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Citrus industry seeks public’s help in controlling parasites

20170223 Mex Fruit FlyOver the next five years Mexican Fruit Flies could cost the citrus industry $1.44 billion in lost revenues in three states including Texas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, other parasites such as the Asian Citrus Psyllid could contribute even more to lost citrus revenues, according to South Texas Citrus Alert (STCA).

STCA officials say homeowners who fail to address parasites affecting trees in their yards could be exacerbating the problem. That’s why the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office in conjunction with the STCA is holding a Winter Texan Citrus Center Festival Feb. 10 at the Texas A& M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco.

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Park Place ladies sew 10,000 comforters for needy

It all began in 1998, about 28 years ago, when a visit to a children’s home in Reynosa indicated a need for comforters for their beds. A that time 30 comforters were made and presented to the home. 

During the summer an appeal was made for fabric, threads, yarns, sheets and sewing machines. Park Place residents answered the call by attending garage sales and estate sales. Upon hearing the need, donations were given by several companies.

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McAllen Travel & Health & Wellness Expo will be Feb. 21-22

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce will again host their annual Travel Show in conjunction with the Health & Wellness Expo sponsored by Rio Grande Regional Hospital at the McAllen Convention Center on Feb. 21-22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

Thousands of people attend this popular event each year, making it the largest health event in the Rio Grande Valley, said Luis Cantu, Vice-president for Business and Community Development for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.

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Fiesta on the Greens is part of Mega Winter Texan Fiesta

The annual Fiesta on the Greens, held in conjunction with the Mega Winter Texan Fiesta will be held Friday, Feb. 10 at the Shary Municipal Golf Course in Mission. 

It will begin at 8 a.m. with a six-person Texas Scramble.  The cost is $40 which includes food, beverages and 18 homes of golf. Cart is included.

There will be a variety of prizes given away during the day like shirts and caps from Shary Golf Course and items provided by other vendors.

Call the Shary Golf Course Pro Shop at (956) 580-8770 for details and registration.

Winter Texan Fiesta coming soon to Mission

The annual Mega Winter Texan Fiesta, sponsored by the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will be held Feb. 11-12. The Winter Texan Fiesta celebrates Winter Texans staying in Mission and in the Rio Grande Valley.

Come out and enjoy great entertainment and get a delicious meal at the same time. And pick up a new Mexican shirt or dress plus surprises for the folks back home at the artisan fair.

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Winter Texans to vote for Entertainers of the Year

Winter Texans are asked to vote for their favorite entertainers who perform in the Winter Texan parks and resorts in the Rio Grande Valley.

Each year, the Winter Texan Times conducts a poll of Winter Texans, allowing them to vote for their favorite entertainers to decide who will receive top awards at the Valley Star Awards Show, which is hosted by Robert and Billie Ferguson.

A ballot listing the nominees for Entertainer or Group of the Year overall, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and eight other awards appears in the January 26 edition of the Winter Texan Times. Or use this link to the 2017 Valley Star Awards Ballot.

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IMAS plans Lunar New Year Festival Jan. 28

The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of China’s oldest festivals. It is the beginning of a new year and a new agricultural season and is considered a time for loved ones to reunite and take part in traditions designed to bring good fortune for the next 12 months.

The International Museum of Art and Science will celebrate the Lunar Year of the Rooster with a fun-filled day of cultural activities at IMAS on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 The fun festival, now in its fifth year, pays tribute to the Asian Community living in the Rio Grande Valley.

IMAS masks exhibit opens

The International Museum of Art and Science has a new exhibit opening Jan. 29 and running through April 9.  The new exhibit is a collection of new and old Mexican masks in the Cardenas Gallery. 

The exhibit includes the original grouping of masks donated to IMAS by Dr. David and Bernice Hamer in 1986. 

 These hammered copper masks were created in Altamiro and La Parota in the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero. They combine lightweight copper metal plates with delicate texture and colorful paint. The masks are both elegant and whimsical.

