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Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 35, No. 11 © 2021 Wednesday, December 29, 2021 INDEX Parks Calendar p 9 WintertainersTM p 9 Taste of the Valley p 13 “On the road with Jo” p 14 Medical Services p 17 Events Calendar p 20 Business Guide p 20 Reunions & Meetings p 21 Classifieds p 21 Rina’s Ramblings See RAMBLINGS pg. 18 See LANDMARK pg. 16 Let’s support Stefano’s I can not believe the year is coming to an end. It has gone by so very fast in some cases. Other things seem to have dragged on. As we look forward to the New Year, we often think of things we can improve. There are several traditions that many across the globe have – like making New Year’s resolutions. Others include decorating a New Year’s Tree, dressing up nice, tossing tinsel, embracing your heritage, By Herb Moering Winter Texans may find the new Landmark on Tower to be a “swinging” place to go for an evening of fun, food, and friendly conversation. To get into the swing of things, just sit down at one of the seven swingseat tables in the outside court area, that has artificial turf for grass. The food truck court, which opened Oct. 15, is the creation of Roy Landa, a property developer. He grew up in Alamo, about three blocks from his establishment, which includes his two brothers Stefano’s in Harlingen was hit with a tragic fire just days before Christmas. We would like to support our advertiser by inviting our readers to support them, by visiting their other location in Pharr. According to news reports, the damage to their Harlingen location was deemed a total loss by the fire department. The restaurant has been reduced to fragments, said the news. No one was hurt in the blaze, but it did put planned holiday celebrations and catering events from the locaWorkcampers bring nature project to life Swing into the Landmark on Tower See STEFANO’S pg. 15 The partnership of (from left) Roy Landa and his brothers, Gilbert (right) and David are proud of their two-ton iron brick oven for turning out pizzas. A couple of workcampers at Seven Oaks Resort in Mission have been busy this season. Their latest project has been a beautiful butterfly garden. So far, their work has paid off as seen by the abundance of butterflies, birds, and even worms that have been found in the garden. Robin Wright and Korine Leonard carefully selected plants, bushes, and trees – with the ultimate goal of attracting the beautiful birds and butterflies that the area is known for See NATURE pg. 17 WTT Closed Dec. 30 - Jan. 2

DECEMBER 29, 2021 2 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MOBILE HOME INSURANCE CAMERON COUNTY Call or Come See Us 956-464-2886 Galvan Insurance Agency, Inc. 1101 East Business 83 Donna, TX 1 1/2 milesWest of Don-Wes Flea Market Basic Plan Covers: Fire, Lightning, Smoke, Wind (Hurricane, Tornados), Hail, Riot & Civil Commotion, Land & Air Vehicles, $100,000 Liability Coverage. Basic Coverage Sample $ 10,000 $ 0 $ 100,000 $ 397.67* $ 406.07* $ 470.08* Dwelling Contents Liability Harlingen Area Rate San Benito Area Rate Brownsville Area Rate Flood Coverage Available We Also Insure PARK MODELS • TRAVEL TRAILERS MOTORHOMES • GOLF CARTS • “CASITAS” 5TH WHEELS • AUTOS • MOTORCYCLES *Premium subject to age of home, distance to coast and carrier underwriting. Rate subject to change. New Year’s Eve celebrations Ladies enjoy chocolate, Bar-B-Q This year has been a long one for everyone, and most people are looking forward to seeing what 2022 has in store for them. Be sure to check out our Parks Calendar for events that are taking place at parks. I know these events fill up fast, so hopefully you have tickets to go some where to celebrate and start off the New Year. While there are many traditions around the globe, the huge one is seeing fireworks shows throughout the world. We could only find a few that are being advertised, which I have included here, but I am sure cities throughout the Rio Grande Valley are holding celebrations and fireworks. So be on the lookout in your city, on their websites, and their Facebook pages. South Padre Island If you are looking to ring in the NewYear, why not spend it on South Padre Island? Leave all the worries of the past year behind, and start the year refreshed on Texas’ only tropical island. There will be many activities happening New Year’s Eve, but the highlight will be the fireworks display being held on the gulf side at 9 p.m. Most of the restaurants and bars will be staying open late to allow visitors to experience the island way of ringing in the New Year. Another popular activity on New Year’s Eve are the buffets at the hotels and the wide span of entertainment. With plenty of options, you can enjoy New Year’s Eve by the beach or the bay. To see upcoming