TCC expands Fire Service Training Center

Tarrant County College Northwest is growing its Fire Service Training Center to expand opportunities for the next generation of first responders. On Friday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m., the Fire Service Training Center will officially open the campus’s Fire Station 2. The event will include a ribbon cutting, remarks by TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini and TCC Northwest President Zarina Blankenbaker and opportunities to tour the new space.

With the addition of Fire Station 2, a two-bay structure, the College has adequate space to house all its fire trucks. The 50’x60’ station has dedicated

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Enclosed Courts Coming Soon to the Southlake Tennis Center

With construction beginning this week on the two new indoor courts, there will soon be even more to love about the recently renovated Southlake Tennis Center.

Since the Tennis Center’s beautiful new clubhouse was unveiled earlier this year, visitors have enjoyed state-of-the-art amenities, a full-service pro shop and a multipurpose Club Room that’s the perfect rental space for meetings, luncheons and other special events. With the addition of two enclosed courts, visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy the award-winning facility no matter the weather.

This final round of renovations will transform courts eight and nine into fully temperature-controlled indoor courts. Construction begins this week and is expected to conclude in summer 2019. During construction, the external gate to courts 17, 18 and 19 will not be accessible for visitors wishing to use the facility after hours. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage players to utilize the two courts by the water tower during the transition, both of which are open to the public. The gate will be re-opened once construction is complete.

For more information, contact the Southlake Tennis Center at (817) 421-5605.

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Drop by the Writing Center

You catch flies with honey, it’s said, but what do you use to catch students?

Coffee.

At least that’s the bait of preference for Gabrielle “Gabby” Raymond as she embarks on a marketing program to lure South Campus students to her underground lair, otherwise known at the Writing Center.

The plan, of course, is that those who come for a cup will see and take advantage of what’s offered, not only in the Writing Center, but also in the Language Acquisition Lab, Student Success Lab and Computer Lab. All are housed in SCLC, the subterranean facility just north of the Garrett

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City breaks ground on Como Community Center

The Como community is getting a new community center that will offer both youth and adult programming, fitness resources and meeting space. City officials joined Como residents to break ground on the project on Oct. 29.

After the new center is operational by fall 2019, the old building will be demolished.

Funded by the 2014 bond program and other sources, the center is expected to cost more than $12 million. Amenities in the 25,000-square-foot facility will include classrooms and activity rooms, a demonstration kitchen, computer lab, senior activity area, improved administrative offices, Community Action Partners social service office, fitness area, gymnasium, outdoor seating, a customer-friendly reception desk, increased special event space and a spacious lobby.

The original Como Community Center was built in 1970 and is located on Horne Street near West Vickery Boulevard. Its after-school program has been in existence for more than 20 years, and as many as140 students participate annually. Additionally, Como is the only community center in Fort Worth that has a track and field team, as well as peewee football and cheerleading leagues.

The center provides an evening meal program daily, a weekend food program and a mobile pantry in collaboration with Tarrant Area Food Bank. The center is a Community Action Partners site that assists low-income individuals.

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$200,000 grant to enhance trails at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

Thanks to a fundraising effort led by the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awarded a $200,000 recreational trails grant to enhance trail facilities.

The Friends raised more than $100,000 in matching funds for the project. The grant will fund additional parking, trail stabilization and restoration as well as a trailhead kiosk and a compost toilet.

The project will take place at the southern portion of the nature center’s 20 miles of trails at Greer Island. This area suffered extensive flooding in 2014 and 2015, creating the need for restoration.

Carter Smith, executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, presented the Friends with a check for $200,000 at a reception honoring Fort Worth resident Ralph Duggins, who was appointed Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission chairman earlier this year. The event also kicked off the initial phase of the nature center’s plans to preserve and enhance one of the largest urban nature parks with the goal of making it one of the best in the country.

The trails are used by more than 60,000 visitors annually with a growth rate of 6 percent per year. The trail system forms one of the largest and most diverse trail systems in North Central Texas.

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TCC South’s LEED Platinum Center of Excellence for Energy Technology Included in 9th Annual DFW Solar Tour

Underscoring its commitment to serving the community through environmental sustainability, Tarrant County College South Campus is one of 30 eco-friendly locations participating in this year’s DFW Solar Tour. This free event enables people to learn how homeowners and businesses are using solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to save money and conserve resources.

Hundreds of people are expected to take self-guided tours of the new LEED Platinum Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, an award-winning facility that features a custom-designed

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August Seminars for Senior Activity Center Members

Each month, the Southlake Senior Activity Center offers a variety of educational, legal and health seminars for its members. Visit the Senior Activity Center or call (817) 748-8315 to register for the seminar you want to attend!

Not a member of the Senior Activity Center? Anyone age 55 and better can become a member online or in person at 285 Shady Oaks Drive. There are no geographical restrictions on membership or attendance.

AUGUST SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER SEMINARS

Pre-registration is required for all seminars. You can register for seminars via phone or in person at the front desk. Seminars are subject to change.

