Calling Students, Artists, and Inspired Community Members!
Jun
28
to Jul 18

Calling Students, Artists, and Inspired Community Members!

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The Edinburg EDC is looking for a new visual identity and needs your help. We are seeking students and citizens who can design a creative, innovative, and professional logo design.

The logo should be recognizable and help promote our community mission which is:

“To promote economic growth in the Edinburg EDC and South Texas through the attraction of new innovative commerce, retaining and preserving our existing businesses by providing the resources that support successful business and quality of life for the citizens of Edinburg.”

Please read below for more details regarding who is eligible, submission requirements, logo specifications, judging, disqualification, binding agreement, ownership & logo use, and prize.

Who Is Eligible

·         All Edinburg students and Edinburg residents.

·         Minors will need to submit a parent or legal guardian consent form.

·         Edinburg EDC board members, employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.

·         City officials, city employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.

 

Submission Requirements

·         No entry fee is required.

·         All submissions must be received on or before Wednesday July 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. CST

·         Logo created must be submitted by the original owner of the copyright for the logo.

·         Must be submitted via hand-delivery in a sealed envelope.

·         Must be in a USB or CD.

·         Must be submitted directly to the Edinburg EDC.

 

Logo Specifications

·         Logo must promote the mission of the Edinburg EDC, "Business Development, Job Creation, and Quality of Life."

·         Design should be universal in theme and not nation specific.

·         Only color digital logos will be accepted.

·         There are no limitations and any colors may be used.

·         Must be eye-catching but still be legible.

·         Logo must be legible and able to be utilized in any color or black & white.

·         Must be submitted in JPEG and in its original source file. (For example: Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop).

·         Logo should be submitted in a format resolution of 300 dpi or higher.

·         Must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.

·         Logo must be suitable for government use. Obscene or graphic logos will not be acceptable.

·         Logo must not have watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices.

·         Logo cannot contain copyright material.

·         Logo must have been created and edited by the contestant.

·         Logo may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published.

·         Contestant may submit up to three (3) logos.

 

Judging

·         Logos will be judged based on quality, creativity and how the image captures the mission of the Edinburg EDC.

·         Logos will also be judged on originality, technical excellence, overall impact and artistic merit.

·         Edinburg EDC reserves the right to not select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.  

 

Disqualification

Violation of any of these rules or federal, state or local laws by any contestant will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all prize money. 

  • Contestant does not follow rules and requirements.
  • Extremely poor quality (resolution).
  • Inappropriate or unsuitable.
  • Logo work is not of the owner submitting the logo.
  • Broken content rule and/or broken copyright rule.

 

Ownership & Logo Use

·         Participants DO NOT retain the copyright, ownership, and all other rights to future use of the logo(s) they enter.

·         By entering the contest, participant agrees to have his/her submitted logo used on the Edinburg EDC website and/or other official Edinburg EDC documents and displayed at Edinburg EDC without any fee or other form of compensation.

·         Contestant agrees the winning logo may not be limited to be used in production of brochures, promotion, public relations, advertising, education, books, and other media, without any other fee or form of compensation other than the prize. 

·      Contestant agrees the winning logo may be used online, and that logos will be retained by the Edinburg EDC without any other fee or form of compensation other than the prize.

·      Logos will be credited to the participant listed on the registration form.

·      If ownership of the logo is contested in any manner, Edinburg EDC may disqualify or discontinue use of the logo.

·         This logo may be featured on websites, social media platforms, and other mediums (stationary, pamphlets, t-shirts, etc.).

·         Contestant agree that Edinburg EDC may publish the logo and may be used for advertising campaigns and/or marketing materials in the future.

·         Contestant assigns all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights to the logo to Edinburg EDC.

·         Edinburg EDC may alter, modify or revise the logo as it sees necessary to achieve the goals of the Corporation. 

·         Edinburg EDC is not required to use the winning logo for any specific period of time.

·         Winner, if any, shall be required to sign a waiver or release form transferring all rights and ownership interests to Edinburg EDC. Thereafter, Edinburg EDC shall have the right to alter the logo in any which way it deems necessary.

 

Binding Agreement

·         In order to enter the Contestant must agree to these Official Rules. These rules form a legally binding agreement with respect to this Contest, please read them carefully.

·         If Contestant does not agree to the Rules, Contestant is not eligible to participate or win the prize.

·         Contestant agrees that his/her registration, as an individual contestant, constitutes his/her agreement to these Rules. 

·         Winners will be notified within a week after selections are made via the information provided on the contest entry form.


Prize

·         Contest winner, if any, will receive $500 (and bragging rights!).

 

The contest winner may have his/her logo images used on the Edinburg EDC website and

other official Edinburg EDC documents, and may be displayed at

Edinburg EDC owned buildings or offices.

