Saturday, December 04, 2021
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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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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 for more information about this and other Edinburg events.

TSLAC announces webinar series

Austin, TX – The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce a new virtual Research Webinars series, free online programming provided by its Archives and Information Services division. TSLAC reference staff will offer virtual versions of the popular Second Saturday workshops formerly provided on site.

Like TSLAC’s other online series, the #TXBookChat virtual series from the Texas Center for the Book, these public presentations will now be held online via Zoom. Renamed Research Webinars, monthly workshops will give participants a brief overview of the collections, resources, and services available at the State Archives.

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RootsTech Connect is next week

roots tech Patricia Heaton 2019 keynote SpeakerJust in its first month of registration in October, RootsTech Connect 2021 had more than 111,000 people from 168 countries signed up for the virtual event. And 86% of them have never attended RootsTech before.

RootsTech Connect — a free, global family history conference with classes, keynote speakers and virtual expo hall — will be held Feb. 25-27, 2021. For the first time in RootsTech’s 10-year history, classes will be completely virtual and offered in multiple languages. Presenters will teach from international locations.

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MOSTH presents Callandret

Callandret Museum Logo 600pxThe Museum of South Texas History will host the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “Callandret, The Man, The School, The Times,” featuring Sandra Tumberlinson and Lonnie Davis at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 on Facebook Live.

This presentation is part of the Virtual Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day programming, which highlights regional pioneers in education, industry and city founding.

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