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Valley Symphony Chorale in McAllen Presents

The Valley Symphony Orchestra Presents the European and American Classics (a Choral Concert) at First Presbyterian Church of McAllen

McAllen —Following the success of the first independent concert by the Valley Symphony Chorale last year at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, the Valley Symphony Orchestra is pleased to offer once again, an all-choral concert. The event will take place at First Presbyterian Church of McAllen located at 104 S. 12th Street on Tuesday, April 21st at 7:30 p.m. Fitting with the performance venue, as well as the long tradition of sacred repertoire that has enriched choral singing for centuries, the Valley Symphony Chorale will perform a variety of sacred music from Europe and the United States. Accordingly, the concert is entitled “European and American Classics,” conducted by Valley Symphony Chorale Director, Dr. David Means.

The famous “Sing a Mighty Song” by Daniel Gawthrop will serve as this concert’s overture. Gawthrop was born in Indiana in 1949 and is still living. Some of his pieces have become standard repertoire in church, high school, and college choirs in the United States. He was the Composer-in-Residence to the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (of Fairfax Virginia), and won a composition grant from the prestigious Barlow Endowment for Musical Composition from Brigham Young University, his Alma Mater. The piece contains contrasting moods and compositional techniques that recall both contemporary U.S. compositions and European traditions (as may be seen in the fugato section of the piece), making it a fit opening for this evening.

The first half of the concert consists of European choral classics. It will open with the beautiful Renaissance motet Sicut Cervus by Palestrina based on Psalm 41: “As the stag yearns for springs of water: so my soul yearns for you, God.” Following this a cappella rendition, pianist Daniel Steenken will join the chorale for their interpretation of two movements from Joseph Hayden’s Lord Nelson Mass, one of the choral masterpieces from the classical era. After Haydn we’ll hear a movement from the last piece Mozart wrote for the Salzburg Cathedral before he moved to Vienna to try his luck as a freelance composer: the “Laudate pueri” from Vesperae solennes de conessore. This movement is an impressive marriage of the contrapuntal writing of the high Baroque style with the symmetry and formalism of the Classical style. Three settings of Ave Maria will follow, one from the Renaissance by Tomás Luis De Victoria, a contemporary setting by Spanish composer Javier Busto, and a Romantic setting by Anton Bruckner. The antiphonal piece for two choirs “O Filii et Filiae” by Volckmar Leisring (1588-1632) will then precede the beloved anthem “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by contemporary British composer John Rutter.

While composers from the Western tradition have worked in the new World for centuries, only relatively recently have they attempted to cultivate distinctive musical idioms, particularly in the choral literature. This trend is reflected in the fact that many of the American classics in the second half of the program are living composers. Randall Thompson has had a distinguished musical and academic career, having taught at prestigious institutions such as the Curtis Institute, the University of Virginia, and Harvard University. The Valley Symphony Chorale will interpret his setting of “The Last Words of David.” Grammy-award-winner Rene Clausen currently works as conductor and professor of music at Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota. His compositions and arrangements are well known and often performed by high school and university ensembles all over the country. “Set Me as a Seal” is based on a poem that can be simultaneously interpreted as secular and romantic on the one and, and as a religious and devotional on the other. It is based on a text from the Songs of Solomon: “Set me as a seal, upon your arm, for love is strong as death. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.” “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners” by Williametta Spencer will follow. The piece dramatically tells the New Testament story of the resurrection vividly depicted in a poem by John Donne. The concert will close with arrangements of a folk song and two spirituals. “Shenandoah,” arranged by James Erb, has become a representative piece of U.S. choral music all over the world. Moving from a homorhythmic texture to imitative polyphony, the music depicts the tranquil flow of the Shenandoah River. The introspective spiritual composed by Thomas Dorsey and arranged by Arnold Sevier “Precious Lord” will move the audience. Finally, the energetic arrangement of Elijah Rock by Moses Hogan will close the concert.

 

Don’t miss this event full of wonderful a cappella and accompanied choral music from both sides of the Atlantic, conducted by Dr. David Means and accompanied by Daniel Steenken. Tickets for adults and seniors is only a $10 donation with open seating only. For tickets, visit us at the VSO Box Office, located in the Chase (Neuhaus) Tower at 200 South 10th St., Suite 104 in McAllen -- open weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Or call the VSO Box Office at (956) 661-1615 or online at www.valleyorchestra.org.

