LET’S GET GONGED TOGETHER
This October 10, at 7 pm, 15 amateur Lakeside Karaoke Singers will vie for a big win at Lakeside’s first-ever Gong Show Karaoke. Three music professionals-- Cindy Paul, Jimmy Barto and Patrick O’Heffernan-- will share the task of eliminating all but two participants and the audience will pick the final winner. Ed Tasca emcees and the donated venue is the popular Spotlight Club in San Antonio.
Tickets are on sale now and available only at the Spotlight Club, Monday-Saturday 2-5 pm, tel 331 845 1523. This is a charity event for Ninos Incapacitados, so even though almost all contestants will be “gonged,” it’s truly a win/win for everybody. Don’t miss this one.
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.
October 13 Scientific and Technological Literacy: A Moral Obligation
Presented by Ken Hunt
Global warming. Immunization. Artificial intelligence. Food production. Cloning. Pesticide use. Whether to buy Greenland. These are just a handful of vitally pressing issues whose resolutions are accessible through science. Hard science. Rocket science but NOT junk science. Actually rocket science is not really that hard either. Since the emergence of science as a tool for thinking at the beginning of the Enlightenment there has been a complete transformation of the planet and the conditions of life for virtually every creature on it. Science is not a matter of politics or opinion. Science is a tool for illuminating the path forward. What happened? How did some of us lose our way?
Ken is still a science nerd. He wants to call our attention to the exquisite beauty and elegance of clear thinking and to urge us back to reason.
October 20 Cuarteto Janus
We will be entertained by rising stars in the highly competitive universe of chamber music for string quartets. Open Circle has watched them since they first began to define themselves as serious contenders under the coaching of Chris Wilshere. Their program will be announced.
October 27 Reconciliation, Reintegration, and Walking the Path Less Traveled
Presented by Julian Labadie
There are forces beyond your control that can take away everything you possess, everything except one thing: your freedom to choose how you perceive and how you respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you. Last year Julian spoke on the impact of trauma on families, friends, and intimate relationships. Join him as he continues the discussion, providing insights and perspectives on the path to heal through a change in perspective and action.
Julian Labadie holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and has 40 years of education and experience in treating individuals, families, and relationships affected by profound mental, emotional, and physical illness.
November 3 How and Why We Remember
Presented by Sandy Britton
We humans define ourselves in large part through our memories, to the point where loss of memory feels like loss of self. Our memories also play an essential role in our survival. While memory has been studied by philosophers and scientists for centuries, it’s only been in the last fifty years or so that researchers have learned how subtle and complex memory really is. Recent research has added even more insight into how memory works—and how it can work against us. Come take a journey through this fascinating aspect of the human mind, and learn the latest findings on how to improve your ability to remember.
Sandy Britton is from northern California. Her background is in software development but she’s always been fascinated by the computer between our ears. She combines her love of brain science and public speaking to bring you this talk.
A LOCAL SAINT
(Not to embarrass you, Wendy)
Wendy Jane Carrell
Wendy Jane Carrell, MA, is a Senior Care Specialist, Palliative Care Advocate/Educator, and End-of-Life Planner who has been collaborating for more than four years with Juntos Contra el Dolor, a palliative care and hospice mission in Mexico.
She’s hosting a session at the Lake Chapala Society on Wednesday, October 16 at 2 pm in the LCS Sala. This event is free to the public.
Featured is a Power Point presentation titled: “Beautiful Dying in Mexico – Stories from a Mexican Village, a Mexican Hospice, and the Day of the Dead”
REST YOUR MIND
Do you worry about what to do in a medical emergency? Cruz Roja in Chapala, with the help of local medical professionals, has created a medical information kit that could very well save your life. Volunteer CR Instructor Colleen Berry says, “For a mere 50 pesos, and an hour of your time at a workshop near you, you could go home with a vial of life, refrigerator magnet, wallet card, Lakeside emergency phone numbers and a list of Spanish phrases to use in an emergency.”
Cruz Roja Medical Information Kit Workshops will be held at the Lake Chapala Society on October 23 and November 12, as well as by request for local social, religious, and neighborhood groups. Advanced registration is required and the class size is limited.
