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Dr. Gerry Hagin talks about his studies in Spain.

Dr. Gerry Hagin talks about his studies in Spain.

Gail Blizard

Word for the day: Solsticia (solstice)

The winter solstice is rapidly approaching. Many of us look forward to the lengthening days with anticipation. The Maya Civilization, which at one time ruled immense regions of Mexico and Central America, honored the winter solstice in December with several rituals. They considered the winter solstice (which is the shortest day of the year and falls on Dec. 21 annually) to be a symbol of renewal. Even today, many Maya priests light incense and pray to recognize this important day of the year.

In our November meeting, Dr. Gerry Hagin spoke about his own new beginning as a medical student in Spain. His three years there proved to be an education in much more than medicine, as he learned about the culture, customs, and mores. Throughout his talk, “The Quest of a Young Man’s Journey to Become a Doctor in Spain”, he recalled interesting adventures and amusing anecdotes, providing a most enjoyable evening!

Because everyone is so busy in December – perhaps with the solstice! – our next regular club meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the SaddleBrooke One Activity Center. The program is a performance of Mexican Folklórico dance and music, provided by a student ensemble from Pueblo High School. Please join us! There will be chicken asada, provided by the club, with side dishes and desserts provided by attendees.

We are a culture club, not a language club, interested in all aspects of Latin American and Spanish culture, including art, music, and customs. Speaking Spanish is not required; however, if you’re interested in improving your Spanish, there are opportunities to do that as well.

The next Spanish-speaking lunch for the season will be on Monday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. at Carlota’s in Catalina. Audrey Tarchine ( is the coordinator for these lunches. Please let Audrey know by Friday, Dec. 6 if you are planning to attend so that she can make arrangements and confirm the location.

The club meets monthly on the third Monday of the month at the SaddleBrooke One Activity Center. We generally have a potluck dinner, followed by our program. Our meetings are conducted in English. Come as a guest and try us out!

If you are interested in joining, have any questions, or would like to attend an event on a trial basis, please contact Kay Sullivan (President) at; or Susan Durchslag (Membership Chair), at