The Original Winter Texan

Tuesday, Dec. 29

World War II Vets meet for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Echo Hotel in Edinburg.

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Bird Walk every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., at Estero Llano Grande State Park, 3301 S. International Blvd., Weslaco. Let the knowledgeable park naturalist guides you on a birding adventure to identify some of the 250-plus birds that have been sighted at the park.

Baked Potato Nite from 5 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 37, 1305 E. Jasmine, McAllen. Jack Kay band from 5 to 9 p.m. playing classic rock n roll and country.

Thursday, Dec. 31

Karaoke with Joe and Melissa from 8 to midnight at American Legion Post 37, 1305 E. Jasmine, McAllen. Bring your own snacks. No cover.

Friday, Jan. 1

Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m.; meat draw at 6; country western dance from 7 to 11 p.m. with raffles and 50/50 draw every Friday at American Legion Post 37, 1305 E. Jasmine, McAllen. 682-7841.

Saturday, Jan. 2

Suomalaiset Ystavat (Finnish Friends) hold weekly socials at 1 p.m. at the Quiet Village II Clubhouse, 215 S. Valley View Road, Donna. There are discussions on Finnish culture and facts, book review and viewing of Finnish videos.

Rio Roundup Rodeo every Saturday night at the Sheriffís Posse Arena in Edinburg, Wisconsin Road between Bus. 281 and Sugar Road. Speed events at 7 p.m. Free admission. No alcoholic beverages allowed. www.rioroundup.com.

Country Western Dance from 2 to 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 37, 1305 E. Jasmine, McAllen. Raffles and 50/50 draw. Food avail.

Sunday, Jan. 3

Shuffleboard tournament at 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 37, 1305 E. Jasmine, McAllen. Food and drinks avail.

Tuesday, Jan. 5

Nebraska Winter Texan Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Nomad Shrine Club, 1044 W. Nolana (between Sugar Road and Jackson), Pharr. Ed Peck, 956-381-9203 or 402-720-3329.

RGV Retired Rails group will meet at Haroldís Country Kitchen, Bus. 83 east of Donna. Fellowship begins at 11 a.m. and buffet lunch at noon. All retired railroaders, spouses and guests are welcome. Ernie Olson, 956-784-4602 or ernie469@msn.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Armstrong Rubber, Pirelli, Titan Tire Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Annís Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, San Juan. Dick Overholser, 956-461-2651.

Thursday, Jan. 7

Holiday Rambler Chapter 191 will meet at Lone Star Restaurant, 4201 W. Bus. 83, Harlingen. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon with meeting and/or entertainment to follow.

Friday, Jan. 8

Butterfly and Dragonfly Walk every Friday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Estero Llano Grande State Park, 3301 S. International Blvd., Weslaco. On a guided walk, observe vast numbers of colorful butterflies and dragonflies that are attracted to the parkís gardens and wetlands.

History Tour from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center, $2 adults and $1 for seniors. www.quintamazatlan.com.

Saturday, Jan. 9

Freeborn Co., Minn residents will meet at 11 a.m. at Pepeís on the River in Mission. For details, call Donna Brua, 507-373-7252 or Jan Doyle, 507-402-1944.

26th Annual Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk at 10 a.m. in Port Isabel. www.portisabel.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Newmar Owners Luncheon at 11:15 a.m. at Victoria Palms, Donna. Guest speaker will be Rich Bocchni, director of media relations for the Killer Bees.

Douglas County, Minn. Residents will meet at 1 p.m. at Annís Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, San Juan.

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Alcoa Retirees luncheon the second Wednesday of the month at noon at Mr. Gattiís, 4100 N. Second Street (Rowe), McAllen. Spouses and friends welcome. Pat Bice, 956-687-5367 or 563-249-1235.

Escapees Iowa Wild Rose Chapter 48 will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Annís Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, San Juan. Dick Overholser, 956-461-2651.

Winter Texan Chapter Nine of the Carriage Travel Club will meet at 11 a.m. for lunch at Annís Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, San Juan. All owners of Carriage products are invited. Chuck & Maryann Bates, 956-581-7356.

Sunday, Jan. 17

Woodbury County, Iowa Reunion from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mr. Gattiís, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. Jack Greene, 956-787-1388 or Larry Forbes, 956-783-0806.

Monday, Jan. 18

Union County, Ohio Winter Texan luncheon will be held at the Lone Star Restaurant, 4201 W. Bus. 83, Harlingen, three miles west of the city. All current and former residents and their guests are welcome to the luncheon at 1 p.m. and social time at 12:30. Reservations are not needed. Call 937-243-3600 for more information.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Des Moines Tech High graduates (all years) meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at Annís Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, San Juan. Dick Overholser, 956-461-2651 or 515-321-4034.

Monday, Jan. 25

New Prague, Belle Plaine, Jordan, Minn. and surrounding area Winter Texans will hold their annual luncheon at the Junction Cafť, 11 S. Cage Blvd., Pharr, at 10:30 a.m. Serving starts at 11 a.m. Dick Eischens, 952-217-9919.