events, visit Pharr Join the City of Pharr for their first ever New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on Friday. The event will be held at the Pharr downtown Park from 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Admission is free for everyone and they will have a live musical performance by The Spazmatics and fun for everyone. Submitted by Arleen Bier The Rio Grande Valley is filled with fun and exciting things to do. Each month, the Ladies of La Floresta venture out to learn more about the Valley and its people. Past outings included museums, holiday displays, an art gallery, and a boot factory. It also gives the ladies an opportunity to check out the many excellent restaurants that are available in the area. In December, the Ladies of La Floresta, toured Mozna Chocolate factory in Hidalgo. As you enter the factory, the smell of chocolate fills the air. We couldn’t wait for the taste testing. But first, we learned about the process of converting the cacao beans to smooth, rich, dark chocolate, and the health benefits of dark chocolate. Then we each were able to create our own specialized chocolate bar. Following the tour, we had lunch at Black Diamond Bar-B-Q, also in Hidalgo. The loaded potatoes and brisket sandwiches were delicious. The Ladies Day Out was organized by Karlene Weiland of Mercedes. Katherine Walters (Ontario, Canada) creates her personalized chocolate bar at Monza, as Paula Henderson (Blairsville, GA) looks on.

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DECEMBER 29, 2021 4 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Little Shop Of HORRORS James “Nikki” Rowe Choir & Theatre Department Present For More Information Please Contact Rowe Choir 956-657-5152 JAN. 21-25 • JAN. 27-30 Music By Alan Menken • Book By Howard Ashman TIMES: WEEKDAYS 7PM • WEEKENDS 2PM DATES & TICKETS: $14 Tickets On Sale Now! NikkiRoweTheatre / Rowe Choir @NikkiRoweTheatre / @RoweChoir @RoweTheatre / @RoweChoir RoweTheatre Valley ranch life presented in Lecture Series The Mission Historical Museum presents MHM Lecture Series: Late 19th Century South Texas Ranch Families with Robert Ramirez. Robert Ramirez presents a captivating lecture on Saturday, January 8 at 11 a.m. at the Mission Historical Museum. Admission is free to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. If you have ever wondered how people in the Valley lived in the late 1800’s, or what activities filled a day in the life of a local ranching family, your curiosity will be satisfied by reading “Ranch Life in Hidalgo County After 1850,” a book filled with details provided by the ranchers themselves. The late Emilia Schunior Ramírez, educator, school administrator and college professor, wrote “Ranch Life” as a chapter for a book on the history of the first century of Hidalgo County (founded 1852). Based on interviews with her parents (both born on ranch land) and other relatives, she paints a detailed portrait of life on south Texas ranches. She writes of the hard work, back breaking chores and responsibilities, chief among them providing water for people and livestock. She also writes with much affection of the camaraderie, feasts, and celebrations on the ranch. For reasons not known, the book on Hidalgo County’s first century was never published, and for nearly twenty years neither was Schunior Ramírez’ manuscript. A professor of Spanish at Pan American College (now UTRGV), Schunior Ramírez died in 1960. Her son Alfonso Ramírez published the first edition in 1971 and for more than 40 years, her “modest booklet” was a valuable resource for others who took up the subject of South Texas ranching history. Now her grandson, speaker Robert Ramírez has published a second edition, which includes an appendix featuring newspaper accounts, photographs from that era and biographies of family members. Robert Ramírez was born in 1949 in Edinburg. He received his bachelors in English from Pan American University. His senior year, he wrote an essay called “The Woolen Sarape” and in 1973, his professor, the late Dr. Edward Simmen, included it in a book entitled The Mexican American: From Caricature to Self-Portrait. Publishers continue to include this essay in college freshman composition textbooks. Ramírez has also produced a slide show based on the book. Which will be presented at the Mission Historical Museum along with book-signing a copy for those who purchase a copy of “Ranch Life” at the presentation. The Mission Historical Museum is located at 900 Doherty Avenue, Mission. The museum is open Wednesday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and every second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information on this program or any upcoming events contact the museum office at (956) 580-8646, visit, or follow on Facebook.

