October 2014 Newsletter

For the PDF Version of this newsletter, click here: Community Newsletter October 2014

To All of Our Neighbors,

As the pool season closes, the Holiday season begins. We look forward to the scary and creepy decorations for Halloween. October’s yard of the month will be awarded for the best Halloween decorations with a $50.00 Lowe’s gift card as the prize! So, get those goblins, ghouls, and ghosts out of storage and create a haunted house, a scary cemetery, or whatever your imagination dreams up.

Halloween looks to be a wonderful night of ghosts, super heroes and princessess. The little ones will be dressed ready for tricks or treats (they prefer treats). Please remember safety when driving through the neighborhood, and parents please keep an eye out for cars. If some would rather sit in their driveway to pass out treats rather than in their house, please feel welcome to do so. If you do not wish to partake in the festivities, please turn off your porch light (sorry neighborhood watch, but this is the one time we ask people to turn off their porch lights).

Neighborhood Watch will be sponsoring National Night Out on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 6:30pm, please see article inside this newsletter. National Night Out is about getting out and meeting your neighbors, come to the park and meet your neighbors, enjoy some food, play in a bouncy house, and see the fire trucks.

Hopefully by the time you receive this newsletter, the new marquee signs will have been installed at the 3 entrances. We will have committee meeting dates and other important events posted on the marquee signs. A big thank you to Larry Simone for the design. Also at the entrances and around the neighborhood, you will see the Neighborhood Watch signs. Neighborhood Watch is working hard to get the network up and running to help ensure our community is safe for all of our neighbors.

Tracy Scheel and David Vail


October 2014 Community Calendar 



6      :: TRASH & COMPOST


11    :: COMMUNITY WIDE GARAGE SALE 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

13    :: TRASH & RECYCLE



20    :: TRASH & COMPOST


27    :: TRASH & RECYCLE

31    :: HALLOWEEN





 The pool is now closed for the 2014 season! It will re-open in May of 2015




Waterleaf Pet Microchip Event

Pet Microchip Event
Saturday, October 18th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

APPOINTMENTS STILL AVAILABLE!! E-mail waterleafpets@gmail.com to schedule.

Bring your pet to get a microchip, provided by PAWS, for $15. Treats will be provided for your pets and a vendor who can provide custom personalized collars with identification will be on hand. Dress up your four-legged pal and join us at the Waterleaf Park Pavilion! Microchips will be placed by appointment only!

WLF Chip N Treat



Trick-or-Treat Do’s and Don’ts!


  • Give neighbors plenty of time to get home and get ready. 6:30 is usually a good start time
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for cars and look both ways before you cross the street.
  • Carry a flashlight to guide your way as it gets darker.
  • Use your manners! Say thank you after someone gives you your treat.
  • Drivers: DRIVE SLOW!! Watch out for little ghouls, goblins, princesses, and superheroes!
  • Turn your porch light OFF if you do not wish to participate in the festivities.


  • Go to houses where the porch light is off. This signifies that the person is not home or not participating this year. Please be respectful.
  • Knock or ring the doorbell over and over. Give the person time to answer the door. They may have also forgotten to turn off their light.
  • Make a mess in your neighbor’s yards. Be mindful of decorations and don’t leave candy wrappers on the ground.
  • Stay out too late!

Let’s have a safe and Happy Halloween!

The Trick-or Treat Project

PumpkinAs you prepare for Halloween, take in to consideration young Waterleaf residents who have special healthcare needs. Some children are not usually 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 so these children can finally join their peers in this age old tradition.

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 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 pumpkin as you trick-or-treat this year!



Visit a Pumpkin Patch!

9th Annual Kyle Pumpkin Patch
Kyle United Methodist Church 408 W. Lockhart Street

Open: October 12-31, 2014 M-F: 2:30 – Dusk / Sat 9a – Dusk / Sun Noon – Dusk

There will be various prices for various sizes from under a dollar to over fifty. Also for sale are assorted fall-extras like gourds, and mini-pumpkins. There’s also going to be a pumpkin maze and several staged areas so you can get your annual fall pumpkin patch photo.

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 27th through November 9th 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 27th through November 2nd 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 Visit sweetberryfarm.com for more information



5th Annual Community Health Fair
Saturday, October 4th 10 am – 2pm
Seton Medical Center Hays 6001 Kyle Parkway

Join the staff and physicians of Seton Medical Center Hays for our community health fair and hlep us celebrate our 5-year anniversary! The lobby of Seton Hays will be filled with an estimated 80 vendors and medical care providers offering everything from blood pressure screenings to flu shots. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in: chair massages, community services, medicaid education, mammogram sign-ups and cervical screenings.

Hootenanny on the Hill
Saturday, October 11th 10 am – 2pm
Fergus Park and Fairway Fields – 450 Haupt Kyle, TX

HootLogo.jpg.w300h94Come out for a day of fun, including:

  • BBQ Cook-off
  • Chili Cook-off
  • 10K, 5K, 3K and 1K Fun Run
  • Hay Bale Critters
  • Scarecrow Contest
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Petting Zoo
  • Jumpy Castles
  • and much more!!

Visit www.hootenannyonthehill.com for more information

Kyle Founders’ Parade
Saturday, October 18th 10 am
Begin at Gregg-Clarke Park

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, beginning at 10 am, 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.


