Lakeside Living – October 2015



Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


October 2015



Right after this edition of Ojo comes out, you can hurry and get tickets to the fashion show sponsored by Feria Maestros del Arte. The show is on October 7, 3:00 to 5:30 p.m., at Casa del Sol B&B, Javier Mina #7, Ajijic.

This year the Feria will be featuring Cecilia Bautista, rebozo artisan from Michoacán, who is famous for her rebozos with feathers. She will be showing the guests how to tie and wear rebozos.

Model With Jewelry by Gabriela Sanchez



Also featured will be Gabriela Sanchez, a silver jewelry designer from Guadalajara whose work is beautiful jewelry with miniature folk art objects. 

The ticket price is $200 pesos and will include botanas and a refresco. Tickets can be purchased at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Consignment Boutique or by contacting Cathy Roberts at 376 766 0050. Last year’s event was a sell-out so get your tickets early. All proceeds go to the Feria.


Last month the  Lakeside Little Theatre hosted the children’s theatrical performance of The Legend of Queen Xochitl-Mich-Cihualli . Local artist Antonio Lopez Vega authored and narrated the legend of the naming of Ajijic, according to his grandmother.



The show will be presented again on October 7 at 7:00 p.m. There is a pre-show bar, entertainment, and goods for sale at 6:30. At intermission there will be free drinks and small snacks. The second part of the show after intermission is Tribu, an important Prehispanic musical group from Mexico City.

Tickets are 200 pesos before the show,  at the Auditorio, Diane Pearl Colecciones, Fiaga Boutique and Corazon Creativo. They are 250 pesos at the door. Check for more information


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

October 4 “Kinesiology—the Mind and Body Connection.” Presented by Jacobo

Marroquín, a licensed practitioner of holistic kinesiology.

October 11 “The Evolution of Monotheism.” Presented by Otto Rand. Otto defines monotheism and ultimately asks the question “Is there real monotheism, and where?”

October 18 “Emotional Connection.” Presented by Anna Berlin and Michael Cook. This pair of psychologists explore the fundamentals of how we connect and disconnect emotionally with the world we live in.

October 25 “So You Eradicated Smallpox, Connie. What’s Next?” Presented by Connie Davis, M.D. Connie will talk about her global adventures as a woman doctor addressing international health crises like smallpox eradication, meningitis, and HIV.

November 1 The Vision Council–Guardians of the Earth. Presented by Tracy Barnett, Abuela Esperanza, and Raquel Lucas. They will talk about  a network-building effort to connect people, organizations and projects with a similar focus on holistic health, sustainability and a creative approach to the problems confronting our society.


The LLT 2015-16 season has just begun, with a current performance of Murder by Misadventure. The show is directed by Debra Bowers. Actors are Ed Tasca, Ken Yakiwchuk, Kathleen Morris and Michael Warren.

Tickets are still available for the season, which 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


The Lake Chapala Shrine Club invites you and your golfing friends to participate in our Invitational Golf Tournament to be held on Thursday, October 8, at the Country Club de Chapala, San Nicolas de Ibarra.


Cecilia and Her Friends Perry King and Bob Salvatore


The Tournament format is an 18-hole 4-person scramble limited to 72 players. Individual players (women or men) will be assigned to a foursome.

The registration fee is 1200 pesos per player, or 1,000 pesos for Chapala Country Club members). The fee includes a continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf, a box lunch, use of a golf cart and ticket to the awards banquet after the tournament.

Player registration forms and/or awards banquet dinner tickets are available at the O&A Investment Office across from Wal-Mart in San Antonio or to the Pro Shop at the Chapala Country Club.

All funds raised will be donated to the Shrine Children’s Transportation/Treatment Fund. Since 2006, the Lake Chapala Shrine Club has spent 2,400,000 pesos to treat over 1200 Mexican children living in the Chapala north shore area


The Metropolitan Opera at the Diana

Viva will run bus trips to the following “Live at the Met” offerings:

Saturday October 17 Otello by Verdi, featuring tenor Aleksandr Antonenko in the title role in this tragic opera based on Shakespeare’s play. Bus departs 10.30 a.m.

Saturday October 31 Tannhauser by Wagner; with Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha in the title role and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth in this most understandable of Wagner’s great operas. (4.5 hours).  Bus departs 8.30 a.m.

Saturday November 21 Lulu by Berg; with soprano Marlis Petersen in the title role of the demented femme fatal; a tale of love and obsession. The bus departs at 10.00 a.m.

Viva La Musica Concert

Thursday October 22 “Piano Four Hands” with the amazing Guadalajara pianists  Blandine Tricot and Marita Zimmer – don’t miss this one! 7.00 p.m, in the auditorium. Tickets $200 pesos, available at the LCS Thur & Fri 10.00-noon.

The program for the Philharmonic Fall Season at the Degollado Theater will be announced this month.


The Naked Stage show for October is Children by A.R. Gurney. It’s directed by Howard Feldstein.


From left: Chester (Chet) Beeswanger, Karen Lowe, Beryel Dorscht, Collette Clavadetscher and Director Howard Feldstein


It runs October 30, 31 and November 1. Gurney presents upper-class white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism in decline: an insular, dysfunctional family going through well-bred motions and a character who upsets the orderly apple cart.

