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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 – The McAllen Public Library and the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) have announced the full program for McAllen’s 2024 Night of Ideas. It 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 foundat nightofideas.org/mcallen-tx/schedule.

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

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 the Bentsen-RGV State Park Firebuilding 102 at 5:30 p.m. Located at 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr., scheduled programs are included in admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, before attending, call ahead to 956-584-9156 to confirm any changes.

March 9 –Reservations are required for the Bentsen-RGV State Park Jr. Ranger Club at 9:30 a.m. Meet at La Familia Nature Center to participate. Located at 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr., scheduled programs are included in admission. Due to weather, before attending, call ahead to 956-584-9156 to confirm any changes.

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 admission. Due to weather, before attending, call ahead to 956-584-9156 to confirm any changes.

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

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. Meet at La Familia Nature Center to participate. Scheduled programs are included in admission. Due to weather, before attending, call ahead to 956-584-9156 to confirm any changes.

March 13– Breathe the fresh air and take in the outdoors during the Bentsen Nature Walk at 10:30 a.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Meet at La Familia Nature Center to participate. Scheduled programs are included in admission. Due to weather, before attending, call ahead to 956-584-9156 to confirm any changes.

March 14– The Bug a Ranger program begins at 10:30 a.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Meet at La Familia Nature Center to participate. Scheduled programs are included in admission. Due to weather, before attending, call ahead to 956-584-9156 to confirm any changes.

March 15– Learn about “What’s In My Pack?” at 1:30 p.m. at at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Meet at La Familia Nature Center to participate. Scheduled programs are included in admission. Due to weather, before attending, call ahead to 956-584-9156 to confirm any changes.

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

March 21– Learn useful insights with Grassroots Initiative at 10:30 a.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Meet at La Familia Nature Center to participate. Scheduled programs are included in admission. Due to weather, before attending, call ahead to 956-584-9156 to confirm any 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 22– Explore the world of Dragons and Damsels at 10:30 a.m. at Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Meet at La Familia Nature Center to participate. Scheduled programs are included in admission. Due to weather, before attending, call ahead to 956-584-9156 to confirm any changes.

March 24– Bentsen-RGV State Park will host a special Solar Eclipse Talk for the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8. The Eclipse Basics: What to Expect in the RGV, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Located at 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr., scheduled programs are included in admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Due to weather, before attending, call ahead to 956-584-9156 to confirm any changes.

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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