Thursday, March 19, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & EventsThursday, March 19

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

Agapito welcomes the 'other springbreakers' who come to perform community service

Los que vienen a realizar trabajos comunitarios: Agapito les dio el recibimiento

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de marzo.-
 A group of 17 students from the University of Southern California arrived in Isla Mujeres for four days, to perform altruistic jobs and environmental work for the benefit of the local community. Students from this school have been arriving annually for fifteen years, and they make it clear that not all "springbreakers" come to binge on tequila, beer, and other excesses, but that some come to enjoy and support the communities they visit. 
     The group spent four days in Akumal before coming to Isla Mujeres, where they did work relating to the protection of sea turtles. In Isla Mujeres, they will do ecological work at the primary schools  “Andrés Quintana Roo” and “César Mendoza Santana”, and they will perform work cleaning beaches and doing reforestation plantings. 
      These activities will be supported and assisted by representatives of the government and the mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, including: the muncipal DIF social service agency, headed by Marthy Vargas de Magaña; Public Services Dept. headed by Manuel Figueroa; the municipal treasurer, Alvaro Magaña Galué; the historian of Isla Mujeres, Fidel Villanueva; the head of the municipal department of Ecology,  Carlos Barranco; and the head of Protección Civil, Mauro Rodríguez.  As well as assistance and support from the Navy, the Taxi Union, the cargo Transborder ferry, and the Port Authority of Isla Mujeres (API). 
    After being received by the Mayor, who has supported these works for the second year, they immediately went to the Andres Quintana Roo primary school to replant the green areas, and to interact with the students.

Interesting workshop: Reduce, recycle, reuse 

Imparten interesante taller de manualidades

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de marzo.-
 See the City section below....

Annual collection begins for Red Cross 

En beneficio de la Cruz Roja

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ISLA MUJERES 18 de marzo.-
The annual collection for the Mexican Red Cross in Isla Mujeres will begin on Thursday, with donations from the City, via the Mayor and his wife,the president of the DIF, social service agency, Agapito Magaña Sánchez and Marthy Vargas de Magaña.
  The annual collection will start with the annual march, including participation by the young students of the various kindergartens of the island, departing from  the stairs at the Naval Base and terminating at  the Town Square.
      Those taking part in the march will travel most of Rueda Medina Avenue, starting at the Naval base and finishing at the town square, where the official ceremony will be held, and local officials will offer the first donations. (...que partirá a la altura de las escaleras de la Quinta Región Naval y se dirigirá a la explanada municipal. El contingente que tomará parte en este tradicional desfile recorrerá gran parte de la avenida Rueda Medina, a partir de las instalaciones de la Quinta Región Naval, y culminará en la explanada municipal...) (It doesn't mention a time)
   During the annual campaign in 2014, they raised 200,000 pesos, and this year they hope to exceed that amount. The chairman of the board, Jorge Cardenas Bazan, said the contribution of every citizen is important, so that the institution can continue to support the work they do and to provide medical transport and respond to requests for assistance. Their expenditures continue to increase with payments for fuel, electricity, water, phone, and for the services of paramedics and other workers at the institution.


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

An interesting workshop was held Wednesday morning for the students of the Middle School Benito Juarez, by the municipal Department of Ecology with the theme: Reduce, recycle, reuse.
  The workshop was taught by young volunteers from the high school Colegio Bachilleres, focusing on the three R's,  and included development of various products as arts and crafts. They used recycled materials including paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, newspaper, etc and created ornamental items and macetas (pots?), and were encouraged to consider earning income from these types of objects.
     Next month the high school students plan to conduct the workshops in the elementary schools and kindergartens.
       In addition to this workshop, the high school students gave talks on awareness about recycling and solid waste management to the elementary students of Andres Quintana Roo, and plan to offer these talks at other schools.

