Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Seniors’ July Trips: Dinosaurs, Art, and Theater, Oh My!

Summer is in full swing in Southlake and the entire town is bustling with activity. The Southlake Senior Activity Center is no exception with three adventure-filled trips scheduled for July.

Planning and accompanying our Seniors on local field trips is a staff highlight at the Senior Center. July’s Senior trips have something for everyone—from resident dino-philes, art buffs, or musical theater connoisseurs!

The Dinosaur Company
Wednesday, July 6 at 10:00 AM

Visit the only animatronic dinosaur factory in the US. Enjoy a one-hour tour of the creature workshop and animatronic exhibit in the City of Allen. The Dinosaur Company is a leader in the development and design of animatronic technology. See the amazing world of dinosaurs come to life. Register here.

The Music Man at Theater Denton
Sunday, July 17 at 1:00 PM

Revisit Meredith Wilson’s infamous Golden Age musical about a traveling conman who falls in love with a witty librarian in the stubborn town of Rivercity, Iowa. Sing along to Broadway classics such as “76 Trombones,” “Shipoopi,” and “’Til There Was You.” Enjoy a wonderful weekend matinee performance with friends. Register here.

Kimble Art Museum
Wednesday, July 27 at 9:30 AM

Art lovers assemble and join us as we explore The Language of Beauty in African Art special exhibit at the Kimble Art Museum in Fort Worth. This world-class art museum curates the most cutting-edge exhibits and brings them to life for a DFW audience. This exhibit illustrates sub-Saharan concepts of beauty through a unique exploration of language, objects, and visual arts. Register here.

Explore the DFW Metroplex with us! See you at the Southlake Senior Activity Center!

Snag a Coveted Spot for Summer Camp Mania Before It’s Too Late!

Summer Camp Mania is right around the corner, and you don’t want to miss your chance to snag a coveted remaining spot!

 

The early bird gets the worm, but we still have a few spots remaining for Summer Camp Mania Weeks Five, Six, and Seven! If you are looking for a world-class day camp experience for your kiddos, look no further than Southlake’s premier summer camp!

 

Summer Camp Mania provides a safe and fun environment where kids are number one! Our outstanding combination of structured and free play, guest instructors, educational field trips, and award-winning Champions Club facility makes us the best summer camp!

 

Our dedicated Programs staff is committed to helping our campers create life-long memories. From relaxed movie days, adventurous inflatables and bounce houses, and exhilarating pool days at our Aquatics Center, to field trips, there’s something for everyone at Camp Mania! This summer, our campers will be going to Legoland/Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium, the Crayola Experience, and Hawaiian Falls, to name a few.

 

Each week delivers campers various recreational opportunities that never get redundant. Whether you sign up for one week or more, you’re guaranteed to have an individualized experience.

 

Don’t miss your chance to snag one of our few remaining spots! Take a sneak peek at our incredible schedule and enroll your kiddo today!

Apply to be a Camp Mania Volunteer Counselor!

Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning for our premier recreational program, Summer Camp Mania!

We are looking for various Volunteer Counselors to help us make this year’s camp the best one ever. Do you know a world-class volunteer looking to enhance their resume, gain real-world experience, and create life-long memories for our Camp Mania participants? We’re currently recruiting responsible, creative, and outgoing volunteers!

This is an incredible opportunity for those who love working with kids to earn between 40-80 hours of volunteer service. Sound like the dream gig? Check our criteria to see if we are a perfect match!

  • Be a part of Volunteer Southlake (Register here)
  • Pass a Background Check (17+) and/or submit the Parental Consent Form (under 17)
  • Complete the  Camp Mania Volunteer Counselor Application by May 15, 2022
  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Have prior volunteer experience
  • Commit to working a full week of camp (M-F, 8:30 am-4:30 pm)
  • Volunteers are limited to two full weeks of service
  • Be a good role model, have high moral values, an outgoing personality, strong leadership ability, and experience working with children
  • Available to attend the mandatory volunteer training (dates TBD)

Does this sound like you or someone you know? Spread the word and help us find the best group of Volunteer Counselors. You can learn more about volunteering for Camp Mania here!

