Carroll Robotics Teams Qualify for State Competition

The Carroll Robotics teams had another successful week of competition at Region 10 ESC on Saturday, December 8. Teams 7110F and 7110Z were tournament champions, which qualifies them for the state competition in February.

Team 7110F is made up of Austin Baltes, Will Dorin, Devin Jain, Conor McNabnay, Ryan Sahihi, Farees Syed and Abhi Vedire, and Team 7100Z is made up of  Michael Chuang, Aaryan Das, Tenzin Dhondup, Samuel He, Arvi Krishnan, Sai Mahapatra, Amanda Piyapanee and Ty Ponzo.

In addition to their State Competition qualifying, Team 7110F awon the Design Award, which is given to a team based on excellence in their engineering notebook and judge’s interview at the event. Additionally, Team 7110Z was named Robot Skills Champion and also received the Excellence Award which is given to the overall best team at the competition. Teams 7110C, 7110S and 7110X also had a great competition with all three teams reaching the elimination rounds.

All Carroll Robotics team will compete again at Carroll Senior High on Saturday, January 12.

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Southlake Based Business Makes a Deal on Shark Tank

Southlake business owner Mitch Allen, made his pitch on a recent episode of Shark Tank for his company Hire Santa and scored!

He closed a $200,000 investment deal with businesswoman Barbara Corcoran in return for 10 percent of the company.

According to his website,, booking a professional Santa is made simple and easy. With over 1000 Santa’s in the company’s database, there are enough Santa’s to go around and spread the holiday spirit locally or across the nation. Clients can choose from a variety of real beard Santa’s to make appearances at their holiday party, community event, mall or company.

All Santa’s are professionals and are required to have a full background check.

The company is projected to close at more than $1 million in sales this year.

Hire Santa was also featured in Dallas News and on ABC Go.

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Legends Hall Celebrates Three Years of Big Moments and World-Class Service

December 11, 2018, marks three years since Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake first opened its doors in Bicentennial Park.

To celebrate this milestone, we’d like to take a moment to share how Legends Hall has grown over the years and all the ways—both big and small—our team embodies world-class service each and every day.

Since 2015, Legends Hall has hosted over 3,000 events, including over 50 weddings and countless birthdays, graduations, banquets and more. The beautiful Traditions Ballrooms have also been home to 10 community art events and performances by local institutions such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera and Southlake Swing Band.

With the help of social media, our online presence has grown exponentially since we first opened—just this year we hit 2,000 likes and achieved a 4.9 rating on Facebook! We love getting online feedback from our clients and guests, but even more exciting is seeing all of the beautiful and ingenious ways our venue can be utilized.

We are especially thankful for the clients who are willing to share their experiences at Legends Hall, whether it’s in words, photos or both. Here’s what some of our clients have said about their big days:

“The Marq Southlake was the perfect reception venue for our August wedding!! The details of the building itself make for an absolutely beautiful reception setting. Every staff member we worked with at The Marq was professional and accommodating. They went above and beyond through the planning process, the set-up of our event and their availability to help with anything that was needed during the reception. I would highly recommend The Marq as a wedding venue!!”
— Bethany K.

“The Marq was such a fabulous place to host my daughter’s wedding reception. Not only is the space awesome and spacious but the staff is great too. We can’t say enough things about Crystal! She was more than accommodating and helpful! Crystal is on top of her game and a great asset to The Marq! The Marq is a great location and highly recommend using it for a wedding venue!”
— Taylor K.

“Incredible experience from start to finish of our event. Amity showed us so many possibilities for our event and helped us find the best fit for us. Then Crystal helped us perfect our layout and all the details prior to the event. Both were so friendly and quick to respond! On the day of our event, Stephanie and the young man (sorry, I forgot your name!) helped us at every turn. They went above and beyond to help us and it did not go unnoticed. Super impressed with everyone at the venue and we will definitely be using them in the future! Thank you all.”
— Tanya L.

We couldn’t agree more about our staff. We train banquet staff to provide exceptional customer service through Ritz Carlton training, ongoing guest speaker trainings, and monthly scenario trainings. That being said, they’re also a standout group of individuals who take ownership of what they bring to the team. Their passion for providing the best service and amenities to our clients far exceeds training.

