Bold drawings give DACA recipients a face in STC exhibition

NANCY MOYER | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Delving deeply into his core, South Texas College art instructor Luis Corpus engages the viewer in his exhibition,...

Youth art fundraising exhibition featuring pets opens Friday

Hinovations Art Gallery is collaborating with young art students, professional artists of the Rio Grande Valley and Yaqui Animal Rescue during the “Pets for Art” group exhibition fundraiser, which opens from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 1009 Laurel Ave. in McAllen. There is no admission fee and the public is invited. The exhibition will showcase a series of pet portraits created by the students and a collection of artworks by local and international artists with the means of raising funds for Yaqui through the sale of the work.   Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Finding hope: Harlingen couple promotes lupus awareness

HARLINGEN — It was a step forward. That’s all it took for Jay Garcia to decide to retire from a top management position in a...

Visitors greeted to artist’s family, friend and colleagues in STC exhibit

Eduardo E. Aguilar Sr. knows how to capture a likeness. On display at the VAM Gallery at South Texas College, “Characters & Creatures” demonstrates...

Theater of the border: Moyer’s wearable art exhibit tackles region’s misconceptions

BY DONNA MASON SWEIGARTJewelry, as an art form, is rarely expressed in single artist shows. That is why this solo show of wearable art...

Nonprofit continues to support students to, and through, college

The transition from high school to college can be a daunting step as it is. Now, as students also face unprecedented obstacles that the coronavirus pandemic has brought to education systems, nonprofit College Scholarship Leadership Access Program, or CSLAP, has been working to support local seniors through the process of college admissions.  Through workshops and mentorship with university students, the Rio Grande Valley-based organization works with high school juniors and seniors to  prepare them for college. Workshops cover a range of topics, including professionalism, campus policy, and budgeting.  The last several months of a school year are integral for seniors to get assistance in getting ready for university life, so CSLAP has been hosting several virtual panels to answer questions they may have. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Column: Early detection of prostate cancer can save lives

BY LORENA SAENZ GONZALEZAs the busy fall season revs up, don’t let your health take a backseat. Make a note on your calendar that...

United Way of South Texas pumping hundreds of thousands of relief dollars to local...

As the pandemic forces businesses to stay shuttered, bringing uncertainty to the employment of many, the work of the United Way of South Texas...

McAllen native exits troublesome past to author book

McAllen native Israel Hernandez spent his summers in elementary and junior high working in fields as a migrant farm worker. He traveled to farms across the country with his mother.  He picked all kinds of produce: strawberries, blueberries, watermelons. He remembers picking corn one day in Illinois at the age of 13, pausing and telling his mother that he wasn’t going to spend the rest of his life toiling in a field. “I told her, ‘Mom, you know what? I don’t want to do this all my life, I don’t want to do this’’ Hernandez, now 49, said. “And then she told me, ‘OK son, I know, just keep moving forward.’” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

The Pumpkin Patch: The Upper Rio Grande Valley’s scene for fall fun

Even though temperatures are still reaching above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the Rio Grande Valley is gearing up for fall with pumpkin patches across the...