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Llano Happenings Vol. V • Issue 1

December 2018

Saturday Night Dance Entertainment

Leslie Blasing December 8th - 7-10pm

Pelican West December 15th - 7-10pm

Diego & Edith December 22nd - 7-10pm

The Agency December 31st - 9pm-12:30am

Buy tickets now at the info desk located in the Hynes Event Center. (956) 565-2228

Halloween 2018

From the desk of the Activity Director:

Welcome Llano Friends! Well, I am back for another season and it’s great to see all the happy faces. There is no better place to be than at Llano Grande with all the fun things going on continuously. We have the Meat Raffles again once a month, every month and now we have Singo (Musical Bingo) once a month every month. The tour guides have a lot of good tours going on this season, so please visit with Lonny and Patti in the Rec Hall at the tour desk. We have thrown in a few more Happy Hours with Pass the Hat. All activities have picked up including Pickleball and Dancing.  There is no way anyone should ever be bored at Llano Grande. So once again, it’s great to see you all.  Enjoy your season. Linda Anklam Activities Director

Activities Office Hours Mon. - Fri. 8am - 4pm (956) 565-1506 Info Desk Hours Mon. - Fri. 8-12noon; 12:30pm -4:30pm (956) 565-2228

Yes, We're OPEN! The Golf Course Staff is looking forward to another fantastic season. Be sure to check with the Pro Shop for leagues, scrambles and fun events at the golf course. Happy Hours with Live Entertainment will begin in January so keep an eye on Channel 3 and upcoming activities calendars for dates and times. Don't forget, you don't have to be a golfer to take advantage of the good food and drinks at the Double Bogey Bar & Grill. Bar & Grill Hours of Operation Sunday - CLOSED Monday - Bar & Hot Dogs 10am-5:30pm Tuesday-Saturday Bar 10am-5:30pm Grill 11am-4:00pm  Pro Shop:  Open 7:00am-4:00pm Call to reserve your tee time at (956)565-3351.

A Decade of Stitches, 10th Annual Llano Grande Quilting Bee Quilt Show

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 9 AM – 3PM

Cheddar Broccoli & Rice Casserole from the kitchen of Cafe Grande 2-lbs.  Raw broccoli or (optional) 2-lbs chopped frozen broccoli 2 1/2- -Cups rice 1-lb. Grated cheddar cheese 2- 8 oz. Can Cream of Mushrooms 1-tablespoon of Chicken Bouillon 1- stick of butter add a dash of salt and pepper to your liking

Cut broccoli into small pieces. In a small sauce pan add 1quart of boiling water with a dash of salt and pepper, add the broccoli into the sauce pan, bring to a boil, about 8-10 minutes. Set for a few minutes on the stove top, then drain water. Need sauce pan to add in the two cream of mushroom soups. Add 4-oz of water per can to dilute the cream of mushroom soup. Warm on stove top.

Celebrating 10 years of stitching, the Llano Grande Quilting Bee is presenting yet another dazzling quilt show at the Hynes Event Center in Llano Grande Lake Park Resort. This year will truly delight you as you stroll thru the aisles of extraordinary stitching on all size of quilts, wall hangings, and table wear.  The muchanticipated Boutique will tempt you to buy unique items for your home or a gift for someone special.  As you have come to expect, the Tote and Purse raffle will excite you with a wide selection of totes and purses to win!  Our Opportunity Quilt is in the blue and gray shades with a touch of tan and measures 86” by 108”.  A nice queen size quilt with wool batting that makes it comfortable in cool and warm climates.  Tickets may be purchased from Bee members.  SAVE THE DATE – Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 9AM – 3PM, at the Hynes Event Center!

Boil 1-qt. water and chicken bouillon and a dash of salt and pepper. Add 2-1/2 cups of rice into boiling water. Cook till tender, then drain. Add butter into the rice In a large bowl add the rice, broccoli, mushroom soup, and 8-oz. cheddar cheese. Mix ingredients together. Well need a baking pan add butter or pan spray to sides of pan. Add into baking pan all your ingredients spread out evenly. Top with the reaming 8-oz of cheddar cheese. Cover with saran wrap and foil. Bake at 275 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. Serves about 15-18 guest.