IMAS is located at 1900 E. Nolana Ave. in McAllen.

Laguna Atascosa waives entrance fees

Los Fresnos, TX - Effective Feb. 1, the $3 per vehicle entrance fee at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge will be waived until further notice. Refuge Manager, Boyd Blihovde, decided to waive the entrance fee due to the condition of the county roads leading to the refuge. FM106 is currently undergoing construction and is closed to through traffic, making the trek from Harlingen and Rio Hondo difficult, including several detours. The refuge has decided that until the construction of FM 106 makes it easily passable, and the condition of Buena Vista Road improves, there will not be an entrance fee to visit the refuge.

For more information, contact the refuge at (956) 748-3607, extension 111, or visit the refuge’s website www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa.

MMA to hold Iwo Jima Parade Feb. 18

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The Marine Military Academy in Harlingen will hold its annual Iwo Jima Parade Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. on the MMA Parade Ground.

This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

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RGV Quilt Guild Show is this weekend on SPI

20160220 RGV Quilt Guild Show BA 0050 Best of ShowThe 33rd annual Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild Show is Jan. 27-28 at the South Padre Island Convention Center, located at 7355 Padre Blvd.

“Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow A Salute to the Beatles” is this year’s theme, which should create some interesting quilt designs. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $10 a day or $15 for both days. 

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Winter Texan video contest to showcase ‘Life in the Rio’

South Texas Tourism is making plans to market the Rio Grande Valley to attract more Winter Texans. One of the tools they are developing for their marketing campaign will be a collection of short one-minute videos created by Winter Texans featuring activities and events Winter Texans enjoy while in the Rio Grande Valley. They are inviting Winter Texans to submit 45- to 60-second videos in their “Life in the Rio” video contest. The videos can be taken using a cell phone and emailed to South Texas Tourism.

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Mission Quilt Show is Open

The Mission Quilt Show now on display at Mission Historical Museum opened Jan. 14 and it will run through Saturday, Feb 11. It is located in the annex building (the old post office building) at 200 E. Tom Landry in Mission, next to the museum’s main building. Admission is free.

There are 16 quilts in three categories: hand-quilted, machine quilted and wall hangings.   Visitors are welcome to come see the show and then vote for their favorite quilt and help select the People’s Choice Award.

There will be “Turning of the Quilts,” program on Friday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. After the presentation the announcement of the winners and People’s Choice awards will be made.

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday and Monday.

Fiesta Fun Run means fun for all ages

On Saturday, Jan 28, things will kick off early in the morning with a Texas Citrus Fiesta Fun Run to be held at the Mission Hike and Bike Trail, 1414 S. Conway. The 3.2-mile trail for the Fun Run is located entirely inside the park.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. and the run starts at 8 a.m. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for youth.

Medals will be awarded for first through third places in each group and to the best overall male and female runners.

Categories will include age14 and under, ages 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 plus.

Last year, out of 123 participants, the Overall Top Male Runner was David Zuniga and the Overall Top Female was Cory Richards. Come out and join the fun; enjoy fitness, the outdoors and the camaraderie of the other participants.

For more information call Mission Parks & Recreation at 956-580-8760.

Swing your partners with Joe Saltel

20170119 CMYK Square Dance MILLER IMG 3656“Do-si-do…Move to the middle and turn the girl! Promenade around the world.”

If the words seem familiar it’s because they’re calls for square dancing. Square dancing is not just a bunch of ladies moving around the floor swinging frilly skirts and petticoats; it can be vigorous exercise both physically and mentally as dancers strive to master the calls.

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    20170223 Mex Fruit FlyOver the next five years Mexican Fruit Flies could cost the citrus industry $1.44 billion in lost revenues in three states including Texas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, other parasites such as the Asian Citrus Psyllid could contribute even more to lost citrus revenues, according to South Texas Citrus Alert (STCA).

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