Winter Texan Times

Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 35, No. 23 © 2022 Wednesday, March 23, 2022 Winter Texan TIMES Parks Calendar p 8 • WintertainersTM p 8 • On The Road p 11 • Taste of the Valley p 15 • Medical Services p 17 • Events Calendar p 17 • Business Guide p 20 • Classifieds p 20 Rina’s Ramblings See RAMBLINGS pg. 18 The people at Long Island Village make the difference Cheryl Fitzgerald and her husband Scott have been golfing seriously for the past five years. One, or both of them, can be found on the course nearly every day. They, like many residents of the park they live in, not just enjoy golf, but are deeply passionate about it. It’s that passion that has led golfers to name Long Island Village as the Winter Texan Times Overall Favorite RGV Golf Course. (The course also came in second for the Lower See GOLF pg. 12 Texas Onion Fest is back The annual Texas Onion fest is back and scheduled for Saturday, March 26, in Downtown Weslaco from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Texas Onion Fest celebrates the development of the world-famous Sweet Texas Onion which was developed in Weslaco at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Originally called the 1015 onion, the name came from the suggested planting date, October 15th. See ONION FEST pg. 16 This season has been a fun one filled with activities, entertainment, and just a whole lot of fun. We have one more issue after this one and I wanted to spend some time giving some reminders in this issue for our readers and our advertisers. If you did not get one of our Take Home issues from last week, we have plenty left at the office. Last week’s issue is one that we invite you to take back home with you. It is filled with stories about why you should visit the Rio Grande Valley and what the Valley has to offer our visitors. It’s a great introduction for those that don’t know much about the great Magic of the Valley. So, swing by the office and get a handful or more copies if you want to take some home and share with your friends. While March 30 will be our last physical print issue for this season, we do still continue to publish items online. We still get news items that we think are good to share with our readers. We also know we have full-time converted Texans that benefit from that news. So be sure to visit our website often and sign up for our email newsletter so you can be the first to know when a new story has been posted. Also, during the off season, we publish online classifieds. These are at a discounted rate. Rates can be found in this week’s issue and next week, and online. Be sure to take advantage of those rates and still advertise your stuff, even if you are up north. Our summer projects are also starting. During our off-season we also put together the Rio Grande Valley Visitors Guide and the Rio Grande Valley Mobile Home and Park Directory. Advertising for these is available Thanks for coming to Texas!

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MARCH 23, 2022 4 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Observing its 49th anniversary, Alamo Rec-Veh Park treated its residents to four fun-filled days, just as it has each year since its 45th celebration. This year’s anniversary activities included crowning its king and queen, along with their court, two dances, a parade, several meals, a fishing derby, a Super Bowl party, a bake sale, and an auction. Park management and its residents have celebrated each four-day anniversary celebration with dances, complete with newly crowned royalty, as well as a parade, several meals, and a wide variety of other entertaining activities. Planning has begun for Alamo Rec-Veh Park’s 50th anniversary next year. Brownsville Guitar Festival returns live The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts presents the Brownsville Guitar Festival on March 25 and 26, featuring performances by some of the best, most inventive acoustic guitarists in the world today. From France, Gaëlle Solal brings her vibrant and uniquely popular style to our stage while Xavier Jara (all the way from Minnesota) displays talents that won him the world’s most prestigious solo guitar competition. Created by Dr. Michael Quantz in 2001, the festival was designed to benefit students and music programs of all levels studying music on the guitar. Ensembles from over 50 cities across the US (California to Florida to Alaska) and Mexico have participated in the festival. Some of the greats in the classical guitar world have performed and taught for us including Grammy™ winners: David Russell, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Jason Vieaux, and Los Romeros. The event