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On October 5 the Lakeside Community will have it's first ever event to promote recycling in our area, in the 'south' grounds area of the Lake Chapala Society. The LCS has organized this event in coordination with the Ajijic Citizens Recycle Committee ( a pilot project of the Chapala Administration of Pres. Moises Anaya) and together we hope to offer an educational program and just have some fun too .. First the serious stuff.. The admission fee is one recyclable article .. an aluminum can, a plastic bottle (clean and flattened) or whatever you can bring along that we can recycle.. At 10am the day starts with a free coffee and pastry reception (while supplies last) .. we hope the mayor can join us for the official opening of the program at 10:30am. Beginning at 11am we will have a Spanish version of the Climate Reality presentation provided by the Guadalajara Chapter of the International program founded by former US Vice President Al Gore. Also at 11am will be an English orientation into "how, what and why" of recycling in Ajijic.. At 12 noon, the Climate Reality presentation will be given in English and the "how, what and why" will be given in Spanish. Not enough publicity has been given to the importance of the Climate Reality presentation and how fortunate we are that the International group has chosen this event at the LCS for it's first local visit .. Please encourage your Mexican friends to come at 11 for that program and of course all of you who can make it should do so too .. While both presentations are going on ( from aprox. 11am to 1pm) there will be games and recycle information presented to all the children that are present. Making recycling fun and rewarding will be the goal of this time period and hoping that teaching the children is the most effective way of getting this lifestyle change into the home life of all local families.. If you'd like to bring along a little 'prize' for the kids, please feel free to do so.. Sandy Britton, the LCS Vice President is heading up this effort..which will happen to the East of the Pavillion. Beginning at 1pm; we will offer free a selection of tasting foods (donated by 5 local restaurants) and a cash bar will open to everyone. At that point 'The Waynes' will provide music to lift the spirit and during the next few hours the fun part of the day sets in .. while enjoying the music, food and drink we have organized a wide variety of donated items to be auctioned off in 'silent' auctions and live auctions.. The auction offerings include; dinners at local restaurants (Cocinart, Tango, Ninettes among others), gift certificates at boutiques, Spa Treatments, cooking classes, coffee shop visits, there's a 4 day Yoga retreat at the Hotel Montecarlo offered, B&B's packages, numerous artworks, Trips Burgers, a fabulous offering of a 200 liter solar hot water unit, French Champagne and Imported Foie Gras for 4 and many more items. The 'creme de la creme" of auction offerings is a 7 night stay in the Conchas Chinas Hacienda de Los Santos (Puerto Vallarta) .. a luxury home with 7 bedrooms. Comes complete with concierge, house staff and chef !! This home usually rents from $1500 to $2200 US dollars per night .. so this package is worth way more than $10,000 US dollars . (Maximum 14 adults and the reservation is subject to 'black out' dates, of course). With the funds we hope to generate on October 5, our hope is to purchase a plastics compactor, install large recycle collection bins in front of the Recycle Center in west Ajijic (El Bajio), purchase our own truck to facilitate picking up in the village and also taking materials to market in GDL AND we hope to add another employee or more to handle the ever increasing amount collected each day. You've probably seen the recycle containers all around town bursting at the seams! We still estimate we are only receiving 30-40% of what's available and the rest is still going to the dump!! If you cannot make the event that day but would like to help the program, we do accept donations on PayPal in US dollars and cash donation in Pesos. Message me for details on how we can accept your donation. We still do not have a Non Profit status so we cannot at this time give tax exempt receipts. Some people are donating their gardener's services to help at the the Recycle Center one day a week .. One other thing you can do for the program with or without attending this event is to donate a recycle container for your neighborhood or donate one and let us place it in a needy area.. they cost $2,000 pesos for the container and a steel fork to hold folded cardboard. (We ask a small amount $$ for the installation). You can have your name or that of a favorite cause or your business placed on the donation plaque that adorns the container.. If you'd like to bid on the Puerto Vallarta vacation package but can't make the event .. we can designate a 'stand in bidder' for you, just message me and I'll tell you how to execute an absentee bid.. Thank you for taking the time to read all this .. and for your support of the program. It is absolutely amazing how much recylable material is donated every single day in Ajijic! Tom Thompson, President of the Ajijic Citizens Recycle Committee