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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.
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: Mar. 1-31 Paul Gray Artist Exhibit Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Mar 3: The Mother Son Dance, sponsored by the Hampton Inn and Suites and Dallas Regional Medical Center, is scheduled for Friday, March 3 from 7 - 9 p.m. The dance is open to all ages and will be held at the Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Drive.
With the continued growth of this event, tickets will no longer be sold at the door. Tickets must be purchased in advance for $15 per person and are available at any Mesquite recreation center or the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 1515 N. Galloway Avenue.
Returning this year is a door prize give-away sponsored by the Dallas Marshals. Holland Creations Photography will also offer portraits for $12 per picture beginning at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call 972-216-6260 or visit www.cityofmesquite.com/MotherSonDance
MESQUITE: Mar. 3-5 "Little Shop of Horrors" Based on the Roger Corman classic film, meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant. He soon discovers that the plant has an appetite for more than just plant food. This charming tongue-in-cheek comedy was one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows and features many memorable songs, including "Suddenly Seymour." Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitecommunitytheatre.com 972/216-8126
MESQUITE: Mar. 4 Mesquite Community Band Concert Dr. Stephen Shoop conducts this lively spring concert. Mesquite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Mar. 17 String Theory This Dallas Celtic folk band specializes in high-energy Irish tunes and songs. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Mar. 18 Hip Hop Cowboys Annual Spring Rodeo Enjoy live blues, old school and hip-hop performances. Event includes concert performances as well as traditional rodeo events like bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, tie-down roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling and relay racing. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr. hiphopcowboy.com 972/839-2802 or 972/285-8777
MESQUITE: Mar. 18 Just for Kids: Canvas Creations Kids of all ages get a painting tutorial. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Mar. 25 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: Mar. 25 Yuri Anshelevich and Gabriel Sanchez in Concert The Mesquite Arts Council presents Yuri Anshelevich, a Russian-born cello virtuoso and retired Associate Principal Cello with the Dallas Symphony, accompanied by Gabriel Sanchez on piano. Anshelevich performs pieces written for other instruments in "It Sounds Better on the Cello." Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
GARLAND: Feb. 23-Mar. 18 "The Servant's Last Serve" Dramatic live performance by Garland Civic Theater. Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. garlandartsboxoffice.com 972/205-2790
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. The Dallas Museum of Art. dma.org
DALLAS: Jan. 27-Apr. 23 "Benini: Alla Geometria" Brightly colored paintings born of geometric shapes join the international collection at this prestigious museum in Turtle Creek. Museum of Geometric and Madi Art, 3109 Carlisle St. geometricmadimuseum.org 214/855-7802
DALLAS: Feb. 11-Sep. 4 "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" This new exhibition offers 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 214/428-5555
DALLAS: Mar. 3-5 North Texas Irish Festival Annual event features many of the top Irish musicians and dancers in the world. Enjoy a variety of other cultural presentations, Irish cuisine and cooking presentations, whiskey tastings and blacksmithing demonstrations. Fair Park. ntif.org 214/821-4173
DALLAS: Mar. 10-12 Quilt Show Event features more than 400 quilts and garments in a judged show, live demonstrations, a quilt raffle and a live miniature quilt auction. Dallas Market Hall, 2100 N. Stemmons Fwy. quiltersguildofdallas.org 972/866-0586
DALLAS: Mar. 25 Brahms Trio Concert Performance features violinist Filip Fenrych and horn player Yousef Assi, both of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. They join concert pianist Zahari Metchkov for a spectacular performance of Brahms' beloved "Horn Trio." Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. fineartschamberplayers.org 214/520-2219
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
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