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This spring, the Irving Arts Center focuses on fun. From shows to exhibits, see what’s happening at the arts center on Page 8.

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Los Texas Wranglers

Brave Combo

Havana NRG

Concerts Take International Flavor Irving’s Parks and Recreation Department will showcase music genres from around the globe during the 2014 International Concert Series. The City of Irving presents six different opportunities for the public to enjoy free live outdoor concerts as part of the 2014 International Concert Series. From salsa to reggae, this year’s eclectic lineup of performers recognizes and reflects the diversity of the Irving community. To expand the reach of the concert series, new concert locations have been added to the schedule. While the majority of events will take place Friday evenings at downtown’s Whistlestop Plaza, event organizers also are bringing music to Cimarron Park and to the Las Colinas Urban Center this spring. “For the Las Colinas Urban Center performance, we’re extending a special invitation to residents and commuters who live and work in that area to enjoy live gypsy jazz from the Texas Gypsies during their lunch hour,” said Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Farris. “For those who can’t make the concert at the Las Colinas Urban Center there will be other opportunities to choose from. You really can’t miss if you attend one or all of them.” Kicking off the International Concert Series is the band Brave Combo. Carl Finch, Brave Combo musician and vocalist, explains how this Texas-born band fits into this year’s International Concert Series. “The cornerstone of Grammy-Award-winning Brave Combo’s 35-year career is, of course, the polka. Polka as a musical and dance form has a long history and is more diverse, from culture to culture, than one might imagine,” said Finch. “Brave Combo will be exploring the German approach to this fascinating style of music, as well as many others, at Whistlestop Plaza on Friday, May 9.”

Irving’s musical journey around the globe will continue through June 27. Following is a complete lineup of entertainers. u

Brave Combo (Polka) | 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 9, Whistlestop Plaza, 200 Main St. u  Texas Gypsies (Gypsy Jazz) | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 16, Las Colinas Urban Center, 200 E. Las Colinas Blvd. u  Havana NRG (Salsa) | 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 23, Whistlestop Plaza u The Killdares (Celtic) | 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 13, Whistlestop Plaza u  Watusi (Reggae) | 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 20, Cimarron Park, 201 Red River Trail u  Los Texas Wranglers (Tejano) | 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 27, Whistlestop Plaza In addition to satisfying concertgoers’ craving for entertainment, most International Concert Series events will feature food vendors. Sample food vendors include Maui Wowi Hawaiian, Kona Ice and Rockin’ Rotisserie Bar-be-que. Admission to all concerts is free for the whole family, including the family dog.

The Irving Heritage Society is leading the community in the 100th anniversary of the city’s 1914 incorporation with Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man. Book discussions, movies, trivia contests and other events planned throughout April will make Irving’s history come alive. Festivities begin April 3 — the birthdate of the city’s namesake, Washington Irving — and will run through May 3. The monthlong celebration gets started when representatives from Irving Heritage Society and other sponsoring organizations receive a proclamation from Mayor Beth Van Duyne at the City Council Meeting set for 7 p.m. April 3 at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. Capping off the month of activities will be the main event — Celebrating Irving’s 100th Anniversary of Incorporation and Honoring Women of Irving’s History at 7 p.m. April 26 at Carpenter Hall at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Hosted by Irving Community Television Network Anchor and Producer Cathy Whiteman, the program will showcase city history via art, drama, music and video. In addition, 10 women of Irving’s history will be recognized for their community contributions. For city history buffs, various teams will compete in preliminary trivia rounds set for 10 a.m. May 3 at West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road. Trivia finals will be held at 10 a.m. May 3 at Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Events are free and open to the public. The Heritage Society, a volunteer organization committed to preserving local history, received a grant from Humanities Texas to help support this year’s activities. Additional funding was received from the City of Irving via the Irving Arts Board. Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man is sponsored by Irving Heritage Society, the City of Irving, the Irving Public Library, Irving Independent School District and the Irving Black Arts Council. Visit for a complete list of activities. For more information, call (972) 252-3838. n

All concerts are held outdoors; attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs for seating. Early arrival to events is suggested for area shopping opportunities and sightseeing. For more information about the International Concert Series, visit or call (972) 721-2501. n

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Find out about Arbor Day and other local Earth Day celebrations in the special Think Green ... Be Green insert on Pages 3 to 6.


The mayor’s seat along with council Places 3 and 5 are up for election. Meet the candidates on Page 2.

