Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, December 9

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Marthy presents second annual DIF report 

Marthy presenta segundo informe de labores al frente del DIF municipal

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 8 de diciembre.-
   See translation below in the City section....

City workers repairing Christmas tree     

Inmediatas labores de trabajadores de la Comuna

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 8 de diciembre.-
   City workers had the Christmas tree nearly ready to for its lighting, when it fell over, requiring them to reassemble it. A worker explained that one of the stabilizing wires gave way from the excess weight of the tree and ornaments. This morning they were reinforcing the welding of the support of the top part, and then will resume reassembling it.
    The Christmas tree should be ready for lighting on Wednesday by municipal authorities.  


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

December 8: Anniversary of the Birth of Diego Rivera  
Hoy 8 de Diciembre, Natalicio de Diego Rivera.

Accompanied by her family and coworkers of the DIF social service agency, Sra. Marthy Vargas León de Magaña, gave a report about the work done in the past year.      
    The president of the DIF, Marthy Vargas Leon de Magana, explained the daily work and the projects that have been carried out by the DIF social service agency during the past year on the island, in the Continental Zone, and in the Agricultural Area on the mainland. A video report was shown, highlighting that the purpose of the agency is to serve and assist various sectors of society who are in need and providing assistance to families or group members who request it.
       She said providing for the elderly was more than just an institutional obligation, "It is a moral commitment to provide understanding and attention with love and responsibility." She reported about their efforts to reach youths with appropriate ideas and initiatives, with the goal of raising their awareness about problems such as violence against women.
         One of the important accomplishments has been providing a staffed Community Kitchen where the families of colonia Francisco May (on the mainland), can obtain a breakfast daily. Regarding people with disabilities, in the video the DIF president said working with them is based on three principles: inclusion, respect, and creating opportunities for full development for people and their families. Names of officials are given.

During the entire month of December, taxpayers can take advantage of a program of discounts to facilitate payment of property taxes.
Durante todo el mes de diciembre, los contribuyentes siguen aprovechando el programa de descuentos y facilidades para cumplir con el pago del impuesto predial.

A meeting was held by Leopoldo Proal Bustos, SEGOB delegate in Quintana Roo, with the presidents of the municipalities and the federal legislators to improve coordination between the agencies, for the fulfillment of objectives for the benefit of Isla Mujeres.
Con la convocatoria de Leopoldo Proal Bustos, delegado de la SEGOB en Q. Roo, acudimos a la Reunión Plenaria de Trabajo con el Gobierno del Estado, presidentes municipales y delegados federales para reforzar la coordinación interinstitucional para el cumplimiento de objetivos en beneficio de Isla Mujeres.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Day off for bureaucrats    
Asueto para burócratas. [+] Ver mas
     Most City workers were off work on Tuesday, the Day of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, the patroness of Isla Mujeres; however the employees responsible for collecting taxes, including property taxes, were at work. The police officers with Public Security were working, but documents were not being processed by the Traffic department. Other agencies not at work included Civil Protection, Public Services, Tourism, Urban Development, and Deeds (Catastre).

   At 10am on Friday, Dec. 11 at the Casa de Cultura, personnel with the Commission on Human Rights will present a lecture about the rights of people living with HIV or AIDS, who often experience discrimination. The audience is expected to include students from middle and high school, business people, tourists, and the general public. Names of the speakers are given.

Weather slows tourism & commercial activity  
Comercio y turismo semiparalizados.. [+] Ver mas
   During the wee hours of Tuesday, there was sporadic but heavy rain, which decreased in intensity in the morning, causing many tourists to stay in their hotels, waiting for the rain to stop. When it stopped, the sky was still cloudy and threatening, therefore there were a small number of tourists roaming the streets. There were visitors buying beverages and food at several businesses.
     Early in the morning when it was raining, the beaches were empty, but once they stopped, swimmers began to slowly appear, however the beaches remained half empty as the day progressed. The waters in the Bay were still, and there were no waves off the Posada Beach (aka Playa Centro).
       When the rain stopped, there were tourists shopping, renting golf carts, taking boat tours, and walking around downtown. Juan Pech, souvenir seller, said they do not make money on rainy days because of the small number of tourists, as well as the problem of the visitors coming by boat on inclusive-type package tours being directed toward particular stores, despite the other merchants complaints about this. 

