Southlake Senior Activity Center will Take a Trip to the Bluebonnet City of Texas- April 25, 2014

bluebonnetJoin the City of Southlake Senior Activity Center on Friday, April 25 for a visit to Ennis, TX to celebrate 63 Years of Ennis Bluebonnet Trails. The bus will depart from the Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. and arrive back at the center by 5:30 p.m. Please note that the return time is subject to change.

Ennis was designated by the 1997 State Legislature as the home of the “Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail” and was designated the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.” From April 1-30, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. Each year, thousands of visitors travel to Ennis to view the wonderful wildflower show.

The transportation cost for this event is $7.00.  All other costs (lunch, souvenirs, etc.) are not covered. If you are interested in signing up for this exciting outing (participants must be 55+), you can register at the Southlake Senior Activity Center, located at 307 Parkwood Drive.  Please call (817) 748-8315 if you would like more information.

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Orange Barrel Alert – Bicentennial Park Phase 2 construction

MapStarting Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 and lasting through Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 the Bicentennial Park Phase 2 Construction Project will be installing new water lines along southbound N. White Chapel Boulevard.

The installation will occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  During this time, lane restrictions will be in place but will be limited only to the right-lane of southbound N. White Chapel Boulevard from San Saba Drive to approximately 100 yards south of Emerald Boulevard.

Please exercise caution when traveling around the construction zone.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Peter Kao at 817-748-8607

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Call for Volunteers – Be a Part of Southlake’s Boards and Commissions

City of Southlake Medallion coverDo you want to be part of the City of Southlake team?  The City Council is seeking residents who want to be engaged in their community and help support the City Council in their mission.

On June 17, 2014, the Mayor and Council will make appointments to the Building Board of AppealsParks and Recreation Board, Planning and Zoning CommissionSouthlake Parks Development Corporation, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Citizens interested in helping their local government in the areas of regard to park facilities, zoning cases, and commercial or residential development are encouraged to complete an application for a board or commission.  Applications may be obtained from the City’s website.

Each appointment is for a term of two years, unless appointed to fulfill an existing vacancy for an unexpired term. It takes a team to run a City, and City Council wants you to be a part of our team. If you have the desire and the commitment to devote to our community, please complete an application and e-mail (arichardson@ci.southlake.tx.us) or fax (817).748.8270 to the City Secretary’s Office.

You can also mail or hand-deliver your application to the City Secretary’s Office, 1400 Main Street, Suite 270, Southlake, Texas 76092.  Applications must be received no later than May 5.

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Take Your Eco-Friendly Efforts to the Next Level at Green Fest Southlake March 29

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Unlike Kermit the Frog, the organizers of Green Fest Southlake want Southlake residents to know it is easy to be green! Learn how-to be environmentally friendly in your home or business everyday and invest in a sustainable future at the 6th Annual Green Fest Southlake on March 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Rustin Park in Southlake Town Square. The family-friendly event is free to the public.

Hosted for the first time by Bob Jones Nature Center (BJNC) in Southlake, the purpose of the event is to provide a fun, educational forum for residents and business owners to learn about the many ways to be better stewards of the earth’s resources.

According to Audra Lewandowski, event founder and board member for BJNC, she previously hosted the event through GreenFellows, Inc., a Southlake-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about going green.

“GreenFellows was much smaller than BJNC and we realized that if we wanted to take the event to the next level, we needed the support of a larger organization. BJNC has a similar mission and is a natural fit for Green Fest,” explains Lewandowski, noting all funds raised at Green Fest will go to fund environmental restoration projects at BJNC.

Rustin Park will be transformed into an environmental showcase of eco-friendly exhibitors and products focusing on how-to go the extra mile to be green. Attendees can expect to see the latest energy-efficient solutions for the home and business, as well as product demonstrations. Additional activities include:

  • Live entertainment
  • Bounce house
  • Prizes drawings (tickets $5 each) – individual buckets for each item
  • Juice pouch recycling contest for kids up to 12 years old – an Apple iPad will be given to the winner
  • More than  30 exhibitors including:
    • Rapid Refill of Grapevine – bring empty toner and ink cartridges to recycle
    • Central Market
    • Whole Earth Provision Company
    • SmartWool – giving away 300 pairs of wool socks
    • It’s Organic to You
    • Elevation Health
    • Daylight Rangers
    • NaturePedic Organic Mattresses
    • Batteries Plus – bring old batteries to recycle

“We want Green Fest to be a fun family event, but more importantly, to raise awareness about what else can done to live a sustainable life. Most people in Southlake recycle and have switched to LED light bulbs, but there is more they can do to be green without spending a lot of money. As consumers, we need to recognize that it is hard to find a product that doesn’t have a green alternative  ̶  from cars and carpet to cleaning solutions,”  adds Lewandowski.

