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The 2023 Each Moment Matters Luncheon, benefiting the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund, provides benevolent care for unfunded patients, as well as specialized programming and comfort therapies referred to as the "Faith Difference."

In addition, the annual luncheon recognizes local individuals striving diligently to be an agent for positive change in their community, who reflect the values of Forefront Living (Diversity, Integrity, Stewardship and Compassion) and who personify what it means to make each moment matter.

Author and attorney Jason B. Rosenthal will be the featured speaker. He is most well-known for being the subject of an essay written by his late wife, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, entitled You May Want to Marry My Husband. This composition went viral when it appeared in the New York Times’ "Modern Love" column 10 days before Amy’s death. Today, Rosenthal speaks and writes about issues related to processing grief and discovering hope and joy amongst the pain of loss.

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Applause-worthy TACA luncheon raises record $700K for the arts in Dallas

Silver streak

What: 2023 TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon

TACA Silver Cup Luncheon 2023

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Wanda Fearing, Dean Fearing, Shelby Goff

Where: Omni Dallas Hotel

The 411: Dallas' most fervent arts supporters gathered on May 3 for the TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) 45th Silver Cup Award Luncheon. Celebrated since 1979, the event annually spotlights two philanthropists for their volunteerism and extraordinary support for arts and culture in North Texas.

This year's honorees were Gene Jones and Joe Hubach. They were honored onstage by luncheon co-chairs Elaine Agather and Andy Smith, as well as Maura Sheffler, the Donna Wilhelm Family President & Executive Director of TACA.

“Each year we come together to celebrate two incredible arts philanthropists and volunteers for their contributions to making Dallas a vibrant arts community. With Joe Hubach and Gene Jones, I can’t think of two people more deserving of this year’s TACA Silver Cup," said Smith. "I thank them for their unique and long-lasting contributions."

The arts-focused luncheon included not only a sumptuous meal and heartfelt awards presentation, but performances by some of Dallas' rising stars. Among them: SMU Meadows School of the Arts sopranos Avuya Ngcaweni and Sarah E. Navy, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings' Antonella Quintana (on violin) and Carlos Vega (on cello).

The annual event is also an important fundraiser for TACA. This year's Silver Cup Award Luncheon raised more than $700,000 through sponsorships, table and ticket sales, and donations, surpassing the organization's goal.

“The 2023 TACA Silver Cup Luncheon was an unprecedented success for the arts community in Dallas,” Sheffler said. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our co-chairs, Elaine Agather and Andy Smith, for their commitment to surpassing our fundraising goal making this year’s event honoring Gene Jones and Joe Hubach our most successful to date.”

TACA supports excellence and impact in the arts through grant-making, capacity-building, and thought leadership in the Greater Dallas area. For more information, visit the organization's website.

Who: Wanda Fearing, Dean Fearing, Shelby Goff, Kevin March, Carol March, Barbara Hill Moore, Le Moore, Sam Self, Donna Wilhelm, Gabrielle Kurlander, Benaye Chambers, Sam Self, Diana Self, Michael Meadows, and hundreds more patrons and guests.

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The Salvation Army of North Texas presents Doing the Most Good Luncheon

The annual Doing the Most Good Luncheon helps The Salvation Army of North Texas provide services to those combatting poverty, addiction, and homelessness in Dallas, Tarrant, Ellis, Denton, Collin, and Rockwall counties all year long.

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Westdale and Deep Ellum Foundation presents First Responders Luncheon

The Deep Ellum Foundation will host the annual First Responders Luncheon and Community Safety Fair as part of the 150th celebration of Deep Ellum, presented by Westdale. The event is an opportunity to celebrate First Responders as well as visit with and ask questions of the range of city departments that touch safety, including Dallas Police Department, Dallas Fire Department, Parking Enforcement, and the Offices of Emergency Management and Homeless Solutions.

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Dallas Junior League marks historic milestone with Rob Lowe at 2023 luncheon

Lunch with the ladies

What: Junior League of Dallas Milestones Luncheon

Where: Omni Dallas Hotel

The 411: One of the buzziest and best-attended luncheons of spring, the JLD Milestones Luncheon has a reputation for bringing in A-list speakers to entertain and encourage the organization's mission of civic involvement. The 2023 edition, April 14, had a historic twist - the luncheon's first ever male speaker. Award-winning actor Rob Lowe was the star of the show.

