Winter Texan Times

Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 36, No. 9 © 2022 Wednesday, December 14, 2022 INDEX Reunions p 4 Events Calendar p 6 Parks Calendar p 8 WintertainersTM p 8 “On the road with Jo” p 12 Taste of the Valley p 15 Business Guide p 21 Classifieds p 21 Coupon Index p 22 Rina’s Ramblings See RAMBLINGS pg. 17 It is so much fun seeing what all of you are doing for your communities this holiday season. We have received information from several parks about what their residents are doing and hope we can share some of it with you. If you have something you are doing in your park, collecting food, jackets, toys, books, whatever it is, we would love to see it and share it with our readers. Seeing what you are doing for others makes my heart happy and I am sure it gives Santa’s Helpers busy at River Ranch Resort The McAllen Heritage Center, museum of history and culture, is pleased to announce a visit from the friendly McGrinch on Saturday, December 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The McGrinch will be in the La Placita Park adjacent to the museum to meet and greet visitors, young and old. The event will also be a great photo opportunity. Live performances and holiday McGrinch to visit MHC When you’re at the top, there’s a misconception that the only place you can go is down. However, Stuart Place just keeps setting the bar higher. The 2,742-yard 9-hole par-36 golf course scored an ace in six of the seven categories in the annual Winter Texan Times Favorite Golf Course contest. Last year the quaint and pleasant course captured five of the seven categories. It’s clear the golfers, and Winter Texans in general, love Stuart Place. FromFavorite Hole (No. 9) to Favorite Amenities and Favorite Menu Item (the See GOLF pg. 13 Stuart Place: King of the Hill See MCGRINCH pg. 18 Last week ladies at River Ranch Resort were bustling about the recreation hall wrapping gifts that residents had donated for children of Rio Hondo. The park has been working with Chief Bilokury, Rio Hondo Public Safety Director, for about four years. This year is the first time the park has also worked with the city and a local church. Together, they hope to help 500 children of the community. Tables were filled with gifts See HELPERS pg. 18 Happy Holidays! Stuart Place Golf Course Photo by Anastasia Brunson Photo by Carina Brunson

DECEMBER 14, 2022 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 *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 Parks share their news When you look through our first few years of the paper, you see some really good stuff. I am loving taking this look back and seeing what we have done before, how we have changed, but also how we have kept to our purpose – of getting the news out to you. In our younger years we included a lot of highlights from parks. These were mainly submissions by the activity director or manager at the park. We still do that today when a park sends in their news too. In those younger years though, submissions, or parks, had some snazzy standing heads they used. Like… Jottings from Oleander Acres; Snowflakes in the Sun (Snow to Sun); Morningside Hi-Lites; Magic Valley News; Split Rail ‘Corral Notes’; Ranchero Village Happenings; Ramblings from Restful Valley; Newsy Notes (Southern Comfort Resort); A Bit O’ This – and a Bit O’ That (Bit-O-Heaven); Adobe Wells Droplets; The Crowing Rooster (Bentsen Palm RV Park); Fiesta Village Potpourri; Swingin’ On the Green Gate Grove; T r a d e w i n d s Breeze; Trophy Topies (Trophy Garden RV Resort); Living it up at Citrus Valley; Howdy Y’all from Casa Del Sol; Pine to Palm Platter; Quidnunc From Bentsen Grove; and Trails End Tattler. And then there were others with just their park name at the top. These entries included anything from a new enSee LOOKING BACK pg. 24 Green Gate Grove Dulcimer Jam Photo by Henry Miller

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5 WINTER TEXAN TIMES DECEMBER 14, 2022 @Sharyland Dental Care Richard A. Young D.D.S. 2407 E. Griffin Pkwy. – Mission, TX - 956-581-2773 GENERAL DENTISTRY EXCEPTIONAL CARE Since 1982 Now Accepting Allwell from Superior Healthplan We’re All About Smiles Invest in your smile, and change your life. Your smile and your health deserve the best in decision making!!! • For dental care you can trust and have confidence in • Come See Us At Sharyland Dental Care d e e y e p m g s o Submitted by Arleen Bier The residents of La Floresta Park near Mercedes enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey and dressing and all the trimmings. But what do you do with all of that leftover turkey? We had Turkey Soup Night. Heather Hocken (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) is Activities