Upcoming event helps residents take care of outstanding warrants

Fort Worth Municipal Court will conduct a Safe Harbor initiative, meaning residents may visit without fear of arrest for outstanding warrants issued by the Municipal Court.

The Court in the Community event will be held 1-4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Good will Industries of Fort Worth, 4005 Campus Drive. The event is open to the public, but only the first 100 in line will be admitted.

Residents who plan to request alternatives to payment should bring all supporting documents for their request:

  • Time served. Bring booked-in and booked-out paperwork.
  • Community service/indigence documentation that shows you do not have the financial means to pay your warrants.
  • Time payment plans.
  • Two forms of identification.

To learn more, call 817-332-7866, ext. 2179.

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Take extra care of pets during freezing temperatures

Pet owners, take a few extra steps to ensure your pets are well-protected during freezing temperatures.

Fort Worth animal welfare ordinances require that all pets have access to an adequate warm and dry shelter and access to water and food.

The ASPCA provided these cold-weather tips for pets:

  • Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure they have plenty of water to drink will help keep them well-hydrated and their skin less dry.
  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for pets, so keep animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost or injured.
  • Don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

To report animals who may be in distressed situations, call 817-392-1234 or email the Call Center.

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“Create, Connect and Care” at 19th Art in the Square April 27–29

Art, music, food and fun return to Southlake Town Square for the 19th annual Art in the Square, Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.

Art in the Square will showcase the artwork of over 160 internationally renowned artists, local emerging artists and aspiring high school artists. Hosted by the Southlake Women’s Club, the community fundraiser will benefit women, children and families in Northeast Tarrant County. The family-friendly event will offer free admission as well as free parking in Town Square’s parking lots and garages.

Ranked 8th in the nation’s top 10 art festivals of 2018 by the renowned Art Fair SourceBook, Art in the Square has evolved into one of the most popular art festivals in the country. With hundreds of art pieces on display and for purchase, the event celebrates all artists, from recognized professionals to up-and-comers. Even area high school students will participate in a juried Youth Art in the Square, and the winner will have his or her artwork displayed in the rotunda of the State Capitol for one week.

In addition to offering the best in visual arts, Art in the Square will also feature a continuous lineup of musicians and performing artists on two stages throughout the weekend. The Main Stage will offer performances from some of the hottest acts, starting with The Walton Stout Band on Friday, April 27 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday is Tribute Day, with two headliners celebrating the creative idols of yesteryear: Free Fallin will honor the work of Tom Petty at 7:00 p.m., and Chase & Ovation will perform A Salute to the Music of Prince at 9:00 p.m. The Gazebo Stage will feature local talent and family entertainment.

Art in the Square is a family festival with plenty of fun for children of all ages. Young children can have hands-on art experiences in the Kids Korner, while The Zone will host a variety of thrills for teens and ‘tweens, including inflatables, a rock climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and more.

Guests looking for a bite to eat will want to head over to Le Bistro for festival favorites like BBQ, pizza, funnel cake, chicken on a stick and more. Route 66, conveniently located on Main Street in front of Malouf’s and Mi Cocina, will also offer delicious food, fabulous art and great street entertainment. Quench your thirst at one of four beverage stations, or stop by one of the many lemonade stands throughout the event for a refreshing treat.

For additional information, including event hours, a map and an entertainment schedule, visit www.artinthesquare.com.

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City routinely conducts testing for lead in water at day care centers

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The City of Fort Worth will present a series of informative articles during the week. The theme of this year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.

With children spending more time in day care facilities, safety and sanitation is a top priority. Testing for lead in drinking water at day care facilities is also important because children spend a lot of time in these facilities and are very likely to consume water while there.

Fort Worth’s Code Compliance Department has been inspecting commercial day care centers since an ordinance took effect in 1992. Testing for lead in the drinking water is part of those inspections.

Even though water delivered from the city’s public water supply must meet federal and state standards for lead, a building’s plumbing may contribute to elevated lead levels in drinking water.

Lead is a toxic metal that can cause permanent health damage, especially in children under 6. Young children staying at day care centers are constantly using tap water and are at a greater risk of being exposed to lead and copper if the water pipes are leaking those metals.

The city’s health inspectors test the tap water in day care centers to identify potential risks of lead and copper exposure to children. This allows the operator to remediate the risk before they open for business.

The city inspects 220 permitted day care facilities. Inspections are conducted before issuing a health permit. Additionally, day care centers will be inspected when there’s a change of ownership, if they are newly built, when water pipes have been repaired or replaced or when a complaint arises.

Learn more.

