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WBCA Jalapeño Festival

Date(s): 2/20/2015

6:00 pm

El Metro Park & Ride (Thomas and Hillside)
WBCA™ Jalapeño Festival
Sponsored by La Costeña
Friday & Saturday, February 20-21, 2015
Friday - 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 Midnight
Saturday - 5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Friday- La Leyenda | Stage 2: Roger Creager
Saturday - Intocable | Stage 2: The Bright
Light Social Hour
El Metro Park & Ride (Thomas and Hillside)
Friday: $20 at the gate; Saturday: $30 at gate |
Pre-sale Tickets: $30 two-day pass
VIP: $100/day Main Stage; $65/day Stage 2
Casual attire | Established: 1978
Additional Sponsors: Stripes® Convenience
Stores, Anheuser-Busch, Miller Lite, South
Texas Ford Dealers, Valley Day & Night
Clinic | Media In-kind sponsor: Z93/Guerra

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Spring Break Kite Festival

Date(s): 3/11/2015

12:00 pm

North Central Park 10202 International Blvd.
District VI Council Member Charlie San Miguel and the City of Laredo are once again hosting the ever-popular Spring Break Kite Festival, set for Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at North Central Park, 10202 International Boulevard, starting at 12:00 p.m. Over 10,000 attendees come to enjoy this day-long free festival.

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Featured Event

WBCA Youth Song & Dance Festival

Date(s): 2/7/2015

2:00 pm

L.I.S.D. Civic Center Auditorium
WBCA™ Youth Song & Dance
Saturday, February 7, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
L.I.S.D. Civic Center Auditorium
Free Admission | Casual attire | Established:
1963 | Sponsored by: Macy’s & Sames Kia

http://www.kgns.tv/community/events/287534631.html | 287534631

Featured Event

UETA Jamboozie

Date(s): 1/31/2015

12:00 pm

Laredo Historic Downtown
UETA Jamboozie
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Laredo Historic Downtown
12:00 p.m. – 12:00 Midnight
$10 pre-sale/per person - No Refunds
$15 per person at the gates (Open at 5 p.m.)
Children 12 years and under - Free admission

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Featured Event

UISD Parent Involvement Festival

Date(s): 10/25/2014

8:00 am

United High School 2811 United Avenue
Get those cowboy boots and hats ready and saddle up for United Independent School District’s Annual Parent Festival! The western-themed event takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on October 25, 2014 at United High School located at 2811 United Avenue. The event is free and open to all UISD parents.

“It’s important that parents attend this event because studies have shown that when parents are involved in their child’s education, the more of a positive impact it will have,” said UISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “Research has shown that parental involvement yields positive rewards for children such as increased grades, graduation rates, motivation, self-esteem, daily school attendance and much more.”

The event, which is coordinated through the District’s Office of Federal and State Compensatory Programs, will offer a wide range of informative sessions that will help parents with their children at home and in the classroom. Sessions will be offered in English and Spanish. This year’s featured guest speaker will be Maria Adelina Pena. Through her presentation, Pena will offer parents practical procedures and techniques on how to become a better parent.

Activity camps for children will be available at the festival. However, registration for these camps will be done the day of the event, on a first-come first serve basis, and spaces are limited. Additionally, these camps are only for parents attending the Parent Festival.

“Our mission for this event is to emphasize the importance of parental involvement,” said UISD Executive Director of Federal and State Compensatory Program Elia M. Juarez. “The earlier parents become involved in the education of their child, the more significant the impact on their overall achievement and success.”

Several community organizations will also be on hand to give information on their respective programs and services to parents. Additionally, many door prizes will be given to participants and free breakfast and lunch will be offered.
For more information about UISD’s Annual Parent Festival, call the Office of Federal and State Compensatory Programs, (956) 473-6471 or 6470. And…don’t forget your western boots and hat!

http://www.kgns.tv/community/events/279313712.html | 279313712

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UISD Renaissance Festival

Date(s): 10/31/2014

9:00 am

UISD Student Activity Center (SAC) Southwest Parking Area 5208 Sta. Claudia Lane
WHAT: UISD Renaissance Festival

WHEN: Friday, October 31, 2014, 9 a.m. – 1p.m.

WHERE: UISD Student Activity Center (SAC) Southwest Parking Area, 5208 Sta. Claudia Lane


The upcoming UISD Renaissance Fair will be set during the reigns of King Henry the VIII and Elizabeth I of England. It will extend to its’ Italian origins, the influence of the Spanish and Portuguese, and the cultural and economic impact of other countries through trade. The festival will include aspects of the later medieval period, such as the Black Death and the printing press, which set the stage for the Renaissance Era. Significant turning points in political and religious thought will also be explored at this event. It will also provide opportunities for examining the influence of this period on exploration and movement which resulted in the eventual discovery of the Americas.

