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Holiday Crafting Time!

It's that time again! Time for gifting all the teachers, caregivers, bus drivers, teachers aides etc. If you are anything like me, it all needs to be done this week and you are still not done! I go through a few stages before I am done. 1. Spend a few hours on Pinterest looking for the perfect craft that you think you can pull off. 2. Buying supplies for the craft. 3. Try to make one, get frustrated, walk away. 4. Consider buying everyone gift cards. 5. Suck it up and star

Spotlight on our Sponsors: Grace & Heart Sterling Silver Jewelry from Lora Johnson

Celina Ladies and Friends is grateful for all our sponsors. Please take a minute to read about Grace & Heart directly from our sponsor, independent representative Lora Johnson. Thank you for sponsoring Celina Ladies and Friends. My name is Lora Johnson. I am a wife, soon to be grandma, community volunteer, business owner, and mentor. I am an independent representative for a company called Grace&Heart. Grace&Heart jewelry started March 2015 in Suzanne Garrett’s garage in Sa

October Lady of the Month- Shannon Gill

We are happily bringing back this monthly feature! This month, our Celina Ladies and Friend, lady of the month is Shannon Gill. If you attended our Halloween Pokeno you may know her as the scary pirate! She is warm and kind and makes you feel like you are with an old friend once you start talking with her. We are so glad she decided to share this information with us! Shannon and her husband moved to Prosper 2 1/2 years ago because they outgrew their closets and she "neede

Spotlight on our Sponsors: Willow House

Today, we highlight a popular local store, Willow House, which sells clothes, home décor, gifts, school spirit wear, accessories, bath and body items, and greeting cards. Willow House Boutique opened in 2013 in historic downtown Celina, Texas. Owners Craig & Kerrie Turner live in Celina, and they love the small town feel of the downtown square and the local residents. The Turners’ investment in Willow House is more than just providing a unique retail experience—they are commi

North Texas Giving Day and Volunteering

Mark your calendars for September 19th! That is the day for North Texas Giving Day. This was started in 2009 by the Communities Foundation of Texas to build awareness and support for local nonprofits. If you go to their website, https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/about , you can search for nonprofits by the causes you would like to support and then choose which will receive your online donation. Last year they were able to raise $48 million that helped fund nonprofits i

31 more days...

Anyone else counting down the days until Fall? Dreaming of cool, crisp nights? Bonfires? S'mores and pumpkin spice? I definitely am! Besides those things I am also anxiously waiting for my Autumn Joy Sedum to bloom so I can see what color I planted and trying to figure out what I can start to do in my Fall garden! Daffodil, Iris and Hyacinth bulbs are whispering "plant me!" But it is too soon! Now is the time to clean up the last of my Summer vegetable garden and start

Spotlight on our Sponsor: Jimbo's Pizza

Just a little off the square is Jimbo's pizza. Their current location has a cozy atmosphere for a family to share dinner, play some pool and listen to live music. Jimbo's opened in 1993 and Dago Rodriguez became the sole proprietor in 2005. If you go during lunch hours, they feature a yummy lunch buffet for an amazing price. Another great thing about Jimbo's is their community involvement. They offer a reward program at the elementary schools to encourage the kids to exce

Spotlight on our Sponsors: Cherry's Antiquibles

Cherry’s Antiquibles offers a wide selection of antiques and collectibles. They are a family-owned business with an 18-year history in Celina, and a customer-friendly showroom that covers over 1,800 square feet. Their selection of antiques and collectibles is constantly changing, so it’s worth stopping in frequently. The inventory can best be separated into three categories: furniture, kitchenalia, and collectibles. Some of the well-known brands carried are Blue Willow, Corr

Cinco de Mayo Festival celebration

Cinco De Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla in 1862. This celebration is more popular in the United States than in Mexico. It is celebrated as a day to experience and explore the Mexican culture. For the last 10 years El Puente de Celina, along with the City of Celina and various sponsors host the Cinco De Mayo Festival on the square in Celina. El Puente de Celina is dedicated to bridging the diverse cultures within our community t

Spring is Here !

