Calendar of Events (Feb. 8-11)


Through Feb. 14
Love Our Troops Campaign
Rio Athletics and Fundraising together with American Military Support is holding a Love Our Troops campaign, in which two 2012 Harley Davidson 1200 Xl cc Sportsters will be up for a drawing on Feb. 14 in La Feria. For more information, call (956) 970-7188, or email or

Through Feb. 18
Fiber Arts Competition and Exhibit
The Fiber Arts Competition and Exhibit will be held Jan. 26-Feb. 18 at the D’Arte Centre, 115 Jackson, Harlingen, featuring local artists. The items on exhibit will be judged with First Place receiving $100. Entry deadline is Jan. 14. For more information, call (956) 425-4030, (956) 202-3778 or visit This exhibit is in connection with Shop Hop Harlingen and San Benito,, a fundraiser for Loaves and Fishes of the RGV.

Through 2012
Pecan Sale Fundraiser
The San Benito Historical Museum’s annual fundraiser pecan sale is now underway. There is a limited amount of chopped pecans, otherwise the pecans are halfs. For more information, email or call (956) 245-8094.

Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Library Chess Club
The San Benito Public Library is starting a chess club to meet every Wednesday from 5-6:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 11 and running through March 28. The club is open to all regardless of experience. For more information, call (956) 361-3860.

Feb. 11
Valley Byliners Workshop
The Valley Byliners workshop, “Get That Book Published (and Your Articles Too)” will be held on Feb. 11, 2012 at the Harlingen Public Library, located on 410 ’76 Drive, from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Early registration is encouraged before Jan. 1. For more information, visit or call (956) 399-8505.

Feb. 11
Vanity Fair 2012
San Benito High School will hold the annual Vanity Fair Coronation Ceremony and Dance on Saturday, Feb. 11. This year’s selected theme is “Hollywood.” Parents are welcomed to attend the Coronation Ceremony, which will be held at the San Benito High School Cafeteria from 7-8 p.m. The Student Council invites all San Benito High School and Veterans Memorial Academy students to the dance, which will follow the Coronation Ceremony. The dance will be held from 8-12 p.m. For more information, call (956) 361-6500.

Feb. 11
Stamp Show
The Magic Valley Stamp Club will hold a stamp show Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Fun N Sun RV Park in San Benito, located on 1400 Zillock Rd. For more information, call (956) 202-1822.

Feb. 11
Citrus Greening Disease
A program presented by Dr. Monte Nesbitt, Citrus Specialist at Texas A&M University in College Station will focus on Citrus Greening Disease. The event is open to the public and will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m.-12 noon at the Cameron County San Benito Annex, located on 1390 W. Expressway 83 in San Benito. For more information, call (956) 361-8236.

Feb. 11
Noche de Ronda
The Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum will present their Sixth Annual Valentine’s Dance “Noche de Ronda,” featuring Noe Pro and The Band on Feb. 11 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the San Benito Knights of Columbus Hall, 826 E. Stenger St. For table reservations, call Rey Avila at (956) 245-1666. Proceeds raised will go to support the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Scholarship Fund.

Feb. 14
Free Weddings
Judge Elia Cornejo Lopez, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, offers to perform free wedding ceremonies on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The judge is waiving the normal fee of $150.00. This is the fifth year that Judge Cornejo Lopez provides this public service to the citizens of Cameron County. Ceremonies will take place between 9 a.m. and 12 noon in her courtroom, 404th Judicial District Court, located on the third floor of the Cameron County Courthouse, 974 E. Harrison St., Brownsville. For more information, call Sandra M. Betancourt, at (956) 544-0837. Couples must pay for their marriage licenses, which can be provided by the Cameron County Clerk’s Office, second floor of the Administrative Building, no later than Feb. 10. Licenses must be issued 72 hours before the wedding day.

Feb. 16
Rotary Club Shrimp Fest
Shrimp Fest is open to the public at Casa De Amistad, Harlingen, from 5:30-7:30pm. For more information, call Shirley Vega at (956) 399-3301. Proceeds benefit the San Benito and Harlingen Rotary Clubs.

March 10
Texas Independence Day
Live re-enactment of the famous Battle of the Alamo with period vendors baking pan de campo and chili and vendors selling period items, the annual Texas Independence Day celebration will be held Saturday, March 10 in San Benito. Live entertainment. Vendors can sign-up at the San Benito Chamber of Commerce Office, 200 N. Travis St., or by calling (956) 399-5321.

March 10
Kelly Miller Circus
Sponsored by San Benito Chamber of Commerce, the Kelly Miller Circus will be held Saturday, March 10 in San Benito. For more information, call (956) 399-5321.

