2019 Brings More Progress on N. White Chapel Widening Project

With the New Year comes the excitement for new things to come. In Southlake, 2019 will bring a new and improved N. White Chapel Boulevard.

Crews have been steadily making progress on the widening of N. White Chapel between Highland Street and SH 114. Part of a larger N. White Chapel improvement project, when completed there will be a new dual-lane roundabout at Highland and N. White Chapel. Gone will be the two-lane road motorists are used to, and in its place will be landscaped divided four-lane road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second part of this Capital Improvement Project will be the widening of N. White Chapel from Emerald Boulevard to Highland. When completed, N. White Chapel will be a four-lane road from FM 1709 to SH 114.

Since spring 2018 crews have:

  • Installed a new 12-inch water line
  • Installed new sanitary sewer lines
  • Installed new storm drains
  • Paved portions of the roundabout, and
  • Paved portions of north and southbound lanes

“We are pleased with the progress of this project. It will be a much-needed improvement,” noted Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “It was a wet fall, but despite the rain, we still made significant progress and are still on track for a fall 2019 completion of this phase of the overall improvement. The additional lanes and new roundabout will make a positive difference for motorists on this section of N. White Chapel.”

As the project continues to move forward, motorists can expect lane switches and lane closures, however, two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project. As always, motorists are reminded to use caution and be aware of their surroundings as they drive through the construction zone.

For updates follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

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Signing Santa Brings Holiday Traditions to Deaf Children

Christmas! A day where everyone celebrates the true joy of giving, receiving, wishing and being with those they love. For children, this holiday means so much more because this is the time of year where they meet the one person who does it all — Santa. They have the chance to meet and share their wish lists with him – the time of year where every child’s dreams should come true.

But not everyone can actually speak to Santa.

That is why the Sign Language Interpreting program at Tarrant County College held its annual Signing Santa event on December 7 at the Arlington Skatium. This

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Early winter weather brings health warnings

As arctic air moves across North Texas this week, MedStar is implementing its cold weather response protocol once the “real feel” temperature goes below 25 degrees. Under this protocol, response priorities are upgraded to patients in an outdoor area, unprotected from the cold.

So far, MedStar has responded to six calls for patients suffering from cold exposure.

Residents should protect themselves against serious health problems that can result from prolonged exposure to the cold by following these guidelines:

Lower risk of frostbite, hypothermia

When exposed to cold temperatures, the body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced.

  • Wear cold weather-appropriate clothing such as gloves or mittens, hats, scarves and snow boots. Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing, and cover your face and mouth if possible.
  • Be aware of the wind chill factor. Wind can cause body-heat loss.
  • Stay dry, and if you become wet, remove wet clothing immediately.
  • Limit your time outdoors.
  • Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.

Signs and symptoms of hypothermia

  • Shivering, which may stop as hypothermia progresses (shivering is actually a good sign that a person’s heat regulation systems are still active).
  • Slow, shallow breathing.
  • Confusion and memory loss.
  • Drowsiness or exhaustion.
  • Slurred or mumbled speech.
  • Loss of coordination, fumbling hands, stumbling steps.
  • A slow, weak pulse.
  • In severe hypothermia, a person may be unconscious without obvious signs of breathing or a pulse.

Avoid exertion

Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about performing hard work in the cold. Otherwise, if you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it.

Reduce risk of low-temperature injuries

People are at risk for developing health problems from working in cold environments.

  • Ensure that clothing and boots have adequate insulation.
  • Dress in layers to help keep in body heat.
  • Take frequent breaks out of the cold.

Avoid carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is poisonous to breathe. Operate all gasoline-powered devices, such as gas-powered heaters, outdoors and never bring them indoors. Be careful when using other alternate heating sources such as stoves or grills. This will help ensure your safety from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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MasterWorks Concert Series Brings Free Family Fun to Southlake

A Southlake tradition, the MasterWorks concert series offers community members a variety of free musical performances all summer long.

