Saturday, May 9, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, May 9

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

Waves up to 2.1 meters (~7ft.)

Harbor Master predicts effects of "Mar de Fondo" swells for tomorrow

 Capitán de puerto pronostica efectos de “Mar de Fondo” para mañana

Lanrry PARRA
 See translation of Por Esto article on same subject..
ISLA MUJERES, 8 de mayo.-

Youths are a priority
 Conference "Dale 'Like' for Life"

Celebran conferencia “Dale Like a la Vida”

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 6 de mayo.- .
This conference was one of the preventative and educational programs conducted by the DIF, social service agency ( Desarrollo Integral de la Familia), who invited all young islanders with the aim of providing tools to benefit their self esteem, leadership in their environment, and to have a broader view of life. The event was attended by the Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, and it was opened by his wife, Marthy Vargas de Magana, who is president of the DIF in Isla Mujeres. 
    The Mayor shared parts of his life in a friendly and positive manner, inviting them to see what can be achieved in life, based on studying, and what one can do. The conference included more than ten 'master coaches' who conveyed the message to the teens, assisted by slides, videos, plays, testimonies, and various activities. 
    Schools participating in the conference include the high school Colegio Bachilleres, the middle school Benito Juarez, and their sister schools in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres. The workshop was also held in Playa del Carmen and Cancun, and focuses on reaching as far as one can and the possibilities of improvement.

Residents complain about phone cables on the sidewalks 

Por cables telefónicos sobre banquetas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 6 de mayo.-

Residents are complaining about Telmex phone cables (Telefones de Mexico) along the sidewalks in some areas of the island. At Punta Sur on the Caribbean side, there are at least three points where cables are on the ground, and in the colonias there is a similar number.
    Residents say when this occurs in the neighborhoods, it is taken care of more quickly, but not at the south end of the island. There are also residents who complain that service should be more quickly restored when there is an outage,  that the cables should be repaired before they fail, and Telmex internet service has deficiencies at times.


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

The issue of family health is an issue of crucial importance that can not be stopped or suspended under any situation or circumstance.Isla Mujeres - HEALTH: VITAL ISSUE FOR THE MUNICIPALITY

On Friday morning, the first meeting of the Committee for Safety in Health 2015 was held, which was attended by all sectors involved in public health in the municipality. This included representatives of the following agencies: Secretaria de Salud (Secretary of Health); (Institute of Security and Social Service for State Workers) Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado (ISSSTE); (Mexican Institute of Social Security) Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS); (Naval Hospital) Hospital Naval; (local Red Cross delegation)delegación local de la Cruz Roja and (Neighborhood Committees) Comités de vecinos.
During the course of the meeting, these topics were discussed: the epidemiological situation, prevention and control of fever in the disease Chikungunya, and an epidemiological update on the viral disease of dengue.
  The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez,  who is a member of the Committee, opened the meeting saying, "The issue of family health is an issue of crucial importance that can not be stopped or suspended under any situation or circumstance , so we must provide all the material and human resources to ensure a healthy environment for community ".
  Various agreements and commitments were made during the meeting, and included:

    Reactivating the Clean Patio program by the staff of the Vectors agency and of the Promotion of Health by encouraging the participation of the population in the identification and destruction of breeding grounds for mosquitoes around homes and at schools through the Parents Committees and in parks by the Health Committees.

  Evaluating, scheduling, and ensuring junk removal programs with the advice of entomologists.

Ensure the promotion and dissemination of measures against mosquito that transmits Dengue and Chikungunya, through the media and social networks.

Revision of the legal framework for clearing land and vacant lots by the municipality or requiring it by their owners.

 Ensure the notification for the carrying out of 'cerco' and of epidemiological vigilance, within different institutions, and within private medicine, as well as feedback on the outcome of cases and the impact of the actions that were undertaken.

Taking a sample from all patients with fever for the detection of Maleria.

In Isla Mujeres we provide all the material and human resources to ensure a healthy environment for the community.
En Isla Mujeres ponemos a disposición todos los recursos materiales y humanos para garantizar un ambiente sano para la comunidad.

Pennant for Quintana Roo in National Olympics 2015 in Puerto Aventuras. Isla Mujeres is represented by a great athlete: Nadia Sofia Ibarra
Abanderamiento del selectivo de tabla vela de Quintana Roo rumbo a las Olimpiadas Nacionales 2015 en Puerto Aventuras.
Isla Mujeres representada por una gran atleta: Nadia Sofía Ibarra.

