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McAllen Travel, Health & Wellness Expo coming soon

20180104 TRAVEL SHOW Jan with signThe McAllen Chamber of Commerce has been organizing the annual Travel Show for over 30 years. Formerly known as the McAllen International Travel Show, this year’s show has been expanded to include health and wellness for the body and mind, offering a wider variety of exhibitors at the show. And by combining the two events have now created the bigger and better Travel, Health & Wellness Expo.

This year the Expo will take place on Feb. 13 and 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at McAllen’s state-of-the-art Convention Center located at 700 Convention Center Boulevard, McAllen. Admission to this event is always free.

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Port Isabel Lighthouse reopens

For the first time since October, 2016, the Port Isabel Lighthouse is open to the public.

The lighthouse, located at 421 E. Queen Isabel Blvd, in Lighthouse Square, Port Isabel, was built in 1852 to guide ships through the Brazos Santiago Pass to Port Isabel. The 72-foot-tall structure is one of 16 lighthouses built along the Texas Gulf Coast but is the only one that is open to the public.

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Winter Texans help ‘poorest of the poor’ in Mexico

20171219 Trade Winds ChristmasGifts JB 1105A group of about 40 Winter Texans from Trade Winds and Mission Bell RV Resorts gather to assemble gift bags of toys and candies for the children who live in some of the poorest areas of Reynosa, Mexico. Seated at front left are Scot and Cynthia Swafford, park managers. Scot is also a pastor for park.

The recreation hall at Trade Winds RV Resort in Mission was filled with tables covered with small toys, such as toy cars for boys and little dolls for girls, along with puzzles, booklets of Bible stories in Spanish, and bowls of candy on Dec. 19. Approximately 40 volunteers – mostly from Trade Winds and Mission Bell RV Resorts – were manning the tables, filling plastic bags with simple dollar store toys and trinkets destined for more than one hundred children living in shacks in the poorest parts of Reynosa, Mexico.

The bags were then delivered by Whitewater Ministries pastor Scot Swafford, his wife Cynthia and some of the Winter Texan volunteers to colonias in Reynosa on Dec. 20. Scot Swafford said the people living in these areas are “the poorest of the poor” and have very little of their own.

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Arguello's the heart of McAllen Jam

20171228 ARGUELLOPat Arguello performs Al Hirt's “Fancy Pants” during the McAllen Mobile Park jam on Saturday.

McAllen Mobile Park's Pat Arguello reminded me of a veteran boxer in the ring, diverting punches directed at her with smooth and graceful movements. A question would be aimed at her or about her, but like the cagey veteran, the response would be skillfully pushed to the side, more often than not to promote the talents of others.

Arguello is humility personified. The entertainment coordinator for McAllen Mobile Park, shared some of her story, but not without putting others in front of her on a regular basis.

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Ladies Christmas Brunch serves others

20171228 CasaDelValle BoxesGifts LANG 6022Because Norma Moe attended a prayer breakfast at Winter Ranch RV park in Alamo, just before Thanksgiving of 2013, dozens of families have benefited during the holidays from the annual Casa Del Valle food drive.

Following that 2013 prayer breakfast, Norma was handed an invitation to an Advent breakfast at a private home in Alamo. Norma and four of her friends attended, and when the breakfast was over they came out filled with excitement and the spirit of Christmas.

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Palm Resaca Park in giving spirit for Brownsville food pantry.

By Alden Moore
Winter Texan from Sundridge, Ontario

20170228 Palm Resaca Velma and Bob Wilson Photos By Darlene JulianVelma and Bob Wilson

The Christmas season is in full swing – not a golf swing, however – at Palm Resaca Park in Brownsville. Even though on Sunday, Dec. 10 there were 20 golf carts lined up – and there more lined up on Sunday, Dec. 23 – it really wasn't for golf.

Both golf cart Christmas parades met with much enthusiasm as dozens of residents decorated their carts.

Residents jumped into the Christmas spirit immediately after the Thanksgiving celebrations and recovery from all the food. Residents began decorating the entire park. The mobile homes are gleefully lit and park Christmas lights are everywhere. The park has been transformed into a bright and joyful wonderland.

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  • Split Rail Party

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