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use authorizations to protect as many Texans as possible. “We are closing in on 10 million doses administered in Texas, and we want to keep up the momentum as the vaccine supply increases,” said Imelda Garcia, DSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services and the chair of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel. “As eligibility opens up, we are asking providers to continue to prioritize people who are the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death
– such as older adults.” DSHS has directed vaccine providers to prioritize people 80 years old or older when scheduling appointments and accommodate anyone in that age group who presents for vaccination, whether or not they have an appointment, by immediately moving them to the front of the line. That will ensure vaccination of anyone 80 or older with as small a burden on themselves as possible. Also next week, DSHS will launch a website to allow people to register
for a shot through some public health providers. The public will be able to enroll in the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler to identify upcoming vaccine clinics hosted by DSHS or a participating local health department and be notified when new clinics and appointments become available. People can continue to find additional providers though the DSHS Vaccine Information page at dshs. texas.gov/covidvaccine. Online registration will be the best option for most people. For those for whom that is not an
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Texas Folklife Announces the 15th Annual Big Squeeze Accordion Competition About the Program This is the 15th year for The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest and we are so excited to showcase young accordionists from (956) 346-3034 across Texas! The Big Squeeze is a statewide contest where youth accordion players showcase their performance (956)545-8520 abilities in FOUR main accordion genre categories: Polka, Zydeco, Cajun, and Conjunto. The Polka genre will include German, Czech, and Polish traditions. Zydeco will include Creole, and Conjunto will include Conjunto, Norteño and Tejano. Please contact Texas Folklife if you are unsure of which category your music fits. ***NEW FOR 2021***
This year, the Zydeco & Cajun categories will be two separate categories to give deeper focus on the distinct history of each. Also new in 2021, the Cajun and Zydeco categories will be open to Louisiana residents ages 25 and under. The Conjunto age categories have changed slightly to be 16 and Under and 17-21. There have been many more younger contestants in the last few years and we want to balance the competition and be able to award an equal amount of semi-finalists and finalists in both age categories. Finally, in 2021 the Big Squeeze will be entirely virtual to maintain the health and safety of
our participants, their families and our staff. Other changes made in recent years: we will have the addition of the Conjunto Semi-Finals Round, due to the overwhelming amount of conjunto entries in recent years. We will also award a small amount of Rising Star awards to talented players that don’t happen to make it to the finals, especially in the younger age brackets. This is to further give recognition to the difference in skill at different ages. These recipients will be notified after the semifinals on April 17 and will be eligible to apply again in 2022 for the contest. Contestants can have one
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Community Health Outreach Program The City of Los Fresnos offers a free Community Health Outreach Program within its community. The program offers a variety of free classes/activities, nutrition support, cooking classes and diabetes prevention classes. It also offers free health screenings such as blood pressure screenings, BMI screenings, A1C testing and follow-up care to both men and women 18 years of age and older. Class Update: Exercise classes are offered both virtually and in person. Virtual classes are offered through Facebook post on the City of Los Fresnos Community Health Outreach Program’s Facebook group. In person classes are offered at the Los Fresnos Memorial Park. The current exercise class schedule offers Walk 2 Fitness, Cardio Kick Boxing, Zumba, Body Sculpting, Boot Camp, Dance 2 Fitness, Lap Swimming, Water Aerobics and Family Open Swim. All classes are taught by Certified Fitness Instructors. To register for the City’s Community Health Outreach Program contact Los Fresnos Community Health Worker Christine Martinez at 956-312-1406 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once enrolled in the program participants are able to participate in all classes/ activities at no charge as offered by the City of Los Fresnos. The current schedule offers 26 classes to choose from each week!
Texas Folklife Announces the 15th Annual Big Squeeze Accordion Competition accompanist during their audition which is not provided by Texas Folklife. This accompanist cannot be drums or electric bass and the contestant cannot sing so as to focus on the accordion performance in the videotaped audition. As always, The Big Squeeze Contest and Texas Folklife strive to represent the state’s geographic and cultural diversity. Since 2007, over 350 young musicians from more than 40 Texas towns and cities have participated. Contestants represent communities across this great state, including the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, Gulf Coast, Greater Dallas Area, San Antonio, Lubbock, the Permian Basin and more! The Big Squeeze is supported by the members and board of Texas Folklife and Hohner, Inc.; and by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, H-E-B, Texas Music Office, the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, and Rancho Alegre Radio. Additional support
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Cajun Category ● Cajun Grand Prize, Ages 25 and under Polka Category ● Polka Grand Prize, Ages 25 and under Big Squeeze Important Dates ● March 31, 2021 April 7, 2021 - extended deadline to send in video entries ● April 17, 2021 - Conjunto Semi-Finals (virtual) ● May 8, 2021 - Finals From Home (virtual) Read section below called “How To Enter The Big Squeeze 2021.” Big Squeeze 2021 Prizes ● Category Finalist(s) win: o Promotional support and performance opportunities from Texas Folklife; o $100 cash; o Other items to be announced.
