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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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IMAS Christmas Tree Forest accepting entries

20191127 IMAS Christmas Trees Courtesy 0002 webChristmas is coming. Not something that most people want to hear this soon, except perhaps those who are thinking about entering the International Museum of Art and Science Christmas Tree Forest. The IMAS Guild, which organizes this popular locally sourced annual exhibit, has chosen “Christmas in the Rio Grande Valley” for this year’s theme.

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MOSTH hosts Veterans Day exhibit

MOSTH Angelica Gonzalez woman with the only head bandana working plane webThe Museum of South Texas History welcomes the community to the launch of a temporary Veterans Day exhibit that honors the historic contributions of South Texas veterans.

From Saturday, November 6 to Sunday, November 21, the museum’s collections and exhibits team will display historic military artifacts. The exhibit will highlight the contributions of veterans from the South Texas region. If you or someone you know would like to share experiences serving in the military, please contact Exhibits and Collections Coordinator Melissa Peña at (956) 383-6911 or email mjpena@mosthistory.org. Stories will be recorded and archived in the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives.

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Speer to host book discussion

Speer Memorial Library Book Club webBy William Renner, reference librarian

Speer Memorial Library in Mission invites you to join them on Tuesday, November 16, for a discussion of Girl with a Pearl Earring in the Library’s Community Room and online via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. in Spanish and 6:30 p.m. in English. A link will be sent to those who wish to attend via Zoom.

For 2021, we are providing an added incentive to participate in the Morton’s Book Club. Speer Memorial Library was the recipient of the Texas Reads Grant and will make free copies available, while supplies last, to people who sign up for the book discussions. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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2021 Shrimp Cookoff and Seafood Festival this weekend

shrimpCookoff logo web noBackground webThe 28th Annual Shrimp Cookoff & Seafood Festival is scheduled to be held on site in the parking lot of Sutherlands in Port Isabel on Saturday, November 6. Dozens of professional and amateur chefs will be preparing their favorite recipes for thousands of festival attendees at a modest fee. Each contestant’s recipe will be judged on appearance, aroma, and taste by a select panel of judges.

Live entertainment by The Agency, vendors and exciting new challenges will be featured at the 2021 event. Gate fee is $5 per adult and children 12 and under are free. Hours of the festival are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with winners announced in both divisions at 4 p.m.

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Valley cities to hold Veterans events

aaron burden veterans events webCities 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.

The City of Mission will be hosting a Veterans Appreciation Barbecue on Wednesday, November 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Mission Event Center (2425 Ruby Red Blvd).

At the event, Veterans are invited to take a short drive through “Honors Lane” at the event center and pick up a delicious Texas Style BBQ chicken plate with trimmings in appreciation of your services.

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MOSTH hosts closing reception

Community Altar Exhibit webThe Community Altar Exhibit at Museum of South Texas History closes Sunday, November 7, and will conclude with a Sunday Speaker Series reception from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy one last look at the exhibit, which was built by 10 community organizations and individuals. This exhibit honors and celebrates departed loved ones with favorite items, photographs and the traditional offerings such as salt and cempasuchiles known as marigolds. Each altar was built by a family friend, relative or a community organization.

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