My Rowlett

The “My Rowlett” podcast provides a weekly update on events, activities, and news for the City of Rowlett. Subscribe on your favorite podcast platforms (or on YouTube!). Visit Rowlett.com for more information! The City of Rowlett, Texas serves more than 65,000 residents and is situated on beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard. Rowlett is among the fastest-growing communities in the North Central Texas region.

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This Week in Rowlett - May 20, 2024
MEMORIAL DAY COMMUNITY GATHERING: Join us this Monday, May 27 at 12noon for a Memorial Day Community Gathering at Veterans Park in Downtown Rowlett. We are so heartened to see the outpouring of support for Memorial Day in our community and would like to thank the Kiwanis Club of Northeast Dallas County for organizing this gathering at Veterans Park. We hope to see all of you there! https://www.facebook.com/CityofRowlettTexas/posts/pfbid0qZn5KqVFtkqoohx2RzFgDND7qrPEXvbJXfA4EuSPcuxnMTN9Wiv4haiiMsu5SRr5l
In observation of Memorial Day, City of Rowlett offices & facilities, including the Community Centre, Library, Municipal Court, and Animal Shelter, will be closed on Monday, May 27. Trash service will be delayed by one day that week. https://www.rowletttx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2481
SPRING SMART YARD WINNERS: Congratulations to Joe and Susan Henchal, who were recently named as the Rowlett Smart Yard Winners for Spring 2024. Joe and Susan started their habitat journey by reaching out to the Texas Discovery Garden and learning from their leaders. The Henchal's garden has evolved over the years from their eagerness to learn and passion for pollinators. Thank you for your outstanding efforts to build a pollinator-and-environmentally friendly garden! https://www.rowletttx.gov/1933/Rowlett-Smart-Yard
COUNCIL MEETINGS THIS WEEK: Join us at Rowlett City Hall for this week’s council meetings! The City Council Work Session starts at 6pm tonight. Then tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 21, the City Council Regular Session starts at 7pm.
SPRING FARMERS & CRAFTS MARKET: The Spring Farmers and Crafts Market continues Thursdays in Downtown Rowlett. We had to cancel last Thursdays market due to weather. If mother nature cooperates, we’ll try it again this week! Swing by the Downtown Rowlett Green after work every Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm to enjoy a variety of food trucks and visit with local vendors, while shopping for crafts and more! There’s Face painting every 3rd Thursday and live music every 4th Thursday of the month! https://www.rowletttx.gov/2170/Farmers-and-Crafts-Market-2024
SUMMER READING REGISTRATION: Let the Games Begin! Registration for the Summer Reading Challenge at the Rowlett Public Library is now open! Mark your calendars for an unforgettable start to a summer filled with reading, adventure, and fun! Pre-register the whole family and earn prizes for reading! Make sure you sign up before the Summer Reading Kick-Off Party on June 1. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfor_u6nkrUjmbuNgESBHvaXtrKQFcZAvJgA7Ol1QEcbZ5WJQ/viewform
And just a heads up, there will be no Youth Library Programs in May at the library. Children's programs are taking a break this May as Library staff prepare for a full summer.
SENIOR TRIP TO PEROT - FRIDAY, MAY 31 Hey Seniors, are you ready for another Dart adventure? On Friday, May 31 we will be taking the train to the Perot Museum in Downtown Dallas. The cost is $5. Contact the RCC front desk at 972-412-6170 to sign up!
SENIORS BOWLING: And speaking of activities for seniors...did you know that there’s a Senior Bowling Bunch, every 3rd Thursday at 12 Noon at the Rowlett Bowl-a-Rama? Join fellow seniors for a fun-filled afternoon of bowling! $5 entry fee. Please note that shoe rentals are not included in the entry fee, and pre-registration is required. Call the RCC at 972-412-6170 to sign up!
PET ADOPT-A-THON There’s a Pet Adopt-a-thon on Saturday, June 1! Visit the Rowlett Animal Shelter 9:00am to 12 Noon for food trucks, craft vendors, and FREE adoptions! All adoptions include a FREE city registration, microchipping, and giveaways. The first 10 adoptions also receive free spay/neuter services. We can't wait to introduce you to your new best friend! https://www.rowletttx.gov/969/Special-Events
JUNETEENTH BLOCK PARTY: And coming up, it’s the Juneteenth Block Party on Saturday, June 15 from 4pm to 7pm in Downtown Rowlett. Celebrate with fantastic food vendors, free giveaways, an activity-filled kid zone, and live music! https://www.rowletttx.gov/2180/Juneteenth-Block-Party
FIREWORKS ON MAIN: Fireworks on Main is back! Make your plans now! Join us this 4th of July for Fireworks on Main at Pecan Grove Park for a night of dazzling fireworks, live music, kids’ activities, and tons of great food! And back by popular demand, the Emerald City Band returns as the headlining musical act! For more info and details, visit Rowlett.com to make your plans! https://www.rowletttx.gov/780/Fireworks-on-Main
 

