Author Archives: Gerry Garcia

McAllen Chamber Seeking Nominations for Prestigious Man & Woman of the Year Awards

We have all had the opportunity to be associated with individuals from the McAllen area who have distinguished themselves for their outstanding volunteer service to our community, and sometimes these members of our community don’t receive the recognition they deserve.  Every year, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Man & Woman of the Year Selection Committee selects two outstanding volunteers to receive the honor of McAllen’s Man & Woman of the Year. To distinguish these deserving individuals, we ask for your nominations to make this recognition a reality for McAllen’s most deserving people.  If you know individuals you feel need to be recognized for their acts of exceptional kindness and tireless energy, or someone who has organized a program for the betterment of our community, given their time and talent to teach, lent a helping hand to those in need, or just made the special effort to ensure that “good things…

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McAllen Receives 76 Awards at 25th Anniversary of Annual Texas Festival & Events Association Conference 

  McAllen hosted statewide festivals and events representatives for education and networking sessions The City of McAllen hosted the 25th Anniversary of the Texas Festival and Events Association Annual Conference this past weekend, bringing in festivals and events representatives from around the state as diverse and far away as Tomball Mud Fest; Ft. Worth Main St. Art Festival; Grapevine’s Grape Fest; Plano Balloon Fest; Poteet Strawberry Festival and even others closer to home, including Weslaco’s Texas Onion Fest; Fiesta Edinburg; Brownsville’s Mr. Amigo,  Laredo’s Washington Birthday Celebration Association,  and George West Storyfest and of course, as well-known as San Antonio’s Fiesta Flambeau Parade and St. Mary’s University Fiesta Oyster Bake. The conference featured informative, entertaining and educational sessions, to help give organizers and event coordinators the tools and tips to better host their events.  Topics ranged from Social Media Do’s and Don’ts; Niche Marketing; Event Security and Credit Card Usage…

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Grainger Industrial Supply recently donated $6,000 worth of tools to assist students in their career choices

In an effort to assist deserving students preparing to enter the workforce, Grainger Industrial Supply has supplemented its annual scholarship to students by donating tools to South Texas College. Grainger, a leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products, has donated $6,000 worth of tools that will then be distributed to students through the college. Grainger has been a constant supporter of South Texas College’s students for several years. “Grainger provides new tools for students in several fields including auto, diesel, heating/ventilation/air conditioning/refrigeration, electrician, construction and law enforcement to name a few,” said Mario Reyna, Dean of Business, Technology and Public Safety at STC. “Over the years, Grainger has provided scholarships and now they decided to donate the tools to our program,” Reyna said. “They had three pallets, almost $6,000 worth of tools, and they opted to bring them here and left it up to us to decide…

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MCALLEN ENTHUSIAST: LOCAL BLOGGER’S NINE TO FIVE GUY POSTS PROMOTE CITY IN UNIQUE WAY

Promoting the city and a healthy lifestyle seems to come naturally for local blogger Robert Lopez. The McAllen native is becoming known throughout the area for his Nine to Five Guy blog but has also worked for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce for six years with the Convention & Visitors Bureau division where he is the director of sales and sports tourism. “My job is to bring conferences or conventions or sports tournaments that will bring visitors from out of the area to McAllen,” Lopez said. “So that they sleep in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and shop in our stores; that will generate an economic impact with money coming outside the valley inject into our community.” Some of the sporting events that have been attracted to McAllen were Games of Texas and more recently the Texas Youth Football Association Spring Bowl that was held at the McAllen Sports…

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FUSED GLASS JEWELRY WORKSHOP

Design 6 unique pendants in just 2 hours!   We will guide you through the design process and provide all the materials and tools needed for your exquisite jewelry pieces.  These pieces will be fired and picked up later. CLASS FEE:  $35, 16+ yrs. Prior glass cutting experience is not required. Register here with or without PayPal. For your safety, open toe shoes are not allowed in the classroom.  THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  SPACE IS LIMITED.    

McAllen High’s Kamryn Ramirez earns Grand Championship

 Congratulations to Kamryn Ramirez, a member of the McAllen High Mariachi Oro, for placing first in the vocal competition and was also named Overall Vocal Grand Champion at the 2018 FESTIBA (Festival of International Books and Arts) Conference and Competition March 2-3 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Performing Arts Center. She earned a $1,000 scholarship on behalf of MPR out of San Antonio and The Mariachi Connection.

VTX1 Companies Acquires Ranch Wireless, Inc.