will take place at the TSC Performing Arts Center - Brownsville. Go to http://www. for more information on event schedules. ARVP celebrates with 49th Anniversary Extravaganza The reigning King and Queen for this year’s event were Martha and Gary Morin [center]. Court members included Carol and Mark Norman [left] and Tripp Wright and Maggie Biedekapp [right]. (Photo by Dennis Zanetti) Playground For Retirees • 14,000 Sq. Ft. Rec Hall • Free Cable and Internet • Exercise Room • 24 Shuffle Board Courts • 30’ Wide Streets • Gated Community • Ceramic Studio • Stained Glass Studio • Billiards, Cards, Crafts • Wood Carving Studio • Swimming Pool & Oversized Spa • R/C Race Track • Free Lot Rent – (For One Year!) • Free Concrete Drive • Free Skirting & Carport • Free Storage Shed • 1 Free Spectrum Cable TV box • 1 Free Internet Modem • Free Smart TV • Free Washer & Dryer Amenities include Free!!! With Purchase of a New Model Home Homes by Ranchero Sales, License #MHDRET00001830 Website: Ranchero Village (956) 968-6223 1900 S. Bridge Ave, Weslaco, TX 78596 (Sister Park to Rio Valley Estates) Also Visit Our Sister Park Rio Valley Estates Amenities include: • Wide, Well Lit, Paved Streets • Spacious Concrete Sites • Full Hookups Available • Cleanest Bathhouse in the RGV • Modern Laundry Facilities • Convenient Dog Park • Gated Senior Community • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub • Shuffleboard Courts • Recreation Hall & Dance Floor • Game Room with Billiards • Craft Room and Library • Great Park Activities Booking RV Park Site Reservations New& Included with all RV Pad Sites FREE Spectrum WiFi Internet FREE Spectrum Cable TV SHUFFLEBOARD Rio Valley Estates 956-968-2708 715 N. Westgate Dr., Weslaco 78596 (Sister Park to Ranchero Village) Homes by Ranchero Sales, License #MHDRET0035769 Website: POOL & SPA RV PAD SITES

5 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 23, 2022 Quinta Mazatlán presents Fish Ecology with Dr. Taylor Dive deeper into the fish ecology of South Texas. Fish play an important role in recycling nutrients back into their environment and are essential for the survival and overall health of aquatic ecosystems. Join us March 24th at 6 p.m. for a special presentation focusing on “A century of change to the fish assemblages and flow regime in the Rio Grande/ Rio Bravo with Dr. Chris Taylor! For the Rio Grande Valley our main water source is the Rio Grande River (known as the Rio Bravo in Mexico). The Rio Grande flows for about 1,900 miles starting at the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and is fed by a series of tributaries (river or stream flowing into a larger river or lake): Pecos River inWest Texas and the Rio Conchos, Rio Salado, and Rio San Juan in Mexico. The river we know today is not the same that it was hundreds of years ago. Due to changing climates, erosion/deposition, and human impact the Rio Grande has undergone a significant amount of change. These changes have a major effect on the communities that surround the rivers and on the diversity of species that inhabit the water. In his presentation, Dr. Taylor will discuss the changes in flow regime and how they have affected the diversity and population of fish found the Rio Grande River. Dr. Christopher Taylor is a fish ecologist and ichthyologist who has been researching fish ecology in rivers and streams of Texas and the southeastern U.S. for over 30 years. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma in 1995 where he completed a dissertation titled, Factors affecting the distribution of stream fishes at multiple spatial scales. Dr. Taylor took his first academic position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University where he spent 12 years and moved up the ranks to full Professor. He then moved to Texas in 2007 and spent five years in the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Anxious for something different, Dr. Taylor moved to Washington (state) as the Program Head for the fish physiology laboratory at the Abernathy Fish Technology Center, which is part of the research arm of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. An opportunity arose to return to academia with the founding of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he remains today and continues working on the ecology of fishes in Texas rivers. Learn more at the Nature Speaker Series at Quinta Mazatlán for a special presentation on “A century of change to the fish assemblages and flow regime in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo” this Thursday March 24th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Pre-purchased tickets recommended. Tickets available for purchase at www.

