At the Ajijic Art Festival October 13, local authors Robert Drynan, Margaret Van Every, Met Goldberg, Jim Tipton and Roberto Moulun had books for sale. Recently Roberto Moulun announced the release of his book of short stories on village life in Guatamala, beautifully written and heart touching. Robert Drynan wrote two historical novels about how volatile international misunderstandings can become. Look for their books locally, all good reads.
Sonny Matthews plays ukulele and sings
Jeritza McCarter, popular Lakeside entertainer, has been ill recently, but she fought back and is currently much better. To celebrate, friends surprised her with a Tiara and a sparkly cape making her “Queen for a Day”. At a thrift store they dressed her in “queenly attire” for a foray to Super Lake and a walk around the store greeting people in a royal manner, and giving Pancho a royal kiss. At Los Telares restaurant “Her Majesty” opened silly presents and ate a delicious lunch. Afterwards, her coach took her home for an afternoon rest. She waved a “Queenly toodle do” and thanked all for a special day.
Jeritza, Queen for a Day
Spirit Playpark (& Training Center) for dogs and horses is located in San Antonio Tlayacapán at Ramon Corona #166. It’s behind WalMart but closer to the water. The advertisement in October’s El Ojo del Lago displays their operating days, hours and phone numbers, also at the gate: run and fun, socialization, exercise, obedience, agility, horse boarding, horse riding lessons. My own dog is learning not to fear bigger dogs as she develops friendships with other dogs, and she enjoys jumping hurdles or just chasing a ball. These facilities were needed. Pat Lawrie, whose dream for a dog and horse facility also works with the animals. Check it out: . Email: .
On November 9, 4 – 8 p.m. Janice Kimball will hold a book signing at Aztec Art Studios across from Rancho Del Oro on the carretera just east of Rio Bravo. The new book is Three in a Cage. Jim Tipton and the book’s main character, Max Bird, will MC two impromptu readings. Margaritas and refreshments will be served. In addition, Janice will also present the book at Open Circle on December 9.
On November 10, 4 – 8 p.m. Galeria de Arte Axixic presents its 3rd annual Lakeside artists’ show opening reception. This will be at Jesús Lopez Vega Gallery on Rio Zula #1 & Ocampo just below Plaza la Riviera (formerly Sol y Luna). The following artists will be featured:
Judy Dykstra-Brown, Francisco Gonzalez
Linda Richards, Jesús and Antonio Lopez Vega, Pat Apt
De Paul Duham, Isidro Xilonsochitl, Mayor Benton
Gabriel Mariscal, Milo Needles, Cathy Seaboger
There will be live music and cocktails. For further information, contact Jesús Lopez Vega, or cell phone (045) 331-103-8380.
November 13, 4 p.m., Storytellers will present “Family Matters” in the Gazebo at Lake Chapala Society. This consists of original works by Lakeside writers. Voluntary donations will be given to the LCS Student Aid Program (It Pays to Keep a Kid in School).
November 16 – 18, 10 – 6, Sunday 10 – 4, the 11th Annual Maestros del Arte Fair will be at a new location: Plaza de la Ribera (formerly Sol y Luna) in West Ajijic. Entrance will be $50 pesos. This is the premier Feria Exposición del Arte AC Inc., a non-profit in both Mexico and the US. Held yearly in Chapala, this art show promotes the rapidly disappearing folk and indigenous art (artesania) of Mexico.
December 1, Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic is throwing their 3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner and Concert, featuring the music of Anikan. Tickets are $250 pesos for Tony’s famous ribs and chicken plus one margarita or soft drink. The Benefit will be held at the Lake Chapala Society from 4 – 11 p.m. Tickets are available at LCS, Diane Pearl Colecciones on Colon, Actinver Ajijic, NCA Bazaar, Salvadore’s on Wednesdays only, or by calling 765 – 7032. Reserve tables for four or more. Leave contact information (name, telephone, email, number in party) with ticket sellers. Additional information at .
Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic Dinner/Concert Poster
December 3 Lakeside Friends of the Animals will have “1001 Arabian Nights” fund raising event at Roberto’s Restaurant in Ajijic. Guests will enjoy a middle eastern buffet in an atmosphere inspired by belly dancers. Event kicks off at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $300 pesos, available at Roberto’s Restaurant, Edith’s Hair Salon, Zaina’s Boutique in the Bugambilias Plaza in Ajijic and Diane Pearl Colecciones on Colon. For questions, contact Ellie McEvoy at .
The Lakeside School for the Deaf & Children with Special Needs sponsors home tours, escorting participants to several very special Lakeside homes. The tours run from the Fall of 2012 and through March 2013. Mark the following dates: November 15, December 13 (Christmas Home Tour & Party), January 24, February 28 and March 28. Tours, approximately two hours in length, begin at 10:30 a.m. at the foot of Colon in Ajijic. More details soon!
Ajijic Rotary Dog Assisted Therapy (ARDAT) is a community program providing therapeutic dog visits to institutions as well as education to increase respect for animals, preventing animal cruelty in the lakeside area. The objective is to use dogs in a way that provides joy, comfort and motivation to those who are sick, mentally or physically handicapped, or have emotional problems, and to victims of disasters. It has been proven that great emotional and physical benefits are achieved through petting, stroking, and talking to dogs.
The American Legion post #7 schedule for October:
Sundays: 12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers
Nov 8 – 1:30 p.m. Fall Frolic Fashion Show for Hot Looks on Cool Nites
Tickets $120 pesos incl. glass of wine, other goodies
Sponsored by Terry’s Tianguis and Ladies Auxiliary
Nov 11 – 5 p.m. Veteran’s Day, $130 pesos pig roast dinner
Nov 28 – 5 p.m. Thanksgiving (US), $150 pesos (sign up early)
For information, call 765 – 2259 or
Lake Chapala Society is offering Intro to Word, the word processing program on computers, tablets, cell phones. If you want to learn more about it, there is a 1-hour weekly class beginning November 6, running every Tuesday through November 27 from 3 – 4 p.m. for $450 pesos. You must be an LCS member. Sign up in the LCS services office.
Casi Nuevo Thrift/Consignment Store Update: Accepting consignment items has been a huge success! Sales have been doubling every month. Stock includes sofas, love seats, tables, a queen size mattress, headboards, lamps, candle holders, a refrigerator, desk, daybed, TV, etc. We want to serve you, so please let us consign your unneeded items. Our split is 70% to you and 30% to charity.
Contact Jacqueline at or call 766 – 1303. The delivery man Aurelio will pick it up and can also deliver to your house from the store. Small items may be deposited in the drop box outside the LCS library. Store hours are 10 – 3, Monday – Saturday. Casi Nuevo is the corner store with the red door across from 7-Eleven on the carretera in Riberas del Pilar. Friendly faces are needed to help us; we train and hours are flexible. Our well-deserved charities are the School for the Deaf and Children with Special Needs, Have Hammers…Will Travel, and the LCS Community Education Program.
Lakeside Little Theatre news:
Tickets are $200 pesos per seat, $250 for the musical. For the full listing of shows, box office and ticket information and to get email updates, go to . Box office hours are 10 – 1 and one hour prior to each performance. Sunday box office access is just prior to a show. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, by Peter Colley is directed by Roseann Wilshere. Performances November 3 – 11. Jan’s husband brings her to an isolated farmhouse to recover from a nervous breakdown. However, after a local farmer reveals unsettling tales about the place, strange and frightening things begin to stir. For information, contact Roseann at .
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, a comedic thriller
Singers, Dancers, Actors – Lakeside Little Theatre’s auditions for its annual musical and more will be held on November 16 & 17. Needed are 12 men, 9 women, all ages, some non-singing roles. Auditions are at 10 a.m; register at 9:30. This year’s show is The Drowsy Chaperone to show February 16 – 26. Contact Director Dave McIntosh for further details at . Barbara Clippinger is the Choreographer and Judy Hendricks is Musical Director. To volunteer behind the scenes, the LLT is always looking for people to train. Contact Don Chaloner at 766 – 1975 or email at .
