Thursday, April 22, 2021
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Birding Has Blossomed

by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas

An old saying tells us that if a bird poops on your head, it’s a sign of good luck. Well, lucky or not, Texans have a higher chance of this occurrence than most.

Birding has really taken flight in our great state, and April in particular is the perfect time to spot one of the 640 species of birds that dwell in the various regions of Texas.

If you’re new to the hobby, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, High Island, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, and Trinity River Audubon Center are just a few of the well-known birding hot spots in the Lone Star state. Corpus Christi has even been named “America’s Birdiest City” for ten consecutive years.

Around 67% of U.S. bird species interact with the Texas Coast alone, but you can spot birds virtually anywhere, from the Cattail Marsh Wetlands in Beaumont all the way to Big Bend in far west Texas. You may find yourself surprised by how many feathered fowls inhabit the trees and brush near your own home.

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Preservation Week Panel, a Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation

Manuel HinojosaEDINBURG, Texas — The Museum of South Texas History will host the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “Saving History: Preserving Community Archives,” featuring Manuel Hinojosa, Eduardo Martinez and Gabriel Sanchez at 2 p.m. on April 25 on Facebook Live.

This presentation is to kick off Preservation Week. During the presentation panel members will discuss their experiences as community archivists. The museum will share information from each panelist throughout the week through the social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

According to, every year the American Library Association (ALA) encourages libraries and other institutions to use Preservation Week to connect communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what can be done to preserve collections. The 2021 theme for Preservation Week is “Preserving Community Archives.” Community archives are organized by members of physical or self-identified communities—specifically those marginalized by traditional collecting institutions—and are focused on documenting and interpreting their own histories.

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Zoo Hosts Virtual Party for the Planet

The Gladys Porter Zoo is excited to host a virtual Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 24. In addition to the virtual event, we will have a pick-up component on Thursday, April 22, 2021 (Earth Day) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. where the public can drive by the Zoo and pick up their Pollinator Rescue Kit, so they can lend a hand to pollinators. Kits are limited to one per child while supplies last. On Saturday April 24th, everyone is invited to join us live on Facebook or YouTube at 10 a.m. to celebrate Earth Day.

Party for the Planet is a day set aside each year to celebrate Earth Day and teach the public about the many ways they can take action to help protect the Earth. During our virtual Party for the Planet, the Zoo will spotlight the conservation of the Earth’s natural resources with lessons and activities. Various members of the community will be participating by presenting these lessons.

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Edinburg Chamber to Host Outdoor Market on April 22

Edinburg ChamberThe Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Member Market from 11 A.M. - 4 P.M. April 22 at the Edinburg Chamber Depot, 602 W. University Dr. Edinburg, TX

The chamber’s Member Market allows attendees to discover new products and services from different members of the Edinburg Chamber.

As an added value, Edinburg Chamber members can display their goods and services free of charge.“This is just one of the many perks of being a chamber member. We normally give our small business owners different opportunities to display their products throughout the year. This is just one way to give them a platform to do so.” said Ronnie Larralde, Executive Director of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

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STC Library looks at history of the Rio Grande Valley in new Civil War exhibit

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery continues its monthly spring semester series, “Parallels”, with a traveling exhibit on the Civil War and its impact on the border region.

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery and History department proudly presents UTRGV’s CHAPS traveling exhibit “War & Peace on the Rio Grande, 1861-1867” at STC’s Mid-Valley Library, which began on April 5, and will be on view until June 30. The Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco.

Author Marianne Monson is slated to speak on her book “Women of the Blue and Gray: True Civil War Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies,” on April 27 at 3 p.m., covering those diverse women who defied norms to participate in the war as abolitionists, teachers, and soldiers.

