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The symphony returns November 12

The Valley Symphony Orchestra will take the stage for the first time in nearly two years on Friday, November 12. The 70th anniversary season will begin with Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, a masterful staple of the Symphonic repertoire. Maestro Peter Dabrowski will conduct the full orchestra onstage at the McAllen Performing Arts Center.

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Wreaths Across America to add Ceremonial Wreath

wreaths across america webRecently, national nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) announced the addition of the United States Space Force to the set of ceremonial wreaths that are provided to all participating locations nationwide to be used on National Wreaths Across America Day – this year scheduled for Saturday, December 18, 2021. This is the eighth ceremonial wreath with corresponding service flag to be provided by the organization to all registered, participating locations. The ceremonial wreaths represent each branch of the service, and POW/MIA, and are encouraged to be on display as part of each National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony held.

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EWBC announces fall hours

The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center (EWBC) has changed to their fall operating hours. Their fall operating hours are Mondays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The park is located at 714 Raul Longoria Rd. For more information, visit their website at edinburgwbc.org or call at (956) 381-9922.

Toys for Tots 2021 campaign has begun

toys FirstRespondersChildrensFoundation scaled webOctober marked the official kick-off for the Toys for Tots 2021 holiday campaign running through Christmas. U.S. Marines and volunteers will be conducting 830 local toy collection and distribution campaigns in all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

U.S. Marines and more than 35,000 volunteers, millions of local supporters, hundreds of corporate partners of Toys for Tots will be collecting toys through Christmas. Marines and volunteers will be engaging with local businesses, media and individuals within their communities collecting new, unwrapped toys and distributing those gifts to less fortunate children allowing them to experience the joy of Christmas.

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McAllen Holiday Parade hits the beach

20181205 McAllen Christmas Parade HMiller 3979 webLast week, The McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by H-E-B and powered by Bert Ogden & Fiesta Dealerships, parade organizers hit the beach and unveiled new and exciting features of the international-award winning Christmas event, including revealing this year’s theme and announcing South Padre Island Convention & Visitors’ Bureau as a sponsor of the parade.

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VSO announces 2021-2022 schedule

VAlley Symphony Orchestra DSC05889 scaled webThe Valley Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 2021-22 concert season. After more than a year without full orchestra performances, the VSO will return to the McAllen Performing Arts Center for its 70th anniversary with a five-concert subscription series and other special events, all under the direction of Maestro Peter Dabrowksi.

It has been nearly two years since the entire orchestra has performed together – making this anniversary even more special. This has been the longest the ensemble has ever gone without performing since its founding in 1952.

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Creative ways to use pumpkins

20211020 TAMU Pumpkins 2 webWritten by Paul Schattenberg, TAMU

From pumpkin spice lattes to harvest-themed front porches, pumpkins are an iconic staple for the fall. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts have some tips on how to use these popular gourds in and around your home.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has tips to consider doing with pumpkins before you go to the pumpkin patch this fall.

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Kansas tickets on sale

Kansas v1 Credit EMily Butler Photography high res webAmerica’s preeminent progressive rock band, Kansas, will be wrapping-up their popular Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour in the United States with one final leg during the winter and spring of 2022. Legendary rock band, Kansas, will stop in McAllen February 19, 2022 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. The tour showcases classic Kansas music including hit songs, deep cuts, fan favorites, and will include selections from the band’s latest studio album The Absence of Presence.

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PVAS hosts dog enrichment events

PVAS Yappy Hour webJoin Palm Valley Animal Society next week as they partner with Dogs Playing for Life and showcase many of their adoptable dogs during several special events at Palm Valley Animal Society.

Dogs Playing for Life, a national leader in teaching shelters how to provide stress-reducing animal enrichment, will be visiting PVAS, working to evaluate some of their animals and, more importantly, continue training their staff on how to effectively run playgroups for dogs. During the following times, they invite the public out to the shelter to see their pets in action in playgroups---and maybe find the perfect playmate to take home to adopt or foster.

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