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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
BRANCH BULLETIN - eNews from Farmers Branch
Murders! Mayhem!
Intriguing event offers fun & educational glimpse at horrid past

FBTX ~ The infamous chapters of Texas' past come to life on Thursday and Friday, October 27 & 28, with the candlelight tours of "Murders & Mayhem," from 5 until 7:30 p.m. each evening.
   The interactive tours are inspired by the macabre works of Edgar Allan Poe along with real historical events. Costumed actors in historic buildings will be telling tales based on actual murders, acts of mayhem and the "less than sunny" parts of the past dating back to the Victorian era and beyond. 
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   Organizers say that visitors will learn about the Midnight Assassin, a serial killer who stalked Texas in the mid-1880s, they can spot the murder weapon in the Victorian kitchen, used when "a wife was pushed just a bit too far," and they can explore the perils of Victorian clothing - "it's more deadly than you might think."
   Themes may not be appropriate for younger audiences so no one under 16 will be admitted.
   Tours leave every half hour from a pre-determined meeting point in the Park and take about one hour to complete. Tickets are $5 per person.
   The Farmers Branch Historical Park is located at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, between Denton Drive and Ford Road and a short, five-minute walk from the Farmers Branch DART station.
   For more information, visit or call 972.406.0184.

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First 1,000 kids with canned food to receive special gift at Halloween

FBTX ~ The annual Farmers Branch foray into not so scary things comes to pass on Saturday, October 29 as Halloween in the Park is set at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. BRANCH BULLETIN - eNews from Farmers Branch
   The event is planned for 5 until 10 p.m. with the infamous 'Haunted Hedge' opening at about 7:30 p.m. (after dark), and taking brave adventurers into the dark recesses of the Park's scary shrubbery.
   Also featured will be "Trick-or-Treat Row," carnival games, pony rides, a petting zoo, state-fair style food vendors, photo buttons and more.
   Admission and parking are free with canned food donations to Metrocrest Services strongly encouraged, in lieu of an admission charge. The first 1,000 kids with a two-can donation will receive a special Trick-or-Treat bag.
   Call 972.247.4607 for more info.

Upcoming Calendar

OCT 24 - NOV 4
@ Farmers Branch City Hall, 13000 William Dodson Parkway
972.247.3131 | for hours

OCT 27 & 28
@ Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane
5 to 7:30 pm
972.406.0184 |

OCT 29
@ Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane
5 to 10 pm
Unlicensed curb painting vendor working in Farmers Branch

FBTX ~ There have been assorted reports of an unlicensed individual or individuals working in Farmers Branch neighborhoods, selling improper curb painting door-to-door.
   Officials said City ordinance requires that if numbers are painted on the curb, they must be white numbers on a red background. Logos or other color combinations are not permitted and vendors must have a permit from the City.
   For more information, call 972.247.3131.

Marsh Lane bridge work set to begin 

FBTX ~ With the southbound Marsh Lane bridge over Farmers Branch Creek's history of submerging in flash flooding situations, the City of Farmers Branch and Dallas County are set to begin work to reconstruct that bridge and raise it to a compatible height with its northbound counterpart.
   Farmers Branch and Dallas County are splitting the design and construction costs of about $2.4 million. The project is slated for 200 working days.
   During this period, Marsh Lane will be reduced to a single lane north and southbound at the Farmers Branch Creek bridge.
   The project is expected to start in the next few weeks.

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Seniors invited to a 'Lunch & Learn' to avoid scams

FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Senior Center is inviting seniors to a 'Lunch & Learn' session to find out about the types of scams targeting older Americans and how they can protect themselves against becoming a victim.
   Officials said the training will help empower older adults to take advantage of available resources and begin safeguarding their money by taking steps to ensure their economic safety.
   Those interested should register at the Senior Center front desk to pick up a ticket. 'Avoiding Scams' is sponsored by Metrocrest Services.

Teen Cosplay Masquerade Ball planned for Halloween weekend

FBTX ~ Teens in middle and high school are invited to an "epic evening" of food, music and dancing for an after-hours Masquerade Ball at the Farmers Branch Manske Library on Friday, October 28, beginning at 7 p.m.
   Teens can show off their costume skills and dance the night away. Library officials kindly remind teens that costumes should be appropriate for the setting. Best costumes will be eligible for prizes.
   The program is free and open to the public. Call 972.247.2511.

