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Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 35, No. 4 © 2021 Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Valley cities honor Veterans Collection for Operation Christmas is next week INDEX “On the road with Jo” p 9 Parks Calendar p 12 WintertainersTM p 12 Taste of the Valley p 15 Medical Services p 17 Events Calendar p 18 Reunions p 19 Business Guide p 20 Classifieds p 21 Rina’s Ramblings See COLLECTION pg. 24 See VETERANS pg. 14 See RAMBLINGS pg. 6 See SALVATION pg. 8 Salvation Army ensures ‘Hope Marches On’ I still can’t believe it is already November. This past month has gone by way too quickly and before we know it, Christmas is going to be here. We don’t want to get through the month of November too fast though. The month is a great time for thanksgiving. We tend to really think about the things we are thankful for during the month of November. This season I feel like I have a lot more to be thankful for than usual. I have With the resurgence of the pandemic these last six months, the organization is digging in for another challenging season of need. As thousands of people continue to struggle with the impacts of pandemic poverty, The Salvation Army of McAllen is calling on everyone to help individuals and families overcome the threat of eviction amid the holiday season. Social services organizations like The Salvation Army have worked tirelessly to provide help and hope since the pandemic started, but needs are increasing again this holAs we are all preparing for Thanksgiving, and thinking about what we are thankful for, many are sharing their gratitude by giving back. Residents throughout the Valley are filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they receive. During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week November 15-22, local residents, in Mission and surrounding communities, will collect shoebox gifts at drop-off locations in the area. The Samaritan’s Purse project, partnerNovember 11 is a time America takes a moment to thank all Veterans for the sacrifices they pay to help protect our country. Celebrated as such since 1919, We continue to thank our Veterans for their time served. 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. Veterans War Memorial of Texas in McAllen On November 11, the public is invited to a Veterans Day program at the Veteran’s War Memorial of Texas in McAllen (29th St. and Col. Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse. Grand marshal Lt. Col. Arnulfo Esqueda relaxes in the entertainment area with his eightyear-old granddaughter Emmy Esqueda following the Nov. 9, 2019 parade in Mission.

NOVEMBER 10, 2021 2 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Day of the Dead altar opens at Alamo Museum By Herb Moering “So glad to see those of you who want to keep the Day of the Dead alive,” said Alex Oyoque, director of City of Alamo Museum during a reception November 1 involving a presentation on the meaning of Dias de Los Muertos by the PSJA Memorial Early College High School’s Spanish Club. This first ever Day of the Dead altar honored the museum’s late founding member Fire Chief Rolando Espinoza. In addition to Spanish Club members and a few PSJA teachers, about 35 other people attended, including the chief’s widow, Betty, his sisters, Pilar Garza and Armida Gomez, and a dozen other family members. Angelika Garza, daughter of PSJA Spanish Department teacher Patricia Garza, explained the meaning of the two-day Day of the Dead occasion, mainly celebrated in Mexico and some parts of Central and South America. The holiday has spread in recent years into places like South Texas. It has nothing to do with Halloween traditions it was pointed out. She noted that participants on Nov. 1 traditionally honor children who have died and Nov. 2 is for remembering deceased adults. Despite the subject matter, Day of the Dead occasions are not so much somber or sad. Rather than mourning, they are festive in celebrating the lives of loved ones. One way to mark the occasion is to have an altar, also known as an “ofrenda.” The club members spent a couple weeks constructing the altar at the museum. They, along with art class, Folkloric, Mariachi, woodshop and Spanish