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17th Bi-Annual Winter Texan Survey

Every two years the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and the Winter Texan Times partner to conduct the Winter Texan Survey. The survey serves as a census of the Winter Texan population and gathers data about the attitudes, behaviors and economic impact of Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley.

This week, the Winter Texan Times includes the Winter Texan Survey as an insert in the newspaper and we invite our readers to complete the survey, and in so doing, be entered in a drawing for one of three $200 cash prizes.

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MHM Quilt Show exhibit is on

20220126 MHM Quilt Show GU 2683The Mission Historical Museum (MHM) Presents the 16th Annual Mission Quilt Show exhibit. The exhibit opened on Wednesday, January 12, and continues through Saturday, February 12.
Quilts will be exhibited in the Museum’s Post Office building (200 E Tom Landry). The quilts will be judged by a panel of independent judges, with ribbons awarded for first, second and third places in each category. Best-of-show and Viewers’ Choice ribbons will also be awarded.

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Red Hatters plan Festival of Tables

20220119 Red Hatters Gelman Museum CourtesyThe Valley Red Hatters are currently planning their Festival of Tables to be held on Wednesday, February 23. The event will be held at Trophy Gardens beginning at 10 a.m.
The event is by advance sales only and space is limited. Tickets are $18 per person. RGV Red Hat Queen Council Members tickets should be purchased before February 3rd from Jan Bergman. Non-members must purchase their tickets before February 14th. Red Hat attire is required.

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Quinta Mazatlán presents ‘Winter Migrating and Resident Birds’

20220126 QUINTA Ticket Thamara HDZQuinta Mazatlán World Birding Center is honored to host Santa Ana NWR Urban Park Ranger Thamara Hernandez on Thursday, January 27th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a special presentation on the Rio Grande Valley’s winter migrant and resident birds on the Nature Speaker Series at Quinta Mazatlán.

Why learn about migrating birds? In North America there are 338 bird species listed as Nearctic-Neotropical migrants. Of those 338 species, 333 of them have been documented in Texas. This means that of the 615 species of birds recorded in Texas (the highest record of any other state), about 54% of them are Nearctic-Neotropical migratory birds.

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year at IMAS

20220126 IMAS LNY calligraphyCelebrate the Year of the Tiger at the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) on Sunday, January 30, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The 10th annual Lunar New Year Festival will feature traditional Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese calligraphy, crafts, games, performances, and vendors. Lunar New Year Festival at IMAS is made possible with support from the IMAS Guild and a grant from Humanities Texas.

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January 19, 2022 - Rina's Ramblings

It’s getting busy in the Valley. Things are picking up here and there with activities being held throughout the valley – just for you. I know everyone is still being really careful with things, but I also know that everyone is ready to get out and enjoy this great weather and being with friends when we can.

There is so much to do in the Valley that doesn’t involve being in close proximity to people to, so keep that in mind as well. Look at our issues from last year and see the many things we highlighted in the bigger cities in the Valley. I hope to highlight some of our smaller cities as well in some future publications.

The Valley is full of parks, birding centers, trails, museums, and so much more that we can take advantage of. It's just fun to get out every once in a while, to see the sights, or to visit somewhere you haven’t really noticed before.

Speaking of events though – the activity directors just had their first entertainers showcase event and the next one will be held this week. This is an opportunity for activity directors and park managers to hear some entertainment options and try to book them for their park. They get to listen to an entertainer for a few minutes that showcases their hits, or favorites.

It’s so much fun listening to these groups all in one place – getting a taste of a hopeful show in the future. We have some great entertainment that comes to the Valley to entertain and do shows for you. These entertainers really have some talent and enjoy what they do.

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Also thinking of events… we have been trying to get out a bit more as things are happening, but it’s so hard to get to everything. We would love to attend everything if we could, but it gets a little hectic with in office duties and getting to events.

So, please send us your photos and give us some information on what you are doing at your park. We love seeing what you are doing in your community. We love hearing about your trips, tours, meals, and other events y’all enjoy at your parks and around town.

We share what we can in our paper and online. Send photos, write ups, contact information, and story ideas to news@wintertexantimes.com.

