Students experience behind-the-scenes look at city departments

Fort Worth hosted students the week of June 10-14 for the Fort Worth ISD Vital Link Program. The program encourages students to connect what they learn in the classroom to what they will need to succeed in the workplace.

Middle school students received an interactive, behind-the-scenes look at City of Fort Worth operations by exploring different departments each day:

  • Students learned about community building and city services with the Community Engagement Office. Then Cable TV showed students how to videotape, interview and cut audio.
  • Students headed to the Office of Emergency Management to experience a firsthand look at a disaster response exercise.
  • Transportation & Public Works hosted students as they helped engineers design safe crosswalks and sidewalks. They got a tour of the sign shop before heading off to the Water Department where the students took a tour of the Holly Treatment Plant.
  • Students participated in a waste sorting activity with Solid Waste, showing how much “trash” can be recycled to save landfill space.
  • Students visited City Hall and the Performance Office to learn about the city’s budget. The week ended with a celebration congratulating students on all they learned.

A video, created by the students, highlights the fun week of learning about City of Fort Worth careers.

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Experience Community and Culture at Celebrate Southlake 2019!

Join us for a special community dinner followed by cultural performances and activities at Celebrate Southlake 2019!

Invite your friends and neighbors as this will be a memorable evening for our City. The Community Dinner and Celebrate Southlake activities all take place at the Legends Hall at the Marq promenade and Aria Amphitheater located at 285 Shady Oaks Drive.

5:00pm: Celebrate Southlake Community Dinner
It will be a special opportunity to get to know your neighbors while breaking bread together. A variety of local cultural cuisines, including Chiloso, Spicy Pot and Hoang Noodle, will be available for purchase. There will be plenty of seating at a community farm table or you may also bring blankets and chairs to create a picnic on the lawn.

6:00-9:00pm: Celebrate Southlake Cultural Performances and Activities
Following the dinner, continue to celebrate Southlake from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. through cultural performances and activities. Cultural food will still be available during this time. Entertainment includes: Chinese dancers, a Japanese orchestra, Indian dancers, Spanish Flamenco dancers, and much more!  Kids and adults will enjoy lawn games and various interactive cultural activities.

Be sure to stop by the Mayor’s Alliance of Community and Culture area to learn more about their mission and to join the conversation.

For more information, please visit or give us a call at (817) 748-8019.

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Champions Club Public Grand Opening is Saturday, April 6, 2019! View the Experience Southlake Magazine for Champions Club Grand Opening Details, Spring 2019 Programs and More!

Champions Club at The Marq Southlake will celebrate its public grand opening on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Check out the special edition of Experience Southlake Magazine to learn more about Champions Club and see all the fun things happening in Southlake Parks and Recreation this spring!

Join us for the official public grand opening of Champions Club on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00am-8:00pm! Members and non-member are invited to tour the facility, learn about available memberships, try out our equipment, take a fitness class and enjoy activities for the whole family. More information will be available soon, so be sure to follow Champions Club on Facebook to stay up-to-date or visit

The Winter/Spring Experience Southlake Magazine is now live with Champions Club information! You can register online for all of our spring programs and athletic leagues, and you can also book your Champions Club rentals now for use once the facility opens.

Inside this issue of Experience Southlake Magazine, you’ll find more information about the programs and services we’ll be offering at Champions Club, including:

  • Group fitness classes
  • Personal training packages
  • Learn to swim classes and schedules
  • Rentals and party packages

You’ll also find information about our spring 2019 Parks and Recreation programming, including:

  • Youth and family programs
  • Nature programs at the Bob Jones Nature Center
  • Youth and adult athletics
  • Special events

As we put the final touches on Champions Club, in-person registration has been temporarily relocated to Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake.

To learn more about Champions Club services, rentals and memberships, please call (817) 748-8955. For information about our recreational programs, leagues and events, please call (817) 748-8019.

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Experience the Magic of Southlake at the 2018 Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting Celebration

Join us as we transform Town Square into a whimsical twilight festival of lights on Saturday, November 17 for the Home for the Holidays event.

This spectacular evening kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. with the tree lighting ceremony taking place promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Experience the holidays Southlake style; indulge in fun festivities such as cookie decorating, carriage rides through Town Square and let’s not forget the musical sounds of the Christmas carolers. Santa Claus and his elves will also make a special appearance in Santa’s Village. Come pose and take pictures with Santa or take a ride down the 12-foot high four-lane snow hill. But wait! There is more! You can also build your very own custom snowman.