View the contest rules online by clicking this button.
 

Please complete, sign and return 2018 Logo Contest Entry Form to:
Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Location: Edinburg City Hall, 415 West University Drive, Edinburg, Texas 78541

Deadline to Submit is Wednesday, July 18 at 5:00 pm. (CST)

For more Information or Questions, Contact:
Edinburg Economic Development Corporation at 956-383-7124

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Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Tea Time at the Edinburg Library

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The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invites children and their parents to a tea party on Friday, July 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. The free event will include story time with local author Teresa Stern.

Ms. Stern currently resides in the Rio Grande Valley. She has a degree in Professional Studies from the University of Mary-Harden Baylor and is the author of “The Grocery Store Alphabet Game” and “The Tea Party on Henry’s Island.”        

Children are encouraged to dress in tea time attire; however, it isn’t required for participation. This special Tea Time at the Library will include a reading of Ms. Stern’s book as well as fun activities. Tea and cookies will be served.     

For more information, contact the children’s department at 956-383-6246. You can also visit the library located at 1906 South Closner in Edinburg, Texas or check out the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SekulaMemorialLibrary/.

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Edinburg to Set Record of Largest Number of Fridas
Jul
21
4:30 PM16:30

Edinburg to Set Record of Largest Number of Fridas

RGV, get your braids and unibrows on! The City of Edinburg is seeking to establish a world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Frida Kahlo for the 5th anniversary of the City's FridaFest.  This annual festival will take place at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard on Saturday, July 21st, 2018 starting at 5 p.m.

To establish the record, we need to meet a minimum of 300 people dressed as Frida Kahlo in one location. The location will be the corner of McIntyre and 10th St. in Edinburg across from the Edinburg Fire Department. To participate, the guidelines are as follows:

Come ready and dressed for the event, have a unibrow, a braid across your head with 3-5 flowers on your braid. Wear a Mexican folkloric dress and a rebozo/shawl. Please pre-register to participate to have a more accurate count and all the names of the participants. You can register to participate by visiting the City of Edinburg’s Cultural Arts website at www.edinburgarts.com, on Eventbrite at www.fridafest.eventbrite.com or call the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library at 956-383-6246 to be part of this record.

FridaFest© 2018 is a free event for the entire community, it includes live music, artists, food vendors, plenty of children’s activities and lots of great Frida inspired art.  For more information on becoming a vendor at FridaFest, or for answers on how to get involved, visit www.edinburgarts.com or contact the Edinburg Library at (956) 383-6246.

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FridaFest
Jul
21
5:00 PM17:00

FridaFest

The City of Edinburg invites the community to the 5th Annual Fridafest, a festival that celebrates renowned Mexican Artist, Frida Kahlo as well as the spirit of perseverance and empowerment. This annual festival will take place at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard on Saturday, July 21st, 2018 starting at 5 p.m.

The festival will include a play by the Lucia Macias Theatre Company titled: “Buscando a Frida” – An Homage to Frida Kahlo that will be performed in English, the play includes an exhibit of representations by the artist, Jose Cano of some of Frida’s paintings.  Also, featured will be an all-female art exhibit curated by Eva Williamson of Edinburg as well as the popular Frida and Diego look-a-like contests for both children and adults. The evening performances include live music by The Dirty Birdies as well as dramatized poetry by Grupo Literario “Alas para Volar” from Matamoros.

On this 5th anniversary, FridaFest will incorporate a Frida Procession that will start at the corner of McIntyre and 10th St. and will continue down McIntyre until they reach the courtyard.  Before the start of the Fridafest procession, the festival will strive to set a record for the “Largest gathering of people dressed as Frida Kahlo”, this will follow with a March of Empowerment in celebration of womanhood.

FridaFest will kick off at 5 p.m. with the Frida Empowerment Panel at the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium located at 415 W. University Drive. The Frida Empowerment Panel brings together strong women from the community to inspire the new generations of young women and girls, and to highlight and celebrate their strengths and accomplishments.

FridaFest is an annual event hosted by the City of Edinburg in celebration of the Life of renowned Mexican Artist, Frida Kahlo. Kahlo began painting in the late 1920s, she married famed muralist Diego Rivera in 1929. She’s best known for her daring self-portraits depicting the suffering she experienced; she is a popular feminist icon celebrated for her passionate indomitability in the face of life’s trials. Frida was the first 20th Century Latin American artist to have her work purchased by the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. She was a woman of character who persevered in spite of her physical pain and emotional turmoil. She is now one of the most iconic female artists of all time and one of the most celebrated.

FridaFest© 2018 is a free event for the entire community, it includes live music, artists, food vendors, plenty of children’s activities and lots of great Frida inspired art.  For more information on becoming a vendor at FridaFest, or for answers on how to get involved, visit www.edinburgarts.com or contact the Edinburg Library at (956) 383-6246.

