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Mission Chamber to hold Mission Citrus Golf Classic

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) is calling all golf enthusiasts and the local business community to mark your calendars and join them on Friday, May 3, for their Annual Mission Citrus Golf Tournament being held at the Shary Municipal Golf Club located on 2201 N. Mayberry St.

This year’s tournament the GMCC plans to provide a fun and celebratory experience for the participants. The 18-hole, three-man team Florida scramble-style golf tournament will help generate funds and assist the GMCC to provide continued support and services to the local business community. A portion of the proceeds will be used to assist Mission CISD’s students, by providing necessities and supplies for the upcoming school year to families and students.

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Harlingen’s annual flower show this weekend

20240320 mexico webHarlingen’s annual flower show will be held this weekend. The theme of this year’s event is “2024: Spring Collections.” The show will be held 1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, at Harlingen Cultural Arts Center located at 576 ’76 Drive, next door to the Harlingen Public Library. It is sponsored by Harnito Garden Club, Texas Garden Clubs, Inc.

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A Mile in Her Shoes exhibit open at MOSTH

20240320 MOSTH IMG 0012 Copy webTo recognize the accomplishments of South Texas women, MOSTHistory hosts the spotlight exhibit “A Mile in Her Shoes,” a century of shoes worn by South Texas women, closing Saturday, March 30.

The spotlight exhibit features a pair of shoes from each decade in the 20 century, such as lace-up boots, pumps and platforms, and a short video on some of the Rio Grande Valley women who made strides in their communities.

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San Benito Hog Waddle set for this weekend

Hog Waddle 2024 looks to be the biggest and best one yet, as the annual concert is now a two-day event with stellar headliners scheduled to perform both days at the San Benito Fairgrounds.

The headliner for Friday, March 22, is the legendary Little Joe y La Familia, while on Saturday, March 23, the “King of Cumbia” A. B. Quintanilla takes the spotlight.

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Iconic “Travis Letter” available to view at Alamo Exhibit

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has loaned the famous letter written by William Barret Travis on February 24, 1836, signed “Victory or Death,” to the Alamo Trust. The public is invited to view this iconic Texas Treasure through March 24, at the Alamo Exhibit at the Ralston Family Collection Center, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio. Details regarding the exhibit can be found at www.thealamo.org/visit/return-of-the-travis-letter.

On display at the Alamo for the first time since 2013, the letter was written as a call for reinforcements addressed “To the people of Texas and all Americans in the world.” After a 13-day siege, Santa Anna's troops broke through at daybreak on the morning of March 6. Active fighting lasted only about 90 minutes, and all the defenders of the Alamo perished.

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McAllen Heritage to host open house

20240320 CORRECT Not Alone Exhibit Reception Invite 03212024 webThe McAllen Heritage Center Museum of History and Culture is very pleased to present the newest exhibit, courtesy of the Bullock Texas State History Museum. They will host a special open house and reception event on Thursday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Not Alone: Working together in the Fight against Human Trafficking” has been on display since March 6 and will run through April 10, 2024, and is sponsored by the Zonta Club of West Hidalgo County. The panel exhibit educates visitors about human trafficking and gives them a sense of hope and empowerment in combating the issue.

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Jammin’ at Oleander Acres

20240313 Oleander Acres 3 webOleander Acres Resort is the oldest family-owned RV resort in Mission purchased in 1978 by its current owner Ed Welliver. Ed’s daughter, Salome, plus third generation family members and office manager, Lois, also manage the resort. On site is a butterfly garden plus a tropical nursery with plants for sale to the public.
Tuesday, February 6 and 13 from 1 to 3 p.m., I attended two of their country-gospel jams in their recreational hall. I met with the co-managers of the jam, Ervin Bertrand and Frank Deramus. It is important for the band, jammers, and audience to have a great sound system. Claude LaBelle, the sound engineer, has developed an excellent sound system that delivers a ‘balanced’ sound between the band and singers that is pleasing to the listeners.

The February 13 stage band members were Ervin Bertrand, jam manager, guitar, cajon drum and vocalist; Bill Foster, harmonica and vocalist; Irene Griffiths, keyboard and vocalist; Ken Griffiths, lead guitar and vocalist; Bill Knight, lead guitar and vocalist; Frank Rinchiuso, guitar and vocalist; Ray Trudeau, guitar and vocalist; and Dennis Wiese, bass guitar and vocalist. The February 6 stage band consisted of Ron Liptow, guitar and vocalist; and Larry Robertson, harmonica and vocalist; plus the other members of the February 13 band (with the exception of Ray Trudeau and Bill Foster).

20240313 Oleander Acres 2 webThe 28 jammers who sang and performed at either or both of these jams were Delbert Allen (guitar), Don and Bonnie Ausland, Don Baker, Keith Churchill (keyboard), Joyce Congdon, Frank (guitar) and Linda Deramus, Mark Fecho (banjo), John Filo, Bill Foster (guitar), Verna Funk, Diana Gibson, Judy Goolsby, Tim (guitar) and Shelli Johnson, Charles Josephes (guitar), James Kropenske (guitar), Patrick LaBore, Janie LaPoint, Tony Ozark (guitar), Ryan Pels (guitar), Dixie Rinchiuso, Carole Robinson (guitar), Nelson Skryock (guitar), John (guitar) and Sara Weihmiller, and Iris Wiese.

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Planning for next season

Goodness me – how this season has just flown by. Spring will soon be here, and I know many of you are thinking of going back to your summer homes. The phones have been busy asking about next season, especially for the Houston Quilt Festival. And yes, we already have about one third of the bus full. Departure is scheduled for October 30 with return on November 2, 2024.

Sorry, I cannot give you a definite price right now, as I am still waiting on another bid from a hotel in Houston. All I can do is estimate that it may run somewhere around $550 per person in double occupancy. A triple will be a little less, and a single is always much more as you are paying the entire cost of the room. The tour will be made by charter motor coach and that price and reservation I already have. I just need the hotel contract.

I am delighted that a quilt aficionada has agreed to be your guide. I am not a quilter, but I very much appreciate all the beautiful quilts that my mother and grandmother gave to me. My memories go back to the time when the quilting frame was raised to the ceiling when not in use to be lowered again when the ladies met to quilt and socialize. I am quite sure that the ladies of the small farming community where I grew up were all judged by how small and delicate their stitches were just as the men were judged by how straight the rows were in the fields they plowed.

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Can-Am Softball game is a time for memories and fun

Softball HMiller 6 webThere’s something special about the annual Winter Texas softball Can-Am (Canada-America) games.

Whether it’s listening to long-ago remembered stories of the “Blizzard of 66” to talking about ice fishing in Minnesota to Ed Martens retelling of how he snuck out of a military hospital to go play a baseball game for his team, there’s always something enjoyable.

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