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Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 35, No. 3 © 2021 Wednesday, November 3, 2021 The symphony returns November 12 Valley Veterans get ready to play some softball INDEX “On the road with Jo” p 9 Parks Calendar p 10 WintertainersTM p 10 Taste of the Valley p 13 Events Calendar p 15 Reunions p 15 Medical Services p 15 Business Guide p 16 Classifieds p 17 Rina’s Ramblings See VETERANS pg. 2 See SYMPHONY pg. 6 See RAMBLINGS pg. 16 See UTRGV pg. 7 UTRGV presents Student Performance Series It’s interesting to see the emails that come through my desktop each day. A lot of it is political, and we don’t tend to share that in our paper. We like our of-interest news items. Sometimes I really have to weed through things to find something of newsworthy to you, our readers, and some days I have just what I need. This week I received another news report about a previously mentioned survey done by Storage Café. Storage Café had previously published an article about top destination for ‘Snowbirds,’ or Winter Texans. The last article they sent out listed McAlSUNDAY November7 Showcasing the immense talent and dedication of UTRGV students, the Student Performance Series features performances by UTRGV School of Music students. Ranging from studios to medium and large ensembles, this series includes concerts from various areas such as voice, percussion, low brass, orchestra, woodwind, and many more. Upcoming performances include The Valley Symphony Orchestra will take the stage for the first time in nearly two years on Friday, November 12. The 70th anniversary season will begin with Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, a masterful staple of the Symphonic repertoire. Maestro Peter Dabrowski will conduct the full orchestra onstage at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. The piece is also known as the “New World Symphony,” and Dvořák wrote it to herald the coming of a new era – a most appropriate selection for the beginning of this season. The Symphony was composed in 1893 while Dvořák was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America and premiered in NewYork City on December 16, 1893. The work is among the most popular and most frequently performed symphonies around the world and weaves together melodies from Native American music and traditional African American spiritual songs. It has been said that Dvořák was inspired by the “wide open spaces” of America, such as Curt Mecklenburg has competition flowing through his veins. It’s a part of his DNA. From swimming to softball to card games he is fierce, but friendly. “I’m also a poor loser,” the Minnesota native joked. “But competition is good.” But that competition is also enjoyable for him, a way of life since at a young age, and one of the most enjoyable times is when Mecklenburg and others from different branches of the military get together for infield and batting practice as they prepare for the second All-Veterans Photo courtesy Valley Symphony Orchestra

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NOVEMBER 3, 2021 4 WINTER TEXAN TIMES TACLA006249C •Extended Service Plans Available •Worry-free Installation •No Hassle Satisfaction Guarantee •Free NO Obligation Quote •We Service All Models 956-255-8900 Proudly Serving the RGV for over 35 years! Breathe Easy with Colair Frontera Fest is back Weslaco hosts new farmer’s market Edinburg Chamber accepting parade entries Fronter Fest is back at Frontera Audubon. The event will be celebrated Saturday evening, November 6, on the back lawn of the Skaggs House, starting at 7 p.m. There will be food, d r i n k s , games, a photo booth, and lots of camaraderie. Two gift bundles will be raffled off – one for the men and one for the women. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Frontera Visitors’ Center, Valley Trophies, and the Boocha Bar and Taproom. For more information, or tickets, call (956) 968-3275. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for details. Weekly events If you can’t make it to Frontera Fest, you can still come by to enjoy the park during some of their weekly events. Join experienced naturalist Angelina Vasquez for a walk through the thicket. She will focus on birds, but if something else cool catches your eye, that will be checked out too. Half of the species found in the entire United States have been spotted in the Valley. Rarities in recent years have included the Blue Bunting, Crimson-collared Grosbeak, and others. The walks are held every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Entrance free is free for members, $5 for non-members. On Thursdays, visitors can join Brittany for Yoga on the lawn. Conclude your day with a gentle and relaxing vinyasa flow while surrounded by beautiful scenery. Let the natural serenity surrounding you guide you into a blissful state as Brittany Castro leads a beginner’s series applicable for all levels. This is an open, understanding environment that warmly welcomes one and all and together can strive for peace and progress. The classes are held Thursdays at 6 p.m. for a cost of $8. Class will be moved indoors in rainy or cold weather. Frontera Audubon is located at 1101 S. Texas Blvd. in Weslaco. