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February 2019

 

ART WALK
Mark your calendars! ASA’s Open Studios Art Walk is held on Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10 from 10 am to 4 pm. This event offers artists the chance to show the public their work where it was created, whether in a studio, garage or back yard.
Artist Shannon  Kilkenny


Artist Shannon Kilkenny


The entry ticket is a catalogue featuring a photo of a creative work by each artist. Catalogues are on sale at the Lake Chapala Society, with sales continuing until February 8.
OPEN CIRCLE
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.
February 10  Why All the Volatility and What This Means for Investors
Presented by Yann Kostic and Tom Zachystal
“The Worst December for the Dow Jones since the Great Depression,” “Dow down 1,000 points one day and up a 1,000 points the next,” “Markets down 20% between October 1st and Christmas.”  We’ve all seen the headlines about the recent market volatility. After a decade of relative consistency and positive performance in investment markets, volatility has intensified. Last March, Yann and Tom warned of this possibility and even suggested that it might start in October 2018. In this, their fourth annual Open Circle presentation, Investment Managers Yann Kostic and Tom Zachystal will give a historical perspective on investment markets and volatility and discuss the current situation and where we might be headed.
Tom Zachystal, CFP, CFA, and Yann Kostic MBA, are both US Registered Investment Advisors (RIA) and cater to US expats in Mexico. You can read their regular column in the Lakeside Sun at http://www.lakesidesun.com/.
February 17  The Rise and Fall of a Foreign Retirement Community in Mexico
Presented by David Truly
Mexico has a long history as a popular destination for often eccentric foreign retirees and expats. Recent changes in the socio-political climate and the influx of aging baby boomers, however, have resulted in a migration trend that has exerted significant pressures on both the natural and socio-cultural fabric of some retirement destinations. Private and public agencies now aggressively promote retirement migration to enhance Mexico’s tourism development initiatives. Dr. Truly offers an overview of recent studies that reflect some of these changes in the Lake Chapala area and the role of the foreign and Mexican communities in this transformation. A brief review of tourism and retirement research will shed light on the unique nature of this community and its fragile existence. 
David Truly has a PhD in Geography and has studied retirement migration to Mexico since 1997. Formerly a professor at Central Connecticut State University, he has taught at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara and has conducted numerous studies on senior housing and health care throughout Mexico. He is currently living in Austin, Texas.
February 24  A Shot in the Dark
Presented by Phil Rylett 
Vaccines were once heralded as the savior from the scourge of infectious diseases. The worry of once commonplace and devastating diseases could be eliminated by a widespread program of vaccinations. Then why, a couple of generations later, are vaccinations feared and opposed with the same fervor as the diseases they allegedly prevent? Phil will look at one particular vaccination program that has gained so much notoriety that even the US president has weighed in on the issue. The story might surprise you. Phil takes a look at the intriguing story behind the scenes of a vaccination that today is mired in controversy.


Phil Rylett


Phil Rylett has spent his entire career in healthcare, first as a pharmacologist then as a nurse and then managing a statewide program for early detection of breast and cervical cancer.
March 3  Global Warming, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy for Mexico
Presented by Donald W. Aitken, Ph.D. 
Dr. Aitken will give a pictorial two-year overview of the extraordinarily fast, increasingly extreme, and now better understood global responses to (including the human costs of),a small increase in global temperature and large increases in global climate-warming emissions. Global renewable energy growth and Mexico’s recent strides in large industrial and utility scale renewable energy will also be documented.
Dr. Aitken, a 12 year resident of Ajijic, is a former Research Professor of High Energy Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics at Stanford University and founder and long-time Chairman of the Department of Environmental Studies at San Jose State University. He later served as the Executive Director of the US Department of Energy’s Western Regional Solar Energy Center and as the Senior Staff Scientist for Renewable Energy Policy and Economics with the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is widely published and has received many awards for his lifetime service to these fields.
Please note that this PowerPoint talk will take place at the Club Exotica from 10:30-12:00.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON…..
…. after Open Circle is the time to go to the 2019 Jewish Film Festival this month. As usual, the movies are shown at 1:30  at Cinemas del Lago, Bugambilias Plaza.
February 10 Three Identical Strangers
Three strangers are reunited by astonishing circumstances after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families is a feel good story for everyone.
February 17 Crimes And Misdemeanors
The poignant, penetrating, and scathingly hilarious film by Woody Allen about the complexity of human choices is one of the watershed films of his career.
February 24 RBG
At age 85 Ruth Bader Ginsberg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. This film presents her journey to the U.S. Supreme Court.
CABARET! DINNER SHOW
Celebrate Valentine’s Day February 14 with The Freedom Group, in a high energy dinner show at la Bodega. The show will be repeated on February 17.
Aside from the music, there all be an option of lasagna, a three-piece fried chicken dinner with salads, complimentary tequila and gourmet popcorn and 10% off on all drinks.  The evening features dancing, music, comedy and more.
Tickets for the dinner and show are $300 and $350 at the door.  They are available at La Bodega, Mia’s Boutique and Diane Pearl Colecciones. On February 14 the bar opens at 5 pm, dinner service is at 5:45 and the one-hour show starts at 7 pm. At the February 17 Sunday matinee, the doors open at 3 pm, dinner is at 3:45 and the show starts at 5 pm. There is no reserved seating.
A portion of the proceeds goes to The Ranch Animal Rescue Center. For details write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 376-766-1002.