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MARCH 23, 2022 8 WINTER TEXAN TIMES For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM 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, March 23 Homemade Donuts - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7am, Call 956-585-0703 to pre-order. All You Can Eat Breakfast - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7:30-9am, $6pp. 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. Weekly Jam - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 12:30-3pm, 1900 Grace Ave, food $. Open Jam - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 1-3pm, BYOB, come sing, play or just listen. All welcome. Social Hour Dance - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Diego & Edith. Soft drinks, popcorn and nachos available. Pass the hat. For information, call 712660-0308. Happy Hour - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 3-5pm, Regan James. Music Jam - Heritage Square, Mission, 5:30pm, Hosted by Don McGhghy. Food available 4 to 5:15 pm. 300 S. Bryan Rd. For info: 563340-6493. Singles Mixer - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 6-7pm, BYOB. Jam - Circle T RV Park, Mission, 6pm, Cookies and coffee at intermission. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $7pp. BYOB. Dance - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, $7pp. Thursday, March 24 Pickleball Mixer - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 9am-Noon, $2pp. All You Can Eat Pancakes - The Grove Subdivision, San Juan, 9-11:30am, Pancakes, eggs, sausage, and endless coffee. Bring you own table service. Country Jam - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 10am-Noon, Coffee & cookies. Pass the hat. Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Lunch - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 11am-12:30pm, 1/4 lb burger & fries $7pp, 1/2 burger & fries $9pp, baked potato with pork $9pp. Rock & Roll Jam - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 12:30-2:30pm. All You Can Eat Fish Fry - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4:30-6:30pm, Hynes Event Center, $12pp. Karaoke - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 6:30-8:30pm, Doors open 6:00 pm. Snack bar open. • 214 E. Chimney Rd • Mission, TX Every Sunday • 1:30-5:30pm Steven May & The Southern Knights Tues • 11am-8pm Wed • 11am-8pm Thurs • 11am-8pm Fri • 11am-8pm Sat • 11am-8pm Sun • 11am-8pm Open RIVERSIDE DREAMER River Tours Call (956) 581-4477 Reservations Suggested 1 Hour River Tours (Down River to Dam) Seniors $12 Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat 2 Hour River Tours (Up River Only) Seniors $22 Tues Thurs Additional Boat Rides Added As NeededNo Outside Beverages/Food (Cash Only - Tax Included) Famous Come Try Our TEXAS Size Pork Tenderloin Enclosed Windows & Heating Live Music Year Round 2:00pm 2:00pm • • • • • • • 1:00pm 1:00pm 1:00pm 1:00pm 1:00pm ThroughOurDoors&HeartsPass Someof theFinestPeople - OurCustomers,Our Friends, Our Family. “ThankYouForAGreat Season!” -Johnny & Jennifer Hart (956) 581-1033 Riverside In-MissionTx 1048 N. Alamo Rd. • Alamo, TX 78516 • Office: 956-783-5008 DANCES Texas Wheels • 7 - 9 pm • $7 • BYOB Saturday March 26 Singles Mixer • 6-7pm PICKLEBALL MIXER Thursdays March 24 & 31 9 am - 12 pm • $2 Thank You For Coming. See You Next Season. COMING IN APRIL Texas Wheels • 7 - 10 pm • $7 • BYOB Fridays April 1, 8, 22 & 29 Singles Mixer • 6-7pm

9 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 23, 2022 - , u , & k , u l , b & k e o , . For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM 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 - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Cruisers, $10pp. Dance - McAllen Mobile Park, 7-10pm. Friday, March 25 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. Fish & More - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 11am-12:30pm, $10pp. Friday Lunch - Casa del Sol, Donna, 11:30am-12:30pm. Country “OPRY” Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1-3pm, Country and gospel like Nashville USED to do with some occasional old-time Rock-N-Roll. Hosted by Elaine Nelson, National Country Music Hall of Famer. Play a tune, sing a song, tap your feet, sing along...remember when...bring a smile and bring a friend! Y’all come!!! Everyone is welcome! Variety Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, Homemade goodies and beverage provided, 50/50, great music. Country Jam - Split Rail RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, Come enjoy great music with friendly Winter Texans. There will be singing and dancing. Or you’re welcome to just listen. Regardless, a good time will be had by all. We’ve made homemade cookies! Don’t miss it. Bluegrass Acoustic Jam - Trail’s End RV Park, Weslaco, 1-3pm, Invitation only. Audience welcome. Contact Ray Martin at 618-4994813. 