f you wish to be removed from the Frisco Community newsletter list, please send an email to Matt Lafata’s Matt@MattLafata.com and simply put the words REMOVE in the ubject line. Frisco Community Newsletter est. 2001 & now with 41,000 readers! LY 22, 2010 – VOLUME 8, ISSUE 16 CONTACT US Dear Friends, Welcome to another exciting, informative issue of the Matt Lafata’s Frisco Community Newsletter, now in our 8th year with 41,000 weekly readers. Full Circle Marketing was founded by We have made some changes to make it easier to get your community Erika Lafata and is the marketing submissions to the newsletter. Visit Full Circle Marketing to submit your listing as agency for Matt Lafata’s Frisco well as to Subscribe to the newsletter. You can also view past newsletters on the Community Newsletter website as well. Make sure you check out our Newsletter Sponsor Studio Dance Centre of Frisco to Lafata Family Web Site find out about their summer classes. Also, make sure you read about Jamie Klimczyk of Frisco who has been chosen to represent Texas in the national Miss Jr. Teen United NEW - Erika’s Blog – Updated 5/15/09 States® competition. Matt’s Blog – Last Updated 5/17/09 Don‘t forget to read about about Laura Barlett’s “Four Funny Females” whose final Matt’s LinkedIn McKinney performance is May 30, which we are looking forward to attending, before Follow Matt on Twitter her Eisemann Center performance June 20th. Save the date for Centennial Medical The Puzzling World of HR Technology Center’s 5th Annual Healthy Hometown on June 13th. This heritage event from Blog – Last Updated 5/21/09 Centennial has become a favorite for Frisco residents—find out why! As mentioned in the past, a number of items in the newsletter are repeated as we add new subscribers every week. As a result, you will notice the word “NEW” in front of every item that is appearing for the first time and “UPDATED” for those items that have been in before but had some kind of change. If there is something going on in and around Frisco, you will find it here! This is a community newsletter, YOUR community newsletter, and as such, we want to encourage you to send us community events as well as write-ups about people or groups who should be recognized and/or commended for what they do or have done. This is a newsletter about Frisco for all of us to play a part in. It is designed to bring our community closer together so please submit stuff to me at any time. It is also an economic tool for our community where businesses have the opportunity to advertise their products and services to people who want to hear about them. This Frisco Community Newsletter is designed to bring us all a little loser together each week by NEW – Newsletter Sponsor: Studio Dance Centre of Frisco: providing coverage of different happenings in our community. There are so many amazing things Studio Dance Centre is gearing up for a full summer of dancing fun! SDC offers a n this newsletter, as there are uniquely non-competitive, family-friendly environment with full-time instruction by every week. Please SHARE this professional dance teachers. We believe that dance is about so much more than just newsletter with all your friends and steps and technique; it‘s also an investment in your child‘s education and personal neighbors and encourage them to development. That‘s why we‘re dedicated to developing creativity, confidence, and ign up to receive it themselves. self-discipline in our dancers – from preschoolers to high schoolers. This is a great They’ll greatly appreciate you for it, time to try out some dance classes and enjoy a little fitness with your summer fun! as no citizen should be without this You can choose from any of our three three-week summer sessions in June, July, and mportant information at their August. Register for as much or as little as you like, and with no summer registration ingertips. fee! Here is a sampling of our ―cool‖ summer-only classes: f there are non-profit community Princess Mini-Camps (ages 3-6) – a once or twice a week ballet lesson, including vents, people or groups you want to crafts and activities, dance etiquette, and a visit from a real ―princess‖ too! ecognize, fundraising events, or any newsworthy items you would like to see Kids Bop (ages 4-7) – a fast-paced once or twice a week pre-jazz and pre-hip hop added and shared with more than forty class, perfect for your budding young pop star! housand residents and businesses in risco and the surrounding areas, please Combo Classes (ages 3-7) – just like our school year classes, with a mix of ballet, end us an email and we‘ll consider tap, or jazz fundamentals and creative movement. ncluding it. Try-It! Series (ages 7+ and 12+) – a once or twice a week class that introduces all f you received this from somebody five of our dance styles over three weeks. The ideal sampler class for the kid who can‘t else and would like to be added to decide! he list, just send me an email. Your email address will never be sold, Modern/Dance-Making or Hip Hop/Freestyle (ages 7+ and 12+) – a once or twice ented, or given to anybody else for a week lesson in Modern or Hip Hop, along with some creative dance exercises and any reason, as your privacy is of the improvisation. utmost importance to us. All newsletters can also be found on Ballet or Jazz Workshops (ages 7+ and 12+) – a twice a week intensive lesson in our newsletter web site. technique for the serious dancer (previous experience required). Feel free to Contact Us for more information about our classes, schedules, and Quotes of the Week: prices. We‘re located at Main and Teel in West Frisco and we‘d love to have you stop by the studio so we can show you around and meet your family. Vision without action is a day dream- Action without vision is a nightmare‖ – Interested in our 2009-2010 school year classes? Ask us about what‘s coming up this apanese Proverb fall! What we can or cannot do, what we Oh, and yes, Moms and Dads, your little boys are welcome in dance class too! onsider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability." – Tony Robbins Matt Lafata’s Frisco Community NEW - Laura Bartlett's "Four Funny Females” Limited Engagement: Newsletter est. 2001 & now with 41,000 readers! 1 ―Four Funny Females‖ has established itself as the stand-up comedy show to see in NEW – Newsletter Sponsor: Studio North Dallas during its year-long run in McKinney. Dance Centre of Frisco: 2 Writing about the show, Dallas Morning News gave it the designation of ―HOT NEW - Laura Bartlett's "Four TICKET‖ ―Best of the Weekend‖ and said "McKinney is the new Comedy Central." DMN’s QUICK’s cover story called the show she-larious!" and said "these girls bring Funny Females” Limited the funny." The show has also been featured in Plano Profile, WFAA-TV, TXA-21's Engagement: 3 Morning Buzz and KLAK-FM. NEW – Frisco’s Centennial Medical Each of the girls brings a unique comic sensibility to the stage. Jodi Hadsell‘s geek chic Center’s 5th Annual Healthy is the yin to Sherry Belle‘s snarky southern charm yang. Bartlett‘s blonde ambition prepares audiences to blast off to Linda Stogner‘s off-kilter planet of talking squirrels Hometown: 3 and other strange observations. NEW – JC’s Pet Sitting Services The girls bid farewell to McKinney for a while with an 8 p.m. show on May 30 at the Taking New Clients: 4 McKinney Performing Arts Center. NEW - Frisco Girl Selected Miss Jr. Following its McKinney bow, "Four Funny Females" heads to the Eisemann Center in Teen Texas United States® 2009: 4 Richardson June 20th for two shows. NEW - Vendors and Shopping Tips Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone 214-544-4630 or at the box office. or this Weekend's Farmer's Market: Tickets for Eisemann Center show, June 20th in Richardson can also be purchased 5 online at the Eisemann‘s website or over the phone at 972.744.4657 NEW - Collin County Songwriters Visit www.FourFunnyFemales.com for show times, pictures, and videos or contact Laura Association News: 6 directly. NEW – Panther Creek Estates 3rd Annual Community Yard/Garage Sale: 6 NEW – Westfalls Village Community Garage Sale: 7 NEW – Frisco’s Centennial Medical Center’s 5th Annual Healthy Hometown: NEW – Shaddock Creek Estates Community Yard Sale June 6th: 7 FriscoCoupon.Com is Now Online! 7 The 5th Annual Healthy Hometown is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 from 9am – 1pm. Join them for some uplifting, family fun. Fashion show Benefits Free Fashion Fun is just what the doctor ordered! Join us: Academy: 8 Centennial Medical Center JAWS – A Jazz, Art and Wine 12505 Lebanon Road, Frisco, Texas 75035 Social: 8 (Highway 121@Coit Road) Steele Cage MMA - Frisco, Thurs. Centennial Medical Center‘s Healthy Hometown is your destination for healthy family June 11 - Buy Tickets Now at a festivities. Kids will have more food, fun, and games than they know what to do with, while you get your cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, and bone density checked Discount!! 9 for free! You‘ll even meet your hometown heroes: friendly, neighborhood firemen, policemen, and physicians. “Fusion 2009” Multi-Cultural Event: 9 Here are a few more reasons Healthy Hometown is the talk of the town: • Free food and refreshments Frisco Schools Spirit Night: 9 • Healthy cooking demos for parents and kids • Exercise demonstrations The Dallas Koi Kichi Group • Health discussions with your local physicians Announces 'A Dog Show for • Free health screenings Fish!!'*: 10 • Arts and crafts • Face painting Frisco Career Connections: 10 • And more! Frisco Business and Professional For more information, call 800-330-3819 or via email. Women Annual Wine Tasting: 11 NEW - 'Riders Golf Classic: 11 NEW - 1st Annual Homes for Our Troops Bowling Fundraiser: 12 NEW – JC’s Pet Sitting Services Taking New Clients: NEW - Liberty High School’s REDHAWK BAND “Grand Pet Care Champion” @ the Dallas Wind . Fresh food and water . Playing, exercising, and walking your pet Symphony Invitational: 12 . Yard scooping (as it happens)/ Litter box cleaning . Administer medications, vitamins, prescribed oral and topical treatments NEW – DBU Frisco Evening . Personalized love and attention Information Session: 12 Extra Pet Care Services (Per your request - $10.00) NEW - Heritage Association of . Bathe, clip nails, daily brushing Frisco's Annual Art Contest – 2009: 13 Home Services (Per your request at $2.00 extra per day) . Bring in mail, newspapers, and deliveries NEW – CAMP R.O.C.K. Deaf . Bring trash to curb and return cans to proper storage area . Water indoor/outdoor plants.Additional charge depending on amount of plants Children’s Vacation Bible School: 13 . Basic security checks -- adjusting lights, drapes, blinds, TV/music, etc NEW – Health Fair at the Frisco Pet(s) Fees: 1-4 Canines: $14.00-$20 per visit Public Library: 14 Justin has over 5 years experience working in Veterinary Hospitals. Servicing Frisco, NEW - Leadership Frisco Now Little Elm and Plano. Contact Justin at 214.554.2421 or 214.705.7977 for more Accepting Applications for 2009- information or email. 