Friday, February 20, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, February 20

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 ....

Progress report on certification

Agapito leads the XXXIV Regular Session of the Committee of Clean Beaches Cancun-Riviera Maya

Encabeza Agapito la XXXIV sesión ordinaria del Comite de Playas Limpias Cancún-Riviera Maya

Lanrry PARRA
 See translation in the City section...
ISLA MUJERES, 19 de febrero.-

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....


Agapito Magaña Sanchez, in his capacity as chairman of Clean Beaches Cancun - Riviera Maya (CPL - CRM), led the XXXIV Regular Session, of this subsidiary body of the Council of Cuenca, Yucatan Peninsula, of the  National Water Commission.
       The meeting was held at the Town Hall in Cancun, and was attended by representatives of the infolved municpalities: Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Tulum, Solidaridad (Playa Carmen), and Benito Juarez (Cancun).
   One of the presentations at the meeting was a comprehensive and detailed explanation of the obtaining of the Blue Flag Award for Playa Centro of Isla Mujeres. On this subject, Mayor Agapito Magana Sanches offered a detailed progress report regarding the procedures and requirements being done by the City toward obtaining this important certification of quality and cleanliness.
      The delegation from Isla Mujeres included José Luis Blanco Pajón technical secretary of the Committee, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, Mayor; Alvaro Magaña Galué, municipal treasurer; Carmen Náhuat Lara, Director of the Federal Zone Maritime Zone in isla, and Carlos A. Barranco Sánchez, municipal Director of Ecology.

- Agapito Magaña Sánchez en su calidad de presidente del Comité de Playas Limpias Cancún – Riviera Maya (CPL – CRM), encabezó la XXXIV Sesión Ordinaria de este organismo auxiliar del Consejo de Cuenca Península de Yucatán de la Comisión Nacional del Agua.

Riviera Maya: Our biggest responsibility is respect, care and conservation of  that which are a subject of wonder around the world: our beaches.
Riviera Maya: Nuestra obligación máxima es el respeto, cuidado y conservación de lo que es motivo de asombro en el mundo: nuestras playas.

From  por esto

Occupying an area by the Makax Lagoon
Ocupan área junto a laguna Makax.. [+] Ver mas
       An area adjacent to Makax Lagoon has been cleared of about 400 square meters, which witnesses say occurred in the early hours on Thursday. It is alleged that members of the fishing cooperative Makax are involved. The clearing included access to the lagoon, where a small boat was seen anchored, with construction of a temporary road.
        The area is at the northern part of the estate of the Castilla family in colonia Cañotal, and the section near the road to Garrafon was left uncleared. It is presumed this may be to avoid attention.  Weeds were removed, without cutting the mangrove, which is protected by law. It is noted that around the perimeter of the Makax lagoon there are many 'irregular' piers (not legally built with permits), and it is thought that a pier will be built at this site in the future.

To disseminate human rights on the island
Harán difusión de los derechos humanos en la isla [+] Ver mas
 There was a meeting of the first session of the Isla Mujeres Commission on Human Rights of Quintana Roo with non governmental organizations in attendance, including representatives of local civil associations. They exchanged views on the means of taking responsibility for the sectors they represent, which included proposals about workshops, programs, and means of disseminating human rights, as well as a series of events organized by the Commission of the island.

Men of the sea exchange experiences
Hombres de mar intercambiarán experiencias] Ver mas
Members of the fishing cooperatives of Quintana Roo and of California will meet together on Saturday to discuss fishing techniques and experiences at sea, as part of a promotion of CONAPESCA to encourage exchange of information in the fishing industry. This is part of the Second National Meeting of Fishermen of the Peninsulas of Quintana Roo and of California. Representatives from more than 50 unions are expected. This occurs when the fishermen of Quintana Roo are facing difficult times with reduced catches of the main species, due to over-exploitation.
   The meeting will take place at the hotel Chac Chi, along the boardwalk-malecon Rueda Medina, almost opposite the Maritime Terminal, and will last most of the day, according to organizers. Among the topics discussed will be "Sistemas Langosta/Lobster Systems".  There will be representatives of CONAPESCA (National Commission of Fishing) who will discuss the effects of the ban periods for fishing species such as grouper; which is currently in force for a month, and on the first of March; for lobster, and on the first of May; for shark. (This refers to the Baja California peninsula of Mexico.)

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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  in the US ~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

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 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 area & Rueda Medina malecon with various activities continues
Noon: City streets Toro Petate 
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 downtown, 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

Thursday, Feb 19 6p Town Square  Billion Standing Against Violence Against Women and Girls event...Wear orange to show your support!

Saturday, Feb 28 Chuuk Kay Restaurant   Seniors & Friends Fundraiser 5:30p Silent Auction

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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