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APRIL 2019 PUBLISHER

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Reema Alvi | reema.alvi@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Jasmine George, Kristi Anderson

Going Green DO YOU HEAR THAT? It’s the sound of nature springing to life after a long winter’s nap. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and children are playing outside as the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer. This month at Frisco Life, we bring you our Eco issue in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Inspired by the infinite beauty of the earth—and our desire to preserve and protect it—we compiled an array of eco-conscious and eco-friendly people and places making a difference right here in Frisco. From eco-minded artists and businesses, this issue is a celebration of all things Mother Nature. Throughout this issue, you’ll find simple ways to be more eco-friendly, from walking or cycling instead of driving to buying eco-conscious clothing and accessories. Whether or not you have a green thumb, we hope the stories in these pages invoke feelings of gratitude for the wonderful world we live in—and the wonderful people in our community who strive to sustain it. Not sure where to start? When you’ve

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INSIDE THE ISSUE APRIL 2019

FEATURES 12 Go without Your Car for a Day Stretch Your Legs and Discover a Stay-cation Destination without Leaving North Texas

18 Eco-Friendly Eating A Recipe for Spicy Mango Salsa

20 Frisco Fresh Market Farm-to-DFW

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26 Eco-Friendly Electricity Solar Panels Are the Future

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UPtv's New Series Design Twins' Premiere Party UPtv's new series, Design Twins, held its premiere party at Cinemark West Plano and XD Theatre. Event sponsors included Cinemark, UPtv, Oriental Trading, the Cookie Rack (Frisco) and Love the Day (Celina).  PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALISON WORTHEN PHOTOGRAPHY AND MELISSA HANCOCK PHOTOGRAPHY

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FRISCO UNCORKED APRIL 6 The inaugural Frisco Uncorked presented by O’Neil Wysocki Family Law is an afternoon of free fun for everyone featuring four bands, delicious food from local restaurants, wine tastings, shopping, a play zone for kids and the must-see grape stomping competition. The event will be held on April 6 from 12–5 p.m. at Frisco Square. The stage will be rockin’ with non-stop entertainment Presented by Trinity Falls. The lineup includes music by the Warehouse Band, Gun Powder and Lead, Hannah Kirby and the High Definition Band. Steak sliders; brick-oven pizza; Asian cuisine; unique desserts; and an assortment of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are just a few of the delicious bites and sips local

“Communities Foundation of Texas has been

restaurants and food trucks will have available for

serving donors and nonprofits in Collin County

purchase all afternoon. The event will feature 100

for many years, and this new office will allow the

varieties of wine from around the world. Each pur-

Foundation to more easily meet the needs of those

chase includes a signature event wine glass, and

living and working in this burgeoning area,” said

a portion of the wine tasting event proceeds will

CFT President and CEO Dave Scullin, who has

benefit the Frisco Arts. For more information, visit

resided in Collin County for more than 30 years.

FriscoUncorked.com.

CFT has established a Fund for Collin County to

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grown to more than $1 million. To learn more

its new office in Collin County, located in Frisco’s Hall

about CFT’s work, or to donate to the Fund for

Park (2401 Internet Blvd., Suite 101). The office extends

Collin County, contact Sarah Beeks Higdon at

CFT’s far-reaching history of service in North Texas,

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CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER OF COLLIN COUNTY GALA APRIL 6 Hosted by Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, Gala 2019 – Texas Sized Fun, is one of the most premier events held in Collin County. It is the largest event of the year and raises funds to provide services to children who have been neglected and abused. The Gala features a gourmet meal, live and silent auctions and an unforgettable performance from four-time Grammy nominee Joe Nichols. Get involved by becoming a sponsor, donating an auction item, purchasing tickets or purchasing Lexus car raffle tickets. For more information, visit CACCollinCounty.org/gala. The event will be held April 6, at 6 p.m. at Ford Center at the Star.

FRISCO ISD RECEIVES ACCREDITATION FOR DYSLEXIA TRAINING CENTER Frisco ISD is the first public school in the nation to receive accreditation for the Dyslexia Training Center and can now independently train new Certified Academic Language Therapists. The training center is accredited by International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). There are now more than 1,000 students who are currently served by the  District Dyslexia program. With the training center, FISD will be able to better support the community and benefit the shortage of dyslexia therapists. Frisco ISD leads the nation in dyslexia accreditation and will continue to participate in research related to the dyslexia program. For more information,  visit FriscoISD.org.

