Tag Archives: Rancho Viejo

Local Drive-Through Coronavirus Testing Begins

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Starr County began offering drive-through coronavirus testing on Sunday while Cameron and Hidalgo counties saw their number of COVID-19 cases grow over the weekend. The first coronavirus-confirmed patient in Hidalgo County is from McAllen. The second also resides in the county, but health officials did not state in which city the patient lives. Both patients were infected away from the Rio Grande Valley before returning home and showing symptoms. Cameron…

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RGV Sees First COVID-19 Case

The Rio Grande Valley reported its first travel-related coronavirus case Thursday evening. This comes on the same day Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the temporary closing of schools, restaurant dining areas, gyms and bars statewide. A 21-year-old man from Rancho Viejo tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling to Spain and Ireland from March 5-12. He began feeling the coronavirus symptoms of fever and cough and then went to Valley Baptist Medical…

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Not Just Members Only

The Rancho Viejo Resort and County Club Spanish-looking facade.

Long known as a place for members only, the Rancho Viejo Resort and Country Club has been trying to change its image by adding some events that are open to a more general audience. About a half dozen concerts and comedy shows are some of the activities the club started having for a number of years that are open to the public. Staffers Jenika Gonzales and Jorge Lopez said the goal…

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New Year’s Eve at Rancho Viejo featuring Royal Dukes Band

Rancho Viejo New Year celebration

Ring in the new year with an extravagant buffet featuring a seafood tower and prime rib carving station, decadent desserts and more. Entertainment is by the Royal Dukes Band. The variety band out of San Antonio and Austin specializes everything from today’s Top 40 hits to Latin Salsa and Merengue. A champagne toast happens at midnight along with a balloon drop. There will be a cash bar at this event.…

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An Evening with the Rat Pack

Rat Pack

This event features a group of performers out of Las Vegas impersonating the infamous Rat Pack of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. This event is open to the public and not just for members of Rancho Viejo. Patrons may partake in an Italian buffet as part of the ticket cost. There will be a cash bar available. Ticket prices range from $60 to $120. Event sponsorship opportunities…

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Comedy Night: Raymond Orta & Friends

Raymond Orta

This event features the comedian Raymond Orta and other well-known stand-up comics such as Mario “Superstar” Salazar, Sonia Trevino and Rudy Barba.  This event is open to the public and not just for members of Rancho Viejo. The club will be serving an All-American buffet as part of the ticket cost. There will be a cash bar available. Ticket prices start at $50 and range up to $80 per ticket.…

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Harlingen Medical Center’s Ninth Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Harlingen Medical Center Golf Tournament

The Harlingen Medical Center presents its ninth annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Valley Haven Inc. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. tee off. Lunch and awards for first, second and third place will follow. Registration is $300 per three-person team and includes green fee, cart, range balls, breakfast and lunch. Only one single digit handicap player per team. Registration forms and sponsorship forms are available online. Submission…

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ART, WINE & CHEESE featuring Don Breeden

Rancho Viejo hosts its quarterly Art, Wine & Cheese mixer at The Casa Grande  featuring artist Don Breeden and his paintings. Guests will enjoy complimentary cheese and wine while viewing Breeden’s paintings. Attendees also have a chance to participate in a Blind Auction for one special painting Breeden is donating. A cash bar is available as well as pieces available for purchase. This event is open to the public and…

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Farmers Market Freshness

Rebecca de la Garza buys a specialty bread from April Kminiak of Frannys' Garden of Bayview at the Brownsville farmers market.

Although the Rio Grande Valley is one of the state and country’s best fertile regions to grow fruits, vegetables and livestock, consumers have not had the opportunity to get the best the land produces unless they go to a grocery store or to a fruit stand. Winter vegetables, for example, usually ship to many places in the United States. Goat cheese isn’t a supermarket staple in this part of the…

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Resaca Walls Protect Property

A retaining wall under construction along a resaca in the Brownsville area. (VBR)

Although the city of San Benito bills itself as the Resaca City due to the waterway that meanders through the town, there are other parts of Cameron County that boast the historic channels cut into the landscape by the Rio Grande over the centuries, among them the Brownsville, Rancho Viejo, Los Fresnos and Bayview areas. A resaca is an old river channel created by floods that carved out the Rio…

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