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Uncle Kracker will be the main event for the Smiles Charity concert in a few days. The May 29th event at Adriatica at 6595 West Virginia Parkway in McKinney, with emcees JR Martinez and Johnny B., will also present The Maylee Thomas Band, Stars Go Dim and American Idol contestant Hollie Cavanagh.
Tuesday night is Smiles Charity night at the Chili’s at Hwy. 380 and Central Expressway (75).
Smiles Charity photos: Caliway Buchanan, Nicole Holden, Alex Holden and Patrick Conway helped Smiles Charity volunteers and Dr. Jennifer Buchanan sell raffle tickets at Market Street in McKinney. Raffle prizes will be awarded during the May 29th Smiles Charity Concert and raffle proceeds will also benefit homes for severely wounded soldiers.
3e McKinney executive director Larry Robinson presented a check for $25,773.57 to the Samaritan Inn, which is Collin County’s homeless shelter. The funds were raised in April at the Run for Cover event and Don Hudson of Run for Cover and Rafe Wright of 3e McKinney and Christ Fellowship were on hand with Robinson to give Samaritan Inn director Lynne Sipiora the check.
The Samaritan Inn Thrift Store 2 SALE starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Children’s books are Buy 2 Get 1 free. Children’s VHS Tapes Buy 2 Get 1 free. Samaritan Inn: “We are stocked. … Come on in and see for yourself. What an inexpensive way to entertain the kids.”
Mike Simpson of the Arts of Collin County made this observation over the weekend:
“Interesting that those that did not support the arts, talked about the cost of tickets and how expensive it would be without knowing the facts. Attended Jimmy Buffet this weekend (I guess a form of Art and Entertainment as we have gone the last 5 years). and the ticket alone was $126, not to mention a $11 beer or $5 water if you were down on the floor.”
Everybody at the concert’s view: The City of Frisco should not allow price gouging of concert goers.
It was another busy weekend for the Stonebridge Ranch Ladies Association, which had a yard sale at Stonebridge Methodist parking lot with 125 vendors or more. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund for kids of McKinney Police and Fire personnel.
Road work: FM 2478 Custer Road Closure Rescheduled For May 24-26 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weather permitting, Tuesday, May 24, through Thursday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contractor Mario Sinacola and Sons will close Custer Road between Virginia Parkway and Eldorado Parkway.
Feel the need for speed? Come watch Bike the Bricks, an exhilarating bicycle criterium race in Historic Downtown McKinney. Spectators can get an upclose and personal view of the race as riders top speeds of more than 40 mph through McKinney’s historic district. Live music, food and spirits!