Lakeside Living – April 2018


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

April 2018



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 am is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.

April 8  The Theory of Everything: Science and the “Mind of God”

Presented by Pam Wolski

Pam Wolski

Since the days of Einstein physicists have searched for a Theory of Everything, explaining all the physical aspects of the universe. Stephen Hawking once wrote that this could lead to knowing why we and the universe exist, which ¨would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would know the Mind of God.¨ But what do physicists mean by ¨Mind of God,¨ and how close have they come to their ¨Holy Grail?”  Pam will explore this from various angles including gravity, string theory, the multiverse, and even faith.

Pam studied physics in high school and college, and later explored quantum physics and the claims being made about it since the 1970s. She is also intrigued by such cosmological questions as, ¨What caused the universe?  Is it purposeful, explainable?¨ These interests have led to much research and reflection, which she enjoys sharing with other ¨explorers.”

April 15  The Parallel Universe of Women’s History

Presented by Ed Tasca 

This presentation is a chronicle of women’s contribution to human history, a history often subverted, dismissed or marginalized, with a discussion of why this situation has existed for centuries, and a mention of major but little-known female figures who have made extraordinary contributions in all the fields historically preserved for men and who belied this oversight in the face of world-wide gender bias. Ed is a minor history buff and believes women deserve their long-overdue credit. His presentation, he says, will only be scratching the surface of a vast subject. He also likes women a lot.

Ed writes a popular humor column for the Guadalajara Reporter, has won national writing awards, has published novels and plays, and often participates in theater productions at the various Lakeside venues.

April 22 Key Issues of Water Management in Mexico

Presented by Luis Enrique Ramos

Competition over fresh water will increase in the coming years. How are water rights allocated in Mexico? Which uses should have preference? How does water policy protect environmental flows? What is happening with the current conflicts among users? This presentation will answer these questions and discuss the main concerns of water policy in Mexico. It will also describe existing projects to improve water quality and water quantity.

Luis Enrique Ramos, local Attorney at Law and Notario Público, has worked during the last 18 years in water-related projects as an independent consultant at all three levels of government, as well as for not-for-profit and international organizations. His primary legal expertise lies in water governance, aligning the interests of and resolving conflicts among stakeholders in the water sector.

April 29 Creating Self-Sustainable Communities

Presented by Ricardo Emmanuel Navarro Jiménez (Yohualocelot)

Our consumer society has pushed Mother Earth to her limit and we now must work to align ourselves with the environment. Yohualocelot will tell us how he established a self-sustainable community based on four principles of indigenous Mexican ancestors: 1) spirituality, 2) permaculture, 3) calpully, 4) minimizing consumption.

The speaker is an electronics technician who in 1995 began searching for ways to improve quality of life based on eco-communities incorporating ecology, organic gardening, housing design, innovative energy technologies, recycling and more.

In 1998 he met Rosalio Albarran Olpamitzin, a spiritual guide in the Mexican tradition, and since that moment his life turned to spirituality as the path for living the mexicayotl, applying the native science of healing with plants, healing through dance, Mexican philosophy, ceremonies and rituals.

He also prepared himself in bio construction, specialized crops, permaculture and alternative business. Today he leads the Calpully Tlaltonal and is its teacher and guide. This talk will be in Spanish and interpreted by Francisco Nava.

May 6 The Role of Biotoxins and Neurotoxins in Chronic Diseases

Presented by Bea Gallagher, Ph.D.

Dr. Bea Gallagher

Biotoxins are end products from bacterial infections (such as Lyme disease), pollution, chemicals and molds that can continue to damage the body for many years. These toxins mess up receptors or enzymatic reactions that regulate a number of metabolic processes. Toxins can also cause an inappropriate expression of genes that promotes the synthesis of inflammatory proteins. Neurotoxins such as heavy metals may also alter functions in major organs such as the brain, liver and kidneys. In this lecture you will learn how to test for these chemicals and eliminate them.

Dr. Gallagher practices Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition in the Chapala area. She applies a wide variety of metabolic, nutritional and environmental tests to discover the underlying causes of chronic conditions. Foods, nutritional supplements and colonics are among tools she uses to help patients recover health. She has recently completed a Specialty in Anti-Aging Medicine and Ozone Therapies.


On Friday, April 13 the amazing Ballet de Jalisco will be performing The Hunchback of Notre Dame (El Jorobado de Nuestra Señora de Paris) in the Cabanas Cultural Center.  It’s the tragic tale of the hunchback Quasimodo trying to find love and acceptance in Paris.

The bus leaves at 6:30 pm from Farmacia Guadalajara for the show at 8:30 pm.

Bus trip tickets are $500 ($600 for non-members) and are available at the LCS ticket area Thursday and. Friday, 10-noon, or phone Rosemary at 766-1801.


Roberto Cerda is back in town for a quick visit, and will perform one show only with Cindy Paul and Jimmy Barto. The group was a mainstay at Roberto’s beautiful Ajijic restaurant by the lake, La Tasca, for many years. Hear their unique style of high-performance music at La Bodega de Ajijic on Friday, April 13, from 6:30 to 9 pm. Tickets are $150 in advance and $200 at the door, and are available only at La Bodega (closed Mondays).


Here is the lineup for the next Viva la Musica Live from the Met bus trips.

