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WAAR program provides a way for families to connect

During this year’s season of hope and giving, Wreaths Across America Radio (WAAR) invites our troops from across the country and overseas, as well as their loved ones at home, to send a holiday greeting to one another in the form of an internet radio greeting. They call this the “Remembrance Ring” program.

The “Remembrance Ring” provides American military families the opportunity to extend holiday greetings and thanks to service members and veterans through Wreaths Across America Radio. Wreaths Across America Radio is a stream you can listen to anywhere, 24/7 at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio, and via the iHeart Radio app, or download it at the App Store or on Google. (hashtag #WreathsRadio.) Last year the program connected many families from all over the globe. Be sure to email your friends and loved ones and let them know about this program.

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Welcoming the Chili Weather

AdobeStock 162081161 chili webBy U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

Chili is a staple of Texas cuisine. Many of us know it as a warm bowl of joy on a crisp fall evening and a great way to gather family and friends around the dinner table. In fact, on May 11, 1977, chili was adopted as the state dish of Texas by the Legislature. Will Rogers may have said it best when he described Texas chili as “the bowl of blessedness.”

This timeless Texas classic is known for many things, including annual competitions sure to cook up delicious entries. From Flatonia to Galveston to Pflugerville, the Lone Star State is known for hosting some of the best annual chili cook-offs.

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November 10, 2021 - Rinas Ramblings

I still can’t believe it is already November. This past month has gone by way too quickly and before we know it, Christmas is going to be here. We don’t want to get through the month of November too fast though. The month is a great time for thanksgiving.

We tend to really think about the things we are thankful for during the month of November. This season I feel like I have a lot more to be thankful for than usual. I have been down and out for a bit with a broken knee and have had help from so many of my dear friends, church family, and of course my own family. I can’t wait until I am fully functional again so I can pay it back to those that have gone out of their way to lend a helping hand, even if it was a text to see how I was doing, or a kind note left at my door.

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Salvation Army ensures ‘Hope Marches On’

SAlvation Army webWith the resurgence of the pandemic these last six months, the organization is digging in for another challenging season of need. As thousands of people continue to struggle with the impacts of pandemic poverty, The Salvation Army of McAllen is calling on everyone to help individuals and families overcome the threat of eviction amid the holiday season.

Social services organizations like The Salvation Army have worked tirelessly to provide help and hope since the pandemic started, but needs are increasing again this holiday season because of the threat of evictions and a resurging pandemic. The Salvation Army staff and volunteers are steadfast on the frontlines of need to ensure hope marches on. The organization anticipates a greater need from individuals and families struggling to stay in their homes this holiday season.

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Jams are back in session

20211105 McAllen Mobile Jam HMiller 05 webMaybe the single greatest sign of a return to normalcy happened last week at McAllen Mobile Park for the first “Opry” jam of the Winter Texan season.

Yet, the biggest sign was that the word that has dominated conversations around the world wasn't even mentioned. In fact, nothing about the year that was put on hold was heard.

That will stay that way too, at least for this article, because on this date, Friday, Nov. 5, everything seemed as it should.

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November 10, 2021 - On the Road with Jo

2019 RGVBF Green Jay webToday is the first day for the largest festival that Harlingen promotes...the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival kicks off today and will continue through November 14. The Valley is home to some major flyways so locals as well as those from out of state and even out of the country will convene in Harlingen to hear famous birders give seminars and lead bird watching expeditions. What a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn a little more about the wonders of the Rio Grande Valley.

Seminar leaders and birding guides on the expeditions are famous for their knowledge, experience, and leadership. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about our bird friends when you attend the festival held at the Harlingen Convention Center.

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Collection for Operation Christmas is next week

operation Christmas webAs we are all preparing for Thanksgiving, and thinking about what we are thankful for, many are sharing their gratitude by giving back. Residents throughout the Valley are filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they receive.

During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week November 15-22, local residents, in Mission and surrounding communities, will collect shoebox gifts at drop-off locations in the area. The Samaritan’s Purse project, partnering with churches worldwide, will deliver these gifts to children in need.

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Valley cities honor Veterans

20171104 Veterans War Memorial GU 4383 webNovember 11 is a time America takes a moment to thank all Veterans for the sacrifices they pay to help protect our country. Celebrated as such since 1919, We continue to thank our Veterans for their time served. Cities throughout the Rio Grande Valley will be honoring their community Veterans. Here are just a few of the events that will be taking place next week.

Veterans War Memorial of Texas in McAllen

On November 11, the public is invited to a Veterans Day program at the Veteran’s War Memorial of Texas in McAllen (29th St. and Col. Plummer) at 9 a.m. The Nikki Rowe High School Band will begin playing patriotic music at 8:30 a.m. as a prelude to the program. The keynote speaker will be Senator Juan Hinojosa, a Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Quilt Museum Fall exhibits open

Quilt Last Suppers Jane Burch Cochran webThe Autumn/Winter exhibits at the Texas Quilt Museum once again showcase the variety of the art form with three very important diverse offerings. The exhibits will be on display through December 19.

Storylines: Jane Burch Cochran, Wendy Huhn, and Joan Schulze

This exhibit will consist of 14 works by the trio of talented quilters under this specific theme. A storyline consists of the narrative threads connecting characters and events, often with surprise twists that can complicate the main narrative as it weaves the events that hold our attention until the end.

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