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Oven Care: Cleaning, Cooking, & Checking

Oven Care

Proper oven care will ensure that it is functioning properly for years to come.

Thanksgiving is around the corner and like the rest of your kitchen, the oven will be busy. Most of us assume that our ovens will heat correctly but if your oven is off by merely 25 degrees, baked goods and turkeys can be ruined. The oven temperature needs to be accurate to ensure your food is cooked correctly. Here are some helpful suggestions on cleaning, cooking, and checking to make sure your oven is ready to roast that Butterball.

Self-Cleaning Ovens

If your oven is self-cleaning, do not wait until the day before the big meal to do so. Self-cleaning is done at very high temperatures and sometimes ovens fail to work after it has been completed. Plan at least two weeks out to clean your oven to provide enough time in the event that repairs are needed.

Pre-Heating

When roasting, preheating is not necessary, but baking requires at least 30 minutes of preheating before you can put in pies, cakes, or cookies. Pan finish also determines the amount of browning that will occur. If you desire a lighter browning, use shiny pans that reflect heat. For darker browning, use dark or dull pans that absorb heat.

Temperature Accuracy

If you are unsure about the accuracy of your oven temperature use a thermometer to check. Oven thermometers are not always correct or exact and can sometimes be wrong up to 50 degrees. When shopping for a thermometer, choose one that reads the same as the majority. To test, hang the oven thermometer in the center of the middle rack and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Allow the oven 20 minutes to preheat and then read the temperature. This will let you know if the oven is reaching the desired temperature from the beginning. To test if it is properly calibrated and maintaining heat, continue to take readings every 2 hours at 20 minutes. Divide the sum of the readings by the number of readings you take, and the average should be around the original temperature.

Troubleshooting

Possible reasons for your oven not heating correctly could be that it needs to be calibrated. If you are using a gas oven and hear a small pop on ignition, this is an unsafe condition and should be looked at by an appliance repair professional as soon as possible. Years of heating and cooling can put your oven’s internal components under a lot of stress, as a result, this can cause wear and loss of accuracy over time.

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November Events in Keller, Texas

November Events In Keller, Texas

Turkeys, Car Shows, and 5ks. Here is what’s happening in Keller for November!

Friday-Saturday, November 3-4

-I Heart BBQ, 400 Bear Creek Park

6:00-10:00pm and 8:00am-10:00pm
I Heart BBQ is a two-day, IBCA-sanctioned cook off and festival that benefits the Keller Senior Activities Center. There will be a 5K, 1 mile fun run, tailgate zone, live music, games, silent auction, and more. Admission is free.

 

Saturday, November 4

-Movie: “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”, Keller Public Library
2:00-4:00pm
Read Across Texas encourages communities to engage in tough but important conversations. Join us in our efforts to shed light on what happens when veterans come home. Rated R so only adults are welcome.

 

Sunday, November 5

-Tail Waggin’ Tutors, Keller Public Library
3:00-4:00pm
Every first Sunday of the month, children come and and read aloud to our therapy dogs! For ages 5 and up. Sign up at the desk on the day of the event.

 

Tuesday, November 7

-ESL Class, Keller Public Library
10:00am-12:00pm
If you are interested in learning English, join us for a free class on Tuesdays from 10-noon. Various levels and languages welcome. To register, please call 817-743-4840 or email library@cityofkeller.com

 

Wednesday, November 8

-Well Read Book Club, Keller Public Library

6:30-7:30pm

Discussing books from all genres, adults can come every second Wednesday. November’s book is Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain.

 

Saturday, November 11

-Casey’s Kids 5K Fun Run, Bear Creek Park
8:00am

Jog or run to support our kids in Keller ISD! This event directly benefits our community. For registration and donation information, go here.

 

-Viola Memorial Car Show, 1100 Bear Creek Pkwy
10:00am-5:00pm
The SSG Alex Viola Foundation will be hosting the 3rd annual car show. All proceeds will benefit the Green Beret Foundation and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. There will be a live auction, famous pinstripers, and more.

 

-Gobble Up! Training Workshop, Lupe’s Tex-Mex, 2122 Rufe Snow Drive
11:30am-4:30pm
1-day workshop for teaching and family care training. Free for TAFCC members, $20 for non-members.

 

-Armistice Day: Local Letters from WWI, Keller Public Library

2:00-3:00pm

On the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, we will be commemorating by welcoming historian Joyce Roach to present a collection of World War I letters and photos from Keller locals.

 

Saturday, November 18

-Pickleball Tournament, Bear Creek Park

7:30am start
Men’s and women’s doubles to benefit the Brenda J. Slovak pancreatic cancer research endowment. Entry fee $25 per person.

 

Wednesday, November 22

-Keller Public Library Closing early at 6pm

 

Thursday, November 23-Friday, November 24

-Keller Public Library closed.

