Autumn Health Tips: Flu season is approaching, and the City of Irving wants to remind residents to take some precautions. The best way for residents to protect themselves and others is to get vaccinated. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) offers a vaccine locator to help residents find vaccination locations. Residents also are reminded that washing hands frequently with soap and water and using hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of germs. Visit TexasFlu.org to get flu information in Texas or cityofirving.org for more prevention tips.
Sign Up Now For Weather Alerts from the City of Irving’s Office of Emergency Management: Community members are highly encouraged to sign for severe weather alerts from the city’s Emergency Management team. Alerts can be received through email or text messages. Sign up by visiting cityofirving.org/join, looking under “Alert Center” and finding “OEM News & Weather Announcements.” Residents can enter their email address and cellphone number, if interested, to receive notifications.
Irving Public Library Celebrates National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): Aspiring authors all over the world are in a race against the clock this November to write their own 50,000-word novel by Nov. 30. Irving libraries will celebrate by hosting several events throughout the month, starting with visits from Young Adult authors Tessa Gratton, Julie Murphy and Natalie Parker in the #RoadsideYA Tour, from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. To see a full list of NaNoWriMo events hosted by Irving libraries, visit cityofirving.org/library.
Heritage Christmas Bazaar: There are still two days left for holiday shoppers to find unique and handmade items at this annual sale. The bazaar is open to the public and is taking place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 at Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson St. For more information, call (972) 721-2496 or visit cityofirving.org.
Veterans Day Ceremony: The Irving Veterans Memorial Park Committee will host a Veterans Day program with music, moments of reflection by military personnel and remarks by city officials from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Following the program, attendees will convene at Veterans Memorial Park, 644 Rock Island Road, to affix a wreath to the Wall of Commemoration. For more information on both events, visit cityofirving.org.
City Recreation Centers Hosting Holiday Can Drive: Recreation centers across Irving are collecting canned food and pantry items to donate to Irving Cares this holiday season, through Nov. 30. Collection bins are located near each center’s front office and are accessible during regular business hours, which vary according to location. Irving Cares was founded in 1957 and is committed to providing essential services to Irving residents in need. For more information and to find the list of recreation centers and their addresses, visit cityofirving.org.
Irving Recreation Centers Offer Thanksgiving Break Camp: City recreation centers will offer a holiday camp for children in grades K–5 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 24–26. A variety of activities will be offered in a fun and safe environment, including arts and crafts, gym games, field trips and more. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch each day, but are provided with morning and afternoon snacks. The cost is $60 per child. An IPAR ID card is required to register. Details are available at cityofirving.org.