Sunday, February 1, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, February 1

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published soon, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! 
Check out the Charity document, patronize the supportive businesses & visit the blogs of the talented contributors! Contact me at if you'd like to donate $15 to your fav charity, for an ad. Good causes, good exposure. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities soon...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am creating & posting the new ads. It is going slowly because I am busy with other things, your patience is appreciated.     Feel free to copy & share the Charity document! Telling your friends about the Magazine & sharing links helps Isla Charities, too. Your support is appreciated & small efforts add up to big differences. Thanks! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

  This is a long holiday weekend & banks & offices will be closed tomorrow for Constitution Day.

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Majestic presentation at the Mundaca Hacienda by the Korean Folk Dance Group "IRE"

Del Grupo de Danza Folclóricá Coreana IRE, en la Hacienda Mundaca

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 31 de enero.-
See translation in the City section.

Medication shortage continues at General Hospital 

En el Hospital Integral

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 31 de enero.-
There are no reports that the shortages will be resolved soon, and beneficiaries of Seguro Popular are forced to purchase medications at private pharmacies that would otherwise be provided at the hospital pharmacy. The next purchase is scheduled to arrive in late March and early April. 
     The state Secretary of Health (SESA) published statistics saying during 2014 there was an estimated one billion pesos invested state wide in medicines and supplies for the health centers and public hospitals. He said that of the 430 million pesos budgeted for Seguro Popular, 30 percent was for medications and supplies, plus an additional 30 percent for preventative medicine. He said the delay to fill the inventories of the SESA pharmacies is associated with a delay from suppliers, including domestic distributors.

Roaul shows his love for Isla & invites you to have a better world 

Roul invita a tener un mundo mejor

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 31 de enero.-

HERE is a translation ..His name is  Roaul Yates & he picks up ~1500 cigarette butts daily

From Tvisla Mujeres

The City of Isla Mujeres delivered glasses to students and senior citizens
Cumple ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres con la entrega de lentes a jóvenes estudiantes y personas de la tercera edad!

I translated the plans for this event, yesterday.

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Our athletes are preparing to participate with a view toward the national competitions
Nuestros deportistas siguen preparándose y participando con miras a competencias nacionales.

At the majestic setting of the Mundaca Hacienda, before an attentive audience, there was a performance by the Korean Folk Dance Group IRE.

The City of Isla Mujeres, through the Department of Culture made the necessary arrangements to bring these Asian artists to the Island, and thereby to bring culture from other countries to the islanders. This presentation was made possible by coordination with the Consejo Pastoral de Isla Mujeres/Pastoral Council of Isla Mujeres.
    The presentation by ten artists lasted for a little over an hour and island families enjoyed the masterful choreography and costumes. Prior to that presentation, there was a performance by the Ballet de la Dirección de Cultura de Isla Mujeres (Dance group of the Isla Mujeres Cultural Department)

Adults, teens, and children received prescription glasses as part of a program of social services by the City.
Adultos, jóvenes y niños, recibieron hoy sus anteojos con graduación en el marco de un programa de política social del Ayuntamiento que busca acompañar en su desarrollo a quienes requieren de estos auxiliares visuales.

Animals are our friends...give them love. The law protects our animal friends. Law for the Protection and Welfare of Animals
Los animales son nuestros amigos, brindémosles mucho amor.
La ley protege a nuestros amigos animales.
Ley de Protección y Bienestar Animal.
Don't buy a dog, it is better to adopt a friend and give them a good home. The law protects our animal friends. Law for the Protection and Welfare of Animals
No compres, mejor adopta a un amigo y dale un buen hogar.
La ley protege a nuestros amigos animales.
Ley de Protección y Bienestar Animal.

