Friday, September 4, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, September 4



This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

  Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos  HERE.

The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles






City officials work together to clean the lagoon by the new hospital

Funcionarios se unen a limpieza de cuerpo lagunar frente al nuevo hospital

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 3 de septiembre.-
    City personnel will conduct an intense cleaning of the lagoon by the new hospital on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 8am, which was agreed after the Mayor and officials toured the hospital on Monday, offering their assistance, for the benefit of the community. The following day, City officials began efforts to inform neighbors and to ask for their understanding and cooperation to prevent littering near the hospital. They are asking for the cooperation from the neighborhood and from the community in general, and they are advising that fines will be applied to anyone found littering or polluting the water. Residents are asked to call the Ecology Department at  2 74 25 79 to report anyone attacking one of the most important assets of the island, the environment.


"Pro Pesca" program pays fishermen 

Del programa Pro-pesca

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 3 de septiembre.- .
      A total of 68 lobster fishermen from Isla Mujeres received support from the "Pro Pesca" program, in the amount of 7000 pesos each, of whom one half were from the fishing cooperatives “Por la Justicia Social”, “Caribe”, and “Isla Blanca”; and the other half are with the cooperatives  “Makáx” and “Patria & Progreso”. 
      This payment was made nearly two months after the close of the lobster ban season, when the 2015-2016 season had already begun. The fishermen were required to complete classes, which were held on Friday & Saturday for the first group, and on Monday & Tuesday for the second group.
     The lobster fishermen will be preparing documents to be in this same program for the lobster ban season of 2016.

Agreement guaranteeing the rights of taxi passengers  

Signa convenio para garantizar sus derechos

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 3 de septiembre.-
    An agreement was signed between the Sindicato (Union) of the Taxi Drivers of Isla Mujeres and the Human Rights Commission of Quintana Roo (CDHeQRoo) agreeing to respect the rights of users of taxi services.
      The commitment was signed in the auditorium of the Taxi Union near Ranch Viejo (on the mainland), where both representatives agreed to promote human rights, both in the union of taxi drivers and in the general population. The agreement was signed by  Harley Sosa Guillén, CDHeQRoo representative for Isla Mujeres and Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, president of the Isla Mujeres Taxi Union.
     Sra. Sosa said she intends to train the taxi union members about human rights, and that because of their daily contact with the general public, the drivers can be allies to share information and guidance about their rights, and the rights of their passengers, and help the Commission. She explained that because of this agreement, the taxis will promote the use of the 075 emergency line for human rights, which is available 24 hours a day for complaints about abuses of authority. She said although this line has been in existence for more than two years, it is not well known.
    Sr. Peniche said he welcomes this alliance for the training of the union members, since one of his objectives as president of the union is to implement courses promoting the rights and addressing legal issues for the members. He encourages other taxi unions in the state to make a similar partnership, in order to contribute to the work of informing society so people understand their rights. 

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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)








State Week of the Manatee
 Participate and share your activities!!
Semana Estatal del Manatí.




The City of Isla Mujeres and the Vectors Department of the state Secretary of Health are fumigating all the schools in the municipality to eliminate mosquitoes which transmit Dengue and Chinkungunya.
We're spraying all the schools of the municipality to eliminate the mosquito transmitter and dengue chinkungunya;  together, we must put an end to the breeding grounds of mosquitoes, let's keep our patios and houses clean.
El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres y el área de Vectores de la Secretaría Estatal de Salud, durante estos días realizan fumigaciones en todas las escuelas del municipio para eliminar el mosquito transmisor del Dengue y Chinkungunya.
Estamos fumigando todas las escuelas del municipio para eliminar el mosquito transmisor del Dengue y Chinkungunya; todos juntos debemos acabar con los criaderos de moscos, mantengamos limpios nuestros patios y casas.


You are invited to attend Movies in your Colonia this Sept. 11 at 7:30pm. Free event.
Te invitamos al Cine en tu Colonia, este 11 de Septiembre a las 7:30pm.
Evento Gratuito.