2010: 14 NEW - Leadership Frisco Class 12 Restaurant Days Raise Money for FFSC: 15 NEW - The Frisco Area Children’s NEW - Frisco Girl Selected Miss Jr. Teen Texas United States® 2009: Theater Proudly Presents 'The Magical Land of OZ': 15 NEW - Frisco Business & Professional Women Thursday, June 2nd, 2009 - POWER NETWORKING! 16 NEW – Little Giant Steps Neurodevelopmental Innovations Screening Announcement: 16 NEW – Numbers Prove Why Travel Matters to the City of Frisco: 17 NEW - Annual Free Concert And Frisco's very own Jamie Klimczyk has been selected as Miss Jr. Teen Texas United Festival benefiting 'Smiles for States® 2009. She competes in the prestigious Miss Jr. Teen United States® 2009 this July in Las Vegas. Habitat': 18 Jamie is an 8th grader at Roach Middle School. She is on the "Friends of Rachel" Team, NEW - Outdoor Aquatic Center participates in advanced theatre, and plays on the volleyball and basketball teams at Summer Opening: 19 Roach MS. NEW - Commemorate Members of Jamie was diagnosed with Dyslexia in the 3rd grade. This year she scored a 100% on he United States Armed Forces With the reading TAKS and made Honor Roll at Roach MS. During her reign she plans to The Democratic Party of Collin serve as a role model for children who have this condition. Jamie plans to visit schools to show how kids can learn strategies to overcome this disability. County: 19 Jamie volunteers her time in the community with Habitat for Humanity and visits NEW - Frisco to host Arts Festival residents of a local nursing home. Jamie is available for appearances for your business and Exhibits this Fall: 20 or charity. Please contact Amy via email, or by phone at 214-542-6748 to schedule a date to have this amazing young lady out to your establishment. NEW – All City Choir Keeps on Singing: 21 NEW – Daryl Trent Honored by Arts Association: 21 NEW - Vendors and Shopping Tips for this Weekend's Farmer's Market: NEW – Frisco Education Foundation Scholarship Night: 21 UPDATED - Frisco Police Blotter: 21 NEW – Landscape Design/Detail (Early – Mid May): 21 NEW - Newest Segment of the Sam The Frisco Farmers Market was created at the request of Frisco residents to bring fresh Rayburn Tollway to Open Ahead of produce and handmade goods into our home town. Frisco Square provides location. Schedule: 23 Frisco Noon Lions Club provides the volunteers. This event runs through September each Saturday from 8am-1pm or until sellout. NEW - NTTA Dedicates Sam The market is located on the corner of Coleman Boulevard and Frisco Square Boulevard Rayburn Tollway: 23 across from City Hall and the Library. Local growers offer juicy melons, peaches, vine- ripened tomatoes, fresh corn on the cob and lots more. Also offered are baked breads, NEW - Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge meat from local ranchers, honey, arts & crafts and various other products. Please Arch Almost Complete: 24 contact Lion Brandy Griffin for more information NEW - Dirt Keeps Flying on Bush Rain or Shine Extension: 24 We frequently get asked if the market is on when it rains. Don't worry, if it's raining we are still there. If you hear tornado sirens though, stay home and safe! For advertising opportunities for your business, please contact Erika Tips for Shopping the Market Lafata at or 214.636.6614. While I Bring your own sturdy bags and smaller rigid containers for delicates like ontinue to handle the content of berries. he newsletter (the bulk of the newsletter that is non-paid As the weather gets hotter, consider bringing a cooler for the car to store your announcements/non-profit events), perishables if you're not going straight home. Erika handles the business ommercial opportunities, including Vendors always appreciate small bills. he Sponsorship and Spotlight eatures as well as other marketing Don't buy at the first stand. Part of the fun is the shopping experience and you equests. don't know who has the freshest product (and lowest prices!) until you've We pride ourselves in not being a checked everyone out. business directory” but rather a place where YOUR business can be Shop often and get to know your growers. Forming relationships can get you howcased and not dwarfed with an special service. overflow of advertising from your ompetitors. Your business will Not all vendors are equal. Some are growers, some are resellers. SHINE in this newsletter! If local produce is important to you, ask where it came from. There aren't any You can find an overview and media pineapples grown in Texas! kit of the newsletter here Smell the freshness. The air-conditioned environment of the grocery stores inhibits aromas, but you'll be able to tell exactly how ripe that Farmers' Market cantaloupe is by taking a big whiff. Newsletter Staff Members and Contributors Matt Lafata – Publisher – 214-336- 3355 Erika Lafata – Editor and Marketing Director–214-636-6614 Glenn Kopanski – Landscape Design NEW - Collin County Songwriters Association News: Dr. Pedro Checo – Advice from Dr. Checo For all the latest events that feature CCSA members, visit http://ccsongwriters.ning.com/events. To see an outstanding selection of CCSA member videos, visit http://ccsongwriters.ning.com/video. The site and the City of Frisco Related Question of association now claim 72 active members and the number is growing almost daily. he Week: Anna Thomas will appear at Café Bohemia with NAMS founder, Matthew Gaskins, on Q. Is there a point where the city or Saturday, May 23. The duo will appear from 6 to 8 PM, and the location is 2320 Los police can get involved in someone Rios Boulevard, Suite 10 in Plano. having 3-4ft long grass in their backyard hat is visible to the street (because the See Steve Anderson with Scott Berry and Friends on Saturday, May 23, from 7 to 9, at ence is dilapidated as well) and grass It‘s a Grind Coffeehouse at Lebanon and Dallas North Tollway. Steve specializes in hat has overgrown the sidewalk? Or is acoustic blues, and is the owner/operator of Anderson Guitar Gallery with his wife his a HOA issue? Jennifer. A. It is Code Enforcement that handles Daddy Rocks, a classic blues/rock power trio, appears at Joe‘s Crab Shack in Mesquite hese issues. Please call (972) 292-5369 on Sunday, May 24, from 6 to 9. The address is 1340 N. Peachtree Rd., and you may or email at email@example.com with contact the venue at 972-329-7111. he problem and address. The HOA can address the issue also. However, the City has more power to esolve the issue in a timely manner. NEW – Panther Creek Estates 3rd Annual Community Yard/Garage Sale: This Day in History – May 22, 1843: Great Emigration departs for Oregon Huge multi family sale on May 22 & 23, 7am – 2pm at Panther Creek Estates. Due to rom the History Channel… the weather last weekend there are still lots of goodies left. Furniture, adult and kids clothes, books, toys, tools, electronics, you name it! Come visit our fabulous A massive wagon train, made up of neighborhood and you may find a treasure or two! 1,000 settlers and 1,000 head of cattle, ets off down the Oregon Trail from North on Preston, East on Eldorado, Left at Hillcrest, Right on Hillsboro to main ndependence, Missouri. Known as the entrance. We are a large neighborhood covering from Panther Creek Parkway to Great Emigration," the expedition came Eldorado - be sure to plan plenty of time to check out all the sales. wo years after the first modest party of ettlers made the long, overland journey o Oregon. After leaving Independence, the giant wagon train followed the Sante Fe Trail NEW – Westfalls Village Community Garage Sale: or some 40 miles and then turned northwest to the Platte River, which it ollowed along its northern route to Fort The Westfalls Village spring community garage sale will be held on Saturday, May 30th, aramie, Wyoming. From there, it from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Westfalls Village is located on the south side of Main Street, raveled on to the Rocky Mountains, west of the Tollway, between Teel and FM 423. which it passed through by way of the broad, level South Pass that led to the basin of the Colorado River. The ravelers then went southwest to Fort Bridger, northwest across a divide to ort Hall on the Snake River, and on to ort Boise, where they gained supplies NEW – Shaddock Creek Estates Community Yard Sale June 6th: or the difficult journey over the Blue Mountains and into Oregon. The Great Emigration finally arrived in October, The communities of Shaddock Creek Estates in Frisco (West of the Tollway at Eldorado) ompleting the 2,000-mile journey from have been busy spring cleaning…come find some ―new to you‖ treasures! ndependence in five months. Due to the weather last weekend, we‘ve rescheduled our sale for Saturday, June 6, n the next year, four more wagon 7am ‗til 5pm or it‘s gone, look for the signs to the neighborhood‘s 3 entrances: 2 rains made the journey, and in 1845 entrances Legacy south of Eldorado, and 1 entrance at Teel and Blackstone. he number of emigrants who used the Oregon Trail exceeded 3,000. Travel Many estate items, futon, dinette set, BRAND NEW sample clothing-NFL, MLB, NHL and along the trail gradually declined with college teams-sweats/t-shirts, holiday decor, clothing for all, yard items, pool table, he advent of the railroads, and the lawnmower, refrigerator, baby items, MUCH MORE. www.Shaddock-Creek.com oute was finally abandoned in the 1870s. For advertising opportunities, please contact Erika at Erika@FullCircleDFW.com or visit FriscoCoupon.Com is Now Online! www.FullCircleDFW.com If you were handed free money, would you take it? That‘s the idea behind FriscoCoupon.com. This new online coupon website provides consumers a way to save All the opinions, endorsements or money on everyday purchases around Frisco. Friscocoupon.com also provides a way for ecommendations in this newsletter are businesses to advertise and encourage consumer spending in this tough economy. The mine and Erika‘s alone and they do not best part about it all is that it‘s FREE. Free for consumers, free for businesses, and free necessarily reflect the opinions or money for everyone. iews of any organization or group with whom I am affiliated, or the individuals Friscocoupon.com provides consumers with coupons for a variety of restaurants, retail who are a part of such organizations and services around Frisco. Consumers can register on the Contact Us page to receive and groups. You should not rely on any e-mail alerts when new coupons are added so they don‘t miss out on any savings. tatement made in this newsletter as videnced of how I may act as a member of any organization or group. nclusion of news, events and other information in this newsletter does not imply an endorsement; it merely erves as my effort to be of service to he readers. Fashion show Benefits Free Fashion Academy: All About Frisco Josette Golatt, designer for Josette Couture, will host a fashion show Sunday, May 31st Clubs, Groups and Organizations in in Plano, Texas in which portions of proceeds will go directly to her non profit An Eye and around Frisco: for Style Fashion Academy. risco is home to a very diverse and An Eye for Style Fashion Academy began in January 2003 in the inner city of West numerous set of clubs, groups and Oakland, CA, now has a new location in Frisco, Texas. The academy plans