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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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Lemon Tree RV Inn has 40-year history of pancake dinners

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Pancakes galore!

The large griddle allows cooking of up to 24 pancakes at a time at Lemon Tree’s pancake dinners. Lemon Tree RV Inn held their first Thursday night pancake dinner of the season on Nov. 30 with a crowd of about 100 people coming to eat. Gwen Baker, of Iowa, said at the height of the season there will be up to 350 people each Thursday.

Getting into the spirit of the season, greeter Naomi Olson of Vermont was dressed as a Christmas present. (She changes her costume weekly so go and see what she is wearing.)

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FUMC plans Live Nativity in La Feria

20171130 Live Nativity ShepherdsFirst United Methodist Church of La Feria will host its Live Nativity on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. At the Live Nativity, the church parking lot transforms into the town of Bethlehem. Visitors can either drive or walk through the village and see the original Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Live Nativity will feature Joseph and Mary as well as a full cast of townspeople, angels, wise men, kings, soldiers, shepherds and live animals. The event will also include live and recorded music. The Live Nativity is free and open to the public.

FUMC-La Feria is located at 331 S. Main St. in La Feria, next to Tiny Town Park. For more information on the Live Nativity or to volunteer, call (956) 245-5742 or 797-1393.

Bells ring to raise funds for year-round assistance

20171130 Bell Ringers 7327It’s that time again when shoppers will be greeted by the sound of The Salvation Army bells ringing at stores throughout the RGV. The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s major fundraising event of the year and all proceeds support year-round programs and emergency assistance benefitting those in need in our community.

Believe it or not The Salvation Army red kettles were once hailed as “the newest and most novel device for collecting money” way back in 1898 by the New York World newspaper. The first sighting of The Salvation Army kettle was in 1891, when a young Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco was looking for a way to fund a community Christmas dinner for the area’s poor. He remembered as a sailor seeing a large pot on the dock in Liverpool, England, where passersby would drop charitable donations. Captain McFee secured a large red pot, positioned it so all those going to and from the ferryboats could see it, and launched a tradition that has since spread throughout the world.

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Veterans to be honored

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American Spire Of Honor
The American Spire of Honor stands at the center of Veteran's War Memorial of Texas.

At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, an armistice was agreed to in 1918, ending World War I. That moment, 99 years ago, was called Armistice Day and subsequently in 1919 became a solemn, patriotic occasion honoring all those Americans who fought in what was called “The Great War.” It became a national observance in 1938.

On June 1, 1954, the U.S. Congress changed the word “Armistice” in the 1938 law to “Veterans” and urged the nation to additionally honor those on Nov. 11 who served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. And now, the national holiday honors all those who have been in military service.

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Winter Texans wanted to help with Edinburg Bird-a-thon

It’s time for the 5th Annual Edinburg Bird-a-Thon and the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center wants Winter Texans to help count migrating birds. This event runs from April 1 to May 1 and everybody can participate.

This family-friendly competition is a great way to start and learn about the migrating species that are making their way north through the Lower Rio Grande Valley.During this time period, bird diversity is at its peak and sightings are in abundance.

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We Had Great Time!

It has been a busy winter season for our staff here at the Winter Texan Times. Trying to keep up with all the many Winter Texan activities going on throughout the Rio Grande Valley keeps us on our toes. But we always have fun attending the activities and events held for our Winter Texan friends who come to the Valley each year.

We’ve enjoyed seeing you and visiting with you at so many different events, from the awesome RC car races at Alamo Palms MH Resort and the wood carving at Ranchero Village to the rock ‘n roll jam at Paradise Resort Estates and many other activities held every day in the RV parks and resorts.

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Winter Texan Activities Association seeks volunteers

The Winter Texan Activities Association (WTAA) is a volunteer-run association that has been organizing fun activities for Winter Texans in the Mission area for the past 30 years.

But, as it goes with many organizations today, they need a fresh crop of volunteers to help keep the organization running.  Sharon Northedge, president of the association, said the board was considering dissolving the association due to a lack of people to help run the events they put on each year. But after meeting with Jim Brunson, publisher of the Winter Texan Times, decided to hold on a little longer and try to muster some help.

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Thanks for coming!

As we approach the end of another winter season, it is time to say farewell to many of our Winter Texan Friends who will be leaving soon. Before you go, we want to thank you for choosing the Rio Grande Valley as your winter home.

We are always delighted to see so many of you come to the Valley each year to enjoy the warm weather, the friendly people, the modest cost of living and the many, activities and entertainers here to make your stay all the more enjoyable.

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MOSTH speaker to present Bandit Wars era

The Museum of South Texas History will present “Bandits by the Border: The Mexican Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley” on Sunday, Mar. 19, at 2 p.m. as part of its Sunday Speaker Series. The presentation will cover historical conditions in the Rio Grande Valley that led to the “Bandit Wars,” a term historically used to define the era, of the 1910s.

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