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Thanks for coming!

FromthepublisherAs we near the end of another winter season, it’s time to say farewell to many of you who will be leaving the Rio Grande Valley and heading north in the next week or two.

We want to take a moment to just say, “Thank you” for choosing the Rio Grande Valley as your winter home and invite you to take a few extra copies of the Winter Texan Times Take Home Edition (published on March 15) to share with your friends and neighbors back home. If you need extra copies, call or come by the Winter Texan Times office at 1217 N. Conway Ave., Mission. We printed extras just, so you can share.

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Winter Texan Ambassadors Wanted

FromthepublisherThis edition of the Winter Texan Times is our “Take Home Edition.” We invite all our Winter Texan readers to take extra copies of this edition with you when you head north so you can share them with your friends and family.

Getting out and doing all the fun and interesting things you do in the “winter” in the Rio Grande Valley is always more fun when you do it with friends. So, we invite you to become a Winter Texan Ambassador and help us invite more people to come down and enjoy our South Texas Hospitality. Tell them about all the good times you had this winter in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Rio Valley Estates celebrates Roaring 20s

20180301 Rio Valley Estates Roaring 20s 001Senior citizens wintering in South Texas along with some now living in the Rio Grande Valley year-round, staged an event on Feb. 22 to celebrate “The Roaring 20s.” Held at Rio Valley Estates in Weslaco, over 200 fun-loving residents came to the party.

Some folks remembered hearing about stills and speak easy bars, so party chairs Kathy and David Cochran and their crazy committee tried to recreate that adventurous time.

To get in through the Speak Easy door riddled with bullet holes, you had to know a secret password. There was a guard of sorts at the door who checked for firearms and we heard he might even be into frisking some of the shady ladies who tried to enter. The guard did say the sign that read “Watch out for pickpockets and loose women” had to have the words “loose women” X’d out.

Ever popular Fred Goldsbery played for listening and dancing. Thanks to a great kitchen committee, a meal of salad, ham, potatoes and dessert was served before the fun began. The stage backdrop portrayed a brick background with some jazz musicians featured. Residents brought along their own favorite beverages, such as giggle water, moonshine, the bee’s knees, soda pop or beer.

There were contests for best decorated table. Men and women at Rio Valley Estates always seem to go along with whatever the theme is for any party. This one being no exception, there were well-dressed men who could have been gangsters in those days, and beautifully attired ladies “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in their flapper of Gatsby dresses. Pick pockets roamed throughout. A cigarette-cigar gal walked through the crowd selling her wares – candy cigarettes and bubble gum cigars!

20180301 Rio Valley Estates Roaring 20s 002Though none were actually old enough to have lived in the 1920s, many had parents who told of adventures from that era. One lady remembered her mother telling her that her own father was a bootlegger who said, “You had to have a bootlegger ID card in my small town, or you’d try to sell to another bootlegger, there were so many around.”

Some of the party’s events may not have really been from the 20s, but they were loads of fun. As Kathy said, “If it was illegal, we did it!” A Rodent Run for the Roses: drew the most attention. The committee had constructed a lighted mouse race track so six live mice could race at a time. Mouse dollars (some claimed they were counterfeit) were used, but that didn’t discourage the gamblers from really getting into the swing of things. They held six races with mice having names such as Mickey, (of course!) Cat Food, Zippy, Squeaky, Oh Here We Go and Leg Cramps. The winner of each race was then placed on a roulette wheel to determine a winner.

It's a challenge each season to come up with something new to entertain and surprise the residents at Rio Valley Estates, but you can bet this nutty committee is already working on an event for 2019!

Winter Texan Ambassadors Wanted

If you love coming down to the Rio Grande Valley each winter, you’re invited to become a Winter Texan ambassador. The job is simple: share with your friends all the good times you have in the Valley each winter – away from the snow and ice. In a place where you can play golf almost any winter day. In a place where your MH & RV resort is a community of its own with lots of friends to share in a whole array of fun activities.

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La Joya High School's mariachi and folklorico to perform

La Joya High School’s Mariachi Los Coyotes y Grupo Folklórico Tabasco will present their Spring 2018 concert “Orgullo y Tradición” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Performances will be held at the Alejandro “Alex” H. Saenz Performing Arts Center, located at 604 Coyote Dr. in La Joya.

“Orgullo y Tradición” translates to “Pride & Tradition,” and Mariachi Los Coyotes y Grupo Folklorico Tabasco have much earned that mantra. As the longest running mariachi and folklórico high school groups in the nation, they have an extensive resumé that dates back to 1982. The program was first born as a means to increase student attendance and lower dropout rates, but now, the program is a big part of La Joya’s traditions.

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‘Music for All Ages’ concert is March 2

Ken Morrison has been in some type of choir since he was a child, growing up in Crooked Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada. He moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 2009 and it didn't take him long to find something to keep his vocal chords loose and ready to go, joining the Senior Ambassadors chorale group.

