Summer Craftivity – June 23
Come out to Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Summer Craftivity. Participants will be crafting all sorts of items made from the pages of old books. Registration is required for this event and is open online at carrolltonpl.libcal.com. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library or call 972-466-4800.
Summer Computer Classes Continue – June 23
Computer classes will continue throughout the summer with Microsoft Excel Advanced classes in June, Microsoft Word Intermediate classes in July, and an introduction to social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn in August. Courses will be offered the first and second Saturday of each month at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) and the third and fourth Saturday of each month at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The schedule varies in June (see the list of class offerings below). Registration for each free class is required and begins two weeks before the program date. Space is limited; register online at carolltonpl.libcal.com or call 972-466-4800 for more information.
|Microsoft Excel Advanced Part 1:||June 23 – Josey Ranch Lake Library|
|Microsoft Excel Advanced Part 2:||June 30 – Josey Ranch Lake Library|
|Microsoft Word Intermediate Part 1:||July 7 – Hebron & Josey Library|
July 21 – Josey Ranch Lake Library
|Microsoft Word Intermediate Part 2:||July 14 – Hebron & Josey Library|
July 28 – Josey Ranch Lake Library
|Facebook & Twitter||August 4 – Hebron & Josey Library|
August 18 – Josey Ranch Lake Library
|Instagram & LinkedIn||August 11 – Hebron & Josey Library|
August 25 – Josey Ranch Lake Library
Concert on the Square: The Bad #7s – June 23
The City of Carrollton’s summer Concert on the Square series has returned. The Bad #7s will play Saturday, June 23 in Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street). This ‘80s cover band plays songs you know from hard rock to pop, country to classic rock, blues to current rock, and ‘80s to today’s hits with flavors of Latin and jazz. The FREE concert begins at 7 p.m. but come early to explore area shops and grab a bite to eat from the Mike Garrison BBQ food truck or one of the many Downtown restaurants. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/downtown.
Tween Coding Continues – June 25
The Library is teaming up with Hour of Code to help introduce tweens to coding basics. This is the last in a three week series on coding that is held every Monday at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane). The next three week series will begin at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) Monday, July 2 and go through Monday, July 16. Classes are from 2-3 p.m. Space is limited; register online at carrolltonpl.libcal.com. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library or call 972-466-4800.
Teen Coding Continues – June 25
Teens are invited to Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) Monday, June 25 for the last session in a three week series designed to teach them the basics of coding. This course will cover an introduction to Python. A new three week series begins at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) Monday, July 2 and continues through Monday, July 16. Classes are from 3:30-4:40 p.m. Space is limited; register online at carrolltonpl.libcal.com. To learn more, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library or call 972-466-4800.
Monday Funday – June 25
All ages are invited to Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) June 25 for Monday Funday. These family fun events are completely FREE and will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday this summer through August 6. Activities vary from week to week, alternating between movie nights and game nights. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library or call 972-466-4800.
|June 25||Game Night: Life-Sized Board Games|
|July 2||Game Night: Board Games & Crafts|
|July 9||Movie Night: Moana (2016), PG|
|July 16||Movie Night: Cars 3 (2017), G|
|July 23||Game Night: Makerspace Challenge|
|July 30||Game Night: Glow Night – Glow in the Dark Games|
|August 6||Movie Night: Lego Ninjago (2017), PG|
Swim Lessons Continue – June 25
Recreational swim lessons continue with the next session beginning Monday, June 25 at Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex (1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway). There are four sessions remaining this summer and each is two weeks long. Classes are held Monday through Thursday.
|Session 2: Monday, June 25 – Friday, July 6|
(*There will be no classes on Wednesday, July 4.)
|Session 3: Monday, July 9 – Thursday, July 19|
|Session 4: Monday, July 23 – Thursday, August 2|
|Session 5: Monday, August 6 – Thursday, August 16|
Swim lessons are sanctioned and approved by the American Red Cross and taught by certified water safety instructors and qualified instructor aides. To view a full list of class offerings and to register, visit the Aquatics Section at cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow.
