After a long hiatus, here are many arts, leisure events, and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Listed below are selected events.
Tuesday, July 21 at the MCL Grand - Sounds of Lewisville Presents: Hard Night's Day. Come out to the MCL Grand's courtyard on Tuesday to witness Hard Night's Day, a well respected and well know Dallas area, Beatles tribute band whose set list includes a wide variety of songs spanning the Fab Four's legendary career. Concert is from 7:00PM through 9:00PM, admission is free.
Thursday, July 23 - High Tech Hiring Event The Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas in partnership with North Central Texas College presents the Summer 2015 High-Tech Hiring Event. Employers from all over DFW are hosting a hiring event to find qualified IT, Engineering, Project/Program Management, and Technical Helpdesk Services. The event takes place at the Lewisville Public Library at 1197 West Main Street at 6:00PM - to 8:30PM. Admission is free but registration is required to view employer list prior to the event. Bring your certifications and talk with employers seeking your skills. Register Here
Thursday, July 23 through Sunday July, 26 The Acting Studio will present six performances of 'Mary Poppins'. From July 23 through July 26 The Acting Studio will attempt to please audiences with their take on the Broadway interpretation of P.L. Travers classic story at the MCL Grand Theater. Show times will be each respective day at 2:00PM and 7:00PM. Tickets are $18.00 for adults, $16.00 for seniors and children 12 and under.
Friday, July 24 - Alzheimer's Association Denton Caregiver Conference From 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., The Alzheimer's Association of Denton will hold a caregiver conference at First Baptist Church of Lewisville. Conference topics focus on Alzheimer's medication as well as behavior challenges. The event is free to the public,respite and Social work CEU's are available at no charge also. To register, you may contact us at 1-800-272-3900 or at www.alz.org/greaterdallas
Thursday, Jul 30 - Poetry Open Mic Night J. Paul Holcomb presents and evening of local poetry reading at the MCL Grand Theater. Bring your original work or listen to the work of many members of the local poetry community.Readings start are from 7:00PM - 9:00PM, admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.
Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the city's first positive West Nile Virus mosquito trap for 2015. The positive sample came from a trap collected July 2 in the 1600 block of Purgatory Pass – one of nine core testing sites throughout the city.
(Purgatory Pass is located north of FM 407, near Garden Ridge and Brazos Blvd.)
Spraying is scheduled for the nights of Tuesday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 15, starting at 10 p.m. Spraying will be conducted by trucks from public streets. The insecticide being used is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and poses minimal risk to humans and the environment.
City crews are regularly walking through and visually inspecting creeks and drainage channels to look for potential mosquito breeding sites. The city has nearly a dozen workers in the Parks and Animal Services divisions who are state-certified to apply anti-larval dunks or localized pesticide to curb the mosquito population. Residents also are encouraged to report standing water on city-maintained property by calling Lewisville Animal Services at 972.219.3478.
The Texas Department of Health operates a toll-free WNV information line in both English and Spanish at 888.883.9997, and has expanded information posted on its website at tdh.state.tx.us. Denton County Health Department also has information about West Nile Virus at 940.349.2907, or online.
City seeks resident input through online survey Lewisville residents are being encouraged to participate in a resident survey that will be used to assess the effectiveness of current programs and the level of public demand for potential new or revised programs.
Taking part in the survey will help the city see how residents feel about current and potential city services, identify areas where additional attention might be needed, and strive to continually improve services provided.
The city conducted a general resident satisfaction survey last year for the first time in 10 years, although special surveys have been conducted that focused on MCL Grand awareness, development of the Parks and Open Space Master Plan, and Lewisville 2025 vision plan public input. The 2014 satisfaction survey was the first to be conducted exclusively online.
More than 1,200 responses were received for the 2014 Resident Satisfaction Survey, about three times as many responses as were collected for most of the previous surveys.
Fundraiser for Friends of LLELA Join the Friends of LLELA for Fundraiser Tuesdays at Square One Cafe, 136 W. Main St. every Tuesday in July, Square One will donate a portion of food and beverage sales to Friends of LLELA. The fundraiser is all day, but on Tuesday evenings starting at 5pm there will be a special gathering of LLELA Friends to hang with! Square One is contributing 10% of all Food purchased, $1 per Beer Pint and $2 per Growler fill to Friends of LLELA, which supports the programs and provides volunteers for the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Library to host Hi-Tech Job Fair Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main Street, has partnered with Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas and North Central Texas College to host a Hi-Tech Job Fair at the library on Thursday, July 23, from 6-8:30 p.m.
