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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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Cowboys, Circus, Jimmy Buffett on tap …

By Brian Bearden

Catch Terrance Williams of the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at StarPower on Saturday. …

Did you see 22-year-old right-hander Zach Lee of McKinney shut out the Texas Rangers for two innings of Spring Training baseball? Lee is now pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Check out this Los Angeles Times story on the 2010 McKinney High star athlete who had a scholarship offer to play quarterback for LSU … 

Super season: The Allen Eagles made the State finals in Class 5A basketball Friday, but came up short to Converse Judson, 52-41.

Collin College wants you to spend an hour in the life of a dancer. Attend the dance department’s Open Studio Week:

Hydrous in Allen is hiring a Sales/Marketing Director – It’s a great opportunity for stay-at-home mom’s, for more detail, go to this link and email resumes to …


The Village at Allen & The Village at FairviewThe Carson & Barnes Circus is in town at Allen – Fairview this weekend Circus performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday

The Women of Richardson Bikemart will be having a 8:30 a.m. Second Saturday road ride each month. Mileage options: These will be no-drop rides (the group will stay together, and nobody will be left behind) with 20-mile (12-14 mph average) and 40-mile (16-plus mph) options. The event starts near White Rock Lake in Dallas at 9040 Garland Road and Old Gate Lane just down the street from the Arboretum.

Spokes For Folks is gearing up for the Spring Roll! Sunday, March 16 at Hans Johnses 8901 Chancellor Row from noon to 4 p.m. Richardson Bikemart reports Spokes needs volunteers of all levels of experience to help repair kids bicycles for the Rae’s Hope organization with the goal of donating the repaired bikes to the Scottish Rite bike rodeo and the International Rescue Committee on March 18.

St. Paddy’s celebrations – The AREAA DFW St. Paddy’s Happy Hour will be at Lights Farms in Celina, Texas, from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 17 at 1234 Homestead Court. AREAA is the Asian Real Estate Association of America …

Happy Birthday this weekend to Monkey Mickey Dolenz, Freddie Prinze Jr., James Van Der Beek …

What’s for lunch on Saturday? Patina Green Home and Market in downtown McKinney on the square has Brisket Quesadilla, served with Queso Blanco, Candied Jalapenos, Chips and Salsa and don’t forget the Waygu Roast Beef, Smoked Pepperjack, Red Carrots, Black Radish, Green Chili Buttermilk Slaw, Empire White …

Or how about pizza at Sal’s at The Shops at Legacy? …

Try some New York style pie at Sal’s Pizza Restaurant in Plano …Spring break weather … featuring Fox4’s forecast

Book your Golf Tee Times online 24-7 … No need to wait for the pro shop to open ….

In case you missed it … Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points with Jose Calderon added 19 points as the Dallas Mavericks edged the Trail Blazers at home, 103-98. WATCH the highlights from last nights win here:

Retiring: Frisco’s Director of Public Safety Todd Renshaw is retiring.

McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau

The McKinney Farmers Market will be held on March 15th and the regular season will begin weekly on April 5th.

Regular Season: Chestnut Square Historical Village on Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon and Adriatica Village on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Fire and Rescue … 

Michael O’Keefe is always on the scene with First Response Photography.His fire and rescue pictures are always fascinating.

Hockey: Missouri edged the second-place Allen Americans, 3-1. Ben Power scored for Allen, which plays next at the St. Charles Chill in back-to-back games this weekend beginning Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Kentara McKinney and John Jordan representedMcKinney Velo Club at the 35-plus division in the Fair Park Criterium.

Running tale: Area runner’s brush with death makes 15K win even sweeter. … Roger Clifford knows he’s lucky to be alive. That’s what makes winning last month’s Plano Pacers Bead Bash 15K even more rewarding. Read Debbie Fetterman’s story at

Political parody: The Republican Women of North Collin County welcome economist and author, Loren Spivack, on Tuesday, March 11. Check out Spivack’s books …


Loren Spivack’s event key points: 11 a.m. sign in, 11:30 a.m. buffet lunch, Noon meeting Location: Stonebriar Country Club, 5050 Country Club Drive, Frisco. Cost: $20 per person.

