Published on September 10, 2021
After going virtual last year, Texans will celebrate the 38th annual National Night Out in-person
The Fort Worth Police Department invites all residents to participate in the celebration. Residents are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors, public safety officers and other city personnel.
Neighborhood groups and others planning events are encouraged to register with the FWPD.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. Texas celebrates the event on the first Tuesday in October. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and more.
To learn more, contact the crime prevention specialist for your police division.
Downtown Fort Worth’s high-rise buildings and the City of Fort Worth’s future city hall have joined the mission to help save the lives of birds as they begin their fall migration through Texas.
The skyline will look a little different as lights will be dimmed 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly through Nov. 30.
Commercial participants include Frost Bank, Sundance Square, Bank of America Tower, Wells Fargo Tower, 777 Main and First on 7th.
As part of a nationwide initiative called Lights Out, a program of the National Audubon Society, the goal is to protect billions of birds as they migrate across the United States — one of the largest migrations on the planet and one that occurs primarily at night. Lights from buildings, especially in urban areas, attract and disorient migrating birds, confusing and exhausting them and making them vulnerable to collisions with buildings.
According to research at the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and Lights Out Texas, the state is globally important for birds. Approximately one of every three birds migrating through the U.S. flies through Texas.
Of Texas’ 615 documented species of birds, about half will migrate. Through the course of the season, millions of birds will pass through the Lone Star State on their way to warmer southern climates.
According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, the fall bird migration includes the wood stork, multiple species of hummingbirds, swallows, at least a dozen species of warblers and various hawk species, to mention a few.
You do not have to live downtown to take part – everyone in the city can reduce light pollution at night for a few hours to support this effort. Turning off lights dramatically reduces hazards and disorientation by light, allowing birds to safely proceed with their migratory journeys.
An Awe-Inspiring, Multimedia Theatrical Event
DAVINCI & MICHELANGELO:
THE TITANS EXPERIENCE
Revel in an unforgettable journey through the Renaissance and rediscover the most exceptional artistic period in history
The Texas Premiere Limited engagement
Nov 4-7, 2021
Dorthea Leonhardt Lecture Hall
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd
(Sept 2, 2021 – Fort Worth, Texas) – After over 500 years, the two greatest minds and artists of the Renaissance will make their Texas stage debut at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden in DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience. Created and performed by Mark Rodgers, this multimedia production exploring the artists’ works and lives will take place at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (in the Dorthea Leonhardt Lecture Hall) November 4–7. Tickets are $45.00 and go on-sale Tuesday, September 14. Tickets are available online at https://ticketsage.info/fwbg-titans. Fort Worth Botanic Garden Members receive a discount and will be invited to purchase in advance of the public on-sale. Memberships can be purchased from https://fwbg.org/membership.
First conceived as exhibitions of creations from the mind of Leonardo DaVinci and the masterworks of Michelangelo, DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience is a one-of-a-kind, multimedia production that brings the works of these two Renaissance men into a brand-new, contemporary light. In the DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience, audiences take an awe-inspiring journey through the Italian Renaissance, led by creator Mark Rodgers, experiencing the world and its possibilities through the eyes of these two monumental geniuses.
“DaVinci & Michelangelo has something that everyone can relate to,” says Rodgers. “The impact of everything they said and did can be found in our lives today.”
Through exploration of their inventions, machines, sketches, paintings, and sculptures, Rodgers connects the immortal work of DaVinci & Michelangelo to modern day geniuses, such as Les Paul, Van Cliburn, and Paul McCartney, and encourages audiences to discover their own “inner” DaVinci and Michelangelo.
Created by and starring Mark Rodgers, DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience is directed by Bill Stine, with lighting design by Maarten Cornelis and projection design by Shari Debandt.
DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience will play November 4-6 at 7:30pm and November 6-7 at 2pm. Tickets are $45, with discounts for students, and are available online at https://ticketsage.info/fwbgtitans.
For more information about Mark Rodgers and the production, please visit www.DiscoverDaVinci.com
Professional Bull Riders this week announced that bull riding’s most prestigious event, the PBR World Finals, will move to Fort Worth and Dickies Arena starting in 2022 as part of a comprehensive schedule restructure for its premier series.
The new PBR Unleash The Beast regular season will span from January to May, culminating with a seven-day championship festival, spanning two weekends of bull riding and fan activities, in Fort Worth.
The changes will go into effect immediately after the 2021 PBR World Finals which will conclude the current season in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena Nov. 3-7.
"This has been an incredible team effort with PBR, Gov. Greg Abbott, our Fort Worth Sports Commission and so many others,” Mayor Mattie Parker said. “Fort Worth is the gold standard for public-private partnerships and we are marshaling all our resources to roll out the red carpet for the PBR World Finals."
The population figure that will be used during the Fort Worth City Council redistricting process is now known: 918,915.
That number is the official census count as of April 1, 2020, although there already have been updated estimates made beyond that number.
Release of the official data is part of a years-long effort that will result in the City Council being reconfigured from nine to 11 members.
Fort Worth expanded from 741,206 people in the 2010 Census to 918,915 in the 2020 Census, a 24% increase. That percentage growth is the greatest among the top 20 largest U.S. cities. According to the official census figures, Fort Worth is the 13th largest city and the fastest growing large city.
Fort Worth’s population is increasingly diverse with respect to race and ethnicity:
White: 336,623 residents; 37% of the total.
