Southlake Style January 2019

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6105 Legacy Trail Colleyville, $1,265,850

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1982 E Highland Street Southlake, $2,950,000

2200 Green Oaks Boulevard Arlington, $3,725,000

Roxann Taylor: 817- 312-7100

Roxann Taylor: 817- 312-7100

1907 Ptarmigan Street Southlake, $1,100,000

Roxann Taylor: 817- 312-7100

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the editor

reservation resolutions S TA F F & C O N T R I B U T O R S

PUBLISHER Mike Tesoriero ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Nicole Tesoriero STAFF WRITERS Maleesa Smith School and Nonprofit Contact Ashley Madonna City and Business Contact CREATIVE DIRECTOR Bruce Sons ADVERTISING ART DIRECTOR Laura Woodside MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR Kendall Finger ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Andrea Hatchett OFFICE COORDINATOR Ashley Pape CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS BluDoor Studios Kumiko Murakami Campos Thaddeus Harden

While awaiting the start of my daughter’s holiday concert, some idle chatter led a friend to question me on my favorite new area restaurants. I’m quite sure the response left her wondering if I had ever left the zip code. Thanks to the vibrant Dallas and Fort Worth markets and our team at Southlake Style, there are more than a few notable restaurants full of inspired cuisine, tasteful drinks and artful decor to read about each month. Afterward, I’m usually left planning a night full of toasts, sport coats and late night laughs... in my head. Just as I let my friend down with a shoulder shrug of a response, I’ve also let myself down. The truth of the matter is, the wife and I don’t get out as much as I’d like. And therein lies the heart of my New Year’s resolution. Could I eat less? Work out more? Sure, but everything in moderation. This year I aim to take a page out of Jessica Tondre’s blog (see page 92) and create a fun habit that actually sticks in the new year. In 2019, I will… I will make dinner reservations! Yes, you read that correctly: I’m going to put my mouth where my magazine is. There will be reservations for two and, with all apologies to my friends at Armend’s, they won’t be for pizza pick up! I’ll be relying on inspiration from our new department appropriately named Date Night where we’ll propose nearby activities to coincide with our recommended eateries — all with the mindset of connecting with your special someone. Our first installment, Scrumptious Strolling, (see page 78) takes you to the Bishop Arts District. Enjoy!

Yours in Southlake Style,

Mike Tesoriero | Publisher

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contents features


23 JUMP IN Parkour Comes To Southlake

50 CAROLINE’S STRUT From A Cancer Diagnosis To A Runway Walk

63 TREADMILL TO TREATS Venturing From Sweats to Sweets


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new department.. the TICKET

style’s SNIPPETS listicle

9 things

we’re looking forward to in 2019


Enjoy Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink by driving out to Panther Island Ice. Located in the Coyote Drive-in, this rink is the perfect way to embrace the season’s treats while getting active with the whole family. Learn more about it in Arts & Culture.


Trying whatever new fad diet becomes popular this month. Then pigging out at Torchy’s Tacos. Queso doesn’t count.

DRAGONS, BEARS AND TURKEYS. OH MY! Southlake Dragon turned Chicago Bear took on Detroit Lions on Turkey Day.

Seeing what Southlake DPS comes up with for the new year of social. Actually seeing water come out of the fountain at Southlake Blvd. and Carroll Ave. in Park Village.

Little parkour enthusiasts take on the town at Tempest Freerunning Academy

SHAKE SHACK A burger chain opens without complaints from residents.

Watching the Dragons compete for state titles.


Actually working out this year thanks to the Champions Club opening in February.

Fawning over your fluffy, or scaley, friends during our first-ever pet contest!

Celebrating Art in the Square’s 20th anniversary.

Fighting for tickets at Dallas Summer Musical’s run of the beloved “Hamilton.”

Sharing our readers’ stories through our new community writers program. Reach out to our team at if you have something you want to say.

DIM BULBS Christmas comes and goes but neighbors’ lights stay.

A BIG DEAL Former Southlake resident picks up briefcase No. 15.

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You're Invited to

See the New Entrada


lease join us for the Westlake Entrada Residential Update Event to learn more about this beautiful development. Thursday, January 24 5:30-7:30 p.m. Southlake Hilton 1400 Plaza Place, Southlake, TX 76092

Dona Robinson 214.906.7069

Listing & Selling Vaquero

2102 Rock Rose Court, Westlake $3,775,000 | 5 Bed | 5.3 Bath | 7,870 Sq.Ft.

SUSAN MATHEWS Vice President 817.653.0200 08 • JAN 19




9041 Golden Sunset Trail, Fort Worth

4808 Fairbank Lane, Flower Mound

1925 Cielo Ct., Keller

416 Abbott Lane, Trophy Club

8 Reading Ct., Trophy Club

1714 Post Oak Place, Westlake

817 Araf Avenue, Richardson

1841 Riviera Lane, Southlake

607 Boardwalk, Southlake

2313 Cedar Elm Terrace, Westlake

9900 Lindenwood Trail, Denton

1512 10th St., Argyle

311 Pinyon Lane, Frisco

37 Cimarron Dr., Trophy Club

1006 Drake Dr., Euless

5342 Randwick Trail, Frisco

2313 Cedar Elm Terrace, Westlake

1401 Post Oak Place, Westlake

2005 Nighthawk Ct., Westlake

404 Ochard Hill Drive, Southlake

000 E. Bob Jones Rd., Southlake

6708 Oak Knoll Road, Argyle

1250 Tate Lane, Bartonville

209 Stockton Drive, Southlake

2219 Costa Del Sol, Westlake

3046 Sentinal Butte, Grapevine

1826 Seville Cove, Westlake

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2210 Costa Del Sol, Westlake

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2026 Granada Trail, Westlake

540 Coyote Road, Southlake

913 Edgemeer Lane, Southlake

8132 La Frontera Trail, Arlington

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814 Parkdale Drive, Southlake

541 Round Hollow Lane, Southlake

922 Lake Hills Trail, Roanoke

8005 Derby Run, North Richland Hills

2212 Cedar Elm Terrace, Westlake

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9041 Golden Sunset Trail, Fort Worth

517 Silver Chase Drive, Keller

509 Round Hollow Lane, Southlake

219 Ridge View Lane, Trophy Club

2917 Riverbrook Way, Southlake 7609 Dockside Drive, Rowlett 9 Reading Ct., Trophy Club 2732 Trophy Club Dr., Trophy Club 602 Logans Lane, Southlake 1213 Tinker Road, Colleyville 2804 Bedfordshire, Bedford 1416 11th Street, Argyle

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Jennifer Spielvogel Associate 817.709.0659

Susan Mathews Dona Robinson Vice President Executive Vice President 817.653.0200 214.906.7069

Gabriella Miller Vice President 214.212.1707

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1836 Laurel Valley, Keller 2114 N. Kimball, Grapevine 4816 Trail Hollow, Fort Worth 201 Starnes, Grapevine 215 N. Starnes, Grapevine 455 Southlake Park, Southlake 1315 Burgundy, Southlake 805 Worthing, Southlake 5202 Brettonmeadow, Grapevine 2104 Plamera, Fort Worth 925 Chalk Hill, Haslet 1790 Kingswood, Southlake 1012 Diamond, Southlake 4446 Vineyard Creek, Grapevine 5016 Bransford, Colleyville 6101 Ben Rd, Sachse 2921 Riverbrook, Southlake 800 Lake Carillon, Southlake 500 E. Bob Jones, Southlake 2105 Paso Robles, Southlake 3329 Lone Brave, Fort Worth 3049 Ponder Path, Keller 1715 Terra Bella, Westlake 2004 Estes Park, Southlake 6833 Red Bud, Flower Mound 7108 Royal Gate, Arlington 1905 Wellington Ct, Keller 2927 Montalbo, Grand Prairie 113 Red Oak, Flower Mound 701 Silver Lake, Keller 7112 Cedar Court, Colleyville 1911 Jessie Way, Corinth 4303 Camden Ave, Dallas 1724 Hackett Creek Drive, McKinney 0 Red Bud, Flower Mound 1641 Tuscan Ridge, Southlake 1325 Briar Grove Drive, Keller 3924 Diamond Ridge, Keller

215 N. Starnes, Grapevine 404 Borders, Southlake 6761 Cabrillo #43, Irving 8212 Hallmark, N. Richland Hills 105 Welford, Southlake 713 Sir Barton, Keller 1012 Diamond, Southlake 1828 Beam, Southalke 231 Park Ridge, Southlake 3512 Valmur, Colleyville 6162 Allatoona, Fort Worth 5213 Grovewood, McKinney 8316 Sandy, N. Richland Hills 1008 Forest Hill, Weatherford 9809 Las Colina, Fort Worth 265 Wild Wood, Decatur 5766 Alpine, Fort Worth 4111 Cole #33, Dallas Barcelona, Westlake 1014 Lake Forest, Southlake 120 Stonewood, Southlake 744 Gray Wash, Saginaw 206 Park Ridge, Southlake 3233 Club View, Argyle 1842 McClendon, Weatherford 6833 Red Bud, Flower Mound 2410 Brushcreek, Keller 8 Reading Court, Trophy Club 13897 Wickham Lane, Frisco 364 LaQuinta, Keller 409 Marshall, Southlake 11351 Bull Head, Argyle 216 Tipperary Street, Keller 2244 County Road 328, Glen Rose 15287 Viburnum, Frisco 20066 Marimac, Trinidad 509 Round Hollow, Southlake FM917, Godley JAN 19 • 11

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30 Community news

31 Business news





68 Stuff you’ll love

69 Luxe review



Fittest cities

73 LOCAL FLAVOR Righteous Foods | Velo Café



What’s going on in our area



Jessica Tondre





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Ring in the New Year (So wrong it’s right)


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THE ANGEL GIFT BROOKE ANDREWS “The Angel Gift that gives comfort, love and support to kids in an easy-toread book sharing the love of Jesus. I also love giving it as a baby gift and to families with little ones that have experienced a hardship like losing a loved one, parents divorcing, illness or nightmares. It is a reminder that God is there all the time for you.” – Julie Duncan, mom of Caroline Duncan – Julie Duncan, mom of Caroline Duncan

WHY YOU EAT WHAT YOU EAT RACHEL HERZ JANUARY 8 Discover the Science Behind Your Cravings Just in time for a fresh start and holiday diet recovery, Rachel Herz is releasing her book, “Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship With Food.” If you’ve ever wondered how your personality correlates with your desire for sweets, this book will open your eyes to a world of sensory, psychological and physiological factors. In doing so, you will discover how a happier and healthier way of enjoying meals. Foodies and science-whizzes alike will enjoy this engaging book that offers compelling explanations using the latest research. Whether you’ve been wondering why your child is so picky or why you gravitate toward red wines, “Why You Eat What You Eat” will reveal thought processes you didn’t even know you had.