Monday May 13, 2024

BARKS, BREWS, & BRATS – THIS SATURDAY, MAY 18
Unleash the fun at Barks, Brews and Brats this Saturday, May 18 from 6pm to 9pm at Scentral Bark Dog Park. Fetch some delicious food and drinks...wiggle your tails to live music...sniff out cool stuff at our vendor shops...and let your pup dive into our splash pools at the large and SMALL dog parks. It's paws-itively the best way to spend your Saturday night! https://www.rowletttx.gov/1726/Barks-Brews-and-Brats
 
FIREWORKS ON MAIN - JULY 4, 2024
Fireworks on Main is back! Join us this 4th of July for Fireworks on Main at Pecan Grove Park for a night of dazzling fireworks, live music, kids’ activities, and tons of great food! And back by popular demand, the Emerald City Band returns as the headlining musical act! For more info and details, visit Rowlett.com to make your plans! https://www.rowletttx.gov/780/Fireworks-on-Main
 
SPRING FARMERS & CRAFTS MARKET - THURSDAYS IN DOWNTOWN ROWLETT
The Spring Farmers and Crafts Market continues on Thursdays in Downtown Rowlett. We had to cancel last Thursdays market due to weather. If mother nature cooperates, we’ll try it again this week! Swing by the Downtown Rowlett Green after work every Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm to enjoy a variety of food trucks and visit with local vendors, while shopping for crafts and more! There’s Face painting every 3rd Thursday and live music every 4th Thursday of the month! https://www.rowletttx.gov/2170/Farmers-and-Crafts-Market-2024
 
SUMMER READING REGISTRATION
Let the Games Begin! Registration for the Summer Reading Challenge at the Rowlett Public Library is now open! Mark your calendars for an unforgettable start to a summer filled with reading, adventure, and fun! Pre-register the whole family and earn prizes for reading! Make sure you sign up before the Summer Reading Kick-Off Party on June 1. www.rowlett.com/library
And just a heads up, there will be no Youth Library Programs in May at the library. Children's programs are taking a break this May as Library staff prepare for a full summer.
 
ART & AI CONVERSATION
Join the Rowlett Arts & Humanities Commission for a conversation with author Jake Kerr about art & artificial intelligence at Drizl Coffee on Thursday at 6:30pm. Drizl coffee is located at 8600 Lakeview Pkwy
 
PET ADOPT-A-THON - JUNE 1
We just announced a Pet Adopt-a-thon for Saturday, June 1! Visit the Rowlett Animal Shelter 9:00am to Noon for food trucks, craft vendors, and FREE adoptions! All adoptions come with a FREE city registration, microchipping, and giveaways. We can't wait to introduce you to your new best friend! https://www.rowletttx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2480
 
SPRING SMART YARD WINNER ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK
The Winner of the Spring Smart Yard will be announced on Friday, May 17. Thanks for all the great submissions! Check out our social media pages for the big reveal! For links to our social pages, check out the links in the show notes.
 
SENIOR TRIP TO DOWNTOWN PLANO - FRIDAY, MAY 17
All aboard! The Senior Trip to Downtown Plano is Friday, May 17 from 9am to 3pm All aboard, Seniors! Join us as we take the DART Train and explore Historic Downtown Plano. We will tour the Interurban Railroad Museum, eat lunch, and enjoy plenty of shopping! Trip is $5. Call 972-412-6170 to sign up!
 
SENIOR BOWLING - EVERY THIRD THURSDAY
And speaking of seniors...did you know that there’s a Senior Bowling Bunch, every 3rd Thursday at 12 Noon at the Rowlett Bowl-a-Rama? Join fellow seniors for a fun-filled afternoon of bowling! $5 entry fee. Please note that shoe rentals are not included in the entry fee, and pre-registration is required. Call the RCC at 972-412-6170 to sign up! https://www.rowletttx.gov/305/Seniors
 
BLAST BABYSITTING CLASS – MAY 18
Also on Saturday, May 18, it’s the BLAST Babysitting Class! Designed for ages 10 & up, this program prepares kids to interview for a babysitting job, learn safety, first aid, and all the skills to rock your babysitting gigs! Sign up today at https://rowlettexplorers.com/wp/training/
 
WOMEN'S 3x3 BBALL TOURNAMENT
Ladies, are you ready to show off your basketball skills? Join us for the Rowlett Parks and Recreation Women's 3 x 3 Basketball Tournament. Registration is now open! The Tournament takes place on Thursday, May 23 from 6pm – 9pm at the @ Rowlett Community Centre.
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Monday May 06, 2024

Let’s see what’s going on this week, beginning Monday, May 6!
 
