Laredo Phil ‘Lite’ Concert 7 P.M. Friday At TAMIU
Jan30

Laredo Phil ‘Lite’ Concert 7 P.M. Friday At TAMIU

Special to the Laredo Sun Start your weekend with a short concert by the Laredo Phil Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall. General admission is only $10 and free for students with a valid ID. “Friday Nite Lites” was conceived by Brendan Townsend, TAMIU assistant professor and music director, Laredo Phil, in an effort to present a concert program that would not exceed an hour. The program consists of five short pieces and opens with the title march from the 1954 movie, “The Dam Busters,”  followed by three unique works for soloist and orchestra. Violinist Emily Osinski will perform the flashy and highly entertaining “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” by Saint-Saens. Next is her husband William, brass instructor, Laredo Community College, with Persichetti’s “The Hollow Men.” Finally, 16-year-old cellist from Dallas, Alex Davis-Pegis, will play the 1st movement of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. The concert closes with a work written by Townsend’s father, Dr. Declan Townsend, “Aisling – A Fantasy for Orchestra.” For more information, contact Townsend at...

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Senator Zaffirini Hosts WBCA And The City Of Laredo At Texas Senate
Jan29

Senator Zaffirini Hosts WBCA And The City Of Laredo At Texas Senate

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS —Senator Judith Zaffirini honored representatives from the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) and the City of Laredo in the Texas Senate. Delegations representing WBCA and the city were honored as she unanimously passed Senate Resolutions 7 and 65, respectively. Earlier she hosted a reception honoring them at the Lieutenant Governor’s Reception Room. “I am delighted to welcome the delegations from Laredo and the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association to our beautiful Texas Capitol,” Senator Zaffirini said. “What’s more, I join them in inviting state legislators and all Texans to visit our dynamic, international city and enjoy our cherished annual patriotic celebration.” For 118 years WBCA has delighted Laredoans and visitors alike with a grand display of patriotism that includes parades, fireworks extravaganzas, galas and an international fair and exposition. With approximately 400,000 attendees annually, it is the largest celebration in the nation honoring our first president. This year’s festivities began Jan. 22 and end Feb. 23. The Texas Senate paid tribute to the month-long event by passing Senate Resolution (SR) 7 by Zaffirini, honoring WBCA and welcoming its representatives to the Texas Capitol. The WBCA delegation included Veronica Castillon, president of WBCA; Melissa Cigarroa, portraying Martha Washington; Gabriel Castillo, George Washington; and Andrea Gabriela Gloria, Princess Pocahontas. Also included were the celebration’s Abrazo Children, who will exchange hugs at the middle of the international bridge at the inspiring international friendship ceremony on Feb. 21. The United States’ representatives are Valeria Montemayor and John Roman Galo, and Mexico’s representatives are Alexandra Carriedo Villarreal and Franco Garza Carmona. Representatives Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, and Tracy King, D-Batesville, hosted the delegations in the House of Representatives. “WBCA is not only a proud display of our patriotism and civic pride, but also a wonderful opportunity to honor our relationship with our sister city, Nuevo Laredo, and our sister country, Mexico,” Senator Zaffirini said. “International friendship and collaboration are the hallmarks of Laredo’s success.” The Senate also passed SR 65 by Zaffirini, recognizing Laredo Legislative Day and honoring the city and its leaders. Attending the ceremony were Mayor Pete Saenz and City Council Members Rudy Gonzalez Jr., Esteban Rangel, Alejandro Perez Jr., Roque Vela Jr. and Roberto Balli, who also met with state legislators and agency officials to discuss the city’s legislative priorities. “Count on me to continue to champion the needs and interests of the City of Laredo,” Senator Zaffirini...

