February 17 – This is the deadline for nominations for the 2021 Barbara Jordan Media Awards (BJMA). The awards spotlight journalists who portray people with disabilities through a positive, person-centered lens created or published in 2020. Awards are presented in different categories: broadcast, photojournalism, print and college or high school student. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged in all categories. For more information, submission guidelines, and entry forms, go to https://gov.texas.gov/organization/disabilities/barbara_jordan_media_awards.
March 31 – This is the deadline for applications for the 2021 “Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest.” The contest recognizes Texas high school seniors who are taking an active role in litter prevention in their school or community. The contest is open to any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private or home school and planning to attend an accredited college or university in the Fall 2021 semester. The contest will award a total of $9,000 in scholarships to three winners in May of 2021. To enter the contest, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Applications must be received via online submission by 5 p.m.
April 10 – The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Noche En El Rancho Gala at La Estrella Ranch, 11415 N. Mayberry Rd. in Mission. The RGVHCC 2020-21 business leaders and businesses of the year will be recognized at honored at the event. For sponsorship and ticket information, call 956-928-0060.