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors 65 and over. For more information about the park, follow their page on Facebook or visit their website at The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and City of Edinburg proudly present their Annual Night of Lights Parade. The parade will take place on Friday, December 3, at 7 p.m. in the Edinburg Downtown District. Organizations, schools, marching groups, businesses, and community groups are now welcomed to submit a parade entry by November 19. All entries are encouraged to participate in this year's theme “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.” Participants of the parade must design their floats inspired by different genres of music and/or decades of music. Trophies and awards will be given to first, second, and third place winners in the business, civic, and school divisions. Those interested in participating can download the form on or stop by the Edinburg C h a m b e r , 602 W. University Dr. Compl e t ed forms can be submitted to information@edinb u r g . c o m or mailed to Edinburg Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 85, Edinburg, Texas 78540 We look forward to your participation in this grand event. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chamber staff at (956) 383-4974 or Photo courtesy of Edinburg Chamber The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce has begun hosting “La Cebollita” Mid-Valley Farmers Market. The event will be located downtown Weslaco at 501 S. Kansas Ave. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Saturday of each month. The next one will be held on November 27th. La Cebollita Mid Valley Farmers Market is a monthly market with local homegrown products including produce, unique artesian items, specialty goods and more. There will be live entertainment and a comfortable environment to enjoy with family and friends. The name La Cebollita, which also means little onion, is a homage to the Weslaco Sweet 1015 onion. Be sure to go out and visit local vendors. Features will be present each month. October featured a pet costume contest, candy, and live music by Carlos Canas. For more information about this event, contact the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce at (956) 968-2102 or visit www.weslaco. com.

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This exhibit honors and celebrates departed loved ones with favorite items, photographs and the traditional offerings such as salt and cempasuchiles known as marigolds. Each altar was built by a family friend, relative or a community organization. During the reception the following community altar builders will be present to answer any questions: The Pan American Round Table of Edinburg, honoring founder Florence Terry Griswold; the San Antonio Eye Bank, honoring those who donated organs for others to see; St. John’s Episcopal School from McAllen; McAllen Memorial Mexican American Studies, honoring long time coach Alfredo “Boxer” Hernandez; the RGV Families & Friends of Murdered Children Inc.; Edinburg C.I.S.D. Longoria Middle School art students, honoring family pets; and family altars for Lupe Hernández and Evangelina Betancourt Martínez. The centerpiece of the exhibit is an altar built by the staff at the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives at MOSTHistory. The altar features vintage photographs of unidentified individuals that were found within the museum’s photograph collection. The altar honors these nameless individuals and carries a preservation message about the importance of documenting family photographs. This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit, like us on Facebook and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call (956) 383-6911. Valley cities to hold Veterans events Cities throughout the Rio Grande Valley will be honoring their community Veterans. Here are just a few of the events that will be taking place next week. The City of Mission will be hosting a Veterans Appreciation Barbecue on Wednesday, November 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Mission Event Center (2425 Ruby Red Blvd). At the event, Veterans are invited to take a short drive through “Honors Lane” at the event center and pick up a delicious Texas Style BBQ chicken plate with trimmings in appreciation of your services. The Rio Grande Valley State Veteran’s Cemetery, 2520 Inspiration Rd., will be open for visitation on Wednesday, November 11. Shary Municipal Golf Course will be letting Veterans, military ID required (100 golfer limit), have one free round of golf during the entire month of November. For more information, call (956) 580-8662. This year, the City of Edinburg will continue to honor our Veterans by hosting the 13th annual Veterans Day Parade on November 6th, in person and will also stream live at 10 a.m. on Spectrum 1300 and the City of Edinburg Facebook page. The parade will commence at Richard R. Flores Stadium on 1800 S. Stadium Dr. and Palm Dr. to end on Closner Blvd. and Loeb St. On Saturday, November 13, at 1 p.m., 5X5 Brewing will have their Loud and Clear Veteran Music Festival. This is a free community event. The event will feature veteran musicians from across Texas playing Country, rock, Tejano, and Americana. Some of the lineup includes Adam Berry, Brothers Teague, Nick Starling, Jack Nelson and Chris Marshall. 5X5 Brewing is a Veteran owned and operated business and is located at 801 N. Bryan, Ste. 174, in Mission. Check with your community if there are any events planned for the Veterans in your area. We honor those that have served and are currently serving. prairies he may have seen on his trip to Iowa in the summer of 1893. The program also includes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 6. The concert will take place at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online anytime or in person at the McAllen Performing Arts Center box office (801 E. Convention Center Blvd.). For further assistance, patrons can call the VSO office at (956) 661-1615. For more information, visit their website at Their website also include links to last year’s virtual performances. SYMPHONY From pg. 1

