Veterans Day Parade
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Veterans Day Parade

The City of Edinburg and The Dusting Michael Sekula Memorial Library invite the public to participate in the upcoming Veterans Day Parade. This annual event will take place on  Saturday, November 10th at 10:00 a.m.

The Parade is open to anyone interested in participating free of charge. All applicants must complete a simple entry form of participation. Detailed information is required as it is used to announce the entries in the lineup. For more details and to download the entry form visit the Library website www.edinburgarts.com/parade or stop by the Library and pick up a form from Lucy Robinson.  Entry forms are due by Wednesday, October 31th.

Most Patriotic Float Competition – only those individuals using a pick-up truck bed, farm wagon, flatbed truck or trailer may enter the Float Competition.  Vehicles smaller than a pick-up truck bed do not qualify to enter the competition.  Judging will be based on Overall Appearance of float and trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

All political entries will be charged $250.00 please make checks payable to the Edinburg Arts Foundation. Political entries will be placed at the end of the parade to ensure the focus is on our support and gratitude to the service given by our Veterans to our country.

The parade will commence at Richard R. Flores Stadium on 1800 S. Stadium Dr. and Palm Dr. to end on McIntyre St. and 10th Street. If you would like to take part in the parade contact Lucy Robinson at 956-383-6246 or stop by the library located at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. Edinburg, Texas.   

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University Draft House BeerFest
Oct
13
6:30 PM18:30

University Draft House BeerFest

Proceeds will benefit the renovation of Edinburg's historical buildings and cultural arts community projects.

The University DraftHouse Beer Fest is the most sought-after Beer Festival in Edinburg, Texas!

Come experience an array of unique casks, one of a kind collaborations, and your favorite porters, stouts, pilsners, ales, wheats, belgians, ciders, and lagers to name a few. We will be pouring 100+ premium and craft beers from 85+ breweries from around the world. Beyond beer -- is there a such a thing? --  Your ticket includes live music, interactive games, a wine garden, FREE food from the best local restaurants and so much more. AND the best part is every drink benefits the arts, culture, education and historical restoration of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and the Future Arts and Culture Center in Edinburg.

The University DraftHouse  Beer Fest welcomes everyone 21 and over.  So bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend the day tasting something new at Edinburg's beautiful City Hall Courtyard. 

You will also have the opportunity to bid on some amazing items from flight lessons to hunting, don't let yourself be outbid from a great deal!


NOTE:

With the purchase of your University DraftHouse Beer Fest ticket, you will receive a sampling card redeemable for (24) 1 oz beers.



TICKET LOCATIONS

You can purchase your tickets on the website, the button below

OR got to 

University Drafthouse, The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce or The Edinburg Library 

CHEERS!

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Meet Author Roberto A. Rocha at the Edinburg Library
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Meet Author Roberto A. Rocha at the Edinburg Library

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Meet author Roberto A. Rocha at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library.  Rocha will be promoting his most recently published book Tamarindo Dreams: A Collection of Barrio Poetry. In this collection of verse, Rocha shares snippets of his life and experiences in the border region known as “el Valle.” Love, loss, grief, anger, humor, and faith are just some of the themes he offers, as well as glimpses into experiences with family and friendships.

The book presentation and signing are scheduled to take place at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Roberto A. (Rob) Rocha is a native of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, where most of the inspiration for his writing comes from. In 2006, he moved to Dallas, TX to oversee Latino operations for one of the largest and most influential ministries in the nation, traveling and speaking across Latin America, including Mexico, Venezuela, Columbia, and Argentina.

In 2008, Rocha was featured in the Dallas Morning Star’s Spanish publication “Al Dia,” as one of the Top 20 Emerging Hispanic Leaders in Dallas. Also an accomplished musician, he left the ministry in 2013 to record a CD of original music and to focus on other artistic pursuits. He currently lives in the Dallas area with his wife, Pauline.

