New water main to service customers and cities in north Fort Worth

The city’s Water Department will meet with residents at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at O.A. Peterson Elementary School, 2000 Winter Hawk Drive, to discuss installation of a new water main along Heritage Trace Parkway from Harmon Road to Wagley Robertson Road.

This new water main will serve customers in north Fort Worth and residents in Keller, Southlake and Trophy Club.

Construction is scheduled to begin September 2017 and wrap up by late May 2019.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Robert Sauceda at 817-392-2387.

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Participate in Southlake Candidates’ Open House: Aug. 30, 2017

The Community Engagement Committee (CEC) will host a SPIN (Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods) Candidates’ Open House for City Council Candidates on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Legends Hall at The Marq, 285 Shady Oaks Drive.

The session will begin with a fifteen minute open house style meet and greet, then candidates will be given an opportunity to introduce themselves and speak about their platform. Next, all candidates will be given the opportunity to respond to questions from the moderator. Finally, all candidates will be asked to provide a closing statement.

The moderator, a member of the CEC, will select questions submitted by candidates and residents. Residents have the opportunity to submit questions to be considered by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29, click here to submit a question.

In order to vote in the September 9, 2017 Special Election, a citizen must have registered to vote no later than August 10, 2017. Voters are required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas elections. Click here for acceptable forms of identification.

Important Voting Deadlines
August 23, 2017, First day of early voting
August 29, 2017, Application for Ballot by Mail Form Due for both Tarrant and Denton Counties
September 5, 2017, Last day of early voting
September 9, 2017, Election Day (Saturday)

Additional election information can be found on the City’s website www.CityofSouthlake.com. If you have questions about the election processes please call the City Secretary’s office at (817) 748-8016.

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Beginning Fall 2017, TCC Students Have More Options to Accelerate Their Trek to Graduation

As part of its commitment to being student ready, Tarrant County College is accommodating students who may not be able to begin classes on regular start dates with monthly classes, meaning students may take more courses throughout the semester and advance toward graduation at a faster pace.
 
Beginning Sept. 5, students enrolled in TCC Connect Campus – the TCC campus responsible for eLearning and Weekend College – will be able to register for up to four credit hours in one of the new monthly sessions. Seventeen new sections will be offered including courses in accounting, computer science, English, government history kinesiology and psychology. All courses are worth three credit hours, except for kinesiology, a one-credit hour course.
 
The fall 2017 monthly sessions for all subjects, except accounting, are from Sept. 5 to Sept. 29, Oct. 2 to Oct. 27, Nov. 6 to Nov. 30, and Dec. 4. To Dec. 29. The two accounting courses are eight-week classes running from Sept. 5 to Oct. 27 and Nov. 6 to Dec. 29.
 
“By making it possible for our students to register for courses on a monthly basis, we are strengthening our commitment to addressing the needs of non-traditional students through our non-traditional campus,” said Carlos Morales, Ph.D., president of TCC Connect, “As the only accredited virtual campus in Texas, this is another example of how our online and accelerated education opportunity allows us to intentionally provide TCC students with greater access to education because we understand the flexibility needed by the non-traditional student.”
 
In spring 2017, TCC Connect began offering current and prospective students the option to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration-Business completely online with eight-week classes.
 
TCC Connect also offers 18 fully online programs, which include five associate degrees and 13 other certificate, web-based programs. Its second online Wintermester is planned this fall from Dec. 15 to Jan. 12. When TCC Connect opened its first Wintermester sections in November 2016, classes filled up the first week they became available. With a digital course inventory of more than 350 courses, TCC Connect offers more than 1,100 sections. Current online enrollment is approximately 20,000, with as many as an additional 575 students enrolled in Weekend College.
 
TCC Connect students also have access to all of the Student Support Services available to students enrolled in traditional face-to-face courses ranging from digital orientation to enrollment services. These services also include online advising, payment, library service, advising, tutoring and proctoring.
 
Originally launched in 2013 as an administrative division, TCC Connect received accreditation in October 2015 from the Southern Commission of College and School Commission on Colleges Association as Tarrant County College’s sixth campus.
 
Information about enrolling in TCC Connect is available by contacting by calling 817-515-8000 or visiting www.tccd.edu/online.
 

