July Newsletter

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Hello Neighbors,

The Neighborhood Committees have been running smoothly and it has been great getting to know new neighbors while making improvements to our community and creating fun events.  There was interest expressed in the past about a Garden/Landscape Committee, a Financial Committee and a Bylaw Review Committee, if you are interested in helping us start one of these, please contact us at waterleafboard@gmail.com

The new neighborhood webpage is also up and running now thanks to the Communication Committee. Check it out at www.waterleaffalls.com

Happy Independence DayDon’t forget to check the calendar for a list of upcoming events!

Enjoy your summer, and Happy Independence Day!

Thanks!

Abbye Crandall and Eric Bauer
Resident HOA Board Members

Around the Neighborhood

Water Safety

Neighbors, Please take a moment to visit www.colinshope.org for valuable information regarding drowning prevention. The following graphic is from their website with some great tips for keeping our children safe this summer.

Drowning Prevention Tips from Colin's Hope

Drowning Prevention Tips from Colin’s Hope

Notes from the Pool Committee

Pool Hours

Tuesday – Sunday
5:00 am – 9:00 pm

Adult only swim time:
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please remember to review the pool rules prior to enjoying the pool and that it is ultimately the responsibility of the parents to watch their children and guests.  Children under the age of 14 must remain within arms reach of an adult over the age of 18.  Also Adult Swim Only occurs for last 10 minutes of every hour.  This is not for the lifeguards to take a break, but to allow the children time to rest in order for them to not become too exhausted and possibly put them in jeopardy.

Pavilion Reservations:

All parties consisting of more than 4 guests require a reservation for the pool pavilion.

Please contact Tracy Scheel at waterleafpool.pavilion@gmail.com or call 512/769-6151 after 5:00 pm for reserving the pool or park pavilion.

A few things to remember:

1. The pool pavilion has a maximum guest number of 20 and the Park Pavilion is unlimited.

2. The Pavilions are not marked for reservation prior to your event, homeowners/renters are responsible for arriving early and set-up.

3. Hosts of the events are responsible for removing their own trash.  The Pavilions do not have sufficient trash receptacles for parties and normal HOA activity.

Facebook Favorite

Life Sustaining Training

This month’s favorite is Life Sustaining Training, which is a locally owned company in Austin, TX that provides AHA CPR, ACLS & PALS training to anyone wanting or needing American Heart Association Certification. For info on classes, ‘Like’ their Facebook page!

[If you have a page or see one you’d like to share with your neighbors, send it to waterleafnewsletter@gmail.com]

Tips from Larry….

Water Shut Off
How to locate your main water shut off valve: If you have a water softener, the valve is usually located on the unit. If not, you will need to check your front yard for the submerged box. Be sure to open it carefully as snakes may be hidden there. You should see a guage and tee type valve handle – this is the shut off valve. The valve near the gauge meter is the city shut off and has a hole for a lock. It is good to make sure the adults in your home know where the valve is in case of emergency. Handles are also aviailable at Home Depot that will assist you.

Keeping Bugs out of the Brick Vents
Take a look at the layer of bricks just above your foundation. Normally, every 5 bricks will have a mortar missing and should have a mesh screen or piece of wool covering it. If the covering is missing, bugs may be able to enter your home. You can fix this by simply buying a new piece of wool or a mesh screen and tucking it in to the open space.

Water Heater Maintenance

If your water heater tank is over 3 years old, you should be sure to drain it per the manufacturer’s instructions. There are many instructional videos available for this on YouTube.

Lawn Maintenance

Please be sure to sweep or blow off grass clippings when you mow your lawn. If not, the clippings will clog our storm drains.

Vehicle Theft Prevention

Neighbors, please be cautious of items you leave in your vehicles. I’ve often seen pick up trucks loaded with tools and materials from the owner’s trades. This can be a crime invitation. Consider parking your truck in your garage or in your driveway and covering up items that remain.

Flag Installation

Please consider posting an American flag on your home. There are many nice firm mounts available for sale. I am willing to help anyone who needs assistance mounting a flag to their home. Let’s show our American pride throughout our neighborhood!

What’s For Dinner? Try This

Lemon Garlic TilapiaLemon Garlic Tilapia

Ingredients:
– 4 tilapia fillets
– 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon butter, melted
– 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
– 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
– pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Rinse tilapia fillets under cool water, and pat dry with paper towels.
3. Place fillets in baking dish. Pour lemon juice over fillets, then drizzle butter on top. Sprinkle with garlic, parsley, and pepper.
4. Bake in preheated oven until the fish is white and flakes when pulled apart with a fork, about 30 minutes.
Enjoy!

