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Traveling Unleashed According to a recent travel survey from Skift.com nearly 42 percent of Americans said they didn’t take a single vacation day in 2014. Is it because the city’s largest employer, Sabre Holdings, is a travel company? Or is it the fact we live just minutes from the airport? Whatever it is Southlake Style readers are bucking this national trend. In our annual readership survey, 71 percent of you said you are planning a vacation this year. With a mixed bag of travel plans including everything from theme parks and tropical locales to skiing, we know area families will be thoroughly enjoying themselves during this month’s spring break. And by family, we also mean Fido—as you told us nearly one in every five of your trips would include the family pet. From the eclectic streets of Sante Fe to the pristine sandy beaches of Destin if you know my family, then you know our Golden Retriever Sparky has his bowls packed at all times. Whether he’s in the passenger seat or his very own Westin Heavenly Dog Bed, Sparky has trained us in the art of fetching the right travel plans. If you are thinking of taking a furry friend on your next trip, then we have a few tips for you. For those of us staying closer to home, rest assured spring break is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the smaller crowds and pleasant weather found at many Dallas and Fort Worth outdoor attractions. Now is the time to hit these touristrial hot spots—like the daily cattle drives down Fort Worth’s Historic Stockyards—before you can cook an egg on the sidewalk, or anything else for that matter. Our list of Spring Flings has plenty of fun ideas you’ve always wanted to do, but never made time for. No matter how, when or where you are traveling I’d like to remind you to do it with Southlake Style. Send us a picture of you, your family, your friends or even your dog enjoying downtime with us, and you just may make the next issue!

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room KINTSUGI DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE MARCH 31 And Then There Were Three Notably absent from the band’s recent publicity photos is founding guitarist, keyboardist and producer Chris Walla. His departure preceded the making of KINTSUGI, the band’s eighth studio album, which was recorded with producer Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse). What’s not missing from the album? The familiar mellow pop vibes the band is known for.

EVERY DAY I FIGHT STUART SCOTT, LARRY PLATT MARCH 10 With a Tenacious Spirit Long-time ESPN news anchor, the late Stuart Scott, battled appendiceal cancer from 2007 until he passed away on Jan. 4 of this year. But despite being diagnosed with this rare disease, he never gave up on life. In Every Day I Fight, Scott expounds on everything from childhood to his days at ESPN. He completed work on this memoir just before he passed away. An excerpt: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live.”

INSURGENT MARCH 20 On the Run Set in Chicago in the future, Insurgent is the second film in the Divergent series based on author Veronica Roth’s books. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are on the run as fugitives hiding from Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the Erudites. No matter if you’ve read the books, and you know how much suspense you’re in for, or if you’re just a movie fan looking forward to the sequel to 2014’s Divergent—you’re sure to enjoy this exciting follow up.

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HOUSE OF CARDS NETFLIX FEBRUARY 27 Deadly Sins of Congressmen Francis Underwood (Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright) return to their ruthless roles in the highly anticipated Season 3 of House of Cards. Directed by Academy Award nominated David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and written by Academy Award nominated Beau Willimon (The Ides of March), this political drama explores the seedy side government officials.

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ALL CISD NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS NAMED NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS Update: All 22 National Merit Semifinalists from Carroll ISD have been named National Merit Finalists. This marks a record total for Carroll ISD. In December of last year, another record was set when the original 22 Carroll Senior High School students were named National Merit Semifinalists, and 46 received the honor of being named to the Commended Students list in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, 14 other students were recognized in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. These individuals were applauded for their successes by CSHS Principal Shawn Duhon. “These 82 students have done a phenomenal job putting Carroll Senior High School on the map.”

WOUNDED WARRIOR SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT PLAYED AT BOB JONES PARK The 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Softball Tournament took place in late January at Bob Jones Park in Southlake. The national Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team travels the world playing abledbodied teams, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration to every match. The national Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These extremely athletic men have sustained severe injuries while serving in the military and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes. Opposing teams have included celebrities, former pro athletes, high school softball and baseball players, high school coaches and teachers and travel softball and baseball teams.

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FEBRUARY’S NATIONAL SIGNING DAY BRINGS DRAGON 2014–2015 TOTAL TO 29 As one of the nation’s top high schools, Southlake Carroll’s athletic program speaks for itself, sending many of its athletes to continue their education and athletic prowess at universities across the country. On National Signing Day on Feb. 4, seven more Dragons signed their letters of intent. Family, friends and coaches gathered as these student athletes joined their fellow seniors, 29 in all from the class of 2015, in taking their game and their education to the next level. Head Coach Hal Wasson has a long history in helping his football players achieve their goals to play at the next level with this year being no different. Five football players signed scholarships to continue their football career, with three signing to play at the Division 1A level. “You’re excited for the players, and you’re excited for the families, because it’s really difficult to get a college scholarship,” he says. “Less than three percent get college football scholarships. It’s great for the kids; it’s great for their parents and definitely their teammates.” The following Carroll Senior athletes who signed were: Ryan Agnew, San Diego State, Football;
Andy Chelf, Purdue, Football; Tariq Gordon, Lamar University, Football; King Newton, University of Texas at San Antonio, Football; Grant Stewart, Colorado School of the Mines, Football; Paige Johnson, University of Utah, Soccer; and Ricardo Becerra, Bryant University, Soccer.

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UNT’S ONE O’CLOCK LAB BAND PERFORMS IN SOUTHLAKE The APEX Arts League invited The One O’Clock Lab Band to perform in concert this past February at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake. The One O’Clock Lab Band, under the direction of Jay Saunders, is the premier performing jazz ensemble from the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas’ Jazz Studies Program. “When APEX first invited The One O’Clock to perform in Southlake several years ago, it was with an eye to giving the Northeast Region of Tarrant County an opportunity to hear the incredible jazz talent that lies just down the road from here,” APEX board member Becky Miltenberger says. “As we developed the APEX Jazz Festival into an educationally themed day-long program, we wanted to share with local high schools an opportunity to see first-hand jazz talent with whom they could relate and from whom they could learn through one-on-one teaching and jamming.” Each year, APEX invites one of the strongest high-school jazz orchestras in the Metroplex, the Carroll Jazz Orchestra, to help anchor its educational festival. With the help of David Lown, director of the Carroll Jazz Program, APEX picks two local high-school jazz programs to join Carroll in this festival. This year, the other two high school bands included Naaman Forest Jazz Band and Rowlett High School Jazz Band.

DRAGONS REIGN SUPREME AT UIL SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST More than 200 members of the Dragon Band participated in the Region 24 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest in January held at Liberty High School in Frisco. With 210 total entries, at the end of the day Carroll students brought home 124 individual Superior medals for solo work and 81 Superior medals for ensemble performances. From this, 69 student soloists and 18 ensembles were certified to advance to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest (TSSEC) in Austin. That competition is scheduled for May 24 and May 30.

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SOUTHLAKE RESIDENT AND REALTOR FINISHES SECOND IN NASA RACE For the past five years, Southlake resident and realtor Thomas Michael has been participating in National Auto Sport Association (NASA) high-performance driving events. Michael said NASA provides opportunities for anyone from a beginner simply wanting to drive at well-known race tracks across the country to experienced racers looking to turn pro. “In fact, many of today’s pro racers came up through the ranks in groups like this,” Michael says. “I campaign my car in the NASA Pro Racing GTS Race Series. My car was custom built for me by Midnight Oil Motorsports in San Diego and based on a BMW M3 chassis.” Texas Track Works in Fort Worth now maintains, improves, sponsors and provides track support for Michael. Michael runs the full NASA Texas schedule, which includes a stop in Oklahoma, starts in January with the season opener in Houston and ends in November. “Among the goals I set for myself for this season were to be as competitive as possible and land a podium finish in the top three. I was fortunate to finish second in the Houston opener, so now of course, I would love to be able to land a first place finish as well as multiple podium finishes.”

