Posted on: November 29, 2016

Intro to Skating Holiday Camp

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Learn to skate this holiday break at the Intro to Skating Holiday Camp at Allen Community Ice Rink.

Participants will receive 30 minutes of instruction followed by an hour and a half open skate! Open to ages 3-14 years, the one-day camp lasts from 12:30 p....

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Drop & Shop Holiday Skate

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Get in the holiday spirit at the Drop & Shop Holiday Skate event from 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on December 17 at Allen Community Ice Rink.

Enjoy on-ice games and activities, including pictures with Santa and much more. Open to all ages, attendance costs $5 a...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Allen Senior Recreation Center Goes to Pigeon Forge

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A group of 50 from Allen Senior Recreation Center departed on a 7-day, 6-night trip to Pigeon Forge, deep in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, on Sunday, shortly before devastating wildfires started breaking out in the area.

The trip has been able to adjust i...

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Posted on: October 26, 2016

Center-Link Newsletter for November/December Now Available

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The November/December edition of the Center-Link newsletter, which is Allen Senior Recreation Center's events guide, is now available. 

The facility's upcoming diverse programming includes educational opportunities, fun games and fitness...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

CDBG Funds Help Bridge Housing Gap

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More than a hundred Allen families received help with home repairs, housing education and household bills last year thanks to federal funding administered by the City of Allen.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is financed by the United States D...

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Learn more about the CDBG program.
Posted on: November 28, 2016

Celebrate the Season in Allen

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Make the most of winter holidays with these community events.

  • Join the City of Allen for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at City Hall on Friday, Dec. 2.
  • View over 400 nativity displays from around the world during this free exhibit, Dec. 2-3.
  • Catch a hila...
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View our calendar for a complete list of events.
Posted on: November 23, 2016

Pinstack Entertainment Center Coming to Allen

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A zoning change has paved the way for a high-end entertainment complex and bowling alley just off US 75.

Pinstack plans to expand its presence in the metroplex with a 45,900 square-foot facility on the southwest corner of US 75 and Allen Drive, across from...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Dive-In Movie: Finding Dory

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Grab your friends, swimsuit, noodle and towel and join us at Don Rondenbaugh Natatorium for a Dive-In Movie.

We'll be showing the Disney-Pixar hit "Finding Dory" at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 10.

While you and your friends swim and float in the pool,...

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Open Swim Hours for 2016-17 School Year

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium offers a variety of open swim hours throughout the school year, giving swimmers the opportunity to leisurely enjoy the facility.

An open swim calendar with daily hours has been released for the 2016-17 school year.

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Drop off "Toys for Our Tots" at Allen Fire Stations

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Support local children in need this holiday season by donating a new, unwrapped toy to Allen Community Outreach's "Toys for Our Tots" drive.

Toys may be dropped off at any Allen fire station from Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 11.  A dr...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

7 Ways to Disaster-Proof Your Holidays

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Avoid trips to the ER or calls to 911 by following these tips from Allen Fire Department.

1. Don’t drink and drive. No, not even if you’re feeling only a “little” tipsy. Your actions could land you in jail, in the hospital, in the morgue, or on trial ...Read on...

Find more fire and life safety tips here.
Posted on: November 14, 2016

Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm Recalled

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Over 5 million Kidde NightHawk Combo Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms have been recalled due to a potential malfunction.

This recall involves Kidde NightHawk talking combo smoke/CO Alarm KN-COSM-IBCA and KN-COSM-ICA models with manufacture dates betwee...Read on...

Have a recalled alarm? Here's what you can do.

Posted on: December 2, 2016

Holiday Arts & Craft Fair

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The Holiday Arts & Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at Joe Farmer Recreation Center will put everyone in the giving spirit with creative crafts and a festive atmosphere!

Free to attend, there will be over 40 vendors, ranging from:

  • P...
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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Holiday Hours

Closed for the Holidays

In observance of Christmas, the library will be closed on the following days:

  • Friday, December 23
  • Saturday, December 24
  • Sunday, December 25
  • Monday, December 26

The library will reopen for normal business hours at 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 27.  For yo...

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Posted on: October 24, 2016

Reading Suggestions in Your Inbox

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The holidays are right around the corner. Do you a to-be-read pile you need to get through? If not, try Next Reads, our personalized book suggestion service! Just fill out a short form and get 3 to 5 titles right in your inbox. It's that easy!Read on...

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

Holiday Events Aplenty

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This year's holiday season in Allen is full of excitement and activity! From a 5K to a 35-foot Christmas tree lighting, a diverse variety of festive events provides fun opportunities for everyone.

NOVEMBER 21-DECEMBER 12

Letters to Santa

Children can wr...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Dive-In Movie: Finding Dory

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Grab your friends, swimsuit, noodle and towel and join us at Don Rondenbaugh Natatorium for a Dive-In Movie.

We'll be showing the Disney-Pixar hit "Finding Dory" at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 10.

While you and your friends swim and float in the pool,...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Holiday Arts & Craft Fair

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The Holiday Arts & Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at Joe Farmer Recreation Center will put everyone in the giving spirit with creative crafts and a festive atmosphere!

Free to attend, there will be over 40 vendors, ranging from:

  • P...
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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Allen Senior Recreation Center Goes to Pigeon Forge

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A group of 50 from Allen Senior Recreation Center departed on a 7-day, 6-night trip to Pigeon Forge, deep in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, on Sunday, shortly before devastating wildfires started breaking out in the area.

The trip has been able to adjust i...

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Posted on: November 9, 2016

Experience LIFE in Allen

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For years, Allen Parks and Recreation published an activities guide, which was called STUFF, three times annually. As the city has grown, STUFF became dated and didn't fully communicate all that Allen Parks and Recreation has to offer. So, Allen is leavin...Read on...

Posted on: October 20, 2016

Recycling Grant Awarded for New Park

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The City of Allen Parks and Recreation Department received a $29,385 grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments through funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to begin a recycling program in its newest park located at th...Read on...


Posted on: November 29, 2016

Allen PD Wins "Agency of the Year" Award

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City of Allen Communications Unit personnel were recognized and honored during the Nov. 16 North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) annual awards ceremony. Three of the City’s telecommunicators received individual awards and the Allen Police De...

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

6 Tips for Safer Shopping

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While you’re searching for the perfect gift, thieves are searching for the perfect crime. Use these tips to protect yourself.

  1. Take your keys, lock your car and hide your valuables. Following these instructions will prevent most opportunistic break-in...
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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Protect Yourself from Holiday Heists

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If you're leaving town for the holidays, keep these safety tips in mind.

  • If you’re going out of town, share your plans with a trusted neighbor. Nosy neighbors are the best deterrents for thieves!
  • While out of town, ask the post office to hold you...
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Posted on: November 11, 2016

Don’t Let the Grease Menace Ruin Your Holidays!

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Think heavy-duty drain cleaners "melt" the grease in your pipes? Think running hot, soapy water over greasy pans and dishes destroys the Grease Menace? Fat chance! Fats, oils and grease can re-solidify inside sewer lines causing back-ups which c...Read on...

Learn about Allen’s sewer line maintenance.