Saturday, March 23, 2019
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March 8: The Valley Symphony Orchestra presents “The Art of Harp Symphony Gala” from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center Ballroom, 700 Convention Center Blvd. The cocktail attire fundraiser offers complimentary champagne and wine throughout the evening, dinner and award presentation. Guest harpist Iraida Poberezhnaya and her husband, pianist Ildar Khannanov, will perform. To become a sponsor or to purchase tickets ($175 per person), visit or call Vivian Vargas at 956-661-1615.

March 8: The Ballet Folklórico UTRGV presents the final performance of Alegría 2018 at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex on the Edinburg campus at 7:30 p.m. in the Brownsville TSC Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $5 for children. For advance ticket information, visit or call the dance program office at 956-665-2230. Tickets will be available at the PAC Box Office one hour prior to the event.

March 10: From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., volunteers are needed at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife to plant seedlings to create more thornscrub forest habitat. Bring work gloves, shovel, sturdy shoes/boots, water bottle, sunscreen and hat. Water refills and snacks will be provided. Go to, or call 956-748-3607 for updated directions.

March 10: The City of San Benito will host their annual Texas Independence Celebration & BBQ Cook-off at the San Benito Stock Show Fairgrounds, 25699 Cesar Gonzalez Parkway. The event features Market Days, an art show, battle reenactments, food, music and the cook-off. Parking is $5 per vehicle. To be a vendor, call the San Benito Chamber of Commerce at 956-361-9111. For more information, go online to

March 13: The Upper Valley Art League (UVAL) hosts the Rio Grande Valley Woodcarver member Brenda Lodermeier teaching pyrography (wood burning). All materials will be provided. The fee for each workshop is $25 per session for UVAL members and $35 for nonmembers. Payment is due at sign up. To register, to become a UVAL member, or for more information, call the UVAL gallery at 956-583-2787. UVAL is located in the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center, 921 E. 12th St. in Mission.

March 16-17: The Edinburg Arts Foundation presents the Fifth Annual Artrageious Art Show at the Edinburg Conference Center, 118 Paseo Del Prado. A special showing and reception will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person. Call Ramon Vela at 956-607-9048 for information. On Saturday, the show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 17: The next “Wine and Masterpiece” workshop, led by Joyce Capen, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Upper Valley Art League annex. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Class size is limited to 15. Art supplies will be furnished, but students should bring their own beverage and snack. Classes must be paid at the time of registration. Register at the UVAL gallery at 921 E. 12th St. in Mission. Call 956-583-2787 for information.

March 17: Head to Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center for the Monarch Festival to celebrate the annual arrival of Monarch butterflies with crafts, nature presentations, butterfly garden, information, music, art, food and more. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Children age 2 and under get in free. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen. Call 956-681-3370 for information.

March 20: The Upper Valley Art League hosts Fred and Elaine Stenman presenting workshops in “Introduction to Low Relief Carving” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each date. Cost for each workshop is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. All materials will be provided. Classes will be held at the UVAL annex in the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center, 912 E. 12th St. in Mission. For more information, call 956-583-2787.