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Buscando a Frida: an homage to Frida Kahlo
Jul
21
to Jul 22

Buscando a Frida: an homage to Frida Kahlo

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The City of Edinburg announces the return of “Buscando a Frida: an homage to Frida Kahlo” by Lucía Macías to FridaFest on July 21 at the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium. The performance – unique to FridaFest and the Rio Grande Valley – takes the viewer through a theatrical experience of dance, music, art, song, and poetry into the life of Frida Kahlo.

Actresses, Erika E. Garza, Wendy Lara, and singer Jenny Cantu will interpret Frida in different monologues accompanied by local artists.

The theatrical performance will also feature the artwork of Jose G. Cano, an integral participant of this performance through his Frida Replicas.

Macías is the director of Lucia Macias Theater Company, and a founding member of Red de Talentos de Mexicanos en el Exterior, McAllen-RGV Chapter.  She is also founded the Buscando a Frida Festival in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas. Macías is a strong supporter and advocate of the theatrical arts. She has taught theater and self-expression for the past six years and continues to promote drama and live theater performances.

The Edinburg Municipal Auditorium is located at 415 W. University Dr. behind City Hall.  For more information visit www.edinburgarts.com or call the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at (956) 383-6246.

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Children's ART_oLoGY
Jul
23
to Aug 15

Children's ART_oLoGY

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Edinburg, TX:  The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invites the children 4 – 11 years of age to sign up for our beginner’s art classes. Classes start July 23rd and run for 4 weeks and will meet twice a week.  This year’s instructors include Artists Gerardo Saenz and our very own Library Assistant, Christal de los Rios.

Gerardo Saenz was born and raised in McAllen, Texas. Mr. Saenz has been drawing since early childhood, and after graduating from High School, he enrolled at the Art Institute of Houston. At the Institute he began creating his unique style of painting. As a music lover, he selected this medium as his canvas; one music item that he could relate to from his 70s and 80s childhood was the cassette tape, his medium. From there he added acrylic paint creating design art where he lets the tape speak to the acrylic. Mr. Saenz has been features on Harlingen's Beyond Arts & More Magazine and received 2nd place at IMAS’s Flavor of the Valley’s art contest. Mr. Saenz travels around Texas selling his unique and creative art. People recognize him as “The Cassette Guy.” Mr. Saenz will be teaching the art class for 7-11 years old.

Christal is a former program instructor who has taught a mix of education and arts & crafts-based classes for a non-profit organization. She will be instructing the class for children ages 4-6 years old. Christal has a love for art and wishes to pass that down to the children through this class.

Don’t let the summer go to waste, join this fun class, make new friends, and discover the artist within you! These classes are recommended to all aspiring young artists and those who simply just want a creative outlet.

Classes will be held at 10:30 am to 12 noon on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning July 23rd. Classes are free of charge and supplies will be provided. However, space is limited so register early to ensure your spot. Registration starts June 25th at 8 a.m.; please register online by clicking the buttons below.

For more information or to register by phone, call the Edinburg Library at (956) 383-6246 and ask for the Children’s Department or you can visit us at 1906 S. Closner Blvd in Edinburg.

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Poetry Writing Workshop and Open Mic at the Edinburg Library
Jun
21
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry Writing Workshop and Open Mic at the Edinburg Library

Edinburg TX: The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invites the public to a poetry writing workshop and open mic event that will be conducted by McAllen Poet Laureate Edward Vidaurre free of charge to the community.

Poetry writing allows the writer great freedom; however, it also demands mastery of form, structure and the ability to be able to manipulate both to succeed. “This may sound like a daunting task, but not to worry, the writing workshop has been designed to teach the basics in a simple, concise fashion and make it fun for those in attendance to learn the craft of poetry writing” says Edward.

The writing workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to write their own poem, get feedback, and perfect it before the open mic portion of the event. The writing workshop will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Participants will then have the opportunity to read their polished poem during the open mic event scheduled from 6-8 p.m. that same evening. The open mic event will be open to all poets interested in sharing their poetry.

For more information on this event and to sign up for the workshop, call the library and ask for Raul Martinez at 956-383-6246 or visit us at 1906 South Closner Boulevard in front of the historic Echo Hotel.

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Edinburg Library Celebrates Father’s Day
Jun
13
5:00 PM17:00

Edinburg Library Celebrates Father’s Day

Edinburg, Texas – This year, start your Father’s Day Celebration early at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library. All fathers, grandfathers and step-fathers are invited to take part in the Library’s Pre-Father’s Day event on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

That day a special space will be designed for local fathers to get away from the pressures of their daily grind, meet up with their friends, relax, and have a good time at the library. Attendees can expect to get a free haircut, and while waiting enjoy their wait playing at new and retro gaming stations. For those who prefer reading; books and magazines on a variety of topics will be available for their enjoyment. 

