Vance Greek will be performing at the American Military Support Christmas Concert to be held at Marine Military Academy, 320 Iwo Jima Blvd., in Harlingen on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. The concert, which will feature music from “Home for the Holidays,” will be held in Yeckel Hall on the MMA campus.
Mike Johnson, champion guitar picker, will be special guest performer during the concert.
Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce, 311 E. Tyler, Harlingen; RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 3313 N. McColl, McAllen; San Benito Barber and Style Shop, 161 W. Rowson in San Benito; and Green Beret Army Supply, 2213 N. 10th in McAllen. They may also be purchased via PayPal at www.americanmilitarysupport.com. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Both activities are free and open to the public, with an entry deadline of Dec. 31. Winners of the Favorite Window Display and the Name That Song contests will be announced on Jan. 9. Prizes are gift certificates to Downtown Harlingen businesses.
In order to participate, Winter Texans should visit Downtown Harlingen between Dec. 1 and 31 to vote for their three favorite window displays. The 38 participating businesses also will display posters with lines from popular Christmas songs in their windows. Entrants must guess the names of the songs and write them on the contest entry form. At least 18 Christmas songs must be correctly identified in order to be eligible for the prize drawing. No purchase is necessary but only one entry per person is allowed.
Contest rules and entry forms are available at Downtown Harlingen businesses and on the website, www.downtownharlingen.com (click on “Events” for Holiday Contests information).
The Rio Grande Valley Concert Band will present its first concert of the season, a Christmas Concert, on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Winter Texans will join Valley musicians to present a program of favorite holiday music.
Under the direction of Gene Goede and Gary Meidt, the concert program includes “The Toy Trumpet,” with trumpet solo by Gary Meidt, co-director. Also included is “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with narrations, and an audience sing-a-long called “Merry Christmas, Everyone.”
The concert will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1105 W. Fern in McAllen and is open to the public. A free will offering will be taken.
After Christmas, the band will put away holiday music and concentrate on marches, show tunes, music from the civil war and more.
The Christmas season is upon us and there will be many festivities this week for Winter Texans to take part in to enjoy the season. Following are some of this week’s activities we thought might be of interest to our readers.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Tonight, the Arroyo Holiday Lighting takes place in McKelvey Park in Harlingen. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair and come out and enjoy the festivities at 6 p.m.
In McAllen, “All about Women,” a Christmas shopping event sponsored by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce will be held at the chamber headquarters, 1200 Ash Ave. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music, door prizes and plenty of shopping opportunities. This is a very popular event for the ladies so get there early.
In Port Isabel the annual Port Isabel Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at Beulah Lee Park, 213 Yturria Street, at 6 p.m. Look for Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, enjoy the live music and Christmas caroling, and get a bite to eat from one of several food booths to be present.
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) High School Thespians are proud to present the first production of their 2013-2014 theatre season, “Once Upon a Wolf” by Steph DeFerie. Come and enjoy this children’s show about a young wolf that is tired of always being “the bad guy” in classic fairy tales. From Little Red Riding Hood and Granny to Androcles and the Lion; from Cinderella and her stepsisters to Jack and the Beanstock, he struggles to be a part of the “in” crowd so that children of all ages will no longer fear him.
Nighttime performances are scheduled for Dec. 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 at 7 p.m. and a matinee on Dec. 8 beginning at 3 p.m. The performances will be at the PSJA High School Performing Arts Centre, located at 805 W. Ridge Road in San Juan.
Tickets are $5 for adults. For more information, call the PSJA High School Drama Department at 956-354-2319. Don’t miss this exciting and fun children’s show, which will have guests laughing at Wolf’s ridiculous antics.
Sets are constructed, props gathered, costumes tailored, and final rehearsals underway for the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) Harlequins Drama Club. In just one week, the curtain will go up on their production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Performances of the musical thriller will take place December 5, 6, 7, and 12, 13, 14 at the VMHS Theater, located at 700 E. Mile 2 Road (at the corner of Mile 2 Road and Mayberry). Advance tickets will be sold Monday-Thursday, beginning on December 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the theater or during traditional office hours at the VMHS front office. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
The musical thriller is set in 19th century England and tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd. After being released from prison, the falsely accused man opens a barbershop above the pie shop of Ms. Lovett. The two team up in a plot for revenge against those who have done them wrong and hurt loved ones.
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