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Red Hat Queen’s Council holds Christmas party

The Rio Grande Valley Red Hat Queen’s Council held its Monday, Dec. 11, meeting and Christmas party at Red Lobster in McAllen. The ladies enjoyed the entree of their choice from the menu and then held a short meeting.

Members were reminded of upcoming events such as the Festival of Tables to be held at Trophy Gardens in Alamo on Jan. 29. A group of 40 tables will be set in different styles representing holidays of special themes such as Red Hats, formal settings, beach or summer settings, or other countries such as Scotland or The Netherlands. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for viewing of the tables and lunch will follow at noon. Bill Chrastil, named Winter Texan Entertainer of the Year for 2017, will provide the entertainment.

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Iwo Jima Museum has new exhibit

20171228 Iwo jima head on cropOne of the popular places for Winter Texans, especially veterans, to visit is the Iwo Jima Museum on the grounds of Marine Military Academy in Harlingen. It is located in a small building opposite the drill field where the statue of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima is located.

A collection of Morse code keys, like those used by the Navajo Code talkers in World War II, were given to the museum by the grandfather of a Marine Military cadet, Lorenzo Casso. He used the keys during World War II. The grandfather also used the Morse code keys again during Hurricane Katrina when all other forms of communication were down.

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National Quilt Museum winners on display at Harlingen Museum

20170228 National Quilt Museum 1Starting Jan. 11 through Feb. 18 the geese will be flying at the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum when the display of quilts from the National Quilt Museum in Paduca, Kentucky go on display. The theme for this year is “Flying Geese,” a pattern that uses triangles representing the shape of a flock of flying geese in the quilts.

According to Forest Garling, volunteer and gift shop coordinator, the museum has been having this display every year since 2007 and it is one of the most popular exhibits the entire year. This year there are 19 quilts in the exhibit that use the flying geese pattern in some way.

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Texas Trails Christmas Luncheon

FromthepublisherThank you to Pat Julian, Sharon Swanson and all the ladies at Texas Trails for inviting me to the Texas Trails Ladies Christmas Luncheon last week.

In addition to enjoying a wonderful luncheon and visiting with some of the park residents, we got to hear about some of the projects the park residents are doing to help the children of the Rio Grande Valley.

Also attending the luncheon were Pharr Police officers J.C. Aguirre and Daniel Garcia, who spoke to the group about the many different projects the police department conducts to help the community.

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Casa del Valle Ladies Christmas Luncheon helps colonia families

FromthepublisherWhen I received a call from Norma Moe at Casa del Valle RV Resort about a Ladies Christmas Brunch, I wasn’t sure what to expect – or how a male would fit in with a room full of ladies at a brunch. But when she said it was the park’s food drive kick-off event to help the children and families in a local colonia, I said, “I’ll be there Saturday!” And I’m glad I did.

What a treat!

As soon as I walked in the door of the rec hall at Casa del Valle I knew this was going to be really special. The decorations were amazing – all creating the theme “Down Candy Cane Lane.”

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Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony planned at VWMT

20171109 Veterans War Memorial

Korean War
Bronze plaques show actual battles of the Korean War in 9 phases.

“It’s been an amazing journey but in late 2018 or early 2019 the entire Veteran’s War Memorial of Texas will be completed,” stated Col. Frank Plummer (Ret.) US. Army. The journey began in 1988 when a friend told him the veterans of McAllen should place a statue of a World War II veteran in Archer Park to remind residents of their sacrifices.”

While Plummer agreed with the idea of remembrance of the sacrifices made during World War II, he wanted a memorial that would teach school children about the sacrifices of all those who had served to give the United States of America the freedoms that it now enjoys.

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