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Brownsville’s holiday Village: ‘I Like It!’

20141125 Holiday Village KO IMG 6471“I like it,” shouted my exuberant two-year-old great grandson, Jordon, when we pulled into a parking space in front of one of the brightly lit little cottages in the Brownsville Holiday Village. “I like it,” he repeated

Jordon was already ready for something special because we rode in the car for over an hour to get there, singing Christmas songs as we made the drive to get in the spirit. After a quick stop for pizza so no one would starve (and throw tantrums) we got to the park. As it was a holiday weekend, the park was teeming with little children, all of whom clearly “liked it.”

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Not all of Salvation Army’s ‘Angels’ were adopted

20151210 angel1Because there was an unusually large number of children listed as angels under the Salvation Army’s “Adopt an Angel’’ program for Christmas this year, not all children got adopted.

Over 2200 angel listings went out this year, a rise over the 2092 that went out last year.

However, according to Eloise Montemayor of the Salvation Army, there is still time to help as distributions to parents will not be made until Dec. 16.

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Fiesta de Noche Buena returns to MOSTH

EDINBURG—Celebrate the season and fill up on holiday cheer at the Museum of South Texas History Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. Returning for its second year, Fiesta de Noche Buena will include lively performances and local culture activities inside the museum’s spacious facility.

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Holiday celebrations continue

20151217 HidalgoFestivalofLights 0659 SHOWAll across the Valley people are gearing up to celebrate the holidays. Here are a few opportunities that are available for Winter Texans to enjoy the holiday seasons.

Dec. 8 – Enjoy Christmas trees? Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood, will have their Christmas extravaganza Dec. 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. Enjoy a chance to see the beautiful trees and sing along with some Christmas music.

In McAllen at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset Dr., the annual Christmas Concert will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $3. Call 681-3370 for information.

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UVAL plans ceramic workshop

The Upper Valley Art League is a offering a two-day ceramic workshop on Dec. 16 and 17 with Alexander Comminos from the University of Texas RGV as the instructor. It is planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.

The first day will cover hand building, wheel throwing and molds. Second-day focus is glazes, slips and surface, finishing off with mold and glaze give away.

Cost is $36 for UVAL members and $46 for nonmembers. Class size is limited to 12 people, and registration and payment is required at the same time.

Classes will be held at the UVAL studio in the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center, 921 E. 12th, in Mission, next to Speer Memorial Library. Call 956-583-2787 for information or stop by the UVAL gallery to register.

Nominations sought for Valley Star Awards

The following list of names of entertainers has been composed for possible nominations for the upcoming Valley Star Awards in February. If your favorite star’s name is not on the list and he or she is returning this season, call Robert or Billie Ferguson at (574) 361-2947 by Dec. 8 and they will add the name to the list.

Once the list is complete it will be given to the activity directors at their December meeting. The activity directors will vote for their top four favorites in each category. The top four names in each category will be the final nominees appearing on the ballot in the Winter Texan Times in January.

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Mission’s annual Christmas lighting celebration is Dec. 2

Photographs with Santa, free drawings for bicycles and toys, folklorico groups, musical and choral performances are all on the agenda for the City of Mission’s annual Christmas Lighting Celebration on Friday, Dec. 2.

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Concert II features Wong and Super Strings

McALLEN – The Valley Symphony Orchestra (VSO) presents the second chamber concert of the 65th anniversary season with Geoffrey Wong and the Super Strings. It will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the 17th Floor Sky Tower Club in the Chase Neuhaus Bank building in McAllen.

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MHM accepting entries for 11th Mission Quilt Show

Calling all quilters. It’s time to enter one of your creations in the Mission Quilt Show. The Mission Historical Museum is accepting entries beginning Nov. 29 for its 11th Annual Mission Quilt Show. Entries will be accepted in three categories: Hand-quilted bed quilts; Machine-quilted bed quilts; and Wall hangings. The show is open to all quilters, both Winter Texans and year-round residents.

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Pearl Harbor, 911 attacks to be remembered Dec. 7

The public is invited to attend the Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Twin Towers ceremony beginning at 10 hours 7 December 2016 at the Veterans War Memorial of Texas, 29th St. and Col. Plummer Dr., East of the McAllen Convention Center. Keynote speakers, McAllen High School band and choir and Zavala Elementary School choir will highlight the ceremony.

This ceremony is one of the most important patriotic events of the American people. Its message reminds the American people of the consequences of unexpected armed attacks on American soils.

 

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Laguna Madre Art League Christmas Show has moved

For anyone seeking an unusual or one-of-a-kind Christmas gift, look no further than the Laguna Madre Art League’s annual Christmas Show and Sale of Fine Arts and Crafts. The show will be held Dec. 2 and 3.

According to Sally Heath, LMAL public relations spokesperson, this year the League’s show will be a part of the Winter Marketplace being held at the South Padre Island Convention Center.

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MMA To Hold Pearl Harbor Parade Dec 7

Military Academy in Harlingen will host the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Parade Wed., Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. on the MMA Parade Ground. Veterans from all military branches are encouraged to attend, particularly those who served in World War II.

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Lakewood RV Resort plans events to help needy

Lakewood RV Park’s annual “Christmas for the Needy” Project will take place Dec. 2-4. The annual Soup and Bake Sale for the Needy fundraiser will be held Friday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   On Saturday, Dec. 3, a western and ballroom Dance for the Needy fundraiser will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. On Sunday Dec. 4, a Line/Round/Square Dance fundraiser will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Drawing tickets for a large quilt will be offered at all of these events.

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Edinburg Chamber says, ‘Welcomes Back’

20161117-Welcome-Back-Edinburg DSC 0454 KOWinter Texans from all parks in Edinburg took part in the annual Edinburg Welcome Back & Expo held Thursday, Nov. 17. The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce greeted returning Winter Texans with margaritas as they walked in the door.

They also served a meal consisting of a barbecue sandwich, potato chips and a large “Welcome Back” cake!

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How to build an awesome sandcastle

20161117 WEB Sand-CastlesWhen my son visited recently with his wife and children from Idaho, the children were dying to go to the beach. So naturally, Grammy had to take them. But what do you do when the water is too cold to get in due to the season’s first cold front? Build sandcastles, of course!

South Padre Island is known around the world for its Sand Castle Days world competition and foreign visitors often travel to South Texas to compete. Andy Hancock is one of the best local builders of sand castles. According to Trip Advisor, he is the best in South Texas. He was very accommodating and came out to meet us in front of Billy Bong’s Bar and Grill on short notice.

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