But first, there were awards and recognitions for some of Dallas' own. Luncheon co-chairs Heather McNamara and Elizabeth Gambrell recognized the event's biggest sponsors and supporters, and JLD president Emily Somerville-Cabrera and Dallas sustainer president Monica Christopher presented the Sustainer of the Year award to Pam Busbee for her outstanding community leadership.

Somerville-Cabrera shared some strategic changes JLD is making to its Community Program and Signature Projects, including the Mayor’s Back to School Fair and a new Park Improvement Project. She also recognized a new class of Sustaining members, called Legacy Leaders, who have been in the League for more than 50 years.

While guests finished their lunch, emcee Shelly Slater took to the stage with Rob Lowe for a lightning round of questions. Lowe - who announced his mother had been in Junior League in Ohio - entertained with candid stories about long-time friend Gwyneth Paltrow and his career-changing experience on Saturday Night Live. He shared the joy he feels to be working on his new Netflix series, Unstable, alongside his youngest son.

And on two very personal notes, Lowe shared how he's navigated 33 years of sobriety, as well as his secrets to maintaining a happy marriage with his wife of 32 years, Sheryl Lowe.

In a final, poignant note, Lowe addressed the fact that he is the first ever male spokesperson for breast cancer awareness. His motivation, he said, was that his mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all passed away from breast cancer.

Throughout the luncheon, guests could buy raffle tickets for four fabulous raffle packages. And one lucky person at each table got to take the McShan floral arrangement home - that is, the person whose birthday was closest to Rob Lowe's on March 17.

Who: Marisa Partin, Melinda Knowles, Elizabeth Saab, Maggie Kipp, Nancy Gopez, Katy Bock, Meredith Camp, Caroline Kohl, Nicole Kohl, Caroline and Elizabeth Leal, Barbara Leal, Ellen Griswold, Amy Lichtenwalter, Jenise Young, Kim Cox, Beth Anderson, Sarah Burke, Andrea Cheek, Meredith Mosley, Candance Winslow, Caroline Winslow, Debbie Oates, Jan Baldwin, Karen Shuford, Christie Carter, Claire Emanuelson, Houston Striggow, Susie Sarich, and hundreds more supporters and guests.

JLD Milestones Luncheon 2023

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Marisa Partin, Emily Somerville-Cabrera, Elizabeth Gambrell, Rob Lowe, Pam Busbee, Heather McNamara


Lisa Vanderpump rules at Dallas' Chick Lit Luncheon, but she's not the only star

Chicks who lunch

What: Chick Lit Luncheon benefiting Community Partners of Dallas

Where: Hilton Anatole

The 411: Chick Lit is one of Dallas' most anticipated luncheons of spring, annually drawing 1,100 guests to hear from a celebrity author and raise big bucks for Community Partners of Dallas.

The 17th edition, held Friday, April 28, brought in reality TV personality Lisa Vanderpump as featured speaker. But the Vanderpump Rules namesake wasn't necessarily the brightest star on stage. This year's event also honored CPD's president and CEO Paige McDaniel, who is retiring this month after 21 years with the organization.

Luncheon co-chairs Sally Dutter and Beth Thoele and honorary chair Debbie Scripps had some surprises for McDaniel up their sleeves. The program began with a funny video intro featuring McDaniel in a “Real Housewives-style” introduction. As the lights came up, CPD board chair Travis Dent and former board chair Lynn McBee (who hired McDaniel 21 years ago), took the podium with other board chairs - the self-proclaimed Paige McDaniel Fan Club - who paid tribute to McDaniel and her many successes.

As McDaniel walked onstage to her favorite song, "September" by Earth Wind and Fire, cannons of confetti went off and "Happy Retirement" was projected on large screens throughout the room. Dent then announced that CPD’s annual Partners for Children Award would be renamed the Paige McDaniel Partners for Children Award.

Joanna Clarke, who will succeed McDaniel as CEO in June, gave a personal tribute to her mentor, before McDaniel gave heartfelt thanks to the CPD staff, board, patrons, and all who had helped make her time there a success. Thanks to four generous donors offering matching funds, the live "Fund the Need" ask that followed raised more than $300,000. (And that doesn't include monies raised from the day's auctions and raffles.)