Board Member Emeritus

Mayor Bob Phelps congratulates longtime Historical Park supporter Ron Doerler upon his selection as a Board Member Emeritus of the Historical Preservation and Restoration Board. The presentation was made during Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

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Early voting for November election opens Monday

FBTX ~ Registered voters may vote early for the November 8 national election at any Dallas county early voting locations, including Farmers Branch City Hall, from October 24 through November 4, according to the following schedule:
  • Monday through Saturday, Oct 24-29, 7 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday, October 30, from 1 until 6 pm
  • Monday through Friday, Oct 31 - Nov 4, 7 am to 7 pm
   On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, voters must cast ballots at the designated polling place for their precinct number. Voters should see their registration card for precinct number or visit to look it up precinct numbers and other voter-related information.
Farmers Market to concentrate on specialty vendors this weekend

FBTX ~ With the produce vendor unavailable for this weekend, the Farmers Branch Market will be featuring vendors with a wide assortment of beef, eggs, pasta, tamales, cookies, cupcakes, honey, candy, jams, jellies and more.
   The Farmers Branch Market is located in The Grove @ Mustang Crossing, near the Farmers Branch DART Station and is open every Saturday, through October, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
   Find out more at

Kids Night at Brookhaven coming Tuesday

FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Family Advisory Board, in conjunction with the Firehouse Theatre and Brookhaven Country Club will present "Kids Night at Brookhaven Country Club" Tuesday, October 25.
   Members and non-members are welcomed for a dinner buffet from 5 until 8 p.m. and mini-performances from the Firehouse Theatre of a Christmas Show Sneak Peek and a 2017 Season Preview, at 6:15 and 7 p.m.
   Reservations are requested at 972.243.6151. Dinner tickets are $18.95 plus tax for adults and $7.95 plus tax for kids (2 to 10).

Library program to focus on DNA

FBTX ~ Everyone is invited to learn about DNA testing at the Farmers Branch Manske Library on Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. in the Library's meeting room.
   Speaker Michael V. Bassett will explain how to use DNA testing to help family researchers overcome genealogical "brick walls," make ancestral connections and provide other information on biological and geographical heritage.
   Participants can discover the different DNA tests that can uncover paternal and maternal lines and hear about real world examples of how these tests can be useful.
   The program is free and open to the public. Call 972.247.2511. 
Boo-Ville Pumpkin Patch coming Wednesday

FBTX ~ Kids can celebrate Halloween at the Farmers Branch Manske Library with a romp through the Boo-Ville Pumpkin Patch on Wednesday, October 26, 6 p.m. at the Library.
   Kids can follow the Pumpkin Patch and get treats at the many stations located in the Children's Area. Kids can wear Halloween costumes and bring a bag for all of that candy.
   The program is free and open to the public. Call 972.247.2511. 
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In the Banner

FBTX ~ Tall tales and true stories will be told by costumed actors in historical structures during the Farmers Branch Historical Park's "Murders & Mayhem Tours" coming up Thursday & Friday, October 27 & 28.

Holiday Decorations

   With the holidays quickly approaching, the Farmers Branch Code Enforcement staff would like to remind residents that holiday decorations may be displayed beginning on November 1st and must be removed no later than Feb 1st.
   For any other national holidays, appropriate decorations may be displayed beginning two weeks prior to the holiday and must be removed by the first Monday following the holiday.


   Code Enforcement staff reminds residents that blue recycling containers must now be stored out of sight from the street - either in a fenced back yard, inside a garage or
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street - either in a fenced back yard, inside a garage or behind a screening fence if stored beside the house.
   Code Enforcement has provided a helpful video tutorial of how to construct a simple screening fence at A sample screening fence and recycling container can be seen in the lobby at City Hall. If any resident is unable to construct, or afford to construct, a screening fence, there may be assistance available from local civic agencies (as resources are available).
   For more info, call Code Enforcement at 972.919.1414

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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.