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November brings fall and fun for the Senior Activity Center

Temperatures are dropping and leaves are changing, fall is definitely here!  This November, the Senior Activity Center is offering a variety of fun activities throughout the month as we celebrate veterans, give thanks with our families and get even closer to the holiday season. Be sure to join in on some or all of the Senior Activity Center offerings if you are 55 or better.

Below are some event highlights for the month of November:

Wednesday, November 11: 12:00 PM – 5th Annual Salute to Our Veterans

Thursday, November 12: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Artisan Center Theater

Monday, November 16: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Potluck Bingo Night

Thursday, November 19: 1:00 PM – Movie Night: Where Hope Grows

For more details on these and other events, activities and classes available at the Southlake Senior Activity Center, visit: or call 817.748.8315.

The Library is Celebrating National Novel Writing Month in November

Have you ever wanted to write the next great American novel? If the answer is yes, then you should know that November is National Novel Writing Month and the Library wants to give everyone an opportunity to write their novels.

In partnership with NaNoWriMo, a national campaign dedicated to help writers write their novel, the Southlake Library will be hosting Write-Ins on November 6 and November 14 from 4 PM – 10 PM. Join the Library for one or both of these events to get well on the way to finishing your first draft. Writing fuel and timed word count breaks will be provided. For more information, visit

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

City Partnerships Bring Magic to Southlake's Tree Lighting on November 23, 2014

NK9_0192-November 23, 2013-2Home for the Holidays has been the unofficial start to the holiday season in Southlake for over twelve years, featuring Santa and the unveiling of Christmas lights in Town Square. Event festivities on November 23rd will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Tree Lighting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The City is fortunate to have several sponsors that help make this event possible. The Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Tree Lighting is Enchanted Fairies Studio. Make sure to stop by their booth and see all the fairies and activities they have planned. The Cookie Decorating Sponsor, Kroger, is providing cookies and icing for holiday cookie decorating. Taste Buds Kitchen is providing cupcakes and decorating supplies for attendees to decorate and eat their own cupcake. Guests will also be provided with free bottled water during the event, thanks to Frost Bank, the Quencher Sponsor. The Holiday Sponsors include Sleep Number, Sky Ranch, Springfree Trampoline Inc, Children’s Health Southlake, The Goddard School and Brain Balance, all of which will have booths and holiday activities at the event. Snowman building is an exciting new actvity this year. The Fresh Market has 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 will be a variety of holiday crafts for kids to enjoy.

In addition to sponsored activities, other event highlights include a 12-foot, four lane snow tubing hill, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts, refreshments, and live entertainment.  Guests will enjoy holiday  performances by the Southlake Community Band, Johnson Elementary, Old Union Elementary, Rockenbaugh Elementary, Carroll Elementary, Durham Intermediate, Walnut Grove Elementary, Katie Parr Music Academy and the Cantare Texas Choir. Other entertainment will be provided by White’s Chapel United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir and strolling holiday characters.

Popular radio station, 94.4 KLTY, will broadcast from Southlake Town Square. Radio personality, Tony Lopez, will emcee the evening in Family Park. Each holiday season, KLTY promotesThe 94.9 KLTY Christmas Wish program, asking listeners to send in Christmas wishes or nominate recipients. The Christmas Wish book will be at KLTY’s booth during the Tree Lighting, allowing people to read through the wishes and even choose a wish to grant.

The City of Southlake thanks all the Tree Lighting sponsors for their support in this special event. Although the Tree Lighting is only one night, Home for the Holidays spans the entire holiday season, with other activities occurring in Town Square and Town Hall until Christmas. For more information about Home for the Holidays, please visit

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 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.