From  por esto

Training courses for fishermen
Cursos de capacitación a pescadores.. [+] Ver mas
Administrative staff with the five fishing cooperatives attended a meeting with CONAPESCA about the process for online pre registration for the training classes available through the PROPESCA program. PROPESCA offers incentives including assistance with obtaining boats, engines, infrastructure and support for aquaculture. PROPESCA offers programs to directly support the fishermen, who receive training in fishing equipment, health, safety, and other issues associated with their livelihood. In this regard, a main priority of PROPESCA, which the fishermen know, is the temporary employment program. The fishermen take these training courses during the months of the closure of lobster season,  and receive 8000 pesos. Lobster is their main source of income.
       Since last year there were two changes in the operation of the program. One is to allow the fishermen to chose the training that interests them, and the other is to streamline the application process with online pre registration. The applicant is then given a file number and can enter that online to see if they have been approved. These informational meetings are scheduled with members of the fishing industry in Puerto Juárez, Holbox, Cozumel & Punta Allen.

Time change doesn't affect fishing
Nuevo horario no afecta a la pesca[+] Ver mas
 The fishermen said the time change of moving the clock ahead on hour on Sunday did not affect them since they go to work when the sun rises, although some said it affects their domestic life regarding the times classes begin. Member of the Social Justicia cooperative expressed skepticism about the potential energy savings, and noted the time changed by an hour, but the children's school schedule was only altered by a half hour.
       The lancheros who offer boat tours said they are pleased to have another hour of light to take tours out later. Some people involved in tourism said this means visitors will have more time to enjoy the activities and attractions offered by the island, while others think there will be little benefit. Miguel Rodriguez, a souvenir store manager, said, "Most of the tourists come on catamarans from the hotel zone that have a specific schedule. If they arrive at eleven and depart at four, with  or without the clocks being forward an hour, they still stay on the island the same amount of time."

Good turnout at beaches
Playas lucen pletóricas[+] Ver mas
With temperatures up to 26 degrees centigrade (79F) and light winds, the beaches experienced a good turnout of domestic and foreign tourists, and in the morning there were groups of locals, especially young people. The port was open to navigation by all boats, with no restrictions and marine and aquatic activities went smoothly.
       Saturday there were many visitors and ferries were nearly filled to capacity, and at least ten catamarans from the Cancun Hotel Zone were at various docks. There were also many visitors in the streets and stores and at the restaurants.
      At sea the waves will become higher as moist air enters the region, and vessels are advised to proceed with caution in the coastal and marine areas of Quintana Roo.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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 down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bufalo, Bahama Mama, Compadres Barbacoa 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.

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)

 Books for Grade School Reading Program, Items for Isla Animals, Diabetes Supplies, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

For donations to Zapatos Para Los Ninos.. please contact Greg at, or find them on Facebook at "Shoes For The Children."


Miguel's high season schedule:
Sunday: The Sol Rockers @ El Patio 9p - 11p
Monday: Miguel solo @ El Patio 6:30p - 8:30p
Tuesday: La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio 9:15p - 11:15p
Wednesday: The Sol Rockers@ El Patio 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Thursday: Miguel Solo @ el Patio 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Friday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a
Saturday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a

 John Cain's schedule  
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thurs 9-11 El Patio 
Sats. El Patio 630-830 
Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 7-9 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel / John Cain from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 630-830 John Cain solo Country music / 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..

Javier Martinez Cen La Banda Sin Nombre has played for 12 years at Faynes, we needed some days off, so less than a year a go, we let the band Radios play for us (at the same stage same time), they are great! LBSN play Weds/Saturday from 10:30 till 12, Fridays and Saturdays we also play next door, at Adelitas, just salsa music, from 12:39 till 2:00  (I'm not sure if this is still current
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix  Sun 1p  Salsa  They are again having music in the afternoons including the Cuban musicians, and Chucho (Jesus Campuzano)

Marina Paraiso has live music Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 7-9

Bahia Tortuga has live music at times...announced on their streetside signboard.

You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant

Here's Music by day of the week...with a thanks to Jean Lemke for rearranging it!

Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30

Tuesday -
  Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday -
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain @ el Patio 9-11
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12

Friday - Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
Miguel @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Fabio @ El Patio house of music 6:30 - 8:15
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Saturday - Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Banda Sin Nombre - Chuuk Kay 3:30
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 @ El Patio house of music Ryan and Band 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9



 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p Dec~April.  


 Sunset ~6:30p
 Moon rise...
Feb. 4  5:45   (FULL)
Feb. 5  6:32
Feb. 6  7:17
Feb. 7  7:59
Feb. 8  8:38
Feb. 9  9:21
Feb. 10  10:10
Feb. 11  10:58

SUNDAY, FEB. 1  The time changed last night!

The time change (an hour ahead) is scheduled to take place  at 2am on Feb 1st.  This is a 'permanent' change voted in by the Legislature last year, that has been discussed, and promoted by the tourism industry, for years. It will sync us up with a coupla dozen airports in the US & Canada, "add an hour of daylight" & supposedly save money on energy.
      The internet indicates we will no longer participate in the changing back & forth with Daylight Savings Time. Currently we are in sync with Central time, and will continue to be when that zone is on DST, but the rest of the year, we will be in sync with Eastern Standard Time.
       DST is March 8-Nov. 1 in the US, and April 5-Oct 25 in Mexico, when Isla will be in sync with CT. During the fall/winter Isla will be in sync with EST.

 Monday, February 2 no school/day off for February 5th Constitution Day. (And if you got the baby in your rosca on Kings Day, you're hosting a tamale party on 2/2.Candlemas) 

Thursday, Feb 5  Artist Fair on Town Square 4-9p with Taste of Isla 5-7p

February 2-8 Island Time Fishing Tournament -- a week of music and fishing to benefit the Little Yellow School House. Here's the schedule as it stands now. Wednesday's Margarita Madness at Fenix and Friday's Fiesta at El Patio have no cover. If you want to purchase tickets to the Monday, Tuesday, or Saturday events, please send an email to: 

 Sail fishing Tournament February 3-7 2015 register online @
To benefit the The Little Yellow School house Isla Mujeres


 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

Friday, Feb. 13
8pm Town SquareGala Night 
Coronations of the Senior Citizen King & Queen & of the King & Queen with disabilities/special needs & of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen: Jose Carlos & Yoselin

Saturday, Feb. 14
9pm  Town Square: Cuban Night
Presentation of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen's troupe
Children's Costume Contest
Music & dancing: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

Sunday, Feb. 15
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade: Beach Carnaval
8p  Town Square: DIF Carnaval
Children's Costume Contest
Pet Costume Contest

Monday, Feb. 16
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
9p Town Square  Regional Night
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Costume Contest: Open Category
Music & Dancing: Orquesta Jaranera

Tuesday, Feb. 17 
12p Downtown Streets: Fat Tuesday
Negrada by Dance Troupes & Toro Petate
8p Town Square Night of the Dance Troupes
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Burning of Juan Carnaval & Presentation of his Will
Music & dancing: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

 Saturday, Feb 14 at 9pm: Children's Costume Contest on the Town Square for those under 13

Sunday, Feb 15 at 8pm: Pet Costume Contest on the Town Square. (Foreign residents are encouraged to participate. Register now during office hours (9a-3p) at the Dept. of Culture next to the library in the park "Las Gaviotas" in colonia Salinas, or in the offices of the Dept. of Ecology at Hacienda Mundaca.)

Monday, Feb. 16 at 10pm:  Open Category Costume Contest on the Town Square  for residents of Isla Mujeres over 13
The prizes and location to register are given on the posters.

Upcoming holidays

 Monday, March 16th is day off for March 21, (birth of Benito Juarez). 

 Fri March 27 - Sun April 12=Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.
  April 2 & 3 are Bank holidays. 

Friday, May 1=National holiday (Labor day). 

The kids summer vaca starts July 14th.

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Mon & Thurs at El Patio 6p on Hidalgo..more info HERE.

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