Friday, October 30, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, October 30

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The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Support for artisans 

Authorities want to host the First Artisan Pavilion in 2016

 Autoridades buscan ser la sede del Primer Pabellón Artesanal en el 2016

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de octubre.-
  On Wednesday, Isla Mujeres received resources from the Program for the Support of Artisan Production and Occupational Health to develop and increase artisan activity in the state. Suemy Gonzalez, head of municipal Economic Development, attended the event in Chetumal, representing the Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, and accompanied by island artisans.
    The state government provided 350,000 pesos through FONART, the National Fund for the Development of Art and Crafts, and the Department of Economic Development, for the benefit of 78 artisans from ten municipalities of the state.
       The Director of SEDE said these resources will allow the artisans to obtain equipment, tools, and raw materials to develop products of quality, and in the quantity that are required for marketing. He said this benefit contributes to improving the quality of life for the artists by improving their production and promoting economic, social, and cultural development of these activities.
      The Mayor has said that it is important to promote and encourage artisans with appropriate space for the exhibition and sale of their products, and to support activities that improve productivity and business. Therefore, together with local legislator Edgar Gasca Arceo, he has sent a formal request to the State Director of Handicraft Development for the municipality to host the First Craft Pavilion of 2016.

Procession for St. Jude led by Father Raul Sanchez

 Encabezada por el presbítero Raúl Sánchez

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de octubre.-
  Hundreds of Catholics participated in a procession, singing praises and songs, and carrying an image of St Jude Tadeo, led by the local priest, Raul Sanchez Alonso. They left the downtown Church of Immaculate Conception at 6:30pm, went down the coastal road (Perimetral), and then down Martinez Ross avenue, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in colonia La Gloria., which is about 4 kilometers.
      There is a Mega Rosary event planned for Saturday, Oct. 31 at 6:30pm in the Blue Dome in colonia la Gloria. (see translation yesterday).


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

Coming soon: Festival of Caribbean Culture
El Festival de Cultura del Caribe pronto llegará.

This is an announcement about senior citizen pension benefits from the 65+ program, saying that workers will be available for registration, questions, and problem resolution, on November 3 at the Community Center in La Gloria.
El 3 de Noviembre los esperamos en el Centro Comunitario de la Col. La Gloria.

Isla Mujeres, Pueblo Mágico con amaneceres que hechizan.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  


Quieren construir cabañas para pescadores

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Cabbies block golf carts
Taxistas bloquean carros de golf. [+] Ver mas
    Dozens of tourists arrived by boat from Cancun to Sac Bajo at 10am, planning to take golf carts from Zama Beach Club to visit attractions around the isle, but they were blocked by a dozen taxi drivers. After the situation became tense, an agreement was made with the business manager at Zama to have the tourists taken to a particular rental agency.
      Taxi drivers have claimed they are far outnumbered by golf carts, at a ratio of five to one, which has occurred in less than a decade, with the number of carts increasing from 200 units to more than 550. Meanwhile the number of taxis has remained at about 150 vehicles, according to a recent statement by their union leader, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez. He was not present at the incident.
     According to travel agents, tourists prefer to drive golf carts to explore the attractions of the island, and there are very few who use the taxis for this purpose. Taxistas are aware of this.
      Meanwhile, islanders who work in the tourism industry have been abandoned and left with no public transportation, since there is no service into Sac Bajo because the "Isla Turicun" concession was not allowed to extend its routes into the area. (And since there is usually only one Turicun bus, and it is often broken down, the other workers on the isle generally lack good bus service also. News reports have said their concession expires at the end of the year.)

Magana ferries preparing to return to operation
Preparan el regreso de los barcos Magaña+] Ver mas
   The ferry "Lady" is being painted in preparation for resuming service between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez, after operations were interrupted for two months. According to one of the company Directors, Jorge Aragon, service will resume in a matter of days. The "Lady" was tied at the pier near the other ferry, "Caribbean Island", which belongs to another branch of the family.
       A worker said, "The machinery has been rebuilt and they have been tested, and went at a good speed, even faster than the competition". The boat has a capacity of less than 100 passengers, and was being painted on Wednesday, after it passed maintenance tests.
      The company has continued to offer its discounted rate to locals and residents of Quintana Roo of 50 pesos for a round trip, which is popular with the workers in the construction industry and in the tourism industry, who must travel back and forth. There has been a loss of customers over the past decade, when Ultramar has dominated the route. There is no good news on the horizon since the new Congress increased the cost of diesel for 2016, which could lead to general rate hike among the companies to address the escalating cost of fuel and overhead.

Irresponsible pollution in Makax Lagoon
Irresponsable contaminación en Laguna Makax.. [+] Ver mas
    The Makax lagoon is considered as a "nursery" for several marine species of Isla Mujeres, but it is being polluted by two small half-sunken boats and litter. This includes various species such as lobster, turtles, conch, and other species that then 'feed' out into the Bay and the open sea. Environmentalists have recently said it is important to have conservation taking place in an official manner.
      On a tour of Sac Bajo, the reporter observed several wooden piers, and one of concrete, in states of neglect and disrepair, and other have obstacles barring access. They are apparently in violation of environmental laws. Beside the dock near Zama restaurant, in Sac Bajo, there was a small half-sunken boat and 40 meters to the south there was another larger one, also half-sunken. Litter was observed on the water and along the shore, including plastic cups and containers.
      During hurricanes, this lagoon area is used to protect about 300 small and medium boats. More piers have been built in recent years, with a lack of monitoring by the three levels of government concerning environmental issues. There is also rainwater runoff from streets in several colonias that could affect pollution levels.  In addition, there are various marinas with no sewer systems to receive discharges from the foreign boats they have docked at their facilities, so it is presumed they are discharging sewage into the water.