 

Thursday, November 23

-Run with the Turkeys, Keller City Hall
8:00am start
Secure your spot now for the Thanksgiving Trot benefiting the Community Storehouse! Do the 5K for only $22 and eat guilt free after the run.

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October Events In Keller, Texas

October Events in Keller

 

It may feel warm, but fall has officially arrived. Here is what’s happening in Keller for October!

 

Friday, October 6

-Barbeque Cook Off, 532 Keller Pkwy.

7:00pm

Every fall the Keller Lions Club hosts an International Barbeque Cookers Association sanctioned cook-off competition. Teams from all over Texas will be competing for the title of Grand Champion. Join us Friday night at the Calcutta Auction where the best BBQ teams go to the highest bidder. Saturday, categories will be judged and winner crowned. For registration information, click here.

 

Saturday, October 7

-Keller Farmers Market, Bear Creek Parkway in front of Town Hall

8:00am-12:00pm

Every Saturday from May-October, local farmers, artisans, and bakers gather to sell fresh produce, homemade tamales, salsa, jams, breads, cheeses, meats, and even crafts and pet products. Come stroll the vendors while listening to live music. The market is open rain or shine and parking is available at Tom Thumb and at the Town Square on the opposite side of the shops.

 

-Every Step for Autism 5K, 1000 Bear Creek Parkway
3:30pm
5K and Fun Walk benefiting Families for Effective Autism Treatment North Texas. Volunteers from Keller ISD AVID groups will be on site to make this event fun for all families. We will have bounce houses, crafts, face painting, food, prizes, and more!

 

Tuesday, October 10

-Costume Kickball, Keller Public Library

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Wear a costume and meet us on the field! Teens and tweens welcome.

 

Wednesday, October 11

-Well Read Book Club, Keller Public Library

6:30-7:30pm

Discussing books from all genres, adults can come every second Wednesday. October’s book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

 

Thursday, October 12

-Keller Garden Club, 660 Johnson Road

Open to all who have a love for making things grow! We have speakers and special programs as well as field trips. For more information please email kellergardenclub@gmail.com

 

Friday, October 13

-Harvest Stew Festival, Keller Public Library

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Keller’s 29th annual Harvest Stew Festival will feature games, s’mores, an inflatable slide, food trucks, and more! Admission is free but canned goods to be donated to the Community Storehouse are welcomed.

 

Saturday, October 14

-Fall Craft Fair & Market, Keller Senior Activities Center

7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Come and get started on your holiday shopping! We will have handmade items, jewelry, original artwork, and much more.

 

-Keller Farmers Market, Bear Creek Parkway in front of Town Hall

8:00am-12:00pm

Every Saturday from May-October, local farmers, artisans, and bakers gather to sell fresh produce, homemade tamales, salsa, jams, breads, cheeses, meats, and even crafts and pet products. Come stroll the vendors while listening to live music. The market is open rain or shine and parking is available at Tom Thumb and at the Town Square on the opposite side of the shops.

 

-Coffee with a Cop, Starbucks, 962 Keller Pkwy.
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Grab a cup and meet some of our finest. You can say hello, chat, or ask questions.

 

-Golf to End Alzheimer’s, Sky Creek Ranch Club, Keller

1:30 p.m-7:30 p.m.

Bring your clubs and support a good cause. Help support Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. There will be a 1:30 p.m shotgun start and sponsorships available ranging from $300 to $5,000. You can play as an individual or bring some friends and play as a team of four. For more information, click here.

 

-Keller Art Walk, Old Town Keller West

3 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Public Arts Board and the Keller Public Arts Society have partnered to host the first annual Keller Art Walk. This family-friendly festival will celebrate the arts at the new Old Town Keller West.

 

Sunday, October 15

-FnG Eats 5th Annual Burgers, Brews, and Beats, 201 Town Center

1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

5th annual block party with food and drinks. Proceeds benefiting Young DFW Writers. Admission is $20.

 

Thursday, October 19

-Wine and Jazz at The Bowden, 1745 Keller Pkwy

6:30 p.m-10:30 p.m.

Come and enjoy great food from area restaurants and listen to jazz by The Keller Area Jazz Combo. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Chamber office.

 

-Librewery Trivia: Halloween Edition, Keller Public Library

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Our night of friendly competition will have a Halloween theme! Seasonal beers will be provided by Shannon Brewery and teams of 1-6 are welcome to participate. For adults 21+ only.

 

Saturday, October 21

-Keller Farmers Market, Bear Creek Parkway in front of Town Hall

8:00am-12:00pm

Every Saturday from May-October, local farmers, artisans, and bakers gather to sell fresh produce, homemade tamales, salsa, jams, breads, cheeses, meats, and even crafts and pet products. Come stroll the vendors while listening to live music. The market is open rain or shine and parking is available at Tom Thumb and at the Town Square on the opposite side of the shops.