2201 S. Texas Blvd. 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 - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 5:30pm. DJ Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, BYOB and snacks. Pass the bucket for donation Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, The Fabulous Cruisers, tickets on sale starting 3/4/22, $10pp. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, South Texas Ramblers, $6pp. Mask recommended but not required. 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. Dance - Country Sunshine, Weslaco, 7pm, Howlers, $8pp. Dance - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 7-10pm, Ron Moshier, $8pp. Dance - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7-10pm, Diego & Edith, $8pp. Saturday, March 26 Country Jam - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 12:30pm, Lunch at 11:00 am. Big Band/Rock & Roll Jam - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 2-4pm. Jam - Val Verde RV Park, Donna, 6-8pm. Singles Mixer - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 6-7pm, BYOB. 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. Dance - Trophy Gardens, Alamo, 7pm, Bottom Line, $7pp. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Saturday Dance - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Leslie Blasing, $6pp. Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, Diego & Edith, $10pp. 806 S Veterans Blvd Pharr, TX 78577 Church Services Sunday • 10:50am & 6:00pm Wednesday • 7:00pm Thursday (Spanish) • 6:30pm Sunday School • 9:45am Pastor Erik L. Gomez, D.P.Th (956) 510-8447 March 25 & 26 • 7pm March 27 • 10:50am and 6pm Spring Revival Harlingen Elks Lodge #1889 Upcoming and Ongoing Events Elks and Guests Welcome! (956) 423-4290 1426 S. Commerce St. • Harlingen, TX Calendar of Events March 24 Kitchen Open 6-8 pm Bingo 7-9 pm DJ Roland Karaoke & Music 8 pm-12 am March 25 Dinner 6-8 pm Dance with Curt James 7-11 pm March 26 Chili Cook Off Cooking starts at 10 am Kitchen Open 6-8 pm Bingo 7-9 pm March 29 Dance with I-69 5:30-7:30 pm March 31 Kitchen Open 6-8 pm Bingo 7-9 pm DJ Roland Karaoke & Music 8 pm-12 am ROCK & ROLL JAM All EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Paula McSpadden, Activity Director 956-585-0703 DANCES EVERY FRIDAY 7-10PM SINGLES ARE WELCOME Mar 25 • The Fabulous Cruisers • $10 Every Thursday • 12:30pm - 2:30pm HOMEMADE CAKE DONUTS Mar 23 • 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 Monday Night Meals • 4:30pm - 6pm Thursday Lunches - Burgers & More • 11am - 12:30pm Friday Fish & More • 11am - 12:30pm 1645 S Bentsen Palm Drive Palmview • 956-585-0703 MEALS For more information call: 956-580-7800 email: Make sure your events are like... THIS!! HOW? Advertise in the Valley’s #1 Winter Texan Paper See PARKS pg. 18

MARCH 23, 2022 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Palm Harbor Homes 3200 Expwy. 83 Donna, TX 78537 ONTHEWEB CALL TODAY (800) 880-3412 • (956) 461-4800 We Have Your DreamHome! See all our models and options at our DonnaModel Center or online • Dream Homes • Site Work • Easy Financing Options • Free Mortgage and Financial Analysis • Free Insurance Quotes with Flood Coverage • Free Site Inspections • Park Incentives with select 55 and over communities • Free bids for awnings, sheds, decks, & concrete • Top $$ For Trades • Industry’s Best Service Plan We Provide LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE! • SIGN UP NOW SPOTS FILL FAST 5413 N. 23RD ST • McAllen, TX 78504 • CALL US AT (956) 994-8880 Dr. Frank Garza, CEO, PT, DPT & Dr. Amy Garza, COO, PT, DPT, MTC, NPCP & Dr. Laura Saenz, PT, DPT & Dr. Jonathon Martinez, PT, DPT • Foot/Heal Pain • Pain Management • Muscle Weakness • Lower Back Pain • Shoulder Pain • Dizziness, Vertigo • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Post Surgical Procedures Chronic Pains • Total Hip Replacement • Balance and Fall Prevention Neck Pain • Total Knee Replacement • Traumatic Brain Injury Get Well - Move Well! COME SEE US Are You Experiencing: We Have A Genuine Commitment To Your Health After the parade it was off to the races with Warren Pfeiffer calling the four horse races before a large crowd gathered at the track in the clubhouse. Carrol Moering and Tammy Meyers were the jockeys for the day. The horse races were a new feature to the St. Patrick’s