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Merida Events: Children’s Day!




Every Day is Children’s Day.

That’s what our parents used to tell us when we asked why there was a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day but no Children’s Day. Well, someone must have been listening or maybe we were foreshadowing our move to Mexico, because Mexico most certainly has Children’s Day. In fact, it might be called Children’s Month, because even though the official day is April 30th, there are activities dedicated to children all month long.

In Merida, schools have parties, with performances and prizes, including presents for everyone and candy. The City of Merida puts on events with clowns, local TV stars and activities geared toward children… and candy. The biggest event this year, according to our sources, is the Beauty and the Beast show at the Plaza Grande. There will be TEN hours of continuous shows at the Plaza Grande (the zocalo) this Sunday, April 27, and on the 30th, another huge festival at the Zoo from 9 am til 5 pm. At 5 pm, the party moves to Parque de la Paz across the street and continues on until the little dears have a meltdown from all that activity and candy.

There is a list of all the events held in Merida here, which includes a fair at Siglo XXI (the convention center near Gran Plaza) which features a mini city built for children where they can enjoy activities, events and movies. And probably candy. Our own neighborhood, San Sebastian, will have a party at the park on Saturday at 6 pm with a clown and cartoon characters.

Did we mention that school is out too? There won’t be any school from April 30 until May 6th. May 1st is International Workers Day or Labor Day and May 5th is the anniversary of the battle of Puebla, or as many of you may know it, Cinco de Mayo.

Think of all those piñatas, the balloons, the clowns… and all that candy!

Monday (Lunes) April 21, 2008

Yucatan Living Yoga Class
This lovely colonial home in the Centro has regular yoga classes, as well as a small giftshop and a garden for deep breathing after class.
Location: Calle 68 #470A x 55 y 57, Centro
Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Wednesday and Friday, Noon to 1:30 PM with Claudia Guerrero. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9 PM with Joan Sibila Burckle.
Admission: $75 pesos per class or $560 for 8 classes

Yucatan Living Advanced Yoga Class – Garcia Gineres
Claudia Guerrero teaches yoga class to students who want to deepen their practice. She has studied in Italy and Mexico City and is a student of Vijana yoga and Orit Sen-Gupta in Israel.
Location: Calle 11 # 206 x 24 y 26 in Garcia Gineres
Time: 8 AM to 10 AM
Admission: Call 920 5361 for information

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)
Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary. The library really needs English-speaking participants, as word is getting out that this is a great place to learn English. It also happens to be a great place to learn Spanish, too, and to make some friends outside of the expat community. Come and participate!
Location
: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Small Donation

Yucatan LivingVaqueria Folkloric Ballet The signature dance of Yucatan, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: Ground floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Freethe dark crystal

Tuesday (Martes) April 22, 2008

Yucatan Living Movie Series: The Magic of Jim Henson
This week features The Dark Crystal
(Italy, 1982). Long ago and in a far off world, the evil Skexix have ruled for a thousand years. But now, the good Mystics have sent a lone Gelfling, survivor of a vanished race, to find the shard of the huge crystal that gives the Skexix their power. If he fails, the Skexix will reign forever.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Calle 20 and Avenida Colon, García Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Imperial
This is a new trio to us, but Tuesday of Trova is well known for finding the best trova groups in all of Yucatan, so if they are here, you know they are something special.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yoga Class
This lovely colonial home in the Centro has regular yoga classes, as well as a small giftshop and a garden for deep breathing after class.
Location: Calle 68 #470A x 55 y 57, Centro
Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Wednesday and Friday, Noon to 1:30 PM with Claudia Guerrero. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9 PM with Joan Sibila Burckle.
Admission: $75 pesos per class or $560 for 8 classes

Yucatan Living Yoga Class – Garcia Gineres
Claudia Guerrero teaches yoga class to beginning and intermediate students who want to deepen their practice. She has studied in Italy and Mexico City and is a student of Vijana yoga and Orit Sen-Gupta in Israel.
Location: Calle 11 # 206 x 24 y 26 in Garcia Gineres
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: Call 920 5361 for information

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals
This weekly dance has been held every Tuesday night since Valentine’s Day, 1984. Come on out and listen to the Big Band sounds of the 1940s, performed by the wonderful Jaranara Orchestra. Best of all, this is a great place to practice your chachachá and your mambo, or to just sit and watch the people of Merida enjoy dancing under the open skies.
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 at Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) April 23, 2008

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Latin American Music with Lizza Rodriguez
Lizza Rodriguez is another rising star in the crown of the State of Yucatan. We are so pleased to see all of our new, young artists surviving and thriving – and we are the beneficiaries of their talent. Learn more about her here.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Advanced Yoga Class – Garcia Gineres
Claudia Guerrero teaches yoga class to students who want to deepen their practice. She has studied in Italy and Mexico City and is a student of Vijana yoga and Orit Sen-Gupta in Israel.
Location: Calle 11 # 206 x 24 y 26 in Garcia Gineres
Time: 8 AM to 10 AM
Admission: Call 920 5361 for information

