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Hank’s welcomes New Year with Zane Williams Dec. 31


Zane Williams will be playing Hank’s Texas Grill in McKinney, Texas, on Dec. 31.

The evening will open with Hunter Hutchinson performing. Join Hank’s for the annual New Year’s Celebration with show time at 9 p.m. Saturday.

*  Free champagne toast at midnight

* Prime Rib special

*  Ton’s of party favors

Hank’s is situated at 1310 N. Central Expressway at White Ave. in McKinney, Texas, east of U.S. 75

Order tickets at HanksTexasGrill.com

What’s happening in Collin County?

By Brian Bearden

Name that star: Who had six touchdowns? Who had 484 yards? Who has yet to pick his college? Who has an awesome line? Plano West’s Soso Jamabo scores six touchdowns and rushed for 484 yards against Sachse … Allen’s Kyler Murray scored five TDs … Murray passed for 381 yards and ran for 183 yards against Dutch Fork, S.C. … McKinney Boyd’s Dedrick Scrivens topped the school record for yards rushing in a game with 371 yards vs. Coppell.

Looking for fun things to do this weekend: Start by hopping over to Collin County Animal Services to adopt a pet this weekend. The shelter is having a Birthday “Pawty.”

Farmersville will honor First Responders with Public Safety Sunday at First United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. … Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano is having a successful fish fry during “Fish Tales.” …

Coffee: Mark your calendar for coffee with Mayor Maher Maso at Frisco City Hall on the fifth floor … 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday.

The Plano Bridal Show at the Plano Centre is a busy place thanks to  Bridal Shows Inc. Be there from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Brides can speak with more than 110 wedding businesses to help plan the perfect wedding. As you know, Plano Centre is making changes under new general manager Mark Jarrell.

Arts: The Frisco Association for the Arts is offering Sculptechular at Frisco Discovery Center at 8004 North Dallas Parkway. http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/

Update: Congrats to Gregory Beck, Kyle Mitchell and Jason Mellard for taking first through third at Sculptechular on Sunday.

Dining: Try the Grilled Swordfish, Fava Bean Risotto, Sautéed Yellow Wax Beans, Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce at Jasper’s at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. … When at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper, try the pan-seared red fish or the sea bass.

Ladies! The Frisco Chamber of Commerce WEB-Women Enhancing Business (Frisco) September Networking/Mixer sponsored by Functional Health Centers will be Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Chamber Event Room. What you get: Free chair massages, door prizes, networking with successful like-minded women, and connecting with new clients and service providers. … Sci-Tech will have football starting Sept. 12 in Frisco. …

Speaking of football players Scott Turner contributes this quote of the week from Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Ringo’s Pub in Plano popped out the chicken-fried bacon for football watching this weekend.

Roads: Ann Lieber sounds off – “The Regional Transportation Council proposing 28 million spent on bike lanes in the region all while the Metroplex is being choked with gridlock and officials telling you toll taxes are the only way out of congestion and funding problems. Please attend a transportation meeting at Monday, September 8th @ 6:30pm, Pharr Library in Plano, Texas, to make your voice heard!” Location: 6200 Windhaven at Communications in West Plano.

Free concert: The Eric Gales Band and Andy Timmons will be playing at the Guitar Sanctuary at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in McKinney. The Guitar Sanctuary will be offering 10 tables with seating for four (4) for purchase at $80 per table. See the staff in the store at Adriatica to purchase a table at 6633 Virginia Parkway. The concert will be presented by Two-Rock Guitar Amplification, Xotic/EMS guitar Effects, and The Guitar Sanctuary. … David Grissom, The Maylee Thomas Band and Paul Reed Smith will play there Friday, Sept. 19.

Frisco RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders‘ baseball season came to end with a hard-fought loss to the Midland RockHounds.

Sci-Tech will have football starting Sept. 12 in Frisco. … Greg Abbott has football friendly shirts ready for Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and more fans.

Shopping: The cardigans are in at Cotton Hearts on the McKinney downtown square. Pick from berry, grey, mocha, black and brown.

Spa: Book two or more services per person at Cooper Spa McKinney at Craig Ranch and you will receive a guest pass to the fitness center in McKinney.

Successful start: The Junior League of Collin County kicked off the fall with its mentoring program.

