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Archive for December, 2012

Bentsen SP program schedule

Enjoy nature at its best at Bentsen-RGV State Park this winter

Life is better outside when you are having fun at beautiful Bentsen–Rio Grande Valley State Park & World Birding Center. The entire family is invited to participate in a variety of nature based programs that seek out birds, dragonflies, butterflies and other wildlife. You can also get out after dark during our Creatures of the Night program or join our bilingual outings when we explore Bentsen en Espanol.

Binoculars and bicycles are available for rent at our Park Store or bring your own. You can enjoy Free Fishing at Bentsen State Park. Once you’ve paid the park entrance fees, no one needs a fishing license or stamp, as long as they are inside the state park! However, bag limits and other regulations will still apply, and be enforced.

Learn more about our native habitats and animals by joining our experienced roving Naturalists as they explore the park. All you need is your hat, drinking water, sunscreen, camera and a thirst for adventure.

Scheduled programs are free with paid admission. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, World Birding Center is located on 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission, TX. For more information, please call (956) 584-9156. www.theworldbirdingcenter.com

Interpretive Programs at Bentsen-RGV State Park -

December 2012-February 2013

Sundays
Bird Walk 8:30a-10:30a

Tuesdays
Bird Walk 8:30a-10:30a

Wednesdays
Bentsen Nature Tour 2-4p

Thursdays
Dragonfly Walk – 1-3p

Thursdays
Butterfly Walk – 3-4p

Saturdays
Bentsen en Espanol 3:00-4:30p

Bring the entire family for a fun-filled nature exploration with bilingual guides.

Saturdays
Creatures of the Night 6-8p
Limit 20 participants. Pre-registration required.

Join Park Naturalists and explore nature up close at Bentsen-RGV State Park. credit: Courtesy

There is something for the whole family to enjoy when you visit your State Parks of Texas. credit: Andrea Donio

Upcoming programs from the Edinburg World Birding Center

In This Issue:

ABS: Birding by Ear

ECG: Sqaure foot Gardening & Spring Seedlings

Dec. 28, 2012
Upcoming Programs & Events at EWBC

CENTER HOURS

Monday – Saturday

8 am to 5 pm

Sunday

CLOSED

GROUND HOURS

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

ABS: Birding by Ear-John Brush

Dates: Saturday, Jan. 5th, 2013

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Fee: $4 non-members, $2 EWBC members

Come to “Birding by Ear” at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and take some of the uncertainty out of birding! Learning bird songs and calls is a great way to bring your bird identification skills to the next level. It will allow you to identify birds hidden in dense foliage, birds far off in the distance, nocturnal birds, and many distinct, but similar-looking species.

John Brush, local birder, will lead “Birding by Ear”, an interactive workshop for adult birders. Brush is currently a sophomore attending the University of Texas-Pan American, where he’s studying biology. Having grown up in a nature oriented family, John has long appreciated being outdoors, and has been birding in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Mexico for the past 10 years. Brush has also helped with several ornithological studies. He worked for several years as the naturalist at Quinta Mazatlan.

“Birding by Ear” is the fourth installment of 4 of the Edinburg Wetlands’ “Adult Birding Series”.

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

ECG: Square Foot Gardening/Spring Seedlings-Norma Santos

Dates: Saturday, Jan. 5th, 2013

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 a.m.

Fee: Free for members, ECG members, TX Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists, $3 general public

Want to learn about starting up and maintaining your own vegetable garden but don’t have a lot of space and/or the knowledge to do it?

Join us for this program in which Norma Linda Santos will teach participants about square foot gardening, a method used to effectively have a vegetable garden in a small space! Learn which vegetables can be planted in what seasons and learn about organic ways to provide nutrients to your plants and deter pests!

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

First Day Hikes at State Parks

Come to Bentsen-RGV State Park on New Year’s Day 2013 for a First Day Hike!

Start off the New Year on the right foot or the left foot during the First Day Hike at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park & World Birding Center.

First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks. Our Texas State Park systems have joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes across the State.

Start a new tradition on January 1st to get out and hike your local nature trails. You can also join a park staff Naturalist on a guided bird walk through the park from 8:30-10:30 am, where you can observe bird species such as Green Jays, Altamira Orioles, Great Kiskadees and Golden-fronted Woodpeckers. Hikers are encouraged to bring sturdy shoes, water, a hiking stick and binoculars for bird viewing.

