In just ten days, you will have the opportunity to attend the International Museum of Art & Science's 30th anniversary Collage, Strands of Time, honoring none other than Marge Bentsen, founder of the first Collage fundraiser at IMAS. Co-chaired by Dora Cárdenas and Debbie Ingram, this will be an elegant black-tie optional affair featuring dinner, music, dancing, and fabulous auctions — all to benefit McAllen's museum. Call 682-1564 for your reservations for Saturday, October 17th . . .

A sampling of the auction items would have to include fine jewelry from sponsor Deutsch & Deutsch, a men's only party donated by Marge Bentsen, and a ride in a racecar — an actual lap around the Indianapolis 500 racetrack, including the flight there and back, of course! IMAS Board President Ned Wallace assured me this will be the best ever . . .

When we attended the very first Collage (yes, as youngsters), all of McAllen was wowed by the elegant auction setup, the quality of the donations and the imagination involved to produce such an event. Collage #1 was the very first of the fundraiser auctions held here, and we all thank Marge Bentsen for giving McAllen the idea . . .

Saw many lovely Junior League members at our recent sustainers' get-together, such as President Kristy Ochoa, President-Elect Denise Garcia, Community Affair VP Lynse Guerra, and the team of Rachel Torres and Olicia Hinojosa, who are leading the provisionals on the volunteer pathway . . .

Visited with former neighbor Monica Guerra and Chanel Cantu (yes, her name is very cute!), two of the newest League members, and these ladies who are really brand-new members of the fall provisional class: Ana Hansen, Therese Blaha, Monica Rivera, Vanessa Castañeda, and Christi Maldonado . . .

Saw sustainers Annie Greenfield, Terry Miller, Donna Schuster, Darlene Hart, Shirley Slusher, Tina Martin, Melinda Bosquez, Wileen King, Debbie Groves, and Linda Cattaruzza, to name a few. We ladies were relieved that "wine by the lake" was inside, so that we could view the lake from air-conditioned comfort . . .

The large crowd was in a musical mood at the opening night of the Valley Symphony Orchestra. Just a few of those in attendance included Glynn Morgan, Berry & Don Fritz, Trudie & Maricruz Abbott, Alice & Dr. Marvin Tavárez, Jackie Jones, Blaine Holcomb, Mary Nell Baldridge, Ann Craig, Janet Wallace, Lynn Ferrell, and her granddaughter Kaylyn Sphr . . .

Don't bother to correct my spelling on several names — they are all spelled correctly, or the defenseless Town Crier did it!

Had a delicious cabrito meal, reminiscent of Mexico, and met manager Tony Gonzalez, at El Pastor Restaurant, 1400 E. Exp. 83, McAllen. So you don't need to cross the bridge for good cabrito!

Met Chavelita Ortegon with NohemĂ- Vela, and we had fun talking about living in Mission and McAllen . . .

Birthday greetings for yesterday go to Carrie Manthey Ochoa and Connie Vela . . .

Happy birthday for today to the aforementioned Tina Martin and Susan Galik, who apologized with a straight face for having such good partners and good cards the other day . . .

And for tomorrow, happy birthday to that hardworking Collage co-chair Dora Cárdenas, Steve Crain, and Morris Nelson, III . . .

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