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This year saw Victoria Palms step up the quality of entertainment by introducing a series of one night shows where professional entertainers were flown in especially to do one show on one evening only. In most cases these shows were sold out. Craig Meyer, as “Almost Eldon John,” started the series in November. Pete Saltzer appeared as George Burns in late December. Lynn Roberts played opposite Saltzer in the characters of Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope and Red Skeleton.

On Feb. 11, actress Melody Knighton took the stage as a very believable Dolly Parton, while actor Mark Hinds played Kenny Rogers. The next night Knighton appeared looking exactly like Lucille Ball while actor Art Poco appeared as Ricky Ricardo.

For a little different show, Victoria Palms ended the special series with a performance by hypnotist Rodney Rash of Austin. Victoria Palms Activity Director Robert Ferguson says there is already a new lineup underway for next season with some great shows.

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Rio Grande Valley Home and Garden Show features HGTV’s “Collector Inspector” Harry Rinker

McAllen, TX – The 22nd Annual Rio Grande Valley Home and Garden Show will feature a celebrity guest appearance by Harry Rinker of HGTV’s “Collector Inspector” program. Rinker will appraise antiques, collectibles and family heirlooms free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis all three days of the show.

This year’s show will be held April 13-15 at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd. Show hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 15 and under receive free admission. Coupons for $1 off the ticket price are available online at www.rgvhomeshow.com.

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David Church sounds just like Hank

DavidChurchMy ears did a double take when David Church started singing.  He not only looked like Hank Williams with his tall lean look and suits like the ones Williams wore, he sounded just like the old records my roommate and I used to play during college days.

For those who have never heard David Church do a Hank Williams tribute, it is a step back in time as he not only looks like Hank did, but has a twang to his voice that is similar to Williams’ voice. Though the concert at Aladdin Villas was his last concert for this season, fans of Hank Williams will not want to miss him when he returns next season.  It will be a step back in time.

The show began with cowboy poetry reciter and emcee Rich Bellert telling some of his entertaining cowboy poems that had the audience rolling in their seats. Bellert brought in the laughs before he introduced Terri Lisa Church, David’s wife, who is also a singer.

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Gordy & Debbie perform benefit for Children’s Haven

20120221_Children_Haven_Benefit_GordyandDebbie_KO_28Gordy & Debbie are Branson performers who swing through the Rio Grande Valley during the winter months putting on shows that are full of vitality.

Their performance at their recent benefit for Children’s Haven International, an orphanage in Reynosa, Mexico that is home to abused or neglected children, helped raise over $4,000 for the orphanage. In addition to performing free of charge at the benefit, they also donated 20 percent of their CD sales to the orphanage and 100 percent of the sales of any CD purchases at the dinner.

Gordy performs with a level of energy that must have driven his teachers wild in school trying to channel it as he leaps off stages and bounces around the room singing to guests in the audience. He turned his hat to the side to make him look goofy, as he danced around the audience singing an old song about a prank telephone caller, “It’s Me Margaret.”

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Six Things To Do Now for a Better Garden Next Year

20110923_Pansies-Diascia-Nemesiaby Melinda Myers, gardening expert, TV & radio host, author and columnist

As the summer garden season nears an end, don’t let your guard down.  Keeping up with a few basic chores can improve your landscape’s beauty and reduce your workload next season.

Continue weeding.  Removing weeds now before they go to seed will eliminate hundreds of weeds next season.  Destroy invasive weeds, those that have gone to seed and perennials that may root in the compost pile.  And mulch the soil if you haven’t already done so.

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Warm Breezes blowing in Weslaco at Cowboy & Hobo Show

20110303_Warm-Breeze_KO_IMG_1116The third in the series of the Warm Breezes Weslaco Shows featuring the Cowboy and Hobo and Wil the Drifter and their guests was held Thursday, Mar. 3, at the Braught Memorial Theater at the Weslaco Library. The show also featured Bruce and Elaine Nelson and the Country Shindig Band and comedian Charlie LeBlanc.

Charlie started the show with a round of Cajun humor, telling stories about Cousin Gesner.

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