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McAllen's Art Incubator-Meet the Artist

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Meet Paul Pritchett,  one of several very gifted tenants at the McAllen Creative Incubator.  He is a self-taught artist.  Mr. Pritchett sculpts and paints with oil, and he loves to bring history to life.  “Portrait painting is my specialty,”  he said about his art.  In September, Paul Pritchett begins his classes, teaching adults to paint.  He welcomes anyone who wants to learn, to come to his classes.  Although he cannot display every creation in his studio, all of his art work is for sale and sculpting commissions are welcomed.  Stop by and visit Mr. Pritchett in Studio 4, at the McAllen Creative Incubator.  The Incubator is located at 601 N. Main Street in McAllen, Texas.


Exposicion de Joyeria y Regalos 2014 en McAllen

Del 25 al 27 de Julio del 2014, podrán visitar la Exposicion de Joyeria y Regalos en donde habrá una gran cantidad de stands de joyería de moda, joyería hecha a mano y joyería fina y mucho màs.

Viernes 25 de Julio

10:00 am a 12:00 pm       SOLO Compradores Mayoristas

12:00 pm a 6:00 pm          Abierto al Público


Sàbado 26 de Julio

10:00 am a 6:00 pm          Bienvenidos los Compradores y los Negocios


Domingo 7 de Abril

11:00 am a 5:00 pm          Bienvenidos los Compradores y los Negocios


Lugar: McAllen Convention Center

            700 Convention Center Blvd

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Les recomiendo que visiten estos nuevos restaurantes:

  • RGV Cupcake Factory obtuvo su popularidad en 2012 después de ganar Cupcake Wars en Food Network. Sus deliciosos postres cuentan con nombres divertidos y tiene un menú que ofrece diferentes pasteles cada día de la semana, los clientes siempre pueden probar algo nuevo.
  • Saltgrass Steak House está ganando rápidamente elogios entre los clientes de McAllen, que dicen que sus carnes son algunas de las mejores que han probado! Una carta de bebidas detalladas y excelente servicio lo convierten en un lugar divertido para ir a degustar.

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McAllen Activities at IMAS

We may be half-way through the summer, but we still have lots of programming left! Join us this week for two great family fun events taking place on Thursday. Whether you are into astronomy or nature, we have something for you!

Like always, thank you for your constant support and for keeping up with the latest IMAS News!

Stars & Skies Mysteries:  
Night of Constellations
Thursday, July 17th   
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  
Join us at IMAS as we learn about the night's constellations through Science On a Sphere Presentations, the UTPA Planetarium, Art Studio & Science Lab Projects, and much more!

*Included in the price of general admission. 
FREE for IMAS Members. 



Family Fun Night Activity:  
Make a Chia Pet
Thursday, July 17th   
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Make your own Chia Pet that's even better than the store-bought!

*$2.00 per participant, supplies included.  Limited seating.  Not included in the price of general admission.



*Be the Dinosaur is a national traveling exhibit and it is not included in the price of general admission.  Free general admission for IMAS Members.  There is a surcharge of $7 per Adult and $5 per Child (4-12 years).



Mark Your Calendars!
Click Here  or call us at (956) 682-0123 to learn more about our upcoming exhibits and programs!

Vote for McAllen's Firefighters TODAY!

The McAllen Fire Department is one of six finalists on the Good Morning America 5-Alarm Firefighters Challenge, and the ONLY one from Texas. Help them advance to the next round by voting for them here:
FIND THE POLL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE! It's a small yellow box. McAllen is ahead- keep them winning!

"Good Morning America" put out the call to firefighters across the country to..."Good Morning America" put out the call to firefighters across the country to make their own lip-dub videos for a chance to compete for a $10,000 prize for their fire department.

Meet Today’s Semi-Finalists
Watch the videos and learn more about them and then decide who you think should compete in GMA’s 5-Alarm Firefighters Challenge!  Viewers can vote at for their favorite video from 8:00 A.M. ET to 3 p.m. ET each day and three finalists will compete for the $10K prize.

Meet the McAllen Fire Department
Location: McAllen, Texas
This 100-year-old fire department boasts 167 firefighters who are committed to serving the community -- and have some serious dance moves.  The team came together with Sparky the CPR mascot for their video entry.

“Our department is rich in tradition and is a brotherhood bonded by camaraderie, teamwork, and cooperation,” they wrote in their submission essay to “GMA.”

“The department is here to serve its citizens. The McAllen Fire Department has been very instrumental with the Texas Line of Duty Death (LODD) Task Force in the last couple of years. Our Honor Guard had the privilege of leading the precession honoring the fallen Firefighters in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion tragedy.”

The department says they would donate the $10,000 prize to the Texas LODD Task Force, an organization dedicated to helping the families of fallen firefighters.
Go, McAllen!!

