•McKinney's Krewe of Barkus parade, March 3, will have a reality TV theme this year. Register for the costume contest by March 1 at mckinneytexas.org.•The Bluebonnet English Setter Club will host an agility fun match on Jan. 26 at Myers Park & Event Center in McKinney. There will be barbecue and a raffle, and 25 percent of proceeds will go to the AKC Canine Health Foundation. 7117 County Road 166. First run $10, second run $7, third run $10, fourth run $7 (limited to two runs/ring). Register (required) by Saturday at https://sites.google.com/site/bluebonnetesclub/forms.•"4 Paws at a Time" is the theme of the SPCA of Texas' annual Paws Cause gala, which is set for Jan. 27 at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, 2400 Lone Star Drive. The festivities (for the two-legged only) include food and drinks from some of the area's finest restaurants, live music and the Bone Appétit restaurant raffle. Tickets, $150 and up, are available at … [Read more...] about Dog About Town: Toss some corn for a good cause with your pooch
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The life expectancy in our country is down again. So let’s not whine about getting old. If we’re lucky, it happens.We may look up from our busy lives and realize we’re older than our parents were when they died. We’re probably the same age as the old lady on the park bench, the one who feeds the ducks bread crusts and crackers as they squawk around her. Good for her and good for us. We’re still here.I’m only a dozen years younger than my grandfather was when he died, and he was impossibly old. When he came to visit us in the summer, he told old people’s stories and wore old people’s clothes, including a long night gown and a nightcap. His parents were immigrants — back before that was a bad word — from Scotland and Germany, and his mother taught school on the Kansas prairie, in a little dirt-floored classroom. He became a teacher himself, which is why he droned on and on. It was embarrassing when he repeated his stories in … [Read more...] about Getting old? Consider yourself lucky
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and mom Ata (Getty / ET) Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has a new nickname this Christmas — "Dw-anta Claus." The action star took to Instagram on Saturday to share a touching video of his mom, Ata's, reaction to the gift he gave her this holiday: a brand new house. DWAYNE JOHNSON'S STUNT DOUBLE AND COUSIN CRIES UPON RECEIVING SWEET GIFT FROM ACTION STAR "This one felt good. Surprise! Bought my mom a new home for Christmas," he began, before explaining that his childhood was full of moving from little apartment to little apartment across the country as his parents tried to make ends meet. "The first home my parents ever lived in was the one I bought for them in 1999. They divorced about 5yrs later and as with life, stuff happens and things got a little complicated. Since then I always made sure my mom and dad have everything they’ll ever need." "This gift is a special one though and the timing is very meaningful. I told her to treat … [Read more...] about Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson bought his mom a house for Christmas
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Record Store Day (which some idiot decided to make on the same day as Black Friday — in addition to the one in April) are faker than any #hashtag holiday out there and driven — obviously — by commerce, consumption and, mostly, corporate greed. But unless you're a Trump tax break–scoring 1 percenter, you want to save money this time of year, so not taking advantage of deals out there is dumb. Scoring huge discounts and cool exclusives and getting exposure to new stores, designers and products that'll make perfect gifts for loved ones is smart. Be smart. Ghost the mall and give love to local businesses online and IRL. Many L.A. merchants and gift makers are rewarding you for it. Here are some of our faves.ONLINE ONLY: 1. Trailer Parks After Dark, the twisted brainchild of local craft goddess Else Evil Duff, is offering L.A. Weekly readers 10% off (use code LAWEEKLY10) on her snarky cross-stitched … [Read more...] about 10 Deals and Steals for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: October 24, 2018 at 5:40 am | UPDATED: October 24, 2018 at 6:04 am By April Witt | The Washington Post Whoever won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot will have some decisions to make. What should they do with the money? Who will they tell? Jack Whittaker faced similar decisions in 2002 when he won Powerball’s $314 million jackpot ($113 million after taxes). At the time, it was the largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket. But the lottery changed Whittaker’s life and within a few years, the West Virginia construction contractor faced personal loss and tragedy. This article originally appeared in The Washington Post Magazine on Jan. 30, 2005. __________ It was coming up on Christmas, and Brenda-the-biscuit-lady was inexplicably happy as she walked to work in the predawn darkness. Brenda didn’t just make biscuits over at the C&L Super Serve for $6 an hour. She served up good cheer. “How you doin’, … [Read more...] about He won Powerball’s $314 million jackpot. It ruined his life.