Monday, June 14, 2021

Southlake Senior Activity Center Provides Curbside Meal Pickup for Seniors Amidst Closure

On Monday, June 1, the Southlake Senior Activity Center kicked off the first Metroport Meals on Wheels curbside pick-up. Meals on Wheels volunteers and Senior Center staff welcomed nearly 70 seniors with signs, smiles, and air hugs as they drove through the Legends Hall parking lot to pick up their first hot meal in more than 12 weeks.

Recognizing the continual need to provide warm ready-to-go meals for the seniors in our community, the City adapted the original Monday social luncheon program to become a curbside pick-up.  In this challenging time, the adapted program aims to not only provide meals but also provide the much-needed sense of community Senior Center members are used to.

“Not only will this program brighten the day of our seniors, but it will also bring back a sense of normalcy to their lives,” said Senior Services Coordinator Soheila Phelps.  “With many local senior centers closed through the Summer due to COVID-19, seniors are feeling more isolated than usual.  We hope the pre-packaged grab and go lunches would address the challenges of isolation and the importance of nutritious hot meal for the older adults.”

The Southlake Senior Activity Center has provided weekly lunches in partnership with Metroport Meals on Wheels since 1999. In 2019 alone, the City provided more than 5,700 meals to adults aged 55 and better.  Each week seniors enjoy local favorite restaurants like FeedStore BBQ, Asian Top, Chuys, Joe’s Pizza and Pasta, and more.  Each of these restaurants works graciously to ensure a balanced meal is provided at a very discounted rate and has the meal ready to go each Monday to be promptly delivered to the Southlake Seniors.

“We are grateful for all the local restaurants willing to work with partner Metroport Meals on Wheels to provide cost affordable meals to help subsidize the non-profits budgetary needs,” said Phelps.

The City of Southlake has recognized that weekly congregate lunch program can help fight social isolation, ensure a nutritional meal, and improve overall health and well-being of older adults.  This program gives seniors the chance to socialize over food in a group setting allowing them to see friends more often and hopefully make new ones in the process.  While the curbside program may look a little different this Summer, we are hopeful that one day a week can provide an opportunity for our seniors to enjoy the little things once more.

The Senior Activity Center has continued to make more than 50 wellness check phone calls each week to ensure our Senior members have someone to talk with and offer any assistance or resource to our most vulnerable population at this time.  Through those conversations, masks have been hand-delivered to seniors in need through local non-profit groups, grocery delivery resources have been provided, and daily conversations and jokes have been shared.

To learn more about the Southlake Activity Center, visit their website at www.SouthlakeSeniorCenter.com.

The Southlake Senior Activity Center Presents: An Arabian Night

Senior Activity Center members won’t want to miss out on this award-winning event scheduled for Friday, May 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Legends Hall.

Back by popular demand, An Arabian Night will include catered Mediterranean cuisine, music, entertainment and so much more. Join us for a cultural experience that is sure to make a lasting memory!

The menu includes hummus, tabbouleh salad, grilled vegetables, rice, a choice of protein (chicken, beef or vegetarian falafel) and walnut baklava for dessert. The fee is $20 per person, and advance registration is required. Please notify staff of your choice of meal upon registration.

This event is for members of the Senior Activity Center. Not a member? Anyone age 55 and better can enroll online or in-person at the Senior Activity Center, located within Legends Hall at The Marq (285 Shady Oaks Drive). There are no geographical restrictions on membership or attendance.

If you have any questions or would like more information about this event, please contact the Southlake Senior Activity Center at 817-748-8315.

Thank you to our sponsors, SSFI and Home Care Assistance.

