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IMAS announces series of Brew-seum events, dinner, virtual 5K, yoga

Brewseum IMAS Dacty 600pxIt is with great pleasure the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) announces a series of fundraising events in celebration of A Night at the Brew-seum. The festival could not occur without generous participation of local businesses and individuals throughout the region. IMAS extends a deep heartfelt thanks to title sponsors Clark Chevrolet and Clark Knapp Honda and presenting sponsor L&F Distributors for their participation in making the 13th Annual “Brew-seum” Craft Beer Festival one to remember.

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Vaccine offered to enrolled Veterans

All Veterans Affairs Valley Coastal Bend Clinics, including Harlingen and McAllen locations, will now begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to all enrolled Veterans. After conducting directed outreach to Veterans according to CDC prioritization, they are now opening vaccination appointments to enrolled Veterans of all ages.

Designated caregivers enrolled in VA’s program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Support may also receive the vaccine with the Veteran for whom they care. If you are a Veteran and have not enrolled in VA healthcare, now is the perfect time to explore your earned benefits.

Those interested in scheduling a vaccine are asked to contact the call center at (855) 864-0516, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments will continue to be made based on supply availability.

Site connects residents to vaccine appointment information

patient getting their vaccineSAN DIEGO, CA –, a website connecting U.S. residents to COVID-19 vaccine appointment availability information nationwide, has fully launched. Residents can check vaccine eligibility, find links to appointment assistance (including hyperlocal vaccine hunter volunteer groups and waitlist details) and sign up to be alerted when more vaccine appointments and information becomes available.

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Texas Muralist Lupe Hernandez presents at Quinta Mazatlán

Texas Muralist Lupe HernandezQuinta Mazatlán is delighted to host Texas muralist, Lupe Hernandez on Thursday, April 8th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on The Back Porch in McAllen. Hernandez’s’ presentation, “Street Art in the Park”, is a workshop on the contemporary art style known as graffiti, and the unveiling of his latest mural ‘heART of Quinta Mazatlán’ painted at Quinta Mazatlán. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the history of three graffiti styles and participate in an art activity.

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Nature and outdoor activities continue

Outdoor ACtivities Treasure Hunt Green Jay portraitThe Rio Grande Valley is full of nature centers and birding sites. These parks are continuing to have activities. For those that stay a little longer, or are full time residents, these are some of the activities you can still catch in the wonderful outdoors of the Rio Grande Valley.

The Valley Nature Center will hold their first annual fishing tournament, Rock the Dock, at Lobo Del Mar on South Padre Island. The event will take place on June 5 from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration is currently open and closes on May 30. Cost is $350 per team. For more information, visit

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Quinta Mazatlán to host presentation

Sandra 9Quinta Mazatlán is hosting presenter Sandra Villegas on Thursday, March 25, starting at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on The Back Porch at Quinta Mazatlán. Villegas, who has her Master’s in Public Health, is the Nutrition Education Manager at the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. Here, Villegas will demonstrate and prepare two recipes using the native plants prickly pear and mesquite flour as well as discuss the benefits of eating and using native plants, how to start a small container garden, what the best herbs are to start with, and how healthy lifestyles overall are the foundations to a healthy self.

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Archivist to discuss Rio Grande history

Martin SalinasThe Museum of South Texas History welcomes Martin Salinas for his bilingual presentation, “Entorno, arqueología y el primer poblamiento del bajo Río Grande o Bravo,” at 2 p.m. on March 28 on Facebook Live.

This presentation will feature the details on the physiographic and environmental changes of South Texas and northeastern Mexico in the last millenia, and the first peoples’ adaptations to the environment as understood through archaeological work. Museum CEO Francisco Guajardo will moderate the presentation. This presentation is part of a series, which is scheduled quarterly, that will explore the life and culture of the first peoples of the Rio Grande as observed through archaeological findings and analysis of Spanish documents. Continue to check the museum’s social media and website for announcements on the next presentations.

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The World of Frida opens at IMAS

IMAS FRIDA Villez Parakata PoderosaThe International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) announces the opening of a new exhibit, The World of Frida, on Saturday, March 27, with a special IMAS member preview on Friday evening, March 26.

The World of Frida celebrates the culture, style, and persona of visionary painter Frida Kahlo, an artist who continues to inspire with her story of love, adventure, and pain. Featuring a variety of national and international artists working in a wide array of media, the exhibition includes Frida Kahlo as the subject, as well as artworks inspired by her life and art, her beautiful garden, Mexican culture and fashion, vibrant colors, surrealism, and more.

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UFO Festival seeking vendors

The Edinburg UFO Festival is now accepting vendors for their ninth annual Edinburg UFO Festival. The festival will be held April 8 through April 10. Vendors will be accepted for products related to the topic of UFOs.

The festival was inspired by an incident in 1966 in north Edinburg where nine witnesses saw a flying object strike their vehicle. The Edinburg UFO Festival is third ranked in the United States and third in the World. The festival will kick off with the open mic at the iconic Edinburg Municipal Auditorium on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m.

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Texas A&M Forest Service launches nature challenge

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Nature Challenge website launched recently, connecting Texans with fun, creative ways to explore the outdoors, learn new skills and get involved in their community. This statewide tool is the result of a shared vision between Texas Children in Nature Network, Texan by Nature and Texas A&M Forest Service.

The Nature Challenge desktop website encourages Texans to explore nature near and far by completing challenges and earning digital badges, allowing users to track their progress in a Challenge Progress Report.

“Often times, the hardest part about getting out into nature and improving the environment is simply knowing where to start,” said Jacey Tosh, Texas A&M Forest Service Conservation and Education Coordinator. “Nature Challenge makes it easier than ever by connecting Texans with opportunities to learn new skills, have some fun and make a difference at the same time.”

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