Today we celebrate the 262 anniversary of the birth of Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, remembering the legacy of men and women who died for our country to be just and free. This is a fitting tribute we perform with honor and pleasure.
Reconocer el legado que hombres y mujeres dejaron para que nuestra patria sea justa y libre, es un merecido homenaje que con justicia y agrado realizamos. Hoy celebramos el 262 Aniversario del Natalicio de Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.

May 8th International Red Cross Day
Hoy 8 de mayo. Día mundial de la Cruz Roja.


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

Warning of event of a swell in Quintana Roo
Isla Mujeres. – La Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes a través de la Coordinación General...

See translation of similar Por Esto article, below

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

Alert about a 'mar de fondo' / "swells" of short duration
Alerta por “mar de fondo” de corta duración.. [+] Ver mas
An alert was published Friday by the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) for fishermen and marine service providers to take precautions tomorrow morning, confirmed the Isla Mujeres Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil. 
    The document says, "Current forecasting models indicate that a new event of 'mar del fondo' (swells) of short duration could affect the coasts of Quintana Roo and the Yucatan Channel  on Sunday morning, May 10th, with possible waves up to 2.7 meters (9 ft). Close monitoring is being done and for small craft boaters are advised to take precautionary measures, also the coastal population due to the presence of dangerous riptide currents (peligrosas corrientes de arrastre) in beach areas, docks, and harbors."
   The Harbor Master explained that this phenomenon is due to high pressures that dominate the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, which are interacting with the moist air from the Caribbean Sea, resulting in partly cloudy skies with scattered mist and warm to very warm temperatures. Because of this event, the winds along the coast of Quintana Roo will be from the east at 25-35kph or 11-16 knots with higher gusts.
     He said this phenomena has always existed in this area, with the difference being that among the older fishermen it is known as "marea boba" (stupid tide), however he reiterated the recommendation that small craft boaters take extreme caution in the coastal and maritime areas of Quintana Roo.
    In 2010, on August 28th, with the progress of Hurricane Danielle east-southeast of Bermuda, the SCT issued an alert about a potential 'mar de fondo' swell to hit the east coast of Mexico, but Isla Mujeres felt no effects.
   Interaction with storm "Ana"
  According to the weather forecast by the SCT, Tropical Storm Ana opened the hurricane season in the Atlantic for 2015, and there is a prediction of seven storms and a hurricane during this season. Ana had produced winds up to 75kph with expectations of strengthening while advancing northeast toward the US.

Ferry out of service for a couple days
Embarcación ya lleva varios días sin servicio[+] Ver mas

The Magana ferry did not resume service on Friday, and this could continue on Saturday, following a mechanical failure that left the ferry out for service for a third day. It went out of service before noon on Wednesday, and is expected to be back in service on Saturday.
    The Harbor Master confirmed that it was not adrift nor in the middle of the Bay when it had the mechanical failure, as occurred a few weeks ago with an Ultramar ferry. The official noted that mechanical problems can happen at any time for any boat that works long hours on a continual basis. He said there is no plan to impose any fine upon the company, because this is an inconvenience that normally happens to companies in this industry, and the company gave notification at the time of the problem it had encountered.
     Less than a month ago, the Magana ferry was out of service for several days. Frequent users say the are watching for it to return to service because it is less expensive.

Meeting about health security in Isla Mujeres
Encuentro de seguridad de salud en IM[+] Ver mas

7th Water Rally held
Se desarrolló el VII Rally del Agua] Ver mas

Around 250 people participated Friday, including 15 teams, each with five members, in a competition that tested both mental and physical skills and endurance. They performed tests at various stations, and earned points by answering questions whose answers they has learned from a study guide.
     DHC-Aguakan sponsored the rally, which focused on topics about the water cycle, how the vital liquid reaches homes, conservation, wastewater treatment, how the company contributes to the protection of our environment, and the history of Isla Mujeres.
    The contestants came from municipalities of Benito Juarez (Cancun), Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen), and Isla Mujeres, and families and friends enjoyed the event. Afterwards there was a musical event at the Posada del Mar beach. This event raises awareness and empowers young people and the community in general to be ambassadors for the preservation of the planet, and this is most important.

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And Bruce, of MVC, took these photos off our balcony today....

About a dozen boats, each with ~a dozen rowers, going up the east coast this morn, practicing for the Travesia Sagrada Maya (Sacred Mayan Journey) between Xcaret & Cozumel on May 22-23. (When canoeists in pre-hispanic-style vessels race ~17 miles, recreating the pilgrimage of the ancient Maya to worship the Goddess lxChel.)
View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 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.

