Monday, August 11, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, August 11 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in August!, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! 
Check out the Charity document, patronize the supportive businesses & visit the blogs of the talented contributors! Contact me at if you'd like to donate $15 to your fav charity, for an ad. Good causes, good exposure. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in August...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am now creating & posting the new ads. It is going slowly because I am busy with other things, your patience is appreciated.     Feel free to copy & share the Charity document! Telling your friends about the Magazine & sharing links helps Isla Charities, too. Your support is appreciated & small efforts add up to big differences. Thanks! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Resuming work on the Casa de Cultura with an investment of 3 million pesos

Retomarán obras en Casa de Cultura

Domingo, 10 de Agosto de 2014 22:48

Con inversión global de tres millones de pesos

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ISLA MUJERES, 10 de agosto.-  The state Undersecretary of Culture, Ramón Patrón García, confirmed that the state and city governments will invest three million pesos in the renovation and expansion of the House of Culture, which will include an amphitheater. 
    The work was begun in 2010, and delayed for three years after it was stopped without explanation in March 2011. The state official said the previous municipal administration did not provide their portion of one million pesos, while the state invested two million pesos. A municipal official from the former administration denies that and claims their part was paid. 
    The state official said the building will have classrooms for dance, crafts, art, music, 'un tele-aula', library, gallery, office for the town historian, cafeteria, and a multi-use area. He acknowledged that the building has been damaged by the passage of time and salt, which has caused some corrosion, which will be reinforced to ensure safety. 

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Unusual mobilization

False alarm about turtle nest on beach 

Inusual movilización

Domingo, 10 de Agosto de 2014 22:45

Genera falsa alarma sobre tortuga desovando en la playa

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ISLA MUJERES, 10 de agosto.-
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A report on Facebook social media about a turtle nesting or laying eggs on beach along the island's eastern coast led to a mobilization of personnel from the Tortugranja and the Civil Protection agency.  A woman on Facebook was requesting the phone number of the Tortugranja or the PMP, municipal preventative police, to report the alleged presence of some turtle eggs on a beach. It was noted in the social media that iguanas were preying about, after the turtle left eggs at dawn, and concern was expressed that someone would steal the eggs. Other commentors recommended they make no attempt to personally remove the eggs to the Tortugranja facilities, saying their intention could be misunderstood and they could get into trouble.
     After the report, staff from the Tortugranja and Civil Protection were mobilized for a search along several kilometers of beach, but they found no trace of the turtle or her eggs. According to the report, the eggs were laid by a turtle on a beach across from the gas station, near the high school campus of Colegio Bachilleres, where nothing was found. The staff of the Tortugranja monitor the beaches of the eastern coast of the island from 11pm until the early hours of the morning.

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Noticias de  Quequi......

Enrollment begins at CECATI

  • Inician las inscripciones en el Cecati


    Inician las inscripciones en el Cecati

    0 11 de agosto de 2014 
    Beatriz Rodríguez Fernández, head of the Skills Training Center Centro de Capacitación para el Trabajo (Cecati), announced that enrollment in now open for classes which will officially begin on August 18th. Since last May, about 170 people have received training,  thanks to the efforts of the Mayor bringing CECATI to Isla Mujeres. There is an increasing demand for classes in English and other hotel services, in addition to computer maintenance.
          They are expecting good participation and to fill the quotas for the classes, which include Technical English for Restaurant Service, Basic Plumbing, Maintenance & Repair of Air Conditioners, Basic Electricity, and Advanced English. The English courses are 270 pesos each and the courses about air conditioners, electricity, and plumbing are 500 pesos each.
      On August 14th, they will award the certificates for those who attended the previous training classes. The article lists the documents required for registration, which continues until August 13th, and the minimum age is 16. Those interested in enrolling should go to the municipal office of Economic Development between 9am and 4pm.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-


    Promoting Isla Mujeres as a wedding destination

    Buscan posicionarse en el sector de bodasBuscan posicionarse en el sector de bodas

