Calling all artists. TRWD needs help painting the Trinity

The Tarrant Regional Water District is commissioning art on eight large-scale utilitarian structures along the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth. The goal of the project is to create destinations and chance encounters for trail users with art that reflects the beauty of nature, rivers and water.

Deadline for submissions is March 9. Artists should tell why they are interested in the Painting the River project. An artist must:

  • Have the ability to understand a locale’s sense of place and design in a context-sensitive manner.
  • Demonstrate a successful creative, innovative and effective approach in comparable projects.
  • Exhibit proven mastery or skill in large-scale painting.

Artists will be paid $15 per square foot (minimum 200 square feet).

Learn more on the Trinity Trails website.

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Fort Worth, Arlington partner to provide opportunity to address outstanding warrants

City of Fort Worth Municipal Court and City of Arlington Municipal Court are teaming up so residents can address their outstanding citations with both jurisdictions in one location without fear of arrest for their cases.

Residents can resolve their outstanding cases and may be eligible for alternatives such as community service or a reduction in their fine based on ability to pay.

The dual-city event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 13 at Fort Worth’s East Regional Library, 6301 Bridge St.

“This provides our citizens an expanded opportunity to address their outstanding cases in both jurisdictions,” said William F. Rumuly, interim director of the Fort Worth Municipal Court.

Throughout February, Fort Worth residents have multiple opportunities to resolve their cases at Court in the Community sites across the city:

  • Feb. 12, 9 a.m.-noon, Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.
  • Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-noon, East Regional Library, 6301 Bridge St.
  • Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-noon, Sweet Home Baptist Church, 5225 Ramey Ave.
  • Feb. 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd.
  • Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-noon, Atwood’s Ranch and Home, 6001 Lake Worth Blvd.
  • Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-noon, True Worth Place, 1513 E. Presidio St.
  • Feb 26, 9 a.m.-noon, Boys & Girls Club, 3123 Avenue G.
  • Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-noon, Como Community Center, 4660 Horne St.

“Warrant Forgiveness Month is a great opportunity for people to take care of their outstanding citations. Please come see us,” said Chief Judge Danny Rodgers.

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Animal shelter hosting Valentine’s shelter dog slumber party

No date this Valentine’s Day? Want to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies with a cute, snuggly four-legged companion? We’ve got you covered.

Pick up your date for the night between 3-6 p.m. Feb. 14-15. Light snacks and refreshments will be served, and there will be a spot to get acquainted with pets and plenty of staff to answer questions. Fosters will receive a leash, bag of food and “report card” to help shelter staff gain more information about the weekend foster dog experience.

Studies have shown even one night away from the shelter decreases stress in dogs and increases their adoptability. This also lets staff gain valuable information, helping match dogs with adoptive families.

If there’s a love connection and fosters choose to keep a doggy date for longer than a night, that’s great. Keep them for a weekend, a week or longer.

All animals available for foster are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, up-to-date on vaccines and on flea/tick preventative. Leave your current pet at home, as the shelter can be a stressful place. Staff members have plenty of tips to help introduce foster guests into the home.

It’s not necessary to be a current foster or volunteer to participate. Waivers can be signed at time of pickup.

Pets should be picked up from the main shelter location: Chuck Silcox Adoption Center, 4900 Martin St.

Complete a foster application.

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Fort Worth recertified as StormReady

The City of Fort Worth has been recertified as a StormReady Community by the National Weather Service.

The StormReady program helps arm communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property — before, during and after the event. The program helps communities develop plans to handle all types of extreme weather, from tornadoes to winter storms.

StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.

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Portion of street designated in honor of T Bone Burnett

A portion of Saint Louis Avenue in the Near Southside has been designated in honor of T Bone Burnett, a local entertainment industry legend.

Joseph Henry “T Bone” Burnett III is an Academy Award winner, Golden Globe winner, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award winner and 13-time Grammy Award winner. He was born in St. Louis but was raised in Fort Worth and graduated from Paschal High School. He is one of the most celebrated creative voices from Fort Worth and, due to his contributions to music, film and television, has elevated recognition for the city.

The City Council voted to recognize the legacy of Burnett and his contributions to the film and music industry by designating the portion of St. Louis Avenue between West Vickery Boulevard and West Broadway Avenue in his honor.

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of providing Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

On the 10th anniversary of its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, the United Way of Tarrant County announced the opening of its 12 community tax centers throughout Tarrant County. The tax centers are open through April 30.

VITA is a free income tax preparation program for individuals and households with an income of $58,000 or less. Qualifying individuals receive quality tax preparation services from IRS-certified volunteers.

Find a tax center.

Individuals and families who want to participate in the VITA program should bring these items to the community tax center of their choice:

  • Photo identification.
  • Original Social Security card or ITIN for each person listed on the tax return.
  • Copy of last year’s tax return.
  • All W-2 wage statements.
  • 1099 SSA, 1099-R and 1099-G.
  • Cash income amount and work expenses.
  • 1095 health coverage form.
  • Direct deposit information.