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Satisfy Your Appetite Where Flavor Meets Fitness: Protein Fit Kitchen Now Open in Southlake

Hungry for healthy? With a unique concept that caters to active lifestyles, the newly opened Protein Fit Kitchen is serving chef-prepared, nutritionally-balanced meals and snacks with various dine-in and carry-out options. Located at 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., #390, in the Park Village Shopping Center, the protein-focused foodies’ dream is now open for business seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Recognized by food reality television fans, Chef Kalen Jane, a former contestant on “Hell’s Kitchen” with Gordon Ramsay, serves as the executive chef and general manager at Protein Fit Kitchen. In addition to her previous restaurant experiences and awards, Chef Jane will bring her own passion for nutrition to the table.

“The trend for food is changing and we want to be able to offer a concept that caters to various dietary needs. For example, our entire menu is gluten-free, with a huge array of vegan and vegetarian options. Why? Because we can. Excellent food doesn’t have to have a ton of calories or be unhealthy,” stated Chef Jane, adding that she personally follows a ketogenic diet.

As the name implies, Protein Fit Kitchen will offer various protein-packed meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with snacks, mylkshakes (made with nut milk) and tonics. Fit Morning options include savory dishes with eggs, house-made turkey sausage and vegetables, and sweet options like house-made granola and banana pancakes. For lunch, Fit Greens (salads) and Fit Soups are great additions to Fit Buns (sandwiches/wraps/tacos), which include elevated takes on turkey, chicken, shrimp and vegetarian options. For heartier lunch options or for dinner, Fit Kitchen Specials include Chipotle Lime Chicken, Teriyaki Sirloin and Italian Turkey Meatballs, with sides ranging from succotash to apple cabbage slaw. Fit Snacks, including Protein Snack Packs, Greek Yogurt Parfaits, and Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas, as well as refreshing tonics and nourishing mylkshakes complete the menu.

“There is a new restaurant standard that people expect, including flexibility in both food choices and ordering options. We offer just that—delicious and healthy options for people who don’t have time to prepare their own meals.”

With various channels for obtaining food at Protein Fit Kitchen, customers will find convenient options to complement their busy schedules. Guests will be able to dine inside the restaurant (or outside on the patio), or simply pick up a to-go order. Cold cases filled with prepared, made-fresh-daily meal and snack options will also be available for grab-and-go diners. Additionally, customers can even choose the option of customized weekly meal prep, which provides a week’s worth of healthy, pre-ordered meals.

“We are trying to keep the menu seasonal, with locally-sourced produce, and responsibly-raised meats and wild-caught fish. We want to be responsible for what we serve and why we serve it. We think Southlake is the perfect location filled with a community of people who are hungry for what we have to offer.”

For more information, visit ProteinFitKitchen.com.

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Check out the progress in Stop Six

Fort Worth is in the midst of a major investment in the Cavile Place/Stop Six community to improve public safety, promote economic revitalization and enhance community engagement.

The City Council set aside $2.56 million in funding to implement capital projects aimed specifically at improving neighborhoods. This funding will be designated for targeted neighborhoods on an annual basis.

View a new video that shows the positive impact this program is having on Stop Six.

The targeted area is bordered by Rosedale Street on the north, Ramey Avenue on the south, Stalcup Road on the east and just west of Edgewood Terrace on the west.

The revitalization has a dual purpose: increase public safety and improve the looks of the neighborhood. Depending on results, similar revitalization programs will be rolled out in a different neighborhood in the coming years.

To learn more, call 817-994-1368 or visit the Stop Six web page.

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Carroll ISD Launches New Volunteer Program

Carroll ISD has launched the Dragon EZVolunteer program, a new, robust system for individuals to apply to be a volunteer for Carroll ISD schools. Everyone interested in volunteering during the 2017-2018 school year must set up a new account and agree to a criminal background check annually.

If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer at any Carroll ISD campus for the 2017-2018 school year, please click here to create a Dragon EZVolunteer account and begin the process. To learn more about volunteering in Carroll ISD, please read the Volunteer Handbook and the Volunteer Acceptable Use Policy.

Only approved volunteers through the Dragon EZVolunteer program will be able to volunteer at special campus events, including field trips. You do not have to be an approved Dragon EZVolunteer to visit a campus, however, as the Raptor visitor security system will still be in pl;ace at every Carroll ISD campus.

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FREE LiveFit & LiveWell Classes During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The City of Southlake Parks and Recreation is joining in the national effort to bring attention to the dangers and health risks of children who are overweight.

Did you know one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese? Childhood obesity puts more kids at risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, but many of these conditions are preventable through lifestyle changes. In some communities the childhood obesity rate is as high as 40 percent. And the U.S. childhood obesity rates are 3X greater than they were in 1980 according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The good news is there’s hope. Families can help an overweight child get healthy by making changes in their daily food intake and joining a program to help shed the pounds and develop an active lifestyle. Mayor Laura Hill says, “Getting healthy is so much easier when the whole family does it together. I would like to encourage everyone to look over the FREE LiveFit and LiveWell classes that are being offered and find one or two that’s right for your family.”

