Murphy businesses are the BEST!

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Murphy businesses are the best! A couple of weeks ago, Chi Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®, a life-long community service organization that I am member of, shipped 488 pounds of hygiene supplies to help the flood victims in Baton Rouge, LA. We asked local area dentists, Walmart Super Store, Target and hotels to donate to the cause and they all answered the call by contributing hundreds of supplies to our collection.

While my group had a plan for gathering donations, we didn’t anticipate the expense of getting the items to Louisiana. I brought all the heavy boxes to the Murphy UPS Store and then they gave me an unexpected surprise. After finding out what I was doing, Josh, an employee at the UPS Store, told me that he understood the hard work that it takes to organize a donation drive. He had worked for over a month with his church to help displaced families when the tornado hit the Rowlett and Garland areas last December. Guess what he did? He blessed us with a money-saving discount on shipping costs!

I knew Murphy was a great place to live, but I learned something new about the UPS store and Walmart Superstore through this effort. Murphy-ites are fortunate to dwell in a supportive community where our local businesses care.

-Dawn Redmond

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Mo Chops Breakfast Club

Tired of the same breakfast choices in Murphy? The first ever Mo Chops Breakfast Club will be in Murphy on September 10th at the Murphy Activity Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This breakfast buffet will feature African inspired dishes breakfast dishes along with good old eggs and waffles!

For $15, you can have a cultural experience right in your own back yard. Yams and corned beef, plantain, akara and ogi, african omelet and mixed stew. Not adventurous? Chicken and waffles and other American fare will be waiting for you along with a Mimosa or two.

If you want to try something different, don’t miss this opportunity to eat great food and to meet many Murphy residents. Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite. A limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door for $20 and children 5 years and under eat free!

I hope to see you there!

-Dawn Redmond

 

Murphy Maize Days Vendor Applications

Murphy Maize Days is an event I attend every year! The food, vendors, music, activities and contest are always so much fun. Plus, I always run into so many friends, neighbors and colleagues. Do you plan on attending this year? Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 24 because to join the fun. Also, if you have a business or non-profit organization and you will like to promote and sell your product, you can obtain a vendor application by clicking on the links below:
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I am always on top of the latest happenings and events in the Murphy area. Contact me for more information or if I can help you with ANY of your REAL ESTATE needs!

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-Dawn Redmond
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In Need of Backpack Donations!

The Douglass Community Neighborhood Association in Plano is hosting a Youth Empowerment Summit this Sunday and they need your help! They are in desperate needs of backpacks for the 100+ students that are registered for the event. I have volunteered for this event for the past 13 years so it is something that is very dear to my heart!

The Empowerment Youth Summit features workshops about money management, self-esteem and “real life” issues. There is also a shopping boutique where kids can collect jeans, school supplies and backpacks. This is where we need your help!  If you would like to donate backpacks, the Plano drop off locations is:

Telecom Electric
1304 Capital Ave.
Plano, TX 75074
(Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm)

The need for support of the young people is growing…any donations are much appreciated!

Thanks so much, Dawn Redmond

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Collin College in Wylie

Collin College is building in Wylie! Across from City Hall on Country Club Road there is 43.68 acres of land that will be used for the facility. They plan to break ground in Wylie within 3 years, building a 415,000 square foot building with a capacity for 7,500 students. “We are very excited to be establishing a new campus in Wylie and to be making higher education more convenient for southeastern Collin County,” said Dr. Bob Collins, who chairs the Collin College Board of Trustees. “Wylie community leaders, including both city and school district, have been great partners in enabling this project to move forward. Without their help, cooperation and persistence we couldn’t have made this possible.”

Collin College delivers a quality education with low tuition. It serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually. It also offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. “The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas.”

I am thrilled this will be coming to our area and excited to watch the building process happen over the next few years. It will be a wonderful addition to our community.

-Dawn Redmond

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Success!

We had a successful Stiletto Walk this past weekend. The Chi Zeta Omega Chapter held it’s 4th annual walk benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association at Breckinridge Park in Richardson. We raised a total of $3,000.00! It was a morning full of high energy with exercise, massages, vendors on hand, information on Alzheimer and healthy snacks. I love serving in our community!

