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August 5-8 – The Quinta Mazatlan Nature Discovery Camp, “Art in the Wild II,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for ages 9 to 12. The camp sessions focus on different nature-related themes with hands-on science investigations and experiments. Advance registration is required in person at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset in McAllen, at any of the McAllen Community Centers, or on-line by visiting https://webtrac.mcallen.net. Camp fee is $40 for residents and $60 for non-residents. Call 681-3370 for more information.
August 7 – The trustees of the Foundation at Mission Regional Medical Center will host the Seventh Annual Ladies First Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Kalos Salon de Eventos in Mission. This year’s keynote speaker is television personality and cancer survivor Mayte Prida. In addition to the keynote speaker and lunch, there will be health informational booths and door prizes. Reserved tables for 10 and individual tickets are on sale now for $50 per person. For more information or to donate a door prize or purchase tickets call at 323-1102.
August 7 – At 7 p.m., with help from Marion Mason, a Laguna Atascosa Park Ranger and wildlife expert, guests at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center can discover the story of wild cats in the Valley. The Rio Grande Valley once contained the most diverse wildcat population in all of the Americas: bobcats, cougars, jaguars and more. Using animal artifacts like pelts and skulls, Mason will provide an up-close examination of the wild felines. Following the program, children can make their own wildcat mask to take home. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen. The event is included in the regular price of admission. For more information, call 681-3370.
August 9 – The next monthly meeting of Mission Aglow International features a program by the Aglow leadership team. The free continental breakfast begins at 10 a.m. followed by the program and will be held at Taco Ole, 2316 N. Conway in Mission. For more information, call Estela Villarreal at 655-1119 or Connie Escamilla at 279-7887.
August 9 – 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.
August 14 – Thursday Evening Exploration at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center, 600 Sunset in McAllen, will host zookeepers with live animals from Gladys Porter Zoo at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. Call 681-3370 for more information.
August 16 – “Feathers–Form & Function” is the final “Beak the Heat” program at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. It runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Explore the structure of feathers and how different birds use them for display, protection and camouflage. Regularly scheduled programs are free with paid admission. Pre-registration is required. The park is located at 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission. For more information, call 584-9156.
August 16 – The Gladys Porter Zoo will be hosting a charity Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at Cardenas Mercedes Benz in Harlingen. Proceeds will benefit the current GPZ capital campaign projects, the South Texas Discovery Center and Patty Gorges Small World renovation. Top prizes include seats to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nev. with airfare and hotel stay. For more information, visit www.gpz.org or call 546-7187.
August 21 – The Forest Tots program this week at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center, 600 Sunset in McAllen, is “Spy with My Little Eye – Funny Forest Shapes.” For ages 3 to 5, it begins at 10 a.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. Call 681-3370 for more information.
August 21 – The Southern Exposures: Youth Nature Photo Contest Awards Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center, 600 Sunset in McAllen.
August 23 – The Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville is offering “A Salute to Our Troops Appreciation Day” to honor all current and former military members and their families with a special discount day. There will be a flag raising ceremony at the front of the Zoo at 10 a.m. Military members and their families receive a special admission rate of $3 per person with a military ID, retiree ID or a VA card. The Zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 546-7187.
September 13 – The Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild celebrates Friendship Day at Pharr South, 1402 S. Cage Blvd., Pharr from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please bring a cover dish to share. For additional information, call Florea Flores at 648-4833 or go to www.rgvqg.com.
September 18 – The Mission Historical Museum’s Eighth Annual Museum Dinner Banquet will be held at the Mission Community Center, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. It begins with a social hour, music, and a preview of silent auction items. A dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m., followed by the program and awards presentations. The 2014 Wall of Fame Award recipients include Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Don Lester, Blanca Marroquin, Jim Brunson and Amador and Alicia Requenez. Individual tickets and group table reservations are available. A reserved table for 10 is $400 for members and $500 for non-members. Individual, open seating tickets are $30 for museum members and $40 for non-members. For more information, contact Linda Castañeda at 580-8646.
October 11 – 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 – 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 – 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.
- 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, 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1101 Doherty. For info: Lydia, 330-6559.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 and Nolana Ave., McAllen. Info: 682-0123.
- 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.
The Friends of the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge guided kayak tours run through August. No experience necessary. Instruction provided. Cost: $30 per adult; $25 ages 8 to 12 (must be accompanied by parent). Includes all equipment, snack, guides and transportation to the Laguna Madre. Reservations required; call 748-3607, Ext. 111.
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