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Obituary – July 5, 2014

Obituary – July 5, 2014

Barbara Culp Prince passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on June 29 at th...

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City Living - July 18, 2014

City Living - July 18, 2014

New U.S. franchises open

The Cheesecake Factory opened its first restaurant in Me...

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Parque Metropolitano to open jumbo-size canine playground

3 DAYS AGO
Parque Metropolitano to open jumbo-size canine playground

The Parque Metropolitano on the western outskirts of the Guadalajara metro area is to allocate a sizable chunk of its grounds as a dedicated playground for dogs.

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Circus targeted by animal welfare group

3 DAYS AGO
Circus targeted by animal welfare group

Around 100 activists protest the use of animal acts in circuses on Saturday, July 12. The demonstration took place outside a circus in the Guadalajara municipality. Zapopan city hall has previously banned the practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bridge Club disperses funds to UVA program

3 DAYS AGO
Bridge Club disperses funds to  UVA program

The Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club (LCDBC) selected the University Vocational Assistance program (UVA) to be the beneficiary of 7,000 pesos the bridge players raised during their April “charity month.”

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Expats opting for permanent residency, new INM boss says

10 DAYS AGO
Expats opting for permanent residency, new INM boss says

After barely a month on the job, Ezechiel Alvarez has gained a firm handle on his duties as head officer at the Chapala branch of the Instituto Nacional de Immigración (INM).

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Flu season coming, children's shelter abuse accusation and other briefs

3 DAYS AGO

SSJ to get jump on flu jab season

The flu season takes a respite during the spring and summer months but state health authorities are warning the public not to drop their guard against the possibility of influenza infection.

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State prosecutors unprepared as animal abuse law kicks in

3 DAYS AGO

A new animal protection law (Ley de Protección a los Animales) took effect in Jalisco this week but the State Attorney General’s Office was far from ready to receive complaints and act on reports of abuse, local media sources have revealed.

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Mexico exempted from new US air travel rules

10 DAYS AGO

As yet, Mexico has not been included on the list of nations that are being asked not to allow cellphones and computers that cannot be powered up on to flights bound for the United States.

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Enigmatic rebel leader ‘retires’ after two-decade struggle

17 DAYS AGO
Enigmatic rebel leader ‘retires’ after two-decade struggle

The Mexican government’s prolonged offensive on the nation’s powerful  drug cartels has relegated domestic and international  coverage of the Zapatista indigenous movement to a mere footnote.

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Vallarta may get pet friendly beach

17 DAYS AGO

Red Parque Caninos, which has pioneered the opening of two parks in Guadalajara designed exclusively for dogs, has focused its eyes on Puerto Vallarta, where it hopes to create a “pet friendly” beach.

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Five-day Vallarta Pride festival focuses on fun & great entertainment

1 MONTHS AGO
Five-day Vallarta Pride festival focuses on fun & great entertainment

Puerto Vallarta basked in a grand celebration of diversity as the city played host to some 8,000 tourists and locals for the colorful Second Annual Vallarta Pride 2014.

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US airlines not among the world’s best

3 DAYS AGO

A pair of siblings in the United States may have created the world’s first airplane and the most successful ever aircraft constructors may be the pride of Seattle, Washington, but U.S. airlines are no longer the poster boys for the aviation industry.

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US Consulate hosts vibrant holiday party

17 DAYS AGO
US Consulate hosts vibrant holiday party

The United States Consulate in Guadalajara put on a lively bash to celebrate the 238th U.S. Independence Day — held this year for the first time in the Patio de Cristal of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG) in the upmarket suburb of Lomas de Valle. About 90 percent of the consulate’s staf...

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, July 17, 2014

3 DAYS AGO

Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,009.23 an increase of 322.78 points from Thursday, July 10, 2013.

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Women at the forefront

3 DAYS AGO
Women at the forefront

Businesswomen from the Lake Chapala Region welcomed Jalisco Instituto de las Mujeres President Mariana Fernández Ramírez (in center at photo to the right) to their monthly breakfast meeting held in Ajijic on July 11. Among those present to hear her speak on women’s issues were author-radio host Il...

