Free Public Safety Training Course: Verbal Defense & Influence (De-escalation Techniques) –
May 17 OR May 19
Are you ready to protect your place of worship in the event of an emergency? Secure your spot now in the City of Carrollton’s upcoming free safety training series for faith-based organizations held at the Carrollton Police Station (2025 E. Jackson Road) in the Training Room. This series is designed for churches of all faiths, but applies to businesses and schools as well. Each course is offered twice for your scheduling convenience, but you need only attend either the Thursday evening or Saturday morning class. Seating is limited. Register at signup.com/go/nuMZdYW.
Course 4: Verbal Defense & Influence (De-escalation Techniques)
Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. OR Saturday, May 19 at 9 a.m.
Course 5: Responding to Active Threats
Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. OR Saturday, June 2 at 9 a.m.
Fly Fishing – May 19
Learn to cast, tie basic fishing knots, tie flies, discuss their uses, review equipment, and learn about aquatic ecosystems, safety, fishing, ethics, and regulations on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rosemeade Recreation Center (1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway). This introduction to fly fishing is a free class offered by Dallas Fly Fishers (DFF), including all equipment and materials. DFF has been an active club for more than 30 years. Instructors are certified by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Federation of Fly Fishers. Participants receive a TPWD Basic Fly Fishing Certificate. Bring a hat, glasses, and lunch to eat on site. To register for this free event, visit cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow under the Community section. Visit dallasflyfishers.org or call Richard Johnson at 469-877-0695 for more information.
Summer Computer Classes Continue – May 19
Computer classes will continue throughout the summer with Microsoft Excel Intermediate and Advanced classes, Microsoft Word Intermediate classes, and an introduction to social media outlets Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn in August. Classes will be offered the first and second Saturday of each month at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) and the second 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 Intermediate Part 1:||May 19 – Josey Ranch Lake Library|
|Microsoft Excel Intermediate Part 2:||May 26 – Josey Ranch Lake Library|
|Microsoft Excel Advanced Part 1:||June 9 – Hebron & Josey Library|
June 23 – Josey Ranch Lake Library
|Microsoft Excel Advanced Part 2:||June 16 – Hebron & Josey Library|
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
The ABCs of Genealogy Summer Session Continues – May 21
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 will be held this summer from 7-9 p.m. every first and third Monday at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) and every second and fourth Tuesday (third and fifth Tuesday in May) at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road). Courses do not require registration, but the second class of the month at each Library location will cover a practical application of tools introduced in the prior 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 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.
Registration for the Carrollton Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Now Open
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 advance levels. Points can be used to buy drawing tickets for prize packs, which include items such as signed books, gift cards, educational toys, and family fun activities for listeners and kids; Amazon gift cards, backpacks, school supplies, and 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 starts Thursday, June 7 and continues through Thursday, August 16 and is sponsored by the Friends of the Carrollton Public Library. For more information or registration assistance, call 972-466-4800.
<Press Start> Teen Escape Room Registration Now Open
Millionaire Trevor Silver is looking to reward a lucky teen with a mysterious prize, but only if they can solve his book and pop culture based puzzles. The <Press Start> Teen Escape Room will be held Friday, June 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane). Registration for this event is now open; visit carrolltonpl.libcal.com to register. Teens must have a signed permission form to participate in the event. This form can be picked up at either Library location or found online at cityofcarrollton.com/library. For more information, call 972-466-4800.
The Trials of Apollo Registration Now Open
Ages 10-13 are invited to the Tween Summer Reading Program Kickoff: The Trials of Apollo at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) on Tuesday, June 12 from 2-3 p.m. or 4-5 p.m. Tweens can test their skills and see if they can pass the trials to earn their rightful place in Olympus. Space is limited; register online at carrolltonpl.libcal.com. When registering, make sure to only sign up for one of the two sessions. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library or call 972-466-4800.
Check Out Carrollton’s Summer 2018 Leisure Connections Magazine
Visit cityofcarrollton.com/leisuremag to check out the newest issue of Carrollton’s Leisure Connections. The May-August 2018 issue includes details regarding City events, activities, and programs during those months. Leisure Connections is also available in hard copy at Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road), Rosemeade Recreation Center (1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway), Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane), Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road), City Hall (1945 E. Jackson Road), the Carrollton Senior Center (1720 Keller Springs Road), and other City facilities.
City-sponsored activities at recreation centers, both Carrollton Public Library locations, and other leisure facilities include athletic league opportunities, community events, classes for adults and children, summer day camps, the summer reading program, and swim lessons. Registration for both Carrollton residents and non-residents is now open.
Oak Hills Splash Park & W.J. Thomas Splash Park Now Open
Both the Oak Hills Splash Park (1225 Royal Palm Lane) and W.J. Thomas Splash Park (1955 N. Perry Road) are now open for the season. At the Thomas Splash Park, water features can be activated between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day. Simply touch the sensor on the top of the red fire hydrant to start the water features (it may take several minutes to start). At the Oak Hills Splash Park, no activation is required. The water runs continuously from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pavilions, tables, shaded areas, grills, and a deck are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms are also on site. For more information, call 972-466-3080 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/splashpark.
Book a Librarian – Now Available
Are you needing a little one on one help with research? Schedule a 30-minute session with a professional librarian and get search tips and resource guidance from an expert. Book an appointment atcarrolltonpl.libcal.com/bookalibrarian or call 972-466-4800.
Carrollton’s Annual Pet Photo Contest Now Open
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 2019 wall calendar. The contest will feature one grand prize winner whose pet will receive the coveted calendar cover along with other sponsorship goodies as well as 12 winners whose pets will grace the pages of each month for a total of 13 winners. All winners will receive a free calendar at the conclusion of the contest.
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. Wednesday, August 1. Photo submissions will be judged on composition, creativity, and cuteness. Furry friends only, no humans please. Winners will be announced in August. All proceeds will continue to benefit the Carrollton Animal Services & Adoption Center (2247 Sandy Lake Road). Last year’s contest proved a success with more than $2,700 raised from photo submissions, sponsorships, and calendar sales.
Photos will be considered for the 2019 calendar if they are submitted in a high-resolution digital format and sent to photos or City Hall, c/o Marketing Services (1945 E. Jackson Road, 75006). 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 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 City will launch the sale of the calendars in September. Look for updates to the contest at various events throughout the year. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/petphotocontest for more contest details, entry information, photo requirements, and sponsorship opportunities.
Volunteers Needed to Feed 1,800 Local Kids This Summer
Sack Summer Hunger 2018 kicks off in June at Metrocrest Services, and you can help! Volunteer assignments for individuals and groups include sorting kid-friendly snacks and meals and delivering food to local low-income participants. For more information or to volunteer, call 972-446-2100 or visit metrocrestservices.org.
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. The use of a permanently installed automatic irrigation system is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 through October 31. Time-of-day restrictions conserve water by minimizing evaporation and wind drift during the warmest hours of spring and summer days. This allows more water to penetrate deep into the soil which promotes healthier roots for plants and turf grass.
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.
Egret/Heron Nesting Deterrent Patrol
Egret and heron nesting season is now underway. Through mid-May, Animal Services will be patrolling some residential areas of the community to deter egrets and herons from nesting. The City thanks residents in advance for their patience, as many of the tools used (screamers, bangers, and propane cannons) create loud noises and can be disturbing. The City encourages residents to join the prevention effort by trimming tree canopies to allow light to shine between limbs and other trees, removing old nesting material, and hanging visual deterrents such as owls, scare-eye balloons, or reflective tape if necessary. Report heron and egret activity to Animal Services immediately by calling 972-466-3420. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/animalservices.