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‘Working Hands’ exhibit opens at Conner Museum

20140411 Working-Hands-ImageprintKINGSVILLE — The John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will showcase three Texas industries in the exhibit “Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams.” The exhibit opened this week and ends Friday, May 23.

The exhibit was organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In “Working Hands,” Williams captures images of workers and work places in three diverse industries that constitute the three pillars of the Texas economy: ranching, oil and technology. The 40 finely-detailed photographs, along with supplementary print and video resources, contribute to an understanding of the workers who reshaped the landscape from boundless prairie to ranches, farms, towns and cities.

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Jackson Street Car Show set for April 12

20140404 Harlingen-Car-Show-2014HARLINGEN – The Seventh Annual Jackson Street Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, April 12, in downtown Harlingen. The event is organized by the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Cars will be displayed along Jackson between 4th and Commerce. The show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Car registration opens at 8 a.m. the day of the event. Hot rods and classic cars that are 25 years old or older are welcome. Nearly 200 cars participated in the show last year.

In lieu of a monetary entry fee, participants are asked to bring non-perishable food products for the Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry. The first 100 entrants will receive an event T-shirt.

The awards presentation is at 2 p.m. This year, there will be 10 different award categories, including Best Muscle Car, Antique, Classic, Import, Street Rod, etc. Entrants must be present at that time to win awards.

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Chris Wallace to perform for Sharyland Athletic Booster fundraiser

20140328 Chris-WallaceThe Sharyland Athletic Booster Club is planning a Fundraiser Concert featuring Top 40 singing star Chris Wallace. The Concert is planned for Saturday, April 12, at the SHS Rattler Stadium on Business 83 at Shary Road in Mission.

The concert features the “Battle of the Bands” where local high school “garage” bands are invited to post their videos on the Entravision Communications Facebook page. The group receiving the most votes will be selected for a personal audition, and the judges will then select the top four to six groups that will perform at the concert with Wallace.

“We are very excited to be a promotional partner this event for the Booster Club,” said Alex Duran, Entravision program director. “Chris Wallace was one of our groups at Mix-Mas in December, and he was a great crowd pleaser.”

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Dinosaurs roaming Gladys Porter Zoo - again

20140321 DilophosaurusBROWNSVILLE – Dinosaurs may have roamed the Earth millions of years ago, but now they have made their way back to the Gladys Porter Zoo (GPZ).   It has been six years since dinosaurs last visited the Zoo, and the Dinosaur Safari exhibit will be open through Sunday, July 6

The Zoo makes an effort to reintroduce visitors to dinosaurs every few years. Each time the dinosaurs return to the zoo, the staff selects new species along with visitor favorites like the T-Rex.

Visitors will be able to see dinosaurs from different eras, such as the Jurassic and Late Crustaceous, from predators like the T-Rex to others that were preyed upon and others that glided through the air. Though not real, the dinosaurs resemble a living dinosaur in its actual form, moving and vocalizing, through the work of Billing Productions, a world leader in the design and development of animatronics for zoos, museums and theme parks.

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‘Scientist Guy’ Bill Nye is next UTPA speaker

20140314 BillNyepixMediaScientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor Bill Nye will be the next presenter in The University of Texas-Pan American’s Distinguished Speakers series on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

For most of his life, Nye has entertained and helped the public to better appreciate the science that makes the world function through his humor and insightful presentations.

While growing up in Washington, D.C., Nye discovered his talent for making complicated subjects interesting and fun. As a popular high school tutor, Nye spent his afternoons and summers de-mystifying math and science for his classmates. His favorite hobby was taking apart his bicycle and then reassembling the parts just to investigate how simple machines operated.

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