Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, February 10

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 westofcuba@gmail.com 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 ....

Getting results together
Juan Pablo Guillermo: Public works projects

Subraya Juan Pablo Guillermo al encabezar recorrido de obra pública

Lanrry PARRA
A tour of public works projects was done by officials including federal legislator Román Quian Alcocer; the municipal president of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, and a committee of secretary's of the State Cabinet led by Juan Pablo Guillermo, head of the Planning and Finance department. They announced another 14.8 million pesos will be invested in the new Hospital, which will allow it to open very soon (muy pronto).  The tour included other projects in which the government has invested,  including renovations of sports areas, the Command Center for Firefighters, and the Casa de Cultura, which will open its doors soon (en breve).
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de febrero.

From Tvisla Mujeres

Director of Public Works of Isla Mujeres, Miguel Ariel Caballero Garcia, confirmed that the work of "Skate Park" started at the Chiapeneco park area... (that photo is of a 'typical' skate park & not taken in Isla Mujeres.) This is intended for aficionados of the sport, particularly young people,  and will include some ramps and obstacles, which are typically used for this activity. This was a decision by the mayor to renovate this area, and to build the first Skate Park of Isla Mujeres. It will involve an investment of 2.5 million pesos and should be ready to open later this month, he said.

Isla Mujeres. – El director de Obras Públicas de Isla Mujeres, Miguel Ariel Caballero García, confirmó que la obra del “Skate Park” inició esta misma.. .
Officials tour public works

ISLA MUJERES, Quintana Roo, 9 de febrero.— Convencidos que unidos se logran más y mejores beneficios para los ciudadanos isleños, esta...

Hacienda Secretary Juan Pablo Guillermo took a tour and announced an investment of 15 million pesos in the new hospital in Isla Mujeres
El secretario de Hacienda Juan Pablo Guillermo anuncia en gira, ultima partida de 15 mdp para nuevo hospital de isla http://t.co/7mA7Gg0Eph

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

To avoid interfering with commercial activities, repairs were made during the wee hours of the night, to the 'adocretos' paving stones of Morelos avenue, to avoid potential accidents by tourists or residents.
Para no perjudicar al comercio, durante la noche – madrugada de hoy, reparamos los adocretos de la avenida Morelos, con esta obra evitaremos posibles accidentes entre turistas y habitantes de la isla.

Feb. 10 Mexican Air Force Day
Hoy 10 de Febrero, día de la fuerza Aérea Mexicana.

Through the City of Isla Mujeres, via the Ministry of Social Development, the municipality continues to support seniors in the three areas that make up the township: the Island,  the Continental Zone, and the Agriculture area.
A través del Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres, la Secretaría de Desarrollo Social, sigue apoyando a los adultos mayores de las tres zonas que conforman el municipio: Insular, Continental y Agrícola.
El próximo viernes 20 tendrá lugar el pago y prueba de supervivencia del programa 65 y más Pensión para el Adulto Mayor; a las 9 de la mañana en el Centro de Convenciones de la isla y a las 12 del día en el Centro Comunitario de Rancho Viejo, en la Zona Continental.

The Quality Schools program agreement was signed yesterday by the Quintana Roo Secretary of Education and Culture and the Municipal Government, with the objective to benefit the schools economically and improve the educational infrastructure and academic training. The main schools that will benefit are the primary school Julio Sauri Espinosa on the island, and the middle school on the mainland.
Con el objetivo de beneficiar a las escuelas económicamente para el mejoramiento de la infraestructura educativa así como la formación académica del alumnado, se realizó ayer la firma de convenio del programa Escuelas de Calidad, entre la Secretaria de Educación y Cultura de Q. Roo y el gobierno municipal.
Los planteles beneficiados son la primaria Julio Sauri Espinosa de la ínsula y la Secundaria Técnica Núm. 30 Islas Hermanas Cancún- Isla Mujeres de Rancho Viejo en la Zona Continental.

Monday morning the Mayor, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, and the Federal legislator, Román Quiam Alcocer, made an important and fruitful tour of the island.
La mañana de este lunes el presidente municipal de Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, acompañado del diputado federal Román Quiam Alcocer, realizó importante y fructífera gira de trabajo en la ínsula.

Children are very important to this administration. Today we delivered school shoes to the children of the Andres Quintana Roo & Cesar Mendoza. grade schools
La niñez es lo más importante para esta administración. Hoy entregamos calzado a niños de las primarias Andres Quintana Roo y Cesar Mendoza.

 City delivering shoes at Andres Quintana Roo school....helping Island families out economically
Seguimos en acción.
Apoyamos económicamente a las familias isleñas.
Hoy entregamos zapatos en la primaria Andres Quintana Roo.

Staff of the Ecology Dept responded to an emergency call when a person was drowning on one of our most popular beaches. (see yesterday's news for more information)

Personal de la Dirección de Ecología, acudió al llamado de emergencia motivado por una persona que estuvo a punto de ahogarse en una de nuestras playas más concurridas.

From  por esto

New hospital expected to open in ~3 months
Más largas al nuevo hospital[+] Ver mas

Isla Mujeres: Firmly on top
Premier IM firme en la cima[+] Ver mas

Isla Mujeres will host the ACFMAC (National Folk Dancing Choreography Association's Congress)
Isla Mujeres será sede de la ACFMAC [+] Ver mas

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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 bullridersnider@yahoo.com, 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

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

Saturday, Feb. 14
9pm  Town Square: Cuban Night
Presentation of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen's troupe
Children's Costume Contest
Music & dancing: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

Sunday, Feb. 15
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade: Beach Carnaval
8p  Town Square: DIF Carnaval
Children's Costume Contest
Pet Costume Contest

Monday, Feb. 16
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
9p Town Square  Regional Night
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Costume Contest: Open Category
Music & Dancing: Orquesta Jaranera

Tuesday, Feb. 17 
12p Downtown Streets: Fat Tuesday
Negrada by Dance Troupes & Toro Petate
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

Sunday, Feb 15 at 8pm: Pet Costume Contest on the Town Square. (Foreign residents are encouraged to participate. Register now during office hours (9a-3p) at the Dept. of Culture next to the library in the park "Las Gaviotas" in colonia Salinas, or in the offices of the Dept. of Ecology at Hacienda Mundaca.)

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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