Sunday morning finds Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10 am is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.
June 9 Alzheimer’s Disease: Keep Listening, Keep Talking
Presented by Kassandra A. King, BA, NHA, RCFE
Kassandra A. King
She shares timeless tips and guidance about the importance of continued engagement with patients with Alzheimer’s disease. At times we may respond to our beloved with frustration or not at all. How do we restore our interactive energy? Previously unheard stories from our partners, parents, or best friends can surface as mental shifts occur. To alter the conversation experience, the key is to ask the right questions and be prepared for pleasant or perhaps not so pleasant surprises.
Kassandra King is a “recovering nursing home administrator.” She has established permanent residency in Mexico and created Mira Soul Center to provide dementia education.
June 16 Andrés Manuel López Obrador: His First 6 Months as Mexico’s President
Presented by Ambassador Carlos Gonzalez-Magallon
AMLO was swept into the presidency of Mexico by a wave of outrage brought on by two main issues: security problems and corruption. Often labeled as a populist, he earned the presidency by addressing these key issues during the campaign. For instance, he promised to diminish corruption and to reduce violence during his first three years in office. On the economic front, he promised to put an end to “neoliberalism” and replace it with economic policies that would redress economic and social disparities.
His all out attack on neoliberalism created anxiety among domestic and international investors that was somewhat diminished when he appointed capable and orthodox officials to run the economy. In short order he was able to push through Congress the adoption of the National Guard, his main instrument to tackle security problems. At this point it is too soon to guess whether he will succeed against the formidable challenges that lie ahead.
Carlos Gonzalez-Magallon served in the US consulates of St. Louis, Albuquerque, Nogales, and Houston. He was a Mexican delegate to the United Nations and a junior officer to the Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC. He also served in Colombia and Greece, was Ambassador to Yugoslavia and New Zealand, and was Mexican Consul in Osaka, Japan.
June 23 Revisiting the Dead Sea Scrolls
Presented by Susana M. Allen
Some Bedouin shepherds 71 years ago threw rocks up into caves in Qumran, Israel, when they were looking for a lost goat. They hit some earthen jars containing a treasure of scrolls dating back more than 2000 years. Susana Allen became interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls when she toured Israel in 2009.
Since then she has studied their history and researched them through findings of Hebrew scholars and archaeologists. She will be discussing two stories left out of the Old Testament that she obtained from “Testaments of the Patriarchs,” one of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Susana and her husband, Paul Allen, are ordained ministers and together they started several churches and ministries in Texas. More recently they co-founded Home Church International with groups around the world. Her ebook, And Your House, is on Amazon.com.
June 30 The European Union: Update 2019
Presented by Karl Homann
The EU was not created for economic reasons but rather to achieve lasting peace among its neighbors. Yet with over 500,000,000 inhabitants and an annual GDP of 16,905,620 billion USD, the EU represents the largest economy of the world. In 60 plus years it has achieved much: peace among European neighbors; the political, social and economic transformation of 13 former dictatorships; strong support for democracy and human rights across Europe and beyond; and increases in living standards. Nevertheless, the EU also faces challenges, such as Brexit, migration, tribalism and populist disinformation. Karl will argue that the future of Europe will be built by the patient application of democratic methods, a constructive spirit of agreement, and by respect for freedom.
Karl Homann, born in Germany, left his native land at the age of 20 and eventually settled in Canada, where he taught English composition and literature for 30 years. After his retirement about 10 years ago, he moved to Lakeside.
July 7 Encore! Encore!
Presented by Lila Wells
Back by popular demand, Lila will reprise last year’s performance of Dave Eggers’ “first person” account of the life of Steven, the Fast-Fast Dog. If you missed it last year, you won’t want to miss it again. To round out the program, Lila will read from the essays of E. B. White, who wrote over 1,800 mostly humorous pieces for The New Yorker magazine from 1925-1976. He is also the much loved author of the children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web.
Lila has been involved in theatre for over 50 years. Since coming to Lakeside in 2015, she has performed at Lakeside Little Theatre (Nunsense), but has given most of her time to The Naked Stage and The Bare Stage Reader Theatres. She is currently writing with a group of local playwrights in preparation for the Lake Chapala 10-Minute-Play Festival, scheduled for 2020 at Lakeside Little Theatre.
TEQUILA SHOTS AND MOM
Some 18 members of Rotary Club of Ajijic and friends boarded a van and drove to Tequila this Mothers Day (a coincidence, we think), where they toured Tres Mujeres distillery, one of the largest in Mexico. The trip included tequila tastings, a buffet lunch, and mariachi serenades. Later the group went to downtown Tequila, a Puebla Magica, for shopping and sightseeing.
The trip was planned and led by Dr. Cherry Adjchavanich, Director of Membership, Rotary Club of Ajijic.
LLT NEW SEASON
We hear from Lakeside Little Theatre about Season 55. It starts a bit later, on November 8, on account of construction and revision activities.
Here is the lineup, plot descriptions and starting dates:
Lunenburg, comedy/drama by Norm Foster. November 8-17
American widow Iris Oulette has inherited a home in Nova Scotia from her recently deceased husband. Surprisingly, it is a home Iris knew nothing about. So she and her best friend Natalie travel to Lunenburg to see the home and to find out as much as she can about her husband’s mysterious dealings in the lovely coastal village. What follows is a series of twists and turns and a meeting with a winsome neighbor named Charlie.
