Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 35, No. 10 © 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com Wednesday, December 22, 2021 INDEX Parks Calendar p 8 WintertainersTM p 8 “On the road with Jo” p 12 Taste of the Valley p 13 Medical Services p 17 Events Calendar p 20 Business Guide p 20 Classifieds p 21 Rina’s Ramblings See RAMBLINGS pg. 17 See JOYFUL pg. 7 IMAS holds art workshop It has been a blessing and pleasure to see what the Winter Texan community does for the communities they live in. Each year, especially during the holiday, the communities you live in are blessed with your charity. It always amazes me at how you come together to serve one purpose and bring so many happy faces to the families that live around you. In this issue we have Tripp Wright and his group of elves that have By Herb Moering Three Christian ministries have partnered to bring holiday cheer to hundreds of children in Mexico through a backpack and shoebox project. A truckload of a couple thousand backpacks and shoe boxes each containing school supplies, articles of clothing, a game, hygiene items and a booklet arrived in San Juan Dec. 4. Most of the supplies will be distributed Dec. 28 in various Christmas celebrations at churches and orphanages in many Mexican communities, Beginner and intermediate artists alike are invited to take part in an art workshop with Cybelle Arts. The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022, 2:30-4:30 p.m. There are only a few spots available. Participants will create a fluid art painting on 11”x14” canvas. Painting pickup is the following Saturday to allow for sufficient dry time. A mask is required for all participants. The workshop is for ages 17 and up. Seats are limited. Workshop is included in admission and it’s recLocal children treated to 1st annual Santa’s Posada SANTA’S LEGACY See SANTA pg. 2 By Barb Zanetti Tripp Wright of Alamo Rec-Veh Park said he missed being Santa to over 2,000 children after Progeso’s Amigo group disbanded last year. So, he came up with a plan to entertain hundreds of children, but he knew he couldn’t do it alone. To help local needy children and their families enjoy the Christmas season, Tripp persuaded three groups to pool their resources and their volunteers. In less than a month they planned, collected conPartnering ministries geared to see joyful faces See IMAS pg. 20 This year’s Posada effort was so successful, the organizers believe it will be the model for future celebrations. They say it’s a tribute to Santa Tripp’s persistence and will become his legacy. That comes with a promise that they will work each year to make it better. (Photo by Dennis Zanetti) Merry Christmas!
DECEMBER 22, 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com 2 WINTER TEXAN TIMES TACLA006249C •Extended Service Plans Available •Worry-free Installation •No Hassle Satisfaction Guarantee •We Service All Models 956-255-8900 ColairInc.com Proudly Serving the RGV for over 35 years! Breathe Easy with Colair See SANTA pg. 16 tributions, and shopped for a Dec. 11 party, which they called “Santa’s Posada”. This event became a reality due to the efforts of the McAllen Elks Lodge #1402 (Exalted Ruler Milly Hernandez), McAllen Southern Justice Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (Chapter Secretary Eli Garcia, road name Ghiandi) and Alamo Rec-Veh Park (Tripp, aka Santa). Even before he played Santa, Tripp maintained a firm belief that all children should enjoy the Christmas holiday. “Underprivileged kids should get the same joyous day as the privileged,” he said. “I say: ‘Make the celebration equal for all children – rich or poor’.” Because of the efforts of so many, the Saturday morning Christmas celebration for 200 children and their families became a reality. More than 60 volunteers were ready when McAllen’s Elks Lodge doors opened. To do his part, the excited Santa actor donned his $500 Santa suit, added white bushy eyebrows, a full white beard, and a hat with a long white-haired wig (to cover his bald head), and then he let his playful side emerge. “I’m the person who can pull it off with the kids because I’m a big kid myself,” he said. “I play with the kids. With the one who cries. I play with the one who is happy, with the one kid who is not happy. I know how to treat them.” However, because of his terminal cancer diagnosis, Tripp isn’t always patient with those who didn’t immediately act on his plans to make Christmas special for as many children as he could. “Honestly, he was very pushy and ‘on me’ to make this event happen,” Milly said. After the event was over and the Lodge doors closed Saturday afternoon, she said she realized how much all of them had done in only three weeks. “I am proud and excited about how successful Santa’s Posada was,” she said. “I love Tripp for allowing me to be part of his vision.” According to Tripp, Milly is the person