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Petanque competitions create new friendships, good times

20180215 GAO Petaque Herb DSC 0225Nearly 240 players took to the courts Feb. 6 in quest of the gold during the Golden Age Olympics Petanque Tournament at Pleasant Valley Ranch in Mission. The sport is similar to bocce ball or lawn bowling.

Nearly 240 players, 90 percent of them French Canadians, showed up for the opening ceremonies of the Golden Age Olympic (GAO) Petanque Tournament at Pleasant Valley Resort in Mission. The resort has offered the sport of French derivation for about 20 years, hosting the GAO tournament about 10 years.

After the ceremonies, 28 teams headed for the 14 courts to begin play, a sport similar to the Italian bocce ball or lawn bowling. Teams usually involve three members, with one person tossing a tiny ball called a “jack” in English, out onto the crusher dust court surface, followed by the tossing of the first metal ball about 4 inches in diameter.

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Top entertainers to perform at Valley Star Awards Saturday

20160220 Valley Star Awards LG WEBThose attending the 2018 Valley Star Awards Show are in store for a delightful evening of entertainment by some of the Rio Grande Valley’s best performers. Performing at this year’s Valley Star Awards are Dave & Daphne, Lindley Creek, Jason Whorlow, 4 His Glory, Kellie Marie, and Vance Greek.

This year’s Valley Star Awards is being held at a new location and a new time. The show will held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17 at Casa Del Valle in Alamo.

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Bullfight, South Texas Style

20180215 Bullfight 13Fred Renk belies his age. At 81, he is energetic and talkative as he reigns over his Plaza Santa Maria bullfight ring in tiny La Gloria, Texas. He prefers the honorific title of Don instead of Mister, a title he can claim because his mother was Basque. Standing in the bullring addressing a crowd of mostly Winter Texans, an ever present cigarette in his hand, the former matador sets the stage for the afternoon's fights.

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Winter Texan Fiesta features powerhouse entertainment

20180208 WT Fiesta sherwinandpamThousands of Winter Texans are looking forward to the great food and entertainment at the annual Mega Winter Texan Fiesta in Mission. The celebration of Winter Texans is three events rolled up into one “mega” fiesta.

Shary Municipal Golf Course hosts the “Fiesta on the Golf Course” golf tournament on Friday, Feb. 9, while the Mission Historical Museum hosts the Mexican Artesano Market Days on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10 and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce hosts the Winter Texan Fiesta concert on Saturday, Feb. 10.

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WT’s enjoy shuffleboard at Golden Age Olympics

20180208 Shuffleboard GAO HERB 0209Spectators were dressed for a bit of cool weather last Friday while watching the Golden Age Olympics Shuffleboard doubles competition at Casa Del Sol Resort in Donna. The tournament runs through Feb. 23.

One of the best aspects to the sport of shuffleboard is “it’s not hard to play, “says Venis Hall, who at 96 is the oldest participant in the Golden Age Olympics (GAO) Tournament going on twice a week at Casa Del Sol Resort in Donna.

Hall, watching the doubles tourney on Friday, Feb. 2, has been “shuffling” for 20 years, most of it in the expert category. To be recognized an expert a player must accumulate 50 points within two years, which is attained by winning or placing high in tournaments, which go on weekly at parks in the Rio Grande Valley from November through mid-March. Tournaments are played ln singles, doubles and mixed competitions.

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Winter Texans enjoy the Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges

20180201 TCF Parade PHOTOS Moering DSC 0174

Tom and Arlene Mathias took a break to enjoy some of the music behind them at the Fun Fair prior to the start of the parade.

A lot of Winter Texans love to go see a parade, including last Saturday’s Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges in Mission. It looked as though half if not more of the spectators lining the route along Conway Avenue were visitors from up north.

One group of Winter Texans roaming the streets who paused at the Fun Fair area to have something to eat were from the Fun N Sun Resort in San Benito and Orange Grove RV Park in Edinburg. Tim and Marilyn Brunel, from Green Bay, WI, had come to the parade for the first time. However, Marilyn said her parents had come to the Valley years ago and had been to see the event.

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  • Petanque competitions create new friendships, good times

    20180215 GAO Petaque Herb DSC 0225Nearly 240 players took to the courts Feb. 6 in quest of the gold during the Golden Age Olympics Petanque Tournament at Pleasant Valley Ranch in Mission. The sport is similar to bocce ball or lawn bowling.

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  • Palmview High School presents Mariachi and Folklorico concerts

    20180215 PHS Folklorico Pic 2The Herencia Hispana (Hispanic Heritage) performances by the Palmview High School Mariachi Los Lobos Y Grupo Folklórico Ozomatli will give the audience a true taste of Mexico as they showcase the magic and diversity of Hispanic culture.

    The group will present their spring concert “Herencia Hispana” at… Read More +

  • Top entertainers to perform at Valley Star Awards Saturday

    20160220 Valley Star Awards LG WEBThose attending the 2018 Valley Star Awards Show are in store for a delightful evening of entertainment by some of the Rio Grande Valley’s best performers. Performing at this year’s Valley Star Awards are Dave & Daphne, Lindley Creek, Jason Whorlow, 4 His Glory, Kellie Marie, and Vance Greek.

    Read More +

  • Bullfight, South Texas Style

    20180215 Bullfight 13Fred Renk belies his age. At 81, he is energetic and talkative as he reigns over his Plaza Santa Maria bullfight ring in tiny La Gloria, Texas. He prefers the honorific title of Don instead of Mister, a title he can claim because his mother was Basque. Standing in the… Read More +

  • Brownsville’s Charro Days kicks off Sunday

    20180215 Charro Days 61453921Born to lift community spirits during difficult times, the Charro Days Fiesta arrives in 2018 celebrating its 81st anniversary with a goal dedicated to bi-national friendship and respect for traditions that first captivated Brownsville more than eight decades ago.

    Charro… Read More +

  • Ladies enjoy Bill Chrastil performance at Festival of Tables

    20180129 Red Hat Festival of Tables GU IMG 4752The annual Red Hat Festival of Tables was held Jan. 29 at Trophy Gardens in Alamo.

    Each year, local Red Hat chapters join with chapters in Winter Texan parks across the Valley gather at this festival to meet and socialize. Ladies in various… Read More +

  • Quilt Show presents ‘Turning of the Quilts’

    Mission Historical Museum is hosting the annual Mission Quilt Show, which is on display at the museum annex building now through March 17.

    Friday, Feb. 16, the museum will feature a “Turning of the Quilts” program where a knowledgeable quilter will discuss antique and vintage quilts. As each quilt is shown, it is carefully turned down to… Read More +

  • Win a Kindle Fire and $150 cash

    The deadline is fast approaching for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and $150 cash. Here is how to enter. Complete this year’s Winter Texan Survey before the Feb. 26 deadline and send it in.

    The bi-annual Winter Texan Survey, conducted by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), studies the economic impact of Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley.… Read More +

  • Treasure Hills Country Club: 2nd Place Tie for Mid-Valley Golf Courses

    20170208 GOLF PHOTOS TREASURE HILLSLike that baseball player in the minor leagues where the scouting report is something along the lines of “should be an impact player in the pros, maybe as soon as next year,” for Treasure Hills, next year has arrived.

    After being pretty much left in no man's… Read More +

  • Tony Butler Golf Course Namesake Remembered

    20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Tony Butler pic 1If there is one course in the Rio Grande Valley that epitomizes golf, it's Tony Butler Golf Course. The Harlingen public golf course bears the name of the man who helped bring some of the sport’s greatest athletes to the Rio Grande Valley for professional tournaments during… Read More +

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