November 28 – Spend some time in nature this Thanksgiving weekend from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Edinburg World Birding Center to learn about butterfly baiting, an entertaining and simple activity to see butterflies up close. Learn the technique with a EWBC naturalist and then go on a walk around the grounds to practice the methods of butterfly baiting. The program is included with regular admission. The EWBC is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria in Edinburg.
December 3 – The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents a panel discussion on artists and personal health at 3 p.m. The virtual panel will be available on the STC Library Blog at library.southtexascollege.edu/tag/transforming-our-world/. For more information, contact Gina Otvos at [email protected] or visit.
December 3-4 – The 26th Annual Mission Community Health & Wellness Fair will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and will provide free comprehensive blood screenings, awareness, and education. Wellness blood tests will be done by appointment. Appointments can be made by contacting the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce office at 956-585-2727, Monday thru Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Free health screenings will include flu vaccines, complete blood count, total cholesterol, comprehensive metabolic panel, QuantaFlow and more. Sponsorships and exhibitors’ booths are now available for purchase by contacting C.J. Sanchez, GMCC vice president, at 956-585-2727 or at [email protected] For more information about the event, go to www.missionchamber.com.
December 17 – This is the deadline date for the Texas Center for the Book’s annual Letters About Literature Texas contest. The contest is open to Texas students in grades 4 through 12. Students select a book, book series, essay, play poem, short story or speech that has made a lasting impact on their lives and write a personal letter to the author. All submissions for the 2020-21 contest must be submitted on the new online submission platform by at 5 p.m. (CST). A permission form is required for all students who will be younger than 13 on Nov. 4. To learn more, how to submit and to view winning entries from previous years, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature.
December 18 – This is the deadline date to sign up for the upcoming Texas Master Naturalist class held on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and running Jan. 7 to March 25, 2021. Residents over the age of 18 and Winter Texans are invited to join. The cost is $150 and includes textbook, fees, T-shirt and one-year membership. Full scholarships are available and due by Dec. 18. To apply and pay options, visit www.rgvctmn.org or www.stbctmn.org at the New Class link.