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Archive for October, 2012

Mission Staycation Day set for Nov. 3

Mission Staycation Day set for Nov. 3

Revive your Thanksgiving leftovers in “Seasonal Palate” cooking class

October 16, 2012

MISSION, Texas – The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) invites the community to join us for the November Mission Staycation Day on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 3 -6 p.m. at the Chamber on 202 W. Tom Landry in downtown Mission.

November’s event will feature seasonal items from Rio Grande Valley farmers and artists, showcasing their locally-grown produce, herbs, arts and crafts. The Market offers both outdoor and indoor, air-conditioned facilities with vendors that sell a variety of goods for all ages.

During the November’s “Seasonal Palate” Cooking Class, Mission Staycation Day Market Chef Mikal Marrus will show attendees how to revive Thanksgiving leftovers with fresh meal ideas. Market vendors that will be featured in November’s class include Yahweh’s Farm, Buckeye Farms and Perennial Favorites. Seats fill quickly! Arrive early for the 4:00pm class.

The Market’s “Seasonal Palate” cooking class is held monthly and recipes are inspired by the vendor’s seasonal goods. In this class, students learn to cook using seasonal produce, bringing out the best in farm-fresh ingredients. Students also develop improvisational skills to adapt to the changing seasons. Chef Mikal teaches his classes with easy-to-follow cooking techniques and educates students about the nutritional value of the items in each dish. Arrive early to save your seat for this entertaining and educational class. Be sure to “Like” the Mission Staycation Day page on Facebook for your chance to win a seat at the Chef’s Table or reserve your seat for only $35.  Participants are able to enjoy the meal they just helped prepare at the Chef’s Table and have one-on-one time with Chef Mikal Marrus after the class.

For more information about November Mission Staycation Day or on how to become a vendor, contact the GMCC at 956-585-2727 or email



What: November Mission Staycation Day

When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 3-6 p.m.

Where: Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce, 202 West Tom Landry, Mission, Texas 78572

Event Details: Indoor and outdoor market, featuring over 20 vendors selling locally-grown produce, arts and crafts. A “Seasonal Palate” Cooking Class will be offered at 4 p.m. using meat, produce and herbs from the market to revive Thanksgiving leftovers.

Attached Photo Caption: “Seasonal Palate” cooking class members from the October Staycation Day used Mission Staycation Day Market produce and herbs to create a raw, organic salad. “Like” Mission Staycation Day on Facebook for the opportunity to win a seat at next month’s chef’s table.

3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at IMAS

3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at IMAS

McAllen, Texas- The International Museum of Art & Science will be celebrating the traditional Mexican holiday “Dia de los Muertos” with a variety of activities for children and adults to enjoy starting from Thursday, November 1 and ending Sunday, November 4, 2012. This will mark the museum’s third year in celebrating this rich tradition that commemorates loved ones and ancestors who have passed.

Besides the traditional festivities and performances, IMAS prides itself in presenting an educational aspect to this celebration. On the evening of Thursday, November 1, 2012, the museum will host a series of talks with Fran Alger from the McAllen Heritage Center, Dr. Servando Hinojosa, and Dr. Roberto de Souza, both professors from the University of Texas-Pan American, which will range from the history and meaning of the Altar, to Day of the Dead Food, to the historical background and origins of this holiday. Talks will be held at 5:00pm, 6:00pm, and 7:00pm, and traditional Day of the Dead refreshments will be served.

On Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, IMAS will be featuring artist Mario Godinez and his artwork, folklorico performances by Grupo Folklorico Jaguar and the UTPA Ballet Folklorico, community altars paying homage to popular Mexican Revolutionaries, calavera face-painting, and much more. Visitors are also encouraged to come to the Sunday festivities in costume as their favorite Mexican Revolutionary, Catrina or Catrino!

IMAS would like to thank the McAllen Heritage Center and Beyond Arts & More-RGV for their collaboration in Admission to the festivities is included in the price of general admission and is FREE for IMAS Memebers; $7/Adult, $5/Senior Citizen & Students (w/ID), $4/Child (4-12). For more information, please contact (956) 682-0123 or visit the IMAS Front Desk or

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

5:00pm- “Altares” with Fran Alger from the McAllen Heritage Center

6:00pm- “Day of the Dead Traditional Food” with Dr. Servando Hinojosa

7:00pm- “The Killing” with Dr. Roberto de Souza

Sunday, November 4, 2012

2:00pm- Grupo Foklorico Jaguar

3:30pm- UTPA Folklorico

4:00pm- Altares Procession

4:30pm- Closing Cermonies

Ongoing- RGV Beyond Artist Mario Godinez

Face Painting

IMAS & Community Altars


Come dressed up as your favorite Mexican Revolutionary, Catrina or Catrino, and join in the fun!

Week-long Activities

Calavera Making

Paper Flowers

Skeleton Making

Papel Picado Flags

The International Museum of Art & Science is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to promote a deeper appreciation of the arts and sciences through exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs; and to preserve, expand, and display its permanent art and science collections. The museum is located at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Nolana Avenue. Monday: Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. IMAS provides $1 general admission to the public every Thursday evening from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m.. Log onto for more information.