5 WINTER TEXAN TIMES DECEMBER 29, 2021 27146 McLelland Road., Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 423-1446 Lower Valley / 956-664-1446 Upper Valley Eagle Pass Gambling (2 Days) Jan. 25; Feb. 8, 15, 22 .....................................$179 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) 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! WORLD CLASS BLOODLESS BULLFIGHTS O L É ! • E DG E O F YOUR S E AT E XC I T EME N T • O L É ! 4877 FM 1017 • LA GLORIA, TX BULLRING SANTA MARIA ALSO STARRING MARIO ORDAZ “THE SINGING HORSEMAN AND HIS HORSE “EL GUAPO” A L S O S I N G I N G , A L E X A P O S A S GREAT FOOD, MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT! SUNNY $30 • SHADE $35 • RESERVED BOX SEATS $40 C H I L D R E N U N D E R 1 2 F R E E BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND & OUT OF RETIREMENT FRED RENK Enrique Ayala Morelia, Mexico JANUARY 16 & 30, 2022 Cayetano Delgado Monterrey, Mexico GATES OPEN AT 1 PM-FOR FOOD AND BEVERAGES BULLFIGHTS START AT 4 PM CALL BULLRING FOR RESERVATIONS 956-481-3300 PAY WHEN YOU ARRIVE Annual Polar Bear Dip on SPI r o - s y y r r e z o n e e - - d x - - t - n - n ” e n - - e - e l - - e - - - n . e r m e , r Start the New Year by participating in Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill’s 24th Annual Polar Bear Dip, a long-standing tradition for many on South Padre Island to come together and enter the chilly waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The event will be held New Year’s Day, January 1, with registration opening at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public. The dip will take place at noon. Afterward, you can warm yourselves up with a hot meal from Clayton’s and drinks to celebrate the first event of 2022. Even with the temperature being in the mid 70’s, reaching 80 as a high, the water will still provide a chilly experience for most. Water temperatures during this time of year average between 60 and 70 degrees. During the event, Friends of Animal Rescue will be selling polar bear t-shirts. All profits will benefit their shelter. Friends of Animal Rescue is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that focuses its efforts on the animals of South Padre Island. They believe in finding a home for every homeless animal and ensuring the animals are healthy and safe. For this event and more on South Padre Island, visit event-calendar.

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DECEMBER 29, 2021 8 WINTER TEXAN TIMES 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 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! SAVE 10% OFF Your Entire Purchase When You Bring In This Ad *Conditions apply, see store for details. Offer expires March 31, 2022. 2911 N. Cesar Chavez Rd. San Juan, TX 78589 956-787-2847 Speer to host book discussion By William Renner, Reference Librarian Join us at Speer Memorial Library in Mission on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, for a discussion of the book The Woman’s Hour, to take place in the library’s Community Room at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss the book. In July of 1920, Carrie Catt travels by train from New York City to Nashville. A tireless crusader for women’s suffrage, she comes to town to take charge of the fight for ratification, by the Tennessee legislature, of the proposed Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Over the years, several states have extended the vote to women, but many more have not. Now, under the proposed amendment, women’s suffrage will extend nationwide—but first it must be ratified by three-fourths (36) of the 48 states. Thirty-five states have ratified, but momentum has stalled. Eight have rejected it, three refuse to consider it, and North Carolina will almost certainly reject it also. That leaves only Tennessee, where the prospects look grim. Written by ElaineWeiss, and first published in 2018, The Woman’s Hour is the story of the dramatic conclusion to the 72-year struggle for women’s right to vote. It also tells of the insults and threats— and objects—hurled at suffragettes over the years as they spoke out for a woman to be able to fully participate in her country’s political affairs—in fact, some of the most vehement opposition came from women themselves. We are reminded that the right to vote didn’t “just happen”. We will have some copies of the book available for check out to those who sign