A DOG’S WAY HOME IN THEATERS JANUARY 11 Calling All Pup Lovers, This One’s For You In the ’90s, we were all on the edges of our seats while watching “Homeward Bound.” Exactly 30 years prior, in 1963, “The Incredible Journey” had everyone hooked on the magic that is animals on epic adventures, endeavoring to make it home. A little different in nature – narrated instead of having animal dialog – “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” made a star out of a pug before pugs were cool. This year, we are brought full circle as “A Dog’s Way Home” hits theaters, introducing younger generations to a similar riveting adventure of a pet’s long journey to find its owner. Bella (voice by Bryce Dallas Howard), the adorable pooch in this tale, embarks on a 400-mile trek in hopes of reuniting with her owner. Join her journey as she encounters a variety of other creatures and people.

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Last year, we learned that the final season of Tina Fey’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” would be split into two parts. Later this month, the series starring Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, a woman recently rescued from an underground cult, comes to a close. Get some final laughs during the last six episodes, featuring the comedic genius of Kimmy’s best friend and roommate, Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess); her former-employer-turned-friend, Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski); and landlord Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane). Watch as Kimmy continues to find her place in the world after years of missed pop culture and real-world experience, resulting in hilarious misunderstandings and outdated phrases.


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Southlake Housing Market Trends

Average Sales Price: $806k

Average Days on Market: 67

Homes Sold: up 7.4%

Rising sales prices, few homes for sale and low interest rates offer the ideal conditions to sell your home. Contact an Ebby agent today to find out what your property is worth. | 817-481-5882 | Carolyn Rosson, Manager SOURCE: NTREIS, Inc. November 2018 vs. November 2017


SOUTHLAKE STYLE’S 10TH ANNUAL BEST OF EVENT Our 10th annual Best Of event was a blast. To commemorate the decade, we renamed our Community Impact Award in honor of Southlake Town Square developer Brian Stebbins. The now Brian R. Stebbins Award was specially introduced by his wife, Patti Stebbins and presented to Traci Bernard, President of Texas Health Southlake. Traci is a pillar in our community and we are proud to have her as the recipient of the newly named award. A special thanks to our sponsors, First Financial Bank, The Hilton and Classic Wine Storage & Services.

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Jane and Hank Perry enjoyed some scenic snow in Vail, Colorado, where they attended their nephew’s wedding.

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hether you’ve watched the “Bourne” trilogy, cackled ove r a ce r t a i n e p i s o d e of “The Office” or even

guiltily binged the “Twilight” saga, you have – though perhaps unknowingly – seen freerunning and parkour in action.


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Deriving from the French word “parcours,” meaning route or course, parkour was originally formed out of military training. It has taken many shapes over the years, but the concept has remained the same: getting from Point A to Point B efficiently by using obstacles to your benefit. Think back to the “Bourne Ultimatum” chase scenes. As parkour grew in popularity and evolved, another concept was added called freerunning. “Freerunning is adding the creative and stylized movements such as flips that are more along the lines of self-expression,” says Gabe Nunez, Co-Founder and CEO of Tempest Freerunning. “Parkour and freerunning go hand in hand.” BRINGING THE MOVEMENT TO SOUTHLAKE Now, thanks to Nunez, there is a gym for the sport in Southlake. At Tempest Freerunning Academy, people of all ages can learn how to use the environment around them athletically and creatively. He and a group of fellow athletes founded the company in Los Angeles in 2007. At the time, they were working in the film industry as stunt performers. They noticed that the parkour and freerunning demand was rising very quickly. Films and commercials were popularizing the athletic movement, and it quickly changed the course of how chase scenes were shot. Nunez and his friends were suddenly getting a ton of stunt work, but they noticed that it was challenging to find a place to practice. “After a couple of successful years in film, we decided, ‘Hey, let’s build a place where we can train undisturbed by weather or by security,’” he says. “There are always those boundaries between us wanting to do something productive with ourselves, but not wanting to disrespect properties. So we built this gym almost as a selfish venture just so we had somewhere to train.” If you search the terms “parkour” or “freerunning” on any social media platform, you’ll be inundated with videos of enthusiast practicing and perfecting their craft. So it was not out of the ordinary for the Tempest team to shoot a video and post it once their gym was complete. Almost overnight, it went viral. “That’s when we realized that there was a demand for this beyond us,” Nunez explains. The company went on to open two more California locations, and last month, they opened their first out-of-state location, right here in Southlake. Nunez says they looked all over, from Atlanta to Austin, but decided to try for a Dallas-area location. After hitting a few snags in Frisco, the group happened upon a location in Southlake. “It just so happens that the owner of the building was in the Hollywood film industry which we are all a part of,” Nunez says. “When we came to check the space out, we obviously fell in love with this area. I’ve got family in Grapevine and Roanoke, so it worked out perfectly.” SOUTHLAKESTYLE.COM

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When asked if the town has a culture fit for freerunning, Nunez doesn’t hesitate. “We believe there is a culture for that everywhere. It is going back to the basics of human movement,” he emphasizes. “When people see it, they almost always say ‘Oh, I used to do that when I was a kid.’ I think that’s true. I think Texas, in general, is just a very athletic place, so it lends itself to that, and I definitely think Southlake is a great place for us.” HOW IT ALL WORKS Tempest is far more than a gym. The company banded together to create a curriculum that would be challenging, fun and keep kids safe. Similar to belts in martial arts, Tempest separates levels by wristband colors. Not only does this give students something to look forward to but also it gives coaches something to look out for during open gyms. If they see someone wearing a green wristband – indicative of the beginner level – perched on the highest obstacles, they know something is not right and they will rush over to assist and correct the student. Ranging from green bands – PK All Day, in which students learn the basics – to gold band – Goldfish Gangsta, the highest level where students learn how to give back to the freerunning community – Tempest trains all levels of athletes. Wristbands are determined by a testing session that is held every ten weeks to assess student’s mastery of their level’s skills. Tempest Academy even has special classes for the younger enthusiast, including Kinderkour for ages 4-5 and Tempest Tadpoles for ages 6-8. At the end of the day, the academy is equipping kids with skills that may very well evolve down the road. “What I love about the sport so much is that it truly has endless possibilities,” Nunez says. “It’s one of few sports where there is no set list of moves. People are always creating new moves. Things that you didn’t even think were possible a year ago are being done by 17-year-old kids.” Of course, the idea of your child flipping off of a building may not be the most calming thought, but Tempest has plenty of precautions in place to ensure that kids stay safe. From the pace of the curriculum to the coaches being CPR certified and going through heavy safety training, Nunez reports very few incidents over the past decade. “Like anything else, there are absolutely dangers to what we do,” he says. “But what we find in our sport specifically is that instead of us teaching people discipline, our environment kind of does that for us. You tend to have a lot more self-respect when you’re challenging yourself to do stuff that may scare you.” And that is a large component of parkour and freerunning: overcoming obstacles. Whether that is a literal obstacle to vault over or a mental block to work through, the sport builds more than muscle. It builds confidence. “It’s the most liberating sport I’ve ever been a part of,” Nunez says.

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SPOTLIGHT community

MAYOR HILL ANNOUNCES MAYOR’S ALLIANCE FOR UNITY AND CULTURE At the December 4 City Council meeting, the council approved the start of the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture. This group will help the council and city staff conceptualize, organize and execute future programs and activities to promote diversity, inclusion and equality in Southlake. Anyone interested in applying for this committee, including students, can find the proper form at Applications are due by January 7.

CARROLL DRAGON FOOTBALL FINISHES THE YEAR IN FRISCO After a hard fought match, the Southlake Carroll Dragons (13-1) fell to the Duncanville Panthers (13-0) 51-7 on December 8 to make an exit from the playoffs and finish the season. The game started close with the Dragon defense holding the Panthers' high-powered offense to only seven points in the first quarter, but the deficit grew deeper into the second and third quarter before Carroll could close the gap. Emotions were high following the end of the game, as seniors reminisced on their last down of Dragon football. Standout running back and SMU commit TJ McDaniel was especially emotional, as both team members from Duncanville and Carroll consoled him and congratulated him on his many accomplishments. While they fell short of the state championship, there is no reason for Carroll to hang its head when considering the season's accomplishments. At the beginning of the season, the Dragons not only had to navigate a newly re-drawn district but also a brand new head coach. Under Riley Dodge, the Dragons went undefeated throughout both non-district and district play, which hasn't been done since the 2013 season. This season alone, the Dragons racked up a total of 22 receiving touchdowns and 52 rushing touchdowns for a grand total of 558 points against their opponents. Thirty-three of those touchdowns came from McDaniel, who finished the season with just over 2,000 rushing yards, breaking the mark against Duncanville. While Carroll came short of adding yet another State Championship ring to the dynasty, fans and opponents can be sure the Dragons will be back next season, ready for another chance.

