Friday, July 24, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, July 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
 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 

Today's events 
     8am Salina Chica Green Dome  "Recycle Trash for Food" event
     8am Junk Pick Up in colinas Salina Grande and Caribe  

Orange Day against Violence Against Women: Wear orange to show support
10am events at IMM facilities: (Municipal Women's Institute)
Zumba class
 Beauty Fair: Manicures
                      Hair cuts (Women, men, children)
                      Eyebrow grooming
                      Acrylic nail applications (50pesos)
                      Social Workers
                      Legal Assistant

 Last day of Whale Shark Festival
This evening on the Town Square:
6:30 p Kermesse with local foods & snacks
            Fair of the Whale Shark licensees
7p Gastronomic Contest featuring Lion Fish entrees
8p Family contest of pinatas
         Prizes for the Photograph Contest on Social Networks
        Cultural Festival: ? (can't read the name) Dance Troupe of Isla Mujeres

Paseo de los Peces may be closed (or at least half of it) this afternoon to set up the ramps and obstacles for the Skateboard event "Summer Fest Isla Mujeres" 10am tomorrow, Saturday.


Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos  HERE.


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Three extra ferry crossings

 Empresa dispone de tres cruces extras

Lanrry PARRA
   This article says the Transbordadora Maritima, the vehicle ferry, has added three extra crossings for the summer tourist season due to increased demand, with the extra crossings leaving Isla Mujeres for Punta Sam at 5a, 11:30a, and 2:15, but according to their summer schedule posted at the bottom of this page last week, that last one may leave at 2:45  From Punta Sam, the extra crossings are at 6:15a, 1p, and 3:30p.
ISLA MUJERES, 23 de julio.-

Controversial worker no longer at IMSS pharmacy 

De la farmacia del IMSS

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de julio.-
      Although there has been no official statement from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in Isla Mujeres, confirmation was obtained that the manager of the pharmacy of the Family Medicine Unit (FMU), Francisco Medina Miguel Rovira,  was discharged on June 6, (sic) as recorded in the official document 249001410100/2012/2015 of this same institution.
   The document says, "The termination of the individual employment contract signed between Miguel Rovira Francisco Medina and the IMSS, without liability for the employer", since 6 July, from investigation case number IMMS-ZN-QR / 061/2015 .
     Regarding this issue, the manager of the FMU of the IMSS in Isla Mujeres, Miguel Pena Carmona, said he didn't know about any termination of contract and confirmed that at this time the worker Miguel Francisco Medina Rovira is on vacation from Monday July 20 and expected to return to work within two weeks. The IMSS spokesmen said he has no information about this case and that the legal department is in charge of it, and pledged to facilitate the report when he receives it. 
     It is noted that the case was referred to the Legal department after a complaint was made and a petition was signed on July 6 by unhappy beneficiaries, led by Adara Orlayneta Méndez and Juan Carlos Herrera García, against Medina Rovira, an administrative assistant at the FMU. An announcement had been made on social networks concerning the petition and complaints.  

Agapito participates in second work meeting between Mayors and Federal Legislators  

Participa Agapito en segunda reunión de trabajo entre Ediles y delegados federales

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de julio.-
  See translation below in the City section...


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

   On Thursday, the municipal president of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magaña Sanchez, went to the Second Meeting of  2015 between the Municipal Presidents and the Federal Legislators of Quintana Roo, which took place in Cozumel. 
      The first meeting took place in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, at Punta Sam on March 5th. The main objective of this meeting was to maintain communication and collaboration concerning the agreements reached at the previous meeting. 
     These meetings are a sign of the willingness and readiness of the three levels of government to work together to establish strategies and means that allow them to meet their obligations and to be close to the people and responsive to their social needs.

Continúan las actividades del Festival del Tiburón Ballena 2015, este día se realizó un divertido y concurrido concurso de esculturas de arena.
Ven y disfruta de Isla Mujeres en esta temporada vacacional.
The activities continue of the Whale Shark Festival 2015, and a fun sand sculpture contest was held. Come and enjoy vacation season in Isla Mujeres. 

En Isla Mujeres tenemos grandes aliados para garantizar la paz, la seguridad y la tranquilidad en estas vacaciones; nuestra gratitud y reconocimiento a los elementos de la Marina Armada de México.
In Isla Mujeres, we have great allies to ensure peace, security and tranquility in these holidays; our gratitude and appreciation to the personnel of the Naval Armada of Mexico.

