Thank you for supporting local shops, restaurants and charities in Collin County

We have seen several long-time national chain restaurants close doors this year and last, mostly in areas with year-after-year Road and bridge construction.

Make time to enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant. May we suggest Bill Smith’s Cafe in McKinney TX, Little Gus and Tony’s Cafe of Plano, and so on … if you have a favorite let us know.

We have thousands moving in every week. One Californian who moved here from Torrance said he has yet to really see any neighbors in his temporary apartment home. If that sounds like you, hit the local recreation centers, parks, farmer’s markets and take in local events on downtown squares such as the ice cream crank-off or dog parade in McKinney. Don’t forget to go to your first ballon festival in Plano or Celina. So much to do.

Start by meeting the locals at your neighborhood restaurant. Tell them we said Hi. And remember to heed the warning to #DriveFriendly in Texas.

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Celina sets balloon festival dates; Prosper Christmas Festival, parade Sunday

The Celina Balloon Fest will be Sept. 14-15 in 2013. David Whiteman of the Celina Chamber of Commerce said this will be the first time Celina has switched from the Friday – Saturday model.

In 2013, the event will be Saturday and Sunday. Committees are now being formed, and the plans are being set for the eighth-annual festival. 


Dec. 8: Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. at Celina Elementary at 550 S. Utah.

Dec. 8: Craft show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Baptist, 841 North Preston Road.

Dec. 9: Prosper Christmas Festival, 2 to 6 p.m., Broadway Street in downtown Prosper. Parade: 2 p.m.

Dec. 12: Willow House ribbon cutting, 238 Pecan.

Dec. 13: Early Riser Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., The Southern Kitchen, downtown Celina.

Dec. 13: Evening mixer at Texas Health. Bring toys for donations, 6:30 p.m.


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Celina Balloon Fest this weekend

The 6th Annual Celina Balloon Festival & Family Fun Day
Nov. 4-5 at Old Celina Park!

In the air and on the ground, we’ve got an incredible line-up of fun family-friendly entertainment for kids and adults of all ages! General admission is only $5/person (5 and under free).

Come for the balloons. … stay for the fun – Gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday!

Hot Air Balloons (Come early on Saturday so you don’t miss the launch — weather permitting!)
Magical Balloon Glow
Local Live Music featuring talent from all over
Kite Exhibition
Tasty food treats
Arts & Crafts booths
Helicopter Rides
Classic Car Show
Pet Adoptions
Petting Zoo
Local businesses
Kids Area with Rides, Giant Inflatables and More!
Spectacular Laser Light Show

November 4th

4:00 pm – Parking Opens
5:00 pm – Gates Open, Opening Ceremony, Pet Adoptions Open, Carnival Opens, Helicopter Rides Open, Vendors Open
5:30 pm – Main Stage & Second Stage Entertainment Begins
5:30 pm – Main Stage – Kassy Levels
5:30 pm – Second Stage – Allison & Stone
6:30 pm – Balloon Glow (time is approximate)
6:30 pm – Main Stage – Philipalooza
7:00 pm – Stage II – Clark Hodges Quintet
7:00 pm – VIP Dinner (Invitation Only)
9:00 pm – Main Stage – Jolie Holliday
11:00 pm – Main Stage – The Klanks

November 5th

6:30 am – Parking Opens
7:00 am – Gates Open
7:45 am – 8:00 am – Balloon Flight (weather permitting)
8:00 am – Vendors & Carnival Rides Open, Pet Adoptions Begin, Helicopter Rides, Giant Kites
9:00 am – Main Stage – Quenten Hope Band
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Carter Blood Care Bus

10:00 am – Main Stage -School of Rock – Frisco Dean’s List
10:00 am – Stage II – USA Martial Arts
11:00 am – Main Stage -School of Rock – Southlake Dean’s List
11:00 am – Stage II – Celina High School Band
11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Parts Plus Classic Car Show from Memory Lane Productions (parking lot)
12:15 pm – Main Stage – Kaity Floyd

1:00 pm – Main Stage – Tonya Tarver
1:00 pm – Stage II – Celina High School Choir
1:45 pm – Main Stage – falling Sideways

2:00 pm – Stage II – Texas Fit Chick’s Boot Camp
2:45 pm – Main Stage -Benjamin Shurr
3:00 pm – Stage II – Encore School of Dance
3:30 pm – Main Stage -Taylor Marie Mangan
4:00 pm – Stage II – Kevin Tinker
4:45 pm – Main Stage – Creek Bend Classic Rock
5:00 pm – Stage II – Town Walsh

6:00 pm – Stage II – Stone Groove Band
7:15 pm – Main Stage -Classic Steel
7:30 pm – Stage II – Justin Grant
9:00 pm – Laser Light Show from Nu Eye Laser

Celina Balloon Fest seeks sponsors

#Pajamas Marketing is pumping up the Celina Balloon Festival. Sponsors can hop in the basket before those balloons launch in November. Now is the time to sign on for vendor and sponsor positions. Volunteers needed too. Contact the #Celina Chamber and #Pajamas. The event is Nov. 4-5 along with the annual Fun Day in Celina.
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