Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic (CASA) 2011 Year in Review: Last year was an exciting year for CASA with a record number of new members joining. As of November, CASA had three BING winners. To earn a BING, you need three first place wins in the calendar year – no easy feat. Monica Molloy was the first winner, followed by Ginger Perkins and Alexandra Gordon. Congratulations to all three. CASA will honor the 2011 winners at the annual Awards Banquet in late January.
In 2011, CASA conducted two sold out tours to the Romertopf Factory in Guadalajara and the Progressive Dinner Club was started with four dinners featuring Greek, Spanish, Italian and Halloween themes! Currently there is a waiting list for this sub-group of CASA. For information about joining CASA, contact CASA’s 2012 President, Pat Carroll at .
Weekly Monday Market at the Hole in One from 10am to noon. In December, approximately 40 Mexican and non Mexican vendors offered freshly prepared meals, soups, chili, cookies, cakes, pies, breads, sausages, seafood, sauces and dips along with hand-made crafts. Gluten free and sugar free foods are also available, and some vendors accept custom orders. For more information, email .
At the Lakeside British Society December meeting, Fernando Serna Villa, professional dancer and choreographer, demonstrated the Salsa, Danzon and Cumbia; a fitting close to the 2011 season. The next meeting is February 4 at Manix Restaurant.
December 5, Lakeside Friends of the Animals held a Wow event, with 150 people attending the “Bow Wow Meow Luau” at Roberto’s Restaurant. Roberto’s served an outstanding Hawaiian buffet and guests were entertained with authentic Hawaiian musicians and dancers. Two long time residents dedicated to helping Lakeside animals were honored at the event: Barb Hess, aka “The Cat Lady,” and Lila Kawananakoa.
Lakeside Friends of the Animals helps Mexicans of limited means to spay/neuter their pets and to care for their injured or sick animals, provides food to some local shelters and conducts feline leukemia testing to try to eradicate that disease.
Tuesday December 6, Steffany Arnoldi hosted her annual Christmas Party at her home in Villa Nova at her expense. With a $250 peso ticket, guests enjoyed free drinks and appetizers poolside followed by a traditional Christmas dinner. Drinks flowed freely and guests danced to the music of Ron Baker and Jay Shuffle. A highlight of the silent auction was one week at Steffany’s Puerto Vallarta oceanfront condo. All proceeds from this event were donated by Steffany to Lakeside Spay & Neuter.
December 9, the renowned Children’s Choir of Morelia returned to Ajijic to perform a Christmas Concert at the La Floresta Auditorium. Invited by the Music Appreciation Society (MAS), the concert included a sing-a-long of children’s songs and traditional Christmas carols. The choir director, Espejel Cruz, invited enthusiastic children in the audience to join them on the stage to sing the traditional Spanish carol, the Fish in the River. Just as promised the night was magical.
Children’s Choir of Morelia
December 13, Ajijic Society of the Arts joined the Eco Organic Market at the Centro Laguna Mall. This onetime joint event drew a huge crowd with many artists and artisans participating. The Organic Market, which offers an extensive selection of organic food and related products, is every Tuesday, from 10 to 12:30. Ajijic Society of the Arts next show is January 15 at the Ajijic Plaza.
Julie and Wayne Hensley at Centro Laguna Art Show
December 13 and 14, Los Cantantes del Lago presented Christmas through the Seasons at the La Floresta Auditorium. Concert-goers totally enjoyed the performance of this very talented choir. On December 17, Los Cantantes participated in the wonderful Crem Concert at the Auditorium. Spring concerts are scheduled March 27 and 28.
Sundays, talented artisans work on their crafts at the Artisan Store on the Auditorio Plaza in La Floresta. Please stop by to meet the artists and see their crafts and techniques. This newly remodeled store now sells merchandise from members of the Institute del Artesania Jaliciense. Hours are 10 to 6 pm daily. The artists and their merchandise will change periodically.