 

-Haunted Camp Out, Bear Creek Park

12:00 p.m.-Sunday 10 a.m.

The whole family is invited to come and enjoy the outdoors. Bring your tents and sleeping bags and get ready to hear some spooky stories under the stars. Dinner and breakfast will be provided and cost is $5 per person. Register for the event here.

 

Saturday, October 28

-Keller Farmers Market, Bear Creek Parkway in front of Town Hall

8:00am-12:00pm

Every Saturday from May-October, local farmers, artisans, and bakers gather to sell fresh produce, homemade tamales, salsa, jams, breads, cheeses, meats, and even crafts and pet products. Come stroll the vendors while listening to live music. The market is open rain or shine and parking is available at Tom Thumb and at the Town Square on the opposite side of the shops.

 

-Trick or Trot Open Horse Show, 265 Golden Triangle Blvd.

9:00 a.m.

Before going out and getting some candy, come and enjoy English and Western class horses!

 

Tuesday, October 31

-Trunk or Treat, Legacy at Bear Creek

5:30 p.m -6:30 p.m

All ghouls and goblins are invited to trick or treat. There will be a costume contest as well as prizes for most creative booth.

 

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What’s Happening in Keller, Texas – September

September Events in Keller, Texas

Photo courtesy of BigOakFlickr

School is in full swing and Fall is around the corner!

 

Friday, September 8

 

-Yappy Hour, K-9 Pointe Dog Park, 405 Rufe Snow Dr

5:30-7:30pm

Bring Your Own Dog and enjoy this event featuring wine, beer, and snacks with pet-focused vendors.

 

Saturday, September 9

 

-Doggie Dunk, Pointe Dog Park

9:00am-2:00pm

All ages are welcome to enjoy the last day of summer! Bring your favorite furry friend to the pool and let them compete in four weight groups. Fees are $10 per dog in advance and $15 per dog on the day of the event.

 

-SAT Practice Test, Keller Public Library

12:00pm-5:00pm

Come to the library for a free practice test presented by C2 Education, Southlake. Seating is limited and registration is required. Email library@cityofkeller.com or call 817-743-4840.

 

Monday, September 11

 

-Spanish Storytime, Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd.

11:30am-12:00pm

Wanting to immerse your children into another language? Come over to the public library and hear stories told in Spanish for children 18 months to 5 years of age. There will be stories, songs, crafts, and activities to enjoy. Event is free.

 

-Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting, Keller Town Hall

6:30pm

The Commissioner’s Briefing begins at 6:30pm in the Pre-Council Room. The regular Planning and Zoning meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Council Chamber.

 

Tuesday, September 12

 

-ESL Class, Keller Public Library

10:00-12:00pm

Free class for anyone who wants to learn English. Various levels and languages are welcome! To register, email library@cityofkeller.com or call 817-743-4840.

 

 

 

 

-Beth Vrabel: Writing Workshop and Caleb & Kit Book Launch, Public Library

4:30-6:00pm

Come and learn how to write while also meeting our special guest, author Beth Vrabel. We will be talking about how to write authentically and launching her latest book. Attendees will be receiving a copy of Caleb & Kit.

 

Wednesday, September 13

 

-Public Arts Board Meeting, Town Hall

5:30pm

Meeting to be held in the Pre-council Chamber at Keller Town Hall.

 

-Well Read Book Club, Keller Public Library

6:30-7:30pm

Discussing books from all genres, adults can come every second Wednesday. September’s book is Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.

 

Thursday, September 14

 

-Yoga Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30am & 11:00am

Bring a mat or towel and be ready to move! Stories told with body movement. All ages welcome.

 

-U.S. Citizenship Preparation Class, Public Library

4:00-5:30pm

Join us on Thursdays at the library to learn how to become a U.S. citizen. All help is free but you must register. You can email library@cityofkeller.com or call 817-743-4840.

 

-An Evening with the Artists Reception, Keller Town Hall

7:00-9:00pm

Current exhibit is the Klaus Mayer Photography.

 

Friday, September 15

 

-Snap Circuits, Public Library

3:30-4:30pm

Join us in self-guided play and learning with Snap Circuits kits.

 

-Yappy Hour, K-9 Pointe Dog Park, 405 Rufe Snow Dr

5:30-7:30pm

Bring Your Own Dog and enjoy this event featuring wine, beer, and snacks with pet-focused vendors.

 

 

Saturday, September 16

 

-Keller Folk Music Society, Library Meeting Room, Keller Public Library

1:15pm

Meet other local musicians (and/or music appreciators) who play acoustic instruments (or just want to listen) to share songs and tunes in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Families with kids and non-professional players are welcome. Experience the synergy of having numerous musicians sharing their songs, stories and talents all together.

