Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 36, No. 6 © 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com Wednesday, November 23, 2022 INDEX Reunions p 4 Events Calendar p 6 Parks Calendar p 8 WintertainersTM p 8 Golf Ballot p 14 “On the road with Jo” p 15 Taste of the Valley p 17 Business Guide p 20 Classifieds p 21 Coupon Index p 23 Rina’s Ramblings See RAMBLINGS pg. 20 This month is flying by fast. We can’t believe that December is right around the corner. I am having a hard time keeping up with everything happening in the Valley. We’re seeing you out there and are so happy you are here. This past week we finally had the opportunity to enjoy a famous Dave Omelet – Or Dan did anyway. Unfortunately, I do not eat eggs, but I was able to enjoy how beautiEveryone’s favorite festive cottages are returning The GMCC is still making appointments for their upcoming Community Health and Wellness Fair taking place on December 8th and 9th, at the Mission Event Center. Appointments are for blood work only. A 12-hour fast is required by the date and time of your appointment. There are other tests being done that do not require an appointment or fast. Appointments still being set First impressions can mean a lot, set within the right context. J.K Rowling said, “A good first impression can work wonders,” while Daniel Handler has a completely different take and said, “I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.” However you view first or early impressions and whether they make a difference on you, they remain something that, as Charles Swindoll See GOLF pg. 12 First impressions aren’t always what they seem See APPOINTMENTS pg. 20 The cottages of Holiday Village Brownsville have moved back to Dean Porter Park and are being prepared for the 13th annual yuletide event. With nine new and updated displays, this year there will be a total of 34 fully decorated cottages lining the sidewalks. For those who may not know, the Holiday Village at Dean Porter Park in Brownsville is a collection of miniature cottages, each one measuring about 10’ wide x 8’ deep and over 11’ tall, which are adorned inside and out with the most whimsical and adorable holiday trimSee COTTAGES pg. 21 Tony Butler Golf Course HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

NOVEMBER 23, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 2 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MOBILE HOME INSURANCE We Also Insure PARK MODELS • TRAVEL TRAILERS MOTORHOMES • GOLF CARTS • “CASITAS” 5TH WHEELS • AUTOS • MOTORCYCLES Galvan Insurance Agency, Inc. 1101 East Business 83 Donna, TX 1 1/2 milesWest of Don-Wes Flea Market www.galvaninsuranceagency.com *Premium subject to carrier underwriting. Rate subject to change. Plan Covers: Fire, Lightning, Explosion, Smoke, Wind (Hurricane, Tornadoes), Hail, Riot & Civil Commotion, Land & Air Vehicles... Also Includes $100,000 Liability Coverage. Flood Coverage Available Call or Come See Us 956-464-2886 Budget-Minded Rates Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years Food brings people together This time of year, and practically any time of year, we all enjoy food. Nothing brings people together quite the way food does. When food comes along with an event, you know there will be people there. I don’t know exactly what it is, but that’s just the way it is. It’s no different with Winter Texan events. We see potluck suppers, lunches, donut and pancake breakfasts, Taco Tuesday’s and so many other events centered around food. If it’s a dinner and a dance. Or a jam session with lunch served. Or crafts sales with breakfast available. You can count on these events bringing the crowd in. So much so, that even when dining halls were shut down, management found a way to bring the food to their residents. According to Trafalgar.com, “it’s how we make friends, nurture relationships, celebrate milestones, mend conflicts and feel gratitude for life.” And National Geographic says evidence shows it has been a part of our story for 300,000 years. “To break bread together,” a phrase as old as the Bible, captures the power of a meal to forge relationships, bury anger, provoke laughter.” Says National Geographic’s The Joy of Food article. “With good friends … and good food on the board … we may well ask, When shall we live if not now?” – M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating. This gathering brings laughter, and the feel good in the belly feeling that lasts all day, if not longer. It’s a time to linger, to let go of the day, and just enjoy the food and the company. No wonder, you get together so often, and the Winter Texan parks offer you meals throughout the day, and week. I am sure it helps your day go by with a smile on your face. In our first issues we shared picSee LOOKING BACK pg. 24 Casa del Valle Christmas Luncheon Photo by James Brunson Palm Resaca Spring Tea Courtesy Photo

