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hat’s a wrap! Of course, I am talking about wrapping those Christmas gifts as well as placing a pretty red bow onto the year 2016. And, what better way to wrap up the year than to spend it with our loved ones? In this edition, you will find your very own Frisco Life 2016 Wish Book – you can flip through pages filled with the most elegant, luxurious gifts to give to that special someone this year, or even place it on your very own list to Santa. We are honored to feature Frisco’s previous Mayor, Mike Simpson in this edition as well. Mr. Simpson is now the Executive Director of The Boys and Girls Club of Collin County. He and his dedicated team, continue to make a great impact on our young youth’s lives. As we look to a new year ahead, we should remember what the year 2016 brought us. The memories, the lessons learned, and perhaps the goals we have for the year ahead in 2017.

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Hometown Hero

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Our Town

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Driver’s Notebook

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

18 The Boys and Girls Club of Collin County

Through the Eyes of Mike Simpson

22 Our Town

Christmas in Frisco Square

25 2016 Wish Book

Your Holiday Gift Guide

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Good Times

2016 Chrysalis Ball

The 2016 Chrysalis Ball benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County was a huge success! The exciting "Wonderland of Possibilities" was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Embassy Suites in Frisco.

Mike Simpson, Chief Executive Officer

The Queen of Hearts and the Rabbit Mike Simpson

Blackjack games at the Gala

Bryan and Holli Sherman

Von & Rosanne Best, Blythe Rhodes, Cindy Davis

Rudy and Christina Andrea, Mike Simpson

Logan and Haley Stout

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Good Times

Frisco Life Launch Party

Frisco Life had a wonderful turnout for the Magazine Launch Party at the Frisco Heritage Museum. Guests enjoyed a fun evening filled with live music, food and raffle prizes benefiting City House.

Jeff & Dana Chaney

City House Group

Candace Kent, Vip Vipperman, Gina Lester

Tim Miller, David Apple and Laurie Graham King

Terri McClane, Dan & Toni Hunt, Allyson Mendel, Dana & Jeff Cheney

Josh Gurski & James Robertson

Watching the raffle drawings

Maureen Stertle & Patty Winchester

Lynn Slaney Silguero, Christina White and guest

Karen White and friends

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Good Times

Bachendorfs Debutante Party

The Plano Symphony proudly presented the Bachendorf's Reception honoring the Debutante Class of 2016. Bachendorfs remains proud to support the Plano Symphony Debutantes with a gift of Mikimoto pearl earrings.

Lawrence Bock, Micayla Morgan

Lawrence Bock, Peyton Dowell

Lawrence Bock, Victoria Hammett

Plano Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Mackenzie Arcemont, Kaitlyn Nothaft Robert Reed, Plano Symphony Orchestra Debutante Director Nancy Baumgarten

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

FRISCO HOLIDAY HOME TOUR BENEFITING MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION 

Step Dance Performing Arts Studio, The Plaza Apartments at Frisco Square, POParellas Gourmet Popcorn & Treats, The Roots Bar and the Sweet Tooth Dental Loft. You can feel free to drop off your donations between November 21 – December 19, 2016.

GEICO STATE CHAMPIONS BOWL SERIES On December 23rd, come watch as  State champion high school

The Inaugural Frisco Holiday Home Tour will take place on

football teams from Georgia, Florida, Utah and Arizona will be eligi-

Saturday, December 10th from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Have you ever

ble to play in a two-game postseason bowl at The Ford Center at the

driven around Frisco and wondered what the inside of some of the

Star. The event, held at the Dallas Cowboys' 12,000-seat indoor prac-

beautiful homes look like? Well now is your chance! The first ever

tice facility, will air on ESPNU at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Frisco Holiday Home Tour will allow you to tour 6 gorgeous homes all decorated in full holiday splendor. One of the homes featured on

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

the tour belongs to Tait and Joy Cruse, whose son Connor was a wish

On December 17th at the Dr. Pepper Arena, a new concert and

kid when battling cancer. When you walk into their home, you will

visual experience for the entire family, blending the spell-bind-

see a tree decorated in his honor. "If I could have one holiday wish, it

ing grace and dare-devil athleticism of today ’s greatest circus

would be to celebrate one more Christmas with Connor." said Joy

performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday

Cruse, "I am so honored to offer our home to help support Make-A-

music of all time comes to Frisco. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.

Wish." Purchase your tickets for this online at ntx.wish.org

and is sure to be fun for the whole family.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA It's the most important meal of the day and one of the most memorable events of the season! Join Santa, Frosty and Rudolph for a delicious breakfast of cinnamon rolls, eggs and more. Children must attend with one parent or responsible adult. Don't forget to bring your cameras for a picture with Santa! This will take place on December 3rd at the Frisco Senior Center, 6670 Moore Street.

