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Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas hosted the North Texas Beer and Wine Festival. See more city snapshots on Page 8.


Youth, age 18 and younger, can get free, nutritious lunches throughout the summer at city recreation centers. Details on Page 3.


Irving Animal Care Campus offers general tips about pet care and responsibility. Read more on Page 2.

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MOODY’S ASSIGNS IRVING TOP RATING Irving continues its streak of earning top ratings for its General Obligation Bonds from Moody’s Investors Service every year since 1986.

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Entertainment Venue to Offer Residents, Visitors Fun Options Ground set to break on state-of-the-art entertainment venue this August. Residents, visitors will have access to new restaurants, retail by late 2016. North Carolina’s ARK Group has been contracted to develop Irving’s multifaceted, state-of-the-art entertainment venue. Irving Music Factory is the working name for the project, which will offer residents and visitors substantially more than music. The entertainment venue will amass some 500,000 square feet and will be completed in phases. In the initial phase, 193,500 square feet of entertainment, retail and restaurant space will be developed. Prospective first-phase tenants include a bowling alley, comedy club and 20-plus eateries. The centerpiece of the entertainment venue will be an 8,000-seat, indoor/outdoor concert hall that will be operated by an international concert promoter, which is expected to host 250-plus events annually. Plans for the project also include a 50,000 square-foot plaza with a stage that will serve as a prime setting for fashion shows, food festivals and other events throughout the year. “The Irving Music Factory will provide high-end retail and restaurants in Irving, and enhance the city’s high quality-of-life standards,” said Interim Deputy City Manager Michael Morrison. “The entertainment center will help fulfill the Las Colinas Urban Center’s vision to provide an urban lifestyle feel for its corporate workforce, business travelers and residents.” Located just north of O’Connor Road between U.S. Highway 114 and Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving

Music Factory has a prime location and will be easily accessible by the DART Orange Line. From an economic perspective, the $165 million entertainment venue will bring more jobs to the local economy during the construction phase as well as after it is completed. Early estimates indicate the Irving Music Factory will employ approximately 1,000 workers. With extensive experience in developing projects of this nature, the ARK Group has developed more than 40 restaurants and nightclubs in the country. In addition, the ARK Group is responsible for the successful development of a similar $30-million Music Factory located in North Carolina. “The chamber has been pleased to work with the ARK Group to add another amenity to Irving’s live-work-play concept,” said Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Interim President and CEO Shawn Callaway. Other key players with the City of Irving for the entertainment project include Gensler design firm as architect, and Balfour Beatty/Azteca as the construction firm. Groundbreaking for the project is anticipated to take place this August, and construction is expected to last 18 months positioning the Irving Music Factory for a grand opening in late 2016. n

City’s 2013 Water Quality Report Available Online Irving’s water is safe to drink, and meets or exceeds standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Read more on Page 6.

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a Aaa rating to the City of Irving’s $19.7 million General Obligation Bonds (GO) and $21.4 million Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation (CO). Moody’s also has affirmed the Aaa on the city’s outstanding GO bonds. Citing Irving’s favorable location within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area; the city’s vibrant economy; and robust economic development activity, Moody’s underscored its confidence in Irving by issuing the Aaa rating with a stable outlook. The report called Irving’s management practices “strong, well embedded and likely sustainable.” “Moody’s also highlighted the city’s commitment to fiscal health and noted our strong operating surpluses that have improved our financial profile,” said City of Irving Interim Assistant City Manager and CFO Max Duplant. “Moody’s appreciates the diverse sectors our corporate partners reflect as well as our proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.” In addition, Standard & Poor’s assigned the Irving 2014 GOs and COs its AAA rating with a stable outlook citing strong budgetary flexibility, very strong budgetary performance and management conditions. The rating was affirmed on Irving’s existing GO and CO debt. To review city financial reports, visit and select “Financial Reports.” n

HEAT SAFETY TIPS The Texas Department of State Health Services is reminding residents to stay safe in the season of extreme heat. Residents are advised to take proactive measures to defend against heat-related sickness. Hot weather is part of life in Texas. Prolonged or intense heat stress can be fatal to anyone; however, people age 60 and older typically are most at risk. During heat waves, be mindful of the following heat-beating tips: u Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible u Avoid direct sunlight u Seek refuge in an air-conditioned shelter during extreme heat u Do not rely on a fan as a primary cooling device during an extreme heat event u Drink more water than usual and do not wait for signs of thirst to drink u Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar u Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing u Seek medical care immediately when experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting u When planning activities, choose cooler hours to be outdoors Scan code using a QR application to view ICTN’s special “Open Line” on summer safety.

