Lakeside Living – December 2011

Lakeside Living


Shelley Edson
Phone: 376 – 765 – 4049

December 2011

The winners of the November 3, 2011 Cruz Roja golf classic were Mary and Brooks Wingrave, Rod and Maggie Pye. The day was a great success. The Country Club de Chapala golf course was in perfect condition, the weather not too warm, just right. The food was terrific, and the field of golfers enthusiastic and ready for fun.

There were lots of prizes to go around and free tequila from Siete Leguas as well as samples and treats from many other sponsors. But the real winner was Cruz Roja and the Lakeside community. Thank you to all the volunteers, the players and sponsors.


Winners Cruz Roja Golf Classic


November 11th, 15 Nobles of the Lake Chapala Shrine Club presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Jorge Gonzalez to show their appreciation for his generous donation of his time and orthopedic medical experience to screen children for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Mexico City. Each Friday at 1:00 pm, Dr. Gonzales evaluates children that have been referred by the Shriners to determine if they would benefit from treatment at the Shriners Hospital. He does this at no charge. For more information about Shriners, contact Noble Denny Strole at (376) 766-0485 or email


Noble Denny Strole presents a Certificate of Appreciate to Dr. Gonzalez


Thursday, December 29, 2011 from 2 to 5 pm “Dessert with Wendy” will be held at Villa Venezie, the magnificent private villa of Ms. Kim Everest. This Lake Chapala Hospice fundraiser features a special appearance by singer, songwriter and producer Wendy Waldman, well known for her hit song: Save the Best for Last. Tickets are 1,000 pesos and include drinks, dessert and the concert. To order tickets email or call 766-4154.

Ticket sales provide a portion of the essential funding needed to get the Lake Chapala Hospice program underway. Funds raised are being used for expenses, medical consulting, equipment, licenses and other unavoidable preliminary expenditures, without which it cannot proceed. Additional information available at:


Lake Chapala Hospice Fundraiser


On November 6, the third Marathon del Día del Médico started at the San Antonio Modelorama and ended at the Chapala Malecón. This year the organizer invited foreigners, and to many people’s surprise, 20 foreigners did participate – 13 of which were members of the Ajijic Weight Watchers Group, With 80 people competing, the event raised 11000 pesos with 1/2 to Cruz Roja and 1/2 to other institutions. All 13 of the Weight Watcher contingent finished the 7 kilometer marathon, with member Donna Williams coming in second in the foreigner category. Pictured are Weight Watcher participants Norma Elliott, Shirley Mayfield, Bonnie Kleffel, Barbara Philleo, Donna Williams, Valerie Jones and Heather Stevenson.


Weight Watcher Participants in Marathon Dia del Medico


On November 16, the Culinary Arts Society (CASA) sponsored a bus trip to the Romertopf factory in El Salto. Romertopf specializes in clay baking products and had all kinds of products for sale – from unglazed chicken bakers to wine coolers at really low prices. Forty-seven lakesiders, with money in their pockets, participated in the trip. Thankfully the deluxe bus had a lot of storage underneath, as the group departed with 65 small, medium and large boxes full of neatly wrapped purchases.


Romertopf shoppers Howard Feldstein, Joan Ward, Monica Malloy
and Pat Ellson


November 18 to 20, the fabulous Feria Maestros was held in Chapala. The artisans had outstanding crafts for sale, the entertainment was excellent and volunteers did an amazing job.

The same weekend, a much smaller event, the fall edition of the Expo Chapala Artesenal (ECA) Crafts Fare, was held at the esplanade of the Auditorio in La Floresta. Attendees at the Saturday evening concert, Tribute to Farinelli, got a special treat as the Expo stayed open until the concert started.


Jose Melendrez at the ECA Crafts Fare


Future Events

December 8 at 4 pm, the second annual Cruz Roja live auction will be held at the Real de Chapala hotel in Lower la Floresta. Nicole Sergent will again be the auctioneer presenting the items with her unique banter. Viewing begins at 3 pm and the live auction starts at 4 pm and should be completed at 5:30 pm. Botanas will be served during the viewing along with tequila samples by Siete Leguas. The hotel will also provide a cash bar.