    0 11 de agosto de 2014  
    Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, municipal director of Tourism, said that Isla Mujeres could become an ideal destination for beach weddings and underwater weddings, because it has the necessary infrastructure. Therefore, this location has the potential  to excel at the upcoming "ExpoCásate on the Beach ", which is being held in Monterrey on August 30 & 31st.
          He said his staff is preparing to participate in the event, as well as working to meet the requirements for certification of the Isla Mujeres beaches. He said certification is necessary to be considered one of the best beaches in the world.
        He said last week the island was visited by Jesús Almaguer, who toured the isle's attractions in the company of the state Tourism Promotion Counsel,  Consejo Consultivo de Promoción Turística del Estado and representatives of   Tours Operadores. He said they had a very successful visit with the directors of the OVC, and that Isla Mujeres is emerging as one of the top tourist destinations, with promotion of its attractions and beauty for all types of vacations. At the upcoming Expo in Monterrey, it will be promoted as a destination for weddings on the beach and  under water.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- 

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

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First community garden opened to the public
Abre sus puertas el primer huerto comunitario[+] Ver mas
       The National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA) has allowed a group of women to use space at the Fisheries Research Station, Estación de Investigación Pesquera, for a community garden, which has been in operation for two months. The garden was open to the public for the first time, and during a tour, the reporter saw  tomatoes, melons, quelite, epazote, guazontle, corn, basil, oregano, and habanero chiles; as well as many organic seeds that were brought from Veracruz, where a cooperative of women are working a similar project
       The women have been given space to grow organic vegetables and fruit trees, and space for community education to encourage home gardening. They intend to expand this program during this year and in 2015, to give women innovative opportunities for food self sufficiency and generating income, without being entirely dependent on tourism and fishing.
       The group is crusading for each family to use this ancient technology from many cultures including the Maya and Aztec.They want to raise awareness that roofs and passageways can be used for growing food, and it is their goal that families will have gardens in their homes.
        Community education is an important part of this project, and the area of 700 square meters will include a community garden, fruit trees, areas for plant nurseries and seedlings,  compost and vermicompost areas, a butterfly area (mariposario), and an educational palapa. There are plans to collect a 'panelito' (literally: little panel) of bees, and to convert the area into a little oasis.
     At the first introductory course in organic agriculture on Sunday, the participants made their own compost, and learned about production for self use and income. The workshop began before noon and continued into the afternoon. Participants were taught how to cultivate soil, as an alternative to address the food crisis.
      Members of the Cooperativa Visión-Mujer S.C de R.L, and the program Agricultura Orgánica Urbana, include Rita María Uitz Dzul, Lucinda Ramírez Tello, Lupita González Hernández, Ruffima Canul May, Emilia López González, Berta Dzul Can and Sthay Gasca Garrido, among others.

Promoting exclusive spaces for weddings
Promocionarán espacios exclusivos para bodas [+] Ver mas
This has the same information as previously translated, noting additionally that popular sites for American weddings in Isla Mujeres include Playa Norte/North Beach, Posada del Mar beach, and Punta Sur/South Point on the island, as well as Punta Sam and Isla Blanca on the mainland area of the municipality.

Summer retreat concludes
Concluye retiro espiritual de verano.. [+] Ver mas
A summer retreat for 75 children was held by the Catholic Church last week in Sac Bajo, and concluded on Saturday, with an evening mass at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in La Gloria. The children were primary and middle school students, and included participants for the second consecutive year, who now act as acolytes. The acolytes participate in lectures about the Bible, and in the church's youth groups.  The retreat took place Monday through Friday, lasting nearly all day, at a popular hotel on the beach, said priest Raúl Sánchez Alonso. They welcomed the team that works in the children's camp "Vafeje"
   In this context, Pastor Isaias Aguilar, of a small Christian church, is also active on the beach  with dozens of children, from this Monday until Friday, which is a regular activity of his group during the summer vacation period. The beach is a few steps from Playa Lanchero, before Playa Mirada, and there is still space for more children to participate in the daily activities at this site, completely free.
    Meanwhile twenty members  of  the  Isla Mujeres Catholic Church youth group "Carisma"  participated in a massive youth meeting in Merida with over 4000 participants. They sang alabanzas (hymns? literally: praises) and the Isla Mujeres group dominated the musical group, as they were accustomed to doing in previous events. Members of the group confirmed they have been invited to do evangelical work in Ecatepec, in the state of Mexico in November. Youths from the three states of the Yucatan peninsula attended this “Sitio de Jericó Juvenil”
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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)

 Books for Grade School Reading Program, Items for Isla Animals, Diabetes Supplies, Shoes for the Kids, Items for Little Yellow School House...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso
Karen Rosenberg's 
NEED DIABETES SUPPLIES FOR OCTOBER DIABETES CLINIC: We have been doing Diabetes Clinics on Isla Mujeres for five years, with more local residents participating annually. This is a joint project of bilingual social workers, nurses, and other health care professionals originally from the USA, working with Isleno community partners. Diabetes is now the primary cause of death in Mexico.
We are in great need of donations of glucometers and strips, specifically these brands: Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch. Many doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals discard strips that are almost expired. Strips are actually still effective for at least a year after expiration dates so often those are the ones that are most often donated. If you have any contact with medical professionals or pharmaceutical reps, you can often get current supplies. We can also use lancets, lancet devices, alcohol pads, and syringes.
The next clinic will be in October 2014. Contact Karen Rosenberg at or Kathy Ennis at or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.


