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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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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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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Closure of Runway 17L/35R for 8/19 and 8/20

DFW is planning the closure of Runway 17L/35R for this Saturday, August 19, from 9:30 AM until 9:30 PM and then again on Sunday, August 20, from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM.  This is a continuation of nighttime maintenance work on the runway  and sub-grade stabilization of the runway.

What to Expect: 

Saturday and Sunday weather forecasts show winds coming from the south at 5 to 10 mph.  When winds are southerly, aircraft take off to the south and land from north to south.  When surface winds are light and variable, takeoff and landing flow may be affected by winds above the surface and/or other operational needs.

Runway 17L/35R is used for arrivals only.  During the closure, arrivals will shift to Runways 18R and 13R on DFW’s west side and 17C on DFW’s east side.  The shifts in aircraft arrivals to other runways during the closure may affect the cities of Flower Mound, Lewisville, Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Westlake, and Coppell which could experience some additional aircraft traffic.

DFW encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact them.  You may contact DFW by email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline, at 972-973-3192 (manned 24/7).  Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided, when requested.

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City Manager Presents Proposed FY 2018 Budget

City Manager Shana Yelverton has filed the proposed FY 2018 Budget for City Council consideration.

The proposed budget includes an already approved 20% homestead exemption for homeowners, a steady tax rate, significant investments into safety and security, improved roads and road capacity, and operating dollars for the new recreation center, The Marq Southlake, Champions Club.

City of Southlake FY2018 Fast Facts imageHomeowner Tax Payer Relief and Reducing Debt

Seven homestead exemption initiatives have been approved by the City Council since 2009, including the 20% homestead exemption adopted for FY2018.

This 20% homestead exemption is an increase from the 16% exemption adopted in 2017 and marks the highest homestead exemption allowed by law.

“Tax relief for the homeowner has been a priority of the City Council since 2009,” said Chief Financial Officer Sharen Jackson. “The 20% homestead exemption will provide a reduction in value of $132,400 for an average-valued home in Southlake; this is equal to a 9.25 cent tax rate reduction and is part of the City’s commitment to targeted tax relief.”

The city of Southlake has also been able to manage debt so that 93% of the City’s current tax-supported debt will be retired in 10 years. Through the City’s use of cash and aggressive pay-back schedules when debt is issued, the City has reduced the property tax supported debt by 52% since 2010. The FY 2018 budget provides cads funding for General Fund capital projects.

Safety and Security

For FY 2018, numerous investments will be made into Safety and Security.

“Recruiting, and retaining our police officers and firefighters is the best investment that we can make into Southlake’s continued safety and security,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “We will also focus on equipment needs such as protective headgear and ballistic vests to better equip our public safety personnel with what they need to do their jobs.”

The proposed budget includes funding for police and fire cost of living and merit pay increases, as well as dollars to support the competitiveness of their pay plan in the City’s labor market.

Additionally, City Council will consider budgeting the resources necessary to adjust the pay plan for stronger entry pay during budget deliberations in September.

“The DFW labor market for police officers and firefighters is extremely competitive,” said Yelverton. “Should Council choose to take the extra steps of improving our public safety compensation framework, we believe we will be in a better position to recruit high quality personnel and keep them longer.”

Other safety investments will include improvements to school zones and the City’s cybersecurity as well as enhancing treatments for areas that have seen significant mosquito activity.

Better Mobility

This year’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) prioritizes better mobility around Southlake. Projects include the expansion of North White Chapel, from Emerald to State Highway 114, continued improvements to FM 1938/Randol Mill Road and improvements to State Highway 114. There are also planned improvements to Kirkwood Boulevard and the City’s continued commitment to maintaining the roadway improvements.

“These key cash-funded investments into our roads are important to help keeping everyone moving,” said Yelverton. “But we are also focusing funds on better signal timing on Southlake Boulevard and laying the ground work for intelligent transportation systems which, by using current and emerging technology, will help people get to where they need to go.”

The Marq Southlake

The Marq Southlake Champions Club will be a primary focus in FY 2018. The recreational facility will open the fall of 2018 with an aquatic center, fitness area, gymnasium, jog/walk track, indoor playground and an indoor and outdoor turf area. The proposed budget includes funding for necessary staff and operating needs to provide the services that will be offered.

