Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Marq Southlake Welcomes Volunteers for Summer

Calling all recreation enthusiasts, go-getters, and civic-minded residents: The Marq Southlake is looking for volunteers this summer!

Summertime is here, and there are plenty of ways to get involved at The Marq Southlake. If you are looking to bolster your resume and learn life-long skills, register to become a Marq Volunteer.

The Marq utilizes volunteers in a variety of different roles in our mission to create life-long memories. Volunteers can serve at Champions Club and the Senior Activity Center by facilitating everyday operations and aiding with programs and events. Whether you are monitoring the Indoor Playground at Champions Club or helping at the Senior Activity Center, there is a position for you!

Volunteers are vital to our success at The Marq. Your time and dedication help us deliver world-class service to our members and allows us to remain the premier recreation destination in Southlake. While volunteers are an immense help to us, volunteering is also beneficial for you.

Volunteering is a resume booster and a fabulous way to learn new skills, but did you know that the benefits to your well-being go well beyond that? Volunteering builds a greater connection to your community and helps to make new friends and contacts. Volunteering can also combat stress and increase happiness and self-confidence. Knowing that you are helping others gives you a sense of purpose and achievement.

How to Volunteer:
New volunteers must submit a Volunteer Southlake Application and complete either a parental consent form (minors under 17) or a background check (adults 17 and older).

Once you have completed your Volunteer Southlake Application, you will receive an email from Community Services with a Virtual Orientation Video and a link to a Virtual Orientation Questionnaire. You must watch our Orientation video and fill out the questionnaire. When we receive your answers, you will be granted access to self-schedule your first volunteer shift through VicNet.

If you are already in Volunteer Southlake but never volunteered at Champions Club or the Senior Activity Center before, contact Milenka Lopez and state your interest in volunteering at The Marq. You will receive an email from Community Services with your Virtual Orientation Materials. Once you watch the video and fill out the questionnaire, you will be granted access to self-schedule through VicNet.

Former Senior Activity Center Volunteers must go through the Virtual Orientation to sign up for new Senior Center positions.

If you have already attended The Marq Volunteer Orientation for Champions Club, log in to VicNet to schedule your first shift!

Make Your Marq this summer: Register today!

Southlake Senior Activity Center Honored for Innovative Older Adult Program During the Pandemic

The Southlake Senior Activity Center won first place in the Community Development category for the 2020 National Institute of Senior Centers Programs of Excellence with the September Senior Activity Center Parade from the National Institute of Senior Centers.

Research shows that today’s generations are divided emotionally, physically, and socially with limited learning opportunities and meaningful interactions. The Southlake Senior Activity Center constantly works to bridge the gap between seniors, the younger generations, and our community by providing innovative special events and programs. Over the past year, the Senior Activity Center continued to provide these essential services amid a physical closure due to the pandemic.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) is honoring the outstanding work of senior centers during the pandemic with the 2021 Programs of Excellence Awards. The Southlake Senior Activity Center is one of the 15 programs receiving recognition for innovative, creative, and replicable programs for adults.

The Senior Activity Center won first place in the Community Development category for the September Senior Activity Center Parade. The incredible parade was a city-wide effort that brought city leaders, community members, volunteers of all ages, and various departments together to celebrate seniors during National Senior Center Month. Seniors drove through the Senior Center parking lot while greeted by city staff and volunteers holding hand-made signs, wearing costumes, silly hats, and happy faces. Southlake seniors received close to 150 prepacked hot meals that day.

A national committee of senior center professionals chooses the Programs of Excellence recipients each year. This year, awards were given in eight categories:

  • Community Development, Leadership, and Intergenerational
  • Cultural
  • Fundraising
  • Health and Wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Technology
  • Virtual Innovations
  • Social Isolation

“To be recognized nationally by the prestigious NCOA / NISC in the field of aging adults and senior centers is tremendously rewarding. The challenges brought by the pandemic in the last year made us more aware of the value and importance we have in the lives of our senior community. Programming, outreach, and providing opportunities for connection are ways the Senior Center serves the Southlake community. To have the privilege of serving our senior community is an honor beyond what words could express,” Soheila Phelps, Senior Cervices Coordinator.

For more information about the Senior Activity Center and its programs, visit https://www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com/196/Senior-Activity-Center.

