Wednesday, June 29, 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!

It’s Not Too Late to Snag a $25 Gift Card!

It’s no secret that Champions Club is the best fitness and recreation facility around. We even have a State-wide award confirming it! (You can check out our pretty TRAPS Trophy on the front desk counter).

If you’re still resisting the urge to become a member of the Champions Club Family, now is the time to commit. Not only do we offer a world-class facility with superior customer service, but for a limited time only, you can also snag a $25 gift card! What does this gift card get you, you ask? These $25 apply to facility rental fees, program registration fees, or concession stand purchases.

Our Champions Club members get exclusive discounts on all the award-winning amenities Champions Club offers. Not only are we the best place to get a good sweat-sesh in, but we also boast incredible rental spaces to host your dream event. Our 82,000 square feet of state-of-the-art recreation spaces include areas for private pool parties, gymnasium courts, indoor and outdoor turfs, fitness studios, party rooms, and classrooms! You can learn more here.

Champions Club members also enjoy discounted program registration rates. Our programming opportunities are second to none, and Champions Club members are guaranteed a 20% discount on all program fees. Take advantage of incredible offerings like Kids Night Out, Adventures in Science Club, and Jiu-Jitsu! There’s a program for everyone in the community. Champions Club is not just a place to work out; it is the heart of our community.

Become a member by May 31 to take advantage of a $25 gift card. When you join our family, you also get an exclusive membership gift. Get ready for a fun summer in the sun with our comfy Champions Club beach towels. Register today!


Fit City Challenge: Have you Walked These Trails?

Hey there, Team Southlake! We have two more weeks left of the Fit City Challenge, and it’s coming down to the wire! Every minute matters to help us claim the gold.

There’s no shortage of ways to get active in Southlake, from our world-class sports fields to our state-of-the-art recreation facility, The Marq. This post is for those that want to get off the beaten path and try something new.

With over 1,100 acres of parks, open space, and various miles of pathways, there’s a trail in Southlake for everyone. Consider taking the path less traveled this week as you look for ways to get your 45 minutes in.

Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve
True outdoor enthusiasts know that there’s no better place to hike in Southlake than at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. Explore the beauty of the Cross Timbers ecosystem as you traverse over 20 miles of hiking trails! The White-Tailed Deer Trail offers a mild, .25-mile walk along the Nature Center property for novice hikers. The Bluebird Trail is perfect for hikers of all ages and experiences. This gorgeous .75-mile trek takes you further into the preserve while still being mild enough for children to enjoy. The 1.75-mile round trip hike to the lake is a perfect way to spend the morning for more adventurous wanderers. Those looking for a true challenge can use the Nature Center as the entry point to miles of the Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ land. Always stay on the trails and follow the arrows when you are out on the preserve.

Bicentennial Park
Everyone knows Bicentennial Park is home to various sports such as Baseball and Tennis, but it’s also a lovely place for a walk! Grab a friend and walk the perimeter of the park. Stop to admire the gazebo at The Liberty Gardens and say hello to the Pioneer Woman near the Log Cabin. Walk along the pond and cross the bridge over by the Aria Amphitheater for some gorgeous views of The Marq.

Bob Jones Park
Grab your four-legged friend and head on over to Bob Jones Park for a brisk walk along the trails of this impressive park. Take a picture with the Bob and Almeady Jones statue, and then let your pup loose inside of Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park. Check out the Southlake Sister Cities’ Painted Rock Trail to find a lovely surprise. Bring your supplies and leave a rock of your own!

Chesapeake Park
If you’re on the southwest side of Southlake, then take advantage of the picturesque trails along the pond at Chesapeake Park. Take the entire family and top off your visit by playing at the playground!

Liberty Park
Northern Southlakers know that Liberty Park at Sheltonwood provides top-notch walking trails off the beaten path. Liberty Park’s multi-use trail system is more expansive than you may think, boasting 17 acres of parkland.

How about it, Team Southlake? Have you walked these trails yet? Let’s make every minute count!



Meet The New Athletics Supervisor, Jonathan Weeks!

Every true sports fan knows that there is no “I” in “team” and that teamwork is integral to bringing home the gold.

Our new Athletics Supervisor is no stranger to teamwork and commitment to excellence. Jonathan Weeks exemplifies our city values and brings a plethora of valuable Park and Recreation and Athletics experience to our department. We are thrilled to welcome this new member to our Community Services team.

Let’s get to know him a little bit better.

