Wednesday, February 4, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, February 4

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 ....

CROC union: Lack of workers to fill vacancies due to excellent influx of tourists

Para cubrir vacantes ante excelente afluencia turística: CROC

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 3 de febrero.-
CROC union leader,  Román Maldonado Euán, said demand for labor is very high at hotels and restaurants, and there is a need to rely on workers from the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun) to cover the remaining 30-40% of jobs, because they are only able to cover 60-70% of requested staff. The workers most in demand are waiters, cooks, bartenders, maids, maintenance workers, landscape workers, and kitchen workers, among others.

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Friends, you are invited to download this information for a stimulus grant with a value up to 100,000 pesos for studies for a college degree.
Amigos, les invitamos a descargar la Convocatoria para el otorgamiento de estímulos de hasta un valor económico de $100,000.00 para la realización de estudios de nivel Licenciatura.

An important course was given at CENDI (Center for Child Development) on the use and management of fire extinguishers, which was taught by staff from the Civil Protection agency. They plan to train all DIF staff who are serving people on a daily basis and assisting to provide care and services to the disabled, children, senior citizens, and mothers.

- Se llevó a cabo en las instalaciones del Centro de Desarrollo Infantil (CENDI) Isla Mujeres, un importante curso sobre el uso y manejo de extintores.

Ten days until Carnaval 2015 begins. Here is the entire program so you don't miss anything
 (It is translated in the Events section)
Estamos a 10 días de que comience nuestro Carnaval 2015.
Conoce todo el programa para que no te pierdas de nada.

Important announcement for those who missed the event on Saturday to pick up their prescription glasses
Aviso importante para todos aquellos que no pudieron ir el día sábado 31 de Enero por sus lentes graduados.

Nature is lavish here, where we are home to a wide variety of birds. Welcome!
La naturaleza es prodiga con nosotros, somos hogar de una gran variedad de aves. BIENVENIDAS.

They need their own space. The law protects our animal friends. Law for the Protection and Welfare of Animals
Ellos necesitan su propio espacio.
La ley protege a nuestros amigos animales.
Ley de Protección y Bienestar Animal.

From  por esto

  Students arriving late and sleepy
Alumnos adormilados y retrasados[+] Ver mas
Although the time of entrance was changed by half an hour for primary school students, and they are being given a ten minute grace period, the children are waking up when it is still dark and some are arriving late and sleepy. It will take some days for them to adjust to the time change. The schools will continue to maintain this 10 minute grace period before closing the gates for at least 15 days until the children adjust to the new schedule. Middle school and high school students are starting school when it is still dark.
    Registration for the next school year (2015-2016) was carried out on February 3rd quietly, without long lines of parents waiting to get a document, which were delivered to a designated area for this purpose at the school Julio Sauri Espinosa. This saved parents from having to go to the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cancun. This facilitated the process for students moving from kindergarten to primary school. Students who are newly arrived to Isla Mujeres must first visit the Secretary of Education and Culture for registration and then bring that document to the school to confirm the registration.

Anarchic urban development
Anárquico desarrollo urbano] Ver mas
Former Councilman Hugo Ravel Magana complained that current officials are tolerating problems such as obstacles on the sidewalks downtown that cause pedestrians to walk in the streets. These obstacles include tables and chairs, items for sale, golf carts, and other parked vehicles. He said when he was alderman during the administration of Fidel Villanueva Madrid, it was required that golf carts remain within the businesses in order to not affect the roads. He said when Jorge Martinez Pena was in office, only two carts could remain on the street, but that did not last long, and now there are too many and they are parked in spaces that are supposed to be exclusively for passenger loading and unloading, and causing clogging of traffic and sidewalks.
    He also complained about lack of punishment for removal of mangroves, and invasions into the federal zone areas, including construction on the seawall malecon.

New Director at General Hospital
Relevo en el Hospital Integral[+] Ver mas
The General Hospital will have a  new Director beginning Friday, February 6, when orthopedic doctor Pedro Zapata will replace Dr David Valenzo Loera, who was head of the hospital for four years. There will be a one week period for the handover, before Dr. Valenzo moves to a new position. Dr Zapata is an orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience in administrative matters.
    When Dr. Valenzo assumed his position four years ago, there were around 16,000 visits yearly which has since increased to more than 40,000, in addition to increased surgical procedures and specialists consultations. The number of people channeled to Cancun decreased by 15-20 percent. Between 2013 and 2014, the number of consults grew by 12%, and increase of about 4000 more consultations.
      At the end of 2013 there had been 37,000 and at the end of 2014 there were nearly 41,000 consults. Regarding births, there were 45 more, compared to 2013, for a total of nearly 200 births attended to, including both normal deliveries and Caesarean sections. Dr Valenzo said he arrived not knowing anyone and is departing with many friends, and a great sense of satisfaction for the work he has done in Isla Mujeres. He thanked the people of the island for the trust the put in him.

  In other news....
    The scenic tower at Punta Sur/South Point is being dismantled. We rode it when it was briefly in operation, for less than a year it think, until Hurricane Wilma.  

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View from the rooms.

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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.
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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.  

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


 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. 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

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.

 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

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.)

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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