Cafe Grande The Cafe Grande located in the Hynes Event Center is open for breakfast, lunch and selected events. You may choose from the menu or daily specials.  (956) 622-5399 Breakfast             Mon.-Fri.  7:30 am - 9:30 am Lunch                   Mon. - Fri. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Evening Buffet  Wed. 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Orchard House Office (956) 565-2638 Activity Office in Event Center (956) 565-1506 Info Desk (956) 565-2228 IT Desk for Cable & Internet (956) 532-4182

We now have Recycling. The recycle container is located on Camino de Palmas, just outside of the maintenance gate.  You can recycle paper and cardboard, plastic and metal.  Please no Glass, organic waste, Styrofoam, electronic and batteries.


Park Wide Patio Sale Saturday, December 8th from 8 am until noon. If you want to be put on the park map, please come up and register at the info desk by 4 p.m.  Dec 6th.  Maps will be available on Friday, Dec 7th.

Christmas Decorating Contest Friday, December 21, 2018 Your Home/Mobile-Park Model/RV will be judged Friday, December 21st. Be sure to turn on your lights by 7 p.m. in order to be eligible.  Prizes will be awarded for best decorated. Winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 23rd in the Rec Hall.

Christmas Golf Cart Parade Sunday, December 23, 2018 Maps will be available in the Event Center. Participants will line up golf carts at the Hynes Event Center at 5:00 pm to be judged. The Parade will start at 6:00 pm and end up around 7:00 pm at the Rec Hall for Hot Chocolate, spiked or not. 

Attendees Please Bring Cookies or Appetizers to Share Prize will be awarded for the best decorated cart and for eligible Home/Mobile-Park Model/RV winners at 7:30 p.m.

Poker Run Come join the fun on Tuesday, December 11th. from 1:30-3 p.m. The Poker Run begins in the B&S Bar and ends in the Event Center. You must register and pay $5.00 per; the deadline to sign up is Friday, December 7th. Wear name badge!!! If you are interested in helping, please contact Denise McKee 573-230-8907.

TETWP Auction Committee The TETWP (Tuff Enuff To Wear Pink) Auction Committee is looking for donations for the auction at the dance on February 16th. The auctions raised money for breast cancer research.  We are looking for new items such as Arts and Crafts, Gift Items, Gift Baskets, Gift Certificates and other creative items.  Volunteers needed to help with the auction. Please call Betsy Berry 956-272-6836 or Carolyn Barnard 817-403-2461 if you want to donate or volunteer. Let's raise some money!!!  The format

USA PARTY Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Hynes Event Center TICKETS ON SALE Wednesday, January 23rd at the Event Center from 8 am to 12 noon

has been changed this year to allow more time for dance time.

2nd Annual Chili Cook Off MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019 Live Entertainment by Join the fun in the The Hot Mess REC HALL as we 50/50 Drawing vote for Llano Dancing Grande's Best Chili BYOB Hosted by  Llano Grande Garden Club


Check bulletin board in the Annex to Sign Up to make your award winning chili.

Woodshop Cookout Who: You're Invited What: Hamburger Cookout Where: Rec Hall When:  Tue. Jan. 8, 2019 Time:  4-7:30pm

Come join the fun!

Llano Grande Garden Club What started out as a casual plants and gardening conversation ended up birthing the Llano Grande Garden Club. The first meeting was held in July 2017 with 10 attendees and from those small beginnings much has been accomplished from bringing in a variety of expert speakers, field trips to explore area attractions, potted plants in public areas of the park and the Butterfly Garden Project. Club members vary in their level of plant and garden knowledge, however no experience is necessary to be a member and there is no membership fee. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month in Llano Hall (check the monthly calendar for times). If interested come to the monthly meeting. In between meetings the Club has taken a variety of field trips to local attractions such as Quinta Mazatlan, Hilltop Gardens, and local nurseries-Heep's LRGV Native Plant Nursery in Harlingen and Dyer Nursery in Weslaco. When this Club is not out in the garden or having fun doing something else, they share photos and interesting articles in their private Facebook group Llano Grande Garden Club. This group is exclusive to residents of Llano Grande Resort and those who request to join will be required to answer a few questions before being added to the group.