The author will be selling copies of his book Tamarindo Dreams for $12 each. 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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Friends of the Library Membership Event
Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

Friends of the Library Membership Event

On October 9th, 2019, the Friends of the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library will hold their annual membership drive from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the main conference room of the Library. 

This year’s guest speaker and performers will be Viol Consort String Ensemble who play a selection of baroque, classical, and romantic pieces for violin and flute.  A brief interactive and informal talk will be provided prior to the performance which will provide an insight into the music and help attendees to gain a deeper appreciation for the selections.

            Viol Consort String Ensemble has educated and performed before both national and international audiences in several venues including concert halls, festivals, museums, and classrooms with a goal to make art more accessible and understandable and to promote a cultural environment within the communities it plays, including the Rio Grande Valley.  To that end, Viol Consort String Ensemble performs two concerts a year in McAllen, Texas.

            In addition, all attendees will be eligible for a drawing for a gift card for dinner at a local restaurant and two tickets to an upcoming event at the University of Texas of Rio Grande Valley Performance Hall.

            The Friends of the Edinburg Library is a private nonprofit organization. The association takes an active interest to enrich and enhance the library and community. They organize annual fundraisers and monthly book sales with proceeds going to the Library.  They also sponsor special programs for children, teens and adults.  In addition to that, the organization showcases various guest speakers during their monthly Brown Bag Luncheons. These informal gatherings are free and open to the public. 

If you would like to become a member all you have to do is show up the day of the event, fill out a very simple application, pay your dues -checks or cash only- and enjoy refreshments while meeting interesting people, such as yourself, that value the library and giving back to the community.

            For more information regarding the event or how to join the Friends group, please contact Mike Parson at (956) 289-0625 or by email at mikeparson@gmail.com.

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It's Written in the Stars"
Oct
9
to Oct 11

It's Written in the Stars"

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The Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library celebrates Teen Read Week™ with the theme “It’s Written in the Stars: READ!”

The Sekula Memorial Library will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 7-13, 2018) with special events and programs spotlighting all the great resources and activities available at the library and to encourage teens from around the area to read for their enjoyment. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, “It’s Written in the Stars: READ!”

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers.  The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.

Moreover, according to Omero Morales, Reference Supervisor, strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers. This is why it is important to take advantage of Teen Read Week and show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.  

The Sekula Memorial Library invites teens, parents and other concerned community members to participate in special programs and events during Teen Read Week.  On Tuesday, October 9th teens will be watching, The Space Between Us and bring a favorite book to exchange in our Book Swap.  Teens will then show off their creative side by decorating a Galaxy Pumpkin, a new galactic twist to traditional pumpkin decorating on Wednesday, October 10th.  To end Teen Read Week, teens and tweens will get to watch videos, play a variety of games on the NASA website, participate in Astronaut training activities such as Crew Assembly Training, Speed of Light and Taste in Space on Thursday, October 11th.  All programs are free to the public and begins at 6:00 pm.
 
Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home. The Sekula Memorial Library offers these ideas:

  • Set aside time each day for the family to read

  • Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward

  • Share your favorite book with your teen

  • Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors by visiting http://tinyurl.com/yalsabookawardslists, or use YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app

  • Host a book discussion group

  • Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that)

  • Listen to audiobooks on trips

  • Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home

  • Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading

  • Parents and caregivers can be role models by making time to read, too

  • Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually in October, the same week as Columbus Day. For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenread.

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Outbreak - Epidemics in a Connected World
Oct
1
to Oct 31

Outbreak - Epidemics in a Connected World

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The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, Edinburg and Dr. Ugochukwu Anieto, an Instructional Assistant Professor of Biology with Texas A&M University, McAllen Higher Education Center invite the general public to a poster exhibition titled “Outbreak, Epidemics in a Connected World”. The exhibition would run from October 1st to October 31st of 2018 at the Library.