CUT! BY CINEMARK IS NOW OPEN CUT! by Cinemark is a fresh approach to in theatre dining and entertainment. The “new concept” dine in movie theatre opened on March 7th and offers a complete entertainment experience. It is restaurant, bar and movie theatre all in one. The menu includes chef-crafted entrees, craft cocktails and oven-fired pizzas. At CUT! by Cinemark you will have a elevated dine-in movie theatre experience with heated cinema seating and great service. Head over to CUT! tonight for a relaxing night out. It is located at 6969 U.S. Highway 380.

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World-Class Music and Art! Jonathan Eaton, the Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies at University of North Texas, will lead an evening of his top vocalists performing the classics of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Mr. Eaton has directed widely in opera houses throughout North America and Europe, and his work with the New York City Opera was televised for nationwide broadcast on Great Performances: Live from Lincoln Center. We are thrilled to welcome internationally-recognized director Jonathan Eaton to Frisco to share his operatic vision surrounded by the inspiring and breathtaking art of local award-winning artist Teresa Krieger.

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

Go without Your Car for a Day STRETCH YOUR LEGS AND DISCOVER A STAY-CATION DESTINATION WITHOUT LEAVING NORTH TEXAS

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ARTICLE JASMINE GEORGE | PHOTOGRAPHY JEREMIAH JHASS,

KATHY TRAN, MANNY RODRIGUEZ, CHANDLER MANN

Canne Rosso at the Star


HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE IS A JEWEL BOX OF A DESTINATION NESTLED IN THE HEART OF DALLAS. Built in 1931 with unique Mediterranean Spanish-style architecture, it is the first shopping center of its kind in America. It served as a prototype for other shopping centers across the nation. The high-end retail destination was declared a National Historical Landmark nearly 20 years ago. Head over to Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road, park your car and take a stroll around the designer shops and upscale eateries. It's

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like taking a step back in time but in the most elegant way possible. 

STOP 1: Make the First Meal of the Day Count Start the day off with brunch. Stop by Bistro 31, owned by renowned restaurateur Alberto Lombardi. Enjoy a fluffy omelet or lemon ricotta pancakes with one of Bistro 31's signature cocktails. The menu changes with the seasons and has French, Italian and Spanish influences set in an elegant Europeanstyle atmosphere. It's the perfect spot for couples or an outing with your girlfriends. If your little ones are tagging along with you, make sure to satisfy their sweet tooth at Bird Bakery. Owned by Elizabeth Chambers, wife of actor Armie Hammer, this charming spot offers artisan sandwiches and freshly baked sweets. The only other location is in San Antonio. Treat yourself to a cupcake made with the

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finest ingredients, including Plugra butter, Valrhona cocoa and Madagascar bourbon vanilla.  STOP 2: Time to Shop There's no shortage of places to find high-quality apparel in Highland Park Village. Find your inner Texan at bespoke cowboy boot company Miron Crosby, owned by two Texas-raised sisters. You can find these boots in the pages of Town & Country or worn by top models Gigi Hadid and Hilary Rhoda. A diverse addition of retailers has been added in recent years, including Veronica Beard; Rag & Bone; and Frame, one of contemporary fashion’s hottest brands. If your taste is more luxurious and you're looking to splurge, there's an abundance of prestigious fashion and design houses like Chanel, Cartier, Valentino, Dior and Ermenegildo Zegna, just to name a few. If you're in the mood to window shop, the village is one of the best places to do it. The shopping center was developed to serve as a Town Square for Highland Park. The architecture, with its central fountain, tree-lined sidewalks and brick paths and

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walkways, makes you want to take a stroll. It makes you feel like a part of the community. STOP 3: Dinner and Drinks If you’ve built up an appetite after all that shopping or window shopping, re-energize with dinner at one of Highland Park Village's upscale restaurants. For a romantic dinner for two, snag a reservation at these classic restaurants with a cult following: Italian-inspired Fachini, owned by renowned chef Julian Barsotti; or Highland Park Village’s time-treasured staple for more than 30 years, Cafe Pacific. Pop into Lounge 31, tucked away above Bistro 31, for a cocktail before or after dinner. Enjoy a drink in its enchanting atmosphere, complete with a bright patio and terrace

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villa. It will make you feel like you flew to Spain just for a cocktail or glass of wine. STOP 4: After Dinner Is the Show Catch a movie for date night or family night at the iconic Village Theatre. The landmark theater opened in 1935 and is dripping with a rich history. It was the first luxury suburban theatre built in Texas and has been a popular entertainment spot ever since. It offers four screens, a lounge, a full bar  and private screening rooms. Even better, you can get a free adult ticket  with the purchase of another adult ticket on the first Friday of every month.  The rich historical legacy of Highland Park Village should be enough to draw you in. Its luxurious retailers and charming dining destinations will make you want to come back for more. CONTINUED >