We’re committed to being Southlake’s premier event venue, but we can’t do it alone. The key relationships we’ve created with local businesses enable us to provide a wide variety of high-quality services and amenities to our clients and guests. These businesses include but are not limited to: Braxdale Travel, Chamber of Commerce, Southlake Style, Keller Williams, American Airlines, The Distilled, Garabedian Properties, Rotary Wine Discovery and American Specialty Health.

The Southlake Senior Activity Center

With over 1,000 members, the Senior Activity Center is one of the most popular hangouts at Legends Hall. Our 10 complimentary fitness classes average about 200 attendees each week, likely thanks to our stellar instructors and wide range of classes—we offer Zumba, chair yoga, tai chi and so many more! Other Senior Activity Center programs include a variety of card and social games, art class, bingo, dances, knitting clubs and poker clubs. Can’t resist a game of Bridge? You’re in good company: the popular Monday and Wednesday Bridge programs host over 100 participants a week! The Senior Activity Center also partners with Metroport Meals on Wheels every Monday to provide approximately 100 meals to our senior community.

Here’s how the Senior Activity Center helped Veena and her husband feel at home when they first relocated to Texas:

“[At the] end of 2015, my husband and I moved to Southlake from Washington state to be close to family. Being seniors, we enrolled at the Senior Activity Center. It’s the best thing we have done. This place has eased us in; after living in WA for 30 years, The Marq has become an extended family. We like and take all the scheduled classes as per our health. We’ve liked every class we have taken. I want to say about Soheila, the Center’s coordinator: She is a pleasure. Always with a smile, helpful, informative and more. In reception, Brandon is also very nice and helpful and always has a welcome smile. Marie, who is a volunteer, is so nice as well. My husband and I are very grateful and appreciate the City’s service.”

Legends Hall has had an amazing first three years, and we owe it all to our world-class clients, guests and staff. We look forward to being the perfect place for life’s biggest moments for years to come.

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The Old Nocona Boot Factory Opens in Southlake Town Square

Cowboys, rodeo buffs and western fans now have a reason to “boot scootin’ boogie” in Southlake Town Square with the recent opening of The Old Nocona Boot Factory at 234 State Street. Staying true to its heritage, all products sold are made with the finest leathers and quality materials paired with a style that embraces the wild west.

This is the fourth location for the leather specialist, which also has stores in Fort Worth, Grapevine and Nocona, Texas—the site of where the business began in 1948. The Old Nocona Boot Factory is part of a long history in leather in Nocona, also known as the “Leather Capitol of North America.” The town’s history dates back to when the Justin family moved there in 1889 to build boots for cowboys on the Chisholm Trail.

In keeping with tradition, The Old Nocona Boot Factory carries a variety of leather goods, but is best known for its selection of boots. From full-quill ostrich to cayman belly, leather and lizard skin, find durable men’s work boots, premium cowboy boots, stylish women’s fashion boots, and boots for kids. The Factory also sells western belts, belt buckles, accessories and boot and shoe care products.

“We’re excited to add new brands to our product line-up, like Texas-based Twisted X and popular Old Gringo Boots, and we hope to add our own boot line in the coming spring or summer,” stated Adam Moore, the general manager of The Nocona Boot Factory in Southlake.

The Old Nocona Boot Factory is partnering with Hope 29:11 and Twisted X to help children in need year-round, and aims to provide shoes to 1000 kids this winter. Every purchase of boots $200 or more provides a pair of shoes for a child in need in Texas, Mexico and Uganda. If customers simply want to give back without making a purchase, The Factory gladly accepts donations of children’s shoes for the drive.

“Southlake is a great fit for The Old Nocona Boot Factory, especially since there’s a need and interest in our types of products, but not a lot of stores that offer boots in this area,” commented Moore, who also added that the community aspect of Southlake has been very welcoming.

“These boots are made for walking…” (or running, roping and riding), so head on over to The Old Nocona Boot Factory to find yourself a new pair for your next adventure. While you’re in Southlake Town Square, don’t miss out on other newly opened stores, including Sweet As Sugar for boutique children’s clothing, Scout & Molly’s for fashionable looks and apparel for women and the Peloton Showroom for a fully engaging experience on high-tech workout equipment.

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Carroll ISD Seeks Input on 2019-2020 Calendar

During the December 3 Carroll ISD School Board meeting, two potential school calendars were presented to the Board for discussion. From now until January 9, CISD is engaging the Carroll community for input on the proposed calendars.

Carroll ISD is a District of Innovation which affords the district the ability to have more flexibility in the design of a calendar that best meets the needs of students.

