Sent to us by a concerned North Shore resident, this photo shows fires blazing on the south shore, driven by the wind. On the same day Chapala Civil Protection and Fire Department chief Arturo Rivera revealed that staff have faced major challenges “with a rash of brush fires” within the municipality. With sufficient manpower but inadequate equipment and material resources to deal with fires during the dry season, Chapala and Ixtlahuacán teamed up. They have battled four fires together, the worst on April 9 where the “conflagration swept over at least 40 hectares” on the northeastern edge of the Libramiento, threatening private properties and the dog ranch which backs onto that area.
If you are a hiker, please be careful during this dry period. You don’t want to get stranded by bursts of flame; perhaps all of us can be careful of anything we use that is flammable. The good news is that “rain birds” suggest that rainy season may begin in May. Let’s hope so. Where living is squeezed between mountains and lake, even modern equipment is insufficient without airplanes, but our firemen are giving their all.
On March 9, 80 golfers gathered at the Chapala Country Club to compete and support Rotary’s community projects. The event coincided with International Women’s Day and was attended by local celebrities Chapala Mayor Joaquin Huerta and Chapala Fire Chief Auturo Rivera. Golf pros conducted clinics. First place winners included two 13-year-olds, Monserrat “Monzie” Contreras and Nory Hernandez both of whom show promising careers. The other two ladies on the First Place team were Joy Rathbone and Carol Mitchel.
1st Place Winners at Rotary Women’s Golf Tournament
The event netted over $10,000 USD for Rotary’s community projects at Love in Action Children’s Shelter, Hope House Shelter for Boys, ARDAT dog therapy program, Tepehua Community Center Medical Clinic, and education scholarships for needy students. Co-chaired by Sandra Loridans and Rod Hensley, assisted by club and community volunteers, this was an outstanding success all around. Next year’s 2nd Annual Rotary International Women’s Day Golf Classic will be on March 8, 2014.
In March the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic, better known as CASA, featured Irish main dishes as well as pies and tarts in the dessert category. The following photo shows the winners of the main dish category. In May CASA will feature the food of India. CASA food is scrumptious. Please note that Pam Ladd is a winner and also the CASA photographer. To learn more, check out their website at www.ajijiccasa.org.
CASA winners and their offerings
In the March newsletter from Niños Incapacitados, they told a story of a little girl. It is particularly heartwarming: Alexa C.R.’s smile lights up the room. She was born with a perforation in the cornea of her right eye and is currently being prepared for an ocular prosthesis. It is urgent that Alexa’s eye socket be reconstructed as soon as possible so that her face and head can develop normally. At present she’s being fitted with a “spacer” to keep the socket open. This will be changed several times as she grows until she can have a permanent prosthesis fitted and matched to her left eye. The total cost, even with a discount, will be $23,000 pesos. As Niños Incapacitados usually does with such a large sum, they ask the parents to contribute one third of the cost. Alexa’s parents have so far raised $7,000 pesos. If you would like to help, please visit programaninos.org and click on “how to donate.”
April 16 La Bodega hosted the Doo Wops, reviving songs from the 50s & 60s American Bandstand. Jerry Morse and Jack Fallon sang some of our most beloved songs. Can you still do the dances from back then?
Doo Wops at La Bodega
April 16 was “One Day Without Shoes” at the Chapala malecon near the Beer Garden where people gathered to donate children’s shoes and to participate in a global video. There was entertainment and an art installation of unusual shoes from around the world, thanks to Lorraine Kulig, representing the Shoelanthropists.
On April 26, Lake Chapala Society held a farewell party in the gazebo for Mary Alice Sargent who is returning to the U.S. after almost 20 years Lakeside. She volunteered at LCS for almost the entire time that she has been here. She served on the board for 18 years, managed the Wilkes Education Center and the Student Aid program. Most recently she acted as Volunteer Coordinator. Mary Alice served as LCS President, has been working the service desk for years and is an LCS Life Member.
May 11 Red Piano invites you to bring music, art and theater friends to Amazing Grace, a “divine” dinner theater. The Red Piano is at Morelos #14, ½ block from Ajijic Tango Restaurant and a half block from the pier. There’ll be a BBQ with two salads served at 6 p.m. Dinner and dancing for $250 pesos. For reservations, call 766 – 2876.
Invitation: Dinner theater and dancing
May 24, 25, 26 The Naked Stage presents a double feature of two one act plays from the anthology The Best American Plays of 1994 -1995. Director: Collette Clavadetscher. “Hotline” by Elaine May is about a neurotic woman with enough urban angst to fill a neighborhood, who calls a suicide crisis hotline late one night. The counselor who gets the call is overwhelmed – it is his first night on the job. This is a dark and desperate but wildly funny piece.
“The Spelling of Coynes” is by Jules Tasca and tells the tale of a house painter in his forties, scheming to marry an 80 year old woman to inherit her money. His fiancée is reluctant to go along with it at first but succumbs to his “how long can she last?” refrain when she finds out the old woman is worth millions. At the conclusion of this funny look at greed, one finds out how long she can last. And for those of you familiar with Ed Tasca, a frequent actor at either the Naked Stage or the LLT, yes, Jules Tasca is his brother. A talented family.
For reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michelle Boudreau at 765-6408. Naked Stage presents minimalistic play readings for adult theatre lovers at 4 p.m., donation $80 pesos. Bar opens at 3 p.m., box office at 3:15 p.m. Prior to or after the Reading, Daniel’s is open for lunch and dinner. After the Readings, the manager Daniel is offering 2 x 1 Dinners and 2 x 1 Margaritas.
The Naked Stage is located in Plaza de la Ribera (Formerly Sol y Luna). Drive West on the Carretera from Central Ajijic. Turn South on Rio Bravo. The theatre is behind the Don Pedro Restaurant two blocks down on the left. And meals will be served.
