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Mesquite Police Association Charities has organized a T-shirt fundraiser for Officer Davis Hicks, who was injured in the line of duty in late April. All proceeds will go directly to his family.

Hicks was responding to a critical incident at the time of his injury. He was transported to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas where he underwent emergency surgery to repair a substantial injury to his right arm. Doctors are hopeful that Hicks will make a full recovery but he is expected to be out for six to eight months.

Pre-orders will be accepted online until July 1 and the T-shirts will be made available for pickup and delivery by August 1. If you have any questions, please email Charities@TheMPA.org

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Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market debuts June 12

The new Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market will begin on June 12. The weekly marketplace of fresh produce and creative artisans will take place Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 27 at Front Street Station. For more details, visit DowntownMesquiteTX.com.

The market will feature local farmers and vendors as well as live music and activities for the whole family. As a part of the June 12 kickoff event, attendees can enter a drawing for a $100 farmers market gift card. Custom Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market tote bags will be given away to the first 100 in attendance.

In addition to the new location and concept for the farmers market, there is more parking for customers, artist murals as well as expanded shopping and dining options for attendees.

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Deadline nearing for AMD assistance requests

The deadline for homeowners to submit a request for assistance with exterior house or yard projects for this year’s Addressing Mesquite Day is June 25. The 17th annual community service event is scheduled for Oct. 2.

This annual event has volunteers organized by the City work on minor exterior home repairs, painting and landscape projects. The last day for homeowners to complete a request form is June 25. For more details, call the Office of Neighborhood Vitality at 972-216-6473. Volunteer groups have until July 23 to sign up.

AMD is a partnership with the Mesquite Ministerial Alliance and the City of Mesquite and focuses on home repairs needed by senior citizens, single parents, military veterans and the disabled and other homeowners in Mesquite

Last year, in spite of the pandemic, City staff and council members teamed with clubs, businesses, civic and faith-based organizations. More than 350 volunteers participated. Area businesses also provided $40,000 in monetary and in-kind donations to assist with the event.

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New City web page offers direction for potential candidates

The City of Mesquite has launched a new web page to assist those considering filing to serve on the city council. The first day to file is July 17 and the last day to file is August 16.

The public may also contact the City Secretary’s Office at 972-216-6401 or at CouncilCandidate@cityofmesquite.com for additional information.

The 2021 municipal election for the purpose of electing a mayor and council members for Places 1–6, will be held on Nov. 2. The mayor is elected at-large to serve a two-year term and is limited to four consecutive two-year terms. Council members are elected to serve a two-year term by voters who live within the respective districts and may serve for four consecutive two-year terms and four consecutive two-year terms as mayor for a total of eight consecutive two-year terms combined without a two-year break in service.

Oct. 4 is the last day to register to vote in November election. Early voting is Oct. 18–29.

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Texas Advancement Center opens in Mesquite

Mayor Bruce Archer helped the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce welcome Texas Advancement Center to Mesquite on June 5 with a ribbon cutting at their newest location at 2920 Motley Drive.

Texas Advancement Center has programs geared toward high school students, post-secondary graduates and unemployed and underemployed adults in the workforce. They offer a variety of teen and commercial driving programs have also partnered with Baylor Scott and White to offer in-demand medical programs.

For details on all their programs and classes, visit TexasAdvancementCenter.com.