All this and there was still a multicourse lunch (featuring some of McDaniel's favorites, including Key lime pie and coconut macaroons) and speaker presentation to get to.

Underwriting co-chairs Noelle LeVeaux and Lacie T. Crow introduced moderator and co-anchor of NBC5 Today, Laura Harris, who conducted a fun and wide-ranging Q&A with Vanderpump onstage. They dished about her life, businesses, husband, her charities, and of course, Vanderpump Rules, currently embroiled in a bit of scandal. (And oh yes, this being Chick Lit Luncheon, it should be noted that Vanderpump is an author of a best-selling book on entertaining, too.)

A few fun highlights from their chat:

"I am here and loving it and personally I have never seen such a group of such glamorous women," she said to the audience. "I don’t know what you all do – but this isn’t happening in LA for sure – and so much pink, so thank you."

To McDaniel, she said, "I have heard everything people have said about you… and from one woman to another my hat goes off to you. And good luck to you in the future. You have left a legacy, so congratulations.”

Of the show's cheating scandal (dubbed “Scandoval”) and going back to shoot additional episodes after it broke, she said, “I found out – and I have to be honest here – as a producer this is very exciting. But as a mentor and maternal figure in their life I knew there was also devastation and emotional upheaval, not just with Ariana but also with the group.”

Three tips for a successful dinner party she offered: “One cardinal rule if you want a successful dinner party – never invite a Real Housewife… But also, ambiance is key… beautiful lighting… I always have a couple of homemade things that I can whip out. Also, the visuals – but I don’t think in Dallas I need to tell these people about that – look at all these women – everybody looks so gorgeous.”

Once the conversation wrapped, attendees went home with fun gift bags filled with some of McDaniel's favorite things - Cheetos, Hot Tamales, a caramel apple lollipop, a daily planner pad from Paper Affair, and more goodies.

Since 1989, Community Partners of Dallas has ensured safety and restored dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing crucial resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services. CPD provides items such as winter coats, diapers and formula, holiday gifts, school uniforms, personal hygiene products, food and more, to send the abused children in the community the message that someone does care.

Who:Andrea Cheek, Carol Gourley, Kimberly Dean, Anne Richardson, Jamie Charles, Lindsey Hutchinson, Jennifer Longhofer, Jana Williams, Annie Grant, Jennifer Lonergan, Whitney Wagner, Brynn Dent, Katie Thomas, Helen Lary, Maggie Kipp, Elizabeth Saab, Claire Catrino, Anna Curnes, Courtney Underwood, Kate Boatright, Laura Price, Erica Brown, Kelley Schadt, Mara Richter, Lauren Hill, Joanna Clarke, Margo Goodwin and Lynn McBee, LeeAnne Locken, Kameron Westcott, Emberli Pridham, Whitney Harmon, Kelly Echols, Laura Briggs, Cayce Kemp, Kate Powell, Whitney Turner, Elizabeth Starts, Tanya Rice, Megan Generale, and hundreds more supporters and guests.

Chick Lit Luncheon 2023

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NBC5's Laura Harris and Lisa Vanderpump

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Pitbull, Ricky Martin, and Enrique Iglesias team up for Trilogy tour headed to Dallas

Concert news

Three Latin superstars are headed to Dallas on a fall tour: Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Pitbull will share the stage together for the first time ever as part of "The Trilogy Tour," which will hit the American Airlines Center on Friday, November 17.

This new 19-city tour produced by Live Nation kicks off in Washington, D.C., on October 14. The Texas leg of the tour hits Houston on November 18 at Toyota Center and AT&T Center in San Antonio on November 19.

As one would expect, the megastars promise to deliver an electrifying mix of their biggest, career-spanning hits with tastes of reggaeton, salsa pop, dance, and electronic all thrown in for good measure. Each showman will backed by world-class production and state-of-the-art visuals, per an announcement.

Live Nation recommends that fans register now through Sunday, June 4 at 10:59 pm0 for the Verified Fan presale here. Those who are selected to receive an access code will be able to participate in the Verified Fan presale starting on Wednesday, June 7. (More information on Verified Fan can be found here).

A limited number of tickets will be sold during a general on sale starting at 10 am Friday, June 9 at Ticketmaster.com — while supplies last.

