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Nativity scene collection on exhibit at MOSTH

20221207 MOSTH Nativity webThe Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) will feature the “Bishop Emeritus Raymundo Peña Nativity Scene Collection,” a spotlight exhibit displaying 120 nativity scenes.

Born in 1934 and ordained as a Catholic priest in 1957, Father Raymundo Peña was named Bishop in 1976. On his passing in September 2021, the Bishop willed his collection of nativity scenes to MOSTH and to the Historic Brownsville Museum.

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THC celebrates relighting of Port Isabel Lighthouse

Port Isabel Lighthouse webThe Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site will commemorate the first official lighting of the historic lighthouse in 117 years at 6:30 p.m. on December 9.

The THC funded and coordinated the reproduction of a 3rd Order Fresnel Lens to be fitted into the lantern room at the top of the lighthouse. The new installation will offer visitors a glimpse into the working past of the lighthouse and the service it provided to the Gulf Coast.

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Health Fair this weekend

The Mission Chamber of Commerce is still making appointments for their upcoming Community Health and Wellness Fair taking place on December 8th and 9th, at the Mission Event Center, 200 N. Shary Rd. from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Appointments are for blood work only. A 12-hour fast is required by the date and time of your appointment. There are other tests being done that do not require an appointment or fast.

Appointments are made by phone call only. Call the chamber office at (956) 585-2727, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to schedule your appointment.

There will be vendors and other health related screenings available at the event. The event is free and open to the public. Spread the word and join the chamber in its efforts in keeping the community healthy, safe, and informed.

December 7, 2022 - Rina's Ramblings

20221207 Leslie Blasing IMG 8585I can’t believe it is already December. Time is flying by. Good thing is it keeps us busy here at the Winter Texan Times. Wintertainers™ are arriving and in full force. Now we get to have some fun and visit parks to enjoy them and spend time with y’all.

This past week I was able to go out to Golf View Estates and listen to Leslie Blasing. There is no doubt why she has won Female Entertainer of the Year and a Heritage Award from the Valley Star Awards. She has an amazing voice and can entertain the whole room.

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Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years

20221207 Vance Greek 4 webEntertainment fills Valley parks

The Winter Texan Times has highlighted entertainers, or as we now lovingly call them Wintertainers™, throughout its 35 years. This is something that has been constant among Winter Texan parks.

As a line from a movie states, “You build it, they will come.” If you live in a Winter Texan Park, you are bound to see at least a handful of Wintertainers™ throughout the season. They are here to provide music and entertainment for dances, happy hours, special events, and entertainment nights at the parks.

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UVAL holds Christmas Market

20221207 UVAL holds Christmas Market webThe Upper Valley Art League (UVAL) is excited to announce the opening of their 2022 Christmas Market. The market features original art for sale, created by local artists offering a great variety of unique gifts for the holiday season. The Christmas theme will showcase paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more.

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Illumina Fest lights up the holiday season

Illumina Cowboy Corner Truck USE webWith the holiday season upon us, Quinta Mazatlan Illumina Fest is back for five nights from December 13th to 17th, with timed entrances from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Over 3,000 Luminarias will light the forest trails, a southern tradition dating back to the 1500s.

Thanks to Spaw Glass, guests will enjoy Fire and LED performances by Danta Colmenares and Aerialists by Sam’s Personal Studio. DJ Queen Killah Bee will welcome you to the fun and festive event outdoors—dress for the weather.

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UVAL holds Christmas Market

20221207 UVAL holds Christmas MarketThe Upper Valley Art League (UVAL) is excited to announce the opening of their 2022 Christmas Market with a reception December 3. The market features original art for sale, created by local artists offering a great variety of unique gifts for the holiday season. The Christmas theme will showcase paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more.

The public is invited to enjoy the Holiday theme of the Christmas Market opening reception Saturday, December 3 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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November 30, 2022 - Rina's Ramblings

20221125 225854I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday.

Ours was low key, but still quite satisfying. The only hiccup we had was that the turkey didn’t take as long to cook as we thought it would. The sides weren’t done yet when it was finished.

I was able to host my father this year – our first Thanksgiving without my mom. So, it was a little different, but we were able to share some of our family traditions with him – like tamales the day after Thanksgiving while we set up the tree and snow village.

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Male singers wanted

The Senior Ambassadors men’s chorus, which has been a part of the Rio Grande Valley since 1985, is looking for singers to join their chorus. Senior Ambassadors is composed of men from the Valley and Winter Texan community. They perform choral music from sacred and semi classical, to pop and country. The group is always looking for men who enjoy singing and invite you to join them at the weekly practice session.

Practice sessions are held each Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bentsen Grove Resort (1645 S. Bentsen Rd.) in Mission. The group sings from music, so no memorization is required.

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STEC holds Christmas celebration, speaker series

20221130 STEC FB PhotoThe South Texas Ecotourism Center (STEC) Laguna Vista will hold a Christmas celebration next week. The celebration will be held on Thursday, December 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature Santa, food and craft vendors, and holiday performances. Admission to the event is free.

STEC will also be holding their Fall Speaker Series this coming month. The series is held every first and third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are free, and the center will stay open until 8:30 p.m.

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Professor provides another look into the legacy of Juan Cortina

Marie Theresa Hernandez webThe Museum of South Texas History welcomes author Marie Theresa Hernández, Ph.D., as a featured presenter during the Sunday Speaker Series presentation, “History, Terror, Imagination: Stories of Juan N. Cortina” at 2 p.m. on December 4.

Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie describes Cortina as the “most striking, the most powerful, the most insolent, and the most daring as well as the most elusive Mexican bandit, not even excepting Pancho Villa, that ever wet his horse in the muddy waters of the Rio Bravo.” The great-great grandson of Blas de la Garza Falcón, Cortina came to national prominence when he attacked Brownsville in September 1859 and began what is known as the “Cortina War.”

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