Plano Profile November 2010 : Page 10

panorama Stock the C losing in on its third and final year of the “Close the Gap” campaign, the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is working hard to provide 50 million meals to hungry families by July 2011 (the end of their fiscal year). T e nonprofit hunger-relief organization distributes food through 1,184 programs in 13 North Texas counties, including Collin County. Brad Wendling, NTFB Senior Manager, Agency Relations, said that as of last year, 44,895 people in Collin County live in poverty. Compared to other North Texas counties (Dallas’ poverty rate is 16.8 percent), Collin’s poverty rate is low at 6.5 percent. However, we can’t ignore the 44,895 individuals living in poverty here. SaidWendling, “T e community can help in four ways. One, give your time—volunteer with us by e-mailing volunteer@ntf.org. Two, give your voice— contact our elected offi cials and tell them that hunger is unacceptable. T ree, give a pound—host a traditional or a virtual food drive. Four, give a dollar—one dollar equals fourmeals.” While the Plano Food Pantry volunteer Amanda Goodwin shows there’s always room for more food donations. Profile photos/Brit Mott 10 PLANO PROFILE NOVEMBER 2010 U.S. government has declared the recession is over, UP FRONT shelves With the holidays around the corner, local food pantries need you Did you know that just $1 equals four meals? And now, the need is greater than ever. nonprofit agencies have asked media outlets, like Plano Profile, to spread the word: Te need is greater than ever. Last fiscal year (July 1, 2009–June 30, 2010), the NTFB provided access to almost 45 million meals through its efforts—7.7 million meals more than the previous year. And, according to a 2010 study called “Hunger in America” by Feeding America, the number of children NTFB serves has increased 2 percent in the last four years, whichmeans almost 40 percent of those served by the NTFB are children. T e NTFB has several programs that cater to children. Two are Kids Cafe and Food 4 Kids. Kids Cafe provides a hot meal to children in after-school programs. It provided over 321,445 meals to more than 1,500 children last year. Food 4 Kids is a backpack programwhere children receive a backpack of food on a Friday to take home for the weekend. T e cost of a backpack is a little over $5. In the 2009–2010 school year, the NTFB provided 278,252 backpacks to hungry kids. T is year, both Kids Cafe and Food 4 Kids programs were extended to provide backpacks of food to hungry children over the summer. In an

Up Front

Brit Mott

<b>Stock the shelves <br /> <br /> With the holidays around the corner, local food pantries need you</b><br /> <br /> CLOSING IN ON ITS THIRD AND FINAL YEAR of the “Close the Gap” campaign, the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is working hard to provide 50 million meals to hungry families by July 2011 (the end of their fi scal year). e nonprofi t hungerrelief organization distributes food through 1,184 programs in 13 North Texas counties, including Collin County.<br /> <br /> Brad Wendling, NTFB Senior Manager, Agency Relations, said that as of last year, 44,895 people in Collin County live in poverty. Compared to other North Texas counties (Dallas’ poverty rate is 16.8 percent), Collin’s poverty rate is low at 6.5 percent. However, we can’t ignore the 44,895 individuals living in poverty here.<br /> <br /> Said Wendling, “The community can help in four ways. One, give your time—volunteer with us by e-mailing volunteer@nt .org. Two, give your voice— contact our elected officials and tell them that hunger is unacceptable.Three, give a pound—host a traditional or a virtual food drive. Four, give a dollar—one dollar equals four meals.”<br /> <br /> While the U. S. government has declared the recession is over, nonprofit agencies have asked media outlets, like Plano Profile, to spread the word: e need is greater than ever.<br /> <br /> Last fiscal year (July 1, 2009–June 30, 2010), the NTFB provided access to almost 45 million meals through its efforts—7.7 million meals more than the previous year. And, according to a 2010 study called “Hunger in America” by Feeding America, the number of children NTFB serves has increased 2 percent in the last four years, which means almost 40 percent of those served by the NTFB are children.<br /> <br /> The NTFB has several programs that cater to children. Two are Kids Cafe and Food 4 Kids. Kids Cafe provides a hot meal to children in after-school programs. It provided over 321,445 meals to more than 1,500 children last year. Food 4 Kids is a backpack program where children receive a backpack of food on a Friday to take home for the weekend.The cost of a backpack is a little over $5. In the 2009–2010 school year, the NTFB provided 278,252 backpacks to hungry kids.