Saturday, March 7, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 7

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! 
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This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

City Council approves participation by the municipality in the Decent Housing program: For a better quality of life

Cabildo aprueba participación del municipio en programa Vivienda Digna

Lanrry parra
See translation in City section
ISLA MUJERES, 6 de marzo.-

From Tvisla Mujeres

Immigration takes two foreign tourists into custody in an operation in Isla Mujeres
A pair of foreign tourists were taken into custody after INM (National Immigration Institute) conducted an operation, with support from the Navy, to detect the immigration status of foreigners working or living in Isla Mujeres.
     The immigration officials conducted an inspection of a home in colonia Salinas, checking each rental. They found a foreign couple who apparently could not prove their legal status in Mexico. The couple was taken into custody, and transferred to the Naval hospital for a medical examination. (Por Esto explained this was due to one of them having hypertension.). Then they were taken to the offices of INM on Rueda Medina.
   These types of inspections are conducted throughout the year and are intended to verify that foreigners have valid documentation. For businesses, their employees should be no more than 10 percent foreigners; therefore if a company has ten employees in total, only one can be from abroad, and the rest must be of domestic origin.
      Foreigners must have an immigration document and a permit to work, which is valid for 365 days from the date it is issued, in addition to a valid passport. (Por Esto notes that in a raid on a business, another foreign female was taken into custody. Por Esto reported another foreign female was sought.)

The City of Isla Mujeres enters the Decent Housing program with 90 actions for....
Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres le entrará al programa de Vivienda Digna con 90 acciones para…

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

On Friday morning, at the Regular Session of the City Council XXXVIII, with all the council members in attendance, they approved the participation of the municipality of Isla Mujeres in the Decent Housing Program for the fiscal year 2015. This is a federal program that aims to reduce poverty and contribute to equal opportunities for all families to improve their quality of life thru access to decent housing. The municipal government will  join this program designed to assist households with lower incomes in cramped homes by building an additional bedroom.
      Ninety families will benefit, on the island and in the Continental Zone, and the construction will be implemented in the form of contract labor. The amount of the municipal contribution is determined by the regulations of the program, and it was unanimously approved at the meeting that the treasurer and the Mayor may sign the documents.

The Children's Folk Ballet of the City of Isla Mujeres, will participate in the First State  Meeting of Mexican Folkloric Dance Group to be held in the Parque de las Palapas Cancun on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March.This dance troupe has participated in numerous events and conferences, and already have an extensive repertoire, making them one of the most important groups of children in Quintana Roo.

El Ballet Folklórico Infantil del Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres, participará en el Primer Encuentro Estatal de Grupos de Danza Folklórica Mexicana que se realizará en el Parque de las Palapas de Cancún los días sábado 7 y domingo 8 de marzo.
El ballet del Ayuntamiento ha participado en un gran número de eventos y congresos, cuenta ya con un repertorio amplio, consolidándose como uno de los grupos infantiles de mayor importancia en Quintana Roo.

The municipal competition was held, with  10 artisans participating, to select the artisan of the year, who will represent us at the state fair. Congratulations to the winners.
Con la participación de 10 artesanos se realizó el concurso municipal para seleccionar al artesano del año que nos representará en el certamen estatal. Enhorabuena para los ganadores.

 Three young players from the Isla Mujeres Tuzos Club will travel to the city of Pachuca, Hidalgo, for the tryouts of the Pachuca Club, for the national 'filter', in hopes of gaining a place on the Tuzos team of Pachuca. Congratulations to Alexander Trejo , Cesar Díaz and Mauro Pantoja !!
En las visorias del Club Pachuca, tres pequeños del Club Tuzos Isla Mujeres, viajarán a la cuidad de Pachuca Hidalgo para el filtro nacional para poder ganarse un sitio en el Equipo Tuzos del Pachuca. ¡¡ Felicidades a Alexander Trejo , Cesar Díaz y Mauro Pantoja !!

From  por esto

Immigration operation in Isla Mujeres
Realiza operativo el INM.. [+] Ver mas

Work begins on road repair
Inician trabajos de reparación de vialidad [+] Ver mas
 Heavy machinery began to clear bush and remove debris from the area beside the road that leads to the high school. This will give them access and allow them to build up the foundation of the curbing. There are at least two sections that are at risk of collapse along the side by the airstrip, with the limestone weakened by vibrations and natural erosion.
    Workers will renew the asphalt for about a kilometer, as they did on prolongation Rueda Medina in recent months. These two roads are the means of access and egress to the central and southern parts of the island.
  The resurfacing work is scheduled to begin on Monday, which will cause closure of the road from the monument to Benito Juarez. This first stage of 550 linear meters is being done with an investment of 3.5 million pesos, and is expected to be completed in 30 days.
     This area of ~500 meters will be worked upon in two sections, since the weakened areas represent a risk for heavy trucks to cross over. This section needs renewal of the sidewalks that have been constructed, which will provide more safety for the people who like to jog through the area daily. 
     The second stage of 800 meters to the kindergarten "Enrique Camarillo" will be done later, after Aguakan makes corrections in its service network.

New controversy at Social Security clinic
Nueva polémica en la clínica del Seguro Social.. [+] Ver mas
The FMU (Family Medical Unit) of the IMSS had discontinued providing milk for babies between the ages of six months and one year, without prior notice to their families. One beneficiary said she was receiving five cans monthly, of 400 grams each, until this benefit was discontinued in February, and not reactivated n March, which she says she needs for her seven month old daughter.  One mother who has been affected by this said the doctor justified it because her daughter did not appear to have malnutrition, while she stressed that they need this assistance.

Announcing housing assistance
Anuncian apoyo para pies de casa[+] Ver mas

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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.

March Events

Sunset ~6:50

Moonrise over the Caribbean
March 5, Thurs.    7:01    Full Moon   
(a 'minimoon'...the most distant moon of 2015)

March 6, Fri.         7:50
March 7, Sat.        8:39
March 8, Sun.       9:28
March 9, Mon.      10:19
March 10, Tues    11:10

Sunrise ~7am
From Time & Date

TODAY: March 5 , Thursday Town Square Artist Fair 4-9 & Taste of Isla 5-7

March 8 Daylight Savings Time begins in US. Isla is on EST year round, not observing DST.
March 8 International Women's Day
March 16, Monday: Day off for March 21, Birth of Benito Juarez. 
March 17, Tuesday: St. Patrick's Day  (Celebrated in some bars)
March 18 Oil Expropriation Day (an observance, no closures)
March 20 Equinox   Total Solar Eclipse
March 21 Benito Juarez's Birthday
March 26 Bus Booze Cruise benefit for Isla Seniors & Friends (Sold out)
March 29 Palm Sunday
Fri March 27 - Sun April 12: Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.

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

 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..

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 at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: 9 or 10-12 
Morgan's:  7 or 8 - 9 or 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)

And at Poc Na Hostel: 9:30-11

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.  

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