Hometown lights, live music and more: September events taking place in McKinney

Guests launch lighted lanterns with names of loved ones and special messages onto Lake Serenity Sept. 14.

Guests launch lighted lanterns with names of loved ones and special messages onto Lake Serenity Sept. 14.

Here are things to do in McKinney this September.


Sept. 5


Sing and dance to jazz


The public is welcome to listen and dance along to Texas Jazz Express as they perform hits from the 1940s to now. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. McKinney Senior Recreation Center, 1400 S. College St., McKinney. 972-547-7491. www.mckinneytexas.org/621/senior-recreation-center





Sept. 6 and 21


Get low-cost pet services


The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection is offering discounted pet vaccinations as well as microchipping, nail trims, and spay and neutering procedures Sept. 6. Appointments are needed for spay and neutering services, but not vaccinations. An additional event will be held Sept. 21 but will not include spay and neutering services. 10 a.m.-noon. Prices vary. Collin County Animal Services, 4750 Community Drive, McKinney. www.texasforthem.org





Sept. 7 and 14


Listen to music on the patio


Enjoy live music from the E-Flat Porch Band Sept. 7 and The Bodarks Sept. 14 while sitting on the patio at the McKinney Community Center. Attendees are welcome to bring their own beer and wine. 7-9 p.m. Free. Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expressway, McKinney. 972-547-2690. www.mckinneytexas.org





Sept. 8


Sip tea and stretch during a yoga class


Attendees relax during a yoga class and then drink herbal tea. Each family receives a bag of tea and an aromatherapy gift to take home. Registration is required. Children ages 12 and under not permitted. 2:30-4 p.m. Prices vary. Apex Centre, 3003 Alma Drive, McKinney. 972-547-2739. http://apm.activecommunities.com/apexcentre





Sept. 14


Celebrate Spanish heritage


Attendees celebrate Spanish Heritage Month at the Roy and Helen Hall Library with games, crafts and a live mariachi band. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney. 972-547-7323. www.mckinneytexas.org/116/library





Sept. 14


Attend hometown lights


At Hometown Lights, guests launch lighted lanterns with names of loved ones and special messages onto Lake Serenity. The event features live music, a light five-course meal from Rye and beer from Tupps Brewery. Tickets include admission, a lantern, food and one glass of beer or wine. Proceeds benefit The Warrior’s Keep, which provides outdoor therapy to veterans. 6-9 p.m. $20. B.B. Owen Park in Trinity Falls, 8585 Trinity Falls Parkway, McKinney. www.trinityfalls.com





Sept. 15


View screening of McKinney-based show


Watch the premier episode of a McKinney-based production being pitched to television networks. The pilot episode features footage from a four-day event held in McKinney in January, called “A Night of Artists & Chefs.” At the event, local artists and chefs made different creations. 4-7 p.m. Free. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972-547-7500. www.mckinneytexas.org





Sept. 18


Become a foster parent


At the Neighbors Helping Neighbors event, guests receive information on how to become a foster parent or adopted parent. Attendees also learn other ways to help fostered and adopted children in their community. 7-8 p.m. Free. Roy and Helen Hall Library, 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney. 972-547-7323. www.mckinneytexas.org






Sept. 20 and 29


Create an Oktoberfest cup


Design a ceramic wine glass or beer stein. Attendees can choose to add the Oktoberfest logo as well as pick from different colors for a specialty marbling design. An additional class will be held during Oktoberfest on Sept. 29. Cups will be ready for pickup after seven days. Times vary. $24 (wine glass), $28 (beer stein). www.wallsofclaymckinney.com






Sept. 21


React right during emergencies


Firefighters and paramedics provide hands-on training to individuals age 13 and older. Attendees learn CPR, first aid, how to stop bleeding and more. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Fire Station No. 7, 861 Independence Parkway, McKinney. www.mckinneytexas.org





Sept. 23


Golf for the stars


Play in an inaugural golf tournament benefiting the McKinney North Stars, a nonprofit youth hockey club based at McKinney’s Children’s Health StarCenter. Registration includes an 18-hole game, golf cart use, a buffet lunch, a polo shirt and a gift bag as well as a one-month membership to the golf course’s practice facilities. 8:30 a.m. (tournament starts). $600 (four-person team). WestRidge Golf Course, 9055 Cotton Ridge Road, McKinney. 214-415-7160. www.mckinneynorthstars.com


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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 2018.


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