Congratulations to the Senior Activity Center and its world-class staff and volunteers for their continued hard work in bringing seniors and the Southlake community together.

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.

Senior Activity Center Hosts Outdoor Tai Chi

The Senior Activity Center hosted another fun outdoor event for Southlake’s seniors.

 

The Senior Center has been hard at work developing engaging and safe programs for Southlake’s seniors. Now that the weather is warmer, the focus of senior programming has shifted to outdoor events. This Friday, seniors were in for a treat with an outdoor Tai Chi class hosted in the Aria Amphitheater outside Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. Rain or shine, our seniors were ready to get in the action!

 

Tai Chi is a popular exercise focused on breathing and slow movements. Its emphasis on core, balance, and breathing makes it an excellent practice to reduce stress, improve sleep, and strengthen balance. Our seniors had a great time getting outside and learning from our Senior Volunteer members.

 

The Senior Activity Center is committed to providing the Southlake community with world-class outdoor programming throughout Spring and Summer. Our Outside Series includes Tai Chi, Zumba, and social opportunities such as the Senior Walking Club. We love empowering our seniors to take ownership of the programs they want to see in Southlake. Whether it’s a curbside lunch pickup or outdoor entertainment, creating life-long memories is our goal.

 

If you enjoyed this program, make sure to keep an eye on the Senior Activity Center website for more fun outdoor programs!

Southlake Women’s Club hosts Annual Senior Valentine Luncheon

Winter weather did not stop the Southlake Women’s Club from spreading the love at the Senior Activity Center last Friday during the annual Senior Valentine Luncheon.

The beloved community event finally came to fruition on February 26, after being postponed due to weather concerns. A large turnout of around 80 seniors showed up in front of Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake for the Luncheon. The Southlake Women’s Club provided a wonderful afternoon complete with goody bags, roses, and a catered meal for our seniors to celebrate the month of love.

The Luncheon looked a little different this year, adapting to a curbside pick-up model due to COVID-19 restrictions.  However, that didn’t stop our wonder women from delighting Southlake seniors with Valentine’s surprises. Seniors rolled up sporting pink and red to pick-up a warm meal provided by Fajita Pete’s Mexican restaurant. Fan-favorite love songs played, bubbles filled the air, and volunteers cheered on the streets with signs as seniors pulled up to receive their treats. Southlake Women’s Club members alongside Senior Center staff were even spotted dancing to the “Cupid Shuffle.”

Seniors were all smiles as they collected their warm meals.

“This always makes my day,” one senior stated as he received a yellow rose.

“I always look forward to the events at the Senior Center,” claimed another Senior Center member.

The annual Senior Center Valentine Luncheon is one of the Southlake Women’s Club’s signature events. Dating back to the early 2000s, the first Valentine Luncheon took place at the old Southlake Senior Center before moving to the Senior Activity Center at The Marq. Since then, the event has only grown in popularity, with festivities and community spirit increasing every year. With so much love to go around, it’s easy to see why this event is a highlight of the year for Southlake seniors.

Partnerships like the one between the Southlake Women’s Club and the Senior Activity Center give our residents world-class experiences. Coming together to celebrate Southlake’s giving spirit through events like the Valentine Luncheon creates life-long memories for our residents and staff.

Happy National Senior Center Month!

September is National Senior Center Month and the Southlake Senior Activity Center has a variety of programs to offer active adults 55 years and older despite being closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

With the social isolation experienced by most seniors during this pandemic, the Southlake Senior Activity Center’s staff have worked diligently to stay connected with members and seniors in the community. “Our approach is a bit outside the box, but our goal is to keep our seniors engaged and motivated by offering programs that can keep their body and soul active despite social restrictions,” says Soheila Phelps, Senior Services Coordinator. “This month, more than ever, we want to showcase our center and its vital role in our community by offering programs and events that seniors can safely enjoy.”

Since April of this year, the Senior Activity Center has continued to make wellness checks, birthday phone calls, connections with volunteers, virtual programming, and create safe opportunities for seniors to engage with each other. National Senior Center Month is being celebrated with a focus on programs that connect to the mind, body, spirit, and Community.