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THE STAR IN FRISCO For any football fan looking for a day's worth of activities without a car, look no further than Frisco. Any Cowboys fan is sure to feel at home at the Star. The 91-acre campus hosts the Ford Center, the Cowboys' indoor practice field. It also hosts Frisco ISD football teams. If that doesn't excite you enough, the campus also boasts the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters. The Star District is also the perfect place to shop, dine and experience everything Cowboys. As Cowboys

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owner Jerry Jones has said, the Star offers almost every service Cowboys fans could ever want. STOP 1: Dallas Cowboys Headquarters Take a tour of the Ford Center, a state-of-the-art indoor athletic facility shared by the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Frisco and Frisco ISD’s high schools. The exterior video board is the largest in high school sports. The facility boasts one indoor and two outdoor practice fields. STOP 2: Shopping at the Star At the Star, football and shopping pair up perfectly. Get a pair of Cowboys-inspired boots at  Texas-based Lucchese at the Star. Pick out a piece from the Charlotte Jones Collection, named after the executive  vice president and chief brand officer for the Cowboys. Shop for the latest gym apparel  at  Nike at the Star, a first-of-its-kind retail collaboration between the Cowboys and Nike. Or if you just want to update your Cowboys gear, look no further than Fans

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United, a one-stop shop for Cowboys enthusiasts. STOP 3: Drinks at Concrete Cowboy If all that shopping has made you parched, stop by Concrete Cowboy for libations. It's the perfect place to start your happy hour or to just sit down and take a breather. It also turns into a nightclub, complete with live music and DJs, so make sure to bring those dance moves. STOP 4: Dinner at Canne Rosso Canne Rosso is a favorite among North Texans for its authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas. With multiple locations across the metroplex, it is only fitting that the restaurant known for the best pizza in Dallas is at the Star, home to Dallas' most popular sports franchise.

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Concrete Cowboy

Drinks at Concrete Cowboy

Lounge 31

Bird Bakery

Fachini

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TREND SETTER

going green REUSE YOUR WAY TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING

THE NEXT TIME YOU ASK FOR A PLASTIC STRAW, GRAB PLASTIC BAGS AT THE GROCERY STORE OR BUY A BOTTLE OF WATER ON YOUR WAY TO THE GYM (WE’RE ALL GUILTY OF SOMETHING!), you should also know that roughly half of the annual plastic production’s lifespan ends after just a single use. And most single-use plastics aren’t even making it to landfills, let alone being recycled. Instead, the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic is being dumped into the world’s oceans every minute. Curb your single-use plastic consumption with these reusable counterparts.

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CULINARY CREATIONS

ECO-FRIENDLY EATING A RECIPE FOR SPICY MANGO SALSA ARTICLE JASMINE GEORGE

NOTHING SAYS ECO-FRIENDLY LIKE A RECIPE MADE OF JUST PLANTS AND VEGETABLES. This recipe is a delicious, colorful alternative to the salsa jars packed with preservatives you can buy at the store. And it's quick and easy to prepare! Try it with

SPICY MANGO SALSA

tortilla chips or tacos.

INGREDIENTS + 2 cups mango, diced + 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced + 1 can corn + 1 tablespoon butter + 1/2 cup red onion, diced + 1 tablespoon pickled jalapenos, diced + 1/2 avocado, diced + 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced + 1 clove garlic, minced + 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped + 2 tablespoons lime juice + Salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS 1. Stir mango, tomatoes, onion, pickled jalapenos, avocado, red bell pepper, garlic and cilantro leaves in a bowl. Add lime juice, and season with salt and pepper. 2. In a large skillet, grill corn with butter until lightly browned. Mix with the rest of the ingredients. 3. Let sit for 5-10 minutes for flavors to blend. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

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HOT SPOT

Fresh Market FARM-TO-DFW ARTICLE KRISTI ANDERSON

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IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR FARM-FRESH PRODUCE, EGGS AND MEATS PLUS UNIQUE VENDOR SELECTIONS LIKE THE TASTE OF MARDI GRAS AND THE PO' BOY PLACE TO FEED YOUR FAMILY, VISIT FRISCO FRESH MARKET. Alongside the premium produce and meat options, the market offers a variety of goods from local vendors including handmade gifts, candles, baked goods, desserts and coffee, to name a few.  The market has been opened for a little less than two years, but it is already growing. In late April, an indoor market, as well as a new restaurant area, are slated to open. This portion of the market will be set up as a beer garden. These restaurants are projected to include a German, barbecue, Mexican and Italian restaurant. For updates on the expansion, visit FriscoFreshMarket.com. Enjoy a fun experience throughout the year by joining in on the market's fun, family-oriented  events including the inaugural Frisco Fair running from March 28 through April 7 that will offer rides, food and entertainment. Mayor Jeff Cheney will attend  the  Veterans Social March 28 that includes dinner and a free ride for local veterans and their families. The Frisco Arts Fest

