By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Have you been enjoying the rain this week? I know I have. Finally, it’s not hot enough to bake cookies inside my car, which is how hot it’s felt for far too long.
I remember leaving the office one day last week to grab a quick lunch at Isabel’s and my car’s air conditioning never fully kicked in — between the short distance from my office to the restaurant and the stifling heat that had accumulated inside my car as it sat in the concrete parking lot, it didn’t really have a chance.
I know the Island has a ‘no tie’ policy, and most places around here are equally casual, so it’s not unusual for folks to walk around in sandals. My sandals didn’t feel very comfortable, however, when I felt my toes sizzling beneath the South Texas sun recently.
So, yeah, I’m glad the rain is here. I’m not sure how long it’ll stick around, but I’ll relish the cooler temperatures and the refreshing evening breezes while I can. It’s the first taste of fall and it comes not a moment too soon.
If you take a glance at our calendar of events elsewhere in this magazine, you’ll see that there’s a bevy of activities coming up, many of them outdoors, for which the cooler temperatures will be very welcome. For instance, this coming Saturday is the City of Port Isabel’s 6th Annual Pachanga in the Park. It’s a family friendly party, Latino style, that draws thousands to tiny Washington Square Park in the heart of the City’s residential district.
On Tuesday, the Town of Laguna Vista is inviting everyone to come meet our local law enforcement officers as it celebrates National Night Out at Roloff Park. You might even catch a glimpse of the police department’s latest acquisition, a fearsome looking HUMVEE.
Later in the week Islanders, and tourists from farther afield, will flock to the beach behind Clayton’s Beach Bar to marvel at the works of art created by a dozen sand sculptors during Sandcastle Days. I’m hoping this rain will help disperse the lingering effects of red tide, but if it doesn’t then bring a dust mask with you.
But fun in the sand isn’t the only thing going on next weekend. Walk for Women, which raises funds to help local women fighting breast cancer, will be hosting a number of entertaining fundraising events all weekend long, too, beginning Oct. 7. The weekend will be capped off with the organization’s traditional charity walk from the SPI Convention Centre to Louie’s Backyard. Bring your brightest pink attire!
And there’s more fun to be had for our four-legged, furry, finned or feathered friends. Both Christ’s Harbor Church in Laguna Vista and Friends of Animal Rescue on the Island will be holding blessing of the animal events. Bring your pet pal to either location to receive a blessing. Friends of Animal Rescue’s event will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 while Christ’s Harbor’s will be Monday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m.
These are just some of the events going on around the area over the next couple of weeks. There’s plenty more to come! If you have an event you’d like us to feature in the South Padre Parade, drop us an email at email@example.com.
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