class members also built a larger one at PSJA Memorial High. The museum altar, which will be on exhibit all of November, symbolizes a shrine to the departed souls. Some altars may be intended to welcome the souls of the dead back for a visit, but most serve as a reminder that the family has not forgotten them. Sometimes the altar is set up at the grave of the deceased individual, similar in ways to visiting a grave as many do and placing flowers or some personal item like a picture there. At the museum, all of the usual 13 items are around the altar. These include four main elements—a pitcher of water to quench the thirst of a returning spirit; wind symbolized with paper banners; earth marked with some food, like bread, and fire found in lighted candles as a guide marker. Decorations can include skulls that are detailed as to specific regions in Mexico and serves as offering reminders. Food often plays a major role, like “pan de Muerto,” or Bread of the Dead. A photo of the deceased person or some important possession may be placed too. Marigolds are believed to not only be pretty but have a unique scent and bright color to draw a dead soul closer to an altar, even following a strewn path of them. Skeleton figurines are dressed normally and ready to perform everyday activities. Monarch butterflies are more a Mexican tradition associated with their return to winter havens usually about Nov. 1 and some consider them containing the souls of the dead headed for their shrines. Papel Picado is a fragile, like life, colorful perforated paper placed on the altar with the holes being gateways to shrines for returning souls. Candles serve as beacons to returning souls as do lanterns that for some symbolizes the star of Bethlehem’s guidance. Dog figurines are intended to guide souls to their resting place. Incense use for some is considered a help to facilitate communication between the world of the living and the dead. And the arch also symbolizes a gateway between the land of the living and the dead. A picture of Jesus and a cross beneath the altar are also common symbols when it comes to afterlife. Museum Director Oyoque said he would like to have a Day of the Dead altar every year and it be used to honor at least one deceased individual and possibly several. He thanked the students for the professionalism shown in the altar. In recognition of the efforts made in constructing the altar, Friends of the Museum President Idolena Vela presented Spanish department head M. Rosario Garcia with a check for $250 for the students’ hard work, dedication and materials purchased. Besides the reception, the students also spoke the next day about the Day of the Dead to the fifth graders from Marcia Garza Elementary School. They came on a visit to the museum to learn about the El Gato area of south Alamo, which is where their school is located. El Gato stands for “cat” of which there are several types of wildcats that roamed the area. For more information about the Day of the Dead altar, call the museum at 130 South Eighth St., (956) 961-4398. The museum is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. PSJA Memorial freshman Manelly Zepeda provided two songs that might be sung as part of the festive occasion. In addition to the reception the PSJA Spanish Club students also explained the Day of the Dead and altar to Marcia Garza Elementary School fifth graders who visited the museum on Nov. 2. A typical outfit associated with the Day of the Dead was worn by Angelika Garza, daughter of teacher Patricia Garcia, to the Nov. 1 reception, who also explained some of the meaning to the celebrated day or remembering deceased family members. In appreciation for the effort of PSJA High School Spanish Club students in creating a Day of the Dead altar the Friends of the City of the Alamo Museum President Idolina Vela (third from left) presented a $250 check to M. Rosario Garcia, Spanish department head. Others on hand for a Nov. 1 reception at the museum included (from left) Anthony Gonzalez, Spanish club president; Betty Espinoza, widow of the late Fire Chief Rolando Espinoza who was being honored with the altar: Vela and Garcia, Maria Mora Ochoa, club sponsor; and teachers Adelitz Granadoz, Patricia Garza and Veronica Garza.

