Tax assistance, meet and greet: 4 things to do in McKinney, Feb. 16-18

The first meet and greet held by the McKinney Transplants from California will be held Friday at 7 p.m.

The first meet and greet held by the McKinney Transplants from California will be held Friday at 7 p.m.

Here are four things to do in McKinney this weekend.


1. First meet and greet held by McKinney Transplants from California
Network, have fun and meet other McKinney residents from California at this family-friendly meet and greet. This event is open for everyone. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. The Pantry Restaurant, 214 E. Louisiana St.


2. AARP offers tax assistance
AARP volunteers will offer free tax assistance at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library. Attendees should bring their Social Security card, driver’s license, last year’s tax return and all tax documents from this year. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, 101 E. Hunt St.

3. Guided trail walk at Heard Museum
Groups will spend 45-60 minutes hiking the Heard Museum’s landscape and experience the ecology, geology, flora and fauna of the space. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. 10 a.m. $9 (children ages 3-12), $12 (adults). Heard Museum, 1 Nature Place.

4. Festival of Darkness at Tupps Brewery
Visit Tupps Brewery to celebrate the dark beers brewed in 2017 and new ones in 2018. This will be the only time the 2018 Bourbon Barrel Aged Full Grown Man beer will be on tap in the taproom. Attendees will find 12 beers on tap, food truck Arete Gourmet Sliders and live music by Tyler Rogers and Rory Payne and Good Field. 5-10 p.m. Free. Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson St.


This map shows where the new parking lot would be located. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
New public parking lot on McKinney’s east side given initial green light

The parking lot would provide public parking to anyone that needs a space for the future area the city is developing, officials said.

Zoom Room is now open in McKinney. (Courtesy Zoom Room)
Zoom Room dog training service opens in McKinney

The classes emphasize socialization, positive reinforcement and education.

Tupps is relocating to an old granary east of Hwy. 5 in McKinney. (Rendering courtesy city of McKinney)
Site plan approved for Tupps Brewery relocation, expansion in McKinney

Keith Lewis, owner and founder of Tupps Brewery, said at the meeting that people he ran into would implore him not to get rid of the “vibe” that exists in the current location, and that he has reached out to residents on this side of the city to hear their input.

Collin County Health Care Services announced on July 27 the creation of mobile vaccination teams. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Collin County residents can now request mobile COVID-19 vaccine services

The teams will focus on reaching homebound individuals, long-term care facilities, businesses requesting vaccination for employees and other organizations.

This concept art shows a depiction of what the mural on the Woodsmen of the World building in McKinney could look like. (Illustration courtesy city of McKinney)
McKinney OKs agreement with artist to paint downtown mural

The mural will be located on the Woodsmen of the World Building at 119 S. Tennessee St. in downtown McKinney.

The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The new CDC guidance, announced July 27, also recommends people in areas with "high" or "substantial" levels of transmission wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Mad for Chicken opened July 23 at 216 W. Virginia St., Ste. 102, in downtown McKinney. (Courtesy Mad for Chicken)
Mad for chicken now serving McKinney; La Casita Tacos y Pupusas coming to Richardson and more DFW-area news

Mad for Chicken, a Korean-inspired restaurant, serves soy-garlic fried chicken alongside pork belly strips, salads, kimchi fries, quesadillas and more.

The Goddard School is building a new location in McKinney. (Courtesy The Goddard School)
The Goddard School coming soon to Trinity Falls area in McKinney

When construction on the early childhood education center is complete, it will have 10 classrooms, an indoor gym with a rock wall and two outdoor playgrounds.

plates of food
First Mad for Chicken in Texas now open in downtown McKinney

Soy-garlic fried chicken alongside pork belly strips, salads, kimchi fries, quesadillas and more are available.

McKinney completes over $3.17M in renovations at Cottonwood Park

A community party July 24 will highlight the more than $3.17 million invested in preserving and redeveloping McKinney's Cottonwood Park.

The city of McKinney established school zones for Emerson High School in a July 20 City Council meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
School zone established for Emerson High in Frisco ISD; 61% of residents in 3 Plano ZIP codes fully vaccinated, and more top news from DFW

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.