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Chapala, Jalisco,
Mexico 45900
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By Kay Davis

November 2008

     Events are listed by date, like a calendar. However, some organizations offer multiple events or dates. These appear at the end of the column.

     October 7 was the ACÁ Book Fair at the Lake Chapala Society. The authors each presented 5-minute introductions to their books for interested attendees.

Bill Frayer reads from Sacred Lake

     October 15 at Lake Chapala Society, LCS held an open  meeting at the gazebo to review downsizing, fees and overall finances. Nancy Creevan, President, opened the meeting and turned it over to Rick Feldman, Director of Finance. The revised budget reflected year end expenses exceeding revenues by $231,500 pesos, and operating funds had dropped to $331,587 pesos. Immediate expense cuts were made, including downsizing and restructuring employee positions. Effective November 1, membership fees will be raised $100 pesos per person.

Attendees at LCS information meeting October 15

     CASA, The Culinary Society of Ajijic, has elected new officers. Judy Whitford is now Past President while Patrick Winn has stepped into the position of President for 2009. Mary Ann Waite is Vice President, Evelyn Cronin, Director at Large, Mary Martin, Secretary and Harry Bublin Treasurer.
For more information on joining CASA, call Judy Whitford at 765-3823.
     November 6 reminder: “Almost New” Fashion Show, 12:00 noon, La Nueva Posada. Lakeside School for the Deaf presents a fashion extravaganza where “everything old is new again.” Women will gather for lunch and a showing of “almost new” and sometimes new fashions. Ticket holders ($200 pesos) will bid on their favorites and literally buy the clothes off the models’ backs. Proceeds go to the Lakeside School for the Deaf. For more information, contact Barbara Sherritt 766-2292 or Leslie Martin 788-2274.
     November 8-9  Feria Maestros del Arte will be at Club de Yates, Paseo Roman Corona in Chapala. Tickets are $50 pesos. For information, check the web site at www.mexicoetc.com or contact Bridget Andrews at sheancarlos564@yahoo.com.
     November 9 Little Chapel by the Lake will present “Sacred Music through the Ages” by Timothy G. Ruff Welch and Belva McIrvin de Velásquez. This is in celebration of the chapel’s 50th anniversary. For information, contact belva@laguna.com.mx.
     November 12, 4 – 8:30 p.m. the Raquet Club is sponsoring Asia Night 2008 on behalf of Villa Infantil Orphanage. This will be an 8-course dinner. For information, contact Maurita Morrill at 387-761-0312, chickmorrill@gmail.com, or Lisa Le at 387-761-0002, lisale@gmail.com.
     A photography contest “La Ribera de Chapala” is open to everyone, residents and non-residents of Chapala. Outdoor photos must be taken of the lake, or near the lake, in Chapala, Ajijic, or San Antonio Tlayacapán only. The categories include: children, teens, university students, adult amateur and professional, as well as one over-all “Best of Show.” Prizes will be awarded to winners and runners up in all categories. The contest is approved and supported by the Municipality of Chapala. Winners and runners up will be announced at the Festival de Luces (Fireworks Festival) in Chapala in December, and the winning photos will be exhibited first at the Cultural Center and then they will be on exhibit, for sale, at La Puerta Gallery.
Entry forms and specific rules can be found at many galleries and photo stores in both Chapala and Ajijic and at the Department of Tourism. Entries must be turned in by November 19 to the following:
-      Department of Tourism, west end of malecon in Chapala
-      La Puerta Gallery, #13 Colon, Ajijic
-      Photogenesis Photo Shop, (Monday-Friday, after 2), south end of the Ajijic Plaza near the church and school
For more information, contact Jill Flyer 766 – 3025 or fotoflyer2003@yahoo.com.