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NOVEMBER 23, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 4 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Reunions are a great time to catch up with friends, old and new. Here we will feature reunions and meetings that are happening throughout the Valley. We hope that if you are having such a meeting, you will send the information to us so we can help you spread the word. If you have a great photo from your reunion or meeting, we would love to see that too. We love seeing photos of Red Hatter groups and others as they gather at local restaurants to catch up and share what’s new. You can send your information to news@wintertexantimes.com. Model Rail Roading & Railroaders Model Rail Roading & Railroaders have started getting together. Anyone interested in joining the group can join them Monday through Friday at the Hidalgo Pumphouse. Call Red at (313) 532-8549 for more information. RGVWoodcarvers The Rio Grande Valley Woodcarvers have begun their seasonal meetings. The woodcarvers are meeting at the Nomad Shrine Club, 1044 W. Nolana Blvd., in Pharr. The Carvers meet weekly on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. through March. Everyone is welcome to come and visit and join the club. After a third visit, you will be asked to become a member with annual dues. More information can be found online at www.rgvwoodcarvers.org. Get ready to build/carve for the Woodcarvers Show in January. Annual Fayette County, IA Reunion Fayette County, Iowa residents will meet Thursday, January 19 at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd St., McAllen, at 11 a.m. For more information, call Violet (319) 230-2746. VMHS Harlequins present School of Rock-The Musical The Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) Harlequin Drama Club presents “School of Rock-The Musical,” December 1-3, and 8-10 at the VMHS Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Two Mile Rd., Mission. The performances begin at 7 p.m. each day. Tickets will be sold each performance day at the door, starting at 6:30 p.m. General public tickets will be $10. Based on the 2003 hit film, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star who is down on his luck. He decides to make some cash by posing as his friend teaching at a prestigious prep school. Realizing the talent among the students, Dewey decides to mold them into a rock band and enter an upcoming Battle of the Bands competition. Along the way, Dewey finds self-worth, a proper job, and, most importantly, he teaches the children and their parents the beauty of rock and roll. School of Rock-The Musical is based on the Paramount movie by Mike White with new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The book is by Julian Fellowes. Lyrics by Glenn Slater.

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NOVEMBER 23, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 8 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.ontheriver.net • 214 E. Chimney Rd • Mission, TX Sundays 1:30-5:30pm Live Music Steven May & The Southern Knights Come Try Our TEXAS Size Pork Tenderloin Wed 11am-8pm Thurs 11am-8pm Fri 11am-8pm Sat 11am-8pm Sun 11am-8pm OPEN NOW HIRING All Positions! 1 Hour River Tours Wed 1:00pm Thurs 1:00pm Fri 1:00pm Sat 1:00pm Relax Outside By The Rio Grande River • • • • • • • • • Seniors - $12 Adults - $14 Child - $10 SINCE 1982 Through Our Doors & Hearts Pass Some of the Finest People Our Customers, Our Friends, Our Family. Thank You!! Johnny & Jennifer Hart (956) 581-1033 Riverside In-MissionTx Cash Only Price Incl. Tax Riverside Event Center Covered Cushion Seating Enclosed Windows & Heating RIVERSIDE DREAMER River Tours Call (956) 581-4477 Reservations Suggested Additional Tours Added As Needed Private Tours Available 1048 N. Alamo Rd. • Alamo, TX 78516 • Office: 956-783-5008 SATURDAY DANCES Texas Wheels • 7 - 10 pm • $8 New Years with Texas Wheels Tickets on sale now • $20 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 Friday noon, the week prior to the publication date. Send to: Winter Texan Times, 1217 N. Conway Ave., Mission, Texas 78572 or email to parkscal@wintertexantimes.com or fax to 956-580-7898. Wednesday, November 23 Homemade Cake Donuts - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-8:30am, Call to preorder. Dominos - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 10am. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Jam Session Lunch - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, Noon, Menu and price varies. Jam Session - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 1-3pm, Come and play, sing or just listen. All welcome. BYOB. Big Band Jam - Valley View Estates, Mission, 1-3pm, Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music. To play in the band is by invitation only. 2100 Vernon 319-521-6095. Acoustic Jam Session - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 1:30-3:30pm. Happy Hour - Leisure World Community, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Ruthie, pass the hat. Happy Hour - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 4-6pm, Rotating schedule of live entertainment, pass the hat. Handmade pizza available from 5-7. Various food items available from 5-6. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Happy Hour - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 4-6pm. Swing Dancing Lessons - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 4-5pm. Movies in the Lounge - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 6pm. Dance - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Steven May & Southern Knights, $7pp. Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, Retro Rockers, $10pp. Rec hall. Thursday, November 24 Public Meal Country Jam Lunch - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 11:30am-1pm, Full meal available prior to our Country Jam which follows at 1pm. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Country Jam - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 1-3pm, Free. Open to public and jammers. Lunch available at 11:30. 50/50. Thanksgiving Lunch - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 1pm. Music - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 3pm, Richard. Sign up sheets in Rec Hall. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Thanksgiving Dinner - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 5pm. Loteria (Mexican Bingo) - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 6-8pm. Karaoke - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 6:30-9pm, Soda and water available. Complimentary popcorn. Over 40,000 different songs available For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM CALENDAR PARKS

