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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
BRANCH BULLETIN - eNews from Farmers Branch
Scary Food Drive
First 1,000 kids to donate at Halloween in the Park to receive a free trick-or-treat bag

FBTX ~ Planned as a fun night, but with a purpose to give back, Halloween in the Park is set for Saturday night, October 29 at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, from 5 until 10 p.m.
   Admission remains free but canned food donations are strongly encouraged, in lieu of admission, to benefit less fortunate families in the area during the upcoming holiday season. Donations will be turned over to the Metrocrest Services food pantry.
   The first 1,000 kids with a two-can donation will receive a special, free trick-or-treat bag, courtesy of Halloween in the Park.
   Although the event starts at 5 p.m., the infamous 'Haunted Hedge' will open at about 7:30 p.m. (after dark), and take brave adventurers into the dark recesses of the Park's scary shrubbery.
   Also featured will be "Trick-or-Treat Row," carnival games, a petting zoo, state-fair style food vendors, photo buttons and more.
   Parking is free at the Metrosquare Business Park, two blocks south of the Historical Park on Ford Road at Christian Parkway, with a free hayride shuttle to the gate.
   Call 972.247.4607 for more info or visit

Farmers Branch Market concludes 2016 season with Food Truck at the Market

FBTX ~ The inaugural season of the Farmers Branch Market comes to a close this Saturday, October 29 with "Food Truck at the Market" along with other surprises.
   The market will be open from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
   The traditional food and speciality item vendors will be accompanied by Nate's 125th Cafe food truck, specializing in chicken and waffles and moreMimosas will be available in a variety of flavors including orange and pomegranate.
   To provide atmosphere, the Dan Quinn Band will be feature on stage beginning at 9 a.m. 
   The Farmers Branch Market is located in The Grove @ Mustang Crossing, 12700 Denton Drive, near the Farmers Branch DART Station and is open every Saturday during the market season, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Find out more at and watch for information about 2017's opening date.

The fun and the macabre combine for 'Murder & Mayhem' at Historical Park, Thu & Fri

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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   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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Work on southbound Marsh Lane bridge begins November 7 

FBTX ~ The extended process of constructing a new bridge on the southbound side of Marsh Lane at Farmers Branch Creek is set to begin Monday, November 7 according to Public Works officials.
Rescues have been necessary in the past when the southbound bridge floods.
   With the southbound bridge's history of submerging in flash flooding situations, the City of Farmers Branch and Dallas County are behind the 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.
   Alternate travel routes are recommended, especially during peak traffic periods.

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
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.

Firehouse Theatre plans for 'Wonderful Life' in December

FBTX ~ The Firehouse Theatre will present 'It's a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play' on select nights in December, as a substitute for 'The Little Mermaid,' originally scheduled as a November production.
   The stage adaptation of the classic film, 'It's a Wonderful Life' is presented as a 1940s radio show. One of many adaptations of the story of George Bailey in other media, the play has been produced around the United States since 1997.
   'It's a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play' will be staged December 7-11 & 14-18. The Firehouse Theatre is located at 2535 Valley View Lane in old Farmers Branch Fire Station No. 1. For tickets and more information, visit or call 972.620.3747. 

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Brookhaven Guitar Ensemble to play

FBTX ~ Under the direction of Carlo Pezzimenti, the Brookhaven College Guitar Ensemble will perform a concert on Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Manske Library.
   The Ensemble will engage in a program of classical guitar music by composers from the Renaissance to the present day, including J.S. Bach, Manuel Ponce, Issac Albeniz, Ernesto Garcia de Leon and others.
   Admission is free and everyone is invited. Call 972.247.2511.
Early voting continues through Friday, Nov 4

FBTX ~ Registered voters may vote early for the November 8 national election at any Dallas county early voting locations, including Farmers Branch City Hall, through November 4, according to the following schedule:
  • Now through Saturday, Oct 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.
Shredding event coming November 5

FBTX ~ Residents can have old household documents destroyed at a shredding event planned for Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Farmers Branch City Hall parking lot.
   Set twice annually, in the spring and the fall, the event offers residents the chance for document destruction at no cost.
   The service is offered for residents and residential documents only and proof of Farmers Branch residence may be required. Call 972.919.2597.

Owl Prowls coming in November

FBTX ~ After-dark excursions to explore the world of nocturnal fowl are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 10 as the Farmers Branch Historical Park and Audubon Texas present 'Owl Prowls.'
   Kids and families are invited to join Critterman for the Owl Prowl on Tuesday, November 8 while teens and adults are invited to the excursion on Thursday, November 10.
   All participants are asked to meet at the Farmers Branch Historical Park by 7 p.m. for each evening's event. 
   For questions or to RSVP, call the Historical Park at 972.406.0184.

Veterans Day Celebration coming in November

FBTX ~ Making a return to Farmers Branch from the World War II Museum in New Orleans, the "Victory Belles" will entertain the crowd with military-era song and dance at the 2016 Farmers Branch Veterans Day Celebration, set for Friday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Farmers Branch Senior Center.
   Everyone is invited to the annual celebration of those that have worn the uniform of the U.S. military. Admission is free.
   The traditional hot dog lunch will follow the proceedings at about 12 noon.
   For more information, call 972.919.2620 or visit

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FBTX ~ Eyes will be wide Saturday night in the infamous Haunted Hedge during the annual renewal of Halloween in the Park at the Farmers Branch Historical Park.

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.