Bowling: Allen Bowl reports they have several leagues in need of individual bowlers to fill teams. Call 972-727-9108.

Dinosaurs Live! will be returning to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Nature Sanctuary.

Hockey: The 2014-15 Allen Americans are offering a deal for groups of 15-plus, which could receive discounted tickets and can add unique group experiences that make for a night to remember. As an added bonus, book your group by Sept. 19 and you’ll receive free tickets to our Opening Night game vs Tulsa.

Top Golf Allen will be giving away a new Blu-ray DVD player, Bacardi golf bags, Topgolf swag, Callaway golf equipment and a grill. Sign up for Top Golf’s last tournament of the season, the TGC Challenge, on Sunday Sept. 21st at 10 a.m. Registration $40 per person at http://www.topgolf.com/tgc

Jobs: Bonnie Ruth’s Bistro at Watters Creek is hiring staff members in Allen. If you are hungry, ask for Bonnie Ruth’s oven-roasted take-out special on Tuesday. … Fireball Run is looking for a Production Assistant in Frisco. Fireball Run wants someone such as a student with some ENG experience. Candidate will travel with the production beginning Sept 25th in Frisco and finishing Oct. 5 in Independence, Mo. All travel, accommodations and meal expenses paid. Applicants should submit resume and link to demo reel via email to FBRjobs@gmail.com

Movies: Scarface will be playing at Cinemark Frisco Square during the Classic Series at 2 p.m. Sunday. 

Music: Tickets are on sale for October’s Courtyard Texas Music Series show featuring Zane Williams at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Courtyard Theater in Plano. Visit http://bit.ly/1CxSZK6. … Because of the threat of inclement weather, the concert in Allen on Saturday by the Rob Holbert Band has been canceled. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date. Watters Creek is always a fun place for a Saturday evening stroll.

Politics: Ken and Angela Paxton wrote a piece entitled “A Family for Educational Choice” for RedState.com http://www.redstate.com/diary/ameliahamilton/2014/09/02/ken-angela-paxton-family-educational-choice/?preview=true

Rain: Pete Delkus predicts rain today.

Balloons: The Celina Balloon Fest is next weekend. Look for balloons to lift off Sept. 12-14 at Old Celina Park, 12670 Farm-to-Market Road 428. http://www.celinaballoonfestival.com/ … Then, the Plano Balloon Festival will be Sept. 19-21 at Oak Point Park at 2801 East Spring Creek Parkway. http://www.planoballoonfest.org/

Quote:I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. ” — Walt Disney

Stonebriar getting new steak restaurant; Collin County weekend update

By Brian Bearden

Look for news today on Bret Michaels, Glora D’Arezzo, the Edgefest, a Centennial celebration, Scott Sanford, Scott Turner, Zane Williams, beer gardens, discoveries in Frisco, concerts by the creek in Allen, a new steak place to try in Frisco and much more …

Did you know? In downtown McKinney, Patina Green Home and Market is raffling off a vintage egg basket from France. Are you on the chicken coop tour today? Stop in to get a free iced tea and enter the raffle. … The beer garden is now open at Top Golf in Allen at the Stacy Road exit off U.S. 75. … In Plano, Bavarian Grill has a dog friendly Biergarten just for you and your pets at 75 and Parker Road. … On Saturday night, Zane Williams performs live at Hank’s! Adrian Johnston will open the show! Music starts at 9 p.m. at White Ave. and U.S. 75 in McKinney. In Allen, Gloria D’Arezzo and Friends will be performing at Watters Creek at the Concert by the Creek.

Troop 1066 presents the 9th-annual Spaghetti Dinner and Show at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The talent showcase starts at 6:45 p.m. at 2700 Roundrock Trail in Plano. The event is the Scout’s Summer Camp and High Adventure fund-raiser.


Pass the word: Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille will open its doors at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco in November 2014. … State Highway 5 in Fairview has been re-opened to thru traffic between FM 2786 (Stacy Road) and FM 1378 (Country Club Road). Work on the project will be ongoing through May for completion of final project tasks. … In McKinney, TxDOT says the entrance to Craig Drive from the U.S. 75 frontage road (north of Eldorado Pkwy.) is expected to remain closed through Wednesday, April 30, while the intersection and new ramp to Eldorado Parkway are completed.

