image001One-Act Play Contest 2013: Join Thespians from Irving Parks and Recreation’s drama classes at 7 p.m. July 9 in the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, perform one-act plays with an awards presentation to follow. Free event.

Gardening with Herbs: Today, herbs serve an even larger role in the garden because they’re easy to grow and manage, have ornamental qualities enhancing the look of the garden and provide easy access when you want to flavor meals.  In this class, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 11 at the West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road, students will learn about herbs including types, management, harvesting and uses. To register, visit cityofirving.org/begreen and click on Educational Opportunities.  For more information, call (972) 721-2355

Improv-a-lot!: Lively Pointe Youth Center and ICT MainStage Irving-Las Colinas presents Improv-a-lot! From 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 13 at Lively Pointe Youth Center, 909 N. O’Connor Road, use improvisation and imagination to create a character and a costume and weave into a story. Event is free and for ages 13-17. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, call (972) 721-8090.

Public Hearings on Smoking Ordinance: The City of Irving will host a public meeting to receive input on the Irving Smoking Ordinance from 6 to 7 p.m. July 18 at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. For more information about this meeting or to submit comments, contact Code Enforcement at (972) 721-4829. Comments also may be emailed to mguzman@cityofirving.org.

Women’s Defense Class: Registration is now open for the Irving Police Athletic League’s four-day rape aggression defense class for women, ages 12 years and older, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 22-25 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, visitwww.irvingpal.org and choose “Community Outreach,” or call Officer Jill Smith at (972) 721-2544.

Supplies for Success: Make a difference in a child’s life through the Supplies for Success Drive. Sponsored by the mayor and the Irving Fire Department, the drive will provide school supplies to Irving ISD children from low-income families. Purchase school supplies and make donations at any Irving fire station through Aug. 5. A complete school supply list is posted at cityofirving.org. Examples of needed supplies are: 1 to 3 inch binders, backpacks, colored pencils, construction paper, dry erase markers, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, yellow highlightersTo make a financial contribution, make check payable to Irving ISD and mail to P.O. Box 152637, Irving, TX 75015-2637. Email tcantu@irvingisd.net for more information. For a list of fire station locations, visit cityofirving.org, select the “Residents” tab and choose “Fire.” Parents and guardians in need of school supplies should contact their child’s school counselor.

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