Artisans Guadalupe Torres and Laura Diaz
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 7, 4 to 8 pm, opening reception for three Lakeside artists at the Ajijic Cultural Center with welcome cocktail, botanas and music. Downstairs, San Juan Cosala artist, DePaul Durham, exhibits his art: a fusion of Latin American, African and European folk tales. Upstairs, see the work of Ajijic artist, Jesus Lopez Vega, and his 17 year old son, Jesus Eduardo – whose premiere art show presents a new satirical concept. The exhibition continues until January 19.
Graffiti by Jesus E. Lopez Vega
January 14, Saturday, 7pm Chucho Lopez and Latin Jazz at the La Floresta Auditorium. The band includes Victor Patrón (piano), Pepe Hernadez (bass), Mario Pator, Jr (keyboard), and Giovanni Figueroa (drums). Purchase tickets for $300 pesos at Nueva Posada, Jardin Plaza Restaurant, Tony’s Restaurant, the American Legion and the La Floresta Auditorium.
January 14 – 22, Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) presents How the Other Half Loves: “An adulterous affair links three unhappy middle-aged couples otherwise divided by class. This ingenious and funny show juggles time and space in a play of love and laughter, meals and mayhem.”
Purchase tickets at the Theatre 10 to noon starting January 12. Performances begin at 7:30 pm, and the bar opens at 6:30 pm. Sunday matinees at 3 pm. For more information, visit their website:.
January 17, 2 and 6:30 pm Trivia Quizzes at the Hotel Real de Chapala sponsored by Niños Incapacitados. Cash bar opens 30 minutes before each quiz; bring your own munchies. To purchase tickets, contact Kathy Dingwall at 766-5829, , or Kari Higgins at 766-3651, . Proceeds go to the children helped by Niños Incapacitados. For more information, visit .
January 20 and 21, 7 pm, the fabulous Mexican guitar player, Paco Rentería, returns to the La Floresta Auditorium to benefit the Auditorium Upgrade Project. Paco put on an amazing performance at the Auditorium in October, playing to a full house. Purchase tickets for $150 and $250 pesos at LCS (10-12), Diane Pearl’s, Charter Club, Fiaga Boutique and the Auditorium.
January 25, 5:30 pm, Celebrate Robbie Burn’s birthday, Scotland’s favorite son, at the Chapala Golf & Country Club. Sponsored by Niños Incapacitados, enjoy a three-course meal with a bite of haggis and a wee dram of Scotch. Enjoy Scottish country dancing, lovely old songs, and a piper to set your feet tapping. Tickets are $250 pesos – limited availability. To purchase tickets, email .
January 29, 10:30 am, Bill Frayer and Mel Goldberg read from their new books of poetry at Ajijic Casa Del Sol B&B, Javier Mina #7. Enjoy coffee, pastries and good poetry, as Mel reads from his new book of Haiku poetry “A Few Berries Shaken from the Tree,” and Bill reads from his new book “Migration.”
January 29, Sunday, 3 to 6 pm, Celebrate FDR’s 130 birthday with the New Deal Dance at Club Exotica, behind El Jardin restaurant, Ajijic Plaza, sponsored by Democrats Abroad. Wear 1930-40s clothes, and dance to oldies in this night club setting. At intermission, enjoy a short one-act play by Ed Tasca with local players portraying FDR, members of his Cabinet, and Eleanor. Cash bar and Cash food. Purchase tickets for $150 pesos at the LCS Ticket Booth (10-12 M-F) , and at Diane Pearl.
January 24, Tuesday, 11 am, Jaltepec Centro Educativo, a Hospitality University for young women, invites you to an open house. The event starts at 11 am with a history of the institute, academic schedule, and scholarship program, followed by a tour of the beautiful facilities. Guests will then enjoy a delicious lunch, prepared by the students at which time current and past sponsors will be acknowledged. After dessert, students that need current scholarship assistance will be introduced. This event is free and has limited seating. For reservations, contact Linda Buckthorp 766-1631 or email
January 28, 7 pm, Concert of Classic Guitar features Winy Kellner at the La Floresta Auditorium. In 2007 Winy Kellner won the first prize to compose a guitar concert for the city of Guadalajara. Currently he is a faculty member of the Music Conservatory at the University of Guadalajara. Performance at 7 pm, purchase tickets at the Auditorium.
