Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Tierra Del Sol is Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Course

“It is a great honor to be selected by Winter Texans as their favorite golf course in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Tierra Del Sol Golf Director Raul Garza. “We are very proud of our golf course. The Pharr City Council made a decision a couple of years ago to put $1 million worth of improvements into the golf course, which was completed in 2013, and it has paid off in this honor.”

Garza went on to say, “We re-did all the greens with a new Bermuda grass known for its ability to stand up to high levels of golfing. We also used another type of grass called Celebration Grass in all the Tee Boxes. Finally, we added an aesthetics crew to keep the course appealing to the eye. We believe our course and greens are now second to none in the Valley. And as the greens mature, the course will get better and better. We also bought new carts last year.”

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Mariachi Aztlán is mariachi at its best

The University of Texas Pan American’s Student Union Theater was alive with the sound of mariachi music last weekend as the award-winning Mariachi Aztlán performed a selection of traditional mariachi songs including canciones, rancheras and baladas.

With violins, guitars, guitarrones, trumpets and a harp all playing in perfect harmony as the musicians sang choruses and took turns singing the lead, young and old audience members alike clapped and cheered enthusiastically at the conclusion of each song performed by the 16-member group.

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Ninth Annual Mission Quilt Show call for entries

The Mission Historical Museum will accept entries beginning Tuesday, Dec. 2,for its Ninth Annual Mission Quilt Show. Entries will be accepted in six categories: Hand-quilted bed quilts; Machine-quilted bed quilts; Mixed media (quilted items which incorporate non-traditional materials); Wall hangings; Wearable art; and Miscellaneous (decorative or utilitarian items). The show is open to all quilters, both Winter Texans and year-round residents.

Quilts and wall hangings must be ready to hang with a sleeve for display purposes.

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Butterflies make Texas Butterfly Festival appearance

MISSION, TX – Beautiful weather combined with the natural beauty of thousands of butterflies to delight this year’s participants in the 19th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival, which concluded Nov. 4.

Festival organizers report a total of 115 species sighted, including the very rare Blue-studded Skipper and Telea Hairstreak. While these special visitors thrilled festival participants in search of 'life' butterflies, the majority of folks who made the trek to deep, south Texas were here to experience the unique volume and variety of Lower Rio Grande Valley butterflies that burst onto the scene each fall.

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Tours of Branson and points all over Texas offered by Go with Jo Tours

Go…With Jo! Tours and Travel in Harlingen, owned and operated by Jo Liston, is well known for providing a variety of fun tours to Winter Texans. With fewer tours going into Mexico these days Go...With Jo! has created a number of fun tours in Texas and one special Christmas tour of Branson, Missouri. These tours are designed for Winter Texans who might like explore other parts of Texas as well as to offer a chance to enjoy the Branson Christmas celebrations without having to do the driving.

The Branson Christmas Shows tour is a seven-day tour that will leave on Dec. 8. The group will see several shows including Miss Laura’s Players, Shoji Tabuschi, Dublin’s Irish Tour & The Celtic Sisters, the Dixie Stampede Christmas Dinner Show, the Brett Family and SIX, a newer show in Branson that features six brothers who sing and play their hands for musical instruments.

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Sabal Palms Sanctuary tours begin Saturday

The Sabal Palms Sanctuary near Brownsville is now open to the public after being closed for several years. Guided tours of the sanctuary, as well as history tours of the Rabb Plantation House will begin Saturday, Nov. 15.

The sanctuary is considered to be an incredible bio-diverse ecological hotspot in the Rio Grande Valley, offering hundreds of species of birds, butterflies as well as other wildlife and fauna.

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