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The Texas Independent Film Network (TIFN), the Austin Film Society (AFS), Cine El Rey and CineSol Film Festival are pleased to announce the third film in TIFN’s Spring 2013 program. The month of April will feature HANDS ON A HARDBODY, the seminal Texas documentary that follows a group of contestants in Longview, TX as they compete to win a new Nissan “Hardbody” pickup truck…whomever can keep their hands on the truck the longest, wins! The re-release of the film is re-mastered with additional footage never seen before.


Directed by S.R. Bindler

In S.R. Bindler’s 1997 cult classic, Hands On a Hardbody, two dozen small-town Texans compete for a brand-new “Hardbody” pickup truck at a local car dealership. The event is a contest of endurance and sleep-deprivation-whoever can remain standing the longest with one hand on the truck will get to drive it home. Capturing several days of lunacy, laughter, struggle and heartbreak, Hands On a Hardbody is more than a documentary about winning a truck. It is a remarkable study of competition, camaraderie, faith and determination-the ultimate human drama.

One of Texas Monthly’s Ten Greatest Texas Documentaries.  Click here for their article.

Click here for the official website.

Click here for their Facebook page.

Click here for the trailer.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cine El Rey

311 S. 17th St.

McAllen, TX 78505

7pm.  FREE movie.  FREE popcorn.

for “Our Culture is Our Resistance” photo exhibit by Jonathan Moller, Thursday, April 4th @ 1:30pm!!

Library to unveil new wildlife photography display

South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library proudly presents its newly acquired collection of wildlife photography. This large scale photo display will be unveiled before our library open house events on Thursday, April 18 at 10:30am in the library lobby. The STC Library is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Library Art Gallery’s permanent installation of local wildlife photography features bright and vivid images taken right here in the Rio Grande Valley by photographers Steve Bentsen, Kaitlyn Ciomperlik, Dennis Erhart, Cody Gregg, Ruth Hoyt, Seth Patterson, James Nabours, Rolf Nussbaumer, John Pickles, and Daniela Setien. Smaller scale photos have been installed in the information commons room in our new West Academic Building, while larger photos will grace the walls of the library lobby.

“We’re very proud to be able to display these photos as a permanent exhibit at STC’s library,” said Cody Gregg, Director Instructional Technologies. “Many people are unaware of the incredible diversity of wildlife in the Rio Grande Valley.  These photos highlight the beauty of our wildlife and the works of local photographers.”

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information contact Dawn Haughey at 956-872-3488, or visit

Family Fish Camp – April 6

Family Fish Camp
Discover the basics of fishing from experienced anglers and experience the excitement of fishing during this FREE event. Kids, ages 6 -16, and their parent(s), will have fun as they explore:
“« Water safety & Texas fishing regulations
“« Fish identification & measuring
“« Catch & release techniques
“« Fishing gear
“« Knot tying
“« Bait, lures and bobber fishing skills
“« Leave No Trace principles

This FREE program includes all needed fishing equipment, lunch for all participants, first fish photos of all Junior Anglers, Free “Captain’s bag” stuffed full of goodies, and Junior Angler certificates for completion of the camp. (Please note – there is a $5 entrance fee per vehicle for the park}

When: Saturday, April 6, 9 am – 2 pm

Where: Adolph Thomae, Jr. County Park, 37844 Marshall Hutts Rd., Rio Hondo, TX

Registration: Space is limited. Register online at Or call 956-748-3607 for more information. Parents must accompany their child(ren).

Sponsored by Fishing’s Future, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and Cameron County Park System.

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Upcoming programs from the Edinburg World Birding Center

In This Issue:

EWBC Bird-a-Thon Competiton: Register Now!

March 20th, 2013
Upcoming Programs & Events at EWBC


Spring 2013

Monday – Saturday

8 am to 5 pm




Spring 2013

Monday – Saturday

7 am to 6 pm




714 Raul Longoria Rd

Edinburg TX 78539

(On the northwest corner of the Edinburg Municipal Park)


PH: (956) 381-9922

FAX: (956) 381-0715

EWBC Bird-a-Thon Competiton: Register Now!

Registration Deadline: April 1st

Fee: $10 per adult, $8 per child

Register now for this first ever city-wide Bird-a-Thon in Edinburg, TX! This family-friendly bird competition runs through the month of April. Age divisions include Youth 8-12, Teens 13-17, Adults 18 & Up, & a Family/Mixed Group division: 5 yrs. & Up. A map of designated areas will be provided to registrants. Have fun while observing as many birds as you can find and see if your team can be the one with the most sightings!

