Lakeside Living – September 2019


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

September 2019


Come and celebrate with The Bravo! Theatre at their grand opening presentation of Address Unknown, a play reading by Roger Larson and Ken Yakiwchuk, co-directed by Jayme Littlejohn and Bernadette Jones.
Opening Night is Friday, September 6.  This is a staged reading of a dramatic correspondence between two friends, set in 1932. We’re promised a “gasp-worthy” ending.
The play runs Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm on September 6 and 7 and September 13 and 14.  Matinees are Sunday September 8 and 15 at 3 pm. The address is Hidalgo 441, Riberas del Pilar.
Tickets at $250 are available at, Mia’s Boutique or Diane Pearl Colecciones.

Sunday morning finds Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society’s 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.
September 8  Moods
Presented by Dr. Kelly Randolph Bennett

Dr. Kelly Randolph Bennett

Ever wonder why you feel so different every day? Ever feel out of sync with others and even with yourself? Ever feel moody and don’t know why? Worries accompany unexpected swings in our supporting life energies, affecting our natural timing. Besides upsetting our natural rhythm, worry can subtly influence us to act in ways that are not us, which can make matters worse. Learn how to join forces with these predictable, surging life energies that ultimately shape our daily motivations and moods. 
Dr. Kelly Randolph Bennett began his career as a rocket scientist. Over the past 5O years, as a psychologist and a professor, he has helped individuals and businesses flourish by applying developmental psychology, Brainwave Optimization™, and meditation. He has lived and practiced (while professionally credentialed) in the United States, Australia, Southeast Asia, Ecuador, and now resides with his wife “Charlie” in Ajijic, Mexico. Dr. Kelly Randolph Bennett’s four books are available on Learn more at 
September 15    Mexican Grace
Presented by Open Circle Audience Members
In honor of Mexican Independence Day, Open Circle will present a special tribute to Mexico and its people. Many of us have experienced extraordinary moments when spontaneous graciousness touched our hearts. For this presentation, some of our audience members will share their personal “Moment of Mexican Grace.” Open Circle offers this program as a thank you to this country for the generous embrace that has welcomed us. We are grateful for all our host country has given us: its music, art, healing, and all the riches that a culture with heart can offer.

The rings in the water
expand to all shores.
In the unfolding wake
we are reminded of
how our lives are enriched
by waves of replenishing Grace.

Sept 22  Thank God for Agnostics!
Presented by Don Beaudreault
“Thank God for Agnostics!,” written by Don Beaudreault, is a dramatic and musical presentation of the life of Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899). It will explore topics that are still relevant today, including women’s rights, racial equality, religious diversity, and freedom of speech. Terry Gibbard and Cindy Paul will assist Beaudreault in this production. 
A retired Unitarian minister, chaplain, and English teacher, Don Beaudreault is also a professional jazz pianist, having worked musically with Imelda Marcos, Tennessee Ernie Ford, the Iranian Air Force, and Popo the Clown (not at the same time). For fun he writes comic gay novels. He has two daughters, two granddaughters, seven dogs, two cats, and one husband. 
September 29  Introduction to Ayurveda 
Presented by Peter Steven Malakoff
Ayurveda is the oldest medical system in the world, which gave birth to Chinese, Tibetan, Greek, and western medicine. Our present approach to healing has gone over to the ‘dark side of the force,’ primarily treating symptoms with drugs and surgery instead of removing the cause. As a result, ‘Iatrogenic disease’ (a state of ill health or adverse effect resulting from medical treatment) is now the third leading cause of death in the western world! Ayurveda is not idealistic, and what may be good for one person may be poisonous for another. Ayurveda always takes into account Dosha or elemental body type, season, time of day and period of life (youth, middle age and old age), and in those contexts prescribes diet, herbs, lifestyle changes and other modalities to bring about health.
Peter has a degree in Religious Studies, (Hinduism-Buddhism) from UCSB and in 2004 received the Ayurvedic Sadhana Padavika Diploma from Kalidas Sanskrit University, Maharashtra, India. For the last 14 years he has taught courses on Ayurveda in the United States and India.
October 6  Your Immune System and the Battles Within You
Presented by Bea Gallagher
Essential for your survival, the immune system can distinguish between self and non-self, friend or foe, and its powerful chemicals can destroy sick cells and pathogens. It is a complex system always at work, but it can also turn against you and attack healthy tissues by mistaken identity. It can be overactive and cause allergies or become weak and then you get sick. Bea will tell you what compromises its integrity and how to feed it properly to keep it humming.
Dr. Gallagher obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Biochemistry and a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. She also holds a diplomate in Chinese Medicine and a PhD in Integrative Medicine and Clinical Nutrition. Other training includes Biochemistry of Addictions, Nutrigenomics, and Genetic Testing. She moved to the Chapala area in 2010 and has since maintained a private practice here.
Well, no, but Harriet and Collette were in the spirit of the event at “Legally Blonde,” the Operation Feed fundraiser at La Nueva Posada last month.
It was quite a day— ladies dressed in pink, pink party favors, pink drinks (what were they?) and pink desserts, preceded by a tasty chicken salad (not pink).
All proceeds went to support the school shoes project of Operation Feed, centered in San Juan Cosala.  For information on how to support this important charity, check their website:

