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Progress continues in the Road to the Future project by adding an innovative concrete mixing truck to the City of Irving fleet.


Emergency Management provides disaster Enjoy one of the many spring activities including a preparedness information and tips for residents bunny show, robotics programs and egg hunts at an in the event that a natural disaster strikes. Irving library or a recreation center location. AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE CITY OF IRVING




MARCH 2018 / VOL 24 / NO 3


ACTIVITIES, ADOPTIONS, PET HEALTH PLANNED FOR 2018 PET PAWLOOZA Enjoy a fun-filled, pet-centric day at Pet Pawlooza on April 7. The Irving Animal Care Campus (IACC) will celebrate the 8th anniversary since its opening in 2010 with Pet Pawlooza, which promises to be a fun-filled day for families and their pets, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 at the IACC and the adjacent Irving Dog Park, 4140 Valley View Lane.

Kickstart a Career with a Parks and Recreation Summer Job Teenagers do not need to spend the summer surfing on the sofa when they can learn new skills, make new friends and, best of all, earn money. The City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department is looking for seasonal employees to work for the summer. Become an Irving Lifeguard Anyone who enjoys being poolside should become a lifeguard. These positions are especially good for students considering a career in the medical or emergency response fields. Lifeguards are certified in first aid, CPR and automated external defibrillator, which can be listed on résumés and college applications. Lifeguard certification classes are offered through the City of Irving. There is a fee to take the class, but scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis to help with the cost. There also are physical requirements that candidates must meet to qualify. Visit Lifeguards-and-Employment for more information on the hiring process and how to apply. Fritz Park Petting Farm Positions by the pool are not the only spots the city needs to fill. Parks and Recreation needs part-time employees to work at the Fritz Park Petting Farm. For nearly 50 years, the petting farm has welcomed children of all ages to get up close and interact with the animals. Employees feed and hydrate the animals, help keep areas clean and supervise visitors. The experience also serves as an educational opportunity. The farm is home to chickens, cows, goats, horses, sheep, turkeys, rabbits and even peacocks. Help With Summer Camp Events and Activities Parks and Recreation also needs employees to oversee the summer camps offered at several of the city’s recreation centers. Candidates should be willing to work with children, be active and engage in the varied activities the summer camps offer.

Daylight Saving Time: Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery Residents are reminded to advance clocks one hour for Daylight Saving Time on March 11. As part of the Irving Fire Department’s “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign, it is recommended that residents also replace smoke detector batteries when resetting clocks. n

Summer Jobs Offer Future Opportunities Since the opening of the first aquatic and recreation centers, the city has needed employees to supervise patrons and keep them safe. The City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department has employed hundreds of teenagers over the years, many of whom have returned during the summer, whether to save money for tuition or their first car, or just to make extra cash. “Working with Parks and Recreation also may lead to discovering a calling or a talent they never knew they had,” said Mayor Rick Stopfer. “As a lifeguard they might discover the value of emergency aid, or as a summer camp counselor how well they connect with children. These aren’t just summer jobs to keep them busy. These positions can truly shape and form the adults they’ll become.” Building professional relationships with city staff and cultivating those connections is another benefit of working during the summer.

For those considering adding a new member to the family, Irving Animal Services and its partner, DFW Humane Society, will offer $5 adoptions for dogs and cats. Monetary donations to benefit IACC animals also will be accepted. Admission to Pet Pawlooza is free and open to everyone. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes to the canine-themed carnival that will feature music, pet-centric demonstrations and vendors, food vendors, and fun and games for dogs and people alike. Attending dogs must be on a leash with up-to-date vaccinations.

“After high school or college, many students are left wondering what their next step is,” said City Manager Chris Hillman. “Maybe there’s a spot here with the city that’s right for them. The advantages of holding a summer position with the city are truly endless.” Those interested in any of these positions should prepare a résumé listing education, extracurricular activities, volunteer history and, if applicable, previous work experience. Aside from achievements and skills, résumés should highlight a positive attitude and personality. Qualifying candidates also will have to consent to a background check. Seasonal employment opportunities typically open during March or in the following weeks. Visit to apply. n

Free rabies vaccinations and microchipping will be available to pets of Irving residents; proof of residency is required. Low-cost pet vaccinations and other health services will be available on-site for an additional fee through the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP). View TCAP’s other services at The IACC is a cooperative partnership between Irving Animal Services and the DFW Humane Society, and it is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Adoptions must be processed 30 minutes before closing. To see a current listing of animals available for adoption or to learn more about the IACC, visit or call (972) 721-2256. n




In the Galleries Free guided gallery tours are offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Wild Bees: Photographs by Paula Sharp and Ross Eatman

Vituoso Trumpet Soloist Gary Guthman performs March 10.