MERRY MAIN STREET Mark those calendars! On December 3rd, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town! Merry Main Street of Frisco has become the "place to be" to ring in the holiday season. Parents and children can shop for gifts and great holiday decor, while enjoying an evening of musical entertainment, holiday activities, and an array of food and warm drinks. There will be plenty of activities to enjoy including, horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, snowflake light show, and of course the Frisco Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Team Realty will be onsite to offer free photos with Santa. Don't miss this festive event! 

CHRISTMAS IN THE SQUARE TOY DRIVE Frisco Square is proud to partner again with Operation Once in a Lifetime (OOIAL),  a military non-profit group that helps make the dreams of U.S. Soldiers and their families come true, this holiday season to host the Toys for Troops toy donation center.  Donate new, unwrapped toy or clothing items at the following drop box locations in Frisco Square:  barre3, The Boulevard at Frisco Square, The COOP Frisco, Frisco Square Management Office, Next 16

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Hometown Hero

Mike Simpson, Executive Director

Mike Simpson hard at work

Mike Simpson and BGCCC members

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County THROUGH THE EYES OF MIKE SIMPSON ARTICLE KRISTI ANDERSON | PHOTOGRAPHY LEE MCDANIEL

M

ost people have a common misconception of an orga-

and go on to attend college or enlist in the military, and there

nization such as The Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin

are no members in the juvenile justice system.

County (BGCCC). It is more than just a place children can go

Mike Simpson, as most know, was the former Mayor

after school, throw around a basketball for a while and leave.

of our great city of Frisco from 2002-2008. While serving

It is so much more than that. The BGCCC is the premier after

as Mayor, he was very involved with the Frisco branch of

school and summer program for children 5-18, whose parents

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County, called the Bob

are looking for a safe nurturing environment where they know

and Joy Darling Branch. He would go work with the kids,

their children will be served by a trained professional staff

attended their graduations, Christmas parties, and other

while they are at work.

special events throughout the year.

Former Frisco Texas Mayor, Mike Simpson who is the CEO

When Mike concluded his term as Mayor, he saw there

of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County walked me

was an opening for CEO to the Boys and Girls Club of Collin

through a day in the life of a child that is a member of this

County and wanted to apply. In May 2012, he became the

organization. The BGCCC has over 2,600 members through-

CEO of an organization he has always had passion for. He

out Collin County, but with their after school, summer and out-

stated, “Seeing how this organization can impact these

reach programs, they impact the lives of 7,000 youth annually.

children’s lives is why I do this.”

First and foremost, each child who is a member is picked

And although, the organization has had great success,

up from their school by one of the 21 BGCCC buses across

impacting over 7,000 kids annually, Mr. Simpson urged much

Collin County going to 70 different schools and six commu-

more work needs to be done and goals to reach. For example,

nities in the cities they serve. The buses then takes them to

the Frisco branch has a goal to add a full gym to their facility for

their onsite location in Frisco, Plano and McKinney. Upon

the kids. Currently, there are gyms in the Plano and McKinney

arrival, the children receive a balanced meal and then work

branches, but none in the city that has the fastest growing

with the Education Directors on one hour of homework time

school district in the country. The gym will allow Frisco to add

called “Power Hour”. They receive a snack later in the day after

many more children to the club. In addition, there is a program

starting the education learning activities. The Boys and Girls

to renovate the Teen Centers in both McKinney and Plano.

Clubs of Collin County concentrates on three core areas: 1.

More help is always needed and appreciated. Of the mem-

Academic Excellence, 2. Building Character and Leadership

bers of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County, 60% of the

and 3. Health & Life Skills. One program called S.M.A.R.T

kids throughout the county, live with a single parent. Of those

Moves, is a nationally recognized program of the Boys and

same kids, 61% are on a free or reduced lunch program in

Girls Club of America. S.M.A.R.T stands for Skills Mastery And

their schools. Anyone who has donated to this organization

Resistance Training. This program is designed to help kids

should note that for every $1.00 that is given, 82 cents will

stay away from drugs, alcohol, smoking, bullying and other

go directly towards the kids. Capital One, Coca-Cola, Toyota,

dangerous behaviors. The organization also has teen centers

Baylor Scott & White Hospitals, Hall Group, just to name a

that provide the young and older teens a way to give back

few, are companies that have served as proud donors to The

to their community through projects they develop. Youth

Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County. Each year, there are

between 13 and 18 have specific programs that are conducted

numerous fundraising events held to support the BGCCC,

daily and teach the importance of giving back to their com-

as well as on-line donation programs, throughout the year.

munities. They participate in activities such as helping at

For more information on how you can donate, please visit:

local senior centers and libraries or adopting a street to keep

https://www.bgccc.org/donate/

clean. Mr. Simpson noted that of the BGCCC members that

Mr. Simpson hopes The Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County

come through their doors, 100% of their kids advance to the

will continue to grow in different cities such as Allen, Melissa

next grade level, 100% of their seniors graduate High School

and Prosper, in order to help every child in need possible.

