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The Coppell William T. Cozby Public Library hosted its seventh “open mic night” on July 12 at 7 p.m. Members of the community attended to appreciate the arts and power of self expression through music.

Although commonly known as a silent shelter for readers and students, the Coppell William T. Cozby Public Library hosted a different type of crowd for a special event. 

On June 14 at 7 p.m., attendees of the library’s seventh “open mic night” were encouraged to showcase their own abilities and support others while they shared, sometimes, an unknown talent.

“My goal is to highlight the talent in Coppell since [performers] may not be able to do an open mic night nearby,” said Coppell library technician and event organizer Carlos Olate. “It is also to have not so much of an intimidating atmosphere. If someone wants to perform live but they are kind of scared to and they just want to practice or do small things to get used to it, this is the perfect place.”

Performers of any age, experience and talent were invited to showcase their musical ability, poetry and unique passions in a family friendly, community setting.

Local spoken word artists, comedians and a jazz artist have previously headlined nights.

Wednesday’s event continued to provide people an atmosphere to bond over the music. Featured acts included a keyboardist and singer.

“The whole purpose is to have people get over a fear of performing if they do want to perform,” Olate said. “I hope it is a network opportunity and also a learning experience.”   

Consider yourself invited for the next open mic night on July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Coppell Public Library, 177 N. Heartz Rd.

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A mover and shaker in her male dominated field, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has broken female stereotypes throughout her career.

Valdez will fittingly speak at the next Women in Business luncheon event which is part of a series hosted by the Coppell Chamber of Commerce that aims to empower females.

The event will take place on June 28 at the Hackberry Creek Country Club, 1901 W. Royal Lane, Irving, Texas, at 11:30 a.m.

Valdez is currently serving her third term as the Dallas County Sheriff has presided over the county as the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the Dallas county since Jan. 1, 2005.

Notably, in addition to being only one of four female sheriffs in Texas, she is also the only Hispanic female one.

According to Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, as sheriff she has accomplished to hire 400 new detention service officers and expand the freeway management patrol system which covers over 78 miles of in-county highways, construct the South Tower Jail Facility, one of the largest direct supervision facilities in the country with the capacity to house 2,304 inmates, the current construction of a 300 bed medical facility within the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, and improve the quality of overall health care for mentally ill inmates.

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