Tween Tuesdays: Movie Day: Spider-Man Homecoming – June 26
Tweens ages 10-13 are invited to rock Tuesdays this summer with Tween Tuesdays at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road). These weekly activities are designed with tweens in mind and include everything from karaoke to a Jedi Academy. Space is limited for events that require registration, only sign up for one time slot at carrolltonpl.libcal.com. To learn more, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.
|June 26||2-4 p.m.||Movie Day: Spider-Man Homecoming(2017), PG-13||Not Required|
|July 3||2-4 p.m.||Tween Karaoke||Not Required|
|July 10||2-3 p.m., 4-5 p.m.||Tween STEAM||Tuesday, June 26|
|July 17||2-4 p.m.||Tween Games||Not Required|
The ABCs of Genealogy Summer Session Continues – June 26
Looking to find your long lost relatives? Join other fledgling genealogists for sessions led by Carrollton resident and local expert J.T. McKinney. Free classes are held from 7-9 p.m. every first and third Monday at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) and 10 a.m. to noon every second and fourth Tuesday at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road). Registration is not required, but the second class of each month at each Library location will cover a practical application of the tools introduced in the previous session. The summer series will focus on search tools, including websites, family trees, search engines, and by popular demand, Find A Grave™. For a full schedule, pick up a flyer at either Library location or visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.
Summer STEAM: The Perot Rocks – June 27
Come out to Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. this summer for fun explorations into the world of STEAM. Through this interactive program, participants will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in fun and innovative ways. Classes are open to ages 6-10. Registration is required and opens two weeks before each program date. Space is limited; sign-up at carrolltonpl.libcal.com or call 972-466-4800 for assistance.
|June 27||The Perot Rocks||June 13|
|July 11||Caves Rock||June 27|
|July 18||Engineering Rocks||July 4|
|July 25||Food Rocks||July 11|
|August 1||Stars Rock||July 18|
|August 8||Fossils Rock||July 25|
|August 15||Music Rocks||August 1|
Teen Cookies & Crafting – June 27
Looking for something fun to do while getting a sugar rush? Ages 13-18 are invited to Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) Wednesday, June 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. for Cookies & Crafting. Grab some sweets and chill with friends while tackling new crafts each month. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/calendar or call 972-466-4800.
City Advises Residents to Be Aware of Potential Roofing Scams
The City advises residents to be aware of potential roofing scams in response to the recent hail storms. The following is a list of helpful tips from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to help residents successfully navigate through legitimate companies and scams. Citizens are encouraged to contact their insurance company to ask about their policy coverage and specific filing requirements, and to save all receipts. Do the research and seek out references from friends and relatives. Resist high-pressure sales tactics, be proactive in selecting a contractor and not reactive to sales calls or door-to-door pitches. When answering door-to-door contractors, ask for identification and check their service vehicle for a business name. Additionally, be mindful when having work performed on areas of the home that are not easily accessible or visible. Residents who feel that they are the victim of a home repair scam, are encouraged to call the office of the Texas Attorney General at 1-800-252-8011.
Registration for Carrollton Firefighter Entrance Exam Now Open
Become a part of the award-winning Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) team. Registration for the City of Carrollton firefighter entrance exam is now open and will remain open through Friday, July 13. After registering for the exam online, candidates will be emailed a link to complete an employment application and personal history statement (PHS). Applications and PHS must be completed by Friday, August 17. The exam will be administered Saturday, August 4 at 9 a.m. in the Newman Smith High School cafeteria (2335 North Josey Lane). For more information and to apply, visit cityofcarrollton.com/fire
Carrollton Marketing Services Wins Big at State Conference
Marketing Services department was honored with three awards at the annual Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) conference June 7 for its extensive communication and promotional work. Marketing Services won first place for Best Poster Design for the Festival at the Switchyard poster; first place for Best Recurring Special Event for the festival; and second place for Best Use of a Promotional Item for custom-wrapped guitars signed by The Toadies and Everclear. This is the City’s fourth year to win first place in the Best Flyer/Poster category. To learn more about City accolades, visitcityofcarrollton.com/news.
Vertical Horizon to Open 9th Annual Festival at the Switchyard
The City of Carrollton is excited to announce Vertical Horizon as the first of two nationally known openers for the headlining entertainment at the 9th annual Festival at the Switchyard. This year’s Festival will be held Saturday, November 3 in Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The City will announce the second opening act in July, followed by the headliner in August. Stay connected to all Festival entertainment information and vendor updates at carrolltonfestival.com and on social media at facebook.com/CarrolltonFestival and twitter.com/CarrolltonFest. For more information about Vertical Horizon, visit verticalhorizon.com.
