Thursday, July 23, 2015

Isla Mujeres News & Events Thursday, July 23

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 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

City Council meeting about Anniversary of Founding of the Island

Para sesión solemne por aniversario de la fundación de la Isla

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 22 de julio.-

Out of service in peak holiday season 

En plena temporada vacacional

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ISLA MUJERES, 22 de julio.-.
  The Magana ferry boats are out of service again and it is unknown when they will be operational, causing longer lines at the Maritime Terminal. The manager for the Port Authority, Jazmin Perez Gaytan, said they received notice at 7:15am  from the Magana company that service was suspended until further notice, and the wooden pier remains closed. The Harbor Master said the Magana vessels were working on a regular basis yesterday and he had not received any reports, but he agreed with the APIQRoo manager that the problem was probably mechanical.
        It is noted that since this weekend about 16,000 tourists arrive, or whom 13,000 come via ferries, and the remaining three thousand come by tourist boats. (Another article about these statistics mentioned that of the 13k traveling on the ferries daily, ~25% are residents, which would be ~3000 residents & ~10,000 tourists)

Excellent participation in the photography contest "El Gigante del Mar" 

De fotografía “El Gigante del Mar”

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ISLA MUJERES, 22 de julio.-

    Karina Figueroa, assistant Director of Tourism, said dozens of images have been submitted for the Whale Shark Photography Contest 'Giants of the Sea", which will conclude on Friday July 24th, The theme is obviously related to whale sharks and must include the sea of Isla Mujeres and the ecosystem of the world's largest fish.
     Participants must be at least 15 years old, and post the image to the wall of the Facebook page of Turismo de Isla Mujeres, after being a 'friend' of the page.The image must have no filters and only one photo per person, and contestants consent to use of the images for tourism promotion in Isla Mujeres. The photo with the most likes will win.


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

During the 47th regular session of the City Council at the Town Hall meeting room, the Council members  agreed on the proposal to hold a Special Session  on August 17th to read the formal Decree of Foundation of the Pueblo Of Dolores (Dolores was the original name of the town of Isla Mujeres when it was founded in 1850) for its 165th anniversary.

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
  Friday 24th at 10 am in the facilities of IMM

El Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia de Isla Mujeres (DIF), inició una campaña de concientización sobre temas relacionados con personas con discapacidad.
Se trata de una iniciativa que diga “No a la Discriminación y Sí al Respeto”; el DIF invita a unirse a esta campaña compartiendo la información sobre discapacidad.

This is an initiative that says ' No to Discrimination and Yes to Respect ".  The DIF, social service agency, invites you to join this campaign to raise awareness by sharing the information about people with disabilities.

El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres y la Secretaria de Educación y Cultura del Estado, invitan a participar en la solicitud de una Beca Económica o Excelencia Académica, Estatal o Federal,
The City of Isla Mujeres  and the state Secretary of Education and Culture encourage you to apply for  economic scholarships or academic excellence scholarships, state and federal.

Continúan las conferencias en el marco del VIII Festival del Tiburón Ballena 2015, este martes el Dr. Simon Pierce ofreció experiencias e información sobre "El Tiburón Ballena en el Mundo", quien es experto en el tema.
The conferences continue that are part of the 8th Whale Shark Festival on Tuesday, when Dr Simon Pierce, who is an expert on the subject, shared  experiences and information about whale sharks around the world.

Regresa el programa Basura por Alimentos este viernes 24 de julio a las 8am en el domo verde de la colonia Salina Chica. ¡Participa!
The Program Trash for Food returns this Friday 24 th of July at 8 am in the green dome of colonia Salina Chica. Participate!

Este viernes 24 desde las 8 de la mañana, en las colonias Caribeña y Salina Grande, realizaremos una jornada de descacharrización.
Participa sacando todos tus cacharros y artículos de deshecho a la calle desde la noche del jueves.
Put your junk out Thursday night in colonias Caribe and Salina Grande, for the Junk Pickup on Friday July 24 at 8am.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Islanders complain about long lines

       The skateboarding event for the first "Summer Fest Isla Mujeres" will take place at 10am on Paseo de los Peces in colonia La Gloria on Saturday, July 25 and the street will be closed on Friday afternoon to place a ramp and the obstacles that will be used. Over 25 young people are practicing daily for this event, and technical experts have been invited from Chetumal, Campeche, Mérida, Cancún and  Playa del Carmen, according to Daniel Leyva and Lalo Ragazo, members of the  Isla Skate & Longborad Asociation (ISLA). This association began several months ago when a group of young people practicing in the streets formed the organization and now the sport is attracting more youths. 


