Thursday, March 31, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, March 31

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  Both issues of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Arriving ferries still full despite being past the busiest part of Easter

A pesar de haber transcurrido la parte “más intensa” de Semana Santa

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de marzo.
     Although the number of tourists arriving daily during this second week of the Easter holiday period has decreased, they continue to fill all the seats of the ferries. The boats no longer are running extra crossings, which was done last week in the mornings from Gran Puerto to the island, and in the afternoon in the opposite direction. 
   An average of 17,000 people crossed daily starting on Holy Thursday, and expectations were met for the number of tourists during this current holiday period. It is estimated that during the Easter holiday period, more than 200,000 vacationers will visit the island. 
  In February, there were 163,789 passengers, which is an increase of 20 percent over the previous year, when there were 136,652 arrivals. It is noted that the designation of "Pueblo Magico of Isla Mujeres" is now an attraction for international and domestic travelers. 

New trash collection schedule & vehicles  

 Para cumplir con recoja de basura

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de marzo.- .
  This information has already been translated about advising merchants regarding the collection schedule & plans to enforce regulations, as well as the Mayor's plans to dedicate funds to solving the problems of trash collection and its accumulation at the transfer facility.  


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

In coordination with the company Aguakan, the City of Isla Mujeres once again presents  "Movies in Your Neighborhood" on Friday April 1 at 7pm, in the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria. This is free and aimed at raising awareness among children about water conservation. 
El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres en coordinación con la empresa Aguakan, ofrecerá una vez más “Cine en tu Colonia” este viernes 01 de abril en punto de las 7 p.m.
La proyección infantil es gratis y se llevará a cabo en el Domo Bicentenario de la col. La Gloria, la cual busca concientizar a los menores sobre el cuidado del agua.
Movies in Your Neighborhood presents "UP" on Friday April 1 at Bicentennial Plaza at 7pm, free

We're sharing this informational announcement which may be of general interest. It's for a logo design contest in honor of the 20th anniversary off the marine park offshore (Parque Nacional Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun, y Punta Nizuc) whose deadline is May 15th. Winners get a tour and to snorkel in the park.
Por tratarse de información que puede resultar de interés general, compartimos la siguiente convocatoria.

Oaxaca & la Guelaguetza in Isla Mujeres on the Town Square daily thru April 3rd 
Oaxaca y la Guelaguetza en Isla Mujeres.
Todos los días en la Explanada Municipal hasta el 3 de abril.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Good weather for nautical activities  
Buen clima para las actividades náuticas[+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
  The port was open for general navigation, and the weather was sunny and pleasant for tourism activities. The fleet of about 200 recreational boats were able to move at least 3000 visitors. A "Saldo blanco" (no incidents) remains since the beginning of the holiday season, and some credit is given to preventative measures issued in advance by the agencies involved with the Safety Committee. The Tourism Department reported only minor incidents which have been favorably resolved, such as minor golf cart accidents. There have been no complaints about bad service at this time, although this doesn't mean there are no deficiencies among some of the service providers.

Electoral Council being installed today 
Instalarán concejo electoral hoy [+] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link

Some restaurants sanctioned by health inspectors 
Cofepris sanciona a varios restaurantes+] Ver mas  Photos & full article at this link
The Federal Commission for Protection Against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) has been conducting ongoing inspections at food related businesses, and some are being sanctioned for failure to comply with regulations, although the number is unknown because this information is processed in Cancun. They inspect the facilities and documents, as well as taking samples from surfaces, food, clothing and workers. They observe that procedures are being followed and that workers are familiar with them,. They give special attention to sites where seafood is processed and consumed, as well as monitoring seawater. They also assure that manufacturers of bottled water and producers of ice are following all protocols. There have no cases of salmonella reported.

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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. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. 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 southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. 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.

March events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean

March 22     6:57
March 23     7:47
March 24     8:37
March 25     9:25
March 26    10:14
March 27    11:03
March 28    11:52

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30: March 26, April 9 and April 23.
To reach the classroom enter the doors shown in the photo & go through the building, into the courtyard. His classroom is on the right. If this front door is locked, go left around the side of the building to the back/seaside and enter the courtyard from there. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

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)

Thursday, March 3  Artist's Fair Casa de Cultura 4-9p 

This says the upcoming Artist Fair & Taste of Isla on Thursday, March 3 at the Casa de Cultura will include music, and dancing...and beverages... Isla Cerveza are expected.

Friday, March 4  Celebration of the 499 anniversary of Isla Mujeres being found by Spaniards, sailing from Cuba

  Saturday, March 5:

March 8 Tuesday 9am  Diabetes Clinic at Red Cross  Blood Sugar testing, Diabetic Education, Free glucometers and supplies for diabetics.

March 8, Tuesday International Day of Women   

Friday, March 11 
 Pre season baseball game between champions at 1pm at the El Pescador field.

Beginning March 13, Sunday at 8pm: Pueblo Magico Nights on Sunday evenings on the Town Square featuring entertainment including dancers, musicians, and more.  

March 15-19  Tues-Sat.  Traveling Museum of the Marimba at the Casa de Cultura
Tuesday: Inauguration at 7pm
Hours: 11a-3p & 5p-8p  Free.

Free Rabies Vaccination Campaign March 14-18, Mon-Fri, 9a-1p, as follows:
  Tuesday in colonia Salina Chica at the kiosk; Wednesday in colonia Salina Chica in the sports area known as La Juala; Thursday at the Basic Rehabilitation Unit; and Friday in the colonia of Guadalupana.

March 17, Thursday  St Patrick's Day  Celebrated in some bars, mostly by foreigners  Bobo's will be serving Isla Cerveza and having specials

March 18, Friday  Day of the Petroleum Expropriation   
Saturday, March 19-Monday, April 4: Easter Vacation (Semana Santa)
Many domestic tourists visit during this time & the island (and ferries) are busy during the daytripper hours (~10a-5p)  

March 20- Palm Sunday  and 8p on Town Square: Pueblo Magico Nights 8p Fusion Latina Mardi Gras dance troupe performance

March 20-27  Holy Week
 March 21, Monday  Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juarez
March 24 Holy Thursday: Mass 7:30 at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception 8:30 reenactment on the Town Square of the washing of the feet of the 12 Apostles. 9pm Mass at Sacred Heart in La Gloria.
March 25  Good Friday   Noon: Viacrusis procession of the Stations of the Cross (Passion of Christ). Begins slightly before noon at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, with over 90 actors reenacting the Stations of the Cross and ending on the Town Square downtown. 
March 27  Easter (Domingo de Pascua)
April 5, Tuesday  Students return to school

March 19-April 3 9a-10pm Town Square including the Basketball court & Paseo de la Triguena.
 The Guelaguetza is a cultural festival dating back hundreds of years bringing together musicians and dancers from the eight regions of Oaxaca wearing clothing representative of their districts to dance, dine, pay homage to corn, and to share their native ceramics, textiles, etc. It typically takes place on two Mondays in July on an historical hill in Oaxaca,

The Oaxaca Exposition and Guelaguetza in Isla Mujeres is located on the Town Square, 9am-10pm thru April 3rd.
*The poster lists many of the types of items and foods for sale..."from the hands of the artisans who create them to your hands".
*There is the schedule of activities, which generally start at 6p and include music and dancing from different regions of the state of Oaxaca.
*There are learn to dance workshops 5pm-6pm thru April 1st.
*On Saturday and Sunday, April 2 & 3, there will be live music and the Guelaguetza performances from the eight regions of Oaxaca, starting at 5pm.


April 7, Thursday  4-9p Casa de Cultura:  Artist Fair (Last of the season)

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