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Southlake’s Home for the Holidays will kick-off with Tree Lighting Celebration on November 21, 2015

Bell-Stacked-Text_logo (1)It’s almost that time of year again! What better way to kick off the Holiday season in Southlake than with the annual Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting Celebration.

This year’s Tree Lighting Celebration is less than two months away and will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 4:30 – 8:30 PM in Southlake Town Square. Event festivities will begin at 4:30 PM with all the traditional activities and crafts. There’s something for everyone in the family including; holiday refreshments, Christmas carolers, ornament and cookie decorating and of course, live entertainment by the Southlake Community Band and local choirs. Plus, don’t miss out on strolling holiday characters!

A special thanks to Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine for being this year’s Title Sponsor!

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 6:30 PM; after the tree is lit, continue to enjoy Southlake Town Square, get pictures with Santa or even go tubing on the custom snow hill!

NK6_0162While the holidays are always fun, magical and the perfect time to spend precious moments with your family, they are also a time to reflect and think about others that may be in need. This year, The City of Southlake is partnering with Christmas is for Children with a Fill the Tahoe food drive. Families are encouraged to bring canned, non-perishable food and cereal to donate to Christmas is for Children.

Please visit www.HomefortheHolidaysSouthlake.com to see all the event details including the entertainment schedule and parking information. If you have any questions, please call (817) 748-8019. If you are interested in sponsoring this event please email sponsorships@ci.southlake.tx.us.

We hope you and your family will the City as we light up the Town Square and kick-off the holiday season!

Home Safety Tips

“Tis the season to guard against burglars who could be targeting your home. The Southlake Police Department wants to help residents make it harder for burglars to commit home break-ins with some simple safety tips.

Since most burglaries occur during the day when you may be at work, be sure to always lock your home up tight.

Here are some other tips to help make your home less attractive to thieves.

Home Safety Tips:

  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Push button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt lock on all your outside doors.
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
  • Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.

Don’t Tempt a Thief:

  • Lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
  • Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone shopping.”

Locks — Get the Best Available:

  • No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
  • Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
  • When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.

Targeting the Outside:

  • Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.

Windows:

  • Most windows can be pinned for security.
  • Drill a 3/16″ hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame – place a nail in the hole to secure the window.

Alarms:

  • An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There are a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.
  • Make several inquiries to different companies for the best security system available to you.
  • If you have a home alarm system, use it! Activate your alarm system — Alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.
  • Many individuals have alarm systems but do not arm them because it is inconvenient. Many burglars know this and will not be deterred by a window sticker or sign indicating that the home has an alarm system.

What to Do If Your Home Is Broken Into:

If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:

  • Do not enter – the perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Leave the residence and use your cell phone to call the police.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
  • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

Other precautions you should take:

  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places — burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number with an engraver you can borrow from your precinct. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
  • Form a Neighborhood Watch Group. We can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.
  • Consider installing a burglar alarm system.

And last but not least, you can contact the Southlake Police Department to request a “House Watch” for your home while you’re on vacation.  You may request that an officer from the Southlake Police Department come to your house to do a “Home Security” check.  Contact our Community Initiatives Coordinator Valerie Snyder at 817-748-8173.  If you have further questions about home safety simply contact your designated District Sergeant for your area.  The house watch form and information about the District Sergeants program can be found on the website at www.cityofsouthlake.com click on “Our Government” then click on the Police Department link. Have a safe and Happy Holiday.

 

Santa Claus Brings in the Holidays at the Annual Tree Lighting Event

Tree Lighting 2014

The view from the Town Hall balcony in Southlake Town Square

Santa did not let Mother Nature get in his way. He moved the annual Tree Lighting to Sunday, November 23rd and made it an evening to remember for thousands of attendees who enjoyed holiday traditions and new exciting attractions.

The event began with the Southlake Community Band playing holiday favorites to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. The celebration continued throughout the evening complete with photos with Santa, snowman building with Olaf, photos with Elsa and Anna, a 4-lane snow tubing hill, holiday crafts, live entertainment and much more! The Tree Lighting Ceremony officially kicked-off the holiday season here in Southlake when Santa Claus lit up Town Square. With snow falling in Family Park, Christmas carols in the background and holiday activities found throughout the square, it was a magical evening.

The City is fortunate to have several sponsors that helped make this event possible. The Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Tree Lighting was Enchanted Fairies Studio.  The Cookie Decorating Sponsor, Kroger, is provided cookies and icing for holiday cookie decorating. Taste Buds Kitchen is provided cupcakes and decorating supplies for attendees to decorate and eat their own cupcake. Guests were provided with free bottled water during the event, thanks to Frost Bank, the Quencher Sponsor. The Holiday Sponsors included Sleep NumberSky RanchSpringfree Trampoline IncChildren’s Health SouthlakeThe Goddard School and Brain Balance, all of which had booths and holiday activities at the event. Snowman building was an exciting new activity this year. The Fresh Market provided all the snowman building items for participants to get creative and decorate their very own snowman. Thanks to the Santa’s Workshop Sponsor, Fantastic Sams, there was a variety of holiday crafts for kids to enjoy. A special thank you to all our 2014 sponsors!

The City of Southlake hopes you have a great holiday season. Please visit www.SouthlakeHomefortheHolidays.com to find information on all the holiday activities happening in Southlake in 2014.

 

 

Enjoy Hometown Traditions and New Attractions at the Annual Tree Lighting Event on Sunday, November 23

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Santa has moved the 2014 Home for the Holiday’s event to Sunday, November 23, 2014. See you at 5:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Santa is not letting Mother Nature get in his way.  He is bringing the Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting event to Southlake on Sunday, November 23, 2014.  We will have a great celebration complete with Elsa, Anna and Olaf in Frozenland, guaranteed snow, the snow hill, live entertainment and of course Santa who will help us turn on the holiday lights for the first time this season.

Santa has made the call though to keep the horses warm so they will be hanging out with his reindeer in his stables instead of offering carriage rides.

The Tree Lighting kicks-off the holiday season with hometown traditions and new, exciting activities for the family. Due to Saturday’s rain forecast, this year’s event will be held on Sunday, November 23rd from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Southlake Town Square.

All the fun and entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Family Park with entertainment, crafts, the 4-lane snow tubing hill, strolling characters and concessions.  For all the Frozen fans out there, a “Frozen Wonderland” will also begin at 5:30 p.m. with snowman building with Olaf and photo opportunities with Elsa and Anna.

The fun continues as Santa Claus arrives to Southlake Town Hall for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. After Mayor John Terrell welcomes in the holidays, Santa Claus will switch on the lights from the Town Hall balcony. Once Town Square is lit, Santa Claus will make his way to Santa’s Village located in Rustin Pavilion to listen to your wish lists and take free photos with your family.

The Southlake Community Band  will provide holiday cheer throughout the evening.

Rustin Pavilion:

  • 5:15pm – 6:20 pm: Southlake Community Band
  • 6:40pm – 8:30pm: Photos with Santa

Please visit www.SouthlakeHomefortheHolidays.com for complete event information and to view the event & parking maps. If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.