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                                                                    IN-N-OUT BURGER
                                                                    Legendary Calif. chain opens
                                                                    to crowds in North Texas 6

                                                                    TOURISM WEEK
                                                                    Bureau invites residents
                                                                    to act as city visitors 7

                                                                    TOPGOLF TEES OFF
                                                                    Company’s largest-ever
                                                                    venue set to open in Allen 9

                                                                    MEALS ON WHEELS
                                                                    Nonprofit to raffle vehicle
                                                                    or TV at tournament 10

                                                                    LANDSCAPING GUIDE
                                                                    Keep your garden healthy
                                                                    by attracting pollinators 13

                                                                    SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
                                                                    Town Creek seniors host
                                                                    Young at Heart art show 14

One-of-a-‘kind’ record
                                                                    PETS & THEIR PEOPLE
                                                                    McKinney resident honored
                                                                    as a top youth volunteer 16

                                                                    A DANCE DISPLAY
                                                                    Chamberlain event to offer
MISD, area students pack stadium for the largest Rachel’s Rally 5   classes, performances 16
                         news                |   EDITOR’S NOTE
                                                                                                                                                                                      © 2011,

                         McKinney students color park with kindness                                                                                                Assistant editor
                                                                                                                                                                   Caitlin Harrison
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oscar Martinez

                         T      here’s nothing more inspir-                                                  they do, rather than just acting.”                    469-330-5637                   omartinez@neighborsgo.com
                                ing than to see young peo-                                                       As students paraded around
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Field marketing manager
                                ple get together to improve                                                  the park, volunteers randomly                                                        Laura Besse
                         their community.                                                                    picked out students to read links                                                    214-977-8911
                             That’s just what happened                                                       off their chains. Students read                       Advertising sales
                         May 5 at Pizza Hut Park in                                                          things like: “A classmate tutored                     Ryan Brown, sales &            Assistant managing
                         Frisco.                                           DANIELLE ABRIL                    me in math,” and “[A friend]                          marketing consultant           editor — North Zone
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mark Macesich
                             Thousands of students from                  dabril@neighborsgo.com              helped carry my books when I                          at 214-977-8624 or
                                                                         neighborsgo.com/danielle                                                                  jbrown@dallasnews.com          mmacesich@neighborsgo.com
                         across Collin County and beyond                                                     was on crutches.”
                         flooded the fields, linked by their                                                     The event was emceed by                                                          Assistant managing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  editor — Design
                         handcrafted paper chains, with                                                      WFAA-TV news anchor John                                                             Jennifer Enfinger Moreland
                         one purpose: to promote kindness.           ond full year the school has par-       McCaa, who was impressed by all                        Design, content editor
                             McKinney and Frisco ISD                 ticipated in the event, having          the students’ efforts in being kind.                   Gary Piña                     jenfinger@neighborsgo.com

                         schools had the highest participa-          joined halfway through the year             “You’re way ahead of us                            Mailing address:              Advertising manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alex Barnishin
                         tion in the first-ever regional             in 2009.                                [adults] at your age,” he said.                        neighborsgo
                                                                                                                                                                    c/o The Dallas Morning News   214-977-8134
                         Rachel’s Rally, which drew 37                   The school collected 4,461              Read about Rachel’s Rally,                         1410 Renner Road Suite 260    abarnishin@dallasnews.com
                         schools.                                    links this year. Margaret Scott,        which drew the highest participa-                      Richardson, TX 75082

                             The Pizza Hut Park parking              the school’s guidance counselor,        tion to date, on Page 5.                  ABOUT NEIGHBORSGO: We're published by The Dallas
                         lot was covered in multicolored             said she’s noticed the difference           The students at Rachel’s Rally     Morning News every Friday in 17 editions covering 40 commu-
                         chains, comprising links on which           since the campus adopted                were inspired to change their          nities in the Dallas area. Post your stories and photos on
                         students wrote witnessed acts of            Rachel’s Challenge, which en-           schools through kindness. What         neighborsgo.com for a chance to see them in an upcoming
                         kindness.                                   courages students to start a “chain     are you doing to improve your          edition.
                             One of the schools on the field         reaction of kindness.”                  community? Tell us about it at            Dallas Morning News subscribers in ZIP codes 75069, 75070 and
                         was FISD’s Ogle Elementary,                     “It’s really been a very positive   neighborsgo.com, and you could         75071 receive neighborsgo every Friday.
                         which draws students from Frisco            thing,” said Scott. “What we find is    see your stories and photos in an         To subscribe to The News, visit dmnsubscriber.com or call
                                                                                                                                                    800-925-1500. Download and read PDFs at neighborsgo.com.
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                         and McKinney. This was the sec-             they’re really thinking about what      upcoming print edition.

                                                          ON THE COVER
                         Kendall Land, Roach eighth-grader (from left), Callie Barkwill and Alyssa Taft of
                         Heritage High School, which draws students from McKinney, helped students carry
                         their chains of kindness onto the field May 5 at Rachel’s Rally Pizza Hut Park. Read
                         the full story on Page 5.
                         Staff photo by DANIELLE ABRIL/neighborsgo

                                                                                                     White Rock
                                                                                                 neighborsgo editor
                                                                                                 Kendall Kirkham
                                                                                                 models a dress made
                                                                                                 of neighborsgo print
                                                                                                 editions at a recent
                                                                                                 fashion show in
                                                                                                 Dallas that benefited
                                                                                                 the Children’s Miracle
                                                                                                 Grant Mower of
                                                                                                 Flower Mound
                                                                                                 designed the dress,
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                                                                                                 which represents all
                                                                                                 17 of our editions.
                                                                                                 You might remember
                                                                                                 Grant, who was
                                                                                                 first profiled in
                                                                                                 neighborsgo two years
                                                                                                 ago and drew the
                                                                                                 attention of local and
                                                                                                 national media outlets.