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Obituary – July 5, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituary – July 5, 2014

Barbara Culp Prince passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on June 29 at the age of 66.

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Obituary - July 11, 2014

10 DAYS AGO
Obituary - July 11, 2014

Marita Annette Adams died peacefully after a long illness at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto on July 4. She was 57.

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Lakeside ripe for extreme sports

3 DAYS AGO
Lakeside ripe for extreme sports

Ground conditions should be perfect on Sunday, July 20 for off-road vehicle enthusiasts (right) who will mix it up Chapala’s Festival de Lodo mud-bogging free-for-all to be held at the lake’s edge on the northeast outskirts of town, starting at 11 a.m.

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World Cup euphoria melts away

17 DAYS AGO

Mexican and U.S. soccer fans suffered heartache this week after both teams made dignified exits from the 2014 World Cup round of 16. 

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Expat Living

Watermelon seed spitting king relinquishes his crown

10 DAYS AGO
Watermelon seed spitting king relinquishes his crown

The ouster of the 2013 Watermelon Seed Spitting Champion of Western Mexico was a highlight of this year’s July Fourth picnic at St. Mark’s Anglican/Episcopal Church in Guadalajara.

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Frozen in time

24 DAYS AGO
Frozen in time

Sharp-eyed visitors to downtown Guadalajara may notice that the hands of the clock sitting above the main balcony of the Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) in the Plaza de Armas do not move. In fact, the clock has not been telling Tapatios the time since January 30, 1915. 

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City Living - July 18, 2014

3 DAYS AGO
City Living - July 18, 2014

New U.S. franchises open

The Cheesecake Factory opened its first restaurant in Mexico in Galerias Mall last week and Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz was there to cut the ribbon. The restaurant offers more than 200 different dishes.

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City Living - July 11, 2014

10 DAYS AGO
City Living - July 11, 2014

Jazz Festival

Presentations by artists participating in the Tonica Jazz Festival are slated at three locations along the route of the Via Recreativa on Sunday, July 13, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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'Queen of Lake' greeted among fanfare

3 DAYS AGO
'Queen of Lake' greeted among fanfare

The Virgin of Zapopan made a regal entrance to Chapala last Sunday riding aboard a float adorned with a huge floral arrangement and life-size models of the recently sainted 20th century Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

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An uplifting tale certain to warm stony hearts

3 DAYS AGO
An uplifting tale certain to warm stony hearts

The only thing that depressed Glenda Lacy after she moved into her home on the upper Ajijic street of San Juan de las Colinas was the sight of acres of weeds choking the empty lots that studded her new neighborhood.

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Laguna Chapalac - July 18, 2014

3 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - July 18, 2014

LCS & Mountain Race

Ajijic’s annual international Chupinaya footrace (a half marathon) leaves from the town plaza and continues through the mountains above the village on Sunday, July 20.

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Laguna Chapalac - July 11, 2014

10 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - July 11, 2014

Consulate visit

Due to Independence Day activities, the regular visit of U.S. Consulate employees to serve the needs of U.S. citizens from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at American Legion Post Seven in Chapala and their arrival approximately at noon at the Lake Chapala Society has been delayed until Wednesday, Ju...

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Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

3 MONTHS AGO
Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

The extravaganza combining dance, music and theater has returned to Teatro Vallarta, Uruguay 184, for another exciting run.  Fandango is a contemporary musical interpretation of Mexican cultural traditions. The production has 30 dancers and 15 musicians.

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Chacala looks to boost artistic credentials with first music festival

4 MONTHS AGO
Chacala looks to boost artistic  credentials with first music festival

Organizers are inviting one and all to enjoy “six days of music, singing, art, dancing and creativity” at the first Chacala Village Music Festival from March 24-30.

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North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

3 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

Spring has arrived and the snowbirds are beginning their annual flights north.

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North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

The north shore of Banderas Bay is once again hosting the Mexico Cup Regatta.

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La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

3 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

The semi-annual La Manzanilla Regatta was held Friday, March 21.

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La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

The high winter season is pulsing along at a rapid pace.  Here’s what a typical week looks like in our little fishing village.

