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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 7:20 pm


Women’s Connection Luncheon

Come and join the Women’s Connection Luncheon as we celebrate “America the Beautiful”! Guest speaker is Amanda McDowell with Yakety Yak Don’t Talk Back! From Farmerville, La.. She is a singer/songwriter and teacher. Luncheon to be held on July 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Sunshine/Encore RV Park in the Friendship Hall 1900 Grace Ave. Harlingen, Texas. Only $13. For reservations, call Joyce Genzer at (956) 428-3124 or email: Free on-site child care available.

Academic Honors

Amy Leigh Walther of Harlingen, Texas, a senior in architectural engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., has been named to the honor list for the 2013 Spring semester.

Class Reunion

Harlingen High School Class of 2003 will host its 10-year reunion on Friday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Night Shift Sports Bar located at 709 Ed Carey Drive in Harlingen. The celebration will continue Saturday, Aug. 3 at Clayton’s Beach Bar & Grill, 6900 Padre Boulevard at South Padre Island.

North Harlingen Rotary Club

The North Harlingen Rotary Club will hold its weekly meeting Tuesday, July 16 at noon at the Texas room, 6th floor, Golden Palms Retirement Center. The program will be presented by Darrell Gunn, General Manager, Harlingen Water Works Department. Lunch is $11. All Rotarians and guests are welcome.

Birding for Fun Classes

All classes will meet the four Tuesdays in August at Hugh Ramsey Nature Park the Harlingen World Birding Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come learn from experienced birders who can help you identify the birds in your backyard and beyond. Early fall migrants are possible and summer birds will still be seen. Dates are Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Special trips may be made to other birding sites within the Harlingen City Limits. Any age participant is welcome and classes are free to the public. To sign up, call Cheryle at (956) 238-8802 or Norma at (956) 428-2603 or email Find us on Facebook!

Chamber Leadership Programs accepting applications

Applications are being accepting for Leadership Harlingen Class XXVIII through Aug. 16 and for Youth Leadership Harlingen Class 2013-2014 through Sept. 4. Leadership Harlingen and Youth Leadership Harlingen are programs of the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce for individuals with a passion for learning about what makes an effective leader.

Applications for both leadership programs can be picked up at the Chamber office located at 311 E. Tyler in Harlingen. Each program is planned and implemented by a Steering Committee comprised of program graduates. Participants for each program will be selected by their respective Steering Committee and will be based on information provided on the application.

For information, contact Sarah Trolinger, Governmental Affairs Manager and Leadership Program Facilitator at or call the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce at 956-423-5440.

Heart Awareness

Wesley Nurse Health Ministries presents Heart Awareness on July 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Bread of Life Dining Hall at Loaves and Fishes.

The Tip O’ Texas Genealogical Society

The Tip O’ Texas Genealogical Society meets at 10:15 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month in the auditorium of the Harlingen Public Library, 410 ’76 Drive. Programs and workshops are presented on a variety of genealogical, cultural and historical topics. Membership dues are $20/year and include a quarterly publication, “Genealogical TIPS.” The mission of the society is to promote interest in genealogical research in the Rio Grande Valley, gather and preserve genealogical information and to assist people who are interested in beginning their family history. Meetings are open to the public and you don’t have to be a member to attend. For more information, visit or call 956-345-4756.

Volunteers Needed

Share your decorating talents at the American Cancer Society’s Dining by Design event.

Talented persons who are interested in decorating a table are needed.

This year’s event is Nov. 7. Contact Donna Millon at 956-454-2584 or Becky Magdalena at 512-791-6758 for information.


Sorority supports 

bike ride 

Beta Sigma Phi supports Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, bike ride! Local chapters of the sorority have offered financial support to this amazing 4,600-mile ride designed to raise funds for the MD Anderson Cancer Center. There are six chapters of Beta Sigma Phi in Harlingen. For information, call Ann T. Roberts at 956-421-3242.

Summer programs

The Boys & Girls Club of Harlingen will offer a summer program now through Aug. 16. 

The club will provide a nutritious lunch free of charge each day to any child between the ages of 1-18 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. each weekday. 

Other scheduled activities include basketball camps, high school girls sports leagues, special academic and technology activities, fitness development programs, inflatable games,  daily tournaments and door prizes, skatepark, baseball/softball games, field trips/outings, teen nights, special events and a wide variety of recreational games. 

