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Bob Corriveau is master woodcarver

Woodcarving is both art and avocation for Bob Corriveau of Eagle Creek, Wis. and Tropic Star RV & MH Resort. All of his pieces have won ribbons at various woodcarving shows, and two sculptures have won top awards in the World Fish Carving Championships.

“Pumpkin Seed,” a carving of a Sunfish, was awarded first place, Judges' Choice, and Best in Category for Novice Level, while “Black Crappie” won third place for Novice Level in the same show.

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RV Park creates habitat for native and migratory butterflies

MISSION, Texas, April 4, 2016 — Development in the Rio Grande Valley and across Texas is great for the economy, but not for the region’s famed Monarch butterflies, which are rapidly losing habitat along with other butterfly species.

But Oleander Acres RV Park is doing something about it.              

During the past six months, Winter Texans and park staff have planted more than 200 milkweeds, creating more than a dozen butterfly gardens across the park that are attracting about 100 different types of butterflies.

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McAllen Chamber plans Sizzling in the Tropics Cook-off

On April 2 the McAllen Chamber of Commerce will hold their “Sizzling in the Tropics” Bar-B-Q Cook-off at the Chamber of Commerce located at 1200 Ash Ave. The event will last from noon to 5 p.m. Barbecued beef brisket, chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs, Jackpot pan de campo and Jackpot beans will be served.

Live music will be provided by Sergio and Ropin’ the Wind, Eddie Saenz, Clueless, TR3N and Last Minute Band.

Tickets are $15 per person and guests can sample all they can eat. Tickets are available at the chamber of commerce. Call (956) 682-2871 for more information.

Golden Age Olympics winners announced

Results of the 2016 Golden Age Olympics sponsored by the City of McAllen’s Parks and Recreation Department have been announced. Golden Olympics is an athletic completion open to all Winter Texans in the Valley.

Bake-off Winners

In the Bake-off winners of bars were first, Sharon Branson, Tip O Texas; second, June Mueller, McAllen Mobile, third Julie Pederson, McAllen Mobile. Cake winners were first, Carolyn Adams, Tip O Texas; second Barbara Porter, McAllen Mobile; third, Peggie Becker, Tip O Texas.

Winners of the cookie competition were first, Ruby Insell, Tip O Texas; second, Sandy Lammers, McAllen Mobile, third, Beverly Oby, McAllen Mobile. Cupcake winners were P. Nenette McHenry, independent; second, Beverly Oby, McAllen Mobile; third, Ruby Insell, Tip O Texas.

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It’s time to say farewell

Another season is drawing to a close and the excitement of having so many warm and friendly people staying among us and taking part in the many concerts, festivals and special events for Winter Texans is ending. Although the roads are more crowded and restaurants busier when Winter Texans are here, it seems as though something is missing when they leave.

The style shows, the picnics, and other special events planned for Winter Texans, the reunions where they get together with people who had similar vocations, who are from the same location, or who support the same home sports teams are coming to an end. Theses events keep me hopping and I enjoy them and am often mistaken for a Winter Texan myself, though I’ve lived in the Valley 45 years.

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Golden Age Olympics Horseshoes: It’s like a family reunion

Horseshoe pitching can be a serious sport with leagues, tournaments, and world championships for players of all levels, but at the Golden Age Olympics horseshoes competition held at Tropic Star RV Park Winter Texans gathered to just have fun.

Georgia Burke, who won first place in Category B, the class for those who pitch a 40 percent or higher average, is a world tournament player. Georgia, along with four other Winter Texans from Oklahoma, is part of Oklahoma’s Hall of Fame in the National Horseshoe Pitching Association (NHPA).

“I pitched horseshoes since I was a little bitty kid with my grandpa in the backyard,” Georgia said with a smile. “Twenty, twenty-five years ago, I started pitching in the League. I’ve gone to thirteen world tournaments, and that’s since I retired; only went one time before I retired. What I like best about horseshoe pitching is the competition and meeting people. I have friends from all over the United States, Canada, South Africa, Norway. When we go to the world tournament, it’s like a family reunion; we see all the people we met last year.”

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  • Thousands enjoy Progreso Tourist Appreciation Day

    20170321 TOURIST DAY Progreso Moering IMG 6637Smiles, laughter and some final souvenir gathering were apparent throughout the Winter Tourist Appreciation Day March 21 in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico.

    With sunny, balmy weather, organizers were thinking the 41st annual event might have drawn as many as 50,000 Winter Texans from across the border, which was also marked… Read More +

  • Rio Grande Valley has first class entertainment

    Winter Texans love to be entertained and there are enough entertainment venues that one could go to a different event every day of the month.

    Today, many of the entertainers come from Branson and Nashville. This movement started many years ago but has gained momentum in recent years when Branson entertainers like Gordy and Debbie learned about the Rio Grande… Read More +

  • Martin & Monroe entertain the Valley

    For two years in a row the Martin & Monroe show won the National Rising Star Award for the best Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin Tribute Band. The show sold out everywhere including the Sinatra Showroom at Lake Tahoe’s Cal-Nevada Resort.

    Bob Caudie and his wife, Sherri-Lynn, who in her own right is a premier Marilyn tribute artist, have recently moved to… Read More +

  • McAllen Symphonic Band plans classical concert

    The McAllen Symphonic Band will present its last concert of the season on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cooper Center Auditorium at South Texas College, 3200 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

    It will be a presentation of classical music. The first piece will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 K 361, the so-called “Gran Partita.” This piece… Read More +

  • Why the Rio Grande Valley?

    welcome partyClimate, friendly people, social activities appeal to Winter Texans

    In local Hispanic lore there is a saying to the effect that, “Once you drink the water of the Rio Grande, you can leave, but you will always come back again!” This seems to be true for… Read More +

  • Edinburg World Birding Center announces April programs

    Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center (EWBC) is offering a variety of programs for families and adults this April. The month kicks off with several fun and educational activities introducing the Purple Martin. There are also educational presentations on how to identify animals from their droppings. 

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  • UVAL plans UTRGV juried art exhibition

    The Upper Valley Art League is hosting the 11th Annual UTRGV School of Art Juried Exhibition. It will open with a reception on Saturday, April 8 from 7-9 p.m. at the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center, 921 E. 12th St. in Mission. The exhibition will feature the work of students from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.   

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  • Winter Texans wanted to help with Edinburg Bird-a-thon

    It’s time for the 5th Annual Edinburg Bird-a-Thon and the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center wants Winter Texans to help count migrating birds. This event runs from April 1 to May 1 and everybody can participate.

    This family-friendly competition is a great way to start and learn about the migrating species that are making… Read More +

  • March 23, 2017 - Valley Calendar

    March 24-26 – Camille Playhouse presents “9 to 5” a musical. Tickets are $20. Showtimes are: Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Call 956-542-8900 for information. Order tickets online at www.camilleplayhouse.net.

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  • Texas Onion Fest returns to Weslaco Saturday

    20170323 OnionBlossom2a 2The 28th Annual Texas Onion Fest is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The festival will be held at Mayor Pablo G. Pena City Park located at 300 N. Airport, Weslaco.  Texas Onion Fest celebrates the development of the world famous Sweet Texas Onion in Weslaco at the Texas A&M University Extension Service. … Read More +

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