Bloomin’ and Boomin’ Wild West Freedom Fest

Bloomin Boomin is a month-long celebration of McKinney’s community culture including the arts, humanities and agricultural tourism.

Join us at Storybook Ranch for
Wild West Freedom Fest
July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
  • Friday: Rodeo, Country & Western Music and Dancin’
  • Saturday: Concerts all day long, 1870’s Saloon, Casino
  • Sunday: Boot-Scootin’ and Music

Daily Activities Include…
Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Bounce Houses, Gunfight Shows, Face Painting, Wagon Rides, Horse Shoe Toss, and much more. The event benefits River Ranch Educational Charities. Go to

Roping and riding

Love to ride horses? Storybook Ranch is offering horse camps this summer at the ranch off Custer Road. McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller joined the campers on Friday at Storybook Ranch.

 Photos by J.B. Blocker

When you call Storybook Ranch at 972-369-0874, tell them you saw it on COLLIN COUNTY HEADLINES.COM.

In Celina …


YMCA honors McKinney councilman

In 1910, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd celebrated the first Father’s Day as we know it in conjunction with the YMCA of Spokane.  

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas continued this tradition, and honored 23 area men as YMCA Fathers of the Year.  McKinney’s own City Councilman Ray Ricchi was one of the fathers honored.  

Ricchi, nominated in a letter by his oldest son Michael, along with daughter Heather, and youngest son Kyle, accepted the honor at the event held at Malibu SpeedZone.  Nominees and their families enjoyed dinner together prior to the award ceremony where each father was presented with an engraved glass award.

Michael Ricchi’s winning entry was selected based on the essay he wrote as to why his father deserved to be recognized as a YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Father of the Year.

“My dad is always there for me through thick and thin…if I become anything like my father, I would consider my life to be a success.  He gives back, is loved, and has made the world a better place,”  said Michael Ricchi’s winning entry.  

“There were so many inspirational essays, but Michael’s stood tall among the applications as a wonderful reflection of his father, family, and his father’s influence in their lives, “ said Venieca Kusek, Director of Special Events/Projects, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

“What an honor,“ said Councilman Ricchi, “ but I am most honored that my son thinks so highly of me.  That is what is most important to me.”

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Texas music icon concert in Plano

The music of Texas icons ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson will come to life when Lone Star Attitude takes to the stage at the Amphitheater at Oak Point Park at 8 p.m. June 25. With Texas generating more Grammy award winners than any other state, you’ll enjoy an evening under the stars enjoying a tribute to the stars.

Bargain books in Plano

Bargain books galore and more!
Love books? Love bargains even more? The 28th Annual Friends of the Plano Public Library Book Sale is scheduled for July 21-23, 2011 and will transform the Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, into a bargain-hunting, book lover’s paradise.

Known as one of the largest book sales in the region, the Friends’ sale will feature more than 100,000 gently-used hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs and CDs, all priced at $2 or less.

Mark your calendar for Thursday’s “First Nighter Sale” on July 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. for the best choice of books. Admission for this night only is $5 for individuals, $10 for families, and free for Friends members. Free admission on Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. allows for leisurely shopping for the whole family. All proceeds are used to fund materials and programs at the five Plano libraries, so shoppers can shop ‘til they drop knowing they are benefitting the Plano community.

For more information about the Book Sale or Friends of the Plano Public Library membership, visit or call 972-941-7193.

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Social Media Coach DotJenna: Who cares what people think?


This is about a 30-minute Social Media coaching video. If you’re interested in getting more business online, please schedule time in your day to watch full video.DotJenna is a Social Media coach based in Frisco.
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