August 16 – “Feathers–Form & Function” is the final “Beak the Heat” program at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. It runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Explore the structure of feathers and how different birds use them for display, protection and camouflage. Regularly scheduled programs are free with paid admission. Pre-registration is required. The park is located at 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission. For more information, call 584-9156.
August 16 – The next Edinburg World Birding Center toddler play date for children ages 1 to 4 begins at 9 a.m. This month’s theme is “leaves.” The fee is $2 with one free guardian. Space is limited. Call 381-9922 to register. The EWBC is located at 714 Raul Longoria Rd.
August 16 – The Gladys Porter Zoo will host a charity Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at Cardenas Mercedes Benz in Harlingen. Proceeds will benefit the current GPZ capital campaign projects, the South Texas Discovery Center and Patty Gorges Small World renovation. Top prizes include seats to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nev. with airfare and hotel stay. For more information, visit www.gpz.org or call 546-7187.
August 17 – The Youth Choir at St. John of the Fields Catholic Church is holding a Chalupa Bingo fundraiser from 3 to 5 p.m. in the church parish hall. Cost is $10 for three cards. The church is located at 1052 Washington St. in Mission. Call 585-2325 for more information.
August 20 – The Edinburg World Birding Center will help lead an exploration through the stars and constellations, the original method of navigation before technology. Participants will explore how the night sky was used as a compass to get to certain destinations, and how various animals, such as migrating birds, still use it today to find their way. The program begins at 3 p.m. Registration is required, and the program is included in the regular price of admission. The EWBC is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria. For more information, call 381-9922 or visit www.edinburgwbc.org.
August 21 – The Forest Tots program this week at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center, 600 Sunset in McAllen, is “Spy with My Little Eye – Funny Forest Shapes.” For ages 3 to 5, it begins at 10 a.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. Call 681-3370 for more information.
August 21 – The Southern Exposures: Youth Nature Photo Contest Awards Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center, 600 Sunset in McAllen.
August 21 – The National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO) - RGV Chapter will host their monthly networking event from 6 to 9 p.m. at the new Main Event Entertainment on 500 N. Jackson Rd in Pharr – formerly El Centro Mall. This evening will offer complimentary appetizers, business and professional networking opportunities, door prizes and more. The networking event is open to all professionals; business attire is recommended.
August 23 – The Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville is offering “A Salute to Our Troops Appreciation Day” to honor all current and former military members and their families with a special discount day. There will be a flag raising ceremony at the front of the Zoo at 10 a.m. Military members and their families receive a special admission rate of $3 per person with a military ID, retiree ID or a VA card. The Zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 546-7187.
September 13 – The Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild celebrates Friendship Day at Pharr South, 1402 S. Cage Blvd., Pharr from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please bring a cover dish to share. For additional information, call Florea Flores at 648-4833 or go to www.rgvqg.com.
September 18 – The Mission Historical Museum’s Eighth Annual Museum Dinner Banquet will be held at the Mission Community Center, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. It begins with a social hour, music, and a preview of silent auction items. A dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m., followed by the program and awards presentations. The 2014 Wall of Fame Award recipients include Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Don Lester, Blanca Marroquin, Jim Brunson and Amador and Alicia Requenez. Individual tickets and group table reservations are available. A reserved table for 10 is $400 for members and $500 for non-members. Individual, open seating tickets are $30 for museum members and $40 for non-members. For more information, contact Linda Castañeda at 580-8646.
October 11 – The Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild meets 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at South Texas College, 400 N. Border in Weslaco, Building G, Room 191. Use parking Lot 1. For additional information, call Rene Darkis at 812-890-1572.
November 8 – The Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild meets 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at South Texas College, 400 N. Border in Weslaco, Building G, Room 191. Use parking Lot 1. For additional information, call Rene Darkis at 812-890-1572.
December 13 – The Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild meets 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at South Texas College, 400 N. Border in Weslaco, Building G, Room 191. Use parking Lot 1. For additional information, call Rene Darkis at 812-890-1572.
- TOPS #415 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 3 p.m. weigh-in, Mission Historical Museum, 900 Doherty. For info: Shirley Earp, 254-258-2380.
- Crossroads Al-Anon, 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1101 Doherty. For info: Lydia, 330-6559.
- AARP Driver Safety Classes, 12:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 1600 N. 23rd, McAllen. AARP members, $12; non-members, $14. Checks or money orders only. Class size limited to 15. For info: 682-1468.
- Mission Lions Club, 12 p.m., Danny’s Mexican Restaurant, 122 W. Tom Landry. Meals are $8. Fellow Lions welcomed.
- Upper Valley Art League open painting for members, any medium, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 921 E. 12th St., Mission. Annual dues, $30. Info or to join: 583-2787.
- Helping Other Patients Emotionally (H.O.P.E.), cancer patient support group, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., McAllen Library at Nolana and 23rd, Conference Room B; Marsha Nelson, Ph.D., facilitator. Info: 624-3840.
- Mission Rotary Club, 12 p.m., Club at Cimarron, 1200 S. Shary Rd. Salad bar buffet, $10; Mexican food buffet, $15. All Rotarians and interested persons welcomed.
- “Family Fun Night,” $1 admission to IMAS, 4 to 8 p.m., Bicentenntial Way and Nolana Ave., McAllen. Info: 682-0123.
- Upper Valley Art League, open clay/pottery group (coil method), 9 a.m. to noon, 921 E. 12th Street, Mission. Participants furnish their own clay or contribute toward purchase. No instructor, no fee. UVAL membership required/$30 annually. Info: 583-2787.
The Friends of the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge guided kayak tours run through August. No experience necessary. Instruction provided. Cost: $30 per adult; $25 ages 8 to 12 (must be accompanied by parent). Includes all equipment, snack, guides and transportation to the Laguna Madre. Reservations required; call 748-3607, Ext. 111.
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