● The Grand Prize Winners win: o Promotional support and performance opportunities from Texas Folklife; o Additional cash award; o An accordion; o Additional sponsorship opportunities & prizes to be announced. All selections, contest outcomes and prizes are awarded at the discretion of Texas Folklife and Big Squeeze judges. This contest may be canceled at any time at the sole discretion of Texas Folklife. How to Enter The Big Squeeze 2021 Want to participate in the Big Squeeze 2020? Follow these steps! ***Accordionists can enter by submitting a video entry digitally, by e-mail or mail. It
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Girls Powerlifting team wins state
Eight Lady Falcons placed high enough in their weight classes to win the 6A Girls Powerlifting State Title on March 15th.
Lady Falcons win State Powerlifting Title 6th time in a row
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1st Sindy Aguilera 2nd Ale Garcia 3rd Hailey Martin 3rd Emily Rodriguez 3rd Alejandra Garcia 4th Brianna De La Rosa 4th Veronica Martinez 5th Carmen Lainez Also competing at the state meet were Miranda Escamilla, Kim Garza, Tori Escalante, and Franchesca Sanchez.
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Los Fresnos soccer prepping for postseason By KEVIN NARRO Los Fresnos News LOS FRESNOS-The regular season is wrapped up and the Los Fresnos soccer programs are gearing up for the playoffs. On the girls side, the Lady Falcons finished second in 32-6A with a 15-6-1 overall record and finished
10-4 in district play. The Lady Falcons will take on Edinburg Vela in the class 6A bi-district round in Edinburg. With last year being cut short due to Covid-19, the last time Los Fresnos was in the playoffs was during the 2019-2020 season where they lost in the bi-district round 1-0 in
overtime against Edinburg High. For the boys, they are riding in hot having won their second straight 326A title. The Falcons went 16-3 and wound up with a 12-1 league record. The Falcons will host Mission in the Class 6A bi-district round.
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Martinez, Salazar and Jones represent at SPI Showcase By KEVIN NARRO Los Fresnos News
South Padre Island-Over the weekend, The Los Fresnos basketball program was well represented at the Rio Grande Valley Best of the Best Showcase. On the boys side, sopho-
more Gerry Martinez and freshman JJ Salazar represented the boys program while Sarahi Jones represented the girls program. Jones was a part of the East team as they beat the West team 96-81. On the boys side Salazar and Martinez suited up for
the Blue team. Martinez scored 35 points in a 123119 loss on Sunday. “It is super fun, coming in we knew this was going to be a really good game no matter what,” Martinez said. “These guys are the best in the Valley, it was a high scoring game.”
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by DR. ADAM LALONDE
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There are different types of cleanings depending on whether patient has a healthy mouth, gingivitis or periodontal disease. Bi-Annual Routine Cleaning/ Polish: The most common type of routine cleaning reserved for patients with healthy mouths. Typically done every 6 months but can be recommended every 3 months for some patients.
Extensive “Debridement” Cleaning: This type of cleaning is usually only necessary when a patient has not had his/her teeth cleaned in more than a year, or if there is heavy calculus/mineral deposits under the gum line fused to the tooth & roots. This type of cleaning requires a longer appointment. Scaling & Root Planing: This type of cleaning is more invasive. It is necessary in moderate-advanced stages of gum disease when bone loss & pocketing occur & when mineral deposits have fused deeper down the root surface. So there you have it, a gamut of teeth cleaning possibilities. Your dentist will recommend the cleaning that is appropriate for you after a thorough exam & x-rays. Once your teeth have been cleaned & returned to “normal” state of hygiene, it is important to keep up with regular dental check-ups as recommended. For more information, call us at 233-4400 or visit us at HYPERLINK “http://www.losfresnosdental.com” www. losfresnosdental.com.
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Overview Los Fresnos CISD is proud to offer a new Online Registration process for all students new to the school district – from PreKindergarten to high school. Returning Los Fresnos CISD students do not need to register. They are already enrolled. This new system will make it easier for families to enroll their children in district schools. Students must attend schools they are zoned for. Online Registration for the 2021-22 school year will begin April 7. Please see “What You Can Do Now” to prepare documents for your child that will be needed.