Home for the Holidays 2018 will have all the bells and whistles to create a magical experience for you and your family.

Please visit to see all the event details including the entertainment schedule and parking information.

Make sure you pack up some gloves or mittens for your little ones to play in the snow. If you are taking a rideshare service, direct them to our designated drop off location at Summit Park located at 1501 Main Street.

For real-time updates before and during the event, please text H4HSLK to 888777. For further questions, please call 817-748-8019.

We would like to extend a special thank you 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.

We hope you and your family will join us as we ring in this holiday season!

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OneAddress service aims to improve customer experience through technology

Curious about the location of your nearest community center? Want to check out recent crime incidents in your neighborhood? Or learn about a new building going up down the street?

All of these tasks are easier thanks to the City of Fort Worth’s OneAddress service.

Fort Worth launched an open data program in 2016 to help make government data freely and publicly available for anyone to use. OneAddress includes several datasets:

  • Police incident information.
  • Code Compliance cases.
  • Permitting and applications.
  • City councilmember contact information.
  • Neighborhood patrol officer contact information.
  • Code Compliance officer contact information.
  • Neighborhood association meeting and contact information.

OneAddress is among a slate of improvements that go hand in hand with the concepts of citizen engagement and ease of service that city officials and staff have been emphasizing over the last several years.

Plans call for incorporating data and apps on a regular schedule with a continuous flow of data that can be accessed by anyone, without charge, online.

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TCC to Explore Diversity and the Law with Presentation of “The Defamation Experience”

Underscoring its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Tarrant County College’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) is hosting a program designed to help participants understand bias and how it affects the work and learning environment.

In partnership with TCC Northeast Student Development Services, OIDI will host “The Defamation Experience,” an interactive, live performance dealing with diversity issues and the law on Wednesday, February 14 at 11 a.m. at TCC Northeast in the Larry J. Darlage Center Corner (NSTU 1615A). TCC is the first higher education

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Community Services Becomes a True Southlake Experience

Whether you’ve lived in Southlake a long time, just recently became a resident or are an out of town visitor, you can certainly see that Southlake is a premiere City.  With a vast array of amenities and services, it’s no wonder that Southlake stands apart from other communities in the DFW Metroplex.

With the celebration of a new year ahead, Southlake wants to look forward and better serve those who live and play here. Residents and visitors will begin to notice these improvements and changes through some of the key messaging produced by the City in an effort to communicate a clear and succinct message to its customers. At the forefront of this effort is the Community Services Department whose collective mission is to offer a unique experience through programs and services.

If you are a resident of Southlake, you know that the City offers amazing parks and recreational opportunities for families. That’s easy to see with the construction going on at Bicentennial Park, The Marq and the Southlake Tennis Center.  It was clearly time to combine these wonderful Southlake services under one roof for an easier and more cohesive customer experience.  The City has taken the Community Services Department and branded it under one roof. is now home to not only Legends Hall at The Marq, but the Senior Center, Cultural and Special Events, and Parks and Recreation. Not only is there a new look and feel, but also a more aligned set of programs and activities that customers may not have even known existed. This mobile-friendly site also features news and information scrolls to help customers see what’s important in the moment. Be sure to take a look at the Experience Southlake calendar on the home page that highlights all the programs and events happening now and in the future.

Need to know what’s new at The Marq or take a virtual tour of Legends Hall? How about checking out the new classes being offered at Champions Club or activities at the Senior Center? Just log on to and take a look around. The main service areas for Community Services are highlighted along the top of the homepage to help visitors navigate the pages easily.

Here’s just a sampling of the featured sections:

Private Events & Hospitality – Learn all about Legends Hall. This incredible venue is designed and built to host events that dreams are made of. Planning a wedding? Take a virtual tour of Legends Hall and see everything this extraordinary venue has to offer. Special pricing and packages are available along with engaging pictures of previous events. The expert Banquet Specialist can assist in choosing the perfect setting to make a special event absolutely unique.

Recreation & Fitness – Looking for the perfect recreation event or how to sign up for spring sports? This is the place to look! Champions Club at The Marq can be found under this section and is home to the Southlake Scene which offers information about recreation, fitness and performance programs and more. Keep an eye on these pages as more information about Champions Club will be updated as the grand opening nears. Customers can also watch the real-time progress of Phase II of The Marq on the live EarthCam.

