December 6-8 – The 27th Annual Dias Festivos Marketplace sponsored by the McAllen Junior Service League offers three days of sales of unique Christmas decorations and gifts at the McAllen Convention Center exhibit hall. It is open Friday from 12 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for all three days, $7 daily at the door and children 12 and under are free. There is breakfast with Santa, a fashion show, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. Go to www.juniorleaguemcallen.org for a complete schedule.
December 7 – The Edinburg World Birding Center staff presents “Opossums!” as their next program in the animal folklore story series. It begins at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. The EWBC is located at 714 Raul Longoria Rd. Call 381-9922 for information.
December 7 – The staff at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center will host a “Celebrate Urban Birds” event at 9 a.m. Participants will make their own bird feeders made from recycle materials and take a guided walk through the grounds. Binoculars and materials will be provided. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen. The program is included in the general admission: $1 for children and $2 for adults. For more information, call 681-3370.
December 8 – The public is invited to the Winter Festival at St. John of the Fields Catholic Church beginning at 5 p.m. There will be an evening of food, games and live music. The church is located at 1052 Washington in Mission.
December 11 – The Upper Valley Home Owners Association meets at Twin Lakes RV Park, 301 N. Shary Road at 9 a.m. for discussions on tax issues. Owners of RVs, mobile homes and park models are invited.
December 12 – The Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Harlingen Public Library, 410 76 Drive, with Seth Patterson giving a program on the Sabal Palm Sanctuary. The public is invited free of charge. For more information, visit arroyocoloradoaudubon.org.
December 14 – The public is invited to the next meeting of the Mission Chapter of Spanish Algow International as they host “A Christmas Celebration!” It begins with a free continental breakfast at 10 a.m. followed by the program. For information, call Criselda Alvarado at 534-7941 or Connie Escamilla at 279-7887.
December 14 – The Mission Skeet and Trap Club will host an archery shoot at 10 a.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m. The adult fee is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. The youth fee through age 12 is $5 for members and nonmembers. Participants can use compound or traditional bows. Registration and payment of fees will be made at the clubhouse. For more information, call 424-6528 or 583-5996. Restrooms, electricity and water are available on the premises.
December 14 – The annual gingerbread house craft class has returned at the International Museum of Art & Science. Participants can choose from one of three times: 10 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2 p.m., and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Children will make miniature gingerbread houses to take home. The class is $8 for IMAS members and $10 for non-members. All supplies are included with the fee. For more information or to register, call 682-0123 or visit the IMAS front desk at Bicentennial and Nolana.
December 14 – Learn how to identify winter shorebirds in a program at the Edinburg World Birding Center with John Brush, local birder. It is an interactive workshop for adult birders. He worked for several years as the naturalist at Quinta Mazatlán. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 12:00p.m. The price for this program is $2 for members and $4 for non-members. Space is limited; call to reserve a spot. The EWBC is located at 714 Raul Longoria Rd. For additional information, call 381-9922.
December 14 – The Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild meets 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at South Texas College, 400 N. Border in Weslaco, Building G, Room 191. Use parking Lot 1. For additional information, call Rene Darkis at 812-890-1572.
December 14 – The Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society monthly field trip is scheduled for December 14, to Sabal Palm Sanctuary in Brownsville with a tour of the newly-restored Rabb House. The National Audubon Society owns Sabal Palm Sanctuary and the Rabb House. Meet at the Ramsey Nature Park, 1001 S. Loop 499 in Harlingen, at 7 a.m. to carpool. Fee for nonmembers is $5.
December 21 – Join the staff at Estero Llano Grande State Park from 8 to 10 p.m. for bunuelos and hot chocolate prepared by Rangers Jose and Carlos with Christmas carols around the piano played by Ranger John. There will be tinseled trolley rides to visit Santa plus crafts and activities for the children. Estero Llano is located at 154A Lakeview Dr. in Weslaco. Call 565-3919 for more information.
- TOPS #415 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 3 p.m. weigh-in, Mission Historical Museum, 900 Doherty. For information, call Shirley Earp at 254-258-2380.
- Crossroads Al-Anon, 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1101 Doherty. For info: Lydia, 330-6659.
- AARP Driver Safety Classes, 12:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 1600 N. 23rd, McAllen. AARP members, $12; non-members, $14. Checks or money orders only. Class size limited to 15. For info, call 682-1468.
- Mission Lions Club meets at 12 p.m., Danny's Mexican Restaurant, 122 W. Tom Landry. Meals are $8. Fellow Lions welcomed.
- Upper Valley Art League open painting for members, any medium, 9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., 921 E. 12th St., Mission. Annual dues/$30. Call 583-2787 for info or to join.
- Helping Other Patients Emotionally (H.O.P.E.), support group for cancer patients, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., McAllen Library at Nolana and 23rd, Conference Room B; Marsha Nelson, Ph.D., facilitator. Call 624-3840 for information.
- Mission Rotary Club, 12 p.m., Club at Cimarron, 1200 S. Shary Rd. Salad bar buffet, $10; Mexican food buffet, $15. All Rotarians welcomed.
- Bentsen Experience Tour, 9 –11a.m., Bentsen RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Guided tour with park naturalist. Included in park admission. Info: 584-9156.
- "Family Fun Night," $1general admission to IMAS from 4 to 8 p.m. Corner of Bicentenntial Way and Nolana Ave., McAllen. (Special exhibits not included in price of general admission) Call 682-0123 for information.
- Upper Valley Art League, open clay/pottery group (coil method), 9 a.m. to noon, 921 E. 12th Street, Mission. Participants furnish their own clay or contribute toward purchase. No instructor, no fee. UVAL membership required/$30 annually. Info: 583-2787.
- Fridays on Foot, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Bentsen RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Nature walk led by park naturalist. Included in park admission. Call 584-9156 for info.
- "Creatures of the Night," 8 p.m., Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive, Mission. Included in park admission. Pre-registration required; excursions limited to 20 persons. Call 584-9156 for info or to register.
- Bird Walk, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive, Mission. Included in park admission. Call 584-9156 for info or to register.
- West Mission Lutheran Fellowship worship service, Pleasant Valley Resort rec hall, 10:30 a.m. Meeting Nov. 24-Mar. 31.
The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.