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Opening Reception “Funámbulo de la noche” by Sergio Hernández, Wednesday March 6th, 4:30 PM, UTPA Visitors Center

Join us for “Spanish Inquisition: Images and Documents from New Spain” at MVC – March 7, 6pm!!

South Texas College’s Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery in collaboration with Half Spoon, LLC present “Spanish Inquisition: Images and Documents from New Spain.” The exhibit opens Monday, March 4 and will be on view through Friday, May 17, 2013. A lecture by Ricardo Backal will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. Admission is free and open to the public.

When Holy Office of the Inquisition was established in New Spain in 1571, it exercised no jurisdiction over Indians, except for material printed in indigenous languages. Its first official Inquisitor was Pedro Moya de Contreras, who established the “Tribunal de la Fe” (Tribunal of the Faith) in Mexico City. It has been estimated that 51 death sentences were carried out in the 235–242 years that the tribunal was officially in operation. However, records from this time are very poor and accurate numbers cannot be verified.

One group that suffered during this time was the so-called “crypto-Jews” of Portuguese descent. Jews who refused to convert to Christianity had been expelled from Spain in 1492 and from Portugal in 1537. When Spain and Portugal united shortly thereafter, many converted Portuguese Jews came to New Spain looking for commercial opportunities. In 1642, 150 of these individuals were arrested within three or four days, and the Inquisition began a series of trials. On April 11, 1649, the vice regal state staged the largest ever auto da fé in New Spain, in which twelve of the accused were burned after being strangulated and one person was burned alive. Most of the remainder were ‘reconciled’ and deported to Spain.

After a series of denunciations, authorities arrested 123 people in 1658 on suspicion of homosexuality. Although 99 of these managed to disappear, the Royal Criminal Court sentenced 14 men from different social and ethnic backgrounds to death by public burning, in accordance to the law passed by Isabella the Catholic in 1497. The sentences were carried out together on one day, Nov. 6, 1658. The records of these trials and those that occurred in 1660, 1673 and 1687, suggest that Mexico City, like many other large cities at the time had an active underworld.

The last group that had to be careful during this time was scholars. Early attempts to reform the educational curriculum to keep pace with contemporary European influences were exterminated during the 1640s and 1650s by the Inquisition.

The central target was Fray Diego Rodriguez (1569–1668), who took the First Chair in Mathematics and Astronomy at the Royal and Pontifical University in 1637, and tried to introduce the scientific ideas of Galileo and Kepler to the New World.

For 30 years, he argued the removal of theology and metaphysics from the study of science. Political struggles of the 1640s brought the suspicions of the Inquisition down upon his small circle of academics and a series of investigations and trials followed into the middle of the 1650s. When academics worked to hide books banned by the Holy Office in 1647, the Inquisition required all six booksellers in the city to subject their lists to scrutiny under the threat of fine and excommunication.

The Inquisition remained officially in force until the early 19th century. It was first abolished by decree in 1812. However, political tensions and chaos led to its return between 1813 and 1820. It was abolished for good in 1820.

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 dhaughey@southtexascollege.edu, or visit http://lag.southtexascollege.edu.

Women’s History Month @ STC

Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Please join us in for a visit from historian Teresa Palomo Acosta on March 6 at 6:30 pm who will be discussing “Las Tejanas: 300 years of History” in the Pecan Library.

Also journalist Karen Blumenthal will be visiting all three campuses to discuss “Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America.” Ms. Blumenthal will visit Starr Campus on March 19 at 6:00 pm, then MidValley Campus on March 20 at 1:00 pm, and she will conclude her visit at Pecan Campus on March 20 at 6:00 pm.

Book signings will follow all events. For more information call 872-6485 or email egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu.

This Week at IMAS!

This Week at IMAS!


