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McAllen Art Grant Program Deadline



Contact: Laura Robles, Cultural Arts & Incubator


Phone: 956-687-2787


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Deadline for applications:  12-noon on Friday, March 13, 2015

McAllen— McAllen Art Grant Program is an open submission grant scheme for individual artists and organizations living and working in McAllen. Awards up to a maximum of $1,000 are available to artists and organizations working in the context of art.

           The deadline for submission of a McAllen Art Grant is Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 12pm.  The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council have been working effectively to promote art within the Valley.  For the upcoming year, the two organizations would like to award grants to artists and organizations that are seeking funding for projects in McAllen.

           Organizations and individual artists that have received grants in prior years have been The Art House, RGV Ballet, South Texas Indian Dancers, The Dance Conservatory of McAllen, South Texas Symphony Association, Los Caminos Del Rio, and David Freeman to name a few.

The grant program in McAllen distributes money from The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and Texas Commission on the Arts to individual artists and art organizations.  The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and The Texas Commission on the Arts are making an important contribution to cultural activities in McAllen. We hope that these new grants will provide a valuable legacy.
          Applications are available at and at McAllen Creative Incubator office at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen Texas.    For more information regarding the grants program or to request an application, please contact: Laura Robles, at the McAllen Creative Incubator at (956) 687.2787 or  Completed applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Applications, clearly marked Grants Management Unit, should be sent to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 1200 Ash Ave., P.O. Box 790, McAllen, 78505.  Please note we cannot accept faxed or emailed applications. We will only consider applications received by the deadline. 

McAllen Nature Center Offers FREE Yoga, Nature Sketching and More

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The McAllen Nature Center has added programs in addition to their continuous weekly programs. Two Yoga for Resilience classes, offered by instructor Jackelin Trevino, will be held on Saturday, February 21st from 11 am to noon and Sunday, February 22nd from 10 am to 11 am. Yoga for Resilience is a yoga program designed to provide any person with the benefits of yoga practice. Yoga has immense benefits beyond the mat- intentional breathing relieves stress and tension within the body and mind while the physical movement increases circulation and range of motion in a gentle and gradual way. Bring a yoga or exercise mat, and water. The sessions are suitable for ages 15 and up and will be cancelled in the event of rain or temperatures under 60 degrees.

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Nature: Sketching courses taught by artist Victoria Gregory will be offered on Saturday, February 21st and Saturday, March 21st from 10 am until noon. Learn how to begin sketching nature! Bring your own pencil, paper, and clip board if possible. This session is suitable for ages 10 and up and will be cancelled in the event of rain.

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Continuing, McAllen Nature Center programs include Bird & Nature Walks every Wednesday
at 8:30, and Tai Chi every Saturday morning from 9 am to 10 am, weather permitting. Family programs on various nature topics occur on the fourth Saturday of every month. The next program, titled Winged Wonders, will explore all things with wings, and be held on February 28th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

McAllen Nature Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 am until noon. It is located
at 4101 W Business 83, between Bentsen Road and Ware Road. The Center features one half mile of ADA accessible trails which meander through native habitat. The park provides great opportunities to look for birds and butterflies, or simply enjoy a walk in nature. Park admission and programs are free of charge. For more information on the McAllen Nature Center, contact the City of McAllen Parks & Recreation at (956) 681-3333.

PHOTO CAPTION: Free programs at the McAllen Nature Center include Yoga, Tai Chi, Nature Sketching, Bird & Nature Walks and more!

McAllen: Atlas International Soccer Tournament

The 15th Annual Atlas International Soccer Tournament was held in McAllen from December 12-14th.  Here's a short video of the event:

Concurso para Fin de Semana Gratis en McAllen

Registrate para ganar un Fin de Semana Gratis en uno de nuestros hermosos hoteles de McAllen, Texas.

El premio incluye:

    • 2 Noches de estancia (una habitación) en uno de los hoteles de McAllen cercanos a La Plaza Mall
    • 1 Tarjeta de Compras para la Plaza Mall con valor de $100 dlls.


El ultimo día para registrarse es el 24 de Noviembre del 2014.

El ganador será notificado el lunes 1 de Diciembre del 2014.

Este Concurso es para Mexicanos mayores de 18 años de edad. Se aplican restricciones. Las fechas se aplicarán a discreción del hotel.

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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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Latina Hope Pogram in McAllen


The Latina Hope Program is designed to facilitate the learning, networking and acting of micro-entrepreneurs who want to start a new micro-business and advance their business idea to a more tangible and profitable point. We hope to see you the first and third Wednesday of the Month, 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.

El Programa Latina Hope está diseñado para facilitar el aprendizaje, la creacion de redes y la actuacion de los micro-emprendedores que desean iniciar un nuevo micro-negocio y avanzar en su idea de negocio a un punto mas tangible y rentable. Esperamos verle el primer y tercer miércoles del mes, de 9am a 11am en la Iglesia Bautista Calvario, 1600 Harvey St, McAllen. Para mas informacion comuniquese con Yajaira Villarreal al 956-682-2871 o Laura Robles al 956-687-2787.

Latina Hope Session Dates 2014

Register to Win 2 Free Tickets to McAllen Blues Night!!

Valley Keyboards is offering YOU the chance to win 2 FREE TICKETS to McAllen Blues Night!

When: Friday, June 27, 2014 @ 7:00pm

Where: At the McAllen Creative Incubator located on 601 N. Main st. McAllen, TX

Admission: $25 per ticket- available at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce & McAllen Creative Incubator

CLICK HERE to register for a chance to win between now and June 20, 2014

Check out the flyer: docs/2014 blues night flyer1.pdf

McAllen: Tacky Tourist Fly Away Contest

Need a quick getaway? Have you always wanted to visit California? Do you like free stuff? This is your chance to win 2 round trip tickets to Los Angeles California and hotel accomodations for 3 nights at the Allegiant Partner Hotel! 

Enter the "Tacky Tourist" Contest by listening for the Allegiant Air Mix FM "now boarding" sounder Mon-Sun 6am-11pm or register on site at the McAllen International Airport June 5th between 6am-11am with Mix Morning Show. 
BONUS ENTRY: Arrive dressed as a "Tacky Tourist" and receive a second entry to the contest.

Winners depart June 5th, 2014 to arrive at LAX at 12:05 pm, returning Sunday June 8th from LAX at 6:30 am to McAllen Miller International Airport. They also receive a short term parking pass from McAllen International Airport. You must be present to win with your bags packedand ready to board flight on June 5th. Don't forget to bring appropriate identification for the flight. firstpg 



Participe y Gane! Esta es una buena oportunidad para sorprendar a su enamorado o enamorada en el  dia de San Valentin 2014. Solo necesita llenar la solicitud con sus datos. El ganador obtendrá un  fin de semana en uno de los hoteles participantes de McAllen, habra varios ganadores. Esta promocion se termina el 07 de Febrero del  2014

Para ser considerado ganador(a) en este concurso, necesita ser Mexicano y tenar 18 años o mas.

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We're on the Ballot!!!!

ConventionSouth resized 600We need everyone to vote!  McAllen Convention and Visitor's Bureau is on the ballot for ConventionSouth magazine Reader's Choice Award.  We earned our spot with your votes, now it's time to take home the prize!  This is a wonderful oppurtunity to showcase our beautiful city and those who work hard to keep bringing attention to our area.  Winners will be announced October 18th and will be featured in the December 2013 issue, showcasing their achievemnts.  Voting ends on October 14, 2013 so please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!!!


CLick the link and place your vote:



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