Lakeside Living – July 2015


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


July 2015




The Heart of Awareness Community last month presented a special live streaming retreat from the Omega Institute in New York with Pema Chodron, a notable and popular American figure in Tibetan Buddhism.


The retreat committee, left to right: Marian Puentes, Isabel Van Rooy, Liz Sellars, Michael Fitzpatrick, Patricia Hyland and Dan Schaller


The weekend included talks, guided meditations, and question and answer periods.  The Heart of Awareness Community will sponsor another live stream retreat in October.  For information on future events, check the website:


The Lake Chapala Society was the scene of a fashion show last month. It was organized by Karla Boentgen, LCS Event Chairperson.

Proceeds from the event were for the support of the Community Education Programs at LCS.  An hour of socializing with drinks and appetizers served by some of the children was followed by a modeling of beautiful clothes from Lois Cugini’s store Opus, provided from a Dunes collection (owner Diana Martin and her daughter Patti) and from a Mi Capricho collection (owner Lynne Gilbank).



The models who participated in the event were Kat Miller, Azucena Campos Bateman, Judy Chambers, Marilyn Morris, Diane Pearl, Beth Cathcart, Shelley Wilson, Lynn Gilbank, Yoly Martinez, Edna Lidia Alcaraz, Concha Gurski, Bob Welch, Ben White, Tom McConkey, Jim Donnelly, Bryon Cranston, Jack West and Hans Boentgen.


The eagerly awaited collection of short stories, Embracing the Fog, by popular Lake Chapala authors Robert Bruce Drynan, Mel Goldberg, Antonio Ramblés, and James Tipton is now officially available. Buy the paperback ($9.99 US) or Kindle version ($2.99 US) at It is available locally for 200 pesos at Diane Pearl Colecciones or from the individual authors.


Left to right: Mel Goldberg, Antonio Rambles, James Tipton and Robert Bruce Drynan



To better meet the health care needs of the population at Lakeside, registered nurses Mary Anne Molinari, Coordinator, Jackie Kellum, Dona Hall, James Flynn, George Allen and Phil Rylett have designed a bilingual Health Care Assistant Program (H-CAP) curriculum. Benjamin Vallaran, M.D., sponsors the program.


Left to right, first row: Maria del Carmen Romero, Claudia Guzman, Rosa Flores, Nadia Arreda, Blanca Vazquez, Ana Paola Ramos. Second row: David Metz, Janet Barnes, Martin Meza, Frank Deloya.


Students who successfully completed the16 weeks were honored at a reception at El Parque.  The course included such topics such as ethics and professionalism, infection prevention, hygiene, wound care, ambulation, dementia care, visual and hearing and speech impairments and emergencies.

Generous  community support and donations as well as time volunteered by other nurses made the program successful. Further information:


There was a good group of Lakeside Singles enjoying a Wednesday afternoon at Maria Isabel recently.  Laura Burns was at the door to greet people.  For more information about this friendly bunch, email


Left to right in the photo: John Burns, Nancy Wunder, Gini Garden, and Paul Katz.




Lakeside Little Theatre has announced the Mexican premiere of The Wrecking Crew, a documentary film about one of the greatest groups of rock and roll musicians ever.

You’ve heard of Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Elvis, The Beach Boys,  The Mama and the Papas,  5th Dimension, Jan and Dean, The Ronettes, Tijuana Brass, Glen Campbell, and Sonny and Cher. Their biggest hits were played by agroup of anonymous, and incredibly versatile, studio musicians nicknamed The Wrecking Crew. 



This documentary has been praised at film festivals all over the world. The evening will include a live Q & A with the film’s director Denny Tedesco, son of The Wrecking Crew’s late guitarist Tommy Tedesco.

There are four shows only: Friday, July 17, 7:30 p.m; Saturday, July 18, 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m; and Sunday, July 19, 3:00 p.m. Get your reserved seat tickets—200 pesos— on July 6, 7, 13, 14; from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the LLT Box Office.


Viva Bus Trip to the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

Sunday July 12 Mexican Gems & Rachmaninoff – with Sonny Wong, brilliant young Korean-Canadian pianist playing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2; also works by Vargas, Briseno, Guizar and Albeniz. The Jalisco Philharmonic will perform this program in Korea later this year. Bus leaves at 10.30. 

Tickets for the bus trip are $300 pesos for Viva members ($400 for non-members) available at  LCS Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Note: bus trips are subject to cancellation if not enough people sign up.

Viva Summer in the Village Concert Series

These performances are at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorio.

Thursday, July 23 Daniel Estrada, clarinet, and Hans Peter Aull, piano.

Robert Schumann, Romances; Camille Saint-Saens, Sonata Opus 167; Francis Poulenc, Sonata (1962) and Arturo Marquez, Zarabandeo

Thursday August 6 Joshua Chavez, double bass, with Rodrigo Leal, piano  This brilliant young bass player will play works by Hoffmeister, Marcello, Bottesini and Gabriel Faure.

Thursday, August 20 The Serenata Piano Trio: Areli Medeles, cello; Robert Markus, violin; and Rosa Maria Valdez, piano, will perform works by Antonin Dvorak, Manuel Cerda, Alfredo Carrasco, Leo Janacek, Eugene Toussaint and Manuel Ponce’s Estrellita, written for Jascha Heifitz. 

Viva concert tickets are 200 pesos and are available from June 1 at LCS Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 a.m. to noon, at Diane Pearl Colecciones and the Auditorio.


The next Naked Stage production will be Sylvia, a whimsical comedy concerning a man in midlife crisis who becomes addicted to a New York City street dog. (can’t wait to see this one!)