What is your Parks and Recreation career journey?
I began my Parks and Recreation journey as a summer camp counselor with the City of College Station. I was pursuing a B.S. in Sport Management at Texas A&M at the time. My boss and mentor, Mr. Lance Jackson, encouraged me to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration if I was serious about building my career in Parks and Rec. I obtained my MPA, with a focus on local government, at Ohio State University while interning with the Parks and Recreation Department at the City of Dublin. After graduating, I began my full-time career with the Town of Prosper, where I wore various different hats!

What do you love most about Athletics/ Parks and Recreation?
I love the personal interactions I get to have working in Parks and Recreation! We are often one of the most front-facing departments for our cities, and I take that responsibility very seriously. We also get to have a little fun while working, who wouldn’t like that!?

What are you most excited about for your new position?
Southlake has set a tradition of excellence, and I am thrilled to contribute to the world-class service we strive for every day! I am also excited to work with such a quality group of people to provide these services to the community of Southlake!

Tell us a fun fact about you.
You do not want to play me in Pickleball…Take that as you will!

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to hang out with my lovely fiancé, Kelly, my dog, Miles, and my cat, Kevin! You can catch me at a sporting event, traveling, or playing video games when I’m not with my family!

What can participants look forward to for future athletic programs?
My goal is to provide safe, high-quality, and, most importantly, FUN programs and leagues for Southlake! We will strive to be innovative and creative in what we do while always keeping in mind the Southlake Way of excellence that our community rightfully expects.

Welcome to the team, Jonathan! We know you will hit it out of the park with your new position as the Athletics Supervisor for Community Services.

Senior’s Luncheons, Trips, and all that Jazz

It’s time to jazz things up at the Southlake Senior Activity Center. Our upcoming Spring programs are sure to razzle-dazzle!

Our Senior Activity Center Staff works hard to provide fun and innovative programs for our members. We have a lot of exciting opportunities coming up in the next few months, and we are thrilled to share them with our senior center members. Whether you want to socialize with friends, take a field trip out of town, or learn a new skill, our upcoming programs will brighten up your day.

Plan ahead for these nifty programs:

Monthly Jazzy Lunch Social
Slick your hair, wear your buckled shoes, and join us for our new monthly Jazzy Lunch Social! Enjoy a musical lunch hour with friends and relax to the soothing sound of live classical jazz performed by internationally known pianist Mr. Milton Fletcher. Our first Jazzy Lunch Social is next week on Tuesday, April 26 from 12:30-1:30 PM. This program is $6.00, and pre-registration is required. Other dates include May 31 and June 28!

Two Brothers Winery Trip
Attention all wine lovers and connoisseurs! Join us on Friday, April 29 from 1:40- 4:00 PM as we visit Two Brothers Winery in Keller for a guided tour and a flight of 4 tastings with a small snack. Two Brothers Winery is a local family business owned and operated by two brothers, their spouses, and two long-time family friends. Pre-registration is required ($3.00), and the event fee for this outing is $15.00, which will be paid directly to the vendor. Don’t forget to bring money for lunch. Register here.

Joe T. Garcia’s and Ft. Worth Stockyards
Wrangle up your buddies and enjoy a delicious lunch at Joe T. Garcia’s on Wednesday, May 4 from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM. Explore the famous Fort Worth Stockyards after lunch and learn about this incredible historic district. Registration is required, and the registration fee is $3.00. Make sure to bring money for shopping.

Water Safety Seminar
May is National Water Safety Month, and it’s never too late to learn how to be safe in the water. Join our Champions Club Aquatics staff on Tuesday, May 3 from 1:30-2:30 PM as they discuss tips on how to stay safe in and around the water. This crucial seminar is just in time for summer. Register here.

We can’t wait to see you at one or all of these exciting events. Subscribe to the Senior Activity Center emails to stay up-to-date on our programs and activities.

Don’t Miss Champions Club’s Annual Member Bash!

Member Appreciation Week is finally here, and it’s all leading up to the Annual Member Appreciation Week Bash!

Our favorite week of the year is here, and we are ready to celebrate you all week long! Member Appreciation Week is our way of showing you how much we appreciate our entire Champions Club family. While the week is chockful of incredible membership appreciation surprises, it’s all leading up to the main event on Saturday. Our second-annual Member Bash is the biggest and best party of the year for our members.

Here are some of the fun events you can look forward to on Saturday.

  • Special Group Fitness Class: Start the morning off right with your fellow Champions Club members and group fitness teachers. This exciting blend of three different classes is sure to wake you up and get your blood pumping. Join Suzy for 20 minutes of yoga/stretching. Next, get your heart rate up with Megan during a 20-minute HIIT workout. Finish the hour strong and join Rosy and Cristina with 20 minutes of Zumba!
  • Food Trucks: Work up an appetite during Group Fitness and enjoy the culinary delights of our food truck vendors. Pick a nice spot and enjoy lunch with family and friends!
  • Games and Inflatables: We know that Champions Club members like to work hard and play even harder. We’ll have an assortment of outdoor games and inflatables for members of all ages to enjoy.
  • Music and more: We know our members love a surprise, so we won’t reveal all our cards yet, but it’s sure to be a day you won’t want to miss!