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ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAM TO BE OFFERED IN SOUTHLAKE The City of Southlake is now offering Adult 8-on-8 Flag Football. The season will run from April 11 through May 25 and games will be played Saturdays at North Park and Bob Jones Park. Players must 16 years of age or older at the start of season. The cost is $330 per team, and rosters can include up to 20 players. Flags, game balls, officiating and score keeping will be provided. We caught up with Southlake’s Communications and Marketing Manager Megan Phillips to find out what residents have to look forward to. “Recreation sports within the community are good for residents, because they provide a sense of unity and allow for socialization. We hope that participants will get an opportunity to utilize some of the great facilities that the city has to offer, such as North Park and Bob Jones. We also hope that by offering a variety of athletic programs we can help citizens stay active and continue to promote overall health and wellness within the community.”

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SOUTHLAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR LEAK DETECTORS The Southlake Fire Department received a $4,500 grant from Helping Heroes, a program sponsored by Koch Pipeline Company and Flint Hills Resources. According to deputy chief Wade Carroll, the department was notified of the grant

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Dr. Hrnack, 16, competing at the District Compulsory Meet during his Junior year at J.J. Pearce High School.

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GRANITE PROPERTIES ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE PROJECT IN SOUTHLAKE TOWN SQUARE Granite Properties announced plans to develop a new 7-story, 160,733-square-foot, Class-A office project at Southlake Town Square. The new office project, Granite Place, will be located on Highway 114 just east of North Carroll Boulevard next to the Southlake Hilton Town Square. The property is designed to include an attached parking garage, on-site

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KROGER TOWN & COUNTRY DISCUSSIONS TABLED, HEARING SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 26 After Southlake residents Doug Harsy and Sue Johnson filed an appeal on Jan. 30 to the Southlake zoning board, Southlake City Council decided to table discussions of the proposed Kroger Town & Country development, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article. The new Kroger development is proposed for the southeast quadrant of Dove Road and Hwy 114. According to Gary Huddleston, director of public affairs for Kroger, the proposed store is a completely different floor plan than the current Kroger at 2110 E. Southlake Blvd., as well as the Kroger Marketplace opening in North Richland Hills on March 13. “Kroger and the developer Cencor, who developed the Shops of Southlake, have been working on this store site for quite some time and we have worked with the residents as well as the city,” Huddleston said. “The site is zoned for both retail and commercial use and complies with the high standards of the city of Southlake. The store’s development is based on the input from the residents. Kroger Town & Country would be a different store than any other store we have in the area.” Harsy, who is a part of the group against the development, The Kroger Opposition, said on the contrary, Kroger has not worked with the community. “This project has been around for over a year and we’ve repeatedly tried to provide our input to the developer with what our vision was and particularly the zoning of this particular property,” Harsy said. “They consistently denied our request and stuck to their position that they could do what they want regardless of what the community wants. We were supportive to bring members of the community to bring them that information. This location is not the right fit for a big box Kroger superstore.”

TRADER JOE’S OPENS IN SOUTHLAKE TOWN SQUARE Trader Joe’s, a unique, neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages from the exotic to the basic, has opened in Southlake Town Square. The 13,500 square feet store is located at 1492 E. Southlake Blvd. and the trading hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The store will feature festive décor that mixes traditional Trader Joe’s elements, such as cedar-covered walls and Hawaiian motifs, with local flair that includes art celebrating the neighborhood.

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TWO CANDIDATES HAVE FILED FOR SOUTHLAKE’S MAYORAL RACE At press time, two candidates have officially filed their candidacy to run in this May’s mayoral race for the City of Southlake. Mayor Pro Tem Laura Hill and City Council Member Place 2 Carolyn Morris will oppose each other to replace the term limited Mayor John Terrell after six successful years in office. Laura Hill was elected to City Council in 2004 and has served in a variety of capacities: Place 1 (2004-2011) and Place 5 (2013-present). She has also been Mayor Pro Tem (2010-2011 and 2014-present) and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem (2009-2010). She is the founder of Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids (SPARK) and currently she sits on the Metroport Teen Court Advisory Board. In addition to her work as a city official, Laura is involved in variety of community service organizations. She is a graduate of both the Southlake Citizen’s Academy and the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT). Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, and she is a cofounder of the Students and Athletes Serving Others (SASO). Carolyn Morris has served on Place 2 of Southlake’s city council since 2009. Prior to that, she served on Place 6 from 2002-2008. She has also been Deputy Mayor Pro Tem (2004-2006) and Mayor Pro Tem (2006-2008). She sits on the Southlake 2030 Committee, and currently works with such groups as the Southlake Parks and Development Corporations and Southlake Arts Council. In addition to her work as a city official, Carolyn is involved in community service organizations. She is a founding member of the APEX Arts League and serves as an Executive Board member. Locally, she formally sat on the board of directors for the Bob Jones Nature Center and is very involved in the North Texas Chapter of the Polycystic Kidney (PKD) Foundation—she is the chapter coordinator. DBJ REVEALS LIST OF NORTH TEXAS’ HEALTHIEST EMPLOYERS The Dallas Business Journal partnered with Healthiest Employers to determine which North Texas companies go above and beyond to champion their employees’ health. Nearly 100 companies were nominated for this year’s program, now in its fifth year, and of those 32 were selected. Of those, three have locations or are located in the Northeast Tarrant Country area: Baylor Scott & White Health, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Texas Health Resources. Healthiest Employers surveyed the companies and then ranked each company, based upon survey results. Although in previous years, honorees were ranked based on company size, this year participants’ rank was based solely on index results, regardless of employee count. The official ranking of each company will be revealed at an awards luncheon and health fair on March 17.

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Klyde Warren offers a taste of a big city’s big park This is the stuff “people playing chess in the park” movie scenes are made from, and if you’ve ever wondered how to take part in such fun—so close to home— welcome to Klyde Warren Park. This 5.2-acre deck park is built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas. The sustainable landscaping includes 37 native plant species and 322 trees. Although quite a bit smaller, does this remind you of any other famous big city’s big park? Award-winning landscape architect Jim Burnett, principal of The Office of James Burnett, designed Klyde Warren Park to give visitors the sense that they are moving through different “rooms” throughout the park. Klyde Warren Park has 15 distinct areas that include a dog park, a reading and games courtyard, a children’s park and a commons area amongst others. From Zumba to chess to outdoor concerts and films, the park offers myriad free programs to the public. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., there are four to five activities planned each day and a host of weekend

TX at its Best Dallas Blooms at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden For 30 years, crowds have flocked to see nature at its most enchanting as thousands of blooming bulbs—more than 500,000 to be exact—spring to life to mark the beginning of a new season. Dallas Blooms is an experience that changes with each new day, but never ceases to amaze. And although it can be experienced through April 12, if you plan to visit during Spring Break you’ll surely find yourself in more peaceful surroundings as less of a crowd is to be expected. This year’s theme, Deep in the Hearts of Texas, brings even more meaning to the spectacle as some of the state’s most iconic symbols are incorporated throughout the garden grounds. As you stroll through blankets of daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, violas and perennials, you’ll also spot Texasthemed topiaries including two longhorns and the Texas Star, entertainment, food and special activities celebrating Texas. Thousands of azaleas and Japanese cherry trees are also expected to bloom during the festival, along with the largest display of tulips in a public garden anywhere west of Holland. 30 • MAR 15

activities. Game Cart hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Need to nosh? Each day a host of food trucks descend on the park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but a staple at Klyde Warren is Savor—a modern gastropub—located right in the park. Need to stay connected? The park offers free WiFi. Privately operated and managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, the park is usually teaming with people from all walks of life and of all ages, especially with its close proximity to the Dallas Arts District. While adults might be found visiting the park on their lunch break, kids usually hang out after school. However, with Spring Break calling them away to other places, you’ll have the park and all it has to offer essentially to yourself. SOUTHLAKE STYLE


Spring Flings

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Pop in here or there to enjoy the small crowds at local hotspots during March’s mid-month break Opting for the road less traveled this Spring Break may have been your plan all along, or maybe the school holiday just snuck up on you. Regardless of why you need to know about a local spring fling or two, we’ve got you covered.

