Monday, December 4, 2023

GRACE Christmas Cottage Opens for Families

The holidays are the perfect time for giving back. If you are looking to give back to a dependable organization that spreads holiday cheer to those who need it the most, look no further than our community partner, GRACE.

Last week, GRACE hosted its Christmas Cottage Open House on Tuesday, December 6, to kick start the holiday season of serving children and families in the community. GRACE also took the opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers and supporters of this year’s Christmas Cottage. Attendees were encouraged to help by bringing new, unwrapped toys to donate to the cottage.

“The Christmas Cottage is a program that many families in our own backyard look forward to each year,” said GRACE’s Chief Executive Officer, Shonda Schaefer. “The community’s role in donating, volunteering, or supporting the Cottage is very important to the entire mission of GRACE.”

The GRACE Christmas Cottage serves families facing financial hardship due to limited income or a recent emergency. Each qualified family is given a hypothetical budget that allows parents to “purchase” donated toys, home goods, and appliances in a private, store-like setting. This approach lets families budget their resources and select unique presents while preserving the family’s dignity.

GRACE is accepting toys anytime at their Donation Station, GRACE admin building, and at the Christmas Cottage from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday- Friday. To learn more about the Christmas Cottage and how you can get involved, please reach out to GRACE’s Seasonal Programs Coordinator, Beth Chernik at

We are grateful to partner with organizations that give back to our community!

Help Feed 350 Families with Denton County Friends of the Family

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and what better way to say thanks than to give back?

The Denton County Friends of the Family is hosting its 2022 Thanksgiving Drive and they need your help.

The DCFOF is one of many organizations under the Southlake Cares initiative, a partnership effort between the City of Southlake and community organizations geared toward providing support for local organizations in need.

This organization provides services to those who are impacted by abuse, domestic violence, and more. The organization also provides outreach services and programs to increase awareness and to help end the cycle of violence.

The Annual Thanksgiving Drive is one of many ways to show support and give back.

Donors are asked to fill a reusable shopping bag with approved items or to purchase a $20 gift card to a local grocery chain store for a turkey or ham.

If you plan to donate a shopping bag, please select items from the list below.

Pumpkin Pie Filling (can) Cornbread Mix
Pie Crust or Pie crust mix Mac and Cheese (box)
Stuffing (boxed) Dry Rice and Dry Beans
Cranberry Sauce Mayo, Ketchup and Mustard
Mashed Potatoes (Boxed) Jello and Pudding (Boxed)
Gravy Mix Peanut Butter and Jelly
Canned Fruits and Veggies (Variety) Cereal
Canned Meats Cookie or Cake Mixes


Please drop off items at the Denton County Friends of the Family’s Outreach Office located at 4845 S. I-35 East in Corinth, Texas. The last day to drop off items is Friday, November 11.

To learn more about Denton County Friends of the Family, please visit their website.

You’re Invited to a Holiday Dance at The Marq!

Come celebrate the season with a festive night of fun and dancing at Legends Hall!

The Southlake Swing Band will be performing a variety of old band swing tunes and jazz Christmas favorites that will really get you in the holiday spirit! Light refreshments will also be served.

When: Thursday, December 12, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake
Age: 21 and over
Fee: $6 per person at the door, or register online.


Santa Needs Some Holiday Help!

Christmas time will be here before we know it, and Santa is looking for some extra help to make presents!

Santa’s Little Helpers will spend some time making special gifts for those extra special people in their lives, listen to holiday music, play some Christmas games and make new friends. Sign up today and join the fun! This class is open to ages 3-5.

Santa’s Little Helpers

When: Saturday, December 14, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Champions Club, Hall of Fame 1-3
Member Fee: $14
Non-Member Fee: $18

Register here.

Carroll ISD Holiday Performances

All Carroll ISD schools have upcoming performances to showcase the talents of their choir, band and theatre students. All information was provided by individual campuses. Please check with them for questions regarding performances.

Saturday, November 18
City of Southlake’s Home for the Holidays. Tree Lighting at 6:00 pm
4:30 p.m. Johnson Elementary at Frank Cornish Park Stage
5:15 p.m.  Walnut Grove Elementary at Frank Cornish Park Stage
5:30 p.m. Carroll Elementary at Frank Cornish Park Stage
6:15 p.m. Old Union Elementary at Frank Cornish Park Stage
6:15 p.m. Durham Intermediate at Town Hall Stage
6:45 p.m. Eubanks Intermediate Town Hall Stage
7:45 p.m. Rockenbaugh Elementary at Town Hall Stage

Saturday, December 2
Rockenbaugh Elementary Choir at North Park Mall (Dillard’s Court) 3:00 p.m. (tentatively)

December 2, 5 and 6
DMS Theatre presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Free admittance. Saturday, December 2nd at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, Tuesday, December 5th, at 6:30 pm, and Wednesday, December 6th, and 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5
Durham Intermediate Choir performance at DIS 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 7 
Carroll Elementary School 3rd grade musical 7:00 p.m. at Carroll Elementary School.

Friday, December 8
Eubanks Intermediate School Choir Pride of Texas Christmas Festival performance at The Dallas Arboretum 1:00 p.m.

