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READERS CHOICE BALLOTS
This is the last week for Reader's Choice Ballots. Pick up a copy in Sunday's McKinney Courier-Gazette. The ballots are due September 4th.
There is still time to make your reservations now for the next Lunch and Learn where Matt Bado of Booz Allen Hamilton will discuss how to integrate social media into your traditional marketing strategies.
The Lunch and Learn will be Thursday, September 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the McKinney Chamber of Commerce office on Virginia. This is free for WAM members and $5 for prospective members. WAM is the Women's Alliance of McKinney.
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DO YOU HAVE A DYNAMIC MARRIAGE?
High Pointe Church of Christ is offering eight weeks of Dynamic Marriage classes. The class is for those who are married and for couples who are getting married.
Preview meetings will be held on Sunday, at 9 a.m., in the church's west gym, and at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel room.
The course begins Sunday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m., in the chapel room of the Church at Wilmeth and Central Expressway.
For more information, call 214-544-6565
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
There are some big McKinney events coming up. Get out your calendars.
On THURSDAY, the McKinney Young Professionals meet from 5 to 7 p.m. at Aparicios Mexican Restaurant on East Virginia Street .
FIRST FRIDAY at ADRIATICA will be Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m. at Stonebridge and Virginia.
On SATURDAY, Farmers Market will be open at CHESTNUT SQUARE from 8 a.m. to noon.
On SUNDAY, get out the lawn chairs and head over to Tucker Hill for ARTS on the LAWN from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
HOW CAN YOU BEAT THE TRAFFIC
TO FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAMES?
Did you know that you can take the shuttle to a high school football game?
Well, you can.
McKinney Support Services is running shuttles for all home varsity football games this season.
Durham Transportation will provide three (3) shuttle buses from each of the campuses involved in a game at Ron Poe Stadium.
The shuttles will run every fifteen (15) minutes starting at 5 p.m.. for cross-town games and 5:15 p.m. for all other home games. They will run for one (1) hour after the game ends.
The pick-up and drop-off locations are the following:
McKinney High School - South Student Parking Lot
McKinney North High School - North Student Parking Lot
McKinney Boyd High School - North Student Parking Lot
KIDS NIGHT OUT
McKinney Kids Night Out will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 4 at McKinney Community Center, 2001 S Central Expressway, McKinney.
Kids' Night Out offers recreation and entertainment for kids ages 8-13 in a safe, well supervised, lock-in environment. Come join the fun! Dancing with a live D.J., Gym Games, Basketball, Dodgeball, Scooter Hockey and Football, inflatables, Contests, Special Theme Nights. Win Prize Cards All Night! Cost: $12 (cash only).
Kids Observation Station will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wilflife Sanctuary at One Nature Place, McKinney.
Kids (ages 16 and under) will enjoy this progressive and interactive observation program developed to foster an enthusiasm in your child for the natural world.
Open Play will be held in Prosper from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Prosper Party Place, 101 Dylan Drive, Prosper. Cost: $3.95/child under 7 and $7.95/child ages 7 and up. Parents are FREE! No extra charge for Laser Tag for kids!(one free game per paid child).
MPAC: Dan Evans
Millions of TV viewers followed Dan Evans' journey to lose 136 pounds on "The Biggest Loser," and now the reality show contestant is wowing country music fans with his chart topping CD debut, "Goin' All Out." Evans' contemporary country sound is filled with the determination and drive that propelled this young artist to live out his dreams.
Evans comes to McKinney Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.
Evans performance kicks-off MPAC's 2009-2010 that includes a variety of national artists including Doug Benson, The Blanks, Paula Cole and Ricky Skaggs. Reserved tickets for Dan Evans range from $16 to $26 and are available through MPAC's Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630 or online at http://www.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org.
Evans' performance at MPAC is sponsored by Tucker Hill, and the community will host an exclusive opportunity to meet Evans at one of their luxurious homes at 2 p.m. before the concert.
NEW OFFICES FOR CHAMBER
The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is moving its offices at 1650 West Virginia Street to the Summit Park Building at 2150 South Central Expressway. The move is scheduled to take place Oct. 1.