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Lights Out for Wildlife protects birds

20210413 LightsOutForWildlifeLogoCities, businesses, and homeowners across Texas are joining Lights Out for Wildlife to protect the hundreds of millions of birds soaring across Texas’ night sky during spring and fall migration. Unfortunately, birds are attracted to light, so brightly lit buildings can confuse and disorient them. They often collide with windows and walls. It is hard to believe, but the U.S. loses up to a billion birds to collisions every year. If by chance they survive, hazards in the city abound, such as busy streets, food scarcity, and feral cats. To keep Texas birds flying high, it is as easy as flipping a switch – go Lights Out for Wildlife April 19 to May 7 from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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TCF sets date for parade and more

The Texas Citrus Fiesta, a nearly 90-year tradition for the City of Mission that pays homage to the influence of the citrus industry and the citrus growers of the area, has announced its rescheduled dates for the parade, fun fair and cook off. Originally scheduled for January, the events will now take place on Saturday, May 15.

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Golf Classic to be held

golf classicGet your golf clubs ready and come be a part of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce 2021 Mission Citrus Golf Classic Tournament sponsored by Cano & Sons Trucking. The golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, May 7, at the Shary Municipal Golf Club located on 2201 N. Mayberry Street in Mission. The tournament is held to benefit Mission CISD students.

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Keep McAllen Beautiful to host Great American Clean-Up

kmbIt is that time of the year once again. Spring has sprung and Keep McAllen Beautiful is spring cleaning the city of McAllen. Keep McAllen Beautiful (KMB) is organizing its annual Great American Clean-Up and Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off, but with a different twist this year. Due to the pandemic, there will not be a mass gathering in the park; instead, KMB is asking interested individuals to gather their favorite 5-10 people and create a small group to do a litter clean-up around town.

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UVAL hosts a Fiber Art Exhibit, “Down the Rabbit Hole”

20210412 UVAL Fiber Art ExhibitFiber Arts Unlimited, the fiber arts group associated with the Upper Valley Art League, opened its exhibit “Down the Rabbit Hole” Friday April 9th. “Down the Rabbit Hole” defines the theme for this year’s fiber art exhibit.

During the isolation imposed by the pandemic, some found a kinship with Alice on her fall through the rabbit hole into a universe that made little sense. Others found solace in cooking, TV, the internet, or even cleaning closets. But for many artists, it was an opportunity to devote more hours for creating artwork. As a fiber arts community, we found the time to learn new techniques and use new materials.

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MOSTH 50th celebration concludes in April

MOSTH 1910 Jail museum comm and sign 1967 finalOn April 19, 1970, the “doors to the past” were opened to the 1910 Jail and the rest is history. From that momentous day on, the museum grew from a small county museum (Hidalgo County Historical Museum) to an American Alliance of Museums accredited museum (Museum of South Texas History) with state-of-the-art exhibitions set on a campus encompassing more than a city block. For 50 years, MOSTHistory has had an incredible history of its own, independent of the many stories its on-going exhibits tell. “Golden Memories: Fifty Years of Preserving the Borderland Heritage of the Rio Grande Valley” highlights some of that history and is waiting for visitors to enjoy. This exhibit will close on May 1, 2021.

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Singer/Songwriter sessions being held at 5X5 Brewing Co.

5x5 brewingThe Rio Grande Valley has a lot of talented songwriters, some with published songs, some performing their originals in local shows, and some who have yet to showcase their own material. Now, 5X5 Brewing will host a series of singer/songwriter sessions, creating a unique and audience-interactive venue for artists to showcase their own original songs and the inspirations behind them.

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WT Appreciation Days to be held

The Mission Chamber of Commerce will hold two Market Winter Texan Appreciation Days. The events will be held today, Wednesday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 14. They will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

There will be complimentary swag while supplies last, free health screenings, vendors, and live music. The event will be held at the Mission Chamber Placita at 202 W. Tom Landry.

For more information, or for vendor opportunities, call (956) 585-2727, or email

IMAS announces series of Brew-seum events, dinner, virtual 5K, yoga

Brewseum IMAS Dacty 600pxIt is with great pleasure the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) announces a series of fundraising events in celebration of A Night at the Brew-seum. The festival could not occur without generous participation of local businesses and individuals throughout the region. IMAS extends a deep heartfelt thanks to title sponsors Clark Chevrolet and Clark Knapp Honda and presenting sponsor L&F Distributors for their participation in making the 13th Annual “Brew-seum” Craft Beer Festival one to remember.

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