Lakeside Living – March 2011

Lakeside Living
By Kay Davis

Phone: (376) 766-4774
or 765-3676 to leave messages

March 2011



At the Club Nautico de Chapala a new Board of Directors was installed for the Medical College of the Ribera de Chapala. The Board for 2011-2012 is made up of Dr. José Manuel Cordova Cervantes – President, Dr. Carlos Garcia Diaz del Castillo – Vice-President, Dr. Sergio Ramirez Acuña – Secretary, Dr. Monica P. Ramos – Treasurer, Dr. Victor M. Garcia Diaz – Honor & Justice Commission, Dr. Nicolás Alonso Estrella – Associate College Commissioner, Dr. Luis Javier Flores Alvarado, MSc – in charge of Certification & Accreditation and Dr. Felipe Ochoa Hernández – in charge of Press Releases.

Dr. C?rdova has practiced medicine for the past 31 years, specializing in Internal Medicine. He served in the Mexican Army & Air Force for 14 years. He is also president of the Gerontology/Geriatrics Society of Jalisco and is the past president of the Centenaria Sociedad Medica de Guadalajara. His column “Stay Healthy” is carried each month in El Ojo del Lago.

Dr. José Manuel C?rdova


On January 28 the Lake Chapala Writers Conference wrapped up with a Worst Sentence Contest. The sentences were selected by one of this year’s speakers. Winners were, from the left, Mike Myers – 1st place, Judy Dykstra-Brown – 2nd place, and Roberta Rich – 3rd place. Both speakers, Mary Rosenblum and Bob Dugoni, were quite personable as well as superb at teaching their craft. Attendees rated them very highly, along with the hotel food and services. The conference was held at the Hotel Real de Chapala.


Winners of Worst Sentence Contest with judge, Mary Rosenblum


In February Rick Present and Ute Hagen held an art show at the Cultural Center in Ajijic. Rick’s use of color is impressionistic and quite pleasing while Ute uses her unique style to show scenes of Mexico from a different perspective.

Under the Volcano by Ute Hagen


February 10 the Russian State Ballet entertained us with the most beautiful suite from Swan Lake. The performers brought the house to their feet with applause. These young dancers came out of the greatest schools of Choreographic Art in Russia. Every year they tour the world, and we are most fortunate to have had them visit us here at Lake Chapala.

Swan Lake by the Russian State Ballet


February 18, at Quattro Gallery, Colon #9, Ajijic, Daniel Stewart, photographer and retired professor of literature, held a photo exhibit entitled “Retratos y Sombreros” (Portraits and Sombreros). The show was a compilation of portraits from Mexico and South American countries, including a series of portraits of people wearing the same sombrero. Having emigrated originally from Canada, Daniel settled in Ajijic in 2010. He has held exhibits in Columbia; Guanajuato, Mexico; and several in Vancouver, Canada. He has been specializing in portrait photography for over 30 years. For more information, call Daniel at 766 – 1899 or write him at

The following day, February 19 at the Cultural Center on the Plaza in Ajijic, Jill Flyer and Luís Mancera MC of Quattro Gallery held a show of their own photos.


Smiling Lady with Sombrero




March 2, starting at 3 p.m., in the lobby at the El Dorado high rise, there will be an exhibition of works by Elizabeth Skelsey. The show will run from March 2 – 31. Food and drinks will be provided for the opening. El Dorado is the new construction on the Libramiento next to Birds of Paradise. Quite nice, worth a look.


Wall in Chapala by Elizabeth Skelsey


March 17 is the next special event for Lakeside Friends of the Animals who are hosting a St. Pat’s for Pets Party. Why not enjoy one of their great parties and show your love for animals at the same time? This one will be held at a private residence. Only $300 pesos gets you wonderful appetizers from 5 – 8 p.m. with live music by the Lucky Dogs, prizes and a cash bar. Tickets are available by calling Aileen at 766 – 2618 or Ellie at 762 – 0462 or through Diane Pearl’s Colecciones at #1 Colon (and Ocampo), the law offices of Henri Loridans at 58A Carretera Ote, Ajijic, and the Animal Shelter and Clinic in Riberas.


