Saturday, March 19, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 19

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Merchants complaining about Oaxacan Fair: "Unfair competition"

Consideran competencia desleal la Feria de Oaxaca

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de marzo.-
   A group of downtown merchants are angry about the trade fair from Oaxaca which is selling traditional clothing, handicrafts, and candies from that region on the Town Square during the Easter holidays. They say they offer similar products and they wait for the arrival of this holiday period to improve their sales, and they don't appreciate these outside people taking advantage of this.
        They say the Oaxaca Fair participants have a privileged location where hundreds of people pass thru, near the basketball court on the Town Square. It is noted that this fair affects the basketball tournament of Isla Mujeres and the wheelchair basketball team now has no space to practice, and it is expected that the court may suffer more deterioration. 
      Carlos Pena complained that the merchants from Oaxaca will  just collect their profits and go elsewhere, while the local merchants pay high costs for rent, taxes, employees, utilities, and so on.

Agapito led ceremony commemorating Benito Juarez  

Agapito encabeza ceremonia

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de marzo.-
 See City section below.... 


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

It's Easter vacation in Mexico! On the Town Square until April 3rd are "Oaxaca & la Guelaguetza" (9a-10p) featuring Oaxacan products for sale. The Guelagueza is a cultural festival dating back hundreds of years bringing together musicians and dancers from the seven regions of Oaxaca wearing clothing representative of their districts to dance, dine, pay homage to corn, and to share their native ceramics, textiles, etc. It typically takes place on two Mondays in July on an historical hill in Oaxaca, where dancers toss gifts to the crowd & parades include women in traditional dress carrying baskets of flowers & large walking puppets.
And don't forget, today's the last day for the Traveling Marimba Museum at the Casa de Cultura

Worldwide, on March 19th, annually, "Earth Hour" takes place which is an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of saving energy. Join us and together we will create a better planet to live on. The turning out of lights will occur on Saturday, March 19 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
El 19 de marzo de cada año se realiza a nivel mundial "La Hora del Planeta", una iniciativa que pretende concientizar a la humanidad sobre la importancia de ahorrar energía.
Únete y juntos propiciemos un planeta mejor y más digo para vivir, el apagón de luces será el sábado 19 de marzo de 8 y media a 9 y media de la noche.

Commemorating the CCX Anniversary of the birth of Benito Juarez 

The ceremony took place at the Benito Juarez Middle school on Friday morning and was led by Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, with municipal authorities, faculty, parents, and students from various primary schools in attendance, as well as those of the middle school.
       There was a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate a mural dedicated to the founding father of Mexico, poetry was recited by students, and a wreath was placed on the bust of Benito Juarez located on the campus. During the ceremony there was a special presentation by the Ballet Folklórico de los Niños Mayas de Cancún, who share the traditions, beliefs, and religion of the Mayan culture through music and dance. 
    Authorities also placed a wreath on the bust of Benito Juarez, located at the beginning of the avenue named for him. Those attending the event included:  local legislator, Edgar Gasca Arceo; Rocío Rodríguez, Director of Educación; Councilwoman, Miriam Trejo León; María Cristina Rodríguez, Assistant Director of the Middle School Secundaria Técnica No. 01 Benito Juárez and teacher Andrés Pérez Velázquez.

The staff of Civil Protection are working at cleaning up the storm drains at various parts of the island in an ongoing manner which will continue.
Continuamos con las labores de limpieza de alcantarillas de diferentes puntos de la ciudad; en materia de Protección Civil, en Isla Mujeres seguiremos trabajando.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

This is about programs promoting Isla Mujeres on TV and social networks…/promoveran-atractivos-de…/
  Tina Pinzon Solis, producer of the program "JimmiElTrip" explained that the documentaries will feature  the natural beauties of Isla Mujeres, as a Pueblo Magico and will be seen on the Mexico Travel Channel in over 14 countries, starting in April, with reruns following. There will also be three minute segments shared on social networks.
        The producer explained that they intend to feature each of the Pueblo Magicos in the Mexico, and they are beginning with Isla Mujeres; sharing its images, interviews about its customs, as well as its culinary traditions. She said they had been filming in Isla Mujeres since the 10th of March and would conclude the next day. The host and star of the program is Jimmy Canto.