Listed below are the two calendar options in detail. Carroll ISD would appreciate the input of the community through their two-way communication tool, Let’s Talk.

Within Let’s Talk, the community will be given the option to select their preferred calendar option and also submit a comment or question. If you have a comment or question that they would like CISD to respond to, please leave your name and email address in the provided areas on the form.

Click here to submit your feedback.

Calendar Option 1

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  • First Day of School – Monday, August 19, 2019
  • Labor Day Holiday – September 2, 2019
  • Professional Staff Development Day/No School for Students – Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Staff Flex Day/No School for Students – Monday, October 14, 2019 (gives students a 4-day weekend and CISD staff a 3-day weekend)
  • Thanksgiving Break — Monday, November 25 – Friday, November 29, 2019 (November 25 and 26 – staff flex days)
  • Four semester exam days are scheduled as follows:
    • December 17 and 18 – semester exam days for grades 7-12
    • December 19 and 20 – semester exam days for grades 7-12, early release days for grades 5-12
  • Winter break — Monday, December 23, 2019, through Friday, January 3, 2020
  • CISD staff would return to work on Monday, January 6
  • Students would return on Tuesday, January 7
  • MLK Holiday – Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Bad Weather days — Friday, February 14, 2020, and Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Student Holiday/Staff Professional Development Day- Feb. 17, 2020, March 6, 2020
  • Spring Break — March 9-13 2020
  • Memorial Day – May 25, 2020
  • Four final exam days:
    • May 22, 2020 – final exam days for grades 7-12 (single exams given during 4th/8th blocks)
    • May 26, 2020 – final exam days for grades 7-12 (single exams given during 4th/8th blocks)
    • May 27, 2020 – final exams for grades 7-12 (3 Exams per Day), early release day for 7-12 grades
    • May 28, 2020 – final exams for grades 7-12 (3 Exams per Day), early release day for all grades (preschool – 12th)
    • Graduation/Teacher Work Day – Friday, May 29, 2020

  • Calendar Option 2

    View Calendar Option 2 Here

  • This calendar option is the same as the Draft 1 calendar option with the exception of the Fall Exam Schedule and the Spring Break Professional Development day. The different dates are bolded below.
  • Four semester exam days are scheduled as follows:
    • December 16 and 17 – semester exam days for grades 7-12
    • December 18 and 19 – semester exam days for grades 7-12, early release days for grades 5-12
    • December 20 – Professional Development – No School for Students
  • Winter break — Monday, December 23, 2019, through Friday, January 3, 2020
  • CISD staff would return to work on Monday, January 6
  • Students would return on Tuesday, January 7
  • Student Holiday/Staff Professional Development Day- Feb. 17, 2020, March 16, 2020

Click here to tell CISD which calendar option you prefer and give calendar feedback using the Let’s Talk tool!



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Join the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture

At the December 4, 2018, City Council meeting, the Council gave unanimous approval to create of the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture.

The Alliance’s purpose is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and city staff in the planning and implementation of programs and activities involving diversity, inclusion, and equality.

The conversations about creating meaningful change got started after a video surfaced on social media showing local teens chanting racist words. The discussions included “Coffee and Conversation,” aimed at Southlake’s Moms, “Dads and Brew” a discussion for Southlake’s Dads, a talk with the students of SKIL (Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership), and other meetings with local students.

In a recent Facebook post, Mayor Laura Hill stated, “We must hold true to our values and not tolerate racism, discrimination, exclusion or intolerance. We must do this even when it is hard and even when we are at our most disappointed because it’s what makes us stronger going forward.”

The Alliance is open to members of established boards and commissions, community interest, and philanthropic groups, the faith-based community, the business community, or any other interested individual including students.

“I believe in Southlake, and I believe in anyone who is willing to stand up with me to make Southlake the best it can be,” said the Mayor.

For more information about the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture or to apply, please visit

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Expanding Mobility: More Improvements to come on Continental Boulevard

The drive on Continental Boulevard will continue to make progress thanks to two new engineering agreements approved at the December 4 City Council meeting. Improvements are coming to the Continental intersections at FM 1938 and Peytonville Avenue.

As a major Southlake thoroughfare, Continental Boulevard improvements were included in the Mobility Master Plan adopted in 2016. The mobility plan identifies the transportation needs of the City and provides solutions to help make improvements to roads, sidewalks and trails.

The new engineering agreements will allow for the design work on these projects to begin. Construction is not expected to begin before FY2020.