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This poster exhibition is being supported by the Smithsonian Institution and is aimed to convey important information with respect to diseases outbreak and ways to control outbreaks in every community. As the world continues to become globalized, leading to the rapid movement of people across the globe in a short period of time, the need to tackle outbreaks has never been more urgent. The Rio Grande Valley is currently grappling with issues of diseases outbreak bordering on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) mostly common in the age range of 15-24 years of age.

This exhibition would be presented in English and Spanish, as to reach out to every demographic within our community. It is hoped that this informal method of educating the public, would in no small measure be a catalyst in the control of infectious diseases and would serve to awaken the community on the importance of diseases control. Furthermore, students and aspiring scholars in our community, would use this exhibition as a Launchpad in their pursuit of higher academic interests and eventually become notable voices in the control of diseases outbreak in our community and in the entire United States.

As part of this educational venture the Library will be showing Contagion; a film that documents the spread of a virus and the attempts by the medical community to identify and contain the disease. The movie will be shown on Sunday, October 14, starting at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided while supplies last.

For more information on this event, contact us at 956-383-6246 or you may visit us at 1906 S. Closner Blvd.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Edinburg Library
Sep
20
to Oct 11

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Edinburg Library

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Edinburg, Texas- Come celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with us! This national observance celebrated September 15th – October 15th is designated to recognize the contributions and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States.

The celebration kicks off with a fun craft event for teens and tweens who will be painting terra cotta pots using Mexican designs. During the event teens and tweens will have a chance to learn about distinguished Hispanics artists such as Pablo Picasso, Rufino Tamayo, Salvador Dali and others.  The event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, from 6:00 7:30 p.m. 

That same week the library welcomes Author Jesus Perez, who will be promoting his latest book El Mensajero / The Messenger. The book presentation and signing will take place on Thursday, September 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The celebration continues the following week with a very special Children’s event. Children will be treated to bilingual stories, a puppet show, crafts and refreshments. This event will take place Wednesday, September 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Continuing the spirit of Hispanic History Month, the public is invited to join the Art_ology class where they will create their own masterpiece following the Loteria style. This class will be taught by the Cultural Arts Manager, Mr. Magdiel Castle and is scheduled to take place Thursday, September 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

The fun continues with a Noche Bohemia! Come and enjoy a night of music, light refreshments and best of all good company. The Noche Bohemia is scheduled to take place Thursday, October 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

And to close the celebration, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is proud to present: “Hasta en La Luna” A night celebrating Puerto Rican Culture & Identity in Texas. Those in attendance will be able to enjoy Art & Poetry by Mayra L. Martinez a Boriqua now living in San Antonio, TX. Photojournalism Presentation by Laura Sanchez-Martinez. A Craft Lesson throughout the course of the evening will allow patrons to take home a piece of significant history to share with friends and family. Cafe con leche and regional desserts to be enjoyed. This event is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

All events are free of charge and open to the public.  For more information, call the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library at 956-383-6246.

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“El Mensajero / The Messenger” at the Edinburg Library
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

“El Mensajero / The Messenger” at the Edinburg Library

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Edinburg, TX– The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library kicks off its annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrarion with a book-signing event presented by local author Jesus Perez, who will be promoting his latest book El Mensajero / The Messenger. The book presentation and signing will take place at the Library on Thursday, September 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In his book, El Mensajero, author Jesus Perez acts as a messenger giving news about social injustice and inequality, the lack of decent work suffered by rural communities, and Corruption. Through his testimony the characters of Perez - The Dreamer, Don Nicolas, El Cronista del Pueblo, among others - denounce the vulnerable conditions in which the find themselves and make a call to readers to help eliminate the inequalities that exist.

 Emceeing the event will be author, filmmaker, director, actor, and publisher from the Rio Grande Valley Gabriel H. Sanchez. Sanchez is co-founder of, and editor at, The Raving Press which publishes anthologies that include works by local, national, and international authors.

Those in attendance will be able to purchase copies of the book at the event and some lucky people will have the opportunity to win a signed copy of El Mensajero. For more information on this event, contact Jose Tamez at 956-383-6246.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Edinburg Library
Sep
20
to Oct 11

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Edinburg Library

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Come celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with us! This national observance celebrated September 15th – October 15th is designated to recognize the contributions and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States.