                                 To watch a video of the fashion show and read more about
                                  The Collection’s Fashion Show and Kendall’s experience —
                              backstage and on stage — visit neighborsgo.com/stories/70372.
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                         news           |   WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: MAY 13-19

                         FINE ARTS FESTIVAL             FRIDAY       ART COMPETITION —           FRIDAY           MCKINNEY                      FRIDAY        ROCK THE INN — The            FRIDAY
                                                                                                                                                              Emerald City Band will

                         — The Fine Arts                             The annual art show                          REPERTORY THEATER
                         Festival will be from 4
                         to 10 p.m. at Watters
                         Creek, 970 Garden Park
                                                      13             featuring work from
                                                                     students at McKinney,
                                                                     McKinney North and
                                                                                                  13              — Blame It on the Pony
                                                                                                                  Express and The Bride
                                                                                                                  Came C.O.D. will be at 8
                                                                                                                                                13            perform at 8 p.m. at the
                                                                                                                                                              Cotton Mill, 610 Elm St.
                                                                                                                                                              in McKinney. Tickets are
                         Drive in Allen, with a juried selection     McKinney Boyd high                           p.m. Friday, Saturday                       $50, which includes a complimentary
                         of fine arts and crafts and children’s      schools will open with a reception at 6      and May 20 and 21, and at 2 p.m. May        drink and appetizers from Aparicio’s.
                         interactive art activities, face painting   p.m. Friday at the Gallery and               22 at the McKinney Performing Arts          An open bar will also be available to
                         and live entertainment. The festival will   Raschhaupt Hall at the McKinney              Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. The melo-      those who purchase a bottomless
                         include more than 55 tented artists         Performing Arts Center, 111 N.               drama by William Ryan Garrity weaves        party cup for an additional $30.
                         booths. The free festival continues         Tennessee St. The show continues             together elements of My Fair Lady and       Proceeds will benefit The Samaritan
                         from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10      from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5      Gone with the Wind. Guests who bring        Inn, which provides services for home-
                         a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more infor-      p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.            a can of food to donate to the              less men, women and families. For
                         mation, visit watterscreek.com.             Monday-Wednesday. For more infor-            McKinney Food Bank will receive a bag       more information or to register, visit
                                                                     mation, visit www.mckinneyperforming         of popcorn to throw. For more infor-        thesamaritaninn.org.
                                                                     artscenter.org.                              mation, visit mckinneyrep.org.

                         FARMERS MARKET —           SATURDAY                                                                                                       TRASH OFF — The         SATURDAY
                         The Chestnut Square                                                                                                                  city of McKinney will
                         Farmers Market will be
                         open from 8 a.m. to
                         noon every Saturday at
                                                      14                                                                                                      host the Texas Trash
                                                                                                                                                              Off, the largest one-day
                                                                                                                                                              cleanup event in the
                         Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut St.,                                                                                                state, from 8:30 a.m. to
                         and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every                                                                                                     12:30 p.m. at various locations. Teams
                         Thursday at Adriatica market, 6851                                                                                                   participating will be assigned specific
                         Virginia Parkway, until Aug. 27. The                                                                                                 areas, and will be sent out at about 9
                         market will also include special events                                                                                              a.m. to pick up litter for two hours.
                         and live entertainment. For more infor-                                                                                              Teams will meet for lunch, awards and
                         mation, visit chestnutsquare.org.                                                                                                    live music by the band Lantic at 11
                                                                                                                                                              a.m. at Old Settler’s Park, 1201 E.
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                                                                                                                                                              Louisiana St. For more information or
                                                                                                                                                              to register a team, call 972-547-7335
                                                                                                                                                              or visit mckinneytexas.org.

                         5K FUN RUN —              SATURDAY          PAINT A POT —               SATURDAY         GROOVIN’ AT THE             SATURDAY
                         Smiles Charity will                         Diggin’ It, 507 N.                           GROVE — The Village at
                         host its Rock, Roll
                         and Smile 5K Fun
                         Run from 8:30 a.m. to
                         noon at The Bridges at Preston
                                                                     Tennessee St., will
                                                                     host a pot painting
                                                                     class taught by
                                                                     Teresa Smith from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                  Allen, 190 E. Stacy
                                                                                                                  Road, will host the con-
                                                                                                                  temporary pop band
                                                                                                                  Kassy Levels from 7 to
                         Crossing, 17970 FM 121 in Gunter,           Participants can paint a plant pot and       9 p.m. For more information, call 972-
                         where the McKinney-based charity            take it home with them. Class is for         549-4010 or visit
                         builds homes for wounded soldiers           adults only, and all skill levels are wel-   thevillageshopping.com.
                         through Operation Finally Home.             come. Cost is $25, which includes all        SECOND SATURDAY JAZZ — The
                         Proceeds will benefit organization’s        materials, iced tea and cupcakes. For        Village at Fairview, 329 Town Place in
                         home-building effort. The run will fea-     more information, call 469-952-3446.         Fairview, will feature the 20-piece
                         ture a band at each mile along the                                                       Texas Instruments Jazz Band from 5 to
                         horseback riding trails. Cost is $20. For                                                7 p.m. at The Grand Commons Stage.
                         more information or to register, visit                                                   For more information, call 972-549-
                         smilescharity.org.                                                                       4010 or visit thevillageshopping.com.

                                                                     DANCERS’ SPRING          SATURDAY            GRILLING CLASS —             SUNDAY         WINE WALK — The           THURSDAY
                         Get your event                              COLLECTION —                                 Market Street, 6100 W.                      Village at Fairview, 329

                         in the calendar
                                                                                                  14              Eldorado Parkway, will
                                                                                                                                               15             Town Place in Fairview,
                                                                                                                                                              will host its Wine Walk    19
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                                                                     Performing Arts,                             host “Grinning and
                                                                     which draws students                         Grillin with My Dad”                        event from 6 to 9 p.m.
                         Post stories and                            from McKinney, will present The              from 1 to 3 p.m. Chef Joey Allette will     featuring complimentary wine and
                         photos about                                Dancers’ Spring Collection at 7:30           teach fathers and their kids how to         food pairings for guests the third
                         events in your life                         p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at           create grilling recipes including grilled   Thursday of the month through
                         and your area on                            the Courtyard Theater, 1509 Ave. H in        bacon-wrapped figs with bleu cheese,        September. Guests should check in at
                         neighborsgo.com,                            Plano. Dance companies will partici-         grilled flatbread sandwiches, barbecue      the tables set up near the guest serv-
                         and you might see                           pate in performances, master classes         chicken pasta salad, grilled cinnamon       ice booth, at the corner of Town Place
                         them in print in an                         and an educational seminar for stu-          apples and more. Cost is $45 per pair       and Fountain Court, across from Toys
                         upcoming                                    dents. Tickets are $15-$35 and can be        and $30 per single person. For more         Unique. Reservations are not required.
                         edition.                                    purchased by calling 972-744-4650 or         information, visit                          Check-in ends at 8:30 p.m. For more
                                                                     visiting eisemanncenter.com.                 marketstreetmckinney.com.                   information, call 972-549-4010 or visit
news               |   RACHEL’S CHALLENGE

                                                        Staff photo by DANIELLE ABRIL/neighborsgo
Students marched into Pizza Hut Park on May 5 for the North Texas Rachel’s Rally.
Frisco ISD had the most schools participate with 32.