Current Exhibits:

C. STONE
Fulbright Scholar & Artist Mark Cloet
Oct. 18, 2012 – Feb. 24, 2013

Sacred Visions
Stained Glass Windows from the Studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany
On Permanent Loan

The 10,000 Springs Pavilion
in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution

Picasso: Imaginary Portraits
from the IMAS Permanent Collection


Weekly Events:

Family Fun Nights
Enjoy General Admission every Thursday from 4pm-8pm for just $1/person!


March 1, 2013

“A Night at the Brew-seum” 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013

5th Annual 24 Hour Film Dash

5th Annual 24 Hour
Film Dash

It’s time for our annual 24 Hour Film Dash!!  Teams be sure to check in between 8am and 10am ONLY.  ALL PDF forms are already on cinesol.com.

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Objective – complete a digital film, within 24 hours by following the rules!

The rules are simple and all teams will obtain the final “five” elements during the kick-off meeting.

The elements include genre, prop, dialogue, location and character.

Then, watches are synchronized and you’re off in a “mad dash” to complete the film!

Films will be judged the following weekend. And, depending on how many teams survive we will screen the films and announce the winner of the Estrella award.

Pre-Registration Via Mail

CineSol Film Festival
119 W. Van Buren Ave.
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Registration and Check-In Time – Saturday, April 20, 2013 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Kick-Off Meeting 11:00 AM – til done

Start of “Mad Dash” estimated to be “noon”

STC Cooper Center for Communication Arts
Conference Room
3201 W. Pecan Blvd
McAllen, TX 78501

Final Delivery of Film Sunday, April 21, 2013

STC Cooper Center for Communication Arts
Conference Room
3201 W. Pecan Blvd
McAllen, TX 78501
CineSol 24 Hour Film Dash screenings & awards presentation Sunday, April 27, 2013

STC Cooper Center for Communication Arts
Cooper Center Main Stage
3201 W. Pecan Blvd
McAllen, TX 78501

Doors open 5:00 pm

Screening time 6:00pm

Awards presentation 9:00 pm

24 hr team participants free with pass ID

General admission $5.00 per person

QUINTA MAZATLAN Calendar for March 2013

QUINTA MAZATLAN Calendar for March 2013

Mar. 1st Stroll Through History Tour from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors will enjoy the home’s history, Spanish revival style architecture, native gardens, art gallery and gift store. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 2nd Forest Sculpture Trail Tour from 10 to 11:30am at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Enjoy local stories about the creatures of the thornforest, represented by bronze sculptures.

Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 2nd Bridging Generations Outdoors Workshops “Create Your Own Container Garden” from 1pm to 4pm at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Advance registration is required, so the center can have the appropriate number of plants on hand for the workshop.  The $20 fee will cover everything that goes “into the pot”, and guests are to bring their own pot/container. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 5th The Zen of Birding Tour from 8:30 am to 10 am at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors are invited to explore McAllen’s big backyard on a guided tour along the half-mile of nature trails surrounding the historic adobe mansion. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 6th Wormy Wednesday’s – Volunteer Day With Ouina Rutledge – from 8:30am to 11:30am help tend to the gardens and learn about different gardening techniques with a master gardener. Recommended large groups call in advance. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 6th Garden Tea & Talk from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors will enjoy outdoor guided tour, which focuses on edible/medicinal aspects of the plants, trees, berries, and blossoms found in our thornforest, courtyard and gardens. Taste a sampling of food and teas made using plants found in the RGV. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 7th Nature Speaker Series “Vermicomposting – Recycle with the Help of Worms” Sue Thaxter from 6 to 7 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. A different program each week ranging from organic cooking, painting in nature, design a wildscape in your backyard, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, book signings and much more. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com.

