Laredo is definitely a melting pot of cultures. Within our city we can find many families, businesses, and entities from all over the world. Of course, being right on the border, we take great pride in both our American and Hispanic heritage. For this reason, events like the Sister Cities Festival are so important to the community and offer us a little taste of what we’re missing from our brothers and sisters from across.

Sister Cities is a celebration of Mexican culture as it brings together over 200 exhibitors and vendors representing across 60 cities from all over Mexico, all under one roof. From Tex-Mex, to authentic Mexican and Latin, there are literally hundreds of selections in terms of vendors all housed in the grand indoor mercado.

Join us in exploring through countless pieces including jewelry, clothes, toys, home decor, and even unique foods and ingredients, all authentic and made in Mexico. Sister Cities is a tour across the rich tapestry that is Mexican culture, bursting in color, personality, and crafted with dedication and love. However, it isn’t just Mexico this event brings together but also people from all over the world. It is an international expo that celebrates union and trust in one another as neighbors.

While Laredo is known as the “Gateway to Mexico,” its strategic location as the nation’s largest inland port makes it the “Gateway to the World.” Established under seven flags, Laredo now embraces a global culture with the influx of new nationalities, each with their own unique flavor. By creating this network not only with Mexico but with the world, we can learn from other cultures and share a bit of what makes each of us unique. It is a great privilege that Laredo lies at the center of this communion, and it is definitely quite the experience to just indulge in what the rest of the world has to offer. Whether you want a traditional new outfit or accessory, or whether you want to try some of that authentic Mexican cuisine, come on over to Sister Cities and show your support. The event is an entire weekend, spanning three days, July 13-15, at the Laredo Energy Arena. Admission is free. 

LCC Named as the #1 Community College Nursing Program in Texas

 

Laredo Community College is honored to receive the stellar designation of being the number one community college nursing program in Texas.  Additionally, of the 116 nursing programs available in Texas to become a registered nurse, the LCC Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program has been selected by RegisteredNursing.org as the seventh-best nursing program in the state among colleges and universities.

RegisteredNursing.org is an online resource dedicated to informing future and currently registered nurses on educational pathways and career opportunities in nursing.

As they stated on their website, “We are firm believers in providing students with all the information possible to make the right choice when selecting a nursing school.”

The website ranked the top 50 nursing schools in Texas by analyzing current and previous National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates. Programs reviewed include schools offering an Associate in Nursing (ADN/ASN), Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, or a direct-entry Master of Science degree in Nursing. The study analyzed examination pass rates for the past five years.

“The outstanding ranking is a direct result of the quality instruction offered through LCC’s ADN program”, explained LCC Nursing Programs Director Dr. Dianna Miller.

“The Associate Degree Nursing faculty have worked diligently to provide an excellent Nursing Program for Laredo. As noted in the rankings, our program is exceptional. Besides the excellent NCLEX Passage Rates, we believe our graduates are outstanding, compassionate nurses,” said Dr. Miller.

Individuals interested in pursuing a career in a healthcare related field should consider the advantages offered by LCC’s Nursing Programs. For those interested in a career in nursing, prospective students can explore three different options, including the nursing assistant or vocational nursing certificate, or an associate degree in nursing.

After completing the programs and passing the national licensing exam, LCC graduates can begin working in the healthcare field anywhere in the United States after one or two years of study.

For more information, contact the LCC Community and Media Relations Office at (956) 721-5140 or visit www.registerednursing.org/state/texas/#rankings

A Safe Haven For Bees

By Fernanda Alvarado

Honey has been a staple in many households for as long as anyone can remember. People have been using it to treat different conditions, sweeten teas, in baking, and even as an agent to repair damaged hair. But! The best way to enjoy honey is where you can eat it as is. It truly is a miracle product!

La Gorra Azul Ranch partners with many different local businesses that use their honey for different plates. Lolita’s Restaurant showcases honey from La Gorra Azul on their menu. There are caterers that only purchase honey from La Gorra Azul because customers only prefer their honey over anyone else’s. Even doctors have been purchasing their honey!

La Gorra Azul Ranch is a safe haven for bees. Owners George and Tracy Mapus keep bees safe and protected and doing what they do best, collecting nectar and making honey. What began as a family tradition quickly became a hobby and now a side business.

La Gorra Azul produces 4 to 5 distinct honeys depending on the different blooms: Chaparro Prieto, Mesquite Honey, Mastranso, Quebradora, and Wildflower Honey

Each of these categories have their own distinct flavor and smell. The most popular one has to be the Mesquite Honey, but if you like something a bit more spicy with an herbal scent that overtakes your palette then a Mastranso honey is right up your alley. The Quebradora honey comes from the white brush that blooms and it is really good. Everyone has their favorites. Whatever the taste may be, nothing beats the benefits of unprocessed, raw honey.

According to George, the bees eat whatever is on the land. They are not given anything that they don’t make. What is sold is what is harvested; 100% pure raw honey.