Lakeside Living – August 2016


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


August 2016




Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.  Here are the next presentations.

August 7  Letting Mexico Mellow You Out

Presented by Sandy Britton

When you travel to, do business with, or move to another country, the culture clash can puzzle and even frustrate you – or it can expand your mind and change the way you see things. Sandy will share how the concept of  “cultural intelligence” helped her understand her adopted country better, but even more important, how her time in Mexico has altered her view of life.

August 14  My Favorite Songs

Presented by Olga Kaplounenko 

Lakeside’s own Russian chanteuse will present her favorite songs from different periods of her life, songs reflecting an array of musical styles and tastes that include jazz, rock, bossa nova, and others. She’ll sing for us in Russian, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and maybe Swedish.

August 21  Keys for Creating Caring Communities

Presented by Barbara Hildt  


Barbara Hildt


Barbara will share the most important things she learned doing community organizing and youth development work, ways to create conditions of mutual respect and cooperation within diverse groups and communities so that people of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds feel they belong and are appreciated.

Promoting peace has always been her principal motivation. As a young mother prompted by fear, she became an organizer of the Nuclear Freeze movement calling for a halt to the nuclear arms race. She was soon persuaded to enter politics. After five terms in the Massachusetts legislature (‘83-’93), Barbara focused on promoting peace by creating programs aimed at preventing interpersonal violence. With her Mexican colleague, Livier Ayon, Barbara has facilitated workshops for several Lakeside schools and organizations. Currently she serves on the Board of the Lake Chapala Society and chairs their Community Committee.

August 28  Generational Change: The Fourth Turning

Presented by Hans Krauklis

In their 1997 book, U.S. historians and demographers Howe and Strauss tried to divine the unfolding of history by defining cycles of 80- to 90-year periods—a human lifetime—subdivided into four phases or “turnings:” High, Awakening, Unravelling, and Crisis,” followed by the next High, etc.  The interplay among generations has brought us to the “Fourth Turning” (Crisis), which may last another decade, to be followed, according to their prediction, by another High. 

September 4  A Day in the Life of the Jalisco Ballet

Presented by Suzanne Salimbene

Not involved in dance professionally,  Suzanne has been a lifetime lover and supporter of dance. She will introduce us to Jalisco’s only professional ballet company, summarizing its history, the background of its ballet masters, and its goal to attain international recognition. The focus will be upon the dancers themselves through a description of the exacting six-day-a-week warm up, training, and rehearsal schedule. Company dancers will talk about their rigorous daily routines and their previous training, experience, and professional goals.


For music lovers, there are lovely evenings ahead at the Old Train Station in Chapala.   The Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo presents the following:

August 11 at 7 p.m., voice recital

August 18 at 7 p.m., guitar recital with Eduardo Lara.


A really great dinner deal happens on Thursday nights  in San Antonio. It’s the brainchild of Wes Fink and Ron Mohr, who named it after the movie The Breakfast Club, where an unlikely group of high school students are stuck with each other in detention and become friends,

So, friends, if you want to participate, make your menu selections, indicate a seating choice and the number in your party (up to a maximum of six).  They need to know by Tuesday night for dinner on Thursday.


Wes Fink and Ron Mohr


The Breakfast Club seatings are at 5:30 and 7:30. You are welcome to be seated for the first seating any time between 5:00 and 5:30 or the second seating any time between 7:00 and 7:30.  Seatings at the Breakfast Club have always been first come, first served. / 765-5890. 


……..vegetables, that is. The Ajijic Organic Vegetable Growers meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 in the gazebo at Tabarka Restaurant, Rio Zula #7. The next meeting will be on August 10.  For information, email John McWilliams at or by phone at 376.766.0620.

There are two websites that gardeners will find very informative: and


Lakeside Little Theatre has broadened its Playhouse Series to be a key offering throughout the year. 

Here is the final performance of the season: Cavalliera Rusticana/Pagliacci,  Pietro Mascagni/Ruggero Leoncavallo, August 13-14

Reserved seat tickets for each performance are 200 pesos each. Show times are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Choose and reserve your seat at the time you purchase and pick up your tickets at the LLT Box Office on a first come, first served basis. Reserved seat tickets for each performance are 200 pesos each. Performances are Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.


The next Naked Stage production will be Glorious. It’s directed by Georgette Richmond.

The play is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the world. In New York in the 1940s, everyone wanted to see her live. She was known as “the first lady of the sliding scale,” and warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter.


Front, left to right: Liz White, Anne Drake, Graham Miller
Back, left to right: Jim Lloyd, Karuna Gomez, Walt Latham, Hillary LePage


Play dates are August 19, 20, and 21. For more information and reservations, email For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates.

The Naked Stage is located in Riberas del Pilar, at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church.