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

Whale Shark Photography Contest "Giants of the Sea" has begun...

Isla Mujeres. – Bajo el nombre del “Gigante del Mar” la dirección de Turismo sigue promoviendo su concurso...
Three more fishermen receive treatment at hyperbaric chamber

Isla Mujeres. – El Patronato de la Cámara Hiperbárica de Isla Mujeres confirmó que hasta el momento son seis los pescadores que han recibido atención dentro de la...
So far this lobster  season, which began July 1st, six fishermen have received treatment for decompression in the hyperbaric chamber. The three new cases on July 20th included Mario Landeros Hernandez, 20, of the cooperative Cancun, whose decompression was moderate and his symptoms were dehydration, numbness in both arms, and pain in his knees. He will require six sessions. The second case was fishermen Gabriel Cruz Tuz, 48, of the cooperative Cancun who was diving at 110 feet and experienced pain in his left arm after coming up. Both divers were classes at #5 on the decompression table and were affected the same day. The third case was Manuel Antonio Torres, 22, of the cooperative Patira & Progreso who dove twice to 140 feet, and after he returned to Isla Mujeres he experienced numbness in both legs. He also was diagnosed with moderate decompression at #5 on the decompression table, and will require five sessions over several days.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Long lines to board ferry
Interminables filas para abordar el barco Ver mas 

Small amount of seaweed that arrives is under control
Controlado el poco sargazo que arriba.. [+] Ver mas 


Today's Events....

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

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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, 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:
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

Information and rules for the contests and activities of the Whale Shark Festival 2015: 
   (Decisions of the Judges of the Organizing Committee are final in all these contests.)

  The first poster is about a contest for children 7-12 to create a 'collage' or 'mural' of 1m x 1m from recycled materials, and they may also use paint, crayons, and markers, for the contest on Thursday, July 23 at 8pm on the Town Square stage. The theme is Whale Sharks and marine life of Isla Mujeres and there are surprise prizes. Deadline to register at the Tourism Dept offices, during office hours 9-4, is Thursday, July 23 at 3:30, and the artwork must be at the stage by 7:45 pm on Friday. Judging is based on: creativity, cleanliness, and use of materials to express the theme. 

   The second is a costume contest for children 0-12, made from any materials, with the theme of whale sharks and marine life, and cannot involve commercial designs. It will also take place Thursday on the Town Square stage at 8pm, and has the same registration information, with surprise prizes. Judging is based on: expressing the theme, creativity, aesthetics, finished appearance, harmony, design, and colorfulness.

     The poster below is for the Photography Contest being held on the Tourismo de Isla Mujere Facebook page from July 18-24 for people 15 and over. The theme is the Giant of the Sea (and the protagonist of the photograph must be "The Sea of Isla Mujeres and its Marine Ecosystem"). Post a photograph to the wall of Turismo de Isla Mueres that expresses the theme of the contest. Those that do not relate to the theme will be disqualified. The photo with the most "Likes" between July 21 at 9am and July 24 at noon will win.
      The photo must be natural, without filters, and participation authorizes the use of the photograph for promotion of tourism in Isla Mujeres. Each participant may only submit one photograph. The winner will be announced at the closing event of the Whale Shark Festival on Friday, with surprise prizes. A professional photographer will be involved with reviewing the photographs.

     The poster below is for the sand sculpture contest for families on the Posada beach Thursday, July 23 at 10am. Each family team must have a minimum of two members and a maximum of 4, must begin together, and have two hours to finish. The theme is Whale Sharks and the Marine Life of Isla Mujeres. The registration may be done at the Tourism office during office hours or the day of the contest at the beach between 9:30 and 10am. Tools may be used such at buckets for water, wooden sticks, spatulas, water sprayers, rulers, and brushes, but molds may not be used. Shells and algae may be used for adornment, without affecting the natural environment. Judging is based on creativity, cleanliness, symmetry, degree of difficulty, and finished appearance.

Amigos of Isla Contoy have provided a traveling exhibition for the 8th edition of the the Whale Shark Festival. Come and join this festival in honor of these majestic animals of the sea

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

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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