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March 8 – The next monthly meeting of Aglow International begins with a continental breakfast at 10 a.m. at Taco Ole, 2316 N. Conway in Mission. Guest speaker is Eloisa Martinez from Reynosa, Tamps., Mexico, who has been ministering for 30 years and also leads a dance ministry. For information, call Estela Villarreal at 655-1119; Criselda Alvarado, 534-7941; or Connie Escamilla, 279-7887.
March 8 – The International Museum of Art & Science hosts a “2nd Saturdays at IMAS” program for Winter Texans and senior citizens, serving free coffee and donuts from 9 to 11 a.m. There will be a guided tour of the museum and the Science On a Sphere presentation. Admission is $5 per Winter Texan and senior citizen. IMAS is located at 1900 W. Nolana Ave. For more information, call 682-0123.
March 8 – Take a tour of Rancho Lomitas and learn about the historical uses and properties of native plants. The Edinburg World Birding Center is taking small groups for tours with ranch owner and ethnobotanist, Benito Treviño who will teach how local plants and their practical uses have helped people survive in the Rio Grande Valley for hundreds of years. Cost is $20 for EWBC members and $25 for nonmembers. Departure is from the EWBC at 7:30 a.m., returning about 3:30 pm. Individuals should bring money to buy lunch or bring their own. Space is limited; March 6 is the deadline to register. The EWBC is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria. For more information and to register, call 381-9922.
March 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.
March 9 – The Museum of South Texas History hosts Ralph West as he shares his family’s story as written by his brother Gary in “The Weed Was a Flower.” It chronicles his African-American family’s quest for an opportunity for a better life when they came to the Valley in 1930. The program, included in the regular museum admission, begins at 2 p.m. and concludes with a book signing. Copies will be available for purchase in the museum store. MOSTH is located at 200 N. Closner in Edinburg. Call 383-6911 for information.
March 10-14 – The Jr. Zookeeper Camp at Glady Porter Zoo gives kids an opportunity to work with zoo staff and to participate in the daily chores needed to care for the animals. The Starlight Safari sleepover is at 6:30 p.m. on March 15. The minimum class size must have 10 students registered, age 7 or older, for it to open. The price is $175 for non-members or $155 for members. For more information, call 548-9453 or visit www.gpz.org.
March 11-15 – Superhero Nature Week will be held at the Edinburg World Birding Center from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Activities start with Camouflage Tuesday followed by Jumping Wednesday, Vision Thursday and Protection Friday. The program is included in the regular admission. The week ends with Captain Planet on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The EWBC is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria Rd. For more information, call 381-9922.
March 12 – 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 and park models are invited.
March 13 – Scarlet Colley, from the Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center, will be speaking at Quinta Mazatlan at 6 p.m. to share facts about dolphins, seahorses and other creatures from the sea. In 2005, the Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center opened to educate South Padre Island visitors on becoming eco-friendly. The program fee is $3 per person, and no advance reservation is required. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen. For more information, call 681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com.
March 15 – The Dinosaurs Safari exhibit opens at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville and runs through July 6. With realistic robotic dinosaurs on display, zoo patrons can learn about the characteristics of some of the prehistoric creatures. The $3 admission into the exhibit is in addition to the zoo’s regular admission price. For more information, call 546-7187.
March 19 – The registration deadline is March 19 for a painting class taught by botanist and artist Sue Sill. She will conduct a three-day botanical drawing and watercolor painting workshop March 26 to 28 at the Upper Valley Art League, 921 E. 12th Street in Mission, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Cost is $120 per person. A minimum of six is needed for the class to make, with a maximum of 12. A supply list will be available at the time of registration. Stop by the UVAL gallery during regular hours to register or call 583-2787 for more information.
March 22 – Take a Saturday Safari with dinosaurs at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. Youth, ages 4 and up, and their parents, will visit the robotic dinosaur exhibit. The safari begins at 10 a.m. A zoo tour, snacks, materials and supplies are included in the $15 fee per child or adult. Zoo members receive a $5 discount. To register (required), call 548-9453 or download a registration form at www.gpz.org.
- 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.
- West Mission Lutheran Fellowship worship service, Pleasant Valley Resort rec hall, 10:30 a.m. Meeting through Mar. 31.
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