Here Comes Summer: Why Not Learn Something New!

6 Jun

Summer is, of course, time for fun in the sun, splashing in the pool, ocean or lake, eating cool summery treats, and spending time with friends and family on vacation. But it can also be a great time to learn something new, be it a musical instrument, a new type of art, a sport or fitness routine you’ve always wanted to try, or even to hone a skill or talent you already have, but just don’t have the time to devote to it when your schedule is full of other commitments.

Residents and visitors to McKinney have all sorts of opportunities to learn something new or to better perfect their talents this summer. Check out these offerings:

Gary Morris Workshop at MPAC on June 13

Gary Morris Workshop at MPAC: Broadway star and award-winning recording artist Gary Morris comes to McKinney on Wednesday, June 13, to share various techniques from his multi-faceted career during “Silence Says It All,” a workshop designed for actors, writers and musicians. The class runs from 1-5 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. The “hands-on” session will include an acoustic performance by Morris while providing attendees the chance to ask the veteran entertainer questions about his experiences, working within the entertainment industry, or just creating art in the form of music, acting, writing and more. (Gary is probably best known for his original recording of “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which won both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Awards in 1984. He also performed in thestarring role of Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway in 1987.) Make reservations for the $50 workshop by calling 972-547-2650 or online HERE.

Stained Glass Art Classes: Create your own piece of stained glass art at one of several classes offered this summer by Stained Glass of McKinney, including Yard Art (6/24, 1-6 p.m.); Crash Glass (6/23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.); and Jewelry Fusings (6/9, 10-11:30 a.m.). Also, many of the classes on their website are available if a minimum class attendance requirement is met. Just ask!

Entrance to The Artist’s Loft

The Artist’s Loft: Owner Debra Linker and the many art teachers with whom she partners always have a lot of classes going on in the loft studio on Louisiana Street proper. (Look for it down the hallway and up a small flight of stairs from Orisons Art & Framing.) Teachers interested in offering classes in this studio need just ask, as Debra offers the space as available for reasonable rates.

Kids’ Camps and Classes at MPAC: In addition to the Gary Morris Workshop being offered at MPAC this month, there is a wide assortment of kids’ classes offered all summer in art, dance, music, acting and more. For more information, call 972-547-2650.

City of McKinney Parks & Rec Kid Camps and Classes: The city’s Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department always offers many options for families or individuals. Kids can enjoy on-going camps (try a week or try the whole summer) while kids and adults can take summer classes offered at the recreation centers or elsewhere. (Once on the site about classes, click the picture of the summer guide to access a complete listing of classes.) Call one of the recreation centers during business hours: Community Center – 972-547-2690, Old Settlers – 972-542-5014, or Senior Center – 972-547-7491.

Swimming Lessons at City Pools: It is summer after all, and if you don’t already know how to swim, or if you want to improve your skills or learn advanced techniques, check out the city’s aquatics oppportunities. To see where to swim in City of McKinney facilities, click HERE.

Heard Museum Camps for Kids and Families: Enjoy the outdoors and nature at the same time with the camps offered at the Heard Natural Science Museum. Also ask them about their Eco-Adventures Canoe Experience and their Ropes Course, both of which require an advance reservation, but provide you with a great opportunity to challenge yourself and learn a new skill! Call 972-562-5566 for more information.

Learn About Pioneer Life: Kids ages 6-15 can take part in camps at Chestnut Square Historic Village from now through July. Check the schedule on their site. What a great way to learn how to do things the old fashioned way – churn butter, make ice cream, hand-sew quilts and buttons, play old fashioned games, and more.  972-562-8790.

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