December 2014 Newsletter

To All of Our Neighbors:

Happy Holidays!!!! The neighborhood is starting to look very festive for the holidays. We can’t wait to see who wins the holiday decorating contest. After the success of the wine and beer tasting, we look forward to everyone getting together for the community Christmas party. We will be creating Christmas tree decorations, seeing Santa, decorating cookies, writing Christmas cards to send to soldiers and caroling. Please remember to stay safe.

However, remember that not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy this season and some may need help during this time of year. Please keep Kyle PD Blue Santa, PAWS, Wounded Warriors and homeless shelters around central Texas in mind this season as you celebrate. Also as the temperature drops, don’t forget your 4 “P’”s, Pets, Plants, Pipes and People. Shelter pets, wrap plants and pipes and make sure your friends and neighbors are able to stay warm.

Some HOA business for the future, in December, one of the KB board members will be stepping down and we will be replacing them with a resident board member. What this means for the future of the HOA is that we will have the majority vote on the board. Board meetings will be able to be scheduled on property and all decisions will be made by residents for the residents.

With that in mind, Happy Holidays and Happy Family no matter where they are.

David and Tracy
Resident Board Members

 

December 2014 Community Calendar

1 TRASH & COMPOST

3 HOA INSPECTION

8 TRASH & RECYCLE

12 SOCIAL COMMITTEE MEETING 7:00 PM – PARK PAVILION

13 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY & CAROLING 4:00 PM PARK PAVILION

15 TRASH & COMPOST

17 HOA INSPECTION

19 HAYS CISD WINTER BREAK BEGINS

22 TRASH & RECYCLE

25 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

29 TRASH & COMPOST

31 NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

Waterleaf City Park Closed During Improvement Projects

Waterleaf Soccer Field  – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Waterleaf Softball Fields – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

CITY PARK CLOSEDOur city park on Abundance Ln will be getting some long awaited upgrades over the next three or four months! The upgrades include shade structures over playscapes, new turf and irrigation for ball fields, and the installation of a drinking fountain. Please be mindful of the signs and taped off areas as the work is completed.

From the City of Kyle website:

“Work is scheduled to begin the first week of November when the football and baseball fields are prepared for new turf and irrigation. Some parts of the parks will be closed while work is being done and until grass is established on the sports fields.

‘We are excited to be able to provide our citizens with these much needed improvements in our park system,’ said Kerry Urbanowicz, City of Kyle Director of Parks and Recreation. ‘When these projects are complete we’ll be able to provide a quality experience for all residents at all of our parks year round. Unfortunately, there will be inconveniences while the projects are under construction. We ask for the public’s patience over the next several months while we are working to improve our facilities.’

The total cost of the park improvements is $395,000 and is part of the city operating budget approved by the city council for FY 2014-2015. ‘The City of Kyle has experienced some lean years recently,’ said Kyle Mayor Todd Webster. ‘However, we can now look carefully at the revenue being generated by our growth and allocate some of that money into our city facilities, programs and services and improve the quality of life for our residents. We are working hard to keep our city one we can be proud of and this is a big step in that direction.’

A complete list of parks projects and the timelines for their implementation and completion are available at http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/park-improvement-projects.

 

Kyle Police Vacation Watch Program

‘Tis the season for vacations! Unfortunately, ’tis also the season for holiday theft. Thieves are on the lookout for residences left empty by vacationers and for packages left in vehicles that are unlocked. Use caution this holiday season to prevent yourself from being a victim of crime.

If you will be out-of-town for an extended period of time, you can notify the Kyle Police Department by filling out a Vacation Watch Form. KPD will check your residence or business while you are away for up to 10 consecutive days.

Fill out the form online or download it at cityofkyle.com/police/vacation-watch-program

Some tips if you will be away:

  • Stop all deliveries or arrange for a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers, and packages.
  • Have a neighbor place garbage cans at the curb on your normal pickup day and return them after the garbage pickup is made.
  • Plug in timers to turn lights and a radio (talk show) or TV on and off, at the appropriate times. Have several throughout the house.
  • Let your neighbors know when you will be gone. Have them call the police if there is any suspicious activity.
  • Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway.

