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  1. Corn tortilla from scratch and other dishes made out of masa. Course Fee: $400 MXN Course Dates: Nov 20, 2018 Course Time: Tuesday, 1:00 -4:00 pm Course Location: South Campus Board Room Min/Max Students required: 20/48 Enrollment begins Sept 17 from 10:00 to 2:00 pm at the LCS Office Enrollment ends Nov 12. Description: The Mexican culture has a very rich gastronomy considered a cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. One of the most used ingredients is corn for the nutrients it provides and for its malleability to be prepared in different ways and in many combinations. We will prepare corn tortillas from the dough, as well as "tlacoyos, huaraches, sopes, pellizcadas, and other homemade delicacies." This includes the fillings, side dishes and traditional sauces that accompany them. We will not only taste them, but we will learn from their history and why they are so important to the local culture. Join the class and enjoy a little of what Mexico has to offer to those who want to be enveloped by its flavors. Please Note: These programs are limited to LCS members only. Membership must be active to enroll and must remain active for the duration of each class. The LCS Office should be notified at least 5 days before the course begins if a cancellation is needed. There is no refund. A waiting list will be created for each course where member interest exceeds the maximum enrollment.
  2. Mexican manners. Course Fee: $250 MXN Course Dates: Nov 16, 2018 Course Time: Friday, 12:00 -2:00 pm Course Location: Sala Min/Max Students required: 30/48 Enrollment begins Sept 17 from 10:00 to 2:00 pm at the LCS Office Enrollment ends Nov 10. Description: Cultural shock is a normal part of life when we move to another country whose habits are different, we have to observe and learn the local rules of urbanity, what body language issues are appropriate and which are not. Why the behavior of the inhabitants of the new place is different. What do local people expect from me as a new inhabitant of the area? What phrases should I use and at what times? What should I understand about the time structure of the local people so different from mine? Why are the procedures with the authorities so complicated? And a long etc. Our intention is to help you understand these basic and necessary questions for the real and adequate coexistence with my new neighbors. Another way to know Mexico. Please Note: These programs are limited to LCS members only. Membership must be active to enroll and must remain active for the duration of each class. The LCS Office should be notified at least 5 days before the course begins if a cancellation is needed. There is no refund. A waiting list will be created for each course where member interest exceeds the maximum enrollment.
  3. Mexican chiles (peppers) and salsas. (visit to Abastos market). Course Fee: $800 MXN Course Dates: Nov 05 (trip), Nov 06 (preparation at LCS), 2018 Course Time: Monday, 7:00 – noon. Tuesday from 1:00 to 4:00pm Course Location: South Campus Board Room Min/Max Students required: 15/17 Enrollment begins Sept 17 from 10:00 to 2:00 pm at the LCS Office Enrollment ends Oct 30. Description: The key to many Mexican dishes is found in their sauces, whether they are raw, cooked, fried, stewed, etc. And that can be spicy, sweet, neutral, acidic, light, thick, simple or very elaborate. With this course LCS aims to take you by the hand to buy the necessary ingredients to make some sauces. We start with a trip to the Market of Supplies (Mercado de Abastos) in Guadalajara where we will know where to buy, what to buy, names of the ingredients, varieties, etc. For later, the next day, we’ll meet to learn how to prepare these sauces and try them with some accompaniments. Do not miss this tour into the Mexican gastronomic world. Please Note: These programs are limited to LCS members only. Membership must be active to enroll and must remain active for the duration of each class. The LCS Office should be notified at least 5 days before the course begins if a cancellation is needed. There is no refund. A waiting list will be created for each course where member interest exceeds the maximum enrollment.
