Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, August 17

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

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


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

There are photos of a training course about the use of fire extinguishers at a school in the Continental Zone of the municipality of Isla Mujeres, on the mainland.

There is a promo for Isla Fest & for the Isla Fest race. See events section below.

The City of Isla Mujeres extends an invitation to the Photographic Parador on Thursday, August 18, at 6pm at the esplanade of the Casa de Cultura
El H. Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres te invita a la inauguración del Parador Fotográfico este 18 de Agosto a las 6pm en la explanada de la Casa de Cultura.

Mass & Offering to the Cross in the Bay Wednesday, Aug. 17 from the Ferry pier at 10am (this usually means the car ferry pier) Free event. 
Ofrenda a la Cruz de la Bahía y Misa.
Miércoles 17 de agosto.
Muelle del Ferry a las 10am.
Evento gratuito

 The Public Solemn Session of the City for the 166th Anniversary of the Foundation of Isla Mujeres and the Coronation of the Ambassador (Queen) of the Festival at 7pm at the Casa de Cultura Wednesday, Aug. 17. Free event. 
Sesión Pública y Solemne por el 166 Aniversario de la Fundación de Isla Mujeres y Coronación de la Embajadora de las Fiestas.

Ceremony to award the prize for the "International Caribbean Isla Mujeres Poetry Contest 2106, on August 18 at 5pm at the City Council room. Free event. 
Ceremonia de entrega del "Premio Internacional Caribe Isla Mujeres de Poesía 2016"
18 de Agosto a las 17:00hrs en la Sala de Cabildo.
Entrada Libre

See events section below...Dance event Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Casa de Cultura 8pm


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Whale shark tours restricted  
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    Small boats continued to be restricted from taking people out for whale shark tours, although the port was otherwise open for navigation by small boats. The Harbor Master, Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said this was because in the whale shark viewing the winds of 27-37 km/hr could affect the boats under 40 feet, who offer these tours. There could be stronger gusts, and waves of 1.5-2.1 meters.
       He said on Tuesday morning there were southeasterly winds of 20-30 km/hr as a remnant of Tropical Wave #21, which caused heavy rains on Sunday and Monday nights. Boats over 40 feet were allowed to make the Isla Contoy tours, and the five nautical tourism cooperatives were offering their usual tours to El Farito, Manchones, MUSA, and other attractions. These tour operators say their high season has peaked and there is now decreasing demand for their tours.
      Tourism by visitors for the day is also decreasing, as well as overnight tourism, with hotel occupancy at 50 percent. The celebrations of the 166th anniversary of the founding of the town of Dolores are helping tourism, which began Monday the 15th and will continue thru August 21st.

Isla Mujeres news briefs
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  On Monday, a meeting was held at the Mundaca hacienda palapa which included whale shark boat owners and crew members, and they reinforced their commitment to respect the rules. They discussed sanctions for cases of misuse of the radio, failure to have your sea-book (libreta del mar), and other issues, which the owners must oversee. There was controversy over prices, discussions about the boats waiting their turn, and about not putting more than the allowed number of people from the boat into the water at one time, which can stress the whale sharks.

   There are some residents of La Gloria who are wondering why some of the playground equipment is being disassembled by City workers at Parque de las Tortugas, and they hope it is being remodeled. A few weeks ago the entrance and facade were painted and remodeled. The directors of Public Works and of Parks and Museums, Manuel Caballero and Fausto Cauich, respectively, were not in their offices to comment.

Public lights need maintenance  
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  Following complaints from the residents of colonia Miraflores and the surrounding area, who were concerned about young people hanging out at the Salina Granda walkway, the City Council renovated the public lighting to that area. However, there are other areas on the island where the public lighting needs repairs, including lights near the whale shark monument, along the Caribbean coastal area, and in most of the colonias.

Concerns about Trash Transfer Facility  
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  There are concerns that the odors, air pollution, and leachates from the Trash Transfer Facility could affect the health of the nearby community.  The director of the Community Hospital of Isla Mujeres, Pedro Zapata Reyes, said that breathing air polluted by garbage for long periods is unhealthy, but currently respiratory infections rank fourth on the list of most common diseases affecting the island community. The most common illness in this hot weather is infectious intestinal disease, followed by  irritable bowel syndrome and ear infections, which are tied for second and third place.
       He said most patients with respiratory ailments suffer from infections, and receive outpatient treatment with nebulization and  antibiotics, but last month one required inpatient treatment. He advised the population to take care when it rains, to drink lots of fluids and ingest fruits high in Vitamin C, including oranges, limes, grapefruit, and other citrus which help strengthen defenses against respiratory bacteria.

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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.

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. This event promotes art and culture through dances with Caribbean influences, focusing on unity and brotherhood via performing, and offering a venue for social and cultural exchange.

 Miguel Inzunza  Link to this video

Nicho Hinojosa LINK to this video  

One of the performers for Isla Fest is Astrid Hadad, who sports some amazing costumes in her performances. Her Wikipedia page says" one since has stuffed all of Mexican political and cultural history into a dress and laced it up with a feminist attitude quite like Ms. Hadad. In a way, one could say that Hadad’s wild cabaret is a little like a Frida Kahlo painting come to life. Like Frida, she draws from the rich motherlode of images offered up by Mexican history and culture: Catholic saints, Aztec and Mayan iconography, revolutionary heroes, exuberant flowers and plants, campesino and indigenous folk art, the golden era of Mexican cinema and so on. Hadad has absorbed this inheritance of a uniquely Mexican and female surrealism and created her own surrealist cabaret that pulses with campy humor and irony."
Link to this video

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Tropical Tidbits

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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