to make Santa’s Posada an annual event. He says that’s because he and Milly are Tasmanian devils with their fast and furious party planning. “It’s bing, bing, bing,” he said. “Then everything goes off without a hitch.” Each organization had a role to play to help the community. According to Eli, many local families are in need of food, so his motorcycle group made a donation and then contributed canned food and non-perishables to the event. “A lot of these kids weren’t asking much for toys or stuff,” Eli said. “It was more blankets, food, jackets, things like that.” It was the combined efforts of the groups that made a difference, according to Eli. “Many families won’t have a good Christmas,” he said. “Maybe [Santa’s Posada] is the only Christmas they’re going to have.” The motorcycle club leader felt all the volunteers gained from participating in the event. “Giving to those kids, seeing their smiling faces, and knowing they were happy made a difference for us, too,” Eli said. It was difficult for the children not to smile. Along with having their photos taken with Santa, the kids were treated by Elk Lodge members to lunch, as well as encouraged to join in the Elks’ cookie decorating activity, to make tree ornaments, and to play a variety of oversized games. There was much at the party for everyone. Some of the families’ needs were met when they received bags of food, blankets, and clothing. For children, ARVP and Elks Lodge “elves” provided crayons, children’s books, candy, crocheted caps, hair scrunchies, pencils, coloring books, spiral notebooks, and … a toy for every child. Helping with donations to buy SANTA From pg. 1 For days after Saturday’s party, Santa’s legs were black and blue from kids running up and smashing into him and climbing onto his lap. For Tripp, the bruises are a cherished sign that his Christmas wish has come true. (Photo by Dennis Zanetti) Milly Hernandez, McAllen Elk Lodge #1402 Exalted Ruler. (Photo by Dennis Zanetti)
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The programs include a gospel presentation for the children and families followed by the giving out of gifts that were rounded up by Handfull of Purpose ministry in Alabama and Step into the Waters ministry in Oklahoma. The celebrations are intended to offer to the kids first, “the greatest gift of all--Jesus,” according to Hepburn, a converted Texan, “and then the fun gifts.” Some of the backpacks and shoeboxes reach children as far away as Chapais in southern Mexico, he noted. As an example, a Christmas party was held Dec. 18 in the Puebla, Mexico region, an area supported by the Hepburns’ministry. The presents were taken to churches in the nearby mountains, an area hit hard this year with the Covid virus and heavy rains that washed away many of the crops in the fields. The collecting for shoeboxes began nine years ago at Handfull of Purpose in Ashford, AL, with the backpacks being added shortly after when a number were acquired inexpensively, according to Ricky Carroll, founder and director of the independent ministry that for the past 12 years has been building churches in Mexico. They have four churches currently under construction. Carroll’s wife, Theresa, has a major role going through all the items in the backpacks and shoeboxes to make sure they are appropriate and usually adding more to the contents. The project has just continued to grow, Carroll said. It is supported by churches and individuals in not only Alabama, but also in Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina, which joined last year. Also partnering with them is the Oklahoma group from the Blanchard area, that sent backpacks and shoeboxes that was part of an earlier shipment late this fall. The items are already in a community center in the Reynosa area. About a dozen people associated with the Step in the Waters ministry will be coming down to San Juan on Dec. 27, joining a like number from Alabama, all of whom will go to Mexico the next day to participate in the holiday celebrations. Bruce and his wife Paula will head up the trip across the border along with a number of local people who support their ministry, which had a 25-year effort in building 250 casita homes of 12 by 24 feet for needy colonia coupl s and families just across the border in the Reynosa area. But that has pretty much ended, Bruce said, as the pandemic eliminated groups c ming down to the Valley to work on the homes and support “dried up” too, he said. The Mexico Missions ministry continues to run mainly a rice and beans distribution effort in Mexico along with a focus on helping orphanages. One of those is Melody’s Orphanage in Reynosa, which has been helped for several years, and now houses 25 children. Associates with the three partnering ministries have said they are so looking forward to the celebrations and enjoying the happiness found in the faces of the children.