The Real Inspector Hound and After Magritte, two comedies by Tom Stoppard. December 6-15
1) The Real Inspector Hound weaves together parody, pastiche and punning to create an entertaining and ingenious one act comedy. The play is about two theatre critics, Moon and Birdboot, who are watching a ludicrous setup of a country house murder mystery.
2) After Magritte centers around Harris, his mother and his wife. Enters the forceful inspector from Scotland Yard with his constable. The offers place the three under arrest. It is not clear why: something about a parked car, a bunch of .22 calibre shells in the wastebasket and a robbery of the box office of a minstrel show.
20th Century Blues, comedy/drama by Susan Miller. January 17-26
Four young women, Danny, Sil, Mac and Gabby met in lockup. Danny, a photographer, took a behind bars snapshot and for the next four decades she reconvened the women for annual portraits. Along the way the women had children and shed lovers, earned degrees and fought for stature. Their faces changed, their minds and hearts altered less. Now the Museum of Modern Art has offered Danny a retrospective, and she wants to show the photos.
My Fair Lady, musical by Lerner & Loewe. February 21-March 3
Professor and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins makes a bet with his linguistic colleague Colonel Pickering that in six months he can pass off “guttersnipe” Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at an embassy ball. (Note: LLT is still waiting for rights approval to stage the play).
The Actress, romantic comedy by Peter Quilter. March 27-April 5
The famous Lydia Martin sweeps in for the final performance of her long and glittering career. Around her in her dressing room are her dresser, her agent, her daughter, her ex-husband, her new fiancé and the company manager, bringing in them a flurry of goodbyes, tears, insults, laughs, recriminations, kisses and regrets.
Ticket prices are $300 for regular shows, and $350 for My Fair Lady. The price of this year’s season ticket will be $1300 for five shows, including a $300 theatre membership. Starting this year, you can now pay for show or season tickets (at the Box Office only) by credit or debit card.
SECRETS AND CONFESSIONS
The Cast: Center, Don Chaloner, Director. Left to right, Anne Drake, Lila Wells and Peggy Chilton. Missing: Kathleen Morris
The Ladies Foursome by Norm Foster is the June Bare Stage production. It’s directed by Don Chaloner and runs June 28, 29 and 30.
The plot: The day after their friend Catherine’s funeral, Margot, Tate, and Connie gather for a round of golf in honor of their recently departed fourth. At the golf course they are joined by another woman, an old friend of Catherine’s they’d never met. Over the course of eighteen holes, secrets and confessions unravel as the women discuss love, sex, children, and everything in between.
The theatre is at Hidalgo #261 on the mountain side of the carretera in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church. Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist Church, behind the theater.
REMEMBER THE 60s?
Some of the singers, left to right: Mimi Hanes, Sue Hoffman, Diana Laris, Amy Friend, Dave Salyers, Director Cindy Paul
The Freedom Chorale now offers a weekly “60s Sing” for attendees at Lakeside Presbyterian’s ongoing “Drop-in Tuesdays” 1-4p m free event. This is a super-casual, super-fun time featuring a singalong with a live guitar and lyrics for all your favorite 60s tunes, followed by free snacks and games.
SHUT UP & WRITE
That does sound a little rude but aspiring writers who need a strong nudge to actually write something may profit by attending meetings of Shut Up & Write, Chapter #77, Guadalajara and Lake Chapala, a worldwide phenomenon that has over 100 chapters globally.
Joanne Babiak, Queen D. Michele and Ron E. Armstrong are co-organizers who welcome new members to the core group that meets every Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm at Casa Libertad in San Antonio.
Joanne says, “We start with a short meet and greet with introductions (and coffee and snacks orders) followed by two or three timed, uninterrupted 25 minute sessions of writing. Sharing is optional.”
So now you know where to go if you want to shut up and start writing!
IS THIS OMINOUS, OR WHAT?
We do wonder what the management of the new apartment complex near Laguna Plaza was thinking when they came up with this sales pitch!
FERIA MAESTRO DEL ARTE
It’s not too soon to think about the 18th Annual Feria Maestro del Arte, held on November 8-10 at the Chapala Yacht Club.
Returning and new artists from all over Mexico will demonstrate and sell their works. Buyers also travel from all over Mexico; we are lucky to have such an important event here at Lakeside.
Here is a piece created by new to the Feria artist Edgar Trejo Perez, who works in amate (handmade paper)
Making amate has been in Edgar’s family for generations. The paper comes from the bark of the jonote tree, soaked in a hot water bath with natural dyes. Later the pulp strips are hammered with a flat stone until they hold their form.
Column: Lakeside Living
Sandy Olson is a typical San Franciscan, and that’s enough about that. As a career, she was a community college instructor, first as a parent education specialist, though she has no talent with children, and later as an ESL instructor, getting hired with no knowledge of automotive mechanics. Somehow the administration never found her out. She’s hoping that the Editor of the Ojo del Lago doesn’t find out, too, that all the notices in Lakeside Living are fiction that she makes up while she sits in the Ajijic Plaza all day.
Sandy has moved to Mexico forever four times at last count and now she has a driver’s license and DIF card and is going for permanent residency soon. Lakeside is home and she can’t imagine living anywhere else.