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Benefit concert set for Texas Lions Camp

Three musical groups will come together for a special concert at Trinity Worship Center in Pharr on Friday, Feb. 6. Rio Grande Valley Concert Band, Swing Street Swing Band and the Senior Ambassadors will perform a benefit concert for the Texas Lions Camp (TLC) for children with physical disabilities. The bands and chorus are donating their services for the children.

TLC is a camp for children with disabilities where counselors are assigned at almost a one-to-one ratio, often matching the specific needs of the campers to the skills of the counselors.


Popular lady matadora returns to Santa Maria Bullring

Nearly 1200 fans packed the Santa Maria Bullring last Sunday for an exciting bloodless bullfight – at least no bull blood is shed. But Matador Leal Montalvo was fortunate to come out with only bruises after being tossed by one of the bulls three times.

Another exciting bullfight is coming to Santa Maria Bullring on Sunday, Feb. 8. Matadora Karla Santoyo, of the dynasty of Santoyo of Aguascalientes, Mexico, will share the card with the world-ranked matador Cesar Castaneda for the upcoming bullfight. Karla, the 20-year-old matadora, was trained by her matador father and an uncle who were ranked two and three in the world during their tenure as matadors appearing and confirming in Madrid as well as Mexico City, the largest bullring in the world.


Parade of Oranges in Mission this weekend

One of the biggest and most colorful events in the Rio Grande Valley is the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges. The parade combines with the Fiesta Fun Fair, the Vaquero Cook-off and the Citrus Youth Show for a super Saturday of Citrus Fiesta celebrations on Saturday, Jan. 31 in downtown Mission.

The Fun Fair will be run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Leo Pena Placita Park at the intersection of 9th Street (Business 83) and Conway Avenue (same location as last year).


Eastgate Holds Baby Shower For Needy

Residents of Eastgate Mobile Home Park in Harlingen held a Senior Baby Shower as a charitable event. Residents were given three names of mothers-to-be in need to be given items from the baby shower. Items for babies were also given to St. Paul’s Lutheran and St. Anthony’s Catholic Churches and a local women’s shelter.


Winter Texan Times giving away 500 Killer Bees tickets

The Winter Texan Times and the RGV Killer Bees are partnering to host Winter Texan Night, Friday, Feb. 13, for that night’s hockey game. The Times is giving away 500 free tickets for the game and all the excitement that night designed for Winter Texans, as the RGV Killer Bees face the Lone Star Brahmas.

For a chance to win a four-pack of Killer Bees tickets for Feb. 13, CLICK HERE.  Entry deadline is Feb. 6. Only one entry per household is permitted.


Gordy & Debbie bring Mickey Gilley for orphanage benefit concert

Mark your calendars for February 3, when one of the former biggest names in Country Music comes to the Rio Grande Valley to do a benefit for Children’s Haven International (CHI) at the request of Gordy and Debbie Wensel. For the past several years Gordy and Debbie have held benefits to help CHI, an orphanage and school in Reynosa.

But this year they are bringing Mickey Gilley, a well-known country western and pop star, who owns his own theater in Branson, to help raise funds for expansion of the school at CHI.


Second Entertainers Showcase attracts more talented performers

The amount of new talent seeking to work in the Rio Grande Valley next season is phenomenal. People came from Branson, Mo., several places in Tennessee, Ohio, Oklahoma, and other parts of Texas to demonstrate their talents to the activity directors in the two Entertainers Showcases held this year. The first was held Jan. 8 in Harlingen. The second took place at Mission Bell on Jan. 15. Some were completely new, while others were performers who have been entertaining in the Valley but are seeking additional bookings this year and next.

The Winter Texan Times watched each performance and also spoke with a number of activity directors, asking them which acts would play well in their parks.


Santa Maria Bullring features largest bulls ever

Santa Maria Bullring will set a new record during the bullfight to be held this Sunday, Jan. 25, as the event will feature the largest bulls ever to perform at a bullfight in the United States.

“Never before in history have bulls of this size been presented in the U.S.A.,” said bullring owner and former matador Fred Renk.


Texas Citrus Fiesta events now in full swing

A week filled with celebrations will take place as the Texas Citrus Fiesta gets underway in Mission. The fun starts Saturday when the Royal Reception is held and Queen Citrianna LXXIII and the members of the Royal Court are introduced along with the girls vying to be the Queen Citrianna LXXIX. All will be wearing their ball gown for the first time.

The girls vying for queen will be introduced by their title, “Duchess of Ruby Red Grapefruit,” They will not give their names.


Rising Star Revue features new talent

The Valley’s first Rising Star Revue, hosted by Robert Ferguson, was held Saturday, Jan.10. The show featured six of the best new groups taking part in this year’s Entertainer Showcases, allowing Winter Texans to get a taste of the new entertainment that is coming to the Rio Grande Valley.

Mario Rosales, who substituted for one of the stars listed on the preview, was a great pick because he received a standing ovation at the end of his performance. Mario is from Branson, Mo. and does a tribute show to Rodney Dangerfield there along with performing as a singer.


Professional Bull Riding coming to Livestock Show arena

Get ready, bull Riding fans, as the “The Hottest Eight Seconds of 2015” comes back to Mercedes. It’s bigger and better than ever, say the show promoters. The National Professional Bull Riders are bringing some of the nation’s top bull riders to town for a two-day event on Jan. 24-25 at the RGV Livestock Show Arena in Mercedes.

Approximately 35 top cowboys will compete for an average of $14,000 in money and prizes. This includes a chance to win one of three $600 Monsoon-Frontier Champion Trophy Buckles and a sack full of money. The National Professional Bull Riders (NPBR) not only attracts bull riders from Texas and the surrounding states but also from Mexico, Brazil and Australia.


Texas Citrus Fiesta Product Costume Show is unique tradition

This year’s Texas Citrus Fiesta events kick off Saturday, Jan. 17 with the Product Style Show, one of the most unique style shows ever developed in the United States. It is said to be the only original style show of its type in the country.

The theme for this year’s Fiesta and style show is Old Time Rock & Roll, based on the music of the 50s and 60s. The style show will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at the Mission Community Center, 1420 E. Kika De la Garza Loop, Mission.


Museum honors Cleo Dawson, Mission pioneer

The Mission Historical Museum presents “Mission Historical Icon: The Life of Dr. Cleo Dawson-Smith” Friday, Jan. 30, for a presentation of a historical figure by the people who shared her life and friendship. 

Cleo Dawson came to South Texas as a small child in a covered wagon. With her family she helped to build a town beside the railroad where a trail from the Rio Grande crossed the track, a town that had recently been named Mission. This was back in the very early 1900's when Mission was still a frontier town, before it was incorporated into a city.


Lone Star Jubilee brings new talent to RGV

Get ready to enjoy another entertaining Branson show as the Lone Star Jubilee makes its annual swing through Rio Grande Valley, adding popular musician, singer and award-winning songwriter Jaydee Miller and well-known bass singer David Little to this year’s cast of performers.

Of course, The Texans, who produce the show, will be back with Sam and Brenda Ray and their son Curtis. The Texans were twice voted Branson’s Entertainers of the Year and four times they were selected as Branson’s Group of the Year.


Matador Cesar Castaneda opens bullfight season

Star matador Cesar Castaneda, who is now ranked fourth in Mexico, will head the card when Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria presents its winter season bloodless bullfight opener Sunday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.

Casteneda will be facing the largest Spanish fighting bulls ever to be presented in the United States. The bulls are of Iberian descent and weigh in at 500 plus kilos (over 1100 pounds).


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