Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, January 24

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 westofcuba@gmail.com 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 ....

For healthy children

First National Vaccination Week begins

Ponen en marcha la primera Semana Nacional de Vacunación

Lanrry parra

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de febrero.-

See the translation in the City section

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Many congratulations to the winning schools in the "Second Municipal Escoltas Contest"
Muchas felicidades a las escuelas ganadoras del "Segundo Concurso Municipal de Escoltas".

 Today, Feb 24: Flag day in Mexico
Hoy 24 de Febrero, Día de la bandera de México.

In Isla Mujeres we are very proud to be Mexican; on this Flag Day, we conducted a civic ceremony to reaffirm our patriotism.
En Isla Mujeres nos sentimos muy orgullosos de ser mexicanos; en este Día de la Bandera, realizamos una ceremonia cívica para reafirmar nuestro amor patrio.

Isla Mujeres joins the great national project to have healthy families through the campaign called National Health Week, which takes place this year from February 21 to 27.
Isla Mujeres se une al gran proyecto nacional de contar con familias saludables a través de la campaña denominada Semana Nacional de Salud que tendrá lugar del 21 al 27 de febrero del año en curso.


Presented by the City of Isla Mujeres, at noon on Monday, Dr. Mauricio de Hoyos Padilla,  gave an interesting presentation called Towards the Abyss Revillagigedo.  Hacia los Abismos de Revillagigedo,.before an attentive and participatory public.

The council room of City Hall was filled with students from the Middle School, Benito Juárez, and the High School, Colegio Bachilleres, who listened with great interest to a presentation whose theme was the Great White Shark of Mexico . 

   In a fun and educational way, Dr. Hoyos Padilla, from the beginning captured the youth, in an effort to demystify the species, toward which, unfortunately, we have misconceptions and unrealistic ideas.

     The specialist used videos and graphs to explain the cycle of life of the sharks,  and their behaviors, and how they are totally different from the distorted  fiction created through  films and images about these extraordinary creatures of the seas

     He came to the island to share his experiences. He began his career in the area of reproduction of sharks, becoming an expert on the subject; in recent years he has been devoted to the study of the behavior of various fish in the Mexican Pacific, the Mexican Caribbean, Costa Rica and Venezuela.

     He currently works with 10 species of sharks, including hammerheads and white sharks, both categorized  globally as being in danger, and of concern on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  In order to change the perception people have about sharks, Mauricio conducts various talks aimed at students from pre-primary to university levels

      At the beginning of his lecture, the marine reseracher expressed his appreciation for the interest and support of the authorities of this part of the country for the dissemination and promotion of such conferences such as this which can achieve transformation of thoughts and attitudes towards the environment.

   He has also participated as a scientific advisor in 13 national and international documentaries for channels and organizations including  Channel 11, National Geographic, theDiscovery Channel, and iMacs. He is a founder of the Mexican Society of cartilaginous fishes, and a member and scientific advisor for various foundations for shark conservation.    

      The following officials were present at the event: Fidel Villanueva Madrid, municipal trustee; Carlos Barranco, director of Ecology; Rocío Rodríguez, Director of Education; Juan José Morales, science journalist; Captain Montes de Oca of the Fifth Naval Region; Beatriz Andrade, environmental consultant; Rafael de la Parra,  director of Domino' project of the Yucatan Peninsula; Francisco Remolina, environmental consultant, and city council members Miriam Trejo and Abiram Fuentes.

In order to promote and encourage healthy children through vaccination and training for mothers, the First National Health Week began on Monday.

During this week dedicated to the care and maintenance of health, various actions will be carried out, including giving the anti-polio (Sabin type) vaccine to children from 6-59 months of age and to strengthen the ongoing vaccination by completing children's basic schedules  (bringing their vaccination record up to date) with vaccines for tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, rotavirus, pneumococcal, among others. 
      Pregnant women will receive vaccines to prevent neonatal tetanus, as well as supplements of vitamins and minerals for them and the population at risk. The program includes addressing needs of mothers and all children under five. There are comprehensive measures and training for mothers for prevention of preventable diseases through vaccination and prevention of diarrhea and acute respiratory diseases, and reduction of nutritional deficiencies.

From  por esto

Vaccination Week begins
Inició Semana de Vacunación[+] Ver mas

"Anarchy" in golf cart rentals
Anarquía en la renta de carros de golf[+] Ver mas
Given the increasing incidence of accidents involving tourists in golf carts or on scooters, the Traffic Police are encouraging the golf cart rental agencies to ensure that the drivers have experience or a license to operate the vehicles they rent.

Long journey trying to have a child
Largo peregrinar en pos de un hijoVer mas
Maricarmen Chi Chan, 33, has tried for more than five years to get pregnant, and spent over 40,000 pesos in the efforts, visiting hospitals of the IMSS, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, and of Seguro Popular without success. She has a disorder called Ovarian Hypoplasia (small ovaries), and her husband has low levels of sperm. She became pregnant two years ago, but had a spontaneous miscarriage. They have tried to adopt, but the long process has not had a conclusion.
   Their only alternative is to use a private fertility clinic, but they lack money for the studies and preparations to receive donated sperm, so they are seeking financial support. Sra. Chi can be contacted on her cell phone at 9981584145 or on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/marina.chichan.5?fref=ts
   She works for a small business, in charge of cleanings and her husband works at the same place, here on the island. She is an only child and also takes care of her elderly parents living in the Yucatan, so it is difficult to raise money for this purpose. She says, "Frankly, I feel worried, as more time passes. We want to have a baby, we love children."

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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.
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

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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 bullridersnider@yahoo.com, 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..

Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo 
Mon - Tues 7pm - 9pm - Jazz with Norman and Darin 
Wed- Sat 8pm - 11pm - Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge

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
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Tuesday -  Fenix live music 1-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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  in the US ~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

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 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 area & Rueda Medina malecon with various activities continues
Noon: City streets Toro Petate 
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 downtown, 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

Thursday, Feb 19 6p Town Square  Billion Standing Against Violence Against Women and Girls event...Wear orange to show your support!

Saturday, Feb 28 Chuuk Kay Restaurant   Seniors & Friends Fundraiser 5:30p Silent Auction

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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