Robert Vela High School Presents Chicago The Musical

The Robert Vela High School SaberStagers are pleased to announce our 6th annual fall musical, Chicago. The SaberStagers are the recipients of 5 Hidalgo County PALM Awards, including Best Musical, the most of any high school nominated. The show will be performed from Nov 29-Dec 1 and Dec 6, 8 at 7 pm, with 2 pm matinee performances on Dec 1,2,8,9. There will also be two ASL interpreted performances on Nov 30 at 7 pm and Dec 2 at 2 pm., Tickets are $10 for general admission, $6 with a valid student ID, and $5 for senior citizen 65+. For more information, call (956)-289-2650. RVHS is located at 801 E. Canton Rd., Edinburg, TX 78539.

Creep on Over to Boo at the Zoo

Zoo Members Get in Free!


BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCTOBER 23, 2018 – The 29th annual Boo at the Zoo is creeping around the corner.  This year’s spook-stravaganza is set for Tuesday, October 30th and Wednesday, October 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on both nights.  Zoo members are allowed into the event an hour early, which is at 5:00 p.m.


Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly alternative to trick or treating on the streets.  Families are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoy all the fun things the Zoo has to offer.  Boo at the Zoo features more than 50 treat stations and carnival-style games located throughout the Zoo.


New this year, we will be hosting the cake walk and placing treat stations and games in the Special Events building instead of the haunted house.


The Russell Aquatic Ecology Center will be transforming into the site of an underwater shipwreck, complete with pirates and swimming mermaids. Bring your whole family inside to pose for a picture with these maidens of the sea.


Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at the Gladys Porter Zoo office for $2.50 per person. On event days, tickets prices will go up to $3.50 per person.


Zoo Members not only receive free admission to Boo at the Zoo, but they can also come into the event before everyone else.  Members are allowed to enter Boo at the Zoo at 5:00 p.m. through the new Membership Office, located in the Zoo parking lot.  Members can pick up their free tickets from now until Oct. 29 at the Membership Office.


Members will need to show proof of their membership to receive their tickets by bringing their membership cards and a valid driver’s license.  If membership cards were lost or stolen, please contact the Zoo office at (956) 546-7187 ext. 344 to purchase replacement cards.


Parking for Boo at the Zoo is limited so arrive early, car pool or have someone drop you off so you can enjoy the festivities without delay.


Special thanks to Boo at the Zoo sponsors McDonald’s, Metro by T-Mobile, City of Brownsville, Stripes-Laredo Taco, Texas Gas Service, 5 News, XERV 9, and digital 101.5 for helping to make this event possible.


For more information, visit our website or call the Zoo at (956) 546-7187.

The McAllen Wind Ensemble kicks off 44th Concert Season.

The McAllen Wind Ensemble (formerly the McAllen Town Band) is currently embarking on it’s 44th concert season.  The ensemble’s focus continues to be on improving the quality of life in the Rio Grande Valley through regular public concerts, fostering and promoting a greater appreciation of music by the general public, and encouraging continued interest and participation in music by members of the community.  Last year, under the leadership of musical director, Roger Olivarez, the ensemble took up residence at the new McAllen Performing Arts Center – the best performance concert venue in the Valley.


In addition to our traditional Tree Lighting Concert in December at the McAllen Convention Center and our July 4th Concert at Archer Park, our 2018-19 season concerts include:


November 13 “America Loves the Movies.” Join us for a fun night at the movies with some of your favorite movie soundtracks! Be sure to come dressed as your favorite movie character to participate in our costume contests and have some fun at our photo booth.


December 14 “How the McAllen Wind Ensemble Stole Christmas.” The Grinch can’t pull anything over on our Wind Ensemble!  Be ready for a night of carols and holiday fun…maybe even a visit from Santa or that mischievous Grinch!  Guest artists – The Rio Grande Valley Children’s Chorus.


February 12, 2019 “Love Stinks -An Anti-Valentine’s Day Concert.” Sick of the hearts, candy, and flowers?  So are we!  Come spend an evening with the McAllen Wind Ensemble enjoying the music of love lost, love found, and love stomped into the ground. Special Guest – mezzo-soprano Maria Avalos.


March 29, 2019 “Roaring 20s:  A Gatsby Gala.” The season finale will be a night to remember! The evening will start with a Dinner Theater followed by our 1920’s tribute concert. The evening will end with and post-concert Gatsby themed Ball! Special guest – Francisco Rocafuerte. Limited tickets available for the full Gala Experience.


Concert tickets start at just $10 and are available at The McAllen Convention Center Box Office and  Visit for more information.


Winter-Texan season is upon us!

I don’t know about you, but to me, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!  After a long, hot summer, we are excited to see the temps start to drop, but the temperature change means something even better than getting rid of sweaty brows.  In South Texas, it means our Winter Texans are coming!


As early as October, you start to see out-of-state plates dotting the highway, and you can feel the excitement in the air that signals “the season” is coming.  Most people think “the season” officially starts November 1, but I beg to differ.  Each year, it seems our Winter Texans start to trickle in earlier and earlier.


And why not?  I’m sure you’ve heard about the arctic blasts in our northern states.  (Maybe we are being a little dramatic, but once it gets below 70, we tend to pull out our parkas.)  There’s no doubt our Winter Texans think we’re crazy, but cool weather is not something we get very often.  We get hot, hotter, and hotter than…


There is never a lack of things to do here in the Rio Grande Valley.  Whether it’s dancing, shuffleboard, swimming, racing RC cars, or playing pickleball, this is the place to do them all.


We can’t wait to see you out and about this season.  Welcome Home, y’all!


We’re just connecting the dots,



Kristi Collier is a McAllen native who loves to share her passion for the area with others.  Her company, Welcome Home RGV caters to the Winter & Converted Texan market through their events, activities, special interest publications and more.  For more information, call the Welcome Home RGV office at 956-687-5115, visit or visit on facebook at and