All live auction items will have a minimum value of $1,000 pesos and range from a week in Puerto Vallarta to gift certificates from local service providers. For more information, contact Nicole Sergent at 766-4375 or Charlie Klestadt at 331-445-2136 cell.

December 9 from 3 to 6 pm Colors and Tastes of Ajijic and Silent Auction will be held at LCS to benefit Pro Auditorio, the non-profit raising funds for the renovation of the Auditorio in La Floresta. Local restaurants are donating tasting samples of their food. Local clothing designers are staging a fashion show and each will donate an item for the live auction. A silent auction will feature works of art, vacation trips, dinners for two, golf equipment and much more. Tickets are $200 pesos and include one drink from the bar and four food tasting samples. 

Friday, December 9, 5 to 8 pm The First Annual Animal Buddies Christmas Bash to aid Neuter and Spay for local rescuers will be held at Salvador’s Restaurant, Ajijic. Enjoy a Spaghetti Dinner, fabulous desserts, live entertainment, wonderful door prizes and some great raffles. Tickets are $200 pesos and available at Salvador’s, Mia’s Boutique and Diane Pearl; they will not be sold at the event. Please join us for a fun evening and help us to curtail the pet overpopulation at Lakeside. For more details go to or email

December 10 to 18, Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) presents Greetings written by Tom Dudzick and directed by Peggy Lord Chilton. When a dysfunctional family’s Christmas Eve is disrupted by an ancient and witty spirit working through a mentally-challenged boy, healing comes in wonderfully mysterious ways. Purchase advance tickets at the Theatre from 10 to noon starting December 8. Performances begin at 7:30 pm, and the bar opens at 6:30 pm. Sunday matinees at 3 pm. For more information, go to 

December 11 Abbeyfield will hold a delicious Christmas Brunch featuring entertainment by Frank Dino. Tickets are $250 pesos and can be purchased by calling Brian Howard, 766-2794 or Ruth Darling, 766-1977. Abbeyfield is located at Calle de Lago # 9, facing the Ajijic Malecon between Pedro Moreno and 5 de Mayo.

December 12 at 4 pm celebrate Virgin of Guadalupe Day at Viva Mexico Restaurante in San Juan Cosala. Augustin is featuring Chiles en Nogada for $75 pesos. Allow time to walk around town to see Lakeside’s most outstanding display of altars dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe and to see the traditional Guadalupe procession which starts at 5pm.

December 13, at 7 pm and December 14, at 4 pm, Los Cantantes presents their 10th Anniversary Christmas and Holiday Concerts: “Christmas through the Seasons at the Auditorio in La Floresta. Purchase tickets at LCS Tickets or email

December 15 Behind the Wall Tours and Party benefits the Lakeside School for the Deaf and Children with Special Needs. The tour leaves the Ajijic pier at 5.30pm. Tickets are 250 pesos or 300 at the pier if still available.

In 2012, tours are scheduled for January 26, February 23 and March 22, and leave at 10:30am from the Ajijic pier. Tickets for the 2012 tours are 170 pesos in advance or 200 on the day of the tour if available. Purchase tickets from Diane Pearl and Charter Club Tours. For more information, contact Paula or Fran 766 4443.

December 16, Lakeside Carolers will gather for their annual caroling event.  They carol at four assisted living and independent living homes after their one brief rehearsal in the Wal-Mart parking lot. To obtain the complete itinerary, map, and song sheet, e-mail Performances are 30 or 40 minutes at each home, and then the carolers greet the residents of the home. Abbeyfield is the traditional last stop.


Belva McIrvin de Velazquez leading Carollers at Abbeyfield


December 16 at 5 pm and 6:30 pm The Nutcracker at the Auditorio in La Floresta. Purchase tickets for the Loyola de Chapala’s abbreviated children’s rendition of the Nutcracker at the Auditorio.

