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Eastgate Holds Baby Shower For Needy

Residents of Eastgate Mobile Home Park in Harlingen held a Senior Baby Shower as a charitable event. Residents were given three names of mothers-to-be in need to be given items from the baby shower. Items for babies were also given to St. Paul’s Lutheran and St. Anthony’s Catholic Churches and a local women’s shelter.

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Winter Texan Times giving away 500 Killer Bees tickets

The Winter Texan Times and the RGV Killer Bees are partnering to host Winter Texan Night, Friday, Feb. 13, for that night’s hockey game. The Times is giving away 500 free tickets for the game and all the excitement that night designed for Winter Texans, as the RGV Killer Bees face the Lone Star Brahmas.

For a chance to win a four-pack of Killer Bees tickets for Feb. 13, CLICK HERE.  Entry deadline is Feb. 6. Only one entry per household is permitted.

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Gordy & Debbie bring Mickey Gilley for orphanage benefit concert

Mark your calendars for February 3, when one of the former biggest names in Country Music comes to the Rio Grande Valley to do a benefit for Children’s Haven International (CHI) at the request of Gordy and Debbie Wensel. For the past several years Gordy and Debbie have held benefits to help CHI, an orphanage and school in Reynosa.

But this year they are bringing Mickey Gilley, a well-known country western and pop star, who owns his own theater in Branson, to help raise funds for expansion of the school at CHI.

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Second Entertainers Showcase attracts more talented performers

The amount of new talent seeking to work in the Rio Grande Valley next season is phenomenal. People came from Branson, Mo., several places in Tennessee, Ohio, Oklahoma, and other parts of Texas to demonstrate their talents to the activity directors in the two Entertainers Showcases held this year. The first was held Jan. 8 in Harlingen. The second took place at Mission Bell on Jan. 15. Some were completely new, while others were performers who have been entertaining in the Valley but are seeking additional bookings this year and next.

The Winter Texan Times watched each performance and also spoke with a number of activity directors, asking them which acts would play well in their parks.

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Santa Maria Bullring features largest bulls ever

Santa Maria Bullring will set a new record during the bullfight to be held this Sunday, Jan. 25, as the event will feature the largest bulls ever to perform at a bullfight in the United States.

“Never before in history have bulls of this size been presented in the U.S.A.,” said bullring owner and former matador Fred Renk.

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Texas Citrus Fiesta events now in full swing

A week filled with celebrations will take place as the Texas Citrus Fiesta gets underway in Mission. The fun starts Saturday when the Royal Reception is held and Queen Citrianna LXXIII and the members of the Royal Court are introduced along with the girls vying to be the Queen Citrianna LXXIX. All will be wearing their ball gown for the first time.

The girls vying for queen will be introduced by their title, “Duchess of Ruby Red Grapefruit,” They will not give their names.

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Rising Star Revue features new talent

The Valley’s first Rising Star Revue, hosted by Robert Ferguson, was held Saturday, Jan.10. The show featured six of the best new groups taking part in this year’s Entertainer Showcases, allowing Winter Texans to get a taste of the new entertainment that is coming to the Rio Grande Valley.

Mario Rosales, who substituted for one of the stars listed on the preview, was a great pick because he received a standing ovation at the end of his performance. Mario is from Branson, Mo. and does a tribute show to Rodney Dangerfield there along with performing as a singer.

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Professional Bull Riding coming to Livestock Show arena

Get ready, bull Riding fans, as the “The Hottest Eight Seconds of 2015” comes back to Mercedes. It’s bigger and better than ever, say the show promoters. The National Professional Bull Riders are bringing some of the nation’s top bull riders to town for a two-day event on Jan. 24-25 at the RGV Livestock Show Arena in Mercedes.

Approximately 35 top cowboys will compete for an average of $14,000 in money and prizes. This includes a chance to win one of three $600 Monsoon-Frontier Champion Trophy Buckles and a sack full of money. The National Professional Bull Riders (NPBR) not only attracts bull riders from Texas and the surrounding states but also from Mexico, Brazil and Australia.

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Texas Citrus Fiesta Product Costume Show is unique tradition

This year’s Texas Citrus Fiesta events kick off Saturday, Jan. 17 with the Product Style Show, one of the most unique style shows ever developed in the United States. It is said to be the only original style show of its type in the country.

The theme for this year’s Fiesta and style show is Old Time Rock & Roll, based on the music of the 50s and 60s. The style show will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at the Mission Community Center, 1420 E. Kika De la Garza Loop, Mission.

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Museum honors Cleo Dawson, Mission pioneer

The Mission Historical Museum presents “Mission Historical Icon: The Life of Dr. Cleo Dawson-Smith” Friday, Jan. 30, for a presentation of a historical figure by the people who shared her life and friendship. 

Cleo Dawson came to South Texas as a small child in a covered wagon. With her family she helped to build a town beside the railroad where a trail from the Rio Grande crossed the track, a town that had recently been named Mission. This was back in the very early 1900's when Mission was still a frontier town, before it was incorporated into a city.

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Lone Star Jubilee brings new talent to RGV

Get ready to enjoy another entertaining Branson show as the Lone Star Jubilee makes its annual swing through Rio Grande Valley, adding popular musician, singer and award-winning songwriter Jaydee Miller and well-known bass singer David Little to this year’s cast of performers.

Of course, The Texans, who produce the show, will be back with Sam and Brenda Ray and their son Curtis. The Texans were twice voted Branson’s Entertainers of the Year and four times they were selected as Branson’s Group of the Year.

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Matador Cesar Castaneda opens bullfight season

Star matador Cesar Castaneda, who is now ranked fourth in Mexico, will head the card when Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria presents its winter season bloodless bullfight opener Sunday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.

Casteneda will be facing the largest Spanish fighting bulls ever to be presented in the United States. The bulls are of Iberian descent and weigh in at 500 plus kilos (over 1100 pounds).

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Winter Texan Night

32nd Golden Age Olympics underway in McAllen

The 30th annual Golden Olympics has begun under the guidance of the McAllen Parks and Recreation Department. The event started in 1983 with competition in three events and has grown to include over 30 events. Competition is limited to men and women over the age of 50.

Golden Age Olympics includes a wide range of competitive events for seniors, including shuffleboard, petanque, swimming events, race walk, tennis, bowling, darts, washers, mini-golf, poker, cribbage, bridge, euchre, billiards 8-ball, 9-ball, disc golf, fishing derby and more. Different events are offered each week now through mid-March.

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Square dancing going strong

“Swing your partner, Do-si-do!”

The words of square dance callers can be heard throughout the Rio Grande Valley as the peak of the winter season gets underway. With the full line-up of square dance opportunities available it is no wonder McAllen is considered “The Square Dance Capital of the World.” While the square dance jamboree that was once a custom in the Rio Grande Valley is no longer, there is still plenty of square dancing taking place at resorts all across the Rio Grande Valley.

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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.

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  • Top entertainers to perform at Valley Star Awards Saturday

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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… Read More +

  • Brownsville’s Charro Days kicks off Sunday

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  • 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.

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  • 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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