4 de Julio, 86° Aniversario en McAllen

La Ciudad de McAllen los invita a asistir a los festejos con motivo de la Independencia de Estados Unidos de América

Viernes 4 de Julio, 2014
7:45 a.m.                          Programa Patriotico  y Banda de la Ciudad

                                          McAllen City Hall

                                          1300 Houston Ave.

9:00 a.m.                           Desfile

Inicia en Houston y Broadway continuando por Houston al oeste para dar vuelta a la derecha en la calle Main y seguir hasta el Parque Archer ubicado en 101 N. Broadway

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.        Entretenimiento, juegos, arte, alimentos y refrescos

                                        Parque Archer


11:00 a.m.                         Concurso “Come Hot Dogs”  

                                         Parque Archer     


9:00 p.m.                            “Concierto en el Cielo” Fuegos Artificiales

                                            Parque Muncipal

                                            1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd.


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McAllen Out & About Photo Contest Winners!

McAllen participants were encouraged to see the city in through a unique lens and protray it in the following five categories:

1. Take a photo of the beautiful McAllen scenery.
2. McAllen is always in season. Take a picture of a sporting activity (does not have to be a professional event).
3. Throughout McAllen there are many places of art. Take a photo of something you consider artistic.
4. Take a photo of a body of water in McAllen. 
5. Because of McAllen's unique location, residents can experience both Mexican and American cultures. Take a photo of this culture blend.  

The photos were chosen based on creativity, quality, effective description of the category, and overall aesthetic. 

The winners are:

Eloy Rodriguez

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Catharyan von Ende

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Thank you to everyone who participated! It was so great to see all the photos. Winners have been notified by email on how to pick up their prizes.

New Restaurants Spice Up Palms Crossing in McAllen

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Ready to mix up your dining habits? Then look no further than Palms Crossing! The popular shopping center is now home to RGV Cupcake Factory and Saltgrass Steak House. Additionally, Washington Prime Group has announced plans to open locations of Corner Bakery and Zoe's Kitchen in the busy center, both of which will open in Spring 2015.

RGV Cupcake Factory gained popularity in 2012 after winning Cupcake Wars on Food Network. Their tasty desserts all feature fun, celebrity-inspired names, and with a menu that offers different cupcakes each day of the week, patrons can always dig their sweet tooth into something new.

Saltgrass Steak House is quickly gaining rave reviews among McAllen customers, who cite their steaks as some of the best they've ever tasted! A detailed drinks menu and excellent service also make it a fun place to head to after work.

Fans of the Corner Bakery location at the Northcross Shopping Center on 10th and Nolana will rejoice with the opening of this new location.  The restaurant will continue to serve their signature sandwiches and soups, providing a welcoming and casual atmosphere.

Zoe's Kitchen is a new addition to the McAllen food universe! Diners can expect Mediterranean-inspired comfort food made with fresh ingredients.

These four new locations join the an already star-studded list of restaurants at Palms Crossing. Just another reminder that McAllen really does have it all!

McAllen, learn about San Luis Potosi's traditional foods

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San Luis Potosi’s traditional dishes include cabuches – an appetizer made from cactus flowers, asado de boda – pork seasoned with ancho chili, zacahuil – corn dough tamale stuffed with pork, and fiambre Potosino – a mixed meat and vegetable dish in a regional sauce, and many more!

Many of the restaurants in San Luis Potosi keep to the traditional plates. The indigenous flavor blended with Spanish recipes is surely a good reason to visit San Luis Potosi this summer. Get on an Aeromar direct flight from McAllen International Airport today!

McAllen, join Sea Turtle Inc.'s dedication for new facility

Sea Turtle, Inc is dedicating solar-powered amber street lamps at the future site of their new facility donated by the Green Mountain EnergyTM Sun ClubTM. This event is FREE and will be accompanied by some other fun insider perks including

  • an exclusive tour of the sea turtle nests
  • private, behind-the-scene’s tour of the Sea Turtle, Inc. facility 
  • unique opportunity to personally feed the turtles
  • refreshments will be provided

WHEN:  Friday, July 11, 7:00 PM – Facility Tour;  8:30 PM (Sunset) – Dedication Ceremony;  9:00 PM— Nest Tours (Requires the ability to walk 1/3 of a mile.)
WHERE:  Sea Turtle, Inc., 6617 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX  78597
ACTIVITIES:  Feed the Turtles, Nest Tour, Education, Solar Dedication, Refreshments
Cost:  Free!
RSVP:  Click here to let them know if you are coming and your number of guests. Deadline to reserve your spot(s) is July 7th! Please email with any questions. 

McAllen, Join Sea Turtle Inc next Friday for this awesome event!

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