Next week is July 4th - our nation's birthday! Many of us celebrate cookout's, friends, family and baseball games - and of course fireworks! We wanted to share some fun facts and local events. However you choose to celebrate, we wish you a safe and relaxing holiday!
The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 2, 1776; the date of celebration was later revised when the final version was adopted 2 days later, July 4, 1776. However most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776.
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men representing the 13 colonies.
Three U.S. Presidents actually died on July 4th. John Adams & Thomas Jefferson actually died within hours of each in 1826. James Monroe died in 1831. Adams & Jefferson were the only signers of the Declaration who went on to be President.
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President was born on July 4, 1831
31 places have “liberty” in their name; 4 of them are in Iowa.
11 places have “independence” in their name.
5 places have “freedom” in their name.
5 places are called “America”.
1 place has “patriot” in its name.
AREA FIREWORK SHOWS
Kaboom Town! Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Addison Circle Park
Spirit of Coppell Patriotic Parade Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9 a.m.
The parade kicks off at the corner of Samuel Blvd. and Parkway Blvd., where it will proceed on Parkway Blvd. to the Town Center Plaza.
Now that we have celebrated the New Year most of us begin returning our home decor to "normal" and that often involves disposing of your once-live Christmas tree.
In Plano we are offered seveal locations where we can drop off our tree for recycling. All trees and greenery will be processed into Texas Pure products. Texas Pure compost, top-dressing, mulch and soil blend products have been developed as high-quality yard and garden products. You can order Texas Pure products here or watch for information in your City of Plano utility bill.
In this busy season it is easy to miss some of the special holiday events that our area has to offer, and with the kids out of school and holiday visitors sometimes you are a loss of what to do and see. Here is a list of things happening in our area. In our last article we mentioned Plano events.
In this busy season it is easy to miss some of the special holiday events that our area has to offer, and with the kids out of school and holiday visitors sometimes you are a loss of what to do and see. Here is a list of things happening in Plano.
Harrington Library – 1501 18th Street
December 21, 2:00 - 3:30pm; Library Legos
December 28, 2:00pm; Family Movie – Karate Kid
Gordon Lights – 4665 Quincy Lane
Every evening starting at 6:00pm * till 10pm Sunday – Thursday; till 11pm Friday & Saturday.
Over 100,000 lights computer-controlled by 850 channels of lighting automation and animation set to music broadcast over FM radio. You can enjoy the show from the comfort and warmth of your car.
Holiday Lights at Deerfield – Deerfield Neighborhood, Legacy Drive at Archgate Drive
Daily through January 2nd
This Plano neighborhood display is a Collin County tradition – typically one of the largest in the county.
Story Time with Mrs. Claus – Collin Creek Mall – lover level in Center Court near Bloom
December 22nd & 24th at 10:00 am
Schimelpfenig Library – 5024 Custer Road
December 28, 11:00am – Puppet Show – The Gingerbread Man
The Ice Palace at Willow Bend – The Shops at Willow Bend, in Grand Court near Neiman Marcus
Daily through December 24 – 2:00pm – 9:00pm
Come see the enchanting new holiday display, celebrating “The Chronicles of Narnia”
Did you know that the Plano Animal Shelter is one of the busiest shelters in all of Texas? Yes it is true, with more than 43,000 visitors (the human type) stopping in during the past year our shelter is busier than Dallas and Fort Worth’s shelters – combined!
The shelter, located at Plano Parkway between Coit Road and Commerce Street has cared for more than 7,000 animals over the past year. The volunteer base of 125 animal lovers provided nearly 10,000 volunteers hours last year – comforting, playing and giving the pets human contact and companionship while they await their forever homes. Last year nearly 2,800 forever homes were found for shelter pets.
What kind of pets arrive at the shelter? Well the vast majority are dogs (3,652) and cats (1,638) but the shelter seems just about any kind of pet a person could imagine – of course there are always a few unexpected ones – just as an alligator, a monkey and some bobcats.
If you are considering adopting a pet you can look here to see what is available. There are some great resources of information about the process and things to think about before adopting a pet.
In November the Plano Animal Shelter on West Plano Parkway unveiled the “Companions” sculpture that will greet visitors for years to come.The unveiling coincided with the grand opening of shelter’s new 5,000 square foot addition.
The sculpture is made of concrete and colorful glass – the dog is named Akiva and the cat is Kannon, Oscar Alvarado of San Antonio is the artist of this cute couple.
The expanded area boasts surgical suite with separate recovery rooms for dogs and cats, a large kennel space and a reception area.Visitors will appreciate the new pet owner waiting area.The staff is happy with more storage as well as the new laundry room.
All City of Plano pets must be registered; Akiva & Kannon are registered as well!For more info on the partnership with the City of Plano and Pet Data visit www.PalnoAnimalShelter.org or www.PetData.comBe sure to stop by and see the sculpture and facilities.
