Council Connection: October 25, 2019
October 25, 2019
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Early voting continues through Nov. 1

Early voting in the 2019 General Election continues through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 5. You can find election information at or by calling the City Secretary’s Office at 972-216-6244.

Rendering of one downtown facade redesign

Council approves first Downtown Mesquite Façade Improvement grants

This week City Council approved the first two grants within the Downtown Mesquite Façade Improvement Program. The grants will provide façade improvements to two business located downtown, with an eligibility for reimbursement of 50% of the project cost up to $20,000. Read more.

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Mesquite AMBUCS donates to Veterans Memorial campaign

At the Oct. 21 City Council meeting, Mesquite AMBUCS donated $10,000 to the Mesquite Veterans Memorial campaign. The campaign is a community project to create awareness and encourage funding to build a new veterans memorial in Mesquite. The City’s annual Veterans Day Celebration and memorial groundbreaking ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at City Lake Park, 425 S. Galloway Ave. Learn more at

Child and his mother pictured in front of an airplane

Mesquite Metro Airport hosts more than 100 children at Challenge Air event

This month Mesquite Metro Airport hosted Challenge Air, an organization that provides opportunities for special needs children to experience flight for the first time. The mission of Challenge Air is to instill in children with special needs that nothing is beyond their reach. Learn more about the event in this episode of Mesquite Minute.

Headshot of Amianne Bailey - speaker at Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Mayor's Fall Prayer Breakfast is Oct. 28

The public is invited to attend the free Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast sponsored by Vision Mesquite and the Hispanic Forum of Mesquite. The featured speaker is MISD Librarian Amianne Bailey, who will speak about her program “Reading Our Way Out: Liberation Through Literacy.” The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. The event is free, no RSVP required. Learn more.

Fifth grader, Jamonta, pictured with his teacher Fredina Guevara posing at tennis court gate entry

Mesquite brings playground accessibility to fifth grade student

Kimball Elementary School staff and Mesquite Parks and Recreation worked together this month to ensure more playtime for a fifth grade student at Kimball Elementary School who was unable to play on the tennis court because his wheelchair did not fit through the entry gate. Read Jamonta’s story.

City Manager Cliff Keheley pictured receiving Scenic City award

Mesquite receives Scenic City Award

Mesquite received a 2019 Certified Scenic City award in San Antonio during the Texas Municipal League’s Annual Conference this month. This is the Mesquite’s third consecutive certification. Mesquite ranks gold in the program, which recognizes Texas municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. Read more on the award.

Painted sugar skull from Day of the Dead festival

Day of the Dead activities on Oct. 26

Join Mesquite Arts Center (MAC) on Oct. 26 for an all-day celebration. Beginning at 4 p.m., MAC will celebrate Day of the Dead and the cultural traditions of the holiday. Attractions include face painting, vendors, live music and artist exhibitions. Visit the Black Box Theatre to experience a Haunted Hospital Tour, and then end the evening at Mesquite Symphony Orchestra’s Day of the Dead-themed concert, “Sounds in the Night” at 7:30 p.m. For more event information, call MAC at 972-216-8132. View an event agenda

Baskets of strawberries and oranges at the marketplace

Shop local at The Marketplace in Downtown Mesquite Oct. 26

Shop local produce, crafts and culinary items at The Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at 150 W. Main St. The Marketplace takes place every second and fourth Saturday through Nov. 23.

Save the date: Envision your future as an entrepreneur

Learn from local business owners at Mesquite Entrepreneurs Day, Nov. 12

Network with local entrepreneurs at Mesquite Entrepreneurs Day from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. Activities include mini workshops, resource tables, collaboration sessions and business networking. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at Registration includes bilingual presentation materials and dinner. For more information, call the Economic Development Department at 972-216-6446.

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