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Winter Texans help The Landmark celebrate Dr. Seuss, reading

20240320 Winter Texan Dr webBy Barb Zanetti
Photos by Dennis Zanetti

Dr. Seuss would have loved looking over children’s shoulders as they worked to create “The Cat in the Hat” masks from paper plates, color crayons and glue. Or watching their One Fish, Two Fish red-bucket game where children fished for prizes at The Landmark on Tower, a unique Alamo restaurant that features a large courtyard bordered by several food trucks.

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Trophy Gardens showcases residents’ talents

2024 Stained Glass webThe residents at Trophy Gardens recently put on an expo showcasing the many arts and crafts they have completed during the season. Residents showcased their wood projects, paintings, diamond art, quilting and knitting projects, card making skills, China paintings, stained glass, and so much more. These projects are mostly completed at the park, but some residents work on their projects year-round.

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Winter Texans stuff Easter baskets

20240320 FUMC Easter BAskets webDuring a recent Hands and Feet meeting, Winter Texans and other First United Methodist Church (McAllen) family members made Easter baskets for Estrella’s House (Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo and Starr Counties). This has become an annual tradition for the church and is always a lot of fun.

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Winners of 8-Ball Tournament recognized

Pool Tournament Winners webAn 8 Ball Tournament was held at Pleasant Valley Resort, organized by Claude Lemay and Denise Eaton on March 11, 2024. From left to right are Claude Lemay, organizer; Louis H. Therrien, 4th place $75; Denis Gaudet, 3rd place $100; Yvon Carpentier, 1st place $300; Stew McCrue, 2nd place $150; Real Morin, 5th place $50; and Richard Stader, 6th place $50.

Winter Texans have places to go, things to do

20161208 McAllen Performing Arts Center webWinter Texans have places throughout the Valley they can visit. There are sites to see, things to do, parks to visit, and more. There is a wide range of places to go and things to do from Rio Grande City all the way down to South Padre Island.

The Valley is full of history. There are forts in Rio Grande City and Brownsville, a battlefield from the Mexican American war in Brownsville, and more. Fort Brown in Brownsville features an old morgue, captain’s quarters, and the old hospital. Mission has the La Lomita Church, where the city got its name.

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Rio Grande Valley parks feature top Wintertainers™

FB IMG 1709841753535 webThe Rio Grande Valley's Winter Texan scene isn't the quiet, gem in the rough secret that it once was.

For the winter visitors, that's a good thing – especially when it comes to entertainment. Winter Texans are known for having fun. The Valley provides tons of it too.
More and more Wintertainers™ are coming to the Valley to entertain Winter Texans. The growth can be attributed to entertainers like Gordy and Debbie who came to the Valley nearly 15 years ago and were an immediate hit. When they returned home, they spread the word and brought some friends down.

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Forget the glass slipper – give me clogging shoes!

Margarita Cloggers Carolyn Pullen Sally Lynch Bub Harper Peggy Harper webSubmitted by Carolyn Pullen

On February 27, the Margarita Cloggers at Greengate Grove RV Park hosted the RGV Clogging Fun Dance. There were four clogging groups from the Valley in attendance. Angelika Eleni, a professional Irish dancer, demonstrated different Irish dances/steps and then taught us a step from Seon nos (pronounced “shan-nos”) which means “old style” in Irish, that we could use in our clog dances.

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Auction and Ropa Style Show raises over $10k

Auction Cindy with bid sign webBy Barb Zanetti
Photos by Dennis Zanetti

Alamo Palms RV Resort’s Scholarship Committee has raised over $10,000 so far this year in its two major fundraising events – an auction and a Ropa Style Show.
Through generous resident donations, these two events over the past decade have provided over $100,000 in scholarships for Alamo’s high school (PSJA Memorial) seniors.

Residents say that while they have been entertained, they also enjoyed giving their time, talent, and money to make these unique events a success for such a worthy cause.

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Dale Aalderink keeps Biking on

Dale Aalderink Palm Gardens RV Park webBy Ruth Filz

On Saturday, February 24, the Henry Roberts Memorial 33rd Annual Jalapeno 100 bike ride took place in Harlingen. Palm Gardens RV Park in Harlingen has been involved with the ride since 2000 when three couples started sponsoring a rest stop for riders. The park has continued sponsoring a rest stop every year since.

In addition, to sponsoring the rest stop, the park has had several riders take part in the ride over the years. This year, we had four riders – Dale Aalderink, Nancy Van Nest, Tim Van Nest, and Richard Waufle.

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La Floresta holds golf tournament

20240313 123 122 USE THIS ONE webAnother great event happened at our beautiful La Floresta RV Park near Mercedes. We had our championship par-3 golf tournament for both men and women. The winner of the men's was Ken Webb and the winner of the women’s was Darla Strait. In celebration of this, we had free pizza and drinks provided by the golf committee. The bonus of this Awards party was CanAm put on an amazing dance for us. (Submitted by Darla Strait)

Park thanks friends for their service

PXL 20240310 153006873 webCountry Palms RV Park recently celebrated their good friends, Tom and Sandy Shouse. Tom has served as an outstanding minister at their church for approximately 20 years. The park thanked both of them for their service. “We wish you happiness in the next chapter of your retirement and safe travel. God bless you both.” Submitted by Ellen Coultas

Bonham’s Bears Annual Teddy Bear Giveaway

By Maple Frye

Loaves and Fishes Ruben Garza and Rachel Carter webBonham’s Bears is an all-volunteer group with members from other parks but based at Green Bay South. We make teddy bears and donate them to first responders and children support organizations. On February 15, we gave away 375 teddy bears to eight organizations. Mama Bear is Rachel Carter. We asked the organizations about their work and how our teddy bears helped. Here are their comments.

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Mission Bell/Trade Winds host car show

Mission Bell/Trade Winds RV & MH Resort will be hosting a car show this weekend, Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come and see great cars, eat some good food, and listen to live music by Rusty Rierson. Admission is two canned food times to be donated to a local food pantry.
Car registration is being held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Entry fee is $15 per vehicle. If you have any questions, call Doug at (419) 266-6347.

Awards will be given in several categories starting at 1:45 p.m. Categories are Best in Show, Best MoPar, Best Turck, Best Foreign, Best GM, Best Ford, and Best Motorcycle.

Mission Bell is located at 1711 E. Business Hwy. 83 in Mission.