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Victoria Palms Style show features variety of fun outfits

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Becky Malcik, owner of Bec’s Fashions welcomes ladies to the luncheon.

A wide array of fun to wear outfits for many different occasions were modeled at the 21st annual Victoria Palms Style Show on Thursday, Feb. 8. Outfits ranged from casual to formal and included cruise wear, western wear, wedding wear and a variety of other styles for both men and women.

During the first half of the show, the women chose casual wear for the hot summer months ahead, including casual shirts – many with three-quarter length bell sleeves that are popular this season. Others chose clothing made of gauze with loose skirts and matching tops or tops over sensation pants in different lengths from crops to Capris and long slacks with ladder back trim. Others sported leggings with colorful blouses and belts covered with bling. And of course, there was western wear for the upcoming rodeo with a variety of western style shirts with diamond snap buttons, stylish boots, hats, jeans and western style hats. The men modeled the latest in western shirts, slacks, sport coats, jeans, and Stetson hats.

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La Floresta Valentine’s Day Activities

20180308 LaFloresta 02Residents at La Floresta Park and Golf Course had a full day of activities to celebrate Valentine’s Day. To kick off the 26th annual Valentine’s Day Golf Tournament, donuts were available on Hole No. 1. Random partners were chosen for the tournament on the previous night and the 9 a.m. shotgun start kicked off the event as a wave of red-wearing golfers made their way to their designated holes.

Fog slowly made its way to the golf course – but of course fog is no competition for golfers. At the end of the day, Dickie Hlady and Kim Huminski came out victorious. There was a four-way tie for second place.

Entertainment followed that evening, provided by Lynn Dvorak from Nebraska, who has been providing entertainment in the Valley for many years.

Flags fly for Veterans at Eastgate Park

20180308 Eastgate Presidents Day Flags JPGVeterans at Eastgate RV and Mobile Home Park sponsored 15 flags – 14 U.S. and one Canadian flag – in honor of Presidents Day last month.

The flags came from the North Harlingen Rotary Club’s Flag Leasing Program, honoring veterans. A person or business can sponsor a flag for $50 per year and the flags will be flown during five holidays throughout the year.

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Santa Maria Bullring prepares for Grand Finale Bullfight

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La Gloria, Texas – Santa Maria Bullring will host the grand finale bullfight of the season on Sunday, March 11. Each winter season, Fred Renk, the owner of the bullring in La Gloria, brings in some of the most skillful matadors to perform the bloodless bullfights for Winter Texan fans.

This season’s grand finale is no exception; Renk has not only arranged to have Michelito Lagravere and Manolo Martinez, two of Mexico’s premier matadors to perform, but he has also challenged them to fight the huge bulls from El Colminar Viejo, a breeding ranch ranked among the best of the best in the world.

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Canada Day a fun-filled event at Riverside Club

20150303 Canada Day KO 7750The Riverside Club was built for people to have fun.

Consider it mission accomplished.

Johnny and Jennifer Hart have owned the club, located right on the border and along the Rio Grande, since 1982. They have watched it transition from being a summer gathering spot with boats all along the river to a Winter Texan hot spot and where Johnny navigates the waters daily on the Riverside Dreamer pontoon boat.

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Senior Texan Softball warming up for USA vs Canada

20180301 Canada USA Softball Game Preview MILLER IMG 6642The Senior Texan Softball League, made up primarily of Winter Texans, but is also open to locals, has two mottos.

The first is “Life is a Game – Softball is Serious.”

The second is “You don't quit playing when you grow old. You grow old when you quit playing.”

Competition is something that these men and women have never gotten out of their bloodstream. That competitive nature and talent will be on display Thursday, March 8 during the United States – Canada Day at the Westside Softball Park, located at 1000 S. Ware Road in McAllen.

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Quilt-A-Bees to hold annual quilt show

20180301 Alamo Rose Quilt A Bees JPGThe Alamo Rose Quilt-A-Bees will hold their fourth annual quilt show from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Alamo Rose Park, located at 938 S. Alamo Road in Alamo.

The Quilt-A-Bees will feature their special Friendship Quilt. Each quilter made nine square blocks of their own design and color. They shared these blocks with each other and then were challenged to design their quilt using these nine patch blocks.

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Bensten Grove Resort takes pickleball to another level

20180301 Bentsen Grove Pickleball Courts MILLER IMG 4046MISSION - With 130 registered pickleball players and just one indoor court, the folks at Bentsen Grove Resort decided to construct a building to shorten wait times for those who would surround the old court, inside a building known as “the hangar.”

The “hangar” court would also double as a tennis court (sometimes also as a volleyball court) and when the residents used it for pickleball, those waiting to play would act as ball boys, chasing down balls and getting them back in play quickly to decrease the amount of time a game took.

Now, however, Bentsen Grove residents have the Valley mecca of pickleball courts. A 65-foot by 60-foot, air conditioned and heated building that holds two immaculate pickleball courts reminiscent of the hardcourts that the U.S. Open and Australian Open tennis tournaments are played on. There is also a set of bleachers, a cylinder on the side of each net for extra pickleballs, signup sheets and a schedule that determines the times specific leagues and skill levels can play, including when there's open court for anyone to play.

20180301 Bentsen Grove Pickleball Courts MILLER IMG 4052Programs include beginners training, beginners play, ladies only play, men only play, intermediate training, intermediate play and competitive play. There are also open play times available to all skill levels.