The City of Isla Mujeres via the Department of Economic Development invite you to participate in the following classes and workshops free from the HABITAT program:
  English, French, Carpentry, Hair cutting, Candy making, Urban gardening/Community garden, Soap & Candle making, Air Conditioning repair, Gender Equality workshop, Beauty, Pastry making, Chess, Zumba, "Gelatins", Massages  
El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres a través de la Dirección de Desarrollo Económico te invita a participar en los siguientes cursos y talleres gratuitos del programa HÁBITAT.



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link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  


No hurricanes caused by El Niño
  • No provoca  ‘el niño’ formación  de ciclones
     

    CLIMA

    No provoca ‘el niño’ formación de ciclones

    0 04 de septiembre de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

         The coordinator for Civil Protection for the Northern Zone of Quintana Roo, Guillermo Morales López, visited Isla Mujeres and said that because this is the "Year of el Niño”, the jet stream is protecting the Caribbean, and causing hurricanes to not affect the state. He also admitted that their impact cannot be predicted, there are no guarantees, and that constant vigilance is needed. . He said the outlook is good for Quintana Roo, and that only seven phenomena are forecast for the Atlantic area, while there are 19 predicted for the Pacific area. He noted that the upcoming months of Sept., October, and November require vigilance as the Caribbean heats up, and there is always a possibility of a hurricane impact.


  • Reciben 68 langosteros apoyo de Propesca
     

    SOCIAL

    Reciben 68 langosteros apoyo de Propesca

    0 04 de septiembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

  • Rescata Marina a embarcación
      
    Navy rescues boat  

    EMERGENCIA

    Rescata Marina a embarcación

    0 04 de septiembre de 2015  by Carlos Gasca
     
           Yesterday, Isla Mujeres Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, confirmed that the Navy had rescued the 22 foot boat "Togue II" when it was adrift  ~60 miles northeast of the island. He explained that last Saturday at noon, a distress call was received from the boat, which is registered with the Port of Progreso, Yucatan (#31013573145). The two crew members, who are Cubans residing in Mexico, reported mechanical failures and said they were adrift. 
         One of the fastest Naval vessels was dispatched to assist them. After they were located and coordinates were obtained, the patrol on the Naval zarpo vessel encountered the "Togue II", which is a white boat of the model "Grady White", and the two crew members on board were in good health. Towing took several hours and the Harbor Master said the boat arrived at 9am on Sunday. 
            He said the vessel and its crew are not be subject to any proceeding before the Port Authorities because they did not violate any laws of navigation; they just had an emergency. Regarding their legally staying in this country, he said both the crew members were made available to the INM (National Migration Institute), who reviewed their status. The Harbor Master said, "Apparently there was no problem, because they remain on the island."
           He concluded by saying that now they are just waiting for the owners of the boat to appear and present the documents, proving its legal status, and it will be turned over to them.


     
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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)









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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles




Denuncian “bajas” en la primaria Julio Sauri Espinosa [+] Ver mas
       Mario Rodríguez, grandfather of twin boys, is complaining that the children were pre-registered in a timely manner, and they had already started classes with the morning shift at Julio Sauri Espinosa primary school, when the campus Director gave notification that they cannot continue to attend there. Preliminary investigation indicates at least 20 children could be affected at this primary school.
       He said he is representing his daughter, who is busy. He said he tried to find space at two other primaries,  César Mendoza and Andrés Quintana Roo, without luck. He is registering them at a private school, where the cost very high, which caused an emotional shock to his daughter. Already, several thousand pesos have been spent on private school enrollment, and the monthly maintenance payments are a large amount, while the children's mother doesn't earn enough for such a commitment.
    Sr Rodriguez showed their certificate of registration which indicates pre-registration was done on January 24th, within the period of enrollment set by SEQ. He said, "What bothers me is that we were given a document from the kindergarten saying which primary the twins would attend, and to which shift they were assigned. Classes began, they had their books and uniforms, and now, after a week has passed while the children attended classes, they tell me they are going to close this primary class because SEP cannot pay another teacher."