  4. NEGOTIATING PARADISE THE HISTORY OF TOURISM AND EXPAT COMMUNITIES IN MEXICO. Instructor: Dan Grippo Course Fee: $350 MXN Course Dates: Dec 10, 12, 13. Course Time: M, W, Th, 2:00 -4:30 pm Course Location: South Campus Board Room Min/Max Students required: 11/25 Enrollment begins August 20 from 10:00 to 14:00 at de LCS Office Enrollment ends Dec 03. Description: This course will provide an understanding and appreciation of the richness and complexity of tourist and expat enclaves in Mexico by examining their roots and development over the past two centuries, from quiet beginnings to the booming multi-national, multi-billion dollar industry they are today. Special attention will be paid to the ambiguities and contradictions of tourism—does it represent national development or foreign exploitation, or a mixture of both? Tourism in Mexico got off to a shaky start in the 19th century era of Revolts and Railroads. It blossomed in the 20th century in the aftermath of two World Wars, fueled by diplomacy and drugs, beatniks and expats, World Heritage sites, colonial cities, and beachfront paradises. A wide range of sources and voices will be employed to tell the tale of how tourism has been constructed and negotiated by various and competing interests over the course of modern Mexican history. Along the way, we will touch upon the history of expat communities and tourist meccas such as San Miguel de Allende, Lake Chapala/Ajijic, Cuernavaca, Acapulco, Cancún, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta. Daniel Grippo, Ph.D., first traveled to Mexico in 1980 and has studied and lived in a variety of Mexican locations. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American History as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies. In addition to teaching at various U.S. universities, for the past 10 years Dan’s history lectures at the International Friendship Club in Puerto Vallarta have raised money for charity and attracted large turnouts. Dan recently began offering courses at LCS. Please Note: These programs are limited to LCS members only. Membership must be active to enroll and must remain active for the duration of each class. The LCS Office should be notified at least 5 days before the course begins if a cancellation is needed. There is no refund. A waiting list will be created for each course where member interest exceeds the maximum enrollment.
  5. REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN IN MODERN MEXICAN HISTORY. Instructor: Dan Grippo Course Fee: $350 MXN Course Dates: Dec 10, 12, 13. Course Time: M, W, Th, 10:00 -12:30 pm Course Location: South Campus Board Room Min/Max Students required: 11/25 Enrollment begins August 20 from 10:00 to 14:00 at de LCS Office Enrollment ends Dec 03. Description: This course will highlight the voices and experiences of women, changing the prevailing narrative of the Mexican Revolution and post-revolutionary state formation by placing women at center stage. We’ll examine how women seized opportunities created by modernization and revolutionary upheaval to challenge conventions of sexuality, work, family life, religious practices, and civil rights. After a glance at women in colonial era Mexico, we’ll take a fresh look at women's participation in the Mexican Revolution, from their homes and in workplaces and through politics and community activism. We’ll see how women of diverse backgrounds with differing goals were actively involved in the Revolution, first in military roles during the violent early phase of civil war, and later in the state-building process. Drawing on a variety of perspectives, we will notice the ways women variously accepted, contested, used, and manipulated the revolutionary project in Mexico. Our subjects will range from nonconforming soldaderas in the military to upright Damas Católicas, from prostitutes writing the president to demand healthcare rights to Chicas Modernas in Mexico City pilloried by the press and male students. Women refashioned their lives, seeking relief from bad marriages through divorce courts and preparing for new employment opportunities through vocational education. Activists ranging from Catholics to Communists mobilized for political and social rights. Although forced to compromise in the face of fierce opposition, these women made an indelible imprint on post-revolutionary society. We’ll recover narratives that have been virtually written out of the historical record, bringing to light a rich and complex array of women's experiences in the revolutionary and post-revolutionary era in Mexico. Daniel Grippo, Ph.D., first traveled to Mexico in 1980 and has studied and lived in a variety of Mexican locations. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American History as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies. In addition to teaching at various U.S. universities, for the past 10 years Dan’s history lectures at the International Friendship Club in Puerto Vallarta have raised money for charity and attracted large turnouts. Dan recently began offering courses at LCS. Please Note: These programs are limited to LCS members only. Membership must be active to enroll and must remain active for the duration of each class. The LCS Office should be notified at least 5 days before the course begins if a cancellation is needed. There is no refund. A waiting list will be created for each course where member interest exceeds the maximum enrollment.
