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Rare birds of the RGV presentation

rare crimson collared grosbeak 600pxJoin the Center for Urban Ecology at Quinta Mazatlán for a journey into the world of rare birds on Saturday morning, December 12. The program will deepen your understanding of who our rare birds are, what makes them rare, and puts them in the context of a changing bird community in the Rio Grande Valley. Visitors will get to share in the excitement and mystery of rare birds of the past, speculation on which ones may show up next, and will leave knowing more about the birds that secret away in the Rio Grande Valley’s forests, marshes, and even yards.

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Virtual basic raptor ID course

The Edinburg World Birding Center is delighted to have local raptor expert, Bill Clark, present virtually a Basic Raptor ID course. Build up your hawk watching skills in this program as you learn helpful tips to identify raptors. He will provide an ID overview of vultures, osprey, harrier, and falcons. He will then go into detail about buteos, accipiters, and others.

Bill Clark is a photographer, author, researcher, and lecturer and has over 50 years of experience working with birds of prey, including five years as Director of NWF's Raptor Information Center.

This is a six-hour course consisting of three two-hour sessions. The first session will begin on Friday, December 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The last two sessions are on Saturday, December 12 at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration deadline is two days prior to the program. This program will be delivered via zoom. Register at the EWBC website: or call them at (956) 381-9922. Payment can be taken by phone or in-person.

Illuminated walking trial opens

illuminated trail bear clan tipiThe trails of Quinta Mazatlán in McAllen will be lined with thousands of candle luminarias to celebrate the winter holidays around the world. Presented by SpawGlass, ILLUMINA Fest 2020 takes place on December 16, 17, 18, and 19 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets go fast and can only be purchased online at, search for Quinta Mazatlán.

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Drive-thru Wonderland to be held in Edinburg

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Edinburg and Edinburg EDC presents the inaugural Holiday in the Park. This holiday season, Edinburg Municipal Park will be transformed into a drive-thru wonderland. Thousands of twinkling lights will be on display from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting December 12 through January 2, 2021.

The festive event will be free to the public and will be open for a total of 22 nights to enjoy approximately one mile of themed entertainment. The Holiday in the Park event will be held in place of the annual Night of Lights Parade

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Alamo holds Christmas events

The City of Alamo will be holding a parade this coming weekend. Alamo is “Lighting Our Way into 2021” and is asking residents and businesses to join in the fun. They are asking for participants to string lights on your home, vehicles, furniture or anything you want to light up to help be seen. Show off your creativity and then join the lighted caravan event.

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December 2, 2020 - Rina’s Ramblings

This time of year always brings a spirit of Thanksgiving, We continue in this spirit even after the holiday of Thanksgiving, well into the Christmas season. My church leaders invited members to give thanks during the week leading up to Thanksgiving. We were invited to share what we were thankful for on social media platforms. You may have noticed a few #GiveThanks tags this past week.

It was a week filled with many things to be thankful for and a time to reflect on what we are truly grateful for in our lives. Seeing others that posted their “Give Thanks” made me see even more things in my life that I could be thankful for. It was a very rewarding experience.

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VSO concert to be performed live

vso photo 01The Valley Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that its annual holiday concert A Touch of Frost will continue in 2020 amidst restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Symphony will provide three ways for patrons in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond to enjoy this holiday tradition, made possible through support from Exclusive Concert Sponsor Frost and more.

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