The Dallas Examiner
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For ticket information and details, call 214-339-3304 or visit http://kirkwoodtemplecme.org.
St. James A.M.E. Church’s fifth annual African American History Month Gospel Concert will be held Feb. 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1107 E. Oak St. in Denton.
This year’s theme focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. The program will recognize the achievements of African Americans through inventions in U.S. history and their tremendous contributions to our great nation.
The concert will feature choirs from various Denton churches and a gospel jazz performance from Grammy-nominated and UNT jazz professor Brad Leali. Additionally, the concert will open with rhythmic, inspirational drumming from Professor Gideon Alorwoyie and the African Ensemble Drummers from UNT.
The event will also include skits, poetry, liturgical dance, spoken word and stand-up from a Black history comedian.
The event is free. Attendees are encouraged to wear African attire. Door prizes will be awarded.
Cedar Valley College will host its annual health fair March 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Lancaster campus, located at 3030 N. Dallas Ave., in the upper levels of the A, B and C buildings.
Several free services will provided, including vision screening for children and adults, HIV testing, blood pressure, pulse check, body composition, spinal screening, expired medication disposal, and Women’s health for pregnancy testing, pregnancy sonograms and limited STD testing mobile unit.
This year, CVC is involved in the It’s Time Texas Community challenge presented by H-E-B, a statewide competition to see which community can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living.
For more information, contact Mari Brock at 972-860-8277 or email@example.com.
Volunteer attorneys will answer legal questions at no cost March 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. via LegalLine, a call-in program sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association.
LegalLine is a community service for DFW-area residents, provided the second and third Wednesdays of each month. On these designated nights, anonymous lawyers are available to answer questions in many law-related areas ranging from divorce and child support matters to wills, insurance, employment and criminal law matters.
LegalLine volunteer attorneys typically answer between 50 to 90 calls each night. Individuals may also receive referrals to local, legal or social service agencies.
Residents needing assistance should contact LegalLine at 214-220-7476.
AARP announced Feb. 15 the launch of its campaign against the “age tax,” a proposed penalty on older adults.
“AARP urges Congress and the administration to reject the proposed ‘age tax’ bill,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. “This so called ‘age rating’ proposal is Washington speak for an unfair tax increase that only helps insurance companies.”
The association is currently fighting to put an end to the age tax legislation, which has charged older citizens over $3,000 more than they currently pay per year, through a new series of advertising that will appear in numerous Congressional districts in Washington during President’s Day week.
The change would allow health insurance companies to charge older Americans up to five times more in insurance premiums younger Americans, a large increase that already allows companies to charge three times more. This proposal impacts people ages 50 to 64 who haven’t become eligible for Medicare and may also have children under age 26 on their health insurance plans. This would significantly such raise premiums by as much as $3,200, according to a report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute.
“AARP will fight to hold our elected officials accountable for taxing older American families with a burden they don’t deserve and can’t afford,” LeaMond said.
The campaign comes as an addition to AARP’s Medicare campaign, which tackles “premium support,” a proposal that would harm Medicare beneficiaries by turning it into a private voucher program.