Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Going to South Texas College Au Naturale?

South Texas College is hosting the Au Naturale exhibition which will run until March 9, 2012. It is open for viewing Monday through Friday from 8:00 -5:00 p.m.

Today they will be hosting two lectures at the Pecan Campus in the building D Auditorium:

Tuesday 2/28 2:30- Leila Hernandez “Dolls and Culture: When did Barbie become the Standard?”

These are the dates for the remaining Spring 2012 VAM Art Gallery Exhibits:

  • Beehive Collective Lecture: March 29, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. in building B room 103 VAM Art Gallery 
  •  Spring 2012 Human Rights Art Exhibit: March 19th through April 13, 2012 at The Cooper Center for Communication Art Reception April 11th from 6 – 8 p.m. 
  •  Spring 2012 Juried Student Art Exhibition and Competition: April 26th through May 4, 2012 in B-103 with Reception April 26th from 6 – 8 p.m. 
  •  Spring 2012 CAPSTONE Students Exhibition: Reception Group 1 – April 25, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at the CLE and Building B Reception Group 2 – May 2, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at the CLE and Building B Contact Phyllis Evans for more information pevans2@southtexascollege.edu 
These are the dates for the rest of the Spring 2012 VAM Music Events:

  • March 30, 2012 - 3rd Annual STC Student Composer’s Forum @ The Cooper Center for Communication Arts starting at 7:30 p.m. 
  • April 12, 2012 - UTB Symphony Orchestra @ The Cooper Center for Communication Arts from 7 – 9 p.m. April 27, 2012 - STC Faculty Recital, J. Garcia, Guitar @ The Cooper Center for Communication Arts starting at 7:30 p.m. 
  • April 30, 2012 - Jazz & Percussion Ensembles Concert @ The Cooper Center for Communication Arts starting at 7:30 p.m. 
  • May 4, 2012 - STC Student Studio Recital @ The Cooper Center for Communication Arts starting at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Adult Recreational Piano Classes at Musical Living Academy

The Musical Living Academy begins a new round of Adult Recreational Piano Classes this Wednesday at 7 P.M. The MLA is located at 1000 Westway Ave in McAllen, Texas. You can call 956-221-3145 to reserve your spot.

You may have always wanted to play the piano, but never had the opportunity. There is no reason why, as an adult, you could not learn how to play the piano. You'll find that there are other benefits to learning how to play piano beyond the skill. Some of those benefits include improved mental acuity and health.

Edelir Garza has many years as a music instructor to people of all ages. The idea of having a class just for adults is relieve a bit of the anxiety that comes from having younger folks as classroom peers. Musical Living Academy sets a comfortable environment for you to finally learn how to play the piano like you've always wanted.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Food Bank RGV: Mega Purse Event Mixer

The Food Bank RGV will have a mixer for their Mega Purse Event tomorrow at House Wine in McAllen. The mixer starts at 5:30, with proceeds going to Food Bank RGV's School Tools program, which provides school supplies to children.

In case you wonder why the Food Bank RGV is giving school supplies, it's simple. Families having a tough time making ends meet should not have to choose between school supplies and food.

All that aside, it's a great opportunity to have some wine and some laughs with good people.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jobs: Heroes Opportunity Fair for Veterans

Attention Veterans!

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Solutions, in conjunction with Congressman Henry Cuellar, are proud to present the Heroes Opportunity Fair 2012 to be held at the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, February 21st, from 10:30am to 3:00pm

The Heroes Opportunity Fair 2012 is free and open to the public, but tailored towards local and returning Veterans. Along with food, music, and networking opportunities, this even will provide Veterans and their families with direct access to valuable resources offered by Community Organizations, as well as county, state, and federal Agencies.

For more information, please call the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce at (956) 585-2727

A little last minute, I know; but, if you can make it, go. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Weslaco's Texas Onion Fest seeking performers

Contact: Laura Espinoza or Martha Noell at








Weslaco's Texas Onion Fest to host talent showcase, seeking performers


The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a talent showcase at this year's Texas Onion Fest, to be held at the Weslaco City Park on March 24-25.  Sponsored by Alfresco Weslaco, the talent showcase will begin with preliminary competition at the city's downtown jazz and art event on Thursday, March 22 at 5 p.m.  From there, finalists will be chosen to perform at Texas Onion Fest on Sunday, March 25 on the Magic Valley Electric Co-Op Main Stage.


