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Painted Cup farewell party is fun

In a recent meeting my publisher and I were looking at the Parks Calendar to see what activities were still going on in the parks. He saw the Painted Cup Farewell Party listed at Pharr South. “Hmm, painting cups. Sounds interesting. Why don’t you go out there and see what that’s all about.”

I agreed and put it on my list of things to do.

Surprise! They were not painting cups! They were having a farewell party sponsored by the residents of Painted Cup Street! This is the 28th year Painted Cup has sponsored the last block party of the year.

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Theatrical performances coming to RV parks

Bob and Mary Watson of Otsego, Minnesota have helped bring theatrical performances to Winter Texan parks in the Pharr area with plans to offer them to other parks and resorts in the Valley.

The Watsons have been very active in the Pharr Community Theater, and since they enjoy theater so much, they feel many other Winter Texans might enjoy the opportunity to see plays performed in the parks where they live. They have volunteered their time with the Pharr Community Theater that does performances several times a season. But the theater is quite small and only holds about 40 people, so they are unable to accommodate large audiences.

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Resaca de la Palma State Park offers educational trolley rides

Resaca De la Palma State Park in Brownsville was the site selected by the Red Hat Society Queens to visit for their monthly outing on March 9. The ladies met at the headquarters and were given a little information about the park before departing on a trolley tour.

Resaca de la Palma State Park is one of the newest state parks in Texas, opening in 2007. It is one of the nine satellites of the World Birding Center as well as a state park. Soon it will celebrate its 10th anniversary and special events will mark the occasion according to Park Administrator Lauren Acevedo.

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Winter Texan softball is a big hit

It’s been said that the USA vs Canada Softball World Series is better than the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Stanley Cup all wrapped up into one. While that may be just a bit of an exaggeration, the three-game softball series featuring Winter Texans and Valley residents ages 55 and older, each representing either the United States or Canada, can be a lot more fun to watch than any of those professional sports championships.

In its 17th year, the USA vs Canada Softball World Series is the culmination of the Senior Texan Softball League which is made up of three different leagues, each representing a different level of play. There’s the Leisure League, for the casual player, the Competitive League, for players that take their softball seriously, and the Recreational League, for players who want to play in a league more competitive than the Leisure League but not quite as intense as the Competitive League.

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Spring Powwow planned March 12

The South Texas Indian Dancers will hold their NDE DAA Spring Powwow at the Lark Community Center and Library, 2601 Lark Ave. in McAllen on March 12. The public is invited to this indoor event designed to preserve the culture of native Americans, including Indian songs and dances. The Powwow will be an all day event, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. There will be practices during the day and the Grand Entry in full costumes will be held at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Indians, from tiny tots to senior citizens, will be in full Indian regalia.

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Chimney Park residents donate to Mission Food Pantry

Al and Gail Quivey and Lloyd Burns gave a donation of $952 plus 175 food donations to the new Mission Food Pantry, located at 115 S. Mayberry Road near CWV (Catholic War Veterans) Park in Mission. Adela Ortega, Mission Food Pantry Director gladly accepted the donation.

“Our Winter Texans help the Mission Food Pantry so much when they are here from November to April. We get many food donations. The food helps us feed our families. The cash donations are used to purchase food from Foy’s Supermarket at cost to supply needed items not donated,” Ortega said.

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