The 25th anniversary of Southlake Stars and Stripes is right around the corner! We all know Texas tends to be on the hot side in the summer, which poses risks that can turn a fun day around quickly — but don't worry! With these heat safety tips, we can make sure that this Stars and Stripes is the best one yet.

Stay Hydrated:

The best way to participate in Stars and Stripes like a pro is to hydrate before, during, and after the event. Your body will need extra H2O to function while out in the hot sun enjoying all the fun! Be sure to bring a water bottle and take sips even when you don't feel thirsty.  

Wear Sunscreen and Remember to Reapply:

Don't spend your Independence Day dealing with a bad sunburn! Remember to protect your skin by applying sunscreen periodically throughout the day.

Schedule in Stops at our Cooling Station:

The fun isn’t going anywhere! There will be plenty of time to enjoy all that Stars and Stripes has to offer, so make sure a stop at our cooling station on Grand Avenue in front of Starbucks is part of your plan. At this station, there will be guaranteed shade and cool mist. Remember to take frequent breaks here throughout the day to drink some water, reapply sunscreen, and let your body recharge.

Stilt walkers dressed in patriotic attire, posing with two women

Consider Leaving Pets at Home:

In Southlake, we love our furry friends! In fact, we love them so much that we recommend keeping pets at home and safely out of the sun for the Stars and Stripes event. On top of being in the heat of summer with the possibility for triple digits, the bright, loud fireworks could spook your four-legged friends and cause them to bolt.

If you do plan to bring your dog, ensure they are correctly leashed according to the city's leash ordinance. Please also keep in mind that hot pavement could harm your dog and lead to heatstroke. Pay attention to these things to guarantee your pet is being properly cared for.

Family posing with a red white and blue star

Keep Cool and Dress for the Heat:

Stroll around Stars and Stripes in style by choosing loose, lightweight, and lighter-colored clothing. Wearing your favorite hat and sunglasses is also a good way to protect your eyes from the sun.

If You are Feeling Sick, Seek Medical Attention:

Emergency medical personnel will be on site, and Southlake Police Officers will be posted throughout Town Square. If you are feeling faint or dizzy, please seek medical attention right away. This year, the first aid tent will be on the corner of Fountain Place and Grand Avenue, and a second tent will be located in Cornish Park.

As you gear up for the Stars and Stripes event, remember that staying safe under the summer sun is key to creating a memorable and enjoyable time for all. Here's to a fantastic celebration filled with joy, laughter, and unforgettable fun!

This year's Stars and Stripes event will be the most exciting yet as we are set to celebrate 25 years of fun! This patriotic celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024 with a series of festivities to enjoy with friends and family. The event is from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., with the grand finale fireworks show set to light up the night starting at 9:30 p.m.

Be sure to come hungry, as there will be various food options for purchase such as Texas BBQ, corndogs, pizza, delicious funnel cake, and many other frozen desserts and treats to help you and your family or friends beat the Texas heat.

There will be a variety of entertainment and activities, such as a donut-eating competition provided by Donut Snob, Stilt walkers, a chalk artist, and live music with various musicians and talents. Something new this year that we are excited to announce is that there will be a giveaway including incredible prizes that will be announced the day of Stars and Stripes.

For extra fun, parents can bring their little ones to Kids Corner, the spot for all your child’s favorite activities. Outdoor games, a miniature carnival, and painting activities will all be held in this area. Kids’ Corner is the perfect place to keep the little ones occupied before the start of the fireworks show.

There will be a beer and wine tent available for adults. You must be at least 21 years old to purchase alcohol, and valid identification will be requested. No outside alcohol will be permitted.

Restrooms will be available in various locations and will be marked on the event map posted around Town Square. Event parking is free, and the city will offer free roundtrip shuttle services to and from the event. Pick-up and drop-off locations include Gateway Church and White's Chapel Methodist Church.

If you wish to arrange your seating area early, this will be allowed at 7:00 p.m. on July 2. Please remember that the City of Southlake is not responsible for stolen, unattended, or lost items.

We are so excited for the 25th Annual Stars and Stripes and we hope to see you all there!

