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Check your county, city websites for clinics

We have been asked often about where to go for vaccinations. We have put very little in the paper because availability have been known to change at publication time or shortly after. We have been able to put a few notices on our Facebook page and have tried to monitor them as much as we can so we can unpublish when they are no longer valid.

Several cities, including Mission and Brownsville, have had some recent clinics that have been successful and are looking at having more in the near future. I would like to get some of this information out to you so you know where to go for information.

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Vendor space available

Ron Hoover is having a boat expo next week, February 27-28, and will have vendor space available. All proceeds from vendor space will be going to the Rio Grande Valley Make A Wish Foundation.

Vendor space will be sold by donation. Minimum donation is $100. Those interested can contact anyone in sales for a booth.

Also at the event will be The Ernest Cisneros seminar called ‘Tid Bits and Fishing Tips.’

The event will be free admission for visitors. Free drinks as well. A full seminar schedule will be held both days. There will also be food vendors, games and prizes.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 28. It will be held at the RV & Marine Center at 101 Expressway 83 in Donna.

Success at Winter Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup event

COASTAL BEND, TEXAS – Over 340 volunteers participated in the 2021 Annual Adopt-A-Beach Winter Cleanup that took place on February 5 and 6, 2021. Volunteers worked together to clean a total of 28.5 miles of beach and bay area.

The two-day trash cleanup event resulted in over 8,900 pounds of trash being removed, leaving our Texas beaches clean and beautiful for wildlife and the community alike to enjoy.

Sixty-three volunteers helped clean South Padre Island on Friday and collected 1,512 pounds of trash. Hundreds of other volunteers cleaned up areas along Padre Island National Seashore, Cole Park, Port Aransas, North Corpus Christi Beach, Packery Flats, and Aransas Pass where they collected 7,468 pounds of trash.
All volunteers were required to wear a mask, social distance from separate parties, and bring their own gloves as a COVID-19 precaution.

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Virtual Pioneer & Ranching Day at MOSTH

virtual pioneerVirtual Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day programming is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 on the Museum of South Texas History’s Facebook page.

Every year, for nearly 30 years, the community was invited to participate in homestead and ranching activities such as butter churning and cattle herding at the museum. This year, however, the museum will host a virtual demonstration on the community-favorite activity butter making. This demonstration will feature museum staff showcasing the ingredients, science and history of butter making in the borderlands. A digital recipe card is available to view or download at so you can follow along or make on your own time. “Butter Making Demonstration” will broadcast at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

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Say I love you in sand

valentines sandcastles 8867The sandcastle village at South Padre Island is constantly rotating according to the holiday. As soon as Christmas was over, the sandcastle artists began making plans for a Valentine’s Day themed sandcastle village.

They have whimsical details throughout the village that display the fun of the holiday and what it means to the artists.

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February 10, 2021 - Rina's Ramblings

This past week has been a fun one. I was able to go out to South Padre Island last week and it was beautiful. I am rarely disappointed in the weather when I go there, although I know it is not always perfect weather.

It was in the mid 70’s with a breeze so the waters were choppy, and it was a little chilly here and there, but nice, nonetheless.

Dozens of people were enjoying the weather just as much as I was. There were shoppers walking along the boulevard with bags of merchandise going to their next destination. There were a couple of restaurants and areas that looked full as well. The Island was bustling.

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Austin author presents book at Quinta Mazatlan

photo of jennifer LQuinta Mazatlán is hosting author Jennifer Bristol from Austin on Thursday, February 4th, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on The Back Porch. Drawing from her experience as a former park ranger and lifelong nature enthusiast, Bristol explores 90 birding locations that are open to the public in Texas.

The book, Parking Lot Birding, is divided by geography, with each of the nine sections centered on a defined ecoregion in Texas. Locational accounts end with a “Feather Fact” that provides interesting and relevant details about birds in a particular region.

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Weslaco’s parks and outdoors

parks of weslaco 5587The Rio Grande Valley is home to the World Birding Center and has several locations throughout the Valley. Weslaco features one location, Estero Llano Grande State Park, and a nature center located in the middle of downtown, Frontera Audubon.

Estero Llano Grande State Park is the geographic center of the World Birding Center network. The park attracts a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife with its varied landscape of shallow lake, woodlands and thorn forest. Visitors will enjoy exploring the 230 plus-acre refuge. 

Water is the magic ingredient for attracting wildlife and the park offers the largest wetlands environment in the World Birding Center network. A shallow lake, fringed with marsh cane, is actually part of the Arroyo Colorado. Classic Rio Grande woodlands add variety to the park that already boasts a well-deserved birding reputation. A former agriculture field was transformed in wetlands, with an island just right for a secure nesting site.

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Hardwood Heroes presentation at MOSTH

GregSelberThe Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) welcomes Dr. Greg Selber to present two new books on high school basketball during the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “Little Brother Gets His Due: High School Basketball in the Valley, 1914-2014,” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 on Facebook Live.

Selber, a historian on Rio Grande Valley sports, released two books, “Hardwood Heroes: The History of High School Basketball in the Rio Grande Valley Vols. 1 & 2,” which were published by the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Copies are available for purchase at the Museum Store.

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RGV Quilt Show goes virtual

RGV Quilt ShowThis weekend the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show will be held virtually. This year the RGV Quilt Guild will be conducting the show, workshops and more online. The event will be held February 8 through 14. The theme for this year is “From Vintage to Modern – Quilts for All Times.” The quilt guild invites participants and attendees to immerse themselves in the history, nostalgia and even look into the future of quilting.

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Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration at IMAS

imas lny games 2019 600pxWelcome the year of the ox with an at-home experience with the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) and participating community partners celebrating Lunar New Year.

The IMAS has opened a call to the community for video submissions contributing to its virtual Lunar New Year celebration. Visit to submit a short video of a musical performance, cultural dance, or recorded testimonial of how you celebrate Lunar New Year by February 6.

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Laredo Birding Festival next week

Blue MockingbirdThe Laredo Birding Festival is inviting participants to bird the border virtually on Saturday, February 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will feature virtual birding videos, an online bird art gallery and interactive workshops.

Blessed with a rich and diverse river eco-system, Laredo is home to hundreds of species of local and migratory birds. It’s no wonder that Laredo is considered part of the “birdiest” corridors in the North America.

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