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Robotics summer youth camp to be held in McAllen in July

20140711 Robotics-ReynosoNASA Engineer, Heriberto Reynoso, started building robots at a young age at home. The Brownsville native launched his way into working on robotic projects for NASA through programs involved with the exploration of Mars.

This summer, he is hosting his Robotics Summer Camp in McAllen for children ages 11-15. The five day camp is slated for July 14 -18 and comes with a price tag of $398.

Students will learn about mechanical and electrical engineering concepts, how to design in 3-D and build robots in a group environment. On the last day parents are invited to see the robots that were made and participate in activities.

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Guitar Gods bring 2014 show to Pharr

20140704 Yngwie-MalmsteenOn July 11, at the Pharr Events Center Yngnwie Malmsteen, Bumblefoot, Uli Jon Roth and Gary Hoey will all perform in one night in part with the Guitar Gods tour.

Yngnwie Malmsteen is an accomplished guitarist who had a focus in the rock/heavy metal genre. In addition to countless awards from music and instrument specific publications, TIME Magazine hailed him as one of the ten greatest electric guitarists.

Malmsteen released his bestselling autobiography in 2013 called “Relentless” which coincided with a successful tour that played to full houses all over the world. The only way he could top that in 2014 was to hand pick an all-star lineup of GUITAR GODS to share the stage with him on a magical full North American tour.

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‘Super Circus Heroes’ opens July 17 at State Farm Arena

20140627 Ringling-Bros-circusHIDALGO – The “Greatest Show on Earth,” Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, presents their next show to Valley audiences, “Super Circus Heroes.” It opens July 17 and runs through July 20 for five performances.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday.

To “become” Super Circus Heroes, families are welcomed to the arena floor an hour before show time to participate in the interactive super hero training camp at the All Access Pre-show Super Hero Party. The League of Super Circus Heroes will teach participants some of their super human skills such as juggling, wire walking and dance routines. Circus fans will also have an opportunity to meet the performers, take pictures and get autographs. Super heroes in training can try on capes and other spectacular costumes and also get an up-close look at a menagerie of exotic animals including camels and elephants.

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Singing the night away: Alyse Black & True Velvet headlines annual ‘Blues Night’

20140613 mario.aleman featureMcALLEN – Seattle-based Alyse Black & True Velvet headlines for the annual McAllen Blues Night with Valley locals, the Leigh Holles Band and Mario Aleman.

The show starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 27, at the McAllen Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main. “Lost in YouTube videos, in a world with billions of channels, and millions of apps or games, sometimes people forget the sensation of a live show,” said Nancy Millar, vice president of the McAllen Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

“There’s nothing that matches being one of a crowd, watching musicians express their passion live, right before your eyes, enjoying music first hand. It truly is entertainment at its finest.” The event features food, adult beverages and a silent auction. New this year, there will be a chocolate dessert bar. Alyse Black’s musical journey began in Seattle where she was discovered on the streets of Pike Place Market singing her tunes for pocket change.

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‘Summer Nights’ returns to MOSTHistory

20140606 MOSTHistoryEDINBURG – The Museum of South Texas History will host their fourth annual Summer Nights at the Museum to be held at 7 p.m. on June 12, July 10 and Aug. 7. During the three night series adventure the museum’s signature exhibition, Rio Grande Legacy, will come to life section by section, providing three different adventures through time.

Each Summer Night program follows a schedule of events that will promptly kick off at 7 p.m. with a puppet show — popcorn included – to tie into the spotlighted exhibition section. Guests should arrive early to get their snack before show time.

Following the puppet show, children will receive a game card to begin playing “Find Me if You Can,” a quest to find the character, artifact or image that inspired the puppet characters. Once completed, the game card can be entered into a drawing for a prize to be awarded at the end of each night. If the children play the game each month, they will not only have three chances to win but also a chance to win a grand prize at the conclusion of Summer Nights.

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