Scheduled programs are free with paid admission. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, World Birding Center is located on 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission, TX. For more information, please call (956) 584-9156. www.theworldbirdingcenter.com

Fist Day Hike Logo

FREE Screenings Available at the 18th Annual Mission Community Health Fair

We invite our community to join us for our 18th Annual Community Health Fair on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 8-11am. For more information, please call the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce at (956) 585-2727.

FREE Screenings Available at the 18th Annual Mission Community Health Fair

Monday, December 31, 2012

MISSION, Texas – The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) invites the community to attend the 18th Annual Mission Community Health Fair on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Sharyland High School Gymnasium from 8:00am – 11:00am. Each year, the GMCC in collaboration with the Title Sponsor, Mission Regional Medical Center, invites you to join us for this Free Annual Health Fair where the public will have an opportunity to learn more about health and wellness. There will be 500 FREE master blood panels (diabetes, kidney, liver function tests and lipid tests that determine cholesterol/fat studies) and 200 FREE flu shots, bone density screenings, blood pressure checks and body mass index will also be provided upon availability. Don’t miss out on this great Annual Health Fair featuring health exhibits, entertainment, door prizes, and much more! This event is FREE and open to the public; adults and children of all ages are welcome to attend! The Sharyland High School Gymnasium is located on 1106 North Shary Road (Shary Road, North of Business 83) in Mission. For more information on how to become a sponsor and showcase your product or services, please call (956) 585-2727 or email teresa@missionchamber.com.

QUICK FACTS:

What: 18th Annual Mission Community Health Fair

When: Sunday, January 13, 2013 • 8:00 – 11:00am

Where: Sharyland High School Gymnasium, 1106 North Shary Road, Mission, TX 78572

Event Details: The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) and the Mission Regional Medical Center invites the community to attend the 18th Annual Mission Community Health Fair to be held on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Sharyland High School Gymnasium from 8:00am – 11:00am.

We invite our community to join us for our 18th Annual Community Health Fair on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 8-11am. For more information, please call the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce at (956) 585-2727

The History of Medicine in the Rio Grande Valley

The History of Medicine in the Rio Grande Valley

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at 2pm

The Museum of South Texas History invites the public to hear author Eileen Mattei speak about her latest book, For the Good of My Patients: The History of Medicine in the Rio Grande Valley, on Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 p.m. Following the presentation, the author will sign copies of her book, which can be purchased at the museum store. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the museum and the South Texas Medical Foundation, a nonprofit organization promoting medical education and research in the region.

Matttei’s abundantly illustrated book chronicles the growth of medicine from Spanish colonial times through the twentieth century, covering herbalists, curanderos, and country doctors, as well as more contemporary practitioners. The common denominator shared among all these practitioners is their dedication to the good of their patients, a phrase adopted by the author from the Hippocratic Oath once sworn by physicians.

In addition to tracing advances in the medical practice, Mattei’s book also touches on some of the health conditions of the area, such as nineteenth century epidemics of yellow fever, malaria, and cholera that plagued the region. An attractive hardcover book, For the Good of My Patients provides a vivid overview of an important but often overlooked chapter in South Texas history.

Eileen Mattei serves as managing editor of the Valley Business Report. She is also the author of Crossroads: Harlingen’s First 100 Years; Valley Places, Valley Faces; and Leading the Way: McAllen’s First 100 Years.”

Attendance at this program in the Sunday Speaker Series is included in the regular museum admission fee. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For information on the event or becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call 956.383.6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org. The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.

Winter Wonder Wetlands at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

Winter Wonder Wetlands at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

School is out and you and your family are looking for something to do, so why not head over to the EWBC for some amazing family fun! The EWBC education staff has three days of hands-on family activities designed to engage, inspire and entertain the whole family! Families will enjoy a day of craftiness when participants create their very own turtle mosaic along with a lesson that teaches families all about our native turtles, discover some cool creatures below the surface while dipnetting for aquatic insects swimming in our Dragonfly Pond, and excitement while watching our puppet show, “Polliwog to Frog,” that will feature a lesson on metamorphosis-the life of a frog! Don’t let winter break boredom get you down; there are plenty of wonders to enjoy at the Edinburg World Birding Center. Families and individuals of all ages will delight in these activity filled days immersed in nature.

