Family Friendly Ideas to Celebrate Fourth of July at Home

This Fourth of July, celebrate Independence Day with your family and neighbors. The City of Southlake encourages all residents to commemorate our history, culture and community from the comfort of their homes.

Here are six ways you can celebrate Independence Day this year:

  1. Listen to festive music with the City of Southlake’s Fireworks 2020 Spotify playlist – Get in the Independence Day spirit and listen to music that will amplify the celebration.
  2. Shop, Eat and Enjoy Local for a chance to win a prize – Snap a photo of you supporting a local Southlake business, following safety guidelines and wearing masks where required, and submit it for our 2020 Fireworks Celebration Giveaway!
  3. Jump into a Family Pool Party – Beat the heat and take a cool splash in your pool. Grab your floats and goggles and dive in! Make sure your pool is safe before you swim.
  4. Eat something from the grill – The Fourth of July has always been a grill master’s holiday. Give Dad the opportunity for bragging rights and enjoy some good food with your family.
  5. Watch the Southlake Fireworks show from your home or online – The City of Southlake will host a 15-minute fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3. The display will be doubled in height so residents can watch from their backyard. It will also be live streamed on City of Southlake and Experience Southlake Facebook pages. Remember, Bicentennial Park will be closed to viewers all day.
  6. Share your celebration with us – All you have to do is download the Cinebody app (or use your mobile browser if you have android), sign up, enter code SLKFW and JOIN the project. Your celebration might even be shared on our social media pages!

Need more ideas? Click here! Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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Be The Bridge Comes Home to Southlake

A poignant milestone was reached today on the North White Chapel and Highland Street roundabout. The Be The Bridge public art piece is now in place.

“It’s an emotional day,” said Mayor Laura Hill. “In the middle of all of this uncertainty, to have this beautiful sculpture take it rightful place in the heart of our City just feels good.”

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Artist Boris Kramer helps install Be The Bridge.

Artist Boris Kramer sculpted Be The Bridge. It is composed of several different metals, including stainless steel, bronze, copper, and brass. It is 16 feet wide by nearly 17 feet tall.

According to Mr. Kramer, each of the figures feature a curve in space to make the figures appear to be in motion. Also, when viewed from above, the sculpture looks like an “S.”

He also stated in a narrative given to the City, “The bridge is intentionally left with a gap in the middle to represent the challenges that exist in our society due to our differences.  The bridges in our lives do not always connect.  The children dancing on the bridge are able to “jump over” the challenges by working together, holding hands, and simply playing together.”

“I am so excited for people to enjoy it,” Mayor Hill added. “Especially now, this sculpture tells Southlake’s story. The artist constructed a gorgeous piece of art.”

The piece is the latest addition to Southlake’s Public Art collection.  For a virtual tour and art locations, please visit www.ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com/PublicArt.

Be the Bridge during installation.

 

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Lots of time on your hands? Join the Library’s Stay at Home Book Club

The Fort Worth Public Library is hosting a Stay at Home Book Club over the next few weeks. The book club is being hosted in a group on the Library’s Facebook page.

The first read is “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. Download the book from Overdrive using your library card to get started. No card? No problem! Complete an eCARD application to be granted access.

Librarians have worked behind the scenes to ensure there are unlimited digital copies of this book for residents to check out over the next few weeks during book club:

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Home for the Holidays Is This Saturday – Let’s Talk Safety

You know that the ole saying, “the more the merrier,” It’s perfectly fine to be merry, but let’s practice safety too!  We have a few safety tips to help make your Home for the Holidays festivities happier and merrier and safer of course.

Home for the Holidays is a great time for families and friends to gather in Town Square to kick off the holiday season.  The season starts on Saturday, November 23 at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. with the Tree Lighting Ceremony taking place at 6 p.m.

Here are a few tips to know before the event:

Parking:

Parking will be available at both the East Garage and West Garage

Rideshare:

If you plan to utilize a rideshare service, direct your driver to our designated drop off location at Summit Park located at 1501 Main Street.

What to bring:

Pack up gloves or mittens for your little ones.  We will have cool activities like snowman building and tubing down snow mountain on site, bringing gloves will help keep those little hands warm so they can have a lot of fun!

Get Notifications:

For event updates and notifications, text H4HSLK to 888777. You can also follow us on social media 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(LINK) on safety and tips here.

Special thanks to this year’s Title Sponsor Classic Chevrolet and our other event sponsors Sprouts, Fort Worth Christian School, Springfree Trampoline, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake and Madison Reed Color Bar.

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Theater Scenes Member Exclusive Home Concert

Apex Arts League and Opus Nova announce “Theater Scenes” a members-only chamber music concert. This private home concert will take place on Sunday, December 8 at 4 p.m. Food and wine will be served, holiday attire is requested, valet parking will be provided.

As part of Apex’s Chamber Music Project, this special event is limited to 50 people. Current Apex members are FREE and need only RSVP at apexartsleague@gmail.com. Become a member reserve and spot by purchasing tickets at www.apexartsleague.com.

