Shop Southlake During Tax-Free Weekend, August 11 – 13

Send the kids back to school in style and stock up on certain items without paying sales tax during the Texas Sales Tax Holiday, August 11-13. With nearly 260 retailers in Southlake, shoppers will find the perfect mix of options and discounts this weekend to complete their school shopping list.

As in previous years, most clothing, footwear and school supplies priced less than $100 are exempt from sales tax during the holiday. Specific eligible items include:

  • Shirts, sweaters and jackets
  • Pants, jeans and shorts
  • Most shoes
  • Basic school supplies
  • Backpacks

It is important for shoppers to note that most clothing and footwear will be exempt from sales tax, but there are exceptions. Items primarily designed for athletic activity or protection, such as golf cleats and football pads, do not qualify for the exemption. However, tennis shoes, basic workout apparel and swimsuits may be purchased tax-free.

Additionally, although most backpacks will be exempt from sales tax, items traditionally not used by elementary and secondary students will still be taxed, such as luggage, briefcases, computer bags and purses.

Shoppers can score additional discounts on top of the sales tax holiday at several Southlake retail locations, including Southlake Town Square, Gateway Plaza and Park Village. Learn more about the various shopping options in Southlake on the Shopping page of VisitSouthlakeTexas.com, including a complete listing of retail businesses.

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Hiley Subaru hosting adoption event for homeless pets this weekend

The summer of 2017 is turning out to be a challenging one for the Fort Worth Animal Shelter. The shelter is over capacity, with more pets coming into the shelter every day. Normally, the shelter will see 30 pets enter the shelter daily, but this summer it’s been more like 70 pets arriving daily.

Hiley Subaru, a partner of Fort Worth Animal Care and Control, has stepped-up to host an adoption event July 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at its Fort Worth dealership, 3505 W, Loop 820 South. Adoption fees have been reduced to $17.76 through July.

Currently, the animal shelter is caring for approximately 610 dogs and cats — all of them waiting to be adopted into their forever home. If there was ever a time to find the dog or cat of your dreams, now would be great since there are so many to choose from.

The $17.76 adoption fee includes an initial medical examination, rabies vaccination, city license, micro-chip and spay/neuter.

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SLPD Participates in ‘No Refusal” During Thanksgiving Weekend

The Southlake Police Department is again participating in “No Refusal” over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Beginning at 9:00 p.m. tonight through Monday, November 28 at 5:30 a.m.

Please don’t drink and drive this Holiday season. Southlake Police Officers will be working to keep our community safe from drunk drivers. Any driver arrested for DWI, who refuses to take a breath or blood test, will face having their blood drawn once officers seek a search warrant from a judge.

In Texas, a person is legally intoxicated with a 0.08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration) and may be arrested and charged with DWI. However, a person is also intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC.

Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, you can be fined up to $500 for having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

The penalties increase if you are arrested for DWI with a child passenger, cause bodily injury or death to another person. Besides an arrest for driving while intoxicated, you can also face charges for child endangerment, intoxication assault, or intoxication manslaughter.

The consequences of drinking and driving are severe. The loss of life is tragic for everyone involved. In addition to jail time, drivers who are arrested for driving while intoxicated can face fines, fees, and associated costs of up to $17,000.

The Southlake Police Department is urging everyone to be safe during the Thanksgiving weekend. If you plan to drink, please plan ahead by arranging to have a designated driver bring you home or arrange for a taxi to pick you up.

Don’t risk getting a DWI conviction.

Play it safe by remembering a few simple tips.

  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Plan ahead and designate a driver.
  • Call a cab, or a sober friend.
  • If you are at a family member’s or a friend’s home and can stay the night – stay where you are.

Southlake Police Officers want to arrive home safely. For more information

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Colleyville, local orgs celebrate holidays Dec. 2 weekend

It will begin to look a lot like Christmas in Colleyville starting Friday, Dec. 2, when the community gathers for a weekend filled with holiday events.

The Citys annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration kicks off the weekend from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in front of City Hall, 100 Main Street. Join Santa and his friends as the community lights the city Christmas tree and several trees decorated by local organizations in front of City Hall.