Firefighters Trained to Use New, Life-Saving Equipment Irving residents and firefighters will be safer thanks to a $5,500 training grant from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to use life-saving tools. The grant provides the Fire Department with the necessary funds to send staff to critical rescue tool training. The Irving Fire Department was recommended for the grant by local Fireman’s Fund insurance agent Vickie Lundquist. Through the grant, Irving firefighters will learn the skills needed to repair and service extrication equipment and other essential rescue tools. Extrication equipment is used to more efficiently and rapidly rescue victims trapped in cars, collapsed buildings or other treacherous environments. Powered by hydraulics, these devices can cut through metal to free trapped victims. Without this equipment, it takes longer to rescue accident victims, decreasing their chances of survival. “It’s critical that our firefighters have the tools to provide the best service possible to the community,” said Assistant Fire Chief Rusty Wilson. “We are extremely thankful for this grant. This truly enables us to provide an increased level of service to the community by keeping our rescue equipment in working order.” “Equipping first responders with the latest life-saving training is critical to ensuring the safety of both firefighters and local residents,” added Lundquist. “I’m proud to be able to support this community in such a meaningful way.”

Animal Services Offers Summertime Pet Care Tips Animal intake at the Irving Animal Care Campus surges during summer months. Residents are reminded about responsible pet care, ownership. Spring and summertime are the natural periods when animals breed, meaning more litters of dogs and cats begin appearing. The number of animals taken in by the Irving Animal Care Campus (IACC) increases drastically in summer months for several reasons, said Animal Services Manager Corey Price. “We can’t stress enough the importance of spaying and neutering our dogs and cats,” Price said. “This is the season when animals naturally breed and our kitten and puppy populations rise. It helps if residents are proactive about their pets as well to help prevent unwanted litters.” Price also stressed the importance of implanting a microchip and getting a pet identification tag on all companion animals. Taking these steps helps ensure pets can be returned to their owners if they get loose or stray too far from home. In addition, the number of dogs and cats roaming Irving streets increases during the summer because many companion animals are not properly secured by their owners and run away. According to Price, one of the biggest reasons animals leave their homes is because they are scared by the loud noises coming from fireworks and firecrackers that many residents illegally set off in the summer. “Pet owners should be safety conscious,” Price said. “Fireworks are loud and scary for animals, so owners need to remember to secure their pets and try to keep

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them in a quiet spot, away from the noise and make sure they’re microchipped so we can get them back home if we need to.” Rising temperatures also mean pet owners should remember not to leave their animals locked inside their cars for any period of time. “Temperatures inside a car can get sweltering in mere minutes, even with the windows cracked,” Price added. “The best way Irving residents can assist the shelter is by adopting an animal from the IACC or telling friends and neighbors to adopt.” Animals can be adopted from the animal care campus for a small fee and all adopted pets have a microchip implanted and are vaccinated before being released to their new homes. Animals available for adoption through the IACC, 4140 Valley View Lane, can be found at animal-services. For pet care tips, IACC hours and other information, call (972) 721-2256. n

Fire Equipment Operator James Garner and Firefighter Christophe Doyal use skills from training to maintain rescue tools.

The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Founded in 1863 with a social mission to support the fire service, Fireman’s Fund awards grants to fire service organizations for life-saving equipment, firefighter training and community education programs. n

BARKING DOG ORDINANCE REMINDER As laws apply to people, there are laws that animals and animal owners must follow. The City of Irving enforces a Loud Animals Ordinance to maintain peaceful and quiet neighborhoods. Per Section 6-5 Loud Animals, of the City of Irving Code of Ordinances, it is a violation for anyone to harbor or keep on his or her premises, in or about premises under his or her control, any animal, which by loud or unusual barking or howling or by noise of any type, causes the peace and quiet of the occupant(s) of a surrounding property to be disturbed. The ordinance also specifies that a person commits an offense under this section if that person has been notified by the neighbors, the police, or an animal services officer of the problem and refuses or fails to correct the disturbance and prevent a recurrence. Those found in violation of this ordinance could be subject to fines and may have to submit written proof of a valid rabies vaccination and city registration for all animals harbored on the said property. Residents experiencing problems with noisy neighboring dogs or cats should try and discuss the issue with the animal owner. To report a violation this ordinance or for more information, call (972) 721-2256. n

JUNE 2014

Laughs by the Lake Lineup Lake Carolyn will serve as the backdrop when an allstar lineup of comedians will take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. July 18 at the Las Colinas Urban Center, 501 E. Las Colinas Blvd. Admission is free and parking is available at area garages. Talent lineup is below. Michelle Thomas (opener) | Thomas has set herself apart from the rest with her instant likeability and sarcastic charm. Youth enjoy free lunches