Senior’s Luncheons, Trips, and all that Jazz

It’s time to jazz things up at the Southlake Senior Activity Center. Our upcoming Spring programs are sure to razzle-dazzle!

Our Senior Activity Center Staff works hard to provide fun and innovative programs for our members. We have a lot of exciting opportunities coming up in the next few months, and we are thrilled to share them with our senior center members. Whether you want to socialize with friends, take a field trip out of town, or learn a new skill, our upcoming programs will brighten up your day.

Plan ahead for these nifty programs:

Monthly Jazzy Lunch Social
Slick your hair, wear your buckled shoes, and join us for our new monthly Jazzy Lunch Social! Enjoy a musical lunch hour with friends and relax to the soothing sound of live classical jazz performed by internationally known pianist Mr. Milton Fletcher. Our first Jazzy Lunch Social is next week on Tuesday, April 26 from 12:30-1:30 PM. This program is $6.00, and pre-registration is required. Other dates include May 31 and June 28!

Two Brothers Winery Trip
Attention all wine lovers and connoisseurs! Join us on Friday, April 29 from 1:40- 4:00 PM as we visit Two Brothers Winery in Keller for a guided tour and a flight of 4 tastings with a small snack. Two Brothers Winery is a local family business owned and operated by two brothers, their spouses, and two long-time family friends. Pre-registration is required ($3.00), and the event fee for this outing is $15.00, which will be paid directly to the vendor. Don’t forget to bring money for lunch. Register here.

Joe T. Garcia’s and Ft. Worth Stockyards
Wrangle up your buddies and enjoy a delicious lunch at Joe T. Garcia’s on Wednesday, May 4 from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM. Explore the famous Fort Worth Stockyards after lunch and learn about this incredible historic district. Registration is required, and the registration fee is $3.00. Make sure to bring money for shopping.

Water Safety Seminar
May is National Water Safety Month, and it’s never too late to learn how to be safe in the water. Join our Champions Club Aquatics staff on Tuesday, May 3 from 1:30-2:30 PM as they discuss tips on how to stay safe in and around the water. This crucial seminar is just in time for summer. Register here.

We can’t wait to see you at one or all of these exciting events. Subscribe to the Senior Activity Center emails to stay up-to-date on our programs and activities.

Experience Southlake Texas Website Gets a Makeover

Experiencesouthlaketexas.com received a facelift that is giving us fierce vibes!

If you’ve logged on to the Experience Southlake Texas website in the last week, then you’ve noticed it looks very different. The Community Services Community Relations division collaborated with Civic Plus to redesign the Experience website over the last few months. The new website officially launched last Thursday.

Like any good makeover, the heart and soul of the website stayed the same. The experience, however, has been enhanced. The new design makes it easier for the end-user to navigate the site. Community Relations staff worked diligently to clean up content, rethink the site to improve performance, and update graphics.

The new design also allows for a more user-friendly mobile version of the site. As nearly 60% of the traffic to the site comes from a mobile device, it was imperative to improve the mobile user experience. Our mission at the Community Services Department is to create world-class experiences– and that includes making your online experience world-class as well.

The Experience Website is your one-stop-shop for everything Parks, Recreation, Senior Services, Champions Club, Legends Hall, Community Events, Public Art, and more! Stay on top of family programming, Bob Jones Nature Center activities, and upcoming member appreciation events. Plan your next life celebration and sign up for Champions Club. If you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, take a look!

Let’s Take a Hike: Explore the Trails at Bob Jones Nature Center

What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than to go for a hike at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve.

It’s a great place for nature lovers to unplug and take in the environment while getting in a good work out.

The park has three different trails, the Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail, the Bluebird Trail and the Grapevine Lake Trail which can be accessed from the Bluebird Trail.

Are you a first-time hiker? No worries! BJNCP offers fun programs, activities and classes for those who would like to learn more.

On November 14, BJNCP is offering a class for young hikers as part of the Bowmen Day Hike Series.  This introductory course will cover eco-responsible hiking traditions such as “leave no trace,” trail etiquette, safety measures and other important outdoor skills.

