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October 17 – From 6 to 7 p.m., the Edinburg World Birding Center will host local butterfly and moth expert Mike Rickard as he discusses unique species that make the RGV a fabulous place for butterfly watchers and enthusiasts. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Seats are limited; call 381-9922 to reserve a spot. The EWBC is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria Rd.

October 18 – The Sharyland Pioneer High School Diamond Belles Booster Club will hold a Chalup Bingo fundraiser from 1 to 3 p.m. in the La Hacienda subdivision clubhouse. It is located at the northwest corner of Glasscock and Griffin Parkway (FM 495) in Mission. Cost is $10 for two cards. A concession stand will be available to purchase snacks.

October 18 – R. Cantu Jr. High School will host a Cavalier 5K/1 Mile Run-Walk. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m.; the race starts at 8 a.m. The walk will start soon after. Registration the morning of the event morning is $15. Awards will be given for the top three males and females in nine different age categories. For more information, call 323-7830.

October 18 – The International Museum of Art & Science is hosting a science fair from 12 to 5 p.m. Activities include exploration with a smart phone microscope, microscope workshop, industrial bubbles, soda with Mentos, animal talks, Kelvin the Robot, Science on a Sphere presentations and more. It’s included in the regular admission price. IMAS is located at 1900 Nolana in McAllen. Call 682-0123 for more information.

October 23 – Buckets of Fun, “Fun with Dirt & Crawlers,” runs from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset in McAllen, for preschool children and their parents. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. From 6 to 7 p.m., Virginia and George Gause will speak on “Mexican Folk Art.” Admission is $3 per person. Call 681-3370 for more information.

October 25 – Meet Benito Trevino, South Texas ethnobotanist, who will share the many uses of native plants that have been a part of his heritage growing up in Rio Grande City. His presentation is part of Native Plant Day from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset in McAllen. There will be a series of presentations and tours by John and Carol Goolsby, Ann Vacek, Stephanie Galla, Don Vacek, Mike Heep and Sandi Milford. Regular admission fees apply: $3 adults, $2 seniors and children. For information, visit www.quintamazatlan.com or call 681-3370.

October 25 – Take a guided kayak tour of the Laguna Madre from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. sponsored by the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, 22688 Buena Vista Blvd., Los Fresnos. Learn basic kayaking skills. All equipment and training provided. Cost is $30 for adults and $25 for ages 8 to 12. Call 748-3607, Ext. 111, to make a reservation.

October 30 – Buckets of Fun, “Fun with Hollows,” runs from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset in McAllen, for preschool children and their parents. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. Learn “All about Bats” with Martha and Katherine Jones from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. Call 681-3370 for more information.

October 31-November 2 – The Mission High School Class of ’65 will celebrate its 50th reunion during the Eagles’ homecoming weekend. Payment deadline is Oct. 20. The Friday homecoming activities include the MHS exes reception, pep rally and Eagles homecoming game against Lincoln-Juarez High School. An after game party will conclude Friday’s reunion festivities. A dinner and reunion celebration will take place Saturday evening at Balli’s Social Events Center in Mission. Sunday brunch will be at La Casa del Taco. For costs, to register or more information, email MissionHigh65@aol.com or call 424-6381.

November

November 1 – Juan Diego Academy is holding its Fourth Annual Gala fundraiser at the campus, 5208 S. FM 494 in Mission. This year’s theme, “Botanica,” celebrates times gone by. It begins at 6 p.m. and features a reception with live music, dinner, silent and live auctions and entertainment by the JDA Dance Class. Individual tickets are $100 per person, and sponsorships range from $500 to $5,000.   Proceeds will help with construction of new classrooms. Call the school office at 583-2753 for tickets, sponsorships or information.

November 1 – “Dia de los Muertos: Authors’ Night Readings” at the Writers’ Forum begins at 6:30 p.m.at the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center at 225 E. Stenger in San Benito. The Forum promotes a creative group of writers, featuring their skills through talent sharing throughout the year. Participation is free. For more information, call 350-3905.

November 1 – Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum will host the second annual Squeezebox Boom 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk at the Heavin Resaca Trail. Register online at Magic Valley Events.com. Entry fee is $20 for runners and $10 for walkers. Proceeds benefit the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Call Rey Avila at 245-1666 for more information.

November 1 – Dia de los Muertos: Authors’ Night Readings at The Writers’ Forum begins at 6:30 p.m.at the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center at 225 E. Stenger in San Benito. The Forum promotes a creative group of writers, featuring their skills through talent sharing at performances throughout the year. Participation is free. For more information, call 350-3905.

November 6 - Buckets of Fun, “Fun with Leaves,” runs from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset in McAllen, for preschool children and their parents. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. There will be a movie night featuring “Central Park Effect,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. Call 681-3370 for more information.

November 8 – Alton Elementary School will host its First 5K Run/Walk/Get Colorful event. This will be a color run with the first wave starting at 8 a.m. followed by the next at 8:30 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive an hour prior to the wave time. Registration can be done at Alton Elementary School, 205 N. Chicago, Alton. Early registration through Oct. 24 is $10 for ages 15 and up and $5 for ages 7 to 14. After Oct. 24, registration prices increase $5 for each bracket. T-shirts for the event will be $8. For more information, call 323-7600.

November 8 – 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.

November 8 – Market Days in downtown San Benito runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Batts Street & Railroad Tracks with local vendors, live music and food. Call 361-3804, Ext. 302 or 304, for more information.

