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General Interest

4th Annual RGV Salsa Heat Wave to award dance scholarships

McALLEN – The 4th Annual RGV Salsa Heat Wave, a Latin Dance Convention held at the McAllen Convention Center, will be awarding three students one-year dance scholarships to one of three McAllen dance schools. The RGV Salsa Heat Wave is to take place Saturday July 14th, at the McAllen Convention Center. With government funding for the arts at risk and the Valley’s average income one of the lowest in the country, the RGV Salsa Heat Wave wishes to help offset tuition costs and grant three students the opportunity to pursue their love of dance.

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RGV spay and neuter clinic will service rural areas

20120706 SpayNeuterThrough a memorandum of understanding approved by the Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court and the City of McAllen, the RGV Spay/Neuter Clinic will begin providing mobile services in the county’s rural areas.

The collaborative effort is meant to control the growing population of stray dogs and cats in the area. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in the Rio Grande Valley as more than 40,000 dogs and cats enter the local animal center every year. Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia presented the RGV Spay/Neuter Clinic with a $50,000 check June 28, helping to kick off the program.

The mission of the RGV Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic is to reduce pet overpopulation by providing high volume, high quality, and affordable sterilization services to all companion animals in the Rio Grande Valley. The clinic will offer low cost spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs.

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RGV Bird Fest opens registration

20120706 RGVBirdingFestThe 19th Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival opened its registration last week with nearly 200 birders making reservations during the first day of opening. The festival will be held November 7-11. The event will feature field trips guided by birding experts, informative seminars and a trade show with lots of birding-related vendors.

The Rio Grande Valley has become a Mecca for serious, as well as amateur, birders. The new and different opportunities keep visitors coming back for sightings of our wonderful native, as well as migrant, species.

Sites included this year are area state parks, King Ranch, South Padre Island, and Laguna Atascosa and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuges. Trips and other events have been tailored for those that can only do minimal walking, for beginners, first time visitors, family trips and veterans to birding.

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UVAL to feature sculptor Richard Hyslin

20120706 UVALUTPA Professor, Richard Hyslin will be the featured sculptor at a reception at the Upper Valley Art Gallery on July 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The reception is open free to the public and everyone is welcome.

Richard Hyslin is a sculptor and Professor of Art at the University of Texas-Pan American since 1968. He received his MA at the University of New Mexico. His home and sculpture studio are in Mission. He is married to Nancy Gibson Hyslin and has three children.

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No wall is too high at Texas Lions Camp

20120706 TLC-Wall 5936 FeatureNatalie Mireles (left) and Brogan Cheever scale the wall at Texas Lion’s Camp. Courtesy photoKERRVILLE — Natalie Mireles is not your typical teen attending summer camp.  Natalie is deaf and blind, but still a teen ready to explore new things.

And, Texas Lions Camp (TLC) is not your typical summer camp. It is the place where children with disabilities break down walls.

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Initiative helps motorists reduce air pollution, save cash

AUSTIN — Summers are a time for family barbeques, weekends on the lake, and road trips. Along with these celebrations comes a significant uptick in miles traveled and gas consumed on Texas highways.

Fortunately, organizers of the state’s Drive Clean Across Texas air quality campaign have plenty of practical advice for drivers looking to save money at the pump and reduce air pollution at the same time.

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Caribbean literature focus of A&M Kingsville conference

KINGSVILLE — For the second summer in a row, faculty from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and educators across South Texas have studied the literature, culture and history of the Caribbean in an effort to hone strategies for teaching college and high school levels.

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Use caution while celebrating July 4

20120703 FireworkSafetyCOLLEGE STATION — With Independence Day celebrations drawing near, Texas Forest Service officials are reminding residents to remember that just one spark can cause a devastating wildfire.

About 90 percent of wildfires in Texas are human-caused, which means they can be prevented. As residents enjoy building a campfire, shooting off celebratory fireworks in approved areas or cooking on the grill, they’re asked to take a few safety precautions to ensure their homes and families are protected.

Texas Forest Service Wildland Urban Interface and Prevention Coordinator Justice Jones said that while drought conditions have improved for much of the state, wildfire potential still exists — especially in areas where consecutive days of hot temperatures have dried out the vegetation.

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