Free, Healthy Meals Available for Kids at City Recreation Centers From June 9 through Aug. 15, youth — age 18 and younger — can get a free lunch Monday through Friday at any Irving recreation center. Irving's Parks and Recreation Department will kick off the 10-week summer lunch program for the third consecutive year. The program results from a partnership among the City of Irving, Irving Independent School District (ISD), Texas Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It’s a natural partnership because Irving ISD’s children are the city’s children, so we’re all serving the same families and the same children, in turn it’s us helping us,” said Irving ISD Food and Nutrition Services Director Michael Rosenberger. Lunch preparation and delivery will be administered by Irving ISD. The healthy meals will complement the city’s summer camp activities at city recreation centers. Lunches will be similar to those served at

FOURTH OF JULY PARADE Named the Best Community Event in Irving for the third consecutive year, the Parks and Recreation Department’s Independence Day Celebration returns with a parade, concert and fireworks. Parade, Concert The parade will begin at 9 a.m. July 4 downtown and loop around Irving Boulevard beginning at Sowers Road. The parade will be followed with a concert and free watermelon in Heritage Park, 217 Main St. The concert will feature Kenny Chavez band. This year’s Independence Day Celebration is “American Traditions: Pops, Parades and Pizazz!” The parade’s theme is “Celebrating Historical Heroes and Landmark Legislation.”

Fireworks, Concert Due to construction on O’Connor Road, the evening concert and fireworks — which begins at 6 p.m. July 4 — will take place at 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd. (at Las Colinas Boulevard and Lake Carolyn Parkway). The celebration features ESCAPE: A Dallas Journey Tribute Band, the Irving symphony and fireworks. The event also will feature inflatables and food concessions. Event parking is available at area parking garages. For more information, visit n


school during the academic year. The lunch menu will feature both hot and cold meals, and will include one meat, two vegetables/fruit, bread and milk. “If young people have a few dollars, healthy food probably isn’t going to be their first choice,” said City of Irving Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Joe Moses. “Kids who come to city recreation centers will have access to free, healthy, balanced meals while school’s out — that’s one less thing parents have to worry about.”

Keith Manning (feature) | Manning is a brilliant combination of Southern charm and witty edge. Aaron Aryanpur (headliner) | Comedy Central has called Aryanpur “likable, well-written and fresh.” Winner of the 2012 “Funniest Comic in Texas,” Aryanpur has appeared in comedy clubs, festivals, arenas, bars, boardrooms and living rooms across the country. Comedian Q (host) | Quenton “Q” Coleman flawlessly combines hilarity and charisma to create a magnetic force in each show. Memphis Soul Band (post-show entertainment) Memphis Soul features a solid rhythm section, an aggressive horn section, and vibrant male and female lead singers. Attendees encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Several food vendors and a beer garden will offer food and refreshments for purchase. For more information, visit or call (972) 721-2501. n

Children age 18 and younger are eligible to participate in the free summer lunch program regardless of income. To learn more, visit Call nearest recreation center for lunch schedule and other details. n

Scan code using a QR application to watch the Laughs by the Lake promo featuring event talent.

Parks and Recreation Department Briefs Summer Splash Camp – Registration Continues Until Full City recreation centers will continue registration for the Summer Splash Camp as space allows. 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. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided, but campers should bring a sack lunch with them. Camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The cost for each session is $190 per child. Registration is on a firstcome, first-served basis. Residents must present a valid Irving Parks and Recreation (IPAR) card and at least one session’s payment to register. Call nearest recreation center for more information. Georgia Farrow Recreation Center 530 Davis Drive, (972) 721-2519 u Juneteenth Celebration. June 20–22 at the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Museum Complex, 3925 Jackson St. Enjoy a free, neighborhood party which commemorates the date that Texans first learned of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The weekend begins with a Friday night fish fry and continues Saturday with a march through Bear Creek, live music, food, vendor exhibits, a children’s fun zone, and tours of the Shelton/Bear Creek Cemetery and Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage museums. For more information, call (972) 721-2519. Heritage Senior Center 200 S. Jefferson St., (972) 721-2496 u Crop Til U Drop. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 7. Enjoy a day of scrapbooking. Bring photos, supplies and a snack to share with the group. Register by noon June 5. Cost is $7 for a half-day session or $10 for all day. Open to ages 50 and older.

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Abuse Awareness Seminar. 8:30 to 11 a.m. June 13. Join the Dallas Area Agency on Aging to discuss important information on elder abuse. This event is free, and open to adults age 18 and older. Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow Senior Expo. 9 a.m. to noon. June 27. Receive information on senior safety and health, and visit with vendors. Free.