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EARLY VOTING TIMES, LOCATIONS Early voting for the election will begin April 28 and run through May 6. Early Voting Hours u April 28–May 3 .........8 a.m. to 5 p.m. u May 4 ......................1 to 6 p.m. u May 5–6 ..................7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early Voting Locations in Irving u City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. u Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. u Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail Election Day u May 10 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

City Election Candidates The mayor’s seat along with council Places 3 and 5 are up for election. Registered voters will cast their ballots during early voting from April 28–May 6 and on Election Day, May 10. Any resident who is a registered voter may vote for the mayor’s seat. Places 3 and 5 are single-member districts and only registered voters living in the respective districts may vote for these candidates. This year’s candidates are listed below in ballot order. Beth Van Duyne

Herbert A. Gears

Billy Hickman

Dennis Webb

Oscar Ward

Rose Cannaday

Mayor – Those vying for the mayoral seat are incumbent Beth Van Duyne, 43, a vice president who has resided in Irving for 22 years; and Herbert A. Gears, 51, a small business owner who has lived in Irving for 31 years. Place 3 – Voters in Place 3 will choose from Billy Hickman, 34, a groundsman who has resided in Irving for 33 years; and incumbent Dennis Webb, 55, who is retired and has lived in Irving for 31 years. Place 5 – Candidates seeking election for the Place 5 seat are Oscar Ward, 75, who is retired and has resided in Irving for 47 years; and incumbent Rose Cannaday, 69, a mediator who has lived in Irving for 20 years. For more information, call the City Secretary’s Office at (972) 721-2493. n

HORARIOS Y LUGARES DE VOTACIÓN ADELANTADA La votación adelanta tomará lugar a las siguientes horas y lugares: Horario de Votación Adelantada u Del 28 de abril al 3 de mayo 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. u El 4 de mayo 1 a 6 p.m. u El 5 y 6 de mayo 7 a.m. a 7 p.m.

Candidatos para las Elecciones de la Ciudad El escaño del alcalde junto a los Lugares 3 y 5 del concejo están aptos para ser electos.

Lugares de Votación Adelantada u Centro Cívico de la Ciudad (City Hall), 825 W. Irving Blvd. u Centro de Artes de Irving (Irving Arts Center), 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. u Biblioteca de Valley Ranch (Valley Ranch Library), 401 Cimarron Trail

Los votantes inscritos depositarán sus votos durante las votaciones adelantadas del 28 de abril al 6 de mayo y durante el día de las elecciones, el 10 de mayo. Cualquier residente que sea un votante inscrito puede votar para la posición del alcalde. Los Lugares 3 y 5 son posiciones de un distrito único, y sólo los votantes inscritos que vivan en estos respectivos distritos pueden votar por estos candidatos. Los candidatos para este año están nombrados debajo de acuerdo al orden de la boleta de votación.

La Votación en el Día de las Eleccione u El 10 de mayo – de las 7 a.m. hasta las 7 p.m.

Alcalde – Las personas compitiendo por el escaño de la alcaldía durante las elecciones de este año son la actual alcalde Beth Van Duyne, 43 años, vice-

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presidenta, quien ha vivido en la ciudad por 22 años; y Herbert A. Gears, 51 años, dueño de un pequeño negocio quien ha vivido en Irving por 31 años. Lugar 3 – Los votantes para el Lugar 3 escogerán entre Billy Hickman, 34 años, jardinero, que ha residido en Irving por 33 años; y el titular Dennis Webb, 55 años, jubilado, quien ha residido en Irving por 31 años. Lugar 5 – Los candidatos en busca de elección para el escaño del Lugar 5 son Oscar Ward, 75 años, quien esta jubilado y ha residido en Irving por 47 años; y la titular Rose Cannaday, 69 años, mediadora, quien ha vivido en Irving por 20 años. Para mayor información, comuníquese a la Oficina de la Secretaria de la Ciudad al (214) 422-3751. n

From social media to the Web, here’s a look at city communication tools. – The city website is home to a plethora of information. Site visitors can see job opportunities, locate a park or city building and even pay utility bills online. Visit today.

All About Irving – Information on city events is distributed via the All About Irving email list. To subscribe, visit

Facebook – Get the latest news, watch videos, and interact with more than 3,000 followers in real time at

Twitter – More than 2,000 subscribers around the globe follow @thecityofirving on Twitter. Join us for daily updates at

City Briefs – Water customers receive this publication with their utility bill filled with city news in an easy-to-read format.

Irving Community Television Network (ICTN) – On ICTN, the residents are the stars. Watch shows and live coverage of meetings on the award-winning ICTN.

YouTube – Watch and share ICTN-produced programming at The interactive site also allows visitors to comment.