Senior Center Celebrates Member Millie Stuck’s 103rd Birthday

On Monday, April 9, the Southlake Senior Activity Center celebrated longtime member Millie Stuck’s 103rd birthday with a special luncheon.Senior Center Millie Stuck celebrates 103rd birthday

Born April 8, 1915, on a farm in Mills County, Texas, Millie graduated from Goldthwaite High School in 1933. She married Bill Stuck in Kerrville on June 4, 1939, and the couple moved to Fort Worth in 1944 after a failed crop on their farm. During World War II, both Millie and her husband went to work for what is now Lockheed Martin building the experimental B-36 Peacemaker. As the war came to an end, Millie went to work as a dental assistant, spending the next 35 years with the same dentist in Fort Worth.Senior Center member Millie Stuck celebrates birthday with friends

Millie has a history of celebrating landmark birthdays in style: she celebrated her 80th birthday at Keukenhof Gardens in Holland while on a three-week European vacation, her 95th birthday on an Alaskan cruise and her 100th birthday at the Southlake Senior Activity Center in 2015. On Monday, April 9, 2018, the Senior Center was happy to help Millie continue the tradition with a special birthday luncheon filled with family and friends.

Millie has two children, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She continues to be very active in her community, volunteering and attending numerous activities with the Senior Center and White’s Chapel UMC since moving to Colleyville 14 years ago.

Free April Seminars for Senior Activity Center Members

Did you know that the Southlake Senior Activity Center offers a variety of free monthly educational, legal and health seminars for Senior Center members?

All you have to do is see a staff member to register for the seminar you want to attend! Not a member of the Senior Activity Center? Anyone age 55 and better can enroll online or in-person at the Senior Activity Center, located within Legends Hall at The Marq (285 Shady Oaks Drive). There are no geographical restrictions on membership or attendance.

April Seminars at the Senior Activity Center

Pre-registration is required for all seminars. The schedule is subject to change.

Educational Seminar: Medicare
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Description: The Area Agency on Aging/United Way of Tarrant County will answer questions and discuss current issues involving Medicare.

History Seminar: The Cold War
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Description: Come learn about this turbulent time in U.S. history and its long-lasting impact on America’s relationship with Russia.

Better Health, Better You: Diet Do’s and Don’ts
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Description: In this health seminar, a dietitian will explain the basics of a healthy diet and give tips for making healthy choices.

Technology Q&A
Date: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Description: Do you have a question about technology? Our Technology Q&As offer 20-minute one-on-one sessions with experts who can assist you with your computer and technology needs. Participants must register in advance at the front desk for each individual class and give a brief description of their questions or concerns. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Looking for more fun things to do? Check the Senior Activity Center newsletter or online calendar for more classes, programs, events and trips tailored to mature adults! If you have any questions, please call the Senior Activity Center at 817-748-8315.

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.

Join the Senior Activity Center for a Free History Seminar

The Southlake Senior Activity Center will be offering free monthly history seminars. Join them for the next one on March 16 at 1p.m. as they take a look at “The Forgotten Civil War Battles in Texas.” They will discusses the battles that old men, young boys and women desperately fought to prevent the total destruction of Texas by the Comanche and Kiowa while the men of proper military age were fighting across the nation. The seminar will be conducted by Jack Dyess who is a life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars. He currently is the Texas Society Commander and Quartermaster General as well as a teaching docent at the Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth. Please contact the Senior Activity Center to sign up at (817) 748-8315.

Senior Activity Center Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary

 

The Southlake Senior Activity Center celebrated its one year anniversary at the Legends Hall at  Marq Southlake on December 2016.  The center combined this celebration with the Christmas holiday themed luncheon where 100 guests enjoyed lunch, music and were entertained by a professional comedy magic show.  Of course no holiday party is complete without an ugly sweater contest, where the best, worst and most creative took prizes.  Guests also took home a commemorative Christmas ornament.

Southlake Senior Center to Host Holiday Celebration December 12

The Southlake Senior Activity Center will be celebrating the Holiday Season and its one year anniversary at the Legends Hall, so come and join the Holiday fun!

Festivities are from 11 am to 2 pm on December 12, 2016 and include Christmas Lunch, Ugly Christmas sweater contest, Comedy Magic Show by Becker Magic, and much more! Cost is $4/person and you must be a registered member of the Southlake Senior Activity Center.

For more information call 817-748-8315 or visit the Senior Activity Center located at 285 Shady Oaks Dr.