Lively Pointe Youth Center 909 N. O’Connor Blvd., (972) 721-8090 u Teen Splash Jams. 7 to 11 p.m. June 14 at Lively Park Pool and June 28 at Cimarron Family Aquatic Center, 201 Red River Trail. Youth are invited to enjoy an evening of music, games and swimming. Complimentary pizza and soda will be served. Free admission for all middle and high school students with a valid IPAR card. In case of inclement weather, the Lively Pointe Jam will be moved inside; the Cimarron Jam will be cancelled. Northwest Park Recreation Center 2800 Cheyenne St., (972) 721-2529 u Sand Castle Creations. 1 to 3 p.m. June 20. Children in grades K–5 can use their imagination to build sand castles. Refreshments will be available. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Cost: $5 per person. Registration deadline is June 12. Senter Park Recreation Center 901 S. Senter Road, (972) 721-2641 u Outdoor Movie Night. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 28. Families are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the movie “Legoland.” Admission is free; concessions will be available for sale.

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Library Briefs u Soccer

Watch Parties – Celebrate the biggest sports series of the summer at the Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd., with live screenings of multiple soccer matches throughout the months of June and July. Times vary, so call ahead for details or visit

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Book Sale – The Friends of the Irving Public Library hosts its annual summer book sale June 5–8 at 3000 Rock Island Road. The book sale will have a member’s only preview from 5 to 8 p.m. June 5. Memberships will be available at the door. The sale is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6 and 7; and 1 to 5 p.m. June 8. Proceeds support library book purchases and programs such as Summer Reading Challenge and the Big Read.

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Snacks – The library is participating in the Seamless Summer Snacks program. Healthy snacks are available to youth 18 and younger Monday through Friday at all locations. Call for snack times or visit the nearest library.

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Alive: Jules Verne Scavenger Hunt – 2 p.m. June 12, Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Take a voyage extraordinaire to the center of information in a Jules Verne inspired scavenger hunt for youth grades 6–12. First-place team wins iPod Shuffles. Second- and third-place winners receive iTunes gift cards.

Library Promotes Literacy with Summer Reading Challenge During the science-themed Summer Reading Challenge, readers of all ages will have the opportunity to enjoy entertainment and win prizes. Children’s Summer Reading Challenge – Silly Strings Variety Show! Kick off Irving’s Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) with playful crafts, and an interactive performance with Le Theatre de Marionette’s wide assortment of stringed puppets at the following dates and locations: u June 7 – 2:30 p.m., Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. u June 9 – 2:30 p.m., East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road u June 10 – 2:30 p.m., West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road u June 11 – 2:30 p.m., Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail Funded in part by Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, call (972) 721-4612 or visit for more SRC events.

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of (After) Life Author Panel – 7 p.m. June 19, Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Meet the authors of some of the creepiest young adult literature — Kendare Blake, Jennifer Archer, Tara Hudson, Sonia Gensler and guest moderator Rosemary Clement-Moore. Following a questionand-answer session, authors will sign autographs. Books available for purchase while supplies last.


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Your Imagination” Middle Grade Author Panel – 7 p.m. June 26, Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Explore what sparks the imagination with middle grade authors Karen Harrington, Polly Holyoke, Jeramey Kraatz and Claire Legrand. The panel will be led by moderator and Irving ISD Librarian Lisa Cartwright. A signing will follow with books available for purchase while supplies last. Open to all ages.

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Children’s Summer Reading Challenge – Fizz! Boom! Read! Irving’s SRC is a great way to keep kids learning during the summer break. Research shows children who participate in summer reading programs are more confident readers and score higher on reading tests. Participants earn prizes by reading for 20 minutes or more daily. During SRC 2014: Fizz! Boom! Read! the library becomes a living laboratory where children can experiment with reading and explore the science of everyday life. Each branch hosts science and magic acts, puppet theaters, craft events, and live animal

shows weekly at 2:30 p.m. between June 7 and July 31. Weekly Event Schedule – East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road u Tuesday – West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road u Wednesday – Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail u Saturday – Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. u Monday

Teen Summer Reading Challenge: Spark a Reaction Students will enjoy techno-crafts, cupcake decorating competitions, tween and teen author panels, a Dr. Who celebration and an end-of-summer Steampunk party. Prizes and free books will be awarded to teens for meeting their weekly reading challenges. Reading logs for participants in grades 6–12 will double as entries into the Spark a Reaction iPad Mini giveaway. Limit one reading log/entry per week. Adult Summer Reading Challenge – Literary Elements Adults can earn rewards and enter into drawings for fun summer prizes with every four books read. Adults are invited to attend library book clubs, author panels and family events. For a list of author visits and book club meetings, visit SRC 2014: Fizz! Boom! Read! is sponsored by the Friends of the Irving Public Library. Visit cityofirving. org/library or any Irving Public Library location for more information. n

Stepping Stones to 5

Library Calendar

This summer, the library is introducing an educational series designed to provide learning opportunities for young children. Stepping Stones to 5 focuses on the five components for early childhood literacy: reading, writing, talking, singing and playing.

