Summer adventures – Downtown McKinney TX Kids Explorers Club

Kids ready to learn more about your town? Pick up a free Downtown McKinney Kids Explorers Club kit at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 111 North Tennessee St. (hours vary, please call 972-547-2650).
The kit includes an Official Adventure Guide filled with 15 self-directed activities that they can receive a special activity badge for completing.

Downtown McKinney Explorers have until Aug. 8 to complete their activities. Explorers who earn all 15 badges are invited to a free celebration at MPAC on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 a.m.

Melissa TX – High School football reserved seats on sale

2015 Melissa High School Varsity Football tickets: Reserved seating for the 2015 varsity home football games in Melissa, Texas, will go on sale at 1 p.m. July 14. Tickets may be purchased in person at Melissa Schools Home Office at 1904 Cooper Street in Melissa. Reserved seats are $50 each and include admission to all five home football games. Each individual may purchase up to eight seats (cash or check only).

Send your team or school district items to if you want to get the word out …

McKinney TX summer Downtown Music Series starts July 17

The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) has announced Southern rock-soul singer Marc Broussard will headline its summertime Downtown Music Series. The series includes three must-see concerts on the stage of the unique Courtroom Theater of MPAC.

Marc Broussard, 8 p.m. Friday, July 17
Singer-songwriter Marc Broussard dazzles audiences with his signature fusion of Southern rock, funk and blues. He is known for hits like “Home” and “Must Be the Water” and released his most recent album, A Life Worth Living, in 2014. Broussard has been a featured performer on many TV programs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Tickets: $35

Light Crust Doughboys, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22
The Light Crust Doughboys trace their heritage back to 1931 when the band was founded by the “King of Western Swing,” Bob Wills. After several incarnations and a declaration by the Texas Legislature as the “official music ambassadors of the Lone Star State,” the Doughboys can be found playing a new type of country jazz influenced by the old Western swing classics at venues across the Metroplex. Tickets: $25

The Hunts, Friday, 8 p.m. Sept. 18
The Hunts are an indie folk band of seven siblings from Chesapeake, Virginia. The multi-talented band writes and composes all of their music and members play the violin, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, mandolin, accordion, ukulele, and piano. The Hunts’ debut album Those Younger Days, featuring “Valentina,” was released June 9. Tickets: $20

A Downtown Music Series package that includes tickets to all three shows is available through July 17 for 20 percent of regular ticket price. Reserved tickets for individual shows are available for purchase online, at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St. or by calling MPAC’s Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630. The Downtown Music Series is part of MPAC’s 2014-15 Season supported by Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies.

McKinney TX – Spend Second Saturdays in Historic Downtown McKinney

Enjoy an evening of art, music and wine this Saturday! Explore the local art galleries, listen to great local and regional talent and taste cuisine from some of the area’s best eateries. Many shops in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7 to 10 p.m. every second Saturday of the month.

See who’s open late:

For more information, contact McKinney Main Street at 972-547-2660.

Spencer Smith hired as McKinney TX library system director

The City of McKinney has hired Spencer Smith as the Director of the McKinney Public Library System. Smith will begin on Monday, Aug. 10.

Smith most recently served as the Library Director for the City of Little Elm, Texas where his leadership led to the tripling of library material circulation and an increase in hours of operation of the library to a seven day, sixty hour per week operation. He also led the renovation and expansion of the municipal library, which nearly doubled the square footage and integrated technology components.

McKinney TX – National Night Out will be Aug. 4 this summer

Join the City of McKinney and the McKinney Police Department for National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 4. Talk to your crime watch captain to find out about events in your neighborhood.

If your neighborhood does not currently have a crime watch captain, call Officer Randy Haak at972-547-2795 for more information about the program. To sign up your block party online, visit the McKinney Police Department website.

National Night Out is an enjoyable way to increase neighborhood spirit, improve police-community partnerships and keep our city safer. Make sure to register your block party in advance.

Drop your National Night Out neighborhood event on our facebook page.

Frisco TX – City councilman John Keating running for State House

Frisco City Councilman  John Keating said he will  run for the Texas State House of Representatives. District 33 in 2016.
Frisco City Councilman John Keating said he will run for the Texas State House of Representatives in District 33.

Frisco Mayor Pro Tem John Keating made it official Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the Texas State House of Representatives in District 33. Scott Turner is serving the district in Austin now.

Justin Holland of Heath, Texas, is also running. Holland serves on the Heath City Council.

Can you sing? Try out for the Children’s Chorus of Collin County

Consider auditioning for the Children’s

Chorus of Collin County

This is your first step …

Prelude Chorus for Grades 3-5
Children’s Chorus for Grades 6-7-8
Youth Chorus for Grades 9-12

All Choruses rehearse Monday evenings (September – May)
at Custer Road United Methodist Church, 6601 Custer Road, Plano.

What to Expect at the Audition:
Auditions last approximately 15 minutes
No previous experience or preparation needed
Auditions consist of vocal exploration, pitch matching, rhythm exercises, harmonizations,
vocal memory, breathing, posture, and sight singing
Children in grades 3-8 will be asked to sing the first verse of “America the Beautiful” without accompaniment.
Children in grades 9-12 grade will be asked to sing a portion of a traditional song without accompaniment
(folk, classical, hymn, for example. No pop tunes)

Qualification for Chorus Membership:
A clear singing voice
A strong sense of pitch
Musical and vocal readiness
Emotional maturity
Good attitude
The ability to focus and follow instruction
A commitment to regular attendance at rehearsals and performances

To schedule an audition please fill out the form below, or
if you have any questions regarding the audition process,
please email us at

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