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Roar into summer at Quinta Mazatlan’s ‘Jurassic Park’

If you walked back in time at a rate of one million years per step….how far out your door would you have to go to shake hands with a T-Rex? What is it like to be a “Paleontologist?” Did dinosaurs come from reptiles that could fly or mammals that developed feathers? How many children would fit into the neck of a Brachiosaurus? Could you win “Dino-jeopardy?”

This Summer Quinta Mazatlán is offering two new and exciting camps for young dinosaur enthusiasts which are sure to send their minds soaring out of the forest and roaring with excitement. The four-day, half-day Dinosaur Camps starts on July 7-10 for ages nine to 12, and on July 28-31 for children ages six to eight. Each camp will run from Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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UTPA’s Mariachi Aztlán selected to perform at Chicago’s Millennium Park on June 28

Being a part of The University of Texas-Pan American’s acclaimed Mariachi Aztlán is a blessing for freshman and violinist Clyde Guerra, one that has allowed him to share his love for traditional Mexican music nationwide and, soon enough, with the Chicago community.

UTPA’s 16-member mariachi group has been invited to perform at the first-ever Chicago Mariachi and Folklórico Festival on June 28 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.

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Texas Onion Fest is Saturday

Get ready for a chance to taste some of the most delicious onions in the country at Texas Onion Fest in Weslaco, Saturday, March 28. The Texas Onion Fest celebrates the development of the Texas 1015 Onion, which was developed in 1989 by Dr. Leonard Pike at the Texas A&M University Extension Service in Weslaco.

At last year’s Onion Fest, the fried sweet onion blossoms were so popular, long lines of Winter Texans waited for a chance to taste them. In addition to the onion blossoms, there will be art and crafts vendors, food vendors, and commercial vendors. Along with the annual Onion Eating Contest, a culinary stage will feature local chefs demonstrating specialty dishes cooked with onions. There is also an annual salsa contest.

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Jackson Street Classic Car Show set for April 11

The eighth annual Jackson Street Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, April 11, in downtown Harlingen. The car show is being organized by the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Cars will be displayed along Jackson between 4th and Commerce. The show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration for the car show will open at 8 a.m. on April 11. The first 100 entrants will receive an event T-shirt. In lieu of a monetary entry fee, participants are asked to bring non-perishable food products for the Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry. Hot rods, classic cars, and any other vehicles of interest are welcome. Nearly 200 cars participated in the show last April.

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UTPA develops RGV Civil War Trail

As the Rio Grande Valley prepares to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the last battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Palmito Hill, that took place May 12-13, 1865 in Brownsville, professors at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) are busy creating a Civil War historical trail, defining the important role played by the Rio Grande Valley in the history of the war.

To bring to light the significance the Valley played in the Civil War, The Community Historical Archaeology Project (CHAPS) at UTPA is developing the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail. The trail consists of a trail map and a website which features podcasts (audio recordings) about sights of historical significance. The trail will extend from the beaches of Brazos Santiago, where the first Union troops set boot in the Valley, and move along the river through Hidalgo, Starr, Webb and Zapata Counties, where it will culminate at Fort McIntosh in Laredo. Significant historic sites will be identified along the route.

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He never gave up on God

Six guns were pointed at him, close range. Others had died before him. Without a doubt he knew he would be next. Terror swept through his body as he waited. Praying was the only thing this man of God could do and he was praying with vengeance. Reverend Feliberto Pereira had done nothing but serve the God he loved, but here in Cuba, in the communist regime in 1966, that was a crime.

During those first years in concentration camps his faith had never wavered. Even now, as he stood there awaiting the word from the Captain for his men to fire, he was doing what was most natural in times of need–he was praying. And…God gave Feliberto his answer. Though he had preached of the Miracles that had happened to that Man over 2000 years ago, Feliberto still had his doubts. But then, his miracle happened and everything changed.

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Texas Onion Fest seeks contestants for America’s Got Talent

The Texas Onion Fest is adding a new event this year.

