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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.


Dr. Maya Angelou to speak at UTPA

Dr. Maya Angelou, hailed as a global renaissance woman, is the first speaker Monday, Oct. 24, in the 2011-2012 Distinguished Speakers Series at The University of Texas-Pan American. Her presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The public is invited to hear Angelou, who is renown worldwide as a poet, memoirist, novelist, educator dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist.

Angelou has written more than 30 best selling books and continues to make frequent appearances on television and in films. Her script for the movie "Georgia, Georgia," the first by an African-American woman ever to be filmed, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Angelou has received a long list of recognitions for her accomplishments, including three Grammy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000. She has received more than 30 honorary degrees and is the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C

The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for UTPA students, faculty and staff with a valid UTPA ID and at 7:20 p.m. for the general public. Those unable to attend can view the presentation live at For more information or special accommodations, call 665-7989.

¡Fandango! fundraiser is Oct. 22

It’s not too early or too late to get tickets for ¡Fandango! 2011, the Museum of South Texas History’s major fundraising event. This year’s event is a tribute to South Padre Island and the role it has played in the region’s history and heritage and will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. MOSTH trustees Kellye Ortega and Shelley Richards are serving as co-chairmen for the event.

¡Fandango! will be filled with island flavor with a surf and turf dinner and hues of blue. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. while bidding on the Sand Bucket drawings and blackboard and tabletop auctions. Texas beef and Gulf shrimp with a variety of side dishes will be served when the buffet opens at 7:45 p.m. During the dinner, the Big Tent live auction begins.


UVAL hosts Members’ Exhibit Oct. 8

The Upper Valley Art League has planned their Annual Members’ Exhibit 2011 opening reception for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 7-9 p.m. in the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Building, 921 E. 12th St., Mission.

Themed “Honoring Lifetime Members,” the reception will present an array of artists’ works ranging from photography, paintings, drawings, to sculpture and more in a wide range of medium. There will be art sales throughout the evening.

The free event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Call 583-2787 for more information.

UVAL offers art composition series

20110916_SOC_LindaJean-PictureThe Upper Valley Art League is offering a four-week segment art class, "Composition and Using the Golden Section," with Linda Jean, instructor.

Students will be taught how to understand color and achieve the right color mixed to suit their need. The lessons will also focus on understanding composition and the importance of important positioning the subject, and how the techniques work alone and together. Class members will be encouraged to paint the subject matter which appeals to them, whether it be portraiture, landscape, floral, anything at all.


UVAL hosts Franklin exhibit Sept. 10

SOC_UVAL_2011_Sept-Exhibit-The Upper Valley Art League will present “Ad Vitam,” an exhibit featuring the artworks of local artist and teacher, Steve Franklin. The exhibit opening will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, with a gallery reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free and the general public is invited to attend the opening at the Kika De La Garza Fine Arts Center, 921 E.12th St., Mission. The exhibit will close on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Franklin earned his fine arts degree from The University of Texas-Pan American and is presently an art teacher at Nikki Rowe High School in McAllen, where he has taught for the past 17 years. He began as a printmaker in college and viewers can still see strong influences of these roots in his current acrylic on canvas paintings.


Keep Shary Golf Course Winter Texan-friendly, says mayor

20110826_Shary-Golf-Course_JB_0156MISSION — Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas this week pushed to not raise rates at Shary Municipal Golf Course by approximately nine percent.

“Mission has always been known as a ‘Winter Texan-friendly’ town,” the mayor said. “Let’s not raise our rates so high we lose that designation.”

Course Director Paul Schaeffer presented the recommended rate changes approved by the Shary Golf Course board when Salinas asked if the golf course was making money at Monday’s meeting.


Gala to benefit UTPA women’s athletics

EDINBURG - The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will host the 2011 Women’s Athletics Fundraiser (WAF) Gala on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Wellness & Recreational Sports Complex on the UTPA campus. Gala organizers are seeking sponsors for the event.

The two-hour event begins at 7 p.m. and will feature live music, a fashion show, and both a live and silent auction. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. Tickets are $50 per person. Master of ceremonies will be Channel 5 News Anchor Letty Garza. With the theme, “Black Tie & Tennies,” guests are encouraged to wear formal attire and their favorite pair of sneakers.


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