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Native Plant Project meeting March 26

The March Native Plant Project meeting will be held on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at the Valley Nature Center in Weslaco. The guest speaker will be Camille Rich. She is the owner and steward of a small piece of endangered Tamaulipan thorn scrub located in the South Texas Sand Sheet in Northwestern Hidalgo County.

One of her passions includes documenting the species that visit a watering hole that she installed in 2008 for the sole purpose of supporting the wildlife on her property. The data she collects from this water feature supports and guides her decisions regarding ranch management practices that include the protection of threatened and endangered native plants and other wildlife.

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A Mile in Her Shoes exhibit open at MOSTH

20240320 MOSTH IMG 0012 Copy webTo recognize the accomplishments of South Texas women, MOSTHistory hosts the spotlight exhibit “A Mile in Her Shoes,” a century of shoes worn by South Texas women, closing Saturday, March 30.

The spotlight exhibit features a pair of shoes from each decade in the 20 century, such as lace-up boots, pumps and platforms, and a short video on some of the Rio Grande Valley women who made strides in their communities.

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San Benito Hog Waddle set for this weekend

Hog Waddle 2024 looks to be the biggest and best one yet, as the annual concert is now a two-day event with stellar headliners scheduled to perform both days at the San Benito Fairgrounds.

The headliner for Friday, March 22, is the legendary Little Joe y La Familia, while on Saturday, March 23, the “King of Cumbia” A. B. Quintanilla takes the spotlight.

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Iconic “Travis Letter” available to view at Alamo Exhibit

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has loaned the famous letter written by William Barret Travis on February 24, 1836, signed “Victory or Death,” to the Alamo Trust. The public is invited to view this iconic Texas Treasure through March 24, at the Alamo Exhibit at the Ralston Family Collection Center, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio. Details regarding the exhibit can be found at www.thealamo.org/visit/return-of-the-travis-letter.

On display at the Alamo for the first time since 2013, the letter was written as a call for reinforcements addressed “To the people of Texas and all Americans in the world.” After a 13-day siege, Santa Anna's troops broke through at daybreak on the morning of March 6. Active fighting lasted only about 90 minutes, and all the defenders of the Alamo perished.

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Time is running out to choose your 2023 coverage

By Bill White, Texas Medicare President

As 2023 quickly approaches, many Rio Grande Valley-ians may start to consider their New Year’s resolutions. If exercising more, eating healthier, losing weight, and living more economically are on your list, you’re not alone. In fact, a survey found those were among the top five resolutions for 2022.

For those 65 or older or individuals eligible for Medicare due to disability, it may be easier than you think to choose a healthcare plan that aligns with these goals, as many Medicare Advantage plans provide coverage and benefits to help you live a healthy, active life.

While selecting a Medicare plan that suits your individual needs can feel overwhelming, it’s an important task since the plan you select by the December 7 Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan deadline is the plan, you’ll likely have for all of the coming year. Whether you are new to Medicare or re-evaluating your plan options, I urge anyone who is eligible to enroll to conduct a personal assessment to identify the type of plan that’s best suited for your unique health needs.

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