To learn more about this event, visit the official Stars and Stripes webpage.

A typical walk through the Southlake Planning Department greets you with walls and desks full of numbers, maps, graphs, and dedicated public servants who each play a key role in ensuring building safety every day in Southlake.

With May being building safety month, it’s important to brush up on key elements that can protect the safety of you, your family, and your home. Having functional smoke alarms, ensuring your pools have proper barriers and drains, and keeping electrical plugs away from wet areas are all things you can do to bring safety into your home – but do you know all the ways that the Southlake Planning Department has already ensured your building’s safety?

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail – it’s a saying the Planning and Development Department understands perfectly. That’s why they are dedicated to intentionally creating comprehensive procedures to uphold the present and future integrity of Southlake Safety.

Deputy Building Official Charles Wright on a worksite

Wright, who was recently promoted from Building Inspector to his current position of overseeing field operations, building codes, and ordinance enforcement, believes that intentional and proactive planning is the key to continued safety.  Although some might see building codes and ordinances as red tape, it’s actually the result of Wright and his team double and triple checking that Southlake citizens are continually kept safe. 

This overarching commitment to safety takes a team of dedicated professionals with a keen eye for detail. From City Planners to Code Enforcement Officers, the department covers business safety from many different angles. These considerations protect people in ways they might not even be aware of in everyday life such as the placement of electrical wiring, future expansions, and the safety of future owners. Proper planning also provides first responders a fighting chance of protecting property and lives. This is why Planning Department employees are sometimes referred to as “First Preventers."

"It’s hard to describe the depth and various angles of safety we consider regarding Southlake’s structures and the people that are going to use them,” Wright explained. “We’re constantly looking for ways we can facilitate a safer city and are always improving to serve the best we can.”

In his new role, Wright is looking forward to fine-tuning more consistent code processes and equipping his team with ample opportunities for in-depth training to ensure continued excellence and enhanced customer service experience for all interactions.

Thanks to the diligent work of people like Charles Wright and his team, Southlake continues to be a safe place to live, work, and thrive. Your safety is built on their dedication – one plan, and one detail at a time.

To learn more about Building Safety Month and how you can ensure safety in your own home, visit the International Code Council website.

In the intricate tapestry of Southlake’s municipal operations, there exists a figure whose diligence and dedication quietly weave together the threads of financial stability and service excellence. Today, the City spotlights Karen Randall, our Treasury Accountant, as the latest recipient of the esteemed Unsung Hero Award.

Karen’s journey within the Finance Department has been marked by unwavering reliability, a collaborative spirit, and a bit of personal magic that enriches every facet of her work. “Karen is the quintessential team player—one you always want by your side,” notes Chief Financial Officer Sharen Jackson. Beyond her commendable work ethic are qualities that set Karen apart: authenticity, curiosity, and a welcoming demeanor. These traits not only define her character but also serve as guiding principles in her daily endeavors.

Karen’s effectiveness is unparalleled in her role. She stands as a cornerstone in the success of the City's annual financial audits, consistently surpassing expectations and delivering results well ahead of schedule. Whether it’s navigating the intricacies of merchant accounts for the new pickleball facility or stepping in to assist with the finances of other major projects without hesitation, Karen’s proactive approach and steadfast resolve make her an invaluable asset to the team.

As the bank liaison extraordinaire, she cultivates positive relationships and ensures the meticulous management of city investments—a testament to her unwavering dedication to the City's fiscal health. Moreover, her commitment to customer service knows no bounds—she embodies the spirit of going above and beyond to ensure the seamless operation of our financial systems.

Karen’s true magic lies not only in her professional prowess but also in her kindness, empathy, and infectious sense of humor. She embodies the very essence of Southlake values, enriching our workplace with her genuine warmth and dedication each day.

"Karen’s dedication to excellence and her unwavering commitment to our financial well-being make her an invaluable member of our team. Her contributions are the backbone of our department’s success."

- Sharen Jackson, Chief Financial Officer

In honoring Karen Randall, the City not only celebrates her exceptional contributions but also acknowledges the invaluable role of those who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Her impact may often go unnoticed, but her presence is deeply felt by all who have the privilege of working alongside her.