to open in organizations. If your group or the historic downtown of Frisco in mid-June. This program provides free classes in organization is missing, and you would Business of Fashion Design and Merchandising to youth. ke to get it listed, please send us an mail so we can list it and continue to The purpose of the program is to inspire youth to dream big while being educated, maintain the most comprehensive list inspired, challenged and supported by the fashion program. Golatt wants to reach out available. to inspire youth, who have little hope, to become entrepreneurs. ―I have been blessed with the idea of this concept and that the concept actually came AARP – 972-335-2478 to life. A lot of people have visions but some of those visions don‘t get off the floor or onto paper,‖ said Josette Golatt, creator and owner of An Eye for Style Fashion Academy. Adopt A Pet – 972-668-4311 The fashion show will feature approximately 50 of Golatt‘s pieces. ―The best part of the Al-Anon Family Groups For Friends and academy is that young people get a head start on their career. If they chose to amilies of Alcoholics – 214-363-0461 continue with fashion they are armed and ready to go,‖ said Golatt. Alcoholics Anonymous -- Frisco Chapter For more information on attending the fashion show on May 31st, please contact Josette – 214-394-0130 Golatt, designer/owner at 469-865-0217. Also visit www.josettecouture.com and www.aneyeforstyle.com. Alcoholics Anonymous Frisco Group – 972.708.5086 Allen-Frisco-Plano Autism Spectrum Parent Group American Cancer Society of Collin County – 214-819-1221 JAWS – A Jazz, Art and Wine Social: American Legion Post 178 When people come together they can truly impact their communities. What better way to come together than in a socially relaxed setting where one can also make a American Red Cross of North Texas – difference in a student‘s academic success. Come and enjoy a chilled glass of Pinot 972-542-5642 Grigio or a robust Cabernet Sauvignon while being given the opportunity to view and purchase art works from noted DFW area artists. These featured artists‘ works will be Angel Food Ministries – 214-282-5576 showcased by tenured gallery owner / expert Stephanie Ward, who has owned several art galleries in both Dallas and Collin County. AroundTown Kids Families & Residents of Color (FROC) is sponsoring JAWS…A Jazz, Art & Wine Social, Saturday, June 13 at 6106 Frisco Square in Frisco, where they will be highlighting an Arts of Collin County afternoon of wonderful wines paired with an array of tasty cuisine. The event will be topped off with learning about the art on display from Stephanie. She will be happy to Association of Frisco Retired School answer any questions regarding any of the art work to be purchased. The atmosphere Personnel – 972-335-3040 will be further enhanced by smooth jazz sounds throughout the afternoon. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Families & Residents of Color Scholarship Boy Scouts of America – 214-902-6754 Fund. Boys and Girls Club Tickets for the JAWS Event are $15.00 for individuals, $25.00 per couple, $12.00 for senior citizens and $10.00 for children 16 and under. CASA of Collin County – 972-529-2272 For additional information contact Karen Griggsby at 972.978.3216. Celebrate Recovery – 214-282-5576 Centennial Touchdown Club (Centennial High School Football) Steele Cage MMA - Frisco, Thurs. June 11 - Buy Tickets Now at a Chamber of Commerce Discount!! Christian Community Action – 972-436- Get your tickets fast at a discounted rate for the Steele Cage - Battle of the Texas 4357 Titans - headlined by Sunia Filikitonga vs Tyler East. Sunia is a former Dallas Cowboy and close to 300lbs and Tyler is 6'5", 250lbs. There will a total of 9 exciting Chronic Hugs: Chronic Pain Support fights on the card. Get a chance to meet Hall of Fame Referee Richard Steele!! Group – 214-726-9060 Also, check this Sunday's Dallas Morning News for event info. City of Frisco – 972-292-5000 Go to: www.drpepperarena.com Collin County – 972-424-1460 click on: Ticket Presale Collin County Association of Realtors – Enter the following code: stars 214-618-3800 This will get you $3 off the $25 and $50 tickets. Collin County Central Appraisal District Collin County Community College Collin County Community College Education Foundation “Fusion 2009” Multi-Cultural Event: Collin County Connection – 214-544- Fusion 2009 is a diverse kick-off to summer with outdoor events featuring sports, food, 0666 entertainment, music, shopping, and fireworks. This multicultural event is sponsored by Datta Yoga Center (DYC), the City of Frisco, Visit Frisco, Frisco Square, and a host of Collin County Early Childhood PTA – multicultural organizations. 972-712-3634 Fusion 2009 will be held Saturday, June 6, 2009 at Warren Sports Complex, 7599 Collin County Event Professionals – 214- Eldorado Parkway in Frisco from 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm. It will bring residents from 542-1317 Frisco as well as other cities in Collin County together to experience a day of learning and enjoying what their multicultural neighbors will showcase in areas such as sports featuring volleyball, baseball, and cricket; food, artifacts, and entertainment from Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance – different cultures of the world. 214-521-5342 For sponsorship, booth space, and ticket information, and all other additional Collin County Genealogy Association – participation information, you can visit the Fusion 2009 website at or contact Karen 972-231-4190 Griggsby at 972.978.3216. Collin County Republican Party Dallas Athletic Rugby Club Daughters of the American Revolution – Frisco Schools Spirit Night: 972-307-5906 The FISD Council of PTAs is hosting Frisco Schools Spirit Night with the Frisco Democratic Party of Collin County RoughRiders on Thursday, June 4th. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. Be sure and arrive early as there will be player autographs and judging for the most spirited school, Denton County loudest school, and school with the largest attendance. Gunstream Elementary Honor Choir will be performing for the opening of the game and the RoughRiders are giving Denton County Central Appraisal District away a RoughRiders ball cap to tickets purchased from FISD schools. To wrap up the evening; a special fireworks show! Downtown Advisory Board – 972-292- Tickets are $10.00 per person. Order deadline is May 8th. Registration should be made 5108 through your attending school. If you have any questions please contact Dawn Burwell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Downtown Merchants Association – 972- 292-5108 amilyWatchdog.com C Dallas The Dallas Koi Kichi Group Announces 'A Dog Show for Fish!!'*: risco A&M Club – 972-897-7765 Frisco Square risco American Business Women‘s May 23, 2009 Association (ABWA) An Outdoor Festival-Style Event centered around: risco Al-Anon Family Group – 972-978- Water Gardening 8757 Koi Show, Auction & Exhibits A FREE event for General Public risco-Allen Texas Area Alumnae Panhellenic Show hours are: Saturday 10am to 6pm risco Area Children‘s Theater – 972- (Fish auction at 4pm on Saturday) 377-2675 * Actually, it is a judging and exhibition of Japanese Fish called Koi. risco Area Republican Women Koi is the Japanese word for Carp. Nishikigoi, another often used term, means fancy or risco Association For the Arts brocaded carp. Yes, these beautifully colored and patterned fish are descendents of the common river carp which is found all over the world. However, the specimens you will see at our show have been selectively bred in Japan for more than 200 years, evolving risco Athletic Network into the beautiful varieties that you see today. Some of the koi grow to over 3 feet in length! risco Bar Association In our Koi show you will see all of the more popular varieties and some of the more risco Baseball/Softball Organization – unique varieties. The "big three" are Kohaku, a white koi with a red pattern; Sanke, a 972-712-2288 white koi with red and black pattern; and Showa, a black koi with red and white pattern. Among these big three, you will also find Tancho versions which have only one red marking, a single red crown on its head, similar to the Tancho Crane - so highly risco Business and Professional Women revered in Japan. – 972-377-0335 Koi shows are held all over the world. There are small club shows like ours for the risco Cares Children‘s Clinic – 469-556- Dallas area, or larger regional or international shows that attract thousands of fish. 8452 Although many people consider them beauty pageants, the purpose of a koi show is to have your fish judged against fish in the same variety (and size) to see which more risco Chamber of Commerce closely match the "ideal". Some of the judging criteria used are shape or conformation, skin quality and luster, and overall balance of pattern and color. Prizes are awarded in risco Chorale – 972-335-4380 x104 all categories. There are several official bodies that provide specifically trained judges to officiate these shows. risco Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.s) There will be Retail booths, Garden displays, raffles, auctions, kids and family activities and Vendors from all parts of the country and our local Frisco community providing risco Community Band – 972-668-5315 information on Water Gardening, Koi Ponds and caring for Koi fish - called "Living Jewels". risco Community Theatre – 972-377- 3868 risco Convention and Visitors Bureau riscoCoupon.com Frisco Career Connections: risco Cycling Club Frisco Career Connections meets each Thursday at 7:00 pm at First United Methodist risco Democratic Party Church in Frisco. The church is located at 7659 Preston Road in Frisco. Everyone in the community is welcome. risco Dog Park This group was formed as a result of the downturn in the economy and job search needs. The mission of the group is to: Connect people with networking opportunities, risco Ducks Unlimited – 972-712-5049 providing job search skill development, and faith based support. We help those in career transition due to unemployment, under-employment or career change. The risco Early Childhood PTA meetings each week include networking, a job search technique presentation, and support. Over eighty percent of jobs are found through networking. risco Economic Development For further information and to see a list of upcoming meeting topics, please see our Corporation – 972-292-5150 website. risco Education Foundation – 469-633- 6066 risco Family Services Center – 972- 335-9495 Frisco Business and Professional Women Annual Wine Tasting: risco Family YMCA – 972-335-3222 Come join members and guests of Frisco Business & Professional Women at a Wine Tasting from 6:30 pm to 9:00pm on Thursday June 18. Unwind after a long day, meet risco Fire Department – 972-335-5525 new friends, laugh with old friends and share a glass of wine. Breathe that sigh of relaxation as you enter the door at Uncork, a hidden treasure in nearby Little Elm. risco Football League – 972-712-0558 Taste four different wines, share your thoughts and learn from some experts about great wine and food pairings. Find a bottle or two you like and buy some for your own risco Garden Club – 972-335-3812 table. risco Gymnastics Center – 972-377- The event will be held at UNCORK, a place of comfort, class and style. Network with 0888 and meet other professional men and women from the area, bring a friend or business associate or relax with friends and family in this cozy atmosphere. Uncork is located at 2832 Eldorado Parkway, #212, the S. E. corner of Eldorado and FM 423 in Little risco Housing Authority Elm. Proceeds will benefit Frisco BPW Scholarship Fund for CollinCollege. risco Humane Society – 972-498-8980 Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Please contact Jenny Phung at (972) 731-0165 or email. For more info regarding Frisco Business & Professional Women, risco Independent School District – please visit our website. 