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Peñitas baseball team places in Disney tournament

20130809 SOC Penitas-Tejanos-8u-baseball-team PENITAS – The Tejanos baseball, a local 08U youth baseball team, dared to dream, work hard, and their efforts paid off when they took second place out of 14 teams in the 8-year-old division at the Disney International Salute to Baseball tournament in July.

Over 150 other teams travelled from across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Panama and Venezuela to participate in the tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The Tejanos are a tournament team which gives them the opportunity to play ball year round across South Texas. This allows them to not be confined by the shorter season play of local leagues and programs sponsored through city parks and recreation departments.

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Marco Antonio Solis performs Aug. 3 at State Farm Arena

20130802 Marco-AntonioHIDALGO – State Farm Arena hosts Latin Grammy Award winner Marco Antonio Solis in a live performance this weekend on stage Saturday, Aug. 3. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Mexico-born heartthrob began his career path at age 6 with Los Hermanitos Solis and steadily blossomed into a 47-year career as a musician, composer and record producer.

The tenor formed the group Los Bukis in the 1970s, and the band made their name known throughout Central, South and North America over the next 20 years hitting the Hot Latin Tracks chart.

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Dinosaur George heads to Quinta Mazatlan

20130726 Dinosaur-GeorgeQuinta Mazatlan World Birding Center, 600 Sunset in McAllen, will host Dinosaur George (aka George Blasing) for a special presentation next Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m.

Blasing is bringing over 35 exhibit pieces for the presentation while he brings the prehistoric world to life, including talking about some that roamed South Texas. There will be a photo op session at the conclusion where families can take pictures of him with their children and some of the exhibit items, including a Saber-toothed cat skull.

Blasing is a self-taught paleontologist and animal behaviorist with more than 35 years of study and research behind him. Ass a public speaker, writer and television personality, he has performed live to over two million people and has lectured in over 2800 museums, schools and public events. He co-created, wrote and hosted a 12-part History Channel series, “Jurassic Fight Club,” and is now involved in creating several new television projects.

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Learning primitive skills in a Thornforest

20130719 Primitave-SkillsVisitors to Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center can explore “Primitive Skills” on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. as they learn about the Thornforest before it was agricultural and urban development. They can participate in several primitive skill demonstrations including archery, animal tracking and identifying edible plants.

The Rio Grande Valley is affected by four different climates: the dessert to the West, the temperate to the North, the tropical to the South and the coastal to the East. This assembly of climates creates a unique ecosystem where plants and animals found nowhere else once thrived. Quinta Mazatlan offers a step back in time to see the Rio Grande Valley as it used to be—a Tamaulipan Brushland, also known as Thornforest, full of life.

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Lions Club holds 88th annual installation banquet

20130626 Mission Lions Club Banquet lg-1The Mission Lions Club held their 88th annual installation of officers and awards banquet on Wednesday, June 26, at Balli’s Social and Event Center in Mission, with Heather Marks as the guest speaker.

Marks works with the American Cancer Society and spoke on her life experiences with ovarian cancer and the looming possibility of breast cancer. Marks developed ovarian cancer in her twenties and through current testing procedures was recently identified as a high risk candidate for breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy a preventive measure.

During the meeting, slides and a video were shown of the club’s first of what is to be an annual Mud Volleyball Tournament held in June with over 40 teams participating.

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