Lakeside Living – October 2010

Lakeside Living
By Kay Davis

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October 2010



Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci wrote fiction? Ten fable ideas sketched out in da Vinci’s notebooks have been composed by Lakeside author Ed Tasca into stories of interest to all age groups. In the traditional fable format, they deal with life’s little ironies. This new work is a one-of-a-kind volume and includes biographical information about da Vinci and beautiful illustrations in the Renaissance style. All Tasca’s books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any online book seller.


Fables by da Vinci…and Ed Tasca


At the September 4 meeting of The British Society, Rebecca Roth was the guest speaker. Rebecca Roth was held over four years in a Mexican prison. She coordinated the efforts of her fellow prisoners for making dolls to sell. The profits provide for needs not taken care of by the prison, like clothing, toiletries, decent food. If you would like to purchase dolls or to contribute material, a sewing machine or personal hygiene goods, please contact Sheila Poole at 766 – 4601.

Also recognized was 90-year-old Charles Morgan, a Battle of Britain veteran. “The City of London Salute” to the RAF veterans and the 70th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain was celebrated in London on September 7. Susan Bruhaug recited from the 1940 Winston Churchill speech in which he referred to The Few:

“The gratitude of every home … throughout the world … goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide… Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”


Rebecca Roth with “prison dolls”


On September 10, Tod Johnson and the Lakeside Little Theatre hosted the Ektor Carranza memorial service. Many of those with whom Ektor and Tod worked were in attendance – a full theater. Tod served as Master of Ceremonies, doing an excellent job of informing us about Ektor’s life achievements without getting dry. Quite the contrary, he injected touches of humor that made Ektor’s humanity live anew.


Tod Johnson
Theatrical Set


On September 24 it was Noche Bicentenario (Bicentennial Night) at the Old Train Station in Chapala. The celebration was organized by a group called Acci?n Voluntaria as a fund raiser for local area orphanages. Mexicans and gringos mingled at this dinner, prepared with delicious, traditional Mexican foods and accompanied by Mariachi music, singers, a charro performance of roping skill…and more. The event was well organized. However, there is much to do yet to help these kids—you are still needed.


Bicentennial Night at the Old Train Station



December 13 will be a Holiday Cocktail Party to celebrate Love in Action and the work they do for children. More information coming. You can read more about the facility at


Mulitple Events:

The American Legion post #7 schedule for October:

Sundays: 12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers              

Oct   1 – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Yard Sale

Oct   2 – Oktoberfest: Roast pork loin, German sides, dancing, $130 pesos

Oct   6 – 9:30 – 11 a.m. – US Consulate

Oct 11 – 2:30 p.m. – Canadian Thanksgiving (Auxiliary Event)

Oct 21 – 4 p.m. – Dinner theatre: a comedy – The Return of What’s Afoot

          Chicken cordon bleu, broccoli rice, peach cobbler, $150 pesos;
                 Naked Stage performing (Betty Robinson, Jeritza McCarter)

          For information, call 765 – 2259 or

October 21, 9 a.m. is the shot-gun start time for the Cruz Roja Golf Tournament to be held at the Country Club de Chapala. Tickets for golfers are $1,200 pesos per person, including golf cart, golf shirt, on-course lunch, and end-of-day BBQ. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place foursomes, plus men’s and ladies’ longest drive and closest to the pin.

Not a golfer? Join the fun at 4:00 p.m. by attending only the BBQ for $250 pesos each. Hole sponsors for the event include L&R Water Gardens, Solar Technology, and Chapala Tree Service. Tournament sponsors are Hole in One Restaurant and Siete Leguas Tequila (Seven Leagues).

Tickets can be purchased at the Cruz Roja table, Lake Chapala Society, or at the Country Club de Chapala Pro Shop. Bring your pesos and, if a golfer, we will need your shirt size.

Cruz Roja has also announced upcoming bus trips for October: 

Oct  7 – there will be a trip to the Galerias shopping area.

The bus departs at 9:00 am and will return at 4:00 pm.

Price is 150 pesos.