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Partnering with local cultural and educational organizations, from June to October, the Central Library will offer five programs for children up to age 5. Goals of the series are to support school readiness, to foster a love of books and reading, and to provide parents practical learning activities to use with their children. The series will kick off with Safety Rules! from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 28 at the Central Library. Other series dates are July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25, each focusing on a different topic or activity. For more information, call (972) 721-2458. n


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4 – noon. Midweek Mysteries, Central Library June 4 – 4:30 p.m. Young Adult Action Council, Central Library June 10 – 6:30 p.m. Movie Night @ the Library, Central Library June 12 – 4:30 p.m. Science in 30, Central Library June 12 – 7 p.m. I’m PINTERESTed, Valley Ranch Library June 14 – 2 p.m. Irving Chautauqua, Central Library June 14 – 8:30 p.m. TeenScene Outdoor Movie, Central Library June 18 – 4:30 p.m. First Look Book Club, Valley Ranch Library June 18 – 7 p.m. Based on Reality Nonfiction Book Club, Central Library

Visit for a complete list of programs.

JUNE 2014

IN THE GALLERIES 29th Annual Texas and Neighbors Exhibition Through June 7 | Main Gallery | Free Presented by the Irving Art Association in partnership with the Irving Arts Center, this juried exhibit features mixed-media works from artists in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Arts Center Sizzles This Summer Get artsy with the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Visit or call (972) 252-7558 for calendar and tickets. June 6–14 | Shakespeare in Hollywood 2:30 p.m. Sun. and Thurs.; 8 p.m. Sat. l Dupree Theater l $16–$21 MainStage Irving-Las Colinas presents Ken Ludwig’s hilarious take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” set in Hollywood in 1934. June 9–13 | Raiders of the Lost Arts “Rock Stars” Camp 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. l Art Lab l $210 (discounts available) Campers, age 6-12, get inspiration from the mysteries of Stonehenge, make Byzantine medallions, create cave paintings and petroglyphs, explore 88 keys during an introduction to piano class, and rumble into fun during gymnastics. June 9–27 | Seussical Jr. Lyric Stage Musical Theatre Intensive Camp 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. l Carpenter Lobby | $685 Youth, age 12-18, will shine in a production of Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty’s Seussical Jr. produced by Lyric Stage. The camp features in-depth instruction from musical theatre professionals. June 13–22 | Titanic, The Musical 8 p.m. Thurs., Fri. and Sat. and 2:30 p.m. Sun. l Carpenter Hall l $25–$53 The winner of five Tony Awards in 1999 including Best Musical returns to the Irving Arts Center in June accompanied by the 35-piece Lyric Stage Orchestra. June 15 | East Meets West: Paintings and Flowers Exhibition Reception 2 to 4 p.m. | Main Gallery l Free Join the members of the Association of Oriental Arts and the Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters of Ikebana International for the opening of their annual exhibition featuring Chinese brush paintings of Texas subjects and Ikebana. Enjoy refreshments and demonstrations.

June 16–20 | Raiders of the Lost Arts “Dig It” Camp 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. l Art Lab l $210 (discounts available) Campers, age 6-12, will be inspired by the wonders found in an archaeological dig as they make dinosaur tracks from plaster, create clay bas-relief tiles using earth pigments and precious metals and more. June 16–20 | Jr. Raiders Imagination Exploration Theatre Mini-Camp 9:30 to 11 a.m. l Art Lab l $75 (discounts available) Using creative dramatics, 4- and 5-year-olds will be introduced to theatre by playing interactive games and participating in a showcase performance for parents. June 21 | Juneteenth Poetry Slam and Jam Event 8 p.m. l Dupree Theater l $15 (advance); $20 (door) Produced by award-winning poet Michael Guinn, Irving Black Arts Council presents this celebration of creative writing with youth poetry competition. June 23–27 | Raiders of the Lost Arts “Ancient Mysteries” Camp 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. l Art Lab l $210 (discounts available) Campers, age 6-12, learn how to go from mud to clay masterpieces, use watercolors and drawing techniques, make prints, build and play musical instruments and discover dance. June 23–27 | Jr. Raiders “Treasure Hunters” Art Mini-Camp 9:30 to 11 a.m. l Art Lab l $75 (discounts available) Campers, age 4-5, get an introduction to making art using paint, clay, yarn and other materials. June 29 | Dave Tanner Band Encore 2:30 p.m. l Carpenter Hall l $20; $5 students w/ID The Entertainment Series of Irving presents an encore performance of Dave Tanner and his band.