Day event. The mostly secular observances across much of the world commemorates St. Patrick as a 5th Century bishop, patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He is credited for much of the Christianization of the Picts and Anglo Saxons in Ireland. The back story is Patrick was 16 when he was taken captive from his father’s villa in Britain by Irish raiders and forced into slavery that involved six bleak years as a herdsman. It was a time in which it is said he turned to his Catholic faith. His dream of a ship for his escape became a reality and he fled, finding passage to Britain. After a while he felt a call to return to Ireland, but hesitated a long time until it was evident to him he must go there. He overcame his reluctance with a zeal for the mission, which took him all over Ireland baptizing, confirming, and launching churches despite the danger of martyrdom. He was a humble man, thankful to God for being chosen a missionary and to bring a message of hope and redemption to hundreds of people. His great success made Patrick a legendary figure by the 7th Century. The most prominent legend said of him was his use of the three-petal shamrock as an example of the Holy Trinity in explaining God to listeners. He retired to the town of Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, where he is said to have died on March 17, 461, a date commemorated annually. Category winners in the St. Pat’s parade were (from left) Jim and Carol McGowan, Wally and Mary Williams, and Kathy Swanson. PARADE From pg. 2

11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 23, 2022 GREAT UPHOLSTERY RATES 956-266-1369 SATISFACTION GUARANTEED For Your Health & Ours We Are Following CDC Guidance Including Wearing Masks & Gloves $25 per room in your house or mobile home NIKKY’S CARPET CLEANING Professional Cleaning Services Winter Texan Special Any size RV or Park Model $75 $10 OFF Any Service $75 or More Call Today For Your Free Estimate Call Mark Anytime At 956-357-1048 WE WANT TO BUY YOUR TRUCK•CAR•SUV•VAN RVTRAVELTRAILER•5THWHEEL•MOTORHOME•BUS CARGO OR FLATBEDTRAILER•ATV•MOTORCYCLE•BOAT MINI-MOTOR HOME•CAMPERVAN•TOYHAULER •GOLF CART WE WANT TO BUY YOUR RV Let’s play golf Our local golf courses have been attracting a lot of attention. It seems that most every golf course has made some improvement - more holes, water fountains or a re-sodding of the greens. Some of us may not be golfers, but it must be a great game. Golfing is a fun way to exercise and a fun way to enjoy your friends and the outdoors. Now that we are having beautiful, sunshiny days, it is time to enjoy the wonderful South Texas weather. Golfing seems to be the only game that visually seems to pit yourself against yourself. Yes, there are foursomes that often compete against other foursomes. Winning then becomes a team effort. But each member of the team has his own score actually written down and tabulated in the total. The game then becomes a challenge to each individual player to try to better their score. Is there any other game that actually keeps a written tally on each player? You may feel that you have to be wealthy to play golf. Not true. There are public golf courses in almost every town from South Padre Island up to Rio Grande City. Yes, you will pay a fee to play and an extra fee if you want to rent a golf cart. But don’t you pay a fee to see a movie or to go bowling? True - It will cost you if you want to buy golf clubs and a special pair of golf shoes. Private courses as well as public courses are scattered all over the Rio Grande Valley. Some cities even have more than one golf course. Only members or their guests are allowed to play on the private courses. Public courses may be owned by the city or even privately owned but anyone can play on the public courses. There are at least ten plus private or semi-private courses in the Rio Grande Valley. Fortunately, the public courses almost double that number. A poll taken by the National Golf Association showed that the Rio Grande Valley has more playable days of golf than anywhere else in the United States. So, let’s play golf. It’s time to enjoy our great outdoors! Stuart Place Golf Course Los Lagos Golf Course

