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Merida Events: Slowly Coming Back to Normal

This Week… starting May 11, 2009

Notices from the State of Yucatan and the City Council of Merida
(1) Events sponsored by Estado de Yucatan for the entire month of May have been rescheduled for a later date.
(2) The permanent events sponsored by the Ayuntamiento de Merida are now open, including:
En el Coraon de Merida, Noche Mexicana, the Bici-Ruta, Merida en Domingo, Parque Zoologico el Centenario, and the Reserva Cuxtal.
(3) As of May 11, every school, church, library, museum, sporting event, day care center, etc, with the exception of the Municipal Center of Dance was opened and returned to their regular hours.
(4) Citizens and visitors are asked to continue with everyday precautions to prevent the spread of H1N1.

From what we can tell, this means that all regular events are open, but there still is a notice from the Ayuntamiento de Merida that all special events remain canceled until further notice. We expect this to be lifted soon and will bring the events to you as quickly as possible thereafter.

Fiestas This Week

As long as both the State of Yucatan and the Ayuntamiento de Merida are not holding previously scheduled special events, we suspect that municipal fiestas may also on hold. Realizing that these events are vital to the economy of Yucatan, especially in the smaller municipalities, we suggest that now is the time to take that Christmas list and head out to those municipalities to search out the best of the local artisans. All of our older Events columns are online with the fiestas listed at the tops of the pages so that you can see at a glance the products for which the artisans of each municipality are best known. This is a difficult time for everyone and a little early Christmas shopping may not sound like much, but it can make all the difference in the world to our artisans and to their families.

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) May 11, 2009

Yucatan Living Salon at Cafe Chocolate
You are invited to participate in a Salon, under the auspices of Katalina McNulty.
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Calle 60 x 55 y 53
Time: 5:00 PM Monday
Admission: suggested donation of $20 pesos

Tuesday (Martes) May 12, 2009

Yucatan Living Remembranzas Musicales
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: Santiago Park, C. 72 x 59
Time: 8:30PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 13, 2009

Yucatan Living Ongoing events are back up and open to the public. Please visit our Ongoing Events page for what’s happening this week in Merida!

Thursday  (Jueves)  May 14, 2009

Yucatan Living Ongoing events are back up and open to the public. Please visit our Ongoing Events page for what’s happening this week in Merida!

Friday  (Viernes) May 15, 2009

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Ladies’ Dinner and Prize Bingo Night.
Please purchase your tickets as early as possible so Hotel Zamna can arrange for catering. There must be at least 12 guests in order to stage the event.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72, Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Starts at 7:00 PM, Dinner at 7:30 PM, Followed by Prize Bingo & Fun Quiz
Admission: $90 pesos per lady, seating limited to 24 guests.

Saturday (Sábado) May 16, 2009

Yucatan Living Poetry Reading and SharingPoetry Reading at Cafe Chocolate
Come one! Come all! New readers welcome! Every Saturday, for at least the next 3 months, there is going to be an open mike poetry reading at Cafe Chocolate. You can read your own poems or the poetry of someone else. This sounds like great fun so please do go out and support it. It is not only new, but it helps to round out the cultural experiences we are so fortunate to have here in Merida. Be sure and read the website (see link below). It is guaranteed to make you smile and will certainly make you feel as if you must stop by.
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Back Patio, Calle 60 x 49
Time: All Saturdays: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: Free
Website: Here.

Sunday (Domingo) May 17, 2009

Yucatan Living Ongoing events are back up and open to the public. Please visit our Ongoing Events page for what’s happening this week in Merida!


Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Beginning May 13: Tango Classes Tango Classes in Merida, Yucatan
Dates: May 13 through June12, 2009
Schedule: Monday and Wednesday
Time: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Cost: $700 pesos per couple; $400 pesos per individual
Experience required: None
Teacher: Juan Manual Coral, professional Argentine tango dancer and graduate of Centro Estatal de Bellas Artes de Yucatan.
More Information: contact[at]

Yucatan Living Centro Virya "You are the Light" Activities in MayYoga Classes in Merida
(1) Photography Workshop in which students take their own photos with newer photography equipment.
Facilitator: Marta Sanz, Professional Photographer
Dates/Times: May 22: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, plus other dates sufficient to make up a 10 hour workshop.
Admission: through May 15: $600 pesos; after May 15: $750 pesos
(2) Yoga Lecture and Practice (History of Yoga and multilevel practice)
Instructor: Alejandra Cruz
Date/Time: May 29: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: $150 pesos per person
(3) Arabian Dance Workshop (single and double circular veil)
Instructor: Manisha
Date/Time: May 30: 10:00 AM to Noon or 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Admission: $150 pesos per person
(4) Yoga and Meditation by the Sea
Location: Chelem
Date and Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living May 21, 22, & 23 The Sacred Mayan Journey 2009Sacred Mayan Journey
The annual Sacred Mayan Journey will take place this year on May 21, 22, and 23. The voyage will be carried out in traditional Mayan canoes starting in Polé, today Xcaret, to the island of Cozumel, and then on to Playa del Carmen (former Xamanhá part). 25 handmade canoes have been made according to the traditional Mayan model, and 300 rowers from the communities of Xcaret, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen are trained for their navigation. The journey is to give thanks to the godess Ixchel. This will be a "Trade Days" -type event that showcases the history of the Mayans, as well as offers a look into their lives today. Follow this link to the complete 3 day schedule of events and to find out more about what has come to be a very successful anual event.

Yucatan Living May 22th – 25th: Yoga Goddess Weekend Getaway
This invitation is especially to women over 40 who would like to relax deeply and be nurtured in an environment that will support you to feel your best. Your teacher will be Arielle Newman, of Yoga By the Sea and More Than Yoga. No prior yoga experience necessary for this rejuvenating weekend of yoga, massage, meditation, and fun.
Location: Alhambra Hotel, Playa del Carmen, Q.R.
Admission: Single: $665 USD; Double: $542;
More information: Visit their website.

Yucatan Living May 23: Regular Monthly Meeting of Quoi de Neuf
This will be the May meeting of Quoi de Neuf, the French-speaking community in Merida and their friends. View the photos of previous meetings to see how much fun these folks are having. Two invited artists will attend this event. Carlos Núñez, a former student of local artist Michel Maugée, will present his engravings, and Juan Pablo Bavio, an Argentine painter who lives in Merida, will exhibit paintings that are representative of his work. Music will be provided by the South American grup Antonio, Daniel and Adalberto. Sunday, May 24 will be the last day of the showing of these works. 
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Calle 60 # 442 x 49 (next to the hotel Los Aluxes)
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $75 pesos, which includes a buffet, a salad, and fruit juice. You may traiga sus propios licores (aka: byob).

Yucatan Living May 29: Hotel Zamna: Music Under the Stars: The Golden Era of Rock & Roll
Bring along your Blue suede shoes and rock the night away to the best of Rock & Roll from the 50s, 60s & 70s.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72, Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Starts at 8:00 PM, Dinner Buffet at 8:30 PM
Admission: $90 pesos per person, seating limited to 50 Rock & Rollers. Tickets must be purchased in advance in order to arrange for seating and catering.

Yucatan Living June 5: Judging for 4th Handicraft Competition in Merida
The featured media in this competition includes cotton and linen textiles, woodwork, fiber arts, jewelry made from indigineous seeds, stonework, pottery, traditional toys and more! There are some "big money" prizes for this event, so expect the best of the best. Mark this date on your calendars now!
Location: At the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: TBA
Admission: Free
Yucatan Living Sunday June 7: Los Juglares in Concert: Two PerformancesLos Juglares
This beloved group consists of two sets of brothers: Fernando and Jose Vadillo Vázquez, and Caesar and Jose Marrufo Ore. On this day, they will present two concerts in honor of their new CD, dedicated to the mothers of Yucatan. The name of the CD is Para la reina de reinas (For the Queen of Queens) and no one can sing these ballads better than Los Juglares 
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos (do get your tickets early!)


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