Sunday, February 15, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, February 15

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published soon, 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 soon...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am 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 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Installing modern lights along the main street of the isle: Rueda Medina

En la principal avenida de la Isla, la Rueda Medina

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 14 de febrero.-
See the translation in the City Government section...

Clean up day at the Isla Contoy beaches 

De playas de Isla Contoy

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 14 de febrero.-
Eighty one volunteers from various schools and civic organizations participated in the beach cleaning day on Isla Contoy, which is a bird sanctuary that is home to 156 species of sea birds, said the staff of the National Park of Isla Contoy. The volunteers removed 220 kilograms of trash, of which 14.5 kilos was glass, 137.5 kilos was PET (plastic), and 68.5 kilos was general trash. This was the seventh clean up that has been conducted since this program,“Quiero Mi Playa Limpia”, (I want my beach to be clean), began in 2014.
     The garbage collected during this campaign is not generated by tourism or fishing activities, which are regulated in this protected area. This trash arrives on the island through the action of the tides, from ships and other sources.
   Thevolunteers are following the protocols of the international organization Ocean Conservancy, which considers the safety of those involved, and the correct separation of trash, in order to know the quantities of each at the end of the day, to generate a global statistic.
    Volunteers participating in the clean up are involved with organizations including:  Red de Educadores Ambientales, Ocean Conservancy Quintana Roo, la Comisión Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas, el Parque Marino Isla Contoy and la Marina Scuba Cancún.

Motorcyclists of "Comunidad FZ" help children with cancer 

Motociclistas "Comunidad FZ"

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 14 de febrero.-
About 20 members of this group, on their motorcycles, will take the ferry from 8am to 10am on Sunday, Feb. 15 to make delivery of about 12 bags of clothing and other items (~150 kilograms) to the Aitana home in Cancun, to assist children with cancer. Previously, this group has made a similar donation to the children of the town of Francisco May, in the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Today, Sunday, Don't miss DIF Carnaval night with presentations by dance troupes, contests, and other fun
The poster says 
There will be performances by the dance troupes of the Senior Citizens, dance troupe of those with different capacities, and dance troupe of the volunteers 
There will be a costume contest by children and by pets.
There will be performances by invited dance troupes
Don't miss it!
Este domingo, no puedes faltar a la noche de Carnaval DIF, contaremos con presentaciones, concursos y mucha diversión.

The municipal government, led by Agapito Magana Sanchez, continues the installation of modern street lights around the island. On this occasion, it is the main avenue, Rueda Medina....which welcomes people to Isla Mujeres, and is where the tourists gain their first impression. Rueda Medina connects the historic and commercial downtown area with the neighborhoods (colonias populares) of Isla Mujeres.
     The lights have modern technology: anti-vandal, photoelectric cells with self-calibration, and they are resistant to the type of tropical humidity found in Isla Mujeres. The lamps being replaced consumed 250 watts of electricity, while these use 70 watts, which represents a savings of almost 70%, said municipal Public Works director, Maguel Caballero.
   In order to maximize the material resources of the island, the lights being replaced will be relocated to various points of the island to extend the streetlight coverage.
    This project is being accomplished with an investment of about 5.4 million pesos, and will benefit the more than 16,000 residents, and the tourists who visit us, said the Mayor.
.- Esta semana que recién concluye, el Ayuntamiento que encabeza Agapito Magaña Sánchez, continuó con la modernización del sistema de alumbrado público de la isla, en esta ocasión la principal avenida, la Rueda Medina, luce nuevo