98.1 KVET Kyle Fair & Music Fest
October 17th – 19th
Central Texas Speedway

Kyle Fair & Music FestFriday, Oct. 17th – Carnival Opens 5pm $20 All you can ride wristbands.


Saturday, Oct. 18th – Gates open at noon, music starts at 3 pm

Performers include: Keith Kelso, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Denny Herrin, and Departed

Carnival open at noon – $20 all you can ride wristbands


Sunday, Oct. 19th – Carnival Open 1 pm – 7 pm $20 wristbands

Race and Concert – $15 General Admission, Kids under 12 FREE


Visit centraltexasspeedway.com for more information and to purchase advance tickets.



NNO2014WNational Night Out is a great opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to partner up against crime. Waterleaf Neighborhood Watch invites you and your family to attend the event, meet your neighbors and commit to helping law enforcement reduce crime in your community.

National Night Out is designed to:

1. Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness

2. Generate support and participation in crime efforts

3. Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations

4. Let criminals know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

During the event, residents in neighborhoods throughout Austin and across Texas are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and EMS paramedics. (There is no scheduled time for visits from various departments but they will be stopping by).


This year, National Night Out is Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

Join us at the Pool Pavilion, 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Pizza will be served at 6:30!

Dessert Contest! Bring a dessert to enter into Waterleaf’s Dessert Contest. PIE – CAKE – CANDY- Your specialty!! Prizes will be given for 1st thru 3rd place. One serving will be shared by judges, the rest served to guests.

We will also have family games for all to play, a bounce house and weather permitting, a hot air balloon to take a ride!

Please fill out this brief survey to make sure we have enough food for all in attendance!



As always we could use volunteers to help out, if you are interested please email us at Waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com

Thanks! See you at the Park!

Waterleaf Neighborhood Watch
Michele Hinojosa, Jason Lolley and Jeff Swietek

Kyle Police Department Joins Nextdoor
Another tool to keep you safe


We are excited to announce that the Kyle Police Department will be working with Nextdoor to provide crime and safety information to neighborhoods across the city. As part of this effort, you may see periodic updates from the police department on Nextdoor Waterleaf. The purpose of these updates is to share official alerts, news, and other notifications that are relevant to your neighborhood. It’s important to note that police staff can only see their own posts and replies to these posts. They will NOT be able to access or view any information that you and your neighbors have shared on Nextdoor Waterleaf.

Communicating with police staff is entirely voluntary, and you can see more information here. Please visit our Help Center if you have any questions.

Join Waterleaf’s Nextdoor site here: https://waterleaftx.nextdoor.com



Committee Updates



The time and location of the October Board meeting has yet to be determined. Please check back here for an updated time and location. You can also subscribe to e-mail updates on the right of this page and you will be e-mailed when a date is set.


HOA Property Inspection

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Call for Resident Board Member Nominations

KB has expressed a serious interest in the neighborhood taking over the Board completely by next year’s annual meeting. We hope to be transitioning 2 of the KB board members prior to next year’s annual meeting. These 2 members will be up for election as well as the final member at the 2015 annual Meeting. As was the 2 resident board members elected at the 2014 annual meeting, the terms will be 3 year terms. Responsibilities will include attendance of monthly Board of Director Meetings, interaction with the property manager as needed, and architectural approvals. If interested, please contact Jim Smitherman by phone at 512/502-2114 or via e-mail at jim.smitherman@goodwintx.com for a nomination form.


Welcome Committee
Sunday, October 5, 2014
6:30 pm – Park Pavilion

Join us as we plan future meetings and how we can welcome our new neighbors! The Welcome Committee gives you an opportunity to get involved in your community and only requires about two hours of your time each month. This is a great way to meet people in your community! If you are interested in joining, attned our meeting or contact us at waterleafwelcomecommittee@gmail.com Thank you, Jana Wybo, Tricia Swietek, and Natalie Freeman


Community Wide Garage Sale
Saturday, October 11, 2014
7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Community Garage Sale

Time to clean out those closets and get ready for Fall!!  All Waterleaf residents are welcome to set up in their own garage/yard on Saturday, October 11th for our semi-annual Community Wide Garage Sale.

Residents are always welcome to host garage sales at any time, but twice a year, Waterleaf hosts a Community Wide Sale and invites people from Kyle and surrounding communities. This is the best chance to get lots of foot traffic! So, clean out those closets, set up your sale, and please help spread the word by sharing this on multiple garage sale sites! Please e-mail us at waterleafcommunication@gmail.com if you have any questions.



Halloween Decoration Contest Judging
Sunday, October 26, 2014

October’s Yard of the Month will be awarded to the spooookiest house in the neighborhood! Set up your best decorations to compete in Yard of the Month’s decorating contest! The prize is a $50.00 gift card for Lowe’s


Volunteers Needed

Would you like to be more involved in your community? All of our committees are entirely run by volunteers and are always looking for dedicated individuals to help coordinate events and keep our HOA running smoothly.

Our Social Committee is currently in need of a Committee Chair and Committee Members. Social is responsible for organizing community events like the Semi-Annual Garage Sale, Halloween event, Winter Party, and much more. If you love to plan events, we need you! Please email waterleafboard@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.

All of our committees along with committee chairs and contact e-mails are listed on the front page of the newsletter. Simply e-mail the chairs or attend a meeting if you would like to get more involved. You can also submit a web contact form.


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