Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, December 22

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Final preparations for a big New Year's Eve party by organizing committee  

Comité organizador trabaja en los últimos preparativos para festejo de fin de año

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de diciembre.-
See translation below in the City section....

Plans to construct a Retirement Home for Priests at the colonia of the Taxistas on the mainland   

 En colonias de Los Taxistas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de diciembre.-
    On Thursday, the head of the Taxi union, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez, presented the donation of a 20 x 80 meter lot in the colonia of the Taxistas in Rancho Viejo, on the mainland part of the municipality, to priest Raul Sanchez Alonso, representative of the Catholic Church of Isla Mujeres for the construction of a Retirement Home for Priests. 
      The priest explained that the state of Quintana Roo does not have a facility for this purpose, unlike other states; therefore Bishop pedro Pablo Elizondo was concerned about the elderly priests and requested a property for this use. The priest said that these facilities are a kind of haven, where the priests are cared for and attended to, with areas for physical medicine, for recreation, and for tranquility and rest. 
        There a plans to have a church nearby, as well as space for schools and a market. In this way, the priests may continue their pastoral activities and won't withdraw, but rather will have an opportunity to continue celebrating church activities. In this way the future and spiritual needs of retired priests can be provided for as a community.

Encouraging the three R's of sustainability: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse 

Reducir, reutilizar y reciclar

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de diciembre.- ,
      Residents of Isla Mujeres benefited from the state "Recycling Trash for Food" program event held at the sports dome in La Gloria, which included booths by all three levels of government offering complimentary services in the areas of health, social services, and environmental concerns. There were 2.5 tons of recyclable materials collected, and 180 families benefited.
        With these activities of the "Recycling Trash for Food" program, assistance is given to family budgets while assisting the health and physical integrity of the community and encouraging the three R's (reduce, recycle, reuse). This also helps reduce the accumulation of trash in homes and around the island, which prevents vermin and disease.
       There were two scales, a "Mercado del Bienestar" area where the food was located, and the governmental booths. At the scales, recyclable trash was weighed, including paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, paper, and broken appliances. At the Mercado del Bienestar, there were a variety of items available, such as sugar, milk powder, rice, beans, oil, and coffee.
       In the social services area, they offered free haircuts, hair styling, relaxing massages and sports massages, as well as legal and psychological counseling. The health services area offered medical consultations and basic medications, nutritional counseling, assessments of height and weight, information about oral hygiene and personal hygiene, and administration of immunizations. Tests and treatments were available to detect, control, and prevent clinical conditions such as vision loss, obesity and being overweight, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Anti flea baths were also offered for pets.  In the environmental area, the emphasis was on the importance of separating trash at home and how to make compost for gardening.


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

Preparing for the New Year's Eve party   

  The organizational committee for the New Year's Eve party are working on the final preparations so that once again the celebration will be unforgettable for the residents and for the people who come from around the world to spend their vacation on this beautiful island. The event will take place on Thursday, the 31st, at 8pm in the Town Square, with entertainment by La Banda Ysrael, as well as the group Yerbabuena.
    The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, said it is a privilege that this destination is the first place in all of Mexico to receive the sun's rays, and invited the public to witness this unique spectacle in front of the Caribbean Sea, especially at the tourist center of Punta Sur.  He gave reassurances that security will be provided during the celebrations, by Public Safety (municipal police) and the Civil Protection agency.
      During the traditional New Year's Eve festival, the public can enjoy good music, a colorful atmosphere, a great deal of fun, and snacks. On Monday, the City began accepting reservations for tables of ten people, for people who want a better experience, at a table located at the main entrance to City Hall, from 9am to 4pm. The funds that are raised will be used for various social programs of the municipal DIF social service agency.
       In addition to being known as a wonderful location, Isla Mujeres is also famous for being peaceful and safe, which is why hundreds of tourists who have visited the island for years. return again to greet the New Year.

The Municipal Women's Institute is offering these training courses.
Continúa tu capacitación con alguno de los cursos que ofrece la Instancia Municipal de la Mujer.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Welcoming in the New Year on the Town Square  
Bienvenida al Nuevo Año, en el Zócalo+] Ver mas
  This article has the same information as the one in the City section, except it says the table rentals are available from 9a to 2p.On Facebook, it was mentioned that the main area had sold out yesterday, with tables available on the basketball court at that time.

Fishing coop receives new offer   
“Patria y Progreso” recibe nueva oferta.. [+] Ver mas
  The President of the fishing cooperative, Patria y Progreso, Jaime Osorio Sanchez, said they have received an offer from another businessman for 15 million pesos, which is twice the amount offered by businessman Alvaro Burgos Rios, the former City Secretary-General, who "administered" the cooperative for several years. This offer has the benefit of not requiring them to give up their permits, as was requested by Sr. Burgos, and it grants them use of the facilities for an indefinite time. It would allow liquidation of more than 80 partners for 200,000 pesos each, plus a much lower figure is being considered for employees. The offer from Sr Burgos was for 100,000 pesos each, with nothing for employees.
     One of the founders of this second social organization (cooperative) in Quintana Roo, Patria y Progresso, Sr. Manuel Magana Burgos (aka Chalana), spoke against Sr. Burgos, who is his nephew, making allegations of Sr. Burgos defrauding other family members.

Holiday celebration on mainland  
Posada típica en la Zona Agrícola.. [+] Ver mas
     A Christmas party was held on the mainland part of the municipality in the Agricultural Zone, coordinated by the priest Jaime Paramo and with guests and donations from members of the tourism industry in Cancun, including the Hard Rock and Marriott hotels. There were raffles with household appliances, donations of foods and sweets, as well as linens and pillows for everyone, and toys for the children.
       Christmas related activities also took place on the mainland in Francisco May and Ciudad Mujeres, while on the island there were groups organizing parties for families in private and public places.
      Meanwhile, the Security Committee has discreet surveillance at these events, and the organizers have notified authorities and received authorization to use the public spaces. Residents are advised to take precautions to prevent thieves, such as locking doors and communicating with neighbors and authorities as necessary to help each other.

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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  

Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day

December 25-30 (not the 28th) 10a-2p & 6p-9p  Casa de Cultura 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.
   People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn.

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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