Saturday, February 14, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, February 14

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 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Bureaucrats and students enjoy a day off for Carnaval

Por Carnaval

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 13 de febrero.-
All the students of the township, as well as hundreds of local, state, and federal workers enjoyed a day off on Friday, for Carnaval, which was their second long weekend in a row. They will return to work and school on Wednesday, February 18th.
      Offices that are closed include all the municipal offices, as well as the state and federal offices, including the State Revenue Collection office (Recaudación de Rentas del Gobierno del Estado) and federal agencies, such as the CFE (electric company) and Telefonos de Mexico. City Hall will reopen on Wednesday, and students will return to school then.
         Banks are expected to be open normally on Saturday, to be closed on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and to resume normal activities on Wednesday.

The High School Colegio Bachilleres celebrates 25 years with recreational & sports activities 

Con actividades deportivas y recreativas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 13 de febrero.-
      More than 300 people, including students, teachers, and administrative staff, participated in the celebrations at the Colegio Bachilleres on Friday, Feb. 13, for its 25th anniversary. The celebrations began at 7am, when 18 teams, each comprised of five students, competed in a knowledge rally. Other students took part in sporting activities and recreational activities at the north part of the island.
      Since it opened in 1990, the school has had 1313 graduates. It has had a total of 13 directors during this period, and 59 teachers including those who are active, inactive, or deceased, and 41 administrative staff members, and three trainees.

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

    The municipal president Agapito Magana Sanchez, accompaied by his wife, Sra Marthy Vargas Leon de Magana, participated in the coronation of Yoselin I and Jose Carlos I as Queen & King of Carnaval in Isla Mujeres 2015, and it the same fashion, the kings and queens in the different categories. This was the beginning of the spectacular celebration of Carnaval 2015 in Isla Mujeres which can be enjoyed through Tuesday, Feb. 17.
El presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sánchez acompañado de su esposa la Sra. Marthy Vargas León de Magaña, coronaron a Yoselín I y José Carlos I como los Reyes de Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2015, de igual manera a los reyes de los diferentes categorias.
Con esto da inicio la espectacular fiesta del Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2015, la cual se podrá disfrutar hasta el día martes 17.

Treasurer Alvaro Magana Galue and Legislator Juan Carrillo inaugurated the State selective table tennis tournament to form the team for Quintana Roo. Good luck to the islander sisters Ana Caroline & Nicole Magana Lemus.
El tesorero Alvaro Magaña Galue y el Diputado Juan Carrillo inauguran el torneo selectivo estatal de tenis de mesa para conformar el equipo Quintana Roo. Suerte a las hermanas isleñas Ana Carolina y Nicole Magaña Lemus.

Sunday at 8am residents can take part in the program: Recycle trash for food, to benefit all the families.
Les esperamos este domingo a las 8:00am para ser parte del programa "Reciclando basura por alimentos" a beneficio de todas las familias.

Don't miss two spectacular women's basketball games today (at the court downtown)
No se pierdan el día de mañana dos espectaculares partidos de Basketball femenil. ‪#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬

The municipal soccer league was inaugurated with 14 teams participating. Sport is very helpful for a healthier life.
Con la participación de 14 equipos inauguramos la Liga Municipal de Fútbol Soccer. El deporte es nuestro gran aliado para una vida más sana.

This program of Carnaval activities is translated below in the Events section
Conoce todo el programa de nuestro Carnaval 2015.
Desde hoy y hasta el 17 de febrero disfruta de una fiesta llena de color, música y alegría.

From  por esto

Grouper ban begins tomorrow
Sólo pescan promesas[+] Ver mas
It is the eve of the closed season for grouper / mero  (Epinephelus morio), which begins on February 15th, and lasts for one month. The spiny lobster season will close at the end of February for four months (Panulirus argus), and the season for various types of sharks will close for two months on May 1st.
      The closure season for grouper in the Yucatan peninsula was enacted in 2003, because their biomass had become reduced by nearly 80 percent. According to a study, the biomass of grouper in 1958 was 248,548 tonnes, and in 2003 it was 52,501 tonnes, which is 21% of the first number. More than a decade after the ban began, there are reports of some recovery. The is talk of increasing the ban because some subspecies continue to decrease.
       In 2005, a ban was enacted against the capture of all species of grouper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, along those coasts of the states of Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo. Grouper are present from Massachusetts in the US down to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, but are mostly concentrated in the area near Mexico.
       The grouper ban occurs as Lent is about to begin, when demand for fish increases.  The local fishermen want more support from government programs, because they are affected economically by the bans, and have many days when they do not work. 
     The most recent report said there were 700 tonnes of grouper caught annually by fishermen of Quintana Roo, which in previous times was much larger.