<br /> <br /> This year, both Kids Cafe and Food 4 Kids programs were extended to provide backpacks of food to hungry children over the summer. In an Eight-week period, 2,254 Food 4 Kids backpacks were distributed and 8,778 Kids Cafe backpacks were distributed.<br /> <br /> Does NTFB work with local farmers markets or restaurants? Wendling explained that it does: “ e Charitable Produce Center is designed to transform the large amount of waste in the fresh produce market into a source of nourishment for hungry North Texans,” he said. “We also have a retail pickup program, a collaboration between the North Texas Food Bank and local grocers who donate short-dated products such as meat, baked goods, and produce for quick delivery to member agencies. e program is currently averaging 117,185 meals a month that might otherwise go to waste.”<br /> <br /> Waste. So much food goes to waste over the anksgiving and Christmas holidays. When we’re “stuffing” ourselves with turkey, creamed potatoes and corn, Wendell’s words of advice are “Remember those less fortunate. One dollar equals four meals.” Visit ntFB .org.<br /> <br /> <b>Plano food drives</b><br /> <br /> There are two major food drives in Plano each year— e Boy Scouts drive in February and the USPS Letter Carriers drive in May—and the food is brought to the Plano Food Pantry. A member agency of the North Texas Food Bank, the Plano Food Pantry is located at 2200 18th St. <br /> <br /> “The pantry works with the Assistance Center of Collin County to screen clients and provide meals to families living within the Plano school district,” said Sharon Macdu , director of the pantry. “It is run by volunteers who work hard to keep the shelves stocked.”<br /> <br /> The pantry relies on 43 volunteers who sort, store, and distribute the food. Volunteer Amanda Goodwin said with enthusiasm, “We could use some young muscle.” Boxes of food are stacked to the ceiling in the pantry’s warehouse.<br /> <br /> Doug Garber explained that as soon as they receive food, they sort it into the boxes by food group and date the box. at way, by the time an order is fulfilled, the food doesn’t go bad. “We take orders between 4–5 p.m. on weekdays. If an individual or family does not have an order in, we never let them go hungry, never,” he said. “We’ll find them food until they can get an order in.”<br /> <br /> the Plano Food Pantry began in a small alcove of the Episcopal Church on 18th Street in the late ’60s. It was soon apparent that the tiny space was too small to serve the number of families in need, so in 1987, a 2,500-square-foot building was constructed with a grant from the Meadows Foundation and individual donations. Refrigerators and freezers were added, making it possible to store perishable food items.<br /> <br /> If you wish to volunteer or donate food, call 214.704.5689 or 972. 424.4574.<br /> <br /> <b>The Lights at Legacy</b><br /> <br /> Carriage rides, carolers, and elves on stilts will captivate an audience at The Lights at Legacy, a fun-filled tree-lighting ceremony Sunday, November 21 from 3–7 p.m. at e Shops at Legacy. e festival will include caricature and balloon artists, face-painting, train rides, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus who will be available for pictures from 3–6 p.m. in Santa’s Village, courtesy of Silver Star Pictures.<br /> <br /> While at Santa’s Village on Bishop Road, guests can stroll through e Trees of Legacy, ablaze with trees that have been decorated by area businesses. e trees will be auctioned off on ursday, December 2, with proceeds benefi ting the Junior League of Plano.<br /> <br /> Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. when Santa and Mayor Phil Dyer light the main Christmas tree standing 60 feet tall with over 15,000 sparkling lights!<br /> <br /> Proceeds from e Lights at Legacy will benefi t Children’s Medical Center. ere will also be a toy collection for the Plano Christmas Cops, which is celebrating its 26th anniversary and hopes to assist many families in need.<br /> <br /> The holiday cheer continues at e Shops at Legacy every Saturday until Christmas with holiday music and visits from Santa from 4–6 p.m. Become a fan of e Shops at Legacy on Facebook or visit shopsatlegacy.com.