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Sounds of Silence Tribute to perform in Harlingen

sounds of silence webOriginal members of Burlap to Cashmere, Johnny Phillips, and Steven Delopoulos, will be performing their brand-new show The Sounds of Silence Tribute at Christian Fellowship Church, 901 N. Loop 499, Harlingen, on Thursday, January 11, at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit the association’s website at www.HarlingenConcert.com or call (956) 392-9757.

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Toss your Christmas tree and go green

20231127 Tree Farm MM 257 Texas AM AgriLife photo by Michael Miller webAs the holiday season winds down, the City of Edinburg invites residents to join in the environmentally friendly tradition of recycling Christmas trees. The Tree Recycling Program encourages residents to transform their festive evergreens into valuable mulch at designated drop-off locations.

Starting January 1 through January 26, residents can drop off their bare Christmas trees at the following locations: Resource Recovery Center, 3102 S. Business 281; Edinburg Regional Landfill, 8601 N. Jasman Rd.; and Edinburg Nature Trail Park, 1300 N. Doolittle Rd.

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RGVHS to relocate

This holiday season has arrived with many surprises and unexpected changes for the Rio Grande Valley Humane Society (RGVHS). The Harlingen shelter will be going through a transition period in the weeks to come.

The City of Harlingen will no longer be in partnership with the Rio Grande Valley Humane Society. 

The RGVHS at Harlingen will relocate to 2729 N Expressway 77, Harlingen. This new location will host RGVHS’ low-cost community clinics, spay/neuter clinics and be the main location for our Harlingen foster programs.

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VA improves healthcare access

Veterans living in the Rio Grande Valley/Costal Bend Area, who need transportation to and from medical appointments, now can get a ride via VA Uber Health Connect.

"The VA Uber Health Connect Initiative bridges the transportation gap by ensuring Veterans have reliable transportation for their health care needs,” said National Lead of VA Uber Health Connect Indra Sandal, Ph.D. “By offering ridesharing as an additional means of transportation, VA is helping Veterans access the best and soonest possible care — while still achieving cost savings.”

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McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Run right around the corner

In exactly one month, McAllen will see thousands of runners take to the streets for the McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Run, taking place on Saturday, January 20, 2024. All races, including the marathon, half-marathon, relay marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Final Mile will be held that day, starting from the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd., with runs starting at 7 a.m.

Anyone wanting to participate in this Boston Marathon qualifier should register online now and up until January 19, by visiting www.mcallenmarathon.com.

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December 27, 2023 - Rina's Ramblings

I do hope everyone had a great Christmas and holiday season. Now we are preparing for the new year that is just around the corner.

What do you do for New Year’s?

Do you make a New Year’s Eve resolution? Do you take a moment to remember the good things that happened to you this past year? Do you share your happiness with others and have a gathering with friends?

We would like to know and share your New Year’s Eve moments in photos and words.

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Where do you want to go?

Just a few more days and this year will be behind us. A New Year is just around the corner. I am sure all of us have a special plan, a dream that we want to make come true. What is your dream? Will it be a cruise? Travel to a distant country? Or just explore locally?

Travel seems to be on a lot of people’s minds right now as we are receiving a great number of calls asking what we will offer in 2025.

Organizing a tour does take some time, especially into a different country. Many hotels and attractions are hesitant to commit to a contracted rate. This has always been true but now there seems to be more reluctance as the value of the dollar, the value of the euro and of the peso is so volatile. Just look at gas prices, which have dropped noticeably in the last two weeks. But will they remain lower, or will they go back up again? Just as soon as I can get commitments from hotels and transportation, I will publish the tours we are planning.

If you are wondering about itineraries, look at our website. If a tour in the past has been successful, we generally will repeat that same itinerary. The hotels may change, because sometimes a hotel is sold, a new management takes over, and the service and quality may remain the same or it may drop in quality. When this happens, we look for other hotels, but the itinerary may continue the same with only the hotels changing.

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RGV Shuffleboard Association welcomes players, new and old

20200212 Ranchero Village Shuffleboard Tournament CAB 2474 webWhile pickleball has been rising in popularity, Shuffleboard is still a game enjoyed by many Winter Texans. Shuffleboard did slow down a few years ago, but it is making a huge come back and shufflers are shuffling once again. According to an article we published last year, new shufflers are coming in at a rate not seen in many years.

“It’s the shuffleboard resurgence,” said Henry Miller in that article.

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Tripp’s legacy lives on through Winter Texans and Elks

aa Elks Taking a Train Ride webBy Barb Zanetti
Photos by Dennis Zanetti

Winter Texan Tripp Wright loved Christmas celebrations for children, especially for those who were disadvantaged. Three years ago, he begged leaders of his McAllen’s Elk Lodge 1402 to host a party for them.

The parameters of his Christmas wish were simple: Offer disadvantaged children a wonderful party. And, by the way, make it a yearly affair. Oh … and you’ll need to make it bigger and better every year.

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