The McKinney Kiwanis Club will begin its 60th year in McKinney the first of October with a new slate of officers and board members.
The Kiwanis Club meets at noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 608 W. Lamar Street. For more information on the McKinney Kiwanis Club, go online to www.mckinneykiwanis.org
Reserved seating and general admission tickets will be available got home games at the MISD Athletic Department Office located by Ron Poe Stadium. Ticket sale times will be Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. PRE-SALE WILL STOP AT NOON ON GAME DAY. Ticket prices are $10 for Reserved seating, $6 for Adult general admission, and $4.00 for Student general admission.
Tickets at the gate will be $10 for Reserved Seats (subject to availability) and all general admission tickets will be $7. If you have any questions, please contact the MISD Athletic Office, 469-742-4186, McKinney North Athletic Office, 469-742-4226, or the McKinney Boyd Athletic Office, 469-424-5493.
MISD SportsPass are on sale at the MISD Athletic Department Office on Duvall Street and all three High School Athletic Department Offices.
Cost is: Adult - $75. Student - $50.
MISD SportsPass is valid for entry to all MISD Middle and High School home events hosted by a MISD school with the exception of Varsity Football, UIL Post Season games, tournament games, and some sports’ pre-season games.
To volunteer at ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship at 3160 North Custer Road, McKinney, call Kathy Martin at 469-742-9611.
The McKinney Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department will hold a public input meeting on the design of a Master Plan for Finch Park.
The public input meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the Finch Park West Pavilion located at 301 W. Standifer Street.
NO DRINKING AND DRIVING
For the next several weeks, police officers will focus on keeping drunk drivers off the streets.
"Drunk driving is one of our biggest safety threats. Thanks to this grant from TxDOT, we can send out additional patrol officers to specifically target drivers who demonstrate behaviors consistent with drinking and driving during a busy holiday weekend. Extra measures like this can save lives," said McKinney Police Department Assistant Chief Rex Redden. "McKinney is one of the safest cities in the country, and we are urging residents to keep it that way by never drinking and driving."
MPD and local law enforcement agencies are making an extra effort to spot and stop drunk drivers. Year after year, Texas is among the states with the highest incidents of drunk driving in the nation according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). McKinney police officers urge anyone attending a social event with alcohol over the Labor Day holiday to designate a sober driver, call someone to pick you up if you have been drinking, or just stay where you are.
For more information, please call 972-547-2644.
Bob Proctor and Mary Morrisey will be in Dallas teaching a workshop about the 11 Forgotten Laws, a study that complements our culture's current fascination with using the "Law of Attraction". Proctor and Morrisey's work has helped thousands of people change their thinking, beliefs, and unconscious patterns of behavior to achieve desired results, goals, and prosperity on all levels of their lives - financial, emotional, relational.
Friday, Sept. 25, 7-10 p.m., book signing 10-10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Center for Spiritual Living in Dallas
4801 Spring Valley Rd at International Place
2-Day Workshop Reserved Seating:$150
2-Day Workshop General Admission: $125
Separate Intimate Lunch: $ 75 at 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday
Buy tickets at www.csldallas.org
Call 972-866-9988 for information.
The McKinney Public Library Book Club will meet at noon Wednesday, Sept. 2 to discuss The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism, by Ross King.
The book club meets in the Dulaney Room of the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, 101 E. Hunt St., on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.
In October, the group will discuss A Slight Trick of the Mind, by Mitch Cullen.
Magazine Exchange Day
at McKinney Public Library
The Library’s next Magazine Exchange Day will be Saturday, September 5th, from 11 AM to 5 PM. Bring your magazines to the Dulaney Room of the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, 101 E. Hunt St., between 11 AM and 5 PM. Then help yourself to magazines others have brought! There is no cost involved. Due to a shortage of storage space, magazines cannot be stored at the library before the event.
For more information, please call the library at 972-547-7323 or visit mckinneypubliclibrary.org.
The Eldorado Ladies Association is having its first meeting and luncheon on Sept. 1 at the Eldorado Country Club 2604 Country Club Drive in McKinney.
Membership in the Eldorado Country Club is not a requirement and guests are always welcome. Seated luncheons and programs meet from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and are $15. Our September program is Fall Floral Design and Hands-on Demonstration by Edwards Florist. Please call 972-529-6779 by Friday, Aug. 28 with your reservation and any questions you may have.