FM 1938 and Continental Boulevard

Improvements to this intersection include widening Union Church Road to add dedicated right and left turn lanes as well as a dedicated eastbound through lane onto FM 1938. Sidewalks will also be added to the existing sidewalks along the north side of Union Church Road.

On the other side of FM 1938, two dedicated left-turn lanes for westbound traffic will be added to Continental. FM 1938 will get a dedicated right turn lane onto Continental, an extension of existing sidewalks and improvements to pedestrian crossings.

Peytonville Avenue and Continental Boulevard

A single-lane roundabout will be built to help aid the traffic congestion at the intersection, especially during school traffic peaks and added traffic from Koalaty Park visitors.

“We know this roundabout project will cause some traffic concerns during construction. But we already have a plan in place to install temporary traffic signals to maintain mobility through the intersection during the construction phase,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen.

Both of these projects are part of the City’s Capital Improvement Projects program. Visit to stay up-to-date on these projects and all other Southlake mobility news.

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Register Now for Southlake’s Spring Youth Jiu Jitsu Classes

Session 1 of our youth jiu jitsu program begins Monday, January 7 and runs through Monday, February 11. Registration closes the Friday before classes begin (January 4).

One of our most popular youth classes, jiu jitsu is a true mind-body workout that strengthens children’s physical, emotional and social skills. In addition to learning age-appropriate martial arts techniques that will prepare them to one day become a Black Belt, Jiu jitsu students also learn respect, responsibility, self-esteem, confidence, discipline, heightened awareness and much more.

Registration is now open for our spring 2019 jiu jitsu classes. Click your desired session and time below to see what all the excitement is about!


Resident Fee: $94
Non-Resident Fee: $118

January 7 – February 11
(No class January 21)
Ages 5–11: 6:15–7:00pm
Ages 12–18: 7:00–8:00pm

February 25 – April 3
Ages 5–11: 6:15–7:00pm
Ages 12–18: 7:00–8:00pm

April 15 – May 15
Ages 5–11: 6:15–7:00pm
Ages 12–18: 7:00–8:00pm

If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors for Another Magical Year of Breakfast and Snacks with Santa!

Southlake Parks and Recreation would like to extend a very special thanks to all of the sponsors who helped make our holiday programs a success.

On Saturday, December 1, families from Southlake and surrounding cities enjoyed a delicious breakfast, sweet treats and plenty of holiday fun with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Our holiday programs wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our sponsors:

Breakfast With Santa 2018 Sponsors

  • Title Sponsor: Gateway Church
  • Another Broken Egg Cafe
  • Alpine Materials
  • Central Market
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels

Snacks With Santa 2018 Sponsors

  • Alpine Materials
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Sprouts

We look forward to seeing you next year!

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Good news for SH 114 Drivers. Frontage road expansions coming

Southlake City Council approved a $3 million funding agreement with TxDOT, during the December 4 City Council meeting, for the construction of east and westbound frontage roads along SH 114 between Kirkwood Boulevard and Dove Road.

“For those of you who are familiar with highway 114, the frontage road that mysteriously ends at Dove Road and then starts again in Trophy Club. So our goal is that you can take the frontage road all the way from Grapevine to Trophy Club,” Mayor Laura Hill stated during the City Council meeting. 114 Frontage Rd

This project will serve as a welcome addition along this stretch of the 114 corridor. Continued development along the corridor, particularly in Southlake, continues to increase traffic volumes throughout the region.

“Regional growth in recent year has increased the usage of SH 114 as a key east-west connector,” notes Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “This has made the need for capacity improvements such as the completion of the frontage roads more pressing.”

The City is constantly striving to develop an innovative mobility system to provide a safe, convenient and effective way for motorists to travel through Southlake. Foreseeing the growth of the 114 corridor and an increase in traffic volumes, the City engaged with consultants in April 2016 to manage and perform preconstruction activities for this project.

The map shows the proposed westbound frontage road. Completion of this project will eliminate the need for motorists to re-enter the highway at Dove Road in order to continue onto Kirkwood Boulevard.  Next steps for this project include environmental studies and selecting contractors. Weather permitting; construction could start in late 2019.

As part of the Mobility Master Plan this project is just one of many current and future projects aimed at providing a safe and efficient network to allow for improved mobility in Southlake.  You can stay up-to-date on this project and other CIP projects by visiting the CIP page on the City website.

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