Presented by the City of Southlake and Arts Council Northeast, MasterWorks concerts are open to both Southlake residents and visitors. Concerts will be held from April through October at Rustin Pavilion in Southlake Town Square (1400 Main Street) and Aria Amphitheater at The Marq Southlake (285 Shady Oaks Drive). Music lovers of all ages are invited to come out and enjoy these free Saturday night concerts with family and friends. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, coolers and bug spray! Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted at either venue.

The 2018 MasterWorks concert series will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 when the Zack King Band brings their unique style of Texas rock to the stage at Town Square’s Rustin Pavilion. On May 18, the Southlake Community Band will perform at Aria Amphitheater at The Marq. Composed of more than 70 adult amateur musicians who play music for the sheer fun of it, the Southlake Community Band is always a MasterWorks favorite!

Come out to Town Square on June 2 for a children’s concert presented by Vocal Trash, a group known for blending elements of music and dance into its energetic and entertaining performances. Multiple tribute bands are on the schedule for June and July: enjoy familiar favorites by The Beatles during a performance by Me & My Monkey on June 16, and relive Journey’s greatest hits with the tribute band Escape on July 21.

Visit the MasterWorks webpage to see a full schedule of this year’s MasterWorks concerts! For more information, please call Southlake Special Events at 817-748-8919.

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Oktoberfest Southlake Brings German Festivities to Southlake Town Square October 6-8

It’s almost time to don your lederhosen, Oktoberfest Southlake will return to Southlake Town Square Friday, October 6, through Sunday, October 8. Back for its 16th year, the German-inspired festival will once again offer live entertainment, authentic German food, activities for the whole family, and widely popular wiener dog races. Hosted by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, the community event will offer both free parking and free admission.

Guests can expect many of the same exciting elements that have become traditions over the years. The sound of Swiss Longhorns will kick off a weekend of festivities, including live entertainment on three stages. In keeping with the theme, expect performances by The German Band of North Texas and Alpine Dancers, in addition to sounds from popular headliners, Downtown Fever and Walk This Way.

Numerous dining options will surround Southlake Town Square and will also be offered in Die Festalle, the centrally located festival hall tent, which will also serve beer and wine.

“We are excited to offer a wide variety of authentic German food at Oktoberfest Southlake. Guests will find unique dishes they may have never heard of before,” stated Mark Guilbert, the president of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, adding that nearly 30 food vendors in total will be on site.

With something for everyone, there will be nearly 90 arts and crafts vendors, a Family Fun Zone with various activities for all ages and a petting zoo, and a Sports Zone, which will be home to a football-shaped mechanical bronco, a jumbo screen showing college and NFL football games, and the popular Biergarten. Throughout the weekend, also expect a German costume contest, a yodeling contest, and a stein hoisting competition.

The wiener dog events, a crowd favorite, will take place on Saturday morning of the festival, and include a dog costume parade and the highly anticipated Wiener Dog Races. Dachshund owners are encouraged to register their dogs online prior to the event.

Although parking at the event is free, additional parking and a shuttle service will be available at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church over the weekend. Shuttles will run continuously to and from Southlake Town Square.

For additional information, including event hours, visit www.OktoberfestSouthlake.com.

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Southlake Sister Cities Brings Russian History to Southlake

Southlake Sister Cities is hosting a free history lecture on Russian history. Come and enjoy some traditional Russian snacks and learn more about Russia from Dr. Dan Orlovsky.

When: September 14 at 7:00 PM
Where: 3rd Floor, Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main Street, Southlake, TX

Southlake Sister Cities is about fostering understanding and acceptance across many cultures through personal experiences. “We picked Dr. Orlovsky because he is a professor of Russian studies at SMU (Southern Methodist University), and he focuses on the middle working class people of Russia rather than just the history of the country,” says Katy Hintze, vice president for the Southlake Sister Cities.

Dr. Dan Orlovsky is a professor and George Bouhe Research Fellow in Russian Studies at SMU. He is a specialist in the history of Provisional Government after the February Revolution of 1917, and he continues to study the history of a much understudied hidden class of Soviet citizens, people who were neither workers nor peasants, the white collar “employees” of the Soviet Union between 1918 and 1956. Dr. Orlovsky travels annually to Moscow to work in the trade union, Communist Party and state bureaucracy archives in pursuit of this hidden class.