Share your love – animals love you back


March 20, 4 – 6 p.m. Love in Action will hold their 2nd Annual Garden Party and Open House. Mexican Faire features a Taco Bar, entertainment and a cash bar. See the center and the kids. Tickets are $250 pesos each, available by March 1 at Diane Pearl’s, at the LiA center in Chapala or call Bonnie Newman at 766 – 0963 or Weezie Burgess at 766 – 2830. Please get tickets by March 16 so they can prepare enough food.

March 22 Jaltepec Centro Educativo will host a fund raising meal, last of the season, to benefit the students. A no host bar opens at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cocktail music compliments of Timothy Welch. The three-course dinner is prepared and served by the students: a choice of main courses, donation $350 pesos per person. Please feel free to call Linda Buckthorp at 766 – 1631 for menu and reservations or email Tickets can be picked up from Multiva’s Reception Desk as of March 16. It would help the bar service if those ordering a bottle of wine do so when they RSVP. Available will be Santa Alicia Reserva, Merlot or Chardonnay at $220 pesos per bottle, paid for at the door.

Your attendance will help the needier students of this Technical Universario in Hotel & Hospitality Management, one of only five in all of Mexico. Your support raises the economic standard of the entire family unit – the students value the education they receive and, in turn, are able to help educate their siblings.

On March 25 – 27 the Naked Stage returns to Sol y Luna, now Plaza de la Ribera, with Jitters, a Canadian comedy written by David French and directed by Betty Lloyd Robinson. Jitters is a play within a play about performers rehearsing for that big night with all the problems, personality clashes and jitters that go before an opening. There will be a no host bar. The production is not suitable for children. Donation $80 pesos. For information and directions, please call 766 – 5986 or email


Jitters poster


Multiple Events:


The American Legion post #7 schedule for March:

Sundays…….12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers          (Mar 20 = doggy day too)

Mar  2…………9 – 9:45 a.m. – US Consulate Services (late? go to LCS)

Mar  4…………8 – 1 p.m. – Yard Sale

Mar  8……….. 4/5 p.m. – Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday event (cocktails at 4)

Mar 12………..4/5 p.m. – Rib Rodeo (cocktails at 4, dinner at 5)

Mar 31………..3 p.m. – Lone Star Club (Country-Western music)

For information, call 765 – 2259 or


Mardi Gras Dragon


Cruz Roja (Red Cross) Bus Trips for March are scheduled:

Mar 15 to Guadalajara Zoo – leaves 9 a.m., leaves zoo at 3:30 p.m., cost $250 pesos includes bus trip, zoo entrance, aquarium, train ride and the safari tour; this trip is very popular – there are only a few seats left.

Mar 17 to Tlaquepaque – leaves 9:30, leaves Tlaquepaque 4 p.m., cost $150 pesos; the Patio restaurant has a group of female mariachis beginning at 3 p.m., giving guests time to see them and be back to the bus by 4.

Email June at for more information on trips. There are no refunds or exchanges once tickets are purchased. Sign up at Cruz Roja table at Lake Chapala Society, M – F from 10 – 12. Note: buses leave from the lights at the entrance to La Floresta.

The Lake Chapala Society Annual General Election is scheduled for March 10 at 10 a.m. Elections for board members will now be staggered; this year LCS needs one VP, a treasurer and up to six members at large. Bring your membership card.

The LCS Singles Group has planned for March 16, 5 – 8 p.m. a social cocktail mixer and dinner at Recoleta Restaurant in Chula Vista. There is a cash bar, and entrees include filet mignon, chicken or medallions. Reservations for dinner are required. The restaurant is in Chula Vista, ½ mile past Super Lake on the left side of the highway heading east. Keep tuned for additional activities for March by checking out the LCS bulletin boards or sign up on the Singles Mix & Match. There are many interesting events in the planning stages. Check at or call Patricia Doran at 766 – 0794.