Food Bank announces date change

20220119 Food Bank farm dinner platesThe Food Bank RGV has announced a new date for Farm Dinner 2022. The dinner originally scheduled for Saturday, January 29, but has now shifted to Friday, March 4. The dinner will still take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the beautiful and historical Valley Fruit Co. building of the Food Bank RGV.

The Food Bank RGV’s Farm Dinner is an elegant, five-course meal featuring locally sourced ingredients expertly prepared by ‘The Delgado Collective’ restaurants: Salomé on Main, S.A.L.T, and house. wine. & bistro. owned and led by Chef Larry and Jessica Delgado.

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Winter Texans enjoy Ron Hoover open house

20220114 Ron Hoover Open House Courtesy Photos 08By Herb Moering

Great weather brought out the crowd of mainly Winter Texans on opening day, Jan. 13, for the 15th annual two-day Ron Hoover RV & Marine Center open house in Donna.

Sue Stsauver, from Trails End Mobile Home and RV Park in Weslaco, came to see the grand prizes to be given away after having a dream she won a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle and had it shipped home to Minnesota.

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Author chronicles family history in South Texas

MOSTH Robert Saldaña WEBThe Museum of South Texas History kicks off the 2022 Sunday Speaker Series with a book presentation and signing featuring Robert Saldaña at 2 p.m. on Jan. 16 at MOSTH in Edinburg.

Saldaña’s book titled, “Tejano Experience: The History and Genealogy of My Maternal Grandfather’s Garza & Olivares Families in South Texas” is a case study in Spanish and Mexican American genealogy which resulted from his efforts to learn more about himself, his family and fellow Tejanos. Guests can purchase a copy of the book, while supplies last, at the Museum Store that can be signed by the author.

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Bat Falcon makes appearance in US

Frank Aguirre DSCF2171 Bat Falcon December 2021 WEBThe Texas corridor is a huge birding spot for many and is a huge migration area for thousands of birds as they escape the colder climates for warmer weather, and then come back through in the spring and summer searching for cooler weather. This year, while we have been finding new ways to entertain ourselves, the birds still continue on their patterns.

The Valley is a hotspot to several migrating patterns and the Lower Rio Grande Valley has had a huge fallout this season. In the fall months, South Padre Island was full of color as Buntings and other birds passed through the area. Birders were flocking the area getting once in a lifetime photos to add to their collections.

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RGV Woodcarvers show January 14-15

20180118 RGV Woodcarvers Show HMiller 8936 WEBThe 2022 Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, January 14-15, at the Nomad Shrine Club, 1044 W. Nolana in Pharr. Admission for the event is a $3 donation.

The show features exhibits by carvers, carving instructors, tool vendors, and wood vendors. Door prizes will be given every 30 minutes with three large door prizes given at the end of the show.

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January 12, 2022 - Rina's Ramblings

This cooler weather has been quite welcoming. It has made it feel like winter finally. It hasn’t been too cold, or too nasty wet outside with it either. I think it has been exactly what I have needed to feel like it is the correct season. After it just being a little too warm for Christmas, I was ready for that cooler weather to bring some of the holiday spirit with it.

My thing is, I don’t want it to get much cooler than it is. The 50- and 60-degree temperatures are just right for me. Any lower and I just want to stay inside for the most part.

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Save the date for Food Bank’s Farm Dinner

RGV FOod Bank chef webThe Food Bank RGV invites the community to save the date for Farm Dinner 2022, scheduled for Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the beautiful and historical Valley Fruit Co. building of the Food Bank RGV.

Food Bank RGV’s Farm Dinner is an elegant, five-course meal featuring gourmet cuisine from Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay winner, Chef Larry Delgado, and Jessica Delgado of the Delgado Collective. The Delgados have a longstanding history supporting various food bank fundraisers, campaigns, and events for over 10 years.

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Let’s support Stefano’s

20211127 Stefanos HMiller 04 webStefano’s in Harlingen was hit with a tragic fire just days before Christmas. We would like to support our advertiser by inviting our readers to support them, by visiting their other location in Pharr.

According to news reports, the damage to their Harlingen location was deemed a total loss by the fire department. The restaurant has been reduced to fragments, said the news.

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