Left to right back row: Dave Salyers, Len Locke, Amy Friend, Mimi Hanes; front row: Jim Barto, Diana Laris, Cindy Paul, Sue Hoffman


EASY MONEY?
The next Lakeside Little Theatre  production is The Same Deep Water as Me.  It’s directed by Neal Checkoway.  Show dates are February 15 - 24.
Near-washed-up lawyer Andrew is one half of Scorpion Claims, a rundown legal outfit run by benign Barry. When Andrew’s former schoolmate Kevin turns up with a claim about a minor car accident, Barry dismisses him on the grounds that he appears untrustworthy. But Andrew succumbs to the pressures of past ties and the possibility of easy money.
A review: “Darkly comic … this is a shrewd, smart play that takes an uncompromising look at the so-called compensation culture.” -The New York Times Tickets are $250 and are available at LLT’s Box Office from 10 to noon every Wednesday and Thursday, also one hour before curtain. The evening shows are at 7:30 pm and matinees are at 4 pm. The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees.  
For email reservations, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 376.766.0954.  


Front Row: Mark Donaldson (seated), Kelly Mills, Patricia Guy, Emily Crocker, Judy Long, Bruce Stanley, Jill Flyer, John Ward (seated).
Back Row: David Dennis, Todd Pifer, Rob Stupple, Russell Mack, Johan Dirkes.


CAFE MORTALITY AJIJIC
Come to Danny’s Restaurant (Carretera Oriente 2 east of Colon), Ajijic, on Tuesday, February 19 from 3 to 4:30 pm for an informal, respectful conversation about dying.  It’s a place to share stories and perspectives. There is no agenda. Attendees do the sharing. The co-hosts are Debi Buckland and Loretta Downs. 
Space for 30 only is limited; reservations are requested. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  65 pesos for tea or coffee includes tip. Dessert is extra. All funds go directly to Danny’s Restaurant.
A LOOK AROUND AND LUNCH TOO
Centro Educativo Jaltepec invites members of the community to visit the school for a tour and lunch on Tuesday, February 19, starting at 11 am. In this school, young women from all over Mexico come to earn the Degree in Hoteleria that in turn will change their lives.
Refreshments and hors d’ouevres will be served. The presentation will start at 11 am  with a discussion of the history of Jaltepec, the academic program and the scholarship program. A tour of the facilities is followed by a luncheon served at 1 pm that will demonstrate the quality of education these students receive.
Seating is limited to 60 guests. Please make reservations through Linda Buckthorp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 766-1631.
SPINNING, DYEING AND WEAVING
Check out this new class taught by Brad Mowers, who gets a rave review from prominent local artist Francisco Nava: “A craftsman, a scholar, a musician, a gardener and farmer, a reminder that the world can be a beautiful place if we invest our energies towards her healing and sustainability.  This person is Bradley ‘Weaver’ Mowers.”   
The five classes meet on Wednesdays and Fridays in Chapala, beginning February 20. There will be a maximum of six students. The fee is $1000, which includes instruction and materials. A $500 deposit is required to hold your place in class. To register, email Brad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
ANOTHER CANADIAN GEM
Bare Stage Theatre is presenting yet is another Canadian gem of a play, 
You Will Remember Me, by award-winning playwright François Archambault, one of Canada’s most compelling writers.
The show runs February 22, 23 and 24. It’s directed by Bernadette Jones.


The Cast: Ken Yakwichuk, Director Bernadette Jones, Tina Dawn Leonard, Roger Larson, Linda Freeman and Lynn Phelan


The plot: the man at the centre of the play, Edouard, is brilliant. A scholar and frequent commentator on Canadian sovereignty, the retired professor can expound on almost anything with great erudition. Trouble is, he can’t remember what he’s said five minutes later and has to be continually re-introduced to each person he’s talking to, with the exception of his wife, Madeleine and their daughter, ­Isabelle. 
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.
Donation is $100. The Box Office and bar open at 3 p.m. Reservations are by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For those who use Facebook, look for Bare Stage Theatre 2018 for breaking news and updates. 
LLT 2018-2019 PLAYHOUSE SERIES
The next play in LLT’s Playhouse Series is Julie, by  Polly Stenham after August Strindberg.  It runs March 2 and 3, with 4 pm performances.
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. The play examines how class divisions and middle class ennui exist today, and can result in similar tragic results.  Warning: there is strobe lighting and it may have adult themes and languages.
GOOD STUFF AT THE BEACH
Last month in La Manzanilla two of our Lakeside authors Rachel McMillen and Judy Dykstra-Brown joined with Colima author Roberta Rich to give a reading in benefit of the local Helping Hands Bookstore, which provides scholarships for local kids.
Rachel McMillen writes mystery novels set in British Columbia, Roberta Rich is the author of the popular Midwife of Venice historical romances and Judy Dykstra-Brown is a poet, memoirist, and blogger.  You can read her daily poetry/prose/photo blog at judydykstrabrown.com


Roberta Rich, Judy Dykstra-Brown and Rachel McMillen


VIVA LA MUSICA
Saturday March 2
La Fille du Regiment by Donizetti.   A story of love and loyalty featuring soprano Pretty Yende and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe offering a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks (215 minutes). The bus leaves t 10:30 for the noon show.

Viva bus trips to the Met Opera are $450 and $550 for non-members. Tickets are available at the LCS ticket area Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.

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SANDY OLSON

 

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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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