Half day Forestry Camp series kicks off Saturday Oct 27

Eye to Eye with a Butterfly Presentation & Exhibit Opening Nov 1

Valley Nature Center’s Dead Woods – Haunted Trails

Valley Nature Center’s Dead Woods – Haunted Trails

The Valley Nature Center presents the Dead Woods on Saturday, Oct 27 and Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. Here is your only chance to walk the Valley Nature Center trails, at night… but beware… there are others and strange creatures roam the woods!!  Do you have it in you to walk through the Dead Woods?  This will be an experience like no other!! So prepare yourself!! We’re waiting for you!!  It will frighten you beyond belief!!

Admission is $10.00 and forest gates are open at 8:00 p.m. to midnight! The Valley Nature Center is located at 301 S Border Ave inside Gibson Park, in Weslaco. For more information you can call 956-969-2475 or visit

NO one under 13 is allowed in. Enter at your own risk, if you DARE!

Photo by: Ayissa Sandoval

Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Event


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

Special Event!

Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Day of the Dead 2012 Museum of South Texas History
This year’s event celebrates traditional panteones or cemeteries that are bright and colorful during Día de los Muertos.  Local artist Beatriz Guzmán Velásquez created this painting in honor of the museum’s Día de los Muertos celebration.  Visitors to the museum on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, will have the opportunity to view an exhibit of Velásquez’s work including this original piece of art entitled Luminosity.

Traditional music, food, performances, demonstrations, art, crafts, and children’s activities are just some of the anticipated activities scheduled for the museum’s annual Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead celebration on Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening the day of the event and continuing until November 18 is the exhibit of altars that pay respect to departed loved ones.

In preparation for this festive celebration, museum special events and programming officer Melissa Tijerina coordinates an event to educate visitors of the true meaning behind Día de los Muertos. Día de los Muertos is a significant and well respected holiday. It celebrates the lives of deceased loved ones, by keeping their memories alive.” This year’s Grand Lobby altar pays homage to the founder of the world-renowned Ballet Folklórico de México, Amalia Hernández Navarro. The altar will be created by Cati Gomez, who assists Raul Galvan in directing many of the traditional folklórico dances at museum events.

Click on the Día de los Muertos event invitation to read the full press release. Full schedule of events coming soon!

RGV Flash to Host Press Conference and Celebrity Soccer Match

TV vs Radio

Our friends from the RGV Flash will host a press conference and FREE soccer match for the public on November 14th at SFA.  Media is invited to attend…and to PARTICIPATE!  The soccer team and mascot will be on hand to take the official team photos that day.  What better way to celebrate than to have $1 hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, and beer!  It’s fun for the whole family—everyone can come out and meet the team, and meet their local media people.

For more details, please see attachment.  For more information, please contact either myself or Tina Menchaca, Director of Sales and Marketing for the RGV Flash, at 956-776-5787.





OCTOBER 26-27, 2012

Lark Community Center and Library

2601 Lark, McAllen, Texas  78504

Friday: Grand Entry 6:30 PM


Exhibition Dance 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Gourd Dancing 1:00 – 4:30 PM

Grand Entry 6:30 PM

Southern Drum – South Wind

Carlos Gonzalez

Northern Drum – Eagle Point

Robert Bass

Head Man Dancer – David Hoskins

Head Lady Dancer – Dania Medina

Head Gourd Dancer – Danny Villarreal

Master of Ceremonies – Bob Woolery

Arena Director – Danny Villarreal

Special Appearances by

Sayani – Jorie and Christine West (Cherokee) – Springtown, Texas – Vocal Artists

Uzziel Martinez – Los Angeles, California – Actor

Special Thanks to Darcie Ryan for serving as the 2012 S.T.I.D.A. Princess



McAllen Grace Brethren Church


From San Antonio:

Take U.S. 281 south; exit west on Highway 83 to McAllen.  Go approx. 5 ½ miles to Ware Rd.; take the Ware Road exit and turn right on Ware Rd; go about five miles north to Lark Ave. Turn right on Lark; go to first traffic light which is 29th St. Garza Elementary School is on the corner and Lark Community Center is just past Garza Elementary.  For hotels, exit at Jackson Ave. or at 2nd St. from Highway 83.

From Houston:

Take U.S. 77 south; exit west on Highway 83 to McAllen. Go approx. 5 ½ miles to Ware Rd.; take the Ware Road exit and turn right on Ware Rd; go about five miles north to Lark Ave. Turn right on Lark; go to first traffic light which is 29th St. Garza Elementary School is on the corner and Lark Community Center is just past Garza Elementary.  For hotels, exit at Jackson Ave. or at 2nd St. from Highway 83.

South Texas Indian Dancers Association

1913 Camellia

McAllen, TX  78501

Robert Soto 956-686-6696

Gender and Women’s Studies Creative Works Exhibit at UTPA Clark Gallery extended until October 26‏

Due to the popularity of the Gender and Women’s Studies Student Creative Works Exhibit, it will remain in the Charles and Dorothy Clark gallery for an extra week (until Friday 26th October). Below is the schedule of opening times until then.  For more information, contact Dr. Caroline Miles at or call 956-457-3083.


1-3 PM

3-5 PM


2-3 PM

4:45 – 5:45 PM


9-11:00 AM

UTPA PSA – Life’s a Dream


UTPA – University Theatre Productions presents Life’s a Dream by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, adapted by John Barton and Adrian Mitchell.  November 14-17 at 7:30 p.m., November 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre in the Communication Arts and Science Building.  For ticket information or reservations please call the University Theatre Box Office at 956 665-3581.  Due to adult situations and simulated violence, parental guidance suggested for children under 13 years old.