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Cricket: A game back on the rise

20231021 IARGV Cricket Match ALB 0082 webBy Anastasia Brunson

If you've never been to a cricket match the first thing that may surprise you is the circular layout of the field. There are painted boundaries marking the infield and the outfield, and at the center is the pitch with a wicket at each end. The pitch is where a batter will face off against a bowler -- the one throwing (bowling) the ball. The bats are also much different than what you see in somewhat similar games like baseball and softball, a cricket bat has a flat side and a ridge on the reverse side.

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Visit MOSTH to see Dr. Garcia’s gold

Dr Jose Garcia webEarly in 2022, the Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) received a donation of 400 gold coins along with a fascinating South Texas story. “Dr. García’s Gold,” an exhibit that opened in September tells the story of gold buried under a house in San Diego, Texas, almost a century ago.

The long and winding story of “Dr. García’s Gold” begins with small town doctor José García, who operated a medical practice in San Diego between 1900 and the 1950s. According to family documents García began to acquire gold coins in the 1890s. In 1933, García buried about 500 American gold coins under his house in San Diego after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order to collect gold held privately by Americans.

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Texas Quilt Museum has stunning exhibits

isntPlayingBetterThanQuilting Susan P Stevenson webLA GRANGE — Two groundbreaking exhibits of quilts will be on display at the Texas Quilt Museum through December 23.

First, we’ll pay tribute to the wildly popular series of books by James Herriot as well as the recent smash PBS series with the animal-themed juried show “All Creatures Great and Small.” And we’ll also dip into the amazing archives of quilt collectors and dealers Mary and Joe Koval with “Antique Quilts from the Koval Collection.”

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Texas Parks calling for entries in contest

IMG 8027 webTo Celebrate 100 years, Texas Parks and Wildlife has been having a photo contest celebrating Texas parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wrapped up the summer portion of the Texas State Parks Centennial Photo Contest, choosing a winner from more than 740 entries. The winning photo for the “Keepin’ it Cool at Texas State Parks” summer theme was taken by Heather Averill and features an otherworldly underwater view of Balmorhea State Park’s spring-fed pool.

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10th annual award-winning event celebrates culture, imagination

STBF LOGO webMcAllen Public Library (MPL) announces the 10th Annual South Texas Book Festival (STBF), a milestone event celebrating the rich literary heritage of the Rio Grande Valley while engaging readers of all ages in a diverse array of activities. The festival’s anniversary logo showcases Marty, the endearing mascot cat of MPL, eager to extend a paw of invitation to the entire community for this extraordinary celebration!

The festival will kick off with an event tailored for adults, Stellar Verse: An Evening of Cosmic Poetry, on Thursday, October 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at CommonSpace Coffee Shop, located at 2901 N. 10th St. in McAllen.

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Edinburg to host Halloween Fall Festival

With Halloween around the corner, the City of Edinburg Parks and Recreation Department is excited to welcome the community to this year’s highly anticipated Halloween Fall Festival on Thursday, October 26.

The event, to be held at Edinburg Municipal Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., attracts residents of all ages while providing a safe and fun alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. Attendees will be able to enjoy a Trunk-or-Treat style event with 25 participating vehicles handing out candy.

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Harvesting Texas traditions

20211020 TAMU Pumpkins 1 webBy U.S. Senator John Cornyn

As the cool breeze of autumn begins to sweep through the Lone Star State, there's a particular charm that sets Texas apart during this time of year. Beyond the sprawling landscapes and bustling cities, Texas boasts a remarkable connection between fall festivities and our thriving agriculture sector. Often at the heart of seasonal celebrations are pumpkin patches, where families come together to make memories while supporting Texas farmers.

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Welcome back to the Valley!

20231018 WELCOME Golf Course KO 0056 webHello and welcome back to South Texas! We are so excited that you have come back to visit us. If you are new to the Valley – you are in for a treat.

The Rio Grande Valley is such a great place to be – we say it every year. Great weather, great people, and great friends. I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures, of which we have had a bit of a taste this week. It helps encourage us to be outside a bit more than usual and it’s just the right time for everyone to make their return to the Valley – especially since we are saying goodbye to those hot temperatures that aren’t that nice.

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RGV Padel Club to build Valley’s largest-of-its-kind venue for padel ball, pickleball

20231018 RGV Padel Club Rendering webTwo of the nation’s fastest growing sports are coming to Mission by way of a new sports complex.

The RGV Padel Club LLC will invest $2.7 million to construct a new 21,500 square-foot sports venue for padel ball and pickleball players across South Texas.
The venue will offer 18,000 square feet of court space – enough for seven padel ball and six pickleball courts – and a 3,500 square-foot building that will house a pro shop and a bar and lounge area located on the second floor so that patrons can watch games from above.

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Join the woodcarvers on Thursdays

20180118 RGV Woodcarvers Show HMiller 8869 webThe Rio Grande Valley Woodcarvers have begun 2023-2024 seasonal meetings. The woodcarvers are meeting at the Nomad Shrine Club, 1044 W. Nolana Blvd., in Pharr.
The club has a long history in the Valley dating back to 1983. Carving club members come from as far away as New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and Canada, not to mention the members from right here in the Valley. They visit to follow a common passion: woodcarving.

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Keep McAllen Beautiful announces Arbor Day Celebration

Keep McAllen Beautiful (KMB) is hosting its 12th annual Arbor Day Celebration with a new date – Saturday, November 4, 2023 – and a new location – Westside Park, 1000 S. Ware Rd. This fundraising event will support Keep McAllen Beautiful’s mission to help increase awareness of the importance of planting and caring for trees.

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City of Mission opens Community Tool Shed

20231018 Mission Tool Shed Screen Shot 2023 09 19 at 5.08 webThe City of Mission recently unveiled its newest initiative, the Community Tool Shed, which will provide free access to a wide range of tools for the community. Tools available include lawnmowers, hand tools, shovels, trimmers, garden rakes, and more. This unique project aims to foster community collaboration, benefit residents who lack access to essential equipment, and contribute to the cleanliness and beauty of the city.

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MHM presents lecture on UFO sightings

Join Mission Historical Museum as Noe Torres presents an interesting topic on Saturday, October 14th at 11 a.m. Admission is free to the public. Sweets and light refreshments will be served. Also happening that morning is the museum’s Solar Eclipse Lawn Party, in which the Sharyland Aviation Club will present the public with neat tools to experience the Solar Eclipse, reaching 92% maximum at 11:59 p.m.

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Empty Bowls 2023 date set

heb checkThe Food Bank RGV proudly announces H-E-B Hunger Relief as the Title and Presenting sponsor for the 17th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon and Silent Auction. H-E-B Hunger Relief's remarkable commitment to the cause shines through their generous donation, which provides 100,000 meals to those at risk of hunger in the Rio Grande Valley.

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