March 24
Cameron County RGVDA Diabetes Event
The Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association will be hosting its Second Annual Diabetes Fundraiser on March 24, 2012. This year’s event name will be changed to the Cameron County RGVDA Diabetes Event – San Benito Event at the Heavin Resaca Trail. Cameron County individuals, families, businesses and organizations are invited to participate to raise funds for community awareness, support and research for Cameron County. For more information, call Ray Saldaña at (956) 622-2733 or Martha Saldaña at (956) 241-2603, or email

April 13
Fifth Annual RGV Autism Walk
The RGV Autism Awareness Group will hold the Fifth Annual Autism Walk at the Heavin Resaca Trail in San Benito on April 13 from 6-10 p.m. For more information, call (956) 535-2140 or (956) 456-8023.

April 20-22
SBHS Class of 1997 15th Reunion
The San Benito High School Class of 1997 will hold their 15-year class reunion April 20-22, 2012 at South Padre Island. The first day will be Friday, April 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sunset Boat Cruise and 9 p.m. for a mixer at Louie’s Backyard. On Saturday, at La Copa Inn Ballroom from 6:30-7:30 p.m. there will be a dinner before a class picture scheduled at 7:30 p.m. and a dance from 8 p.m.-12 midnight. There will be an after part event at the hotel. For more information, contact Yesenia Gonzalez Costilla via email at

June 22-23
SBHS Class of 1987 25th Reunion
The San Benito High School Class of 1987 will be having their 25th class reunion from June 22-23. All invitations and registration forms will be sent via e-mail to Patricia Avila: For more information, call (956) 245-5005.

Friends of the Library
The Friends of the San Benito Public Library meets the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. inside the library, located on 101 W. Rose St. For more information, call Valerie A. Hpperstad at (956) 346-6138.

Volunteers Sought
Amenity Hospice, Inc. is currently seeking volunteers 16 years and older, including current high school seniors, recent graduates, college students, and retired adults. Volunteers will specifically be providing services to hospice patients. For more information, call (956) 361-5100.

South Texas United Auto Workers Retirees
The South Texas United Auto Workers Retirees will begin holding monthly meetings scheduled for the second Tuesday of every month on 1509 Morgan Blvd. in Harlingen. Meetings start at 10:30 a.m.

Fuerza Workers’ Rights Meetings
The South Texas Adult Resource Training (START) Center holds “Fuerza” Worker’s Rights Meetings at the center third Tuesday of each month, as well as the TIFA (Texas Inmate Families Association) Chapter Meetings the last Wednesday of each month.

Des Moines, Iowa East High School Meetings
All who’ve attended East High School in Des Moines, Iowa are welcome to attend meetings held every third Wednesday of the month inside the Junction Cafe in Pharr, TX, located half a block south of Expressway 83 on the corner of Cage (US 281) and Park Street. For more information, call Lucy Rowland at (956) 781-6611.

Story Time At The Library
The San Benito Public Library hosts story time every Friday for Head Start students; DVD cartoons are also shown. Events are held inside the San Benito Public Library on 101 W. Rose St. For more information, call (956) 361-3860.

Migrant Head Start Recruitment
Free Head Start services in La Paloma, Teaching & Mentoring Communities is currently enrolling children ages 18 months to five years of age for its Migrant Head Start Program. Children must be from migrant families. Families with children with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, call (956) 399-6046.

Writers Forum
The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum is held every first Tuesday of the month inside the center, located on 255 E. Stenger St. For more information, call Beto Conde at (956) 350-3905.

Tunes By The Trail
Tunes by the Trail will be held monthly. For more information, call (956) 361-3800.

Paper Recycling Center
The Paper Recycling Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. at the City Service Center, located on 925 West Stenger St.

Time Capsule
The Time Capsule Project preserves history for future generations by investing in a time capsule at the San Benito Municipal Building, located on 401 N. Sam Houston. For more information, call (956) 361-3804, ext. 113.

Pride Committee
The Pride Beautification Committee of the Chamber of Commerce meets monthly to tour the city and select one Home of the Month and one Business of the Month. For more information, call (956) 399-5763.

Mentoring Children
The Valley International Community Development Corporation is seeking mentors for a new program called “Mentoring Children of Prisoners.” For more information, call the VICDC at (956) 399-3777.

Cancer Support Group
Cancer Support Group meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at 4501 S. Expressway 83 in Harlingen. For more information, call Cheryl Sproles at (956) 821-3943, or Melody Serrato at (956) 459-3415.

RGV Food Bank Volunteers Needed
The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. seeks summer volunteers of all ages who want to turn donated hours into meals for seniors, children or working poor families. Students and adults are encouraged to sign up for summer hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with some Saturday and evening hours available. Volunteer ages 14 and under need adult supervision. For more information, call Cameron Lacy or Nadia Ochoa at (956) 682-8101.

Headstart Recruitment
The La Paloma Texas Migrant Council Headstart is currently recruiting children ages 18 months to 5 years. Families with children who have disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information regarding eligibility, call La Paloma TMC at (956) 399-6046, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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