- Museum of South Texas History staff created virtual tours, “Traveling through Time,” to schools in lieu of in-person visits. The 10 original videos produced by the museum encourages viewers to engage in reflective writing as they experience the museum. René Ballesteros, MOSTHistory Community Engagement Officer, leads the presentation at 9 a.m. at www.facebook.com/MOSTHistory/FACEBOOK.
- FESTIBA premieres pianists Shoko and Brendan Kinsella for an evening of two-piano and solo piano music, featuring repertoire ranging from Brahms’ passionate Hungarian Dances to nostalgic solo works by Godowsky and Barber to Piazzola. It begins at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Patrons of the Arts page, www.facebook.com/utrgvpatron.
- The McAllen International CarFest returns to the McAllen Convention Center Oval Park, 700 Convention Center Blvd., on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a Social Distance Edition and free admission. The event features over 100 cars, listen to live music and shopping with local vendors and street food. Car enthusiasts will see a mix of 55 categories ranging from classic and antique, to muscle cars, hot rods, modern and concept vehicles.
- The Heroes with Heart 5K run/walk event is a virtual experience recognizing first responders, law enforcement officers and healthcare workers who have survived heart disease as the 5K ambassadors. Registration is $35 per person and includes a T-shirt, medal and bib. Group pricing is available for teams. Proceeds benefit local charities. To meet the 5K ambassadors, the charities the event supports, or to explore 5K routes, visit STHSActive.com. For more information, contact Kassandra Rodriguez at 956-388-2020 or at [email protected]
- FESTIBA 2021 Mariachi Festival Workshops offers virtual mariachi festival workshops, and a vocal competition, mariachi showcase and a concert with internationally acclaimed clinicians. It will be held throughout both days with seven unique presentations for directors and a variety of student tutorials on selected music. The clinicians will be available by Zoom during their presentations for discussion and questions. The Mariachi Festival also includes six new musical arrangements, a virtual vocal competition, a showcase of mariachi ensembles for middle school, high school and university, and a virtual concert production by the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, filmed in Tequila, Jalisco, and available only to workshop attendees. The vocal competition finals will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. The Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán performance follows at 8 p.m. Workshop fee is $25 at time of registration. The full schedule, registration and payment information can be found at www.utrgv.edu/music/community-outreach/festivals/mariachi-festival/index.htm. Contact [email protected] for Zoom links, information on the entry fee and concert tickets.
- The staff at Speer Memorial Library in Mission will host a virtual discussion of the book “Educated” via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. in Spanish and at 6:30 p.m. in English. A link for the virtual meeting will be sent to all who sign up. Speer Memorial Library was the recipient of the Texas Reads Grant and will make free copies available, while supplies last, to people who sign up for book discussions. For more information, or to sign up, call 956-580-8754 or send an email to [email protected] and include your name, telephone number.
- This is the deadline date for entries in the 2021 “Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest.” All Texas students (public, private, and home-schooled) in grades K-6 are invited to participate. Artwork should be based on the theme “Treasures of the Texas Coast” and portray why the Texas coast is important or noteworthy to the participating student. The top 40 pieces of art will appear in a 2022 calendar which will be distributed throughout the state. All entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 3, 2021. For more information, guidelines, prize information and an entry form for the art contest, visit the Adopt-A-Beach website at www.texasadoptabeach.org.
- The FESTIBA 2021 book distribution of 8,000 free books will be distributed at Bert Ogden Arena, 4900 S I-69 C, Edinburg, from 3 to 6 p.m. Because of social distancing requirements, it will be a drive-through event.
- Keep McAllen Beautiful (KMB) will be celebrating Arbor Day with an event for participants to take part in a 5K and 10K runs or 25-mile or 100-kilometer bike tour. The event will be held virtually and participants can set their own date, place, and time to get in those miles. All events are $25. Revenue from the event will help KMB raise funds for tree plantings and trees to be given away. Register at www.keepmcallenbeautiful.org or call 681-4562 for more information.
- The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s South Texas Sporting Skeet Shoot will be held at Mi Ranchito Sporting Clays, Hwy. 281 and Old Fountain Rd. in Linn San Manuel. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Clays start flying at 9:15 a.m. Shooters provide their own gun, ammunition, hear and eye protection. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Door prizes, bucket drawings and a live auction round out the event. Fees are $300 for a three-person team, Annie Oakley is $20 per person, and Mulligans are $10 each, with a maximum of four per shooter. Bell Pepper Shots are $20 per person. Prizes are $900 for first place, $600 for second and $300 for third. Overall high top male and female shooters receive $100 each. Youth division, age 17 and under, receive a first place buckle for the male and female shooters. For more informatio or to become a sponsor, call 956-928-0060.
- The International Museum of Art & Science Homeschool Days: Women in Science begins at 2 p.m. for 3rd to 5th graders to experiment with matter in different forms and learn about women scientists from the past and present. An activity kit is provided, but supplies like scissors, glue, and writing and coloring tools are not included. Registrants will be emailed a pickup confirmation, a digital copy of the lesson, and the webinar link. Cost is $6 for IMAS members and $10 for general registration. Registration is required; space is limited. Call 956-681-2800 for questions. Kit pickup is Friday, March 5, from 2 to5 p.m. and Saturday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 956-681-2800 for questions.
- The Texas Center for the Book is continuing its the #TXBookChat series continues with How to Participate in Read Across Texas. Get the inside scoop on how to participate in this year’s statewide community read on the theme of Recovery. The program lasts about 30 minutes and offers a quick look into different aspects of the state’s literary world. It begins at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Registration is required at www.tsl.texas.gov/txbookchat.
- The International Museum of Art & Science Homeschool Days: Zoology begins at 2 p.m. for 3rd to 5th graders to experiment with matter in different forms and learn about women scientists from the past and present. An activity kit is provided, but supplies like scissors, glue, and writing and coloring tools are not included. Registrants will be emailed a pickup confirmation, a digital copy of the lesson, and the webinar link. Cost is $6 for IMAS members and $10 for general registration. Registration is required; space is limited. Call 956-681-2800 for questions. Kit pickup is Friday, April 2, from 2 to5 p.m. and Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 956-681-2800 for questions.
- The Texas Center for the Book is continuing its the #TXBookChat series continues with National Student Poet of the Southwest: Texan Ethan Wang. Join the 2020 National Student Poet of the Southwest for a poetry reading and discussion of his work. The program lasts about 30 minutes and offers a quick look into different aspects of the state’s literary world. It begins at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Registration is required at www.tsl.texas.gov/txbookchat.
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