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With the Pinball Festival, Dissection Club, Robotics Camp, and Gymnastics Championship, we’re getting ready for greener grass and all kinds of spring things to do in Frisco this week!
Featured this week:
The Dallas Entrepreneur Summit is coming up on March 24th and tickets are still available for an amazing speaker lineup. The focus of this event is on business growth. The event is at the Frisco Convention Center between the Embassy Suites and Dr. Pepper Arena. Use discount code “Guest” for 20% off! Get your tickets now before it sells out.
Friday, March 18
“Dissection Club” – In Frisco Athletic Center from 6-8pm, join our group of junior biologists for the Dissection Club! We’ll dress up as surgeons to perform dissections of real starfish, crabs, frogs, octopi and toads.
Mar 18 – Frog
Apr 22 – Octopus
May 13 – Toad
Registration required for each individual session for ages 6-13 only. Fee: $39 each child.
“Super Friday Fun Night” – Kids night out at the FAC! Start off in the Zone playing air hockey, billiards, and foosball during check-in. Next, head to the Indoor Aquatic Center for swimming in the lazy river, play pool, and slide down ‘Big Blue’ (must be 48′ to ride). End the night with a pizza dinner and fun, active and cooperative games in our studios and gym. Bring your friends and join us for Super Friday Fun Nights! Drop off in Zone. Guardian must come into FAC with participant to sign a waiver on first visit. Bring bathing suit and towel.
“Texas Pinball Festival 2016” – The 2016 Texas Pinball Festival will be held the weekend of March 18th-20th, 2016 in a HUGE 40,000 square foot game room! We’ll be at the Embassy Suites Dallas – Frisco Hotel and Conference Center in Frisco again, and we want to top what we did last year and fill this space with more than 400 pinball machines, classic video games and other game room goodies set up on free play for everyone to enjoy the entire weekend. Leave your quarters at home! Show Times: Friday 5pm-1am, Saturday 10am-midnight, Sunday 9am-2:30pm.
“World Music Concert “An Evening with the Karunbithil Family” – The Institute of Global Music and Arts will perform at 7:30pm in the Black Box Theater inside the Frisco Discovery Center. Music by: Vittal Ramamurthy, Rajarajeshwary Bhat, Chinmayee B N, Thanmayee Krishnamurthy, Keerthana Bhat, and Kruthi Bhat. Honoring: Mrs. Krishnaveni Hebbar. ADMISSION: Free! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org OR call 940-600-5552
Saturday, March 19
“FC Dallas vs. Montreal Impact” – Match starts at 8pm in Toyota Stadium.
“Kids in the Kitchen” – Kids in the Kitchen is a national initiative of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Developed in 2006 to address the growing issue of childhood obesity and poor nutrition, Kids in the Kitchen is designed to educate and connect youth and their families with tools to improve fitness, nutrition, family lifestyle choices and prevent child obesity. More than nine million children between the ages of six and nine are overweight, a number which has tripled over the last 20 years. The statistics are alarming, but true. Through Kids in the Kitchen, the Junior League of Collin County provides fun, family-oriented solutions to healthy living, where kids and youth are encouraged to be active participants in their own health and well-being. The event is open to the public and takes place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Children’s Health Plano campus at 7601 Preston Road. For more information, please email KIK@jlcollincounty.org
“LEGO Robotics Camp for Grades 2-6” – From 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm on Saturdays, this Robotics & Programming class provides an exciting series of problem solving STEM activities. Format: Group, no parents needed! Limited to 6 students per group.
Structure: 75 minute weekly
Tuition: $300 per 10 week session
Starts Saturday, March 19th
This Saturday, the 19th, is a FREE First Visit for first timers!