Champions Club is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 while memberships will go on sale in the summer of 2018. Want the latest and greatest information? Sign up here.  This new venue will be approximately 82,000 square feet of space for fitness, indoor/outdoor turf fields, gymnasium, jog/walk track, indoor aquatics, party rooms, child watch and multipurpose classrooms for programs.

Parks & Facilities – Want to learn more about our award-winning parks? These are the pages to visit. Check them out to explore all of Southlake’s parks and learn more about the amenities and park facilities the City has to offer.

Culture & Special Events – Easter in the Park, Stars & Stripes, Home for the Holidays and Celebrate Southlake. These pages are the go-to places to learn about all of Southlake’s special events and how to get involved and be a part of them.

Senior Life & Style – The Senior Activity Center is a hallmark of this community. Featuring a large lounge area, game parlor, fitness room and the Dick McCauley Library, the Senior Center is the place to be for lively programs and events in Southlake.

A rental space for a fun-filled party, where to find the next “monster to mash”, how to become a charter champion or when the next senior social dance may be.  The answers to these questions and more are here at, because, perfect is closer than you think in Southlake.

For more information about Experience Southlake or to check out pricing and programs, please call (817) 748-8900.  While the site is still a work in progress, customer feedback is important to the City of Southlake. Email and share what works and what doesn’t.  As a team of world-class professionals serving a world-class community, we are here to provide quality customer service.


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Experience holiday merriment at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

A visit to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is always a breathtaking experience, especially during the holiday season when the halls are decked with trees, poinsettias and greenery.

The garden staff has planned three special activities during the holiday season:

Fort Worth Opera Christmas Singalong

Start your holidays with friends and family and enjoy and enjoy a free singalong concert at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Lecture Hall. The Fort Worth Opera TCU Lesley Apprentice artists will perform a festive blend of classic carols, holiday songs and opera favorites.

Holiday High Tea

At 2 p.m. on Dec. 9, the garden will host its first Holiday High Tea in the Oak Hall Ballroom. Enjoy a selection of teas, assorted sandwiches and delectable cakes and treats. Attire is lace and pearls. Seating is limited. Cost is $45 for adults, $35 for children ages 4-12. RSVP to Stephanie Sellers at 817-392-5535.

Santa’s Wonderland

From 1-5 p.m. Dec. 16, join Santa and Mrs. Claus for crafts, games, story time and holiday treats at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for children up to age 12. Please limit four children per adult. RSVP to Stephanie Sellers at 817-392-5535.

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

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Enjoy a safe Halloween experience at FWPD’s Trunk or Treat

Fort Worth spooks and goblins can experience a safer alternative to traditional trick or treating when the Fort Worth Police Department hosts a Halloween Trunk or Treat event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, 505 W. Felix St.

The family-friendly event is designed to transfer Halloween from the uncertain streets to the safety of a secured parking lot. Participating groups will turn the backs of cars, trucks and SUVs into the new front porch, creating a safer environment for parents and youth.

Enjoy games, face painting, candy stations, displays and exhibits.

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Get the Star Experience at Stars and Stripes!

The Star Experience at the City of Southlake’s annual Stars & Stripes event is perfect for families and small groups! You and your family and/or friends can enjoy reserved seating in front of the Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park stage for prime fireworks viewing at 9:30 PM.

The Star Experience will provide the closest seats to the live entertainment, featuring Empty Pockets and Limelight band. Empty Pockets will perform from 6:00-7:45 PM and Limelight band 8:15-9:30 PM. Both Star Experience zones are gated so that the tables inside enjoy the best seats around without feeling overcrowded.

The Red Star Experience tickets are $100.00, with each ticket including a table with an umbrella, four chairs, appetizers from Brio Tuscan Grille and water. This location is nearest to the stage in the Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park.

The Blue Star Experience tickets are $75.00, with each ticket including a table with an umbrella, 4 chairs, appetizers from Brio Tuscan Grille and water. This location is slightly further away from the stage in the Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park, behind the water fountain.

Tickets can be purchased at the Community Services office in Town Hall, Suite 210 or online. Please call (817) 748-8019 with any questions.

Please note that refunds will not be available in the event of inclement weather.

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