Lakeside Living – September 2016



Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


September 2016





This Sunday, September 8, is Ajijic’s Globo Regatta, which features hand-made hot air balloons made out of paper. They are 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 launched continuously throughout the show. The fun begins at 3 p.m. at the Ajijic soccer field near El Torito on Calle Revolucion.


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.

September 11  Physical and Spiritual Laws Are Inseparable

Presented by Victor Youcha

Victor will talk about spiritual and physical laws of the universe, touching on the laws of karma, polarity (yin and yang), and others. These laws impact our lives whether we are aware of them or not. Understanding them can change our perspective and give us greater freedom and choice in life. 

Victor is a practicing chiropractor and acupuncturist. He is a student of Eckankar, ancient teachings pertinent for today. Shamanic training has also convinced him that the spiritual aspects of our lives are connected to our health and existence. 

September 18 El Camino de Santiago de Campostela

Presented by Paula Haarvei and Kate Derry

Why would someone pushing 70 make the conscious decision to trudge an average of 18 miles a day through rugged, unknown terrain? What could be the appeal in hiking up and down endless hills for more than a month with all your belongings strapped to your back? And at the close of each exhausting day, where’s the reward in sleeping in a bunkbed in a room with 20 strangers vying for the only bathroom?

Canadian expat Kate Derry did just that—not once but three times—on the French Route of El Camino. Paula Haarvei, an expat from the US, took the proverbial road less travelled by trekking the North Way. Paula and Kate will describe their experiences and speak about the important things they learned on this journey of a lifetime.

September 25  Back to the Future

Presented by Rachel McMillen

Rachel quotes Noam Chomsky: he recently stated that “It’s a kind of irony that all over the world, the leading forces in trying to prevent a race to disaster are the indigenous communities.” Could it be that the very people we have marginalized are the ones who can save us from ourselves? What can we learn from our original people – and will they agree to teach us?


Rachel McMillen


She is the author of the Dan Connor mystery series, which combines “a hint of politics, a dab of environmental issues, a good dollop of native culture and a full helping of fast-paced action” (Writer’s Weekly). At various times she has been a teacher, a facilitator, an accountant, a business owner and, through all of it, a wife and mother. She and her husband sailed the west coast on their 36’ sailboat for over 30 years.

October 2  Educating My Way Up

Presented by Mayarí Sandoval Polo

An enthusiastic, highly articulate 15-year-old Mexican girl will talk to us about her ambitions to change her country by educating herself and cultivating her mind. She is currently in her junior year at the Instituto Internacional Octavio Paz. Mayarí will tell us what is so special about this school and how it is preparing her to achieve her life goals.

Mayarí was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, and moved to Ajijic when she was two years old, and considers Chapala to be her hometown. She is captain of her debate team, president of the student council, and a basketball and football enthusiast. Mayarí speaks fluent English as well as French, and hopes to attend Stanford University.


……..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 September 14. For information, email John McWilliams at or by phone at 376.766.0620.

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


Our local writer and actor Michael Warren has earned a Laureate’s Choice award for his Sonnet for Marianne, in the 2016 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Competition at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Check out his sonnet (and others) at http://www.sonnetcontest. org.  Here it is:

Sonnet for Marianne

So soft, so sweet, her final breath

I hardly knew the air had moved –

she gave a sigh, life became death,

flesh became dust, loving loved.

It’s hard to understand how dust

and air and water, only these

can love so much, and hurt and lust

and hope and grieve – such alchemies

she teaches me, that all things must

return to silent earth, unspeaking peace.

And yet, and yet in mind I hold

her in my arms again before

the dawn till I grow white and old

she breathes. And then no more.




A celebrated explorer, educator, author and columnist, John Pint will reveal the million year old secrets of the Bosque de Maples (maple forest) near Talpalpa, at noon on Wednesday, September 21, at the Racquet Club in San Juan Cosala.

John Pint and his wife Susie have a fascinating PowerPoint presentation showing maples and walnut trees popping up amongst giant prehistoric ferns in the cloud forest, which dates from the Pleistocene Age.

John lives in Guadalajara. He has an unmissable weekly newspaper column in the Guadalajara Reporter and a clutch of books to his credit. His work ranges from The Desert Caves of Saudi Arabia, Outdoors in West Mexico, and a self study series on teaching English as a foreign language.

