Original Winter Texan
Wednesday, Feb. 10
Alcoa Retirees luncheon the second Wednesday of the month at noon at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. Second Street (Rowe), McAllen. Spouses and friends welcome. Pat Bice, 956-687-5367 or 563-249-1235.
New England Luncheon Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Golden Corral in Harlingen. M. Ashley, 956-423-5369.
Iowa State University alumni and friends breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Victoria Palms Resort Restaurant, Donna. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 956-968-8180.
Hamilton County, Iowa reunion at 11 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. 956-787-2646.
Carriage Travel Club Winter Texan Chapter Nine will meet at 11 a.m. for lunch at Ann’s Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, San Juan. All owners of Carriage products are invited. Chuck & Maryann Bates, 956-581-7356.
Escapee’s Iowa Wild Rose Chapter 48 will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Ann’s Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, San Juan. Dick Overholser, 956-461-2651 or 515-321-4034.
Wayland, Iowa; Henry County Winter Texan Reunion at 1:30 p.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, McAllen.
Milbank, So. Dakota and surrounding area annual Winter Texan Dinner at noon at Ann’s Restaurant in San Juan. Kay, 956-702-4947.
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, Feb. 11
Melvern Lake, Kans. Get-together from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. Pat Carey, 785-249-5296.
Quincy, Ill. Area Winter Texan gathering at 4 p.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. Please wear name tags. Doris, 956-703-4527.
Colorado Winter Texan reunion luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street (Rowe), McAllen. Phil, 719-648-5134 or Verna, 719-740-1273.
Excel Owners of Missouri are invited to a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Harold’s Country Kitchen, Donna. Harold, 660-473-4199.
RGV Chapter of Bounders of America will meet at 1 p.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. Business meeting will follow lunch. Ray Fink, 402-733-8972.
Friday, Feb. 12
Franklin County, Iowa luncheon at 11 a.m. at Fiesta Tex-Mex Restaurant, 615 Bus. 83, Weslaco. 641-425-9070. No sign up necessary.
SunnyBrook and Mobile Scout owners luncheon, sponsored by SunnyTravelers RV Club at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. Bingo at 10 a.m., lunch at 11. RSVP to Jackie at SunnyTravelers, 800-262-5178 or Greg Hermann at 620-727-2414 or email email@example.com.
Madison, Macoupin and surrounding Illinois counties annual Winter Texan get together (former Shell employee reunion) at 5:30 p.m. at Harold’s Country Kitchen, 2111 E. Bus. 83, Donna.
Evening of Nostalgia with music of the ‘40s-‘70s American standards, country classics and easy listening music sung by Carlos R. Canas at 7:30 p.m. at the Harlingen Performing Arts Theater, Fair Park exit. This is a fundraiser for the theater due to being closed for a year after sustaining damage from Hurricane Dolly. Vance Greek will also be performing across the street at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium with two shows at 3 and 7 p.m.
Dance to the music of Deuces Wild from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the American Legion in La Feria. Free. 797-3701.
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 park’s 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.
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.
Fish Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and free dance to the music of Johnnie Francis from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the La Feria American Legion.
Saturday, Feb. 13
Wisconsin WIT Club invites all Wis. Winnebago/Itasca owners (and friends) to a gathering at 11 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s in McAllen.
Valley Byliners annual writers’ workshop at the Harlingen Public Library, 410 76 Drive, Harlingen. Shoney Flores, creative writing instructor at the University of Texas at Brownsville, will present a short story writing workshop. Registration for the all-day workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost for non-members if $10 payable at the door. Coffee will be provided and attendees may select to purchase lunch from a menu provided by a local establishment who will deliver to the library. Those not wishing to pay for lunch are invited to bring their own brown bag lunch. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Karaoke from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion in La Feria. 797-3701.
Rio Roundup Rodeo every Saturday night at the Sheriff’s 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.