City Operations Update – This report features topics related to the city’s Strategic Plan. Provided to City Council, residents can subscribe to this newsletter at

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“City Spectrum” – Filled with city happenings, this award-winning newspaper is mailed to 94,000-plus Irving households every month. To see past issues, visit and select “City Publications.”

ICTN on Demand – View City Council meetings and enjoy special programming 24/7. Visit and select “ICTN on Demand” from the main dropdown menu on the website homepage.

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Irving Encourages Residents to Scan the code using a QR application on your mobile device to visit the Think Green ... Be Green website.

Eco-Film Fest for Earth Day To expand knowledge and to once again gather together in common interests, Irving is hosting its annual Eco-Film Fest. This free, four-day event features eight films to provide event-goers an opportunity to see environmental films.

Friday, April 11

West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road • “The Carbon Rush” − 10:30 a.m. (84 mins.) • “Bat City USA” − noon (36 mins.) • “Cafeteria Man” − 1 p.m. (65 mins.) • “Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home” − 2:15 p.m. (76 mins.)

Year-round Earth Day Celebrated naturally April 22 Each year, April 22 marks Earth Day. It’s a day when cities, businesses, community groups and grassroots organizations plan activities — from festivals to creek cleanups — to increase awareness of environmental issues. The first Earth Day, in 1970, led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts. Earth Day is a globally celebrated effort to bring attention to the environment.

Irving Offers Think Green ... Be Green Website The city’s Think Green … Be Green website provides an opportunity to discover, learn and implement suggestions to become stewards of the environment. Information about environmental topics, as well as a listing of eco-classes, activities and events can be found at

Saturday, April 12

West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road • “IdleThreat” − 12:30 p.m. (63 mins.) • “Oceans” by DisneyNature − 2 p.m. (103 mins.)

Sunday, April 13 - Special Feature

Irving Arts Center, Dupree Theatre, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. • “Chasing Ice” − 2:30 p.m. (84 mins.) Visit eco-vendors before and after the film.

Wednesday, April 16

North Lake College, Student Life Center, H200, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. • “Arise” − 1 p.m. (80 mins.) Question-and-answer session to follow film. For film trailers and more information, visit

Vehicle Charging Available in Irving An electric car is powered by an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine. The electric motor gets energy from a controller, which regulates the amount of power — based on the driver’s use of an accelerator pedal. The electric car (also known as electric vehicle or EV) uses energy stored in its rechargeable batteries, which are recharged by common household electricity. There are 10 electric vehicle charging stations in Irving. The stations are located at West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road, Irving City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd., and the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Each of the city’s Blink charging stations are Level 2 (240 volts), providing the EV owner a quicker charge. EVs commonly can add about 20 to 25 miles of range in an hour of charging from a 240-volt source of electricity. In addition, the city has 38 Level 1 chargers at West Irving Library. For more information about Irving’s electric vehicle charging program, call (972) 721-2355.

green Seam Project benefits environment According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. Contributing to that number are 100 billion plastic shopping bags, which take up to 1,000 years to decompose and remain toxic throughout the process. Irving’s Scan the code using a QR award-winning Green Seam Project is helping replace application on your mobile plastic bags by taking fabric remnants and gently used device to watch a video about T-shirts, and creating reusable shopping bags that are the green seam project. distributed at local events.

Recycling Thrives in Irving Irving has been recycling since the early 1990s and continues to offer convenient recycling options to residents. The city’s Blue Bag Program allows residents with regular solid waste pickup to place recyclables into blue recycling bags for curbside collection. Blue bags can be purchased at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd., and at most recreation centers.

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Paper, paperboard boxes Cardboard boxes (flattened) Glass bottles and jars Plastic containers Nos. 1–7 Aluminum and steel food cans Aerosol cans Aseptic containers Plastic bags

Water Conservation is a High Priority Water conservation continues to be important heading into the hot summer months. The drought Texas is experiencing has significantly impacted lake levels across the state including Lake Chapman, Irving’s primary water source. To maintain the city’s future water supply, water conservation staff monitor lake levels, precipitation and overall use by Irving customers. This information is used to determine the necessary restrictions for irrigation and other water uses. To minimize water loss in the city’s system, the Water Utilities Department uses highly specialized equipment to listen to underground infrastructure. Their work is focused on finding and pinpointing leaks that may otherwise go unnoticed. Since 2010, the city has identified almost 700 leaks in the water system as well as on private property, saving water and preventing costly waterline breaks. The city’s conservation program has been successful with a 15 percent decrease in water use even with a 13 percent increase in population over the past 13 years. Residents can help achieve further decreases by actively managing irrigation systems and watering only as needed. The city has developed a new tool,, where registrants can get specific information on how much to water.

