Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 35, No. 5 © 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Golf Course Favorites voting has begun Park Place Estates honors its Veterans INDEX “On the road with Jo” p 7 Golf Feature p 10 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 19 Classifieds p 20 Rina’s Ramblings See VETERANS pg. 2 See GOLF pg. 10 See RAMBLINGS pg. 5 See EDINBURG pg. 6 Edinburg businesses aim to help families Golf ballot It’s great seeing and hearing of the events that are picking back up in the Valley. Again, events that were cancelled last year, are coming back again in full swing and organizers are thrilled to be seeing your smiling faces again. During the holidays, there are more events going on throughout the Valley, including holiday events like parades, Christmas tree lightings, and more. Pg. 24 The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce (ECC) Ambassador Committee will be hosting its annual Ambassador Day of Giving this year. For over eight years Ambassadors of the ECC have coordinated with Saint Vincent De Paul Center at St. Joseph Catholic Church to present Thanksgiving meals to families in need. This year the Ambassadors have set a goal to help 50 families in need of a warm meal. Community members interested in making a By Herb Moering As might be expected there was a sea of red, white, and blue color in the audience for the Veteran’s Day program at Park Place Estates RV Resort in Harlingen. That was the setting despite park guests not finding adequate patriotic decorations for golf carts and bikes, apparently due to the supply chain problems, that led to cancellation of the traditional parade, according to Connie Teel, activity director for the park. But the long-running annual program of some 35 years went on as scheduled, but with a twist that featured all women veterans living at Park Place. The main speaker was A large turnout of military veterans staying at Park Place Estates RV Resort attended the annual Veterans Day program in the clubhouse. The weather is great for a round of golf. It pretty much is nearly all year in South Texas. Therefore, we come to you to ask you what your favorite golf course, amenities, golf hole and more are each year. Many golf courses have made updates this past year and are ready for you to hit the range. This week, and the next two, you will find the description of a selection of courses starting on page 10. These listings will serve as a directory of sorts for you to plan your visits. Ron Tilsworth and company at Stuart Place Country Club
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5 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com NOVEMBER 17, 2021 Edinburg plans Christmas parade 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 www.edinburg. com or stop by the Edinburg Chamber, 602W. University Dr. Edinburg. Completed forms can be submitted to i n f o rma t i on@ edinburg.com or mailed to Edinburg Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 85, Edinburg, Texas 78540. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chamber staff at (956) 383-4974 or firstname.lastname@example.org. RAMBLINGS From pg. 1 Many organizations hold fundraisers and parks are always getting involved with the community to support them during the holiday season. If you have something you want to share about what you are doing – even if it is just within your own park – feel free to send us some information and photos. We love having you here and we want to share what you are doing with others. Send news items to email@example.com. ******** Good news for those that like to cross the border. This past week, as a symbolic sign of friendship and the important bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States, the Consul General of the United States in Matamoros, Yolanda A. Parra and the Consul General of Mexico in Brownsville, Juan Carlos Cué met in mediation of the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. During the meeting, both consuls highlighted the importance of reopening international bridges for fully vaccinated documented non-essential travelers and how it will strengthen commercial and tourist ties. The consuls celebrated the opening by endorsing that our countries are partners, neighbors and friends. Both consuls invite travelers who plan to visit the United States for tourism purposes or visit friends or family, bring their visa to have a complete COVID-19 vaccination schedule and present proof of their vaccination when requested by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer. Here is a link to visit for more information - https://www.dhs.gov/ news/2021/10/29/fact-sheet-guidance-travelers-enter-us-land-portsentry-and-ferry-terminals.
