Carrollton’s Summer 2018 Leisure Connections Magazine Now Available
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 now 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 Carrollton residents is now open. Non-resident registration begins Monday, April 16. Classes begin Monday, April 30.
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 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 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.
Get Your Discounted 2018 Carrollton Pet Photo Calendar
There is still time to purchase a 2018 Pet Photo Calendar in support of Carrollton Animal Services. In an effort to raise funds for our furry friends, the calendar was developed through a Pet Photo Contest, which ran from February to August 2017 and called on local pet lovers to submit photos of their adorable animals. Calendars are available at a discounted rate of $5 (includes tax) at City facilities. The City of Carrollton extends its gratitude to everyone who submitted photos of their pets for entry into the 2018 Carrollton Pet Photo wall calendar. For more information on the City’s photo contest, visitcityofcarrollton.com/petphotocontest.
Deadline to Register to Vote in May 5 Bond & General Elections – April 5
Thursday, April 5 is the last day to register to vote in the Bond & General Elections on Saturday, May 5.
El 5 de abril es el último día para registrarse para votar en la Elección de Bonos y la Elección General, sábado, 5 de mayo.
Early Voting Days & Locations
Días y Sitios para Votación Anticipada
|Monday, April (abril) 23 – Saturday, (abril) April 28||8 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Sunday, April (abril) 29||1-6 p.m.|
|Monday, April (abril) 30 – Tuesday, May (mayo) 1||7 a.m. to 7 p.m.|
Citizens can vote early in the County in which they reside.
Ciudadanos pueden votar anticipadamente en el Condado en el que residen.
|Josey Ranch Lake Library|
1700 Keller Springs Road
|Hebron & Josey Library|
4220 N. Josey Lane
For more Election information, call 972-466-3005 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/elections.
Para obtener más información sobre las elecciones, llame 972-466-3005 o visite cityofcarrollton.com/elections.
Free Public Safety Training Course: Calling 9-1-1, Fire Extinguisher Operation, & Building Evacuation Planning – April 5 or April 7
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 to be held at the Carrollton Police Station (2025 E. Jackson Road) in the Training Room. This series is designed for churches of all faiths, but is applicable to businesses and schools as well. Each of the five courses is offered twice for your scheduling convenience, but you need only attend either the Thursday night or Saturday morning class. Seating is limited. Register at signup.com/go/nuMZdYW.
Course 1: Calling 9-1-1, Fire Extinguisher Operation, & Building Evacuation Planning
Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. OR Saturday, April 7 at 9 a.m.
Course 2: Emergency Weather Preparedness & Stop the Bleed
Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. OR Saturday, April 21 at 9 a.m.
Course 3: CPR & AED Certification
Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. OR Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m.
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.
Teen Board Game Night – April 5
Time to test those friendships and see if they can survive a game night! Bring your friends and try out the latest and greatest games. Betray your friends in The Resistance or show off your art skills in Telestrations. With so many board games to choose from, there’s something for everyone! Ages 13-18 are invited to Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) on Thursday, April 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information on teen programs at the Library, visit CPLTeen.wordpress.com, facebook.com/CPLTeenLeague, or find CPLTeenLeague on Instagram.
Tax Assistance by AARP Continues – April 6
Volunteers with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provide free tax return assistance. Bring identification, 2016 tax return, and all documents and information for 2017. Assistance is offered every Monday at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday, April 16 and every Friday at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday, April 13. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.
People Helping People Volunteer Project – April 7
In celebration of National Community Development Week recognized April 2-7, the Carrollton Neighborhood Advisory Commission (NAC) will host a citywide People Helping People Volunteer Project onSaturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Council members, commissioners, and citizens will come together to make needed repairs on a qualifying, low income home in south Carrollton. All work completed is done by volunteers in the community over age 14. For more information or to RSVP to volunteer, visit cityofcarrollton.com/cdbg or call 972-466-9121.
Adult, Child, & Infant CPR/AED & First Aid Class – April 7
Carrollton Fire Rescue has a goal for every citizen to obtain a CPR course completion card and is extending a challenge to the local community: Get trained, save a Life. The next scheduled CPR/AED & First Aid course is set for Saturday, April 7 from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road). The session is $40 for Carrollton residents and non-residents.
The City of Carrollton encourages local businesses to schedule onsite training courses with CFR to establish what could be a safer environment should a cardiac episode occur in the workplace. For more information or to schedule a workplace training, call 972-466-4901. To register for the upcoming Adult, Child, & Infant CPR/AED & First Aid courses, visit cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow under the Education section.
Story Time Saturday – April 7
Discover the outdoors at Elm Fork Nature Preserve (2335 Sandy Lake Road) at Story Time Saturday on Saturday, April 7 from 10-11 a.m. Explore the world of nature inside the Elm Fork Nature Preserve (EFNP) Ranger Station with a FREE story time and coloring for kids and coffee for adults. This season’s theme is spring. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about EFNP, visit cityofcarrollton.com/parksandrec.
Paws on the Square – April 7
Bring the family (both furry and otherwise) to Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street) for a tail-wagging good time at the City of Carrollton’s 3rd annual Paws on the Square: Play, Shop, Learn, Adopt event on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. The free event will feature a pet agility course filled with dog toys, calming dog yoga sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., two caricature artists, a dog kissing booth, and pet-themed vendor booths where attendees will find everything from pet accessories to people food.
Come out to meet your new best friend and add a canine kid to the family. Last year, 10 lucky dogs found their forever homes through Operation Kindness’ mobile adoption program, and 39 Carrollton pets were registered with the City. The event also raised more than $450 in donations for the Carrollton Animal Services & Adoption Center.
Want to foster, adopt, or volunteer to transport dogs to their future home? Cane Rosso Rescue supports local dog rescue groups, and a network of foster homes will be on the Square to answer your questions.