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McAllen: Free Folk Healing, Curandismo Conference

Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Proyecto Comprender,” and explore the cultural implications of curanderismo in the Rio Grande Valley’s changing health care environment. Register now for Folk Healing, Curanderismo, and the Practice of Biomedicine, April 22-23, 2015, a conference co-sponsored by the UTPA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Border Studies Archive, and Mexican American Studies Program. Sessions Free and Open to the Public. Registration link at https://www.facebook.com/UTPA.CURANDERISMOBIO

 

Direct registration link at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-folk-healing-curanderismo-and-the-practice-of-biomedicine-conference-tickets-16085793040?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

 

2015 Folk Healing, Curanderismo, and the Practice of Biomedicine Conference- Eventbrite

Eventbrite - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Border Studies Archive, Mexican American Studies Program presents 2015 Folk Healing, Curanderismo, and the Practice of Biomedicine Conference - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | Thursday, April 23, 2015 at The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, TX. Find event and ticket information.

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Curanderismo, or Mexican American folk medicine, has been part of South Texas border life for generations.  It has meant the difference between health and infirmity for many people of Mexican descent over the years, absorbing elements from different traditions, reworking them, and applying them to everyday needs.  We can see curanderismo as an expression of home-based family care, but we can also see it as a set of resources used by those without many formal health care options.  For these people, and increasingly for those with access to institutional medicine, curanderismo continues to provide meaningful, culturally-appropriate care.  Just how this care provision has happened, and is still happening, is the subject of our conference, scheduled for April 22-23, 2015, titled “Folk Healing, Curanderismo, and the Practice of Biomedicine.”  The University of Texas – Pan American is the ideal venue for this event not only because it is situated in the Rio Grande Valley, a region with deep Mexican, Spanish, and Native American roots, but because in the late 1970s it hosted a unique research project focused on curanderismoProyecto Comprender, led by Robert Trotter and Juan Antonio Chavira at then Pan American University, set out to document the human face of curanderismo, as well as its place within the formal health landscape.  Undergraduate students played important field and analytical roles in the project, roles that in some cases translated into professional life.  With the recent storage and digitization of much of the project’s original audio and visual materials at the Border Studies Archive, the university has reaffirmed the lasting importance of Proyecto Comprender.  This conference takes things a step further, bringing academics, practitioners, students, and artists into a deeper conversation about the present and future of curanderismo.  
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McAllen: FESTIVAL DE VIDA VERDE

Ven a celebrar nuestro maravilloso planeta y a la Madre Naturaleza en el Festival anual de Vida Verde, en una fiesta llena de diversión con muchisimas actividades y buena música para toda la familia. Dáte un paseo alrededor de los terrenos de la mansión en donde encontrarás más de 70 expositores y artistas locales destacados, podrás comprar productos frescos y naturales de agricultores locales e inclusive puedes tomar clases de cocina orgánica! Tus Niños disfrutarán de las aventuras de los animales en vivo, actuaciones especiales de magos, y una zona exclusiva para que los niños hagan descubrimientos.

Fecha:          Sábado, 18 de abril 2015

Hora:             09 a.m.-4:00 p.m

Lugar:            Quinta Mazatlan

                      600 Sunset Drive
                      McAllen, Texas 78503

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McAllen City Seal Art Contest

City Seal Art Contest Announcement

 

The City of McAllen is looking for a design to create a new City Seal. The City Seal will be used on official documents, and may also be used on city flags, websites, official city pins, business cards, letterhead, awards, and other formal places.

The McAllen City Seal should be indicative of the history and culture of McAllen. It should be a design appropriate for multiple uses, from very large to very small.

To enter, go to www.exploremcallen.com/cityseal
and upload your design.  And visit the McAllen Convention & Visitors Bureau website to upload your design. www.mcallencvb.com

The winning design will be used by the City of McAllen. The creator of the winning design will receive $1,500  and recognition during an upcoming City Commission meeting.

Deadline to submit designs is April 30, 2015.

City Seal Design Contest Rules

  1. By entering this contest the applicant declares that all entries submitted are original artwork designed by the applicant.  By submitting art, the applicant accepts sole responsibility for any infringement on copyrighted materials.
  2. There is no restriction on the number of designs a person may submit.
  3. There is no fee to submit artwork designs.
  4. All entries must be submitted online. Uploaded
    images must not exceed 1200X1200 px, and resolution must not be greater than 72 dpi. Acceptable formats are jpg, gif, pdf.
  5. The selected design will become property of the City of McAllen, with all rights assigned thereto in perpetuity.
  6. The McAllen City Commission will select the winning design. Decision of the City Commission is final.
  7. Applicants further declare that they are at least 18 years of age or have the permission of their legal guardian to enter the contest.
  8. The contest is open to all people who reside, work, or attend school or church in McAllen. The artist submitting the winning entry will
    receive $1,500.

