Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, July 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
 If you'd like to donate $15 to your favorite charity to have an ad in this 2015 issue, contact me at westofcuba@gmail.com

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Death of Peruvian: Apparently from cardiac event while diving at "Los Manchones" reef of Isla Mujeres

 Al parecer padecía del corazón, aún así, se adentró a bucear en “Los Manchones” de Isla Mujeres

Lanrry PARRA
    Monday afternoon, a 22 year old tourist from Peru, Abel Iran Jairo Vega, died while diving in the area known as "Manchones", from the boat "Celecanto", in an area about 10 meters deep. The events took place at 2pm and his body was taken to the wooden pier, accompanied by his relatives, and authorities arrived at 5:30p to move it to Cancun an legal autopsy, as is required by law. The crew members will make statements to the ministerial authorities. Indications are that the tourist had padecimientos cardiacos heart disease and suffered complications during the dive that caused his death.
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de julio.-

Casa de Cultura 95% complete & expected to be finished in upcoming weeks 

Esperan concluir en próximas semanas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de julio.-
   The final details on the Casa de Cultura are expected to be completed soon ant the opening to be scheduled in upcoming weeks. During the five years when it was not available for use, activities were not suspended, and most were moved to the Mundaca Hacienda. The workers say they have completed hanging the doors and windows, painting, and are cleaning and attending to final details, which they expect to complete in a matter of days. The building is located near the Caribbean Sea, by the eastern malecon seawalk, and is expected to be a center for cultural and educational activities for the islanders. 

Whale Shark Festival continues

Creating pinatas of the biggest fish in the world 

 Elaborarán piñatas alusivas al pez más grande del mundo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de julio.
Municipal tourism director, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco said that from June 20 to 23 there will be conferences, documentaries and workshops taking place in the City Council room of the Town Hall, beginning at 7:30 pm. (The updated poster from the City FB page says they start at 7p, except on Thursday when there is also one at 5p) He said there will be contests for figures made with recycled materials, a children's costume contest, and a contest for pinatas made to look like whale sharks. He said during the entire week there will be magnificent sand sculptures that will remain on display on the Posada Beach, by the the artist Jose Luis Gonzalez. Among the sculptures expected are "The Last Supper" and more of this type which were previously created on the beaches of Puerto Morelos 
    The festival will conclude on Friday, July 24 with a gastronomic competition based on lion fish dishes, and a cultural music festival. All week, until the end of the Whale Shark Festival, there will be booths selling snacks and desserts on the Town Square, and there will be a photography contest on the Municipal Tourism Facebook website and the winner will be the photograph with the most likes.

Note..the artist Jose Luis Gonzalez is Venezuelan & does workshops with children, in addition to attracting tourists & residents to the beaches to photograph his sculptures. These are examples of his work, taken in Puerto Morelos,  from SIPSE & from Noticias de Q Roo

Monitoring boats

Harbor Master admonishes twenty  

 Capitanía de Puerto ya amonestó a 20

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de julio.-

     About two dozen boats have been admonished by staff from the Harbor Master's office for various irregularities in the service to tourists, mostly for lacking required safety equipment or forgetting to have their documents on board. The Harbor Master and his staff are assisted by cadets from FIDENA to monitor the boats during the summer holiday, to ensure the safety of the thousands of visitors who are arriving to this holiday destination.


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

The full program of the whale shark fest 2015. (There are changes in this version & its translation is below in the events section, replacing the previous poster & its translation)
Don't miss it!

The Municipal President Agapito Magaña Sanchez, acknowledged the work that is done by librarians daily and offered congratulations and gratitude in honor of National Librarian's Day. There are two librarians working at the Island library "17 de Agosto", and on this day when they were being celebrated, the program, "My Vacation in the Library" began. Currently the City Council is processing a new collection of books for the library "Josefa Adame Solis" which will be relocated in Ranch Viejo (in mainland Isla Mujeres).

