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Toys for Tots celebrates 75th year

20221109 photoshoot warehouse full of toys webThe Us. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is celebrating its 75th year of delivering hope to children in need across the Nation. U.S. Marines and volunteers will be conducting over 830 local toy collections and distribution campaigns in all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, Toys for Tots will highlight their extraordinary Reserve Marines, past and present, as well as showcase the incredible effort from communities across the Nation that has enabled Toys for Tots to support over 281 million less fortunate children.

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Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years

Valley cities welcome Winter Texans

20221109 Harlingen WT Fiesta webFor as long as I can remember, the City of Mission has been home to the most Winter Texan parks in the Rio Grande Valley. Although many cities have had new parks pop up, I think Mission is still number one in that category. There are several streets you can drive down and pass by more than one park, sometimes three or more along the way.

With the incoming of Winter Texans to the Valley, the cities saw what Winter Texans brought with them. Winter Texans have had a huge impact on the communities they live in, and those they visit while residing in the Valley. You not only make an economic impact, but you also help those in need, bring culture, share your talents and more. Because of this, many cities have recognized its Winter Texan community with events throughout the year.

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Alamo opens WWII Exhibit

20221109 WWII Museum HMoering 01 webThe City of Alamo Museum will join much of America in observing Veteran’s Day on Friday with the opening of a World War II exhibit.

The materials on display come from the museum’s collection and include reprints of newspaper front pages with headlines about the most important aspects of the war in Europe and in the Pacific. Also, many war time postcards and recruiting posters are on display.

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Gunther, Havlat, Knauss, and Veterans Day

20221109 Wreaths Across America 2 webBy Joseph Reagan, Director of Military and Veterans Outreach for Wreaths Across America and Afghanistan Veteran

The 11th hour has become synonymous with Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, in recognition of the document signed at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month. In reality, the Armistice ending the war to end all wars was signed around 5 a.m. on November 11th. Over the course of the next six hours, nearly 3,000 men would lose their lives in the final hours of a war that had already claimed the lives of 20 million military personnel. The final death of WW1 came at 10:59 am one minute before the guns of war would fall silent.

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WBC parks host events

20221109 Common Pauraque Estero Llano Grande webThe World Birding Center (WBC) parks hold events throughout the year. Most of them have weekly repeating events with special events thrown in at least once a month. Estero Llano Grande and Bentsen State Park are two very active parks, along with Quinta Mazatlan and others.

There are nine parks in the system spread throughout the Rio Grande Valley, so you should be able to find one close to you to visit. Or make it a point to visit each one this year. They each have something different to offer.

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Speer to host discussion of The Honey Bus

20221109 Speer The Honey Bus webThe Carden International Circus is proud to announce the Spectacular Circus is returning to The Payne Auto Group Rodeo Arena at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds for four performances Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13. Thrills and excitement will fill three rings with acrobats, aerialists, animals, daredevils, and clowns. All this and more come to life bringing unforgettable memories to all. No video games required. Bring your entire family to see real-life masters of gravity, jaw dropping stunts, belly-jiggling hijinks, and so much more. Tickets are on sale now.

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Take a stroll at Old Hidalgo Pumphouse

20221102 IMG 8533 webIt’s always fun to take a stroll through one of local World Birding Center parks. Last week we went out to the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse to see what was happening at the park. Main goal was to catch the model trains in action, but the offices had closed early, so we decided to walk part of the trail and enjoy some of the grounds.

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Winter Texan Times: looking back 35 years

Winter Texan parks have a myriad of activities20221102 Circle T Tex Mex Irish Event PR 0027 web

The Winter Texan Times has been featuring activities at the local Winter Texan parks since its inception, after all, that was part of the intent of the paper – to highlight the parks and the activities held within them.

In its first issue, and during its first season, the Winter Texan Times featured small articles submitted by the parks, talking about their activities, what the park had to offer, and more. This week I am going to delve into some of these activities and mention some of those that take place today.

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IMAS opens Aliento a Tequila exhibit November 10

20221102 IMAS Tequila Jimador webThe Aliento a Tequila (or The Spirit of Tequila) exhibition explores and celebrates the landscape, culture, and traditions that gave birth to tequila, Mexico’s national drink. In this series, photographer Joel Salcido includes the original distilleries that literally founded the industry, as well as several artisanal tequileras committed to the ancestral ways of making tequila from harvest to bottle. Aliento a Tequila is supported by L&F Distributors and opens Thursday, November 10 at the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) in McAllen.

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Planta Nativa returns to Quinta Mazatlan

20221026 Keynote Elizabth Gonzalez webCelebrate the Rio Grande Valley’s amazing diversity of plants at this year’s Planta Nativa Social at Quinta Mazatlan. On October 27, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Quinta Mazatlan invites you to enjoy a native plant seed giveaway, native plant sale, food vendors, live music, a keynote presentation on an LED screen under the stars, and more.

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