10. By entering the contest, the applicant agrees to abide by the rules of the contest
as set forth above. All rules are final and binding.  Applicants further agree that if their design
is selected as the winner, winner will agree to the use of his/her name and/or
image for promotional and/or  advertising uses for no further remuneration than the stated contest prize.

11. The City of McAllen, McAllen Chamber of Commerce, and their employees, and
volunteers, are not responsible for entries not received due to technical issues and accept no responsibility for technical support of entries.

Online Submission Form

Name_______________________________________________________________

Mailing address_____________________________________________________

City, State, Zip
code_________________________________________________

Email
address________________________________________________________

I certify that I am 18 years of age or older. _____yes       ____no

If younger than 18 years of age, name of legal
guardian__________________

Legal guardian’s email
address_________________________________________

Legal guardian’s phone
number________________________________________ 

McAllen's Vida Verde Festival

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VIDA VERDE, Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm.

Bring your friends and family along and join the local McAllen community during the Vida Verde Earth Day Festival. Come celebrate our wonderful planet and Mother Nature at the 7th annual Earth Day Festival at Quinta Mazatlan on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.   This fun-filled festival features plenty of fun activities and great music for the whole family. Stroll along the mansion's grounds as you browse through over 70 featured vendors and local artists. Since it's all about nature and beauty, Quinta Mazatlan is hosting the local farmer's market so you get to shop for fresh and natural products and can even take organic cooking classes! And, that's not all. The festival's family-friendly entertainment will have your kids begging for more. Bring the kiddos along to enjoy live animal adventures, special performances by magicians, and a unique children's discovery zone.

City Poet Laureate-McAllen

Call for APPLICATIONS/NOMINATIONS for

the McAllen, Texas CITY POET LAUREATE

DEADLINE:

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Arts Council announces the application process for selection of the McAllen Poet Laureate for 2015-2017. Submissions are welcome from individual poets who are seeking the position. Application packages may also be submitted by a person who is nominating a poet for the position of Poet Laureate. In either case, the complete application package described under “Application/Nomination Requirements” below must be received by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce by May 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm. 

GUIDELINES 

Purpose of Post

To promote the influence of poetry and to serve as an ambassador for McAllen’s poets and their work; to enrich the lives of McAllen's citizens by sharing and encouraging the gift of poetry.

Term of Service

The term of service for the inaugural position is through December 31, 2017. The Poet Laureate will also help select the next Poet Laureate and will help the incoming Poet Laureate transition into her/ his role.

 

Term Expectations

Contribute to the growth of poetry in the City.

Perform at civic events as requested by the Mayor's office or the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, up to four per year.

Prepare and provide a written report of activities annually or upon request of the McAllen Arts Council or McAllen Chamber of Commerce.

Write at least 4 poems for the City’s use at special events and/or for special projects.

Be willing to perform and speak in public about poetry and literary arts.

Live, work, attend school or attend a place of worship in McAllen

Honorarium and Recognition 

$200 honorarium per year

City proclamation

Media coverage related to performances

Announcement in The Monitor

Recognition at Good Day luncheons

Criteria for Nomination and Selection of Poet Laureate

Admirable and proven level of skill in writing poetry

Admirable and proven history of having published individual poems and/or books

Demonstrated excellence in promoting awareness or enjoyment of poetry, such as participation
in poetry events

At least 21 years of age

Have reliable transportation and be available to travel throughout the City

Demonstrate a character appropriate for an official representative of McAllen

Application/Nomination Requirements

The application form will be available on the websites of the McAllen Chamber of
Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council or by submitting a self-addressed stamped
envelope to:

McAllenArts Council

City Poet Laureate Application

P.O. Box790

McAllen,Texas78505-0790

To be accepted for consideration, applications must include the following:

1. Completed application form, including the signed binding statement assuring that the poems are the poet’s own and the materials submitted are true and accurate. If the application is submitted by a nominator, the statement may be the binding signed statement of either the poet or the nominator.

2. Work sample not to exceed six (6) pages, 8 ½ x 11, no less than a 12-point font, no more than one poem on each page, at least one of which is about the Valley and at least one of which is appropriate to read to children.

3. Resume or curriculum vitae not to exceed two (2) pages.

4. If the Application package is submitted by a nominator rather than the poet, there must be a statement signed by the nominated poet that s/he is aware of the nomination, is willing to participate in the selection process described in these Guidelines and is willing to fulfill the requirements of the

McAllen Poet Laureate if selected.  S/he
must also state in writing that the work sample submitted accurately represents
her or his own work.