He along with the other 37 Senior Ambassadors members will join Men of A-Chord, the Magic Valley Chorus and the RGV Band for “Music for All Ages” concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2 at Center Church, located at 4801 N. Cage in Pharr.

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Win a Kindle Fire and $150 cash

The deadline is fast approaching for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and $150 cash. Here is how to enter. Complete this year’s Winter Texan Survey before the Feb. 26 deadline and send it in.

The bi-annual Winter Texan Survey, conducted by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), studies the economic impact of Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Treasure Hills Country Club: 2nd Place Tie for Mid-Valley Golf Courses

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS TREASURE HILLSLike that baseball player in the minor leagues where the scouting report is something along the lines of “should be an impact player in the pros, maybe as soon as next year,” for Treasure Hills, next year has arrived.

After being pretty much left in no man's land for several years – up for sale but with no buyers, the course finally was sold and the new owners immediately got to work on all aspects of the course.

Read more: Treasure Hills Country Club: 2nd Place Tie for Mid-Valley Golf Courses

Tony Butler Golf Course Namesake Remembered

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Tony Butler pic 1If there is one course in the Rio Grande Valley that epitomizes golf, it's Tony Butler Golf Course. The Harlingen public golf course bears the name of the man who helped bring some of the sport’s greatest athletes to the Rio Grande Valley for professional tournaments during the Great Depression. His style of play, a consistent short game and accurate putts, came to reflect the character of skills required for success to those pursuing challenges on the Tony Butler Municipal Golf Course.

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Howling Trails sees transformation under new ownership

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Howling TrailsRaul Gutierrez, complex administrator at Howling Trails Golf Course, located at 1910 Hole In One Dr. in Mission, is excited about what the future is bringing to the course. He has already watched a complete transformation of a golf course into a learning and recreational center.

He’s even happier about the fact that La Joya ISD is investing back into the course, formerly known as Martin Valley Ranch.

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Improved Brownsville Golf Center Challenges Golfers

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Brownsville Golf Center 1st Tee Winter TexansThere was a time when golfers complained about the deterioration of the Brownsville Golf Center golf course. Of course, when is there a time when golfers don’t complain – too much wind, not enough wind, unlevel playing surfaces, the hole was too small, they were robbed... the list goes on and on.

Those times are long gone, according to city officials, as the city has reinvested into the course, making major improvements – and the response has been extremely positive.

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Los Lagos Golf Course: 1st Place Tie for Upper Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Los Lagos 3 green lakeHeavy wind, moguls running along and behind – and sometimes through – lush fairways, which sometimes are leaning (toward water, of course) and challenging options are what Los Lagos has in store.

And despite – or maybe because of – all those challenges, Los Lagos, the Edinburg public course, tied for Winter Texan’s Favorite Golf Course in the Upper Valley with McAllen’s Palm View Golf Course.

The links style course was the 2015-16 winner of the contest and finished second in 2016-2017.

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Tierra Santa earns Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Course honors

Tierra Santa Golf Club in Weslaco is one of those courses that you will always remember – because it’s hard to forget one of the most fun, challenging and aesthetically appealing 18th hole.

From its near perfect condition, to its design and, as aforementioned a wonderful finishing hole, Tierra Santa is a golfer’s dream,

Read more: Tierra Santa earns Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Course honors

Tierra Del Sol Golf Course: 3rd Place Upper Valley Course

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS TIERRA DEL SOL islandWalk into Tierra Del Sol just about any time of the day that it’s open and you’ll see some golfers – on the course, on the green, in the pro shop or chowing down on some of the best breakfast tacos in the Valley.

It just seems like everything continues to get better at the Pharr municipal course. Looking back a few years ago – when the course had incomplete cart paths, balding fairways and greens that wouldn’t hold the loftiest of shots – many wouldn’t believe it’s the same course. Now the cart paths are complete, there is grass pretty much from tee to green, there are no sudden ponds appearing due to poor drainage and golf balls will stay on the green with the correct approach. All this is because the city decided to invest in their course – close to a $1 million.

Read more: Tierra Del Sol Golf Course: 3rd Place Upper Valley Course

Harlingen Country Club: Second Place Tie in Mid-Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS harlingen country clubEven though it’s private, Harlingen Country Club’s golf course gives Winter Texans ample opportunities to play.

Because of that, those Winter Texans have voted the 18-hole golf course as their second favorite golf course in the Mid-Valley.

“A lot of them say we are in the best shape we’ve been in,” said Liz Richardson, the club’s LPGA Professional. “We hold Winter Texan Mondays every other week where they can come out and play and sometimes we’ll have burgers and stuff for after.

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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.”

Read more: Long Island Village: Second Place Lower Valley

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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