Friday, July 1, 2022

Register for the DIY Rainwater Harvesting Workshop & Rain Barrel Sale

With the hottest months of summer coming up, why not learn how to sustainably help your landscape beat the heat? In conjunction with the Tarrant Regional Water District and Tarrant County Master Gardeners, the City of Southlake Public Works Department will host a virtual DIY Rainwater Harvesting Workshop. Rainwater harvesting is not only a great way to save money on your water bill, but it also helps conserve water. This is especially important in the summer when demand for water reaches its peak.

Open exclusively to Southlake residents, this 45-minute workshop will teach you the best tips and tricks on how to easily collect and utilize rainwater for your home. Registrants will be able to access the virtual presentation at their convenience from July 23rd to July 30th.

In addition to the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to purchase their own rain barrel at a discounted rate of only $25. There are a limited number of barrels, so be sure to register today and secure yours! Only one rain barrel per household. More details about when and where to pick up the barrels will be provided through email after registering.

For more information and to register for the event, visit

To learn more about Tarrant Regional Water District and water conservation efforts in our region, visit

Southlake Library Hosts Small Business Workshop

The Southlake Library will host a free small business workshop on March 10, 2018, in Southlake Town Hall.

Do you know who your customers are? According to a 2017 article from Entrepreneur, 42% of Business fail because there is “No market for their product or service” and 14% because ‘They ignore their customers”.   Investopedia states the Number 1 reason for business failure is “Not investigating the Market”.

Sure, you might have a product or service NO ONE wants but that’s unlikely.  In most cases, the real reason is that the appropriate market/customers for the product or service have not been defined.  One size does not fit all in your industry whether you’re a realtor, restaurant, financial planner, retailer, manufacturer, etc.

This free, Southlake Library sponsored workshop will assist in identifying YOUR targeted customer.  The focus will be on the following areas:

  • Assist you in defining your unique value proposition (what makes you different for your competition and a benefit to your customers)
  • What is your target market based on your value proposition
  • Potential market
    • Define Ideal Customer
    • Demographics (size, age, disposable income, gender, etc.)
    • Customer requirements/needs
    • What process/tools/technology to use to address this market
  • Competition
    • Who are your competitors and what are their advantages/disadvantages
    • How to compete against them
  • Improving your customer sales pipeline and improving your close rate
    • Doing the right things at the right time to convert activity into sales

This program is offered free only through the Southlake Public Library and registration is required.

Reserve Your Spot by emailing the Library at or calling them at 817-748-8247. This program will be held in Southlake Town Hall on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Mentoring with SCORE is available at no charge weekly at the Southlake Public Library. Appointments with SCORE mentors can be made by contacting SCORE at 817-871-6002.

Social Media for Small Business

Southlake Library hosts a Small Business Workshop February 4.

Southlake Library and SCORE of Fort Worth are working together to offer a FREE 4-Hour Workshop to small business owners, managers and entrepreneurs. Small Business Mentor, Catherine Pena will provide invaluable information about the five components of an Online Presence and how to maximize impact using Facebook, Twitter, and Google tools.

This program is offered free only through Southlake Library on February 4th from 10 AM – 2 PM in Southlake Town Hall. Registration is required. Sign up online today!

Learn to Write with Teen Fiction Authors

Southlake Library will host Teen Writing Workshops with teen fiction authors Julie Murphy (Side Effects May Vary and Dumplin’) and Heather Ried (Pretty Dark series).HeatherLReidIntextResize JulieMurphyInTextResize

Aspiring writers ages 13 – 18 should grab their favorite writing pen and notebook to get tips from the pros while learning skills such as character development and world building.

Registration is not required.

Julie Murphy’s Writing Workshop is June 15 at 2 PM on the third Floor of Southlake Town Hall.

Heather Reid will teach two workshops, one on June 23 and the other on July 7, both at 2 PM on the third Floor of Southlake Town Hall.

For more information, call the Southlake Library at 817-748-8243.


Lights, Camera, Action: Southlake Film and TV Production Company Hosts Workshops, Screenings and Outdoor Movies

Muller EntertainmentFor a city that is often in the spotlight for its champion football team, award-winning development and high quality of life, it makes complete sense it is now home to a professional film and television production company. Muller Entertainment  ̶  which recently relocated to Southlake after selling The Studios at Las Colinas to political television and radio host, Glenn Beck  ̶  is bringing Hollywood to Southlake with film production workshops for students, movie screenings for seniors, and possibly a film festival in 2015.

Founded in 2002 by Justin Muller, a film industry professional and advocate for bringing projects to Dallas-Fort Worth, the company’s primary focus is creating and managing filmed entertainment projects, as well as management of studio facilities for motion pictures and television productions. Serving Hollywood studios, independent producers, and all members of the entertainment community, past clients of note include E! Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting, Harpo Productions, NBC News, PBS, Touchstone Television, and Twentieth Century Fox Television.

“The location and economy of this area make it very attractive for the film industry,” stated Muller.

In addition to Muller Entertainment, a nonprofit branch of the company was created for the purpose of film education. The Muller Film & Television Education Foundation seeks to inspire youth, educate students and enhance the creative community through offering a variety of programs.

Workshops and summer camps are offered to aspiring young filmmakers, where they are introduced to all aspects of the filmmaking process. Former participants have followed paths to work on television projects for the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.

In addition to offering educational opportunities for students, the Foundation also seeks to offer cinematic opportunities to the senior community. The Senior Movie Club is an organization that will provide monthly screenings of classic films to individuals over the age of 60.