Brownsville Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to noon at Linear Park between 6th and 7th Streets and Harrison, Brownsville. Local produce, eggs, shrimp and honey avail. Cooking demonstrations and more.
Sunday, Feb. 14
Dance to the music of Overland Express from 3 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion in La Feria. Free. 797-3701.
Shuffleboard tournament at 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 37, 1305 E. Jasmine, McAllen. Food and drinks avail.
Monday, Feb. 15
Polk and Barron County, Wis. and surrounding area reunion at 11:30 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, McAllen. Wear your park badge if you have one. 715-541-2485.
Airstream Owners Chowdown and Gabfest — All Airstreamers in the Valley are invited to our second annual meeting and lunch at 11:30 a.m. at Peter Piper Pizza, corner of Exp. 83 and Alamo Road, Alamo. An informational meeting will be followed by a buffet lunch at noon. Don McKelvay, email@example.com.
Fundraiser for Children’s Haven International at Trinity Worship Center, 4801 N. Cage Blvd., Pharr. Silent auction from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dinner ($6 plate with drink & dessert) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Special entertainment by Child Sponsors Gordy & Debbie Wensel. Live auction and fashion show at 6:30. Bake sale and door prizes. Benefits children’s home in Reynosa. 956-787-7378.
Walworth County, Wis. annual reunion at 1 p.m. at Harold’s Country Kitchen, 2111 E. Bus. 83, Donna.
Tuesday, Feb. 16
North Dakota Picnic at 11 a.m. at Alamo Palms Park Pavilion. Bring dish to pass, drinks and table service. 701-320-3491 or 701-370-2277.
Southeast Minn. Bluegrass Association (SEMBA) Reunion from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Alamo Ballroom & Grill, 123 S. 8th Street, downtown Alamo (behind El Dorado Restaurant). Full menu avail. Bring your instruments — jamming all afternoon. Darrell Ottman, 507-251-1884.
WCSA Winter Texan Reunion at 11:30 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. Second Street, McAllen. LaVonne, 701-640-4991.
Ohio Nomads Winter Luncheon at 1 p.m. at the Junction Café, Pharr. For reservations, call Butch Sherman, 419-680-2373.
Lois Club annual meeting at 11 a.m. at Victoria Palms Restaurant, 802 N. Victoria Road, Donna. No reservation required: order off menu or have buffet. Lois Betz, 608-738-8729 or Lois Tobin, 956-781-0555.
Worth, Winnebago counties of Iowa and Faribault County, Minn. reunion at noon at Peter Piper Pizza, 3201 N. Conway, Mission. John Wonsmos, 956-519-0468.
John Deere Des Moines Works Retiree Luncheon at Harold’s Country Kitchen in Donna. Doors open at 11 a.m. Contact Kay Voshell at 956-440-1985 for reservations.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Des Moines Tech High graduates (all years) meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at Ann’s Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, San Juan. Dick Overholser, 956-461-2651 or 515-321-4034.
Dubuque, Dubuque Co., Iowa and surrounding neighbors 18th Annual Reunion at 11 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. Col. Rowe (2nd Street), McAllen. Food, fun and conversation. Please wear badges or name tags. 563-663-4705.
Clinton County, Illinois Reunion at 11:30 a.m. at the Victoria Palms Resort Restaurant in Weslaco. Friends from neighboring counties are invited to attend. No reservations required. 956-783-6847.
3M and McLeod & Meeker County, Minn. get together at 11 a.m. at Victoria Palms Restaurant in Donna. Louise, 612-916-9236 or Hartly, 956-289-8261. All welcome.
Missouri Retired Rural Carrier Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Tejas Restaurant, 1308 Maco Road (I Road just north of SH 495), Pharr. Jeanette, 816-738-3006.
Dekalb Co. Ill. and surrounding area reunion from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ann’s Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, San Juan. Alta Hough, 815-751-4217.