Weslaco Chamber of Commerce President Martha Noell said the television show America’s Got Talent has contacted the chamber and is searching for anyone who can eat a whole, unsliced onion in 90 seconds. Video auditions will be sent to America’s Got Talent producers to be considered for a spot to appear before celebrity judges. This search will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Texas Onion Fest celebration.

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Korean traditional dances highlighted at BorderFest

While the cool damp weather kept some folks away and canceled some of the planned outdoor entertainment, there were still plenty of people who came out to enjoy the annual BorderFest held in Hidalgo held March 5-8.

Inside the World Stage tent, the Korean Cultural Preservation Committee of Houston demonstrated native Korean dances. The first was a sword dance performed by two Korean women, who did a dance similar ballet while swinging swords at various times in the dance. They wore their hair in traditional Korean style and wore bright pink traditional style dress for the dance. The dance has its origins back in 600 AD when the king invited a sword dancer to come to his palace and dance for him. The dancer had grievances against the way the king was treating the people and slew him during the dance. Today, the dance is a part of traditional Korean culture.

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South Texas Indian Dancers present Spring Pow Wow

The annual Nde Daa Spring Pow Wow put on by the South Texas Indian Dancers will be held Saturday, March 14, at the Lark Community Center, 2601 Lark Street, in McAllen. The all-day event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m.

There will be gourd dancing at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Grand entries with full Indian regalia will be held at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dancers will be wearing full Indian costumes from head to toe. After the entry a variety of Indian dances will be demonstrated. Visitors will be invited to dance with the Indians during some of the dances. They will also be given an opportunity to see the costumes up close and ask questions about them.

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Winter Texans enjoy softball at any age

Spirits were high among fans and players on Wednesday, March 4, when the final games of the Winter Texan Senior Softball season were played at Westside Park in McAllen. Fans were waving flags and enjoying watching the friendly rivalry.

Nancy McKeown, of Ontario, showed her spirit with a Canadian flag on the bridge of her nose. Her husband Steve plays in the Leisure League, the middle level of competition. He is also the team clown.

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Gala of Royal Horses coming to State Farm Arena

For the first time ever, the Gala of the Royal Horses North American, world-renowned equestrian tour is coming to Hidalgo’s State Farm Arena on Thursday, March 26.

Audiences will experience the excitement, splendor, and majesty of the Gala of the Royal Horses for the first time as the show makes its US debut.

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‘Winter Texan Saturdays’ return to IMAS

The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) hosts “Winter Texan Saturdays” monthly programs. The next “Winter Texan Saturday” will take place Mar. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Each Winter Texan Saturday will offer a short workshop focusing on technology.

This program is included in the price of general admission. Winter Texans and senior citizens (55+) will be able to enjoy a guided tour of IMAS, free coffee and donuts, as well as a short workshop focusing on smartphones and tablets. Devices are not included.

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Contestants, vendors sought for Onion Fest

WESLACO – Cooks are honing their recipes and vendor and food booth applications are being accepted for the 26th Annual Texas Onion Fest scheduled for March 28 at Mayor Pablo G. Pena City Park in Weslaco.

The Texas Onion Fest celebrates the development of the world famous sweet Texas onion which was developed in Weslaco. The festival features live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, recipe contests, dancing horse show, and the popular blooming onion.

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BorderFest celebration begins today

The city of Hidalgo’s BorderFest celebration is always amazing. How one of the Valley’s smallest cities puts on one of the biggest, finest festivals in the state is just incredible.

This year’s BorderFest, which runs March 5-8 at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, has all the markings of another banner year.

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Golden Age Olympics: Horseshoes Aren’t Just for Horses

Walking up to Tropic Star’s horseshoe pits, this year’s location for McAllen’s Golden Age Olympics Horseshoe Tournament, soft sounds of clanking wafted through the cold, crisp air. Never having followed horseshoes before, I was taken by surprise at the number of people out there throwing the approximately two pounds of metal, attempting to wrap it around a metal stake sticking out of the ground 14 to 15 inches.

