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Spring Powwow planned March 12

The South Texas Indian Dancers will hold their NDE DAA Spring Powwow at the Lark Community Center and Library, 2601 Lark Ave. in McAllen on March 12. The public is invited to this indoor event designed to preserve the culture of native Americans, including Indian songs and dances. The Powwow will be an all day event, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. There will be practices during the day and the Grand Entry in full costumes will be held at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Indians, from tiny tots to senior citizens, will be in full Indian regalia.

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Chimney Park residents donate to Mission Food Pantry

Al and Gail Quivey and Lloyd Burns gave a donation of $952 plus 175 food donations to the new Mission Food Pantry, located at 115 S. Mayberry Road near CWV (Catholic War Veterans) Park in Mission. Adela Ortega, Mission Food Pantry Director gladly accepted the donation.

“Our Winter Texans help the Mission Food Pantry so much when they are here from November to April. We get many food donations. The food helps us feed our families. The cash donations are used to purchase food from Foy’s Supermarket at cost to supply needed items not donated,” Ortega said.

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Canadians enjoy Riverside Club celebration

Regine and Ken, of Manitoba, Canada, took the complimentary golf-cart ride from the Riverside Club’s overflow parking to the club itself for the annual Canada Day celebration, and enjoyed the ride in the warm air. “It’s our sixth year in the Valley,” Ken said with a smile. “We’re ‘too old to be cold.’ We even have that painted on the side of our trailer.”

The warm Texas weather was the main draw for many more Canadians and other Winter Texans who came south and gathered on Canada Day at the Riverside Club in Mission, Texas.

Phil and Mary Jo Dobberfuhl, of Oconomowoc, Wis., travelled down to the Valley for the very first time, and were delighted to become Winter Texans.

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77th Rio Grande Valley Livestock show is Mar. 11-20

The 77th annual Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show, one of the largest livestock shows in the nation, will kick off with a preview night Thursday, Mar. 10 at 4 p.m. with a $5 parking fee and free gate admission. All other days admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. The carnival will be open and the Junior Santa Gertrudis Futurity will be held at 7 p.m. in the event center.

The Livestock Show officially runs from Mar. 11 through Mar. 20. Look for rodeos, concerts, agricultural exhibits, horse and cattle shows along with pigs, goats, rabbits, and other animals on display for judging. There will be a petting zoo for children. The exhibit halls will be filled with FFA and 4-H projects, antique farm equipment, specialty entertainment and a variety of vendors with items for sale. When you get hungry, you’ll find all a number of food vendors lining the fairway offering a wide variety of food, snacks and beverages. There is a beer garden for those who are tired of walking and want to relax a bit. It is a great way to spend one or more days enjoying the warm March weather in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Male Vocalist of the Year Bill Chrastil captivates audiences

Bill Chrastil, of Lincoln, Nebraska, has been performing for Winter Texans for three years. His efforts have paid off because Winter Texans voted him 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year. A beautiful voice and a high-energy show that leaves the viewer exhausted from just watching him as he jumps, dances across the stage, gives high kicks and does splits while singing the songs of popular male vocalists.

Bill has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years as a musician, singer and songwriter. He has performed in Branson, where he has received numerous awards including Best Gospel CD of the Year, Best Voice Impressionist, and Best Horizon Show of the Year, He is a member of the Nebraska and South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association.

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Victoria Palms hosts 20th Annual Style Show and Luncheon

“The Magic of Fashion” the 20th annual Victoria Palms Style Show was held Monday, Feb. 22 in the resort ballroom. The gentlemen of the park escorted the ladies who arrived for the luncheon to their tables, and they later served the meal. A luncheon of tomato basil soup, chicken salad on a roll, pasta, and chocolate cake was served.

During lunch Jim Demers played lively music to keep the ladies entertained. He played old favorites like “You Are My Sunshine,” “Make the World Go Away,” “He’ll Have to Go,” and “Love Me Tender.” When the fashion show started, he played quiet background music.

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Willie & Company coming to Llano Grande March 11

Willie & Company is coming to Llano Grande on Friday, Mar. 11. Willie is not just a character; he is a personality unto himself and most definitely the star of the show. Just ask him. With the face of a 5-year-old and the mind of a lad not much older, Willie loves the ladies, torments the men, and steals the hearts of both.

