New vegan restaurant in McAllen an extension of holistic health

About 10 years ago, internist Dr. Dona Cooper realized she could do more for her patients. Those suffering from diabetes, elevated cholesterol or heart disease...

High School Student of the Week: Kaley Enriquez

BY SPECIAL TO THE MONITORAge: 17School: Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North High SchoolGrade: 12Parents’ names: Flora Enriquez and Elisandro Enriquez Jr.Extracurricular activities and hobbies: I am...

Regional Ramblings: Uncertainty over festival leaves hole for Rio Grande Valley culture

BY EDUARDO MARTINEZLast year, the annual Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center (NMCAC) Conjunto Festival was canceled due to a dispute with the city of...

FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, Jan. 12 – Sunday, Jan. 14

HAVE AN EVENT COMING UP?Submit your information to tcupples@themonitor.com by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for the following Friday.FRIDAYCHRIS RIVERA BANDLive music.WHEN 10...

Pride and awareness: Annual event a chance to shine light on HIV rates in...

This year’s Pride in the Park arrives at a crucial moment for the Rio Grande Valley’s LBGTQ community.According to the Center for Disease Control,...

UTRGV notes growth in its number of dual enrollment high school students

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Dual Enrollment Program is reporting a bump in the number of students earning college credit. Statistics show that...

Exhibit reveals beginnings of a shift in artist’s personal concept

BY NANCY MOYERWith this recent exhibition, Manuel Zamudio brings some of his signature characters along with some new additions to Harlingen’s Platform 204 Art...

Surface Treatment: Stitching emotions, exhibit showcases over 20 works on turmoil and tranquility

“Turmoil and Tranquility,” currently on display at IMAS, considers the calm before the storm and the inner peace that follows catharsis. Works in this show individually embody...

UTRGV Opera Theater brings ‘Carmen’ to life

A. COLLEEN DEGUZMAN | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Students of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Opera Theater have been preparing since last year...

Local amateur wrestler strives for national notoriety

BY J. EDWARD MORENOOn most days, Daniel Valdez can be found bagging groceries at the H-E-B in Palmview. On Friday nights, however, you can...