Run a relay, attend an ice cream crank off and more things to do in McKinney in July and August

A relay race will take place at Erwin Park July 13.

A relay race will take place at Erwin Park July 13.

McKinney events taking place in July and early August include a relay race at Erwin Park, live music and movies at the Apex Centre.

July 6 and Aug. 3: Watch a movie at the pool

The Apex Centre shows “Coco” July 6 and “Incredibles 2” Aug. 3 at the outdoor pool. Doors open for the event at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin at dusk. This event is open to Apex members and nonmembers. Space is limited, and registration is recommended. 7-11 p.m. $5 (per person). Apex Centre, 3003 Alma Road. 972-547-2739.

July 8-Aug. 5: Enjoy movies at Hall Memorial Library

Attendees watch movies about outer space at the Monday Movie Matinee. Guests should bring blankets, pillows and snacks. Movies shown include “Lilo and Stitch,” “Home,” and “Treasure Planet” among others. Tickets are required and become available one week in advance of the event. This event will take place July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5. 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, 101 E. Hunt St.

July 9 and 23: Attend Grandparent's camp

At Grandparent’s Camp, grandparents and their grandchildren will make pudding cups (July 9) and ice cream (July 23). Registration is required, and grandparents must stay throughout the event. 2-3 p.m. Free (member), $5 (nonmember, per child and activity). McKinney Senior Recreation Center, 1400 S. College St. 972-547-7491.

July 13: Run a relay at Erwin Park

Teams of three will run a 31.2-mile course consisting of three trail loops. Each runner will run roughly 10.4 miles. Awards and giveaways will be presented after the race depending on signups. Donations are accepted for the Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association, which maintains the trails at Erwin Park. Pre-registration is required. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Erwin Park, 4300 CR 1006.

July 20-21: Paint miniature figures

At the Mini Painting 101 Class, attendees will learn about what mini figures are made of, how to prep a figure for painting, color selection, which brush to use and more. Guests will leave with one free mini and a set of brushes. 1-5 p.m. $15. Carpe Diem Comics, 101 N. McDonald St., Ste. 110.

July 21: Attend volunteer orientation with CCAS

During orientation, volunteers learn about the shelter and attend a cat 101 or dog 101 class to learn about the specific programs. Volunteers ages 14-15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian. Other volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Space is limited, and registration is recommended. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Collin County Animal Services, 4750 Community Drive. 972-547-7292.

July 21: Killis Melton’s Ice Cream Crank Off

The 24th annual Killis Melton’s Ice Cream Crank Off includes food, entertainment, activities and homemade ice cream. Activities include a train display, ice cream crankers, face paint, magic, pony rides and balloon artists. Food is available for purchase. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (admission), $20 (per child for unlimited activities). Heritage Village at Chestnut Square, 315 Chestnut St. 972-562-8790.

July 23: Learn about herbs

Guests of all ages create small seed books for herbs at the 9 a.m. class. At the 11 a.m. class attendees ages 7 and older create a model of a lifelike mandrake plant. At 6 p.m. attendees ages 11 and older will learn to make fig preserves. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly event. Adults must remain with children, and registration is required. 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6-8 p.m. $5-$20 (depending on class). Collin County Farm Museum, 7117 CR 166. 972-548-4792.

July 25: Participate in STEM projects

The Perot Museum Tech Truck’s discovery lab visits the Roy and Helen Hall Library. Kids will participate in hands-on projects related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Each session is 40 minutes and open to kids of all ages. 2:30-4:40 p.m. Free. Roy and Helen Hall Library, 101 E. Hunt St. 972-547-7323.

July 27: Attend Magical Moth Night

Magical Moth Night includes a guided trail tour of the sanctuary, activities at an observation station, and discussions about moths and their benefit to the environment. Family-friendly activities such as face painting and exhibit hall admission are included. A 4-foot Magic Plant digital global display illustrating the night sky is also included. Preregistration is required. 8-11:30 p.m. $16 (member), $19 (nonmember). Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place.

July 30: Make a succulent arrangement

While enjoying a cup of coffee at McKinney Coffee Co., guests can make a succulent terrarium. The arrangement will also have an owl decoration on top. No gardening experience is necessary, and supplies are provided. The first cup of frozen or hot coffee is free with a ticket to the event. Food is available for purchase. 7-8:30 p.m. $40. McKinney Coffee Co., 1910 N. Stonebridge Drive. 214-592-0146.

Aug. 2-4, 9-11, 16-17: Watch a performance

In its annual melodrama, the McKinney Repertory Theatre presents “The Man in the Locket.” The story, based in the early 1900s, focuses on a young girl who escapes her guardians and prospective husband to search for the father she can no longer remember. Times vary by date. $15-$20 (prices vary by age). McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. 469-389-1369.

Live Music

Hank’s Texas Grill
1310 N. Central Expressway
4 Drew Fish Band, 9 p.m.
19 Roger Creager, 9 p.m.
20 Chris Knight, 9 p.m.

McKinney Performing Arts Center
111 N. Tennessee St.
6 The Gatlin Brothers, 8 p.m.
27 Kraig Parker as Elvis Presley, 8 p.m.

Landon Winery
101 N. Kentucky St.
6 Beth Mason, 7 p.m.
19 Freddy & Jemma, 7 p.m.
27 Kelly Vaughn, 7 p.m.