 

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Southlake Lights Up for Home for the Holidays 2019

What twinkles and glistens and lights up the City of Southlake with holiday cheer? Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting of course! The annual celebration returns this year to bring you a merry and bright season on Saturday, November 23 from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in SouthlakeTown Square!  The Tree Lighting ceremony, sponsored by Classic Chevrolet takes place approximately at 6 p.m.

This family-friendly event is filled with activities that everyone can enjoy.  Grab a cup of hot chocolate and delight yourself in holiday festivities; take a ride on a carriage through Town Square or to the sounds of the Christmas Carolers. If you have little ones, Santa Claus and his elves will make a special appearance in Santa’s Village for pictures or they can hang out in the kids craft station and try their hand in cookie decorating and ornament making.  For a fun adrenalin rush, slide down the 12-foot high four-lane snow hill. Want to build your own snowman? Guess what? We have that too! Snowman building will be located near the snow hill.

This year, we are expecting it to be a bit chilly so make sure you bring mittens or gloves for your little ones to play in the snow.

Parking will be available at the East Garage and West Garage. If you plan to use a ride share service, please 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 questions or concerns, please call 817-748-8019.

To review the full list of Home for the Holiday festivities please visit our website.

We would like to share a special thank you to our sponsors: Title Sponsor, Classic Chevrolet and our other event sponsors Sprouts, Fort Worth Christian School, Springfree Trampoline, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake.

Have a Happy Holiday Season.

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Southlake Police K-9 Officer Anderson and Duco Take Home Awards

On Saturday October 12th, 2019, Officer Anderson and Duco competed in the 2nd Annual Canine Skills and Agility Competition at AirHogs Stadium and brought home some new honors to Southlake.

Officer Anderson and Duco won the “Hard Dog Competition” and the “Top Narcotics Dog Competition.”  They also tied for 1st place for the overall award, but later did not win the tiebreaker.

Eighteen teams competed, representing fourteen police departments across the metroplex.  The competition focused on building narcotics searches, vehicle narcotics searches, patrol vehicle and building apprehension, and “hard dog, fast dog.”

For the first time, the event was open to the public.

“I’m extremely proud of the way Duco performed during the competition,” Officer Anderson said.  “It’s a blessing when you can see the results of your dedication to training and always challenging yourself to be better.  We competed against some great teams from across the metroplex and everyone represented their cities well.”

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Two Southlake Teams Take Home the Title at Under Armour National Tournament

Three Southlake teams who competed in the City of Southlake’s spring flag football season traveled to University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to compete against teams from California, Louisiana, Florida, Colorado, and North Carolina.

The Southlake teams clearly dominated the National Tournament hosted by UCLA from August 2-4. The K – 2nd-grade division was won by the Hawaii Warriors.

Hawaii Rainbows

“There is no question the level of competition in the Southlake, TX league is stronger than most other leagues around the country. Each week of the season there is an opportunity for any team to win against one another and it only makes the teams stronger as they move on at the national level. Knowing that a win is never guaranteed each week, develops players’ mental toughness to know that you won’t always win every game, but if they can win and lose with good sportsmanship and learn from those games to only make them stronger for the next opportunity,” says Shawn Mackey, the coach for Hawaii Warriors.

The 3rd – 4th-grade title match was played by two Southlake teams, The Texas A&M Aggies and the Hawaii Warriors. While it was a great match, the Texas A&M Aggies came out on top.

The opportunity to play at the national level was a real confidence boost for our kids. We honestly weren’t sure how we would do on that stage but considered ourselves blessed and honored to be invited. Under Armour did an amazing job organizing the tournament and UCLA is a pretty incredible venue to play at. Now that we’re back and it’s had a minute to sink in, our boys are fired up about the experience and anxious for the fall season to start!” said Ryan Smith, the coach for the A&M Aggies.

Under the Lights is a national youth flag football league for kids in 1st-8th grade, with the emphasis on promoting a competitive, confidence building, non-contact experience for both boys and girls of all skill levels.

“It has been a terrific partnership as we have seen the league grow from 200 kids to a consistent 400+ kids for both fall and spring,” says John Kaleo, owner, and COO of Under Armour Sports. He continues to speak to Southlake, the largest program in the league, saying, “We were very excited that we finally had some Southlake teams participate in our National Tournament because we knew that it was a competitive league. And with two teams winning the Nationals, we hope this paves the way for more Southlake teams participating in our tournament series.”

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Author to visit Fort Worth Library, discuss novel based on home for troubled girls

Best-selling author Julie Kibler will discuss her latest novel, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls, at a special event set for 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Central Branch of the Fort Worth Public Library, 500 W. Third St.

Adults and young adults who are fans of historical fiction would especially enjoy the book and the opportunity to meet the author.

The new novel is based on historic events, set in the early 1900s in Arlington, at a home designed to rehabilitate prostitutes, addicts, unwed mothers and “ruined” girls where they could stay with their children. Two of the women at the home form a strong friendship that helps them overcome obstacles, but ultimately head down different paths in life.

A century later, a university librarian uncovers the stories of the two women and begins to comb through her library’s archives to learn more. The librarian herself is changed by the journey and confronts her own past.

The author will be available to sign copies of the new book purchased at the event.

Kibler is also the author of the best-selling novel, Calling Me Home, a book sparked by a love story her father told her about her grandmother.

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