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March 2020

Vol. 8, Issue 3

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STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS The official publication of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association, Inc.

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Find a Pocket Park Photo Gallery

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Community Calendar

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Last Chance to Vote

Join us for the 2020 Annual Meeting

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Your Board Candidates

Answers to the Board candidate questionnaire

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Curb Appeal Corner

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Social Scene

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Save the Date April 2020 Events

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2020 Tree Trimming

Canopy to be pruned, shaped, and lifted

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Tax Prep Help for McKinney

Resident volunteers at local library

We hope you’ll bring your kite and join us for a relaxing Kite & Chalk Art Festival on Saturday, March 21. Let’s fill the sky with hundreds of beautiful kites! See p. 29 for more details.


Our Annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 PM at Crosspoint Church, 2101 S. Stonebridge Drive. In addition to our usual reports on Stonebridge Ranch, we will be electing two Board members, and Mayor Fuller will be presenting

the state of the city. There will be two annual meeting prizes this year. One credit for annual dues will be given away by drawing to one homeowner who attends the annual meeting. A second credit for annual dues will be given away by drawing the day after the annual meeting to one homeowner who has turned in an online, proxy or absentee vote. However, you can only win one of the credits. If you win the drawing as an attendee at the meeting, you will not be eligible for the second drawing. The Board attended the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in late January to oppose the rezoning of StoryBook Ranch to permit apartments to be built there. We were also prepared to attend the City Council meeting of Feb. 4 where the final decision would be made to oppose this rezoning. However, the item was pulled from the agenda. We do not feel this type of development is in the best interest of Stonebridge Ranch and its nearby homeowners. We will continue to watch for this item to reappear. This issue of our monthly magazine will cover information about our upcoming annual meeting, Board candidate’s bios, and an article about tree canopy trimming. Board Meeting The Board meeting of January 23, 2020 was called to order at 1:00 PM. All Board members were present. The meeting began with a Homeowners Open Forum. No homeowners appeared. The next item of business was to ratify the minutes of the previous Board meeting and all decisions made since the last Board meeting. We approved the appointments of Chuck Collins to the Communications Committee, Barry Kleckner to the Modifications Committee, and Michael Yon as an alternate member of the Social Committee.

The Board also F ROM T HE P RESIDENT authorized a new service which will provide us the ability to send texts to homeowners who sign up to receive texts. We anticipate beginning this new service on April 1. Old Business In our continuing review and updating of Board Guidelines and Policies, we reviewed and approved the Whistleblower Policy, Firearm Policy, Guideline for Handling Media Inquiries, Board Room Usage, Community Room Usage, and Event Sponsorships. 380 Project There is nothing new to report. New Business We approved the Annual Meeting Notice to be sent to all homeowners. We also approved the 2020 pool season calendar, our Strategic Plan, and added a review of irrigation system updates as a regular agenda item. We approved combining the Finance and Investment Committees into one committee. Association Reports Board Liaisons presented updates on committee activities reflected in Committee minutes available on our website (Stonebridgeranch.com). We also reviewed Strategic plan updates and made a change to review some financial information monthly rather than bi-monthly. The meeting adjourned at 5:23 PM. Jon Dell’Antonia President, Board of Directors

Executive Session The Board approved a new Agreement with our management company, CMA to continue providing management services to our Association. The Board reviewed and approved the Foreclosure Report and the Report of the Appeals Committee. We also reviewed and accepted the Collections Committee report, the Violations Report, and the Project Expenditures Report. Director of Operations Herbst updated us on the status of several legal issues and the status of continuing negotiations with our irrigation contractor. STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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You’re Invited to the Annual Meeting The Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) will host its Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 5 at Crosspoint Church (2101 S. Stonebridge Dr., McKinney, TX 75070). By now, you may have voted in the Board election by online vote, absentee ballot, or proxy form. All voting and candidate information is available via the homepage at www.stonebridgeranch.com. See pages 10-12 in this issue for the candidates’ answers to the SRCA election questionnaire. Even if you’ve already voted, we hope you’ll join us in person at the Annual Meeting. In many ways, it’s our most important event of the year— the time set aside for us to conduct the business of the association and to gather as neighbors invested in the future of Stonebridge Ranch. The meeting provides both new and long-term homeowners with

valuable insight into our association and strengthens community pride. If you’ve never attended, here’s what to expect: 1. Check in begins at 6 p.m. Bring a photo ID (your Stonebridge Ranch ID or driver’s license with your property address) to confirm your membership. Each attendant household will receive one ticket in our prize drawing (see #7). 2. During check-in, you can chat with Board candidates. In this year’s election for two Board Director seats, four homeowners have submitted their candidacy. If you would like to ask them any questions before you vote, this is your opportunity. 3. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Please come early to check in between 6 and 6:30 p.m. We value your time, so our staff

