Saturday, December 15, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Satuday, December 15

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City assists soccer team LINK 

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The Ministry of Health and the Governors of eight states in the southeast Mexico, including Quintana Roo, signed an agreement to ensure the right to medical care and free medicines for residents without social security. 

The teachers of Isla Mujeres are invited to attend a Suicide Prevention lecture by psychologist Ernesto Quiroz García today (Saturday) at 10a at the CAVI facility. 

Photos of donations to the DIF toy collection for children on the mainland part of the municipality, of the downtown orange juice vendor, scenes around the island, and the taxistas celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe. VIDEO of the north end of Hidalgo, the pedestrian street. 

Far from the busy tourist area of Cancun, but only 8 kilometers away, Isla Mujeres is a wonderful island where you'll find fantastic beaches, shops with character and restaurants with delicious fresh fish. Named in honor of the Mayan Goddess of fertility and medicine, the "Island of Women" is now well known for its wide range of water activities, such as snorkeling and diving; especially at the Manchones reef and in the Cave of Sleeping Sharks, as well as the Sea Turtle Sanctuary.
   There is a diversity of entertainment and gastronomic possibilities in Hidalgo Street, a pedestrian walkway with boutiques and restaurants that may remind you of Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy shopping and dinner on this fantastic island. It's much cheaper than Cancun and has a great atmosphere.(photo)

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Islanders are invited to participate in selecting the team for the all stars game in Puerto Morelos on December 23, who are seeking a pitcher, a catcher, two infielders and two outfielders.

VIDEO of dolphins swimming with a boat in Isla Mujeres

Propane cylinder exchange (previously translated).

IM Noticias   


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Providing maintenance for the iconic lighthouse downtown  

Inició mantenimiento de icónico faro

  The Port Authority, APIQRoo, has hired a construction company, at a cost of around 100,000 pesos, to provide maintenance for the iconic downtown lighthouse. There is a commitment to complete the work by the end of the year,but the situation is complicated, according to workers after a initial evaluation. The 18 meter building is said to be in a deplorable state. It hasn't functioned as a lighthouse for more than a decade when the signal was moved to the top of the Mia hotel on islet El Yunque.

Precaution advised with new cold front in the forecast   

Recomiendan precaución por nuevo frente

 Dec. 14 Following the sinking of a shrimp boat and a catamaran this week, the Harbor Master advised the fishing and recreation fleets to take all precautions to avoid this type of accident, noting we are on the eve of the arrival of another cold front. On Wednesday, the Mexican catamaran "Dzul Taap II" sand when it was 55 kilometers northeast of Isla Mujeres, and three days earlier the shrimp boat from Puerto Juarez, "Kukulkan VI" sand 31 kilometers north of the island, after both had experienced effects from cold front #16. They sank because their hulls were damaged by strong waves.
 Cold Front #17
   On Friday morning, there were strong winds from the south with gusts up to 42 km/hr, which caused restrictions for small boats, but the strength of the wind decreased as the day went by, and was minimal by sunset, and then it began to change orientation to the northeast, due to the effects of cold front #17. The polar air could cause temperatures to drop to 20C in the early hours of Sunday morning (68F) and it may remain cool on Monday.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 The head of the Cahuameros basketball team said they will be inactive until they resume play in early January.  The game that was scheduled for this weekend against the Chetumal Manatees has been suspended due to a lack of space, because the Convention Center will be occupied. The open air court by the Town Square (Jose del Carmen Pastrana) is being usd for a game of the State Basketball League.
Currently the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros are leading as their league goes into the second round of competition. In second place are the Dorados of Playa del Carmen, Modelo University (from Merida) are in third, the Cancun Aluxes are in fourth, and tied for fith are the Cozumel Islanders and the Manatees from Chetumal.

City assists team
   The City is providing assistance for transportation on land and by ferry so the Sub 11 team can play at the Bacalar Cup. The soccer team is made up of 15 children who are 10 and 11 years old. Here on the island, the soccer field in colonia Salina Chica is expected to reopen in early January, after a six month closure for renovations.

