Carrollton News and Events for April
Celebrate National Library Week in Carrollton April 10-16
Libraries are places for new beginnings. Whether you are getting your first library card, learning new computer skills or planning a trip, the library is the place where your story begins. This National Library Week April 10-16, join our nation’s libraries and librarians and create your own story @ your library.
The Carrollton Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by asking customers to share their stories. Each library location will have a shelf and book cutouts available for customers to write short stories of how they use the library. The cutouts will be “shelved” so that others may read them. The library’s webpage will also feature different services during the week; some of these may be new to regular web users.
For more information, visit the Carrollton Public Library at Hebron and Josey at 4220 N. Josey or the Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake at 1700 Keller Springs Road, call 972-466-4800, or see the library’s website at cityofcarrollton.com/library.
Free Tax Assistance in Carrollton through April 14
Volunteers with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provide free tax return assistance from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays at the Carrollton Public Library at Hebron and Josey (4220 N. Josey Lane) through April 11. For seniors ages 50 and over, AARP volunteers will be available on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carrollton Senior Center (1720 Keller Springs Road) through April 14. Bring identification, a copy of last year’s tax return, as well as all documents and information for 2010.
Let’s Go Fly a Kite – April 16
Ages 6-12, visit Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) on Saturday, April 16 for a kite-flying event at 3 pm. April is Kite Month and the Library is celebrating by sharing kite stories, making kites and then taking them outside to watch them soar! For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library or call 972-466-4800.
Free Community Workshop – April 19
Sign up now for the free community workshop entitled “My family member struggles with substance abuse. How do I help?” offered by the City of Carrollton on Tuesday, April 19 from 7 until 8:15 p.m. in the Courts Community Room (2001 Jackson Road). Guest speaker Leonard Keesee, RN, LCDC, from Green Oaks Hospital will talk about how watching a family member struggle with issues of substance abuse can be emotionally, physically and financially draining. As we look for ways to help, the path is not always clear. Loved ones may not feel that they want help or that there is a problem. What kind of treatment programs are available, where they are, length of treatment and what happens after the person returns home will be some of the questions addressed in this open class on substance abuse treatment for teens and adults.
Please join us for this Community Learning Opportunity. Registration is limited to the first 100 persons who register. If you plan to attend as a couple, each person must register. Please attend without children. Register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or at 972-466-3158.
Museum’s Teddy Bear Picnic April 23 – Registration Ends April 19
Join the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum (1509 North Perry Road) in its celebration of the teddy bear from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, April 23. Bring a teddy bear, a picnic lunch and enjoy the festivities which include crafts for your bear, games, cookies and lemonade. There will also be a contest for the best dressed teddy bear and a teddy bear first aid station, where a certified teddy bear nurse will repair your well-loved bear. Registration by April 19 is required. The fee is $11 per family, up to 5 people. For more information, call the Museum staff at 972-466-6380
Community Identity Theft Forum at Senior Center – April 28
The office of U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) will be hosting an identity theft forum at the Carrollton Senior Center (1720 Keller Springs Road) on Thursday, April 28 from 11 a.m. until noon. Former FBI agent David Leopard will speak about the threat of identity theft and the appropriate methods to protect your information. Identity theft literature will be available free to those in attendance.
Identity theft is when a criminal uses another person’s identifying information to fraudulently steal money. With stolen information, thieves can create credit cards and loans, as well as withdraw from Social Security funds or checking accounts. Identity theft is considered the number one white-collar crime in the United States, and seniors in particular are often victimized by identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission in 2009 reported $1.7 billion in losses as a result of fraud.
Senior citizens who wish to attend should call the Carrollton Senior Center at 972-466-4850 to make a reservation.
Movie on the Lawn – April 30
In celebration of the opening of Carrollton’s DART Green Line stations, join us for a free night of short films featuring trains outside at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum (1509 N. Perry Road) on Saturday, April 30. The Great Train Robbery (1903), directed by Edwin S. Porter, and episodes from the Hazards of Helen (1917) serial will be shown. Movies begin at dusk. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating. Concessions are available for purchase.
Pharmaceutical Collection Event – April 30
Saturday, April 30 is “National Take Back Initiative” Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration is coordinating a one-day collaborative effort with the Carrollton Police Department to remove potentially dangerous prescription drugs from Carrollton homes. Collection activities are planned from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, April 30 in the front parking lot of the Carrollton Police Department (2025 E. Jackson Road).
The National Take Back Initiative Day will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction since these substances in homes are a potential source that fuels drug abuse and are a risk to public health and safety. Everyone is encouraged to support the initiative and participate with the Carrollton Police Department in hosting this effort. Clean out those medicine cabinets. Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances may be collected. No questions or requests for identification will be made. Participants may dispose of medication in its original container. All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers will also be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. Intra-venous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted at the Police Department drop off location due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. There will be an additional drop off location at Hebron Valley Elementary (4108 Creek Valley) that will accept all the items mentioned above, but will also be the ONLY site accepting intra-venous solutions, injectibles and syringes.
For more information, contact Officer J. Moore at 972-466-3521 or by email at email@example.com.
- How to Avoid Tax-Related Identity Theft (5min.com)