Saturday, October 31, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, October 31

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

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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

Exciting altar contests among young students

 En las escuelas los infantes se disfrazaron

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de octubre.- .
    To keep Mexican traditions alive, altar contests began in various schools of Isla Mujeres this week, as part of the celebrations for Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead. In the preschool-kindergartens, in addition to the altar competitions, there was a costume contest. As a result, dozens of children came dressed in costumes such as devils, witches, pumpkins, or others. At the primary schools, the students also worked on altars to the dead, and dressed up to celebrate Dia de Muertos.
     Tonight (Friday), in the open area of the Casa de la Cultura, there will be an Altar Contest for Dia de los Muertos, known in this region as Hanal Pixan. This has been organized by the Jean Piaget school. 
     These activities are designed to keep the traditions of the island alive, and dozens of groups signed up two weeks ago. These altar contests and activities are held in accordance with the pre Hispanic roots of this place, and are also an opportunity to show the island community, as well as domestic and foreign visitors, the creativity that is expressed through these works.

There are photos on our FB page from the event. HERE


Caribbean Festival planned for November 13-15

 Augura Agapito gran éxito a Festival cultural del 13 al 15 de noviembre

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de octubre.-
   All events of the fifth edition of the Festival of Caribbean Culture 2015 are free of charge and the guest country this year is Cuba, announced Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez. The events will be held outside the Casa de la Cultura and are coordinated by the State Government's Ministry of Education and Culture, with the National Council for Culture and Art.

  Friday, Nov. 13 at 7pm, there will be a performance by the dance troupe Alma Caribeña; the band Gil Harry Seven, and the headliner is famous musical artist Isaac Delgado and his band.

    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 6pm, there will be a performance by the Symphonic Orchestra of Quintana Roo, featuring songs written by  isleños, including Virgilio “El Chino” Fernández and his son Virgilio Fernández. This will be followed by “El Chevo y su Swing Urbano”, who play a mix of Caribbean rhythms and urban music, including the hit: “Métela Sácala”. Then Cumbia legend Celso Piña, will take the stage, creator of the hit “Cumbia Sobre el Río Suenan”, accompanied by Patricio Elizalde (Pato Machete).

    Sunday, Nov. 15 at 7pm, there will be a performance by the  Ballet de Danza Folclórica de México, followed by Son de la Catedral, and a presentation by Charanga Habanera; whose leader David Calzado is known for the hit “Gozando de la Habana”.



From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (link to FB page)

Spectacular Caribbean Culture Festival planned in Isla Mujeres (see translation above)

Dozens of island families benefited once again from the program Recycling Trash for Food, which was held this (yesterday) morning at the Bicentenario sports dome in colonia La Gloria
Decenas de familias isleñas se beneficiaron nuevamente con el Programa Basura por Alimento llevado a cabo esta mañana, en el domo deportivo Bicentenario de la popular colonia La Gloria.

Oct. 30 is the anniversary of the birth of Francisco I Madero, who is known for being the leader of a democratic government which was concerned with the living conditions of the ordinary people.
Hoy 30 de Octubre, Natalicio de Francisco I. Madero. Su mandato se caracterizó por encabezar un gobierno democrático preocupado por las condiciones de vida del pueblo llano.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Family claims to have Chikungunya

    Exponen 3 casos de chikungunya

    0 31 de octubre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
      The head of the Health District #2, Jorge Gutierrez Contreras has given assurances that there have been no confirmed cases of Chikungunya on the island, which is being questioned on social networks after a young woman has claimed her parents and sister have the disease. She said they were told by the hospital that it was probably just a fever and were treated with antibiotics, and were advised they would need to wait three weeks for the results of the analysis. They went to a private clinic where they were told it was Chikungunya, and advised to continue with the antibiotics.

    Want to construct new cabins for the fishermen


    Quieren construir cabañas para pescadores

    0 30 de octubre de 2015 
     Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of the Federación de Cooperativas Pesqueras of Quintana Roo, plans to have a meeting with María del Carmen García Rivas, director of the Isla Contoy National Park, concerning the need to build two new huts at the fishermen's camp, because the old cabins have become uninhabitable. This would cost 125,000 pesos, and they will discuss ways to obtain the resources to start the construction. After the Park Director took office, she spoke about the possibility of seeking ways to improve the fishing camp.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Political party leader to visit Isla Mujeres
AMLO visitará Isla Mujeres el 22 de noviembre+] Ver mas

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, leader of the Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional (Morena), will visit Isla Mujeres on his tour through Quintana Roo, on Nov. 22 at 11am at the dome in colonia La Gloria, which is near the Red Cross.

 November 13-15: Caribbean Culture Festival
Del 13 al 15, días de fiesta Ver mas

Fishermen doing better
Se repone el sector pesquero.. [+] Ver mas
    After two weeks of bad weather causing inactivity, the fishermen have been busy this week and reporting good catches of lobster and fish. Those with nets have had some problems with seaweed, and those with traps fared better. Although it is the Day of the Dead holidays this weekend, the fishermen say they need to go to work to feed their families, and will enjoy 'mucbil pollo' afterwards.
    However, due to current reports of medium choppy waves, many did not go out beyond five miles, until the conditions improve. They work daily to maintain their nets, hooks, bait, compressed air machines and tanks, and to catch seafood. They prepare as the fall season progresses, bringing the more intense winds of the Nortes, which cause the lobster to move into the fishing areas near Isla Mujeres.

      Tourism remains good with many visitors arriving, and the boats from Cancun bring many groups, who in turn rent golf carts and visit the beaches and other sites. Hotels are reporting occupancy above 40 percent and expect 50 percent during the Day of the Dead celebrations this weekend. Based on their reservations, hoteliers are expecting good business in November and December.

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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. 

Coming in NOVEMBER

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

Video of Celso Pina & Pato Machete....Cumbia!!  (LINK)

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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