October Newsletter

Download the PDF Version of this month’s newsletter here: WLF October Community Newsletter

Hello Neighbors!

Fall is upon us! Hopefully the weather gets that memo soon. We have some fun and exciting events coming up this month, so check the Committee Update page for all of the details. The pool is now closed for the season. The board has approved work to begin soon to make improvements in the pool area to have it prepared for next season. Improvements include fixing the inner gate locks, installing a new key card system, and new security cameras. New keys will be issued before the pool opens again next year. Please keep an eye on your monthly newsletter and on the community website waterleaffalls.com for updates and the process for obtaining new keys. As a reminder, this is YOUR community newsletter, if you would like to contribute an article, helpful hints, or have a fall recipe to share, please feel free to email it over to us at waterleafnewsletter@gmail.com We wish you all a very safe and Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween

Best Regards,
Your Communication Committee
Angela, Keeouka & Vanessa

October Community Calendar

1       Neighborhood Watch National Night Out 6:00 PM Park Pavilion

7       Trash and Compost

10     Core Committee Meeting 7:00 PM Park Pavilion

14     Trash and Recycle

17     Monthly Board Meeting 1:30 PM KB Office

21     Trash and Compost
          Social Committee Meeting 7:30 PM Park Pavilion

26     Waterleaf Halloween Event 3:00 PM Park Pavilion

28     Trash and Recycle

31      Happy Halloween

Fall Ideas

Transform Your Home For Fall

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Announce your address in style by cleverly etching your house number (or your initials or name) into a pumpkin. You can pile a combination of traditional and heirloom pumpkins on your front steps, and top with your etched design.

Fall Foliage Arrangement

The key to arranging leaves is to group them by size and color as you would flowers. Fiery red maple makes a beautiful focal point when countered with the feathery foliage of dawn redwood laden with globes of gray-green fruit on the fringes.

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Display oranges studded with dried whole cloves for a festive and fragrant addition to your fall decor.

Front-Door Harvest

Pair pumpkins with potted kale to create a warm welcome. Grace an entry with a garland made of clippings from the garden.

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Transform mini pumpkins into luminarias by cutting a 1-inch-wide circle into each pumpkin, scooping out the centers with a tablespoon, and inserting votive candles.

For more great ideas, visit southernliving.com for more ideas

Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch!

Kyle United Methodist Church
408 W Lockhart St Kyle, TX

Kyle UMC will have a Pumpkin Patch beginning October 12th through October 30th. They are also in search of volunteers to help run the patch.

Buda United Methodist Church
302 Elm Street Buda, TX Buda

UMC will have a Pumpkin Patch beginning September 28th through October 30th. The patch is at PQ Real Estate on Main Street-East of church and is open from 9am to 8 pm

Barton Hill Farms
1115 FM 969 Bastrop, TX

Fall festival and Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farms is open Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm & on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm beginning September 28th through November 10th There are rides, games, a corn maze, pumpkin patch and farm animals Alcohol served for adults. For more info visit bartonhillfarms.com

Sweet Berry Farm
1801 FM 1980 Marble Falls, TX

Sweet Berry Farm is open September 28th through November 8th and is closed on Wednesdays. There are plenty of fun family activities including stuff your own scarecrow, hayrides, corn maze, pick your own flowers, and petting zoo. Hours Mon-Fri are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Closed ALL Wednesdays) Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm

Tips From Larry

Mouse in the House

With the major land excavation going on in Waterleaf, the rodent ecosystem has been upset and there are reports of seeing a high rise of mice and snakes in garages. A common area for snakes and mice to enter your home is the garage near the door roller frame when doors are closed and sealed. The point of entry is where your garage board frames are cut 45 degrees. Many people will foam or caulk the small opening, but rodents can chew and enter. An effective method is to install a metal plate inside the frame. These can be made from cutting an old license plate 2 inches by 3 inches and bending it 90 degrees and screwing it in the wood frame.

Fire Extinguishers

Now that you are settled into your home and in the process of furnishing, the thought of buying a good fire extinguisher often gets put off. A good, practical Christmas gift is to ask for a good Fire Extinguisher. You won’t regret it.

