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UVAL seeks artists for juried show

The-ArtsIt has been a long-held vision by members of the Upper Valley Art League to bring a juried fine art event to the Valley. Their vision is about to come to fruition with a juried fine art festival planned in November. The show will be held at the Mission Community Center, 1420 E. Kika de la Garza Loop in Mission.

Three prominent artists from the greater Texas art community will view and approve the art for inclusion in the festival. All works will be original, with no prints or copies displayed. Artists interested in having their original pieces included are invited to enter.

The three-day event will be held Nov. 15 through 17, from 12 to 7 p.m. on the opening day on Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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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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