Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Seniors’ July Trips: Dinosaurs, Art, and Theater, Oh My!

Summer is in full swing in Southlake and the entire town is bustling with activity. The Southlake Senior Activity Center is no exception with three adventure-filled trips scheduled for July.

Planning and accompanying our Seniors on local field trips is a staff highlight at the Senior Center. July’s Senior trips have something for everyone—from resident dino-philes, art buffs, or musical theater connoisseurs!

The Dinosaur Company
Wednesday, July 6 at 10:00 AM

Visit the only animatronic dinosaur factory in the US. Enjoy a one-hour tour of the creature workshop and animatronic exhibit in the City of Allen. The Dinosaur Company is a leader in the development and design of animatronic technology. See the amazing world of dinosaurs come to life. Register here.

The Music Man at Theater Denton
Sunday, July 17 at 1:00 PM

Revisit Meredith Wilson’s infamous Golden Age musical about a traveling conman who falls in love with a witty librarian in the stubborn town of Rivercity, Iowa. Sing along to Broadway classics such as “76 Trombones,” “Shipoopi,” and “’Til There Was You.” Enjoy a wonderful weekend matinee performance with friends. Register here.

Kimble Art Museum
Wednesday, July 27 at 9:30 AM

Art lovers assemble and join us as we explore The Language of Beauty in African Art special exhibit at the Kimble Art Museum in Fort Worth. This world-class art museum curates the most cutting-edge exhibits and brings them to life for a DFW audience. This exhibit illustrates sub-Saharan concepts of beauty through a unique exploration of language, objects, and visual arts. Register here.

Explore the DFW Metroplex with us! See you at the Southlake Senior Activity Center!

There’s a New Face at the Senior Activity Center: Meet Andrew Burnett

It’s no secret that the Southlake Senior Activity Center is the premier recreation destination for seniors 55 and better, and that’s thanks to our world-class staff!

If you’ve visited the Senior Center lately, you may have noticed a new smiling face around, Recreation Specialist Andrew Burnett! Andrew is the newest addition to the Senior Center staff, but he’s no stranger to the Southlake Community Services Department. Andrew spent the summer as a Recreation Attendant II at Champions Club. While there, Andrew helped out with Camp Mania, mentoring kids, and creating life-long memories. He recently transitioned to the Senior Center and is ready to make his Marq there as well.

Andrew grew up in North Richland Hills and is a Public Relations student at UT Arlington. As a valued member of the Southlake family, he aspires to eventually work for the City’s Office of Marketing and Communications. For now, however, he is happy to be a part of the team that creates world-class experiences for our Seniors. One of his goals for this new position is to “leave a lasting impression on our seniors as they’ve left such a positive impression on me. They’ve given me ‘gold nuggets’ of advice and experience! I want to keep that connection I have with our seniors and bring them the most enjoyable environment they can experience.”

When asked what he loves about his job, Andrew stated that his favorite part of working at the Southlake Senior Activity Center is receiving smiles from seniors and staff. Those who know him know he’s all too happy to return the smiles as well! A man of many talents, Andrew’s hidden talents also include spinning a basketball on his finger and being able to sing the song, “Hey There Delilah” word for word!

“The City has been an amazing experience for me. Everyone I know has been so kind and helpful, and they treat me just like family. The staff and community have helped me become a better man!” Andrew Burnett.

Welcome to the Senior Center Team, Andrew! We are excited to see all the incredible things you will accomplish.

Senior Activity Center to Host a Flu Shot Clinic Next Monday

It’s flu shot season again, and the Senior Activity Center has you covered!

The Senior Activity Center will be hosting a Flu Shot Clinic on Monday, October 4, from 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM. Senior Center members interested in receiving the flu shot are welcome to pick up a form at the Senior Activity Center Front Desk.

Providing Southlake Seniors with access to crucial services, like the flu shot, is just one way the Senior Activity Center strives to create world-class experiences. Senior Center staff is presenting multiple fall-themed festivities, such as the Metroport Meals on Wheels Halloween Edition Party and the Senior Fall Festival as we head into Autumn.