“The Marq Southlake Champions Club will open in the fall of 2018 and it’s going to be an exciting time,” said Yelverton. “As the building is going up, staff will be getting the word out about memberships, hiring instructors and other important information so that we’re ready when the doors open.”

For a complete look at the proposed FY 2018 budget please visit CityofSouthlake.com/FY2018.

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Register Now for the Fall Men’s Adult Softball League!

Join the City of Southlake for the Men’s Adult Softball 35 & Over league this fall.

Enjoy the cooler weather and get active with your friends, neighbors, family members or coworkers. Players must be 35 by the start of the season on September 12, 2017, and only teams can participate. Each team must have ten players and a team may have up to 4 players between the ages of 30-34.

All games are held Monday evenings at the Bob Jones Softball Complex. The season will run from September 11- October 30, with play-offs held on November 6 for the top teams in the league. The cost per team is $300 and teams are responsible for providing their own jerseys.

Register online or in person at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

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Hide, Seek, Rock

A twist on the game of hide-and-seek has spread throughout the City of Southlake.

It’s simple: local members of the community intricately paint rocks and then hide them for others to find.

Envisioned by the Kindness Rocks Society and popularized through Facebook, groups have been popping up all over North Texas, with Southlake also joining the craze. The Southlake Rocks!! Facebook page already has 299 members since May and is steadily growing as more and more people participate.

Rocks have been found all over the city, all the way from Central Market to Liberty Park. Coming in all different shapes, sizes and colors, the rocks range from simple to complex, with some being realistically painted like animals to vivid sunsets and even silhouettes.

Mayor Laura Hill is very enthusiastic about the idea and shared her sentiments on Facebook when she and the City Council members each received their very own painted rocks. “Thank you “Southlake Rocks!” and the Girl Scouts from troop 4012 for these super cute rocks we found on the Dias tonight. The #themayorsshoes rock!! Each of the Council members loved their Texas flag rocks, so clever!!” she posted.

Southlake firefighters and officers at the Department of Public Safety found and re-hid their painted bluebonnet rocks around town as well. “Thank you for “rocking” Southlake PD & FD!” the Southlake DPS page wrote on Facebook. “Officers & Firefighters appreciate the rocks and had fun finding new hiding places for them.”

The Southlake Parks Facebook page has also promoted the activity, posting pictures of painted rocks found around Southlake Town Square.

To find updates, see how-to videos and read hints on where to find rocks visit the Southlake Rocks!! Facebook page online at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1364187063647018/ .

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MasterWorks Music Series Continues Through the Fall

A Southlake tradition, MasterWorks is a concert series that offers community members free musical performances.

Presented by the City of Southlake and the Arts Council Northeast, the music series is open to both Southlake residents and visitors. We have had some wonderful Masterworks concerts so far this summer, and have a few more excellent performances coming up in the fall. Concerts will be held at Southlake Town Square in Family Park and at Aria Amphitheater at The Marq Southlake.

With a wide range of musical genres in the line-up, the concerts will offer exciting entertainment for music fans of all ages and musical preferences. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are not permitted at either venue.

2017 Masterworks Music Series Fall Schedule:

Saturday, September 16 – Southlake Community Band – Southlake Town Square – 8:00 – 9:30 PM

Saturday, September 23 – The Boogies – Aria Amphitheater – 8:00 – 9:30 PM

Sunday, October 15 – Zach King – Southlake Town Square – 6:00-7:30 PM

Sunday, October 29 – The Space Rockers – Aria Amphitheater – 2:00 – 5:00 PM

For more information, contact 817-748-8019.

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Travel Advisory for N. White Chapel Construction Work

Another travel advisory for upcoming road construction work.

On Wednesday August 16, 2017, the Southlake Public Works Streets division, will begin roadway repairs on North White Chapel Blvd. from the service road of SH 114, north to Dove Road. Construction will be performed during the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Construction crews will be resurfacing a section of the road.

North White Chapel Blvd. will remain open during the designated construction hours but traffic delays should be anticipated.

Weather permitting, construction is expected to be completed by Friday, August 25, 2017.

Please contact Southlake Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions about this project.

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