Toy Drive: The Police and Fire departments are again hosting the Blue Christmas Toy Drive. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1–16 (gifts for teens are most needed), as well as canned and box food items, can be dropped off at any Irving fire station through Dec.16. For more information, call (972) 721-2746. View a list of fire station locations. 

Holiday Extravaganza: Kick off the holiday season with the annual Holiday Extravaganza Dec. 1. The holiday parade will begin at 4 p.m. and travel through the Heritage District, followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. New to the event will be an afternoon concert on Main Street featuring Canta Rhythmn and Bass band as well as sidewalk shopping opportunities. View special video invitation to this year’s Holiday Extravaganza from Mayor Beth Van Duyne. For more information, click here.

Chili Cook-Off: As part of the Holiday Extravaganza, the Police and Fire departments will host the Blue Christmas Chili Cook-Off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at Heritage Park, 217 Main St. Contestant entry fee is $20 for chili, $5 for beans and a new unwrapped toy. Attendees may purchase a tasting cup for $5. There will be a chance drawing, photos with Santa, children’s games, vendors, a silent auction and cake walk. Credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Blue Christmas Toy Drive.

Archery Clinic: The Irving Police Athletic/Activities League (IPAL) is offering a free archery clinic from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 and 18 at IPAL, 1550 Rock Island Road. The clinic is for ages 10-18 with no registration required but parents must sign a waiver. Participants may attend one or both clinics.

 Women’s Defense Class: Registration is now open to employees and their family members for the Irving Police Athletic League’s four-day rape aggression defense class for women, ages 13 years and older, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 10-13 at the Fire and Police Training Academy, 2603 Esters Road. At the training, participants will practice realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Each participant must provide a $20 donation for kids’ programs, sign waivers and attend all four sessions. For more information, visit www.irvingpal.org and choose “Community Outreach,” or call Officer Jill Smith at (972) 721-2544

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