Reminder: Social Committee Meeting and Events

Upcoming Meeting

Social Committee
Saturday, November 8, 2014
3:00 PM – Park Pavilion

We are excited to announce that our Social Committee is up and running again, with new energetic leadership! We are planning numerous events for the coming year. We will be putting together all types of events for families, children, and adults alike.

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 neighbordhood that everyone desires to live in.

Our first committee meeting will be on Saturday, November 8 at 3:00 pm at the Park Pavilion. We will also host our first adult social event and PAWS community drive on that Saturday.

Upcoming Events

 

Wine & Beer Social Tasting Under the Stars
Saturday, November 8, 2014
7:00 PM – Waterleaf Pool

Wine Beer Social Tasting

Come join us under the stars by the pool for our first Wine & Beer Social Tasting. We ask that you bring a couple bottles of wine or beers to share at the social tasting. You never know, you might find a new favorite from the tastings! If you don’t drink, bring a non-alcoholic wine or beer to share. Light music, cheese, and crackers will be provided. If you have a favorite dip, feel free to bring it.

If it is raining, don’t worry, the event will be moved into the Pavilion. It will be your chance to see how we are going to “modify” the pavilion to accommodate future social events in the rain and during cold weather.

Come share in the festivities, meet your neighbors, and maybe make a new friend!

Please Note: This event is for adults only.

 

PAWS Community Drive for our 4-legged Pals
Saturday, November 8, 2014
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

PAWS Drive

We are taking a collection to benefit PAWS Shelter of Central Texas here in Kyle. PAWS Shelter of Central Texas is a 501(C)3 non-profit, “No-Kill” facility. Please bring us any old blankets, dog and/or cat food, or any items that you wish to donate.

Here is a list of items, from the PAWS website, that are the most needed:

  • Dry kitten and adult dog food (the first ingredient must be meat. Some preferred brands: Purina One, Pro-Plan, Wellness, Evolve)
  • Cat Litter
  • Kongs, Balls, Durable Toys, Puzzle Toys
  • Cat and Dog Carriers
  • Cat Toys
  • Kuranda Beds
  • Heartworm and Flea Prevention
  • Blankets, Towels, Bath Mats
  • Martingale Collars and 6 ft leashes
  • Scratching Posts
  • Poop Bags
  • Gift Cards to Pet Supply Stores

 

Reminder: Social Committee Meeting

Social Committee Meeting

Saturday, May 10, 2014
1:00 PM – Park Pavilion

We are looking for new committee chairs and members to volunteer as well as fresh ideas for events. We have two chair positions open! If you are interested in getting involved in your community, this is a great way to do so.  Social Committee chairs are responsible for planning and carrying out social events in our neighborhood.

Hope to see you there!

EVENT: Waterleaf Easter Egg Hunt

Waterleaf Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 12, 2014 
3:00 PM Park Pavilion

EasterEggHunt

 

Neighbors and their children are invited to join us for some Easter fun! We will have an egg hunt, pictures with the Easter bunny and some fun crafts! Egg hunt begins at 3:15 pm and pictures with the Easter bunny will begin at 3:45 pm. Hope to see you there!

Social Committee is still needing volunteers for this event.  If you can help manage some activities or dress up as the “Easter Bunny” for photos, please contact the Social Committee ASAP! waterleafsocial@gmail.com Volunteers help make these events possible and without them we cannot hold this event, please contact us if you can help in any way for any length of time.

Thank you,

Social Committee

Event: Waterleaf Falls Canned Food Drive

Canned Food Drive benefitting

Hays County Food Bank

November 1 – November 22

HCFB_logo hunter green (1)The HCFB accepts a wide variety of healthy, nonperishable food items including boxed, bagged, and canned food. All donated food items must be unopened and have an intact label. Canned or boxed foods that are beyond the expiration date may be accepted. Baby food, formula, and adult nutrition drinks like Ensure cannot be accepted once they are out of date. We also accept fresh produce from local farms or gardens.

In Hays County, 24,000 people (15% of the county population) are food insecure. (Source: Feeding America, 2013, “Map the Meal Gap”)

  • The average cost of a meal in Hays County is $2.40. (Source: Feeding America, 2009 – 2010, “Map the Meal Gap”)
  • “Food security” refers to the availability of food and one’s access to it. A household is considered food insecure when its occupants live in hunger or fear of starvation

Let’s all give thanks for our families and community and help others who are in need.