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WBCA Names Parade Marshals For 118th Celebration
Jan16

WBCA Names Parade Marshals For 118th Celebration

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TX – The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association has selected outstanding community individuals to lead two of the Washington’s Birthday Celebration’s most traditional and time-honored events – the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars and the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade. WBCA announced Leonard Martin, President and Manager of 20th Century Rides, as the 2015 Parade Marshal for the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade.  Dr. A. Marcus Nelson also received the same honor for the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars. “Leonard Martin has brought joy and carnival fun for 50 years to our Celebration.  I am so pleased that a long-time friend of the WBCA will lead this year’s Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Parade as the Marshal,” said Veronica Castillon, WBCA President. “We are also honored to have Dr. Nelson serve as Marshal for the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars. His determination to help students succeed earns him stellar marks.  He has distinguished himself in the field of education and community service.” The IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars, takes place Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.; The Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade, will be held Saturday, Feb. 21 at 9 a.m., both follow a route South on San Bernardo to the heart of Laredo’s historic downtown district. “I’m honored, humbled & very proud to have been chosen Parade Marshall and also to have been a part of Washington’s Birthday Celebration for the past 50 years,” said Martin. Martin was born in August of 1934 in Ottawa, Kansas. He married Italian born Irma Ulisse in 1969 and will be celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary this coming August. He grew up in the amusement business; however, he initially had other ideas for his future. He accepted an athletic scholarship from the University of Kansas (KU) where he continued following his basketball interest while also participating in the Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC). In 1956 after graduating with a degree in Business Finance from KU, Martin joined the U.S. Air Force, which took him to Florida for flight school.  He later was transferred to a post in Washington, D.C., where he also played on the Air Force basketball team. During his Air Force career and while pursuing a Law Degree at the George Washington University in D.C., Martin decided that the amusement business was an industry that he loved and missed; motivating him to return to the home he grew up in.  Martin’s carnival heritage spans three generations, going back to his paternal grandfather. This year marks the 50th anniversary Martin has provided the midway for the Washington’s Birthday Celebration in Laredo. The long association with this great Celebration...

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Webb County Heritage Foundation Announces An Unprecedented Exhibition: “America’s Four Republics: The More Or Less United States ©”
Jan15

Webb County Heritage Foundation Announces An Unprecedented Exhibition: “America’s Four Republics: The More Or Less United States ©”

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – The Webb County Heritage Foundation and Ms. Toni L. Ruiz will present an exhibit of rare historic documents to be displayed at the Villa Antigua® Border Heritage Museum, 810 Zaragoza Street, from January 21 – February 24, 2015. “America’s Four Republics: The More or Less United States,” depicts America’s political evolution from 1774 to 1791 and reveals four distinctly different United American Republics. To commemorate the exhibit opening, the public is invited to a Gallery Talk and Reception at the Villa Antigua® Border Heritage Museum at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 21st   followed by a book signing. The key storytellers of the exhibit will be more than one hundred rare and original 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century documents, manuscripts, and letters from the United Colonies of America (1774-1776), the Thirteen Independent States United in Congress (1776-1781), the United States of America under the Articles of Confederation (1781 -1787), and We the People of the United States (1789-Present) under the 1787 U.S. Constitution and its 1789 Bill of Rights. The priceless documents are on loan to the museum from the collection of nationally renowned author and historian, Stanley Klos who, along with Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos of Loyola University New Orleans, led the team that assembled the exhibit. “There was no precedent when the representatives of the American colonies first convened at Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia in 1774,” said Klos. “Despite their distrust of centralized authority, these revolutionaries created three distinct republics that each had significant weaknesses, but were the best that could be achieved in their moment. It took a fourth attempt, with the U.S. Constitution of 1787 supplemented by the 1789 Bill of Rights, to finally create a workable system. Our goal is to create an exhibit that familiarizes our visitors with the 15-year nation building process that ultimately created the United States of America and its evolution via the U.S. Constitution amendment process,” he said. Among the most notable exhibition highlights are: the first magazine printing of the US Constitution of 1787; an 18th Century printing of the 12 Amendments proposed by the 1789 Congress, of which ten were passed as the Bill of Rights; unique Revolutionary War and U.S. Founding letters, documents, and broadsides by George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Elias Boudinot, John Jay and other leaders;  19th- and 20th-Century printings, letters and documents related to U.S. Constitutional Amendments 11-27;  and many other original documents from the Continental Congress, United States in Congress Assembled, U.S. Presidents, signers of the Declaration of Independence, signers of the Articles of Confederation and current  U.S. Constitution. In 1983, upon the discovery of 18th Century Philadelphia shipping...