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Cavanaugh Flight Museum offers warbird rides When’s the last time you visited a museum and they let you take an artifact for a test drive? Located on the grounds of Addison Airport in North Dallas, the Cavanaugh Flight Museum restores and displays historically significant, vintage aircraft, and collects materials related to the history of aviation spanning the time period from World War I through the Vietnam conflict. Did we mention they operate and maintain these aircraft as well? Civilian-operated vintage military aircraft—warbirds—are the stuff aviation enthusiasts dream about. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum offers rides over North Dallas in several of their distinctive warbird aircraft. The 30-minute flight experience is a once in a lifetime, bucket list item you’ll want to scratch off soon, and Spring Break is the perfect time to do it. Ranging in price from $250 to $2,000, flights are available on trainers and fighter aircraft—for $50 more they’ll toss in some acrobatics on the North American Texan trainer. Made for adults 18 and older, and usually one rider at a time, the flights are perfect for mom and dad who can take turns with the kiddos exploring the museum while the other takes a trip back in time.

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World’s Only Twice-Daily Cattle Drive Right Here in Fort Worth Take a trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards to see genuine Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorns down Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards Historic District. And as the name implies, the historic district is the perfect place to step back in time and witness an authentic cattle drive. You know the longhorn is synonymous with Texas legend and lore—there is many a story about great herds of these cattle roaming free across the Lone Star plains in the decades following the Civil War. But what you may not know is the role Fort Worth played in what was soon to be a mass exodus of this majestic creature to the northeast. Although worth only about a dollar a head in Texas, a single longhorn could fetch a price of around $40 in a state such as Kansas. Seeing what this could do for the flailing Texas economy, drovers—as they were called—rounded up the longhorns and began prepping for their cattle drive in Fort Worth where they would gather supplies and begin their journey. The Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive isn’t just a fancy way to show off Texas longhorn cattle. It’s a living, breathing history lesson about events that took place right in our own back yard more than 100 years ago. Every detail— from the saddles and chaps to the boots and hats—is historically true. The Fort Worth Herd is the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive, and it happens every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can watch the cattle drive from the sidewalks and restaurants near the visitor center on Exchange Avenue. Let Trail Boss Kristin Jaworski who has served as Fort Worth Herd Trail Boss since 2002 take the guess work out of your planning for you—she’ll determine what weather is or isn’t right for the cattle drive. If it looks like rain, in other words, chances are the Herd won’t be heard or seen.

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Say Cheese!

Family Photos at the Fort Worth Water Gardens An urban park oasis, the Fort Worth Water Gardens can be just the respite you need it to be or the unique attraction you want it to be. Whether you’re looking to add modern architecture to your family photos or just have a desire to visit this 40-year-old, close-to-home attraction, there’s a reason for a skip, hop or jump over to the Water Gardens. Designed by Phillip Johnson, the water gardens include a variety of water features throughout the park including three distinct pools. Surrounded by trees, one area has walls covered in thin sheets of water cascading down to a sunken, quiet meditation pool below. Then there is an aerating pool with illuminated spray fountains. But the active pool is considered the main attraction. With water cascading 38 feet down terraces and steps into a small pool at the bottom, it was built with exploration in mind. The terraced steps are not only perfect for walking among the crashing water, but make for good subject placement when taking photos. The bluebonnets and wildflowers have yet to show face in these parts, and it looks like they won’t in time for those great family photo opportunities. The Fort Worth Water Gardens make the perfect backdrop for family photos, and with most of the tourists away on vacation you’ll practically have the grounds to yourself. Adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center is an architectural and engineering wonder that can be enjoyed any time of the year, but why not enjoy it while the crowds are at an all time low, and you’ll feel more like a guest than a tourist.

Double Feature Coyote Drive-In on Panther Island in Fort Worth

Watching a double feature—of newly released films of course—while enjoying the stunning views of downtown Fort Worth along the Trinity River is a great, family friendly activity. And we suggest you enjoy an evening such as this during Spring Break at Coyote Drive-In on Panther Island in Fort Worth. Coyote Drive-in was founded in 2011 by four guys from the hospitality business, who envisioned a simple place to escape the chaos and hang out with friends and family and admire the stars shining bright up above. They also felt good food and great prices were a must as well. While there, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the food from the drive-in’s restaurant on your visit. Craft beers, “Canteen Classics” and cotton candy make for a well-rounded concessions menu—we just suggest not all at once. The drive-in is open seven days a week (weather permitting), with general admission starting at $6 for children 4 to 10, and $8 for ages 11 and older. Children 3 and younger are free! And you can’t beat the weather this time of year. Sitting in the running car with the AC cranked up during the summer doesn’t make for the best movie-watching experience. Wouldn’t you rather enjoy the drive-in theater with the windows rolled down enjoying nature’s spring time evening AC?

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Union Station

Competitive Walking Tours Explore Dallas with Urban Adventure Quest

It’s easy to walk right past a building or statue you see everyday and pay little attention to the historical marker or plaque of some significance attached to it. But really, when do you have time stop and read it? The goal of Urban Quest Adventure is to make you do just that. And what better time to casually walk the streets of downtown Dallas than when they are somewhat empty during Spring Break. A short, daytime spring fling, Urban Adventure Quest creates an interactive tour using your smart phone or other mobile device to provide clues that lead you on a walking tour of the city. The mission of the Adventure Quest team is to create fun and unique scavenger hunt city tours that have the flexibility to be played on your schedule. Sign up online, download the program to your mobile device and take part any day you wish. The price per team—2 to 5 people—is $49. It’s a little bit of National Treasure meets Amazing Race. You solve clues, complete challenges and work together to unravel secrets of the city. If you get stuck, don’t worry, they give you optional hints to make sure all teams can find a location or solve a challenge to move forward. The fun aspect about the quest is that you earn points! Teams receive points for correct answers, so you can form multiple teams to compete with friends. The best part? You’ll see famous sights and hidden gems of the city while learning interesting facts and discovering unique history. The Dallas quest will begin in the historical district at Union Station and take you on a journey through a famous cattle drive, a cemetery and various important buildings and monuments throughout the city—including The Old Red Courthouse. Thanks-Giving Square

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Rainy Day Plans It’s inevitable. Just when you’ve packed up your picnic basket and loaded the kids in the car, those heavy raindrops start falling. But not to worry; we’ve got you covered with more than just an umbrella. There are indoor activities to enjoy around town to keep you busy— and might just teach you a thing or two.

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Bureau of Printing and Engraving Spring Break Event

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LEGOLAND at Grapevine Mills Mall wants to know if you have what it takes Training to be a ninja should be on everyone’s list of things to do over Spring Break. You never know when these skills might come in handy. Join the Ninjago team at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth at Grapevine Mills Mall and help take on the bad guys at the new LEGO Ninjago Training Camp. The training camp brings the popular line of LEGO Ninjago toys to life and gives visitors the chance to show off their ninja skills with interactive features. Enhance your coordination and test your reactions with ninja missions, grow your creativity by building Ninjago out of LEGO bricks, then demonstrate your agility and skill by taking on the laser maze. This limited-time attraction begins March 6, and tickets are included with the price of admission to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth, which is $21 for guests 3 years of age and older and free for kids 2 and under. The 35,000-square-foot indoor attraction is geared toward children ages 3 to 10 and their families. It features millions of LEGO bricks and offers a fun, highly interactive and educational two to three hour experience. Interactive features include hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, LEGO rides and an outdoor water playground. Hours for the Discovery Center are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Can you tell us a little bit about your Irish heritage? My father was proud of our Irish heritage and made sure all his children—four of us—knew the stories of our background. Our family stereotypes are even humorous. My father was a policeman in Los Angeles. He walked his beat in downtown L.A. during the ’50s. He named all his kids [dual gender] Gaelic names: Kellie, Stacy, Shelton and Shannon. My wife and I continued that tradition. My daughters’ names are Shawn and Riley.

Have you ever traveled to Ireland? My travel to Ireland has been limited to business. However, I plan to rectify that starting this summer.

My great grandfather was a brewer in Ireland. I plan on visiting some breweries and brewpubs in Ireland. I will be searching for some new recipes and hopefully bringing some ancient recipes back to North Texas. Additionally, Shannon Brewing Company plans to start hosting brewery tours to Ireland this year. We will take a limited number of guests to Ireland for a guided tour of some well-known breweries and at least one distillery and [discover] some very well kept secrets.

