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Wynonna & the Big Noise to headline Sharyland ISD benefit concert

20140926 Wynona-Lead-InAll you have to say is “Wynonna.”   No last name needed for the five-time Grammy winner.  

Now Valley fans will be treated to hear Wynonna & the Big Noise live when she comes to Mission Saturday, Oct. 11, for the annual Sharyland ISD Education Foundation benefit concert. The annual concert is becoming one of the premier, must-attend fundraisers in the Valley as they draw bigger stars with each new event.

Tickets are still available, including VIP seating. It’ll be staged at Las Palmas Race Park, 9809 N. Taylor Rd., beginning at 7 p.m. with opening bad Costello. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Read more: Wynonna & the Big Noise to headline Sharyland ISD benefit concert


Preparing for an alien invasion

20140926 AlienThe Edinburg World Birding Center (EWBC) is preparing residents for an “alien invasion” with their upcoming survival series, “Tools of the Trade: Creating Your Survival Tool Kit.” It will be held on Wednesdays Oct. 1 through 22.            

The invasion they are questioning is who or what has caused the dramatic decline of bees around the world. According to a May, 2014, report, bee colonies have dropped 30 percent in the United States every winter since 2007. Out of 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of food globally, 71 are pollinated by bees. The article goes on to state that a number of factors are involved in the collapse of bee colonies worldwide. (See

The EWBC survival series focuses on the tools necessary to survive in the event of a food shortage caused by the loss of cross pollination and possible loss of technology. Participants will learn about surviving on non-bee-pollinated foods, essential knot-tying and paracord skills and how to make cooking tools, purify water and create food-gathering tools.

Read more: Preparing for an alien invasion


Decisions, decisions: Fundraiser combats hunger

20140919 emptybowls2014The seemingly endless line of empty bowls accentuates the challenge faced by individuals and families across the Rio Grande Valley each day—hunger. The annual Empty Bowls Luncheon & Silent Auction to benefit the Food Bank Rio Grande Valley will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage. One of the more popular fundraisers, guests sample food prepared by local restaurants after choosing a bowl, which they take home as a reminder. Tickets are on pre-sale now at for $25. Tickets will be $30 at the door. For more information, contact Philip Farias at 904-4513 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Kids can ‘Fall into Art’ at UVAL

20140912 Jessica-MonroeJessica Monroe will lead a series of children’s art classes, “Fall into Art,” beginning Oct. 11 at the Upper Valley Art League, 921 E. 12th in Mission.  Geared for ages 7 to 10 years, it runs for six weeks on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., ending Nov. 15.

Monroe began teaching children’s art classes at UVAL in 1998 until 2001 when she left to attend Southwestern University where she earned her bachelor’s in studio art.  After graduating, she returned to the Valley and taught art at Med High in Mercedes and Juan Diego Academy in Mission.

During the summer, she studied at New York University and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.  She now spends most of her time in the studio.  Her painting are mostly inspired by philosophy and nature.

Read more: Kids can ‘Fall into Art’ at UVAL


Tranquil Beginnings

20140905 Tranquil-BeginningsUpper Valley art League member David Bowen is a musician, but only recently entered the visual arts scene when he became a member of UVAL about three years ago. He is an accomplished organist, pianist and harpsichordist whose primary interest is early music. Having no experience in the visual arts, the floodgates opened when he immersed himself in all the instruction available as he attended many workshops, and studied with Ines Kowalyszyn who says that his rapid progress is based on "practice, practice, practice." The fruits his labors and dedication will be on display in his exhibit, “Tranquil Beginnings,” that opens at McAllen Stained Glass this Friday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. It is located at 800 Main St., Ste. 400.


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