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November 29, 2013

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Top three picked in UVAL juried show Three artists were the top winners at the Upper Valley Art League’s first “Celebration of Fine Arts” show held the weekend of Nov. 15-17 in Mission. To be included in the show, their original works were first approved by three prominent artists from the greater Texas art community. First place winner George Holland from Buffalo (pictured left) studied and taught at McMurry University in Abilene and received his master’s at Instituo San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Second place winner Ines C. Kowalyszyn (center) graduated with a degree in art and applied science from New York City Community College. Placing third (right), Jason L. Valdez earned his bachelor’s at The University of Texas-Pan American and is currently an art teacher at Mission High School.

VMHS Harlequins planning their most ambitious production

By Craig Verley Sets are under construction, props gathered, costumes tailored, and rehearsals underway for the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) Harlequins Drama Club. For two weekends in December, the curtain will go up on their production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Performances of the musical thriller will take place the first two weekends on Dec. 5, 6 and 7 and 12, 13 and 14 at the VMHS Theater, located at 700 E. Two Mile Road. Advanced tickets will be sold Monday throughThursday, beginning on Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the theater or during traditional office hours at the VMHS front office. All performances will begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Student tickets will cost $5. Adult tickets will cost $10. The musical thriller is set in 19th century England and

Coming Attractions

VMHS production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ Members of the Veterans Memorial High School Harlequins Drama Club are ready to go for their upcoming performances of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” set for the first two weekends in December. tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd. After being released from prison, the falsely accused

man opens a barber shop above the pie shop of Ms. Lovett. The two team up in a plot for revenge against

those who have done them wrong and hurt loved ones. The very successful Broadway play was also adapted for a movie in 2007. The VMHS production is being produced with special permission from Music Theatre International. It is directed by James Hodgson. It is based on the book by Hugh Wheeler; adapted by Christopher Bond. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The VMHS Sweeney

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December 5 • Jason Boland and The Stragglers are coming to Las Palmas Race Park, 9809 N. Taylor Road in Mission. Doors open at 7 p.m. Presale online ticket cost is $20 general admission or $32.50 for reserved seating. Go to ticketfly. com to purchase or call 877-435-9849. December 6-8 • The Magic Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International helps to get the holiday spirit rolling along as they celebrate Christmas at the Tower Theatre in Weslaco. Hear a variety of non-Christmas songs, traditional Christmas carols, and some not so traditional, all sung in four-part harmony, barbershop style by the chorus and quartets. Then it’s the crowd’s chance to sing along. There are three performances: Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 per

person. For reservations, call 969-2368. December 7 • The 27th Annual Light Boat Parade at Port Isabel begins at 6 p.m. Viewing areas will be along the shores of the Laguna Madre Bay. Call 943-2262 for more information. December 12 & 19 • Jammin’ on Jackson Street with Vance Greek & Friends takes place inside The Railroad Crossing at 101 E. Jackson in Downtown Harlingen. The jam sessions are free and open to the public. Two 45-minute sessions are planned each Thursday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 1p.m. The music is mostly country, folk, bluegrass and gospel, with a little more in the mix. Participating musicians should arrive with their instruments 30 minutes before each session begins. For more information, call 216-4910.

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City of Palmhurst Police Department

ANNUAL TOY DRIVE The Palmhurst PD will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for children between the ages of 4 to 12 years old. Please Join us, to receive free candy & a photo with Blue Santa.

Saturday Saturday December 7, 2013 December 14, 2013 from 10 am – 2 pm from 10 am – 2 pm Walmart located at HEB located at 215 E. 3 Mile Rd 120 E. 3 Mile Rd


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