Heritage Crossing Public Input Workshop: The City of Irving along with the Heritage District Neighborhood Association and the Heritage Crossing Merchants Alliance invite all downtown business/property owners, area residents and other interested parties to visit with the Gateway Planning Group from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at City Hall Council Chambers foyer area, 825 W. Irving Blvd. The city has retained the services of this firm to assist in the refinement of the vision and implementation strategy for the Heritage Crossing District. Over the past 60 days, Gateway Planning has been meeting with individuals and small focus groups to receive their input on this initiative focused on short- and long-term revitalization of the historic downtown and surrounding area.  This will be the second large-scale meeting held and will feature a come-and-go workshop format with individually staffed stations featuring topics such as housing opportunities, downtown parking strategies, Irving Boulevard/Second Street enhancements and general comments/feedback. For additional information, contact Kevin Kass at (972)721-2251 or kkass@cityofirving.org.
Candidate Packets: Residents who are interested in becoming a candidate for a City Council position can pick up a candidate packet from the City Secretary’s Office at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. Packets are also available at cityofirving.org. This year, council Places 1, 2 and 7 will be elected in the general election called for May 11. Places 1 and 7 are single-member districts; candidates must be a resident of the city and have lived in the respective district for at least 12 months immediately prior to Election Day. Place 2 is an at-large position and candidates can reside anywhere within Irving city limits. The 30-day filing period is Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Friday, March 1. Early voting dates are April 29-May 7. A district map and a list of polling locations are available at cityofirving.org. For more information, call the City Secretary’s Office at (972) 721-2493.
Annual Bookmark Design Contest: Reading Is Delicious: The Irving Public Library invites the community to let its creative juices flow for the 2013 Annual Bookmark Design Contest running from Feb. 1 to March 31. The theme for the contest, now in its tenth year, is Reading Is Delicious, because those looking to satisfy their cravings for great literature will always find something to enjoy at their public library. Entry forms are available at all Irving Public Library locations and recreation centers. A first, second and third place winner will be selected in six categories, offering many opportunities for recognition. All entries must be original artwork and suitable for display. For full contest rules, and a peek at previous winners, visit www.cityofirving.org/library and click on “KidSpace.”
Choosing Green Building Materials Class: This class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road, will explore materials used in the home providing a better understanding about green materials for well –rounded decision-making. For more information or to register, visit www.cityofirving.org/begreen or call (972) 742-2296.
Irving Day In Austin: Join the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Feb. 12 for Irving Day in Austin. Be a part of a special event to recognize the City of Irving on the floor of the State Capitol, share Irving’s accomplishments, make your voice heard, and celebrate Irving with State Legislators. The overnight package is $450 per attendee or a day trip package for $200 per attendee. Tickets available exclusively online at local.irvingchamber.com/events. For more information, contact Joy Goodrum at (972) 822-8820.
South Irving Library Ground Breaking: Irving Public Library will break ground on the new 52,570 square foot South Irving Library at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at 601 Schulze Drive. The two-story cutting-edge library located in the Heritage Crossing District at the corner of Second Street and Sowers Road will feature state-of-the-art technology such as special dimming glass and geothermal wells for energy conservation. The library is scheduled for completion in May 2014.
Women’s Defense Class: Registration is now open 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. Feb. 18-21 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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