Prevention of vermin at new hospital
Prevén invasión de alimañas en el nuevo hospital s.. [+] Ver mas
      A cleanup is scheduled on Saturday, beginning at 8am, in the small lagoon that is ~10 meters from the new hospital, and removal of the crocodiles that are living there, which include baby crocs and even large ones, according to the neighbors. There has also been an anti-littering awareness campaign to the neighbors in the area.
     The street "Boquinete" separates the hospital in La Gloria from the swampy area. Fines may be imposed for littering or contaminating the water and the number to report these activities is 274 25 79 at the municipal Ecology Department.
    The state Department of Health has increased fumigation at the schools in the municipality to remove mosquitoes that can transmit Dengue or Chinkungunya, as part of a coordinated effort with the municipal government.




Promoting human rights among cabbies
Promoverán los derechos humanos entre los taxistasc.. [+] Ver mas



No one has reclaimed the boat "Togue II" 
Ni quien reclame la embarcación “Togue II”. [+] Ver mas


Our Lady of Charity celebration
Celebran a la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre  [+] Ver mas

From yesterday....

      The celebrations for the patron saint of the fishermen, the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre or Our Lady of Charity, began on Monday August, 31 and will conclude with the maritime procession to the fishing camp on Isla Contoy. The traditional descent of the icon was celebrated on Monday August 31st by hundreds of Catholics who filled the chapel of the same name (Caridad del Cobre) located in the Miraflores neighborhood, and overflowed into the street where chairs were placed. The ceremony began at 7pm and was presided over by the bishop of the Cancun-Chetumal Prelature, Pedro Pablo Elizondo, assisted by the priest Raul Sanchez Alonso.
   Afterwards, the ceremony continued with a procession with the image of the Virgin through the streets of the colonias of Miraflores and Canotal. Then there was a festival with traditional jarana dancing by two young people from Cancun called Nicte-ha, as well as by the group Añoranzas de Isla Mujeres. The traditional maritime procession will be held on Saturday Sept. 12th to Contoy Island, where the icon will remain until early March when the lobster season ends.
    There have been 25 boats registered to participate in the procession and space is still available. A contest is being held for the best decorated boat with prizes of 2000, 1500, and 1000 pesos to the top three boats, and a fuel voucher for the first 30 boats to enroll in the competition. The goal is to have a maximum number of vessels and people sharing this spiritual experience.
    According to the schedule of activities for this celebration, the lancheros (small tour boats) cooperative "Adolfo Lopez Mateos" will participate at their lodge at 7p,, and an hour later there will be a novena at the marina of the family Ayala Rejon, and at 9pm, at the Guadalupe Chapel, with Aldair and Anabel Burgos.
  On Sept. 4th, the fishing cooperative "Caribe" will participate at the church Sagrado Corozon (Sacred Heart, in la Gloria) with a regional dance presentation "“Inmaculada Concepción” (Immaculate Conception).
   On Sept. 5 the cooperative "Isla Blanca" will participate with host Enrique Najera Morales.
   On Sept. 6, it is the cooperative "Patria & Progreso" with the choir of the Niñas del DIF; and religious songs by singer Ana Laura .
  On Sept. 7, the cooperative "Ceviche Tours" will have the singing of the Las Mañanitas at 11pm (This is the 'birthday song' and is sung to patron saints before midnight when their day starts.)
  On Sept. 8, the cooperative Un Dia Perfecto will host, and all the cooperatives will have traditional dances and festivities. Then there will be a period of rest before the maritime procession on Sept. 12th.


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 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

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. 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 or hop on the bus. We also have room for 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. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the 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.

September events

Sunset ~7:00
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Aug 29  7:08
Aug 30  7:56
Aug 31  8:44

Sept 1   9:32
Sept 2  10:20

Sept. 27 6:31
Sept. 28 7:19
Sept. 29 8:09
Sept. 30 9:00
Oct. 1    9:52

Oct. 2  10:45

Monday, Sept. 7  Town Square Patriotic ceremony  (morning, probably ~8 or 9a)

Friday, Sept. 11 7:30 at the Dome of the Bicentennial Plaza in colonia La Gloria, free 

Saturday, Sept. 12 Concrete pier  Procession to Isla Contoy with the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, preceded by a boat decorations contest with prizes of 2000 pesos, 1500 pesos, and 1000 pesos. This is preceded by a Mass at 7am at the Church of Immaculate Conception on the Town Square and a procession to the pier. Priority for space on the boats will be given to those in the procession from the Church, which is expected to arrive at the dock around 8am. There will be two or three larger boats provided for the public, who are encouraged to bring food and drink since none is available on Isla Contoy.~800 people are expected to participate and ~80 small boats.