Want to sign up your kids for Zumba? How about Family Yoga or Boot Camp? Take a look at some of the FREE classes that are offered below, register and get your whole family moving.

LiveFit Classes

Zumba for Kids is every Tuesday in September from 4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Classes feature kid-friendly, easy routines with dance steps, games, and activities that will leave your child excited for the next class. This class is for kids ages 7 – 11 years,

Family Jiu-Jitsu is on Thursday, September 14, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This class is a great one for the whole family. Kids ages 3 and up will learn some of the finer techniques of the Martial Arts.

Family Yoga is another great class for the whole family. The session is Thursday, September 16 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tell your friends and neighbors about the class and bring the family for an hour of Yoga. Remember it’s FREE and fun.

Family Boot Camp Class will be held on Thursday, September 21, from 4:30 – 5:20 p.m.

You will learn a boot camp style workout that you and your kids can do at home together. It’s a great class for ages 3 and up.

Youth Mindfulness is a class for mind and body on Thursday, September 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

This is a great class for children. Kids will learn how to use breathing, yoga, art and music, to calm their bodies and minds. Children will be encouraged to explore their emotions and how to “respond vs. react” to difficult emotions.

Top 10 Tips for a Healthier Family is a Live Well Lecture Series presented by Executive Medicine of Texas. The class will be held on Thursday, September 14, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Healthy adults start as healthy children. Children will learn what they need to do today to live a healthier tomorrow. The first 10 participants will receive a FREE signed copy of the award winning book, “Stay Young: 10 proven steps to Ultimate Health.” **No registration required for this class.

Remember, the family that plays together stays healthy together.

*All classes will be held at the Southlake Activity Center, 307 Parkwood Drive, except for the LiveWell Lecture Series which will be held at the Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive.

For more information on the classes offered please visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com or call (817) 748-8019.

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School’s in. Look out for students, parents and drivers!

As kids all across the DFW metroplex kick of the start of the new year next week, MedStar highlights tips from the National Safety Council for kids and parents to help avoid preventable injuries and prepare for any medical emergencies that may arise at school.

Preparation:

Parents, do a ‘dry run’ with your kids – walking to school or to the bus stop, walking home, etc. Review the safety tips with them. If your child has medical issues, be sure the school is briefed on your child’s medical condition, emergency contacts and to which hospital you would like your child transported to in the event we are unable to reach you in an emergency.

Waiting for the bus:

  • Do not stray onto the street, alleys or private property
  • Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches
  • Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus
  • Use the handrail when boarding

Walking to the bus stop or to the school:

Although drivers are required by law to stop for a school bus when it’s loading or unloading passengers, they often don’t. Children should not rely on them to do so.

  • Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available; if a child must walk on the street, he or she should face oncoming traffic
  • Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street
  • Never walk while texting or talking on the phone
  • If texting, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk
  • Do not walk with headphones on
  • Be aware of the surroundings
  • Cross only at crosswalks
  • Never cross the street while using an electronic device

Tips for a safe bus ride:

  • If seat belts are available on the bus, buckle up
  • Don’t speak loudly or make loud noises that could distract the driver
  • Stay in your seat
  • Don’t put your head, arms or hands out the window
  • Keep aisles clear of books and bags
  • Get your belongings together before reaching your stop
  • Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat

Getting off the bus:

  • Use the handrail when exiting
  • If you have to cross in front of the bus, first walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the driver
  • Make sure the driver can see you
  • Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing
  • When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes
  • If your vision is blocked, move to an area where you can see other drivers and they can see you
  • Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver signals it is safe
  • Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times

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Andrew ‘Doc’ Session claims $1,000 prize for summer fitness

The participants at Andrew “Doc” Session Community Center won first place in Mayor Betsy Price’s Summer Challenge.

Children enrolled in day camps at Fort Worth community centers joined with FitWorth to participate in the challenge this year. Price encouraged kids to practice healthy habits by tracking their daily physical activity minutes, servings of fruits and vegetables, servings of water and minutes spent reading.

Andrew “Doc” Session Community Center received a check for $1,000 to be used for new physical education equipment to promote an active community. And Price stopped by to celebrate and read the kids a story.

The mission of FitWorth is to empower children and families to make healthier choices through educating, connecting and moving together.

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