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members work hard to keep us on schedule. (The meeting will end by 8:30 p.m.) After the call to order, members will cast their votes in the Board election. If you’ve been looking for a way to participate in the ongoing success of our premier community, voting in the election is a powerful way to make your voice heard. Which decision-maker do you want to represent your interests in the coming years? The Board will review 2019 accomplishments and look ahead to 2020. The SRCA Board Directors volunteer on your behalf—this is your chance to hear from all of them in their own words. If you’re curious to learn more about the SRCA mission and vision, strategic plans, or committee initiatives, their presentation is perfect for you. Our Board members will cover these important topics and more. After the Annual Meeting formally adjourns, the mayor plans to present a short State of the City address. Each year residents gain valuable insight into City plans from this update. Past presentations have covered topics such as McKinney transportation, zoning, new businesses, and the like. Finally, we will make our big prize drawing. One lucky attendant homeowner will win the 2021 assessment fee. The recipient must be present to win. If you participate in helping us reach a quorum by voting online or submitting an

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absentee ballot or proxy form, your household is automatically entered in the drawing. A second winner will be drawn from the online, absentee and proxy participants and will be notified the day after the meeting.

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: The prizes will be awarded equal to a winner’s 2021 annual assessment rate for their lot, whether flat rate or tax value. The prizes are awarded as an account credit against 2021 dues; no cash value or alternate redemption. The March 5 Annual Meeting quorum must be achieved for both drawings to occur. In the event a winning owner moves out of the association prior to paying 2021 annual dues, the prize will be forfeited. Winners will be announced on www. stonebridgeranch.com by 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6.

Won’t you mark your calendar to join us? If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting or Board election, please contact SRCA staff. They are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the association office (6201 Virginia Parkway). Please stop by in person, email srca@cmamanagement. com, call (214) 733-5800, or fill out the ‘Submit a Question’ form at www.stonebridgeranch.com. ◀


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Get to Know Your Candidates Four candiates have submitted their candidacy for two Board Director positions. Read ahead to hear from each one regarding their qualifications and interest in serving our association through this important volunteer position.

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Tree Canopy to be Pruned, Lifted in 2020 As one of the oldest and largest HOA’s in North Texas, Stonebridge Ranch is home to a mature and wide-spread tree canopy. Our residents enjoy a variety of eye-catching species, from shade-giving Red Oaks and Live Oaks to colorful Crape Myrtles. Instantly noticeable to first-time visitors, trees are an important thread in the fabric of life here. As one homeowner noted in a 2019 resident survey: “To me, one of the greatest things [is] the landscaping throughout Stonebridge. I enjoy the

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beautiful trees every single day. It is a lovely place to live, and I am so proud to have my friends come to visit.” This sentiment is shared by the volunteers of the Landscape and Grounds (L & G) Committee, who dedicate many hours of service to the oversight and beautification of the green space and common area owned by the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA). In 2020, one of the committee’s major areas of focus will be the pruning, shaping, and lifting of approximately 1,200 trees in Stonebridge Ranch. This follows a 2019 initiative to remove trees which were causing damage to hardscaping and sidewalks (like those removed from the corner of Stonebridge Drive and Virginia Parkway) and trees that were aged or damaged to the point of causing safety hazards on community property (which included some large oaks near our tennis courts). To understand the complexities of caring for our leafiest assets, Stonebridge Ranch News sat down with the co-chairs of the L & G Committee, Jay Miller and Chris Spear, the L & G Board Liaison, Jim Norton, and the L & G Manager on staff, Brock Whetstone.