One of my biggest takeaways from participating in the Llano Garden Club butterfly garden project is how very much work it is to see a vision such as this become a reality. From the planning to inception it is not just the waving of a magic wand! A group of determined people with a common goal can make things happen. - Lizzie Sheehan Being part of the Garden Club at Llano Grande has given me insight into native  plants in South Texas including their care and growth.  The correct watering cycle and particular pests associated with the plants was the most helpful. - Kay Zemlicka

After months of preparation, work and care, the Garden Club invites all residents of Llano Grande Resort to attend our Butterfly Garden Blessing on Sunday, December 9th at 2pm. The Garden is located in the West at Zoila Circle and Zoila Ave.

2019 SHOWS

Buy tickets now at the info desk located in the Hynes Event Center. (956) 565-2228

Shufflers News Getting to Know Our Shufflers Clancy and Marion MacDonald are from Thompson, Manitoba. When at boarding schools, Marion’s family invited Clancy to join them for a holiday celebration since he was alone.  They were married 35 years ago and have two daughters.  Clancy worked in Human Resources for a mining company.  Marion was a chef and cooking instructor.  They both enjoy fishing and being on the water.  Marion has her own canoe and paddle boat.  Clancy likes boats, but only the ones that are motorized.  (There’s a story here I bet!)   Clancy’s parents came to Llano Grande for one season buying a mobile at 124 Buena Vista and then his father died.  His mother, Toby continued spending winters here for many years.  Clancy and Marion came for a holiday each winter and live on their own now that Toby can no longer travel.  She is in a care home now.  Marion’s parents both passed away this summer. The MacDonalds are very active volunteers in shuffling.  They teach “Learning How to Shuffle” classes and Clancy gives strategy ideas to help shufflers improve their games.  He is very encouraging to others and invites anyone watching our local games to join in.  Both are competitive tournament players winning many trophies every year, amassing over 400 points each. Since they do not have room for all the trophies won, they pass them on to others to “recycle” to be used elsewhere, keeping special ones such as the Tournament of Champions plaque and memorial trophies.  This season 

they earned two in the first two tournaments along with three other winning pairs from our Park.  They know many Winter Texans in other parks due to their contributions to the Rio Grande Valley Shuffleboard Association (R.G.V.S.A.) They attend major events and meetings.  Marion, with Louise McElrea ran E.V.S.A  (Saturday shuffling) for a long time.   Continuing the tradition of family members settling in our park, Marion’s sister and brother-in-law have joined the Llano Grande family.  They are already known to us shufflers from past visits to the MacDonalds and joining us at our socials. Many Winter Texans have the mistaken concept that shuffleboard is an “old folks” game.  For some it is.  There are 94-yearold folks and older who still play, but the couples featured here are more than three decades younger and are fired up about shuffling.  Come out to the courts at 12:30 P.M. any Monday, Wednesday or Friday with two nickels; join us and see why they love it so! Stories by Lorna McLean and Evy Krenz

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

TAKE YOUR SWEETHEART  aboard the Osprey for a Dinner Cruise Thursday,  February 14, 2019 Time:  5:30-7:15 Menu Shrimp Beef & Chicken Kabobs Fruit & Vegetable Platter Coffee & Tea $42 per person

Limited Seating! We Reserved the whole boat for 25 Couples from Llano Grande. DON’T BE LEFT OUT!!! SIGN UP with Lonny or Patti at the Tour Desk in the Annex MON. 9-3 AND FRI. 9-NOON

Halloween Party Costume Winners Best Female Costume

Cheryl Adams

Best Male Costume Mick Zink

Best Couple Costume

Jim Hurd & Donna Stevenson Congratulations to our Best Costume winners!

Llano Happenings December 2018  

Llano Happenings is the Llano Grande Resort seasonal monthly newsletter featuring news, activities, and events in our community.

Llano Happenings December 2018  

Llano Happenings is the Llano Grande Resort seasonal monthly newsletter featuring news, activities, and events in our community.