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Free Community Engagement Quarterly Workshops are beginning throughout the City of Fort Worth!

by Brenda Pinner, Community Engagement Liaison, Communications & Public Engagement

This is a chance for us to partner with some of our other Departments once again and even Tarrant County and a chance for more of our neighbors to join these workshops where they choose in order to stay connected and keep learning. Please pass this along!

I would personally like to invite you to my workshop on the East side of Fort Worth!

Saturday, July 20

9:30 a.m. - 12p.m.

University of Texas Arlington Research Institute (UTARI)

7300 Jack Newell Blvd S, Fort Worth, TX 76118

Workshop 1: Partnering with Your Neighborhood Patrol Officer

Workshop 2: Building Unified Communities – One Culture at a Time!

A huge THANK YOU to my Co-Hosts, Woodhaven Neighborhood Association and White Lake Hills Neighborhood Association!! There will be refreshments and snacks!

Registration is required for these so please go online here to register yourself

Or you may register by giving me a call at 817-392-2043 or replying to this email and I can register you. Hope to see you there!

Brenda Pinner, Community Engagement Liaison

Communications & Public Engagement

Office: 817-392-2043


Educational event for pre-teen and teen girls in the Fort Worth area

Alcon – the global leader in eye care headquartered in Fort Worth – is hosting its first-ever Eye STEM Academy: Girls Day 2019 on July 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alcon’s Fort Worth Campus.

At this free, all-day event, girls ages 10-15 will learn about eye care and other STEM-related careers through interactive science projects, hands-on activities and interaction with Alcon leaders, scientists and engineers. With school out for summer, it’s a great way for young women to keep their STEM knowledge sharp, while learning about how the human eye works and how science can help improve sight. It’s also a great opportunity for busy parents to get their children out of the house for a day of learning and fun!

What: 2019 Alcon Eye STEM Academy

Where: Alcon Fort Worth Headquarters,
6201 S. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76134

When: July 19, 2019, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: FREE (lunch included!)

Rockin' the River is an all-day party

Posted July 3, 2019

people in river festival

Enjoy the tubing and free concert series right on the Trinity River.

Whether you float up to Texas’ only waterfront stage or chill on the shore, Rockin’ the River is the coolest seat in town this summer.

The popular music and tubing series, in its ninth year, is back at Panther Island Pavilion. Enjoy 30 bands over six weeks, including top Texas country acts, a little rock and soul and a fireworks show to round it off.

Each week, gates open at 1 p.m. with five bands playing back-to-back sets beginning about 2:15 p.m. on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage. After the headlining band finishes at 8:25 p.m., the party moves to the shore with the fifth band playing on the Southshore Stage.

In addition to live music on two stages, food and beverage options will be available for purchase, as well as tube and watersport rentals. Each event ends with a fireworks show on the banks of the Trinity River.

Acts throughout the summer include Kody West, Cory Morrow, Prophets & Outlaws, Zane Williams and more. View the full band lineup and other details. The concerts run July 6-Aug. 10.

Share input on Neighborhood Services Department’s
Annual Action Plan

Posted July 1, 2019

The Neighborhood Services Department wants to hear from residents about its 2019-20 Annual Action Plan.

The plan summarizes the proposed activities and expenditures for several important programs:

  •     Community Development Block Grant.
  •     Home Investment Partnerships.
  •     Emergency Solutions Grant.
  •     Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.

The last public hearings are scheduled for residents to share input: Aug. 6, 7 p.m., City Council Chamber, City Hall, 200 Texas St.

Residents are encouraged to view the plan online.PDF File Hard copies are available at Fort Worth community centers and library branches.

Written comments may be submitted through July 31. Mail to Neighborhood Services, 200 Texas St., Fort Worth, TX 76102; email to Sharon Burkley; fax to 817-392-7328.

To learn more about the annual action plan, contact Sharon Burkley at 817-392-5785.

Celebrate Smart Irrigation Month during July with a free moisture meter

The Water Department is giving away free moisture meters at participating libraries in July to celebrate Smart Irrigation Month.

Smart Irrigation Month is hosted by the Irrigation Association and encourages water conservation in the landscape. Follow these easy steps to avoid wasting water:


  •  Get in the zone. Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system to account for type of sprinkler, sun or shade exposure and soil in that section. Different zones will almost always need different watering schedules.
  •  Consider soil type. Type of soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering more than the soil can absorb causes runoff and waste.
  •  Don’t send water down the drain. Set sprinklers to water plants, not your driveway, sidewalk, patio or buildings.
  •  Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus.
  •  Water at the best time. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are lower — typically between the evening and early morning.
  •  Water more often for shorter periods. For example, setting your system to run for three, five-minute intervals lets soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time, reducing runoff.
  •  Adapt watering to the season. Familiarize yourself with the settings on your irrigation controller and adjust the watering schedule regularly based on seasonal weather conditions. Or invest in a smart controller so your system can make these changes automatically.

