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VSO continues fall virtual concerts

vso melissa 4The Valley Symphony Orchestra (VSO) continues its fall digital season with "Melody and Rhythm," its next online concert premiering November 20 at 7 p.m. on Facebook. At a time when concerts and in-person events have been postponed because of concerns over public health risks, the Symphony has reinvented its delivery model with a series of specially produced chamber concerts that are presented for all to enjoy, thanks to generous donor and sponsor support.

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Operation Christmas drop-off Nov. 16-23

Operation Christmas Child drop-off will take place during the week of November 16-23.

Baptist Temple will be collecting shoeboxes – Monday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday Nov. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you need any additional information call Baptist Temple at (956) 686-5296.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit their website at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/. Links are also available with directions on how to pack your own box or to build a shoebox online.

Celebrate the health of your skeleton at Quinta Mazatlán

Celebrate the Health of Your Skeleton Butterfly LadyBy Colleen Hook, Executive Director, Quinta Mazatlán

With Halloween season, spooky skeletons are seen everywhere except at Quinta Mazatlán. The opening of the Sticks and Bones Trail shows the not-so-spooky side of skeletons. Visit this outdoor educational exhibit through the woods, open through November 14. Visitors will learn through signage, fun outdoor exhibits, and a scavenger hunt sheet. Remember your small gift bag upon completing the hunt and remember to dress for the season and laugh outdoors.

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PVAS is at maximum 'cat-pacity'

Palm Valley Animal Society is over cat capacity and is in need of community support. Currently, there are 701 cats in our care that need to find new homes.

We encourage potential adopters to stop by our Trenton or Andrews Center, open seven days a week between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to find their new fur friend. All adoption fees for cats are currently being waived until further notice. A $25 deposit for spay/neuter procedures may apply, but all adoptable cats are up to date on vaccines and can be microchipped to their new caretakers.

Can't adopt? Register your home at pvastx.org/foster and help care for our kittens as a short or long term foster parent. For info and pictures of all our adoptable cutie-cats, visit pvastx.org/cats.

Bat week an opportunity to separate fears from facts Bats save agriculture billions

B Batsby Susan Himes

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists and agents are frequently asked about bats. And since the week leading up to Halloween is, appropriately enough, Bat Week, experts from Texas A&M AgriLife and Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, have offered explanations as to why bats are more friend than foe.

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Community altars celebrate Día de los Muertos at IMAS

C Altar Kaplana Chawla IMAS altar 2020The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) invites the community to celebrate Día de los Muertos by visiting the altars exhibit honoring individuals of color who led the way in art and science fields. Community members are also invited to submit photos of their own altars to be featured in a virtual exhibit.

The community altar exhibit includes seven colorful ofrendas on display at the IMAS through November 14. Six partnering organizations were invited to create an altar to honor the life and career of important creators and experts.

UTRGV Center for Latin American Arts created an altar for iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta with hand-painted skulls by UTRGV MFA alumna Angelica Rodriguez. The Boys & Girls Club of McAllen honored prolific artist Frida Kahlo with a vibrant display. Mission Historical Museum’s altar is a tribute to the famous Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada.

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McAllen forging ahead

WEB On The Road HeaderHats off to McAllen! - one of the most progressive cities in the Rio Grande Valley. They seem to always have something big and wonderful planned for us to enjoy...from the huge Christmas Parade to the upcoming Fiesta de Palmas, formerly called Palm Fest. Not only is McAllen progressive, but they are also the largest city in Hidalgo County and according to the last census, McAllen is the 22nd most populous city in Texas.

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McAllen to celebrate Fiesta de Palmas

Fiesta palmas EntertainersCity of McAllen and the McAllen Convention Center Facilities announced its first major public event will be celebrated in a reimagined new normal. Fiesta de Palmas, presented by Reliant, will be celebrated this weekend, Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, at Oval Park at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Boulevard. The event will feature social distanced, drive-through, curbside and virtual activities.

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Online acting classes available at PCT

Online ACting Bird Brains performance picThe Pharr Community Theater (PCT) is offering half hour online acting classes from November 9 to December 4, twice a week, for kids, teens and adults. Learn the basics of acting and a little more including auditioning tips and digging deeper to discover characters and real acting. Classes will be on zoom.

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