Through March 25 | Dupree Lobby Gallery | Free Featuring dazzling macro photographs of wild bees in their natural habitats, the photography of Paula Sharp and Ross Eatman brings viewers closer to wild bees. Through their lenses, the tremendous variety of shapes, colors and sizes of the insect is captured. The essential role bees play in our planet’s health comes into view.

Beatlemania now pays tribute to the Fab Four on March 25.

On March 16, Entertainment Series of Irving presents musical comedy team Duo Baldo.

Irving Arts Center’s Sensational Spring Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., is a Smithsonian affiliate institution that is home to many forms of art and entertainment. To learn more, visit or call (972) 252-7558. March 1 | JumpstART – Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss 10 a.m. | Suite 200 | Free Green eggs and ham, anyone? Come celebrate the legendary author and illustrator of such classics as “Horton Hears a Who,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and “The Lorax.” Explore new stories and fun art projects on the first Thursday of each month during this creative story time that combines art and children’s literature. Create a take-home art project and then browse the galleries as part of this fun morning activity. March 1-4 | My Fair Lady – Dallas Baptist University College of Fine Arts 7:30 p.m. March 1-4; 2 p.m. March 2-4 | Carpenter Hall | $13.50-$16.50 When Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” opened on Broadway, it collected six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, while the film version took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” “My Fair Lady” is that rare musical by which all others are measured. Dallas Baptist University’s College of Fine Arts presents this classic tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady. March 3, 10, 17 and 24 | Saturday Farmers Market, Four Seasons Markets 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | South Parking Lot | Free Four Seasons Markets were established to develop and manage European-style markets where ranchers, farmers, specialty food producers and artisanal craftsmen can interact with customers and other vendors in a colorful, exciting, family friendly atmosphere that mimics the village markets popular throughout Europe. Shop the market every Saturday, then cool off while viewing the galleries. March 7 | A Night at the Theater – Lone Star Youth Orchestra 7 p.m. | Carpenter Hall | $6.50-$13.50 Set imagination free with music and stories from the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, performing the music of the theater. Scores from the silver screen and the theater take center stage, coming to life in a new way on the orchestral stage. March 10 | All That Jazz – Irving Symphony Orchestra 7:30 p.m. | Carpenter Hall | $38-$49 Swing, swing, swing with the Irving Symphony Orchestra as they present a tribute to great jazz legends with virtuoso trumpet soloist, Gary Guthman. It’s a big band extravaganza featuring the music of Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Glenn Miller and more!

March 11 | Second Sunday Funday: Lone Star State of Mind with the Irving Quilt Guild 1 to 4 p.m. | Suite 200 | Free Every second Sunday, Irving Arts Center hosts Family Funday – a free program that’s fun for the whole family. This month, the Irving Quilt Guild will helplead a craft project that celebrates National Quilting, Women’s History and Texas History months.

Artist of Hope: Steven Lavaggi March 3-June 24 | Carpenter Lobby | Free Steven Lavaggi is an Austin-based artist who has been painting professionally for more than 45 years. His large color field paintings contain a spontaneous energy that captures the imagination while evoking elemental imagery of earth, fire, water and the heavens. Known internationally as the “Artist of Hope,” Lavaggi’s core message is faith, hope and love.

March 16 | Duo Baldo, Entertainment Series of Irving 7:30 p.m. | Carpenter Hall | $26.50 The musical comedy team, Duo Baldo, is comprised of renowned violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi. Their critically acclaimed performances combine virtuosic performances, theatrical humor and pop culture. March 16-31 | Witness for the Prosecution, MainStage 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. | Dupree Theater | $21-$28 Innocent until proven guilty? Leonard Vole is on trial for the grisly murder of esteemed London socialite Emily French. While facing these vicious allegations, only one thing stands between Leonard and the end of a rope … his wife. Will she come to his defense even though she is a witness for the prosecution? Or will her testimony be the evidence that hangs him? This chilling courtroom thriller unfolds one biting detail at a time, twisting perceptions of fact and fiction. Show Schedule: ● 7  :30 p.m. | March 16-17, 23-24, 29-31 ● 2:30 p.m. | March 18 and 25 March 17 | Rachel Kudo – Piano, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m. | Carpenter Hall | $16.50-$46.50 Carl Maria von Weber’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Eb Major will be performed with guest conductor Piotr Sulkowski and Rachel Kudo on piano.

