Slower going, but some snakes are still making appearances

BY ANITA WESTERVELT SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR One reptile, the diamondback water snake (Nerodia rhombifer), may still be observed in the Rio Grande Valley while temperatures...

Garden View: Power of papaya

Papaya, Carica papaya, is native to southern Mexico and Central America. The Spanish introduced papaya to southern Asia and from there it has spread...

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...

Advice: Stop and enjoy your morning coffee, create your own happiness

There is a quiet rhythm in life that seems to be lacking today. It’s difficult to find peace in the hectic lives we are...

Surface Treatment: The body eclectic

Riley Robinson is about ideas. Walking into his “Body of Work” exhibition at the South Texas College Art Gallery may initially pause an unthinking viewer...

Advice: How to make moments last longer

Growing up my sweet aunts were the photographers in our family. Their pictures were notorious because it wasn’t unusual for them to cut our...

Garden View: Lemongrass for gardens, tea, cuisine and medicine

I had the opportunity to host three women farmers a few years ago for a morning. They were part of an agricultural exchange program...

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...