Poet Laureate leads night of readings at MCL Grand Join Lewisville’s Poet Laureate J. Paul Holcomb for an evening of local poetry readings at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, on Thursday, July 30, from 7-9 p.m.
Those attending can bring their original works to share, or listen to the work of individuals and members of local poetry groups. Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.
The Killdares set for July 14 “Sounds” concert, Blaze of Glory rescheduled The popular Sounds of Lewisville concert series, a free family event since 1991, continues Tuesday, July 14, with The Killdares, performing in the courtyard at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.
Concerts start at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in June and July. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed at the shows. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The rained-out performance by Blaze of Glory – The Bon Jovi Experience on June 16 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Presented by Credit Union of Texas and the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, many concert nights also feature additional entertainment or activities during intermission, including special performers and lots of fun things for kids and families.
For more information about the “Sounds of Lewisville” concerts, please call 972.219.8446 or visit SoundsOfLewisville.com.
Progressive Leaders Toastmasters Held Each Monday Progressive Leaders Toastmasters welcomes politically progressive people who wish to work for of social and economic justice by enhancing their communication skills in a supportive, self-paced environment. Progressive Leaders Toastmasters meets each Monday at 7:00 pm at Landmark Grill in Lewisville, 1297 Justin Rd / FM 407. Join them for social time and dinner starting at 6:00 pm. For more information, contact Sandy Swan: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page.
Denton County High School Republicans Kick-off Rally July 20th Area high school students who support conservative political philosophies and limited government are invited to come to a Kickoff Rally geared toward them on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Denton County Fairgrounds at 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. in Denton. Scheduled from 6 – 9 p.m., the rally will focus on how young people can impact their futures through the Republican Party and its High School Republican groups. Attendees will be able to meet elected officials and visit with like-minded high school Republicans as well as enjoy free pizza. Parents are also welcome to attend. To RSVP and for further information contact email@example.com or call 940.383.4446.
LPD Distributed Gun Locks as Part of National Safety Month Promoted by the National Safety Council every June, National Safety Month was developed as an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.
In recognition of National Safety Month, the Lewisville Police Department took the opportunity to remind our citizens about the importance of proper gun usage and storage. To help promote the idea of safe and secure firearm storage, the Lewisville Police Department offered free gun locks during the month of June.
Thanks to “Project Child Safe” and to a generous donation of gun locks from Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville, Texas, we were able to provide these gun locks to Lewisville residents at no cost. During June, the Department distributed 94 gun locks to our residents. Thanks to all of those who took advantage of the gun lock giveaway.
Sex Offender Registration Update According to the Police Chief's weekly update, as of July 6, 2015, the City of Lewisville has 39 registered sex offenders in residence. That number is down two from last month.
Daily Closures on North- and Southbound Harry Hines Boulevard Between Interstate 35E and Interstate 635 in Dallas As work continues on the expansion of I-35E, various lanes of north- and southbound Harry Hines Boulevard between I-35E and I-635 will be closed daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 13 through Monday, August 31.
Work Begins on Dickerson Parkway in Carrollton Carrollton, Texas - As work begins on the expansion of Dickerson Parkway, two right lanes of southbound I-35E between the President George Bush Turnpike and Jackson Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, July 16 through Monday, July 20. Law enforcement will be on site for traffic control in the closure area.
Once construction is complete, the new bridge will have two traffic lanes in each direction, dedicated turn lanes in each direction and provide an additional east-west connection in the area. Motorists will be able to access the PGBT and I-35E from Dickerson Parkway.
Nightly Flagging Operations on East- and Westbound Oak Drive in Hickory Creek As utility work continues, a flagging operation will be in place on east- and westbound Oak Drive at the southbound I-35E frontage road nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, July 13 through Monday, August 10.
This work is related to the 35Express project, an expansion of I-35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County. All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, if necessary.
For more information on the 35Express project or to sign up to receive traffic alerts, please visit www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.
Additional Workers Needed to Complete Highway Expansion
LEWISVILLE, TEXAS– Increased construction activity means new jobs for Dallas and Denton County operators, laborers and carpenters. AGL Constructors is now recruiting for these and other positions and will hire for 100 new jobs for the 35Express project. There are currently 680 people employed by AGL Constructors. Between design, construction and other services, upon completion, more than 900 workers will have contributed to the 35Express project.