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Friday, December 31st Dec. 29 • Lemon Tree • Mission Dec. 31 • Posada Del Sol • Harlingen Jan. 5 • Bentsen Grove • Palmview Jan. 7 • Lakewood Lodge • Harlingen Jan. 8 • Tropical Winds • Harlingen Jan. 9 • Valley View Estates • Mission Jan. 12 • VIP La Feria • La Feria Jan. 24 • Aladdin Villas • Mission Feb. 14 • Paradise Park • McAllen Feb. 20 • Pharr South • Pharr Feb. 21 • Casa Del Sol • Donna For Bookings Call (417) 849-4170 www.bobandalta.com PastorPudge@CenturyLink.net @pastorpudgeredneckrevival Bob & Alta Courtney REDNECK REVIVAL WINTER TOUR SCHEDULE Available For Shows And Dances! Harlingen Elks Lodge #1889 Upcoming and Ongoing Events Elks and Guests Welcome! (956) 423-4290 1426 S. Commerce St. • Harlingen, TX Events Dec. 22 • Lodge Meeting • 7pm Dec. 23 • Bingo • 7-9pm DJ Roland Karaoke & Music (Kitchen Open at 6pm) Dec. 24 • Egg Nog Social • 5:30-7:30pm Lodge Will Close At 7:30pm Dec. 25 • Merry Christmas To All! (Lodge Closed) Dec. 26 • Dallas Cowboys Tailgate Party • 12pm Santa Arrives In Harlingen • 2:30pm Dec. 28 • I-69 Band • 5:30-7:30pm Dec. 30 • Bingo • 7-9pm DJ Roland Karaoke & Music (Kitchen Open at 6pm) Dec. 31 • New Year’s Eve Party • 5:30-9:30pm Pot Luck Event • Champagne & Party Favors Jan. 1 • Happy New Year To All! Bloody Mary Recovery Party • 3-5pm Kitchen Open • 6pm Bingo • 7-9pm See PARKS pg. 10 welcome. For more information call 956-532-4649. A Christmas Feast - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, Noon, $19.95pp. Hynes Event Center, doors open at 11:30 am, ticket deadline 12/20. 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. Acoustic Bluegrass Jam - VIP La Feria RV Park West, La Feria, 1:303:30pm, 300 E. Expressway 83. Questions, contact Carol and Dan Ratliff and Janice and Rick High. Look forward to seeing you. 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, Hamburger or chicken patty dinner, $7pp. Cheeseburger or chicken patty with cheese, $8pp. Includes potato or baked beans. 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. 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. Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, $0.50 a card; popcorn/soda available. Dance - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 7pm, Ron Moshier, $8pp. 1341 West Highway 83. Dance - McAllen Mobile Park, 7-10pm. Friday, December 24 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! RC Track - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 1:30pm. Free Square Dance Lessons - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 2pm, Mission Bell Ballroom. Caller-Robert Ferguson. Church - Fiesta Village, Mission, 4pm, In the Main Hall. 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. Country Jam - HiddenValley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 5:30pm. Saturday, December 25 Open Jam - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 11am-1pm, BYOB, come sing, play or just listen. All welcome. Country Jam - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 12:30pm, Lunch at 11:00 am. Country Jam - La Hacienda Estates, Alamo, 1-3:30pm, No Country Jam Christmas Day. Jam - Val Verde RV Park, Donna, 6-8pm. Entertainment - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 6-8pm, Greg & Suzie York and Oscar & Laura Shogren Country-Christmas Concert, pass the hat. Enjoy Country-Christmas singin’ and traditional Christmas carols too. More information: Robert Ferguson 574-361-2947. 1711 E. Bus. 83. Sunday, December 26 Church Service - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 8:30am, Non-denominational, with Pastor Jesse Hernandez. Bible Study follows the service. Church Service - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 8:30am, Fellowship at 8:30 am, service at 9:00 am. 7600 Long Drive.