The Kick-Off Event will be on Saturday, April 6th at 9 am at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center (EWBC) and will include team registrations, bird walks, birding workshops and a bird sit.  The competition ends on Tuesday, April 30th, followed by an Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 4th.

To register, please call (956) 381-9922 on or before April 1st, 2013.  The registration fee is $10 per adult and $8 per child.  Each registrant will receive a free t-shirt, snacks and other goodies.

Space is limited, so please call our center to reserve your seat(s). Visit our website for more information

Beatles tribute at State Farm Arena will feature even more of your favorite songs


New Songs included in RAIN’S Multi-Media Experience for the 2013 Tour

Opening on Thursday, April 11, for a limited engagement at State Farm Arena

Direct from their phenomenally successful Broadway engagement, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, Experience the Beatles with RAIN, makes its debut Thursday, April 11, for one night only at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo.

As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition, new songs are being included with the 2013 Tour.

Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting.

From the early hits to later classics (I Want To Hold Your Hand, Hard Day’s Night, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Let It Be, Come Together, Hey Jude and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right.

Experience the Beatles with RAIN

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11

WHERE: State Farm Arena, 2600 N. 10th Street, Hidalgo, Texas

COST: $37 to $52

TICKETS: Available online at, at the State Farm Arena box office or by calling (800) 745-3000

Become a fan of RAIN on Facebook and follow RAIN on Twitter @raintribute

“The audience is enraptured. They get a chance to sing along, twist and shout!” –The New York Times

“Just turn off your mind, relax and float downstream for a quick fix of nostalgic cheer!”  - Entertainment Weekly

​“A fun-filled family crowd-pleaser!” ​– Toronto Star

“ A two-hour homage to pop music’s most brilliant gem.” – Los Angeles Times

“On their feet, with arms raised high above their heads, all in the audience were swaying and singing along in blissed-out, nostalgia-powered unison! – Chicago Sun-Times

“The enraptured audience relives the soundtrack of its life!” – Chicago Tribune

“RAIN creates musical nirvana…makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up!  A    thrilling bit of time-warping nostalgia…Boomer Heaven!”  –​ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Uncanny! RAIN are a quartet of fine musicians in their own right…as The Beatles, they triumph!” ​– The Boston Herald

“An adoring Valentine to The Beatles!” ​– The Washington Post

“RAIN is a spectacular extravaganza…did the audience love it?  Yeah, yeah, yeah!” – The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Parents (and grandparents) and kids were on their feet bopping like crazy!” – The Courier Post

RAIN PRESS REPRESENTATIVE: Melissa Hazek/Anita Dloniak


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“A Night at the Brew-seum” Turns 5 Years Old

“A Night at the Brew-seum” Turns 5 Years Old

McAllen, TX- A Night at the Brew-seum will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Ticket sales to the general public will begin on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen, Texas.

Come join the Valley’s ‘hoppiest’ party presented by Clark Chevrolet and Clark Knapp Honda, and enjoy the delicacies from 20 of the Valley’s favorite restaurants, all while dancing the night away to the Original Brew-seum Dueling Piano Show from San Antonio, Marshall Law, and the Jolly Huntsmen. Favorites like the Deutsch & Deutsch Beer Garden and the Stella Artois Tap House Tent will be back. New additions to this year’s festivities are the Glitz & Glamour VIP Lounge, the Alberico Fine Wine Vineyard, and the Craig’s Furniture Man Cave. And of course, who can forget the beer? During the night of the event, guests are welcome to sample more than 50 varieties of beer.

A Night at the Brew-seum is the International Museum of Art & Science’s (IMAS) second fundraiser throughout the year. During the evening the funds raised will help with continuing the museum’s mission of promoting the arts and sciences through exhibits, public programming, and cultural events. Tim Smith, Brew-seum’s Committee Chair, states, “We, at IMAS, are delighted that the community has embraced Brew-seum and supported the event for five years.”

IMAS and the Brew-seum Committee would like to thank our sponsors for their commitment to the arts and sciences.A Night at the Brew-seum is sponsored by Clark Chevrolet, Clark Knapp Honda, Stella Artois, Blue Moon, Arthur Hughes-CFP, Deutsch & Deutsch Fine Jewelry and Watches, Glitz & Glamour, Domit Apartments, Ben E. Keith Co., Alberico Fine Wine, L3 Technologies, and Craig’s Furniture.

