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Keeping the cheer in Weslaco

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is keeping the cheer in their city. They are having a Christmas Light Display on December 12.

The city will have some fun curbside giveaways during the event. Visit them at 275 S. Kansas. Christmas cookies and hot chocolate will also be available for guests.

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SPI holds boat parade

South Padre Island will hold their lighted boat parade and firework show on Saturday, December 12. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Boats will start from Sea Ranch Marina to Aries Street. Pick a spot and stay a safe distance from others.

Leaving his yearly mark

Tripp: The Man in the Red Suit

By Barb Zanetti
(Photos by Dennis Zanetti)
Alamo Rec-Veh Park

20201209 yearly 600pxHe has been a bride. A pirate. A clown. But this Winter Texan really shines in a red suit with 1,000’s of children on his lap.

It does not matter that sometimes he is in a foreign country. Nor does it matter that he is sitting in the scorching sun for hours in a heavy, authentic Santa suit.

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20201209 cheap 600pxHelen Wright found a Schwinn bike back in Michigan for $20 and bought it, figuring she may want to ride after she arrived at Bentsen Palm RV Park in Mission.

She did not realize at the time how much she would be using it.

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Rare birds of the RGV presentation

rare crimson collared grosbeak 600pxJoin the Center for Urban Ecology at Quinta Mazatlán for a journey into the world of rare birds on Saturday morning, December 12. The program will deepen your understanding of who our rare birds are, what makes them rare, and puts them in the context of a changing bird community in the Rio Grande Valley. Visitors will get to share in the excitement and mystery of rare birds of the past, speculation on which ones may show up next, and will leave knowing more about the birds that secret away in the Rio Grande Valley’s forests, marshes, and even yards.

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Virtual basic raptor ID course

The Edinburg World Birding Center is delighted to have local raptor expert, Bill Clark, present virtually a Basic Raptor ID course. Build up your hawk watching skills in this program as you learn helpful tips to identify raptors. He will provide an ID overview of vultures, osprey, harrier, and falcons. He will then go into detail about buteos, accipiters, and others.

Bill Clark is a photographer, author, researcher, and lecturer and has over 50 years of experience working with birds of prey, including five years as Director of NWF's Raptor Information Center.

This is a six-hour course consisting of three two-hour sessions. The first session will begin on Friday, December 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The last two sessions are on Saturday, December 12 at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration deadline is two days prior to the program. This program will be delivered via zoom. Register at the EWBC website: www.EdinburgWBC.org or call them at (956) 381-9922. Payment can be taken by phone or in-person.

Illuminated walking trial opens

illuminated trail bear clan tipiThe trails of Quinta Mazatlán in McAllen will be lined with thousands of candle luminarias to celebrate the winter holidays around the world. Presented by SpawGlass, ILLUMINA Fest 2020 takes place on December 16, 17, 18, and 19 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets go fast and can only be purchased online at www.ticketleap.com, search for Quinta Mazatlán.

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