Prosper Centennial Celebration Opening Ceremony will be today. Check the Facebook link for some updates and photos.


The Frisco Mini Maker Faire will be Saturday and Sunday at the Sci-Tech Discovery Center! Suggestion: Bring the family to check out what more than 50 “makers” are creating—prepare to be impressed and inspired!



At Frisco’s Mini Maker Faire, Howard Greisdorf’s jewelry making booth displays many gorgeous pieces! Mothers’ Day IS coming up, after all! — at Sci-Tech Discovery Center.

Road Warriors – Rumble about roadways and the future of transportation in the region at a Transportation Town Hall meeting presented by State Rep. Scott Sanford at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Collin Higher Education Center, 3452 Spur 399 and U.S. 75 in McKinney. For more information and to RSVP to the Town Hall, contact rsvp.district70@gmail.com or 972-548-7500.


In Austin, Scott Turner is running for Texas Speaker of the the House. Turner says: “I believe in America and I believe in the future of Texas. Ingenuity, innovation and hard work have made Texas the best place to live and work. But this is fleeting unless we stand firm on our principles of faith, family and freedom. As Texans, we must strive to be the absolute very best in all we do and we must have leaders with uncompromising integrity, who govern with transparency and accountability.

“As Speaker of the House, I will take swift bold action against federal encroachment, require a fiscally responsible balanced budget and ensure we are eliminating wasteful spending, fight for tax relief for small businesses and hard working Texans, and call for education reform that is focused on what is best for our children.”

Edgefest 24


Edgefest 24 rolls into Frisco on Saturday at Toyota Stadium at 9200 World Cup Way. Edgefest 24, Beck, The Avett Brothers, Bastille, GROUPLOVE, The Neighbourhood, Switchfoot, MS MR

The Dallas Cowboys signed Pro Bowl defensive end Anthony Spencer to a one-year deal, according to agent Jordan Woy. Last year, Spencer missed all of training camp, plus 15 of 16 games with a leg injury. The Cowboys say he underwent microfracture knee surgery and has been rehabilitating the leg in Dallas during the off-season. Dallas has lost DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher to free agency.

You can be transported back in time to the Prohibition-era music of yesteryear with Matt Tolentino and The Singapore Slingers Orchestra, a quirky retro jazz group presented by McKinney Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2. General admission tickets are $15 and available for purchase online at mckinneyperformingartscenter.org, at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St. or by calling MPAC’s Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630.

McKinney Performing Arts Center and the Arts and Music Guild present the opening of the Juried Art Show Saturday, May 3. Artists from the Juried Art Show will be at the public reception at 7 p.m. and winners will be announced in Noble Hall at 8 p.m. Winning artwork will be become permanent pieces of the MPAC Public Art Collection and will be on exhibit in the Gallery at MPAC for public viewing May 3–21.  Visit mckinneyperformingartscenter.org or call 972-547-2650 for additional details.

Mark your calendar for May 31 – Color Up 5K


Let’s get colorful! A 5K is fine, but the Color Up 5K is fun fun fun! Register for the May 31 race, where you’ll start out wearing pristine white, and finish wearing every color of the rainbow!


Music in the Square concert series returns to Simpson Plaza in Frisco every Friday evening in June from 7:30 to 9p.m. Motion will open the season on June 6 with its blend of Motown, R&B, pop, and top 40, so save the date!

Bike the Bricks 2014 in historic downtown will be racing into McKinney on Friday, May 23.

Smiles Charity


Smiles Charity says each ticket gives you the opportunity to win one of these prizes AND the grand prize 2015 Cadillac Escalade (72K value) AND helps us to build a home for a 100 percent disabled Veteran!!
*Griffin Jewelry Diamond Earrings (3K value)
*Kenny Chesney Autographed Rogue Guitar
*Keith Urban Autographed Stratocaster Guitar
*Bret Michaels Autographed Dean Guitar
*$1,000 Orisons Art and Framing Gift Certificate
*Cooper Fitness Personal Training ($300 Value)
*HP Pavilion Laptop
*HP Notebook Computer
*Premier Hair Salon Beauty Basket ($200 value)
*Tivoli Radio ($260 value)
*2 Traxxas Stampede Remote Control cars (30 mph-$249)
*Hot Air Balloon Ride for 2($450 value)
*Universal Studios Orlando Trip for 4-includes 3 night stay and park passes for 4($2500 value)
*Cooper Fitness 1 year Membership ($2293 value)
*Spa Day at Cooper Spa (2 spa treatments and hair service from Jovie Salon)-($450 value)
*Two months of advertising on “Outdoor Competitor” Website and Social Media ($1400 value)
*2 Traxxas Slash remote control cars (30 mph-$299)