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7 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com NOVEMBER 17, 2021 Friday & Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee performances at 2:30 p.m. Adults $25 • Children (under 18yrs) $10 We accept cash, checks, debit/credit cards. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. For Ticket Reservations & Show Info Visit Us At www.harlingencommunitytheatre.org Harlingen Community Theatre 1209 Fair Park Boulevard presents NOVEMBER 19-21 DECEMBER 3-5 Written & Created by ROGER BEAN Musical Arrangements BRIAN WILLIAM BAKER Orchestrations by MICHAEL BORTH Vocal Arrangements by BRIAN WILLIAM BAKER & ROGER BEAN Most all families have traditions. Perhaps it is decorating the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving or maybe it is spending July 4th at the beach or going shopping early on Saturday mornings. Whatever your tradition may be, if you live in a state that borders Mexico some of their traditions may well have spilled over into our country. For instance, the lasso that is still used in many Mexican weddings. The lasso - generally a white rope or garland of flowers - is placed over the bride and groom symbolizing their unity and eternal love for each other. Or the quinceanera, a big celebration that so many young girls look forward to with great anticipation. This tradition generally begins in the church where the parents ask God's blessing and guidance for their 15-year-old daughter as they recognize they have done their best to raise her to this socalled age of reason when she must make many decisions on her own. Maybe if you live in a border city you have had the honor of being invited to take part in a posada. The word posada translates to English as Inn. A posada then is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph seeking a place where the Christ Child could be born. One tradition celebrated widely in Mexico is the celebration of the Day of the Dead. The observance is celebrated more or less at the same time that we celebrate Halloween. However, this celebration is not just a one-day event but extends for approximately a full week with each day being a special day of remembrance for a deceased loved one. There is a day set aside for remembering and honoring the deceased children, another for adults and so on. One of the major days is the second of November dedicated to remembering the deceased adults. It is believed that on their special day the souls of the departed will come closer to earth. All night vigils are held in cemeteries that come alive with profusely decorated altars covered with chrysanthemums. The color of the flower and the distinctive smell help to guide the soul for the visit. Three-foot-tall candles with a circumference of some three inches also light the way to each grave site where the family of the departed remember and pay respect to their loved one. Favorite food and drink are prepared and placed on the grave. The essence of which the soul will enjoy. It took a long time for our culture to accept the Day of the Dead observance. Today many churches and museums in the Texas Rio Grande Valley construct Day of the Dead altars and invite community members to bring candles and photos of the deceased to decorate the altar. Actually, the Day of the Dead celebration is a moving, reverent experience. It is one of most beautiful tours that I have ever offered. However, when the tour was first introduced, it was extremely difficult to sell. I wonder - has our society decided to accept other people’s traditions?
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San Juan, TX 78589 956-787-2847 firstname.lastname@example.org SPI hosts holiday events South Padre Island is planning several events in the next few weeks to open up the holiday season. The first event is the third Annual Holiday Light Show. The Holiday Light Show is synchronized with festive music that is played in 15-minute intervals. This event will run from November 22, 2021, through January 16, 2022, from 6 to 9 p.m. daily. It will be located at the SPI Convention Ce ter. SPI’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at South Padre Island City Hall on Wednesday, December 1 at 5 p.m. Mayor Patrick McNulty will give a warm welcome as the lights on the tree are lit, officially kicking off the winter season on South Padre Island. The 32nd Annual Christmas Street Parade will be held on Friday, December 3 at 6 p.m. The Street parade will be traveling along Padre Blvd., beginning on Mars St. to Kingfish St. ALighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 4 starting at 6 p.m. Illuminated boats of all sizes will cruise the Laguna Madre Bay. The route begins at the Sea Ranch Marina. There will be designated viewing areas throughout the route.