John and Susie are appearing at the invitation of the Lake Chapala Garden Club, as a special treat for members.  Non members of the Garden Club are welcome to attend this special presentation, but only as a guest of a member. Numbers are limited to 100 and your lunch must be paid beforehand. To avoid disappointment, please book early with Jean Marie Harmon,


The title of the Lakeside Little Theatre’s next offering, Painting Churches, refers to Soho artist Margaret Church’s coming back to the family home in New England for the last time before her parents move out. She wants to paint a portrait of them for her first solo exhibition, and by doing so come to terms with her own neuroses by capturing her vision of her batty parents on canvas.


The cast, left to right: LB Hamilton, David Wharff, and Tina Leonard


The show is directed by Peggy Lord Chilton. It runs September 23 to October 2.

Other upcoming LLT shows are as follows:

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


The Naked Stage next production is Tuesdays with Morrie. It’s directed by Graham Miller and stars Damyn Young and Paul Kloegman

Dates: September 30, October 1 & 2 


Paul Kloegman and Damyn Young

This is a story about a college professor and his former student, an accomplished journalist.  Sixteen years after graduation, the student happens to catch the professor’s appearance on a TV program and discovers he is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. A visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage which explores the meaning of life. A reviewer says, “It’s a heart warming play that blends comedy, drama and poignancy.”   

The Naked Stage is  now 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.


On a beautiful Saturday afternoon last month, Robbin del Nagro was ordained as an Anglican Catholic priest by the Bishop of Western Mexico, the Rt. Rev. Lino Rodriguez Amaro.


Rev. Robbin del Nagro


The ordination took place at St. Andrews Anglican Catholic Church in Riberas del Pilar, and members of the church hosted a garden reception.

Robbin began serving St. Andrew’s as their Interim Rector on September 1.


CASA, the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic is hosting another of its very popular bus tours to Guadalajara. The date is Wednesday, October 5.

Here’s the schedule:

The first stop is in El Salto at the Romertopf factory (check There will be incredible deals on clay bakers, natural and glazed, garlic keepers and other items. The factory is closing so this is the last chance to purchase onsite.

The second and third stops are at a Korean/Asian store and, within walking distance, Toyo, a Japanese/Asian import store.

The last stop will be for lunch at Suehiro, the best Japanese restaurant in Guadalajara since opening in 1975. The restaurant offers good quality food and has a beautiful decor, including a Japanese garden and koi pond. Check it out at  Menu choices will be announced this month. The luncheon includes tips; beverages are not included.

This is an all day tour on a first class bus. Cost for CASA members is 1000 pesos. For the public: 1100 pesos. Please contact for further information or reservations. There are no refunds for cancellations. Monica Molloy, CASA president, says, “Reserve early—our tours sell out quickly.”


Members of the Lake Chapala Painting Guild will be offering demonstrations in various media at Sol Mexicano. The artists and their dates are as follows: Lois Schroff, October 19 and 20; Geraldine Classen, November 3 and 4; Winnie Hunt, November 17 and 18; Sonia Mocnik, December 1 and 2; Nancy Gray, January 5 and 6; Carol Ann Owers, January 19 and 20.


Sonia Mocnik, Geraldine Classen and Winnie Hunt.


Each session will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until at least 1 p.m. There is no charge and reservations aren’t necessary. Everyone is invited.

Sol Mexicano is located on Colon #13 in Ajijic, a half block south of the plaza.


The Country Club de Chapala and Cruz Roja Chapala Delegacion are proud to announce the XIII Golf Classic. As usual, there will be great prizes. Win a car from Dalton Toyota or a golf cart, compliments of Lozano, or maybe a dream vacation donated by SkyMed. There are lots of ways to win, even for non-golfers!



Lakeside residents understand the importance of the Cruz Roja ambulance service and this year the tournament proceeds will be used to rehab the vehicles. (Trauma specialists and cardiologists often refer to the “golden hour,” a period of time when long term outcomes can be influenced by immediate care).

Please sign up for the tournament or the delicious barbecue comida that follows. The tournament is held on Thursday, November 3 at the Country Club de Chapala.

Registration at the CCC pro Shop. For information on how you can be a player or sponsor call 766-2054 or 766-4990.


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,


Centro Educativo Jaltepec is preparing for its annual Christmas Dinner and Luncheon event. The dinner will take place on Tuesday, November 29, and the luncheon is on the following day, Wednesday, November 30.

The students will, as usual, prepare the delicious meals. Timothy G. Ruff Welch will direct  “A Taste of Los Cantantes del Lago.”

Contact Linda Buckthorp at or call (376) 766.1631 to make your reservation in advance.

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