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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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VIP hosts welcome party to open season

Residents of VIP La Feria RV Park held their annual Welcome Back party on Friday, October 28. The party had a tropical theme and residents were asked to wear tropical apparel. Guests were given colorful leis when they arrived.

Ruth Dearinger, activity director, said there were a number of activities. Some of the daring men from the park dressed in hula skirts and wore “coconuts” while they danced the hula.

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  • San Juan Gardens keeps residents active

    2018401 Shorts San Juan Gardens Ladies LuncheonSan Juan Gardens had many activities to celebrate the Winter Texan season, including a new event called Tape Measure Racing where races are held in double-elimination heats, and everyone is eligible to participate. The park also holds 30-minute low-impact exercise time every weekday for all ages, including a 90-year-old who gets… Read More +

  • Paradise Resort Estates raises money for charities

    20180401 Shorts Paradise Estates1Paradise Resort Estates in Pharr, held its annual Spaghetti Supper and Charity Auction on Friday, Feb. 16th.

    The resort’s Community Outreach Committee sponsored the event and proceeds are donated to local charities. This year’s proceeds totaled $7,000. Some of the items for auction included wood carvings and a… Read More +

  • Split Rail Party

    20180401 Shorts Split Rail Party1At the end of each season, the Split Rail Association at Split Rail RV Park in Mission throws a thank you party for its residents, filled with good food and entertainment. In mid-March, residents enjoyed a delicious catered lunch of grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw and all the fixins and dessert.… Read More +

  • Southern Comfort RV Park hosts Bocce tournaments

    20180401 Shorts Southern Comfort Bocce JPGSouthern Comfort RV Park, located at 1501 S Airport Dr. in Weslaco has been running bocce ball tournaments for the past couple of years. What started as one bocce tournament in the park is now up to three and signs are that the growth is going to continue.

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  • Winter Texans volunteer at Lutheran church

    20180322 El Buen Pastor IMG 5095For nearly a decade, Stan Kirschbaum and Bill White of Hidden Valley Ranch, and Ralph Freudenberg of Mission West RV Park have spearheaded projects at El Buen Pastor Lutheran Church.

    The congregation from Westminster Lutheran Fellowship at Pleasant Valley Ranch have collected money and, most recently,… Read More +

  • La Floresta holds tournament championship golf event

    20180315 LaFloresta Golf GAIL CATRON MENS CHAMPIONGail Catron, Men’s Champion

    La Floresta Park and Golf Course held its version of the PGA Championship March 5-8 with 32 men and 24 ladies competing in the annual event. La Floresta is located at 4140 La Floresta Road in Mercedes.

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  • The Power of One

    20180308 Palm Resaca Single Ladiesbest2The vitality of any Winter Texan Park is the result of the positive efforts and friendly interactions of its residents. A small core of single women in Palm Resaca Park have made a tremendous effect on helping to make the park run smoothly.

    Single women account for more than 10 percent of park residents. These women have involved themselves in leadership… Read More +

  • Mexican Whistling Ducks enjoy Palm Resaca Park

    20180301 Whistling Ducks mexicanducks2Marching single file, seemingly with purpose. They are not soldiers mustering on the parade grounds or cows heading home at feeding time. They are black-bellied whistling ducks.

    As a Winter Texan from Canada, I find the birds of Southern Texas fascinating. Dozens of Whistlers dwell along the Resaca de la Guerra that flows past our mobile home at Palm Resaca Park in… Read More +

  • Canada Day celebrated at Riverside Club

    20180306 CanadaDay Riverside GU 1889Hundreds of Canadians showed up at the Riverside Club in Mission on Tuesday, March 6 to join in the fun of the annual Canada Day celebration. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the music provided by the Riverside Club Band led by Randy Dupuis and enjoying drinks and food. They were a number of… Read More +

  • Encore brings tribute concerts to RGV resorts

    20180329 Encore Abba Fab 2676The 2017-18 Winter Texan season is fast coming to a close – and Encore is quickly giving Winter Texans some great reasons to look forward to next year.

    The management group that oversees more than 200 RV resorts in 21 states has announced five tribute bands coming… Read More +

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