The "Big Bang" Isn't Just a Theory
in Plano
Mayor Harry LaRosiliere
Please join us for the annual State of the City address next week. Council and I will highlight our successes from the past year and will provide insight on the year ahead. We have mapped out a plan to remain a desirable community and economic leader. 2017 is the year of the  "Big Bang" as many anticipated projects come on line. I hope you will join us to learn more  on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave. in Historic Downtown Plano. The program begins at 7 p.m. 
The doors to the lobby open at 6 p.m. Arrive early to visit with representatives from various City departments and programs at the "Plano Faces Fair." Explore opportunities to volunteer within your city, ask questions and sign up for regular communications. Meet the faces serving you through Emergency Management, Libraries, Neighborhood Services, Parks and Recreation, Plano Fire-Rescue, Plano Mayor's Summer Internship, Plano Police, Plano Stages, Sustainability and Environmental Education, and Volunteers in Plano.
Admission is free. Don't miss it!
Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Start off the MLK celebration weekend with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 14, 8-10 a.m., at Collin College's Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway. This year's theme is "Celebrate the Legacy, Act on the Dream." The free Come.Unity Breakfast includes an invocation by New Hope Baptist Church Associate Minister Dr. Charles Reese, scholarship presentations, student performances and lively discussions designed to inspire action. Afterwards, tour the Business and Information Expo in the Atrium outside the breakfast area.
Enjoy the Come.Unity Night with "Church, Act on the Dream" on  Sunday, Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m., at the North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship Church, 2801 E. President George Bush Hwy. An all-city choir performs, along with readings, prayer and messages from local pastors. Add your voice to the choir.
Step up and join the Come.Unity Walk as we begin "Walking Towards the Dream" on Monday, Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m. This year's route begins in the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 900 W. 15th St., and makes its way to McCall Plaza in Historic Downtown Plano. Bring your friends, family, organization and church for this amazing experience of true community.
On Thursday, Jan. 19,  7 p.m.,  the Plano Independent School District MLK Tribute Program begins at Williams High School, 1717 17th St.
Follow the Collin County MLK Facebook page to learn more.
Take Your Little Sweetheart Dancing
"Even guys with two left feet come out all right if the girl is sweet..." D ress up and reconnect  with your best girl (or girls) at the Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance. The glitter and glam is at Plano Centre on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  This Valentine's gala for young ladies ( ages 4 -14)  is a must-attend for locals and tickets are selling fast. 

If you are a dad, grandfather, uncle or father figure, share this special night with your favorite little princesses. We've created an enchanted, memorable experience for you.  Peter "The Motivator  DJ " Silander, one of DFW's most experienced entertainers, is b ack by popular demand. He'll have you and your girl moving and grooving.

Admission is $20 per person and includes light refreshments and a ballroom photo booth. Professional photos are also available in the lobby for an additional fee if you don't want to keep up with a camera.  Register online at planoparks.org through Leisure OnLine using course code #189351 or call (972) 941-7250. Registration closes Friday, Feb. 3  at 3 p.m .
City Council Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of the month with agendas and minutes posted online.  The meetings can be watched live on Time Warner Channel 16, Frontier FiOS Channel 30 and 31, or anytime at planotv.org.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closing Schedule
Some city facilities are closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16. Before you head out over the weekend, check the schedule.
Recycling Still Going to Landfill
We are working with Republic Services to restore recycling. Please continue to sort your recycling into the appropriate cart and put it out on your scheduled recycling day

Next week we slide one day on  trash and recycling collections due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Spend an Evening with Plano's Homeless
Volunteers are still needed for Plano's Point-in-Time Homeless Count on Thursday, Jan. 26. Training is provided the night of the count. Sign up here!
Showcase Your
Art on DART
DART's annual Student Art Contest for kindergartners through 12th graders is underway now. Get details from DART.
Upcoming Events
Visit the city calendar online for more great ways to become engaged in your community.
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Meet Your Mayor & City Council
Learn more about your Mayor and City Council Members and get in touch with them here.
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