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MOSTHistory plans Christmas celebration

Winter Texans are invited to attend Fiesta de Noche Buena from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Museum of South Texas History (MOSTHistory), 200 N. Closner in Edinburg.

Fiesta de Noche Buena is a Spanish phrase translated as “party of good night” and refers to a traditional Christmas Eve feast after a religious mass that is observed in Mexico. Among the holiday foods and decorations are poinsettias, also known as noche buenas, which are indigenous to Mexico. The legend associated with the poinsettia, or noche buena, is that of a poor Mexican girl who presents weeds to the infant Jesus that miraculously turn into beautiful red flowers – noche buenas.

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Symphonic Band presents ‘Sounds of the Season’

The McAllen Symphonic Band will present “Sounds of the Season” Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Center Church (formerly Trinity Worship Center), located at 4801 N. Cage, the intersection of Exp. 281 and Nolana. The concert will be under the direction of Roger Olivarez, conductor.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at all Wilder Resorts, the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, and at McAllen Community Centers and at the door the evening of the program, if available.

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RGV Concert Band hosts Christmas concert

A Christmas concert in McAllen gets the Rio Grande Valley Concert Band off to a “Merry, Merry Christmas” and a fun start to their 2015-16 concert season.

The Dec. 13 concert will be held at 3 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 1105 Fern, in McAllen. It is a “thank you” to the church for allowing the band to practice there each Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

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Port Isabel Lighted Boat Parade is Saturday

Boats of all sizes, from kayaks to yachts, will participate in Port Isabel’s 28th annual Lighted Boat Parade Saturday, Dec. 5 beginning at 6 p.m. along the shores of the Laguna Madre. Boats will begin at Southpoint Marina where participants will be judged. Then they will make their way across the Laguna Madre to South Padre Island’s Bayfront, then ending at Louie’s Backyard for final judging.

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Laguna Art League to hold Christmas sale

The Laguna Madre Art League will hold its annual Christmas Show and Sale of Fine Art and Crafts made by local artists and craftsmen Dec. 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will be held at the Port Isabel Community Center, located at 213 Yturria St. (behind the library).

Award winning artists Carol Thorson, Marne Law, Thomas Leeman, Peggy Paris, and Carol Plumb will be selling original paintings, prints and cards. All sorts of art from oil to watercolor are reasonably priced and come in all sizes to fit into that empty space on the walls.

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Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade deadline nears

Several Winter Texan RV parks participate in the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges each year, and the Fiesta wants to extend an invitation to other parks to have a parade entry this year.

The 79th annual Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges will kick off Saturday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. This year’s TCF theme is “Citrus, Cartoons & Comic Book Characters.” The deadline to turn in applications for prior year parade entries is Dec. 8, and for new parade entries the deadline is Jan. 14, or until the maximum number of entries is reached. The $40 entry fee must be turned in with the application.

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Go with Jo has many exciting travel destinations

One of the advantages of retirement is having the time to travel. While wintering in the Rio Grande Valley, many Winter Texans enjoy taking advantage of short excursions to nearby destinations such as San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Gruene, King Ranch and other Texas locations. Go with Jo Tours offers tours to all these destinations as well as an array of other locations including New Orleans and Las Vegas. She also continues to offer trips to interior Mexico and other international destinations.

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Split Rail Jams begin Nov. 20

Winter Texans looking for a jam where they can participate may join the fun at Split Rail RV Park, 513 N. Los Ebanos Road in Mission on Friday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. Jams will be held each Friday at 1 p.m. through the season.

John and Sara Weilmiller will start the new season of jams. Erven Bertrand will join a little later in the season. Come out and join in memorializing Gary Legrid and his music.

Join the Vipers Winter Texan Club

The Rio Grande Vipers are back with a full schedule of games stretching from Nov. 13 to April 2. The Vipers, who are an NBA Developmental League team for the Houston Rockets, will play teams from Austin to Maine and many locations in between during the season. The opening game on Nov. 13 is against the Idaho Stampede. There will be a total of 26 home games this season.

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Ranch Hand Festival coming to Kingsville

Anyone who would like to sample an authentic cowboy breakfast on the largest ranch in South Texas should make plans to travel to Kingsville on Nov. 21 to enjoy a the Ranch Hand Breakfast cooked outside over a campfire on the historic King Ranch.

Breakfast will consist of eggs, biscuits and gravy, tortillas, sausage, refried beans, juice and gallons of hot coffee. Standup tables or hay bales will be provided for the meal. Tickets for this meal and for the entertainment following it are $6 per person. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m.

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King Main House 100 years celebrated

Winter Texans planning to visit the King Ranch Hand Breakfast on Nov. 21 may also want to visit the downtown area where the King Ranch Saddle Shop and historic downtown area are located. There will be a special festival going on in the downtown area that day. Not far down the street the King Ranch Museum, located at 405 6th Street tells the story of the fabled King Ranch.

King Ranch was founded in 1853 when Captain Richard King came to the South Texas to start a steamboat line on the Rio Grande. On an overland trip he discovered Santa Gertrudis Creek and the tall grasslands surrounding it and began dreaming of a great ranch. He was able to purchase the first portion of the large ranch in 1853 with the purchase of a 15,500-acre Spanish land grant known as “Rincon de Santa Gertrudis.” The ranch was referred to as “Rancho de Santa Gertrudis.” It did not start going by the name, “King Ranch,” until after Captain King’s death in 1885.”

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King Ranch offers nature tours

King Ranch is fabled for its role in settling Texas and introducing the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle. In more recent years, its expansive ranchlands of South Texas have become a famed Texas treasure because of the abundance and variety of native wildlife making their home on the ranch.