From  por esto

  Damage to North Beach
Imparable daño en Playa Norte[+] Ver mas
Sand is eroding away on parts of North Beach, which isone of the main attractions of Isla Mujeres. This is associated with the winds of the Nortes (cool fronts from the North), and is attributed to a lack of maintenance to the 'whales" that were installed to protect the beaches eight years ago, along the west side. At least six of these levies have been damaged and have 'deflated'. A stretch of about 300 linear meters of beach has lost about 100 meters inward, and in two places the water has reached the base of a palapa building.
      An employee of Carlos Cervera Peraza, who holds a federal zone concession, said his boss is willing to contribute money toward rebuilding the whales, and to have the project start immediately, and is awaiting agreement and support from the community. The municipal government has recently announced a plan for obtaining the Blue Flag award for the Posada beach, but has not presented a plan to contain the erosion of North Beach which was already certified in 2014. (White Flag certification was obtained for 216 meters from Nautibeach to NaBalam, but that they haven't obtained Blue Flag certification, yet.  and )

Carnaval along the boardwalk
Carnaval engalana el malecón.. [+] Ver mas
 Joselin I and Jose Carlos I, the King & Queen of Carnaval, have been hosting the festivities since their coronation on Friday at the Town Square, amid the applause of hundreds of attendees. The Mayor and his wife also crowned other categories including children and senior citizen Kings & Queens. Saturday night was Cuban Night, with troupes performing their own dances and the people danced to music by the band Huracan del Caribe.
   On Sunday at the beach, after 3pm, there will be activities along the Rueda Medina malecon (sidewalk), with a performance by the DIF troupe (The theme is the Beach, and the parade along Rueda Medina is scheduled to begin at 3pm. There are performances scheduled before and after at the Posada del Mar Hotel. The DIF troupe is scheduled to perform in the evening on the Town Square, also...see the Events section below ). In the evening there will be costume contests for children and for pets.
  On Monday the "occupation" of Rueda Medina and the Posada beach continue with variety (There is a parade planned for 3pm along Rueda Medina. Last year, the parade went from North to South, from the Pescador's statue to the Whale Shark statue.) and at night on the town square there will be a costume contest in the open category, and music by the Orquesta Jaranera, for the enjoyment of locals and tourists. (Monday is Regional night when many people wear traditional dress).
  On Tuesday, the troupes invade the downtown streets, (at noon) dancing  in the roads and sidewalks, which is an old tradition, and at businesses that have invited them. Various groups dance in the colonias, also. Although some said the celebrations started slowly, it is expected to be more lively for the rest of the festival. The authorities have placed a spectacular giant... something. (? un espectacular gigante por el cárcamo de agua) near the airstrip, to motivate residents and tourists to participate in the events.

Streetlights along Rueda Medina
Rueda Medina estrena luminarias [+] Ver mas


Here's a couple pictures I took from Fenix yesterday of a Carnaval troupe of superheroes walking by from Mia Reef....

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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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, Bufalo, Bahama Mama, Compadres Barbacoa or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are 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, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

For donations to Zapatos Para Los Ninos.. please contact Greg at, or find them on Facebook at "Shoes For The Children."


Miguel's high season schedule:
Sunday: The Sol Rockers @ El Patio 9p - 11p
Monday: Miguel solo @ El Patio 6:30p - 8:30p
Tuesday: La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio 9:15p - 11:15p
Wednesday: The Sol Rockers@ El Patio 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Thursday: Miguel Solo @ el Patio 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Friday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a
Saturday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a

 John Cain's schedule  
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thurs 9-11 El Patio 
Sats. El Patio 630-830 
Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 7-9 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel / John Cain from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 630-830 John Cain solo Country music / 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..

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  (I'm not sure if this is still current
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix  Sun 1p  Salsa  They are again having music in the afternoons including the Cuban musicians, and Chucho (Jesus Campuzano)

Marina Paraiso has live music Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 7-9

Bahia Tortuga has live music at times...announced on their streetside signboard.

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

Here's Music by day of the week...with a thanks to Jean Lemke for rearranging it!

Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30

Tuesday -  Fenix live music 1-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Fenix live music (Chucho?) 1-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday -Fenix  live music 1-4
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain @ el Patio 9-11
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12

Friday - Fenix- 1-4 La Guera & band
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
Miguel @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Fabio @ El Patio house of music 6:30 - 8:15
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Saturday - Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Banda Sin Nombre - Chuuk Kay 3:30
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 @ El Patio house of music Ryan and Band 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9
Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30



 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p Dec~April.  