 

Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are full of good company, good food, and beautiful decorations. But, did you know that cooking fires are three times more likely to occur during the holidays than any other day of the year? Don’t forget about your safety as you are enjoying the holiday season.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Keep the cooking range free of clutter.
  • Do not try to hold your child in one arm while cooking with the other
  • Never put a glass casserole or lid on the stove or over a burner. If it gets hot and explodes, it will send dangerous shards of glass in all directions.
  • Do NOT pour water on a grease fire! Turn off the burner, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding a lid onto the pan.
  • Avoid using a turkey fryer. The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers.
  • Check your lights, check them twice! Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear.
  • Do not overload sockets or extension cords.
  • Water, water, water your tree!
  • Have an escape plan. Set a plan for your family in the event of a fire and PRACTICE to be sure everyone is ready if a fire breaks out.
  • Don’t forget to blow out candles before you go to sleep.

 

HAYS CISD WINTER BREAK
DECEMBER 19, 2014 – JANUARY 5, 2015

All Hays CISD schools will be out for winter break, so please use extra caution as you drive through the neighborhood and keep an eye out for children. There may also be an influx in traffic due to families visiting for the holidays; drive safely!

 

Winter Activities for Kids

The kiddos will be out of school for a couple weeks and if you don’t have vacation plans, they are going to get bored awfully fast! Here are a few activities we rounded up for you to keep them occupied!

Fake Snow [Source]

Snow DoughRecipe for Snow Dough:
– 2 cups corn starch
– 1/3 to 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (you can use baby oil instead, just be careful with the little guys who put everything in their mouth)
– 3 -4 tablespoons silver glitter (Optional, but the glitter does give the dough a ‘snow’ look)

Mix it up in a tupperware bin and voila! Add some snow animal figurines and create a winter adventure right at home.

 

Candy Cane Paint [Source]

Candy Cane PaintTo make candy cane paint, you will need:
– Shaving Cream
– Red food coloring
– Peppermint extract
– A stir Stick

Fill a bowl or similar container with shaving cream. Add a few drops of peppermint extract and stir. Then add a few small drops of food coloring, spaced out over the shaving cream. Gently stir to create a swirled candy cane effect. Paint away! The little ones might enjoy painting the walls at bath time, which also makes cleanup easier for parents!

 

Melting Ice Science Experiment [Source]

Melting-Ice-Science-Experiment-with-Salt-and-Color_350[This one does take some overnight preparation]

Materials:
– Bowls or dishes (for making ice)
– A large tray with sides
– Salt
– Liquid watercolors or food coloring
– Droppers or a spoon

Instructions:

– Fill several different bowls of water and let them freeze overnight.
– Gently loosen the ice from their bowls with a little warm water. Place on a baking tray or large plastic art tray with a lip.
– Give the kids a bowl full of table salt and let them gently sprinkle over the ice domes.
– Squeeze drops of watercolor or food coloring over the ice domes for a fun colorful experiment. The color helps to bring out the ravines and crevices the salt creates as it is melting the ice. This makes for great conversation and scientific discovery about how the salt melts the ice.

Pinterest has many other great ideas to keep your kids busy this winter!

 

Winter Safety Tips

We have already had our first freeze of the season in November, but as Winter passes, you can expect the temps to continue dropping. You can help protect your home with a few tips from the Texas Department of Insurance:

