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VSO presents final digital concert of season

Springtime Schumann Quintet RehearsalThe Valley Symphony Orchestra announces the final digital concert of its online season premiering March 19. "Springtime Schumann" will premiere live on YouTube at 7 p.m. on the 19th and there will be an encore broadcast on KRGV-Ch. 5 on March 21 at 11 a.m. “Springtime Schumann” is the last in a series of digital concerts that began in Fall 2020, the first season of its kind for the Symphony that arose as a response to Covid-19 public health restrictions.

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Bearing Witness: A MOSTHistory Collection

mosth CEO Francisco GuajardoThe Museum of South Texas History will host a closing reception on the Bearing Witness initiative during the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation at 2 p.m. on March 21 on Facebook Live.

Bearing Witness documented the lives of community members who were lost to COVID-19 in the year 2020 through a series of articles published in conjunction with local newspapers The Monitor, Valley Morning Star and The Brownsville Herald. The museum’s initiative to preserve and present stories of the COVID-19 pandemic was spearheaded by Exhibits Coordinator Melissa Peña and CEO Francisco Guajardo. Peña and Guajardo will share stories on the process and impact of writing about local community members and the loved ones whom they lost due to COVID-19 complications.

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DHR involved in COVID-19 study

dhr 1As the number of patients with COVID-19 continues to increase nationally, DHR Health Institute for Research and Development, which is affiliated with DHR Health, is pursuing innovative ways to treat patients infected with the potentially life-threatening disease. Through this study, first coordinated by the Mayo Clinic, DHR Health continues to provide convalescent-plasma therapy to patients in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) hospitalized with severe COVID-19.

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March 17, 2021 - Rina's Ramblings

The season is ending soon, and it just seems to have flown by so fast. While we were able to attend a few activities this year, we missed the yearly expos and other events where we get to meet and talk to you.

We have also missed some entertainment this year. Last year we were able to attend quite a few shows and activities before the season was put to a close by the virus, so we were really hoping for some similar fun this year.

I am thrilled that we did get to go on with the showcases and the Valley Star Awards and some other events. It was nice to get out there and mingle as much as we could.

It was also nice to just get outside this year. While I was working on the city stories, I was able to walk the downtowns of several Valley cities, walk in some of the nature parks, and put my feet in the sand. While it was all work, it sure did feel nice to experience the Valley in a whole new way.

If you have not had the chance to get out and explore, do some before you head back north, you will not regret it.

The history of the Big Squeeze competition presented at MOSTH

Sarah Rucker 600pxThe Museum of South Texas History will host the Sunday Speaker Series Online panel discussion, “Conjunto and Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze in the Rio Grande Valley” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, on Facebook Live.

This presentation will feature researcher and historian Evaliza Fuentes, musician and Los Fresnos High School Conjunto director Juan Longoria and Texas Folklife Program Director Sarah Rucker.

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Zoo welcomes sharks to exhibit

nurse sharksSince the Gladys Porter Zoo opened in 1971, it has never been the home to nurse sharks, which can grow up to 13 feet. The Zoo is excited to announce that they have added two males to their collection last month. These two male nurse sharks were brought from the Mississippi Aquarium and are now living in the 30,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico tank found in the Russell Aquatic Ecology Center. The sharks are about five feet long and are definitely larger than any other species the zoo has ever housed.

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Purchase of Model T leads to museum donation

alamo museum vintage dressesBy Herb Moering

Running a business, especially a large operation, is not without complications in these times. Bob and Dana Huck’s Tropical Star Nursery in Alamo is just one example.

The couple was slated to be recognized at a City of Alamo Museum reception on Feb. 25 for the donation of vintage women’s dresses from the era of the 1900s to the 1920s. Wouldn’t you know it, a business emergency cropped up requiring the Hucks to transport 15,500 seedlings of watermelon, tomatoes, and cabbage to Houston truck farmers when their normal hauler couldn’t guarantee delivery due to the huge backlog caused by the winter storm.

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Celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month at Quinta Mazatlán

irish month 01 Quinta Mazatlán is celebrating Irish Heritage Month by hosting Champion Irish Dancer and Director of McAllen Irish Arts, Angelika Eleni Ruiz on Thursday, March 18th, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on The Back Porch at Quinta Mazatlán—located at 600 Sunset Drive. Angelika will discuss the history of Irish dancing, the different styles of dance, and will conclude with a cultural dance lesson.

With over 25 years of experience in competitive dancing, Angelika Ruiz is as spirited as the music she so passionately dances to. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ruiz had the opportunity live in Dublin, Ireland to finish her postgraduate studies at Trinity College before moving to Florianopolis, Brazil. Ruiz now calls McAllen, Texas home and has launched ‘McAllen Irish Arts’ out of the Creative Incubator.

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Edinburg Chamber to host market

edinburg chamber 600pxThe Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first Spring Member Market. The outdoor event will happen Friday, March 12, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Edinburg Chamber Depot located at 602 W. University Dr.

The chamber’s Spring Member Market will allow attendees to discover new products and services from different Edinburg Chamber vendors and creators.

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