“2016 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship” – The 2016 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship takes place Saturday, March 19 at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas. This marks the first time Dr Pepper Arena will host the event. Oklahoma captured its eighth Big 12 title in 2015 and fourth straight (2004, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’12, ’13, ’14, ’15). The top three finishers in each event are named to the All-Big 12 Championship Team, while Gymnast, Newcomer, Event Specialist and Coach of the Year awards are also presented at the championship. Get tickets:
Sunday, March 20
“Frisco Family Symphony Sunday “Movie Magic” by the Plano Symphony Orchestra” – Pre-concert Activities begin at 2:15pm and concert starts at 3pm in Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Parkway in Frisco. The Plano Symphony Orchestra presents “Movie Magic” in Frisco at the Discovery Center as part of the Family Symphony Sundays Concert Series. For only $8 per person, come for the memories, and experience the magic. “Movie Magic” gives families an opportunity to learn about the instruments of an orchestra and experience interactive, musical performances. “Movie Magic” will partner with the puppeteer groups Le Theatre De Marionette and Geppetto’s Marionette Theater, making this concert a visual and exciting collaborative effort. Come early and enjoy special activities unique to each instrumental family prior to the concert. You and your child will have an enjoyable time learning and being exposed to all the instruments with the Instrument Petting Zoo, find out what it’s like to have the orchestra at the point of your baton at the Conductor’s Station, and make sure to visit the Arts & Crafts Station.
“Third Sunday Open House at Frisco Heritage Museum” – Hop on down to the Frisco Heritage Center for some “HARE”-raising fun from 1-4pm as Wakeland High School 4-H students show off their prize winning rabbits. There will be other live animals, a kids’ craft and coloring sheets. Kids of all ages can have a bunny nose and whiskers painted on. Pony cart rides around the Heritage Center will be available weather permitting. And, you won’t want to miss the blacksmith demonstrations and tours of historic structures. This is FREE family fun!
Monday, March 21
“Frisco Youth Symphony Orchestra Spring Performance” – Come join the Frisco Youth Symphony Orchestra for this 7pm performance in Frisco High Auditorium, 6401 Parkwood Blvd. A FREE fantastic program will feature the following works:
- Bagatelle OP. 119 No. 5 – Beethoven
- Spaseniye Sodelal – Tchesnokov
- Warrior Legacy – Newbold
- Russian Sailors Dance from the Red Poppy – Gliere
- Reverie – Corigliano
- Dance of Iscariot – Mosier
Tuesday, March 22
“2016 Frisco Senior Center Health Fair” – From 9:00am-Noon, come out to the Frisco Senior Center, 6670 Moore Street, Frisco, Texas 75034, for this free health fair. 50+ Vendors / 300+ Seniors / Health Screenings from Baylor Medical Center at Frisco (All are non-fasting tests) / Blood Glucose Total Cholesterol / Blood Pressure Bone Density / Calvert Hearing Checks / Door Prizes / Chiropractic Analysis / A confidential and convenient way to gain a greater understanding of your health / Early detection of previously unknown medical conditions
Wednesday, March 23
“2016 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight Championship” – The NCAA has awarded the 2016 Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight to the city of Frisco, Texas, as part of the largest set of host site announcements in association history Wednesday. The Lone Star Conference and Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau will host the event March 23rd-26th. The Elite Eight will take place in the state of Texas for the first time ever at Dr Pepper Arena, a multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue that seats about 5,000 for basketball. For more information on all of the NCAA championship sites awarded, log on to www.ncaa.com/site-selections.
“Dallas Builders Association BigShot Shootout” – The Dallas Builders Association, in conjunction with the Frisco Gun Club, is hosting the First Annual BigShot Shootout from 6pm to 9pm. The BigShot Shootout will support Operation FINALLY HOME and its mission of providing custom-built, mortgage-free homes to wounded, ill, and injured veterans and the widows of the fallen. Two-person teams will have the opportunity to highlight their marksmanship at two pistol targets and one rifle target. Firearms and ammunition will be provided.
“Whataburger Invites Frisco-Area Families to Celebrate with “Super-Duper” Event” – It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Super Duper Celebration! In the heart of every child lives a superhero, and on Wednesday, March 23, Whataburger Restaurants will celebrate the superhero spirit in all of us with an afternoon of family fun from 5 to 7 p.m. at its location at 5266 Preston Road. Customers can spend quality time with their little heroes and treat them to a superhero-themed celebration with food, games and prize wheel giveaways. To add to the fun, Whataburger’s mascot, Whataguy, and a balloon artist will be in attendance. Children 12 and under dressed in a superhero costume will receive a free kid’s meal.
