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La Joya builds on tradition of folklórico program

There is so much that’s unique and special about the Rio Grande Valley, and much of that influence is due to our location – in a mild, subtropical region right on the border with Mexico. Whether you enjoy the Valley for the mild winter weather, the wonderful Mexican food or the culture, the Valley’s location at the southernmost tip of the United States, sharing a border with Mexico is a big part of what makes the region so special. The weather – typically in the 60s-80s through most of the winter, the Tex-Mex cuisine – you just can’t find authentic Mexican food up north, and the culture – shown in dance, song and other forms of entertainment – are a blend that cannot be matched anywhere but the Rio Grande Valley. With so many residents of the Rio Grande Valley being first or second generation immigrants or having family in Mexico it’s no wonder the culture here is a beautiful mix, a near immersion for residents of both countries. One of the most beautiful and colorful cultural traditions we enjoy coming out of Mexico is folklóric dance. Commonly referred to as baile folklórico, the “folkloric dance” is a term for traditional Latin American dances that emphasize local folk culture with ballet characteristics. Amalia Hernandez is considered the

pioneer of folklórico, having established in the 1950s the Ballet Folklorico and a school in Mexico City for the study and practice of the dance’s techniques. Three Rio Grande Valley high schools in the Mission area have adapted that tradition wholeheartedly with La Joya High School, Juarez-Lincoln High School and Palmview High School, all within the La Joya school district. In fact, La Joya High School was the first school district in Texas– and probably first in the nation – to begin a folkloric and mariachi program. La Joya’s Grupo Folklórico celebrated its 35th anniversary in February 2017. The group’s name “Tabasco,” was established in 1982. The main purpose of the program was to showcase the Mexican cultural roots of the students in La Joya ISD and as a graduation initiative. The philosophy of the La Joya High School folklórico program has been to perform and preserve the folklore and culture of Mexico, Spain and Latin America through its music and dance in their annual concerts entitled “Orgullo y Tradición.” Grupo Folklórico Tabasco has entertained audiences throughout the school district, the Rio Grande Valley and it has been recipient of state, national and international recognition. At the state level, the group was given

a State of Texas Proclamation for promoting cultural heritage in the community and state and has performed for former Texas governors Mark White and Ann Richards. At the national level, they have performed at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans and in Washington D.C. at the White House for President Bush Sr. in 1990. The group has also performed for a number of senators and congressman as well as President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore on several occasions. The group was invited to perform at the annual Carnival of Nice in France both in 1987 and in 1994. “We continue to celebrate our 35th anniversary,” said Cristobal Rojas, folklorico director at La Joya High School and dance department chair. “We also continue to embrace and build our next generation of dancers through our rigorous dance program. Rojas said that the program is the longest and most prosperous public high school

folklórico dance program in the nation. Each region in Mexico, the Southwestern United States and Central American countries is known for a handful of locally characteristic dances. The costumes and the music attempt to reflect the living cultures of their regions. Grupo Folklorico Tabasco Schedule Nov. 4-5: Three Schools -1 Voice concert series will have performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. The concert includes the mariachi and folklorico dance programs from all three high schools – La Joya, Juarez-Lincoln and Palmview. General Admission tickets are $8. Call (956) 323-2895 for more information. March 3-4: The La Joya High School Grupo Folklorico Tabasco “Orgullo y Tradición 2018” concert series will perform at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. This show is a two-hour show with music and dance from Mexico and Latin America.

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La Joya ISD M a r ia c h i

One of the enchantments of the bi-cultural atmosphere that abounds in the Rio -Grande Valley is the beautiful sound of 2mariachi music. d Of course, just as is the case for all -genres of music, not all mariachi performeers are equal in talent. So, on occasion you amay encounter a group that sounds – well, not so good. But when you hear a highly ltalented, well-trained mariachi group perform, the sounds are amazing. l Fortunately for Winter Texans and local yresidents alike, many local high schools mhave adopted mariachi music programs 3and have cultivated the art for the enjoywment of all who come to their concerts. e Some of the best mariachi performers in the nation are here in the Rio Grande Valley. Whether it’s the nationally acclaimed University of Texas RGV Mariachi Aztlan or one of three mariachi groups at La Joya ISD, including La Joya High School, Juarez-Lincoln High School and Palmview High School, it would be difficult to find better, more exciting and enchanting mariachi groups anywhere. The excitement to be a part of a mariachi group is also on the rise. Mariachi Director Martin Cantu took over the La Joya High School Mariachi program three years ago, continuing a long tradition for

