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"If You Can See It, You Can Be It"

"If You Can See It, You Can Be It"

(Written for the Harlingen Independent School District Media and Public Relations department) Commissioner Julian Alvarez III, representing Labor on the three-member Texas Workforce Commission, appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in 2016, grew up in Harlingen in the Fair Park neighborhood. He attended Bonham and Bowie Elementary schools and played football at Gay Junior High School. While attending Harlingen High School (HHS), he was a letterman in baseball. He graduated from HHS in 1982. His parents didn’t expect him to go to college after graduation. They were hard workers (his father from La Feria sold cars for more than 25 years at Boggus Ford and his mother from Harlingen worked as a bank teller) but they had not attained higher education. The Commissioner's decision to attend college was part of what he calls “mirror association” – his close childhood friends Roberto Gallaga (now an Athletic Coordinator/Athletic Teacher at Memorial Middle School in Harlingen) and Daniel Araiza (now Principal at Secondary Alternative Center in Harlingen) went to Texas A&I University in Kingsville, and he followed suit after briefly attending Texas Southmost College. The Commissioner had to pay for college on his own so he worked as a custodian at The Sportsman in the summers while his father helped by providing his sales commissions when he could. The Commissioner was the first and only member of his family to attend and complete college, earning his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree from Texas A&I. His professional career started at Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Harlingen. He also worked as a highway patrolman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. He returned to TSTC as their Director of College Information, where he was responsible for getting students in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) interested in the TSTC programs and support services. He then made the leap into the political arena by serving as the Texas Regional Director for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. In that position, he championed legislative and policy issues related to south Texas. He also served as President and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership where he coordinated programs to advance economic development and employment opportunities. He was appointed to the Texas Workforce Commission in 2016 and has been extended by Governor Abbott through February 2023. As Commissioner, he is responsible for representing the interests of nearly 14.5 million working Texans, the second-largest skilled workforce in the United States, second only to California. During the pandemic the Commissioner informed me that more than 70 companies moved to Texas. The Commissioner was in Harlingen recently presenting Jobs & Education for Texans (JET) grant checks to Santa Maria Independent School District and the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. When asked what the checks provide, he explained that the funds enable training for students interested in welding (or other industries like auto body and healthcare) with welding stations and virtual reality (VR) glasses. For the students interested in healthcare, they can use a simulator to draw blood or even use a mannequin to simulate childbirth. This unique kind of training allows students to learn right away if the job they believe they wanted is a match or not. Students who complete this training are then able to move on to jobs that require specific certifications and credentials. When I asked the Commissioner what advice he would give to students, he said success doesn’t “necessarily require a four-year degree.” Many of the demanding occupations require industry credentials and other forms of certifications. Another saying he likes to tell young girls is “if you can see it, you can be it,” meaning visualize yourself in the job you want, whether it be in coding or Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM)-related fields, and you can make it a reality. The Commissioner informed me that kids in the RGV have many opportunities now and are excelling at the regional, state, and even national levels when competing in such contests as FIRST Robotics. Overall, he said “who you surround yourself can pretty much tell you how you are going to be in the future. Find positive people and be around them.” The Commissioner continued, “be humble with your success that you are going to have in the future” and continue to love your family. Another of his favorite sayings is: “Remember when you wanted everything you have today,” which is a reminder to stay humble and be grateful for what you have and the hard work it took you to get there.