Tickets to A Night at the Brew-seum will go on sale to the General Public on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. and are as followed: $35/Designated Driver; $50/IMAS Member; $60/General Public; $100/VIP. Must be 21 & over to attend. For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit

Pictured: “A Night at the Brew-seum” Sponsors 2013

From left to right: Tim Smith, Brew-seum Committee Chair; Bobby Caso from L& F Distributors/Stella Artois; Mr. & Mrs. Valle from Glitz & Glamour; Joseph Bravo, IMAS Executive Director, Mr. & Mrs. Kirk and Jeri Clark from Clark Chevrolet and Clark Knapp Honda; Juan Carlos Suarez from Domit Apartments, Monica Silicio and Edna Cervantes from L3 Technologies; Gaby Jones, IMAS Director of Marketing & Communications.

Missing: Arthur Hughes from Arthur Hughes-CFP, Carter Huber from Glazer’s/Blue Moon, Rick Ramos from Alberico Fine Wine, Ito Deutsch from Deutsch & Deutsch Fine Jewelry and Watches, and Ryan Ranssen from Craig’s Furniture.

Upcoming programs from the Edinburg World Birding Center

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

FNWN: Optics- Dr. Chevy Lee Date: Friday, March 15th, 2013 Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Fee: FREE!

Whether you use a spotting scope or binoculars, obtaining the right optics according to your ocular needs enables you to further enhance your eye’s ability to view the wonderful world of nature. Dr. Chevy Lee, local ophthalmologist, will discuss how our eyes see through binoculars, different kinds of binoculars, and how to choose the best optics for birding, hunting, and nature photography.

A valley native, Dr. Lee studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and worked in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Opthalmology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Opthalmology, and past president of the Texas Opthalmological Association. Dr. Lee has been in private practice in McAllen for the past 31 years.

Friday Night with a Naturalist (FNWN) is a monthly series where some of the best naturalists and nature enthusiasts in the Rio Grande Valley present on a variety of topics. FNWN is on the third Friday of each month. Program and admission are FREE! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended!

Space is limited, so please call our center to reserve your seat(s). Visit our website for more information.


714 Raul Longoria Rd

Edinburg TX 78539

(On the northwest corner of the Edinburg Municipal Park)


PH: (956) 381-9922

FAX: (956) 381-0715

Lower Rio Grande March Nature Programs

It’s Spring Time!! Come out to Santa Ana and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges for our special programs this month. Spend your Spring Break enjoying the natural habitat and wildlife at YOUR National Wildlife Refuges.

South Texas National Wildlife Refuges March Nature Programs

ALAMO, Texas—Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is hosting tons of activities this month such as our annual Hawk Watch and Eggstravanganza as well our Spring Break special events! As usual TRAM tours will also be available daily 9:30 AM, 12 PM, and 2PM.

Hawk Watch – March 15-April 15, 8 AM to 1 PM: Join us DAILY out on the levee to be a part of this annual raptor migration count.

Get wild for Spring Break at Santa Ana! March 9-17, 10 AM to 3 PM: Special exhibits and activities offered daily including our Jewel hunt. Come find out why Santa Ana is called the “Jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System.”

Eggstravaganza!! March 30-31, 10 AM to 3 PM: Come celebrate spring and learn about birds and their eggs. You won’t want to miss our special bird seed cascaron activity!

Bird walks – DAILY 8:30AM–Explore the refuge to find over 400 species of birds singing, eating, and flying around. Better yet! Catch a glimpse of our newly hatched Great Horned Owl chicks on Cattail Lakes.

Nature walks – Sat. & Sun. 1PM – Trot along the trails our refuge has to offer and enjoy the Spanish moss hanging from above.

Butterfly walks – Wednesdays 10 AM—With over 260 species of butterflies, enjoy the natural beauty these insects provide for our refuge.

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge will also be hosting special tours and walks this month.

Refuge Habitat Tour: Enjoy a 2 ½ hour guided tour through the coastal habitats including forest, prairie and the Laguna Madre. Thursdays through Mondays, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM, and Saturdays 10 AM – 12:30 PM.

Birding Tour: Experienced birders will take a van to refuge birding hot spots where private vehicles are not allowed. Tours alternate between Laguna Atascosa and Bahia Grande areas. Sat./Sun./Mon. 8:30AM – 11:30AM.

