Stepping out of the winter doldrums is looking bright, with major arts and entertainment events planned in and around the neighborhood this spring.
Consider adding these five hot events to your spring calendar:
Heard Natural Science Museum – Take a Guided Trail Hike to learn about the flora and fauna of the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary. The hike, led by a trained guide, lasts 45-60 minutes. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 11. www.heardmuseum.org
“Carnival of the Animals” by the Plano Symphony Orchestra – Children can visit the Instrument Petting Zoo and even Be a Conductor. The concert features pieces inspired by the animal kingdom and includes puppeteers from Le Theatre de Marionette and Geppetto’s Marionette Theater. April 19 in McKinney. http://www.planosymphony.org/education/family.asp
Arts in Bloom – Enjoy a day of art, music and shopping, with exhibits and performances by local and regional artists. This all-day street festival each year invites residents to experience art in all forms, throughout the Historic District. April 11, Historic Downtown McKinney. http://mckinneytexas.org/index.aspx?NID=687
David Gaschen – Gaschen earned his fame performing the lead role in “Phantom of the Opera,” which he has played more than 1,300 times in the U.S. and Europe. All that, and he’s a Texan through and through – born in Lubbock and inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2006. April 18, McKinney Performing Arts Center. http://mckinneycommunityconcerts.org/2014-2015%20performances.htm
Texas Legends – Sports more your speed? Get ready for a great game. This NBA development league leads in attendance. The Legends also are the league’s flagship franchise for charitable jersey nights, with more than half of the team’s home games centered around unique jerseys. Through April, Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco http://www.nba.com/dleague/texas/schedule/