Expect a slew of VIP packages and experiences, which include perks like an invitation to the pre-show VIP lounge, exclusive VIP tour poster, specially designed VIP gift item and more. More VIP information can be found at vipnation.com.

From prince to King Enrique
The son of Latin king Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias has evolved from promising pop prince to arguably the biggest Latin recording artist in music history, with a wow-worthy 154 No. 1 singles across Billboard charts and 27 No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart. Iglesias currently holds the record for most number ones in the chart’s history.

At once a sultry crooner and poppy persona, he fluidly moves between English and Spanish and genres to the tune of more than 180 million albums sold worldwide, released 11 studio albums, and three greatest hits compilations. To date, Iglesias has headlined 10 sold-out world tours and performed in front of more than 10 million fans.

Known for big collabs with Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Pitbull, and more, he boasts multiple Grammy, Billboard, ASCAP, and more major awards. His 14 billion views on YouTube/VEVO and 14 billion in streams make him one the most streamed and viewed artists on the planet.

"I am incredibly excited to be going on tour with my friends Pitbull and Ricky," Iglesias said in a tour announcement. "The Trilogy Tour will be an amazing experience for ALL of our fans. It’s going to be a once in a lifetime tour."

La Vida Ricky
A fresh-faced poser boy for '80s pop group Menudo, Ricky Martin grew up before fans eyes into a hunky, bellowing singer known for leaving it all out onstage. Often dubbed the "King of Latin Pop," Martin has scored more than 180 awards and multiple Grammy Awards, most recently for the EP Pausaa and the album PLAY, which features collaborations with Bad Bunny, Residente, and Sting.

The Puerto Rico native is also an accomplished actor, flexing his chops and earning an Emmy nomination in FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. He's next set to star in the highly anticipated Apple TV series Palm Royale, alongside Laura Dern, Kristen Wiig, Allison Janney, and Carol Burnett.

Martin has championed HIV and AIDS causes and founded the Ricky Martin Foundation, which actively fights against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. He is a Global Ambassador for UNICEF, has received the Hispanic Federation's "Humanitarian Award" and the Human Rights Campaign's "National Visibility Award." The City of New York declared "Ricky Martin Day" to honor his musical legacy and charitable work.

"Going back on the road with not only Enrique, but now with Pitbull it’s very exciting," Martin notes in a statement. "This tour will be a wild party from beginning to end so get ready, it's going to be epic!"

Mr. Worldwide
Grammy-winning showman Pitbull — aka Mr. Worldwide — has a golden touch when it comes to singalong party anthems and killer shows. As an artist, the Miami performer boasts billions of audio streams and video views plus hundreds of gold and platinum certifications. As an entrepreneur, he co-owns the NASCAR racing team Trackhouse and tours with life strategy guru Tony Robbins on motivational speaking engagements.

Famed for his fiesta vibe, Armando Christian "Pitbull" Perez is dead serious about education as he helped establish the nationwide Sports Leadership Arts and Management (SLAM!), tuition-free public charter schools.

“It’s a true honor to tour with Enrique and Ricky, 2 music icons, who broke global music barriers for our culture and open doors for someone like myself,” said Pitbull. “We’re excited to take The Trilogy tour around the world and give our fans the time of their Trilogy lives, Dale!"

Here are the official dates for The Trilogy Tour:

Sat Oct 14 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena

Tue Oct 17 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

Fri Oct 20 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

Sat Oct 21– Boston, MA – TD Garden

Thu Oct 26 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

Sat Oct 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Wed Nov 01 – Chicago, IL – United Center

Fri Nov 03 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

Thu Nov 09 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center

Fri Nov 10 – Miami, FL – Kaseya Center

Fri Nov 17 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

Sat Nov 18 – Houston – Toyota Center

Sun Nov 19 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

Fri Nov 24 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

Sat Nov 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center

Thu Nov 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena

Wed Dec 06 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center

Fri Dec 08 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena

Sun Dec 10 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Ricky Martin

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Ricky Martin brings his vida loca.

3 Dallas-Fort Worth entrepreneurs rank among Forbes' richest self-made women for 2023

Elite entrepreneurs

Twelve of the country's 100 most successful female entrepreneurs live in Texas this year, and three of them call Dallas-Fort Worth home. So says Forbes in its 2023 list of America's Richest Self-Made Women, released June 1.

