Monday, August 22, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, August 22

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

There are no new articles in the IM section of DQR today.


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

Astrid Hadad, who is from Quintana Roo, put on a brilliant, memorable performance the night before the close of the festivities celebrating the 166 Anniversary of the Foundation of Isla Mujeres, at the esplanade of the Casa de Cultura.

Brillante actuación de la artista Quintanarroense Astrid Hadad en la noche previa al cierre de las festividades del 166 Aniversario de la Fundación de Isla Mujeres.
Memorable resultó la presentación de la reconocida cantante en la que el público se le entregó en la explanada de la Casa de la Cultura.

There was an excellent performance by the Academia de Danza Ensamble de Cancún for the festivities celebrating the 166th Anniversary of the Founding of Isla Mujeres, featuring precision and grace by the young people trained by the teachers Bogart Flores and Marcos Echeverria.
Gran presentación de la Academia de Danza Ensamble de Cancún en el marco de las festividades del 166 Aniversario de la Fundación de Isla Mujeres. Gran precisión y gracia de los jóvenes a cargo de los maestros Bogart Flores y Marcos Echeverría.


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Astrid Hadad delighted tourists & locals 
Deleitó a turistas y locales +] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link

  On Saturday night, international star from Chetumal, Astrid Hadad, put on a brilliant performance in the esplanade of the Casa de Cultura, as part of the festivities for the 166th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres, to the delight of tourists and locals alike. Born in Chetumal,Quintana Roo, on February 26, 1957, the actress, singer, and showgirl is known for being outspoken onstage, using irony, sarcasm, and humor to share her views on controversial issues, including Mexican cultural values, history, and the oppression of women. Her performances include elaborate costumes, inspired by the iconography and folk arts of Mexico, imbued with strong political and social criticism.
     In 2013, she received the Quintana Roo Congressional Medal of Merit from Gov. Roberto Borge. During her 30 year career, she has made 10 CD's, and done 25 shows, which were presented on five continents and 28 countries. She has been banned from the Televisa, a main TV station in Mexico, which has made her better known outside the country, for exposing certain Mexican cultural values.
     She was born into a merchant family and says that as a child she slept wrapped in the fabrics her father sold, with the store activities entering her dreams, hearing tales of love and heartbreak, laughter, sorrows, orders, and jokes. She said, "While everything was being sold, we listened to it all and there were words of comfort, of encouragement, and of tremendous humor. In the store, I learned that sometimes what is most elevated may be the least useful, and what is most basic is actually what is fundamentally important. "  En la tienda entendí que a veces lo que es más alto es lo que menos sirve y lo que está abajo es lo fundamental”. 
         She studied at the Faculty of Political Science at UNAM (Autonomous University of Mexico). She said, "This caused a brutal political 'deformation' within me that led to my creating a Molotov cocktail mixture of political commentary and the idols of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, combined with ranchera songs."
      Her performance for the Island's pubic was not disappointing and the audience was delighted.  (She received a standing ovation).

More than 5000 students return to classes  
Más de cinco mil alumnos regresan a clases [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
   According to the Director of Education, there were 4932 students returning on Monday to the kindergarten-preschools, primary schools, and middle schools of the municipality of Isla Mujeres. The website of the  Ministry of Education and Culture of Quintana Roo estimated this number at 5256 students. There are more than 100 children at CENDI facilities on the mainland and on the island, in addition to those at CONAFE in Francisco May and the Agricultural Zone (on the mainland). 
     The Middle School on the island, Benito Juarez, is becoming full and could have more than 40 students per classroom, which could result in adding a second shift to address this problem. On the mainland and island together, there are two middle schools,  five preschool-kindergartens, and four primary schools, of which two operate in two shifts. More classrooms may need to be added to the primary school Julio Sauri, and at one of the preschools.  A new primary school is being built in Ciudad Isla Mujeres on the mainland, since migration into that area is placing increasing demands on the capacity of the schools.

Good weather predicted for Monday 
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   On Sunday afternoon, the weather was calm and good weather was expected for Monday. Tropical storm "Fiona" is presenting no potential risk to Mexico, is over 3000km  away, and is expected to gradually weaken as it continues to move west-northwest.
      Whale shark tours and tours to Isla Contoy are expected to take place on Monday. (The fleet of boats headed out toward the whale shark area and Isla Contoy this morning, and the skies are sunny and clear, with clam seas.)  A decrease in tourism is expected now that the summer holiday season has closed, however the whale shark tour operators report they have a good number of reservations.

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August events

Sunset ~7:10p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
August 18    7:36p  Full moon
August 19    8:22
August 20    9:07
August 21    9:52
August 22   10:39
August 23   11:26

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
The Delta Aquarid meteor showers continue into early August.…/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide…

Thur. Aug 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4-9

Monday Aug 8: It's time for the annual Perseid meteor shower (eastward-over the Caribbean) & there may be twice as many this year LINK
It peaks Thurs night/Fri morn & is best viewed after moon-set at 1:20am.
Moon-set tonight (Monday) is 11:20, and it's 40 mins later nightly. Hoping for clear skies!

Aug. 10-21 Five food trucks from Merida will visit Isla Mujeres as part of  Isla Fest

August 17-21 Taste of Isla Mujeres Artist Fair  at the Casa de Cultura 4pm 

 Friday August 19 & Saturday August 20   Isla Fest at the Casa de Cultura Free

Isla Fest
Conferences, expositions, exhibitions, shows, demonstrations
166th Anniversary of the Foundation of the town

Monday August 15, at the Casa de Cultura 11am
Photographic exhibition of the Art of Fishing
Exhibition from the Municipal Archives
Photographic and artistic exhibition 'Pinceladas Caribenas" (Caribbean brushstrokes)

Wednesday August 17
10am Placing of a wreath to commemorate the anniversary of the Cross in the Bay, from the ferry pier
7pm Formal City Council session to commemorate the 166th & coronation of the Queen of the Foundation Festivities of 2016, at the Casa de Cultura

Thursday August 18 as the Casa de Cultura
11am Isla Mujeres Historical Conference
7pm Poetry Recital: "Poesia Que Vino del Mar" (Poetry the comes from the sea)

Friday August 19 at the Casa de Cultura
8am Oratory Contest about the Foundation of the Town of Dolores
7pm Gastronomic Demonstration of Tiknxik
8pm Musical performances by Nicho Hinojosa and Miguel Inzunza

Saturday August 20
7am 1st Foundation 15 km Race at Playa Centro (Posada beach) Free Registration
8pm Performance by Astrid Hadad at the Casa de Cultura

Sunday August 21 at the Casa de Cultura
8pm Festival of the Dances of the Caribbean in my Land with Trova Islena
Aug. 21: The Festival of the Caribbean in My Land, with troupes of Mexican folk dancers performing dances with Caribbean rhythms.

August 26 Friday 7pm on the Town Square 4th Lion Fish Gastronomic Contest

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The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9. 

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