A Raging Good Time

A Raging Good Time

When I told my 8-year-old daughter about the new rage room in Harlingen, Out-RAGE-Us, she wanted to go immediately. Out-RAGE-Us, "the original STX rage room" opened in Harlingen on July 16, 2021. They started with one rage room on opening day, but quickly expanded to two rage rooms, with a new paint splatter room already in the works. I went to their website to make a reservation. They currently have three options: BYOB Bring Your Own Breakables - 15 minutes for $15 per person Regular Session - 20 minutes for $30 per person Big Bang Session - 45 minutes for $50 per person We chose the Regular Session and paid in full to reserve our spot. (Kids are $5 less so I was refunded $5 after our session.) When we arrived, we signed the waiver (or you can save time by filling it out online). We waited for a few minutes while they were cleaning up the room from the previous appointment. We were taken to the back to get suited up with jumpsuit, goggles, construction hats, and gloves. We were asked to choose two items each to use in the rage room. Choices included hammers, baseball bats, and golf clubs. (Pro tip: the golf clubs worked the best for us, doing the most damage!) Once we got into our rage room, we were given some safety instructions and were asked not to hit the walls directly, although we could throw things against them. We were provided with two crates of breakables (plates, glasses, coffee cups, old radios, etc.). Then the timer began and we went for it! I had never seen my daughter like that! She destroyed everything, lol. And I could tell she was having an excellent time. It's hard to think that little kids have stress, but with the challenges of the pandemic, virtual learning, and lack of socialization during Covid, I couldn't blame her! About halfway through our session, the staff asked if we wanted water to drink. I am glad they did because with the jumpsuit and other items we had to wear, we got hot quickly. We took a brief water break and then continued. We had wanted them to record video of us, but the video was only set up in one of the two rooms. I believe they are working on take-home videos for an added cost. I was able to make a quick video of her destroying an old TV. Overall, we had a blast! It was an awesome way to relieve stress. Where else can you break stuff and not get in trouble? My daughter said she wanted to come back again! If you are sensitive to strobe lighting or loud music, this activity might not be for you. Out-RAGE-Us The Original STX Rage Room 802 E. Harrison Harlingen TX 78550 956-434-8005 They are open 5 pm to 11 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and 3 pm to 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday (closed on Sunday and Monday). Out-RAGE-Us on Facebook Out-RAGE-Us website

Art Night is Back!

Art Night is Back!

UPDATE: As of June 2021, the event time is 7-10 pm. One of my favorite community events, Art Night, came back on May 28, 2021. This event is held in downtown Harlingen on the last Friday of the month from 6 pm to 9 pm. Art Night is an opportunity for creatives to showcase their skills, whether it be music, paintings, crafts, or jewelry. For more details, follow Harlingen Art Night on Instagram.

Awesome Alpaca Adventures

Awesome Alpaca Adventures

We discovered the Alpaquita Ranch in Raymondville, Texas in the spring of 2021. It is a one-of-a-kind experience where you can walk an alpaca, feed them, pet them, and pose for pictures with them. Typical alpaca tours at other properties do not allow you to get up close and personal with the alpacas. Alpaquita Ranch only charges $25/person for 1 and a half hours (previously 45 minutes) of this amazing activity! Go to their website ahead of time to reserve your spot. When you arrive, your tour guide will provide some basic information about alpacas. You must sign a waiver before the tour can begin, as the alpacas may spit or kick. You will learn the correct and safe way to walk an alpaca to minimize any kicking/injuries. The staff will take pictures of you interacting with the alpacas and share the photos with you at the end of the tour. My daughter and I have gone three times now (in March, May, and December 2021). We just love it! It is an awesome way for your family or you and your date to have a unique experience together and have fun. Alpaquita Ranch 6501 Israel Cavazos Raymondville, TX Alpaquita Ranch Facebook Page Alpaquita Ranch Reservation System

Charcuterie for Brunch? Yes, Please!

Charcuterie for Brunch? Yes, Please!

I've got three words for you: breakfast charcuterie board. My daughter and I went to Chyann's Specialty Treats this morning to try their new brunch offering. We ordered the personal breakfast charcuterie board to share. My daughter is picky, so I thought she would only eat the pancakes, but I wanted her to have some options. She ate nearly everything! She loved the eggs, sausage, pancakes, waffles, and fruit. The only thing she didn't try was the bacon, so thank goodness I got to savor the thick-cut bacon by myself! For two adults, I would suggest ordering the shareable board for 2. We also ordered chocolate-covered strawberries (special for Mother's Day) for dessert. We finished everything; it was all so delicious. They even My daughter rated them "infinity" stars! Chyann's Specialty Treats is a family-owned business. Josie is the owner and she runs it with her daughter, Chyann. Miguel "Chip" was our server, who was very attentive and friendly. The restaurant itself was clean and decorated with a cute pig theme. It is a small restaurant, so reservations are not required but recommended. We're thinking of starting a new mother-daughter tradition of eating brunch here every Saturday morning! Chyann's Specialty Treats 406 E. Harrison Harlingen TX 78550 956-496-2454 Brunch is served on Saturday (10 am to 3 pm) and Sunday (9 am to 1 pm); also open for lunch and dinner 11 am to 7 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (closed on Tuesdays) Dining options: dine in, drive thru, outdoor dining Chyann's Specialty Treats on Facebook