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TJ MCDANIEL RECEIVES HONOR AT TELEVISED AWARD CEREMONY Despite a 13-game win streak being ended by Duncanville in the quarterfinals, McDaniel is certainly ending his high school football career on a high note as he takes home the Landry Award. The Landry Award is a prestigious honor that recognizes the top high school football player in North Texas who demonstrates positive character and leadership attributes. With 2,122 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns, it's safe to say McDaniel fits that description. He will continue his football career at the collegiate level next year for SMU. Named after football icon Tom Landry, this award is basically the Heisman Trophy of North Texas high school football. In fact, the 2014 Landry Award recipient Kyler Murray, now quarterback for the University of Oklahoma, was recently named winner of the Heisman. The ceremony was filmed and shown on CBS 11 on December 21, which gave Dragon fans the chance to see him accept this honor before their eyes. LOCAL COUPLE USES THEIR WEDDING REGISTRY TO GIVE BACK TO THE GATEHOUSE In lieu of traditional wedding gifts, Lauren Campanello and Sean Ford pointed their guests to give back instead of shopping a registry. They asked all their friends and family to donate to The Gatehouse to honor their wedding, and they were able to raise more than $25,000 for the women and children in their program.


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CARROLL ROBOTICS TEAM PREPARES FOR TRIP TO THE SMITHSONIAN THIS MONTH Carroll Robotics team 7110Z, a group made up of eight Carroll STEM Academy seniors, will attend the “Night At The Museum” at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on January 25 and 26. Michael Chuang, Aaryan Das, Tenzin Dhondup, Samuel He, Arvi Krishnan, Sai Mahapatra, Amanda Piyapanee and Ty Ponzo were invited to be a part of the event after winning the Southlake Carroll VEX Robotics Tournament back in November. Teams from across the U.S. will come together for this event to fight for a spot in the VEX World Championship in April. For those who want to see Carroll Robotics groups in action before 7110Z heads to Washington D.C., teams will compete at Carroll Senior High School on January 12.


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MORE THAN TWO DOZEN DRAGONS SET TO CONTINUE THEIR ATHLETIC CAREERS ON THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL More than two dozen Dragons made their college decisions official last semester. On November 14, friends and family packed into Carroll Senior High School to celebrate with 25 student-athletes as they signed their Letters of Intent. These 25 students will go on to play their sports at a collegiate level. By signing their Letters of Intent, the seniors officially ended the recruiting process. Families set up festive tables with photos, cookies, balloons and more, all in the corresponding colors of their students’ future university. National Signing Day is in February, so this set does not represent all of the graduating seniors continuing in collegiate athletics.

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CARROLL DRAGON PICKS UP A BRIEFCASE ON NEW SEASON OF ‘DEAL OR NO DEAL’ First it was Chrissy Teigen and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, and now it is former Southlake resident Madi Teeuws picking up a briefcase and joining NBC’s new season of “Deal or No Deal.” The show got a reboot almost 10 years after it stopped production, which means more families are competing for large sums of money, more Howie Mandel jokes and a new set of briefcase models, one of which is a Carroll graduate. Madi moved with her family to Southlake from Washington D.C. when she was 10 years old. While attending Carroll ISD’s intermediate, middle and high schools, she did everything from horseback riding to soccer to softball and theater. In high school, she focused on basketball and was the shooting guard for the Dragons. So when you are watching “Deal or No Deal,” keep an eye out for Briefcase Model No. 15. Because once a Dragon, always a Dragon!

CARROLL ISD MAKES THE AP DISTRICT HONOR ROLL FOR THE SEVENTH TIME In yet another display of Dragon excellence, Carroll ISD landed on the ninth annual AP District Honor Roll. This year's honor roll is comprised of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada. To qualify for the honor roll, large districts must show an increase of participation/ access to AP by at least 4 percent. For medium and small districts, the percentage of increase must be 6 and 11 percent, respectively. Unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of AP students are scoring a 3 or higher, the district must also show improved performance levels. In other words, it’s not enough to increase the amount of AP classes. They must also prove effective. The AP District Honor Roll has existed for nine years, and Carroll has achieved that honor for seven of those years. TOYS FOR TOTS TOY DRIVE HITS SOUTHLAKE TOWN SQUARE Residents brought out new, unwrapped toys to the front of Southlake Town Square to benefit Toys for Tots on December 3. Toys for Tots supports the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and their mission to spread holiday joy to all of the North Texas’ children. These donations helped them ensure everyone had a happy Christmas. FOX 4’s Dan Henry was onsite for the 16th annual drive and broadcasted live from the scene.


SOUTHLAKE DPS AND PUBLIC LIBRARY HOST STORY TIME AT THE STATION – HOLIDAY EDITION Families came out on December 12 to enjoy a holiday story, puppet show and sing-a-long at the Southlake DPS and Public Library’s Story Time At The Station – Holiday Edition. The family-friendly event also acted as a winter clothing drive which benefited Christmas is for Children, so families brought out hats, gloves, scarves and socks to help keep kids warm throughout the winter. After collecting donations, local firefighters and police officers were able to give interested kids an inside look at their trucks and vehicles.

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CITY OF SOUTHLAKE’S SHAREN JACKSON RECOGNIZED AS CFO OF THE YEAR FOR GOVERNMENT The City of Southlake’s CFO Sharen Jackson was honored back in November as the “Dallas Business Journal” Chief Financial Officer of the Year for Government. Jackson has served the city for the last 20 years, first as the finance director for 15 years and then as the city’s CFO for the past five years. PRECISION ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE OPENS PRECISIONS ORTHO EXPRESS IN SOUTHLAKE Precision Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is bringing “right care, right now” to Southlake through Precision Ortho Express. The orthopedic express access clinic, located off W. State Hwy. 114, will provide care to patients on both an appointment and walk-in basis. Providers will be able to treat fractures, sprains, back injuries, lacerations, concussions and other orthopedic conditions. The facility will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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SOUTHLAKE ELF TAKES ON THE SHARKS Southlake resident Mitchell Allen has been spreading Christmas cheer in the Metroplex for years with his company HireSanta. But he wanted to bring that joy across the country with the help of a few key investors. So he went on ABC’s “Shark Tank” on December 2 to pitch his business. He ended up securing a $200,000 investment from Barbara Corcoran during the episode. It’s safe to say that the big guy has some job security.


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SWEET & SASSY “I wanted to create a place where girls could go to simply be a girl and have fun,” says Sweet & Sassy founder, Dixie Clarke. Now a national chain with more than 20 locations, it’s clear the girly-girl haven is a hit. The flagship store enjoyed being a part of Southlake Town Square for more than 14 years, but is glad to now be across the street at Park Village with more space and a newly updated store. Features of the new flagship include a hot pink ear-piercing throne, a girl-sized pedicure pit that seats 12 and a truly fabulous party area. Customers will also enjoy new retail experiences such as make-your-own sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bombs, body glitter and lip gloss. The new location still offers outstanding kids haircuts, makeovers, “Sweet Treat” make-your-own pedicure experiences, as well as princess, pop-star and spa themed parties and, of course, hot pink limo rides. Another exciting change, Sweet & Sassy is partnering with Central India Christian Mission (CICM) Children’s Home and Wigs for Kids as part of their 2019 GiveBack! Program. To learn about how you can contribute, check out the GiveBack! page of the Sweet & Sassy website. In addition to all of the exciting changes, Sweet & Sassy Franchising has expanded with new locations in San Antonio and Katy last month. Sweet & Sassy is also actively searching for the perfect franchisees to expand into

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The Cell Spa 2800 E. State Hwy. 114, Suite 130, Trophy Club • 469.916.4436 •

(L-R) Dr. Wade McKenna, Chief Medical Officer, and Becky Koberg, R.N.

The most rewarding part of our job is restoring people’s confidence by treating baldness and thinning hair, aging skin, erectile dysfunction and stress urinary incontinence.

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BIOLOGIC WELLNESS Our top health and wellness tip for 2019 is… to explore minimally-invasive biologics and stem cell therapy to treat the root cause of aging skin, hair loss and sexual wellness issues. We love our work because… we get to serve our patients every day using cutting-edge technology and advances in biologic medicine, allowing our patients to turn back the clock on deeply personal issues associated with aging. A big misconception in our field is… that all stem cell and biologic treatments are created equally. Not all clinics are using concentrated growth factors with bioactive tissue allografts or the correct types of stem cells that help with breaking down scar tissue and rebuilding healthy cells. The treatment we are most excited about is… our FDA approved suspension allograft. It has 10x the growth factors of PRP and is delivered through a very small needle that makes it safe and effective for use in restoring hair, aging skin and sexual wellness. Our business is unique because of… our proprietary products and the ability to utilize stem cell therapy in each of our treatments to address deeply personal issues.



Haven Dental, Dr. Tyler Brady 1845 E. Southlake Blvd. • 817.554.1122 •

(L-R) Katelin Brady, office manager, Dr. Tyler Brady and Katelyn Brady, head dental assistant

We’re a relationship-focused practice. We focus on lifestyle dental work that is long lasting and work that we can be proud of. We take our time with our treatment planning and keep in mind our patients’ lifestyle, budget, wants and needs.


DENTISTRY: COSMETIC, IMPLANT AND FAMILY Our top health and wellness tip for 2019 is… taking care of yourself and having confidence in your appearance. This is essential in building self-esteem and maintaining a positive outlook on yourself. It enables you to do the same for those around you. So I guess my top tip for 2019 is “treat yo’ self.” It really does make life better for you and for everyone around you. The treatment we’re most excited about is… cosmetic dentistry. It has become my favorite branch of dentistry. We offer full smile makeovers using laser and light technology to enhance facial aesthetics in combination with composite or ceramic veneers to fit almost any budget. We are the only dentist in the DFW area that offers state of the art Viora Laser Therapy. We’re proud to give back by... donating to a nonprofit that sends dental supplies all over the world. This nonprofit also donates dental treatment to those in need. Every patient helps as well, simply by choosing Haven Dental. Each exam pays for one person to receive dental supplies.

