Lakeside Living – July 2016


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July 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 time with coffee and snacks at 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.

July 10 The History of the English Language—1500 Years in 40 Minutes

Presented by Karl Homann

Modern English is the third most widely spoken native language after Mandarin and Spanish. It is also a second language for roughly 1,500,000 people and is the most common language in the world of trade, commerce and diplomacy. This presentation explores the historical and linguistic events that have influenced modern English during three distinct periods.

July 17  Think Again . . . Because Thinking Once Might Not Be Enough!

Presented by Phil Rylett

Want to be successful? Then study failure. Our great admiration for the successful makes us believe we can learn much from them. Unfortunately, a flaw in how we think, called “the survivorship bias,” makes us disregard their failures. Using examples, Phil will reveal the consequences of ignoring this bias.

July 24  St. James the Moor Slayer

Presented by Jim Cook


Traveler and Writer Jim Cook


July 25 is Mexico’s Fiesta of St. James the Apostle, also known as Santiago Matamoros (St. James the Moor Slayer), patron saint of Spain and the Spanish conquistadors in Mexico. Jim will tell us how St. James came to be the patron of Spain and of the Conquistadors, and how this day is celebrated in Mexico.

July 31 The War on Aging

Presented by Patsi and Rob Krakoff

Seniors are much younger these days. And yet usually around age 60 or 65 they know there’s a lot of different “stuff” going on in their bodies and brains, and they wonder what to do about it. Or is it too late? The new imperative is to exercise. Nothing else will do as much to delay the decaying process and eliminate the chronic diseases of old age.

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.




Viva la Musica is sponsoring two Beethoven bus trips to the Philharmonic at Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara

Sunday July 10 Matinee: Beethoven Symphonies No. 6 and 8. The bus departs at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday July 17 Matinee: Beethoven Piano Concerto No, 5, Symphony No. 7. The bus departs at 10:30 a.m.

Symphony bus tickets are 350 pesos, (450 for non-members), and are available at the LCS Thursdays and Fridays, 10 to noon. NOTE: It will greatly help Viva if you will email and tell which of the symphony bus trips you intend to take. The buses will only run if enough people sign up.


Join music lovers for a lovely evening presented by Viva la Musica, a “Champagne Soiree” on Thursday, July 28 in a private lakefront residence. There will be a champagne reception in the garden from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the concert in the salon. Tickets must be purchased in advance at LCS Box Office Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to noon. The ticket price is 450 pesos and 500 pesos for non-members. 

The program: French-born lyric soprano Laetitia Grimaldi and pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz perform a program of Romantic French songs, presented in the style of a Parisian salon concert from the Belle Epoque; songs by Franz Liszt, Gabriel Fauré, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Charles Gounod, Georges Bizet, Léo Delibes and others. This will be an outstanding event. Both performers have won many international awards.


Our prolific local poet and writer Mel Goldberg entered the first ever Haiku Society of Bangladesh kukai (competition) this year and was selected as a finalist.  Haiku poets from UK, Nigeria, Israel, Romania, India, Australia, Pakistan, and many other countries participated.


Portrait of Mel Goldberg by Bev Kephart


Mel’s Haiku:

end of each war

the struggle

to find meaning



After a fine start last season through its collaboration with London’s National Theatre Live, Lakeside Little Theatre has broadened its Playhouse Series to be a key offering throughout the year.

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.

 Here are the final two performances of the season.

Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti, July 16-17 

Cavalliera Rusticana/Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni/Ruggero Leoncavallo, August 13-14

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.


We hear from Jayme Littlejohn, founder of The Bravo! Theatre, about her upcoming Extravaganza! variety show.

There are plenty of acts–the Ukulele Club doing a sing-a-long, improvisation with audience participation, twisted fairy tales (one in Shakespearean style), tap dance numbers, and, of course, chanteuses extraordinaire!  The accompanist is Timothy G. Ruff Welch.

Performances are Thursday, July 21 at 4 p.m., Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 23 at 4 p.m.  Tickets are 200 pesos and can be picked up at The Bravo! Is at Rio Bravo 10. Or can be reserved by emailing or by stopping by Mia’s Boutique or Diane Pearl Colecciones. 


The Naked Stage July production is Ripcord. It’s directed by Collette Clavadetscher.