Parker Road at US 75 Project is now operational!Some construction will remain into January but the Single Point Urban Interchange is fully functional.This joint project between the City of Plano and the Texas Department of Transportation is the first of its kind in Texas.Learn more about Single Point Urban Interchanges here.
December 11th marked the beginning of Cashless Tolling for the entire North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA).For Plano drivers this includes the Dallas North Tollway, Sam Rayburn Tollway and President George Bush Turnpike.You will be billed by Zip Cash or charged thru TollTag account only.TollTags offer significant savings on tolls and new accounts can be opened at two City of Plano locations.There will be some demolition and construction along the Dallas North Tollway thru mid 2011 as the Parker Road Toll Plaza and ramp plazas are dismantled.
Buy 50 tickets ($25) by October 27 and get ten free! Proceeds will underwrite scholarships for youth to attend Theatre programs. For more information, please call Sara Akers at (972) 422-2575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
North TX Kids Family Expo
2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway
Saturday, October 30th * 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The North Texas Kids Family Expo is a Halloween extravaganza with over 100 vendors, live entertainment, arts & crafts, bounce houses and tons of other fun activities. Children are allowed to trick-or-treat, play, dance and more. There will be a costume contest at 2:00pm.FREE
$16/cubic yard – we can help you figure out how much you need; delivery available.More Information
Thursday, August 19 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
BEKA Book Home School curriculum and text book sale.
Free Admission – 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway
Saturday, August 21 – 9:00 am
Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve – Family Morning Hike
Spend a fall morning walking the woods of Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve with your family and friends (for everyone 3 years and older).Parks & Recreation staff and/or naturalist will guide you through local flora and fauna.Everyone 13 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Event Description VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!This is Plano's 24th annual community-wide cleanup effort. Join over two million volunteers from more than 14,000 communities nationwide as they participate in neighborhood, school campus, park and creek cleanups! Everyone can help...individuals, groups and organizations. It's good for the environment!
The 2010 Live Green Expo will bring you face-to-face with the nation's foremost experts in the field of sustainable-living. Come and learn about protecting our environment by conserving resources, minimizing waste and reducing toxic products and materials....learn about renewable energy sources and how to integrate environmental values into your everyday life...and more!Visit numerous vendor booths, cooking demos, explore the DIY Room, learn about 'green' jobs...and more!
Joel Salatin is the 2010 keynote speaker. He's an American farmer, lecturer and author ("You Can Farm" and "Salad Bar Beef") who raises livestock using holistic methods on his 550-acre Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley.
Home for the Holidays will be presented on December 20th at 4pm and again at 7:30 pm at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Plano. Broadway soprano Laurie Gayle Stephenson will be featured in this wonderful production.
October 17th & 18th, 2009 - 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway
The Heart of Texas Arts & Crafts Show includes hand-crafted items like antiques, collectibles and home decorations
Admission: $5/adults (good for the entire weekend); children 12 and under admitted free. For more information contact Earline Walters at 903-217-8081 or visit www.heartoftexasshow.com
Taste of Downtown Plano
October 17th & 18th, 2009 - 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Historic Downtown Plano
East 15th Street
The Historic Downtown Plano Association continues the 2009 Special Events Series with Taste of Downtown Plano. Activities include tasty food samples for purchase, wine tastings, demonstrations, vendors, music, drinks and more. This event promises to be an amazing day of family fun and great downtown shopping too.
October 10th, 2009 – Saturday – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
15th Street and H Avenue
The Plano International Festival will showcase and celebrate the many cultures represented by Plano residents. The Festival will take visitors on a "tour of the world" right in historic downtown with diverse music and dance performances, a feast of ethnic cuisine, vibrant displays and works of art. PLUS...over 30 free activities and demonstrations for the entire family. Attendees will also witness new citizens being sworn in during a naturalization ceremony.
Watter's Creek first annual Parade, Pooches, and Patriots on the Green celebration. Festivities include kid and pooch patriotic parade and costume contest. Children of all ages are welcome to decorate their bikes, wagons, strollers and scooters to join the 15 minute parade. Canines should be on a leash and no motorized vehicles are permitted. Admission and parking is free. Prizes will be awarded.
Before and after the parade their will be clowns, face painting, and balloon artists. Families are also encouraged to bring care package items such as disposable cameras, hygiene products, phone cards, playing cards, AA batteries, energy bars, gum and small stuffed animals to donate for Soldier care packages.
Registration for the parade is from 11am - noon and is free. The parade begins promptly at noon. Winners will be announced at 1pm.
Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm is located at 970 Garden Park Drive (US 75 and Bethany Drive) in Allen. Plano
Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve
Spring Creek Parkway @ Jupiter Road
Starting at 9:30 PM
Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and the whole family to help celebrate Independence Day 2009 at Plano's All-American Fourth! Spectacular fireworks can be seen as the show is choreographied to music and simulcast on 97.5 KLAK.