Fishermen could lose assistance    
Pescadores de la entidad podrían perder apoyosp.. [+] Ver mas
     About 30 percent of the potential beneficiaries for the governmental assistance program for the purchase of boats and motors have failed to submit all of the required documentation, according to Baltazar Gomez Catizin, President of the Regional Federation of Fishing Cooperatives. He said in addition to losing the opportunity for assistance, this could reduce the number of boats and engines available next year for Quintana Roo.
      They are trying to complete the missing documentation before submitting the entire group's records for the full package of assistance to Mazatlan, where authorizations have already been given for the boats and motors, for state and federal resources. He said it is important to assemble the missing documents because otherwise those boats and engines will be lost, and next year the number available will be reduced.

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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.

December events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Dec. 25   6:46
Dec. 26   7:43
Dec. 27   8:38
Dec. 28   9:32
Dec. 29  10:24
Dec. 30 11:09
Dec  31  12:03am (Jan. 1)
Casa de Cultura:  The photography exhibition of Isla's biological diversity is scheduled to continue thru Dec. 7. It features 70 photographs of native flora & fauna by local amateur photographers, including city employees, and students, rotated in groups of 40.
Casa de Cultura: "Una Mujer en Isla Mujeres" continues thru Dec. 11.  Includes photographs and works on handmade bark paper.
  On Thursday Dec. 3  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.
  Thursday, Dec. 3 World Disabilities Day 4p March from police station to Salina Chica Green Dome where there will be workshops, educational activities, testimonials, and a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.  Cancelled due to weather
Friday, December 4 Inauguration of exhibition "A Tribute to the Mexican Muralistas" by the high school students of Bachilleres
 Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link
Photos from two years ago (City press release)

 Saturday, Nov. 28  Church of Immaculate Conception Mass at 7p followed by the taking down of the icon and a procession thru downtown, followed by fireworks, with music and folkloric performances of traditional dances in regional clothing at the church esplanade

Festival events at 8p nightly.

Sunday, Nov. 29: Miraflores neighborhood guild, with music and a dance
 Monday, Nov. 30: The union of the Public Security Department (police) with a presentation of the  ballet folclórico at the Casa de la Cultura, starting at 8pm.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Two groups. The CROC gastronomic union and the neighborhood guild of colonia Salina Chica, where the RDS dance troupe will perform at 8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2: Colonia Salina Grande neighborhood guild, with a presentation by the Senior Citizens Dance troupe and a performance by local artists  César López and Anabel Burgos.
Thursday, Dec. 3: The cooperatives Caribe and Isla Bonita with a presentation of the ballet folclórico La Isleña at 8pm.
Friday, Dec. 4: Five groups together: Barrio de Pescadores, Cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Isla Bonita, Colonia El Cañotal, and the Youth Group, with a grand concert and a velada juvenil with Rene Francisco.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Four groups: Patria y Progreso fishing coop, Justicia Social fishing coop, el esperado woman's group, and the neighborhood guild of colonia La Gloria, with a presentation of the program  Lluvia de Estrellas (Cascade of Stars) with local singers. 
Sunday, Dec 6: The cooperative Isla Mujeres and the children's group, and the confirmations will take place
Monday, Dec. 7: Mega caravan with participation by all the people, with  Las Mañanitas being sung to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at the chapels of  Caridad del Cobre, Sagrado Corazón and La Guadalupe.
Tuesday, Dec. 8: The guild of Las Conchitas, the first communions will take place, and the grand boat procession with dozens of vessels depart from the concrete pier at 4pm. THE POSTER SAYS 3P.
 8p Celebration (Gran Kermesse), Dancing, Concert Town Square

Dec. 9, Wednesday  Christmas Tree lighting   Town Square 

Dec. 11 Casa de Cultura:
      10a-12p: Human Rights Commission lecture about rights of people living w HIV or AIDS
        noon  Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Poetry Contest awards 

Dec. 11 Chapel of Guadalupe Salina Chica-overlooking the Caribbean  People gather to sing Las Mananitas to the Virgin of Guadalupe at midnight

 Dec. 12  Dia de la Virgen Guadalupe...patron saint of Mexico  Link to info about Guadalupe & Juan Diego    

 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th.

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas... There is usually a children's Posada play during this time  Link to information  
During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico

Dec. 19 Annual Golf Cart Parade 6p from Bachilleres thru the colonias

Dec. 20 Cancun Hotel Zone area 5p  Annual decorated boat parade Link  

 Dec. 24  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve  

Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day

Coming December 25-30! Performances by dance troupes of the National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance..."A fragment of the mosaic mural of Mayan culture"

Dec. 26  Usually the annual  Quinceaneras event and Mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who will be wearing beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes  A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"  
Dec. 29  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.

Dec. 31  New Year's Eve  Usually celebrated with a large party on the square with fireworks and dancing until dawn or beyond. People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn. Tables can be reserved in advance, until sold out. More info TBA when available.

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 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)

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