Group normally meets at 1pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Event is free.

 

Monday, September 18

 

-Spanish Storytime, Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd.

11:30am-12:00pm

Wanting to immerse your children into another language? Come over to the public library and hear stories told in Spanish for children 18 months to 5 years of age. There will be stories, songs, crafts, and activities to enjoy. Event is free.

 

-Economic Development Board Meeting, Town Hall

6:00pm

The Keller Economic Development Board meeting will begin in the Pre-Council Chamber.

 

Tuesday, September 19

 

-Books and Babies Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30-11:30am

Bring your youngest readers and enjoy songs, rhymes, and books! Ages 0-18 months. Event is free.

 

-Teen Advisory Board, Keller Public Library

4:30pm-6:00pm

The TAB is for tweens and teens who desire to be more active in their community. TAB meets on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss upcoming events and teens can earn up to 1.5 volunteer hours per meeting.

 

-College: Getting There from Here, Public Library

6:30pm-7:30pm

Free financial seminar to help establish a college savings strategy.

 

Wednesday, September 20

 

-All Ages Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30-11:30am

Listen to stories, sing songs, play and learn with crafts. Free event for all ages.

-Tabletop Gaming Club, Keller Public Library

5:00pm

For ages 13 and up, come and play board and card games from Werewolf to Pandemic and more! Event is free and no registration is required.

 

Thursday, September 21

 

-Yoga Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30am & 11:00am

Bring a mat or towel and be ready to move! Stories told with body movement. All ages welcome.

 

-U.S. Citizenship Prep Class, Keller Public Library

4:00pm-5:30pm

An informational meeting on how to become a citizen and free help from the library. To register please call 817-743-4840 or email library@cityofkeller.com.

 

Friday, September 22

 

-Yappy Hour, K-9 Pointe Dog Park, 405 Rufe Snow Dr

5:30-7:30pm

Bring Your Own Dog and enjoy this event featuring wine, beer, and snacks with pet-focused vendors.

 

Saturday, September 23

 

-Community Health Workshop, Public Library

2:00pm-3:30pm

Presented by UNTHSC, this workshop will help you learn how to access health information you can trust through the National Library of Medicine.

 

Tuesday, September 26

 

-Kindness Rocks, Public Library

4:30pm-6:00pm

Come and join our rock painting party! We will be participating in project #kindnessrocks and hiding ours near the library and Johnson Park.

 

Saturday, September 30

 

-Public Safety Fall Festival, Bear Creek Park

3:00-6:00pm

Free event featuring public safety vehicles, safety displays, equipment, uniforms, and free food and drinks. All ages welcome and there will be children’s activities.

 

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What’s Happening in Keller, Texas-August

AugustSummer is still sizzling with events for the kids and community.

 

Wednesday, August 2

-All Ages Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30-11:30am

Listen to stories, sing songs, play and learn with crafts. Free event for all ages.

 

-Kids’ Self Defense Class, Keller Public Library
2:00-3:30pm
Children ages 5-10 can learn basic tips and tricks on how to stay safe and handle bullies. The class is taught by instructors from the American Defensive Arts Academy and is free.

 

-Women’s Self Defense Class, Keller Public Library
5:00-6:30pm

Ladies, 16 and up can come and learn how to defend themselves. Class is put on by the American Defensive Arts Academy and no registration is required.

 

-Tabletop Gaming Club, Keller Public Library

5:00pm

For ages 13 and up, come and play board and card games from Werewolf to Pandemic and more! Event is free and no registration is required.

 

Friday, August 4

-Homeschool Round Table, Keller Public Library

2:30-3:30pm
Homeschooling families are invited to meet every first Friday of the month to learn about what different resources the library has to offer. Children and teenagers are welcome to attend and no registration is required.

 

Saturday, August 5

-Keller Farmers Market, Bear Creek Parkway in front of Town Hall

8:00am-12:00pm

Every Saturday from May-October, local farmers, artisans, and bakers gather to sell fresh produce, homemade tamales, salsa, jams, breads, cheeses, meats, and even crafts and pet products. Come stroll the vendors while listening to live music. The market is open rain or shine and parking is available at Tom Thumb and at the Town Square on the opposite side of the shops.

 

-Keller Writers’ Association, Library Meeting Room,

12:15pm-2:15pm

Aspiring writers can come and learn how to improve writing techniques, have their stories critiqued, and talk with other writers for inspiration. The KWA meets the first Saturday each month and is a group designed to promote creativity.

