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RGV TubaChristmas concert Dec. 8 at UTPA

20131206 TubaChristmasChristmasmediaThe public is invited to The University of Texas-Pan American to celebrate the sounds of Christmas in an oompah-terrific way this year at the annual RGV TubaChristmas concert scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

Taking center stage at TubaChristmas, which is free to the public, will be instruments in the tuba family, including sousaphone, baritones and euphoniums played by musicians ages 8 to 80.  With many of the horns decorated for the Christmas season, concert goers will enjoy traditional holiday favorites—from “Silent Night” to “Jingle Bells.”

This year's special guest artist for the concert is Dr. Jerry Young, professor emeritus of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and president of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

"TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach and compose music for instruments in the tuba family," explained Dr. Scott Roeder, UTPA assistant professor of music, who co-coordinates the annual event with Jim Egger, head band director at McAllen High School.

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VMHS Harlequins planning their most ambitious production

20131127 Sweeney-Todd Prints PBA-63Sets are under construction, props gathered, costumes tailored, and rehearsals underway for the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) Harlequins Drama Club. For two weekends in December, the curtain will go up on their production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Performances of the musical thriller will take place the first two weekends on Dec. 5, 6 and 7 and 12, 13 and 14 at the VMHS Theater, located at 700 E. Two Mile Road.

Advanced tickets will be sold Monday throughThursday, beginning on Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the theater or during traditional office hours at the VMHS front office. All performances will begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Student tickets will cost $5. Adult tickets will cost $10.

The musical thriller is set in 19th century England and tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd. After being released from prison, the falsely accused man opens a barber shop above the pie shop of Ms. Lovett. The two team up in a plot for revenge against those who have done them wrong and hurt loved ones.

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Randy Rogers Band brings ‘Trouble’ to the Valley

20131122 Randy-Rodgers-BandThe Randy Rogers Band will perform Friday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Pharr Entertainment Center, 3000 N. Cage Blvd. in Pharr. The Randy Rogers Band is a hard-hitting-no-frills band that averages over 220 tour dates a year playing to sold-out crowds night after night.

As their new studio album intimates, TROUBLE is always just around the corner. This band of brothers has experienced their share of ups and downs throughout the years. On TROUBLE, they’ve found a way to take those times of loss and pain along with happiness and a little mayhem, and masterfully turn it into beautiful and enduring art.

Teaming up for the first time with award-winning producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant, The Wallflowers), the Texas five piece dove headfirst into songs of loss, love and, above all, truth.

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Submissions sought for exhibit honoring Virgen de Guadalupe

20131114 mission-historicalThe Mission Historical Museum is seeking submissions for their “Castilian Roses in December” exhibit, a community-curated presentation to commemorate the legend of the Virgen de Guadalupe.  The exhibit will run from Dec. 3 to 28, with an opening reception on Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.

On December 9, 1531, a dark-skinned female figure, the “Lady,” appeared to Juan Diego at a place where his people worshipped an Aztec mother goddess. She told Juan to go to his bishop to request that a church be built. The bishop demanded a sign.

Three days later, the Lady appeared again, instructing Juan to offer the bishop a bouquet of Castilian Roses that were miraculously blooming from the barren hilltop in December. Juan wrapped the blooms in his apron. Upon opening the tilma for the bishop, the roses dropped to the ground and a perfect image of the Lady appeared on the garment.

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Speer Library announces Thanksgiving 5K

pt-square logoThe staff at Speer Memorial Library is planning their first 5K Thanksgiving Walk/Run to combat hunger. It’s planned for Saturday, Nov. 23, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Mission Bike and Hike Trail on Conway south of Expressway 83.

“This sporty spirit builder is an opportunity to work up your appetite, share your blessings with the community and contribute to good cause,” said Robert L. Rivera, Speer Library Community Service Coordinator.

Early registration begins runs through Nov. 22 at the library during regular hours. Late registrations will be accepted at the trail between 8 and 8:45a.m. Participants who bring 10 nonperishable canned food items and a $5 entry fee will receive a commemorative T-shirt. For the regular entry fee of $10, a T-shirt can be purchased for $5.

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