Winter Texan Times

5 WINTER TEXAN TIMES OCTOBER 26, 2022 27146 McLelland Road., Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 423-1446 Lower Valley / 956-664-1446 Upper Valley Visit us at for complete itineraries Eagle Pass Gambling (2 Days) Nov. 15, Dec. 13, 2022 ����������������������� $225 Galveston - Dickens on the Strand (4 Days) Dec. 02, 2022 �������������� $499 Fredericksburg Hill Country Christmas (3 Days) Dec. 11, 2022 ����� $479 (Prices are per person, double occupancy) Queretaro (6 Days) Nov. 19, 2022 NEW TOUR �������������������������������������������� $799 Monterrey Tres (3 Days) Nov. 25, 2022 ���������������������������������������������������������� $309 Mexico City & San Miguel (7 Days) Dec. 21, 2022 ��������������������������������� $879 (Prices are per person, double occupancy) U.S. TOURS ONE DAY BUS TOURS MEXICO BUS TOURS Go...With Jo! Tours & Travel Holiday Tours! King Ranch Hand Breakfast (1 Day) Nov. 19 prepared by KR cowboys ���$85pp King Ranch (1 Day) Dec. 29 incl. BBQ Lunch ������������������������������������������$110pp (Prices are per person) Celebrate the Rio Grande Valley’s amazing diversity of plants at this year’s Planta Nativa Social at Quinta Mazatlan. On October 27, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Quinta Mazatlan invites you to enjoy a native plant seed giveaway, native plant sale, food vendors, live music, a keynote presentation on an LED screen under the stars, and more. The keynote speaker at this year’s Planta Nativa Social is Elizabeth Gonzalez, presenting “Nowhere but the Valley: The Research of the Rare Prostrate Milkweed.” The Rio Grande Valley is home to some of the most unique species of plant in the world. Just recently, the Prostrate Milkweed - a rare milkweed only found in southernmost Texas and northern Mexico - was proposed to be listed as a federally endangered species. It is a host plant for the declining Monarch butterfly and a nectar plant for many pollinators. Gonzalez, a researcher studying the species for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will share how they got involved in the research and about the rare milkweed. Also, at the Planta Nativa Social, there will be a native plant sale from Heep’s LRGV Native Plant Nursery, a native seed giveaway hosted by the Native Plant Project, and a Native Plant Swap with the Center for Urban Ecology at Quinta Mazatlan. The Planta Nativa Social will be held at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen, Texas, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Please purchase your $5 tickets in advance at quintamazatlan. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information regarding this fun evening with your friends in the park. Planta Nativa returns to Quinta Mazatlan Under the stars on a large LED Screen, the keynote speaker Elizabeth Gonzalez will present “Nowhere but the Valley” featuring a rare milkweed, the host plant for the declining Monarch butterfly. Creep on Over to Boo at the Zoo The Gladys Porter is excited to announce that its 31st Annual Boo at the Zoo will once again be hosted as an in-person event. The public is invited to come out to the Zoo for some Halloween fun. This year’s spooktacular extravaganza is set for Sunday, October 30th, and Monday, October 31st, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both nights. Zoo members are allowed into the event an hour early at 5 p.m. Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly alternative to trick-or-treating from door to door. Families are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoy all the fun that the Zoo has to offer. Boo at the Zoo features more than 50 treat stations and carnival-style games located throughout the Zoo and in the Special Events Building instead of a haunted house. They will be hosting a cake walk as well. Visitors will once again be able to see swimming mermaids at The Russell Aquatic Ecology Center so bring your whole family inside to pose for a picture with these maidens of the sea. Pre-sale tickets are available now National Night Out being held in Mercedes Double double, toil and trouble – something spooky is coming this way. In partnership with Mercedes Police Department, Mercedes area residents are invited to Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets on Saturday, October 29 from 3-9 p.m. for a National Night Out Halloween Bash. The event will kick off with a variety of activities including a Trunkor-Treat with Mercedes Police vehicles, a haunted house, photo booth, face painting, balloon artist, live music, giveaways by Digital 101.5, and a Halloween costume contest with prizes. Guests won’t want to miss a special appearance from the Mercedes Police helicopter as it lands during the event. Guests can keep the Halloween celebrations going at the Heart of America carnival, located in parking lots 24-29 at Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets. The carnival will be open from October 27 through November 6 and tickets are available to purchase at the ticket booth. The event is free and open to the public. The event is located at 5001 E. Expressway 83. For more information visit the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets website, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or call (956) 565-3910. See BOO pg. 17 Photo by Kathy Olivarez