Registration for all ages is $10 for the entire summer.

Club sites include the Main Unit in Fair Park (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), Lamar School Unit (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), Lemoyne Gardens Unit (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), Ben Milam School Unit (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Wilson School Unit (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). 

All Clubs feature air-conditioned gymnasiums and other facilities, computer rooms, gamerooms, outdoor play areas, library/academic areas, and fitness areas. 

For more information, call 956-428-4183.

Pageant contestants

The Ms. South Texas Senior Pageant is seeking contestants. Women  60 years or better. For information, call 956-357-1636.

Organ donor heroes

Valley Baptist Medical Center will honor deceased organ donors with a “Wall of Heroes.”

Families of deceased organ donors are invited to send in a 5x7 photo of their loved one to display.

Photos may be mailed to Tina Briones EdD, RN, at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen, 2101 Pease Street, Harlingen, 78550. A consent form is necessary in order to display the photograph.

Contact Dr. Briones at 956-389-1104.

Duplicate bridge

The Harlingen Bridge Club has games Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Harlingen Elks Lodge, 1426 S. Commerce St. All levels of players are welcome. Winter Texans are also welcome.

For more information, call Helen VanAmburg at 956-364-1886. Games are also scheduled on Saturdays at St. Albans Episcopal Church, 1417 E. Austin in Harlingen. Games start at 1 p.m.

Quilt guild

The Frontera Quilt Guild meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Encore RV Park community building on the lake. Dues are $30 per year. Guests are welcome.

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends assist families who grieve the death of a child of any age and provide information to help others be supportive. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees.

For more information, call Fred or Gracie Cano at 956-686-3439, Rosie Andrade at 956-358-7679, Doss Kornegay at 956-244-5001 or Belinda Mendez at 956-545-4675.

Toastmaster meeting

The Harlingen Noon Toastmasters meet Thursdays at noon at the Harlingen Library Board Room, Second Floor, 410 ’76 Drive.

Learn more about Toastmasters and help find your voice. If you want the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth, call Richard Guerrero at 956-245-1744.


H The Harlingen High School Class of 1963 will hold its 50-year reunion on July 19-20. For more information visit

Genealogical society

The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society meets at 2 p.m. every third Sunday of the month in the auditorium of the Harlingen Public Library.

Monthly speakers present on genealogical and historical/cultural topics.

Memberships are available at $30 a year. Dues include a journal. Although the society specializes in Hispanic research, members will help anyone interested in starting their own genealogical journey. Meetings are open to the public; you do not have to be a member to attend.

Lions seek new members

Amigas Lions Club of Harlingen is looking for dedicated individuals who wish to improve the lives of people on a local and global level.

Providing eye exams and eyeglasses to needy school children and sponsoring children with disabilities to attend Texas Lions Camp are some of the ways the Lions Club serves the local community. The Amigas Lions Club is open to men and women age 18 and older.

Meetings are held twice a month and community service events are held throughout the year.

For information, contact Ralph or Helen Muse at 956-797-1816.

Insurance Professionals

Harlingen Insurance Professionals holds monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at Blanquita’s restaurant, 190 N. Williams Road, San Benito, from noon to 1 p.m. We discuss ways to help the community and raise funds for scholarships given to local schools. Contact Ruby Armijo at 956-423-1147 for more information.

Harlingen Tea Party

Harlingen Area Tea Party Association meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Harlingen Public Library. For more information, call 956-245-9298, or go to

TOPS meeting

The local chapter of TOPS meets every Thursday with weigh-in starting at 7:30 a.m. and the meeting starting at 9 a.m. at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 602 Morgan Road, Harlingen. Contact Bill Snyder at 956-245-4221 for information.

Support group meeting

CEA-HOW (Compulsive Overeaters Anonymous) meets at Treasure Hills Presbyterian Church, corner of Ed Carey Drive and Haine Road, in the Fellowship Hall, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call Esther at 956-423-3485.

Retired UAW meeting

The South Texas United Auto Workers Retirees meet at 10:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Harlingen Elks Lodge, 1426 S. Commerce St., Harlingen. For more information, call 956-428-3555.

Alzheimer’s Support

The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. at Canterbury Court.