DECEMBER 22, 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM 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 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 Jan 12 • Randy Webb (Wednesday Dance) • $7 Jan 14 • Diego & Edith • $7 Every Thursday • 12:30 - 2:30PM Dec 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 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5pm WE ARE BACK! January 14 & 15 January 17-22 Woodcarver Classes Show & Competition Lot’s of Displays & Vendors ForMore InformationCall (320) 253-2132 or (320) 252-7205 Nomad Shrine Club 1044W. Nolana Loop • Pharr, Tx www.rgvwoodcarvers.org DANCES • 7 - 10PM MEAL EVENTS ENTERTAINMENT • 7 - 9PM 1415 Aladdin Villas W • Mission, TX 78572 (956) 581-1288 CRAFT/GARAGE SALE Breakfast Brunch • 8 - 9:30am • $6 Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 12 Jan 20 • Craft Sale • 8am - 12pm Jan 29 • Garage Sale (In Ballroom) • 7am - 12pm New Year’s Eve • 8pm - 12am Dec 31 • Jealous Heart Band Brunch • 10pm • $20 Jan 8 • Dance With Kai • $8 Jan 15 • The Lockhart’s • $8 Jan 22 • Regan James Hired Hand • $8 Dec 27 • Rick McEwen • $8 Jan 3 • The Baker Family • $9 Jan 10 • Jason Coleman • $8 Jan 17 • Roger Despard an Illusionist/Magician• $8 Entertainment Pass Reserved Tickets: $88 • General Admission: $85 For Dance/Entertainment Ticket Questions Call Lori (320) 492-6415 PARKS From pg. 9 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. Concert - Valley View Estates, Mission, 3pm, Winter Texan Orchestra, donations. 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! Dance Party - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 6:30-8:30pm, 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. Monday, December 27 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. Country Jam - Winter Haven Resort, Brownsville, 1-3pm, Please join us for an afternoon of good music. All jammers welcome to play or sing. Lunch served first Monday of the month 11:00-12:30 through March. Refreshments available. Contact 262957-0886. 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, Comfort Food, $9pp. Hynes Event Center, doors open at 4:30 pm, ticket deadline 12/23. 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! Dance - Alamo Rec-Veh Park,
11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com DECEMBER 22, 2021 Have you taken any medication in the past 6 months? If you are a Winter Texan aged 55 or over then you are eligible to help with research about the medications you take, health literacy and your views about medication. Your participation will help us better understand the medical needs of Winter Texans. We want your input! Take a short survey and be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card! Go to the Survey • Scan the QR code using your cell phone camera. • OR go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M25BHKB Questions? Contact: Matthew Dalstrom, PhD, MPH at email@example.com Scan Here 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. Acoustic Bluegrass Jam - VIP La Feria RV Park West, La Feria, 1:303:30pm, 300 E. Expressway 83. Questions, contact Carol and Dan Ratliff and Janice and Rick High. Look forward to seeing you. Happy Hour - Country Sunshine, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Diego and Edith. 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, Baked mostaccioli with garlic bread, $7pp. Dessert, $1pp. 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. Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, $0.50 a card; popcorn/soda available. Dance - McAllen Mobile Park, 7-10pm. 7pm, Regan James, $7pp. 1320 West Frontage Road. Entertainment - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7pm, Rick McEwen. Tuesday, December 28 Men’s Prayer and Bible Study - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 8am. Women’s Bible Study and Prayer - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 9:30am. Ballroom Dance Lessons - McAllen Mobile Park, 9:30am. Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Lunch - Paradise Park, McAllen, 11:30am-1pm. Music Jam - Roadrunner RV Resort, Alamo, 1-3pm, Lunch 11:30 am - 12:45 pm. Corner of Sioux Rd and Cesar Chavez Rd, two miles north of Hwy 2. Masks preferred. Country Jam - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 1-3pm, Everyone welcome. Jam Session - Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen, 1-2:30pm. Couples Country Dance Lesson - McAllen Mobile Park, 1pm. Jam - Paradise Park, McAllen, 1-3pm. Country Jam - Oleander Acres, Mission, 1-3pm, Burger lunch served prior 11am-12:30pm. Angus burger, chips, tea or lemonade. Donations. Dance/Workshop - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 2-4pm, PH III-IV RD dance/workshop. In Tampico Hall. Bring snacks to share. