Summer Sounds Youth Festival 2019

Apex Arts League is pleased to invite applications for Summer Sounds Youth Festival 2019, with special rehearsals and Grand Recital on June 29 at Grace Chapel at White’s Chapel UMC, Southlake.

Having presented over 100 events by professional ensembles and artists – including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Avant Chamber Ballet and the American Baroque Opera Company; the Apex Arts League’s inaugural Summer Sounds Youth Festival celebrates the unique accomplishments of music students, teachers and parents who comprise a vital part of our local community and culture.

With just 20 spots available, we invite teacher and parents – of students in grades K to 12 of intermediate to advanced level – to submit applications by May 28. If accepted, students are required to attend a 20-minute special rehearsal on either June 24 or June 28, from 4-8 p.m. at Grace Chapel. Applicants will also receive a confirmation email in the first week of June.

A $30 participation fee will be due on acceptance, along with an original/clean-copy accompaniment score for the collaborative pianist.

Apex Arts League ask students to prepare and present one movement of any classical sonata, concerto or established encore piece, which should be 3 to 6 minutes in length. Memorization is encouraged, but not required.

The Grand Recital will be held on June 29 at 4 p.m. at Grace Chapel, followed by refreshments.

Apex looks forward to welcoming you to Apex Arts League’s Summer Sounds Youth Festival 2019!

For any questions, please email or call Apex Arts League on (682)-651-5026.

The registration form can be found at or this link.

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Say Hello to Summer in Southlake’s June Youth Camps

Summer’s almost here, and we can’t wait to kick it off with some exciting camps for all ages and interests. Our campers will be flying drones, programming robots, designing video games, learning to paint and so much more. You definitely won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

You can register online or in person at Champions Club (285 Shady Oaks Drive). Popular camps fill quickly, so be sure to register early. Camps that do not meet minimum registration requirements two business days prior to their scheduled start date will be canceled.

Fusion Gaming: Junior
June 3–7 | Ages 7–10 | Learn more & register

In this introductory coding camp, kids will code a pre-made game while learning the basics of level design. Each camper will then make a short video about his or her experience. Students will take their games home and can share their video through the 8Bit YouTube channel. This is the perfect camp for novice programmers!

Minecraft Architect
June 3–7 | Ages 11–14 | Learn more & register

This popular camp teaches basic mathematics through Minecraft EDU. Students will learn how to read and write blueprints, calculate their building materials and submit a building proposal that outlines the cost of their structure. Working independently within a group, students must coordinate and work with a class budget while dealing with market variables.

My First STEM Lab
June 17–21 | Ages 3–5 | Learn more & register

This camp teaches young children to see the world around them in a totally new way. Campers will learn how to create codes to pass secret messages, explore ways they can help protect the planet, discover how to eat like different animals and learn about space.

Toy Makers
June 17–21 | Ages 6–11 | Learn more & register

In this camp, future entrepreneurs will create toy prototypes and learn about cost, price, vendors, customers, profit and sales as they start their very own business. We’ll also teach kids how to navigate the ever-changing world of small businesses through real-world scenarios.

Chess Wizards Camp
June 17–21 | Ages 6–12 | Learn more & register

Chess Wizards Camp offers challenging chess lessons, exciting games and cool prizes for players of all skill levels. Students will improve their chess skills, meet new friends and work out their most powerful muscle—their brain!

Little Medical School Summer Camp
June 17–21 | Ages 6–10 | Learn more & register

This camp teaches children about medicine, science and the importance of health in an entertaining and exciting way. Through hands-on demonstrations, crafts and games, campers will learn how the body and organs work, how to use instruments that real doctors use and even how to tie knots like a real surgeon.

Drones and Aviation
June 24–28 | Ages 8–13 | Learn more & register

Soar the skies in this aviation adventure! Kids will participate in missions to fly drones and create take-home models of flying objects including a motorized helicopter, plane, parachute, UFO and spaceship. We’ll also learn about FAA rules, drone flying safety, aerodynamics, self-driven planes and other inventions that impact the future of aviation.

Adventures in Art Camp
June 24–27 | Ages 6–11 | Learn more & register

Under the guidance of certified Robert Garden School of Art instructors, your young artist will complete eight works of art featuring realistic landscapes, seascapes, animals, still life and more. Students learn fundamentals of painting, perspective, color theory and composition using watercolor, acrylic and oil paints as well as oil pastels, pencils and charcoal. All art supplies are provided.