Where are some great nearby places to experience a traditional Irish atmosphere— or close enough? Trinity Hall (Dallas) has a great atmosphere and Irish music. Staggering Irishman (Dallas) is a fun place with a great selection of Irish beer and whiskey. The Idle Rich Pub (Dallas) is just an authentic Irish pub that’s worth the visit. And Dublin Square in Fort Worth is just fun!

What’s your favorite traditional Irish food? My favorite Irish food has always been corned beef and cabbage. My wife [Mauri] makes the best I have ever tasted with boiled potatoes— fantastic!

How do you plan on spending your St. Patrick’s Day? We will be spending St. Patrick’s Day at our brewery. We plan to have some Irish music, hopefully some Irish dancers and, of course, plenty of our Shannon Irish red. We are also releasing a special beer around Saint Patrick’s: a dry hopped Irish red. This beer is similar to our traditional Irish red. However, we add hops to the secondary tank during fermentation to give the beer an amazing hop aroma—it’s like spring time in a bottle Inquiring minds want to know, and who better to ask than a brewer, what’s the story behind green beer? People who turn beer green should not call themselves brewers. The Shannon Brewery will never serve a green beer. Here is the green beer story—as I understand it. During celebrations in early Ireland, beer could be in short supply. Once the beer reserves had been consumed, those who wanted the celebration to continue would take a pint from the fermenting beer. The not-completely fermented beer is referred to as “green beer.”

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Heather L. King (Managing Shareholder), Jessica Hall Janicek, Robert McEwan, Michael Tresidder and Sally Pretorius Attorneys at Law Apart From the Rest KoonsFuller, PC is the largest law firm in the Southwest that practices family law exclusively. More than 26 attorneys share information, tactics and experience within the firm, allowing for a collaboration of elite talent that makes their practice effective. The size of their workforce gives them the efficiency and strength needed to perform at the level they continue to achieve. The attorneys at KoonsFuller, PC take grit and determination with them into the courtroom, and, most importantly, are zealous advocates for their clients. Knowing that each client has individual needs that require a tailored approach, the attorneys are able to navigate clients through what can be one of the most difficult times in their lives. Accolades and Designations All shareholders and many associate attorneys are Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, many of the firm’s attorneys have received numerous accolades, both at the state and national level. These awards include, among many others, being voted Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers, and making numerous Top 100 lists in the state. KoonsFuller, PC has five offices located in Dallas, Houston, Plano, Southlake and Denton.

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Community Ties Leslie is a Southlake Metroport Teen Court Judge and sponsors the City of Southlake Adopt-A-Street program in her neighborhood. In the legal community, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Tarrant County Bar Association. Additionally, she volunteers her time taking pro bono cases for our veterans through the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans and pro bono cases for foster families adopting foster children in the annual Tarrant County National Adoption Day. Accolades and Designations Voted Top Family and Criminal Lawyer in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by her peers in various magazines. She is a member of professional memberships/affiliations such as the American Inns of Court, National College of DUI Defense, National Counsel for Children, State Bar of Texas (Family, Criminal and Juvenile sections), State Bar of Texas Trial College, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and many more.

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Apart From the Rest It is important to Debra Edmondson, as principal, that the Edmondson Law Firm’s reputation is one of providing superior customer service to its clients. Debra’s first rule is to listen to her clients to gain a full understanding of their legal issues, goals and objectives. Clients are comfortable and confident with an attorney who fully listens to them. The Edmondson Law Firm’s areas of legal focus include all matters of real estate, administrative law, business law and employment law. Community Ties Debra has lived in Southlake for 20 years, and served two terms on Southlake’s Planning and Zoning Commission. She was also elected to Southlake City Council in 1998. In addition, she’s been involved with the Bob Jones Nature Center since its inception and provided the startup funding for the 501(c)3 organization that manages the facility. She is currently President of the Board of Directors. Accolades and Designations Debra received the Woman Who Makes A Difference award from the Harte-Hanks Community Newspaper chain several years ago, and is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas and in the federal court system, as well.

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needs—all according to Southlake’s Master Mobility Plan (which can be found on the city’s website). One such project is the FM 1938 roadway expansion project—a partnership between a number of stakeholders. The good news? More stakeholders means more resources. The bad news? More stakeholders means more time needed to make decisions. However, in the case of this project, Phase I decisions were made on time. The 2.2-mile, $15 million project was completed in the fall of 2012, and eased traffic congestion through the creation of a six-lane divided roadway with raised curb medians from SH 114 to just south of Dove Road transitioning to a four-lane roadway with raised curb medians to Randol Mill Road. Phase II is a 1.6 mile, $20.6 million project, set to begin this spring. It includes a four-lane roadway with raised curb medians from Randol Mill Road to FM 1709/Southlake Boulevard. It also includes improvements at the intersection of FM 1938/Davis Boulevard and FM 1709/Southlake Boulevard to provide dual left turn lanes. However, as to be expected, in order to reap the benefits of expansion and progress, you must first experience the growing pains—which means construction woes. But that’s where the mitigation part comes in. The city of Southlake has created a multidepartmental, multi-agency Office of Traffic Management (OTM) that consists of personnel from the city and outside agencies such as TxDOT and CISD to better manage traffic and the information regarding traffic-related issues within and throughout the city. “The OTM is primarily responsible for internal and external communication of anything that could impact traffic and is also responsible for developing and implementing traffic control plans for anything that could adversely impact the flow of traffic in the city,” Price says. “The city hopes to engage with the public through the OTM to form a public-private partnership which improves knowledge of local driving conditions so that all motorists can have a safer and less frustrating driving experience in Southlake.” According to Price, regional growth of the DFW area will undoubtedly impact Southlake, as well. “Because of our location within the greater DFW area, we have a lot of traffic moving through the city, and that’s something that will not change.” SOUTHLAKE STYLE


End of the rope Precinct 3 Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes tells us to blame it on Southlake’s coveted location far from the big-city atmosphere. “Because the jobs are toward the east, the vast majority of traffic that Southlake residents and commuters face comes from the west. In addition, more and more people are moving to the north Fort Worth area, and these individuals travel south to their work.” Fickes says. “And Southlake is the end of the rope so to speak.” The city is a funnel of sorts, and not only do local roadways need overhauls, but highways located within the Northeast Tarrant County region, such as I-35, need decongestion as well. “That is a problem being solved with the North Tarrant Express (NTE) project,” Fickes says. “The NTE is broken into three segments, and although it is going to get worse before it gets better—thanks to construction—there will be progress.” Improvements to the first two segments cost $2.5 billion all together, which included financing, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocations, design, construction, routine and capital maintenance. The improvements were completed in October 2014, nine months ahead of schedule. The remaining third segment has been divided into three separate parts. Currently, only segments 3A and 3B are being addressed. These local and regional projects are, of course, only small pieces of traffic congestion puzzle in northeast Tarrant County and specifically Southlake. But one thing is for certain, the city has a plan in place—the Master Mobility Plan, part of Southlake’s 2030 Plan—to keep vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic concerns at the forefront and address them in a timely and often scheduled manner. But, as Price suggests, congestion and other traffic woes will never really go away. “Even with the expansion of new roadways, traffic congestion is expected to remain a part of our everyday life here in the Metroplex for many years to come,” Price says. “It is often said, a traffic problem is never really solved, it is just moved down the road.” Southlake’s OTM is continuously updating residents on changes to traffic patterns due to construction or store grand openings, for example. Information will be passed on via the web, on MySouthlakeNews.com or the Southlake DPS Facebook page, Facebook.com/SouthlakePublicSafety. SOUTHLAKESTYLE.COM

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Sometimes the hardest part of leaving is leaving them behind, our Fido and our Whiskers. We often think our pets might be better off traveling with us, rather than staying at home—but maybe that’s not the case.

