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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

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

Lionel Richie in the Rio Grande Valley!

Explore Slider Lionel resized 600Date: Sunday November 9, 2014
Time: 8:30 pm
Doors Open: 7:00 pm
Ticket Prices: $245.00, $145, $100, $75


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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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Franquicia de $500 dlls. de Invierno 2014

Del 1 de noviembre de 2014 al 8 de enero de 2015, el gobierno de México incrementó  la franquicia terrestre de $300 a $500 dólares. La mayoría de los compradores mexicanos que gustan de hacer sus compras en McAllen, aprovechan esta temporada para comprar un mayor volumen de mercancías sin pagar impuestos, ya que esta cantidad de $ 500 dlls es acumulable en los miembros de la familia que viajan juntos en el mismo vehiculo asi es que en los que viajen 5 pasajeros, pueden cruzar hasta $2,500 dlls. Se consideran como pasajeros inclusive los niños.

First Annual Dia de los Muertos Fest-Hinovations Art Gallery, Mcallen

First Annual Dia de los Muertos Fest

Hinovations Art Gallery to celebrate its First Annual Dia de Los Muertos Fest (Day of the Dead) with a Group Art Exhibition running from November 2nd thru November 29, 2014.  There will be an Exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm at Hinovations Art Gallery located at 1009 Laurel Ave in McAllen.  This event is free and the public is invited to attend. 

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America.  This custom can be traced back to a pre-Columbian past in which rituals, celebrating the deaths of ancestors, had been observed perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years.  Rather than grieve over the loss of a beloved family or friend, they choose to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits.  These customs shaped the common elements of traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos.  Today, Day of the Dead has been increasingly popular with Latinos in the United States and celebrated in communities, cultural centers, museums and art galleries.  Mexican artist, José Guadalupe Posada created a famous print of a figure he called La Calavera Catrina ("The Elegant Skull") as a parody of a Mexican upper-class female. Posada’s striking image of a costumed female with a skeleton face has become associated with the Day of the Dead and continues to inspire artists today.

One of the exhibiting artists in the First Annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit, is Steve Rivera who is currently serving time in prison.  Rivera, represented by his mother, communicated with gallery owner Raquel Hinojosa for the past five months in preparation for this exhibit.  “He saved money and ordered art materials via mail.  He channeled his love for his two young children to paint, not only as a way to pass time, but primarily as a way to cope with his situation”, Rivera’s mother commented.  Rivera is a self-taught artist who used a “naïve” style of painting to create his renditions of the Dia de los Muertos artwork.  Naïve art celebrates the use of bright colors, disproportionate figures and attention to minute detail in order to express a feeling of youthful happiness; in a world of artistic complexity.  Rivera is exhibiting eleven paintings and several work in “Paños” or cloth that have a more youthful approach. 


Also participating are the following local, nationwide and international artists:  Kary Franco, John Dicandia, Joe Taylor, Jason R. Perez, Marco Sanchez, Raquel Hinojosa, Sandra Urie, Rick Ramirez, Norma De Anda, Rene Lopez, Carlos Sanchez, Hector Guerra, Lucia Gutierrez, Gaby Rico, Irma Garza Garcia, Monica Ramirez, Magdalena Ramirez, Jenny Campos Galvan, Ismael Salinas Jr and more.

Another tradition during Dia de los Muertos are the “Calaveras” or readings of Epitaphs.  Monica Ramirez will be the Master of Ceremony for a gathering of Regional Poets reading  Calaveras as part of the Exhibit Opening.  Music performances by Allegro Music Institute will also liven the evening and local vendors displaying their hand-made crafts.  The general public is invited to attend and learn more about this tradition. 

Additional activities will take place during the month to continue celebrating Dia de los Muertos.  Children’s activities include Calaca Making, Skeletal Bride and Groom painting for children and adults and more.  Minimal fees apply for these activities which help Support the Arts in the RGV.  Email to to receive complete schedule.  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

Raquel Hinojosa

1009 Laurel Ave * McAllen, Texas 78501 


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Volunteer opportunity at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen

Volunteer Mornings

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Wednesday October 29, 2014 
8:30 AM to 12:00 PMAdd To Outlook


Quinta Mazatlan
600 Sunset Dr.
McAllen  Texas  USA


(956) 681-3370


Join our volunteer coordinator for a fun morning of work and learning in our native gardens! Students, earn your service hours at Quinta Mazatlan! We are also a site certified for Texas Master Naturalist hours.

Date: Wednesdays & Saturdays (Year Round)

Time: 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Ages: All ages are welcome (14 and under with the supervision of a parent or guardian only).


This Week at IMAS, McAllen




This Week at IMAS...


We're shaking things up a bit this week at IMAS with a variety of events for everyone in the the family. From Halloween to Dia de los Muertos to an opening reception, we're sure that you will have fun at IMAS.  We hope to see you at your museum this coming week.


IMAS Closed


Thursday, Oct. 30

All Day


IMAS will be closed on Thursday, October 30, 2014 due to a private event. IMAS will open on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


We apologize for any inconvenience.

Halloween at IMAS


Friday, Oct. 31

9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

$1 general admission


Looking for a fun and family-friendly environment to celebrate Halloween? Join us at IMAS for a super fun and spooky time. 

Visit our "Mad Scientist" Science Lab, partake in our special activities, join us in our Costume Carnival, or compete in our Pumpkin Carving Contest (bring your own carved pumpkin, theme: movie character).


Dia de los Muertos Festival

Nov. 1- Nov. 2

All Day


Join us for our 4th Annual "Dia de los Muertos" Festival.


We will be having performances, face painting, a Catrina contest, a sand painting demonstration from Oaxacan artist, plus much more.


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*Included in the price of general admission. FREE for IMAS Members.


Opening Reception:

"Memories" Honoring Sam Z. Coronado

Saturday, Nov. 1

1:00-3:00 p.m.


This exhibit is a retrospective of the legacy of one of the most important Chicano artists, as well as the co-founder of Mexic-Arte Museum, Texas' official Mexican and Mexican-American art museum. 


*Included in the price of general admission. FREE for IMAS Members.

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