Lakeside Living – November 2015



Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


November 2015



This Saturday, November 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Lake Chapala Society will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a grand all day “Free-esta.” Dozens of Lakeside non-profits and businesses will participate. There will be live music, dancing, displays and free food provided by local restaurants. LCS invites all ex-pats and Mexicans to participate in the celebration.




“Stepping Out,” is a comedy with dance.  This latest production from the Lakeside Little Theatre is about the attempts of some working class amateurs to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low rent tap dance studio.  The director is Ann Swiston.


Back Row: Curly Lieberman, Flemming Halby, Allyson DeJong, Val Jones, Joanne Stuart. Middle row: Middle: Judy Hendrick. Front: D’Le Beatty-Tobias, Alexis Hoff, Maritza Freyslinger, Tina Leonard


Show dates are November 6-15, evenings at 7:30 p.m. The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees, at 3:00 p.m.  Tickets are 200 pesos. The Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to noon, from Wednesday, November 4. Reserve tickets at  or 766.0954.


Come to The Bravo! Theatre on Nov 7, 8, 14 or 15 and support the benefit for the Los Cantantes ¡Viva Cuba 2016! tour. Choir members will travel to Cuba in a cultural exchange with the premiere choir from Cienfuegos, Cuba, which will come to Lakeside in the fall of 2016.  

The fundraiser is a variety show called “Extravaganza,” with song, mime, dance and improvisational comedy included in the program. Directors are Patteye Simpson and Timothy G. Ruff Welch

Tickets are 200 pesos and can be purchased at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique or from any Cantantes member.  Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. The Bravo! Theatre is at Rio Bravo #10.


Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30. Here’s the program for the month.

November 8 “Who’s Happy? How to Be One of Them.” Presented by Dr. Beth McDonald She will delineate the factors involved in happiness. Daisy Beth McDonald was a pharmacist and naturopathic physician in Seattle.

November 15 “Embracing the Fog: The Transformative Power of Crisis.” Presented by James Tipton, Robert Bruce Drynan, Mel Goldberg, and Antonio Ramblés. Distinguished Lakeside writers explore the capacity of the human spirit to endure the seemingly unendurable, and the transformative consequences. They’ll present selections from their recently published anthology Embracing the Fog.

November 22 “What is Secular Spirituality?” Presented by John Stokdijk. In 2014, Sam Harris, an atheist, published Waking Up—A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. John will present some ideas from this extraordinary book and will also share his personal spiritual journey.

November 29 “So Now What?” Presented by Kat Miller. This is an extraordinary time for most of us to finally live our lives without obligations running the show. Kat explores the secrets of living a joyful fulfilling life now, while not discounting our and the world’s suffering.

Kat Miller has an MA in Spiritual Psychology and is a counselor, teacher, and group leader in Ajijic and abroad.

December 6. “The Pinche Crazy World of Gringoes Living in Mexico!” Presented by Richi Galan

This comedy sketch portrays how Mexicans and Gringos living side by side can come to know each other and learn to coexist. Richi Galan was born in Mexico City and schooled in Mexico, Ireland, North Carolina, and Peru.


Now see beautiful homes on each of six Behind the Walls Home Tours to benefit children at the School for Special Children in Jocotopec.  There are six tours: November 11, December 10, January 28, February 25, March 24 and April 14. .

Tickets are 200 pesos for the regular tour, 300 pesos for the Christmas tour and  1100 pesos for all six tours. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones or at Charter Club Tours at the Plaza Montana.  If not sold out, tickets will be available at the Pier.  Tours leave at 10:30 a.m.  For more information call Jessie Wynant  at 766-1438, Kathy Baker at 766-0420, or  Leslie Martin at 766-2274.


 You won’t want to miss the 14th annual Feria Maestros del Arte at the Chapala Yacht Club on November 13-15.  The Feria is open Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 and Sunday 10:00 to 4:00. Admission is a bargain at 50 pesos. “Mexican Fashion Throughout the Ages” is the Feria ‘s 2015 theme.

For a list of all the artists, description of their work and photos, see their website and click on 2015 Maestros.


Thursday November 19: “Baroque Concert, with Eduardo Arambula, recorder; Diego Rojas, violin; Yalissa Cruz, cello; and Hans Peter Aull, harpsichord. The program is at 7:00 p.m. in the Old Train Station (Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo), Chapala.

Saturday  November 21: “Lulu” by Berg, at Teatro Diana; with soprano Marlis Petersen in the title role of the demented femme fatale: a tale of love and obsession. The bus to Guadalajara departs at 10.00 a.m. from the carretera, just east of Farmacia Guadalajara in Ajijic. Met Opera bus tickets are 300 pesos, 400 for non-members, and are available at the LCS Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00 a.m. to-noon.

Sunday, December 6 “For the Love of Mozart,” at the Teatro Degollado. Marco Parisotto, conductor, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony no. 34; Concerto for Clarinet in A Major (Soloist Joaquín Valdepeñas); Overture to La Clemenza di Tito; Symphony no. 41, Jupiter.

Symphony bus tickets are 300 pesos (400 for non-members), available at the LCS Thursday and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Friday buses leave at 4:30 p.m. and stop for dinner in Guadalajara before the concert. Sunday buses leave at 10:30 a.m. from the carretera, just east of Farmacia Guadalajara in Ajijic.

Thursday December 17: Christmas Concert with the Hermosillo family: Antonio Hermosillo, baritone; Gaby Zepeda, soprano and piano; their children Mariana, Lucia and Jorge, violins and voices, and a guest tenor; singing and playing a new program. 7:00 pm in the Auditorio.                             