 

WLFFoodDrive

We will be accepting donations for the Hays County Food Bank from November 1st-22nd at the KB Sales Office in Waterleaf Falls. Canned goods will be accepted at this location. In addition, you may contact the social committee members to pick up your canned goods left on your porch if you are unable to bring them to the office. If you would like to make a monetary donation, or volunteer your time in lieu of a donation, please contact the Social Committee (waterleafsocial@gmail.com) for further information or consult the HCFB directly atwww.haysfoodbank.org.

Donations can be dropped off at:
KB Sales Office – 284 Sunnyside Dr

Office Hours:

Mon-Thurs      10 am – 6:30pm
Fri                        11 am – 7 pm
Sat                       10 am – 7 pm
Sun                     11 am – 7 pm

Most Needed Items

  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Rice and beans (preferably in 1-pound bags)
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Soups

Event: A Waterleaf Halloween

A Waterleaf Halloween

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

Waterleaf Halloween

 

Activities planned include a bounce house, cookie decorating, face painting 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 still in need of a few volunteers to help setup as well as monitor a few activities at this event. Please e-mail us at waterleafsocial@gmail.com if you are interested in helping.

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

etched-pumpkins-lEtch Your Pumpkins

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.

make-pomanders-lMake Pomanders

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.

candleholders-lMake Pumpkin Candleholders

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.

Event CHANGE: Community Garage Sale

Community Garage SaleDue to the high chance of rain all day tomorrow. We are rescheduling the garage sale for next Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7:00 am.  Please help us spread the word and make sure to notify anyone you have already contacted about the garage sale.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please contact the Social Committee at waterleafsocial@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Community Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, September 28, 2013
7:00 AM Community Wide

 

 

// Update: Here is the new flyer with the corrected date

 

WLF Garage Sale

September Newsletter

The pdf file of this month’s newsletter is available here:  Community Newsletter September

Hello Neighbors,

Your HOA committees have been working diligently to bring you plenty of events and upgrades around the neighborhood. If you subscribe on our website at waterleaffalls.com, you will receive e-mail reminders about upcoming events and special notices from your HOA board. You will not be spammed or receive an overload of emails. We promise!

Pardon Our ProgressIf you have not noticed the construction at the park, the HOA board has approved additional lighting to be installed, and that project should be completed by the end of September. Until it is complete, please be careful at the park and keep away from the areas marked off with caution tape. The basketball court stripes have also recently been painted over as requested by many residents.

Our committees can always use more volunteers, so if you would like to be more involved in your community simply come out to a meeting or contact the chair using the email addresses below. We’d love to meet you!

Have a safe and Happy Labor Day! Remember the pool will be open for the holiday, so enjoy and keep cool. Happy Labor Day

Best Regards,

Your Communication Committee
Angela, Keeouka & Vanessa

Community Calendar for September 2013

 2      Labor Day
         Trash and Recycle

 9      Trash and Compost

10     Neighborhood Watch Meeting: 7:00 pm Park Pavilion

15     Bylaw Task Review Meeting: 7:00 pm Park Pavilion

16     Social Committee Meeting: 7:30 pm Park Pavilion

19     Monthly Board Meeting: 6:30 pm Park Pavilion

21    Community Wide Garage Sale 7:00 am

23     Trash and Compost

30     Trash and Recycle

Bullying: What You Need to Know

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Traci Marant, school counselor for Tobias Elementary for taking time out of her day to visit with us for our Back to School Night.  Although the event was not well attended, Mrs. Marant left us with some information to share with families. Hopefully, you have all had a great first week back! Mrs. Marant shared the importance of identifying a problem early on, so we would like to share some information she provided before any of our children begin to have any problems in school.

Hays CISD: What is Bullying?

The following is from the district site at: www.hayscisd.net

Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the District and that:

1. Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or

2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.

This conduct is considered bullying if it:

1. Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and

2. Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.

Examples: Bullying of a student may include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name-calling, rumor spreading, or ostracism.

Reporting Bullying

If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed the bullying of another student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, counselor, principal, or another district employee as soon as possible. Parents are also strongly encouraged to contact their child’s school if he or she reports bullying to you. The administration will investigate any allegations of bullying and will take appropriate disciplinary action if an investigation indicates t hat bullying has occurred.

School Contact Information:

Tobias Elementary: (512) 268 – 8437

Barton Middle School: (512) 268 – 1472

Wallace Middle School: (512) 268 – 2891

Lehman High School: (512) 268 – 8454

Transportation Dept: (512) 268 – 8479

Stopbullying.gov

stopbullying.gov is an excellent resource for identifying bullying and talking to your children about bullying. Visit the website to learn more about bullying and how to empower your child to stand against bullying.

