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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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LJISD Presents Folklorico & Mariachi Concert

La Joya ISD, the school district that pioneered mariachi and folklórico dance programs in the Rio Grande Valley over 30 years ago will host a concert featuring the district’s three high schools’ award-winning performing groups.

The annual “3 Schools, 1 Voice” concert will feature a collaboration of folklorico and mariachi students from the district’s three high schools La Joya High School, Juarez-Lincoln High School and Palmview High School. The mariachi music and folkloric dance performances will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 13. at 2 p.m. at the Alejandro “Alex” H. Saenz Performing Arts Center, located at 604.N. Coyote Dr.

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Fall Powwow is October 21-22

The annual fall Powwow by the South Texas Indian Dancers will feature a colorful display of dancers in full costume Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 at the Lark Community Center and Library, 2601 Lark Ave, in McAllen. Indian dancers in full costume will perform traditional dances. The costumes have a great deal of symbolism and meaning to those who proudly wear them for special events such as this one. Guests may have the opportunity to visit with those wearing the costumes to learn more about what the designs represent.        

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Boo and the Zoo is Oct. 30-31

Boo at the Zoo, a Halloween tradition at the Gladys Porter Zoo, is an alternative to trick or treating on the streets. Guests will be able to enjoy over 50 carnival-style games and treat stations along with a Spooktacular Haunted House.  Hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Zoo members get in early at 5 p.m. 

Discounted pre-sale tickets will be on sale in the Zoo office for $2.50 for both adults and children. After October 29, ticket prices will go up to $3.50 per person. Zoo members receive free tickets. For more information please call (956) 546-7187 or visit www.gpz.org.   

Hole-in-One: Win a Car

Catholic War Veterans Post 1065 Mission will be hosting the “Armed Forces Veterans Golf Tournament,” and the public is invited. The Post is seeking sponsors and teams for the fundraising event scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Mission Shary Golf Course, 1900 N. Mayberry. It will be a three-man team tournament with door prizes, drawing, food and more. The hole-in-one prize is a car donated by Bert Ogden Mission. Pictured are, Judge Advocate Manuel Tanguma; veteran Cipi Saenz, General Manager at Bert Ogden Mission; 1st Vice Cmdr. Felix Ramirez; O.D Modesto Saavedra; State Commander David Silva; 2nd Vice Cmdr. Ginger Silva; Trustee Ernesto Flores; and Post Commander Luis Andres Lopez. To become a sponsor or to sign up a team, call the Post at 583-5961 or the Shary Pro Shop at 580-8770.

National Butterfly Center draws media attention

2016 National Butterfly Center LEG5067 SHOWMarianna Wright, CEO of the National Butterfly Center (NBC) in Mission told the Mission City Council in their Monday, Oct. 10, meeting, the Butterfly Center is drawing favorable attention to Mission as the time for the Texas Butterfly Festival draws near.

Wright said many species of butterflies, including the endangered Monarchs could be expected in South Texas during mid- to late October through mid-November, which is the peak of butterfly season.

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Magic Valley Chorus Annual Show is Feb. 21

Magic Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present its annual spring show “Black and White and Read All Over” on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. at PSJA High School Performing Arts Center. The school is located on Veterans Blvd (I Rd) and Ridge Road in San Juan. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door and are available from any chorus member and also at the Alamo Chamber of Commerce.

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Laughing Bird flying high in RGV

Get ready for some laughs and original music as Tupelo and Janey Wing Kenyon return to the Rio Grande Valley for another round of entertaining shows. The couple has worked together since 1978 when they met in Alaska. Since that time they have traveled all over the United States and a good bit of the world having done tours in South America, Europe and Asia.

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Harlingen Concert Association announces new season

The Harlingen Concert Association has several offerings for the Winter Texan season.

On Jan. 7, Svetlana Smolina, pianist will present a concert. Smolina’s performances have been called “mesmerizing” by the New York Times.

On Jan. 21 a totally different type of music will be presented when the Presidio brass comes to town. The show is a wild ride of blazing technique and seamless precision, according to the Ponca City News in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Look for Savannah Jack on Friday, Feb. 19. These musicians are high-energy, featuring music from all genres with tight harmonies.

Read more: Harlingen Concert Association announces new season

MOSTHistory plans Christmas celebration

Winter Texans are invited to attend Fiesta de Noche Buena from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Museum of South Texas History (MOSTHistory), 200 N. Closner in Edinburg.

Fiesta de Noche Buena is a Spanish phrase translated as “party of good night” and refers to a traditional Christmas Eve feast after a religious mass that is observed in Mexico. Among the holiday foods and decorations are poinsettias, also known as noche buenas, which are indigenous to Mexico. The legend associated with the poinsettia, or noche buena, is that of a poor Mexican girl who presents weeds to the infant Jesus that miraculously turn into beautiful red flowers – noche buenas.

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