 Chains of kindness
Rally attracts highest student participation in nation

                                                                                                      neighborsgo | McKinney
        By DANIELLE ABRIL                            McKinney ISD’s McGowen Elementary
        dabril@neighborsgo.com                    earned special recognition for its Rachel’s
                                                  Challenge project in which each club mem-
    More than 3,000 North Texas students          ber received $1 to make a difference.
paraded around the field at Pizza Hut Park           Among the McGowen students, several
in Frisco on May 5, promoting a “chain reac-      collected matching funds from friends and
tion of kindness” with the most participants      family members, raising more than $350
at a Rachel’s Rally event ever.                   themselves. Students then bought toys and
    Students from McKinney, Frisco,               supplies for charities such as the Samaritan
Lewisville, Garland and other school dis-         Inn in McKinney and the Ronald McDon-
tricts brought more than an estimated             ald House in Dallas.
100,000 paper chains to the first regional           Rachel’s Challenge was inspired by
event.                                            Rachel Scott, the first student to die in the
    The chains, which wrapped around the          Columbine High School shooting near
field about seven times, comprised paper          Denver in April 1999.
links on which students had identified acts          After her death, her family began pro-
of kindness before adding them to their           moting her dream of a “chain reaction of
schools’ chains.                                  kindness.”
    “We’re just thrilled,” said Paul Jackson, a      Rachel’s brother, Craig; sister, Betha-
project manager with Rachel’s Challenge.          nee; mother, Sandy, and father, Darrell, all
“I’m just very gratified that this many           attended the Frisco event.
schools have embraced Rachel’s Challenge              “I just stood there with tears in my eyes
to the degree that they have.”                    when they all started coming out,” said

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    Organizers weren’t the only people            Darrell Scott, president and co-founder of
amazed by the turnout.                            Rachel’s Challenge, referring to the partici-
    “I want to make a difference,” said Syd-      pants who marched onto the field. “This
ney Trent, a fourth-grader from McKinney          was just tremendous tonight. To see those
ISD’s Glen Oaks Elementary. “[This taught         kids and see their celebration of kindness
me] to respect others and help them when          always gets to me.
they need it.”                                       “My daughter would’ve been thrilled to
     “We all had fun being nice to each           know her chain reaction has started and
other,” said Rachel Kim, a fourth-grader          will continue,” he said.
from FISD’s Mooneyham Elementary in
McKinney. “What this means to me is that              Danielle Abril is the neighborsgo Frisco/Lit-
… we’re passing down the kindness.”               tle Elm and McKinney editor.
                         news              |   IN-N-OUT BURGER

                         Southern California chain draws hundreds to Allen, Frisco
                               By JULIETA CHIQUILLO                                                                                                                          Scott Bayliss, the Frisco store manager,
                                jchiquillo@neighborsgo.com                                                                                                               said the turnout exceeded expectations.
                                                                                                                                                                         Bayliss relocated to Frisco from Los Angeles,
                             It’s not just a burger.                                                                                                                     where he managed an In-N-Out Burger in a
                             For many North Texas residents trans-                                                                                                       nearby community.
                         planted from California, an In-N-Out Burg-                                                                                                          Carrollton resident Nick Palmini, man-
                         er meal is home served in a bun.                                                                                                                ager of the Allen store, said opening day
                             The Frisco and Allen openings of the                                                                                                        visitors included not only California trans-
                         Southern California burger chain — the first                                                                                                    plants but also first-time Texas customers.
                         In-N-Out restaurants to set up shop in Texas                                                                                                        “You know we are surprised, but so ex-
                         — drew hundreds Wednesday, many of                                                                                                              cited about how everybody from Dallas is
                         them California natives who had been crav-                                                                                                      welcoming us with open arms,” Palmini
                         ing a Double-Double for years.                                                                                                                  said.
                             “I’ve been having nightmares that every-                                                                                                        It was worth the hype for West Plano veg-
                         one’s going to the opening, but me,” said Car-                                                                                                  etarians Max and Rachel Parikh, who visited
                         rie Lisonbee of Allen, a California native who                                                                                                  the Frisco store. Max had tried an In-N-Out
                         said she had trouble sleeping because of the                                                                 Submitted photo by MONICA SCHRAM   vegetarian burger before, but it was his wife’s
                         excitement. The mother-to-be came to the         Dee Duff of McKinney (left) eats a burger with David Paquette of Plano at                      first taste.
                                                                          In-N-Out, 190 Stacy Road in Allen, on the store’s opening day.
                         Allen opening with her husband, Mark.                                                                                                               The couple said they shied away from
                             “The food tastes exactly the same as when    home.”                                            In-N-Out employees and Frisco police         burger joints until now.
                         I’ve had it in California and Arizona,” said        Both Frisco and Allen stores opened their   helped control the vehicle traffic that             “I like that this restaurant has a vegetari-
                         David Paquette of Plano, who visited the         doors at 9 a.m. Wednesday, about an hour       wrapped around the eatery as cars clogged       an option,” she said. “Other chains don’t.”
                         store with his friend, Dee Duff of McKinney.     and a half before planned. A line of about     the drive-thru. In Allen, employees helped
                             “I always eat two Double-Doubles, fries      100 people was constantly replenished as       customers navigate the coned-off drive-            Julieta Chiquillo is a reporter for neighborsgo.
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                         and a chocolate shake,” Paquette said.           customers were let into the restaurant while   thru, which contained a line at least 30 cars   Reporter Jana Martin and Allen contributor
                         “Today I bought an extra burger to take          others waited outside for their turn.          deep.                                           Monica Schram contributed to this report.
May 13, 2011
news               |   CITY OF MCKINNEY