Circuit Breaker Panel

Most homes are equipped with two electric circuit breaker boxes, there is one outside containing the 220V power for AC, stove and hot water tank. The other is inside and contains the 120V common circuits for lights and various plugs in your home. It’s a good idea to open the panel and make sure you can read the label for each breaker. Use labels or even a sharpie to re-identify them. The electricians do a decent job of labeling them, but it might not make sense since their terms and titles are general in nature. You may want to say child’s bedroom, master bed, office, etc.

Air Conditioner Settings

The home AC was designed to cool a house down by 20 degrees from the outside temp. That means when the temp is 100 outside, your AC works most efficient when it’s set on 80. When the temp is set lower there is more strain and a higher chance of parts wearing out faster.

House Keys

If you have different keys for the garage door, front door and back door, there is a way to set the keys to one common key, but all the locks must be the same brand (ie Quick-set). Head to Lowes or Home Depot and they can get the keys coded to one common key.

Recipe Corner

Who says the kids should be the only ones to have fun at Halloween? Dress up with your friends and pass out some refreshments. Trick-or-treat!

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Bite Sized Caramel Apples

Cut an apple into bite size pieces and dip in Caramel using a caramel/candy apple kit!

Jack-o-lantern Sweet Potato Fries

Peel the skin from 2 potatoes. Slice the ends off, leaving the thickest part in the middle. Use a sharp knife to cut a ‘v’ in the center of the potato. Slice the potato into 1/8” slices Use a small knife to ‘carve’ faces into your jack-o-lantern. toss the slices in to a plastic bag with some melted coconut oil and spices. Place the sweet potato fries on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes, or until barely golden brown around edges.

Pumpkin Martini Ingredients

* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
* 3 tablespoons vodka
* 2 tablespoons half and half
* 1 tablespoon canned pure pumpkin puree
* 1 tablespoon maple syrup
* 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Combine the sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice on a small plate.
Dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in water, then dip in the sugar to coat.
In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, half and half, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice.
Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass.

For more great ideas, please visit this site!

UpcomingEvents

Thursday, October 3, 2013 3:00 pm – 7 pm
The North Hays Community Expo & Resume Drop-Off is an annual tradeshow hosted by the Kyle Chamber of Commerce. This is a great event to showcase your business’ services to the local community as well as market any current promotions. Will be held at the Hays Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 Beginning at 10am
The Kyle Founders’ Parade will once again pass through downtown. The parade participants will be gathering at Gregg-Clarke Park and will head east on Center Street. They will end at the Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park’s Gazebo. When the last parade entry is at the Gazebo, all gathered are invited to sing “Happy Birthday” to Kyle and have a piece of birthday cake.

October 17th, 2013 5:00 PM through October 20th, 2013 12:00 PM
Kyle Fair and Music Festival There will be a variety of activities including a carnival, music festival, academic pageant and 5K Kyle-O-Meter. Join the fun at Central Texas Speedway.

Halloween

Trick-Or-Treat Do’s and Don’ts

 DO

  • Wait until everyone is home from work before you head out. 6:30 is usually a good start time.
  • Watch out for cars as you walk door-to-door
  • Say “Trick-or-treat!” and “Thank you” once you receive your treat.
  • Carry a flashlight to guide your way as it gets darker and so people can see you.
  • Turn your porch light OFF if you do not wish to participate in handing out treats.

DON’T

  • Go to houses where the porch light is off. This tells trick-or-treaters that resident is not home or not participating this year.
  • Knock or ring the doorbell over and over. Give the person time to answer the door, or they may have forgotten to turn their light off.
  • Make a mess in your neighbor’s yards. Be mindful of decorations and don’t leave your candy wrappers on the ground.
  • Stay out too late! Many people have school or work the next day. After 9:30 is really too late to be out in the street.

An Inclusive Halloween

PumpkinAs you prepare for Halloween, take in to consideration young Waterleaf residents who have special healthcare needs. Some children are not able to participate in trick-or- treating due to dietary restrictions, health conditions, or the inability to eat anything by mouth requiring all nutrition to go through a feeding tube.

