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4/3//17 - The City of Mesquite is seeking the public's input on historic downtown Mesquite as it develops plans for the area. The survey seeks the public's input on a variety of downtown topics, including business activity, special events, infrastructure and more. The deadline to participate in the online survey is Friday, April 14. Click Here to take the survey. For more information, call 972-216-6446.
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.
1/1 - 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: Apr. 1-30 Faith Artists Exhibit Enjoy an exhibit of works by Faith Artists, which aims to create biblically inspired art. Galleries are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and during events. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Apr. 1 Mesquite Rodeo Parade In celebration of the Mesquite Championship Rodeo season, this community-wide parade brings together civic clubs, churches, community groups, sports teams and schools. The parade will follow its traditional route starting on Belt Line at Newsom, proceeding through downtown Mesquite and ending on Galloway Avenue at New Market. Downtown Mesquite. realtexasflavor.com 972/204-4925
MESQUITE: Apr. 1 Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Concert Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents the concert "Let's Pretend," bringing imagination to life. Mesquite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitesymphony.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Apr. 6 Rockin' Rhapsody Concert Series: Walkin' the Line, Johnny Cash Tribute Enjoy free concerts outdoors every Thursday evening through the month of April. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and in the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved indoors. This week features Walkin' the Line, a Johnny Cash tribute. Mesquite Arts Center North Lawn, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Apr. 8 Breakfast with the Bunny Enjoy pancakes and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Evans Recreation Center, 1116 Hillcrest Ave. cityofmesquite.com/pard 972/216-6260
MESQUITE: Apr. 13 Rockin' Rhapsody Concert Series: Josh Knight Enjoy free concerts outdoors every Thursday evening through the month of April. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and in the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved indoors. This week features Josh Knight. Mesquite Arts Center North Lawn, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Apr. 20 Rockin' Rhapsody Concert Series: Texas Flood, Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Enjoy free concerts outdoors every Thursday evening through the month of April. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and in the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved indoors. This week features Texas Flood, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute. Mesquite Arts Center North Lawn, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Apr. 21-23, 28-30, May 5-7 "I'm Not Rappaport" The action in this play occurs under a bridge in Central Park, where two octogenarians meet regularly, determined to fight all attempts to put them out to pasture. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitecommunitytheatre.com 972/216-8126
MESQUITE: Apr. 22 Opal Lawrence Historical Park Tours Tour the beautiful S.D. Lawrence home every fourth Saturday. Be sure to note the unique painted ceilings. Tours also available by appointment. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972/216-6468
MESQUITE: Apr. 27 Rockin' Rhapsody Concert Series: Downtown Fever Enjoy free concerts outdoors every Thursday evening through the month of April. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and in the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved indoors. This week features Downtown Fever. Mesquite Arts Center North Lawn, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Apr. 29 Cinco de Mayo Celebration This family-friendly event will offer authentic Mexican food, a piñata break, a jalapeño eating contest, folklórico dancers, bounce houses and more. City Lake Park, 403 S. Galloway Ave. cityofmesquite.com/pard 972/216-6260
GARLAND: Apr. 6-29 "The Addams Family" The Broadway musical sensation brings the familiar and bizarre antics of your favorite family of darkness to life. What happens when Wednesday Addams brings a "normal" family to dinner? It's a recipe for a weirdly wonderful evening. Garland Civic Theatre, 2703 National Place. garlandcivictheatre.org 972/205-2790
DALLAS: Jan. 27-Apr. 23 "Benini: Alla Geometria" Brightly colored paintings born of geometric shapes join the international collection at this prestigious museum. Museum of Geometric and Madi Art, 3109 Carlisle St. geometricmadimuseum.org 214/855-7802
DALLAS: Feb. 11-Sep. 4 "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" This exhibition brings together more than 200 authentic artifacts and immersive environments to explore the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, which still has millions of living descendants today. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org
DALLAS: Feb. 25-Apr. 9 Dallas Blooms Get your groove on in the garden, featuring more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs, florally decorated topiary VW bugs and many activities. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org 214/515-6612
DALLAS: Apr. 17 Trio Solisti SMU, Caruth Auditorium, 6101 Bishop Blvd. dallaschambermusic.org844/326-7844
DALLAS: Apr. 28 David Sedaris The author presents new and unpublished material in his eighth annual visit to Dallas. Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers, with bestselling books such as "Barrel Fever" and "Holidays on Ice," as well as collections of personal essays. His pieces appear regularly in "The New Yorker" and on the public radio show "This American Life," and have twice been included in "The Best American Essays." Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org 214/880-0202
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