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Aguirre from The Salvation Army of McAllen. “With the public’s generosity, The Salvation Army will continue to provide help and hope to individuals and families in need.” Now more than ever, The Salvation Army needs everyone’s help. The following options are available for those wishing to support their neighbors in need: • Enlist in Love’s Army with a sustaining gift of $25 per month - visit the website to donate • Visit and sign up to volunteer at a red kettle • Provide new toys and clothing through the Angel Tree program for local children of families in need • Take the Red Kettle Challenge by creating your own virtual kettle – visit the website for details • Call (956) 682-1468 to volunteer to help organize and distribute Angel Tree gifts • Donate digitally with Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and Venmo at any red kettle • Donate cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin or Ethereum for the first year ever • Ask Amazon Alexa to donate by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army,” then specify the amount • Give any amount by texting “KETTLES” to 91999 Every donation helps hope march on for those in need, and all gifts stay within the community in which they are given. Visit to donate or learn more about how you can help this year. About The Salvation Army The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million AmeriSALVATION From pg. 1 The Deep South Texas Master Gardeners welcomes our Winter Texans back and would like to help you start your winter vegetable garden. Unlike in the north where gardening is done during the summer months, we here in Texas do our gardening in the fall and winter. Many of those wonderful vegetables that you enjoy back home can be grown here in Texas during the winter months. Now if you do not have space for an in the ground planting bed, let the Master Gardeners show you how to grow all the vegetables you need in pots. A “Container Vegetable Gardening” workshop will be held on Saturday, November 13th. For this workshop the cost is $10, and you will receive your own potted garden to take home. The cost is payable in advance. This workshop will teach you how to make your own potting soil and the proper spacing for your plants in pots. All of the Deep South Texas Master Gardener’s workshops are held at the educational garden located at 509 E. Earling Rd. San Juan. Times are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and class size is limited. To register for the classes, you may go to https://hidalgo.agrilife. org/horticulture/upcoming-horticulture-events/ or call the Texas AgriLife extension office at (956) 3831026 for more information. Time to start those vegetable gardens cans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, For more information, visit Follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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NOVEMBER 10, 2021 10 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 Call Today For Your Free Estimate Call Mark Anytime At 956-357-1048 WE WANT TO BUY YOUR RV Welcoming the Chili Weather By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn Chili is a staple of Texas cuisine. Many of us know it as a warm bowl of joy on a crisp fall evening and a great way to gather family and friends around the dinner table. In fact, on May 11, 1977, chili was adopted as the state dish of Texas by the Legislature. Will Rogers may have said it best when he described Texas chili as “the bowl of blessedness.” This timeless Texas classic is known for many things, including annual competitions sure to cook up delicious entries. From Flatonia to Galveston to Pflugerville, the Lone Star State is known for hosting some of the best annual chili cook-offs. W h i l e there are s e v e r a l theories on where the true origin of Texas chili began, many historians trace the f a m o u s dish back to San Antonio in the 18th century. Immigrants from the Canary Islands had been recruited to settle in the area, and many women began cooking up the earliest forms of chili to sell to people in the city's Military Square, at the grounds of the Alamo. Our state’s love for chili heated up during the cattle drives of the midlate 19th century. When traveling from town to town, cowboys would cook chili straight out of their chuck wagons. Ingredients for their chili, such as onions and peppers, could be found while they were working the cattle drive trails. Today, Texans heading north up I-35 from San Antonio know another chili-loving city. Austin is home to the Texas Chili Parlor, a fan-favorite for a great bowl of chili with good company. Just a few blocks from the Texas State Capitol, this local favorite opened the same year that chili became our state dish. Aside from their many well-known recipes, this establishment is also familiar to movie lovers: scenes from Death Proof with Quentin Tarantino were filmed there. Traveling back down to southwest Texas, we hit the self-proclaimed chili capital of not just Texas, but the world: Terlingua. This West Texas town is known for its chili cook-offs which started back in 1967. The first recorded chili cook-off in Terlingua consisted of two cooks: a NewYorker named Allen Smith, and a Texan named Wick Fowler. In a battle between the Empire State and the Lone Star State, the competition resulted in a draw when one of the judges scorched his taste buds. The next year, the ballot box was stolen by masked bandits who threw it down a mine shaft, setting the tone for this spicy annual event. Every year during the first week of November, thousands of chiliheads gather for the annual chili competitions in Terlingua. Our final stop takes us to Snook, Texas, which is known for hosting the annual Chilifest Music Festival. What first started in a Walmart parking lot, Chilifest has grown into a Texas-sized gathering that attracts thousands of people who come to listen to Texas' best country music and enjoy a bowl of reds. Over the course of 30 years, this red-hot event has raised more than $3.5 million for local charities. No matter where you get your bowl of blessedness, be sure to make the most of the cooler weather by cooking up a batch of our state dish.