Oct. 6 - Cynthia Elliot Fashion Show, reservations called in by Friday, Oct. 2.
Nov. 3 - Homemade Gifts for the Holidays by Debbie Denissen, reservations by Friday, Oct. 30.
Dec. 8 - Christmas Bazaar, reservations by Friday, Dec. 4.
Jan. 5, 2010 - Book Review by Rose Mary Rumbley, reservations by Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009
Feb. 2 - Makeup and Hair Tips by Lori Bhargava, reservations by Friday, Jan. 29.
March 2 - Gardening Tips, reservations by Friday, Feb. 26.
April 6 - Women and Finance by Sheila Johnson, reservations by Friday, April 2.
May 4 - Belk Fashion Show, reservations by Friday, April 30.
The McKinney Lions Club meets at noon Wednesdays at Eldorado Country Club.
To join, call President Danny Wolf at 972-542-0257. The McKinney Lions raises more than $13,000 for eye exams and glasses for needy people land and donated another $10,000 to people and organizations last year.
The McKinney Morning Pride Lions Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Market Street Grocery at 6100 Eldorado Parkway in the Culinary School.
Learn and practice leadership and public speaking skills
The Creative Expressions President's Distinguished Toastmasters club meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Raytheon at 2501 West University in McKinney. Visitors free and always welcome. http://creativeexp.freetoasthost.org
Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc. presents “Colonial Resources Through 1850: Plus Clues in Seldom Used Sources for Later Periods”. The speaker will be Brenda Kellow. The free lecture will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Program Room at Gladys Harrington Library, 1501 18th Street, Plano. This is a temporary change in location for the seminar.
For additional information, please check our website at www.genealogyfriends.org .
For questions, please e-mail email@example.com or call Jean Funk at 972-618-1580.
DivorceCare, a weekly seminar and support group, will be meeting on Tuesday nights, through Nov. 10, from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at McKinney Fellowship, 2801 Orchid Drive. A seminar for children ages 5-12, DivorceCare for Kids, will be offered at the same time. Adult seminar is $30, the children’s seminar is $20. To register, contact Pastor Mike Stewart at 972-547-7009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BATTLE FOR MYERS LANDING
On Nov. 7-8 the Myers Park and Event Center will go back in time to the tumultuous period of the Civil War.
The North Texas History Center, in partnership with the Collin County Commissioners Court, Collin County Historical Commission, and Myers Park and Event Center will sponsor one of North Texas’ largest living history events.
The two day event will portray North Texas circa 1860-1865 by bringing together hundreds of living history re-enactors. These fine and talented people will present aspects of life in the 1860s by depicting: Life on the Home Front, Battles, Life in Camp, and much more.
The re-enactment will include cannons, cavalry and infantry, authentic period military camps, period and current day vendors, concerts by a Confederate brass band, and much more, all up close and personal on 165 acres of rolling land and trees in McKinney, Texas!
For information on participating in the re-enactment contact Brian Lean
For information on becoming a sponsor contact Vicky Day
For general information and ticket sales contact Sarah Hatcher at Sarah@northtexashistorycenter.org
After School Dance/Drama Class. Minshew Elementary would like to begin an after school group for students interested in drama or dance. They are seeking a volunteer with dance or drama experience to teach a small group of motivated students.
After School Services. Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County offer several services and programs to children 6 to 18 years of age. Volunteers are needed to help with ongoing programs such as tutoring, health and fitness, art programs, and nine different sports programs. Volunteers are also needed for two upcoming fall events. For further information, contact Michele at 214-544-8924 ext. 111.
For information on these and other volunteer opportunities, contact Volunteer McKinney Center at 972/542-0679 or by e-mail at email@example.com or Web Site www.volunteermckinney.org
The Texas State Railroad is holding its 1st Annual RailFest on Saturday, Sept. 5th and a special RailFest train excursion on Sunday, Sept. 6th out of the Palestine Depot.