 

Sunday, August 6

-Tail Waggin’ Tutors, Keller Public Library
3:00-4:30pm

Come and read to the therapy dogs! Every first Sunday of the month, children ages 5 and up can come and read aloud to one of the therapy dogs. Sign up required at the front desk on the day of the event.

 

Monday, August 7

-Library Board Meeting, Keller Public Library

7:00-8:00pm

Board meeting held the first Monday of every month in the conference room.

 

Tuesday, August 8

-Books and Babies Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30-11:30am

Bring your youngest readers and enjoy songs, rhymes, and books! Ages 0-18 months. Event is free.

 

-Battle Sabers, Keller Public Library

4:30pm-6:00pm

Tweens and teens are invited to come and learn the basic moves and spins with padded sabers from everyone’s favorite sci-fi movies. Attendees are welcome to come dressed as a character.

 

-Outsmart the Scammers, Keller Public Library

6:30pm-7:30pm

Scams are everywhere but there are ways to spot red flags and prevent fraudulent encounters. Come learn the steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

 

-The Local Social and Paint, The Local Watering Hole, 1632 Keller Pkwy #100

6:30pm-9:00pm

Come enjoy food, drinks, and friends as you are guided step by step to paint “Island Paradise”. No supplies or experience needed and tickets must be purchased in advance here.

 

Wednesday, August 9

-Apprentices of Fiction, Keller Public Library

5:00pm-6:00pm

If you love to read, the book club just for teens meets every 2nd Wednesday. The book they will be discussing for August is The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

 

-Public Arts Board Meeting, Town Hall

5:30pm

Meeting to be held in the Pre-council Chamber at Keller Town Hall.

 

 

-Well Read Book Club, Keller Public Library

6:30-7:30pm

Discussing books from all genres, adults can come every second Wednesday. August’s discussion will be about The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel.

 

Thursday, August 10

-Yoga Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30am & 11:00am

Bring a mat or towel and be ready to move! Stories told with body movement. All ages welcome.

 

-An Evening with the Artists Reception, Keller Town Hall

7:00-9:00pm

Current exhibit is the Texas Sculpture Association

 

Friday, August 11

-Lil’ Builders, Keller Public Library

3:30-4:30pm

Calling all growing engineers and LEGO lovers! Come build together with the library’s LEGOs. Event for ages 5 and up, no registration required.

 

Saturday, August 12

-Keller Farmers Market, Bear Creek Parkway in front of Town Hall

8:00am-12:00pm

Every Saturday from May-October, local farmers, artisans, and bakers gather to sell fresh produce, homemade tamales, salsa, jams, breads, cheeses, meats, and even crafts and pet products. Come stroll the vendors while listening to live music. The market is open rain or shine and parking is available at Tom Thumb and at the Town Square on the opposite side of the shops.

 

Monday, August 14

-Spanish Storytime, Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd.

11:30am-12:00pm

Wanting to immerse your children into another language? Come over to the public library and hear stories told in Spanish for children 18 months to 5 years of age. There will be stories, songs, crafts, and activities to enjoy. Event is free.

 

Tuesday, August 15

-ESL Class, Keller Public Library
10:00am-12:00pm

Various levels and languages welcome and the class is free. To register call 817-743-4840 or email library@cityofkeller.com

 

-Books and Babies Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30-11:30am

Bring your youngest readers and enjoy songs, rhymes, and books! Ages 0-18 months. Event is free.

 

-Teen Advisory Board, Keller Public Library

4:30pm-6:00pm

The TAB is for tweens and teens who desire to be more active in their community. TAB meets on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss upcoming events and teens can earn up to 1.5 volunteer hours per meeting.

 

Wednesday, August 16

-All Ages Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30-11:30am

Listen to stories, sing songs, play and learn with crafts. Free event for all ages.

 

-Tabletop Gaming Club, Keller Public Library

5:00pm

For ages 13 and up, come and play board and card games from Werewolf to Pandemic and more! Event is free and no registration is required.

 

Thursday, August 17

-Yoga Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30am & 11:00am

Bring a mat or towel and be ready to move! Stories told with body movement. All ages welcome.

 

-U.S. Citizenship Prep Class, Keller Public Library

4:00pm-5:30pm

An informational meeting on how to become a citizen and free help from the library. To register please call 817-743-4840 or email library@cityofkeller.com.

 

-Librewery Trivia, Shannon Brewing Company, 818 N Main St.

6:30pm-8:00pm

Come decked out in your favorite retro wear for 80s trivia! Adults 21 and up can play in teams of 1-6 and could possibly win an Amazon gift card. Seating is limited so get there early.

 

Friday, August 18

-Snap Circuits, Keller Public Library

3:30-4:30pm

Join us in self-guided play and learning with the library’s own Snap Circuits kits. For ages 8-12, no registration required.

