Carousel public art project dedication set for Nov. 9

Carousel, a sculpture in perforated and painted stainless steel and aluminum, was recently installed in the center of the roundabout at the intersection of East Rosedale Street and Mitchell Boulevard.

A dedication for the artwork is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the corner of Sycamore Park adjacent to the roundabout. Free parking is available in the parking lot near the ball fields at Sycamore Park.

Created by the husband and wife artist team of Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, Carousel stands a little more than 24 feet high and 14 feet in diameter. This stationary Carousel is activated by the experience of driving around it, seeking to turn the ordinary event of traveling the area into a distinctive experience.

The artwork is inspired in part by the artists’ fascination with carousels, which are a delight to children and a source of nostalgia for adults. Its theatrical quality references the Jubilee Theatre, which was originally established in this community, and the theatre department at Texas Wesleyan University. Its six large, colorful parrots are a reference to the mascot of nearby Polytechnic High School and the importance of striving for education at all levels.

An artist talk is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Nov. 9, immediately following the dedication, at Ella Mae Shamblee Library, 1062 Evans Ave.

Hirschfield and Ishii have worked as a team for nearly three decades, and together have created more than 40 public artworks.

Hirschfield teaches at the University of North Carolina and was chair of the Art Department from 2010-2017. He has received major awards from both public and private foundations, including awards from the NEA, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has a long history in public art and currently serves on the Public Art Network Advisory Council.

Ishii began her professional career as an artist on an early design team project in Seattle, Wash. She has received a number of awards, including two North Carolina Artist Fellowships.

Together, Hirschfield and Ishii have created public art projects ranging from freestanding sculpture to sculptural environments. When beginning a project, the artists search for a theme: something about a place that inspires and directs their design. They describe this as finding an inherent truth that lends itself to becoming visual metaphor. Their projects succeed through strong aesthetic designs that engage the viewer in a process of discovery, providing a multifaceted and meaningful experience.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Anne Allen at 817-298-3028.

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Public meeting to discuss proposed frontage road improvements at U.S. 81/U.S. 287

The Texas Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting to discuss proposed improvements to U.S. 81/U.S. 287 from south of Avondale-Haslet Road to I-35W. The meeting will be held 6-8 p.m. Nov. 14 at LifePoint Fellowship Church, 12501 U.S. 287 in Haslet.

The public meeting will be an open house format with no formal presentation. Written comments must be submitted by Nov. 29 to be part of the official record.

The proposed project would add one inside main lane in each direction and convert two-way to one-way frontage roads. The existing interchanges would be reconstructed. Willow Springs Road is proposed to cross under U.S. 81/U.S. 287 main lanes. An interchange is proposed at Heritage Trace Parkway. Wagley Robertson Road would be connected to the proposed frontage roads.

A number of entrance and exit ramp locations would be adjusted to facilitate more efficient access to adjacent properties. Additional right of way and denial of access at ramp locations would be necessary to accommodate the proposed improvements.

To learn more, contact the TxDOT Fort Worth District Office at 817-370-6500.

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Central Library to host Lone Star Film Festival screenings

Celebrate the art of filmmaking with free films hosted at the Central Library during the Lone Star Film Festival.

The Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., is the destination for free short and feature films during the festival. Seating is first-come, first-served and the event is come-and-go throughout the day.

Festival films will be hosted at these dates and times:

  • Nov. 13-15 at 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 16 films will play starting at 10:15 a.m., and additional films will begin at 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Visit the Fort Worth Library’s Facebook Events page for event information and a schedule of films each day.

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Free rides on The Dash extended through the end of the year

Trinity Metro riders can enjoy complimentary rides on The Dash through Dec. 31. The route operates between downtown Fort Worth, the Seventh Street corridor, Crockett Row’s dining and entertainment options, the Cultural District and the newly-opened Dickies Arena.

“We’ve had such a great response from riders who are using our new battery-electric bus service,” said Trinity Metro CEO and President Bob Baulsir. “The feedback has been so positive that we decided to extend free rides on The Dash through the end of the year.”

Since service began on Sept. 22, more than 6,500 passengers have ridden The Dash. Customers enjoy a perimeter seating arrangement that allows for a comfortable and engaging way to visit with friends and other passengers.

The late-night service on Friday and Saturday nights also makes The Dash a popular choice for weekend outings. The Dash operates from 9:22 a.m. to 10:44 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 9:22 a.m. to 12:44 a.m. Friday-Saturday. The full schedule is available on the Trinity Metro website.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, tickets will be $2 one way or $5 for a day pass, which includes all of Trinity Metro’s bus services, Trinity Metro TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express to CentrePort Station.

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United Way of Tarrant County names Leah King president and CEO

United Way of Tarrant County named Leah King president and CEO of the organization, effective Nov. 11. She currently serves as chief operating officer.

King will succeed TD Smyers, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

As president and CEO, King will provide leadership, set strategic direction and ensure operational excellence, in accordance with the values and mission of United Way of Tarrant County. She will be responsible for all aspects of the organization including fiscal oversight, growing financial support, developing processes and policies, facilitating cross-departmental collaboration, and promoting a positive, multi-cultural environment.

“The board of directors is confident Leah will provide the inspired leadership to propel United Way of Tarrant County forward,” said James Powell, chairman of the board of directors for United Way of Tarrant County. “As we look toward the future and assess the role of the organization in the community, there is no one more qualified than Leah to bring together resources and create strong partnerships that confront complex social issues and address systemic challenges.”