Low cost $5 vaccinations will be provided by the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) from 12-2 p.m. The event will also include free City registration with proof of rabies vaccination for Carrollton residents. Pet registrations are not only helpful in reuniting lost pets with their owners, they are also required by City ordinances.
All dogs must have ID tags, be on a leash at all times, have a current rabies vaccination (or about to receive one), and be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. The first 250 attendees will receive a doggy trash bag dispenser in the shape of a fire hydrant.
The event is sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital, Ebby Halliday Realtor Julie Stauss, JeTT Pets, and North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic.
For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/pawsonthesquare.
Financial Literacy Classes for Millennials and Beyond Continue – April 7
In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, the Carrollton Public Library will be hosting a series of free classes in April aimed to help people in their 20s and 30s and all adults better manage their money, eliminate student loan debt, buy their first house, and prepare for the future. The classes will be held every Tuesday in April from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) and every Saturday in April from 2-3:30 p.m. at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road). No registration is required.
In the first week of classes focused on budgeting, learn how to create and live within a budget, monitor your spending, and get the most out of your money. During the second week, learn about the rule of 72, how interest works, the three Ds of investing, and taxes in the saving and investing focused classes. The third week will focus on debt management; discover why a credit score is so important, how to manage student loan debt, and what it takes to buy that first house. The fourth and final week of classes will focus on protection, including life insurance, wills, and legal documents needed to plan your or your parents’ financial future.
For more information about the classes, or to view a full schedule of offerings, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.
Spring Family Campout – April 7
Come out for a night beneath the stars at Spring Family Campout at R.E. Good Soccer Complex (2335 Sandy Lake Road). Campgrounds open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. Campers are encouraged to set up camp quickly so everyone can enjoy the fun and games. Activities include corn hole, ladder golf, and a rock painting activity. Bikes, scooters, skates (non-motorized only), and dogs on a leash are welcome. Dinner will be provided, as well as a bonfire and a screening of Hook (1991), PG at sunset. Breakfast will be provided in the morning as everyone breaks camp.
Campsites must be clear by 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Participants must bring their own camping equipment. Registration is required, and onsite registration is available Saturday from 5 p.m. until dark. The cost is $7 per camper or $5 per person for Saturday only (dinner and movie). For more information, call Carrollton Athletics at 972-466-9833 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/athletics.
National Library Week Bookmark Contest Begins – April 8
In celebration of National Library Week, children are invited to create a bookmark showcasing why they love libraries, reading, and books, and then submit their entry at either Library anytime between Sunday, April 8 and Saturday, April 14. Winners from each age group (4-12,13-18) will receive a prize, and their bookmarks will be reproduced and distributed at both Libraries. Entry forms are available at both Libraries and online at cityofcarrollton.com/library.
The ABCs of Genealogy Classes Continue – April 10
Looking to find your 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 other Monday at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) through April 30 and from 10 a.m. to noon every other Tuesday at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) through April 24. The course does not require registration, but the second class of the month will cover a practical application of tools introduced in the prior session. This spring, classes are delving into census data from 1790 – 1940, covering four decades each month. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/library for a full schedule.
Tween Escape Room! – April 10
Dreadful things lurk outside your door, and the prize you’ve waited for is now within your grasp if you can solve the puzzle! Ages 10-14 are invited to Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) on Tuesday, April 10 for an escape room extravaganza. Tweens can participate from either 5-6:15 p.m. or 6:30-7:45 p.m. Registration is required as there is limited space. For more information or to sign up for the event, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.
Statue Naming & Spring Book Sale Preview Night – April 11
Join the Friends of the Carrollton Public Library for a naming ceremony of the Library’s new book statue and become a member of the Friends to stay for a special preview of the Spring Book Sale on Wednesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road).
More than 180 name suggestions were submitted earlier this month, and now the top five names are open for voting on the Library’s Facebook page through Friday, April 6. Biblio P. Hile, Booker Readmore, Dewey Donate, Sir Reads-A-Lot, and Stacks O. Books are in the running. Visit
facebook.com/carrolltonpubliclibrary to vote for your favorite. The winning name will be unveiled at the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.
The book sale will continue on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by Josey Ranch Lake Library to shop donated books, movies, and music for adults and children. All proceeds benefit the Friends in their mission to support Library programming and events for kids, tweens, teens, and adults. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. For more information, call 972-466-4800 or visitcityofcarrollton.com/library or friendscarrolltonlibrary.org/booksale.
Teen Escape Room! – April 11
Dreadful things lurk outside your door, and the prize you’ve waited for is now within your grasp if you can solve the puzzle! Ages 13-18 are invited to Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) on Wednesday, April 11 for an escape room extravaganza. Teens can participate from either 6:30-7:15 p.m. or 7:30-8:15 p.m. Registration is required as there is limited space. For more information or to sign up for the event, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.
Save Money & Water – Free Irrigation Inspections Now Available
Free irrigation inspections are available again this year through the City’s Save Water by the Yard program. Eligible Carrollton Water Utilities residential customers with in-ground irrigation systems can apply to receive the inspections through September 30 or until funds are exhausted.
Save Water by the Yard inspection service includes a consultation by a licensed irrigation expert who will check the settings on the sprinkler system’s control box, check all system lines for leaks and improperly functioning sprinkler heads, and provide customers with tips on system maintenance and water conservation. Residential customers who previously participated in 2016 or 2017 are ineligible for an inspection in 2018. For more information or to make an appointment for an inspection, call 972‑466-3120.
For more information on Carrollton water conservation, visit cityofcarrollton.com/water or contact the Public Works Department at 972-466-3425 or Water Utilities at 972-466-3120.
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.