As part of the Eco Schools program, high school students of Colegio Bachilleres gave talks about recycling awareness and management of solid waste at the primary school Andres Quintana Roo.
Dentro del programa Eco Schools, estudiantes del Colegio de Bachilleres Plantel Isla Mujeres dieron pláticas de concientización para el reciclaje y manejo de residuos sólidos en la escuela primaria Andres Quintana Roo

For fifteen consecutive years, university students of the State of California, USA, have come to Isla Mujeres, invited by the Civil Association of environmentalists, "Green Patrol/Patrulla Verde". They perform tasks such as beach cleaning, painting public spaces, and conduct recreational games to raise environmental awareness. They will be in the island March 18-20.
Por quince años consecutivos, jóvenes estudiantes del Estado de California, EUA, llegaron a Isla Mujeres invitados por la Asociación Civil Patrulla Verde a realizar labores ecologistas como: limpieza de playas, pintura de espacios públicos, realización de juegos lúdicos de concientización ambientalista; estarán en la ínsula del 18 al 20 del mes en curso.

With great pride, today we commemorate a transcendent event in our history: the oil expropriation. (yesterday)
Con gran orgullo hoy conmemoramos un hecho trascendente en nuestra historia: la expropiación petrolera.


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

Al @CruiseShipping en ‪#‎Miami‬ me acompañaron los Alcaldes de ‪#‎Cozumel‬ @FredyMarrufo e ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬ @AgapitoMaganaS

With the closing of the lobster catching season, 65 fishermen suffered decompression
Posted: 18 Mar 2015 01:49 PM PDT
IMG_6795Isla Mujeres.
It is a little over two weeks since the close of lobster season, and today the Board for the Hyperbaric Chamber of Isla Mujeres reported there were 65 fishermen treated for decompression during the season. This is an increase of eight cases over last season.
     Not only Isla Mujeres fishermen made use of the hyperbaric chamber, they also reated fishermen from Holbox, Chiquila, and the entire northern coast of Quintana Roo.
    Although the chamber no longer serves the fishermen with the closure of the lobster season, they will be treating diabetic patients referred to them by the DIF and Ministry of Health.

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

Evaluating the situation at Isla Contoy
Evalúan situación de Isla Contoy[+] Ver mas
The new Director fo the National Park of Isla Contoy, Maria del Camen Garcia Rivas, said she plans to conduct a study of the infrastructure to determine if the capacity limits should be increased or not. There has been a continuous increase to the number of visitors to the reserve in recent years, surpassing the maximum limit of 200 tourists per day.
    She  conducted the interview at the local office of SEMARNAT, (Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources), where she heads the Department of the Chinchorro Banco Biosphere. She said she has been in contact with the licensees, the TAC (Technical Advisory Council) and the Friends of Isla Contoy Association to determine the overall situation and strategies.
    Also, the Director of the Whale Shark Biospheres said in Contoy there is permission to transfer 32 boats with a total daily capacity of 804 tourists, while the maximum number allowed is 200. Therefore the number disembarking from various boats must be reduced, so that this limit is no longer being violated.
  She outlined the basic objectives of the Park at Contoy, (which is part of CONANP, the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas), which are to prevent impact, to maintain trails and an adequate pier, and to construct more bathrooms for tourists to use, as well as additional trails and platforms for observing and monitoring birds. The museum has been given maintenance on two occasions, but there have been problems with the bathrooms when the limit for the number of tourists is exceeded.
     She said, "Now I have been working with the service providers to find a solution and there is cooperation and volunteerism on their part. We are working with cooperation and coordination, they are also concerned." She said she received a report from the service providers in Contoy, including the president of the CTA, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, to identify the problems and to inspect the area in order to find solutions.
      The Friends of Isla Contoy Association have committed to participating in a work program immediately and are waiting this week for the resolution about doing maintenance on the infrastructure, the restoration of the pier, and keeping track of the entrance of boats to prevent exceeding the capacity limits.

Campaign to help the environment
Realizan campaña en pro del medio ambiente [+] Ver mas

Closure of program of family education
Clausuran programa de orientación familiar[+] Ver mas
For three days, activities were conducted at the kindergarten Maria Enriqueta Camarillo and Roa relating to the importance of a connection between parents and children for child development and learning. This family counseling program included talks about strengthening family communication and relationships, and discussed the family as a social unit and its role in preventing social breakdown and addiction to drugs and alcohol.
    One of the promoters of this program is Roman Maldonado fo the CROC union, and members were encouraged to participate, as a developmental activity promoting health and job training. There were more women that men attending, as is often the case when asking parents to come to the schools, with the issue allegedly of work, usually.

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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.

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"

 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 26 Bus Booze Cruise benefit for Isla Seniors & Friends (Sold out)
March 29 Palm Sunday
Fri March 27 - Sun April 12: Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.

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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