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February 23 – Faith Fellowship Church is hosting the second night of a revival for Black History Month at 6 p.m. at the church located at 600 S. 21st St., McAllen. Bishop Michael Smith of Faith Fellowship will host guest minister Bishop Felton Harris of Prayer and Praise Ministries in Richwood, Texas.  Bishop Harris is the Senior Pastor and founder of House of Prayer and also the founder of the Nehemiah Word of Faith Full Gospel Baptist Church which he pastored for 26 years.The public is invited to come out and worship. Refreshments will be served both nights. For more information, call 956-655-2773 or 956-432-1209.

February 23 & 24 – Hidalgo County will hold a public auction of general merchandise, vehicles, and equipment on at 10 a.m. It is open to the general public. Items can be viewed in person on Friday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bond & Bond Auctioneers, 2101 I-69C in Edinburg. Interested buyers can view sale terms and conditions and register at bondauctioneers.com or contact Jose A. Camarillo at 956-283-0422 or via email at sales@bondauctioneers.com. Buyers may also register and bid online through proxibid.com and equipmentfacts.com.

February 27– The Magic Valley Retirement P.E.O. Group will meet at 11:30 a,m, at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street in McAllen. To make a reservation, call Connie Garrels at 402-641-0125.

February 29– The next Wild Wellness program at Bentsen RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr., begins at 8:30 a.m. All scheduled programs are free with park admission.  Participants will meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Programs are subject to cancellation. Contact park staff at 956-584-9156 for more information and updates.

March 2 – Night of Ideas kicks off at the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS), 1900 W. Nolana Ave., and the McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd St., with experts and artists from border towns, the Latin-American diaspora, and France. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at IMAS and continue from 5 to 9 p.m. at the McAllen Public Library, tackling the theme of “Borderlands,” with the goal to reveal the complexities and strengths of border communities. The detailed program for the McAllen Night of Ideas can be found at nightofideas.org/mcallen-tx/schedule.

March 2 & 19– Reading with a Ranger takes place on March 2 at 10:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. on March 19 at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Meet at La Familia Nature Center. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes at 956-584-9156.

March 6– This is the deadline for the Texas General Land Office to accept admissions for the 28th Annual Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest. The contest encourages all public, private, and homeschooled Texas students in kindergarten through sixth grade to enter. Artwork should be based on the theme “Treasures of the Texas Coast” and depict what makes the Texas coast important to each individual student. All entries must be postmarked by March 6 and sent to Texas General Land Office, Adopt-A-Beach Program: Children’s Art Contest 2024, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, TX 78711-2873. For more information, entry and artwork guidelines, and to secure an entry form, visit AdoptABeach.org.

March 6– The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Women of Distinction” awards dinner and expo will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mission Event Center, 200 N. Shary Rd. Tickets are $50 per person and $600 for a table of eight. Member vendor tables are $150 and $250 for vendor non-members. To purchase a reserved table, vendor table and for sponsorship information, contact Cissy Saenz, event director, at the RGVHCC at 956-928-0060.

March 8– Reservations are required for Firebuilding 102 at 5:30 p.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. To make reservations, call 956-584-9156. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes at 956-584-9156.

March 9– Reservations are required for the Jr. Ranger Club at 9:30 a.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Meet at La Familia Nature Center. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. To make reservations, call 956-584-9156. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes at 956-584-9156.

March 9 & 30– Learn more about South Texas foraging with Useful and Edible Plants at 10:30 a.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes at 956-584-9156.

March 10– Enjoy the sweet things of outdoor life at the Table-Top Marshmallow Roast at 2 p.m. at La Familia Nature Center at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. This is a “while supplies last” event. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes at 956-584-9156.

March 12– Give back to nature in the Plant a Seed, Take a Seed experience at 1:30 p.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes at 956-584-9156.

March 13– Take in the outdoors during the Bentsen Nature Walk at 10:30 a.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes at 956-584-9156.

March 14– The Bug a Ranger workshop takes place at 10:30 a.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes at 956-584-9156.

March 15 – This is the deadline date to apply for a scholarship offered by the Rio Grande Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League honoring local U.S. Marine Sergeant Juan Calderon Jr. who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving as a member of 3d Battalion 1st Marine Regiment, on Aug. 2, 2004. He died while conducting Security and Stability operations in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. The scholarship is open to children of U.S. Marines and other veterans living in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. It can be used for undergraduate or technical training at accredited institutions. The official application and full criteria can be found by visiting mclrgv.org/scholarship.

March 15– Find out What’s In My Pack? at 1:30 p.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes at 956-584-9156.

March 20– Reservations are required for Steeped in Legacy at 1:30 p.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. To make reservations, call 956-584-9156. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes.

March 21– The next International Museum of Art & Science early childhood learning and play is Nature Bugs for toddlers ages one through five. Families will receive free admission for the workshop. More information and pre-registration is available at theimasonline.org/young-adventurers.

March 21– Learn more useful insights with Grassroots Initiative at 10:30 a.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes at 956-584-9156.

March 22– Explore the world of Dragons and Damsels at 10:30 a.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Scheduled programs are included in park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, call ahead to confirm any schedule changes at 956-584-9156.

March 24– Get prepared for the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8 by attending “The Eclipse Basics: What to Expect in the RGV.” The class begins at 3 p.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr.

April 2– The next International Museum of Art & Science early childhood learning and play is Block-A-Thon for toddlers ages one through five. Families will receive free admission for the workshop. More information and pre-registration is available at theimasonline.org/young-adventurers.

May 15– The next International Museum of Art & Science early childhood learning and play is Space Adventure for toddlers ages one through five. Families will receive free admission for the workshop. More information and pre-registration is available at theimasonline.org/young-adventurers.

June 17-20 – Region One Education Service Center is hosting its Annual Youth Empowerment Summit for 7th grade (incoming 8th grade) students in special populations at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, 714 S. Raul Longoria Rd., Edinburg. Special populations include dyslexia, emergent bilingual English learners, gifted and talented, highly mobile and at-risk students in migrant populations and foster care, and special education. The gifted and talented student learning experience is June 17 and 18. All other students will participate June 19 and 20. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Registration is open and registration links can be found at www.esc1.net under the Workshops link. For more information, call 956-984-6250.

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