The Southlake Senior Activity Center (SAC) celebrated its 15th anniversary April 30, but its roots go back much further. The building in which it is located is the former home of Gail Eubanks, the first mayor of Southlake, who donated it to the City specifically to be used by seniors. Renovation of the home began on October 25, 1997, on national Make A Difference Day. More than 100 volunteers ̶ including Southlake residents, city employees and building contractors ̶ helped remodel and enlarge the home in a mere six months. Records state more than $100,000 worth of construction materials, furniture, fixtures and labor were donated by local businesses. The 3,566 square foot center opened April 30, 1998, amidst much fanfare and a ribbon cutting ceremony. It includes a reading/visiting room, meeting room, crafts room, computer room, and wheelchair-accessible kitchen. Today, the 4,500 square foot center includes a 900 square foot addition that opened in 2009.
According to Nancy Brown, senior services coordinator, a special luncheon and reception was held April 30 to commemorate the occasion. The event theme was “Memories: Those We’ve Made and Those in the Making” and included remarks from Dick McCauley, chairman of the Senior Advisory Commission, and Kari Happold, Southlake deputy director of community services.
“Instead of having our normal lunch provided from Metroport Meals on Wheels, we setup food and beverage stations so people could come-and-go,” said Brown. “This was an opportunity for us to look back on how far we’ve come and also be optimistic about the future. We’re out of space here and are looking at options for bigger quarters.”
This is especially evident at the Tuesday luncheons which draw approximately 100 seniors and fill every table. In addition, SAC offers a full calendar of activities for the mind, body and spirit, including bridge, zumba, line dancing, art classes, health seminars, and trips to area museums and special events.
Membership at SAC is free and open to all people 55 years and older. There are no geographic restrictions for membership or attendance. Membership applications can be picked up at the SAC, located at 307 Parkwood Drive. For more information about SAC, call 817-748-8398 or click here.
Note: Senior Services Coordinator Nancy Brown has regretfully resigned her position for personal reasons; her last day is May 10. A search is underway for a new coordinator.