Monday, November 13, 2017

Isla Mujeres News & Events Monday, Nov. 13

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Excellent celebration of the first anniversary of Noches Magicas LINK   
      The first anniversary of "Noches Magicas" was celebrated with a colorful evening of fun and entertainment featuring the comedy show "Tila Maria Sesto", and performances by the musical group "Mar y Arena"; by the Folkloric Dance Troupe of Isla Mujeres, and "Customs and Traditions of Mexico" / “Costumbres y Tradiciones de México”; by the local singer, Aldahir Dávila Baeza; by the dance troupes "Al Son del Corazón" and "Añoranzas de Isla Mujeres"; and the rondalla  ("group of serenaders") "Tuna", originally from Spain.
    Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said, "This is a night of celebration for the islanders, we are celebrating the culture, talent, music and art of Isla Mujeres, we are very proud and happy to have had the participation of many artists during all of these performances."
       The mayor, together with the director of the Institute of Culture and the Arts, Rubén Pérez Martín, gave awards to artists who participated throughout this year in the "Noches Magicas of Isla Mujeres" and "Noches Sabados", which are held in the Continental Zone. 
         As part of the celebration, various groups gave special recognition to the mayor, as the main promoter of these types of events and who has provided support to promote culture in the municipality. 
       Attendees included the honorary president of the DIF social service agency (Integral Family Development System), Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo and the municipal General Secretary, Antonio Coronado Rojas.

Rehabilitation of the Macroplaza Park in colonia La Gloria for the benefit of families LINK  VIDEO 
      The Macroplaza Park in colonia La Gloria is being renovated in a coordinated effort with the federal government, with the municipal government contributing fifty percent of the investment of 1,431,000 pesos. The federal funds came from the Federal Infrastructure Program for the Public Spaces.
       Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, who has been supervising the work personally, said that the work is 60 percent complete, and the inauguration is anticipated in mid-December, for the benefit of the families of the colonias of Cañotal, Miraflores and La Gloria.
        The work includes installation of stamped surfacing, signs and playground equipment; repair of the lighting system and the placement of new lights; the installation of new green areas; and rehabilitation of the kiosk and benches. The Mayor spoke about his commitment to quality public spaces for the benefit of island families.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Rehabilitation of the Macroplaza Park in colonia La Gloria for the benefit of families LINK   
 See City section.

 Young islanders attend the military registration and drawing   LINK      
       Twenty-six young people, born in 1999, attended the annual drawing, and who must submit their personal documents the second week of December to the Fifth Naval Region, where they will learn the date on which they will start their military service, probably during January 2018. It was held Sunday morning at 8am at the Town Hall, and names of participating officials are given.
 NOTE:   Legally, every Mexican man is obligated to one year of national military service (SMN), when they participate in weekend sessions that are social service in nature, emphasizing education, history, physical fitness, and military discipline. Upon completion, they are given a "Cartilla", which is often requested when seeking employment. The Mexican military is made up of professional career soldiers. There is a drawing for eighteen year old's to determine which branch of military, based on the color of the ball. A previous local article explained: Generally, a black ball is a Pass, a blue ball is associated with the Navy and a white ball is associated with the Army and Air Force. In Isla Mujeres, those who do not get a black ball will be attend training sessions on Saturdays. Service requirements can also be met through literacy training programs and sports training programs.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Modernization of older hotels   
Se modernizan hoteles antiguosVer masFull article at this link

     The modernization of traditional hotels in Isla Mujeres has been occurring in recent times, with a heavy investment of foreign resources, which has displaced hotels that were family-owned since the 1960s. The small hotel of the Martínez Magaña family on Abasolo street was remodeled some time ago; as was the hotel "Berny".
     Now demolition has been completed on the "Vistalmar", which was acquired by a foreign businessman to create a new luxury property, according to those directly involved. It should have about 100 rooms along the Rueda Medina malecon, 300 meters north of the Maritime Terminal.
      Regarding the subject of  modernization of small hotels, the issue was addressed  three years ago with the formation of the Asociación de Pequeno Hoteles Fascinantes de Isla Mujeres with a plan to standardize all the properties in quality, in order to offer them as a single product abroad and to be able to include them in large packages, thus raising the low occupancy rates they have experienced in recent years. Many of these hotels are 30 to 40 years old, and there has been some resistance from some family members.
      Among those that are listed for sale are the hotels "Caracol", "Martínez", "Osorio", among others. This is in the admid of a strong market when all the real estate is "dollarized" in downtown Isla Mujeres, where  rents on properties of 15 square meters ranges from 500 to 600 dollars almost anywhere in this area. 
          Gerardo Magaña, vice president of the Association of Small Fascinating Hotels, has said at different times, that the detachment of these family assets will be a difficult phenomenon to accept for those directly involved.

Discontinued constructions  

     However, with all of this, the rising cost of living is continuing to increase and spiral for the people who live here, compared to other times. It is also noted that there are two unfinished construction properties from a decade ago, due to interruption of investments, of which one is a construction of 100 rooms in the vicinity of Garrafón Park; and the other, in front of Media Luna Beach, has an area of ​​about 10,000 square meters.

Nautical recreational activities permitted with caution  
Con precaución permitieron las actividades recreativas.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Although navigation by small boats was restricted on Sunday, they were allowed to offer recreational activities within the Bay, and the weather is expected to improve on  Monday. This low pressure system was located off the coast of the peninsula, early on Sunday causing the entry of tropical maritime air to the peninsula "with variable moisture content, causing hot temperatures during the day and cool in the evening & night".
      In the early morning, the north winds were felt as the final effects of the cold front number 9, and because of this, Civil Protection recommended taking precautions for maritime navigation and water activities along the coasts of the state and the Yucatan Channel due to the effects of waves and wind, and following the advisories of local Harbor Masters. The usual advice is give regarding precautions when temperatures drop, especially with children and the elderly in rural areas, and it is noted that the weather is expected to improve on Monday, allowing nautical tourism to resume fully and permitting the fishermen to go out to catch lobster and fish.

Altruistic work by Zumba instructors  
Obra altruista de instructores de zumba[+] Ver masFull article at this link

This information has already been translated.


 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

Sources 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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