The Birthday Buddies program has been expanded to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano. Started by six-year-old Max, the program provides a way for kids to collect donations for NICU patients at their birthday party, instead of regular gifts. “Gifts at birthday parties can get excessive,” said Hollie, Max’s mom. “This is a fun way to rally everyone around a good cause and teach children the importance of giving back to the community.” Participants fill out the online application and they provide everything that the child needs to send to birthday party guests. After the party, the child is invited to the hospital to deliver the donations and receive special recognition as an official Birthday Buddy. Families interested in participating in Birthday Buddies can visit the website or call 682-236-5232.

Shine

Shine Performing Arts Studio is offering fun and affordable day camps for kids aged 5-18 at their downtown Plano location. Themed theater camps like In A Galaxy Far, Far Away, Pirate’s Life For Me, Stage Combat and Stage Makeup provide full- or half-day fun for ages 5-13 while The Wizard of Oz performance camp offers more of a challenge for kids ages 8-18 as the two-week camp ends in a performance at the Courtyard Centre! Learn more on their website.

The Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence opened a month ago at Children’s Medical Center of Plano, offering medical care to foster kids from birth to age 18. There is a Child Protective Services liaison on site, providing doctors with quick access to patient case histories.

HollywoodFeeddonation

Through June, as part of their “You Buy, We Give” program, when customers buy select products at Hollywood Feed (4817 W. Park & 6940 Coit, Plano and City Line Richardson) natural and holistic pet food stores, a critical product will be donated to local shelters and animal rescue groups. Donated products items such as flea and tick prevention, pet shampoo, identification tags, beds, chew toys and more. For example, every time a customer purchases a bag of Fromm pet food, Hollywood Feed will donate a pound of food to a local shelter. In all, Hollywood Feed donates an estimated 50 tons of dog and cat food annually. View qualifying products here.

The Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center is undergoing a Spring Makeover. The lap pool will be closed May 9th – 27th, the leisure pool May 9th – 22nd and the entire building May 16th – 20th.

Shared May 4th:"Star Wars Day" and National Firefighters Day.

Shared May 4th:”Star Wars Day” and National Firefighters Day!

The third annual Miracle Milk Stroll is happening May 14th at 4pm at Hope Park in Frisco. Registration for this casual walk is $10, with proceeds going towards efforts to provide donor breastmilk to premature and ill babies. Learn more here.

Check out this Dallas Morning News article on the free after-school program for 3rd-5th graders at Mendenhall Elementary in Plano, where 9 out of every 10 students are living in poverty.

Business News

  • Office Depot 3190 S Central ExpressTom Muehlenbeck Recreation Centerway McKinney is closing.
  • Dugg Burger opened today at 4701 W. Park Blvd
  • Big Tony’s Grill at 1705 W. University Dr changed its name to Big Tony’s Pizza Tavern and is under new ownership.
  • Sports store Scheels will start construction of a 300,000-square-foot store in The Colony next year to be completed in 2020. The store will have 85 specialty shops, including a golf shop, bike shop, ski shop, canoe and kayak shop and gun and hunting shops. There will also be a 16,000-gallon aquarium, a 65-foot Ferris wheel, photo opportunities, a wildlife mountain and sports simulators, and a restaurant.
  • Aéropostale filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will be closing their store at at The Shops at Willow Bend. Their NorthPark store recently closed.
  • Daiso Japan Japanese dollar store will open late June at the northwest corner of West Spring Parkway and North Central Expressway.