Out at last is Lisa L. Jorgensen’s Moving to Mexico’s Lake Chapala. Lisa moved here just this past spring from the US. Her discoveries in making that move and as a newcomer to this area have formed the basis of her writings. The subtitle for the book is Checklists, How-To’s and practical information and advice. Check it out: .
Practical guide for newcomers
The Grand Opening of the Friday Artisan Market was a resounding success. Your support will make this a regular option for buyers, 10 – 12:30 at Rio Bravo #10-A in West Ajijic for unique gourmet foods including dinner to take out, art, jewelry, wearables, and more. Keep an eye out for the Rio Bravo turnoff and head downhill to Plaza de la Rivera (formerly Sol y Luna).
On September 1st the photo show named Foto septiembre 2012 opened at the Ajijic Cultural Center on the plaza. It was a collective show of many good photographers from this area. The collection is worth a walk through, at the very least.
Calla Lily by Xill (Jill) Fessenden
Just down Colon from the Plaza is Quattro Gallery, currently showing Xill Fessenden’s Photo Art. Jill captures photos in a way we are not accustomed to seeing and presents the art within.
Soon to come is The Lucky Dog Adoption Center. Losing Geoffrey Kaye’s Dog Shelter left a great need, and Christine Bublin at among others is trying to find suitable locations. Everything is still in transition, but once they find the right home, they’ll be looking for donations and volunteers. More to come as soon as possible.
Big or small, they all need someone to love.
On October 13 – 14 Efren Gonzalez will hold a street show along Marcos Castellanos between Constitución and Parroquia. The show will feature paintings, sculptures, photography, etchings and ceramics. Performers will dance and play music. To become involved, or to display items, call 766 – 5381.
On October 14, 2 – 6 p.m. there will be a book signing of The Dream is Over – The Nightmare Begins, a World War II drama by Gudrun Jones. This will take place at Paseo De La Colina # 27, Upper La Floresta (first street paralleling the Carretera). Snacks will be available. Books sell for $200 pesos. The book is also available on .
Book Signing by the author
October 16, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Lakeside Women’s Fair will be held at the Hotel Real de Chapala in La Floresta, Ajijic. Come and hear professional speakers on issues like general health maintenance, bone strength, heart, and skin protection. Plastic surgery and Sex After 60 are also on the agenda, along with some informative and entertaining beauty and style tips.
Tickets are $300 pesos from Diane Pearl Colecciones at Colon and Ocampo and from Opus Boutique in Ajijic. You can also contact Kari Higgins at 766 – 3651 for those from Chapala to Ajijic or contact Debra Fry at (387) 763 – 2599 for locations in San Juan Cosala to Jocotopec.
You can also reserve a table for 8 – 10, or seats at “open” tables by emailing Kari Higgins at or by calling her at (376) 766 – 3651. All proceeds will be divided between Niños Incapacitados, Cruz Roja, CSI at 1-800-Tips, EDS (Employment-Dignity-Security) and HEA (Humane Education Alliance).
October 17, 6 p.m., Jaltepec Centro Educativo is hosting a fund raising dinner for the benefit of their students. This event includes cocktail music compliments of Timothy Welch with a no host bar and hors d’oeuvres. The menu offers a choice of main course between Fish Papillote (foil wrapped) or Chicken Breast with Parmesan Cheese, accompanied by Asparagus and Tomato salad with wine vinegar dressing. The dessert is Black Forest Cake with tea or coffee, regular or decaf. A donation is requested of $350 pesos per person for the dinner.
Contact Linda Buckthorp at (376) 766 – 1631 or email to . Tickets will be available for pick up from Multiva’s Reception Desk as of October 10. Please RSVP before the 9th with your main course preference. It would be of great help if those who wish to order a bottle of wine do so when they RSVP. Available will be Santa Alicia Reserva, Merlot or Chardonnay at $220 pesos per bottle, payable at the door.
Your attendance helps needier students of this Technical University in Hotel and Hospitality Management. Your support makes a difference, not only to the young ladies attending the school but also to their families. The students value the education they receive and in turn become financially able to help educate their siblings and aid their parents.
This benefit dinner is excellent. I highly recommend it. Good food, good company, good cause.
October 26, 27, 28 at 4 p.m., box office open at 3:15, bar at 3. The Naked Stage will read the play Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Betty Lloyd Robinson. Brooke Wyeth returns to Palm Springs after six years away to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family history – a wound they don’t want reopened. Brooke draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. The play opened on Broadway on October 12, 2011 and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway play. The players are Day Dobbert, Don Chaloner, Peter Luciano, Kevin O’Byrne, Jeritza McCarter and Diana Rowland.
Poster for the hit play
The Naked Stage is located at #10 Rio Bravo. Drive west on the carretera from Ajijic, turn south on Rio Bravo and look for the San Pedro Restaurant on the east side, about 2 blocks down. The theatre is behind the restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner with a no host bar available. Donations are 80 pesos. It is not suitable for children and reservations are recommended. Please contact Betty Robinson at 765 – 3262 or .
The Naked Stage email address () is only for general inquiries, comments and to add your name to the mailing list. Their
Facebook page provides more information. You must be on Facebook to search for “The Naked Stage”.