Christmas Lights of Hope

Christmas Lights of Hope

Big Red's Ranch of San Benito is known for their awesome family events such as Easter at the Ranch, Fall Family Days, and Christmas at the Ranch. Even during Covid last year, they had a drive-thru light show in April 2020. My daughter and I attended and actually teared up at the beautiful message of hope, which we desperately needed to hear at such a time of uncertainty. This year, they are excited to announce the Christmas Lights of Hope show and Drive Thru event starting on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. You will choose your show time (as early as 6:15 pm or as late as 9:45 pm) and arrive 30 minutes before it. As you arrive you will check in. You will tune your radio station to 87.5FM to listen to Christmas music and hear instructions while in line. You can purchase hot chocolate ($2 for one 12-oz. cup or $6.50 for four cups; marshmallows and whipped cream included) and kettle corn ($6 for one bag or $10 for two bags). There will be a fun pre-show as cars arrive, and then the main show will begin and last 12 to 15 minutes. It’s a scripted show featuring their puppet mascot Big Red, some talking Christmas trees, and a young talking light bulb. There will be lights choreographed to Christmas music and a fun encouraging message. Then you will drive through the ranch's mile-long path of lights. They have added 100,000 computer-controlled pixels (technically 300,000 lights). All of the pixels will be set to music, which you can hear from your car's radio when you switch to 92.1 FM. As part of the drive-thru experience, they have added a game. You can count the number of snowflakes and elves you see. There will be a prize at the end of the drive for the ones who guess correctly. To prevent overcrowding, long lines, and traffic jams, they are selling a limited number of tickets per show and only selling tickets to the Christmas Lights of Hope show online. No tickets will be available at the door. Cost is $20 per car. Purchase tickets for the Christmas Lights of Hope show For those who would rather experience a fun-filled event outside of their cars, the Christmas at the Ranch event is for you. It includes canoes, hay rides, petting zoos, big inflatable slide, carnival games, and much more. Purchase tickets for the Christmas at the Ranch event Big Red's Ranch on Facebook Big Red's Ranch on Instagram Big Red's Ranch's website

Christmas in Harlingen 2021

Christmas in Harlingen 2021

Explore Harlingen is compiling a list of Christmas activities in Harlingen for 2021. Please bookmark this page, visit it often, and share it with friends. Featured Event - Christmas Lights of Hope (San Benito) Dates: December 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 Times: vary, please check website Location: Big Red's Ranch, Citrus Ranch Blvd., San Benito TX 78586 Cost: $20 per car Buy tickets online Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops Dates: November 6, 2021 through December 24, 2021 Location: Bass Pro Shops, 101 Bass Pro Drive, Harlingen TX 78550 Santa’s arrival on November 6 at 5 pm; free 4X6 photo with Santa starting November 7, 2021 Reserve your spot on the Bass Pro website Lighting of the Arroyo Date: December 2, 2021 Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm Location: Downtown Harlingen Contact: Downtown Harlingen on Facebook Christmas Parade Date: December 3, 2021 Time: 7 pm Location: Downtown Harlingen Registration begins October 20, 2021. Contact: Downtown Harlingen on Facebook Nativity Nights Drive Thru Date: December 4 and 5, 2021 Time: 5 pm Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 602 Morgan Blvd., Harlingen TX 78550 Facebook Event info Christmas at the Ranch (San Benito) Dates: December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 Times: 3:30 pm to 8 pm Location: Big Red's Ranch, Citrus Ranch Blvd., San Benito TX 78586 Cost: Online tickets are $10/person ages 2 and up; at the gate $12/person, cash only, if they have space. Single parents are free! Buy tickets online Christmas Extravaganza Dates: December 7, 2021 through January 2, 2022 Location: Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood, Harlingen TX 78550 Contact: Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum on Facebook The King and I Dates: December 9-11 and 16-18, 2021 Location: Calvary Christian School gymnasium, 1815 N. 7th Street, Harlingen TX 78550 Contact: 956-389-2448 J&R Snack Bar Christmas Party Date: December 10, 2021 Time: 5 pm to 9 pm Location: J&R Snack Bar, 602 W. Harrison, Harlingen TX 78550 Contact: J&R Snack Bar on Facebook The Nutcracker Dates and Times: December 10, 2021 at 7 pm; December 11, 2021 at 7 pm, and December 12, 2021 at 2:30 pm Location: Harlingen Performing Arts Center, 3217 Wilson Road, Harlingen TX 78552 Contact: www.hcisdpa.org Holiday Sip and Shop Date: December 11, 2021 Time: 5-8 pm Cost: $25, includes wine samples Location: Downtown Harlingen (Jackson Street) Contact: Junior League of Harlingen on Facebook Candyland: A Winter Celebration Date: December 14, 2021 Time: 5-6:30 pm Location: Harlingen Public Library courtyard Girl Scouts Cocoa & Carols Date: December 16, 2021 Time: 5:30-6:30 pm Location: to be provided with RSVP Meeting with Santa Date: December 18, 2021 Time: 12-4 pm Location: DeLaCruz Construction & Renovations, 602 S. ”F” Street, Suite B, Harlingen TX 78550 Community Christmas Dates: December 18 and 19, 2021 Time: 5:30-10 pm Cost: $2 per person or toy donation Location: Harlingen Convention Center, 701 Harlingen Heights Drive Contact: RGV Event Management, LLC on Facebook Dinner with Santa Date: December 20, 2021 Time: 6-8 pm Cost: Free pictures for the kids and a free kid’s meal with purchase of an entrée. Location: New York Deli, 122 North “A” Street Contact: New York Deli on Facebook

