By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Entertainment Writer
Hey McKinney, let’s celebrate the Mexican Fiesta of Cinco de Mayo. On Saturday, May 5th at Old Settler’s Recreation Center, the City of McKinney will present a free concert and dance featuring the incredible Mariachi Michoacán and Teatro Dallas. The fiesta begins at 10 a.m. and goes through 7 p.m. A host of other activities are slated throughout this family fun day. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla, a Davy vs. Goliath event that saw a small Mexican Army defeating French forces.
Speaking of the Davy’s of the world, have your heard the story of McKinney 12-year-old Geordon Cox taking on the Goliath known as cancer? Strikes Against Cancer was born from his desire to raise money to help with his mother’s four-year battle with uterine cancer. This weekend, 248 select youth baseball teams will travel to McKinney with their families to participate in the Strikes Against Cancer tournament. Opening ceremonies start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch on Field 7. Games will be held on youth ballfields throughout the city. All proceeds benefit the V Foundation on behalf of Geordon’s mission. For more information about Strikes Against Cancer see their website: http://www.strikesagainstcancer.org/home
The McKinney Youth Theatre presents Hairspray! this weekend at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts. This fun musical follows the antics of 1960’s teen Tracy Turnblad who wins a dream role on her favorite local dance show and uses the opportunity to use her power for good. Through toe-tapping song and dance, Tracy and friends learn a thing or two about embracing diversity and experiencing unity. The show is directed by Danny Miranda, and runs Friday, May 4th through Sunday, May 6th. Friday’s performance is at 7:15 p.m., Saturday’s performances are at 2:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. and Sunday’s show is at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $8. For more information see www.mckinneyyouththeatre.com
As you consider all the many ways and reasons to celebrate in McKinney, here are a few other options, brought to us by our friends at the McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Animal Superheroes Heard Natural Science Museum, 972-562-556
FRIDAY, MAY 4
Get Fit McKinney (6-8 p.m.) Join a free event hosted by the Parks, Recreation and Open space Dept. at Ron Poe Stadium
SATURDAY, MAY 5
Franconia Brewery Tour Take a stroll through McKinney’s own Franconia Brewing Company. $5 per person for tour and beer tastings. 11 a.m. 495 McKinney Pkwy.; 972-542-0705.
Group Bike Ride Leave Cadence Cyclery in downtown McKinney at 7:20 a.m.
Drum Circle 10 a.m. Old Settlers Rec. Center 1201 E. Louisiana. Free. 214-641-0782.
MLA Spring Yard Sale 7 a.m. – noon, Stonebridge United Methodist Church parking lot. 1800 S. Stonebridge Dr. $1 per adult to shop; children free. Benefits McKinney Ladies Association scholarship fund.
SAT.-SUN., MAY 5-6
Dogs and Horses: Alamo Area Whippets Club Dog Show (214-626-0918_ and Red River Welsch Pony Assoc. Silver Show (469-223-2783) at Myers Park, 7117 CR 166.
McKinney April Art Exhibits
• The Garrett Gallery: Jenny Archbold; 111 E. Virginia; 972-548-9361.
• La Misha: A. Golzad; 113 N. Kentucky, 972-540-6050.
• Laura Moore Fine Art: Nathaniel Smyth. 107 s. Tennessee, 214-914-3630.
• Orisons Art & Framing: Charles Collins; 110 E. Louisiana, 972-529-1441.
• The Artist’s Loft: Debra Linker and Loft teachers. 110 E. Louisiana St., 972-345-6311.
NIGHT LIFE & MUSIC THIS WEEKEND
• Cadillac Pizza Pub: Live Music (Fri.-Sat.)
• Hank’s Texas Grill: 1100 Strings (Fri.); Rich O’Toole & Phil Hamilton (Sat.)
• Grand Bar: Lynne Cadena (Thur.); Texas Slim (Fri.); Jon Griffin (Sat.)
• Grotto: ToNe JoNes (Fri.); Soma Lab (Sat.)
• Landon Winery: Dueling Mikes (Fri.); Steve Duncan (Sat.)
• Lone Star Wine Cellars: Varian Reynolds (Fri.); Crystal Yates (Sat.)
• Spoon’s Café: Live Music (Fri.-Sat.)
Feel free to add your weekend event to the comments section below and the TownSquareBuzz.com Events Calendar. Have a great weekend McKinney!