Little Veterinarian Summer Camp
June 24–28 | Ages 6–10 | Learn more & register

In this camp, kids will adopt their own stuffed dog and learn how to assess a dog from head to tail as well as the basics of dog care, immunizations and how to treat a laceration. They will also learn about the importance of checking and monitoring dogs for ticks—just like a real veterinarian!

For more information, contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

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Youth Art Competition Deadline Approaching

You too could be a Youth Art winner at the 20th Art in the Square presented by Southlake Women’s Club, April 26-28 at Southlake Town Square. Applications are due by March 29.

High school students in Northeast Tarrant County, including those in private schools and home schooled, can submit artwork to be juried for the Lone Star Artist Winner. The winner of the award will have their work on display in the rotunda of the Capitol of Texas. The winner and family will receive two nights of hotel accommodations in Austin courtesy of Kids Matter International and a VIP Tour of the Texas Capitol courtesy of State Representative Giovannni Capriglione.  The jury committee also selects winners in various categories to receive awards provided by Roxann Taylor with Engel & Volkers Real Estate.

The winners and finalists of the Youth Art Competition will be showcased in the Youth Art tent the entire weekend. Click here to complete the application.  For more information about Youth Art and Art in the Square  visit

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Fort Worth to host statewide youth summit

The 19th annual Texas Youth Advisory Commission Summit is coming to Fort Worth.

The summit is a two-day statewide event sponsored by the Texas Municipal League and hosted by the City of Fort Worth, Feb. 23-24 at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus. This year’s theme is “Beyond All Limits” and will give attendees a chance to interact with professional speakers and peers in a fun and safe environment.

The Youth Advisory Commission Summit is an opportunity for cities, schools and community youth groups to share the experiences of their programs and the positive impact that the programs have had locally. The summit is organized to promote a fun environment for youth and city leaders to learn from and work with each other. Adults and students will leave with a greater appreciation of their own programs and new ideas to move their group forward in coming years.

This event provides excellent networking opportunities with leaders from established youth advisory commissions across the state. This is a chance for commission members to show off their successes from the past year, share their goals for the coming year, hear from inspirational speakers and network with other commissions.

Registration is $50 per attendee (youth or adult) and includes admission to all summit sessions and events, continental breakfasts, lunch and an event T-shirt. Early registration ends Jan. 31. Registrations after this deadline are $75 each and based on availability.

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Register Now for Southlake’s Spring Youth Jiu Jitsu Classes

Session 1 of our youth jiu jitsu program begins Monday, January 7 and runs through Monday, February 11. Registration closes the Friday before classes begin (January 4).

One of our most popular youth classes, jiu jitsu is a true mind-body workout that strengthens children’s physical, emotional and social skills. In addition to learning age-appropriate martial arts techniques that will prepare them to one day become a Black Belt, Jiu jitsu students also learn respect, responsibility, self-esteem, confidence, discipline, heightened awareness and much more.

Registration is now open for our spring 2019 jiu jitsu classes. Click your desired session and time below to see what all the excitement is about!


Resident Fee: $94
Non-Resident Fee: $118

January 7 – February 11
(No class January 21)
Ages 5–11: 6:15–7:00pm
Ages 12–18: 7:00–8:00pm

February 25 – April 3
Ages 5–11: 6:15–7:00pm
Ages 12–18: 7:00–8:00pm

April 15 – May 15
Ages 5–11: 6:15–7:00pm
Ages 12–18: 7:00–8:00pm

If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

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Travel the World as a Southlake Sister Cities Youth Ambassador

Serving as an SSC youth ambassador gives Southlake and CISD students a unique opportunity for global friendship, cultural exploration and a life-changing experience.

Southlake Sister Cities has opened the application process for the 2019 student exchange trips to our sister cities in Japan and China.

SSC youth ambassadors will represent the City of Southlake in one of our two Friendship Cities: Suzhou, Wuzhong District, China and Tome, Japan. The youth ambassadors and City-appointed chaperones are immersed in a cultural experience while living with host families and enjoying a variety of activities planned by the City, schools and their hosts. In 2018, SSC sent 18 Carroll ISD students on the trips—be sure to check out the videos they made of their experiences in China and Japan!

