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November 17, 2021 - Rinas Ramblings

 It’s great seeing and hearing of the events that are picking back up in the Valley. Again, events that were cancelled last year, are coming back again in full swing and organizers are thrilled to be seeing your smiling faces again.

During the holidays, there are more events going on throughout the Valley, including holiday events like parades, Christmas tree lightings, and more.

Many organizations hold fundraisers and parks are always getting involved with the community to support them during the holiday season.

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Park Place Estates honors its Veterans

20211111 Vets Day at Park Place Harl HMoering DSC 0610 webBy Herb Moering

As might be expected there was a sea of red, white, and blue color in the audience for the Veteran’s Day program at Park Place Estates RV Resort in Harlingen. That was the setting despite park guests not finding adequate patriotic decorations for golf carts and bikes, apparently due to the supply chain problems, that led to cancellation of the traditional parade, according to Connie Teel, activity director for the park.

But the long-running annual program of some 35 years went on as scheduled, but with a twist that featured all women veterans living at Park Place. The main speaker was retired Army medic E-5 Pam Smith, a health care specialist, who served from 2008 to 2013 in the 101st Airborne Air Assault Battalion out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

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Harlingen CISD presents two upcoming productions

HCISD sweet science bruising wiltons webThe Harlingen Performing Arts Center invites you to “break-out your gloves” with them as they follow four women breaking free from their prescribed societal roles in order to perfect The Sweet Science of Bruising.

Set in 1869 London, author Joy Wilkinson skillfully illustrates the battle for women’s rights through a heart pounding, invigorating scene of women’s boxing. It is a story of four very different Victorian women who are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing by the eccentric Professor Sharp. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, each finds an unexpected freedom in the boxing ring. As their lives begin to intertwine, their journey takes you through grand drawing rooms, bustling theatres, and rowdy Southwark pubs, where the women fight inequality as well as each other. But with the final showdown approaching, only one can become the Lady Boxing Champion of the World.

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ReVoiced to perform in Harlingen

20211104 ReVoiced webAcappella quintet, ReVoiced, is bringing its famed signature sound, powerful stage presence, and unique arrangements of familiar classics to Christian Fellowship Church, 901 N. Loop 499, Harlingen, TX on Tuesday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit the association’s website at www.HarlingenConcert.com or call (956) 392-9757.

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Mannheim Steamroller to perform in McAllen

mannheim steamroller webIf you thought that the best live concerts of 2021 have already taken place, then you must not have heard that Mannheim Steamroller Christmas is making a live appearance at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. They will be performing on Monday, December 27th at 7 p.m.

This performer is the biggest music sensation that’s hitting the country by storm with new fans joining the discussion after every live performance. Everyone will tell you that Mannheim Steamroller Christmas brings limitless energy, excellent passion, and leading talent to every show. Their shows are simply unmissable and will leave you smiling from ear to ear, and ready to dance from the minute they take the stage to the last song of the night.

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Day of the Dead altar opens at Alamo Museum

20211104 Day of the Dead DSC 0534 HMoering webBy Herb Moering

“So glad to see those of you who want to keep the Day of the Dead alive,” said Alex Oyoque, director of City of Alamo Museum during a reception November 1 involving a presentation on the meaning of Dias de Los Muertos by the PSJA Memorial Early College High School’s Spanish Club.

This first ever Day of the Dead altar honored the museum’s late founding member Fire Chief Rolando Espinoza. In addition to Spanish Club members and a few PSJA teachers, about 35 other people attended, including the chief’s widow, Betty, his sisters, Pilar Garza and Armida Gomez, and a dozen other family members.

Angelika Garza, daughter of PSJA Spanish Department teacher Patricia Garza, explained the meaning of the two-day Day of the Dead occasion, mainly celebrated in Mexico and some parts of Central and South America. The holiday has spread in recent years into places like South Texas. It has nothing to do with Halloween traditions it was pointed out.

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MHM presents “Living Beyond Borders”

thumbnail MargaritaELongoria webJoin Mission Historical Museum (MHM) as Ms. Margarita Longoria presents this captivating lecture on Saturday, November 13 at 11 a.m. Admission is FREE to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

In this mixed-media collection of short stories, personal essays, poetry, and comics, this celebrated group of authors share the borders they have crossed, the struggles they have pushed through, and the two cultures they continue to navigate as Mexican Americans. Living Beyond Borders is at once an eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and hopeful love letter from the Mexican American community to today’s young readers. Twenty stand-alone short stories, essays, poems, and more from celebrated and award-winning authors make up this YA anthology that explores the Mexican American experience. With works by Francisco X. Stork, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, David Bowles, Rubén Degollado, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Diana López, Xavier Garza, Trinidad Gonzales, Alex Temblador, Aida Salazar, Guadalupe Ruiz-Flores, Sylvia Sánchez Garza, Dominic Carrillo, Angela Cervantes, Carolyn Dee Flores, René Saldaña Jr., Justine Narro, Daniel García Ordáz, and Anna Meriano.

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Join PVAS for their First Annual Give A Bark 5K

PVAS Harold webJoin Palm Valley Animal Society’s on Saturday, November 20, for their First Annual “Give A Bark 5K Walk/Run” at Fireman’s Park at 201 N 1st St., in McAllen. The main event will kick off at 8 a.m. with a one-mile Doggie Dash starting at 9 a.m.

University Draft House will be the official race day headquarters. University Draft House will also provide breakfast for participants and host a “Give a Meow Brunch” from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. to the public, where a portion of those proceeds will benefit PVAS. Joining the event will be local ax-throwing establishment Kickin Axes, where they will bring their mobile unit for anyone wanting to take part between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Time to start those vegetable gardens

jonathan hanna vegetable garden unsplash webThe Deep South Texas Master Gardeners welcomes our Winter Texans back and would like to help you start your winter vegetable garden. Unlike in the north where gardening is done during the summer months, we here in Texas do our gardening in the fall and winter. Many of those wonderful vegetables that you enjoy back home can be grown here in Texas during the winter months.

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