"Bolstered in part by a rebound in the stock market, [the richest 100 female entrepreneurs] are cumulatively worth a record $124 billion, up nearly 12% from a year ago," says Forbes.

To make the Forbes list, women had to garner wealth on their own, rather than by inheriting or winning it.

Texas' wealthiest women have made their fortunes in fields ranging from home health care, insurance, and aviation logistics to jewelry design, dating apps, and running the show at SpaceX.

The three female entrepreneurs from North Texas who appear in the elite club of America’s richest self-made women (and their national rankings) are:

  • Robyn Jones, No. 29, of Fort Worth. Her net worth is estimated at $830 million. Jones is founder of Westlake-based Goosehead Insurance Agency LLC. She started the property and casualty insurance agency in 2003 after being frustrated with her truck-driver husband's "road warrior lifestyle," Forbes says. He joined her in 2004 and they took the company public in 2018. It has nearly 1,000 franchised offices.
  • April Anthony, No. 34, of Dallas. Forbes puts her net worth at $740 million. She founded the Dallas-based home health and hospice division of Encompass Health Corp and sold it for $750 million to HealthSouth. In 2022, she was named CEO of VitalCaring, a home health and hospice care firm.
  • Kathleen Hildreth, No. 44, of Aubrey. Her net worth is estimated at $590 million. Hildreth is co-founder of M1 Support Services LP, an aviation logistics company based in Denton. A service-disabled Army veteran, she graduated from West Point in 1983 and was deployed all around the world as a helicopter pilot.

The nine other Texans who appear on the list are from Austin and Central Texas. With an estimated net worth at $4.8 billion, Thai Lee, of Austin, remains at the top of the list in Texas, and ranks No. 5 nationally.

She falls behind only No. 1 Diane Hendricks of Wisconsin (co-founder of ABC Supply, $15 billion net worth); No. 2 Judy Loveof Oklahoma (chairman and CEO, Love's Travel Stops And Country Stores, $10.2 billion); No. 3 Judy Faulkner of Wisconsin (founder and CEO, Epic Systems, $7.4 billion); and No. 4 Lynda Resnick of California (co-founder and co-owner of Wonderful Company, $5.3 billion) among America's richest self-made women.

For some additional perspective, Oprah Winfrey lands at No. 13 on the list for 2023. The TV titan (and most famous woman on the planet) has an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion, Forbes says.

Austin's Lee, a native of Bangkok who holds an MBA from Harvard University, is founder, president, and CEO of SHI International Corp., a provider of IT products and services with a projected revenue of $14 billion in 2023. Fun fact: "Lee majored in both biology and economics," Forbes says, "in part because her English was less than perfect and she wanted to avoid writing and speaking in class."

The remaining eight Texas women on the list are:
  • Gwynne Shotwell, No. 27, of Jonesboro (Coryell-Hamilton counties). Her net worth is estimated at $860 million. Shotwell is president and COO of Elon Musk's SpaceX. She manages the operations of the commercial space exploration company and owns an estimated stake of 1 percent, Forbes says.
  • Lisa Su, No. 34, Austin. Forbes pegs Su’s net worth at $740 million, tying her with April Anthony of Dallas. The native of Taiwan is president and CEO of Santa Clara, California-based semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices.
  • Kendra Scott, No. 47, of Austin.Forbes says she has amassed a net worth of $550 million as founder of Kendra Scott LLC, which designs and sells jewelry in more than 100 stores (and is worth $360 million). The celebrity entrepreneur is also a judge on TV's Shark Tank.
  • Whitney Wolfe Herd, No. 52, of Austin. She is worth an estimated $510 million. Herd is co-founder and CEO of Bumble Inc., which operates two online dating apps: Bumble and Badoo. She owns a 17% stake in Bumble and became the youngest self-made woman billionaire after it went public in February 2021.
  • Paige Mycoskie, No. 73, of Austin. She is worth an estimated $380 million. Mycoskie created founded her 1970s-inspired California lifestyle brand, Aviator Nation, which took off during the pandemic and now has 16 retail locations across the U.S. If the name sounds familiar, that's because she'sl the sister of TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, with whom she competed on TV's The Amazing Race.
  • Imam Abuzeid, No. 77, of Austin. Her net worth is estimated at $350 million. Abuzeid is the co-founder and CEO of Incredible Health, which she started in 2017 to help alleviate America's nursing shortage. Forbes describes it as "a souped-up version of LinkedIn for nurses." Abuzeid is one of only a handful of Black female founders to run a company valued at more than $1 billion, Forbes notes.
  • Julia Cheek, No. 92, of Austin. Her net worth is estimated at $260 million. Cheek founded at-home testing company Everly Health in 2015 "out of frustration at having to pay thousands for lab testing to diagnose issues related to vitamin imbalance," Forbes says. It got a Shark Tank deal with Lori Greiner and is now worth roughly $1.8 billion.
  • Belinda Johnson, No. 96, of Austin. She is worth an estimated $250 million. Johnson was Airbnb's first chief operating officer and led many of its legal disputes. She stepped down from that role in March 2020, Forbes says, and left the company's board in June 2023.