Easter in Harlingen 2022

Easter in Harlingen 2022

Explore Harlingen is compiling a list of Easter activities in Harlingen for 2022. Please bookmark this page, visit it often, and share it with friends. Easter at the Ranch (San Benito) Dates: April 2, 9, 10, 15, and 16, 2022 Time: 4 pm to 8 pm Cost: online (sales close the night before): $10/adult or child ages 2 and up; at the gate (cash only): $12/adult or child ages 2 and up; single parents are free Egg hunt and vendors including pony rides cost extra: $2 per Easter egg hunt participant $3/ride pony rides $4/ride horse rides Location: Big Red's Ranch, Citrus Ranch Blvd, San Benito TX 78586 Contact: Big Red's Ranch Easter Egg Hunt (Primera) Date: April 9, 2022 Time: 9 am to 12 pm noon Cost: Free Location: City of Primera Park, 22893 Stuart Place Road, Primera TX 78552 Contact: City of Primera Community Easter Egg Hunt (Harlingen) Date: April 9, 2022 Time: 10 am Cost: Free Details: We'll hunt for eggs, play fun games, and eat good food. Join us for a great day of family fun. Don't forget your basket and a camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny! Egg hunt times: Children who may require accommodations to participate, 10 a.m. Ages 1-2, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–4, 10:45 a.m. Ages 5-6, 11:00 a.m. Ages 7-8, 11:15 a.m. Ages 9–10, 11:30 a.m. Location: Harlingen Soccer Complex, 4515 E. Harrison Ave., Harlingen TX 78550 Contact: Harlingen Parks and Recreation Easter Festival/Resaca City Food Court Date: April 9, 2022 Time: 4-10 pm Cost: Free Details: Meet the Easter bunny; free candy for kids Location: Heavin Memorial Park, San Benito TX Contact: San Benito TX City Hall Family Easter 2022 Date: April 16, 2022 Time: 11 am to 5 pm Cost: Free Details: Egg hunt at 1 pm; photo with the Easter bunny; face painting; egg coloring; crafts; concessions, vendors, music, family fun Location: Harlingen Convention Center, Harlingen TX Contact: Rebecca O. Productions Easter at WISI Church Date: April 16, 2022 Time: 3-5 pm Cost: Free Details: Easter egg hunt, food, games, music, and a special performance from Metamorphix Martial Arts Demo Team Location: Word in Season International, 1509 Morgan Blvd., Harlingen TX Contact: Word in Season International Church Bass Pro Easter Dates and Times: Saturday, April 9, 11 am to 6 pm Sunday, April 10, 11 am to 6 pm Thursday, April 14, 4 pm to 8 pm Friday, April 15, 11 am to 6 pm Saturday, April 16, 11 am to 6 pm Sunday, April 17, 11 am to 3 pm Details: Get a free photo with the Easter Bunny! Location: Bass Pro Shops, Harlingen TX Contact: Basspro.com/Easter Easter Sunday Egg Hunt Date: April 17, 2022 Time: 10:30 am Cost: Free Details: Easter egg hunt open to the community Location: First United Methodist Church, 321 E. Harrison, Harlingen TX Contact: First United Methodist Church, 956-423-0540