469-633-6000 The Business and Professional Women (BPW) is a national organization of women helping women through education, support and advocacy. What makes the BPW stand risco Kiwanis Club out is the learning from speakers every month. If you have limited time to give to yourself, you owe it to your personal growth to maximize every hour of every meeting. risco Lion‘s Club – 972-335-2487 At BPW meetings you will learn something new, you will meet someone in a different profession, you will have time to make a new friend, make a connection to get some risco Music Teachers Association needs met personally or professionally, and have some fun. risco Neighborhood Watch risco Pack 142 risco Parents of Multiples NEW - 'Riders Golf Classic: risco Police Department – 972-292- 6000 Date: Tuesday, June 9th Time: 8:00 am shotgun start risco Police Officers‘ Wives Association Location: The Tribute Golf Club The Frisco RoughRiders will be hosting the Inaugural 'Riders Classic Golf Tournament at risco Post Office – 972-335-7453 The Tribute Golf Club in The Colony. This event benefits the RoughRiders Foundation. risco Pride Participants will have the opportunity to golf with the RoughRiders players and coaches, participate in contests on the course, and win great prizes. The cost is $200 for an risco Public Library individual or $600 for a foursome. Questions? Call Mara Simon-Meyer, Director of the RoughRiders Foundation, at risco Quilt Guild 972.334.1978 risco Republican Men‘s Club risco Republicans – 972-335-9176 risco Residents of Color risco Rotary Club – 972-701-2801 NEW - 1st Annual Homes for Our Troops Bowling Fundraiser: risco RoughRiders As you know, there is no more rewarding experience than supporting our veterans. Even more worthwhile is supporting the soldiers who do not come back in the same risco Soccer Association – 972-712- condition as when they left. These severely injured soldiers really need our help to 4625 continue their lives after service to our country. risco Square We are contacting you about the 1st Annual Homes for Our Troops Bowling Fundraiser on August 15th, 2009 at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas to benefit Homes for Our Troops. We expect over 500 bowlers plus volunteers and other participating groups. risco Sunrise Rotary You would be able to support a worthy cause and let others in the community know they do so. This is strictly a volunteer effort held by people who care. This is not a risco Swim Team political event in any way. Our goal is to make this event successful and continue it in future years to help these severely injured soldiers who have already sacrificed for us. risco Thunder Professional Football We are soliciting sponsorships and donations (ex. gift cards) to support this worthwhile risco Veterans of Foreign Wars Post event. A $500 sponsorship donation allows you to be a lane sponsor the day of the #8273 – 972-712-5611 event. A banner will be displayed in the bowling alley the entire month of August as well as recognition on the event website and on the individual lane the day of the event. (Or, Can be exchanged for Merchandise/services) A $250 Sponsorship donation risco Women‘s League – 972-712-8890 allows you to be a Banner Sponsor the day of the event. Homes for Our Troops is rated by the American Institute of Philanthropy as an A charity. This means the risco/Plano Christian Women‘s Club – majority of the money raised is actually used to build specially adapted homes and very 972-668-4464 little is used on administration overhead. Homes for Our Troops is a 501 c3 recognized charity with ID number 54-2143612. The event is already listed on the events calendar risco Youth Volleyball Leagues at the above listed website as well. If you have any questions or need more information please feel free to contact Clark Hall Office Park Clement at 214-923-3299 or you can email at email@example.com. Heritage Association of Frisco – 972- 292-5657 Heroes for Children – 214-256-5824 nside Collin County Business NEW - Liberty High School’s REDHAWK BAND “Grand Champion” @ the Dallas Wind Symphony Invitational: KittiCo Cat Rescue – 214-826-6903 The Liberty High School‘s REDHAWK BANDS Wind Ensemble received the ―Grand abrador Retriever Rescue of North Champion Windband‖ award at the Dallas Wind Symphony Invitational on May 9th, Texas 2009. Additionally, the Wind Ensemble also received the ―Outstanding Large School Windband‖ and ―Outstanding Large School Woodwinds‖ awards. egacy Christian Academy ―We are very excited!‖ commented REDHAWK BAND director Alyson Keller. ―This was ewisville Independent School District an important contest for us as we were up against several quality programs. This is exactly the momentum we needed as we enter into our third honor band qualifying performance later this month at the Murchinson Performing Arts Center in Denton.‖ Meals on Wheels – 972-562-6996 Miracle League of Frisco MOMS Club of Frisco – East Central Chapter – 972-712-1789 NEW – DBU Frisco Evening Information Session: MOMS Club of Frisco – South Chapter – 214-336-8001 DBU Frisco's next Evening Information Session will be on Tuesday, June 2, at 5:45 p.m. The information session will involve a discussion of DBU's master's degrees as well MOMS Club of Frisco – SE Chapter – 214-227-2418 as detailed information on how an adult can gain up to 30 hours of college credit towards a bachelor's degree based on knowledge gained from life and work experience. MOMS Club of Frisco – SW Chapter – You can earn an entire bachelor's degree in Communication, Psychology, Business 469-384-8002 Administration, and Management, as well as, a Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Management, Master of Education, Master of Education in School Counseling, Master of Arts in Counseling, and a Master of Arts in Christian Education at MOMS Club of Frisco – West Central DBU Frisco. The information session will be held at DBU Frisco located at the corner of Chapter Warren and Internet in Hall Office Park (3211 Internet Blvd, Suite 100, Frisco, TX 75034). If you have any questions or would like to reserve a seat please contact DBU MOMS Club of Frisco – West Chapter – Frisco at (214) 333-5777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the new 214-504-9223 Frisco location go to: http://www.dbu.edu/frisco/infosessions.asp MomsOutLoud.com Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) – 972- 668-7458 NEW - Heritage Association of Frisco's Annual Art Contest – 2009: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collin County – 214-509-0085 The Heritage Association of Frisco's Annual Art Contest was a huge success Thursday, May 14th. Our sincere appreciation and thanks goes out to all the students, teachers, Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano and administration staff of the FISD, to the Heritage Association of Frisco's Board, Members and Volunteers, to our participating sponsors and to the City of Frisco. The North Texas Tollway Authority – 214- Council Chambers was the ideal spot for the ceremony with its double screens allowing 461-2000 for the projection of the student‘s artwork and microphones, which gave the students the special treat of announcing their own name and grade level as they received their OU Club of Collin County – 972-797- award. Not only did the ceremony recognize and celebrate the talent of these 9708 53 students and awarded $2,500 dollars in cash prizes, but also made mention of the teachers and instructors that inspired these young Picassos. Overeaters Anonymous – 972-832-5263 For the past eight years, the Heritage Association of Frisco has donated all the funds for the awards, but this year two outstanding companies, Babe‘s Chicken Dinner House Play Pals – 972-839-0312 and Richardson Bike Mart of Frisco, kindly contributed to this special event with donations to benefit these talented and future artists. Twenty-seven elementary Prosper Independent School District students were awarded with a first place certificate and $25. A total of eighteen first and second place certificates and a prize of $75 or $50 were awarded to middle school artists while high school students (8) received $100 or $75 and a certificate for their Radio Free Frisco entries. Local Frisco judges and talent, including Artist - Misty Oliver Foster, Photographer - Craig Maccubbin, Journalist - Jane Whitledge, Video Producer - Marla Senior Center at Frisco Square – 972- Fields, and Illustrator, Larry Daste, had a difficult time choosing from the 585 entries 292-6550 that best reflected this year's theme, "Frisco In Motion: Exploring Modes of Transportation Through Time". SPCA of Texas – 972-562-7387 The Art Contest has been a tradition of the Heritage Association of Frisco for nine years Speak Up – Frisco Toastmasters Group – now and is part of our mission of researching, preserving, and sharing our heritage 972-881-9989 within the community while inspiring the City's youth. The winning artwork will be on display throughout the summer at the Heritage Museum and potentially within FISD Communications. Stonewall Democrats of Collin County Visit www.friscoheritage.org for more information about this contest and preserving our Texas Democratic Women of Collin City's heritage. County Texas Tornado Hockey TheParentHive.com NEW – CAMP R.O.C.K. Deaf Children’s Vacation Bible School: Toastmasters Club of Frisco – 972-712- 4611 Grace Avenue United Methodist Church with Lovers Lane United Methodist Churchwill be hosting a VBS camp forDeaf, Hard of Hearing, and CODA children. Siblings of Visual Arts Guild of Frisco Deaf/HH children are also welcome. Volunteer Center of North Texas Ages: 4 years old (as of 9/1/09) - 5th Grade Date: June 29th - July 2nd (Mon - Thurs) 2009 Voter Registration Information – Collin Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm County Cost: $25 per child (includes t-shirt) $60 family max (scholarships are available) Voter Registration Information – Denton County Contact Kim Meyers at 972.335.2882 ext. 513or email@example.com Location: Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, 3521 Main Street, Frisco Women Encouraging Business – 972- 335-9522 Word of Mouth Productions WOVI-Frisco: Women of Visionary nfluence – 469-252-4528 NEW – Health Fair at the Frisco Public Library: Young Life Frisco – 972-424-6339 Saturday, May 30 from 1 – 4 pm 4th Floor McCallum