The 51st Waco Citizens Police Academy will kick off from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Waco Police Department, 3115 Pine Ave.

The class will continue to meet on Thursdays for 12 weeks.

The class is geared to give citizens a working knowledge of the police department via lectures, demonstrations, tours and hands-on activities.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. Applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation before being accepted into the academy.

For registration information, call 750-1761.

MLK Candlelight Vigil

The 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. candlelight vigil will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Frank Jackson, Texas A&M University System assistant vice chancellor for governmental relations, will be the keynote speaker.

The event also will include performances by the Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Combined Choir and the Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church Praise Team, Mime Ministry and Drill Team.

Guests are asked to bring their own candles.

For more information, call Coque Gibson at 722-1274.

Free food distribution

The Central Texas Food Bank and The Shepherd’s Heart will have a free food-distribution event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Texas State Technical College’s Industrial Technology Center, located at the corner of Crest and Airline drives.

Participants will receive a variety of fresh food. Clients must provide a container to carry their food.

For more information, call 799-8810 or 716-7064.

Hewitt story times

The Hewitt Public Library, 200 Patriot Court, will present story times for toddlers, ages 12 to 36 months, and preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The toddler sessions will start at 9:30 a.m. with a program about “Cats and Kittens.”

Preschoolers will meet at 10:30 a.m. with a program about “Painting and Creativity.”

For more information, call 666-2442.

Seniors’ lunch talk

Lake Shore United Methodist Church, 3311 Park Lake Drive, will host a free lunch-speaker program for senior citizens at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Ravonne McCray, with Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, will speak about “Safe Driving Tips for Seniors.”

Because of limited space, reservations are required by noon Tuesday.

For reservations, call 754-7333 or 772-2506.

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