ALL 4 BOND PROPOSITIONS PASSED!
It’s time to celebrate! All four bond propositions from the May 4 Bond Election were approved by Rowlett voters! A huge shout-out to every one of you who made it to the polls. Your votes are shaping the future of Rowlett, and that’s something to cheer about!
https://www.rowletttx.gov/883/May-4-2024-Election-Results
These results will be officially canvassed at a Special Meeting on Thursday, May 9 at 5:30pm.
 
SUMMER READING REGISTRATION
Let the Games Begin! Registration for the Summer Reading Challenge at the Rowlett Public Library is now open! Mark your calendars for an unforgettable start to a summer filled with reading, adventure, and fun! Pre-register the whole family and earn prizes for reading!
https://www.rowletttx.gov/2087/Summer-Reading-Program
 
THE MAY ROWLETT WELLNESS HIKE
Join us for healthy family fun, completely free of charge! The May Wellness Hike is Saturday, May 11 at 8am at the Rowlett Nature Trail. Let's support our community and Parks and Recreation Department by raising awareness for our scenic trails through a monthly wellness hike.
 
PET ADOPT-A-THON
We just announced a Pet Adopt-a-thon on Saturday, June 1! Visit the Rowlett Animal Shelter 9:00am to Noon for food trucks, craft vendors, and FREE adoptions! All adoptions come with a FREE city registration, microchipping, and giveaways. We can't wait to introduce you to your new best friend!
https://www.rowletttx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2480
 
SPRING FARMERS & CRAFTS MARKET
Everyone is having a blast at our Spring Farmers & Crafts Market! Swing by the Downtown Rowlett Green after work every Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm to enjoy a variety of food trucks and visit with local vendors, while shopping for crafts and more! There’s Face painting every 3rd Thursday and live music every 4th Thursday of the month!
https://www.rowletttx.gov/2170/Farmers-and-Crafts-Market-2024
 
COUNCIL MEETINGS THIS WEEK
The City Council Work Session starts at 6pm tonight at Rowlett City Hall. Then tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 7, the City Council Regular Session starts at 7pm.
You can watch these meetings live by visiting www.rowlett.com/Streaming
 
SMART YARD
Do you or one of your neighbors have an environmentally friendly yard or garden that’s worth recognizing? Dash over to the Rowlett Smart Yard Spring Entry Survey before Wednesday, May 8 to fill out a nomination form!
https://www.rowletttx.gov/1933/Rowlett-Smart-Yard
 
SENIOR TRIP TO DOWNTOWN PLANO
The Senior Trip to Downtown Plano is Friday, May 17 from 9am to 3pm. All aboard, Seniors! Join us as we take the DART Train and explore Historic Downtown Plano. We will tour the Interurban Railroad Museum, eat lunch, and enjoy plenty of shopping! Trip is $5. Call 972 412 6170 to sign up
 
BARKS, BREWS, & BRATS – SATURDAY, MAY 18
Barks, Brews, and Brats is on Saturday, May 18 from 6pm-9pm at Scentral Bark Dog Park! Grab your furry BFF for a fun evening of live music, playful pups, cold brews, and food trucks!
https://www.rowletttx.gov/1726/Barks-Brews-and-Brats
 
BLAST BABYSITTING CLASS – MAY 18
Also on Saturday, May 18, it’s the BLAST Babysitting Class! Designed for ages 10 & up, this program prepares kids to interview for a babysitting job, learn safety, first aid, and all the skills to rock your babysitting gigs! Sign up today at Rowlett.com.
https://rowlettexplorers.com/wp/training/
 
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Monday Apr 29, 2024

THIS WEEK IN ROWLETT
Let’s see what’s going on this week, beginning Monday, April 29!
 
EARLY VOTING
Early voting for 2024 Bond Election is now underway! Early voting runs from April 22 to April 30. Election Day is Saturday, May 4. For details on the propositions on the ballot, as well as early voting times and locations, visit RowlettBond.com.
 