Identity Theft Awareness Forum
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Description: Congressman Marchant and speakers from local, state and federal agencies will speak about identity theft and scams targeting our seniors. They will share insights and best practices to avoid falling for these traps. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Diabetes and Exercise
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Description: The Carlyle at Stonebridge Park will give a presentation teaching the proper exercises for folks who have diabetes. Get a free blood pressure check while you’re here!

Learn Then Lunch: Senior Living Solutions Series
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Description: Explore your options regarding long-term housing and how to accommodate the expenses. All transitional issues will be discussed: getting your home ready to sell, selling your home and what to do with all of those belongings.

The Palliative Pathways
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Description: Loretta Windman of Community Hospice Texas leads this program designed to provide information about complex medical decision making, resources, advanced directives and more.

Looking for more fun things to do in Southlake? Check the Senior Activity Center calendar for more classes, programs, events and trips tailored to mature adults! If you have any questions or would like more information about memberships, please call the Senior Activity Center at (817) 748-8315.

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July Seminars for Senior Activity Center Members

Each month, the Southlake Senior Activity Center offers a variety of educational, legal and health seminars for its members. Visit the Senior Activity Center or call 817-748-8315 to register for the seminar you want to attend!

Not a member of the Senior Activity Center? Anyone age 55 and better can become a member online or in person at 285 Shady Oaks Drive. There are no geographical restrictions on membership or attendance.

JULY SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER SEMINARS

Pre-registration is required for all seminars. You can register for seminars via phone or in person at the front desk. Seminars are subject to change.

Better Health, Better You Series: A Matter of Balance
Dates: July 17 – September 4, 2018
Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Registration Fee: Free for SAC members and Tarrant County residents 60+
Description: Are you looking to manage your concerns about falls and increase your activity level? This eight-week seminar series is for you! The two-hour interactive sessions focus on reducing the fear of falling by teaching exercises that increase strength, flexibility and balance.

Better Health, Better You: Diabetes Presentation
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Description: Carleen Stout, a registered nurse and Certified Diabetes and Cardiac Educator from Medical City Health, will provide practical tips to help prevent and manage diabetes.

Learn Then Lunch: Senior Living Solutions Series
Date: Thursday, July 12; Thursday, August 16; Tuesday, September 18
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Description: Explore your options regarding long-term housing and how to accommodate the expenses. All transitional issues will be discussed: getting your home ready to sell, selling your home and what to do with all of those belongings.

History Seminar
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Description: Join us as we learn all about the modern history of the Texas Rangers (1860–present).

Looking for more fun things to do in Southlake? Check the Senior Activity Center calendar for more classes, programs, events and trips tailored to mature adults! If you have any questions or would like more information about memberships, please call the Senior Activity Center at 817-748-8315.

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Southlake Tennis Center “Serves” Family Fun at Open House May 18

Another major milestone at Bicentennial Park was achieved in May with the completion of the newly-renovated and expanded Southlake Tennis Center. The facelift is part of the third and final phase of Bicentennial Park improvements, which also includes a completed trail system, synthetic turf field for the in-line hockey court, additional landscaping, and other park amenities.

In honor of the occasion, the City hosted an open house May 18 to unveil the new facility to the public. Guided tours, food and refreshments, a bounce house, and tennis activities for adults and youth allowed attendees to experience both indoor and outdoor spaces.

However, the main attraction was the new 6,100 square foot clubhouse that includes a much larger pro shop equipped with tennis apparel, shoes, bags, balls and racquets. Upgraded locker rooms offer players more restrooms, showers and dressing areas. A reception area with seating is located near the front entrance, and flat screens are placed throughout the building to display announcements and upcoming events. Tennis Center staff and pros have access to a private lounge, break room and work space with desks.

The Club Room is a multi-purpose space that connects to the covered patio via accordion-style doors. It is available for special events, meetings and luncheons. Upon completion of clubhouse renovations, two of the 19 tennis courts will be enclosed to allow for indoor play during inclement weather.

According to Frances Scharli, an avid tennis player and vice chairman of Southlake’s Parks & Recreation Board, the dramatic improvements will not go unnoticed.

“My team plays all over North Texas and our new Tennis Center is better than any other facility in the area, including private country clubs. It is state-of-the-art and superior in all aspects,” Scharli states. “I’m proud of the new facility as a Parks Board member, but I’m more proud of it as a tennis player.”

As Southlake has grown over the years, so has the popularity of the Southlake Tennis Center, which opened in 1999. Over the past decade, six additional tennis courts were added to the original 13, making it the largest public tennis facility in Tarrant County. With an original capacity for only a few staff members, the clubhouse could no longer accommodate the now 10 tennis pros and 22 personnel at the Southlake Tennis Center, not to mention the year-round, full-schedule of adult and junior players.

Scharli, who has played at Southlake Tennis Center since it opened, compares the new facility to the other top-notch recreational amenities the city offers.

“We are serving adults and children in a first-class way, just like everything else we do in Southlake…including ballfields, in-line hockey court and The Marq. We do it right and our citizens and visitors benefit from it,” she says.

The $8.8 million-dollar Bicentennial Park improvements are being funded by the Southlake Parks and Development Corporation (SPDC). Created in 1993, the SPDC administers the City’s half-cent sales tax allocated to parks-related capital projects.

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