September 17-19 – Bentsen-RGV State Park staff will host a night hike on Friday at 8 p.m., their Aquatic Safari on Saturday at 2 p.m., and then on Sunday, Kayaking 101 begins at 9:30 a.m. and fishing for beginners will be held at 1 p.m. All programs are free with park admission, but reservations are required. Park guests will meet at the tram turnaround at the headquarters. Call ahead at 956-584-9156 to confirm the program schedule and for information details. The park is located at 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr., Mission.
September 17-19 – To mark the 50-year anniversary of the opening of Gladys Porter Zoo, visitors from Hidalgo and Starr counties will be charged the same admission rates paid when the zoo first opened its gates to the public in 1971. Residents will need to show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, utility receipt or school ID. At least one family member must show proof at the gate. Rates are $1.50 for adults ages 14 and up; 50 cents for children ages 2 through 13; and, children under two years of age are free. The zoo is located at 500 E. Ringgold in Brownsville.
September 18 – The McAllen Public Library is hosting a Wild West Casino Night Fundraiser on from 7 to 10 p.m. at the McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd Street. Tickets are $100 per person for a night of food, entertainment, Vegas-stayle gambling, and the opportunity to win prizes. Tickets can be purchased by calling 956-681-3006 or online at bit.ly/stbfcasino. All proceeds go to the South Texas Book Festival.
September 22 – The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Issues committee will host the Seventh Annual Latina Leadership Conference via Zoom. This year’s conference theme is #Adaptagility 2021 with a variety of presented by experts in their fields. Participants can enter questions or comments under the Chat Box. Both women and men are encouraged to participate. For more information on the conference, call the RGVHCC office at 956-928-0060.
September 30 – The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer as a fundraiser benefit for Palm Valley Animal Society (PVAS) from 5 to 7 p.m. at PVAS Laurie P. Andrews Center, 2451 N. Expressway 281, Edinburg. Attendees are encouraged to make a donation to www.pvastx.org/donate. To RSVP or for more information, visit www.edinburg.com.
October 2 – Mission High School Classes alumni for 1970-79 will have a combined reunion at Mission Bell Resort, 1711 E. Business 83 in Mission. Music by The Cruisers will keep the dance party going from 6 p.m. to midnight. Individual tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door. Reserved tables for eight are $125. Tickets are going fast; early purchase is encouraged. Everyone attending is to bring their own beverages, coolers and food. For more information or tickets, call Arturo Magallan at 956-778-7232; Ginger Silva, 956-605-6973; or Hector Cavazos, 956-607-8396.
October 26 – The 15th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon and Silent Auction will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg. Local restaurants will provide tastings of their signature food offerings. It features music, silent auctions, and a drawing for a new Cartier watch or Louis Vuitton purse. One-of-a-kind ceramic bowls are included with each ticket. For more information or to sign up a business, contact Philip Farias, special events manager, at 956-904-4513 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 22-24 – The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (RGVHCC) announces their inaugural “RGV Jalapeño Amateur Championship Golf Tournament at McAllen Palm View Golf Course. Only 150 players will be allowed, handicaps of 19 or less will be accepted, and seven flights will be scheduled. Entry fee is $150 with enrollment to be done online or at the RGVHCC office, 801 E. Fern, Ste. 131, McAllen. For more information, call the RGVHCC at 956-928-0060.
January 22 – The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Tex-Mex Fest Grammy Tour scholarship fundraiser at Payne Arena in Hidalgo. Featured performers include La Mafia, Little Joe y Familia, and Elida y Avante. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the entertainment runs from 7 p.m. to midnight. Ticket prices are $20, $25, $35 and $45 per person. Tickets on the floor level are $100 per person. Tables for eight are available for $1,000. Call the RGVHCC at 956-928-0060 for information and tickets.