Original Winter Texan

Jan. 20-21

Winter Texan Expo & Health Fair at the Pharr International Convention Center, N. 281, Pharr. www.wintertexanexpo.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

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.

Cherokee County, Iowa Winter Texans will meet at 9 a.m. at Las Margaritas Restaurant, 106 N. Cage, Pharr. 712-229-1435.

Retired Rural Carriers annual meeting at Ann’s Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, San Juan. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Claud & Arlene Stockham, 573-289-2649.

Des Moines, Iowa — East High School meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Fiesta Tex-Mex Restaurant, 615 W. Bus. 83, Weslaco. All who attended East High are urged to attend. Lucy Rowland, 956-781-6611.

Adventure Caravans luncheon/social at noon at the Golden Corral in Weslaco. If you’ve been on a tour, going on a tour or thinking about going on a RV tour, join us for lunch. Cheryl, 607-226-3526.

3M Winter Texan Get Together at 11 a.m. at the Victoria Palms Restaurant, Donna. All welcome.

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, Jan. 21

Holiday Rambler Chapter 191 will meet at the American Legion Post No. 37, 1305 E. Jasmine Street, north of Exp. 83 off Jackson Road, McAllen. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch at 11:30 with a short meeting and entertainment to follow.

Minnesota Winnebago-Itasca Club will meet at 1 p.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, N. 2nd Street, McAllen. All Winnebago product owners are welcome. 956-782-1835.

Jan. 22-23

24th Annual All Valley Carving Show sponsored by Rio Grande Valley Wood Carvers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pharr International Convention Center, 3000 N. Cage (US 281). Vendors, drawings. $2. Email Jeff Slabaugh at midmilst@yahoo.com; Dorothy, 956-581-2448.

Friday, Jan. 22

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.

Saturday, Jan. 23

Karaoke from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion in La Feria. 797-3701.

Iowa State University game watch for alumni and fans of ISU at Tierra Santa Golf Club, 1901 Club de Amistad, Weslaco. Meet at 12:30. Lunch is available on site. For reservations, email soy1938@yahoo.com. Or call 956-968-8180.

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 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, Jan. 24

Dance to the music of Deuces Wild 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, Jan. 25

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

Annual Jackson Co., Minn. Winter Texan get-together at noon at the Victoria Palms Restaurant, Donna.

Northern Illinois Annual Reunion from 1 to 3 .m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. Wear your park badge. Games and free door prizes. 956-461-6583 to register.

Nebraska Winter Texan potluck picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Palmer Pavilion, 308 E. Hackberry, McAllen. Bring food to share, table service and drink. $1, includes music by Wee Willia and a few friends, and door prizes.

If you love to sing, we’d love to meet you! Magic Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will hsot an open house/guest night to introduce their new director. The group sings four-part harmony, barbershop style. Open house will begin at 7 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1105 W. Fern, McAllen. Contact mvcsingsforyou@aol.com, www.magicvalleychorus.org or 956-461-3935.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

FCRV Annual Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Harold’s Country Kitchen, 2111 E. Bus. 83, Donna. Reservations are not required but would be appreciated. Feel free to bring a friend or friends. Call Shirley, 712-310-7187.

Oklahoma Annual get-together from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Legion Post No. 37, McAllen. Lunch, entertainment. Reservations required, 405-364-7091.

Kanabec County, Minn. and surrounding area residents to meet at 11:30 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 100 N. Col. Rowe Blvd., McAllen. Jerry Fischer, 763-370-7261 or Arlon Haupert, 956-585-7188.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

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

Wisconsin Retired Educators Association, RGV Chapter, will meet at 11 a.m. at Shoney’s Restaurant, Exp. 83, McAllen. There will be a short business meeting followed by a program presented by Barbara Storz, extension eduator with Texas AgriLife. All retired educators, school employees and spouses are welcome to attend. 956-973-0366 or 956-581-1177.

Thursday, Jan. 28

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1441 will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Denny’s, 401 E. Nolana, McAllen. This will be the first meeting of the year and all members are urged to attend. 682-7890.

Jan. 29-31

R/C Airshow from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mid Valley Airport in Weslaco. See radio controlled aircraft take to the sky. $7 per carload. Bleachers for the public. Bring your own chair & sunscreen. 956-969-0291.

Friday, Jan. 29

Clara City, Minn. Area gathering breakfast buffet at 9 a.m. at Don Beto’s Restaurant, Mile 2W Road, south of Exp. 83, Mercedes. 320-894-5429.

