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Join the Vipers Winter Texan Club

The Rio Grande Vipers are back with a full schedule of games stretching from Nov. 13 to April 2. The Vipers, who are an NBA Developmental League team for the Houston Rockets, will play teams from Austin to Maine and many locations in between during the season. The opening game on Nov. 13 is against the Idaho Stampede. There will be a total of 26 home games this season.

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Ranch Hand Festival coming to Kingsville

Anyone who would like to sample an authentic cowboy breakfast on the largest ranch in South Texas should make plans to travel to Kingsville on Nov. 21 to enjoy a the Ranch Hand Breakfast cooked outside over a campfire on the historic King Ranch.

Breakfast will consist of eggs, biscuits and gravy, tortillas, sausage, refried beans, juice and gallons of hot coffee. Standup tables or hay bales will be provided for the meal. Tickets for this meal and for the entertainment following it are $6 per person. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m.

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King Main House 100 years celebrated

Winter Texans planning to visit the King Ranch Hand Breakfast on Nov. 21 may also want to visit the downtown area where the King Ranch Saddle Shop and historic downtown area are located. There will be a special festival going on in the downtown area that day. Not far down the street the King Ranch Museum, located at 405 6th Street tells the story of the fabled King Ranch.

King Ranch was founded in 1853 when Captain Richard King came to the South Texas to start a steamboat line on the Rio Grande. On an overland trip he discovered Santa Gertrudis Creek and the tall grasslands surrounding it and began dreaming of a great ranch. He was able to purchase the first portion of the large ranch in 1853 with the purchase of a 15,500-acre Spanish land grant known as “Rincon de Santa Gertrudis.” The ranch was referred to as “Rancho de Santa Gertrudis.” It did not start going by the name, “King Ranch,” until after Captain King’s death in 1885.”

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King Ranch offers nature tours

King Ranch is fabled for its role in settling Texas and introducing the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle. In more recent years, its expansive ranchlands of South Texas have become a famed Texas treasure because of the abundance and variety of native wildlife making their home on the ranch.

King Ranch Nature Tours and other King Ranch tours now provide the opportunity for visitors to see a rich variety of wildlife as well as a historic working cattle ranch. Today the ranch is often referred to as “the last great habitat” because of its diverse South Texas landscape.

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Acrylics portrait workshop is Nov. 14

The Upper Valley Art League will host a one day workshop, Surreal Portraits in acrylic, with Veronica Jaeger as the instructor. It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. with a half-hour break on Saturday, Nov. 14. UVAL workshops are held at the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center, 921 E. 12th in Mission.

Cost is $85 for members and $95 for nonmembers with payment due by Nov. 9 to reserve a spot. The class size will be limited to 10 students, and a minimum of four is required to start the class. A materials list will be provided at the time of registering.

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Texas Butterfly Festival a soaring success

Much like the iconic Monarch that migrates from as far as Canada to its winter home in central Mexico, 134 butterfly enthusiasts from 27 different states and four countries flocked to the National Butterfly Center in Mission this week for the 20th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival.

This year’s festival got off to a soaring start Saturday with a free community day. Families from across the Valley took advantage of the free admission into the place that USA Today calls “the butterfly capitol of the USA” to participate. There were many butterfly and bird related games and activities geared towards the young, and the young-at-heart.

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Valley Symphony Orchestra season begins

The Valley Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a variety of musical genres during the 2015-2016 concert season. On Oct. 29 “Classics Forever” will be performed at the University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley Performing Arts Complex. It will feature the classical music of Schubert, Stravinsky, Saint-Saens and Beethoven.

On Friday, Nov. 20, VSO will present “A Touch of Frost” at the McAllen Civic Center. This special presentation will feature the Valley Symphony Orchestra and University of Texas-RGV Mariachi Aztlan.

On Feb. 25 the 2016 Annual Symphony Gala will be held at the McAllen Convention Center ballroom. Call (956) 661-1615 for information about this special event.20151022 orchestra

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Texas Butterfly Festival is Oct. 31 to Nov. 3

20151022 LEG8734The Texas Butterfly Festival will be held Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at the National Butterfly Center in Mission. The Butterfly Festival offers a rare opportunity to enjoy guided field trips to butterfly hot spots throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The festival also offers a variety of butterfly seminars, including an introduction to macro photography to show participants how to photograph these beautiful insects.

About 25 to 30 years ago an increased awareness of what an ecological treasure the Rio Grande Valley is, and how many species of birds and butterflies can be found here, resulted in efforts being made to preserve habitat for migrating animals.

The nine sites of the World Birding Center were created out of that awareness, as was the National Butterfly Center, located in Mission. Less well known than the birding centers, the Butterfly Center has played a vital part in the preservation of butterflies, as well as birds, that live or migrate through the Rio Grande Valley. NBC plants habitat and host plants for many of the species of butterflies and approximately 400 species of butterflies have been spotted there at different times of the year.

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Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Starts Nov. 4

20151022 LEG8395Birders get ready for 22nd Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival to be held Nov. 4-8, headquartered at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium, 1204 Fairpark Blvd.

The festival will feature top notch field trip leaders and speakers along with new field trip locations. Located in an area known for a wide diversity of bird species, many years during the festival, there is a new finding not discovered on previous field trips.

This year’s Birding Festival offers a wide variety of expert speakers and field trip leaders. To register for the festival field trips and seminars, go to the RGV Birding Festival website at http://www.rgvbf.org or call (956) 423-5565.