This is the third speaker Sister Cities has brought to Southlake. Past lectures included a speaker from China and a speaker from Germany.  Southlake Sister Cities creates such events to help educate the community about other cultures and to create understanding.

Learn more about Sister Cities at www.southlakesistercities.com.

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Mobile Rec program brings swimming lessons to Fort Worth children

More than 500 Fort Worth children are learning to swim this summer thanks to a partnership between the city’s Mobile Recreation Summer Day Camp program and the Fort Worth ISD.

The Rainwater Charitable Foundation provided funding to make the partnership possible, providing lessons to 280 children each day at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

By the end of July, more than 560 kids will participate in the lessons. The program ends July 27.

“It is amazing to see the kids’ excitement at learning to swim,” said program director Richard Sybesma, head swimming and diving coach at TCU.

The city’s Mobile Recreation Summer Day Camp program is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department and the Fort Worth Independent School District. The program provides daily enrichment, recreational and cultural activities to students throughout the summer months, and is held at George C. Clark Elementary, Seminary Hills Park Elementary, Daggett Middle School and Paschal High School.

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Home for the Holidays 2016 Brings Merry and Bright Festivities to Southlake

Spectacular sparkling lights, festive family fun, and seasonal shopping galore are all part of Southlake’s Home for the Holidays, a month-long of holiday happenings in and around Southlake Town Square. Seasonal celebrations officially kick-off with the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony scheduled for Saturday, November 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. With free parking and free admission, this merry and bright start to the holiday season makes Southlake the perfect destination for Christmas cheer.nk6_0236

Be transported to a winter wonderland. A Southlake tradition for more than 15 years, the Annual Tree Lighting event features Santa’s illumination of Christmas lights in Southlake Town Square and includes a variety of seasonal family activities: a four-lane snow hill, snow man building, holiday crafts, ornament decorating, complimentary photos with Santa, letters to Santa, holiday treats, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a toy and food drive. Seasonal songs and entertainment will be provided by the Southlake Community Band and Southlake school choirs. The night of fun-filled merriment is only the start to a season full of festivities.

Santa is coming to town! Guests can stop by Santa’s Village in Rustin Park in Town Square to share wish lists and have holiday pictures taken with the jolly ole elf through Christmas eve. Kids can even have Breakfast with Santa or be one of Santa’s Little Helpers during events at The Marq Southlake.nk9_0053-november232013-3

Children will also have a blast during Story Time with Mrs. Clause, Cookie Decorating, Story Time at the Station, Holiday Crafternoon, and Mr. Vic’s Holiday Extravaganza. Popular during school breaks, Holiday Break Camp Mania is a great opportunity for kids to enjoy arts and crafts, field trips and plenty of play time. With multiple camp dates, there are a variety of options to keep children entertained while parents finish holiday shopping.

Making a list and checking it twice? With so many shopping and dining options in Southlake Town Square, the Holiday Concierge in can help guests stay organized this season. Browse movie showtimes, buy gift cards, check restaurant menus, get directions and information about stores, and make dinner reservations through this holiday service. Don’t forget about the other major shopping hot spots in Southlake, including Gateway Plaza, Kimball Oaks, Park Village, Shops of nk8_0288-november232013-3Southlake, and Southlake Marketplace. Savvy shoppers can even keep track of Black Friday hours and locations to find the best holiday buys this year.

Accommodate visiting friends and family with well-appointed rooms at Hilton Southlake Town Square, the perfect location for enjoying seasonal excitement. Hosting a holiday soiree? The Hilton even has event space for festive get-togethers and offers catering from Copeland’s of New Orleans, including famous Cajun Fried Turkeys to make holiday meals all the more memorable.