the school. The program has a junior varsity and varsity program with more than 30 members. “It’s a process to go through, trying to build a program,” Cantu said. “But the program is doing really well and we have been able to qualify for state the two years I’ve been here. The kids do a tremendous job and they really enjoy the program.” Cantu was first introduced to mariachi when he was at Memorial Middle School in La Joya. The program’s director, Mayra Garcia, was his first director. He attended high school for his first two years at La Joya but when that school divided into the three high schools the district currently oversees, he went to Palmview, where Garcia was the director. Later he performed with Mariachi Aztlan UTRGV and, upon graduating, was hired at La Joya. “The experience has been amazing – it’s fantastic here in La Joya and the school really supports the program,” Cantu said. “If we need something and show them the need, we get it.” Interestingly, Mayra Garcia is still the director at Palmview High School for the Mariachi Los Lobos. The La Joya Palmview High School Mariachi program was established in the year 2008 in an effort to preserve the traditions and the culture

of our community and Hispanic student population. The award-winning Mariachi “Los Lobos” has earned many accolades since its creation, including superior Division 1 and first-place awards in local and state competitions. In 2011 and 2015 the mariachi group was named the Best 6A High School Mariachi in the State of Texas. The group has received three resolutions at the Texas State Capitol in Austin

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for their success in various events. In January of 2013, Mariachi “Los Lobos” was selected as representatives of Texas for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration and in 2014, they were named Texas 6A Mariachi State Co-Champions. The group holds yearly concerts that bring in more than 3,000 people from all over North America and Europe, Garcia said.

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Quinta Mazatlan: An urban tropical paradise

There’s something about Quinta Mazatlan that goes beyond the tangible. Sure, there’s history and nature, there’s art and music, theres’s tours and events and crafts, and enough to keep you busy for hours. But there’s also a certain tranquility that overcomes its guests of all ages. That peacefulness may be what makes the 21-acre piece of paradise so unique and inviting. “Our mission at Quinta Mazatlan is to be an urban sanctuary that works to enrich people’s lives by sharing knowledge about birds, plants, and environmental stewardship in South Texas,” said Marketing and Tourism Director Victor De Leon. Jason and Marcia Matthews built the Spanish Revival style adobe mansion in 1935 and lived on the property for 30 years. The grounds are surrounded and

landscaped with native trees and plants that are attractive to numerous bird species and other wildlife. Other areas of interest at Quinta Mazatlan include − Butterfly gardens that attract the rarest species to the area − A Tamaulipan thorn forest that creates a natural habitat for native and migrating birds − Numerous ponds that quench the thirst of the native animals − Various trails to explore The restoration of the mansion – one of the largest adobe homes in Texas – began in 1968 after Frank and Marilyn Schultz purchased the estate. Knowing the home was special, they were instrumental in Quinta Mazatlan being awarded historical See QUINTA MAZATLAN pg. 14

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Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park and World Birding Center

The Rio Grande Valley is unique in many ways. Some of those special qualities include neighboring Mexico, a lowcost of living, Winter Texans here six months a year or more and, of course, people visiting from all over the country (and the world at times) to see rare species of birds and butterflies at one of nine separate World Birding Centers, including Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. Since it opened, Bensten has grown in its popularity for the wide variety of birds and insects it attracts. Travelers will come with bucket list (birding checklist) in hand to try and get a glimpse of tropical birds, butterflies and dragonflies that inhabit the

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Rio Grande Valley. The 797-acre state park and World Birding Center has documented more than 350 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. Winter Texans have an avid love of the Valley’s state parks and birding centers, said Roy Rodriguez, director of Bentsen State Park. The feelings go both ways, he said. “We eagerly await the arrival of our Winter Texan friends,” Rodriguez said. “Most of our volunteers and hosts started out as winter visitors, hoping to see local wildlife while enjoying the mild weather. Many return year after year, excited about volunteering or introducing new friends to the park and some decide they like it so much, they move to the Valley permanently.” The park is located a few miles southwest of Mission, an area along the Rio Grande that was first settled by Spaniards in the 1740s. Land was portioned out and the area where the park is located was granted to Jose Antonio Zamora. A small settlement known as Las Nuevas was abandoned in the late 1930s when the Bentsen family purchased more than 3,000 acres. The Bentsens developed more than See BENTSEN pg. 11