Director at La Floresta. She was assisted by Connie Kolynchuk (Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada) and many others over several days as the soup was made, simmered, and served. Following dinner, we decorated the big Christmas tree in the clubhouse. What to do with leftover turkey McAllen Chanukah Festival to be held Come celebrate the Festival of Lights with Chabad RGV. Enjoy hot latkes; a kosher hot dog stand; rides and games for the kids and more. The event will feature a giant Menorah lighting with Mayor Javier Villalobos. The annual Chanukah Concert and Festival will be celebrated Tuesday, December 20 at Archer Park in downtown McAllen. The festival begins at 4:30 p.m. and a concert starring Jewish Israeli singer Yoel Sharabi will begin at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Chanakuh, or Hanukkah, is an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the Second Century B.C. This year, Chanukah is celebrated from the evening of Sunday, December 18 until the evening of Monday, December 26. Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for “dedication.” The history of the holiday is tied to the time when Israel was struggling for existence. It is believed that after a successful revolt against a tyrannical monarch, the victorious Jewish community could find very little pure olive oil to light the Menorah, only enough for one day. However, the oil lasted for eight days, long enough to purify more oil. Jewish people light a candle on each of the eight evenings in remembrance of God’s provision. The eight cups that hold the Hanukkah candles are arranged in a row, one for each night of the holiday. Every menorah has one additional cup, a ninth cup, which is located in the center or to one side and is usually slightly elevated. The ninth candle is called “the shammash,” or, “one who serves.” Jewish tradition says the purpose of the shammash is that “Judaism gives light to the world.” Come celebrate the holiday tradition in McAllen. Dickie Hlady (Bonne Terra, MO) serves up some Turkey Soup, while Vicki Thurman (Bonne Terre, MO) and Bob Kinash (East St. Paul, Manitoba, Canada) look on.

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Bentsen Palm Rd. Mission, TX. 78574 Phone:(956)598-6004 Every Sunday • 4pm Suzy & Greg York of Lovelight Ministries Welcome You! A Division of Wi lder Corporat ion Saturday, Dec. 17 • 7-9pm Rusty Rierson “Male Vocalist AwardWinner” • $9 Saturday, Dec. 31 • 8pm-12am Night Ryder Band Celebrate New Year’s Eve • $12 Friday, Jan. 6 • 7-9:30pm South Texas Ramblers Come Enjoy! • $8 Friday, Jan. 13 • 7-9pm Pat Davison & Tess Don’t Miss It! • $8 BIT O HEAVEN RV & MOBILE HOME RESORT 1051W Bus Hwy 83 • Donna,TX 78537 SUSANTHOMAS, ACTIVITY DIRECTOR 603-396-2786 FRIDAYS • DANCES • 7-10PM Dec 16 • Steven May & Southern Knights • $8pp Dec 23 • Sweetwater • $8pp Soda, water, popcorn, and snacks for sale, free ice/cups, 50/50 door prizes. TUESDAYS • HAPPYHOUR • 3-5PM PASS THE HAT Diego, 1st Tues, 3:30-5pm Dec 20 • Regan James Dec 27 • The Hitman-Tim Dirth Soda, water, popcorn, and snacks for sale, free ice/cups, BYOB, 50/50 door prizes. WEDNESDAYS Jam Lunch • 12pm Menu and price varies Jam Session • 1-3pm All welcome, BYOB SHOW 7 PM • Dec 21 • Brenda Coin • $9 BYOB, snacks SUNDAYS • KARAOKE • 5PM THURSDAYS • SOUPSUPPER • 4:30PM $4 All You Can Eat • Dessert for sale Bring your own table service & beverage 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 or fax to 956-580-7898. Wednesday, December 14 Breakfast - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7:30-9am, Biscuits & gravy or breakfast pizza. All You Can Eat Breakfast - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7:30-9am, $8pp. Flea Market - Fiesta Village, Mission, 8am-Noon, Lunch will be served from 10:30am to noon. Craft Sale - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 8am-Noon, Lunch served at 11:30. Dominos - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 10am. Improver Line Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 10am. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Lunch/Jam - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 11:30am-1:30pm, Esquires. Burger Fry - Chimney Park, Mission, 11:30am, $6pp. Open Jam follows at 1:00 pm, all jammers and audience are welcome! 4224 S. Conway Ave. Jam Session Lunch - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, Noon, Menu and price varies. Music Jam - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 12:30-2:30pm, Gate is open, lunch is available for purchase 11:30 am - 2:00 pm. Musicians and listeners welcome! Rec Hall, 1900 Grace Ave. 