Lakeside Living – November 2021


Carol D Bradley 2020

Carol D. Bradley

Phone: 33-2506-7525

November 2021


“Deserve your dream.”

Octavio Paz

The Lake Chapala Society hosts Open Circle every Sunday at 10AM, a popular community gathering in Ajijic, to enjoy a diverse range of presentations.

For more information and to make reservations, see their website:

The Lake Chapala Society

The presentations will be on the south lawn, close to the gazebo, the entrance will be by the side door on Ramón Corona, chairs will be socially distanced. Gate opens at 9:30.

During this period, and considering our schedule may be too fluid with cancellations and changes to the schedule to inform everyone through the press, please check our website and/or our Facebook page for updates and confirmations of presentations.

We recommend bringing a hat and bottled water, and please remove containers upon departure. Attendance is limited to 80 persons, please make your reservation if you want to attend

Use of masks and temperature checks on entry is mandatory.

Again, please check with Open Circle’s website and/or Facebook page for updates and confirmations.

November presentations are:

November 7: Lakeside Storytellers

Sydney GaySydney Gay

Who doesn’t love a good story? We can’t get enough of them.

Sydney Gay, co-producer of programs at The Red Piano, La Bodega, Huerto Café and the Auditorio, has brought together eight talented friends to create a story-telling showcase.

Open Circle is the debut performance of the series dedicated to giving ordinary people a place to tell their extraordinary stories.

Standing alone with only a microphone, each storyteller shares a five-minute, personal story, with topics ranging from life-threatening ordeals to the thrill of show business; from going to jail to escaping war and poverty. The twists and turns of life are many.

Each story challenges our understanding of human emotions and motivation. Taken together they attest to the startling varieties and travails of human experience, and the shared threads of love, loss, fear and kindness that connect us.

November 14: Jim Cook: Mexico Adventures

Jim Cook

Jim Cook

Jim Cook retired after 30 years of work as a union and community organizer. He and his wife Carole moved from Oregon to Ajijic, Mexico in 2007. Since his arrival, Jim has made it a point to learn as much as possible about Mexican history and culture. He and Carole have visited many of Mexico’s colonial cities and ancient pre-Hispanic ruins.

They chronicle their journeys in their photo-journal blog called Jim and Carole’s Mexico Adventure. Since 2007, the blog has attracted almost two million page views from people living in over 130 countries and territories on every continent in the world including Antarctica. Jim’s stories and photos have appeared in the Ojo del Lago and other lakeside publications. In addition, his photos have been published in several books in English, Spanish, Danish and Russian.

November 21: Kathryn Street: Aging in place – What does it mean?

“What you are will show in what you do”

Thomas A. Edison.

Aging in Place is a Choice

Kate Street 1

Kathryn Street

Deciding you wish to age in place means you are choosing:

  • How you want to spend your retirement years
  • How you want your home to be set up
  • What your health care choices will be
  • What types of assistance are right for you
  • What your wishes are for major life events (sickness, housing transitions, financial decisions)

Making these choices gives you control over your independence, quality of life and dignity. Most importantly, aging in place does not mean you have to do everything yourself; that’s where the plan comes in. It means you get to plan how your needs are met.

Biography: As a nurse with over 30 years of experience working in an assortment of departments in three different countries, I am happy to start the next phase of my career in Ajijic.

Working as a global Nurse has given me respect for different cultures and personalities that I have encountered along the way.

I am highly organized and confident in my abilities. I have spent the last 10 years teaching Nurses and Nursing assistants how to give quality care to the older generation, I believe the core values that we practice, Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility and Respect for all ages will be apparent in the care our residents receive in Ajijic.

November 28: Lila Wells, The Short Stories of Saki

Lila Wells

Lila Wells

In the introduction to the1958 edition of The Short Stories of Saki, author Christopher Morley writes of the British writer who was born Hector Hugh Munro, “Saki could show the conversation of a few ladies at bridge [to be] as deadly and quick on the trigger of concealed weapons as a Western bar-room brawl [by American writer O. Henry.] Both were masters of surprise.”

The five little gems Lila will read at Open Circle are taken from the portion of the Saki collection entitled Reginald, which were first collected in 1904, and include, appropriately, Reginald on Christmas Presents.

Lila has been an amateur stage actor since the age of 16. Since moving to Lakeside in 2015. She has appeared in Nunsense at Lakeside Little Theatre, and has acted in and directed readings at Naked Stage Readers Theatre and Bare Stage Theatre. This is her fourth appearance at Open Circle.

lakeside little theatre


THE MADRES By Stephanie Alison Walker

Directed by Dave McIntosh

Assistant SM – Sandy Jakubek

Show Dates – November 5-14, 2021

Set in the 1970’s, in the early years of Argentina’s Dirty War against its own citizens. Tens of thousands of leftists, and anyone even casually associated with them, were “disappeared”.  The human cost of these actions drove mothers and grandmothers to the streets to protest weekly, demanding the release of their loved ones. A painfully high number of them were never reunited. The women became known as Las Madres.

Inside one Argentinian home touched by the brutality of the regime in the late 70’s. Powerful, heartbreaking, tragically real. At its core, THE MADRES is about the strength and resilience of women.