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940 Keller Parkway, Suite 170, Keller • 817.354.4488 •

Dentistry doesn’t have to hurt. We use top of the line laser technology to make your dental care comfortable and easy. Patients seek us out for… our experience, knowledge and our kind and gentle approach to dental treatments. Patients come to us because we provide in-depth explanations and involve each patient in their care and treatment. Our patients know that we truly have their best interest at heart. Our practice is unique because… we have the Solea Laser. We can treat cold sores, canker sores, remove dark pigmentation from gums and even do fillings, all without needing to numb the patient. Only 27 dental offices in Texas offer this laser that is transforming dental procedures and providing fast healing, allowing us to treat patients in one quick and easy appointment. We are also proud to offer Invisalign, veneers, implant restoration and sleep apnea devices. The most rewarding part of our job is… seeing how great our patients feel after being treated in our office. To have patients feel so great about the care that they have received from our practice that they refer their friends and family to the practice and trust us to take of their loved ones is incredibly rewarding and humbling.




All-Star Orthopaedics 910 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 155 • 817.421.5000 •

(L-R) W. Grear Hurt, M.D., Stephen J. Timon, M.D., Bing S. Tsay, M.D., Brian E. Straus, M.D., Thomas M. Schott, M.D., Kevin M. Honig, M.D., Michael K. Hahn, M.D. and Mark S. Greenberg, M.D.

Patients predominantly seek us out for the highest quality level of care for orthopaedic injuries and joint conditions.



Our top health and wellness tip for 2019 is… if aches and pains are keeping you from exercising and living a healthy lifestyle then make an appointment with a specialist at AllStar Orthopaedics. We can help you! A big misconception in our field is… that we only provide surgical treatment. In fact, we provide both operative and non-operative treatment for the full range of orthopaedic conditions. The most rewarding part of our job is… returning an injured athlete or weekend warrior back to activity. One of our favorite days of the year is “signing day” at Carroll Senior High School when we see high school athletes/patients sign National Letters of Intent to pursue their chosen sport at the next level. We are proud to give back by… providing financial support to The Carroll Education Foundation, Carroll ISD and National Charity League. We sponsor athletic pre-participation physicals for middle school through senior high athletes, provide internships for students in the Carroll Medical Academy and provide sideline sports medicine coverage for Carroll ISD.

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Precision Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 245 W. State Hwy. 114, Suite 300, Southlake • 866.896.7846 •

(L-R) John Milani, M.D., Byung “BJ” Lee, M.D., Tariq Hendawi, M.D., Yong Pak, M.D., Robert Bayless, M.D., Steven Sanders, M.D., Jaytinder Sandhu, D.P.M., Bantoo Sehgal, M.D., and Brian Gengler, M.D.

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We are inspired by… maintaining excellence in the knowledge and technical skills of the latest developments in orthopedic surgery, including new techniques in minimally invasive treatments and rapid recovery, regenerative therapies and stem cell applications. We are greatly inspired by the gratitude and happiness our patients express when they heal and recover quickly from their conditions and injuries. The treatment we’re most excited about is… regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies. Our practice is unique because… our group consists of subspecialists that are experts in all aspects of musculoskeletal injuries and problems. We also have a walk-in clinic, Precision Ortho Express, where our patients can receive immediate expert orthopedic care without an appointment even after normal business hours. We’re proud to give back by… sponsoring many community organizations including the Carroll Education Foundation, CISD We Care program, Irving ISD and the Irving Healthcare Foundation as well as volunteering in several local health fairs and symposiums. Our top health and wellness tip for 2019 is… move! Movement is what keeps our joints healthy. Regular exercise is the key to healthy living.



Inspire Physical Therapy and Wellness 280 Commerce St., Suite 115, Southlake • 817.912.1420 •

Our goal is to get our patients on the road to recovery quickly and back to their active and happy lifestyles. Our top health and wellness tip for 2019 is… improve the way you move! Movement is key to a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise can increase energy levels, strengthen muscles, improve bone density, decrease stress levels and so much more. Whether you are chasing your grandkids, playing 18 holes of golf or running a marathon, optimal movement is the foundation for reaching these goals. We are inspired by… our patients! There is nothing more rewarding than receiving pictures of our patients achieving their goals, all thanks to their hard work and commitment to their treatment plan. The treatment we’re most excited about is… pelvic floor therapy. We were thrilled to see the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) embrace the “fourth trimester” in a committee opinion in May. It is common to see postpartum women who are suffering from unnecessary symptoms. We treat both women and men for pelvic health and both are tremendously underserved in this area. Pelvic floor dysfunction is the root cause of many issues including incontinence, erectile dysfunction, back pain, SI pain and the list goes on. The acknowledgement of physical therapy’s role in pelvic health is a conceptual shift and we are so excited for the dialogue to continue!

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Academy Foot & Ankle Specialists Southlake/Keller/North Richland Hills/Flower Mound/Argyle • 817.424.3668 •

(L-R) Paul T. Marciano, DPM, MS, Larissa P. Rolim, DPM, MS, Joel B. Dacus, DPM, BSC, Gregory J. Amelung, DPM, Philip Parr, DPM, MS and Dr. Masoud Moradi, DPM, FAAPSM

Nothing is more rewarding than our own patients referring their friends and family.

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We are inspired by… the words “Thank you, doc.” There is no better inspiration than to know that you have helped to improve someone’s quality of life. You can’t realize how foot or ankle pain can change your life until it sneaks up on you. We feel educating and helping our patients allows them to help everyone involved get back to doing the things they enjoy or need to do. A big a misconception in our field is… “I didn’t know you did surgery for that.” Our practitioners train for a total of seven years on surgery in the foot and ankle region. Although most problems can be treated conservatively without surgery, you can be assured that if a problem leads to surgery, your surgeon has the best training and experience available. The treatments we’re most excited about include… laser treatment for nail fungus, stem cell and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, non-invasive treatment (extra corporal shockwave therapy) for chronic heel pain, just to name a few.



Sanara Yoga & Wellness 2008 E. State Hwy. 114, Southlake • 817.329.9268 •

(Back Row L-R) Leslie Jones, K Frantz-Satore, Alice Pino, Jean Wilbert (Director of Yoga), Debbie Simon, Jodi Dunaway, (Front Row L-R) Kenny Kolter (Director of Sound), Allison Fullmer (Owner and Founder)


The aromatherapy and warmth of the studio helps you exhale, find relief and let go of your daily stresses. Our top health and wellness tip for 2019 is… empower yourself and practice self-care physically, emotionally and spiritually. When we take the time to do this, we are able to find and live the highest version of ourselves. We are inspired by… the love and the commitment of our community that comes through our door each day. We help others live a healthy life by… teaching our students the knowledge and tools they need for self-care and how to heal themselves. These life-changing skills are transforming.


We love our work because… the connection of the community that we have here is overwhelming. Our students become our family and when they walk in, they are home. Customers come to us needing… nourishment and to feel nurtured. Everyone is looking for permission to take care of themselves. When we do this, we are filled all the way back up and are able to continuing serving our families and those around us. The most rewarding part of our job is… everyone’s smile and expression of gratitude after class. There is a reverence when each class ends, and it just feels so good.

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s Old Union Elementary School kindergartener Caroline Duncan flips through her picture book from last year’s Children’s Cancer Fund annual fashion show and gala, she stops to comment on the dress she’s rocking down the runway. Fashioned in her favorite color, blue, Caroline, age 5, smiles remembering her day of dress up. While others might first notice the people walking her down the runway, Cowboys legend Tony Romo and his wife Candice Crawford, the five-year-old talks fondly about the people who did her hair and makeup backstage. Caroline’s mom, Julie, once asked Caroline if she knew the famous couple escorting her down the runway last year. To which she replied, “Mrs. Candice and some other guy.” After clarifying it was in fact Tony Romo, Julie asked her if she knew what the man was known for. Caroline said, “He’s a DJ, mommy.” She’s not wrong. At the 2018 gala, where Tony Romo acted as an honorary DJ, local celebrities came together to put their fame aside and let the day’s models shine. Dressed to the nines in their chosen looks, these kids were able to lose themselves while strutting their stuff, which is why the night is so special. And why Caroline is already looking forward to helping out this April for the 2019 event.

Caroline’s Story Caroline Duncan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (A.L.L.) on her third birthday. After Julie and her husband continuously saw their daughter spike high fevers, lose the color out of her cheeks and eventually lose the ability to stand, they kept taking her to the doctor just hoping for an answer. “I just had a feeling that something’s not right,” Julie says. “It was crazy scary.” After running a blood test on their third visit to the pediatrician, the couple took Caroline to Children’s Medical Center Dallas where a bone marrow biopsy confirmed her diagnosis. It was the start of their health battle full of tests, steroids, chemotherapy and a whole lot of prayer. “We never thought we weren’t going to get through it,” Dan says. “And that’s because of our strong faith,” Julie comments. For the first 30 days after diagnosis, Caroline was admitted into the hospital. With Julie, Dan and their eldest Camdyn still living in Southlake, the couple spent most of their time living in their daughter’s hospital room. Dan would make do on the pullout couch and Julie would nestle alongside her youngest daughter to share her bed. “I just didn’t want to let her go,” Julie says. Camdyn often stayed with Julie’s parents who live in Hurst, but she of course would come to Dallas to visit her baby sister. After saying their hellos, the two girls would run off to the playroom complete with a mini kitchen, a welcomed hospital amenity thanks to the Children’s Cancer Fund (CCF). The nonprofit invests in projects like these through their project called Childlife that helps improve patients spirits and their stay while in the hospital. Caroline’s most treasured resource proSOUTHLAKESTYLE.COM

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Caroline walks in the 2018 Children’s Cancer Fund annual fashion show and gala with Tony Romo and Candice Crawford.