North Texas Asian Photographers Association Through June 29 | Dupree Theater Lobby | Free Photography by members of North Texas Asian Photographer’s Association includes work by C.T. Chien such as “Fireworks” (below). Works in the show depict travel, nature, cultural events and the seasons. Irving Art Association Winners Exhibit June 7–July 6 | Focus Gallery | Free See award-winning artwork from the Irving Art Association’s juried members show. Chinese Brush Paintings and Flowers June 15–July 6 | Main Gallery | Free This annual exhibition presented by The Association of Oriental Arts features Chinese brush paintings by members and Ikebana (the Japanese art of floral arranging) by members of the Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters of Ikebana International. Artists reception and demonstrations from 2 to 4 p.m. June 15. A David Small World Through August 31 | Carpenter Hall Lobby | Free Seventy original works by award-winning children’s book illustrator and author David Small are showcased in this exhibit. His droll wit shines through his art and writing in books like “George Washington’s Cows” and “Fenwick’s Suit.” Small received the Caldecott Medal for “So, You Want to Be President?” by Judith St. George. This exhibition was organized and toured by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas. Gallery Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit or call (972) 252-7558 for more information.

Arts Center Makes Call for Volunteer Panelists The Irving Arts Center is looking for Irving residents with a passion for performing and visual arts to serve as Advisory Grant Review Panelists. The Irving Arts Center is searching for Irving residents to serve as 2015-16 Advisory Grant Review Panelists. Panelists volunteer their time as a service to the Irving Arts Center and the Irving arts community and are appointed for a two-year term. Panelists are expected to attend events of funded organizations during their terms (tickets provided by the Irving Arts Center). Viable candidates should have knowledge of the visual and/or performing arts as practicing artists, experience through other participation in the arts, or attend a variety of arts events as a consumer. Only Irving residents are eligible to apply. Panelists do


not make funding decisions. They review the grant applications, rank them and assess the probability of each applicant achieving its proposed project goals. The panel provides advice and guidance to the Arts Board in making the funding recommendations. For FY 2015, three panel members from the pool of applicants will be appointed by the Irving Arts Board in August. Application forms are available in the “Get Involved” section at and are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 1. Call (972) 252-7558, ext. 1242 or email for more information.n

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2013 Water Quality Report Summary

Resident Advisory: Stage Three Restrictions Remain in Effect Water restrictions remain at Stage 3. If lake conditions improve, restrictions may be relaxed to Stage 2. Check regularly for updates. Industrial, Commercial, Multifamily u Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday only. u Odd-numbered addresses may water on Wednesday only.

As the drought continues, water restrictions remain at Stage 3. Under Stage 3 water restrictions, no irrigation is permitted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on any day. Below are watering guidelines now in effect for residential, industrial, commercial and multifamily water customers. During any drought stage, the best approach is to keep automatic systems turned off to avoid accidental activation.

Violators of Stage 3 Water Restrictions as well as those who operate irrigation systems during precipitation are subject to fines of up to $2,000.

Residential u Even-numbered addresses (those ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may water on Saturday only. u Odd-numbered addresses (those ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may water on Sunday only.


Pursuant to Congress’ 1996 amendment to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the City of Irving Water Utilities Department and other community systems must provide customers with an annual report on drinking water quality. Each year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the City of Dallas provide water quality data. Once the data is received, it is compiled into a report and made available to Irving water customers by July 1. Under the SDWA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for setting national limits for hundreds of substances in drinking water and it also specifies various treatments water systems must use to remove these substances. Similarly, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health. Data gathered from ongoing testing confirm Irving’s tap water is safe to drink, and meets or exceeds all standards set by the EPA. When drinking water meets federal standards, there may not be any health benefits to purchasing bottled water. In addition, Irving’s water rates are among the lowest of any major North Texas municipality. To learn more about the sources of the city’s water supply as well as detailed information on the substances contained therein, review the City of Irving’s 2013 Water Quality Report in its entirety at or scan the code at left using a QR application on an Internet-enabled tablet or similar device. n

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No watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

