Lakeside Living – December 2017


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

December 2017



The Lakeside Little Theatre’s latest production is Calender Girls. It’s directed by Candace Luciano.  Performances are December 8-17, at 7:30 pm and 3 pm. The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees.

The play is based on the true story of eleven Women’s Institute members in Britain who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund.  (And no, we’re not going to see any nudity). 

Rear: Chris L’Ecluse, Georgette Richmond, Greg Clarke, Diana Rowland, Susan Quiriconi, Ed Tasca, Wendy Petersen, Peter Luciano
Seated on sofa: Lupita Campbell, Debra Bowers, Collette Clavadetscher, Jean Llewellyn
Seated on floor: Pamela Johnson, Lori Grant

Tickets are 250 pesos and are available at LLT’s Box Office, 10 to noon every Wednesday and Thursday, also one hour before curtain. Email: or call (376) 766 0954.


Do you miss the good old days around Christmas time? Check out the Lake Chapala Chorale’s December concert, “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”

The Chorale is gifting our community with three free one-hour concerts (donations accepted) and a special dinner concert with carols singalong. The three concerts are showing on December 8 at the Ajijic Plaza Cultural Center from 5 to 6 pm, December 15 at the Little Chapel by the Lake on the carretera from 5 to 6 pm, and December16 at the Presbyterian Church two blocks south of Orma in Riberas del Plar. The dinner show/singalong is on December 22 at La Bodega de Ajijic from 6 to 8 pm.

Advance tickets (which include both the dinner and the show) are 250 pesos at Diane Pearl Colecciones and 300 pesos at the door, if available.  You can get nformation at


The  Lakeside Assistance Group is holding the fourth annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, December 9 at the Tobolandia Water Park  near the intersection of the carretera and the libramiento. Breakfast will be served from 9 am to noon and will include all the pancakes you can eat, sausages, coffee and juice. 

This truck (see photo) was a gift from Firefighters without Borders in Vancouver. BC  It was Chapala’s  responsibility to pay for the transportation and insurance. LAG coordinated the transfer.

The primary objective of The LAG is to provide firefighting and rescue equipment to the firemen and first responders in the state of Jalisco.

Tickets can be purchased from their volunteers at the Tuesday market or in front of Paz Liquor next to Super Lake on Friday mornings. Tickets can also be purchased from any LAG member or by calling John Kelly at 376-106-1609, Karl Dyer at 376-766-0365 or Perry King at 376-763-5126.


The Lake Chapala Painting Guild is planning a cultural event at Cafe La133 (Independencia #133) in San Antonio Tlayacapan for Saturday December 9 from 4 to 6 pm.  In addition to watercolors, oils, acrylics and prints, there will be classical music by the daughters of one of the members, Yaeli and Paz Nunez, poetry and stories by members of the Ajijic Writers Group, canapes and libation. Free.  All are welcome.

“Descending Staircase”
by Lois Schroft


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

December 10 San Juan Children’s Chorus and Orchestra

The San Juan Cosala Children’s Orchestra and Chorus will entertain us with their heart-warming annual concert. They now have almost 100 enthusiastic participants and the chorus has performed in Teatro Degollado, El Auditorio Ajijic, El Centro Cultural de Ajiic, as well as in other places. They will perform for us a mixture of Mexican folk and seasonal music, plus two songs by one of the oldest members of the choir.

Founded in 2014, this children’s orchestra and chorus is part of a music education program that uses music as a means of social improvement for at-risk children in a marginalized community. In addition to musical training, the program encourages individual social responsibility, high values, and good citizenship. In only a few short years it has demonstrated its effectiveness in raising school achievement levels, lowering school drop-out rates and drug use, and reducing teen pregnancies. 

December 17 How to Achieve the Best Health You Can at Any Age  

Presented by Dra. Carla Cueva

Dra. Carla will talk about the most common health issues she has observed in serving the local retirement community, and how each of us can achieve the best health of which we are capable, given whatever problems we have arrived with and our willingness to commit to healthful lifestyle practices.  

Dra. Carla Cueva Flores, a General Practitioner, has been a Lakeside resident for the last nine years. Raised in Guadalajara, she studied Medicine at the University of Michoacan and earned her Masters Degree in Mexico City in Genetic Diseases.

December 24 Seasonal Readings 

Presented by Michael Warren

Actor Michael Warren has become a staple at Open Circle during the Christmas season. After some research, Michael has discovered a Sherlock Holmes mystery set during the holiday season, “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle,” which features a Christmas goose.

Michael is a poet and playwright and has published his collected poems under the title “A Particular Blue.” He is also a contributor to Romancing the Muse (2017), an anthology of The Not Yet Dead Poets Society.  Michael has appeared onstage in nine plays at the Lakeside Little Theatre. For the last several years, he has been writing the theater reviews for El Ojo del Lago under the title “Front Row Center.” 

December 31 Silver Linings—How to Find Your Pony

Presented by David Pisarra

Failures in life, whether in business or relationships, are as certain as the sun rising, but what we do with them—whether we hold on to the pain or learn from it—therein lies the silver lining (or not). All experiences have two sides. It is up to us to choose the side that serves our growth rather than our pain.

