November 29 – Jan Kreut will lead an encaustic painting workshop (painting with colored wax) at the Upper Valley Art League. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. UVAL is located at 921 E. 12th in Mission. Encaustic painting is a medium of painting with colored wax. The cost for the workshop is $100 per person and includes the necessary supplies. To register and pay for the class, call 583-2787.
November 30 – The Edinburg World Birding Center Saturday Spectacular features a “Fly Away or Stay” puppet show to teach about birds and their migration. There’s a reading and coloring area for kids and guide walks for the adults. The event is free for the day. Doors are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The EWBC is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria Rd. Call 381-9922 for more info.
December 5 – The Quinta Mazatlan World Birding staff presents Dr. Robert J. Edwards, biology professor and director of the Environmental Science program at The University of Texas-Pan American in a program at 6 p.m. Dr. Edwards, an ichthyologist, will lead a presentation taking an inside look on the adaptations of fish and the changes they have made in the past 150 years in the Rio Grande Valley. The program fee is $3 per person. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen. Call 681-3370 for information.
December 7 – The Edinburg World Birding Center staff presents “Opossums!” as their next program in the animal folklore story series. It begins at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. The EWBC is located at 714 Raul Longoria Rd. Call 381-9922 for information.
December 7 – The staff at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center will host a “Celebrate Urban Birds” event at 9 a.m. Participants will make their own bird feeders made from recycle materials and take a guided walk through the grounds. Binoculars and materials will be provided. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen. The program is included in the general admission: $1 for children and $2 for adults. For more information, call 681-3370.
December 8 – The public is invited to the Winter Festival at St. John of the Fields Catholic Church beginning at 5 p.m. There will be an evening of food, games and live music. The church is located at 1052 Washington in Mission.
December 11 – The Upper Valley Home Owners Association meets at Twin Lakes RV Park, 301 N. Shary Road at 9 a.m. for discussions on tax issues. The public is invited.
December 14 – Conway Avenue Baptist Church is shipping in 6,000 pounds of snow for their annual “Snow Day in the Valley.” At 11 a.m., the church will be having a white Christmas, open to the public. Everyone
December 14 – The public is invited to the next meeting of the Mission Chapter of Spanish Algow International as they host “A Christmas Celebration!” It begins with a free continental breakfast at 10 a.m. followed by the program. For information, call Criselda Alvarado at 534-7941 or Connie Escamilla at 279-7887.
December 14 – The annual gingerbread house craft class has returned at the International Museum of Art & Science. Participants can choose from one of three times: 10 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2 p.m., and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Children will make miniature gingerbread houses to take home. The class is $8 for IMAS members and $10 for non-members. All supplies are included with the fee. For more information or to register, call 682-0123 or visit the IMAS front desk at Bicentennial and Nolana.
December 14 – 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 information, call Shirley Earp at 254-258-2380.
- Crossroads Al-Anon, 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1101 Doherty. For info: Lydia, 330-6659.
- 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, call 682-1468.
- Mission Lions Club meets at 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. Call 583-2787 for info or to join.
- Helping Other Patients Emotionally (H.O.P.E.), support group for cancer patients, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., McAllen Library at Nolana and 23rd, Conference Room B; Marsha Nelson, Ph.D., facilitator. Call 624-3840 for information.
- Mission Rotary Club, 12 p.m., Club at Cimarron, 1200 S. Shary Rd. Salad bar buffet, $10; Mexican food buffet, $15. All Rotarians welcomed.
- Bentsen Experience Tour, 9 –11a.m., Bentsen RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Guided tour with park naturalist. Included in park admission. Info: 584-9156.
- "Family Fun Night," $1general admission to IMAS from 4 to 8 p.m. Corner of Bicentenntial Way and Nolana Ave., McAllen. (Special exhibits not included in price of general admission) Call 682-0123 for information.
- 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.
- Fridays on Foot, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Bentsen RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Nature walk led by park naturalist. Included in park admission. Call 584-9156 for info.
- "Creatures of the Night," 8 p.m., Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive, Mission. Included in park admission. Pre-registration required; excursions limited to 20 persons. Call 584-9156 for info or to register.
- Bird Walk, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Bentsen-RGV State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive, Mission. Included in park admission. Call 584-9156 for info or to register.
- West Mission Lutheran Fellowship worship service, Pleasant Valley Resort rec hall, 10:30 a.m. Meeting Nov. 24-Mar. 31.
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