June 2017 Bedford Mayor Column
Its summer, and that means the kids are out of school. What better way to keep your child engaged and learning during the break than participating in HEB Reads! The program runs now through July 31 and is a one-of-a-kind, cooperative effort between the cities of Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School District. It is a program designed to promote summer reading within the community by creating an environment of readers of all ages. In addition, the HEB Reads program will help prevent a loss in the childs reading level, which is common during the summer months. Visit www.hebreads.org to register now.
For folks looking for a way to beat the heat at a family friendly event, check out the Flick N’ Float movie series at Bedford Splash beginning Friday, June 9 at 9:00p.m. Bring the pool noodles, life jackets and see-through inflatables and enjoy the movie Moana in a way that will be sure to impress. The movie is included in the daily admission so make a whole day of it by coming early to enjoy all the water park has to offer. Other movies to be shown include Finding Dory on Friday, July 14 and Lego Batman Movie on Friday, August 11. For more information visit www.bedfordsplash.com .
Be sure to celebrate Independence Day with us at Bedford 4thFest beginning at 4:00p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 at the Boys Ranch Park. This annual celebration will feature an InflataFun Area (ticket purchase required), a free Children’s Activity Area, live music featuring The Inspiration Band, a Classic Car Show and finally a salute to our soldiers. The fireworks extravaganza will begin at 10:00p.m. For more information visit www.bedfordtx.gov or call 817- 952-2323.
One quick mention for the Bedford residents, be sure to download the new and improved BETTER IT BEDFORD App. The new platform will continue to provide the community with a way to report issues within the city (such as potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, or illegal trash dumping) but will provide more enhanced functionality, security, and privacy. The improved app will also allow real time updates, an easy way to report issues and is accessible anywhere. To download search ‘Citysourced Bedford’ in the mobile app store or visit www.bedfordtx.gov/betterit .
Finally, for the adults looking for an unforgettable Labor Day weekend filled with Blues & BBQ right in your backyard, we have our 3-day trademark event, BluesFest. The City of Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival has a Kansas City Sanctioned BBQ cook-off and an amazing musical lineup that includes legendary Blues musicians Marcia Ball, Ronnie Earl, Delbert McClinton, Buddy Guy & many more. Tickets are now on sale at www.bedfordbluesfest.com .