Have a recipe to share? Email us! waterleafnewsletter@gmail.com

Fireworks
Independence Day Celebrations

Here is some information about celebrations happening in Kyle, Buda and San Marcos. Click the links for additional information and directions.

City of Kyle Independence Day Celebration

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, the pre-show celebration at the PCGC Clubhouse is free to the public and includes live music and fantastic viewing. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be sold under the large tent, along with other snacks.  Parking at the golf course is available for a donation to the Kyle Masonic Lodge. Walk ins welcome.

9:30 pm – When it gets dark enough, around 9:30pm on July 4th, the fireworks show will launch from the driving range. Find a spot early enough to see the tall water tower that is next to the Hays CISD PAC on Kohler’s Crossing. If you can see the water tower, you will have a great view of the fireworks. Parking in paved parking lots around the intersection of Kohler’s and Kyle Parkway are the safest locations. The approximately 15-20 minutes of “ooohs and ahhhs” will cap off a day of fun in Kyle.

Red, White and Buda Independence Day Celebration
9:00 am – Children’s parade in the morning with free activities at City Park following the parade. Parade line up begins at 8:30 am. in the parking lot next to Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant on Main Street. Anyone can participate, no registration required, just show up! Decorated bikes, wagons, scooters, strollers and more will take a short parade route to City Park starting at 9am. Concessions provided by Buda Chamber of Commerce.

9:30 pm – Evening Fireworks at City Park. Leashed and licensed pets welcomed, but please remember to pick up after your pet! ? For more information call 512-295-7170.

Summerfest San Marcos
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm The City of San Marcos is hosting the most exciting community independence celebration along the banks of the beautiful San Marcos River. This FREE event will feature live entertainment, food booths, children’s activities, children’s costume competition and parade. Summerfest will be held on the grounds of San Marcos Plaza Park, same location as Sights of Sounds of Christmas. Rain or shine, festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a variety of musical and family entertainment until 10:00 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm

NO FIREWORKS IN WATERLEAF FALLS!! 

No fireworks in City Limits

No fireworks in City Limits

Please remember that the City of Kyle Code (Article 6, Sec 23-149 to Sec 23-155) prohibits the sale or use of fireworks within city limits. The fines for possession or use of fireworks is anywhere from $500 up to $2,000. Please celebrate responsibly and if you want to enjoy fireworks this year, we encourage you to visit one of the celebrations nearby.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Core Committee

Thursday, July 11, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

The Core Committee is led by Eric Bauer and Abbye Crandall, and is a chance for the leadership of each committee to meet with each other and the resident Board Members to plan for upcoming months. Many activities and plans from individual committees overlap, so this once monthly meeting, which will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM starting in July, is a chance to coordinate those plans. This is also the best meeting at which suggestions to the Board for new committees or budget requests can be submitted.

Welcome Committee

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

We need your help stuffing our welcome packets! We only have a few flyers, business cards, and coupons from our Waterleaf owned businesses remaining to include in the packets. Please help fill them up while promoting your business! Bring us your flyers, special discount cards, business cards, branded goodies, etc for the welcome packets. Stop by our meeting, or contact the Welcome Committee at waterleafwelcome@gmail.com

Communication Committee

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

Are you interested in writing an article for the newsletter each month? Join us at our next meeting to discuss plans for our newsletter and website or contact us at waterleafcommunication@gmail.com

Neighborhood Watch

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

We will give our monthly report and also be discussing home security while on vacation and plans for the upcoming national night out. We will also talk about our plans for neighborhood clean up. As always, contact us if you’d like to volunteer at waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com

Social Committee

Saturday, July 13, 2013
2:00 pm Park Pavilion

All Residents are invited and encouraged to attend. We always need volunteers, and ideas for events so if you would like to join the Social Committee or just lend a hand when you can, please contact us at waterleafsocial@gmail.com

We are planning Waterleaf Family Field Day for Saturday, August 3rd 4:00-8:30 pm at Waterleaf Park.  So start practicing NOW, as there will be games including volleyball, washers, horseshoes, 3-legged races, bean bag toss and a water balloon toss (using biodegradable water balloons). Prizes will be awarded to the overall points winners as individual scores will be tallied.

*Prizes to include giftcards for iTunes, Amazon, GameStop, Target, etc.

Come out and join us for some fun!

*Prizes are for residents of Waterleaf only.

Community Calendar for July

1   Trash and Compost Day

2   Welcome Committee Meeting 7pm Park Pavilion

8   Trash and Recycle Day

9   Communication Committee 7pm Park Pavilion

11   Core Committee Meeting 7pm Park Pavilion

13   Social Committee Meeting 2pm Park Pavilion

15   Trash and Compost Day

16   Neighborhood Watch Meeting 7pm Park Pavilion

22   Trash and Recycle Day

29   Trash and Compost Day