Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 35, No. 9 © 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com Wednesday, December 15, 2021 INDEX Parks Calendar p 8 WintertainersTM p 8 “On the road with Jo” p 13 Taste of the Valley p 17 Medical Services p 21 Events Calendar p 22 Reunions p 23 Business Guide p 23 Classifieds p 25 Rina’s Ramblings See RAMBLINGS pg. 24 See ALAMO pg. 16 Students project supports foster kids Hello readers! If you don’t pay attention to our header on our paper each week, you wouldn’t know…. We have been publishing the Winter Texan Times since 1987. So, we are celebrating 35 years this season. What started as a bi-weekly paper by June Brann and Jim Brunson, has grown to a weekly paper during the Winter Texan season – October through March. By Herb Moering The nippy, breezy weather didn’t deter spectators lining the route Saturday night for the City of Alamo’s lighted Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony. While most of those watching the 43 entries pass by were bundled up in sweaters and coats, Del Engrisch skipped the extra coverings since she had arrived that day leaving behind 16 inches of snow and the accompanying cold in Minnesota. Her husband, Warren, missed the snowstorm because he had arrived three The idea came to the duo of Emma Zamora and Jaelin Lopez last spring during their junior year at Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS). With the return of in-person instruction and the start of their senior year this year, the team has worked their idea into a community service project for their DECA organization. Zamora and Lopez discovered that children in unfortunate situations to include foster care and safe homes often struggle in school and getting the materials they need to be Stuart Place: Like Cheers, but it’s Golf See GOLF pg. 14 Golf is not just a game to enjoy. It’s an entire experience to be a part of, especially at Stuart Place Country Club and Shary Municipal Golf Course. At least that’s what the voters decided in the annual Winter Texans Times Favorite Golf voting. Stuart Place, a nine-hole course, located at 155 Highland Dr. in Harlingen, won five of the seven categories that people could vote on. Those categories include Favorite Hole (No. 9), Favorite Amenities (the clubhouse), Favorite Putting Winter Texans enjoy Alamo Parade See STUDENTS pg. 7 Happy Holidays! Stuart Place Country Club
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5 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com DECEMBER 15, 2021 A Christmas Celebration Join us for an evening of music that will make your holidays festive and bright! Join us on Friday, 12/17 @ 7:30pm • McAllen Performing Arts Center • www.McAllenWindEnsemble.org To Purchase Tickets, SCAN ME McAllen Wind E N S E M B L E Deadline approaching The opportunity to learn about the amazing habitat of the Rio Grande Valley and how to help preserve it comes along once a year. December 17 is the deadline to apply for the January 2022 training. The South Texas Border Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist invites residents over the age of 18 and Winter Texans in Hidalgo, Starr and Cameron County to join this unique educational volunteer program to become a certified Texas Master Naturlist. Texas Master Naturalist is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Sea Grant Program and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Students attend weekly virtual classes each Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning January 4 through March 22. Attendees will need internet access, a computer, iPad or Android pad. Using a smartphone is not recommended. In addition, field trips are a required element of training that will provide unique access and learning opportunities. Field trips will be held in person following current county and departmental public health guidelines. Classes are taught by local university professors and other field experts, including those from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and U.S. Department of Agriculture. There are hundreds of local opportunities available to volunteers from helping develop public native pollinator gardens, training as docents and nature guides at local wildlife preserves, to undertaking citizen science projects, and joining programs about bird migration and bird counts to studying shore birds, the Gulf and beach inhabitants and trends. With social distancing, trainees will be able to join volunteer teams with other chapter members and work among local partners in activities at federal, state, and local wildlife parks, coastal naturalist programs, cities, schools, and other public entities. The chapter has monthly guest speakers the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are currently virtual but are still free and open to the public. Follow the chapter’s Facebook page at https://www. facebook.com/stbctmn to be notified when our meetings are broadcast live. The cost to attend the certification program is $150 and includes textbook, fees, t-shirt, name tag, and one-year membership. Full scholarships are available. Requests for scholarships are also due by December 17. To apply for the certification class, follow the instruction sheet on the New Class webpage at https://www. stbctmn.org/the-next-class. To request a scholarship application, or if you have other questions, please contact the new class director, Anne Mayville, at email@example.com. Check out the chapter website at https://www.stbctmn.org/. Photo courtesy of South Texas Border Chapter Texas Master Naturalist Facebook. 2019 trainees at the National Butterfly Center.
