Lakeside Living – June 2016



Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


June 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.

June 12  Eating in the 21st Century Presented by Greg Laviolette

Greg’s talk will focus on three compelling reasons why people should adopt a plant- based diet. He will also share his personal experience of transitioning from KFC and Burger King to a fully plant-based diet.

Greg Laviolette is a plant-based chef from Sarnia, Ontario, where he kick started his career as a food activist in 2011. Realizing that Facebook posts won’t change the world, he organized “Sarnia Grows,” a documentary film festival focusing on urban agriculture.

June 19  Father Hunting Presented by John Thomas Dodd

Father Hunting is a personal journey in poetic narrative exploring abandonment, separation, and fatherhood. It chronicles the child in search of a father, becoming a father himself, overcoming child custody, and then letting go, coming full circle in a loving father/son relationship. 

Following years as a consultant in training & development in Ontario, John Dodds moved to Massachusetts and ran the Vocational Department in a residential treatment center for abused males age 11- 21

June 26  Trío del Lago Presented by Diana Laguna (violin), Areli Medeles (cello) and Liliana Laguna (piano).

This piano trio is made up of three friends who are highly accomplished musicians. They love to play chamber music together and aspire to grow professionally in their music, ultimately to perform at the international level.  

Their Open Circle program will include Piano Trio 11 by Beethoven, and lighter works by Debussy, Massenet, Bach, and Piazzolla. Astor Piazzolla is their favorite composer, whose tangos inspired them to form this piano trio and at the same time pay homage to a great Latin American genius. 

July 3 Midnight Travelers of the Universe—Past, Present, and Future  Presented by La Cochera Cultural Creative Children’s Writing and Theatre Workshops

In May, La Cochera Cultural held four weekend creative writing workshops for local kids. From the stories they developed, six were selected to be told by the children at the Lakeside Little Theatre in July. At Open Circle the kids will share excerpts from their stories and maestros will provide some background about the program.

The experimental La Cochera dreams up cultural projects on an ad hoc basis with the assistance of many volunteers. Co-founders Jennifer Stanley and local artist Maestro Antonio Lopez Vega will be present, along with choreographer and puppet teacher Abril Iñiguez and production manager Thom Weeks. Stop by the Sala before or after the presentation to see projected images of highlights from last year’s performance, La Leyenda de la Reina Xochitl-Michi-Cihualli.


Democrats Abroad is hosting a terrific Independence Weekend party on Saturday, July 2 at the Hotel Montecarlo in Chapala.  The party runs from 2 to 6:30 p.m. There’ll be great traditional American food: hot dogs, hamburgers (veggie burgers too), baked beans, cole slaw, apple pie and ice cream, and a cash bar.



The pool and also the thermal pool will be available, so bring your swim suits.  The committee is planning a number of activities: a dunking booth, bean bag toss, croquet, games and maybe volleyball.  Noe Raygoza and Jimmy Barto will provide music for dancing. There’s talk of fireworks too.

And, finally, our own Ed Tasca will do a bit on famous American women and their representative images on our currency.

Tickets are 250 pesos.  They will be available at the Hotel Montecarlo and also at Diane Pearl Colecciones.  You’re encouraged to get tickets early, as there will likely be very limited tickets for sale (300 pesos) at the door.


Campamento Estrella, a camp for 30 children ages 9 to 12 who live in San Juan Cosala, was a smash hit last year and will be held again this year. The dates are July 2-30. The photo shown is from last year’s camp.



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. 

Other activities will be the teaching of flamenco dance to the girls and break dancing for the boys, as well as art activities:  mask making, posters promoting the cleanup of the pueblo, drawing and painting and jewelry making. 

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! 

The camp will end with two performances—one free performance for the families of the campers on Friday night and a second fundraiser dinner on Saturday afternoon at Viva Mexico where donations will be collected to fund next year’s camp. 

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 (376.106.0821) or Jere Fyvolent at (387.761. 0813).  