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Multifamily housing residents can recycle at the city’s two drop-off recycling centers:

Energy conservation saves money

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Monday, Thursday and Friday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as most city holidays – closed

Most of the items collected at the curb are accepted at the staffed drop-off centers. Additional items accepted include: • VHS tapes and cases • CDs/DVDs and cases • Electronics such as computers and related equipment • Cellular phones • Plastic grocery store bags

Know and follow the city’s restrictions for watering. Change water fixtures to low-flow fixtures. Turn the faucet off when brushing teeth. Fix water leaks. Use native landscaping.

Reducing energy use means saving fossil fuels, the primary source of energy. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified bulb, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for one year, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. Each year, more than $13 billion worth of energy leaks from houses through small holes and cracks. That’s costing more than $150 per family.

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Install weather stripping around doors and caulk cracks around windows. Clean the lint trap on the clothes dryer before every load or hang clothes to dry. Repair leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Cut back on air conditioning and heating use. Use insulation for the home, water heater and pipes.

For more information, call (972) 721-8059 or visit and select “Recycle.”

Fats, Oils and Grease Program Helps to Keep Sanitary Sewer Lines Clean The majority of sanitary sewer overflows are due to grease buildup from homes and apartments. Help prevent costly sewer overflows by following a few simple steps.


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Put oil and grease in collection containers. Remove oil and grease from kitchen utensils, equipment, food scrapers, towels and brooms. Keep grease out of wash water. Place food scraps in collection containers. Place collection containers in trash.

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Pour oil and grease down drains. Wash fryers, griddles, pots, pans or plates with water until oil and grease are removed. Use hot water to rinse grease on surfaces. Put food scraps down the drain.

Grease collection bags can be purchased at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd., for 70 cents each, and grease bag containers for $4.50 each plus tax. For more information, call Water Utilities at (972) 721-2281.

Scan the code using a QR application on your mobile device to watch a video about fats, oil and grease.

Composting Saves Money, Enriches Soil Each year, nearly 4 million tons of yard trimmings in the form of leaves, grass, tree limbs, weeds and other organic debris are thrown away in Texas. That amounts to almost 20 percent of all trash in municipal landfills. In addition, Texans spend more than $300 million each year disposing of yard trimmings, and billions in total yard care costs, including water, fertilizer, and chemicals to combat harmful insects and plant diseases. Costly synthetic fertilizers and pesticides allow chemicals to wash into lakes, streams and underground water. Composting is a natural, low-cost way to recycle yard waste and organic matter into a beneficial, nutrient-rich fertilizer that is good for the environment.

How are compost piles made?

A compost pile may be started directly on the ground using a container or structure, which will save space, hasten decomposition and keep the yard looking neat. 1. Select a level area near a water source that receives equal amounts of sunlight and shade during the day. 2. Apply a 3- to 6-inch layer of chopped brush, branches, dead leaves, straw and twigs to allow air circulation around the base of the heap. 3. Add 6 inches of grass clippings, manure* and sawdust. Materials should be kept damp, but not wet or soggy (*rabbit pellets, cow or horse manure only). 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the pile is sufficient in height, ideal pile is 4- to 5-feet wide and high. 5. Every couple of weeks, turn the pile and water it until damp.

Irving Arbor Day Celebration Celebrate Arbor Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Heritage Park, 217 Main St. A professional arborist will discuss tree planting, trimming and maintenance. Entertainment will include a snake encounters show and a performance by Vocal Trash band, which uses uniquely recycled musical instruments.

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It smells earthy — not sour, putrid or like ammonia. It no longer heats up after it is turned or wetted. It looks like dark soil. It is crumbly and not identifiable as grass, leaves, etc.

Scan the code using a QR application on your mobile device to see footage from a local Arbor Day celebration.

compost Facts

Turning the pile more often makes compost faster. A properly made heap will reach temperatures up to 160º F in several days. During this time, there will be settlement in the pile. This is a good sign that the compost pile is working properly. The composting process may last from a few weeks to months, depending upon the types of materials used, water requirements and how often the pile is turned. Apply the finished product to gardens or around trees and shrubs by turning soil and applying 1- to 3-inch layers of compost, working it in well.

