Rockin’ the River is an all-day party

Whether you float up to Texas’ only waterfront stage or chill on the shore, Rockin’ the River is the coolest seat in town this summer.

The popular music and tubing series, in its ninth year, is back at Panther Island Pavilion. Enjoy 30 bands over six weeks, including top Texas country acts, a little rock and soul and a fireworks show to round it off.

Each week, gates open at 1 p.m. with five bands playing back-to-back sets beginning about 2:15 p.m. on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage. After the headlining band finishes at 8:25 p.m., the party moves to the shore with the fifth band playing on the Southshore Stage.

In addition to live music on two stages, food and beverage options will be available for purchase, as well as tube and watersport rentals. Each event ends with a fireworks show on the banks of the Trinity River.

Acts throughout the summer include Kody West, Cory Morrow, Prophets & Outlaws, Zane Williams and more. View the full band lineup and other details. The concerts run July 6-Aug. 10.

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Dress in Your Royal Best: Your Presence Is Requested at the Princess Tea Party!

All VIPs—Very Important Princesses—are cordially invited to attend this special preschool program on Friday, April 26. Ages 3–5.

Southlake Parks and Recreation is hosting a Princess Tea Party for all of our pint-sized princesses! Wear your best princess attire and come enjoy tea, snacks, crafts, games and royal pampering. Registration is required.

Princess Tea Party

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Champions Club at The Marq Southlake
Resident Fee: $14
Non-Resident Fee: $18
Register Online

If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

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Animal shelter hosting a Valentine’s shelter dog slumber party

No date this Valentine’s Day? Want to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies with a cute, snuggly four-legged companion? We’ve got you covered.

Join the Fort Worth animal shelter Feb. 14 or 15 to look around the shelter and choose a special houseguest. Light refreshments will be served, and a spot has been reserved for you to get acquainted with your “date.” Plenty of staff will be available to answer questions. You’ll also receive a leash, bag of food and a report card to help staff gain information about your foster dog’s experience.

Studies have shown that even a short amount of time away from the shelter decreases stress in dogs and increases their adoptability. The report card helps tremendously when matching dogs with adoptive families.

The slumber party is part of the shelter’s Cowtown Crashpads foster program. The first slumber party was held in January, and it was a huge success: 106 dogs were able to leave the shelter and spend a night – and, in many cases, longer — with their foster family.

Cowtown Crashpads normally helps pets that land at the shelter and are sick or have other issues where being in a foster home will allow that pet the care and attention they need until they can be adopted. The Valentine Slumber Party will give people the opportunity to help adoption-ready shelter pets and experience being a foster parent.

All animals available for the slumber party are spayed/neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccines and on flea/tick preventative. Staff recommends leaving your current pet at home, as the shelter is a stressful place. Staff members will be happy to talk you through introducing your guest to your current pets.

Slumber party pets can be picked up from the main shelter, 4900 Martin St., between 3 and 6 p.m. Feb. 14 or 15. Complete a foster application beforehand.

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Summer Party Prep Made Easy with Grab-and-Go and Catering Options in Southlake

Summer has officially arrived, along with outdoor parties, backyard barbeques and other festive occasions with friends and family. Instead of spending hours in the kitchen—or over a flaming grill—let one of these culinary destinations in Southlake do the work for you so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the party.

Offering from-scratch, home-style cooking for families on the go, Scratch Catering & Fine Foods specializes in food-to-go and custom catering. Located at 2125 W. Southlake Boulevard, the gourmet food shop has a menu that changes seasonally. New and delicious dishes are continually popping up, but certain customer favorites are always on the menu—like the oven baked lasagna and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Catering options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With several meats and sides sold by the pound, Scratch Kitchen is the perfect option for feeding a hungry crowd.

For health-minded hosts who want delicious options, stop by Protein Fit Kitchen at 1151 E. Southlake Boulevard. The restaurant serves chef-prepared, nutritionally-balanced meals and snacks with convenient carry-out options. Pick up to-go orders (which can be made online) or grab prepared options from the cold cases for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. The restaurant uses whole, quality proteins and responsibly grown, seasonal ingredients to offer healthy, flavorful foods. With dine-in options and meal prep also available, Protein Fit Kitchen caters to all types of healthy appetites.

Nothing welcomes company more than the smell of fresh bread. Great Harvest Bread Company is your neighborhood family bakery, complete with milled-on-site whole grains, baked into from-scratch breads and goodies and served fresh daily. Great Harvest can put together the perfect assortment of baked goods for morning events or a delicious array of equally filling lunch or dinner meals—including box lunches, hand-crafted sandwiches, salads and grain bowls. If you’re invited to a gathering, a Great Harvest gift basket filled with handmade bread and treats is a delicious way to show your appreciation.

Not sure what to serve at your soirée? Before you decide, let your eyes feast upon the many global flavors at Central Market, located at 425 E. Southlake Boulevard. With an expansive cold case filled with a wide variety of fresh salads, vegetable dishes, meats and more—all sold by the pound, Central Market has flavors to suit ever palate. Sample a few specialty cheeses and peruse the extensive wine selections, or even pick up grocery essentials while you’re there. With chef-prepared dishes, custom-made in-store and delivered to your door, Central Market catering makes feeding a crowd even easier with party platters, hors d’oeuvres and appetizers to order.

Located across the street in Southlake Town Square is Trader Joe’s, the California-based specialty market known for its extensive private label products such as wine, frozen appetizers, salsas, candies and other party essentials. The grocer carries an extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages, including artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrées, fresh crop nuts, deli items, in addition to staple ingredients like eggs and milk.

No need to stress about what you’re serving—or taking—to your next summer party. With fresh and flavorful options ready to be picked up or customized catering orders a phone call away, Southlake can satisfy appetite for festive, crowd-pleasing fare.

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Party in Fort Worth supports activities that enhance our city

“Taking Stock” is the theme for this year’s Party in Fort Worth, planned for March 3 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The 25th annual event is hosted by the Beck Group and benefits the Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund.

This year’s party is an opportunity to celebrate past, present and future development of Fort Worth. It will be a night to connect and celebrate; a night to be grateful and generous; a night to relax and kick up your heels.

The Party in Fort Worth is an annual event benefiting the Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund. The fund, which is governed by a 13-member board, invests funds to promote Fort Worth before regional, national and international cultural, business, sports and governmental organizations. The Promotion Fund also provides resources for the development of local events, attractions and exhibits that enhance Fort Worth’s ability to recruit business and leisure visitors.

To learn more about the party, contact Joanna Crain at 202-494-5604.

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You’re Invited to a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

On August 21, the Earth will cross the shadow of the moon, creating a total solar eclipse. The Southlake Library is inviting you and your family to a viewing party.

Eclipses happen about every six months, but this one is special. For the first time in almost 40 years, the path of the moon’s shadow passes through the continental United States.

This is a once in a lifetime event that you don’t want to miss. So grab the kids and join the Southlake Library for a really fun and educational experience. The solar eclipse viewing party will be held at Family Park located in front of Town Hall on August 21 at 12:30 p.m.

The Library staff is going all out to make it a really memorable experience for the whole family. They will have about 150 solar eclipse glasses to use for viewing. Plus, moms, dads and kids will be treated to moon pies and sun chips.

Someone will be on hand to offer safety tips for viewing the eclipse. If you are not able to attend Southlake’s viewing party, but plan to view it, NASA has some great safety tips that you can check out by visiting their website.

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