Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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.

Southlake Senior Activity Center Hosts Saint Patrick’s Day Luncheon

The Luck of the Irish was in Southlake yesterday as the Senior Activity Center celebrated another successful drive-through luncheon.

Everyone was greening from ear to ear as the Saint Patrick’s Day Luncheon began. Senior Activity staff and Southlake Sister Cities volunteers passed out tulips, Irish-themed goody bags, and a traditional Irish meal to Southlake seniors. The menu consisted of a delicious Shepherd’s Pie from Scratch Kitchen Catering.

Decked out in green, the Legends Hall parking lot was feeling the Irish spirit. Irish jigs played, lucky shamrocks were creatively placed, and volunteers waved celebratory signs as Seniors rolled up to collect their food. The sun was shining and the birds were singing, making it the perfect afternoon to celebrate this global pre-Spring tradition. There was even a leprechaun sighting! A huge thank you and shout out to the Southlake Sister Cities volunteers that helped make this event festive and fun.

Over the last year, the Southlake Senior Activity Center has perfected the art of the curbside luncheon. Forced to be creative due to Covid-19, Senior Center staff are determined to continue spreading cheer to the Southlake Senior community. Whether it’s conducting wellness calls, hosting weekly drive-through luncheons, to celebrating fun holidays, the Senior Center aims to offer world-class experiences to all Southlake Seniors.

Exciting things are always happening at the Southlake Senior Activity Center. Keep an eye on our website to stay up to date on all upcoming events!

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.

Free Tax Preparation with AARP

AARP Tax Aide is coming to Southlake Library to provide free tax preparation for seniors and low to moderate income individuals.

The Southlake Public Library will host AARP Tax Aide volunteers starting in February to provide help for low to moderate income and senior taxpayers in filing their Federal income taxes electronically. Interested individuals can make an appointment with the Library for Thursday afternoons between February 7 and April 11. Appointments are available between 2:00 and 6:00 PM. Call the Library Reference Desk at 817-748-8247 to schedule an appointment for this service.

There are no age requirements and this is a free service.

Community Services Becomes a True Southlake Experience

Whether you’ve lived in Southlake a long time, just recently became a resident or are an out of town visitor, you can certainly see that Southlake is a premiere City.  With a vast array of amenities and services, it’s no wonder that Southlake stands apart from other communities in the DFW Metroplex.

With the celebration of a new year ahead, Southlake wants to look forward and better serve those who live and play here. Residents and visitors will begin to notice these improvements and changes through some of the key messaging produced by the City in an effort to communicate a clear and succinct message to its customers. At the forefront of this effort is the Community Services Department whose collective mission is to offer a unique experience through programs and services.

If you are a resident of Southlake, you know that the City offers amazing parks and recreational opportunities for families. That’s easy to see with the construction going on at Bicentennial Park, The Marq and the Southlake Tennis Center.  It was clearly time to combine these wonderful Southlake services under one roof for an easier and more cohesive customer experience.  The City has taken the Community Services Department and branded it under one roof. ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com is now home to not only Legends Hall at The Marq, but the Senior Center, Cultural and Special Events, and Parks and Recreation. Not only is there a new look and feel, but also a more aligned set of programs and activities that customers may not have even known existed. This mobile-friendly site also features news and information scrolls to help customers see what’s important in the moment. Be sure to take a look at the Experience Southlake calendar on the home page that highlights all the programs and events happening now and in the future.

Need to know what’s new at The Marq or take a virtual tour of Legends Hall? How about checking out the new classes being offered at Champions Club or activities at the Senior Center? Just log on to ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com and take a look around. The main service areas for Community Services are highlighted along the top of the homepage to help visitors navigate the pages easily.

Here’s just a sampling of the featured sections:

Private Events & Hospitality – Learn all about Legends Hall. This incredible venue is designed and built to host events that dreams are made of. Planning a wedding? Take a virtual tour of Legends Hall and see everything this extraordinary venue has to offer. Special pricing and packages are available along with engaging pictures of previous events. The expert Banquet Specialist can assist in choosing the perfect setting to make a special event absolutely unique.

Recreation & Fitness – Looking for the perfect recreation event or how to sign up for spring sports? This is the place to look! Champions Club at The Marq can be found under this section and is home to the Southlake Scene which offers information about recreation, fitness and performance programs and more. Keep an eye on these pages as more information about Champions Club will be updated as the grand opening nears. Customers can also watch the real-time progress of Phase II of The Marq on the live EarthCam.

Champions Club is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 while memberships will go on sale in the summer of 2018. Want the latest and greatest information? Sign up here.  This new venue will be approximately 82,000 square feet of space for fitness, indoor/outdoor turf fields, gymnasium, jog/walk track, indoor aquatics, party rooms, child watch and multipurpose classrooms for programs.

