Sunday, July 3, 2022

Diamonds and denim made for a dazzling night at the annual Sweethearts Dance!

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but denim is a love that never fades!

Valentine’s Day arrived early in Southlake as families celebrated love and friendship at the annual Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, February 13 at Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. Crafts, cookie decorating, and dancing ensured that a dazzling time was had by all as Southlake’s finest arrived decked out in denim and diamonds!

While the beloved annual event looked a little different this year, Southlake Community Services employees were determined to put on a fun and safe celebration.

Masks were worn, tables were reserved for individual households, and guests rotated between fun craft activities and dancing to ensure safe social distancing. Two identical dance sessions were held during the night to allow more families to celebrate love responsibly.

“The Sweetheart Dance went very well this year!” said Programs Coordinator, Gretchen Morgan. “We had some very positive reviews from our attendees this year including loving our creative layout and appreciating that food was brought to them. While we were concerned about the weather, we had a large turnout, and it was rewarding to see the event come to fruition. I want to give special thanks to our sponsors: Chick-fil-A, Ethan Allen, and CommunityMed Family Urgent Care! I am also proud of the team that made this event possible. From setting up the decorations, taking guests to their tables, to managing volunteers and getting the party started on the dancefloor, this event would not have been possible without the hard work and support of our incredible staff and volunteers.”

Safe and memorable family programming like the Sweetheart Dance is just one example of how the Southlake Community Services department enriches the quality of life for Southlake residents. Delivering remarkable experiences to our residents is simply the Southlake Way!

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Discover Family Fun at the Bob Jones Nature Center!

Learn about the Cross Timbers ecosystem while spending time with your family in the beautiful outdoors.

Looking for something fun to do that the whole family will enjoy? Join us at the Bob Jones Nature Center for exciting and educational hikes, arts and crafts, special group activities, scavenger hunts, snacks and so much more. All ages are welcome. Online pre-registration is required (one per family).

Family Fun at the Bob Jones Nature Center

Saturday, May 18
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Saturday, June 15
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Saturday, July 13
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Saturday, August 10
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Location: Bob Jones Nature Center
Instructor: Outdoor Experience Staff
Resident Fee: $20
Non-Resident Fee: $24

For more information, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

Champions Club Public Grand Opening is Saturday, April 6, 2019! View the Experience Southlake Magazine for Champions Club Grand Opening Details, Spring 2019 Programs and More!

Champions Club at The Marq Southlake will celebrate its public grand opening on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Check out the special edition of Experience Southlake Magazine to learn more about Champions Club and see all the fun things happening in Southlake Parks and Recreation this spring!

Join us for the official public grand opening of Champions Club on Saturday, April 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members and non-members are invited to tour the facility, learn about available memberships, try out our equipment, take a fitness class and enjoy activities for the whole family. More information will be available soon, so be sure to follow Champions Club on Facebook to stay up-to-date or visit

The Winter/Spring Experience Southlake Magazine is now live with Champions Club information! You can register online for all of our spring programs and athletic leagues, and you can also book your Champions Club rentals now for use once the facility opens.

Inside this issue of Experience Southlake Magazine, you’ll find more information about the programs and services we’ll be offering at Champions Club, including:

  • Group fitness classes
  • Personal training packages
  • Learn to swim classes and schedules
  • Rentals and party packages

You’ll also find information about our spring 2019 Parks and Recreation programming, including:

  • Youth and family programs
  • Nature programs at the Bob Jones Nature Center
  • Youth and adult athletics
  • Special events

As we put the final touches on Champions Club, in-person registration has been temporarily relocated to Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake.

To learn more about Champions Club services, rentals and memberships, please call (817) 748-8955. For information about our recreational programs, leagues and events, please call (817) 748-8019.

Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve Has Big Future

What’s ahead for the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve? A lot. The City of Southlake has big plans to take the fun outdoors in 2019.

“The recent shift in the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve management is a rich opportunity to extend our award-winning programming,” said Community Services Director Chris Tribble. “While we are keeping popular programs such as the Cross Timbers Forest Preschool, City staff is also working on some great ideas to take advantage of the more than 750 acres of Cross Timbers habitat.”

Dan Friedman, City of Southlake

The popular Cross Timbers Forest Preschool program will continue to be led by Dan Friedman. Dan has worked at the Preserve for the past two years and says he “is passionate about educating people about the environment.” The preschool will continue to be influenced by the European-style Forest Schools philosophy.

Friedman noted that there is space available for more students. Visit the City’s Cross Timbers Forest Pre-School page on for registration information. Or you can call (817) 748-8272.

The Preserve will also be the setting for MusicMaker- Mommy & Me -Exploring Nature’s Symphony classes, Family Fun @ BJNC on April 6 and May 18, The Cross Timbers Nature Camp – Spring Break Recycle Earth March 11-15 as well the Youth Explorer’s Saturdays on March 23, April 27, and May 18. For more information on all of these programs visit

The Bob Jones Preserve also boasts more than 20 miles of hiking trails.  Tribble notes that the Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail is also accessible at several points along White Chapel Boulevard and near the end of E. Bob Jones Road.

Kids Hiking at the Bob Jones Nature Center











“The Preserve, will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day,” said Tribble.  “When the City established The Preserve, we did as a way to preserve an important part of Southlake’s history as well as keep a beautiful piece of land passive and development free. We want people to enjoy the trails, take pictures and show the world what they are experiencing in nature.”

Tribble also noted that the Bob Jones Nature Center would be open to the public during programming hours.  “While the Nature Center building will operate a little differently than it has in the past, it will be the home to much of our outdoor education programming.”

For more information about what’s ahead for the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve and how you can get involved in the great outdoors, please visit or you can contact us at (817) 748-8272.