David Pisarra is a professional member of the National Speakers Association. He seeks to inspire, educate and entertain audiences with a unique brand of humility, vulnerability and humor. He is an author of five books on a range of topics, the most recent of which is “The Empowered Entrepreneur—A Field Guide for Failure,” which is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

January 7 The Dance of Life

Presented by Susan Weeks

Nothing remains static in the universe or in nature—and there is a rhythm to everything.  All too often we hold on to the notion that nothing can change in our lives while the evidence, the reality, points in an entirely different direction. With humor and compassion, Susan Weeks leads us away from the fear of change or loss by opening the door to possibilities and a new way of thinking.  

A Licensed Unity Teacher, Susan moved to the Lake Chapala area 18 months ago after having served as the Spiritual Leader of Unity on Cape Cod.


Last month the Little Chapel by the Lake held an event that was both a fundraiser for the village of San Juan Tecomatlan and a testimonial to the long-term and tireless efforts of church member Wendy Johnson.

Wendy Johnson

She and her late husband Tom began supporting the village over 20 years ago.  She has a “go to” couple, Anita and Rafael, who were born and raised in the village. Wendy visits the village frequently and they keep her apprised of current needs.

This poor lakeside village, seven minutes east of Chapala, is the official mission of the Little Chapel.   Wendy says, “The focus is on food.” Once a month 25 of the neediest villagers receive a bag of food.

The needs of the community are bottomless.  The church also works to provide not only food but clothing, medicines, bus fares, walkers and anything else that can be useful.

To help support the village, and the good works of the Little Chapel by the Lake, email the church at


Three artists, Daniel Palma, Nedina d’Nada and Maropa, are featured in a show at the Gecko Gallery.

The reception starts at 5 pm on December 14, at Ocampo 61, Ajijic. Don’t miss it.


This is exciting news for ballet aficionados, a Viva bus trip to the  Degollado Theater on December 14. Showing is The Nutcracker. The conductor Jesus Medina, Ballet de Jalisco: The director is Dariusz Blajer. This is an annual sell-out. The bus departs at 6 pm. There is no dinner stop. The cost is 700 pesos (800 pesos for non-members).

All theater seats are premium orchestra seats.Tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursdays and Fridays 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.  


We’ve been waiting for this, a new website: for current events at the Old Train Station in Chapala.

On this site you will also find a link to Live @ Lakeside, where every week Francis Dryden. Canadian transplant and professional drummer,  puts an amazing amount of energy into compiling a very detailed list of popular music and other events at Lakeside.  Check it out. 


The poster reads “Heartquake” victims but we’re pretty sure this exhibition and Christmas auction is a benefit for earthquake victims. It will run December 21-23.

For information, contact 376.766.1553 or 333.167.3323. Also, email:


The next production from Naked Stage is Love, Loss and What I Wore. It’s directed by Rosann Balbontin.

The play, written by Nora and Delia Ephron, of”Sleepless in Seattle,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail,” is a fast-paced scrapbook of stories about unfortunate prom dresses, the traumatic lighting in fitting rooms, high heels, short skirts and the existential state of having nothing to wear. Then there are the mothers who disapprove, the men who disappear, and the sisters who’ve got your back. 

The cast left to right. Back row: Phyllis Silverman, Maryanne Gibbard, Roseann Wilshere. Front row:Anne Drake, Susan Quiriconi


The show runs December 29, 30 and 31 at 4 pm. The Box Office and bar open at 3 pm. The donation is 100 pesos. Reservations are recommended. 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 at Hidalgo 261 on the carretera in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church. Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist  Church.


The Lake Chapala Painting Guild will have its expo and reception on the first floor of Cultural Center Ajijic on the evening of Saturday, January 6, from 4 to 6 pm. Members of the Guild will be participating with new watercolors, pastels, oils and acrylics (or mixed media). On the second floor will be paintings by Jesus Lopez Vega.


Mac Morison returns Wednesday, January 10 with his sixth annual benefit concert.

 Mac Morison

This year’s show is called “I Wish You Love” and includes an all star cast highlighting Judy Hendrick, Cindy Paul, Kristine Moily and featuring Mike “Scatman” Fortier

The performance will be at “The Cave,” #159 Carretera, next door to Fenix Real Estate. Tickets go on sale December 1 at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique and Jose Melendrez Tienda on the Ajijic Plaza.

This year’s show benefits the Lakeside Little Theatre to help with much needed technical upgrades and renovations. For more information call Barbara at 766.2489.

Performances are Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm.  Tickets (250 pesos) for the upcoming shows can be purchased two weeks prior and the week of the show at the LLT box office Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until noon, and one hour before curtain. 


Last month on a sunny morning golfers were all smiles as they set off to raise another record amount of funds for Cruz Roja, Chapala Delegation. All the funds raised will be used to purchase expensive new trauma equipment, to further improve the service Cruz Roja is able to give to the community.

The organizing committee wants to give heartfelt thanks to all the participants and hopes to see the golfers again next year for the 15th Annual Golf Classic.

Winner of the Putting Contest, Susanna Malis


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