Find the pet of your dreams at the Mega Adoption Event – summer edition

The Fort Worth Animal Shelter is partnering with the Humane Society of North Texas to host the largest shelter pet adoption event in Fort Worth. The inaugural Mega Adoption event was held in December 2018 with more than 800 pets finding their forever homes. It was an amazing event like no one had ever seen.

The “summer edition” event will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 29-30 at Will Rogers Coliseum, Cattle Barn 1. Admission is free.

All the pets have been spayed/neutered, received rabies/core vaccinations, microchipping, medical exam and 30-day pet insurance.

Every pet that comes through the doors of the Fort Worth Animal Shelter and the North Texas Humane Society has a story, often one of being abandoned. It’s the goal of both agencies to find loving homes for all of these incredible pets.

The Mega Adoption event is made possible by the Petco Foundation and BOBS from Sketchers.

Check out who’s waiting to be adopted:

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Legends Hall Named One of 2019’s Top Local Event Venues in Society Life Magazine

Readers of Society Life Magazine, the exclusive magazine of Northeast Tarrant County, have named Legends Hall one of the top three event venues in the area.

Legends Hall at The Marq recently celebrated its third anniversary as Southlake’s premier special event venue. Each year, the Legends Hall team has aspired to exceed guest expectations, going above and beyond to ensure each client’s event is run perfectly.

In the January 2019 issue of Society Life Magazine, Legends Hall was named one of the top three event venues as part of their annual “Tops in Tarrant” list. “Tops in Tarrant” is a web survey where members of the Northeast Tarrant County community vote for the 100 best local businesses across 34 carefully selected industries. We are thrilled to be recognized by our guests and clients as one of the best venues around!

To celebrate this recognition, we’d like to take a moment to share how Legends Hall has grown over the years and all the ways—both big and small—our team embodies world-class service each and every day. Since 2015, Legends Hall has hosted over 3,000 events, including over 50 weddings and countless birthdays, graduations, banquets and more. The beautiful Traditions Ballrooms have also been home to 10 community art events and performances by local institutions such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera and Southlake Swing Band.

Legends Hall has had an amazing first three years, and we owe it all to our wonderful clients, guests and staff. We feel blessed to find ourselves listed among the “Tops in Tarrant” and look forward to being the perfect place for life’s biggest moments for years to come.

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Upcoming event helps residents take care of outstanding warrants

Fort Worth Municipal Court will conduct a Safe Harbor initiative, meaning residents may visit without fear of arrest for outstanding warrants issued by the Municipal Court.

The Court in the Community event will be held 1-4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Good will Industries of Fort Worth, 4005 Campus Drive. The event is open to the public, but only the first 100 in line will be admitted.

Residents who plan to request alternatives to payment should bring all supporting documents for their request:

  • Time served. Bring booked-in and booked-out paperwork.
  • Community service/indigence documentation that shows you do not have the financial means to pay your warrants.
  • Time payment plans.
  • Two forms of identification.

To learn more, call 817-332-7866, ext. 2179.

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Home for the Holidays – 4 Tips to Have a Great Time at the Event!

The 2018 Home for the Holidays kicks off this weekend, and we want to prepare you and your family for this wonderful celebration.

Join us as we bring the holiday magic to Southlake Town Square Saturday, November 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the Annual Tree lighting Ceremony scheduled to take place 6:00 p.m.

There is something for everyone at Home for the Holidays! Don’t miss the impressive line-up of event activities such as carriage rides, snowman building, a ride down the four-lane snow hill, warm and sweet holiday refreshments, seasonal crafts, live entertainment and a trip to Santa’s village where kids can take pictures with Santa himself.

With visitors and shoppers flocking to Town Square this weekend, here are four easy tips to help you as you head out for the Home for the Holidays festivities:

1. Bring gloves or mittens: We are bringing in 50,000lbs of snow to accommodate the snow hill and the snowman building. We don’t want the little ones to get cold hands, so let’s keep those hands warm so we can play in the snow a little bit longer.

2. Parking: Parking will be available at both the East Garage and West Garage.

3. Rideshare: If you are planning on using a rideshare service, direct your driver to our designated drop off location at Summit Park located at 1501 Main Street.

4. New this year, the City is offering event update text alerts. All you have to do is text H4HSLK to 888777, and you are set to go to receive event updates in real time. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

To review a full list of Southlake’s Home for the Holidays events, please visit our website. Also, check out our fun Home for the Holidays video.

