Total Eclipse - Monday, April 8

Most of you know by now that the Total Eclipse will take place on Monday at 1:29 PM, when the moon passes between Earth and the sun. The resulting darkness is expected to last for approximately four minutes. Because we live directly in the path, there is no need to travel to experience the eclipse, but there are a few events in McKinney that you may be interested in attending:
"Cosmic Odyssey" Concert (2550 Wilmeth Rd., Auditorium) the McKinney Community Band is "celebrating" the celestial event on eclipse weekend with a concert filled with music harkening to all things space. Saturday, April 6 @ 7 PM

Gabe Nesbitt Community Park and Sports Complex (7001 Eldorado Pkwy.) - This free event will feature family fun, live music, food trucks, children's activities, and eclipse viewing. April 8 @ 10 AM - 2 PM

TUPPS Brewery Solar Eclipse Party (402 E. Louisiana St) April 8 @11AM - 3 PM
Total Eclipse Safety

FROM NASA.GOV: "When watching the partial phases of the solar eclipse directly with your eyes, which happens before and after totality, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times. Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the Sun. Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and ought to comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. NASA does not approve any particular brand of solar viewers.
Always inspect your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer before use; if torn, scratched, or otherwise damaged, discard the device. Always supervise children using solar viewers.
Do NOT look at the Sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while wearing eclipse glasses or using a handheld solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will burn through the filter and cause serious eye injury."
Landscaping News

Check out this month's newsletter from our community landscaping consultant, Dr. R.E. Moon & Associates.

This month's issue includes tips on dealing with weeds, caring for your young trees, and adding color to your spring garden.

Want to know more about getting your garden started? Have questions about what you should plant? Dr. Moon and his team will be visiting Painted Tree on Tuesday evening, May 2 @ 7:00 PM for a free seminar on spring gardening and landscaping. More details on the seminar below in "Community Events & Activities".
Maintaining Your Yard

While it may not be correct, it seems that March showers have brought April flowers! Spring is in full bloom, and the weeds are popping up left and right. As a part of the Painted Tree Residential Association, each single family homeowner has a responsibility to maintain an attractive mowed and trimmed lawn. In addition, ground cover and shrubs must be maintained, and all weeds and plant trimmings must be removed in a timely manner.  

We highly encourage reviewing the monthly newsletter, "Gardening by the Moon”, authored specifically for Painted Tree residents by our horticulture consultant, Dr. Robert Moon. Dr. Moon is highly qualified in all things horticulture and has a very prestigious name here in the DFW area, as well as across the country!  

In the April "Gardening by the Moon" newsletter, Dr. Moon speaks to controlling weeds with preventative measures and spot treating. Dr. Moon reviews our own Common Areas twice per month, teaming up with our contract landscaping company, Benchmark Gardens, to keep our common areas looking pristine! With the preventative measures the Association is taking, we hope that you can do the same!  

While inspection drives by the Association are done on a regular basis, this spring and summer, we will really be dialing in on landscape maintenance. Make sure those yards are mowed, weeds are pulled, and landscape beds are well maintained! If you receive a letter in the mail or by email, please know that this is just a courtesy reminder. Although, ongoing letters and emails can result in formal violations and even fines. Below, we have provided some examples of what we are looking for in inspections, and what our expectations may look like. If you feel that you may have received a letter in error, or would like further explanation, always feel free to reach out to our Community Manager, Ty Armstrong, at!  
All photos below were taken outside of Painted Tree:
Weeds in the grass
Shrubs not maintained
Well-maintained lawn
See page 5 of the Community Rules & Regulations for the specific policies.

Mail Delivery
The following update was received from the McKinney Post Office this week:

Locks installed
Lakeside South 1B
Villages South Ph 2
Lakeside North Ph 1 and Showcase
Lakeside South Ph. 2
Village North
If you live in one of the above sections of Painted Tree, you should be receiving mail in your assigned mailbox.

The following sections of the community are still pending:

Lakeside West Ph 2 – Should be receiving arrow locks this week. Scheduled for arrow lock installation within the next 1-2 weeks.
Lakeside West Ph. 3 – Locks on order.

Please click below to review our past updates on the mail delivery issue.
Photo Shoot Wrap Party/Happy Hour!!
Saturday, April 6
4:00-7:00 PM
Village Trailhead
2980 Engelman Drive

Our marketing team, Strada Marketing, is creating new photography and video footage for our community website and marketing materials. Some of the "models" are your very own neighbors! The photo shoot began early this morning and will continue through Saturday midday. Below are some pics of our resident "models" at work.

Following the community photo shoot, we are hosting a Community Wrap Party and Happy Hour. We invite all Painted Tree residents to attend! Whether you participated in the photo shoot or not, grab the family and come on out for music, games, light bites & drinks with neighbors. This event will be photographed.

This is a FREE event, but please register on the community app for headcount purposes.
Spring Landscaping Seminar
Dr. R.E. Moon & Associates
Tuesday, May 2
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Village Trailhead
2980 Engelman Drive

Meet Dr. Robert Moon and his team and learn valuable information about how best to care for your landscape.

Spring Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 13, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 14, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
PRESALE (for Heard Museum Members) Friday, April 12 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069

The 35th Annual Spring Native Plant Sale fundraiser at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will feature a huge selection of native plants, hard-to-find herbs, and well-adapted plants. Museum admission is not required to attend the public days of this sale.
CCMC Staff Hours
A CCMC team member can be found on-site at the Highland 50ft Model Home at 3212 Abelia Street according to the following schedule:
Monday - Thursday @ 10 am - 4 pm
Office: 972-402-5609
We encourage you to make an appointment by sending an email to to ensure they are available when you come in!

Ty Armstrong, CMCA
Community Manager

Pam Shields
Community Engagement Officer

Painted Tree Residential Community Association
7800 Dallas Pkwy #450, Plano, TX 75024
After Hours Association Emergency: 1-800-274-3165