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DECEMBER 15, 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com 8 WINTER TEXAN TIMES For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM www.ontheriver.net • 214 E. Chimney Rd • Mission, TX Enjoy the Texas Weather On Our Covered Deck & Patio Sundays 1:30-5:30pm Live Music Dec. 19 & 26 Jan. 2 Steven May & Leon Mann Come Try Our TEXAS Size Pork Tenderloin 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 Jan. 9 & 23 Renaissance Rockers 956-585-5551 • 511 E Loop 374, Palmview, TX 78572 FISH DINNER Every Friday January, February and March - $9.00 NEW YEARS’ EVE DANCE Randy Webb 8pm to Midnight $14 Per Person Light Meal Served Advanced Tickets Required - Now On Sale! Friday, December 31st 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, December 15 Craft Sale - Country Sunshine, Weslaco, 8am-Noon. Bluegrass Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 9-11am, 50/50, coffee, homemade goodies. New jammers welcome. 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. Weekly Jam - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 1:30-3pm, Food court $. Big Band Jam - Valley View Estates, Mission, 2-4pm, Musicians by invitation only. Mercedes High School Christmas Program - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 2pm, Hynes Event Center, pass the hat. Happy Hour - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Curt James, pass the hat. Happy Hour - Chimney Park, Mission, 3-5pm, With The Lockharts. Public is invited. Snacks & set-ups available to purchase. Social Hour - Paradise Park, McAllen, 3:30-5pm, Brenda Coin. Public Meal - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 4:30pm, All you care to eat: sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, applesauce and coffee. Bring own table service. 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. Singles Mixer - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 6-7pm, BYOB. Pre-Rounds - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 6:30-7pm, In Tampico Hall. Bring snacks to share. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Entertainment - Country Palms RV Park, San Juan, 6:30-8:30pm, Joanie & Richard Ware. Entertainment - McAllen Mobile Park, 7-9pm, Ron and Jan Easter, $8pp. Entertainment - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-9pm, Ralph Kuster, $7pp. Christmas and variety show. Doors open at 6:15 pm. MS/Plus Square Dance - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 7-9pm, With Ron Betzelberger. In Tampico Hall. Bring snacks to share. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Entertainment - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 7-9:30pm, Rusty Rierson Holiday Show. Soft
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See PARKS pg. 10 drinks, popcorn and ice cream available. Doors open at 6 p.m. Entertainment - Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-9pm, Curt James, $9pp. Doors open at 6:30. Entertainment - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 7-9:30pm, Rusty Rierson, Songs of the Holiday Season, $9pp. Soft drinks, popcorn and ice cream bars available. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $7pp. BYOB. Thursday, December 16 Pickleball Mixer - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 9am-Noon, $2pp. 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, 11:30am-3pm, Lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jam from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome. For more information call 956-532-4649. Rock & Roll Jam - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 12:30-3pm. Big Band Jam - La Hacienda Estates, Alamo, 1-3pm. Jam - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 1-3pm, Lunch available 11:30 am - 1 pm. Mission Bell Ballroom. 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. Meal - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 4pm, Two beef or chicken tacos, refried beans, rice and dessert, $7pp. Soup Supper - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 4:30pm, $4pp. Homemade, various varieties. BYOB/TS (Bring Your Own Bowl/Table Service). Drinks and dessert for sales. All You Can Eat Fish Fry - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4:30-6:30pm, Hynes Event Center, $9.75pp. Acoustic Jam - Palm Gardens, McAllen, 6-8:30pm, Bring your own instrument to our Acoustic Jam (no instrument amplifiers). Show your talent or just sit and listen. 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. Entertainment - Casa del Sol, Donna, 7pm, Kai, $8pp. Enjoy authentic Hawaiian entertainment. Kai is high-energy and brings great music, lots of laughs, and interactive fun! Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, $0.50 a card; popcorn/soda available. Dance - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7pm, Texas Wheels, $7pp. Dance - McAllen Mobile Park, 7-10pm. Concert/Dance - Dream Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, The Howlers, $7pp. BYOB, meal provided. Friday, December 17 Breakfast Buffet - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7:30-10:30am, Cafe Grande, $8pp. Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. 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 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,
