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Mission’s annual Christmas lighting celebration is Dec. 2

Photographs with Santa, free drawings for bicycles and toys, folklorico groups, musical and choral performances are all on the agenda for the City of Mission’s annual Christmas Lighting Celebration on Friday, Dec. 2.

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Concert II features Wong and Super Strings

McALLEN – The Valley Symphony Orchestra (VSO) presents the second chamber concert of the 65th anniversary season with Geoffrey Wong and the Super Strings. It will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the 17th Floor Sky Tower Club in the Chase Neuhaus Bank building in McAllen.

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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.

 

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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.

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MMA To Hold Pearl Harbor Parade Dec 7

Military Academy in Harlingen will host the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Parade Wed., Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. on the MMA Parade Ground. Veterans from all military branches are encouraged to attend, particularly those who served in World War II.

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Lakewood RV Resort plans events to help needy

Lakewood RV Park’s annual “Christmas for the Needy” Project will take place Dec. 2-4. The annual Soup and Bake Sale for the Needy fundraiser will be held Friday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   On Saturday, Dec. 3, a western and ballroom Dance for the Needy fundraiser will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. On Sunday Dec. 4, a Line/Round/Square Dance fundraiser will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Drawing tickets for a large quilt will be offered at all of these events.

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Edinburg Chamber says, ‘Welcomes Back’

20161117-Welcome-Back-Edinburg DSC 0454 KOWinter Texans from all parks in Edinburg took part in the annual Edinburg Welcome Back & Expo held Thursday, Nov. 17. The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce greeted returning Winter Texans with margaritas as they walked in the door.

They also served a meal consisting of a barbecue sandwich, potato chips and a large “Welcome Back” cake!

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How to build an awesome sandcastle

20161117 WEB Sand-CastlesWhen my son visited recently with his wife and children from Idaho, the children were dying to go to the beach. So naturally, Grammy had to take them. But what do you do when the water is too cold to get in due to the season’s first cold front? Build sandcastles, of course!

South Padre Island is known around the world for its Sand Castle Days world competition and foreign visitors often travel to South Texas to compete. Andy Hancock is one of the best local builders of sand castles. According to Trip Advisor, he is the best in South Texas. He was very accommodating and came out to meet us in front of Billy Bong’s Bar and Grill on short notice.

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Giant sea turtles call South Padre Island home

20161117 SeaTurtlesOne of the things people who live in the Midwest or inland portions of the country enjoy the most about spending their winters so close to a seashore is the ability to see the marine animals that live along the coat.

On South Padre Island there is a special opportunity to view the giant sea turtles that live in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. On occasion these turtles are found in the water injured. Boaters who find them often bring them to Sea Turtle, Inc., a conservation organization that has rescued and saved hundreds of endangered sea turtles.

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BlueBonnet RV hosts first gospel jam

20161117 Kelly-LyonsMISSION—At 6-foot-4, and maybe a little more, with wide shoulders and 14EEE shoes, 87-year-old Kelly Lyons can still be a daunting figure, even if a slight foot pain causes him a little grief when he tries to stand up.

His genuine smile, a seemingly never-dulling sparkle in his eyes and quick-witted barbs tell only a little of the story of a man who has seen much war but is at great peace. He approaches the mic, says a few words to bring out some chuckles, and begins a rendition of “Why Me Lord,” written by Kris Kristofferson and recorded by all the great, classic names – Cash, Willie, Haggard, Gaither, Elvis. Lyons wants to share the same peace he has.

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Tip ‘O Texas, Paradise Park residents enjoy park activities

It may have been the end of the weekend, but that didn't stop many people from enjoying their Sunday night at the Tip 'O Texas RV Resort in Pharr.

Billiards was going strong as several men got their competitive juices flowing, playing eight-ball in the billiards room just off the main hall. One building over, about 25 residents enjoyed card games of rummy, gin and who knows what else.

A few miles away at Paradise Park in Pharr, about 50 people – some from the park, others being visitors, enjoyed the first movie of the year – Ithaca, starring Alex Neustaedter, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Popcorn, candy bars, sodas, drinks and other snacks were available for the season-opening event.

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands hosts Migration Celebration

20161110 WEB Edinburg-Scenic-Wetlands Across-the-pond---panarama-smallCelebrate the fall season with an afternoon of art and monarch butterflies during the annual Migration Celebration and Scenic Arts Festival on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Migration Celebration will highlight the monarch butterfly. Learn about the imperiled butterfly, the challenges it faces, and the incredible migration it makes every year. Enjoy guided butterfly walks, monarch education stations, a wildlife talk, crafts and games. Free face painting will be offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Food vendors will also be on site.