     Be a tourist in your town
                Contributor                                   MORE INFO
                                                  Call 214-544-1407 or visit
    The McKinney Convention & Visitors            VisitMcKinney.com.
Bureau is celebrating the annual National
Travel & Tourism Week from May 7-15.                 • National Travel Rally Day on May 10,
    This year’s theme is “Be a Tourist in Your   when the bureau joined tourism partners
Own Town.”The bureau challenges all who          and tourism-related employees across the
live and work in McKinney to learn more          country in wearing red to show support for
about the community.                             U.S. tourism. Participant photos will be
    “We believe there is no better opportu-      displayed on the Destination McKinney
nity to promote our community than               Texas Facebook page.
through the word-of-mouth of our local               • Police and Fire Appreciation Day on
ambassadors — the people who live and            May 11, when the bureau honored McKin-
work in McKinney,” said Diann Bayes, ex-         ney’s police and fire departments for their
ecutive director of the bureau.                  continued service.
    The activities during the week included:         Bayes said that educating McKinney’s
    • Texas Friendly Hospitality Training, a     residents about the things to see and do in
four-hour course, on May 9 at the McKinney       McKinney helps not only increase visitors to
Performing Arts Center. Residents interest-      the city but also informs business people
ed in taking this course in the future, can      about the quality of life McKinney has to offer
contact the bureau at 214-544-1407 or            to businesses looking to move to the area.
info@visitmckinney.com. The course was
developed by Texas A&M University’s Texas            Beth Schumate contributes to neighborsgo

                                                                                                   neighborsgo | McKinney
Agriculture Extension Service Recreation,        on behalf of the McKinney Convention & Visi-
Park and Tourism Sciences Division.              tors Bureau.

The McKinney police report summarizes
selected crimes, listed by street and                        MORE INFO
block, with the time reported.                    Information provided by The Dallas
• Shannon Drive, 2400 block, 2:30 p.m.            Morning News. For more information,
April 14: Assault                                 call McKinney Police Department at
• Vineyard Lane, 5100 block, 9 a.m.               972-547-2700.
April 21: Assault
• Eldorado Parkway, 4600 block, 1:48
p.m. April 21: Theft                             p.m. May 3: Drug/narcotics violation
• Norman Rockwell Lane, 6000 block,              • Wilmeth Road, 2500 block, 7:05 a.m.
6:50 p.m. April 21: Drug/narcotics viola-        May 4: Destruction/damage/vandalism
tion                                             of property
• Redbud Trail, 2000 block, 7:30 p.m.            • North Church Street, 1300 block,
April 21: Theft                                  4:30 p.m. May 4: Burglary/breaking
• Community Avenue, 1900 block, 11:29            and entering

                                                                                                   May 13, 2011
                         news              |   REPORTERS’ NOTEBOOK

                         Officials warn residents that                                                                                                                     tive, all with a modern take.
                         mail survey isn’t from the city                                                                                                                       “In this eclectic mix you’ll find recurring
                            Some McKinney residents have received                                                                                                          themes of light monochromatic neutrals,
                         mail surveys that appear to be from the city.                                                                                                     but also bright, shiny whimsicals with unex-
                            They feature the city’s official “Unique by                                                                                                    pected splashes of color,” says Jennifer Spak,
                         Nature” logo.                                                                                                                                     one of the owners.
                            The surveys ask people’s opinion about                                                                                                             Fringe, 601 E. Louisiana St., is open on
                         the upcoming city council and school board                                                                                                        the Friday and Saturday before the third
                         elections and the proposed hotel develop-                                                                                                         Monday of each month. Next sale days are
                         ment at U.S. Highway 75 and the Sam Ray-                                                                                                          Friday and Saturday.
                         burn Tollway.                                                                                                                                         The store contains one great room and
                            Officials stress that the survey is not from                                                                                                   two smaller rooms. Everything is for sale,
                         the city of McKinney.                                                                                                                             and the inventory turns over each month.
                            “In today’s digital age, there are times                                                                                                       When the store opened in April, finds in-
                         when surveys or questionnaires go out that                                                                                                        cluded a Victorian fireplace screen, col-
                         may have the ‘look and feel’ that they are                                                                                                        lectible mantel clock, a kitchen island, art-
                         from the city, and may even go so far as to use                                                                                                   work, wall-mounted wine racks and playful
                         the city of McKinney logo without permis-                                                    Photo by KHAMPHA BOUAPHANH/DMN special contributor   vintage roller skates.
                         sion to further give that impression,” a city                                                                                                                                   —Rita Cook,
                         news release says.
                                               —Ed Housewright,
                                                                                        Finding fresh produce                                                                                 DMN special contributor

                                                                           Paul Magedson, owner of Good Earth Organic Farm in Celeste, sells his products at
                                                                           the McKinney Farmers Market on May 7.                                                                    CORRECTION
                         Fringe home décor store to hold                                                                                                                   In the Meals on Wheels raffle drawing,
                         monthly sale Friday and Saturday                  downtown, is open only two days a month.       furniture, accessories and art in a variety of   one winner will receive a vehicle or a 52-
                                                                                                                                                                           inch flat screen TV, donated by Brandon
                            You have to pay attention if you want to          Fringe is owned by four women: an inte-     styles, including young contemporary, vin-       Tomes Subaru of McKinney. The prize
                         shop at McKinney’s newest home décor              rior designer, an artist and two antiques      tage industrial, weathered French, tradi-        information was not correct in a photo
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                         spot. Fringe, located close to the historic       dealers. They have assembled a collection of   tional Swedish, English garden and primi-        caption in the May 6 edition.
May 13, 2011
business                    |   THE VILLAGE AT ALLEN

   TopGolf venue ready to tee off next week
                                                              By CAITLIN HARRISON                                                                            and non-golfers alike.
                                                              charrison@neighborsgo.com                                   IF YOU GO                              Vazquez said TopGolf typically costs
                                                                                                             TopGolf, 1500 Andrews Parkway,                  him less than playing on a traditional golf
                                                            Tai Phan of McKinney didn’t realize his          Allen                                           course, as the facility charges $3 to $6 for
                                                                                                             For more information, call 469-675-
                                                        love for golf until he started playing at Top-                                                       20 balls depending on time day.
                                                                                                             9730 or visit topgolf.com/allen.
                                                        Golf’s Dallas facility last year — and he                                                                “It’s nice to have somewhere to relax
                                                        can’t wait for the Allen location, just min-                                                         and golf without really costing an arm and
                                                        utes from his home, to open next week.              the heart of Collin County.”                     a leg,” Vazquez said.
                                                            “I’m very excited,” Phan said. “I just got          Most TopGolf customers don’t consid-             Allen city manager Peter Vargas said
                                                        addicted to it.”                                    er themselves golfers and don’t need golf        the new facility is a welcome addition to
                                                            TopGolf, an entertainment venue                 experience to play at the facility, assistant    the city’s growing sports community.
                                                        where players hit golf balls with embedded          general manager Chad Kennedy said.                   “It seems to fit right in,” Vargas said. “It
                                                        microchips onto a 10-target range and                   “It’s an entertainment destination,”         basically brings another activity which
                                                        keep score on touch screen monitors, fea-           Kennedy said. “Golf is a primary here, but       strengthens our destination status in the
                                                        tures private all-weather hitting bays with         we’ve got over 400 TVs, three bars, a full       region.”
                                                        food and drink service.                             service restaurant [and] a full event center.”       TopGolf expects the same success in
                                                            Its new facility at The Village at Allen, the       TopGolf also offers monthly paid mem-        Allen it has already experienced at its Dal-
                                                        second in Texas and seventh in the world,           berships for more avid golfers, which in-        las location, Starr said.
                                                        will be the largest, most high-tech location        cludes access to an advanced hitting area on         “We are really excited to be in Allen,” he
                                                        yet, and will include 94 hitting bays on three      the ground level. Other services include pri-    said. “It’s going to provide a really fun des-
                                                        levels along with a rooftop terrace.                vate lessons and summer golf camps.              tination for the entire family because you
                          Photo submitted by TAI PHAN
                                                            “Allen is such a vibrant and growing                Steven Vazquez of Plano, who has been        don’t have to be a golfer.”
Tai Phan of McKinney hits a golf ball at
TopGolf’s Dallas location. Phan, who has been           city,” said Randy Starr, TopGolf’s vice pres-       golfing since age 10 and regularly plays at