Carrollton Appoints New Pro-Tem Positions
The City Council appointed members John Sutter and Young Sung as Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, respectively, during the June 5 meeting. Sutter was recently re-elected to place 7 in May; his term will expire in 2021. Sung was elected to Place 6 in 2017 and will complete his term in 2020. For more information on the Carrollton City Council, visit cityofcarrollton.com/council.
Carrollton Encourages Hot Weather Safety
The City of Carrollton reminds residents to exercise caution in the heat. Although heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, each year an average of 658 people succumb to extreme heat. To prevent heat-related illness, limit outdoor activity, stay in air-conditioned buildings when possible, drink more water than usual, apply and reapply sunscreen often, and wear lightweight light-colored clothing. The City would also like to remind residents never to leave children or pets in automobiles. Last year, 42 children in the U.S. died after being left in hot cars. For more tips regarding hot weather safety, contact Carrollton Fire Rescue at 972-466-3070, Carrollton Animal Services at 972-466-3420, or visit cityofcarrollton.com/news.
Carrollton Fire Rescue Encourages Pool Safety
Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) encourages parents to watch young children while in the bathtub and to designate a responsible adult to supervise children when swimming or playing in or around water. “Touch supervision” should be provided for preschoolers. Drowning occurs quickly and quietly, so adults should not be involved in any other distracting activities. For more information and tips on pool safety, visitcityofcarrollton.com/poolsafety.
Carrollton Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Continues
Rock out with the Carrollton Public Library by joining this year’s Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock™, offering online access through READsquared. Age-specific programs are available for listeners (0-4), kids (5-9), tweens (10-13), teens (14-18), and adults (19+).
Track your reading hours online, earn points, and progress levels. Points can be used to buy raffle tickets for prize packs, including items such as signed books, gift cards, and educational toys for listeners and kids; Amazon gift cards, backpacks, school supplies, VR headsets and controllers for tweens and teens; and signed books, an Amazon gift card, a Kindle Fire 7, and a Google Chromecast for adults. Visit the store on READsquared to see a complete list of prize packs and items included. Winners are drawn at the exclusive End of Summer Pool Party on Friday, August 17 and posted online the following day.
Prizes are also earned for each level attained. Move up a level for every one hour of reading for listeners; two hours of reading for kids, tweens, and teens; or five hours of reading for adults. Level 10 completes the program, but keep reading to reach super levels and earn more points.
Register for the Summer Reading Program at carrolltonlibrary.READsquared.com. Usernames from last year are still valid. Physical reading logs to keep track of books and minutes are also available at both Libraries for those without internet access. The program runs through Thursday, August 16 and is sponsored by the Friends of the Carrollton Public Library. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/libraryor call 972-466-4800 for registration assistance.
City Implements Public Works Emergency Response Team Trailer
Carrollton is the first city in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to implement a Public Works Emergency Response Team (PWERT) trailer. The trailer is designed to respond to regional disasters and is equipped with chainsaws, pole-saws, air compressors, water pumps, generators, barricades, an industrial wet/dry vacuum, and extra supplies. Funding for this trailer was provided by the federal 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program. The City maintains the (PWERT) trailer in a climate-controlled facility at its Central Service Center (2711 Nimitz Drive). For more information on Carrollton’s emergency preparedness, visitcityofcarrollton.com/emergencymanagement.
Water Restrictions in Effect
Each year, the City of Carrollton’s Water Conservation Plan calls for restrictions on time-of-day watering beginning April 1. Mandatory watering restrictions include prohibited use of automatic irrigation systems between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 to October 31. Time-of-day restrictions help conserve water by minimizing evaporation and wind drift during the warmest hours of spring and summer. This allows more water to penetrate deep into the soil promoting healthier roots for plants and turf grass. The following voluntary outdoor watering schedule is in place: Addresses ending in a 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 (even numbers) may water Sundays and Thursdays; addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 (odd numbers) may water Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Protect your landscape and your wallet by watering early in the morning (well before sunrise) and deeply by breaking long watering cycles into two or three shorter cycles. You can find more detailed instructions about outdoor watering at cityofcarrollton.com/water.