up for the book discussion, or you can stop by our Reference Desk, or call at (956) 580-8754, and we will try to obtain a copy for you via Interlibrary Loan. This title is also available in English as an e-book at https://ebook. HidalgoCountyLS. For more information, or to sign up for the book discussion, please call our Reference Desk at (956) 580-8754, or send an email to (please include your name and telephone number). Speer Memorial Library is located at 12th and Kika De La Garza in Mission. The library is open (except for Holidays) Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. The Library’s homepage can be accessed for information via the Internet by entering Stay up to date with the latest events going on at our neighborhood library by joining our Facebook page at

9 WINTER TEXAN TIMES DECEMBER 29, 2021 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM • 214 E. Chimney Rd • Mission, TX Sundays 1:30-5:30pm Live Music Jan. 2, 16, 30 Steven May & The Southern Knights 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 Jan. 9 & 23 Renaissance Rockers Famous Come Try Our TEXAS Size Pork Tenderloin Call (956) 581-4477 Reservations Suggested Relax & Enjoy Our Tropical Paradise By The River On Our Covered Deck & Patio RIVERSIDE DREAMER River Tours Bibleville Conference Grounds Bible Conferences 10:30am Sunday 7pm Nightly Director of Biblical Ministries Worldwide. Paul Seger January 2-7, 2022 & 1346 N. Cesar Chavez Rd Alamo, Tx 78516 (956) 787-2024 email: Check Program Schedule Changes Bibleville.Conference.Grounds BIBLEVILLE Conference Grounds See PARKS pg. 10 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 or fax to 956-580-7898. 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, 12:30-3pm, 1900 Grace Ave, food $. 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 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,

DECEMBER 29, 2021 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM DANCES EVERY WEDNESDAY Texas Wheels • 7-10pm (BYOB) • $7 Singles Mixer • 6-7pm (BYOB) 1048 N. Alamo Rd. • Alamo, TX 78516 • Office: 956-783-5008 PICKLEBALL MIXER Every Thursday • 9am-12pm • $2 ROCK & ROLL JAM Every Tuesday • Maude Squad Back • 7-9pm Snack Social Hour • 5:30-6:30pm COUNTRY JAM Every Saturday • 7-9pm Snack Social Hour • 5:30-6:30pm 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 @pastorpudgeredneckrevival Bob & Alta Courtney REDNECK REVIVAL WINTER TOUR SCHEDULE Available For Shows And Dances! Activities: 574-361-2947 RV & MH RESORT MISSION BELL TRADE WINDS Mission Bell - 1711 E Business Hwy 83 ~ MISSION, TX ~ Tradewinds RV Resort - 1005 N Stewart Rd DANCES • MB BALLROOM Jan 6, 13 & 27 • Texas Wheels • 7-10pm • $7 Jan 8 • The Cruisers • 7-10pm • $10 Jan 30 • Tiny Hill Orchestra • 3-5pm • FREE ENTERTAINMENT Jan 14 • Nu Blue • 1-3pm • $8 Jan 22 • Mario • 6-8pm • $8 Jan 29 • Pickpocket Gene • 7-9pm • $9 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 Jan 15 • Tradewinds Hall Jan 17 • Mission Bell Ballroom Coffee, Donuts & Lunch Served JAMS Thursdays 1-3pm • Country Jam • MB Ballroom Lunch Available • 11:30am-1pm Jan 5 • Rock & Roll Jam • 7-9pm • MB Ballroom Fridays 6pm • Country Jam • Tradewinds Hall Homemade Snacks At Break PARKS From pg. 9 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, Harlingen, 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. Friday, December 31 Breakfast Buffet - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7:30-10:30am, Cafe Grande, $8pp. 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. 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. Dance - Fiesta Village, Mission, 6-9pm, The Sundowners. In the parking lot or Main Hall. $7pp. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, New Years Eve dance with Hot Rodz, includes box lunch. Tickets on sale starting 12/3/21, $25pp. Dance - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 7-10pm, Diego, $12pp. Dance - Trophy Gardens, Alamo, 7pm, Bottom Line, $15pp. Pre-sale tickets, starting November 1. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, South Texas Ramblers, TBD. Mask recommended but not required. New Years Eve Dance - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 7-10pm, Lynn Dvorak. Dance $7pp. Chicken Dinner (served at 5:30 pm) & Dance $12pp. BYOB, 50/50, prize drawings. Ice and soda available. Dance - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7pm, NYE Poison Ivy, $15pp. Light breakfast at midnight.

