From Roy Brooks, County Commissioner, Precint One
3rd Thursday Jazz series is back!
Jazz is coming back to the Fort Worth Public Library! The 3rd Thursday Jazz Series was completely virtual in 2020, but plans are in the works to bring back the live, in-person concert experience this fall.
The July 15 and Aug. 19 performances will be virtual, but plans are for the Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 concerts to be live, in-person events at libraries.
Find updates on the Library page.
Rockin’ the River all-day Music and Tubing Series
Popular Fort Worth tradition returns Saturdays at Panther Island Pavilion.
FORT WORTH, TX – Rockin’ the River is back for an exciting tenth year of popular music and tubing at Panther Island Pavilion. A Texas-sized line up including five bands and a fireworks show each Saturday from July 3 thru August 7 will continue what has become a Fort Worth summer tradition along the Trinity River.
Each week, the gates will open at 1:00pm with five different bands playing back-to-back sets beginning around 2:15pm on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage. After the headlining band finishes at 8:15pm, the water party moves to the shore with the fifth and final band playing until 9:25pm on the after-party stage before a weekly fireworks display.
Although Jonathan Tyler was born in Birmingham, Alabama, he later relocated to Dallas where he formed his band Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights. They take cues from Southern rock veterans like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Black Crowes, and Led Zeppelin and have toured extensively with the likes of Heart, Kid Rock, and O.A.R. as well as playing major festivals including Austin City Limits Music Festival, Forecastle Festival, Summerfest, SXSW, and others. Tyler and the Northern Lights will bring their muscled sound to Fort Worth to headline the opening weekend of this year’s Rockin’ the River stage on July 3. Carson Jeffrey will bring his honest, raw, and often emotional country rock sound to the party to round out the first weekend when the show moves back to the land for the after-party.
Stephenville-natives Giovannie and the Hired Guns will deliver their high energy show and unique Texas country sound on July 10. The band continues to make a name for themselves in the Texas music ranks, where they are known for playing thrilling shows that always keep fans on their toes. The fun continues all day with Ross Cooper, Dustin Massey, and local fave Austin English. The Lowdown Drifters will bring their country, folk, and rock-infused sound to the after-party crowd.
Fan favorites The Dirty River Boys return to the Rockin’ the River stage on July 17. Beers and fists are often raised as the Boys’ amped guitars and fiddle-fired energy deliver a dynamic live experience fans will not soon forget. Dallas-based Saints Eleven will also bring their Texas country and rock blend to the stage that day. After four potent albums, 14 charted radio singles, and a slew of virally intensive music videos & regular co-bills with many of the top artists in the scene, lead singer Jeff Grossman and the band say they are just getting started. Hellbound Glory will bring music from their latest release Pure Scum to the after-party stage. The band credits influences from Hank Williams to Nirvana and pumps out a country and roots rock vibe.
Chris Colston has been playing music since his stepfather signed him up from drum lessons at the age of seven. Now he’s headlining the Rockin’ the River stage with his gritty Texas roots, blues and rock n’ roll sound. Colston will headline the waterfront stage on July 24. Another raising star on the Texas/Red Dirt scene, Cody Hibbard, will round out the night on the after-party stage. Hibbard honed his songwriting skills and deep-rooted love of country music riding around on his dad’s tractor as a kid and later at the United States Naval Academy. It’s a show you won’t want to miss.
Cody Canada & The Departed return to the RTR stage on July 31. Canada and his band are a surefire recipe for a good time. This year his son, Dierks Cobain Canada, will also take the stage with his band Waves. The star-studded Saturday will also include Austin Meade as he continues to make waves throughout the state and beyond with his powerful performance style. Jarrod Morris will close out the night with his no fluff, raw and real lyrics and genre-blurring sound.
John Baumann is excited to be back on the stage to support his latest release Country Shade released last year. He will close out the series on August 7 on the main waterfront stage. Jon Stork brings his unique “rockytonk” and soul sound to the after-party stage on the final weekend. Newcomers to the RTR festival – Teague Brothers Band, Taylor Hunnicutt, and Western Youth round up the final weekend’s lineup.
In addition to live music on two stages; food and beverage options will be available for purchase, as well as tube and watersport rentals. Rain or shine, we rock the river. In the event of inclement weather, the party does not stop. We simply move the fun over to The Shack. Nightcap? You bet. Each event ends with a fireworks show right on the banks of the Trinity River.
Thirty bands over the six-week music series will perform at Rockin’ the River. Check out the full band line-up and other details at: rockintheriverfw.com.
Rockin’ the River is presented by Coors Light. It is generously sponsored by 95.9 The Ranch and North Texas Marine. Rockin’ the River benefits Tarrant Regional Water District’s (TRWD) Trinity River recreation and programming initiatives on Panther Island.