Únete al día Naranja en Contra de la Violencia hacía la Mujeres.
Te esperamos este viernes 24 a las 10am en las instalaciones de la IMM

Join the Orange Day against Violence Against Women.
Join us this Friday 24 at 10 am in the facilities of the IMM

It Says:
Orange Day against Violence Against Women at IMM facilites 10am
Zumba class
 Beauty Fair: Manicures
                      Hair cuts (Women, men, children)
                      Eyebrow grooming
                      Acrylic nail applications (50pesos)
                      Social Workers
                      Legal Assistant

"Mantarrayas y otros pelágicos en el mundo" fue la conferencia que la Dra. Andrea Marshall experta en el tema, brindó en el sexto día del Festival del Tiburón Ballena 2015.
"Manta rays and other pelagic in the world" was the topic by Dr Andrea Marshall, expert on the subject, at the conference on the sixth day of the Whale Shark Festival 2015.

These two posters were published yesterday at ~11am, for the Pinata Contest tonight and Golf Cart Decorating contest yesterday.
    The Pinata Family Contest will be at 8:30 tonight (Friday) on the Town Square Stage and judged according to creativity, originality, and presentation. Registration is at the Tourism office Monday thru Friday 9-4, with the deadline on Friday/today at 3:30p and the Pinatas need to be at the stage between 7p and 7:45p. One per family, of any materials, surprise prizes to be awarded to the winner at the contest.

This is for the Golf Cart Decorating Contest yesterday saying it was scheduled to depart from the Concrete Pier on Rueda Medina (between the whale shark monument and the car ferry) at 7pm, with the judging based on Creativity, Finished appearance, Design, Colorfulness, and Appropriateness for the theme. Same registration rules, with deadline 3:30 Thursday/yesterday at the Tourism Office. Surprise prizes.

Turismo de Isla Mujeres on Facebook (at this LINK)

Go to the site to see whale shark photos entered in the photography contest...(The one with the most 'Likes' will win)

Photos by Ofelda Ancona Martinez of the Concurso de Escultura en Arena...Sand Sculpture Contest


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Still with yesterday's news at ~8a.


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


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Contract finally terminated
Por fin lo corrieronav.. [+] Ver ma
This is the same information that was translated above concerning the IMSS pharmacy employee.

Talking to children about their rights
Dan pláticas a niños sobre sus derechos (lacks link)

On July 20, 23, and 27 from 11am to noon at the colonia Salinas dome, talks on the subject "Rights of Children and the Prevention of Bullying" will be held. The format will include questions and answers, and the talks are aimed toward girls and youths between 10 and 14 years of age. They are being conducted by Yadira Jimenez Meneses, a specialist with the Human Rights Commission of Quintana Roo.

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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

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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, Bahama Mama, Brisas, 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.

Sunset ~7:30

Moonrise over the Caribbean
July 1  6:40
July 2  7:35
July 3  8:30
July 4  9:25
July 5 10:17
July 6 11:06
July 7 11:54

July 1 (In Canada) Canada Day
July 2  Blue Flag raising event at Posada del Mar beach

July 2 at 7:45pm on the Town Square. Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015.
July 4 US Independence Day  Probably celebrated at bars where English is often spoken

July 4, Saturday, 10:30a Tee Ball game for children age 3-7 at El Pescador baseball stadium (in front of Chedrui)   

July 5, Sunday, Poc Na Reggae concert


July 10, Friday, PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament Welcome Cocktail Party at Posada del Mar palapa restaurant

July 11, Saturday, 8am Barracuda Fishing Tournament at the pier of the cooperative Caribe. Motorcycles for the first three winners and 7 cash prizes. Registration is 800 pesos.

July 11, Saturday,  Isla to Isla Open Water Swimming Event to arrive at Posada del Mar beach. Followed by samples of seafood from local restaurants 

Friday, July 17 Mega Event with Recycle Trash for Food exchange, Health Fair, and over 300 services available at Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria

Friday, July 17 7:30p Showing of movie "“Vecinos Invasores” at Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria....a movie by DreamWorks animation to raise awareness about conservation & helping the environment  (This trailer is in English, the version shown will be in Spanish. It's called "Over the Hedge")  (Link)

The Bam Bam Circus is in town, set up at the soccer fields near Boxito

Whale Shark Festival  
Saturday, July 18 to Friday July 24 

(The schedule that was here has been replaced by the updated version below)

Saturday July 18: Whale Shark Monument
7p Inaugural ribbon cutting & cocktails for the 8th Whale Shark Festival
8p  Showing of the Documentary: Mexico Pelagico"

          Saturday July 18 International Women's Dive Day event 1p-5p at Marina Paraiso pool for women over 10 to learn about diving. Free. 

