Saturday, March 21, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 21

The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!
  Here's a link to the Magazine 
Please share the charity document, patronize the supportive businesses, & enjoy the articles, photos, & videos! If you'd like to donate $15 to your favorite charity to have an ad in this 2015 issue, contact me at

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

15 Cuban balseros rescued near Isla Contoy

Navegaban a bordo de embarcación "hechiza" cerca de Isla Contoy

Lanrry PARRA
A group of 15 Cuban balseros were spotted sailing in a homemade boat by the crew of the fishing boat "Kukulkan VII", near Punta Norte of Isla Contoy, who assisted them and notified the Navy. The Navy sent a search and rescue vessel to the location, and evacuated the Cubans. A Naval doctor provided medical assessments, and pronounced them to be in good health. They were given food and water. They were taken to the Naval Station in Puerto Juarez, where they arrived yesterday afternoon, and were handed over to the Immigration authorities. The rescue took place pursuant to the powers granted by the law to the Navy of Mexico to safeguard human life at sea. 
         Por Esto has a similar report, noting they are all adult males.
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de marzo.-

Seeking 180,000 pesos during annual Red Cross Collection: Cabbies set a good example 

Durante la colecta Anual de la Cruz Roja: Taxistas ponen el ejemplo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de marzo.-
The collection will take place from March 19 to April 30, and the goal is to collect 180,000 pesos. The collection began with contributions from the City government, the Taxi union, a hotel, and a hospital in Cancun, starting the drive with 80,000 pesos. Last year the total collected was 169,000 pesos.
      There was a march from the Navy base down the main street, ending at the Town Square, where donations were made and employees of the Red Cross of Isla Mujeres who had completed 15, 18, and 25 years of meritorious service were given awards. An overview of the history of the institution was given, noting that it has been on the island for 30 years.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

During the First Regular Session of the Council of Insular Development of Quintana Roo, held in Cozumel, we had the opportunity to contribute our experience, knowledge and willingness so that in Isla Mujeres development for all will be a reality.

Durante la Primera Sesión Ordinaria del Consejo de Desarrollo Insular de Quintana Roo, realizada en Cozumel, tuvimos la oportunidad de aportar nuestras experiencias, conocimientos y voluntades para que en Isla Mujeres el desarrollo para todos sea una realidad.

Rabies vaccination campaign on mainland Isla Mujeres March 23. Free
Sterilization Campaign March 25 & 26. Mundaca Hacienda Free 9a-11:30. No food eight hours before.

Al vacunar a tus mascotas proteges a tu familia.
Asiste con tus mascotas a la Campaña de vacunación antirrábica

Friday morning, Mayor Agapito Magana Sanches led the commemorative ceremony for the CCIX anniversary of the birth of Benito Juarez Garcia.  The event took place in the courtyard of the Middle School, Benito Juarez Garcia in honor of the anniversary of the birthday of the former President of Mexico, twice, 1858-1864 and 1867-1872.
      Speeches were given, a wreath was placed on his bust inside the campus, and students recited poetry. Awards were given to students with higher grade averages during the third semester (bimestre..two month period), as well as to the winners of the 2015 municipal contest for Escoltas (a marching group). 
    After that event, officials placed a wreath with an honor guard at the bust of Benito Juarez located on Juarez Avenue.

The Director of the municipal Health agency, Dr Tharin Vital Casque, accompanied the state Secretary of Health, Juan Lorenzo Ortegon Pacheco, on a tour to inspect the construction at the new hospital of Isla Mujeres, and he said in three months it should be operational.
El director de Salud Municipal, Dr. Tharin Vital Casique acompañó al secretario estatal del ramo Dr. Juan Lorenzo Ortegón Pacheco, en un recorrido de supervisión de la construcción del nuevo hospital de Isla Mujeres; el responsable de la salud pública en Quintana Roo dijo que en tres meses estará funcionando.
We remember with emotion to Don Benito Juarez Garcia and his great legacy for social coexistence in harmony. CCIX anniversary of his birth.
Recordamos con emoción a Don Benito Juárez Garcia y su gran legado para la convivencia social en armonía. CCIX aniversario de su nacimiento.


From Tvisla Mujeres (You can join this fb page at this link)

Noti Isla Mujeres (you can join this page on FB at this link & view the photos)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Cubans rescued & in custody
Aseguran a cubanos [+] Ver mas

Another visit to the new hospital
Otra visita al nuevo hospital [+] Ver mas

Poetry & Oratory event: "Among Islanders"
Encuentro de Poesía y Oratoria “Entre Isleños” [+] Ver mas
Writers, mentors, composers and those with a cultural affinity, are organizing to prepare the First Meeting of Poetry and Oratory "Among Islanders" to be held during the next month. The awards for the winners will come from the private sector, from several local business owners.

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View from the rooms.

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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.

March Events

Sunset ~6:50

Moonrise over the Caribbean
March 5, Thurs.    7:01    Full Moon   
(a 'minimoon'...the most distant moon of 2015)

March 6, Fri.         7:50
March 7, Sat.        8:39
March 8, Sun.       9:28
March 9, Mon.      10:19
March 10, Tues    11:10

Sunrise ~7am
From Time & Date

March 5 , Thursday Town Square Artist Fair 4-9 & Taste of Isla 5-7
March 8 Daylight Savings Time begins in US. Isla is on EST year round, not observing DST.
March 8 International Women's Day
March 16, Monday: Day off for March 21, Birth of Benito Juarez. 
March 17, Tuesday: St. Patrick's Day  (Celebrated in some bars)
March 18 Oil Expropriation Day (an observance, no closures)

You are invited to attend a dance and exposition "Ixtabay, living legend" on Wednesday, March 18. Free admission. It says "Art & the Punta Sur/South Point palapa at 5pm"

Thursday, March 19  Red Cross Donation Drive begins with march down mainstreet. Includes kindergarten kids & marchers wear white. Time TBA..late afternoon/early evening usually.

 March 20th from 1 to 4pm there is a sterilization and vaccination campaign for pets at the Community Veterinary center at Hacienda Mundaca. Completely free.

 Friday, March 20 8pm Catholic Church on the town square downtown Symphonic Orchestra
March 20 Equinox   Total Solar Eclipse
March 21 Benito Juarez's Birthday
March 25 & 26  Pet sterilization campaign
March 26 Bus Booze Cruise benefit for Isla Seniors & Friends (Sold out)
Fri March 27 - Sun April 12: Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries. 
March 29 Palm Sunday

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

 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."

Music (By band & location)

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..

Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo 
Mon - Tues 7pm - 9pm - Jazz with Norman and Darin 
Wed- Sat 8pm - 11pm - Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge

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  ~1p~4p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons including  Chucho (Jesus Campuzano) on Wednesdays, the Cuban musicians Thursdays, La Guerra & Pao & others on Fridays, someone on Saturday, Cuban musicians w Barbie playing Salsa on Sundays. Tuesday might be reggae.

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 at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: 9 or 10-12 
Morgan's:  7 or 8 - 9 or 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)

And at Poc Na Hostel: 9:30-11

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
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Tuesday -  Fenix live music 1-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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.  

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