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NOVEMBER 10, 2021 12 WINTER TEXAN TIMES • 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 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... THIS!! HOW? Advertise in the Valley’s #1 Winter Texan Paper 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 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. Social Hour Dance - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 3-5pm, With Ron Moshier. Soft drinks, popcorn, nachos, and ice cream bars available. Pass the hat. For more information, call 425-501-6773. Karaoke - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5:30pm, Hynes Event Center. Music Jam - Heritage Square, Mission, 5:30pm, Hosted by Don McGhghy. Food available 4 to 5:15 pm. 300 S. Bryan Rd. For info: 563-340-6493. Thursday, November 11 Garage Sale - Fiesta Village, Mission, 7am-Noon. Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Thursday Lunch - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 11am-12:30pm, Served by Ace’s BBQ. Menu changes weekly. Contact Activity Office for menu items 956-585-0703. Orders due by Tuesday at noon. 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. Meal - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 5-6:30pm, Homemade meatloaf, green beans or corn $9pp, with dessert $11pp. Prayer and Praise - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm. Friday, November 12 Garage Sale - Fiesta Village, Mission, 7am-Noon. Breakfast Buffet - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7:30-10:30am, Cafe Grande, $8pp. Craft Fair - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 8am-Noon, No charge for tables November only. Open to public; you must sign up with Activity Director. Indoor and outdoor spaces available. 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 CALENDAR PARKS

13 WINTER TEXAN TIMES NOVEMBER 10, 2021 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 DANCES EVERY WEDNESDAY Texas Wheels • 7-10pm (BYOB) • $7 1048 N. Alamo Rd. • Alamo, TX 78516 • Office: 956-783-5008 SINGLES MIXER Wednesdays • 5-7pm (BYOB) PICKLEBALL MIXER Every Thursday • 9-11am • $1 PATIO SALE November 13th • 8am-12pm DANCES • 7 - 10PM 1415 Aladdin Villas W Mission, TX 78572 956-581-1288 NOV 12 Curtis James Band Tickets $8 NOV 27 Diego and Edith Tickets $8 DEC 6 RAZZ MA TAZZ Tickets $8 (Doors open at 6pm) 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, Carlos Canas, Hynes Event Center. Bar available, pass the hat. Fish Fry - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 5:30-6:30pm. DJ Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, Western Theme. BYOB and snacks. Pass the bucket for donation Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, Renaissance Rockers, $10pp at door. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Texas Storm, $6pp. Mask recommended but not required. Entertainment - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7-10pm, Curtis James Band, $8pp. Saturday, November 13 Community Garage Sale - Cottonwood Country Club, Harlingen, 7am1pm, 1001 S. Ed Carey Dr. Breakfast - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 7-9:30am, Omelets, biscuits and gravy, and other breakfast items. Patio Sales - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 8am-Noon, Open to public. Patio Sales - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 8am-Noon. Yard Sale - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 8am-Noon, All park yard sale. Located 301 E. Hall Acres Rd., Pharr. Craft Show - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 8am-Noon, Breakfast and lunch will be served. Dance - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 7-10pm, Curt James, $8pp. Dance - Trophy Gardens, Alamo, 7pm, Diego, $7pp. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, Steven May & the Southern Knights, Hynes Event Center, $8pp. Out of park residents may purchase tickets Monday prior to dance. Dance - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-10pm, Route 66. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Snack bar open. Sunday, November 14 Church - Fiesta Village, Mission, 9am, In the Main Hall. Church - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 9am, 1320 West Frontage Rd. Church - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 10-11am. Worship - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 10:30am, Chaplain Dr Larry Windle Entertainment - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 4-6pm, Joy Norris and Jess Elrick Benefit Show, $8pp. Open to the public. 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 15 Monday Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4:30pm, A Taste of France, Hynes Event Center, $14.25pp. Doors open at 4:30 pm, dinner served at 5:00 pm. Monday Night Dinner - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 4:30-6pm, Served by Ace’s BBQ. Menu changes weekly. Contact Activity Office for menu items 956-585-0703. Orders due by Friday at noon. 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 16 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 See PARKS pg. 16