January 29, noon, the award-winning Ballet Folklorico Ixtlahuacan performs at the La Floresta Auditorium. Purchase tickets at the Auditorium.
Ballet Folklorico Ixlahuacan
February 9, 10,11 and 12 Dancing Lips Sync Show at Club Exotica, behind El Jardin Restaurant on Ajijic Plaza. Director Michael McClaughlin promises 12 new acts and 12 back by popular demand from the September Really Big Lip Sync Show. Join host Bob Hope with a bevy of beauties: Janis Joplin, Lady Gaga, the Spice Girls, and Judy Garland. Show time is 4:00 p.m. on the first three days with a matinee at 2:00 on February 12th. Tickets are $250 pesos for VIP seating and $200 pesos for the main floor. They can be purchased at Charter Club Tours, the Auditorium, LCS (10-12) and Diane Pearl. Proceeds benefit the Auditorio Upgrade Project. Pictured are: Abby Grissom, Brandi Mertens, Tracy Johnson.
Dancing Lips Sync Show
Feb 10 – 12 Cruz Roja will be running Duck Races at the Chili Cookoff. This event will be the 1st Annual Duck Race and we are gearing up for a “Quackerjack Time”. The Lucky Duck wins the Grand Prize of a 32 inch flat screen TV. Tickets will be sold by Cruz Roja Volunteers to represent the ducks in the race. Buy ticket numbers 0001 – 0007 to have 7 ducks competing in the RACE!! Ducks are being sold for $50 pesos each with discounts for multiple Duck purchases.
I could be your lucky duck
The Music Appreciation Society’s (MAS) 2012 schedule for concerts at the La Floresta Auditorium is:
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 .
Viva Musica offers bus trips to the following operas being simulcast at Teatro Diana:
Jan 21 The Enchanted Island, Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi and others
Feb 11 The Twilight of the Gods, Wagner
Feb 25 Ernani, Verdi
April 21 Manon, Massanet
April 28 La Traviata, Verdi
Tickets are $300 pesos for members, $400 for non-members. To reserve, email .
February 17 to March 1, Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival celebrates itstenth anniversary with 14 events, 6 Patrons-only and 8 available for everyone! Outstanding guests this year include the legendary Anton Kuerti, piano, Christos Hatzis, composer, Susan Hoeppner, flute, Mark Skazinetsky, conductor, The Aeolus String Quartet, Alvin Tung, guitar and The Sax King of Jazz, Richard Underhill.
You can become a Friend of the Festival this year for $2,000 pesos, and receive tickets to all concerts at a 10 % discount, plus invitations to 4 patron-only events. Single concert tickets are $250 to $350 pesos. Single ticket sales begin February 1 at the LCS (10 to noon M-F), and at Charter Club Tours at Plaza Montaña from 10 to 3 pm, or to Friend’s packages now, contact Judy Parker 766-5379. For more information visit
Fridays in January, at 2:30 pm, Lake Chapala Hospice presents four documentaries about dying and death at LCS in the Sala:
Jan 6 Two Feet in the Grave
Jan 13 Facing Death
Jan 20 A Short Stay in Switzerland
Jan 27 Endless Consciousness
After each film, Erik Slebos, grief-counselor, and the managing and clinical director of Lake Chapala Hospice will lead a discussion.
Tickets are $50 pesos each; limited seating is available. To order tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 766-4154. Ticket proceeds benefit Lake Chapala Hospice. For additional information visit: www.lakechapalahospice.com
Fridays at 7 pm, Piano recitals are being held at the Chapala Cultural Center (old train station). Lic. Jesús Gonzalez Gallo and the Department of Music at the University of Guadalajara, invite you to attend the performances. The pianists are:
Jan 13 Leonel Ayala Buenrostro
Jan 20 Berenices García Íñiguez
Jan 27 Dolores Aguilar Vaca
Feb 03 Efraín Ulloa
Feb 10 Carlos Javier Vélez Urzúa
Feb 17 Mariana Orozco González
Feb 24 Everardo Rojas
Mar 3 Catalina Gil
For more information about Lake Chapala visit: www.chapala.com