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Free Fall Cooking Class

Fall means family, fun and food! Tastebuds Kitchen is partnering with the Southlake Library to offer a fun cooking class.

Are you ready to make the best of autumn? Harvest is a great time to gather family and friends around the table to make lasting memories. Nothing says home like comfort foods so Tastebuds Kitchen will help you explore basic and more technical cooking skills while showing you how to prepare homey menus to impress. Find this program in Southlake Town Hall, on November 9 from 6-8 PM.

This is a free class for teens and adults but attendance is limited to 40 and registration is required. You can register for this class by emailing the Library at SouthlakeLibrary@ci.southlake.tx.us.

For more information, and to see what other classes are being offered, click here.

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Permits no longer required for garage sales

For the next year, Fort Worth residents will no longer be required to obtain a permit before hosting a garage sale.

The one-year trial was authorized by the City Council. At the end of the trial period, city staff will evaluate the impact, if any, on compliance complaints. If there is no impact, an ordinance amendment will be brought forward.

The city processes more than 16,000 garage sale permits per year. The change will allow staff to spend more time processing building permits and other high-priority work. The volume of building permits has increased 34 percent to over 13,000 annually since 2012.

Residents must still follow city regulations, which have been in place since 1977:

  • Garage sales are allowed only in residential districts.
  • Each household may hold no more than two sales in a calendar year.
  • New merchandise obtained for the purpose of resale is not permitted.
  • A sale cannot last more than three consecutive days.
  • Only one sign, measuring no more than 2 square feet, is permitted and must be located on the sale property.

Code Compliance already enforces the regulations whether a resident has a permit or not.

To report a garage sale violation, call 817-392-1234.

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TCC Hosts Mosaic in Motion Dance Performance, Engages Next Generation of Dancers

As part of TCC’s commitment to Community engagement, Tarrant County College presents the 2017 Mosaic in Motion dance concert, set for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at TCC Northwest (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth, WTLO Theatre).

Mosaic in Motion is an annual Department of Performing Arts tradition and includes performances by TCC Northwest’s Mosaic Dance Project, a student-based touring company. The show features choreography by faculty, guest artists, alumni, and members of Mosaic Dance Project, in various genres including ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop. The

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Cyclists can provide feedback about experiences at city facilities

Fort Worth is applying for recertification in the Bicycle-Friendly Business program, and residents can help by answering a survey. The survey responses will provide valuable insight into the experiences of existing and potential cyclists who work at or visit city facilities.

The survey will be available through Nov. 10.

In 2013, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Fort Worth with a bronze-level Bicycle-Friendly Business award for leading America toward a greener future.

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Sidewalk Closure Notification to Remove Large Bee Hive

Beginning on Monday, October 23, 2017, Southlake Public Works Streets & Drainage will be closing off the sidewalk along the south side of W. Continental Blvd. near the intersection of Independence Parkway.

The sidewalk closure is required to safely relocate a large existing bee hive at the wall of Monticello Estates. The request has been made by the Monticello Estates HOA in order to preserve the bees.

The sidewalk will be closed approximately 50 feet in either direction of the site, and will remain closed for one week while the bees are gathered in a temporary box for transporting. Pedestrians, joggers and cyclists are asked to seek an alternate route during this time. Anyone potentially allergic to bees is asked to avoid the area.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation in order to safely remove and relocate the bee hive.

For questions, please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082.

 

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Take a walk on the wild side at Cross Timbers Trail

City officials grabbed a pair of loppers and cut a vine — rather than the traditional ribbon — to reopen the Cross Timbers Trail at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

Recent work made it possible for the area to be reopened to the public. A levee breach occurred in 1990, and the area was inaccessible to the public until 2004. Several subsequent breaches occurred before the trail was closed altogether in 2015.

The area, also known as Todd Island, is the specific geographic feature that netted the center’s Natural National Landmark designation. It is a 3.5-mile looped trail, portions of which follow an old, unimproved dirt road used in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The ancient Cross Timbers forest is dominated by post oak trees. Research conducted in the 1980s indicated that some trees were more than 250 years old.

Todd Island was formed as a sandbar along an ancient bend in the West Fork of the Trinity River, which resulted in the deep sandy soils that in turn led to the development of the sand-loving Cross Timbers forest.

Notable wildlife observed on the island includes wild turkey, whitetail deer, opossum, armadillo, pileated woodpecker, and barred and great horned owls.

The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is a hidden wilderness of wetlands, forests and prairies near Lake Worth. At more than 3,600 acres, it is one of the largest known municipally-owned nature centers in the United States. The Nature Center was founded in 1964 with a mission to help educate the community in preserving and protecting natural areas through educational programs.

The center features 20 miles of hiking trails and is home to a resident bison herd and prairie dog town, as well as numerous indigenous wildlife species.

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Carroll Education Foundation Gives Back To CISD

The Carroll ISD School Board held a meeting Monday, October 16. The agenda included National Principals Month recognition, a donation presentation from the Carroll Education Foundation and other items.

The meeting began with the recognition of our campus principals for the tireless work they do for the students and staff of Carroll ISD.  Superintendent Dr. David Faltys spoke on the importance of quality leadership on high performing campuses.