Oct 14 – there will be a special trip to the Guadalajara Zoo.

The bus leaves Ajijic at 9:00 am and the Zoo at 3:30 pm.

Price for this trip is to be determined.

All trips leave from the Carretera, just past the Auditorio, near the statue. You can sign up for these trips at the Lake Chapala Society, Cruz Roja table, M – F from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Cruz Roja Golf Tournament


The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) announces a new activity group specifically for singles. The Singles Mix & Match group will celebrate Oktoberfest October 1 on the LCS grounds. Bratwurst, keg beer, red cabbage and German potato salad are being served by Mary Ann Waite and team. The Red Cross will sell baked goods along with German specialties. There will be German music, polkas, dancing. The purpose of the Mix & Match group is to meet and mingle with people who share interests. The LCS committee is organizing activities for the season, as requested by the 98 singles who attended the meetings.


Carlos Roa, Ingrid Goodridge and Nancy Martinez at the LCS Singles Mix & Match group


In late October a day trip is planned to Talpalpa, a Cultural Heritage “Magic Town,” to view its amazing wildflowers, the macetas factory, the Papel maché crafts school, Las Piedrotas and several other sites in the area. A secure networking site for the group to communicate with one another has been established at:

If you have a cam-recorder, or similiar device, and would like to work with Tod Jonson of LCS in a visual Oral History of some of the local characters for a history of Lakeside, please contact the LCS office and ask for Tod. He is there most days. The recent loss of Ektor Carranza brought into focus the need to capture a spoken history directly from some of these delightful people.

The Children’s Art Program is a legacy of Neill James. Children have been creating visual art on the LCS property for over fifty years. Some alumni of the program are professional artists in the area: Javier Zaragoza, Antonio Lopez Vega, Jesús Lopez Vega, Antonio Cardenas, and Efren Gonzalez. The children leave their paintings with volunteers so they can be sold. Sadly, LCS currently has no opportunity to sell them because matting, framing and exhibiting has not been done since Mildred and Judy Boyd are no longer here to oversee this work. What LCS needs is someone to take over the work they did for so many years. To learn more, please contact Lizz Drummond at 766 – 5107 or email There will soon be small exhibitions of the children’s work in the Library and also in the LCS office; they will, of course, be for sale.

Lakeside Little Theatre news:

Season 46 is underway! Starting off is Luis Santeiro’s comedy Our Lady of the Tortilla, directed by Sally Jo Bartlett. Performances are from October 2 – 10. See this humorous satire about faith, family, and the real miracles in life.

October’s auditions for Tribute, a bitter-sweet comedy by Bernard Slade and directed by Roseann Wilshere, will take place October 22 – 23. Roseann is looking for four women and three men. Performances are January 15 – 23, 2011. For scripts and information, contact Roseann at

The Lakeside Little Theatre encourages and welcomes everyone interested in acting, new or experienced, to attend auditions for any of this season’s plays.

If you would like to volunteer behind the scenes, the LLT is always looking for people to train in lighting, sound, wardrobe, props, make-up, stage managing and other positions. Contact Don Chaloner at 766 – 1975 or email at

Lakeside School for the Deaf and Children with Special Needs announces its Events Calendar for the coming year:

November 6 – The upcoming Fashion Extravaganza: Everything Old is New Again seeks donations of designer and quality women’s clothing and accessories. All donated fashion items will be auctioned off during an elegant luncheon. Proceeds will supply hearing aids to over 35 children plus support for the school in Jocotepec with 110 full-time students. Coordinator for the Fashion Extravaganza will be Cece Girling, professional fashion show producer. Please, ladies, review your over-stocked closets and select classy items that you no longer wear and donate them to a great charitable cause. To arrange pickup, contact either Leslie Martin at 766 – 2274, or Cece Girling at 766 – 3964, These are needed by October 29 for pricing. Be sure all are clean and ready to wear. Watch for upcoming information for the Fashion Extravaganza Luncheon on November 6.

November 18 will kick off the first “Behind the Walls” Home Tours for this season, followed by December 16 (Christmas Tour,) January 27, February 24 and March 24.

