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Dazzling Dolphins put on Rhinestone Cowgirl Red Hat party

On a recent Tuesday, the Dazzling Dolphins, the Red Hat Society chapter for South Padre Island, held their annual beach party at the Schlitterbahn water park. Ladies from all of the groups in the Rio Grande Valley were invited to attend and wear “denim and diamonds” for the event.

The ladies from different clubs shared tables with ladies from other clubs and, while enjoying a Mexican buffet lunch, some of the ladies exchanged ideas for other Red Hat groups to try. Some involved field trips to places like Laguna Atascosa where the ocelots live. Some of the ladies said they saw one during their visit, though sightings are extremely rare.

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Magnolia Park residents build buggy from beer cans

Those who visit Magnolia RV Park’s annual Arts & Crafts Show Day on Sunday, Mar. 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. are in for a treat. Several of the men from the park put their heads together after seeing a picture in a magazine and have been working in secret to create one of the most unusual crafts to be found in the Valley. They built an almost full-sized sprint buggy out of beer cans!

These creative men are Don Knorr, of Rockford, Illinois, Larry and Duane Ergen, of Clear Water Minnesota, and Myron Van Houweling.

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Ladies celebrate Red Hat Festival of Tables

Approximately 400 Red Hat Society Ladies from all over the Rio Grande Valley gathered Feb. 9 at the Nomad Shrine Club in Pharr to enjoy the annual Festival of Tables. This is a special event where Red Hat groups from all over the Rio Grande Valley set a themed table for other Red Hatters to enjoy.

Themes varied from table to table. Many had holiday themes such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter, Fourth of July, Valentines Days or St. Patrick’s Day or Mardi Gras. Several had water themes like the beach, a lake resort, lighthouses, Hawaii, or fish.

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Celebrate 40th annual BorderFest in Hidalgo

Celebrate the Spirit of Brazil as the 40th annual BorderFest takes place in Hidalgo Mar. 4-6. Mayor Martin Cepeda addressed a press conference at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

BorderFest announced reduced admission prices this year, with tickets for adults now prices at $10 at the gate. Visitors can buy a two-day pass for just $10 if purchased in advance by March 3. A three-day pass costs $15 a person. Veterans, active duty military & National Guard get in free with ID. People who buy a ticket to one of the BorderFest concerts can use their concert ticket to get into BorderFest without buying another ticket.

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Link Union plans two RGV engagements

From the Ozark Mountains, Link Union will take guests on a journey…through the centuries, over the mountains and across the sea. Their fusion of vocals, old-time instruments and high energy creates a Folk-Rock experience like no other. Link Union is a synergy of the elements of bands such as Mumford and Sons, Alison Krause, and The Avett Brothers, creating a connection with their audience. Whether it’s ancient tunes or their original songs, they never forget where they came from and stay true to their roots.

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Johnny Ray Gomez, accordion player extraordinaire

Although he was born into a musical family, when Johnny Ray Gomez began taking accordion lessons at age 9, he hated them. But when he heard a friend play at school he was impressed and asked who his teacher was. His teacher was well known accordionist Johnny Swoboda. He begged your parents to let him take lessons from him and promised to practice one hour a day -- and the rest is history.

Gomez has been playing accordion professionally since he was 15. He had a combo called the U-Neeks that included a drummer, guitar-player and Johnny. They played high school dances. At age 21 he was selected as host of Channel 7 Dancestand in Omaha, a show that mirrored American Bandstand. The job taught him how to ad lib and keep the audience involved. He worked Dancestand for three years before moving on.

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