This month I thought it might help to list events by date, like a calendar. However, some organizations offer multiple events or dates. These appear at the end of the column.
October 1, 8, 15 & 22 at 4:30 p.m. Wayne Palfrey presents four history classes at the Gonzalez-Gallo Cultural Center (Train Station) in Chapala. Unfortunately, class size is limited to registered students, who are requested to read The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz prior to the start of class. There is a charge of $50 pesos to benefit Library in a Box. To register, contact Donna Mansfield at 765-2703.
October 1 Jaltepec Hospitality Technical University hosts a dinner, beginning with cocktail music by Tim Welch at 6:30 p.m., followed by a tour of the facilities at 7 p.m., dinner at 8. Cost is $350 pesos per person. Contact Linda Buckthorp at 766-1631 or email email@example.com. I hear their meals are wonderful.
October 2 the Racquet Club is holding a tribute to Elvis, catered by Manix, Elvis on stage for your pleasure at $250 pesos. Contact Sally Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 6 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a concert to benefit Niños Incapacitados. It will be at the Auditorio in La Floresta, called Musica Impresionista, featuring soprano Dolores Moreno and harpist Guadalupe Corona. Both are members of the Guadalajara Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets are $150 pesos (open seating) and the cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available from the Lake Chapala Society Ticket Booth from 10-12:30 or contact Kari Higgins at 766-3651 to reserve tickets.
October 7 is the ACÁ Book Fair, 11-1:45 at Lake Chapala Society on the back patio. Meet the authors introduced by Alejandro Grattan and listen to a 5-minute talk about their books. The entrance fee of 75 pesos goes to the ACÁ Training Center. See elsewhere in this issue for full details.
October 7 the Doo Wops’ Favorites will uplift your spirits from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Bodega. No minimum charges with the 50 pesos cover charge. Phone 766-1002 for reservations. For more information check the Circle Productions (Doo Wops) web site at iluminon.googlepages.com/nowplaying.
October 12 at 4:30 p.m. you are invited to St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas to hear Nury Ulate on flute, Carrie Ellen Smith on oboe, Carlos Ramirez on clarinet, Igor Koslovski Vladimirovich on bassoon and Oscar Morales on French horn. Cost is $250 pesos for VIVA members and $280 pesos for non-members. Contact Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801 or Suzanne Forrest at 766-0908.
October 12 is Día de la Raza. Columbus’s arrival in the Americas spawned the fusion of Indian and European cultures and the birth of modern Mexico’s Mestizo race. Also La Virgen de Zapopan is considered a divine protector against disease and natural disasters, and she too is honored on this date.
October 17 at 5 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society back patio, there will be chamber music and a reading of poetry. Club Sala is known for its varied entertainments on behalf of the LCS Library Book Fund. For this event Lakeside Consort will play classical and lighter pieces. The poets, mostly reading their own work, are well-known, talented lakesiders: Jim Tipton, Bill Frayer, Michael Warren, Liz White and Larry Reeves. Drinks will be served starting at 4:30 p.m. Ticket price is $75 pesos, including one free drink. Tickets go on sale October 6 at the LCS Ticket Booth.
October 18-19 is the ACÁ Harvest Fair at their training center in Jaltepec. Just drive towards Joco until, on the mountain side of the road, you see a big sign on the fence for the ACÁ CENTRO ECOLÓGICO or email email@example.com.
October 25 Lake Chapala Society will hold a Country Fair with baked goods competition, food, music and games. Entry price and hours to be determined. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 27 at 7:30 p.m. M5 Brass (Cinco Metales de Morelos) will perform at the Auditorio in La Floresta. Price is $250 pesos for members of VIVA and $280 pesos for non-members. Contact Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801 or Suzanne Forrest at 766-0908.
October 28 at 5 p.m. there is a Calcutta type Team Auction at the Chapala Country Club. The auction will be followed by dinner. Tickets are available for dinner only, reservations required. Lake Chapala Society is handling the tickets or you can call June Cooper at 766-5625, email@example.com. More information may be attained from Richard Belair, firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 28 will feature The Women’s Safety, Finance and Legal Fair from 9 - 3:30 at the Hotel Villa Monte Carlo in Chapala. Tickets are $300 pesos including a buffet lunch, wine extra. There are two locations to acquire tickets: (1) Diane Pearl’s on Colón and (2) Actinver-Lloyd reception desk. The fair will provide expert advice on keeping you and your home safe, emergencies, dealing with the police, avoiding scams, controlling finances, estate planning and important differences in Mexican law. Proceeds go to Niños Incapacitados, Cruz Roja, The Tarahumara Project and the ACÁ Eco Training Center. This kind of information is recommended for every woman, alone or accompanied. I hope you can make it. Email email@example.com.
October 30 at 9 a.m. is the 2008 Golf Tournament at the Chapala Country Club. Reserve early. This tournament is limited to 80-90 golfers. Teams may be formed early. Lake Chapala Society is handling the tickets or you can call June Cooper at 766-5625, firstname.lastname@example.org. More information may be attained from Richard Belair, email@example.com.
November 1-2 Día de todos los Santos and Día de los Muertos (All Saints Day and All Souls Day) is treated as one and is one of Mexico’s most significant holidays. Festive practices are derived from a blend of pre-Hispanic rituals and Christian customs. Mexicans honor their dead by decorating family grave sites and attending memorial services held in local ceremonies.
November 6 at 12:00 noon at 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. Clothes have been donated or brought from the US and Canada. Ticket price includes a light lunch with a glass of wine. Proceeds go to the Lakeside School for the Deaf. For more information regarding tickets or clothing donations, contact Barbara Sherritt 766-2292 or Leslie Martin 788-2274.