MAS (Music Appreciation Society) has voted to cancel the current season due to delays in renovation of the Auditorio and community reluctance to buy season tickets. An Appreciation Party was scheduled for season ticket holders and their guests on October 30 at La Nueva Posada. Ticket monies were to be returned at the party or, if you could not attend, at your convenience. Please RSVP to Kathleen Phelps at 766 – 0010 or . Entertainment may be resumed when the renovation is complete. However, the MAS board has shrunk to four volunteers and more assistance is needed to continue MAS’ great tradition of providing wonderful cultural events to the Lakeside community. If you can, please contact Kathleen Phelps at 766 – 0010 or cell 331-461-1309 or visit .
My, My, How Nice! Productions presents the longest running musical in the world – The Fantasticks. Cast includes three Mexican natives, including two teenagers in stage debuts. My, My is very excited to introduce Marie Claire Figadere and Christian Garcia Durán in the roles of Luisa and Matt and the fabulous Eduardo Muñoz Zúñiga as El Gallo. Roger Larson, who performed and directed The Fantasticks in San Francisco and San Diego for over 1000 performances, directs this Lakeside premiere and reprises his role as Henry. Rounding out the cast are Fred Koesling and John Ward as Huck and Bell, the two fathers, Val Jones as the Mute and Ken Yakiwchuk as Mortimer. Music direction is by Timothy G. Ruff Welch and Judy Hendrick. Performances are November 23 at 7:30 p.m., November 24 – 25 at 3 p.m., November 30 at 7:30, December 1 – 2 at 3 p.m. at Plaza de la Ribera (formerly Sol y Luna). Tickets are $250 pesos available at Diane Pearl Colecciones and Mia’s Boutique or by emailing .
The Fantasticks poster
Los Cantantes del Lago Christmas concert ¡Una Navidad Magnifica! with Music Director Timothy G. Ruff Welch is almost upon us. The popular choir will be performing the Bach Magnificat as well as Mexican carols specially arranged. This will be a joint event with CREM (Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales, Music Director Emmanuel Medeles). The concert is always a crowd favorite, signaling the spirit of the coming holidays. Performances are on December 14, 7 p.m., and December 15, 4 p.m., at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Tickets are $250 pesos available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique, from any Los Cantantes member or by emailing .
Niños Incapacitados del Lago Schedule:
So far in 2012, Niños has assisted 124 children and Young people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, diabetes, cáncer and birth defects. In addition to paying for wheelchairs, orthopedic braces and other medical equipment, the organization pays for medications, x-rays and diagnostic tests not covered by family insurance. Upcoming events:
January 15 – Trivia Quiz Event at Real de Chapala
January 25 – Robbie Burns Night
March 14 – Major fundraiser “All Aboard the Orient Express”
VIVA! La Musica Fall Schedule:
Bus trips to “Live from the Met” Opera continues and they are filling up fast. Call Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834 or email him at to get on the list. You can buy tickets at LCS on Thursday and Friday mornings 10 – 12 at $250 pesos for members or non-members for the Jalisco Philharmonic and $300 pesos for members, $400 for non-members for Opera. Remember: Viva buys the right number of tickets 7 – 10 days before each event.
Nov. 9 Sibelius Symphony No. 5 (Oriol Sans conducting) – 4:30 depart
Nov. 10 The Tempest (Thomas Ades) – 10:30 departure
Nov. 18 Dvorak Symphony No. 8, Sibelius Finlandia – 10:30 departure
Nov. 23 Brahms Symphony No. 4, Stravinsky Pulcinella – 4:30 depart
Nov. 30 Mahler Symphony No. 4, Grieg Piano Concerto – 4:30 depart
Dec. 1 Mozart’s La Clenenza de Tito – 10:30 departure
Dec. 2 Mahler Symphony No. 4, Grieg Piano Concerto – 10:30 depart
Dec. 8 Verdi’s Un Ballo en Maschera – 10:30 departure
Dec. 15 Verdi’s Aida – 10:30 departure
If you would like more information about Viva or would like to be added to the mailing list or to reserve tickets, call Rosemary Keeling at 766 – 1801.