This past week has been a fun one. I was able to go out to South Padre Island last week and it was beautiful. I am rarely disappointed in the weather when I go there, although I know it is not always perfect weather.
It was in the mid 70’s with a breeze so the waters were choppy, and it was a little chilly here and there, but nice, nonetheless.
Dozens of people were enjoying the weather just as much as I was. There were shoppers walking along the boulevard with bags of merchandise going to their next destination. There were a couple of restaurants and areas that looked full as well. The Island was bustling.
Read more: February 10, 2021 - Rina's Ramblings
Quinta Mazatlán is hosting author Jennifer Bristol from Austin on Thursday, February 4th, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on The Back Porch. Drawing from her experience as a former park ranger and lifelong nature enthusiast, Bristol explores 90 birding locations that are open to the public in Texas.
The book, Parking Lot Birding, is divided by geography, with each of the nine sections centered on a defined ecoregion in Texas. Locational accounts end with a “Feather Fact” that provides interesting and relevant details about birds in a particular region.
Read more: Austin author presents book at Quinta Mazatlan
The Rio Grande Valley is home to the World Birding Center and has several locations throughout the Valley. Weslaco features one location, Estero Llano Grande State Park, and a nature center located in the middle of downtown, Frontera Audubon.
Estero Llano Grande State Park is the geographic center of the World Birding Center network. The park attracts a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife with its varied landscape of shallow lake, woodlands and thorn forest. Visitors will enjoy exploring the 230 plus-acre refuge.
Water is the magic ingredient for attracting wildlife and the park offers the largest wetlands environment in the World Birding Center network. A shallow lake, fringed with marsh cane, is actually part of the Arroyo Colorado. Classic Rio Grande woodlands add variety to the park that already boasts a well-deserved birding reputation. A former agriculture field was transformed in wetlands, with an island just right for a secure nesting site.
Read more: Weslaco’s parks and outdoors
The Frontera Birdathon 2021 will look a little different this year. The park is looking for those who want to support Frontera Audubon in Weslaco by doing what you love – getting out and watching birds.
Read more: Calling Valley birders
The Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) welcomes Dr. Greg Selber to present two new books on high school basketball during the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “Little Brother Gets His Due: High School Basketball in the Valley, 1914-2014,” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 on Facebook Live.
Selber, a historian on Rio Grande Valley sports, released two books, “Hardwood Heroes: The History of High School Basketball in the Rio Grande Valley Vols. 1 & 2,” which were published by the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Copies are available for purchase at the Museum Store.
Read more: Hardwood Heroes presentation at MOSTH
This weekend the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show will be held virtually. This year the RGV Quilt Guild will be conducting the show, workshops and more online. The event will be held February 8 through 14. The theme for this year is “From Vintage to Modern – Quilts for All Times.” The quilt guild invites participants and attendees to immerse themselves in the history, nostalgia and even look into the future of quilting.
Read more: RGV Quilt Show goes virtual
Welcome the year of the ox with an at-home experience with the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) and participating community partners celebrating Lunar New Year.
The IMAS has opened a call to the community for video submissions contributing to its virtual Lunar New Year celebration. Visit theimasonline.org to submit a short video of a musical performance, cultural dance, or recorded testimonial of how you celebrate Lunar New Year by February 6.
Read more: Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration at IMAS
The Laredo Birding Festival is inviting participants to bird the border virtually on Saturday, February 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will feature virtual birding videos, an online bird art gallery and interactive workshops.
Blessed with a rich and diverse river eco-system, Laredo is home to hundreds of species of local and migratory birds. It’s no wonder that Laredo is considered part of the “birdiest” corridors in the North America.
Read more: Laredo Birding Festival next week
AUSTIN - The Texas Veterans Land Board recently announced a statewide campaign to bring Valentine’s Day love to the nearly 1,000 Veterans residing in state-ran nursing homes. The mission is to bring awareness from Texans that although the Veterans have had to isolate for nearly a year due to COVID-19, they are not forgotten by their nearby communities.
Read more: TX VLB initiates operation “Share the Love”
The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to host a Paycheck Protection Program webinar on Thursday, February 4th, at 10 a.m.
During the free webinar an overview of the Paycheck Protection Program and other services available to small businesses will be provided.
The events featured speakers will include: the U.S. Small Business Administration, UTRGV Small Business Development Center, and Workforce Solutions.
Learn about the application process, resources, and get any questions regarding the program answered.
To register for the webinar, visit www.edinburg.com.
The Hidalgo Watercolor Society Annual Exhibit will open next weekend, February 12, and run through March 6. The exhibit will be displayed at the Upper Valley Art League (UVAL) at 921 E. 12th St. in Mission.
The exhibit features art made by Winter Texans and local artists. A “Meet the Artists” event will be held on Saturday, February 13th, outside, with gallery viewing from 4 to 6 p.m.
Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required for all events.
For more information, call the gallery at (956) 583-2787.