Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, March 24

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 westofcuba@gmail.com

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Use caution around park bushes at Town Square

Al picar provocan altas temperaturas: Se han detectado en el parque principal

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 23 de marzo.-
Some housewives are saying the worms on the bushes at the park downtown look similar to those known as "chamaquin", whose stings can cause fevers and affect blood pressure. Therefore, they want immediate intervention by City employees to eradicate them. This has not been confirmed and other people say these worms are harmless, and that the type which pose a danger are of the color black and are thicker. 

Emotional homage to Luis Donaldo Colosio on the 21st anniversary of his death 

En su XXI aniversario luctuoso

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 23 de marzo.-
See translation in the City section below

Panoramic tower to be totally dismantled in the upcoming days 

En los próximos días, la Torre Panorámica

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 23 de marzo.-
 The Garrafon park panoramic tower, which has been inoperative for several years, is expected to be dismantled entirely this week or, at the latest, the following week. During the short time it remained in operation, it offered a special view of the Bay of Isla Mujeres, as well as the entire island and its surroundings.
  Those who disliked it say it was not in keeping with the landscape of a Caribbean destination, but rather seemed like something found in a park like Disneyland. Also, while it was inoperative, there were comments that it could be dangerous if it was damaged in a hurricane.
      The fact of the matter is that the tower is being demolished and removed and will disappear in the upcoming days.

Recent video of the top section coming down by Gerry Wawzonek...Thanks!


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

Commemorating the anniversary of the death of Luis Donaldo Colosio

In colonia Amplification la Gloria, at the Las Hormiguitas park (the worker ants), a bust of Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta was unveiled in a ceremony commemorating the 21st anniversary of his death.
       Fidel Villanueva Madrid, (municipal trustee and town historian) spoke as a representative of the City, saying, "In Isla Mujeres we have reason to remember Luis Donaldo Colosio, regardless of his importance at the national level. Here he left his mark in the form of  innovative and transformative public works and services that until today have been enjoyed by all, while most did not know that it was he who made the political efforts to solve the old demands of the islanders. "  
     In the island municipality, his material legacy is transcendent and important. It was he who gave the infrastructure and equipment for trash collection and for its transfer to the mainland landfill. In this manner, the island was able to eliminate its open landfill. 
   Another major public work he left behind for the future generations of the islnd was the Program of Lagoon Sanitation, which ended the contamination of Salina Grande, as well as in this same vein, by dredging, land was gained from these bodies of water, which is currently benefiting the community in the form of sports fields, civic areas, green spaces, and parks. 
   Over time, with his intervention, resources were assigned for the project of the Cross in the Bay,  the urban image of the downtown Historic Center, and for the rescue of the ruins of the Mayas at Punta Sur/South Point, among other works. 
       In Isla Mujeres, Luis Donaldo Colosio will always be remembered, not a someone who produced rhetoric, but rather as someone whose results are tangible and obvious to everyone. Therefore, with this simple but meaningful event on Monday morning, the community and the municipal government left this sign of their gratitude to the ill-fated Sonoran politician who had long range vision.  
   Por Esto (Link)  notes that the bust is located along the Salina Grande walking path, near the playground of the Hormiguitas Obreras park in colonia Amplification La Gloria.
     (He was a PRI presidential candidate, who was assassinated at a campaign rally in Tijuana four months before the 1994 election. Since a presidential candidate cannot hold office during the six months before the election, many politicians were ineligible to replace him. Ernesto Zedillo was elected president, becoming the last PRI president from the longest lasting one-party rule in modern times in Mexico.)

With the invaluable assistance of the staff of the State Ministry of Health, and volunteers, the formal opening ceremony was conducted for the National Campaign for Anti Rabies Vaccinations at Rancho Viejo on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres. The slogan is "Remember to vaccinate your dogs & cats. Protect your family". Notices were distributed to the population during the three days prior to the start of the vaccination campaign, which helped with its success.The event began punctually at the designated time and hundreds of people brought their cats and dogs to be vaccinated against the viral disease of rabies.

Anti Rabies Campaign: benefiting 1500 pets in the Continental Zone and on the Island.
Campaña de Vacunacion Antirrabica
Beneficiando a 1500 mascotas tanto en Zona Insular como en Zona Continental.

Formal initiation of the anti rabies campaign


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

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

Seeking "Magic Town" designation
En busca del distintivo “Pueblo Mágico”[+] Ver mas
.Legislator Juan Carrillo Soberanis was on the island participating in the event commemorating the 21st anniversary of the death of Luis Donaldo Colosio. He said the Tourism Ministry officials left with a good impression, after they were on the island on March 19th and 20th  evaluating whether Isla Mujeres qualifies for designation as a Pueblo Magico.
     He said, "I know they were given a very good impression because Isla Mujeres has everything required to become a Pueblo Magico...history, music, culture, architecture, and everything in general that has to do with tourism." He said there are other destinations in Quintana Roo who are also seeking this distinction, and in this regard, he is sure that SECTUR with take them all into account, but still, he will push for Isla Mujeres to be selected and he will encourage members from other districts to support him in this regard.  
   He noted that in December he worked on an initiative to promote employment for the disabled, presenting a joint initiative with Susana Hurtado, which is of real benefit to disabled people. He said, "Statistics show that in Quintana Roo, three to four percent of the population has a disability. They are entitled to have a decent job." He explained that the initiative requires that large companies such as supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses who have more than 50 employees must include at least two person with disabilities in their workforce.

Lifeguards rescue young woman
Guardavidas rescata a joven mujer[+] Ver mas
A young couple were enjoying their honeymoon with a visit to Isla Mujeres, when the bride lost her footing in the water and was rescued by lifeguard Luis Antonio González Martín. The newlyweds from Guadalajara, Jalisco, came for a day trip from Cancun, and settled into loungers on Playa Norte.
      Laura Vanessa Meléndez, 25, who cannot swim, decided to cool off in the waist-deep water. She continued to walk out until the water was chest deep, when she was thinking of returning to shore.. A small current caused her to lose her footing. She panicked and began struggling when she realized she was no longer standing on solid ground. She was sinking and surfacing, which caused her husband,  José Manuel Silva, 26, to alert the lifeguard in the area.
      The lifeguard did not hesitate and immediately ran into the water to rescue the young woman. He quickly arrived at the place where the tourist was struggling to stay afloat. He calmed her and reassured her that everything was going to be okay, and helped her back to shore, where her anguished husband was waiting.
    The lifeguard gave her first aid and she responded favorably. At that point she rejected his suggestion to call the Red Cross. She preferred to rest on her lounger, and asked for a glass of water, taking slow sips, recovering from the scare.
       She asked the lifeguards, who stayed with the couple, "Can I eat something, or will it make me sick?" She said she felt dizzy and confused, and her stomach was upset, which was presumably caused by the amount of salt water she swallowed, and fortunately had thrown up.
       Her new husband, who was recovering from the scare, commented that they will never forget their visit to Isla Mueres.

Mournful tribute for Luis D. Colosio
Homenaje luctuoso por Luis D. Colosio[+] Ver mas

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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 & Dance...at 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

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 bullridersnider@yahoo.com, 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, La Guerra & 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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