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New Aquatics Center Opening Announcement Coming Next Week
Memo from the MANAGER

CityWide CleanUp YearRound


   About this time last year, we staged our annual CityWide CleanUp Day at Oran Good Park with document shredding, old prescription medication dropoff, electronics recycling and household hazardous waste collection.

   The response from the community was overwhelming, literally.

   While we were wonderfully gratified that our citizens want these services and had been informed through our communication channels about the event, we had no idea that the resulting response would translate to such long lines for some of you.

   We think we have a solution that both satisfies the need for these services while improving them overall.

   First of all, CityWide CleanUp will no longer be one specific day. Rather, it will be an ongoing project, offering these various services in different locations throughout the year. Let me be specific.

   Electronics Recycling is now available every week at the Citizen Collection Center, 1399 Valley View Lane, west of Luna Road. Hours are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Find out more about what can and cannot be dropped off at

   A Prescription Medication Drop Off container is now located in the lobby of the Farmers Branch Justice Center and is available every Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. This is designed for prescription patches, tablets, vitamins, samples, pet medications and over-the-counter meds. They cannot accept needles, business medications, thermometers, inhalers, lotions or liquids and aerosol cans. Call the Police Department for more info at 972.484.3620.

   There will be two Document Shredding events coming up this year with the first scheduled for Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at City Hall. These events are designed for residential use only. The second event will be coming up this fall.

   Finally, Household Hazardous Waste collection is not something we've been able to offer every year as it is subject to Dallas County's mobile collection schedule. However, we have secured a date for this year - Saturday, June 27 with a time and location to be announced. Beyond that, Farmers Branch residents can take Household Hazardous Waste to the Dallas county Home Chemical Collection Center every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (along with some Saturdays). hours may vary. Call 214.553.1765 for more information.

   We believe that this more diversified schedule of multiple events will serve our citizens well. For more information, call City Hall at 972.247.3131.


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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Helping to put City of Farmers Branch information and resources at the fingertips of citizens, the Farmers Branch Mobile App for smartphones and tablets has debuted in Apple's App Store and on the Android Marketplace.
MyFBTX Mobile App for Smartphones and Tablets
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MyFBTX Mobile App for Smartphones and Tablets
   Entitled "MyFBTX," the mobile application is free and gives users immediate access to City news, special event information, a list of facilities and their locations, an update on street projects happening under the 2014 bond issue and a current listing of adoptable cats and dogs, with pictures, from the Farmers Branch Animal Adoption Center.
   Additionally, the App seamlessly integrates with the City's social media sites on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. There is access to a page of Frequently Asked Questions along with access to the City's full website and a list of current job openings with the City of Farmers Branch. 
   One of the most requested items is under "Report It," where users can access the same Code Enforcement online reporting form that can be found on the full website. 
   The "MyFBTX" App was developed by the City's Communications office, working with a committee of other departments and was built by the City's website vendor, Civic Plus, allowing reasonably seamless interaction with sections of the full website. 
   To download the "MyFBTX" app, visit the App Store for iPhones and iPads or the Android Marketplace.   

Aquatics Center schedules job fair for part-time & seasonal workers 


FARMERS BRANCH AQUATICS CENTER ~ Anyone interested in part-time or seasonal work at the all-new Farmers Branch Aquatics Center is invited to attend a Job Fair set for Monday and Tuesday, April 13 & 14 at the Community Recreation Center, 14050 Heartside Place.
   Sessions will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. each evening.
   The new Aquatics Center, located adjacent to the Community Recreation Center, is set to be completely open on May 23 when the outdoor, summer-season "Frog Pond" opens to the public. The indoor, year-round, Margaret Young Natatorium is planned for a soft opening later this month.
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   Aquatics Manager Miklos Valdez said positions are available for head lifeguards, lifeguards, grounds maintenance crew as well as positions for concessions and ticket booth.

   For more information on available positions or to find out more about the new Aquatics Center, visit or call 972.919.8766.


Date Night in the Park adds Craft Beer Tasting for spring event


HISTORICAL PARK ~ In addition to the food trucks, music and outdoor movie, the popular "Date Night in the Park," set for Saturday, April 25 at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, will add a Craft Beer Tasting opportunity for this year's event.
   Historical Park gates open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. Ty Mayfield will provide live music beginning at 7 and the movie, "St. Vincent" will begin at dusk.
   Tastings will be available for all craft beers for $2 each. Scheduled to be on hand are:
Childcare is available at the Community Recreation Center for $10 per child but advance registration is required at 972.247.4607.