The e-mail 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 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.


It’s Thrill the World time again! Ajijic is preparing for its fifth attempt to dance the same exact choreography at the exact time as other groups around the world to Michael Jackson’s mega-hit, ”Thriller.” Going by Greenwich Mean Time ensures that the dance occurs simultaneously all around the world and, says coordinator Elliott Joachim, “We hope to break our own record for the most people dancing at the same time.’


Val Jones Ready to Go


Ajijic Zombies are lucky this year. The time is October 24 at 5:00 p.m., in the Ajijic plaza.  For more information, and to find out how to turn yourself into a zombie, call Elliott at 331-546-9249.


If you haven’t seen this movie, don’t miss it. If you have seen it, come and enjoy it again. The plot, if you can call it that, describes the process and problems of putting on the Thrill the World flash dance to the music of Michael Jackson (refer to YOU TOO CAN BE A ZOMBIE above).“Thriller in Ajijic” was written, produced and directed by John Ward.


John Ward


It’s playing on October 31 at Plaza Bugambilias again at 3:30 pm in the big salon. The stars will be there in all their finery and the proceeds go to the Cruz Roja as well.  This time there’ll be a costume contest too.  Don’t miss it!


The American Legion Post 9 will have a fundraiser on Saturday, October 31, to support the Tepehua Community Center. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume or mask and join the Tepehua party anytime that day from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m..


Let’s Help These Kids


The party will raise money to help fund the Community Center activities: a free hot meal every Friday for 200 women and children, free medical and dental clinics for Tepehua area residents, sewing, cooking and English classes for local women, drug and abuse counseling, family planning and education classes for “special needs” children.

Tepehua is one of the poorest communities in Jalisco and the Community Center is now operating for the fifth year, fulfilling its mission statement: “Helping a Village to Help Itself.”

The fundraiser will be held in the garden of the Perico Hotel, located at 2500 Libramiento Chapala-Ajijic (entry adjacent to the Michelin Tire Shop).

In addition to a gourmet meal, the program features a cash bar, music and dancing, Admission is only 200 pesos (children under 10 years old, 100 pesos at the entrance) Tickets can be bought in advance at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Tepehua Treasures Bazaar in Riberas del Pilar or by calling Don at 766-2521, Vince at 331-358-8944 or Perry at 763-5126.


It is that time of year again! The Cruz Roja Golf Classic is on the horizon.

It will be held on Thursday, November 5, at Country Club de Chapala. There will be a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.


Ramiro Barajas, Director of Golf and Mauricio Aguirre Garcia, Greens Keeper


Tickets are $1000 for members of CCC and $1200 for non-members, and are available at the CCC Pro Shop. Tickets include golf and a shared cart, a continental breakfast, a goody bag from the sponsors, a sandwich lunch on the course, and the rapidly-becoming-famous barbecue dinner at the end of play. Such a deal!

Prizes are great as usual:  Closest to the Pin, men and ladies,; Closest to the Line, men and ladies; Hole-in-One on Hole # 4, a car donated by Dalton; Hole-in-One on Hole #8,  a golf cart donated by Lozano; and many door prizes.There will also be a putting contest, a raffle, a silent auction and a 50/50 draw.


is the new anthology  of 21 stories, plus poetry, by eight Lakeside women writers.  The authors had a book launch last month, an apportunity to enjoy readings and meet the writers. The anthology is on sale for 200 pesos. It’s available at Yves’ Restaurant.


Standing, left to right: Glenda Roman, Patricia Hemingway, Margaret Van Avery and Ilsa Picazo. Seated: Janice Kimball, Rachel McMillen, Zofia Barisas and Carol Bradley.


Standing, left to right: Glenda Roman, Patricia Hemingway, Margaret Van Avery and Ilsa Picazo. Seated: Janice Kimball, Rachel McMillen, Zofia Barisas and Carol Bradley.


Some 44 members of the Ajijic Society  of the Arts went on a day trip to  Zapopan recently. First they visited Studio 21, a foundry that casts in bronze,  polymers  and other materials. The visit was arranged by sculptor Bob Wilson. They then went to Zapopan Centro, where they toured the Basilica de Zapopan, the Huichol Museum  and the Museum of Modern Art. The outstanding day ended with lunch on the Zapopan main square.




Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic held its second annual “Celebration of Mexico” event at Agustin Nunez’ celebrated restaurant Viva Mexico in San Juan Cosala.  A children’s choir sang several selections, leading off with a Beatles’ favorite, as they sang  “Imagine all the people, living in harmony…”



Kenia Sanchez and Lilia Quezada. who direct NCA student/sponsor liaison, presented several “A” students, who have been waiting for sponsors. Students must maintain a grade average of 80% or better to remain within the program. Many work hard enough to score consistently in the 100% range.

For more information about sponsorship, go to or email:


…vegetables, that is. The Ajijic Organic Vegetable Growers meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 at the gazebo at Tabarka Restaurant, Rio Zula #7.  The next meeting will be on October 14.There is usually a guest  speaker at each meeting. There is always a plant exchange and a “show and tell” of what’s  going  on  with  each  person ‘s garden.

New members are welcome. They can contact John at or by phone at 376-766-0620. There are two websites that gardeners will find very informative: and


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