For 10 years, VITA has helped Tarrant County residents with financial stability and resiliency. In 2019, VITA volunteers prepared more than 9,000 returns, helping families receive more than $16 million in tax refunds.

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Street sign toppers program has been redesigned

Have you ever noticed some of the cool street sign toppers that can be seen in neighborhoods like Fairmount, Ridglea Hills and Linwood?

The city program has been redesigned to encourage greater participation, increased community engagement and better visual recognition of registered neighborhood associations. Effective Feb. 22, the street sign topper program will be managed by the Community Engagement Office.

The streamlined process will leverage existing staff resources and includes new opportunities for collaboration among the City Council, community engagement liaisons, neighborhood patrol officers, the Transportation and Public Works Department, and all registered neighborhoods.

The revised program includes these changes:

  • All registered neighborhood associations will be eligible to participate.
  • The online application may now be submitted at no cost by any board member of a registered neighborhood association.
  • Graphic artwork for neighborhood sign toppers will be completed at no cost by city staff.
  • Neighborhood associations will work with their assigned community engagement liaison to ensure the project’s successful completion.
  • Neighborhood associations will be required to involve their full membership throughout the planning, design and installation/celebration phases.
  • City Councilmembers, Neighborhood Patrol Officers and other city staff will assist neighborhood associations during the installation and celebration phases.
  • Completed projects will be showcased in City News and city social media outlets to highlight city/neighborhood partnerships and to recognize the many contributions of registered neighborhood associations.

To learn more about the program, contact the Community Engagement Office at 817-392-6201.

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Panther Island Pavilion’s 2020 schedule is packed

Get out your calendar and make sure Panther Island Pavilion events are penciled in.

An eclectic bunch of events are coming to the outdoor event venue. The schedule is packed with old favorites and exciting new events that will keep revelers coming back all year long.

New this year

  • Syndicate Smokedown (April 25). Cowtown’s premier barbecue competition hosted by the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate. Featuring cold beer, live music and, of course, barbecue.
  • Go Texan Food, Wine & Art Festival (May 8-9). This event brings more than 30 local wineries with a selection of more than 250 wines, plus 50 local artists and vendors, craft beer from local breweries and live music from local talent.
  • River and Blues Festival (May 15-16). Two days of country and blues featuring a mix of old favorites and new talent like Maddie & Tae, Charley Crockett, Grady Spencer & the Work, Bart Crow and many more acts.

Panther Island Pavilion schedule

Cowtown Cook-Off & Music Festival, March 27-28.
Water Lantern Festival, April 4.
March for Babies, April 18.
Syndicate Smokedown, April 25.
El Fuerte FW Taco Fest, May 2.
Go Texan Food, Wine & Art Festival, May 8-9.
River and Blues Festival, May 15-16.
Great Strides, May 17.
Third Annual Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta, June 12.
Juneteenth 5K & Festival, June 13.
Tour de Cure: North Texas, June 20.
Cody Johnson Throwdown, June 27.
Sunday Funday, Sundays June 28-Sept. 6.
Fort Worth’s Fourth, July 4.
Rockin’ the River, Saturdays July 11-Aug. 8.
St. Jude Walk/Run, Sept. 19.
Fort Wurst Corporate Night, Sept 23.
Oktoberfest Fort Worth, Sept. 24-26.
Oktoberfest Fort Worth Run Und Ride, Sept 26.
Texas Cigar & Spirits Tasting, Oct. 10.
Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K & Walk, Oct. 17.
Walk to End Alzheimers, Oct. 31.
JDRF One Walk, Nov. 14.
Pumpkin Spice 5K, 10K and Half, Nov. 21.

See the full lineup.

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Learn how PeopleFund can help businesses that improve healthy food access

The City of Fort Worth and PeopleFund are partnering to ensure Fort Worth small-business owners have financing to create more opportunities for healthy food access.

PeopleFund will host a Healthy Heart Lunch & Learn at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13 at the EnVision Center at Martin Luther King Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive. The event will feature a free plant-based catered lunch from Green Envy along with information about supporting healthy food access and capital opportunities for small businesses.

The program will highlight options for businesses, how to engage with financial institutions and how to improve a credit and business plan to attract new funding opportunities. There will be information about special loan products and interest rate discounts for small businesses offering healthy food access.

Blue Zones Project Fort Worth is sponsoring the lunch.

RSVP online.

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Voting closes soon for renaming of local library

The Fort Worth Public Library is choosing a new name for the eSkills Learning Center branch, 2800 Stark St. in Council District 5.

The top five names:

  • Eastside Library.
  • Meadowbrook Library.
  • Eastern Hills Library.
  • Handley Library.
  • East Meadowbrook Library.

Cast your vote online, then mark your calendar for a March 7 celebration and unveiling of the new name.

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