What about Fluffy? You need to make an informed decision before taking your pet on vacation. Doing otherwise might put your pet in danger—and could turn your trip into something out of a National Lampoon movie… or worse. First, you’ll want consider you furry friend’s health. It’s best to make an appointment with your veterinarian a few weeks—or months, in the case of air travel—before the trip begins. “They need to be in good overall health, not sick in any way—or you wouldn’t want to travel,” says Dr. Steve Ruffner of Golden Triangle Animal Hospital in Southlake. Physical health includes mental health, too—any trip takes the pet out of its familiar environment and that means stress. “We base recommendations regarding travel on the pet’s temperament as well as what works best for the owners of the pet,” says Dr. Susan Boeving at Southlake Animal Crossing veterinary hospital. For example, some animals don’t enjoy traveling. If you have the option, that pet may do better staying home with a pet sitter or finding a boarding facility where the pet is comfortable staying.” If you must take your anxiety-prone pet with you, there are options for treating the nervousness. “If your pet is very anxious with travel, speak with your veterinarian,” says Dr. Boeving. “Anxiety is a medical problem. Behavior modification, training and medication are some options that can help anxiety, but the wrong actions could make the behaviors much worse.” Sedation is also an option. “If the dog is super anxious and wouldn’t settle down, I would prescribe a light sedative,” says Dr. Ruffner. Though sedatives can have dangerous side effects, so let your vet make that decision, and don’t sedate Fido just because you’re anxious about the trip—that’s what airport bars are for. Your vet will consider the type of transportation you’ll be using. If you’re driving to your destination, make sure you know how your pet responds to car travel. Air travel comes with its own rules and restrictions, so definitely make sure you plan far in advance. You’ll want to follow the airline’s guidelines to a tee.

On your way Before you travel with your feline or canine pal, make sure to schedule a follow up with the vet closer to your departure date to get a certificate of health—which are only good for 10 days—and documentation that the pet is up to date on shots. You may not need it, but you should have it anyway. “Medically, be sure your pet is current on all necessary vaccines, deworming or health certificate if required,” says Dr. Boeving. Other things you’ll find out from your vet: Anything you might need to know about your destination, such as local pests that could be a problem for Fluffy or regional outbreaks of diseases that might put her in danger. On the day of travel, don’t feed your pet for six hours before the trip and when traveling, keep the diet consistent to prevent any tummy issues. “The stress of travel has the potential to cause some 54 • MAR 15

unexpected issues with your pet…such as car sickness, vomiting, diarrhea,” says Dr. Boeving. In planning your trip, check ahead with your destination about bringing non-human family members along. “Certainly more and more hotels are catering to those travelers who would like to bring their pets along,” says Karen Dawson, director at Southlake Travel Specialists. “There is a wonderful web site called OfficialPetHotels .com that helps you search for pet-friendly hotels.” During your trip, remember that the most common injury seen from pets during travel involves the pet getting out and escaping or reacting in an unexpected way. “Behaviorally, some pets react differently on trips than in their normal home environment. They may act differently around other people and animals, which can lead to fearful or aggressive reactions that are not normal for that animal. Or the pet may escape and become lost in an unknown environment. Prevention is the best way to minimize these complications,” says Dr. Boeving. If you’re pet isn’t already micro chipped, now might be a good time to do that. And make sure you have a current ID tag on your pet as well. “We can’t expect our animals to be perfect or anticipate what we need from them. Even the best pet in the world with the best training has the potential to act differently during travel,” she says. “ “[You can] try to prevent any potential dangerous situations. Don’t allow your pet to interact with other animals or people until you are confident they are relaxed enough to handle it. Keep your pet confined either on a leash or in a crate so an escape does not happen. SOUTHLAKE STYLE


PET TRAVEL TIPS DRIVING MS. FLUFFY: SEATBELTS AND SAFETY: Dr. Boeving recommends getting a restraining device for your pet while in the car. “I think that if the owner is able to crate, use a seatbelt harness, that would be ideal. We are going to minimize injury by doing that.” These devices keep the pet safe in the case of an accident, though you should always keep the pet in the back seat to prevent injury from airbags. They also prevent the pet from distracting the driver and keep the pet secure when people are exiting and entering the vehicle. “That way if someone does open a door, they’re not going to get out,” says Boeving. “[If you’re not using a crate or seatbelt], make sure the leash is on the pet before someone opens the door.”

Leaving them behind You have several options to choose from should you decide to not bring Fluffy along with you. This, again, is something to discuss with your vet, who will have recommendations. One option is to find a pet sitter. This will allow your four-legged friend to remain in his or her familiar environment, stick to the same diet and most importantly, continue with the normal day-to-day routine—which probably involves sleeping on his or her favorite spot on the couch. However, your pet might get lonely, and you run the risk of the sitter only being able to visit once a day. If you’re hiring a pet sitter, be sure you can trust the company and that you’re comfortable with the frequency of visitation. Dave Shackelford, owner of Elite Suites Pet Resort in Southlake suggests you ask yourself, “Can you really trust the person who’s coming in? Find out if they are bonded…and so on.” Deciding to leave your pet at a boarding facility also requires a little digging. Make sure to visit the facility first, says Shackelford, and take a thorough tour, noting how clean and well maintained it is. Find out if they have adequate staffing on weekends. And another thing to consider, says Shackelford, is whether the dogs have access to the outdoors. “Dogs are trained to not go in the house, so they’ll hold it longer.” Make sure to tell the person or facility watching your pet all of the issues your pet has had, even if they’ve been treated and corrected, says Shackelford, so the staff knows how to best take care of your pet. SOUTHLAKESTYLE.COM

IN-SIDE SECURITY: If your pet is one of those dogs that must have his head out the car window, Dr. Boeving cautions you to make sure the pet is secure. “Make sure there’s no chance the window is going to go up and get them caught, that they have a leash attached and there’s someone’s there who if they do get a little overzealous can pull them back in. POTTY STOPS: Make sure you exercise your pet and give it a chance to use the bathroom before you leave. But don’t try to iron man the drive all the way to your destination—your pet will need more frequent potty breaks than you. During pit stops, give your pet some room to walk and exercise to help release any pent up energy. Dr. Ruffner warns to make sure the pet is leashed at all times. “Just to make sure that they bring a leash, so that when they stop, they have adequate control of the pet.” Make sure the pet has enough water to drink, but not enough to get full on, and don’t feed the pet until you reach your destination. “The other issue in cars is some of them can get car sick,” warns Dr. Ruffner. FLYING WITH FIDO: FOLLOW THE RULES: If you want to take your pet with you on your plane trip, first consult with your vet to see if your pet is well enough to travel. Then call the airline to find out what kind of rules and conditions they have. Traveling by plane with your pet requires some planning and advance preparation, so start early. MAR 15 • 55


RESERVE YOUR PET’S SPACE: Even if your pet is small enough to be carried on, you’ll still need to speak with the airline before going on your trip. “Most airlines only allow one pet per cabin— inside the plane, under your seat” says Dawson. And those carry-on spots must be reserved. So call ahead.

GET A HEALTH CERTIFICATE: Part of your pre-flight vet check up should also be to get a health certificate— even if the airline doesn’t require it. “It’s simply a document by the vet which says that it’s safe for the pet to travel and won’t infect any other pets,” says Dr. Ruffner. “Even if you were to call an airline, [and they said that you didn’t need it,] the ultimate person who’s going to make that decision is the gate agent, so I tell clients just to be safe, to have a health certificate before they get on the plane.” Health certificates are good for 10 days, so it’s recommended to go in to get one the day before you depart.

CARRY ON CONUNDRUM: If you’re going to carry your pet on the plane consider leashing your pet inside the carrier while going through security. “If you take a pet on a plane, you will have to take them out of their pet carrier, and hand carry them through security—that can be challenging,” says Dawson, who suggests that you might want to fly during times that are less busy, such as during the middle of the week.

CARGO-BOUND PETS: In the case that your pet must be checked into the baggage area, you’ll want to book far ahead in advance, and check the average temperature of the day you’ll be travelling. “If the pet has to go below into the cargo area, the temperature cannot be above 85 degrees on both ends, where you are departing from, and the city you arrive in, or below 45 degrees,” says Dawson. Early and late flights in the summer and flights in the middle of the day during winter will be your best bet. GET THERE EARLY: Most airlines recommend you arrive two hours prior to your trip if you’re bringing pets, though they won’t be able to check the pets more than four hours before the trip. Be sure to exercise your fur baby, and give them the time to go to the bathroom before they get ready to travel.