We share with the whole community of Isla Mujeres, information and rules for the III Peninsular Oratory Contest:  "Social War Maya 2015"

Important notice for the beneficiaries  of the program ' 65 and over, pensions for Senior Citizens "


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

More than 250 children receiving classes in English

     This information has been translated and it is noted that the first year there were 67 children in the program, and last year there were 170, while this year 251 students are enrolled in English classes, provided by volunteers from the US, Canada, & Britain, by the Volunquest association, in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Culture (SEyC). Information was provided by the manger of the Volunquest association, Tywan Kristen, who noted that the classes are free and available to children enrolled in the previous school year.


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

A little more than 250 children from different levels of education, are recieving English language classes during the summer, thanks to the support coordinated between the Ministry of Education and Culture and the association Volunquest.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

First death of the summer
Primer deceso del verano [+] Ver mas

Dance Academy closes year with presentation "Movie Night"
Clausura escolar de “película” [+] Ver mas
     The theme of the presentation by the RDS Dance Academy was "Movie Night" and it featured more than 70 dancers, as well as invited artists, and celebrated the completion of their school year. Information is given about the Whale Shark Festival schedule...you will find this info in the events section below. The times for the conferences given in this article match those given on the poster.

Littering at cliffs
Acantilados, vertederos de basuraa.. [+] Ver mas
     Residents are complaining about construction materials, furniture, and other trash being dumped below the cliffs, which presents a bad image for tourists who come to the edges above to enjoy the view. It is also noted that there is an abandoned car near the edge of Garrafon that has been there for some time. There have been complaints on social networks, and Froylan Solis, a waiter at a tourist restaurant at the south end who is familiar with the problem, said, "Although we have no ugly seaweed on our beaches, this creates a bad image and should not be tolerated by the authorities."

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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, Bahama Mama, Brisas, 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.

Sunset ~7:30

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

July 1 (In Canada) Canada Day
July 2  Blue Flag raising event at Posada del Mar beach

July 2 at 7:45pm on the Town Square. Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015.
July 4 US Independence Day  Probably celebrated at bars where English is often spoken

July 4, Saturday, 10:30a Tee Ball game for children age 3-7 at El Pescador baseball stadium (in front of Chedrui)   

July 5, Sunday, Poc Na Reggae concert


July 10, Friday, PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament Welcome Cocktail Party at Posada del Mar palapa restaurant

July 11, Saturday, 8am Barracuda Fishing Tournament at the pier of the cooperative Caribe. Motorcycles for the first three winners and 7 cash prizes. Registration is 800 pesos.

July 11, Saturday,  Isla to Isla Open Water Swimming Event to arrive at Posada del Mar beach. Followed by samples of seafood from local restaurants 

Friday, July 17 Mega Event with Recycle Trash for Food exchange, Health Fair, and over 300 services available at Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria

Friday, July 17 7:30p Showing of movie "“Vecinos Invasores” at Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria....a movie by DreamWorks animation to raise awareness about conservation & helping the environment  (This trailer is in English, the version shown will be in Spanish. It's called "Over the Hedge")  (Link)

The Bam Bam Circus is in town, set up at the soccer fields near Boxito

Whale Shark Festival  
Saturday, July 18 to Friday July 24 

(The schedule that was here has been replaced by the updated version below)

Saturday July 18: Whale Shark Monument
7p Inaugural ribbon cutting & cocktails for the 8th Whale Shark Festival
8p  Showing of the Documentary: Mexico Pelagico"

          Saturday July 18 International Women's Dive Day event 1p-5p at Marina Paraiso pool for women over 10 to learn about diving. Free. 