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Texas Folklife Announces the 15th Annual Big Squeeze Accordion Competition ► CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2
must show you performing two songs in the category you choose with no more than one accompanist*** 1. Read this whole document. 2. Fill out the entry form. a. For the paper version, go to: texasfolklife.org/ bigsqueeze2021. For an online version, go to: https://survey123.arcgis.com/ share/3679e57fd9424228b1fab4 96925e635c 3. Prepare your video(s) a. Applicants can enter by performing two songs and submitting a video entry digitally, by mail or e-mail. i. E-mailing a video from your phone and a photo to email@example.com (Note: we will be sharing more tips for best ways to send video files soon!) ii. E-mailing a private YouTube Link with video and a photo to bigsqueeze@ texasfolklife.org(link sends e-mail) iii. Mailing a USB Drive with video and photo to The Big Squeeze at: Texas Folklife c/o The Big Squeeze 1708 Houston Street Austin, TX 78756 iv. Mailing a DVD with my video and photo to The Big
Squeeze at: Texas Folklife c/o The Big Squeeze 1708 Houston Street Austin, TX 78756 Big Squeeze 2021 Judging & Rounds ● Preliminaries: All entrants submit their songs digitally. The four accordion genre categories: Polka, Zydeco, Cajun, and Conjunto. o After receiving submissions, a panel of esteemed musicians and music industry judges will use a numerical ranking system to select up to ten Conjunto semifinalists and three finalists in the Cajun, Zydeco and Polka categories. o Judging criteria will include: Technical Proficiency, Song Interpretation, and Stage Presence. Details and scoring weight of each judging criteria section: ▪ Technical Proficiency: Accuracy, Execution, & Chops (40%) ▪ Song Interpretation: Stylistic Choices, Innovation, & Originality (40%) ▪ “Stage Presence”: Level of Comfort during Performance, Engagement, Poise (20%) ▪ Note: we recognize that stage presence is difficult to
portray on a video audition, but this contest still prioritizes skill level in during judging and stage presence is given a lower weighted score. o FOR CONJUNTO ONLY - Up to five (5) contestants from each of the two Conjunto age categories will be chosen to advance to the next round, the Conjunto SemiFinals. The Conjunto SemiFinalists will be announced on April 15, 2021. ● Semi-Finals: FOR CONJUNTO ONLY Up to ten (10) Conjunto Semi-Finalists will be showcased on April 17, 2021. During this virtual event, up to three Finalists in each of the two age categories for the Conjunto category will be chosen. The 3 finalists for Cajun, Zydeco and Polka categories will also be announced at this time. ● Finals: One Grand Prize Winner in each of the four accordion genre categories (Polka, Zydeco & Cajun and Conjunto) will be announced live on May 8, 2021 during the Finals From Home virtual event.
o We may ask these Finalists to submit an additional video or perform live on May 8. Please stay tuned for more details on that. o The five (5) Grand Prize Winners may be asked to perform one of their songs live at Accordion Kings & Queens on at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. Big Squeeze Criteria For Entry ● Applicants must fit age requirements of applicable category as of April 17, 2021. Applicants that turn do not fit age requirements of applicable category on or before April 17, 2021 are not eligible. ● Entrants confirm that if under 18 and picked as a finalist, they are required to provide written permission from a parent or guardian. ● Applicants MUST currently be a resident of the State of Texas, or Louisiana for Cajun or Zydeco categories. ● Applicants MUST include press-worthy photo with entry form to be considered. ● Applicants MUST submit complete entry form to be considered.
● Applicants can enter by performing two songs at a showcase where they will be videotaped by Texas Folklife or submit a video entry digitally, by mail or e-mail. APPLICANTS DO NOT HAVE TO DO BOTH ● If chosen for the contest, the two songs submitted with their application or showcase performance MUST be performed. ● If selected as a Conjunto Semi-Finalist, contestants MUST be available to participate via Zoom in the live virtual Conjunto Semi-Finals from Home on April 17, 2021. ● If selected as a Finalist, entrants MUST be available to participate via Zoom in the live virtual Finals from Home on May 8, 2021. ● Entrants agree to participate in video, audio, archival and social media documentation of the contest. ● Entrants grant Texas Folklife or its representatives the right to record and reproduce their performances and allow the use of their names and likenesses in promotion. Texas Folklife upholds all copyright
laws, the contestants will not be held liable for any rights infringement. ● Entrants have read and understand the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest 2021 Official Rules. ● Entrants confirm that their contact information will be provided to Texas Folklife for future years of this program and for our Public Relations and Community Outreach efforts within the participating communities and their media outlets. ● Entrants authorize the verification of the information provided on this form. ● Entrants understand they can be disqualified at any time, at the sole discretion of Texas Folklife. ● Entrants understand that all selections, contest outcomes and prizes are awarded at the sole discretion of Texas Folklife. ● Entrants understand that this contest and its events may be canceled at any time. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The search is on for the next generation of accordion stars!