Psychedelic Universe II by Steven Lavaggi

Annual Exhibition of Irving ISD Student Artwork March 7-April 23 | Main and Focus Galleries | Free This annual exhibition showcases the work of students in the Irving Independent School District. Works by elementary, middle and high school students are displayed. ● E  lementary March 7-19 | Exhibition 7:30 p.m. | March 8 | Reception/Open House ● M  iddle School March 22-April 4 | Exhibition 7:30 p.m. | March 29 | Reception/Open House ● H  igh School General April 7-18 | Exhibition 7:30 p.m. | April 12 | Reception ● H  igh School Senior Portfolio April 21-May 6 | Exhibition dates 6 to 7:30 p.m. | May 1 | Reception

March 24 | Child’s Play, Irving Chorale 7 p.m. | Carpenter Hall | $8-$15 Irving Chorale’s annual collaboration with Irving ISD’s Elementary Honor Choir reimagines children’s folk songs of years gone by. The Irving Chorale will present “Five Days That Changed the World” by Bob Chilcott, a fivemovement piece combining adult and children’s voices. March 25 | Beatlemania Now, 7 p.m. | Carpenter Hall | $35 Recapture the excitement, mood and frantic intensity as Beatlemania Now performs incredible note-for-note renditions of classics from the Fab Four’s entire career, live on-stage against a backdrop of stunning imagery from that bygone era of peace, love, and ... Beatlemania! March 31 | Aga Khan Foundation Youth Summit Noon to 4 p.m. | Suite 200 | Free The summit features the works of high school students who have participated in art, spoken word and innovative challenge competitions.

Summer Camp Alert! Registration Opening March 15 for Weeklong Art Adventures on Route 66 Beginning March 15, summer art adventure camps will be open for registration. Campers ages 4-6 will experience the thrill of an epic road trip adventure (while parked) at Irving Arts Center. Traveling down famed Route 66 (this year’s camp theme), itineraries will include adventures in visual arts, music, creative writing and more. Led by professional art educators, camps are offered weekly June 4 - Aug. 10. For a complete listing of camps and to register, visit n

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A bee in flight in New York’s Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Ross Eatman photography.

Artwork from the 2014 Senior Portfolio Exhibition

Finding a Sense of Place: Matthew Joseph Jones March 10 - April 1 | Focus Galleries | Free Thesis Exhibition by Matthew Jones, a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Dallas. Jones creates evocative art rendered in the medium of encaustic on panel.

Path Less Chosen by Matthew Joseph Jones

Gallery Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed. and Fri.; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thur.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and 1 to 5 p.m. Sun.

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Emergency Preparedness Guide To request emergency management presentations and disaster preparedness public information materials, visit Learn More


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Although lightning kills or injures hundreds of people every year, most deaths from lightning can be prevented. On the average, six people die each year in Texas from lightning strikes.

Natural Hazards

Outdoor Warning System Reminder Know what to do when the city’s outdoor warning sirens are activated during inclement weather. ●

D  o take cover inside a building on the first floor in an interior room, closet or bathroom that does not have windows.

D  o not call 911, police or fire dispatch for information. If there is inclement weather in the area and the sirens are activated, assume there is the possibility of a tornado and take cover immediately.

Natural hazards are severe and extreme weather events that occur naturally in all parts of the world. The Irving area is more vulnerable to natural hazards, such as severe storms, flash flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, extreme heat and winter weather. Natural hazards become natural disasters when people’s lives and livelihoods are destroyed. It is important to know about some of the natural disasters that may affect Irving and how to be prepared.

Siren Testing

The city’s iALERT notification system provides residents with critical information during emergencies or critical situations. It allows public safety officials to notify the city’s population about gas leaks, boil water notices, power outages, crime alerts or other high-priority events.