Sunday, Sept. 13   Los Niños Héroes

Tuesday, Sept 15 Midnight Town Square  Grito event
 (In Town Squares across Mexico, the Mayors read the El Grito de Dolores calling for Independence from Spain and ring the town's bell)

Wednesday, Sept. 16  Independence Day

Monday, Sept. 21 9a Red Cross in La Gloria  Clinic for Diabetics
     If you know any interested islanders, please invite them to our annual Diabetes Clinic. Health professionals will be testing blood, offering diabetes education and distributing meters, strips & other supplies for people with Diabetes. This is completely free. For more info, email westofcuba@gmail.com

Wednesday, Sept. 23  Equinox

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, September 3



This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

  Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos  HERE.

The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles






Expecting 100 vessels

In the contest for decorating boats for the procession for Our Lady of Charity

En el concurso de lanchas decoradas para procesión de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 2 de septiembre.- .
  This article has the same information which was previously translated, noting that about a half dozen boats have registered to participate in the boat decoration contest. Baltazar Gomez Catzin, a leader among the fishermen, said about 100 vessels are expected for this procession to Isla Contoy on Sept. 12, mostly small boats, and about a half dozen larger vessels. The Contoy beach was cleaned last week and a meeting was held on Tuesday of the organizing committee. There is more information below in the Events section.

More urban infrastructure

Tour by SEDATU representative and Mayor Agapito Magana 

Gira del delegado de Sedatu con el Edil Agapito Magaña

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 2 de septiembre.- .
See translation in the City section....

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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)








On Wednesday morning, Mayor Agapito Magana Sanches was accompanied by the State Secretary of Urban, Agricultural, and Territorial Development (SEDATU) in Quintana Roo, Raul Gonzalez, at an event to initiate various public works on the island.
      The first project will be the installation of forty-six solar lights, which is intended to solve the lack of lighting at the Salina, as well as preventing crime and adding security. Because the lights are solar, they assist in achieving the goal of being a greener, ecological municipality.
      The second project is the installation of 2000 square meters of stamped concrete on the west side of the Salina Grande lake, as well as benches and trash cans made from recycled PET plastic materials.
      The third and final project is the application of 384 square meters of waterproofing to the roof of the Community Development Center, and the installation of benches and playground equipment in the outdoor areas of this important location where families gather.
   These projects will also generate direct and indirect jobs, for the economic benefit of the island. They are the result of coordination and respect between state and federal agencies, as well as management at the municipal level by Mayor Agapito Magana Sanches, yielding favorable results for the residents of the community and improving the image of Isla Mujeres.
     The officials at the Park of the Frigates who attended this event included City Sindico, Fidel Villanueva, and City Council members Adriana Trejo González, Miriam Trejo León, Bartolomé Pech Matú and José Magaña Galue, as well and municipal directors and members of the community.

Two thousand square meters of stamped concrete will be installed on the west side of the Salina lake, in addition to the placement of seats and trash cans made with recycled material.
Colocaremos 2 mil metros cuadrados de concreto estampado en el lado poniente de la salina, además de la colocación de bancas y botes de basura hechos con material reciclado.
‪#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬
Forty six solar lights will be installed to solve the lack of lighting at the Salina, as well as preventing crime and adding security.
Instalaremos 46 luminarias solares con las que acabaremos el problema añejo de la falta de iluminación en la Salina, además de combatir la delincuencia e inseguridad.
‪#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬




It was a great honor to accompany the state President of the DIF of Q Roo, Mariana Zorrilla de Borge (wife of the Governor), delivering backpacks and school supplies in Rancho Viejo.
Un gran honor acompañar a la presidenta del DIF Q. Roo, Mariana Zorrilla de Borge, en la entrega de mochilas y útiles escolares en Rancho Viejo.