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Happy Hour - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 3-5pm, Various/TBA. BYOB and Snacks; Pass the bucket for donations. Bingo - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 6:30-9pm, Open to the public. Jam - Country Palms RV Park, San Juan, 6:30-8:30pm, Entertainers and guests welcome. Bingo - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-9pm, Doors open at 6:00 pm. Snack bar open. Games begin at 7:00 pm. Wednesday, December 29 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. Lunch & Jam - Chimney Park, Mission, 11:30am-3pm, 11:30 - Burgers & Fries. 1:00 - Jam. Free admission. 4224 S. Conway. 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. Happy Hour - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Regan James, pass the hat. 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 - McAllen Mobile Park, 7-9pm, Rick McEwen, $8pp. 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. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $7pp. BYOB. Entertainment - Lemon Tree Estates, Mission, 7pm, Redneck Revival, $6pp. Pastor Pudge, comedy, gospel. Thursday, December 30 Pickleball Mixer - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 9am-Noon, $2pp. Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu
DECEMBER 22, 2021 www.wintertexantimes.com 12 WINTER TEXAN TIMES • 12 Colors Vinyl Siding • Complete Building Supplies • Patio Covers & Carports • Window Awning Parts • Exterior Vinyl Shutters • Phifer Solar Sun Screens • Custom Aluminum Fabrication • MH & RV Accessories The SIDING SOURCE “Lets Build a Deck”....Composite Decking/Vinyl Deck Railing DUTCH LAP VINYL SIDING (12 COLORS IN STOCK) MOBILE HOME SKIRTING (6 COLORS IN STOCK) CLASSIC RIB METAL ROOFING THE SIDING SOURCE 705 BUS. 83 • ALAMO, TX • (800)-567-3311 90 YEARS OF TRUSTED SERVICE Planning a Project? We Give Expert Advice on all Products and Projects Check us out at www.KautschTV.com FREE ESTIMATES VALLEYWIDE DELIVERY 27146 McLelland Road., Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 423-1446 Lower Valley / 956-664-1446 Upper Valley www.gowithjo.com Eagle Pass Gambling (2 Days) Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 8, 15, 22 .......................$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! Time to Care and Share Now is a time to care and to share our time and our talents. Last month my interest was really aroused when I was lucky enough to participate in a trade show where a representative from our Rio Grande Valley Food Bank had a booth directly across from mine. I had often wondered exactly how our RGV Food Bank operates and here was my chance to learn more. Have my eyes been opened? I learned a lot. Now it is time to share some of that information. There is not room to share all that I learned so I will just hit the high points. Our local Rio Grande Valley Food Bank was incorporated in 1986. Today it has grown to be the largest charity in South Texas. Our local food bank, with headquarters in Pharr, provides food to families in Hidalgo, Cameron, and Willacy counties. Since the pandemic, there has been a 7% annual increase in need. In 2019, a total of 40 million pounds of food and fresh produce was distributed to food insecure families in our three-county area. In 2020, over 60 million families in the US turned to Food Banks for help. And this is in a land of plenty. Can you imagine? In our Rio Grande Valley up to 146,000 families experience food insecurity. One family out of every four is in need. Those families are not just the elderly or veterans in need. Those families have kids who wake up daily not knowing if when they come home from school, if they will have a supper meal. How can they concentrate on learning when they are hungry? Those families need help. What impressed me the most was that through volunteer giving of time and generous donations as well as reduced prices on fresh produce provided by local farmers and packers, the RGV Food Bank is operating on two cents out of every one dollar donated. Ninety-eight cents is spent directly on food that goes to families in need. A donation of $5 will provide 25 meals. That is amazing! How do they do that? Mainly the RGV Food Bank depends on volunteers who donate their time. Groups volunteer to help sort, store and pack the food and produce to be distributed to about 275 partner distribution points. The Food Bank needs more volunteers to keep their costs down. Vo l u n t e e r time is valuable and reduces overhead costs. Maybe we can’t afford to give dollars. But we can care, we can share by giving of our time. The RGV Food Bank is desperate for volunteers. To volunteer your time or to make a donation, call (956) 904-4535 and speak with Olivia Lucio. Yes, we care. And yes, we can share. Yes, we can make a difference.