Stay Prepared for Emergencies

Disaster Kit The kit should include enough supplies to meet needs for at least three days. Store supplies in a sturdy, easy-tocarry, water-resistant container. Keep a smaller kit in the car trunk. The disaster supply kit should include: 1. A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day) and food that will not spoil. 2. One change of clothing and footwear per person. 3. One blanket or sleeping bag per person. 4. A  first aid kit with prescription medications. 5. Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries. 6. A  n extra set of car keys and cash. 7. S  pecial items for an infant, elderly or disabled family member. 8. A  n extra pair of glasses. 9. Those who take medicine will need enough to last at least a week. Keep a copy of prescriptions and dosage information. If a weeklong supply is not possible, keep as much on hand as possible, and talk to a doctor about what else should be done to prepare. 10. Auto emergency kits should contain blankets and warm clothing, booster cables and tools, bottled water, canned fruits and nuts, first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, traction mats or chains, a shovel and emergency prescription medication.


Lightning always accompanies thunderstorms, so keep an eye and ear to the sky. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Even if you can’t hear thunder, you may still be at risk.

Residents Encouraged to Register for iALERT

The sirens are tested at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, unless the sky is overcast or there is inclement weather in the area.

Create a Family Disaster Plan: ● M  eet with family members and discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to occur. ● E  xplain what to do in each case. ● D  esignate two places to meet. ● D  evelop an emergency communication plan. ● A  sk an out-of-town relative or friend to be a “family contact.” ● D  iscuss what to do if authorities request evacuation. ● B  e familiar with escape routes. ● P  lan how to take care of pets.

Always seek shelter indoors during a lightning storm. If you must stay outside, keep away from metal objects, find a ditch or shelter and stay away from hilltops and open fields. Most importantly, stay away from open water and tall trees — both are great lightning conductors.

Earthquakes An earthquake is the shaking of the earth caused by a sudden movement of rock beneath its surface. Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. These rumblings occur at any time of the year and at any time of the day or night. Millions of earthquakes occur around the world every year, and the vast majority are minor. Irving’s quakes range from 1.1 to 3.6, which are considered minor. Earthquake Safety Tips ● W  hen in a high-rise building, move against an interior wall or under a desk or table. Protect your head and neck with your arms. Do not use the elevators. ● W  hen outdoors, move to a clear area away from trees, signs, buildings or downed electrical wires and poles. ● W  hen on a sidewalk near buildings, duck into a doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster and other debris. ● W  hen driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay inside your vehicle until the shaking stops. ● W  hen in a crowded store or other public place, move away from display shelves containing objects that could fall. Do not rush for the exit. ● W  hen in a stadium or theater, stay in your seat, get below the level of the back of the seat and cover your head and neck with your arms.

Residents may specify areas of the city they want to receive information about by adding addresses such as their home, schools or daycare centers, nursing homes or job locations. The service is completely customizable. Residents can select the areas to be notified about and can sign up to receive up-to-the-minute information, keeping their families safe during an emergency. The application will contact the communication devices selected by those who sign up, including mobile phones, landlines, smartphones, email, SMS and instant messaging — in the order specified by the user’s account. Residents and businesses with listed telephone numbers have already been included in the system; however, they are encouraged to use the registration link to add additional ways to be contacted, such as cellphone numbers or email addresses. All information provided will be kept confidential. For more information, visit

Flooding ●

I f flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Leave areas subject to flooding. ● T  wo feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. ● W  hen there is excessive water in the roadway, play it smart — turn around, don’t drown.

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PROPER GREASE AND OIL DISPOSAL 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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P  ut oil and grease in collection containers; wipe oil and grease from kitchen utensils, equipment, food scrapers and brooms. K  eep grease out of wash water; place food scraps in the trash. F lush only toilet paper and human waste down toilet. D  ispose of towels, diapers, all wipes and cleaning cloths, and feminine products in the trash. R  ecycle used oil through the city’s Special Waste collection program. For more information, call (972) 721-8059.