Volunteers needed

Sponsors and volunteer coaches are needed for the Boys & Girls Club of Harlingen youth sports teams and for adult sports programs. For more information, call 956-428-4183.

Alcoholics Anonymous

For more information, visit

H Harlingen Serenity Group are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at 2120 N. Ed Carey Drive, Harlingen.

For more information, call 956-434-2506.

H Harlingen New Hope Group meets at 205 W. Adams St., on the following schedule:

Mondays: 12:10 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12:10 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. and 8 p.m. and women’s meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 12:10 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Fridays: 12:10 p.m. and 8 p.m. and gay/lesbian & supporters meeting at 9:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 12:10 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

H Valley Alanon meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Albans Episcopal Church, located at 1417 E. Austin St., Harlingen.

H The 1417 Group is held on Sundays at 5:15 p.m. at St. Alban’s Church Lounge, 1417 E Austin Ave., Harlingen

H Harlingen Al-Anon Family Groups meet Tuesdays and Thursday evenings at 8-9 p.m., and Saturdays at 12:10-1:10 p.m. at 205 W. Adams Ave., Harlingen.

H Grupo Los Amigos de Bill y Bob Vivendo Sobrio un Dia a la Vez meets at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 602 Morgan Blvd., Harlingen. Meetings held in the library room. Mondays and Wednesdays 6:45-7:45 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.; Fridays 6-7 p.m.; Saturdays 4-5 p.m. Todos son bienvendios a venire con nosotros.


Rio Grande Valley Chapter Texas Master Naturalists

The Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Cameron County Annex Building, 1390 W. Exp. 83 in San Benito.

Free admission passes

The San Benito Historical Society has been distributing free admission museum passes to elementary school students. The passes may be used by students through Dec. 31. The passes are good for admission to all three museums located inside the San Benito Community Building. For more information, call (956) 399-9991.

Hall of Fame meeting

The Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum meets every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Museums of San Benito, 210 E. Heywood St.

This non-profit, tax-exempt organization is dedicated to preserving, promoting, archiving, documenting and permanently displaying the history of Conjunto regional music for the benefit of present and future generations.

For more information, call the museum at 956-276-9588 or Rey Avila at 956-245-1666.

San Benito Elks Lodge

The San Benito Elks Lodge, 251 N. Reagan St., San Benito, 956-399-1351.

Sundays: Potluck noon to 2 p.m. and pool tournament 1 p.m.; Mondays: 3-ball pool tournament at 1 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: Euchre at 1 p.m.


Movie Schedule

The 2013 Lighthouse Establishment Cinema Movie Schedule for July consists of “Scooby Doo,” July 19, and “Surf’s Up,” July 26. Movie time is 9:30 p.m. For information, call (956) 943-7602 or visit

Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas Gala

Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas will present the 2013 Award of Distinction Gala honoring Mayor Chris Boswell of Harlingen, Mayor Jim Darling of McAllen and Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, president of the University of Texas at Brownsville on Thursday, Aug. 8 at the McAllen Convention Center. For ticket or sponsor information, call Danielle Altenburg at (956) 425-2388.

The Brownsville/Rio Grande Chapter of the GBS-CIDP Foundation International

The Brownsville/Rio Grande Chapter of the GBS-CIDP Foundation International will have its annual meeting on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. The meeting will take place at South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital, 425 E. Alton Gloor Blvd. in Brownsville. The meeting topic will be Life After Guillain-Barre, Learning to Cope with Your New Normal, presented by Ms. Marilyn Mitton, RN,LPC. The meeting is for patients, caregivers, family members and medical professionals who have or have cared for anyone with Guillain-Barre Syndrome or CIDP. The presentation will include time for discussion and questions. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Nancy Skidmore, Chapter Liasion at (956) 546-6640 or (956) 459-9289,

Guided Kayak Tours

Enjoy a guided kayak tour on the Laguna Madre at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Call (956)-748-3607 for more information and to reserve your seat. Contact: Marion Mason at (956)-748-3607. Cost: $30/adult $25/child (8-12).

Vacation Bible School

Primera Iglesia Bautista, 19809 FM 508, in Combes is hosting Vacation Bible School July 29 through Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Transportation is available. For more information, call (956) 428-4267 or (956) 533-3913.

