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Bit-O-Heaven serves their community

Henry S donated Christmas trees 600pxBy Susan Thomas, Bit-O-Heaven Activity Director

Bit-O-Heaven RV and MH Resort residents in Donna like to help the local community when possible. This season the park held their Second Annual Reverse Advent Calendar event for charity. The concept is to buy the food item on the list for each day of the month of December and have a basket of food ready to deliver by Christmas to a needy family. It is really easy to do and most residents just buy all the recommended items at one time and fill two tote bags per family. You can usually purchase all the items at Dollar Tree for $25-$30.

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More to discover in San Juan and Alamo

sj 5333 600pxIf you drive along the expressway, now I-2, heading south from Pharr – which I coverd last week – you will find Pharr’s neighboring cities, that all share a school district with, San Juan and Alamo.

The most distinct thing about San Juan is the Our Lady of San Juan del Valle shrine. It was designated a national shrine in 1998 and the following year, Pope John Paul II designated it as a minor Basilica. The history of the shrine begins in 1920, when Reverend Alfonso Jalbert, OMI, built a small wooden chapel in San Juan as a mission church of St. Margaret Mary Church in Pharr.

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Rocks of Kindness, Spreading the Happy

rocks kindess 5246 600pxTammy Garrison-Maier has found a fun way to keep the residents at Oleander Acres active. As the activity director, Tammy has had to come up with new ways to entertain the residents and keep them on their toes. She started something last year before the Pandemic, and since it was such a hit, she is doing it again.

She is hiding beautifully painted rocks around the park. The fun is, if you find one, you get some chocolate. You have a choice of keeping the rock or hiding again for someone else to find.

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January 27, 2021 - Rina's Ramblings

Yep… another busy week has gone by. Despite the dreariness of a few wet days last week, it flew by fairly fast.

I had a great time last week visiting with the activity director at Oleander Acres. She stays busy at the park coming up with ideas to keep the residents occupied.

She has had to come up with new ways to do activities. One of them includes her arts and crafts time. She has also been painting up a storm. Not just her rocks that she will be hiding, but also signs representing where residents are from.

I hope to visit the park again when the weather is a bit nicer to see the park’s butterfly garden in full bloom.

Watch the Butterfly Garden at Oleander Acres and you will see what this little garden brings to the park.

If you have a butterfly garden at your park, I would love to know and see yours. Send me a picture. Let me know what kind of visitors you get in your park. Send me pictures and information to news@wintertexantimes.com. I would love to see what you are doing at your park and be able to share it with others.

In the meantime, enjoy the weather. Go for a walk. Smile at a neighbor. You can still spread some happy while being socially distant.

Museum features photography exhibit

The Consulate of Mexico in Brownsville and the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art cordially invite you to the Digital Art Photography Exhibit titled, “Music Box” by the Mexican artist Mauricio Silerio at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art Permanent Collection Gallery.

The collection consists of 38 images of surreal spaces and situations that include concepts of a temporary reality, as well as the distortion of our supernatural existence in which the unreal and the extraordinary begins to adhere to the photographs.

The exhibit will be on display through March 20. Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brownsville Museum of Fine Art located at 660 E. Ringgold St. Brownsville, TX 78520

For more information, please contact Diana Gonzalez at culturalesbro@sre.gob.mx and/or 956-542-4090 ext. 6617.


Softball: Camaraderie and Fun

cheap 3255 600pxPatrick Neel heard all the motivation he needed as he rounded the bases.

“Run faster, run faster,” the frantic voice of his wife Darlene echoed from the stands.

“I'm running as fast as I can,” Neel laughed.

In the end, Neel went into the scorebook as hitting a grand slam. It was during the Winter Texans U.S. versus Canada game that signals the end of the Winter Texan softball season.

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Mavericks and cattle

on the road courtesy betty spellman detmerTEXAS! What a huge state we live in with a history as big as the state. Texas was tamed originally by settlers who established ranches and farms so big they boggle our minds. Those early settlers, those men of vision left their mark on Texas - Richard King who fulfilled our American dream of from rags to riches was just one of those many famous settlers who left their mark on Texas.

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A Valley favorite: Ralph Kuster

20171207 Ralph KusterRalph Kuster has been a Valley favorite for several years. He is well known for his variety of acts, wide-ranging vocals and the energy he puts into his shows. With what he does now, you would not believe that he spent many years teaching golf.

When not teaching, he could be found singing something in his car, in his room, or anywhere else he had a chance to sing. His love for singing eventually led him to pursuing a career in music in 2005.

It was in 2006, performing in Nashville, where someone told him he needed to go to Branson. He later found out that someone was a member of Toby Keith’s band.

Once he got to Branson, he created his own show and rented his own theater, paying for all the expenses of running a show. It was a struggle, he said, but he kept going. By 2008 he had a leading one-man show in Branson.

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Entertainers shine at showcases

entertainers johnny Moroko 600pxThe showcases held the last two weeks for activity directors throughout the Valley were an opportunity for the entertainers to shine – and they did just that. Despite being held outside, even during a dreary Thursday, the showcases were attended well and fun was had by all.

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PCT offering online classes

pct robert longoriaMaking a movie can be fun and if you are a beginner most experts will tell you, first start with a short film to practice the craft and work your way up to a feature. One of the most important aspects of filmmaking is having a decent script to begin with. Writing good dialogue for characters and stories will help you. Pharr Community Theater is offering teens and adults online screenwriting classes for beginners, with RGV independent filmmaker and producer Robert Longoria. 

Another essential for the movies are actors. Famous movie actor, producer and director, Clint Eastwood, says, “you’ll have less problems on a movie set when you cast right.” In other words he prefers to work with actors who either have training and knowledge about performing or in some cases raw talent. Pharr Community Theater is also offering acting classes for kids and teens.

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