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Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide – July 18, 2014

3 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide – July 18, 2014

UDG Ballet Folklorico

Summer season of famed Universidad de Guadalajara Ballet Folklorico troupe is on.

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Becoming enlightened: eager guide provides insight into enigmatic art show

10 DAYS AGO
Becoming enlightened: eager guide  provides insight into enigmatic art show

Devotees of modern and contemporary art (including those who know the difference) will want to know about the Raul Anguiano Museum of Art in Guadalajara and take in its current exhibit by international artists entitled “Maniera: Una formula para perder la identidad” (Maniera: A formula for losing yo...

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Young musicians, singers lap up applause at beguiling concert

17 DAYS AGO
Young musicians, singers lap up applause at beguiling concert

Last Saturday, relatives of students and supporters of the Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales (CREM) packed the Centro Cultural de Ajijic for an excellent concert in aid of the piano purchase fund.

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Pianist’s polished performance delights music aficionados

17 DAYS AGO

On Sunday, June 29, an enthusiastic audience heard an exceptional recital given by gifted young pianist Sergio Parra, who last year received a scholarship from both Viva la Música and the Northern Lights Festival.

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Ribera arts review - July 18, 2014

3 DAYS AGO
Ribera arts review - July 18, 2014

Viva la Musica

On Sunday July 20, 4 p.m. Viva la Musica will present bass baritone Cesar Becerra at the Auditorio de la Ribera, performing a range of operatic music, accompanied by Tim G. Welsh on piano. Tickets are available at the door for 200 pesos.

 

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Ribera Arts Review - July 11, 2014

10 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - July 11, 2014

Concert/opera gala

A concert that all music fans should not miss is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15, 4 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo (the old Chapala train station).

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Oldies playing at Ex-Convento

3 DAYS AGO

The Videosala at Guadalajara’s Ex-Convento del Carmen (Juarez 638) is showing a batch of U.S. oldies, plus some more recent  movies, over  the next few weeks.  Check out this list. For more information call (33) 3587-7825. Cost 40 pesos.

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At the Movies: Neighbors

3 DAYS AGO
At the Movies: Neighbors

This comedy shows how things can go really wrong really quickly when a family and a frat house become neighbors.

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Columns

The Earthbox revolution: Banging the drum for container gardening

10 DAYS AGO
The Earthbox revolution: Banging the drum for container gardening

Robert Patterson worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for more than 30 years, eventually becoming its senior liaison officer in North America, searching for projects to make good, healthy food accessible to the world’s ever increasing population.

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Superadobe meets Bici-Máquina at Igloo Kokolo: Chavo Montaño’s quest for a better world on Lake Chapala’s south shore

17 DAYS AGO
Superadobe meets Bici-Máquina at Igloo Kokolo: Chavo Montaño’s quest for a better world on Lake Chapala’s south shore

Pepe Herrera is a good dentist and as such usually distracts me from dental discomfort by talking about subjects he knows I’ll find interesting.

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Taking your shoes off, enjoying mezcal and revolutionary tales

3 DAYS AGO
Taking your shoes off, enjoying mezcal and revolutionary tales

On a visit in 1978 to the old province of Tuspa, we had the privilege of staying with a Nahua family.

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Tuspa: a repository of history; Brujas in sabanillas and huipiles conjure tales from years gone by

10 DAYS AGO
Tuspa: a repository of history; Brujas in sabanillas and huipiles conjure tales from years gone by

The most intriguing repositories of history we encountered during a recent visit to the ancient province of Tuspa (now the municipality  of Tuxpan, some 90 miles south of Guadalajara) were people of Nahua ancestry. And among the most delightful of these were two elderly sisters thought by many ...

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ISPs ask Netflix, Hulu & co. for help in escaping financial hole

10 DAYS AGO

During the period of the economic boom that followed World War II many people were extremely optimistic about the possible peacetime uses for nuclear energy.

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Comcast’s one million hotspots: the chilling, unsettling truth

17 DAYS AGO

Recently this column looked at some of the circumstances related to “You don’t need to know.”  For security reason there are indeed some things the consumer and internet user does not have any real need to know.

