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 themonitor.com

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 themonitor.com.

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 themonitor.com.

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...

Chris Pérez’s return to rock

Chris Pérez is not the man he was nearly 20 years ago, when he last performed in McAllen. The widower of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez said he...

UTRGV invites community to participate in folklórico event this weekend

For the first time, Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad Veracruzana will be performing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg and Brownsville...

The Best of Times: Rock group STYX returns to RGV

Even after releasing 16 studio albums since 1972, James Young “JY,” vocalist and lead guitarist of American rock band STYX, is still astounded by...

FRIO! McAllen to open Wednesday, run through Jan. 6 at convention center

For the first time, starting Wednesday, the McAllen Convention Center will be hosting the closest thing the city will experience this season to a...

‘Wild Texas Carnivores’ tonight at Quinta Mazatlán

Texas boasts some of the most diverse habitat in the United States. Quinta Mazatlán will host John Tomecek as, guest speaker for Nights at the Mansion...