Have yourself a merry and bright holiday season during Southlake’s Home for the Holidays! For additional details, including dates and times for all of the holiday happenings, visit www.HomeForTheHolidaysSouthlake.com or call (817) 748-8019. Businesses and community organizations may submit information for posting to visitinfo@visitsouthlaketexas.com.

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Southlake Oktoberfest Brings German Family Fun to Town Square for 15th Year

Oktoberfest logoFrom authentic German food to live entertainment and wiener dog races, Southlake Oktoberfest is back for its 15th year in Southlake Town Square October 7-9.

In a perfect, walkable location, the family friendly event is one of the largest German-inspired festivals in the area and the largest annual event in Southlake, having grown from an estimated 15,000 in attendance during its first year to an expected 100,000 people this year. With free parking and admission, guests are encouraged to come and enjoy what has developed into a favorite fall attraction for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.

With a variety of exciting elements, here are a few don’t-miss activities at Southlake Oktoberfest:

  • Swiss Horns – The sounds of authentic alpine horns will kick off festivities at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, followed by remarks from a German dirndl-clad Mayor Laura Hill at 5:30 p.m.kid zone
  • Live Entertainment – Singers and bands will entertain the crowds from two stages during the weekend, including headliners Le Freak, the self-proclaimed “greatest disco band in the world,” and the Molly Ringwalds, a group that specializes in all things ‘80s, from hair to music.
  • Die FestalleThe Festival Hall Tent located in the middle of the event is the site for seating, food, and one of two bars providing beer and wine. Additional dining options will be found by vendors surrounding Southlake Town Hall serving up everything from authentic German cuisine to traditional festival food.
  • Arts & Crafts – Artists and craft exhibitors in Rustin and Family Park will offer hand-crafted products for sale, including jewelry, furniture and artwork.
  • Sports Zone – Home to the 9×16 foot GoVision big screen, the Sports Zone will offer numerous sports activities, including several new athletic games this year. Also home to the Biergarten, guests will find a selection of authentic German beers to enjoy while watching college and NFL games on the big screen.
  • Kids Zone – With the same youth-friendly elements from previous years, the Kids Zone will provide exciting entertainment for children, including games, activities and face painting. Popular children’s singer/song writer Eddie Coker will perform on the main entertainment stage near the Kids Zone at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Wiener Dog Events – Easily the most popular attraction at Southlake Oktoberfest, the wiener dog events will take place on Saturday morning of the festival, beginning with the costume parade at 9:30 a.m. and races at 10:00 a.m. Dachshund owners are encouraged to register their dogs online prior to the event.

Hosted by the Southlake Chaalpine hornsmber of Commerce and presented by Grubbs Infiniti, the City of Southlake has also been a dedicated partner in the event since its inception in 2001 – providing financial support and police and fire department presence throughout the festival. With many City staffers volunteering their time on the planning committee and during the event, Southlake Oktoberfest truly is a community-wide effort.

Southlake Oktoberfest hours of operation are Friday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Although parking at the event is free, additional free parking and a shuttle service will be available at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church over the weekend. Shuttles will run continuously to and from Southlake Town Square.

For additional information, contact the Southlake Chamber of Commerce at 817-481-8200 or visit www.OktoberfestSouthlake.com.

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An early spring brings more than just blooming flowers and trees to Southlake

Good weather has helped propel the developments of the Granite Place office building and the Cambria Hotel. Travelers along SH 114 may have recently noticed a couple things sprouting in Southlake that have nothing to do with plants.

The framing work on the Cambria Hotel at SH 114 and North Kimball Ave. has now reached the fourth floor of the 175-room project. The hotel, in the mixed use Kimball Park development, is expected to open this fall.

Further to the west along SH 114 near the Hilton Hotel in Town Square are foundation pilings rising out of the ground for the six-story, 160,000 square foot Granite Place office building. The office building is expected to be open by this Christmas and is the City’s first Class AA environment.

For more information about these projects, contact Economic Development and Tourism at 817-748-8037.

Granite Place Office Building Construction View from DPS North
Foundation Pilings for the Granite Place Office Building
Cambria Hotel Construction at SH 114 and North Kimball Ave.

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