Trees Offer Value to Irving’s Landscapes

Mulch helps to protect plants Having a mild and wetter winter can lead to weeds, especially in flower beds. Handpicking is recommended if weeds become a problem. Once they are removed, add a thick layer of mulch over the bare surface of soil to block the loss of moisture and to discourage the growth of additional weeds. Applying mulch to gardens and flower beds will help retain moisture, which is critical in a drought or dry summer. A 4-inch layer of mulch on the soil surface, especially in sloping gardens, helps keep water from washing away soil.

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Soil moisture is conserved. Soil erosion and water loss are reduced. Soil fertility is increased. Weed growth is reduced.

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Soil structure is improved. Soil compaction is reduced. Soil microbial activity is increased. Soil temperature is moderated.

Irving’s Mustang Mulch is available for purchase. For more information, contact the Hunter Ferrrell Landfill at (972) 721-7322.

The City of Irving is celebrating its fifth year as a Tree City USA. As such, there is a strong emphasis on the protection and care of trees in the City of Irving. The city’s Tree Board helped develop a tree care ordinance to guarantee the proper treatment and evaluation of urban forestry. An annual proclamation and Arbor Day observance are held to spread awareness of the importance of trees and how they impact the environment. The city also budgets at least $2 per capita annually toward community forestry programs. To request a copy of Irving’s Tree Guide, call (972) 721-2501.

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Community Gardens Grant Program Recognizing community gardening as a valuable recreational activity that contributes to the health and well-being of the wider community, the City of Irving has awarded $5,000 to the Gerald Taylor Memorial Community Garden as part of the Community Gardens Grant Program. Irving’s Community Gardens Grant Program, one of the few in the country, was developed to help local nonprofit organizations fund their own community garden program. The Gerald Taylor Memorial Garden will use the funds to expand its existing community garden and purchase much needed gardening equipment. For more information about Irving’s Community Gardens Grant Program, email or call (972) 721-2355.

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Scan the code using a QR application on your mobile device to watch a video about the community gardens grants program.

Trees add color and texture to the landscape. Trees can increase home property values. Trees are essential to the human health and the health of the environment. Trees help reduce storm water runoff and erosion. Trees provide habitat for many species of birds and wildlife.

Bicycling Benefits Health, Planet The City of Irving is committed to an environmentally sound community. Campión Trail is a premiere place for safe bicycling, which helps reduce carbon emissions.

May 12-16 is Bike to Work Week Irving is celebrating by hosting the annual Bicycle Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at Lively Pointe Youth Center and Skate Park, 909 N. O’Connor Blvd. The event will feature BMX stunt shows, kids’ bike safety rodeo, on-the-spot bike checks, bicycle safety gear, unique cycling groups, bicycle friendly vendors, food trucks, group bike ride and free helmets (to qualifying individuals). This free event is open to the public. To learn more, visit and select “Events.”

Earth Day Tips Earth Day provides an opportunity to think about the importance of a clean and healthy environment. Everyone can do simple things that help conserve resources and reduce the pollution that daily activities generate. Following are environmental tips for Earth Day and every day.

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Bike classes help to improve cycling safety

Smart Cycling classes will be offered for adults and children (ages 8 and older) April 19. • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Traffic Skills 101 for Adults • 8 a.m. to noon Cycling 1-2-3 for Youth

Scan the code using a QR application on your mobile device to watch a video about bicycling.

For families who wish to take the classes together, child care will be available from noon to 3 p.m. Fee is $20 per adult and $10 per child. To register or for more information, contact the Bike Lane Task Force at or (817) 395-3245.

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residents have an impact on Air Quality According to the Environmental Protection Agency, ozone season in the Dallas/Fort Worth area begins in May and runs through October. What is ozone and what can be done to reduce air pollution? Ozone is a gas that occurs in the Earth’s upper atmosphere and at ground level. It can be good or bad, depending on where it is found. For up-to-the-minute ozone activity, visit

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Use mass transit or carpool. Combine trips and travel less. Limit or avoid idling. Bicycle or walk instead of driving. Consider clean fuels and technology. Report smoking vehicles.

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Avoid the use of small gas-powered engines (such as garden equipment) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Maintain vehicles by getting them inspected, keep tires properly inflated and change filters regularly.

Clean Air Action Day 2014 is June 27

For more information about Air North Texas, Go Green Breathe Clean, a campaign for clean air, visit To register clean air actions, visit

Use cloth napkins and dish towels. Run the dishwasher when it is full. Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. Install a low-flush toilet to reduce wastewater. Leave grass clippings on the lawn or compost them. Bring cloth or canvas bags for use when shopping. Avoid buying non-recyclable items such as foam containers, waxed milk and juice cartons, and single-serving juice boxes. Recycle ― each day Texans generate 7 pounds of trash per person.