February 10 is the elegant Annual Gala Dinner Dance. Join your friends to help out the students. The School in Jocotopec teaches sign language, how to speak, do sculpture, carpentry and arts and provides all types of hearing aids. For more information on the group and volunteer opportunities, check the School for the Deaf website at:


Elegant Fashion show


MAS MUSICA (Music Appreciation Society) gets the 2010 – 2011 concert season off to an exciting start with a gratis Gala Kick-off Party for Season Ticket holders on October 15 at La Nueva Posada. The soprano, Jillian Cox, from San Antonio, Texas, will perform opera arias and popular songs as patrons enjoy wine and botanas on the lovely garden terrace of the hotel’s lakeside restaurant, starting at 4:30 p.m.


Jillian Cox, soprano


Season tickets will be sold through October 15 at the Tickets booth at LCS. Prices remain the same as last year at $1500 pesos, $1200 pesos and $1000 pesos. All performances will be at the Auditorio de la Ribera in La Floresta.

The scheduled season is:

Oct. 26 – Flamenco Dance Gala with Antonio Jimenez and his ensemble of three dancers and four musicians

Nov. 16 – Jalisco Classical Ballet Company presents a Suite from the “Nutcracker” and several “Pas de Dix o Quatra” – a stunning evening of dance

Dec. 14 – Chris Wilshire and his 18 piece Chamber Orchestra will delight guests with unforgettable performances of Corelli, Grieg, Holst, and Copeland

Jan. 13 – Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, Guadalajara’s world-class symphony with an “Enchanted Evening in Paris – 1910”

Feb. 15 – Bob Milne, Ragtime and Jazz piano virtuoso and historian, is sure to hold us spellbound during this final exciting event of the concert season
MAS MUSICA is always happy to welcome new volunteers to help with ticket sales, hospitality and other concert related duties. Please contact Beverly at 765 – 6409, Also, refer to web site

VIVA! La Musica Season tickets (auditorium, 7:30 p.m.) are still for sale at LCS (10 – 12): Single tickets are $250 pesos for members and $300 pesos for non-members. Add $50 pesos for the opera.




Oct.  21            Rigoletto, a fully staged opera, conducted by Luís Rodriquez and directed by Ariel Rios.

Bus trips to the “Live from the Met” Opera series – Viva plans to run a bus to each of the 11 operas to be shown in the Teatro Diana this season. These are on Saturdays and tickets will be available for these trips in September.

Oct.   9             Das Rheingold (Wagner)

Oct.  23            Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky)

Nov. 13            Don Pasquale (Donizetti)

Dec. 11            Don Carlo (Verdi)

Jan.   8             La Fanciulla del West (Puccini)

Feb.  26           Iphigene en Tauride (Gluck)

Mar. 19            Lucio di Lammermoor (Donizetti)

Apr.   9             Le Comte Ory (Rossini)

Apr.  23            Capriccio (R. Strauss)

Apr.  30            Il Travatore (Verde)

May  14           Die Walkure (Wagner)

Call Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834 to reserve seats. Payment can be made by arrangement with Marshall.

Bus trips to Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (Sundays):

Nov. 14            Grieg Piano concerto, operatic arias and duets

Nov. 28            Verdi Requiem

VIVA scholarships awarded this year included seven talented music students and musicians who played or sang at a recent audition:

Diana Laguna                 $10,000 pesos towards a new violin

Emmanuel Medeles     $10,000 pesos towards a course in directing (USA)

Eduardo Garcia             $10,000 pesos for cello lessons with a maestro

Fernando Franco          $10,000 pesos for master piano classes (USA)

Estafania Aviles            $10,000 pesos towards master classes (Italy–soprano)

VIVA grants to:

Francisco Bedoy           $10,000 pesos (U of  Kentucky—tenor)

Areli Medeles                 $10,000 pesos (continuing ed—cello)

Ivan Morales                  $10,000 pesos (continuing ed—piano)

Manuel Castillo             $10,000 pesos (Italy—tenor)

CREM                             $18,000 pesos quarterly payments (Ajijic music school)


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