Baby congratulations go out to Cynthia Ivette Guzman & Carlos Alberto Zepeda of Mission, whose baby son Brandon Alberto Zepeda was born on January 29, 2009. Welcoming him into the family were his older brother Carlos Adan Zepeda, and grandparents Hilda & Benito Guzman and Maria Francisca & Juan Zepeda, all of Mission . . .

Saw Susie Robertson, Drucilla Vinger, Lee Bourg, Gayle Runnels, Darlene Hart, Shirley Slusher, and Joyce Smith among the Literary Luncheon League members enjoying Betty Bloomfield’s review of Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson, a mountain climber who returned to build schools in Pakistan after villagers saved his life near K-2 . . .

Of course there is a lot more to the story, which you would enjoy reading. My table mates certainly enjoyed the story, plus some stories of our own: Eva Spence, Gay Hill, Terry Miller, Jolene Vitko, Carol Lynn Looney, Mel Johnstone, and party planner extraordinaire Betty Gegenheimer . . .

Also heard from book lovers like Virginia Skloss, Barbara Parry, Geen Wilkins (aka “Green”), and Nancy Henson, who was welcomed as a “frequent returnee” to McAllen. She really can’t bear to move!

Ladies in McAllen’s Pan American Round Table meeting yesterday enjoyed a program on the Dominican Republic given by Luz Maria Aguirre, who was ably assisted by her associate Dilia Perez. The decorations and food are always fun at these meetings, as well as the info . . .

Hope some of McAllen’s top golfers such as Ron Kilby, L. D. Clopton, and Chris Wicker are at the top of their form for Harlingen’s annual “Life Begins at 40” golf tournament, going on this week. Keesha Zey and I might have a horse race story to tell next week — we’ll see how it goes . . .

This coming Saturday, March 7th, the International Museum of Art & Science’s Museum Guild is having “A Splash of Spring” luncheon and style show, so call their treasurer Rosie Cardenas at 631-6631, or Yolanda Barrera at 682-8116 right away to see if any tickets are left. Stores showing fashions include Cute Cotton Company of McAllen, Renée’s of Sharyland, and Lionel’s of Weslaco . . .

IMAS also has several camps and workshops coming up. During spring break, March 17-20, the museum will have their first “Grossology” camp each afternoon from 1-4, designed for children ages 8-12. Cost is $45 for members, and $55 for non-members. Call the museum at 682-1564 to sign up or for more details . . .

As a special treat for beginning or experienced oil painters, IMAS will host a workshop with award-winning artist Berry Fritz the weekend of March 20-22. This is geared toward adults and high school students over age 16, limited to 14 students. The cost is $175 for non-members, and $150 for members. Again, call the museum at 682-1564 . . .

Congratulations to graduate Amado Vera of Arlington, who will be graduating this month from the Fort Worth Technical School of Design with a degree in digital electronic design. He graduated from PSJA High in 1997, and his proud parents, Rosalinda & Armando Vera, live in Alamo . . .

Happy birthday for yesterday is wished to Linda Heard and Krystal Satseanes. For today, happy birthday greetings go out to Nancy Dowell, Melinda Bosquez, and Sally Vargas. And tomorrow’s birthday good wishes can be sent to Francy Jones, Mary Hickman . . .

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