Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve RGV on G+

Add the New Year's Eve RGV event to your calendar by clicking "Yes" on the "Are You Going" option. When the party starts, check in, and then post your photos, videos, and comments.

We can do this vallleywide. We can post our celebrations together.

What if you miss it? You can still add photos and comments later.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Leadership Mid-Valley explores area healthcare and social service facilities

 Leadership Mid Valley Class VII held its healthcare and social services session on Thursday, December 13, which included a visit to the Aurora House Special Care Facility in Weslaco.
Leadership Mid Valley Class VIII held its healthcare and social services session on Thursday, December 13.  Sponsored by the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Mid-Valley is a nine-month program which seeks to identify and motivate emerging leaders and develop their potential for community leadership by exposing them to the realities, opportunities and problems of the community.  The healthcare and social services session allows class participants to get a firsthand look at all the Mid Valley has to offer in these areas. 

The first stop for the group was the Holy Family Birthing Center, one of the oldest birthing centers in the state of Texas.  The group then received a tour of Knapp Medical Center and was treated to a presentation by CEO James Summersett.

The afternoon included visits to De La Garza Family Dental, Aurora House, a hospice care facility in Weslaco and retirement/assisted living facility John Knox Village.  The class also received a presentation on the health care reform impacts on insurance agencies from Kevin Bloomquist, Devout Insurance.

Class participant Luis Reyes, Magic Valley Electric Co-Op, was particularly impressed with all that Weslaco has to offer the community in healthcare and social services, particularly the care that is available at the Aurora House.

“The Aurora House staff are heroes that provide compassionate care of their residents who are in the last phase of [life],” remarked Reyes.  “We have exceptional healthcare and social services available here in Weslaco.”  

Laura Espinoza, Marketing Director
Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce
956.968.2102 office

Thursday, December 13, 2012

McAllen Bikers In The Holiday Spirit

CONTACT: Jeremy Mullvain
(956) 432-1218

SAN BENITO (Dec. 18, 2012) — The Entrale MC, motorcycle club of McAllen will deliver Christmas gifts to the underprivileged children of Sunny Glen Children's Home in San Benito at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The club began taking donations in early December. Generous people from throughout the Rio Grande Valley contributed so much that each child at Sunny Glen will receive three gifts each.

For more than 70 years, Sunny Glen Children's Home has provided neglected and forgotten Valley children with warm beds, good food, educational opportunities and a Christian home with love and support. Visit to learn more about the organization.

Entrale MC members cordially invite the local media to be present at this joyful occasion. For more information, contact Jeremy Mullvain at (956) 432-1218.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

IDEA Public Schools Wellness 2nd Annual 5K & Health Fair!

Join us for the 2nd annual 5K Run/Walk, 1K Kids' Fun Run and Health Fair exhibiting available health resources and programs in the RGV! All proceeds will go towards supporting IDEA Public Schools' Wellness Program. Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of our students and their communities throughout the Rio Grande Valley!

The First 200 to register for the 5K Run/Walk will receive an event t-shirt! All Kids' Fun Run participants will receive a finisher's award!

When: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Where: Harlon Block Sports Complex, Weslaco, TX

5K Run/Walk: 8:00am
1K Kids' Fun Run: 9:30am
Health Fair: 8:00am - 10:00am

To register, visit

Registration Rate:
5K Run/Walk: $10
Team/Club Rate for 5K (group of 10+, Each person must register and coach/sponsor must mail all forms in together): $7
1K Kids' Fun Run: $5
Late registration: The registration rate will increase by $5 for each race on the day of the event.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pharr Chamber: Ribbon Shooting for PointBlank

Join the Pharr Chamber in celebrating yet another "First In Pharr" on December 6th from4-9 PM at:
407 N. Jackson
Pharr, Texas 78501
(Next to The Home Depot, between Dollar Tree & Staples)
(956) 992-8799

The multi-event will be a Shoot For A Cause and Grand Opening to Benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pharr.

Register to win a Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 AR (Armalite), a Free Deer Hunt, Memberships, and more! Raffle tickets are $20 each, available at the door.
(956) 787-1481

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pharr Christmas Fiesta & Lighted Parade

The City of Pharr, Texas is holding the Christmas Fiesta on December 1, 2012 starting at 4 pm. There will be a Lighted Parade starting at 6 pm. Following at 7 pm will be a lighting of the city's official Christmas tree.

Anybody interested in entering a float in the parade should contact Iselda Garza at 702-5335. For food booth registration, call Stephanie Leal at 781-5437.

Add to your Calendar.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Valley Symphony Orchestra Chorale: Touch of Frost

The Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale presents "A Touch of Frost" on November 29, 2012 at 9 pm at the McAllen Civic Center Auditorium.

The program will also include a performance by the Mariachi Azatlan.

Tickets are available at the VSO office or online at .

Pharr Chamber: Ribbon Cutting Event for Security First Credit Union

Tuesday, November 20th - 10:00am - 12:00pm

1300 S. Cage Blvd Pharr, Texas

Pharr Chamber cordially invites you to join us and show your support in welcoming Security First Credit Union at their new In-Store location (inside H-E-B Plus on Cage and Ridge). Ribbon cutting event to be at 10:15 a.m.

The Chamber offers ribbon cuttings and grand openings to all new businesses. Existing Investor Partners and Community Associates celebrating anniversaries or those who have relocated, renovated, or expanded are also invited to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Book your event now. We will be glad to assist you with outstanding service and take care of your business needs.

