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Yumi Castro in concert at First Presbyterian

The First Presbyterian Church of Mission hosts vocalist Yumi Castro in a concert this Sunday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary located at 1102 Ash. The concert is open to the public and free of charge as a community service to Mission and the surrounding area.

“Yumi Castro has a voice that you will want to hear!” stated Pat Hudsonpillar, director of music and worship at the church.

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SHS presents ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Nov. 11-14

20111111_SHSHorrorsThe Sharyland High School choir and theater departments will present the musical production of “Little Shop of Horrors” in the school auditorium this weekend.

The production revolves around a worker in a florist shop who discovers and raises a plant that feeds on human blood, not knowing that the plant is actually from another planet with a plot to take over the world. The musical is based on a 1960s black comedy film by director Roger Corman. It was turned into a rock musical production in 1982 by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman.

Show times are 7 p.m. for the Friday, Saturday and Monday performances, Nov. 11, 12 and 14, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors. For reservations, call 956-580-5300, Ext. 1108 or 1109.

Week-long event celebrates ‘Day of the Dead’

McALLEN – The International Museum will be holding its opening celebrations for its second annual “El Festival de las Veinte Flores: Day of the Dead Celebration” this coming Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1-5 p.m. The opening celebrations will kick off the week-long festivities at IMAS, which will all culminate in the closing ceremonies on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.

Activities will include face-painting, sugar skulls decorating, Day of the Dead Bingo, performances by UTPA’s Ballet Folklorico, papel picado and paper flower making, and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to take their pictures with the IMAS “Catrinas” and learn about the IMAS Altar, which will be honoring 10 visionary artists of Mexico.

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7th Annual Halloween Costume Contest at Speer Memorial Library Children’s Department

It’s that time of the year when ghosts, globins, witches, and friendly monsters will visit Speer Memorial Library Children’s Department to participate in the 7th Annual Halloween Costume Contest.  Moms and dads are asked to share the coolest and cutest costumes they’ve whipped up for their munchkins.  We want you to show us your amazing kids’ Halloween costumes, and if you manage to manifest something especially imaginative, your child could win one of many exciting prizes.

Ghosts, globins, witches, and friendly monsters will all be judged based on the Most Original and the Most Appealing Costume entry.  The entries will be awarded in four categories:  Toddlers 1 to 3 years old and able to walk, Pre-Kinder–Kinder, 1st – 3rd graders, and 4th – 8th grade friendly monsters.  The judges for the evening will be Jennifer Venecia, Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A, Jose Uribe, Park Naturalist from Estero Llano Grande State Park, and Berta Filut, Executive Director, Texas Citrus Fiesta.  The judges will be impartial regardless of the number of treats.

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Entries sought for Christmas Tree Forest

The International Museum of Art & Science Guild is seeking entries for their annual Christmas Tree Forest. Schools and organizations are encouraged to participate in decorating a Christmas tree inspired by this year’s theme, “The Joy of Christmas.”

All decorations must be 100 percent handmade to be considered eligible to take part in the competition held on Nov. 19.

Entry forms are available at the front desk at IMAs or download one from www.iasonline.org and turn it in before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. All Christmas trees will be on display from Nov. 19 through Jan. 1, 2012.

For more information, contact Aleida Garcia at 682-0123.

Free driving classes offered to Vets

The American Association of Retired Persons is offering free driver safety training classes to all Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, National Guard/Reserves or Coast Guard veterans and their spouses.

The classes will be offered each Monday in November at the McAllen Salvation Army facility at 23rd and Pecan. Each class is limited to 15 people and will run from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Veterans will be required to present a proper service I.D. to the instructor at that time.

Call 682-1468 to reserve a spot in the class.

Rare Orinoco crocs arrive at Gladys Porter Zoo

Two endangered Orinoco crocodiles, once housed at the Seaway Serpitarium in Welland, Canada, arrived at their new home at the Gladys Porter Zoo Wednesday morning. According to Cristina Caballero, GPZ public relations coordinator, they had a successful unloading and are doing well as they acclimate into the new exhibit.

Blade, a 14-foot male Orinoco crocodile (largest crocodile to ever set foot at the Gladys Porter Zoo), and Suede, an 11-foot female Orinoco crocodile are now housed in a former American alligator exhibit located adjacent to the flamingo exhibit. The crocodile crates were hoisted into the exhibit via a large crane.

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‘Spooks and Spokes’ night bike ride is Oct. 22

EDINBURG – Ciclistas Urbanos (CU) will host the first “Spooks and Spokes Ghost Tour of Edinburg.” This will be a night-ride bike tour of haunted sites in Edinburg, including local cemeteries, a haunted school, the jail, the old theater and more. The free ride will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, starting at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce “Depot” located on 602 West University Drive and ends at the Monster Carwash, 2702 W. University Drive, for a “Monster Mash.”

At each haunted site along the tour, a cyclist will share their tale and personal encounter with the unexplainable. Ride length will be 10 miles.

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