As you deck the halls this holiday season, the Fort Worth Fire Department reminds residents to stay fire-smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.
Here are safety tips from FWFD:
The City Council continues to move closer to adopting a new district map in advance of the May 2023 municipal elections.
Meetings of the Redistricting Task Force have been postponed so the Council can discuss certain details about map eligibility and provide clarification on the submission of maps from city staff members. The City Council will discuss the details and take any formal action at its Dec. 14 meeting.
The task force is expected to begin meeting again in January, and the timeline for redistricting activities will be adjusted to accommodate the delay. The new timeline will be posted on the city’s website.
At the Dec. 14 meeting, Council will also consider reopening the online portal for submitting resident-drawn maps until Dec. 17. In January, the task force is expected to review all the submitted maps and recommend one for councilmembers to consider.
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Need a safe place for your child during the winter break from school? Your local community center has a solution: Winter Break Camp.
Camp will be conducted 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 20-23, Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 3-4 for children ages 5-13. Parents have the flexibility to select which days they wish to register their child for.
A variety of recreational, educational and cultural programs are designed to give campers fun and memorable experiences. Lunch and a snack will be served each day.
Price varies by location but starts as low as $5 per day plus a $5 community center membership card. Registration is required and can be paid by credit card or electronic check.
Winter Break Camp will be offered at these community centers: Andrew Doc Session, Chisholm Trail, Como, Diamond Hill, Eugene McCray, Fire Station, Greenbriar, Handley Meadowbrook, Highland Hills, Hillside, Martin Luther King, North Tri Ethnic, R.D. Evans, Riverside, Southside, Southwest, Thomas Place, Victory Forest and Worth Heights.
Camp locations follow safety protocols that include physical distancing, increased sanitation and disinfection, and providing masks upon request.
To learn more, contact a local community center.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas invites everyone to celebrate the season at this year’s Holiday in the Garden, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festive indoor-outdoor event takes place rain or shine and will feature a Sip-n-Shop, festive décor, free afternoon admissions to the Garden (2-4 p.m.) and a visit from Santa Claus. The Fort Worth Opera continues a favorite tradition of live, holiday performances and this year, Wandering Roots Markets has organized a larger number of food trucks, live music and an artisan market featuring handmade goods for sale.
“Holiday in the Garden continues to grow, and this year will be supporting more local businesses than ever before,” said Vice President of Operations Ennis Anderson. “Guests will be able to delight in the holiday season while shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts and enjoying time with friends and family.”
Get updated on everything our office has been up to over the last year by downloading the Office of the Police Oversight Monitor's Winter 2021 Newsletter.
For additional information, including educational brochures and past newsletters, be sure to visit our webpage at www.fortworthtexas.gov/OPOM.
FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 2, 2021) — The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) invites guests to celebrate the beauty of fall in the Japanese Garden while exploring the arts and culture of Japan during the November 13-14 Fall Japanese Festival. Tickets are available at: https://brit.org/falljapanesefestival/
“This festival fosters Japanese and American understanding and provides opportunities to learn about Japan, its people, language and culture,” said Harvey Yamagata, longtime member of the Fort Worth Japanese Society which co-hosts the event each year. “Observing cultural demonstrations such as the traditional tea ceremonies or hearing the powerful sounds of the Taiko drums delivers a true immersive experience.”
“The cooler temperatures and changing colors of fall provide one of the best times of the year to visit the Garden,” said FWBG |BRIT Executive Vice President Bob Byers. “The Japanese Garden is an iconic part of our campus, and the fall festival highlights its many distinctive natural and architectural features.”
The two-day festival schedule includes the following events:
SATURDAY, NOV. 13
SUNDAY, NOV. 14
With such large community interest in this event, some safety requirements will be in place. Guests are asked to wear a mask or face covering while indoors or inside the Japanese Garden.
Warning to auto thieves: Don't steal vehicles in Tarrant County.
Law enforcement here has a new way to fight auto crimes. Zane Reid, assistant criminal district attorney in Tarrant County, has been appointed to work with the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force and only prosecute auto theft cases. He is the first prosecutor in Texas named to solely work with an auto crimes task force.
The Fort Worth Police Department is one of several law enforcement entities in the county working with the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force.
“We are dealing with a very, very evolving field of auto crimes now,” said Bryan Sudan, commander of the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force. “Older cars, the ones you can mechanically steal, are aging out. We are seeing professional thieves using alternate methods to steal cars. We are now seeing very organized groups using sophisticated methods to steal vehicles. We need more coordination with the prosecution of these cases.”
In the past, auto theft cases were sent to the District Attorney’s Office and assigned to various prosecutors. All will now go to Reid, who will be able to spot trends or see if there are multiple cases involving the same defendant that should be grouped together.
“This will shine a light on these crimes and help us better prevent them from occurring,” Sudan said.