Shop for the Holidays and Enjoy Special Music from Africa at the Southlake Senior Center Hobby & Craft Show on November 14th

Hobby ShowThe Southlake Senior Center Hobby & Craft Show is a great place to jump start on holiday shopping. Local vendors will be be showcasing holiday favorites and you will also find homemade creations and treats from our seniors. The whole family is invited to attend this exciting annual event on Friday, November 14th at the Southlake Senior Activity Center. The show will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

There will be special music to enjoy while you shop. The Imani Milele Children’s Choir  from Africa is stopping in Southlake as part of their HOPE for Uganda 2014 US Tour. The Imani Milele Children’s Choir is made up of orphaned children that are beneficiaries of the good work of the Imani Milele Children’s Program.  Imani is a non-profit organization based out of Kampala, Uganda, focused on rescuing and developing orphaned and at-risk children, impacting them with Christian values, and enabling them to transform society. The group will showcase their “Pearl of Africa” performance.

The Southlake Senior Activity Center is located at 307 Parkwood Drive. If you have any questions or are interested in participating in the Hobby & Craft Show, please call (817) 748-8315.

Johnny D & the Doo Wopps Come to Southlake for a Free Concert on November 8th

Johnny D and the Doo WoppsSouthlake, Texas – Arts Council Northeast and the City of Southlake are pleased to welcome Johnny D & the Doo Wopps for a concert on November 8, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The conert will be held in Family Park located in Southlake Town Square.

Johnny D (John E. Dosher) has played in a variety of venues throughout Texas since the late 70’s. His career includes piano bars, symphony halls, stadium concerts and everything in between. Johnny grew up in Louisiana and began his professional career on Bourbon Street at the age of fifteen. Before settling in Texas, Johnny traveled extensively with  numerous rock, jazz  and country groups.

The “Johnny D and the Doo Wopps” band began when Rocky Walton, Bill Stetzer and Tim Carman needed a band to perform for their tennis club in the early ‘80’s. A little at a time, the band grew and became more popular as they began playing for other special occasions.

Their sets include music from the ‘60’s and ‘70’s,  “soul music,” ‘70’s pop, and a little bit of “doo-wopp.” They are a twelve-member band with a great horn section and tight vocal harmonies.  Wherever they play, it is always fun.

Through the MasterWorks Series, Arts Council Northeast and the City of Southlake present free performances on selected evenings throughout the year. The MasterWorks Series is designed to offer a variety of quality family entertainment to the community by utilizing the talent of local, regional, and national artists. If you have any question, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Spend your Holidays with Southlake Recreation at Holiday Break Camp Mania!

Holiday Break Camp logoA summer favorite is back this holiday season! Join Camp Mania this Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years for fun, friends and excitement.  The first week of camp will begin Monday, November 24th.  All camps will be held from 7:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

  • Thanksgiving Camp: November 24-26
  • Christmas Camp: December 22-26 *No camp December 24-25
  • New Year’s Camp: December 29- January 2 *No camp January 1

Children, ages 5-11, are invited to have fun and meet new friends in a safe environment during their time off school. Holiday Break Camp Mania will offer games, crafts, movies, field trips and much more.  Your child will have a lot to talk about from their Camp Mania experience.

If you are interested in signing your child up for this exciting camp, you can register 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 Parks and Recreation is Bringing the Hunger Games to Southlake!

Hunger Games 2014 FlyerIn honor of the upcoming Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay, Southlake Parks and Recreation staff will introduce young tributes, ages 9-13, to the skills and knowledge necessary to survive in the wilderness. Participants will learn basic survival skills such as shelter building, campfire building, plant identification, first aid, camouflage and more. The event will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

There will be a Hunger Games Southlake competition where the tributes will put their skills to the test and determine who the victory District will be! Although the day’s activities will be themed on the Hunger Games, the focus will be teaching youth to experience and enjoy nature. The program is an opportunity for the tributes to build teamwork and leadership skills and gain confidence in their own skills–participants will have to work together to accomplish projects and discover what their own strengths may be.

Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and  will spend the entire day outside so they must also be dressed for the weather. You can register online or in person at the Community Services office at 1400 Main St., Suite 210.

For more information, please contact (817) 748-8019. Be sure to register early at as tribute spots are filling quickly!