It’s another beautiful week in the Rio Grande Valley!

Love seeing and hearing about everyone’s summer vacation and travels.  South Padre Island is the hot spot where many go to bathe in the sun and take a dip in the ocean.  Families and friends especially flocked to SPI last weekend during the 4th of July celebration.  Seen around the island were:  Julie & Ryan Peterson; Karen Peterson; Lance Peterson; Daren Peterson; Cynthia McDonald; Jerri-Lynn Mata; Lorena Castillo & Jorge Saldana; Jessica & Elijah Gutierrez; Marissa & Scott Gerlach; Selinda Ortega; Maritza Esqueda; Kristina & Michael Silva; Karina & Eddie Longoria; Lorie Garza Martinez; and many more. The island was packed and at the end of the night everyone enjoyed the fireworks!

Enjoyed the 4th of July Parade in McAllen with sister, Kelly Chapa; mother, Rose Chapa; and little nieces, Elena andOlivia.  We saw many floats. Bikes and cool cars.  I think the girls loved the very end where Santa Claus blew a kiss to our little Olivia. (Now all she talks about is Christmas).  The parade began with Mayor Jim Darling and his lovely wife, Sandra.  Others seen in and at the parade were:  Christina & John Ball; Sam Saldivar, Jr.; Ruben Ramirez; Tony Forina; Ray Pedraza; Sara Saldivar; Marco Suarez; Beverly Bradburn; Melissa & Eddie Almaraz; Letty Salinas Bazan; Frances Flores; Stephanie Pena; Isabel Chavez; Raul Ramirez; and many many more. It was a hot day, but a fun way to celebrate America’s birthday.

Happy anniversary to my dear friends Heather & Jared Marks from last week!  Happy anniversary to Anna & Ruben Sanchez, Sr. from last week!

Save the date:  A new fun and exciting event is coming to Sofie’s “SS” Saloon on August 13th at 5PM.  The American Cancer Society will host its Inaugural Human Foosball Tournament.  Please call the local office (956)682-8329 for more information or email to sign up a team.  Teams are $60 or $10/person.  It’s going to be a BALL!!! 

The Rio Grande Valley is a special place and it is home.  The recent horrific events from last week weigh heavy on my mind.  What is this world coming to?  The hatred, the unnecessary deaths all around make me sad. Let’s all love one another, respect each other and support each other.

This week’s birthdays include:  Celebrating on Monday were my dear friend Faith Padron; Tony Godinez; Veronica Ibarra; Amy Stephens;  Tracy Twenhafel; and Dr. Edward Requenez.  Yesterday Claudia De Leon Dimas; Letty Gonzalez-Leal; Jacquie Laizure; and Patsy Vela celebrated their birthdays. Today’s birthdays include:  the beautifulKristy Ochoa; Ivana Longoria; Jessica Rodriguez; Matthew O’caña; Victor O’caña; Jo Lynn Aldape; Juan Garza; and Stephanie Bishop.  Friday’s birthdays include:  Nereida Lopez-Singleterry and Cathy Taylor.   Finally, weekend wishes are going out to Lauren Ellington; Garrett Oldham; Jesus Chapa; Rosendo Martinez; and Lisa Lara-Flores.   Have a fabulous week and I hope to see you soon!   

XoXo, April

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