Saturday, March 2, 2024

Mayor Huffman and the Fire Department Team Up for Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! On this episode of Minute with the Mayor, Mayor John Huffman is joined by Fire Marshal Kelly Clements to talk about safety precautions to keep your turkey day stuffed full of fun and festivities.

Traditions can come in all forms, whether that be cooking with the little ones, watching the Thanksgiving parade on television, or playing tackle football outside. “With all the hectic schedule going on, everything we have, sometimes we forget to be safe,” said Clements.

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and to mitigate this risk for your family, here are a few safety tips to follow:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking. Do not leave your food unattended.
  • Keep flammable objects like wooden cooking utensils, packaging, towels, oven mitts, etc., away from an open flame or stovetop.
  • Keep electric cords from dangling over countertops to avoid children pulling appliances down.
  • Blow out candles and remove them from the edges of the counter.

If there is a fire, the best thing you can do is to get out immediately with family members and pets. Many civilians who are injured in home fires are often injured by trying to fight the fire themselves, according to the NFPA. Call 9-1-1 and get to a safe location so experts can help. 
In addition to his Thanksgiving wishes, Mayor Huffman also expressed his appreciation for the Fire Department and the City as a whole. “I hope this Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of family, fun, food, fellowship, and a time to reflect on all the blessings we’ve been given. We live in an incredible community,” said Mayor Huffman.

For more information about the Protect Southlake Team, please visit our website.

Kids Learn to Cook with the Chefsville Pre-K Cooking Class

Nothing like the smell of your favorite food cooking in the kitchen to bring back memories.

The Community Services Department aims to create lifelong memories for your family, and the Chefsville Pre-K Cooking Class is no exception! This innovative new program introduces kids to the world of cooking by teaching them fundamental life skills like kitchen safety and how to complete a recipe. Participants use simple math, explore world culture, and put their fine motor skills to use while creating a tasty treat to enjoy with friends.

Teaching young children to cook is crucial to creating healthy life-long habits. Children who participate in the kitchen contribute to the family chores and are also more likely to develop healthy eating patterns throughout their life. Introducing kids to cooking is a delicious way to bond with the family, pass down traditions, and explore creativity.

The Community Services Department always seeks to provide quality programming for community members of all ages. If your child enjoyed this program, don’t miss out other opportunities to instill a love of cooking in your little one. More Chefsville Pre-K Cooking Classes will be available on May 4 and May 18. We won’t let the young kids have all the fun, however! Check out the Teen IncrEDIBLES Cooking Class for ages 12-16 on May 1 and May 15. Learning to cook can be a family affair! Click here to register.

Make sure to keep an eye out on our website and social media pages to stay on top of all our upcoming events. We’re constantly cooking up new ways to bring a smile to your face. Bon Appetit!

Calling All Chefs in Training. Register Today for Lil’ Chefs!

Have a little one at home who likes to help in the kitchen? Lil’ Chefs is the program for them!

Southlake Parks and Recreation offers this hands-on program for kids 3 -8 to help them learn to measure, mix, whip and decorate their way to an array of yummy treats. Participants will learn how to make a handful of tasty treats perfect for the fall and start of the holiday season. The menu includes: pumpkin cookies, mummies, edible eyeballs, creepy pizzas, Indian fry bread, Santa cupcakes and much more.

For more information and registration go to or call (817) 748-8019

Join the fun with the Southlake Senior Center this August

The Senior Center has tons going on in August. If you or someone you know is 55 or better they would love if you joined!

Here are just some of the event, activity and field trip highlights for the month of August:

8/8/15 @ 4:30 PM – Dinner at Furr’s followed by The Purple Martin Roost

8/11/15 @ 12:45 PM – Elvis tribute artist James L Wages will visit the Senior Center

8/19/15 @ 1 PM – Fantasy in Sand trip: Experience the Wizard of Oz carved in sand

8/27/15 @ 9 AM – AARP Smart Driver Safety Course

For more details about each of these events, as well as a full calendar of Senior Center activities for the month of June, please click here or call (817) 748-8315.

Southlake Seniors headed off to a previous trip!

Southlake Seniors headed off to a previous trip!

Keep busy with the Southlake Senior Center this July

Senior Dance

Southlake Senior Center members dancing at a previous event.

The Southlake Senior Center has plenty of activities planned for July; if you’re over 55 they welcome you to join in all the fun!

Below is a list of events for the month of July:

7/2 – 7/30 @ 1 – 3 PM: Free dancing lessons every Thursday provided by Ernie & Diane Meyer

7/13 @ 5 – 6:30 PM: Cooking lesson provided by TasteBuds Kitchen

7/20 @ 6 – 8 PM: 80’s themed Potluck Bingo

7/31 @ 11 – 3 PM: Fine Dining at Cacharel Restaurant 

For more details about each of these events, as well as a full calendar of Senior Center activities for the month of June, please click here or call (817) 748-8315.