Willie can be a smart aleck but deep down he is a totally sincere young man whose attributes include his tremendous wit, and his ability to get the audience involved in the show. Willie’s singing, wisecracking and comical antics are his alone and that’s why he is the star. He is almost convinced he can do the show alone, an attitude that represents ventriloquism at its very finest.

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Popular Golden Oldies Show returns

Three well-known performers in the Rio Grande Valley will be doing a show called Golden Oldies that features songs of the 1950s and 1960s. This year, the show will star John Sager, Susan Hudson Carman and Greg Jones.

The shows will take place Sunday, Mar. 6 at 2 p.m. at Mission Bell 1711 Bus. 83 (605-610-6114); Tuesday, Mar. 8 at 2 p.m. at Park Place, 5401 Bus 83, Harlingen (956-412-0375); and Saturday, Mar. 12 at 2 p.m. at Palm Shadows, 200 N. Val Verde Road, Donna, (956-464-3326). Tickets are $12. Call the parks for tickets.

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Dazzling Dolphins put on Rhinestone Cowgirl Red Hat party

On a recent Tuesday, the Dazzling Dolphins, the Red Hat Society chapter for South Padre Island, held their annual beach party at the Schlitterbahn water park. Ladies from all of the groups in the Rio Grande Valley were invited to attend and wear “denim and diamonds” for the event.

The ladies from different clubs shared tables with ladies from other clubs and, while enjoying a Mexican buffet lunch, some of the ladies exchanged ideas for other Red Hat groups to try. Some involved field trips to places like Laguna Atascosa where the ocelots live. Some of the ladies said they saw one during their visit, though sightings are extremely rare.

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Magnolia Park residents build buggy from beer cans

Those who visit Magnolia RV Park’s annual Arts & Crafts Show Day on Sunday, Mar. 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. are in for a treat. Several of the men from the park put their heads together after seeing a picture in a magazine and have been working in secret to create one of the most unusual crafts to be found in the Valley. They built an almost full-sized sprint buggy out of beer cans!

These creative men are Don Knorr, of Rockford, Illinois, Larry and Duane Ergen, of Clear Water Minnesota, and Myron Van Houweling.

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Ladies celebrate Red Hat Festival of Tables

Approximately 400 Red Hat Society Ladies from all over the Rio Grande Valley gathered Feb. 9 at the Nomad Shrine Club in Pharr to enjoy the annual Festival of Tables. This is a special event where Red Hat groups from all over the Rio Grande Valley set a themed table for other Red Hatters to enjoy.

Themes varied from table to table. Many had holiday themes such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter, Fourth of July, Valentines Days or St. Patrick’s Day or Mardi Gras. Several had water themes like the beach, a lake resort, lighthouses, Hawaii, or fish.

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Celebrate 40th annual BorderFest in Hidalgo

Celebrate the Spirit of Brazil as the 40th annual BorderFest takes place in Hidalgo Mar. 4-6. Mayor Martin Cepeda addressed a press conference at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

BorderFest announced reduced admission prices this year, with tickets for adults now prices at $10 at the gate. Visitors can buy a two-day pass for just $10 if purchased in advance by March 3. A three-day pass costs $15 a person. Veterans, active duty military & National Guard get in free with ID. People who buy a ticket to one of the BorderFest concerts can use their concert ticket to get into BorderFest without buying another ticket.

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Link Union plans two RGV engagements

From the Ozark Mountains, Link Union will take guests on a journey…through the centuries, over the mountains and across the sea. Their fusion of vocals, old-time instruments and high energy creates a Folk-Rock experience like no other. Link Union is a synergy of the elements of bands such as Mumford and Sons, Alison Krause, and The Avett Brothers, creating a connection with their audience. Whether it’s ancient tunes or their original songs, they never forget where they came from and stay true to their roots.

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Johnny Ray Gomez, accordion player extraordinaire

Although he was born into a musical family, when Johnny Ray Gomez began taking accordion lessons at age 9, he hated them. But when he heard a friend play at school he was impressed and asked who his teacher was. His teacher was well known accordionist Johnny Swoboda. He begged your parents to let him take lessons from him and promised to practice one hour a day -- and the rest is history.