King Ranch Nature Tours and other King Ranch tours now provide the opportunity for visitors to see a rich variety of wildlife as well as a historic working cattle ranch. Today the ranch is often referred to as “the last great habitat” because of its diverse South Texas landscape.

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Acrylics portrait workshop is Nov. 14

The Upper Valley Art League will host a one day workshop, Surreal Portraits in acrylic, with Veronica Jaeger as the instructor. It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. with a half-hour break on Saturday, Nov. 14. UVAL workshops are held at the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center, 921 E. 12th in Mission.

Cost is $85 for members and $95 for nonmembers with payment due by Nov. 9 to reserve a spot. The class size will be limited to 10 students, and a minimum of four is required to start the class. A materials list will be provided at the time of registering.

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Texas Butterfly Festival a soaring success

Much like the iconic Monarch that migrates from as far as Canada to its winter home in central Mexico, 134 butterfly enthusiasts from 27 different states and four countries flocked to the National Butterfly Center in Mission this week for the 20th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival.

This year’s festival got off to a soaring start Saturday with a free community day. Families from across the Valley took advantage of the free admission into the place that USA Today calls “the butterfly capitol of the USA” to participate. There were many butterfly and bird related games and activities geared towards the young, and the young-at-heart.

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Valley Symphony Orchestra season begins

The Valley Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a variety of musical genres during the 2015-2016 concert season. On Oct. 29 “Classics Forever” will be performed at the University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley Performing Arts Complex. It will feature the classical music of Schubert, Stravinsky, Saint-Saens and Beethoven.

On Friday, Nov. 20, VSO will present “A Touch of Frost” at the McAllen Civic Center. This special presentation will feature the Valley Symphony Orchestra and University of Texas-RGV Mariachi Aztlan.

On Feb. 25 the 2016 Annual Symphony Gala will be held at the McAllen Convention Center ballroom. Call (956) 661-1615 for information about this special event.20151022 orchestra

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  • Mission Historical Museum presents Artesano Market Days

    MISSION – Mission Historical Museum presents the Second Annual Artesano Market Days highlighting a cultural awareness for hand-crafted artisan work. Inspired by history and tradition, both domestic and foreign, the festivities take place on Friday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, located at 900 Doherty. Admission is free and open to the public.

    With 60 artisans representing various states in Mexico, such… Read More +

  • Winter Texans show creativity building floats for citrus parade

    Winter Texans often enjoy participating in local celebrations held in various cities all across the Rio Grande Valley. In Mission, Winter Texan residents of several RV resort parks have taken “participation” up a notch or two by building competitive floats to enter the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges competition.

    It was obvious at Saturday’s parade our Winter Texans had fun with this year’s Citrus Fiesta theme, Citrus, Cartoons & Comic Book… Read More +

  • Senior Ambassadors: Diverse group makes beautiful harmony

    “Rio Grande Valley” has been the lead song for the Senior Ambassadors in all of the 24 years Esther Hewitt has been accompanying the chorus on the piano. As her favorite song, it leaps to mind every year she comes back to the Valley from Michigan.

    She and her husband, George, first came to the Valley in 1989, and just kept coming back. George smiled as he explained, “The kids couldn’t understand why we liked it… Read More +

  • Golden Age Olympics: Just having fun

    "Some of our Winter Texans want to compete and win, but most of our contestants just want to have fun," says Leslie Holland, director of the McAllen Parks and Recreation Department, which holds the Golden Age Olympics each winter. Holland goes on to say "We have more than 30 events taking place over two-and-a half-months, and all are geared towards our northern visitors."

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  • RGV Quilt Guild Show moves to SPI this year

    Many people think of the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild as a group of ladies who get together once a year to display the quilts they have made. But, while they do put on a fabulous annual quilt show, there is so much more to the quilt guild than that. The guild is active all year long. With over 250 members in eight sewing bees across the Valley, many of the ladies (and… Read More +

  • Mission celebrates Winter Texans with two-day Fiesta

    The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will celebrate and recognize Winter Texans during the Mega Winter Texan Fiesta during a two-day event, Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13.

    It kicks off Friday at 8 a.m. at the Shary Municipal Golf Course, 2201 N. Mayberry St., with a “Fiesta on the Golf Course.”   The six-person Texas Scramble, for an 18-hole division, is $40, including food and beverage. Payments must be made at the time of sign-up,… Read More +

  • Valley Star Awards: Vote for ‘Entertainer of the Year’

    The fifth annual Valley Star Awards will present awards to the Rio Grande Valley’s top entertainers as selected by Winter Texans casting their votes for their favorite Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Family Musical Group of the Year, Musical Group of the Year (not related), Duet Musical Group, Gospel Group, Novelty or Comedy Act of the Year, Rock & Roll Band, Country Western Band, Individual/Small Band/Variety Act, and Entertainer of… Read More +

  • Weslaco Museum offers ‘Orphan Train’ presentation

    A popular presentation about the Orphan Train Riders will be held at the Weslaco Museum on Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 2 and 4, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

    Author Dorothy Lund Nelson will present the program on “Orphan Train Riders.”

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  • Mission Quilt Show ends soon

    The Feb. 3 deadline is fast approaching to visit Mission Historical Museum’s annual Quilt Show to vote for your favorite quilt and determine the Viewer’s Choice award. The quilt show display is in the Mission Historical Museum Annex building, located at 200 E. Tom Landry.

    When the Winter Texan Times visited the quilt show, Patty Redlin, a volunteering Winter Texan from Indiana who works at the annex two days a week, gave… Read More +

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