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

Despite the rainy weather last Saturday, Quinta Mazaltan had a great turn out for Vida Verda, celebrating Earth Day. Junior League of McAllen and the RGV Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics gave mini Kids in the Kitchen classes in making healthy snacks for children. Around the grounds there were several activities and animals that guests of the event could enjoy.  Seen out that day were Iliana Guerra; Veronica Cantu; Vickey De La Garza; Gladys Rivas; Shamin Dagan; Marcie Reyes (Marcie Kazen);Leland Van Wagoner; and many more.

McAllen Chamber of Commerce hosted a BBQ Cook-off on Saturday. The Red, White & Blue BBQ team  Michael Moore; Andy Silva; Alex Gomez; Tony Jimenez; andDavid Santoy  were in attendance and were a hit with their deep fried Oreo desserts.  Jim Bob Sides; Beatriz Benitez; Seby Haddad; Amy Booth; Clara Chapa; and several others enjoyed the BBQ and car show.

Saturday night a surprise birthday dinner was held for Shawn Swanberg . Marian Swanberg coordinated a fun dinner party, as they make their move from Canada to Houston and visited the RGV.  Guests Linda Castillo; Jason Gabbert; Kalina & Luke Hitt; Cherly Lee & Derrick Swanberg all ate home cooked brisket and birthday cake. Glad to see the Swanbergs back in Texas!

Aggie Muster was held at the Boys & Girls Club in Edinburg last Tuesday.  There were several Aggies at this favorite tradition: Melanie Schroedter; Sarah & Richard Fryer;  Julie & Ryan Peterson; Aisha & Jesus Reyes; Nina Rodriguez; Fernando Perez; Joel Solis; Nickie Perez; Jeff Taylor; Michael Harris; Vanessa Perez;Sonia Del Rio Olivares; Laura Caballero; Julia Walker; Cindee & Tony Godinez;  Father Roy Snipes; Cecily Dyer; Cristina &  Bob Dyer; Daniel Reyna; Antanacio Hinojosa;  Zinnia Elizondo;  and many many more former students.  Aggies honored the passing of their classmates for the year and gave out Hidalgo-Starr County A&M Club scholarships.

Thursday evening Junior League of McAllen, Inc. celebrated April Annual Meeting at the McAllen Country Club.  It was a time of celebration, awards and passing of the gavel to the new President, Brianne Santos.  Mr. McAllen MVP winner, Ruben Garza & spouse, Hope Garza were in attendance along with Mayor Jim Darling, wifeSandra Darling; and Mark Hanna.  Several actives, sustainers and new provisionals were in attendance:  Eva Tavarez; Lorena Castillo; Kristy Ochoa; Linda Requenez; Lisa Keller; Cindee Godinez; Ann Greenfield; Vianey Cron; Julie Doyle; Patty Sanchez; Rebecca Garcia; Faye Davis; Jessica Gutierrez; Erin Palacios; Brooke Stanfill; Heather Marks; Amy Booth; Lindsey Richards; Lezlie Richards; Sarah Picou; Audrey  Cuellar; Tracy Campbell; Veronica Cantu; Kelsey Martin; Suzie Riddle; Julia Guerrero Reed; Nicci Weaver; and many many more. 

Congratulations to Laura Denise Garcia and Eddie Lopez on their engagement!  Congratulations to Myra & Frank Gonzalez on their 7 years of marriage!  Congratulations to my Aggie friend Omar Cavazos & Veronica Lopez on their wedding last week.

 This week’s birthdays include:  William Borjon from Monday. Javier Talancon celebrated yesterday. Claire Martinez; Omar Beltran and Ayiza Rodriguez- Huerta  are celebrating today. Celebrating tomorrow  Sahar McAllen; April Ramirez; Venecia Thomas; and my sorority sister Karina Molina. Friday birthdays include  Liliana Honeycutt and Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt. Finally, weekend wishes are going out to Lisa Pena & Ashley Cortez, my little cousin.  Happy Birthday!!


Have a fabulous week and I hope to see you soon!

XoXo, April

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