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Christmas is coming

20141125 Brownsville Holiday Village KO 6472 webYes, Christmas is coming and there is so much to see and do. If you take part in only a few of the festivities, there is no doubt you will be in a Holiday Mood. Just imagine - beginning on December 3 - this Friday - you can choose almost any town in the Rio Grande Valley and see a grand Christmas Parade. The biggest and most impressive of all the parades might easily be the one in McAllen at the football stadium where giant helium filled characters adorn the floats. This parade is on Saturday, December 4 and begins at 7 p.m. There is an entry fee for this event. Tickets can be purchased at the McAllen CVB and will run anywhere from $10 to $25 depending on where you want to sit in the stadium. Check your local museums regarding the possibility of a Christmas Tree Forest display where locals have decorated trees with special Christmas themes. Some museums will ask for a donation, others will have a small entry fee.

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Mission Health Fair reminder

The Mission Health and Wellness Fair will be held next week, 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.

The event is free to the public and will provide free screenings, blood tests and doctor-led webinars.

To receive the blood test, you must make an appointment by calling the Mission Chamber office at (956) 585-2727 and a 12 hour fast is required.

December 1, 2021 - Rina's Ramblings

La Floresta webWe love hearing from you!

It has been a pleasure to receive messages from park residents, activity directors, etc. the past few weeks about what you are doing and how much you are enjoying being back in the Valley.

We will try to feature some of these parks as we get information from them – and best of all – photos. Photos tell the story and give us a true insight in what you are doing at your park.

Please, if you send us a write up about your park, or a special person, include photos we can use for publication. Our readers love to see photos, and they love to see photos of themselves. It gives them something to smile about.

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Dance for the Children to be held

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Christmas is a time for wonderful stories and a number of residents in the Lakewood RV Resort in Harlingen have one to tell. In fact, this will be the 28th Christmas for the Children party, slated for Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the park. It is a resumption of an effort that was interrupted last year by the pandemic.

“We are providing a special Christmas for 14 less fortunate families whose children attend the nearby local elementary school,” according to Donna Wright, a Lakewood resident and Christmas for the Children chairperson for the last 10 years. “Stuart Place Elementary School is where many of our Lakewood Winter Texans have spent precious hours mentoring students.”

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Mercedes to host Winter Texan Reception

The Mercedes Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their Annual Welcome Back Winter Texan Reception at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds Youth Center. The event will be held on Wednesday, December 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

The Event has been hosted by the chamber for over 30 continuous years and has become a huge opportunity for the area businesses to thank and welcome back our Winter Texans to the Valley.

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South Pole Illuminated Festival returns for the holidays

South Pole Illuminated Festival webThe new South Pole Illuminated Festival is bringing back magical experiences for the holidays.

The McAllen Convention Center cordially invites the community to help kick-off the Christmas Season at the 9th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony taking place at the McAllen Convention Center Oval Park on Wednesday, December 1, starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday musical performances right before the 64-foot, pre-lit Christmas tree will light up Oval Park, along with millions of lights that will be featured in South Pole Illuminated Festival.

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Palm Gardens Ladies tour Harlingen

20211111 Trophy Gardens Luncheon Ladies Courtesy 7058299D 671A 4DAA 8DAA 922C7E96491D webThe Palm Gardens Ladies Luncheon group started off this season catching up with old friends, getting to know some of the new residents, while enjoying a great lunch at the New York Deli in downtown Harlingen. After a nice, leisurely lunch, the group of 18 ladies ventured out to the streets to view the more than 20 larger-than-life-size murals which depict various aspects of the Rio Grande Valley’s history and culture. In addition to the amazing murals that are part of the walking tour, there are many more wonderful murals to see in the downtown area.

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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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The Salvation Army seeks holiday volunteers

The Salvation Army seeks volunteers webWhile some may think it is still a little early to unpack the holiday decorations, The Salvation Army has been hard at work, planning Christmas programs for several months. Now, as the red kettles are appearing outside stores, and Angel Trees are being set up, volunteers are needed to help ensure men, women, and children in need throughout our community experience the joys of Christmas.

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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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