Saturday April 14 Luisa Miller by Verdi.  Placido Domingo stars in this rarely performed gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love starring Sonia Yoncheva in the title role opposite Pietr Belaza (3.38 hours). The bus leaves at 9:30 for the 11:30 show.

Thursday April 25  Pagliacci by Leoncavallo at the Degollado Theater with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and the Zapopan Municipal Chorus directed by Timothy Ruff Welch, featuring Irrasema Terrazas as Nedda and Viva scholarship winner Cesar Delgado as Beppe.

Saturday April 28 Cinderella by Massenet. This masterpiece stars Joyce DiDonato, with Kathleen Kim, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, and Laurent Naoui as Pandolfe. (3.12 hours). The bus leaves at 10 for the noon show.

Trips to the opera at Teatro Diana are 450 pesos (550 for non-members) and are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.  Buses leave from the carretera near the Farmacia Guadalajara.


Last month the Vegetable Growers Club (the Veggie Group) went to the Third Festival of Native Seeds in El Salto. In attendance were members of our group.

The site of the festival was  the family farm of Nereida Sanchez. Nereida sells plants and other products at the Tuesday Organic market in West Ajijic. He organized a guided tour for the Veggie Growers contingent, which was conducted by a surprisingly knowledgeable young lady named Andrea.

Club members were impressed with the entire farm operation and its approach to conservation.  Science aside, people present also learned that traditional farmers  in the past always planted three seeds of corn in each hole, one for the devil, one for God, and one for them (couldn’t hurt to try it).

The Vegetable Growers Club meets the second Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am in the private dining room at Min Wah Restaurant. New members and guest are welcome.


Chapala Meditation Community is now offering silent mindfulness meditation in Chapala at 5 de Mayo #260 just north of Lopez Cotilla, brown door in white building. Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 11 a.m. All are welcome. For more information please go to


On Sunday mornings Christ Church Episcopal transforms the eventos site for the Tuesday organic market into a beautiful church setting.  Backdrop for the service is a mural by local celebrated artist Jesus Lopez Vega.

In a very short time—one to two weeks—members of the Christ Church vestry and other volunteers built and donated the altar, two podiums and other items necessary for the service.

Church is held at 10 am, with a coffee hour following.

Left to right: Lay Reader Conley Stamper, adjunct Bishop Sandy Olson, Vicar Danny Borkowski, Acolyte Ana Jones, Acolyte Master and Lay Reader Lani Zeigler and Acolyte Ramon Alonso Garcia


The Rotary Club of Ajijic held a dinner dance and art auction fundraiser on St. Patrick’s Day at the Hotel Montecarlo, Chapala. A great time was had by all who attended. Funds raised will benefit several Rotary Projects, including the Breast Cancer Awareness Program for early detection, screening and treatment of breast cancer in conjunction with Salvati Foundation, The Union Soccer Club and the Preparatory School of Chapala.

From left to right: Dr. Santiago Hernández Martínez, Organizing Committee Chair; Committee Members Antoinette Brahm. Dr. Cherry Adjchavanich. Gary Pidcock, Ron Howardson

The Rotary Club meets at Hotel Real de Chapala on Tuesdays at noon.  Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Ron Howardson at


The Lake Chapala Shrine Club 12th Annual Ribfest was a great success with the four hour party dancing to music by Ajijic Jamm Band, feasting on Adelita’s BBQ ribs and chicken, and participating in the silent auction and 50/50 draw with added door prizes. The event was enjoyed by 500 guests at the beautiful hilltop Cumbres Event Center.

The Shriners  want to thank the many individuals, organizations and businesses that contributed to this outstanding event. It was a sellout so remember to get your tickets early for next March.


Love Letters, by A.R. Gurney, is the next Naked Stage production.  It’s directed by Sue Quiriconi

The story is of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa Gardner and her childhood-friend-turned-love-interest, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, the play has been performed in theater spaces all over the world, thanks to its simple staging.

The play runs April 27, 28 and 29 at 4 p.m. Donation is $100.

The Cast: Don Beaudreault and Barbara Pruitt

The Box Office and bar open at 3 p.m. Reservations are by email at:  For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates. 

The Naked Stage is at Hidalgo #261 on the mountain side of the carretera in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church. Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist Church, behind the theater.


The 13th Annual Lake Chapala Writers Conference was held last month. Writers at Lake Chapala listened to presenters speak on “Writing Your Story,” the theme of this year’s conference.

This year 68 writers attended. Next year’s conference will be held on the second week of March.

Some of the writers and presenters (Herbert Piekow, Chairperson, in the Front fourth from the left).

Chair Herbert Piekow says, “We managed to make a few thousand pesos which we will donate to the school in Santa Cruz de la Soledad, The Little Blue School in Chapala and La Escuela Primaria Urbana No. 163, also Ismael Ramirez Salcedo in Guadalajara, where their library burned and they are in need of books for kindergarten through fifth grade.”


Lakeside Little Theatre is pleased to continue the 2017-2018 Playhouse Series into the new year.  The last production of the season will be Yerma by Simon Stone, Federico Garcia Lorca. The dates are April 7 and 8 . 

Both performances are 3 pm matinees.  Tickets (250 pesos) for the upcoming show can be purchased two weeks prior and the week of the show at the LLT box office Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am until noon, and one hour before curtain. Email: or call (376) 766 0954

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