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 scheduled performances through August.

As You Like It by William Shakespeare, with Rosalie Craig, June 18-19 



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.


The Naked Stage show for June is Bakersfield Mist. It’s directed  by Diana Rowland and stars Roseann and Tony Wilshere


Diana Rowland, Director, and Roseann and Tony Wilshere


The plot: Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover.

This is going to be a good one! The performance runs June 24, 25 and 26.  For more information and reservations, email and, for those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates.


Los Cantantes del Lago made a tour of Cuba recently and exchanged music and techniques with three different choirs while they were there. The Cuban choir members were welcoming and generous with their time and talent, and genuine in their welcome to their beloved country.

Music Director Timothy G. Ruff Welch designed the program to show Cuba how much Los Cantantes wants to see our countries work together and create unity and peace through music. And there was music…. everywhere.




Join Diane Pearl and Anna Elena Berlin at a Create and Color Event, Thursday,  June 23, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., at Maria Isabel restaurant..  Experience the joys and health benefits of adult coloring books, along with spontaneous readings from their new books– Kick Start to Tranquility and Get What You Need: Skills to Build Your Destiny.



While Diane’s book helps you to enjoy the benefits of meditation in a fun creative way, Anna’s book helps you to get a life that’s perfect for you. The books will be available for purchase and signing.  Come for an afternoon of entertaining socializing, and, yes, cake!


 Says Rosemary Grayson, of the Lake Chapala Garden Club, “Flummoxed by foliage, frustrated by failing flowers and floundering in a sea of seed packets? Then this new guide is for you.”

 This 150 page Garden Guide, 2016 edition, is a handy sized volume. It hit Ajijic last month at a book launch at La Nueva Posada.  This new edition was created by Sandy Feldmann, Past President, and Nancy Segal, IT Director.


Sandy Feldmann and Nancy Segal


It includes chapters from “A”—A Little Spanish for the Garden” –to “X” for “Xeroscape.”  It sells for 150 pesos and is available at the book lunch and through the Garden Club. For more details, email:

Another item of interest is that the Garden Club will sponsor gardening classes, to be held at LCS. The dates and time are to be announced.


Members of the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic meet monthly to enjoy cooking—and eating! There is friendly competition and points are awarded on food and presentation. Members prepare one dish corresponding to one of the two categories assigned for that particular month.  This month the first place winners were Monica Molloy (CASA President) and Michele Lococo.


Michele Lococo and Monica Molloy


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 CASA meeting will be on May 28. To inquire about CASA membership, contact their membership chairman, Rick Feldman, or use the website:


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


We hear from Linda Buckthorp, Community Facilitator at Jaltepec Centro Educativo in San Juan Cosala. An Entrepreneurial Expo last month involved students who want to start up their own business upon graduation. Now, 15 percent of Jaltepec’s graduates are starting up their own businesses and the number is increasing each year.


Winners, left to right: Vania Hérnandez Vázquez, Janet Zavala Ramos and Jacqueline Rojas Cervantes. Not Shown, Verónica Vázquez Cruz

In this case four students, involving two different business proposals have won a business course on computer to the value of $7000 pesos to be completed in one year.  The Business Incubation Department of the Pan Am University will help and guide them for the first few years to develop their businesses.


Wilkes Center celebrated the end of another successful year of Lake Chapala Society’s English as a Second Language Program.


Maria Huerta, Manager of the Wilkes Center Biblioteca and Inez Dayer, the Program Director, preparing certificates for the recognition ceremony.


Approximately180 adult students gathered on the back patio of the LCS campus to receive their certificates of attendance and achievement awards as proud family members looked on.  It was a beautiful day and the students, along with family and friends, had a lovely celebration of the students’ efforts.


……..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 June 8. 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, in its collaboration with London’s National Theatre Live, has broadened its Playhouse Series to be a key offering throughout the year. 


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,



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