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Workcampers bring nature project to life

20211229 butterfly garden 269845149 4655938691186922 8404001179892675912 nA couple of workcampers at Seven Oaks Resort in Mission have been busy this season. Their latest project has been a beautiful butterfly garden. So far, their work has paid off as seen by the abundance of butterflies, birds, and even worms that have been found in the garden.

Robin Wright and Korine Leonard carefully selected plants, bushes, and trees – with the ultimate goal of attracting the beautiful birds and butterflies that the area is known for while also providing a relaxing spot for the guests to visit and enjoy.

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Swing into the Landmark on Tower

20211229 alamo food park DSC 0871By Herb Moering

Winter Texans may find the new Landmark on Tower to be a “swinging” place to go for an evening of fun, food, and friendly conversation. To get into the swing of things, just sit down at one of the seven swing-seat tables in the outside court area, that has artificial turf for grass.

The food truck court, which opened Oct. 15, is the creation of Roy Landa, a property developer. He grew up in Alamo, about three blocks from his establishment, which includes his two brothers in partnership, David and Gilbert. Roy says his aim is to have a place where adults can come for the food, try some of the 20 craft beer brews and four wines on tap and have their children with them at the same time.

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Enjoy the holidays with sand sculptures

20211217 Sandcastle Christmas Courtesy 01 webThe nativity scene is near completion. The Elon Musk-like “fantasy rocketship,” with detailed Russian scrawling is done.

There are many more exquisitely detailed sculptures sprawled under the large tent at Sandcastle Village and Trail, located on West Ling Street in the entertainment district on South Padre Island. Better yet, as curator Lucinda Wierenga said, “it's under the ferris wheel across from Louie's Backyard.”

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Pickleball fun at Casa Del Valle

pickleball IMG 4841 webDawn Hardy is a self-described fierce competitor.

Watching her play confirms that unless you're watching the non-stop smile on her face when she's playing.

A former college athlete who has played volleyball, softball, and numerous other sports, it only took her a couple pickleball games back home in Topeka, Kansas to fire up those competitive engines.

“I love it,” said Hardy during the weekly pickleball mixer at Casa Del Valle in Alamo. “I especially love the friendships.”

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Fun had at Golf Cart Rodeo

golf cart rodeo 3 amigos webOn December 4, 2021, Mission Bell -Tradewinds RV Resort held their very first Golf Cart Rodeo. Several people from the park volunteered to be a team driving their golf carts through a pre-determined course on the parking lot. The part that made it so much fun was that the driver would be blindfolded, and the passenger would give the instructions on how to get through the course. Completion of the course was timed and those with the best times won prizes. Pylons were run over; judges were chased by the blind folded and a great time was had by all. They all agreed they'd like to do it again next year.

Taking the Tabs to Texas

La Florest Taking tabs to Texas webCollecting can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House has been ongoing at La Floresta Park in Mercedes for many years. This year, Rodger and Jean Vanderville from Manistique, Michigan, arrived at La Floresta Park with over 50 pounds of tabs collected from family and friends in their hometown. These were combined with some collected at La Floresta Park, and a total of about 68,740 individual tabs were taken to the Ronald McDonald House in Corpus Christi. The money from can tabs adds up and becomes a valuable donation to the Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald Houses are located near children’s hospitals. Their mission is to provide a place for families to stay, who are far from home, so they can focus on the health of their child. They also assist families with travel and other expenses.

Time to Care and Share

rgv foodbank logo webNow is a time to care and to share our time and our talents. Last month my interest was really aroused when I was lucky enough to participate in a trade show where a representative from our Rio Grande Valley Food Bank had a booth directly across from mine. I had often wondered exactly how our RGV Food Bank operates and here was my chance to learn more. Have my eyes been opened? I learned a lot. Now it is time to share some of that information. There is not room to share all that I learned so I will just hit the high points.

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Seeking help

There are some Winter Texans at Casa del Sol that need your help. They are collecting donations to help the people affected by the tornadoes in KY. They are seeking monetary donations, although items are welcome as well. They have a semi-trailer that is loading stuff in NE to take to KY with the donated items.

There were communities that were completely destroyed - they need everything - said Lynn Clasen who is spearheading the effort. A big concern is that temperatures are dropping and these people need warm clothes and blankets - amongst other regular items.

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December 22, 2021 - Rina's Ramblings

It has been a blessing and pleasure to see what the Winter Texan community does for the communities they live in. Each year, especially during the holiday, the communities you live in are blessed with your charity. It always amazes me at how you come together to serve one purpose and bring so many happy faces to the families that live around you.

In this issue we have Tripp Wright and his group of elves that have worked this year to bring joy to children in their community. He, and his elves, have great hope that this first event grows to something bigger each year. I look forward to seeing what it becomes.

I love seeing how you love your community, no matter how long, or how little, you visit with us each year. It is a wonderful thing to see the hope, joy, laughter, and love that comes from the giving you do.

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Partnering ministries geared to see joyful faces

backpack mission DSC 0718 webBy Herb Moering

Three Christian ministries have partnered to bring holiday cheer to hundreds of children in Mexico through a backpack and shoebox project.

A truckload of a couple thousand backpacks and shoe boxes each containing school supplies, articles of clothing, a game, hygiene items and a booklet arrived in San Juan Dec. 4. Most of the supplies will be distributed Dec. 28 in various Christmas celebrations at churches and orphanages in many Mexican communities, according to Bruce Hepburn, whose Mexico Missions ministry in San Juan acts as the distribution hub in Reynosa, Mexico.

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