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From pg. 10 2,000 acres north of the area where the park is today but preserved the area that is now Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park because of its beautiful ebony trees. In 1944 the Bentsens signed over the land for the park to the Texas Parks Board, selling it for $1 in 1944 with a stipulation – that the land be “solely for Public Park Purposes and...known and designated as Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park.” The park opened in 1962. The Visitor’s Center has a bilingual (English/ Spanish) exhibit hall, park store and meeting room surrounded by butterfly gardens. Visitors can take a transportation shuttle, ride bikes, hike through the park or experience tent camping and fishing. A two-story observation tower gives vis-

itors a bird’s-eye view of the canopy as well as a peek into Mexico. Two enclosed bird blinds allow visitors to see birds up close. There are also seven miles of trails with bird feeding stations from November through March (perfect time for the Winter Texans to enjoy) and a variety of opportunities to encounter wildlife. “Every year, there are over 50 volunteers who support our regular park operations, Rodriguez said. “Their skills help us accomplish our mission of preserving our natural habitat while increasing the understanding and appreciation of birds and wildlife.” For more information, visit www.theworldbirdingcenter.com/Bentsen.html Park Operation Hours Park Open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily Park Store Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily Tram Service 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Edinburg Scenic Wetlands

EDINBURG -— You could call the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center a trendsetter. In March 2003 it was the first of nine World Birding Centers to open throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Like the other magnificent parks and nature sites in the Valley, the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands is a showcase for wildlife and native habitat, all within an urban setting. The center was built within a city park near the heart of the city of Edinburg. Built on former farm fields, the 40-acre attraction offers wildlife views but stresses its unique natural and educational experiences. Its mission statement says that the center “works to educate people about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of local wetlands.” With plenty of water along the 40 acres, the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center offers, different from the other sites, a unique experience. While the setting is friendly to birds and butterflies, there is a wide variety of unique water-loving creatures that make the place their home. Shallow ponds attract these water-loving creatures, sheltered by fringes of native growth. Around the interpretive center, butterflies vie for nectar from six acres of colorful flowering beds, grown according to nature’s original native design.

Waterfowl and shorebirds like the Green Kingfisher, Least Grebe and American Avocet are just some of the waterfowl and shorebirds that can be easily viewed from platforms overlooking peaceful lagoons. According to the center, at least 13 species of ducks flock to the wetlands during the winter months. Of course, the other interesting part of the center other than the animals is the colorful native plants and water resources that combine to recreate an endangered wetlands environment. As with all the World Birding Centers, there is an interpretive center that includes a gift shop with books, games, apparel and souvenirs, exhibits on the birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wetlands and an education classroom with several programs being offered. One of the most unique aspects of the park is its wetlands and gardens, which include a 3.5-acre native butterfly garden habitat, two large wetland ponds, a canal, a dragonfly pond and discovery pond. There are also 2.5 miles of walking trails that intersect the gardens and ponds. The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center is located at 714 S Raul Longoria Rd, Edinburg. Call 956-9922 for more information. A group of Winter Texans enjoy butterfly watching at the Edinburg World Birding Center butterfly garden.

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From pg. 9 designation for the home. It was 30 years later when the City of McAllen purchased the home in 1998, and eight years later, in March 2006, it opened to the public as the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. The center offers an array of programs and special events for children and adults including: − guided nature and history tours − a forest bronze sculpture trail − a pond and water features − an art gallery

− a folk art exhibit. “Quinta Mazatlan welcomes our Winter Texans over to the historical mansion as guests first,” De Leon said. “They can tour the mansion and its 21-acre estate to get a feel for this urban oasis. Some of our guests soon become volunteers by donating their craftsmanship and talents to the mansion in various ways. Everything from painting to gardening to clerical work is always welcome.” More information can be found at www. quintamazatlan.com or www.facebook. com/McAllenQuintaMazatlan. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen. Phone: (956) 681-3370 or 3376

