Events are listed by date, like a calendar: past events, then those planned for the future. Some organizations offer multiple events or dates, and these items appear toward the end of the column.
CASA People’s Choice winners for August
British Society certificate recipients
The Los Cantantes July tour of Central Mexico induced more than music. The group sang in Zamora, Morelia, Patzcuaro, Cuitzeo, San Miguel de Allende, and made trips to the Sistine Chapel of the Americas in Tupátaro, Santa Clara del Cobre, famous for copper, Tzintzuntzan, and Dolores Hidalgo, site of Mexico’s independence uprising of 1810.
In Morelia, the group sang with choirs from around Mexico at a new church, La Catedral Inmaculata with none of the typical ornamentation. The combined performance of 400 singers joined voices, each group singing portions of the mass.
Ed Tasca, a humorist with El Ojo del Lago, won the Robert Benchley Society Humor Award for 2009. On August 17 The Robert Benchley Society announced the winners of their Annual Humor Award Competition. In first place for his essay Let’s Click Up the Old Gang Sometime is Ed Tasca of Toronto, Ontario and Ajijic, Mexico for his lively writing on a new topic, social networks.
September 4 at 6 p.m. there will be a classic ensemble directed by Maestro Enrique Flores, who has performed for Viva la Música in the past. The concert will be held in the Auditorio de la Ribera. Tickets are at Actinver Lloyd Ajijic at $100 pesos each for the benefit of the Chamber of Commerce of Chapala.
September 17 from 12-8:30 p.m. is Dine with the Shrine at the Trattoria Axixic, Carretera No. 30, across from the OXXO. All proceeds will be donated to the Shriners’ Transportation and Treatment Fund by Trattoria Axixic’s owner, Juan Nolteinas. The Shriners raise money to send children up to the age of 18 to the Shrine hospital in Mexico City for treatment of orthopedic, spinal column injuries and burns. A parent accompanies the child at no cost and treatment is free to recipients.
The Naked Stage, September 18-20, will be at 3A Calle de Zaragoza (one block west of Colon). This production features a troupe of Lakeside theater buffs reading off-beat, provocative plays. Shown will be Shock of Recognition by Robert Anderson and The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel.
The ladies in The Oldest Profession
The Naked Stage is the brainchild of Jeritza McCarter and Betty Lloyd Robinson. Tickets are 50 pesos. Wine, beer and soft drinks available. Performances at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday. For more information, call 766-2044.
The American Legion post #7 schedule for September:
Sundays, all month: 12-3 p.m. Legion Grill (burgers, beans, salad)
Sep 1-11 a.m. Auxiliary Executive Board Meeting
Sep 2-9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. US Consulate and Social Security services
Sep 3-1 p.m. Events Committee Meeting
Sep 4-8 a.m. – 1 pm. Yard Sale
Sep 7-2 p.m. Labor Day Grillin’ & Chillin’
Sep 8-11 a.m. Auxiliary General Meeting
Sep 10-11 a.m. Legion Executive Board Meeting & General Meeting
Sep 11-3 p.m. 9/11 Recognition Ceremony
Sep 14-5 p.m. cocktails, dinner – Fiesta de Mexico (advanced tix only)
Sep 16-9 a.m. – 11 Continental Breakfast; 11-2 p.m. Champagne Brunch
Sep 24-3 p.m. Lone Star gathering – be a Texan!
The American Legion post #9 sent an envoy to Antigua, Guatemala in July. Attending were Mike Woods, Tim Stern, Al King and Vince Britton. Election of officers for 2010 results: Mike Woods, re-elected Commander; Tim Stern, First Vice Commander; and Vince Britton, Chaplin. (Pictured from left, Vince Britton, Tim Stern, Mike Woods, National Vice Commander Harley Ray and Al King)
American Legion post #9
Members of post #9 provided support for the Marcos Castellanos School, Participants: School Principal, PTA members, and Post 9 members: Abe Sanchez, Al King, Don Lott, Troy Graves and Wallace “Red” Crowder.
