Southlake’s Spring Youth Programs Help Kids Have Fun While Learning New Skills

City of Southlake’s spring youth programs are designed to develop children’s minds and bodies, giving them the tools, knowledge and confidence they need to be successful.

Our experienced instructors make learning new subjects and skills fun and engaging for kids of all ages. Register today to secure your child’s spot in one of our upcoming youth programs!

Youth Yoga and Mindfulness

Child practicing mindfulnessMindfulness for Kids uses evidence-based practices to teach children how to calm their bodies and minds. Mindfulness will be taught through a variety of kind-friendly modalities, including breath, yoga, art and music. Yoga and guided breathing practices will be included in every class. Children will be encouraged to explore their emotions and how to “respond vs. react” to difficult emotions. Children are encouraged to bring a yoga mat. To register, click on the desired session below.

Youth Yoga and Mindfulness Sessions
January 22 – February 19
March 5 – April 9
April 23 – May 21

Classes meet every Monday from 6PM to 7PM.

Babysitting Certification Class (Ages 10-16)

Kids taking a babysitting classDoes your child want to babysit over the summer? This comprehensive Babysitting Certification Class will ensure that he or she is prepared to provide a safe and fun environment for children of all ages. Topics covered include:

  • Basic first aid
  • Choking prevention
  • Fire and emergency procedures
  • Planning age-appropriate activities

At the conclusion of the class, all participants will have the opportunity to earn a certificate by demonstrating their mastery of the content. To register, click on the desired class below.

Babysitting Certification Class Schedule
Saturday, February 17 (10AM – 1PM)
Saturday, April 21 (10AM – 1PM)

Youth Safety Tools (Ages 7-12)

This class is designed to teach children how to be observant of their surroundings and make wise, safe decisions. Kids ages 7-12 will learn how to stay safe while walking to school, dealing with strangers, handling bullies and so much more. We’ll even cover best practices in technology, from using the internet and social media to identifying programs that are bad for your devices. To register, click on the desired class below.

Youth Safety Tools Class Schedule
Saturday, January 20 (10AM – 1PM)
Saturday, March 10 (10AM – 1PM)

Register for these and other Southlake youth programs online or in person at 1400 Main Street, Suite 210. If you have any questions, please call Southlake Parks and Recreation at 817-748-8019.

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Southlake Firefighters Train to Hone Skills

Southlake Firefighters never slow down. Whether it’s responding to a medical emergency, a fire call, a major traffic accident, or attending a public education event for the community, the men and women who make up the department are always on the go.

Even with this busy schedule, crews make time to hone their skills through ongoing training. Recently, firefighters received hands-on training for Street Level Airway Management (SLAM). “It’s important for every firefighter to be able to care for a patient in various difficult scenarios,” said EMS Battalion Chief Ryan Arthur.

In most situations, firefighters are going to be able to place a patient on a level surface like the floor or ground, but in some cases it’s just not possible. For example, what if firefighters respond to a patient who suffers a medical condition while working underground beneath a manhole? It’s a cramped space with low visibility. Firefighters are trained to lower personnel crew into the manhole, stabilize a patient; including making sure their airway is open, before securing them to the stretcher and bringing them to the surface for transport to a hospital.

Firefighters from A, B, and C shift spent several hours over three days perfecting techniques and learning from the best in their field. The classes are taught by the department’s experienced Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Field Training Officers (FTOs). “The FTOs are experts in their field and do an amazing job. Training in this type of environment is so important and helps firefighters think outside the box,” said Fire Chief Mike Starr.

The SLAM course uses hands-on training aids to help firefighters get the most accurate experience before utilizing their skills on patients. “It’s more realistic than working with only plastic tubes that are made to mimic a human’s trachea or lungs,” said Arthur.

The SLAM training also includes use of a special camera that’s inserted into a mannequin’s trachea. During training, obstructions are put in place to allow firefighters to problem solve. It allows them to see what they normally can’t see in a real situation. The camera can also be used in treating a real patient with an airway obstruction. “Time is critical when you are trying to clear an airway and restore breathing in a patient,” said Arthur.

Ongoing training is an important part of the mission of the Southlake Fire Department and why it has a #1 rating with the Insurance Service Office (ISO) and the State Fire Marshal’s office. The highest rating a Fire Department can receive.

Southlake residents can breathe easy knowing firefighters and the Southlake Fire Department are dedicated to the safety and protection of your community and are always working to serve you better.

To learn more about the Southlake Fire Department visit their website at


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Open House to Showcase Open Enrollment Skills Training Available at Tarrant County College Opportunity Center

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 21, 2017) – Tarrant County College will open its doors next week to give the public a firsthand look at the corporate training now available through open enrollment at its Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Avenue. Courses previously accessible only through employers are now available to individuals.
The Open House will be Monday, March 27, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tours will be provided. Instructors also will host discussions in the labs about courses offered and skills taught and demonstrate the state-of-the-art equipment to prepare graduates to meet job demands for skilled workers. Job market information will be available in each lab. Courses featured will include welding, machining, forklift operation and computer skills.
Community partners and local company representatives will be available to discuss opportunities including the Dannon Company, Fort Worth Housing Solutions, Fort Worth ISD, Keystone Automotive and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County.
Tuition ranges from $99 to $270 for the featured courses that require anywhere from four hours up to 40 hours for completion.
Activities at the open house will include a photo booth and prizes.
For more information, contact Stacey Bryant at or 817-515-2595.

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Tarrant County College Skills Training Now Available To Public through Open Enrollment

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 23, 2017) – As part of its commitment to increasing the pool of skilled workers in Tarrant County, Tarrant County College now offers skills training to anyone interested through open enrollment.
Courses offered in spring 2017 include Computerized Numeric Controlled (CNC) Operator Training Program, CNC Operation Essentials, Forklift Certification and Welding. Previously, these courses only were available to incumbent workers or new hires for specific companies that partnered with TCC. Classes are offered at the TCC Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Avenue.
Other courses include Call Center Agent Training, Leadership Skills and courses to enhance office skills is available in three levels of Microsoft Excel – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. Leadership and computer courses are offered at TCC Corporate Training Center AllianceTexas, 13600 Heritage Parkway, Suite 100.
While credentials in any of the areas may increase employment opportunities, graduates earning multiple certificates often increase their marketability and earning potential.
Tuition ranges from $99 to $3,000 for courses that require as few as six hours or as many as 240 hours for completion.
To register and for more information, contact Stacey Bryant at or 817-515-2595.

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Futsal Open Skills Play

futsalThe Haltom City Recreation Center is now offering Futsal skills classes for ages 7 – adult in the large gym at the Recreation Center, located at 4839 Broadway Ave. Get faster, stronger, build endurance and strength during these weekly sessions:

  • Tuesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. for ages 7-13, skills and workout session
  • Thursdays from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. for ages 14 – adults, Futsal open play

The cost is $5 per person per session. For more information call Danny at 817-903-2433.



Recreation Center – 4839 Broadway Ave.

“Futsal Skills Class”
Tuesdays from
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. (ages 7 – 13)
Thursdays from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. (ages 14 – adult)

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