Saturday, December 26, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, December 26

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Property dispute among members of the fishing cooperative "Patria & Progreso"    

De gresca entre integrantes de Cooperativa Pesquera “Patria y Progreso”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de diciembre.-
  Most of the information in this article has already been translated, and it also notes that the new board has waited for six months for accounting documents, which after 15 years of administration, should exist. It is also noted that there were some fishermen who were part of the group attempting to convene a meeting who do not contribute their products to the cooperative, as well as one fisherman who belongs to another coop in Holbox, according to the president of Patria y Progreso cooperative, Jaime Osorio Sanchez. 

"Recycling Trash for Food" in colonia La Gloria helps family budgets     

 “Reciclando Basura por Alimentos“ llega a colonia La Gloria

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ISLA MUJERES, 25 de diciembre.-
   At the "Recycling Trash for Food" event, held at the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria, three tons of recyclable trash were exchanged, benefiting 230 families, and raising awareness about the three R's of sustainability: Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce. This program removes junk from the community that can be a breeding ground for the mosquitoes that cause dengue and chikungunya, and helps family budgets who receive food from the "“Mercado del Bienestar” for free, on site. 
     Free services were offered including medical consultations and medications, nutritional counseling and assessments of height and weight, testing for hypertension, vision loss, obesity, and others. In the social area, free haircuts and hair styling were offered, as well as massages for relaxation or sports. In the environmental area, there were talks and information about handling and separation of waste at home in order to have a clean home while reducing environmental pollution.

180 dance teachers participate in the National Congress     

En el Congreso Nacional

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ISLA MUJERES, 25 de diciembre.-
 This information has already been translated.  


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

Important notice: Saturday, December 26 the municipal Treasurer's office will be open until 2pm for payment of property taxes, which is the deadline for the 25% discount
Avisó importante, el sábado 26 la Tesorería del Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres estará laborando hasta las 2 de la tarde.

An excellent midday on our beautiful island.  
Un excelente medio día en nuestra hermosa isla.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Christmas in Isla Mujeres  
Navidad en Isla Mujeres [+] Ver mas
   Dec. 25.
        There was not much activity before 9am, but hundreds of tourists began arriving on the ferries after 10am, to enjoy the beaches of Isla Mujeres on Christmas day. Many boats brought visitors from the Hotel Zone, as well as Puerto Juarez and Punta Sam. The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said there have been no incidents today, nor last night during the festivities, and he noted that many hotels are full.

Only minor incidents  
Sólo incidentes menores.. [+] Ver mas

   The municipal Chief of Police, Joaquin Poot, said there have been no significant incidents and as of Friday afternoon, there had been a total of eight people arrested for administrative offenses. The lifeguards are monitoring the trouble spots and are in communication with the security personnel, as necessary, of the Navy, Harbor Master, Red Cross, and Tourism Police.
    The commander of the Red Cross in Isla Mujeres, Carlos Gamboa Ortiz, said that during the late night-early morning the paramedics responded to three calls: a girl was transported who had cut her wrists because of problems with her boyfriend (tourist), a person suffered a fall with a head injury, and they transported a patient from the local hospital to Cancun.

Difficult times for fishermen  
Mala temporada para el sector pesqueroí.. [+] Ver mas
   The fishermen have not been able to go out for an entire week, because weather has caused boats under 40 feet to be restricted to port, since Friday afternoon of last week, when the arrival of a cold front brought strong winds. The winds have continued throughout the week, and no change is expected for Saturday, causing ~200 fishing boats to remain inactive. The dive shops have been allowed to operated in the bay on some days, but not the fishermen, since fishing is prohibited in the National Marine Park.

Hundreds attend midnight mass     
Llamado a renacer con Jesús.. [+] Ver mas
   Hundreds of Catholics attended the Misa de Gallo, which takes place just before midnight on Christmas Eve. They were encouraged to use the holidays to reflect, forgive, and to change their behaviors, and to remain close to God and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ,  rather than to party.

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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.

