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 themonitor.com.

Your Photos: Halloween 2019

It seems the ghosts and ghouls came out to play, this year! Want to see your photos added here? Send them via email to awratten@themonitor.com.

Boo at the Zoo underway

The 30th annual Boo at the Zoo is creeping around the corner. This year’s spooktacular extravaganza is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday,...

Spooky-free ‘Sooo Bony Trail’ at Quinta Mazatlán

Have fun with your family and friends on the Sooo Bony Trail at Quinta Mazatlán. This charming and educational daytime nature event is all about...

RGV locations growing, pumpkin patches prove popular as autumn attractions

Attached to the only building here at Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch is an area to lounge with shade from the heat. This was the idea for little Matty, who was accompanied by his parents, Jessica Jones and Ozzy Garcia, in looking for a little fun at the pumpkin patch on Monday. Matty and Ozzy wore matching red and black plaid shirts while Jessica made sure her son stayed hydrated. And although it’s Jessica and Ozzy’s second year at Maddie’s, their young boy has the parents beat by already attending three times. “It’s usually really packed. It’s just that we came during the week so it could be (less people),” Ozzy said. Ozzy has the right idea about Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch. The attraction has become such a big hit for owner Rick Vega that he invested in two more locations throughout the Valley: one in Weslaco and the other in Mission. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Invisible Project lends visibility to disabled, hungry, homeless

Pablo Ramirez’s idea of starting The Invisible Project Inc., a nonprofit that carries the mission of supporting students with disabilities, stemmed from a conversation he had with a young girl he met while volunteering at a camp two years ago. Ramirez was 14 then, and said that he will never forget what Bertha Jones, a camper that summer who suffers from cerebral palsy, told him. The camp is referred to as CAMP, or the Children’s Association for Maximum Potential. “We talked about how a lot of times, people underestimate her intellectual capacity just because she is in a wheelchair, and that people won’t go down to her level and talk to her face,” Ramirez, who is now 16, recalled. “People won’t look into her eyes and have meaningful conversations with her. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

‘CATS’ at McPAC this weekend

PJ DiGaetano remembers trying to copy the choreography of “CATS” in his room when he was younger. Now 21, he is a performer for...