NOVEMBER 17, 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES The Golf Ballot is on the back page. Be sure to fill that out and send it in, or fill out our online version at www.wintertexantimes.com, by December 8. By submitting your favorites, you will be eligible to win free rounds of golf, dining, and more. South Padre Island Golf Club They're back! Major renovations have re-elevated this golf course to one of the premiere courses in South Texas. Completely torn apart and rebuilt greens (all 18), a new irrigation system and the addition of “lots of grass” are key upgrades that add to the entire golf experience. South Padre Island Golf Club has some of the most scenic holes in all of South Texas, overlooking the Laguna Madre. Don't get caught daydreaming there though, the layout is challenging, and the wind can make things even more challenging. The course has consistently worked on improving its cart paths, sand traps, natural beauty, and other areas in recent years. If you haven't played here recently, it's worth checking out again. You may end up out there more than you think – it's that beautiful. Address: 1 Golf House Road, Laguna Vista. Website: www.spigolf.com Golf Pro: Jack Blundell GM: David Boughter Phone: (956) 943-4653 Description: Par-72 Yardage: Gold – 4,079; Red – 5,200; White – 5,552; Blue – 6,291; Black – 6,931 Amenities: Practice facilities, range, putting green, new restaurant bar/grill, pro shop Winter Texan Specials: Players membership card – $200 for regular includes $10 off every round, $250 gold card includes unlimited range balls and $10 off every round starts Jan. 2022; Call for rates. Tierra Santa Golf Club “Big changes that have been thought about for a decade will be reality in February.” Tierra Santa is getting an upgrade. The pro shop, restaurant and more are under renovation and should be opening in February – and, just like the ultra-beautiful course, the changes will be amazing too. The biggest challenge here – other than the beautiful and challenging No. 18 – is to believe that this is a public course and not a country club. It's going to feel even more like an elite country club-like destination as soon as construction is complete on the new bar/grill the club is building, then the renovation of the clubhouse. The course is well-maintained and has some of the prettiest and well-designed holes in the Valley. Oh, did we mention No. 18? Even if we did, it's worth mentioning again. You will leave that hole either with a big grin on your face or scratching your head wondering... how? Address: 1901 Club de Amistad, Weslaco Phone: (956) 973-1811 Description: Par-72 Website: tierrasantaweslaco.com Golf Pro: Adrian Livas Yardage: Red – 2,580; White – 3,012; Blue – 3,284; Black – 3,546 Amenities: driving range, putting/ chipping green, pro shop, restaurant Winter Texan Specials: Winter Texans can purchase 10, 20 or 30 rounds at discounted rates, and it comes with one, two or three free rounds; Winter Texans can call the pro shop for rates and more information. Treasure Hills Golf Club A golf course that at one time was on the verge of shutting down has new life, and golfers should be thankful. Scenic views, magnificent trees and serene lakes make this course beautiful. And the layout makes it challenging and always a fun course to play. Many holes are wide open, some bottle neck so you play risk versus reward here if you don't plan a couple shots ahead. Slight elevation changes may also throw the golfer off, or at least for the golfers to think more about which club to pull out of the bag. Address: 3009 N. Augusta National Dr., Harlingen Phone: (956) 425-1700 Description: Par-72 Website: NA Golf Manager: Roger Bhakta Yardage: Red – 4,749; Gold – 5,361; White – 6,360; Blue – 6,788 Amenities: Pro shop, snacks, concessions, beer, sandwiches; driving range, putting green Winter Texan Specials: Special membership – individual for month $450 plus tax; couples $572 plus tax. Both include cart. Raymondville Municipal Golf Course Raymondville Municipal Golf Course offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Raymondville Municipal Golf Course difficult yet friendly, GOLF From pg. 1 South Padre Island Golf Club Tierra Santa Golf Club Treasure Hills Golf Club
11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com NOVEMBER 17, 2021 Come Experience Our Groundkeeping Improvements TONY BUTLER GOLF COURSE Serving the RGV since 1929 (956) 216-5970 2640 South “M” Street, Harlingen • www.tonybutlergc.com Faster, Smoother Well & Manicured Course! Enjoy A On Site Café With Breakfast and Lunch Options Along With Your Favorite Snacks and Beverages Play 18 holes for $28 or 9 holes for $21 - Includes Cart Magnificent Golf Superb Amenities Outstanding Service Golf HARLINGEN Elliott’s Custom Golf 712 N 77 Sunshine Strip #20 Harlingen, TX 78550 (877) 428-5448 • email@example.com SKYTRACK LAUNCH MONITOR Improve your game and receive instant and real-time 3D shot analysis and ball-flight data. Identify strengths, weaknesses & dispersion • Bag Mapping to select the right clubs on the course • Wedge Matrix to master short game Five Star Customer Ratings - Google Reviews COMPUTERIZED CUSTOM CLUB FITTING and the staff can offer tips and tricks for playing your best round. As one reviewer put it: “Raymondville is a quaint little 9-hole course set amidst farmland with minimal