Kansas Day Celebration — Breakfast at 8 a.m. at Luby’s, Exp. 83, Weslaco. All Kansans welcome.

Saturday, Jan. 30

Cass County, Mo. Annual Reunion at 11 a.m. at Harold’s Country Kitchen, 2111 E. Bus. 83, Donna.

Sunday, Jan. 31

16th Annual Polka Worship Service will be held at 8 and 9:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1104 W. Fern, McAllen. 956-631-6121 or www.oursaviormcallen.org.

Monday, Feb. 1

Pike County, Ill. Breakfast at 9 a.m. at Don Beto’s Restaurant, 1900 W. Exp. 83, Mercedes. George & Eloise Claus, 956-584-5599.

28th Annual Hardin County, Iowa Dinner will be held at Harold’s Country Kitchen, Donna at noon. All Hardin County residents, former residents and friends are welcome. Bernard Miller, 641-640-0014 or Sonny Lange, 641-373-0401.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Thief River Falls, Minn. Area Winter Texans and former residents are invited to the 25th annual reunion at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, 4100 N. Col. Rowe (N. 2nd Street), McAllen. Registration and social begins at 11:30 a.m. with a meal at 12:30 p.m. No reservations required. Wear your park badger for a meal discount. Lundes, 956-681-9940.

Keokuk County, Iowa and surrounding area residents will have their annual gathering at 11 a.m. at Gatti’s Pizza, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. For directions call 956-687-1537 or Darrell Linder for more info., 970-396-6627.

RGV Retired Rails group will meet at Harold’s 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, Feb. 3

NCT (National Camping Travelers) and Master Masons interested in camping will meet at 11:30 a.m. at JAGZ, 419 N. Cage Blvd., Pharr. Luncheon at noon. Call Judy Hull, 956-461-2975 or Dale Verran, 989-329-0475 for reservations by Jan. 30.

Xcel Energy (formerly NSP) will hold their annual luncheon at 11 a.m. at Harold’s Country Kitchen, 211 E. Bus. 83 in Donna. Shirley Boerger, 956-581-8084 or Abby, 956-969-1450.

Ohio Reunion will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Gatti’s Pizza, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. All Buckeyes are welcome. Please wear your park badges to get the Winter Texan special. Carol Flowers, 956-581-5414 or Bob Etgen, 956-781-5680.

Thursday, Feb. 4

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.

Dickinson County, Iowa and surrounding counties will hold their annual reunion at 11:30 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. Please wear your park badges.

Iowa Winnie Hawks will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. All WIT members are invited. 515-865-3506.

PLAY — “Agnes of God” presented by El Paseo Arts Foundation and the Camille Playhouse at the SPI Convention Center on South Padre Island. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeurves, cash bar and art exhibit from Laguna Madre Art League starts at 6:30. $25. Tickets available at SPI Visitors Center and online at www.elpaseoarts.org. 956-943-4700.

Friday, Feb. 5

Madison County, Iowa Winter Texans will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Harold’s Country Kitchen, Donna. All past and present residents and friends are welcome. Don Frank, 956-447-8399.

Harrison County/Albany, Missouri Winter Texan Reunion from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, 4100 N. Col. Rowe Blvd. (2nd Street), McAllen. Louise Galloway, 814-853-8712.

Saturday, Feb. 6

22nd Annual Coin & Collectible Show sponsored by Hidalgo Coin Club from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pharr Civic Center, 1011 W. Kelly, Pharr. $1. Hourly door prizes.

Monday, Feb. 8

Dickey County, North Dakota residents will meet at 11 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Weslaco.

Iowa County luncheon will be held at 2 p.m. at Luby’s in Weslaco off of Westgate Drive. Any present or former Iowa County residents are invited to attend. Please wear your park badges. We are opening our luncheon to any surrounding counties this year, if you would like to join us. 956-565-2858.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Ottertail Co., Minn. Get together at 11:30 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. Wear your park badges. 218-770-0397.

All Valley Illinois Reunion at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, 4100 N. Col. Rowe Blvd. (2nd Street), McAllen. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. Marianne Pilkington, 956-279-7916.

Rochester, Minn. Area Winter Texan luncheon will be held at Harold’s Country Kitchen, Donna. Social hour at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow at noon. No registration required. Call Bud or Roxie Moen if you have questions.

Michigan Good Sam Club will meet at noon at the Nomad Shrine Club, 1044 W. Nolana, Pharr.

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.