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the magazine for McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas

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  • page 1 ContempoMag.comthe Valleys No. 1 On-Line Magazine

    a premium content magazine Feb 2012

    ALL EYESOn MISS

    AMERICAVALLEY

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    HONOR VETERANS

    JONES & JONESFEATURES OTTOMAN ERA

    GYPSY TRUNK SHOW

    VALLEY RAPHITS NEWSWING withJEREMIAH JAYSANY FLOW

    VALLEYS FIRSTCOMMERCIALWINE BOTTLING

    PALM BEACH SHOWGROUP HOSTSDALLAS JEWEL &ART AUCTION

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    New Luxury Apartment Homes in South Sharyland1, 2, and 3 Bedroom in Gated Community with Upscale Finishes.Washer/Dryer, Microwave, Range, Wood cabinets, Dishwasher, side by sideRefrigerator, Mini-blinds and Crown molding, Business Center, Fitness Center,Conference Room, Resort Style Pool. Pet friendly with Restrictions.Sharyland Independent School District / Prices from $750 to $1,505

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    WOMENS MENS FINE JEWELRY GIFT LINEN

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    ALL EYES ON THE MISSAMERICA PRELIMS

    BEST OF STYLESHOWHIGHLIGHTS

    VALLEY WINE MAKERSFIRST BOTTLING

    PALM BEACH SHOWHOSTS DALLAS EXHIBIT

    JONES & JONESFEATURES OTTOMAN ERA JEWELRY SHOW

    UTPA-ONE OF SEVENTO HONOR VETERANS

    CHEF JIMMYSGINGERBREAD CASTLE

    SINGER-SONGWRITERJEREMIAH JAYS ANY FLOW

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    Contempo is a publication of Contempo Magazine Inc. All opinions represented are of the authors & not necessarily the views of the pub-lisher. The publisher makes no representations regarding advertising content. Contempo Magazine is a trademark of Contempo Magazine Inc. All rights reserved. All content published and constructed by Contempo Magazine is the property of Contempo Magazine Inc. Per-mission for reprint shall be granted only upon written request and authorized release from Contempo Magazine Inc.

    President / Ralph Magaa - 467-7880Business & Latin American Affairs / Tony Magaa

    Fashion Editor / Natalie BugarinAdvertising Sales

    Natalie Bugarin / 569-1147Chanel Riviello / 328-6652

    Distribution / Rosa Lopez

    Co-founder & Webpage Editor / Tony Magaa

    e-mail: wmagana@rgv.rr.comweb site: www.contempomag.com

    ContempoMagazineonfb2210 Sabinal St. Mission, Tx 78572

    Printed in Mexico

    IN THIS ISSUE

    The cover this month features Geles Rodriguez, a high profile Valley model and contestant in the upcoming Miss Central South Texas Prelim-a Miss America sponsored contest next week in Edinburg. The photo was taken by professional photographer Pamela Muoz at her studio. Geles, along with Miss Tip of South Texas-Tasha Kneis, and Gabriela Florez, the Miss Tip of South Texas Jr. Teen ap-pear in a spring fashion shoot this issue with selec-tions from Joyce International Boutique.

    About Our Cover

    a premium content magazine Jan/Feb 2012

    ALL EYESOn MISS

    AMERICAVALLEY

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    SANTIAGODe La CRUZ

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    VALLEYSTOP FASHION

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    CIMARRONNEW YEARSHIGHLIGHTS

    WILL HISPANICS GOGEO-POLITICAL

    in NOVEMBER

    VALLEY RAPHITS NEWSWING withJEREMIAH JAYSANY FLOW

    UTPAS BALLETFOLKLORICOBEGINS NEWSEASON

    VALLEYS FIRSTCOMMERCIALWINE BOTTLING

    CULTURE WISETHE LAND of SAUDI

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    Miss Tip of South Texas-Tasha Kneis, Texas Select Girl-Geles Rodriguez, and Gabriela Florez, the Miss Tip of South Texas Jr. Teen, will be appearing in the Miss America Prelim on Feb. 25th at the Edin-burg North High School Auditorium, 9:00pm. The ladies chose their wardrobe selections from Joyces International Boutique in McAllen, Texas, and were photographed by Pamela Munoz at her studio in Weslaco, Texas.

    All Eyes OnMiss AmericaValley PrelimsWardrobe by

    JoycesInternationalBoutiquePhotography by Pamela Muoz

    Choreography byNatalie Bugarin

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    Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organiza-tion that has maintained a tradition for many de-cades of empowering young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence. Scholarships have been the corner-stone of the Miss America program since 1945 when Bess Myerson was the first Miss America to receive a scholarship from the Organization.

    Participating in the Miss America system not only helps you pay for college and prepare for a career, it also provides an opportunity to gain additional life experience, working on issues of importance to society, enhancing your personal and professional skills and developing your performance-related and other talents.

    The mission of the Miss Central South Texas/ Miss Tip of South Texas Scholarship Organization is to provide financial assistance to students for higher education through yearly scholarships, as well as

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    OYCES International

    BOUTIQUE120 S. BroadwayMcAllen, Texas

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    educate them in the importance of community involvement. The Scholarship Fund is com-mitted to help mold our youth into sound citizens and people of character and integrity by encouraging them to continue their educa-tion and community service. Paloma Limas of Step It Up & Dance will be performing the opening number at The Rio Grande Valleys first Miss Texas/Miss America Prelim Pageant Miss Central South Texas Directed by Texas Select Productions. We consider this a great honor to share such an experience in the presence of Miss Texas America, Kendall Morris and Miss Texas Outstanding Teen Reilly Johannsen, says Vicky Chrysler-Pageant Director. This event is scheduled for February 25, 2012 at 6:30 - 9:00pm at the Edinburg North High School Auditorium. To purchase tickets, or to learn more about the Miss America Pageant and the Prelim to the Miss Texas/Miss America Scholarship Pageant, contact Vicki Chrysler at (956) 821-1939.www.TexasSelectProductions.com

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    Miss Central South Texas PresentsThe Miss America Prelims

    Feb25th

    first evermiss america

    valley pageant!

    !Edinburg Northhigh schoolAuditorium

    Red Carpet Eventat 6:00pm

    show startsat 7:00pm

    Call (956) 821-1939For ticket info. &Reservations

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    201 S. 10th StreetMcAllen / 683-0003

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    StyleShowHightl ightsJohn Michaelsexquisite bridal couture

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    fashion & Style520 S. Main St. Downtown McAllen, Tx. 956-800-4589

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    Wine grape is grown all over Texas and represents an in-dustry that is expanding rapidly as growers perfect their stock, and as public acceptability of Texas wines have grown.

    Now the 5th largest in the country, The Texas wine industry (fifth largest in the U.S.) is producing an economic impact of over 1.7 billion dollars for the Texas economy. Now, the largest vineyard based in the Rio Grande Valley has become the largest bottler as well, as Jorge Jaber began his first bot-tling of Blanc du Bois and Spanish Reds in mid febuary.

    The whites harvested last June and the reds in July, their del-icate juices brewed in vats for the several months and where then, transferred to hickory barrels to