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VSA tickets available, but limited

Valley Star Awards tickets are still available, but we do have a limited supply. So, if you are still thinking of going to show, you should buy your tickets soon, before we sell out.

Remember, we have a great lineup of entertainment. We will have Leslie Blasing, Bruce Boudreau, Mark Merchant, Diego and Edith, Dale and Gayle, and the Night Howlers performing. Where else can you see six entertainers for such a low price.

This year’s Valley Star Awards will be held on Wednesday, February 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. with an intermission. It will be held at Mission Bell Resort in Mission, and they will have lunch available for a small price before the show at noon.

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Grief counseling class offered

Grieving a loss? Join First Presbyterian Church in Mission starting February 13. The class is held every Tuesday, for 13 weeks. After the first three classes, the class is closed until a new session starts.

Classes are held from 4 to 6 p.m. Topics of discussion include is this normal, your grief journey, loneliness and sadness, self-care, fearful and overwhelmed, anger, regrets, grief and your household, grief and your friendships, questions for God, stuck in grief, hope and resilience, and what do I live for now.

Frist Presbyterian Church is located at 1102 Ash Drive, in Mission. Call (956) 585-4829 or (956) 603-6511 for more information and to register for the class.

Ranch Fest to highlight ranch culture and history

20240207 Ranch Fest IMG 7926 copy webExperience ranch life and culture during Ranch Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 10, at the Museum of South Texas History.

Ranch life and culture demonstrations such as rope making, roping cattle and horseshoe making will showcase how these important tools were used on the cattle trail. Other demonstrations focused on ranch living are knitting, wood carving and leather work. New this year is boot making, featuring the Mandujano Brothers from Weslaco, which is a long-standing tradition for vaqueros, ranch hands and owners. The brothers will also create a makeshift workspace using the business’ 40-year-old working bench. Cappadona Ranch will share the process of making mesquite beans into coffee and flour—both products can be purchased at the Museum Store.

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Unplug and renew for 2024

unplug and renew webIf you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions yet, or you need some ideas, Colleen Hook from Quinta Mazatlan offers some advice on how to unplug and renew in 2024.

She offers five ideas for making nature-minded resolutions that help your well-being.

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Liven up your indoor space and spirit with greenery

20211013 TAMU POTHOS SUCCULENTS Gardens Class Tour LM 0475 webWritten by Katherine Cook, TAMU
While you may not associate lush greenery with the winter months, incorporating plants into your home can beautify your space and help combat the winter blues. A variety of indoor plants thrive during the winter months and can provide color in your home during an otherwise dreary time of year.

Charlie Hall, Ph.D., professor and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture in the Texas A&M Department of Horticultural Sciences, has conducted research on the health benefits of plants and nature. Hall said plants can improve your quality of life and should be perceived as a necessity due to the range of positive physical and mental impacts plants have on humans.

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RGV Vipers hold WT Appreciation Night

02.14 webThe Edinburg Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the Winter Texan Appreciation Night, taking place at the Bert Ogden Arena during the RGV Vipers basketball game on Wednesday, February 14. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for an evening filled with excitement.

Free limited tickets will be available for Winter Texans to pick up starting the week of February 5th at the Edinburg Chamber office located at 602 W. University Dr., Edinburg. Attendees are encouraged to secure their tickets early to guarantee entry.

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Cattle Car Exhibit coming to McAllen

CattleCar 1300x650 webThe Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio, a department of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, is honored to bring a traveling Holocaust education exhibit, Hate Ends Now: The Cattle Car Exhibit, to McAllen’s International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS), 1900 W. Nolana Ave., on February 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance to this powerful exhibit is free, but registration by time slot is strictly required as space is limited.

“It is a privilege to be invited by Temple Emmanuel and the City of McAllen to host this traveling exhibition for our community," said IMAS Executive Director Ann Fortescue. “We are delighted to work with our museum colleagues from the Holocaust Memorial Museum to provide a safe space for immersive museum learning. Museums are at their best when they enable us to reflect and apply what we learn to our everyday actions.”

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Tickets still available for She Came to the Valley

She came to the Valley Screening 24 webThe Mission Historical Museum gladly presents a special screening of the 1979 western film: She Came to the Valley. The film is based on the novel written by local author, Cleo Dawson.

Who is Cleo Dawson? Cleo Dawson was born in 1902. Her family was one of the first pioneer families who helped transform the frontier town of Mission into an incorporated city. They were the owners of one of the first convenience stores, Caballo Blanco. Her novel is inspired by the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Mission, Texas during its pioneer days. It is said to be based on Dawson’s mother’s experiences. The film was shot in South Texas's Rio Grande Valley and Oklahoma. In its first run it broke weekend attendance records at Rio Grande theatres.

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Jammin’ at Dream Valley Ranch

20240207 Dream Valley Ranch Jam 1 webAs I entered the hall at Dream Valley Ranch located off of US Route 83 at the western edge of Mission on Abram Road on January 11, I was greeted by residents and musicians of the park plus musicians and jammers from other parks who were already enjoying the dinner that is prepared and served prior to the country jam by chefs living at the park. The Activity Director, Aileen Martin, is responsible for every detail of this jam, including finding the volunteers required to run this jam taking place each Thursday evening during December through March.

The on-site leader of the jam, and manager of the stage band, is Frank Rinchiuso who also performs on stage with his guitar and voice. Accompanying Frank on stage are several musicians who provide the musical support for each jammer and musician. They are Fred Davidson, bass guitar/vocalist; Jess Elrick, lead guitar/vocalist; Leon Hampton, lead guitar/vocalist; Bill Knight, lead guitar/vocalist; Larry Robertson, harmonica/vocalist; and Richard St. Germaine, drummer.

20240207 Dream Valley Ranch Jam 3 webThe master of ceremonies is John Mosqueda. The jammers sang/performed country/gospel music during the jam. Those jammers included Delbert Allen, guitar; Richard and Karen Anderson, guitars; Kathy Baehr; Erven Bertrand, guitar; Dee Bethel; Ron Brehm, guitar soloist; Ketih Churchill, piano; Sue Craig; Verna Funk; Ray Glenn; Judy Goosley; Arlie Heisterberg’ Patrick Kent, guitar; Janie La Point; Beverly and Emmet Moore, guitars; Tony Ozark; Cathi Robertson; Dave Reavis; Al Schulz; Susie Q Schutz; Dave Swanson; Banjo Bill Swartz, guitar; Beverly Tokensgard; and Anna Weins, harp.

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