There are also plenty of activities for the whole family including crafts and games, photos with Santa, choral performances, carriage rides in the Village, and holiday fare and beverages.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, The Colleyville Lions Club hosts Breakfast with Santa from 7:00-11:00 a.m. at the Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Dr. Families can enjoy a pancake breakfast, take photos with Santa, listen to performances from local school choirs, and enjoy balloons face painting. Proceeds benefit the Colleyville Lions Club scholarships and other charities.

The Club asks attendees to bring one canned food, or an old pair of eyeglasses for donation.

Tickets are available from the club in advance for 8 or 10 at the door. Advanced tickets are available from any Club member or contact the club on its website, . One ticket covers the whole family.

The weekend comes to a close with the Colleyville Womans Clubs Holiday Home Tour from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Participants will tour five homes beautifully decorated and made unique and magical by the homeowners. One home features a handmade front door from a 100-year-old Cyprus tree, another houses more than 40 paintings, one has a panoramic view from one of the highest points in Colleyville, one home features garlands of pearls and crystals, and one house takes on a modern, functional, and luxurious approach.

Ticketholders can make a pit stop to Santas Sweet Stop to enjoy free snacks, comfort facilities and light holiday shopping.
Advance tickets are available for 25 at Albertsons, Bear Creek Wine Spirits, Market Street and Vineyards Antique Mall in Colleyville. To buy tickets online or find other purchase locations visit . Day-of tickets will cost 30.

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TCC Commencement Celebrates Largest Graduating Class, Including First Class of Weekend College Graduates

Commencement speaker Kozhi Makai addresses TCC's Class of 2016

Commencement speaker Kozhi Makai addresses TCC’s Class of 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 17, 2016) Tarrant County College celebrated its 48th Commencement ceremonies May 16 in the Fort Worth Convention Center, closing out another academic year of accomplishments and college firsts. More than 2,000 students participated during Monday’s two ceremonies, the first time in school history two ceremonies were held on the same day.

 

In total this spring, 7,135 students were eligible to receive associate degrees and certificates. Of those, 35 students became the first graduates of TCC’s Weekend College. This group includes 10 students from the original cohort that began on 2014 when the Weekend College was launched by TCC Connect.

 

In addition, 92 students attending TCC’s Early College High Schools at TCC’s Northwest and Trinity River campuses received their associate degrees, putting them on the fast-track to earn their baccalaureates within two years at a four-year institution.

 

Prior to the conferring of degrees, commencement speaker Kozhi Sidney Makai, author and CEO of Kozhi Makai Worldwide, told the graduates life would be different from this point forward.

 

“The degrees and certificates you receive, they will mean nothing if you do not represent this school well,” he said. “Everywhere you go, people should be able to say ‘that person went to TCC and I can tell because they’re of the highest levels of integrity.’”

 

Makai also shared the importance of helping others, especially the less fortunate. “It’s wonderful to receive, but it’s even more blessed to give,” he said. “We can talk about all the education that all of us in the room have, but ultimately if we don’t use it to benefit other people, it’s a wasted education.”

 

Acting Chancellor Angela Robinson shared her own tales of perseverance, overcoming several setbacks throughout her academic career to become the first person in her family to earn a college degree. “At every obstacle, someone stepped in to help,” she said. “The lesson I learned and which you already have learned is simply this: do not quit five minutes before the miracle.”

 

Graduates receiving associate degrees and certificates of completion include those eligible for degree from summer and fall 2015 and spring 2016. The total number of students expected to complete requirements during this period was a three percent increase from the number expected last spring. Of the number of expected graduates this spring, 36 percent more are graduating because of TCC’s special outreach efforts to eligible graduates to ensure they know when they have met graduation requirements.

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Upgraded splashpad opens Memorial Day weekend

The Splashpad at McPherson Park (240 W. McDonwell School Road) opens Memorial Day weekend and will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

While there are no Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWS) water restrictions currently in effect, the splashpad was retrofitted with low-flow nozzles last winter. This will conserve water and allow the splashpad to remain open in the event of future water restrictions.