“THE MADRES most effectively succeeds in personalizing the plight of Argentinean mothers of “disappeared” children during the height of La Guerra Sucia (The Dirty War) in 1978.”  Gil Kaan – Broadway

It’s strong political theater that should not be missed.  But don’t misunderstand; it’s also just strong theater, period.” Eric A. Gordon

Tickets will be available in October at


CAST l-r:  Jeff Kingsbury, Marsha Heaton, Nicolas Cumplido, Angelica Guerra, Liz O’Neill.


Show Dates:  December 10-19, 2021

Directed by M.A. Bruneau

Cast: Shawn Sherwood, Mark Nichols, Dani Suder, Barbara Pruitt, Roxanne Rosenblatt, Linda Gorman, Louise Ritchie


Play Details:  This Random World takes on the biggest questions of human life.  Are our paths predetermined, or dictated by the connections we make or miss?  What direction would our lives have taken if we’d stayed one moment longer and met someone new or left one moment sooner and missed meeting a person who changes us?

Review:  This Random World shimmers with wit, heart and a gentle but affecting wisdom.  San Diego Union-Tribune

Tickets, 300 Pesos, will be available at  All Covid required restrictions will be in place.


Afterplay is Brien Friel’s brilliantly droll take on what would happen if two characters from different plays meet in a cafe by chance some 20 years later for what becomes another play entirely!  Will this playwright allow them to fulfill their hopes and dreams?  Should they reveal their true selves or re-invent themselves in order to be more attractive to each other? 

Two characters from different plays, their lives radiating with a past and present. Perhaps even a future. But, no reason to rush into that possibility when the here and now pulsates with a bit of cat and mouse foreplay from two characters (or people) longing for a better, fuller, more satisfying life from their current author.

Anthony and Roseann Wilshere

Anthony and Roseann Wilshere

This one act play will be presented at The BRAVO! Theatre starring Roseann and Anthony Wilshere, directed by Bernadette Jones starting Friday November 5th. 

Shows are Nov 5, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 3:00PM with one evening performance on Saturday Nov 6th at 7:00PM. 

Masks are Mandatory!  Seating is limited.

Tickets are $350 available at It’s Kinda Bazar…and Mia’s Boutique or by email at

Cultural Centro Ajijic on the Ajijic Plaza Principal:

Jill Flyer

PHOTOGRAPHY AS ART and YOU are Invited!  Come see a spectacular display of photographic art at the Ajijic Cultural Center from noted artists Jill Flyer, Luis Mancera McCormick and Karen Spencer. These nationally and internationally renowned photographers will each be showing their unique and different styles of photography:  Abstracts, Portraits, Landscapes, using both images in Color and Black & White.  

The show runs from November 5th through November 16th.  Come meet the artists.  We will be happy to talk to you and discuss our work and the techniques and tools we use to achieve our results.  A “good eye” and composition skills are prime.  But it is a years-long journey to produce an award winning photograph, expertly achieved through manipulation and enhancement.

For more information, write to Jill Flyer,

Diane Pearl Arts & Activities Center

For details and registration, please contact Diane Pearl, 376-766-5683,

Sta. Margarita 23, Riberas Del Pilar (The New Downtown), Mon-Sat 11-4

One block up from Pancho’s Market, Turn mountainside at ORMA’s Auto Parts, then first right.

Gelli Printing WoRKSHOPS with Dr. Blanca Ruth Casanova


November 8 & 15 (Mondays)

11am – 1pm

Learn how to do monoprints on gelatin with acrylics; this fun technique creates surprising and beautiful results. No experience necessary.

Cost for 2-class series: 800 pesos + Cost for reusable materials: 1,300 pesos


November 17 & 24, December 1 & 8 (Wednesdays)

11am – 1pm

For students with basic practical knowledge of Gelli monoprinting. Please bring your materials to class (Gelli plate, brayer, and acrylics).

Cost per class: 400 pesos

Teacher: Dr. Blanca Ruth Casanova, Ph.D., Art Educator and Visual Artist


Mata Ortiz 2

November 9, 10 & 11

11am – 3pm

In this three-day workshop, you will learn pre-Colombian and contemporary pottery techniques. Mata Ortiz pottery is based on the prehistoric Paquimé techniques found at the Casas Grandes World Heritage Site in the state of Chihuahua.

In this workshop you will be hand building a pre-Columbian style pot from your own hand-made single piece mould. Pots will be finished using Mata Ortiz glazes and hand-made brushes. Pots will be fired on location. All materials, clay, plaster, brushes, glazes are supplied. No experience necessary.

Instructor: José Loya, Mata Ortiz Pottery Master

Cost for 3-day workshop: 1500 pesos


Tuesday, November 16

1 – 3:30pm

Alcohol Ink

 Discover the wonders of Alcohol Ink! These vivid, non-toxic, acid-free inks react with alcohol to create a collage of color that will surprise you as the inks bleed and interact with each other.

 You will create your choice of abstract or detailed art suitable for framing, or greeting cards using “plastic paper”, or tile coasters, ceramic coffee cups, small trinket holders, or wearable art such as earrings and pendants. No experience necessary.

 Teacher: Nancy Van Reeth, Artist and Graphic Designer

Cost: 500 pesos; Includes two pairs of earrings and one pendant; Fee list for coasters, mugs, and other items available


November 17 & 24 (Wednesdays)

11am – 1pm

 Learn the fundamentals of appliqué and make a unique textile artwork in two sessions. You will learn simple stitches, appliqué construction, textile embellishment and elements of design. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Mary Ruzich, textile artist, educator and leader of the Tepehua Sewing Group

Cost for two sessions: 800 pesos; materials provided.

Mary Ruzich

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