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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.

October events

Sunset ~6:40
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Oct. 27   6:44
Oct. 28   7:37
Oct. 29   8:31
Oct. 30   9:26
Oct. 31  10:22

Thursday, Oct. 1 You are invited to the lighting of the pink lights today at 7pm on the Town Square commemorating the start of the fight against breast cancer

Monday, Oct. 5 Noon Bazaar at offices of El Corazon del Wilito charity which benefits babies and children needing heart surgery (Next to Tugui Paleteria in La Gloria)

Friday, Oct. 9  Day of the Fishermen (Dia del Pescador). Event at Monument to the Fishermen at Rueda Medina commemorating those who lost their lives at sea and placing of wreath at sea

Monday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Activities at the Casa de la Cultura:
  On October 12, a workshop will begin on Painting and Drawing with teacher Dante Loyola at the Casa de Cultura on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm, for 50 pesos weekly, which includes basic materials.
   On October 5, fitness classes to relieve stress and improve fitness will begin, with Dani Velasquez, at a cost of 100 pesos a week, on Monday thru Friday at 6pm, at the Casa de Cultura.
    On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5pm, there are classes for those who enjoy the rhythms of urban dance, hip hop, soca, afro, and mambo de calle at the Casa de Cultura.
      A theater workshop for youths and adults will begin on Oct. 14 from 6p-8p, with teacher Rita Giacchetti, with the objective of teaching the participants how to put on a performance. There will be 24 sessions between Mondays and Fridays, with a small contribution required.

Wed. Oct. 21 at the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres at 7pm, Free event
Cuban photographs, Art and a Dance performance

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Casa de Cultura  4p-8p Free Entry Sea turtles and their conservation at the Isla Contoy National Park of Quintana Roo   
       Subjects: Nesting beaches,  Sea monitoring, Genetics and marking, Monitoring the beach temperatures 
  Sponsored by Amigos de Isla Contoy and contact info is given for more information

It says: Advisory: On Sunday, Oct. 25 from 5a to 11a there will be street closures due to the Triathlon. The following streets will be closed: Rueda Medina Avenue, Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Carlos Lazo, the Eastern Malecon (Malecon Oriente), the Airport road, the Curve by colonia Chiapaneco, and the coastal Perimetral road to Garrafon.

Tuesday, Oct. 27   Blue Crab protection campaign scheduled (Sac Bajo, possibly also along the eastern coastal road between the cemetery and Punta Sur)

Tuesday Oct. 27 Dance performance, Food, Art Fair, Music! At the new Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres... and the Governor and local officials will be commemorating Isla's designation as a Pueblo Magico. The Casa de Cultura is on the eastern malecon at Abasolo (and Guerrero.....the back street). Scheduled to begin at 7p

The living celebrating the dead in Isla Mujeres...Oct 30 & 31
En Isla Mujeres los vivos celebramos a los muertos.

Oct. 30, Friday, 6p Parade of Souls from Cemetery to Cultural Center where there will be an exhibition of Dia de Los Muertos altars representative of different states in Mexico, by the students of Jean Piaget school, and a Catrinas exhibition.  Free

Saturday, Oct. 31 7p Main Square   Competition of Hanal Pixan altars, Dia de lo Muertos Festival with a Mexican Costume contest and Dance performances by the dance troupes of  Tonantzin, Expresión Folclórica Mexicana, Costumbres y Tradiciones de México, Nuestro México, Asociación de Coreógrafos Folcloristas de México A.C. and Alicia Alonso Dance Studio.

Oct. 31, Saturday at 1pm in Cancun... Movie Premier of  El Principito & Red Carpet event to benefit the Little Yellow School House. 100 pesos, Tickets on sale at Mundaca Realty

Saturday, Oct. 31 Halloween

Sunday, Nov. 1 Dia de los Muertos,  All Saints Day
Monday, Nov. 2  All Souls Day

Isla Mujeres: A Place of Traditions 
 Participate!  This is a poster for a Hanal Pixan altar competition   Hanal Pixan is the Mayan holiday that occurs around the time of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. It lasts about a week and a half and is a commemoration of departed relatives and friends, who are remembered with offerings of their favorite foods, drinks, and items at altars containing their photos, at homes, businesses, and other locations, and their graves are cleaned and decorated. There are specials foods and other traditions. 

Nov. 5 Thursday 4p   Town Square   Art Fair with 10 pesos food samples

Coming up in November at the Casa de la Cultura!

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 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)

From Sally Margolis Hi all!! We (Isla Animals) are gearing up for a HUGE Spay/Neuter, Vaccination, Wellness campaign for the animals in Rancho Viejo Nov 17-22. This is a very poor area in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Most are living without electricity and running water. The situation for the animals there is dire right now with parvo & distemper running rampant, and heavy overpopulation. We expect to treat/vaccinate/spay/neuter 1000 cats & dogs with the cost of surgery at just $10us per dog. This may be the only time any of these animals see a vet. We can treat the existing animals, vaccinate others against disease, curb the population growth, and educate pet owners on proper animal care and make a HUGE DIFFERENCE!! We have the knowledge, experience, volunteers, and heart to make it happen. We are asking for all of your help to raise funds to make the campaign a reality. (We can also accept Paypal donations via our site - just add RANCHO VIEJO in message, and cash in person on Isla Mujeres. Please, please share the link on your social media. It helps us so much. If you are not in a position to donate PLEASE do read the campaign & share, there is lots of excellent info in it about the work we do-There is always so much to do! Thank you for your time!

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