Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, November 3

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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

Very busy cemetery with families eating and drinking with the departed, as they did in life

Familiares comen y beben con sus difuntos, tal y como lo hacían en vida

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ISLA MUJERES, 2 de noviembre.-

   On the last day of the celebrations for Dia de Muertos, the Municipal Cemetery was crowded in the morning with people visiting their loved ones who have departed. Some families painted the tombs, while others passed time with the departed, sharing a drink of choice with the dead, as they had in life. The Cemetery manager said today the cemetery was the most crowded, with residents visiting their departed loved ones, as well as tourists who came to see the colorful tombs, decorated with flowers of all types and colors.
   Elvia Najera said, "My mamacita and papasito, may they rest in peace, enjoyed a beer at noon every day, and this time should not be an exception, so I came to have a beer with them on this day." Dozens of other families were also visiting the cemetery, and a Mass was held at 3pm, then several tombs were blessed. Pan de Muerto (a sweet roll) was offered to everyone at the entrance to the cemetery, even to those just passing by.
       According to tradition, on November 2, people go to cemeteries to decorate the graves of their loved ones, and to eat and drink with them. Some people build altars for individuals with offerings and images that were significant, including objects, smells, and tastes which were favored by that person in life. Altars can vary depending on geographic origin, budget, and individual taste, creativity, and imagination. However, regardless of size, the most basic, important items will not be forgotten. 

Second Magana ferry expected to be operational by high season

Con la operación de dos embarcaciones, la empresa Magaña

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ISLA MUJERES, 2 de noviembre.-
  This article has the same information as those translated yesterday and below, additionally noting that the dates when the Magana Ferries were out of service were Sept. 3 until Nov. 1st; and their local fare is 50 pesos round trip, while the other company which charges islanders 84 pesos for a round trip.


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

We are a Pueblo Magico with our beautiful, traditional music, dances, and songs.  
Somos un ‪#‎PuebloMágico‬ cuya música plasma los más bellos sentimientos.

Tomorrow there will be a service module in La Gloria for the 65+ program
Mañana los esperamos en la mesa de atención que instalaremos en la Col. La Gloria.

Seven kilometers in length and one kilometer in width, every plant, rock, species, beach, and place where there is life, is vital, because this is what we preserve and care for..That's why we are a Pueblo Magico. (The photo is of the continental part of the municipality...on the mainland, which is a great deal larger than the island.)
En los siete kilómetros de largo y uno de ancho que tiene nuestra isla, cada planta, cada roca, cada especie, cada playa y cada espacio donde haya vida, es vital, por eso lo cuidamos y preservamos…por eso somos un ‪#‎PuebloMágico‬.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Magana Ferry Company renovating its fleet


Rehabilitará Marítima Magaña su flotilla

0 03 de noviembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

   The Magana Ferry company expects to have two more boats operational by the upcoming holiday season, after being out of operation for nearly two months, and resuming service. They said they will seek to add their ferry "Caribbean Salvaje", which is one of their newer boats, and was out of service due to a mechanical problem. Currently they have only one boat in service, but the ferry "Caribbean Island" is also expected to be operational for the upcoming high season. Many residents prefer the Magana ferries because they are less expensive, even though they run hourly.

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Dolphin Discovery expands to Rome
Delfinario local se expande hasta Roma, Italiaer mas
    The business "Dolphin Discovery" which opened in Isla Mujeres in 1994 has acquired an amusement park in Rome, Italy, and with this expansion has a total of 19 attractions, inside and outside of Mexico. "Dolphin Discovery", which began 16 years ago in Sac Bajo with the purchase of the tourist attraction "Villas Pirata", has now purchased "ZooMarine Roma", one of the most visited amusement parks in Italy.
       With this acquisition, the company of Eduardo Albor is consolidated outside of the Caribbean and the United States. It is the largest consortium of its kind in Mexico and Latin America, and one of the largest of its kind in the world. The amount of investment in the recent acquisition was not disclosed.
    Mundo Acuatico (Water World), the owner and operator of the ZooMarine parks in Algarve, Portugal, and in Rome, was founded as a business in 1991 by don Pedro Lavia in Portugal. It was first park for swimming with the dolphins in Europe, according to information provided by the consortium.
     ZooMarine Rome has an area of 40 hectares and was opened in 2005. It has become the favorite theme park of Italian families "for its unique mechanical attractions and water attractions, as well as educational exhibits that feature dolphins, sea lions, penguins, exotic birds & birds of prey,  and regional shows and demonstrations of skills". Half a million people visit the park each year, and it is unique in its country as having been a part of the AMMPA, Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums since its inception, "thus certifying that, like Dolphin Discovery, it meets the highest industry standards for aquariums and dolphinariums in the world," according to provided information.
     Mr. Albor, Director and President of Dolphin Discovery Group, said in upcoming weeks he will be going to the United States for the acquisition of Gulf World Park in Panama City Beach Florida, "continuing expansion to provide unique entertainment experiences in their 19 parks and dolphinariums, now in 8 countries on two continents." He said nearly 6 million people have "had the experience of their lifetimes in the 19 parks of the group, located in Mexico, Anguilla, Tortola, Grand Cayman, St. Kitts, Dominican Republic, United States and now in Italy."

Las Tortugas Park: Neglected
Parque “Las Tortugas” en total abandono+] Ver mas
   The Las Tortugas park in colonia La Gloria was closed six months ago because it was in poor condition and has not been renovated. It was built six years ago, and has playground equipment designed for disabled children. The leader of the local MORENA political party, lawyer Roberto Martinez Aragon, is filing complaints on behalf of local families, alleging that this is a violation of the rights of children, against local municipal authorities, with the local Human Rights office. (Local authorities are members of the PRI political party. Por Esto has recently had a number of articles mentioning the MORENA party and its local leader.).

Taekwando Moo Do Rally II concludes
Concluyó el “II Rally Taekwondo Moo Do”.. [+] Ver mas
  Young martial artists from various municipalities around the state competed in Isla Mujeres this weekend, and a similar event is planned to take place, again at the Mundaca Hacienda, in late April. This rally included a race of 1.2 kilometer from the Mundaca visitor center, along the Caribbean sea, and down Los Peces Avenue.
     Afterwards there were competitions between the groups and schools, and the results are given. Cancun had several schools in the competition and took first and third places, and Cozumel won second place.
      There were about 300 young participants, and more competitors are expected for the next event, where the islanders hope to have a better performance. This is a great experience and opportunity for them to exchange skills and combat actions according to their grade levels.
      Many parents were at the events, offering support and generating enthusiasm, and afterwards the visitors had an opportunity to tour the attractions of the island.

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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. 

Coming in NOVEMBER

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

Caribbean Culture Festival 2015 will be held outside the Casa de la Cultura, Nov. 13-15, all events are free.
Here's a translation of the schedule of events:
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”.

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 islaanimals.org - 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! http://www.gofundme.com/isla-animals-rv

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