Thousands of Valley residents will gather to celebrate America’s birthday this weekend by firing up the grill, going on picnics, setting off firework or attending parties. Countless others will load up the kids and head out to one or more public celebrations being held in communities across the Rio Grande Valley.
Parades, eating contests, concerts, cook-offs and the ever-popular and awe-inspiring fireworks displays are just some of the activities that will be available.
Depending on the student population, Wernecke Elementary’s two counselors each take on about 400 kids in a school year. Other elementary campuses in the Sharyland Independent School District only have one counselor, also depending on the student population.
But starting in August, the elementaries will have extra sets of eyes and ears on staff.
In May, Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, announced that Sharyland ISD will receive almost $1.2 million in federal funding over the next three years from the Department of Education. The bulk of the funds will be used to hire four new counselors who will travel between SISD’s elementary campuses and aid the existing counselors.
Quinta Mazatlan invites you to take your family for a great live animal show in English and Spanish on Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m. in the park.
Kids of all ages will be entertained and educated by Contacto Animal. The show involves audience participation, touching creatures and information on how to live together in this world. Plus a special visit from an extinct creature from the dinosaur age is sure to excite all.
Quinta Mazatlan is located just one block south of La Plaza Mall off 10th street at 600 Sunset Drive. The park entrance is $3 for adults and $2 for children. For more information please call 956-681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com
Join Bentsen-RGV State Park on Saturday, July 18 from 8-10 p.m., as they celebrate Moth Week with a special program and walk through their gardens. The evening will be devoted to one of the most diverse groups of species on earth as attendees discover the various moths that can be found at Bentsen-RGV State Park.
National Moth Week celebrates the life cycles and habitats of moths. The entire family is encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. National Moth Week is being held worldwide during the last full week of July. National Moth Week offers everyone a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and to contribute scientific data about moths. National Moth Week participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on these amazing creatures.
Throughout the year on Saturday nights, sign up for fun and exciting Creatures of the Night tours. Attendees need to bring drinking water, insect repellent, a camera, a flashlight and a thirst for adventure.
The Mission Economic Development Corporation board unanimously approved the creation of Enginuity, an initiative that connects local employer, Royal Technologies, with local youth in an effort to expose students to opportunities in engineering, design and manufacturing careers in the Rio Grande Valley.
The goal is to create a pipeline of future engineers and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) entrepreneurs that will help strengthen the manufacturing base that already exists in the Mission area.
In March 2015, Jim Vander Kolk, President of Royal Technologies Corporation, reached out to Mission EDC and started discussions on a collaboration to help create an engineering program that will not only provide a pipeline of talented individuals for Royal Technologies but will also have a long term impact in the community.