11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES DECEMBER 29, 2021 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM 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 31 • Hot Rodz (New Years Eve) • $15 Tickets Still Available 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 Jan 18 • Line Dance • $3 Every Thursday • 12:30 - 3:00PM HOMEMADE CAKE DONUTS 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 Friday Night Dances • 7 - 10pm Dec. 31 • SouthernHarmony • $TBD NewYear’s Eve Jan. 7 • High Country • $7 Jan. 14 • Curt James • $7 Jan. 21 • Poison Ivey • $10 Jan. 28 • Diego • $7 Feb. 4 • Regan James HiredHand Band • $7 Feb. 11 • StevenMay • $7 Feb. 18 • Diego • $7 Entertainment • 7 - 9pm Jan. 18 • Naomi Bristow • $7 Feb. 8 • Shake Rattle &Roll • Pass TheHat (Happy Hour) Feb. 15 • Mario • $7 RV RESORT Ice and Set-ups available Please NO BILLS larger than a $20 Randy & Nancy Zuleger, Act. Dir. 938 S. Alamo Road, Alamo, TX 956-783-2605 Division of Wilder’s Corporation DANCES • EVERY FRIDAY 7-10 PM $6 (Unless Noted) ENTERTAINMENT SALES/FAIRS JAMS Jan. 9 • Tiny Hill Orchestra • FREE Jan. 11 • Jason Whorlow • $7 Jan. 16 • Redneck Revival • $8 Jan. 23 • Pickpocket Gene • $9 (All New Show) Jan. 8 • Craft Show • 8am-Noon (Open To The Public!) Jan. 8 • Big Band Jam • 2-4pm Masks Recommended But Not Required For All Events 501 W. Owassa Rd • Pharr, Texas 78577 956-787-6538 FOR INFO/TICKETS Dec. 31 • NYE Party w/ South Texas Ramblers • 8pm - Midnight Finger Foods • 9pm • $14 (Door Prizes 50/50) Jan. 7 • Route 66 Jan. 14 • Rewind • $7 Jan. 21 • Steven May & Southern Knights Jan. 28 • Southern Vibes Feb. 4 • Sweetwater CREDIT CARDS NOW ACCEPTED 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 (North End of Building) Dance - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 8-12am, Rewind, $12pp. NewYear’s Eve - Mission West RV Park, 8-12am, Come celebrate New Year’s Eve with us. Music provided by Randy Webb. ADVANCE TICKET REQUIRED, $14pp. Concessions will be available and a light meal will be served. Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 8-12am, SouthernVibes - classic country and classic rock. $15pp. BYOB and snacks; hot refreshments provided. Hats, noisemakers, covered tables provided. Reserved tables available. Entertainment - Palm Shadows RV/ MH Park, Donna, 8pm, New Year’s Eve with Route 66, $15pp. 200 N Val Verde Rd, 956-461-0808. Dance - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 8-12am, Dave Perryman & the Country Revue, $15pp. 11:00 pm11:45 pm - free breakfast. 12:00 am - a midnight toast to the new year. Great professional musicians that you don’t want to miss. Advance tickets only, contact Vicki 219-363-5330. Masks optional. New Years Eve Dance - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 8-12am, Bob Dolle, $15 for one ticket, $25 for two tickets. Open to the public. New Year’s Eve Dance - Leisure Valley Ranch, Mission, 8-12am, In Six Days, $15pp. Advanced ticket sales for New Year’s Eve. Dance - Paradise South RV Park, Mercedes, 8-12am, Danny White & Susan Stone, $8pp. Pay at the door. Paradise South Hall, kitchen is open, BYOB. New Years Eve Dance - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 8-12am, Burnin Ember. Doors open at 7:15 pm. Snack bar open. New Years Eve Social and Dance - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 8-12am, Stephen May. 7:00-8:00 social hour. BYOB, ice, pop and popcorn available. Door prizes. Dance - Valley View Estates, Mission, 8-12am, Wally Garza Texas Blood, $8pp & $12pp. Dance - Country Sunshine, Weslaco, 8-12am, Chamberlin’s & Southern Express, $12pp. New Year’s Eve Party - McAllen Mobile Park, 8-12am, Night Ryder Band, $12pp. BYOB & snacks and/ or finger foods to share. Tickets can be picked up at the MMP Office. For info, contact the MMP Office at 956682-3304 or Don Atkins at 217-9716089. 4900 N. McColl Road. New Year’s Eve Dance - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 8-12am, Dance the night away to the great music of High Country. New Year’s Eve Dance - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 8-12:10am, Leslie Blasing. Doors open at 8 p.m. Dancing begins at 9 p.m., continues to midnight. Reserved seating with ticket purchase, advance purchase recommended. Fee ice, soft drinks and popcorn available. Several activities planned. Call 956-9693740. NYE Dance - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 8-12:30am, Fender Bender. Tickets sold at the Clubhouse on Monday, Thursday, & Friday 9am to 12pm, please pick them up in the office. Dance - Paradise Park, McAllen, 8-12:15am, Brenda Coin. New Year’s Eve Dance - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 8pm, Jealous Heart Band. New Years Eve Dance - River Ranch Resort, Rio Hondo, 8-12am, Pelican West, $20pp. Dance - Casa del Sol, Donna, 8:1512:15am, Dixon Company Band, $15pp. Dance out 2021 and welcome 2022 with great country dance music with Jim and Cindy Dixon from Ontario, Canada. Concessions and setups available. Saturday, January 1 Yard Sale - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 8am-Noon. 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 EsSee PARKS pg. 12