 

Saturday, August 19

-Keller Farmers Market, Bear Creek Parkway in front of Town Hall

8:00am-12:00pm

Every Saturday from May-October, local farmers, artisans, and bakers gather to sell fresh produce, homemade tamales, salsa, jams, breads, cheeses, meats, and even crafts and pet products. Come stroll the vendors while listening to live music. The market is open rain or shine and parking is available at Tom Thumb and at the Town Square on the opposite side of the shops.

 

-Keller Folk Music Society, Library Meeting Room, Keller Public Library

1:15pm

Meet other local musicians (and/or music appreciators) who play acoustic instruments (or just want to listen) to share songs and tunes in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Families with kids and non-professional players are welcome. Experience the synergy of having numerous musicians sharing their songs, stories and talents all together.

Group normally meets at 1pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Event is free.

 

Tuesday, August 22

-The Great Exchange, Keller Public Library

4:30pm-6:00pm

Tweens and teens are welcome to bring clothes, accessories, and books to swap out. For every item brought, they can trade in for a different one. Snacks are provided and any items left will be donated to the Community Storehouse.

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Keller Library Events

What’s Happening During July in Keller, Texas


Keller Library Events

Summer is still sizzling with events for the kids and community!

Monday, July 10

Spanish Storytime, Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd.

11:30am-12:00pm

Wanting to immerse your children into another language? Come over to the public library and hear stories told in Spanish for children 18 months to 5 years of age. There will be stories, songs, crafts, and activities to enjoy. Event is free.

 

Water Smart Workshop Series, Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd.

6:00pm-7:00pm

As part of a 5-part series on water smart gardening, the Tarrant County Master Gardeners and Tarrant Regional Water District will be talking about Quick Fixes for Your Sprinkler. No registration required and the event is free.

 

Tuesday, July 11

Books and Babies Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30-11:30am

Bring your youngest readers and enjoy songs, rhymes, and books! Ages 0-18 months. Event is free.

 

Hecklevision: Short Circuit, Keller Public Library

2:00-4:00pm

Interact while watching a movie! Bring any wifi enabled device such as your laptop, tablet, or phone and enjoy a movie-viewing experience where your texts appear on the screen. Short Circuit, rated PG, will be shown and the event is free for teens 11-18.

 

Wednesday, July 12

All Ages Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30-11:30am

Listen to stories, sing songs, play and learn with crafts. Free event for all ages.

 

Wild Things Zoofari, Keller Public Library

2:00-4:00pm

Come and learn about the habits and behaviors of exotic animals with real live creatures! For ages 5-10, no registration required.

 

Tabletop Gaming Club, Keller Public Library

5:00pm

For ages 13 and up, come and play board and card games from Werewolf to Pandemic and more! Event is free and no registration is required.

 

Thursday, July 13

Yoga Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30am & 11:00am

Bring a mat or towel and be ready to move! Stories told with body movement. All ages welcome.

 

Parks and Recreation Board Meeting, Keller Town Hall

6:00pm

Work Session will be held in the Pre-Council Meeting room and the regular meeting will start at 7:00pm in the Council Chamber.

 

An Evening with the Artists Reception, Keller Town Hall

7:00-9:00pm

Current exhibit is the Texas Sculpture Association

 

Friday, July 14

Lil’ Builders, Keller Public Library

3:30-4:30pm

Calling all growing engineers and LEGO lovers! Come build together with the library’s LEGOs. Event for ages 5 and up, no registration required.

 

Saturday, July 15

Keller Folk Music Society, Library Meeting Room, Keller Public Library
1:15pm

Meet other local musicians (and/or music appreciators) who play acoustic instruments (or just want to listen) to share songs and tunes in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Families with kids and non-professional players are welcome. Experience the synergy of having numerous musicians sharing their songs, stories and talents all together.

Group normally meets at 1pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Event is free.

 

Monday, July 17

Spanish Storytime, Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd.

11:30am-12:00pm

Wanting to immerse your children into another language? Come over to the public library and hear stories told in Spanish for children 18 months to 5 years of age. There will be stories, songs, crafts, and activities to enjoy. Event is free.

 

Tuesday, July 18

Books and Babies Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30-11:30am

Bring your youngest readers and enjoy songs, rhymes, and books! Ages 0-18 months. Event is free.

 

Drawing Anime with Kristen McGuire, Keller Public Library

2:00-3:00pm

Learn the basics of drawing anime characters with award winning artist and voice actress, Kristen McGuire. Event is free and for ages 11-18.

 

Wednesday, July 19

All Ages Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30-11:30am

Listen to stories, sing songs, play and learn with crafts. Free event for all ages.

 

Summer Reading Program, Keller Public Library

2:00 & 3:00pm

Don’t miss out on the final event in our summer reading program! David Slick will be astounding us with juggling and entertainment. Event is free and for ages 5-10.