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to celebrating the Christmas season. Whether it’s a family tradition or a family holiday recipe, we hold these memories close to our hearts. This time of year, we all, for at least a little while, become kids again at heart. Christmas in Frisco Square is sure to bring out a lot of those Christmas memories. Starting on November 25th, and lasting nightly through January 1st, the heart of Frisco Square area is transformed into a Christmas wonderland! With over 675,000 visitors last year, Christmas in the Square is one of the largest community events in North Texas. There are attractions for every-

one to enjoy, from Skate the Square, Parachuting Santa, horsedrawn carriage rides, snow play areas, a 4 lane inner-tubing snow slide and much more. The Square is lit up each night with over 175,000 lights, to create a

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is just a few days away. I can imagine a few heads shaking yes in agreement from all the dads out there, not that we're singling you out because we know that the busy Frisco moms can relate as well. May we suggest jewelry for mom? Perhaps a watch for dad, a bike for junior and a fashionable purple ski jacket for the little princess of the house? Consider this Wish Book as our gift to you. We've already done some of the shopping for you and narrowed down your gift selection to a few items. You'll find something for everyone on your gift list in the colorful pages of our Frisco Life's Annual Holiday Wish Book!

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Jeff Cheney Rusty Pierce Keller Williams Realty RE/MAX Premier, IV Zak Anderson Ted Cox 214-550-8200 214-850-7809 Allie Beth Allman & Associates Ebby Halliday Realtors jeff@cheneygroup.com rustypierce@msn.com 972-292-8033 Paulette Greene 214-300-1015 Christina Klement Christi Stevens Judi Wright zak@zakanderson.com Christie Cannon Ebby Halliday Realtors tedcox@ebby.com Keller Williams Realty Ebby Halliday Realtors Coldwell Banker Residential Ebby Halliday Realtors 214-957-3372 469-951-9588 214-923-5920 214-801-3930 214-597-2985 pg@paulettegreene.com christie@christiecannon.com christina@sellingdallashomes.net christi.stevens@cbdfw.com judiwright@ebby.com

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SANTA'S

ITALIAN RED SLEIGH ARTICLE KRISTIN TREAGER, 2013 PCA GTC4 NATIONAL CHAMPION PHOTOGRAPHY JASON GILMORE

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ome cars weren’t meant to be tamed. They were built for the open road, the winding countryside, and the

road less traveled. Such is the case with the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. While you may be tempted to show her off, with her eye-catching looks and wicked exhaust sound, don’t let the one cup holder fool you...this ain’t no city girl. In fact, if your ego were to convince you that driving the 4C Spider as a daily driver was a good idea, you would be destined to entomb yourself in the prettiest coffin money can buy. At 46.6 inches in height, the 4C is one of the smallest nonrace cars I’ve ever driven. And while its low center of gravity and carbon fiber tub make it perfect for the race track, the small stature makes it impossible to drive on the busy streets of Dallas, Texas. Within a time span of four days, I can count at least a dozen close calls in this petite beauty. While on the Dallas North Tollway, I was traveling in the middle lane when two vehicles, one in the passing lane and one in the slow lane, each started creeping their way into the middle lane. Before I became the meat between a Texas truck sandwich, I peddled the tiny torpedo and listened to the turbo spool as I escaped certain peril. I hoped the loud exhaust note would notify drivers of my presence, but “Billies” as the Brits call them, aren’t the most attentive, especially when you sit feet below their line of sight. Even with risking life and limb, this car gives you something to smile about. To give you an idea of this car’s speed, the 4C completed the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in 8 minutes and 4 seconds. This breathtaking performance was best in class for cars with similar horsepower. At 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, combined with the light weight chassis, this car delivers the type of abrupt acceleration usually reserved for race cars. Not surprising, Alfa Romeo has a long history in motorsports. The company first entered the world of racing in 1911 and built its first race car 2 years later. Since then, Alfa Romeo has competed in sports car racing, Indy Car, Formula One, and Rally racing as an engine supplier or constructor. While the brand may not be as famous as its Italian cousins, Alfa Romeo certainly made their mark on motorsports and an impression on the modern American sports car market. However, someone might want to inform our friends in Italy, that the average American male will have a tough time fitting in the 4C. At 5 feet 2 inches, the 4C fit me like a glove. Those taller and wider, will find the narrow seats challenging. As a standard feature, the 4C has “unassisted” steering; in other words, power steering is an option. I found the steering to be a bit heavy, especially when parking, but then again, she’s not meant to be your commuter car. If you plan on taking the 4C for grocery runs, I’m sorry to inform you that your bread and milk will end up on your lap, because this car has no boot or “trunk”, as we say in America. The throttle pedal will feel sensitive to the untrained foot while the Brembo brakes have a lot of bite. This car has all the features I look for in a sports car: incredible acceleration, fantastic brakes, CONTINUED and good looks to make the boys jealous. Just remember, horses>

can’t gallop in a city; it’s best to give the 4C Spider room to play.