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vided by CCF came in every day on four paws. Blair, a golden retriever therapy dog, came in to sit on Caroline’s bed and gave her comfort while her body continued to fight against cancer. “Childlife is basically what brought her peace and joy,” Julie says. After those first 30 days, Caroline was able to come home to Southlake – still while being closely monitored by both her parents and with weekly visits back to Children’s to see her doctor. While she did have a few stints back in the hospital whenever she broke a fever, Caroline was slowly able to transition back into her favorite activities. She attended, cheer and gymnastics classes, which acted as physical therapy for building up her motor skills. She might have only been up and standing for 10 minutes, but her teachers welcomed her back with open arms. Low energy was just one of the side effects of her medications – on top of her hair falling out and an increased appetite, but the Duncans worked their way back to a new level of normal. “She lost that entire year,” Julie says. “That entire year of her being three was gone.” But it was the small stuff that gave Julie and Dan hope. Caroline loved twirling her hair, so losing it during treatment hit her hard. “When we could do her first ponytail. That was a big day,” Julie says. “We had a spa party for her sister, and I tried to put her hair up. It wasn’t very big, but getting her ponytail back was something.” SOUTHLAKESTYLE.COM

On April 4, 2018, Caroline finished her chemotherapy by taking her final dose, which came as a huge relief to both Julie and Dan. “It was pretty much hour to hour until we finished up with that last pill,” Dan says. “Then we could take it at least day by day for the next year and a half.” The family celebrated the milestone by packing up the kids and taking their first family vacation since diagnosis up to Beaver Creek. Caroline had never seen the snow and spent the week learning how to ski and taking in the sights. “That was my favorite day,” Caroline says about the vacation. “We [slid] down the mountain and had cookies and hot chocolate.” The family knows the importance of celebrating those high points, but they also understand they are in a position where they can make a difference. While they were balancing two kids – one of which who was battling cancer – the Duncans felt an urge to give back. After seeing the Children’s Cancer Fund give their daughter such relief, they knew it was important to not only participate in their annual gala but also find new ways to make an impact. “You’ve never been more humbled than when you’re at a children’s hospital,” Dan reflects. “It’s the most sad…it’s really hard. A lot of people think we have it bad. And then we look around the hospital and think we have it so easy. We’re pretty fortunate and a lot of people aren’t. No matter your marital status, anything, [cancer] is indiscriminative. There are just a lot of people who have a really hard time.” The Duncans mention they always wanted to give back, but life got in the way before Caroline’s diagnosis. It wasn’t until their own situation changed that they realized they had the time. They just needed to make it a priority. “We kind of wanted to help before she got sick, but we never got around to it,” Dan says. And their extended Southlake family helped them: OUES held a snack drive that kids in the hospital could turn to after their tests. Julie partnered with one of Caroline’s friend’s moms to hold a Kendra Scott trunk show. Even the girls got involved by opening a lemonade stand where they gave the money back to children in need. But Caroline took more of a spotlight roll in giving back at the 2018 Children’s Fund Gala. After applying and being chosen as a model, she quickly became a face for the gala. “Everything in Caroline’s world must sparkle because she sparkles inside and out,” Children’s Cancer Fund Executive Director Jennifer Arthur says. “Her eyes just twinkle and she has the outfits and the shoes to match. She has gone through that and she has come out the other side and she is still smiling.” Before the event, Caroline attended several promotional events where she bonded with the day’s other models and was able to share the gala’s message with the public. When the 2018 gala came, Caroline was dropped off at the event hours before it started so her dress up could begin. Caroline says her favorite part of the day was eating all of the candy the nonprofit provided backstage, but she talks with a smile about getting her hair, nails and makeup done before taking the runway. JAN 19 • 53

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“It’s an opportunity to have cancer survivors walk the runway. It’s about their journey to survival,” Jennifer says. “We have all those celebrities come, but they are the ones who turn over their celebrity status and hand it over to the kids. That’s what makes our event so incredible.” At the end of the event, all of the model alumni take the stage to be a part of the grand finale. This year, Caroline will return to be a part of that celebration. “The backstage and the grand finale have turned into a reunion of sorts,” Jennifer says. “These kids have grown up together. They have celebrated remission together. They love coming back each year.” Julie is also a part of the CCF Leadership Committee, so she works on the other side to help the nonprofit do all it can to help local children. “That’s always a joy to see when families turn around and say ‘What can we do for you? How can we serve you?’” Jennifer says. “[Julie] is pouring her support and her backing into Children’s Cancer Fund.”

Caroline’s Impact

The Duncans also works with close friend and local Southlake author of “The Angel Gift,” Brooke Andrews. The book acts as a comfort tool to help show children their angel is always watching over them. In each box comes a board book, a handmade stuffed angel and a note to personalize the gift to its recipient. For every 10 that Brooke sells, she gives one book to Caroline to donate to another child battling cancer. She gives them out when she goes to her monthly doctor appointments. “The Duncans are doing good through their trauma,” Brooke says. “We paired up and though it was the perfect combination.” Caroline knows the importance of giving back, but she’s also a little girl who loves lunchtime at school because it’s when she can talk to all of her best friends, an extensive list that takes a few minutes to go through. But it’s Julie and Dan that stress it takes a village to support children suffering from cancer. “Don’t be like us,” Dan says. Don’t wait until it happens to you to get involved. Because there is so much good still to be had.” Until then, Caroline’s days will be filled with dress up and playing with her sister. Every once in a while, Julie says Caroline will be recognized by a Southlake resident who asks her how she is doing or she sees a local student sporting an “OUES is for Caroline” T-shirt, and she is filled with gratitude for her community and the support they have shown. “One day, she will realize the impact she’s made on so many people,” Julie says. “It’s so humbling. She was a champ.” 54 • JAN 19

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2019 Children’s learning styles vary and finding a school that closely aligns with that style can be daunting. It’s important to know all the facts, so we’ve compiled that information for you on the following pages.


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Grapevine Faith Christian School Grapevine Faith exists to develop and graduate authentic Christian leaders. In partnership with Christian families, the school educates children ranging from Pre-K through 12th grade. Faith offers a unique educational opportunity for students through a challenging, Christ-centered program with excellence in academics, athletics and creative arts. Grapevine Faith infuses a biblical worldview in every aspect of the school experience and encourage ministry and mission mindedness to the local community and beyond. The school is co-educational, evangelical and college-preparatory with selective admission. You are invited to visit their campus, meet the faculty, talk with students and see Faith in action!

FAST FACTS Grades..............................................................Pre-K through 12th Enrollment.......................................................................................808 Student-Teacher Ratio............................ Varies by grade level Private or Public..................................................................... Private Tours Available...............................................................................Yes Open House................ Jan. 29, Feb. 19, March 26, April 23 Annual Tuition.....................................................$8,850-$16,640 Enrollment Dates.......First Pool, Feb. + Rolling Enrollment Enrichment Programs: Athletics, Creative Arts, Debate, STEAM and Technology

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The Children’s Courtyard

Crown of Life Lutheran School

At The Children’s Courtyard, children are given plenty of room to excel. The facility offers many opportunities for children to think big and become the best possible version of themselves. Each child receives individualized assessments and the curriculum allows them to learn on their own education plan in a class setting. The newly-remodeled school age building offers a variety of activities for children Kindergarten through sixth grade. Parents receive photos, videos and updates throughout the day allowing them to share the educational journey with their children. Live stream video is available for all ages.

Crown of Life Lutheran School (COLLS) nurtures children in a loving, Christian environment, allowing them to develop spiritually, socially, physically and emotionally. The school is committed to creating a lifetime love of learning, reinforcing Christian values and encouraging high academic achievement. With a beautiful campus in the heart of Colleyville, COLLS has been described as “Tarrant County’s Best Kept Secret” and has been awarded over $500,000 in foundation grants. COLLS offers a challenging curriculum and students consistently score above the 95th percentile on national standardized achievement tests.



Grades................................................6 weeks through 12 years Enrollment........................................................................................180 Student-Teacher Ratio........................................... Varies by age Private or Public..................................................................... Private Tours Available...............................................................................Yes Cost................................................................................Varies by age Transportation.......Yes, to and from elementary schools Enrollment Dates.... Any time during the year if space is available Enrichment Programs: Soccer, Spanish, Briks 4 Kidz and Dance

Grades...............Preschool-8th Grade & University Model Online High School Enrollment.............................................................................150-200 Student-Teacher Ratio (Preschool)..........................................8:1 Student-Teacher Ratio (Elementary).................................... 16:1 Student-Teacher Ratio (Middle)..............................................18:1 Private or Public..................................................................... Private Tours Available...............................................................By request Cost....................................................................$2,000 to $10,000 Transportation................................................................................. No Enrollment Dates.... Open Enrollment begins February 1 Open House: Treasure Hunt Family Event, Jan. 31, 6-8 p.m. Enrichment Programs: Spanish, Fine Arts, PE, Sports Teams, After School Clubs

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Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool is an awardwinning, all-inclusive preschool program that proudly serves families with children ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten. They offer a safe, secure and nurturing educational environment through their Distinctive Services and Reggio Emiliainspired curriculum. Little Sunshine’s devoted educators, tight security and personal parent-teacher communication set them apart from other child care programs by preparing children for Kindergarten and beyond. They do all of this while also providing parents peace of mind while at work. Call today to schedule your tour and come experience their program first hand.

