Monday, November 27, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, Nov. 27

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There are property tax discounts in December, January, and February  VIDEO  This information has already been translated. The discounts are 25% in December, 15% in January, and 10% in February, as well as 50% for senior citizens and people with disabilities with the appropriate credentials, and employees of the listed agencies. It must be your own home, with previous taxes paid, to a value of 20,000 daily minimum wages (The DMW is 80 pesos / ~.$4.50). 

Successful Noches Magicas event 
      The City of Isla Mujeres, headed by the municipal president Juan Carrillo Soberanis, carried out one more edition of "Noches Magicas'' with a great deal of success. During the event, the islanders and visitors had the opportunity to enjoy the voice of Andrey Ceballos and César López, as well as the choreography of the dance group '' Al son del corazón ''. 
    One of the main commitments of the municipal government is to continue with the promotion of culture and the arts in Isla Mujeres, as well as allowing the citizens to have opportunities for healthy recreation.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

An art exposition was inaugurated by Jean Piaget school and Xtabay workshop: “Leviatán Man and the Sea   LINK   VIDEO  
        The exhibition that consists of 20 pieces of sculpture and 11 paintings made mostly by high school students of Jean Piaget school, directed by the arts teacher, Dhante Loyola. The exhibition was inaugurated in the Raciel Román Valerio gallery of the Casa de la Cultura, with opening words by Guillermo Cemé May, who is a student. The theme of the exhibition deals with the relationship between humanity and the majesty of the sea.  He said, "This relationship goes from the transportation and commercialization that allowed man to began to navigate the seas and develop civilizations, from the fauna to the mythology that is created in the sea, of ancient civilizations and the new imaginary that our young people have."

        Yesterday at 12:44 pm, Manuel Alfredo García Castilla passed away, a native of Isla Mujeres, known as "Pelón" and "Shark", son of Adrián García and Adelina Castilla Canto, brother of Carlos García Castilla "Valvula", co-discoverer of the Cueva de los Tiburones / Cave of the Sleeping Sharks. He left his life on earth, from the island where he was born, in his sleep, surrounded by relatives and loved ones, in peace, which was his last wish. May the angels of Glory take him home safely.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Predicting full hotels 
Pronostican lleno en hoteles. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This information from an interview with the Director of Tourism, José Castillo Magaña, has already been translated, and it is noted that available job positions have also increased, according to the CROC union representative.

Navy assisted a woman in labor  
Semar apoya a mujer en labor de parto. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This information was translated yesterday.

Raising awareness among children about gender related violence 
Sensibilizan a niños sobre violencia de género. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This information was translated yesterday.

The brother of "Valvula" passed away  
Muere hermano de “Válvula”] Ver masFull article at this link
      The brother of "Válvula" died this weekend, with whom he discovered the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks, a site of interest for diving since the 1960s. Manuel Alfredo García Castilla, "Pelón", died on Saturday at noon, six months after his brother Carlos, "Valvula", died on May 6, at 67 years of age.Both were fishing around the island since they were children, and in their youth they discovered the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks, but the latter had the capacity to stay underwater much longer.
     The family and friends of Manuel Alfredo wished peace for his eternal rest.

   The first Biker Fest 2017,took place on Saturday and Sunday in Isla Mujeres, celebrating the fifth anniversary of the group "Evolution FZ", with  more 500 motorcyclists from the south, center and north of Mexico. The events included quarter-mile race on the runway, motorcycle stunt performances, competitions, rap and rock groups, an impersonator, a comedian and DJs. Special trips were mde by the vehicle ferry on Saturday at 8am and 10am, from Punta Sam for the participants. They were given a special price of 105 pesos per motorcycle and the driver; and of 40 pesos for the companion, each way.

Ring is ready
For the Patron Saint festivities a bullfighting ring has been installed at the north end of the runway of the unused airfield, and is nearly ready for the bullfights and comic bullfights that will begin on Monday, for three weeks. They are facilities to welcome around 2000 people nightly, and the organizers are prepared to adapt the program to the demands of the fans. The comic bullfights are already being promoted among hotel guests. 

 Noticias de  Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 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. 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. 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.