Room, Frisco Public Library Check up on your health – for free! Baylor Medical Center of Frisco will offer free health screenings at the Frisco Public Library on Saturday, May 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Health Fair will be in the McCallum Room on the fourth floor of the library. Churches and other Places of Worship in and around Frisco Free screenings will be offered on a walk-in basis for glucose, cholesterol, bone density, and blood pressure. Fasting is not necessary. On-site consultation regarding the One of the wonderful things about Frisco results of your screenings will be available. Don‘t miss this convenient opportunity to s the many diverse religions you can take care of your health. For more information about this program please visit ind. If your Church is not listed, please www.friscolibrary.com or call 972-292-5669. ontact us so we can list it and continue o maintain the most comprehensive list available. Apostolic Temple – 972-712-5673 NEW - Leadership Frisco Now Accepting Applications for 2009-2010: Alter Church of Frisco – 214-733-3069 Assembly of God Cornerstone The Leadership Frisco is looking for individuals from the Frisco area who are interested Community Church – 972-335-4704 in learning more about the City as they prepare to become active leaders and volunteers in Frisco. C3 TrueNORTH Church – 469-287-5063 Leadership Frisco is a nine-month community leadership program sponsored by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce dedicated to developing a pool of well-informed, highly Celebration Covenant – 214-387-9833 motivated individuals qualified to assume leadership roles in the community. Its goal is to expand the leadership skills of dedicated individuals who live or work in Frisco, to Central Christian Church – 972-377- deepen their sense of community responsibility and heighten their involvement in 2608 volunteer opportunities, neighborhood associations and the community as a whole. Church of God in Christ – 972-377-3649 The program starts in September with a team building day, but includes one full day each month dedicated to exploring the inner workings of Frisco's government, educational system, economic development, service organizations, regional issues, Church of Living Stones – 972-335-3499 leisure and culture, and public safety. Class participants also learn about and get to practice leadership skills critical to working with volunteers and groups in the Community Christian Fellowship – 469- community and their businesses. Members of the Leadership Frisco program will also 252-0583 choose a class project to be completed during their year which will benefit the Frisco community. Compass Christian Church – 972-335- 7546 The class is limited to 20 participants; you must be at least 18 years of age and have lived or worked in Frisco for one year prior to June 15th. If you are employed you must have the endorsement of your employer, and be able and willing to give one Friday a Congregation B‘nai Israel – 972-712- month to the program from September to May. 2624 For more information about the Leadership Frisco program, to inquire about applying Cornerstone Baptist Church – 972-335- for the 2009-2010 year or to find out about sponsorships available for this year, please 1974 contact the Frisco Chamber of Commerce at 972-335-9522 or visit Cornerstone Christian Reformed Church www.friscochamber.com/chamber/leadershipfrisco. Applications are due by June 19, – 469-362-7844 2009. Cornerstone Community Assembly – 972-335-4704 Cornerstone Community Church – 972- 335-4704 NEW - Leadership Frisco Class 12 Restaurant Days Raise Money for FFSC: Crossroads Community Church – 972- 712-0582 As a part of the ongoing i am frisco initiative, Leadership Frisco Class 12 sponsored two Crosswalk Community Church restaurant days. The first event was held at Bonnie Ruth‘s on April 21st and the second event took place at California Pizza Kitchen on May 5 th. Twenty percent of the proceeds Destiny‘s Place Ministries – 972-712- went to support Frisco Family Services Center (FFSC). 1130 Leadership Frisco Class 12 is proud to announce that the combined events raised $1,000 on behalf of FFSC. aithbridge Presbyterian – 972-377- 9560 i am frisco is an initiative designed by Leadership Frisco Class 12 to benefit the City of Frisco by raising awareness, donations, and volunteerism. The goal is to create a ellowship of Frisco – 972-335-1700 community of involved citizens making a difference in the lives of those around them. irst Baptist Church of Frisco – 972-335- See www.iamfrisco.org for more information and get involved today! 9830 Leadership Frisco is a community leadership program sponsored by the Frisco Chamber irst Pentecostal Church – 972-292- of Commerce dedicated to developing a pool of well-informed, highly motivated 3174 individuals qualified to assume leadership roles in the community. irst United Methodist – 972-335-4380 risco Bible Church – 972-335-8150 risco Church of Christ – 972-335-2118 NEW - The Frisco Area Children’s Theater Proudly Presents 'The Magical Land of OZ': risco Community Bible Church – 469- 362-5588 Directed by: Jesse Nichols Musical Direction, Choreography, and Makeup by: Roxi Taylor risco Community Fellowship – 972- 668-3696 Wardrobe by: Kelsey Johnson Adaptation by: Tim Kelly Music & Lyrics by: Bill Francoeur risco Masjid – 972-898-8691 Performance Dates: June 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 7PM risco Trails Fellowship Bible Church – Saturday Matinee: June 6 & 13 at 2PM 972-731-5999 Performance Location: Clark Middle School, 4600 Colby Drive, Frisco Genesis Metro – 469-450-6277 Tickets: $10 - General Admission Grace Avenue United Methodist – 972- $5 – Children (10 yrs & under) and Seniors Citizens (65yrs) 335-2882 Enjoy additional performances for 50% off Group Discounts Available: call Ginny at (972) 977-8874 Grace Church – 469-633-9104 Description: Grace Pointe – 972-292-3174 This timeless tale, based on the L. Frank Baum classic, is retold in a rousing mini- musical. When Dorothy's house squashes the Wicked Witch of the East, she and her Hamilton Chapel Baptist Church – 972- dog, Toto, set out on the adventure that has charmed millions. With her friends, 377-3348 Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Woodsman, this remarkable journey takes them to the great Oz... who will only grant them their wishes if they rid the world of the Wicked Witch of the West. This lively remake of the popular full-length musical Oz!, has the Harvest Church International – 214- same action and music that made the original a family favorite. Download color OZ 632-4581 Higher Dimensions – 214-551-3078 flyer! Hope Fellowship – 972-377-8855 Summer acting classes and workshops are forming. Program ad space available - see our completely new website for details! glesia Buenas Nuevas – 972-712-0946 NEW - Frisco Business & Professional Women Thursday, June 2nd, Kingdom Life Christian Center – 214- 2009 - POWER NETWORKING! 618-1500 In today's economy, networking is one of the essential elements not only for business ebanon Baptist Church – 972-377-3348 owners, but for career professionals as well. We will have a discussion on ideas to expand your circle of business and job referrals. Professionals, bring your resume and egacy Presbyterian Church – 972-464- contact information and see what opportunities lies ahead of you through this meeting. 8765 Frisco Embassy Suites is located at 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive, just west of Stonebriar Mall. We meet at the Cypress Grill on the 1st floor, and collect $25.00 at the iberty Baptist Church – 972-625-3546 door for guests and non-members, the standard fee for members is $22.00. Casual networking begins at 6:15 p.m. ife-Changing Faith Christian Fellowship – 214-387-8040 Reservations are required. Please email Christine Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 469-855-7217 to make a reservation or for more information. Guests are always ife Fellowship of Frisco – 214-886-7810 welcome. iving Waters Family Worship Center – The Business and Professional Women (BPW) is a national organization of women 214-387-9602 helping women through education, support and advocacy. What makes the BPW stand out is the learning from speakers every month. If you have limited time to give to yourself, you owe it to your personal growth to maximize every hour of every meeting. iving Word Baptist Church – 469-362- At BPW meetings you will learn something new, you will meet someone in a different 9010 profession, you will have time to make a new friend, make a connection to get some need met personally or professionally, and have some fun. one Star Baptist Church – 469-358- 7089 Visit www.friscobpw.org for more information. Newstart Church of the Nazarene – 214- 282-5576 Northstar Church – 972-712-8282 NEW – Little Giant Steps Neurodevelopmental Innovations Screening Parkway Hills Baptist Church – 972-403- 1010 Announcement: Praise Fellowship Worship Center – 214- One screening per family. Reports will be given during evening seminar. This is not 387-9397 an evaluation and no individualized activity recommendations are part of this process. Preston Ridge Baptist Church – 972- Location: Plano, TX Area 712-7007 Date: June 2nd, 2009 Preston Trail Community Church – 972- 668-1244 Email Alysa to schedule an appointment at email@example.com Ruth Young, a seasoned home school mom, a certified teacher in Texas and a certified Primera Iglesia Bautista De Frisco – practitioner in neurodevelopment with Little Giant Steps, will be bringing a very special 214-872-3788 lifelong gift to the Plano area. She is offering neurodevelopmental screenings to the public on Tuesday, June 2nd for a nominal fee of $10.00. A screening is a snapshot of a Providence Church – 469-362-1240 few areas of you or your child's current developmental function. This is not an evaluation. Rejoice Lutheran Church – 972-335- 6411 Screenings help adults assess their own or parents assess the status of their child's neurodevelopmental abilities. This ability indicates brain organization for employment, Revolution Ministries – 214-649-0623 academics and overall function. It will be a guide for you or for parents to help reach for full learning potential. Rock Hill Church of Christ – 972-346- On Tuesday evening, the 2nd, Ruth will conduct a free seminar where test results will 2710 Shawnee Trail Church of Christ – 972- be given. Participants will discover different options available to help brain 377-9106 development. This seminar equips you with tools to help improve abilities for success in school, job and life. It will also help you decide if additional intervention is St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church – advisable. Everyone regardless of age can benefit from these ideas. Bring paper and 972-712-2645 pen along, so you can take notes, as parents, employers and educators alike will be equipped with techniques that help with reading, math, short term and long term memory, organization, and coordination. You will learn activities that help folks get St. Philips Episcopal Church – 214-387- "connected" or neurologically efficient. When the brain connections are plentiful and 4700 working together well, then many of the learning issues disappear. This dramatic benefit happens because we work with root causes of academic underperformance. Stonebriar Church of Christ – 972-712- 9264 If you'd like to take advantage of this offer, please email Alysa: firstname.lastname@example.org Stonebriar Community Church – 469- 252-5000 Please feel free to pass this email on to friends and families that you think might be interested in a neurodevelopmental screening for a member of their family. Stonebridge United Methodist Church – 972-335-2882 Stonebrook Church of Christ – 214-705- 9968 NEW – Numbers Prove Why Travel Matters to the City of Frisco: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – 972-377-4724 Positive News Highlights the Economic Impact of Travel & Tourism The Journey – 214-529-8873 A benchmark study commissioned by the Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Shawnee Trail Church of Christ – conducted by Destination Analysts proves why Travel Matters to the City of Frisco. 