Pasión choir uses music to uplift, connect

McALLEN — Holding onto songbooks and dressed in all-black attire, the Pasión choir group of 23 local singers stood at the altar of the...

FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, June 29 – Saturday, June 30

Submit your event to tcupples@themonitor.com by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for the following Friday.ALL WEEKENDRED, WHITE & BLUE FESTIVALWHEN: Jun 30 -...

Film review: ‘Eighth Grade’ reminds us of pain, joy from those bittersweet teenage years

BY BROOKE CORSOA quarter-century after my own terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad eighth-grade year, I relived it to a blistering yet nostalgic degree through...

SOUND ‘ROUND: Make way for the prophets of rage

BY JON R. LaFOLLETTEKENDRICK LAMAR — DAMN (TOP DAWG/AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE)Damn. As in, damn, y’all went and elected Trump anyway. As in, damn, America remains a...

McAllen Ballet Company offers take on ‘A Christmas Carol’ set in 1940s

Instead of choosing to perform a ballet that already has choreography and music, like “The Nutcracker,” the McAllen Ballet Company wanted to bring a different story to the stage.

Alamo to host Watermelon Festival celebrating city’s history

ALAMO — Paying tribute to the watermelon fields that once pervaded the city’s land, the Watermelon Festival this Saturday aims to honor the crop’s...

Owl pellets, or regurgitation, are materials from the bird’s prey

BY ANITA WESTERVELTYou may have been following recent news about the City Nature Challenge in which Rio Grande Valley folks uploaded nature photographs to...

Preventing diabetes — the role of fruits and veggies

BY BARBARA STORZNovember is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day. Around the globe people struggle to prevent or control...

Garden View: Increase mowing height, frequency for healthier lawn

As summer approaches and day length and temperature increase so will the frequency that you need to mow your lawn. Driving around I have...

Advice: Follow your dreams even through the tough times

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESDreams are an important part of life because they push you to reach for your goals.Life doesn’t always turn out as...