“I believe what puts us over the top is our principals.  They are good at the academics, but they understand social aspects of education.  The importance of getting to know kids and getting to know the parents.  They understand what the campus needs to be successful” Faltys said.

Next, the Carroll Education Foundation (CEF) presented the Board and CISD with a check for $112,000.  This donation will fund 33 innovative teaching grants across the district.  These grants will reach across all of Carroll ISD and impact education for all students.  Some of the grants include K-4 Quest Grant that helps students learn how to code robots, high school biology DNA testing and also converting many learning areas across all grades into 21st-century learning spaces. CEF is excited to see this donation go to benefit all Dragons across all campuses.

Other items presented or voted on during the October 16 Board Meeting included:

  • First Reading of the Carroll ISD Education Foundation Memorandum of Understanding (CEF MOU)
  • Trustees heard an update on bond projects and completions from Bond Program Manager John Haugen.
  • Trustees heard an update on the English as a Second Language Program; the program serves 308 students, a 21% increase from 16-17 school year.
  • Board approved Superintendent to enter into contracts with Type 1 Architectural firms that have executed contracts with conditions acceptable to CISD.
  • Trustees approved the resolution adopting the 2017 Certified Property Tax Roll, as presented by Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services.
  • Board approved the purchase of two large activity buses using 2017 Bond funds through a purchasing cooperative contract with BuyBoard.

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City’s flood warning system to expand

More people die each year from flooding than from lightning, tornadoes or hurricanes, and nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related.

Flooding also affects properties in Fort Worth, where from Jan. 1, 2016, through June 1 of this year, 560 FEMA flood claims were filed for damaged property, and more than $275,000 in claims were paid. That’s why it’s important to have a reliable flood warning system in the most flood-prone areas.

Toward its mission of “protecting people and property from harmful stormwater runoff,” the city’s Stormwater Management staff will meet with residents and stakeholders at a public meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave., Room 201, to give an update on progress to the new flood warning system.

The improved flood warning system will use the existing system’s communication infrastructure as much as possible, while making improvements to weather data collection, expand the flood gauge network, add new software, disseminate real-time data to the public and have a flood response plan.

The city’s current flood warning system relies on water level measurements made at 52 low-water crossings throughout the city. Roadside flashers are installed at these locations, to immediately warn drivers of a flood hazard. At the same time, text and email alerts to emergency responders are issued when the water level sensors of each flasher system are triggered from rising water.

A grant from the Texas Water Development Board is providing development support for system improvements, and stormwater utility fees will fund the project, too.

To learn more about the project, contact Ranjan S. Muttiah at 817-392-7919.

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Mark Your Calendar for the Next Crud Cruiser Event

It’s that time of year again! The Crud Cruiser is rolling into town later this month so you have time to clean house and get rid of toxic paints, chemicals, and other hazardous materials that need special handling.

The City of Southlake is again partnering with Fort Worth Environmental, Expanco Documents, Republic Waste and Texas Recovery Systems to provide an easy way for residents to dispose of household hazardous waste, documents and electronics.

On Saturday, October 28, 2017 residents can bring items to the Mobile Crud Cruiser at 1085 South Kimball Avenue (Dragon Stadium) from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or until full. The entry to the event is on the south side of the stadium.

Items that will be accepted:

  • Automotive fluids
  • Batteries
  • Cleaners & chemicals
  • Cooking oil
  • Lawn/garden/pool chemicals
  • Light bulbs
  • Paint & painting supplies. (If you have water based or latex paint you can completely dry out the paint and place it in your regular household trash.)

Texas Recovery Systems will also be onsite to take your old electronics. You can dispose of e-waste items including:

    • CD/DVD drives
    • Cell phones
    • Computers (hard drives, monitors, laptops, cables etc.)
    • Printers, ink cartridges, and keyboards
  • NO TELEVISIONS
  • If you are disposing of a CRT monitor there will be a $10.00 charge. All other items are free of charge

Expanco Documents will be shredding documents on site. Shredding documents helps eliminate or reduce possible identity theft. Take advantage of the opportunity to shred your old documents free of charge. Residents should bring their items to Dragon Stadium and look for our DPS volunteers and staff. They will be on hand to help guide drivers to the appropriate (separate) lines to drop off their disposable items.

The entry for all disposals will be on the south side of the stadium. It’s a fast and convenient way for our residents to drop off any old materials that they want to dispose of in one location. Remember, it will be on a first come, first serve basis until the trucks are full.

Fast Facts From Spring 2017 Event

During the Spring 2017 event, Southlake residents disposed of a large quantity of household products!
  • 15,000 pounds of paint was collected
  • 5,065 pounds of paper was shredded
  • 5,042 pounds of electronics was recycled

If you are not able to make it to the October Crud Cruiser event, hazardous materials are collected at the Fort Worth Environmental Collection Center at 600 Bridge Street in Fort Worth. You can call ahead to verify hours of operation at (817) 392-3279.

If you would like additional information on all of the items that will be accepted for the Crud Cruiser event please visit the Fort Worth Environmental website http://bit.ly/1ly67d6 or contact Renni Burt at 817-748-8349.

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