Promoting memoir, Cristela Alonzo brings ‘My Affordable Care Act’ tour to McAllen

If you plan on attending Cristela Alonzo’s show Friday, do not shout “PSJA Bears” at her. “When I did that show, I had so many people that I went to school with that probably were never friends of mine, but suddenly were friends, and throughout the show, they kept yelling, ‘PSJA! PSJA,’” Alonzo said, laughing as she recalled the last time she performed in McAllen. “They kept yelling, ‘Bears!’ And I’m like, ‘Yes, I know. We went there.’ “It actually took me this long to go back because I’m like, ‘Oh man, let’s hope that doesn’t happen again.’” Read the full story at

TFA middle school educator driven to empower Latino students

Teach for America is the national nonprofit organization committed to the idea that one day, all children will attain an excellent education. To this...

Honoring A’zeuz: Local law enforcement join Palmview police in mourning beloved K-9

Officers from across the Rio Grande Valley, despite the brisk weather, lined up Friday afternoon in front of the parks and recreation center here to honor one of their own: retired K-9 officer A’zeuz. A’zeuz’s partner, Cpl. Cosme Muñiz III of Palmview, approached his wife, Gracie Muñiz, who was sitting in a police car parked in front of the building, holding A’zeuz’s urn. Cosme paused, solemnly saluting the ashes of his partner of 12 years before taking the urn. And like countless times before, walked with his best friend into the building. Read the full story at

‘We are all dreamers’: Hope, community engagement focus of TEDxMcAllen event on Tuesday

The theme of this year’s TEDxMcAllen event came from a Post-it Note that read “dreamers.” During a meeting months ago with some TEDxMcAllen organizers and a variety of community leaders, Marcos Silva, the curator of the event, said that they were asked to write down the words that came to mind when they thought about the Valley. One answer stood out. “We were organizing all the responses into themes, and the one Post-it said ‘dreamers,’” Silva said. “And it hit us that every section we were organizing had somehow been, or is connected to a dreamer. “We realized that in one way or another, we are all dreamers.” Read the full story at

99-year-old McAllen woman commits life to painting

McALLEN — Surrounded by her artwork, 99-year-old Catalina Martinez was painting her latest piece of a bird perched on a tree last week at...

Movie starring Milano, De La Fuente to begin filming locally

Principle photography will begin Monday on the production of the family film “Gift of an Angel.” The majority of production will take place in McAllen...

Dia de los Muertos Events

WEEKEND ‘TIL DEATH — CEREMONIES OF LOVE Weddings, vow renewals, commitment and engagement ceremonies will be performed with macabre-themed decorations, music and wording. WHEN Through Sunday WHERE Call...

Festiva Events Calendar: Weekend of Nov. 1

Have a look at our list of events to find something fun to do this weekend. WEEKEND ‘PETER AND THE STARCATCHER’ The musical will be performed by...

Push begins as signup period starts for healthcare

Nearing the beginning of the open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar is reminding people that embattled legislation — also known as Obamacare — is still the law of the land and encouraging them to sign up. Cuellar, D-Laredo, held a press availability last week to promote enrollment for Obamacare, which begins Friday, Nov. 1 and lasts until Dec. 15, as well as enrollment for Medicare which began on Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. “I know that under the current administration, the Affordable Healthcare Act has been under attack to repeal it, but it’s still there and we want to make sure that we get as many people signed up,” Cuellar said. Read the full story at

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