<br /> <br /> <b>2010 Yellow & Black Tie Gala</b><br /> <br /> The Yellow & Black Tie Gala, “A Harvest of Hope,” benefi ting Methodist Richardson Cancer Center, is Saturday, November 6 at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. Last year, more than 500 civic and business leaders from Collin and Dallas counties grossed nearly $275,000 for the Cancer Center.<br /> <br /> Richardson Mayor Gary Slagel and his wife Pat, who lost a daughter to cancer, are the honorary gala chairs and expressed their support: “We’ve all been touched by cancer, and we want to do what we can to help. It’s quite an honor to be a part of the gala.”<br /> <br /> the Yellow & Black Tie Gala will feature a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live entertainment, and live and silent auctions. e evening will also include a raffle drawing for two tickets to the 2011 Super Bowl, a suite at the Renaissance in Richardson, and luxury transportation to and from the game. Raffl e tickets for the package deal cost $100, and only 1,000 will be sold.<br /> <br /> Sponsorships, tables of 10, and individual tickets, which are $150 each, are available by calling 972. 498.7678. Visit yellowandblacktiegala.com.<br /> <br /> <b>Sprinkles scores again with Cowboys cupcake</b><br /> <br /> One hundred percent of the proceeds from every Dallas Cowboys Red Velvet cupcake sold at Sprinkles Cupcakes November 1–6 will be donated to The Salvation Army. During the promotion, six winners a day will receive a dozen cupcakes and a Dallas Cowboys jersey. One grand prize winner will capture four tickets to the Cowboys anksgiving Day game on ursday, November 25.<br /> <br /> Last year, Sprinkles raised $12,000 for e Salvation Army DFW Command and hopes to secure an even bigger win in 2010! Visit the bakery inside e Plaza at Preston Center or call 214.369.0004 to order your cupcakes.<br /> <br /> <b>The real cowboys are coming to Allen</b><br /> <br /> Grab your boots and the little buckaroos and head to The Tom Thumb Texas Stampede November 11–13 at the Allen Event Center. e invitational rodeo will feature the world’s top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronco riding, and barrel racing.<br /> <br /> Kicking off the event is the Texas Stampede’s Inaugural Western Heritage Festival. e free, three-day festival begins ursday, November 11 from 4–9 p.m. and includes Western art, goat roping, live music, children’s activities, and a chili cook-off . On ursday night, participants will have a chance to meet the rodeo contestants and the 2010 Miss Texas Stampede. e festival continues Friday from 4–11 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.–11 p.m.<br /> <br /> After the rodeo on Friday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m., Dierks Bentley will perform. With multiple Grammy nominations, a Top New Artist award from the Academy of Country Music, and awards for Breakthrough Video of the Year and Performance of the Year for “Country Boy” at the CMT Music Awards, Dierks Bentley is one of the hottest young names in country music.<br /> <br /> The 2010 Allen Chili Cook-O , hosted by the Rotary Club of Allen, will spice things up Saturday, November 13 at e Village at Allen parking lot (outside of Dodie’s Place Sports Grill). Public tasting is from 1:30–5 p.m., ending just in time for Saturday evening’s rodeo.<br /> <br /> Montgomery Gentry takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. is country duo, comprised of Eddie Montgomery (brother of John Michael Montgomery) and Troy Gentry, earned Favorite New Artist–Country from the American Music Awards and Vocal Duo of the Year from the Country Music Association in 2000.<br /> <br /> Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening performances (each) are $30 for general admission; $50 for assigned plaza seats; and $100 for VIP seats in the first six rows. Tickets are also on sale for the Saturday noon matinee featuring CBR Horizon Series Championship Bull Riding: $20 for general admission; $25 for assigned plaza seats, and $50 for VIP.<br /> <br /> Beyond championship rodeo and concerts, the Texas Stampede is a nonprofit organization that has roped in close to $3 million for children’s charities in North Texas. Its primary beneficiary is Children’s Medical Center. Call 214.520.8874 or visit texasstampede.org.<br /> <br /> <b>Seasonal musicals</b><br /> <br /> PFAMily Arts in Plano is bringing professional theater, music and art to Collin County. Mark your calendar for Cotton Patch Gospel November 4–13. With original music by Harry Chapin (“Cat’s in the Cradle”), this musical adaptation of the gospels according to Matthew and John is set in rural Georgia with classic country and bluegrass music. en, from December 2–11, Home for the Holidays is an original musical revue of classic holiday tunes from Broadway and Hollywood. For details, call 972.378.1234 or visit pfamilyarts.org.