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DECEMBER 21, 2022 6 WINTER TEXAN TIMES • Lower Back Pain • Foot/Heel Pain • Muscle Weakness • Dizziness, Vertigo Are You Experiencing: We Have A Genuine Commitment To Your Health Dr. Frank Garza CEO, PT, DPT Dr. Amy Garza COO, PT, DPT, MTC, NPCP Dr. Laura Saenz, PT, DPT Dr. Jonathon Martinez PT, DPT Dr. Matthew Garza, PT, DPT LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE! 5413 N. 23RD ST. McAllen, TX 78504 SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY! (956) 994-8880 Ruben Alvarado, PTA Joseph Ruiz, PTA Jaqueline Ramirez, PTA • Total Hip Replacement • Total Knee Replacement • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Pain Management • Shoulder Pain • Neck Pain • Post Surgical Procedures • Chronic Pains • Balance and Fall Prevention • Traumatic Brain Injury 1810 E. 8TH ST. Weslaco, TX 78596 EVENTS CALENDAR December 1-30 – Christmas Extravaganza Christmas Tree Exhibit is open at Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum. Approximately 40 Christmas trees and decorations are displayed inside the galleries, outside courtyards and museum buildings. The museum is located at 2425 Boxwood St. Call (956) 216-4901 for more information. December 1-31 – Christmas Around the World at the Weslaco Museum. The exhibit in the art gallery is a Christmas tree forest representing 50 countries. Local businesses, organizations, and citizens have sponsored the trees and decorated them with trinkets showing the country’s culture, traditions, and other interesting ways they celebrate the holidays. The museum is located at 500 S. Texas Blvd. Call (956) 968-9142 for hours and more information. Now-January 1, 2023 – The Holiday Village in Brownsville will be on display at Dean Porter Park. It will be lit daily from 6 to 10 p.m. Entertainment will be held as well nearly every evening. For a full schedule of events visit An Elf on the Shelf contest is also being held. Find Fritter the Elf and post on your Facebook or Instagram tagging Holiday Village Brownsville to be entered to win prizes. More information can be found on their website. Now – January 8, 2023 – The Museum of South Texas History will feature the Bishop Emeritus Raymundo Pena Nativity Scene Collection displaying 120 nativity scenes. MOSTH is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Blvd. Call (956) 383-6911 For more information. December 22 – Broadway McAllen presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. You can order tickets, and season tickets, at For more information visit the website or call (956) 450-1929. Seven Oaks celebrates Christmas By Henry Miller Apparently, grandma did get run over by reindeer. She ended up at the Seven Oaks Resort Illuminated Golf Cart Parade over the weekend, still sprawled on the ground with her walker cast aside, and other evidence strewn atop a trailer pulled by a golf cart. Yeah, that last part wasn’t in the song – just at Seven Oaks. The annual Christmas festivities have been in full swing at the park and activity director Peter Loring said there’s a sense of more happiness and joy celebrating this year now that the fear – maybe not the threat – of COVID-19 and the flu have subsided. “You can tell that people are much happier – sure there’s still stuff hanging over our shoulders about COVID or the flu, but nobody seems particularly alarmed anymore. One guy just got back here during the middle of last week and said, ‘Now I really feel at home – I’m having my coffee and doughnuts.’ “People are happy, even more so when they see what’s been done to upgrade the appearance of the park.” The golf cart parade was just one of several Christmas celebrations, with more to come this week including a Saturday Happy Hour from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a Sunday Christmas dinner – with the largest number of people signed up for the meal that Loring can remember, already with more than 130. Golf Carts rode through the streets with snow, a seemingly endless supply of lights, gifts, elves and, of course, Santa. Following the parade, residents enjoyed the lighting of the manger where they gathered to sing Christmas carols. After that, they gathered indoors to enjoy a hot chocolate bar – with cookies, marshmallows, sprinkles and more. “It was the best show we’ve had,” Loring said. “People really enjoyed it.” The park then threw a gift exchange Christmas party and watched a recording from 2017 when residents created a 12 Days of Christmas skit. “We played a game where the presents kept moving left, right and all over the place being sent around the tables,” Loring said. “Finally, everyone opened them, and we had some snacks and people brought their own drinks.” Loring, from the upper Atlantic region – Vermont, Maine and thereabouts – said that he wasn’t sure what the turnout would be for the Christmas celebration and was a bit nervous. However, more than 100 in attendance signified that joy had overflowed throughout the park. Loring said attendance at the park is growing (despite the loss of grandma). “We’re definitely getting more full than it’s been for the past three years,” he said. “Heard there are a lot of people coming in and others talking about moving in next year too. It’s definitely encouraging.” Saturday’s Christmas Eve Happy Hour, followed by the park’s Christmas dinner on Sunday – with turkey, ham stuffing (or dressing, depending on where one is from), mashed potatoes, gravy and rolls will be provided by the park. Everyone else signs up to bring a dish to fill in any blank spots. Just don’t expect to see grandma. We all know what happened there. Courtesy Photo