It’s another beautiful week in the Rio Grande Valley!

Last Tuesday night friends and Past Presidents of Junior League of McAllen celebrated the holiday season at the lovely home of Lorena Castillo.  Ladies that attended were:  Linda Requenez; Eva Tavarez; Ann Greenfield; Lisa Keller; Michelle Kinney; Kristy Ochoa; and Irma Garza.  Friends enjoyed great company, delicious food; and fun times! 

Wednesday evening Junior League of McAllen held their General Membership Mixer with Ugly sweaters galore at the home of Brianne Santos. Holiday cheer was enjoyed by:  Jessica Gutierrez; Lindsey Richards; Cassandra Moreno; Amy Booth; Leigh Ann Gutierrez; Sarah Picou; Liza De Los Santos; Jessica Lofton; Melanie Schroeder; Erin Palacios; Miliza Jimenez; Vianey Cron; Brenda Franklin; Melissa Tan; Monica Guerra; Lauren Ellington; Thelma Santos; Josette Gonzales; Lourdes Servantes; Amy Stephens; Alyssa Vela; Yirla Gonzalez Nolan; Lara MacGonigle; Militza Stair; Vicky De La Garza; Melissa Osio Martinez; Raquel Rosales; Amanda Ruby; Thelma Tamez; and others.  Thanks for hosting, Brianne!!

Rotary Club of Mission held their annual Christmas dinner at the William Jennings Bryan House in Mission.  Ariel King, owner and tour guide hosted the dinner.  Rotarians that attended were:  Rudy Pena; Laura Villarreal; Lorenzo “Lenny” Garza; Max Rodrigus; Carlos Olivera; Lupita & Gabino Ramirez; Aida & Jesse Lerma; Clay ; Ed Welliver; Hiriam Burguete; Mariana Trevino; and Matt Crocker.  If you have the chance to visit, tour or stay at the Bryan House, please do. It is amazing!!  The new owners are keeping true to Mission’s history and to Bryan’s mark on the city.  The gardens are beautiful and at night the strung up lights make the venue a cozy intimate place.  It was perfect for our dinner party and serves as a great wedding venue for about 100 people. 

Happy anniversary to Erica & Mike Contreras! Happy anniversary to Dr. Jennifer Almonte-Gonzalez & Tomas Gonzalez.  Happy anniversary to Kelley & Brian Payne!  Happy anniversary to Connie & Bob Alderman.  Happy anniversary to Kathryn (KK) & Rodgers Truitt!  Happy anniversary to Nicci & Joseph Weaver!  Happy anniversary to Mari & Robert Perez.  Congratulations on the engagement of Maritza Jimenez and Dustin Luebbers!!  Congratulations to Jessica & Alex Morin on the birth of their son, Barry!

Merry Christmas!! Hope everyone has a great holiday! Enjoy your family, loved ones and friends. I often have to remind my nieces that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and not about presents. It is tough for a 5 year old and a 4 year old to grasp.  I will admit, the auntie spoiling them may not make it much better.  I cannot wait for my family to all arrive into town and for all of us to celebrate together the real reason for the season. See you at Midnight mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe church in Mission. 

This week’s birthdays include: Monday birthdays include: Irma Garza and Ruben Plata.   Yesterday’s birthdays include:  Rick Venecia; Albert Peña; and Nancy Abdullah.  Today’s birthdays include:  Eric Curran; Ruby Rincones; Kim Keller; and Lilia St. Clair.  Tomorrow, Julie Kelly and Madhu Mangi celebrate their birthdays.  Friday birthdays include:  Missy Cruz; Mario Lizcano; and Eva Jean Dalton.   Finally, weekend wishes are going out to:  Louisa Escamilla; Brandi Wilson; Sasha Crane; Lorrie Garza; David Rodriguez; Cristy Peña; Odessa Hinojosa; and Carmen Pedraza Silva.  Have a fabulous week and I hope to see you soon!            

XoXo, April 

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