Tuesday, September 27, 2022

It’s GRACE Gala Time!

The City of Southlake partners with select organizations through Community Services Agreements to provide outstanding services to our residents.

Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) works with the city to provide emergency assistance services to Southlake residents in need. There are many ways Southlake residents can get involved with organizations such as GRACE to make a difference in your community, but the GRACE Gala is hands-down, one of the most fun!

Mark your calendars for the 19th annual ‘angels among us’ GRACE Gala, presented by The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas.

A meaningful celebration of the community’s generosity, the evening is filled with gourmet food, libations, high-caliber entertainment, and auction items. All proceeds fund the GRACE mission to provide food, clothing, shelter, and medical care to tens of thousands of individuals and local families each year.

Back by popular demand, The Walton Stout Band will perform with their fiery mix of R&B, Soul/Funk, and Dance.

Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on hundreds of valuable items including—local treasures, great travel, and unique experiences.

At the end of the program, there will be the annual Gala raffle drawing. This year’s prize will be a Trip to the Dominican Republic. Raffle tickets are $50 each, or five for $200, and can be purchased online—you need not be present to win!

Sponsorships begin at $4,000. Full-table sponsorships start at $3,500. Individual tickets are $375 each, or a table of ten for $3,500.

For more information, visit https://www.gracegala.com/ for details or contact Basha Ramsey, GRACE Special Events Manager, at 817-305-4653, or email events@gracegrapevine.org.

Register for the First Teen Trip of the Season!

Got a teen at home looking for a new way to make friends and explore the area? Look no further than our Teen Trips!

Teenagers are busy with school and extracurricular activities. That’s why it’s always nice to have a change of scenery to break up the routine! If your kiddo is looking for a creative way to meet new people and participate in exciting activities, then register them for our upcoming Teen Trip!

Join us on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM as we play paintball at DFW Adventure Park!

This is the perfect program for teens 12-15 looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday morning.

Participants should wear clothes they can get paint on and bring a sack lunch or money to purchase lunch.

Ready to get your paintball on? Register today!

Don’t Miss Our Adult Outdoor Education Opportunities This Spring at the Bob Jones Nature Center

The Bob Jones Nature Center is a natural classroom for community members of all ages.

You may be familiar with our award-winning Cross Timbers Forest Preschool and legendary Community Hikes, but did you know the Nature Center offers free Outdoor Education classes for adults? Mark your calendars because there are three incredible class options this spring!

Photography Basics: 3/26/22 10:30am-11:30am
Join local photography expert, Bruce Rosenstiel, to learn about wildlife photography! This class will touch on the basics of photographing nature while focusing on pollinators in the garden. Topics will include equipment, the basics of shooting, general tips and tricks, and more! Feel free to bring your camera with you.
Register here.

Healing Gardens: 4/16/22 1:00pm-2:00pm
During this class with Betsy Marsh, Conservation Education Coordinator for Tarrant Regional Water District, you’ll have an opportunity to walk through the beautiful gardens at BJNCP, learn about specific plants and garden features that can promote health and well-being, and discuss new pathways to health in your own home garden.
Register here.

BJNCP Garden Tour: 5/14/22 9am-10am
Tarrant and Denton County Master Gardeners work incredibly hard to make the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve (BJNCP) gardens beautiful and beneficial to wildlife. Join head BJNCP Master Gardener, Carol Dowd, for a tour of the Nature Center gardens. Carol is an expert in all things gardening and can teach you about our plants and give you tips for your garden. This class will be entirely outside. Please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle.
Register here.

Getting Wild at Nature Camp

We are right in the heat of summer, and things are getting wild at our annual Cross Timbers Summer Nature Camp.

Summer camps are an industry staple in Parks and Recreation. Here in Southlake, we are fortunate to offer our young residents various fun and entertaining summer camp options each year. Something that makes our community unique is our proximity to the Cross Timbers and Prairies ecosystem.

Our Cross Timbers Summer Nature Camp is a community favorite and a vital part of Our Park and Recreation Story. This summer, campers get to explore their wild side with fun activities to practice outdoor skills, hike, create arts and crafts, and learn about our local ecosystem.

