Allen roundup 7.21

Grapevine resident Wally Funk became the oldest person to fly in space when she flew in the Blue Origin NS-16 space mission Tuesday afternoon. In anticipation of this milestone, the Allen Public Library uploaded a live presentation Funk gave in 2019 wherein she discussed her experience as a renown aviator and one of the “Mercury 13.”

Footage of this presentation can be found online at  

Blue Star families honored

At last week’s Allen City Council meeting, Mayor Ken Fulk presented Blue Star Flags to four Allen families whose loved ones are currently in deployment.

Fulk, who himself was a captain in the United States Air Force, recognized the following service members and their families: Air Force staff Sgt. Hunter Bishop and A1C Justin Guffey, United States Navy Midshipman Avery Haydu and United States Coast Guard service members Maximillian, Alexander and Daniel Hanfland, all siblings.

Because three members of the Hanfland family were recognized for their service in the United States military, their parents were given a flag with three stars as opposed to a traditional one-starred flag.

Comic relief

Allen Public Library is now offering digital comic books, graphic novels and manga (Japanese comics) to library cardholders through online provider ComicPlus.

Residents can take advantage of this feature by downloading the “LibraryPass” smartphone app.

“Party with a Purpose”

Allen ISD announced the 2021 iteration of its annual “A Party with a Purpose” gala, which is slated to take place on Oct. 23 at the Courtyard by Marriott Allen. This year’s theme is “Hawaiian Nights.”

Proceeds for the charity event, gathered via ticket sales, auctioneering and sponsorships, will benefit teachers and students at Allen ISD. Tickets go on sale Aug. 9.

Sponsorship information can be found online at

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