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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Infinity Realty Partners and Brahma Title & Escrow expect to open a new corporate headquarters at 299 E. Eldorado Parkway, McKinney in spring 2020. (Rendering courtesy Craig Anderson)
Infinity Realty Partners and Brahma Title & Escrow to open new corporate headquarters in McKinney

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The McKinney Urban Transit District has allocated $270,000 for funding of a new pilot program that will allow people facing certain hardships free transportation service. (courtesy Adobe Stock)
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The city of McKinney has been selected to host one of the Drum Corps International tour stops at its McKinney ISD stadium next summer. (courtesy city of McKinney)
McKinney ISD stadium selected to host Drum Corps International competition next summer

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Graphite Pencil   Paper is now open in downtown McKinney offering a variety or pencils and stationary. (courtesy Graphite Pencil   Paper)
Graphite Pencil + Paper now open in downtown McKinney

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The city of McKinney has hired a new Assistant City Manager, named Kim Flom. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)
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family walking in the park at sunset
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Cryo N More is now open in McKinney and offering services such as extreme cold treatment. (courtesy Cryo N More)
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Sprout Dentistry for Kids is now open in McKinney. (Courtesy Fotolia)
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At this year's State of the City, the speakers were McKinney Mayor George Fuller, city manager Paul Grimes, McKinney ISD Superintendent Rick McDaniel and Collin College District President Neil Matkin (right to left). (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Construction on Sam Rayburn Tollway is underway from Denton Tap Road in Lewisville to east of US 75 in McKinney.
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Rye is a seasonal American small plates restaurant and craft cocktail bar where McKinney visitors can enjoy a night out. (courtesy Rye)
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