Prior to being named president and CEO and as chief operating officer, King was responsible for driving the strategic direction of the organization in the areas of workplace campaign, donor relations, community investment and volunteer engagement. She was instrumental in creating the United Way of Tarrant County’s Strategic Plan and oversaw the development and launch of the 2018-2019 Community Assessment.

Before joining the staff of United Way, King spent her career in the private sector as a public affairs, community relations, investor relations and marketing professional. She currently serves as a director for Cook Children’s Medical Center and on the board of governors for the Fort Worth Club. She is also an active member of the Fort Worth Chapter of The Links Inc. King is a founding member of the United Way of Tarrant County’s Women United and has served as its Women’s Fund development committee chair.

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Resource fair to address veterans’ needs

Tarrant County veterans, active duty military and surviving spouses are invited to attend a free Veteran Resource Fair from 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 8 at the Tarrant County College South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. The event will be in the Student Center.

Connect with a variety of community organizations and learn more about housing, job training, education and medical resources available to veterans and their families. Vendors include Tarrant County Food Bank, Tarrant County Veteran Treatment Court, North Texas Serves-Unite US, VAREP, CLC, Liberty House, Transforming Lives, Family First Counseling, Veteran Affairs VITA, Community Action Partners, Healthy Homes for Heroes and more.

The event is sponsored by the City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department. Breakout sessions will address various topics of interest to veterans. A continental breakfast will be available, and lunch will be provided by In-N-Out Burger. Door prizes will be awarded.

To learn more about the city’s veterans program, call 817-392-7322 or visit the veteran’s services page.

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Celebrate Municipal Courts Week Nov. 4-8

Fort Worth Municipal Court will observe Municipal Courts Week Nov. 4-8. This year’s theme is “Building A Better Future.”

An opening ceremony is scheduled for 8:15-9 a.m. Nov. 4 in the lobby of the A.D. Marshall Public Safety Building, 1000 Throckmorton St. Additional events are scheduled throughout the week during regular court hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Municipal Courts Week is proclaimed by the Texas Legislature to appreciate the contributions that Texas municipal courts make to the safety and well-being of communities.

The public is welcome at any of the events held during the week, including an open house, community engagement activities, educational opportunities and staff appreciation events. Court staff will be available to answer questions about the court’s role in the community. Free traffic safety materials and other items will be given away.

The court will continue its ongoing Safe Harbor initiative, meaning that residents visiting the Municipal Court locations will not be arrested for outstanding Class C warrants issued by the Fort Worth Municipal Court. The November Court in the Community event is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Goodwill Industries, 4005 Campus Drive.

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Fort Worth to observe Arbor Day

Celebrate the start of tree planting season at an Arbor Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 at TCU’s Brown-Lupton University Union courtyard, 2901 Stadium Drive.

Events will include local history and lore related to trees, interpretative tree walks, a tree seedlings giveaway and information booths staffed by the Fort Worth Water Department and Keep Fort Worth Beautiful. The event is sponsored by the City of Fort Worth, TCU and Tree Campus USA.

Arbor Day, the tree planting holiday, originated in 1872 as a proposal by J. Sterling Morton to the State Board of Agriculture of Nebraska. By 1885, Arbor Day was named a legal holiday in Nebraska. The holiday spread to other states and was celebrated by Fort Worth as early as 1905 when Teddy Roosevelt, the first president to visit Fort Worth, planted a tree for Arbor Day at the Carnegie Library grounds.

While most of the nation celebrates Arbor Day in April, Texas observes the day in the fall, which most experts agree is a better time to establish trees.

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Fort Worth says no to litter. Request a speaker to help spread the word

Keep Fort Worth Beautiful would love to speak to your community group or organization about litter prevention. The City of Fort Worth has a series of unique programs addressing the litter problem. Your organization or neighborhood may want to get involved and be a part of the solution.

Residents will learn about the numerous programs that tackle litter through prevention, abatement and awareness. There will also be an opportunity to connect with resources and activities that help make Fort Worth a litter-free city.

There is no charge for this program. Litter-based presentations are great for:

  • Neighborhood association meetings.
  • Homeowner’s association meetings.
  • Lunch and learns.
  • Civic organizations.
  • Nonprofit organizations.
  • Faith groups.
  • “Green” events.

Litter is a blight on the community, and residents must work together to end it. Request a speaker for your next event.

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Is your pumpkin mushy? Here’s how to recycle it

During November, Fort Worth is adding pumpkins, hay hales and corn stalks to the weekly yard waste collection program. Residents can keep these items out of the landfill and put them to good use as mulch.

Here’s how to be ready when the trucks arrive on your street:
Pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks. Remove all decorations. No wax, candles, decorations or lights — these are contaminates and they will not be collected. Place these items in kraft paper yard bags or your green yard cart and roll it to the curb.
Hay bales. Remove all decorations from the bales before placing them at the curb. Twine, string, rope or plastic ties are acceptable. Wires are not acceptable. Hay bales must be placed or stacked on the curb. Accepted hay bales are standard size (14 inches by 18 inches by 48 inches) or smaller. There is a limit of three hay bales per week.

Items not accepted during the November special collection include commercial-size hay bales (usually the large round-shaped bales), scarecrows, wreaths, clothing, lights, brooms, etc. Toss these items in your brown garbage cart.

To learn more, call 817-392-1234 or email Customer Care.

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