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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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UTPA’s Mariachi Aztlán selected to perform at Chicago’s Millennium Park on June 28

Being a part of The University of Texas-Pan American’s acclaimed Mariachi Aztlán is a blessing for freshman and violinist Clyde Guerra, one that has allowed him to share his love for traditional Mexican music nationwide and, soon enough, with the Chicago community.

UTPA’s 16-member mariachi group has been invited to perform at the first-ever Chicago Mariachi and Folklórico Festival on June 28 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.

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Texas Onion Fest is Saturday

Get ready for a chance to taste some of the most delicious onions in the country at Texas Onion Fest in Weslaco, Saturday, March 28. The Texas Onion Fest celebrates the development of the Texas 1015 Onion, which was developed in 1989 by Dr. Leonard Pike at the Texas A&M University Extension Service in Weslaco.

At last year’s Onion Fest, the fried sweet onion blossoms were so popular, long lines of Winter Texans waited for a chance to taste them. In addition to the onion blossoms, there will be art and crafts vendors, food vendors, and commercial vendors. Along with the annual Onion Eating Contest, a culinary stage will feature local chefs demonstrating specialty dishes cooked with onions. There is also an annual salsa contest.

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Jackson Street Classic Car Show set for April 11

The eighth annual Jackson Street Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, April 11, in downtown Harlingen. The car show is being organized by the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Cars will be displayed along Jackson between 4th and Commerce. The show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration for the car show will open at 8 a.m. on April 11. The first 100 entrants will receive an event T-shirt. In lieu of a monetary entry fee, participants are asked to bring non-perishable food products for the Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry. Hot rods, classic cars, and any other vehicles of interest are welcome. Nearly 200 cars participated in the show last April.

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UTPA develops RGV Civil War Trail

As the Rio Grande Valley prepares to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the last battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Palmito Hill, that took place May 12-13, 1865 in Brownsville, professors at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) are busy creating a Civil War historical trail, defining the important role played by the Rio Grande Valley in the history of the war.

To bring to light the significance the Valley played in the Civil War, The Community Historical Archaeology Project (CHAPS) at UTPA is developing the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail. The trail consists of a trail map and a website which features podcasts (audio recordings) about sights of historical significance. The trail will extend from the beaches of Brazos Santiago, where the first Union troops set boot in the Valley, and move along the river through Hidalgo, Starr, Webb and Zapata Counties, where it will culminate at Fort McIntosh in Laredo. Significant historic sites will be identified along the route.

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He never gave up on God

Six guns were pointed at him, close range. Others had died before him. Without a doubt he knew he would be next. Terror swept through his body as he waited. Praying was the only thing this man of God could do and he was praying with vengeance. Reverend Feliberto Pereira had done nothing but serve the God he loved, but here in Cuba, in the communist regime in 1966, that was a crime.

During those first years in concentration camps his faith had never wavered. Even now, as he stood there awaiting the word from the Captain for his men to fire, he was doing what was most natural in times of need–he was praying. And…God gave Feliberto his answer. Though he had preached of the Miracles that had happened to that Man over 2000 years ago, Feliberto still had his doubts. But then, his miracle happened and everything changed.

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Texas Onion Fest seeks contestants for America’s Got Talent

The Texas Onion Fest is adding a new event this year.

Weslaco Chamber of Commerce President Martha Noell said the television show America’s Got Talent has contacted the chamber and is searching for anyone who can eat a whole, unsliced onion in 90 seconds. Video auditions will be sent to America’s Got Talent producers to be considered for a spot to appear before celebrity judges. This search will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Texas Onion Fest celebration.

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Korean traditional dances highlighted at BorderFest

While the cool damp weather kept some folks away and canceled some of the planned outdoor entertainment, there were still plenty of people who came out to enjoy the annual BorderFest held in Hidalgo held March 5-8.

Inside the World Stage tent, the Korean Cultural Preservation Committee of Houston demonstrated native Korean dances. The first was a sword dance performed by two Korean women, who did a dance similar ballet while swinging swords at various times in the dance. They wore their hair in traditional Korean style and wore bright pink traditional style dress for the dance. The dance has its origins back in 600 AD when the king invited a sword dancer to come to his palace and dance for him. The dancer had grievances against the way the king was treating the people and slew him during the dance. Today, the dance is a part of traditional Korean culture.

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