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RGV Quilt Guild Show draws over 1,000 entries

The Rio Grande Valley Guild Quilt Show put on a display that filled the South Padre Island Convention Centre to capacity for two days. Over 1,000 quilts of all sizes as well as quilted pieces such as table runners, placemats, shirts, purses, and wall hangings zig-zagged in long rows through the main room, hung on the walls far above the vendors’ booths, and were variously displayed in side rooms. Fabrics, quilting supplies, quilt designs, Singer sewing machines, and Martelli tables and non-slip cutting shapes filled various booths along with even more quilts and quilt samples to view.

The Best of Show winner was “A Primitive Garden” by Nathalie Anderson and Bernie Gee. This Wall Hanging quilt also took first place for the Wall Hanging category, and was created both by hand sewing and applique and the use of a track-mounted long arm machine. Second place in the Wall Hanging category went to Terry Davis’ “A View thru the Window,” while Lila Helm’s “Visions” took third place. “Sewing Machine Periodic Table” by  Judy Brown, and “Forest Galorest” by Shelley Bryant and Melody Mauch, took Honorable Mentions.

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4 His Glory Named Gospel Group of the Year

The Valley Star Awards, created and produced by Robert and Billie Ferguson with the assistance of the Winter Texan Times, was once again a terrific show with lots of great entertainment preceding the announcements of entertainers voted by Winter Texans to be their favorites during the winter season. The 2016 show was held Saturday, Feb. 20, at Mission Bell Resort.

Leslie Blasing was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, Unfortunately for Leslie, there was an accident on the bridge coming from South Padre Island that shut down traffic for several hours and she was unable to come. Gordy and Debbie Wensel accepted the awards for her.

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Project Martin Watch at EWBC

Spring is on the way, bringing in wildlife that are ready to nest and raise their young. This year, to help with that endeavor, the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center (EWBC) has installed its first Purple Martin house in conjunction with Project Martin Watch, a citizen science program. A kick-off event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, followed by weekly monitoring starting in April.

Purple Martin Watch is a continent-wide scientific project where volunteers monitor martin nests from the beginning of nest construction until the last fledgling has left. The data collected by the Project Martin Task Force will help scientists determine the population’s reproductive success throughout its habitat range.

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Harlingen Performing Arts presents musical ‘Oklahoma’

The Harlingen Performing Arts Theater (HPAT) will present the musical “Oklahoma,” by Rodgers & Hammerstein on Feb. 26 - 28 and Mar. 3 - 6 at the theater located at 1209 Fair Park, Blvd.

Friday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday performances are at 3:30 p.m. On Thursday, Mar. 3 there will be a 7:30 p.m. performance. To reserve tickets, or for more information call (956) 412-7529. Tickets are $20 for adults.

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MMA to hold Iwo Jima Parade Feb. 19

HARLINGEN—Marine Military Academy (MMA) will hold its annual Iwo Jima Parade Friday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. on the MMA Parade Grounds. This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

Open to the public, this event is a tribute to the courage and sacrifice made by The Greatest Generation to preserve freedom around the world. Because of the subtropical climate of South Texas, MMA is the only organization in the country that holds a battalion-size parade on the actual anniversary (Feb. 19, 1945) of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Last year, more than 350 people attended this event.

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STC Theater presents Romeo and Juliet

South Texas College (STC) Theatre is bringing romance to the stage with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The production will run Feb. 25 to Feb. 27, starting at 8 p.m., with an additional Sunday, Feb. 28 matinee performance starting at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at STC’s Cooper Center for Communication Arts Main Stage, located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

This classic play portrays a long feud between the Montague and Capulet families, which disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly, and fate causes them to commit suicide in despair.

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