  6. LCS Prueba México Program 2018.2 Temazcal: ancient Mexican ritual. (purifying spirit). Instructor: Ricardo Yohualoceloth & Cesar Mata Course Fee: $650 MXN Course Dates: Nov 30, 2018 Course Time: Friday, 1:00 -6:30 pm Course Location: Tlatonal Community (Nearby Ixtlahuacan) Min/Max Students required: 12/17 Enrollment begins Sept 17 from 10:00 to 14:00 at de LCS Office Enrollment ends Nov 26. Description: According to Ricardo Navarro, leader of the community Tlatonal, the temazcal is an alternative for purification in different ways. In the past, people were born, prepared and healed in a temazcal. At present, this ritual has different contexts. Usually, it is a way of entering into introspection, different from psychiatry and psychology. Besides entering the psyche, it makes people touch their skin, touch their interior and express their thoughts in a single excursion, that is, they unite body, mind and spirit to transmute some physical circumstance or discomfort, or to transmute some psychological circumstance that is spinning in your head. And why does it transmute it? Because steam, heat and isolation cause you to enter a different way of thinking and act accordingly when you go back to the outside world. It is an encounter with Mother Earth. The temazcal is a ritual of Pre-Hispanic Mexico that consists of a steam "bath" with aromatic herbs and songs. The price includes round trip transportation. It is necessary that to participate men wear only shorts or swimsuit and women a long skirt and a blouse (all natural fibers). In the Tlatonal Community there will be a place to change clothes. At the end of the ritual, we will be served a naturist dish. Please Note: · The fee to participate in each Prueba México Program is payable in cash at the LCS office, or on-line via credit card, or PayPal. On-line payments are subject to a 7% surcharge to cover processing and foreign exchange fees. · All Prueba México Program courses are limited to Lake Chapala Society Members only. If you are not an LCS Member, you will be assessed a one Month Membership fee ($250 MXN), in addition to the course enrollment fee. · Your LCS Membership must be active on the date of the course presentation. If your membership will expire before the selected course date, it must be renewed to attend the course. · The LCS Office should be notified at least 5 days before the course begins if a cancellation is needed. There is no refund. · A waiting list will be created for each course where member interest exceeds the maximum enrollment.
  7. Need a driver’s license? Instructor: Alfredo Pérez Course Fee: $750 MXN (includes course and trip) Course Dates: Nov 12 and 13, 2018 Course Time: Monday, 10:00 to 11:30 pm & Tuesday, 7:00 to noon. Course Location: SCBR Min/Max Students required: 15/16 Enrollment begins Sept 17 from 10:00 to 14:00 at de LCS Office Enrollment ends Oct 25. Description: We continue to expand the services we have for the community, so, now we set out to launch the course for the driving test and a trip to the SeMov in Guadalajara to process or renew the driver's license. It is important that you register before Oct 25, because we have to schedule the appointment of your procedure online with sufficient anticipation. Once you are enrolled, you will be sent an email with all of the instructions for this. The driving test can be taken in English in Guadalajara. (only for new licenses). Please Note: These programs are limited to LCS members only. Membership must be active to enroll and must remain active for the duration of each class. The LCS Office should be notified at least 5 days before the course begins if a cancellation is needed. There is no refund. A waiting list will be created for each course where member interest exceeds the maximum enrollment. This wait list does not roll over to the next event. LCS is not responsible for contacting people. People interested must contact, enroll and pay for the next event once the signing up is open.
  8. Tech Class Schedule October 2018 Thursday, October 04, 10-11:30 - Chromebooks - Chromebooks are very low cost (less than $200 USD) laptops. If what you mostly do is on the internet they are an excellent option. Also they can create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. You can watch movies and connect to your TV. Thursday, October 18, 10-11:30 - MS Word Features for Writers - Basics MS Word knowledge is a prerequisite. We will learn how to do a table of contents, figures, and indices as well as doing chapter outlines. A quick discussion of backup will also be covered. Thursday, October 25, 10-11:30 - Introduction to Facebook - We will cover the basics of Facebook including, security, groups and general usage.
  9. LCS Notices

    LCS SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES!!!

    UPDATE: Saturday Movie Schedule October 2018 All movies will be shown in the Sala. Bring your LCS membership card to obtain a ticket for admission to the movies. Ticket sales will start at 12:30pm. Ticket cost is free. Doors will open at 12:45pm. Only 1 seat per person can be saved. We are planning on selling popcorn and water at our concession stand. This activity is for LCS members only and their guests. For questions please contact Michael Goss at lcs.tech.training@gmail.com Saturday October 6, 1:00pm-4:00pm - The House on Haunted Hill (1959 classic) Saturday October 20, 1:00pm-4:00pm - Young Frankenstein (1974 classic)
  10. LCS Notices

    NEW LCS ART CLASSES!!!

