Winter Texans participate in Texas Citrus Fiesta
Although participation isn’t as abundant as it was years ago, Winter Texans still have fun at the Texas Citrus Fiesta. This year’s Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade will be held on Saturday, January 28 at 12 p.m. in Mission. There will also be a fun fair on Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29 beginning at 10 a.m. on both days. The parade usually runs on Conway Ave. in Mission, from 495 to downtown Mission.
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The Annual Retired Nurses’ Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 9. All retired RNs and LPNs in the Rio Grande Valley are invited. The event will be held at Peter Piper Pizza, 3101 E. Expressway 83, in Weslaco (exit International Blvd./FM 1015, north side of the expressway). Check-in is at 12:30 p.m. with lunch following at 1 p.m. There will be a buffet lunch that includes pizza, breadsticks, salad bar, dessert, and a beverage. A social, announcements and doors prizes will follow. No reservations are required. For more information, call or text Jan Bergman at (956) 532-1223.
The Gladys Porter Zoo will host its annual Winter Texan Discount Day on Wednesday, February 1st. On this day, Winter Texans will receive a special discounted admission rate of only $8 with proof of out-of-state residence.
Read more: Winter Texans Invited to Discount Day at Zoo
The McAllen Heritage Center is pleased to announce their currents Artist’s Corner exhibit Pollinators by local artist Raquel Hinojosa and Geometry in Motion by Lupe Hernandez. Different in concept, but beautiful to experience, this compilation of their work will be on exhibit at the museum through January 27.
The museum cordially invites the public to a Meet and Greet the Artist’s reception on Friday, January 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be free parking for visitors at the rear of the building.
The McAllen Heritage Center is located at 301 S. Main St. For more information, call (956) 687-1904 or visit www.mcallenheritagecenter.com.
Veterans Memorial High School Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) students are offering local families the preparation of their 2023 income tax return. This is a free service available for families that have a household income of $60,000 or less annually.
Read more: VMHS VITA program opens doors to the community
The Food Bank RGV is proud to announce the return of its annual farm dinner fundraiser, which will be held at the beautiful and historic Valley Fruit Co. building on February 24. The event will raise funds for the Food Bank RGV's community garden and nutrition education programs, helping to create a healthier and more sustainable community for all.
Read more: Save the date for Farm Dinner fundraiser
The Rio Grande Bible Ministries (RGBM) will hold a craft, quilt, and bake sale to help support their ministries, students and facilities. The event will be held on January 28th, from 8 to 11 a.m. A quilt auction will be held at 10 a.m. RGBM is located at 4300 S. Business Hwy 281 (Closner Rd.) in Edinburg. All proceeds from the craft show benefit the students that attend RGBM.
Read more: Craft show being held to support student ministries at RGBM
It's that time of year – time to head to South Padre Island and watch kitefliers from all across the country as they 'tie one on' for a weekend filled with amazing kites and performances.
On February 2nd, 3rd, & 4th – Thursday night, Friday and Saturday – SPI Kite Fest will descend upon the town of South Padre Island.
Read more: SPI Kite Fest is flying again
The 37th Annual Rio Grande Valley Woodcarvers Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, January 20-21, at the Nomad Shrine Club, 1044 W. Nolana in Pharr. Admission for the event is a $5 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.
Read more: RGV Woodcarvers show January 20-21
The Rio Grande Valley Red Hat Queens Council presents the Festival of Tables. The event will be held on Wednesday, February 15. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The event is open to all Red Hatters and features decorated tables, raffles and prizes.
The event will be held at the Hynes Event Center, 2215 East West Blvd., in Mercedes. Lunch will be held at noon with entertainment provided by Justin Terry.
Groups are invited to purchase seats and decorate a table. Advance sales only. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased by making a check payable to Marge Hamburg and mailing it with a stamped self-addressed envelope to Marge Hamburg, 2801 E. Harrison Ave., #27, Harlingen, TX 78550. She can also be contacted by phone at (815) 494-5159.
My how the world has changed
How many of you remember using a computer for the first time?
In our looking back to our previous issues, and our first season of the Winter Texan Times, we see when our writer Virginia Sunderman first used a computer to write an article for submission. It was printed in the January 15, 1988, issue of the Winter Texan Times.
She writes, “This is my first attempt at using a computer to write an article. I am using a computer at the Speer Memorial Library in Mission. The use of the computer is just one of the many advantages the library has to offer the public.”
Read more: Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years