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Administrative Professionals Appreciation Event on South Padre Island

Spend Administative Professionals Day on the Beach!!!


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¨Chispas en el Trópico¨ BBQ Cook-off

La Cámara de Comercio de McAllen será sede del tercer evento anual  "Chispas en el Trópico" BBQ Cook-off patrocinado por HEB,  en donde los asistentes podrán degustar de los alimentos de todos los equipos participantes.

Fecha:             Sábado 26 de abril de 2014

Hora:               De 12:00 p.m. a 5:00 pm

Lugar:             Cámara de Comercio de McAllen

                        1200 Ash Av.

                        McAllen, TX.

Costo:              $ 15.00 dlls. por persona


*Entrada y degustación gratis a menores de 10 años.              

Estarán los grupos musicales de Mario Alemán, Grupo Libre de Emilio Mata, TR3N, Clueless and Country Roland Jr. Y habrá una demostración del coche del sur de Texas Mopars Car and Truck Club.

Compra de boletos en la Cámara de Comercio de McAllen en el tel: 956- 682-2871.

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Los Gobernadores de Nuevo León, Rodrigo Medina, y de Tamaulipas, Egidio Torre Cantú, informaron que desde este jueves 10 de Abril  alrededor de 7,000 policías y soldados garantizarán la seguridad de los viajeros.

Aprovechen este periodo vacacional de Semana Santa, para comprar su ropa de verano, el regalo para sus niños, o cualquier otra cosa que necesite y disfrutar sus vacaciones con su familia o amigos.

Recuerden que la Franquicia de los $500 dlls por persona, es acumulable en familiares directos y estará vigente del 28 de Marzo al 28 de Abril del 2014.

Nos vemos en McAllen !

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South Texas Represented at National Sports Symposium

South Texas was represented at the National Association of Sports Commissions Annual Sports Event Symposium in Oklahoma City, OK this past week. The Symposium provides education classes on best practices as well as networking events that bring event rights owners in contact with CVBs and Sports Commissions. Sports Texas is an entity that is comprised of 12 mid-sized Texas cities in order to give a larger presence at the conference. 
For information on booking your next sporting event in McAllen, contact Robert Lopez, Director of Sports Tourism Sales at RLOPEZ@MCALLENCVB.COM or by calling 956-638-3996.
(left to right: Joel Vasquez, City of Laredo CVB | Robert Lopez, McAllen Sports Commission/CVB | Mariano "Bean" Ayala, Brownsville CVB)

Video Juegos en Vivo

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En este evento que llega a McAllen podrás disfrutar de un Concierto de Multimedia, el Torneo del VideoJuego #1 en el mundo, Concurso de Guitar Hero, Concurso de Disfraces, Pantalla de video de última generación visual, Arte y Efectos especiales. Es para todas las edades, para jugadores y no jugadores.

Fecha :        Lunes 7 de  Abril de 2014

Hora :          Inicia a las 12 :00 p.m.

                   Concierto 7 :00 p.m.


Lugar:          McAllen Convention Center

                   700 Convention Center Blvd.

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Celebrating Youth Art Month

This coming Friday April 4th we will be Celebrating Youth Art Month. The April McAllen Artwalk at the McAllen Creative Incubator will featureMcAllen ISD art work completed by students from all 7 Middle Schools, 4 high schools and the I&G center. The work will be on display from April 4 through April 25. Approximately 250 to 300 two-dimensional and three-dimensional works will be on display.

Plus the art group of the McAllen Creative Incubator holds an art walk downtown on the first Friday of each month in the evening, and it is the perfect opportunity for socializing, networking, and enjoying the local art scene. 

Come and check it out !! You'll find art from Doko Casual Art ART-one Studio , Vamos a pintar or find information from ACTIN if you like theater !!!

Its fun, its casual, and the artwork is first class. You can start the evening at the gallery or venue of your choice, and make your way around town at your own pace. There are of course a variety of antique stores, restaurants, and other businesses open, too, and the monthly entertainment line up includes music, art, and photography.