MARCH 23, 2022 12 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Come Experience Our Groundkeeping Improvements TONY BUTLER GOLF COURSE Serving the RGV since 1929 (956) 216-5970 2640 South “M” Street, Harlingen • Faster, Smoother Well & Manicured Course! Enjoy A On Site Café With Breakfast and Lunch Options Along With Your Favorite Snacks and Beverages Play 18 holes for $28 or 9 holes for $21 - Includes Cart Magnificent Golf Superb Amenities Outstanding Service Valley) Champion Lakes (formerly Palm View Golf Course) was named the Upper Valley Favorite, Tierra Santa earned the Mid-Valley Favorite, and River Bend secured the Lower Valley Favorite. Cheryl, who is from Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, said that the people at Long Island Village Golf Course are what makes the difference. She remembers her first year at the park, getting involved with other activities such as painting and stained-glass. Then she decided to take up golf. “I told one lady the next year I came that I would like to learn to play,” she said. “We would go out with a group of ladies every morning, walking the course and they would help me out. You don’t get better unless you play so I would go out every day practicing. I took it serious and am always trying to better myself.” Fitzgerald says she can see that the course is getting busier all the time, adding that since the COVID-19 scare has lessened, there are more new golfers who probably took up the sport as a way to get exercise and get out of the house. She also said that golf is more than just an activity at Long Island Village, but a way to support others in need. The course recently had a night-golf event that raised thousands of dollars for St. Jude Hospital, she said. “When there’s need, people come forth here,” she said. “It’s one of those communities that you just want to keep coming back.” The course is an 18-hole par-3 but can play as long as the more traditional golf courses with a merciless wind that seems to always be in your face. Club selection is critical here and you may need to go up or down a club or two based on pin placement, strength of wind – and its direction. UPPER VALLEY Champion Lakes – First Place A few years back, when the Winter Texan numbers were shrinking, City of McAllen Golf Director Carlos Espinosa went in search of, “Why.” His reaching out to golfers has made a huge difference and Espinosa said it was important to see what the golfers wanted and what he and his staff could do to appeal to the Winter visitors. It has worked. Champion Lakes continues to be a favorite among all golfers – even the new ones who took up the sport due to COVID-19. “People don’t often realize the GOLF From pg. 1 Champion Lakes (previously Palm View) Golf Course - First Place Upper Valley Golf Course

13 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 23, 2022 18-HOLE GREEN FEE with CART, $33.00 (includes tax) Book Online Thru App or Website (956) 402-4545 700 E. Hall Acres Pharr, TX 78577 • Includes 18-hole green fee with 1/2 cart. • Must present this coupon to redeem offer. • Two days in advance teetime reservation. • Valid Anytime Mon-Fri and after 10am on weekends and holidays • Not valid for League or Tournament Play • Offer expires 4/1/2022. NO REFUNDS OR RAINCHECKS ONCE PLAY BEGINS! Download App For Online Offers & Our Loyalty Program Download Our App: TDS GOLF No Coupon Copies Allowed No Coupon Copies Allowed Chase Bank Tower Dallas Ave. Fresno Ave. Pep Boys Exp. 83 S. 10th St. Chicago Ave. Civic Center N. BUENA VISTA OPTICAL That is the feeling you will have after you leave our optical. 521 S. 10th St., McAllen 631-3002 Designer Frames Available: • Oakley • DKNY • Versace • COACH • Ray-Ban • bebe • Michael Kors • Calvin Klein • LACOSTE & Many More We Accept Most Insurances Including: Medicare, Medicaid, VSP, Ambetter, EyeMed, Molina, Superior star plus, Spectera, Cigna Healthspring, Superior Vision • Eye Exam $35 / $25 with Eye Glasses Purchase • Contact Eye Exam $60 / $50 with Contact Lens Purchase • 1 Pair Single Vision - $40 • 1 Pair with Line Bi-focal - $60 • 1 Pair No-Line Progressive - $100 FREE TINT With Ad e t 3 e - e - p n d - , r , s - t d e s l o . e health benefits of playing golf,” Espinosa said. “Even my doctor has been telling me I need to go out and play more. The Winter Texans are so important to the economy in the Valley, and we have made so many good relationships with many of them.” Of course, it helps that the course is always in amazing condition with a layout that is visually enchanting but both challenging and unique. It also boasts the biggest lighted driving range in the Valley. It also has a fully stocked pro shop with all the new – and impressive looking -- Champion Lakes gear. And don’t forget to grab a burger while you’re there. Tierra Del Sol – Second place With several parks nearby, many Winter Texans went home one year and came back to find a new and improved Tierra Del Sol. Greens were restructured. Grass went from tee to green, drainage was improved and Tierra