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Combine errands into one trip. Avoid topping off the gas tank when fueling vehicles. Keep tire pressure and alignment correct. Low tire pressure wastes up to 5 percent of a tank of gas. Drive smoothly; avoid jackrabbit starts, which use up to 50 percent more gas than smooth starts. Buy cars that are more fuel efficient and can accommodate the number of passengers carried on a daily basis. Smaller cars use less gas and emit less greenhouse gases. Take oil to a proper disposal facility when changing oil at home. Dumping it is illegal. Research fuel-efficient cars and tips at and

10 ways to be a better steward of the planet

Keep Irving Beautiful Promotes Beautification Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit, grassroots, leadership organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. Winning the 2014 Keep Texas Beautiful Governor’s Community Achievement Award, KIB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, and partners with all sectors of Irving including government, business, church, cultural, neighborhood and civic organizations. Keep Irving Beautiful has numerous projects and events throughout the year including beautification projects, Don’t Mess With Texas event, Texas Recycles Day event and the annual mayor’s and Keep Irving Beautiful Proud Partners Award Ceremony. For volunteer opportunities, visit or call (972) 721-2175.

Texas Stream Team Program Texas Stream Team is a network of trained volunteers and partners working together to gather and disseminate information on the water resources of Texas. The mission of the organization is to facilitate environmental stewardship by empowering a statewide network of concerned volunteers, partners, and institutions in a collaborative effort to promote a healthy and safe environment. Each month, local volunteers monitor water quality by collecting samples from nearby creeks, ponds, and rivers. The information is then provided to the City of Irving, a local Texas Stream Team partner supporting the efforts of residents collecting valuable core water quality data. To volunteer or for more information, call (972) 721-2772.

1. Follow the four Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle and re-buy. 2. Conserve water and energy. 3. Plant a tree. 4. Don’t litter and pick up litter. 5. Use native plants. 6. Ride a bike, walk and take mass transit. 7. Buy local. 8. Support local agriculture. 9. Use reusable shopping bags. 10. Teach others to care for the planet.

Parks and Recreation Briefs Recreation centers offer camps, egg hunts and more ― see details below. Summer Splash Camp City recreation centers will begin registration for the Summer Splash Camp April 26. Five two-week sessions will be offered beginning June 9. Campers will participate in gym games, arts and crafts and field trips in a supervised environment. Snacks and lunch will be provided daily. Camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost for each session is $190 per child. Residents must present a valid Irving Parks and Recreation (IPAR) ID card, and at least one session’s payment, at the time of registration. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will remain open until sessions are full at each center. For more information, call neighborhood recreation center.

Georgia Farrow Recreation Center 530 Davis Drive, (972) 721-2519 u Spring Egg Hunt and Easter Celebration. 11 to 11:45 a.m. April 12. Children ages 3 through 6 will enjoy an egg hunt along with snacks and refreshments. Registration deadline is April 9. Cost is $4 per child. Heritage Senior Center 200 S. Jefferson St., (972) 721-2496 u Heritage Choir Festival. 6:30 p.m. April 28. The Heritage Singers and guest choirs will fill the Heritage Ballroom with music to. Open to all ages. Free. Lee Park Recreation Center 3000 Pamela Drive, (972) 721-2508 u Egg-cellent Hunt. 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 11. Children ages 6 and younger can enjoy a morning of crafts, refreshments and pictures with the bunny. Registration deadline is April 3. Cost is $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer Splash Camp

Cimarron Park Recreation Center 201 Red River Trail, (972) 910-0702 u Easter Celebration. 10 a.m. to noon. April 18. Take pictures with the Easter Bunny, meet some furry creatures at the petting zoo, hunt for eggs and enter for a chance to win door prizes. Registration deadline is April 16. Cost is $5 per child.

Check out ‘egg-citing’ spring programs offered by community libraries. Introduction to e-Readers and e-Books – 4:30 p.m. April 7, East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road. Need help using a tablet or e-reader? Learn tips and access free digital download collections. Tablet/e-reader and library card required.


Natural Beauty Products – 6 p.m. April 8, West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road. Save money and the environment by learning to make homemade natural beauty, hair and skin solutions.


I’m PINTERESTed – 7 p.m. April 10, Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Learn to make a cool craft found on Pinterest. Pick up a list of required materials from the Valley Ranch Library to participate. Library will provide basic craft supplies and instructions during this program.


