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Go with Jo has many exciting travel destinations

One of the advantages of retirement is having the time to travel. While wintering in the Rio Grande Valley, many Winter Texans enjoy taking advantage of short excursions to nearby destinations such as San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Gruene, King Ranch and other Texas locations. Go with Jo Tours offers tours to all these destinations as well as an array of other locations including New Orleans and Las Vegas. She also continues to offer trips to interior Mexico and other international destinations.

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Split Rail Jams begin Nov. 20

Winter Texans looking for a jam where they can participate may join the fun at Split Rail RV Park, 513 N. Los Ebanos Road in Mission on Friday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. Jams will be held each Friday at 1 p.m. through the season.

John and Sara Weilmiller will start the new season of jams. Erven Bertrand will join a little later in the season. Come out and join in memorializing Gary Legrid and his music.

Join the Vipers Winter Texan Club

The Rio Grande Vipers are back with a full schedule of games stretching from Nov. 13 to April 2. The Vipers, who are an NBA Developmental League team for the Houston Rockets, will play teams from Austin to Maine and many locations in between during the season. The opening game on Nov. 13 is against the Idaho Stampede. There will be a total of 26 home games this season.

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Ranch Hand Festival coming to Kingsville

Anyone who would like to sample an authentic cowboy breakfast on the largest ranch in South Texas should make plans to travel to Kingsville on Nov. 21 to enjoy a the Ranch Hand Breakfast cooked outside over a campfire on the historic King Ranch.

Breakfast will consist of eggs, biscuits and gravy, tortillas, sausage, refried beans, juice and gallons of hot coffee. Standup tables or hay bales will be provided for the meal. Tickets for this meal and for the entertainment following it are $6 per person. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m.

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King Main House 100 years celebrated

Winter Texans planning to visit the King Ranch Hand Breakfast on Nov. 21 may also want to visit the downtown area where the King Ranch Saddle Shop and historic downtown area are located. There will be a special festival going on in the downtown area that day. Not far down the street the King Ranch Museum, located at 405 6th Street tells the story of the fabled King Ranch.

King Ranch was founded in 1853 when Captain Richard King came to the South Texas to start a steamboat line on the Rio Grande. On an overland trip he discovered Santa Gertrudis Creek and the tall grasslands surrounding it and began dreaming of a great ranch. He was able to purchase the first portion of the large ranch in 1853 with the purchase of a 15,500-acre Spanish land grant known as “Rincon de Santa Gertrudis.” The ranch was referred to as “Rancho de Santa Gertrudis.” It did not start going by the name, “King Ranch,” until after Captain King’s death in 1885.”

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King Ranch offers nature tours

King Ranch is fabled for its role in settling Texas and introducing the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle. In more recent years, its expansive ranchlands of South Texas have become a famed Texas treasure because of the abundance and variety of native wildlife making their home on the ranch.

King Ranch Nature Tours and other King Ranch tours now provide the opportunity for visitors to see a rich variety of wildlife as well as a historic working cattle ranch. Today the ranch is often referred to as “the last great habitat” because of its diverse South Texas landscape.

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Acrylics portrait workshop is Nov. 14

The Upper Valley Art League will host a one day workshop, Surreal Portraits in acrylic, with Veronica Jaeger as the instructor. It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. with a half-hour break on Saturday, Nov. 14. UVAL workshops are held at the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center, 921 E. 12th in Mission.

Cost is $85 for members and $95 for nonmembers with payment due by Nov. 9 to reserve a spot. The class size will be limited to 10 students, and a minimum of four is required to start the class. A materials list will be provided at the time of registering.

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Texas Butterfly Festival a soaring success

Much like the iconic Monarch that migrates from as far as Canada to its winter home in central Mexico, 134 butterfly enthusiasts from 27 different states and four countries flocked to the National Butterfly Center in Mission this week for the 20th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival.

This year’s festival got off to a soaring start Saturday with a free community day. Families from across the Valley took advantage of the free admission into the place that USA Today calls “the butterfly capitol of the USA” to participate. There were many butterfly and bird related games and activities geared towards the young, and the young-at-heart.

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Valley Symphony Orchestra season begins

The Valley Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a variety of musical genres during the 2015-2016 concert season. On Oct. 29 “Classics Forever” will be performed at the University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley Performing Arts Complex. It will feature the classical music of Schubert, Stravinsky, Saint-Saens and Beethoven.

On Friday, Nov. 20, VSO will present “A Touch of Frost” at the McAllen Civic Center. This special presentation will feature the Valley Symphony Orchestra and University of Texas-RGV Mariachi Aztlan.

On Feb. 25 the 2016 Annual Symphony Gala will be held at the McAllen Convention Center ballroom. Call (956) 661-1615 for information about this special event.20151022 orchestra

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Texas Butterfly Festival is Oct. 31 to Nov. 3

20151022 LEG8734The Texas Butterfly Festival will be held Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at the National Butterfly Center in Mission. The Butterfly Festival offers a rare opportunity to enjoy guided field trips to butterfly hot spots throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The festival also offers a variety of butterfly seminars, including an introduction to macro photography to show participants how to photograph these beautiful insects.

