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Forbes Deems McAllen No 1 Most Recovered City

santander resized 600Forbes Magazine recently posted a list of the top ten U.S. cities most recovered since the recession and McAllen was number one! Despite U.S. economic hardships, it looks like it's a positive trend for McAllen. 

Using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau from 2009 through 2012, a financing site NerdWallet crunched the numbers of 510 cities in the U.S. McAllen was accompanied by several other Texas cities. The list also included another Valley city Edinburg, landing number nine. This shows great progress and great hope for the great city of McAllen!

Read the full article here


McAllen: Cine en el Parque

Regresan las funciones de cine en el parque Westside, organizadas por la ciudad de McAllen

Ubicado en el 1000 S. Ware Rd., a un costado del Centro de Convenciones de la ciudad, todos los sábados de verano hasta el 2 de Agosto, se estarán presentando diversas películas de carácter familiar en una pantalla gigante. La entrada es gratuita y las personas pueden llevar sus propias sillas, mantas, e incluso comida y bebidas, excepto bebidas alcohólicas.

Las puertas del parque se abren a las 7:00 p.m; sin embargo, la película comienza en punto de las 8:30 pm. Les sugerimos llegar con tiempo para que puedan elegir el mejor ángulo.

Este sábado 28 de junio, se estará presentando “Cloudy with a chance Meatballs 2” Lluvia de Hamburguesas 2.

Nos vemos en McAllen!

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Mario Aleman Stealing Hearts at McAllen Blues Night

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach... and to a woman’s? It’s listening to Mario Aleman at McAllen Blues Night. Mario Aleman is a Rumba Flamenco guitarist/composer. His fiery music makes you wiggle in your seat as his fingers play across the guitar. His compositions are a pleasure to listen to and his passion is a sight to see.

Mario Aleman’s talent has won him first place at the Art Institute of Dallas' Guitar Wars competition and a performance for formerUSPresident Bill Clinton. In addition to his accomplishments, Mario Aleman is currently promoting his latest CD, Soulspeak, which showcases his beautiful music. 

His work has taken him to Las Vegas, but he’s gracing McAllen with his presence before he goes at the McAllen Blues Night.

Come out and watch Mario Aleman along with Alyse Black & True Velvet and Leigh Holles Band, on June 27 at 7:00 pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator for McAllen Blues Night, sponsored by Valley Keyboards and Glazer's. This is going to be a night of great musical talent! Make sure to get your tickets early and prepare for a night of great music and great fun.Entry includes not only great music, but food, adult beverages, a silent auction, and, new this year, a chocolate dessert bar.  Tickets are on sale now at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce for $25. Buy them early- the event sold out last year!

McAllen: Dinosaurios este verano en IMAS

Los dinosaurios están vagando por el Museo Internacional de Arte y Ciencia (IMAS) de McAllen! En su más reciente exposición "Sé el dinosaurio ™"  que está siendo exhibida desde el 8 de junio hasta el 7 de septiembre, 2014,  lleva a los visitantes a 70 millones años en el pasado, donde el período Cretácico fue un tiempo de grandes cambios para los dinosaurios; escucharán los rugidos de los más famosos, como el temible Tyrannosaurus Rex, que hicieron eco en los bosques de América del Norte y los pterosaurios criaturas de los cielos.

El mayor cambio del período Cretácico era la extinción de más de la mitad de los animales del mundo, incluyendo los dinosaurios y pterosaurios. "Sé el dinosaurio ™" es una fusión innovadora de tecnología de última generación de videojuegos y exhibiciones tradicionales, con huesos de dinosaurios de tamaño completo, una estación de campo paleontología, y más. Visitantes de todas las edades pueden entrar en la restauración más larga y compleja de un ecosistema extinto jamás creado.

El amor por los dinosaurios es universal y puede ser disfrutado por todas las edades, familias y miembros de la comunidad.

Para más información: IMAS, al tel: (956) 682-0123 o visite

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McAllen Blues Night this Friday!!

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce will be hosting,
“Blues Night” on Friday, June 27th .  The event will be held at
601 S. Main St, in McAllen, home to the McAllen Creative Incubator.  This
musical event features Blues and Jazz musicians from Austin.  In addition
to great music, there will be complementary food, beverages and a Silent
Auction.  Tickets are on sale now for $25.  Please call 956-682-2871 for more information or to purchase tickets.

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McAllen, Summer time calls for "Movies in the Park"

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On such a short lived vacation, it's best to appreciate every moment. To accompany your summer, McAllen Westside Park is offering "Movies in the Park" every Saturday! Confessions are sold on site or you can bring your own picnic. 

This is the time to dive into everything McAllen has to offer. The best way to enjoy the warm evenings is with a movie. This weekend is also father's day and what better way to spend it, but by watching Despicable Me 2. The movies start at 8:30 pm. but get there early for games, door prizes, and more! Park opens at 7 pm. 