The Panther Island Pavilion Beach is open 7 days a week through Labor Day weekend with various beach and river activities including a roped off swim area, food and beverage concessions and tube and watersports rentals.
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Health experts: Delta variant expected to accelerate the pandemic
Published on July 12, 2021
For the first time in more than a year, people are starting to feel cautiously optimistic that the COVID-19 pandemic could finally be behind us. But health experts stress there is still concern that new mutations of the virus could bring it back – and it might come back even stronger.
A major concern right now is Delta, a highly contagious (and possibly more severe) virus strain, which was first identified in India in December. It then swept rapidly through that country and Great Britain. The first Delta case in the United States was diagnosed in March, and it is now the dominant strain in the U.S.
“From what is known so far, people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus appear to be safe from Delta, but anyone who is unvaccinated and not practicing preventive strategies is at risk for infection by the new variant,” said Brandon Bennett, health director for the City of Fort Worth.
People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country. People who are not vaccinated remain at risk. Virtually all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated.
Bennett stressed that COVID-19 vaccinations are plentiful, safe, quick and free. Insurance coverage is not required to receive a shot, and appointments are not needed. View a list of convenient city-sponsored vaccination clinics happening this week.
“We are fortunate to have highly effective vaccines that are widely available for those aged 12 and up,” Mayor Mattie Parker said. “An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on healthcare resources, lead to more hospitalizations and potentially more deaths. I encourage everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves, their family and the community.”
Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time. The Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health are engaged in a rigorous, science-based process to consider whether or when a booster might be necessary.
To learn more, call 817-392-8478 or email the hotline.
COVID-19 vaccination clinic schedule for the week of July 12
The City of Fort Worth continues to host community vaccine clinics at convenient locations across the city. Most sites are available for adults 18 years and older only. Parents of youth ages 12-17 should call 817-392-8478 to learn about additional options.
or use a smartphone to scan the QR code.
The clinic dates for the week of July 12 are below:
Tuesday, July 13
Handley Meadowbrook Community Center,
6201 Beaty St., 9-11 a.m.
R.D. Evans Community Center,
3242 Lackland Road, 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 14
Trinity Baptist Church,
620 Churchill Road, 9-11 a.m.
Iglesia Templo de Jerusalen,
2421 N.W. 18th St., 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, July 15
La Gran Plaza
(next to Dollar Tree), 4200 South Freeway, 9-11 a.m.
Beth Eden Baptist Church,
3208 Wilbarger St., 2-4 p.m.
Friday, July 16
Southwest Community Center,
6300 Welch Ave., 9-11 a.m.
Heritage Church of Christ,
4201 Heritage Trace Parkway, 2-4 p.m.
Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex,
505 W. Felix St., is also available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Friday.
A pop-up clinic is available at
First Street Methodist Mission,
801 W. First St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 14.
Register for the pop-up sites.
To learn more, call 817-392-8478 or email the hotline.
Learn about city initiatives at summer open houses
Join us at our summer open houses and find out about important issues like:
- A list of the 2022 Bond Election proposed projects.
- Learn about redistricting software and the timeline for this important issue.
- How we put together the 2022 city budget.
- Information on city services and how you can stay involved and informed in what is happening around Fort Worth.
Open houses are scheduled at five locations around Fort Worth:
Thursday, July 29, 6-8 p.m., New City Hall, 100 Energy Way.
Thursday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m., Dunbar High School Gym, 5700 Ramey Ave.
Thursday, Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m., Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway.
Saturday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to noon, R.D. Evans Community Center Gym, 3242 Lackland Road.
Thursday, Aug. 19, 6-8 p.m., Doxology Church, 4805 Arborlawn Drive.
Spring planting? Call 811 before digging
Many green thumbs will spend the pleasant spring days sprucing up their yards and gardens, and in support of safety, Atmos Energy reminds everyone to call 811 at least three business days before planting trees.
“Trees bring environmental savings and improve air quality while offering a shield from stifling summer temperatures,” said Oric Walker, Atmos Energy vice president of public affairs. “We encourage the enhancement of parks and green spaces for our communities to enjoy and advise this simple step of calling 811. It’s free, it’s safe and it’s required by law. Calling 811 can protect yourself, your community and the infrastructure that makes daily life possible.”
Even minor damage can weaken a pipeline and lead to a future leak or cause inconvenient outages. Volunteers are responsible for having lines marked, regardless of whether they are planting a sapling or a full-grown tree. The best way to avoid damaging your utilities is to call 811 a few days before digging to learn the approximate location of buried lines in your area.
Everyone who calls 811 is connected to a local notification center that will take the caller’s information and communicate it to local utility companies. Professional locators will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines with spray paint, flags or both. Once a site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging around the marked areas.
Take the Atmos Energy Call 811 Pledge.