P  our oil or grease down drains; always place used oil in a container and dispose of it in the trash. ● U  se hot water to rinse grease from any surface. ● A  llow food scraps down the drain. ● F  lush disposable or “flushable” cleaning cloths, wipes, diapers, feminine products or paper towels down the toilet. For more information, visit or call (972) 721-2281. n

Time-of-Day Influences Water Conservation To promote good water use habits, minimize water waste and preserve Irving’s water supply, the city enforces time-ofday irrigation restrictions. These limits make it a violation of city ordinance to water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31. Although people readily understand water restrictions during drought conditions, it is important to develop good water use habits for the long-term protection of Irving’s water supply. That is the goal of the city’s Water Conservation Plan. For example, in warmer weather, irrigation water is more susceptible to evaporation during warm, sunny days. As a result, early morning or late evening watering is more effective. Additionally, the cycle-soak method of running sprinklers for two or three, seven-minute cycles, with one-hour rest periods in between, optimizes irrigation. Other Water Conservation Plan features that can minimize water consumption include: ● W  atering no more than twice per week from April through October (in warm weather) and only once per month if needed in winter (in cold weather). ● A  ttaching positive shutoff nozzles when hoses are used for hand watering or car washing. ● R  epairing private property leaks. ● I nstalling water-conserving landscaping including native and adaptive plants. ● U  sing water-conserving plumbing fixtures at residences and businesses. ● P  urchasing water-conserving appliances. ● R  egistering at for a weekly message about how much to irrigate. For more information on the city’s Water Conservation Plan or tips for conserving, visit n

Volunteers Needed for Texas Trash-Off View Park, 2298 E. Sixth St. The annual trash-off is Texas’ signature event for the Great American Cleanup. Part of a national movement, Keep Irving Beautiful is one of more than 1,200 organizations that will engage millions of volunteers in improving their communities through litter-abatement events and activities on or around April 7. In Irving, volunteers will focus on Trinity View Park ― part of Campion Trail ― which borders the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Removing litter from Trinity View Park is critical because the adjacent waterway supports the water needs of nine million people, which equates to about 40 percent of all Texans.

WARRANT ROUNDUP In March, the Irving City Marshal’s Office and the Irving Police Department will participate in the Texas Warrant Roundup. Across the state, law enforcement officials will focus on defendants with outstanding warrants for Class C misdemeanor violations. Offenders can be arrested anywhere, including at their places of employment. Those with outstanding warrants are urged to contact the Irving Municipal Court’s Warrant Division at (972) 721-2671, or visit the Irving Criminal Justice Center, 305 N. O’Connor Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. n

BUILDING PERMITS The City of Irving Inspections Department reminds residents to verify that contractors have obtained proper permits for any work being done. Permits and inspections are required whether the work is done by a contractor or a homeowner. Examples of work that requires permits include: fence replacements and water heater change-outs. For a complete list of required permits, visit or call (972) 721-2371. n

Join good Samaritans across the state in making Texas the cleanest and most beautiful state in the country as part of the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program. Keep Irving Beautiful invites all residents, businesses and civic groups to make a clear and clean difference in the community by participating in the 2018 Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off from 9 a.m. to noon April 7 at Trinity

For more information, email or call (972) 721-2175. For individual or group registration, visit and locate the “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off/Great American Cleanup” link. Online registration closes April 2. All ages are welcome. n

Spring into Aquatics, Lessons, Exercise, Training Learn to Swim at Irving Aquatic Centers Learn great swimming skills to get ready for trips to the beach, pool or lake, and to make sure everyone is water safe. Irving’s two indoor pools, Heritage Aquatic Center and North Lake Natatorium, offer swim instruction for children and adults. Learning to swim is an investment for life. Summer class registration for outdoor pools is now available. For more information, class session dates and times, or to register, visit or in person at Heritage Aquatic Center, 200 S. Jefferson St., (972) 721-7310; or North Lake Natatorium, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd., (972) 756-0860. Water Exercise at Irving Aquatic Centers Water Aerobics is back at North Lake Natatorium 7 to 8 p.m. | Tuesday and Thursday evenings | $35 month; $90 quarter; or $5 drop in. Sign up in person during class time at the pool or online at Irving Sharks Swim Team Join the Irving Sharks Swim Team – Spring and Summer Sessions ●  March 19-May 14 | Monday and Wednesday evenings | Ages 7-18 | $65 North Lake Natatorium, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. ●  June 4-July 23 | Ages 7-18 | $70 Summer session and swim meet season where participants can swim five times a week, plus have the opportunity to compete at area swim meets. Choice of three locations and practice times. For more information, call North Lake Natatorium at (972) 756-0860 or Daniel Farran at (469) 446-0201.

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Volunteers will be provided with safety vests, gloves and litter grabbers, as well as bags for trash and recycling. In addition, volunteers will be treated to a free lunch after the event.