972-377-9106 In 2008 the City hosted 4.33 million visitors comprised of 3.83 million day-trippers from DFW and a 200 mile radius; 350,000 stayed in local hotels and 150,000 stayed Turning Point CMA Church – 469-733- with residents. Those visits resulted in $1.24 billion in direct visitor spending. The 3196 economic impact is astounding for a city of only 110,000 residents! United Pentecostal Church – 972-712- Executive Director of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Marla Roe, comments, ―We are 5673 very pleased with the results of the study, but have our work cut out us to entice our day visitors into staying overnight.‖ Water‘s Edge Lutheran Church – 972- 712-7377 In the last 5 years, Frisco has made major strides in enhancing its reputation as a premiere leisure and business travel destination with 5 new hotel properties, new restaurants and shopping and annual concerts such as Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Frisco Neighborhoods and Chesney. The expansion of the Dr Pepper Arena and the addition of Fieldhouse USA will Homeowner Associations: only help increase the amount of visitors to Frisco in the future. The return on those investments and more have been $21.2 million in tax revenues f your HOA or neighborhood is not with $18 million going toward sales tax and $3.2 million in hotel tax in 2008. Retail sted, please contact us so we can list spending accounted for $396 million and meetings and conference spending t and continue to maintain the most contributed $41.4 million. omprehensive list available. For a map of where each HOA is located, along What‘s next for the City of Frisco when it comes to travel & tourism – Certified Tourism with contact information for each HOA, Ambassador training for employees within the areas of hospitality, restaurant, isit the City of Frisco HOA Directory shopping, city emergency services and attractions in June. Autumn Park ABOUT THE FRISCO CVB Founded in 2004, the Frisco, Texas, CVB has grown in tandem with the extensive Bella Casa growth of leisure travel, sports, and meeting facilities in the area. It‘s our mission to generate a positive awareness of Frisco as a premiere destination for meetings, sporting events, conventions, trade shows, and leisure travel and to positively impact Chapel Creek the economic base of the City of Frisco. For more information, visit www.visitfrisco.com or call 877-GO-FRISCO. Cheyenne Crossing Coventry Oaks Creekside at Preston Creekside at Stonebriar Crestview NEW - Annual Free Concert And Festival benefiting 'Smiles for Habitat': Custer Creek Farms A FREE family concert will be held in McKinney's Adriatica featuring the Maylee Thomas Cypress Creek Band, Lone Star Attitude and headliner, country sensation Little Big Town and will conclude with a brilliant fireworks display. Festival activities located near the concert Dominion at Panther Creek will include rock climbing, bounce houses, face painting, obstacle courses and Games2U. Miss Texas 2006 Shilah Phillips will kick off the festivities with a powerful rendition of the National Anthem. The Smiles for Habitat concert and festival will Eldorado Fairways celebrate months of hard work by hundreds of volunteers to make the dream of home ownership a reality for one McKinney family. There will be many vendors including Estates on Legacy Mama Emilia's restaurant with concessions for sale. Each vendor will donate 20% of their proceeds back to Smiles for Habitat. airfield Estates The Smiles for Habitat concert and festival is made possible by generous donations to risco Fairways the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity. Funds raised by the 2009 Smiles for Habitat concert and festival will directly benefit the Osornia family of McKinney and the Smiles for Habitat planning committee could not be more excited. Smiles for Habitat risco Heights planning committee member Wendy Shelley attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Osornia's home in January and said, "Its an honor to be involved with this project. risco Square The Osornia family is so deserving of this home. It was neat to experience the groundbreaking with them and see the joy in their faces." Golden Gate Village Roberto Osornia and his wife, Carolina, have already earned more than their required Grayhawk 500 hours of sweat equity to qualify for their home. Roberto is employed by Aramark and works as a custodian for the McKinney Independent School District and Carolina cleans homes. Eager to move into their new home, the Osornias are very grateful for Griffin Parc the opportunity provided by Habitat for Humanity to become homeowners. Their children, 5 year-old Jesse and 4 year-old Miriam, also cannot wait to move into their Heather Ridge Estates new home. Miriam is already asking to get a dog to go with their new backyard. Heritage Green Jake Tyson, the "Handsome Handyman" from Australia will emcee the event. He is the founder and owner of Redback tools, sold nationwide at Lowe's stores. His unique Maxistrike hammer was awarded "Best New Product in the World" at the US Hardware Heritage Lakes show and is used by Australian celebrities including Russell Crowe and Eric Bana. At 10am on May 23,2009 he will be at the 2009 Smiles for Habitat home located at 609 Heritage Village Pride Court McKinney to help build. He is working on a secret surprise for the Osornia children. Hickory Springs In 2008, the Smiles for Habitat project raised $30,000 to benefit the Habitat for Hickory Street Village Humanity home of Glenda Alons and her three children. Also held over Memorial Day weekend in 2008, the concert entertained 6,000 people and featured Maylee Thomas and country and western singer Chris Cagle. Hillcrest Estates Local orthodontist and McKinney Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year 2009 Dr. Hillcrest Highlands Jennifer Buchanan hopes to increase donations and raise more funds this year. Dr. Buchanan founded Smiles for Habitat in McKinney with the dream of providing local Hillcrest Lebanon/Cecile Place support to McKinney residents who qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home and plans to be able to raise enough through the Smiles for Habitat project in the future to build several homes a year. "What I love most about Smiles for Habitat is the results are Hillcrest Lebanon/Hillcrest Meadows tangible. The funds raised make the dream of home ownership a reality." states Dr. Buchanan. Hillcrest Lebanon/Smith Estates "We are so excited to be partnering with Habitat to build a home for the Osornia family. Hunters Creek Smiles for Habitat will be a great family event with the festival, live outdoor concert, and fireworks! Combining fun and charity is another way McKinney is "Unique by Kings Garden Nature,"comments Dr. Buchanan. For more information please visit www.mckinneybraces.com and click on "Smiles for Kings Ridge Habitat" or www.ncc-habitat.com. akes on Legacy - Lakehill SMILES FOR HABITAT 2009 akes on Legacy – The Lakes Sunday May 24th 5:00-10:00 pm CONCERT INFORMATION akes on Legacy – The Villas Emcee - Jake Tyson the Handsome Handyman and creator of Redback Tools akes of Preston Vineyard Concert: Harbour Stage 4:20 Judicial Review - local teen band from McKinney onestar Ranch Concert: Main Stage (times are approximate) Meadow Hill Estates 5:00 Color Guard 5:10 National Anthem by Miss Texas 2006 Shilah Phillips 5:30 Lone Star Attitude Northridge 6:30 Military Tribute and Presentation to Osornia Family 7:00 Maylee Thomas Band Oakbrook Park 8:30 Little Big Town Panther Creek Estates Kids Festival: 5:00-sunset Rock climbing, Obstacle Course, Bounce Houses, Games2U, Face painting, Fireworks at 10:00 Parkside Estates ATM and Concessions on site: Pearson Farms Rocky Mountain Fudge, Fried What?, Marble Slab Creamery, Mom and Popcorn, Miss Piggy's Cotton Candy, Mom's Funnel Cake, Starbucks Coffee, Mama Emilia's Plantation Estates Restaurants located near concert site and are donating percentage of sales during Plantation Resort concert to Habitat for Humanity: Panda Express, McDonald's, Amato's Italian Eatery Plantation Resort 2 No coolers at concert please Plantation Springs Prestmont Preston Estates NEW - Outdoor Aquatic Center Summer Opening: Preston Gables The month of May marks the start of the summer pool season and our aquatics team is Preston Glen gearing up for the opening of the Outdoor Aquatic Center at the Frisco Athletic Center on Saturday, May 23. Grab your swimsuits and make plans to join us. The first 250 Preston Highlands kids will receive a free Frisco Athletic Center summer t-shirt. The price of admission is included with a membership to the Frisco Athletic Center. Preston Lakes/Lakes of Hillcrest Non-members may purchase a day pass. Prices are $6 for youth ages 2 - 17 and adults 18 and older are $8. Preston Manor The Outdoor Aquatic Center features a children's play structure complete with slides Preston Oaks and spray features, a lagoon pool, two large water slides and a lazy river. Preston Ridge Food and drinks are allowed (no alcohol or glass containers) in the Outdoor Aquatic Center, but may not be brought inside the Frisco Athletic Center. Preston Trace Estates Click for a complete list of pool rules, summer schedule and hours of operation. Preston Vineyards North Preston Vineyards IV Quail Meadow Village NEW - Commemorate Members of the United States Armed Forces With The Democratic Party of Collin County: Queen‘s Gate Red Bud Estates The Democratic Party of Collin County will host its annual Memorial Day Picnic to commemorate veterans, Saturday May 23 from 3 PM until 6:30 PM at the Frisco Russwood Acres Commons Park, 8000 McKinney Road, Frisco, TX. Frisco Commons offers several great amenities, such as fishing* and nature trails. The general public is invited. Saddlebrook Village You will also be able to enjoy horseshoes, face painting, staged pictures with Obama and pictures at the beautiful veteran's memorial, contests (texting, hula hoop and Shaddock Creek more) caricatures and best of all...great food and conversation with fellow Democrats. The DPCC will also honor living veterans. All