Things to do in McKinney this November

Fine + Well is holding mediation classes in November. (Courtesy Fine + Well)
Fine + Well is holding mediation classes in November. (Courtesy Fine + Well)

Fine + Well is holding mediation classes in November. (Courtesy Fine + Well)

Nov. 8

Drop off kids for a scavenger hunt


Parents can drop their children off for a scavenger hunt while the parents enjoy a night out. In addition to a scavenger hunt, children will watch “The Lion King.” Dinner is also included. Interested parents can call Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa to register their children. 5-9 p.m. Prices vary. Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa, 7910 Collin McKinney Parkway, McKinney. 214-383-1030. www.craigranchfitness.com/kids-and-family

Nov. 9

Attend a chili cookoff


Hugs Cafe is hosting a Chili Cookoff in which chefs from McKinney restaurants will compete to create the best flavors. The event will feature chili samples, a grill for kids, retail vendors, a cornhole tournament and more. Proceeds from this event will benefit Hugs Cafe, a nonprofit that employs and provides job training to adults with special needs. 4-6 p.m. $15 (ages 20 and under), $25 (ages 21 and older). Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson St., McKinney. 469-301-6900. www.facebook.com/events/429853957619851

Nov. 9

Help feed those in need


At McKinney Foodstock, attendees will help those in need of food by donating nonperishable food items. The goal is to make a vintage Volkswagen overflow with canned fruits, vegetables and meats as well as dry pasta, rice and other nonperishable foods. Proceeds will benefit the McKinney Hunger Free Coalition and Love Life Foundation. The event will also feature live music, vendor booths, a vintage car show, food trucks and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 (or donation of five nonperishable food items). McKinney Volkswagen, 3600 S. Central Expressway, McKinney. 469-450-1242. www.lovelifefoundation.com/events

Nov. 12 and 19

Learn about meditation


Attendees will take a 20-minute sitting meditation workshop to be followed by a discussion of Buddhist practices and teachings for finding peace and happiness. The class will be led by an ordained lay teacher. Chairs and yoga mats will be provided, but attendees may bring their own cushions to sit on. 7-8 p.m. Free. Fine + Well, 202 E. Louisiana St., McKinney. 469-325-9183. www.fineandwellcbd.com

Nov. 15

Watch a movie outdoors


This event will be an outdoor movie night for individuals with special needs as well as their families and caregivers. The movie has not been chosen at this time, but the community center is open to suggestions. $5. 6-8 p.m. McKinney Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expressway, McKinney. 972-547-2690. www.mckinneytexas.org

Nov. 16

Listen to bluegrass


The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is presenting a concert in McKinney. The show will feature the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band and the Downtown String Band. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $28.50. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 214-544-4630. www.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org

Nov. 23

Go to a charitable choir


A 40-voice Dallas community choir called Resounding Harmony will present two performances of “On the Wings of Love.” Proceeds from the choir concerts will benefit The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center in Lucas. Resounding Harmony is an 11-year-old philanthropic musical choir, which benefits local organizations in the Dallas area. 2-4:30 p.m., 8-10:30 p.m. $25 (adults and children ages 13 and older), $10 (children 12 and under). McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972-547-2650. www.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org

Nov. 26

Play in a Turkey Bowl


Up to 100 students in fifth-ninth grade are invited to play in a flag football game with McKinney police officers. Lunch and a free T-shirt are provided. Children are required to register by Nov. 22. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Bonnie Wenk Park, 2996 Virginia Parkway, McKinney. 972-547-1071. www.mckinneytexas.org/FormCenter/Police-7/Flag-Football-Turkey-Bowl-173

Nov. 29 through Dec. 1

Attend a dog show


A dog agility show—featuring groups such as GazeHounds of Texas, Den-Tex TWANG and North Texas Barnhunters—is taking place Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Dogs of all breeds, including mixed breeds, are welcome to register. The public can come watch as the dogs compete in a variety of competitions. Dogs not competing are prohibited from attending. Times vary. Free (admission). Myers Park, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney. 972-548-4792. www.collincountytx.gov/myers
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By Emily Davis

Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.


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