This event is made possible by one of our own local Edinburg businesses, Versasstyle, who is generously donating their time and services. Those in attendance will also have a chance to win various door prizes.

Seating is limited so be sure and reserve your spot today! To reserve your seat, call the library at 956-383-6246 or visit at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. in Edinburg, Texas.

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An Artists' Journey Through the Loss of a Child by Suanne Goings
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

An Artists' Journey Through the Loss of a Child by Suanne Goings


Join us for an artist reception and gallery talk on Tuesday, June 12th at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

Suanne is an artist and a poet, she was born in the small Appalachian town of Portsmouth, Ohio and currently lives in McAllen. On January 31st, 2002, Suanne’s only child Brandi died tragically in an automobile accident. The ongoing journey to transform her grief brings Suanne to her most important artistic quest yet. Because of this unimaginable loss, she has been stirred to write and illustrate her process in hope that by sharing her experience, she can at once honor Brandi’s memory, continuer her healing, and offer others on the same path comfort and Support.

Suanne's powerful and moving art pieces are both graceful and painful at the same time; her work reflects meaning through myths and believes of diverse cultures and incorporates imagery from her dreams, meditations, and poetry.

Suanne Going's exhibit is on display at the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library from June 6th - July 6th with the reception and gallery talk on June 12th. For more information on this or other events, please contact the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library at 956-383-6246 or by visiting our website.

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Edinburg Celebrates Diversity: Filipino Festival
Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Edinburg Celebrates Diversity: Filipino Festival

Edinburg, Texas–The City of Edinburg, ANAK, and The Philippine-American Chambers of Commerce-RGV invite the community to join in the 3rd Annual Filipino Festival commemorating the Philippines’ Independence,  happening on Friday, June 8, 2018.  A huge celebration will be held at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard to mark the special occasion.

This celebration will showcase the richness of the Filipino community, ethnic Bazaar, and Filipino food. The City of Edinburg is proud to celebrate the growing diversity in the Rio Grande Valley with this special day.

Festivities start at 5 p.m. with Filipino games open to everyone, especially children. Free food tastings, Lechon  Rice, will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Filipino food will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Enjoy authentic cuisine, exciting music and Filipino childhood game demonstrations that will lead into the evening’s program and witness the beautiful traditional dances of the Philippines. Everyone is invited to immerse yourselves in the culture through these dances, live performances, traditional music, and the traditions of a Filipino celebration.

The City Hall Courtyard is located at 415 W. University Drive. For more information about this and other cultural events happening in Edinburg, please visit the City’s Cultural Arts website at www.edinburgarts.com or call the Dustin M Sekula Memorial Library at 956-383-6246.

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Edinburg Public Library Presents Comedic Magician Kirk Marsh
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Edinburg Public Library Presents Comedic Magician Kirk Marsh

Edinburg, Texas—The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invites the public to a special Summer Reading Program performance starring Kirk Marsh. This event will be held at the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium on Thursday, June 7. The Edinburg Municipal Auditorium is located on 415 W. University Drive in Edinburg, just behind City Hall. This event is free and open to the public with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Kirk Marsh promises a high-energy performance that blends unconventional magic and comedy with audience participation and interaction. He’s performed across the country and in over 17 countries. Past performances include a spot on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Walt Disney World, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Budapest International Circus Festival, and International Festival Del Circo.

For those parents who haven’t already registered their children, tweens or teens for the Summer Reading Program there will be given an opportunity to do so that afternoon, children must be registered by a parent or legal guardian.

The Library’s Summer Reading Program is an annual event specially geared to encourage participants of all ages to continue reading during the summer in an effort to avoid the “Summer Slide’, that happens when readers stop reading during the summer, experts say that those who stop reading during the summer are more apt to lose reading skills while those that do maintain and sometimes increase their reading, comprehension and vocabulary skills that help ensure continued reading success.

If you want your child to continue to build on what they learned this year, register them for the Summer Reading Program at the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library or at our Kick Off event.

For more information on this event or the Children’s Summer Reading Program, please contact us at 956-383-6246.

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Edinburg to Host 11th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Edinburg to Host 11th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

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Edinburg, Texas–The City of Edinburg and the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invite the community to the 11th Annual Commemorative Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 25, at 10:00 a.m. 

The ceremony will include the reading of names of all service men from Edinburg who lost their lives in wars starting with World War I.  Families of the most recent fallen heroes as well as of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients, Sgt. Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez and Pvt. Pedro Cano will be present. The melancholy sounds of “Taps” will be followed by the placement of a wreath in front of the library’s “Forever in Our Hearts” Wall of Honor by America’s Last Patrol. 