FAST FACTS Ages..................................................... Infant (6 weeks) to Pre-K Enrollment..........................................................................................141 Student-Teacher Ratio..................................Infants- 1:4 or 2:10; 12-18 months- 1:5 or 2:13; 18-24 months- 1:9; 2 year olds- 1:11; 3 year olds-1:15 or 2:24; 4-5 year olds- 1:18 or 2:34 Private or Public..................................................................... Private Tours Available...............................................................................Yes Transportation Offered................................................................ No Enrollment Dates.........Open enrollment upon availablity Enrichment Programs: Tots, Soccer Shots, Dance, Yoga, Monkeynastics

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Makarios Community School

Premier Academy

Makarios Community School is committed to supporting self-directed learners and their families in a progressive, exciting educational environment that values freedom, responsibility and diversity. Makarios is a progressive private school serving children ages 3-18 by supporting self-directed learning in an environment that balances freedom and responsibility and prepares young people to thrive in today’s complex world. Students work in developmentally-appropriate age groups through project-based learning activities, clubs and enrichment programs.

Premier Academy’s Christian-based, non-sectarian schools were created to meet the community’s need for excellent early childhood care with hours designed to meet the needs of working parents. Their trained and certified teachers provide the finest in educational opportunity. By focusing on helping children develop a well-rounded experience before they enter formal academic years, Premier Academy gives children a head-start on their futures as they learn and grow in a nurturing, fun environment.



Grades................................................................................Pre-K to 12 Enrollment...................................................................................50-75 Student-Teacher Ratio.................................................................. 1:8 Private or Public..................................................................... Private Open House................................................................. April 6, 2019 Tours Available.........................................Yes, by appointment Cost.............................................................. $4,000 per semester Transportation Offered................................................................ No Enrollment Dates..........................................................Year-round Enrichment Programs: Tech, Culinary, Mental Health, 4H, Animal Care

Student-Teacher Ratio..............................Varies by classroom Private or Public..................................................................... Private Tours Available...............................................................................Yes Cost.....................Varies by age group, discounts available Ages.......................................... Infant (6 weeks) – 12 years old Transportation...................Morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up from multiple area schools. Check the website location page to see which schools are serviced from each center. Enrichment Programs: Monkeynastics, Teams of Tomorrow, A Beka Academic Curriculum, STEM Summer Camp, FrogStreet Curriculum

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Primrose Schools

School of Rock Southlake/Keller

Primrose School of Southlake and Primrose School at Hidden Lakes are accredited private preschools that provide early education and child care experiences. As a leader in early education and care, the schools serve infants through kindergarten and after-schoolers. At Primrose Schools, children learn STEAM, as well as concepts in language and literacy, social studies, music, physical development, character development and life skills, throughout the day as part of the Primrose-exclusive approach called Balanced Learning. With their Balanced Learning approach, the schools nurture curiosity, confidence, creativity and compassion. This helps spark light bulb moments that lead to a lifelong love of learning.

School of Rock is a grow ing, passionate communit y dedicated to enriching lives through performance-based music education. A f ter twenty years of experience and hundreds of thousands of students, the faculty at School of Rock knows that playing songs you love with people you love drives deeper engagement than conventional music education. Students learn not only to play music, but also to understand the value of humility, hard work and being on a team. School of Rock’s kids have gone on to be on film, television and Broadway, as well as touring the world in countless bands, having made friends for life. In short, the school makes musicians.



Ages...................Infants to Kindergarten; Elementary-age students after school Enrollment.......................................................................................200 Student-Teacher Ratio........................................... Varies by age Private or Public..................................................................... Private Tours available.................................. Yes; 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Transportation offered..................... Yes; K-4th after school Cost per semester................................................................... Varies Enrollment Dates.................. Open enrollment as available Enrichment Programs: Music, Spanish, sign language, after-school programs

Ages................................................................................................4-104 Student-Teacher Ratio.................................Varies by program Private or Public........................................................ After-School Tours Available...............................................................................Yes Transportation................................................................................. No Cost per semester................................................................... Varies Season Showcases: noon to 12 a.m. at Hat Tricks in Lewisville, Jan. 19-20 Enrichment Programs: Summer Camps, Adult Lessons and Band, Little Wing group classes (pre-K–Kinder), Rookies group classes (6–7 year olds), Birthday Parties and Events

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ou wipe your brow and feel a rush of endorphins. Leaving your workout with a sense of accomplishment, you make that one fatal mistake: looking around. There it is, right across the parking lot. A donut shop, an ice cream place, a popsicle paradise. Suddenly, that 320 calories you burned in 30 minutes of elliptical anguish goes down the drain as you tack on an extra 700. But they cancel each other out, right? No matter the justification, there is the undeniable truth that with great proximity comes great temptation. Have you noticed that almost every major gym, fitness center and yoga studio in Southlake is located conveniently near an alluring dessert place? We have, and because we at Southlake Style are firm believers in cheat days, we compiled a list of our favorite sweat-to-sweet locations.


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fitness & donuts

The Yoga Retreat & Dunkin’ Donuts While yoga has become vastly more popular to the area in the past decade, some still hold to the misconception that it is not a full workout. Like with any type of recreation, yoga classes have varying levels of difficulty. This is true at The Yoga Retreat off Southlake Boulevard, which offers a variety of heated and non-heated classes. According to its owner and founder Ranjeeta Rath, a 75 minute heated yoga class at her studio will burn up to 400 calories. This is great news for those who happen to look across the parking lot and see… a Dunkin’ Donuts. It doesn’t take an expert dietician to know that fried dough isn’t the best source of nutrients. However, it may surprise you to find that a regular glazed doughnut from Dunkin’ has only 260 calories, according to their nutrition menu. If you just got out of a heated yoga class at the Yoga Retreat, you can totally get away with that! No matter what your cheat-day choices are, Rath offers this advice: “I always like to tell people that yoga is self-care,” she says. “Make it your priority as a lifestyle and not as a hobby. Giving yourself this 60-75 mins of your time can make you a better person, a better mom/dad, better wife/ husband. We have too much stress in life, this is one way to release it. Get committed and get disciplined!” Orangetheory Fitness & Peace, Love and Little Donuts The good news: The donuts are little. The bad news: It’s almost impossible to only eat one. This is especially true when faced with Peace, Love and Little Donuts managing partner Rod Moruss’ nomination of most decadent donuts. He says there is a three-way tie between salted caramel, maple bacon and chocolate chip. That’s okay, though, as Orangetheory Fitness is only a few yards away. The vibrant fitness studio boasts effective workouts based purely on science. Ellen Latham, the creator of the Orangetheory workout, based the exercise on the idea of Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). The thought is that if you challenge your body enough, you’ll work harder to breathe, thereby engaging your metabolism. Latham calls this challenging point, at which your heart rate is between 84 to 91 percent of your unique heart rate maximum, the Orange Zone. While you won’t spend your entire time in the Orange Zone, a trip to Orangetheory is sure to get your blood pumping and burn some serious calories. However, if you skipped your workout or are just looking for a healthier option, Peace, Love and Little Donuts isn’t all sprinkles and sugars. “The tree hugger, made with maple frosting, granola, a chocolate chip mix and chocolate drizzle is probably the least sweet donut as the granola mellows it out,” Moruss says. “And the maple bacon would have the most protein.”

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Within reach... The Yoga Retreat & Dunkin’ Donuts (270 steps away)

Orangetheory Fitness & Peace, Love and Little Donuts (131 steps away)


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24 Hour Fitness & Cinnaholic (295 steps away)

Pilates Barre & Steel City Pops (254 steps away)


24 Hour Fitness & Cinnaholic The largest workout location on our list, 24 Hour Fitness is not without its own tempting neighbors. Cinnaholic is only a parking lot away and features decadent gourmet cinnamon rolls. It may surprise you, however, to find that the luscious baked goods are actually vegan. Customers can choose from frosting flavors such as Amaretto, Chai, Cream Cheese, Marshmallow and Cake Batter, to name a few. They can top off their creation with finishing touches like brownie bites, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, cookie dough, graham crackers and so much more. If there is one thing that meat-eaters and vegans can unite upon, it’s a sweet tooth. Of course, sugar is not the best thing to intake if you’re looking to become your fittest self. Thankfully, proximity works both ways. If you were just stopping by to get a treat, maybe head a few yards over and hop on a treadmill. Anyone familiar with 24 Hour Fitness can tell you that it is far more than a room full of fitness machines. The gym has a variety of studio classes, from yoga and cycling to pilates and cardio. On top of that, 24 Hour Fitness has certified personal trainers to help you work off that last indulgence. No matter the case, you can attain your fitness goals and have room for a roll too. Pilates Barre & Steel City Pops After putting your body through a series of positions that leave your muscles shaking, even a walk across the parking lot from Pilates Barre might be a daunting task. But, if you still have it in you, Steel City Pops is just a few (hundred) feet away, beckoning you to try out the latest seasonal treat. In these winter months, when pops may not be top of mind, it would be a mistake to overlook this delicious dessert haven. The fun thing about these pops is that they can be as healthy or as much of a cheat as you want. Steel City Pops marketing director Angelia Stewart says the Buttermilk Pop has 281 calories and fully customized could be around 400 calories. On the other hand, the Strawberry Lemonade Pop is only 97 calories. “That’s the beauty of our customization station, you can throw caution to the wind and fully customize your pop or keep it simple and light,” Stewart says. “A dusting of cocoa or espresso, for example, could add a little something extra to your pop with virtually no additional calories.” After 50 minutes of pumped up tunes and total body strengthening at PilatesBarre, you’ve more than earned at least one pop! PilatesBarre emphasizes cardio and strength training through their exclusive BarreFormer machines and springboards. If your New Year’s resolution includes a mix of intense training and an eye on nutrition, Park Village isn’t a bad place to start, as even your choice of cheats can be healthconscious. “This month, we are excited to introduce two new Paleo pops, a Paleo Mixed Berry Pop and Paleo Chocolate Pop,” Stewart says. “All of our pops are all-natural and gluten-free. In addition to our fruity pops we have several ‘creamy’ dairyfree options as well.”

