This is your Friday update, which takes a quick look at the week ahead and some developments that El Paso Matters is following.

9/11 Memorial Ceremony: The El Paso Fire Department will have its annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Monday to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. at fire station No. 18, 7901 San Jose Road. Among the 2,977 victims who died during the 9/11 attacks were 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers. The 9/11 attack on the U.S. consisted of four hijacked airplanes, two of which were flown in the World Trade Center towers in New York. A third plane crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

Tim Z. Hernandez, a local poet, writer and professor, is the author of the El Paso Matters Book Club selection “All They Will Call You.” (Corrie Boudreaux/El Paso Matters)

Book Club Meeting With UTEP Author: The El Paso Matters Book Club will have a discussion with author Tim Z. Hernandez at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the El Paso Public Library Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch, 1300 Hawkins Blvd. Hernandez, who is a University of Texas at El Paso professor, wrote the novel “All They Will Call You,” which is the book club’s current reading selection. The event is free, however, attendees are being asked to RSVP.

Dr. Richard Black, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Texas Tech Dentist Honored: DentaQuest announced recently that Richard Black, founding dean of the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine, was a 2023 DentaQuest Health Equity Hero. Black is a longtime El Paso orthodontist who left his private practice in 2020 to take his current position with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. The honor recognizes people whose work advances equitable access to health care. Black donated his $5,000 award from DentaQuest, part of Sun Life U.S., to his school’s Dental Dean’s Excellence Fund.