DECEMBER 15, 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES For more information call: 956-580-7800 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Make sure your events are like... THIS!! HOW? Advertise in the Valley’s #1 Winter Texan Paper For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM Activities: 574-361-2947 email@example.com RV & MH RESORT MISSION BELL TRADE WINDS Mission Bell - 1711 E Business Hwy 83 ~ MISSION, TX ~ Tradewinds RV Resort - 1005 N Stewart Rd DANCES • 7PM-10PM All Dances held in MB Ballroom Dec 16 • Texas Wheels • $7 ENTERTAINMENT Dec 18 • Winter Wonderettes Christmas Musical 7-9pm • Pass the hat Dec 25 • Country-Christmas Concert 6-8pm • Pass the hat FREE SQUARE DANCE LESSONS Fridays 2pm • Mission Bell Ballroom NEW YEARS EVE • 8PM-12AM Dec 31 • Poison Ivey Band • $15 per person Light Breakfast Served At 10pm (Tables of 8 Can Be Reserved) SQUARE DANCE Mondays 2-4pm • $6 • Mission Bell Ballroom Caller, Robert Ferguson CRAFT SHOWS • 8AM-12PM Dec 18 • Mission Bell Ballroom Dec 20 • Tradewinds Hall Coffee, Donuts & Lunch Served JAMS Thursdays 1-3pm • MB Ballroom Lunch Available • 11:30am-1pm Fridays 6pm • Tradewinds Hall Homemade Snacks At Break HOMEMADE CAKE DONUTS ENTERTAINMENT • 7PM ROCK & ROLL JAM All EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Paula McSpadden, Activity Director 956-585-0703 DANCES EVERY FRIDAY 7-10PM SINGLES ARE WELCOME 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 Box Lunch • 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 Every Thursday • 12:30 - 3:00PM Dec 15 & 29 • Order Ahead (956) 585-0703 Plain, Chocolate, Or Blueberry With Choice Of Vanilla Or Cinnamon Glaze $1 Each, $1.50 for 2, $4 for 6, $7 for 12 PAY AT DOOR UNLESS NOTED Jan 1 • Baker Family Show • $9 Jan 5 • Redneck Revival Show • $8 Jan 16 • Nu-Blu Show • 3-5pm • $10 1645 S Bentsen Palm Drive Palmview • 956-585-0703 (Disciples of Christ) McAllen, TX FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH See You Sunday! Traditional Worship Service 10:30am Rev. Jan Ekstedt, MDiv., Pastor FCC’S Got Talent Musical Variety Show Jan 15th • 2 - 4pm 1201 East Fern Ave. (Between McColl & Jackson) McAllen, TX 78501 Church Phone • (956) 687-8519 PARKS From pg. 9 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. RC Track - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 1:30pm. Free Square Dance Lessons - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 2pm, Mission Bell Ballroom. Caller-Robert Ferguson. Dance - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Helen Russell & Company, pass the hat. 2020 “Entertainer of the Year” Valley Star Award Winner. Popcorn and soda available for purchase. Masks optional. Friday Night Fish Fry - Mission West RV Park, 4:30-5:30pm, Full order (3 pieces) with french fries, coleslaw, tea/coffee for $9pp. We also have half orders (2 pieces) for $7pp and extra fish for $2 each. Happy Hour - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5pm, With Ron Moshier. Hynes Event Center, bar available, pass the hat. Fish Fry - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 5:30-6:30pm, Advance tickets $11pp, at the door $12pp. Country Jam - HiddenValley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 5:30pm. Dance - Fiesta Village, Mission, 6-9pm, The Lockharts. In the parking lot or Main Hall. $7pp. Jam - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 6pm, Homemade snacks at break. All are welcome. 1005 N. Stewart Rd. Entertainment - Winter Green Estates, Mission, 6:30pm, Redneck Christmas Revival, $7pp. Dance - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, The Howlers, $8pp advance, $10pp at the door. Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, Dixon Company Band - country. $8pp. BYOB and snacks. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, The Agency, tickets on sale starting 11/29/21, $10pp. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Texas Storm, $6pp. Mask recommended but not required. Dance - Paradise South RV Park, Mercedes, 7-10pm, Regan James, $8pp. Pay at the door. Paradise South Hall, kitchen is open, BYOB. Dance - Country Sunshine, Weslaco, 7-10pm, Jeff Gordon, $8pp. Big Band/Classic Country Jam - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 7-9pm, Musicians by invitation only. Lounge open 3-9 pm serving pizza, hot dogs, chili dogs, and chili corn dogs. Christmas Concert - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 7-9pm, Greg and Suzie York, donation. This Country Christmas Concert is hosted by Eastgate Community Church. Saturday, December 18 Saturday Morning Breakfast - Chimney Park, Mission, 7-9am, Menu varies. $5pp. 4224 S. Conway. Breakfast - Paradise Park, McAllen, 7:30-8:45am. Craft Sale - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 8am-Noon, Items for sale by many talented crafters. 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, Donuts, coffee & lunch available. Breakfast Brunch - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 8-9:30am, Pancakes, eggs, sausage or biscuits and gravy, coffee, orange juice, water. $6pp. Open Jam - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 11am-1pm, BYOB, come sing, play or just listen. All welcome. Meal - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 11:30am, Spaghetti with meatballs, $7pp. Jam - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 12:30pm, Curly Klaphake, donation for refreshments. Please join us, you are welcome to sing, play an in-
