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Come From Away tickets on sale now

Touring Cast of COME FROM AWAY 2023 Credit Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade 0098 webMcAllen Performing Arts Center is thrilled to announce the national tour of Come From Away, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its McAllen debut at McAllen Performing Arts Center for a limited engagement on March 17, 2024. Come From Away tickets are on sale now. Tickets available on ticketmaster.com or at the McAllen Performing Arts Center box office.

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Enjoy the great outdoors with sports

November – truly a wonderful month to enjoy the great outdoors… It’s not too hot and not too cold – it’s just right. Our beautiful weather should be enticing all of us to step outside. I am sure the golfers are having a field day. Golf must be a wonderful sport. In the little farming community where I grew up, nobody knew anything about golf. Our school had a baseball diamond and a basketball court. Those were our two sports and that was it … you chose one or the other or perhaps, even both. If you learned to swim, you learned in the creek.

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Cricket: A game back on the rise

20231021 IARGV Cricket Match ALB 0082 webBy Anastasia Brunson

If you've never been to a cricket match the first thing that may surprise you is the circular layout of the field. There are painted boundaries marking the infield and the outfield, and at the center is the pitch with a wicket at each end. The pitch is where a batter will face off against a bowler -- the one throwing (bowling) the ball. The bats are also much different than what you see in somewhat similar games like baseball and softball, a cricket bat has a flat side and a ridge on the reverse side.

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Visit MOSTH to see Dr. Garcia’s gold

Dr Jose Garcia webEarly in 2022, the Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) received a donation of 400 gold coins along with a fascinating South Texas story. “Dr. García’s Gold,” an exhibit that opened in September tells the story of gold buried under a house in San Diego, Texas, almost a century ago.

The long and winding story of “Dr. García’s Gold” begins with small town doctor José García, who operated a medical practice in San Diego between 1900 and the 1950s. According to family documents García began to acquire gold coins in the 1890s. In 1933, García buried about 500 American gold coins under his house in San Diego after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order to collect gold held privately by Americans.

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STC announces 2023-2024 season productions

STC Theatre and Dance invites the community to join us for another year of fun and quality entertainment. All productions will be held at STC’s Cooper Center for Performing Arts, located at the Pecan Campus, 3200 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

The season starts on November 9, with Matt Cox’s play Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic. In Puffs, Wayne Hopkins is a regular boy who finds out he's a wizard and goes to school in England where he makes two best friends and has adventures. This perhaps sounds familiar. But Wayne is sorted as a Puff, he and the other Puffs simply want to learn how to be wizards, make it through a magic school that proves to be dangerous for children, and avoid attacks by evil wizards.

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Texas Quilt Museum has stunning exhibits

isntPlayingBetterThanQuilting Susan P Stevenson webLA GRANGE — Two groundbreaking exhibits of quilts will be on display at the Texas Quilt Museum through December 23.

First, we’ll pay tribute to the wildly popular series of books by James Herriot as well as the recent smash PBS series with the animal-themed juried show “All Creatures Great and Small.” And we’ll also dip into the amazing archives of quilt collectors and dealers Mary and Joe Koval with “Antique Quilts from the Koval Collection.”

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Texas Parks calling for entries in contest

IMG 8027 webTo Celebrate 100 years, Texas Parks and Wildlife has been having a photo contest celebrating Texas parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wrapped up the summer portion of the Texas State Parks Centennial Photo Contest, choosing a winner from more than 740 entries. The winning photo for the “Keepin’ it Cool at Texas State Parks” summer theme was taken by Heather Averill and features an otherworldly underwater view of Balmorhea State Park’s spring-fed pool.

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October 25, 2023 - Rina's Ramblings

Looks like things are happening all around the Valley. We are seeing submissions for park activities coming in and fall and Christmas events plans are already being made. It’s an exciting time of year – the beginning of the season.

We love this time of year for multiple reasons. But a big reason is seeing what you all are up to in the parks and your community. This time of year, we see Halloween parades and costume contests and dances. In fact, we get to attend one next week. We always get to see the photos, but now we get to have some fun with you.

We love seeing those photos too. So, if you have a costume contest at your park or decorating contest, send some photos in with your information. We would love to share them.

I know many of you hold Veterans Day activities for your residents. If you are holding an event or would like to share photos of your event, send them our way.

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Welcome home and enjoy this paradise

20210202 SPI SPI Convention Center CAB 5630 webA big, big Welcome Home! We have missed you…. And you missed a hot, hot summer. In fact, we had record-breaking heat and very little rain. When the temperature dropped below a hundred it was like a cold snap and were we ever relieved.

Now the weather is just perfect for enjoying an early morning walk or a golf outing or a game of shuffleboard with your friends. In fact, the weather is just right.

Our Winter Texans contribute so much to the Valley. I know economically. You help us out. And we appreciate that. But you offer so much, much more to us and you do it with so much love and understanding.
You are a pleasure and a great benefit to us. We will never be able to tell you how much we appreciate your sharing your talents, your experiences, and your loving nature with us – The most wonderful thing is that you are willing to share with us. Thanks!

Some of you may drive a little slower than some of the others who are always in a hurry to get to their destination. But I drive a little slower than I used to also. You may not see as well as you used to, but then I don’t either. But why not go a little slower. Let’s enjoy this paradise.

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