EDINBURG, RGV – The Citrus Theater in Edinburg, had it’s grand opening on Friday, January 17, 1941.

Seventy-six years later, BUILD RGV is partnering with the owners of the Citrus Theater, the Museum of South Texas History and Socialife News Magazine to host its first ever BUILD RGV Historic Tour in downtown Edinburg, with the theme “Walk with the Mayor” at the Citrus Theater on Saturday, August 26th, from 9:00-11:30AM.

Pedro Ayala

The founder of BUILD (Building Urban and Innovative Land Development) RGV (Rio Grande Valley) is Pedro Ayala, an independent urban designer, and entrepreneur. BUILD’s mission is to advocate, promote, and support livable, safer and sustainable cities through historic preservation, downtown revitalization and healthy design.

Ayala said the tour will begin with an early bird breakfast at 8:00 AM at My Place Cafe, at 308 North Closner Boulevard in Edinburg, with Mayor Richard Garcia and guest speakers. At 8:45AM the group will walk to the Museum of South Texas History, meet in its lobby and have some coffee, orange juice and donuts for the latecomers.

The walking tour of the historic 1910 Old Jail will begin at 9:10AM, with an update given on the renovations. Then at 9:30AM the group will walk to the Citrus Theater and get an inside tour of the theater. After the tour of the theater, a walking tour will begin with the mayor around the Courthouse Square and other historic buildings. Towards the end of the tour, the group will walk back to a free entry to the Museum of South Texas History.

Tickets for the “Walk with the Mayor” tour are $25 (includes breakfast) at http://ezregister.com/events/21513/.

Ayala said BUILD RGV will also be hosting its 1st Annual Awards Dinner, on Wednesday, September 6th, from 6:00-10:00PM at The Centennial, 1410 Austin Ave. McAllen. At the awards dinner, the group will be giving out awards for individuals and organizations, from Roma to Brownsville, that have been active in historic preservation and downtown revitalization.

“This is our way of letting them know that we are here and we do acknowledge their efforts.” Ayala told the Rio Grande Guardian.

The event will include distinguished speakers, door prizes, a raffle, a mini-movie, open mic, a live band, a silent auction, and a Jane Jacobs Trivia Contest.

If anybody has any questions or wants anymore information they can go to BUILDRGV.com. Ayala said they have different ways to engage the community, including workshops and seminars. “We are very active and have a lot of information online,” Ayala said.