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Kansas Day coming up soon

Kansas Day will be here before you know it and this year’s celebration requires reservations to be made by January 19. The event will be held at Balli’s Social Event Cetner on Wednesday, January 24. Balli’s is located at 1624 E. Griffin Parkway, in Mission.

The event starts with registration at 10:30 a.m. followed by a catered lunch, entertainment by Kansas’ own Rusty Rierson (2019 RGV Male Vocalist of the Year), and door prizes.

To register for the event, contact Larry Schmitt by email at larrys13@icloud.com. Please include name(s), number of people in your party, phone number, and hometown in Kansas. If you can’t email, call Larry at (913) 369-5669. Tickets are $20 per person and must be paid in cash at the door on the day of event.

Reservations must be cancelled by January 21.

Alamo Rose plans quilt show

Ice CAstles webSubmitted by Marilynn Kimmel

Alamo Rose RV Resort will hold their annual quilt show on Wednesday, January 14 from noon to 3 p.m. Quilters from the park will raffle off their opportunity quilt, titled “Ice Castles.”

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14th Annual Quilt Show planned

Lalno Grande quilt 2024 webSubmitted by Michele Eastwood

Save the date for the Llano Grande Quilting Bee’s Quilt Show, Fabulous Fiesta of Quilts. The show will be held Tuesday, January 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Llano Grande Event Center, 2215 East West Blvd. (off Mile 2 West) in Mercedes.

The Bee’s Opportunity Quilt is a fiesta rainbow of colors set off by a black background. The quilt has wool batting and measures 105 x 105. Tickets to win this quilt can be purchased from any Bee member or at the Show. The drawing will be held at the end of the show, and you do not need to be present to win.

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Festival of Tables to be held

IMG 7449 webThe Rio Grande Valley Red Hat Queens Council presents the Festival of Tables. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 6. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Ticket are $25 each and sales close on January 15.

The event will be held at the Victoria Palms Resort, 3309 E. Interstate 2, in Donna. Lunch will be held at noon and will consist of sliced roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans almondine, and a tossed salad. Dessert will be cupcakes with strawberry filling. Entertainment will be provided by the Marshall Garcia Duo. There will be door prizes and a silent auction.

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RGV Shuffleboard Association welcomes players, new and old

20200212 Ranchero Village Shuffleboard Tournament CAB 2474 webWhile pickleball has been rising in popularity, Shuffleboard is still a game enjoyed by many Winter Texans. Shuffleboard did slow down a few years ago, but it is making a huge come back and shufflers are shuffling once again. According to an article we published last year, new shufflers are coming in at a rate not seen in many years.

“It’s the shuffleboard resurgence,” said Henry Miller in that article.

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Tripp’s legacy lives on through Winter Texans and Elks

aa Elks Taking a Train Ride webBy Barb Zanetti
Photos by Dennis Zanetti

Winter Texan Tripp Wright loved Christmas celebrations for children, especially for those who were disadvantaged. Three years ago, he begged leaders of his McAllen’s Elk Lodge 1402 to host a party for them.

The parameters of his Christmas wish were simple: Offer disadvantaged children a wonderful party. And, by the way, make it a yearly affair. Oh … and you’ll need to make it bigger and better every year.

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Sharing our love during the holiday season

Palm Gardens The Bingo Bros collecting canned foord for Loaves and Fishes webBy Ruth Filz
Palm Gardens RV Park

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving” Mother Teresa.

These words seem the way residents of Palm Gardens RV Park in Harlingen live their lives, but even more so during the holidays. Residents find fun ways to give to others. When our Bingo Bros were looking for ways to make our Tuesday night Bingo games more fun, they also hit on an idea to help others. If you brought a non-perishable item to one of our recent Bingo games, you received an extra card and Loaves and Fishes received items to add to their food pantry. Loaves and Fishes has been around since 1991 when they recognized the need for assisting families in Harlingen and Upper Cameron County and started the local food pantry. They are part of the Feeding America Nationwide Network which distributes 4.3 billion meals each year.

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Casa Del Valle celebrates the gift of giving

2023 christmas 3 webSubmitted by Judy Haken, Activity Director

Everyone at Casa Del Valley knows Christmas is in the air when the Giving Tree goes up in the front office. Decorated with tags inscribed with names, gender and gift information, residents can choose a tag (or two) from the tree. They then purchase a gift and return the wrapped gift to be placed under the Giving Tree for distribution just before Christmas.

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Park residents enjoy Christmas caroling

411476352 10161456210097146 7979046441620630582 n webResidents enjoyed Christmas Caroling at Victoria Palms RV and Mobile Home Park recently. The musicians had a decked out extended golf cart, while carolers rode on their bikes or golf carts around the park, stopping at residents’ home to bring them Christmas cheer through music.411464549 10161456209897146 5735002127417099509 n web

Reverse Advent Calendar exceeds expectations

Reverse Advent DSC 1039 webBy Herb Moering

The idea of a “Reverse Advent Calendar” food project became a spectacular success and more than Rick Anderson expected, when he presented it to residents of Mission Bell RV Resort last month.

Anderson, who with his wife, Karen, have been wintering at Mission Bell since 2005-06, said a park resident, Daleen Markel, mentioned the Reverse Advent Calendar, which Anderson decided to offer to park residents. The idea is to purchase a food item each day of the Advent season starting December 1.

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Make reservations for Kansas Day celebration

Rusty Rierson 2 webKansas Day will again be celebrated here in the RGV. Join your Kansas friends at Ballis Social Event Center, 1624 E. Griffin Parkway, in Mission, Wednesday January 24. Reservations are required by January 19, 2024.

Festivities will begin with registration starting at 10:30 a.m., followed by a catered lunch, entertainment, a social, and door prizes. Entertainment will be provided by RGV 2019 Male Vocalist of the Year Rusty Rierson.

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Lakewood RV holding fundraiser

Submit Pic for 2023 2014 webSubmitted by Donna Wright

Winter in South Texas is anticipated this time of year. As Winter Texan residents are returning to the Valley for the winter, here at Lakewood RV Resort that means time to prepare for our 30th Christmas for the Children project. We are providing Christmas for fifteen less fortunate families from a local elementary, where many of our Lakewood RV Resort Winter Texans spend time mentoring the students over the years. This all started with our Worship Committee several years ago.

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Veterans honored at Sunshine RV

Joiel Quick Veterans webAs a US Army Veteran, Joiel Quick said, it was my honor and privilege to Emcee the Sunshine RV Veterans Day Program. On hand was our Guest Speaker Master Gunnery Sergeant Ricardo Gonzales Jr., and the US Marine Military Academy Color Guard for Presentation and Posting of the Colors. Also pictured here are my husband, US Army 1SG Robert Quick (Ret) and Program Chair Vickie Heggen.

Palm Gardens RV Park recognizes its Veterans

20231011 Palm Gardens Veterans Ceremony webBy Ruth Filz

Veterans Day/Remembrance Day is an annual observance to honor and remember the sacrifices of military personnel who have served in times of war and peacekeeping missions. Originally known as Armistice Day, it commemorates the end of World War I and celebrates the service of both living and deceased veterans. Major hostilities of World War I were formerly ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. While events and traditions may slightly vary, the central theme of the observance remains the same: to express gratitude to brave men and women for their dedication and valor. Two minutes of silence is observed at 11 a.m. on the 11th of November marking the end of World War I in remembrance of the fallen. This tradition serves as a poignant reminder of the courage, strength, and selflessness displayed by those who have served and those who continue to serve.

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