Mar. 8th Stroll Through History Tour from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors will enjoy the home’s history, Spanish revival style architecture, native gardens, art gallery and gift store. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

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Mar. 9th McAllen History Bus Tours from 8:30 to 11am at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Guided Bus tours from Quinta Mazatlan are a way to visit McAllen’s natural and cultural wonders. Program is $7 per person. Pick up tickets at Quinta Mazatlan or McAllen Parks & Recreation. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 9th Walk with a Naturalist “ Butterfly Gardens” with Gill Quintanilla from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Special guided walk through the trails exploring a new topic each month. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 12th The Zen of Birding Tour from 8:30 am to 10 am at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors are invited to explore McAllen’s big backyard on a guided tour along the half-mile of nature trails surrounding the historic adobe mansion. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 13th Wormy Wednesday’s – Volunteer Day With Ouina Rutledge – from 8:30am to 11:30am help tend to the gardens and learn about different gardening techniques with a master gardener. Recommended large groups call in advance. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 13th Garden Tea & Talk from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors will enjoy outdoor guided tour, which focuses on edible/medicinal aspects of the plants, trees, berries, and blossoms found in our thornforest, courtyard and gardens. Taste a sampling of food and teas made using plants found in the RGV. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 14th Nature Speaker Series “Ocelots & Other Wildcats of Texas” – Jennifer Owen White from 6 to 7 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. A different program each week ranging from organic cooking, painting in nature, design a wildscape in your backyard, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, book signings and much more. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com.

Mar. 15th Stroll Through History Tour from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors will enjoy the home’s history, Spanish revival style architecture, native gardens, art gallery and gift store. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 16th Birds of Beauty Bus Tours from 8:30 to 11am at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Guided Bus tours from Quinta Mazatlan are a way to visit McAllen’s natural and cultural wonders. Program is $7 per person. Pick up tickets at Quinta Mazatlan or McAllen Parks & Recreation. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 19th The Zen of Birding Tour from 8:30 am to 10 am at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors are invited to explore McAllen’s big backyard on a guided tour along the half-mile of nature trails surrounding the historic adobe mansion. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

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Mar. 20th Wormy Wednesday’s – Volunteer Day With Ouina Rutledge – from 8:30am to 11:30am help tend to the gardens and learn about different gardening techniques with a master gardener. Recommended large groups call in advance. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 20th Garden Tea & Talk from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors will enjoy outdoor guided tour, which focuses on edible/medicinal aspects of the plants, trees, berries, and blossoms found in our thornforest, courtyard and gardens. Taste a sampling of food and teas made using plants found in the RGV. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 21st MOON OVER MAZATLAN – Moon Dance Gala, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen.  Annual Fundraiser for environmental education. Tickets $100 each.  Call (956) 681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 22nd Stroll Through History Tour from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors will enjoy the home’s history, Spanish revival style architecture, native gardens, art gallery and gift store. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 23rd Wild Things Series “Amazing Daisy” (ages 5-6) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Program helps to develop the future stewards of the land by igniting a passion for the outdoors. Participants will be involved in hands-on activities, guided trail walks and gardening projects. Program is $5 for per student. Advanced registration is required. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 26th The Zen of Birding Tour from 8:30 am to 10 am at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors are invited to explore McAllen’s big backyard on a guided tour along the half-mile of nature trails surrounding the historic adobe mansion. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 27th Wormy Wednesday’s – Volunteer Day With Ouina Rutledge – from 8:30am to 11:30am help tend to the gardens and learn about different gardening techniques with a master gardener. Recommended large groups call in advance. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 27th Garden Tea & Talk from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Visitors will enjoy outdoor guided tour, which focuses on edible/medicinal aspects of the plants, trees, berries, and blossoms found in our thornforest, courtyard and gardens. Taste a sampling of food and teas made using plants found in the RGV. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Recommended large groups call in advance for tour reservations. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com

Mar. 28th Nature Speaker Series “Frankie the Free Tailed Bat” – Jesus Franco from 6 to 7 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. A different program each week ranging from organic cooking, painting in nature, design a wildscape in your backyard, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, book signings and much more. Program is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Call (956) 681-3370 for more information or visit www.quintamazatlan.com.