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 - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 1:30-3:30pm, Setups available. Happy Hour - Winter Ranch RV Resort, Alamo, 3-5pm, Rick McEwen. Social Hour Dance - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Rico Cantu, 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, 4-5:30pm, Donations accepted, no partner necessary. Supper - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 4:30-6pm, Serving all you care to eat pancakes, sausage gravy & biscuits, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, applesauce, and coffee. $7pp. Pulled Pork Bird Benefit Dinner - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 5pm, $8pp. Meal - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 5-6pm. Music/Dance - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 6-8pm, Regan James. Pre-Rounds with the Baldwins - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 6:30-7pm, Ron & Jan Betzelberger, $5pp. Tampico Hall. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Entertainment - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7pm, Razz Ma Tazz, donations. Dance - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Steven May & Southern Knights, $7pp. Dinner & Show - Texas Trails RV ReFor more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM CALENDAR PARKS

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Enjoy it here. 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 LINE, ROUND, & SQUARE DANCES Mon., 10 am • Beginners Line Dance Tues., 10 am - Noon • Round Dance Wed., 10 am • Improver Line Dance Thurs., 10 am • Line Dance Boot Camp Fri., 10 am - Noon • Square Dance With Joel Saltel ENTERTAINMENT Fri. Dec. 16, 2 - 4 pm Curt James • Pass the hat Fri. Dec. 16, 7 pm Razz Ma Tazz • Pass the hat CHURCH SERVICE Sundays • 9 am PICKLEBALL MIXER Thursdays • 9 am - Noon • $2 NEW YEARS DANCE Texas Wheels • Sat. Dec. 31 • Tickets on sale now • $20 COMING IN JANUARY The Cruisers | Gatos Locos | Nu Blu sort, Pharr, 7pm, Edinburg N.H.S. Mariachi, $13pp. MS & Plus Square Dance With Rounds - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 7-9pm, Ron & Jan Betzelberger, $5pp. Casual attire. Tampico Hall. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, The Fabulous Cruisers, $12pp. Event Center. Christmas Show - Chimney Park, Mission, 7pm, Rusty Rierson, $8pp. Rusty is an International Singer/Songwriter, Nashville Recording Artist, and the RGV 2019 and 2022 “Male Vocalist of the Year”. 4224 S. Conway Ave. Entertainment - McAllen Mobile Park, 7-9pm, Curt James, Male Vocalis of the Year, $8pp. Open to all. 4900 N. McColl Rd. Thursday, December 15 Breakfast - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 7:30-9am, Biscuits & gravy. Bluegrass Jam - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 9am. All You Can Eat Pancakes - The Grove Subdivision, San Juan, 9-11am, Pancakes, eggs, sausage, waffles, and endless cups of coffee. Bring your own table service. Hwy 83 & Stewart Rd., 605 E. 7th St. Pickleball Mixer - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 9am-Noon, $2. Country Jam - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 10am-Noon, Free coffee. Line Dance Boot Camp - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 10am. 3rd Thursday Market - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 11am-3pm. 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. Lunch & Jam - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, Noon, $8pp. Rock & Roll Jam - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 12:30pm. Country Jam - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 1-3pm, Free. Open to public and jammers. Lunch available at 11:30. 50/50. Jam Session - Dixieland MH Park, Harlingen, 1-3pm, Free admission. Dance - Tropic Star RV Resort, Pharr, 3-5:30pm, Steven May, pass the hat. Concessions available. 1401 S. Cage Blvd., 956-787-5773. Happy Hour - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 3-5pm, CJ Fedora. Happy Hour Dance - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Bruce Boudreau, pass the hat. BYOB, pop & water available for sale, free ice. Bible Study - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 3:30pm. Happy Hour - Country Sunshine, Weslaco, 3:30-5pm, Curt James. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Golf Cart Parade - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 4pm, Families with Needs. Dinner - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 4-6pm, Pork chop, scalloped potatoes, green beans, carrot cake. Loteria (Mexican Bingo) - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 6-8pm. Acoustic Jam - Palm Gardens, Harlingen, 6-8pm, Fiesta Hall, free admission. 50/50 drawing and refreshments by donation. 