Ever wondered what the Rowlett City Council might look like in a galaxy far, far away? You have see our latest creative endeavor, a delightfully no-budget Star Wars-inspired parody, starring our very own city council members! This homage to the classic sci-fi movie premiered at our first Bond Election Public Meeting last Thursday night, and it's a must-watch.
https://youtu.be/gx7Xi_kHyNo
 
FIRE ACADEMY
Ever dreamed of being a firefighter? Find out what it's like with Rowlett FD's free academy! Learn fire safety, get hands-on training, and even experience a 'burn day'. It's the adventure of a lifetime – come join the fun! The academy runs May 30 – August 1 – registration is now open - contact Julie Ward at 972-412-6230 or jward@rowlett.com to sign up!
https://www.rowletttx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2477
 
ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT 
As a water consumer in the City of Rowlett, you enjoy “superior” water every time you turn on the tap. “Superior” is the State’s highest water quality designation! The full Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is now available on Rowlett.com.
https://www.rowletttx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/27907/Annual-Water-Quality-Report---2023?bidId=
 
COUNCIL MEETING
There’s a Special Mid-Year Budget Work Session with City Council on Wednesday, May 1 and that starts at 6pm.
https://www.rowletttx.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=15479&month=5&year=2024&day=1&calType=0
 
SMART YARD
Do you or one of your neighbors have an environmentally friendly yard or garden that’s worth recognizing? Dash over to the Rowlett Smart Yard Spring Entry Survey before Wednesday, May 8 to fill out a nomination form!
https://www.rowletttx.gov/1933/Rowlett-Smart-Yard
 
FOOD FOR FINES ENDING
It’s the last the 2 days of Food for Fines month at the library! Each package of food brought to the library will erase $1 off your fines. Items collected will be distributed to food pantries at Life Message, Hope in Hand, and the North Texas Food Bank.
 
FRAS DONATES MICROCHIP SCANNERS
Great news, Rowlett! Our Fire Stations are now equipped with microchip scanners thanks to Friends of Rowlett Animals! If you find a lost pet after shelter hours, you can bring them to any Rowlett Fire Station. They'll scan the animal for a microchip and provide you with the information to contact the chip company to help reunite the lost pet with its worried owner.
 
WOMENS BBALL
Calling all basketball queens! Grab your squad and get ready to dominate the court – Rowlett's Women's 3 vs 3 Tournament registration is now open! Let's see what you've got!
The Tournament is taking place on May 23 from 6pm-9pm at the Rowlett Community Centre!
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BARKS, BREWS, AND BRATS
Attention all dog lovers! Come join us at Scentral Bark Dog Park in Herfurth Park on Saturday, May 18 from 6-9p for our Barks, Brews and Brats event!
https://www.rowletttx.gov/1726/Barks-Brews-and-Brats
 
Grab some delicious food and drinks, enjoy live music, interact with vendors, and don't miss taking your dog to our splash pools in the large and small dog parks. We can't wait to see you there!
 
BLAST BABYSITTING CLASS
Calling all future babysitters! Want to be the go-to for the coolest games and activities? Rowlett Explorer Post One's got you covered. Designed for ages 10 & up, this program prepares kids to interview for a babysitting job, learn safety, first aid, and all the skills to rock your babysitting gigs! Sign up today at Rowlett.com.
https://rowlettexplorers.com/wp/training/

Monday Apr 22, 2024

Let’s see what’s going on this week, beginning Monday, April 22.
 
EARLY VOTING INFORMATION
https://www.rowletttx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2457
For details on the propositions on the ballot, as well as early voting times and locations, visit RowlettBond.com.
 
2nd BOND ELECTION PUBLIC MEETING
https://www.rowletttx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2457
Another way to learn more is to join us in person for the second and final Bond Election Public Meeting this Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 pm at Rowlett City Hall. Ask questions and learn more about the four propositions on the ballot.
 
DOWNTOWN ROWLETT STRATEGIC PLAN PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT
https://www.rowletttx.gov/2152/Downtown-Rowlett-Strategic-Plan
Get involved in shaping Downtown Rowlett's future! Join us for the Public Open House tonight, Monday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Rowlett Community Centre. Your participation is essential in crafting the Downtown Rowlett Strategic Plan.
 
DINNER & A SHOW
“Dinner & A Show” is this Thursday, April 25 at 5:30pm at the Rowlett Community Centre. Prepare to be spellbound as the incredible Sam Sawyers takes the stage for an enchanting magic show that will leave you in awe! Join us for an unforgettable experience filled with mind-boggling illusions, mystifying tricks, and a touch of Sam's unique charm. Tickets are $8. You can register online or call 972-412-6170 for details.
 
FARMERS AND CRAFTS MARKET
https://www.rowletttx.gov/2170/Farmers-and-Crafts-Market-2024
The Farmers and Crafts Market awaits you every Thursday night in Downtown Rowlett!! From 5:30-8:30 pm, join us for an evening of local vendors, food trucks, and community. There’s also a special live performance by solo artist David Tribble!
 
ROWLETT SINGS IS FINALLY HERE!
https://www.rowletttx.gov/1579/Rowlett-Sings-Competition
Experience the excitement of Rowlett Sings this Saturday, April 27 at 6 PM, held at Freedom Place Church. Enjoy an evening of local talent and entertainment, with Derrick Culpepper as your MC. Admission is free!
 
