Thursday, February 19, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, February 19

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 ....

Boat tour operators & fishermen affected by port closure

También pescadores se verían afectados por cierre de puerto

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de febrero.-
After the port was last night (Tuesday) for vessels under 40 feet, hundreds of boats used for fishing or tourism services were affected, and unable to take advantage of the many visitors who continue to arrive daily. At 11:30 am today (Wednesday) the Harbor Master suspended all fishing, boating, and diving activities, for boats under 40 feet, including tours to Contoy and tours within the bay, lagoon, and Farito areas, due to strong winds gusting up to 55 kilometers per hour. Navigational restrictions are expected to continue through Friday, and are due to cold front #36.

Hotels disagree over extended hours for ferries 

Por ampliación de horario de barcos de ruta

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de febrero.-
Some members of the Small Hotels Association Fascinantes of Isla Mujeres are opposed to the extension of ferry hours, saying the increased crossings could cause harm by giving opportunity to thieves, and it may cause concerns for parents if youths spend later hours in Cancun. 

Uniting 43 pairs at Collective Wedding Ceremonies  

En el marco de las Bodas Colectivas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de febrero.-
Twelve Islander couples were married on the premises of the DIF, with the Mayor and his wife as godparents (padrinos) for the twelve couples. Other officials were in attendance, with some giving speeches. Their names and comments about marriage are included in the article.
     There will be 31 couples married on the mainland area of the Isla Mujeres municipality on Thursday at noon at the Community Center.

From Tvisla Mujeres

Damages of over 6000 pesos in a golf cart accident
Officers with the Traffic Police confirmed there was a second accident...
Isla Mujeres. – La dirección de Transito municipal confirmó un segundo accidente...
The Director of the municipal Traffic police confirmed a second vehicular accident occurred yesterday, when a motorcycle was hit by a rental golf cart. The site of the accident was on prolongation Rueda Medina, near the Corona beer distributor. The motorcycle was a new Italika, without plates, driven by 24 year old Abram Mendez Nahuat, who works at a well known hotel. It was hit by a rental golf cart from the agency "Isla", which driven by Christine Halloran, of New York.
     According to the report, the motorcycle was about to overtake the cart when the cart changed direction, causing an impact between the motorcycle and the left side of the cart. The young man suffered injuries, so he was transferred to the General Hospital, but none of the injuries were life threatening. According to the report, damage to the golf cart amounted to 6000 pesos, in addition to damages to the motorcycle, which is new.

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

The Mayor attended the celebration of Army Day with the 64th Army battalion
El Alcalde Agapito Magaña Sanchez en la celebración de Día del Ejercito en el 64 batallón del Ejercito.

Hours and information about inexpensive breakfast & lunch at the Community Center are given below
Desayuno y almuerzo que cuesta poco. Conoce los horarios y la ubicación del comedor comunitario ‪#‎Sedesol‬ ‪#‎SinHambre‬

It was an honor to be witnesses at an act of love such as marriage. Congratulations to all the couples who formalized their relationships at the Collective Wedding Ceremony.
Un honor ser testigos de un acto de amor como el matrimonio.
Felicitamos a todas las parejas que hoy formalizaron su relación en las Bodas Colectivas.

La mañana de este miércoles se llevó a cabo la tradicional ceremonia de las Bodas Colectivas 2015, evento coordinado por el Sistema DIF Municipal y en el que en esta ocasión 43 parejas unieron sus vidas formalizando sus vidas formalizando su relación: 12 en la ínsula y 31 en Rancho Viejo.

Wednesday morning, fire was put out by the firefighters of the Civil Protection agency at a palapa located in Punta Sur, with help from employees of two well known companies.
Elementos de la Dirección de Proteccion Civil, con el apoyo de empleados de dos conocidas empresas, sofocaron la mañana de este miércoles, un incendio en una palapa ubicada en Punta Sur.

Remember that Friday Feb 20th will be the payment of pensions for senior citizens in the 65 & Older program
Les recordamos que este viernes 20 de Febrero será el pago y prueba de supervivencia del programa 65 y más pensiones para el Adulto Mayor.

From Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2015: Tuesday night the will of Juan Carnaval was read and then he was burned.
Ecos del Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2015: anoche fuimos testigos de la lectura del testamento y posteriormente la quema de Juan Carnaval.

From  por esto

  Navigation restricted for small boats
Restringida la navegación menor[+] Ver mas

43 couples formalizing their relationships at Collective Wedding Ceremonies
Se formalizan 43 parejas en bodas colectivas[+] Ver mas

A time begins of reflexion & conversion
Inicia el tiempo de reflexión y conversión [+] Ver mas
At four churches in Isla Mujeres, Ash Wednesday was celebrated in preparation for the 40 days of Lent. The churches are: “Caridad del Cobre”; a “Inmaculada Concepción”; “Guadalupe” and “Sagrado Corazón de Jesús”. The meaning of the ceremony and the religious period are explained in the article.

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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

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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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