The Renaissance Fair will provide students with a unique learning experience as they connect the New World with the Old, and analyze the importance of the period as one of the greatest turning points in history. Approximately 225 students from each high UISD school and 75 from United’s 9th grade campus will travel through time by experiencing the innovations in art, literature, scientific inquiry, math, and exploration from this period of time. Some of the features of this festival include Shakespearean performances, an essay and art contests, costume contests, dancing, a cooking contests, chess tournament, renaissance bingo, jousting contests, reenactments, games, and the selection of a royal court. In addition, period music will be played by student musicians in different areas, adding to the Renaissance atmosphere.

Last but not least, the festival will feature a modern catapult on display. This event has been coordinated by UISD’ s Curriculum and Instruction Department.
For more information, please call Rebecca Hughes at 473- 2086.

http://www.kgns.tv/community/events/278023331.html | 278023331

Featured Event

UISD Annual Parent Festival

Date(s): 10/25/2014

8:00 am

United High School 2811 United Avenue
The United I.S.D. cordially invites all parents to the Annual Parent Festival

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Where: United High School, 2811 United Avenue

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Free and Open To All United I.S.D. Parents

Door Prizes To Be Given

(participants must attend three sessions)

FREE breakfast and lunch to be offered

Over 20 Community Agencies will provide Educational and Wellness Information
For more information, contact your child’s school counselor or the Federal & State Compensatory Programs Office at (956) 473-6471 or (956) 473-6470.

http://www.kgns.tv/community/events/277915671.html | 277915671

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United ISD Marching Band Festival To Take Place

Date(s): 10/4/2014

5:00 pm

Bill Johnson Student Activity Complex-Stadium 5208 Santa Claudia Lane
The United ISD Fine Arts Department will be hosting a high school band Marching Band Festival on Saturday, October 4th at the Bill Johnson Student Activity Complex-Stadium located at 5208 Santa Claudia Lane. This festival is open to the public, admission is $7.00 per person, all tickets general admission. Tickets may be purchased on Saturday October 4th, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Stadium ticket window.

This event will feature all four UISD high school marching bands, United, United South, Alexander and LBJ, plus LISD bands, including Freer and Zapata HS Bands. All bands will be performing their UIL Marching Contest shows for a panel of 5 judges. Announcement of awards will be at 8:00 p.m.

This event, is an excellent opportunity for family entertainment as the bands have a wide variety of exciting musical selections performed to fast paced marching drills and formations.

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South Texas Collectors Expo

Date(s): 9/13/2014

10:00 am

Laredo Energy Arena
Laredo's very own Comic Con. Tickets go on sale June 12th at LEA Box Office and Ticketmaster.
Check us out at our website: southtexascollectorsexpo.com
on facebook: South Texas Collectors Expo
on Twitter: @STCELaredo

Interested vendors please email at: info@stcelaredo.com
Marco Jalomo
(956) 334-5192

http://www.kgns.tv/community/events/259562961.html | 259562961

Rio Grande Arts Festival

Date(s): 5/23/2014

2:00 pm

Laredo Community College Fort McIntosh Campus
Art connoisseurs, music fans and entertainment seekers alike will be treated to the biggest celebration this side of the Rio Grande as local artists showcase their works in film, music, theater, visual arts and dance during the first-ever Rio Grande Arts Festival, presented by Laredo Community College.
The two-day event will be on Friday, May 23 from 2 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, May 24 from 12-8 p.m. on the parking lots near the new Visual and Performing Arts Center and the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Center at the historic Fort McIntosh campus.
The festival will feature local talent competing in songwriting, playwriting, live theater and short films, as well as a battle of the bands contest.
There also will be performances in flamenco and traditional dance, mariachi, chamber music, ballet, belly dancing, poetry slam, Spanish poetry recitations, jazz music and much more.
Vendors also will be present to sell their arts and crafts, an array of food and soft drinks and other beverages.
Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.
LCC theater director and event organizer William Hauserman said the festival will have something for everyone.
“The event is a two-day art extravaganza spread throughout multiple stages across LCC. There will be a lot going on at the same time, so people can choose where to go and what to experience,” said Hauserman.
“Not only is the public invited to enjoy some great live performances, but they can also attend a series of workshops where they can hone their skills in dance, music, theater, filmmaking and more,” Hauserman said, noting that the workshops also are free to the public.
Nixon students will present a Shakespeare medley, which includes excerpts from their UIL award-winning one act play, Twelfth Night.
On Friday, May 23, take out your boots and get ready to do some boot scootin’ boogie with the Cactus Country Band, a popular band that regularly performs in the South Texas and Hill Country areas. The live concert will be from 6-9 p.m.
On Saturday, May 24, from 1-4 p.m., six local bands will duke it out on the stage, as they compete for cash prizes during the Battle of the Bands contest.