FRISCO FRESH MARKET PRIDES ITSELF IN DELIVERING A TRUE “WOW” FACTOR WHEN SHOPPING AT THE MARKET.

will take place on April 27. Frisco Fresh Market is also available to rent for private events. Frisco Fresh Market prides itself in delivering a true "wow" factor when shopping at the  market. Vendors are held to a higher standard as to which items can be sold at the market. They should be unique and of good quality. They have a specialized baked goods vendor, Milena's Bakery; a specialized coffee vendor, Yiayia's Coffeehouse; a great variety of unique eggrolls from Crunchies Eggrolls; and to satisfy the sweet tooth, there's a cookie vendor, Trouvi.  If you're interested in becoming a vendor, visit FriscoFreshMarket.com to apply or contact Jennifer at 469.516.1285. Frisco Fresh Market takes care of both its customers as well as its vendors. Customers can expect a comfortable experience with installed heaters in place during the cooler months and fans during the summer months. There are quality bathroom facilities on-site, plus interactive experiences such as pop-up events and photo CONTINUED >

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“WE HOPE THAT FRISCO FRESH MARKET ULTIMATELY BECOMES ONE OF THE MOST DESIRED SPOTS TO VISIT IN THE ENTIRE DFW METROPLEX.”

shoots. Parking is available on either Main Street or Frisco Street, which together lend 500 parking spots to customers. Vendors are offered on-site dry storage. This can hold tables, chairs and other set-up items needed. They are also offered cool-storage for drinks, meats and more. Frisco Fresh Market works with a number of local charities. Vendors are urged to drop off leftover products to the Frisco Family Services Food Pantry. They are co-partners with organizations such as FC Dallas for a local charity walk and have other various charity events they participate in each year. The two marketing masterminds behind Frisco Fresh Market are Jennifer Harper and Katharina Kreke. Jennifer, a California native, has years of experience in grassroots event planning and bringing people together to help build businesses. Katharina, a native of Germany, has been in the U.S. now for eight years. "We hope that Frisco Fresh Market ultimately becomes one of the most desired spots to visit in the entire DFW Metroplex," they said. 22

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APRIL

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

MAR 28 – APR 7

Position Clinic will be held at the Star

Beautiful

for athletes grades 7-12. It is a focused

in the Great American Cleanup.

GRAND OPENING: INAUGURAL FRISCO FAIR

and detail-oriented experience that

Volunteers clean where they live,

will sharpen skills. The position clinic

work or go to school. The volun-

will be held by former NFL players to

teers will be rewarded with a vol-

give athletes a competitive edge.

unteers party! The party will be a

Frisco Fresh Market

The Frisco Fair will be an 11-day event from March 28 through April 7 at the Frisco Fresh Market. Head to the market to enjoy the best-in-class rides, foods and family entertainment! Admission is free to all.

affiliate,

participates

family-friendly event with games,

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food, bounce houses and more. For registration information,  visit FriscoTexas.gov.

Frisco Square

Head to the Frisco Square for a

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food and wine festival, presented

LADIES WHO LAUNCH LUNCHEON

which will have 100-plus wines and

by O'Neil Wysocki Family Law. The event is a free,  family-friendly event,

Crest Infiniti Meeting Room

food from the best Frisco restaurants.

Ladies Who Launch is a network-

There will be a play area for children

ing opportunity for women who are

and much more entertainment and

in arts and business. It is designed

activities the whole family can enjoy.

to build relationships and support entrepreneurs and "wantrepreneurs." The event is moderated by Tammy Meinershagen and includes two special speakers in a panel discussion. Guests enjoy lunch and dessert by Crest Infiniti's executive chef and

13 DAVE & BUSTERS WITH THE EASTER BUNNY Dave & Busters

decor by Joy in the Breakroom.

Come meet and greet with the

FriscoArts.org/ladies-who-launch

Easter Bunny at Dave & Busters from 8–11 a.m. The Bunny Trail package

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includes a breakfast buffet, all-day

THE SALVATION ARMY: MOST GOOD 5K

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The Most Good 5K race begins at the

FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL

The Star

Star at 8 am. There will be pre- and

video game play and Easter activities!

The Village at Allen

post-race food, as well as music and

Head to the Village at Allen for

entertainment. All registrants will

the inaugural Allen Food + Wine

receive a T-shirt and a post-race cel-

Festival. The festival will feature the

ebration at the Star. All proceeds for

new Stampede 66, local chefs, three

the race will go to the Salvation Army.

bands and is free family fun to Allen residents and visitors.   

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centage of Americans take part in the solar

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