Hawk Watch at Bentsen State Park

Spring Hawk Watch 2013 at Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, World Birding Center

The Bentsen-RGV State Park Hawk Watch will be held March 1 through April 30, 2013 from 8am to noon daily at the Hawk Tower.  Accomplished birders will oversee operations and assist volunteers in their efforts to spot the incoming raptors.  Using keen eyesight, binoculars and spotting scopes, volunteer birders will help keep track of the number of raptors migrating north, including hawks, falcons, vultures, kites and more.

Birds of prey are important indicators of the overall health of our environment.  Bentsen’s annual spring and fall Hawk Watch seasons contribute to HawkCount, a long-term study that monitors raptor population trends and is the world’s largest standardized raptor migration count network.  HawkCount is a project of Hawk Migration Association of North America/HMANA (www.hawkcount.org ).

Beginning birders, winter Texans, walk-ins, teachers, their students and others are welcome to participate.  Participants should bring their own binoculars, insect repellant, water, snacks, sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat and a folding chair.  Bird books and a spotting scope will be provided by Park staff.  The data collected by volunteers is used to monitor the health of both resident and migrating raptors.

Hawk Watch Training will be conducted on Friday & Saturday, March 1-2, 2013.  Training will cover raptor field identification and counting procedures.  The March 1st classroom ID course will be held from 9am to 12pm.  The second day will be from 9am to 11am for actual counting from the Hawk Tower with seasoned volunteers.

This program is free with paid admission. Pre-registration required. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park & World Birding Center is located at 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission, Texas.  For more information about this program or other upcoming events, call 956-584-9156.  www.theworldbirdingcenter.com

 Northern Harrier

Photo: Northern Harrier - A long-winged, long-tailed hawk of open grassland and marshes, the Northern Harrier forages by flying slowly low above the ground looking for small rodents. Credit: Bill Supulski

Upcoming programs from the Edinburg World Birding Center

In This Issue:

Viva El Arbol! – A Celebration of Trees @ EWBC

Feb. 22nd, 2013
Upcoming Programs & Events at EWBC

CENTER HOURS

Spring 2013

Monday – Saturday

8 am to 5 pm

Sunday

CLOSED

GROUND HOURS

Spring 2013

Monday – Saturday

7 am to 6 pm

Sunday

CLOSED

LOCATION

714 Raul Longoria Rd

Edinburg TX 78539

(On the northwest corner of the Edinburg Municipal Park)

CONTACT

PH: (956) 381-9922

FAX: (956) 381-0715

www.EdinburgWBC.org

Viva El Arbol!

A Celebration of Trees @ EWBC

Date: Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 2013

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm &

1:00pm-4:00p.m.

Fee: FREE!

Come celebrate our native RGV trees! Saturday morning, the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center will have a plant sale, to help you beautify your home and garden. In the afternoon, learn all about Trees: What grows best, how to care for them, and other useful tips & techniques. Bring the family and enjoy crafts, guided walks, and other great activities.

The plant sale will run from 9 am to12 pm. The Celebration will be from 1 pm to 4 pm. During the celebration, the first 100 participants will receive a Free Tree Seedling to plant in their very own backyard!

Viva El Arbol is a free event, but runs simultaneously with the Fiesta Edinburg. There will be a $5 parking fee after 12 pm and parking will be available in the nearby event parking area of the Municipal Park.

Click here to see the full flier for the event on our website!

Visit our website or call our center for more information.

Ocelot Festival

Premiere Edition Launch Party for South Texas Golf Magazine

Premiere Edition Launch Party for South Texas Golf Magazine from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at “The Practice Tee,” 1100 W. Nolana (956) 702-9600.

There will be more than $6,000 of door prizes given away…from gift certificates to gift cards to sporting events to golf course rounds to beautiful artwork and wonderful trips.

We will have a putting contest (18 years and older to enter) with a wonderful prize for the winner. Our grand prize will be a get-away to Myrtle Beach, S.C.. We will also have guest speakers, with great food and drinks. Entertainment for the children will be provided. So come join the fun and great atmosphere. RSVP to southtexasgolf@gmail.com.