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Upcoming Events: Carrollton News 3-29-17

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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 Connections is available online at cityofcarrollton.com/leisuremag. Hard copies of the magazine will be available March 31 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, visit cityofcarrollton.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 begins Monday, April 3 for residents and Monday, April 17 for non-residents; classes begin Monday, May 1.

 

Save Money & Water – Free Irrigation Inspections Available Beginning April 1

Through the City’s Save Water by the Yard program, free irrigation inspections are available beginning April 1. Eligible Carrollton Water Utilities residential customers, with in-ground irrigation systems, can apply to receive the inspections through September 30 or until the 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 2015 or 2016 are ineligible for an inspection in 2017. For more information or to make an appointment for an inspection, Carrollton residents should call 972‑466-3000.

 

For more information on Carrollton water conservation, visit cityofcarrollton.com/water or contact the Public Works Department at 972-466-3425 or Water Utilities at972-466-4206.

 

Homeschool Book Club – April 5

Ages 7-10 are invited to stop by Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) for Homeschool Book Club held Wednesday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m. This program will introduce homeschool children to new authors and genres, includes open discussions about new books, and allows them to explore the Library’s many resources, as well as complete a hands-on activity. This group meets on the first Wednesday of every month. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.

 

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.

 

Free AARP Tax Assistance Continues

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 Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) on Mondays only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 10 or 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 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, 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 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.

 

Get Your Discounted 2017 Carrollton Pet Calendar

There is still time to get a 2017 Pet Calendar from 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, and called on local pet lovers to submit photos of their adorable animals. Calendars are now available at a discounted rate of $5 (includes tax) at Carrollton City facilities. Cash or check only at City Hall, Marketing Services.

The effort has raised more than $2,500 so far. Help us sell out of calendars for the good of the animals. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/petphotocontest or call 972-466-3596 for more information.

 

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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Teen Board Game Night – April 6

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. We have a ton of board games, so there’s something for everyone! Ages 13-18 are invited to Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) on Thursday, April 6 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.

 

Friends of the Carrollton Public Library Book Sale – April 7 & 8

Join us at the annual Library Book Sale on April 7 and 8 from 10am to 6pm and explore gently used books, movies, and music available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Carrollton Public Library. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.

 

Carrollton Hosts 2nd Annual Paws on the Square Event – April 8

The City of Carrollton is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Paws on the Square event, which will be held in Downtown (1106 S. Broadway Street) on Saturday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for a free community-wide, pet-friendly event for animal welfare, education, adoptions, and of course treats! Bring the family and the dog to learn how to keep Carrollton a safe and friendly community for our pets.

 

Adoptions by Operation Kindness, low-cost vaccinations (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), pet-themed vendor booths, free dog massages, and a caricature artist are all scheduled. All dogs must have ID tags, be on a leash at all times, have a current rabies vaccination, and be accompanied by a human 18 years or older. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/pawsonthesquare.

 

National Library Week Celebration: Dive into Reading – April 8

Dive into the undersea world of The Neptune Project with local Bluebonnet author Polly Holyoke, as we celebrate National Library Week. Meet the author as she shares how she researches and writes her books. Then visit a variety of undersea adventure stations; games, videos, marine art, and much more. Ages 6 and up are invited to join us on Saturday, April 8 from 2-4 p.m. at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane). For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library or either library location.

 

Game on! For Adults – April 8

Board games are so much more than the Chutes and Ladders or Monopoly of our childhood. Come to the Library and check out new and trendy games. Whether you’re looking for a game to test your strategy or social deduction skills or if you’re just looking for a social trivia game, we’ve got you covered. You are also free to bring your own games to share with others. Ages 18+ are invited to this free game event at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. onSaturday, April 8. Available games include Wits & Wagers, Telestrations, Utter Nonsense, Dixit, Ultimate Werewolf, Tsuro, Bang! The Dice Game, The Resistance, and more. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.

 

ABCs of Genealogy Class Continues – April 11

Looking to find your long lost relatives? Join Carrollton resident and local genealogist J.T. McKinney at the Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) for the ABCs of Genealogy Series. Free classes will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month beginning January 10 through April 25. It is recommended to attend all classes as information builds on the previous course, but it is not mandatory. Registration not required. For more information, visitcityofcarrollton.com/library.

 

 

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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 baseball 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 pm 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.

 

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, visit cityofcarrollton.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 17 between 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 third Tuesday 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.

 

Volunteer for People Helping People Project – April 22

In celebration of National Community Development Week, the City of Carrollton’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (NAC) is inviting the public to join in on a People Helping People project. The City-wide effort offers a way for residents to give back to a worthy cause close to home. NAC members, City Councilmembers, and local volunteers will come together to make needed repairs on qualifying, low income homes in south Carrollton.

