Do you have a child who is interested in speech and debate? Plano student Skanda Muthiah is offering a 5-class public speaking class to prepare students for speech and debate competitions, plus provide solid interview strategies. Skanda is a state-level Academic Decathlon gold (Interview) and silver (Speech) medalist, a former president of Toastmasters International, and part of the International Affilated Gavel Club. Suit Up* & Speak (*suit optional) is geared towards 8-14 year olds and will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 26th from 6:30-7:30pm. For more info check out this flyer or contact [email protected] or 309-797-4272.

Plano Area Moms is now reaching over 10,000 readers per month, mostly in Plano (34%) and Dallas (26%)! For advertising information email [email protected].

The team behind Legacy Hall European-style food hall coming to Legacy West is hard at work recruiting top-notch restaurateurs and chefs. There will be 20+ artisanal food stalls, a full-service bar, on-site brewery, beer garden, and live music stage. Learn more here.

The Jim Utley Foundation has a summer camp scholarship fund for familes that make less than $30k a year with kids in K-5th grades. Go here for the application.

A mom is looking for a keyboarding/typing class for her tween. Do you know of any places that offer this? She’s having a tough time finding a class!


Plano mom Brandi Thompson was having trouble finding a spot for her son’s trackless train birthday party. Her son October has “strong delays across the board,” and loves trains, but every place she called said no to this idea. She emailed the city of Plano asking for help too, and the Plano Fire Chief came through with an offer of Fire Station #1. She was able to use the train, have cake inside the fire station, and two off-duty firefighters helped give the kids tours. So awesome! Read the whole story here.

A partnership between Gulledge Elementary and residents of The Legacy Willow Bend retirement community was recently featured on NBC 5’s “Tell Me Something Good.” This partnership allows seniors and students a chance to interact and build inter-generational relationships. Check out the video below: