Lakeside Living – September 2013


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

September 2013


Front Row: Harry Walker, Bob Jones (director) Liz White, Maryanne Gibbard and Jim Lloyd;

Back Row: Georgette Richmond, Peter Luciano, Damyn Young and Clay McAdam

The Naked Stage presented “After-Play,” written by Anne Meara and directed by Bob Jones on August 23-25. In 1998 After-Play was produced at the Lakeside Little Theatre with rave reviews. Two of the people involved in that production are in the current reading at The Naked Stage. Jim Lloyd played the role of Phil which he is recreating and Liz White reading the role Terry was in charge of props at LLT.


After-Play-Naked Stage Cast


Moonie King, President of the Board of Directors of Tepehua Centro Comunitario AC, held a welcome tea for volunteers and interested members of the community on August 4.

The motto of the group is “Helping a Village to Help Itself.” The Tepehua Barrio Project is committed to providing assistance to families in the Tepehua community. Less than an hour from Guadalajara, Mexico Tepehua sits on a rocky hilltop in the town of Chapala. Tepehua is one of the poorest barrios in Jalisco. Crime, violence and substance abuse are rampant.


The Tepehua Barrio Project


In 2010, volunteers formed a legal A.C., raised money and created the Tepehua Community Center.  The goal was to offer support through education, counseling, nutrition and health with the hope of bringing back independence and self-respect to the people of the village. 

In 2012, funds from Rotary International paid for a commercial kitchen.

That year, volunteers also opened a soup kitchen & bazaar.   Three years later, both are run by women of the barrio.  A community meal is served every Friday. It started with 30 people and now over 400 show up each week.

The bazaar is located in Riberas del Pilar. All proceeds from the Thrift Shop go back into the community.  The ex-pat community is very generous in donating used or unwanted items to the shop.

Other services begun by these volunteers include medical and dental care, sewing lessons, counseling, bathing services and plans to improve living spaces.

For further information, contact Moonie King at or visit the website at

Tickle Your Fancy was a “fun evening of comedy, song and dance,” presented at the Lakeside Little Theater August 15-18.  The production was devised and compiled by Dave McIntosh and Barbara Clippinger (who also directed).

The event was a fundraiser to help upgrade Lakeside Little Theater’s stage equipment.

The company: Pattye Simpson, Dave McIntosh, Roger Larson, Olga Kaplounenko, Paul Kloegman, Russell Mack, Ken Yakiwchuk, Greg Clarke, Alexis Hoff, Val Jones, Mac Morison, Patrick DuMouchel, Jim Donnelly and Douglas Pinkerton.


Tickle Your Fancy


Charlie Klestadt, Sales Chairperson of Cruz Roja volunteers, was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver on June 2. He is recovering nicely at home now after seven weeks of hospitalization. While flat on his  back in the hospital Charlie raised 22,000 pesos for Cruz Roja by selling raffle and luau tickets to his visitors. Charlie, in his signature straw hat, has resumed his regular rounds at Superlake and other local places, selling raffle tickets and necklaces made and donated by his wife Ann.


Charlie Klestadt


On August 2, friends of Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic (NCA) gathered at the Chapala home of Sharon Ford and Dave Paterson. The occasion was a Mexican Garden Party, complete with mariachis, famed songstress Lupita Jimenez, and a feast of hand-made tacos and side dishes, beer, wine, and margaritas. The event was declared a huge success by the guests. Another NCA Garden Party is in the works.


NCA Board Members


NCA is a non-profit, charitable organization, incorporated in 1977. Over several decades, NCA has helped thousands of needy young Mexicans attend and stay in school. For more information, visit: Facebook: Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic AC

Members of the NCA Board. Left to right: Doug Friend, Sharon Ford, Bill Friend, Laura Diez, Amy Friend, Dave Paterson. Absent: Lori Skoda, José Duran.

Congratulations to Rev. Gene and Serena Raymer, who celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary (July 30) with a renewal of vows after the The Little Chapel by the Lake Sunday service on August 4.  Officiating was Father Danny Bokowski of Christ Church Anglican Catholic Fellowship. A well-enjoyed barbecue potluck followed the ceremony. 


NCA Board Members


Who Rescued Who: Tales of Street Dogs and The People Who Love Them

Valerie Siegle writes that after the publication of Who Rescued Who: Tales of Street Dogs and The People Who Love Them,” almost a year ago, “Lots of people loved the stories andwanted to helpour charities. So farLuna and Winston have received over 4,000 pesos each and have donated them to ARDAT (Ajijic Rotary Dog Assist Therapy program) and Animal Buddies, the feeding program for dogs (and cats) at the Lakeside Animal Shelter AC store. We also selected two new charities for donations.”

Look for upcoming Who Rescued Who 2: MORE Tales of Street Dogs and The People Who Love Them. 

Valerie’s website:  



American Legion in Chapala

Saturdays:      3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Fish Fry

Sundays:         Burgers & Dogs 12 – 3 p.m.



Lakeside Little Theatre opens its 49th season with Local Hero, a modern day fable about the lessons learned when Big Oil meets Wee Scotland, based upon the movie of the same name. Performances will run October 4-13.

The play is adapted for the stage by Neal Checkoway from the original screenplay by Bill Forsyth. It is directed by Neal Checkoway, and assisted by Russell Mack.

Open season ticket sales can be purchased September 10 and 11, from 10 to 12, at the Little Theater box office. The phone number is 766-0954.

