Category Archives: Events

Baxter Lofts Rises to the Occasion 

Baxter Lofts ribbon cutting

What eyesore? Those days behind us. Building ownership, Harlingen officials and regional business leaders gathered Nov. 6 for the official Baxter Lofts grand opening and ribbon cutting. To top things off, all units are also currently under lease at the Downtown Harlingen high rise residential property. “It’s another great day in the City of Harlingen,” proclaimed Mayor Chris Boswell. After decades of being uninhabited, private funds (not tax money) brought…

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INNO Discusses a “New Era” for Trade

Jose Espinosa Alvarez, an instructor at Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, speaks at STC’s 7th annual INNO Conference Nov. 1.

South Texas College’s seventh annual Binational Innovation Conference (INNO) took place Nov. 1. This year’s conference brought together those from industry, education and economic development. Each brought pertinent information with a focus on both innovation and the impact of students on the future workforce. “A New Era of Manufacturing in South Texas and Northern Mexico” centered primarily on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The proposed agreement looks to modernize the 24-year-old…

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McAllen Announces Innovation Grant Winners

Exo and Cy, Innovative Grant winner

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce will present its 2019 McAllen Innovation Grant winners Oct. 24. The presentation takes place during the I&E Network from 6-8 p.m. at the chamber, 1200 Ash Ave., and includes free pizza and beer. “Entrepreneurs are rolling out new ideas and new items. Innovators will network and learn about their projects, struggles, victories, but more than anything, what have they done in order to be awarded as…

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Hidalgo County Holds Auction on Drug-Seized Vehicles

Hidalgo County will hold a Surplus Auction by Auction Marketing Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. The auction will include the sale of police seized cars, trucks, tractor trailers and trailers. Interested buyers can pre-register and view items Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Grounds. Online registration is only available for online bidding at amtauctions.com. All other buyers must register onsite.…

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Edinburg Chamber Hosts Spooktacular Installation

Last year’s Edinburg Chamber award recipients with outgoing President Jennifer Garza and Executive Director Ronnie Larralde.

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors and staff are planning a Spooktacular Soiree annual Installation Banquet for Oct. 23. The 6 p.m. event will take place at Marbel Event Center, 1101 Alberta Road. The Banquet will honor Hiren Govind as incoming chamber president and Jennifer Garza as outgoing president. The evening will feature an elegant and Spooktacular theme and dinner. Presentations include those of Man and Woman of the…

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Preparing for Ghost Hunts

Thomas Hotcaveg has been seeking ghosts for about 17 years. Later this month, he hopes to make his first discoveries in Downtown Harlingen along with dozens of regular citizens who also have an interest in locating paranormal activity.  “We are hoping maybe the founder of Harlingen will still be around,” Hotcaveg says about the upcoming ghost tour in the city. “Maybe some of the spirits from those who had businesses…

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Halloween Fun in Harlingen

Downtown Harligen storefront owners give out candy during the Halloween festivities. (Courtesy)

It all started with a change of venue and hundreds of pounds of candy.  In September 2016, the Harlingen Parks and Recreation Department suggested the city’s annual Halloween event relocate from Rangerville Park to Jackson Street. Four years later, ghouls, goblins, witches, comic book characters and much more stroll the streets collecting candy from merchants on Halloween night. It has become one of the city’s and downtown’s most attended and…

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Searching for Ghosts

Many tenants of Downtown Harlingen historic buildings claim that the buildings are haunted. The public will be able to find out for themselves via the Downtown Harlingen Ghost Tour if the ghost stories are true.

As the sun goes down, an eerie feeling falls across the dimly lit streets of Downtown Harlingen. The buildings of the past have a different feel to them. One can almost feel the rush and excitement of the Roaring Twenties in Harlingen. “Some of these buildings have a different feel to them, almost like they’re living,” Downtown Harlingen manager Edward Meza said. “We hear things here in our building and…

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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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Museum of South Texas History Open House

Museum of South Texas History visitors starting their tour with a look at a mammoth fossils.

The Museum of South Texas History held a one-day free admission open house on Sept. 14. For this event, the museum extended its free hours to help kick off Hispanic Heritage month. The museum’s exhibits lead you on a history tour of the blended history of the Rio Grande Valley. The main exhibit, “Rio Grande Legacy Exhibit,” begins in prehistoric times, taking patrons all the way through Spanish colonial times…

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