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Golden Age Olympics kicks off

MCALLEN - More than 1,500 competitors – most being Winter Texans – began hitting the streets, the gyms, the pools and other venues Jan. 16 as the 37th annual Golden Age Olympics gets under way.

Organized by the City of McAllen, there are more than 30 events ranging from card games, like pinochle and poker, to team sports, like volleyball and petanque, to adventure, like the great chase. There is something for whatever level of activity a competitor may be interested in.

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DHR plans free health fair

Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance will hold their 11th annual free Community Health Fair an on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

The DHR Community Health Fair will provide free health screenings, medical information, education and health related services.

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33rd Longest Causeway Run &Fitness Walk is Jan. 14

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor the annual Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. Runners will start at 10 a.m. and walkers will start a 10:15 a.m. from the Community Center.

Late registration is available on-site at the Port Isabel Community Center, 213 Yturria, Port Isabel on Friday, Jan. 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The cost is $35.

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Frontera Audubon announces new bird walk

Frontera Audubon will be hosting Bird Walks with Ernest on Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Admission is $5. According to Ernest, half the species of the entire United States have been spotted in the Rio Grande Valley and many have made their way to Frontera Audubon in Weslaco for a stopover. Recent sightings include rarities such as the blue bunting, crimson-collared grosbeak and more.

Friends of Frontera Audubon who would like to help their cause can do so on Thursday, Jan. 12, by having dinner at Chipotle Grill, 1919 W. Expressway 83, Suite 100 in Weslaco.   A total of 50 percent of the profits from those who tell the cashier they are there to support Frontera Audubon, will be donated to the Frontera Audubon Nature Park.

Entries Being Accepted for “Turning of the Quilts”

20160107 QUILT SHOWThe Mission Historical Museum is once again looking for antique (or just “old and interesting”) quilts for a “Turning of the Quilts” program to be offered in February. Quilts are presented stacked on a bed. As each quilt is shown, it is turned down to reveal the next quilt, until all have been presented.

The museum will be accepting vintage quilts from now until Friday, Jan. 27. Quilts can be brought in Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum will be closed December 23 through 26, and January 1 and 2.

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Hidalgo Festival of Lights offers entertainment for all ages

20161215 Hidalgo Festival of Lights DSC 0562 KOWham! Pow! Shazam! Watch out for those superheroes! As the presentation begins each superhero is introduced by Wonder Woman and honored for finally having captured the Joker, Batman’s nemesis, and put him in jail.

Spiderman, Superman, Captain American and Batman all take their bows for this wonderful feat! Suddenly who should appear but the Joker himself, who has broken out of jail. He takes on each of the superheroes, defeating them in battle, then escapes out into the crowd proclaiming his intention to ruin the Festival of Lights!

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Singers wanted for Men of A-chord practice

20161215 Men of A Chord Rehearsal 20160112 100 0045Imagine singing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “God Bless America,” in Barbershop style four-part harmony. Now imagine having some fun performing tunes like “King of the Road” or “Ragtime Gal” as part of a men’s barbershop chorus that likes to liven things up and have a little fun.

Imagine no more, men. If you enjoy singing, and especially if you have sung before in a choir or other group, the Men of A-Chord Barbershop Chorus wants you to join them.

The Men of A-Chord men’s chorus practices on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, located at the southwest corner of Pecan and 2nd Street, in McAllen. Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the group is invited to visit their rehearsals. As one member of the group said, “if you sing a bad note, they don’t jump on you,” and they’re all easy-going guys who like to ham it up.

Mission WT Activities Association announces season schedule

The Mission Area Winter Texan Activities Association will host a series of tournaments and events for Winter Texans beginning with shuffleboard on Dec. 12 and continuing through Jan. 30.

Opportunities to compete in shuffleboard, billiards, golf, and bowling will be provided. There will also be a Cabaret Dance Feb. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $15. Music is by Keys & Strings.

Read more: Mission WT Activities Association announces season schedule

Tour of San Antonio available

Have a yen to visit San Antonio while in the Rio Grande Valley but don’t want to drive in that traffic? Here’s the perfect tour. It was put together by activity directors at Bit O’ Heaven and Chimney Park last year for their residents. But when the tornado hit Chimney Park this summer several of the residents scheduled to go backed out because of expenses in repairing or replacing their units.

As a result, there are about 20 spaces now available for this special chartered tour of San Antonio. The tour will take place Jan.7-10 and costs $497 per person, double occupancy. Full payment is due by Dec. 16. This almost all-inclusive tour includes all costs except two lunches and personal purchases.

