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General Interest

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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Community garden orientation announced

The Edinburg World Birding Center is holding the Fall season’s Community Garden Orientation Class on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  EWBC is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria Rd. in Edinburg.

Participants will learn the history of the community garden, its purpose, information and guidelines for gardening organically, along with an introduction to the Community Garden facilities, materials, and supplies.  Gardeners will also receive free start-up plants for their beds!

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UVAL offers color theory class

The Upper Valley Art League is hosting a color theory class, “Making Color Work for You,” with Linda Jean as the instructor.  The four-week course will be held Saturday afternoons, 1-4 p.m. beginning August 27 at the UVAL facility in the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center, 921 E. 12th Street, Mission. Cost will be $120.

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‘Dog Days’ event seeks sponsors, vendors

20110805_Dog-Day-Are-Over-of-Summer_LogoThe Mission Chamber of Commerce Diplomats, the volunteer arm of the Mission Chamber of Commerce, is seeking sponsors and vendors for their fundraiser, “Dog Days of Summer Are Over.” The day-long event will benefit The Oasis Animal Sanctuary, Palm Valley Animal Center, the City of Mission Animal Shelter, and the Diplomat program. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bannworth Park on Shary Road.

Sponsorship levels are Kennel, $1,500; Great Dane, $1,000; Labrador, $500; and Chihuahua, $250. Vendor booths are $125 for Mission Chamber members and $150 for non-members for an 8’x8’ booth.

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ERCOT breaks peak demand record third time

20110803_OutletRecord power use expected again Thursday; Conservation needed 3-7 p.m.

AUSTIN, Aug.3, 2011 – For the third consecutive day, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, set a new electricity demand record – 68,294 megawatts (MW) today between 4 and 5 p.m.

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Torres heads for Olympic trials

20100820_Isaac_02MISSION – A 20-year-old boxer from Mission has punched his ticket to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to be held July 31-Aug. 6 in Mobile, AL.

Isaac Torres, who has been boxing since age 9, won the bantamweight division of the Last Chance Qualifier tournament held July 3-8 in Cincinnati, OH. According to usaboxing.org, “Torres claimed the remaining U.S. Olympic Team Trials berth” by defeating Joe Perez (Fountain, CO) by a 28-16 margin to win the bantamweight final round bout.

The Mission boxer won three matches at the Last Chance Qualifier tournament before advancing to the finals match with Perez. He defeated Julian Wyant, (Glenwood, CA), 18-16, in the preliminaries; Patrick Harris (Capitol Heights, MD), 20-17, in the quarterfinals; and Edwin Sandoval (Bakersfield, CA), 22-21, in the semifinals.

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Food Bank’s annual Throw-a-Thon slated for July 30

SOC_throw-a-thon-2011EDINBURG – The University of Texas-Pan American Art Department is partnering with the Food Bank RGV to make almost 1,000 one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls for the upcoming annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser. Volunteer artists and ceramicists are encouraged to come make bowls from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, July 30, at the Ceramics Lab, Fine Arts Complex at UTPA.

“Not only is this a fun event, but it is a great opportunity to share your talent and/or improve your craft,” said Karen Featherston, Food Bank special events manager.

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ALG Urges Congress to Avert Credit Downgrade, Cut Trillions

July 25th, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged Congress to avert a credit downgrade by enacting legislation that will slash borrowing by trillions:

"A solution is not the same thing as a deal, and today America needs a solution to the debt crisis.  S&P has warned that a credit downgrade of the nation's Triple-A rating is imminent within 90 days if action is not taken to slash borrowing by trillions of dollars. A downgrade will cause interest rates to soar, as annual interest owed rises to over $1.3 trillion by 2021.  Soon, the debt will become so large it cannot be refinanced, making a catastrophic default more likely down the road.

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