Letty Leija, Director of Library and Cultural Arts, invites the community to this very moving ceremony. “It is important that we continue to remember and honor our Fallen Heroes and never forget their sacrifice for it is through their bravery that we continue to enjoy our freedom.”

We would like to thank the families of our fallen heroes for their presence at our annual event and to HEB for their generous annual donation to this event.

So, please make sure to join us as we remember our fallen heroes and thank their families for their great sacrifice.

For more information about this event, call the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library at 956-383-6246.

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ART_oLoGY 1.2
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

ART_oLoGY 1.2

Artology 1.2 was created with the everyday adult in mind. Our mission is to provide a supportive and fun environment in approach to the creation of art work. ART_oLoGy courses are ideal for those who wish to express their artistic abilities in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Classes are taught by artist Jose Suarez. ART_oLoGY 1.2 is the same as ART_oLoGY Painting but meant to provide additional seating when the ART_oLoGY Painting class reaches capacity.

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ART_oLoGY Drawing
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

ART_oLoGY Drawing

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ART_oLoGy Drawing was designed for the artistic adult individual. Our mission is to further develop artistic literacy by providing a progressively educational approach to the formation of art. Through the use of varying art media and innovative academic techniques, this ART_oLoGy program aims to expand basic knowledge of artistic fundamentals. The class is taught by Cultural Arts Manager, Magdiel Castle

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ART_oLoGY Painting
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

ART_oLoGY Painting

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ART_oLoGy Painting and  Artology 1.2 were created with the everyday adult in mind. Our mission is to provide a supportive and fun environment in approach to the creation of art work. ART_oLoGy courses are ideal for those who wish to express their artistic abilities in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Classes are taught by Cultural Arts Manager, Magdiel Castle.

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Cenzontle Mockingbird Author Reception
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Cenzontle Mockingbird Author Reception

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Meet author Daniel García Ordaz at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library.  García will be promoting his book Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment. This is a code-switching collection of diverse poetic forms, styles, and personas, celebrating the dynamics of the human voice and spirit. The author encourages readers to perform the text aloud -- such as his adaptation of a scene from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" -- as a polyglottic exhibition of empowerment through performance. This volume is influenced by, and dedicated to, the memories of Maya Angelou and Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

The book presentation and signing are scheduled to take place at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Daniel García Ordaz is the founder of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, and is the author of You Know What I’m Sayin’? (El Zarape Press, 2006). His focus is on the power of language, which he celebrates in his writings and talks. In April 2017, García defended his thesis, Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Empowerment Through Mimicry, to complete his terminal degree, an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Over the years, he has edited several books and anthologies, such as Twenty: In Memoriam, a response by poets across the U.S. to the Sandy Hook shootings.

García is a teacher and writer, and an emerging voice in American, Mexican-American, Chicano, and Latino poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, academic collections, and anthologies. He was born in Houston in 1971 and raised in Mission, TX. His publishing experience includes editing and book cover design credits.

García is also a songwriter, former newspaper journalist, and word-maker-upper. He was one of five authors -- and the only poet -- chosen to participate in the Texas Latino Voices project in 2009 by the Texas Center for the Book, the state affiliate of the Library of Congress. He has been a featured reader and guest at numerous literary events, including the Dallas International Book Fair, McAllen Book Festival, Texas Library Association events, TAIR, TABE, and Border Book Bash.

García also served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of Texas-Pan American. He lives in the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas with his wife, Gina, and their children, and he continues to teach, write, sing, and spend time in front of a crowd as often as he can.

For more information on this event, contact Raul Martinez at 956-383-6246.  The library is located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard in front of the historic Echo Hotel.

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Healing Nature - Artist exhibit by Sylvia V. Garcia
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Healing Nature - Artist exhibit by Sylvia V. Garcia

Join us for an artist reception and gallery talk on Thursday, May 17th at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

Sylvia V. Garcia is a South Texas artist who graduated from UTRGV with a degree in Studio Art. She has always been fascinated by the creation of art in both Drawing and Painting. Over the course of her life, many obstacles, and grief periods, she has refined her artistic depictions of her Mexican Culture and legends associated with them. Garcia's work has recurring women, fragments of being, nature and symbolism in her work as well as a portrayal of symbolic experimentation of nature and the human form.

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The work by Garcia consists primarily of acrylics, inks, and oils but often experiments with plastic and printmaking techniques to create textures on many of her pieces. She enjoys conveying the essence of healing, thought-provoking and coping allegorical abstract thought. Some of her influences are Remedios Varo. Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dali, Casper D. Friedrich, Thomas Cole, and William Blake.

Sylvia's work has been exhibited in various RGV galleries as well as Chicago. Currently, she is a dedicated charity-contributing artist to organizations that raise awareness and funds for autism and organ donation.

