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Join Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine’s Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine’s Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (GOSH) returns for another year of summer fun across Texas. Travel to various locations regionally or statewide, take a selfie and post it with the hashtag #GOSH2021. Discover history, wildlife, parks, waterways and quirky attractions — plus iconic Texas food stops as a “bonus” to enjoy along the way. The GOSH 2021 challenge ends at midnight on Labor Day, Sept. 6.

Select from six regions, including Dallas, Central Texas, Houston, Panhandle, South Texas and West Texas. Register on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine website or the TPWD Facebook Page, then find the spot, take a smiling selfie and tag it on Twitter or Instagram. Participants can also post and tag it on the TPWD Facebook Page with #GOSH2021. Partakers can visit locations regionally or statewide and complete one or all GOSH activities.

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New Monarch Butterfly Conservation license plate available for Texas drivers

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be launching the long-awaited Monarch Butterfly conservation license plate on June 21 that will raise money to help conserve monarch butterflies and other native Texas, non-game, at-risk species.

“The monarch butterfly is a species that is beautiful and iconic in that it is one of nature’s great migration stories,” said John Davis, TPWD’s Wildlife Diversity Program Director. “This species migrates through Texas from Mexico in the spring making its way to the northern extremes of the U.S. and into Canada, then reverses that feat in the fall to overwinter in Mexico. This great migratory story is in jeopardy with the overwintering population experiencing steep declines in the last decade. By adding the monarch to our family of plates, we hope to increase support for this beautiful migration event and through our conservation efforts, brighten the future for this, and many other species.”

Read more: New Monarch Butterfly Conservation license plate available for Texas drivers

Humane Society of Harlingen At Capacity for Cats, Calling Community to Help

Harlingen, Texas – The Humane Society of Harlingen’s cat spaces are completely full. Yesterday, someone reached out to HSH looking for help rehoming 13 cats, as their living space was increasingly unsafe and unsustainable. HSH answered the call, and this morning HSH took in all 13 cats. HSH is asking the community to help us find foster or forever homes for our feline friends!

All adoption fees are completely waived. All adopted pets will go home up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, on preventatives for fleas/ticks/heartworms, microchipped and either already spayed/neutered, or with an appointment to spay/neuter at no cost to the adoptive family.

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Humane Society of Harlingen hosting low-cost community clinic

The Humane Society of Harlingen will be hosting a community clinic on Saturday, May 29th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a pre-registration only clinic. During this clinic, HSH will be providing discounted vaccinations and medications. Pets must be present in order for medications to be distributed or vaccinations administered.

This will be a drive-thru clinic with the entrance on the 77 Sunshine Strip side of the building. To protect the health and safety of our staff and the community, we require that anyone coming to the clinic wear a mask covering their nose and mouth.

Spots are filling up quickly, register your pet today! More information and registration can be found at hshtx.org/monthly-clinic.

For more information, please contact the shelter at info@hshtx.org or (956) 425-7297.

Oak trees still recovering from winter storms

Oak Trees 3Written by Stephen O'Shea, TAMU

Driving across Texas has been an interesting occupation for foresters and arborists these past few weeks. Many trees appear as healthy and vibrant as they have ever been, but littered in among the growing green are an equal – and seemingly arbitrary – population of barren oak trees.

Oak trees remain stressed after Winter Storm Uri. Homeowners are advised to be patient through their recovery. 

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IMAS Expanding Open Hours to the Community

Couple in Frida HQBeginning May 2, 2021, the IMAS has expanded their hours for visitors. The new hours will include Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. Visitors to the museum can enjoy the splendor of exhibits including “The World of Frida” featuring work by both national and international artists inspired by the late Frida Kahlo, “Spectrum Dynamic”, “Mexican and Latin American Folk Art”, and upcoming photography exhibit “Stillness” by Carlos Limas which will open on May 8.

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Palm Valley Animal Society introduces thrift store

Palm Valley Animal Society will be a hosting a ribbon cutting and grand opening event at Nine Lives Thrift, a retail store in McAllen that will sell gently used items to the public such as household essentials, furniture, and decor, as well as vintage, new and used clothing, and accessories.

The event will be held Thursday evening on May 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the store’s location in McAllen (2901 N. 10th St. Suite M.).

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STC Library looks at history of the Rio Grande Valley in new Civil War exhibit

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery continues its monthly spring semester series, “Parallels”, with a traveling exhibit on the Civil War and its impact on the border region.

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery and History department proudly presents UTRGV’s CHAPS traveling exhibit “War & Peace on the Rio Grande, 1861-1867” at STC’s Mid-Valley Library, which began on April 5, and will be on view until June 30. The Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco.

Author Marianne Monson is slated to speak on her book “Women of the Blue and Gray: True Civil War Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies,” on April 27 at 3 p.m., covering those diverse women who defied norms to participate in the war as abolitionists, teachers, and soldiers.

Read more: STC Library looks at history of the Rio Grande Valley in new Civil War exhibit

TCF sets date for parade and more

The Texas Citrus Fiesta, a nearly 90-year tradition for the City of Mission that pays homage to the influence of the citrus industry and the citrus growers of the area, has announced its rescheduled dates for the parade, fun fair and cook off. Originally scheduled for January, the events will now take place on Saturday, May 15.

Read more: TCF sets date for parade and more

Golf Classic to be held

golf classicGet your golf clubs ready and come be a part of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce 2021 Mission Citrus Golf Classic Tournament sponsored by Cano & Sons Trucking. The golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, May 7, at the Shary Municipal Golf Club located on 2201 N. Mayberry Street in Mission. The tournament is held to benefit Mission CISD students.

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Keep McAllen Beautiful to host Great American Clean-Up

kmbIt is that time of the year once again. Spring has sprung and Keep McAllen Beautiful is spring cleaning the city of McAllen. Keep McAllen Beautiful (KMB) is organizing its annual Great American Clean-Up and Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off, but with a different twist this year. Due to the pandemic, there will not be a mass gathering in the park; instead, KMB is asking interested individuals to gather their favorite 5-10 people and create a small group to do a litter clean-up around town.

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MOSTH 50th celebration concludes in April

MOSTH 1910 Jail museum comm and sign 1967 finalOn April 19, 1970, the “doors to the past” were opened to the 1910 Jail and the rest is history. From that momentous day on, the museum grew from a small county museum (Hidalgo County Historical Museum) to an American Alliance of Museums accredited museum (Museum of South Texas History) with state-of-the-art exhibitions set on a campus encompassing more than a city block. For 50 years, MOSTHistory has had an incredible history of its own, independent of the many stories its on-going exhibits tell. “Golden Memories: Fifty Years of Preserving the Borderland Heritage of the Rio Grande Valley” highlights some of that history and is waiting for visitors to enjoy. This exhibit will close on May 1, 2021.

Read more: MOSTH 50th celebration concludes in April

Singer/Songwriter sessions being held at 5X5 Brewing Co.

5x5 brewingThe Rio Grande Valley has a lot of talented songwriters, some with published songs, some performing their originals in local shows, and some who have yet to showcase their own material. Now, 5X5 Brewing will host a series of singer/songwriter sessions, creating a unique and audience-interactive venue for artists to showcase their own original songs and the inspirations behind them.

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WT Appreciation Days to be held

The Mission Chamber of Commerce will hold two Market Winter Texan Appreciation Days. The events will be held today, Wednesday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 14. They will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

There will be complimentary swag while supplies last, free health screenings, vendors, and live music. The event will be held at the Mission Chamber Placita at 202 W. Tom Landry.

For more information, or for vendor opportunities, call (956) 585-2727, or email vicepresident@missionchamber.com.

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