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‘Start Fresh’ At The El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market
Jan09

‘Start Fresh’ At The El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TX – El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market is taking place on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 9am to 1pm.  25+ Participating Vendors, Farmers and Bakers!  ECO KIDS CRAFTS – 9am-1pm  FACE PAINTING with Bren Renteria – 9am-1pm  LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT – 9am-1pm Products to look forward to include local, all-natural and pesticide-free & organic seasonal produce, herbs, spices, nopal, 100% grass fed meats & organic coffee, holiday baked cookies, artisanal breads, all-natural tortillas, maguey syrup, vanilla, avocado oils, olive oils/vinegars, nopal jerky, teas, all-natural skincare and cleaning products, lavender, assorted plants, succulents, freshly prepared on-site healthy meals andbeverages, baked sweets, jams, pickled veg and all-natural pet treats. Meet and greet with friends and neighbors, support your local economy – come visit our farmer’s market andenjoy the magnificence of Texas produce and products! COME SUPPORT LOCAL! WHO: Free and Open to the Public WHAT: El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market – ‘Start Fresh’ WHEN: Saturday, January 17, 2015 | 9AM – 1PM WHERE: Jarvis Plaza – Downtown Laredo Free Parking in El Metro Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut (with a market purchase voucher) Laredo Main Street is a non-profit organization that works to build community support, interest and economic growth for Laredo’s historic downtown commercial area and surrounding neighborhoods. Laredo Main Street welcomes you to El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market every third Saturday of the month at historical downtown Jarvis Plaza from 9am to 1pm. For more information regarding Laredo Main Street events and programs, please...

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Webb County Heritage Foundation Announces An Unprecedented Exhibition: “America’s Four Republics: The More Or Less United States ©”
Jan08

Webb County Heritage Foundation Announces An Unprecedented Exhibition: “America’s Four Republics: The More Or Less United States ©”

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – The Webb County Heritage Foundation and Ms. Toni L. Ruiz will present an exhibit of rare historic documents to be displayed at the Villa Antigua® Border Heritage Museum, 810 Zaragoza Street, from January 21 – February 24, 2015.“America’s Four Republics: The More or Less United States,” depicts America’s political evolution from 1774 to 1791 and reveals four distinctly different United American Republics. To commemorate the exhibit opening, the public is invited to a Gallery Talk and Reception at the Villa Antigua® Border Heritage Museum at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 21st   followed by a book signing. The key storytellers of the exhibit will be more than one hundred rare and original 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century documents, manuscripts, and letters from the United Colonies of America (1774-1776), the Thirteen Independent States United in Congress (1776-1781), the United States of America under the Articles of Confederation (1781 -1787), and We the People of the United States (1789-Present) under the 1787 U.S. Constitution and its 1789 Bill of Rights. The priceless documents are on loan to the museum from the collection of nationally renowned author and historian, Stanley Klos who, along with Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos of Loyola University New Orleans, led the team that assembled the exhibit. “There was no precedent when the representatives of the American colonies first convened at Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia in 1774,” said Klos. “Despite their distrust of centralized authority, these revolutionaries created three distinct republics that each had significant weaknesses, but were the best that could be achieved in their moment. It took a fourth attempt, with the U.S. Constitution of 1787 supplemented by the 1789 Bill of Rights, to finally create a workable system. Our goal is to create an exhibit that familiarizes our visitors with the 15-year nation building process that ultimately created the United States of America and its evolution via the U.S. Constitution amendment process,” he said. Among the most notable exhibition highlights are: the first magazine printing of the US Constitution of 1787; an 18th Century printing of the 12 Amendments proposed by the 1789 Congress, of which ten were passed as the Bill of Rights; unique Revolutionary War and U.S. Founding letters, documents, and broadsides by George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Elias Boudinot, John Jay and other leaders;  19th- and 20th-Century printings, letters and documents related to U.S. Constitutional Amendments 11-27;  and many other original documents from the Continental Congress, United States in Congress Assembled, U.S. Presidents, signers of the Declaration of Independence, signers of the Articles of Confederation and current  U.S. Constitution. In 1983, upon the discovery of 18th Century Philadelphia shipping records...

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