2019 Youth Ambassadors to Wuzhong, China

Trip Dates: March 9 – March 17, 2019
Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
Eligibility: Southlake Sister Cities members ages 14–18

Participants must hold a valid Chinese visa on arrival. Visas will be processed by SSC for individuals who do not have one.

2019 Youth Ambassadors to Tome, Japan

Trip Dates: June 3 – June 10, 2019
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Eligibility: Southlake Sister Cities members ages 13–18

Sister Cities International is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation, one individual, one community at a time.”

For more information about the Southlake Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Program or application process, please contact Katy Hintze.

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Southlake City Council Adopts Youth Master Plan Ordinance

Southlake City Council adopted the 2035 Youth Master Plan at the September 4 Council meeting. This new master plan element recognizes the importance of investing in the younger generations and their role in the City’s future.

The purpose of the Youth Master Plan is to establish clear goals and priorities for the next several years related to building up and encouraging youth in the community.

“The Youth Master Plan is a brand new element in the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan that was developed by the community’s youth and provides recommendations to strengthen a number of existing youth-related programs as well as provides many recommendations related to leadership, community engagement, health & wellness, and volunteerism” said Senior Planning and Development Services Director Ken Baker.

In total, there are twenty-one (21) recommendations in the Youth Master Plan. Grouped by the categories listed above, these recommendations speak to involving the community’s youth in the policy and decision-making process, expanding library programming, promoting safety and security, as well as health and wellness programs, and even working to expand volunteer opportunities for the youth. A major takeaway from this plan is that the City should actively seek the youth perspective when developing certain master plan elements, expanding youth programming, and ensuring the City does what it can to foster an environment where youth have opportunities to build leadership and job skills, and remain or become engaged stakeholders in their community.

The plan underscores that to successfully implement the developed recommendations it is critically important to maintain a strong partnership with our citizens and continuously identify opportunities to engage our corporate citizens and various community groups.

To ensure adequate representation and feedback from the community’s youth, City Council appointed the Southlake Youth Action Commission (SYAC) to develop this plan. City staff also held meetings with the Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (SKIL) and the Community Engagement Committee (CEC) between October 2017 and March 2018. All three committees participated in surveys, tabletop exercises and discussions that provided invaluable insight in the development of this plan, particularly in regard to furthering youth engagement in Southlake.

If you have any questions regarding the Youth Master Plan please contact the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621 or visit our city website.

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Registration Is Open for Winter Youth Basketball

Register as an individual or team by October 26, 2018.

The City of Southlake offers a recreational league for individual players as well as a more competitive league for pre-formed teams.

Individual Registration

Ages: 6 – 12 (As of September 1, 2018)
Cost: $85 per player

This recreational league is designed for individual players. Players will be drafted to teams by the City of Southlake, and coaches are required to play each player according to league rules.

Registration Closes: October 26
Coaches Meeting: November 13
Practices Begin: Week of November 26
Season Dates: December 1 – February 9
(No practices or games December 24 – January 5)
League Tournament: February 11 – 16

Click on an age division below to register as an individual player.

8 & Under: Boys
10 & Under: Boys
12 & Under: Boys

8 & Under: Girls
10 & Under: Girls
12 & Under: Girls

5 & 6: Co-ed

Parent Volunteer Coaches Needed!
Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in coaching. To submit a background check online, visit

Team Registration

Divisions: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U
(Age as of September 1, 2018)
Cost: $545 per team

Register as a team and compete against other formed teams in this more competitive recreational league. Coaches in this league are given more freedom to manage their teams with no minimum playing rules. All teams will play an 8-game season and top teams will advance to the playoffs. Teams must provide their own coach and uniforms, please register under head coaches name.

Rosters and birth certificates are due at the coaches meeting on November 14. Blank rosters can be found on Southlake’s TeamSideline page.

Registration Closes: October 26
Coaches Meeting: November 13
Practices Begin: Week of November 26
Season Dates: December 1 – February 9
(No practices or games December 24 – January 5)
League Tournament: February 11 – 16

8 & Under (Teams): BoysBoy making a jump shot in basketball game
10 & Under (Teams): Boys
12 & Under (Teams): Boys
14 & Under (Teams): Boys
16 & Under (Teams): Boys
18 & Under (Teams): Boys

8 & Under (Teams): Girls
10 & Under (Teams): Girls
12 & Under (Teams): Girls
14 & Under (Teams): Girls
16 & Under (Teams): Girls
18 & Under (Teams): Girls

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

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