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Helen Russell & Company

20190102 Helen Russell promo3 pianoHelen Russell remembers music being a part of her family ever since she was a child, when her parents would travel to entertain and encouraged her to sing and learn to play multiple instruments starting at the age of 6.

From that love of music she went on to being in various bands as a teenager, until her dream of being a full time musician came true at the age of 18 when she was offered an entertainment position with Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry, a historic, Branson style show that ran for 53 years where she was a featured vocalist and musician for 19 seasons. It was at this show that she met her best friend and husband Elvis, who shares her love for music and entertaining and now they travel the United States as Helen Russell & Company.

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McAllen Memorial to perform ‘Sister Act’

McAllen Memorial High School will present the musical “Sister Act” as its 30th annual musical production.

Performances will be held at the William Hetrick Auditorium at McAllen Memorial High School, located at 101 E. Hackberry Ave., McAllen. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6-7, and 2 p. m., Saturday, Dec. 8.

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It’s Christmastime in the City of Hidalgo

201081205 Festival of Lights Parade Miller IMG 5808The Festival of Lights has turned the small City of Hidalgo into the Valley’s biggest, glowing Christmasland just in time for the Christmas season. The lights are now on display every night through the month of December.

The city transforms from a mid-size town to a Christmas Wonderland as it puts up more than 500 huge light displays totaling more than five million lights. Narrated guided tours of the city’s festive light displays start at city hall and continue through the month of December – with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas day, the day of the Ramon Ayala Posada (Dec. 20), and New Year’s Eve.

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Razz Ma Tazz performing Christmas shows

20181205 Razz Ma Tazz Miller IMG 3223 FEATEighth period Razz Ma Tazz.

Sound familiar? Probably not. Going to school “back in the day” was loaded with classes like math, English and social studies. Maybe some “wild stuff” like shop or home economics or even band and choir would make that schedule.

Today, however, with so many options for students and so many after-school activities there are some very specialized classes.

And if you watch the McAllen Rowe High School singing and dancing group Razz Ma Tazz, you'll undoubtedly know why they have a special class – because, well, they are that special.

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Mission celebration kicks off Christmas season

20181128 Mission LightsNDelights PR Tree2The City of Mission will kick off the Christmas season with a festive celebration Friday, Nov. 30, with the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning at 5:45 p.m. at the newly-renovated Leo Pena La Placita Park. The park is located in downtown Mission on Conway Ave. at Business 83, across from the H-E-B.

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Chanukah Concert & Festival planned in McAllen

The annual Chanukah Concert and Festival will be celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Archer Park in downtown McAllen. The festival begins at 5 p.m. and a concert by the world-acclaimed Jewish band 8th Day will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Chanukah, an alternative spelling for Hanukkah, is the Jewish eight-day holiday commemorating the victory of the Jews “against Greek persecution and religious oppression,” according to This year, Chanukah is celebrated Dec. 2-10.

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VMHS Harlequins bring ‘Mamma Mia’ to Mission

20181128 VMHS Mamma Mia JB 5One of Broadway’s longest-running musicals, “Mamma Mia” is now coming to Mission under the direction of Mission Veterans Memorial High School drama director James Hodgson. The VMHS Harlequins are producing the show with show dates set for Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at the Veterans Memorial High School Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are 7 p.m., nightly, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This lighthearted musical and dance showcase promises to be the biggest show in the Valley this season. “Mamma Mia” has delighted audiences worldwide and has been a fan favorite on Broadway for 14 years.

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