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Brownsville’s holiday Village: ‘I Like It!’

20141125 Holiday Village KO IMG 6471“I like it,” shouted my exuberant two-year-old great grandson, Jordon, when we pulled into a parking space in front of one of the brightly lit little cottages in the Brownsville Holiday Village. “I like it,” he repeated

Jordon was already ready for something special because we rode in the car for over an hour to get there, singing Christmas songs as we made the drive to get in the spirit. After a quick stop for pizza so no one would starve (and throw tantrums) we got to the park. As it was a holiday weekend, the park was teeming with little children, all of whom clearly “liked it.”

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Not all of Salvation Army’s ‘Angels’ were adopted

20151210 angel1Because there was an unusually large number of children listed as angels under the Salvation Army’s “Adopt an Angel’’ program for Christmas this year, not all children got adopted.

Over 2200 angel listings went out this year, a rise over the 2092 that went out last year.

However, according to Eloise Montemayor of the Salvation Army, there is still time to help as distributions to parents will not be made until Dec. 16.

Read more: Not all of Salvation Army’s ‘Angels’ were adopted

Fiesta de Noche Buena returns to MOSTH

EDINBURG—Celebrate the season and fill up on holiday cheer at the Museum of South Texas History Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. Returning for its second year, Fiesta de Noche Buena will include lively performances and local culture activities inside the museum’s spacious facility.

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Holiday celebrations continue

20151217 HidalgoFestivalofLights 0659 SHOWAll across the Valley people are gearing up to celebrate the holidays. Here are a few opportunities that are available for Winter Texans to enjoy the holiday seasons.

Dec. 8 – Enjoy Christmas trees? Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood, will have their Christmas extravaganza Dec. 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. Enjoy a chance to see the beautiful trees and sing along with some Christmas music.

In McAllen at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset Dr., the annual Christmas Concert will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $3. Call 681-3370 for information.

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UVAL plans ceramic workshop

The Upper Valley Art League is a offering a two-day ceramic workshop on Dec. 16 and 17 with Alexander Comminos from the University of Texas RGV as the instructor. It is planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.

The first day will cover hand building, wheel throwing and molds. Second-day focus is glazes, slips and surface, finishing off with mold and glaze give away.

Cost is $36 for UVAL members and $46 for nonmembers. Class size is limited to 12 people, and registration and payment is required at the same time.

Classes will be held at the UVAL studio in the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center, 921 E. 12th, in Mission, next to Speer Memorial Library. Call 956-583-2787 for information or stop by the UVAL gallery to register.

Nominations sought for Valley Star Awards

The following list of names of entertainers has been composed for possible nominations for the upcoming Valley Star Awards in February. If your favorite star’s name is not on the list and he or she is returning this season, call Robert or Billie Ferguson at (574) 361-2947 by Dec. 8 and they will add the name to the list.

Once the list is complete it will be given to the activity directors at their December meeting. The activity directors will vote for their top four favorites in each category. The top four names in each category will be the final nominees appearing on the ballot in the Winter Texan Times in January.

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MHM accepting entries for 11th Mission Quilt Show

Calling all quilters. It’s time to enter one of your creations in the Mission Quilt Show. The Mission Historical Museum is accepting entries beginning Nov. 29 for its 11th Annual Mission Quilt Show. Entries will be accepted in three categories: Hand-quilted bed quilts; Machine-quilted bed quilts; and Wall hangings. The show is open to all quilters, both Winter Texans and year-round residents.

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Pearl Harbor, 911 attacks to be remembered Dec. 7

The public is invited to attend the Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Twin Towers ceremony beginning at 10 hours 7 December 2016 at the Veterans War Memorial of Texas, 29th St. and Col. Plummer Dr., East of the McAllen Convention Center. Keynote speakers, McAllen High School band and choir and Zavala Elementary School choir will highlight the ceremony.

This ceremony is one of the most important patriotic events of the American people. Its message reminds the American people of the consequences of unexpected armed attacks on American soils.

 

Read more: Pearl Harbor, 911 attacks to be remembered Dec. 7

Laguna Madre Art League Christmas Show has moved

For anyone seeking an unusual or one-of-a-kind Christmas gift, look no further than the Laguna Madre Art League’s annual Christmas Show and Sale of Fine Arts and Crafts. The show will be held Dec. 2 and 3.

According to Sally Heath, LMAL public relations spokesperson, this year the League’s show will be a part of the Winter Marketplace being held at the South Padre Island Convention Center.

Read more: Laguna Madre Art League Christmas Show has moved

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