Gourmet Market and Restaurant

Gourmet Market and Restaurant

Harlingen's newest restaurant, Dos Olivos Market Harlingen, which doubles as a gourmet market, opens on Friday, April 22, 2022. They currently have locations in Buda and Wimberley. The Harlingen location is the chain's third location. A fourth location in Dripping Springs will open in mid-May. You place your order at the counter and then seat yourself. The servings are large “family style” so you are encouraged to order a few items to share. They serve a variety of wines and craft beer, as well as sparkling water, tea, and soft drinks. The food menu is unlike most restaurants in the Harlingen area. Appetizers include pimento cheese, barbacoa doughnuts, foie gras tartine, and jamon croquettes. Family-style entrees include ribeye steak, sticky chipotle salmon, pork schnitzel, and seared butternut squash. Extras include haricot verts, truffle mac n' cheese, and TX foraged mushrooms. Menu standouts from the soft opening include the chicken thighs, chicken kaarage, and Caesar salad (pictured below). Each plate easily feeds 2-3 people. The gourmet market at the entrance includes olives, olive oil, spices, salsas, mustard/mayo, sauces, pickled items, dips, cocktail mixes, bread, jams/jellies, sweets, and more. Dos Olivos Market Harlingen Stuart Place Crossing 6710 W. Expressway 83, Suite A-107 (former Russo’s location) Harlingen TX 78552 Dos Olivos on Facebook Dos Olivos website