Del Sol became a completely new golfing experience. Some holes are still in the “grip it and rip it” category, but other holes require a deft touch. Large greens are nice and roll true – but large greens also can lead to really long putts. Sometimes laying up and pitching onto the green here is more beneficial than being on the farthest point from the green. The course also has amazing breakfast tacos. Los Lagos – Third Place This course is a unique experience that can be frustrating or super rewarding. Moguls, elevation changes and, of course, Valley wind are the triple crown of golf and Los Lagos has them all. There’s just something about this course that calls out to golfers at all levels. It’s visually appealing, incredibly challenging but a course that has to be played at least once – but once you play it, you’ll be struck with the Lagos bug and want to keep returning. MID-VALLEY Tierra Santa – First Place The course with the most wellknown finishing hole is undergoing major changes – including flip-flopping its front and back nine, meaning No. 18 will now by No. 9. The good side is that even if you have a bad No. 9, you still have nine more holes to recover – and can make a stop at the clubhouse along the way. The pro shop is being remodeled as well as the restaurant. The course has been in immaculate shape for several years and the layout is fabulous. You could play this course over and over and never get tired of the challenges, or the beauty of several holes. It’s no wonder this continually ranks among the most favorite golf courses in the Valley. It has 14 lakes, strategically placed sand traps and provides See GOLF pg. 14 Tierra Santa Golf Course - First Place Mid-Valley Golf Course

MARCH 23, 2022 14 WINTER TEXAN TIMES 27146 McLelland Road., Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 423-1446 Lower Valley / 956-664-1446 Upper Valley Eagle Pass Gambling (2 Days) April 5, 19..............................................................................................$195 (2 Days) May 3, 17..............................................................................................$195 (Prices are per person, double occupancy) San Miguel de Allende (6 Days) July 2 Incl. Daily Breakfast...............................................................$779 (Prices are per person, double occupancy) By Group Request.......................................Call for Options & Cost U.S. TOURS ONE DAY BUS TOURS MEXICO BUS TOURS Go...With Jo! Tours & Travel Safe Travels! Lic# TACLB00114391E 10 Year Parts and Labor Warranty Mobile Home Installations 2022 Winter Promotion A/C Replacement 2 Ton - $3,500 3 Ton - $3,800 4 Ton - $4,500 5 Ton - $4,700 Free Installation Rio Grande Valley Call 830-399-0177 Text 956-304-8110 multiple shot selections for almost every hole. Par 3s are easily reached but where they land – even if on the green – can make the difference between a birdie and a bogey, or something else. It’s definitely a risk and reward type of course and clearly a favorite all across the Valley. Stuart Place Country Club – Second Place This golf course continues to make a meteoric rise in popularity. It’s a refreshing and enjoyable course to play (don’t confuse that with easy though). It has the look and feel of a country club from the moment you drive in, but it is public for play – as nice as the course is, it also has one of the premiere golf pros in LPGA Class AproWendyWerley Bullock, founder of Mind Body Golf Training and a Master Kids Teacher. Then, when you hit the clubhouse, you’ve discovered the pot at the end of the rainbow. Open arms, smiling faces and a great time awaits you, whether you had a spectacular round, or one you want to forget. It makes the entire experience an A-plus. Village Executive Golf Course – Third Place You get what you see at this Weslaco tucked-away gem. It’s flat, it’s open and it’s a perfect place to play when you decide you just want to go and hit some balls. While this course is perfect for beginners, it’s also ideal for those who want to challenge themselves by going for every pin. It provides golfers with challenges but is also forgiving enough to drop some low scores. The par-3 course is a little more than 1,350 yards from the farthest tees, making it a shot-makers, and apparently a Winter Texan’s, favorite course. LOWER VALLEY River Bend – First Place Ever since River Bend opened itself up to let golfers know they were open, the course has sky-rocketed to a perennial favorite among Winter Texans, and across the Valley. It’s situated along the banks of the Rio Grande and was once considered one of the