Larry Vermeersch, the park's pickleball chairman, said that the sport is the fastest-growing sport in North America and has seen the number of players increase at the park. He added that he expects even more players in the coming years.

“This is good for recruiting new residents,” he said. “It's good for every age group and competition level. The court is smaller than a tennis court so there's not as much running – but it still gets intense.”

While the sport may seem to be new, references claim that the sport began during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Wash., at the home of former State Representative Joel Pritchard who, in 1972, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and eventually went on to become Lieutenant Governor of Washington.

Returning home from a round of golf with two of his friends, they saw that their families were bored so they tried to set up a badminton net but couldn’t find a shuttlecock. They improvised with a Wiffle ball, lowered the net and made some improvised “paddles.” It has been fine tuned ever since then.

20180301 Bentsen Grove Pickleball Courts MILLER IMG 4059Vermeesch said he heard about the sport being played at a nearby school back in his hometown. He and his wife checked in on it and have been playing ever since. He said when he first started playing at the park they would play outside in an empty lot.

“This is much better now,” he said.

The games are even part of the Golden Age Olympics run the City of McAllen Parks and Recreation Department and is second only to shuffleboard in popularity.

Travel, Health and Wellness Expo offers free health screenings

20180208 McAllen Health Wellness Vision Screening 0084Once again this year, the Travel, Health and Wellness Expo will merge the "Heart of the Valley" Health Fair with the McAllen International Travel Show at the McAllen Convention Center in a single better and greater event. Rio Grande Regional Hospital, Boggus Ford and the Winter Texan Times are the title sponsors for this event in partnership with the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.

The Travel, Health and Wellness Expo will be hosted on Feb. 13 and 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center. With over 7,000 thousand expected to attend, this is the largest health event in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Complete the Winter Texan Survey

20180201 Kindle Fire HDWe want to remind our readers to be sure and complete the Winter Texan Survey being conducted by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The bi-annual survey studies the economic impact of Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley.

The easiest way to complete the survey is online at http://utrgv.edu/wintertexan and there is a link to the survey on the home page of our website at www.wintertexantimes.com.

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Cash in on Travel, Health & Wellness Expo show specials

/20180201 Travel Show LauraRobles 2If you enjoy getting out and having fun, then you’ll want to come out to the McAllen Travel, Health & Wellness Expo to see all the great travel destinations and fun things to do – both near and far. If you like getting special deals on doing all that fun stuff, then you’ll definitely want to come check out the Expo specials offered by this year’s exhibitors.

The Texas State Aquarium will be giving out Winter Texan coupons good for 50 percent off the regular admission price to see the newly expanded aquarium, which now features the new Caribbean Journey exhibit that was completed in 2017. This new exhibit includes an expansive jungle with free-flying birds and aquatic overlooks, the 400,000-gallon H-E-B Caribbean Sea with sharks, stingrays and other species, and the Whataburger 4-Dimension Theater.

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Palm Shadows Navy moms ship care packages

20180125 PalmShadows MAS Every month Navy moms across the nation adopt a unit that has requested a morale boost for a program called “Molly’s Adopt a Sailor.”

Since 2016, Palm Shadows RV Park in Donna has created care packages, organized by Ruth Clayton-Davis, a Navy mom who has been organizing packing parties in Davenport, Iowa, since 2011. Many Palm Shadows residents are veterans, veterans’ wives and parents, or have active duty military in their families. This year, Navy mom Ria Richards from Alamo and volunteer Linda Garza from Mercedes also helped.

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Red Hat Queens meet on South Padre

Members of The Red Hat Queen’s Council met for lunch at Daddy’s on South Padre Island on Monday Jan. 8. They were reminded of the upcoming Festival of Tables planned For Jan. 29 at Trophy Gardens in San Juan. There were a few tickets still available. Any Red Hat lady wanting a ticket, ($18), should call Jan Bergman at (956) 532-1223 or (956) 781-8485.

The Dazzling Dolphin Beach Party will be held at the Schlitterbahn, on South Padre Island on Tuesday, February 27. This year’s theme is black and white attire. Those wanting tickets should make checks payable to Schlitterbahn and mail them to Debbie Storlie. Debbie may be contacted at debbiestorlie@gmail.com or call (920) 216-2813. Doors open at 11 a.m. and there will be a Mexican buffet served at noon. Tickets are $15.

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Texas Citrus Fiesta Schedule

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Royal Coronation

The Texas Citrus Fiesta Royal Coronation of King Citrus and Queen Citrianna will be held at 7 p.m. at the Neuhaus Gym on the campus of Mission High School, located at 1802 W. Cleo Dawson Drive. Tickets for general seating are $5 and $10 for reserved seating.

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NPBR bull riders to perform at Mercedes

20180118 NPBR CLAYTON BAETHGE NPBR SAT MC 38The “Hottest 8 Seconds of the year” is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. The National Professional Bull Riders bring some of the nation’s top bull riders to town for a two-day event on Jan. 27 and 28 in the Payne Auto Group Arena at the RGV Livestock Show Complex, Mercedes.

Top cowboys will compete for an average of $14,000 in money and prizes. The NPBR is one of the premier bull riding tours in the country and has been entertaining crowds since established in 2000.

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