The cast:  Carolyn Cothran, LB Hamilton, Georgette Richmond and Steve Browning.  Not pictured:  Kevin Leitch and Al Kirkland


The story: Abby lives in one of the most desirable rooms in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, so she isn’t best pleased when she finds herself encumbered with a new roommate, Marilyn. In fact, she sets her mind to getting rid of her as soon as possible. A battle for territory begins between the two women, which quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship.

The show runs July 29, 30 and 31. The Naked Stage is located in Riberas del Pilar, at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church. For more information and reservations, email For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates.


There’s an exciting 2016-17 season at the Lakeside Little Theatre. First, there’s a special summer show: Mark Twain, Uncensored, written by Ed Tasca and directed by Barbara Clippinger. You won’t want to miss the wit of these two talented people. The show runs August 23-28.

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


….and this year’s Cochera Cultural children’s production will also be a treat you don’t want to miss. In May children attended a series of creative writing workshops at the Wilkes Center and their stories will come to life on stage at the Lakeside Little Theatre on July 30 and 31 following a two week  theatre camp.



The 2016 show will involve the telling of travel legends developed by the children and inspired by Ajijic New Year’s Eve traditions of dreams for the coming year.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale for 200p pesos at Lakeside Little Theatre, Diane Pearl Colecciones and Fiaga Boutique. All proceeds go to support this children’s program and their Mexican maestros.

For more information contact Jennifer Stanley at or go to


Los Güeros Motorcycle Club is a little over two years old now, and there are 40 members.  You too can join, with or without a motorcycle. Some people don’t own or ride motorcycles, but are interested in attending the club’s social events.

This is a very friendly bunch and guests and visitors are welcome. Just show up at the Iron Horse Bar in Riberas del Pilar at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.


Officers, left to right, front row: Kim Schueneman, Tech Director, Karen Lowe, Treasurer, Deb murphy, Secretary, Pam Lamb , Events Coordinator
Back row: Scott Opperman, Sgt. at Arms, Doug Friend, Head Road Captain, Mike Murphy, President, Dave Roberts, Vice-President:


For bikers, there are generally two rides scheduled per week, on Wednesdays an (open ride) and Saturdays (closed ride).  They have a club meeting once a month on the first Wednesday of the month and social nights at the Iron Horse bar on other Wednesdays.

The club sponsors charitable events and also has created a safety program.  Look for more information on their website:  


The British Psychological Society states: “Bingo turns out to be good for the brain, especially in older people. According to new research, bingo players performed mental tasks faster and more accurately than those who did not play the game. Bingo requires mental speed, accuracy, concentration and ability to recognize patterns.”


The Committee: Wayne Renz, Richard Bansbach and Greg Zuñiga


So don’t think you’re just having fun when you show up at Maria Isabel on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

The Committee: Wayne Renz, Richard Bansbach and Greg Zuñiga

The ongoing Bingolago is a benefit for the Have Hammer Carpentry School, which provides a much needed service at Lakeside for training young Mexicans in carpentry skills.

Besides exercising your brain, you can increase your chance of winning by bringing and donating a prize item with a value of over 300 pesos or choose to car pool, bringing at least three friends with you, and then the driver gets an extra bingo package free, with purchase of one. At 1 p.m. the bingo cards go on sale. Bingo starts at 1:30 p.m.


Campamento Estrella, a camp for 30 children ages 9 to 12 who live in San Juan Cosala, was a smash hit last year and is on again this year. The dates are July 2-30.

Emphasis will be on teaching the children to have pride in themselves and their village with special emphasis on town history, what children can do to improve their pueblo, kind treatment of animals, personal ethics, hygiene, and the importance of staying off drugs. 

The organizers are currently seeking funds to cover the cost of art supplies, food, camp t-shirts and the salaries of the young Mexican camp counselors. They will greatly appreciate your support! 

Donations may be made at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Viva Mexico Restaurant in San Juan Cosala or by contacting Judy Dykstra-Brown at (387.761.0281) Audrey Zikmund at (766.106.0821) or Jere Fyvolent at (387.761. 0813).  


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,


Cindy Paul, talented singer (also a former Lakeside Living editor), has created a karaoke event that meets every Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. Music lovers gather around a long table at La Bodega to cheer each other on by singing along, listening, or leading a song with the microphone.

Cindy says, “Get exposed to some great new songs while you get to know a wonderful group of like-minded people.  It’s afternoon karaoke at its friendliest!”


Cindy Paul



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