Saturday, May 30, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, May 30

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

Everything is ready for the arrival of 587 swimmers

v Para el arribo de 587 nadadores

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 29 de mayo.-
 Nearly 600 swimmers will arrive at Playa Lancheros beach around 10am on Saturday morning, and the Playa Lanchero's manager, Alicia Magana Moguel, said preparations are in their final stage. For this swimming competition between Cancun and Isla Mujeres, some competitors will swim a distance of 10km, while others will swim 3 kilometers. The athletes are from 22 states in Mexico, including Quintana Roo, and six countries, including Canada, Germany, Ireland, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the United States.
   Those who are swimming three kilometers will depart from PLaya Tortugas at 7:30am and those swimming 10km will leave Playa Caracol at 8am. There are 208 swimmers taking the longer route, divided into the categories of Children, Youth, and Master. 
   The route will be protected by 30 boats, including those of authorities such as the Navy and Civil Protection as well as boats provided by the organizing committee. This competition has become a traditions, attracting both national and international competitors. After the competition, the swimmers and their families remain at the beach to enjoy the rest of the day.

Voting locations designated for the June 7th federal elections

 De cara a las elecciones federales del 7 de junio

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 29 de mayo.-
The locations for the June 7th elections of federal legislators have been designated, where thousands of voters are expected. Downtown they will be at the General Hospital and the primary school "Andres Quintana Roo", with a special box at the Maritime Terminal. In colonia Salinas they will be at the kindergarten “Enriqueta Camarillo y Roa”, and at the primary school “César Mendoza Santana”. In colonia Electristas the voting location will be the middle school "Benito Juarez". In colonia Miraflores, it will be at the kindergarten "Tlaloc" and at the Red Cross facility. There will be voting boxes at the primary school "Julio Saury Espinosa", where the largest number of voters are concentrated. There will also be voting locations set up on the mainland.


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

Literary contest of Isla Mujeres 2015
Conoce la convocatoria de los Juegos Florales de Isla Mujeres 2015

Inauguration Thursday evening of the Maya Riviera Film Festival at the incomparable Posada del Mar beach. It ends May 30th and the films begin at 7:30 nightly.
En un escenario inmejorable, la Playa Posada del Mar se inauguró el festival “Riviera Maya Films”, la cual culmina el 30 de mayo. Las proyecciones se llevan a cabo a partir de las 7 y media de la noche.

Certificates were delivered at the conclusion of this cycle of the National English Program for Basic Education that is provided for primary school children by the association Volunquest in coordination with the municipal government of Isla Mujeres.
Concluyó el ciclo del Programa Nacional de Ingles en Educación Básica que la asociación Volunquest en coordinación con el gobierno municipal de Isla Mujeres, ofrecen a los niños que cursan su educación primaria; se entregaron las constancias respectivas.

It says, "I need my collar and my tag in case I get lost"
Un collar o placa, hace la diferencia.  A collar or tag makes the difference. Law for the Protection and Welfare of Animals.
Ley de Protección y Bienestar Animal.


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

The Ministry of Education and Culture (SEyC) gave awards to volunteer teachers from the University of Maine, for their...
Isla Mujeres. – La Secretaría de Educación y Cultura (SEyC) entregó reconocimientos a maestros voluntarios de la Universidad de Maine, por su...

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

Preparations for Navy Day
Preparativos para el “Día de la Marina”Ver mas

Everything is ready for the celebration of Día de la Marina, on Monday, June 1st, when the ferry companies will reduce their crossings for the commemoration of sailors and officers with scheduled activities. The ferry companies who cross between Puerto Juarez and Isla Mujeres (UltraMar and Magana) will cancel their first and last trips to allow time for their crews to celebrate the occasion. Each company celebrates with their crews in their respective areas, and fishermen and lancheros gather with their friends and families for the occasion.
      Marítima Isla Mujeres, who provide cargo ferry services from Punta Sam, said on this day they will provide five round trips passages, and three trips will be cancelled, with normal service resuming on Tuesday. On June 1st they will depart at the island at  06:00, 09:30, 12:45, 16:15 and 19:15; and depart to return to Punta Sam at, 07:15, 11:00, 14:45, 17:30 and 20:15.( Las salidas entonces para esta compañía en la isla serán de 06:00, 09:30, 12:45, 16:15 y 19:15; y retorno de Punta Sam, 07:15, 11:00, 14:45, 17:30 y 20:15 horas.)
    The official activities are scheduled to begin at 10am with a commemorative ceremony of the LXXIII Anniversary of Navy Day on the Esplanade of the Naval base. 40 minutes later the vessels will depart to witness the ceremonial placing of a wreath in the Bay in honor of the sailors who died in the line of duty. Those who are invited include representatives from all levels of governments, from society and all sectors of the community of Isla Mujeres.