3401 W. Bus. 83. Game Nite - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 6pm. Karaoke - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 6:30-9pm, Soda and water available. Complimentary popcorn. Over 40,000 different songs available to sing. Big Band Jam - La Hacienda Estates, Alamo, 6:30-8:30pm, 309-337-8711. Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm. Entertainment - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 7-9pm, Razz-Ma-Tazz, $5pp. All proceeds go to the school. Concession open. Dance - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 7-10pm, Route 66 - Howard Bedient. Main Hall. Comedy Show - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 7pm, Redneck Revival, $7pp at door. Friday, December 16 Craft Show - Mission West RV Park, Palmview, 8am-Noon, Breakfast: biscuits & gravy. Lunch: Sloppy joes & hotdogs. Park Sale - Monte Cristo RV Community Park, Edinburg, 8am-2pm, In clubhouse, 3730 Dante Drive. No admission. Square Dance with Joel Saltel - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 10amNoon. Line Dancing - San Juan Gardens, 10am-Noon, Beginners at 9:30am. $3 fee. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM See PARKS pg. 10

DECEMBER 14, 2022 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES 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 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 Grande, meal price varies. Garza Produce - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 11:30am, Outside Club House. Country Jam - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 12:30-2:30pm. Country “Opry” Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1-3pm, Free, hosted by National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Elaine Nelson. Great country music like Nashville USED to do! Listen, sing, clap your hands, tap your toes, smile a smile and remember when! Snacks and drinks. Life’s a song...sing it! Jam - Casa del Sol, Donna, 1-3pm. Variety Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, Come play along or just come to listen and visit. Clog Dancing - San Juan Gardens, 1-3pm, Beginners at 12:30. Come and learn to clog dance, it’s great exercise. $3 fee. Entertainment - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 2-4pm, Curt James, pass the hat. Happy Hour - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Helen Russell & Company, pass the hat. Concession open, BYOB. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Fish Fry - Mission West RV Park, Palmview, 4:30-5:30pm, Fish, slaw, & french fries. Steak Nite - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 5pm, RSVP required. Karaoke with Bobby Jack - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 5:30-9pm, Karaoke following supper. Menu varies from week to week, $8pp. Fish fry, $9pp. Country Music Jam - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 5:30pm, All welcome. Jean Closson, 717-8778375. Fish Fry - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 5:30-6:30pm, Fish Fry $13, Choice of Baked or Fried Fish, Choice of French Fries or Baked Potato, Cole Slaw, Roll, Beverage (1 beer per ticket). Advanced ticket purchase required. Tickets available in Activities Office. Rec Hall, 1900 Grace Ave. Country Jam - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 6-8pm, Free. Tradewinds Hall. Open to public and all jammers. 50/50. Dance - Fiesta Village, Mission, 6-9pm, Chamberlins, $7pp-$10pp. Christmas Program - Rio Valley Estates MH & RV Resort, Weslaco 6:30pm, Cleckler Elementary School Children’s Choir, $8pp. Money goes to school program. For information, call 816-616-8320 or 815-289-0916. 715 N. Westgate Dr. Dance - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 6:30-9:30pm, Midnight Mustangs, $8pp. BYOB. Setups, ice & popcorn available. Dance - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Carlos Canas, $8pp advance, $10pp at the door. Friday Night Dance - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 7pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp door. Dance - Casa del Sol, Donna, 7-10pm, Route 66, $8pp. Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, Steven May & Southern Knights, variety, $8pp. Soda, water, popcorn, snacks for sale, free ice/cups, 50/50 door prizes. Dance - Alamo Rose RV and MH Resort, 7-10pm, Regan James, $7pp. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Please no bills larger than $20. Ice and set-ups available. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Southern Vibes, $7pp. Dance - Winter Ranch RV Resort, Alamo, 7-10pm, Diego & Edith, $8pp. Country & Big Band Jam - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 7-9pm, Pizza & dogs available from 4:30-6:30. No outside beverages permitted. Musicians by invitation only. Dance - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 7-10pm, Rewind, $10pp. Dance - Country Sunshine, Weslaco 7-10pm, Rusty Rierson, $9pp. Dance - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Leslie Blasing, $7pp. Setups available, BYOB. Entertainment - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7pm, Razz Ma Tazz, pass the hat. Saturday, December 17 Craft & Patio Sales - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 8amNoon, Refreshments and lunch available. Interested vendors can call 956-580-4477 between 8am and 11am Monday-Friday or chairperson at 918-742-0177. 7600 Long Dr. Craft Show - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 8am-Noon. PARKS From pg. 9 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM

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Weslaco, TX 78596 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 Breakfast - Paradise Park, McAllen, 8-9am. Saturday Morning Breakfast - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 8-9:30am, Pancakes or sausage gravy or egg bake, $5pp. Free coffee. Breakfast - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 8-9:30am, Pool hall/shuffleboard sponsored, $7pp. Breakfast - Alamo Paradise Acres, 8-9:30am, 1513 West Crockett. Craft Fair - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 8am-Noon, Gates open, in Friendship Hall. Pancakes and Sausage Breakfast available for purchase in Rec Hall from 7:00 - 10:00 am. 1900 Grace Ave. Park Sale - Monte Cristo RV Community Park, Edinburg, 8am-2pm, In clubhouse, 3730 Dante Drive. No admission. Coffee Clutch - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 9am. Breakfast - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 9am. Yahoo - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 10am. 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. Open House - Magic Valley Park, Weslaco, Noon-4pm, Come check out some brand new homes and all the amenities we have to offer in a newly refurbished community! Country Jam - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 12:30pm, Everyone is invited to this jam to either play or listen to country music. Questions call 956-540-8463. 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. Happy Hour - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5-7pm, Tim Dirth (Hitman), pass the hat. Event Center. Bingo - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 6:309:30pm, Snacks and refreshments available for purchase. No outside food or beverages. Dinner is served 5-6pm. Menu varies weekly and you must sign up prior at Pharr South. Entertainment - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7pm, Retro Rockers, $10pp. Dance - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, The Fabulous Cruisers, $12pp. 50/50. Dinner available 6pm, BYOB. Advance tickets and table reservations call 956-585-4833 ext. 1062. Entertainment - Fiesta Village, Mission, 7pm, Helen Russell & Co., $8pp- $10pp. Entertainment - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, Doc Wesson Show, $9pp. Dance - McAllen Mobile Park, 7-10pm, Put your dancin’ boots on and come two-steppin’ with The Texas Ramblers, $8pp. Drinks, snacks, set-ups, giveaways. Dance - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Gatos Locos, $10pp. Handmade pizza for sale 5-7pm. Entertainment - MissionWest RV Park, Palmview, 7pm, Ralph Kuster Christmas Show, $8pp. Christmas Party & Show - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 7-9pm, Dale & Gayle, $8pp. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp. Entertainment - Bluebonnet RV Park, Mission, 7-9pm, Rusty Rierson, $9pp. Dance - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-10pm, Time Machine, $10pp. Doors open at 6:15pm. Snack bar open. Dance - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 7pm, Juan Garza, $7.50 single, $15 couple. Bring your own drinks, popcorn provided. For more information call 956-423-3137. Dance - Palm Gardens, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Rewind, $10pp. Dance - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 7-10pm, Route 66, $7pp. BYOB. Dance - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Diego & Edith. Friendship Hall, 1900 Grace Ave. Gate and doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets in advance in Activities Office. Entertainment - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Jealous Heart, $7pp. Rec Hall. Christmas Show - Wagon City North, Mission, 7-9pm, Winnie Brave, $8pp. 2905 N. Conway. Dance - River Ranch Resort, Rio Hondo, 7-10pm, Southern Blend, $10pp. BYOB. Dance - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7-10pm, Southern Vibes, $8pp. Free popcorn & ice. Sunday, December 18 Worship Service - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 8:15am, Non-denominational. Church Services - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 8:30am, Fellowship: 8:30am. Service: 9am. Cowboy Church - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 8:30-9:30am. Church Service - San Juan Gardens, 8:40-9:40am, Non-denominational service. Everyone welcome. See PARKS pg. 19