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Griffin Pk Mission Mon & Tues 601 S. 10th Edinburg LIVE to sing. Big Band Jam - La Hacienda Estates, Alamo, 6:30-8:30pm, 309-3378711. Friday, November 25 Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Variety Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, Come play along or just come to listen and visit. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Happy Hour - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5-7pm, Regan James, pass the hat. Event center. Karaoke with Bobby Jack - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 5:309pm, Karaoke following supper. Menu varies from week to week, $8pp. Fish fry, $9pp. Country Jam - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 6-8pm, Free. Tradewinds Hall. Open to public and all jammers. 50/50. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7pm, Vinyl Spin, $8pp. Friday Night Dance - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 7pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp door. Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, Sweetwater, country, $8pp. Soda, water, popcorn, snacks for sale, free ice/cups, 50/50 door prizes. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Bottom Line, $7pp. Dance - Winter Ranch RV Resort, Alamo, 7-10pm, Diego & Edith, $8pp. Country & Big Band Jam - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 7pm, Musicians by invitation only. Saturday, November 26 Flea Market - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 8-11am, Inside and outside sales, bake sale, silent auction, ropa, and more. Breakfast burritos, pastries, and coffee available for purchase. Coffee Clutch - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 9am. Country Jam Lunch - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 11:10am-Noon, We will be serving lunches before the Country Jam. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Country Jam - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 12:30pm, Everyone is invited to this jam to either play or listen to country music. Questions call 956540-8463. 2135 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Jam - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 12:30pm, Curly Klaphake, donation. Everyone welcome. Rock & Roll/Big Band Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 2-4pm, Come get your rock and roll or big band fix. Jams are Saturdays from 2-4 thru December. Musicians and vocalists are by invitation only. There will be room for dancing and a great dessert table. See you there. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Dance - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, Southern Vibes, $8pp. Dance - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Regan James, $8pp. Homemade pizza for sale from 5-7pm. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp. Dance - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 7-9pm, Jocelyn. Dance - Canyon Lake RV Resort, Mission, 7-9:30pm, Diego & Edith, $8pp. Snack bar, BYOB. Dance - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7-10pm, Texas Storm Band, $9pp. Free ice and popcorn. Sunday, November 27 Church Services - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 8:30am, Fellowship: 8:30am. Service: 9am. Church Service - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 9am, Sunday School immediately following. Pastor Tom Hicks residing. Church Services - Leisure World Community, Weslaco, 9am. Church Service - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 9am, Chaplain David Squire, South Hall. Non-denominational service. Communion 1st Sunday of each month. For more For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM See PARKS pg. 10

