Monday, September 16, 2019

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.

Carroll Class of 2016 Graduation Friday at Dragon Stadium

Class of 2016Carroll Senior High School’s Class of 2016 graduation is Friday, June 3 at Dragon Stadium.

Commencement begins at 7:30 p.m. Seniors will report to the CSHS auditorium by 6:15 p.m. Also, a new tradition begins this year as the senior class will ride buses from CSHS to Dragon Stadium and receive a police escort down Southlake Blvd. (1709). Parents are encouraged to drop of their student at the auditorium.

Dragon Stadium gates open to the public at 6:30 p.m. See below for alternative graduation procedures for inclement weather.

Graduation rehearsal will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Dragon Stadium. Attendance is required if students are participating in the graduation ceremony.

Following Friday’s ceremony, the CSHS PTO will host Project Graduation at Main Event in Grapevine. This is a drug and alcohol free event designed to provide a safe celebration for the Dragon graduates. Project Graduation begins at 11 p.m. and ends at 5 a.m. Seniors will check-in between 11 p.m. and midnight and must have their student ID or another form of identification. Project Graduation will remain on schedule, even if Graduation is moved because of inclement weather.

Graduates must pick up their diplomas immediately following the graduation ceremony.  The diplomas will be available for students to pick up on the visitor side of Dragon Stadium.

Students, parents, family and friends are encouraged to share Graduation Day images via social media using the hashtag #CarrollGrad16. The year’s class in includes 630 Dragons.

Alternative Graduation Schedule for Inclement Weather 

Friday, June 3: In the event of rain, Commencement will be delayed until the inclement weather passes, with a start time no later than 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 4 – Make-Up Day 1: Three Possible Starts Times
*Gates open at 10 a.m. Commencement starts at 11 a.m.
*Gates open at 1 p.m. Commencement starts at 2 p.m.
*Gates open at 3 p.m. Commencement starts at 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 5 – Make-Up Day 2
*Gates open at 1 p.m. Commencement starts at 2 p.m.

Southlake Senior Center Celebrating Member’s 101 Birthday

Happy 101st Birthday to Southlake Senior Center Member Millie Stuck of Colleyville. A Senior Center member for several years now, Millie has been very active in Senior Center activities. From attending weekly lunches to participating in activities such as chair yoga and movie events Millie is a very familiar face.

Millie was born on April 8, 1915 in Mills County, TX. After graduating from high school in Goldthwaite, TX in 1933, she married her husband Bill in 1939. They moved to Fort Worth in 1944 and joined in the World War II efforts by working for what is now Lockheed Martin, building the experimental B-36 Peacemaker bomber aircrafts. As the war came to an end, she went to work as a dental assistant where she would spend the next 35 years working in the same dental office in Fort Worth. Millie continues to stay active as a member of the Red Hat Society, Whites Chapel UMC and the Senior Center. She also enjoys spending time with her two children, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She credits her age to staying active as volunteer and attending regular exercise sessions.

“Stay up, keep going and don’t sit down,” she says with a smile. Great advice, Millie.

Join the Southlake Senior Center on a Trip to see the Bluebonnet Trails of Ennis

The Southlake Senior Center is inviting its members on a day trip to view the “Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail” in Ennis on Thursday, April 14. There is a $3 registration fee. The bus will leave the Senior Center at 8:30 AM. Participants are encouraged to bring money for lunch.

In 1997, Ennis was designated by the State Legislature as not only the home of the Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail, but also as the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.” All through the month of April, Ennis showcases more than 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. These are the oldest trails know in the state. Tens of thousands of visitors make the trek to Ennis each year to view the wildflower show.

Learn more about the Ennis Bluebonnet trail here. For questions about the April 14 trip contact the Southlake Senior Center.

March 31 Southlake Senior Center Outing to Visit Texas Tulips Now Outing to Dallas Arboretum

Due to recent severe weather, the Texas Tulips are no longer available to view. Now, seniors will be able to attend Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum. The group will depart from The Marq Southlake at 9:00 AM on Thursday, March 31. Participants will need to pay a $3 registration fee and purchase a ticket to the Dallas Arboretum.

To learn more about the event, visit DallasArboretum.org. To learn more about the Senior Center, visit SouthlakeSeniorCenter.com.