There will be an additional Artist Fair Thursday, Feb. 12 4-9p with a Taste of Isla 5-7p.

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Mon & Thurs at El Patio 6p on Hidalgo..more info HERE.

FEBRUARY>>>>  Sunset ~6:30p
 Moon rise...
Feb. 4  5:45   (FULL)
Feb. 5  6:32
Feb. 6  7:17
Feb. 7  7:59
Feb. 8  8:38
Feb. 9  9:21
Feb. 10  10:10
Feb. 11  10:58

SUNDAY, FEB. 1  The time changed 

. For the next month we'll be synced with EST,  until March 8, when the US goes onto DST (and we don't). Then for ~8 months we are in sync w Central Time in the US, since we will no longer be changing back & forth with Daylight Savings Time. (DST is March 8-Nov.1 in the US, and April 5-Oct. 25 in Mexico.)           We're only synced with EST" ~4 mos/yr from Nov 1-March 8. To permanently adjust your clocks, you can chose a location like Panama that stays on EST without changing to DST

 Monday, February 2 no school/day off for February 5th Constitution Day. (And if you got the baby in your rosca on Kings Day, you're hosting a tamale party on 2/2.Candlemas) 

Thursday, Feb 5  Artist Fair on Town Square 4-9p with Taste of Isla 5-7p

February 2-8 Island Time Fishing Tournament -- a week of music and fishing to benefit the Little Yellow School House.

Thursday February 12th will be the Navy Wives Breakfast at 9:00 am at Club Naval in Centro. The proceeds go to the Navy Hospital. This month the theme is Valentine's Day, and the tickets will be 120 pesos. This breakfast is really more like lunch, and we should be meeting the wife of the new commandant.

Thursday, Feb 12 Artist Fair Town Square 4-9p with Taste of Isla 5-7p

 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

New poster...changes are noted in translation below with highlights and crossed-out. 
The additions in orange are from Por Esto

Friday, Feb. 13
8pm Town Square:  Gala Night 
Coronations of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen: Jose Carlos & Yoselin, and the Senior Citizen King & Queen & of the King & Queen with disabilities/special needs.

Saturday, Feb. 14
9pm  Town Square: Cuban Night
Presentation of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen's troupe
Presentation of dance troupes Each will perform. There are ten troupes.
Children's Costume Contest
Music & dancing until dawn: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

Sunday, Feb. 15 Beach Carnaval

This is from the Posada del Mar hotel downtown where troupes will be dancing before and after the parade, today, which passes by them on Rueda Medina.

3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
"Occupation" of Posada del Mar Beach & Rueda Medina malecon with various activities
8p  Town Square: DIF Carnaval
 DIF troupe will perform
Children's Costume Contest
Pet Costume Contest

Monday, Feb. 16

3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
 "Occupation" of Posada del Mar Beach &Rueda Medina malecon with various activities continues
Noon: City streets Toro Petate This is probably a typo, since it is usually part of the Negrada (& is listed Tuesday with the Negrada), and it is out of order in this listing.
9p Town Square  Regional Night
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Costume Contest: Open Category
Music & Dancing: Orquesta Jaranera

Tuesday, Feb. 17  Fat Tuesday
12p Downtown Streets & Public spaces
Negrada by Dance Troupes 
& Toro Petate
 (The dance troupes perform all over el centro, in the streets & at businesses, with gender role reversals & costumes that include Afro wigs & black tights)
8p Town Square Night of the Dance Troupes
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Burning of Juan Carnaval & Presentation of his Will
Music & dancing: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

Upcoming holidays

 Monday, March 16th is day off for March 21, (birth of Benito Juarez). 

 Fri March 27 - Sun April 12=Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.
  April 2 & 3 are Bank holidays. 

Friday, May 1=National holiday (Labor day). 

The kids summer vacation starts July 14th.

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