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McAllen CarFest a success

car show 4800 600pxBy Anastasia Brunson

The 11th Annual McAllen International CarFest was held this past Saturday, February 27th, at the McAllen Convention Center. On arrival, the senses were greeted by live music that echoed through the venue and the smells of funnel cakes and spiropapas. An area was gated off with marked entry and exit points making it easy for people to navigate and walk around the circular enclosure that had multiple lines of cars, as well as various vendors selling both refreshments and handmade items. Gratefully the weather was pleasantly cloudy and breezy, making this outdoor event a comfortable one.

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Lighthouse is open

PI LighthouseThe historic Port Isabel Lighthouse has reopened to the public.

Weather permitting, hours of operation will be Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. Tickets may only be purchased at the Keeper’s Cottage Visitors Center with a credit or debit card. COVID-19 restrictions apply. 

Tours of the Lighthouse will be self-guided and will be limited to 15 minutes. Groups no larger than six persons may tour at one time. Masks required. Hand sanitizer will be available at the Lighthouse and all ticket holders are advised to sanitize their hands before and after the tour.

The park at the Lighthouse is open to the public. The Keeper’s Cottage Visitors Center/Chamber of Commerce is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Humane Society hosts kitten shower

cat lying 600pxThe Humane Society of Harlingen will be hosting a drive-thru kitten shower to prepare for the upcoming kitten season on Sunday, March 7th from 9 a.m. to noon.

With kitten season just around the corner and thousands of furry bundles of joy on the way, HSH is asking for the community's help to ensure that they have all the necessary supplies to give each of them the best quality care before adoption.

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Valley Star Awards Show was a hit

mustang band 600pxThe Valley Star Awards Show was a hit last week, even after being rescheduled due to the weather on the original date it was scheduled. Originally scheduled for the 17th, the event was held Wednesday, February 24th at Mission Bell Resort in Mission. It was a treat for all of those that attended – and the treat was not just the performers.

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Mid-Valley is a perfect place to try a new golf course

20191020 RanchoViejoCourse 600pxDean Brown’s favorite golf hole in the Rio Grande Valley is No. 5 at Stuart Place Country Club in Harlingen.

Rightly so, because earlier this week the Hannah, North Dakota native registered the second hole-in-one of his 40-year golfing career on the 165-yard par-3 hole. Facing a 40 mile per hour side wind, Brown said he used his diver to knock in the gem. His other ace came in 2012 on the same course on hole No. 7.

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MOSTH presents Pioneers of the City of Pharr

MOSTH Romeo Rosales JrPharr native Romeo Rosales Jr. will present a Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “Pharr: A Concise History,” at 2 p.m. on February 28 on the Museum of South Texas History’s Facebook page.

Pioneers come in many forms—sometimes as entire communities with a unique founding story. The All-America City of Pharr, which was incorporated in 1916, is a central community at the heart of the historic Rio Grande Valley. Sugarcane grower Henry Newton Pharr, who was also an engineer and manufacturer, along with his partner John C. Kelly, founded the city of Pharr for their interest in establishing a sugarcane empire.

Rosales Jr., the author of “Images of America: Pharr,” will share Pharr’s foundation and incorporation, stories on the National Guardsmen in the 1910s, agriculture history, and law and order. Copies of Rosales’ 2014 publication of “Images of America: Pharr” are available for purchase in the Museum Store.

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Remembering the kindness of a stranger

Submitted by Rev. Dr, Jerry Butcher, Mission

Both in our mid 80’s, my wife, Betty, and I had an ‘appointment’ between 3 and 5 p.m. at the RH COVID Vaccination Clinic in Edinburg. It was a disorganized disaster. They funneled second shot people, cancelled out the day before, on to our day and opened the vaccines to a first come, first serve invitation. This left many elderly people, like us, thinking we had a time slot, waiting in freezing temperatures.

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Quinta Mazatlan presents A Walk Around the Valley

A Walk Around the Valley Pedro 1 600pxQuinta Mazatlán is proud to host Valley native and photographer, Pedro De La Fuente, on Thursday, February 25th, 2021 at 600 Sunset Drive, at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on The Back Porch at Quinta Mazatlán. His topic ‘A Walk Around the Valley’ will highlight key locations, animals, local architecture, and a night sky that can be seen--even from your backyard. De la Fuente will take you on a journey showcasing what makes the Valley unique and diverse.

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Library to host book discussion

speer memorial lib 600pxBy William Renner, Reference Librarian

Speer Memorial Library in Mission invites you to join us on Tuesday, March 2, for a discussion of the book Educated, to take place via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. in Spanish, and at 6:30 p.m. in English. We will send a link for this virtual meeting to all who sign up.

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FESTIBA 2021 events planned

festiba 2021The Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) promotes the importance of literacy, culture, and the arts to students, parents, educators, and community members throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

The literary and performing arts have seen the world through many times of crisis. As we adjust to new realities during the ongoing pandemic, FESTIBA 2021 will focus on Building Resilience Through Arts and Literacy.

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Why should we count our backyard birds?

Why Count Carolina Wren QM 600pxBy Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center

Every year, thousands of people around the world watch and enjoy the birds that live around us. Because birdwatching is such a popular pastime, different citizen science projects have sprung up to add scientific value to the hobby. One such project is eBird, started by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in 2002, which has grown to be a favorite for birdwatchers. By submitting checklists, which can include photos and sounds of birds, people can keep track of what birds they’ve seen in a convenient online format. Those checklists are also used by scientists to help better understand bird migration, distribution, and population trends.

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Mission Chamber cancels concert

After careful evaluation and consideration, the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) has decided to cancel this year’s Winter Texan Drive-In Concert, scheduled for Thursday, February 25, due to the ongoing inclement weather conditions and power outages across the city. The GMCC apologizes for any inconvenience this decision might have caused. The GMCC will be issuing refunds to those who have already purchased their parking pass.

It is crucial that we come together as a community to help one another to get through these challenging times. For more information regarding refunds, please feel free to contact Jennifer Espinoza or C.J. Sanchez at (956) 585-2727.

Edinburg presents Food Trucks N’ Tunes

The City of Edinburg's Cultural Arts Division is proud to present a year-round series event. Starting on March 5th, 2021, The City of Edinburg will host Food Trucks N’ Tunes at McIntyre Promenade. These events will occur every first and third Friday of every month of 2021 at McIntyre Promenade (McIntyre and 7th Street).

The main attraction for this event will be the variety of food trucks and the different artists/musicians that will get on the stage and perform for the public. Our musical guests for Friday, March 5th, 2021 will be Street Corner Soul Band and the live music will start at 6 p.m.

This event will have all the COVID-19 Measures to ensure public, vendors and performers’ safety.

For more information contact The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at (956) 383-6246. You can also visit the City of Edinburg's Cultural Arts website at www.edinburgarts.com for more information about this and other Edinburg events.