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Valley Calendar - From December 5, 2013 Issue

Dec. 5 -- “All about Women,” a Christmas shopping event will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 1200 Ash Ave. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music, door prizes and plenty of shopping.

Dec. 5 -- Arroyo Holiday Lighting 6 p.m. McKelvey Park, Harlingen. Bring lawn chairs.

Dec. 5 -- Port Isabel’s Community Christmas Tree lighting will be held at Beulah Lee Park, 213 N. Yturria Street at 6 p.m. See Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, musical performances, Christmas caroling, food booths and more. (956) 943-2682 for information.

Dec. 5 -- Quinta Mazatlan presents “Is there an Ichthyologist in the House?” with Dr. Robert Edwards of UPTA at 6 p.m. as part of the Nature Speaker series, $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens.

Dec. 5 -- Treasures of the Gulf Museum in Port Isabel will hold an opening reception for Artist Fern Kubalsky: Painting on Feathers from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Exhibit will remain through December.

Dec. 5 -7 -- Veterans Memorial High School, 700 E. Mile 2 Road, Mission will present “Sweeny Todd,” a musical thriller at 7 p.m. Advance tickets go on sale at the theater office at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 or at the front VMHS office during school hours. $10.

Dec. 6 -- Harlingen Jaycees will hold the RGV Toyland Christmas parade on Jackson Street downtown from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 6 -- McAllen’s First Friday Artwalk, Main Street Art District, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. free.

Dec. 6 -- Mission will hold its annual tree lighting ceremony at Leo Pena Placita Park in downtown Mission at 6 p.m.

Dec. 6-8 -- Dias Festivos Marketplace, sponsored by the McAllen Junior Service League will be held at the McAllen Convention Center, Friday, noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 6-8 -- Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold Street, Brownsville will present its annual Zoo Nights and Lights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 7 -- Jackson Street Market Days, downtown Harlingen, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec. 7 -- USS Lexington in Corpus Christi will hold a Commemoration Ceremony on the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor at 2 p.m.

Dec. 7 -- Marine Military Academy, 320 Iwo Jima Blvd., presents Vance Greek’s American Military Support Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at door.

Dec. 7 -- McAllen will host its 31st annual Posada and Lighted Parade in downtown McAllen. The Posada starts at 6 p.m. followed by the parade at 7 p.m.

Dec. 7 -- Mission will host its annual Welcome Winter Texan Party at Leo Pena Placita Park, at corner of W. 8th Street and Conway Ave. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Expect great entertainment, free snacks and more.

Dec. 7 -- Port Isabel will host its annual lighted boat parade at 6 p.m. rain or shine. Viewing places can be found along the waterfront restaurants and piers. Call (956) 943-2262 for information.

Dec. 7 -- Veterans War Memorial of Texas, next to McAllen Convention Center will have a remembrance of Pearl Harbor, 10 a.m.

Dec. 8 -- The Museum of South Texas History, 200 n/ Closner, will present La Pastorela & Cowboy Santa at 1 p.m. Admission, adults $7 and Senior Citizens (62+) $5.

Dec. 9 -- Brownsville’s Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at Palm Blvd. and go toward International Bridge on E. Elizabeth Street at 7 p.m.

Dec. 10 -- La Joya High School Orchestra will present its Christmas Concert with three feeder middle schools, 7 p.m. La Joya Performing Arts Auditorium, 604 Coyote Drive, La Joya, 7 p.m., $6. Call (956) 580-5160 for ticket information.

Dec. 11 -- Museums of Port Isabel, 317 Railroad Ave. presents Christmas poetry 6 p.m.

Dec. 12 -- Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society presents lecture on Sabal Palm & Rabb House by Seth Patterson, Harlingen Public Library, 410 76 Drive. Field Trip to Sabal Palm and Rabb House follows on Dec. 14, $5.

Dec. 12 -- Jammin’ on Jackson Street with Vance Greek & Friends at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Held at Railroad Crossing Model Railroad Club & Event Center, 101 W. Jackson, Harlingen.