 

To RSVP, visit cityofcarrollton.com/cdbg. For additional information or questions, contact Meagan Tucker, Community Development Specialist, at 972-466-9121 or[email protected].

 

Spring Concert on the Square Series Continues – April 22

There is always something going on in Downtown Carrollton. The spring Concert on the Square series continues on Saturday, April 22 with The Rumble Kings, a local rock ‘n roll cover band. Come and sing along as their huge sound & powerful performances cover artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, SRV, Straycats, Hendrix, and everything else that rocks and rolls. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy some springtime music. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/downtown for more details on all upcoming Downtown Carrollton events.

 

Early Voting Begins – April 24

Early Voting by personal appearance will be conducted at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs) and at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane), and all other locations as designated by the Dallas County Elections Administrator. The dates and times of Early Voting are as listed below. For additional details, visit cityofcarrollton.com/elections.

 

April 24 – April 28 (MondayFriday) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 29 (Saturday) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 30 (Sunday) 1–6 p.m.
May 1 – 2 (MondayTuesday) 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

 

City Reminds Homeowners to Check ID

The City of Carrollton reminds homeowners to use caution when allowing any strangers inside their home. Due to recent reports of City personnel imposters in Irving, Carrollton has provided a few tips for residents in case they receive a visit from a City employee:

 

  • Be aware that City personnel will rarely, if ever, need inside the home.
  • Check for ID and do not be afraid to ask someone to show a badge if it is not visible.
  • Look to the vehicle. A City worker will most likely be driving a City vehicle with the logo prominently displayed.

 

Remember, do not allow someone into your home if you are unsure of their identity or purpose. You have the right to confirm the worker’s story with the City of Carrollton at 972-466-3000 if service to your address was not requested. If there is any suspicious activity, immediately report it to the police department by calling 911.

 

The Toilet is Not a Trashcan

Did you know, when you flush your toilet or turn the water on in your house, the resulting wastewater has just begun a 20-mile journey to the treatment plant? Your habits have a direct impact on whether that journey will be uneventful as well as how much it will cost to treat the wastewater once it gets there. Join the City of Carrollton in its efforts to maintain efficient and properly functioning plumbing throughout the City. For more information on non-flushable items, visitcityofcarrollton.com/toilettrash.

Wildlife Sightings Throughout Carrollton

Many residents have shared their concern for wildlife in our City, specifically noting bobcat and coyote activity. This time of year it is not uncommon to see both species active during the day as both will mate in late winter and early spring. These more frequent sightings have led some to believe there is an increased risk to people and domestic pets. However, while both bobcats and coyotes have adapted to living in closer proximity to people, they have not abandoned their natural fear of humans.
If you know either species is living near your home, turn on the lights and make a little noise before letting pets out into the yard. If you encounter wildlife while walking your pets, maintain a safe distance, make plenty of noise, and report the activity to Animal Services. The City’s wildlife management plan does not call for the trapping of each reported bobcat or coyote. However, we evaluate each call on its individual merits to determine the most appropriate next step. Sick or injured animals, or those with a significantly reduced fear of humans may result in efforts to capture the specific animal. These determinations cannot be made without your active participation by reporting the activity you see in your neighborhood. Please contact Carrollton Animal Services at 972-466-3420 to report bobcat or coyote activity.

 

Follow Carrollton’s Real-Time Construction and Traffic Updates Site

The City of Carrollton now offers a new communication tool to keep residents aware of any traffic shifts or delays caused by both City-managed and TxDOT-managed construction projects. A new Facebook page, @CarrolltonRoads, delivers real-time updates posted directly from the streets of Carrollton.

 

The City of Carrollton is one of the first municipalities to deliver information 24/7, and work is still being done to provide e-notifications on post updates. For now, residents can visit cityofcarrollton.com/traffic or find @CarrolltonRoads on Facebook to stay armed with the latest information before they travel within Carrollton.

 

Now is the Time to Start Preparing for Egret Prevention

Many of you may be aware of the challenges we faced in 2011 with migratory birds nesting in residential areas of our community. These challenges were avoided in 2012 through 2016 by developing a strong partnership between City staff and the residents in affected neighborhoods. Nesting season is just a few months away, so it is time to start taking preventative steps to keep these birds from settling into our neighborhoods. We encourage you to join this effort by taking the following steps: trim tree canopy to allow light to shine between limbs and other trees and remove old nesting material. If you identified migratory bird activity in your trees last year, begin thinking now about hanging visual deterrents such as owls, scare-eye balloons, reflective tape, or other similar material in your tree. Report heron and egret activity to Animal Services immediately by calling 972-466-3420.