Yucatan Living Yoga Class
This lovely colonial home in the Centro has regular yoga classes, as well as a small giftshop and a garden for deep breathing after class.
Location: Calle 68 #470A x 55 y 57, Centro
Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Wednesday and Friday, Noon to 1:30 PM with Claudia Guerrero. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9 PM with Joan Sibila Burckle.
Admission: $75 pesos per class or $560 for 8 classes

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite, the Power Fusion Quartet, a professional band from Merida that features lots of fusion jazz. Sergio Aguilar on guitar, Romeo Rodriguez on keyboards and Victor Lopez on drums.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Wonder Woman and her conflicts of love

Yucatan Living The Illustrious Case of the Wonder Woman and Her Conflicts with Love
Come see an original play by Alex Pulido Cayón. Adaptated and directed by Aurora Aceves Azcárate. We’re sure it is in Spanish, but it be entertaining and a good way to learn if you aren’t fluent already!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 MXP, Students and INAPAM: $30 MXP

Thursday (Jueves) April 24, 2008

Yucatan Living Yoga Class
This lovely colonial home in the Centro has regular yoga classes, as well as a small giftshop and a garden for deep breathing after class.
Location: Calle 68 #470A x 55 y 57, Centro
Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Wednesday and Friday, Noon to 1:30 PM with Claudia Guerrero. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9 PM with Joan Sibila Burckle.
Admission: $75 pesos per class or $560 for 8 classes

Yucatan Living Yoga Class – Garcia Gineres
Claudia Guerrero teaches yoga class to beginning and intermediate students. She has studied in Italy and Mexico City and is a student of Vijana yoga and Orit Sen-Gupta in Israel.
Location: Calle 11 # 206 x 24 y 26 in Garcia Gineres
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: Call 920 5361 for information

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Yucatan Living Concert: El Lelicieto
Under the direction of Wilberth Herrera with a performance by invited guest Lela Otzkuzkaba.
Location: Central Patio of the University at UADY, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Poker Night at Mercer Cigars
Thursday night is poker night at Mercer Cigars. Everyone who participates gets a free Cuban cigar. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and beer, wine, food and cigars are available. Call for more information or to reserve your spot!
Location: Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla)
Time: 8:30 P.M.
Phone: 944-3647

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite the Romeo Rodriguez band plays Latin-flavored originals by Romeo, the piano player, one of Merida’s best musicians and a true individual.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Double Feature Classic Cinema
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Admission: Free

First Feature: Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol
This movie from 1990 includes commentaries from many of Andy Warhol’s friends.
Time: 6:00 PMJohnny got his gun

Second Feature: Johnny Got His Gun
Made in 1972 and starring Timothy Bottoms, Jason Robard, and Donald Sutherland, this movie was directed by writer/director Dalton Trumbo who was jailed for 10 months in 1950 and blacklisted until 1960 for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He wrote such classic motion pictures as Roman Holiday, Spartacus, and Papillon. Johnny Got His Gun was the only film he directed. In this film, a young American soldier (Joe) in WWI is wounded by a landmine on the last day of the war. He loses his arms, legs and eyes – as well as his ability to hear, speak or smell. Lying in the hospital, he is not able to distinguish if he is awake or if he is dreaming. Trying to find out, he relives his story in strange dreams and memories (including an encounter with Donald Sutherland as Christ). One day, Joe finds a way to communicate with the doctors. (Review by Arrow Films)
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Yucatan Serenade of Santa Lucia
This is the defining serenade of Merida and has been performed every Thursday night for over 40 years. Parque Santa Lucia is the center of Merida’s romantic heart – and has the alter to prove it. If you are a visitor, make sure to get to this particular serenade. It is well worth being part of your first memory of Merida.
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 at Calle 55
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: The Magic of Dreams with Cri Cri
A concert by the Camerata Academica de Merida under the expert direction of Maestro Jose Luis Chan Sabido, an internationally famous violinist in his own right.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living To Remember is to Live
This is a dance that begins early and ends at a reasonable hour. Music is provided by the Jaranara Orchestra with their signature Big Band sound.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: free

Yucatan Living AA Meeting in English
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:00 PM

Friday (Viernes) April 25, 2008

Yucatan Living Theater: A Retablo of Mexican Stories
A play under the direction of Mtra. Yatzeret Castillo Alcala
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 at Avenida Colon
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yoga Class
This lovely colonial home in the Centro has regular yoga classes, as well as a small giftshop and a garden for deep breathing after class.
Location: Calle 68 #470A x 55 y 57, Centro
Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Wednesday and Friday, Noon to 1:30 PM with Claudia Guerrero. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9 PM with Joan Sibila Burckle.
Admission: $75 pesos per class or $560 for 8 classes

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music features Rene Monte Rosa, local jazz pianista that is developing quite a local following. He plays both standards and origianls.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Saturday (Sabado) April 26, 2008Children's Story Hour at MEL in Merida