5. Self-addressed stamped envelope or email address if applicant wishes to be notified of final selections. Work cannot be returned.

Completed application packets should be mailed to:

McAllenArts Council

Poet Laureate Application

P.O. Box790

McAllen,Texas78505-0790

Application packages received after May 15, 2015 cannot be considered.

Selection Process

The first review will be anonymous, based solely on the poetry, which will be sent
to the McAllen Arts Council for review.

The McAllen Arts Council Laureate Committee will review the packets of materials
and select three finalists.

The three finalists may be interviewed in person by the Committee on a date to be
determined.

The name of the nominee selected by the Committee will be forwarded to the Mayor. A
personal interview with the Mayor may be required.

The Mayor will announce the next McAllen Poet Laureate.

Projected Timeline 

Deadline for applications/nominations to be received at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce is May 15,  2015, 5:00 pm.

The Great American Clean-Up of 2015 in McAllen

It’s that time of the year again, folks! The Great American Clean-Up and the Texas Trash-Off are just around the corner, and McAllen excited for the big day. It’s all happening on Saturday, April, 11, 2015 from 8 AM to Noon at the Municipal Park in McAllen hosted by Keep McAllen Beautiful. Join the City of McAllen and your local community for the annual litter clean-up in an effort to Keep McAllen and America Beautiful.

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The GAC is an annual community event that aims to clean up the streets in the region. The main goal of GAC is to banish litter and trash from parks, schools, streets and sidewalks. Every year, volunteers from across the Valley come together and hold a giant service event that packs up and bags several tons of trash for removal from public spaces. This is the perfect opportunity to give back to the community that we love so much by making it cleaner, healthier, safer and more beautiful.

Sign Up To Volunteer

Volunteers can enjoy free lunch, transportation from the Municipal Park to clean-up zones, a free T-shirt and various indoor prizes. All schools, clubs, classes, families and friends are invited! To register or receive more information, please fill contact the number below.

Mcallen Municipal Park
1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd.
McAllen  Texas  USA

For more information contact:
(956) 681-3333

City Seal Art Contest-McAllen

City Seal Art Contest Announcement

The City of McAllen is looking for a design to create a new City Seal. The City Seal will be used on official documents, and may also be used on city flags, websites, official city pins, business cards, letterhead, awards, and other formal places.

The McAllen City Seal should be indicative of the history and culture of McAllen. It should be a design appropriate for multiple uses, from very large to very small.

To enter, go to www.exploremcallen.com/cityseal and to the McAllen Convention & Visitors Bureau website and upload your design.

The winning design will be used by the City of McAllen. The creator of the winning design will receive $1,500  and recognition during an upcoming City Commission meeting.

Deadline to submit designs is April 30, 2015.

 City Seal Design Contest Rules

  1. By entering this contest the applicant declares that all entries submitted are original artwork designed by the applicant. By submitting art, the applicant accepts sole responsibility for any infringement on copyrighted materials.
  2. There is no restriction on the number of designs a person may submit.
  3. There is no fee to submit artwork designs.
  4. All entries must be submitted online. Uploaded images must not exceed 1200X1200 px, and resolution must not be greater than 72 dpi. Acceptable formats are jpg, gif, pdf. The selected design will become property of the City of McAllen, with all rights assigned thereto in perpetuity.
  5. The McAllen City Commission will select the winning design. Decision of the City Commission is final.
  6. Applicants further declare that they are at least 18 years of age or have the permission of their legal guardian to enter the contest.
  7. The contest is open to all people who reside, work, or attend school or church in McAllen.
  8. The artist submitting the winning entry will receive $1,500.

10. By entering the contest, the applicant agrees to abide by the rules of the contest
as set forth above. All rules are final and binding.  Applicants further agree that if their design
is selected as the winner, winner will agree to the use of his/her name and/or image for promotional and/or advertising uses for no further remuneration than the stated contest prize.

11. The City of McAllen, McAllen Chamber of Commerce, and their employees, and
volunteers, are not responsible for entries not received due to technical issues and accept no responsibility for technical support of entries.

Online Submission Form

Name_______________________________________________________________

Mailing address_____________________________________________________

City, State, Zip
code_________________________________________________

Email
address________________________________________________________

I certify that I am 18 years of age or older. _____yes       ____no

If younger than 18 years of age, name of legal
guardian__________________

Legal guardian’s email
address_________________________________________

Legal guardian’s phone
number________________________________________

 

 

 

Latina Hope ladies on Etsy.com -McAllen

The goal of Latina Hope is to enable women, to make money for support of their family unit.  Participants, build self-esteem, confidence and independence.  Thru our program they strengthen their abilities and develop new skills, simultaneously building a reliable network of support.  Latina Hope offers free financial literacy programs and mini-craft workshops; ultimately our wish is to lead participants into a path to market for their products.