This Coming Friday April 4th we will open for Art Walk
6pm - 10pm

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McAllen KMAC students win national video award

McAllen ISD students in Audio/Video Production, also known as KMAC, brought home a national championship from the Student Television Network National Conference held March 20-23 in Orlando, Florida. Students took first place in the Short Story category.

The team consisted of Charlie Luna of James “Nikki” Rowe High, Aaron Trevino of McAllen High and Noe Gonzalez of McAllen Memorial.

In addition, the team of Romany Manriquez and Joseph Trevino of Memorial took third place in Convention Recap. Sebastian Sada of Rowe was one of just 10 students selected for the STN Host Contest.

There were more than 140 schools and 2,200 students competing from top video programs in the nation.

“Thank you and everyone in the communications office and MITV (McAllen Instructional Television) for their support and helping our students succeed,” KMAC Instructor Rob Garza said. “This is our fifth time in six years to be national champs in a category.”

The students pictured from left to right are Aaron Trevino, Charlie Luna, Noe Gonzalez, Joseph Trevino, Romany Manriquez and Sebastian Sada.

Starting in fall 2014, students in McAllen ISD courseslike Audio/Video Production may select the Business and Industry Endorsement as part of new state graduation guidelines outlined in House Bill 5. McAllen ISD will be offering all five endorsement options that are now part of the state graduation plan.


“The Rhythm that Moves Me” art exhibition

McAllen.  Hinovations Art Gallery is pleased to present “The Rhythm that Moves Me” art exhibition in collaboration with Rhythm Room Studio in McAllen.  Local artists, Irma Garza Garcia, Raquel Hinojosa and Gaby Rico have taken inspiration from the joy of Latin dancing to join the Rhythm Room in their 2nd Year Anniversary Celebration.  The exhibit is made up of 15 figurative works of art rendered in acrylics and mixed media in rich vibrant colors.  The collection depicts solo figures to dancing couples engaging in rhythmic movements.  The exhibition opens for display on Saturday, March 29th at 8pm to 2am at Rhythm Room Studio located at Court Yard Plaza on 5401 N. 10th St., Ste. 215, McAllen.  There is a $15 entrance fee which includes live music provided by our very own Rio Grande Valley native and Grammy Nominee Roy Escobedo, also known as recording artist ELIO! Complimentary appetizers and drinks! Door prizes and lots of social dancing! The public is invited to put on their dancing shoes and walk the red carpet to this fun filled event!  The art exhibit will remain on display thru April 15th

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Rhythm Room Studio will also be offering Latin Dance Workshops such as Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba under the instruction of World Master Instructor Troy Anthony from Houston, TX. A Cumbia Workshop with International Champion Benny Lee of the RGV and a Country Workshop by local instructor will also be available.  All workshops will be taking place on Saturday, March 29th, 11am- 5pm.  Please contact them at 956-569-6134 or visit or for more information and tickets.

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Contact Gallery Director, Raquel Hinojosa concerning information about the Art Exhibition at 956-688-6461 or email at   Contact Marketing Director, Janie Martinez concerning Rhythm Room Studio 2nd Anniversary Red Carpet Celebration at 956-569-6134 or

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AeroMar Flying Out of McAllen Miller International

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Valente Rodriguez was born on February 14, 1961 in Edcouch, Texas, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Erin Brockovich (2000), (500) Days of Summer (2009) andDeep Blue Sea (1999).

Attended The University of Texas-Pan American.

He has been featured in a promotional commercial for the University that has been aired in the Rio Grande Valley.

Valente Rodriguez not only attended The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) but is also from the area, the Rio Grande Valley.

Received a Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Texas-Pan American in 2006 for his success in television and film.

The theater department head of The University of Texas-Pan American, Marian Monta, gave him $2000 out of her own pocket after he graduated to help him get to Los Angeles.

On July 30th of 2005 threw out the first pitch for the Astros vs. Mets game, Astros won that game 2-0. [July 2005]


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