“We are excited to bring more jobs into the area,” says Mark Smith with AGL. “This is a great opportunity. We’re working on one of the largest highway expansion projects under construction in the North Texas region. At the end the project, not only will we have improved infrastructure, but hopefully, we will have added value to the local economy.”
The 35Express project is approximately 30 miles long and extends from U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County to I-635 in Dallas County. Improvements to I-35E will include additional general purpose lanes, an 18-mile reversible TEXpress managed lane system and a new southbound bridge across Lewisville Lake. The project will also rehabilitate, reconstruct or expand more than 75 bridges. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.
AGL Constructors, a joint venture between Archer Western Contractors L.L.C., Granite Construction Incorporated and the Lane Construction Corporation in partnership with the design team of Parsons and HDR Inc., manages construction of the 35Express Project for the Texas Department of Transportation. The North Texas-based team that has a vested interest in providing the community with improved mobility while minimizing disruption during construction.
On July 14th, join Keep Lewisville Beautiful for a free class on learning how to control and eliminate those annoying plants that always seem to be popping up in your lawn and garden. The "Wicked Plants" Garden Secrets Class is taught by the Dallas County Master Gardener Kevin Burns and will be held 6:00-7:30pm at the Lewisville Annex Room (1198 W Main Street, Lewisville, TX 75067).
The class is free to the public and brought to you by the partnership of Keep Lewisville Beautiful and the City of Lewisville. KLB does ask that you RSVP before hand by either email with firstname.lastname@example.org or phone with (972) 538-5949. If you have any questions about the location or details of the class please contact the KLB office. Classes are open to all communities, Lewisville residency not required. Walk-ups welcome, but RSVP is high encouraged to save your seat.
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ARLINGTON - Federal Transit Administration funding and development of the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) will be discussed during public meetings on July 13 in Carrollton, July 15 in Arlington and July 16 in Fort Worth.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) recently issued a call for projects to competitively award Federal Transit Administration funding from two programs that support transportation services for seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income individuals. Approximately $4.9 million in funding was available to award in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Denton-Lewisville urbanized areas. Staff will present recommendations to award five projects the available federal funding.
Efforts related to development of the 2017-2020 TIP, a near-term list of funded transportation projects, will also be presented. A determination will be made regarding which of the Regional Transportation Council’s (RTC) ongoing air quality and management/operations projects should be continued, which ones can be discontinued and which new programs/projects of this nature should be considered for inclusion in the new TIP. Staff will introduce efforts to extend both new and existing RTC air quality and management/operations projects and programs. Additional intersection improvement projects are being proposed for funding as well.
A two-alarm fire that happened just before noon today damaged several units at the Basswood Manor apartments near the southwest corner of Edmonds Lane and Fox Avenue.
Assistant Fire Chief Terry McGrath said that there were injuries from the fire, but that one elderly resident of an adjoining building had to be transported to the hospital due to other health problems. Several buildings had to have power cut off due to the fire.
McGrath said the fire appeared to be electrical in nature, and started near the building's main breaker panel. A resident was at home at the time and got everyone evacuated. The fire started downstairs, where it caused extensive damage to a unit there, and spread upstairs where it damaged another unit. There were six units in the affected building, and it is expected that all of them had some sort of fire, smoke, or water damage. Six families are displaced at this point.
The American Red Cross was assisting the victims with basic necessities, according to McGrath.
As McGrath left, the power company was working on a way to restore power to the three other building in the quad that that contained the affected building. Due to the way the units are wired, it is unlikely that power would be restored quickly to other units in the burned building.
A sophomore honors student at Flower Mound High School who posted online some of the photos he took as part of his yearbook class, has been forced by school administrators to take down the photos. Anthony Mazur, 16, is on his school’s yearbook staff, and over the past year has been learning about photography- focusing mostly on sports photography. Mazur posted his best photos on Flickr, and had even been successful at selling a few of them to the parents of his subjects, until school administrators threatened him with in-school suspension or loss of privileges unless he removed them all.