elevation change. Straightforward layout and laid-back rural feel. Always a good choice for some value golf.” Address: 13839 Emma Ross Road, Raymondville Phone: (956) 690-4068 Description: 9-hole Par 36 Website: NA Golf Pro: Lupe Serna Yardage: Red – 2,440; White – 2,896; Blue – 3,040 Amenities: Driving range, rental clubs Prices: $11 for 9 holes with cart; $16 for 18 holes with cart; $5.58 for 9 holes to walk; $9.85 for 18 holes to walk. Village Executive Golf Course For a pleasant change of pace, this par-3 course is perfect for a quick round of enjoyable golf. Want to work on your short irons and approaches, this is the place to go. The course is mostly open without too many hazards – of course the South Texas wind is a natural hazard. But don't get caught off guard, there is water that comes into play and a few big trees that would be more than happy to steer your shot off course. Affordable is nice, but a couple holes make the scenery here even nicer. Address: 3300 S. International Blvd., Weslaco Phone: (956) 968-6516 Description: 9-hole, 1,563-yard public course Website: Village Executive Golf on Facebook Golf Pro: NA Yardage: All tees – 1,563 Amenities: Clubhouse Winter Texan Specials: $10 per day; $2 each time to play after that for the day. Brownsville Golf Center Wide open fairways and large – yet quick – greens give golfers an opportunity to improve their game See GOLF pg. 18 Raymondville Municipal Golf Course Village Executive Golf Course
NOVEMBER 17, 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com 12 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.ontheriver.net • 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 www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com 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 CALENDAR PARKS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 956-580-7898. Wednesday, November 17 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. Big Band Jam - Valley View Estates, Mission, 2-4pm, Musicians by invitation only. 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 18 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. Lunch & Jam - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 11am-3pm, Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jam from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome. For more information call 956532-4649. Big Band Jam - La Hacienda Estates, Alamo, 1-3pm. Dance - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Diego & Edith, pass the hat. Doors open at 2:30 pm, BYOB, ice and pop available. Happy Hour - Country Sunshine, Weslaco, 3:30-5pm, Brenda Coin. 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. Karaoke - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 6:30-8:30pm, Doors open 6:00 pm. Snack bar open. Singers should arrive early so songs may be downloaded to computer. 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. Dance - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7pm, Texas Wheels, $7pp. Friday, November 19 Breakfast Buffet - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7:30-10:30am, Cafe
13 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com NOVEMBER 17, 2021 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM 27146 McLelland Road., Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 423-1446 Lower Valley / 956-664-1446 Upper Valley www.gowithjo.com 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! For more information call: 956-580-7800 email: email@example.com Make sure your events are like... THIS!! HOW? Advertise in the Valley’s #1 Winter Texan Paper ENTERTAINMENT • 7PM All EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Paula McSpadden, Activity Director 956-585-0703 DANCES EVERY FRIDAY 7-10PM SINGLES ARE WELCOME 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 or to reserve tables, contact Char 941830-4227. Craft & Patio Sale - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 8amNoon, 7600 Long Dr. Refreshments and lunch will be available. Interested vendors can call 918-741-0177. Craft Show - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 8am-Noon. Park Wide Yard Sale & Plant Sale - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 9am-2pm, Lunch for sale 10:00 a .m. 2801 E. Harrison Ave. Jam - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 12:30pm, Curly Klaphake, donation for refreshments. Please join us, you are welcome to sing, play an instrument or listen to an afternoon of good music. Rock &Roll/Big Band Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1-3pm, Join us for the best Rock n Roll/Big Band Jam in the Valley. Everyone is welcome. We offer a great dessert table. Musicians are by invitation only. Dance - Trophy Gardens, Alamo, 7pm, SweetWater, $7pp. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, Rewind, Hynes Event Center, $8pp. Out of park residents may purchase tickets Monday prior to dance. Dance - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, Starfire, $7pp. Open to the public. Dance - Leisure Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, Diego & Edith, $8pp. Dance - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-10pm, Hot Rodz. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Snack bar open. Dance - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, Time Machine, $9pp at the door. Taking you back in time for the best in a variety of Rock & Roll oldies and Classic Country Rock dance tunes. Sunday, November 21 Church - Fiesta Village, Mission, 9am, In the Main Hall. Church - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 9am, 1320 West Frontage Rd. Church - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 9am. Church - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 9:30am. Church - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 10-11am. Church Services - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 10-11:30am. Worship - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 10:30am, Chaplain See PARKS pg. 14 , o y s , 0 , e l , e Grande, $8pp. 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! Variety Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, Homemade goodies and beverage provided, 50/50, great music. Country Jam - Split Rail RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, Come enjoy great music with friendly Winter Texans. There will be singing and dancing. Or you’re welcome to just listen. Regardless, a good time will be had by all. We’ve made homemade cookies! Don’t miss it. Fish Fry - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 5:30-6:30pm, Advance tickets $11pp, at the door $12pp. Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, Steven May & Southern Knights - country/rock. $8pp. BYOB and snacks. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, Glow stick dance with Curt James, $8pp at door. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Bottomline Band, $6pp. Mask recommended but not required. Dance - Paradise South RV Park, Mercedes, 7-10pm, Sweet Water Band, $8pp. Pay at the door. Paradise South Hall, kitchen is open, BYOB. Saturday, November 20 Breakfast - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 7-9:30am, Omelets, biscuits and gravy, and other breakfast items. Park Wide Sale - Casa del Sol, Donna, 8am-Noon. Craft Show - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 8am-Noon, Just in time for Christmas gift shopping. For details
NOVEMBER 17, 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com 14 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Call Today For Your Free Estimate Call Mark Anytime At 956-357-1048 WE WANT TO BUY YOUR TRUCK•CAR•SUV•VAN RVTRAVELTRAILER•5THWHEEL•MOTORHOME•BUS CARGO OR FLATBEDTRAILER•ATV•MOTORCYCLE•BOAT MINI-MOTOR HOME•CAMPERVAN•TOYHAULER •GOLF CART WE WANT TO BUY YOUR RV We Love Our Winter Texans! Thank you for making us your home away from home • Nightly, Weekly, and Monthly Rates Available • Fully Equipped Kitchens • Free Wi-Fi • Outdoor Pool • Small Pet Welcome (with fee) • Guest Laundry Service Walking Distance to the La PlazaMall and several restaurants. For Reservations 956-668-7829 www.mcallen-studio6.com 700 Savannah Ave. McAllen, TX Lock In Your Rates For This Winter - Now! $1000.00 * * Minimum stay of 31 days mo. Winter Texan Weekly Specials (W/Tax) $275.31 Queen Bed • $315.58 2 Full Size Beds PLEASE MENTION AD FOR SPECIAL! Dr Larry Windle Jam - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 2-4pm. 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 Movie - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-9pm, Snack bar opens at 6:00 pm. Free movies. Please visit website for title of movie each week. Monday, November 22 Monday Night Hamburgers - Mission West RV Park, 4:30-5:30pm, Join us for the best mesquite grilled burger in the Valley. Hamburger (with all the fixins), fries, tea/coffee - $6pp. We also have cheeseburgers and grilled chicken. If you prefer, we’ll cook your burger on our inside grill. 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 23 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. Country Jam - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 1-3pm, Everyone welcome. Happy Hour - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 3-5pm, Various/TBA. BYOB and Snacks; Pass the bucket for donations. Happy Hour - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5pm, 5th Wheel Daddies, BS Bar. Bar available, pass the hat. Bingo - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 6:30-9pm, Open to the public. Bingo - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-9pm, Doors open at 6:00 pm. Snack bar open. Games begin at 7:00 pm. Wednesday, November 24 Thanksgiving Feast - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am, Hynes Event Center, $23.50pp. Doors open at 11:30 am, dinner served at 12:00 pm. 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. Big Band Jam - Valley View Estates, Mission, 2-4pm, Musicians by invitation only. 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: 563340-6493. Thursday, November 25 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. Big Band Jam - La Hacienda Estates, Alamo, 1-3pm. 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. Karaoke - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 6:30-8:30pm, Doors open 6:00 pm. Snack bar open. Singers should arrive early so songs may be downloaded to computer. Prayer and Praise - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm. Friday, November 26 Winter Jam - Casa del Sol, Donna, 11:30am-2pm, Lunch for a nominal fee served from 11:30 am-12:30 pm, music from 12:30-2:00 pm. Country “OPRY” Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1-3pm, Country PARKS From pg. 13 See PARKS pg. 16