Special thanks to this year’s Title Sponsor Classic Chevrolet and our other event sponsors Gateway Church, Fort Worth Christian, Springfree Trampoline, Haven Dental, Sleep Number, Goddard School, WAY-FM, Sweet & Sassy and Sprouts.

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Southlake Sites for Seasonal Socials: Holiday Event Planning Tips

Planning a holiday event? Whether you’re looking for a location for an intimate gathering with friends and family or a larger venue for a corporate party, Southlake is your merry and bright start to holiday event planning. Let one of these festive settings host your holiday happening so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the party.

If you’re looking for a large venue, look no further than Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. The site features 23,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the spacious Traditions Ballroom with nearly 5,000 square feet—enough space to accommodate 300 guests. The Legacy Meeting Rooms total more than 1,400 square feet and are suitable for smaller events. Both the ballroom and meeting rooms can be divided to perfectly fit your event. Legends Hall also features nearly 2,800 square feet of pre- or post-function space, including the Club Lounge and 1,380 square feet of covered, usable outdoor patio space with lounge seating and fire features. For a finishing touch, The Marq also offers expert banquet specialists, flexible catering and alcohol policies, and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.

“Upscale but never uptight,” Cambria Southlake DFW North offers more than 5,000 square feet of functional and fully customizable event space, personalized catering options, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, and the freedom to deck the halls with holiday decor. The signature Southlake Ballroom features 3,900 square feet of space and can be divided into three smaller spaces averaging 1,300 square feet each. The Ballroom overlooks an expansive patio, which can also be utilized for private events. For small corporate events, the Carroll Boardroom and Tarrant Conference Room are options. All of the event space is built around a pre-function space that can be accessed through its own entrance, making guests feel like the VIPs they are.

For a setting with seasonal charm, Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square is conveniently located in the middle of holiday happenings in Southlake, including the Southlake Town Square Christmas tree, Santa’s Village and carriage rides. The boutique-style hotel boasts over 19,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including two ballrooms totaling over 10,000 square feet and six boardrooms. Hilton also offers on-site event planners, indoor and outdoor venues, pre- or post-function areas, audio-visual equipment and technicians and on-site catering.

Add some spice to your seasonal soiree at Copeland’s of New Orleans. Located inside Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square and home to some of the best Cajun cuisine outside of Louisiana, the restaurant also offers several special event spaces. The private dining room can seat up to 27 guests with u-shape family table.  Standing receptions and rectangular table layouts are also available options. Copeland’s Bar Lounge can also be reserved for a fun holiday happy hour, with maximum seating for 45 guests or standing room for 55 guests. Copeland’s semi-private dining option accommodates 25 seated guests or up to 50 seated guests with the private back patio. Audio-visual equipment is available for rental. With multiple private dining menus at various price points available for both lunch and dinner events, Copeland’s is sure to let the good times roll at your holiday party.

If you’re looking for an intimate fine dining experience with Texas flair, Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse in Southlake has a long history of perfecting steaks and recently renovated private dining spaces to offer guests one-of-a-kind surroundings. With a wine cellar backdrop, the Wine Room offers a completely private dining experience for up to 40 guests. With dark wood walls decorated with Kirby’s memorabilia dating back to the 1950’s and a drop-down LCD projector, the adjoining Back Room also offers private dining and can accommodate 30 guests. A collapsing soundproof wall can divide the rooms for two separate spaces. Kirby’s also offers a complete restaurant buyout for party planners seeking total privacy. With chef-crafted steaks and seafood, Sommelier-chosen wines and live music on Fridays and Saturdays, Kirby’s has all the makings for holiday cheer.

Del Frisco’s Grille can get your party started with private and semi-private dining rooms, not to mention the restaurant’s signature steaks, award-winning wine list, creative cocktails and dedicated group dining coordinators who will plan and personalize your event. Del Frisco’s private dining room accommodates up to 24 seated guests or 40 standing guests for a cocktail event, has a 50-inch flat screen television, and complete audio-visual capabilities. The patio seats up to 75 guests or 150 guests for a standing reception, plus is a fully-covered space with heaters to warm guests on chilly, festive evenings. The restaurant also has a prime view of Southlake Town Square decorated in seasonal splendor.