The Naked Stage show for November is “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley  The play is a character study of three sisters, each attempting to discover her own identity. Black humor enables the Magrath sisters to find meaning and happiness in life, even if it is only momentary.  The play is directed by Lila Wells. It runs November 27, 28, and 29. 


Director Lila Wells


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

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


The Ajijic Cares Committee is planning the second annual Ajijic World AIDS Day for December 1, at 6:00 p.m. at the amphitheater on the Ajijic Malecon. At this presentation individuals will have an opportunity to pay tribute to friends lost through AIDS by lighting a remembrance candle. 



The committee, headed by Bobby Lancaster and Dan Blackburn, has two primary goals for this day: to provide information on the threat and prevention of AIDS by developing  educational and support programs at Lakeside, and to remember those friends of Lakeside residents who have died of this disease.  

For more information on World AIDS Day in Ajijic or to volunteer to assist, contact Bobby Lancaster at


Don’t miss this chance to benefit the students of Jaltepec Centro Educativo. Your attendance will help the needier students of this Technical Universitario in Hotel & Hospitality Management……. not to mention you’ll have a beautiful afternoon with your friends.



The dinner event this year is already sold out but you still can get tickets for the luncheon on Wednesday, December 2. There is a donation of 550 pesos. The no host bar opens at noon, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. At 1:15 guests will enjoy a taste of Los Cantantes del Lago’s upcoming Christmas concert, under the direction of Timothy G. Ruff Welch. Lunch will be served at 2:00 p.m.

Email Linda Buckthorp at or call her at 766.1631 to make your reservation.


Save the date for the Annual Fashion Auction Show to benefit the School for Special Children.  The December 4 event will be a cocktail and canapé afternoon at the Racquet Club in San Juan Cosala.  There will be thirty or more outfits available for bidding. In addition, the event will feature a silent auction table and budget store for your shopping pleasure.  Tickets are 250 pesos and will include a free drink. 

If you ladies out there have gently used, good quality or designer ladies clothing, please consider donating them to the show. They also need jewelry, handbags, scarves, shoes and other accessories. Tickets will be on sale on November 1 at Casi Nuevo, LCS, Casa Bella and Mia’s Boutique. For more information , contact Heather at or Cathie at  


Alejandro Grattan, former Hollywood filmmaker and now Ojo del Lago Editor in Chief, is making his film, Only Once in a Lifetime, available as a fundraiser for Niños Incapacitados. Turner Classic Movies has recently added this movie to its extensive list of classic films. All proceeds go to the Niños.


The stars: Sheree North, Miguel Robelo, Estrellita Lopez


The Story: A middle-aged immigrant painter decides to end it all but first has to find a home for his beloved old dog. The quest leads to a remarkable “only once in a lifetime” experience. Alex will host his film on Tuesday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cinemas del Lago in the Bugambilias Plaza, and will be available for questions after the show

Tickets are 100 pesos.  For tickets/reservations call Bev Kephart at 766.3940 or email her for information at Seating is limited so call for your tickets now.


Thinking about Christmas shopping? Worried about finding the perfect last-minute gift? Regalorama is the solution. This huge sale is an annual fund-raising project of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar. All of the profits go to local charities. Last year’s Regalorama netted about 160,000 pesos, which was distributed among eight charitable organizations.


Some of the volunteers. Front row: Sylvia Stard (chairperson), Darleen Pike, Patti Orsinger, Back row: Wayne Friesen, Fred Spartz, Dave Pike


On the first Saturday of December—December 5 this year– the church, its garden and its parking lot are full of beautiful clothing, interesting books, collectibles, artwork, jewelry, furniture, home appliances, and electronics, all at irresistible prices. Food and drink are available to give you the energy to shop all day.

Many volunteers from the church and the community collect donations all year. They devote countless hours to sorting, pricing, and arranging all the details for a successful sale. Last year more than 140 volunteers helped to sell items at ridiculously low prices.

Donations may be dropped at the church, at Calle San Lucas #19 in Riberas del Pilar, from 9:00 to noon Monday through Friday. Someone can also pick up items. Contact Fred Spartz at 765-6889 to arrange that. For more information, or to volunteer, contact either Sheilah Dwyer at 106.0892 or Sylvia Stard at 766.3217.


The holiday season will be here sooner than you think!  Coming Monday December 14, for one night only, is Mac Morison’s fourth annual show, “One More for the Road,” an evening of  music, romance and laughter. Mac will be singing your favorite jazz standards from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz greats..



Featured performers are vocalists Judy Hendrick and Luci Merritt. Dancers are Cortlandt Jones and Alexis Hoff. A returning special guest is stand-up comic Jeff Capri.

This year the show benefits Ajijic Cares, a new program that goes into our local schools, for educating and providing free testing to Lakeside teenagers about AIDS, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

The show is at Club Exotica on the Ajijic Plaza. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the performance is at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique and Su Casa in Bugambilias Plaza.


Last month the Heart of Awareness Community presented a live streaming retreat from the Omega Institute in New York: “Making Friends with Your Mind,” with Pema Chodron.


The Committee, left to right: Isabel VanRooy, Janet Reichert, Marian Puentes and Tish Wagoner


The retreat will be offered again next year. Registration is open to everyone; no prior experience with Buddhism is necessary For information on the next retreat, or about the Heart of Awareness Community, email Janet Reichert at 376.766.6069.


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