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Hidalgo Festival of Lights begins

The 2009 Festival of Lights in Hidalgo kicked off Nov. 30 with an illuminated parade to begin the festive holiday season. The Valley's most famous light festival will continue through the month of December with the heart of the show taking place right in front of the Hidalgo City Hall, located at 704 E. Texano.

Perhaps the most relaxing and enjoyable way to partake of the festivities in Hidalgo is to buy the dinner and entertainment package. The dinners will began this week with serving times at 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., giving those who purchase dinner tickets an opportunity to enjoy the entertainment on the outdoor stage in front of the Hidalgo City Hall. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased only at the Dodge Arena Ticket Box Office. The ticket includes a dinner, seating for the entertainment, and a trolley ride.

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Glenna Rothweiler is Angel of San Juan Food Pantry

At the San Juan Food Pantry they call her their "angel." Glenna Rothweiler started her program of sharing here in San Juan in the fall of 1995. It started with an idea from her granddaughter who was in the eighth grade at the time. Her granddaughter told her teacher, "We can't just keep asking our parents for money all the time, but if we asked them to save all their pennies for one month, it wouldn't seem like that much." Family members and friends gave more than pennies making their project a big success.

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Chicken House Opry Begins Third Season

The Chicken House Opry begins its third exciting season Saturday, Dec. 5., with two shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. It will return each Saturday through March 20. Many new acts are to be featured throughout the season including Cajun fiddling sensation Wade Bentsen Landry, world champion harmony yodelers, Ron and Peggy Taylor; Jim Reeves' nephew, John Rex Reeves: Johnny Cash by Jackson Cash, Mountain View's popular Ernie Rice, Branson's Glenn Robertson, Missouri bluegrass group, Seed Tick Ridge and world champion fiddler Canadian, Keith Ross.

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Christmas Festivities planned throughout Valley

While there may not be snow or cold weather, the Christmas season in the Rio Grande Valley usually means a pleasant temperatures, making many other activities enjoyable. And December in the Rio Grande Valley usually means many outdoor activities to celebrate the Christmas season.

Brownsville

The Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville will host their annual Zoo Nights and Lights on Dec. 4-6 from 6-9 p.m. The event will include live music performances, 135-lighted displays and 800 luminary bags lighting the pathways. Admission is $2.50 or a toy for the Toys for Tots campaign.

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Winter Texan Quilt Show registration starts Monday

Quilters, it is time to show off those beautiful creations you have been working on all year. Registration for the fourth annual Winter Texan Times Quilt Show begins Monday, Dec. 7 and continues through Dec. 18. The Quilt Show will be held Dec. 30 through Feb. 5 at the Mission Historical Museum.

Quilts will be judged in three categories: all hand-made, machine pieced and hand quilted, and machine pieced and machine quilted. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three entrees in each category. Viewer's Choice will be selected by the people who attend the exhibition. A reception to announce winners is planned for Jan. 21.

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Robert E. Lee Museum in RGC open for tours

While most of the cities in the Rio Grande Valley are celebrating their centennials this year or did so last year, Rio Grande City, just 40 miles west of Mission has already celebrated 160 years.

Fort Ringgold was formed at the time of the Mexican-American War and the city grew up around it. It remained an important cavalry fort until World War I because of the continued problems that took place along the border. Many important military personnel served along the border, including Robert E. Lee, who, as a Union army officer before the Civil War, was assigned to the fort twice.

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PETs help crippled gain mobility

PETs1Over 20 million people across the world suffer from illnesses or injuries that have left them incapable of using their limbs. And in underdeveloped areas like Asia, South America and Mexico, these people can't afford to purchase the tools to help them move around. But personal energy transportation devices, also known as PETs, can provide the tools necessary to become mobile.

Although PETs cannot be used here because they do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, in underdeveloped countries they can sometimes mean the difference in survival; they give a person mobility that might not otherwise have any.

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Edinburg has new Motorcycle Museum

Museum1The Rio Grande Valley has a new, very popular museum. This is no ordinary museum. This is the Motorcycle Museum of Edinburg.

The Motorcycle Museum, which opened in October, came into being after a motorcycle exhibit at the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) in McAllen became one of the most popular exhibits ever held there.

Located on the northeast corner of Richardson Road (east of S.H. 281) and Cesar Chavez Road, the museum, which is run by volunteers, is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

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Winter Texan Quilt Show

Quilters, get your best work out and ready to display. The fourth annual Winter Texan Times Quilt Show will be held Dec. 30 through Feb. 5 at the Mission Historical Museum. Registration starts Monday, Dec. 7 and runs through Dec. 18.

A reception where winners of the show will be announced is slated for Jan. 21.

Quilts will be judged in three categories: all hand-made, machine quilted and hand quilted, and machine pieced and machine quilted. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries in each category, and a Viewers' Choice ribbon will be awarded.

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Art, Folk Music in the Park at Quinta Mazatlan July 23

Family and friends are invited to create a one-of-a-kind painted palm frond made from actual trees Thursday, July 23rd 6 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan. Your design will be unique and a wonderful decorating idea or gift. While creating outdoors, visitors will enjoy live music at the park.

The husband and wife team of Joe and Rosa Canales Perez chronicle their cultural experiences of growing up in South Texas through storytelling, poetry and music. The musical style can be described as folk, blues and traditional Mexican or Ranchera.

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Top News

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  • Mission Community joins forces for free health fair

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