11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com DECEMBER 15, 2021 Mexi-Cocina Omelette Eggs, Ham, Spinach, Mushrooms, Bellpeppers, Cheese, Almonds, Hashbrown & Fruit $899 $899 Janie Is Back! Famous For Her Yellow Gravy! Winter Texan Deluxe Plate Chicken Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Veggies, Toast & Salad w/Tea Daily Specials • Breakfast (All Day) • Lunch • Dinner Mon - Sat 7am-7pm • Sun 7am-5pm 711 Alameda St., Suite A • San Juan 956-510-6868 Mexican • American • Seafood & Event Center Re-Grand Opening Dec 17 SPECIALS BELOW! Karaoke Fridays • 5pm - Book Your Event • In/Outdoor Seating Event Center Available For Private Events! Ample Parking Front & Back Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 6:308:30pm, PH II, III, & IV RD Dance Party. In Tampico Hall. Bring snacks to share. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. 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, rgv.activities.com, for title of movie each week. Entertainment - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 7-9pm, Rick McEwen. Monday, December 20 Craft Show - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 8am-Noon, Donuts, coffee & lunch available. Country Jam - Countryside RV Park, Donna, 1-3pm, Join us at our jam, everyone welcome. Backed up by a professional band on stage. Serving lunch from 11am to 12:45pm. 100 N. Valley View Rd. Dance/Workshop - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 2-4pm, PH II-III RD dance/workshop. In Tampico Hall. Bring snacks to share. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Square Dance - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 2pm, Mission Bell Ballroom. Mainstream/Plus. Caller: Robert Ferguson. Monday Night Hamburgers - Mission West RV Park, 4:30-5:30pm, Join us for the best burger in the Valley. Hamburger (with all the fixins), fries, tea/coffee - $6pp. We also have cheeseburgers and grilled chicken. 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. Monday Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5pm, Pancake Supper, $7pp. Hynes Event Center, doors open at 4:30 pm, ticket deadline 12/16. Burgers - Paradise Park, McAllen, 5-6pm. 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! Entertainment - Casa del Sol, Donna, 7pm, Rusty Rierson, $8pp. Rusty Rierson sings a Country Christmas. Rusty has sung in all 50 states and toured internationally, but he’ll make you feel like you’ve known him his whole life. Dance - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, See PARKS pg. 21 , e y d , , , e , h , strument or listen to an afternoon of good music. Country Jam - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 12:30pm, Lunch at 11:00 am. Country Jam - La Hacienda Estates, Alamo, 1-3:30pm. 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. Jam - Val Verde RV Park, Donna, 6-8pm. Bingo - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 6:30-9:30pm, Card sales from 6:307pm, bingo 7-9pm. Snacks and refreshments available for purchase. No outside food or beverages. Come early for dinner, served 4:45-6pm. Entertainment - Fiesta Village, Mission, 7pm, Ralph Kuster. In the Main Hall. $8-10pp. Dance - Trophy Gardens, Alamo, 7pm, SweetWater, $7pp. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Saturday Dance - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Curt James will be providing the music. Dance - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-10pm, Howlers, $8pp. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Snack bar open. Entertainment - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-9pm, The Winter Wonderettes, pass the hat. A nostalgic musical about four friends who call themselves “The Wonderettes”. More information: Robert Ferguson 574-361-2947. 1711 E. Bus. 83. Entertainment - Wagon City North, Mission, 7pm, Rick McEwen Christmas Show, $8pp. Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, With The Fabulous Cruisers, $10pp. Hynes Event Center, out of park residents may purchase tickets Monday prior to the dance. Dance - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, Time Machine, $9pp. Dance - Bluebonnet RV Park, Mission, 7-10pm, Ruthi Rock-N-Country, $8pp. Hall 2, concessions will be available. Hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, etc. BYOB. Dance - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 7:30-10:30pm, The Beers, $7.50pp. Sunday, December 19 Church Service - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 8:30am, Non-denominational, with Pastor Jesse Hernandez. Bible Study follows the service. Church - Fiesta Village, Mission, 9am, In the Main Hall. Church - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 9am, Non-denominational service with Scot Swafford. 