With fresh seafood and crab, Prime steaks and an award-winning wine list, Truluck’s is a catch for holiday celebrations. The Southlake location can accommodate private dining parties in the Capri Room for up to 45 seated guests and 50 for standing receptions. The Atrium Room can accommodate private parties up to 25 seated guests and 30 for standing receptions. The Lounge can be reserved for up to 100 guests, and the entire restaurant is available for up to 220 guests. With group lunch and dinner menus, as well as group reception and rehearsal menus featuring the restaurant’s signature seafood dishes, it’s easy to get hooked on the private dining at Truluck’s.

Brio Tuscan Grille offers Italian flavors and atmosphere, minus the passport requirement. With three private/semi-private dining options available and an expansive private events menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner events—in addition to regular menu items, Brio’s is all about options. The private dining room accommodates groups of up to 50 people. For an al fresco experience, Brio’s beautiful terrace accommodates up to 75 guests, and the semi-private cabanas seat 25 guests. All private spaces can be arranged to best suit guest needs, and the restaurant can even assist you with customized menu cards, audio-visual, and floral needs for your private holiday dining experience.

These are just a few of several sites for potential seasonal socials. For more information about planning your perfect party in Southlake, go to VisitSouthlakeTexas.com or call the Southlake Tourism Office at 817.748.8652. From unique settings to crowd-pleasing fare, it’s time to get your party started in Southlake!

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Hiley Subaru hosting adoption event for homeless pets

Hiley Subaru, a partner of the Fort Worth Animal Shelter, is transforming its huge showroom to make way for dogs waiting to be adopted.

The Subaru Loves Pets adoption event is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Fort Worth dealership, 3505 W Loop 820 S.

The animal shelter remains completely full with loving pets waiting for someone to take them home. The pets that land in the shelter are there because of a people problem, not because the animals did anything wrong. Many are already housetrained and are accustomed to living with families. The shelter is currently caring for approximately 600 dogs and cats.

If there was ever a time to find the dog or cat of your dreams, now would be great as there are so many to select from.

The adoption fee will be reduced to $10 and includes an initial medical examination, rabies vaccination, city license, micro-chip and spay/neuter.

See available pets.

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Joint PD and FD event helps keep kids safe

The Fort Worth Police Department and the Fire Department are joining forces to keep children safe at a free Kids Workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 6 at The Home Depot, 7100 N. Freeway.

Activities include a do-it-yourself workshop, Operation: Safe Child, an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog, bike rodeo fire safety presentations and the police mounted patrol.

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An amazing pet is waiting for you during Shelter Pets Rock event

What a busy summer it’s been at the Fort Worth Animal Shelter, with hundreds of pets waiting to be adopted into loving homes. July 28 is another opportunity to stop by and meet the incredible dogs and cats.

Each year the animal shelter takes in approximately 17,000 animals. The vast majority of these animals are strays that have no place to call home. This summer, the shelter has been strained and is working at capacity nearly every week. Be a hero and help a homeless pet find a forever home.

In partnership with PetSmart Charities, the Shelter Pets Rock event will be July 28 at four locations:

  • Chuck Silcox Animal Shelter, 4900 Martin St.
  • Fort Worth PetSmart stores: 4800 S.W. Loop 820 (I-20 at Hulen); 2901 Texas Sage Trail (I-35W at Heritage Trace Parkway); and 7616 Denton Highway in Watauga (cat adoptions only at this location).

Adoption fees for this weekend’s event are only $10. The adoption fee includes rabies vaccination, city license, micro-chip and altered (spay/neuter) services.

To learn more, call 817-392-1234 or visit the Animal Care & Control page.

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Are you ready for Stars and Stripes? Here’s what you should know about getting to the event.

Stars and Stripes Southlake is just a few days away. Tuesday, July 3, will be here before we know it. It’s an exciting event with a lot of activity, so before you come down we want to share some traffic, parking and safety tips.

Along with providing the perfect family-fun event, we also strive to provide a safe and secure event for all our visitors. The City of Southlake takes great measures to make sure all families attending the event have a safe and enjoyable experience.

“This is one of our most popular and fun events. We all look forward to Stars and Stripes,” said Police Chief James Brandon. “With that being said, Town Square will be full of people and activities. I’d like to remind everyone that while at the festivities please be aware of your surroundings. If anything causes you concern, our officers can be found throughout the event. Our primary goal is to make Stars and Stripes a safe place to enjoy the holiday for your family.”

