Author Archives: Beth Martinez

Thinker…Creator…Doer. Beth is passionate about life, learning, and all things creative. She has known from an early age that she had a love for journalism and media and spent her time in high school and college as part of the school yearbook, newspaper, and television station. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Texas Pan-American and immediately went on to earn her Master of Arts in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. Beth has 15+ years working in all aspects of the media industry including: client services, graphic design, media creation for print, web, and television, and sales. Yet, she constantly strives to become more knowledgeable and accomplished within the field she loves. Aside from work, she has an active life she truly enjoys. With her husband, she owns her own business in which she uses her creativity to design and sell party printables as well as build, refinish, and paint wood items such as door hangers, decorations, and furniture. She also spends time with her family, husband, two daughters and sweet animals. A few of the things she loves… reading, purple, butterflies, the beach, chocolate, flowers, animals, good quotes, roller coasters and Chinese food.

IMAS Dia de los Muertos Festival

Guests view the Mexican and Latin American Folk Art exhibit at IMAS.

On Nov. 2, the Dia de los Muertos Festival took place at the International Museum of Science. The day featured events and exhibits, including a Catrina contest and the lecture “Mexico, Bones, and Life” by Servando Hinojosa. Other activities included story times and Calavera rock art. Also available for a small fee was the sugar skull workshop and decorate your own sugar skull with icing. Vendors and food trucks were…

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Texas Butterfly Festival Community Day

Patrons walk along the butterfly gardens during the Texas Butterfly Festival.

On Nov. 2, the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas hosted its 24 annual Texas Butterfly Festival free community day. The National Butterfly Center is a non-profit organization geared towards butterfly conservation. The center has plenty of nature to explore throughout the 100-acre property, and more than 300 different butterfly species to catch sight of. On this specific day of the festival, there were plenty of free activities to take part…

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Feeding a Community Need

Rick and Coni Aguirre with their daughters Erika and Emily are the founders and operators of Emily’s Meals. (Courtesy)

Emily’s Meals is an organization dedicated to feeding 40 people every day. And it all started with the innocent question of a 6-year-old girl.  Emily and her father Rick Aguirre went to the grocery store one normal afternoon. As they were leaving, Emily saw her first homeless person. Her dad took this moment to teach her about the act of charity, so they bought a meal and gave it to…

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Rebuilding Homes and Lives

Two volunteers lay shingles on a new home build. (VBR)

In June of 2018, the Rio Grande Valley was hit by a storm of natural disaster proportions. Homes and businesses saw damage and some even complete destruction. People were left displaced and with little to nothing left in their possession.  As we know, disasters are not a planned or controlled situation. Many people are not financially, physically or mentally prepared for a disaster. Many times, people are at a loss…

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The Sunset Live Concert Series Is Back

Visitors enjoy a live outdoor concert on the performance lawn.

The Sunset Live Concert Series is held every second Saturday of the month at the McAllen Convention Center. It runs from April to June and October to December. The venue focuses on promoting the arts and family fun, and giving artists/musicians a family-friendly space to promote their work. This series is a family- and pet-friendly event. Free to the public, the venue also has public and dog parks, as well…

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AACA RGV Old Car Fest

A diverse car lineup with a McAllen fire truck on display.

On Oct. 11, the AACA RGV hosted its 32nd annual Old Car Fest at Wallbangers Burger Bar in McAllen. The show was free to view for the public and free to enter your car into the competition. AACA awarded cars in six different categories: Classic, Muscle Car, Truck, Low Rider, Specialty class and Import. The AACA RGV club was also collecting non-perishable food and monetary donations to benefit the local…

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Sell a Home Successfully

Ryan and Brian held an award ceremony to recognize their team's achievements. Listing agent Kathleen Mena was honored with "Top Dog" for her dedication and success in 2018.

Last week, we spoke with Ryan Peterson and Brian Reed of the Ryan and Brian Real Estate Team about being a buyer in the real estate market with “Education Key to Real Estate.” This week, we’re speaking with them about how to successfully sell your home.  Q: What advice do you give to sellers when they’re getting ready to sell their home?  Brian: Make buyers feel at home. This involves two…

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Education Key to Real Estate

Buyers agent Jessica Marroquin helped her clients find the perfect home for their family.

Last week we met Ryan Peterson and Brian Reed of the Ryan & Brian Real Estate Team in Part 1 of “Local Business Gets Real (Estate).” They have been working hard since 2006 to build their business and team. But what they feel is more important than that is building the relationships with their clients and community. They feel that education is one of the most important parts of their…

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Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch Opens

One of the rustic and charming photo set ups, perfect for fall photos.

With fall on the horizon, pumpkin patches are rising in popularity. One very popular attraction is Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch in McAllen, which opened on Sept. 14. Pumpkins line walking trails leading you to several picturesque photo set-ups ready for you to use. There are goats, piglets, bunnies and horses you can enjoy petting at the big red barn. Take advantage of snacks and the playground, and let the kids take…

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1 Million Cups

Lamar Jones owner of Jank BBQ giving a presentation of his business, gourmet bbq sauces and rubs.

The McAllen Business Expo was recently held at the McAllen Convention Center on Sept. 12. With a mega network session, several guest speakers and more than 130 businesses onsite, it was a big networking event for local businesses to share their work and learn about others.   One session held during the business expo was 1 Million Cups. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012. The program…

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