Green Fest Southlake is free admission to the public. For additional information, go to www.TexasGreenFest.com.

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Area Seniors Invited to See The Barber of Seville at AT&T (Cowboy) Stadium

Barber of SevilleMembers of the Southlake Senior Activity Center are invited to attend The Dallas Opera’s 2014 AT&T Stadium Simulcast of Italian Composer Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville on April 11, 2014. The Southlake Senior Activity Center bus will depart from the center at 5:00 p.m. and return at 11:30 p.m. (Please note the return times are subject to change).

In this 17th century romantic comedy, the cunning Count Almaviva peels away his nobility and wealth in pursuit of true love. Through a series of disguises, personas, traps, and haircuts, he and his barber/accomplice, Figaro, show the audience why many consider The Barber of Seville to be the quintessential comedic opera.

At 7:00 p.m. prior to the free live performance, The Dallas Opera will present a 1950 animation masterpiece from Warner Brothers Classics, “Rabbit of Seville,” starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Attendees will enjoy “Rabbit of Seville and the complete live performance of The Barber of Seville on one of the world’s largest high definition video board structure, with four massive viewing screens.

The transportation cost for this event is $3.00; all other costs (food and concessions) are not included. Participants 55+ can register at the Southlake Senior Activity Center located at 307 Parkwood Drive. Please call (817)748-8315 if you would like more information.

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DFW Connector’s TEXpress Lanes Set to Open Tuesday, April 1

DFW_Connector_Logo 190x160The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will open the TEXpress Lanes (toll managed lanes) on the DFW Connector on Tuesday, April 1st, as a tool for managing congestion. The lanes are on a 4-mile segment of State Highway (SH) 114 from just west of SH 26 to east of International Parkway (DFW Airport).

The TEXpress Lanes run parallel to fully reconstructed main lanes and frontage roads and offer drivers the option to pay a variable toll. The lanes on the DFW Connector will open on April 1stat zero cost for a temporary introductory period. The incentive period will allow the traveling public to try the lanes, while providing TxDOT an opportunity to continue to test tolling equipment.

“With thousands of people expected to converge on the Metroplex next weekend for the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament and Duck Commander 500 NASCAR race, we believe this is the perfect time to open this new system for congestion management,” said James Bass, TxDOT Interim Executive Director. “This innovative corridor will provide a choice for commuters driving through this vital east west route as well as reduce congestion and improve safety.”

Later this spring, the incentive period will change and tolls will be charged along the 4-mile segment. Initially, the single-occupancy passenger vehicle rate will have a range of $0.67 to $1.00 for the entire segment when using a TollTag from the North Texas Tollway Authority, a TxTAG or an EZ-Pass from the Harris County Toll Road Authority. That rate varies depending on the time of day (peak vs. non-peak hours). Rates also will vary further depending on use of a TollTag or other transponder or pay-by-mail, and depending on vehicle occupancy and number of axles on a vehicle. Toll rates will be posted and clearly marked on electronic signs prior to drivers entering the TEXpress Lanes. In the future, tolls will fluctuate according to traffic volume and rate of speed. Electronic sensors throughout the corridor will measure congestion every few minutes and electronically recalibrate the rates. As congestion increases, the toll rate will increase to ensure that a minimum predictable speed of 50 mph is maintained.

Drivers with a valid NTTA TollTag, TxTag or EZ TAG on their passenger vehicle, along with HOV (High-Occupancy Vehicle) status, will receive discounted rates. HOV discounts can be obtained by pre-registering at www.DriveOnTEXpress.com.

The DFW Connector’s TEXpress Lanes will be the second to open in North Texas. These lanes have been developed over the past several years by transportation planners at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and TxDOT, along with other industry experts. The first TEXpress Lanes opened on a 3.2-mile segment of the LBJ Express (Interstate 635) in Dallas on Dec. 13, 2013. After the DFW Connector’s opening, the North Tarrant Express (SH 183 and I-820 in Fort Worth) lanes are expected to open at the end of 2014.

Extensive information about the TEXpress Managed Lanes network is available at www.txdot.gov, keyword “texpress lanes” and at www.texpresslanes.com.

The DFW Connector TEXpress Lanes are part of a $1.1 billion project that reached substantial completion at the end of 2013. The project consisted of eight-and-a-half miles of construction across four highways (including SH 114 and SH 121), two interchanges and more than 39 bridges. The DFW Connector not only expanded roadway capacity, but also improved air quality and alleviated congestion in a heavily traveled area of North Texas – all six months ahead of schedule.

