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Let’s play ball

20221228 Senior Softball webThe Senior Texan Softball League is looking for players 55 and over. The league recently changed their name to Ed Martens Senior Softball League to honor their founder.
Come join the fun! Play Senior Slow Pitch Softball on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. The games are in the mornings at 9 a.m. at West Side Park in McAllen on Ware Rd., the best field in the Valley.

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‘Tripp’s Christmas Village’ defies all odds

20221221 Elks Santa and Mrs w girl USE webBy Barb Zanetti
Photos by Dennis Zanetti

The Second Annual Christmas program for disadvantaged children faced many obstacles.

Its Santa, a driving force, died in August. The weather for the morning of Dec. 17 was accurate: high winds, chilly temperatures, and rain. And the planning group had had only three weeks to prepare for an anticipated 200 children and their parents.

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Alamo lights up downtown for Christmas

20221221 Alamo Parade DSC 0402 webBy Herb Moering

Hundreds of residents along with Winter Texans turned out on a perfect night, Friday, December 9, for Alamo’s annual Christmas parade and tree lighting plus stage entertainment.
Bill and Jean Snyder, from Carroll, Iowa said “this parade rocked.” “It was very good,” Jean said. “I loved the (PSJA High School Memorial) band and cheerleaders.”

The couple, who were attending their third or fourth parade and ceremony, have been coming down to the Valley for 12 years and currently stay at Winter Ranch RV Resort in Alamo. Their main pleasure is the sunshine, quite a difference from an Iowa winter Bill indicated.

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Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years

20221221 Lemon Tree Inn Pancake Breakfast KO 9716 webWinter Texans celebrate the holidays

Over the years we have had the pleasure to share how our readers celebrate the holidays. We have so much to do in the Valley during the holidays, giving you plenty of options to choose from.
Winter Texans love celebrating with others. You love to have get-togethers. You love to have parties. You love to have dinners. And you love to go places together.

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Red Hatter Queens collect toys, plan festival

20221221 Red Hatters IMG 8830 webThe Red Hatter Queens met this month with more than one goal in mind – they also collected toys for the Border Patrol. The queens gather every month to go over important news items, like the annual Festival of Tables, and go over any other important news items. Discussed at this month’s meeting was the festival along with ideas for places to take their groups to lunch. The Festival of Tables will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the luncheon at noon. Entertainment will be provided by Justin Terry. Tickets are $25 per person. Space is limited. For more information and where to send your payment for tickets, call Marge Hamburg at (815) 494-5159.

Food Bank in dire need of donations

20221221 Food Bank Racks webFood Bank RGV is asking for the community's help in supporting families and individuals in need this winter and into the new year.

In response to the growing need for assistance in the community, the Food Bank RGV reports that its warehouse shelves are becoming bare. With 275 partner agencies across the Rio Grande Valley, the Food Bank RGV provides food and resources to those at risk of hunger.

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Library to host art exhibit

20221221 Art Exhibit Salvador Carrillo Painting webSpeer Memorial Library in Mission is hosting an art exhibit through February 28, 2023, featuring the paintings of local artist Salvador Carrillo. The exhibit will be on display in the library’s Community Room, and will be available for viewing during regular library hours except when the display area is closed due to other events. Everyone is welcome to stop by the library and have a look at the paintings.

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Provide the gift of warmth to a pet in need

PVAS dog 1 webThe cold fronts have pushed through, giving us a preview of the harsh winter weather we can expect in the coming weeks. While many embrace the crisp air with excitement, curling up on the couch with hot chocolate and a good movie, shelter pups don’t have the luxury of enjoying this temperature drop. Nearly 500 Palm View Animal Society (PVAS) dogs are housed in the outside kennels, and the pets rely on donated blankets and cuddling up with one another to stay warm and dry.

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“Life in One Cubic Foot” open at IMAS

20221221 IMASPicture2 webThe International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) announces the temporary exhibition “Life in One Cubic Foot.” The exhibition follows the research of Smithsonian scientists and photographer David Liittschwager as they discover what a cubic foot of land or water—a biocube—reveals about the diversity of life on the planet.

“Life in One Cubic Foot” will be on view through February 6, 2023. The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

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Safely heat your home as cold weather sets in

It’s time to turn the heat back on in cooler parts of the country and the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region urges families to safely heat their home and protect your pipes to prevent them from freezing.

All heaters need space. Keep children, pets and items that can burn (paper, matches, bedding, furniture, clothing, carpets, and rugs) at least three feet away from heating equipment.

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Stuart Place: King of the Hill

20221214 Stuart Place Golf Course ALB 0026 webWhen you’re at the top, there’s a misconception that the only place you can go is down.

However, Stuart Place just keeps setting the bar higher.

The 2,742-yard 9-hole par-36 golf course scored an ace in six of the seven categories in the annual Winter Texan Times Favorite Golf Course contest. Last year the quaint and pleasant course captured five of the seven categories.

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Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years

20221214 Square Dance GU 3800 webParks share their news

When you look through our first few years of the paper, you see some really good stuff. I am loving taking this look back and seeing what we have done before, how we have changed, but also how we have kept to our purpose – of getting the news out to you.

In our younger years we included a lot of highlights from parks. These were mainly submissions by the activity director or manager at the park. We still do that today when a park sends in their news too.

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Nativity scene collection on exhibit at MOSTH

20221207 MOSTH Nativity webThe Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) will feature the “Bishop Emeritus Raymundo Peña Nativity Scene Collection,” a spotlight exhibit displaying 120 nativity scenes.

Born in 1934 and ordained as a Catholic priest in 1957, Father Raymundo Peña was named Bishop in 1976. On his passing in September 2021, the Bishop willed his collection of nativity scenes to MOSTH and to the Historic Brownsville Museum.

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Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years

20221207 Vance Greek 4 webEntertainment fills Valley parks

The Winter Texan Times has highlighted entertainers, or as we now lovingly call them Wintertainers™, throughout its 35 years. This is something that has been constant among Winter Texan parks.

As a line from a movie states, “You build it, they will come.” If you live in a Winter Texan Park, you are bound to see at least a handful of Wintertainers™ throughout the season. They are here to provide music and entertainment for dances, happy hours, special events, and entertainment nights at the parks.

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UVAL holds Christmas Market

20221207 UVAL holds Christmas MarketThe Upper Valley Art League (UVAL) is excited to announce the opening of their 2022 Christmas Market with a reception December 3. The market features original art for sale, created by local artists offering a great variety of unique gifts for the holiday season. The Christmas theme will showcase paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more.

The public is invited to enjoy the Holiday theme of the Christmas Market opening reception Saturday, December 3 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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