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Reserved seats now available for VSO 63rd season

McALLEN – Residents of the Rio Grande Valley can look forward to another season of symphonic music and entertainment as the Valley Symphony Orchestra presents its 63rd anniversary season. It kicks off Sept. 24 in a new venue.

Performances will now be held in the newly-opened Performing Arts Complex auditorium of the University of Texas Rio Grande. This facility hosts 1,000 patrons and has exclusive balcony seating. It is equipped with adjustable performance acoustics to bring out the best symphonic concerts.20150807 vso-1

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August workshops offered for birders of all levels

This August Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center will host two different month-long birding workshops that cater to birdwatchers of all skill levels. Each workshop will start in the classroom and will end with a walk around the grounds of Quinta Mazatlan to look for birds.

The beginner birding workshop, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., will offer the essentials of getting started. Learn how to use binoculars to observe and identify birds. Binoculars and field guides will be loaned for the birding workshops for those who don’t have a pair.

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RGV celebrates Independence Day

Thousands of Valley residents will gather to celebrate America’s birthday this weekend by firing up the grill, going on picnics, setting off firework or attending parties. Countless others will load up the kids and head out to one or more public celebrations being held in communities across the Rio Grande Valley.

Parades, eating contests, concerts, cook-offs and the ever-popular and awe-inspiring fireworks displays are just some of the activities that will be available.

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Celebrate National Moth Week at Bentsen-RGV State Park

Join Bentsen-RGV State Park on Saturday, July 18 from 8-10 p.m., as they celebrate Moth Week with a special program and walk through their gardens. The evening will be devoted to one of the most diverse groups of species on earth as attendees discover the various moths that can be found at Bentsen-RGV State Park.

National Moth Week celebrates the life cycles and habitats of moths. The entire family is encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. National Moth Week is being held worldwide during the last full week of July. National Moth Week offers everyone a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and to contribute scientific data about moths. National Moth Week participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on these amazing creatures.

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Live animal show at Quinta Mazatlan next week

Quinta Mazatlan invites you to take your family for a great live animal show in English and Spanish on Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m. in the park.

Kids of all ages will be entertained and educated by Contacto Animal. The show involves audience participation, touching creatures and information on how to live together in this world. Plus a special visit from an extinct creature from the dinosaur age is sure to excite all.

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Roar into summer at Quinta Mazatlan’s ‘Jurassic Park’

If you walked back in time at a rate of one million years per step….how far out your door would you have to go to shake hands with a T-Rex? What is it like to be a “Paleontologist?” Did dinosaurs come from reptiles that could fly or mammals that developed feathers? How many children would fit into the neck of a Brachiosaurus? Could you win “Dino-jeopardy?”

This Summer Quinta Mazatlán is offering two new and exciting camps for young dinosaur enthusiasts which are sure to send their minds soaring out of the forest and roaring with excitement. The four-day, half-day Dinosaur Camps starts on July 7-10 for ages nine to 12, and on July 28-31 for children ages six to eight. Each camp will run from Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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    20180401 Shorts Paradise Estates1Paradise Resort Estates in Pharr, held its annual Spaghetti Supper and Charity Auction on Friday, Feb. 16th.

    The resort’s Community Outreach Committee sponsored the event and proceeds are donated to local charities. This year’s proceeds totaled $7,000. Some of the items for auction included wood carvings and a… Read More +

  • Split Rail Party

    20180401 Shorts Split Rail Party1At the end of each season, the Split Rail Association at Split Rail RV Park in Mission throws a thank you party for its residents, filled with good food and entertainment. In mid-March, residents enjoyed a delicious catered lunch of grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw and all the fixins and dessert.… Read More +

  • Southern Comfort RV Park hosts Bocce tournaments

    20180401 Shorts Southern Comfort Bocce JPGSouthern Comfort RV Park, located at 1501 S Airport Dr. in Weslaco has been running bocce ball tournaments for the past couple of years. What started as one bocce tournament in the park is now up to three and signs are that the growth is going to continue.

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  • Winter Texans volunteer at Lutheran church

    20180322 El Buen Pastor IMG 5095For nearly a decade, Stan Kirschbaum and Bill White of Hidden Valley Ranch, and Ralph Freudenberg of Mission West RV Park have spearheaded projects at El Buen Pastor Lutheran Church.

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  • La Floresta holds tournament championship golf event

    20180315 LaFloresta Golf GAIL CATRON MENS CHAMPIONGail Catron, Men’s Champion

    La Floresta Park and Golf Course held its version of the PGA Championship March 5-8 with 32 men and 24 ladies competing in the annual event. La Floresta is located at 4140 La Floresta Road in Mercedes.

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  • The Power of One

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    Single women account for more than 10 percent of park residents. These women have involved themselves in leadership… Read More +

  • Mexican Whistling Ducks enjoy Palm Resaca Park

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  • Canada Day celebrated at Riverside Club

    20180306 CanadaDay Riverside GU 1889Hundreds of Canadians showed up at the Riverside Club in Mission on Tuesday, March 6 to join in the fun of the annual Canada Day celebration. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the music provided by the Riverside Club Band led by Randy Dupuis and enjoying drinks and food. They were a number of… Read More +

  • Encore brings tribute concerts to RGV resorts

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    The management group that oversees more than 200 RV resorts in 21 states has announced five tribute bands coming… Read More +

  • Winter Texan wins onion-eating contest at Onion Fest

    20180329 Onion Fest MILLER IMG 6291Dennis Purcell immediately recognized he had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in front of him.

    His response? He danced as if nobody was watching.

    Purcell was one of just a handful of audience volunteers who were given the chance to dance along with… Read More +

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