Tickets are $100 each/ only 2000 sold. DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN!!!
Go to www.smilescharity.org to purchase your ticket


Music scene heats up in McKinney

McKinney has become somewhat of a haven for singer-songwriters and a regular nightlife staple in the Dallas area for live music enthusiasts.A couple of McKinney residents (Zane Williams and Jon Christopher Davis) and venues (Cadillac Pizza Pub and Wales Manor Vineyard & Winery) are even among those being featured on this fall’s new nationally-syndicated TV show, “Troubadour, TX.” The show follows a handful of Texas singer-songwriters, showing their lives at home, in the studio and on-stage.
(Interesting tidbit: The show’s supervising producer also lives in McKinney and sometimes doubles as cameraman for the show.)

Zane Williams is the winner of a number of songwriting awards and has opened for a nice list of touring performers.

Jon Christopher Davis, whose songs have been recorded by a number of Nashville recording artists, also had a composition of his selected as the national theme song for the American Heart Association’s “Relay for Life,” also penned the song, “Texas,” that was selected as the theme of the State of Texas Tourism Department. Both of these accomplished men have developed extensive followings and regularly perform here at home at both Cadillac and Wales Manor, among all the other venues and studios around the country where they perform.

Crystal and Will Yates

The next up-and-coming singer-songwriter to perform at Wales Manor (a venue that only brings singer-songwriters to its stages) will be Crystal Yates, a native Floridian who moved to McKinney with her husband-manager Will and their son a couple years ago. Yates just released her first CD as a McKinney-ite, holding the release party at another popular live music venue in McKinney, Café Malaga. The songs on the CD, “Love Wins,” are all original compositions written primarily by Yates and her mentor (a Dove Award winner) Jennie Riddle, another McKinney resident, one whose family is quite prolific in the music scene. (Her daughter Emily Riddle also just released a CD this month, and the Riddle and Yates families together started New Nation Music, a musical ministry, in 2009.) Yates will be performing in a free concert at Wales Manor on Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.

Williams’ next performance in McKinney will be part of the same two-day festival in which Yates is performing; he’ll take the stage adjacent to Chestnut Square on Friday at 7:50 p.m. This weekend’s Music in Motion, is an inaugural event presented by fledgling non-profit Arts & Music Guild of McKinney, and the brainchild of the guild’s founder, artist Anne Royer. For two nights, a wide variety of area musicians will perform on stages in and around Chestnut Square Historic Village as well as the usual live music venues in town. Another popular and long-time McKinney singer-songwriter, Maylee Thomas, will also take part in Music in Motion, performing in Adriatica Saturday from 5:30-7 p.m.

The music attendees will hear both nights of the festival include a variety of jazz, bluegrass, country, rock, funk, and even big band, compliments of McKinney Community Band’s Dance Band on Saturday at 7 p.m. (The community band’s flute choir is also on the festival schedule, appearing Friday at 6:45 p.m. on the patio at Chestnut Square.)

McKinney’s sizable community of visual artists will also be on-hand to display and create their art during the concerts at Chestnut Square and the adjacent “green” to the north of the square where the main stages will be located. The complete list of all the artists, both performing and visual, is available from the festival website (www.musicinmotiontx.com). Admission is $10 on Friday night ($5 for students, veterans and seniors). Saturday night’s concerts have no cover charge. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, as will hot dogs and pizza.

Whatever your favorite type of music, you’ll find it in McKinney, Texas, just about any night of the week and certainly this weekend!

As always, you can learn more about McKinney’s entertainment and live music scene by visiting VisitMcKinney.com and by loading our free Visit McKinney Texas Smartphone app.

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