May Events

Sunrise ~6:15a
Sunset  ~7:10p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
May 2  6:10
May 3  7:01
May 4  7:54
May 5  8:48
May 6  9:43
May 7 10:36

Thursday, April 30 Regata del Sol al Sol Cocktail Party at Ballyho's (1:30), Poker Run (3:30p), Mayor's Reception (7p)

Thursday, April 30 Dia del Nino / Children's Day

May 1, Friday:  Dia del Trabajo - Labor Day. A national public holiday with political and labor union marches and official speeches. Schools, banks and government offices are closed.

May 1. Friday:  Regata del Sol al Sol Amigo's Regatta: Children board (10:30a), Departure (~11:30a) Awards ceremony at Buhos (7p)

May 3, Sunday: Dia de la Santa Cruz - Day of the Holy Cross
This celebration dates back to colonial times. Construction workers decorate crosses with flowers and mount them on buildings under construction, and have picnics at the site.

May 5. Tuesday: Cinco de Mayo (Battle of Puebla). No school. This date is commemorated more enthusiastically in the US, as general celebration of Mexican culture (and opportunity for abundant consumption of salsa, chips, and Mexican beer.).
      Here it is an 'optional' holiday (office & bank closings vary state to state) commemorating the victory of Mexican troops against a large number of French troops in 1862.
        (Then, more French troops arrived, sending Benito Juarez's government into exile, and Maximilian was crowned emperor of Mexico in 1864. At the time, the US was involved with its Civil War, 1861-65.  {Link:How Battle of Puebla affected US Civil War.} Then the US supported Mexico and invoked the Monroe Doctrine against European involvement in the Western Hemisphere. Napoleon III withdrew French troops in 1866.)

Soggy Peso is having a Cinco de Mayo party w Jeff Current playing music 5-7:30

May 6, Wednesday...Inauguration of a painting exhibit at the Magana Maritime Terminal-continues for 2 weeks:  “Mujeres del Caribe, Arte en Todas Partes”

Thursdays at 8:30p at Poc Na


May 8, Friday: Artes en Todas Partes event, maybe. TBA
                         7th Annual Water Rally (Teens compete in teams & learn about water conservation and processing)
May 10, Sunday: Mothers Day (Restaurants will be busy, and florists & mariachis.)

 May 14, Thursday...see PocNa poster

May 15, Friday: Teacher's Day.  No School.
                            Artes en Todas Partes Event, maybe,TBA.
                            Start of Turtle Nesting Protection Program along the eastern coast and the eggs are incubated at the Tortugranja, with public releases of hatchlings in the fall.  (Hawksbills begin laying in earlier, so tours are made to watch for their nests starting ~May 1)
                              Start of the Whale Shark tour season may vary and continues until ~Sept. 15th
May 16, Saturday
You're invited to the annual pink wig breakfast, with raffle, gifts and awards. 200 peso donation. You and your friends can wear your favorite color and of various colors, in the design you prefer. Tickets available at the offices of Por Siempre Viva, phone 8770073

~May 17, Sunday  Scheduled beginning of the Whale Shark tour season (Thru ~September 15). It is also turtle mating season, mostly noticed offshore at Punta Sur.

May 21, Thursday...see Poc Na poster

Fishing Tournament May 22, 23, & 24 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

(May 22 & 23: From Xcaret to Cozumel:  Travesia Sagrada Maya - Sacred Mayan Journey. Recreating the pilgrimage of the ancient Maya to worship the Goddess lxChel, canoeists in pre-hispanic-style vessels race approximately 17 miles.)

 May 28-30 Posada Beach: Maya Riviera Film Festival

May 29, Friday No School (Last Friday of Month...Technical Meetings)

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

No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

  The Women's Fishing Tournament, "La Dorada", organized by the DIF is planed for June 26 & 27.

 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: Schedule may change for low season  

(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  
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45

Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 7:30-9:30 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 7:30-9:30 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 ?? Now Playitas

Fenix  ~1p~4p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons including  Chucho (Jesus Campuzano) on Mondays & Wednesdays, the Cuban musicians Tuesdays & Thursdays, Pao & others on Fridays, someone on Saturday, Cuban musicians w Barbie playing Salsa on Sundays. 

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

Monday -
 Fenix-Chucho 2-4
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 Cuban musicians 2-4
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? 2-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7:30-9:30
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 2-4
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45
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- 2-4 SesBlues, Pao & band..Blues, Rock, Salsa, Reggae
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
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 7:30-9:30 @ 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 2-4
Sol Rockers El Patio 7:30-9:30  Ryan Rickman  8:30 - 11:30


 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p ~Nov-April. 
Now the City is having Arte en Todas Partes events on Fridays.

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