 

Register Pets with the City to Keep Them Safe

Carrollton Animal Services wishes to remind Carrollton animal owners to register their pets with the City each year. Since proof of rabies vaccination is required with registration, it is convenient to register with the City when animals receive their shots. Identification, convenience, and savings all come with a pet’s City registration tag. A current City tag clearly shows the public that a pet has been vaccinated against rabies. Registered pets may also be quickly reunited with their owners at a lesser fee than those not currently registered.

 

To register by mail, send the rabies certificate and $5 per spayed or neutered pet or $20 per unaltered pet to Carrollton Animal Services or stop in for a tour of the new facility (2247 Sandy Lake Road). Also, for a limited time, stop by with a donation of $10 or more and receive a free t-shirt supporting the animals. For more information, call Animal Services at 972-466-3420 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/animalservices.

 

Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste

Are you unsure of how to dispose of your old paint, fertilizers, used motor oil, or other household chemicals? For Carrollton residents, disposing of your household hazardous waste is easy, free, and you do not have to leave your house! Simply call the Waste Management Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at 1-800-HHW-PKUP (1-800-449-7587) to schedule a collection appointment. You will be sent a kit explaining how to package the items for collection by a customer service representative from Waste Management. For more information on the Household Hazardous Waste Program or to see a list of items that are accepted, visitcityofcarrollton.com/solidwaste.
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Help Carrollton Keep Our Water Clean
Storm water is rainwater or snow melt that flows over surfaces, like parking lots, streets, lawns, and buildings, and then enters the storm drain system by the storm inlets (gutters) located in parking lots and on the sides of streets. The storm drain inlets are designed to remove water from the streets to prevent flooding. The storm water is then discharged to surface waters like creeks, lakes, ponds, and rivers. The water that enters the storm drain system does not get treated before being discharged to the surface waters. Ideally, our storm water should be comprised completely of rainwater. Unfortunately, as rainwater flows over the various surfaces, it picks up contaminants and carries them to surface waters. Contaminants can include motor oil, soap/detergents, paint, trash, pet and human waste, fertilizer, and many other items. These contaminants pollute our surface waters. The result of the pollution can include fines and harmful effects on our drinking water supply, recreation, and wildlife.

Carrollton’s storm water permit from the state requires us to reduce the amount of pollution in our storm water. Carrollton relies heavily on YOU, our residents and businesses, to help keep pollution out of our surface waters and to report violators when you see them. Please call 972-466-3060 to report polluters!

 

Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse: COMMUNICATE. LISTEN. BELIEVE.

The Carrollton Police Department wishes to remind you that child safety is our responsibility as adults, not a burden that children should shoulder by themselves. Research indicates that one in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually abused. Fewer than 10 percent of child victims report. Worse still, 52 percent of child molesters surveyed reported that, when the children did tell, they were able to “talk the adults out of calling the police.” After that, most molested more children.

Sexual abuse starts with a relationship. Offenders gain the child’s trust and friendship. Offenders are clever. They talk to the child about or expose the child to sexual behavior or pornography. If the offender is sneaky enough, the child will not feel uncomfortable. They make it feel good because they know that if they cause pain or fear, the child will tell. Most children don’t tell because they get tricked into thinking they went along with it or caused it. Simply put, children are no match for offenders if the offender is older, more manipulative, or able to control the situation.

Unless parents or caregivers have talked to them, children will not know that what is happening is wrong. The more it happens, the harder it is to tell. Offenders tell children that people won’t believe them, will be angry at them, or will be hurt by the disclosure. They are convincing and children believe them.

The overwhelming majority of child abuse victims are abused by someone they know and trust and their parents would never suspect. Only you can protect your child. Educate yourself and your family about child abuse. Don’t let a child molester do it for you! The first call you make should be to the Police. Police are not concerned with your immigration status when reporting

child abuse. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/police.

 

The Carrollton Public Library Will Send You Reading Suggestions

Discover fresh titles that interest you — Mystery, Business, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fitness, Thrillers & Suspense, Kids’ books, and more! Visitcityofcarrollton.com/library/nextreads, select your topics, and then subscribe for free to receive a monthly or bi-monthly list of books via e-mail, suggested by a Carrollton Public Library librarian. Each title has a brief description and a link to the catalog, so you can check out available e-books (currently only available to Carrollton residents and all Denton County residents) or place a hold to pick up later at either Library with your Library Card!

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