The acquisition will extend VTX1’s service area by 17,000 square miles.  VTX1 Companies today announced its acquisition of Ranch Wireless, Inc. based in Seguin, TX. Ranch Wireless, established in 1998, is a provider of fixed wireless internet service as well as residential and business phone systems in the area south of Round Rock to Kingsville.  They also offer digital land mobile radio systems for remote two-way communication. “This acquisition is important for VTX1 in that we overlap approximately 4,000 of their 17,000 square-mile service area through our northern exchanges,” said Dave Osborn, CEO of VTX1 Companies. “Their coverage area extends from south of Round Rock to Kingsville and includes San Antonio, San Marcos, New Braunfels and Corpus Christi. They have towers in these areas that we can use immediately to provide better broadband services to many of our existing customers. And adding Ranch Wireless customers to our existing customer base will give us close to…

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McHi Mariachi Oro wins multiple awards at FESTIBA

The McAllen High Mariachi Oro won first place at the 2018 FESTIBA (Festival of International Books and Arts) Conference and Competition March 2-3 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Performing Arts Center. McAllen High won in the Class 6A Division along with the caption awards for Best Vocals and Best Violins. Additionally, senior Kamryn Ramírez, won first in the vocal competition and was also named Overall Vocal Grand Champion, earning a $1,000 scholarship on behalf of MPR out of San Antonio and The Mariachi Connection.  “We are extremely proud of all of them for their hard work, dedication, and passion that they put in for yet another very musical performance,” Mariachi Oro Instructor Alex Trevino said.

SECURITY FIRST CREDIT UNION HAS FIVE $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!* APPLY TODAY!

Security First Credit Union will be awarding five $1,000 scholarships to students in the Rio Grande Valley. We encourage our young members who are graduating high school seniors or currently enrolled as an undergraduate college student to apply. *Applicant must be a member of Security First Credit Union for one-year and an RGV High School senior in 2018, or currently enrolled in a college or university. Application deadline is April 6th! Please visit our website and refer to the application for complete details. Questions? Please email the Security First Marketing department at marketing@securityfirstcu.com. The scholarship application is available on the Security First Credit Union website at – https://www.securityfirstcu.com/2018-scholarship-application/

Southern Careers Institute Seeking Nurse Aide Instructors

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A STUDENT’S LIFE! Are you a driven individual who enjoys the challenge of exceeding expectations and goals?  Are you passionate about improving people’s lives? Southern Careers Institute is currently seeking Nurse Aide Instructors for our new Nurse Aide program at the Pharr, Texas location. As an Instructor, you will have the opportunity to positively impact students’ lives by engaging them in learning new skills. Position Requirements: Successful candidates will have the following: ·         Must be a current Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Registered Nurse (RN) licensed in Texas; ·         Successfully completed a course in teaching adults, experience in teaching adults or supervising nurse aides; ·         1 year long-term care facility experience is required; ·         Ability to keep a classroom full of students engaged in the learning process.  In other words, you must have strong communications skills; ·         Perform other duties as assigned.    

Fifteen McAllen ISD Choirs earn Sweepstakes

District dominates by earning 40 percent of all Sweepstakes trophies Fifteen groups from McAllen ISD earned the highest score at the Middle School Choir UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest held recently at PSJA Southwest High. McAllen ISD sent 21 choirs to compete. Of those, 15 of them (71 percent) received Sweepstakes which is the highest UIL music score. McAllen ISD also had four other groups earn a Superior Rating in either Concert or Sight-Reading. That means 90 percent of the district’s choirs received an award at UIL. McAllen ISD also had more performing groups at UIL than any other school district (28 percent of the total competing groups).  In fact, 40 percent of all UIL Sweepstakes Trophies were awarded to McAllen ISD choirs. Fossum and Morris middle schools each earned four Sweepstakes awards. Cathey earned three while De Leon earned two. Brown and Travis earned one each. Lincoln Middle School…

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South Texas College receives $929,800 grant from the U.S Department of Education

The Department of Childhood Development at South Texas College (STC) received a four year grant from the U.S Department of Education of $929,800 as part of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program. The grant will provide affordable childcare services for eligible students at the Child Development Center, located at the South Texas College Mid Valley Campus. Funds will be utilized to cover tuition and fees for 50 eligible children of STC student-parents each semester and 40 children in the summer. STC’s Mid Valley Campus Child Development Center, which is nationally accredited, is committed to providing a lab program to train future early childhood professionals and has served as a catalyst for quality care and education for children and their families for the past 10 years. Veronica Rodriguez, Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Child Development, says this grant will serve students greatly and believes that the Child Development…

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Couture Ravel “Piano Trio in A minor”

Join us for a romantic evening and experience “Piano Trio in A minor” by Maurice Ravel that will captivate you from the very first measure. Written for cello, piano and violin — Ravel’s piece is a true sonata for three players, rich in the harmonic and textural innovations with a passionate final movement filled with shimmering, never-ending trills from the strings and a wild whoosh or two from the piano. Featuring VSO Concertmaster, Geoffrey Wong, violin; Benjamin Ponder, cello and Daniel Steenken, piano. Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Sky Tower Club, Chase Bank, 17th Floor, 200 S. 10th St., McAllen, Tx Contact: Valley Symphony Orchestra at  956-661-1615 or www.ticketmaster.com

AMÉRICA, AMÉRICA

The Valley Symphony Orchestra and Trudie Elmore Abbott invite you to América, América. Let the music move you with Latin-inspired symphonic music from Cuba, Brazil & Mexico with Col. R.T. (Ret). & Carol Ann Dixon sponsored guest artist, UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán. A concert so energetic, so rhythmic, so explosive, you’ll have a hard time staying still in your seat. Friday, February 2, McAllen Performing Arts Center, 8:00 p.m.  Musical Director/ Conductor: Peter Dabrowski Contact: Valley Symphony Orchestra at  956-661-1615 or www.ticketmaster.com