Gomez has been playing accordion professionally since he was 15. He had a combo called the U-Neeks that included a drummer, guitar-player and Johnny. They played high school dances. At age 21 he was selected as host of Channel 7 Dancestand in Omaha, a show that mirrored American Bandstand. The job taught him how to ad lib and keep the audience involved. He worked Dancestand for three years before moving on.

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RGV Quilt Guild Show draws over 1,000 entries

The Rio Grande Valley Guild Quilt Show put on a display that filled the South Padre Island Convention Centre to capacity for two days. Over 1,000 quilts of all sizes as well as quilted pieces such as table runners, placemats, shirts, purses, and wall hangings zig-zagged in long rows through the main room, hung on the walls far above the vendors’ booths, and were variously displayed in side rooms. Fabrics, quilting supplies, quilt designs, Singer sewing machines, and Martelli tables and non-slip cutting shapes filled various booths along with even more quilts and quilt samples to view.

The Best of Show winner was “A Primitive Garden” by Nathalie Anderson and Bernie Gee. This Wall Hanging quilt also took first place for the Wall Hanging category, and was created both by hand sewing and applique and the use of a track-mounted long arm machine. Second place in the Wall Hanging category went to Terry Davis’ “A View thru the Window,” while Lila Helm’s “Visions” took third place. “Sewing Machine Periodic Table” by  Judy Brown, and “Forest Galorest” by Shelley Bryant and Melody Mauch, took Honorable Mentions.

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4 His Glory Named Gospel Group of the Year

The Valley Star Awards, created and produced by Robert and Billie Ferguson with the assistance of the Winter Texan Times, was once again a terrific show with lots of great entertainment preceding the announcements of entertainers voted by Winter Texans to be their favorites during the winter season. The 2016 show was held Saturday, Feb. 20, at Mission Bell Resort.

Leslie Blasing was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, Unfortunately for Leslie, there was an accident on the bridge coming from South Padre Island that shut down traffic for several hours and she was unable to come. Gordy and Debbie Wensel accepted the awards for her.

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Project Martin Watch at EWBC

Spring is on the way, bringing in wildlife that are ready to nest and raise their young. This year, to help with that endeavor, the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center (EWBC) has installed its first Purple Martin house in conjunction with Project Martin Watch, a citizen science program. A kick-off event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, followed by weekly monitoring starting in April.

Purple Martin Watch is a continent-wide scientific project where volunteers monitor martin nests from the beginning of nest construction until the last fledgling has left. The data collected by the Project Martin Task Force will help scientists determine the population’s reproductive success throughout its habitat range.

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Harlingen Performing Arts presents musical ‘Oklahoma’

The Harlingen Performing Arts Theater (HPAT) will present the musical “Oklahoma,” by Rodgers & Hammerstein on Feb. 26 - 28 and Mar. 3 - 6 at the theater located at 1209 Fair Park, Blvd.

Friday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday performances are at 3:30 p.m. On Thursday, Mar. 3 there will be a 7:30 p.m. performance. To reserve tickets, or for more information call (956) 412-7529. Tickets are $20 for adults.

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MMA to hold Iwo Jima Parade Feb. 19

HARLINGEN—Marine Military Academy (MMA) will hold its annual Iwo Jima Parade Friday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. on the MMA Parade Grounds. This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

Open to the public, this event is a tribute to the courage and sacrifice made by The Greatest Generation to preserve freedom around the world. Because of the subtropical climate of South Texas, MMA is the only organization in the country that holds a battalion-size parade on the actual anniversary (Feb. 19, 1945) of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Last year, more than 350 people attended this event.

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STC Theater presents Romeo and Juliet

South Texas College (STC) Theatre is bringing romance to the stage with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The production will run Feb. 25 to Feb. 27, starting at 8 p.m., with an additional Sunday, Feb. 28 matinee performance starting at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at STC’s Cooper Center for Communication Arts Main Stage, located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

This classic play portrays a long feud between the Montague and Capulet families, which disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly, and fate causes them to commit suicide in despair.

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