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Youth art fundraising exhibition featuring pets opens Friday

Hinovations Art Gallery is collaborating with young art students, professional artists of the Rio Grande Valley and Yaqui Animal Rescue during the “Pets for Art” group exhibition fundraiser, which opens from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 1009 Laurel Ave. in McAllen. There is no admission fee and the public is invited. The exhibition will showcase a series of pet portraits created by the students and a collection of artworks by local and international artists with the means of raising funds for Yaqui through the sale of the work.   Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Longtime IBC banker celebrates 50 years in industry this year

This week IBC Bank announced the retirement of Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Dora Brown. She has been employed with IBC Bank for 30 years, overseeing the advertising, public relations, community outreach, and financial education efforts for IBC Bank-McAllen. In 1996, Brown was the leading force behind the creation of Minitropolis, IBC Bank’s signature financial literacy program that provides students an opportunity to experience how a community operates by giving them a variety of real-world positions in mini stores and mini-city government. “Dora has been a dedicated and trusted executive of our company. Her institutional knowledge and dedication to IBC Bank’s mission of ‘doing more’ has been invaluable to our employees, customers and the entire community,” said IBC Bank Chairman and CEO Dennis E. Nixon. “The passion that Dora has exhibited for financial literacy and community service is truly inspiring.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

UTRGV Hall of Fame Profile: Michel Fabry

EDINBURG — In the early 1990s, Michel Fabry was one of the kings of the hard court. Fabry, who swung the racket for the University...

Viva Life Christian Book Store to host ‘Heart Healer’ author

Viva Life Christian Book Store will host book signing with Cyndy Bartelli, author of the non-fiction book “The Heart Healer,” now released in Spanish...

IBC Bank announces promotions

IBC Bank-Brownsville recently announced the promotions of Lee Reed and Al Villarreal. The promotions were announced during the bank’s annual Bonus Presentation. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Illinois to hold memorial ceremony for Spc. Miguel Villalon

Aurora, Illinois, will hold a memorial ceremony next week to honor U.S. Army Spc. Miguel Villalon, the former East Aurora High School student killed earlier this month by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Villalon’s parents will bury their 21-year-old son Saturday in his family’s hometown of Brownsville. His mother, Olivia Guzman Villalon, will return to his alma mater Wednesday, for a service that will give the Aurora community a chance to pay its respects. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Garden View: Getting your potted poinsettia to bloom again

BY LORI MURRAY SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR What can you do with your poinsettias when the holidays are over? Fortunately, those of us who live in the...

Roma students share their letters to Saint Nick

Roma Independent School District partnered with The Monitor's Festiva magazine to present Letters to Santa. The letters have been reprinted as they were received. Third-graders...

Chanukah concert, festival Monday at Archer Park

The annual Chanukah Concert & Festival will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at Archer Park, 101 N. Main St. in McAllen. The event...

Garden View: How to choose the best poinsettias for the holiday season

BY LORI MURRAY SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR One of the joys of my Christmas season is gazing at the sea of red that dominates huge areas...