Friday, May 26, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, May 26

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Rehabilitating sports areas for the benefit of islanders: Mayor Juan Carrillo 

Rehabilita espacios deportivos

 Para bienestar de isleños: Juan Carrillo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de mayo.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  The two Rapid Soccer fields in colonia Salina Chica are being renovated for a cost of 1.3 million pesos from FORTAMUN (Fund for Contributions for Strengthening Municipalities). The downtown basketball court "Jose del Carmen Pastrana", outside the Town Hall, is being renovated with 1.3 million dollars in municipal funds.
   There are multiple municipal agencies in charge of maintenance and care of all the parks and sports areas, including the departments of Public Works and of Public Services. The Mayor is keeping his commitments about rehabilitating and maintaining the sports and recreational areas.


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

   Events are held on the 25th of each month, Orange Day, as part of a campaign originated by an organization of the UN, to increase awareness about preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls. This month's activities included use of graffiti techniques and the involvement of high school boys in their sixth semesters at Bachilleres, with Cancun artists Yahir Trejo and Ricardo Estrella Gómez, and Isla Mujeres artist Alberto ‘El Chicano’.

The Department of Ecology and the Environment invites young Islanders to participate in the 9th annual Children's Ecological Drawing Contest. First place is two passes to Dolphin Discovery and Second Place is two passes to Garrafon Park.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Last days to take advantage of discounts offered by Apiqroo-
  The end of May is the deadline for the regularization program being carried out by APIQRoo, the state port authority, to retire back debts of more than 44 million pesos in the state, of which 8 million owed are in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Of that amount, a little over 5.5 million is owned by the Marina la Amada located on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres, and a little over 2 million pesos are owed from marinas on the island. The program offers a 100% discount on interest on the arrears, and is part of the Program for Regularization of Port Structures 2017.

For this hurricane season, the National Water Commission's weather department predicts 7 Tropical Storms, 2 Hurricanes of categories 1 and 2; and two Hurricanes of category 3 or higher in the Atlantic, for a total of 11 'cyclones' of which 3-5 are expected to impact Mexico. 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

D Lilys win municipal basketball tournament   
D Lilys se coronan campeonas del basquetbol. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  In the final game of the municipal women's basketball tournament at the Convention Center, the D Lilys won against the Club Marlins with a score of 53-22. Seven teams participated and the start of the next tournament is tentatively scheduled for June 6th, with a similar or larger number of teams. There is an intention to make the league grow, and it is evident there is an increasing interest by women to compete in this sport, and to become regional competitors with time.

Informational campaign about lupus  
Realizan jornada informativa sobre el lupusVer masFull article at this link
    Most of this information has already been translated, there is additional general information about lupus. HERE is a link with similar information.

Regaining sand
Recuperan tramo de arenal [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Two wooden breakwaters were installed by a North Beach concessionaire in the past three months, resulting in the recovery of about 15 meters of sand in an area that had eroded, taking advantage of the south-southeasterly winds of this season. These winds cause the surplus sand of Playa Centro to move toward Playa Norte, which is why the navigation channel became affected in April. The surplus sand of Playa Centro reached the buoy line, with the south winds, was transferred north, and for this reason beach was recovered in the area known as "Playa Sol".
    This change caused by the two wooden breakwaters now allow a line of umbrellas and they want to recover the area of nearly 10,000 square meters that was once Playa Sol, according to an employee who was working at installing temporary shelters.
     There has been no official announcement concerning the proposals for a project to renovate or replace the geotubes. It was noted on Thursday that the buoy line for Playa Centro is now fully free. Recently the buoy line that was stuck on the sand, after had been at the edge of the navigation area, due to the shifting sands. That was causing a risk to swimmers who were in the area where boats pass, but the southern winds have moved the surplus sand to the north, and the buoys are no longer resting on the beach.

Students collecting donations for Red Cross 
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  High school students from Colegio Bachilleres have joined the campaign to collect donations for the Red Cross, asking motorists in front of the campus, at the speed bump, with their collection cans in hand.
    The municipal Transit Authority officers have removed several abandoned cars from the public streets, to prevent them from causing accidents or hindering traffic.


Tomorrow morning swimmers from all over the world will participate in the annual "Nado por la Libre" swim between Cancun & Isla Mujeres. It is said to be one of the most important Open Water swimming events in the world. Those swimming the 9.5k from the mainland will start at 7:30a and the others will depart from an anchored ship at 8:10a to swim 3k.
This event began in Isla Mujeres in 1980 as part of the celebrations for Navy Day (June 1), with 30 competitors swimming between North Beach and a buoy for a total of 3km.
In the 90's, they began swimming from Puerto Juarez to North Beach, and the competition expanded to 50 participants, and a 10k run was added along the Isla Mujeres coast. The event continued to be held on June 1 to celebrate Navy Day.
In the early 2000's the event developed and two swims to the island were held, with the first from Puerto Juarez to North Beach and the second a month later from Punta Nizuc to Garrafon.
In 2005, the crossing to Isla Mujeres was named "Por la Libre", and this year they have begun calling it "El Cruce". Its route crosses MUSA, and it promotes the preservation & appreciation of the Underwater Museum, and of the local ecology and culture, as well as the sport of open water swimming.
It is considered the most beautiful open water event in Mexico, and attracts participants aged 10 to 70+ from all over the world.There were 230 swimmers in 2008, 380 in 2009, 600 in 2010, 780 in 2011, 750 in 2014 and 800 in 2016.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.