They outlined the following points for our readers regarding the 2020 tree care program: 1. The focus will be on trimming and lifting, not removing trees. Pruning is necessary to maintain the health of the trees. Further, says Brock, “We need to make sure we meet City requirements regarding our tree canopy. In some places, we may need to lift up to 15 feet to make clearance for emergency and other large vehicles.” In the coming months, residents can expect to see crews cutting branches in various villages and along main thoroughfares. 2. A small number of Bradford Pear, Sweet Gum and Hackberry trees will be removed. Notes Jim: “Back in the day, ranchers in this area planted Hackberry lines to protect cattle, cut wind across open fields, or create fence or property lines. Some developers left those lines intact, but as they age, Hackberry trees can rot from the inside out.” Other candidates for removal are those that are diseased or damaged, such as Cedars affected by Seiridium Canker; those which cause a safety concern, like aging

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Bradford Pears (which often drop limbs during spring storms); or those which are too crowded for landscaping to be healthy. Adds Brock, “A land developer isn’t necessarily thinking about what the trees in a community will look like after 20 or 30 years. They often plant for instant gratification to make a neighborhood look inviting to new owners. Now that Stonebridge Ranch is over three decades old, we have to care for what was originally planted— and sometimes make tough decisions because of it.” 3. Pruning the tree canopy enables use of sod vs. mulch. In 2017, the Board of Directors initiated a sevenyear plan to reduce the amount of mulch we must purchase each year, since the cost to spread mulch across 500+ acres of common areas is significant. Says Brock: “Last year as part of this program we planted a lot of new sod in different areas. We’ll continue to do so where feasible this year. Once sod is established, it doesn’t require as much water and it also helps protect against erosion.” While staff and volunteers are well-versed in every aspect of our land care programs, the average homeowner sees only the result of many hours of planning and work. Listed below are just a few considerations among many which affect the complexity of our landscaping oversight. 1. The homeowners of the SRCA are not responsible for commercial property or landscaping. While our community covers over 5,000 acres, they are not contiguous. Two associations operate in our area—the residential association supported by homeowner assessments (the SRCA), and a commercial association which represents local businesses. The SRCA does not appropriate homeowner funds to pay for the upkeep of adjacent, private properties. We manage only our own common areas and medians. If you call the SRCA office regarding a landscaping issue, our staff will first determine the location to make sure it is under SRCA jurisdiction. 2. Some SRCA green belts are protected 404 areas. You may have noticed signs in our community

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denoting some common areas as “Undisturbed Native Area – USACE 404”. These are locations that have been set aside by the Army Corps of Engineers, The Soil Conservation District, and the City of McKinney to reduce soil loss from rain runoff. Sometimes residents request that our landscaping partners mow grass, remove dead trees, control weeds, or complete other maintenance requests in these designated areas. However, the SRCA is not permitted to perform any type of maintenance in a 404 area unless there is an imminent danger to human life. 3. Our vendor partners work on a route schedule. Our three new landscaping vendors started Jan. 1, 2020. They each oversee one section of the community and work their respective areas on route schedules. During the first quarter, they have been familiarizing themselves with their areas, our daily operations and processes, and the committee’s plans for the year ahead. The bulk of their field labor will begin in the spring with the rains and warmer weather. Our new partners could use your support. Homeowners may spot issues before workers because residents interact with the landscape differently. For example, a daily jogger may notice a low-hanging branch near a sidewalk before a landscaper reviewing an area on route schedule. Says Jim, “We appreciate when homeowners contact us regarding landscaping issues they see. The heavy lifting is obviously done by staff, but it takes all of us communicating and caring [to keep the community beautiful].” Indeed, volunteers who join the L & G Committee are often surprised by the sheer size of Stonebridge Ranch. Says Jay, “I had to learn a lot when I joined the committee. The scope of work required to maintain our reputation as a premier HOA is really impressive.” His co-chair, Chris, agrees. “In the last couple of years,” he says, “we’ve established new systems and review processes which have become necessary as our community and landscaping ages. Our committee does a lot more field work now than we did before.” Adds Jim: “We’re getting better at being proactive vs. reactive. This place—all 75 villages and 132 entrances—requires continuous maintenance.” ◀


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BARE SPOTS The first day of spring falls this month on March 19. With the warmer weather, longer days, and increase in rains, we turn our attention to keeping our lawns looking top-notch. Bare spots in our grass are prone to occur over time in shady areas or in areas of unhealthy soil. What can homeowners do to address this issue?