NOVEMBER 23, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES For more information call: 956-580-7800 email: ads@wintertexantimes.com Make sure your events are like... THIS!! HOW? Advertise in the Valley’s #1 Winter Texan Paper TicketsGoOnSale January2023 FEB. 15 • 1 - 4 PM Lunch Available 12 - 1 PM Mission Bell Resort 1711 E. Bus. 83 - Mission BringingYou SixGreat WintertainersTM SAVE THE DATE Valley Star AWARDSSHOW 11thAnnual F E B 15 2023 information call 956-423-3137. Church Service - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 9am, Chaplin Doug Schmitt. Non-denominational. Communion served first Sunday of each month. Please join us for worship service. Church Service - Fiesta Village, Mission, 9am, 205 S. Stewart Rd. Worship Service - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 9:30am-Noon, All are welcome to our Interdenominational Service. Fellowship follows service. Church - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 9:30am, With Chaplain Bill Wade, in Mission Bell hall. Everyone is welcome! 1711 E. Bus. Hwy. 83. Church - Mission West RV Park, Palmview, 10am, Pastor Mark McDonald. Church Service - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 10am, With Brad. Church Services - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 10-11am, Non-denominational services. Worship Service - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 10am, Non-denominational. Church Service - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 10:30-11:30am, Traditional Lutheran Service, all welcome. Entertainment - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Blu Wolf, $7pp. Concession open. Bingo - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 3-5pm, Rec Hall. Evening Meal - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 4pm, Stuffed chicken breast. 2240 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Church Service - Bluebonnet RV Park, Mission, 4pm, Chaplains: Greg & Suzie York. Bluebonnet Hall, 3366 N. Bentsen Palm Dr. Entertainment - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-9pm, Curt James, $8pp. Advance tickets call 956-5854833 ext. 1062. Concessions available. Monday, November 28 Craft Sale - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 8am-Noon, Vendors who wish to participate please contact Pat at 507-351-5246. Lunch will be served. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Yahoo - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 1-3pm. Absolute Beginner Line Dancing - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 1:30-2:20pm, Instructors - Pat Yoder and Noreen Friesen. Line dancing for those who never line danced or it has been a long time since dancing. Followed by Beginner to High Beginner class. Please bring a small donation for our instructor. $2 is suggested. Happy Hour - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 3-5pm, Curt James. Evening Meal - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 4pm, Chicken ala king. 2240 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Happy Hour - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 4-6pm, RK Welander, BYOB. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Dinner - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 4:30-6pm, Honey chicken pork loin & sides. Hamburger Night - Mission West RV Park, Palmview, 4:30-5:30pm, Hamburgers, chicken, dessert, french fries, chips, drinks. Dave’s Karaoke - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 6-9pm, At the ballroom. Tuesday, November 29 Taco Tuesday - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 11:30am1pm, All you can eat tacos with all the toppings, homemade charro beans, $8pp. Lunch - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 11:30am-12:30pm. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Social Jam - Leisure World Community, Weslaco, Noon. Music Jam - Roadrunner RV Resort, Alamo, 1-3pm, Lunch is served from 11:00 to 12:45. Bring your muPARKS From pg. 9 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM See PARKS pg. 18

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NOVEMBER 23, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 12 WINTER TEXAN TIMES RioValleyEstates@gmail.com | www.RioValleyEstates.com Rio Valley Estates See Ranchero Village’s (Our Sister Park) Activities Ad On Page • Concrete Pad Sites • Full Hookups • Wide Paved Streets • Gated Community • Shower Facilities • Laundry Facilities • 1 FREE High Speed Internet Modem with WiFi • 1 FREE Spectrum TV Cable Box • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub • Recreation Hall • Shuffle Board Rio Valley Estates (Sister Park to Ranchero Village) 715 N. Westgate Dr. • Weslaco 956-968-2708 Expwy 83 Business 83 W Pike Blvd Panther Dr Westgate Dr RVs at BRIDGE OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY 365 DAYS A YEAR Come Experience the In Nuevo Progreso Visit Our Southern Neighbor Never been to Mexico? You don’t know what you’re missing! Nuevo Progreso is welcoming and FUN! Visitors can enjoy from a variety of restaurants and artisan vendors or seek services from a number of certified medical and dental professionals. said, “never have a second chance.” The following is a look at some of the first impressions provided by Mid-Valley golf courses. Don’t forget to vote for your favorites by December 7. Cottonwood Creek Country Club 1001 S. Ed Carey Drive, Harlingen This is a deceivingly fun golf course and as you stand over No. 5. it’s a straight, 175-yard punch over a resaca that protects the hole. What people don’t know is that there’s a giant magnet in that resaca and more balls than you would think end up in there. Now, we know that magnets don’t attract golf balls – but whatever is in that lake has been appealing to thousands of golf balls every year. In other words – take enough clubs or you will join the throngs of those who have dropped into the black hole. You go in, you don’t come out. Harlingen Country Club 5500 El Camino Real, Harlingen This is a place that exudes high class without being stuffy. It’s more than a golf course, it feels like home. The pro shop is stocked with a lot of accessories and has a little seating area. Of course, there’s the bar and the restaurant and a wonderful patio outside of the pro shop where golfers gather to talk about whatever’s on their minds, most often times enjoying a nice meal, snack or beverage. It’s already a wonderful experience by the time you reach the first hole of the 6,541-yard course. It’s not super long but golfers need to make super shots because of a design that will make them consider multiple options. Harlingen Country Club is also refreshing with its large oak and other trees throughout the course. The wind is not a major factor but when it kicks up it becomes a problem because this course is tight in several places. It is one of the best full golf experiences in the Valley, the amenities are exquisite, and the staff always seems to be friendly. Stuart Place Country Club 155 Highland Dr., Harlingen There may not be a better lasting early impression than at Stuart Place, the 2,742-yard 9-hole par-36 facility. This is just a welcoming place, and you can feel it as soon as you drive on the property. As soon as one drives in, sees the cottage-like looking clubhouse and ganders down the street to the course, a calmness overtakes you. The first impression alone will leave you wanting to come back for more. Winter Texan Ken Tanula certainly has a wonderful impression of this quaint (but don’t think it’s easy just because it’s peaceful) course after nailing a hole-in-one earlier this month on No. 9. There’s also no better course to celebrate a special occasion like that than here, inside a tiny clubhouse with cold drinks, snacks and some of the friendliest people on the planet. No matter what the first impression is of this course, when you leave, you’re going to have conGOLF From pg. 1 Stuart Place Golf Course Photo by Anastasia Brunson