Derrick Birdsall
First one in
Wednesday morning saw longtime Parks and Recreation supporter Margaret Young take the honorary first swim in the new Natatorium that will bear her name. The Margaret Young Natatorium is nearing completion as part of the new Farmers Branch Aquatics Center. An opening announcement on the Natatorium is expected next week. The entire complex, including the summer swim season 'Frog Pond' will celebrate its grand opening May 23.
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Citizenship classes resume in April


MANSKE LIBRARY ~ In partnership with the Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. the Farmers Branch Manske Library will resume citizenship classes April 8.
   Classes to prepare for the United States citizenship test will be free, but seating is limited. Students must register by calling Rigo Aguilar at 972.974.1483. Classes are held at the Library on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for 10 weeks. Recent classes were attended by students from Mexico, Ghana and Vietnam.
   For more information call the Library at 972.247.2511.  

Opera comes to the Library, April 25


MANSKE LIBRARY ~ The Brookhaven College Opera and Musical Theater Workshop will be performing at the Farmers Branch Manske Library on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m.
   The group is comprised of talented singers and actors who perform scenes from famed operas and musicals. The performers are students, and the program consists of dramatic and comedic solos and group numbers. 
   This performance is free and open to the public. For more information call the Library at 972.247.2511.

Award-winning poet to return for reading


MANSKE LIBRARY ~ Award-winning poet R. Flowers Rivera will be reading excerpts from her recent publication Heathen at the Farmers Branch Manske Library on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. 

   Currently a resident of McKinney, R. Flowers Rivera completed a Ph.D. in English at Binghamton University. Her work has been anthologized in Mischief, Caprice & Other Poetic Strategies and published in several journals. 

   Rivera was awarded the 2009 Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Poetry in association with the Taos Summer Writers Conference. 

   This reading is free and open to the public. For more information call the Library at 972.247.2511. To learn more about Rivera and her work, visit her website

   For more information call the Library at 972.247.2511. 


Volume 5 | Edition 14 | Number 215
Wednesday, April 8, 2015  
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Updated NEWS
RAWHIDE CREEK ~ An annual rite of spring in Farmers Branch, the annual Fishin' Fun event returns to the banks of Rawhide Creek, near City Hall, on Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. til 12 noon.
   Rawhide Creek will be stocked with a ton of fish waiting for young anglers (16 and under). 
   The event is free of charge and no registration is required. Additionally, there will be a kayaking area further downstream that has proved to be very popular. 
   Fishing will take place between 8 and 10 a.m. with an awards ceremony at 10:30. The free KidZone and kayaking will continue until 12 noon.
   Kids are welcome to bring their own gear or to borrow from the inventory of rods and reels on hand. For more information, call 972.919.1444.
FARMERS BRANCH ~ Storybook tales collide in the epic musical "Into the Woods," to be presented by the Firehouse Theatre on select nights April 16 through May 3.
   Based on the book by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the show was recently translated to a highly successful film version.
   For reservations or ticket information, call 972.620.3747 or visit
Tom Bryson
Frog's Home
The giant frog that graced the side of Don Showman Pool for decades, and served as the inspiration for the new 'Frog Pond' summer season aquatic facility, was returned to his new perch along the lazy river at the new center. Parks and Recreation Department's J.D. Arnold (left) and Kerry Phillips guided the crane operator to the proper spot to place the amphibious icon.
April 2015
Elections INFO
at Dallas County Early Voting locations, including 
 Farmers Branch City Hall

APR 27 - MAY 2 . Mon-Sat
8 am to 5 pm
MAY 3 . Sun
1 to 6 pm
MAY 4 - 5  .  Mon-Tue
7 am to 7 pm

Council District 3

Andy Olivo
Brenda Brodrick
John Norwood 

Council District 5

David Merritt
Mike Bomgardner

at Dallas County Polling Precincts

Saturday, May 9
7 am to 7 pm

May 2015

All events & meetings are subject to change. Call listed numbers or 972.247.3131 for verification or more information.
Everything's better with bluebonnets on it.
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An historic community in the geographic center of the DFW Metroplex, Farmers Branch boasts a residential population of 28,800 and a daytime employment population of 66,000. Located on the northwest border of the City of Dallas, the City's 27 parks and lush greenbelts feature nationally-acclaimed, award-winning soccer fields, football facilities as well as baseball and softball complexes. The city's location in the center of the Metroplex and only 15 minutes away from both DFW Airport and Love Field, along with the 2,200 hotel rooms within the city, make Farmers Branch an ideal location for residents and for business. For more information on the City of Farmers Branch, visit or call 972.247.3131.