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Live animal show at Quinta Mazatlan next week

Quinta Mazatlan invites you to take your family for a great live animal show in English and Spanish on Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m. in the park.

Kids of all ages will be entertained and educated by Contacto Animal. The show involves audience participation, touching creatures and information on how to live together in this world. Plus a special visit from an extinct creature from the dinosaur age is sure to excite all.

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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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‘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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Red Hat Ladies just want to have fun

The whole purpose of the Red Hat organization is to have fun! And that’s just what Red Hat ladies from all over the Valley did on Tuesday, Feb. 24, when they met at the Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island for a costume party and luncheon. The Dazzling Dolphins of South Padre Island hosted this annual event.

The ladies came in costumes of all kinds to parade around the dining room with the other ladies in their Red Hat group, and to enjoy a Mexican food luncheon prepared by the staff, who enjoyed watching the antics of the costumed Red Hat ladies.

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Valley presents Entertainer of Year awards

With so much talent gathered under one roof, the Valley Star Awards Show just may have been the best show in the Rio Grande Valley this year.

The Valley Star Awards Show, produced by Robert Ferguson, combines presentations of entertainer of the year awards with live performances by some to the top talent in the Rio Grande Valley. This year’s show, held Feb. 21 at Mission Bell Resort, featured performances by J.C. Harrisson, Denim & Diamonds, John Sager, Dave & Daphne, Leslie Blasing and Link Union.

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BorderFest celebrates Korea in 2015

Get ready for four days of fun, March 5-8, as the City of Hidalgo presents BorderFest 2015. This year’s theme will be the country of Korea.

Borderfest offers a weekend filled with ethnic foods and cultural entertainment along with top name stars and plenty of parades and costumed characters to entertain the public while teaching the school children of Hidalgo and Valley Independent School Districts about the people and customs of the country of Korea.

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Bees sting Brahmas on Winter Texan night

It’s fast-paced, hard-hitting action on ice. It’s the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees hockey and there’s nothing else like it in south Texas.

Friday night, Feb. 13, was Winter Texan night at State Farm Arena, sponsored by the Winter Texan Times, and the Bees gave the larger than usual crowd all the excitement they could handle as they stung the Lone Star Brahmas 3-2 in a shootout. The win was the Bees’ fourth in a row and their third shootout win over that four game span.

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