Halloween in Harlingen 2021

Halloween in Harlingen 2021

Explore Harlingen has compiled a list of Halloween activities in Harlingen, Texas and surrounding towns this year. As I find out about more events, I will update this list. Please come back often for updates and share this link with your friends. Pumpkin Patches T-Ranch Pumpkin Patch (La Feria) Opens: September 16, 2021 through November 14, 2021 Hours of operation: Mondays - Wednesdays: Closed Thursdays and Fridays: 5-8 pm Saturdays and Sundays: 1-8 pm Cost: $10 per person. Kids age 2 and younger are free. Tickets must be purchased in person (cash or card accepted). Location: 25492 N. FM 2556 La Feria TX 78559 (Exit Solis Road, then head 1.5 miles north of Expressway 83.) Contact: 956-244-5253 T-Ranch Pumpkin Patch on Facebook T-Ranch Pumpkin Patch website The Pour Station Indoor Pumpkin Patch Opens: October 2, 2021 Location: The Pour Station, 1600 W. Harrison, Suite A1, Harlingen TX 78550 Indoor pumpkin patch available for customers to take pictures and/or buy pumpkins. The Pour Station on Facebook First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Pumpkin Patch Opens: October 11, 2021 through October 31, 2021 Hours of operation: Mondays - Fridays: 10 am - 12 pm and 4 pm - 8 pm Saturdays: 8 am - 8 pm Sundays: 12 pm - 8 pm Cost: Free to enter; pumpkins priced by size Location: 321 E. Harrison Ave, Harlingen TX 78550 Contact: 956-423-0540 FUMC Pumpkin Patch on Facebook FUMC Pumpkin Patch website Garcia Farms Pumpkin Patch Opens: October 16, 2021 at 3 pm; October 30, 2021 at 3 pm Location: Garcia Farms, 34348 FM 732, San Benito TX Cost: $10 per family, includes one large pumpkin. Community Events Fragile Planet Wildlife Park (Los Fresnos) Opens: October 9, 2021 through November 21, 2021 Hours of operation: Mondays - Fridays: Closed Saturdays: 10 am - 8 pm Sundays: 10 am - 8 pm Cost: $10 per person to enter 🚨UPDATE for October 30 and 31 Open 3p - 6p - Pumpkin Patch and Photo ops only - half price admission 🚨 Location: 34748 FM 2480, Los Fresnos TX 78566 Contact: 956-710-2025 Fragile Planet Wildlife Park on Facebook Fragile Planet Wildlife Park website Fall Family Days (San Benito) Dates: October 16, 23, 24, 30, and 31 Time: 3-7 pm Location: Big Red’s Ranch, 34179 FM 1577, San Benito TX 78586 Tickets Big Red's Ranch on Facebook Big Red's Ranch website Halloween Photo and Market Date: October 23, 2021 Time: 5-7 pm Location: Hummingbird Valley Boutique and Gift Shoppe, 605 E. Tyler, Harlingen TX 78550 Cost: Free Drive-thru Halloween photos! Pets welcome (on leashes please). Plus a Backyard Market with Halloween, Breast Cancer Awareness, and School team shirts and merchandise. Hummingbird Valley Boutique on Facebook Movie Night (Hocus Pocus) Date: October 23, 2021 Time: TBA Location: Girl of All Trades, 102 W. Jackson, Harlingen TX 78550 Cost: $10 includes admission, snack, and drink Girl of All Trades on Facebook Halloween Party Date: October 29, 2021 Time: 5-8 pm Location: J&R Snack Bar, 602 W. Harrison, Harlingen TX 78550 Free hot dogs and candy bags for kids; photo ops. J&R Snack Bar on Facebook Movie Night: Book of Life Date: October 29, 2021 Time: 7 pm Location: Mont Meta Memorial Park, 26170 State Hwy 345, San Benito TX 78586 Free hot dogs, popcorn, candy, and drinks; costume contest. RSVP: Juanita Galvan, 956-459-7309 Camp Rio Fall Festival Date: October 30, 2021 Time: 4-8 pm Location: 280 Fish Hatchery Road, Brownsville TX 78520 Halloween in the Park Trails of Treats Date: October 30, 2021 Time: 5-8 pm Location: Lon C. Hill Destination Park, Harlingen TX 78550 Cost: Free Harlingen Parks and Recreation on Facebook Valle Vista Mall Trick or Treat Date: October 31, 2021 Time: 3-5 pm Location: Valle Vista Mall, Harlingen TX 78550 Cost: Free Bass Pro Halloween Party Dates: October 30, 2021, 4-8 pm and October 31, 2021, 3-6 pm Location: Bass Pro Shops, 101 Bass Pro Drive, Harlingen TX 78550 Show off your Halloween costume and trick or treat at Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro Shops on Facebook Halloween Party Date: October 31, 2021 Time: 5-8 pm Location: Peter Piper Pizza, Harlingen TX 78550 Peter Piper Pizza on Facebook Drive-In Blest Fest Date: October 31, 2021 Time: 5 pm Location: Abundant Life Church, 101 N. ”O” Street, Harlingen TX 78550 Pets Halloween Pet Costume Contest Date: October 30, 2021 Time: 3 pm Location: Sugar and Hayley's Harness Wear, 712 N. 77 Sunshine Strip, Suite 36, Harlingen TX 78550 Cost: Free Prizes for Best Pet Costume and Best Owner/Dog Combo Sugar and Hayley's Harness Wear on Facebook Doggy Halloween Costume Contest Date: October 30, 2021 Time: 5-6 pm Location: The Ruff House, 311 W. Van Buren, Harlingen TX 78550 Cost: Free Prizes for Most Creative Costume, Best Family Costume, and Cutest Costume The Ruff House on Facebook Trunk or Treat Events Premier Martial Arts Trunk or Treat Date: October 16, 2021 Time: 5:30-7:30 pm Location: Premier Martial Arts, 624 N. Ed Carey, Harlingen TX 78550 Contact: 956-428-5425 Little Miracles Trunk or Treat Date: October 22, 2021 Time: 6-8 pm Location: Little Miracles Home Health parking lot, 720 E. Harrison, Harlingen TX 78550 Contact: 956-425-0606 St. Paul Trunk or Treat Date: October 24, 2021 Time: 4:30-6:30 pm Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 602 Morgan, Harlingen TX 78550 Volunteer sign-up Register your vehicle Harlingen High School South Trunk or Treat Date: October 27, 2021 Time: 5:30-7:30 pm Location: HHSS, West gated parking lot Chuck E. Cheese Trunk or Treat Date: October 27, 2021 Time: 6-8 pm Location: Chuck E. Cheese, 2815 W. Expressway 83, Harlingen TX 78552 Costume contest at 7 pm; raffle winner announced at 8 pm. Southern Careers Institute Trunk or Treat Date: October 28, 2021 Time: 5-7 pm Location: Southern Careers Institute, 1122 Morgan Blvd., Harlingen TX 78550 Speedy Cash Trunk or Treat Date: October 29, 2021 Time: 6-9 pm Location: Speedy Cash, 695 S. Sam Houston, San Benito TX 78586 Valley AIDS Council Trunk or Treat Date: October 29, 2021 Time: 7-9 pm Location: Valley AIDS Council, 2306 Camelot Drive, Harlingen TX 78550 Elks Lodge Trunk or Treat Date: October 30, 2021 Time: 5:30-7 pm Location: Elks Lodge, 1426 S. Commerce, Harlingen TX 78550 Grace Point Fellowship Trunk or Treat Date: October 31, 2021 Time: 6-8 pm Location: Grace Point Fellowship, 2601 Bothwell Road, Harlingen TX 78550