1005 N. Stewart Rd. Church Service - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 9-10am, We invite you to join us as we enjoy time with God in Worship and Fellowship. Refreshments following the service. Church Service - Rio Valley Estates MH & RV Resort, Weslaco, 9am, In Friendship Hall. All welcome, non-denominational, led by Pastor Johnie McDaniel. 715 N. Westgate Drive. Church Service - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 9am, Pastor Jerry Hunter. Donation, non-denominational service. Communion served the first Sunday of each month. Church - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 9:30am, Non-denominational service with Pastor Wayne McNair. 1711 E. Bus. Hwy 83. Church - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 10-11am. Church Services - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 10-11:30am. Church Service - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 10am, Services by Pastors Charles & Bev Wolff. Non-Denominational Church Service - River Ranch Resort, Rio Hondo, 10-11am. Worship - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 10:30am, Chaplain Dr Larry Windle Jam - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 2-4pm. Entertainment - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 3-5pm, Tiny Hill Orchestra. 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! Entertainment - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 6-7:15pm, Ralph Kuster, Christmas Show - tribute to country music, $8pp. Arrive 5:45pm. 1341 W. US Highway 83. 618-973-3595. Entertainment - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 6:30-8:30pm, Helen Russell & Company. A high energy show with comedy, country, bluegrass, gospel, and classic rock music of the 50’s to the 80’s. Refreshments served during intermission. Christmas Round Dance Party -
DECEMBER 15, 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com 12 WINTER TEXAN TIMES • 12 Colors Vinyl Siding • Complete Building Supplies • Patio Covers & Carports • Window Awning Parts • Exterior Vinyl Shutters • Phifer Solar Sun Screens • Custom Aluminum Fabrication • MH & RV Accessories The SIDING SOURCE “Lets Build a Deck”....Composite Decking/Vinyl Deck Railing DUTCH LAP VINYL SIDING (12 COLORS IN STOCK) MOBILE HOME SKIRTING (6 COLORS IN STOCK) CLASSIC RIB METAL ROOFING THE SIDING SOURCE 705 BUS. 83 • ALAMO, TX • (800)-567-3311 90 YEARS OF TRUSTED SERVICE Planning a Project? We Give Expert Advice on all Products and Projects Check us out at www.KautschTV.com FREE ESTIMATES VALLEYWIDE DELIVERY You can help report wintering Monarchs Submitted by Monarchs Across Georgia Committee We asked and, thankfully, you answered. Now we need your help again. Last winter, volunteers from across the Southeast and Gulf states provided more than 5,800 observations of monarch butterflies. This winter, the partnership of universities, agencies and other organizations called Monarchs Overwintering in Southeastern States is requesting the public’s continued involvement in reporting sightings. Sonia Altizer, a University of Georgia ecology professor and director of Project Monarch Health, said the information can help scientists determine if these iconic but declining butterflies “can overwinter as non-breeding adults in the southern U.S. and how this might affect future population numbers.” The monitoring will also help document how winter-breeding activity might be affecting the annual migration to Mexico. Understanding migration and overwintering behavior is crucial to conserving monarchs, a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Thousands of monarchs stream across the South each fall on their way to wintering grounds in central Mexico. In the spring, this eastern population of the butterfly returns to the U.S. and Canada to breed. But not all monarchs migrate to Mexico. Volunteer observations over the past two decades have helped scientists better understand how and why some monarchs breed throughout the winter in the southern U.S. Scattered reports also suggest that some monarchs can overwinter in coastal regions in a non-breeding state, similar to their wintering behavior in Mexico. The goal this winter is to collect more data for a growing partnership that has expanded to include organizations such as Florida Natural Areas Inventory and the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program. Gabriela Garrison of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said the monarch is a species of greatest conservation need in North Carolina’s Wildlife Action Plan, as in the action plans of many other states. “So monitoring overwintering populations and learning more about their behavior is critical.” The public is encouraged to report monarch sightings from Dec. 1-March 1 in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Observations are entered in Journey North’s online data portal, where they are transformed into real-time mapping visualizations of