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STLO to perform ‘Pagliacci’ June 8-9

South Texas Lyric Opera presents “Pagliacci,”a fully staged opera with an international cast, STLO Chorus, live orchestra, and a children’s choir under the artistic direction of Maestro Mazias de Oliveira. Performances will take place at the Edinburg City Auditorium on Saturday, June 8, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m.

“Pagliacci” is one of the top 20 most performed operas of all time and a favorite among opera enthusiasts, one hour in length and performed in Italian with subtitles in English. The production is replete with the themes of love and betrayal, and film enthusiasts will recognize music that has been featured in a long line of classic Italian cinema.

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VMHS Harlequins to hold performances of state-qualifying one act play

The Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) Harlequins have scheduled public performances of their district and regional winning, state-qualifying one act play. The troupe will perform “The Circus Animals’ Desertion,” by Don Nigro. The play is set in the 1940s and is an eerie story of a young lady who leaves a trail of chaos.

The performances will be held on Wednesday, May 29, at 4:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 each.

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‘Cha-cha-la-ca Mornings’ get down and dirty

20130524 Cha-cha-la-ca MorningsEvery Wednesday and Saturday morning, from 8 to 11a.m., Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center welcomes volunteers who enjoy getting their hands in the dirty, whether they are students needing hours for school credits or someone who wants to learn about native plants.

Projects include bird feeding, watering gardens, weeding, planting shrubs and trees, trail maintenance, trail building, invasive plant removal, cleaning and more. Volunteers will learn about South Texas plants and wildlife and spend time with other volunteers while making a difference for wildlife and the visitors to Quinta Mazatlan.

Cha-cha-la-ca Mornings will begin Saturday, June 1, and will run every Saturday and Wednesday through August. First-time volunteers need to arrive early to fill out a volunteer form.

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Hog Dash registration underway

Registration is underway for Hog Dash 3 and Hog Dash Jr. on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, in Weslaco. Proceeds from the event will benefit STARS Scholarships, the Weslaco Pride Foundation and Teach the Children. Spectators are welcome to attend.

The 5K Hog Dash 3 is filled with wall climbs, mud crawls, tire obstacles, tunnel crawls, hurdles, mud pits and more. Hog Dash Jr. is a 1-mile obstacle mud run for children ages 4 to 13.

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