Events will include:

  • September 1: Proclamation presented by Mayor Laura Hill at the City Council
  • September 4: Virtual health seminar in partnership with the Texas Health Southlake
  • September 11: Curbside craft kit pick-up
  • September 14: Drive-through parade and weekly curbside meal pick-up – Limited space available
  • September 14: Weekly virtual art classes
  • September 17: Curbside/drive-through ice cream social sponsored by Texas Health Southlake
  • September 21: Weekly curbside meal pick-up in partnership with Metroport Meals on Wheels – Limited space available
  • September 25: Virtual Bingo
  • September 28: Weekly curbside meal pick-up in partnership with Metroport Meals on Wheels – Limited space available

All programs require pre-registration through ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com/ActiveNet or you may contact our Senior Activity Center at 817-748-8938 for more information. We look forward to continuing safe drive-through and virtual programming for our seniors throughout the fall so stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved.

The Senior Activity Center advocates for any senior in need, and we want to connect with them! If you know of a senior in our community who may like to receive our weekly E-Blast for fun jokes, recipes, or to participate in programs, please contact us.

We welcome the support of organizations and businesses that are interested in sponsoring senior programs. For more information please, contact Soheila Phelps at 817-748-8398 or seniorcenter@ci.southlake.tx.us.

The First Edition of Experience Southlake Magazine Is Live!

Southlake Scene is now Experience Southlake Magazine, your family’s seasonal guide to all the fun things happening in Southlake Community Services.

Our look may have changed, but Experience Southlake Magazine is still filled with the high-quality programs and services you love.

With the addition of Champions Club, we have moved all program registration to ACTIVE Net, the same portal where members of Champions Club and the Senior Activity Center can purchase and manage their memberships.

One important transition note to keep in mind: All users will have to create a new account on ACTIVE Net. Account information will NOT carry over from CSI.

Click here to learn how to set up and manage your ACTIVE Net account.

In the first edition of Experience Southlake Magazine, you will find:

  • Champions Club amenities, services and rental spaces
  • Special events coming up this winter and spring, including Easter in the Park, Celebrate Southlake and a candylicious Sweetheart Dance
  • Youth and adult programs (Be sure to register for Spring Break Camp Mania early before it sells out!)
  • Youth and adult athletic leagues
  • The latest happenings at the Senior Activity Center
  • Volunteer opportunities with the City of Southlake
  • Southlake Public Library programs, classes and events
  • Park amenities and pavilion rental rates

We will also be releasing a supplemental issue of Experience Southlake Magazine in early 2019 with more information about the classes, programs and services we will be offering at Champions Club. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to be the first to see our group fitness schedules, personal training packages, aquatics programs and more.

If you have any questions or would like assistance setting up your ACTIVE Net account, please contact Southlake Community Services at parksandrec@ci.southlake.tx.us or (817) 748-8019.

Parks and Recreation Launches New Registration Software, ACTIVE Net

With the opening of Champions Club, we have moved online registration for all recreation, athletic and Senior Activity Center programs to ACTIVE Net.

ACTIVE Net is an online portal where you can:

  • Purchase and manage your membership to Champions Club and the Senior Activity Center
  • Register for all Southlake Parks and Recreation programs and classes
  • Reserve park amenities and Champions Club facility spaces

All users must create a new account on ACTIVE Net. Your account information will NOT carry over from CSI.

You will need to create a new account before you are able to register for a program or athletic league. Click here for step-by-step instructions for creating a new account. If you are creating an account that will include multiple family members, please list one individual as the “primary member” on the account. Other family members such as spouses and children will become “sub-members” on the account.

To get started, visit ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com/ActiveNet and follow these three easy steps:

We understand change can sometimes be confusing. If you have any questions or would like assistance setting up your account, please contact Southlake Community Services at parksandrec@ci.southlake.tx.us or (817) 748-8019.

Show Off Your Moves at the Legends Hall October Dance

Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake will be hosting its monthly dance on Thursday, October 18 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Show off your dance moves or just tap your toes and enjoy some good company at the Legends Hall October dance! Local favorites Now and Then will be providing live music and entertainment throughout the evening with a crowd-pleasing blend of ballroom classics, country favorites and oldies.

Legends Hall dances are open to guests age 21 and better. The entry fee is $6.00 at the door, and light refreshments will be provided. Attire is business casual (no shorts, please). We look forward to seeing you there!

Legends Hall October Dance

Where: Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake
When: Thursday, October 18 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $6.00
Ages: 21+

For more information, please contact Legends Hall at (817) 748-8900.