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Lifestyle Calendar

December DECEMBER 1 TEXAS LEGENDS VS. GREENSBORO SWARM

DECEMBER 10

DR. PEPPER ARENA

FRISCO HOLIDAY HOME TOUR BENEFITING MAKE A WISH

Come watch the Texas Legends take on the Greensboro Swarm.

VARIOUS FRISCO TEXAS NEIGHBORHOODS

DECEMBER 3 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Come tour 6 gorgeous Frisco homes all decorated in holiday decor for all to enjoy!

SENIOR CENTER AT FRISCO SQUARE

DECEMBER 10

It's the most important meal of the day and one of the most mem-

THE NUTCRACKER

orable events to the season! Join Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph for a

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delicious breakfast of cinnamon rolls, eggs and more.

Come experience The Frisco Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker

DECEMBER 3 MERRY MAIN STREET TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

this holiday season. This year there will be two performances both held at Reedy High School in Frisco.

FRISCO SQUARE

DECEMBER 17

Come kick off the Christmas season in Frisco with the Tree

FRISCO CHORALE & PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Lighting Ceremony!

FRISCO HIGH SCHOOL

DECEMBER 4 SANTA'S WORKSHOP WESTIN STONEBRIAR Each guest will receive a delicious brunch buffet, NO WAIT Photo with Santa, toy building in Santa’s Workshop; take home custom made ornaments in the workshop and much more! Tickets are $35 per adult and $25 per child (no ticket needed for children age 2 and under).

DECEMBER 9 CHRISTMAS HITS LIVE! ALLEN EVENT CENTER The show will feature both The Midtown Men, four stars from the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys,” and ‘60's pop rock sensations, The Buckinghams. The bands will perform a collection of '60's hits and Christmas favorites to help ring in the holidays. 

DECEMBER 10 11TH ANNUAL FROSTY 5K AND MERRY MILE SIMPSON PLAZA, FRISCO SQUARE Lace up those running shoes and come join in the holiday fun of a chip-timed race with top 3 finishers in each age group receiving race awards. Team awards: Largest team, best t-shirt/costume design, most creative team name and best team spirit!

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The Frisco Chorale joins with the Plano Civic Chorus in a Christmas Concert with the Plano Symphony Orchestra at Frisco High School.


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HOME DESIGN & FURNISHINGS Oasis Accents (214) 491-8982 Premier Grilling (855) 744-7455 premiergrilling.com  

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West Frisco Health & Wellness (972) 464-2510 westfrisco.com

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Parting Thoughts

Sharing The Joy of Christmas A SAVIOR IS BORN!

ARTICLE PASTOR JACK GRAHAM

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n this wonderful time of year, there is so much joy in celebrating Christ: His birthday, his life, his mission on earth to accomplish our salvation. We are celebrating the best news the world has ever heard— our Savior is born! As we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, thoughts turn naturally toward those we love. We choose gifts for them with special care. We put much thought into messages written on Christmas cards. We want the people closest to us to know how much we love them, and rightly so. But as Christians, we must also show that love to others, by reaching out and sharing the awesome wonders of our Savior’s birth. Remember the angel of the Lord standing before the shepherds in the fields around Bethlehem, and the way the words poured out, a beautiful ode of joy: “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.... Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

That’s a joy we shouldn’t contain. During this glorious Christmas season, we invite anyone who wants to celebrate this great gift to join us at Prestonwood Baptist Church! One of the highlights of the Christmas season at Prestonwood is The Gift of Christmas, our annual Broadwaystyle production complete with state-of-the-art special effects, visually stunning elements, live animals, flying angels, a massive choir and a powerful presentation of the birth of our Lord. Some 65,000 people from throughout the region and surrounding states are expected to attend the 13 performances this month. Then on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we will rejoice in the birth of our Lord with 10 candlelight services (Plano Campus, North Campus and Prestonwood en Español). What a beautiful sight it is to see the Worship Center aglow with the powerful image of thousands of lit candles! At Prestonwood, we feel incredibly blessed to share Christ’s love and peace and glory with our community during this Christmas season. What better gift can we possibly give?

For ticket availability for The Gift of Christmas, please visit prestonwoodGOC.org. For information about Candlelight Services at Prestonwood, please visit prestonwood.org/christmas. Dr. Jack Graham is pastor of the more than 40,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church, which has campuses in Plano and Prosper. 42

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