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Classes Classes are being held at North Lake Natatorium, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd., for lifeguard training, including First Aid, CPR and AED for professionals. Call (972) 756-0860 for details. Upcoming class dates: ●  8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. | March 12-14 ●  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | March 15-16 (Red Cross Review Class/Update) ●  5 to 9 p.m. | March 21-23 ●  8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. | March 24-25 ●  5 to 9 p.m. | April 11-13 ●  8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. | April 14-15 ●  8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. | April 27-29 For more information, visit or call Daniel Farran at (469) 446-0201; or Chris Trevino at (469) 435-1626. n

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Spring Break Events, Library Briefs Get out of the house and enjoy a tidal wave of family events at Irving library locations. This year, the outdoors will come indoors with wild reading celebrations, a live animal demonstration, weather workshop and a rodeo stunt show. Event highlights include: March 11 | Book It: “Where the Wild Things Are” 2 p.m. | South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive Sail to the land of the Wild Things at a rumpus with snacks and crafts honoring Maurice Sendak’s beloved picture book. The kids can bring along a favorite stuffed monster, or dress up as Max and take a picture with a wild thing. March 12 | Animal Adventures with the Dallas Zoo 2:30 p.m. | East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road Go on an amazing pretend adventure to learn about birds, mammals and reptiles from the Dallas Zoo. March 13 | Meet Paddington Bear 2:30 p.m. | East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road The beloved Paddington Bear makes a special appearance at an event featuring games and crafts based on the classic books by Michael Bond. March 14 | Spring is in the Air with Margaret Clauder 2 p.m. | Grades K-5 | Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail Learn about plants, animals and their habitats with a performance by storyteller and puppeteer Margaret Clauder. Pick up a ticket at the information desk beginning at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call (972) 721-4612. March 15 | Wild Ride Stunt Show 2:30 p.m. | West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road Stunt performer Matt Tardy performs wild and spectacular feats that will amaze all ages. March 15 | Benihana presents Candy Sushi Rolling 2:30 p.m. grades K-5 and 3:30 p.m. grades 6-8 | Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail Benihana’s master chefs teach children how to roll sushi

using candy and other sweet treats. Registration for this event opens on March 1. March 16 | Coloring and Cupcakes 2:30 p.m. | West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road Families can enjoy a relaxing afternoon coloring while eating cupcake snacks. For the full list of Irving Public Library Spring Break activities, visit Call (972) 721-4612 for program questions. Library Briefs March 9 | Author Visit with Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre 7 p.m. | West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road Bestselling authors discuss their latest Young Adult book, “Honor Among Thieves,” a sci-fi thriller sure to be a 2018 must-read. Refreshments, book sales and author signing follow. March 17 | Friends of the Library Valley Ranch Book Sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail Pick up great reads at a fraction of the retail price. All proceeds benefit the Irving Public Library.

Cimarron Park Recreation Center 201 Red River Trail, (972) 910-0702 ● M  arch 9 | Spring Fling 7 to 11 p.m. | Free admission with valid IPAR ID This teens only party will have food, games, dancing, a DJ and much more. Come and hang out with friends to kick off Spring Break! Georgia Farrow Recreation Center 530 Davis Drive, (972) 721-2519 ● M  arch 29 | Ready, Set, Egg Hunt 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Ages 3-5 | $5 per child Celebrate the coming of Spring with a children’s egg hunt and Easter party. Register by March 22. Heritage Senior Center 200 S. Jefferson St., (972) 721-2496 ● M  arch 30 | Easter Observance 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Ages 50 and older | $3 Celebrate this special holiday with a morning of music and Easter fun. Registration deadline is March 28. ● A  pril 14 | Trash to Treasure Sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Vendor spaces are $15 each or two for $25 Turn unwanted items into cash or discover a new treasure at this outdoor flea market. Vendors should register by April 12. Rain date will be April 21. Lee Park Recreation Center 3000 Pamela Drive, (972) 721-2508 ● M  arch 9 | Spring Break Party 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Grades 6-8 | $5 per person Come enjoy music, dancing, food and games to celebrate the beginning of Spring Break Week. Register by March 1. Lively Pointe Youth Center 909 N. O’Connor Road, (972) 721-8090 ● M  arch 10 | Teen Jam: March Madness Jam 7 to 11 p.m. | Middle and high school students | Free admission with valid IPAR card or school ID Teens can bring a team and play 3-on-3 basketball. Compete with friends to see who can be named as Irving’s best basketballers! Complimentary food and beverages will be served.