The US Consulate General announces a New Payment Process for services rendered at the Lake Chapala Society and the American Legion. The US Consulate General Guadalajara requires all applicants to pay with travelers checks. Participant banks are BBVA Bancomer in Ajijic and Chapala and Banamex in Chapala. Services are available at LCS the first Wednesday each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fees for passport renewal – $110 USD, for notary services – $50 USD for each; full fee schedule at

Lakeside Little Theatre news:

The fifth show of Season 46 of the Lakeside Little Theatre is Richard Adler & Jerry Ross’ The Pajama Game.  Performances run until March 8. Tickets go on sale one hour prior to show time during the run of the play.

The final show of the season is The Foreigner, written by Larry Shue and directed by Robert Coull, presented April 2 – 10. Painfully shy Charlie is left at a rural hunting lodge where everybody mistakes his fear of conversation as an inability to speak English. The fun begins as the local heroes and villains reveal themselves, never knowing that Charlie is silently hanging on every word.

If you would like to volunteer behind the scenes, contact Don Chaloner at 766 – 1975 or email at



MAS MUSICA (Music Appreciation Society) announces its 3rd play-reading fundraiser – “Towards Zero” by Agatha Christie. This ingenious mystery, set in Lady Tressilian’s country house in Cornwall, will be performed on March 11 at 4 p.m. on the Back Patio at LCS. Tickets are $100 pesos (includes your first drink) and will be on sale every weekday morning at the LCS Tickets booth from February 28 – March 11. Season tickets for concert season 2011/12 will be on sale from March 7 – March 18. Season ticket prices have had to go up for the first time in many years. The three-tier price system is retained at $1100, $1400 and $1700 pesos. Reserve your seats now!

VIVA! LA MUSICA Bus trips to the ‘Live from the Met’ Opera series at Teatro Diana:

Mar 19 – Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) at 11 a.m., bus at 9:30

Apr   9 – Le Comte Orcy (Rossini) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.

Apr  23 – Capriccio (R. Strauss) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.

Apr  30 – Il Trovatore (Verdi) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.

May 14 – Die Walkure (Wagner) at 11 a.m., bus leaves at 9:30 a.m.

Contact Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834. Tickets cost $300 pesos for members, $350 pesos for non-members. For the January 8 opera, arrange tickets ASAP.

The New VIVA Concert Series start times are aimed for 4 p.m. The preliminary line-up at the Auditorium:

Mar 10 – 6 p.m. Cuban latino music and dance

Sep                        Ensemble “Vocal Contrapuntal”

Oct                          Piano four hands: Guillermo Salvador, Rosalinda Preciado

Nov                        Dolores Moreno, soprano with harp

Ticket prices for the Concert Series are $1100 pesos (members), $1250 (non-members). Single tickets are $250 pesos (members), $300 pesos (non-members).

The Jalisco Philharmonic Season schedule has been revised to Sunday matinees; buses depart from Farmacia Guadalajara at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $250 pesos for Viva members, $300 pesos for non-members. To make a reservation, contact Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834 or email

Mar 13 – Mahler’s 5th Symphony

Mar 27 – Marcello Baroque oboe concerto, Debussy 3 nocturnes, Ortiz altar de piedra

The San Miguel de Allende Baroque Music Festival Trip March 17 – 20 total package is $4300 pesos for Viva members, $4500 pesos for non-members, including concerts and pre-concert lectures, 3 nights double occupancy in the Best Western Monteverde, full breakfast, taxes and deluxe bus to and from San Miguel. Optional extras are available. Call to inquire. The Baroque Music Festival schedule:

Mar 17 – 9 a.m. depart Auditorium, arrive San Miguel 2 p.m.

Mar 17 – 7 p.m. Goldberg Variations in El Obraje chapel

Mar 18 – 7 p.m. Age of Magnificence Concerto Grosso in the chapel

Mar 19 – 7 p.m. Opera “Dido & Aeneas” by Purcell in El Obraje theatre

Mar 20 – 10 a.m. depart San Miguel – no stops – arrive Ajijic 3 p.m.

For further information, contact Joyce Lawrence at 766 – 1804 or email Check the festival website:


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