Albert Lea, Minn. Retired Streater Employees will meet at 1 p.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. Col. Rowe Blvd, McAllen. Dwaine Abbe, 507-318-0554.
Michigan 27th Annual Reunion at the Shriners Hall, 1044 W. Nolana, Pharr. Registration at noon. $1. Meeting following lunch. Chicken & brisket buffet for $7. Cash only.
Caterpillar Retiree Reunion at 11 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. Col. Rowe Blvd., McAllen. Door prizes and live music. No reservations required.
Alcoa Retirees luncheon at noon at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. Col. Rowe Blvd., McAllen. Spouses and friends welcome. Pat Bice, 956-687-5367 or 563-249-1235.
Thursday, Feb. 18
Minnesota DOT get together at 1 p.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. Col. Rowe, McAllen. Sandy, 612-210-5604.
Minnesota Winnebago-Itasca Club meets at 1 p.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, McAllen. All Winnebago product owners and guests welcome. 956-782-1835.
White County, Indiana luncheon at 11 a.m. at Lin’s Grand Buffet, Weslaco. Friends from neighboring counties welcome. No reservations needed. 956-519-0307.
Friday, Feb. 19
Kentucky Reunion at 9:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 401 E. Nolana, McAllen. Judy Wampler, 502-338-1590, on weekend if possible.
Decatur, Macon County, Ill. All Valley Luncheon at 1 p.m. at Harold’s Country Kitchen, 2111 E. Bus. 83, Donna. Kathy Moore, 956-787-8230.
Big Stone/Travers County, Minn. residents will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. at Las Margaritas Restaurant, 106 N. Cage Blvd., Pharr. Lawrence Findlay, 782-0800.
Monday, Feb. 22
Treasure Lake RV Park, Branson, Mo. Members get together at Victoria Palms Resort Restaurant, 602 N. Victoria Road, Donna. Meet at 2 p.m. eat upon arrival. $10. For reservations and menu, call Gene Hartman, 314-517-2284. Deadline for reservations Feb. 17.
Annual Yooper Roundup at Harold’s Country Kitchen on Bus. 83, Donna. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and meal will be served at noon. There will be a $1 per person registration fee to cover expenses and prizes. Anyone from the Upper Pennisula of Michigan, or who has ties to the Upper Pennisula, is invited to attend. Walter L. Werden, 906-221-0605; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Excel of Iowa will have a reunion at 11 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. Col. Rowe Blvd., McAllen. Larry Forbes, 956-783-0806.
Hormel Foods Retirees dinner will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Harold’s Country Kitchen, 2111 E. Bus. 83, Donna. All retirees and spouses/guests are encouraged to attend. Buffet lunch will be served. Carl Gerlach, 956-464-7071 or Donna Roche, 956-973-8548.
Excel Tour Reunion for Excel owners who have been on any of the 10 Excel tours. Join us for lunch at the Junction Café in Pharr. Phone Steve Benton, 608-214-0100, before Feb. 19 for more info and to make your necessary reservation.
WWII Vets breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Echo Hotel, Edinburg.
Cherokee County, Iowa Winter Texans will meet at 11 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street (Col. Rowe Blvd.), McAllen. All current and former Cherokee County residents welcome. 712-229-1435.
Thursday, Feb. 25
Sedalia, Mo. (and surrounding area) Day for Winter Texans at 11:30 a.m. at the Riverside Club in Mission. This event enables friends from the Sedalia area a time to get together for lunch and to visit. Mary Ann Reine, 660-438-3446.
Sunday, March 7
Minnesota Northshore annual potluck picnic from noon to ? at Valley View Estates, 2100 Vernon Street, Mission. BYOTS. Bonnie Kruger, 956-787-5236.
Friday, March 12
Wisconsin Reunion at Shriners Hall, 1044 W. Nolana, Pharr. Registration at 11:30 a.m. $1. Chicken and brisket buffet for $7. Make reservations before March 19: 956-781-1986. BYOB. Setups avail.