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Springing Forward

  It seems like, for once, the time change that happens this time of year has actually coincided with the change of seasons. Scarcely a month ago, we were breaking up thick ice covering our windshields and wading through sixCity Manager Gary D. Greer inches of snow to get to work. Now, Spring is literally in the air, with white buds from pear trees flying in the wind as the "greening" of our north Texas landscape appears to be in full swing.

  There is no better time of year to be in Farmers Branch, to soak up the natural beauty of this "City in a Park" than right after the desolation of winter gives way to the eternal hope of spring. It is a wonderful time to take a stroll along Rawhide Creek, wander through the National Earthkind Rose Garden at Gussie Field Watterworth Park or to join us at the Farmers Branch Historical Park in celebration of a quarter century of their own history ... and to see how Derrick Birdsall is doing in the log cabin, without air conditioning, insulated windows or cable TV.

  Whatever your preference, get out there and enjoy Farmers Branch in the springtime! Triple digits will be here soon enough.




 Catching air ...

Catching Air ...

Farmers Branch Skate Park turns one amidst bursting popularity 

FARMERS BRANCH ~ With one year, and a lot of air, under its belt, the Farmers Branch Skate Park continues to draw skaters and spectators to Gino Gotellithe fenced course near the Community Recreation Center at 14050 Heartside Place.


Rec Leader Gino Gotelli said an average of 20 to 40 skaters and spectators come to the park each day with many of them being repeat, or daily, users. "During the year, we've had people come from all over the Metroplex to skate the park," Gino said. "The park usually fills up for 'Film Me Fridays' when we film those who want to show their skills, then edit them together for YouTube."


When daily skaters were asked what the park means to them, they were adamant in their answers. "Paradise," said Kevin Castro. "It's the funnest thing by my house." Jacob Gomez said he likes "everything" about the park. "It reminds me of skating the streets."


Skaters can look forward to new equipment coming to the park in the near future, to include an extension to the "mini" deck, a three-foot bank to quarter transfer, an "A" rail and a pole jam (described as a rail extending diagonally from the ground).


The Farmers Branch Skate Park is open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.


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Tickets on sale, no foolin'

Liberty Fest concert tickets available online April 1


FARMERS BRANCH ~ Tickets for Liberty Fest 2011 concerts, featuring 38 Special, Spin Doctors and Rick Springfield will go on sale, online only, Liberty Fest 2011Friday, April 1 at


38 Special will get Liberty Fest underway Friday night, May 27 with a concert at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. The weekend will conclude Saturday night, May 28 with a featured show from 80s icon, Rick Springfield with special guests, Spin Doctors.


Advance tickets will be $10 for each night with a $5 discount coupon available at participating Liberty Fest sponsors. Go to for a list of sponsor locations. Tickets will be $15 at the gate.


Additional tickets will be on sale at Farmers Branch City Hall and at the Community Recreation Center beginning April 8.

Tax deadline looms
AARP tax assistance available through April 12


FARMERS BRANCH ~  With the federal Income Tax filing deadline coming ever-so-close, free assistance is available to Farmers Branch residents from trained AARP volunteers on Tuesdays at the Senior Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and at the Manske Library on Tuesdays, from 1 until 7 p.m.
Those requesting assistance should bring their documents to either facility during those time frames. No appointment is necessary but the last day for assistance is April 12.

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In the Banner

Celebrating 25

As the Farmers Branch Historical Park celebrates its 25th Anniversary, it seemed appropriate for the banner to bear the image of the iconic Railroad Depot with celebratory fireworks bursting above it. Although, there were not actually fireworks involved in the celebration (the photo was taken a few Fourth of Julys ago), the imagery seemed to set the mood. The celebration continues through April 1. See the schedule of events below. 


Hybrid Photo by Derrick Birdsall & Tom Bryson

Historical Park 25th Anniversary 



March 30
Music Around the Campfire featuring local bluegrass favorites, "Blue Moon Drive"
March 31
Ladies Night: Beginning Crochet & Knitting & Exhibit of Local Handmade Goods & Tea and Cakes
April 1
Boys Night: Card Games, Coffee & Cobbler



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Derrick Cabin Cam Day 1

Derrick Cabin Cam Day 1

Derrick Cabin Cam Day 2

Derrick Cabin Cam Day 2

Derrick Cabin Cam Day 3

Derrick Cabin Cam Day 3

Derrick Cabin Cam Day 4

Derrick Cabin Cam Day 4

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Early Voting for May 14 City Election 

Mon thru Sat, May 2-7

8 am to 5 pm



Sun, May 8

1 to 6 pm



Mon & Tue, May 9-10

7 am to 7 pm



Early voting at

Farmers Branch City Hall 13000 Wm Dodson Pkwy


LBJ Express 

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LBJ Express will hold an

Open House

@ Sheraton Dallas North Hotel, April 21 from 1-8 pm


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