Carrollton Texas News and Events

Summer Computer Classes Continue – July 21

Computer classes continue throughout the summer with 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. Registration for each free class is required and begins two weeks before the program date. Space is limited; register online at carrolltonpl.libcal.com or call 972-466-4800 for more information.

Microsoft Word Intermediate Part 1: July 21 – Josey Ranch Lake Library
Microsoft Word Intermediate Part 2: 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

Fossil Dig with Science Safari – July 21

Come learn about a time when North Texas was at the bottom of a shallow sea Saturday, July 21 from 2-3 p.m. at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane). Extract your own 90-million-year-old local marine fossil and view it under a video microscope. Space is limited; register online at carrolltonpl.libcal.com or call 972-466-4800 for assistance.

Concert on the Square: Melissa Ratley – July 21

The City of Carrollton’s summer Concert on the Square series continues with Melissa Ratley playing Saturday, July 21 in Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street). Ratley is known for her iconic country singer-songwriter style. The FREE concert begins at 7 p.m. but come early to explore area shops and grab a bite to eat from one of the many Downtown restaurants. The Eggstand food truck will also be on site. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/downtown.

Dream Court Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – July 23

Local youth will soon have a newly remodeled basketball court on Croft Road near Frankford Road East, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the City of Carrollton, Nancy Lieberman Charities, and Covenant Church in Carrollton. The state-of-the-art Dream Court™ is a multipurpose play space intended to provide a safe place for shooting hoops, socializing, and learning about good sportsmanship and teamwork. For more information on Dream Courts, visit nancyliebermancharities.org The City’s Parks & Recreation and Police Departments worked with both the charity and the church to provide the Dream Court in the hope that it will foster lasting relationships between police officers and the communities they serve. The Court will be unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, July 23 from 6-7 p.m. For more information on the ribbon-cutting, visit cityofcarrolton.com/police.

Monday Funday – July 23

All ages are invited to Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) Monday, July 23 for Monday Funday. These family fun events are completely FREE and are held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. everyMonday 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.

Date Activity
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

The ABCs of Genealogy Summer Session Continues – July 24

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 Mondayat 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 prior session. The summer series focuses on search tools, websites, family trees, search engines, and by popular demand, Find A Grave™. For a full schedule, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.

Tween Tuesdays: Tween Escape! – July 24

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 movies 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 or call 972-466-4800.

Date Time Theme Registration Opens
July 24 2-3 p.m.

4-5 p.m.

Tween Escape! Tuesday, July 10
July 31 2-4 p.m. Movie Day: Thor Ragnarok (2017), PG-13 Not Required
August 7 2-3 p.m.

4-5 p.m.

Jedi Academy Tuesday, July 24
August 14 2-3 p.m.

4-5 p.m.

Back to School Tuesday, July 31

Summer STEAM Rocks: Food Rocks – July 25

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 prior to the program date. Space is limited; sign-up atcarrolltonpl.libcal.com or call 972-466-4800 for assistance.

Date Theme Registration Opens
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 – July 25

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, July 25 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/library or call 972-466-4800.

Expanded Single Family Rehabilitation and Demo/Rebuild Incentives

The City is expanding financial options to homeowners and homebuilders with properties located throughout Carrollton’s designated Neighborhood Empowerment Zones with its Rehabilitation and Demolition/Rebuild Incentive Programs. With the Rehabilitation Incentive Program, property owners can receive up to 25 percent in reimbursements with a maximum incentive of $20,000 for projects such as landscaping, driveways, façades, windows and exterior doors, porches, roofs, fences, retaining walls, and more. The Single Family Demolition/Rebuild Incentive provides monetary incentives to any homeowner or homebuilder who demolishes an existing single-family home and rebuilds a new home on the same lot within 24 months. Homebuilders may qualify for the Demolition/Rebuild program, provided that the rebuild incentive will be paid to the first owner-occupant of the newly constructed home. For more information about these grant programs and to find out if your property is eligible or to submit an application, visit cityofcarrollton.com/impact or call 972-466-4299.

Now Accepting Boards & Commissions Applications

Applications now being accepted for the 2018 Boards & Commissions appointments in October. City government depends on residents who volunteer their time and expertise as members of boards, commissions, and committees. By lending a more diverse viewpoint for City Council to consider, their actions help shape and influence public policy. Citizen involvement is vital in setting the direction for Carrollton’s future. City Council will be accepting applications until Monday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to apply, visit cityofcarrollton/com/government/boards-commissions.

Tonic Joins as Festival at the Switchyard Opening Act

Internationally known ‘90s rock band Tonic will join Vertical Horizon as an opening act for the City of Carrollton’s 9th Annual Festival at the Switchyard on Saturday, November 3 in Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street). With six Top 10 singles and more than 4 million records sold, Tonic is a musical powerhouse that has helped propel rock ‘n’ roll into the 21st century. The band released their debut album,Lemon Party, in 1996 with its featured monster hit “If You Could Only See” reaching number one on the Billboard Rock Charts. They went on to release studio albums Sugar in 1999 and Head On Straight in 2002, as well as a live EP, Live & Enhanced in 1999.

In addition to free concerts, the award winning Festival at the Switchyard features free live entertainment, free rides and games, free activities for children of all ages, and an array of food vendors and other Festival booths to shop at. This year’s Festival headliner will be announced in August. So stay connected on all Festival entertainment news at carrolltonfestival.com, and on social media at facebook.com/CarrolltonFestival and twitter.com/CarrolltonFest. For more information about Tonic, visit toniconline.com.

Final Week to Register for July 21 Police Entrance Exam

The Carrollton Police Department is in the final week of registration for the next Civil Service exam, the first step in the time-honored process of becoming a public safety officer. The exam will be administered on Saturday, July 21 at 8:30 a.m. at Newman Smith High School (2335 N. Josey Lane). The department provides extensive paid training, state-of-the-art equipment designed to protect and serve the community, generous compensation (starting salary is $60,229), and numerous additional resources for its officers. For more information and to register, visit cityofcarrollton.com/police.

Summer Lunch Program Continues

School’s out for the summer, and that means hundreds of local children are looking for a place where they can meet their friends, have fun, and eat healthy meals. The FREE Summer Food Service Program is ready to meet the demand. Carrollton’s Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Kids Bring Life Inc., a local non-profit that will be coordinating food service. This non-profit is certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture to serve meals for the summer lunch program. Food will be served Monday–Friday at the sites and times listed below.

Crosby Recreation Center

1610 E. Crosby Road

Lunch: 12-1 p.m.

Rosemeade Recreation Center

1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway

Lunch: 12-1 p.m.

The program runs through Friday, August 17, and is open to all children, regardless of income. People who are over age 18 and enrolled in school programs for people with disabilities can also receive meals at no charge. For the most up-to-date information on summer food meal sites and hours of operation, call 2-1-1 or visit summerfood.org.

For more information about the program, call 972-466-9804.

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 in the U.S. 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 or Carrollton Animal Services at 972-466-3420, or visit cityofcarrollton.com/news.


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