These cases add up to millions of dollars of loss from theft and involve multiple agencies across the Metroplex. Coordination with all these entities and the District Attorney’s office is the key.
Reid, a prosecutor with Tarrant County since 2015, said he is excited to join the task force.
“My goal will be to provide greater consistency and availability to our law enforcement agencies to ensure successful prosecution,” he said. “The hope is to increase the prosecution rate and strength of sentences for auto crimes committed in Tarrant County and the surrounding area.”
Auto crimes have evolved as technology in newer cars prompted thieves to refine how they steal them. They now use fake IDs to buy cars, steal auto parts such as catalytic converters and reprogram fobs to steal vehicles.
In Tarrant County, motor vehicle thefts rose to 6,367 in 2020 from 5,895 in 2019. Burglaries from motor vehicles grew to 14,288 in 2020 from 13,884 in 2019. And fraud-related motor vehicle crimes reached 56 in 2020, up from 52 in 2019, according to statistics from the task force.
“These aren’t minor thefts,” Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said. “With the rising cost of vehicles, these thefts have a major impact on individuals and businesses. We need to do everything we can to stop these thefts.”
The Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force began in 1993 to combat motor vehicle theft. It is made up of investigators in the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, Parker County Sheriff’s Office, National Insurance Crime Bureau and police departments in Arlington, Fort Worth, Hurst, Haltom City and Euless.
Global Entrepreneurship Week returns to Fort Worth Sunday, Nov. 7, through Friday, Nov. 12.
This popular event offers a variety of workshops, panel discussions, informational sessions and networking events that showcase Fort Worth’s entrepreneurship community while also engaging with larger industry trends.
During 2020, Fort Worth’s Global Entrepreneurship Week was the largest celebration of its kind in the world with 93 sessions, more than 140 speakers and 1,593 total attendees. More than 28 states were represented in its sessions, and 46 countries were part of the event.
This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week will feature both virtual and in-person events, with many of the in-person events taking place at the GEW basecamp, located on the UNT HSC campus at 550 Bailey Ave.
A list of GEW events is currently available online, and more are still being finalized.
Published on November 04, 2021 by fortworthtexas.gove
Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 is now available from Tarrant County Public Health in addition to a City of Fort Worth drive-thru clinic, private pediatricians and pharmacies.
“The more than 204,000 5- to 11-year-olds in Tarrant County will now be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and help reduce the spread across our community,” said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja. “The fastest and easiest way to get a vaccine will be through the family pediatrician or at the local pharmacy. Tarrant County Public Health will offer the vaccine at each of its clinics across the county for those who need it.”
Find a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Tarrant County.
COVID-19 vaccines are free to recipients, whether they are insured or uninsured.
The City of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth ISD are offering COVID vaccinations to children who are 5-11 years old at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C. A. Robertson Blvd. The site recently expanded hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide parents with more options:
The clinic is open to everyone and no health insurance information is required. No appointment is needed and you may stay in your car the entire time. Younger patients may have to temporarily exit the vehicle with a parent or guardian to receive the dose.
To learn more, call 817-392-8478 or email the hotline.
THE MODERN LIGHTS
November 1-February 6
The Modern trees are illuminated with an array of festive lights in celebration of the holiday season. Passersby experience a stunning display, and visitors are invited to enjoy evening viewing opportunities. The museum galleries are open with free admission until 8 pm on Fridays.
Dinner with the Modern Lights
Fridays, seating from 5 to 8:30 pm
Executive Chef Jett Mora welcomes you with warm hospitality, creative cuisine, and a seasonal menu rooted in Texas ingredients. Create your own holiday memories on Friday nights at Café Modern. Seating is available from 5 to 8:30 pm. For reservations, call 817.840.2157 or online here.
First Friday at the Modern
November 5, December 3, and January 7
The first Friday of each month, the Modern and Café Modern team up to bring you live music from the First Friday House Band, and drink specials and tasty light bites in the museum's Grand Lobby from 5 to 8 pm. Invite friends to enjoy a unique opportunity to experience the Modern in the evening. A complimentary docent-led, 20-minute tour is available at 6:30 pm. Café Modern and Executive Chef Jett Mora serve a light dining menu in the lobby ($9-$15). Specialty drinks along with beer and wine are available at the cash bar, with happy hour selections.
IN THE GALLERIES
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler: Flora
Through January 16
November 7-January 30
FOCUS: Frances Stark
November 14-January 16
FOCUS: Jill Magid
January 21-March 20
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Museum Gallery Hours
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Tue 10 am-7 pm (Sep-Nov, Feb-Apr)
Fri 10 am-8 pm
General Admission Prices (includes special exhibition)
$16: General (age 18 and above)
$12: Seniors (age 60+), Active/Retired Military Personnel and First Responders with ID
$10: Students with ID
Free: Under 18 years old
The Museum offers half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays.
The Museum is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.
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