Lakeside Living – March 2019


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

March 2019


Sunday morning finds 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.
March 10  Compañía de Ópera de Jalisco (formerly Ópera ad Líbitum de Guadalajara) 
Presented by Compañía de Ópera de Jalisco 
The newly named Compañía de Ópera de Jalisco is the same exquisite quartet who have delighted Open Circle audiences for the last four years. Today’s program will include parts from a Mendelsohn oratorio, two duets by Léo Delibes, and selections from zarzuela music, a genre of musical theatre that originated in Spain during the Baroque era and enjoys current international popularity.

The vocalists are María de Jesús Cárdenas (soprano); Teresa Banderas (mezzosoprano); José Maria López Valencia (tenor); and Ricardo Lavín (baritone).. They will be accompanied by an ensemble of musicians: Cesar Castro (piano), Monserat Velázquez (bassoon), José Luis García (violin) and Juan Fernando Magdaleno (violin).
March 17   Three Women Who Made a Difference in Mexico:  
Empress Carlota, Princess Agnes, and Mary Todd Lincoln. 
Presented by Michael Hogan
Come and hear the story of how Charlotte of Belgium became Empress of Mexico, how a circus rider became a princess and a Mexican heroine, and how an ignored American First Lady helped a 24-year-old Mexican envoy restore the Mexican Republic. Based upon research in archival documents, historian Michael Hogan will entertain Open Circle audiences once again with little known facts and true tales from Mexican history.
March 24  Be Careful of the Stories You Tell—You Become Your Stories
Presented by Jan Miller   
We are all story tellers. Sharing biography is a way to connect. Some of our stories are sad.  Victim anecdotes are common. We want others to know it’s not our fault. Unfortunately, claiming innocence robs us of the possibility of change. Our narratives release hormones and stress chemicals. Our biography becomes our biology. Our stories can empower us and our listeners.  They are living stories that evolve as we do. 
March 31 Stressing the Needs of Our Rural Villages
Presented by Dr. Todd Stong
His 16th year at lakeside, Dr. Stong will talk about the rural village water supply. Additionally he will focus on efforts to define the causes of kidney disease in 2000-3000 children in villages east of Chapala and to identify actions to slow down the advance of the disease. Jobs, children’s health care, and adequate safe water are the key needs of the rural poor about the lake where many have household income of less than $10/day and piped water of less than six hours a week. In conclusion, he will offer his view of Mexico’s future.
Please note that Dr. Stong’s talk will conclude at 12:00.
April 7 Sacred Circles: Wheels of Power and Connection
Presented by Gale Park
Since the ancients first wondered at the sun and moon, circles have had a special spiritual significance. In this presentation on the symbolism and uses of sacred circles in spiritual practice, we will see how they align us with the natural world and the spirits that animate and sustain it. We will pay special attention to European and Native American traditions and seek to deepen our understanding of the most basic concepts–the directions, the elements and the seasons.
…..hosted a fundraiser last month at the Hotel Montecarlo. Rotary Club devotes itself to many charitable projects, such as support of Tepehua Clinic, youth soccer clubs, the Jocotepec Youth Orchestra and breast cancer research.
The Rotary Club of Ajijic is one of the few English-speaking Rotary clubs in Mexico, and has been serving the Lake Chapala area since 2002. Santiago Hernandez, MD, is the 2018-19 president. They meet at Hotel Real de Chapala on Tuesdays at noon, Guests are welcome.

Committee Members Dr. Cherry Adjchavanich, Dr. Santiago Hernandez, and Antoinette Brahm

On March 10, from 11:30 to 2:30, come and enjoy a benefit luncheon with cabaret performances at Manix Restaurant to benefit Victor Garcia.  Victor is a well-known and very talented, local Mexican musician who has recently been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  The luncheon will include a pig roast with all the trimmings as well as several vegetarian options.  Tickets at $550  are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones.
The entertainment will start at 1:30 and will include performances by Patteye Simpson, Doug Voet, Suzanne Bullock, Mike Liesenbach, Karen Procter and Michael Reason.
It all started with a visit from the landlord of the Bravo! Theatre property on Calle Rio Bravo. “You have to vacate” was the word.  So Jayme Littlejohn started looking for a home for the theatre and it wasn’t easy in this tight real estate market, not to mention her recovery from an auto accident. But she did it.
The Bravo!s new location is at  441 Hidalgo (on the carretera, just west of S&S Auto). Jamie hopes that the theatre will be ready to go in a couple of months and so do her fans. She’s already getting inquiries about season tickets.

