Thursday, January 24, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, January 24

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  Healthy finances according to the state audit    LINK  

Free pet sterilization campaign every Thursday, in coordination with Isla Animals 


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Isla Mujeres adheres to the state plan de Mando Único LINK 
   The Mayor said the municipality of Isla Mujeres will cooperate with this state plan for security, which proposes a single command. It is noted that the municipality of Solidaridad isn't in agreement, and that a press conference will be held in the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun) concerning violence which has increased there lately.

Port closed for small boats due strong winds LINK 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

CRIM rehab facility offering sign language courses    

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO   The beaches of Isla Mujeres are clean and free of sargasso. Every morning at 5am, twenty-five women of the ZOFEMAT staff clean North Beach and Playa Centro.

VIDEO   State Mobility Institute reviewing rental golf cart agencies and their carts

VIDEO of new ambulance provided by the state showing some of the equipment inside.

VIDEO of Caribbean Sea, showing the cloudy, rainy weather 

IM Noticias   


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

Fewer tourists due to poor weather  

Pocos turistas debido al mal tiempo

Isla Mujeres: In program to improve health  

IM, en programa de mejoramiento de salud

I'll translate this manana....

Restrictions continue for small boats  

Continúa restringida la navegación menor


Recent news & upcoming events from Isla Mujeres News & Events...."Keeping English speakers informed about Isla Mujeres since 2011"

On Tuesday, a woman was stuck in the elevator at the Community Hospital for about an hour. She remained calm while personnel from Civil Protection worked to open the door and set her free. Last week the Navy rescued a sailboat that had run out of gas six nautical miles from Isla Mujeres with a Argentinian man and a woman from Venezuela aboard, and towed them to the Makax lagoon.

Today is the last day to bid on the auction to benefit the Diabetes Clinic!! You can get a great deal on popular goods & services donated by generous Isla businesses & help us provide islander diabetics with glucometers & supplies (& testing, eyeglasses & education) to lessen the consequences of this terrible disease. It's a leading cause of death on the isle, as well as stealing away eyesight & feet. All the $$ goes to helping the islanders, we're 100% volunteers from the medical & social services community, locals & foreigners working together.

The Marinsa ferry company has discontinued operations. Ultramar and Naviganto continue to provide passenger service between the island and Puerto Juarez. There is news that Naviganto plans to replace their boats with more efficient ferries in March, but the company hasn't confirmed this. Ultramar and Maritima continue to provide vehicle-cargo service from Punta Sam, and it was reported last year that Marinsa had purchased 51% of Maritima. There are some concerns about the ability of that company to continue competing with Ultramar on that route.

The Community Hospital received a new ambulance from the state. The old one will be returned to the Ministry of Health for maintenance and may be sent to another facility in need of an ambulance. The new ambulance appears to be equipped with an AED. The Red Cross has announced plans to obtain a new ambulance this year, and recently added a first-response motorcyclist to their services. The CRIM rehab facility has begun offering sign language classes and plans to teach Braille soon.
The Island Time Music Festival will take place Feb. 18-23 & the Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 19-23.

For World Wetlands Day, Saturday, Feb. 2, the City is planning a clean up on Feb. 1, and educational workshops & talks for Isla students. Visit Accion Isla's link for the meet-up location for their weekly Saturday morning clean up. Last week participants in Oasis Fest II pitched in and they removed 700 pounds of trash from the mangroves!!

The new state "Mobility Institute" is now responsible for public transportation concessions like the taxis and rental golf carts. They have begun inspections at the approximately 29 rental agencies, which will continue thru March when the concessions require renewal. The carts must have tires & seats in good condition, operating lights, company name and cart number on display, insurance policy, registration card, and current plates.

On social media, the competition is on for who will reign over Carnaval, and you can see a preview of the dancing and costumes on Sunday, Feb. 10th on the Town Square when the troupes will be competing and the winners will be determined. Carnaval is March 1-5.

Yesterday, the kids at the Little Yellow Schoolhouse started serving lunch again...with gourmet grilled cheese & ham sliders & chili. If you'd been following Isla Mujeres News & Events, you'd have known! They're in La Gloria by the Beading could "kill two birds with one stone"!
The 24 hour Nonstop Marathon will take place on the eastern (downtown) malecon on Saturday, Jan. 26th.

This Sunday's Noches Magicas performance at 8p on the Town Square will feature an island folklorico dance troupe and a singer from Cancun. Free. The Thursday afternoon Artist & Food Fairs continue 3p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura, on Guerrero at the intersection with Abasolo. Weather permitting. Rides for kids are being set up along the Caribbean road, north of Isla 33.