DECEMBER 14, 2022 12 WINTER TEXAN TIMES 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 Find someone to give to this holiday season DECEMBER – What a beautiful month. December is a time for giving, a time for sharing, a time for remembering. December is a good time for cooking all those wonderful dishes from family recipes that have been handed down for generations. Memories are made – never to be forgotten. Giving and sharing brings pleasure to those who give and happiness – especially to the youngsters when they receive the toys and clothes you may have donated. If you don’t already have a favorite charity that will receive and deliver your gift, why not consider Toys for Tots. The impressive history of Toys for Tots is very interesting. For over 70 years Toys for Tots has distributed toys to in-need children whose parents are unable to provide holiday gifts. Major Bill Hendricks and his wife Diane established Toys for Tots in 1947 when Diane could not locate an organization involved in giving Christmas toys to less fortunate children. Diane and Bill did not stop there. They just started their program. That first year Hendricks and his fellow Marines distributed 5,000 toys to local children. After such success in their local community, all Marine Reserve Sites were directed to start a Toys for Tots campaign. Toys for Tots continues to this day. They distribute an average of 18 million toys to seven million less fortunate children annually. Local communities join in, drop boxes are located conveniently across cities to receive donations from locals. The Toys for Tots program would not be possible without the generous donations of local citizens and business owners. Even Walt Disney who was a friend of Major Hendricks joined the drive when he designed the famous logo of the little three car train featuring a giving Santa Claus. The Marines begin their toy collections in October, continuing through November and into December. Toys are collected that are suitable for newborn up through 12 years of age. If you have new toys to donate, call Marine Reserves to find the closest collection place, or if you would like for the Marines to do the shopping, a check would also be welcomed. You can also go online to find locations near you – Another idea for perhaps a more personal celebration of giving is to organize a Baby Jesus birthday party. What fun that could be with a birthday cake and a manger scene as a party favor for each little child to take home. Special occasions like that build everlasting memories. Once, an older couple who still wanted to capture that magical feeling of Christmas organized a very special party for the children of their housekeeper. Cake, cookies, and fruit punch along with games and special little gifts made for a festive occasion to be continued year after year. That party brought to all who attended that special feeling that only the gift of sharing brings to all of us. As this year comes to a close, I wish you a Merry, Merry Christmas form the bottom of my heart! And now for my favorite, time honored saying, “Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat. Please put a penny in an old man’s hat. If not a penny, a half penny will do. If not a penny, God bless you.” Merry Christmas! Roadrunner RV Park started off the month of December with their gift giving. “What a wonderful opportunity to help our community and give during the holiday season!” Residents contributed $1,000 to the Salvation Army and $1,000 for Toys for Tots. Pictured are Chief of Police Richard Ozuma, Fire Chief Roy Contreras, and Salvation Army Major Gabriel receiving the donations last week. Photo by Timothy Norris

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DECEMBER 14, 2022 14 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Texas Master Naturalist certification program registration deadline nears Registration is open through December 17, to join the 2023 South Texas Border Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist training class. Hidalgo, Starr and Cameron County residents over the age of 18 and Winter Texans are welcome. Texas Master Naturalist is a unique educational volunteer program sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Sea Grant Program and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Classes are taught by local university professors and other field experts, including those