The Trick-Or-Treat Project aims to make Halloween fun available to ALL kids. Participation is simple. Include non-food items with your Halloween treats! No need to give up candy altogether, but include pencils, stickers, small toys, and other special items so all children can particpate.

To learn more and print out special decals to show your participation this year, visit http://mommiesofmiracles.com/halloween/

Families with children who have special needs can also visit the site to print off labels to easily identify your children to the homes who decide to participate. Look for this image as you trick-or-treat this year!

YardofMonth

Yard of the Month is looking for volunteers to help judge the Halloween and Christmas Yards of the month. We are also needing volunteers to drive the neighborhood monthly from April to September and judge for regular Yard of the Month. If interested, please email the garden and landscape committee at waterleafgarden.landscape@gmail.com and we will get back to you with details. This takes less than an hour a month and is a good way for those with little time to participate in the Neighborhood

Neighborhood Watch

  • National Fire Safety Week October 6 – 12. This year’s theme is PREVENT KITCHEN FIRES Did you know that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home? See the website below for more info and check out their homepage! Source: National Fire Protection Association http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week
  • Interior Home Security Lighting There are many home security devices to choose from. Light timers are a popular item to use to show there is life in the house, and are also used to turn on and off TVs and radios. A few tips: Alternate the times and rooms you place them in. Motion detectors are also used to turn on appliances and lights if someone enters your home. It is unsafe to enter a dark home or apartment. This may not assure you will never be a victim of a crime, but the more deterrents you put in the way of the thief that is intent on committing a crime the better. Source: http://www.beyondidentitytheft.com/home-security-lighting.html
  • Halloween Safety for October 31 Our neighborhood swarms with ghosts and goblins, super heroes and princesses on Halloween evening. We urge all residents to practice excellent common sense and extra attention to safety precautions so that all enjoy the evening. Please be especially cautious this day whether on foot or in cars. Tips from National Crime Prevention Council can be found on their web site. Please visit for their important tips. Source: http://www.ncpc.org/programs/crime-prevention-month/ crime-prevention-month-and-halloween

Committee Updates

Core Committee Meeting


Thursday, October 10, 2013
7:00 PM Park Pavilion

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Monthly Board Meeting


Thursday, October 17, 2013
1:30 PM KB Office

The KB Office is located at 10800 Pecan Park Blvd, Suite #200 Austin, TX 78750. If you are unable to attend the meetingyou can call in at 1 – 866 – 244 – 8528 using the passcode 300559

Neighborhood Watch

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
6:00 PM Park Pavilion


Neighborhood Watch invites you to celebrate National Night Out in Waterleaf! Tuesday, October 1, 6:00pm to 8:00pm Join us at the Pool Pavilion Park. We will have hot dogs and drinks along with a few games and prizes! Come out and meet your neighbors!

Come celebrate with us!

Come celebrate with us!

Please note….This event is taking the place of original plans of Oct. 5, that event is cancelled. Also note there will be no other meeting in October.

We will begin posting the DAM Report to the website at http://www.waterleaffalls.com monthly, sent to us by the Kyle Police Department. The monthly report shows police activity in the neighborhood.

Be safe….. Robert, Michele, Israel, Holly and Geri-Ann.

Social Committee Meeting

Monday, October 21, 2013
7:30 PM Park Pavilion

All Residents are invited and encouraged to attend all meetings and events. We are always in need of volunteers 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

A Waterleaf Halloween

Saturday, October 26, 2013
3:00 PM Park Pavilion

Waterleaf Halloween

Activities planned include a bounce house, cookie decorating, and many other activities for all residents to enjoy. The costume contests will be held at 3:30pm. So be on time to be judged as there will be prizes for all age groups winners. There will be some goodies provided by social committee and volunteers. Feel free to bring treats to share if you wish.

We are in need of a few volunteers to help setup as well as monitor a few activities at this event. Please e-mail us if you are interested in helping.