If you prefer to hike solo or consider yourself an expert, the Bluebird Trail is great place to start. The trail features interpretive and interactive signage with information about birds and other local wildlife so you can have fun and learn something new while you’re getting in your steps. So, grab a bottle of water, strap up your boots and head out to BJNCP for a hike!

A downloadable trail map can be found on our website.

For more information about programs and courses at the BJNCP, visit www.ExperienceSouthlake.com.

Imagine Yourself Outdoors – Southlake’s “Treemendous” Scavenger Hunt

Fall is a “treemendous” time in Southlake, and the City is giving away five trees in a special contest to celebrate.

To play, you’ve got to get outside! We’ve got twelve trees that we want you to find in our beautiful parks. You’ll know them by the signs that we’ve placed in front of them. There is a story behind each tree, and we will tell their stories over the next several weeks on the City of Southlake Facebook page and the Experience Southlake Facebook page.

To be eligible for our Treemendous Scavenger Hunt, all you have to do is find the specified tree in our parks, take a selfie in front of the tree, and email it to talktous@cityofsouthlake.com with the subject line “tree scavenger hunt.” In your email, be sure to include your name, address, and telephone information (entrees are limited to Southlake residents). Due to email size limitations, please send each tree selfie entry in a separate email. Each selfie submitted counts as one entry, and only one submission is permitted per person, per featured tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. October 26. All eligible entries will be part of a random drawing with winners announced on Friday, October 30. Look for the winners’ names on the City and Experience Southlake Facebook pages, My Southlake News, and ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com/Treemendous. The trees will be delivered to the winners on Friday, November 6, Texas Arbor Day.

Full contest rules can be found on the contest website, and all guidelines must be met to be eligible to win.

Good Luck! The complete tree list is below. We’ll see you at the parks!

New at Champions Club, Full Body Composition Testing

True it’s been a few weeks since Christmas but Champions Club is still reveling in excitement over the present Santa brought them. New to Champions Club is the InBody 570, a full body composition testing machine. Even better is that testing is free for members.

“This is a test that you could pay hundreds of dollars for to have conducted at a doctor’s office, and with the InBody system, we’re excited to offer body composition testing completely complementary to our members,” notes Deputy Director of Community Services Kate Meacham.

Members are invited to a testing sneak peek this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, January 11 & 12 during member appreciation activities in Champions Club between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Testing is noninvasive and takes about 45 seconds to conduct.  If you’re not able to make it during that time, starting Monday, January 13, members can schedule appointments to have the test conducted.

The InBody test will reveal how your diet and exercise are affecting your overall health. Through regularly scheduled testing, you can challenge yourself and monitor your progress over time.

“The personalized report you receive with the test is extremely helpful, it gives you information about overall health including body fat percentage, amount of lean muscle tissue, visceral fat or the fat around your organs and more,” explains Champions Club Fitness Supervisor Ryan Svoboda. “We’ll also have our trained fitness professionals available to help interpret your results not only this weekend but anytime you have the test conducted.”

You can learn more about the testing process and how to register for testing by visiting the Champions Club website here.

Bob Jones Park Gets A Summer Refresh

Earlier this summer we told you about the upgrades coming to the playground at Bob Jones Park near the soccer fields.

Take a look at our progress! There are new shade structures and new things to jump, slide, run, and twirl on.

Construction of the playground is currently 90% complete and is expected to be ready in the next few weeks. The shade structure is still being fabricated and is scheduled to be installed by the end of September.

Another update to tell you about; the refreshed bathrooms near the softball fields. Those bathrooms have been power-washed, repainted, mirrors replaced and staff has made minor plumbing repairs.

“We appreciated the opportunity to refresh the bathrooms after getting some feedback on social media,” said Community Services Director Chris Tribble. “Although we keep a close eye on all of our facilities, having residents on our team, letting us know when there is a problem, is a great resource.”

Visitors to Bob Jones Park can expect a similar refresh to the soccer field bathrooms later this year.