Congratulations to the new King Citrus 2009 Tom Aderhold of Edinburg, and to Queen Citrianna 2009 Lauren Guerra of Mission. Identity of the new king is a closely guarded secret until coronation night, though King Aderhold and his family were in on it. He had been a vice president of Donna Fruit Company for many years, and has held many leadership positions in the Valley citrus industry . . .
Congratulations are also due to Morgan Martinez of Mission, who was chosen to be queen next year, in January, 2010. (Does the year 2010 sound a little too “future” for you? Yep, me, too)
Nancy Henson reviewed Jane Goodall the Woman Who Redefined Man by Dale Peterson for our book club last week, and a good time was had by all. Jane is the primatologist who has studied chimpanzees for so many years at the Gombe Stream Research Center in Africa. Hostesses were Gay Hill and Carol Lynn Looney . . .
Saw the club’s resident party planner Betty Gegenheimer, who is thinking green ahead of time for St. Patrick’s Day . . .
Free restaurant review: you should dine at the Pelican Cove restaurant in McAllen, just off old business highway 83 on 6th and Ash. The owner who has thoughtfully used a beautiful décor and has provided (take note!) covered parking is Oscar Salinas. The competent cheery waitress who delivered our delicious steak and seafood was Katherine Doino . . .
Saw Sue Martin and her mom out when we were separately making our grocery store runs . . .
McAllen’s Pan American Round Table had an interesting program yesterday on Cuba, arranged by Norma Ornelas and Sylvia Alaniz . . .
Zone 1 PART Director Elsie Perez of Edinburg was a guest at the meeting. She is always full of enthusiasm and information, and you can check out the organization’s Web site at www.alliancepartzone1.com . . .
Let’s hear some applause for Wells Fargo for awarding the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen $25,000 towards the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, “Science on a Sphere.” This exhibit is the first in Texas and currently one of 25 in the world. Special gratitude goes to Alma Ortega-Johnson, Wells Fargo Community Banking President and IMAS Board of Trustees member . . .
This coming Saturday, February 7th, the IMAS Museum Guild is having their annual rummage sale, so take your donations to the museum, 1900 Nolana, this Friday, Feb. 6th, in the morning if possible. For pick-up of larger donations, call Ann Brandt at 686-7141 to schedule the museum truck (immediately). All proceeds will benefit educational programs, so show up this Saturday and buy, buy, buy . . .
Happy birthday for yesterday to Marta Riviera; for today to Vicki Skaggs, Margie McCreery, Alla Mae Westbrook, and Buck Pettitt . . .
If you know of a birthday or other news that you want mentioned, please call ahead of time and see the following note. I would like to thank all of you who showed me and my family such love and concern in the past two weeks . . .
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