Plano sizzles with hot music and cool pools all summer long

Fun in the Sun

The sun is shining, the kids are out of school, and you're all ready for some summer fun. Plano's where it's at, with everything from concerts to happy hours on tap this summer.

Dive in
From Memorial through Labor days, take a refreshing dip in 168,000 gallons of saltwater that's shaped like the great state of Texas. This membership-supported community pool (there are tourist passes available) features a diving board, two water slides, and an island with a shallow "South Texas" wading area for the little ones. Picnic tables, a beach volleyball court, barbecue grills, and a snack bar complete the experience.

C'mon, get happy
Head to Legacy West for its monthly sip-and-shop Happy Hour Hikes, where you can sample beer, wine, cocktails, and food; receive exclusive offers at shops and restaurants; and enjoy entertainment throughout the Legacy West neighborhood. There are also photo opps, featured local artisans and nonprofits, and a chance to win a $300 gift basket to your favorite store.

The hikes happen from 6-9 pm the first Thursday of the month, aka June 1, July 6, and August 3 in the summer. Participants must be 21 and up, and groups of 10 or more get a discount by emails happyhourhike@lot32.com.

Tasty tunes
From Monday night karaoke to a concert lineup that includes all your favorite genres of music, live music at Legacy Hall is a rockin' good time. Check upcoming acts here, and then arrive early to enjoy dinner from nearly 20 eateries and craft cocktails from five-plus bars.

For an even more elevated experience, reserve a Balcony VIP Lounge (21 and up only) and enjoy dedicated cocktail service, soft seating, and the best view of the stage. Fridays and Saturdays also come with free admission to the Late Night After Party on the third floor of Legacy Hall in High Bar.

First-rate Fourth
America's birthday is a big deal in Plano, beginning with a free patriotic concert on July 3 at 7 pm. Plano Community Band will be playing in Haggard Park in the Downtown Plano Historic Arts District.

On the Fourth itself, cheer on — or walk in! — the Rotary Clubs of Plano 4th of July parade at 7:30 pm. The route travels along Spring Creek Parkway in between Collin College and the Red Tail Pavilion, and you can sign up to participate here.

The parade is smack in the middle of Plano's All-American 4th, a free festival that starts at 6 pm and features a kids’ zone sponsored by Champion Energy Services and a fireworks show beginning at 9:30 pm. Blankets, lawn chairs, and coolers are welcome, with food and beverages available for purchase from onsite vendors — sorry, no pups allowed.

Staycation vibes
With all this fun on the agenda, you'll want to stay more than a day. Immerse yourself in Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel's "West of Zen" culture, with gorgeous artifacts hidden away in every public corner, and the menus for both beverage and food offer a bold take on Asian fusion.

Dine in the main restaurant, ŌMA, grab a quick bite at the quaint Texas Teahouse & Marketplace, or dip into The Whiskey Moon Bar + Lounge to sample its impressive selection of American, European, and Asian whiskeys.

Enjoy DJs on the pool deck every Saturday afternoon during the summer or live music at Whiskey Moon every Saturday evening — see a lineup here.

Speaking of the rooftop pool, you can now book private cabanas through Resort Pass and stay shady all summer long.

See all your Plano accommodation options here.

Happy Hour Hike at Legacy West

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Join the Happy Hour Hike the first Thursday of each month.


For a complete guide to Plano, head to www.visitplano.com.