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The Dallas Examiner | 2/27/2017, 8:28 a.m.
The city of Dallas is taking a different approach to helping people with unpaid traffic citations or warrants, and it ...

The Dallas Examiner

DALLAS

The city of Dallas is taking a different approach to helping people with unpaid traffic citations or warrants, and it does not involve being arrested.

“We want people in our community to know that they have a number of options available to them to avoid being arrested for an active warrant,” said Court and Detention Services Director Gloria Carter.

Courts and marshal’s office staff members will be available to help from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 14 city recreation centers.

“We are inviting anyone with an active warrant or citation to come to one of our sessions on Feb. 25 and learn about the programs available to them, with no fear of being arrested,” she said.

Those who attend will learn about deferred disposition, payment plans, driver safety training, how to contest a citation and payment plans available for those who are unable to pay.

The Exall Park Center, 1355 Adair St., will hold a session Feb. 23.

Centers hosting the informational sessions on Feb. 25 are:

• Kidd Springs, 711 W. Canty St.

• Grauwyler, 7780 Harry Hines Blvd.

• Park in the Woods, 6801 Mountain Creek Parkway

• Eloise Lundy, 1229 Reverend CBT Smith St.

• Pleasant Oaks, 8701 Greenmound Ave.

• Nash-Davis, 3710 N. Hampton Road

• Dr. Martin Luther King, 2922 M. L. King Blvd.

• Kleberg-Rylie, 1515 Edd Road

• Ridgewood-Belcher, 6818 Fisher Road

• Lake Highlands North, 9940 White Rock Trail

• Fretz, 6950 Beltline Road

• Timberglen, 3810 Timberglen Road

• Walnut Hill, 10011 Midway Road

To resolve a citation online, visit http://dallascityhall.com/departments/courtdetentionservices/Pages/Warrants-And-Bonds.aspx. Not sure you have a warrant? Find out here at https://www.municipalrecordsearch.com/dallastx.

DALLAS

Tip 2 Toe Dance Studio will be hosting its inaugural Dallas Black History Poetry Contest Feb. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dallas Bethlehem Center, located at 4410 Leland Ave.

The student poetry contest is open to all students enrolled in grades K-12, including home schooled and tutored children, regardless of experience or previous publication.

Poems must pertain to Black history facts or must contain inspirational content. The poems can be original or non-original poems, and students are free to choose any poem they would like to perform. Poems must not include explicit language.

The panel of judges consists of Dallas ISD teachers. First, second and third place winners are selected in each of three divisions: Elementary, Middle and High school.

Each winner will receive a Certificate of Participation. The grand prizewinner will win $200 in cash.

For information on how to enter the contest, call Dea Milliner at 469-688-3036 or email tip2toedance@gmail.com.

DALLAS

Kirkwood Temple CME Church will host its Annual Black History and Benefits Concert Feb. 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church, located at 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive.

It will feature performances from 2017 Grammy and Stellar Award nominee Jekalyn Carr, CYM Hughes & The God Phaktorr and Voices of Kirkwood Mass Choir.

This year’s honoree Diamond Award recipient will be Dallas Gospel artist Gaye Arbuckle.