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Tai Chi y Meditación en McAllen

Participe en una sesión de una hora de Tai Chi y meditación. El Tai Chi ofrece muchos beneficios para nuestra salud en general, sobre todo en el control del equilibrio, de la aptitud y la flexibilidad. Las personas mayores y con discapacidad también pueden trabajar dentro de sus límites para cosechar los beneficios de la actividad física ligera. Use ropa y zapatos cómodos, traiga un tapete y mucha agua.

Edades de 8 años en adelante.

Fecha:           Todos los sábados hasta Mayo del 2015 (exceptuando Abril 4)

Hora:              9:00 a.m. a 10:00 a.m.

Lugar:            McAllen Nature Center, estacionamiento inferior.

4101 W. Business 83, lado sur de la carretera, entre Bentsen Road y Ware Road.

 Por favor sea puntual. 

https://www.facebook.com/McAllenNatureCenter

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City of McAllen Earns Recognition at 2015 Keep America Beautiful Conf

City of McAllen Earns Recognition at 2015 Keep America Beautiful National Conference

McAllen, TX (February 16, 2015) – The City of McAllen received a Keep America Beautiful National Award at the annual Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Awards Dinner, held during the recent 2015 KAB National Conference in Washington, D.C.

The City of McAllen was honored for distinguishing itself as an exemplary Municipality taking first place in the Government category. The City of McAllen was honored for its Community Revitalization program Project Imagine Tomorrow and its on-going collaboration with local affiliate Keep McAllen Beautiful. The KAB National Awards are open to KAB affiliates, government agencies, nonprofit or civic organizations, and youth groups or schools for program activities during the past year that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. Established in 1953, KAB consists of a national network of more than 600 community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts aim to transform public spaces into beautiful places.

“It’s my privilege to honor the City of McAllen and celebrate its dedication in engaging volunteers to make its community vibrant,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Award-winning affiliates, such as Keep McAllen Beautiful, serve as a great inspiration in our national effort to keep America beautiful.”

The City of McAllen took first place in the Government category for its implementation and support of multiple community improvement and litter prevention programs including:

  • Project Imagine Tomorrow: The City of McAllen’s Health & Code Enforcement Department launched Project Imagine Tomorrow to help curb the amount of substandard, vacant homes in the City of McAllen. This initiative is currently offering Home Improvement Incentives to Property Owners and Developers that include Roll-off containers, 50% Contractor Reimbursement for Demolitions, Tax Incentives for Home Improvements, and Waiving of Permit Fees. In addition, it is also offering an incentive of Low Interest Home-Repair loans financed and undertaken by Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc., specifically created for owner-occupants.
  • Collaboration in Paint McAllen Beautiful: The City of McAllen’s Health & Code Enforcement Department and Keep McAllen Beautiful are working together to help low income, elderly, and disabled residents paint the exterior of their home with the help of community sponsors, volunteers, and faith based organizations.
  • Support of Project Clean Neighborhoods: A Keep McAllen Beautiful project that empowers residents in a given neighborhood to clean up their property and dispose of any debris or litter with roll-off dumpsters provided free of charge by the City of McAllen’s Public Works Department.

“Collaboration has been a winning formula in beautifying the City of McAllen,” said Chris Lash, Program Coordinator for Keep McAllen Beautiful. Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference, KAB’s premier educational and networking event, brings together KAB’s national network of state and local affiliate directors, business leaders, policymakers and other national experts who focus on framing new ideas and strategies to build and sustain vibrant communities.

About Keep McAllen Beautiful:

Keep McAllen Beautiful, Inc. is an educational, non-profit organization that develops and expands the awareness of McAllen’s citizens and visitors about littering and proper waste disposal, and promotes the preservation of McAllen’s natural beauty.

About Keep America Beautiful:

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn how you can donate and take action, visit http://keepmcallenbeautiful.org/, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

To Contact Keep McAllen Beautiful: (956) 681-4562
To Contact Project Imagine Tomorrow: (956) 681-1900

Thalia Sodi La Plaza Event - McAllen

THALIA SODI

COLLECTION LAUNCH

SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2PM

MACY’S LA PLAZA MALL - MCALLEN, READY TO WEAR, LEVEL 1

Discover the debut collection of clothing, shoes, and accessories that captures the passion, charisma and style of the legendary Thalia Sodi. Be the first to see the collection with a very special event celebrating the launch of her collection. Join us for fashion, music and fun. Plus with any purchase of Thalia Sodi shoes, enjoy complimentary engraving.

 

*Event subject to change or cancelation. While time permits.

McAllen- Music After Hours, Arts & Crafts Fair

Come visit us at the Music After Hours- Arts & Craft Fair.  Crafters are welcome to participate the first Friday of every month.  The next Craft Fair will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6:00PM to 10:00PM at Archer Park located at 101 N. Broadway, McAllen.  Reserve your space for $20.00 by coming to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce at 1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX, 956-682-2871, between the hours of 8:30AM – 4:30PM, Monday-Friday.  Music After Hours will be featuring great live music!

McAllen HS mariachi wins state for second straight year

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McALLEN— The pressure was greater at this year’s state high school mariachi competition for McAllen High School senior Eduardo Villarreal, who after being part of the winning group last year thought all eyes would be on them. Thankfully, the pressure worked in their favor as they returned with a first-place trophy for the second time.