 May Events
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Monday, May 1 Labor Day    And the Sol as Sol Regatta boats are arriving

Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4, the Eta Aquarid  meteor shower can be seen, but it peaks in the predawn hours of Friday and Saturday. It is caused by debris from Halley's Comet.  The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (After moonset which is 1:33a on Wed, 2:18a on Thur., 3:00a on Fri, and 3:49 on Sat).

Wednesday, May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)

Wednesday, May 3 Basketball game Islanders vs Regatta sailors 7p  Probably at the Convention Center since the downtown court is being renovated.

Friday & Saturday:  Eta Aquarid meteor shower. The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (after moonset at 3:00a on Fri and 3:49 on Sat). Caused by debris from Halley's Comet,

Friday, May 5  Regatta Amigos. Isleno children (exceptional students aged 8-12) gather at Buhos at 10am, leave for the boats a half hour later and depart at noon for their Regatta around the island

Friday, May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla "Cinco de Mayo"

Saturday, May 6  Fashion show at 8p on the Caribbean side of the Casa de la Cultura  of Yucatecan traditional clothing and garments based on that style.

Sunday, May 7 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p: Dance troupes performing from Cancun & Isla Mujeres.

Wednesday, May 10 Mother's Day

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
May 10   7:15
May 11   8:05
May 12  8:55  
May 13   9:44
May 14  10:32
May 15  11:19  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Saturday, May 13 Artist of the Month Exhibition at aMar Cocina Peruana restaurant Featuring Laura Anileu 7:30p. On the back street Guerreo, north of Abasolo. Limited space, reservations (998) 274 3732

Festival of Caribbean Culture May 13, 15, 16, & 19
Saturday May 13
 Painting: Workshop on the techniques of painting 6p
 Music: Outside the Casa de la Cultura  7p
              Rockabilly Malix Cats (Mx)
              Sara Curruchich (Guatemala)

Monday, May 15  Music & Singing at the Guadalupana Church (across from Mango's)
                             Mayan Opera Concert 7pm

Tuesday, May 16 Casa de la Cultura
               Play:  "Let the Jungle tell you its story"  5:30
               Painting: Caravan: Painting in Acction  7p
               Music:Norma Espinosa & Nadia Arce (Mx) 8p
 Singing in the Mother Languages  Maria Mactezuma (Mx) 8:30p (outside)
Friday, May 19 Outside the Casa de la Cultura
            Circense Imagine Show 8p
Saturday, May 20   Dance & Music outside the Casa de la Cultura 8p
            Bailes Caribenos (Caribbean Dancing)
            Chilangos de la Habana (Cuban...Chilangos are from Mexico City)    

Sunday, May 14 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p (Mother's Day in the US)

Monday, May 15 Teacher's Day Día del Maestro

Whale shark season has begun 

May 19, 20, 21 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament
Friday is final registration & the Captain's dinner
The tournament is Saturday & Sunday
Cancelled due to winds causing port closure for small boats
Rescheduled for Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4

May 19 & 20  Celebration of the arrival of Catholicism 500 years ago

Sunday, May 21 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Monday, May 22 in commemoration of International Day of Lupus, at 4:00 p.m. there will be a march starting in front of the hotel Posada del Mar, followed by a conference at the Casa de la Cultura, and finishing with the lighting of the Town Hall lights.

Monday May 22 International Day of Biodiversity

In honor of Navy Day, this weekend will also be a three-way soccer competition between a Naval team, one from the Harbor Master's office, and a team of Isla veteran players on Friday & Saturday, and awards on Sunday. 

Friday, May 26
The Circus is coming to Isla Friday! The promo says....
"Arriving for the first time & for a short period, directly from Mexico City, the Afeere Brothers International Circus. Feel the maximum excitement with the 4 suicidal motorcycles in the Globe of Death, and the acrobats performing feats on the Fantastic Pendulum more that 10 meters in the the air.
In front of the Caribbean Sea. A show of this magnitude happens only once a year!"
Monday-Friday 8pm Saturday & Sunday 5:30p & 8:30p

Saturday, May 27 Nado por la Libre/El Cruce open water swimming competition. The 9.5k from the mainland will start at 7:30a and the others will depart from an anchored ship at 8:10a to swim 3k.

Sunday, May 28 Race of 6km along Rueda Medina, which starts at 7am by the Fishermen's Monument and ends by the Naval base. 
Sunday, May 28 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Monday, May 29 Special Edition of Noches Magicas on Town Square 8p
Coronation of the Queen of the Day of the Sea, Dance troupes, singers, free event.
Dance Senior Citizen's dance troupe, Urban Dance from Cancun, the Isla troupe Añoranzas, Star Dancer's from Cancun, and the Isla Mujeres Children's Folklorico troupe.
 Musical performers:  Cesar Renteria and Brandon Paredes from Cancun and the Isla Mujeres band Mar y Arena.

Tuesday, May 30 Special Edition of Noches Magicas at Casa de la Cultura 6p
The Sailors of My Island Exhibition and Awards from the Children's Drawing Contest for Navy Day

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day in the US 

Thursday, June 1 Día de la Marina  Navy Day 

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