The McAllen Stamp Club

The McAllen Stamp Club will continue to meet on the second and third Mondays of each month. The July meeting will be Monday, July 15. The August meetings will be held on Monday, Aug. 12 and Monday, Aug. 19. The meetings will be in the library of the Lark Community Center, 2601 Lark Avenue in McAllen, between North 23 Street and North 29 Street.

After a short business meeting,we will have a "Show-and-Tell" session by Club members who will talk or present subjects of philatelic interest.This will be followed by a review of stamps offered for sale or trade..

There is no membership fee to be a member of the Club.

Completes basic training

Army Pvt. Jaime L. Morales Jr. has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Morales is a 2007 graduate of Los Fresnos High School.

RGV Bikers for Christ

RGV Bikers for Christ is having its inaugural ride to South Padre Island on Saturday, Sept. 14. Motorcyclists can join the ride, which initiates at the Desperado Harley Davidson Dealership in McAllen, with kick stands up at 9 a.m. They will meet other riders at Mad Boar Harley Davidson Dealership in San Benito with kick stands up at 10 a.m. to ride to Palm Street Pier Bar & Grill on South Padre Island for lunch. Those not riding motorcycles can come to lunch starting at 11:15 a.m. Tickets are $20 per rider and $10 for passenger or $30 per couple. Lunch will be a fish or hamburger basket with iced tea or lemonade. Proceeds benefit the RGV Bikers for Christ, a non-profit group which ministers to people in the Rio Grande Valley and the Texas prison population. For tickets, contact Jerry at 956-266-9155 or Jim at 956-244-4452.

Youth nature photo contest

Go outdoors and photograph nature this summer. Take your photos through July 31 in the Rio Grande Valley area. Youth workshops are behing held at Quinta Mazatlan Saturdays in July from 10 a.m. to noon for children ages 6-9 and 10-13. For those ages 14-18, workshops are from 2 to 4 p.m. Call to register in advance; $5 per class. Images for the photo contest must be submitted by July 31 at 5 p.m. There will be a photo contest awards ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan. Workshop and registration forms are available at  or

Camp counselors wanted

Counselors are needed for the MDA Summer Camp to be held at Camp Aranzazu, Rockport. 

Boys 16 and older should call 210-650-3181.

Jehovah’s Witnesses convention

The Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations in South Texas will hold 10 summer conventions in English and Spanish.

The conventions will be held at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1701 S. Parker Road, La Feria. 

Spanish conventions will be held July 19-21, July 26-28, and Aug. 9-11. English language conventions will be held July 12-14.

The family-oriented conventions are three days of Bible instruction Friday to Sunday, with a musical presentation each day at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Each Saturday program will include a public ordination ceremony for new ministers and a baptism.

For more information, call 956-423-3630. 

Master Naturalists

Rio Grande Valley Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Cameron County Annex Bldg, 1390 W Expressway 83, San Benito. The public is invited to attend. 


H James Pace High School, Brownsville Class of 1993 will hold a 20-year reunion July 17-21 at South Padre Island. For more information, the facebook page is Pace High Class of 1993. For information contact:  Linda Z. Castañeda at 956- 580-8646.

RGV Metal Detecting Club

Join us at our meetings and get to know our club members.

Monthly meetings on the last Thursday at the Golden Corral restaurant, Highway 83, Weslaco. For more information, contact Pedro Rodriguez at 956-787-1429. 

The Second (Indianhead) Division

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who ever served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and our annual reunion in Columbus, Georgia from September 17 - 21, 2013, contact secretary-treasurer, Bob Haynes, at, call 224-225-1202, or log on to

Military reunion

The USS Curtiss AV-4 will hold a reunion Sept. 4-7 at the Marriott Hotel, 595 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, Calif.

All interested crew, officers, flag squadrons, Marines and spouses from 1940-1957 should contact B. Bruce Snider at 956-423-3314.

SPI Farmer’s Market

Sundays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Shores. 8605 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island

Features a wide variety of produce, fresh eggs, grass-fed beef, handcrafted soap, honey, olive oil, falafel, kettle corn, tamales, exotic fruit, and more. For information, call 956-466-9308.

Brownsville zoo Safari Saturdays

The Gladys Porter Zoo offers Saturday morning activities for children and adults.