BOTANICAL GARDENS SENIOR TRIP
The Seniors Field Trip to Fort Worth Botanical Gardens is this Wednesday, April 24 at 9am. It’s not too late to sign up!  The cost is $25 per person, please call 972-412-6170 to sign up.
 
RECYCLING EVENT
https://keeprowlettbeautiful.org/electronics-recycling-document-shredding/
Keep Rowlett Beautiful is hosting an Electronic Recycling & Document Shred Day. Swing by Rowlett High School on Saturday, April 27, from 9 am to 1 pm and dispose of your old electronics and documents in a secure and environmentally friendly way!
 
FOOD FOR FINES MONTH
April is Food for Fines month at the library. Each package of food brought to the library during the month of April will erase $1 off your fines. Food for Fines does not apply to fees acquired from damaged or lost materials. Items collected will be distributed to food pantries at Life Message, Hope in Hand, and the North Texas Food Bank.
 
SPRING SMART YARD COMPETITION
https://www.rowletttx.gov/1933/Rowlett-Smart-Yard
The search for the greenest thumb is on! Our Spring Smart Yard Competition has begun! Do you...or one of your neighbors have an environmentally friendly yard or garden that is worth recognizing? Visit Rowlett.com to enter before Wednesday, May 8.
 

Monday Apr 15, 2024

2024 Rowlett Bond Election
Ever wondered what the Rowlett City Council might look like in a galaxy far, far away? You have see our latest creative endeavor, a delightfully no-budget Star Wars-inspired parody, starring our very own city council members! This homage to the classic sci-fi movie premiered at our first Bond Election Public Meeting last Thursday night, and it's a must-watch.
https://youtu.be/gx7Xi_kHyNo
Join us for an encore discussion on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 pm, at Rowlett City Hall. For information on the propositions and voting details, visit RowlettBond.com to learn more!
 
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION:
Get ready for a night of eco-friendly fun! Keep Rowlett Beautiful invites you to celebrate Earth Day this Saturday, April 20, from 5 pm to 8 pm in Downtown Rowlett. It's an evening filled with activities and ideas for sustaining our city's natural beauty. Food trucks and vendor booths are going to pack the downtown Rowlett green! Get into the groove with live music, bring the kids for face painting, and make friends at the petting zoo. Plus the winners from Poetry and Art contests will be announced!
 
SPRING SMART YARD COMPETITION
Does your garden have more buzz than a bee convention? The search for the greenest thumb is on! Our Spring Smart Yard Competition has begun, and we're on the lookout for the crème de la green in Rowlett!  We want to hear about it.  Dash over to Rowlett.com to enter your plant paradise before Wednesday, May 8. Don't leaf it to the last minute! https://www.rowletttx.gov/1933/Rowlett-Smart-Yard
 
COUNCIL MEETINGS THIS WEEK
The City Council Work Session on Monday, April 15 starts at 6pm tonight at Rowlett City Hall. Then tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 16, the City Council Regular Session starts at 7pm.
 
Thank a Public Safety Telecommunicator
Rowlett Communications Center will be celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week from Sunday, April 14th to Saturday, April 20th, 2024. This week is dedicated to honoring the men and women of 9-1-1 who tirelessly serve our community by answering emergency calls, dispatching Law, Fire, and EMS, and providing life-saving assistance to those in need. This marks our fourth year celebrating as an Emergency Responder.
 
Our Telecommunicators are a dedicated group committed to serving our community, and we want to make this week special for them. Each year, our Telecommunicators receive small tokens or gifts from our center and local responders, along with food and drinks as a special thanks. This year, we invite our community to get involved!
Consider “Adopting a Dispatcher” as a special way to thank each individual for their work. Appreciation can be shown through handwritten notes or cards, small gift cards, or gift baskets. We are excited to see how creative our community can be! Adopting a Dispatcher is ideal for individual families, work/office professionals, church groups, friend groups, or anyone else who would like to participate.
Here is how you can participate! Rowlett Communications Center has 16 Telecommunicators on staff. To request a Telecommunicator’s name or a group of Telecommunicators, send us an email to:
hceaser@rowlett.com
rciomek@rowlett.com
In your message, please include who you are, what organization you/your group are from (if any), and how many names you’d like.
Your care packages can be mailed to or dropped off at our dispatch center at 4401 Rowlett Rd.
Thank you again, and we appreciate all the support we receive throughout the year!
 
