Fish and attend Krewe of Barkus: Things to do in McKinney February-early March

The Krewe of Barkus will take place in McKinney March 3.

The Krewe of Barkus will take place in McKinney March 3.

Here are some events taking place in February and early March.

Feb. 7

Celebrate Black History Month in McKinney

Author Zachary Wood hosts a conversation about his book “Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America.” 7 p.m. Free. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St.

Feb. 9

Dance the night away at a Boot Scootin’ Gala

This event includes dinner, an auction, dancing and guest speaker Gene Stallings. Funds benefit Hugs Cafe and Hugs Greenhouse, which provide employment for adults with special needs. 6 p.m. $150. Rock Creek Ranch, 4934 FM 1461.

Feb. 21-24

Watch ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’

This Oscar Wilde comedy shares the story of two bachelors who create alter egos to escape their lives and win the hearts of two women who only love men named Ernest. Times vary. $20. Church Street Auditorium, 306 N. Church St.

Feb. 23

Fish for rainbow trout

Towne Lake is stocked with more than 5,000 rainbow trout. Guests can fish, participate in a contest and win prizes. A fishing license is not required. 8 a.m.-noon. Free (16 years and younger), $3 (adults). Towne Lake, 1405 Wilson Creek Parkway.

Feb. 23

Enjoy live polka and music

Grammy award-winning polka group Brave Combo performs with the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra. Mayor George Fuller also appears as a guest conductor. 8-9:30 p.m. $15-$20. Faubion Middle School, 2000 Rollins St. 940-594-8790.

March 3

Bring your four-legged friend to downtown

The Krewe of Barkus includes a parade with dogs dressed in costumes, vendor booths and more. This year’s theme is centered around reality television shows. 12:30-4 p.m. Free. Downtown McKinney.

By Cassidy Ritter

Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.


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