The group, called Mariachi de Oro, competed against about a dozen high school mariachis in their category this year in San Antonio and on Saturday took the gold once again.

“Last year was the first year that we ever even thought about going to compete and we took everyone by surprise,” the 17-year old said. “This year we had to prove that we could win again this year after taking such a big hit. And we proved it to everyone that we have what it takes to be consecutive champions.”

This year, 14 local high schools were among more than 30 finalists. Event coordinator Juan B. Ortiz had said that this is the highest number of groups since the annual tradition started eight years ago.

Mariachi de Oro’s teacher Alex Treviño said he was happy to make it to state again, but the fact that half of this year’s group was new and hadn’t been to state required a greater effort from all.

“They left everything they had up on stage,” he said. “A lot of energy went into it, a lot of solid preparation, and more than a lot of heart.”

Having mostly new members was not the only challenge for the champions. Treviño said that due to the school’s lack of resources the group hardly has the opportunity to perform with professional equipment.

“Our kids never play on a full-sound system because we don’t have one in our auditorium,” he said. “It’s like having a football team and just talking about what you are going to do inside a classroom.”

But they got a golden opportunity to practice their craft in a professional stage a few weeks before at the University of Texas-Pan American. Treviño said that even though it was only for a brief moment, this opportunity contributed to the group’s readiness and self-esteem.

At the finals, the group was given 12 minutes to perform three songs, which included "Yo Soy del Mero Jalisco," "Oyeme," and "La Rosa Colorada.

Story Courtesy of The Monitor

by Danya Perez-Hernandez dperez-hernandez@themonitor.com

Día del Árbol en McAllen

La Ciudad de McAllen y Keep McAllen Beautiful, lo invitan a participar en la 4ta. Celebración del Día del Árbol.

Fecha:          Marzo 7 del 2015

Lugar:          Inicio en el Parque Municipal de McAllen

                   1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd.
                   McAllen  Texas  USA

Eventos del dia:

    • 7:00 a.m. Carrera 5 k   
    • 7:00 am Carrera 10 k  
    • 7:15 a.m. Tour de biciletas de 25 millas
    • 10:00 a.m. Caminata con la familia

Manténgase activo, celebre a los árboles, y disfrute del hermoso clima primaveral de McAllen.

http://keepmcallenbeautiful.org/index.php/arbor-day

Arbor Day 2015

Hawk Watch at Bentsen-RGV State Park & World Birding Center!

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Everyone is invited to join Park Naturalists and volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors during our annual Hawk Watch.  

The spring Hawk Watch season begins March 1 at Bentsen RGV State Park and there is an opportunity for the public to learn more about birds of prey and to join our hawk counters through April, as part of this important citizen science program.   

Birds of prey are important indicators of the overall health of our environment.  Bentsen’s annual spring and fall Hawk Watch seasons contribute to HawkCount, a long-term study that monitors raptor population trends and is the world’s largest standardized raptor migration count network.  HawkCount is a project of Hawk Migration Association of North America/HMANA (www.hawkcount.org).

Ride our Park Tram and meet us at the Hawk Tower this spring every day from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please remember to bring your binoculars, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water. Park admission is required. 

For folks interested in becoming a volunteer at Bentsen’s Hawk Watch, a Volunteer Training Day will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 1 to 4 p.m.  This will be a classroom focus on field identification of raptors in flight.

To register for Hawk Watch Training Day or for more information contact Roy J. Rodriguez, Park Interpreter or Melissa Chadwick, Natural Resources Specialist at Bentsen-RGV State Park and World Birding Center, 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission, (956) 584-9156. 

Pic: BWHA Caption:  A common migrant hawk in spring, Broad-winged
Hawk (Buteo platypterus) is the most frequently counted raptor during Hawk
Watch.  Credit: Bill Supulski 

Pic: SWHA Caption: In the spring, Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) return from their Argentine winter grounds - one of the longest migrations of any North American raptor. Credit: Bill Supulski 

McAllen airport to offer more flights to DFW

American will be adding a sixth daily flight to McAllen-Miller International Airport beginning March 29. The additional flight will be on a 76-seat Bombardier CRJ-900 regional jet, which will accompany the five departures on the airline’s mainline MD-80 aircraft.

The new flight will depart DFW at 1:45 p.m. and arrive at 3:26 p.m. in McAllen, with a return leg that leaves at 3:57 p.m. each day.

The public is invited to a “christening” ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday inside the Brownsville airport’s terminal restaurant.

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!

Año Nuevo Lunar en McAllen

Celebre el Año Nuevo Lunar y el inicio oficial del Año de la Cabra con una serie de actividades tradicionales y costumbres que se celebran en toda Asia durante este evento y que podrán disfrutar los visitantes de todas las edades.

    • Juegos Chinos tradicionales
    • Juegos Coreanos tradicionales
    • Ceremonia del té Chino
    • Caligrafía
    • Concurso de cata de alimentos
    • Fabricación de máscaras de Pekín
    • Danza Tradicional y mucho más

Fecha:     Febrero 21, 2015

Hora:      12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lugar:     Museo Internacional de Ciencias y Arte (IMAS)

              1900 Nolana

              McAllen, TX

El acceso al  Evento está incluido en el precio de Admisión al Museo.

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