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Sweetwater brings sweet music, dancing to WT resorts

20181110 Sweetwater band at Trophy Gardens Miller 2272It didn’t take long for the dancing to kick into high gear. In fact, the dance floor was a popular place as soon as long-time band Sweetwater played its first song on Saturday at Trophy Gardens RV Resort in Alamo.

The dancing really didn’t stop. Whether the band played “Going to Kansas City,” “Amarillo by Morning,” “Mustang Sally,” or “Footloose,” the crowd had a case of the happy feet and enjoyed the evening.

Teresa Howard twirled in her patriotic long skirt, laced with red, white and blue. Terry and Gayle Steinbeck power two-stepped around and around the dance floor at Trophy Gardens. The resort rec hall was a hot spot while Sweetwater just kept pumping out the tunes to the delight of a nearly full house.

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UTRGV presents ‘Barefoot in the Park’ Nov. 14-18

Neil Simon’s classic play “Barefoot in the Park” will be performed at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre in Nov. 14-18. This UTRGV Mainstage production is directed by Trey Mikolasky. Showtimes on all dates are 7:30, except for Sundays, which will be 2 p.m. matinees.

Barefoot in the Park was a 1967 comedy film starring Robert Redford as Paul and Jane Fonda as Corie. It was based on Neil Simon’s 1963 play of the same name and focuses on newlyweds Corie and Paul and their adventures living in a tiny sixth floor walk-up apartment in a Greenwich Village brownstone.

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McAllen Wind Ensemble concert features ‘America Loves the Movies’

20181107 Wind Ensamble1America loves the movies. From the days of Clark Gable and “Gone with the Wind,” through the Harry Potter series to today's superhero flicks, there has been a long relationship with the big screen and its audience.

The McAllen Wind Ensemble will take people on a journey through popular movie scores and more on Nov. 13 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center (PAC) with its first performance of the season, aptly named “America Loves the Movies.”

The 70-plus musicians, led by director Roger Olivarez, will keep the audience on a roller-coaster ride through twisting compositions that highlight different sections of the orchestra in romantic and beautiful renditions and back to musically moving pieces for a night of great music.

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South Texas College Theatre Presents Sylvia

20181107 STC Sylvia flyerSouth Texas College Theatre presents A. R. Gurney’s play “Sylvia” from Nov 15-18 at STC’s Cooper Center for Communication Arts Main Stage Theater, located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

The production will begin at 8 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17 and there will be a 2 p.m. matiness on Nov. 18.

The production is the story of Greg and Kate, who have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as a public school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities.
One day, Greg brings home a dog found in the park bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her nametag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major cause of disagreement between husband and wife.

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Halloween dance starts Victoria Palms social season

20181107 Halloween Cereal Killers Victoria Palms KO 0190Approximately 100 residents and guests of Victoria Palms Resort in Donna started the new season with a costumed Halloween dance. The band, Sweetwater, played as everyone danced, enjoying the social event after a long summer season off.

Costumes included traditional witches and Halloween characters along with other costumes such Kung Fu Panda and friends. Fairies, spacemen and other costumes added to the fun. Activities Director Lori Fanaselle appeared as a trash can labeled “Trailer Trash” while the park manager appeared as a scarecrow.

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Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum remembers Valley tragedies

20181031 Edinburg Fire Dept Museum KO DSC 0168“This picture gives me chills every time I look at it,” said Edinburg Fire Department Fire Inspector Jaime Hernandez, pointing to a picture on the wall of the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum. I agreed. The picture showed a school bus floating upside down in a caliche pit filled with water.

September 21, 1989 was a day like no other in the history of Mission and the Rio Grande Valley. A Mission Consolidated Independent School District school bus had just picked up its last student and was heading west on the Mile 5 Line when the brakes on a Dr. Pepper truck traveling north on Bryan Road failed.

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They play a different kind of baseball at Country Sunshine RV

20181030 BeanBagBaseball IMG 0642Sandy Kiely admitted she wasn’t the slugger on her team.

They awarded that honor to Pat Butler. “He hits a lot of home runs.”

This, of course, came after she had just finished rounding the “bases” following her solo home run for the visiting team at Country Sunshine RV Resort in Weslaco.

The balls in this baseball game were bean bags; the targets were holes inside a wooden board placed 17 feet away from the batters. Hitters would aim for holes designated 1B (single), 2B (double), 3B (triple) or Home Run while trying to avoid the negative consequences like “out” and “strike” holes This was the weekly Friday night bean bag baseball activity and the home team in this case – with Kiely, Butler and a host of other big hitters - were on their way to a comfortable 16-3 victory in game one of the doubleheader.

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