The show runs July 24, 25 and 26. An extra treat is that it’s directed by Liz White,  a former professional actress and one of the original Naked Stage founding members.  Cast members are Marianne Gibbard, Jim Lloyd, Clay McAdam, John Ward, Amy Friend and Day Dobbert.


From left to right: Liz White, Director, Amy Friend, Maryanne Gibbard, Clayton McAdam, Georgette Richmond Missing: John Ward, Jim Lloyd


The e-mail address for future reservations: Reservations guarantee a seat until 3:50, after which seats will be sold to those waiting without reservations.

The Naked Stage is located at #10A Rio Bravo. Directions: west on the carretera from Ajijic, south on Rio Bravo, about two blocks down and behind Daniel’s Restaurant on the east side. Daniel’s is open for lunch and dinner with a no host bar available at 3:00 p.m. The box office opens at 3:15 and the show starts at 4:00 p.m.


The Lake Chapala Painting Guild will hold a “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, July 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Arileo restaurant.

Members include, Maryann Linhart, Nancy Gray, Marion Decker, Geraldine Classen, Lois Schroff, Ina Gieysztor, Anita Lee, Winnie Hunt, Carol Ann Owers, Stve Achs and Antonio Lopez Vega. Not shown: Sonia Mocnik.

The artists will introduce themselves and discuss their philosophies about art, their individual methods and media, as well as show their work, which will be on view until mid-August.

To celebrate this special event, Arileo will have 2-for-1 margaritas. Plan to stay for one of their superior dinners. For further information, email


Hotel Montecarlo’s tented lakeside terraces will be the site for some serious rocking and rolling on Wednesday, July 29, from 6:30-10:00 p.m

Cruz Roja invites you to come and relive the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and dance to DJ Howard playing your favorite oldies.   Wear your most creative rock ’n’ roll attire—from sideburns to disco glitter; from poodle skirts to tie-dyed shirts. The cash bar will serve cocktails, wine, and beer. You might score a bargain at the silent auction.


Tinker Reilly-Lafata and Chef Maria Guadalupe Padrón Renteria

Tickets at 280 pesos include a welcome cocktail, grilled burger or hot dog, side dishes, chocolate chip cookies and brownies for dessert. 

Tickets are available at the Cruz Roja table at LCS on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., from Cruz Roja Charlie Klestadt’s sales team, or at Diane Pearl Colecciones.

Once you have purchased your tickets, you can make reservations for tables of 6-10 guests or make a song request by emailing


The old train station, Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo, will be the site of the XIX National Model Train Convention  on August 7, 8 and 9.  This event is held in a different Mexican city every year and this year the honor goes to Chapala.

Train fanciers come from all over the country with their layouts and models and have meetings and workshops at the convention. According to Ana Gabi, proprietor of restaurant Machina 245 atop Papeleria Trinidad in San Antonio (check out their trains), “It is a weekend full of friendship and trains.”

Here in Chapala there are two model train clubs. If you’re interested, visit the Facebook page: XIX Convención Ferromodelistas Chapala.


Season tickets are now available for the LLT 2015-16 season, which also promises to be exciting. The plays are as follows:

October 2-11 Murder by Misadventure

November 6-15  Stepping Out

December 4-12  Rumors

January 15-24  Good People

February 19-March 6 Nunsense

March 25-April 3  Other Desert Cities

To reserve season tickets, email or contact the Box Office at (376) 766-0954. The 1100 peso prices includes an annual membership and a reserved seat at each of the six shows.



Well, almost.  Lakesiders now have the chance to try for stardom through the beginning tap dance classes taught by local dance lights Val Jones and Alexis Hoff.

Instructor Val Jones and Students


Instructor Val Jones and Students

Beginners and  experienced tap dancers will enjoy the class, too. It’s a good opportunity to keep in shape/get in shape, have some fun and maybe audition for Stepping Out, a November Lakeside Little Theatre production that’ll be directed by Ann Swiston.

Classes are on Mondays, 11:00-12:00, and Thursdays 1:00-2:00.  The fee is 50 pesos per class, or six classes for 250 pesos.  They are held at The Bravo! Theatre. Email 


An interesting new magazine at Lakeside is Roll Call, introduced in March and published by the American Legion. The layout editor is Marianne Carlson. Through distribution of Roll Call the Legion hopes to build membership and also keep the public posted on events.


Marianne Carlson


The Legion sponsors picnics, happy hours, barbecues, memorial services and other events. Check Roll Call for news, recipes, stories about US military and Mexican history, and profiles. There’s also a nice restaurant (would you believe filet mignon for 95 pesos on Tuesdays?) open for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday until noon.

Roll Call is available at LCS, Superlake, IShop Mail and numerous restaurants and other venues. Writers who want to contribute can call Marianne at 765-7485 or email her at


Work is well under way for this summer’s first ever LLT/LCS Children’s Summer Theatre Camp. The camp is a collaborative project between the Lakeside Little Theatre and the Lake Chapala Society and will be a performance by children enacting the ancient local legend of Queen Xochitl- Michi-Ciualli.



Well-known local artist and alumnus of the original Neill James Children’s Art Program, Antonio Lopez Vega, has transformed the legend into a script and will be the Artistic Director of the production. Assisting Antonio will be Thom Weeks, Jennifer Stanley, and Kathleen Neal, Production Manager at LLT.

Many volunteers have been working to assist Antonio bring his version to life on stage on August 1 and 2, for family, volunteers and friends performances. NOTE: This is going to be a great event and an incentive to get a volunteer’s invitation!

If you wish to join and become involved with this exciting project or require any additional information, please contact Jennifer Stanley at or phone 766-3543. The camp starts on July 20.

As part of this production, a pre-Hispanic dance troop from Chiapas will be working with the children, as well as Alberto Paz, a local artisan who creates beautiful pre-Hispanic instruments.


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