Yucatan Living Children’s Story Hour
MEL is always in need of additional volunteers for the Children’s Story Hour on Saturday mornings. A time for reading children’s books in English and Spanish.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 10:00 AM Every Saturday morning

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)
Each Saturday night, there is a performance on an outdoor stage here, often from a musical or dance group from another part of Mexico . Chairs are set up for the audience, but there is often standing room only. Booths selling food and handcrafts are set up in the park. The purpose of this performance is to bring all of Mexico to Merida and to our tourists from all over the world.
Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free


Yucatan Living En El Corazón de Mérida(In the Heart of Merida)
Live music, including jazz, salsa and trova, held on various stages around the Plaza Grande. Many of the streets leading to the Plaza are closed to all but foot traffic, and the restaurants and bars put their chairs and tables outside in the streets. This is a night designed for that Saturday night date, but they’ve got all of the shops open for business too.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 61 at Calle 60
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite Toriya Mareya again graces the stage with her unique brand of Latin Jazz. Don’t miss the chance to see this world-renowned jazz musician who has chosen to spend a few months in Merida… lucky us!!
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Sunday (Domingo) April 27, 2008

Yucatan Living Merida for Children
Merida is ending a week of festivals dedicated to children. There are always many activities and events that are designed especially for them. We have puppet shows, movies, and workshops where they can learn handicrafts. Every once in a while, we’d like to sneak into one of those workshops – especially the one where the children make an electric motor, …. and this week – Sinbad is the matinee at the Videosala of the Olimpo at 10:00 AM. Oh, to have kiddos again (and a really good excuse for taking up limited seating in a children’s movie)! If any of our readers are interested in events for children, just let us know and we will get a list for you.

Yucatan Living A Play Date for DogsDog Park in Merida
The popular play date for dogs is back! …but in a new location. We will now be meeting in a donated lot for this weekly gathering of canine friends. Come and join us, and of course, bring your four-legged and most loyal friend. Its hot outside, so don’t forget to bring water for you and for your dog.
Location: Calle 75 #507 between 62 and 64 (behind a big metal door, that now has a sign…knock!)
Time: 7:30 AM
Admission: Free for now. We’re going to discuss a future dog park!

Yucatan Living The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
This week’s offering, from our marvelous Symphony, is Fantasia in el Mundo Maya (Fantasy in the Mayan World). The reason there are two performances on Sunday, instead of one on Sunday and one during the week is that the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan is giving three performances for school children this week. The impact this will have on the children will certainly remain with them throughout their lives.
Location: Theater Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM
Admission: $100, $80, $60, and $40 MXP

Yucatan Living Documentary: Dolphinsdolphins in yucatan
Since we have dolphins on the coast of Yucatan, this is a documentary that is a must see for those who live here.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just east of Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Matinee: Ant Bully
The magical ant Zoc shrinks Lucas, a 10 year old boy, in order to punish him for destroying all of the anthills in his yard.
Location: Videosala of the University Cultural Center (UADY), Calle 60 at 57
Time: 10:30 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Traditional Stories: Puppet Theater with Tito and Tita
Location: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Puppet Show: Angel and Andrea: Singing and Dreaming with Cri Cri
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Magic of Dreams with Cri Cri
A concert by the Camerata Academica de Merida under the expert direction of Maestro Jose Luis Chan Sabido, an internationally famous violinist in his own right.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaThe Bici-Ruta begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 am, and ends at noon. The route usually begins in Ermita, but there is construction there right now, so we’re guessing it starts in San Juan, passes through the Centro up Calle 60 and then travels down Paseo de Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de Montejo at 9 am and pick up a game! There is a complete listing of activities, including sports, music, and craft events on the Bici-Ruta website
Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande and Ends at the glorieta on Prolongation Paseo Montejo (by Burger King).
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mérida en Domingo
Sunday downtown is a spectacular tradition in Mérida. Start at the center of town, where booths are set up all around the Plaza Grande. Inside the plaza, you can find huipiles, guayaberas, honey, dolls, bags, tee-shirts… and everything is made for sale by the local people of the Yucatan. The outer ring of booths are selling food: marquesitas, tacos, cochinita, ice cream (try the coconut), fruit, drinks, etc. If the crowd starts to get to you, wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park (at Calle 55), where you can also find antiques, old books and other curiosities. At that lovely park, there is also live music, lots of dancing, and great food.
Location: In the Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55) and MACAY Museum (Calle 60 between 61 and 63)
Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Admission: Free, of course…

Yucatan Living Sunday Art on Paseo de Montejo
Every Sunday there are artists displaying and selling their fine art along Paseo Montejo. There are usually 20 or more artists showing their paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and more. This is your chance to meet the artists, see what’s new and maybe pick up something great for those big empty walls in your new renovated home in Merida or that house by the beach.
Location: Paseo de Montejo in front of VIPS (on the southeast corner of Avenida Colon, across from WalMart)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday at the MACAY
There is a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the Merida en Domingo crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music.
Location: In the Garden at the MACAY (next to the Cathedral)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

 


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