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NOVEMBER 3, 2021 8 WINTER TEXAN TIMES GREAT UPHOLSTERY RATES 956-266-1369 SATISFACTION GUARANTEED For Your Health & Ours We Are Following CDC Guidance Including Wearing Masks & Gloves $25 per room in your house or mobile home NIKKY’S CARPET CLEANING Professional Cleaning Services Winter Texan Special Any size RV or Park Model $75 $10 OFF Any Service $75 or More Altar honors threatened, endangered animals and plants Free entrance to Texas State Parks Nov. 14 In Mexico, “Dia de los Muertos,” or “Day of the Dead” is a celebration and a reunion of the departed with their families. On this day, an altar with an ofrenda, a Spanish word for “offering,” is prepared to remember and celebrate departed loved ones. The belief is that during the Day of the Dead, the loved ones come to visit their living relatives. The ofrenda altar helps the dead observe, smell and taste. The most common ones have three levels, which represent heaven, earth, and the underworld. The six most common objects found on alters include: calaveras (skulls), cempaxuchil (marigold flowers), papel picado (perforated paper), pan de muerto (bread of the dead), salt to quench the thirst of souls, and photographs of the loved ones that have passed. The Outdoor Ofrenda at Quinta Mazatlán in McAllen honors its animal and plant species that are threatened or endangered. These animals could become extinct in the near future without the help and protection of people. The loss of land in its natural state is the number one cause for species to decline and disappear. Some of the endangered species in Texas include the ocelot and jaguarundi. These cats need large spaces of Thornforest to survive: tracts of at least 100 acres of dense brush. Large birds that are endangered include the stately Whooping Crane, which is five feet in height, and the Eastern Brown Pelican with a 6-foot wingspread. Highly prized falcons that are endangered include the Northern Aplomado Falcon and the Peregrine Falcon. Other threatened species known in the Rio Grande Valley are the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle and the Texas Horned Lizard. There are also many plants that are endangered, like the beautiful Star Cactus and the Black Lace Cactus. “Why should we care about endangered species? Our ecosystem is like a spider web. It is held together by all the plants, animals, water, air, and nutrients, each being a thread in the web,” said Colleen Hook, Manager, Quinta Mazatlan. “When threads are removed, other threads are weakened until the entire web collapses. So when animals and plants disappear from an ecosystem, it is an indication that the area is becoming less habitable for all animals, including people.” Enjoy the fall season and take time to honor and remember ancestors, both animals and plants. The Sticks & Bones trail through the woods at Quinta Mazatlán, sponsored by the McAllen Orthodontics Group, is open through November. The trail is free with park admission, $3 adults, $2 children, 2 and under free. Please follow current COVID-19 Safety Guidelines while in park. For more information, contact Quinta Mazatlán at (956) 681-3370 and follow Quinta Mazatlán on social media. In honor of both active and retired military, daily e n t r a n c e fees at Texas State Parks will be waived for all day-use visitors Sunday, Nov. 14. “The dedication, sacrifice and service displayed by the women and men that serve in our country’s military is unparalleled and is a source of pride throughout the country,” said Rodney Franklin, Director of Texas State Parks. “Their commitment to service undoubtedly inspires us at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. To celebrate their service, Texas State Parks would like to once again invite everyone to spend the day at any one of our beautiful State Parks for free. I am glad that we are able to encourage families to get outside in honor of our veterans.” Anyone planning a trip to a Texas State Park is encouraged to reserve their day passes in advance since some parks are expected to reach their capacity limit. Day passes can be reserved online though the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website or over the phone by calling (512) 389-8900. When purchasing a hunting and fishing license, buyers can add a donation of $1, $5, $10 or $20 to help support the Veterans Commission’s Veterans Assistance Fund. Donations to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) program provides grants to veteran service organizations and nonprofit charitable institutions that assist veterans and their families at the community level throughout Texas.

