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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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Quinta Mazatlan opens ‘Folk Art Room’

20140523 Folk-Art-Group-ShotQuinta Mazatlan invites the public to explore “Folk Art Room—Through the Eyes of Ann Moore.” The exhibit recently opened at Quinta Mazatlan and features over 1,400 pieces of art from Moore’s private collection. Long-time McAllen native, art collector Moore has amassed Mexican folk art for over 40 year providing a dazzling experience of color and hand work that is fast disappearing.

Exhibit designers Erren Seale and Bob Simpson noted that the collection’s acquisitions range from across Mexico, coming from as far away as Oaxaca, Guerrero and Michoacan. Other pieces sprinkled from Africa, Indonesia, Peru, Guatemala and other countries are included in the exhibit. Moore’s collection creates a bridge to various cultures, traditions and ways of life through folk art.

Colleen Hook, Quinta Mazatlan manager, said, “This is an incredible gift from Ann and displays her talents and tastes, as well as the talents of hundreds of other artists.” She said that a hundred donors brought this exhibit to life and will now be enjoyed annually by tens of thousands.

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Tickets on sale May 2 for George Strait farewell tour

20140425 George-StraightHIDALGO – George Strait is singing his songs the way he always has, but it’s his last round in a packed calendar for his farewell tour that is making a stop at State Farm Arena on June 5 to say good-bye to his Rio Grande Valley fans. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 2, at 10 a.m. for the Valley concert and his fans’ last opportunity to see him in a live tour performance.

The “Cowboy Rides Away” tour is in its final leg as he closes out a two-year stint of visiting some of his favorite stops during his 30-plus year career. The music icon will be singing many of his 60 No. 1 hits. He’s achieved more than any other artist in any genre.

In a pre-tour release after his 2013 leg, Strait said, “The first leg of the tour earlier this year was very fun, but also very emotional. Every city and venue holds such great memories. I’m really looking forward to seeing our fans out on the road in 2014.”

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Biologists confirm: It’s a girl!

20140425 female-ocelot-kitten-during-collar-placement-Pat-McGovern-USFWSRIO HONDO – Wildlife biologists recently trapped an ocelot kitten at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, just east of Rio Hondo. The kitten was first discovered in early March in trail camera photos taken in mid-February. At the time, biologists could not be certain of the kitten’s gender, but trapping it allowed them to check the gender and re-evaluate its age.

Hilary Swarts, ocelot biologist, can now confirm that the kitten is approximately 10 to 12 months old, and is a healthy female. She was fitted with a small radio collar and her movements will be tracked as part of the ongoing monitoring of ocelots in and around the refuge. So far, monitoring indicates that she has remained in the general area where she was originally photographed and trapped.

Of the 12 identified ocelots at the refuge, the discovery of this kitten brings the number of females to five. The other four females are of breeding age. Therefore, biologists are hopeful the population will continue to increase over the next several years. Planning is underway to bring an adult female ocelot from Mexico to the refuge within the next year. Wildlife biologists are also continuing to increase habitat for ocelots by planting native thornscrub seedlings on land formerly cleared for agriculture. In the event that ocelots leave the refuge in search of habitat or mates, FM106 is soon to undergo major construction which will include eight wildlife crossings. These crossings, or underpasses, will allow ocelots and other wildlife to safely cross under roads and prevent deaths from vehicles, as well as protect the safety of drivers.

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‘La Soldadera’ screenplay reading is April 25-26

After directing nearly 60 plays in the Valley over the last 17 years, local theater director, Pedro Garcia, continues his sights on filmmaking. His next story is a screenplay he wrote and revised in a period of 13 months titled, “La Soldadera.” The Pharr Community Theater will present a staged reading of the script on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 26, at 3 p.m. at the Carnahan Auditorium at 317 W. Gore Street in Pharr.

The story is in Spanish and is set in two countries—the USA and in Mexico. It's the tale of a Mexican woman named Marisol, a wife and mother of two children in her 30s. Having endured years of domestic abuse from her husband, she manages to escape. On a circuitous journey into the USA, she garnishes the self-esteem, the knowledge and the courage to return to her town and to regain a decent life for herself, her children and for others like her.

At the beginning of the story, Marisol wishes she had the courage of a Soldadera, a woman soldier who accompanied men into battle during the Mexican Revolution. Although years have passed since those timely struggles for equality in Mexico, Marisol sees the images of these courageous soldier women on old movies on her small black and white TV screen and wishes she had their valor.

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