"We wanted to have more community involvement at Onion Fest this year, especially our youth" commented Martha Noell, Weslaco Chamber President/CEO.  "A talent show is a great way to feature our very own community members and show off all the talented individuals we have here in the Valley."


Contestants will be competing for a cash prize, with 1st Place being awarded $200, 2nd Place, $100 and 3rd Place, $75.  The Weslaco Chamber invites musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, or any other family friendly talent!  Preliminary performance time is limited to three minutes.  If you or someone you know is interested in participating, contact Laura Espinoza at 956-968-2102 or laura@weslaco.com.  


CAPTION: Texas Onion Fest will be hosting a talent showcase this year, with prelims to be held at Alfresco Weslaco on Thursday, March 22 and the finals at Texas Onion Fest on Sunday, March 25.



Laura Espinoza, Marketing Director

Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce
956.968.2102 office

956.968.6451 fax


Chefs of all ages invited to compete at Texas Onion Fest

Contact: Laura Espinoza or Martha Noell at






Chefs of all ages invited to compete at Texas Onion Fest recipe contests


WESLACO – The popular Onion and Salsa Recipe Contest returns to Texas Onion Fest this year at Weslaco City Park, to be held on Sunday, March 25th at the AEP Texas Culinary Center. 


Sponsored by H-E-B, the Onion and Salsa Recipe Contests have always produced uniquely delicious dishes year after year.  Creativity is the name of the game, as last year's winners included Sweet Onion Jam with Goat Cheese Crostini and Butter Poached Baby Onion Tart.

Texas Onion Fest has expanded to two days this year, allowing attendees the opportunity to experience all the major highlights, without having to miss anything.  The contest will be held on the second day of the event at Weslaco City Park.  The Culinary Center, sponsored by AEP Texas, will feature a state-of-the-art kitchen to be built on-site by Lowe's Home Improvement of Weslaco.  Both contests will be held in front of a live audience at the event giving people of all ages the chance to show off their culinary skills and promote the use of onions in today's hometown kitchens.

For the Onion Recipe competition, participants are required to use a ½ cup of onions in their recipe. The Salsa Recipe Contest adds a local flare to the event which requires participants to include a ½ cup of jalapenos. Find out if your homemade salsa is an award winning recipe! The contest honors the Mild Jalapeno developed in Weslaco by Dr. Ben Villalon.

Competing age categories include Youth (ages 7–12), Students (ages 13-18), Adult (ages 19 and up), and Professional (restaurants, café's, cooks, etc.). Winners will receive trophies and have their recipes published on the Texas Onion Fest website.

Entry forms are available at www.weslaco.com, and at the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce, 255 S. Texas Blvd. Registration deadline is Friday, March 16. For more information, call (956) 968-2102.


Laura Espinoza, Marketing Director

Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce
956.968.2102 office

956.968.6451 fax


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Classic Car Show in Mission

Next week, on February 25th, is the 9th Annual Mission Classic Car Show. The event will be held at the Mission Sports Park, which is south of the expressway on Shary Road, you turn East after a couple of miles. Admission to the Classic Car Show is free to the public. Doors open at 9 am and close at 5 pm.

The show is for more than just gearheads. This is a great family outing with plenty of opportunity for taking pictures next to some great classic cars. If anything, it's a great opportunity for photographers looking for great material.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

2 More Months for the Costco Grand Opening

Yesterday, my family and I were looking for one of those buckets that have a built-in mop wringer. Having seen all the Costco tents around the RGV signing people up, I figured they were already open. Nope; they will open in a couple months, that is in April.

They are signing people up to a membership in advance to avoid the long lines on the day they open their doors. I don't remember the exact details; luckily I'm a blogger, not a journalist. Their memberships are a regular membership and premium one, costing around $50 and $120.

The premium membership seems to be the greater value because you get 2% back on your purchases, which can pay for your membership the following year. However, if you simply want to save money on food and other goods you won't find at other retail stores, even the $50 membership can be a good value.

Food Bank RGV Grand Opening

RSVP with Libby Salinas

10 AM, February 29, 2012
724 N Cage Blvd
Pharr, TX
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