Lakeside Living – July 2022

Carol D Bradley 2020

Kim LeMieux


The Lake Chapala Society host Open Circle every Sunday at 10:30am, a popular community gathering in Ajijic, to enjoy a diverse range of presentations.

Entrance by the side gate on Ramón Corona, gate opens at 9:30am. We recommend bringing a hat and bottled water, and please remove containers upon departure. Use of mask is optional.

Check their website for upcoming presentations, make your reservation if you want to attend and if you missed a past presentation, you can still enjoy it on line.


July 3 – Steve Nousen: Benjamin Franklin Returns to 1776

Steve Nousen

Dr. Franklin will address the events growing out of the British aggression against the Patriots who continue to fight and die in the cause of Liberty. Since he made his last address at Open Circle, Dr. Franklin has recovered from an ill-fated diplomatic trip to Canada which nearly cost him his life. Upon his return to Philadelphia, he co-authored the Declaration of Independence and helped shepherd it through Congress. On September 11th, he met with the British commander in a last-ditch effort to find a peaceful end to the war. That effort failed and the United States is now faced with a prolonged war. The setting for Dr. Franklin’s latest Open Circle talk is dockside in Philadelphia. It is October 28, 1776, and the 70-year-old Franklin is about to depart on the most important mission of his career. The future of the United States hangs in the balance. Please come to wish Dr. Franklin success on his critical endeavor.

Award-winning teacher, actor, and lobbyist, Steven Nousen has presented Ben Franklin to countless audiences ranging in age from 9-90. He has entertained and informed people at conventions, schools, and universities. He has spoken at the National Geographic Society and the Library of Congress. In his presentations, the audience becomes part of the show. “Dr. Franklin” engages in dialogue with those in attendance. In marking the 246th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Steven will close the program with a reading of a revised and updated interpretation of the Declaration.

July 17 – Rachel McMillen: Creative Writing

Rachel McMillen

A familiar face in the Lakeside community. Many know Rachel from the Introduction to Lakeside course she conducts, or perhaps her Creative Writing course. Or as managing editor of the Lake Chapala Society’s monthly newsletter, Conecciones. In her spare time, she is an active member of a biweekly writing group, a member of the Orchid Society, and of course the dog rescue group. And, just a minor thing, she’s a successful author of four mystery novels set on the Pacific coast of Canada with another novel in the works. But that’s all for, as she says, she is retired now.

July 31 – Poco a Poco San Pedro

Poco a Poco San Pedro started working in early 2016. We started with projects to help the people in San Pedro Itzicán and the surrounding villages.  We do this by facilitating and supporting projects that are requested by the local community. As much as possible we leverage knowledge from available sources in the community, in research, in government and from project leaders from around the lake, and we love working with other local organizations.

Poco a Poco works on creating small, startup projects to enable local people (mostly women) to earn a living and encourage and enable children to attend school.

We believe that an “A hand up – not a handout” approach is the best way to help.  This often involves providing training to people who have asked for help and have an interest in learning.

We encourage youth to attend school, to continue into high school, and beyond.  One young lady has been trained as a Paramedic and is now enrolled to take courses to become a doctor!

The local people, especially the women, want to create local work and activities so they can earn money, and be there to look after their children. 

July 9 2:30-6:30 pm – The Lake Chapala Society will host the 5th Annual Music Festival with Traficantes Rock’n Latin and Gargamel

Food for purchase will be provided by LA PACENA and THE SMOKEHOUSE as well as ice cream from BOK HELADOS and a No Host/Cash bar to quench your thirst after all that dancing. 

Tickets $400 Non-members; $300 Members

July 15 3:00 – The Lake Chapala Society will host the Feria Maestros del Arte Fundraiser Fashion Show

Tickets $250 available at Fiaga Boutique, Morelos 7, Ajijic Centro and Lupita Campbell

The indigenous folk art of Mexico is in danger of disappearing if artists cannot find outlets to sell their work. Feria Maestros del Arte was created to offer these artists a venue to sell their work at no charge to them – for many, the sales they make at the Feria are the largest portion of their yearly income.

Organized by an army of volunteers, artists do not pay any fees or percentage of sales. They are hosted by local families, fed, and assisted with their transportation costs.

The hosts’ participation in the Feria makes for a unique community experience. Every year, extraordinary cross-cultural bonds are forged between families of diverse backgrounds.

For more info on future events:

July 25 to 29 –  Children’s Art Program will have their Art Camp. And Saturday July 30 you can appreciate and buy some of their creations. The Art Camp will have the following workshops: Alum-Art, Mosaics, Acrylics, Watercolor, Abstract, Drawing & Painting, Embroidery, Dreamcatchers and Terra Cota Modeling.