Winter Wonder Wetlands will start on Wednesday, December 26th with our turtle talk and mosaic craft from 1 pm to 5 pm. Thursday, December 27th we will present our puppet show, “Polliwog to Frog”, at 2 pm and 4 pm. Friday, December 28th will be full of dipnetting for aquatic insects and other critters from 1 pm to 5 pm Reservations are recommended so that we are fully able to accommodate all participants. The fees for these activities are FREE with paid admission ($2 for children, seniors and students, $3 for adults, 5 years and under are free).

The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria Rd. (in the Edinburg Municipal Park), Edinburg Texas. For more information about Winter at the Wetlands or other programs, please call us at (956)381-9922 or visit us on the web at www.edinburgwbc.org.

Family looking through pond soil searching for aquatic critters.

Family working on their turtle mosaic craft.

Hidalgo invites public to victory rally for Juan Manuel Márquez

HIDALGO INVITES PUBLIC TO VICTORY RALLY FOR JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ

The City of Hidalgo welcomes the public to a free victory rally honoring champion boxer Juan Manuel Márquez from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. The event will be Márquez’s first appearance in the United States since his triumph over Manny Pacquiao earlier this month.

Hidalgo Mayor Martin Cepeda will present Márquez with the Key to the City and designate December 20 as the official “Juan Manuel Márquez Day.”

Just weeks ago, Márquez made headlines across the globe when he defeated Manny Pacquiao in a highly publicized fight for the World Boxing Organization’s “Champion of the Decade” belt. Márquez captured the title with a stunning right-hand knockout in the sixth round, the first time Pacquiao had been knocked out in more than 13 years.

A native of Mexico City, Márquez is the first boxer from his country to become a four-division world champion — he has won seven titles in five boxing weight classes. Currently, he is the WBO light-welterweight champion and is ranked the No. 3 pound-for-pound boxer in the world according to “Ring Magazine.”

Márquez will be available for questions from local media during Thursday’s ceremony. Doors will open at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Brandon Garcia at (512) 773-3107 or brandon@thedelrioagency.com.

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20; doors open at 4 p.m.

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

COST: Free

Alfresco Weslaco – Christmas Parade with Dean Canty Orchestra performing afterward on Dec. 20

www.ArtsRGV.com, a community calendar

Recognizing Great Value in the Arts of the Rio Grande Valley

since 2006

Holiday Handbell Concert this Sunday!

Muesum of South Texas History

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

Holiday Handbell Concert with the Edinburg United Methodist

Starts at 2 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, the Edinburg United Methodist Glory Bellringers return to “ring in” the holiday season at MOSTHistory starting at 2 p.m. Using handbells, the Glory Bellringers create a special sound that is beautifully magnified in the museum’s Grand Lobby. Historic information regarding the carols will be provided. Also, a portion of the program will feature chime music, and there will be an opportunity for audience participation! We invite everyone to join us for this special holiday performance at the museum.

Glory Bellringers!
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012

The program is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For information on becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call 956.383.6911 or click here. The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.

Edinburg United Methodist Glory Bellringers

Jedi Training Camp – Registration Open Now‏

This IS the camp you are looking for…

February 16-17, 2013

For Initiates & Younglings ages 7 -16
Space is limited in this amazing camp so enroll now!

Check-In for campers and families staying on site starts at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Register NOW

Have you dreamed of getting inside the world of Star Wars and training as a Jedi?

Do you want to have REAL adventures with “The Force”?

Outer- Rim Jedi Training Camp is a literary camp that will give your child a chance to do all these things and more. Younglings and Initiates will learn about different philosophies that influence the Jedi, especially how to be a warrior and peaceful at the same time. Making light sabers, going on Jedi Solo, and mock battles: Jedi training has never been so much fun!

Webpage: http://outer-rim-jedi-training.webs.com/

Event Location: Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco

www.ArtsRGV.com, a community calendar

Recognizing Great Value in the Arts of the Rio Grande Valley

since 2006