Teens, tweens, parents and educators should mark their calendars, because the 2018 North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF) is just weeks away. The festival is April 20–21 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. More than 70 authors are scheduled to attend, including award-winning author and illustrator Dav Pilkey, best known for creating the “Captain Underpants” franchise. This year, organizers plan to welcome more than 12,000 attendees and have more than 40 breakout sessions. April 20 will be dedicated to educators, while April 21 will be fan day. Admission to the NTTBF is free; parking at the Irving Convention Center is $8. Visit for more details and information. n

March 17 | High Voltage Book Club 2 p.m. | Grades 9-12 | South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive Discuss “The Demon King” by Cinda Williams Chima before her appearance with more than 70 other authors at the 2018 North Texas Teen Book Festival on April 21 at the Irving Convention Center at Los Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. March 31 | Bunny Show and Egg Hunt 2:30 p.m. | All ages | West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road Celebrate spring with a funny bunny show with puppets and surprises. Then hunt for eggs in the library.

Parks and Recreation Briefs March 12-16 | Spring Break Camp 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Grades K-5 | $95 per child City recreation centers will offer a Spring Break Camp with a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, gym games, field trips and more. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch each day, but are provided with morning and afternoon snacks. Register in person at a neighborhood recreation center or online at Spaces are limited.


M  arch 24 | Eggs and Jam 7 to 11 p.m. | Middle and high school students | Free admission with valid IPAR card or school ID Teens can enjoy an evening of music, swimming and fun at the indoor pool at Heritage Aquatic Center, 200 S. Jefferson St. Win special goodies and prizes during a underwater egg hunt, including candy and tickets to area attractions. Complimentary pizza and soda will be served. Wear appropriate swimwear and bring a towel and change of clothes.

Mustang Park Recreation Center 2223 Kinwest Parkway, (972) 556-1334 ● M  arch 31 | Easter Celebration 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Free Mustang Park along with Irving Bible Church will host a complete community eggs-perience! The Easter Bunny will be there, as well as face painters, balloon artists, petting zoo, bounce houses, entertainment on the IBC stage and a helicopter egg drop! Food will be provided by In-N-Out Burger. ● A  pril 4- May 12 | Preschool Soccer League Ages 3-6 | $80 per child This league introduces soccer to kids in a fun atmosphere. Each child will be assigned a team and a coach who will emphasize basic fundamentals and good sportsmanship. Teams will practice on Wednesday evenings and play games on Saturday mornings. Registration runs through March 31, or until all teams are full. Registered participants will receive a team T-shirt, soccer ball and trophy. For more information, contact Oscar Lopez at (972) 556-1334.

STEM BREAK AT THE LIBRARY Kids and teens can jump out of the classroom and into a world of possibility with science-themed workshops and events during Spring Break at the library. March 13 | Junior Robotics 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. | Grades 1-5 | South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive Children can start on a path of engineering and computer programming through advanced STEM exploration and robotic projects. Attendance is limited, and tickets are required. March 16 | Tiny Tinkers 10:30 a.m. | Pre-K and K | South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive Young children will be introduced to coding concepts using a story time format. Afterward they will be challenged to a simple and engaging coding activity. Tickets required. March 17 | Science in 30 11 a.m. | Ages 4-12 | West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road Crush-crush, fizz-fizz. Study the reaction rates of chemical compounds in a short 30-minute format. March 17 | Perot Museum Tech Truck 2:30 p.m. | Ages 8-15 | East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road Perot Museum’s Tech Truck will engage students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities. For more information or ticket-related questions, call (972) 721-4612 or visit n

Northwest Park Recreation Center 2800 Cheyenne St., (972) 721-2529 ● M  arch 23 | Spring Dance 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Ages 6-12 | $5 per child Kids are invited to celebrate the beginning of spring with an evening of music, dancing, food and fun activities. Register by March 15. Senter Park Recreation Center 901 S. Senter Road, (972) 721-2641 ● M  arch 30 | Happy Hop Egg Hunt 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Ages 2-6 | $3 per child Enjoy an egg hunt, craft and loads of fun. Register by March 21.

