Garden View: How to keep a healthy lawn

Take-All Root Rot (TARR) is a fungal pathogen that is very common in our area and was particularly active this past year. While I...

Celebration of Citrus: Parade of Oranges, Fiesta on Saturday

The 83rd Texas Citrus Fiesta is shaping up to be out of this world. The annual event, which is taking on the theme of “Space Odyssey Adventure” is set to kick off on Saturday with the Fun Fair, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m at the Leo Peña Placita Park in Mission. “We have live music entertainment, we have vendors, food vendors, craft vendors, information booths and so forth,” said Lisa Rivera, the executive director for Texas Citrus Fiesta. Read the full story at

Festival for healthier living set for Sunday

In an effort to encourage healthier lifestyles in the Rio Grande Valley, AIM Media Texas, which owns The Monitor, will be hosting Por Vida Health & Food Fest. Featuring more than 40 vendors offering a variety of health-related services — food sampling, local gym information and health screenings — the free event is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Pharr Events Center, at 3000 N. Cage Blvd. in Pharr. DHR Health is the presenting sponsor of the event, and will have a variety of specialist on site throughout the day. Attendees will have the opportunity to have a variety of screenings done, including vision and cholesterol. Read the full story at

Surface Treatment: ‘Chillingly expressive’

When looking at watercolors, there is a tendency to focus on the watercolorist’s drawing skills and control of the medium, and perhaps compare those...

Advice: Connections between children’s behavior and parent’s dynamic

When a couple is unhappy with their marriage, and there is resentment and a lack of respect for each other, it’s not unusual for...

Garden View: The deal with dill

Dill, Anethum graveolens, is an ancient herb that historically, has been used as a culinary herb and an important medicinal herb in several cultures. Dill began in...

From Boston to the RGV: Tommy DeCarlo bringing his band to McAllen

Tommy DeCarlo has come a long way since donning a Home Depot apron. After his daughter, Talia DeCarlo uploaded a video of him singing along to a Boston song on MySpace, the North Carolina native has performed alongside the American rock band on stage. DeCarlo’s unlikely rise to fame has brought him to many stages across the country to perform in front of thousands of people, and he will be bringing his own band, DECARLO, to McAllen’s Cine El Rey theater on Saturday. Read the full story at

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...

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks roll into the Valley

Christian Norman evolved from sitting in a fan’s seat to the driver’s seat –– of a 10-foot high and 12-foot wide monster truck. As a Hot Wheels Monster Truck driver, steering the gigantic automobiles has been a dream of his since long before he could see above a dashboard. The Florida native remembers how wonderstruck he was while watching Bigfoot, the famed monster truck, on television at age 4. Read the full story at

Surface Treatment: Blending cultures with colors

“Ni de Aquí, Ni de Allá (From Neither Here nor There)” is an exhibition of multimedia works by Brownsville artist, Cande Aguilar, that takes...