“We are excited to see that many of our past participants have begun to market their products on the Etsy site,” said Yajaira Villarreal, Latina Hope Coordinator.  “Currently we are re-vamping our Etsy Store and encourage all the community to visit our page and support our entrepreneurs at https://www.etsy.com/shop/latinahopemcallen."

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 We hope to see you this Wednesday, April 1st from 9am-11am at Calvary Baptist Church, 1600 Harvey St, McAllen.  For more information contact Yajaira Villarreal at 956-682-2871 or Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.

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Poet Laureate-McAllen

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Call for APPLICATIONS/NOMINATIONS for the McAllen, Texas CITY POET LAUREATE

DEADLINE: The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Arts Council announces the application process for selection of the McAllen Poet Laureate for 2015-2017. Submissions are welcome from individual poets who are seeking the position. Application packages may also be submitted by a person who is nominating a poet for the position of Poet Laureate. In either case, the
complete application package described under “Application/Nomination Requirements” below must be received by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce by May 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

GUIDELINES

Purpose of Post: To promote the influence of poetry and to serve as an ambassador for McAllen’s poets and their work; to enrich the lives of McAllen's citizens by sharing and encouraging the gift of poetry.

Term of Service: The term of service for the inaugural position is through December 31, 2017. The Poet Laureate will also help select the next Poet Laureate and will help the
incoming Poet Laureate transition into her/ his role. 

Term Expectations:

Contribute to the growth of poetry in the City.

Perform at civic events as requested by the Mayor's office or the McAllen Chamber of
Commerce, up to four per year.

Prepare and provide a written report of activities annually or upon request of the McAllen Arts Council or McAllen Chamber of Commerce.

Write at least 4 poems for the City’s use at special events and/or for special projects.

Be willing to perform and speak in public about poetry and literary arts.

Live, work, attend school or attend a place of worship in McAllen.

Honorarium and Recognition 

$200 honorarium per year

City proclamation

Media coverage related to performances

Announcement in The Monitor

Recognition at Good Day luncheons

Criteria for Nomination and Selection of Poet Laureate

Admirable and proven level of skill in writing poetry

Admirable and proven history of having published individual poems and/or books

Demonstrated excellence in promoting awareness or enjoyment of poetry, such as participation
in poetry events

At least 21 years of age

Have reliable transportation and be available to travel throughout the City

Demonstrate a character appropriate for an official representative of McAllen

Application/Nomination Requirements

The application form will be available on the websites of the McAllen Chamber of
Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council or by submitting a self-addressed stamped
envelope to:

McAllen Arts Council

City Poet Laureate Application

P.O. Box790

McAllen,Texas78505-0790

To be accepted for consideration, applications must include the following:

1. Completed application form, including the signed binding statement assuring that the poems are the poet’s own and the materials submitted are true and accurate. If the application is submitted by a nominator, the statement may be the binding signed statement of either the poet or the nominator.

2. Work sample not to exceed six (6) pages, 8 ½ x 11, no less than a 12-point font, no more than one poem on each page, at least one of which is about the Valley and at least one of which is appropriate to read to children.

3. Resume or curriculum vitae not to exceed two (2) pages.

4. If the Application package is submitted by a nominator rather than the poet, there must be a statement signed by the nominated poet that s/he is aware of the nomination, is willing to participate in the selection process described in these Guidelines and is willing to fulfill the requirements of the McAllen Poet Laureate if selected.  S/he must also state in writing that the work sample submitted accurately represents her or his own work.

5. Self-addressed stamped envelope or email address if applicant wishes to be notified of final selections. Work cannot be returned.

Completed application packets should be mailed to:

McAllen Arts Council

Poet Laureate Application

P.O. Box790

McAllen,Texas78505-0790

Application packages received after May 15, 2015 cannot be considered.

Selection Process: The first review will be anonymous, based solely on the poetry, which will be sent to the McAllen Arts Council for review.

The McAllen Arts Council Laureate Committee will review the packets of materials and select three finalists.

The three finalists may be interviewed in person by the Committee on a date to be determined.

The name of the nominee selected by the Committee will be forwarded to the Mayor. A
personal interview with the Mayor may be required.

The Mayor will announce the next McAllen Poet Laureate.

Projected Timeline: Deadline for applications/nominations to be received at the McAllen
Chamber of Commerce is May 15,  2015, 5:00 pm.

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