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The “Hats off to McKinney: 2011 Community Awards Celebration” will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Eldorado Country Club at 2604 Country Club Drive.

Happy birthday to McKinney’s A.M. Scott company, which just turned 100 years old.

The Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast runs from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 19 at First Christian Church (behind Brookshire’s Grocery) 1800 W. Hunt Street. Event director Glynn Wingard said the Pancake Breakfast (pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee) is “like a large family gathering, in that people meet old friends and make new ones. Everyone visits with each other, laugh a lot and have a great time.” Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 608 W. Lamar Street. …

Third Monday Trade Days is back this weekend on Hwy. 380 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. … This weekend also marks the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. flea market at the Old Red Lumberyard Antique & Vintage Sale just east of downtown.

The weather is expected to be warm Saturday, Feb. 19 for the Historic Farmers Market at Chestnut Square near downtown and right off Hwy. 5. During the winter, the Farmers Market is every third Saturday. Weekly markets start up again March 19.

The Stonebridge Ranch Ladies Association Fashion Show will be at the Heard-Craig Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28. The fashion show and silent auction benefits My Friend`s House. Look for food by Patina Green and fashions from downtown merchants. Purchase a seat at http://www.srla.us. … The Vintage Fashion Exhibit from the collections of The Heritage Guild of Collin County will be on display from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during March (or by appointment). See dresses dating back to the 1850s at Chestnut Square Historic Village at 315 S. Chestnut Street.

The Laura Moore Fine Art Studios offers “Beaujolais Nouveau” at 107 South Tennessee from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through March 9. …

Dogs will be on display at two big events. The first is the Old West Newfoundland Club dog show at Myers Park north of Hwy. 380 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20. Then, the Ninth-Annual Krewe of Barkus “Happy Trails to You” runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6.

Reckless Kelly will be on stage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Hank’s Texas Grill on White Ave. and U.S. 75. … Hank’s presents Charlie Robison on Feb. 18.

Debra Pope of the eWomen Network presents “See your potential by the sea” in Corpus Christi from Feb. 24-27 at the Radisson Corpus Christi Beach at 3200 Surfside Blvd. The local chapter returns to Eldorado Country Club on March 10.

The Collin County GOP Awards Luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn on U.S. 75 in Allen. Candy Noble and Neal Katz serve as co-chairs for the event. Awards include the Gladys Harrington Award, Dixie Clem Award, County Chairman Award and Collin County Club Awards.

The McKinney Community Band will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4 with “rousing, toe-tapping marches from Tchaikovsky to Sousa” and more at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. … Sousa once performed across the street in the McKinney opera house. …

The Yesterday and Today Fashion Show and Tea Luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at MPAC. Proceeds benefit the Chestnut Square Historic Village. … Want to tour Chesnut Square? Docents lead public tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and share their knowledge about Collin County history, the houses and buildings and the families who lived in them. …

The Collin County Lincoln Society, led by former Plano mayor Jeran Akers, will be back in McKinney at Rick’s Chophouse from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. The group meets the second Wednesday each month. Akers has been on the speaker circuit asking everyone to consider signing up as an organ donor.

Congressman Allen West
of Florida will be the keynote speaker for the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Allen Event Center on Saturday, April 2. The 43rd-annual dinner sponsored by the Collin County Republican Party will have a VIP reception at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Col. West served in Operation Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and trained troops in Afghanistan. The Lincoln Day event includes Live and Silent Auctions and dinner prepared by Chef John Latta.

ArtWalk returns to downtown McKinney on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Bugs” runs from 9:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day through May 15 at the Heard Museum. The exhibit shows that “being spineless has never been so cool!”

To find a Toastmasters Club for leadership and speaking skills, look on http://www.toastmasters.org.

Eldorado Country Club is a busy place for civic groups on Wednesdays. At 7:30 a.m., the Sunrise “Flag Club” Rotary meets there. … The Lions Club meets at noon Wednesdays at Eldorado Country Club just west of U.S. 75. In McKinney, the Lions Club has been an active part of the community since 1920. … Rick’s Chophouse hosts the Rotary Club of McKinney at noon Fridays at 107 N. Kentucky Street. Bruce Heller from the Allen Sunrise Rotary will discuss Rotary’s Shelter Box program and what a global impact it is making on. Feb. 18. Victor Burke of DART will be the Rotary speaker Feb. 25.

Quote from Brian Tracy: “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position.”

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