Sunday, March 22, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, March 22

The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!
  Here's a link to the Magazine 
Please share the charity document, patronize the supportive businesses, & enjoy the articles, photos, & videos! If you'd like to donate $15 to your favorite charity to have an ad in this 2015 issue, contact me at

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

After a week of altruistic work, students return to California

Tras una semana de realizar labores altruistas, regresan estudiantes californianos

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 21 de marzo.-
 After more than a week on the island, the visiting students from the University of Southern California returned to the United States. On of their last activities was cleaning the walking trail around Salina Gande, which generated a number of comments in recognition of this work.
      This group of foreign students are known as the 'different springbreakers', who participate in a program whose agenda is to perform work on behalf of the community, working with the environment and the students.
    Groups of students from this University have been doing these activities for 15 consecutive years. According to their coordinators, when they return to their country they will begin organizing for the island trip next year, saving money and earning good grades and accumulating good behavior, so that they can be considered for the trip. 
      The group carried out helpful works, as well as enjoying a range of leisure activities, without needing alcohol to be involved. On this occasion, the students painted schools, cleaned beaches, and spend a day picking up trash around the Salina Grande walkway, among other activities.

Wenceslao Trejo to repeat his interpretation of Jesus Christ 

En interpretación de Jesucristo

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 21 de marzo.-
 I added this info to the translation below in the Por Esto section about the Viacrusis

Anti-rabies campaign begins: City helps with logistics 

Comuna se suma con labor de logística

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 21 de marzo.-
See the translation below in the City section...


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

The City of Merida is promoting the most important and traditional fishing tournament of Isla Mujeres, the Cosme A Martinez Magana Tournament
Hasta la blanca Mérida llevamos la promoción del mas importante y tradicional torneo de pesca de Isla Mujeres, el Cosme A. Martinez Magaña.

Isla Mujeres joins the National Campaign for Rabies Vaccinations
The municipality of Isla Mujeres joins the national anti-rabies vaccination campaign taking place throughout the country March 22-28. Sunday a mobile unit will be installed at strategic sites on the island and the Continental area. On Monday at 9am there will be an official ceremony for the initiation of the vaccination campaign at the sports dome in Rancho Viejo.
     Throughout the week the mobile vaccination mobile will cover the most populous colonias. For example, on Tuesday it will be installed at Las Hormiguitas park in colonia Meteorologico and in colonia Cristina in Rancho Viejo.The vaccines are completely free and there are adequate quantities to meet the needs of the pet population of the municipality.
    The vaccinations are scheduled so that all the populous areas of the municipality will be covered. Rabies is a viral disease that affects both animals and humans and is transmitted when saliva infected with the virus enters the body through a cut or break in the skin.

The presentation in Isla Mujeres by the Symphonic Orchestra of Quintana Roo was memorable and attendees enjoyed a beautiful musical repertoire
Memorable resultó la presentación en Isla Mujeres de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Quintana Roo; los asistentes disfrutaron de un bello repertorio musical.

March 21: Anniversary of the birth of Benito Juarez
21 de Marzo. Aniversario del Natalicio de Benito Juárez.


From Tvisla Mujeres (You can join this fb page at this link)

Seven people were detained, including three women, as a result of a brawl on Rueda Medina...
      Seven members of a family originally from Mexico City, including three women and four men, were taken before the Agencia del Ministerio Público del Fuero Común, (Public Ministry of Common Law, the Public Prosecutor) for disturbing the public order and insults/assaults (ultrajes) to authorities.  According to the municipal police, of the seven detained, four were intoxicated from consuming marijuana, and a joint was found within the belongings of one of the women. 
   The incident occurred Friday evening when the family entered the Velazquez restaurant seeking a public toilet, which was denied because they were occupied by others. The family became upset and allegedly began the first brawl with the owners. Witnesses say at first the attacks were verbal but then blows were allegedly exchanged with one of the restaurant workers, and the managers immediately called the police. 
     When the officers arrived, the family had gone up the street, heading toward the Maritime Terminal. The police found them two blocks up the street, but another brawl broke out again, this time against the officers. The men were allegedly in a visible state of intoxication, and at all times refused to submit to the police, and there was an attempt to hit one of the officers in the face. 
     According to the police, their intention was to only take the man who had hit the restaurant employee to determine the details of the incident and responsibilities, but when several others attacked, they were arrested and taken to the Public Prosecutor. The owner of the restaurant filed charges, as did the Director of Public Safety (the police chief) for aggression against the officers.
      The detainees are: Michel Hernández Gómez, 22, Erick Barrera Salas, 21, Gabino Barrera Basalba, 41, and Mario Martínez Barrera,22, all for intoxication from marijuana consumption. Also behind bars are: Miguel Chávez Domínguez, 41, Ana Lilia Chávez Domínguez, 39, Prisca Barrera Basalba, 51.