                                                                                                                                                                                                                neighborsgo | McKinney
golfing for about a year, said he lives close to        ident of development. “We thought it                the Dallas TopGolf, said he’s heard a lot of         Caitlin Harrison is the Allen neighborsgo
the Allen TopGolf location.                             would make for a perfect location to be in          buzz about the Allen facility from golfers       editor and can be reached at 469-330-5637.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                May 13, 2011
                         community                                |   MEALS ON WHEELS

                             County agency to raffle
                             tickets for vehicle or TV
                                 By JULIE WILLIAMS
                                         Contributor                                    MORE INFO
                                                                            To purchase tickets, contact Julie
                             Meals on Wheels of Collin County is            Williams at julie@jw2.us.
                         selling raffle tickets for a chance to win ei-     For information regarding the golf
                         ther a 2011 Subaru Legacy car or a flat            tournament, call 972-562-6996.
                         screen television.
                             The winning ticket will be drawn Mon-         Wheels volunteers deliver hot, nutritious
                         day at the annual Meals on Wheels Golf            meals to more than 600 elderly through
                         Tournament, which will take place at              Collin County. This past fiscal year the or-
                         Stonebridge Ranch Country Club Dye                ganization prepared and delivered more
                         Course in McKinney.                               than 160,000 meals.
                             Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for      The Texas Health and Human Services
                         $20, with all proceeds benefitting Meals on       Commission estimates the number of
                         Wheels. Ticket purchasers do not have to          county residents 60 and older will increase
                         be present to win the drawing.                    by 118 percent between 2011 and 2020.
                             The single winner either will drive           Meals on Wheels relies on the help of com-
                         home the vehicle or get the 52-inch TV, do-       munity partners to make a difference.
                         nated by Brandon Tomes Subaru of Mc-
                         Kinney .                                             Julie Williams contributes to neighborsgo on
neighborsgo | McKinney

                             Each weekday more than 65 Meals on            behalf of Meals on Wheels of Collin County.

                         IN THE CLASSROOM

                          Students learn history at state Capitol
                              By MARILYN GALEGHER                              On the way to Austin, students dis-
                                         Contributor                       cussed why Texans are so proud of their
                                                                           unique heritage and participated in activi-
                            Glen Oaks Elementary teachers took             ties and games in preparation for their visit.
                         their students on the road to Austin with Ed-         In Austin, the students visited the State
                         ucation in Action’s “Proud to be Texan” expe-     Capitol, including the Senate and House of
                         riential learning day program on April 8.         Representatives chambers and saw first-
                            Students visited the Bob Bullock Texas         hand where Texas laws are made.
                         State History Museum and the Texas State
                         Capitol and experienced what they are                 Marilyn Galegher contributes to neighbors-
                         learning in fourth-grade Texas history.           go on behalf of Education in Action.
May 13, 2011
community                           |   VOLUNTEER MCKINNEY

                                                          Photos submitted by SHEILA MILLER
Collin College Service Learning Students were honored with the Group Volunteer
of the Year award at Volunteer McKinney Center’s annual recognition celebration on
April 21.

       Group recognizes
      community service

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   Volunteer McKinney Center held its
annual volunteer recognition celebration,
A Matter of the Heart, on April 21 at the
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
arena, where more than 280 guests attend-
ed, representing several local nonprofits,
schools, businesses and churches.
   Several of the award nominees were
honored with special recognition of their
community service.
   Gloria Albertson was presented the Ed-
ucation Individual Volunteer Award while
High Pointe Church of Christ and Vintage     Carol Ownby congratulates Jessica
                                             King at Volunteer McKinney Center’s
Church received Campus Education Vol-
                                             annual recognition celebration, A Matter
unteer Awards for their commitments to       of the Heart, on April 21.
serving Vega Elementary.
   Jessica King received the Youth Volun-       The McKinney Chamber of Commerce
teer of the Year Award and Collin College    Leadership Class 2008 received the Group
Service Learning students received the       Volunteer of the Year Award for its ongoing

                                                                                              May 13, 2011
Community Education Volunteer of the         Operation Appreciation program that
Year Award.                                  serves local deployed military.
   VMC was honored to present to Meals          Christi Roberts from Mothers Against
on Wheels volunteers from Collin County      Drunk Driving received this year’s Non-
Committee on Aging with the HEART            profit Leadership Award, the only award
Award for their commitment to serve daily    given to a nonprofit staff member for out-
meals to more than 600 shut-ins.             standing leadership at their organization.
   Raytheon was presented with the Busi-
ness Service Award for its outstanding          Sheila     Miller       contributes     to
commitment and volunteer efforts to          neighborsgo.com on behalf of Volunteer McKin-
McKinney ISD.                                ney.
                         community                              |   IN THE CLASSROOM

                                   AP art show on display
                                at Lovejoy High on Monday
                                  By RAINA WILCOX

