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River Bend Golf Course: 1st Place in Lower Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS RIVER BEND 1If River Bend Golf Course was one of the best-kept secrets of the Rio GrandeValley, the Winter Texans are doing their best to change that.

For the second straight year Winter Texans have voted the course their most favorite in the Lower Rio Grande Valley

River Bend was built as a nine-hole course but expanded to 18 holes in 1985. It's situated along the banks of the Rio Grande and has been considered one of the best-kept secrets in the Valley mainly because there has been no marketing – zero, nada, zilch.

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Long Island Village: Second Place Lower Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS LIV AD PICLong Island Village makes its first appearance as a Winter Texan favorite this year, finishing second between two perennial favorites – River Bend and South Padre Island courses.

The news took Garry Stebbins, golf committee chairman, by pleasant surprise.

“That is fantastic,” he said. “We don't get too much press, but we have a wonderful golf course.”

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South Padre Island Golf Club: 3rd Place Lower Valley Course

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS SPI 01The name alone rings majestic – South Padre Island Golf Club.

Winter Texans clearly feel the same way, voting the course with the most picturesque of views of the Laguna Madre and South Padre Island – even to the point of distracting golfers from the tee box – as their third favorite golf course in the Lower Valley.

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Win a Kindle Fire

University researchers who study the positive impact Winter Texans have on the Rio Grande Valley economy need your input.

This week, the Winter Texan Times includes the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Winter Texan Survey as an insert in the newspaper and we invite our readers to complete the survey, and in so doing, be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire and a $150 cash prize.

The easiest way to complete the survey is online. UTRGV has created an easy-to-use web form and there is a link to it on the home page of our website at www.wintertexantimes.com. You can also find the survey form online at http://utrgv.edu/wintertexan

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Museum seeks entries for Turning of the Quilts presentation

20160128 Mission Historical Museum Quilt Show THUMBThe Mission Historical Museum is accepting entries for the annual Mission Quilt Show and also for for its “Turning of the Quilts” program to be offered Feb. 16 at the quilt show hosted at the museum.

Antique Quilts

The museum is looking for antique, vintage, or just interesting quilts for this program. The quilts are presented stacked on a bed. As each quilt is shown, it is carefully turned down to reveal the next quilt, until all have been presented. A knowledgeable presenter will talk about each quilt as it is shown.

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Win a Staycation at the McAllen Expo

20180118 Robert n Jorge V Day McAllenTravelShow2018 PHOTOThe McAllen Chamber of Commerce is planning lots of excitement for this year’s Travel, Health & Wellness Expo, which will be held Feb. 13 and 14 at the McAllen Convention Center.

One of the nice perks of attending this year’s show is a whole array of door prizes – including a free Staycation giveaway package. The package includes two tickets to a “Live in McAllen” performance, dinner for two at an upscale McAllen restaurant, a dozen roses and a free night’s stay at Casa de Palmas Renaissance Hotel in McAllen. Registration for this special prize will take place at the Winter Texan Times booth at the Expo.

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