Irving Chautauqua presents Skin that Speaks – 2 p.m. April 12, Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Michael Varner Ph.D. and Scott Pool from the University of Texas at Arlington music department will lead musicians in a Nigerian storytelling performance using percussion instruments.


Teen Poetry Extravaganza – 4 p.m. April 12, West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road. Young poets are invited to share their art and compete for prizes in celebration of National Poetry Month.


Egg-citing Spring Crafts, Games and Experiments – 4:30 p.m. April 14, East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road. Discover the endless possibilities for fun using eggs and inspiration.


Northwest Park Recreation Center 2800 Cheyenne St., (972) 721-2529 u Spring Egg Hunt. 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 17. Children age 6 and younger are invited to an egg hunt that will include an Easter craft and a photo with the Easter bunny. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Registration deadline is April 10. Cost is $5 per child. Senter Park Recreation Center 901 S. Senter Road, (972) 721-2641 u Spring Yard Sale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5. Cost is $10 per space, which includes a table and chair. Limit is two spaces per person. Registration will remain open until all spaces are full. Free admission for shoppers. All Irving recreation centers will be closed April 20. For more information, call (972) 721-2501. n

Lively Pointe Youth Center 909 N. O’Connor Blvd., (972) 721-8090 u Eggs and Jam. 7 to 11 p.m. April 12 at Heritage Aquatic Center. Teens are invited to an evening of indoor swimming and an underwater egg hunt, prizes, music and complimentary pizza and soda. For middle and high school students. Free admission with valid IPAR card or school ID.

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Mustang Park Recreation Center 2223 Kinwest Parkway, (972) 556-1334 u Easter Celebration. 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 11. Families will enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt and lots of fun! Registration is required with IPAR card. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 2 through 6. Cost is $5 per child.


Earth Day Celebrations • 2:30 p.m. April 19, West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road. Celebrate with stories, music, crafts and treats when Slice of Rainbow storytellers and singers present “Earth Day Everyday.” • 4:30 p.m. April 21, East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road. Youth will make book bag, jewelry, wall decorations and other crafts using recycled materials.


Free Comic Book Day – 2 p.m. May 3, Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Students, grades 6 to 12, can celebrate the world of comic books with giveaways, art stations, board games and collectable card game marathon. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh playing cards.


Dark Days Tour – 7 p.m. May 6, Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. The young adult national author tour features Kelley Armstrong, Kiera Cass, Kimberly Derting, Danielle Page and will be moderated by local book blogger Mary Hinson. Author autograph opportunity will follow a question-and-answer session. Books available for purchase courtesy of The Friends of the Library and Half Price Books.

All Irving Public Library locations will be closed April 20. Be sure to visit to learn about more library programming available to the community. n

LIT’S ALIVE: CLASSIC LITERATURE RESURRECTED Central Library is launching a new multi-generational series for lovers of classic juvenile and young adult books. Lit’s Alive kicks off with a tea party inspired by the novel, “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery at 2 p.m. April 26 at the Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. The Anne of Green Gables Tea Party recaptures the literary magic of the timeless friendship between Anne Shirley and Diana Barry, with their dreams of adventure, romance and destiny. Attendees can connect with kindred spirits while sipping tea or raspberry cordial, and nibbling on cucumber sandwiches. “Lit’s Alive started because so many of our favorite childhood stories are the classics like ‘Little Women’, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and ‘Little House on the Prairie,’” said Teen Librarian Kristin Treviño. “It’s a great opportunity for the library to share the vitality of these outstanding books with a new generation of readers.” Lit’s Alive embraces coming-of-age literature in a unique and exciting way by including activities the whole family can enjoy. Watch for future Lit’s Alive events this June and December. For more information, visit or call (972) 721-4612. n

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RESIDENTS REMINDED ABOUT TRASH COLLECTION Irving residents are encouraged to help keep Irving beautiful during Earth Month and all year long by not placing trash out too early. Garbage bags sitting on neighborhood streets for long periods of time is unappealing. For this reason and others, homeowners are asked to minimize the amount of time bagged refuse sits on neighborhood streets. Following are some guidelines for Irving residents from Code Enforcement and Solid Waste Services. u



Set trash on the curb no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening before scheduled collection. Properly bag and secure trash to prevent unsightly scattering of debris. Bagged grass clippings and leaves may be placed curbside 24 hours prior to scheduled collection since they are less likely to attract stray or loose animals.