Here are a few highlights of what Nature Camp has been up to this summer:

  • Campers do a 2-mile hike to Lake Grapevine every week. At the lake, they get to play on the swing and near the water before hiking back. On average, each camper hikes around eight miles per week!
  • Guest presenters are a special treat for Nature Camp. This summer, the kids have learned from the Tarrant Regional Water District, The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, Creature Teacher, archery, and Mad Science!
  • Each week presents a different theme. Last week, the campers learned about sustainability and made some awesome recycled robots.
  • Campers always make great use of the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve! Each week, kids spend hours searching for grasshoppers and other critters. They always talk about the history of the land—which includes the Jones Family and the Tucker Family.
  • Every Friday, there is a Field Day Party!

With so many out-of-this-world activities, it’s no wonder Nature Camp is such a crowd favorite! But the summer is not over yet.

Here’s a sneak-peak into what campers can look forward to in the weeks to come:

  • This week, campers are learning about flowers and will be planting around the Nature Center. They will also dye and plant seeds that they can take home.
  • There will be more animal presentations coming! In addition, the Southlake DPS will present a Wilderness First Aid class to campers!
  • The final week will be the “Animal Olympics.” Campers will learn about the extraordinary feats animals can achieve—including the critters found right here in Southlake.

It wouldn’t be a Southlake summer without our summer camps and the incredible staff that make them happen. Part of our Park and Recreation Story is working hard to create life-long memories for our kiddos, and Cross Timbers Nature Camp is the perfect place to get wild!

Seniors Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with an Outdoor Fiesta

Nothing says Fiesta like an outdoor celebration featuring delicious comida, contagious musica, and great conversation with life-long amigos.

The Southlake Senior Activity Center celebrated Cinco De Mayo with an outdoor luncheon on the Senior Center Patio and Aria Amphitheater on Wednesday, May 5. The first major in-person celebration after opening its doors for Phase 1 on Monday, the noon fiesta was a smash hit with Senior Center members.

The Senior Center Patio was vibrant in colorful decorations featuring well-known Mexican symbols such as cacti, piñatas, and sombreros. Senior Center members were ready to pull up a chair in the shady spots of the beautiful patio or enjoy the sunlight shining on the Aria Amphitheater lawn. Salsa music played as the aroma of Fajita Pete’s fajitas filled the air. With over 40 members in attendance, it was clear that Southlake seniors are ready to socialize and enjoy a great meal with fantastic weather.

Cinco de Mayo is a popular celebration with the Mexican-American community in the United States. While commonly believed to be Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Battle of Puebla of 1862, where the Mexican army successfully fended off a French invasion. Today, the holiday provides another reason to celebrate within our community and welcome back our seniors to the Senior Activity Center.

Holiday-themed luncheons are a staple of the Senior Center. Our staff and volunteers work diligently every day to provide our senior community with ample opportunity to gather safely and have a great time. Cinco de Mayo provided the perfect occasion to transition from our curb-side holiday luncheons to an outdoor event in our world-class facility. We thank everyone who was able to join us.

Make sure to keep up with our website to learn more about our upcoming events.

Champions Club: A Kid’s Recreational Paradise

When you bring your child to Champions Club, you know they’re in for the time of their lives!

Our state-of-the-art facility has fitness and recreation options for even the youngest members of the family. Forming life-long healthy habits for your family is easy at Champions Club! We consider every member to be a part of our Champions Club family; our goal is to help you create lasting memories. No matter your age, we have an exciting place just for you!

Child Watch
Our littlest champions are bound to have a great time at our Child Watch facility. Work out with ease with the knowledge that your child is letting their imaginations run wild while under the watchful eye of our passionate Child Watch Attendants. Fitness should be a family affair, and we are happy to provide childcare services while you attend your group fitness class or shred it on the fitness floor!

Lil’ Champs Indoor Playground
The Indoor Playground is the perfect spot for the curious child looking to explore mobility in a fun setting. Our slides, interactive displays, and cushioned floor make our playground ideal for kids to play with friends without worrying about the heat. Parents can rest assured that their children are having a blast while being looked after by our dedicated Indoor Playground Attendants.