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Thursday Evening Speaker Series | 6-7pm | $3 Enjoy a wealth of knowledge from experts around the Valley as they share information about the region’s nature, culture and people. November 2 Mexican Folk Art Rachel Brown November 9 Staying Safe in the African Bee Zone Louis Slayton November 16 Birding Trails Texas – Gulf Coast Jim Foster November 23 Closed for Thanksgiving. November 30 Mozna Chocolatier Denise Gonzalez & Tamara Anderson December 7 Holiday Concert in the Park ($5) December 14 Valley Butterflies John Yochum Citizen Science Program | 10-11am Free with park admission. Every Saturday for an hour, citizens become scientists, in this unique program that helps scientific researchers collect data. Quinta Mazatlan’s Urban Ecologist will instruct you how to measure, collect, or survey for the topic of the week. Research varies from surveying trees, butterflies, birds, reptiles, insects and others. Special Holiday Discovery Days Thanksgiving Holidays | 11-Noon & 2-3pm | $3 November 24 Tip of Texas Topogra-

phy Friday Learn about the Valley’s “big picture” using Quinta’s new topographical map, where children can help build the scene using hands-on small-scale models. November 25 Survivor Skills Saturday Learn to make rope, build a fire and trap animals using survival techniques and nature materials. Holiday Specials Wells Fargo Holiday Concert in the Park | Thursday, Dec. 7 6:00-7:00pm | Tickets: $5. Pre-purchase recommended. Swing into the holiday season at Quinta Mazatlán. An annual tradition of music and cheer, this outdoor concert under the old oak on the front lawn of Quinta Mazatlán is sure to lift your holiday spirit. Santa’s Enchanted Forest | Saturday, Dec. 16 9am-Noon | Tickets: $5. (Under 2 free.) Bring your camera and get a special photo with Santa. Enjoy holiday arts and crafts, “snow” flurries, face painting, and a special trail walk with creatures of the forest, and special inflatable holiday characters. December Holidays | 11-Noon & 2-3pm | $3 December 27 Watercolor Wednesday Paint a creature or nature scape using a creative watercolor stencil technique. December 28 Thornforest Thursday See PROGRAMS pg. 18

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Edinburg World Birding Center Calendar of Programs and Events

November Skills Series: Nature Sketching Scenic Arts Festival Autumn Art December 1 Beginner Birder Series: Raptors 6,13,20 Survival in S. TX Thornscrub 8 Beginner Birder Series: Sparrows 9 Skills Series: Woodworking 10 Beginner Birder Series: Shorebirds 11 Painting with Nature 13 Beginner Birder Series: Warblers January 3-5 EWBC Big Days 6 Shinrin-Yoku 7 Rancho Lomitas Tour 10, 17 Survival in S. TX Thornscrub Skills Series: Wool Spinning 20 February 18 Skills Series: Quilting/Sewing Butterfly Walks Every Saturday Bird Walks Every Tuesday Enjoy the outdoors with Edinburg WBC programs Choose from a variety of programs at the Edinburg World Birding Center located at 714 S Raul Longoria Rd, Edinburg. Call 956-9922 for more information and to make reservations. 4 4 18

Bird Walks Join us for a walk around our grounds as we introduce you to the abundant birds that make the EWBC home. Scopes, binoculars, and field guides are provided. Tours are available in English or Spanish. Can’t make the tour this time? Call Monica Barrera, Interpretive Naturalist, to schedule a tour, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (dependent on naturalist availability). Reservations required. Date: Every Tuesday, Sept. - May 1 Time: 8:30 - 10 a.m. Fee: Regular admission, members free Fall Butterfly Walks October through November, join our naturalists on a walk around the park as we search for butterflies. From queens to skippers, we’ll go around and look to see how many we can find. Can’t make the tour this time? Call Monica Barrera, Interpretive Naturalist, to schedule a tour, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (dependent on Naturalist availability). Reservations required. Date: Every Saturday, October - November Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Fee: Regular admission, members free See EDINBURG WBC pg. 17

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From pg. 16 Butterfly Garden in a Pot Create a beautiful butterfly-attracting garden in a container for your patio or porch. Join us as we walk you through the steps of plant selection, design, and care and maintenance. Participants will be provided with all the materials needed to create a multi-plant planter to take home. Reservations required. Date: Saturday, October 21 Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m. Fee: $35 per container Scenic Arts Festival Join the Edinburg World Birding Center for a lovely afternoon of live art demonstrations, Children’s crafts, natural Art for kids, nature walks, mini-workshops and more. New this year is our Scarecrow Trail. Scarecrows created by various organizations will be displayed throughout the grounds. Vote for your favorite! Scenic Arts Festival is on Nov. 4 from 1-5 pm. Admission is free. Artistry Skill Series Interested in learning a new skill or learning about a certain art form? Join the EWBC and get your creative juices flowing as we invite local artists to offer an array of skills classes. Registration is required at least 2 days in advance. November 4: Nature Sketching December 9: Woodcarving January 20: Wool Spinning

