Read with Malbec Before His Fur-well

Malbec is saying fur-well to the Library! May 5 is your last oppawtunity to read to him and practice your reading skills.

Malbec, a Portuguese Water Dog, first became a therapy dog in 2012. He and his siblings realized their pet-tential as therapy animals because they enjoy being around people and spreading paws-itivity. Malbec has worked at many organizations but his favorite is the Southlake Public Library.

Malbec will spend his retirement doing his favorite activities: throwing bed pillows on the floor, walking around Grapevine, riding with his head out the car window and chasing his tennis ball.

Children can register to spend 15 minutes reading to Malbec each first Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m., now through May. Please call the Library at 817-748-8243 to reserve a spot!

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Before disaster strikes, have a plan

September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme — “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can” — focuses on the goal to increase the number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school and places of worship. Part 1 of a four-part series.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters can affect our area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these four questions with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan:

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route?
  • What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household. As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household.
  • Responsibilities for assisting others.
  • Locations frequented.
  • Dietary needs.
  • Medical needs, including prescriptions and equipment.
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs, including devices and equipment.
  • Languages spoken.
  • Cultural and religious considerations.
  • Pets or service animals.
  • Households with school-aged children.

Step 3: Download and fill out a family emergency plan or create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family or household.

KnoWhat2Do is a regional North Central Texas preparedness program that promotes Think, Prepare and Act strategies to enable your family to become prepared for any incident.

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Do due diligence before signing on with a service line warranty program

The Fort Worth Water Department is aware of at least four companies — Home Services USA, American Water Resources of Texas, Dominion and Utility Service Partners — that offer service line warranty programs. Some are contacting Water Department customers to offer their warranty program for a fee.

The warranty program is much like insurance. For a monthly fee, the company will cover certain qualified repairs for service lines. Service lines are only a portion of the private plumbing line. They are neither owned nor maintained by the city. The homeowner is responsible for any damage or failure in the service line. For water lines, customer responsibility begins at the customer side of the meter. For sewer lines, the customer’s responsibility begins at the property line.

The Water Department is not endorsing any of these companies because the service line is private plumbing. Like with any insurance or warranty program, individuals should do their due diligence to learn what is and is not covered and what exceptions apply in order to make the best decision for their situation.

To learn more, contact the Water Department at 817-392-4477.

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Summer Fun in Southlake Before Heading Back to School

Summer is winding down, which means kids will soon be heading back to school. Before packing those backpacks, there is still enough time to squeeze in a few activities to make the most out of summer break. 

The Southlake Parks and Recreation department has been offering exciting camps to keep kids entertained all summer long, but there are only a few opportunities left to participate. As part of the Youth Camps, young padawans can learn engineering concepts while having fun with the force during Jedi Engineering with LEGO® and Jedi Master Engineering with LEGO®, August 1-5. Included in the Sports Camps lineup, kids can get plenty of exercise and learn teamwork during the Dodgeball Camp, August 15-18.
If your kids love the great outdoors, the Bob Jones Nature Center offers fun and educational opportunities for getting back to nature. From conducting experiments to creating art in nature, kids will learn how wildlife and humans are connected during the Bob Jones Nature Center Summer Day Camps, Tuesdays through Fridays now until August 12.  Kids of all ages will enjoy a guided observation of stars, constellations, planets and galaxies. Young astronomers and their families are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and snacks.
Active little athletes can develop skills for a life-long sport during the Southlake Tennis Center’s Summer Tennis Camps.  With different classes for different ages, young players learn proper techniques for all strokes and how to play points, as well as enjoy drills, tennis-related games and match play. The last week to score a spot at one of these camps is August 15-19.
Aspiring young aviators will be fascinated with the  Taking Flight: How Aviation Changed North Texas and Southlake  exhibit on display in Southlake Town Hall. On loan from the Tarrant County Archives and sponsored by the Southlake Historical Society, the exhibit showcases North Texas aviation through colorful panels, photos, maps and memorabilia. The free exhibit will remain in the lobby of Town Hall and in the Southlake Library through August 20.
The entire family can have fun and get fit for a worthy cause during the 8th Annual Hot Hatch Chile Run, Walk & Roll on Saturday, August 20 at Central Market in Southlake. Benefitting the Neuro Assistance Foundation, events include a 1-Mile Run/Walk/Roll at 7:30 a.m., a 5K Handcycle at 8:00 a.m., and a 5K Run/Walk/Roll at 8:05 a.m., with a special youth category for kids 12 years old and younger. Registration includes a full hot breakfast from Central Market, featuring hatch chile breakfast tacos, hatch quiche, roasted potatoes, fruit, juice and coffee.
Send your kids back to school in style. Shop Southlake during Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday, Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7. Most clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies priced less than $100 will be tax-free!With many stores in Southlake Town Square having back to school sales in addition to the tax-free weekend, shoppers can save big on school essentials and kids can feel confident about going back to class dressed to impress.

There are just enough days left to make fun summer memories before the school bell rings. Make plans with your kids to enjoy a few of these exciting activities in Southlake. For more information, go to

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