If you are ever interested in participating in any volunteer work around the Murphy/Plano area, feel free to contact me. I can help you find the perfect project to fit your needs!

-Dawn Redmond

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Create a Colorful Garden…Even in this Heat!

Dallas (Zone 8a) gets hot…yet we want a colorful garden. Here is a list of some of my favorite colorful flowers that can handle the heat!

1. Black-Eyed Susans: This native plant is beautiful with the prominent dark centers and yellow flowers. Butterflies love these!
Black-Eyed-Susan-Backgrounds2. Pincushion Flowers: These pastel color flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They can get almost two feet tall.
pin3. Autumn Sage: The dark red, purple, lavender and fuchsia colors are beautiful!
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1774-Homestead-Purple-Verbena 5. Pink Skullcap: Small, red flowers.pinkskullcap 6. Blackfoot Daisy: This has small white flowers with yellow centers and needs a well-draining soil.926152ab0316638c_5883-w618-h436-b0-p0--home-design7. New Gold Lantana: This lantana has golden yellow flowers.Lantana-New-Gold18. Hibiscus: 10 foot wide plant with bright, scarlet flowers. How could you not love that?his 9. Belinda’s Dream: This pink rose required little care.belindas_dream110. Mystic Spires Blue: These blue and long flowers are pretty and also the plant is rarely bothered by pests or disease.spires

Send me pictures of your garden if you happen to have some of these beautiful flowers in it! I would love to see it!

As always, I am never too busy to handle any of your real estate needs! Happy planting!

-Dawn Redmond

It’s Officially Summer Vacation!

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“Summer vacation (also called summer holiday or summer break) is a school holiday in summer between school years and the longest break in the school year. Students and instructors are off school typically between 6 and 14 weeks, depending on the country and district. In America, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Romania and Russia, the summer break is normally three months, compared to six to eight weeks in Australia, Britain, The Netherlands, Canada, and Germany.” – Wikipedia

So are we thankful our break is 3 months long or are you jealous of Australia, Britain, The Netherlands, Canada and Germany?!!

 

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Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend at the Arboretum
May 27th-30th, various times
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Enjoy fun for all ages all Memorial Day weekend at the Dallas Arboretum. All active duty members, veterans, or first responders receive free admission with valid ID. Enjoy live music Saturday and Sunday, and two free Eddie Coker concerts Monday. During all four days there will also be activities for children.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Texas Rangers
May 27th, 7:05pm; May 28th, 6:15pm
Globe Life Park
Watch the Rangers take down the Pirates in this explosive weekend meetup! Friday and Saturday, Rangers Alumni will be signing autographs from 6- 6:45 PM. Signing will take place near the Budweiser Bowtie Plaza.

Soluna Festival: Our Heroes
May 28th, 8:30pm
Klyde Warren Park
Jaap van Zweden conducts a program of patriotic favorites and beloved classics in honor of Dallas’s veterans and first responders in collaboration with Carry The Load. The perfect concert for the whole family, presented in partnership with Klyde Warren Park.

Dallas Margarita Meltdown
May 29th, 4pm-10pm
West End, Downtown Dallas
You taste. You sample. You play judge and vote for your favorite margarita. The best margaritas from the DFW area will be at one location. You decide which margarita is the best at the Dallas Margarita Meltdown presented by Milagro Silver.

Dallas Memorial March / Carry the Load
May 29th, 4pm
Reverchon Park
The national relay Carry The Load will conclude at the Dallas Memorial March. The Dallas Memorial March was created as a way to raise awareness for our veterans and military families. The 20-hour and 16-minute walk will be at Reverchon Park in Dallas and this family-friendly event is a way to restore the meaning of Memorial Day and support our military heroes. Go online to sign up as an individual or as part of a team.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Memorial Day Concert
May 30th, 8:00 p.m.
Flag Pole Hill
Want to opt out of rowdy events or bars with Memorial Day drink specials? Head over to Flag Pole Hill Park, 8100 Doran Circle, where the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will play patriotic music in honor of Memorial Day. The concert will be capped off with a fireworks display. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or towel to enjoy this casual outdoor concert without taking home any grass stains. Music starts at 8 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. The rain site for this event will be the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

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