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Carrollton News 4-12-17

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Now Accepting Submissions for Drinking Water Week Poster Contest

The City of Carrollton will join the American Water Works Authority (AWWA) and communities from all across the nation to celebrate Drinking Water Week from Sunday, May 7 through 13. Citizens are encouraged to tap into the great taste of the City’s drinking water and learn more about this vital resource. As part of the festivities, the City of Carrollton and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD are holding their annual Drinking Water Week Poster Contest for all area students in 3rd through 5th grade classes. Competition deadline is Monday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. For more information about the contest, please call Alexis Ackel at 972-466-4205.

 

Crafternoons at the Library – April 13

Do you need a new after school activity? Do you love making crafts? Join us the second Thursday of every month for after school fun and create something amazingly awesome! This workshop is for ages 5-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hebron & Josey Library. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.

 

Vintage Base Ball and Spring Blooms – April 15

Celebrate spring in the great outdoors at the A. W. Perry Homestead Museum on Saturday, April 15. The day will begin with a historical look at base ball featuring local esteemed speakers Mark Presswood, writer of Baseball in Dallas and Baseball in Fort Worth, and Dr. Layton Revel of the Center for Negro League Baseball Research. Discover stories of the first minor league teams in 1888, learn the history of North Texas’ Negro League teams, view artifacts on display from baseball history, and enjoy fun games and crafts. This free event for all ages takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will be followed by a vintage base ball game featuring our very own Carrollton Elites team.

The fun continues with Spring Blooms. Your family will love the sight of the bluebonnets and other wildflowers in the beautiful 10-acre setting of Pearl Perry Gravley Park. A professional photographer will be onsite from 5 to 7 p.m. for portraits with no sitting fee, and one free digital image per family. Sitting times are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be old-fashioned games and bluebonnet crafts, and cookies and lemonade will be served. Visitcityofcarrollton.com/museum for more details.

 

Movie on the Square: Hop – April 15

Celebrate Easter in Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street) on Saturday, April 15 and enjoy a free screening of Hop(2011), PG. The whole family will laugh as E.B., who was destined to be the Easter Bunny, leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a rock star drummer. On his adventure, he meets Fred, an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together, the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family. The movie begins at sunset. Don’t forget lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, visitcityofcarrollton.com/downtown.

 

Phase II Begins for Old Denton Road Construction – April 17

The next phase of the Old Denton Road reconstruction is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 17between Frankford Road and Rosemeade Parkway. This project is expected to last 15 months. During this time, two lanes in each direction are scheduled to remain open; however, there will be times when only one lane is open. Crews will aim to avoid these additional lane closures during rush hours, but delays are still expected. The City asks drivers to be cautious in these work zones, and be aware of workers and speed limits. During the construction, the speed limit in this area will drop to 35 mph, reduced from the current 40 mph.

 

The project is approximately one mile long and includes six new lanes of pavement, new turn lanes and sidewalks, bridge amenities, LED street lights, landscaping and irrigation, and other miscellaneous improvements. Residents are advised to take alternate routes during construction to avoid unexpected delays. Tiseo Paving Company will be performing the work. For more information regarding this project, contact CIP Manager Tom Geier at 972-466-4230, or by email at [email protected].

 

City Council Meeting – April 18

The public is invited to attend all City Council meetings. The Council generally meets the first and thirdTuesday of each month in the City Council Chamber on the second floor at City Hall, 1945 E. Jackson Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006. The work session begins at 5:45 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.Minutes of meetings become available after City Council adopts them, usually at subsequent meetings. Check for updates at cityofcarrollton.com/calendar.

 

Lego Challenge – April 19

All ages are invited to attend the Library’s monthly Lego night. New building challenges will be provided each month for children and their parents. Bring the whole family the third Wednesday of every month. Come out on Wednesday, April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road). For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.

 

Metrocrest Services Works to Fight Hunger

Metrocrest Services is kicking off a new drive in the fight against hunger, and seeking to raise at least $100,000 from the community. The Metrocrest Hospital Authority will match the donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000. The “foodraising” initiative was announced March 23 at the Metrocrest Services 12th Annual Keyholder Breakfast where more than $75,000 was raised to kick off this drive. This included an incredibly generous donation by Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford in Carrollton.

