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McAllen War Memorial to hold unveiling

war memorial webJoin the Daughters of the American Revolution, the McAllen Veterans War Memorial Committee, and local officials for a special unveiling ceremony for a new wall commemorating Spain’s contribution to the American Revolution on Tuesday, March 26 at 10 a.m. The event will be held at the McAllen Veterans War Memorial, 3129 Galveston Ave.

Spain, through its alliance with France and as part of its conflict with Britain, played a significant role in the independence of the United State. Spain declared war on Britain as an ally of France. Spain was an ally of the American colonies and supplied the Revolutionaries with military support, desperately needed arms, supplies, and currency.

Mission Chamber to hold Mission Citrus Golf Classic

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) is calling all golf enthusiasts and the local business community to mark your calendars and join them on Friday, May 3, for their Annual Mission Citrus Golf Tournament being held at the Shary Municipal Golf Club located on 2201 N. Mayberry St.

This year’s tournament the GMCC plans to provide a fun and celebratory experience for the participants. The 18-hole, three-man team Florida scramble-style golf tournament will help generate funds and assist the GMCC to provide continued support and services to the local business community. A portion of the proceeds will be used to assist Mission CISD’s students, by providing necessities and supplies for the upcoming school year to families and students.

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McAllen Heritage to host open house

20240320 CORRECT Not Alone Exhibit Reception Invite 03212024 webThe McAllen Heritage Center Museum of History and Culture is very pleased to present the newest exhibit, courtesy of the Bullock Texas State History Museum. They will host a special open house and reception event on Thursday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Not Alone: Working together in the Fight against Human Trafficking” has been on display since March 6 and will run through April 10, 2024, and is sponsored by the Zonta Club of West Hidalgo County. The panel exhibit educates visitors about human trafficking and gives them a sense of hope and empowerment in combating the issue.

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Can-Am Softball game is a time for memories and fun

Softball HMiller 6 webThere’s something special about the annual Winter Texas softball Can-Am (Canada-America) games.

Whether it’s listening to long-ago remembered stories of the “Blizzard of 66” to talking about ice fishing in Minnesota to Ed Martens retelling of how he snuck out of a military hospital to go play a baseball game for his team, there’s always something enjoyable.

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Mission top Winter Texan destination in US

2024 Mission Winter TExan Fiesta IMG 5354 webAccording to a recent survey, Mission, TX is on the top ten snowbird destinations in the United States. The City of Mission is the number one Winter Texan (we don’t use the word snowbirds) destination in the State of Texas.

The survey, done by StorageCafe looked at several different metrics including weather, storage use, average temperature, vacant housing units for the season vs. non-season, number of RV parks in each city, and more to determine the most popular places for winter migration.

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Winter Texans visit the Valley to stay active

IMG 8044 webOne of the things that we hear around here is that Winter Texans come to the Valley during the winter months so they can still live an active lifestyle. If they were still up north, they would be stuck inside during snowstorms, and wouldn’t have much to do but a few indoor activities when it is too cold outside. The only activity they would really get is shoveling snow, and that is something they don’t want to be doing.

So, they come to south Texas so that can have a wide variety of activities to choose from. Because of the warmer climate, and predominantly dry season, Winter Texans have a full range of outdoor activities they can participate in while in south Texas from October through March.

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McAllen lands in top affordable cities to visit in Texas

Downtown McAllen webMcAllen has once again landed in the top five of another state list. The ranking, compiled by TheTravel website, looked at 10 cities and compared travel costs, including flights, hotel, and affordable entertainment options. McAllen earned the number four spot, while other border cities, Laredo and El Paso were named three and two respectively. Other cities on the list included south central communities and Dallas’ neighbors, Arlington and Fort Worth.

While the cities listed are more affordable than Dallas, they are still bustling cities in their own right. In fact, according to the author of the article, many of them are hidden gems in Texas that offer wide open spaces, cultural richness, and cost-conscious opportunities.

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16th Annual Can-Am Senior Softball game set for March 8

20150304 Canada vs USA Softball KO 7812 webThe 29th season for the Ed Martens Senior Texan Softball League is quickly coming to an end for more than 100 local and Winter Texan senior men and women all over 55 years old. The season began with practice in early November through December. Players were then divided into ten teams between two divisions and competed in a 15-game regular season.

The final event of our season is the 16th annual Can-Am Games comprised of senior men and women teams who will represent Canada and the USA in this fun and friendly competition. The prize? Bragging rights of course but also to have their country proudly engraved as the 2024 winner on the beautiful Can-Am trophy donated by the City of McAllen Parks and Recreation Department.

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Winter Texans create quilt to celebrate Alamo’s centennial

20240220 Alamo Centennial Quilt webBy Herb Moering

A centennial quilt, created by two Winter Texans, was officially presented to the City of Alamo at the February 20 city commission meeting. The quilt, created by Audry Stewart and Carrol Moering, is part of Alamo’s year-long celebration marking 100 years since its incorporation from a town to a city on April 26, 1924.

Several museum “Friends” along with the Centennial Queen, 102-year-old Wanda Boush, long time Alamo resident, were at the presentation where the Mayor J.R. Garza and commissioners indicated they were pleased with the gift to the city. The quilt will be on display first at the Alamo City Hall until the end of the year and then can be seen at the local museum starting in 2025.

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MOSTH to host FESTIBA presentations

Francisco Guajardo webThe Museum of South Texas History is scheduled to present during FESTIBA at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, March 1.

The first presentation titled “Family Stories of the Underground Railroad” starts at 10 a.m. in the museum’s River Highway galleries. Museum CEO Francisco Guajardo and archivist Melissa Peña will describe the story of the Underground Railroad as it moved through South Texas and into northeastern Mexico, as told by family stories along the border.

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Quinta Mazatlan hosts documentary screening

Quinta Mazatlán is honored to host a screening of “Abundance: The Farmlink Story” Thursday, February 29, followed by a Q&A with Farmlink team member Hailey Wesling. The short documentary tells the story of college students banding together to create The Farmlink Project and deliver 100 million pounds of food during the largest food crisis in a century. The goal of the film is to share the power of youth-driven innovation and illuminate how individuals can significantly reduce food waste and hunger.

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Fundraiser for RMHC planned

Ship Shape is hosting their annual Fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities on Tuesday, February 20, at Louie’s Backyard in South Padre Island. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased in advance at Ship Shape located 5212 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island.

The event will have live music, food, giveaway prizes, and exclusive shopping discounts at Ship Shape. They will also be hosting a pop tabs and Ronald McDonald House wish-list drive. All proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Texas.

For more information, please visit Ship Shape on Facebook or call them at (956) 761-2111.