Early voting for the Nov. 7, 2017, City Council Election for Place 6 is underway and continues through Friday, Nov. 3. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Locally, early voting will be held at the City of The Colony Annex, 6804 Main St. For more locations, visit votedenton.com. For more info about the election, contact the City Secretary’s Office at 972-624-3106 or visit the city’s website at www.thecolonytx.gov. In addition to the City Council race, several statewide propositions are on the ballot, as well as bond initiatives for voters in Little Elm ISD.
Last, but certainly not least, exciting news broke today as the LPGA and other event officials announced that the Volunteers of America LPGA North Dallas Classic will be at the Old American GC in The Colony next year! Organizers are planning a community-minded event for the whole family. Please see our press release for all the details.
The Owl & Howl Prowl hits the Shoreline Trail from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Oct. 24. This is a great opportunity to learn about the many wildlife and native plants on the trail from a local expert. It is also a rare chance to traverse the trail after hours. The walk will be approximately 1-2 miles round trip. Bring water and dress for the weather; bug spray and binoculars are optional. Make sure to bring your flashlight. Participants are asked to meet at intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and Lake Ridge Drive between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. We encourage everyone to sign up for the event online. For more info, contact Danny Dill at 972-624-3159.
Help make a difference in your community by joining volunteers from around The Colony and the entire nation during Make A Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 28. On that day, volunteers in the City of The Colony will be working on a variety of local projects throughout the city, including: fence repairs, tree trimming, painting, graffiti removal, and trash and debris clean-up in city parks and along the Shoreline Trail. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at Lions Club Park, 4800 Nash Drive. The event will last until noon. Light refreshments will be available at the conclusion. Participants must be at least 12 years old and are encouraged to register online. Please bring work gloves. Other project-related materials will be provided. For additional information, contact Danny Dill at 972-624-3159.
Looking for ways to keep the kids active during the winter months ahead? Join The Colony Winter Youth Basketball League for kids ages 3-12. Registration is open until this Saturday, Oct. 21. You may register at The Colony Recreation Center (5151 North Colony Blvd.) or online at PlayTC.com. Registration is $65 for The Colony residents and $75 for non-residents. For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 972-625-1106.
The Colony Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Texas Parks and Wildlife to offer a camping workshop for the community! The workshop, called Texas Outdoor Family, will take place at Lake Ray Roberts State Park: Isle du Bois park. During the event, families will hike, geocache, fish, learn to cook in a Dutch oven and much more! No experience is required and all equipment is provided. Families only need to bring personal items and bedding. Equipment included: tent, cots, cook stove, pots and pans, utensils, etc. The cost per family of five is $75. Also included is food for the weekend. The workshop is on Nov. 18-19. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and cleanup is finished by 10 a.m. on Sunday. Register at PlayTC.com or by calling Parks & Recreation at 972-625-1106.
Members of The Colony Public Library’s Local History Committee will be on hand to talk about the history of Bridges Cemetery and discuss its preservation and restoration plans, as well as answer questions about the history of the City of The Colony, during Twilight at Bridges Cemetery, 5 p.m. to sunset Saturday, Oct. 14. The cemetery is located at the corner of Morning Star and Chesapeake drives. Click here for more info, visit www.thecolonypl.org or email Assistant Library Director of Operations Megan Charters.
Are you ready for the annual City-Wide Fall Clean-Up? If not, you’ve got one weekend left to get your junk in order! The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21, in the parking lot of Hawaiian Falls Waterpark. Residents of The Colony may bring trash and refuse, such as large tree limbs, furniture, appliances, lumber, remodeling debris, fencing materials and scrap metal, for disposal. This list is not all-inclusive, and some limitations apply. Click here for all the details or call Environmental Services at 972-624-3131.
Mark your calendars now if you haven’t already. We are ONE MONTH away from American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans! This year’s festival and fireworks event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, at The Colony Five Star Complex. The event features a headlining performance by the Oak Ridge Boys, as well as live music from Sammy Kershaw and Cooder Graw. Registration for the American Hero 5K/10K/1-mile Fun Run is already underway. A whole day’s worth of fun and activities is in store. Check out the festival schedule for all the details or call Parks & Recreation at 972-625-1106.
Join us on Friday night, Oct. 6, for our second fall installment of Movies in the Park at The Colony Five Star Complex! This week’s movie is Beauty and the Beast, rated PG. FREE admission for everyone! Gates open at 6:15 p.m. Movie begins approximately 7:15 p.m. Parental supervision required. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets! Concessions will be available for purchase. The Colony Five Star Complex is at 4100 Blair Oaks Drive. Click here for more info or call the Parks & Recreation Department at 972-625-1106.
#ICYMI: A new feature launched this past Sunday enables residents and visitors to access a food establishment’s health inspection scores from their smartphone or tablet. Starting Oct. 1, the letter grade cards showing health inspection scores were replaced with city-issued placards containing a QR code which, when scanned by a QR-code reader on your device, takes the user to the Health Inspection page of the city’s website. Click here for more details.