Noti Isla Mujeres (you can join this page on FB at this link & view the photos).


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ
Convocan a reflexionar el sacrificio de Jesucristo[+] Ver mas
Catholic priest Raúl Sánchez Alonso gave an interview before the press conference to announce the Viacrucis activities within two weeks. He said the increasing numbers of attendees to this representation of the passion and death of Jesus Christ is the result of spiritual motivation for every one of the organizers and actors.  He called upon believers to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on these dates. There will be two representations.
   The priest has had numbers of groups working with him to develop activities throughout the year, and this has had the effect of generating massive support for the presentations of the death of Jesus Christ, as well as for the commemorations at sea of the Virgin of Caridad de Cobre and of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception (in September and December), and for the commemoration for the Virgin Maria (Guadalupe) on December 12th.

Navy to participate in supervision at whale shark areas
Armada participará en inspección del tiburón ballena] Ver mas
Mary del Carmen Garcia Rivas, Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve, said during the next season of viewing and swimming with the whale sharks, the Mexican Navy will participate in the monitoring of the area where they eat plankton, to protect this resource. She said there is full coordination with the "Yumbalam" Reserve of Flora & Fauna, where whale sharks also appear, to have monitoring and enforce policies. At the first meeting with the licensees, the proposals for improving the regulations were explained. A meeting is scheduled with the Director General of Vida Silvestre (Wildlife), to put the same criteria into operation for the "Aguas Azules" (Blue Waters) area that is under the supervision of that agency.

5000 parishioners are expected to participate in the Viacrucis
Esperan la movilizaron de 5 mil feligreses en el Víacrucis[+] Ver mas
Now that it is within a week of Semana Mayor, the organizing committee of the two Viacrucis events are expecting between 4000 and 5000 attendees. The events will be held Friday, April 3, and the most traditional representation, which is the 23rd annual representation, will go from the Guadalupe Chapel in colonia Meteorologico, to the Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square. This group of 3000 to 4000 will travel the main roads of the island, representing the martyrdom of Jesus, dressed as in Roman times. The event begins at noon, in the heat of the day, and will take two hours.
    The other representation begins at 10am in colonia La Gloria, going along the main streets there and returning to its starting point at Sagrado Corazon church.
  Diario de Quintana Roo ()  notes this is the third consecutive year that there have been two events, and that will be about 160 people involved with the representation of the passion and death of Jesus on the cross
    . The priest, Raul Sanchez Alonso, said the representation this year, which is number XXIII, with be one of the most emotional and spectacular, with new interventions incorporated and added technology. The representation in La Gloria, of the Church of the Sacred Heart, is considered to be a reflection, with participation of the carrying of the cross being attended to by families, youth groups, and the population in general. The representation of the passion and death of the Viacrucis of the downtown Church of Immaculate Conception is more stylized, with the participation of young actors who have been preparing for weeks.
  The role of Jesus Christ will be played by  Wenceslao Trejo Martínez, for the fourth time, of which three were consecutive. The role of the mother of Jesus Christ will be played, for the first time, by Flor Elizabeth Uh Kú.

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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

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)

You are invited to attend a dance and exposition "Ixtabay, living legend" on Wednesday, March 18. Free admission. It says "Art & the Punta Sur/South Point palapa at 5pm"

Thursday, March 19  Red Cross Donation Drive begins with march down mainstreet. Includes kindergarten kids & marchers wear white. Time TBA..late afternoon/early evening usually.

 March 20th from 1 to 4pm there is a sterilization and vaccination campaign for pets at the Community Veterinary center at Hacienda Mundaca. Completely free.

 Friday, March 20 8pm Catholic Church on the town square downtown Symphonic Orchestra
March 20 Equinox   Total Solar Eclipse
March 21 Benito Juarez's Birthday
March 25 & 26  Pet sterilization campaign
March 26 Bus Booze Cruise benefit for Isla Seniors & Friends (Sold out)
Fri March 27 - Sun April 12: Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries. 
March 29 Palm Sunday

April 3,  Friday:   Noon-2p: >3000 people are to expected to join in the Viacrucis event walking from Guadalupe chapel (Meteorologico) to the Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square.
10am:  The other representation of the martyrdom of Christ is in La Gloria..departing & returning to the Catholic church there..down the main streets.

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."

Music (By band & location)

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  ~1p~4p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons including  Chucho (Jesus Campuzano) on Wednesdays, the Cuban musicians Thursdays,  Pao & others on Fridays, someone on Saturday, Cuban musicians w Barbie playing Salsa on Sundays. Tuesday might be reggae.

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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