City-Sponsored Site Helps Residents Water Smart, a new website from the Irving’s Water Utilities Department, lets users know how much and how often to water lawns. The City of Irving wants to help residents by taking the guesswork out of watering their lawns. Working alongside Texas A&M University’s Agrilife extension service, the city has installed two weather stations — one in north Irving and another in south Irving. The stations take daily measurements of the temperature, rainfall, humidity, and solar radiation to help determine how much water is needed by plants and crops to be healthy. The stations are located at the Criminal Justice Center and at Sam Houston Trail Park. Each station costs about $6,000 in equipment and set-up fees, and will cost about $5,000 a year to maintain. Residents and businesses are encouraged to set up an account, which will send weekly updates with the exact amount of time needed to water turf and garden areas each week, given the weather conditions. The purpose of the new system is to help ensure residents and businesses are getting the water that is needed while doing their part to conserve. To register, go to, choose “City of Irving,” select location on the map, and enter

the precipitation rate for sprinkler system or hosefed sprinkler. Residents and business owners who do not know the precipitation rate can calculate it by answering a few questions about their type of sprinkler system or by conducting a catch-can test using the instructions provided on the website. While this test provides the greatest accuracy, the number .75 can be used as the precipitation rate. That number is based on a test city staff ran with an oscillating sprinkler. Then, select “Sign Up for Weekly Email” to begin receiving an email with watering recommendations. Since December, the City of Irving has been under Stage 3 drought restrictions. Residents are encouraged to keep irrigation to a minimum but are allowed to water once each week. n

Scan code using a QR application to view a promo produced by Irving Community Television Network.

JUNE 2014

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION Solid Waste Services will offer a household hazardous waste collection opportunity from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 14 at 3000 Rock Island Road.

Youth learn how to fight the bite

Tom Dickens explains the Four Ds to youth

Irving Community Fights the Bite During Fight the Bite Week in Irving, June 23−27, city staff will reach out to youth at recreation centers to discuss mosquito-borne illness prevention. Peak mosquito season in the North Texas region continues through September. Irving residents are reminded to defend themselves against West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses by following the “Four Ds.” Dusk/Dawn – the times of day to stay indoors. Dress – wear long sleeves and long pants when outdoors during these times. DEET – an ingredient to look for when purchasing and using insect repellent.

Drain – minimize outside standing water so it does not become a mosquito breeding site. The chance of a person becoming ill from a mosquito bite is low, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says prevention is the best bet. Children and adults 50 years of age and older are most at risk. Report issues to the Vector Control Hotline at (972) 721-3755. For more information and other tips, visit n

Items accepted include pool chemicals, cleaners and polishes, craft and hobby supplies, lawn and garden chemicals, chemical products for home use, home repair products, automotive fluids and fluorescent light bulbs. Vouchers for the household hazardous waste collection opportunity are required and can be requested through Solid Waste Services by calling (972) 721-8059. As a reminder, automobile tires, lead-acid batteries, used motor oil, latex paint and oil filters are accepted as part of normal trash collection services in Irving. Residents are asked to set these items out separately from trash on normal trash day for collection. For more information, visit n Scan code using a QR application to learn more about household hazardous waste collection.

Think Green … Be Green in the Summer Months Find a complete list of Think Green ... Be Green classes and events at For more information, call (972) 721-2355. Backyard Composting − Short Class Learn how to compost using the hot and cold methods. Students will learn about the benefits of compost and applications in gardening. There also will be a discussion on types of materials to use in building a compost pile as well as troubleshooting composting problems. Registration encouraged.

will be available to answer questions. Registration is required. Seating is limited.

Tuesday, June 3 6 to 8 p.m. Max G. Greiner Environment Center Southeast corner of Conflans and Gilbert roads

Smart Summertime Water Usage Participants will learn how to maintain landscape with minimal water usage during the hottest part of the year. Students also will learn basic indoor and outdoor water practices to help cut back on the summer water bill. Registration encouraged.

Beekeeping 101 This free class will give students more insight into the life and important work of the honey bee as well as information about how to become a beekeeper including costs, equipment, setup, location, time commitment and resources. Local hobby beekeepers

Saturday, June 7 9 to 11 a.m. Location announced upon registration. Speaker: Dennis Blackner, Local Hobby Beekeeper

Saturday, June 21 9 a.m. to noon Valley View Municipal Complex, 333 Valley View Lane Speaker: Barry Allen, City of Irving, Water Utilities Department Aquaponics Workshop Learn the ins and outs of operating a backyard aquaponic system in this full-day course. Everything from components and basic biology to water chemistry and planting density will be discussed. In the afternoon session, there will be a handson project, where the student will help construct a system from an intermediate bulk container tote. Instruction materials are included in the fee. Registration is required by June 20.