Monday, December 11
Jazz ensembles from Dawson Middle School, Carroll Middle School and  CHS/CSHS will combine forces for a Winter Concert at Carrol Sr. High School Auditorium 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 12
Durham Intermediate Choir caroling in Town Square with Carroll Elementary School 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13
Eubanks Intermediate and Dawson Middle School’s bands perform a Winter Concert at the Carroll Sr. High School Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15
Johnson Elementary School presents “An All-American Christmas” 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 14
Rockenbaugh Elementary School Winter Concert at Rockenbaugh Elementary 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 14
Carroll ISD Winter Choir Concert at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church featuring choirs from Eubanks Intermediate, Durham Intermediate, Carroll Middle, Dawson Middle and Carroll Senior High Schools 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 14
Durham Intermediate and Carroll Middle School Bands perform a Winter Concert in the Carroll Senior High School auditorium. 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 15
Winter Concert of the Carroll High and Carroll Senior High School bands in the Carroll Senior High School auditorium. 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 20
Old Union Elementary School annual Holiday Sing-A-Long in the OUES café 9:00 a.m.

Holiday Fun never stops at the Library this November and December

Even though the weather is cooling down, the holiday season has things heating up with events at the Library. With Holiday-themed events, November and December will feature a slew of fun activities and programs for children and teens of all ages brought to you by the Library at Southlake Town Square.

  • Monday, November 23 at 11:00 AM – Chickasaw Thanksgiving (Ages 4 and up)
  • Saturday, December 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM: Star Wars Night (Teens)
  • Monday, December 14 at 4:00 PM – Christmas Cookie Decorating (All Ages)
  • Saturday, December 19 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Holiday Open House (All Ages)
  • Monday, December 21 at 11:00 AM – Story Time with Mrs. Claus (All Ages)
  • Thursday, December 31 from 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM – Noon Year’s Eve Celebration (Under 7)

So whether you want to celebrate an authentic Native American thanksgiving, decorate Christmas cookies, or ring in the beginning of a new year, the Southlake Library has something for everyone. For more information on these and other events at the library, visit

Holiday fun starts in October at the Library

A lot of people will tell you the holiday season starts with Thanksgiving but at the Southlake Library, the holiday season kicks off in October!  Starting October 10, the Library will feature a variety of fun, holiday-themed activities and events for all ages.

  • Saturday, October 10 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM: Costuming Workshop (Teens)
  • Monday, October 12 at 11:00 AM – Scary Stories to Chill Your Bones (Ages 4 and up)
  • Monday – Friday, October 19 – 23 – Painted Pumpkin Faire (All Ages)
  • Saturday, October 31 from 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM: Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt (Teens)
  • Tuesday, November 3 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM – Diary of a Wimpy Kid Release Party

For more information on these and other events at the library, visit

Holiday Camp Mania returns this November and December!

The City offers Holiday Camp Mania during traditional breaks from school for kids. Join the City during this Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years for fun, friends and excitement. The first week of camp will begin Monday, November 23rd. All camps will be held from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM with after care offered at no additional cost from 7:30 – 9:00 AM and 4:30 6:30 PM.

Here is the full Holiday Camp Mania schedule:

Thanksgiving: Monday, November 23 – Wednesday, November 25

Winter: Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 23

New Year’s: Monday, December 28 – Thursday, December 31

Children are invited to have fun and meet new friends in a safe environment during their time off from school. Holiday Break Camp Mania will offer games, crafts, movies, field trips and much more!

Children must be ages 5 – 11 as of September 1, 2015 and must currently be enrolled in Kindergarten.

Click here for more information and to register.

You can register your child online or at the Community Services office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. Please contact 817.748.8019 if you would like more information.

Southlake Citizens Help Reduce Vehicle Burglaries this Holiday Season!

The Southlake Police Department would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to the citizens of Southlake for partnering with us to help reduce vehicle burglaries during this first rush of the holiday shopping season.

Because of your efforts in following the Hide, Lock,Take guidelines — Hide your things, Lock your car and Take your keys — the Police Department received “ZERO,” that’s right, “ZERO” reports of BMV’s or burglary of a motor vehicle during the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Saturday through Sunday evening shopping sales event. “This is great news for our citizens and our police department and it proves that we can make a real difference in reducing crime by working together,” said Assistant Police Chief James Brandon. It is truly a team effort!

Additionally, the Southlake Police Department stepped up bike and police patrols, rotated the Skywatch tower at various shopping centers, utilized our Citizens on Patrol (COP’s) as extra eyes and ears to help deter crime, and Hide, Lock, Take signs were visible in high traffic shopping area parking lots. We also produced and gave local businesses Hide, Lock Take cards and brochures to place inside stores all across Southlake to serve as an extra reminder to shoppers.

Southlake citizens and shoppers made a big difference by taking the time to lock up their valuables and shopping bags and place them out of sight. Your efforts helped to drive home the message to thieves that, “They were not welcome here!”

With only a few more weeks of the Christmas shopping season left the Southlake Police Department wants to encourage everyone to keep up the good work and remember to Hide, Lock, Take even long after the holiday season is over.

Happy Holidays!