultura, Desarrollo y Ecología (Sacudee).


Bird fest welcomes Chapala’s winter wildlife

Timed to welcome flocks of migratory birds that are winging their way from Canada and the United States for the winter season, the fourth annual Festival de las Aves del Lago de Chapala will take place from Friday, November 22 through December 1, offering a variety of cultural and educational activities at different north shore venues.


Little Chapel enjoys revival under new pastor

On Sunday, December 1 Reverend Gene Raymer will reach a milestone, celebrating his first anniversary as pastor of the Little Chapel by the Lake, an assignment that came from a calling to rescue the area’s oldest Protestant church from the darkest hour in its 55-year history.


Chapala rolls out mat for off-beat circus fest

The second biennial International Circus Act Festival of Mexico (FiCHo) opens ten straight days of lively activities with a series of events scheduled Thursday, November 14 through Sunday, November 17 at various venues in Chapala and Ajijic. The program continues November 18-24 with all kinds of happenings scheduled in Guadalajara. 


How kids grow in confidence

Two events at the Instituto Terranova inspired students with  “confidence, self respect and pride of accomplishment,” says José Blum, the school’s director general.


Feria de Maestros showcases premium Mexican folk art

Hardcore shoppers and collectors of Mexican folk art will have a field day at the 12th annual Feria Maestros del Arte, set for next weekend at the sprawling grounds of the Chapala Yacht Club.


French evening at Piano Rojo is sure to please

El Piano Rojo presents Les Femmes de Serge on Friday, December 6, 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, 7 p.m. 


Tepehua Center: a beacon of hope in Chapala barrio

It all started in November 2010 with the launch of a weekly soup kitchen that provided free meals to impoverished families living in Chapala’s bleakest neighborhood. In three short years the Tepehua Centro Comunitario has evolved into a vibrant hub of activity where needy children and adults congregate to receive a helping hand in dealing with the full gamut of troubling family issues and most importantly, gain the practical skills and self-respect needed to overcome the oppressive cycle of poverty and despair.


January fair to highlight volunteer opportunities

Lakeside non-profits will have an opportunity to recruit new volunteers by participating in a fair at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) on Friday, January 10, 2014.


Spectacular catrinas invade Chapala

Chapala is all dolled up for the Dia de Muertos holidays with a community-wide display of giant catrina statues spanning the waterfront boardwalks and other central points in Ajijic, San Antonio Tlayacapan and the municipal seat.


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