 

Thursday, July 20

Yoga Storytime, Keller Public Library

10:30am & 11:00am

Bring a mat or towel and be ready to move! Stories told with body movement. All ages welcome.

 

Friday, July 21

Snap Circuits, Keller Public Library

3:30-4:30pm

Join us in self-guided play and learning with the library’s own Snap Circuits kits. For ages 8-12, no registration required.

 

Saturday, July 22

Rec the Park, Bear Creek Park

8:00am-10:00pm

Keller Parks and Rec is here to promote physical activity and sportsmanship while bringing the Keller community together. Rec the Park is a new initiative to accomplish this. There will be activities all day from morning to evening including volleyball, kickball, water activities, games, and live music. Registration is required for some and can be done here. All ages welcome and some events do vary on cost.

 

Tuesday, July 25

Guided Meditation, Keller Public Library

6:30-7:30pm

Join us for a guided meditation known as Isha Kriya. Learn how to bring health, peace, and well-being to your life in just 12 minutes a day. No registration required. Please bring your own towel or mat.

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Maintaining Indoor Air Quality with Pets

indoor air quality with pets

Maintaining good indoor air quality with pets can be a struggle.

We all love our pets!  We love them so much that they become one of the family, and sometimes we even treat them like our own children (guilty). The one down side to our furry friends? Their fur! I know just how much a dog can shed. My home can be dusted and spotless one day, and the very next, my home will be covered with pet hair again! Which brings me to my first tip to maintaining indoor air quality with pets in the home:

Groom and bathe pets regularly.

Although it can be a tedious job to groom and bathe your furry friends on the regular, your filters will thank you! With frequent grooming, and a few de-shedding sessions per week, your home should feel a little less hairy. Not to mention, your filters won’t clog as quickly as they have in the past. You may be thinking, “I have a dog who doesn’t shed, so this whole bathing regularly thing doesn’t apply to me.” That would be incorrect. Shedding and non-shedding pets still have the same capability of bringing in allergens like pollen, mold spores, and dust inside of the home. Bathing your pets on a regular basis will significantly reduce allergens and germs inside of your home.

Change your air filters often.

I know that this tip may seem obvious, but I also know that this simple tip gets forgotten about. Personally, if I don’t set a reminder on my phone, I will forget to change the filters. Implementing this tip will greatly improve your home’s air quality, and will tremendously decrease the amount of pesky allergens floating around in the home as well! Just set that little reminder on your phone anywhere from every 20 to 60 days, and simply change it out. (Rule of thumb: If you have ONE pet, change your filter every 2 months. If you have MORE than one pet, change it anywhere between 20 and 45 days.) We can also make changing out your filters even easier! Check out FilterFetch! FilterFetch will deliver professional grade filters directly to your doorstep!

Detox the air with an air purifier.

Did you know that according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), indoor air pollution is often five times worse than outdoor air pollution? Yikes! Unfortunately, our pets bring in various harmful particles on their fur, making it difficult to keep your clean and purified. An indoor air purifier can dramatically decrease the amount of harmful particles that enter into your home. Not only does it control odors that come from your pets, but it also reduces harmful contaminants brought in! It’s the best of both worlds – cleaner air and no more smelly odors! When you spend so much time at home with your family and pets, shouldn’t your indoor air quality be at its best?

Just because we own pets doesn’t mean that we have to give up on indoor air quality, or have to endure those smelly odors! I hope I’ve given you a new perspective on indoor air quality, and explained why cleaner air in the home is extremely important. Clean indoor air = better health, better home comfort, and a better living environment overall! Thank you for reading our HVAC tips and tricks for better indoor air quality… Until next blog!

Questions or comments? We are always here to help!

Leave us a comment below, or feel free to give us a call at (817)-313-4985!

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HVAC questions

Top 5 HVAC Questions Answered

HVAC questions

Looking for answers to your HVAC questions? Look no further!

Want to know more about how your HVAC system works? Why does your air conditioning unit like to act up sometimes? You’re in the right place for explanations! Keep reading about our top 5 HVAC questions and answers.

Why is my AC not turning on?

There could be a number reasons as to why your AC system is not turning on, but here are the answers we think are the most prevalent:

  • Double check to make sure the thermostat is set to the “Cool” setting. I know this seems obvious, and self-explanatory, but it happens!
  • A power surge is another reason why your AC may not be turning on. The AC system has blown a fuse or circuit breaker.
  • The condensate drain needs to be blown clear. Call your air conditioning company to do this for you.

Why is my AC blowing warm air?

  • The system may be low on refrigerant. This also means that your system has a leak, in which case it’s time to look into replacing the unit.
  • The filters haven’t been changed regularly. A dirty air filter will prevent your system from performing at optimum efficiency.
  • Lack of AC preventative maintenance. HVAC maintenance is an essential part in maintaining your systems efficiency.