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How to Avoid Common Packing Pitfalls You think you know the drill when it comes to buying those airline tickets and heading out the door—throw some clothes and sunscreen in your bag and you are set! But that is clearly not the case. RESEARCH YOUR DESTINATION You’ll want to take into consideration more than just climate—think about your itinerary. Will you be walking a lot? Your need for comfortable shoes might rule out those cute sandals you were thinking about bringing. If you plan to visit cathedrals and chapels in European countries, remember dressing modestly is important—most won’t let you in if you are wearing shorts. DOWNSIZE TOILETRIES The bulky bottles storing your favorite shampoo and conditioner should stay in the shower shelves at home. The Container Store has plenty of travel-sized bottles to hold your favorite soaps and lotions. Or you can be a little adventurous and try the toiletries offered by your hotel or resort. They are often made with local ingredients and do the job just as well. PLAN YOUR OUTFITS You went to the trouble of planning your vacation, shouldn’t the contents of your suitcase get the same attention? Instead of throwing in a pair of pants here or a blouse there, create outfits for each day and night of your trip. Be ready to toss out any duplicate items such as two pair of dark jeans. Some travelers even go as far as to take a photo of each of their outfits for reference! ROLL IT OR FOLD IT Now that everything is all set out and ready to go, how do you go about getting into your bag? Keeping wrinkles at bay is key, so if you have to sit on your suitcase to zip it shut, you might want to rethink your strategy. Experts say the best way to avoid wrinkles is to roll up items that will roll, and fold thicker clothes such as jeans and sweaters.

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SCHOOL OF ROCK offers summer rock camps for musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Students ages 7-18 can develop their musicianship and learn new skills in a creative and fun environment. School of Rock camps emphasize live performance through workshops, clinics, and group rehearsals, where students learn to play together in a band and develop stage presence. We also have camps that focus on songwriting, as well! Contact us today for more information about our awesome summer programs!

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Saturday March 21, 2015 • Texas Motor Speedway from 6-11 pm The Community Storehouse invites you to attend our 13th annual Hope Dinner & Auction benefiting local children. Kick off the evening with cocktails and join us for a fun-filled evening of dinner, live auctions, a wine pull, and dancing, all hosted by emcee Scott Murray.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.HopeDinner.com or call 817.431.3340

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Always be Prepared Getting ready for the great outdoors? Or are you preparing for you next tailgating adventure? Here are some items perfect for roughing it in the wild—whether in the forest or at the stadium.

1/ SONY DEV-50V DIGITAL RECORDING BINOCULARS The dual lenses in these specs allow you to shoot video footage in 3D using the 20.4 megapixel sensors—and replay 3D video on the spot. Sony’s proprietary steady-shot tech keeps the image still, and there is an automatic focus feature with a zoom ratio up to 25X. This rainproof bad boy comes in at just over 1 pound, so maybe pack these away for camping and for the next game. Sony.com $2,000

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2/ SOLAIRE ANYWHERE PORTABLE INFRARED GRILL This 20-pound grill is ready to take its 14,000 BTUs of infrared heat into the wild or to the parking lot. Just hook up a standard onepound tank of propane and perfectly seared steaks are a push of a button away. With 240 square inches of hot grilling action, you can cook some up in no time. Made of 20-gauge heavy-duty steel, the portable grill measures 21 inches long, 12 inches tall and 8 inches deep. Amazon.com $400

3/ HANDSPRESSO PUMP No matter where you are, you should not be without black gold— a.k.a. espresso. The handy travel-sized Handpresso produces delicious espresso on the go. Use your own grounds or a prepackaged pod, add hot water, pump the device and voila—perfectly crafted, smooth espresso in seconds. Amazon.com $129

4/ XL DINING TABLE This lightweight table from Alps folds up and slips into a yoga-mat sized shoulder bag so you can carry it everywhere. An aluminum top attaches to a sturdy X frame to provide you with a stable surface for serving, eating or playing cards. With no interfering side supports, the table is designed so you can comfortably pull your chair up close without hitting your knees. The 12-pound table measures 28” wide, 55” long and 28” tall. AlpsMountaineering.com $130

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5/ SNOW PEAK MINI HOZUKI LAMP This little compact wonder from the makers of Snow Peak tents packs an LED punch, with intuitive controls, a warm glow and a strong magnetic hook for hanging. It weighs less than two ounces and measures 2 inches by 2.2 inches, so it can be hung from the top of your tent or a low branch without causing any drag. Powered by three AAA batteries, it offers 40 hours of glowing light on its high setting, or 70 hours on low. SnowPeak.com $40

4. 5. If you would like to introduce us to your favorite finds, just drop us a line at Editor@SouthlakeStyle.com, and if you want us to try your stuff, we’ll gladly accept your favorites at 260 Miron Drive, Suite 110, Southlake, TX 76092.

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Are you really roughing it? Eureka! Titan Tent-your Home Away from Home

W Details Price: $650 Floor Size: 9’6”" x 13’6” Weight: 31lbs. 15oz. Floor Area: 128.25 sq. ft. Pack Size: 12” x 29” Center Height: 7’ Doors: 2 Windows: 6 EurekaTent.com

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hen it comes to tents and camping, size matters. If it’s you and the family, you want a clean, dry and comfortable space you can enjoy when not exploring the outdoors—not a place barely large enough to sleep your brood. Enter the Eureka! Titan Tent. At 7 feet tall and with 128 square feet of floor space, it promises enough room to stand up, spread out and even stretch your legs. Designed to sleep up to eight people, the tent comes with a removable room divider and two separate entrances and exits—which makes it easy to separate feuding siblings or find a little “me” time. Six oversized windows and floor and ceiling vents take even the slightest of breezes and turn them into tent-cooling crosswinds. Additional convenient amenities include clothesline loops, corner rings for hanging personal items, mesh pockets on the

roof, and a central ring for flashlight or lamp hanging. Enough about luxury, let’s talk practicalities, like a quick set-up. The 31-pound tent’s assembly instructions include eight steps total, so don’t worry about missing a minute of daylight setting up. The coated nylon floor features a bathtub-style construction with taped seams high above the ground to keep water, bugs and other critters out. The StormShield-coated, cloth rainfly wraps over the top of the tent, extending out above the windows to provide more protection, keeping rain out even when the windows are open. Every zipper is treated with silicone and reversed to minimize the chance of even a drop of water getting in. This tent isn’t your average hut. Eureka! aimed to build a tent that could house you and yours through the years, even when your family grows. So not only does it have the space you want, it also offers the durability you need.

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nown for her sassy lyrics and firecracker attitude, Grammy-winner Miranda Lambert is always ready to put on a show for her fans. And lucky you, you’re invited to the party! Miranda brings her Certified Platinum tour to the American Airlines Center on March 12 where she’ll be joined by special guests Justin Moore and Sunny Sweeney. Lambert, who has received numerous Country Music awards over the years, was most recently recognized as both the 2014 American of Country Music and Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year. Join the Texas native as she performs a few of the songs that made her famous as well as recent hits from her fifth album, Platinum, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard

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Top 200 chart and Billboard’s Country chart. Lambert is a critically acclaimed country music artist who has been turning heads since her first album Kerosene dropped in March 2005. According to Texas Music Magazine, “The übertalented and feisty East Texas girl makes me want to reuse and revise critic Jon Landau’s legendary line about Bruce Springsteen: ‘I have seen the future of country music, and its name is Miranda Lambert.’” Lambert’s lyrics don’t mince words and cut right to the chase—whether she’s remembering an old boyfriend or reminiscing about her childhood home in Longview. Lambert is married to male country music artist Blake Shelton, known for his role as a judge on the Voice.

