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TCF Parade this weekend

20200122 Parade of Oranges PICThe Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges has grown to become one of the largest parades in South Texas, an annual tradition that attracts about 100,000 people. In addition to its signature floats made of citrus fruit, the parade features spirited marching bands, exciting dance performances, stunning citrus-themed pageant gowns, and a royal court.

The spectacular event is scheduled for Saturday Jan. 25, 2020 at 3 p.m. The Texas A&M Parsons Cavalry, a horse combat unit consisting of cavalry, artillery and quartermaster elements will highlight this year’s parade. Texas State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen) will serve as parade marshal.

The parade begins at Griffin Parkway and runs south on Conway Avenue and ends at 1st Street. Mission Police will close all streets along the parade route in phases, beginning at 9 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade. Spectators are advised to exercise caution along Conway Ave., and to stay clear of any marked and coned-off areas.

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SPI CVB names January 23rd Cook Your Catch Day

20200122 Fish 02January 23rd has been named Cook Your Catch Day by the avid anglers and cuisine fans of South Padre Island. The Island is celebrating their first-ever Cook Your Catch Day with a VIP fishing trip and Chef’s table dinner for local and regional influencers, tips from fishing guides on techniques for catching different species, ideas from SPI chefs on how to make the most of every catch, and a call for the best fish stories on social media.

Enjoying freshly caught fish is a tradition on this tropical Texas island. With Island restaurants renowned for their fish recipes and great Redfish and Drum in the bay, SPI is the perfect Gulf-to-Table experience.

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Harlingen Museum to display national quilt winners

20200115 01 julie wells amy schliwaThe National Quilt Museum has once again provided the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum with a beautiful quilt exhibit. The exhibit will be on display starting January 18. There will be a gallery talk on January 21 and February 21 that will provide a guided tour that will give a more in-depth description and analysis of each quilt.

This year’s quiltmakers were challenged by The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky to create original quilts based on classic Oak Leaf and Reel block patterns. Twenty-eight quilters from 15 U.S. states and Taiwan, Germany, and Israel modified Oak Leaf and Reel block designs in imaginative ways, providing a wonderful look at the skills, techniques, and creativity of today's quiltmakers. Support for the contest was provided by MODA Fabrics and Janome America, Incorporated.

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Support UTRGV by eating healthy at Luby’s

20200115 lubys 01The Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at UTRGV and Luby’s have partnered to help you kick start 2020 on a Healthy Eating and Wellness note. Dine out at Luby’s for a good cause.

Your participation will help support student scholars and a healthy lifestyle for you and your family in 2020.

Dine at any Luby’s in the Valley on Sunday, January 19, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Luby’s has made it easy for you, and UTRGV – 15% of all proceeds from sales on that day will go toward the UTRGV Hospitality and Tourism Management program student scholarships.

Harlingen holds Winter Texan Fiesta

The City of Harlingen and Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold their 13th Annual Winter Texan Fiesta on Monday, January 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. This year the event will be held at the new Harlingen Convention Center at 701 Harlingen Heights Dr.

Cassandra Consiglio, Harlingen CVB director, said this event is a chance for the City of Harlingen to show their appreciation for the Winter Texans that come to Harlingen and visit the Valley.

“It is an appreciation day,” said Cassandra about the event.

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DHR Health will host health fair

20200115 DHR Health Fair 01DHR Health announces its 14th Annual free DHR Community Health Fair, Saturday, January 18, 2020, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

Dedicated to the health and wellness needs of families in the Rio Grande Valley, DHR Health clinicians will provide free health screenings, medical information, education, and health related services, including cholesterol screenings, vision exams, glucose checks, blood pressure screenings, fibroscans, thyroid scans, liver scans, medical weight loss, rehabilitation, women’s health, behavioral health, flu vaccines and much more.

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Ron Hoover RV Open House draws a crowd

20200115 ron DSC 0494Window shoppers and serious lookers had a feast for their eyes at the Ron Hoover RV & Marine Center open house Jan. 9-10.

