Friday, June 5, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, June 5

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

Catholics celebrate the Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

v En honor al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 4 de junio.-
Activities were held at two Catholic churches in Isla Mujeres in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Thursday.
     In colonia La Gloria the celebrations began with a mass at 7pm at the Sacred Heart of Jesus church, and after the mass, at 8pm there was a procession with the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the main streets of La Gloria. Dozens of people participated and then the priest, Raul Sanchez Alonso, performed the ribbon cutting ceremony for the event, which was followed by a Vaqueria a la kermes (a fair, maybe with a dance),  with mechanical rides and other activities. During the event the ambassadora (like a queen) was crowned. 
     It was announced that the Church of Immaculate Conception downtown would celebrate Corpus Christi on Thursday downtown and the Catholic Community were invited to join in this beautiful celebration in which (the statue of) Jesus would go to visit the four altars downtown. For the celebration of Corpus Christi, a Mass was held at 7pm and the procession outside the Church of Immaculate Conception began at 8pm.

Raising awareness among youths about responsible use of social networks 

responsable de las redes sociales

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 4 de junio.-
See City section below....


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

The social service agency, System for Integral Family Development (DIF) Isla Mujeres, will offer a lecture called "Gwabir and social networks" to provide information, seriously and sensitively, to young islanders on the proper use of social networks.
 This interesting lecture will feature a young YouTube blogger named Gabirel Wabi Rueda, from Merida, Yucatan, who is known online as Gwabir.  The president of the DIF, Marthy Vargas Leon de Magana said the agency is always concerned about teens and therefore they organize and carry out events that contribute to their healthy mental and physical development. She said "Social networks are tools that can be used for good or for ill, and for proper use it is necessary to know how to use them responsibly."
   The event will be held on Friday, June 12th at the Hormiguitas Obreras (Worker Ants) park at 7pm. There are 400 tickets available, which are free and can be obtained from the DIF offices in colonia La Gloria between 9am and 4pm.              

Here's an amusing sample from Gwabir's YouTube channel (It's in Spanish)....Link  
 Here he shows ya how to make mousse with 2 ingredients...Nutella & Whipping Cream...Link 

You are invited to a Dance Workshop of Caribbean Rhythms, starting June 8th at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa. 20 pesos. For more information contact the Cultural department 877 0767 
Les invitamos al Taller de Baile de Ritmos Caribeños a partir de este 8 de junio.

A paradise that has no equal, enjoy every corner of Isla Mujeres.
Un paraíso que no tiene igual, disfruta de cada rincón de Isla Mujeres.

Participate in the Second International Women's Fishing Tournament this June 26 & 27. La Dorada.   Organized by DIF.  More than 500,000 pesos in prizes. Entry fee 3000 pesos.
Participa en el 2do Torneo Internacional de Pesca Femenil este 26 y 27 de Junio.


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

The organizing committee of the Second  Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada" will meet this afternoon to review some details about the competition that is scheduled for 26 and 27 of  June.
    Humberto Moguel, Director of Fishing in Isla Mujeres, said they hope to exceed the number of participants they had last year, when there were sixty boats. This year, the Captains Dinner will be June 26, and the competition will begin on the morning of June 27. 
       Like the recent tournament "Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana", the activities and departure will take place at the concrete pier. The first prize is a new vehicle, and the prizes total more than five hundred thousand pesos. There will be prizes awarded to the ten top competitors. 
      The director said that while this is a women's tournament, the rules allow a captain and crew member on board. The species that earn the most points in this competition are la Dorada, el Dorado, el Wahoo, and el Bonito.  …/alistan-el-segundo-gran-…/
El comité organizador del Segundo Gran Torneo de Pesca Femenil “La Dorada” se reunirá esta tarde para detallar algunos puntos sobre las bases del concurso que se tiene programado para el próximo 26 y 27 de junio.

With the election looming, the Secretary of the Hacienda of the State Government confirmed that the Ley Seca/Dry Law will apply from the first minute on Sunday and conclude on Monday.
   This information was released by SEFIPLAN, the Secretaria de Finanzas y Planeacion, noting that the goal is for the federal elections on June 7th to be tranquil, when federal representatives for the State of Quintana Roo will be elected. The ban will begin at midnight when Sunday begins and end at midnight when Sunday ends, prohibiting sale of alcohol in stores and establishments in the ten municipalities of the state.
    Because of the vacation industry in this state, there are exceptions for establishments located in the tourist areas of Quintana Roo, who have licenses to sell cocktails. They will be allowed to sell alcohol accompanied by food to Mexican tourists and foreigners.…/habra-ley-seca-para-el-p…/

Promoting the first Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015.  
Various schools, of different educational levels, will be included in the first Environmental Fair in Isla Mujeres which will take place June 5. Authorities, fishermen, and the Navy have confirmed their participation in this event which commemorates World Environmental Day.
     The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, will inaugurate the event, accompanied by the visitador general of the Human Rights Commission of the State of Quintana Roo, teacher Marco Toh. Jesus Molina Melendez, representative of the association Patrulla Verde, Green Patrol, said various schools have confirmed their participation, including Jean Piaget, the middle school Benito Juarez, and the primary school Andres Quintana Roo, among others.
  Among those participating are the Mexican Navy, the Human Rights Commission, the Health Center, the business Aguakan, APIQRoo (The Port Authority), the municipaly Ecology agency, the Tortugranja (turtle farm), DIF (social service agency), and the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) of the peninsular zone, among others.