December 17 Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales (Crem) Orchestra performs at the Auditorio in La Floresta. Purchase tickets at the Auditorio. According to the Auditorio, the concert starts at 7pm.

December 18, from 10 to noon the Magic of Mexican Muralism will be presented by Professor Manuel Aguilar-Moreno and Open Circle in the back room of El Jardin restaurant in the Ajijic Plaza. This is an Open Circle location change for this event only.

Dr. Aguilar, a native of Guadalajara, is Professor of Art History at California State University, Los Angeles. He has written numerous books and articles in the field of Mexican art and archeology and is widely regarded as an expert. Dr. Aguilar is brought here by Open Circle and this free event is open to the public. 

December 18, 4 pm the Viva la Musica Membership Party is at the delightful home of Tony and Roseann Wilshere. The Annual General Meeting is at 3pm before the party. Viva members are invited to attend the meeting and the party. We will enjoy champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and the delightful entertainment of the Medeles string quartet. These young people are all from the lakeshore; two of them, Emmanuel and Areli Medeles are Viva scholarship recipients. This is a great way to renew old friendships, make new ones and join Viva or renew your membership of Viva la Musica. Paid up members are also invited to come and join in the fun, just bring your membership card!

December 19 Love in Action Second Annual Holiday Cocktail Supper Party will be held at La Mina in Villa Nova. La Nina is a private historical estate and home of the mine owners who processed gold mined in the nearby mountains. There will be fabulous food, open bar, and entertainment. All ticket receipts will be donated to the Love in Action Children’s Center. Tickets are $1000 pesos per person; to reserve email

December 28 from 3 to 6 pm, Anita Lee’s has a grand opening at Sol Mexicano Galeria del Arte, Colon 13, Ajijic. The exhibit of pastel and oil will run from December 28th to January 12th.


Art by Anita Lee


December 31, the Chapala American Legion is having a New Year’s Eve Prelude with an all-you-can-eat-guaranteed Shrimp Boil. Cocktails at 1:00 pm. Afternoon entertainment will be provided by Ricardo, and Noe and Roy will play from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Special drinks, hot and spicy bloody mary’s and cuba libre’s will be available as well as the usual full bar. Purchase tickets for $200 pesos at the Legion. The event is timed so that people can enjoy the afternoon and be home early, or travel on to other parties later in the evening.

The Music Appreciation Society’s (MAS) 2011-2012 schedule for concerts at the Auditorio in La Floresta:

Dec 8               The Children’s Choir of Morelia

Jan 19             Orquesta Filarmonica de San Luis Potosi

Feb 14             Classical FX Quartet of Kennedy Center Opera Company

Mar 13             Compania de Danza Clasica y Neoclasica de Jalisco

Purchase tickets at LCS 10 to noon two weeks prior to each performance and at the Charter Club at Plaza Montana. For more information, contact Kathleen Phelps at 766-0010 or email

In January, Lake Chapala Hospice will present four thought provoking documentaries at LCS. For more information, check the LCS section in El Ojo or visit their website:

January 5, 6, 12 and 13 My, My, How Nice presents “Malt Shop Memories,” a 50’s/60’s revue, at Plaza Ribera. You will want to get on your feet and dance along! Performances are 7:30 pm Thursday and Friday, and 3 pm Saturday. Tickets are 175 pesos and available at Mia’s Boutique, Diane Pearl’s, or by email

January 1 at 1 pm the 3rd Annual Polar Bear Swim takes place in Chapala. This event, which benefits Cruz Roja, is held at the Malecón in Chapala in front of the Beer Garden Restaurant. Swimmers solicit pledges for going into the Lake, Raffle drawing at 2:00 pm. For more information, call Charlie Klestadt 331-445-2136.

January 20 and 21 the fabulous Mexican guitar player Paco Rentería returns to the Auditorio in La Floresta with performances to benefit the Pro Auditorio Project. Paco, who is an accomplished international performer, played to a full house at the Auditorio in October, and put on an amazing performance.  According to the Auditorio, tickets should be available about December 8th.


Paco Rentería
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