Garcia's exhibit is on display at the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library from May 2nd to June 1st with the reception and gallery talk on May 17th. For more information on this or other events, please contact the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library at 956-383-6246

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First Annual Edinburg Music Fest
May
12
to May 13

First Annual Edinburg Music Fest

Edinburg, Texas - The City of Edinburg invites the public to the 1st Annual Edinburg Music Fest to be held on Friday, May 12th, 2018 from 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. At the corner of 8th and McIntyre, east of the Edinburg City Hall-. in Edinburg.

 

The festival will aim to celebrate various genres of music through the many musical acts, special guest appearances, and exhibits that take place during the event. The Edinburg Music Fest will revitalize and bring forth one of Edinburg’s hidden jewels, the Tejano Walk of Fame and revitalize it into the Music Walk of Fame. This year, the festival kicks off with Tejano/Conjunto music with headliners Jaime y Los Chamacos. The festival will also feature: Conjunto Delta Boyz, Lazaro Perez y su Conjunto, Ruben de La Cruz y su Conjunto, Los Garcia Brothers, Gilberto Garcia Jr. Y Los Dos Gilbertos, and Lucky Joe.

This year, the Edinburg Music Fest will not induct any new stars into the walk of fame, but rather will use proceeds generated to continue the festival and induct new stars into the Music Walk of Fame starting in 2019. Admission to the festival is $5. Tickets are available at the Edinburg Library and at edinburgmusicfest.eventbrite.com. Admission will be free between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their dancing boots and lawn chairs; food vendors will be available, no outside food or drink will be allowed. The City of Edinburg’s Cultural Arts Division is partnering up with the RGV Food Bank; a portion of the beer proceeds will benefit the Food Bank; cash sales only, an ATM will be on site for anyone who needs it. Come have fun and enjoy a pre-mother’s day celebration or a night with the compadres all while not only helping the festival grow but also helping the RGV Food Bank.

The annual Edinburg Music Fest is organized by the Cultural Arts Division of the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library.  For more information on this or any other cultural event, please call Cultural Arts Manager, Magdiel Castle at 956-383-6246 or email him at Magdiel@edinburglibrary.us. Everyone is invited to take part in this Community Festival; for an up-to-date schedule of this and other events, please visit the cultural arts website at www.edinburgarts.com

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Cinco De Mayo 2018
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Cinco De Mayo 2018

Edinburg, Texas - The City of Edinburg and the Consulate of Mexico in McAllen invite the public to the 7th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration to be held on Friday, May 4th, 2018 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard located at 415 W. University Dr. in Edinburg.

Each year, the festival aims to celebrate the beautiful Mexican art and culture through the many entertaining and educational activities, special guest appearances, and art exhibits that take place during the event.  This year, activities will include an Artisan Mercado, the Photography Exhibit, Traditional Dress Fashion Show, Folklorico Presentations, Cinco de Mayo Conference Talk, Children’s Clown presentation with games, prizes, and balloon animals, Mariachi Exhibitions, art displays, regional cuisine, and music by Grupo Internacional Constelacion.

This year the Centro Cultural Mexicano en el Valle de Texas joins the celebration and brings a photography exhibit inside the Edinburg City Hall Lobby with a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. and a Conference Presentation on the real history of Cinco de Mayo starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium.

So, join us for a fun family friendly festival and stay to join us for an opportunity to dance away the night with the lively cumbias of Constelacion.

The Annual Cinco de Mayo festival is organized by the Cultural Arts Division of the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library.  For more information on this or any other cultural event please call Cultural Arts Manager, Magdiel Castle at 956-383-6246 or email him at Magdiel@edinburglibrary.us. Everyone is invited to take part in this Community Festival; for an up to date schedule of this and other events please visit the cultural arts website at www.edinburgarts.com

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Boundless Book and Poetry Festival
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Boundless Book and Poetry Festival

Edinburg Library Hosts Boundless

Book Release and Poetry Festival Kickoff

 

EDINBURG, TX – The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invites the public to attend the opening reception of the 11th Annual Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival and the book release of Boundless 2018, the anthology for VIPF. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room of the library.

Boundless includes poets from across Texas and the U.S. as well as poets from around the world—and it features a youth section from Valley students. Copies of the anthology will be available for $10 while supplies last.

The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival was established in 2008. Since its inception, the four-day event that was created by Art That Heals, Inc., in partnership with El Zarape Press, has been held annually the last weekend of April—in celebration of National Poetry Month. 

Come meet 2018 McAllen Laureate Poet Edward Vidaurre, the emcee and director of operations for VIPF. Vidaurre is an emerging voice in the Latino literature and Beat poetry communities. He is the author of four poetry collections, including Chicano Blood Transfusions.