The celebration kicks off with a fun craft event for teens and tweens who will be painting terra cotta pots using Mexican designs. During the event teens and tweens will have a chance to learn about distinguished Hispanics artists such as Pablo Picasso, Rufino Tamayo, Salvador Dali and others.  The event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, from 6:00 7:30 p.m. 

That same week the library welcomes Author Jesus Perez, who will be promoting his latest book El Mensajero / The Messenger. The book presentation and signing will take place on Thursday, September 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The celebration continues the following week with a very special Children’s event. Children will be treated to bilingual stories, a puppet show, crafts and refreshments. This event will take place Wednesday, September 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Continuing the spirit of Hispanic History Month, the public is invited to join the Art_ology class where they will create their own masterpiece following the Loteria style. This class will be taught by the Cultural Arts Manager, Mr. Magdiel Castle and is scheduled to take place Thursday, September 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

The fun continues with a Noche Bohemia! Come and enjoy a night of music, light refreshments and best of all good company. The Noche Bohemia is scheduled to take place Thursday, October 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

And to close the celebration, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is proud to present: “Hasta en La Luna” A night celebrating Puerto Rican Culture & Identity in Texas. Those in attendance will be able to enjoy Art & Poetry by Mayra L. Martinez a Boriqua now living in San Antonio, TX. Photojournalism Presentation by Laura Sanchez-Martinez. A Craft Lesson throughout the course of the evening will allow patrons to take home a piece of significant history to share with friends and family. Cafe con leche and regional desserts to be enjoyed. This event is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

All events are free of charge and open to the public.  For more information, call the library and ask for Jose Tamez or Omero Morales at 956-383-6246.

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Free Film Screenings, Panels, Workshops And More!
Sep
5
to Sep 9

Free Film Screenings, Panels, Workshops And More!

The South Texas International Film Festival (STXIFF) is back and invites you to explore the imagination of filmmakers from around the world. As expected, this year’s event will be more spectacular than ever.
 
To celebrate the visual arts, the City of Edinburg established the festival as a platform for artistic individuals to showcase their talent and express creativity. Since it’s inception, this event became synonymous with cinematic appreciation. With support from the City of Edinburg, the Edinburg EDC, the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library, its Board of Directors and all sponsors, STXIFF has surpassed all expectations and established itself as a leading film festival in South Texas.
 
This year, the lineup for the 4th annual festival has been revealed and it includes 51 motion pictures written, directed and produced by independent filmmakers. After receiving many submissions, semi-finalists were selected by the Film Selection Committee and voted on by Industry Professional Judges. All genres and styles were accepted in the form of short and feature films. Finalists will be recognized and celebrated at the Awards Ceremony held during the final night of the Film Festival.
 
One main objective of STXIFF is to offer a look into the many stages of cinematic development and production. To accomplish this, a variety of industry related workshops and events are offered. Besides the customary filmmaker panel discussions, workshops in acting, screenwriting, cinematography and special effects makeup have been previously presented. The festival also offers “The Pitch”, a competition where screenwriters pitch their projects to a jury of film producers for a chance to win a prize.
 
As the lights dim and the title sequence roll, you will submerge into the minds of visual storytellers. You will wander through each scene that was carefully crafted through lighting, costumes, set designs, and camera techniques purposely set to create a new world. Like the famed director, Stanley Kubrick once said, “If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.”
 
If you are an established professional, an aspiring filmmaker or a movie aficionado, you don’t want to miss this. Mark your calendar for STXIFF 2018, September 5-8, the festival will take place at the University Performing Arts Center, The Cinemark Bistro in Edinburg, and the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. See you at the festival! For more information, please call the Sekula Memorial Library at 956-383-6246 or visit www.stxff.us for more detail information about films and their schedule.

