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VSO announces concert schedule

20181128 Touch of Frost VSO w Chorale webThe Valley Symphony Orchestra recently announced the 2023-2024 masterworks concert season, “Musical Mystique.” The five-concert series will take place at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, and all concerts will be conducted by Maestro Peter Dabrowski.

“These five concerts are packed with an incredible variety of music,” said Katy Coy, VSO executive director. “We’re starting the season with Beethoven, Harry Potter is back by popular demand, and some beautiful works like Scheherazade and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” are also featured. There’s something for everyone this year.”

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10th annual award-winning event celebrates culture, imagination

STBF LOGO webMcAllen Public Library (MPL) announces the 10th Annual South Texas Book Festival (STBF), a milestone event celebrating the rich literary heritage of the Rio Grande Valley while engaging readers of all ages in a diverse array of activities. The festival’s anniversary logo showcases Marty, the endearing mascot cat of MPL, eager to extend a paw of invitation to the entire community for this extraordinary celebration!

The festival will kick off with an event tailored for adults, Stellar Verse: An Evening of Cosmic Poetry, on Thursday, October 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at CommonSpace Coffee Shop, located at 2901 N. 10th St. in McAllen.

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VA Health Care System celebrates Veterans Day

The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System is celebrating Veterans Day with a Benefits Fair, BBQs, and prize giveaways. The events are open to Veterans and the community.

The events will be held at the Harlingen Health Care Center, 2601 Veterans Drive, on Friday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the McAllen VA Clinic, 901 East Hackberry, on Thursday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

VA staff and other organizations will provide information and resources available to Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Hot dogs and light refreshments will be served.

For more information about this event, contact Lilia Garcia at (956) 291-9093. For information about future events, follow VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System on Facebook.

Edinburg to host Halloween Fall Festival

With Halloween around the corner, the City of Edinburg Parks and Recreation Department is excited to welcome the community to this year’s highly anticipated Halloween Fall Festival on Thursday, October 26.

The event, to be held at Edinburg Municipal Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., attracts residents of all ages while providing a safe and fun alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. Attendees will be able to enjoy a Trunk-or-Treat style event with 25 participating vehicles handing out candy.

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Harvesting Texas traditions

20211020 TAMU Pumpkins 1 webBy U.S. Senator John Cornyn

As the cool breeze of autumn begins to sweep through the Lone Star State, there's a particular charm that sets Texas apart during this time of year. Beyond the sprawling landscapes and bustling cities, Texas boasts a remarkable connection between fall festivities and our thriving agriculture sector. Often at the heart of seasonal celebrations are pumpkin patches, where families come together to make memories while supporting Texas farmers.

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Welcome back to the Valley!

20231018 WELCOME Golf Course KO 0056 webHello and welcome back to South Texas! We are so excited that you have come back to visit us. If you are new to the Valley – you are in for a treat.

The Rio Grande Valley is such a great place to be – we say it every year. Great weather, great people, and great friends. I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures, of which we have had a bit of a taste this week. It helps encourage us to be outside a bit more than usual and it’s just the right time for everyone to make their return to the Valley – especially since we are saying goodbye to those hot temperatures that aren’t that nice.

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Annual Fall Pow Wow makes its return next weekend

20140301 Indian Pow Wow doug young 032 webThe Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas invites you to their 53rd Annual DAKEE SI (Fall Gathering) Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas Pow Wow on Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Alton Community Center, 349 Dawes Ave. in Alton. Dancing and presentations will be held throughout the day. The event is free.

Visit the event to celebrate and experience American Indian culture, history, drumming, singing, and dancing. Vendors will be selling Native food, art, crafts, jewelry, supplies, and wares. There will also be raffles and cake walks. There is something for everyone.

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October 18, 2023 - Rina's Ramblings

I can’t believe we are beginning another Winter Texan season. We look forward to this time of year every year, but it seems to have really sprung up fast. The summer just didn’t seem that long. Other days it did feel long because it was just so hot!

But we are done with that now. Nice temperatures are returning. It seems to follow you as you return to the Valley.

There’s a reason why so many people call this place their second home. In fact, Mission, TX is one of the top 25 best places to live in the southwest. Many will tell you it’s because of the affordability, amenities, safety, and health care. Winter Texans will agree with the cost of living and will add the weather to that component as well. It’s also why many Valley cities have some top golf courses in the States.

And it’s a great week to start our first issue this season. We just had a great weekend here in Texas with an eclipse and we’ll have a total solar eclipse in April. So, it’s going to be an exciting season, and year.

We are so happy to see faces returning to this hidden gem of a Valley. Where visitors can play golf nearly all year and activities abound. We anticipate seeing many of our friends, making new ones, and attending events throughout the season.

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Quilting: Just one of the things you do

20191111 Brookridge RGV Quilt Guild Presents Quilts to Veterans CAB 0528 webWhat a wonderful contribution our Senior Citizens make to the Rio Grande Valley. They are just so willing to share their talents. Some volunteer to tutor in public schools. That is a great service not just to the teachers, but what a blessing for the students who may be having trouble reading or with math.

I think back to the time when my only grandson needed a tutor in math. He was a June baby and just a little behind in math comprehension. Today, at age 25, he is a straight A student in a prestigious law school on the East Coast. Many thanks to that tutor who was able to give her time and talents to help a child succeed.

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