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t is easier to eat well when there are delicious options to choose from, which is why Righteous Foods has continued to grow its following since opening in 2014. Owner Lanny P. Lancarte II used his background in the Fort Worth food industry to create the concept to showcase West 7th’s vibrancy and highlight the power of whole foods. The restaurant, beaming with natural light and decorated with organic materials like wood planters, will give guests a sense of its message. Righteous Foods creates an environment that inspires diners to opt into exploring more nutritious options.

With locally-sourced and organic products, the clean eating eatery vows to provide diners with the best – and healthiest – options on the market. “We have a number of local and regional partners we’ve worked with for many years, and we source high-quality, organic ingredients, sourced responsibly, from purveyors like Niman Ranch and Stumptown Roasters,” Lancarte says. “However you decide to order, folks should know that we only serve the best.” The noon/night menu boosts those local ingredients in vibrant dishes like Meatballs and Pesto, Niman Ranch Meatballs served with chlorophyll aioli, organic herb pesto



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The Daily Grind Velo Café Brings The Local Cycling And Quality Coffee Communities Together As patrons pass Cadence Cyclery on Keller’s Main Street, they might be intrigued by the collection of shiny bikes lined up in the front of the store. But as they open the door and walk past the array of wheels, they’ll find quality coffee tucked away just waiting to be enjoyed. Owner Aston Haswell opened Velo Café inside Cadence Cyclery last August with a vision of creating a hang out for local cyclists. Habitual bikers know Keller has a thriving community that takes advantage of trails like Bear Creek and participates in nearby cycling meetups. However, Aston felt there was not a local option for those who wanted to hang out and relax with friends before or after their daily ride. “The biking community is so tight knit,” Aston says. “We wanted to create a different atmosphere for our regulars.” So he sought out nearby roasters to find a coffee partner that could help them whip up quality caffeinated drinks. After sitting down with Avoca Coffee Roasters in Fort Worth, he knew he could bring their handcrafted coffee closer to his biking customers. He worked with Avoca to select the best machines, find the right products and create a comforting environment. Their menu includes the basics – espressos, macchiatos and lattes – along with different milk options and syrups. Guests can just as easily sit down and work while sipping on a lavender latte as they can grab a cappuccino to go. They do offer the occasional seasonal drink, but Aston says it was important to them to keep things simple. That way, the focus would always be on quality of their drinks and the environment they created for their patrons. “We wanted to keep it simple and somewhat traditional,” Aston says. When compared to other handcrafted drinks, their $4.25 price point for a signature latte makes it an easy go-to during a morning commute or after a long ride. As they become more popular, Velo will be bringing in more regular food vendors to help round out their morning offerings. They currently work with a local baker that brings up pastries on Saturdays. They hope to continue expanding their food selection with the help of local restaurants who also cater to healthy lifestyles – like products from Keller’s Juice Junkies. So whether you try a drink after bringing your bike in for a tune up, want to learn more about cycling from the experts or are just looking for a new latte location, Velo creates a space that brings people together.

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Spend A Night Out In Bishop Arts Proclaiming to be Dallas’ Most Independent Neighborhood, Bishop Arts District boasts blocks of dynamic retail, restaurant and nightlife destinations. The Oak Cliff hot spot lines up colorful storefronts one after another, each inviting locals and visitors alike to pop in and explore their offerings, whether it is a hip coffeehouse, a romantic dinner spot or a quick sweets shop. It’s the perfect place to park and wander, passing by plenty of alluring attractions along the way. Because it can be a little overwhelming scrolling through their online directory, we’ve rounded out just one way you can make a date night out of the district.


For before-dinner drinks or a delicious locally roasted coffee, check out the area’s bookstore-bar venue space, The Wild Detectives. Its warm environment creates a gathering space for all kinds of patrons who want to enjoy refreshments, sit out on their patio adorned with string lights or play a quick board game. Whether you want to try one of their signature cocktails like Olivia’s Old Fashioned or warm up with one of their hot options like their Whiskey Chai Latte, come prepared to stay longer than you first slotted for to savor their crafted drinks. Just in case you needed another reason to go check it out, you may even snag a free drink. If you buy a book on their website and choose to pick it up in person, they will give you a drink on the house. (Photos Courtesy of Scott McDaniel.)



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Lucia is arguably the most sought-after reservation in Dallas, not to mention Bishop Arts, so their owners decided to open up a sister restaurant less than 500 feet away. Macellaio came onto the Bishop Arts scene last summer and immediately stood out with their charcuterie-focused menu. It also offers more seating in a more casual environment than Lucia, so it’s easier to walk in, sans reservation, and find a spot at the bar or a table to enjoy a beautiful Italian spread. Their seasonal offerings make each night its own unique experience, and the quality of their basics will make you want to come back and try more during a second visit. Owners David and Jennifer Uygur live just down the street and are often found walking around and talking to patrons, which makes each diner feel like a valued part of the restaurant’s culture. It’s that energy, not to mention the flavorsome dishes, that will keep people coming back to enjoy their creations.


Macellaio diners are just one right turn from quality sweets with Azcar Ice Cream Company, located less than 30 feet away. After serving Cuban-style ice creams and sorbets in Miami for eight years, Suzy Batlle brought her rich creations to Dallas to join this bustling district. Her signature “farm-to-cone” flavors include treats like her famous Abuela Maria, a guava and cream cheese ice cream served with Maria crackers; Carmel Flan; Rum Cake, Guinness-Chocolate and much more. They also carry seasonal scoops and fresh fruit options for those who want to try something distinctive to Azcar. With their bright interior and friendly staff, it’s the perfect place to put a cherry on top of your night out.


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or many, January marks a fresh start. Whether that applies to dietary choices, fitness aspirations or personal goals such as spending more time with the kids, a clean slate could do us all some good. Gyms, workout studios and running trails usually experience a sudden, but far from permanent influx of people this time of year. However, there are some cities around the U.S. that hold a steady pattern of people actively pursuing a healthy lifestyle. This month, in honor of New Year’s resolutions past, we decided to take a look at America’s top three fittest cities, as determined by the 2018 ACSM American Fitness Index. The study takes into account resources available to the commu-

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nity, the percentage of individuals who smoke, the various programs offered in the area to help people live their healthiest lives and more. Plano was top on the list for Texas, coming in at No. 12. Of the 100 cities studied, the North Texas suburb had the lowest asthma rate, at 2.4 percent. Maybe this year, Texans can bust into the top 10.

Arlington, Virginia Of course Arlington ranked No. 1, that’s where the Cowboys play! Oh, wrong one. Arlington, Virginia, is home to the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery and Civil War battlefields. In the midst of all of these historical sites are parks, trails and a variety of outdoor spaces for all kinds of exercise and activity. With less than six percent of the population recorded as smokers — the lowest percentage of the 100 cities listed – and almost 64 percent



reported to be in excellent or very good health, it is no wonder that this active city came in at the top of the charts for fittest city. Here’s the real kicker, though. Over 64 percent of the population reportedly gets more than seven hours of sleep per night. With the Potomac River nearby, welcoming water sports such as kayaking or paddle boarding, and the Armed Forces Cycling Classic to train for, the residents of Arlington, Virginia, have plenty of ways to stay in shape.

Minneapolis, Minnesota Coming in at No. 2, this Midwestern town might surprise you. It turns out that careful city planning paid off. Minneapolis features more than 6,800 acres in the park system and 102 miles of biking and walking paths. Thanks to the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, plans are underway to ensure that all neighborhoods have access to parks, recreation centers and other amenities that will get people outside and active. And it must be working: Almost 85 percent of the population reportedly exercised within the last 30 days. Ninety-five percent of Minneapolis residents live within 10 miles of a park, according to the Fitness Index. With a wonderful mix of activities available and differing with the seasons (Yes, people have been known to exercise in the snow), this city seems to be doing all it can to stay fit.

Washington D.C. A lot comes to mind when people think of Washington D.C. From the Lincoln Memorial to the Jefferson Memorial to a myriad of breathtaking museums, if you’re looking for a lesson in our nation’s history, the capitol has it all. For anyone who has trekked up and down the National Mall will not be surprised to find the city ranked No. 3 on the list. Residents, however, may be a little surprised as this is actually a dip in the rankings. For the past three years, Washington D.C. has held the title of “America’s Fittest City.” The city is yet another example of a parks and recreation department endeavoring to keep its community fit. The D.C. Parks Department offers a series of free workouts, walks and runs, nutrition seminars and health expos. Perhaps that’s why about 84 percent of the population was cited as having exercised in the past 30 days. Washington D.C. recorded the highest percentage of smokers among the top three cities with 14.7 percent. This was still below the average (15 percent) of the top 100 fittest cities. Of all of the cities, however, D.C. recorded the highest number of farmer’s markets per 1 million residents with 85. To put this in perspective, the average of the 100 cities was 18 per 1 million residents. So while you visit to soak up some history, take advantage of parkland and fresh veggies.


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ACS - COWBOY CHRISTMAS 2018 A delightfully festive mix of holiday fun and cowboy culture was sprinkled over Cowboy Christmas, an American Cancer Society fundraiser held on November 30 at Austin Ranch in Grapevine. Guests, attired in everything from cowboy boots to Christmas sparkles, enjoyed a dinner buffet, popup gift shops, photos with Santa and dancing to the sounds of Spellbound. Dr. Larry Darlage chaired the event to usher in the holidays while raising funds for life-saving cancer research and educational programs.

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A Wild Meal! Break Bread With Animals At Fort Worth Zoo’s Breakfast With The Beasts


id you know giraffes prefer a side of leaves instead of eggs in the morning, and monkeys love ripe fruits and seeds the most? Discover more about your favorite animals’ eating habits at Fort Worth Zoo’s Breakfast with the Beasts this month. This event is open to any wildlife enthusiast, but it is especially designed for little zookeepers, ages 3-10, and their families. Keep in mind that an adult must accompany children. Over a delicious meal of cereal and pastries — and plenty of coffee for mom and dad — guests will get to meet a few little furry, feathered and scaled creatures and learn about what makes them unique. Don’t worry: The animals won’t try to eat your food. Zoo staff members will be on hand to teach you about each bird, lizard and other animal and make sure everyone is on their best behavior.