    Introduction to Basic Drawing A repeating six week course beginning Monday, October 1, from 11:30-1:30 in the LCS Ken Gosh Pavilion. Learnhow to draw everyday objects from nature or things around you. A free class with size limited to 10 students. LCS members only. Materials needed to bring: sketch pad, eraser, pencils 2H to HB. Sign up by email to zoearmiger@gmail.com Introduction to Portraits A repeating six week course beginning Tuesday, October 2, from10-11:50 am , in the LCS Ken Gosh Pavilion. Learn the basics of proportion, rendering basic features, and how to use light. A free class with size limited to 10 students. LCS members only. Materials needed to bring: sketch pad, eraser, pencils 2H to 9B. Sign up by email to zoearmiger@gmail.com
  11. Announcing LCS Saturday Afternoon at the Movies ! LCS will be airing “classic” movies at 1PM in the LCS sala on the first and third Saturdays of October and November. The theme for October movies is HORROR. October 6 will air the classic “The House on Haunted Hill”. A small snack bar will be open prior to the movie. LCS Members only. Show your LCS membership card for admittance.
  12. US Consulate Checklist Passports Sept, 2018 1. Proper form completed and signed 2. 2 photos 2”x2” or 5 x 5 cm. (NO GLASSES) 3. Bank checks payable to “United States Disbursing Officer” in Mexican pesos. There are no cash/card transactions. Bank checks in Pesos only form Banamex located at Av. Francisco I Madero 222, Col. Centro, 45900 Chapala, Jal., Mexico. Tel: 376 765 2271 . 4. Your old passport and one photo copy NO FIRST TIME APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED *Fees: (Exchange rate 19.00 MXP per 1 USD) DON’T SIGN OR WRITE ANYTHING ON THE CHECK Please don’t print your application in one page (use one sheet per page) Simple passport renewal $2,090.00 Pesos / 110 USD Form DS-82 Renewal for age 15 and under $2,185 Pesos / 115 USD Form DS-11 Lost or Stolen passport $2,755.00 Pesos / 145 USD Forms DS-64 & DS-11 Notary $950 Pesos / 50 USD per impression To notarize a document The applicant has to present an OFFICIAL AND CURRENT US or Mexican ID such as: -US Passport -US Driver License -Mexican Passport -Mexican Driver License -Mexican Voter Card (IFE) NOTE: CHECK SHOULD READ; UNITED STATES DISBURSING OFFICER ON BEHALF
  13. The Lake Chapala Society A.C. - LCS just kicked off their Annual Giving Season! Please help them support over 100 LCS programs and services that members, non-members, and the community value and enjoy! To share the impact of the good work that your support provides, we are featuring stories from our LCS community. Please click here ---> http://lakechapala.server307.com/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/karend.pdf …/KarenDomitzuMedranoBarajas_… to meet Karen Domitzu Medrano Barajas, our talented and creative Graphic Designer at LCS! And please share with your friends! To donate online, click here ---> http://lakechapalasociety.com/public/donation_form_generic.php to visit our website or make your donation in person at the LCS Service Office. Thank you! #undiaparadar
  14. LCS HEALTH DAY Tuesday, October 16, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Shots (pay the day administered – prices subject to change) - Patio area 9:30-1:00 *Note: MUST SIGN UP for Typhoid, Tetanus, and Shingles shots LCS office *Note: Flu & Pneumonia may be taken together Shingles, DPT, and Typhoid cannot be taken with any other shot Flu Determined when available Pneumonia for Life (Prevnar 13) 1,700 pesos Pneumonia - 5 year (Pneumovax) 650 pesos Typhoid (Typhim) 750 pesos DPT (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) 650 pesos Shingles vaccine (Zostavax) 2,350 pesos Hepatitis series NOT available until 2019 Blood Pressure Check: 9:30 – 1:00 free Patio Diabetes/Glucose Screening : 9:30 – 1:00 free Patio *Note: Fasting preferred, but if diabetic, it is best to stay with routine. Notify nurse if fasting or meal has been eaten. Medication / Supplement Consult 9:30 - 1:00 free Patio “Making a Health Care Plan...Before You Need It” By Catherine Gonzales from SkyMed Health Care Options, Creating an Affordable Plan, and what to do in a serious or catastrophic situation. 10:00-11:00 free Sala All Health Day services are open to the public: No membership required.
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