December 12 – Staff at Quinta Mazatlán, 600 Sunset Dr. in McAllen, will host a presentation into the world of rare birds at 10 a.m. for birders of any experience level. John Brush, urban ecologist, will discuss the rare birds are in the Rio Grande Valley, what makes them rare, and puts them in the context of a changing bird community. Space is limited and online reservations are required. The program will be delivered outdoors with seats socially distanced and masks recommended. Purchase contactless tickets for $5 online at quintamazatlan.ticketleap.com. For more information, call Quinta Mazatlán at 956-681-3370. Quinta is located at 600 Sunset Dr.
December 15 – Palm Valley Animal Society (PVAS) is hosting a fashionable fundraiser. Now through Dec. 15, the public can enter to win in a drawing a “Pampered Pet Carrier” to tote their own small, furry companion. The pet carriers are handmade and feature stylized designs and embellishments. There are five carriers in total to be given away. Each ticket is $20, or buy five tickets at $100 and receive seven tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at pamperedpet.givesmart.com as well as at Carats Fine Jewelry in McAllen, 4300 N. 10th St., and both PVAS locations in Edinburg, 2501 W. Trenton Rd. or 2451 N. U.S. Expressway 281. The drawing will take place at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 via Facebook Live on Facebook portal. For more information, visit pvastx.org/raffle.
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 are younger than 13 on Nov. 4. To learn more, 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.
January 14 – The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (RGVHCC) events committee will host a Chalupa networking event with a dinner and 20 games of Chalupa. A limited number of tickets are availabe for the event to be held at the Double Tree hotel in McAllen. Tickets are $50. Every entry will get four cards with 80 chances to win a prize. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served promptly at 6 p.m. and the games beginning at 6:30 p.m. Any business donating a prize valued at $50 or more will be able to purchase one ticket at half price. Each prize is valued at $50 or more. For more information or tickets, call 956-928-0060.
January 15-17 – The 2021 McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Memorial Run will be held as a virtual race experience and supported by a series of virtual events. Runners will have the option to complete their race distance anywhere and anytime during those dates or with an option to defer to 2022. Runners currently registered for the 2021 McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Memorial Run will receive an email with additional details on how to make their selection. All virtual participants will receive a runner box that will include a runner shirt and bib along with sponsor gifts. Finisher medals will be available for pickup during a drive-thru finish line event held the week after the virtual event. Registration is available at www.mcallenmarathon.com.