Saturday, November 18, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, Nov. 18

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     The City responded quickly to citizen complaint and repaired an area of sidewalk in the Salina Grande neighborhood LINK  VIDEO    The repaired area is located in front of the fire station. The work was done by the municipal Department of Public Works, and included the placement of two 8-centimeter thick concrete covers measuring 1 meter 20 centimeters by 90 centimeters, as well as the finishing of the top by adding an 8-inch tube to allow the free passage of the water, to avoid puddles in rainy weather.
    The Director of Public Works,  César Poot Pérez, said that 28 electrical registers will be rehabilitated in the area of ​​the Caribbean Sea malecon-walking path, which have deteriorated or broken over time, and he asked for the support of the citizens to keep them in good condition.He said, "We are making repairs in different parts of the island to improve the image and safety of the families of the Island, as well as the tourism that visits us."


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

VIDEO of protest at Cablemas/Izzy

Tourist burned at bar says the owner still has not paid for his medical expenses LINK  

Mural exhibition today 4-10p. Free admission. Music, beer, food, art/handicrafts. Mexican and international artists have painted murals at the Cañotal Mercado in honor of the founding families of Isla Mujeres and their descendants.

VIDEO of murals at the Cañotal Mercado, where there will be an exhibition at 5p today 
  Eighteen artists created 15 murals featuring island personalities in the Cañotal Mercado during this "Colgarte" festival, with the prime objective of activating the economy of this area in the colonias through tourism. A representative with the Volunquest association, who teach English in the schools and at summer camps, said they want to have a festival like this annually, to assist the Mayor to stimulate the economy in the colonias. 
 Through these murals, tourists and islanders will remember the lives of renowned women like Edilia Rodríguez and her secrets for curing sea sponges;  Petrona Alavez, who was a well-known midwife; Doña Aurelia, who represents empowered and hard-working women and who is recognized at first glance, honoring every island woman who assists her fisherman husband, who brings sustenance to the house; and "La Trigueña" who represents the dignity of each isleña woman.

These photos aren't from TVIM...they are by Bruce...


LINK   VIDEO     The Director of the Traffic Police, Carlos Pech Pat said that the parade in honor of the Aniversario la Revolución Mexicana on Monday, Nov. 20 will start at 6am, and Rueda Medina Avenue will be closed, with Juarez Avenue as a detour. After Sunday evening, no vehicles should be parked on Rueda Medina, and any found there at dawn on Monday will be moved to the parking lot of the Casa de la Cultura. The caption say no parking on Juarez, also.
He said that around 300 contingents are expected participate in this parade including schools, sports teams, military and emergency vehicles, to name a few. It is noted that the banks will be closed on Monday. (Six seems early, the sunrise is at 7a, but that is what he says in the video, and what TVIM wrote in the article.)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Controversy continues over taxi union leadership and pending elections  
Espaldarazo indebido al “Wato” [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Group of islanders attend Youth Encounter  
Encuentro juvenil Isla Mujeres-Ecatepec [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  A group of 15 young islanders attended a religious mission event in the State of Mexico from Nov. 10 thru the 18th, including five days spent a location called "Sitio Jericó”.  They knock on doors in the mornings and encourage people to come out and attend Mass, which is held in the afternoons, and the play music and do home visits, among other activities with the community of Ecatepec.

Municipal agreement regarding DAP tax revenue  
Reclama el municipio recaudación del DAP. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

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Rescue of occupied beach  
Rescate de playa ocupada +] Ver masFull article at this link

- Now that the Ministry of the Navy (SEMAR) has under its control the operation of the Port Captaincies of the country, they will participate in the rescue of a beach occupied in the port area of ​​Isla Mujeres, according to an announcement by the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo), after a meeting with representatives of the municipal government, to work together.
    This concerns an area of about 500 linear meters between the car ferry dock and the restaurant Comején, (behind the whale shark statue) which is occupied by private individuals, including fishermen and boaters, who 'sold' their federal zone concessions five years ago. 
     Representatives with APIQRoo said that the Navy will also visit Progreso and Cozumel, as well as Isla Mujeres, to carry out their inspection work and regularize sites of public interest.The transition from the operation of the Captaincies of the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) to SEMAR, is progressing at a good pace, since last June.
     Remodeling of the Punta Sam terminal is 50 percent completed, and it has been announced that Ultramar will also be providing cargo-vehicle ferry service from there. Two ferry companies are expected to go into operation for the Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez route. At the Isla Mujeres Maritime Terminal, cancellation of the contract for the clock store has been requested to extend the waiting area. 
  An inspection of these areas will take place on Wed. Nov. 22 which is expected to include representatives with  the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), PROFEPA, the Port Captaincy (Harbor Master), the City, and APIQRoo.


 Noticias de  Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
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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. 

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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