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Teachers Workshop, the Art of Paper-Making McAllen


Hinovations Art Gallery invites teachers in the elementary level to participate in a fun and educational art and science workshop titled “The Art of Paper Making”.   The workshop is Free and takes place on Friday, October 24 from 11 am to 12:30pm.  Limited space is available and reservations are required by Tuesday, October 21.  This workshop is dynamic, informative and can be formatted for all graded levels as well as for personal satisfaction.  Participants will learn how to create their own recycled paper, make paper from scraps, be able to discuss paper making and assemble a basic kit for paper-making, develop and share a better understanding of recycling, integrate science and the water-cycle as part of the learning/teaching curriculum.  If teachers are unable to assist but are interested in the workshop, Hinovations will travel to the school for a minimal introductory rate of $10 per teacher.  A few requirements apply, please call for more information.

Hinovations Art Gallery promotes Art Advocacy in the classrooms through its “Art on the Move” Outreach Program.  The Gallery serves over 1500 students yearly throughout the valley with art education.  Learning in the visual arts today plays a vital role in the education of all people, no matter their ages, ability levels, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, gender, or religious beliefs. An arts-infused education provides more than one viewpoint, multiple examples, and complementary ways of understanding.  Arts-infused examples include: symmetry (science, math, visual arts); characterization (writing, theater, visual arts, reading); and narrative sequence (reading, writing, visual arts, dance, theater).  Art enables students to identify and apply authentic connections between two or more disciplines and/or to understand essential concepts that transcend individual disciplines.

For additional information and to receive an Outreach Packet, please email to  or contact Raquel Hinojosa at 956-688-6461. Gallery hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday from 1pm to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm or by appointment.  McAllen


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Native Plants Talk and Sale

Every Thursday from 6:00-7:00pm, October 2014 to April 2015 assist to Quinta Mazatlan, where you can learn all about native plants from Betty Perez. Learn about how native plants have more benefits that non-native plants!

For more information please call Quinta Mazatlan at 956-681-3370 or visit

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Festival Internacional PalmFest 2014

La Ciudad de McAllen te invita a unirte a nuestra comunidad en la celebración anual del Palmfest 2014,  en el Centro de Convenciones de McAllen el sábado, 4 de octubre y el Domingo, 05 de octubre. Ahora en su octavo año, Palmfest ofrece una variedad de actividades para toda la familia como:

• Principales atracciones
• Pantalla Histórica
• Arte
• Juegos para la familia
• Paseos y actividades
• concursos de cocina
• Demostraciones
• Entretenimiento en vivo
• Alimentos y bebidas

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Visit us at the McAllen Creative Incubator and see what our tenants and other invited artists have to exhibit.    

 “McAllen’s residents and visitors are very appreciative of art,” said Laura Robles, McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Arts and Creative Incubator Coordinator “residents and visitors’ want more exhibitions and the incubator is the perfect place to exhibit.” 

McAllen Creative Incubator will exhibit, Feature Artist of the Month, Paul Pritchett of Studio #4.  Paul will exhibit in the Incubators Gallery.  Other Artists include, Sam Heredia of Studio #12-McAllen String Academy, Carol Brown of Studio #13-Colibri Children’s Choir and Elizabeth Ayala of Studio # 9-ACTIN Studios.

All “Fine Art” on display at the McAllen Creative Incubator will be available for sale.  You will also receive information on upcoming classes with our Talented Tenants. The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Creative Incubator is located at 601 North Main Street and will be open for Art walk on Friday, October 3rd from 7pm-10pm.

For more information contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.


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The Art & Science of Sebastian - Quantics (video)

In this exhibit the world-renowned sculptor Enrique Carbajal, or better known as Sebastian, explores the worlds of quantum physics and nano particles, and combines them with his love for clean and geometric aesthetics, the result being “Quantics”.


Quinta Mazatlan Video

As birds migrate South for the Winter, they will most likely make a stop at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen's urban bird sanctuary.  Check out a short video to see this prime, avian pit stop.

Travel Tip – Cheap Eats in McAllen, Texas


I’m always on the lookout for affordable local dining as I travel the country by RV. Whether you’re staying in the Rio Grande Valley for the winter or just in for a weekend of RV camping, be sure to check out these low-cost eats in McAllen. 

