Category Archives: Events

Hog Waddle into San Benito

Hog Waddle

San Benito’s early years reflected the mark the city was trying to make in a new frontier called the Rio Grande Valley. It was an agrarian community like all others in the early 1900s, as towns in the region began to emerge along the newly laid tracks of the St Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway. One of San Benito’s early festivities was a Cabbage Day Parade. One key aspect of…

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RGV Mental Health Fair May 18

Mental Health Fair

The RGV Mental Health Fair takes place May 18 for the entire Valley community, showcasing mental-health providers, advocates and organizations. During the event, presenters and organizations come together to raise awareness and to break the silence about mental illness. The RGV Mental Health Fair aims to be an example of how a community can speak up about mental health. It can also stop the stigma that often surrounds the topic. Speakers…

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UTRGV Hosts STEM Symposium For Latinas

NSF INCLUDES Symposium for ADVANCING Latinas in STEM Academic Careers

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will host the NSF INCLUDES Symposium for ADVANCING Latinas in STEM Academic Careers on May 16-17 at The Pearl South Padre Resort. The event will address best practices and lessons to enhance successful STEM careers, This is the first part of a two-part series on Latinas in STEM academic careers. The series addresses how work-life issues, policies/practices, mentoring and climate affect their pathways/pipelines, recruitment, retention and…

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Boots to Business Reboot

The U.S. Small Business Administration hosts its Boots to Business Reboot May 10 in celebration of Military Appreciation Month. From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., veterans may receive an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty service members, as well as spouses, may also participate. The two-step training program provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation. Participants also receive an outline and knowledge…

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Forum Focuses on Highways

Texas Secretary of State addressed TxDot officials and contractors at the Heavy Highway Forum held in Pharr. (VBR)

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley expressed confidence that the Texas Department of Transportation’s 10-year, $70 billion statewide infrastructure program will bode well for the future economic development in the Rio Grande Valley. “As TxDot begins to the rollout of the Unified Transportation Program bill, it’s even more important that we continue to communicate with one another to accomplish our goals of enhancing capacity, maintenance and safety of our critical…

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Harlingen Dedicates New Convention Center

Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell cut the ribbon to officially open the Harlingen Convention Center. (VBR)

City officials and community leaders gathered May 1 for a ceremony and ribbon-cutting to formally dedicate the Harlingen Convention Center. Attendees had a chance to tour the building and a community open house was on the schedule for the evening. Mariachis entertained guests upon arrival. A color guard made up of officers from the Harlingen police and fire departments started the ceremony. Harlingen school district students then led the pledge…

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City Nature Challenge Kicks Off

City Nature Challenge

The Lower Rio Grande Valley is joining more than 150 cities around the world for the annual City Nature Challenge. From April 26-29, the region joins eight other Texas areas in  the challenge to see which urban area has the most diverse landscape. Residents of cities and the surrounding areas can show the world just how much nature lives in Texas. Anyone can participate by joining an event or making observations using…

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McAllen a Marketing Award Finalist

Fiesta de Palmas award vote

The Event and Arena Marketing Conference’s announcement of its finalists for this year’s awards ceremony includes the City of McAllen. The EAMC recognizes the most innovative and impactful work in the live entertainment industry. Of the top five categories, McAllen is one of three finalists for EAMC Marketing Campaign of the Year. The nomination is a result of successful marketing efforts for last year’s introduction of Fiesta De Palmas. To prepare for Fiesta…

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McAllen, Aeromar and Mexico Stronger Together

McAllen representatives in Mexico CIty

The City of McAllen recently participated in key government and business meetings in Mexico City. Officials traveled to the area to forge stronger tourism and ties, while also increasing awareness of Aeromar Airlines’s non-stop flights. The meetings provided an opportunity for preliminary discussions to begin the process of forging Sister City ties with Mexico City. City of McAllen officials visited Mexico’s capitol city to continue promoting Aeromar’s non-stop route from McAllen…

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Lemonade Day Seeks Business Locations

Lemonade Day McAllen

Lemonade Day McAllen is currently seeking business locations to host youth-run lemonade stands May 4. Businesses must have a location within the City of McAllen. They must also be open during the community event hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., providing restrooms to participants. The ability to host two or more stands is also a must. The young entrepreneurs will take care of the rest, including setting up their…

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