            July 18 Anniversary of the death of President Benito Juarez (March 21, 1806 to July 18, 1872)

Sunday July 19
10am Family Sand Sculpture Contest at Playa Centro (the Posada Beach)
7p   Kermesse with local foods & snacks at Town Square
7:30p Dancers performing from Renatta Dance Academy at Town Square featuring over 70 dancers, from 3 years of age, dancing for over two hours, with performances including: La Máscara (The Mask), Rey León (Lion King), Flash Dance, Hombre Araña (Spiderman), High School Musical, and Frozzen

July 20-24  9a-12p
Photographic contest of Facebook "The Giants of the Sea" on FB at Turismo de Isla Mujeres  (LINK)
Traveling Exhibition on Town Square by Friends of Isla Contoy: Raising Awareness about Whale Shark Conservation

Monday July 20:
 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
      Topic: Conservation and Management of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve. M C. Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve & Isla Contoy National Park

Tuesday, July 21: 
5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
      Topic: Connecting the Dots: Solving the Global Whale Shark Mystery/same in Spanish Dr Simon Pierce Expert...I can't read the rest.

Wednesday, July 22:
11am  Children's Environmental Workshop by Prof. Dario Ferrera Pitto, Environmental Education Program of  Manta Caribe
 7p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
      Topic: Ray of Hope for Mantas/same in Spanish Dra. Andrea Marshall, International Specialist on Manta Rays

Thursday, July 23:
10am Family Sand Sculpture Contest Posada Beach (Playa Centro) 
 5p   Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall,
        Topic:  Conservation, Instigation, and Education about Manta Rays by by Biologist Karen Fuentes, researcher of Manta Rays in Mexico
7p   Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall,
       Topic: Research on Whale Sharks in Quintana Roo by Biologis Rafael De la Parra, coordinator of research of pelagics in Mexico
7p   Parade and Contest for decorated golf carts from the concrete pier (by the Whale Shark Monument) to the Town Square.
7:30p Kermesse featuring local foods & snacks at Town Square
           Fair of the Whale Shark Licensees
8p   Children's Costume Contest, made with recycled materials
        Children's Collage Contest, made of recycled materials 

        Cultural Festival with Senior Citizens Dance Troupe

 Friday, July 24:
6:30 p Kermesse with local foods & snacks
            Fair of the Whale Shark licensees
7p Gastronomic Contest featuring Lion Fish entrees
8p Family contest of pinatas
         Prizes for the Photograph Contest on Social Networks
        Cultural Festival: ? (can't read the name) Dance Troupe of Isla Mujeres
July 30 Anniversary of the death of Miguel Hidalgo (May 8, 1753 to July 31, 1811)

July 30 Mundaca Palapa Ballet Gala by the Classical Dance Company of Quintana Roo

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

 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

Limited Time Opportunity during month of JULY! Donor will match your funds to sponsor a student in the  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program -
We are excited to announce that a very generous anonymous donor has agreed to do a second round of fund matching for the 2015/16 school year!
*Any one time donation in July  (from anyone, including current sponsors).
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July for a one year sponsorship (does not have to be paid all at once)
*Any current sponsor who increases their monthly dollar amount beginning in July
     All new funds as listed above will be matched dollar for dollar with the money going to the 'General Slush Fund' of the program. This fund is available to be used by any student for needs such as graduation expenses, licensing, field trips, books, or other extra needs that are approved by the sponsors. The funds can also be used to help with monthly expenses for any student, as needed.
We suggest that sponsors join at $30 or $55 level per month.
       Our program has been going now for 10 years and we have many successful college graduates who would not have had the opportunity to finish high school without support. If you have been thinking about joining, now is a great time!
      For more information about the students whom need additional sponsors or general information please email jackieinpdx@q.com.


 John Cain's schedule  (Updated July 21)
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   El Patio Sol Rockers 
Tuesday 9:30-11:30 Sol Rockers at El Patio
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, Sol Rockers 9:30-11
Wednesday  Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
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 July 4: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p & weekdays usually, except Mondays

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

 Poc Na  Thursdays

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  

 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p ~Nov-April. 

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