Volunquest expands classes
Volunquest ampliará coberturaVer mas
The second cycle of the English Program for Basic Education was concluded, which is run by the civil association Volunquest, in coordination with the municipal government, providing classes for hundreds of children who attend primary school. Certificates were delivered to the students during an event at the primary school "Julio Sauri", in the presence of ~20 volunteers who contributed their time and knowledge for free.
   In March, 2014, a collaboration agreement was signed for volunteers to participate, with enthusiasm that this type of effort will continue "to guide these children in learning a second language on the island and this will serve them in the future when they seek employment here, where most of the jobs are in the tourism industry." This agreement includes the objective to implement the National English Program in Basic Education in the schools of the municipality, and the primary schools that have benefited are Andrés Quintana Roo, César Mendoza and both shifts at Julio Sauri, with a total of 502 students who are learning English.
   The next step with this type of commitment is to expand the coverage to the middle school and high school levels with the participation of "those professionals who contribute their time and expertise, who are available so the children can benefit from having the opportunity to learn.", said one of those involved, who said this is necessary for this agreement to succeed.

Ultramar reduces late night crossings
Ultramar reduce operaciones nocturnas+] Ver mas
This information has been translated previously, about Ultramar having added three extra late night crossing on weekends before Easter, which is now cut back to one additional trip. Therefore on Friday and Saturday nights, the last ferry will leave the mainland at 12:30am and will depart Isla Mujeres at 1am.

First Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015
Primera Feria Ambiental Isla Mujeres 2015[+] Ver mas

An Environmental civic association is preparing for its first annual fair to publicize information about more than two decades of work, as well as new agreements to address the need to promote public awareness. Participating in this fair will be representatives from the Navy, Human Rights Commission, CFE Federal Electricity Commission, local government, CROC labor union, and numerous volunteers. There will be a photographic exhibition of children from the 90's who are now parents already.
   The NGO "Green Patrol" Patrulla Verde is grateful to these generations of young people who have worked at recycling plastics, removing cigarette butts, and other activities that have been developed, said Jesus Molina, one of the main activists.
   The "First Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015" is part of the celebration of World Environment Day, June 5, with the work of exposure increased between the hours of 9am and noon. "There will be various ecological and informative events, with special participation by the Navy, who will staff an exhibit of their diving equipment and the rescue program to combat pollution at sea, as well as a conference that is open to the public, entitled "Mangrove".
   Meanwhile, the CFE will present an exhibit of different ways to produce electricity, aimed at primary school children. The Human Rights Commission will have a booth. Members of the CROC union (los croquistas) will volunteer and are donating ornamental plants for reforestation. The municipal DIF will have their activities, and are distributing discs about water conservation. Aguakan will have an information booth. The Maritime Terminal is sponsoring a drawing contest titled "Caring for Nature thru the eyes of children". The  Clínica Veterinaria de Isla Mujeres A.C will have a booth with animal for adoption, in addition to materials on animal care. The Tortugranja will have a booth about thei work they do for the preservation, reproduction, and care of sea turtles. The municipal Ecology department will be actively involved, and will have a booth. The Green Patrol will exhibit photographs from their 15 years of work with the educational activities.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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.

May Events

Sunrise ~6:15a
Sunset  ~7:10p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
May 2  6:10
May 3  7:01
May 4  7:54
May 5  8:48
May 6  9:43
May 7 10:36

Thursday, April 30 Regata del Sol al Sol Cocktail Party at Ballyho's (1:30), Poker Run (3:30p), Mayor's Reception (7p)

Thursday, April 30 Dia del Nino / Children's Day

May 1, Friday:  Dia del Trabajo - Labor Day. A national public holiday with political and labor union marches and official speeches. Schools, banks and government offices are closed.