best-kept golf secrets in the Valley The Rio Grande Valley is renowned for its climate, flora and fauna, friendly people and economical lifestyle and River Bend worked to bring it together in one location. The name is derived from the huge bend in the Rio Grande that borders the resort and provides the property with a lush tropical setting. Plants and birds not seen elsewhere in the U.S. are common throughout River Bend Resort & Golf Club. Not only one of the most scenic and relaxing courses to play, River Bend gives golfers wide open holes, tight fairways, elevation changes and a chance to use every club in your bag. They have also removed some trees to where a beautiful view of the River emerges and it could make you forget that you’re golfing and not just sight-seeing. South Padre Island Golf Course - Third Place The expectations are high when you play a course named after one of the most exhilarating vacation destinations in the country. This course has been working furiously to meet those expectations. Clearly that work – and some TLC – is paying off as once again SPI is among the Winter Texans’ favorite courses. It’s easy to take in some of the breathtaking views this course has to offer. Those same views can also lull you into too much relaxation on a course that is filled with challenges, and the amazingly crazy South Texas winds, especially on the coast. Whether you come to South Texas on vacation or are a winter visitor – or a full-time resident, you need to play this course at least once. There will be stories to tell, especially after playing the par-4 No. 18. A hole where being conservative is probably the best bet, even though the rewards of a long ball are at their maximum. GOLF From pg. 13

15 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 23, 2022 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 (956) 782-3200 • Kingston Way 600 • Donna, TX Victoria Palms Restaurant ASIAN CUISINE Thursday Nights 4:00 - 7:00 $13.99 +TAX Asian Buffet Comes with unsweet tea and dessert. All you can eat. Winter Texan 20% Off All Food Items Drinks Not Included Expires March 31, 2022 711 N 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen • (956) 230-5050 New Weslaco Location Opening Soon! DoYour Mouth A Flavor! (956) 772-7256 • 204 W. Palm Street • South Padre Island, TX Family Owned & Operated 20% OFF Expires: June 1, 2022 Any Entree All Day Open Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner (956) 884-7715 • 500 N. Jackson Rd N-3, Pharr, TX 78577 Home of “The Brooklyn” 30” Pizza • Newly Remodeled • Indoor and Outdoor Dining • Sanitized Daily STEFANO’s P I Z Z A E X P R E S S ™ WINTER TEXAN APPRECIATION DISCOUNT 10% OFF With This Coupon. Expires April 30, 2022 I arrived at Ranch House Burgers in Mission recently extremely hungry. This was the right place at the right time. The host and my server both highly recommended the fajita fries so that easily became a no-brainer. Ordering a burger wasn’t so easy. The choices are plentiful, and the creative options and descriptions not only can make your mouth water but can make you forget you already ordered a large appetizer. I chose the 420 burger – chorizo, bacon, fried egg, Swiss cheese, refried beans and avocado – sounded like a perfect combination to remove the extremeness from my hunger. The specialty burgers are fun just to read from the menu – the John Wayne, the Pancho Villa, the Fire in the Hole – are just some of the names for these mega-size burgers. I dug into a deep bowl of fries smothered with tiny, tender pieces of fajita mixed in with pico de gallo, melted cheese, guacamole and sour cream. It was a flavor-filled journey. The fries were fresh, seasoned to perfection and it wasn’t served with all the toppings just sitting on top. They were all spread throughout the dish, so every bite had a smorgasbord of tantalizing tongue and taste appeal. The burger was everything I expected. The creamy flavors of the avocado, melted cheese and egg combined with the crispy bacon, and beef patty complemented one another and it wasn’t long before I knew I had a challenge as my extreme hunger dissipated and the fear of not finishing displaced it. Don’t let the lunch crowd scare you away. The kitchen operation must run as smooth as melted butter. I arrived at noon, placed my order, ate and then ordered to go for my daughter, and I was still out before the typical one-hour work lunch was over. I walked in extremely hungry, left extremely happy and then took an extreme nap when I got home, thinking about what burger I would get when I visit the Weslaco location. Ranch House Burgers: Come Hungry