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We Had Great Time!

It has been a busy winter season for our staff here at the Winter Texan Times. Trying to keep up with all the many Winter Texan activities going on throughout the Rio Grande Valley keeps us on our toes. But we always have fun attending the activities and events held for our Winter Texan friends who come to the Valley each year.

We’ve enjoyed seeing you and visiting with you at so many different events, from the awesome RC car races at Alamo Palms MH Resort and the wood carving at Ranchero Village to the rock ‘n roll jam at Paradise Resort Estates and many other activities held every day in the RV parks and resorts.

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Winter Texan Activities Association seeks volunteers

The Winter Texan Activities Association (WTAA) is a volunteer-run association that has been organizing fun activities for Winter Texans in the Mission area for the past 30 years.

But, as it goes with many organizations today, they need a fresh crop of volunteers to help keep the organization running.  Sharon Northedge, president of the association, said the board was considering dissolving the association due to a lack of people to help run the events they put on each year. But after meeting with Jim Brunson, publisher of the Winter Texan Times, decided to hold on a little longer and try to muster some help.

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Thanks for coming!

As we approach the end of another winter season, it is time to say farewell to many of our Winter Texan Friends who will be leaving soon. Before you go, we want to thank you for choosing the Rio Grande Valley as your winter home.

We are always delighted to see so many of you come to the Valley each year to enjoy the warm weather, the friendly people, the modest cost of living and the many, activities and entertainers here to make your stay all the more enjoyable.

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MOSTH speaker to present Bandit Wars era

The Museum of South Texas History will present “Bandits by the Border: The Mexican Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley” on Sunday, Mar. 19, at 2 p.m. as part of its Sunday Speaker Series. The presentation will cover historical conditions in the Rio Grande Valley that led to the “Bandit Wars,” a term historically used to define the era, of the 1910s.

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IMAS seeks volunteers for ‘A Night at the Brew-seum’

The annual “A Night at the Brew-seum” at the International Museum of Art and Science will take place April 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Winter Texans who stay through April may want to volunteer for this special event. They will receive a Brew-seum shirt and training but will not be allowed to drink any alcohol during the event.

Volunteers are needed for set up on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for final set up and details.

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Texas Master Naturalist Colonial Waterbird Training

Want to monitor waterbirds for Audubon’s Texas Coastal Conservation Program?  Through RGV Chapter Texas Master Naturalist, the Texas Estuarine Resource Network (TERN) is offering a class in Colonial Waterbird Monitoring Training.  It is free, and open to the public. 

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Dazzling Dolphins host Red Hat Beach Party at Schlitterbahn

20170309 Red Hats Dazzling Dolphins Beach Party KO 034Dazzling Dolphins Red Hat Chapter (pictured) hosted the Red Hat Beach Party at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort on Feb. 28.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the Dazzling Dolphins, a Red Hat Society Chapter from South Padre Island held their annual Red Hat Beach Party at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort. Ladies from several Red Hat Chapters in the Rio Grande Valley attended the event.

The theme of this year’s event was Mexican Fiesta and each of the ladies was dressed in festive fiesta wear of all designs and colors.

They were served a meal of cheese enchiladas, rice, beans, beef and chicken tacos, and brownies.

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Guest speakers featured at Monarch Celebration

20170309 WEB QuintaMazatlanQuinta Mazatlan is hosting a Monarch Celebration Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Butterfly experts will be giving special monarch-themed presentations and will be on hand to answer questions from all ages. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the influence butterflies have on our ecosystems, will have the occasion to travel on Quinta’s Migration Path, create art, enjoy stories, costume characters, and face painting.

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Alamo Rec Veh receives Good Sam Award

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Good Sam Top Snowbird Destination Award for 2017

Bea Kraus, Mail Person; Bob Vess, Resident On-site Manager; Juanita Vess, Office Manager; Jim Hamel, Assistant Manager and Barbara Hamel, General Manager of Alamo Rec Veh show off their Good Sam Top Snowbird Destination for 2017 Award.

Alamo Rec Veh RV Park was recently surprised to find out they had been selected to receive the Good Sam 2017 Award for Top Snowbird Destinations. Barbara Hamel, general manager, said the award came as a surprise because Alamo Rec Veh was unaware their name had been submitted for consideration.

“It is not an honor we applied for as a park,” explained Hamel. “Some of our residents got together and made the recommendation to Good Sam. We were unaware we were even being considered until we were notified that we had won. It was a total surprise to us, but a very happy one.”

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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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    We’ve enjoyed… Read More +

  • Winter Texan Activities Association seeks volunteers

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  • Thanks for coming!

    As we approach the end of another winter season, it is time to say farewell to many of our Winter Texan Friends who will be leaving soon. Before you go, we want to thank you for choosing the Rio Grande Valley as your winter home.

    We are always delighted to see so many of you come to the Valley each year to enjoy… Read More +

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    The Museum of South Texas History will present “Bandits by the Border: The Mexican Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley” on Sunday, Mar. 19, at 2 p.m. as part of its Sunday Speaker Series. The presentation will cover historical conditions in the Rio Grande Valley that led to the “Bandit Wars,” a term historically used to define the era, of the 1910s.

    Read More +
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    The annual “A Night at the Brew-seum” at the International Museum of Art and Science will take place April 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Winter Texans who stay through April may want to volunteer for this special event. They will receive a Brew-seum shirt and training but will not be allowed to drink any alcohol during the event.

    Volunteers are needed for set up on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and… Read More +

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    Want to monitor waterbirds for Audubon’s Texas Coastal Conservation Program?  Through RGV Chapter Texas Master Naturalist, the Texas Estuarine Resource Network (TERN) is offering a class in Colonial Waterbird Monitoring Training.  It is free, and open to the public. 

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