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CITY SNAPSHOTS From entertainment and history to outdoor activities and educational programs ― Irving’s got it all! Take a peek at community engagement throughout the city at or Instagram/TheCityofIrving. n

Irving Adds New Road Repair, Construction Trucks to Fleet The Irving Police Department invites residents and businesses to join in celebrating its outstanding employees at the Police Awards Banquet on March 27. Visit for details.

The AquaStars Swim program allows children with special needs, along with their families and guardians, to safely enjoy access to city swimming facilities. For more information, call (972) 721-7311.

Low-cost rabies vaccination and microchipping for Irving residents are available at the Irving Animal Care Campus. For dates and times, visit

The City of Irving Traffic and Transportation Department’s Street Operations Division is responsible for maintaining Irving’s 1,400 lane miles, making pothole repairs and aiding in the city’s “Road to the Future: $100 Million in 5 Years” program. The Street Operations Division now has upgraded and added street repair tools that will help the department reach its goal: faster service for residents and improving the drivability and longevity of Irving’s roads. Concrete Truck Irving City Council approved the purchase of a concrete mixing truck and equipment that provides onsite production of concrete. The truck and equipment are high-tech, sophisticated tools. The truck carries all the materials necessary to pour and lay concrete. From the outside of the truck, the vehicle operator can control the amount and consistency of the concrete mixture. The truck will equip the Streets team with the ability to control the delivery of concrete to crews. With the specialized vehicle, crews can produce on demand concrete—increasing the speed and number of completed projects. Street crews will undergo training on the new equipment, which includes computer controls on the outside of the machinery. The machinery will go into operation in early spring. Asphalt Truck The city also has taken measures to help increase road repair productivity through the purchase of a Ford F-550 asphalt truck.

The three-quarter-ton vehicle includes a lower bed, which tilts and dispenses asphalt to assist crews in the delivery of asphalt mixture. This process will expedite the repair of potholes. Additionally, the necessary tools for preparing and patching potholes are incorporated into the vehicle. On average, crews use 4,000 to 6,000 pounds of asphalt per day and fill more than 7,000 potholes per year. Paving the Future The City of Irving encompasses nearly 70 square miles. While the city lauds its growth, road conditions and street improvements remain a strategic focus. Street Operations’ newest tools will help city crews increase productivity, efficiency and delivery of service. Quicker response times to potholes and street repair issues help improve the road conditions and the community. Visit for more information on the city’s Road to the Future initiative. n

Fast Facts

The City of Irving Street Operations’ newest tool, the concrete mixer: ● I s included within the “Road to the Future: $100 Million in 5 Years” program. ● W  eighs 80,000 to 90,000 pounds when fully loaded. ● C  an produce 10 cubic yards of concrete mixture per truckload.

Kids Can Find Fun at the Annual Citywide Egg Hunt The Irving Police Department has designated an“Exchange Zone” area at 305 N. O’Connor Road. The zone is marked by a sign and two distinct parking spaces. For details, visit

Irving families may enjoy a free, fun experience during the Citywide Egg Hunt from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 24 at Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St. Egg hunts for children ages 3-10 will have thousands of toy- and candy-filled eggs, as well as a petting zoo and craft activities. Bring a camera for free photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Children ages 1-2 may take part in the Egg Stroll. This area is dedicated to the youngest participants and allows them to hunt for eggs at their own pace. Children with special needs and who require parental assistance also participate.

Irving’s Concert Series kicks off April 6 with Vintage Vibes by 4 Ever Young & Reflections. Featuring 1950s rock and roll hits by top musicians of the era. Learn more at

Families should arrive at least 15 minutes before the listed egg hunt time for each age group. Adults are not permitted to assist children in the egg hunts. For more information, including the full schedule, visit n

Know About Construction on Irving Streets, Highways Roads and highways across Irving are under construction. To learn about changes to traffic patterns or road closures, sign up for e-alerts. On April 20, explore the nighttime world of animals with native species experts at the free Night Hike on Campion Trail. To learn more about nature at night and to register call (972) 721-2501.

Midtown Express Receive alerts about the construction on State Highway 114, 183 and Loop 12. Visit to sign up.

Irving Road Construction Receive alerts and information about changes and closures on streets and roads within Irving. To sign up, visit n

“City Spectrum” is published by the City of Irving Communications Department to keep residents informed of city news, events and information. For additional information, visit P. 6

MARCH 2018

Irving City Spectrum, March 2018  
Irving City Spectrum, March 2018  

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