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link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  


Decreasing numbers of tourists
  • Cae la afluencia turística
     

    ECONOMÍA

    Cae la afluencia turística

    0 03 de septiembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

            The leader of the island Chamber of Commerce (CANACO), Juan Carrillo Figueroa, said now that the summer holiday season has ended and the number of tourists has decreased, it the time when entrepreneurs "tighten their belts". During the slower months of September, October, and November, some businesses prefer to close, offering their staff a holiday, and some also arrange for remodeling during this period.
            He said the summer season was very good for many entrepreneurs, and larger numbers of tourists visited the island, which may have been partially caused by the large amount of seaweed on the beaches of other locations. He said the closing days of the summer holiday period were atypical because there were more tourists than previous years, but now the high season has ended and it is hoped that there will not be much effect from hurricanes.

  • Concluyen  temporada del tiburón ballena
     

    TURISMO

    Concluyen temporada del tiburón ballena

    0 03 de septiembre de 2015  by Carlos Gasca
     Whale shark licensees who preferred not to be named complained about the difficulty making money because of larger companies who have a monopoly and because of unfair pricing. They said although the season officially ends on Sept. 17, there is a decline in business, and many of them are discontinuing their tours now. They said they want to meet with other licensees about approval of the rate, because only then can they meet the costs that they face.


     
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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)









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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles




To begin remodeling work on the Salina Grande walking path
Inician obras de remodelación en el andador de la Laguna Salina Grande  [+] Ver mas



Our Lady of Charity celebration
Celebran a la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre  [+] Ver mas
I'll translate this one tomorrow....


Living "On pins and needles"
Viven con el “Jesús en la boca” [+] Ver mas

     Aguakan is replacing a service line along the perimeter/coastal road near the high school Colegio Bachilleres, which is causing debris and dust in the area, and some drivers think there is a risk for accidents.  The work began a few days ago north of the gas station and extends about 500 linear meters (to the south).
     There are also concerns expressed that Aquakan won't repave the street when they finish, a general complaint about both political parties (PAN & PRI), and a complaint about increases in water costs over the past decade.

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  This blog is brought to you by....
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

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. 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 or hop on the bus. We also have room for 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. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the 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.

September events

Sunset ~7:00
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Aug 29  7:08
Aug 30  7:56
Aug 31  8:44

Sept 1   9:32
Sept 2  10:20

Sept. 27 6:31
Sept. 28 7:19
Sept. 29 8:09
Sept. 30 9:00
Oct. 1    9:52

Oct. 2  10:45

Monday, Sept. 7  Town Square Patriotic ceremony  (morning, probably ~8 or 9a)

Friday, Sept. 11 7:30 at the Dome of the Bicentennial Plaza in colonia La Gloria, free 

Saturday, Sept. 12 Concrete pier  Procession to Isla Contoy with the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, preceded by a boat decorations contest with prizes of 2000 pesos, 1500 pesos, and 1000 pesos. This is preceded by a Mass at 7am at the Church of Immaculate Conception on the Town Square and a procession to the pier. Priority for space on the boats will be given to those in the procession from the Church, which is expected to arrive at the dock around 8am. There will be two or three larger boats provided for the public, who are encouraged to bring food and drink since none is available on Isla Contoy.~800 people are expected to participate and ~80 small boats.

Sunday, Sept. 13   Los Niños Héroes

Tuesday, Sept 15 Midnight Town Square  Grito event
 (In Town Squares across Mexico, the Mayors read the El Grito de Dolores calling for Independence from Spain and ring the town's bell)

Wednesday, Sept. 16  Independence Day

Monday, Sept. 21 9a Red Cross in La Gloria  Clinic for Diabetics
     If you know any interested islanders, please invite them to our annual Diabetes Clinic. Health professionals will be testing blood, offering diabetes education and distributing meters, strips & other supplies for people with Diabetes. This is completely free. For more info, email westofcuba@gmail.com

Wednesday, Sept. 23  Equinox

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)