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

The City of Mission held the “80th Texas Citrus Fiesta,” this past weekend.  Thursday was the Royal Coronation where many lovely ladies dressed in hand made royal gowns.  This year, Bryceidee Leos was crowned and Sarah Forthuber, Duchess of Rio Red Grapefruit was named Queen Citriana for 2018.  King Citrus LXXIX, Jimmy Pawlik was also in attendance.  Other Royal Court Members included:  Princess Anna 67th, Breana Gabrielle Garza; Julissa Alvarez; Karla Cantu; Sara Maria Olivarez; Brenda Pena; Olivia Vela; Madeline Madden; Cecilia Tovias; Kennedy Castillo; and many others.  Congratulations to the Texas Citrus Fiesta Committee and the many volunteers on a successful weekend:  Bill Filut; Bibi Pena; Oscar Martinez; Rick Saldana; Lisa Rivera;Nancy Chapa; Brian Gerlach; Keith Gerlach; Tommy Garcia; Scott Gerlach; Carlos Garcia; Minnie Rodgers; Sylvia Vick; Janie Sanchez; Nora Hinojosa; Kristina Silva; Amy Booth; Sarah Hinojosa; Tina Guerra; and many others.  The Parade of Oranges was also full of citrus covered floats that traveled down Conway Avenue in Mission with elected officials, high school bands, Duchesses; Princesses; Kings; Queens; and many businesses. Despite the chilly weather, everyone enjoyed the event. 

Saturday morning Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas held the Mayor’s International Brunch at the Mission Community Center.   Many were present to welcome Mission’s Sister Cities mayors and elected officials across the border and here in the Rio Grande Valley.  Keynote speaker was McAllen born, Governor Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca, State of Tamaulipas, Mexico.  Seen at the brunch were:  Daniel Silva; Linda Requnez; Lino Ochoa; Aida Lerma; Councilman, Dr. Armando O’cana; Councilman, Ruben Plata; Councilwoman, Jessica Ortega Ochoa; Martin Garza; Teri Plata; Sandra Vecchio; Cynthia Pacheco; Rep. Sergio Munoz, Jr.; Maria Elena Munoz; Sheriff, Eddie Guerra; Dan Martin; Rev. Cindy Layton; and many many others.

Friends celebrated Alan Campbell’s birthday last Saturday at Europa Cuisine & Entertainment with an amazing dinner and fun bowling.  Tracy Campbell; Jessica & Elijah Gutierrez; Militza & Dustin Stair; Pedro Villagran, Jr.; Yirla Gonzalez-Nolan; and Michelle & Chris Diaz all enjoyed themselves with the Canadian birthday boy! Hope you had a blast!!

Happy anniversary to Annette & Mike Alvarado!  Congratulations on the engagement of Melissa Martinez & Yuri Cejas! 

Super Bowl LI is this Sunday!! New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons.  For those of you traveling up to Houston, safe travels.  Hope to eat lots of BBQ this weekend and enjoy the game of football with close friends. Go Patriots!

This week’s birthdays include: Monday birthdays include:  Edna Becerra; Brittany Gabrielson; Rick Macias; Javier Ayala, Jr.; Cris Guerra; and Marianna Trevino Wright.  Yesterday’s birthdays include:  Alejandro Garza; San Juanita Saenz; Jane Beakey; Nancy Hawkins; and Kathy Mills.  Today’s birthdays include:   Cipi Saenz; David Guerra; Michael Luna; and Andrea Toscano.  Tomorrow, Gloria Jackson; Raul Lopez; Karen Monsivais; and Maribell Lopez celebrate their birthday.  Friday birthdays include:   Melissa Osio Martinez and Reyes Chapa, Jr.  Finally, weekend wishes are going out to:   Ryan Ewing; Mercy Larson; Margie McCreery; Vicki Skaggs; Norma Burns; Audrey Nimmo; Karla Puente; and Jacci Grossman.  Have a fabulous week and I hope to see you soon!   

XoXo, April

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