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signs. All materials and supplies will be provided. Reservations required. Date: Saturday, November 18 Time: 9:30 - 11 a.m. Fee: $10 per person Beginner Birder Series Interested in birding but don’t know where to start? Join us for our Beginner Birder Series, where a variety of bird groups will be explored, and tips for their identification will be discussed to elevate your birding game. Reservations required. Dec. 1: Introduction to Raptors Dec. 8: Introduction to Sparrows Dec. 15: Introduction to Shorebirds Dec. 22: Introduction to Warblers 2 - 3 p.m. Please call ahead for rates. Survival in the South Tx Thornscrub No zombie apocalypse. No alien invasion. This is a simple and practical guide to dealing with real emergencies in our ecoregion, presented by Texas Master Naturalist and Survival Expert Neil Cassady. Reservations required. Dec. 6: Communications Dec. 13: Cutting Tools & Techniques Dec. 20: Containers & Uses Jan. 10: Combustion See EDINBURG WBC pg. 18

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From pg. 17 Jan. 17: Cover & Cordage 2 - 3 p.m. Members free, $2 non-members Painting with Nature Create your own painting materials from the natural world around you. Join us for a trail walk to collect supplies to make your own nature brushes. After the walk, join us in the classroom for a painting session using paint made from native fruit and brushes made by you. Ages 10 & up. Reservations required. Date: Saturday, Dec. 16 Time: 9:30 - 11 a.m. Fee: $2 members, $4 non-members EWBC Big Days Help the EWBC start its wildlife lists for the new year with a “Big Day” species count as we identify as many species as we can in one day. Learn to use apps like iNaturalist and eBird as you help us tally for science. All ages and skill levels welcome. Entry is free. Birds Wednesday, Jan. 3, 8 - 11 a.m.

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In recent years, Palm View has remodeled its clubhouse, added new air conditioning units to the meeting and dining room in the clubhouse, and has worked heavily on its irrigation system. A few of the golf courses in the Upper Valley have made upgrades, including Shary Municipal Golf Course in Mission. Visitors will notice a slew of new golf carts on the course, as the city purchased 60 E-Z Go carts. Likewise, Monte Cristo Golf Course in Edinburg bought 16 new carts. West of Mission at Howling Trails Golf Course, formerly Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course, was purchased by La Joya ISD in March 2014, and remains open to the public. Visitors to the course and the surrounding Winter Texan parks will see continued construction. Raul Gutierrez, director of the golf course, said the proposed $9 million natatorium will be opened later this year, as well as the new planetarium. The school district is also planning to add tennis courts. The planetarium and natatorium will have hours open to the public.

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Shary Municipal Golf Course is popular Winter Texan attraction MISSION — Shary Municipal Golf Course is one of the original courses in the Rio Grande Valley. Established in 1929, Shary Municipal Golf Course is a 27-hole golf course with a full service lighted driving range that is open everyday, except Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Daily play can be by tee time reservation or on a walk-in basis. Most golfers walk the course, but the course offers a fleet of 78 electric carts, including 60 brand new carts purchased this year. Private carts are also welcomed for a nominal fee. Daily green fees are competitively priced, as are annual green fees of $900, or $800 for senior citizens (age 60 and over). Shary also offers a three-month membership for $500. Winter specials include 18 holes with 1/2 cart for $25 after 1 p.m., or 9 holes with 1/2 cart for $15 after 2 p.m. The clubhouse also has a full service snack bar/dining area for the patrons and guests. The Golf Shop offers a complete selection of golf equipment and golf attire for men and women. Shary Golf Course has made a number of improvements to the course over the past few years, including a new sprinkler and irrigation system to keep the course greener, as well as hiring one of the Valley’s best greens keepers. This year the course invested in buying 60 brand new golf carts for use by the patrons.

Shary Director of Golf Mario Flores expects a larger crowd on all 27 holes this year. Not only does he already have a group of Winter Texans golfing in a couples group every Monday afternoon, but he’s hearing from the nearby RV & MH parks that there’s an increase in Winter Texan reservations in the Valley. “It seems like they are here a little earlier and in more force,” said Flores, in his fourth year as golf course director. “That’s good because we have 60 new golf carts and that means we can make more tee times and use all 27 holes a lot more.” The signature hole on the way back nine (as opposed to just the back nine, referring to 10-18) is No. 22, a par-4 hole with a lake guarding the front and bordering an elevated green. The re-investment into the golf course is something that has slowly been happening across the Rio Grande Valley. Palm View renovated its greens, Tierra del Sol completely overhauled its course and several courses have added new carts, either because their other carts were just too old or because they were in need of more. “We like to show our appreciation for our Winter Texans, they are just a great group,” Flores said. “We have a Winter Texan Appreciation Tournament and they definitely show up for it. We do the best See SHARY GOLF pg. 24