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uick, what do you think when you hear the word opera? Perhaps you think, “Well, it’s in a different language, so I won’t understand it.” Or, “It’s for a generation much older than my own.” Maybe you think it’s stuffy, too highbrow for your taste or just plain boring. However, the talented Studio Artists of Fort Worth Opera understand your concerns, and they’re ready to dispel the myths through an engaging, interactive performance. Leave your preconceptions behind—Opera Mythbusters lives up to its name by showcasing the genre in a whole new way. The oldest continually performing opera company in

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GRAPEVINE VINTAGE RAILROAD: SPRING FLING MARCH 9-13 Historic Downtown Grapevine. Grab a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad during Spring Break and step back in time. Running each day Monday through Friday in addition to normally scheduled weekend runs, there will be on board games and activities on the 1 p.m. trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards and on the 2:45 p.m. Trinity River Run. TIBETAN FANTASY MARCH 14 Dallas City Performance Hall. Be amongst the first to witness Xi Wang’s Tibetan Fantasy during this world premiere performance. The music and dance showcase will feature the talents of Voices of Change—an ensemble of professional classical musicians from the Dallas Symphony and Dallas Opera Orchestra. Through performances such as these, the ensemble is able to carry out its mission of promoting new classical works by living composers such as Wang, who is a composer at Southern Methodist University.

DALLAS BLOOMS NOW THROUGH APRIL 12 Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Watch as the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden transform into a canvas of color during this extravagant floral festival that rivals any in the Southwest. This year’s theme, Deep in the Hearts of Texas, brings even more meaning to the spectacle as some of the state’s most iconic symbols are incorporated throughout the garden grounds.

COLOR VIBE 5K MARCH 14

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBIT OF SHERLOCK HOLMES NOW THROUGH MAY 10 Perot Museum of Nature and Science. It may be elementary to Sherlock Holmes, but crime solving isn’t always as easy as it seems. See how you fare as you step inside the world that author Conan Doyle created. Work alongside the legendary detective Holmes to solve complex mysteries, visit his London sitting room and immerse yourself in all things Sherlockian at this science-driven exhibit. TOWER GALLERY PRESENTS PEANUTS NATURALLY

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Tower Gallery. See the wonders of the natural world through the eyes of Charlie Brown and company in this playful exhibit for both children and adults. From interactive activity stations to comic strips, the exhibit will give visitors a first-hand look at trees, birds, elements, gardening and more from the perspective of Charles Schulz’s most famous characters.

Dallas Museum of Art. Abstract painter Frank Bowling is a true legend in his craft. Celebrated not only for his talent, Bowling has also been an advocate for African American artists. View the Dallas Museum of Art’s acquisition of its first painting by the acclaimed Bowling on display alongside four more of his works that explore color through the use of world maps.

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Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. Colorful and just the right amount of crazy, the Color Vibe 5K promotes happiness while benefiting local charities. Participants dash between color zones before reaching the finish line where a dance party and color throw finale greats them, guaranteeing that no runner will leave spotless.

OKC THUNDER VS. DALLAS MAVs MARCH 16 American Airlines Center. The boys in blue are back, but which shade you’re cheering for is up to you. Team Dirk and Team Durant will face off at the American Airlines Center as the basketball teams battle it out on the court to show off their skills and prove who has the real MVP—at least for the night.

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SANTANA MARCH 18

SAVOR DALLAS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

Verizon Theater. If you’re ever asked to describe Carlos Santana’s signature sound, good luck. Known for blending music genres, mixing old and new sounds and crossing over cultural barriers, Santana has spent the last four decades defining himself as someone you can’t define. See the 10-time Grammy Award winner as he takes the stage for what’s sure to be a performance that excites and surprises.

MARCH 19–22 Dallas Arts District. Sure, there are plenty of food festivals in the DFW area throughout the year. But Savor isn’t your average food festival. Instead, it’s a decadent four-day experience. Open your palate to a world of flavors, from wine tastings and seminars to dinners and sampling events, enjoy it all while in the company of the region’s most notable chefs, mixologists and epicurean experts.

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ROCK N ROLL DALLAS HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO & RACE Kay Bailey Convention Center. Are you ready to run the streets of Dallas? Kick off your weekend with a two-day health and fitness expo, then take what you’ve learned straight to the streets for a 5k or half-marathon challenge that weaves a path past some of the area’s most iconic landmarks. You’ll be among a powerhouse crowd of energized runners committed to health-driven fun.

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Music Hall at Fair Park. Follow this unforgettable journey through time back to 1862, when an English widow and her son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok to serve as a tutor to the King’s many children. Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, this unique love story unfolds as East meets West finding mutual respect and understanding for the other’s views and values.

American Airlines Center. Due to popular demand, Stevie Wonder has extended his Songs in the Key of Life tour, an adaption of the iconic album of the same name. Wonder has amassed in his career 49 Top 40 singles and 32 No. 1 singles, not to mention 25 Grammy awards. Make sure you “just call” to reserve your tickets now!

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NO TIE DINNER & DESSERT PARTY MARCH 28 Frontiers of Flight Museum. Party with a purpose as you help raise funds for the AIDS Services of Dallas during this 10th anniversary event presented by Purple Foundation. Guests are invited to take part in philanthropic efforts by first joining a social gathering hosted by an event sponsor at locations across DFW and then coming together for desserts and a live auction that same evening at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. EASTER IN THE PARK MARCH 28 Southlake. Join the city for its annual Easter celebration with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny at the North Park at 200 E. Dove Rd. There will be an Easter egg hunt for each age group scheduled throughout the morning from 10 a.m. to noon. It’s a chance to take photos with the family and participate in Easter fun! MARTINA MCBRIDE MARCH 28 Billy Bob’s Texas. Since the early ’90s, Martina McBride has been wowing audiences with her powerhouse ballads and sing-along hits like “Independence Day,” “This One’s For the Girls” and “A Broken Wing.” Today the multimillion record-selling artist is taking her talents on the road, singing old and new favorites including rearranged classics from her latest album, “Everlasting.”

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DR. PEPPER DALLAS CUP XXXVI MARCH 29 – APR 5 Multiple venues (Classic League Soccer Complex at Richland College, MoneyGram Park, Cotton Bowl) Watch as soccer legends in the making hit the field during this invitation-only event regarded as one of the most prestigious youth soccer tournaments in the United States. Bringing together players from more than 100 countries across the globe, this international display of soccer talent shows what it truly means to be a champion. SOUTHLAKESTYLE.COM

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ARIANA GRANDE APRIL 1 American Airlines Center. Pop princess Ariana Grande makes a stop in Dallas on The Honeymoon Tour—her first North American headlining tour. Supporting the release of her No. 1 Billboard album, My Everything, the tour is produced and promoted by Live Nation. Grande became the first woman in history and the first artist since Michael Jackson to simultaneously have three songs in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs Chart in 2014.

WILLIE NELSON APRIL 4 Winstar World Casino. Pour yourself a glass of whiskey! Your favorite bandana-clad braided hippie is coming to town! That’s right, Willie Nelson is taking the stage at Winstar World Casino. Never mind that the country legend is 81 years old, expect him to rock the house with hits like “Always on My Mind” and “On the Road Again” to fans young and old.

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easoned RV vacationers know a thing or two about camping. For example, motor home mavens know best about when to make a reservation. They know to book their stays months in advance of holidays and special events. All others should keep that in mind when scheduling time at one of these unique RV experiences perfect for a four-day weekend. Deciding to go camping with the family has a completely different connotation when you throw an RV into the mix. Tents and sleeping bags are optional. Although your definition of “roughing it,” may vary, there are certain amenities you can’t—and quite frankly don’t—want to be without on an RV excursion. For example, never stay anywhere without the three basic hookups: electricity, water and sewage. And, according to Tommy Wilson, operations manager at Vineyards Campgrounds and Cabins on Lake Grapevine, you might want to also look for the new fourth hookup: WiFi. The campgrounds and resorts we’ve chosen can meet the demands of any RV aficionado we know, and with the price of gas at relative lows, now is the perfect time to hit the roads in an RV.

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Close to home When it comes to packing up the RV and heading out—nothing beats the familiar roads of Texas. Whether you’re up to traveling a few hours away or spending a few days on the road the Lone Star State’s central location can’t be beat.

