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1/13/17 - Press Release
Mesquite Police Officers begin wearing cowboy hats.
Mesquite, TX – January 13, 2017 – National Hat Day is Sunday, January 15, and in recognition of that celebratory day the Mesquite Police Department announced today the majority of their police officers have begun to wear a cowboy hat as a part of their uniform.
Mesquite Police Chief Charles Cato said, "This cowboy hat is an alternate to the standard issued hat all police officers receive as a part of their uniform. We have 180 of 220 uniformed police officers who have chosen to wear the new cowboy hat in the field as additional protection from various weather elements. This cowboy hat is a benefit the police officers asked for, and I am grateful the City of Mesquite was able to provide it."
The Resistol, black straw hat was selected by police officers over other hat options, including a drill sergeant-style hat. Cato indicated the idea of an alternative hat was a result of his efforts to speak with every police officer in the department when he started as Police Chief last year.
The cowboy hats cost $46 each and are a part of the department's budget this year. Wearing the cowboy hat is not mandatory. Each police officer was given the opportunity to vote on the new hat and the option to order a cowboy hat.
12/21 - News Release - Mesquite to launch new Housing Division Homelessness Program
The Mesquite City Council has approved revisions to the Housing Choice Voucher (HVC) program to create a new Homelessness Program. The revisions strengthen the current rental assistance program. They will convert 12 of the existing housing vouchers for the specific use to assist families at risk of homelessness. The HVC program is funded and governed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
To receive the vouchers, applicants must be referred by the Mesquite Independent School District and certified as homeless by the City's Housing Division. The program becomes effective January 1, 2017. For more information, visit www.cityofmesquite.com/Housing or call 972-216-6424.
MESQUITE: Jan. 1-31 MISD Faculty Art Exhibit The show features works by the faculty of the Mesquite Independent School District. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and during performances. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Jan. 6 Cole Risner The Mesquite Arts Council presents singer Risner, part of its Black Box Series. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Jan 21 - The City of Mesquite is once again supporting Special Olympics Texas by hosting the Polar Plunge. The event will be held on Saturday, January 21 at City Lake Aquatic Center, 200 Parkview Street.
Participants who raise a minimum of $60 in donations ($30 if under 18 years old) will have the opportunity to take a plunge into the frigid waters at the aquatic center. All money raised will help provide year-round sports training, competitions, health, and inclusion programs for local individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the event beginning at 10 a.m. Walk-up registrations are welcome. Awards will be given for Top Fundraising Plunger, Top Fundraising Team and Best Costume. Please keep costumes family-friendly.
For more information on the event, visit http://www.sotx.org/news-events/polar-plunge/a10/ or call 214-943-9981.
MESQUITE: Jan. 27 String Theory The Mesquite Arts Council presents the performance, part of its Black Box Series. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Jan. 28 Opal Lawrence Historical Park Tours Tours of the beautiful S.D. Lawrence home are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Be sure to note the unique painted ceilings. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972/216-6468
MESQUITE: Jan. 28 Peeler & Rose, Just for Kids Series The Mesquite Arts Council presents the marionette show, part of its Just for Kids series. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
GARLAND: Jan. 12-Feb. 4 "Tantalus" Enjoy this live drama full of intrigue and murder by Garland Civic Theatre. Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. garlandartsboxoffice.com 972/205-2790
GARLAND: Jan. 14 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade The Garland unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosts the parade and march. Begins at 10 a.m. Downtown Garland, 150 N. Sixth St. garlandtxnaacp.org 972/381-5044
DALLAS: Sep. 9-Jan. 17 "Giant Gems of the Smithsonian" Exhibit features mineral masterpieces, many weighing 1,000-plus carats, including an "American Golden" topaz at almost 23,000 carats (more than 10 pounds), a blue topaz "football" of nearly 7,000 carats, a kunzite Tiffany necklace and a Mogul emerald diamond necklace. Perot Museum. perotmuseum.org
DALLAS: Sep. 17-Feb. 12 "Clay Between Two Seas: From the Abbasid Court to Puebla de los Angeles" Exhibition features 100-plus historic works from the Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico, contemporary ceramics from Talavera de la Reyna in Pueblo, and a selection of historic Chinese ceramics from the Crow Collection's permanent collection. Crow Collection of Asian Art. crowcollection.org 214/979-6430
DALLAS: Oct. 8-Jan. 8 "Birds of Paradise" Visit this science exhibition, art show and natural history display in one. It's an expedition to a New Guinea rainforest to witness the spectacular plumage and dazzling dance moves of the birds-of-paradise. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org
DALLAS: Nov. 6-Jan. 3 The 12 Days of Christmas Twelve Victorian gazebos in the garden are filled with costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org/visit/calendar#
DALLAS: Nov. 19-Jan. 8 The Trains at NorthPark The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train-themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience. NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway.thetrainsatnorthpark.com
DALLAS: Dec. 4-Mar. 19 "Art and Nature in the Middle Ages" The exhibit illustrates the evolution of representations of nature across six centuries of medieval European art. More than 100 extraordinary objects reflect the wide range of styles, techniques and iconography that flourished during this period. The Dallas Museum of Art. dma.org
DALLAS: Dec. 27-Jan. 1 "La Fete!" The Lone Star Circus performance includes acrobats, aerialists, equilibrists, jugglers, four-legged performers and, of course, hilarious clowns. Dallas Children's Theater at Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. dct.org or dallas.culturemap.com/eventdetail/dallas-childrens-theater-lone-star-circus-la-fete 214/740-0051
DALLAS: Jan. 1 Day 1 Dallas Join this family fair specifically designed for children and families to celebrate New Year's Day together. This kid-friendly celebration will feature interactive activities, crafts and games, great food, and a spectacular fireworks show. Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave. day1dallas.com
DALLAS: Jan. 13-15 Monsters Dance Dallas 2017 Event features a full weekend of classes and events instructed by the Monsters Dance faculty, plus auditions, vendors, and the Club Stylz showcase. Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd. monstersdancedallas.strikingly.com
DALLAS: Jan. 20-Feb. 26 "Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook" The world's funniest kid is back. Junie B. Jones is ecstatic about her new black furry mittens that Grampa Frank Miller bought for her until someone steals them. Junie B. stars in this comical tale that promises a good laugh … and a great life lesson. Dallas Children's Theater, 5938 Skillman. dct.org/subscribers
DALLAS: Jan. 21-22 NCA Senior and Junior High School Nationals The top senior and junior high cheerleaders compete. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, 650 S. Griffin St. nca.varsity.com
DALLAS: Jan. 27-28 Bridgman/Packer Dance Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. attpac.org/on-sale/17/bridgmanpacker-dance or attpac.org/titas 214/880-0202
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