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NOVEMBER 23, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 14 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Winter Texans’ Golf Course Favorites Calling all Golfers! You could win Free Rounds of Golf, dining gift certificates or other prizes just by voting for your favorite amenities you enjoy at our RGV golf courses. Fill out our Winter Texans’ Golf Course Favorites ballot below and send it in (or fill out the online form) by 4 PM, Wednesday, December 7, 2022 and you will be entered in our drawing for Free Prizes. Vote for your favorites in each of the categories below by filling in the blank as instructed below for each category. ( * below indicates a required field for the ballot to be valid.) Contest Rules: Fill out the survey form in full and mail, or email to Winter Texan Times by 4 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2022. Or fill out the online form at www. wintertexantimes.com. Limit one entry per person. A winner will be drawn at random from the qualified entries received. If the winner has left the Valley when we draw the name, we will select another winner at random. No purchase necessary to enter. Must be a Winter Texan or a Converted Texan to be eligible. Mail completed form to: Winter Texan Times • 1217 N Conway Ave. • Mission, TX 78572 or ONLINE: Complete the survey online at www.wintertexantimes.com. or EMAIL: Send us an email to survey@wintertexantimes.com and we will reply and send you the survey form to complete and email back (Course Name) Favorite Driving Range (Course Name) Favorite Pro Shop (Course Name) Favorite “19th” Hole Favorite Putting Green (Course Name) Favorite Menu Item (Course Name & Menu Item) o CheckheretoreceiveourFREEWINTERTEXANTIMESe-EditionandbeeligibleforFREEPRIZESindrawingsthroughout theseason. (Provideyouremailaddressabove.)TheWinterTexanTimesdoesnotshareyour informationwithanyoneelse. Are You A (circle one)*: Winter Texan / Converted Texan / Local Resident Your Name*: E-Mail: RV Park Name: Home State / Province: How many years have you been coming to the Valley? City: Phone*: (Course Name & Hole #) Favorite Hole (Course Name & Amenity) Favorite Amenities

15 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com NOVEMBER 23, 2022 (956)566-1157 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 Be thankful and generous What a lot of changes have occurred in our lives. For instance, how about computers! Do you remember when computers were first introduced to us? A computer for a business was so big that just the computer alone needed a whole room. Now your cell phone can act as a computer. In fact, we did not have cell phones when computers were introduced. Telegraphs were used to send messages. Well, lots of things have changed. One of the changes that has occurred recently is the introduction of electric cars. Or how about a tour to Mars? One of the things that has not changed since its beginning is our observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. This special day is unique to the United States. And we have so much to be thankful for: a beautiful world, the birds, flowers, friends and family. Tomorrow we should all take time to be thankful for the life that has been given to us to enjoy the talent, the love and the beauty that surrounds us. Speaking of talent - we have an internationally famous group that comes each December to the Rio Grande Valley to help us enjoy and celebrate the season. This musical group is the Estudiantina Guadalupana from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. This talented group will be performing at the Payne Arena on December 15, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. There is an admission charge and dinner is included in the ticket. Be sure to take the included trolley ride to enjoy the trail of lights. This is a nighttime event so if you do not drive at night, join a local tour company for a thrilling surprise as you enjoy a wonderful night of entertainment. Special entertainment abounds during November and December. Almost every town has a free parade to kick off the Christmas season. Port Isabel sponsors a Boat Parade. McAllen sponsors a parade that boasts some of the largest balloon creatures to be found in the United States. Clubs and school groups will offer Christmas carols and plays. There will be something for everyone whether you are big or little, young or old. Get out! Go out and enjoy the world that surrounds us. We have so much for which to be thankful. Why not share those gifts with someone? While we are enjoying the season, let us not forget those who Courtesy Photo See THANKFUL pg. 19

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