This is about investing 20 million pesos in federal money to resolve the Trash Transfer facility problem & I'll translate it manana.…/invertiran-20-mdp-para-r…/
  Isla Mujeres Mayor announced that there will be an investment of 20 million pesos in federal funds in upcoming days to resolve the problem of accumulation of trash at the Trash Transfer Facility. This money will be invested in improving the fleet of trucks to improve trash collection as well as the transfer of trash to the mainland, by purchasing new trucks. He said, "We have only one 'gondola' which is in a deplorable state, and it has been necessary to rent a 'tracto camion',  'una retro', and slowly things have improved."
   The Mayor said with these funds they want to buy another 'retro excavador', two more 'gondolas', and two more 'tracto camiones', in order to avoid more delays in the transfer of trash to the Continental Zone on the mainland.
    He said after they are caught up on removing all of the trash, work will begin to clean up the Trash Transfer Facility with the goal that it should function as a Recycling Center and warehouse. These funds have been made available thanks to the Federal Government of Enrique Pena Nieto.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. 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.

March events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean

March 22     6:57
March 23     7:47
March 24     8:37
March 25     9:25
March 26    10:14
March 27    11:03
March 28    11:52

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30: March 26, April 9 and April 23.
To reach the classroom enter the doors shown in the photo & go through the building, into the courtyard. His classroom is on the right. If this front door is locked, go left around the side of the building to the back/seaside and enter the courtyard from there. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

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)

Thursday, March 3  Artist's Fair Casa de Cultura 4-9p 

This says the upcoming Artist Fair & Taste of Isla on Thursday, March 3 at the Casa de Cultura will include music, and dancing...and beverages... Isla Cerveza are expected.

Friday, March 4  Celebration of the 499 anniversary of Isla Mujeres being found by Spaniards, sailing from Cuba

  Saturday, March 5:

March 8 Tuesday 9am  Diabetes Clinic at Red Cross  Blood Sugar testing, Diabetic Education, Free glucometers and supplies for diabetics.

March 8, Tuesday International Day of Women   

Friday, March 11 
 Pre season baseball game between champions at 1pm at the El Pescador field.

Beginning March 13, Sunday at 8pm: Pueblo Magico Nights on Sunday evenings on the Town Square featuring entertainment including dancers, musicians, and more.  

March 15-19  Tues-Sat.  Traveling Museum of the Marimba at the Casa de Cultura
Tuesday: Inauguration at 7pm
Hours: 11a-3p & 5p-8p  Free.

Free Rabies Vaccination Campaign March 14-18, Mon-Fri, 9a-1p, as follows:
  Tuesday in colonia Salina Chica at the kiosk; Wednesday in colonia Salina Chica in the sports area known as La Juala; Thursday at the Basic Rehabilitation Unit; and Friday in the colonia of Guadalupana.

March 17, Thursday  St Patrick's Day  Celebrated in some bars, mostly by foreigners  Bobo's will be serving Isla Cerveza and having specials

March 18, Friday  Day of the Petroleum Expropriation   
Saturday, March 19-Monday, April 4: Easter Vacation (Semana Santa)
Many domestic tourists visit during this time & the island (and ferries) are busy during the daytripper hours (~10a-5p)  

March 20- Palm Sunday  and 8p on Town Square: Pueblo Magico Nights 8p Fusion Latina Mardi Gras dance troupe performance

March 20-27  Holy Week
 March 21, Monday  Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juarez
March 25  Good Friday   Noon: Viacrusis procession of the Stations of the Cross (Passion of Christ)
March 27  Easter (Domingo de Pascua)
April 5, Tuesday  Students return to school  


April 7, Thursday  4-9p Casa de Cultura:  Artist Fair (Last of the season)

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