The Southlake Senior Activity center aims to be the premier destination for life-long memories for the senior community. Whether it’s providing members with a cup of warm coffee, planning special events like the Halloween Party, or simply being a listening ear, we are here for our members!

Don’t miss your shot to enjoy our world-class programming! Make sure to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay on top of all the incredible services and activities offered at the Senior Center.

Our Park and Recreation Story: Recreation Specialist Kat Dye

Southlake Senior Activity Center Members will tell you that a trip to the SAC is guaranteed to be a world-class experience.

At the Senior Center, we pride ourselves on providing our seniors with top-notch services every day. From offering innovative social programs and weekly luncheons to interactive group fitness classes, we aim to help Southlake seniors make life-long memories. If you are a Senior Center member, then you’ve met Recreation Specialist Kat Dye.

Kat joined the Senior Activity Center as a part-time Recreation Specialist in August 2019 and soon became a full-time employee. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2018. Kat likes to be active and enjoys participating in group exercise classes at Champions Club. Her all-time favorite activity, however, is spending time with her adorable six-year-old son. As the face of the Senior Center’s front desk Guest Services, Kat’s responsibility includes selling and renewing memberships, registering senior members for programs, and assisting the Senior Services Coordinator, Soheila Phelps, with program planning and implementation.

Kat is always ready to greet guests with a smile and help seniors make the most of their Senior Center membership. Alongside Soheila Phelps, Kat is part of the dynamic duo that makes the Southlake SAC a special place.

When asked about her favorite aspects of her job, Kat replied, “what I love most about my job is hearing history from our seniors’ unique perspectives and being able to learn from their life experiences. The ability to serve our seniors and help provide a world-class experience for this community is the most fulfilling job I could possibly imagine.”

When asked about a favorite memory at the Senior Center, Kat shared that “I can’t say I have a favorite memory at the Senior Activity Center. Every day that I get to come to work here is a dream come true!”

We are so glad to have Kat at the Southlake Senior Activity Center. Her contributions to our department make up a crucial part of Our Park and Recreation Story.

We love taking the time to tell our stories as we continue to play a role in your own Park and Recreation Story this Park and Recreation Month!

Getting Footloose at The Senior Activity Center

Swing your partner round and round and mosey on over to the Senior Activity Center for Line Dancing!

Line Dancing made a comeback to the Southlake Senior Activity Center this June. Every Monday at 11:00 AM SAC members gather to partake in this fun, low impact, and healthy activity for those that love to dance. Seniors Line Dancing teaches members the different steps of line dancing while guaranteeing a hopping time.

It’s no secret that dancing is a fun pastime for those that feel the rhythm; however, it is also a fantastic exercise for seniors to do. There is a myriad of health benefits to dancing in your golden years.

Not only does dancing get you moving in a low impact way, but it is also a great social activity. We all know that our Southlake Seniors love being social, so we are happy to provide multiple social opportunities for the senior community.

Not only does dancing provide a fun social opportunity, but it also has many health benefits. These include improving mobility, strength, and balance, reducing muscle pain, minimizing stress and anxiety, and maintaining good heart and cardiovascular health.

With all the benefits associated with dancing, no wonder these classes have been filling up quickly! Make sure to keep up with the Senior Center Webpage to stay on top of all the activities available this summer! Register for an activity at the Senior Center here. 

Southlake Senior Activity Center Safely Reopening May 3

The Senior Activity Center is excited to welcome back Southlake Seniors on May 3.

The Senior Center will open its doors back up for Phase 1 of its reopening plan next Monday. We are looking forward to safely bringing back our seniors to the Senior Center and continue building our community.

Senior Center staff are taking a comprehensive approach and following rigorous sanitation protocols to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and community. Senior Center staff are wearing face masks, and there is a sneeze guard on the front desk.