Bunnies Harriet Hart and Collette Clavadetscher

Do you worry about what to do in a medical emergency? Cruz Roja in Chapala, with the help of local medical professionals, has created a Medical Information Kit that could very well save your life. Volunteer CR Instructor Colleen Berry says, “For a mere 50 pesos, and an hour of your time at a workshop near you, you could go home with a vial of life, refrigerator magnet, wallet card, Lakeside emergency phone numbers and a list of Spanish phrases to use in an emergency.”
Cruz Roja Medical Information Kit Workshops will be held at the Lake Chapala Society on September 18, October 8, October 23, and November 12, as well as by request for local social, religious, and neighborhood groups. Advanced registration is required and the class size is limited.
To register for a workshop, or to schedule a special workshop for your group, email Colleen at
The Bare Stage is presenting Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw on September 27, 28 and 29.
The story centers on the relationship between Mrs. Kitty Warren and her daughter, Vivie. Mrs. Warren, a former prostitute and current brothel owner, is described as “on the whole, a genial and fairly presentable old blackguard of a woman.” Vivie, an intelligent and pragmatic young woman who has just graduated from university, has come home to get acquainted with her mother for the first time in her life.
The play focuses on how their relationship changes when Vivie learns what her mother does for a living.
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 pm.  Show time is 4 pm. Seats are held until 3:50 pm. Reservations are by email at:  For those who use Facebook, look for Bare Stage Theatre 2018 for breaking news and updates. 

Top of Stairs: Director Lila Wells
Left to Right: Fred Koesling, Michael Warren, Allen McGill and Mark Donaldson. Front: Barbara Pruitt and Emily Crocker

Come to the second annual poetry reading event inspired by 100 Thousand Poets for Change (now world wide). The readings take place on Michaelmas Sunday, September 29, from 5 pm to 7 pm.        
(Participating poets are advised to write on any or all of the following subjects:
 “Peace,” “Justice,” ”Sustainability.”)
Says organizer Lois Schroff, “This year we plan to duplicate our events of last year by again having simultaneous readings in Ajijic and Riberas in celebration of Michaelmas, “The Festival of Strong Will.”
Readings will be at the following locations. #1  is in Ajijic at the studio of  Pat Apt, 5B Ramon Corona; #2 is in Riberas del Pilar, at the studio Casa Michin, Calles San Diego at Los Angeles (aka Restaurante Malta).
To participate as a reader, contact
The Rotary Club of Ajijic is holding its third annual Catrina 5K race in support of the fight against breast cancer on Sunday, October 27 at 8 am at the Ajijic Plaza. Save the date and please support this worthy cause. More details to come…….
We hear from Lakeside Little Theatre about Season 55. It starts a bit later, on November 8, on account of construction and revision activities.
Here is the lineup, plot descriptions and starting dates:
Lunenburg, comedy/drama by Norm Foster. November 8-17
American widow Iris Oulette has inherited a home in Nova Scotia from her recently deceased husband. Surprisingly, it is a home Iris knew nothing about. So she and her best friend Natalie travel to Lunenburg to see the home and to find out as much as she can about her husband’s mysterious dealings in the lovely coastal village. What follows is a series of twists and turns and a meeting with a winsome neighbor named Charlie.
The Real Inspector Hound and After Magritte, two comedies by Tom Stoppard. December 6-15
1) The Real Inspector Hound weaves together parody, pastiche and punning to create an entertaining and ingenious one act comedy. The play is about two theatre critics, Moon and Birdboot, who are watching a ludicrous setup of a country house murder mystery.
2) After Magritte centers around Harris, his mother and his wife. Enters the forceful inspector from Scotland Yard with his constable. The offers place the three under arrest. It is not clear why: something about a parked car, a bunch of .22 calibre shells in the wastebasket and a robbery of the box office of a minstrel show.
20th Century Blues, comedy/drama by Susan Miller. January 17-26
Four young women, Danny, Sil, Mac and Gabby met in lockup.  Danny, a photographer, took a behind bars snapshot and for the next four decades she reconvened the women for annual portraits. Along the way the women had children and shed lovers, earned degrees and fought for stature. Their faces changed, their minds and hearts altered less. Now the Museum of Modern Art has offered Danny a retrospective, and she wants to show the photos.
My Fair Lady, musical by Lerner & Loewe. February 21-March 3
Professor and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins makes a bet with his linguistic colleague Colonel Pickering that in six months he can pass off “guttersnipe” Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at an embassy ball. (Note: LLT is still waiting for rights approval to stage the play).
The Actress, romantic comedy by Peter Quilter. March 27-April 5
The famous Lydia Martin sweeps in for the final performance of her long and glittering career. Around her in her dressing room are her dresser, her agent, her daughter, her ex-husband, her new fiancé and the company manager, bringing in them a flurry of goodbyes, tears, insults, laughs, recriminations, kisses and regrets.
Ticket prices are $300 for regular shows, and $350 for My Fair Lady. The price of this year’s season ticket will be $1300 for five shows, including a $300 theatre membership. Starting this year, you can now pay for show or season tickets (at the Box Office only) by credit or debit card.
For season tickets, check and for information. A date, time and place for Season 55 Season Ticket sales will be announced closer to LLT’s reopening, possibly in September. 
It’s not too soon to think about the 18th Annual Feria Maestro del Arte, held on November 8-10 at the Chapala Yacht Club.
Returning and new artists from all over Mexico will demonstrate and sell their works. Buyers also travel from all over Mexico; we are lucky to have such an important event here at Lakeside.
Mario is an award winning jewelry artisan working inlaid abalone into juniper wood. He began as an assistant to a master craftsmen when he was in high school.
The work is labor intensive. Each piece must be cut one by one with jeweler tools. It takes at least five years to master the techniques of this unique craft.

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