November 11 – A Veterans Day ceremony begins at 8:50 a.m. when veterans and surviving family members are invited to march down Sam Houston Street with a police escort to the San Benito Veterans War Memorial site (Railroad Tracks and Rowson Street). A patriotic ceremony will pay tribute to all veterans. To participate, or for more information, call Victor Garza at 399-7464.

November 13 – Volunteers are needed for the Operation Interdependence-RGV organization’s next “Packing Party” scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Salvation Army at 1600 N. 23rd St. (23rd and Pecan) in McAllen. The event is suitable activity for families, church groups, co-workers and individuals. To volunteer, become a sponsor for the campaign, make a monetary or in-kind donation by contacting Jennifer Nava at 632-3589. Every penny goes directly to buying supplies for the soldiers. Refreshments will also be provided.

November 13– Buckets of Fun, “Fun with Feathers,” runs from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset in McAllen, for preschool children and their parents. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. Erik Bruhnke will speak from 6 to 7 p.m. on “Birds of the Northwoods.” Admission is $3 per person. Call 681-3370 for more information.

November 15 – A chicken barbecue fundraiser will be held to benefit the new Pioneer Diamond Belles dancers. Plates are $6 each filled with a leg quarter, rice, beans, bread and jalapeño. Pick-up will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.at the Thompson Fruit Stand, 2409 E. 4 Mile Rd. in Mission. Plates can be purchased in advance from any Diamond Belle or by calling Betty Peña, Booster president, at 802-2994. Plates will also be available that day while supplies last.

November 20 – Buckets of Fun, “Fun with Thanksgiving Forest Feast,” runs from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset in McAllen, for preschool children and their parents. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. Learn about “Tower Gardening” from Donna Wright from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. Call 681-3370 for more information.

November 22 – In observance of Texas Independence Day, the 2nd Annual Indian Cultural Pow-Wow will be held at Veterans Memorial Academy, 2115 N. Williams Road, San Benito. The Pow Wow is sponsored by the Texas Heritage and Independence Celebration Association, Inc. For more information, call 367-3155.

December

December 4 – Buckets of Fun, “Fun with Nature Tree,” runs from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset in McAllen, for preschool children and their parents. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. From 6 to 7 p.m. paint reusable canvas bags with the staff. Admission is $5 per person. Call 681-3370 for more information.

December 11 – Buckets of Fun, “Fun with Holiday Gifts,” runs from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset in McAllen, for preschool children and their parents. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. It’s the “Home for the Holidays Concert from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Call 681-3370 for more information.

December 13 – 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 13 – A Christmas Bazaar scheduled in at Heavin Memorial Park on the Resaca in San Benito offers food and drink booths, along with arts and crafts items for sale. Food, arts and crafts and corporate vendors are welcomed. Call 361-3804, Ext. 301, to sign up. Registration forms for parade entries and vendors will be posted on Oct. 15 at www.cityofsanbenito.com.

December 13 – Market Days in downtown San Benito runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Batts Street & Railroad Tracks with local vendors, live music and food. Call 361-3804, Ext. 302 or 304, for more information.

Weekly

Sunday

  • “In Step to Health” free Sunday seminars, Mission Hope Seventh Day Adventist Church, 203 W. Mile 3 Rd., Mission, 3-5 p.m.: health lectures, screenings and healthy cooking; ends November 23. For info or to register, call 454-4596.

Monday

  • TOPS #415 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 3 p.m. weigh-in, Mission Historical Museum, 900 Doherty. For info: Shirley Earp, 254-258-2380.
  • Crossroads Al-Anon, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1101 Doherty. For info: Lydia, 330-6559, or Shirley, 581-8084.
  • 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: 682-1468.

Tuesday

  • Quinta Mazatlan: Songbird Strolls, 8:30-9:30 a.m., 600 Sunset, McAllen. Included in regular admission. Call 681-3370 for info.

Wednesday

  • Mission Lions Club, 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. Info or to join: 583-2787.
  • “In Step to Health” free Wednesday seminars, Mission Hope Seventh Day Adventist Church, 203 W. Mile 3 Rd., Mission, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: exercise, marriage and relationship enhancement, financial empowerment and addiction support; ends November 19. For info or to register, call 454-4596.
  • Quinta Mazatlan: Garden Walk and Talk, 10 –11 a.m., 600 Sunset, McAllen. Included in regular admission. Call 681-3370 for info.
  • Helping Other Patients Emotionally (H.O.P.E.), cancer patient support group, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., McAllen Library at Nolana and 23rd, Conference Room B; Marsha Nelson, Ph.D., facilitator. Info: 624-3840.

Thursday

  • Mission Rotary Club, 12 p.m., Club at Cimarron, 1200 S. Shary Rd. Salad bar buffet, $10; Mexican food buffet, $15. All Rotarians and interested persons welcomed.
  • “Family Fun Night,” $1 admission to IMAS, 4 to 8 p.m., Bicentenntial Way & Nolana Ave., McAllen. Info: 682-0123.

Friday

  • 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.
  • Quinta Mazatlan: History of Quinta Mazatlan Tour, 10 –11 a.m., 600 Sunset, McAllen. Included in regular admission. Call 681-3370 for info.

Saturday

  • Quinta Mazatlan: Songbird Strolls, 8:30-9:30 a.m., 600 Sunset, McAllen. Included in regular admission. Call 681-3370 for info.

Weekends

  • McAllen Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd St.
  • Friday-Sunday, Bayside Habitat Tours, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 to 4 p.m.; wheelchair accessible, open-air tram: Tickets: $4, adults (16 & over); $3, seniors (62 and over); free, under 16. Reservations required; call 748-3607, Ext. 111.

 

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