September: Legion National Convention, Louisville, KY.
Sep 2-12 noon – Post 9 Executive meeting
Sep 9-12 noon – Post 9 General meeting
At the Lake Chapala Society, October 13-16 is Health Care Week. Flu shots will be given all week by Lidia Zamudio, 10-12:30. This will be the regular flu shot. Swine flu shots will probably not be available. There will be a charge.
Monday 10-12 blood pressure checks
Tuesday 10-12 lecture
9:30-12 diabetic testing
10-2 osteoporosis testing
Wednesday 10-12:30 skin cancer screening
Thursday 9-12:30 optometrist
Friday 10-3 CPR course
10-12 blood pressure
Jan Shiver, director of Medical Services at LCS, needs volunteers. It will be a short term commitment, much by phone in order to contact medical practitioners and services to verify information and to add new info. Please leave name, phone number & email in LCS office (mark it for medical services).
Children at lunch LCS Fiesta Day
Lakeside Little Theater news:
The 2009-2010 Season Ticket Renewals and New Sales will be September 8-9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the LLT lobby. Season ticket prices are $800 pesos for all six shows, $150 pesos for a single show. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. except Sunday matinees, 3 p.m. Season shows:
1. Regrets Only, a political comedy, September 26-October 4
2. The Mousetrap, an Agatha Christie mystery, October 31-Nov. 9, no performance November 2
3. Don’t Dress for Dinner, a comedy, December 5-13
4. The Dresser, a drama, January 16-24, 2010
5. The Boy Friend, a musical, February 27-March 9
6. Dracula, a thriller, April 3-11
Don’t forget that Season Ticket Holders are invited to LLT’s Annual Kick-Off Party on Saturday, September 12 from 5-7 p.m. See you there!
Don’t Dress for Dinner
The Music Appreciation Society (MAS) Season Tickets for the concert program of 2009-2010 will go on sale at the Lake Chapala Society for three weeks beginning September 14, 10-12. Ticket prices are $1000 pesos, $1200 or $1500 pesos for each reserved seat. This year’s program:
November 17 – Three Tenors and a Soprano: opera arias
December 16 – Flamenco: Antonio Jimenez “El Chupete” and seven artists
January 14 – Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra: a “Night in Vienna”
February 9 – Three Sopranos: opera arias, duos, trios
March 23 – Two Guitarists Extraordinaire: Juanito Pazcual and Russian, Grisha Goryachev – classical style
Mexican Holidays for September:
Sept 16 Día de la Independencia (Independence Day) – a major celebration beginning the 15th with the Grito de Dolores, Padre Hidalgo’s 1810 call for Insurgency against Spain.
The reading on the Ajijic plaza begins around 11 p.m., followed by fireworks, the Mexican style castillo. On the morning of the 16th, the parade moves west to Seis Esquinas (Six Corners) and ends at the plaza.
Oct 4 Chapala celebrates fiestas patronales, honoring San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi).
Open Circle at LCS on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.:
Sep 6 Tim Schubert
Sep 13 Judy Dykstra-Brown: good grief –on the death of a loved one
Sep 20 Gloria Marthai
Sep 27 Sally Bahous Allen
Oct 4 Peter Denton – a tale of two South African dogs
VIVA! La Musica’s schedule at the Auditorium in La Floresta (7:30):
Sep 10 Comic Opera The Elixir of Love by Donizetti conducted by Luis Rodriguez, 50 person chorus, 4 soloists, costuming, $300 pesos for members, $400 for non-members
Nov 26 Bus trip to Morelia, return Nov 29 – concerts by Conservatorio de las Rosas chamber orchestra, the Brodsky Quartet from Britain and a concert by the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria and the White Quartet. Contact Rosemary Keeling, 766-1801.
VIVA Scholarship Winners include 2 violinists, 1 cellist, 2 pianists, 1 flautist – Our congratulations!
Karen Blue on Chinese Astrology