Signs a child is being bullied:

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs. Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating.
  • Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a child is bullying others:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Many times, kids won’t ask for help, so it is important to know what to look for. It’s also important to keep the lines of communication open with your child. Take 15 – 20 minutes each day to talk to your child about their day. Ask open-ended questions to promote conversation. If communication is established early on, your child is more likely to tell you if he or she is having a problem at school.

Tips From Larry

Address Labels – An alternate use for your address labels is to stick them to your power, hand, and garden tools. That way, if you ever lend them out you have a simple way of identifying them and the borrower can easily remember where to return them.

Low Spots on Lawn – If there are some low spots in your lawn, add a few bags of topsoil mixed with some cow manure. Most bags are $2 at Lowes or Home Depot. You can also add this into lawns that have dead spots. Be sure to rake them into the grass and the grass will grow through. Careful not to buy the wrong type; make sure it has no wood or bark chips in its content.

Car Repairs – I constantly hear of neighbors in need of car repair and the bill is more than anticipated. For many car repairs, I suggest using YouTube to find a tutorial to fix the problem on your own. You will be amazed with the quality of instructional detail. If you need a special tool, check with a local auto store to see if you are able to rent it from them.

Appliance Repair – Don’t panic with your next appliance repair. YouTube has many great tutorials. A trick I learned was when looking for the actual replacement part you need, go to the online catalog and look at the part picture, then look below and it usually has a video as to how to install that specific part.

Cracks In Bricks– After you move in to your home start taking a look at your layered bricks. Look for hairline cracks and if you are under warranty, call to get it fixed. If you are past your warranty, take some clear silicon and squirt it deep into the crack opening. With any crack you have to keep water from entering.

Final New Home Inspection – Make sure you prepare for your final KB inspections at 18 or 24 months. Keep notes on any issues. Get on the roof, look in the attic, check under sinks, look for popping nails in sheet rock, and even under floor tiles for cracks.

Notes and Reminders – A great place to leave notes and reminders is to use a dry erase pen and write on your bathroom mirror. It wipes off easily Would also be a good place to say happy birthday or have a good day to the kids or take out trash today etc.

Recipe Corner

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients: (makes abt. 3 dozen)

  • 1 c sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  • ¼ c vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¼ c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Powered sugar


Directions

  1. Mix sugar, cocoa and oil.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Refrigerate dough until firm enough to form into balls (at least 2 hrs).
  5. Scoop by TBSP full, form into balls, about 1 inch in size.
  6. Roll in powdered sugar.
  7. Place balls 2 inches apart on lightly greased or non-stick baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes (for chewy, brownie-like centers -don’t overcook).
  9. Allow to cool 1 minute then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

You can mix a double batch and easily freeze extra dough balls in ziploc bag, just don’t roll them in sugar. Let them defrost a few hours or overnight in the fridge then roll in the powdered sugar and bake. You can also omit powdered sugar all together if you want.

Neighborhood Watch

Reporting Suspicious Activity

Neighbors, please remember that you should always report suspicious activity to the Kyle Police Department, FIRST! Please do not post information on Facebook or e-mail a committee without first notifying the authorities. You may contact Kyle Police Department at (512) 268 -3232 with any information. If you are ever unsure, just call 911 to file a report to have the issue addressed. You also have a new option with the introduction of the Kyle Alert Network.

KPD Kyle Alert Network

The Kyle Police Department is proud to announce the creation of the Kyle Alert Network, hosted by 411_kpd_imageCitizen Observer. This network will allow citizens to send anonymous tips about possible criminal activity to the police and also offer information on criminal activity in your neighborhood. To submit an anonymous tip, text KYLEPD and your tip to 847411 from your cell phone.

NOTE: Charges from your carrier data plan apply

*This system is not intended to replace emergency phone calls. If you ever have an emergency, ALWAYS dial 911!

To sign up to receive alerts, visit cityofkyle.com Although KPD will be able to respond to your message, they will not be able to identify you or the device you are sending the message from.

Neighborhood Watch Safety Tips

Landscaping Keep trees and bushes around your home neatly trimmed with plenty of open space so would-be burglars can’t use the foliage for cover. Source: Kyle Police Dept. http://www.cityofkyle.com/police/vacation-watch-program

Electrical Outlets A recent survey by the Electrical Safety Foundation International found that about one-quarter of Americans don’t understand how ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) work. Visit our community website to learn more about how these work.