For more information, or to RSVP, call the Pharr Chamber of Commerce at (956)787-1481 or email

Pharr Chamber: Income Tax Tips for 2012 Workshop

The Pharr Chamber of Commerce together with Swissforce Consulting Group, LLC is offering an Income Tax Tips for 2012 Workshop Luncheon at The Pharr Chamber of Commerce Conference Room located at 308 W. Newcombe (Park) Ave. in Pharr. Fee to attend this workshop is $10.00 per Investor Partner and $15.00 for Non-Investor Partner. Who will benefit?

The Pharr Chamber wants you to prepare for the upcoming tax season in advance. Learn from the pro's. James A. Downing and Roland Keller will discuss all about 1099's and W2's for all organizations, such as Self-Employed, Small Businesses and more.

Other topics of discussion are tax tips on what you can claim, deduct and a better understanding of those complicated tax return forms. Join Downing and Keller for this important workshop where Swissforce Consulting Group, LLC. will be "Bringing Order to Chaos" on all your income tax needs.

General Format

The workshop luncheon will include a 1 1/2-hour session in the morning with lunch provided at noon and a continued 1 1/2-hour workshop session in the afternoon.

For more information or to register for this workshop, contact The Pharr Chamber of Commerce at (956) 787-1481 or email

Don't miss this great professional development opportunity. Make your reservation early. Seating is limited.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


This was a surprise storm. It came out of nowhere, it seems.

Pharr Veterans Day Parade November 10, 2012

For more information, call The Pharr Chamber of Commerce at (956) 787-1481 or email

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Hispanic Tea Party Meeting - October 2012

The Hispanic Tea Party met this past Thursday at 7 pm at Abundant Grace Community Church. The program included meet and greets with Republican candidates Raul Torres, who is running for Texas Senate, and Miriam Martinez, who is running for State Representative. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pharr Live

The HUB City Conjunto Tejano Association in collaboration with The Pharr Chamber of Commerce and The All-America City of Pharr invite you to "Pharr Live" on Thursday, September 20th from 6 - 8pm at City Hall Parking Lot area (Cage & Caffery).

Roy Rodriguez, Founder and President of HUB City Conjunto & Tejano Association is featuring "Los Socios" this month. Legendary musicians, Tony Torres, Arturo Nino, Larry Ybarra and Martin Rubalcaba will perform all their original songs and you will be listening to a different sound and blend of music not heard anywhere else but here in the All-America City of Pharr.

HUB City Conjunto/Tejano Association, Pharr Chamber of Commerce and The All-America City of Pharr have been bringing music to downtown Pharr for more than a year to great reviews. The open air concerts at City Hall South Parking Lot are for the enjoyment of the general public.

Concerts are free, seating is provided, however, you can bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the sunset listening to some traditional favorite songs or new contemporary ones.

For more information, call Pharr Chamber at (956) 787-1481 or email

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fooducation™ Movie Series THIS Sat. at Cine El Rey Theatre

Come out- to The Historic Cine El Rey Theatre this Saturday at 1pm and watch an Important film "Children in Crisis" that WILL change you and/or your family's life.   

For the first time in history parents are expected to live longer than their children due to childhood obesity.  



*****Please bring in non perishable food items and NEW children's clothing items to donate to the Food Bank and Rainbow Room of McAllen. 

We are excited to have The Heart Hospital of McAllen as one our our new supporters.  They will have one of their doctors speak before the film!  
Let's continue to Get Fooducated™ together!

Sign up to become a volunteer to help make a difference in the health & wellness of our community at  

The Historic Cine El Rey Theatre Foundation Group & Lebby Salinas, The Fooducator (Health Coach & Real Food Advocate)  

*If you are interested a Free Health History Consultation go to

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

1st Annual Tex-Mex Kadillaks Golf Classic

1st Annual Tex-Mex Kadillaks Golf Classic
Benefitting Silver Ribbon Community Partners

Tierra Del Sol Golf Club
700 E. Hall Acres Road
Pharr, Texas 78577

3 Person Florida Scramble
Individual Prizes
Prize Raffle
Hole in One Grand prize

To register for a team, or sponsorship information please contact:

Silver Ribbon Community Partners - Rose Ramirez: (956)664-4892 or email
Expo Events Etc. - Ciria Munoz: (956)393-9011 or email
Pharr Chamber of Commerce - Front Desk: (956)787-1481 or email

Saturday, July 14, 2012

2012 Perseid Meteor Shower Event at Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park

The Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park and World Birding Center will host their annual Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing on August 11, 2012 from 8 pm to midnight. The event takes place of their weekly Creatures of the Night program, which will be canceled that night.

Last year's Perseid meteor shower viewing received approximately 1,200 participants. The program consisted of a tram ride to several stations within the park, which had family activities geared to educate the public about South Texas wildlife. There is also a tour up to a watch tower that oversees the resacas from above the treeline. From there, the park rangers can locate and illuminate bats that are in the area, in addition to other wildlife.

It is recommended that visitors have some mosquito repellent and a bottled water handy. There is some hiking through wooded areas involved in the tour; sensible shoes are a definite must-have. A small flashlight is helpful, especially when going through the wooded areas. The park will also sell glow bracelets and necklaces, which are a good idea for keeping track of your young ones.

Contact the Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park at 956-584-9156 for more details.

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