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Back By Popular Demand! Sports Card & Comics Show
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Back By Popular Demand! Sports Card & Comics Show

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The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is hosting its annual Sports Card & Comics Show featuring some of the most sought after memorabilia. Top collectors and dealers from all over the Valley will showcase sports cards, comics, collectors’ edition superhero toys and much more.

Whether you are an avid collector or just looking to pick up a new hobby, this show is for you. The public is encouraged to ask questions as the dealers are very knowledgeable about the trade and are willing to share their knowledge.  

The free show is for everyone to enjoy the thrill of buying, selling, collecting, trading, and investing.  It will take place at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library Friends Meeting Room (1906 S. Closner Boulevard across from the Historic Echo Hotel) on Saturday, August 25. The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, participants are encouraged to checkout our extensive library sports and comics resources. And don’t forget to visit the Books & Bytes Café featuring a wide range of flavored coffees, delicious pastries, salads, sandwiches, and mouth-watering desserts at very affordable prices.  

For more information call 956-383-6245 or visit www.edinburglibrary.us.

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Poetry Writing Workshop and Open Mic at the Edinburg Library
Aug
23
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry Writing Workshop and Open Mic at the Edinburg Library

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The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invites the public to Exercise in Empathy & Objects of Presence, a poetry writing workshop and open mic event that will be conducted by Poet Laureate Edward Vidaurre free of charge to the community.

Poetry writing allows a writer great freedom; however, it also demands mastery of form, structure, and the ability 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, August 23, 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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Poetry Night at the Edinburg Library
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Night at the Edinburg Library

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invites the public to a Poetry and Open Mic Night on Tuesday, August 14 from 6-8 p.m. The night’s featured guest and emcee will be author and poet Julieta Corpus.

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Julieta Corpus began her writing journey at the age of 11. Since then, she’s graduated from the University of Texas, Pan American where she earned a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies and, later, a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her work was featured in magazines and publications such as Gallery, Tendiendo Puentes, and Mesquite Review. She organizes poetry readings around the Valley and is an active member and participant of the Rio Grande Valley Poetry Festival and the San Benito Writers Forum.

Other poets and writers featured throughout the night include Mcallen Poet Laureate, Edward Vidaurre, Marjorie Anne Estevis,  Richard Sanchez, Manny Carrizales, Anthony Ripp, Monica Ramirez, Amador Salazar, Jasmin Garcia, Celina Gomez, Nely Gonzalez, Rolando Serna, Blanka Reyes and Ronnie Garza.

If you’re looking to read your own poetry, there is no pre-registration required. The night will also feature an open mic following the featured poets. So invite a friend, relax and enjoy this special poetry event. Not only will it be entertaining, you can also meet people with a shared interest of writing and sharing poetry.

For more information about this event, call 956-383-6246 or visit the library website at www.edinburglibrary.us. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow our Instagram account.

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Gardening in Small Spaces
Jul
26
1:00 PM13:00

Gardening in Small Spaces

Edinburg, TX – Ramon V. Vela Jr., President of the Friends of the Edinburg Public Library, will be conducting a presentation on Gardening in Small Spaces. The presentation will take place Thursday, July 26, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library.

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Ramon V. Vela Jr. was born and raised in Edinburg and has been gardening for many years. He especially enjoys growing orchids and lately he has been growing his own vegetable garden.  Mr. Vela recently participated in the Master Gardner course offered through the Texas A & M Extension Office.

Gardening in Small Spaces, focuses on covering the basics of planting, maintaining potted plants, using potted plants in small gardens, and how to use elements of design to make an impact in small gardens.

This presentation is brought to you by the Friends of the Edinburg Public Library, a nonprofit organization that takes an active role in the support of the Edinburg public library and its services to the community.

The public is cordially invited to attend this presentation which is a free event open to everyone.  

Join us for this informative presentation and be sure and pick up your ticket at the door for our door prize raffle.  If you would like more information contact President of the Friends, Ramon V. Vela, Jr. at 956-458-5248.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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