Lakeside Living – March 2017


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


March 2017




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.

March 12 Faith v. Reason

Presented by Otto Rand 

Otto Rand argues that faith and reason can harmoniously coexist; they are not mutually exclusive. He examines the four major scientific challenges to religion and shows that all are met without discrediting either faith or science. His analysis involves declarations of the Church and pronouncements of famous scientists. 

March 19  The International Populist Movement and How It Impacts Investment Markets

Presented by Yann Kostic & Tom Zachystal

Yann Kostic

From London to Washington to Paris, the populist movement is creating profound shifts in governing philosophies. What does this mean for investment markets? Maybe a surprising change in leadership, with radical changes in policies and direction. What are the short and long term consequences for investment markets and your portfolio?

March 26  Drug-Free Pain Management

Presented by Mitchell Perey

Mitch will deliver an entertaining and possibly life-changing talk on pain relief and healing without drugs, drawing on his success with personal pain issues and client experiences. He will also discuss ways to overcome undesirable habits. Following ancient and modern practices of guided visualization, Mitchell has been helping people learn to work together with their “Inner MD” to potentiate healing, reduce pain, and improve their lives.

April 2. Food from the Hood: Converting Inner City Land to Farms

Presented by Skip Wiener

In 1989 Skip Wiener, a native of West Philadelphia, began to run children’s garden and farm programs ( Over two decades, seven acres of overgrown, derelict, open-air drug markets were converted to ecological teaching and learning gardens and inner-city farm production.  We can explore the use of this community development model at Lakeside.


The annual Sunday at the Movies series sponsored by Democrats Abroad is happening now. Here are the offerings for the next weeks.

March 12 Hidden Figures the incredible untold story of three brilliant African American women working at NASA. The trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

March 19 13th

March 26 Zero Days

April 2 Requiem for the American Dream

The movies are shown at Cinema del Lago, Bugambilias Plaza, Ajijic. The price is 60 pesos. For more information, contact Info-MX-Lake Chapala Proceeds from the movies support the Lakeside Voter Registration program.


Here’s what’s in store musically in the next couple of months, thanks to Viva la Musica.

Jalisco Philharmonic at the Degollado Theater

Sunday March 12: Lalo: Spanish Symphony; Márquez: Danzon No. 2; Debussy: Iberia. (Bus departs at 10.30 am)

Thursday March 16: Dvorak: New World Symphony; Corigliano: Clarinet Concertó with Jeslán Fernández, clarinet. (Bus departs at 4.30 pm*)

Sunday March 26: Verdi: Nabucco Overture; Saint Saens: Samson & Delilah – Bacanal; Respighi: The Queen of Sheba. (Bus departs at 10.30 am)

*Thursday trips stop in a fine restaurant area for dinner before the concert.

Bus trip tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to noon.  The cost for members is 450 pesos and 550 for non-members (ballet tickets are slightly more).


Don’t miss this one. Mac Morison’s upcoming annual show, Simply Standards,” is a tribute to The Great American Songbook, the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20thcentury.

You’re in for an evening of music, romance and your favorite jazz standards sung by Mac and his special guest vocalists Judy Hendrick and Cindy Paul. A special treat will be Alexis Hoff and Christine Moily performing highlights from the musical  Chicago, on stage at the Lakeside Little Theatre this month.

It’s showing on one night only, March 14.  The venue is Club Exotica on the Ajijic Plaza. The door opens at 6 pm and the show is at 7 pm. Tickets are only 350 pesos. They go on sale by February 15 and are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique and Chica’s at the Laguna Centro Mall.

Once again this year the show will benefit “Ajijic Cares”, a program that goes into our local schools educating and providing free testing for AIDS, HIV and STDs.


The Lake Chapala Shrine Club is pleased to announce their Eleventh Annual Ribfest.  This event will start at 1 pm on Wednesday, March 15, at the beautiful Cumbres Garden event center located above Chula Vista Norte Colonos.  Parking is available and shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from Black Coffee at the corner of the carretera and the libramiento.

This year’s Ribfest promises to be bigger and better than ever. Adelita’s will cater the ribs and waiters will provide individual table service.

The Ajijic Jamm Band will play popular music sets for your dancing and listening pleasure. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle (Save your tickets for extra bonus prizes this year).

All funds raised from the 400 peso Ribfest ticket donation will be used by the Lake Chapala Shrine Club exclusively for the transportation and treatment of Lakeside children.  Tickets are available from any Shriner, at Diane Pearl Colecciones, O & A Investments or by emailing or calling David at 331-017-1724 or Perry King at 763-5126,


Writer, Historian and Presenter Michael Hogan

This 12th annual gathering of writers will happen March 15-17 at Hotel Danza del Sol in Ajijic.  The conference schedule includes an opening reception, workshops, lectures and panels. The conference finishes with a wrap party and raffle drawings on Friday, March 17.

The cost is 2500 pesos. Registration includes two lunches and beverages during breaks. For more information, contact Victoria Schmidt at


We hear from Jaltepec Centro Educativo…

 Their annual March Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 16. It starts with a no host bar at 6 pm, with Timothy G. Ruff Welch playing cocktail music starting at 6:30. Hors d’oeuvres prepared and served by students will be offered and a three course dinner will follow at 7:30 pm.  The cost will be 450 pesos per person, with proceeds going to the Jaltepec General Scholarship Fund.

Call Linda Buckthorp at 766-1631 or email her at for the menu or for more information.


