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Archive for February, 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.

Upcoming programs from the Edinburg World Birding Center

CENTER HOURS

Winter 2012

Monday – Saturday

8 am to 5 pm

Sunday

CLOSED

GROUND HOURS

Winter 2012

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

FNWN: Composting-Roy Custodio

Date: Friday, Feb. 15th, 2013

Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Fee: FREE!

Learn how to reduce trash while helping your garden (and the environment) at the same time through composting! Roy Custodio and Priscilla Rodriguez of the McAllen Recycling Center will be our guest speakers at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center for this months “Friday Night With a Naturalist”. They will speak in McAllen’s efforts to turn 85% of McAllen resident’s yard clippings into compost, helping to green up area yards while reducing the amount sent out to the landfill. They will also speak on the many benefits and applications of compost.

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.

Gillette Brothers Return to Museum of South Texas History

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

Gillette Brothers Return to

MOSTHistory

Duo to perform on February 23rd during day of family fun at Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day!

The Museum of South Texas History is pleased to announce the return of the Gillette Brothers at Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day, a yearly event for all ages featuring traditional crafts, children’s activities, food, music and dance performances. Cowboy music and poetry performed by the award winning and international touring and recording duo, Guy and Pipp Gillette, will be one of several exciting features found at this family-friendly event to be held on February 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with two outdoor performances scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The Gillette Brothers have kept the tradition of cowboy music alive through their songs and poetry, giving momentum to the recent revitalization of cowboy music and poetry. Along with performing in seamless, natural harmonies, the duo tells the stories of how their music originated in the trail-driving period of the late 1800s. During this era cowboys from different parts of the country flooded the open range giving birth to new genres of story and song, forever immortalizing the cowboy.

Among their many awards, Guy and Pipp Gillette received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for the Best Traditional Western Album of 2010 from The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Visitors to the museum have the unique opportunity to experience the soothing music of the Gillette Brothers at any time by pausing on the wharf in the steamboat display in the Rio Grande Legacy exhibition. MOSTHistory is honored to be a venue for their timeless music at Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day.

In addition to performances by the Gillette Brothers, Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Days will include horsehair braiding, quilting, woodworking, spinning, weaving and other traditional activities provided by skilled artisans and performers. Children’s activities include crafting corn husk dolls and Indian bead necklaces. New to this year’s Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day, artisans will demonstrate crafting piñatas and alebrijes (decorated Mexican figurines). Visitors will enjoy a highly interactive and entertaining event, fun for the whole family.

Admission to Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day will be the regular museum admission price: $7 adults (ages 18+); $5 seniors (ages 62+), active military with ID, students with ID (ages 13+); $4 children ages 4 to 12; free, children ages 3 and under. FRIENDS of the museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For more information about the event or on becoming a FRIEND of the museum, please visit the museum’s website at www.mosthistory.org or call +1-956-383-6911.

Valley Symphony Concert – Bach to Beatles

McAllen – This year the Valley Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 60th anniversary season thanks to your generous support and continued involvement. Our annual gala is the most important fund raiser of our year. This year’s gala is entitled “Bach to Beatles” and will celebrate music from classical to rock. Mark your calendar for March 5, 2013 at the elegant Valencia Event Center in McAllen, Texas. Formal invitations will be in the mail the first week of February.
This evening is dedicated to raising funds and sharing the VSO’s commitment to Music Education and Live Performance. The gala includes valet parking, champagne reception, open bar, elaborate multichoice entre dinner, live and silent auctions, raffle and a special performance by the principal VSO musicians and pianist, Yu Chi Tai; all to help support the multi-faceted endeavors of your symphony. Last year, this event hosted 300 people and this year our goal is to serve 500 guests. We are asking you to join us in supporting music, music education and the performing arts.
As a sponsor and/or donor, you will be recognized in the event brochure, as well as on the event website. We ask that you return the completed donation form and auction item(s) to the address on the form. You are also welcome to include business cards or other information pertaining to your business to be displayed on the auction table. All gifts will be recognized and are tax deductible to the full extent provided under the law. Please notify us of your commitment as soon as possible as this will be an event to remember.
You can call the VSO office at (956)661-1615 or visit the Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Gala website for more information and to order tickets at www.valleyorchestra.org/gala.

Valley Symphony Concert

Farewell Concert Planned for South Texas Chorale Legend Christopher Munn
In a farewell tribute to retiring chorale conductor, Christopher Munn, the Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (VSOCH) will perform music by Leonard Bernstein and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, February 28, 8 p.m., at the McAllen Civic Center.
Munn has taught thousands of students and performers throughout 29 years as chorale conductor and music professor at The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.

According to VSO Maestro Peter Dabrowski, “Christopher Munn has been the most prominent chorale conductor in the region for more than a quarter of a century. The music selected for the concert will capture the virtuosity of the chorale.”

Dabrowski explains that the concert begins with Bernstein’s brilliant overture to Candide. The Chichester Psalms, an iconic composition for chorale and orchestra sung in Hebrew, will follow. During the second half of the program, the orchestra will offer a musical treat of the legend of Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. The Russian composer is considered one of the greatest orchestrators in the history of music.

The Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale is a non-profit organization that has become a Valley cultural treasure and celebrates its 60th year this season.

For information on tickets, visit the website at www.vsomusic.org or call the VSO Box Office at 956-661-1615.