November Events
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Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos (for the departed children)
In Isla, families clean and decorate their loved ones graves, where their visits are private moments, unlike the all-night, public vigils that are traditional in some places. Hanal Pixan means "Food for the Souls" in Mayan. Altars are created in homes featuring photos of the deceased, with offerings of their favorite foods, and often include candles, copal incense, marigold flower petals, and papel picada (paper with cut-out designs). Try some seasonal Pibi Pollo tamales & Pan de los Muertos pastry. Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Thurs. Nov. 2 All Soul's Day Dia de los Muertos
At the cemetery at 6pm, participants in the silent procession (featuring Dia de los Muertos costumes/makeup and traditional garments) will gather and walk down Hidalgo to the Town Square and then up Guerrero to the Casa de la Cultura for the "Festival de las Animas (Souls) 2017", which includes a contest of Catrinas, a Tzompantli, (altars built by cultures of ancient Mexico), and altars representative of the states of Querétaro, Nayarit, Michoacán, Chihuahua, and the state of Mexico. AND....
8pm Town Square Noches Magicas Dance performances by Cancun High School IV and two folklorico troupes from Cozumel. (These are all free events)

Fri. Nov. 3 Online auction begins for the benefit of Isla Mujeres Diabetes Clinic charity.

Fri. Nov. 3 at 5p: Casa Cultura conference about indigenous celebrations in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos (in Spanish).

Sat. Nov. 4 at 6:30p a procession featuring traditional clothing from different regions of Mexico starting at the Town Square church and going thru the downtown streets. AND...

7:30p Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square featuring two troupes including the Folklorico Troupe of Quintana Roo and the closure of the Dance conference event.

Full moon Sat, Nov. 4
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Nov. 4  6:58
Nov. 5  7:51
Nov. 6   8:48
Nov. 7  9:47
Nov. 8  10:48
Nov. 9  11:49

Sun. Nov. 5 at 7p: Noches Magicas on the Town Square. Hanal Pixan altar Competition and performances by the Isla Mujeres Añoranzas dance troupe and the folklorico dance troupe Al Son del Corazon  Free

Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Casa de la Cultura there will be an homage to Emiliano Martinez Perez who was a founder of the musical group Trova Islena. Free.

Sun. Nov. 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free Anniversary special with a comedian.

 Nov. 13-17 Mon-Fri Recycling Week 10a-2p at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa Exchange recyclables for plants. (See IMN&E on Nov. 10 for translation)

Mural Festival at the Cañotal Mercado
Nov. 13-14 Artists arrive, clean up & set up, volunteers welcome.
Nov. 15-17 Public welcome to visit & interact while the artists paint.
Nov. 18-19 Exhibition: Come & see the art inspired by the founding families of isla and hear about their stories being told through the art.
Nov. 20 Casa de la Cultura Exhibition & Sale of artists' paintings to raise money for a new roof at "Julio Sauri" primary public school.

Fri. Nov. 17 Fundraiser Gala to benefit Isla Diabetes Clinic at aMar Cocina Peruana 6p Cocktails  7pDinner 5 course meal 9pm doors open to general pubic for drinks & dancing & a fantastic array of musicians. Tickets 450p/$25usd  PayPal address is: Or PM Karen Rosenberg The ticket includes one cocktail. Starting Fri. Nov. 3 there will be an online auction that will end that evening. LINK to auction. 

Fri.-Mon Nov. 17-20  Buen Fin Discount shopping (Like "Black Friday" in the US)

Sun. Nov. 19 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free

Mon. Nov. 20 Revolutionary Day  There is usually a parade that starts around 8a (TBA), usually on Rueda Medina downtown with a lot of kid cuteness in Revolutionary era and military costumes, as well as choreographed routines and acrobatics.

Thur. Nov. 23  Art & Food Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3p-8p. Information available for participants at the Cultura office between noon and 3p.

Sat & Sun Nov. 25 & 26 Biker Fest 2017 
    Sat. noon: Registration Saturday's activities are at the airfield
                2p  convivencia (meet & greet)
              3:30  Official opening ceremonies
                 4p  Tour around the island and official photo 
                 5p Quarter mile competition 
               6:30  Stunt show performance by PDC
                  7p Various activities, contests, and surprises until 10p
                 11:30  evening concludes

Sun. Nov. 26 10a-1p Playa Centro with competitions, activities, entertainment

Sun. Nov. 26 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free

 Nov. 28-Dec. 8 Annual Festivities honoring the Patron Saint: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
  Which are expected to include a small carnival with rides and games, a bullring, nightly performances on the Town Square, and a boat procession and wreath placement over the Cruz de la Bahia, as well as private celebrations by the ~20 groups involved in the festivities. The horse procession is scheduled for Dec. 2, departing from the Convention Center at 1p going to the colonias & the Sacred Heart Church, and finishing at the ring at the north end of the runway.

Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico. The night before there will be a gathering at the coastal chapel dedicated to her in Salina Chica, with Mariachis, to sing Las Mananitas and honor her. The horse procession is predicted to include up to 100 riders, and begin at the Convention Center, to the colonias and back to the 'ring'...presumably there will be a bull ring at the north end of the airfield. 

Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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