DOWNTOWN ROWLETT STRATEGIC PLAN PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
Join us for the Downtown Rowlett Strategic Plan Public Open House next Monday, April 22 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Rowlett Community Centre. This exciting come-and-go event will offer community members, residents, stakeholders, and others an opportunity to review and provide feedback on concepts for the future of Downtown Rowlett
 
FARMERS AND CRAFTS MARKET
The Farmers and Crafts Market awaits you every Thursday night in Downtown Rowlett!! From 5:30-8:30 pm, join us for an evening of local vendors, food trucks, and community. Come for the crafts...stay for the snacks!
 
ANIMAL SHELTER
Our animal shelter is still at full capacity. To help find their fur-ever homes, we are waiving all adoption fees. Adopting a pet will change their world, and possibly yours, too. Visit us at the Rowlett Animal Shelter, where love doesn't cost a thing!
Contact Animal Services at 972 412-6219 or come by the shelter at 4402 Industrial St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday- Saturday.
 
TRIP RESCHEDULED
The Seniors Field Trip to Fort Worth Botanical Gardens had to be rescheduled. The new date is Wednesday, April 24 at 9am. It’s not too late to sign up!  The cost is $25 per person, please call 972-412-6170 to sign up.
 
RECYCLING EVENT
Keep Rowlett Beautiful is hosting an Electronic Recycling & Document Shred Day. Swing by Rowlett High School on Saturday, April 27, from 9 am to 1 pm and dispose of your old electronics and documents in a secure and environmentally friendly way!
 

Monday Apr 08, 2024

Here's your top news and events for the week of April 1, 2024. For more details on any topic, please visit www.rowlett.com
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The Force is strong with those who are informed and engaged in their community. In the spirit of our ‘May the Fourth, Cast Your Vote’ theme, join us at Rowlett City Hall on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30pm for our Bond Election Meeting to learn more about the 2024 Bond Election! We’ll also have a second Bond Election Meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30pm, also at Rowlett City Hall. Visit RowlettBond.com to learn more!
FARMERS AND CRAFTS MARKET
The Farmers and Crafts Market is in full swing! Join us every Thursday night from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, on the Downtown Rowlett Green to enjoy a variety of food trucks and visit with local vendors.
Autism Acceptance Month
April was proclaimed Autism Acceptance Month in the City of Rowlett at last week's City Council meeting. Additionally, the Downtown Rowlett Water Tower was lit in blue on April 2 in honor of World Autism Awareness Day, and as a symbol of Rowlett’s commitment to promoting public awareness and acceptance of individuals with Autism.
National Library Week
Also at last week's City Council meeting, a proclamation was presented recognizing April 7-13 as National Library Week. From early literacy and educational programs to recreational reading, study and research, Rowlett residents find the community’s “living room” a place to learn and relax, meet and greet their neighbors, and take advantage of the many resources the Library has to offer.
FOOD FOR FINES
April is Food for Fines month at the library. Each package of food brought to the library during the month of April will erase $1 off your fines. Food for Fines does not apply to fees acquired from damaged or lost materials. Items collected will be distributed to food pantries at Life Message, Hope in Hand, and the North Texas Food Bank.
Rowlett Youth Advisory Council
Attention Rowlett teens - are you looking for ways to give back to the community? If so, we have a spot for you: the Rowlett Youth Advisory Council is now accepting applications! Deadline to Apply is April 12
The Seniors Field Trip to Fort Worth Botanical Gardens is April 10 at 9am. Spring is the most beautiful time of year to visit this world-famous garden - join us and immerse yourself in a blooming wonderland! $25/person, call 972-412-6170 to sign up.
The Family Camp-Out at Pecan Grove Park is April 13-14 at Pecan Grove Park
Get ready for an unforgettable outdoor adventure! Registration is open for this popular annual overnight campout - set up your family's tents and enjoy challenges, activities and games designed for all ages.
The April Wellness Hike, presented by the Parks and Recreation Department, will take place on Saturday, April 13th, at 8am at Rowlett Lakeside Park.
Keep Rowlett Beautiful’s Earth Day Celebration is Saturday, April 20 from 5pm – 8pm at the Downtown Rowlett Green. This year's theme is Planet vs. Plastics! Live performances, games, food trucks, and vendor booths.
Downtown Strategic Plan Open House is Monday, April 22 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Rowlett Community Centre. We are reimagining the future of Downtown and creating a plan to guide us. Your input in this planning process is essential in shaping the vision. Join us at this final Open House, and tell us what you think!

Monday Apr 01, 2024

Here's your top news and events for the week of April 1, 2024. For more details on any topic, please visit www.rowlett.com
 
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The Spring Farmers & Crafts Market starts this Thursday! Swing by the Downtown Rowlett Green after work every Thursday thru June 27 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm to enjoy a variety of food trucks and visit with local vendors while shopping for produce, flowers, meats, honey, eggs, crafts and more! 
 