Dec. 12 -- Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset Dr., McAllen, presents “Natural Holiday Treasures,” a craft evening as part of the nature series, adults $3, senior citizens, $2.

Dec. 12 -- South Padre Island’s Parks, Recreation & Beautification Holiday Fashion Show, South Padre Island Brewing Company, 11:30 a.m.

Dec. 13 -- Jolly Night Hike, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hike the trail of lights at Resaca de la Palma State Park, 1000 New Carmen Blvd., Brownsville, Adults $4. Call (956) 350-2920 for information.

Dec. 13 -- South Padre Island Holiday Parade will be held at 6 p.m. parade runs from Mars to Kingfisher Street.

Dec. 14 -- Extravaganza Folklorica 2013 by Gloria G. Canales, Harlingen Municipal Auditorium, 7 p.m. admission, $10 to $15.

Dec. 13-14 – LJISD band clinic and concerts will be held. Free. Call (956) 580-5160 for information.

Dec. 14 -- La Feria Christmas Parade, 5:30 p.m. followed by Winter Festival, 6:30 p.m. on high school parking lot.

Dec. 14 -- San Benito will sponsor the “Longest Lighted Christmas Parade “A Cowboy Christmas,” and Bazaar downtown San Benito.

Dec. 14 -- Museums of Port Isabel will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 14 -- Port Isabel Historic Ghost Tours start at lighthouse at 8 p.m. $10. Call (956) 943-7602 for information.

Dec. 14 – New York City ballet dancer Michele Gifford will take the feature role in “The Nutcracker – A Christmas Ballet” to be presented at Texas Southmost College Arts Center in Brownsville on Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Joining Gifford in leading roles are Ronnie Underwood, start of TV’s “Breaking Point” and Ballet West. Tickets range from $10 to $30 and can be purchased between 4 and 7 p.m. weekdays at Bellas Artes Academy, 1140 Palm Blvd. For more information call (956) 541-6702.

Dec. 14-15 -- The Rio Grande Valley Ballet under the direction of Deborah Case presents the 41st annual presentation of “The Nutcracker,” Sat., Dec. 14, 7 p.m. McAllen Civic Center Auditorium. Sun., Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Call (956) 681-3800 or go online to www.rgvballetnutcracker.com. Purchase tickets from McAllen Civic Center Box Office, Ware Road & Exp. 83.

Dec. 15 -- The Rio Grande Valley Concert Band will have its Christmas concert on Dec. 15 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in McAllen at 3 p.m.

Dec. 15 -- Museum of South Texas History, 200 N. Closner, will present Glory Bells at 2 p.m. Admission, adults $7 and Senior Citizens (62+) $5.

Dec. 16 -- Juarez-Lincoln High School and Saenz Middle School will present a classical guitar concert at the La Joya Performing Arts Center, Coyote Drive, $6. Call (956) 580-5160 for ticket information.

Dec. 17 -- Palmview High School Band will present its Christmas concert at the La Joya Performing Arts Center, Coyote Drive, 7 p.m., $6. Call (956) 580-5160 for ticket information.

Dec. 19 -- Jammin’ on Jackson Street with Vance Greek & Friends at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Held at Railroad Crossing Model Railroad Club & Event Center, 101 W. Jackson, Harlingen.

Dec. 19 -- Juarez Lincoln High School will present its Christmas Concert at the La Joya Performing Arts Center, 200 Coyote Dr., 7 p.m., $6. Call (956) 580-5160 for ticket information.

Dec. 19 -- Mid-Valley Lighted Christmas parade runs from Pike to 6th on Texas Blvd. at 6 p.m. Parade leads to Alfresco Weslaco on the city hall parking lot.

Dec. 19 -- Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen, presents Christmas Concert in the Park with Tish Hinojosa, 6 p.m. $10 per person. Refreshments served.

Dec. 19 -- San Benito will hold a Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Benito Municipal Building.

Dec. 19-22 -- Camille Lightner playhouse, 500 E. Ringgold Street, Brownsville, presents “Shrek the Musical,” 8 p.m., admission. Call (956) 542-8900.