Noise affects tourists in hotels
Escandalosos espantan al turismo [+] Ver mas
 Staff from the municipal Ecology agency monitored decibel levels at two businesses near Guerrero and Matamoros, but hoteliers said that while it is possible to reduce noise pollution for a few days, a few days later they begin to turn the music up again. Several hoteliers have gone to the media complaining about this problem, including those of the Marcianito, Caracol,  and Arlene Francis, saying they have lost clients because the music sometimes becomes unbearable in the early morning hours. Currently there are hotels with occupancy over 50 percent, in this season when many seniors come to spend the winter on the island to escape cold weather.

Ferry crossings until 3am: A project in the works
Cruces hasta las 3:00 am, proyecto en pie[+] Ver mas
The proposal to add three more late night hourly crossings until 3am to Puerto Juarez is still ongoing, with a need to hire staff before it can be initiated, said Arturo Baez, Ultramar manager. It cannot be activated during Carnaval, due to issues of personnel and logistics.
   Regarding concerns that the plan could benefit bad elements at night on the island, the marine terminal has increased its security equipment by installing more video cameras, and recently captured two pickpockets who are now facing trial. The ferry company has its own security network, which will be combined with that of the Terminal.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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 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 -  Fenix live music 1-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Fenix live music (Chucho?) 1-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday -Fenix  live music 1-4
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 - Fenix- 1-4 La Guera & band
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
Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30



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

There will be an additional Artist Fair Thursday, Feb. 12 4-9p with a Taste of Isla 5-7p.

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

FEBRUARY>>>>  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 

. For the next month we'll be synced with EST,  until March 8, when the US goes onto DST (and we don't). Then for ~8 months we are in sync w Central Time in the US, since we will no longer be changing back & forth with Daylight Savings Time. (DST is March 8-Nov.1 in the US, and April 5-Oct. 25 in Mexico.)           We're only synced with EST" ~4 mos/yr from Nov 1-March 8. To permanently adjust your clocks, you can chose a location like Panama that stays on EST without changing to DST

 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.

Thursday February 12th will be the Navy Wives Breakfast at 9:00 am at Club Naval in Centro. The proceeds go to the Navy Hospital. This month the theme is Valentine's Day, and the tickets will be 120 pesos. This breakfast is really more like lunch, and we should be meeting the wife of the new commandant.

Thursday, Feb 12 Artist Fair Town Square 4-9p with Taste of Isla 5-7p

 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

New poster below...changes are noted in translation with highlights and crossed-out.
The additions in orange are from Por Esto.

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

Saturday, Feb. 14
9pm  Town Square: Cuban Night
Presentation of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen's troupe
Presentation of dance troupes Each will perform. There are ten troupes.
Children's Costume Contest
Music & dancing until dawn: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

Sunday, Feb. 15 Beach Carnaval

This is from the Posada del Mar hotel downtown where troupes will be dancing before and after the parade, today, which passes by them on Rueda Medina.

3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
"Occupation" of Posada del Mar Beach & Rueda Medina malecon with various activities
8p  Town Square: DIF Carnaval
 DIF troupe will perform
Children's Costume Contest
Pet Costume Contest

Monday, Feb. 16

3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
 "Occupation" of Posada del Mar Beach &Rueda Medina malecon with various activities continues
Noon: City streets Toro Petate This is probably a typo, since it is usually part of the Negrada (& is listed Tuesday with the Negrada), and it is out of order in this listing.
9p Town Square  Regional Night
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Costume Contest: Open Category
Music & Dancing: Orquesta Jaranera

Tuesday, Feb. 17  Fat Tuesday
12p Downtown Streets & Public spaces
Negrada by Dance Troupes 
& Toro Petate
 (The dance troupes perform all over el centro, in the streets & at businesses, with gender role reversals & costumes that include Afro wigs & black tights)
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

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 vacation starts July 14th.

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