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Rain brings relief to some, stress to less fortunate

3 DAYS AGO
Rain brings relief to some, stress to less fortunate

Rain, glorious rain. Most of the days are sunny and warm and the deluges of rain fall mostly in the evenings and nights.

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Suds refill in sight after expat holidays

10 DAYS AGO
Suds refill in sight after expat holidays

Well here we are the week after a pair of big patriotic holidays and moving right on into the next– this weekend marks the celebration of Bastille Day.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats united in a common cause: expanding their social network

10 DAYS AGO
Expats united in a common cause: expanding their social network

The place: the huge terrace of a hotel in Guadalajara’s Providencia neighborhood.

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Exotic fruit from the heart of Mexico arrives for its brief fling

2 MONTHS AGO
Exotic fruit from the heart of Mexico arrives for its brief fling

Nothing plucks at the heartstrings of Tapatíos (Guadalajara dwellers) like the annual ritual of the pitaya — that short and splendid season when the delicate fruit with the drab exterior and blindingly brilliant if gooey interior is plucked from the stenocereus gummosus cactus in rural areas south o...

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Savvy travelers use range of tactics to get cheaper flights

4 MONTHS AGO
Savvy travelers use range of tactics to get cheaper flights

An airline’s load factor – the percentage of seats sold on a particular flight –  would seem to be a mathematical calculation of scant relevance to most fliers. 

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Tequila trail to expand to include Tala, Ameca

10 MONTHS AGO
Tequila trail to expand to include Tala, Ameca

The International Development Bank (IDB) is prepared to inject new funds into the Tequila Trail (Ruta del Tequila) next year to permit further growth in two more Jalisco municipalities.

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Armando’s Hideaway: quirky decor, signature steak dishes & reminiscences

3 DAYS AGO
Armando’s Hideaway: quirky decor, signature steak dishes & reminiscences

In times that seem to keep the population trotting in order to barely keep up with changes, it’s a refreshing treat to visit a restaurant that has maintained the same menu and high levels of excellent service, presentation, and flavor for decades.

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Taco encyclopedia more than just a recipe book

1 MONTHS AGO
Taco encyclopedia more than just a recipe book

The three authors of La Tacopedia, an encyclopedia which offers a the history, culture and recipes of that most universal Mexican comfort food, presented their book during the 2014 Worlds Fair of Cookbooks in Beijing, China Wednesday. Deborah Holtz, Juan Carlos Mena and Alejandro Escalante were awar...

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Author Karen Blue brings fresh insights on lakeside living

2 MONTHS AGO
Author Karen Blue brings fresh insights on lakeside living

In 2000 Karen Blue published her first book, “Midlife Mavericks: Women Reinventing Their Lives in Mexico.”

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Recommended Mexico reading: 15 of the best

9 MONTHS AGO
Recommended Mexico reading: 15 of the best

This historical season is the time to learn about Mexico, so we queried a handful of knowledgeable informants about what they recommend, other than Allyn Hunt’s column. What follows are their favorite books about Mexico in English, be they fiction or nonfiction, wide or narrow in scope. Many were or...

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Legal pointers: Unpaid hospital bills and debt collectors

10 DAYS AGO

In a recent interview Chapala attorney Spencer McMullen offered advice on how area residents can plan avoid insurance and hospital payment problems by carefully planning for an eventual illness or hospitalization.

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Patients’s rights: local lawyer provides a brief primer

17 DAYS AGO
Patients’s rights: local lawyer provides a brief primer

A recent discussion reinforced the wisdom of an old adage, “Learning about living in Mexico is like peeling an onion. Just when you think you are done, you realize there’s another layer.”

 

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New state library second biggest in Mexico

Upon inaugurating the Juan Jose Arreola library in Guadalajara last week, President Felipe Calderon called it “the most important state public library in the country.”

Located in the new University of Guadalajara (UdeG) Cultural Center, the library opened to the general public on Monday.

Built on a 200-hectare plot of land, the 43,000-square-meter structure is modern and striking, with a jagged exterior and large slanted windows. Originally scheduled to open in 2008, the library was hampered by delays and ended up costing 570 million pesos – 60 percent more than estimated.


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