More is better for 2nd Viva Streets Harlingen

HARLINGEN — If it works, expand it.

Viva Streets Harlingen was a big success last year, with more than 1,500 attendees and 400 people registering for the 5K run-walk.

So this year the “paved park” concept, which closes some downtown streets, is combining with Library Night Out to be bigger, better and badder.

“During Viva Streets we temporarily close down some streets to automobile traffic so that the community may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing,” said Alexandria Rocha, transportation planner with the Harlingen-San Benito Metropolitan Planning Organization.

“This year in conjunction with Viva Streets Harlingen the Harlingen Public Library will be having their National Library Night Out, and the theme for the night is ‘Light Up your Mind and Body,’ and we are encouraging all to colorfully and brightly decorate themselves and their bikes or skates or skateboards,” Rocha added.

Library Director Dauna Campbell said partnering with the Harlingen-San Benito MPO has allowed both organizations to combine resources and staff for a single event.

“Last year, the events were one week apart and both enjoyed a healthy turnout,” Campbell said. “This year we decided to combine the events to better cross-promote both events.”

It will be the third year for Library Night Out.

“Both events are intended to promote healthy lifestyles, so we are natural partners,” Campbell added. “Viva Streets encourages Harlingen to be physically active and make healthy food choices. And the library encourages Harlingen to expand our minds and spirits through reading and education.

“Thus, the theme of ‘Light Up your Mind and Body’ was born,” she said.

The events this year will include fitness class demos, a bike rodeo, free bike rentals, a slow race competition and a rock-climbing wall, among other offerings.

“A new component to Viva Streets this year is a bike crawl ride hosted by Bicycle World RGV beginning at 8:45 p.m.,” Rocha said. “This is a casual bike ride around the city totaling 6.84 miles, and the bike ride is free.”

2nd Annual Viva Streets Harlingen

WHERE: Jackson Avenue to Harlingen Public Library

STREETS CLOSED: Jackson Avenue to 6th Street to 76 Drive to library

WHEN: Friday, April 7

TIME: 6 to 10 p.m.

COST: Free to get in

What’s happening, and where

Commerce Street

to 1st Street

Fitness Classes — Zumba, Body Combat, CXWORX, Sit and Be Fit

Bike Rodeo

Slow Bike Race

Free bike rentals


Harlingen Farmer’s Market


UT Health “Tu Salud Si Cuenta”

Natural Slim

2nd Street to 3rd Street

Food vendors

Metro PCS

First Community Bank

American Red Cross

Harlingen Housing


Liberty Tax

Fitness Zone Gym

5th Street to 6th Street

Harlingen School of Health Professions

Jubilee Academic Center

Harlingen Police


PlainsCapital Bank

Rock-climbing wall

Rodeo Dental and


Code Enforcement

Environmental Services

City Lake/Library

Xtreme Jump

Tiffany Zumba Class

MEND Program

The Health Nut

Health Screening by UTH School of Public Health

Halff Associates

National Library Night Out

Baaxten Imaging Center

Healing Touch Massage

Harlingen Medical Center

Neighbors Emergency Center

Valley Baptist Healthy


Jason’s Deli

Boys & Girls Club



5K start/finish ($25 fee)

Bike Crawl Ride start/finish

Live Music