While there is no Valley-wide RV show this year, visitors at the 14th annual Ron Hoover event sure didn’t miss it as they ambled among hundreds of RV units including luxurious motor homes, 5th wheels, travel trailers of various lengths, all-terrain vehicles, golf carts and lots of fishing boats. That is when they weren’t interrupted for a hot dog lunch, taking health screening tests given by South Texas Vocational Technical Institute students from the McAllen campus or talking to RGV Vipers basketball representatives about game promotions. And it was also necessary to get a Ron Hoover T-shirt and a ticket for the grand prize drawing.

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Botanist presents talk at Quinta Mazatlán

The brilliant botanist, Benito Trevino will present on the many endangered and threatened species of plants and animals in the Rio Grande Valley. Come learn the names of these endangered species and how to protect them. Join in the talk on Thursday, January 16 at 6 p.m. for a memorable and meaningful evening at Quinta Mazatlán.

Trevino received his botany degree from the University of Texas. He returned home to the Valley in 1986 and purchased his ranch in Rio Grande City, Rancho Lomitas. Benito and wife Toni offer history and native plant tours and provide a bed and breakfast for birders, locals and Winter Texans. Benito is a grower of native plants whose customers include local ranchers, farmers, and various state and federal entities. Since 1992, he has grown and sold over 800,000 seedlings, most used for habitat restoration.

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MHM Hosts 14th Annual Mission Quilt Show

20200115 IMG 8410 mhmJoin the Mission Historical Museum as they host their 14th Annual Mission Quilt Show, January 17, at 2 p.m. The program kicks off days after the opening of their Quilt Exhibition. The Quilt Exhibition opens January 11 and is a unique display of quilts brought in by the community to be part of the ceremony.

The reception will feature a special Turning of the Quilts program. Quilt Turning is a unique way of telling the history and story behind antique quilts. Quilts have a long history of not only being used for warmth, but are also considered a form of art. They are a tangible history of the lives and experiences as told from the Quilter themselves.

Join the museum as they present awards to participants and journey through the unique stories that are crafted through quilting.

The Mission Historical Museum is located at 900 Doherty Avenue. The museum is open Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information on this program or any upcoming events contact the museum office at (956) 580-8646, visit us at www.missionmuseum.org, or follow them on Facebook.

Animal shelter over capacity seeks help

Palm Valley Animal Society announces that it is over capacity and will be waiving all pet adoption fees in an effort to free up room at both of their centers in Edinburg.

PVAS currently has over 770 dogs under their care between their Trenton and Andrews Centers, but as the shelter of record for Hidalgo County and 6 municipalities they continue to receive dogs on a daily basis.

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Museum conducts group tours

aviation museum tourVolunteers from the Rio Grande Valley Wing of the Commemorative Air Force conducted a museum and airport tour of their facilities Monday, December 23, 2019. The tour group was from the Eastgate Mobil Home & RV Park in Harlingen, Texas.

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UVAL holds reception for HWS exhibit

uval watercolor society'The Artisan' by Sue Sill
2019 People’s Choice Award

The Upper Valley Art League will hold an opening reception for their Hidalgo Watercolor Society Annual Art Exhibit on Saturday, January 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Drinks and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

An honorarium will be presented to Juanita Gibson, longtime Rio Grande Valley artist.

The Watercolor Exhibit will hang until February 2.

The UVAL Kika de la Garza Gallery is located at 921 E. 12th Street in Mission.

MOSTH hosts Winter Texan Day

Winter Texan Wednesday is a program that welcomes Winter Texans and retirees to enjoy an afternoon at the Museum of South Texas History. The museum, which is located in Edinburg, features a presentation followed by a highlight tour of part of a museum exhibit. The first program, titled “Sal del Rey,” with guest speaker Joe Vidales Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m.

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Ron Hoover hosts Open House Celebration

Ron Hoover RV & Marine Center will hold their 14th annual Open House Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The annual open house has become a popular event in the Rio Grande Valley, drawing in thousands of people each year. Last year the event was attended by over 7,000 people – 10,000 free t-shirts were given away. Even more are expected this year.

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