monarch migration and breeding. Journey North is an organization designed to engage people across North America in tracking wildlife migration and seasonal change. Program coordinator Nancy Sheehan said the public has a long history of being a part of scientific discoveries. “Journey North is excited to provide a platform for engaging citizen scientists in this targeted monitoring effort.” Susan Meyers, co-chair of Monarchs Across Georgia agreed. “Volunteers are vital to this effort. If you enjoy being outdoors and exploring your local ecosystem, this is an easy activity that can be done alone or with your family.” Wildlife biologist Anna Yellin of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said project partners are grateful to all who reported sightings last winter. “When we come together as a community as we have with this effort, we stand a better chance of protecting the monarch butterfly for future generations.” How to take part • Step 1: Create a free account at journeynorth.org/reg. • Step 2: Learn how to report monarch sightings at journeynorth. org/monarchs. • Step 3: From Dec. 1-March 1, submit monarch observations at journeynorth.org/sightings. The Fishers are at it Again Winter Texans Jean and Steve Fisher delivered toys to Lone Star National bank on South Padre Island. Bank president Martin Infante accepted the toys. The Fishers were told that the bank would match the toys donated. Over 150 toys were donated by the Fishers. This is the Fisher’s 33rd year of giving to under privileged families. After growing up in foster homes in upper New York Jean said she is blessed for being able to give back. The Fishers home base is in Northern Iowa and have been coming to the Island for six years enjoying the beach and warm weather. Next week they are buying gifts for 25 special needs children in two different elementary schools. The Fishers said they can’t wait to see the expressions on their faces. They were invited by Mr. Infante to join him and his son who will be playing Santa Claus. One of the elementary special needs classes is taught by his wife. “We are fortunate to be blessed and have a friend in bank president Martin Infante. Merry Christmas to all.”
13 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com DECEMBER 15, 2021 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 • $315.58 2 Full Size Beds PLEASE MENTION AD FOR SPECIAL! 27146 McLelland Road., Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 423-1446 Lower Valley / 956-664-1446 Upper Valley www.gowithjo.com Eagle Pass Gambling (2 Days) Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 8, 15, 22 .......................$TBA Big Bend Adventure (6 Days) Feb. 10, 7 meals.............................................$985 (Prices are per person, double occupancy) Copper Canyon - Go all the way through the Canyon .................. $TBA Monarch Butterflies (6 Days) Feb. 4, 9 meals .................................................. $TBA Monterrey Tres (3 Days) ...................................................................................... $TBA San Miguel de Allende (5 Days) ...................................................................... $TBA (Prices are per person, double occupancy) 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 .......$95pp 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! Let’s Travel! Celebrate Las Posadas All of our days should be special days. But if you are observing today as it is observed in Mexico, then this is a very, very special day. It is the day that most families in Mexico begin to celebrate Las Posadas. The word "posada" in Spanish translates to "inn" in English. Las Posadas then is the reenactment of Joseph and Mary searching for an inn where the Child Jesus could be born. Every night from December 15 until Christmas Eve, neighborhoods throughout Mexico will be celebrating Las Posadas. Fortunately, we live in a multi-cultural area where many of the families with roots in Mexico continue to carry on the tradition of celebrating Las Posadas. Traditionally, Las Posadas was celebrated for ten consecutive nights. In the United States, Las Posadas is sometimes celebrated only on one given night. Celebrating a posada is a neighborhood affair...a tradition in which the young and the old participate. The youngest often has a special perch riding on the shoulders of his daddy as family and neighbors walk behind Mary and Joseph. An angel may be leading the entire group. If a donkey is available Mary may be seated on the donkey that is led by Joseph. A special song is sung in Spanish by the participants as they walk from house to house asking for lodging. Time after time they are refused. Finally at a predetermined house they are admitted. Once admitted, the party begins - most often hot chocolate, cookies and tamales are offered to all. Perhaps for the young ones there will be a pinata filled with candies and treats. Hopefully you will be invited to participate in a Posada. Consider it an honor if you are invited to this special Christmas celebration. The experience will open your heart to the true meaning of Christmas.