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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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Comedian Pablo Francisco performance is July 12

20130628 pablo franciscoSelling to sold-out audiences, comedian Pablo Franscico’s fan base is growing—for one reason—talent. He’s bringing his latest show, “The Movie Trailer Guy,” to the Rio Grande Valley audiences on Friday, July 12. It will be at the McAllen Civic Center auditorium at 1300 S. 10th. The show begins at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.

His talents have become a favorite of U.S. audiences in college and concert venues across the country. His line-up of credits has included a one-hour special on Comedy Central, one of their most requested, as well as appearances with Jay Leno, Comedy Central’s “The Show Biz Show,” Howard Stern’s radio talk show and as a cast member on “Mad TV” and “Frank TV.”

Last fall, in a European tour, he performed to a sold-out crowd at the Milky Way in Amsterdam and the Troxy in London and performed at the Australia Comedy Festival last spring. He’s currently working on a new one-hour Comedy Central special this year.

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Josh Abbott Band comes to Mission June 26

20130621 JoshAbbottBandThe Josh Abbott only arrived on the country music scene in 2006, but took to the stage like seasoned professionals quickly building the accolades and a fan base to match.

The band arrives at Las Palmas Race Park in Mission for a performance next Wednesday, June 26, with gates opening at 7 p.m.

Lubbock-based Josh Abbott was in a grad school program at Texas Tech in Lubbock when his path made a drastic turn and passion turned into dream career. He had picked up the guitar a few years earlier to strum along with his favorite country artists' songs, but the vision for his new career path came into focus in 2004 at a Randy Rogers concert when the desire hit to begin writing and playing his own music.

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