November 15 – 17 the annual fair for Mexican art will be held at the Chapala Yacht Club. Here is just one example of what there is to look forward to. Potter Angel Ortiz Gabriel, has his studio-house-workshop located in Tonalá, Jalisco. As is customary his calling is a family affair. His vocation was learned from and taught by his grandparents Cruz Gabriel and María Felix Bautista. It isn’t just a livelihood. It is a lifestyle passed on through generations. Angel has been working with clay since he was 11 years old. As you look at the pot above, maybe you can discern whether the fern-like design is actually carved into the clay or whether it’s an illusion created by first rate artistry.
Angle Ortiz’ beautiful craftsmanship reveals a touch of fun in this pot
Allen McGill has another book out, called Daisy Chains and Monster Games, a collection of short stories. Diversity is the name of the game for this varied potpourri of the real and surreal. The 27 stories in this collection run the gamut from funny to frantic, fearsome to fantastic. Stories of time travel and time lost, eternal love and prolonged revenge. Between these e-pages, you’ll find humor and horror, gruesome and gay, sensuous encounters to sinister soliloquies. You’ll meet a hodgepodge of characters, from people to ghosts, victims to victors, eternally famous to determined wannabes, heroes to out-of-body escapees. There’s something for everyone! The e-book can be bought at JMSbooks.com, Amazon.com, B&N.com.
Latest book released by Allen McGill
The American Legion post #7 schedule for May:
Sundays: 12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers
May 25 – 3 – 7 p.m. Beer batter fried fish with French fries and cole slaw, $70 pesos, partial order $50 pesos.
May 27 – 1:30 p.m. brief Memorial Day ceremony, followed by 2:30 p.m. pit roasted pig, etc. plus ice cream floats, $150 pesos
For information, call 765 – 2259 or check www.americanlegionchapalapost7.org
Lakeside Little Theatre news:
Season Tickets for Season 49 go on sale September 10 – 11 from 10 to 1. If you have any questions about season tickets, email Paula McTavish through the LLT at email@example.com. In the meantime, enjoy the summer.
Next season, in response to both audience and volunteer wishes, Opening Night will be Friday, as is the custom in NY. Each show will start on Friday evening, followed by an evening performance on Saturday and a Sunday Matinee. The theatre will be dark (closed) on Mondays, giving cast and crews a rest. Shows will resume Tuesday evenings and run through the following Sunday matinee.
All Current Saturday Opening Night Season Ticket Holders will be contacted soon so they may change to Friday if desired. Monday night season ticket holders will be given first priority for new seats currently unsubscribed on any other day.
Tickets are $200 pesos per seat, $250 for the musical. For full listing of shows, box office and ticket information and to get e-mail updates, go to www.lakesidelittletheatre.com. Box office hours are 10 – 1 and one hour prior to each performance. Sunday box office access is just prior to a show. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. To call box office: 766 – 0954.
The Music Appreciation Society of Ajijic (MAS) announces the 2013 – 2014 season: Memories of the 20th Century
Boogie Woogie Babies
Dec 7 – a double program – the Dueto de Moscú: Oleg Vasiliev (cello) and Elena Kuzmina (piano) from Instituto Universitario de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Colima and Eduardo Leon on the Classical Flamenco Guitar
Jan 18 – Classical FX returns from the Washington, DC/Kennedy Center Opera Company to wow us again, performing opera, Broadway hits and gospel.
Mar 8 – Bob Milne and his ragtime piano, a big hit from his last visit here.
All Saturday evening performances will be at the Auditorio de La Ribera at 7 p.m. The following day, MAS will offer a Brunch Concert at 1 p.m. at El Piano Rojo, Morelos #14 (handicapped entrance on 16th de Septiembre). Season tickets are on sale now at Diane Pearl’s and Charter Club Tours. Center section tickets are $1200 pesos, others at $1100 pesos. Individual tickets are $350 pesos. For more information, contact Kathleen Phelps at MASajijic.com or call 766 – 0010.
VIVA La Musica:
Viva la Musica 2013 Summer Sunday concert series – all are at St. Andrew’s Church, Riberas del Pilar.
Jun 16, 4 p.m. – Rosa Maria Valdez, Piano: Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Ponce and Carrasco
Jul 21, 4 p.m. – Cronopius String Quartet & Cuatemoc Garcia, Flute: Bocherini, Reicha, Shostakovich, Gamboa and Ginastera
Aug 18, 4 p.m. – Isaac Ramirez, Cello & Andres Sarre, Piano: Toussaint, de Falla, Faure and Piazzola and 20th century music program
Sep 15, 4 p.m. – Nury Ulate, Flute & David Mosqueda, prelude flute & Guitar: Solo Guitar Bach, Ponce and Turini, Flute and Guitar Bach, Oliva and Pujol Buenos Aires Suite
Oct 13, 4 p.m. – Tania Tourby, Piano, Konstantin Zumbilov, Violin, Robert Nelson, Violoa and Yalissa Cruz, Cello: Mozart, Brahms Piano Quartets
Tickets are available at LCS, Th – F, 10 – 12 or at Diane Pearl’s; cost: $200 pesos for members, $300 pesos for non-members. Discount for Viva members purchasing 5-concert series (5 for price of 4, a 20% discount). In light of such discounts, the membership fee for Viva at$250 pesos is advantageous for those who want more than one performance and/or to take part in next year’s trips to Guadalajara for musical performances.
VIVA’s goals are:
– to offer concerts by bringing outstanding Mexican and International performers to Lakeside
– to sponsor bus trips to concerts in Guadalajara and other cities, and
– to support talented Mexican music students to complete their musical education by offering them financial aid.
For more information about Lake Chapala visit: www.chapala.com
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