Why is my AC unit so loud?

  • Leaves, sticks, or other debris in the vents of the condensing unit.
  • There’s an issue with the fan motor and needs replacing.
  • Is the unit itself hissing? This is an indicator of a refrigerant leak and should only be handled by HVAC professionals, like us!

Why is water dripping from my AC?

  • A dirty air filter restricts airflow to the evaporator’s coils, causing the coils to freeze, and water to spill out of the condensate drain pan.

Why is my AC freezing up?

  • Blocked air flow. When your home’s airflow is restricted, there’s no air moving through the AC system to keep the condensate on the coil from freezing. The culprit? A dirty air filter. Regular air filter changes will minimize the chances of this happening.
  • Refrigerant leaks. You can temporarily solve this by having your HVAC company top off your refrigerant levels, however, it may just be time to upgrade your system.

We hope that you find these questions and answers beneficial when it comes to your HVAC system! We’d love to answer any other questions you may have. Give us a call at (817)-313-4985 if you’d like to schedule an appointment with us. Please post any comments or questions below!

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How HVAC Maintenance Fights Spring Allergies

HVAC Maintenance

Regular HVAC maintenance can help with your seasonal allergies!

 

Spring allergies bogging you down? Here are 3 ways you can combat those pesky allergens in your home this season with JAK Services’ HVAC Preventative Maintenance!

Change your filters!

You change your air filters on a monthly basis, right? Well, okay maybe you’ve forgotten once or twice. However, when you change your filters on a regular basis you will drastically improve the indoor air quality and remove those unwanted allergens! In addition, it will increase the efficiency and help you to save money! Scheduling your spring AC maintenance will help you remember the importance of this. If not, rest assured that your AC service tech will. You can even order them through our website and have your air filters delivered to your door!

Receive expert recommendations!

An AC service technician can help catch inefficiencies in your system before they become a major issue. Service techs are also trained to look for other potential air quality issues. Having a professional conduct HVAC maintenance on your system will assist you in combating the discomfort of seasonal allergies.

Learn about new air purifying products!

Your service technician will make beneficial suggestions to you, and will go over the latest HVAC indoor air quality products. Products, such as the APCO Air Purifier, make a huge difference in your home’s indoor air quality. This means taking away the allergens, mold, and bacteria from your home!

If your home’s HVAC system is in need of a little checkup, give us a call! We are fully equipped to help you with those pesky allergens, and to make your home as comfortable as possible in preparation for the hot summer to come! You can reach us at 817-313-4985, by leaving a comment, or submitting a repair request! We are always here to help with your HVAC maintenance!

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Single-Stage VS. Variable Speed AC Unit

Single Speed vs Variable Speed AC Unit

Do you know the difference between a single speed and a variable speed AC unit?

Are you looking to purchase a new AC system for your home? Trying to decide between a Single-Stage and a Variable Speed AC unit? If you can’t decide, or just want to know more about the options, please keep reading! We’ll tell you about these three main differences; how they work, the benefits, and the prices.

How They Work

  • A single-stage compressor operates at one speed. It’s either 100% on, or 100% off – there is no in between.
  • A variable speed compressor operates at different speeds. This allows the AC to cool your home at lower speeds for longer periods of time, while still maintaining higher speeds when the outdoor temperature gets hot.

Benefits

The variable speed air conditioner definitely beats out the single-stage air conditioners when it comes to these two benefits: Energy efficiency and home comfort.

  • A single-stage air conditioner has shorter, more frequent on and off cycles
  • A variable speed air conditioner runs at a lower setting, which uses less energy, for longer periods of time. It also has fewer on and off cycles. This system costs less to operate.

Moreover, longer run times (Variable Speed) increases your home comfort in two ways:

  • Reduced humidity – Longer running times means your system has more time to remove the humidity from the air.
  • Even temperatures throughout your entire home – As the fan blows for longer periods of time, your home benefits from better air circulation and fewer hot/cold spots.

Price

It’s pretty clear that the variable speed option is going to be the most expensive upfront. However, as a consumer you’d get more bang for your buck! A single-stage system is a great option, but the variable speed system is the best option. In the long run, the variable speed AC unit will actually cost less! Less energy = lower utility bills.

In conclusion, if you’re on a tight budget and need a cheaper upfront cost, then a single-stage can get the job done. If you want the lowest energy cost and reduced humidity, then a variable speed system is probably what you are looking for. Maybe you’re looking for something in the middle, like the two-stage system – this system offers some of the benefits of a variable speed at a lower cost.

If you’re looking to replace your system, give us a call at 817-313-4985!! We can answer all questions you may have. We’d be happy to schedule your free consultation TODAY!

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