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

Dispute over donated land on mainland

Nula y sin efecto donación a Infovir+] Ver mas

Roberto Martinez held a press conference about a legal dispute he is handling that affects over 100 people,concerning 200 hectares of municipal land on the mainland that was donated to INFOVIR, (a former governmental agency, the Instituto de Fomento a la Vivienda y Regularización, that no longer exists), and a judgement of nullification they are seeking for failure to keep the terms of the agreement.
      They have a letter of allocation for housing lots from 2005 for this property. They object to half of that area being sold for 25 million pesos to developers in 2011, and say the value is three times that. He said the children and grandchildren of the residents of Isla Mujeres need space for living, and these municipal lands represent part of ~600 hectares that are being sold at low prices, while the housing problems remain unresolved.

Protecting former mayor Paulino Adame
Protegen al exalcalde Paulino Adame. [+] Ver mas

 A decade later, señor Angel Pastor Buenfil Cruz, continues with legal proceedings objecting to the price he was paid for land appropriated by the City during the administration of former Mayor Paulino Adame. (He was mayor from 2002-2005.) Sr Buenfil says a public auction was not held, as is required by law.
     The property of almost 400 square meters is on the north part of Avenue Guerrero, about 100 meters from Playa Norte. He said he has received promises from several Mayoral candidates to reverse the sale, but the City has not addressed the issue.

Trash problem
Basura por doquieri.. [+] Ver mas
There are piles of litter around the island, including near the FOVISSTE apartments (Teacher's housing) in colonia La Gloria, said residents Juan Gil, Rosa Cruz, and Elva Torres. They say they contacted city employees about the problem and were told there are not enough vehicles to meet the demands for service.
       Former street sweeper Viviana S. said the she worked sweeping at various locations around the island for the two previous administrations, but says, "Now we don't see sweepers."
   It is presumed that the financial situation of the municipal government is the cause of the problem, because preventative maintenance is not being done on the vehicles and now there are less than half a dozen to meet the needs on the island and in the Continental Zone.

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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.

June Events

Sunrise ~6:05a
Sunset  ~7:25p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
June 1  6:40
June 2  7:35
June 3  8:30
June 4  9:25
June 5  10:17
June 6  11:06
June 7  11:54

In the US, June is Caribbean-American Heritage month. Link.
In the US, June is also National Oceans Month  Link

June has the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere,

June 1, Monday  Dia de la Marina..Navy Day
10am Ceremonies at Naval base plaza.
10:40 Boats depart for ceremonial placing of wreath on the waters of the Bay commemorating those who died in service.
The first and last Ultramar ferries are cancelled.
The cargo ferry is running fewer crossings. (Departing the island at  06:00, 09:30, 12:45, 16:15 and 19:15; and departing Punta Sam at, 07:15, 11:00, 14:45, 17:30 and 20:15.)

June 4 Thursday  Corpus Christi...a religious holiday

June 5, Friday  World Environmental Day
 Town Square 9a-noon First Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015 
The Navy will have a booth showing their diving equipment as well as their rescue program to combat pollution at sea, and a conference that is open to the public entitled "Mangroves".
The CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) will have a exhibition of various ways to produce electricity, aimed at grade school children.
The Human Rights Commission will have a booth and the state Director will inaugurate the fair, with the Mayor.
The labor union CROC is supplying volunteers and had donated ornamental plants, to be used for reforestation.
 The DIF is participating and will be giving away discs showing how to conserve water.
 Aguakan will have a booth, who often work with NGO's.
The Maritime Terminal is organizing a Drawing Contest titled "A Child's View of Caring for Nature" ( “la mirada de los niños en cuidado de la naturaleza”), and the ferry company will be responsible for the prizes.
The Veterinary Clinic of Isla Mujeres (La Clínica Veterinaria de Isla Mujeres AC) will have animals available for adoption and materials available about pet care.
The Tortugranja (Turtle Farm) will have a booth about the work they do as programs for reproduction and care for sea turtles.
The Municipal Ecology department are actively participating and will have a booth featuring the actions of their agency in favor of ecology.
The NGO Green Patrol/Paturlla Verde will present photographs from 15 years of educational work on the island.

June 7, Sunday  Election Day (for Federal legislators)  Restriction of sale of alcohol ' to go' and in local bars. Cocktails and beer can be sold in tourist restaurant-bars, with food, to foreigners and Mexican tourists.

June 8, Monday World Ocean's Day  Link   

 You are invited to a Dance Workshop of Caribbean Rhythms, starting June 8th at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa. 20 pesos. For more information contact the Cultural department 877 0767  See poster in City section

June 17-21 Brazos Abiertos (Open Arms) Seventh Annual Isla Mujeres HIV Testing, Sexual Education, and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Campaign
LINK to information & opportunity to donate

June 21, Sunday  Summer solstice
                             Father's Day
June 26 & 27, Friday & Saturday  Women's Fishing Tournament.   La Dorada.   Organized by DIF.  More than 500,000 pesos in prizes. Entry fee 3000 pesos.

Thursdays at 8:30p Magic show at Poc Na  see poster

Fridays Artes en Todas Partes events TBA

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

No Artists Fairs since April, scheduled to resume in November 

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)
Isla Animals: Vet clinic at Mundaca Hacienda

 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 schedule (may need updating):
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  (Updated June 1)
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   El Patio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45

Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music (Updated June 1)

Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30 
Tuesday Jazz from Toronto 5-7,  Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday  Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Closed for the month of June
Friday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays. Salsa, Cumbia, Cuban music. Update June 1: Last week they had live music again in the afternoons. ~2p.

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated June 1)

You may find live music at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: ~10-12 
Morgan's:  Between 7 & 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)
Poc Na Hostel: Starting ~10p to late
Veradara's Cuban restaurant  Saturdays ~3p Cuban music


 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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