                            Lovejoy High School will host its second
                         AP art show from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday at the
                         school, 2350 Estates Parkway in Lucas.
                            “[We] would love to see 200 people
                         come out,” said art teacher Brice Mc-
                            The event will include the students’ art-                                                                               Above: Lovejoy
                         work displays, food and a silent auction,                                                                                  AP art student
                         from which proceeds will benefit Kiva, a                                                                                   Jordan Clough’s
                                                                                                                                                    piece “Obama
                         nonprofit that works to reduce poverty
                                                                                                                                                    Tiger” will be on
                         around the world.                                                                                                          display at the
                             “I think it’s awesome we can use all this                                                                              school’s art
                         time we spent this year not only to help us                                                                                show Monday.
                         grow as artists, but to help others as well,”                                                                              Left: AP Art
                                                                                                                                                    teachers Jeff
                         said AP drawing student Riley Burrus.
                                                                                                                 Photos submitted by RAINA WILCOX
                                                                                                                                                    Seidel (left) and
                                                                          Lovejoy High School AP art students Jordan Clough (left) and              Brice McCasland.
                            Raina Wilcox contributes to neighborsgo.com
                                                                          Taylor Smith work on their art projects. The students will show off
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                         on behalf of Lovejoy High School art.            their artwork at a show Monday at the school.
May 13, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                   Brought to you by
community                                 |   NORTH TEXAS GARDENING

    Birds, butterflies can lead
       to beautiful blooms
                                                                                                                                                        Alyssum, Dianthus or Snap Dragons early
                                                                                                                                                        in the spring.
                                                                                                                                                            Hummingbirds can be attracted by sup-
                                                                                                                                                        plying common needs such as nectar-rich
                                                                                                                                                        flowers and insect-attracting flowers. Be-
            NANCY FURTH                                                                                                                                 sides sipping nectar, hummingbirds eat
                Contributor                                                                                                                             protein in the form of tiny flying insects and
                                                                                                                                                        tiny spiders. They are attracted to the color
   Editor’s note: This column is part of a                                                                                                              red and use their long beaks to sip nectar
13-week series on North Texas landscaping                                                                                                               from trumpet or cup-shaped flowers, large
and gardening.                                                                                                                                          and small.
                                                                                                                                                            You can supplement their nectar sources

T       he best way to attract the three Bs —
        birds, butterflies and beneficial insects,
        which help keep gardens healthier and
more beautiful — is to incorporate a diverse
                                                                                                                                                        by putting one or more hummingbird feed-
                                                                                                                                                        ers in the garden. The best recipe for nectar
                                                                                                                                                        calls for one part sugar to four parts water.
                                                                                                                                                        Boil for one minute and refrigerate large

                                                                                                                                                                                                          neighborsgo | McKinney
selection of plants native to our area in a pes-                                                                                                        quantities, but don’t add red food coloring.
ticide-free environment. The majority of                                                                                                                Empty, rinse feeder, and replenish with
these plants should be sun-loving.                                                                                                                      fresh nectar every three days.
    If you are planning a butterfly garden,                                                                                                                 Finally, let nature assist you with the de-
be sure to select plants that nourish both                                                                                                              sign of your garden. Birds are wonderful
the larval stages of the butterfly as well as                                                                                                           planters of sunflowers and help in scatter-
the adults. Butterfly larvae can be beautiful                                                                                                           ing seeds from annuals.
and should be considered curiosities which                                                                                                                  An easy way to achieve the colorful array
add interest and beauty to the garden.                                                                                                                  of flowers attractive to these flying creatures
                                                                                                                     Submitted photo by NANCY FURTH
Damage to plants is most often just tempo-           Bright plants that are easy to spot like this one can help attract bees, hummingbirds              is to allow plants to reseed themselves. You
rary. They will rebound quickly.                     and other beneficial insects.                                                                      can also save seeds from popular annuals
    The larvae of the Swallowtail butterfly                                                                                                             and scatter them in the spring after the last
uses dill, parsley and fennel as host plants         pias tuberosa), serve as both larval and nec-        Plant nectar plants in masses of bright       frost date.
and the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar             tar sources for the Monarch butterfly. The       colors using a variety of bloom shapes and
uses our native Dutchman’s pipevine (Aris-           Painted Lady caterpillar is attracted to sev-    sizes. This makes them easier to spot, and           Nancy Furth is a Texas Certified Nursery
tolochia fimbriata). Members of the Milk-            eral members of the sunflower family, such       the diversity attracts other beneficial insects   professional and contributes to neighborsgo.com
weed family, tropical (or Mexican) butterfly         as yarrow, while the Gulf Fritillary caterpil-   as well. Plan to supply the three Bs with         on behalf of the Texas Nursery and Landscape
weed and perennial butterfly weed (Ascle-            lar devours our native purple passion vine.      nectar plants such as annual Sweet                Association.

    A garden in balance with nature is a healthy garden where natural predators
 exist in sufficient numbers to eradicate or keep the “bad guys” in check.
    There will be periodic outbreaks of “bad guys,” such as fire ants, grasshop-

                                                                                                                                                                                                          May 13, 2011
 pers, aphids, and scale, but proper landscape maintenance and our timely
 observance, together with natural cultural controls will help regain the balance.
    Early detection and the implementation of simple cultural controls, such as
 repeated sharp sprays of water to decrease aphid populations, can be effective
 for many damaging insects. The use of synthetic pesticides brings about an
 imbalance, which often escalates leading to more widespread problems.
    No garden or landscape can be free of all predators, but by designing our
 landscapes to include birds, insects of all kinds, plants native to our region and
 supplying water and protective layers of plant cover in an environment free of
 unnecessary pesticides, we encourage a healthy environment.
    No matter what new terminology we choose to describe gardening in har-
 mony with nature, we are helping to sustain all that is beautiful in our natural
 world for our children and our children’s children.                         —N.F.
                         community                              |     TOWNE CREEK SENIOR APARTMENTS                                                                 MAKING A DIFFERENCE