Vineyards Campgrounds and Cabins on Grapevine Lake (Texas) You don’t have to travel far to see what a nationally recognized campground is like. One sits right on nearby Lake Grapevine and boasts not only a variety of lake pursuits, such as fishing, swimming and kayaking, but offshore activities as well. Nature trails, bicycle rental, volleyball and basketball round out things to do for family fun. You can head into Historic Downtown Grapevine, where there are restaurants and shops to explore when you need a break from sunscreen and bug repellent. Other amenities: spacious pullthroughs, fully furnished cabins, a camp store and laundry facilities. VineyardsCampground.com

Buckhorn Lake Resort in Kerrville, Texas Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Buckhorn Lake Resort in Kerrville is off I-10 just an hours drive from San Antonio. Each pad site is designed with large coaches in mind—they include widely paved pull-throughs and roads. The resort also features an 8,000-squarefoot red barn. The facility that not only hosts year-round activities sponsored by Buckhorn but also can be rented for other events. Other amenities include trash pick up, a dog park, pools and a fitness center. BuckhornLake.com

Destination unknown Sometimes it’s not always about the destination. Taking your RV on the open road and experiencing breathtaking views along the way can make for the one-of-a-kind vacation your family is looking for. Highways can guide you along the coast to take in ocean views at sunset. Others, like the Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway, wind you through the mountains exploring history.

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From rolling hills to rocky canyons, the views along the Gold Belt Tour are diverse exploring abandoned gold mines and once bustling mining towns—now sleepy tourism attractions. Also known as the Road to Riches, this scenic byway is located in southern Colorado and can be reached on the northern end via U.S. Highway 24 and at the southern end via U.S. Highway 50. Driving the Gold Belt Tour, a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway, you can retrace travel routes taken by covered wagons through the communities of Florence, Cañon City and Florissant that connect Cripple Creek and the Victor Mining District. Not to miss in Cañon City is the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. The Royal Gorge Bridge hangs high above the Arkansas River and is the highest suspension bridge in the United States. With gondola rides and zip lines, there’s plenty to entertain you at the park after parking your RV—oversized vehicles are not allowed on the bridge. GoldBeltByway.com, RoyalGorgeBridge.com

Won’t you be my neighbor? If you consider your ride more of a motor home rather than an RV, Heritage Motor Coach Resort & Marina might be the perfect place to hitch your vehicle. Located on Bayou St. John in Orange Beach, Alabama, this is not your typical pull-through available park. Although each site comes with all the amenities expected—including cable television hookups—each “pad” also comes with a cottage. The resort is set up much like a neighborhood, with sites available for rent and purchase. The neighborhood has a clubhouse, lawn care and, as you can guess, HOA fees. But there is something to be said for having neighbors, and you can’t beat the concierge service. Whether renting or buying, staying at the Heritage Motor Coach Resort & Marina would be considered the ultimate RV experience. HeritageOrangeBeach.com

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Dallas-Fort Worth’s dining landscape is dynamic and ever changing. Some of the newer establishments fade away quickly or suffer when the executive chef leaves. Others not only endure, but also thrive over the years and become must-visit stops on the DFW dining map. Gemma has all the traits necessary to become a long-term success due to its simple sophistication. Chef Stephen Rogers and his wife Allison Yoder left the Napa Valley restaurant, Press, where he was executive chef and she the general manager. Chef Rogers, a Dallas native, wanted to bring his brand of cooking back to Texas, and he found a home for his restaurant on trendy Henderson Avenue in Dallas. Gemma’s understated exterior sets the stage for the elegant interior, where wall colors of muted blues contrast with white shelves above the bar. Simple tables with comfortable chairs add a

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As Southlake Style’s foodie fellow, James is passionate about discovering unique dining experiences in the DFW area by night while crafting high impact marketing strategies by day as founder of Audacious Think. A native Oklahoman, he now considers the hometown of his beloved Dallas Cowboys to be his own as well. Follow James on Instagram or Twitter: @james_a_reid

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Casual Italian Fare Go ahead—eat with your hands at Bolo! Traveling down SH 114 you might have noticed an addition to the big, blue road sign announcing eateries at the Kimball Avenue exit. Recently opened in the former Planet Burrito location, Bolo Italian Grill, a fast-casual eatery that blends the best of burritos and Italian cuisine, has quickly made its way to the top of the food chain for locals and visitors alike. “Bolo is an exciting, modern idea that blends the best of quickcasual dining with the personalized touches of a custom meal,” Judson Phillips, Bolo owner, says. “We give you everything you want, nothing you don’t.” Created by restaurant veteran Phillips, Bolo Italian Grill caters to cravings for customized flavors with an emphasis on bright, seasonal ingredients hand prepared in a warm, vibrant atmosphere. His one-of-a-kind handheld pasta concept blends the best of Texas with the best of Italy to deliver something original. The restaurant’s signature Bolo flatbread wrap made from organic flour and Italian seasonings is filled with a heaping helping of angel hair pasta with responsibly raised proteins, fresh veggies, house-grown herbs, a choice of four cheeses and hot or cold sauces handmade using recipes by a local chef and recreated daily in-house. “The one thing you’ve always been told—you can’t eat pasta with your hands—is no longer true!” Philips says. Don’t worry, if you’d rather stick to Italian fare in its more traditional form, you can choose a pasta bowl. You order the same way: pick a pasta type, then a protein, veggies and a sauce. Every dish can be made gluten-free and every entrée can be “bambinisized” into a kid-friendly portion. “Contemporary lifestyles call for lots of meals eaten outside the home,” Phillips says. “But Bolo’s menu is so customizable, every bite tastes homemade and handmade just the way you like it.” The restaurant has a warm, contemporary and urban feel. With an atmosphere conducive to a night out with the family, Bolo Italian Grill also has you covered if you’d like to indulge in an adult beverage or two—they serve alcohol. The fast-casual restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. “The most important thing you’ll notice about the restaurant— other than the great tasting food—is the service,” Phillips says. “Not only will you get great food quickly, but you’ll be treated to the type of service you would expect at any restaurant—quick casual or otherwise.”

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Thyme for Change Del Frisco’s Grille updates the menu A menu change-up isn’t always necessary. After all, when it comes to good food—as in the case of Del Frisco’s Grille in Southlake—why mess with award-winning taste? But, as Head Chef Aaron Henschen explains, a restaurant has a responsibility to its patrons to serve not only great food, but food they can feel good about eating. “There’s been a lot of emphasis put on healthy foods and glutenfree menus,” Henschen says. “We wanted to be able to offer those choices to our guests as well.” On its recently updated lunch and dinner menus, Del Frisco’s added new soon-to-be favorites and made updates to your favorite standbys. Chef Henschen says they changed one such item on the menu from fried to roasted (the Simply Roasted Chicken). The new chicken dish is now gluten-free and served with hand-mashed potatoes, asparagus and roasted chicken jus. After hearing about the healthy side of things, I opted to order a salad for my starter course. Although, the cheesesteak eggrolls served with sweet and spicy chili sauce and honey mustard—a new and popular menu item—seemed like the next logical choice. I went for the kale and quinoa salad, made with shaved Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, shaved manchego cheese, sweet corn, jicama and champagne vinaigrette—and added grilled chicken. Upon arrival, the salad’s size made me immediately think this would be my only course. As a matter of fact, I only ended up eating half. However, as filling as it was, it wasn’t in the least bit heavy. This is a great example of a lunch menu favorite that had a mini makeover. Another addition to their menu and food service are specials served on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, for which the restaurant offers a special meal only available that day on their Daily Dish menu. I dined on Tuesday and had the opportunity to enjoy the fresh, made-from-scratch chicken pot pie. Arriving fresh from the oven and larger than life, the pie literally overcame the serving platter. After piercing the light and flaky piecrust, the aroma of chicken and vegetables filled the air and immediately reminded me of mom’s home cooking. By far, Tuesday is the most popular of days to dine, according to Chef Henschen. As a matter of fact, upon arrival I was told by the wait staff to definitely try the chicken pot pie—and I’m glad I did. Taking your lunch break in Southlake shouldn’t mean you’ll have to sacrifice atmosphere for taste—at Del Frisco’s Grille you can get the salads, gluten-free and healthy fare you’re looking for in a sit-down environment complete with table-service. Another change you should look forward to this spring at the Grille? The patio will be up and running.

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Southlake Style March 2014  

Road Trip!

Southlake Style March 2014  

Road Trip!

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