December Newsletter

For the PDF version of the newsletter, click here: WLF December Newsletter

Hello Neighbors,

As 2013 comes to a close, we hope this Christmas season brings you joy and peace, and that the new year brings many blessings to us all.

There are many events nearby which allow you to celebrate all of the wonderful things this season represents and we hope you and your family will find time to attend.

There will be no board meeting this month as we are working on plans for the new year and enjoying the holiday season with our families. Please visit our community website for any updates we may have this month.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

Merry Christmas

Abbye Crandall and Eric Bauer
Resident Board Members

Community Calendar

 2      Trash and Compost Day

 9       Trash and Recycle Day

14      Waterleaf Holiday Event – 3:00 PM Park Pavilion

16      Trash and Compost Day

23      Trash and Recycle Day

25      Merry Christmas!

30      Trash and Compost Day

31      New Year’s Eve

Tips From Larry

Wet Window Ledges As it gets colder, our windows will sweat. Be sure to wipe up the water even though the KB paints an oil base paint and caulks. An effective way to help reduce wet windows is to open each window and place a layer of aluminum foil 3 ” wide and as long as the window, then close the window down leaving 2″ to stick out so as to act as a water drip trough.

Hanging Christmas Lights ‘Tis the season to put lights on the house. There are many great clips to change lights, but many homeowners like to use nails or metal staples into the house frame. NEVER use nails, as they will cause water to enter into wood and set up rot and rust later. A hot glue gun is an effective way to string lights onto brick and stone. When done use the gun to heat the hard glue off.

More Shelves Now that you are in your new home, you will be looking for more shelf space. Look no further than your bedroom closet. The KB homes that have high ceilings make it easy to build a look-a-like shelf above the current shelves in the closet. The shelving boards are sold in the same width, as are the same matching brackets at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Use the same studs to screw in the brackets. This added shelf is perfect for suitcase storage.

Hard To Close Gates If by now your grass is growing high and the gate seems harder to open, take a saw or skill saw and cut off 1 inch at the base and try opening it. It should be much easier.

Dirty Fan Blades Now that the ceiling fans are not running as often, clean the top of the blades. You will be surprised as to the thick layer of hardened dust that will be there even if you dusted all summer. A warm water cloth will do the trick. You may need to use a ladder.

As always I will be glad to help show any of the above tips. Call me at 512-268-9025

Thanks! Larry Simone

New Business Coming to Kyle

soonThe city of Kyle is continuing to grow rapidly and businesses are racing to open their doors. Many of the companies are setting up shop along the IH-35 corridor and near Kyle Center Parkway.

Among those businesses is the Hays ACC Campus. ACC is already enrolling for the Spring semester and classes are scheduled to begin in January.

Other businesses coming to Kyle include Walmart, Firestone, Mitchell Motor Sports, New Haven Assisted Living, Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital, and Kyle Entertainment Center. There are several other businesses scheduled to open later this year or early 2014. For a complete list, visit haysfreepress.com for the story.

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Waterleaf 2013 Holiday Event
December 14, 2013 – 3:00 pm
Waterleaf Park Pavilion

Join us for some Christmas cheer as we visit with Santa. You will be sure to warm up with our chili cook-off! The person voted to have the best chili will win a prize. We will also have some cookies to decorate. Feel free to bring your own to swap with your neighbors as well.

WLF Holiday Party

City of Kyle Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 4, 2013 – 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
City Square Park/Historic Kyle City Hall

City of Kyle HolidayThe City of Kyle welcomes Santa to town!

Join us to kick off the Holidays. Santa will be available to take pictures (you must bring your own camera, we will not have a photographer available). School choirs from local elementary, middle and high schools will be performing holiday songs, there will be free activities for the children, and food vendors to satisfy your hunger or thirst.

Its always a great time. So come out and help us ring in the holiday season. http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/santas-arrival-tree-lighting-ceremony

City of Buda Trail of Lights
Opening Day December 13, 2013
6:00 pm – 10:00pm
Historic Stagecoach Park

Get in the holiday mood by strolling through the park and enjoying the lights! Free shuttle parking is available at Cabela’s. No parking is permitted in the park. Walk in visitors are welcomed and may bring leashed pets. The trail is approximately 1/2 mile long. No pets are allowed on shuttle buses. Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa! Paid concessions are available for purchase. The trail is then open from December 14 – 22 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. More info here.

San Marcos Sights and Sounds of Christmas
December 4 – 7, 2013 – 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
San Marcos Plaza Park

sights_and_sound_christmas_tx_logo2Fun, food, entertainment, carnival and Santa! Regular admission is $5 nightly, kids 12 & under are FREE! 4-day wristbands are available for purchase online at www.sights-n-sounds.org

Wednesday: Family Night – enjoy half price carnival rides!

Thursday: Texas State Night – Wear your Texas State T-Shirt and enjoy $1 drinks. TXST faculty, staff and students may show ID for discount

Friday: The best of the best on the main stage!

Saturday: 5K & 1K Run 7:30 am registration with the races starting at 9:00 am Parade begins at 10:00 am The San Marcos Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will partner with Sights and Sounds to host a Blue Santa Parade.

Zilker Park Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1, 2013 – 6:00 pm

Tree LightingThe Austin Parks and Recreation Department cordially invites you and your family to the 47th Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The 2013 lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 1st starting at 6pm.

Join emcee Quita Culpepper, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and Austin Parks and Recreation Director Sara Hensley as they kick off the holiday season in Austin with a program featuring local community entertainment, a holiday message and the lighting of the tree by the 2013 Zilker Holiday Tree Art contest winner.

  • Music begins at 5:30 pm
  • Ceremony begins promptly at 6:00 pm and should conclude by 7:00 pm

Austin Trail of LightsThe Austin Trail of Lights opens December 8, 2013

The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

Visit austintrailoflights.org for more information

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