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November 2017



The annual Feria Maestros del Arte will happen again on November 10 and 11 (10 am to 5 pm) and November 12 (10 am to 4 pm). It’s held at the Club  de Yates de Chapala. Admission is 70 pesos.


Over 85 artists will present their work. There will also be all day entertainment and food, not to mention the chance to do some serious shopping.

For Feria questions (general information, volunteering, artists), contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (376) 765-7485. 


Sunday morning finds many 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 y an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.

November12 Know Thyself

Presented by John Stokdijk


John Stokdijk


Previously at Open Circle, John has shared both his spiritual journey and his mental health challenges. This Sunday he will share more insights from his journeys in life. One of the greatest of these, he believes, is the journey of deep self-discovery. Knowing well our own story can open us up to appreciating the stories of others and help mitigate the alarming polarization in the world today.

John and his wife Pat have lived at Lakeside for five years. Previously they resided in Calgary, Alberta. Last year he launched the Ajijic Book Club, which focuses exclusively on nonfiction. 

November 19  The Allure of Gold

Presented by John Wells

Men and women have died for it, empires have risen and fallen because of it, and Bond girls have been dipped in it. The Incas thought gold to be “the sweat of the sun.” John will relate the history of gold from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans to the conquest of the New World and the Gold Rushes of the 19th century. He will also talk about gold mining in the hills above Ajijic and the uses of gold and gold mining in Mexico in the 21st century. Finally, he will explain why gold is deemed to be so valuable and its role in the development of money.

November 26 The Shamanic Worldview

Presented by Gale Park

Over many thousands of years, our ancestors developed ways of expanding human capacity for healing and problem solving. The systems and practices they originated came to be called shamanism. Gale will talk about how shamans and shamanic cultures view and interact with our Earth and its inhabitants—both the physical and the supernatural—and the ancient tools and practices they still use to serve their tribes.

December 3  Variation on a Theme Called Life 

Presented by Rev. Don Beaudreault


Rev. Don Beaudreault


How might we live amicably with the paradoxes of human existence? In his book The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker writes that we are “out of nature and hopelessly in it…dual, up in the stars and yet housed in a heart-pumping, breath-gasping body that once belonged to a fish.” Some people, including our presenter, choose “mystical humanism” to help them with this paradox; it is a variation on the theme called life. Don will also share his jazz piano talent with us.


On November18, Viva la Musica will take a trip to the Teatro Diana for a Met Live production of The Exterminating Angel by Thomas Ades. This is the third opera by this British composer, based on a famous surrealist movie, with Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar and Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile.  (2.5 hours). Bus leaves 10:30 am.

Trips to the opera are 450 pesos (550 for non-members) and are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.


Lakeside Little Theatre is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Playhouse Series.  This will be the fourth season of collaboration with London’s National Theatre Live.  

All of these are actual performances recorded in stunning high definition before live audiences and shown on LLT’s 14x8 foot screen.  Still to come are: 

November 18-19 Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Anthony Burgess  

December 2-3  Il Volo with Placido Domingo Notte Magica 

January 27-28 Angels in America 1&2 by Tony Kushner  

March 3-4 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee  

April 7-8 Yerma by Simon Stone, Federico Garcia Lorca 

Performances are Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm.  Tickets (250 pesos) for the upcoming shows can be purchased two weeks prior and the week of the show at the LLT box office Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until noon, and one hour before curtain. 


This is exciting news for music and ballet lovers. Here are Viva bus trips to the  

Degollado Theater. 

Sunday November 19 Gustav Mahler, Resurrection Symphony, conducted by Marco Parisotto, Nicole Heaston Soprano, Cassandra Zoe Velasco Contralto, with the Zapopan Municipal Choir: Director Timothy Ruff Welch. Bus departs at 3:30 pm for the 6:00 pm concert. No dinner stop. 

Sunday November 26 Operatic Gala, directed by Marco Parisotto, Nicole Heaston, soprano; Lorenzo Decaro, tenor. Mozart, Don Giovanni; Bellini, Norma; Puccini, La Boheme and Turandot. Bus departs at 10:30 am. 

Thursday December 14 Ballet: The Nutcracker, Conductor Jesus Medina, Ballet de Jalisco: Director Dariusz Blajer. This is an annual sell-out. Bus departs at 6:00 pm. No dinner stop. 700 pesos (800 pesos for non-members). 

All theater seats are premium orchestra seats. Trips to the Symphony are 450 pesos (550 for non-members). Tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursdays and Fridays 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.


The next production from Naked Stage is Copenhagen by Michael Frayn. It’s directed by Michael Warren and runs November 24, 25 and 26 at 4 pm. The Box Office and bar open at 3 pm.  A donation of 100 pesos is requested.


From left to right: Michael Warren (Director), Don Beaudreault, Kelly Hayes-Raitt and Ed Tasca


Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg famously met at Bohr’s home in Copenhagen in 1941.  They were two of the most brilliant physicists of the twentieth century.  Both of them had been awarded a Nobel Prize (Bohr in 1922 and Heisenberg in 1932), and they had collaborated on the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum physics.  To this day, that set of ideas remains one of the leading ways of thinking about the strange and paradoxical behavior of atomic particles. Nobody knows what they said to each other that day in 1941.