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Tarrant County College Partners with North Texas Specialty Physicians to Train Health Care Professionals

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 17, 2017)
In keeping with its longstanding commitment to equip workers to fill jobs in high demand careers, Tarrant County College has partnered with The North Texas Specialty Physicians Holding Company, LLC. (NTSP), to provide job training funded by a $248,757 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
The grant will develop and enhance new and existing skills with a health care focus in customer service, data administration, sales and leadership for NTSP employees. Provided solely by TCC, training will benefit 215 participants, including 62 new hires.
TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez will present a check to TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, Ph.D. and North Texas Specialty Physicians representatives during a ceremony in Fort Worth.
Friday, Jan. 20
10 a.m.
Tarrant County College Opportunity Center
5901 Fitzhugh Avenue, Room 1330
Fort Worth, TX 76119

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TCC Launches Health Care Lecture and Workshop Series: “The River Speaks”

Friday, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m. to noon Trinity River Campus East, 245 E. Belknap Street, Fort Worth 76102

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 17, 2016) – Renowned health care professionals will focus on contemporary health care issues and their impact on the industry during the inaugural Trinity River Speaks Lecture and Workshop series Friday at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus East. Breakfast and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m.
After TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini and Trinity River Campus President Sean Madison conclude their opening remarks, Joshua W. Gatson, Ph.D., assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Neurological Surgery in the Burns, Trauma Critical Care Division, will give the opening keynote at 9 a.m. Gatson will speak about “Traumatic Brian Injury Critical Care and Implications for Health Care Professionals.”
Sponsored by TCC’s Division of Health Care Professions, the lecture series will provide health care students from various colleges and universities the opportunity to learn firsthand from and interact with key leaders and practitioners in the health care workforce, public health sectors and medical research centers.
“Trinity River Campus is presenting its first colloquium for inter-professional education. The conference will unpack the latest research advancements in the treatment of neurological conditions,” said Joseph Cameron, TCC Dean of Health Care Professions. “It will also review neurological case scenarios, focusing on community and public health, as well as highlighting nursing neuroscience practices and clinical care perspectives.”
Health care professionals from throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area are invited to join TCC faculty and students from educational disciplines including Nursing, Health Information Technology, Long Term Care Administration, Surgical Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care and Physical Therapist Assistance as they glean firsthand knowledge from the “best of the best in their areas of expertise,” Cameron said.
Other topics to be discussed include:

  • “Healthy Lives Matter and the Importance of Public Health Volunteerism,” presented by Alzheimer’s Association Program Manager Shelly Young and Leon Polk and Roderick Miles from the office of Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks.
  • “Zika and the Brain,” presented by Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja.
  • “Neuroscience Nursing Practice and Scenarios,” presented by Linda Martin, D.N.P., associate professor of professional practice, Texas Christian University Nursing Harris College of Nursing and social worker Dominicia Morgan, Brentwood Health.

Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is required to ensure seating and parking accommodations. Register at: www.theriverspeaks.com.

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We Care About Your Air

With the days getting hotter, the City of Southlake is partnering with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to bring to its residents the most up-to-date information regarding safety concerns in the air quality.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a scale that has numerical values and corresponding colors, and it is based on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Each NAAQS pollutant has a separate AQI scale. We can use this scale to measure ozone levels in the air.

The scale specifically measures ground-level ozone and is found at ground-level. It is created by a chemical reaction between oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when sunlight is present. When the days get hotter, ground-level ozone levels become a concern because inhaling too high of an amount of ground-level ozone for several hours is toxic and can cause acute respiratory health effects. The months from March through November are considered the ozone forecast season in the state of Texas.  The day when the ozone level is favorable for high, is considered an “Ozone Action Day”.

By partnering with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the City of Southlake is ensuring that their residents receive the most updated information regarding Ozone Action Days. To receive these update upon arrival, follow the City of Southlake on Twitter or “like” the City of Southlake page on Facebook.

For more information regarding the Air Quality Index and ozone levels, please visit the TCEQ website.

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Wise Water Use and Lawn Care Events – Spring 2016

This spring, the City of Soutlake will be focused on promoting wise water use in and outside your home.

This March and April 2016, the City of Southlake is promoting several events that encourage wise water use and conservation inside and outside your home. The lists of events include:

“Fix a Leak” Week (March 14-20): This annual event aims to empower individuals to take control of water use in their homes by identifying and fixing common sources of water leaks. Beginning the week of March 14, a display will be in the lobby of Town Hall that shows helpful tips on identifying and fixing common household leaks. In addition, there will be several free items at tables near the display that will help you identify leaks, save water and save money.

The “Get to Know Your H2O” Forum (March 29): The conversation about water doesn’t stop once Fix a Leak Week is over. Join us March 29, 2016 at 6:00PM for the “Getting to Know Your H2O” forum to be held in the City Council Chambers of Town Hall. Come to the event and engage experts in a discussion about water use and conservation and hang around the lobby and learn what you can do to take control of your water use all year ’round.

Texas SmartScape™ Plant Sale (April 23): Searching for the best candidates for your landscape? Texas SmartScape™ will help you identify native or adaptive plants that can thrive with less water. This means you can save money and still have a beautiful yard. Go to the Southlake Home Depot at 300 S. Village Center Drive from 8:00am to 12:00pm on April 23rd to get ideas and tips for landscaping by talking with a master gardener, plant expert, or irrigation specialist.

Learn and Grow @ Bob Jones Nature Center (April 30): This free workshop at the Bob Jones Nature Center is all about lawn care. Speaker Dr. Dotty Woodson from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will discuss lawn care maintenance, the benefits of native and adaptive plants, and sprinkler system quick fixes. Space is limited for this workshop. RSVP with Leigh Langford at 817-491-6333 or llangford@bjnc.org.

Take control of your water use and come join us in March and April for any or all of these events!

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