Before the Freeze

  • Protect faucets, outdoor pipes, and exposed pipes in unheated areas by wrapping them with rags, newspaper, trash bags, or plastic foam.
  • Insulate your outdoor water meter box and be sure its lid is on tight.
  • Cover any vents around your home’s foundation.
  • Drain and store water hoses indoors.
  • Protect outdoor electrical pumps.
  • Drain swimming pool circulation systems or keep the pump motor running. (Run the pump motor only in a short freeze. Running the motor for long periods could damage it.)
  • Drain water sprinkler supply lines.
  • Open the cabinets under sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms to allow heated indoor air to circulate around the water pipes.
  • Set your thermostat at a minimum of 55 degrees, especially when you’re gone for an extended period.
  • Let indoor faucets drip; it isn’t necessary to run a stream of water.
  • Make sure you know where your home’s shut-off valve is and how to turn it on and off.
  • If you leave town, consider turning off your water at the shut-off valve while faucets are running to drain your pipes. Make sure you turn the faucets off before you turn the shut-off valve back on.
  • If you drain your pipes, contact your electric or gas utility company for instructions on protecting your water heater.

If Your Pipes Freeze

  • If a pipe bursts and floods your home, turn the water off at the shut-off valve. Call a plumber for help if you can’t find the broken pipe or if it’s inaccessible. Don’t turn the water back on until the pipe has been repaired.
  • If the pipe hasn’t burst, thaw it out with an electric heating pad, hair dryer, portable space heater, or towel soaked with hot water. Apply heat by slowly moving the heat source toward the coldest spot on the pipe. Never concentrate heat in one spot because cracking ice can shatter a pipe. Turn the faucet on and let it run until water pressure returns to normal.
  • Don’t use a blowtorch or other open-flame device. They are fire and carbon monoxide exposure risks.
  • Contact your insurance agent or company promptly. Follow up as soon as possible with a written claim to protect your rights under Texas’ prompt-payment law.
  • Review your coverage. Many homeowners and renters policies pay for property repair, and may also pay for debris removal and additional living expenses if you have to move temporarily because of damage to your home. If you can’t find your policy, ask your agent or company for a copy.
  • Homeowners policies may require you to make temporary repairs to protect your property from further damage. Your policy covers the cost of these repairs. Keep all receipts and damaged property for the adjuster to inspect. If possible, take photos or videos of the damage before making repairs. Don’t make permanent repairs. An insurance company may deny a claim if you make permanent repairs before an adjuster inspects the damage.
  • Most homeowners policies do not cover loss caused by freezing pipes while your house is unoccupied unless you used reasonable care to maintain heat in the building.

 

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City of Kyle Christmas Tree Lighting
December 3, 2014 – 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
City Square Park/Historic Kyle City Hall

The City of Kyle welcomes Santa to town once again. Join us at City Square Park for the official Kyle Kick off to 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. The tree will be lit at 5:45 pm

Visit www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/santas-arrival for more info

 

Cross Plants Christmas Market Winter Fest
December 6, 2014 and December 13, 2014
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Get in the Christmas spirit at Cross Plants and Produce! Bring your family and friends to this fun, Christmas event!

* Select the perfect Christmas tree for your home or business
* Do some shopping with our local vendor booths
* Have your picture taken with Santa from 3pm-4pm
* Have a mini-professional photo session with our photographer
* Hot cocoa
* Snacks
* Ornament craft for kids
* Face painting
* Free Christmas photo areas
* Farmer’s Market
* Santa Photos from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

sights_and_sound_christmas_tx_logo2San Marcos Sights and Sounds of Christmas
December 3-6, 2013 – 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
San Marcos Plaza Park

Family fun, food, entertainment, carnival, and Santa!

Kids 12 & Under are Free! Nightly Admission is $5 Pre-sale admission and wristbands available at www.sights-n-sounds.org

Wednesday: Opening Night -Family Night – Half price carnival rides

Thursday: Texas State Night – Wear your Texas State shirt and enjoy $1 drinks! TXST faculty, staff and students may show school ID for discount. Kyle Park performs!!

Friday: Entertainment on the main stage, Mariachi performance, orchestra

Saturday: 5K & 1K Run 7:30 am registration 9:00 am start time Special music all night long!

