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Hidalgo Ramon Ayala Christmas Posada

This Wednesday December 17 don't miss the annual posada of Ramon Ayala where more than 3,000,000 bulbs light up in the largest, award-winning Christmas light display in Texas. Throughout the entire month, visitors can travel through 9 different trails featuring 900 festive displays, starting at the City Hall Plaza. Join the community of Hidalgo as they celebrate the holiday spirit with fun, family-friendly activities and live performances at the Festival of Lights.


For more information, call (956) 843-2286. FOL located at 704 E. Texano Dr. Hidalgo, TX.


For more information, call (956) 843-2286. FOL located at 704 E. Texano Dr. Hidalgo, TX.


Art, Music & Show at the Art Walk for December 5th-McAllen

Art by Dania Olivares

Art Walk December 5th

McAllen Creative Incubator, tenants have joined forces to bring the public an evening of entertainment and “fine art.”

“We are very excited about this upcoming Art Walk,” Sais Dania Olivares of Doko Casual Art “Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the show, music and Art!”   

Kick start this December with a production by ACTIN students, who will perform a short skit titled, “Al Rescate de la Navidad.”   In our Gallery, we will have Feature Artist of the Month, Dania Olivares, of Studio #7.  While you enjoy the exhibit, delight your ears with the beautiful sounds of Music Academy, also Incubator Tenants.

Art Walk is free, visit us Friday, December 5th 7pm-9pm at 601 N. Main Street and enjoy some fine art by Incubator Tenants and other invited artists.  All “Fine Art” on display will be available for sale. For more information about the McAllen Creative Incubator, contact Laura Robles, Cultural Arts and Incubator Coordinator at 956-687-2787.

ACTIN Studio

Dean Canty Band performing at Quinta Mazatlan!

Wells Fargo invites you to swing into the holiday season with a BIG BAND Christmas Concert in the park.  The original Dean Canty Band will perform on Thursday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen.

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The Dean Canty Big Band consists of 18 swinging musicians and one lovely female vocalist.

The Dean Canty Band will play on the front lawn of McAllen’s White House with Santa Claus, cookies and hot chocolate.  The concert tickets are available in advance or at the gate for $5.00 per person at Quinta Mazatlan; please dress for the weather.  For more information call (956) 681-3370 or visit

Nuevo Desfile Navideño en McAllen

La ciudad de McAllen realizará un nuevo desfile Navideño mas grande y novedoso de la magnitud del que hace Macy´s.  Será el sábado 6 de Diciembre del 2014, a las 6 :00 p.m.

Joe Vera, City of McAllen Assistant City Manager, es el jefe de la organización de este gran desfile, quien comentó, que nunca se ha visto ningun evento de esta magnitud en el Valle de Texas o en ninguna otra ciudad al Sur de San Antonio.

Habrá globos gigantes de diversos personajes, como la rana Rene, Shrek, Angry Birds, Nemo, Abelardo, el Grinch y Santa Claus, todos ellos variando entre los 25 a 60 pies de altura, carros alegóricos iluminados que serán temáticos y construidos en torno a un libro de cuentos de navidad, incluyendo algunos de Blaine Kern Studios de Nueva Orleans, así como caballos de Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale, 12 bandas de música, incluyendo una de militares y una banda de música de Tamaulipas, México.

La ruta del desfile comenzará en la calle Business 83 y los asistentes al evento,  podrán sentarse en las gradas a lo largo del Boulevard Bicentennial, el desfile terminará en el estadio McAllen Veterans Memorial, de la preparatoria de McAllen, en donde desde las 12 :00 p.m. se dará inicio al evento Navidad en el Parque, que combinará dos celebraciones de fiestas únicas: el McAllen Tamales Fest y el Marathon Kids y el Candleligth Posada y Marketplace.

El sábado será un día lleno de diversión, desde las 12:00 del mediodía hasta las 11:00 p.m.

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Latina Hope Program Continues to Grow, McAllen

Latina Hope Ladies


The Latina Hope Program encourages women to attend.  By providing financial literacy and mini workshops, we are helping women, gain the knowledge they need to establish a micro-business.  Wells Fargo offers the financial literacy classes at no cost to any women who are interested in the program.  At our last session, participants learned about Profit Margin. The ladies also had mini-craft workshops, making Wreaths and Pots out of recycled material. 

 “At the next Latina Hope meeting in December the ladies, who have attended 4 to 5 classes can present their Business Plan to a panel of judges for an opportunity to win a $250 dollar supply grant.  We are excited for the ladies who are ready to embark on their new journey.” said Yajaira Villarreal, Latina Hope Coordinator “The program has witnessed great growth and we look forward to announcing the next session soon.”

For more information on future classes contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787 or Yajaira Villarreal at McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 956-682-2871.

