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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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Nominate your community for the Texas Treasures Award

20130705 Texas-Treasures-AwardAUSTIN – Follow the preservation success of Texas communities like Paris, Brownsville, Castroville, Georgetown, Mt. Vernon, Nacogdoches, San Marcos, and Waxahachie, and nominate your town for the 2014 First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award. The award will recognize one community in 2014 that utilizes multiple resources offered by the Texas Historical Commission (THC), as well as those of other organizations or state agencies, to support historic preservation initiatives. The winning community will be announced later in the year, and receive special signage and a video highlighting the community as a unique heritage tourism destination.

The First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the multifaceted preservation achievements of an entire community that understands the benefits of researching, identifying, and preserving the structures, archeological sites, and landscapes that emphasize an authentic sense of Texas place. A winner will be chosen by a committee comprised of staff members from the Office of the Governor and the THC.

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