Aquatics Center
Splish and splash in our world-class Aquatics Center. Toddlers have a dedicated heated Toddler Play Pool that is shallow enough to allow for safe water play. Our Learn to Swim Instructors and Lifeguards love sharing their passion for swimming while ensuring your little one stays safe in the water. Don’t forget about our Private Swim Lessons and Toddler Water Play program!

Gone are the days of looking for childcare while you work out. Champions Club is truly a space for the entire family. Bring the kiddos and take advantage of our designated spaces for children. Watch as your child has the time of their life! Learn more about our Family membership packages here.

Create Life-Long Memories With Us: Champions Club Now Hiring

Calling all recreation lovers: Champions Club is now hiring!

If you’ve dreamed about working with a world-class team creating life-long memories for your community, then now is your chance to apply for a job with us! Champions Club is hiring for a variety of part-time positions. No matter what your passion is, Champions Club has a job for you.

You can make a difference this summer by joining our team. We are looking for innovative team players who always put customer service and commitment to excellence first. If you love kids, then become a Child Watch Attendant or a Camp Counselor. If you are passionate about Aquatics, then a Lifeguard position or a Learn to Swim Instructor role could be the job for you. Working as a Fitness or Athletic Attendant would be the perfect fit for those that enjoy sports and fitness. If getting to know people and making them feel welcome is your talent, you would be a great Front Desk Attendant.

At Champions Club, we are in the business of having fun and providing world-class recreational opportunities to the Southlake community. Our team consists of enthusiastic and hard-working individuals who strive to make positive memories for our members. If you want the chance to work with friends, connect with new people, and make a difference in your community, then you should join our team!

Here’s what some of our staff had to say about working at Champions Club:

“Apply for our part-time positions this summer!! No matter what department you are working with, we are all one BIG TEAM! Our team is here to succeed. The ultimate goal is to provide the best experience to our community. This can include indoor and outdoor programs and athletics for kids and young adults, fitness and guest services attendants, childcare, and lifeguards. These positions can help provide guidance, direction, and experience for you to take to the next level!” Gretchen Morgan, Programs Coordinator.

“The managers are awesome, and the schedules are flexible. My coworkers are great. We get to provide world-class customer service.” Crew Borgeson, Guest Services Attendant.

“Working Part-Time is amazing. In my opinion, you never get the same type of day twice. Every day is a new adventure with new people and new experiences to walk through with amazing coworkers.” Mitchell Ouille-Programs and Athletics Recreation Attendant.

“Being a part-time employee for the City of Southlake Parks and Recreation department allows me to develop my passion and make great connections.” Lauren Batts, Athletics Specialist.

Make this a summer to remember! Apply today!

 

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!

Club Metro is in Full Swing this Spring

Club Metro hit the ground running this Spring season to provide world-class Adaptive Recreation programs to our Southlake residents.

A Parks and Recreation Department is only as strong as its ease of accessibility to quality programming for every resident. Southlake’s Adaptive Recreation programs aim to encourage residents of all abilities to lead an active lifestyle. Club Metro is Southlake’s premier program, bringing together our community with opportunities for socialization, learning, and fun!

Club Metro has been busy this Spring welcoming back old and new faces alike. With multiple weekly in-person and virtual meeting options available, there is always something exciting happening at Club Metro! Club members can look forward to art, games, yoga classes, special guests, and more! New activities this season include Zumba classes and virtual themed-goody boxes for club members to enjoy at home.

This season, Club Metro is introducing two new opportunities for increased interaction! Due to popular demand, Mondays will now be offered to supplement Tuesdays, Thursdays, and virtual Wednesdays. In addition, Club Metro introduced Sports Saturdays on March 27. Sports like Kickball, Softball, and Basketball are now available to players of all abilities.

All successful recreation programs require passion and dedication from staff and the community, and Club Metro is no exception. The connections formed in Club Metro lead to incredible life-long memories for everyone involved.

“Club Metro has always been about meeting new friends, learning new and exciting activities, and of course having fun!” Exclaimed Club Lead, Oscar Rodriguez.

Register for the next Club Metro meeting here.