Ceci von Schreiber modeling for School for the Deaf bidders
The Culinary Society of Ajijic (CASA) found a challenge deciding on the best dishes in August. The Seafood category offered shrimp dishes, salmon, scallops and more. First Place winner was Monica Molloy for her Crab Stuffed Shrimp. Second place went to Mary Ann Waite for her Shrimp Scampi with Alfredo Sauce, and third place went to Wayne Palfrey for his Bay Scallops in Chili Ancho-Orange Broth. In the second category, Side Dishes, the cooks excelled with first time presenter Rainer Gockch winning first place for his Brazilian Mango Salad. Second place went to Judy Whitford for her Frozen Cherry Salad, and third place went to Cheryl Davis for her Roasted Garlic Flan with Green Onion Coulis. Hungry? To join CASA, call 765-3823.
VIVA! La Musica says there are still seats for the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato. The festival is held annually in honor of Miguel de Cervantes and presents cultural exhibitions, plays, concerts and more. Departure is 9 a.m. on the 18th in front of Actinver-Lloyd, Ajijic, returning approximately 7:30 p.m. on the 24th. Cost per person is $7,400 pesos double accommodation with $1,980 pesos for a single. Reservations at 766-1801. This is an extraordinary trip!
The VIVA board has recently awarded scholarships in the amount of $10,000 pesos each to three new students and one continuing recipient:
· Rafael Contreras Lira – violinist
· Emmanuel Medeles Medina – bass baritone
· Ivan Morales Flores – pianist
· Wilfrido Renteria Arellano – violinist
The Gonzalez Gallo Cultural Center in Chapala had an interesting lineup of events in September. The series started on September 6 with a concert by the Golden Strings, a group of young musicians from the Lake Chapala area, directed by Victor Medeles, and formed to promote learning and appreciation of music by young people.
On September 13 there was an exposition of carved art works using different materials created for engraving in wood, metal and other materials--sponsored by the Jalisco Department of Culture.
On September 27 at 7 p.m., the group Pilar de Coffeen with flute, guitar and drums presented a concert of trova, a Latin American form that touches on social justice.
Admission is free for all events. In addition, the Cultural Center will continue its classes in various musical instruments, painting, ceramics, drawing, theatre, photography and engraving during the fall semester. Most of the classes are open and may be entered at any time. Contact the center at 1500 Gonzalez Gallo Ave. in Chapala or call 765-7424 for complete information.
Lakeside Harmonizers are rehearsing. The roll call is about 20 with a mixed quartet. Since they sing a cappella (unaccompanied by music), each musical range has a lead which helps to keep them on tone. I had the opportunity to listen and appreciate the talent. It was only their fourth practice and they gave me shivers they were so good. So keep an eye open for announcements.
Shine with the Shrine October 1-31. Dr. Alberto Don Olivera will offer a Teeth Cleaning Special for $250 pesos at his dental clinic located at Plaza Maskaras Clinic, Hidalgo 70-G, Riberas. 100% of this special will be donated by Dr. Don to the Shrine Club’s Transportation and Treatment Fund in order to send lakeside children to the Shriners Hospital in Mexico City. The goal of this special offer is to raise over $20,000 pesos for the fund. For reservations call 765-4838 or 765-4805.
The next Dine with the Shrine will be held October 23 at La Bodega for lunch or dinner: Chicken Breast with mushroom sauce ($90 pesos). Phone 766-1002 for reservations.
A group called Storytellers presents short stories. Starting in September Storytellers are reading in the Sala at the back end of the Lake Chapala Society. Readings begin at 10:30 a.m. on the 3rd Thursday of the month.
Open Circle at LCS on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. will present:
Oct 5 Edd Samuelson – Sacred Mysteries
Spiritual practices to bring HOPE
Oct 12 TBA
Oct 19 Charlie Fagan
Oct 26 Tad Davidson – BBC Ghost Stories: Haunted Britain
Nov 2 Norman Long – China Today
On the LCS lawn behind the gazebo each Thursday from 12 – 1, Charlie Fagan is leading “It is what it is.” You’ll have to go to find out – intriguing title.
Auditions are being held at Lakeside Little Theatre for the musical “Kiss Me, Kate” adapted from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. Audition dates are Friday and Saturday, October 17-18 at 10 a.m. sharp. Performance dates are February 28-March 10, 2009. For more information, contact Betty Robinson at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first play of the season runs September 27-October 5. It is “Office Hours” written by Norm Foster and directed by Jayme Littlejohn. Shows start at 7:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 3:00 pm on Sunday. The box office opens one hour before show time. Plenty of parking is available, courtesy of the Telmex parking lot across the road from the theatre. There will be parking attendants for security.
The second show is “The Hollow” directed by Roseann Wilshire, and it runs October 31-November 9. There will be no performance on November 1. The box office will be open Thursday-Saturday, 10-12, prior to show opening and one hour before showtime daily. Individual shows are priced at $125 pesos.
October 18 is the Annual Kick-Off Party at the theater from 5-7 p.m. All members and season ticket holders are invited. Please sign in at the door and receive your two free drink tickets. Delicious botanas (snacks) will be served. If you are not a member, you may sign up at the door for only $100 pesos. Memberships are valid for the entire season.
DIF is putting on a dinner-dance October 30 @ 6 p.m. at the Yacht Club in La Floresta. Tickets are $150 pesos from Yoly’s Hair Salon, Bugambilias Plaza, Ajijic. Proceeds will go to battered women. Costumes may be worn for the Halloween theme but are not required.