Cold snap for crawfish: Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill reports on Facebook that “Our supplier cannot get crawfish out of his beds because of last weekends cold snap. They harvested all they could get for Mardi Gras, and the demand was so high that they do not have enough. The earliest we might be able to get them is Sunday late, more than likely Monday. Very sorry, hopefully spring will hit us and they will be as good as they have been.” Try these items at Dodie’s instead …

Play ball!

Baseball single-game tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 15 for the Frisco RoughRiders.

Fins to the Left, Fins to the Right …

Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band will play

at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on June 21.

John Fogerty will open the popular Fins fiesta.

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What’s happening at the Farmers Market? (Video)
Video courtesy of Chestnut Square and Farmers Market
If you haven’t shopped the local market with locally grown foods, get out there next weekend before noon on Saturday. Enjoy this video from their facebook page. Kudos to Ronald G. Johnson. The Farmers Market and Chestnut Square are situated off Hwy. 5 next to downtown McKinney.


Farmers Market springs up in Adriatica

By Marthe Stinton,
Reprinted with permission of the McKinney Courier-Gazette
One of the clearest signs of the season is new life, which is exactly what the Historic McKinney Farmers Market is celebrating with the new Adriatica Farmers Market.

The Historic McKinney Farmers Market is venturing out to west McKinney and making a new home in Adriatica — a Croatian-inspired village complete with a lake, chapel, lawn and shops. Although the ribbon cutting is scheduled for mid-April and there has been little advertising for the market, vendors have tiptoed into the Stonebridge Ranch community bringing with them produce, meats, flowers and more.

“We’re taking people back to the way shopping was done before,” said Cindy Johnson, executive director for the Heritage Guild of Collin County. “It builds a sense of community and more.”

Vendors are currently setting up in a parking lot while their permanent residence is under construction and, as of last week, a large temporary sign will soon be placed for the market.

“One of the challenges we’ve had has been letting people know we are here and what we offer,” Johnson said.

However, at last Thursday’s market there were not only two meat vendors, but a flower vendor and a jewelry vendor who had made the trek to nestle into their new market digs. With this turnout it seems sellers are not discouraged by the lack of advertising, nor do they shy away from the new venture.

More vendors are expected to join once the weather gets warmer and the market gets bigger.

The Blackard Group, developers for Adriatica, says they have always wanted an authentic farmers market. According to Puc Westrupp, a spokesperson for the Blackard Group, the long-term plan for the Adriatica Farmers Market is to put the market in permanent stalls down by the Adriatica field.

“These stalls each come equipped with running water, electricity, air and heat, and are roofed with clay tiles just like the rest of the village,” Westrupp said. “We will be starting construction of these stalls within the next month.”

The builders, especially Jeff Blackard, have emphasized the fact that the Croatian-inspired village needs to be authentic and have all of the components one would see in a real Croatian village.

“Europeans for years have been able to keep the essence of community by living village life on a daily basis,” Westrupp said. “The end goal for Adriatica is just that — you can truly walk out your front door and step straight into village life and all the benefits that come with it.”

Johnson agrees with Blackard’s vision, adding, “The whole themed market really makes it a destination.”

The Stonebridge Ranch Community Association is also welcoming the new market and sees it as a hot commodity for the area.

“Many residents will appreciate the close proximity of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in an open-air market, and when the remainder of the harbor district is complete, it will be even better,” said Pablo Ruiz, Stonebridge Ranch community association board president.

The Historic McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square is open 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday. The Adriatica Farmers Market is open from 1 to 5 p.m. every Thursday and Sunday. For information visit or call 972-562-8790.


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