The new trash collection schedule with pickup after 8pm seems to be going well, except downtown businesses have some complaints. The initial announcements included requests to put organic and inorganic trash in separate bags, and residents have noted on social media that clear bags are available at Dunosusa. There are receptacles for PET (plastic bottles) near the schools, at Chedraui, and on the beaches. Separation of aluminum cans is appreciated by the collectors.

The annual wedding event on Valentine's Day will take place again this year, when the City provides the paperwork, license and event for free. Couples just pay for the doctor-lab fee.

Last Saturday "Shoes for Children" delivered about 1000 donated shoes to Isla kids. Their website: Here's where I provide info about Isla Charities (let me know if you have more to add or want your event/charity featured!):

The heart-shaped receptacle for plastic caps has been filled for the third time, which are recycled for the benefit of kids with cancer, while reducing plastic contamination on the beaches & streets, thanks to the organization Banco de Tapitas. It's at Playa Centro, aka Posada Beach. Across the street, the lighthouse is looking good with its new paint job! (photos by Bruce)

I'm working on the third edition of Isla Mujeres Magazine with a month by month (Jan-Dec) schedule of activities, mural photos, and a pictorial history of Isla Mujeres. If anyone wants to contribute old photos or mural photos for possible inclusion, with credit of course, my email is or you can send them via FB message. The mag will be provided free online as soon as it's completed, which will take some weeks.

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The mural photo, by Bruce, is at Matamoras & Rueda Medina, on the new construction where the Vistalmar was.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 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 

Jan. 21   7:17
Jan. 22   8:24
Jan. 23   9:29
Jan. 24  10:30
 Jan. 25   11:30 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:17 to ~6:37p
Sunrise  ~7:24
January Events 
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK 

Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square.(See article below) The NYE party continues until dawn, at least.

Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day Many people observe the sunrise at Punta Sur.
Ultramar passenger ferries
The Mass schedule for Immaculate Conception (downtown), Sacred Heart in La Gloria, and the Capilla de Guadalupe in Salina Chica, as well as a Caribbean sunrise Mass.
Thursday, Jan. 3 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 5 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting at gas station on prolongacion Aeropuerto/Caribbean coastal road. Gloves & equipment supplied. The Plogging crew, who removed seven and a half TONS of trash from Isla's coasts, mangroves, and seabed in 2018. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 6  Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts. It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

At 10am, at Ruben's Restaurant there will be a giveaway of toys and snacks for thousands of islander children, with los Tres Reyes in costume.. On the back street Guerrero, across from the Post Office and Mercado

The Cockteleros baseball team have been collecting toy donations for a Three Kings Day giveaway.

Sunday, Jan. 6 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Jan. 6 is also Día de la Enfermera/Nurse's Day in Mexico. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

  Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1p at the Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui, the Cocteleros of Isla Mujeres will play their first game of the new year against the Old Boys of Cancun, & there will be a toy giveaway in honor of 3 Kings Day (Donations are encouraged). Entrance is 20 pesos, merchandise is available & thanks to Joseph R Walsdorf for the update!
Thursday, Jan. 10 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Three King's Festival by the DIF for islander kids & their families at the Bicentennial Dome starting at 4pm, with entertainment, raffles, and prizes.

Saturday, Jan 12 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 13 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Friday, Jan 18-Sunday Jan. 20 Oasis Fest Vol. 2: Pirate's Paradise with 22 musical acts, surprise prizes, and these events. Organized by Barracuda Board Co.   LINK 

    Friday: Urban Culture with a Hip Hop Concert, Workshops & Expositions of Breakdance, Rap, Graffiti, & Musical Production and an Artist Fair

     Saturday: Street Culture with Pirate Plog (Beach Cleanup), Ska, Punk, Rock Concert, Workshops, Games, & Get Together of Skate, Longboard, Parkour, Roller, Circus Arts, Murals

      Sunday: Caribbean Culture with Reggae & Ska Concert, Workshops in Skimboard, Palm Weaving, and Ancestral Vibrations with Conch Shells, Paddleboard Games, Live Painting, Raffle.

Saturday, Jan 19 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 20 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Sunday, Jan 20 Lunar Eclipse begins at 9:36 pm, Maximum at 12:12am (Jan 21) and ends at 2:48am. 

Thursday, Jan. 24 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 26 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Saturday, Jan. 26 Ultramarathon 24 hours  LINK  

Sunday, Jan. 27 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 31  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

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