For more information see the DFW Connector TEXpress Lanes Project Fact Sheet.

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The Southlake Senior Activity Center will be Visiting the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum

CR Smith MuseumJoin the Southlake Senior Activity Center on their visit to the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Ft. Worth. The Southlake Senior bus will depart from the Senior Center at 1:00 p.m. and will return at 4:00 p.m.

The C.R. Smith Museum takes visitors on a flight through American Airlines history, with interactive exhibits featuring historical artifacts, full scale aircraft engines and a rare Douglas DC-3 airliner. During the visit, the featured exhibit SPIN: The Science of Rotation will be on display.

The transportation cost for this event is $3.00 and the admission feee is $4.00. Participants 55+ can register at the Southlake Senior Activity Center located at 307 Parkwood Drive. Please call (817)748-8315 if you would like more information.

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Runway Shoulder Repair Could Lead to Aircraft Noise Monday (3/31/2014)

The City of Southlake has received the following from DFW Airport Noise Office:

DFW must close Runway 18R/36L on Monday, March 31 from 0730AM to 1230PM for some urgent runway shoulder repair.  The National Weather Service is forecasting south flow winds.  No north winds are forecast between about 9PM Saturday, 30 March and sometime after 3PM Tuesday, 2 April, next week.  If this forecast remains valid air traffic will remain in the normal south flow pattern. 

If the winds shift to the north during the runway shoulder repair period, the FAA may have to launch jets over the cities of Southlake and Grapevine.

Citizens with inquiries or complaints are encouraged to contact the DFW Airport’s Noise office by email at DFWNoise@DFWAirport.com or call the 24-hour telephone hotline at 972-973-3192.

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Proper Disposal of Glass and Needles

broken-glass-bottle2No one likes getting cut with broken glass or stuck with a needle. The City’s trash and recycling provider, Republic Services, has noticed an upsurge in injuries to trash collectors and landfill employees in the region related to exposed glass and needles. In order to better protect workers, Republic Services has provided a few tips on how to properly dispose of these hazardous items:

1)      Wrap any broken mirror glass in newspaper and tape before placing in a garbage bag, or, place the glass in a box marked “Broken Mirror.”

2)      Place any broken bottles or jars in a cardboard box labeled “Broken Glass.”

3)      Place any needles in an empty laundry detergent jug or other puncture-proof container before disposal.

These tips also protect residents taking their trash to the garbage can. Exposed glass or needles could potentially cause injury to individuals, as sharp objects may puncture garbage bags. If you have any questions about trash and recycling, or handling hazardous materials, please visit our website by clicking here, or calling the City at 817-748-8400.

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Fix a Leak Week and GreenFest

33786233The City of Southlake will be participating in two events in March aimed at promoting water conservation and sustainability.

Fix a Leak Week

The first event is “Fix a Leak Week,” which will be observed March 17-23, 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Water Sense are promoting this week-long event to raise awareness about water waste and what you can do to save water and save money!

Water leaks account for 1 trillion gallons of water waste each year. By checking places where leaks typically occur and simply being more aware of your water use, families can save thousands of gallons of water yearly. This in turn can save a family more than 10% on their water bills.

The premise is simple: Take 10 minutes. Check the faucets, toilets, dishwasher and other sources for potential leaks. Take the necessary steps to fix the leaks and help save 10,000 gallons of water in your home annually.

Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

  • Check your meter:  Don’t flush the toilet, run the faucet, or use any water for two hours. Check the meter again. If the meter does not read the same, you probably have a leak.
  • Check your faucets: A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second wastes more than 3,000 gallons in a year. Replace worn washers and gaskets.
  • In the bathroom: Check shower heads for age-related leaks. Look for decayed or broken “flappers” in toilets. Not sure what that is? It’s the rubber piece that opens up to let the water flow from the tank into the bowl when you pull down the toilet handle.

For additional tips, visit CityofSouthlake.com/FixALeakWeek. You may also stop by Town Hall that week and enjoy informational displays and handouts courtesy of Public Works.

Green Fest

The second event is Green Fest, which will be held on March 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Southlake Town Square.

Greenfest is Southlake’s point of connection to learn about the many ways to be better stewards of the earth’s resources. The event will feature exhibits, vendor booths, and entertainment aimed at promoting various ways residents can invest in a sustainable future.

Visit the Green Fest website to learn more and how you can get involved.

For any questions on either event, contact the Southlake Public Works Department at 817-748-8637.

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