The much-anticipated, completely free Masterworks Concert Series is returning this May to Rustin and Family Park, promising unforgettable evenings filled with enchanting melodies and community spirit. Every Friday throughout the month, the park will come alive as talented musicians take center stage to captivate audiences of all ages and fans of all genres. Featuring a lineup that includes everything from Rock to Tejano, there will be a concert for everyone!

Alongside the harmonious tunes, indulge your taste buds with delectable offerings from a variety of food trucks conveniently stationed on site. Food vendors will serve food and beverages from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., giving you plenty of time to grab food before, during, or after the shows.

Music sets begin at 7:00 p.m. and end around 8:30 p.m. Grab your lawn chair or a blanket and prepare to join us for a month of music and fun!

2024 Masterworks Lineup:

May 3, 2024 – La Frequenzia (Latin)

May 10, 2024 State of Mind

May 17, 2024 – Wanda King (Pop, R&B, Blues, Jazz)

May 24, 2024 The After Party (80s and 90s)

May 31, 2024 In Valen (Rock)

July 3, 2024 Empty Pockets (Country) *

*Occurs during the Southlake Stars and Stripes event

The 114 Trash Monitoring Team, comprised of members from the Planning and Development, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works Departments, earned the Teamwork award at the 2024 Employee Appreciation Awards for their ongoing dedication to patrolling 114 and picking up trash when necessary.

This collaborative effort helps keep our city beautiful, our roadways clear, and is a shining example of why Teamwork is one of the most important values here in Southlake. 

Check out the video below to learn about the important work the 114 Trash Team does to serve our citizens and keep Southlake beautiful!  

Planning & Development Team: Mike White, Joshua Cruz, Thomas Aguirre, Seantay Carpenter

Public Works Team: Eugene Nunez, Juan Noyola, Alex Noyola, Alex Mosqueda, Juan Puente, Caleb Foley, Kenny Wright, Michael Rodriguez

Parks & Recreation Team: Jose Guzman, Noah Grossman, Tony Mack, Isaac Bartholomew, Junior Camacho

Employee Appreciation 2024 - Teamwork Award Video

Update: Keep Southlake Beautiful event has been rescheduled for May 11th.

In collaboration with esteemed partners GRACE, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, and the Keller Animal Shelter, the 2024 KSB Recycles event will be on Saturday, April 20, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Gateway Church, located at 700 Blessed Way.

The Great American Cleanup, a nationwide initiative, sees the participation of over 20,000 communities annually, and KSB is proud to contribute to this commendable effort. This year’s event promises a unique twist as it integrates community clean-up activities with opportunities for donations to prevent items from reaching the landfill!

Individuals and families of all ages are invited to partake in this meaningful endeavor. Whether dropping off gently used items or engaging in litter clean-up along designated streets, participants can make a tangible difference in their community. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Upon arrival at the Gateway Church parking lot, cleanup volunteers will receive the necessary materials and tools from KSB staff. Coffee and bagels will be served as participants gather supplies and select their designated clean-up locations. Following the clean-up, volunteers can return their equipment to be properly disposed of by the staff.

In addition to clean-up efforts, participants can contribute to the donation drive by dropping off approved items at designated collection points:

  • GRACE: Clothing, shoes, home decor/furniture, toys, books, movies, and dry food pantry items.
  • Keller Animal Shelter: Unopened dog and cat food, collars, leashes, toys, folding wire cages, and cat litter.
  • SafeHaven of Tarrant County: Bath towels, unused women’s and children’s undergarments, umbrellas, baby bottles, and sippy cups.

Interested individuals are encouraged to register for the 2024 KSB Recycles by clicking here. Only those wanting to participate in the cleanup portion of the program need to register.

Join us as we come together to make a positive impact on our environment and community. For more information, visit our website here.

The best part? The City will be hosting a viewing party from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Rustin and Family Park as well as offering multiple viewing locations across the city for a safe and enjoyable community celebration!