Hispanic or Latino: 319,836; 35%.
Black: 176,556, 19%.
Asian: 46,991; 5%.
Other: 38,909, 4%.
The Other category includes anyone who selected two or more race or ethnicity choices; there are more than 140 different race and ethnicity combinations. While “Other” includes those selecting more than one race, it also includes every individual identifying as something other than white alone, Black alone, Asian alone or Hispanic/Latino. While the overall numbers in the “Other” category remain relatively small, it is the fastest-growing race and ethnicity category, according to census data.
Population counts in all city council districts grew at a significant rate over the last decade. District 9, which encompasses downtown and the central city areas south of downtown, grew by 4%, while District 7, which includes many of the rapidly expanding neighborhoods in far north Fort Worth, grew by 76%.
View a video presentation to see council-level data.
What happens next?
The latest census data is being updated in the software, and more training and collaboration sessions aimed at residents are being planned for late September through mid-November. Check online for meeting information.
In addition to the training sessions, redistricting information will be available online and at a series of town hall meetings planned by city councilmembers in the coming weeks.
During this period, residents may also register communities of interest for redistricting purposes.
Local entrepreneur Jonathan Morris has a show, Self Employed, that will travel the country talking to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
The next episode of that show will air Aug. 27. Fort Worth’s Red Productions involved in the show as well.
Calling all Insomniacs... Crockett Row is excited to announce the addition of Insomnia Cookies. Who doesn't love warm cookies delivered at your convenience?
Keep an eye an opening date announcement coming VERY soon. Warm cookies delivered crazy late is definitely worth the wait.
Published by the City of Fort Worth
Two of the signature V-pier Panther Island bridges are now open to vehicular traffic, with the third scheduled to open within the next month. If are you wondering “What’s left?” for the three TxDOT bridges, check out the list of final projects remaining for each bridge:
White Settlement Road Bridge (open to traffic)
North Main Street Bridge (open to traffic)
Henderson Street Bridge
The three bridges are part of a $1.17 billion project to create Panther Island by cutting a bypass between the two forks of the Trinity River as a way to control river flooding.
Published by The City of Fort Worth on July 09, 2021
Population in North Central Texas topped 7.8 million in 2020, for a Jan. 1, 2021, total population of 7,874,950.
Despite the pandemic, the region grew by nearly 160,000 residents, and 12 cities experienced estimated population growth of more than 10%. Fort Worth had the highest absolute growth, adding more than 17,000 people, while Frisco added close to 16,000, followed by McKinney with over 6,000 and Dallas with 5,560.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest population estimates show Fort Worth jumping from the 13th to 12th largest city in the United States with a population of 927,720. Fort Worth’s increase was the third largest nationwide, behind Phoenix, which added 25,194 residents, and San Antonio, which added 19,862.
Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties each added more than 25,000 residents last year, accounting for 80% of the regional growth. The population of the region has increased by more than 1.3 million since 2010.
Find the 2021 population estimates summary and data on the North Central Texas Council of Governments website.
The new Current Science Studio, along with the entire Museum, is now open to the public.
Fort Worth, TX (June 25, 2021) – The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History reopened to the public on Friday, June 25 since being closed since late 2020. As a part of the reopening, the Museum unveiled the new Current Science Studio, which included interactive media, holographic displays and a large sphere hanging from the ceiling that can display space and Earth-based content from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The new 2,500-square-foot exhibit was enabled by a generous grant of $255,000 from Facebook. Current Science Studio is a virtual gallery that shows completely digital content on all displays. This allows the gallery to transform quickly from one topic to another in a matter of seconds.
At 10 AM, newly elected Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, along with local children, cut the ribbon to officially open the Museum to the public. “The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has been a fixture of Fort Worth, and today’s reopening is a huge step in getting back to normal and to experience new exhibits, like the Current Science Studio. My family joins all Fort Worth families in our excitement to reenter and enjoy the Museum together,” said Mayor Mattie Parker.
Today’s guests were the first public visitors to see the Science On a Sphere®(SOS), a giant global display system suspended from the ceiling developed by NOAA. The large, interactive sphere is one of the first high-resolution versions of the system anywhere in the world. At the opening, guests were treated to exhibits on Space and Weather.
“It was so much fun to watch youngsters as well as older guests interact with the new exhibits, all the cutting-edge technology such as holograms and immersive projection,” said Dr. Doug Roberts, the Museum’s Chief Public Engagement Officer. “We can’t wait to welcome back more of the community through the summer.”
“It’s a thrill to see the Current Science Studio come alive with visitors of all ages, and to have them experience this marquis exhibit,” said Holli Davies, Community Development Regional Manager at Facebook. “Facebook is proud to continue our strong partnership with the museum and support STEM education for Tarrant County. We have been part of the Fort Worth community since we broke ground on our data center in 2015, and we’re committed to playing a positive role here and supporting students.”
In addition to the Current Science Studio, the Museum has reopened its other iconic exhibits, including the Children’s Museum, Noble Planetarium, DinoLabs, DinoDig®, and the rotating history galleries. Located on the second floor, the Cattle Raisers Museum also reopened and currently features the brand-new exhibit Rural Women by artist Gary Ernest Smith.
Today’s opening kicks off a summer schedule where the Museum will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from Noon – 5 PM.
Images and videos for press use of the reopening event and first guests are available here.
To view on your web browser, visit our press page.
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