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NOVEMBER 3, 2021 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES ENTERTAINMENT • 7PM All EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Paula McSpadden, Activity Director 956-585-0703 DANCES EVERY FRIDAY 7-10PM SINGLES ARE WELCOME Nov 5 • Dance Social & Games • FREE Nov 12 • Renaissance Rockers • $10 Nov 19 • Curt James (Glow Stick Dance) • $8 Nov 26 • Diego & Edith • $7 Dec 3 • Time Machine • $8 Dec 10 • Howlers (Day of the Dead) • $8 Dec 17 • The Agency • $10 Tickets On Sale: 11/29/21 Dec 24 • Christmas Eve (NO DANCE) Dec 31 • Hot Rodz (New Years Eve) • $25 Tickets On Sale: 12/3/21 Jan 1 • NO DANCE Jan 8 • Rewind (Rip Roarin’s 20’s) • $10 (Saturday Dance) • Tickets On Sale: 12/17/21 PAY AT DOOR UNLESS NOTED Dec 1 • Lindley Creek Christmas • $10 Jan 1 • Baker Family Show • $9 Jan 5 • Redneck Revival Show • $8 Jan 16 • Nu-Blu Show • 3-5pm • $10 Jan 19 • Rusty Rierson Show • $8 Jan 23 • Winter Texan Orchestra • Pass The Hat 1645 S Bentsen Palm Drive Palmview • 956-585-0703 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM For more information call: 956-580-7800 email: Make sure your events are like... 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Advertise in the Valley’s #1 Winter Texan Paper CALENDAR PARKS 27146 McLelland Road., Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 423-1446 Lower Valley / 956-664-1446 Upper Valley Eagle Pass Gambling (2 Days) Nov. 2, 16; Dec. 7.............................................$165 San Antonio Christmas (3 Days) Dec. 12, 3 meals..........................................$399 Big Bend Adventure (6 Days) Feb. 10, 7 meals.............................................$985 (Prices are per person, double occupancy) Copper Canyon ................................................................................................... $TBA Monarch Butterflies (6 Days) Feb. 4, 9 meals .................................................. $TBA Monterrey Tres ..................................................................................................... $TBA San Miguel de Allende (5 Days) ...................................................................... $TBA (Prices are per person, double occupancy) King Ranch Hand Breakfast (1 Day) Nov. 20, Incl. Breakfast........................$75pp King Ranch (1 Day) Dec. 27; Jan. 20; Feb. 3; Mar. 10, Incl. BBQ Lunch ...........$95pp Surf & Turf - A Link to the Past (1 Day) Feb. 25; Mar. 4, Incl. Lunch .......$79pp Farm Tour (1 Day) Feb. 17; Mar. 10, Incl. Lunch...................................................$75pp King Ranch Farm Tour (1Day) Feb. 24, Incl. Lunch + Feed Lot & 12 mile loop rd...$105pp U.S. TOURS ONE DAY BUS TOURS MEXICO BUS TOURS Go...With Jo! Tours & Travel Welcome Back Winter Texans! EDITOR’S NOTE: Items for the Parks Calendar must be open to the public activities in the parks only and must be submitted by park owners, managers or activity directors. Listings must come from the park and are to be submitted on the Winter Texan Times Parks Calendar Submission Form. Request this form from the Winter Texan Times office. Multiple activities may be submitted on the park’s letterhead, provided the same information is provided in the format of the Submission Form. We do not accept listings for reviews, workshops, lessons or dance classes. Submission deadline is Wednesday noon, one week prior to the publication date. Send to: Winter Texan Times, 1217 N. Conway Ave., Mission, Texas 78572 or email to or fax to 956-580-7898. Wednesday, November 3 Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Karaoke - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 1-3pm, In the Chuckwagon Room of the Friendship Hall. Please use parking lot at the south side of the building, enter through the swimming pool doors and take the first door on the right past Coke machine. Mask required when not singing, please. Karaoke - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5:30pm, Hynes Event Center. Thursday, November 4 Covid 19 Vacc Clinic - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 10am-Noon, Harlingen Health Department will administer vaccinations. Anticipated Pfizer, Moderna, J&J available. Call Activities Office 956-425-7448 for sign-up. Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Social Hour - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 4-7:30pm, Food to purchase 4 to 5:30 pm with music from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Pass the hat. All You Can Eat Fish Fry - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4:30-6:30pm, Hynes Event Center, $9.75pp. Prayer and Praise - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm. Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, $0.50 a card; popcorn/soda available. Entertainment - Casa del Sol, Donna, 7pm, Joe Compton Live. Pass the hat, concessions available. 400 N Val Verde Rd. Friday, November 5 Breakfast Buffet - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7:30-10:30am, Cafe Grande, $8pp. Park Wide Patio Sale - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 8am-Noon, Open to the public. Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Country “OPRY” Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1-3pm, Country and gospel like Nashville USED to do with some occasional old-time RockN-Roll. Hosted by Elaine Nelson, National Country Music Hall of Famer. Play a tune, sing a song, tap your feet, sing along...remember when... bring a smile and bring a friend! Y’all come!!! Everyone is welcome! Happy Hour - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5pm, 5th Wheel Daddies, Hynes Event Center. Bar available, pass the hat. DJ Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, 50’s Dance with Richard Kline. Wear your 50’s outfits! BYOB and snacks. Pass the bucket for donation. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, Social and games, free admission. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, South Texas Ramblers, $6pp. Mask recommended but