The facility will undergo weekly deep cleaning and sanitization, including increased cleaning of high traffic areas. Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the facility for your convenience. Members are encouraged to disinfect any items they bring into the Senior Center before entering.

Here’s what you need to know about the Phase 1 safety measures at the Senior Center.

Senior Center Lounge and Café

  • Lounge and Café are open with physical distancing protocols in place.
  • Coffee and refreshments will not be available at this time. Guests may bring their own.

Fitness room and Parlor:

  • The Fitness room is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • The Parlor is open during business hours at member discretion.
  • Disinfectant sprays are readily available.

The Monday Metroport Meals On Wheels Pre-Packaged Meal Program and Senior Activity Center’s outdoor special events remain outdoor events. Advance registration is required.

Group fitness classes will be offered in Phase 2. Indoor special programs will not be scheduled until a later phase.

Together, we can ensure the safe reopening of the Southlake Senior Center.

“We are excited to welcome our senior members back and are looking forward to providing world-class service to our well-deserved senior community. We have missed them and can’t wait to start a new beginning!” – Soheila Phelps, Senior Services Coordinator.

Check out the Senior Activity Center website for more detailed information on how we are safely reopening and to stay on top of our programming.

Lunch and a Show: Lucille Ball Impersonator Arrives in Southlake

The Southlake Senior Activity Center is kicking it old school this week with a special Lunch and Lucy Show Picnic.

There’s no better time than April to enjoy the Spring weather now that winter is behind us. To bring in the new season, the Senior Center, in partnership with Southlake Library, will be celebrating the National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 7. The Senior Center is inviting members to join them on the back patio of The Marq’s Legends Hall and the Aria Amphitheater lawn for a picnic lunch provided by Jersey Mike’s. The fun doesn’t stop there. Senior Center members can look forward to a hilarious Lucille Ball impersonator show!

Lucille Ball rose to international fame with the premiere of I Love Lucy in 1951. I Love Lucy set the standard for the American sitcom for decades to come. Its hilarious take on the cultural issues of the time, and emphasis on strong, female friendships, made I Love Lucy one of the most popular tv shows in history. The Senior Center is excited to be bringing the nostalgic humor of Lucille Ball to Legends Hall.

The Senior Center is always coming up with fun and creative events to involve Southlake’s senior community. From weekly wellness calls, the Monday lunch curbside pickups, and safe outdoor events, Senior Services Coordinator, Soheila Phelps, is always committed to bringing fun to Southlake’s seniors.

“Now that the beautiful Spring weather is upon us, providing outdoor programs where our senior community can safely get together is a step in the right direction in bringing some normalcy back into their lives,” stated Soheila Phelps. “We hope to bring more outdoor activities and programs like this in the coming months.”

Don’t miss out on the fun! Seniors 55 and over can grab their blankets and chairs, social distance, and join us on April 7! Advance online registration is required, and the fee to participate is $6.00. Lunch begins at noon, and the show goes from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Register here.

Dress Sharp and Cut a Rug at the Senior Dance

The Southlake Senior Activity Center is hosting a dance for the ages on May 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Marq Southlake and you’re invited!

Live music will be performed by the late Russ Dorsey’s 5 piece Band “The Musicmakers.”

Admission to the senior dance night is $6 at the door and open to 150 guests who are at least 21 years of age. Light refreshments will be served.

More information about the Senior Activity Center can be found here.

Senior Center to host “James Richardson Memorial Senior Art Show”

The Southlake Senior Center partnered with The Southlake Senior Funding Inc and Southlake Art Council will be hosting the “James Richardson Memorial Senior Art Show” on June 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Marq Ballroom.

Your masterpiece could be featured in the show too! If you’re 55 or older and are either a member of SSFI or live in Southlake, Keller, Colleyville or Grapevine you can apply to have your work featured. The application is due by May 12 and can include up to two works of art in any medium. The application to enter your artwork can be found here.

The event is in memory of the late Senior Center member James Richardson who enjoyed participating in the art classes hosted at the Senior Center.

For more information about the Senior Center click here.