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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at these community events:

Saturday, Jan. 18, 8-10 a.m.
Collin College’s Plano Campus (Spring Creek) Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.

This year’s theme for the breakfast is “2020: Hindsight, Insight, Foresight.” The breakfast features presentations and student performances sharing Dr. King’s message with a special address by Dr. Clay Brantley. Afterward, visit the business and information expo in the atrium where you can connect with local vendors and nonprofit organizations.

Both are free and open to the public.

Sunday, Jan. 19, 6-8 p.m.
The Heights Church, 201 W. Renner Rd., Richardson

Worship, pray and re-envision Dr. King’s dream of racial unity. Free childcare is provided through Kindergarten

Tickets: $5 in advance or $8 at the door

Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:30-8:15 p.m.
Williams High School auditorium, 1717 17th St. 

This annual celebration showcases student talent and diversity leadership in our schools and community. Awards are presented to student winners of the Plano ISD 2019-20 MLK Art Contest and to winners of the 19th Annual Diversity Leadership Awards. Winning artwork is on display at the Cox Building until Feb. 18.
Submit Your Best Bookmark Design
Sharpen your pencil or pick your paints for the annual Plano Public Library Bookmark contest ! The contest is open to all ages. Pick up the entry form at your favorite Plano Public Library location or download it from our website. Submit your entry before the contest deadline on Saturday, Feb. 15.

We’ll announce the winners on April 23 during the Bookmark Contest Art Celebration at Harrington Library, 1501 18th St. Anyone can attend the celebration. Enjoy the Plano Symphony Orchestra as you view the bookmark designs and other artwork on display. Then snag a free winning bookmark at a library location near you. The contest is funded by Friends of the Plano Public Library.
Set Up Your Recreation Account for Free
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, everyone using Plano recreation centers and pools must have a recreation account or present a valid driver license. If you have a recreation center membership or take classes with us, then you already have an account. Those who pay a daily fee need to set up an account if they have not done so yet. Questions? Call 972-941-7250 or email us .

Follow these three easy steps to set up your account: 
  1. Go to Plano Recreation Online 
  2. Click on “Create an Account”
  3. Complete your information. Please note you must have an email address to create an account.
Meet and Volunteer to Build Relationships in Your Neighborhood
Commit to connecting with your Plano neighbors in 2020. Serve and inspire others through the Good Neighbor Volunteer program . Join us on Thursday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m., at Davis Library, 7501-B Independence Pkwy. During this hour together, sign up to be a Neighborhood Ambassador or Neighborhood Builder.
Meet Best-Selling Author Lisa Gardner at Haggard Library
Come hear Pop-up Author Lisa Gardner talk about her novel “When You See Me” and stay for an autograph. This New York Times best-selling author unites three of her most beloved characters – Detective D. D. Warren, Flora Dane and Kimberly Quincy – in this new thriller. They investigate a mysterious murder from the past, which points to a dangerous and chilling present-day crime. Copies will be available for purchase. Mark your calendar for this free event on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.

If you are a super-fan, buy tickets for the 6:30 p.m. reception. Meet and chat with Lisa Gardner in this intimate gathering. Tickets include a copy of “When You See Me” and front-row seating at the free event following the reception. Purchase tickets at friendsofplanolibrary.org . The reception is sponsored by Friends of the Plano Public Library.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m.

Plano Event Center
2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.

Girls ages 4 to 14 years enjoy a magical evening of dancing and picture-perfect memories with the father figure in their life.
Tickets are $20 per person.

Saturdays, Feb. 22-March 21
Game times: 6:15, 7:15 & 8:15 p.m.

Liberty Recreation Center
2601 Glencliff Dr.

Participants play one 55-minute game each week. Schedules and details are at teamsideline.com/plano. Registration ends Monday, Feb. 10.

$35 per player

The City's monthly podcast episode for January is ready for your listening pleasure. Get the latest episode as soon as it drops through your favorite podcast app.

The Christmas Tree Drop-offs are closed. Now live trees and garland can be put in with your weekly yard trimming collection. First remove ornaments, lights, tinsel and the stand (no metal or plastic).

The City begins review of its Comprehensive Plan on Saturday, Jan. 11. Receive email updates on the Comprehensive Plan Review Process, including the work of the ad hoc advisory Comprehensive Plan Review Committee.

Mayor LaRosiliere challenges you to take the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge. It’s free. Watch the video and then join us for Rec Fest to kick off Plano’s commitment to a healthier 2020. Participate in free classes, try fitness demonstrations, talk with on-site personal trainers, tour vendor tables, enter raffles, get give-a-ways and more! A variety of health screenings and nutrition information are also offered at these events. You may even win a 1-year recreation center membership ($155 maximum value).

Thursday, Jan. 9
5-8 p.m., Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Rd.

Friday, Jan. 10
5-8 p.m., Liberty Recreation Center, 2601 Glencliff Dr.
5-8 p.m., Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adults 50+, 401 W. 16th St.

Saturday, Jan. 11
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, 5801 Parker Rd.
1-5 p.m., Oak Point Recreation Center, 6000 Jupiter Rd.
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