Niños Incapacitados does it again with an inspired theme. The gala will be held on Thursday, March 16 at the Hotel Real de Chapala, from 5 pm to 10:30 pm.

For inspiration in what to wear to the Walk on the Wild Side Gala, look to

The ticket cost is 550 pesos per person. Contact Sue Williams at 766.0487 or email her at  Ticket payment and pickup information is TBA.


The Lake Chapala Painting Guild will hold its last show of the season at the Cultural Center Presidencia Antiqua (the yellow building on the left at the corner traffic signal as you enter Chapala from the direction of Ajijic). The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 17 from 6 pm until 8 pm. The show will remain in place until April 3.

Note: Lois Schroff, member of the Guild, will host a painting demonstration at Sol Mexicano on March 16 and 17, from 1 pm to 3 pm.


The Not Yet Dead Poets Society is proud to announce the publication of 
some of their best work in a collection called Romancing the Muse.  Those who love the poems of poets not yet dead will want to attend a special reading on Wednesday, March 22 from 3 to 5 pm at Maria Isabel Restaurant/Bar (formerly the Old Posada).

Drinks will be 2 x 1 while the Muse will be romanced, and signed copies of the new book will be available for purchase at a special discount. NYDPs include Bill
Frayer, Mel Goldberg, Kenneth Salzmann, Jim Tipton, Margaret Van Every, and Michael WarrenJudy Dykstra-Brown, though Not Yet Dead, will unfortunately be away for the reading.


The next show in the Lakeside Little Theatre’s season is Second Summer. It’s directed by Paul Kloegman.

Mary J. Hunt, Florette Schuelle, Judy Long, Richard Miller, and Greg Clarke.

Here’s how it goes: A good-natured and affable man, widower Reginald Herring has now become somewhat bitter after the death of his beloved wife, Mabel. Herring reluctantly sells his business and home and moves to Florida, or, as he calls it, “God’s waiting room,” to live out his final years alone.

What Herring finds instead is a world of new possibilities when single women his age discover this new, available man. Second Summer is about the rebirth of an older man who finds the long dormant teenager in himself still exists. After all, “It’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old.”

The show dates are March 24-April 2. The curtain is at 7:30 pm in the evenings, and 3 pm for the Sunday matinee. Make sure you get your tickets early.

LLT Box Office hours are 10 am to noon every Wednesday and Thursday plus 10 am to noon every day during the show, except for Sunday. For phone reservations, call 376-766-0954. Messages are okay. Also email at

The curtain is at 7:30 pm in the evenings, and 3 pm for the Sunday matinee. Make sure you get your tickets early.


St. Andrew’s S Anglican Church, Calle San Lucas 19, Riberas el Pilar, will host a program on palliative care and hospice in Jalisco on Saturday, March 25 from 10:30 am to noon.

The presenter is Wendy Jane Carrel, MA. She’s a Spanish-speaking senior care specialist who will review palliative care and hospice options in Jalisco, and describe current models and what one might expect. 

She serves as an advisor and liaison for senior housing, end-of-life support, and disposition of remains. She is presently assisting with the implementation of a palliative care/hospice model for Mexico created by Juntos Contra El Dolor.  See 

All are welcome and there is no charge. 

Wendy Jane Carrel


The Ajijic Book Club will meet at Just Chillin’, located at Constitución #32, on Tuesday, March 28 at 4 pm. The focus of the meeting will be Shanghai Loved and Lost by Elizabeth Shaen. The book is the true story of the Colterjohn family in Shanghai, China, from 1926 to 1949.

For more information see the ABC website at Elizabeth Shaen Colterjohn will be in attendance. ABC welcomes new members.

Libby Colterjohn


Their March offering is the riveting and super timely play Dry Powder, which deals with the heartless acquisition of big money by private equity firms.  This show is directed by Phyllis Silverman and the cast includes Don Chaloner, Jon DeYoung, Alfred Kirkland, Geoffrey Long, and Jacinta Stringer.  

Performances will be March 31, April 1 and 2.  Reservations are recommended. The new suggested donation is 100 pesos.

Naked Stage is 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.


Lake Chapala Chorale director Cindy Paul has announced plans for an ambitious 2017 season, following up the new group’s enormously successful debut last December. Songs of Longing and Inspiration, Part I will be presented in early April and Part 2 will happen in October. 

The April schedule:

Saturday, April 1, 6 to 7 pm, Little Chapel by the Lake

Sunday, April 2, 4 to 5 pm, Cultural Center, Ajijic Plaza

Monday, April 3, 7 to 8 pm, Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, April 4, 7 to 8 pm, Chapala Train Station

The Lake Chapala Chorale is an unaffiliated, 22-voice singing group whose goal is to impart joy through the power of vocal music. Says Cindy Paul, “You will come away from this concert renewed, revived, and profoundly inspired.”

Write to for concert, audition, and “flashmob” information.


Michele Lococo, Vice President, Greg Couillard, and Special Events Coordinator Monica Molloy

The Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic sold—and over sold!— two days of cooking classes last month with Celebrity Chef Greg Couillard. He was named by Now Magazine, in 2001, “the most influential chef in 20 years.”

Says Monica Molloy, “There are not enough superlatives to describe all of the amazing Indian/ Thai/ Mexican fusion dishes he prepared!”

For more information about CASA, future cooking classes and membership, contact

For more information about Lake Chapala visit:

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