Trees & Grass Types • All villages in Stonebridge Ranch require at least one large canopy tree in each front yard (though some require more per the village guidelines). This is not only an association requirement, but a City of McKinney requirement as well. Pay attention to how shade falls in your yard throughout the day. This will help you predict where bare spots might develop. • If you develop bare spots beneath your trees, support your grass by trimming and thinning the canopy above. • To help prevent the onset of bare spots, lawn professionals recommend planting a shade tolerant grass. Consider planting Zoysia or St. Augustine in the shady areas of your yard.

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If shaded areas of grass can’t get the sunlight they need to thrive, you might consider installing mulch beds or tree rings. If so, please call the association office at 214.733.5800. We’ll connect you to a compliance coordinator. Staff are trained to support you as you plan your exterior modification, alerting you to community guidelines and guiding you through the process.

For example, did you know? A minimum of 50% turf grass is required in front yards and in side yards to your front facing gate. Further, some lawn projects require the submission of a Modification Application and approval from the Modifications Committee prior to install.

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When attempting to correct a bare spot, a homeowner can either seed new grass or install sod patches. The drawback to seeding is that the grass can take a long time to fully grow in, delaying your correction of a bare spot. In contrast, sod patches cover bare areas instantly and can root very quickly. If you do install new sod to areas of your yard, note that sod needs to be watered regularly in order to properly root.

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How’d He Get Here? The Story of a Resident Volunteer From January 31 to April 13, 2020, Stonebridge Ranch resident Monty Forrester will provide a unique and valuable service for folks of all ages and backgrounds in McKinney—he’ll help them prepare their taxes for free. He is a trained, IRS-certified volunteer through the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide program. Now in its 52nd year, Tax-Aide has helped more than 68 million taxpayers prepare and file their paperwork. Recipients of the service (www. aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/) do not have to be an AARP member—nor a certain age—to get help through the program. To learn this fact about Monty, one might assume he is a retired accountant who loves numbers and decimal points. He is not, and he does not. In fact, says Monty with a wry grin, “I don’t like tax. I didn’t ask for any of this.” Listening to him, his wife, Chrys, laughs along. She adds, “What he likes is government and politics and law.”

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So how did Monty end up studying for months to become an IRS-certified volunteer, and why will he give up his Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays for weeks to help others fill in countless boxes on innumerable tax forms? Settle in with your pile of tax write-off receipts— and don’t forget your W-2—because this story is an inspiring and circuitous one! For most of his career, Monty was a lawyer on active duty with the Army Judge Advocate General’s ( JAG) Corps, dedicated to military justice and military law. He lived on both domestic and foreign army bases with his first wife and daughter. “I tried criminal cases,” he says, shrugging his shoulders and widening his eyes as if to say—I had no idea what was coming next. “When they rotated me back from Germany, my commander told me I was going to get my Masters of Law (LLM) degree and practice advance tax law on behalf of the military.” He asserts he has no idea why he was chosen, since he had no interest in tax law. But, he admits, “I am a detail-oriented guy. I like making sure that things are right. If numbers don’t add up, my teeth hurt.” After earning his LLM degree through a one-year program at George Washington University, he directed an army tax program for four years. His duties included completing complicated tax returns for “all of the services” and “traveling the world to teach tax laws” to other military lawyers. “The military offers free tax assistance to soldiers,” he says, “so I helped train a lot of people in tax preparation.”