Joining Vidaurre on stage will be featured poets Nathan Brown, Laura Peña, Eddie Vega, and Robin Carstensen, along with several other poets who will read their poems from Boundless 2018—available on Amazon—including Trevor Wainwright, a poet attending from England.

For more information on VIPF, visit www.valleypoetryfest.org or find them on social media.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this event, please contact Jose Tamez at 956-383-6246. Or stop by the library located at 1906 South Closner in Edinburg, Texas.

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Citizenship Classes at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Citizenship Classes at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library

Citizenship Classes at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library

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Edinburg, TX: Are you a resident and dream of becoming a U.S. Citizen? Would you like to take the next step in becoming a citizen of the United States? Then be sure and call us or stop by the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library and register for our upcoming U.S. Citizenship classes.

Join us for our four-month citizenship classes which will cover civics and United States history, as well as tips to help you pass the citizenship test. Classes will be taught by Edith Lopez from Uniendo Naciones, Solo Por Servir. These FREE Classes start on April 26, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.

To register or to get more information,  call the library at 383-6245 and ask for Jose or Omero or visit us at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. Edinburg Texas.

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Aztectopia
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

Aztectopia

The Consulate of Mexico cordially invites you to another Thursday of culture, on this occasion presenting the illustrated book "Aztectopia" by the Mexican Pedro Larez, who giving a turn to his career as an illustrator, now he writes in an entertaining comic format stories about the Mexica or Aztec gods. The book is primarily directed to teenagers, young adults and adults and is already a success in social media with more than 120,000 followers, positioning itself as one of the most recognized Mexican graphic artists of the moment.

The book “Aztectopia” will be presented by its author, who lives in Mexico and will be visiting the Rio Grande Valley to share his talent among the community.

INFORMATION OF EVENT:

DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 26.

TIME:  5:00 P.M.

ADDRESS: CONSULATE OF MEXICO IN MCALLEN, TX.

600 S. Broadway Street, McAllen, Texas 78501

Participants: Pedro Larez, author and Consulate of Mexico in McAllen, Tx.

 

 

RSVP will be appreciated at prensamac@sre.gob.mx or 956 686 0243, Ext. 7121.

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Edinburg Library Hosts Book Reception of “Fugaces”-Poetry by Edna Ochoa
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Edinburg Library Hosts Book Reception of “Fugaces”-Poetry by Edna Ochoa

Edinburg, Texas–The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invites the community to the book reception of “Fugaces”, Dr. Edna Ochoa’s latest book. The book release reception will take place on April 24th at the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library at 6 p.m.

Author Edna Ochoa was born in Mexico City. She is the author of the books Shadow for Mirrors, Root Breathing, The Circular Fence, Shreds of Yesterday, Ruins and The Most Effective Method and other short works. She translated into Spanish Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez, The Frog and His Friends Save Humanity by Víctor Villaseñor and The Magic of Mariachi by Steven Schneider. Her poems, stories and theater scripts have been published in various anthologies and magazines, as well as her academic articles. Ochoa is a member of the Asociación Cultural Tepalcate Producciones in Mexico, she also directs theater and teaches creative writing workshops. Ochoa obtained her doctorate in literature from the University of Houston and her bachelor's degree in journalism from the School of Journalism "Carlos Septién García". She is a professor at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

 The Library hosts a variety of programs through its Cultural Arts Division on a monthly basis to provide creative individuals a space to showcase and share their work and share it with the Edinburg and surrounding communities. The public is invited attend the book reception, Dr. Edna Ochoa will be reading from her book, others involved in the creation of the book will be also be present including Peter Brown, Translator, Ramiro Rodriguez, Editor and Sergio Garcia, book cover artist. Books can be autographed and will be available for sale; the book will also be available for checkout at the Library.

The Edinburg Library is committed to building awareness and appreciation of the arts; artists interested in being considered for exhibition or presentations or for more details on the Fugaces book reception may  contact Magdiel Castle at (956) 383-6246 or visit the Cultural Arts website at www.edinburgarts.com.

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International Speaker Series - Hugo Ramirez Villagomez
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

International Speaker Series - Hugo Ramirez Villagomez

EDINBURG, TEXAS (March 23, 2018) – The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is continuing its International Speaker Series, giving people the opportunity to learn more about different cultures that exist in our world.

 

The library will be host University of Texas Rio Grande Valley international student, Hugo Ramirez Villagomez, on Thursday April 19 at 6:00 p.m. Villagomez is from Mexico, but is studying here at UTRGV. He has agreed to come to the library and speak about his culture and experiences.

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Villagomez came to the United States after studying at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, where he majored in International Business.  He gained experience in economics and international political relationships while working with transnational companies such as MSC and Evergreen, two maritime lines.  The program will include a presentation followed by a question and answer session.