Spring is the time for new beginnings and starting fresh. This year, the official first day of spring was March 20th. SPRING CLEANING CAN BE REFRESHING!! Let me share some helpful hints to get your spring cleaning list started :) FIRST - I like to break my household list down by rooms. Review and inspect each room in your home to see what stays and what goes. (This is a great time to get the kids involved! :) NEXT, I like to start by designating several donation boxes. 1) Th

Spotlight on our Sponsors: Lamar National Bank

Lamar National Bank was established in Lamar County in 1981 providing services to the communities in and around Paris and Reno, Texas. Today Lamar National Bank is extending their services to the Celina community in Collin County. As Lamar continues to grow, all decisions are made right here by people who know the area and who know you. They are built around the experience and loyalty of our seasoned veterans and outstanding staff. In setting permanent roots in Celina and

Celina Ladies and Friends T-Shirts & the Celina Friday Night Market

Celina Ladies and Friends is an amazing group of woman of all ages and backgrounds! The mission of Celina Ladies and Friends is to "Build lasting friendships through positive and fun experiences." Our Celina Ladies and Friends T-shirts help to identify our presence within the community during special events, meetings and local activities such as the Celina Friday Night Markets and our annual Progressive Dinner in downtown Celina. As a member or supporter of Celina Ladies and

Veterans Day

Celina Ladies & Friends would like to take a moment to honor all Veterans who have served our great country in the past and also the present. Veterans Day is a day to recognize and thank all service men and women for their dedication and sacrifice. Although Veterans Day is Sunday November 11th this year, the day for most observances will be Monday November 12. Celina High School will be holding their 3rd annual Veterans Day celebration on Thursday, November 8th at 9:00am as a

Frances Morales- September Lady of the Month

If you have been to Pokeno you know Frances. She seems to always have Lady Luck by her side! We are so appreciative of her friendship. Get to know her just a little more by reading below. Thank you for sharing with us Frances...we are so thankful for your friendship. How long have you lived in the Celina area? 17 months What brought you here? My family and son moved here What is your favorite thing about Celina?= Downtown shopping and restaurants  The town is small you c

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson created National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. In 1988 then President, Ronald Reagan expanded it to National Hispanic Heritage month. It officially starts September 15th and goes until October 15th. The starting date has a strong significance as it is the Independence day for many Latin American countries. This month is for exploring the enduring contributions that Latinos have made. About learning more about the heritage and honoring

Spotlight on our Sponsors- Willow House

Today, we highlight a popular local store, Willow House, which sells clothes, home décor, gifts, school spirit wear, accessories, bath and body items, and greeting cards. Willow House Boutique opened in 2013 in historic downtown Celina, Texas. Owners Craig & Kerrie Turner live in Celina, and they love the small town feel of the downtown square and the local residents. The Turners’ investment in Willow House is more than just providing a unique retail experience—they are commi

April is National Volunteer Month

Volunteerism is close to my heart. I met my husband volunteering. While, I don’t have too much time in my schedule, I try to volunteer with my children every so often. Recently we volunteered at Grace Bridge Resale Shop in downtown Celina. In case you are new to town or not familiar with Gracebridge, it’s a place where a struggling family can obtain essential items like food or eye glasses. These items are distributed every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Next door t

Janee Eatmon- April Lady of the Month

Guess what!? The Celina Lady of the Month is Janee Eatmon! Let's take some time to express to Janeé how much we appreciate her! How long have you lived in the Celina area? I have lived in Celina since the fall of 2013. However, we purchased land here in 2010 before moving to Celina. What brought you here? We wanted to have more room to breathe and not be five feet away from our neighbors. Plus, my husband wanted room to build a woodworking shop. What is your favorite thing a

Sandy Carter - Celina Lady of the Month (March)

Sandy Carter is the March Celina Lady of the Month If you have gone to Pokeno or any other event, you may have had the pleasure of meeting Sandy Carter. Her inviting smile and warm personality will certainly win you over! Recently, I asked Sandy a few questions about her life and Celina Ladies and Friends (by the way, she founded it!) How long have you lived in the Celina area? I have lived in Celina 17 years. We moved here in 1998 and then moved to Italy from 2004-2007 and

It's summer time y'all!

The kids are all out of school and you have to do something to keep them occupied on these humid, hot days right? In Celina, Grace Bridge is hosting an awesome summer camp for kids K-8th grade starting in July. Take the kids and enjoy some mom alone time! Info below. Now for a craft/cheap activity for the summer! What kiddo does not love playing with water in some way? In our home with 2 toddler boys we enjoy our kiddie pool time in the afternoons. Now you can always get