From scrapbooking fun to a safe driving seminar for teens, city recreation centers offer something for everyone. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Irving Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

Jan. 17–18 at Lively Pointe Youth Center, 909 N. O’Connor Road, and Senter Park Recreation Center, 901 S. Senter Road. Free admission. For game times and other details, call (972) 721-8090.

Cimarron Park Recreation Center
530 Davis Drive, (972) 721-2519

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. 5 p.m. Jan. 20. Youth ages 7–12 are invited to compose an essay on “What is My Dream?” First and second place prizes will be awarded. Deadline is Jan. 17. For more information, call (972) 910-0702.

Georgia Farrow Recreation Center
530 Davis Drive, (972) 721-2519

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon. Noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 20. All are welcome to celebrate Dr. King with a free luncheon hosted by the Irving NAACP.

Heritage Senior Center
200 S. Jefferson St., (972) 721-2496

  • Generational Crop. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18. Enjoy scrapbooking fun with photos. Shape scissors, die cuts and lunch provided. Adult cost is $20, which includes admission for one child. Admission for additional children is $5. Register by Jan. 14. Children younger than age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Scrapbooking Crop. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Jan. 25. Bring scrapbooking materials and a snack to share. Die cuts and shape scissors will be provided. Register by noon Jan. 22. Cost is $7 for a half-day session or $10 for all day. Open to ages 18 and older.

Lee Park Recreation Center
3000 Pamela Drive, (972) 721-2508

  • Family Winter Games. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 11. Families will compete in activities for a chance to win prizes and awards. Snacks and refreshments will be served. For ages 6 and older. Cost is $2 person. Advanced registration is required.

Lively Pointe Youth Center
909 N. O’Connor Road, (972) 721-8090

  • Friday Nite Live Auditions. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18. Interested in being part of Irving’s annual teen talent competition? Register to audition by Jan. 16. Forms are available at Finalists will perform at the Friday Nite Live competition set for Feb. 14 at the Irving Arts Center. For more information, call (972) 721-8090.
  • Teen Jam. 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 11 and 25. Youth are invited to enjoy music, food and fun. Open to all middle and high school students. Free admission with valid IPAR card.
  • AAA Dare to Prepare. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Teens ages 14–16 will learn about the requirements for obtaining an instructional permit and driver’s license in Texas. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To register, visit or call (469) 221-8217.

Northwest Park Recreation Center
2800 Cheyenne St., (972) 721-2529

  • All Around Sports Day. 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20. Join us for a fun afternoon of gym activities and sports games. For ages 13–17. Cost is $5 person. Registration deadline is Jan. 7.
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