May 1. Friday:  Regata del Sol al Sol Amigo's Regatta: Children board (10:30a), Departure (~11:30a) Awards ceremony at Buhos (7p)

May 3, Sunday: Dia de la Santa Cruz - Day of the Holy Cross
This celebration dates back to colonial times. Construction workers decorate crosses with flowers and mount them on buildings under construction, and have picnics at the site.

May 5. Tuesday: Cinco de Mayo (Battle of Puebla). No school. This date is commemorated more enthusiastically in the US, as general celebration of Mexican culture (and opportunity for abundant consumption of salsa, chips, and Mexican beer.).
      Here it is an 'optional' holiday (office & bank closings vary state to state) commemorating the victory of Mexican troops against a large number of French troops in 1862.
        (Then, more French troops arrived, sending Benito Juarez's government into exile, and Maximilian was crowned emperor of Mexico in 1864. At the time, the US was involved with its Civil War, 1861-65.  {Link:How Battle of Puebla affected US Civil War.} Then the US supported Mexico and invoked the Monroe Doctrine against European involvement in the Western Hemisphere. Napoleon III withdrew French troops in 1866.)

Soggy Peso is having a Cinco de Mayo party w Jeff Current playing music 5-7:30

May 6, Wednesday...Inauguration of a painting exhibit at the Magana Maritime Terminal-continues for 2 weeks:  “Mujeres del Caribe, Arte en Todas Partes”

Thursdays at 8:30p at Poc Na


May 8, Friday: Artes en Todas Partes event, maybe. TBA
                         7th Annual Water Rally (Teens compete in teams & learn about water conservation and processing)
May 10, Sunday: Mothers Day (Restaurants will be busy, and florists & mariachis.)

May 14, Thursday...see PocNa poster

May 15, Friday: Teacher's Day.  No School.
                            Artes en Todas Partes Event, maybe,TBA.
                            Start of Turtle Nesting Protection Program along the eastern coast and the eggs are incubated at the Tortugranja, with public releases of hatchlings in the fall.  (Hawksbills begin laying in earlier, so tours are made to watch for their nests starting ~May 1)
                              Start of the Whale Shark tour season may vary and continues until ~Sept. 15th
May 16, Saturday
You're invited to the annual pink wig breakfast, with raffle, gifts and awards. 200 peso donation. You and your friends can wear your favorite color and of various colors, in the design you prefer. Tickets available at the offices of Por Siempre Viva, phone 8770073

May 21, Thursday...see Poc Na poster

Fishing Tournament May 22, 23, & 24 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

(May 22 & 23: From Xcaret to Cozumel:  Travesia Sagrada Maya - Sacred Mayan Journey. Recreating the pilgrimage of the ancient Maya to worship the Goddess lxChel, canoeists in pre-hispanic-style vessels race approximately 17 miles.)

 May 28-30 Posada Beach: Maya Riviera Film Festival
Thursday's 'surprise film' has been announced. It's "Results"...which is in English. LINK 

May 29, Friday No School (Last Friday of Month...Technical Meetings)

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Mondays & Thurdays at El Patio 6p on Hidalgo..more info HERE.
Discontinued for low season

No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

  The Women's Fishing Tournament, "La Dorada", organized by the DIF is planed for June 26 & 27.

 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  (Updated mid May)
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   El Patio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45

Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono) (Updated 5/21)
Sunday The Sol Rockers 730-930 , Isla-Cali 930-1130
Monday Isla-Cali  930-1130
Tuesday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30 
Wednesday  The Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30
Thursday Miguel 7:30-9:30
Friday Rayan Rickman 7-9:30
Saturday Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

For June
Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30
Tuesday Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Miguel 7:30-9:30,  Jazz from Toronto 9:30-11:30
Friday Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays (Updated 5/21)

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated mid May)

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)

 Poc Na Hostel: 9:30 or later

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant


 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p ~Nov-April. 
Now the City is having Arte en Todas Partes events on Fridays.

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