     November 16 the Art Society of Ajijic (ASA) will be displaying their art at the Ajijic Plaza for your pleasure. President Deena Hafker invites you to see what might please you. You may find Christmas presents among the displays.
     November 17 there will be a golf tournament at Chula Vista Country Club to benefit Toys for Tots 2008. As in the past, the tournament will start at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $600 pesos for 18 holes of golf, followed by a mixed grill buffet, caddie extra. This tournament is open to ladies and men. Mixed foursomes will be made up, based on handicaps, of a maximum 36 players. Non-golfers are also invited for the mixed grill buffet for $200 pesos. The grill will start about 4 p.m. Contact John Rujak at 766-2294, johnrujak@yahoo.com or Denny Strole at 766-0485, dstrole@gmail.com. Help the 2,500 kids in the Lakeside area have a Merry Christmas. Maybe you would like to help package and deliver the gifts with Santa. This project is not only worthwhile but a lot of fun.
     November 18, 1 p.m. monthly meeting of the      Lake Chapala Shrine Club has been changed due to the holidays. Call Perry King at 763-5126 or Harry Bublin at 766-4282.
     December 10-14 is Festival de Luces (Festival of Lights) Chapala 2008, a five-day fireworks festival. This festival will showcase the best of traditional Mexican fireworks along with displays that rely on advanced electronic firing systems. This will be “big league” stuff, and at least 200,000 people are expected to attend.
Colorful large paper air balloons of various designs will be launched during both day and night activities. Pyrotechnicians will build frames, covered with papier maché, and local artists and school children will decorate and paint these sculptures each day of the festival. Then fireworks will be attached and the sculptures will go onto a barge and be pulled out to a safe distance in the lake, where they will be lit at night.
I don’t care how crowded it is, I will be there! See you then, if not sooner.
     The American Legion offers a busy month:
- Sundays from 12-3 is the Legion Grill with the “best burgers Lakeside.” Regular $35 pesos, cheeseburger $40 pesos, all with salad and beans. Pie is available for dessert at $25 pesos.
- First Wednesday of each month, November 5, 10-12 you can see a representative from the US consulate and Social Security.
- First Thursday, November 6, is the bus to WalMart & Sam’s Club.
- November 10, 11 a.m. is the auxiliary general meeting (Note: change of date.)
- November 11, 10:30 a.m. is the Veteran’s Day Service at the Cemetery, followed by a pig roast at 12:30 p.m.
- November 13 is the Legion General Meeting.
- November 27, 2-8 p.m. is American Thanksgiving.
For details, contact the American Legion, Dan Williams 765-2259 or for matters re the auxiliary, contact Anita Wikum 765-4342.
     December 7 the Ladies Auxiliary #7 of the American Legion is having an Arts & Crafts Fair starting at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to participate. It is an excellent opportunity for buyers to purchase gifts for the upcoming holidays. Table rental and/or space is only $50 pesos and may be reserved:
- Sundays 12-4 at the Legion, Morelos #114, Chapala.
- Tuesdays 12-4 at the Legion.
- Wednesdays 9-12 at Salvador’s Restaurant, Ajijic.
- Thursdays 10-1 at the Legion.
Past events have sold out, so please reserve early.
     Lakeside Little Theater’s 2nd offering of the season is Agatha Christie’s The Hollow, abridged and adapted by E.L. Robertson and directed by Roseann Wilshere. The Hollow is set in a country house filled with unique characters. Dr. John Cristow is the focus of the trouble, for at The Hollow are Henrietta, his mistress and an internationally renowned sculptress, Veronica Craye, his ex-mistress, who has become a movie star, and Gerda, his wife. Also present is Edward, in love with Henrietta, and Midge, in love with Edward. Lady Angketell, intrigued by the criminal mind, has invited Hercule Poirot to her estate for a weekend party, but he is, instead, met with a murder. All of them become suspects in this rich and intriguing murder mystery. The box office will open one hour before show time except on November 1 when the theater is closed for Todos los Santos (All Saints Day, preceding Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead, on the 2nd). Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Arrive early for the best parking and enjoy the patio bar.
The LLT is looking for directors interested in submitting plays for consideration for season 2009-2010. Submissions must include two plays from different genres, i.e. drama, comedy, mystery, and will be accepted on December 11-12. The Script Library will be open on November 6-7 from 11-1 p.m. for perusal of scripts. Those interested in participating must be members of the LLT in order to access the library. New scripts have been added which you may not have seen. Please contact Jane Isbell 765-2268, birthdaygrin@yahoo.com with questions.
The LLT is also looking for volunteers for Stage Lighting and Sound, Photographers, Set Decorators, Set Construction, and many other facets involved with show productions. If you would like to be part of the theater, now is the time. Training is provided. Please contact Don Chaloner at 77dondo@gmail.com.
     The Music Appreciation Society continues its season ticket sales for the seven concerts of season 2008-2009. Note important change of date for the November concert. Performances are in the Auditorio in La Floresta, 7:30 p.m.
- November 11 – The Chamber Orchestra of Jalisco, at the Auditorio in La Floresta. For $300 pesos you can enjoy 30 musicians playing Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto and Mozart’s Symphony in G minor.
- November 18 – The Symphony Orchestra of San Luis Potosí, conductor Miramontes presenting a grand program of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and Bach’s Concerto for two violins and oboe.
- December 2 – Three Tenors and Soprano present Opera Arias. For 13 years the “Primo Tenore” have been electrifying audiences. Program includes popular opera standards.
Full season schedule will be provided with season tickets which are just $1500, $1200 and $1000 pesos, reserved seating, no parking problems. US dollar and peso checks are accepted, made out to Music Appreciation Society, A.C.
Open Circle at LCS on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. will present:
       Nov 2   Norman Long – China today
       Nov 9   Judit Rajhathy – Radiant health in difficult times
       Nov 16 Donald Aitken – Solar & Renewable energies
     VIVA La Musica offers two bus trips to the Symphony in November: November 7, Puccini and November 28, Cavallera Rusticana / Paliacci. Both buses are already more than half full. Contact Marshall Krantz to reserve seats and arrange payment 766-2834.
     Niños Incapacitados presents the Ultimate House December 1 at 6:30 p.m. on the hills in Rancho del Oro. There will be a Grand Opening cocktail party with champagne and canapés, and visitors will be able to walk through from December 2-7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to the Grand Opening on December 1st are $400 pesos, and the admission fee for house visits is $200 pesos. An admission ticket grants you multiple visits, and you can take your friends. Tickets and directions will be available at Diane Pearl’s Boutique on Colon in Ajijic and at Actinver-Lloyd, Ajijic, from November 10.