<br /> <br /> <b>St. Paul’s Christmas Nativity Exhibit</b><br /> <br /> St. Paul Christian School and Church present the 6th annual St. Paul’s Christmas Nativity Exhibit November 12–13 featuring 400 Christmas crèche scenes. Wood, ceramic, clay, and porcelain nativity scenes, designed by Larry Robards and Jim Shore, are spotlighted on rolling hills of snow. Local artist Greg Nelson will make an appearance on Friday and create a one-of-a-kind nativity scene from clay. Also on Friday, children can craft their own nativity scene. e exhibit runs from 6–8 p.m. Friday and from 9–12 p.m. Saturday. St. Paul Lutheran Church is located at 6565 Independence Pkwy. In Plano. For more information, e-mail janefoster@verizon.net.<br /> <br /> <b>Arbor Day Run</b><br /> <br /> Calling all walkers, joggers, runners, and tree huggers! e Plano Parks Foundation’s second annual Arbor Day Run is Saturday, November 6 at the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. e 5K/10K fun run is a celebration of trees, healthy living, the outdoors, and keeping Plano Green. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. e event will also include a tree planting ceremony, live music, and entertainment for all ages. Visit arbordayrun.com.<br /> <br /> <b>The Magic of the Orient Express</b><br /> <br /> Star Children’s Charity kicks off its third annual Star Winter Ball, “The Magic of the Orient Express,” Saturday, November 13 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Frisco. The community is invited to support Star Children’s Charity’s agencies: Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County; City House; Crossroads Family Services, Children’s Medical Center Legacy; Plano Children’s Medical Clinic; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano; and the Samaritan Inn.<br /> <br /> The Star Winter Ball returns with an international flair inspired from the Orient Express journey which brings exclusive access to legendary destinations such as Vienna, Istanbul, London, Hong Kong, Venice, Paris, and Monte Carlo. Guests will travel through destination vignettes to experience the world within the Star Winter Ball, including a chef-inspired dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions, Monte Carlostyle casino games, and dancing. Entertainment will be provided by magicians Kalin & Jinger with riveting surprises to amaze the audience. For tickets, call 972.943.3344 or visit starchildrens.com.<br /> <br /> <b>Dance Fusion</b><br /> <br /> Collin College Dance Department presents Dance Fusion at the John Anthony Theatre at the Spring Creek campus. The featured guest artist is Vissi Dance Theater, along with the Collin Dance Ensemble. The concert is November 13–14, Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $6–$8 at the door or at collin.edu/dance.<br /> <br /> <b>Black History exhibit</b><br /> <br /> On Monday, November 15, The North Texas History Center will debut an exhibit on Black History called “Stories of Strength.” The exhibit will focus on the black community in our region from 1936 onward.<br /> <br /> “This exhibit will really concentrate on the stories of those that came of age in North Texas, and those that have worked to improve the community,” said Bryan Lean, Senior Curator. “Our standards are high.<br /> <br /> We believe that as a museum we have an obligation to represent history without editorializing.” The exhibit will be on display until the end of February. For more information, or to contribute, call 972.542.9457 or visit TheNTHC.org.<br /> <br /> <b>Food and films</b><br /> <br /> Enjoy food-related international films at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in November at the Allen Public Library. Snacks representing the country that is shown will be served, and four of the films will be introduced by nationally-recognized food editors Sharon Hudgins and Teresa Gubbins. For more information, call 214.509.4911. This series is made possible by a donation from Ann and Mark Livingston.<br /> <br /> <b.Craft fair</b><br /> <br /> St. Gabriel Catholic Community is holding a craft fair Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The free, indoor fair will take place at 110 St. Gabriel Way in McKinney and will showcase 80 vendors. For more information, call 972.542.7170, ext. 403, or e-mail donnasheets@hotmail.com.—brit mott<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />

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