Affordable McAllen Eateries

Delia’s Tamales – Tamales by the dozen and flavors to tempt every taste bud! Five locations in the McAllen area make it easy for RV travelers to get their tamale fix at Delia’s.

Sweet Temptations – Road weary RV travelers will think they’ve gone to Heaven when they taste Sweet Temptations’ Caramel Banana Pie! A big menu filled with home-cooked favorites; this is diner food on steroids!

The Soda Fountain (at Lee’s Pharmacy) – Awesome, affordable classics from BLTs to Chorizo and Egg Tacos, from a fountain holding court in a pharmacy. (They close mid-afternoon so feed your ice cream fix early!)

Zamoras – I can’t pass up the chance to offer another Mexican favorite. The botanas platter will feed the whole table! Nice family atmosphere, too.

Blue Onion – Ready for healthy, affordable food made from scratch? This local gem (2 locations in McAllen) deserves rave reviews for their creative flatbread and dips, outstanding wraps and colorful, farm fresh salads.

Kusina Restaurant & Market – You might not expect first-class Filipino food from this tiny café in a market, but that’s what you’ll find at Kusina on North 23rd St. Great food, very affordable.

Rio Pizza RGV – RV camping foodies must try the inventive pizza creations served from one of McAllen’s first food trucks! If you’re going to be in McAllen, be sure to call Rio Pizza to learn where the truck will stop next. You won’t regret it!

Thai Red Chili’s – Fun to find authentic, low cost Thai food in McAllen. Extensive menu and daily lunch specials make this Asian oasis on North Ware a best bet.

Espi and T’s – A cozy place to enjoy American favorites like meat loaf and burgers or spicy specialties like Asado de Puerco and Huevos ala Mexicana. 

Weigh in!

When traveling by RV, most campers learn to cook delicious meals in a motorhome kitchen. But when it’s time for a break from cooking, McAllen, Texas has outstanding eats that won’t wipe out your camping budget.

Take time when you’re in town to try a few, and let us know which ones will have you coming back for more.


About the Author:

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company.

ACTIN Studio is at the McAllen Creative Incubator.

Come and be a part of ACTIN Studio (theater for children and adolescents).  Where we provide a space to create, invent, participate and collaborate in groups.

 “Children's theater classes are therapeutic and socializing,” Said Elizabeth Ayala, ACTIN Studio Instructor, “At ACTIN each individual can produce a different focus.  For those seeking something more in performance, ACTIN will prepare and guide them by linking them to various entities specializing in theater, film and television.”

 Registrations are open for the month of September and conclude with a presentation December.

 ACTIN Studio is located in the McAllen Creative Incubator at 601 N. Main Street, in McAllen Texas.  Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information you may call Elizabeth Ayala at (956) 624 8239 and (956) 329 4747. 


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Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 Display

MOSTHistory will feature a display on the 1977 march to Washington, D.C. by the Texas Farm Workers Union. Members of the union marched nearly 1,500 miles to draw attention to the needs of Texas farm workers, many of whom were from the lower Rio Grande Valley.

The event would take place September 16 - October 9, 2014 on the Grand Lobby of the Museum of South Texas History.

Cost: Included in the fee for regular museum admission.


MOSTHistory is open to the public every day except on Mondays and major national holidays. Hours are as follows:
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Adults (ages 18+): $7
Seniors w/ID (ages 62+): $5
Active Military w/ ID: $5
Students w/ ID (ages 13+): $5
Children (ages 4-12): $4
Children (ages 3 and under): Free
FRIENDS of MOSTHistory: Free 
Before noon on Saturdays*: Free

* Excludes Special Events

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For more information please call 956-383-6911 or visit

McAllen Incubators' Feature Artist of the Month- Paul Pritchett


Meet Paul Pritchett, he is Octobers’ Artist of the month for the McAllen Creative Incubator.  Paul’s Art will be on display at the Incubator’s Gallery for the month of October.

 “I was able to use my creativity for building airplanes to construct my sculpting ideas, inventions and art” said Paul Pritchett.  “This is who I am, sculpting is a great art, but my passion is in oil painting.” 

Mr. Pritchett has students from all over North America.  Paul specializes in portraits and encourages all who have a passion and desire to be a good portrait artist to contact him.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy Paul’s art Exhibition on display at the McAllen Creative Incubator.  We are located at 601 N. Main Street in McAllen, Texas.  For further information or to learn how you too can display your art in our exhibit hall, contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.

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