veterans are welcome to join the DPCC Shenandoah Village/Villages of Picnic. Stonebriar Park The DPCC will provide grilled hot dogs. All guests are encouraged to bring a side dish or Shepherds Hill dessert: A-M please bring vegetables, salad or casserole and N-Z please bring dessert. For more details or to volunteer, please contact, email@example.com or Starwood 972-578-1483. Sterling Ranch The Memorial Day Picnic will be a fun-filled event designed with the entire family in mind. Stewart Creek Estates *Children under seventeen are not required to have a fishing license. For an adult fishing with the youth under seventeen a fishing license is required which may be Stonebriar obtained from a sporting store. A one day fishing license may be purchased for ten dollars. Stonebriar Country Club Estates Stonebriar Creek Estates Stonebriar Village Stonelake Estates NEW - Frisco to host Arts Festival and Exhibits this Fall: Stonelake Estates West The Guild was proud to have Richard Oldham, Public Art Manager for the City of Frisco, as a guest speaker at our May 13 meeting. Richard informed us of two important Stonebrook Estates upcoming arts events. The Chase at Stonebriar The Frisco Association for the Arts will be hosting an Arts Festival at Newman Village in Frisco this October 16-18. This event is scheduled to be a large festival, with many musicians and performing arts groups, a large food area, a children‘s play area and The Creeks on Coit over 100 artists represented. As a benefit to members of the Guild, we are being offered a discounted rate on booth rentals, a waived jury fee, and all members will The Enclave at Stonebriar Creek Estates receive a tent covering for free. That is over $300 in savings for our members! Applications are available at www.zapplication.org. Upon applying online, you will need The Trails of West Frisco special codes to receive your discount. Please contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org to get these codes. The deadline for submissions is June 15, in order to receive the Guild member discounts. For more information about the The Village at Frisco Lakes festival, visit www.friscoartsfestival.org. The Villas/Lakes on Legacy If you would like to participate, but do not want to have your own booth, the Guild will also have a large tent for showing members‘ work. More details will be provided as we The Vintage/Lakes on Legacy get closer to the event. If you would like to volunteer to help the Guild with our booth, please contact the board at email@example.com. Townhomes of Tuscany Square The City of Frisco will be taking applications for the new Art in the Atrium exhibit to go up this fall in the George Purefoy Municipal Center. Look for the Call for Artists to come Turnbridge Manor out later this summer. Meanwhile, consider that the City is looking to establish a collection of art that represents the heritage and direction of the City of Frisco. Some Tuscany Meadows art works entered into the Art in the Atrium exhibit may be considered for purchase by the city. Villages of Hillcrest Villages of Lake Brook Farms Villages of Stonebriar Park Villages of Willow Bay Waterford Falls NEW – All City Choir Keeps on Singing: Westfalls Village The Frisco ISD All City Choir celebrated 10 years of singing Tuesday, May 19, at Grace United Methodist Church in Frisco. The current choir, made up of fourth and fifth grade Willow Pond students from throughout the school district performed and the choir's founding directors - Tadlock Principal Kellie Rapp and Smith Assistant Principal Terry Walsh, both Windsor Place former elementary music teachers, were special guests. Other teachers who have worked with the program over the years were also in attendance. The choir performs a variety of songs including American folk songs, blues and classical Woodstream Hills Latin. About Matt Lafata: Matt Lafata and his wife Erika share six hildren between the two of them. In NEW – Daryl Trent Honored by Arts Association: anuary 1999, Mr. Lafata moved to risco from Gloucester, MA. Matt has helped build several successful Dr. Daryl Trent, Frisco ISD Director of Fine Arts and the founder of the current FISD businesses for more than 20 years. A band program, as well as director of the Frisco Community Band, was honored for his ong-time business consultant, service to the arts by the Frisco Association for the Arts at a concert at Liberty High ntrepreneur and human resources School Tuesday May 19. Dr. Rick Reedy joined Jerri Grant Robertson of the arts professional, he is the Vice-President of association board in honoring Trent for his dedication to the fine arts in Frisco. Reedy Sales & Marketing with the Frisco-based described Trent as "Frisco's Music Man." HR strategy and technology consulting irm HRchitect. He is also the founder of The Matt Lafata Marketing Group. Previously, Matt was an Executive Vice- President of a computer software ompany where he was responsible for orporate development, marketing, NEW – Frisco Education Foundation Scholarship Night: ales, product development and more. He studied finance and business management at Salem State College in Since its founding in 1999, the Frisco Education Foundation, alongside outside donors Salem, Massachusetts. from community organizations, corporate entities, school organizations and caring individuals, has awarded over $1.8 million in scholarship monies to FISD graduating seniors. The Foundation awarded 275 deserving FISD graduating seniors with Matt Lafata has been involved in scholarship awards totaling over $365,000 at the annual FEF Scholarship Night on numerous organizations throughout Thursday, May 14, at Stonebriar Community Church. risco in the last 10 years. As a former wo-term Frisco City Council Member, he s or has been involved in the following… UPDATED - Frisco Police Blotter: Former Deputy Mayor Pro Tem The Frisco Police Blotter can be found on Crimeweb for those citizens who like to keep on the Frisco City Council up with what is going on around the city from the police point of view. This report Former Planning & Zoning covers the period of May 12 to May 18. Public Safety is a huge focus of mine and it Commissioner takes all of us to keep our city safe. If you ever see something that just doesn‘t look Graduate of Leadership Frisco right, please don‘t look the other way. Please contact our fantastic Police department. 2005 recipient of the ―21 Even if it turns out to be nothing, they would rather you contact them and let them Leaders of the 21st Century‖ by make that determination. Inside Collin County Business Journal Graduate of the Frisco Citizen‘s Police Academy Youth sports coach Past board member for the NEW – Landscape Design/Detail (Early – Mid May): Frisco Family Services Center St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Submitted By: Glenn Everett Kopanski, United States Navy (Ret) Columbus Member Member of the Frisco Heritage We are now heading to the most challenging parts of the year where different issues Association will begin to show or develop. I wanted to go "Green" on Pest, so I have just a few tips Member of the Frisco Area that will cover the most destructive pests we deal with in this part of Texas. First of all Children‘s Theatre this product called BT will destroy Caterpillars, Beetle Larvae, Fly Larvae, Mosquito Member of the Frisco Association Larvae as well. Horticultural Soap will wash the insect's protective coat making it for the Arts dehydrated. Horticultual Oil will suffocate any insect. Those are just a few products that Member of the Frisco are safe to our environment and to an animal‘s health that would come into contact Community Theatre with chemicals that are not Earth friendly. I myself use little chemicals around my Community Advisory Board property, basis soap can take care of pests that attack our trees. member for the Frisco Women‘s League I like giving tips that I have done in the past 30+ year's, for instance have you thought Friends of the Frisco Public about extending one of your gardens out some and placing large egg size rocks in place Library Member making it look like a stream? You can use Mexican Pebbles which are much larger than Board member for the Frisco the name makes it look. Throwing in large boulders can add a different touch to any Square Municipal Management yard especially placing them close to the homes front door. Planting low lying blue rug District Juniper around the rock or moss can add in some attitude. Using the imagination can City of Frisco Technology transform your yard that matches your personality and certainly makes the house look Committee member different than those around your neighborhood. I find Landscaping brings in a sort of City of Frisco Budget and Audit friendship around you that develop relationships in your neighborhoods add in a benefit subcommittee member sense of class as well. Pea-gravel walkways to a sitting area can add in a peaceful Tax Increment Finance board setting in any yard. I also always highly recommend a large birdbath on anyone's member property which attracts our favorite birds. Bird houses will attract a certain type of bird Co-Director of the Mrs. Texas as most birds use foliage in our trees and shrubs as their breeding grounds. Our United States Pageant sparrows love birdhouses whereas a Dove will nest in a Leland Cypress. Cardinals will Honorary Chair for World AIDS nest in trees usually and if there are Blue Jays around they will stake their own Day 2007 in Collin County territory as beautiful as they are they will invade any nests to keep competition at a On the PR Committee for the minimal for their babies. One bird that fascinates me is the Hummingbird. These birds 2008 Boys and Girls Club of are attracted to trumpet type flowers so if you want this bird in your yard purchase any Collin County Gala plant that puts out a long stemmed flower or spike, there are too many to mention but if you want a list please e-mail me at my home's email address I will provide below. Since 2001, Matt has produced this very popular e-newsletter that goes out Mid-Late May is the best time to finish planting if you have not already done so. Texas very week to over 41,000 people and heat will become dominate in June. After June 1st it is time to maintain and sit and businesses and keeps the Frisco relax with a glass of Iced Tea and enjoy your nature and garden. I recommend you ommunity in touch with local events continue to De-Head your flowers once they have finished blooming, give them a and businesses. There has never been haircut and that promotes new growth and flowers. Our Crepe Myrtles will be blooming nor will ever be a fee charged to in late May, I cannot stress this enough if you have this plant to keep a close eye on chools or non-profit groups to run them. Many Myrtles in this area have been hit hard the past few years, why I cannot n the newsletter. As of July 2008, the tell you but if you see leaves wrinkling up or turning yellow begin to spray the entire newsletter‘s limited commercial plant with Bacterial soap. Use a spray bottle and soak the entire trunk and leaf areas, opportunities for local businesses this will control the Afhids. If the