Burn Ban & Water Restrictions
Information on Hays County Burn Ban can be found at: http://www.co.hays.tx.us/
Information on WL (County Line Water) Water Restrictions can be found at: http://www.clws.com/

Join in as a “window watcher,” looking out for children and reporting any unusual activities in the neighborhood. This can be done anytime day or night! Source: http://www.ncpc.org/topics/home-and-neighborhood-safety/neighborhood-watch

For all Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tips click here: Tuesday Tips

Upcoming Kyle Events

9/6 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Elgin Site: Shelton

9/7 – Fiesta Fun Run St Anthony’s Church 8:00 am 5K Run & 1K Walk www.fiestafunrun.wix.com/2013

9/13 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Anderson Site: Shelton

9/27 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Hays Site: Shelton

9/28 – 9/29 Outdoor Family Workshop & Campout http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/outdoor-family-workshop-campout

Committee Updates

Monthly Board Meeting

Thursday, September 19, 2013
6:30 PM – Park Pavilion

This month’s board meeting will be held right here in Waterleaf at the Park Pavilion.  This is the best venue to voice any concerns you might have and to learn about updates directly from your HOA board members.  ALL residents are encouraged to attend.  Bring your own seating as the benches are limited.  Hope to see you there!

Neighborhood Watch


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

Plans are continuing to celebrate Texas’ Night Out, Saturday, October 5th. We are planning a whole day and evening event. Get ready for a 5K run through the neighborhood to begin the day, a safety and emergency fair with venders and presentations, and a neighborhood camp out at the park. We could use volunteers, so if you are interested, please contact us at waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com or simply attend our September meeting.

Congrats to Kelly Amman and her delicious cake who won 1st place in our dessert contest. Thanks to everyone who brought desserts as well.

Thank you to Officers Dibble, Plant & Espinosa from KPD for coming to our National Night Out hot dog picnic on August 6th. They gave a monthly report of incidents in the neighborhood, tips on “watching,” and informed us that our Neighborhood Watch, along with one other group is the most active and successful in town. They continue to urge us to call in any suspicious activity which helps keep our neighborhood safe. They will also begin giving presentations to us at future meetings.

The new lighting project has begun at the Pool Pavilion as of this writing so watch for a brighter park, basketball court and parking lot in the evenings!  A drive was also made through the neighborhood marking every street light which is either out or not functioning properly and the list has been sent to Officer Dibble for repair.

The last few meetings have been low in attendance. As an important part of our community, your Neighborhood Watch team would like to receive feedback from residents regarding what you would like to see from your Neighborhood Watch. We have put together an online survey for all residents to provide input. Please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V9MD3NT to take the survey. If you would prefer a paper copy of the survey, please email us and we’ll be happy to provide one.

Be safe. Robert, Michele, Israel, Holly & GeriAnn

Social Committee

Monday, September 16, 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

Thanks to all who came out to our Family Field Day event. It was a successful event and lot of fun!

The Back to School event was not successful. The guest speaker from Tobias was there for an hour ready with lots of Anti-Bullying info and advice for having a great school year. There seemed to be a lot of interest in the event, but only one non-committee family showed up. Due to lack of participation only one of the two back packs full of supplies was given away at the event. The other is being donated to Tobias and they will give to a Waterleaf child in need.

Community Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Begins at 7:00 AM

This is a great opportunity to get rid of those items you no longer want or need. We will have information posted online on various garage sale pages,etc. so we anticipate lots of visitors!

WLF Garage Sale

Bylaw Review Task Force


Sunday, September 15, 2013
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

The task force has been asked to identify changes that are needed in the HOA bylaws. This meeting will be to talk through the changes we have identified that will be presented to the Board for consideration and to gather input from the community regarding any changes they would like to see. A community vote is required before any changes go in to effect.

Event: Waterleaf Falls Back to School Night

Back to School Night

Saturday, August 17, 2013
4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Park Pavilion

 

Join us Saturday, August 17th for Waterleaf Falls’ Back to School Night! This is an excellent way for our children to get to know one another before school starts on the 26th. Enter the drawing for a chance to win a backpack full of school supplies! Elementary to High School students are all welcome.

We are excited to have Mrs. Traci Marant, school counselor for Tobias Elementary, joining us at 4:00pm.  She will give tips for having a successful school year.  She will also address the issue of bullying, the district policy, and what kids and parents can do recognize and prevent bullying.  This is a very important issue we have all expressed interest in learning more about, so we are so grateful to Mrs. Marant for taking the time to talk to us.

Additionally, there will be a clothing swap!  Start cleaning out those closets! Please bring clothes your child no longer wears, but are still worthy items  and trade them for new items to finish up your school shopping.  (Please note, this is meant to be a trade so you will not be able to charge others for items they are interested in, even if you are not planning on taking items for your child.) The clothing swap will begin after Mrs. Marant’s presentation.

Hope to see you there!

Join us before school starts!

Join us before school starts!