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When he was released from his tax-related duties, he went back to practicing criminal law through the JAG Corps. Life threw Monty another curveball when his first wife—also an active duty lawyer—died. He later met Chrys, an educator, while stationed at Ft. Hood in Texas. Like Monty, Chrys was a single parent to one daughter. After the couple married and they became a family of four, Monty retired and decided to follow in her footsteps to become an educator. “By that point,” says Monty, “Chrys was an assistant principal in Arlington (a suburb of Washington, D.C.), and then the principal of a middle school. With my legal background, I saw myself teaching Advanced Placement Government or something like that. But at my school, they needed a teacher to help kids with special emotional disabilities.” So Monty again went back to school, taking courses on nights and weekends. He taught for ten years, working much of the time with children who needed extra support. “In the end,” says Monty, “my legal background was actually useful. I understood all the legal ramifications of writing IEPs (Individualized Educational Programs), so I wasn’t intimidated by it. And I loved teaching. I was able to work alongside some of the best teachers in the world.” Though he used to ride his bike the two miles between home and school—in “rain or snow” says Chrys—life had yet another curveball to throw at Monty. An avid skier and long-distance runner, one day Monty noticed himself stumbling multiple times on a single run. “So I pushed myself hard, and I tore an Achilles tendon. After it healed, I ran again, but I just never got my full strength back. I had a hard time climbing stairs.” Monty was then diagnosed with a very rare genetic muscular disorder. “One day, the gene just clicked ‘on’,” he says. Today, Monty uses a motorized wheelchair to get around, and Chrys is his selfproclaimed chauffer, helping him between doctor appointments, volunteer hours, and the like. “It’s progressive,” Monty says, “and there is no cure or treatment. But in my case, it’s very slow. For now, it hasn’t migrated out of my legs.” He points to his lap. “It’s very humbling, but I feel so fortunate. I still exercise every day.” Since he and Chrys moved to Stonebridge Ranch in 2011 to be closer to their daughters’ families in Texas, he has become a patient at UT Southwestern

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where he is member of a unique medical study. Stonebridge Ranch is also the community where he became a tax prep volunteer. When a fellow member of his Bible study class learned of Monty’s advanced degree and military tax prep background, he invited him to join the AARP Tax-Aide corps of volunteers. Quips Monty, “He was under the mistaken impression that I like this stuff. I think I just have achievement OCD.” Upon the invitation and as he had many times in the past, Monty threw himself into his studies. It took him two months to become an IRS-Certified volunteer. Laughs Chrys, “It was a commitment! He was studying over Christmas.” The 2018 season was Monty’s first helping others prepare their tax documents. The days through tax season are busy, and they can be intense. “It does interfere with vacations and things like that,” says Monty. “We take only walk-ins, no appointments, so sometimes the lines get long.” But Monty likes meeting new people and helping them. “We support people of all ages. My youngest client last year was a teenager, and my oldest was in her 90s.” The most grateful people who use the service, he says, are the ones who have just started a business. “Bless their hearts,” he grins. “Many of them have no idea what they should even be tracking for the year.” In this way, his years as an educator are just as useful as his years preparing high-level military tax returns. “With some people, we are educating them on basic record-keeping and how to stay on top of things.” He also enjoys the teamwork with the other volunteers. “Two sets of eyes look at every tax return—that’s the rule. So we look out for each other, and we learn when we are reviewing each other’s work.” (There are other perks, too, like the daily cookies provided by the wife of a fellow volunteer.) In the end, it’s simple to trace the path that led Monty here, to helping people in this way. Chrys sums up their shared spirit of giving by talking about her own years as an educator. “You’re not teaching a subject,” she says. “You’re teaching a child. You can wing the subject, but you can’t wing connecting with another human being.” “Yes,” agrees Monty: “You can wing anything, but not relationships.” In Monty’s world, relationships are built with kindness, intention, and a bit of time— maybe just enough to fill out a tax document or two. ◀


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Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 5 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Crosspoint Church 2101 S. Stonebridge Drive Check-in for the Annual Meeting begins at 6 p.m. A valid form of Stonebridge Ranch photo ID is required. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will last until approximately 8:30 p.m. Homeowners, we hope you’ll join us for this important event!

Book Club

Monday, March 9 7 to 8 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway Sit-ins are always welcome to Book Club, even if you haven’t read our selection. At this month’s meeting, we’ll casually discuss The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Based on a true story about a hellish reform school in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960’s, two boys must learn how to survive the Academy’s abuse and corrupt system while trying to hold firm to their own vastly different ideals and skepticisms. Whitehead masterfully creates strong unforgettable characters out of a true American atrocity. STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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Travel Club

Tuesday, March 10 9 to 10 a.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway The Stonebridge Ranch Travel Club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Community Room. This is the perfect group for residents who are curious and enjoy experiencing new things. The members explore together, dine together, and even cruise together. They usually take a monthly field trip to a location nearby in the DFW area. Past excursions have included blueberry picking in Edom, Texas; seeing how life-sized dinosaurs are created in Allen, Texas; visiting longhorn steer in the Ft. Worth stockyards; sampling

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beer at the Franconia Brewery here in McKinney; and eating out at various restaurants. The Club also enjoys longer trips further afield, such as bus trips to Branson, Missouri to see the Christmas lights and shows; cruising along the Alaskan shoreline; and taking week-long train rides through the Canadian Rockies. Please join the club if you’re looking for some adventure!