Kid Fish is this Saturday, April 6 from 9am to 12pm at Community Park. Let's go fishing! This is a fun, free, family event designed to foster a love of fishing and the great outdoors.500 pounds of catfish will be released into the pond at Community Park prior to the event and awards will be given to the longest fish winners in three age groups! 
 
Total Eclipse Watch Party is Monday, April 8 from 12noon to 3pm on the Downtown Rowlett Green! Activities will include a DJ, rocket ship bounce houses, food trucks, and educational programs to learn more about this astronomical event. FREE solar eclipse glasses from the Rowlett Public Library for event attendees while supplies last. Join us on the dark side of the moon for a once in a lifetime experience!
 
BOND ELECTION PUBLIC MEETINGS. We’re holding TWO, that’s right, TWO public meetings at City Hall in April so you can come learn all about the four propositions on the May 4 Bond Election ballot. These meeting will be held on Thursday, April 11 & Tuesday, April 23, both starting at 6:30pm To learn more about the Bond Election, visit RowlettBond.com
 
There are two council meetings at Rowlett City Hall this week. The Council Work Session is on Monday, April 1 and begins at 6pm. Then on Tuesday, April 2, the City Council Regular Session starts at 7pm. As always, you can stream those meeting on Rowlett.com/streaming.
 
The Library has a creative writing program for adults who love to write for the fun of it! It’s called the The Writing Salon and it’s the First Friday of the Month at 10:30am. Write what you choose – poetry, free form writing, creative writing, memoirs, or fiction. Creative prompts will be provided for inspiration.
 
The Library is teaming up with Keep Rowlett Beautiful for the “Planet vs. Plastics” Poetry Contest. Deadline to enter is April 6. It’s open to all ages and winning entries will be displayed as a poster at the library.
 
Hey Seniors! Have you wanted to explore downtown Dallas, but didn't want to go alone? Join us for the Seniors Field Trip to Downtown Dallas on April 5 at 9:30am. There is no cost for the trip, but registration is required. Call 972-412-6170 to sign up.
 
Here’s another trip for our seniors! Spring is the most beautiful time of year to visit the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. Join us for a Seniors Field Trip on April 10 at 9am and immerse yourself in a blooming wonderland! This one is $25 per person. Call 972-412-6170 to sign up
 
Get ready for an unforgettable outdoor adventure! It’s the Family Camp-Out at Pecan Grove Park on April 13 and 14. Registration is open for this popular annual overnight campout - set up your family's tents and enjoy challenges, activities and games designed for all ages.
 
Do you know a child interested in volleyball, but has never played? The MVP Volleyball Skills and Drills classes are a great opportunity for them to learn the fundamentals in a fun and supportive environment. It’s every Tuesday at the Community Centre from 6pm – 7pm for ages 8-15
 
Dallas County is holding virtual and in-person public meetings to gather input to update the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Your input will help them analyze potential hazards affecting residents and recommend possible actions to reduce their impact. That’s happening on Wednesday, April 3 at 5:30pm. For information on the in-person and virtual meeting. Here's the info:
https://www.rowletttx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2455

Monday Mar 25, 2024

Here's your top news and events for the week of March 25, 2024. For more details on any topic, please visit www.rowlett.com
 
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City of Rowlett social media pages:
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https://www.youtube.com/user/RowlettTexasVideo 
https://www.instagram.com/cityofrowletttexas 
https://twitter.com/RowlettTexas 
https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-rowlett/ 
 
PUP-A-PALOOZA CANCELLATION
We were all bummed that we had to cancel the Pup-a-Palooza on Friday due to the muddy conditions at Scentral Bark Dog Park. The good news is that we’ll have a scavenger hunt at Barks, Brews, and Brats on Saturday, May 18.
 
TASTE AND TRADE
The Rowlett Area Chamber and Visitors Center is hosting the Taste and Trade Business Expo tonight from 5:30 to 8:30pm at Rowlett High School. Tickets are $7 at the door. Come enjoy Rowlett’s finest businesses and restaurants in one location!
 
ROWLETT SINGS
Don't miss your chance to become Rowlett's next superstar! The deadline for 'Rowlett Sings' entries is next Monday, April 1st. The vocal contest has additional categories for youth and seniors as well as a group category. Admission to the contest held on Saturday, April 27 at 6 pm is free!
 
TRASH ART CONTEST
KRB is sponsoring a "3D Plastic Trash-Art" contest as part of the Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20 on the Downtown Rowlett Green. So dig through that recycling bin and get creative. Deadline is midnight April 1.
 
POERTY CONTEST
KRB has another contest deadline coming up. The Library is teaming up with with Keep Rowlett Beautiful for the “Planet vs. Plastics” Poetry Contest. Open to all ages, deadline to enter is April 6. Winning entries will be displayed as a poster at the library.
 