Tickets to the event include admission to the zoo. So after you eat, you can visit some of the animals too big to fit around a dining room table. With more than 72 species of mammals, 148 species of birds and 172 species of ectotherms living inside its walls, it’s easy to be entertained at the Fort Worth Zoo. Be sure to check out the playbarn where you can learn about farm life. At the Texas Wild! Petting Corral, you can groom goats, pet chickens and more. Don’t forget to stop by the Swinging Swamp Bridge that rests 60 feet in the air over a swamp. Make it a tradition by coming back every month for Breakfast with the Beasts and sign up for a zoo membership to get a 10 percent discount. If you like your mornings to be a little on DETAILS Date: January 26 Location: Fort Worth Zoo

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Have Faith (In Laughter) At ‘The Book of Mormon’ See The Humorous Tony-Winning Play About Religion And Love


issionaries dressed in white shirts and black ties with a holy book in one hand and a smile on their faces aren’t here to knock on your door and teach you about religion this time. Instead, the people from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be singing, dancing and entertaining you for two hours during the award-winning musical performance of “The Book of Mormon.” This comedy is about two men, Elder Kevin Price and Elder Arnold Cunningham, who try to preach the Mormon religion to a Ugandan village of people more concerned with problems of hunger, AIDS and tyrants. Guests will enjoy singing along to hits “You and Me (But Mostly Me),” “Baptize Me” and “I Am Here for You” among others from the highest-charting Broadway cast album since Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Since its premiere in 2011, “The Book of Mormon” has won nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical), a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and became one of the most successful Broadway musicals in history, grossing more than $500 million. Robert Lopez, co-writer of the musical “Avenue Q,” wrote it with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the Emmy-winning animated show “South Park.” It quickly became a fan and critic favorite, including being named “The Funniest Musical of All Time” by “Entertainment Weekly.” Although, this show isn’t good for kiddos due to the explicit language, it would make for a great date night or friend outing for anyone who enjoys laughing until their sides hurt. “The Book of Mormon” pokes fun at the Mormon faith, and religion in general, in a light-hearted way that also emphasizes the importance of loving others — something we could all use a reminder of every now and then.

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ARTS & CULTURE events JESSE MCCARTNEY JANUARY 11 HOUSE OF BLUES | If you vowed to listen to more cheerful, upbeat music in 2019, then you don’t want to miss Jesse McCartney’s “The Resolution Tour,” coming to the House of Blues. McCartney’s solo musical career started in 2004 with singles “Beautiful Soul” and “She’s No You,” which cemented his place in the hearts of pre-teen girls everywhere. Since then, his sound evolved to R&B before he took a four-year break to cook, travel and discover himself. Now he is back to his pop roots with recent releases “Better with You” and “Wasted.” Whether you have been a lovesick fan for more than a decade or are just now discovering him, seeing McCartney live will not disappoint.


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BASS HALL | More than 25 years of making music together has cemented brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson’s unique sound, which they describe as a “blend of harmony-driven, soulful pop-rock.” To challenge themselves after the completion of their sold-out world anniversary tour, Hanson designed a completely new musical experience for fans with the Hanson String Theory Live shows and live album of the same name. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the classical-music arrangements of their hits including “Yearbook” and “Where’s the Love” in addition to new releases like “Siren Call,” accompanied locally by the talented Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The audience will be “MMMbopping!” all night long. PAT GREEN A BRONX TALE THROUGH JANUARY 6


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WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE | Temptations of the young are powerful — especially when it comes to life, love and the streets of The Bronx in New York City. See for yourself at “A Bronx Tale,” a Broadway musical about loyalty and family directed by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. Based on Chazz Palminteri’s story that later became a hit film (starring De Niro), “A Bronx Tale” is about young man in the 1960s who struggles between pleasing his rule-following father and a streetwise mob boss who took him under his wing. Billed as a show that’s “bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes,” this tale will make you feel groovy and warm your heart at the same time!

BILLY BOB’S TEXAS | Country music as we know it wouldn’t exist without native-Texan Pat Green, who first came on the scene in 1995 and has released 13 albums, sold more than two million records and has had 12 No. 1 songs on the Texas Radio chart since then. In fact, people love Green so much that some of the biggest names in the business (including Jack Ingram and Randy Rogers Band) recently recorded the “Dancehall Dreamin’” album as a tribute to him. See the Southern star in person as Green returns to his home state to play at Billy Bob’s Texas. Fans will be treated to hits from his 23-yearcareer including “Wave on Wave,” “Songs About Texas” and newest release, “Friday’s Comin’.”





PEROT MUSEUM | Although the holidays have gone, sparkling lights can still be seen at the Perot Museum’s “Illuminate” event! Many of the displays will be lit up, including the T. rex, bringing it to life in a new way. Guests can also see “The Velocity of Light — A Kaleidoscopic Journey” by local artist Carmen Menza, which features dancing kaleidoscopic light and colors over a 3D structure. Underneath is the stunning “Aurora Butterfly of Peace” display featuring 240 naturally colored diamonds in the shape of a butterfly that took owner Alan Bronstein and Harry Rodman 12 years to arrange. During your visit, watch for special light-themed exhibits and activities including glowing treats in the cafe and spontaneous dance parties.

ADDISON | Waking up early and running in the cold doesn’t normally sound like a good time, but the Hotcake Hustle in Addison is no normal event. Race through the winter air on the fun run, 5K or 10K trail, which goes around the Addison Bridge, air fields and Addison Circle. Afterward, warm up with delicious hot cocoa or coffee, a refreshing beer and a stack of steaming hot pancakes from Denny’s. If that isn’t enough to get you out of bed, all participants are invited to an indoor after-party with activities for all ages, and everyone will go home with a free long-sleeved race shirt, finisher’s medal and collectable coffee mug with the Hotcake Hustle logo.

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ARTS & CULTURE events SWEAT JANUARY 18-FEBRUARY 12 KALITA HUMPHREY’S THEATER | Fresh off a run on Broadway, where it won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat” is coming to town. The Dallas Theater Center is presenting this drama about best friends and factory workers Tracey and Cynthia, who have to deal with hard times as a recession hits that challenges their friendship. The story is set in 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania, but its message of the struggles — and the underlying racism — of the white working-class is still timely for today’s political climate. Bring tissues to this emotional show.


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FORT WORTH | Bundle up in scarves, gloves and tall socks to go iceskating at Panther Island Ice this month. Fort Worth’s only outdoor iceskating rink is a magical place where young and old alike can enjoy the beauty of winter, get some exercise and have a great time. When you are ready for a break, head inside the Coyote Drive-In Theater to order scrumptious seasonal hot drinks and treats or an alcoholic beverage from the bar to fuel you up for more twirls around the rink. This experience could be the closest thing Texans get to an icy winter wonderland this year, so invite the whole family to embrace the cold with you.

RODEO RUN JANUARY 19 FORT WORTH | One hundred and four years ago, the beautiful mansion called Thistle Hill was built and later became the first landmark in Fort Worth. See its impressive grounds and many other historic buildings when you go on the Rodeo Run this month. This 5K race will give you a firsthand look at the sites in the Fairmount/Magnolia district. After admiring the architectural beauties, runners can feel good knowing they helped support Historic Fort Worth, Inc., a nonprofit organization that works to preserve Fort Worth’s history and celebrate its western culture.

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ILIZA: ELDER MILLENNIAL JANUARY 25 MAJESTIC THEATRE DALLAS | Drinking a five-dollar latte while snapping a selfie and having an entitled attitude are all part of the millennial stereotype (AKA, those born between 1981 and 1996). But what about millennials in their late ’30s? Dallas-born Iliza Shlesinger can fill you in on the challenges, exaggerations and truths about life in her new live show, “Iliza: Elder Millennial,” based on her Netflix special of the same name. Shlesinger is the only woman and youngest comedian to ever win NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Some of her career highlights include having her own digital scripted series “Forever 31,” publishing a book “Girl Logic” and headlining Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival and The New York Comedy Festival. If you believe in millennials, feminism and the power of laughter, then Shlesinger’s comedy is for you. ELLA ENCHANTED: THE MUSICAL JANUARY 25-FEBRUARY 24 DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER | Picture the classic Cinderella fairy tale that everyone loves, except add in a few ogres, fairies and a strong female lead who has to save the prince, and you get “Ella Enchanted.” This month, catch the Dallas Children’s Theater production of this musical based on the 1997 Newberry Honor book written by Gail Carson Levine. Adventure awaits as she sets off on her own path to break the curse and find her real voice.


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SOUTHLAKE TOWN HALL Enjoy a woodwind trio featuring members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra when they come to town this month. They will be playing favorites from “The Nutcracker” and other holiday tunes right here in Southlake. Children of all ages are encouraged to come out and take part in this interactive program. LOVE GROWS HERE JANUARY 16, 6:30 P.M. BINGHAM FAMILY VINEYARD The Grapevine location will host a plant and sip event to kick off the new year. Guests will be able to create their own succulent displays featuring colored rocks, moss, various plants and much more. Even those who don’t have green thumbs will walk away with a beautiful natural centerpiece thanks to the night’s step-by-step design instruction. GRACE FIRST ANNUAL POKER TOURNAMENT JANUARY 19, 5:30 P.M. CLASSIC WINE STORAGE & SERVICES GRACE is hosting their first-ever poker tournament at Classic Wine Storage & Services in Southlake. The night will feature collector level wines and a “high roller” dinner from Scratch Kitchen. Southlake poker celebrity Bryan Campanello will be participating in this tournament, so you have the chance to watch a pro in action.

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