“There’s no better way to end a week of Member Appreciation than with a party! The annual Member Bash at Champions Club is a great way to experience a community-focused event with their neighbors and friends. The whole team at Champions Club is looking forward to members coming out for food, games, music, and fun this Saturday!” Marianne Burton, Membership Services Coordinator.

Join us on Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for a day of sweat, celebration, and surprises! We can’t wait to continue celebrating you this week and beyond!

It’s not too late to become a member and participate in this week’s festivities! Join today!

Are you ready for Summer? Registration Opens April 1

Are you ready for summer? The warm weather is just a precursor of what is to come, and it’s the perfect time to make summer plans for your kiddos.

Summer is one of our favorite seasons in the Community Services Department due to the large variety of community programming opportunities we offer. Nothing makes us happier than providing world-class experiences for you and your family! Are you ready to start scheduling your summer social calendar? Claim your spot early.

Here’s a sneak-peak at some of the fun programs we have in store:

  • Adult Outdoor Education
  • Adventures of Science Club
  • Basketball Skills Academy
  • Basketball Tech Camp
  • Club Metro
  • Community Hikes
  • Dodgeball Camp
  • Flag Football Camp
  • Forest Preschool Fridays
  • DJ School 101
  • Mindful Ballet
  • Outer Space Art Camp
  • Science Club
  • Summer Basketball League
  • Summer Camp Mania
  • Summer Cross Timbers Nature Camp
  • And so much more!

Summer registration opens for Southlake residents on April 1 and on April 15 for non-residents. You can preview all summer offerings here.

Looking for a Summer Gig? Stop by the Summer Job Fair at Champions Club!

Are you looking for the perfect way to earn extra cash while boosting your resume and gaining invaluable real-world work experience? Snag the best summer job in town and stop by the Summer Job Fair at Champions Club!

We are specifically seeking individuals for summer employment (mid-May through August) for positions in Programs and Child Watch.

Please apply online prior to Tuesday, March 28 at 10:00 PM to secure your spot and schedule your interview in advance!

Walk-ins are welcome to join the fair. Please bring proper identification (either a valid US passport OR driver’s license AND original social security card).

*The minimum age to work for the City of Southlake is 16 years old*

Can’t make it to the job fair? We also have Open Interview days every Tuesday in April. See details here.

Child Watch: As part of our Child Watch Division, you’ll be responsible for looking after Champion Club’s youngest members! Child Watch team members look after children six weeks to 9 years old to ensure they have a fun and safe time.

Program: As a part of our Programs Division, you’ll be working our popular Summer Camp Mania and Cross Timbers Nature Camp! Our Camp counselors are responsible for providing a fun and safe environment where kids (aged 5-11) are #1! Days are filled with activities, crafts, laughs, field trips, and lasting memories! Read more here!

If you are passionate about creating world-class experiences for your community, come work with us! See you at the Job Fair!

Spring is in Full Bloom in our Upcoming Senior Trips!

Spring is in full swing, and the Senior Activity Center is taking advantage of the newly bloomed season to get outside and explore.

It’s finally nice and warm in Texas, so there’s no better time to admire the fresh spring flowers. Nature lovers, mark your calendars because two incredible trip opportunities are coming up in April that you won’t want to miss.

Friday, April 1, 8:30 AM- 5:30 PM: Texas Azalea and Spring Flower Trail in Tyler
Explore a new town and admire the natural beauty all around it! The Azalea National Historic District comprises about 950 homes built in the early 1900s and features endless miles of blooming flowers. The Azalea and Spring Flower Trail is a floral wonderland for photographers and admirers alike! Marvel at the residential gardens and historic home-sites during the best season of the year with a guided tour! This is a day-long trip, so plan accordingly and bring money for lunch. Register here.

Wednesday, April 6, 9:15 AM-3:30 PM: Chandor Gardens in Weatherford
Take a stroll outside and admire the beautifully designed Chandor Gardens in Weatherford. These gardens capture the ornate design of ancient Chinese architecture and the elegance of a formal English garden. Marvel at the 30-foot waterfall and relax by one of the numerous fountains. There is truly something for everyone at this aesthetic and tranquil destination. Join us for a guided tour as we discover this enchanting garden. Don’t forget to bring money for lunch, and be prepared to walk a lot! Register here.

Nothing makes us happier than planning fun excursions for our members! Claim your spot today!