Tag Archives: McAllen

Sunest Live Must Go On-line

(photo Sunset Live)

In adaption to our “new” reality, the Sunsest Live Music Series knows the show must go on. It has thus joined a number of concerts and artist who have taken the same approach to go on-line. Sunset Live Music Series’ main objective for this season is to support the local music community. It will continue to spread the happiness of music and health through livestreaming services in the comfort of…

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Changing Generations, Changing Lives

Jacob Zuniga and his family

Jacob Zuniga lives in McAllen. He was working part-time at H-E-B, knowing he had to graduate from college to reach his goal of becoming a radiology technician. Yet, he was unable to attend school full time because he also needed to provide for his family. His path to graduation had countless stumbling blocks. Zuniga knew about Valley Initiative for Development because his mom is a VIDA graduate who became a…

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50-Cent Wings Now at Wing Barn

Wing Barn's offers chicken wings coated with one of 18 sauces created by the owners. (VBR)

The Local Rio Grande Valley’s own Wing Barn restaurant is now offering all wings for 50 cents each until things are back to ‘normal’. This includes both bone-in and boneless. The local family restaurant most recently received accolades from Big 7 Travel one of the “Top 25 Best Places for Chicken Wings in Texas” and is also featured in the April 2020 edition of VBR. “We know things are changing and…

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Customs Revises Traffic Hours At Anzalduas Bridge 

The Anzalduas Bridge (photo U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

A McAllen/Mission-area bridge is reducing hours of operations for southbound traffic as traffic volume from Mexico has declined with restrictions imposed during the coronavirus crisis.  Beginning Monday, April 6, the Anzalduas Bridge will see hours reduced for incoming traffic from Mexico. Northbound traffic on Anzalduas will operate from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours of operation for southbound traffic will remain unchanged and be open for traffic from 6 a.m.…

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Traffic Volumes Dropping

Social distance practices and shelter in place directives from county judges appear to be having the effect intended. At least one Rio Grande Valley city reports significant declines in vehicular traffic. The City of McAllen reports a nearly 70 percent drop in normal vehicular traffic at two of its busiest intersections. Those locations are 2nd Street and Nolana Avenue and Ware Road and Nolana. Both intersections as of March 28…

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McAllen ISD Students Create Modern Chaos

Gisselle Costa and Denisse Damken in the hallway of McAllen ISD’s Lamar Academy, showing recyclable fashions in their Modern Chaos line.

Dressing “on trend” is vitally important to many teens, but Gisselle Costa and Denisse Damken are designing their own recyclable fashions, creating Modern Chaos in the process. Costa and Damken are seniors in McAllen ISD’s International Baccalaureate Programme at Lamar Academy. They named their fashion line Modern Chaos, as we learned in January when their classmate, Alexis Alvarado, wrote about their designs. We decided to follow up with Costa and…

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Eating Plant-Based for the Planet

The Healing Factory of McAllen features a colorful interior in addition to healthy foods, juices and smoothies.

The first official Earth Day dates back to April 22, 1970, starting as a way to educate the general public about environmental issues. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and now, more than ever, we have the power to contribute to the planet’s well-being. One of the changes we can implement in our everyday lives is transitioning to a plant-based diet. There are many benefits that accompany…

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McAllen Goes Green With Unique Facility

Grinding and processing brush at the McAllen Composting Facility.

Robert Treviño winds his city-issued truck through 20-foot-plus high piles of brush – grinded and raw – at the McAllen Composting Facility.  The city’s renewable resource manager oversees a facility that annually sells 25,000 bags of compost and mulch, and also hauls and delivers products all over South Texas. It’s a valuable commodity among growers and gardeners for the nutrients and microbial activity it provides to soils for plant use…

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Partnership Provides Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots in McAllen

wi-fi hot spot

The City of McAllen has recently made free Wi-Fi hot spots available throughout the city. The McAllen Independent School District made available equipment necessary for the connection points to provide the Wi-Fi spots. With public schools across the Rio Grande Valley going virtual through April, many families who do not have internet service in their homes are struggling to find a way to fulfill these assignments. “These are just some…

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Monarch Fest 2020

Monarch Fest 2020

Monarch Fest is an annual event that celebrates the magnificent migration of monarch butterflies through South Texas this time of year. Monarch Fest 2020 boasts live art, sustainable fashion and more. Join Lady Monarch as a walking art piece. Express yourself by dressing as your favorite pollinator (bird, bat, bee, bug, or butterfly) for a chance to win prizes and an invitation to join the Mayor’s Bug Parade. Also new…

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