13 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com DECEMBER 22, 2021 FREE CONE OR DISH WITH PURCHASE OF ANY COMBO MEAL Not valid with any other offers. Limited to one single cone or dish per guest. Additional toppings and/or waffle cone available at an additional cost. Must present coupon to redeem. Dine-in-only. VALID AT PHARR, MCALLEN, HARLINGEN AND BROWNSVILLE, TX LOCATIONS ONLY. EXPIRES 04/30/2022 Mission 409 N. Bryan RD. STE 104 • Mission, TX 78572 • 956-205-2940 Weslaco 1015 S. Inter. Blvd. • Weslaco, TX 78596 • 956-520-8783 WINTER TEXAN SPECIAL FREE FRIES 1/2 Basket With Park Badge © 2021 DFO, LLC. Printed in the U.S.A. At participating restaurants for a limited time only. Selection and prices may vary. While supplies last. © 2020 DFO, LLC. Printed in the U.S.A. At participating restaurants for a limited time only. Selection and prices may vary. While supplies last. 20% OFF ENTIRE GUEST CHECK One coupon, per table, per visit . Not valid on national holidays, with the 2468 Value Menu®, Super Slam™, AARP or any other coupons or promotional offers. This offer can be redeemed only once by the original recipient . Coupon has no cash value. No change returned. Taxes and gratuity not included. Alcoholic beverages not included. Selection and prices may vary. Photocopied and Internet printed or purchased coupons are not valid. No substitutions. Offer valid for dine in only. Not valid for online orders. Restrictions apply. © 2021 DFO, LLC. Offer ends 12.31.2021 *88880716* 88880716 Christmas Buffet December 25th • 11:00AM - 2:00PM (956) 782- 3200 600 Kingston Way • Donna, TX Adults $19.95 Tickets Sold at Hotel Lobby Salads, Main Course, Sides, Desserts Family-Oriented Atmosphere Full Service Bar Live Entertainment Available for Large Parties or Private Events Affordable Fresh Seafood, Sandwiches, Salads, and much more! FAMOUS FOR THE FUN KNOWN FOR THE FOOD A Real Dining Over the Water Experience OPEN DAILY FOR LUNCH AND DINNER AT 11:00 AM Located at the Foot of the Causeway in Port Isabel’s Lighthouse District 956-943-FOOD (3663) • www.PiratesLandingRestaurant.com OPEN DAILY FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER AT 7:00 AM 1 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island (From Causeway Turn Right, Drive Through KOA) 956-761-PIER (7437) • www.Pier19.us (956) 423 - 6749 • Mon - Sat: 11am - 9pm 1101 W. Harlingen Ave • Harlingen, TX 78550 Las Vegas Cafe Since 1964 Try Our Famous Enchiladas The great ones are known by just one name. There’s Tiger, Ali, Kobe, Brady and.... Dave? Well, it’s more like Omelet Dave after making more than 100,000 omelets during his first 13 years at the Victoria Palms restaurant in Donna. So, maybe he doesn’t have the worldwide appeal as Woods or Jordan, but he’s known among Winter Texans, and travelers who stop in for one of his fantastic creations - whether it’s an omelet or a tantalizing waffle masterpiece Dave’s gift for gab is as great as his cooking. There’s no charge for a good conversation with Dave. In fact, it’s highly encouraged. This morning, I had an omelet with the works - bacon, ham, sausage, green peppers, jalapenos, onions and, of course, mushrooms – but no spinach (don’t want anyone to think I’m super healthy). As usual, it was a perfect way to start the morning. It came with hash browns, sourdough toast and salsa (and a cup of coffee). Not sure why, but I can make an omelet with the exact same ingredients, put a chef’s hat on - probably even Dave’s hat, and cook it all in the same spot Dave cooks it and it just won’t be as good. Why is that? I also had a round two. A waffle that doubled as dessert - that’s how I justify it. This tasty morsel was put in front of me to the chorus of angels. It had to be the fluffiest and tastiest waffle I’ve had in recent memory. The waffle was as smooth as the mound of strawberries and whipped cream on top. Chewing is just an option. It was a perfect complement to go with the working man’s omelet. Dave said he figured that he would be 84 years old about the time he reaches 200,000 omelets and said he would probably still be doing it if he is still able. “I like it. It’s not hard and I can talk to people,” he said. That’s great news for Victoria Palms. It’s also terrific for all those who go by the RV Park, hotel, and restaurant, which is open to the public. The food is definitely worth the trip. Being part of the great Omelet Dave experience is just an added bonus - at no additional cost. It’s not just any omelet