Hauserman hopes the festival inspires local artists to continue pursuing their passion.
“One of our goals with this festival is to motivate the local art community to create new and better material. The playwrights, filmmakers and songwriters of our city really need a platform to grow and be recognized as true artists,” Hauserman said.
“Not many people may realize. this, but there’s a lot of talent in Laredo. Those of us who get to see it on a daily basis know this and want to share it with the rest of the community,” Hauserman added.
The event will close with an awards ceremony for all the festival entries on Saturday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts theater.
Hauserman invites the community to get confortable and enjoy what the local art scene has to offer.
“Since the event will be mostly outdoors, we are encouraging people to bring their lawn chairs so they can enjoy all the stages of the festival to the fullest. We want people to join us, relax and have a great time,” said Hauserman.
For more information about the Rio Grande Arts Festival, contact the Martinez Fine Arts Center at 721-5334.


Friday, May 23
2-5 p.m. Songwriting Contest*
2-3 p.m. Flamenco /Traditional Dance
4-5 p.m. Mariachi Performance
5-6 p.m. Chamber Music
6-9 p.m. Cactus Country Band
6:30-7:30 p.m. Ballet
7-9 p.m. Joe’s Puppet Show/Storytime Thing
9-9:40 p.m. Short Film Competition Screenings+
9:45-11:15 p.m. Feature Film, Waiting For Sandoval



*Songwriting Contestants
Out and About, Raul Seca
Without You, Elvia Asuara
Nocturno de Maria, Jose Juarez
In the Making, Alejandro Folk
Days Going By, Juarez & Folk
Gone, Alejandro Folk
Sao Lin Rain, Joe Molina
Zombie Waltz, Joe Molina
Princess Charming, Joe Molina
Black Dragon, Joe Molina
Never Letting Go, Mud River
Forgiven, Joanna Gunnoe
Thoughts, Young Money
El Leon, Juan Morales
As It Seems, Anny Rodriguez
What Runs Through My Head When You Speak, A. Rodriguez

+Short Film Contestants
Jigsaw, Marco Gonzalez
Just Keep Breathing, Rene Ramos
Me, Adolfo R. Mora
Power Up, Gabriel Trevino
Severed, Heidy Guajardo
The Morning After, Veronica Lozano
The Perfect Girl, Marco Gonzalez
Vociferous, Andres Regalado



Saturday, May 24
12-3 p.m. 10-minute Play Production Competition#
12-1 p.m. Belly Dancing, Small Stage, Lot T
1-4 p.m. Battle of Bands%
1-2 p.m. Champion Poetry Slam, Small Stage
3-4 p.m. Spanish Poetry Recitations, Small Stage
4-5 p.m. R&A Jazz Sounds, Fest Stage, Lot S
4-5 p.m. Twelfth Night, One Act Play, MFA stage
5:30-6:30 p.m. Excerpts from El Estudio Anniversary Concert, MFA stage
7-8 p.m. Festival Awards Ceremony, MFA stage

#10-Minute Play Production Entries
African Violet
Greatest Speech Ever
Unconditional Loca
Philario At Midnight
Altitude Sickness
Ever After
Cheating Text

%Battle of the Bands
Mud River
The Outcome
Ghosts In The Headlights



Playwriting Competition Entries
Ones and Zeroes, Kassandra DeHoyos,
Malfunction, Alex Vargas,
Ever After, Eliamar Nguyen
Unconditional Loca, Joe Molina
Sister/Sister, Zone Nguyen
Five More Minutes, by Luis Flores
Cheating Text, The Elevator Mystery, John Perez,
Philario at Midnight, Marco Gonzalez,
Only Me, by Carla Ibarra
72 Ounces, The Realization, Reymundo Ramos, Jr.
Writer’s Block, Jose Trevino
Yolo, by Oscar Castillo

Schedule is subject to change.

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Foster Care Festival

Date(s): 5/22/2014

6:00 pm

Caffe Dolce 1708 Victoria St.
Voz de Ninos would like to share with you that we will be having a Foster Care Festival May 22 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Caffe Dolce located at 1708 Victoria Street. The even is free and open to all in the community. There will be live music, face painting, and informational booths!

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, join us as we recognize foster youth, and the people and agencies that make a meaningful difference in their lives.

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Fine Arts Fiesta and "Culturas Unidas" Mariachi Festival

Date(s): 5/3/2014

8:30 am

Bill Johnson Student Activity Complex-Auditorium
United ISD and the Fine Arts Department will be hosting the annual Fine Arts Fiesta and “Culturas Unidas” Mariachi Festival on
Saturday, May 3, 2014.