December events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Dec. 25   6:46
Dec. 26   7:43
Dec. 27   8:38
Dec. 28   9:32
Dec. 29  10:24
Dec. 30 11:09
Dec  31  12:03am (Jan. 1)
Casa de Cultura:  The photography exhibition of Isla's biological diversity is scheduled to continue thru Dec. 7. It features 70 photographs of native flora & fauna by local amateur photographers, including city employees, and students, rotated in groups of 40.
Casa de Cultura: "Una Mujer en Isla Mujeres" continues thru Dec. 11.  Includes photographs and works on handmade bark paper.
  On Thursday Dec. 3  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.
  Thursday, Dec. 3 World Disabilities Day 4p March from police station to Salina Chica Green Dome where there will be workshops, educational activities, testimonials, and a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.  Cancelled due to weather
Friday, December 4 Inauguration of exhibition "A Tribute to the Mexican Muralistas" by the high school students of Bachilleres
 Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link
Photos from two years ago (City press release)

 Saturday, Nov. 28  Church of Immaculate Conception Mass at 7p followed by the taking down of the icon and a procession thru downtown, followed by fireworks, with music and folkloric performances of traditional dances in regional clothing at the church esplanade

Festival events at 8p nightly.

Sunday, Nov. 29: Miraflores neighborhood guild, with music and a dance
 Monday, Nov. 30: The union of the Public Security Department (police) with a presentation of the  ballet folclórico at the Casa de la Cultura, starting at 8pm.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Two groups. The CROC gastronomic union and the neighborhood guild of colonia Salina Chica, where the RDS dance troupe will perform at 8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2: Colonia Salina Grande neighborhood guild, with a presentation by the Senior Citizens Dance troupe and a performance by local artists  César López and Anabel Burgos.
Thursday, Dec. 3: The cooperatives Caribe and Isla Bonita with a presentation of the ballet folclórico La Isleña at 8pm.
Friday, Dec. 4: Five groups together: Barrio de Pescadores, Cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Isla Bonita, Colonia El Cañotal, and the Youth Group, with a grand concert and a velada juvenil with Rene Francisco.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Four groups: Patria y Progreso fishing coop, Justicia Social fishing coop, el esperado woman's group, and the neighborhood guild of colonia La Gloria, with a presentation of the program  Lluvia de Estrellas (Cascade of Stars) with local singers. 
Sunday, Dec 6: The cooperative Isla Mujeres and the children's group, and the confirmations will take place
Monday, Dec. 7: Mega caravan with participation by all the people, with  Las Mañanitas being sung to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at the chapels of  Caridad del Cobre, Sagrado Corazón and La Guadalupe.
Tuesday, Dec. 8: The guild of Las Conchitas, the first communions will take place, and the grand boat procession with dozens of vessels depart from the concrete pier at 4pm. THE POSTER SAYS 3P.
 8p Celebration (Gran Kermes), Dancing, Concert Town Square

   Dec. 11 Community Center in La Gloria   10a-12p: Human Rights Commission lecture about rights of people living w HIV or AIDS
    Dec. 11 Casa de Cultura:      noon  2p  Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Poetry Contest awards 
Dec. 11 Chapel of Guadalupe Salina Chica-overlooking the Caribbean  People gather to sing Las Mananitas to the Virgin of Guadalupe at midnight

 Dec. 12  Dia de la Virgen Guadalupe...patron saint of Mexico  Link to info about Guadalupe & Juan Diego    

       3pm there will be dozens of small children dressed as Juan Diego (who saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 484 years ago) and as shepherds and shepherdesses in a procession going ~2km from the downtown church to the Chapel of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica, where the priest will hold a mass at 5pm.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th. School vacation begins Dec. 12

Dec. 15, Tuesday  Inauguration of Community Hospital (which began operations in September) time TBA

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas... There is usually a children's Posada play during this time  Link to information  
During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico

Dec. 17 Naval Band performance 8pm Town Square
Dec. 19 Annual Golf Cart Parade 6p from Bachilleres thru the colonias

Dec. 20 Cancun Hotel Zone area 5p  Annual decorated boat parade Link  

 Dec. 24  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve 
 Last Ultramar ferry departs Gran Puerto at 10:30p and Isla Mujeres at 11p

  Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day   
 First Ultramar crossing from Gran Puerto is 7a and from Isla Mujeres 7:30a
  Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled.

December 25-30 Casa de Cultura 10a-2p & 6p-9p for State, and 8p nightly for National except the 28th.    Performances by dance troupes of the National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance..."A fragment of the mosaic mural of Mayan culture"

Dec. 26  Usually the annual  Quinceaneras event and Mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who will be wearing beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes  A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"  
Dec. 29  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.

Dec. 31  New Year's Eve Festival on the Town Square.  Tables can be reserved at the entrance to the Town Hall 10am-3pm.
 Last Ultramar ferry departs Gran Puerto at 10:30p and Isla Mujeres at 11p 
   People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn.

Jan. 1  
 First Ultramar crossing from Gran Puerto is 7a and from Isla Mujeres 7:30a
Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled

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)

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