About 25 to 30 years ago an increased awareness of what an ecological treasure the Rio Grande Valley is, and how many species of birds and butterflies can be found here, resulted in efforts being made to preserve habitat for migrating animals.

The nine sites of the World Birding Center were created out of that awareness, as was the National Butterfly Center, located in Mission. Less well known than the birding centers, the Butterfly Center has played a vital part in the preservation of butterflies, as well as birds, that live or migrate through the Rio Grande Valley. NBC plants habitat and host plants for many of the species of butterflies and approximately 400 species of butterflies have been spotted there at different times of the year.

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Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Starts Nov. 4

20151022 LEG8395Birders get ready for 22nd Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival to be held Nov. 4-8, headquartered at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium, 1204 Fairpark Blvd.

The festival will feature top notch field trip leaders and speakers along with new field trip locations. Located in an area known for a wide diversity of bird species, many years during the festival, there is a new finding not discovered on previous field trips.

This year’s Birding Festival offers a wide variety of expert speakers and field trip leaders. To register for the festival field trips and seminars, go to the RGV Birding Festival website at http://www.rgvbf.org or call (956) 423-5565.

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Reserved seats now available for VSO 63rd season

McALLEN – Residents of the Rio Grande Valley can look forward to another season of symphonic music and entertainment as the Valley Symphony Orchestra presents its 63rd anniversary season. It kicks off Sept. 24 in a new venue.

Performances will now be held in the newly-opened Performing Arts Complex auditorium of the University of Texas Rio Grande. This facility hosts 1,000 patrons and has exclusive balcony seating. It is equipped with adjustable performance acoustics to bring out the best symphonic concerts.20150807 vso-1

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August workshops offered for birders of all levels

This August Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center will host two different month-long birding workshops that cater to birdwatchers of all skill levels. Each workshop will start in the classroom and will end with a walk around the grounds of Quinta Mazatlan to look for birds.

The beginner birding workshop, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., will offer the essentials of getting started. Learn how to use binoculars to observe and identify birds. Binoculars and field guides will be loaned for the birding workshops for those who don’t have a pair.

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RGV celebrates Independence Day

Thousands of Valley residents will gather to celebrate America’s birthday this weekend by firing up the grill, going on picnics, setting off firework or attending parties. Countless others will load up the kids and head out to one or more public celebrations being held in communities across the Rio Grande Valley.

Parades, eating contests, concerts, cook-offs and the ever-popular and awe-inspiring fireworks displays are just some of the activities that will be available.

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Celebrate National Moth Week at Bentsen-RGV State Park

Join Bentsen-RGV State Park on Saturday, July 18 from 8-10 p.m., as they celebrate Moth Week with a special program and walk through their gardens. The evening will be devoted to one of the most diverse groups of species on earth as attendees discover the various moths that can be found at Bentsen-RGV State Park.

National Moth Week celebrates the life cycles and habitats of moths. The entire family is encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. National Moth Week is being held worldwide during the last full week of July. National Moth Week offers everyone a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and to contribute scientific data about moths. National Moth Week participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on these amazing creatures.

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    Of the 400-plus species of birds that have been reported to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird across the Rio Grande Valley, most are year-round residents. Others are either winter or summer residents, some are migratory visitors and a few are vagrant, or accidental, species. While the birds that fall into the first three categories make up the vast majority of bird species you’ll see here in the Valley,… Read More +

  • Weslaco Museum showcases history and culture of city

    20181114 WeslacoMuseum 7987According to Sara Walker, executive director of the Weslaco Museum, located at 500 S. Texas Blvd., the museum is dedicated to showcasing the history and culture of Weslaco. Divided into two sections, one half is dedicated to the history of the city while the other showcases the culture.

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  • Veterans Honored at Veterans War Memorial of Texas

    While the cold drizzle and windy conditions on Saturday, Nov. 10, led to moving McAllen’s Veteran’s Day program inside for the first time, featured speaker State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa would not have minded being at the memorial site, recalling the often-wet climate of Vietnam, where he served and where he lost three buddies. The annual Veterans Day remembrance is normally held at the Veterans War Memorial of… Read More +

  • MOSTHistory unveils new Then and Now exhibit Saturday

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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.

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  • Kicking off the season with a jam

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  • Bridge of Hope Children’s Choir to perform

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  • Texas Wheels: Popular band in the Winter Texan park scene

    20181107 Texas Wheels 02Mike and Irma Wimsett started making their way to their seats, ready to take a break after dancing to a couple songs by one of their favorite bands, Texas Wheels. It was a Saturday night at Mission Bell and just like every Saturday, Texas Wheels is a regular, performing from 7 to 10 p.m.

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  • Chris Carney: Veteran, helicopter pilot, Canyon Lake resident

    20181107 Helicopter Pilot Chris Carney ChopperChris Carney looked out and around the local coffee shop, his eyes seemingly never reaching a destination as his face showed he was contemplating what to say.

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  • Caring & Sharing

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