RailFest is a festival event with activities for the entire family to enjoy from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Activities include a thirty minute train ride (11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.), Euro-bungee, motor car rides, live steamers, retail & food vendors, bounce houses, petting zoo, miniature train ride, shop tour, T&P Steam Engine 201 & 610 on display, live musical entertainment, Palestine Chamber of Commerce “Beer Garden” (3-6 p.m.), meet Miss Texas 2009 and more! Live musical entertainment includes Whiskey Myers (5 p.m.), The Papers (3 p.m.), and Lauren Alexander (12:15 p.m.).
The festival will begin with a ceremony with local politicians including Senator Nichols and VIPs for a dedication of the newly restored Steam Engine 300. Local Fireman and Peace Officers will also be honored during the event and fire engines from Palestine, Rusk, and Maydelle will be on display.
On Sunday, there will be a special RailFest Steam Engine excursion with Engine 300 from the Palestine Depot to the Maydelle Turntable from 9 to 11:45 a.m.. BBQ lunch and live musical entertainment (included in ticket price) from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m..
Tickets may be purchased in advanced by calling the reservation office at 1-888-987-2461 or by booking online at www.TexasStateRR.com. Tickets will also be sold at the gate. Tickets prices for Saturday (to enter the event) are $20 for Adults and $10 for Children (3-11). Children 2 & under enter for free. Ticket prices for the Sunday train ride in Coach Seating are $40 for Adults & $23 for Child (3-11); in Climate Controlled seating $43.50 for Adults & $25 for Child (3-11). Children 2 & under ride free.
SAMARITAN INN GALA
Mark Oct. 17 as the date for the annual awards gala to benefit the Samaritan Inn, Collin County’s homeless shelter.
Wal-Mart will assume the role of title sponsor according to Brent Allen, McKinney ‘green’ store manager who also serves as vice-president of programs on the Samaritan Inn board of directors.
Capital One and Mustang Technologies will also be major event Humanitarian-level sponsors.
For the second year, Miss Ebby Halliday, chairman of Ebby Halliday Realtors, will be honorary event chairperson, while Sarah Lake will serve as Gala Chairwoman, also for the second consecutive year.
The evening’s entertainment will be provided by the Maylee Thomas Band while master of ceremonies will be Steve Stoler, longtime and well-known Collin County news reporter for WFAA-TV, Channel 8, in Dallas.
A special fund-raiser will offer one lucky person the opportunity to win their choice of a new Mazda Miata, new four-door Jeep Wrangler or a Chevy Silverado Extended Cab pickup, provided by El Dorado Motors of McKinney; or the option of accepting $25,000 in cash.
Those who purchase five tickets will have an extra ticket added for free. There will be 1,000 tickets sold.
The winner will be announced during the awards ceremony and need not be present to win.
An impressive lineup of live auction items was announced, including:
* Chef Richard Chamberlain, of Chamberlain’s Chop House, to make dinner at his home for eight guests;
* lunch for eight with Ebby Halliday at Neiman Marcus;
* a personal party performance by LIVE BAND, a popular Metroplex band of Dallas attorneys and physicians
* airfare for two to an Indy-style, open-wheel racing experience;
* a wall of wine (approximately 120 bottles, worth a minimum of $20 apiece, courtesy of The Corner Wine Store in Plano.
There will also be 150 silent auction items, including art, jewelry, gift certificates, sports memorabilia and more offered during the gala.
The event, which will honor special award recipients and volunteers during the Inn’s 25th anniversary, is set for the Embassy Suites ballroom in Frisco.
Individual tickets will be $100 with tables of 10 sold for $1,200.
To make reservations, contact Molly Castillo firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-542-5302.
11 a.m. Tuesdays: Story time at Stonebriar Centre
The big kids are back in school, so mark your calendar and gather up all the little ones and head to Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids at Stonebriar Centre every Tuesday in September. The free sessions usually begin around 11:00 a.m., but interested parents or caregivers are asked to call 972.731.8912 to confirm the time.
Children will receive an official Book Club Card at their first Story Time, and the Card is stamped for each attendance. When the Card has five stamps, Pottery Barn Kids will issue the cardholder a $10 coupon that can be used in the store.
Pottery Barn Kids is located on the upper level near the main entrance. Story Time is free and reservations are not necessary.
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