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Fair, 98 F

Wed - Mostly Clear. High: 98 Low: 80
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Events Calendar

August 22-24 – The First Presbyterian Church in Mission is holding their end-of-summer Vacation Bible School this weekend at the church located at Ash and Highland. The free event is for ages 5 through fifth grade. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday; 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday; and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday. There will be games, snacks, stories and music, plus the “Projects with a Purpose” station to benefit the Mission Food Pantry.   The children will fill bags with everything needed to complete a child’s birthday party. Call the church office at 585-4829 to register.

August 23 – Celebrate bats at Bentsen-RGV State Park as park naturalists conduct a guided walk to look and listen for nocturnal wildlife during the Creatures of the Night excursion from 8 to 10 p.m., they will seek to shatter myths and misconceptions of the often misunderstood nocturnal creatures, such as the Mexican free-tailed bat. Participants should bring drinking water, insect repellent and a camera. Advance reservations are needed. Call 584-9156 to reserve a spot. The park is located at the southernmost end of Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission.

August 23 – The 2014 Back-to-School Bash will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the International Museum of Art & Science, 1900 Nolana in McAllen for a day of outdoor and indoor activities, magic shows, free gifts for kids and information for parents from participating sponsors.

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.

August 28 – Buckner Children and Family Services will present a free foster care information meeting at 6 p.m. at the Buckner office located at 3780 North Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission. Buckner is seeking families to be trained and licensed to serve as foster group parents for older children and sibling groups at the Rio Grande Children's Home campus in Mission, and in the Rio Grande Valley community. A Buckner representative will give an overview of foster care options in Texas. For information or a reservation to attend, call Nelida Tristan at 585-4847 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

August 28 – The International Museum of Art & Science, 1900 Nolana in McAllen, will host Art After Dark from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy and painting with Xuehong Ding. The East Asian tradition utilizes rice paper, a cloth mat, traditional calligraphy black ink and Kanji brushes made of goat and wolf hair. All supplies are included. The event is for ages 21 and over. Cost is $40 for IMAS members and $45 for nonmembers. Seating is limited. Call 682-0123 for information and to register.


September 6 – The “Girls and the City” shopping expo offers a day out for ladies seeking a little pampering with a touch of luxury from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main Street. Vendor booths are $75 and proceeds benefit the nonprofit KCYP 97.7 station operated by Intercity-Christian Youth Program. They offer free radio broadcasting classes for at-risk youth ages 10 to 17. The event features a pink carpet paparazzi arrival, sponsor tastings, fashion show, food and drinks, product demonstrations, free samples, door prizes and entertainment. There will be special appearances by American Idol contestant Vivian Villalon and La Voz Kids contestant Alexis Chapa. DJs, who have gone through the KCYP 97.7 program, will provide music throughout the day. For more information, or to become a vendor or sponsor, call 347-903-5498.

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

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.

October 31 – November 2 – The 50th class reunion for the Mission High School Class of ’65 begins with Friday with the MHS exes reception, pep rally and the homecoming game against Lincoln-Juarez High School, followed by an after game party. On Saturday, there will be a dinner and reunion at Balli’s Banquet and Special Events Center. It concludes Sunday with a brunch at La Casa del Taco. For more information or to register, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 424-6381.


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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