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Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade deadline nears

Several Winter Texan RV parks participate in the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges each year, and the Fiesta invites other parks to have a parade entry this year.

The 79th annual Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges will kick off Saturday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. This year’s TCF theme is “Citrus, Cartoons & Comic Book Characters.” The deadline to turn in applications for new parade participants (those who did not have a parade entry last January) is Jan. 14, or until the maximum number of entries is reached. The $40 entry fee must be turned in with the application.

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Rio Grande Children’s Home needs assistance

When the Winter Texan Times called to see if the Rio Grande Children’s Home had any special needs for the children at Christmas, Monica Skrzypinksi, Gift Officer for RGCH, said there was a very special need she had no funds to cover.

Last summer there was a freak accident on Padre Island where an 8-year-old child was killed coming out of a restaurant when a corroded light post on the premises fell over on top of him and killed him. After reading about this tragic death, the Children’s Home decided to examine all of their lights posts for the safety of their children.

They discovered the lights posts around their children’s playground were all corroded at the bottom and they faced the same possible danger as the child on the island if one of the poles fell on one of their children. As a result, they have cordoned off the playground and the children can no longer play there.

Skrzypinski is unsure just how many poles need to be replaced but she does know the total cost of the project will be $19,000. And this is an unbudgeted project so she does not know where she will get the money. Currently, there are 20 children and they are expecting an addition four soon. In 2014, the home served as many as 70 children.

Since it opened in 1964, RGCH has served thousands of children.

Rio Grande Children’s Home serves as a home away from home for children who have been abused and neglected. Children come and typically stay from three months to a year. The longest time was eight years. They are not for adoption. If the family situation gets resolved, the children return home. RGCH does not work with the family; instead they are a safe haven for the children.

The children come with many different needs but the most pervasive problem is they need love. They need a healthy family situation and that is what RGCH provides. For some it is their first experience in a functional family where they are not being abused and they can simply be children.

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Senior Softball plans ‘World Series’ to start new season

While the baseball World Series ended just a few weeks ago, members of the Senior Texan Softball League are planning to start their season with a surprise! There will be “World Series” softball games between the “National League” and the “American League” to start the season for the first time this year. The teams will be made up of Winter Texans and local senior players.

Just like in the baseball World Series, where each player has his name and team announced when he goes to bat, the senior players taking the field at the Senior Texan World Series will have their name and hometown announced when they step up to the plate.

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Myra Green presents ‘Mary’s Christmas’

For a touching reminder of ‘the reason for the season,” Myra Green of Bible Alive Theater has been presenting, “Mary’s Christmas,” in a number of Winter Texan parks across the Rio Grande Valley. The Winter Texan Times caught the presentation at Oleander Acres, but there are still a number of locations Winter Texans can go to see the story of “Mary’s Christmas.” Green uses song and prose to tell the story and invites the audience to join in on the beloved Christmas carols that are a part of the show.

The play starts with the Biblical account of Zachariah, who was a relative of Mary. He was told by an angel that he and his wife, Elizabeth, would have a child. Zachariah doubted the angel because of their advanced ages. As a result, the angel made him unable to speak until the baby arrived. The angel tells him that his son is to prepare the way for the coming of God’s son.

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Red Hat Queens plan upcoming events

The Red Hat Queens of the Valley met this week for lunch and to discuss upcoming events. The Festival of Tables and Rhinestone Cowgirl will be held in February. These two are major events where Winter Texan Red Hatters from all across the Valley are invited to participate.

The Festival of Tables will be held Feb. 9 at the Nomad Shrine in Pharr. Jan Bergman is chairing the event. Each of the tables with be decorated with a different theme and ladies will be given tickets to sit at different tables as they arrive. This way they will meet Red Hat ladies from all of the Winter Texan communities in the Rio Grande Valley and have an opportunity to compare notes on what types of events they are having both in the Valley and with their groups back home. Johnny Ray Gomez will provide entertainment for the event.

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Ladies of Winter Haven RV Resort love life in Brownsville

While in Brownsville recently I went to lunch at the Vermillion, an old favorite restaurant that has been around since 1934. I enjoy it because the food is good and the pictures on the walls tell a story of what Brownsville was like in the early days.

While dining I could not help but notice a group a ladies who were out having a good time, enjoying lunch. Since they looked like Winter Texans I ventured over to say hello. I found the ladies were from Winter Haven RV Resort and were celebrating the birthdays of Joe Anna Eirich and Carol Forrester.

They shared with me some of the things they enjoy about Brownsville. They said they enjoy buying fresh food at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market held in front of the Fine Arts Museum, going out to eat, and just having a good time. They also enjoy going to the new Cascade Park built by Cameron County across from their resort on Old Port Isabel Road because it is full of picnicking, walking and hiking opportunities.

But their favorite thing is going across the border in Matamoros to Garcia’s, which is within walking distance of the bridge. “You can get anything you need there because they have restaurants and bars, a pharmacy, and a souvenir shop that has all kinds of things. They even have a driver, who for a fee, will drive you to other locations in Matamoros, if you want to shop elsewhere,” the ladies told me.

“It’s very safe because there are border guards within a short distance, so we do not feel any kind of threat when we go,” said Marilyn Williams.

Sheri Banning said she enjoys riding around the resort on her golf cart and looking at the Christmas lights and looking for someone to enjoy “Happy Hour” with her.

Marcia Edwin is a birder who enjoys seeing the different birds around Brownsville and going to the different World Birding Centers around the area.

Fran Hardin enjoys the close proximity to South Padre Island and the activities there.

Carol Forrester enjoys the warm south Texas weather and the social life at the park.

Anne Gilmer enjoys the different activities available in Dean Porter Park in the Mitte Cultural District along with being able to shop for fresh organic food on weekends.

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