                            Neighbors                                                                                                                               Head for the Cure
                             turn out                                                                                                                                 inaugural run
                           for art show                                                                                                                              set for Saturday
                             By TONI ANDRUKAITIS                                                                                                                                  SUBMITTED STORY
                                                                                                                                                                        Frisco resident Stevie Patrick has inspired her
                             The Towne Creek Senior Apartments                                                                                                      community to join the national battle against brain
                         hosted their 2011 Young At Heart Art                                                                                                       cancer Saturday.
                         Show. The Mother’s Day weekend pro-                                                                 Photos submitted by TONI ANDRUKAITIS       Patrick, 28, a Texas Boot Camp
                         vided warm weather and a large                McKinney Christian Academy volunteers helped the seniors set up the show.                    instructor, was diagnosed with
                         turnout.                                      Fine Art Studios on the Square, was not           The students from McKinney Christ-         grade three Anaplastic Astrocy-
                             Friends, family and neighbors of the      only a visitor, but also this year’s guest     ian Academy spent the entire morning          toma, a cancerous brain tumor, on
                         McKinney residents came out in droves         judge. She had a difficult time choosing       Friday, setting up, hanging paintings         May 15, 2010. She was treated last
                         to support the talented artists.              from among the nearly 100 pieces.              and helping to move furniture.                summer at the University of Texas
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Stevie Patrick
                             Mayor Brian Loughmiller and his              Many Art Club of McKinney mem-                                                            MD Anderson Cancer Center in
                         wife, Donna, were among the many visi-        bers also visited the show. The club also         Toni Andrukaitis contributes to neigh-     Houston and continues to battle her illness.
                         tors to the art show.                         makes a generous donation to the Young         borsgo on behalf of the Towne Creek Senior        Patrick’s friends and family wanted to not only sup-
                             Laura Moore, from Laura Moore             At Heart Art Show every year.                  Apartments.                                   port her, but ultimately help find a cure to brain cancer.
                                                                                                                                                                    Together, they approached Head for the Cure, a non-
                                                                                                                                                                    profit organization that raises awareness and money to
                                                                                                                                                                    support brain cancer research, and created the inaugu-
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                                                                                                                                                                    ral North Texas Head for the Cure Charity 5K.
                                                                                                                                                                        “After Stevie’s diagnosis, I felt so helpless,” said
                                                                                                                                                                    Shari Nederhoff, host committee director. “I knew
                                                                                                                                                                    praying was all I could do at the time, but felt I need-
                                                                                                                                                                    ed to tangibly do something for Stevie. Head for the
                                                                                                                                                                    Cure was one way I saw that her family and friends
                                                                                                                                                                    could support her journey.”
                                                                                                                                                                        And the support has been overwhelming, said Juli
                                                                                                                                                                    Watkins, Head for the Cure executive director. More
                                                                                                                                                                    than 1,600 participants have already registered for the
                                                                                                                                                                    event and the organization has collected more than 100
                                                                                                                                                                    volunteers and financial and in-kind support from
                                                                                                                                                                    sponsors and the community.
                                                                                                                                                                        “It is clear to me that what we are doing will make a
                         Laura Moore of Laura Moore Fine Art               McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller and his wife, Donna, attended the Young                 difference not only in raising awareness and funding to
                         Studios was the guest judge.                      at Art show at Towne Creek Senior Apartments.
                                                                                                                                                                    support brain tumor research, but in the lives of all
                                                                                                                                                                    those affected by a brain tumor,” Watkins said. “[Those
                                                                                                                                                                    affected] will be at our event and [will] experience
                         BRIEFS                                                                                                                                     firsthand the love and support that is behind them.”
                                                                                                                                                                         “At times when we, Stevie’s family and close
                         Employees of Dean Foods                       tribution from Dean Foods exceeding            pate in the McKinney Education Foun-          friends, feel as though there is nothing we can do to
                         participate in March for Babies               $75,000. Monies will help March of             dation’s Steering for Scholarships: Drive     help her, [we remember] we have this race,” said
                             Members of Dean Foods Southwest Ice       Dimes prevent premature birth, birth de-       it or Show it.                                Tyler Crowder, Patrick’s sister.
May 13, 2011

                         Cream Specialties in McKinney walked re-      fects and infant mortality.                        The event included both a 99-mile
                         cently in support of healthy babies at            Dean Foods is known for brands such        scenic cruise north out of McKinney              Information for this story provided by Dusti Zundel.
                         March for Babies, benefitting March of        as Oak Farms, Horizon Organic and Silk         through Blue Ridge, Leonard and Pros-
                         Dimes, at Dallas’ Norbuck Park.               soymilk.                                       per, as well as the juried Show-in-Shine.                        IF YOU GO
                             Dean Foods, which was a premier                                                              “We are grateful to all of our sponsors   What: Head for the Cure
                         sponsor of March for Babies, rallied its      Car enthusiasts zoom in                        and each of the participants in both the      When: 8 a.m. Saturday
                         1,500-plus employees in the Dallas-Fort                                                      drive and the show-n-shine for making this    Where: Frisco Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
                                                                       on Foundation’s cause
                         Worth area to volunteer and raise funds                                                      event a success,” said John Valencia, MEF     Cost: $35 for timed individuals, $32 for teams
                                                                                                                                                                    and untimed individuals, $10 for kids fun run.
                         for the March of Dimes. Fundraising ac-           The McKinney High School parking           emeritus trustee and event chair. “What a
                                                                                                                                                                    Learn more about the journeys of Stevie Patrick
                         tivities included grassroots fundraising      lot recently turned into a showroom for        great way to raise money for MEF.”            and Brandon Knight at bit.ly/hGLiHm.
                         drives from potluck lunches to raffles for    some of the coolest rides in the area as car     For more information about MEF, visit       Information: visit headforthecure.org.

                         donated prizes, resulting an overall con-     enthusiasts came out in droves to partici-     mmeeff.com.
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                         community                                 |   PETS & THEIR PEOPLE                                   a&e          |    CHAMBERLAIN PERFORMING ARTS

                                                                                                       Carol Whitson
                                                                                                       (left) and Joey
                                                                                                                              ‘Spring Collection’ to offer
                                                                                                       (right) accept
                                                                                                       their awards
                                                                                                       from SPCA of
                                                                                                                             dance performances, classes
                                                                                                       President                   By PAIGE ARRINGTON
                                                                                                       James Bias.                            Contributor                                 IF YOU GO
                                                                                                                                                                              What: The Dancers’ Spring Collection
                                                                                                                                Chamberlain Performing Arts will              When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m.
                                                                                                       Photo submitted by    present “The Dancers’ Spring Collection”         Sunday
                                                                                                       LACY BALL                                                              Where: Courtyard Theater, 1509 Ave.
                                                                                                                             at the Plano Courtyard Theater on
                                                                                                                             Saturday and Sunday. Dance companies             H, Plano
                                                                                                                                                                              More info: Tickets cost $15-$35 and
                                                                                                                             from across Texas will participate in per-

                            SPCA of Texas volunteers                                                                         formances, master classes and an educa-
                                                                                                                             tional seminar for dance students who are
                                                                                                                             exploring their options beyond high
                                                                                                                                                                              can be purchased by calling 972-744-
                                                                                                                                                                              4650 or visiting eisemanncenter.com.
                                                                                                                                                                              Contact Chamberlain Performing
                                                                                                                                                                              Arts, 3003 W. 15th St., Plano, at 972-