Since 1954 when it was started by Neill James, The Children’s Art Program has engaged thousands of Mexican children in exploration of their creative talents. The Program has produced many well-known local artists and helped to position Ajijic as an art colony. The mural honors the Program and the three women who enriched the lives of so many young Mexicans.

The mural is made possible through a generous donation from the Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) and the creative collaboration and time of Ajijic artists, Jesus Lopez Vega and Javier Zaragoza. Many thanks to everyone who has helped to make the LCS Children’s Arts Program a continued success.

Dedicated on March 3, 2012, the mural celebrates the many Ajijic artists who got their start in the Children’s Art Program and inspires the children who will continue to come to the art patio every Saturday morning.

FoodBank Lakeside is expanding its local restaurant program this month.  Local participating restaurants place small FoodBank notices on their tables and offer to collect donations from their customers. All materials and cash pickups are provided by FoodBank volunteers. They are seeking to grow the success of this program with a new volunteer that will manage just this program. They currently have nine local participating restaurants. Any restaurant owners or managers that would like more information are encouraged to contact FoodBank Lakeside at For more information about FoodBank Lakeside, please visit

July 29 12:30-2:30 – Alex Holland and Steve Montenko will perform at La Pacena, Ajijic. All tips donated to FoodBank Lakeside

Alex Holland and Steve Montenko

Classic folk-rock. A gourmet seafood lunch in a garden setting. featuring Steve on acoustic guitar and vocals, Alex on bass, cover the legendary singer-songwriters of the 70s and beyond, plus a few tasty originals. All tips go directly to FoodBank Lakeside. Steve is the Volunteer Coordinator for the FoodBank. Alex is an internationally recognized expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a former professional bass player.

July 15, 16, 17 – FOUR DOGS AND A BONE  A witty satire of the movie business. Though it is biting and cruelly critical it is also very funny – and that’s probably why it ran for 230 performances when it premiered in New York in 1993.

“If you’re going to write a satire about the movie business at this very late date, it had better be very, very funny. In the case of FOUR DOGS AND A BONE … that criterion is most abundantly met.” (NY Times) FOUR DOGS AND A BONE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., NY.

August 4 – 7Mark Boyer 10 Minute Play Festival. This concept was introduced to the LLT Board by Mark Boyer in March of 2019 and unanimously approved.  This Festival was originally scheduled for August 2020, but due to COVID it is now being held August 2022. Collette Clavadetscher is the Festival Director and Deborah Elder is the Festival Stage Manager.  Seven 10-minute plays will be presented with 17 cast members. 

Tickets for both events are available at or check LLT’s website for box office hours.  Reserved seating in the McIntosh Auditorium.

July 29, 30 & 31 4:00 pm – La Vérité (The Truth)

The original writer of La Vérité, Florian Zeller, (The Truth, as translated by Christopher Hampton) has been given credit on a global level as an extraordinary script that is not just uncannily funny but has more to it than meets the eye. The play provides an unsettling but hilarious gaze at the downsides of infidelity in a marriage. It is said that his script dances as much along the lines of a traditional French farcical comedy, as it does along the celebrated play Betrayal, by Harold Pinter.

Our Bare Stage production, adeptly directed by Bernadette Jones, features, Linda Goman, Mark Nichols, Louise Ritchie & Ken Yakiwchuk.

Standing: Louise Ritchie, Linda Goman. Seated: Ken Yakiwchuk, Mark Nichols. Front: Director Bernadette Jones.

Tickets are $200 to join in the fun. Sales are brisk so RESERVE NOW at We are located at #261 on the mountain side of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar across from the Catholic Church. Door and Bar open at 3:00 pm. Seats are held till 3:50 pm. We still request mask-wearing out of respect for our fellow audience members and our actors. Curtains will be open for air flow. Please Like, Follow& Share our Facebook Page:

Every Thursday 3:00 – 6:00 – Gringo Bingo and Live Music

An ongoing fundraiser with the Iron Horse and all proceeds goes to Lucky Dog.

Lucky Dog Rescue and Adoption Center is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue and adoption of abandoned and abused dogs in the Lake Chapala area of Jalisco Mexico. Lucky Dog is run solely by a group of dedicated volunteers.

Lucky Dog has expanded a lot since its inception, adding additional runs, installing a playing/training field in back, constructing safety doors on the kennels and shade coverings for the play yards, and more. Come visit us and see for yourself! We are always happy to meet our supporters!

Our dedicated volunteers ensure our dogs are walked and loved daily.  Visits to the vet are all handled by volunteers, as are routine vaccinations, worm and flea treatments. For more information to volunteer or donate:

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