Call the Zoo’s Education Department at 956-548-WILD (9453) for information.

The zoo is located at 500 Ringgold St., Brownsville.

For more information, call 956-546-7187.

Compassionate Friends

The McAllen Chapter of Compassionate Friends assist families who grieve the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees.

For more information, please call Fred or Gracie Cano at 956-686-3439, Rosie Andrade at 956-358-7679, Doss Kornegay at 956-244-5001, or Belinda Mendez at 956-545-4675.

Networking Group

AADE RGV LNG, affiliated with the American Association of Diabetes Educators AADE, is a group of registered nurses, dietitians, pharmacist and community participants who have a family member with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at Denny’s in Weslaco, at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, call 956-357-4969.

State Park activities

Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco activities include Bird Walks on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 a.m.; Butterfly/Dragonfly Walks on Fridays at 1:30 p.m.; Electric Bus Tours on Sundays at 2 p.m., or call to arrange your own time

Full Moon Night Hikes will be held at every full moon, from 8-10 p.m.

Estero Llano Grande State Park, 3301 S. International Blvd. (FM 1015), Weslaco. Call 956-565-3919 for more information.

Birding Center activites

Events at South Padre Island Birding Center, 6801 Padre Blvd.

Guided nature walks Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 a.m., Saturdays 11:15 a.m.

For more information, call 956 243-8179.

McAllen Stamp Club

The McAllen Stamp Club meets at the Lark Community Center Library. There is no membership fee to be a club member.

For more information call Steven Kirpes at 956-380-2930.

‘Near Space Launch’

Mercedes ISD is hosting the ACE Summer School Project “Near Space Launch” on Wednesday, June 19 at 9 a.m. at the Mercedes High School Soccer Field. The student driven project will involve a large weather balloon carrying a payload with two video cameras and a GPS devise. The weather balloon will ascend approximately 100,000 feet, then burst in near space. A parachute attached to the weather balloon and the payload will open to decrease the velocity of the descending payload.  The GPS device will help students and teachers located the payload.


Students are learning a great deal about atmospheric conditions, tracking devices, launch and recovery, satellite communication signals, and collaboration and team work. Please let us know if you can join us to share this outstanding summer school project with the Rio Grande Valley.


Academic Honors

James Brenner and Samuel S. Wolf of Harlingen have made the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at Our lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. Other Rio Grande Valley students who also made the Dean’s List are Edmundo Alvarez of Rio Hondo, Renata Balli of Mission, Simon E. Chavez of Mission, Cynthia Henao of Brownsville, Raquel A. Martinez of Mercedes, Christopher J. Williamson of McAllen and Bernice A. Zamora of Weslaco.

Academic Honors

Fehima Dawy, Daniella Rodriguez and Adam Shaikh of Harlingen and Jascha Jimenez of Mercedes have made the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

‘Valley Hero Relief’ Campaign

Rio Grande Valley residents are asked by American Military Support to come together to show support for local Valley troops by participating in the launch of the “Valley Hero Relief” campaign. The organization provides care packages to RGV troops who are serving overseas and is also working on projects to provide services to local veterans.

AMS totally depends on your monetary donations and support in order to provide our valley

troops with the packages. Supply and monetary donations for this campaign will be accepted

through July 15. Donations can me made in the following manner: PayPal or mail your

check/money order/cashier’s check directly to American Military Support, P.O. Box 533365,

Harlingen, TX 78553.

Valley residents are encouraged to enrolled their valley loved ones and friends to be recipients

of these Quality of Life Packages (QLP’s). Please enroll our valley Heroes on line at

www.americanmilitarysupport and complete the enrollment form or call us at 956-425-1549.

For more information about this campaign please contact Emma Alvarado at 956-425-1549 and

refer to the website for the campaign poster. If you would like to volunteer, please contact

Gloria Reyes at 956-493-1762.


Sunglasses, Foot Powder, Cooling Ties

Eyeglass Cleaner Kit, Shoe Insoles, Athlete Foot Cream, black work socks

Sunscreen, Flea Collars, First Aid Kit

Antibiotic Ointment, Pain Reliever, Band Aids

Shampoo, Body wash, Toothpaste, Toothbrush

Snack Food, Trail Mix, Granola Bars, Beef Jerky, Dried Fruit

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