11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES NOVEMBER 3, 2021 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM • 214 E. Chimney Rd • Mission, TX Plenty of Outside Seating On Our Covered Deck & Patio Relax Outside Sundays 1:30-5:30pm Live Music Steven May & Leon Mann Come Try Our TEXAS Size Pork Tenderloin By The Rio Grande River Wed • 11am-8pm Thurs • 11am-8pm Fri • 11am-8pm Sat • 11am-8pm Sun • 11am-8pm Open (956) 581-1033 Riverside In-MissionTx NOW HIRING All Positions! Wed • 1:00pm Thurs • 1:00pm Fri • 1:00pm Sat • 1:00pm RIVERSIDE DREAMER River Tours Call (956) 581-4477 Reservations Suggested December 12th • Renaissance Rockers Friday Night Dances • 7 - 10pm Dec. 3 • Diego • $7 Dec. 10 • Regan James • $7 Dec. 17 • SmokinGun • $7 Dec. 31 • SouthernHarmony • $TBD NewYear’s Eve Jan. 7 • High Country • $7 Entertainment • 7 - 9pm Dec. 7 • Lindley Creek • $10 Christmas Show Jan. 18 • Naomi Bristow • $7 Feb. 15 • Mario • $7 RV RESORT Ice and Set-ups available Please NO BILLS larger than a $20 Randy & Nancy Zuleger, Act. Dir. 938 S. Alamo Road, Alamo, TX 956-783-2605 Craft Show VendorsWanted December 18, 2021 January 15, 2022 February 19, 2022 March 19, 2022 1900 Grace Ave Harlingen, TX 78550 Contact Activities Office (956) 425-7448 See PARKS pg. 14 not required. Saturday, November 6 Park Wide Garage Sale - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 8amNoon. Park Wide Patio Sale - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 8am-Noon, Open to the public. Park Wide Patio Sale - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 8am-Noon, Free admission. Dance - Trophy Gardens, Alamo, 7pm, Steven May, $7pp. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Entertainment - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, Billy James Show, tickets at the door $6pp. Open to the public. Dance - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7-10pm, Regan James Hired Hand, $8pp. Dance - Leisure Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, The Chamberlins, $8pp. Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, Diego & Edith, Hynes Event Center, $8pp. Out of park residents may purchase tickets Monday prior to dance. Sunday, November 7 Church - Fiesta Village, Mission, 9am, In the Main Hall. Church - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 10-11am. Worship - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 10:30am, Chaplain Dr Larry Windle Gospel Jam - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 5:30pm, After evening meals, meals served 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Come and have a wonderful meal and great entertainment! Worship - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm, Chaplain Dr Larry Windle Monday, November 8 Monday Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4:30pm, ATaste of Poland, Hynes Event Center, $12.50pp. Doors open at 4:30 pm, dinner served at 5:00 pm. Country Jam - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 5:30pm, After evening meals, meals served 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Come and have a wonderful meal and great entertainment! Tuesday, November 9 Men’s Prayer and Bible Study - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 8am. Women’s Bible Study and Prayer - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 9:30am. Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Happy Hour - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 3-5pm, Curt James. BYOB and Snacks; Pass the bucket for donations. Twisted Tuesdays with Garza Produce - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 5:30-7:30pm, Live music or DJ every week, Garza Produce Truck, free event. Food available for purchase, pass the hat. Bring a chair, BYOB. 7320 W. Interstate 2. Bingo - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 6:30-9pm, Open to the public. Wednesday, November 10 Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Karaoke - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 1-3pm, In the Chuckwagon Room of the Friendship Hall. Please use parking lot at the south side of the building, enter through the swimming pool doors and take the first door on the right past Coke machine. Mask required when not singing, please. Happy Hour - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Diego, pass the hat. Karaoke - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5:30pm, Hynes Event Center. Thursday, November 11 Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Social Hour - Restful Valley Ranch,