South Texas College Theatre is off to Neverland

South Texas College Theatre is ready to fly off to Neverland with their first main stage production of the season - J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, which will run from Nov. 20 – Nov 22 at 8 p.m., including a Sunday, Nov 23 matinee at 2 p.m., at STC’s Cooper Center for Communication Arts Main Stage, located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.
This is the beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, Capt. Hook, Smee, the Lost Boys, pirates, Indians, and, of course, Tinker Bell, in their adventures in Neverland. However, for the first time, the play is restored to Barrie's original intentions by John Caird and Trevor Nunn.
In this new revision, Caird and Nunn have taken the many different versions of Peter Pan and created a new character, the Storyteller, who is the author himself. As the play progresses, the audience has the opportunity to hear Barrie’s commentary parallel with the other characters which gives the audience a deeper understanding of the Darling family and his own conclusion to Peter and Wendy’s story.
“I have loved the story of Peter Pan since I was a child. My mom took me to see the film and from that moment on I desperately wanted to be a Lost Boy and live in Neverland,” says Peter Pan Director Joel Jason Rodriguez. “As I grew older, I started to appreciate the complexity of the story and its themes of family, adolescents, imagination, and love. This is a story that has proven to have something for everyone. This is going to be an incredibly fun and amazing production.”

General admission tickets are $10. Student, faculty, staff, military, and senior citizens are $5. No children below the third grade are permitted entry due to the length of the play which is 2 hours and 15 minutes long. The Sunday, Nov. 23 matinee production will be interpreted in American Sign by graduates of STC’s Interpreting Training Program.
Tickets can be purchased one hour before the performance at the box office or in advance online at

For additional information about the show or for group rates, call (956) 872-2301 or email or

Peter Pan

McAllen Chamber’s Art Council Solicits New Members

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s McAllen Arts Council (MAC) is accepting applications for new members.


“We are making some changes in the Council,” said the newly appointed MAC Chair, Mark Hanna. “Changes include quarterly meetings and shifting the focus to supporting existing events through promotion to increase participation. What we want to do is to strengthen attendance at the various arts events that the Council organizes,” Hanna said. “This, and being the epicenter of networking for those who are involved in and support the arts, are the ways we can be of most benefit to the community.”

MAC Application 

The McAllen Arts Council’s primary programs are an annual Fine Art Exhibition held at the McAllen Creative Incubator; the City Poet Laureate Program; a Sub-Granting Program offering grants to artists and arts organizations that benefit McAllen; curation of exhibitions in the McAllen Public Library Art Gallery; and Semi-Public Art Program to match artists and public venues that would like to display local artwork.
Meetings are held quarterly. A background in the arts is not necessary, but an enthusiasm for art and the betterment of the City are required. To apply, go to or Deadline for applications is December 15. For more information contact Laura Robles at or 687-2787.

Aurora Vite’s Art Exhibition, McAllen Incubator


Aurora Vite

"La fragilidad de la vida"

Art captivates and fills our emotions, making art part of us.  The McAllen Creative Incubator knows the importance of art in society, every month we feature a different artists. 

For November’s exhibition, Aurora Vite will share her art in our Galley.  In her art work, Aurora shows the different stages of her development in art, from early, middle, and current stage. Based on her experiences, Aurora Vite brings to art the life of current objects and everyday things that surround us.  When captured on canvas with abstract color, contrast and actual figures, the artist creates a unique connection between exhibitor and art.  “There is strength in capturing the sensitivity and fragility in animals”  Sais Aurora Vite of Art One Studio “The important thing in art is to feel, hear and see what the work tells and teaches us about ourselves and our planet. I invite you to stop by the Creative Incubator and enjoy my exhibition.” 

Aurora’s art will be displayed at the McAllen Creative Incubator at 601 N. Main St. in McAllen.  Enjoy Aurora’s work this Art Walk  on November 7th and all this month. 


ArtOne Studio

Aurora Vite


Incubator Tenant Studio #10

Festeja Halloween en IMAS

Fecha:          Octubre 31, 2014

Hora:            9:00 am. A 8:00 p.m.

Lugar:           IMAS (International Museum of Arts & Sciences)

                    1900 Nolana

                    McAllen, Tx.


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Festival de Día de los Muertos en McAllen

El Museo Internacional de Arte y Ciencia (IMAS) tendrá su 4to. Festival del Dia De Los Muertos, en donde habrá diversas actividades tradicionales para niños y adultos, incluyendo una demostración de pintura de arena por el artista Shinzaburo Takeda, pintura de caras, papel maché, una charla sobre curanderos, cráneos de azúcar decorados,  espectáculos de danza y mucho más! !

Este Festival incluirá una recepción de apertura de "Recuerdos" Honrando a Sam Z. Coronado, el sábado 02 de noviembre 2014, de1:00 a 3:00 p.m. con una exposición retrospectiva de la herencia de uno de los artistas Chicanos más importantes, así como el co-fundador de Mexic-Arte Museum de Texas y el Museo de Arte Mexicano-Estadounidense.

El Día de los Muertos es una fecha en el que las familias decoran las tumbas de los parientes fallecidos y se instalan altares conmemorativos, en donde las ofrendas especiales se presentan con la intención de llamar a la casa de los espíritus de los muertos. Estos altares pueden incluir todo, desde muñecas de papel de seda, velas y pan de muerto (panes recubiertos de azúcar) fotografías, vasos de agua, instrumentos musicales y una variedad de otros regalos. La tradición consiste en incluir elementos que serían atractivos y reconfortantes para las almas que regresan.

Fecha: Sábado 1 de Noviembre de 2014, 9:00 a.m a 5:00 p.m.

            Domingo 2 de Noviembre de 2014, 1:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m.

 Lugar: IMAS (International Museum of Arts & Sciences)

             1900 Nolana

             McAllen, Tx.

 Más información en el tel: 956-682-0123 o

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