November 1, 9 a.m. shotgun start, at Chapala Country Club they are featuring the annual Cruz Roja Golf Tournament. There will be lots of prizes including a Hole-in-One Golf Cart compliments of the Chapala Association of Realtors. Following the game there will be a mixed grill BBQ. Entry fee for golf is $1200 pesos, dinner only is $250 pesos, tickets available through the CCC Pro Shop (763 – 5136). For more information, call 766 – 4990.
November 10 – 18 in Chapala, Poncitlán, and Jocotepec Tizapán, Heart of the Earth AC will present the Bird Festival on Lake Chapala 2012. This year’s theme is one of nature’s most outstanding elements: birds of the Lake. The program includes academic, artistic and sporting activities.
Egrets at feeding time…wait
#14 – The American Legion post #7 schedule for October:
Sundays: 12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers
Oct 5 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Yard Sale & health screenings
Oct 8 – 1 p.m. Canadian Thanksgiving, $150 pesos, tickets NOW
Oct 20 – 5 p.m. Oktoberfest: Roast wild boar, German sides, $130 pesos
Oct 29 – 4 p.m. Trivia Night with Swiss steak
For information, call 765 – 2259 or
Lake Chapala Society has a series showing each Friday of October in the Sala. Bill Moyers narrates these documentaries of thought-provoking films called On Our Own Terms. Each starts at 2:30 p.m., entrance fee $50 pesos.
Oct 5 Living With the Dying…Longer lifespans and medications present complicated choices
Oct 12 A Different Kind of Care…Palliative care means relief from pain
Oct 19 A Death of One’s Own…The critical issues to be confronted
Oct 26 A Time to Change…Caregivers & policy reformers
Seat reservation is requested. Email with date and number of persons.
On Our Own Terms
Lakeside Little Theatre news:
Season 48 is underway! Tickets are $200 pesos per seat, except the musical which is $250 pesos. Season tickets are $1,000 pesos on sale at the theatre. It is still early in the season, so give it a try. For the full season’s listing of shows, box office and ticket information and to get email updates, go to .
Starting off is Ronald Harwood’s Quartet, directed by Ann Swiston. Performances are from September 29 – October 7. This is a wickedly funny play about art, opera, the eccentricies of age and the celebratory power of the human spirit.
Kicking off the LLT season, a comedy
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, by Peter Colley will be directed by Roseann Wilshere. Performances will take place November 3 – 11. Jan is brought to an isolated farmhouse by her husband to help her recover from a nervous breakdown. However, after a crazy farmer reveals unsettling tales about the place, strange and frightening things begin to stir. 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 .
MAS (Music Appreciation Society) gets the 2012 – 2013 season off to an exciting start with a gratis Gala Kick-off Party for Season Ticket holders at La Nueva Posada on October 30, 4 – 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Melodia Acustica and their world music.
Season tickets will be sold at the Tickets booth at LCS or at the Charter Club at Plaza Montaña. Prices are $1300 pesos (center), $1100 pesos (side). Individual shows cost $350 pesos per seat. All performances will be at the Auditorio de la Ribera in La Floresta, starting at 6 p.m. unless specified otherwise for an afternoon performance. The scheduled season is:
Dec. 4 – Juanito Pascual y El Periquin – classical-flamenco guitar
or Jan. 13, 1 p.m. at La Nueva Posada – Classical FX
Feb. 16 – Viva Flamenco! The Passion of Dance, Mexico City
Mar. 23 – Banderas Bay Jazz AllStars – 3 piece smokin’ ensemble
from Puerto Vallarta
MAS MUSICA is always happy to welcome new volunteers to help with ticket sales, hospitality and other concert related duties. Please contact Kathleen Phelps at 766 – 0010 or cell 331-461-1309 or visit .
VIVA! La Musica:
Bus trips to “Live from the Met” Opera continues – Viva plans to run a bus to each of the operas being live-streamed to the Teatro Diana. These are on Saturdays and tickets are available at $300 pesos for members, $400 pesos for non-members (sold Thursdays and Fridays 10 – 12 at LCS Ticket Booth).
Oct. 13 L’Elisir d’Amor (Donizetti)
Oct. 27 Otello (Verdi)
Nov. 10 The Tempest (Thomas Ades)
Dec. 1 La Clenenza de Tito (Mozart)
Dec. 8 Un Ballo en Maschera (Verdi)
Dec. 15 Aida (Verdi)
Anton Belov, baritone, will sing a program of operatic arias by Mozart and Russian composers, the beautiful Liederkreis sing cycle by Schumann and I Canti de la sera by Francesco Santoliquido. The concert will be held October 11 at 7 p.m. at the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar. Tickets are $200 pesos for members and $300 pesos for non-members, available at LCS, Diane Pearl Colecciones, and at the door.
Belov is a native of Moscow, but he studied music at the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School of Music. He has sung operatic roles with many North American companies, including the Boston Lyric Opera, Chamber Opera Chicago, the Connecticut Grand Opera and the Washington National Opera, to name a few.
Nov. 15 Puss in Boots, the operetta, will be performed at the Auditorio as an early Christmas show and so it is a child friendly event. The singers and ballet dancers are all first class.
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.