 Este 26 de agosto, Kapanga Sok en Isla Mujeres, Kapanga en Poc-na hostel, otra vez la fiesta llega a isla, No Faltes!

 Aug. 26 Kapanga at Poc Na

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 Sept 5 Los Cafres at Poc Na


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 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 
Friday, July 4 El Patio 8-10:30
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm   discontinued for now

 Ryan Rickman Friday - Tuesday at 8 - 11 pm (Fridays 9 pm - 12)
 Fabio Thursdays and Sundays 6:30 - 8 pm 
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 Fridays 
Wednesdays & Thursdays live music with a band that rotates starting at 8:30-11 pm.

Javier Martinez Cen La Banda Sin Nombre has played for 12 years at Faynes, we needed some days off, so less than a year a go, we let the band Radios play for us (at the same stage same time), they are great! LBSN play Weds/Saturday from 10:30 till 12, Fridays and Saturdays we also play next door, at Adelitas, just salsa music, from 12:39 till 2:00 
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! 
 Sat ~2p Frequencia

       Sun ~2p  Salsa 
Weekday's ~2p.. Various artists including
Chucho (Jesus Campezino) & SeBlues..tho he's off isle right now.

You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant


August Events

Turtle hatchling releases at Media Luna & Guadalupana (eastern)  beaches  TBA (Usually 1-2 days before event.)

 (Gets 10 min later across month)
Aug 1   ~6:20am
Aug 31 ~6:30am

(Gets 20 mins earlier across month)
Aug 1   ~7:25p
Aug 31 ~7:05p
Aug 9  5:05 am   ~Full moon sets before sunrise 
Aug 10 6:11am     Full moon sets  ~sunrise

Aug 10  Full Moon Rises at 7:18p   Sunset ~7:20p
Aug 11    Sunset ~7:20p  Moonrise 8:07p

Aug 12  Moonrise 8:54p
Aug 13  Moonrise 9:40p
Aug 14  Moonrise 10:25p
Aug 15  Moonrise 11:10p

Aug 7, Thursday Artist Fair on the Square 5:30-9:30 Summer Hours

Aug 15 Friday
 11a City Council room: Presentation of the book "Isla Mujeres a traves del tiempo, tomo II. Fidel Villanueva Madrid, Historian of the City 
7pm Documentary Exposition  Town Hall Pasillo
7:30pm Inauguration of Photographic Exposition  Hidalgo Avenue

Aug. 16 Saturday  8pm  Town Square
Presentation of the show: "Monsters & Mayan Legends" (Monstruos y Leyendas Mayas)
Presentation of a dance:  Traditions of Isla Mujeres"
Regional Night with an orchestra from the township of Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Aug. 17 Sunday
9am Port Authority Pier (#6)  Floral offering for the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the Cruz de la Bahia/Cross in the Bay

Following Mass: Procession from the Church on the Town Square celebrating the Virgin of Assumption going down Guerrero, to Lopez Mateos, then down Rueda Medina, main street. The walkers will return to the square via Morelos, while the decorated carts go farther down Medina to loop back from the south to the north. There is a contest for the top five decorated carts.

8pm Town Square
Official Session of the City Council commemorating the 164th Anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres
Homage to the founding families
Giving of the Award for Citizenship
Giving of the Award for Tourism

 On August 31, about 500 athletes, both Mexican and international, are expected to participate in an open water swimming competition, Competencia de Nado de Aguas Abiertas, at Playa Norte/North Beach. The swimmers will travel distances between 250 meters and five kilometers, with the course being defined by a rectangle of buoys off Playa Norte. Dozens of foreigners are expected to participate, especially from the United States.



Whale Shark Season ...ends Sept 15
It is Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting season
Red & Blue crabs are migrating to the sea for spawning during full moons

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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