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Cartoonist shares new prose, comic collection at MOSTH

MOSTH Jose Alaniz webAuthor and cartoonist José Alaniz will present a new prose and comics collection published by FlowerSong Press at 2 p.m. December 10 at the Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH).

The hybrid book features short stories and comics, mostly set in the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border. The stories reflect the author’s upbringing in this region as a second-generation Mexican-American, at times fusing folk beliefs with Bradbury-style science fiction. For example, “Tamales” sets the immigration narrative on Mars in 2063, when a migrant family makes the crossing in search of work via (malfunctioning) rocket.

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Food Bank has service opportunities

mission popup webDuring the holidays, many organizations seek out the community’s help to fill extra needs that the community has during this time of year. Some organizations help with clothes, blankets, school supplies, food, and Christmas gifts during the fall months more than they do other times of the year.

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Veterans Day ceremonies cancelled, rescheduled, or location changes

Mission Veterans IMG 5812 webCities throughout the Rio Grande Valley have had to make some adjustments to their Veterans ceremonies due to inclement weather. Some of these ceremonies are being rescheduled, locations are changing for a couple, and some are being cancelled. There are still one or two that will still occur as scheduled.

The City of Mission is making changes with almost every event they had scheduled.

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Edinburg honors Veterans with parade

DSC 0921 webThe Veterans Day observance got off to an early start with Edinburg holding a parade Saturday morning honoring those locally who have served in the U.S. military.

Nearly 90 entries from the community were part of the event, which featured the commander and crew of the Navy ship USS Gonzalez as the grand marshals. Other units included local high school, middle school and elementary school marchers, American Legion, scout troops, city, and school officials.

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Valley cities remember Veterans

DSC 0016 webCities throughout the Rio Grande Valley are holding activities to remember and honor Veterans that have served. We have several stand-alone stories that highlight some major celebrations, so make sure you look through the entire issue so you don’t miss anything that might be in your area.

The City of Mission is having activities starting on Thursday and running through Sunday. Some of the activities include a Land of the Free Jeep Show at 5x5 Brewing Co., 801 Bryan Rd. The event is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club and will start at 6 p.m.

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GPZ holds groundbreaking

The Gladys Porter Zoo recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the future site of the Soaring Eagle zipline, which is set to be completed by late summer 2024.

This new attraction will take guests up to 120 feet in the air . . . well above the treetops. After reaching the highest point, riders are treated to breathtaking views as far as the Rio Grande River and Mexico, then return to the starting point at speeds reaching an exhilarating 35 mph. This is the first of many projects detailed in Phase I of the Zoo’s new master plan, which was accepted by the Brownsville City Commission in late 2022.

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RGV Humane Society seeks help

From the RGV Humane Society

Earlier this week, we had an outpouring of support from the community about the brush fire that was dangerously close to our Mission shelter. Thanks to the City of Mission and the Mission Fire Department, our animals are safe from harm.

You do not have to be a first responder to save a life today. Right now, every dog under our care in our Mission shelter remains at risk once again. The Rio Grande Valley Humane Society (RGVHS) dog kennels are over capacity at the Mission location. Dogs will be at risk of euthanasia if we cannot make space through adoption or foster.

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Cricket: A game back on the rise

20231021 IARGV Cricket Match ALB 0082 webBy Anastasia Brunson

If you've never been to a cricket match the first thing that may surprise you is the circular layout of the field. There are painted boundaries marking the infield and the outfield, and at the center is the pitch with a wicket at each end. The pitch is where a batter will face off against a bowler -- the one throwing (bowling) the ball. The bats are also much different than what you see in somewhat similar games like baseball and softball, a cricket bat has a flat side and a ridge on the reverse side.

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Visit MOSTH to see Dr. Garcia’s gold

Dr Jose Garcia webEarly in 2022, the Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) received a donation of 400 gold coins along with a fascinating South Texas story. “Dr. García’s Gold,” an exhibit that opened in September tells the story of gold buried under a house in San Diego, Texas, almost a century ago.

The long and winding story of “Dr. García’s Gold” begins with small town doctor José García, who operated a medical practice in San Diego between 1900 and the 1950s. According to family documents García began to acquire gold coins in the 1890s. In 1933, García buried about 500 American gold coins under his house in San Diego after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order to collect gold held privately by Americans.

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Texas Quilt Museum has stunning exhibits

isntPlayingBetterThanQuilting Susan P Stevenson webLA GRANGE — Two groundbreaking exhibits of quilts will be on display at the Texas Quilt Museum through December 23.

First, we’ll pay tribute to the wildly popular series of books by James Herriot as well as the recent smash PBS series with the animal-themed juried show “All Creatures Great and Small.” And we’ll also dip into the amazing archives of quilt collectors and dealers Mary and Joe Koval with “Antique Quilts from the Koval Collection.”

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Texas Parks calling for entries in contest

IMG 8027 webTo Celebrate 100 years, Texas Parks and Wildlife has been having a photo contest celebrating Texas parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wrapped up the summer portion of the Texas State Parks Centennial Photo Contest, choosing a winner from more than 740 entries. The winning photo for the “Keepin’ it Cool at Texas State Parks” summer theme was taken by Heather Averill and features an otherworldly underwater view of Balmorhea State Park’s spring-fed pool.

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10th annual award-winning event celebrates culture, imagination

STBF LOGO webMcAllen Public Library (MPL) announces the 10th Annual South Texas Book Festival (STBF), a milestone event celebrating the rich literary heritage of the Rio Grande Valley while engaging readers of all ages in a diverse array of activities. The festival’s anniversary logo showcases Marty, the endearing mascot cat of MPL, eager to extend a paw of invitation to the entire community for this extraordinary celebration!

The festival will kick off with an event tailored for adults, Stellar Verse: An Evening of Cosmic Poetry, on Thursday, October 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at CommonSpace Coffee Shop, located at 2901 N. 10th St. in McAllen.

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Edinburg to host Halloween Fall Festival

With Halloween around the corner, the City of Edinburg Parks and Recreation Department is excited to welcome the community to this year’s highly anticipated Halloween Fall Festival on Thursday, October 26.

The event, to be held at Edinburg Municipal Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., attracts residents of all ages while providing a safe and fun alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. Attendees will be able to enjoy a Trunk-or-Treat style event with 25 participating vehicles handing out candy.

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Harvesting Texas traditions

20211020 TAMU Pumpkins 1 webBy U.S. Senator John Cornyn

As the cool breeze of autumn begins to sweep through the Lone Star State, there's a particular charm that sets Texas apart during this time of year. Beyond the sprawling landscapes and bustling cities, Texas boasts a remarkable connection between fall festivities and our thriving agriculture sector. Often at the heart of seasonal celebrations are pumpkin patches, where families come together to make memories while supporting Texas farmers.

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