trunk begins to turn black spray it and scrap off the Sponsorship, Spotlight and Advertorial) fungus. I almost lost 2 of them last year, what I did was cut each stalk to the ground, are handled by Full Circle Marketing. they are healthy and back to where they were 2 years ago before this fungus attacked it. Key is to maintain. Now for my Tree/Shrub & Flower of the Week: Tree of the Week: Globe Willow - This is a large spreading up Tree, rounded top - How to “Whitelist” this Frisco Heat/Drought tolerant - Handles poor soil. Plant this selection away from the house in a Community Newsletter in Your part of yard that is wasted space. This is not as invasive as a Weeping Willow. Hgt: 60ft Spam Filter: Max Spread: 60ft. With the advent of outrageous volumes Shrub of the Week: Mediterranean Fan Palm - Grows in clumps - Used in containers or of unwanted email these days, of which often used as specimen plants - I have had many of these, great Palm handling Cold we get a ton, it‘s unfortunate that well/Drought well and handles Full Sun or Shade. Hgt: 10ft Spread: 8ft. egitimate email publications like this are not being seen by some of the Flower of the Week: Turk's Cap - Showy bright red flowers that never really open eaders who enjoy those publications. completely - Great for borders blooming from early spring to late fall - Attracts many There is much fear today that the email Hummingbirds-Dies early into the winter but bursts out in late February for another publishing/marketing industry is in year of enjoyment. erious trouble, due to mistakes in iltering when legitimate email is That is it for this week. Before I sign off I have to encourage water conservation. With rroneously tagged as unwanted email. all the wonderful rainfall we have had it will not take long to deplete the lakes again. With population growth in North Texas and higher demand for water I believe in my While we applaud the anti-spam own opinion it is wise to keep conservation minded. We have had enough rain to ndustry for removing the plethora of sustain our grass and plants for several weeks but for plant containers water will be unwanted email from many of our needed as that soil is elevated and can dry faster. As far as our turf though the mailboxes, from time to time, some sprinklers can be shut off for awhile. Over watering means more dependence your egitimate email publications are grass will get and when we hit long dry spells this summer over-watered grass will turn mistaken as unwanted. brown faster than a lawn that is watered once per week. I like to also mention we live in a unique city with much diversity keeping Frisco clear of litter is always encouraged Sometimes, this results in our mailings and for the smokers those butts need to be placed in an ashtray not on our streets and bouncing back, with requests for us to a threat of grassfires as well during dry spells. It is always an honor to serve Frisco and espond to challenge/response I always like to thank my two best friends Matt & Erika Lafata for allowing me to give messages to prevent future filtering. this service to you. If you have any questions please contact me at: However, due to the size of our list, it‘s firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be more than happy to assist you in your concerns nearly impossible for us handle the or advice, nice thing about this is it is free!! My Best Frisco, Glenn olume of such requests. To that end, please realize that we want our readers to always anticipate and njoy the valuable information that this ommunity newsletter delivers. NEW - Newest Segment of the Sam Rayburn Tollway to Open Ahead of f you currently use an anti-spam Schedule: program or service, we ask that you ake just a minute or two to add this newsletter to your “safe” or A progress report delivered to the NTTA System Projects and Operations Committee in permitted email sender list. This May indicated that Segment 3 of the Sam Rayburn Tollway (SRT) is likely to open to usually involves simply adding our traffic ahead of its January 2010 anticipated completion date. ending address to your whitelist, afelist, or list of privileged senders. ―If construction continues to progress on schedule, the project could reach substantial This is commonly known as whitelisting completion by fall,‖ said Elizabeth Mow, NTTA director of project delivery. a publication. Simply add the email addresses of Matt@MattLafata.com, Segment 3 is approximately 6.88 miles long and extends from Hillcrest Road to Hardin Matt@MattandErika.net, and Boulevard. It is the next segment in the SRT corridor, which stretches approximately Erika@FullCircleDFW.com. 26 miles southwest to northeast, linking the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and growing communities in Collin, Dallas and Denton counties. If you wish to be removed from Segments 1 and 2 are open to traffic and extend from Denton Tap Road in Coppell to this newsletter, please send an Hillcrest Road on the Plano/Frisco line. Once complete, Segment 3 will round out email to Matt@MattLafata.com and nearly 23 miles of vital roadway needed for improved mobility. simply put the words REMOVE in the subject line. The SRT has two additional segments to be constructed: • Segment 4 – 2.94 miles, from Hardin Boulevard to east of Medical Center Drive including the SRT/U.S. 75 interchange; scheduled to open by January 2011. • Segment 5 – .33 miles, consists of adding direct-connect bridges to the SRT at the Dallas North Tollway; scheduled to open by January 2012. When complete, the SRT will feature six main lanes and all-electronic toll collection. For more information on the SRT and other NTTA roadways, visit www.ntta.org. NEW - NTTA Dedicates Sam Rayburn Tollway: The NTTA will formally dedicate the Sam Rayburn Tollway during a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 5. The NTTA Board of Directors approved the new name on March 16, 2009, after months of deliberation and input from the communities along corridor as well as the general public. The June 5 ceremony also will celebrate 54 years of distinguished public service by the roadway‘s namesake – Samuel ―Sam‖ Taliaferro Rayburn. ―Mr. Sam,‖ as the iconic Texan was affectionately known, served in elected office for 54 consecutive years. Rayburn represented the Fourth Congressional District, a 16-county area that once included Collin, Grayson, Rockwall and Fannin counties. He remains the longest-serving speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rayburn helped bring electricity to rural parts of this region, farm-to-market roads, multiple federal projects and economic development opportunities to this region. He was known for his integrity, patriotism, fairness and his love of North Texas. The ceremony will be held on the Exchange Parkway just off the northbound service road in the city of Allen, where a commemorative plaque will be built into the project. Speakers include NTTA Board Chairman Paul N. Wageman and Sam Rayburn Foundation Chairman Dee J. Kelly. The Sam Rayburn Tollway remains under construction by the NTTA. The first two segments of its 26-mile stretch in Dallas, Denton and Collin counties are open to traffic and feature all-electronic toll collection. The remaining segments are opening in phases, with the tollway expected to fully open to traffic by January 2012. NEW - Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge Arch Almost Complete: Crews continue to work diligently to finish the Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge (LLTB), which will provide a much needed east/west connection in Denton County north of Lake Lewisville. As work on the arch nears completion, crews focus on bringing the concrete decking to meet the signature steel arch. The bridge construction began with the drilling and placement of 248 drilled shafts to support the structure. The bridge has 194 concrete columns connected by 566 concrete beams. On top of the beams, crews laid a thick concrete slab that makes up the road surface. Once complete, 150,000 tons of concrete will have gone into the 64-foot-wide and 1.7-mile-long bridge structure. The NTTA still anticipates opening the bridge to traffic in August 2009. The LLTB will give motorists, area residents and boaters and easily recognizable landmark in southern Denton County. Plans are underway for events that will allow the public to view this magnificent structure. More information about the LLTB project can be found at www.ntta.org. NEW - Dirt Keeps Flying on Bush Extension: As construction on the President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT) Eastern Extension progresses, one thing is for certain – crews will be up to their ears in dirt as they begin the ―messy‖ task of moving more than one million cubic yards of dirt to make way for the eastern expansion of the PGBT. The NTTA is building Sections 28-31 of the 9.9-mile extension, which will lengthen the PGBT southeast from State Highway 78, over Lake Ray Hubbard, to Interstate Highway 30. The Texas Department of Transportation is building the lake bridge (Section 32). Construction began in October 2008, and the road is expected to open to traffic in late 2011. Along its length, the extension will have a variety of profiles – from well-below grade to ground level and back to well-above grade. Section 28, from the Firewheel Town Center in Garland to west of Miles Road in Sachse, is largely below grade, beginning its westward trek beneath the bridge at Crist Road and also passing underneath Firewheel Parkway. As a result, crews must dig down as much as 30 feet in spots, displacing slightly more than 1.2 million cubic yards of dirt, rock and other ground materials in the process – about 480,000 loads for the average full-size pickup truck. While some of this dirt will be used to build embankments within the project, large haulers are standing by to cart most of it away to various off-site locations. Now, weather permitting, crews are stripping and stockpiling the topsoil for re- spreading when the major earthwork and construction are done. This involves removing about four inches from the entire length, except areas that will not be disturbed in the construction. The majority of the built-up areas, or embankments, for this project are at the bridge abutments, which is considered a short haul accomplished with track hoes, large eject trucks and paddle scrapers. That material is excavated, hauled, spread and compacted without access to a public roadway. The remaining excess material requires loading onto semi-tractor trailers and hauling over public roadways in legal loads of about 40,000 pounds of material per trailer. That equates to about 12.5 cubic yards per truck, or about 62,440 truckloads. In coordination with the corridor cities of Garland, Sachse and Rowlett, contractors already have placed some of the dirt on an adjacent property for its future development. The City of Garland will receive 50,000 cubic yards, or 4,000 truckloads for future use in the C.M. Hinton Jr. Regional Landfill in Rowlett. PBGT EE Section 30 will require about 120,000 cubic yards, or 9,600 truckloads. The remaining material will be sold and hauled to places yet to be determined.