Moisture meters are available throughout July. Limit one per household. Call 817-392-8740 or email the Water Department for a list of participating locations.

Swim Safe Program aims to stop drownings

To help educate Fort Worth residents on water safety, the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, of which the Fort Worth Fire Department is a member, is sponsoring these upcoming Safe Swim programs:

  • July 23-25
    McDonald Southeast YMCA, 2701 Moresby St.

Class cost is $10 per student and includes parent/chaperone on-deck safety training. Get registered.

More cool summer fun

Here’s more aquatic-related information you need to know:

    Summer music series. 6-10 p.m. July 20. Enjoy a night of fun, with music played by local musicians, food and swimming. Proceeds help support the North Texas music scene at historic Forest Park Pool in a unique family setting. Cost is $8 pre-pay or $10 day-of admission. Family and group discounts are available.

    Pool rentals. Need a venue for a summer birthday, graduation party or family get-together? Whatever the occasion, Fort Worth’s Forest Park Pool and Marine Park Pool can serve your need. Priced affordably, these facilities can make for a fun and memorable summer evening. Check available dates, as reservations go quickly. Cost is $400 for two hours (7-9 p.m.) on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. The price includes staff costs.

    Pavilion rentals. Whether you need a place to gather that’s fun for the entire group, or you want to make sure your pool party has a table, consider renting a large pavilion at Marine Park Aquatic Center or Forest Park Pool during normal operating hours to guarantee that your group has a spot. Check the website for available dates. Cost is $75 during general operating hours (1-5 p.m.).


Fort Worth  to improve recycling quality in North Texas cities

Carter the blue recycling cart is the face of the regional campaign.

In Fort Worth, recycling is a priority and residents are proud of their recycling efforts. But we must continue to do better. With a goal to improve recycling across the region, the city is partnering with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and surrounding cities and counties to launch the “Know What to Throw” education campaign.

Recycling has been around since the 1970s, and we know that it’s good for the environment, creates jobs and economic markets, and it keeps reusable materials from sitting in limited landfill space forever. But did you know that recycling the wrong way is just as harmful as not recycling at all?

“Know What to Throw” is a fun campaign that will remind residents about the correct items to recycle and what should go in the brown trash cart or be recycled somewhere else beyond the curb cart. Look for Carter, an animated illustration in the shape of a blue recycling cart who also serves as the mascot of “Know What to Throw.” He’ll be sharing great tips and help everyone become better recyclers through a large social media campaign by participating North Texas cities.

To kick off the campaign, the city’s code compliance team is encouraging residents to take the “Do You Know What to Throw?” quiz. Test your recycling skills, then share it with a friend.


Outdoor Exercise and Workout Sessions

Eastside Trainers:  Beverly Sims & Charla Kelsey


Nolan Catholic
High School
4501 Bridge St.,
Fort Worth, 76104

M, T, TH. 5:30 am
Charla Kelsey

Lowery Rd.
7600 Lowrey Rd.
Fort Worth, Tx 76120

T, TH. 5:00 pm
& 6:15 pm
Charla Kelsey

Bethel Temple
6801 Meadowbrook Dr.,
Fort Worth, Tx 76112

M, W, F.  5:30 am
Beverly Sims

Meadowbrook Middle School
2001 Ederville Rd. S.,
Fort Worth, Tx 76103

M,W at 5:00 pm
Beverly Sims

Primary Trainer - Fort Worth

P: 817-980-0576

Partner Trainer - Fort Worth
cell 817-307-0258

Learn how to make the disability vote count at July 19 luncheon

Posted July 3, 2019

a woman votes from her car

Learn about curbside-assisted voting during
the July 19 event.

City of Fort Worth—The Fort Worth Mayor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities is joining the National REV UP campaign to “make the disability vote count” by hosting a lunch-and-learn where attendees can learn about important legislative issues impacting the disability community and new voting equipment and procedures that will make it easier to cast a ballot.

There will also be a voter registration station and a demo of curbside-assisted voting.

The event is at 11:30 a.m. July 19 at Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave., in Room 201 A-B.

The program begins at noon, but attendees are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to check in and pick up reserved lunches. Guests may register for the event online.

The REV UP campaign, organized by the American Association of People with Disabilities, is a nonpartisan initiative to increase the political power of the disability community. There were 35.4 million eligible voters with disabilities in 2016 — and when family members in the same household are included, that number jumps to 62.7 million eligible voters or about 25% of the total electorate.

A politically-engaged disability community can raise awareness with local elected officials about the rights, needs and desires of people with disabilities who live in their community.

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