Buda trail of lightsBudafest and Buda Trail of Lights
December 6-7, 2014 – 10:00 am to dusk both days
Buda City Park

Join Budafest and visit with over 100 craft vendors, enjoy the parade which begins at 10:00 am, have fun at the carnival and snack on a wide selection of locally prepared foods! Please go to budafest.org for more details

Buda Trail of Lights
December 11 – 13, 2014 and December 18-21, 2014 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Historic Stagecoach Park

Cheer will radiate as the Buda Trail of Lights returns for the 6th year of fun, fellowship, music, and holiday splendor!

 

 

65658_644631305603680_8937569086671146360_nAustin Trail of Lights
December 7 – 21, 2014

Come enjoy the 50th anniversary of the Austin Trail of Lights! There will be a variety of entertainment and fun for the whole family.

Plan your trip at austintrailoflights.org – There will be pre-permitted parking ONLY at the park during the 2014 Trail of Lights. Motorists will not be allowed to wait and pay on site for parking. Extensive neighborhood restrictions will be in effect. Shuttle or bicycle arrival is the best option.

Trail of Lights is FREE Monday through Thursday and $3 Friday through Sunday.

 

 

Committee Updates

 

Board Meeting
Thursday, December 4, 2014
5:30 PM – Park Pavilion

The next board of directors meeting of the Waterleaf Falls HOA will take place on Thursday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. at the Waterleaf Park Pavilion, Kyle TX.
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HOA Property Inspection

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Welcome Committee

Our next quarterly meeting will be January 4, 2015. We are looking for volunteers to help stuff envelopes, deliver packets to new neighbors, and we are always accepting donations from local business owners to include in these packets. If you are interested in joining, attend our meeting or contact us at waterleafwelcomecommittee@gmail.com Thank you, Jana Wybo, Tricia Swietek, and Natalie Freeman

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Social Committee
Friday, December 12, 2014
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

Our events last month, the Wine & Beer Social Tasting by the Pool, as well as, the PAWS Community Drive, were both big successes. The Wine & Beer Social Tasting has been requested by a lot of residents to be repeated again in the Spring! The Social Committee will work on that with a few other twists. We also have many other events planned for the upcoming year, starting with Game Nights in January.

So come get involved with the planning of our community events and have fun doing it! Do as little or as much as you want to help. We want to make this a fun filled neighborhood that everyone wants to live in.

If you have an idea and can’t come to our meeting, please e-mail it to us at waterleafsocial@gmail.com.

Community Christmas Party & Caroling Trail
Saturday, December 13, 2014
4:00 PM – Park Pavilion

WLF Christmas

Come join us for our Community Christmas Party and Caroling Trail event! Here is a breakdown of the festivities:

1. Christmas Party starts at 4:00 PM at the Park Pavilion. We will have hot dogs, hot chocolate and treats for all. There will be cookie and ornament decorating. The ornaments will be put on our community Christmas tree. While the younger kids are decorating cookies, the older kids can help decorate the trailers for caroling. We will also have a White Elephant Exchange for the adults – we ask that every adult who wants to participate in this, please bring a gift (valued at $10 max) to exchange. There will be a Book Exchange for the kids – so, we are asking that every child wishing to participate please bring a book to exchange. And, of course, Santa Claus will also be there for photos. We will  also be creating cards to send to our soldiers overseas.

2. Caroling Trail will start at 6:00 PM. We say caroling trail, because we cannot possibly go to every street in our subdivision, since it has grown so big.

Here’s the planned Trail Route:

Leave Community Park on New Bridge Dr. to Waterleaf Blvd. to Gina Dr. to New Country Rd. to Sheep Trail Dr. to New Bridge Dr. back to the Park.

We will be leaving the Community Park at 6:00 PM with 2 trailers. Any one who wishes to follow us, in their own vehicle, and be part of our Christmas Parade is more than welcome. If you want to dress up or decorate for the event part, please do. If you do not live on the actual Trail Route, please come over to the nearest street to your street to partake in caroling and candy handout to the kids along the route.

Merry Christmas to All from the Social Committee!!

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Christmas Decoration Contest Judging
December 24, 2014

Make sure your lights are up and displayed for our judges!

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