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“The Winter Texan community is important to the City of Mission and Shary Golf Course,” Flores said. “That’s why we are reinvesting funds into the course to improve the golf course to the quality that it needs to be and to show appreciation.” Shary Municipal Golf Course is located at 2201 Mayberry Rd., Mission. Call 956-580-8770 for tee time reservations.

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HOWLING TRAILS From pg. 24

There was a time when the course was downtrodden; the brown hard pan of Mother Earth was more visible than the grass from the road. Since the La Joya School District purchased the course and land, however, the green is returning thanks to some much-needed TLC. While the course is owned by the school district and all three high schools hold their home tournaments there, it is also open to the public and golf director Raul Gutierrez said it is business as usual. In fact, it’s business busier than usual. Some golf courses across the Valley already have some Winter Texans coming by during their regular schedule. With that 8 many parks around Howling Trails (forf merly known as Martin Valley Ranch), Gutierrez said it looks like there may be more rounds played during this season than the past couple. “It seems like we are getting ready earlier and that’s a good thing,” Gutierrez said. “Obviously the Winter Texans mean a lot to this golf course and we like to make sure we take care of them. There are a lot of long-term relationships that have been built at the clubhouse and on the golf course over the years.” The course is not extremely long – about 5,600 yards from the championship tees. It shortens to a little less than 5,100 yards from the men’s tees and 4,500 from the women’s tees. So as far as length, it isn’t the most challenging. That doesn’t mean it

doesn’t have some holes where you have to make a “golfer’s shot” as opposed to just reaching back and trying to hit everything straight and as hard as one can. A neat and unusual trademark of the course is the above ground water cannons that are spread throughout the course. These actually are played like a tree – if you hit one of them, good luck finding your ball. At least the course is wide open without a lot of hazards, making a bad shot not a round killer. “This is a great course for all levels of play, that’s why we have our high school tournaments out here,” Gutierrez said. “We’ve seen more young people play on the course and we are expecting more of our Winter Texans friends coming out this year, so it should be a very good year of golf.” When the school district purchased the course, it also purchased some land for new amenities. Gutierrez said at least two of those – the planetarium and the natatorium should be open sometime during the Winter Texan season for the public to enjoy. “I don’t think the water park will be open,” he said. “But it’s winter time anyway.” For more information, to make a tee time, or to see what groups and or specials there are, call (956) 585-6330. Howling Trails is located at 1910 Hole-in-One Drive in Mission.

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The Valley’s Friendliest Public Golf Course

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Monte Cristo Golf and Country Club

Take a drive up Highway 281 and golfers can find a little gem off the beaten path with Monte Cristo Golf and Country Club. Nestled away at 2919 N. Kenyon Road in Edinburg, the course is a 5,373-yard

18-hole course that can be the perfect challenge for golfers of any sort. Aldofo Cubriel, golf pro for the course, said that this year should be a good one as Winter Texan membership contracts are See MONTE CRISTO pg. 27

18 Hole Green Fee & 1/2 Carts: $25 - After 1:00 p.m. 9 Hole Green Fee & 1/2 Cart: $15 - After 2:00 p.m. Special is good starting October 2017 thru March 2018

• 27 Exciting Golf Holes • 19th Hole Snack Bar • Full Stocked Pro Shop

• Annual Green Fee: $900 • 3 Months Membership: $500 • 18 Hole: $22 • 18 Hole $24 per cart • Senior 60+ $800 • Daily Green Fee: 9 Hole: $16 • Rental Carts: 9 Hole $14