            July 18 Anniversary of the death of President Benito Juarez (March 21, 1806 to July 18, 1872)

Sunday July 19
10am Family Sand Sculpture Contest at Playa Centro (the Posada Beach)
7p   Kermesse with local foods & snacks at Town Square
7:30p Dancers performing from Renatta Dance Academy at Town Square featuring over 70 dancers, from 3 years of age, dancing for over two hours, with performances including: La Máscara (The Mask), Rey León (Lion King), Flash Dance, Hombre Araña (Spiderman), High School Musical, and Frozzen

July 20-24  9a-12p
Photographic contest of Facebook "The Giants of the Sea" on FB at Turismo de Isla Mujeres  (LINK)
Traveling Exhibition on Town Square by Friends of Isla Contoy: Raising Awareness about Whale Shark Conservation

Monday July 20:
 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
      Topic: Conservation and Management of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve. M C. Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve & Isla Contoy National Park

Tuesday, July 21: 
5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
      Topic: Connecting the Dots: Solving the Global Whale Shark Mystery/same in Spanish Dr Simon Pierce Expert...I can't read the rest.

Wednesday, July 22:
11am  Children's Environmental Workshop by Prof. Dario Ferrera Pitto, Environmental Education Program of  Manta Caribe
 7p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
      Topic: Ray of Hope for Mantas/same in Spanish Dra. Andrea Marshall, International Specialist on Manta Rays

Thursday, July 23:
10am Family Sand Sculpture Contest Posada Beach (Playa Centro) 
 5p   Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall,
        Topic:  Conservation, Instigation, and Education about Manta Rays by by Biologist Karen Fuentes, researcher of Manta Rays in Mexico
7p   Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall,
       Topic: Research on Whale Sharks in Quintana Roo by Biologis Rafael De la Parra, coordinator of research of pelagics in Mexico
7p   Parade and Contest for decorated golf carts from the concrete pier (by the Whale Shark Monument) to the Town Square.
7:30p Kermesse featuring local foods & snacks at Town Square
           Fair of the Whale Shark Licensees
8p   Children's Costume Contest, made with recycled materials
        Children's Collage Contest, made of recycled materials 

        Cultural Festival with Senior Citizens Dance Troupe

 Friday, July 24 Town Square:
6:30 p Kermesse with local foods & snacks
            Fair of the Whale Shark licensees
7p Gastronomic Contest featuring Lion Fish entrees
8p Family contest of pinatas
         Prizes for the Photograph Contest on Social Networks
        Cultural Festival: ? (can't read the name) Dance Troupe of Isla Mujeres

Friday, July 24
     8am Salina Chica Green Dome  "Recycle Trash for Food" event
     8am Junk Pick Up in colinas Salina Grande and Caribe  

Orange Day against Violence Against Women at IMM facilites 10am
Zumba class
 Beauty Fair: Manicures
                      Hair cuts (Women, men, children)
                      Eyebrow grooming
                      Acrylic nail applications (50pesos)
                      Social Workers
                      Legal Assistant

Saturday, July 25 10am Colonia La Gloria, Paseo de los Peces
                                 "Summer Fest Isla Mujeres"   Skateboard event 

July 30 Anniversary of the death of Miguel Hidalgo (May 8, 1753 to July 31, 1811)

July 30 Mundaca Palapa Ballet Gala by the Classical Dance Company of Quintana Roo

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)
Isla Animals: Vet clinic at Mundaca Hacienda

 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

Limited Time Opportunity during month of JULY! Donor will match your funds to sponsor a student in the  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program -
We are excited to announce that a very generous anonymous donor has agreed to do a second round of fund matching for the 2015/16 school year!
*Any one time donation in July  (from anyone, including current sponsors).
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July for a one year sponsorship (does not have to be paid all at once)
*Any current sponsor who increases their monthly dollar amount beginning in July
     All new funds as listed above will be matched dollar for dollar with the money going to the 'General Slush Fund' of the program. This fund is available to be used by any student for needs such as graduation expenses, licensing, field trips, books, or other extra needs that are approved by the sponsors. The funds can also be used to help with monthly expenses for any student, as needed.
We suggest that sponsors join at $30 or $55 level per month.
       Our program has been going now for 10 years and we have many successful college graduates who would not have had the opportunity to finish high school without support. If you have been thinking about joining, now is a great time!
      For more information about the students whom need additional sponsors or general information please email


 John Cain's schedule  (Updated July 21)
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   El Patio Sol Rockers 
Tuesday 9:30-11:30 Sol Rockers at El Patio
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45 
Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music (Updated June 1)

Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30 
Tuesday Jazz from Toronto 5-7,  Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Sol Rockers 9:30-11
Wednesday  Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Friday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays. Salsa, Cumbia, Cuban music. Update July 4: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p & weekdays usually, except Mondays

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated June 1)

You may find live music at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: ~10-12 
Morgan's:  Between 7 & 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)
Poc Na Hostel: Starting ~10p to late
Veradara's Cuban restaurant  Saturdays ~3p Cuban music

 Poc Na  Thursdays

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

No Artists Fairs since April, scheduled to resume in November  

 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p ~Nov-April. 

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