GET READY FOR:
“Art in the Atrium 12” – The City of Frisco Public Art Program Call for Entries! Entry Deadline: March 27.
The City of Frisco’s Public Art Program is calling for artists to submit for Art in the Atrium 12, an exhibit featuring artwork from North Texas artists. Artwork will be exhibited throughout the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center for approximately six months beginning Monday, April 25, 2016. Artists are invited to submit two-dimensional artwork to be considered. This is an ideal opportunity for artists eager to share their works of art and vision with the community.
“7th Annual ARTS IN THE SQUARE” – Returns April 2-3, 2016 in Frisco Square. In collaboration with the Frisco Independent School District, Frisco Square presents Arts in the Square with proceeds going to the Frisco Education Foundation and Frisco Family Services. Arts in the Square 2016 takes place April 2nd and 3rd, and will feature over 120 of some of the best local and regional artists selling their handmade creations. Artists compete in the following categories: Fine Arts/Graphics, Pottery, Textiles, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Photography, Wood, and Miscellaneous. So come out, and feast your eyes on incredible art or sit and relax by Simpson Plaza, listen to local musicians, watch ongoing performing arts, enjoy interactive art activities, and treat yourself to the food and spirits available at the variety of award-winning restaurants on site. Volunteers are needed to help support the event. If you are interested in serving your community and the arts, please sign up!
“5th Annual Downtown Frisco StrEATS” – On Saturday, April 9th, the Main Street Merchants Association is hosting the 5th annual Downtown Frisco StrEATS event. This event will host more than 20 food trucks and attract more than 15,000 attendees in one afternoon. There will be live music from local and regional performers. The event will be located in the parking lot just behind the Chamber of Commerce building, south of Main St. and between 3rd and 4th streets. There will be approximately 16 vendor spaces available specifically for local artists and arts organizations. These spaces will be located at the entrance to the event on the corner of Main and 4th, next to the gazebo. The cost per 10’x10′ space is $100 ($50 for non-profit organizations). Please download the entry form for complete information. Calling All Artists: Exhibition Spaces Available for event, but Entry Deadline is March 18
“2016 Collin College CougarRun 5K and Fun Run” – On Saturday, April 9th, the inaugural CougarRun K5 and Fun Run is presented by State Farm and The Pride at Collin College’s Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco. The event will raise funds for the Alumni Scholarship Fund at the Collin College Foundation. Collin alumni, donors, supporters, current students, faculty and staff, as well as community members are encouraged to bring their friends and families to join us for this fun, first-time event that will change the lives of deserving Collin College students! Event Registration: Early Bird Registration is $25 now through March 15; Regular Registration is $30 March 16-April 8. Participants may still register the day of the event; day-of-event registration is $35 per individual. REGISTER NOW! For More Information about the CougarRun 5K and Fun Run, please contact Patricia Gregory, Development Officer and Alumni Program Director at the Collin College Foundation, 972.599.3145 or email email@example.com.
“Frisco Family Services Gala ONE 2016” – One community. One purpose. One impact. Presented by Advanced Fixtures Inc. on Saturday, April 16, at 6pm. This year’s Gala ONE event will be “under the stars” where guests can take in an awe-inspiring, panoramic rooftop view of this great community, from seven stories up! We are pulling out all the stops to ensure our 22nd annual gala is an experience like no other, and we want YOU to be a part of it! The evening will include an elegant, seated, six-course dinner presented by local restaurants, spectacular live and silent auctions, and dancing under the stars to the fabulous Emerald City Band! Gala ONE 2016 will conclude with the announcement of the winner of a Luxurious Italian Getaway along with the winner of a $10,000 VISA gift card. Every day, Frisco Family Services remains committed to helping our neighbors in need – those facing hunger, homelessness or another life crisis – but we cannot do so without YOU. We invite you to make an impact in our community by supporting us as a sponsor, program advertiser and/or distinguished guest. COMMUNITY begins with CARING.