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McAllen Holiday Parade to bring music, joy and fun

20181205 McAllen Christmas Parade HMiller 4127 webThe McAllen Holiday Parade organizers recently announced more exciting news to celebrate the Christmas season in the official South Pole of Texas, this time with a Rio Grande Valley musical spectacular that will air across the country. A line-up of 13 of the region’s top high school marching bands from McAllen, Donna, Edinburg, La Joya, Pharr, and Santa Rosa will be “Rockin’ Around the South Pole” as they perform in this year’s parade line-up.

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Gelman Stained Glass Museum announces opening date

20211103 gelman webThe Gelman Stained Glass Museum in San Juan is scheduled to open its doors soon. The 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of stained-glass windows in the United States. The museum is conveniently located across from the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle.

The museum, still currently under construction, is scheduled to open its doors on December 1. Days and hours of operation have yet to be determined.

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PVAS celebrates Giving Tuesday

GT logo stacked2 webThis GivingTuesday, November 30, consider donating $1 to Palm Valley Animal Society (PVAS) every time you have wanted to adopt a pet or help an animal in their care.

GivingTuesday is a global giving campaign built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities worldwide. It encourages people to take action to improve their communities, give back in better, more imaginative ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts and that they mean even more when we give together.

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Whooping Cranes Are Making Their Way to the Texas Coast

20211110 Whooping Crane webAUSTIN — With the first sightings of iconic, endangered whooping cranes along the Texas coast being reported, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding Texans to be on the lookout for these impressive birds as they move through the state.

Whooping cranes are the tallest, rarest birds in North America. Currently, there is a population of around 506 individuals. Thanks to coordinated conservation efforts, whooping cranes are slowly returning from the brink of extinction.

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Greet the holiday season at a Texas State Park, THC Historic Site

30957343937 cc9f4c6c6b c tsp webAUSTIN— Texas State Parks and the Texas Historical Commission are hosting their biggest holiday season yet with more than 80 unique holiday events happening across the state. Having started this past Saturday, Nov. 20, 47 Texas State Parks and eight State Historic Sites are presenting themed guided walks, scavenger hunts and more.

Anyone planning a trip to a Texas State Park is highly encouraged to reserve their day pass in advance since some parks are expected to reach their capacity limit. Day passes can be reserved online ( through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website or over the phone by calling (512) 389-8900.

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Celebration and Thanksgiving

jed owen NPBnWE1o07I unsplash webHappy Thanksgiving. And we have so much to be thankful for. We live in a beautiful, wonderful world alive with trees and flowers and friends. Blue skies and warm sunshine. Most of us have plenty of food, a warm bed, and a sheltered home waiting for us at the end of each day. But not everyone is so blessed. Some families are without jobs and have too many mouths to feed. Or maybe they are handicapped or a single parent with just more than too much responsibility. Let us all give thanks for what we do have. Truly the months of November and December are months of celebration and thanksgiving.

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November 24, 2021 - Rinas Ramblings

Carina in tree webThanksgiving is this week and I do hope you all have a great one. With this, it means that cities throughout the valley are getting ready for their Christmas tree lightings and parades. If you get a chance, visit one, or more, of these and celebrate with your community. It’s a wonderful time of year, and it’s even better when we have the chance to spend it with others.

During this time of year, I like to reminisce back to my younger years. Back to gathering at my grandparents’ house. Eating whatever veggies were brought in from the field within the last week – plus the customary green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, and ham. My aunt always made a white cake with coconut – very reminiscent of your traditional Italian cake.

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Mission Health Fair dates have changed

Mission Regional Medical Center, in coordination with the Mission Chamber, is sponsoring their yearly Community Health and Wellness Fair. It will be held Wednesday, December 8 and Thursday, December 9, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Mission Event Center, 200 N. Shary Rd. These are new dates from what was previously sent out to the public.

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Holiday Village returns for 12th season

20141125 Brownsville Holiday Village KO 6472 webThe cottages of Holiday Village Brownsville have moved back to Dean Porter Park and are prepared for the 12th annual yuletide event. With nine new and updated displays, this year there will be a total of 33 fully decorated cottages lining the sidewalks.

For those who may not know, the Holiday Village at Dean Porter Park in Brownsville is a collection of miniature cottages, each one measuring about 10’ wide x 8’ deep and over 11’ tall, which are adorned inside and out with the most whimsical and adorable holiday trimmings. The Village is set up in the park every November, free and open to the public, and runs from the Monday before Thanksgiving through the first of the year.

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