Harlingen's First Food Truck Park

Harlingen's First Food Truck Park

UPDATE: Grand opening is March 25, 2022. Harlingen is excited to welcome its first food truck park, The Moon Rock Food Truck Park & Bar. Christian Zanca, owner of The Moon Rock, is also the co-owner of a food truck park in Brownsville called The Broken Sprocket, and is proud to bring a similar concept to his hometown. The Moon Rock features an indoor/outdoor bar setting with eight food trucks, a half-court for basketball, sand volleyball courts, and a 1/4 acre dog park. The indoor bar, which serves beer, wine, and liquor, has space for a DJ while the outdoor setup has a huge stage for live music. To play basketball or volleyball, just ask the bar staff and they will provide you with equipment. Food trucks available at the opening on March 25 are: Estilo Isla, Holy Smokes BBQ, Black Brew Coffee, The Melt, Piccola Italia, La Papa Loca, Toxic Tacos, and Cocina de Carnival. Patrons can enjoy karaoke on Wednesdays, live music Thursdays through Sundays, and special events on Sundays. Other family-friendly activities include horseshoe pits and cornhole. Kids welcome nightly through 10 pm. The Moon Rock is located at 1811 W. Jefferson Ave. in Harlingen. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 6 pm to 2 am, and Sunday, 6 pm to midnight. Closed Monday and Tuesday. The Moon Rock on Facebook The Moon Rock on Instagram Email The Moon Rock

Joyous Jurassic Parties

Joyous Jurassic Parties

Jurassic RGV is a new Harlingen-based, family-run party entertainment company serving the Rio Grande Valley. As the name suggests, they feature realistic puppet dinosaurs! Inspired by Jurassic World at Universal Studios, Jurassic RGV is meant to bring the magic of Hollywood to the Valley to make little kids' dinosaur fantasies a reality. David and Cindy Benitez, along with their sons Daniel and Jacob, run Jurassic RGV. The staff also includes dino crew leaders Jayden and Nolan. They are passionate about spreading joy and keeping families together, especially during the stresses of the pandemic. All shows are family-friendly, with the dinos being playful, never aggressive. As of August 2021, they have three entertainment options: Telegram from a Dino - send a special message to someone in a unique way ($25) Dino appearance (no show) - 45 minutes, includes one game, pictures with guest cameras ($150) Dino show - 2 to 2.5 hours depending on size of party, includes show, dancing, and pictures with Jurassic RGV camera ($300 in Harlingen or $325 outside of Harlingen). If the event is a birthday party, the price also includes a singalong and the birthday boy or girl can walk the dinosaur. For an additional $20, you can add on a dinosaur sand dig and egg hunt to any dino show. (Please keep in mind that parties like these in bigger cities can cost up to $1,000.) Prices listed above are based on the dinosaurs they currently have: Baby Rexy, the baby T-Rex; Jojo Rex, the teenage T-Rex; Blue, the velociraptor; and Sara, the triceratops. They are in the process of adding two more adult dinosaurs by the end of the year. If you are interested in booking a Jurassic RGV event, please message them on Facebook. They will let you know if your date is open (they have bookings through December but have some spots available). Then they will email you a contract. You can reserve your date with a completed contract and $100 deposit. Jurassic RGV is a very new entertainment offering that we are lucky to have in Harlingen! Word is just getting out about this awesome entertainment party supplier, so if you are interested in booking them for a private show, birthday party, school (anti-bullying) event, or church function, contact them quickly to reserve your preferred date. Jurassic RGV on Facebook 956-734-7950 Email: Cindy.benitez14@yahoo.com Jurassic Rescue video