We are taking advantage of this cosmic good luck by hosting a can’t-miss celestial celebration at Rustin and Family Park that’s sure to eclipse all expectations! There will be plenty of activities and fun for the whole family. Artists will be on-site to help kids paint masterpieces as majestic as the Milky Way, a live DJ will provide stellar space jams, there will be galactic games to compete in, cosmic cuisine from a handful of food trucks, and much more!

Can’t make it to Rustin and Family Park? Don’t worry, we have you covered. The Total Solar Eclipse might be a once in a lifetime opportunity, but your safety is our daily priority. Although Rustin and Family Park will be the only location with food and entertainment, we want to make sure everyone is able to view the Eclipse safely and off the roads city-wide. That’s why we added other viewing locations you can stop at including the Aria Amphitheater, the 4th Floor Parking Garages in Town Square, White’s Chapel Methodist Church, and Gateway Church!

It’s also important to remember not to watch the eclipse in regular sunglasses. Instead, grab one of our special edition solar-approved glasses available at each location while supplies last. Let’s make this once-in-a-lifetime event a safe and memorable experience for all!

We hope to see you at one of our viewing locations to count down the seconds until the moon eclipses the sun. Beyond the moon’s shadow of a doubt, it will be an event you won’t want to miss!

In North Texas, where summer heat persists and outdoor water usage can account for up to 70% of a water bill, conserving water effectively amidst extreme weather conditions like droughts can be challenging. Fortunately, Texas Smartscape, a water-conservation program hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), offers guidance on strategic lawn usage to promote water conservation. Here are some basic steps to help you become an expert in water conservation!

  • Using Native and Adaptive Plants: Native plants that are well-adapted to our environment have the capacity to tolerate droughts, can resist diseases and pests, and will attract important pollinators. By using native and adaptive plants, you can reduce your irrigation, reduce fertilizer and pesticide use, provide wildlife habitat, and conserve water!
  • Becoming Water-Wise: Efficient irrigation can save you both money and water! Here in Southlake, watering between 6pm and 10am is the best and only City-approved method to prevent unnecessary loss of water during those hot summer days. As a reminder, homes with an even address may only water on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while homes with an odd address may only water on Thursdays and Sundays.

Beginning with these steps will ensure that you have the knowledge and tools to enhance and beautify your garden and lawn while simultaneously saving money, water, and the environment. So, let’s put the “petal” to the metal and get started, Southlake!

To learn more about the Texas Smartscape initiative and get some inspiration for your dream landscape, visit the Texas Smartscape Webpage. Want more information over Southlake’s watering schedule? Visit Water Smart, Outside.

A Southlake grown business, Fit Life Massage and Wellness, is celebrating 5 years of supporting recovery and wellness in September!

Unlike your typical massage focused on relaxation, Fit Life Massage and Wellness is entirely focused on recovery and rehabilitation. Owner and Licensed Massage Therapist Leah Morgan jokes “we are not the kind of massage that you fall asleep to!”

Leah received her Massage Certification license following a rigorous training program that focused on well-rounded treatment and differentiating between the various muscles in the body. First beginning as a part-time Licensed Massage Therapist and full-time dance instructor, Leah grew her business as she grew her clientele. In the early days of Fit Life Massage and Wellness, Leah worked out of a spare room in a yoga studio located in her current building. As demand for her recovery-focused technique grew amongst local athletes, Leah grew her business within the building, eventually moving into and expanding the space adjacent to the yoga studio where she started!

Fit Life Massage and Wellness has been operational in their newly renovated space since February of 2023. Leah’s team consists of 5 Licensed Massage Therapists, including herself, who all specialize in rehabilitative techniques to help their clients feel like their best selves, whether they are full-time athletes pushing their limits, or clients just in need of some pain management in their day-to-day life.

Providing support for young athletes is one of the services that makes Fit Life Massage and Wellness unique and that owner Leah Morgan prides herself on. By working with young athletes, Leah and her team are able to provide support through personalized plans and injury prevention to help athletes reach their goals in their sport. Leah and her team also provide personalized injury recovery plans, post-surgery scar tissue massages and deep tissue massage specifically for targeted pain relief and rehabilitation for adults as well.

For more information about Fit Life Massage and Wellness, their services and to book an appointment, visit www.fitlifemassageandwellness.com.

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