WHEN THE FIRST WIFE HANGS AROUND
Left to right, Roxanne Rosenblatt, Brian Fuqua, Cindy Paul and Arleen Pace. Front, Director Roseann Wilshere. Missing from photo, Anne Drake, Dennis McCary and Rosann Balabontin.
The Bare Stage is presenting Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward next. The play runs October 25, 26 and 28. Roseann Wilshere is directing.
Blithe Spirit is a comic play that concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.
The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.
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.
NOTE: Bare Stage is celebrating its first year anniversary with a Halloween party on October 31 at the theater from 4 pm to 6 pm, with prizes for costumes, snacks, one complimentary tequila punch drink and games. Tickets are $150 and will be sold at the show. Food is catered by Chef Andrew.
RUNNING UP THE MOUNTAIN
The Rotary Club of Ajijic is holding its third annual Hilda Hernandez 5K race in support of the fight against breast cancer on Sunday, October 27 at 8 am. The race start/finish is at the Ajijic Plaza. The awards ceremony will be at 10 am.
Each participant will receive a packet with a race number, a t-shirt, goodies, and at the finish line a commemorative Rotary International medal for completion of the race.
Ticket sales will be at Chapala Med, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, at the reception desk. The cost is $400 per ticket, cash only. The medical office is at Libramiento Chapala-Ajijic No. 132-21 Plaza Interlago, 4
LLT IS READY FOR US
We can’t miss the opening performances of Lunenburg, It’s directed by Susan Quiriconi. Show dates are November 8-17.
This is the first production after months of labor from the talented crew that designed and improved the Lakeside Little Theatre stage and environs. Will we be able to sniff the air for fresh paint and new wood? Buy a ticket and see.
Here’s the plot: 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 up 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, love and laughter... and a winsome neighbor named Charlie.
This show is sponsored by Michael Warren, in honor of his late wife Joan.
Show times are evenings, 7:30 pm and matinees, 4 pm. The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees. Individual tickets are $300. The Box Office is open 10 am to noon every Wednesday and Thursday, also 10 am to noon every day of a Main Stage show, except Sunday, and 1 hour before curtain.
WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT AT LLT
Cast left to right: Greg Custor, Alison Palmer, Lynn Gutstadt
Here is the lineup and starting dates for the rest of the Lakeside Little Theatre 2019-2020 season:
The Real Inspector Hound and After Magritte, two comedies by Tom Stoppard. December 6-15
20th Century Blues, comedy/drama by Susan Miller. January 17-26
My Fair Lady, musical by Lerner & Loewe. February 21-March 3
The Actress, romantic comedy by Peter Quilter. March 27-April 5
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.
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.
Barro Betus is also called ceramica fantastica because of its bright colors. The Ortega family has been producing barro betus for generations. It gets its name from the oil bath it receives in aceite de betus a resin extracted from the pine tree, before it’s fired. Eleuterio Ortega Lopez is the fourth generation to work in this medium.
HE’S BACK WITH HIS PAELLA PAN
Left to right: Staff Captain Oscar Cervantes, Paella Chef Dr. Tony Pinto, Hotel Chef Rogelio Negrete, Hotel Sales Director Ceci Pulido.
Once more Dr. Tony Pinto will create his famous seafood paella at the November 13, 6 to 9 pm, Starlit Paella dinner, a multi course Mediterranean delight. This event hasn’t happened since 2016 so it’s something to look forward to. The venue is the Hotel Montecarlo in Chapala. Be there for dancing, table meal service and “fun under the stars.”
The charity event is sponsored by Lakeside Charities Grant Program AC, which has funded more than 25 projects since 2016; Awards have totaled 600,000+ pesos in support of Lakeside community development.
You can also purchase tickets at Hotel Montecarlo’s reception desk on Mondays thru Thursdays, Oct 7-31, from 10 am to 2 pm.
TALK ABOUT PLANNING AHEAD…..
Ninos Incapacitados is gearing up for high season.
Here are the dates for their exciting events coming up:
Trivia Night. January 14
Burns Supper January 24
Masquerade Masked Gala March 19
So mark the dates on your 2020 calendar if you can find one.
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.