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Nativity scene collection on exhibit this holiday season

IMG 6155 1 webThe Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) will feature the “Bishop Emeritus Raymundo Peña Nativity Scene Collection,” a spotlight exhibit displaying 120 nativity scenes until Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Born in 1934 and ordained as a Catholic priest in 1957, Father Raymundo Peña was named Bishop in Diocese of Brownsville in 1976. On his passing in September 2021, the Bishop willed his collection of nativity scenes to the Museum of South Texas History and to the Historic Brownsville Museum.

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Local artists featured at Holiday Night Shopping

Quinta Jessica Monroe 10 webExperience the spirit of the season at the “Holiday Night Shopping” with music and local artists selling their works inspired by nature on Thursday, December 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan.

The one-night free event features the award-winning South Texas artist, Jessica Monroe, known for her oil paintings inspired by the natural world. Her paintings bring awareness of environmental issues and celebrate the beauty of nature. Monroe holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University and studied painting at New York University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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The Texas A&M Cadets return once again

Copy of scwinter23 16 1 webThe Senior Ambassadors will welcome the Texas A&M Singing Cadets to the Rio Grande Valley on Friday, January 12, 2024, for a performance at the Center Church (formerly Trinity Worship Center), located at 4801 N. Cage Blvd., in Pharr.

Internationally known as the “Voice of Aggieland,” The Singing Cadets are Texas A&M University’s premier men’s chorus. The 13th director of the 60-member men’s choral group, David L. Kipp, began his tenure with the group in the fall of 1995. Under his leadership the Singing Cadets are staying true to their crisp military style and diverse selection of music. At the performance, Cadets will perform American, military, sacred and Aggie themed numbers.

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VFW To hold rummage sale

There will be a rummage sale at the James Nikki Rowe Post 2369, located at 1405 West Kennedy St. in Pharr. The event will be held on December 16, starting at noon.

An Elvis impersonator will be in the house from 3 to 5 p.m. There will also be Karaoke. All Veterans and families are requested to attend.

The post is also asking for any kind of clothing, tools, or any items that are no longer needed at your household for donations prior to the rummage sale. These donations will assist James Nikki Rowe Post 2369 in paying for electricity, water, and other finances.

Donations can be dropped off prior to the rummage sale

For more information, email Juan Millian at juan.c.milian@live.com or Jose Romo at nemoromo@yahoo.com.

Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count dates are set

Christmas Count Hooded Oriole Photo by Anita Westervelt webValley residents, Winter Texans, visitors, birders, and those just getting interested in birding are invited to join a team in the count areas for the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.

The CBC is a one-day event per area within established count circles. This year’s count will be held from December 14 through January 5, 2024. Local counts are listed below with contact information for those interested in joining a team.

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A Tejano Christmas Carol returns to PCT

ATCC pic2 web“Have you ever wondered what would happen if the Rio Grande River lost all of its water, in the RGV?”, asked Pharr Community Theater’s longtime director/producer, Pedro Garcia.

“Most of us take the Rio Grande River for granted, unless it’s to think about the undocumented trying to cross it to the USA. Nevertheless, the river drying up concept is a predominant issue in our upcoming, fun Christmas play, A Tejano Christmas Carol.”

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Whataburger holds fundraiser benefiting Food Bank

Whataburger is having a huge fundraiser benefiting the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley called “Tis The Season To Give.” Guests can make a minimum donation of $1 and receive a free Whataburger with the purchase of a medium fry and 32-ounce drink on their next purchase. More details online and at participating locations. All 45 restaurants in the RGV will be participating in this fundraiser from Roma to Brownsville.

A $1 donation can help the Food Bank RGV provide up to five healthy meals for families in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties. Learn more about our work at www.foodbankrgv.com.

The fundraiser will run through December 24.

GPZ giraffe stars in her second book

Gladys Porter Zoo Giraffe BB2A4539edit webRocket the Space Giraffe is embarking on a wild adventure in her brand-new book, Wish Upon a Star, written by Suzanne Shepard and illustrated by Tilia Rand-Bell. Rocket’s Wish Upon a Star is available for purchase on Amazon and at the Gladys Porter Zoo’s gift shop. Proceeds from the book go directly to the GPZ for the care and feeding of Rocket and her animal friends.

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Holiday Village returns for 14th season

20231202 Brownsville Holiday Village 0011 webThe cottages of Holiday Village Brownsville have moved back to Dean Porter Park and have been prepared for the 14th annual yuletide event. With five new and updated displays, this year there will be a total of 34 fully decorated cottages lining the sidewalks.

For those who may not know, the Holiday Village at Dean Porter Park in Brownsville is a collection of miniature cottages, each one measuring about 10’ wide x 8’ deep and over 11’ tall, which are adorned inside and out with the most whimsical and adorable holiday trimmings. The Village is set up in the park every November, free and open to the public, and runs from the Monday before Thanksgiving through the first of the year.

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