Parks & Facilities – Want to learn more about our award-winning parks? These are the pages to visit. Check them out to explore all of Southlake’s parks and learn more about the amenities and park facilities the City has to offer.

Culture & Special Events – Easter in the Park, Stars & Stripes, Home for the Holidays and Celebrate Southlake. These pages are the go-to places to learn about all of Southlake’s special events and how to get involved and be a part of them.

Senior Life & Style – The Senior Activity Center is a hallmark of this community. Featuring a large lounge area, game parlor, fitness room and the Dick McCauley Library, the Senior Center is the place to be for lively programs and events in Southlake.

A rental space for a fun-filled party, where to find the next “monster to mash”, how to become a charter champion or when the next senior social dance may be.  The answers to these questions and more are here at experiencesouthlaketexas.com, because, perfect is closer than you think in Southlake.

For more information about Experience Southlake or to check out pricing and programs, please call (817) 748-8900.  While the site is still a work in progress, customer feedback is important to the City of Southlake. Email TalkToUS@CityofSouthlake.com and share what works and what doesn’t.  As a team of world-class professionals serving a world-class community, we are here to provide quality customer service.

 

Make Plans for the Senior Center Winter Dance

Make plans to join us for the Senior Activity Center Winter Dance at Legends Hall on December 7.

The Southlake Swing Band will be performing a variety of old band swing tunes and jazz Christmas favorites that everyone will love tapping their feet to. Come celebrate the season with a festive night of fun and dancing. Light refreshments will be served.

When: Dec 7, 7:00 – 9:30 PM

Where: Legends Hall at The Marq, 285 Shady Oaks Dr.

Fee: $6.00 at the door

Age: 21 and older

For more information, please call the Southlake Senior Activity Center at 817-748-8315.

 

Seniors Get Ready to Scare Up a Good Time

The Southlake Senior Activity Center will be celebrating Halloween at their weekly luncheon on Monday, October 30, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Seniors are encouraged to dust off their past Halloween costumes or bring out their creativity for an opportunity to win some prizes.

Following the luncheon, “The Princeton Nassoons A Cappella” ensemble, will be entertaining our seniors at 1:00 p.m. The Nassoons have been touring domestically and internationally for over 65 years.  They have performed at the White House, Good Morning America and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

For more information, please call the Senior Center at (817) 748-8315.

HarborChase of Southlake Welcomes First Residents in September

No one says getting old will be easy, but in Southlake, you can do it in style. HarborChase Assisted Living and Memory Care is the fourth facility to open in the city catering to seniors. With its first residents scheduled to move-in this September, HarborChase is putting the final touches on the approximate 35,000 square foot, two-story building located at 700 E. State Highway 114 (between Carroll Avenue and White Chapel Boulevard).

HaborChase Dining RoomAccording to Executive Director Mindi Willis, they currently have 50 deposits and can house up to 92 residents.

“One of the things that make HarborChase unique is that we are a Christian-based company and provide extensive training for all staff members. We hire for heart, not just for experience,” said Willis, adding there will be 60-80 staff members onsite, depending on patient care needs.

A trademark of HarborChase properties is to incorporate elements from the hospitality industry, which is evident in the lobby with cozy seating areas, a fireplace, concierge desk, and bistro that sells coffee, snacks, sandwiches and salads. Other hotel-style amenities include a full-service bar and lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, pizza kitchen, beauty salon, billiards room, art studio, and meeting spaces for games, activities and presentations. The Wellness Room provides physical therapy equipment, a massage room, and an office for visiting physicians. A dog park (HarborChase is a pet-friendly facility), butterfly garden and landscaped courtyards are intended to encourage residents to spend time outside.

HarborChase offers two options for senior living: Its memory care unit, known as The Cove, has 30 rooms and eight companion suites. Located on the upper “Garden” level are 17 assisted living apartments equipped with a refrigerator and microwave. Nurse stations are located in each section.

“We intentionally have many areas to encourage socialization among residents and provide activities for family members when visiting. We want this to be an extension of their home,” explained Willis, noting that all rooms and apartments are unfurnished so they can be decorated with personal items.

HarborChase Lobby“The wonderful thing about our Southlake community is that everyone here is treated like family. Making sure residents with elderly family members have great living options with premiere facilities, like HarborChase, is what makes our community such a caring and wonderful place to live,” said Mayor Laura Hill.

In addition to HarborChase, Southlake is also home to the master-planned retirement community Watermere at Southlake, which offers villa and condominium homes to persons 55 and older, along with assisted living options and long-term care services. The Carlyle at Stonebridge Park specializes in skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. Silverado is a memory care community with staff specially trained in the challenges of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other types of dementia.

For more information about HarborChase or to schedule a tour, contact Mindi Willis at (682) 305-7022 or mwillis@hraonline.net.