Hotel occupancy at 80%    

Ocupación hotelera al 80%

  This weekend the municipal Department of Tourism reported that hotel occupancy was averaging about 80%, but many of the smaller hotels have a higher level of vacancies, and are able to meet the demand for rooms. It is noted that hotels on the mainland part of the municipality have occupancy rates that are nearing 90%. The holiday season will formally start on December 20, when some hotels will be full, but some of the small hotels still have space available. Security operations are increased during the holiday period, and it is noted that Isla Mujeres is the safest municipality in the state.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Dec. 22   6:25
Dec. 23   7:28
Dec. 24   8:33
Dec. 25   9:38
 Dec. 26   10:42
  Dec. 27   11:42 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:04 to ~6:16p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~7:08 to 7:24
December Events
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK 
Patron saint festivities on the Town Square in front of the Church of Immaculate Conception (except the horse processions on Sat, Dec. 1st).

Saturday, Dec. 1...HORSES!
Noon: Cabalgata (probably on the runway)
1p: Horse caravan (procession around the isle)
Sunday, Dec. 2
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Monday, Dec. 3
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Tuesday, Dec. 4
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Wednesday, Dec. 5
7:30 Juanita Mendez & local singers perform
Thursday, Dec. 6
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Friday, Dec. 7
7p Large caravan in honor of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
10p Las Mañanitas Mass
11p Mariachi
11:30 Local artists singing Las Mañanitas
Saturday, Dec. 8
3p Boat procession with the icon in the Bay
5:30p Mass for the returning of the icon to her niche
7p Juanita Mendez & dance troupes perform
8p Closing dance with band Picante Plus
The other schedule shows events by the private groups in her honor at their facilities. The confirmations are at the church on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7pm.

"Toro Goal" events at the "Plaza de Toros y Feria" in Amplification La Gloria are where two teams of audience members get a small bull to chase them between chairs for goals. Regarding event tonight (Saturday) at 7p,  Isla Mujeres al Dia says: Organizers have told us that they do not kill or mistreat the bulls, it will be good to go and see in what manner the event takes place. The stadium is in Amplificacion La Gloria (along the coastal road, just north of Isla 33).


Saturday, Dec. 1 Inauguration Day
Plogging clean up 8a-10a meeting at the Mundaca palapa to clean the mangroves

Saturday, Dec. 8 Plogging clean up 8a-10a  Join the Plogging crew  behind the Casa de la Cultura, (backstreet Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo) by the Isla Mujeres photo op sign & spend a couple hours with some great folks making the isle a lil cleaner & enjoying the breezes & beauty of the Caribbean sea!

Saturday, Dec. 8  Friend's of Isla Mujeres 2nd Annual Festival of Culture & Family at the Open Air Theater in colonia La Gloria at 5:30pm featuring shows, clowns, prizes & more. Family Fun, Surprises, Free. Don't Miss it!

Sunday, Dec. 9 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8pm

Tuesday, Dec. 11 Singing of Las Mananitas outside the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Salina Chica)

Wednesday, Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico.There is usually a run in the morning from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.There is usually a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses, probably between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church.

 Thursday, Dec. 13 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. The captions says it starts at 4p.

 Thursday, Dec. 13 Tonight is the peak of the Geminid meteor shower, which is considered one of the best & "most reliable", because the individual meteors are bright, and they come fast and furious. With the quarter moon setting at midnight this year, more than 100 per hour may be visible, depending on the level of light pollution. advises giving your eyes 20 minutes to adjust & to lean back and take in the whole sky, since they can appear anywhere, traveling away from that point. Some meteors may be visible as early as 9-10p, but the most can be seen around 2a.

Saturday, Dec. 15 Plogging clean up 8a-10a location TBA.

Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8p and Sunday, Dec. 16 at noon at the Convention Center the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros will play the Chetumal Manatees (basketball). 

Sunday, Dec. 16 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square starting at 8pm will feature two dance troupes. 

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas
During the Posadas, there is usually a dance on the Town Square, featuring regional dances & costumes from different states of Mexico. The schools may have Posada plays, which are reenactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.

Thursday, Dec. 20  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.4p-8p

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice  

Friday, Dec. 21 "Elmo's" Golf Cart caravan meeting in front of the Bachilleres dome at 5:30 with decorated carts, led by Santa, Minnie & Mickey, and Elmo, tossing treats & toys to the kids. 

Saturday, Dec. 22 Plogging clean up 8a-10a location TBA.

Sunday, Dec.23 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8pm

Thursday, Dec. 27  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.4p-8p

Friday, Dec. 28   Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"

Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square. Tables can be purchased in advance, details TBA. The last ferry is usually cancelled.

Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur The first ferries are usually suspended.


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