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“No Refusal” Initiative for New Year’s Eve Weekend

The Southlake Police Department is again participating in Tarrant County’s “No Refusal” campaign through 5:30 a.m. Saturday, January 2, 2016. Thanks to a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program or STEP grant, additional Southlake Police Officers will be working to keep our community safe from drunk drivers. Officers will follow the same protocol for DWI’s that they normally follow on their daily and evening shifts.

Any driver arrested for DWI, who refuses to take a breath or blood test, will face having their blood drawn once officers seek a search warrant from a judge.

In Texas, a person is legally intoxicated with a 0.08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration) and may be arrested and charged with DWI. However, a person is also intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC.

Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, you can be fined up to $500 for having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

The penalties increase if you are arrested for DWI with a child passenger, cause bodily injury or death to another person.  Besides an arrest for driving while intoxicated, you can also face charges for child endangerment, intoxication assault, or intoxication manslaughter.

The consequences of drinking and driving are severe. The loss of life is tragic for everyone involved. In addition to jail time, drivers who are arrested for driving while intoxicated can face fines, fees, and associated costs of up to $17,000.

The Southlake Police Department is urging everyone to be safe during New Year’s Eve weekend. If you plan to drink, please plan ahead by arranging to have a designated driver bring you home or arrange for a taxi to pick you up.

Don’t risk getting a DWI conviction.

Play it safe by remembering a few simple tips.

  Don’t drink and drive.

  • Plan ahead and designate a driver.
  • Contact SoberRides.org
  • Call a cab, or a sober friend.
  • If you are at a family member’s or a friend’s home and can stay the night – stay where you are.

Southlake Police Officers want you to arrive home safely. For more information http://www.txdot.gov/safety/tips/intoxication.htm

 

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Holiday events this weekend: Tree Lighting – Dec. 4; Breakfast with Santa – Dec. 5; Holiday Home Tour – Dec. 6

The holidays are almost here and Colleyville kicks off the season with some fine traditions. This years festivities include:

The traditional lighting of the city Christmas tree takes place in front of Colleyville City Hall on Friday, Dec. 4. Hours are 5:00-8:00 p.m. and the tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m. The event features childrens crafts and activities, choral groups, photos with Santa and much more.(Please note that the library will close at 4:00 p.m. to allow staff time to prepare for the event.)

The Colleyville Lions Club offers their traditional Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Colleyville Center. One of the most popular holiday traditions in Colleyville, the event offers photos with Santa, holiday carols, and free Santa hats and balloons. Details can be found at .

The Colleyville Womans Club Holiday Home Tour takes place on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Five beautiful Colleyville homes will be showcasedeach exquisitely decorated for the holidays. Santas Sweet Stop returns with sweet treats and holiday dcor ideas..

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SLPD Participates in “No Refusal” Campaign for Labor Day Weekend

 

The Southlake Police Department will again be participating in the state’s Labor Day Weekend Holiday – ‘No Refusal’ traffic enforcement campaign. The goal is to help keep travelers safe and take dangerous drivers off the road.

Beginning Friday, September 4, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. through Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 5:30 a.m., SLPD will begin increasing patrols.  Police officers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. Individuals arrested for DWI, who refuse to take a breath or blood test, face having their blood drawn once officers seek a search warrant from a judge.

According to TxDOT, in 2014 more than 1,000 people in Texas were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, accounting for 29 percent of the year’s total traffic fatalities.

In Texas, a person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with DWI with a 0.08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration). However, a person is also intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC. Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, you can be fined up to $500 for having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

The penalties increase if you are arrested for DWI with a child passenger, cause bodily injury or death to another person.  Besides an arrest for driving while intoxicated, you can also face charges for child endangerment, intoxication assault, or intoxication manslaughter.

The consequences of drinking and driving are severe. The loss of life is tragic for everyone involved. In addition to jail time, drivers who are arrested for driving while intoxicated can face fines, fees, and associated costs of up to $17,000.

The Southlake Police Department is urging everyone to be safe during the Labor Day Weekend Holiday; and If you plan to drink, please plan ahead by arranging to have a designated driver bring you home or arrange for a taxi to pick you up.

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