Naked Stage is at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church.  Reservations are recommended. For more information and reservations, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates. 


Book for Christmas at Jaltepec Centro Educativo for their traditional Christmas dinner or lunch prepared and served by the students. Musical Director Timothy G. Ruff Welch and Los Cantantes del Lago will entertain as a special contribution to this festive occasion.

The dates are Tuesday, November 28 for the luncheon at 600 pesos per person and Wednesday November 29 for the candlelight dinner at 700 pesos per person. 

Both days will feature a no host bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres prepared and served by students before the concert, followed by roast turkey with all the trimmings. 

Contact Linda Buckthorp at 766-1631 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book now. 


On Thursday, December 7, once again The Hermosillo Family Singers will give us another lovely evening of choral and instrumental music. This event is not to be missed! It’s at 7 pm in the Auditorio, La Floresta. The ticket price is 300 pesos.


Lakeside Little Theatre’s latest production is Calendar Girls. It’s directed by Candace Luciano. Show dates are December 8-17.

The play is based on the true story of eleven Women’s Institute members in Britain who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence.  (And no, we’re not going to see any nudity).

Cast members are Debra Bowers, Lupita Campbell, Greg Clarke, Collette Clavadetscher, Lori Grant, Pamela Johnson, Chris L’Ecluse, Jean Llewellyn, Peter Luciano, Wendy Petersen, Susan Quiriconi, Georgette Richmond, Diana Rowland, and Ed Tasca.

The performances are at 7:30 pm and 3 pm. First Saturday and both Sundays are matinees. 

Tickets are 250 pesos and are available at LLT’s Box Office, 10 to noon every Wednesday and Thursday, also one hour before curtain. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (376) 766 0954. 


How could you go wrong by attending The Lake Chapala Painting Guild’s cultural event at Cafe La 133 (Independencia #133) in San Antonio Tlayacapan for Saturday, December 9 from 4 to 6 pm.  In addition to watercolors, oils, acrylics and prints, there will be classical music by the daughters of one of their members, Yaeli and Paz Nunez, poetry and stories by members of the Ajijic Writers Group, canapes and libation.  All are welcome.


Naked Stage board member Diana Rowland recently presented Yolanda Martinez Llamas, president of Cruz Roja, with a donation of 50,000 pesos. 

In the photo Yolanda in turn has presented a certificate of appreciation to Naked Stage for their support.  




The Ajijic Book Club will discuss When Breath Becomes Airby Paul Kalanithi at its November meeting.

This book is a New York Times best seller and a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. The memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?

ABC meets at Just Chillin, at Constitution #32, on  Tuesday, November 28 at 4 pm. 


Our Judy Dykstra-Brown, poet and writer extraordinaire, has had a story included in a new edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul. It’s called “Waking Up!!!” Judy says, “Although I rarely remember dreams, when I do, I pay close attention, for my best brainstorm of my life came in a dream.” 

Check out the book and Judy’s story on the site chickensoup.comIt’s available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and at Diane Pearl Colecciones.


Judy Dykstra Brown



CASA (Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic) is sponsoring five culinary students from the Instituto Tecnologico Superior de Chapala on the Libramiento in Ajijic.

These culinary students are all A+ students and are now in their third semester of a 4 1/2 year degree program. These students participate in all CASA’S monthly meetings and were extremely involved at the Globo Regatta where CASA had another perfect Globo launch under the experienced hands of Lalo Palma.


Pictured below, left to right: Eduardo Andres Perez Espiritu, Janet Corona Torres, Ali Hammurabi Ochoa Velazquez, Roberta Kalan, Ana Maria Del Refugio Bautista Trujillo, Lalo Palma, and Monica Molloy


The photo is credited to Allison Quattrocchi. For more information on helping CASA sponsor these students please contact Monica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The new Lake Chapala Charities Grant Program awarded more than 160,000 pesos to eight programs proposed by local AC charities at an awards ceremony in September.

Two representatives from each of the eight charities funded by the Lake Chapala Charities Summer Grant Program surround Margy Kassier [center] Grant Program Coordinator.

For more detailed information or to put your favorite AC charity on the Grant Program mailing list, contact  Margy Kassier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


On Friday November 17, from 2 to 4:30 pm, we can attend a fundraiser for Guadalajara’s FM4 Paso Libre Shelter, which houses, feeds, clothes and gives hope to 100 refugees and migrants daily.

Your donation of 200 pesos will go 100% to support the shelter. Check the website at

The event will be at Yves Restaurant.  While you are there you can enjoy a free margarita, guacamole chips and salsa, compliments of Yves and Nettie.  Also it’s the day to celebrate the launch of Kelly Hayes-Raitt’s new book How to Become a Housesitter; Insider Tips from the House Sit Diva.


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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.


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