This event will be held at the Bill Johnson Student Activity Complex-Auditorium and is open to the public from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM.

The event will feature artwork from Elementary, Middle and High School students which will be on display in the lobby with an Award Ceremony taking place at 12:00 noon in the auditorium announcing all of the art contest winners.

In the auditorium “Culturas Unidas” Mariachi Festival is being held with an admission of $4.00 per adult. There will not be an admission charge for students. (see attached schedule)
For more information, contact the Fine Arts Department at 473-7121.

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Laredo 6th annual Spring Break Kite Festival

Date(s): 3/13/2014


North Central Park
The iconic, traditional diamond shaped-kite, flying carefree in the wind is reminiscent of a simpler, carefree childhood. It is also one of the most easy, entertaining and affordable ways for a family to have fun together.The bright colors and soaring heights will create memories that can last a lifetime for a child.

That’s why the Sixth Annual Spring Break Kite Festival is perfect for Laredo kids, and their families, to have a fun, and free, good time. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014, from 12-7 p.m. at North Central Park.

Participants and spectators can find parking at United Day School. Additionally, El Metro has partnered with Wal-Mart at Loop 20 and International Boulevard to offer a free Park & Ride option to the Kite Festival.

The kite festival is open to kids of all ages, including those who are kids at heart. There is no registration or entrance fee to the festival. Everything is absolutely free! Just show up with a kite, store-bought or homemade, and start flying!

For those who are serious about their homemade kite, however, take notice of the following kite contest information. A Homemade Kite Contest will take place at 4 PM and will feature such interesting categories as longest/prettiest tail, most school spirit, best engineered, best use of recycled material, smallest/biggest, most unique and various age categories, with prizes from Imagine My Smile Dental Care and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt and movie tickets. Celebrity judges will make the determination of all entrants. All are welcome to enter.

Even if you don’t have a kite, come on out. A limited number of kites will be given out for free, along with healthy snacks while supplies last, thanks to generous sponsor HEB. Of course, UnitedHealthcare, Imagine My Smile Dental Care, and Doctors Hospital will also be promoting a healthy living message by distributing information and offering BMI tests. Kids can also enjoy Safety Town, thanks to AEP Texas, a model community that teaches power safety line; sponsors AT&T will echo that same message.

A community favorite, the petting zoo and pony rides, will be one of the main attractions featured, thanks to sponsors Murillo Auto & Tire Service and State Farm Agent Manuel Gomez, III. However, if you or your little ones are looking for a little more exhilaration, then the carnival rides and jumping castles sponsored by the Laredo Firefighters Union #872 and the Laredo Police Officers Association will do just nicely.

Additionally, promoting safety and enhancing the relationship that all local law enforcement agencies have with the community is another focus of the annual Kite Event, with several activities geared toward safety and protection. Showing off their all terrain vehicles will be the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs & Border Protection, where kids can take pictures as future Customs officers. Both the Laredo Police Department and Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar will feature the KidID program which collects children’s fingerprints. The Laredo Fire Department will bring the Fire Safety House, which teaches kids how to safely recognize and escape a fire in a home.

In fact, festival organizers have gone out of their way to ensure that the day is truly a family-friendly outing. Aside from the kite flying, there will be plenty of other games and activities, including hay rides and games, courtesy of the City of Laredo Parks & Leisure Services Department and wildflower seed planting thanks to Keep Laredo Beautiful. Great music with the classic styling of everyone’s favorite DJ, Rule Garcia, so everyone can have a fun-filled afternoon, will fill the park’s air. Finally, if that isn’t enough, be sure to catch the car show by the Pure Envy Car Club.

District VI Council Member Charlie San Miguel will once again host the event, along with the City of Laredo and numerous sponsors, including HEB, who is proud to be Helping Here. Other sponsors include AEP Texas; AT&T; Imagine My Smile Dental Care; Murillo’s Auto & Tire Service; State Farm Agent Manuel Gomez, III; UnitedHealthCare; Laredo Firefighters Union #872; Laredo Police Officers Association; and Chick-fil-A. The event is proudly being brought to you by Guerra Communications and Lamar Advertising.
For more information, please call the City of Laredo Public Information Office at 791-7461.

http://www.kgns.tv/community/events/247124501.html | 247124501

Laredo 6th Annual Spring Break Kite Festival

Date(s): 3/13/2014


North Central Park
LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - The City of Laredo is moving forward with its plans for the 6th Annual Spring Break Kite Festival, to be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014, from 12 - 7 PM at North Central Park.

Many of the same elements: petting zoo, carnival rides, free food,
games, music and car show, and of course, flying kites, will be offered.
For more information, contact Xochitl Mora Garcia at 956-791-7461 or at lmora@ci.laredo.tx.us.

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