“We’d ideally like for residents to place trash out the morning of collection to minimize the scattering of trash by urban wildlife — but certainly not before 6 p.m. the evening before the scheduled collection day,” said Code Enforcement Director Teresa Adrian. “Most residents rate the appearance of the city as good or excellent, and by reducing litter and debris in neighborhoods and along corridors, we can maintain a high quality of life for our residents.” To schedule a bulk waste collection of approved items, call the Solid Waste Services Department at (972) 721-8059. For more information, visit, locate the “Departments” tab and select “Solid Waste Services.” n

Solid Gold Cadillac

Gothard Sisters

Photo: Mike Morgan

Arts Center’s April Focus is on Fun From shows to performances, the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., has it all. For details, visit or call (972) 252-7558. April 3 | JumpstART Stories and Art – Spring has Sprung! 10 a.m. l Suite 200 l Free Celebrate all things spring at the arts center’s monthly story and art program. Kids get crafty following the story and create spring-inspired masterpieces to take home. All supplies provided. Ages 2 and older. For groups of 10 or more, call (972) 252-2787. April 3–5 | Solid Gold Cadillac 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. l Dupree Theater l $16–$21 MainStage Irving-Las Colinas offers an old-fashioned root-for-the-underdog comedy about corrupt men and corporate greed that proves yet again a woman on a mission should never be underestimated. April 6 | A Mozart Opera Gala 3:30 p.m. l Carpenter Hall l $10–$18 New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving teams with UTA Opera Workshop for an evening of opera favorites. April 5–May 10 | Saturday School 4: Designs in Space 2 p.m. l Art Lab l $75 (Art Connection discounts available) Students age 6 to 10 learn about the influential American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright and create sculpture inspired by his designs.

April 11–12 | 10th Anniversary Gala – Momentum Dance Company 7:30 p.m. l Dupree Theater l $12–$20 Momentum Dance celebrates the 10th anniversary of the company, with highlights from past seasons and special guests. April 12 | Grand Finale 8 p.m. l Carpenter Hall l $37–$47 Irving Symphony Orchestra performs the magnificent oratorio Carmina Burana by Orff with the Richland College Choir and special soloists. April 19 | African-American Short Film Festival 6:30 p.m. l Dupree Theater l $10–$15 Irving Black Arts council presents a short film festival. April 19 | Las Colinas Symphony presents Nick Arbolino, Oboe 8 p.m. l Carpenter Hall l $15–$45 Featuring Marcello, Oboe Concerto in C Minor. April 24 | The Gothard Sisters 7:30 p.m. l Carpenter Hall l $20; $5 students with ID This talented trio of sisters has had training in classical music and Irish dance, leading them to leadership positions in local youth symphonies and the Irish Step Dancing World Championships.

Activities, Workshops Planned for National Community Development Week Housing and Human Services observes National Community Development Week with giveaways and workshops April 21–26. This year’s celebration marks the Community Development Block Grant program 40th anniversary. Activities planned during National Community Development Week are designed to increase awareness of housing services available to residents as well as the impact Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has had on the Irving community. Enacted into law in 1974, the CDBG program is the principal federal system that provides funding to Irving and other cities to improve physical, economic and social conditions in the local community. Home Depot is joining the City of Irving in commemorating National Community Development Week by sponsoring home improvement workshops and donating flora for a community giveaway. The Housing and Human Services Department wants all residents to be aware of the following activities taking place during the National Community Development

Week celebration. Following is a complete listing of public events set for Community Development Week. u



Flower and Tree Giveaway from 4 to 7 p.m. April 17 at Senter Park Recreation Center, 901 S. Senter Road. Tree giveaway courtesy of Home Depot. Supplies limited. To reserve a tree, call (972) 7214800 (first-come, first-served). The Kids Home Improvement Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 19 at Cimarron Recreation Center, 201 Red River Trail. Facilitated by Home Depot team members, this workshop is geared toward the younger do-it-yourselfer. A Do-It-Herself Workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 22 at Cimmaron Recreation Center. Geared toward women, attendees will learn how to make home improvements to increase home value.

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The Kids Home Improvement and Do-It-Herself workshops are free and open to the public. For more information about Housing and Human Services or to register for Community Development Week workshops and events, call (972) 721-4800. Agencies applying for 2014-15 CDBG funding are reminded that applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. April 11. Applications are available at Housing and Human Services Department administers community development, affordable housing and economic development programs. To learn more, visit n

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City Spectrum, April 2014  

Concerts Take International Flavor ... City Celebrates 100 ... Special Think Green - Be Green Insert ... and more.

City Spectrum, April 2014  

Concerts Take International Flavor ... City Celebrates 100 ... Special Think Green - Be Green Insert ... and more.