DECEMBER 29, 2021 12 WINTER TEXAN TIMES PARKS From pg. 11 tates, Alamo, 1-3:30pm. 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 - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7pm, Baker Family Show, $9pp. New Years Day Dance - Country Palms RV Park, San Juan, 8-12am, Ruthi’s Rock-n-Country, $7pp. Door prizes, BYOdrink, meat and cheese tray provided. RSVP by 12/15/21. Sunday, January 2 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. 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 Bible Conference - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 10:30am, Paul Seger. Jam - Fiesta Village, Mission, 1-3pm, In the Main Hall. Jam - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 2-4pm. Gospel Jam - Valley View Estates, Mission, 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! Entertainment - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 6-7:15pm, Helen Russell & Co, country/comedy, $8pp. Arrive 5:45pm. 1341 W. US Highway 83. 618-973-3595. 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,, for title of movie each week. Show - Valley View Estates, Mission, 7-9pm, Rick McEwen, $8pp advanced, $10pp at the door. Monday, January 3 22nd Annual Woodcarving Show & Sale - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 8am-Noon, Beautiful wood carvings on display, wood carving tools and supplies, carving tools sharpening. Coffee and homemade cinnamon rolls ($1.50) served at 8 a.m. 1900 S. Bridge Ave. To reserve a table(s): contact Gene Vener (320) 241-1558 or George Vaughn (452) 553-5996. Intro To Square Dancing - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, Noon-2pm, Free admission. In Tampico Hall. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. 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 Park, Pharr, 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 11:0012:30 through March. Refreshments available. Contact 262-957-0886. Jam - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 1-3:30pm, Admission and refreshments free. 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, Meatloaf and more, $10pp. Burgers - Paradise Park, McAllen, 5-6pm. Monday Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5pm, A Taste of China, $14.50pp. Hynes Event Center, doors open at 4:30. Ticket deadline 12/30. 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! Bible Conference - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm, Paul Seger. Monday Night Dance - Rio Valley Estates MH & RV Resort, Weslaco, 7-9:30pm, South Texas Ramblers, $7pp. Open to public, BYOB. 715 N. Westgate Drive. Entertainment - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7pm, The Baker Family. Entertainment - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 7-9pm, Come enjoy a Jukebox Variety Show with Jeff Gordon. All are welcome. Entertainment - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 7:30pm, Leslie Blasing, $7pp. 1320 West Frontage Road. Tuesday, January 4 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. Beginner Squares - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, Noon-2pm, In Tampico Hall. Bring snacks to share. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Old Time Dances - Fiesta Village, Mission, 1-4pm, Kenny & Friends. In the Main Hall. $6pp. 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. Country Jam - Citrus Mobile Home and RV Park, Edinburg, 1-3:30pm, Snacks will be served. Brenda Warborg, 605-651-1289. 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, 3:30-5pm, Diego & Edith. 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. Bible Conference - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm, Paul Seger. Bingo - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-9pm, Doors open at 6:00 pm. Snack bar open. Games begin at 7:00 pm. Entertainment - EldoradoAcres RV See PARKS pg. 14

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