Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, March 22

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Preventing illness when eating fish  

Por consumo de pescado

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de marzo.-

 The Isla Mujeres Health Department issued helpful information for consumers buying fish during the Easter holiday, noting that the most important thing to consider is that fish which are not fresh give off an easily identifiable odor. All species should have eyes that are bright, clear, and bulging; with scales that are bright and adhered to the skin. The gills should be red and pink, and the flesh should be firm and elastic, so that pressing into it does not leave a dent. If you are still unsure of the freshness of a fish, put it into a bowl of cold water and if it is fresh, it will sink, so if it floats, don't eat it.  
   If you customarily buy fish in fillets or pieces, be sure they are firm and clean, and when you get them home, soak them for ten minutes in a solution of water, bleach, and ice, then rinse with boiled (pure) water, and immediately put them into the refrigerator. Wrap them in brown paper, or aluminum foil, or in waxed paper. Don't leave them refrigerated and cook them within two days of purchase. 
   Frozen fish can be stored up to a month and a half. To defrost it, do not remove it from the its packaging, simple leave it at room temperature without exposing it to sun or heat. 
    According to the Health Department, there have been no cases so far of any visitors whose health was affected by consuming seafood in poor condition. COFEPRIS personnel have conducted inspections in recent days of the seafood restaurants and fish sellers. 

Storm caused some power outages     

Mal clima deja sin energía a varios puntos de la ciudad

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de marzo.-
   Strong winds and heavy rains caused interruptions of electrical power for up to two hours at various parts of the island. A short in an electrical pole in colonia La Gloria burned for about 15 minutes, causing some concern among nearby residents, and was repaired two hours later, with the repair taking about 20 minutes.
     The head of the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) in Isla Mujeres said these problems were caused by strong winds and rain, as well as the general high salinity. He said they are addressing these problems on the Island and in the Continental Zone on the mainland.

Replacement of street signs should be completed in May    

Trabajos finalizarán en mayo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de marzo.-
  Officers with the Traffic Department (of the police force) have installed nearly half of the 140 signs and signals, which are being installed around the island, while about 160 others will be installed on the mainland part of the municipality. The work is being suspended during the Easter holidays, while the officer and assistant, who have been installing the signs, are working for the Safety Committee.

Agapito announced next poetry contest at FILEY  

Agapito presenta convocatoria a Premio Internacional de Poesía en el marco de la FILEY

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de marzo.-
  At the 5th edition of the International Literary Fair in Yucatan (FILEY), mayor Agapito Magana Sanches announced the Second (sic) International Poetry Contest 2016 of Isla Mujeres-Caribbean, which includes Mexico, Florida, and the Caribbean. It is one of the most important poetry contests in the Yucatan Peninsula, and the prize will be 50,000 pesos. 
      The previous edition attracted 147 entries from 11 countries, and this event is an example of the cultural activities of this Pueblo Magico. Some of the submissions come from countries where other languages are spokes, such as English, French, or Dutch, but the poems must be written in Spanish.
        The winner in 2014 was Ruben Chavez Ruiz, and in 2015 the winner was Jose Antonio Landa Rosas. The poems may be submitted between March 21 and June 30, 2016, and the award ceremony will take place during the third week of August.  
   There was a presentation of the historical books about Isla Mujeres written by the island's historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid,  “Isla Mujeres a Través del Tiempo”, Volumes I and II.  


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

On the Town Square March 19-April 3rd are "Oaxaca & la Guelaguetza" (9a-10p) featuring Oaxacan products, including foods, for sale. The poster says..Dancing, Music, Artisans, Workshops, Regional Cuisine, Conferences.
Oaxaca y la Guelaguetza en Isla Mujeres, del 19 de marzo al 3 de abril en la Explanada Municipal.

March 21st: Anniversary of the birth of Benito Juarez   
Hoy 21 de Marzo. Aniversario del Natalicio de Benito Juárez

Isla Mujeres participated in the 5th edition of the International Literary Fair of Yucatan.
Isla Mujeres presente en la Quinta Edición de la Feria Internacional de la Lectura Yucatán.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Cold front #48 caused the port to be closed for navigation by small boats in Isla Mujeres.
La entrada del Frente Frío número 48 obliga al cierre de puerto a la navegación en Isla Mujeres https://t.co/VtF3dMio3Q

The PAN-PRD candidates running in the upcoming election are Alicia Ricalde for Mayor and Faustino Uicab for legislator.
Alicia Ricalde y Faustino Uicab irán en fórmula por Isla Mujeres! Presidencia y diputación respectivamente https://t.co/bvSr7JHMUO


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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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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 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 25  Good Friday   Noon: Viacrusis procession of the Stations of the Cross (Passion of Christ)
March 27  Easter (Domingo de Pascua)
April 5, Tuesday  Students return to school
On the Town Square March 19-April 3rd are "Oaxaca & la Guelaguetza" (9a-10p) featuring Oaxacan products, including foods, for sale. The Guelaguetza is a cultural festival dating back hundreds of years bringing together musicians and dancers from the seven 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,


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

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