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Veterans get free admission to USS Lexington on Nov. 11

20161110 WEB LexPhotoOn Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, all Veterans and active duty members of the United States military will get free admission to the USS Lexington Museum located on the bay in Corpus Christi.

A salute to Veterans ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. and will include a tribute to the military and a wreath-laying. Congressman Blake Farenthold will be guest speaker. Jay Wise, past board president, will represent the museum. Veterans will be aboard to Present the Colors and play patriotic music during the event.

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Visitors enjoy Texas Butterfly Festival

20161110 WEB Juniper-Hairstreak-on-Milkweed Julie-Shaw -WinnerThe 2016 Texas Butterfly Festival held last weekend was a great success, reports Marianna Trevino-Wright, director of the National Butterfly Center in Mission where the annual festival was held.

This year’s festival had 158 registrants from 22 states. Participants recorded sighting 113 species of butterflies from three days of field trips across the Rio Grande Valley.  That is the greatest number of registrants in four years, since the National Butterfly Center assumed responsibility for organizing and operating the festival on behalf of the City of Mission. 

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Top News

  • November 14, 2018 - Wild by Nature

    Of the 400-plus species of birds that have been reported to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird across the Rio Grande Valley, most are year-round residents. Others are either winter or summer residents, some are migratory visitors and a few are vagrant, or accidental, species. While the birds that fall into the first three categories make up the vast majority of bird species you’ll see here in the Valley,… Read More +

  • Weslaco Museum showcases history and culture of city

    20181114 WeslacoMuseum 7987According to Sara Walker, executive director of the Weslaco Museum, located at 500 S. Texas Blvd., the museum is dedicated to showcasing the history and culture of Weslaco. Divided into two sections, one half is dedicated to the history of the city while the other showcases the culture.

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  • Veterans Honored at Veterans War Memorial of Texas

    While the cold drizzle and windy conditions on Saturday, Nov. 10, led to moving McAllen’s Veteran’s Day program inside for the first time, featured speaker State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa would not have minded being at the memorial site, recalling the often-wet climate of Vietnam, where he served and where he lost three buddies. The annual Veterans Day remembrance is normally held at the Veterans War Memorial of… Read More +

  • MOSTHistory unveils new Then and Now exhibit Saturday

    20181114 MOSTH Southern Pacific ThenEDINBURG, Texas – As the Museum of South Texas History’s 1910 Jail renovations come to an end, the new Hidalgo County Courthouse will begin construction. It’s a sign of life’s progress. But, how much has changed in the city of Edinburg? You can find out by visiting at the new temporary exhibit, “Edinburg:… Read More +

  • Sweetwater brings sweet music, dancing to WT resorts

    20181110 Sweetwater band at Trophy Gardens Miller 2272It didn’t take long for the dancing to kick into high gear. In fact, the dance floor was a popular place as soon as long-time band Sweetwater played its first song on Saturday at Trophy Gardens RV Resort in Alamo.

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  • Kicking off the season with a jam

    20181114 Country Jam Bit O Heaven HM 1823Mick Warborg distinctly remembers his wife being out and about, garage/yard sale hopping. She came home one day with “a bunch of stuff,” he said. “All kinds of things in boxes.”

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  • Bridge of Hope Children’s Choir to perform

    20181114 BOHAM DSC 0373The Bridge of Hope Africa Ministries Children’s Choir will perform in concert at Restful Valley Ranch at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, reports Restful Valley Activities Director Karla McNelly.

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  • Texas Wheels: Popular band in the Winter Texan park scene

    20181107 Texas Wheels 02Mike and Irma Wimsett started making their way to their seats, ready to take a break after dancing to a couple songs by one of their favorite bands, Texas Wheels. It was a Saturday night at Mission Bell and just like every Saturday, Texas Wheels is a regular, performing from 7 to 10 p.m.

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  • Chris Carney: Veteran, helicopter pilot, Canyon Lake resident

    20181107 Helicopter Pilot Chris Carney ChopperChris Carney looked out and around the local coffee shop, his eyes seemingly never reaching a destination as his face showed he was contemplating what to say.

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  • Caring & Sharing

    FromthepublisherAs we approach the holiday season, our hearts are drawn to those less fortunate – especially the children who, without the generosity of others, would have a very sad and bleak Christmas. Winter Texans have a remarkable reputation for their generous hearts and are known to plan food and clothing drives, make quilts and gather toy donations for many needy… Read More +

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