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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


Mailing address_____________________________________________________

City, State, Zip


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

If younger than 18 years of age, name of legal

Legal guardian’s email

Legal guardian’s phone




Poet Laureate-McAllen

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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.


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


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


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.

Día Mundial del Agua en IMAS McAllen

IMAS se complace en invitar al público y a los medios de comunicación a asistir a un día lleno de actividades para celebrar el Día Mundial del Agua:

Fecha:          Marzo 21 de 2015

Hora:           12 p.m. a 5 p.m.

Lugar:          IMAS International Museum of Art & Science

                   1900 Nolana, McAllen Tx.

De acuerdo con la Iniciativa Global de las Naciones Unidas  para crear conciencia sobre la conservación y la gestión sostenible de los recursos de agua dulce, el Museo Internacional de Arte y Ciencia (IMAS) realizará una serie de actividades divertidas para toda la familia con una serie de SOS de las presentaciones, pláticas de animales acuáticos, actividades de conservación del agua en el Laboratorio de Ciencias y en el Ann Moore Art Studio.

Además de los eventos mencionados, también estarán el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional, los Servicios del Medio Ambiente de Pharr, el Centro Nacional de la Mariposa, el Departamento de Bomberos de McAllen y Watermill Express, para ofrecer una variedad de actividades adicionales que promueven la conservación del agua y la energía

Más información en el tel.  (956) 682-0123 o www.imasonline.org

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NDE DAA Spring Pow Wow-McAllen

The NDE DAA Spring Pow Wow will be held at the Lark Community Center and Library, 2601 Lark Avenue, McAllen, on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  Doors open at 10:00AM.


Gourd Dancing: 11:30AM-12:30PM; GRAND ENTRY: 1:00PM; Inter-tribal Dance: 1:00PM-3:45PM; Gourd Dancing: 5:00PM-6:00pm; GRAND ENTRY: 6:30PM; Inter-tribal Dance: 6:30PM - 10:00PM.

Drum South Wind:  Carlos Gonzalez-Ruben Soto

Head Man Dancer: Danny Rodriguez; Head Lady Dancer: Amy Taulman; Head Gourd Dancer: Michael Beard; Master of Ceremonies: Erwin DeLuna; Arena Director: Danny Villarreal


Vendor spaces limited - $20.00 and a raffle item donation.

For more information, contact Robert Soto at 956-648-8129 or robtsoto@aol.com


IMAS to Celebrate World Water Day-McAllen


McAllen, TX-In keeping with the United Nations’ Global Initiative to raise awareness about the preservation and sustainable management of freshwater resources, the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) is pleased to invite the public and media to attend a full day of activities celebrating World Water Day 2015 on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum-wide celebration will consist of a number of fun activities for the whole family featuring a series of SOS the presentations, aquatic animal talks, water conservation activities in the Science Lab and in the Ann Moore Art Studio.

In addition to the events mentioned, a number of local vendors will also be on-site to offer a variety of extra activities promoting water and energy conservation including the National Weather Service, Pharr Environmental Services, the National Butterfly Center, McAllen Fire Department, and Watermill Express.

First celebrated in 1993, World Water Day is a global event held annually on March 22 and highlights a specific issue pertaining to water resource conservation each year. The U.N. System has designated this year’s focus on how both water and energy are interdependent and can have far-reaching impacts on alleviating poverty for the “bottom billion” which include 1.3 billion people who cannot access electricity, 768 million people who lack access to improved water sources and 2.5 billion people have no improved sanitation resources. The chosen theme is perhaps as relevant as ever since in the coming decades, the demand for fresh water and energy is expected to increase and place an even bigger strain on already dwindling resources in developing economies. Since water requires energy and energy requires water, conserving energy is a key factor in conserving freshwater resources. The U.N. hopes that World Water Day 2015, and its corresponding events and activities worldwide will help bridge the gap between the water and energy industries to improve planning and coordination between the two and reduce future inefficiencies.

World Water Day Celebration will take place at IMAS on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m.

IMAS World Water Day Celebration is included in the price of general admission. General admission is

FREE for IMAS members; $7/Adult; $5/Senior or Student w. ID; $4/Child (4-12). For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit www.imasonline.org.


The International Museum of Art & Science is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliated Museum. The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to promote a deeper appreciation of the arts and sciences through exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs; and to preserve, expand, and display its permanent art and science collections. The museum is located at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Nolana Avenue. Monday: Closed; Tuesday and Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. IMAS provides $1 general admission to the public every Thursday evening from 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

McAllen Nature Center Announces March Programs


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The McAllen Nature Center is offering the following free programs throughout the month of March.

Tai Chi for ages 8 and up is offered every Saturday morning from 9am to 10am. Tai Chi has positive effects on balance control, fitness and flexibility. Seniors and people with disabilities can also work within their limits. Wear comfortable clothes, flexible shoes, and bring a mat and water.

Yoga classes for ages 15 and up will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 on Saturdays and Sundays, March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and April 1. This is a program designed to provide any person, regardless of fitness or flexibility, with the benefits of yoga practice. Bring a yoga or exercise mat, and water.

A Nature Sketching course for ages 10 and up will be offered on Saturday, March 21st
from 10 am until noon. Local artist Victoria Krasnoshchekova-Gregory will share simple step by step instructions that will help you on your path into exploration of the natural world around you. No experience required! 

A family Nature Photography program will take place on Saturday, March 28th from 10:30 to 11:30am. Bring the kids and learn the basics of taking pictures in nature! Bring your own
point-and-shoot camera, DSLR, or cell phone camera. 

Bird & Nature Walks for all ages are held on Wednesdays from 8:30am until 10am. No experience necessary- join a staff birder for a leisurely stroll along the trails, investigating everything that crosses the path!

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 3/4 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 is free. For more information on the McAllen Nature Center, contact the City of McAllen Parks & Recreation at (956)681-3333.

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

Carlos Ochoa Solo Art Exhibition Press Release McAllen

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Hinovations Art Gallery is proud to present a one man art show by local artist, Carlos Ochoa.  His exhibit entitled, “Thulsa Doom, and the Riddle of Steel” will be opening on Friday, March 6 and take place from 6 pm – 9pm at Hinovations Art Gallery located at 1009 Laurel Ave, McAllen, right off of North 10th St.  The event is free and the public is invited to attend. 

One aspect of Ochoa’s work focuses on the art style of Kitsch and the effects it can have when it is altered from its original form.  Ochoa questions the viewer’s stance of what is or isn’t art, by doing so, he combines high and low idealism. His artist statement reads as follows;

“From the time we climbed down from branches, walked the great  plains, scurried up the sides of mountains and hid in caves.  We put pigment to surface, and made the leap from beast to man.  It was then that we developed the sparkle in our eyes; it was then that man first grew a soul.

This gave way to abstract thinking and with it, my belief that there is no such thing as good art.  As an artist I wrestle with this truth, along with the fear that I must make art, before it makes me”. 

His art work will remain on display from March 6 through March 28, 2015 at Hinovations Art Gallery.

Additional activities and take place during the month, please email to hinovationsartgallery@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list. Minimal fees are charged for these activities which help support ARTS in the RGV.  Gallery hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday from 1pm to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm or by appointment.  For more information please contact Gallery Director, Raquel Hinojosa at 956-688-6461.

Hinovations Art Gallery


1009 Laurel Ave, McAllen, Texas 78501


* 956-309-8352 mobile


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. 


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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

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