                             honored for dedication                                                                          school.
                                                                                                                                “Our objective is to entertain, educate
                                                                                                                             and inspire,” said Kathy Chamberlain,
                                                                                                                             founder and artistic director for
                                                                                                                                                                              985-1374 or chamberlainperforming

                                                                                                                                                                                 Chamberlain also will offer master

                         T       he SPCA of Texas recently hosted
                                 its annual Volunteer Appreciation
                                 Luncheon at the Perry Animal
                         Care Center in McKinney.
                                                                                                                             Chamberlain Performing Arts. “We think
                                                                                                                             this is a unique opportunity for North
                                                                                                                             Texas to host some of the finest young
                                                                                                                             dancers in our state, and to give a new
                                                                                                                                                                             classes Saturday in ballet, modern and
                                                                                                                                                                             jazz at the Chamberlain studio and Collin
                                                                                                                                                                             College. These classes are open to dancers
                                                                                                                                                                             and will cover several age groups, from
                            Each year at this event, we present                                                              crop of dancers exposure to master teach-       low-intermediate to advanced levels.
                         awards to honor the volunteers whose                            LACY BALL                           ers, as well as a chance to learn about their       Chamberlain also will host a free semi-
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                         work best exemplifies compassion and                              Contributor                       options for college and the professional        nar featuring a panel of the artistic staff
                         caring for animals.                                                                                 world of dance.”                                and faculty of the participating companies
                            Joey Haberkern of McKinney re-                                                                      Dancers from Texas Ballet Theater,           at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Courtyard Theater.
                         ceived the Gail DeLay Youth Service                volunteers because of her incomparable           Ballet Austin II, Houston Ballet II, Dallas     The seminar will include a question-and-
                         Award and Carol Whitson of Plano re-               commitment to the animals we serve in            Black Dance Theater II, Collin College          answer session about the dance profession
                         ceived the Suzanne Darsey Humanitari-              our shelters. The humanitarian award is          and SMU are scheduled to participate.           as well as college options.
                         an Award.                                          named after a young woman who lost her           The Chamberlain senior company dancers
                            Joey, 15, was honored for his enthusi-          life in 1978 trying to save a dog who had        will perform an original ballet piece titled,      Paige     Arrington   contributes  to
                         asm and love of animals. The youth award           been injured on the side of the road. The        “Spring,” choreographed by Mishic Marie         neighborsgo.com on behalf of Chamberlain
                         was named in honor of a past volunteer,            SPCA of Texas presented this award to            Corn to the music of Vivaldi.                   Performing Arts.
                         Gail DeLay, who was an educator in many            Whitson in honor of Darsey’s life and ded-
                         aspects of her life, loved all animals and         ication to rescuing animals.
                         made it her mission to “share the happy                Whitson has volunteered more than
                         truth about nature’s creatures so people           916 hours since March 25, 2009. Nearly
                         and animals can coexist in harmony on              every day, Whitson helps the staff with es-
                         this wonderful planet.”                            sential tasks like folding laundry, washing
                            Joey has volunteered as an animal am-           towels, cleaning litter boxes and walking
                         bassador and pet enrichment training               dogs. She has an incredible passion and
                         since Oct. 3, 2009.                                commitment to serving our animals.
                            Joey recalls one of his favorite dogs, Fly, a       “She comes in almost daily, and the
                         3-year-old American Blue Heeler mix who            staff just loves having her come up there,”
                         was adopted four times, but brought back           said Esmeralda Garcia, outreach and
                         three times because of her high energy.            volunteer relations manager. “I think
May 13, 2011

                            “When we started working with Fly,              [Carol] likes helping and feeling like she’s
                         she was a bundle of uncontrolled energy,”          part of the team.”
                         Joey said. “Months later, she had still not            Her favorite part of volunteering is the
                         been adopted, but what a difference those          interaction with animals.
                         months made. She would now sit calmly                   “I love helping with the dogs and play-
                         when being approached, had good leash              ing with the cats,” Whitson said.
                         manners and enjoyed quiet time just                    Without volunteers like Carol and Joey,
                         being petted.”                                     we couldn’t reach the thousands of pets is
                            Thanks to Joey and his mom, Eva, Fly            such desperate need of care.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Submitted photo by TONY SPEILBERG
                         now lives with a wonderful family and two
                                                                                                                             Dancers from Ballet Austin II recently perform “Phrases.” Dance companies from
                         canine siblings.                                      Lacy Ball contributes to neighborsgo on be-   across Texas will participate in the Chamberlain Performing Arts’ “The Dancers’ Spring
                            Whitson was chosen out of our 500

                                                                            half of the SPCA of Texas.                       Collection” on Saturday and Sunday in Plano.
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    a&e           |   MOVIES


   Rated R for strong sexuality and lan-
   guage. Running time: 120 minutes.
   Family-friendly? Use caution when
   considering this for a date night out-
$$$$$or a mixed group setting unless
   you are completely comfortable with
   those you are with. This one crosses
$$$$$ that will exclude many groups.

    The chick flick
    takes new role

                MATT MUNGLE

    S     tep aside, hung-over wolf pack. A
          group of ladies is vying for your top

                                                    neighborsgo | McKinney
          spot in the buddy comedy world.
        Fueled by the writing of Saturday
    Night Live gal Kristen Wiig and love-him-
    or-hate-him producer Judd Apatow,
    Bridesmaids goes where no female come-
    dy has gone before.
        The story is perfect fodder for hilarity.
    Annie (Wiig) is bouncing down life’s
    mountain on her way to rock bottom. Her
    job, boyfriend, finances, friendships — all
    are crumbling on top of her. The only con-
    stant in her life is her best friend, Lillian
    (Maya Rudolph). When Lillian asks
    Annie to be her maid of honor, it is her one
    chance to shine. Problem is, she is being
    constantly outshone by Lillian’s new gal
    pal, Helen (Rose Byrne). As Annie tries to
    outdo Helen, things go from bad to worse.
        The problem is not the lack of comedy,
    but the addition of typical Apatow stupid-
    ity that takes away from the comedy so
    much more than it adds to it.
        Those who have forgotten Apatow’s

                                                    May 13, 2011
    other debacles such as Year One, Funny
    People and Talladega Nights are soon re-
    minded of how he can quickly ruin what
    could have been.

       For more, read Matt Mungle’s blog
    at neighborsgo.com/blog/movies.
    You can also visit him at
    mungleshow.com, ask him a question
    at matt@mungleshow.com, watch
    interviews at youtube.com/user/
    mungleshow, or listen to his iTunes

    podcast, The Mungle Show.
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