 

The Sekula Memorial Library is located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard in Edinburg, Texas. For more information on this and other programs, please call 956-383-6246. You can also access the library’s website at www.edinburglibrary.us

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Border Cinema
Apr
9
8:00 PM20:00

Border Cinema

EDINBURG, TEXAS (March 15, 2018) – Are you interested in films using the U.S./Mexico border setting? If the answer is yes, then you do not want to miss our upcoming “Scholars for Life” lecture and presentation titled “Film and the Border”, scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Dustin Sekula Memorial Library. All are encouraged and welcome to attend this very informative free event.

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is partnering with Dr. Ed Cameron, Professor of English in the Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and Dr. Linda Belau, Professor of English in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, to host this month’s lecture and presentation. They will present their most recent research on border cinema, focusing on the role of dissent presented in films using the U.S/Mexico border as a setting with specific geo-political importance.

Dr. Belau will focus on John Sayles’s 1996 independent film “Lone Star,” a film set in the imaginary town of Frontera, TX along the border with Mexico. She will illustrate how Sayles’s dramatization of the unique multicultural aspect of border culture is embedded in his presentation of the complex racial history of the region. Dr. Cameron will highlight the “rasquache” (lower class attitude) sensibility embodied in the punk films of Texas filmmaker Jim Mendiola. He will demonstrate how the bicultural sensibility informing the films “Pretty Vacant” (1996) and “Speeder Kills” (2003) helps reveal the repressed sub-cultural dissent unique to South Texas identity.  

Dr. Ed Cameron is the author of “The Psychopathology of the Gothic Romance”, editor of Thomas De Quincey’s gothic novel “Klosterheim”, and author of numerous articles on film, literature, and psychoanalysis. His work has appeared in the journals Cardozo Law Review, Studies in Humanities, Gothic Studies, Mosaic, Diaspora, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Film & History, and The Journal of Culture and the Unconscious.

Dr. Linda Belau is also a Director of the Film Studies Program at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. She is the editor of “Horror Television in the Age of Consumption: Binging on Fear” (Routledge, 2018), “Topologies of Trauma” (Other Press, 2002), special issue editor for Women Writers (“Psychoanalysis and La Femme”, 2010), special issue editor for Postmodern Culture (“Trauma: Essays on the Limit of Knowledge and Memory”, 2001), and the author of several articles on literary, cultural, and cinema studies.

The Scholars For Life Series encourages library partnerships with local educational institutions by providing access to lifelong learning through lectures and presentations that enhance our lives and the Rio Grande Valley community.

These monthly lectures and presentations will be held monthly through May, free of charge and open to the public. For more information, visit the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. Edinburg, TX, or call (956) 383-6246 and ask for Omero or Clara. The library’s Web site can also be accessed at http://www.edinburg.lib.tx.us/.

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Celebrate National Library Week
Apr
8
to Apr 14

Celebrate National Library Week

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Edinburg, TX – This week, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study-they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

“The library helps lead our community by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning,” said Letty Leija, Library and Cultural Arts Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.”

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is celebrating National Library Week by providing the following activities:

·         A Family Reading Challenge starting March 19 thru the end of National Library Week April 14. The Family Reading Challenge is designed to promote the love of reading as well as restore family time and create memories. Participants can pick up their challenge card at the Circulation Desk and have until April 14 to complete and return the card for a chance to enter a drawing of a family goodie basket.

·         Visit the library during National Library Week and make it a treasure hunt. Follow the daily clues that will lead you to the hidden treasure and claim your prize. It’s that easy!

·         On Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m., parents and teens (grades 6-12) are invited to take part in a special Teen & Parent UFO t-shirt decoration just in time for this year’s UFO Festival and Conference.

·         Wednesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. Children’s Department will be celebrating National Library Week with a puppet show, story time, craft and refreshments. Please join us for a special story time on the rainbow carpet, followed by the literary puppet show, “Snatch A Book”, games, picture op and a book distribution.  We will then be making our way into the meeting room for our bookmark craft and celebratory refreshments.

·         Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Professor, Dr. Ed Cameron and Dr. Linda Belau, will be presenting their lecture titled, Film and the Border. They will present their most recent research on border cinema, focusing on the role of dissent presented in films using the Mexico/US border as a setting with specific geo-political importance.

·         Friday, April 13, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library will be incorporating its annual Out of this World UFO Festival and Conference to this year’s National Library Week Celebration. People can expect to meet and mingle with authors and experts in the subject; such as, Stephen Bassett, world’s best known and most highly respected UFO researcher and Nick Pope, British UFO expert and secret agent who researched and investigated UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, and strange phenomena.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, visit the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. Edinburg, Texas, call 956-383-6246 or see the library’s website at www.edinburglibrary.us

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