image001Annual 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 and click on “KidSpace.”

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 and choose “Community Outreach,” or call Officer Jill Smith at (972) 721-2544.

Basic Home Leak Detection and Repair Class: This class from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Valley View Municipal Complex, 333 Valley View Lane, will help students learn how to identify and repair minor common household leaks. For more information or to register, visit or call (972) 742-2296.

Tennis Clinic: Want to have fun learning how to play tennis? The Irving Police Athletic/Activities League (IPAL) is offering free tennis clinics for ages 8-15 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; and 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays beginning Feb. 25 at IPAL, 1550 Rock Island Road. No registration required however, parents or guardians must sign a waiver. Participants may attend one or all clinics. For more information, visit

Valley Ranch Library Public Meetings: The City of Irving will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. This meeting will include architects presenting their plans based on input previously received.  To submit input online, visit and select “Public Input.”

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