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The Mesquite Arts Theatre takes command of the Black Box Theatre stage again starting Saturday with its third production of the 2021 season to present “Always…Patsy Cline.” The musical follows on the footsteps this season of “Nunsense: The Me…

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Downtown Mesquite was basically a forgotten – and too often neglected – part of the city just a few short years ago.

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The last year hasn’t been kind to Keep Mesquite Beautiful’s Youth Environmental Leaders program because of pandemic safety restrictions but Selket Daese, KMB’s program director, hopes that’s about to change.

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Rain had canceled the event before but a year ago it was another unexpected happening that put the brakes on the Mesquite Rotary Club’s annual Rodeo Road Rally – the COVID-19 pandemic that interrupted many public gatherings.

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Some organizations simply write a check (usually one of those big cardboard ones that show up well for a photo-op) to support a worthy charitable cause but members of the Mesquite Ambucs are a little different. They like to get their hands dirty.

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The official start of summer may still be more than a month away but Mesquite’s Parks and Recreation Department is getting a jumpstart this week with the first of three family-friendly Movies in the Park events planned for May.

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It started almost two decades ago when Creek Crossing Harvest Church pastor Dan Aleman – now the city councilman for District 6 – approached then-mayor Mike Anderson looking for ways the men in his church could get involved more in their community.

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At almost 20 years old, Trash Bash is one of Mesquite’s longest-running community service efforts and it’s not too late to jump in and do your part on Saturday – joining in with the volunteers who have already signed up to help reach Keep Mes…

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Longtime local residents have known and appreciated the beauty of City Lake Park for years but this week those outside the community also joined in the chorus of praise for one of Mesquite’s best assets.

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To say the Mesquite Arts Theatre’s upcoming stage production of “The Belle of Amherst” has been a long time in the making would be a vast understatement.

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They play for free and there’s never a ticket to be bought for their concerts but members of the Mesquite Community band have been sharing their musical talents and entertaining audiences for 35 years – a priceless gift to the community.

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It’s been more than a year since the final curtain fell on the Mesquite Arts Theatre’s last performance – a production of “Guess Who’s Coming For Dinner” directed by Dennis Gullion – and its 2020 season.

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The Covid-19 pandemic may have shut down most live in-person performances but the Mesquite Arts Center – a sometimes-overlooked gem in the city’s crown – has managed to find a way to stay involved in the community.

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Much of the work so far on the Downtown Mesquite revitalization project has been in the form of business development, budgeting and infrastructure. But that will soon change with a little artistic flair added to the equation.

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Historic Mesquite Inc. has announced new visiting hours for Mesquite’s two historical parks in 2021, according to a press release from the City of Mesquite.