The event is the Lakeside Little Theatre’s kicking off Season 52 with production of Mark Twain, Uncensored. It’s a fundraising show and runs August 23-28.  The playwright is our own Ed Tasca. This fun-filled show is directed by Barbara Clippinger.


The Playwright Himself—Ed Tasca


Mark Twain, Uncensored features many of Twain’s characters interrupting his lecture in performance of some of their most famous scenes. Subjects range from religion to travel abroad to life in the old west to the Civil War, often in context with today’s news.

Ed is multi-talented and has published seven works of fiction and two plays. He’s also won a host of awards for humor.   Don’t miss this great show!


Rear: Graham Miller, Sandy McKoy (Stage Manager), Allyson DeJong, D’Le Beatty-Tobias, Mac Morison, Roland McKoy, Maritza Freyslinger, Michael McGraith (Producer)
Front: Andrew Higareda, Mia Bradley Supan, Pamela Johnson, Ed Tasca, Joanne Stuart, Barbara Clippinger (Director)
Missing: Diana Rowland, John Foster, Justin Cogswell, Bob Hendrick, Judy Hendrick, Esteban Oeatling


Tickets are available now at LLT’s Box Office, which is open every Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon, then every day during the run of the show from 10 a.m. to noon, except Sunday, and one hour before curtain.


Our literary luminary Kelly-Hayes Raitt writes from Hanoi that she just learned that the Southern California Journalism Awards have been announced.  Her column, “Living Large in Limbo,” from The Argonaut (a weekly newspaper in West Los Angeles) was awarded Second Best Column in a newspaper with under 50,000 circulation!  We know this is a big deal and congratulate Kelly and hope to see her soon.   Check out her website:




We hear from John Stokdijk about the  inaugural meeting of the Ajijic Book Club will be held at La Nueva Posada on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 4 to 6 p.m. ABC focuses exclusively on nonfiction books.  ABC welcomes all world-views. More information is available at


Saturday, September 8 is Ajijic’s Globo Regatta, which features hand-made hot-air balloons made out of paper.  They will be constructed largely on site by teams engaging in friendly competition, with the balloons ranging from small and simple to large and very complex, and will be continuously launched throughout the show.  The fun begins at 3pm at the Ajijic Soccer field near El Torito on Calle Revolucion at 3 p.m.




There’s an exciting 2016-17 season at the Lakeside Little Theatre. The 2016-17 season looks like this:

Painting Churches, September 23-October 2

Outside Mullingar, October 21-30

Chapter 2, December 2-11

Death and the Maiden, January 13-22, 2017

Chicago, February 11-28

Second Summer, March 24-April 2

For information on ticket sales, call 376.766.0954 (messages are okay), or email


Jill Flyer, photographer extrordinaire, has formed a club aimed at anyone who has an interest in photography, as an art form to be appreciated or for people who simply like to take photos.  The club is for both amateurs and professionals.


Jill Flyer


Meetings will be held at the Ajijic Cultural Center on the second Tuesday of the mont from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, please write Jill Flyer @:


 Talented singer Cindy Paul is starting a small choral group, the Lake Chapala Chorale. She’s auditioning singers up until mid-October.  It’s not necessary to read music. The debut, “Christmas Then and Now,” is set for early December.

Write the email for details:, or Also, phone her at  376.762.0865.


The 15th annual Feria will be held November 11-13, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission will be 50 pesos.

The feria’s location is at the Club de Yates de Chapala (Chapala Yacht Club), Paseo Ramon Corona in Chapala.

This is a great volunteer opportunity. If interested, please contact Rachel McMillan (376) 106.0935,  Those of you who might want to try hosting, please contact Sandra Spencer, (376) 766-1923,


CASA, the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic, just completed two oversold days of cooking classes by guest chef  Marie-Lyse Jacobsmuhlen. The menu that she prepared was called,” A typical Sunday Brunch in Sri Lanka.”

Marie-Lyse assembled a very ambitious menu that was complex and layered with multitudes of exotic spices, which were all available at Mercado de Abastos in Guadalajara. Net proceeds from this class will be donated to Tepehua Centro Comunitario and Ninos Incapacitados.

CASA’s next cooking class is scheduled for September, with guest chef/owner Oscar Perez Nafarrate Solis from El Jardin de Ninette, when he will feature some different takes on the classic chiles en nogada and mole in honor of Independence Day, 16 de septiembre.


Monica Molloy, Marie-Lyse Jacobsmuhlen and Michele Lococo


If you would like to know more about future cooking classes or to pre-register (space is limited) please contact

CASA meets the third Monday of each month at La Mision Restaurant on Rio Bravo, with social time beginning at 3:30 pm (unless otherwise notified). The next meeting will be on August 15. To inquire about CASA membership, contact their membership chairman, Rick Feldman, or use the website:



For more information about Lake Chapala visit:

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