June 14 – The Food Bank RGV will be the beneficiary of the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) charity golf tournament on Friday, June 14, located at the McAllen Country Club, 615 Wichita Ave. The tournament will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Registration is $150 per person on four-player teams. Contact Lilly Garcia at 581-8632 to register.
June 18 – Join the staff at the Edinburg World Birding Center for “Turtle Frenzy” to learn about turtles and tortoises in their natural habitat. It’s happening at 6:30 p.m. as part of the EWBC Terrific Summer Tuesdays, occurring every third Tuesday of the month from June to August. The program fee is $2 for members and $3 for non-members. Space is limited; call to reserve a spot. The EWBC is located at 714 Raul Longoria Rd. For information, call 381-9922.
June 18-21 – The International Museum of Art and Science, Nolana and Bicentennial in McAllen, is hosting a series of activities on Tuesdays through Fridays for children of all ages from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Discovery Pavilion. All activities are included in the price of general admission. This week, subjects include “Pattern Jewelry” on Tuesday; “Ink Blot Art,” Wednesday; “Coil Pot,” Thursday; and “Pattern Art,” Friday. Call 681-3333 to register; call 682-1023 for more information.
June 20 - The “Magic Dork,” John O’Bryant, is performing at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center at 7 p.m. as part of the Summer Family Nature Nights program there. O'Bryant performs at over 250 shows annually at fairs and festivals, on college campuses, and other venues across the country. Each show is packed with comedy, magic, illusion, music and audience participation. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. For more information, call 681-3370.
June 22 – The McAllen Mini Maker Faire will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main. The family-friendly festival captures the spirit of invention, creativity and resourcefulness with exhibits and demonstrations by builders, artists, students and makers of robotics. For more information, call Eduardo Millet at 682-2871.
June 24 - The community is invited to Speer Memorial Library in Mission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the arrival of the TAME Trailblazer, a 40-foot mobile exhibit trailer housing a variety of engineering and science exhibiting fundamental concepts in science and engineering. Suitable for all ages, it targets third through seventh graders with interactive projects and experiments related to math and science. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the children’s department at 580-8753.
June 25 – The public is invited to Speer Memorial Library in Mission at 6:30 p.m. for a book discussion on “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” by Cheryl Strayed. First published in 2012, “Wild” is Strayed’s autobiographical odyssey of two journeys—one the emotional struggle after losing her mother and the other is a journey of physical struggle in hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Stop by the library’s reference desk, or call 580-8754, to reserve a copy. For more information, or to sign up for the book discussion, call 580-8750 or 580-8754 or stop by the library to register. The library is located at 12th and Kika De La Garza in Mission.
June 25-28 – The International Museum of Art and Science, Nolana and Bicentennial in McAllen, is hosting a series of activities on Tuesdays through Fridays for children of all ages from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Discovery Pavilion. All activities are included in the price of general admission. This week, subjects include “Standing Out” on Tuesday; “Mola,” Wednesday; “Negative Space Sculpture,” Thursday; and “Print Making & Scratch Art,” Friday. Call 681-3333 to register; call 682-1023 for more information.
June 25-28 – The Quinta Mazatlan “Arts in Nature”is a half-day experience of outdoor exploration for children ages 6 to 8. Children will explore the forest, go on a scavenger hunt, make a mask, create puppets and end the week with a mini Olympics. Children can come for breakfast and play at 8 a.m.; the camp begins at 9 a.m. and includes a provided lunch. Pick-up is at 12:30 p.m. Register in advance at any of the McAllen Community Centers or at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 sunset in McAllen. Cost is $40 for McAllen residents and $60 for non-residents. For more information, call 681-3370.
June 25-28 – The Edinburg World Birding Center will present the Aquanauts Nature Camp for youth ages 8 to 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a week of water games, crafts and wetland critter observations. This camp includes a trip to South Padre Island on a research boat as well as a tour of Sea Turtle, Inc. Cost is $83 for members and $91 for non-members. Campers should bring their own lunch. Registration deadline is one week prior to the camp, with full payment two days prior. Space is limited. EWBC is located at 714 Raul Longoria Rd. Call 381-9922 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.
- 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.
- Mission Rotary Club, 12 p.m., Club at Cimarron, 1200 S. Shary Rd. Salad bar buffet, $10; Mexican food buffet, $15. All Rotarians welcomed.
- Open clay/pottery group (coil method) meets 9 a.m. to noon, Upper Valley Art League, 921 E. 12th Street, Mission. Participants furnish their own clay or contribute toward purchasing. No instructor, no fee. UVAL membership required/$30 annually. Call 583-2787 for info.
- “Creatures of the Night,” 7 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.
- Guided kayak tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays September with The Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. No experience required. Tour prices: $30/adult, $25/ages 8 to12 (must be accompanies by an adult). Includes equipment, guides, snacks, transportation to and from the Laguna Atascosa NWR Visitor Center located 18 miles east of Rio Hondo on FM 106. Reservations required. Call 748-3607, Ext. 111 for reservations and information.
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