Category Archives: Community Events

SPI Celebrates “Cook Your Catch” Day Jan. 23

Cook Your Catch

South Padre Island will celebrate its second National Cook Your Catch Day Jan. 23 with events for avid anglers and cuisine fans of South Padre Island. The celebration includes a VIP fishing trip and dinner for regional influencers. Currently, eight restaurants will cook the catches of participants. The event also includes tips from fishing guides on techniques for catching different species and ideas from SPI chefs on how to make…

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Keep McAllen Beautiful Seeks Homes to Beautify

Volunteers with Paint McAllen Beautiful paint a home in 2014. (photo mcallen.net)

Keep McAllen Beautiful is now accepting applications for its annual Paint McAllen Beautiful project where KMB volunteers paint homes throughout McAllen, to help beautify the neighborhood. Qualifying McAllen applicants must be a McAllen resident, own the home, be low income, be 60 years of age or older, or be of any age with a permanent disability. Through a grant from Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep McAllen Beautiful will be able to…

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Kick Off the Year With a First Day Hike

Mother Neff State Park, one of Texas’ earliest state parks, is one of many open for a First Day Hike. (photo TPWD)

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is encouraging Texans to “start the new year in nature” with a First Day Hike at a Texas state park. Citizens can walk, bike or paddle their way into 2021 on a First Day Hike at 89 Texas state parks. First Day Hikes at Texas’ state parks aim to help visitors commit to their New Year’s resolutions to get healthy. Last year, 5,242 visitors…

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TSC Brings Holiday Magic to Elementary School

All 263 students at Rosa E. Del Castillo Elementary School received gifts this season from TSC’s Angel Tree Toy Distribution. (photo TSC)

Texas Southmost College recently delivered toys to the children of Rosa E. Del Castillo Elementary School in Brownsville to help make Christmas a little brighter.  Every year, TSC selects a different elementary school that will benefit from the Angel Tree Toy Drive hosted by TSC Student Life. The drive garners hundreds of donations from TSC students, faculty and staff over the course of several weeks.  This year, TSC was able…

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Reading Reindeer Walk Combines Fitness and Literacy

The Reading Reindeer Walk is now up along the City of McAllen’s hike and bike trail next to Bicentennial Blvd. this holiday season. Walkers can scan a series of signs (spaced out over the course of one mile) each of which contains a stanza from the classic poem ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. The oval-shaped route begins at Harvey Avenue and goes north half of a mile toward Nolana Avenue…

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Shop Island Businesses to Win

Shop the Island

In a time when it is even more imperative to shop local small businesses comes the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce‘s “Shop the Island” initiative through Dec. 27. For every $20 spent with all Island businesses, shoppers may register for a $500 shopping spree. Many businesses are open for outdoor shopping opportunities. Every dollar spent locally also ensures a healthy and growing South Padre Island economy. Original receipts may…

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Edinburg Hosts Drive-Thru Holiday Wonderland

Holiday in the Park

Beginning Dec. 12, residents can experience Edinburg Municipal Park as a drive-thru wonderland. Thousands of twinkling lights will be on display at Holiday in the Park from 6-10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 2. The festive event is free to the public and includes approximately one mile of themed entertainment. The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, City of Edinburg and Edinburg EDC organized this year’s event. “Seeing our community leaders come together…

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Holidays Light Up Trail at Quinta Mazatlán

Thousands of candle luminaries will soon line the trails of Quinta Mazatlán in McAllen to celebrate the winter holidays around the world. ILLUMINA Fest 2020 takes place on Dec. 16-19 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. nightly with more than 30 art installations sharing the light of the world. The outdoor exhibits celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Chinese New Year. It also features a Native American tipi village, the…

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Dec. 5 Rings in IMAS Holiday Market

IMAS Holiday Market

The International Museum of Art & Science presents a community Holiday Market Dec. 5. The event helps kick off this year’s annual Christmas Tree Forest. The festive artist and artisan market takes place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. near the west entrance and Welcome Pavilion. The community is invited to support these local artists and artisans and then visit the Christmas Tree Forest and museum exhibitions. In addition to…

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Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday 2020 is on Nov. 28, marking the 11th annual Small Business Saturday. Last year, shoppers came together in full force to support their local communities. Small Business Saturday hit a record high with an estimated $19.6 billion in reported spending. This year surviving COVID-19 has become the sole mission of many small businesses. Despite the challenges, I have learned that local small businesses are resourceful and resilient.…

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