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Mercedes to host Winter Texan Reception

The Mercedes Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their Annual Welcome Back Winter Texan Reception at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds Youth Center. The event will be held on Wednesday, December 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

The Event has been hosted by the chamber for over 30 continuous years and has become a huge opportunity for the area businesses to thank and welcome back our Winter Texans to the Valley.

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South Pole Illuminated Festival returns for the holidays

South Pole Illuminated Festival webThe new South Pole Illuminated Festival is bringing back magical experiences for the holidays.

The McAllen Convention Center cordially invites the community to help kick-off the Christmas Season at the 9th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony taking place at the McAllen Convention Center Oval Park on Wednesday, December 1, starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday musical performances right before the 64-foot, pre-lit Christmas tree will light up Oval Park, along with millions of lights that will be featured in South Pole Illuminated Festival.

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Palm Gardens Ladies tour Harlingen

20211111 Trophy Gardens Luncheon Ladies Courtesy 7058299D 671A 4DAA 8DAA 922C7E96491D webThe Palm Gardens Ladies Luncheon group started off this season catching up with old friends, getting to know some of the new residents, while enjoying a great lunch at the New York Deli in downtown Harlingen. After a nice, leisurely lunch, the group of 18 ladies ventured out to the streets to view the more than 20 larger-than-life-size murals which depict various aspects of the Rio Grande Valley’s history and culture. In addition to the amazing murals that are part of the walking tour, there are many more wonderful murals to see in the downtown area.

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McAllen Holiday Parade to bring music, joy and fun

20181205 McAllen Christmas Parade HMiller 4127 webThe McAllen Holiday Parade organizers recently announced more exciting news to celebrate the Christmas season in the official South Pole of Texas, this time with a Rio Grande Valley musical spectacular that will air across the country. A line-up of 13 of the region’s top high school marching bands from McAllen, Donna, Edinburg, La Joya, Pharr, and Santa Rosa will be “Rockin’ Around the South Pole” as they perform in this year’s parade line-up.

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Gelman Stained Glass Museum announces opening date

20211103 gelman webThe Gelman Stained Glass Museum in San Juan is scheduled to open its doors soon. The 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of stained-glass windows in the United States. The museum is conveniently located across from the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle.

The museum, still currently under construction, is scheduled to open its doors on December 1. Days and hours of operation have yet to be determined.

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PVAS celebrates Giving Tuesday

GT logo stacked2 webThis GivingTuesday, November 30, consider donating $1 to Palm Valley Animal Society (PVAS) every time you have wanted to adopt a pet or help an animal in their care.

GivingTuesday is a global giving campaign built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities worldwide. It encourages people to take action to improve their communities, give back in better, more imaginative ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts and that they mean even more when we give together.

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Whooping Cranes Are Making Their Way to the Texas Coast

20211110 Whooping Crane webAUSTIN — With the first sightings of iconic, endangered whooping cranes along the Texas coast being reported, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding Texans to be on the lookout for these impressive birds as they move through the state.

Whooping cranes are the tallest, rarest birds in North America. Currently, there is a population of around 506 individuals. Thanks to coordinated conservation efforts, whooping cranes are slowly returning from the brink of extinction.

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Greet the holiday season at a Texas State Park, THC Historic Site

30957343937 cc9f4c6c6b c tsp webAUSTIN— Texas State Parks and the Texas Historical Commission are hosting their biggest holiday season yet with more than 80 unique holiday events happening across the state. Having started this past Saturday, Nov. 20, 47 Texas State Parks and eight State Historic Sites are presenting themed guided walks, scavenger hunts and more.

Anyone planning a trip to a Texas State Park is highly encouraged to reserve their day pass in advance since some parks are expected to reach their capacity limit. Day passes can be reserved online ( through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website or over the phone by calling (512) 389-8900.

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Celebration and Thanksgiving

jed owen NPBnWE1o07I unsplash webHappy Thanksgiving. And we have so much to be thankful for. We live in a beautiful, wonderful world alive with trees and flowers and friends. Blue skies and warm sunshine. Most of us have plenty of food, a warm bed, and a sheltered home waiting for us at the end of each day. But not everyone is so blessed. Some families are without jobs and have too many mouths to feed. Or maybe they are handicapped or a single parent with just more than too much responsibility. Let us all give thanks for what we do have. Truly the months of November and December are months of celebration and thanksgiving.

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