Watching the tournament, it was obvious this was a serious, but fun, event.

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Top News

  • San Juan Gardens keeps residents active

    2018401 Shorts San Juan Gardens Ladies LuncheonSan Juan Gardens had many activities to celebrate the Winter Texan season, including a new event called Tape Measure Racing where races are held in double-elimination heats, and everyone is eligible to participate. The park also holds 30-minute low-impact exercise time every weekday for all ages, including a 90-year-old who gets… Read More +

  • Paradise Resort Estates raises money for charities

    20180401 Shorts Paradise Estates1Paradise Resort Estates in Pharr, held its annual Spaghetti Supper and Charity Auction on Friday, Feb. 16th.

    The resort’s Community Outreach Committee sponsored the event and proceeds are donated to local charities. This year’s proceeds totaled $7,000. Some of the items for auction included wood carvings and a… Read More +

  • Split Rail Party

    20180401 Shorts Split Rail Party1At the end of each season, the Split Rail Association at Split Rail RV Park in Mission throws a thank you party for its residents, filled with good food and entertainment. In mid-March, residents enjoyed a delicious catered lunch of grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw and all the fixins and dessert.… Read More +

  • Southern Comfort RV Park hosts Bocce tournaments

    20180401 Shorts Southern Comfort Bocce JPGSouthern Comfort RV Park, located at 1501 S Airport Dr. in Weslaco has been running bocce ball tournaments for the past couple of years. What started as one bocce tournament in the park is now up to three and signs are that the growth is going to continue.

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  • Winter Texans volunteer at Lutheran church

    20180322 El Buen Pastor IMG 5095For nearly a decade, Stan Kirschbaum and Bill White of Hidden Valley Ranch, and Ralph Freudenberg of Mission West RV Park have spearheaded projects at El Buen Pastor Lutheran Church.

    The congregation from Westminster Lutheran Fellowship at Pleasant Valley Ranch have collected money and, most recently,… Read More +

  • La Floresta holds tournament championship golf event

    20180315 LaFloresta Golf GAIL CATRON MENS CHAMPIONGail Catron, Men’s Champion

    La Floresta Park and Golf Course held its version of the PGA Championship March 5-8 with 32 men and 24 ladies competing in the annual event. La Floresta is located at 4140 La Floresta Road in Mercedes.

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  • The Power of One

    20180308 Palm Resaca Single Ladiesbest2The vitality of any Winter Texan Park is the result of the positive efforts and friendly interactions of its residents. A small core of single women in Palm Resaca Park have made a tremendous effect on helping to make the park run smoothly.

    Single women account for more than 10 percent of park residents. These women have involved themselves in leadership… Read More +

  • Mexican Whistling Ducks enjoy Palm Resaca Park

    20180301 Whistling Ducks mexicanducks2Marching single file, seemingly with purpose. They are not soldiers mustering on the parade grounds or cows heading home at feeding time. They are black-bellied whistling ducks.

    As a Winter Texan from Canada, I find the birds of Southern Texas fascinating. Dozens of Whistlers dwell along the Resaca de la Guerra that flows past our mobile home at Palm Resaca Park in… Read More +

  • Canada Day celebrated at Riverside Club

    20180306 CanadaDay Riverside GU 1889Hundreds of Canadians showed up at the Riverside Club in Mission on Tuesday, March 6 to join in the fun of the annual Canada Day celebration. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the music provided by the Riverside Club Band led by Randy Dupuis and enjoying drinks and food. They were a number of… Read More +

  • Encore brings tribute concerts to RGV resorts

    20180329 Encore Abba Fab 2676The 2017-18 Winter Texan season is fast coming to a close – and Encore is quickly giving Winter Texans some great reasons to look forward to next year.

    The management group that oversees more than 200 RV resorts in 21 states has announced five tribute bands coming… Read More +

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