Before you come to the event, here are some important tips to help you arrive and enjoy the event safely:

Want to avoid parking in Town Square?

Take the Shuttle: We are providing a shuttle service to and from the event.  The shuttle will be running from 3:30 p.m. to 11:55 p.m., and the pickup/drop off locations will be located at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church at 185 S. White Chapel Boulevard and Gateway Church at 700 Blessed Way.

The pickup/drop off location in Town Square will be located on Division and State Streets next to DPS Headquarters.

Use the family drop off area: There will be a family drop off at DPS Headquarters near the shuttle drop off. Please have your passengers ready to exit the vehicle when it comes to a stop. This will help alleviate traffic congestion. Drivers who are planning to use Southlake Blvd. to get home need to be aware that they will not be allowed to access Carroll Avenue towards SH 114.

Use the Uber and Lyft drop off area: This year, we’ve created a designated drop off location to help you coordinate drop off and pick up with your driver. Tell your driver to drop you off at DPS Headquarters, or 600 State St.

Traffic officers will be in the area to make sure that drivers are following the plan so that everyone gets in and out of Town Square safely and with as little delay as possible.

Planning to drive and park in the area?

Take advantage of the Granite parking garage: Parking will be available after 6:00 p.m. in the Granite parking garage located on the north side of Town Square.  The garage can be accessed on Division Street, the road that runs along the south side of DPS HQ, then traffic will be directed northbound on State Street to turn into the parking garage. Just follow the signs that will guide you into the Granite parking garage.

Entering via SH 114: Take the Carroll Avenue exit of SH 114.  Access is available on North Carroll Avenue at Federal Way and Prospect Street, between SH 114 and Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709). Drivers may also access Town Square from the eastbound service road of SH 114 at Grand Avenue and Central Avenue. It’s important to note that there will be no southbound traffic allowed from the north parking lots. All traffic will exit to the service road. Also, no parking will be allowed on the grassy areas next to the service road. “No Parking” signs will be posted and enforced.

Entering via Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709): You may either turn north on Carroll Avenue to park on the west side of Town Square; use Central Avenue to access the east side of the Square; or use the east parking garage. **Please note that the west parking garage will be closed for the event.

At the end of the event: All traffic on the west side of Town Square will exit (right-turn only) onto Carroll Avenue heading northbound. There will be NO southbound traffic out of the Square allowed onto Carroll Avenue.

All traffic on the east side of the Square from Main Street will exit onto Central Avenue southbound.  All exits from the east garage will be directed to Central Avenue to go north to the SH 114 service road to exit the Square. **The west side exits to the east garage will be closed.

Handicapped Parking in Town Square

Drivers can enter from either Prospect Street/Carroll Avenue or Central Avenue /Southlake Blvd (FM 1709). to access the handicapped parking along Main Street. Handicapped parking will be available on Main Street by Starbucks and Mi Cocina. Please be aware that the entrance at Carroll Avenue /Main Street will be designated for exit only.

Not parking in Town Square?  

Lighted crosswalks will be available and manned by Southlake officers at the following locations:

  • Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) and Central Avenue
  • Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) and Carroll Avenue
  • North Carroll Avenue and Prospect Street
  • North Carroll Avenue and Federal Way

If parking on the side streets off of Carroll Avenue, please remember to follow these important rules.

  • To ensure everyone makes it home safely, it’s imperative that everyone uses the designated crosswalks. Crossing Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) on foot from the Central Market area is very dangerous and PROHIBITED!  Bike officers will be patrolling the area and will take appropriate enforcement action for your safety.
  • Park facing the correct way and no more than 18” from the curb.
  • Do not block driveways or park in someone’s yard.
  • Make sure your vehicle is not in the intersection; it will be towed.
  • Be courteous to the neighborhood.

Access to Town Square before the event

  • Barricades will go up early in the morning on July 3rd. The interior roads of Town Square will not be accessible by vehicle. Please plan accordingly. The parking lots and east garage will be open until full. As the lots and garage become full, they will be closed. All parking lots with the exception of the lots north of the Hilton will close no later than 7:30 p.m. There will be barricades for the duration of the event preventing traffic from traveling north on Central Avenue past Main Street.
  • And most of all, WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS! Citizens on Patrol (COPs) volunteers will also be on hand to assist pedestrians at major crosswalks and to help ensure the safety of all attendees.

For more information about the event, visit www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.

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