As a way to gain greater interest from the local community, the Foundation will hold an outdoor film experience. The Southlake Grassy Knoll Screening is scheduled for September 27 at Summit Park (film TBA). Guests may bring their own picnic baskets or enjoy the gourmet food trucks on site.

For those seeking a more in-depth film making experience, the Foundation will host an educational trip to Hollywood for young, aspiring filmmakers (ages 17-20) in summer 2015. The five-day trip includes exclusive workshops with high-profile casting directors. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Howard Meltzer, director of “Hannah Montana” and “Girl Meets World,” as well as Peter Pappas, director of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mom.” VIP studio tours of Warner Brothers and Paramount will also be held.

Muller is currently organizing the Southlake Cinema Arts Festival. The festival is tentatively planned for the fall of 2015 in a portion of Southlake Town Square. Harkins Theatre will serve as the screening venue for studio films, indie films, foreign films, documentaries, and animated films.

“The scope of the festival depends on community participation and sponsorship,” stated Muller, noting the need for 15 committee members and at least 75 volunteers.

The event will begin with a pre-event mixer and filmmaker check-in on Thursday, followed by a weekend of hand-selected films chosen from hundreds of submissions. Following Friday’s opening screening, public and private after parties will be held, attended by producers, directors and actors from around the world. Saturday’s showcase lineup will begin with children’s films, followed by a variety of films from different genres, and a tribute to Texas films, including Texas short films. After a day cinema on Sunday, including special honorary films, the event will end with a closing night party.

If you are interested in participating in the Southlake Cinema Arts Festival, contact Justin Muller at For additional information, visit or

Carroll Teacher Invited to Humanities Workshop

2010_HTX_Logo_200_textresizeCS2Carroll Middle School U.S. History teacher Amanda Dorsey was recently selected to attend a one-day “Understanding the Federal Government” workshop at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas.

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Dorsey leads students in history discussion at CMS

Sponsored by Humanities Texas, the workshop offered teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, studying the U.S. Constitution as well as the branches of the federal government. During the morning, participants attended dynamic lectures and presentations. In the afternoon, they joined faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources and develop effective strategies for classroom instruction.

Faculty members included Richard A. Baker of the United States Senate Historical Office and Raymond W. Smock of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. Baker is the first historian of the United States Senate. Smock is former historian of the United States House of Representatives and is now director of the Byrd Center.

Group photo from workshop, provided by Humanities Texas

Group photo from workshop, provided by Humanities Texas

Charles Flanagan, director of educational programs of the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives, also served on the workshop faculty.

Other faculty members included retired U.S. federal judge Royal Furgeson of the University of North Texas at Dallas and Jeffrey Engel of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. Furgeson is founding Dean of the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law. Engel is director of the Center for Presidential History

“Humanities Texas is delighted to include an exceptional teacher from Southlake in this educational endeavor,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Bringing teachers together to learn from leading scholars and from each other is an effective way to ensure that Texas students continue to receive the best possible educational opportunities.”

The workshop was made possible with support from the State of Texas, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the George W. Bush Presidential Library. scholars and from each other is an effective way to ensure that Texas students continue to receive the best possible educational opportunities.”

Click here for more information about the workshop.


Learn to Grow a Healthier Garden and Yard

The Bob Jones Nature Center (BJNC) organization will hold a free composting workshop at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve (BJNCP), 355 E. Bob Jones Road in Southlake, Saturday, December 1, from 9:00am to 11:00am.  Charlie Shiner, Master Composter, will present “Composting for Dummies or Let It Rot.” Shiner has composted for years and has presented composting classes in Arlington, Fort Worth, and the surrounding area for over eight years.

Composting is the mixing of organic matter such as leaves, grass clippings, vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and filters, and even used tea bags to form humus. The humus can be added to garden beds or lawns to enrich the soil since it has many of the nutrients that plants need. By composting kitchen wastes as well as leaves and grass, households are also recycling and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill or artificial fertilizers that run off into local streams, ponds, and lakes.

There is no charge for the workshop but reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 817.491.6333 or e-mail

The Bob Jones Nature Center organization is a 501c3 non-profit organization working in association with the City of Southlake and is dedicated to the preservation of the Cross Timbers ecosystem and natural resources.

For more information please visit

Emerald Belles Host Workshop, Clinic

The award-winning Southlake Carroll Emerald Belle Drill Team will host their annual Junior Belle Dance Clinic for girls Grades K-4th and Dance Workshop for Grades 5th-8th.

Both clinics are scheduled for Saturday, October 6th, 1-5:00p.m. at Carroll Senior High School located at 1501 W. Southlake Blvd. Check-in and registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Guests must enter thru side doors off Peytonville. Click here to view the official flyer.

Clinic participants will learn a dance to be performed during pre-game activities at the Freshman football game on Thursday, Oct. 18 at Dragon Stadium. Workshop participants will receive instruction from Emerald Belle Director Melissa Page and Co-Captains Aimee Low and Lacey Munoz in the areas of technique, choreography and drill team fundamentals. Their original dance will be performed with the Emerald Belle Officers before the Varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 19 at Dragon Stadium.

Register online at Advance fees are $45 for the Clinic and $75 for the Workshop. Registrations after Oct. 3 will be $50 and $80 respectively at the door. These fees include a Chick-fil-A snack, commemorative t-shirt and Junior Belle souvenir photo button. For questions contact Kristin Vivian at