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Tuesday Night Bingo

Tuesday, March 10 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway It’s a great time to make new friends! Please join us for an evening of BINGO and PRIZES in the Community Room located at the Stonebridge Ranch Beach & Tennis Club. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited to the first 40 who sign up online at https://whoozin.com/CXT-TJH-CCN3-P9K6. This event is for adults only. Stonebridge Ranch residents get in free and may bring up to one non-resident guest. Guests pay a $5 entry fee. Residents may attend only one evening bingo and only one morning bingo per month.

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Neighbor Meet & Greet Wednesday, March 11 9:30 to 11 a.m. & 6 to 8 p.m. Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway

Morning Session: Come and meet a neighbor or bring a neighbor. Whether you’ve been here one month, one year, ten years or more, we’d love to meet you! We provide sodas, water, a fruit tray, donuts and hot coffee. Singles, couples, children and grandchildren are welcome. Free to Stonebridge Ranch residents. STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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Evening Session: We will have drinks and refreshments on hand. You can always get information about the community including upcoming Social events, volunteer opportunities etc. We will have coloring books on hand for the children. This is a come and go event.

Wednesday Evening Bingo

Wednesday, March 18 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway It’s a great time to make new friends! Please join us for an evening of BINGO and PRIZES in the Community Room located at the Stonebridge Ranch Beach & Tennis Club. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited to the first 40 who sign up online at https://whoozin.com/47J-33Y-JPWU-C3EQ. This event is for adults only. Stonebridge Ranch residents get in free and may bring up to one nonresident guest. Guests pay a $5 entry fee. Residents may attend only one evening bingo (and one morning bingo) per month.

Coffee, Cars & Cycles

Saturday, March 21 8:30 to 10 a.m., Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway

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Join us for coffee, breakfast burritos and donuts at our upcoming Coffee, Cars & Cycles (with Conversation) on Saturday, March 16. Feel free to bring your classic or fancy car, chopper or motorcycle to park in the circular drive. We’ll also host our monthly Book, CD & DVD exchange (bring one, take one) in the nearby Community Room. “A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.” Are you a teen looking for a volunteer opportunity? The Social Committee invites middle and high school students to attend our March Coffee, Cars & Cycles stonebridgeranch.com


to learn more about SRCA volunteer opportunities coming soon in 2020.

Kite & Chalk Art Festival

Saturday, March 21 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway Don’t miss the Kite & Chalk Art Festival at the Beach & Tennis Club. We’ll fly our kites just for fun (no

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Twenty years ago JR & I started Ben Franklin Plumbing. We want to celebrate our 20th Anniversary by giving back to the friends that have supported us over the years. We know YOU are the HEROES in our community. You work hard to provide for your families, help with homework, drive the carpool, coach the sports teams & support the many charities in McKinney. When plumbing problems appear you just want someone you can trust to get in quick, fix the problem and restore your family back to normal. A company that will protect your family and your investment.

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competition) from the Stonebridge Lake dam sidewalk, and we’d love to see the sky filled with hundreds of them! During the Kite Festival, we will have great music, a raffle prize drawing, two face painters and chalk art so all the kids can show off their artistic talent. Ribbons will be awarded to all children who participate in the Chalk Art event. We will provide chalk, but residents must bring their own kites to fly.

Morning Bingo

Thursday, March 26 10 a.m. to Noon, Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway Start your day off right with a morning of fun and prizes! We’re meeting in the Community Room at the Beach Club from 10 a.m. to noon to play Bingo. Winners earn $5 gift cards, and light snacks and beverages are provided. This is an adult-only, alcohol-free event. Stonebridge Ranch residents play for free and may bring up to one non-resident guest. Guests pay a $5 fee. Seating is limited to the first 40 who sign up, so hurry to RSVP at https:// whoozin.com/767-PU7-AVCC-Q79H.

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Stonebridge Ranch News - March 2020  

The Stonebridge Ranch News is the official full-color monthly community magazine published for the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association i...

Stonebridge Ranch News - March 2020  

The Stonebridge Ranch News is the official full-color monthly community magazine published for the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association i...