Lakeside Living – June 2022

Carol D Bradley 2020

Kim LeMieux


The Lake Chapala Society hosts Open Circle , a popular community gathering in Ajijic, every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., where attendees enjoy a diverse range of presentations. Enter by the side gate on Ramón Corona; gate opens at 9:30 a.m. We recommend bringing a hat and bottled water, and please remove containers upon departure. Use of mask is optional.

Please make your reservation if you want to attend.

Check their website for upcoming presentations, and if you missed a past presentation, you could still enjoy it on line.

June 5. Tran immigrants, The Rhizome Center for Migrants. “Despite the fact that Mexico receives, on average, more than 15,000 displaced persons each month, there are very few resources dedicated to serving their specific needs.”

We believe that immigration status and citizenship do not form the basis for discrimination and abuse. Nor do rights terminate at the border. Our beliefs push us to enhance access to justice and to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms even after someone has been deported. We are the first and only legal aid clinic south of the border focused entirely on providing post-deportation legal services to the deported community. Our Mexico Project focuses on strengthening and expanding legal and reintegration resources for at-risk deportees and returnees.

June 12. Kelly Bennett, Meditation on the Go!

June 19. Daniel Acuff, Ph.D., M.S.P. (Masters in Spiritual Psychology)

Daniel Acuff

Extraordinary Living: A Personal Enhancement Presentation.

With Dr. Acuff as a guide, as a participant you can expect to explore various important keys to creating an extraordinary life experience. You will be invited and sometimes challenged to look at questions related to how you are currently fulfilling your needs and how this leads to your level of happiness. A high and consistent degree of happiness is a goal of extraordinary living.

Dr. Acuffhas been a conference speaker and workshop leader in front of more than 6,000 participants around the globe, from South Africa to Norway. He has led seminars and workshops on topics such as relationships, breakthrough performance, success, excellence of communication, handling of breakdowns, integrity, creativity, self-expression, leadership, health and fitness, excellence, commitment and sex and intimacy. He is the author of 14 books and a variety of articles related to human needs and motivation, communication, and relationship. The titles of his most important works to date are: Project Happiness – 9 Keys to Creating Extraordinary Happiness; Relationship RX: 7 Keys to Creating an Extraordinary Relationship; and two life-transforming spiritual adventure novels: The Mysteries of Quan and God Lied –What’s Really Going on Here.

Symphonic Traditions with the Lake Chapala Orchestra

June 17 and 18. During the past few months, the Lake Chapala Orchestra (formerly Lake Chapala Community Orchestra) has developed by leaps and bounds as a fully-fledged symphony orchestra, now capable of playing several standard symphonic repertoires. The appointment of some very experienced string players has had a significant impact on the overall technical ability of the ensemble.

The orchestra’s conductor, Michael Reason, has carefully crafted the orchestra to a stage where they can tackle the symphonies of Beethoven and the concertos of Mozart. “The orchestra has come a long way in 3.5 years, and the Lakeside area now has a semi-professional orchestra that all residents can be proud of,” says Reason.

The new improved and dynamic Lake Chapala Orchestra will showcase itself at its next concerts on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18. A program entitled “Symphonic Traditions” will be the first time the orchestra has presented a traditional orchestral concert—an overture, a concerto and a symphony.

Starting with the dramatic overture to the opera Der Freischutz (The Marksman), the central work in the program will be Bach’s ever-popular Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. Three soloists from the orchestra, Diego Miramontes, Juan Reyes and Susanne Bullock, will take center stage in this challenging piece. The final work will be Schumann’s Symphony No. 3.

“The Schumann symphony is one of the most uplifting, joyful and popular orchestral works from the 19th century,” comments Reason. “It basically gives a musical portrayal of life on the Rhine River. Gorgeous melodies and a blazing finale that is just 100% excitement!”

Preceding each piece Reason will provide background details to the music. Visual projections accompanying the music will give a multi-media element to the concert.

The “Symphonic Traditions” concerts will be held at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 250 San Jorge, Riberas, at 3:00 p.m. on both days. There are only 100 seats available for each performance.

Tickets are $300 and can be ordered by emailing

June 24, 25 and 26. For June, Bare Stage Theatre’s production is Scenes from American Life by A. R. Gurney, who was born in 1930, attended the Yale School of Drama, taught literature at M.I.T., then moved to New York in 1982 to devote more time to writing for the theatre. He may be best known for his play, Love Letters, but he regards Scenes as the play that launched his professional career, winning him the 1971 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Playwright. He is now a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Scenes from American Life is a youthful look at the hypocrisy of adult life, told through a series of vignettes spanning four decades, ending in 1981 and involving over 100 characters in WASP-y New England. It journeys through the midcentury to a prophetic future, which, turns out to be today! The view is wry and satiric, sometimes wistful and, eventually, mordant. Despite its often-cheerful surface, in ‘Gurneyland’ complacency is its own nemesis.

Rosann Balbontin directs Mark Donaldson, Sharon Jarvis, Kathleen Morris, Roxanne Rosenblatt, John Ward and Tony Wilshere in interchanging roles playing adults and their own children . . . a “tour de force” for actors!

Shows are June 24, 25 and 26. Doors open at 3:00, curtain is at 4:00. Tickets are $200. RESERVE NOW at

We are located at #261 on the mountain side of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar across from the Catholic Church. Seats are held till 3:50 p.m. We still request mask-wearing out of respect for our fellow audience members and our actors. Curtains will be open for air flow, thanks. Facebook Page:

June 17, 18 and 19. The next production for LLT will be Match by Stephen Belber, directed by Lynn Gutstadt.

Show dates and times: Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19 at 4:00 p.m.

Match is a portrait of a charming, garrulous and profoundly sad Tobi Powell, an aging dancer, choreographer and teacher who enjoys knitting.

“Uproariously funny, deeply moving, enthralling theater, Match has great beauty and tenderness, and abounds in wit.” – NY Daily News

Tickets are $200 and may be purchased online ( or check our website for box office hours for this show. Reserved seating – McIntosh Auditorium.

June 24. Alex Holland and Steve Montenko will perform June 24, and the last Friday every month, at La Pacena, Ajijic, starting at 12:30. 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.


By Jenny Robertson

Oh Father

Blessed be the times together

When large hands around small

Would lead me on forwards

To dreams and ambitions

Brought to light by loving confidence

Oh Father

Blessed be the times together

When the broad shoulders under tiny legs

Would lift me above the clouds

To beauty and truth

Shown only through unwavering strength

Oh Father

Blessed be the times together

When strong arms surrounding frail body

Would carry me past tears

To resilience and perseverance

Revealed through unyielding devotion

Oh Father

How glad am I that you are mine

And no one else will ever take your place

Happy Father’s Day

Kim and her father, Joe Datzman

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