Jayme Littlejohn


Democrats Abroad is holding its 7th Annual Film Festival at the Plaza Bugambilias Theater in Ajijic. Tickets are $100. The shows are on Sundays at 1:30 pm. The doors open at 12:30. A portion of the proceeds funds local voter registration.
March 10 Fahrenheit 11/0 (2018)
Michael Moore’s new film about how we created the Trump presidency—a provacative and comedic look at the times in which we live.
March 17 Green Book (2018)
When a racist Italian-American is hired to drive a Black concert pianist on a tour to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to find the establishments that were then safe for African Americans.
March 24 Age of Consequences, The (2016)
An investigation into the impact of climate change: water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea level use and how, left unchecked, these threats will continue to grow with grave implications for future peace and security in the world.
March 31 Wag the Dog (1997)
An entertaining political satire that seems almost too relevant to the events of today.
April 7 Equal Means Equal (2016)
The Equal Rights Amendment is a proposed amendment (introduced in 1923 and still not ratified) to the Constitution meant to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of gender it seeks to provide equal protection to women as a matter of law.
Lakeside author Judy King and her newly published book, Echoes From The Wall: Real Stories Of Mexican Migrants, are featured at the next  Riberas Authors Second Wednesday event on March 13. Take it in at 2 pm on the Lake Chapala Society’s South Campus. Judy will read selections from her work, discuss her writing influences and process, and autograph copies of her book.
It happens at Ninos Incapacitados’ annual gala fiesta at Hotel Real de Chapala, on Thursday, March 14, from 5-10 pm.  Festivities include a live and silent auction, complimentary bubbly and margaritas, live music and entertainment.
Tickets are $600. Contact Donna Arthurs at Tickets can also be picked up and paid for at the Spotlight Club in San Antonio, daily 2-5 pm from January 28 to March 4. Check the website at

…….we remember that and have a chance to revisit our youth on Sunday, March 17 in the home of Linda Buckthorp, Community Facilitator, in a benefit for the students of Centro Educativo Jaltepec starting at 12.30 p.m.
Come and hear the music of Cole Porter, the lyrical genius, brilliant arrangements by Nelson Riddle, as sung by Frank Sinatra.
In an intimate home concert setting, 30 guests pay $1200 each for an all-inclusive afternoon.  Alumnae of Jaltepec serve hors d’oeuvres, along with bottomless glasses of wine and a three course luncheon to follow. 
To make reservations email or call her at 766-1631.
Sweet Charity, by Neil Simon, is the next offering at the Lakeside Little Theatre. It’s directed by Barbara Clippinger.  Show dates are March 22-April 2.
Through song, dance and laughter, the show explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City.”
Tickets are $300 and are available at LLT’s Box Office from 10 to noon, every Wednesday and Thursday, also one hour before curtain. The evening shows are at 7:30 pm and matinees are at 4 pm. The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees.  
For email reservations, email or call 376.766.0954.


We hear from Rosemary Keeling, outgoing president of Viva la Musica: “It looks like our next concert will be our last.” Rosemary is retiring and nobody so far has stepped up to take her place.
So Thursday, March 28 at 7.00 pm in the Haus der Musik on Calle Constitucion come to enjoy A Serenade for Mandolin and Piano with Alon Sariel, mandolin and Michael Tsalka, piano, playing works by J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonardo Coral and Yehezekel Braun. In addition to the works for mandolin and piano, Alon will play the Bach Chaconne on solo mandolin.
Tickets for this last concert are $500 pesos and are available at the LCS ticket area Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to noon, Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique, or by calling Rosemary at 766-1801.
The March production from The Bare Stage is Chapatti. The play runs March 29, 30 and 31. It’s directed by Rosann Balbontin.
The plot: Dan seeks to heal his aching heart, with only his faithful dog Chapatti for companionship. Betty spends her days with a litter or two of kittens and an aging employer to nurse. For both, romance is a distant memory – until a chance encounter brings these two lonely Irish hearts together for one more adventure.

Fred Koesling and Roseann Wilshere

The theatre 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.
Donation is $100. The Box Office and bar open at 3 p.m. Reservations are by email at:  For those who use Facebook, look for Bare Stage Theatre 2018 for breaking news and updates. 
What did (front to back) Judy Dykstra-Brown, Rachel McMillen and Gloria Palazzo think when the deal was to go birdwatching in the mangrove swamp at La Manzanilla? What happened was not what they expected.
Check Judy’s blog for more photos and an explanation:

The Lake Chapala Shrine Club presents its Thirteenth Annual Ribfest Fundraiser.  The event will start at 1 pm ending at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 27 at the beautiful Cumbres Garden Event center located high above Chula Vista Norte Colonos. 
Funds raised from the $600 Ribfest ticket donation will be used to provide physical examination of Lakeside children younger than 18, to determine if they qualify for treatment locally in Ajijic or Guadalajara or will need transportation to the Mexico City Shrine Hospital.
Tickets are available from any local Shriner or by contacting David at 331 017 1724

Wendy Jane Carrel, MA, will speak at LCS in the sala on March 29, Friday, from 2-4 pm.  The title is “Why Creating an End of Life Plan for Expats is a Good Idea….”
Wendy is a Senior Care Advisor, Palliative Care Advocate, End-of-Life Planner for Mexico. Contact her at 
Following its sold out Christmas concert last December the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra takes to the stage once again, this time with a performance of great movie themes. Experience “The Sound of Movies” as the orchestra takes the audience on a cinematic journey of some of the best known film scores. The conductor is Michael Reason.

The concert takes place Sunday March 31 at 3 pm at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 250 San Jorge, Riberas de Pilar, two blocks south of Mom’s Restaurant on the carretera. Tickets go on sale March 1 at Diane Pearl Colecciones at a price of $200 pesos ($100 for students). For information:  or call  33 1089 8338.

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