Original Winter Texan

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.

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.

Winter Texan Shrimp Boil from 3 to 5 p.m. sponsored by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. It will be held in The Garden at the Lighthouse — the new patio area just opened next to Desiner Consigner. The shrimp boil will feature a Cajun shrimp boil meal, refreshments and live entertainment by Tom Wayne. Tickets are $5 per person. For information, contact the Chamber at 943-2262.

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. 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.

Halstead, Kans. Spring Lake RV Resort Reunion will be at noon at Ann’s Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, San Juan. Everyone who is a member or has visited Spring Lake RV Resort is welcome to attend. Call Wayne & Karen Gehring with questions at 316-772-6713 or 316-772-1360.

History Program — The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2010 on at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 7 p.m. Rod Bates, a historian and owner of Antiques on Tarnava, will present “The War for Independence & Mexican Revolution.” His presentation will show how both events influenced Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. There will be an exhibition on display in the Historical Museum of documents and artifacts. Both museums will be open for guests to tour on the evening of the presentation.Drinks and Refreshments will be served. No Admission.

Feb. 26-28

South Padre Island Market Days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Padre Convention Center. Arts, crafts, collectibles, jewelry, fishing gear and much more. $1. 956-554-9899.

Friday, Feb. 26

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. 27

Irish Dance Spectacular — Edinburg Dance Theatre presents “A Touch of Irish” and other works at 2 p.m. ($5) and 7:30 p.m. ($8) at the University of Texas-Pan American Fine Arts Auditorium in Edinburg. Call 956-330-9439 for ticket information.

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. 28

RGV Concert Band performs at 3 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, McAllen.

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.

Wednesday, March 3

Dallas County, Iowa area luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. at Harold’s Country Kitchen in Donna. Doors open at 11 a.m. Please wear your name tags. Marilyn Hawbaker, 956-519-6765.

Armstrong Rubber, Pirelli, Titan Tire retirees 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.

Thursday, March 4

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

Waupaca County, Wisconsin current and former residents will hold their reunion at 11:30 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. Col. Rowe Blvd., McAllen. For information, contact Fred Rasmussion, 956-968-2847 or Don Van Deest, 715,340-5570. No reservations needed.

Friday, March 6

25th Annual Texas Independence Day Parade and Festival in the City of Alamo. Parade starts at 11 a.m. and will end at the city park on Main Street where the festival takes place. Vendors and parade entries are welcome. For information, call the Alamo Chamber of Commerce, 787-2117.

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.

Monday, March 8

Hitchhiker owners will meet for food, fun and fellowship at 11 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. For questions, call Sharon Sprague, 515-669-2323.

Wednesday, March 10

Alcoa retirees will have a luncheon at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N., 2nd Street, McAllen at noon. Spouses and friends welcome. Pat Bice, 956-687-5367 or 563-249-1235.

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.

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.

Saturday, March 13

Book Sale — The Friends of the Pharr Memorial Library will hold a $2 Book Bag Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Novels, non-fiction, children’s books, textbooks, tapes — both cassette and VHS, and encyclopedia sets will be available.

Sunday, March 14

Book Sale — The Friends of the Pharr Memorial Library will hold a $2 Book Bag Sale from 1 to 5 p.m. Novels, non-fiction, children’s books, textbooks, tapes — both cassette and VHS, and encyclopedia sets will be available.