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22nd Annual South Texas Pow Wow set for Oct. 21-22

20111014_Powwow_01The South Texas Indian Dancers announced their 22nd Annual South Texas Pow Wow will be held Oct. 21-22 at the Lark Community Center, 2601 Lark Ave., McAllen. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday with activities running into the evening.

The celebration includes Indian storytellers, drawings, music, dancing and vendors selling American Indian jewelry, dream catchers and more. Admission is free. Call 686-6696 for more information.

Actor Uzziel Martinez from Los Angeles, CA will be attending the event. Mother-daughter singing duo “Sayani,” Cherokees Jorie and Christine West from Springtown, will perform, along with storyteller Cherokee Kathy Lynn of Port Lavaca.

There will be exhibition performances by the South Texas Indian Dancers (STIDA), and some dances will be opened to the audience for participation. The Friday Fun Dance is 7-10 p.m. The Saturday Exhibition Dance begins at 11 a.m., Gourd Dancing is 1-4:30 p.m., and the Grand Entry begins at 7 p.m.

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HESTEC celebrates 10 years of innovation

The University of Texas-Pan American is celebrating its 10th anniversary Sept. 26-Oct. 1 of educating Hispanic youth about the many opportunities available to them in the STEM careers. UTPA and U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) started the weeklong conference to encourage Hispanic students in the Rio Grande Valley to pursue STEM-related careers, since employees in those fields are in high demand.

Mariel Robles wants girls to know that engineering is not just about fixing or designing cars. It also is an industry that needs their input.

"We lack the female perspective in science and innovation," said Robles, a 2006 UTPA graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering. "Everything is designed by men for men."

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STC 2011-12 theater season opens Oct. 13-16

South Texas College’s Theatre Department has returned with its second full season of productions for the Valley community.

“We are bringing a little bit of everything from suspense to drama, comedy and romance to the stage this year,” said Joel Jason Rodriquez, STC drama instructor. “All of our productions feature our very own STC theater students cast alongside community members, creating a unique mix of talent that will impress even the most discerning theater pallet.”

The season opens with Steven Dietz’s, “Dracula,” running Oct. 13-16. Neil Simon’s “Rumors” follows Dec. 1-4. In the spring, 2012, the department presents George S. Kauffman and Moss Hart’s “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” Feb. 23-26, and the season ends with the department’s Academic Co-Operative Studio Production of Don Zolidis’ “The Brothers’ Grim Spectaculathon,” May 3-6.

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‘Dog Days of Summer Are Over’ is Saturday

20110916_Dog-Days_Pepe-Saenz_001It’s a day to enjoy man’s best friend – Fido. “Dog Days of Summer Are Over” will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Mission Sports Complex, located on South Shary Rd at the Sharyland Plantation in Mission. This free admission event runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

If you have a dog, grab a leash and come on down and enter one or more of the contests. If not, just come on out and enjoy the fun. Registration to enter the competition will be held on-site from 8-10 a.m.

The lineup of events kicks off with a Dog Parade at 9:30 a.m. followed by a number of contests, including Small Dog Muttsquerade (costume contest for dogs under 35 lbs.), Large Dog Muttsquerade and Pairs Muttsquerade (two dogs in themed costumes). Other dog competitions will include Best Trick, Quickest Retrieval, Waggiest Tail, Spazziest Dog, Ugliest Dog and Pet Owner Look-alike contests. Prizes and trophies will be awarded the winners.

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