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already up from the season before. Wrigley’s RV Park at Monte Cristo sits adjacent to the golf course and every year golfers from that RV Park and the surrounding area put together one of the most unique tournaments in the Valley in December – the annual Can-Am Tournament that pits Canadians vs. Americans in a bragging rights event that brings about 30-35 carts to each event. Golfers will decorate their carts with United States or Canada flags and various other celebratory materials like balloons, ribbons, loud horns and whatever else they can come up with to represent their country in this friendly competition. There is also the weekly John Autry Senior Scramble, a four-person tournament that takes place every Wednesday during Winter Texan season. Prizes are awarded after the event and a free meal is included in the $20 entry fee per person. When there are no tournaments, Winter Texans also get a discounted rate of $32 instead of $40. Being a little removed from the middle of the busy cities throughout the Rio Grande Valley, Monte Cristo offers those who live there a country club atmosphere without the country club expenses. It

has two swimming pools, tennis courts, a driving range, a putting practice green and a clubhouse/restaurant. While it is a country club, it is also open to public play. The course’s signature hole is a par-3 island hole that plays just 128 yards from the white tees. The landing area isn’t exceptionally large but it is big enough from that distance to land safely without that “perfect” tee shot. The biggest concern – like at all the courses in South Texas – is how much wind you will be facing. The course is covered with seven lakes that come into play on a little more than half of the holes but aren’t incredibly dangerous. Because it sits away from the hustle and bustle, Monte Cristo is also a course where wildlife such as deer, rabbits, rare birds and butterflies can be seen running around and also enjoying the course and its vegetation, water and trees. “There’s a lot of scenery and greenery here,” Cubriel said. “There’s wildlife, trees, wonderful landscaping – it’s just a beautiful course.”

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Tierra del Sol Golf Course

PHARR — Three years later and the word is still spreading – Tierra del Sol is not the same golf course you may remember, especially if you haven’t visited it in the past three years. The course, run by the City of Pharr, spent $1 million in renovations three years ago, transforming the course from a rough, brown-heavy, 18-hole facility to one of the greenest and nicest in the Rio Grande Valley. Among the many improvements were a new sprinkler system, tee to green cart

paths, new grass, the leveling of tee boxes and a retaining box on No. 6, where golfers must carry water from a peninsula-styled tee box. The project was completed by Signet Golf Associates, out of Pinehurst, N.C. Pinehurst has been home to multiple U.S. Opens and that area is surrounded by hundreds of golf courses. There are not a lot of trees to contend with but, as is the case with most courses in the Rio Grande Valley, there’s plenty of See TIERRA DEL SOL pg. 27

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wind to make it the primary hazard. The next biggest hazard is water, which golfers will face on most holes. Golfers can catch a double whammy on the course’s signature hole, No. 5, a 400yard plus par-4 with water along the right and out of bounds on the left. Catching the wind on this hole could turn it into a bogey or worse score in no time at all. Playing from the the back black tees the course will carry 6,700 yards or more, but players can choose one of two other sets to heavily cut down the distance – while still keeping it challenging. Still, the course is a good one for all levels and ages. Many holes are wide open, giving golfers a plenty of room for error and several opportunities to lower

their score. Earlier in the year, the golf course manager said that they were already seeing an increase in the number or rounds played as they started focusing on their February Winter Texan Appreciation Golf Tournament, the first one it had put together. “If you show our Winter Texans that you are putting money into the course and making the amenities better for them, they have no quarrels about paying extra,” said Oscar Trevino, then the golf course manager. “I don’t like to say that the Winter Texans are the golf courses’ lifeblood but it sure is close for the courses in the Valley. But they are loyal golfers and we love having them around.”

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SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CITY OF MISSION

