The Pharr Memorial Library is proud to present an exhibit and short talk with Roel Florez on his portraits and paintings that focus on Conjunto and Tejano music and Migrant work. Florez will also have copies for sale of his self-published book, based on his memoirs, entitled “La Ultima Pesada”/The Last Weigh-In, by Robert Longoria. (66 pages)
Read more: Tejano/Conjunto painter Roel Florez at Pharr Memorial Library, May 27
The Museum of South Texas History will host the online Sunday Speaker Series presentation, “The Compleat Moscow Calling,” featuring author José Alaníz at 2 p.m. on May 28 on Facebook Live.
Alaníz’s “Moscow Calling” is the first ongoing American comic strip in Russia, appearing in the English-language newspaper The Moscow Tribune. The comic strip is a 1990s epic of expat life in Russia. Innocent abroad Pepe Pérez finds himself in a vibrant post-Soviet Moscow of colorful personalities, extreme contrasts and a “mafiya” boss after his head. Worst of all, there’s no Mexican food. “The Compleat Moscow Calling” gathers and concludes the strip along with additional material, including the unfinished sequel “Cassie’s Turn” and the novella “Moscow ‘93.” Copies of the comic books can be purchased at the Museum Store.
Read more: Artist shares vault of comic strips published in Russia
The Rio Grande Valley Humane Society (RGVHS) dog kennels are over capacity at both Mission and Harlingen locations. RGVHS is asking the community to help find foster or forever homes for our canine friends. Dogs will be at risk of euthanasia if we cannot make space through adoption or foster.
Thanks to the support of our community, for over three years, RGVHS has not had to euthanize a single animal for space. With the severe weather on Friday evening, we have seen a massive influx of lost animals roaming the streets and anticipate heavy intake in the coming days. Lives are at risk and we need your help today.
All adoption fees for dogs are completely waived. All adopted pets will go home up to date on vaccinations, dewormer, on preventatives for fleas/ticks/heartworms, microchipped and either already spayed/neutered, or with an appointment for spay/neuter at no cost to the adoptive family. Anybody interested in adopting a dog should head to the shelter as soon as possible.
Fostering a pet is always free and incredibly rewarding. RGVHS will provide foster parents with everything they will need to care for the pet, including food, toys, and other care items. Foster families can customize the length of foster to meet their availability, with foster periods lasting a few hours to a few months.
Read more: The Rio Grande Valley Humane Society over capacity, seeks community's help
The Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport will host the Food Bank RGV’s Empty Bowls Paint Party Kick-off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 3, at 2721 S. 10th St, McAllen.
Food Bank RGV invites the public to participate in this family-friendly event and help paint bowls for the Food Bank RGV. The Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport will provide a hotdog and hamburger BBQ, D.J., door prizes, and more to celebrate the Empty Bowls season kick-off. To take part in this event, there is a $10 donation per person to cover the costs of paints and supplies for the Food Bank RGV.
Read more: Kick-Off for Food Bank RGV’s Empty Bowls Season June 3
Quinta Mazatlan welcomes Presenter Dr. Timothy Brush on Thursday, June 1st from 6-7 p.m. Green jays and clay-colored thrushes are tropical birds that many visiting birders love to see. While they are often seen at nature centers and refuges, they are also readily seen in towns and cities as well.
Dr. Timothy Brush has been conducting a bird-banding study of these birds since March 2018 to better understand their lives in our area. Bird banding is a federally regulated process which requires extensive training to ensure the safety of the birds.
Read more: Bird Banding with Dr. Timothy Brush at Quinta Mazatlan
Join the McAllen Public Library for a free gardening program on, "Garden Herbs," to be held on May 20, from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at 4001 N. 23rd St. in McAllen. This class is part of the Texas Master Naturalist series where speaker, Bill Rich, will present "Six Herbs From My Garden: Thyme, Parsley, Cilantro, Oregano, Dill, and Basil."
Learn how to preserve and cook with herbs, and how to chiffonade basil leaves. A food recipe will be demonstrated. Participants will receive a free herb plant, while supplies last. Registration required at 9(956) 681-3000.
Fun and informative programs for all ages. Scheduled programs are free with park admission. Reservations required for some programs. All programs will meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters unless otherwise specified. Please call ahead to confirm program schedule and details at (956) 584-9156. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is located on 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission, Texas.
Read more: May programs at Bentsen-RGV State Park
This Summer Pharr Community Theater (PCT) will present The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, a two-act comedy, in English, written by Ray Bradbury, (to be directed by Seres J. Magaña). The story is set in the 1970's in Los Angeles, where four young men pull together their money to buy a wonderful white suit that they believe will bring them better luck, especially in romance.
Read more: PCT to hold auditions on May 8-9
Join The Valley Land Fund at Quinta Mazatlán on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 6:00 pm for the premier of "Preserving South Texas Wildlands", the latest feature created by local wildlife documentarian, Richard Moore. This documentary details the importance of preserving private lands, with more than 95 percent of remaining wildlands in Texas are in the hands of private landowners.
One man’s inspiring legacy is that of Dr. Steve Bentsen. A small animal vet and a respected nature photographer Bentsen became a landowner in 2002. His goal was to manage his own property and capture images of the flora and fauna that reflected his stewardship.
Read more: Premier of “Preserving South Texas Wildlands” documentary by Richard Moore
The Museum of South Texas History welcomes scholar Mayra Avila to the Sunday Speaker Series presentation, “Finally, Our Stories: How the Bracero Program Impacted Mexican Women,” at 2 p.m. May 7.
The Bracero Program, which ran between 1942 and 1964, was established between the United States and Mexico to ease the labor shortage during World War II and into the early 1960s. The program not only impacted Mexican workers but the women who were left behind. Many women were forced to take responsibilities outside of the traditional homemaker role in order to make ends meet. It also created a rift among working women and society’s patriarchal expectations for women. This presentation will highlight some of these experiences.
Read more: Sharing experiences of women impacted by Bracero program
Each spring, monarch butterflies migrate north during March and April. On Saturday, April 1st, Quinta Mazatlan will be hosting the 7th annual Monarch Fest presented by H-E-B from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in McAllen, with the Mayors Bug Parade at 11 a.m. in the park.
Fun family activities include live music, dance, vendors, arts & crafts, migration path, scout/youth projects and more. Participate in one of our community created art installations: add your own splash of color to the monarch mural painting and contribute to the butterfly migration installation. The main stage will feature local cultural dances and performers throughout the festival.
Children of all ages will enjoy the Mayors Bug Parade, dress as a pollinator, and walk in the parade. The street parade will be led by the famous McHi Drumline & Color Guard, Butterfly Stilt Walkers and many more entertainers. Quinta is calling all kids, scout, and youth groups to wear orange and/or dress as a pollinator to be part of the old-fashioned walking parade.
Read more: Quinta Mazatlan hosts Monarch Fest