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK SURVEY Residents who have contacted or interacted with the Code Enforcement Department are invited to participate in an online public input opportunity. Whether reporting code violations, discussing a licensing matter or inquiring about an inspection issue, providing prompt, accurate and friendly service is the goal of every Code Enforcement team member. To share comments on the quality of service received from the Code Enforcement Department, visit, locate the “Public Input” tab and select the “Code Enforcement Customer Service Survey” link. Feedback will be used to improve the level of service to customers. n

Saturday, June 28 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location provided upon registration. Cost: $30 per person Speaker: Adam Cohen, Green Phoenix Farms Owner


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CITY SNAPSHOTS Residents and visitors are enjoying the Texas sun as well as Irving’s thriving social scene. Here are some snapshots from recreational and cultural events held in Irving.

Van Duyne, Webb, Ward Elected to Serve on Irving’s City Council Irving residents re-elected incumbent Mayor Beth Van Duyne and District 3 Councilman Dennis Webb during the election held on May 10. Residents voted in newly elected Oscar Ward to represent District 5. Irving operates under a council-manager form of government where council sets city policy and the city manager is responsible for organizational operations. Residents elect a mayor and eight council members to serve the city. All council members are elected for three-year terms. Elected officials are under a mixed system of single-member districts and at-large seats.

Irving Firefighters prepare for dragon boat racing at the Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival at Lake Carolyn.

At the Irving Bike Fest, attendees enjoy the BMX Stunt Show by Big Time Actionsports at Lively Pointe Skate Park.

Following is a complete list of the City Council: u Mayor − Beth Van Duyne (at-large) u Place 1 − John C. Danish u Place 2 − Allan E. Meagher (at-large) u Place 3 − Dennis Webb u Place 4 − Joe Putnam u Place 5 − Oscar Ward u Place 6 − Brad M. LaMorgese u Place 7 − Gerald Farris u Place 8 − Thomas D. Spink (at-large)

Beth Van Duyne

Dennis Webb

Oscar Ward

Council meetings are held at least once a month on Thursdays, beginning at 7 p.m. Meeting dates are posted on the city’s website at For more information, call the City Secretary’s Office at (972) 721-2493. All of the City Council meetings can be viewed live on Irving Community Television Network’s cable Channel 95 – Time Warner and Channel 31 – Verizon, Channel 99 – AT&T, and at n

City Solicits Resident Input for FY 2014–15 Budget Residents can weigh in on city finances at upcoming budget hearings. In addition, the Budget Guy is now taking questions from the public. Residents enjoy the sounds of Brave Combo at the first installment of the 2014 International Concert Series.

Planning for the city’s 2014–15 fiscal year budget is under way. Residents have the opportunity to provide input on the budget during several upcoming public hearings. Comments can be made to the City Council on any aspect of the budget including programs, projects, rates and fees. Public input sessions are set for June 5 and 26. Two additional hearings will be held to comment on the proposed budget following the budget retreat in August. Adoption of the FY 2014−15 budget is scheduled for Sept. 18.

All hearings are at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. The city’s budget year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Call the City Secretary’s Office at (972) 721-2493 to confirm hearing dates. To review the FY 2013−14 budget, visit cityofirving. org. While at, residents are welcome to provide public input. Simply locate the “Public Input” tab on the city’s homepage. In addition, questions regarding municipal financial matters can be sent to Allow up to five business days for a response. n

The City of Irving hosted more than 270,000 people for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

City Holiday/No Trash Collection In observance of Independence Day, there will be no residential trash, curbside recycling or brush collection July 4. In addition, the following facilities will be closed: The City of Irving hosted the North Texas LPGA Shootout in Las Colinas for the second consecutive year.

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RISE Adaptive Sports held the WCMX No Excuses Throwdown at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

City Hall Heritage/North Lake aquatic centers Hunter Ferrell Landfill Irving Arts Center Libraries Recreation centers Drop-off recycling centers

The drop-off recycling centers, Hunter Ferrell Landfill and Irving libraries will resume normal business hours July 5. All other offices and services will resume normal business hours July 7. n

Irving Stays StormReady The Office of Emergency Management received the StormReady recertification from the National Weather Service in front of City Council on May 8. Mark Fox, Warning and Coordination Meteorologist, came out to present the recertification award to Emergency Management Team Members. StormReady is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their residents during severe weather. StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives. Irving is one of the 79 communities within the State of Texas to receive this certification. For more information, visit n

“City Spectrum” is published by the City of Irving Communications Department to keep residents informed. This award-winning publication is distributed monthly to more than 94,000 Irving households. Derrick Thompson / Editor Heather Taylor / Design Supervisor Tammy Hanson / Editorial Coordinator

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