The City of Mission welcomes our Winter Texans back to our community. The City staff is ready to assist in making your stay as enjoyable as possible. Below is a brief description of the City Departments as well phone numbers. POLICE – CRIME PREVENTION - 1200 E. 8th St. The Mission Police Department employs over 181 employees and has a 24 hour operating patrol bureau. Mission Police Officers are committed to serving the public to safeguard every citizen’s life and property and to maintaining the community as a safe and friendly place to live, work and play. The Mission Crime Stoppers program has also been an effective tool in crime prevention and consists of having a 24 hour a day telephone line which is available to the public who want to report suspicious/ criminal activity at any hour of the day. MUNICIPAL COURT - 1200 E. 8th St. The Municipal Court is the local branch of the judicial system, which enforces criminal laws, traffic laws and municipal ordinances within the court’s jurisdiction. The court’s office hours are Monday through Friday 8 am. to 5 pm. Payments are taken 8am to 4:30pm. The court remains open throughout the lunch hour to better serve the community. FIRE-FIRE PREVENTION – 415 W. Tom Landry The Mission Fire Department consists of 66 career firefighters and a Fire Chief as well as volunteer firefighters. The Fire Department responds to calls that include vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, heart attacks, strokes, building fires, structural fires, vehicular fires and brush fires. The Mission Fire Department is divided into three (3) divisions: administration, fire prevention and operations. The Fire Prevention Division educates the public about safety and fire prevention tips. WATER SERVICES – City Hall Water tapping and connections may be arranged with the Water Department. New accounts require a deposit and service fee. SOLID WASTE & BRUSH PICK-UP – 105 Abelino Farias St. The City of Mission Sanitation Department furnishes reliable and efficient residential solid waste and brush collection services. The Department’s goal is to provide excellent customer service and a safe and economical waste collection, processing and disposal service, Commercial and roll-off services are provided by BFI waste services, the City’s contractor. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PARKS AND RECREATION – 721 N. Bryan The Parks and Recreation Department consists of four divisions: Parks, Recreation, Aquatics and Facility Maintenance. The Parks and Recreation Department has the responsibility of developing and maintaining 25 City Parks, 2 pools and 35 facilities in the most cost effective manner possible. In addition, Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for city-wide graffiti removal, right-of-way mowing and pruning of trees, new construction/improvement projects, special events, recreational activity, etc. PLANNING DEPARTMENT – City Hall The Planning Department guides the orderly development of the city using several primary ordinances. It is divided into the following divisions: Inspections Division, Planning Division, Code Enforcement Division. This Department can provide information on the City’s requirements for building permits, new subdivisions, zoning classifications, set-backs, new construction, additions or remodeling. The Code Enforcement Division ensures the compliance of all ordinances including weedy lots, junked vehicles as well as health code compliance. ANIMAL CONTROL – 2801 N. Holland This City Division promotes and protects public safety and animal care through sheltering, pet placement programs, education and animal law enforcement. LIBRARY SERVICES – 801 E. 12th St. The Speer Memorial Library has over 250 computers and laptops available for public use 7 days a week and provides free WiFi access. In addition to books, magazines, newspapers, music CDs, DVDs and study rooms, the Library also provides free E-book services. We have programming year round for adults and children including Book Club Discussions, Arts & Crafts, Story Time, and more. Hours of operation are M-Th 8 am - 9 pm, Fri & Sat 8 am – 5 pm, and Sun 12 noon – 5 pm. For more information contact the visit our website www.mission.lib.tx.us. GOLF COURSE – 2201 N. Mayberry St. Shary Municipal Golf Course is a 27-hole golf course with a full service driving range that is open every day, except for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Daily green fees are competitively priced. The Golf Shop offers a complete selection of golf equipment and golf attire for men and women. Other services provided are golf handicaps and a lighted driving range. The clubhouse also has a full service snack bar and Pro Shop. HISTORICAL MUSEUM – 900 Doherty Ave. The Mission Historical Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and promotes the history of Mission and western Hidalgo County. Its many exhibits and programs focus on the images and artifacts which showcase the area’s rich history. Housed in the 1939 John Shary Building, a designated Texas Historical Landmark, and the 1940 Mission Post Office, museum exhibits explore the area’s ranching and agricultural heritage, the development of Mission, the city’s remarkable contributions to professional sports, and the ongoing involvement of Mission citizens in military service to our country. Temporary and seasonal exhibits bring additional variety to the Museum’s programming. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

CITY OF MISSION “Home of the Grapefruit”

Listed below are the phone numbers of the various departments of the City. We suggest that you clip this list and keep it for future reference. Please feel free to contact the staff with any concerns or questions. We are here to serve the citizens of Mission.

CUSTOMER SERVICE DIRECTORY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES Switchboard Mayor & City Manager’s Office Executive Department City Secretary Vital Statistics Finance Human Resources Purchasing CDBG – Housing Assistance Risk Management/Safety Utility Billing & Sanitation Legal Department Tax Inquiries

580-8650 580-8662 580-8662 580-8668 580-8664 580-8684 580-8681 580-8667 580-8643 580-8716 580-8660 580-8737 318-2157

PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENTS Police & Fire Emergency Calls Non-Emergency Calls Police Department Police Chief Civil Service Fire Department Fire Marshal Municipal Court Public Works

911 585-3111 584-5000 584-5144 451-0303 580-8705 580-8711 584-5150 580-8780

For concerns with : Water Breaks, Sewer, Street, Street Signs, Traffic Signals, Debris/Brush Disposal, Mosquito Spraying, Street Light Outages

Health Department – Animal Control Planning Parks and Recreation Speer Memorial Library Mission Historical Museum Shary Municipal Golf Course

580-8744 580-8671 580-8760 580-8750 580-8646 580-8770


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