from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Students attend weekly virtual classes Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning January 10 through March 28. Attendees will need internet access, a computer, iPad or Android pad. Using a smartphone is not recommended. Field trips are a required element of training that will provide unique access and learning opportunities. Special field trips will be held in person following current county and departmental public health guidelines. Trainees may join volunteer teams with other chapter members and work among local partners in activities at federal, state, and local wildlife parks, coastal naturalist programs and other public entities. Texas Master Naturalists train as docents and nature guides at local wildlife preserves; learn about native plants and habitat and help develop public native gardens; join citizen science projects; present nature programs to organizations; and learn about the Gulf and beach inhabitants and trends. Class size is limited. The cost is $150 and includes textbook, fees, t-shirt, name tag, and one-year membership. Scholarships of $100 are available. Scholarship requests are due by December 17. To apply for the class and to view the special in-person field trip schedule, follow the instruction sheet on the new class webpage link at the-next-class. To request a scholarship application or if you have other questions, please contact the new class directors, Anne Mayville, at or Jim Gerry at Check out the chapter website at https://www. The South Texas Border Chapter has monthly guest speakers the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are currently virtual and are free and open to the public. Follow the chapter’s Facebook page at to be notified when meetings are broadcast live. Beyond Van Gogh: The immersive experience is now open Imagine being completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now imagine experiencing all of this art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience that exhilarates every sense and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has known. It’s all part of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, which has sold over three million tickets globally making it one of the most popular current traveling exhibitions. The sensory extravaganza produced by Paquin Entertainment Group is now open in McAllen at the McAllen Convention Center. Open for a limited engagement, Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience was created by French-Canadian Creative Director Mathieu St-Arnaud and his team at Montreal’s world-renowned Normal Studio. As the paintings ebb and flow into each other, guests will be engulfed in a 3-dimensional experience of the paintings—allowing them to not only observe his genius but to actually become a part of the paintings. Using music and Van Gogh’s own words, thoughts and dreams to drive the experience as a narrative, guests move along projection-swathed walls wrapped in light and color that swirls and dances as it focuses and refocuses into the flowers, cafes and landscapes of his iconic artworks that have been freed from their frames. Van Gogh’s art comes thrillingly to life flowing across multiple surfaces, appearing and disappearing, heightening guests’ senses and allowing them to become one with his brush strokes. The exhibit uses over four trillion content pixels in the multi-dimensional projections. While journeying through Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience guests witness more than 300 iconic masterpieces, including such instantly recognizable classics as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” and “Café Terrace at Night,” as well as many revealing self-portraits. Prices start at $39.99 for adults and $23.99 for children (ages 5-15), plus ticketing fees. Tickets, which will sell out quickly, are onsale to the general public at www. “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience gives a new appreciation of this tortured artist’s stunning work. Unsurprisingly millions of people all over the world credit Van Gogh with enhancing their relationship with art. Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will only strengthen that connection,” says Justin Paquin, co-producer, Paquin Entertainment Group. The exhibit will be on display at the McAllen Convention Center (700 Convention Center Blvd.), until January 12. The hours of operation are Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed on Mondays. The exhibit is open until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. Last allowed entry is one hour before closing. Tickets and more information can be found at www.vangoghmcallen. com. Photo by Timothy Norris