Mazur said he and his yearbook class had gone to a journalism convention in San Antonio back in October, and at that convention, one of the speakers was a teacher from Argyle High School, who told them of a student who was selling their work. Inspired by the possibility, Mazur asked the speaker about the copyright issues, and the teacher explained to him that as the photographer, he owned the pictures he took, and was entitled to the rights. Lewisville ISD’s own policy (CY Local) states explicitly that “A student shall retain all rights to work created as part of instruction or using District technology resources.”
So, Mazur went about his business, taking photos at various district events, all of which were open to the general public. He took many impressive photos using his school-issued school-issued digital camera, and began posting them on his Flickr account. Mazur says the students on the teams he photographed were enthusiastic about his work, and shared the link to his site with one another.
Back in March, Mazur says he was called into FMHS Assistant Principal Jeffrey Brown’s office, where he saw that Brown had his website pulled up on a computer there. He said that Brown was angry at him, and told him that posting the pictures online was illegal, and violated copyright. According to Mazur, Brown also worked the angle (contrary to the policy listed above) that the camera belonged to the district. When Mazur argued that the copyright belonged to him, he says that Brown changed his tune and said that it violated student privacy. Brown allegedly told Mazur at the time that a parent had complained.
Mazur alleged that Brown told him in a coercive tone “I’m just asking you to take the website down, I’m not asking you to return any money.” Mazur said he assumed Brown meant the school, with regards to returning money. Mazur said Brown told him that he “wouldn’t report [Mazur] to the IRS” over the money he earned from selling the photos. Brown told Mazur that he was issuing an “administrative directive” to take the photos down. At this point, Mazur said he requested that his parent be brought into the discussion.
Mazur’s parents, Len and Mary Jo Mazur went to the school the next day, and met with FMHS Principal Sonya Lail, who they said told them that it was a student who complained about the photos, and that they supposedly violated the federal privacy rights of the students, as outlined in FERPA, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. That law restricts the information that schools and school employees can disclose, but is not targeted at students.
After the meeting, the Mazurs said they received a written administrative directive ordering him to take the pictures down. Len Mazur said the reasoning listed on the directive was not related to privacy concerns, but “because he posted with the intention to profit”. The Mazur’s would not say how much money, even in general terms, that Anthony had earned from selling his photos. But Anthony said that his customers were all parents of the students in the photos, buying the digital photo for their own use. “It doesn’t matter whether he sold one or a million pictures,” said Len Mazur, who insisted that it was the principle of applying the law correctly that was important.
Monday night at 5:45 p.m., the Lewisville City Council will hear a presentation regarding the popular LED strip and rope lighting that is seeing increasing use in local storefronts. The presentation by staff is at Deputy Mayor Neil Ferguson's request.
Ferguson thinks the strip lights that can often be seen outlining the windows of businesses look bad, and are not in keeping with the spirit of the city's overhaul of outdoor signage regulations three years ago.
Aesthetics are not the only reasoning though. The lights create a glare around windows that Ferguson says can make it hard for police to see through the windows and see whether anyone is in the business. The excess and non-directed light source at night can also contribute to light pollution or light trespass, according to the presentation included in the agenda backup packet.
The City of Carrollton outlawed the strips or ropes of LED and other lights for usage in outlining windows, or outlining individual occupancies in strip centers, accessory structures, signs, light poles and appurtenances, and vertical features. Carrollton does allow lights that outline only the roof line of any building.
Lewisville City staff have identified 31 businesses that utilize the strips locally. If the council were to ban the use of these lights, businesses would likely be given a period of time to comply. In Carrollton, businesses were given 90 days to remove the lights when their ordinance passed.
No action is scheduled for this item Monday night, other than a workshop to discuss options and get a consensus from the council. If the council agreed that action was necessary, then city staff would draw up a proposed ordinance that could be voted on in a future meeting. The workshop begins at 5:45 p.m. and is open to the public.
Update 7/7/2015: The City Council did determine in workshop that there was enough consensus to ask staff to draw up an ordinance and come back at a later date. The ordinance would be modeled after Carrollton's ordinance, but would contain exceptions for things like outdoor seating areas of restaurants, and other types of string lighting that are acceptable. It was also clarified that any ordinance of this type would not apply to holiday lighting or neon, which is covered elsewhere in the city ordinances.
Mayor Rudy Durham was opposed to the measure, and Councilman Leroy Vaughn thought it didn't go far enough, and would like to have seen additional verbiage regarding the timing of lighting use after hours for energy efficiency.