Weside Park is on 1000 S. Ware Road, McAllen TX. "Movies in the Park" go through August 2! For more info read up at


McAllen: UTSA President Romo’s Photography Exhibit on View at IMAS



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Media Contact: Gaby Jones, Director of Marketing,, (956) 682-0123


UTSA President Romo’s Photography Exhibit on View at IMAS

McAllen, Texas-The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is pleased to bring to the Rio Grande Valley the photographs of Dr. Ricardo Romo, president of the University of Texas at San Antonio.  His solo exhibition Middle America includes colorful and dynamic photographs of Cuba, Guatemala, and Mexico that were taken over the last 10 years.  Middle America will be on view from Thursday, June 19 to Sunday, October 19, 2014.  There will be an opening reception on Thursday, June 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. 

While many Americans are familiar with the urban communities and beaches of Mexico, a 50-year trade embargo between the United States and Cuba has limited travel to that Caribbean island.  Earlier decades of insurgency and violence in Guatemala discouraged most Americans from visiting this region. “This exhibit gives us a glimpse into ancient customs and rich traditions,” explains Arturo Infante Almeida, Curator of the UTSA Art Collection.  “Educator, historian and photographer, Dr. Ricardo Romo explores and documents life among cultures with long and complex histories.  His photographs, wondrous images captured on his travels through Central America, unearth stories that words alone cannot tell”. 


Dr. Ricardo Romo’s photographs have been included in numerous regional art exhibits including Havana, a collection of photographs taken in Cuba, and South Africa, a selection of his photographs taken on a trip to rural South Africa. His Small Town Texas exhibit was displayed at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. An assortment of his photographs was featured in China's most respected photography magazine, Popular Photography. Romo and four other Texas photographers showed their work in the exhibit Infinite Horizons: Visions of Texas as a Texas-China cultural exchange. He states, “I will let the viewer decide if the images provoke new understanding and empathy of something different, something distant.”

Middle America will be on display at IMAS from June 19 to October 19, 2014.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., which is included in the price of general admission. General admission is FREE for IMAS members; $7/Adult; $5/Senior or Student w. ID; $4/Child (4-12).  For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit


The International Museum of Art & Science is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliated Museum.  The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to promote a deeper appreciation of the arts and sciences through exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs; and to preserve, expand, and display its permanent art and science collections.  The museum is located at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Nolana Avenue.  Monday: Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m..  IMAS provides $1 general admission to the public every Thursday evening from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m..  Log onto for more information.

McAllen Blues Night: Real Music, the Real Alyse Black

blackEnslaved by the corporate world, Alyse Black freed herself in her music. She began by singing on the streets of Pike Place Market in Seattle where she was discovered by a passing musician.

Her struggle became her inspiration and was able to enrapture others in her music. Two of her songs, “Stood for Stand for” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?,” went on to win Billboard’s Annual World Song Contest as well as the Independent Singer-Songwriter Awards.

Since then she has played in some of the most prestigious theaters, recording a commercial for Target, and touring the country.

Her passion is heard through her unique and captivating style. There is nothing to do, but listen to her voice as she plays. Photographed regularly with a flower in her hair, Alyse Black will surely be a phenomenal addition to this year’s McAllen Blues Night and an entertainment for all to experience.

The event will be held at the McAllen Creative Incubator on June 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  Alyse Black will be accompanied by Leigh Holles Band and Mario Aleman for a great show. This is going to be a night of great musical talent! Make sure to get your tickets early and prepare for a night of great music and great fun.Entry includes not only great music, but food, adult beverages, a silent auction, and, new this year, a chocolate dessert bar.  Tickets are on sale now at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce for $25. Buy them early- the event sold out last year!

McAllen: visit San Luis Potosi's nature rich side

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In most elevated city of Mexico, San Luis Potosi experiences spring-like climates year round. It is perfect for nature visits and other outdoor activities. San Luis Potosi is a growing city, but it is not lost from the beauty of nature.

Featuring a freshwater spring Manantial de la Media Luna (Half Moon Spring) it's a gorgeous place for all sorts of activities. With the water temperature at 80-85 F year round, it’s a great place for snorkeling or swimming. Having a max depth of 120 feet, you can also scuba dive! Take advantage of it's five acre spread by camping for the night.

In addition to the Manatial, San Luis Potosihas two parks, Tangamanga I and Tangamanga II, which offer sport facilities and grills for family events. Tangamanga I has a splash pad for kids to enjoy. They have two theatres and a museum, Museo de Artes Populares, for the entire family. They also have a fantastic ecological reserve in the park. 

San Luis Potosi is a historically rich place to visit with so much more to offer. Make plans to visit San Luis Potosi on Aeromar’s nonstop flight from McAllen International Airport!

McAllen: Nature Photo Contest


Valley Land Fund Southern Exposures is presenting its 6th annual Nature Photo Contest. 

Contest is FREE and open to kids and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 18 years old. 

  • Division 1: 6-9 years old
  • Division 2: 10-13 years old
  • Division 3: 14-18 years old

Submit your photos online in one of the following eight categories before the deadline date July 31.

  1. Mammals & Birds
  2. All Other Wildlife
  3. Waterscape & Landscapes
  4. Plant Life
  5. Ranches & Farms
  6. Digital Art
  7. Sunrise & Sunset
  8. Night Photography

Winners will receive cash prices and be announced at the awards ceremony on August 21 at 7:00pm at Quinta Mazatlan. Every participant will receive a free t-shirt and have a photo featured in the multi-media evening show at the awards ceremony. 

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