Season tickets can also be ordered by email.  Add “Season Tickets” to the subject line and include what nights or days,  number of seats, and when to make payment.   The seating chart is on the Website under “Tickets.”  Email: or 

There is a change this year in the play schedule.  Opening nights will be on Friday, not Saturday, and the theatre will be closed (dark) on the first Monday after opening night. 



The Naked Stage September production, Here on the Flight Path by Norm Foster, will be performed on September 27, 28 and 29. The director is Michael Warren.

The play is a wacky, humorous commentary on male/female relationships. It takes place on adjoining balconies of an apartment building near the airport of a big city.  John Cummings is a recently divorced journalist who likes to chat with and get to know his female neighbors, in turn Fay, Angel and Gwen.  If you want to find out more, you’ll have to come and see the play.

Norm Foster is generally recognized as Canada’s most produced playwright. In a Globe and Mail article, theatre commentator Richard Ouzounian linked the Fredericton writer with Alan Ayckbourn (England) and Neil Simon (United States) as the three most talked-about playwrights of their respective countries.

The e-mail address for future reservations: or phone Michelle at 765-6408

Concert #4 September 15, 4 p.m. The 2013 Summer Sunday concert series presented by Viva Musica is at St. Andrew’s Church, Riberas del Pilar.

This time VIVA is presenting an outstanding  duo: David Mosqueda on classical guitar and Nury Ulate on flute.  Their program includes pieces for solo guitar by: A.Barrios-Mangore; J.S.Bach; Manuel.M.Ponce and J. Turina   as well as duets for guitar and flute by: C.P.E. Bach; J. Cesar Oliva and Maximo Diego Pujol.


Viva Musica-Nury and David

Nury Ulate  was born in Costa Rica and began studying the flute at the age of eight, playing in competitions and winning the Jovenes Soloistas competition in 1980. She graduated from university there as a solo performer in 1985 and immediately joined the Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica.   Nury moved to Mexico in 1990 and became a naturalized citizen. She joined the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra as co-principal flute, becoming principal flute two years later. She has played as a flute soloist with orchestras throughout Mexico, the United States and Europe.

David Mozqueda  was born in Guadalajara and studied guitar there and later at USC in Los Angeles where he completed post graduate studies. He has taken master classes with Pepe Romero among other great guitarists. David has taken part in the most important guitar festivals in Mexico, South America, Europe and the States.  Mr. Mozqueda currently teaches classical guitar at the University of Guadalajara and is considered one of the best classical guitar players in Mexico.

Since 1998 Nuri and David have presented concerts and played in festivals widely as a flute and guitar duo: “DUO PRELUDE.” They are married to one another and to their art and their music is a delight.

St Andrew’s Anglican church is located at the corner of Calle St. Lucas and Calle St. Luis  in Riberas del Pilar.

A cash bar will serve champagne during intermission. Admission: $200 members, $300 general, free for music students with ID, $100 for students. Tickets are available at LCS, 10 – 12 Thursdays and Fridays, or at Diane Pearl’s.

Concert #5 October 13, 4.p.m. A Quartet featuring Tania Tourby Piano, Konstantin Zumbilov Violin, Robert Nelson Viola and Yalissa Cruz Cello playing Mozart and Brahms Piano Quartets.

 All music lovers are invited to come and spend a lovely Sunday afternoon in the company of young and talented Mexican musicians.

Cruz Roja Golf Classic

The 10th Annual Cruz Roja Golf Classic will be held on Thursday, November 7 at the Country Club de Chapala. There will be even greater prizes this year, and as always, a wonderful barbecue dinner. This is a day not to be missed!

Tickets go on sale September 15 at the club pro shop (1200 pesos/player, 250 pesos for dinner only). For more information call Don at 766-4990.

The Feria Maestros del Arte, the annual fair for Mexican art, will be held at the Chapala Yacht Club (Club de Yates de Chapala), Paseo Ramón Corona on November 15-17.

The times: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $50 pesos admission.  Credit cards for purchases will be accepted.

The Feria chooses a different image for promotional material every year. This year it is a wonderful ceramic piece shown above created by artist Angel Ortiz. Potter Angel Ortiz Gabriel, has his studio-house-workshop located in Tonalá, Jalisco, Mexico. 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 that is passed on through generations. He has been working with clay since he was 11 years old 



American Thanksgiving At the Beach Raffle

Ninos de Chapala y Ajijic is sponsoring five days and four nights at the Hotel Riu Jalisco in Nayarit. The prize includes door to door transportation from Chapala/Ajijic and is all inclusive for two persons.

Cost of the raffle ticket is 200 pesos. The drawing will take place in early October. Profits are donated to Niños de Chapala y Ajijic, Administrative Fund.

The dates of the Thanksgiving vacation are November 25 – 29. 

Raffle tickets available from the Bazar de los Ninos in Riberas, the NCA office in Chapala, 765-7032, call Dave at 765-2334, or Amy at 765-5454.


 Mark your calendars for world-class jazz concerts coming to Ajijic on January 11 and 12, 2014.  Molly Johnson’s fabulous smoky voice and Guido Basso’s superb trumpet playing, backed by three other Juno Award-winning jazz musicians, will make this a jazz event to top all others at Lakeside. The concerts will benefit Ninos Incapacitados del Lago..  

Email Ninos Incapacitados at to have your name added to our VIP (Very Interested People) list.  There is a possibility of winning two free tickets and updates on all the latest information 




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