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
At last week’s council meeting, March was proclaimed Women’s History Month in Rowlett. The women of the Rowlett Police Department, who courageously serve our City alongside their male counterparts; and who currently account for 22% of our sworn officers, which is higher than both the Texas average of 11% and the National average of 13%, were recognized as well.
 
FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT STEM AT LIBRARY
The Frontiers of Flight STEM Morning is Saturday, March 30 at 10:00am at the Rowlett Public Library. Enjoy STEM activities that will leave your family in awe of our world.
 
 
ANIMAL SHELTER
The City of Rowlett Animal Services shelter is still at capacity. If you’ve been considering adding a new member to your family, now is the time – all adoptions are FREE! The shelter is open from Tuesday-Saturday (10am-5pm)
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
The Farmers and Crafts Market
The Farmers and Crafts Market starts April 4! Come on out to the Downtown Rowlett Green every Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to enjoy a variety of food trucks and visit with local vendors while shopping for produce, flowers, meats, honey, eggs, crafts and more!
 
Kid Fish
Kid Fish is Saturday, April 6. Join us from 9am-Noon at Community Park for this fun free family event designed to foster a love of fishing and the great outdoors! 
 
Total Eclipse Watch Party
Join us on the Downtown Rowlett Green Total Eclipse Watch Party
on Monday, April 8 from 12pm to 3 p.m. Activities include a DJ, rocket ship bounce house, food trucks, and educational programs to learn more about this astronomical event. FREE solar eclipse glasses from the Rowlett Public Library for event attendees while supplies last.

Monday Mar 18, 2024

Here's your top news and events for the week of March 11, 2024. For more details on any topic, please visit www.rowlett.com
 
Easter Eggstravaganza - Saturday, March 23 - 10 a.m. to Noon
Pecan Grove Park
Join us for a morning of laughter, surprises, and unforgettable memories for the whole family. Bring your baskets and hunt for treat-filled eggs, enjoy lots of kids activities and games, food trucks, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Hunts are divided by age groups and abilities so everyone will enjoy a full basket of treats!
 
Pup-a-Palooza - Friday, March 22 - 6 to 9 p.m.
Scentral Bark Dog Park
Dogs of all sizes and breeds are invited to hunt for eggs filled with doggie treats. Contests, food vendors, prizes and photos with the Easter Bunny, too
 
NTMWD Annual System Maintenance:
The North Texas Municipal Water District has temporarily changed the disinfectant in its water treatment process until April 1. The annual, routine change is necessary to maintain the regional system and year-round water quality. Your tap water may smell a little different, but it’s completely safe to drink and use. Visit ntmwd.com for tips for details
 
MILLER/CHIESA INTERSECTION
The Miller Road and Chiesa Road intersection reopened today! The entire Miller Road reconstruction project is anticipated to be complete at the end of May.
 
LUNCH ON THE LAWN 
Next Monday, March 25, don’t miss the final Lunch on the Lawn in Downtown Rowlett! Join on your lunch break - and enjoy great food and great company!
Vendors next week are:
Cakegasm LLC
La Rosita
Monster Yogurt
Doss Tastebudz
Famous O's Catfish and Shrimp
Holy Smokes BBQ
Cousins Maine Lobster
The Mexicans Food Truck
 
FREE ANIMAL ADOPTIONS
The City of Rowlett Animal Services shelter is still at capacity. If you’ve been considering adding a new member to your family, now is the time – all adoptions are FREE! The shelter is open from Tuesday-Saturday (10am-5pm)
 
Keep Rowlett Beautiful Art Contest
KRB is sponsoring a "3D Plastic Trash-Art" contest as part of the Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20 on the Downtown Rowlett Green. Submission categories range from little-bitty's up to grown-ups, so dig through that recycling bin and get creative! Deadline is midnight April 1.
 
Total Eclipse Watch Party
Join us on the Downtown Rowlett Green Total Eclipse Watch Party on Monday, April 8 - Noon to 3 p.m. Activities include a DJ, rocket ship bounce house, food trucks, and educational programs to learn more about this astronomical event. FREE solar eclipse glasses from the Rowlett Public Library for event attendees while supplies last. Join us on the dark side of the moon for a once in a lifetime experience!
 
Downtown Strategic Plan Open House - Monday, April 22 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Rowlett Community Centre
We are reimagining the future of Downtown and creating a plan to guide us. Your input in this planning process is essential in shaping the vision. Join us at this final Open House, and tell us what you think!
 
Subscribe to the podcast:
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City of Rowlett social media pages:
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https://www.youtube.com/user/RowlettTexasVideo 
https://www.instagram.com/cityofrowletttexas 
https://twitter.com/RowlettTexas 
https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-rowlett/ 
 

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