Nature Walk: Stroll the trails around the Visitor Center with a guide to explore the plants, birds and wildlife. Tuesdays at 11AM. FREE with $3 entrance fee. Meet at the Visitor Center.

The refuge is located 14 miles east of Rio Hondo, TX on FM 106.

Call 956-748-3607 ext. 111 to make your reservation. FREE with $3 entrance fee.

SPECIAL REQUEST PROGRAMS: Santa Ana, Laguna Atascosa and Lower Rio Grande Valley NWRs offer special request programs for your school group, scout group, club, RV Park, etc. Come visit us for a special tour or have us come to your school or club as a guest speaker. We are located 7 miles south of Alamo, TX on FM 907 about 1/4 mile east on Hwy. 281

For further information and/or directions, call the Refuge at 956-784-7500.


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Upcoming programs from the Edinburg World Birding Center

In This Issue:
Nature Photography with Ruth Hoyt!
March. 6th, 2013
Upcoming Programs & Events at EWBC
Spring 2013
Monday – Saturday
8 am to 5 pm
Spring 2013
Monday – Saturday
7 am to 6 pm
714 Raul Longoria Rd
Edinburg TX 78539
(On the northwest corner of the Edinburg Municipal Park)
PH: (956) 381-9922
FAX: (956) 381-0715
Nature Photography with Ruth Hoyt!
Date: Saturday, March. 9th, 2013
Time: 8:30a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Fee: $30 members, $35 non-members
Interested in learning the techniques of photography to capture the beauty of the wildlife in the Rio Grande Valley? Join us at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center as Ruth Hoyt, professional photographer, presents a workshop in which she will share tips and techniques for photographing insects, animals and even plants! Any camera can be used, from a point-and-shoot to a professional camera, even a cell phone! So bring your camera and learn about wildlife photography!
Ruth Hoyt is a professional photographer with a great love for the outdoors! Ruth has taught photography since 1990 and has led tours and workshops for various companies such as Kodak and agencies such as the National Parks system. She has her work exhibited in places such as the Smithsonian Institute, Missouri Botanical Garden and Powder Valley Nature Center and is on permanent display in two locations in Alton, Illinois, one in McAllen, Texas. Ruth has been involved in major photo competitions in the past ten years, and works with private students who are interested in competition and have a very high success rate.
You can learn more about Ruth and her work by going to her website,
Space is limited, so please call our center to reserve your seat(s). Visit our website for more information.

Museum of South Texas History Invites You to Heritage Ranch Gala 2013

…preserving and presenting the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico

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MOSTHistory Invites You to

Heritage Ranch Gala 2013

Annual event will be held on March 23 at Dos Lagos Ranch.

The Board of Trustees of the Museum of South Texas History and co-hosts Paul and Margaret Veale invite you to attend Heritage Ranch Gala 2013 at Dos Lagos Ranch. The Veales have graciously opened their beautiful ranch for this very special occasion honoring the museum’s 2013 Heritage Associate FRIENDS and celebrating a long-enduring South Texas way of life – ranching.

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Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Starts: 6 p.m.

Location: Dos Lagos Ranch

Cost: $185 per person or $165 for current museum FRIENDS

Attire: Upscale Ranch (boots or walking shoes are advised)
Reservation Deadline: +1-956-383-6911 by Wednesday, March 20

Gala guests will enjoy the drive out to the ranch spotting wildlife along the way and will be greeted with a cold beverage, grilled white wings and goat cheese nopalito empanadas at Dos Lagos’ horse arena. Guests will be treated to the beautiful sport of dressage from 6 to 7 p.m. Jenny Moore of Mission will be demonstrating classical dressage and Lorrie Hutchens Glover of Corpus Christi will be demonstrating North American Western Dressage.

After the demonstration, guests will head lakeside to the gala site where they will enjoy exploring various tents filled with gourmet delights and a South Texas flair. Music by award-winning songwriter, John Arthur Martinez, will fill the air and dance floor as guests enjoy kicking up their heels under a blanket of stars. Martinez’ music is described as Americana infused with folk, Latin and country.

Reserve your place at this event honoring the 2013 Heritage Associate FRIENDS of MOSTHistory by calling the museum at +1-956-383-6911 today!

Prepaid reservations for this adults-only event required by Wednesday, March 20.
Map to gala venue available upon making reservation.
Renew your FRIENDship at the same time or become a FRIEND to take immediate advantage of just one of several benefits.