 

In 2016, the Metrocrest Services food pantry provided 549,190 meals to the community – a 28 percent increase from the previous year. So far in 2017, the non-profit has already seen a 17 percent increase in

need. More than 200 families rely on Metrocrest Services for their groceries each week. While the need is increasing, current donations are not able to keep pace with the demand.

 

Contributing is easy: simply visit metrocrestservices.org and donate online (use “Food Pantry” under Fund Designation), or mail your gift to Metrocrest Services at 13801 Hutton Drive, Suite 150, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 and write “Pantry” in the check memo.

 

For more information, visit metrocrestservices.org or call 972-446-2100.

Registration Now Open for Annual Carrollton Trails 5K

Register now to run in the City of Carrollton’s 6th Annual Carrollton Trails 5K on Saturday, April 29 and receive the low price of $15 for individual entry. The event also includes a 1-mile Fun Run/Walk, so bring the family along and don’t forget your canine kids.

 

This race shows off one of Carrollton’s best assets, the hike and bike trails. Earn your best time as you run along the Blue Trail in the heart of the City’s greenbelt area. LiveWire Fitness will sponsor a warm up session at 7:30 a.m.before the race begins at 8 a.m. The Fun Run/Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. On race day, participants should park at Creekview High School (3201 Old Denton Road) in order to be bused to the starting line along the trail.

 

Register online at cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow. Pre-registration by April 23 guarantees a race bag, T-shirt, and timing chip. Any changes made after April 23 will incur a $5 change fee. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/carrolltontrails5k for more information.

 

Final Week for Free Tax Assistance from AARP

Volunteers with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provide free tax return assistance. Please bring identification, tax return from 2015, and all documents and information for 2016. Stop by Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) on Fridays only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April 14. For more information, call 972-466-4800.

 

Carrollton’s Summer 2017 Leisure Magazine Now Available

The May-August 2017 issue of Carrollton’s Leisure Connections magazine will fill you in on all City events, activities, and classes for the summer. Leisure Connectionsis available online at cityofcarrollton.com/leisuremag. Hard copies of the magazine are available at Rosemeade Recreation Center (1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway), Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road), Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane), Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road), City Hall (1945 E. Jackson Road), Carrollton Senior Center (1720 Keller Springs Road), and other City facilities.

 

For even more Strength-Core-Balance class times, visitcityofcarrollton.com/signupnow.

 

City-sponsored activities at recreation centers, libraries, and other leisure facilities include athletic league opportunities, community events, and classes for adults and children. Registration is now open for residents and will open on Monday, April 17 for non-residents; classes begin Monday, May 1.

 

Carrollton’s Pet Photo Contest is Back for Another Year

The City of Carrollton has opened a photo contest for locals to showcase their favorite furry friends by submitting photos of their pets for entry into a 2018 wall calendar, proceeds of which will benefit the Carrollton Animal Services and Adoption Center (2247 Sandy Lake Road).

 

Participants can enter multiple photos of as many pets as they would like, but individual pets are only eligible to win one month. Each photo entry is $5 and all entries must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. Photos should be in a high resolution digital format and sent to [email protected]OR City Hall, c/o Marketing Services, 1945 E. Jackson Road (mailed in or dropped off photos must be on a CD or a memory stick). No paper photos. Include with photo submission: animal’s name, owner’s name, phone number, and email address. Cash or check payments can be made in person or mailed in to City Hall, Marketing Services. Electronic payments can be made online through Carrollton’s WebTrac registration system at cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow. Just find the Photo Contest button and fill out the form. A RecTrac account is required.

 

The contest is open to everyone from amateurs to professionals. Photo submissions will be judged on composition, creativity, and cuteness! Furry friends only, no humans please. Winners will be announced in August. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/petphotocontest for more contest details, entry information, sponsorship opportunities, and photo requirements.

 

2017 Recycling Calendar Available Online

Visit cityofcarrollton.com/solidwaste for a copy of Carrollton’s 2017 residential trash and recycling calendar as some holiday collections have changed. Call 972-466-3593 or email [email protected] for a printed copy.

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