It's another beautiful week in the Rio Grande Valley . . .

Spent a recent Saturday evening celebrating the birthday of Ryan Peterson. Crawfish was on the menu, along with potatoes, corn, sausage, shrimp and frozen margaritas (on account of the heat, of course). A delicious crab dip, topped with avocados and made by Karen Peterson, was a big hit of the evening. Seen throughout the evening were Lance Peterson, David Peterson, Jared Marks, Bonnie Cabrera, Seby Haddad, Carlos Santos, Mary Kay Broughton, Lauren Harrison, Allison Jones, Tania & Brian Reed, Erica Gonzalez, Jim Bob Sides, Danielle Reed, Zeke Grajales, Nick Pardo, Mildred & Leland VanWagoner (along with their adorable newborn son Aidan) and tiny little party-animal Beau Marks!

Enjoyed another wonderful mixer for the RGV Cancer180 group at Roosevelt's in McAllen. Cancer180 RGV is an incredible group that provides a social environment where young adult patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends in their 20s and 30s can connect with other young adults affected by cancer. Attendees included Debbie & Juan Lombrana, Gail & Seth Watkins, Pete Perez, Marisa Mir, Myrna Vasquez and Rita & JP Lopez, just to name a few.

Attended a Rotary meeting at Cimarron Country Club, where I was inducted a new member of the Rotary Club of Mission, along with April Chapa, Terry Plata and Betty Luna. Also seen were members Francis Ciancerelli, Steve Austin, Tamara Sanchez, Tony Ortiz, Jennifer Hall, Polo Garza, Sandra Vecchio, Hiram Burguete, Yasmina Nye, Steve Chung, Paul Petit, Lindslee Brunson and Matt Ruszczak. Visiting Rotarians from McAllen came to announce their upcoming "Jamaican Me Crazy BBQ & Concert" fundraiser and included Bill Martin, Phillip Steffy, Bill Stocker, and Kim Bond, among others.

And ... Congratulations to sisters Elena Vivian of McAllen (University of Houston College of Pharmacy graduate May 2011) and Veronica Guerra of Edinburg (University of Texas College of Pharmacy graduate May 2011) on successfully passing National Pharmacy Board Exams. Both Dr. Vivian and Dr. Guerra will be working at Mom's Pharmacy in Weslaco, Texas. Thanks to Lydia Aguilera for sharing this news with us!

As for birthdays for this week...

Belated birthday wishes this week go to Reba Showers, Rosie Wilkinson, Carolina Civarolo, Martha Harrison, Jason Filut and Myrna Vasquez from Monday and to Josie Snodgrass Juelg, Vicky De La Garza, Roxanna Salinas and Karrie Fogle from yesterday. Today's birthdays include Laura Caballero, Kristen Garcia, Subie Redd, and Somer East, while Amy Seitz, Nina Rodriguez, Maria Elena Useda and Cindy Disque have birthdays tomorrow. Friday's birthdays include the Abel Cisneros, Nadia Slosberg, Jennifer Vinita and Nick Solis. And weekend birthday wishes include: Michelle Zamora, Connie Fielder-Norton, Steff Guerra and Tricia Reavis! Happy Birthday everyone!!

Also...would like to wish a very belated, but very happy anniversary to Jackie & Marty Hamilton, who celebrated 55 years together on June 30th! My apologies for missing this in an earlier column.

Events you should know about...

A raffle fundraiser will be held to benefit a local family facing some great medical challenges and expenses. Leland Van Wagoner will be undergoing open-heart surgery and a local group has come together to raise funds to help support his family throughout the process. The drawing will be held at 6:00 p.m., August 27, 2011 @ 621 East Griffin Pkwy, Mission, Texas. ALL proceeds to benefit Leland Van Wagoner family for upcoming open heart surgery. Raffle prizes include various hunting trips, gift items, firearms, golfing packages, and more. For more information, call Kim Kerby 956-222-8988.

I wish you love & blessings in the coming week and I hope to "see you" soon!


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