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March 2021

Vol. 9, Issue 3

STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS The official publication of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) This monthly magazine is published at no cost to the SRCA and is mailed free of charge to all Stonebridge Ranch residences.

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Beauty Is All Around Us! Photo Gallery

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Community Calendar

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Our First-Ever Livestream

View the Annual Meeting online on March 4

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Meet Our Six Candidates

Have you already cast your vote in the Board election?

Curb Appeal Corner

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Voices of Service

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HOA Dues at Work

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Word on the Street

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Tips regarding your backyard construction project

Social Scene

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Building Your Own Oasis

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We Believe in Big-Picture Thinking

Check out the Board’s 2021 Strategic Plan

Save the Date April 2021 Events

Cover Photo Copyright © 2021 All rights reserved. Published by Community Matters, Inc.

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Did you know? The Monarch is the state butterfly of Texas. Monarch butterflies pass through Stonebridge Ranch twice a year during their migrations north and south. They typically lay their eggs here in late March or April, and we see them again in the fall. Milkweed is crucial to the support of the Monarch population. The City of McKinney provides a number of resources on this topic. See https:// www.mckinneytexas.org/1913/Mc-Kinney-Monarch-Initiative.


The Coronavirus continues. Vaccinations are beginning to be available!! Some have already been vaccinated. That is good news. Hopefully, by mid-summer most everyone will have been vaccinated and we can return to more normalcy. This month’s magazine will focus on annual meeting reminders and candidate questionnaires. Six homeowners are candidates for positions on the Board. Two Board members will be elected. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Crosspoint Church. Mayor George Fuller will also be presenting an update on what is going on in the city. The annual meeting will be different this year. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance in the church will be limited to 175. The meeting will also be livestreamed so you can watch at home. We will post the livestream URL at www.stonebridgeranch. com by 4 PM on March 4. Stay tuned that day so you know where to go to view the meeting online. There is also an article on the 2021 Strategic Plan and tips for submitting backyard installations of pools, arbors, kitchens, etc.

Board Meeting, January 28, 2021

The Board meeting of January 28, 2021 was called to order at 12:30 PM in our HOA office Board room. All Board members were present (Amanda Batson and Joe Closs online), along with our Director of Operations, CMA’s Executive Vice President of Operations and CMA’s CFO. Also in attendance was Rony Peterson, Recording Secretary (online). The meeting began with a Homeowners Open Forum. Five homeowners appeared. One to discuss the restriping of one tennis court to also allow Pickleball play, two to request information about the TxDOT 380 project, one to request a restriction on mowing hours, and one to complain about a neighbors landscaping. Four homeowners joined the meeting online to observe. Two members of the Amenities Committee were also present to discuss the possibility of establishing a Lakes Trail. 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 also approved the production of candidate videos for all Board candidates for the upcoming election.

Old Business

The Board voted to approve sending a letter to TxDOT in support of their new northern route (Gold or Brown in Segment B) along with some environmental concerns. This new route is North of MainGait and crosses Custer Road before entering Highway 380 again. More information is available at www. keepitmovingdallas.com/US380EISScopingMeeting. In our continuing review of operational guidelines, we reviewed and updated the handling of Media Inquiries, the Firearms Policy, the Whistleblower Policy, and the Long-Term Investment Policy. We discussed and approved continued work on the Governance Management work project developed by a special committee of the Board. We also updated the summary page of the Emergency Preparedness Plan.

statistics on our F ROM T HE P RESIDENT operations to make it easier to spot trends in various categories. We discussed further limiting home rentals and resale certificates for potential changes. No action was taken. We reviewed preliminary results of a benchmarking study of how Stonebridge Ranch compares with other Associations in the area. We also discussed the possibility of establishing a Lakes Trail which would pass by all the lakes in Stonebridge. More study is required before this could be implemented. The Board approved the Annual Meeting Notice Letter and website documents. We also established the date for the annual organizational meeting to be held on March 11, 2021 at 1:00 PM via Zoom. We reviewed the 2020 water usage statistics. We also discussed native areas in Stonebridge and how we will maintain them (very limited).

Executive Session

The Board reviewed and approved the Foreclosure Report. We approved the recommendations of the Appeals Committee. We also reviewed and accepted the Collections Committee Report, the Violations Report, and the Project Expenditures Report. We discussed the potential future annexation of Paradiso Valle, a new development being constructed along Ridge Road North of Virginia. We also added non submittal of applications to the list of priority violations. The Director of Operations updated us on pending legal issues.

Association Reports

We reviewed and approved the Financial Reports, including the Balance Sheet and Income Statement. Board Liaisons presented updates on committee activities reflected in Committee minutes and updates to our Strategic plan. We also approved the Officers and members of the Landscape and Grounds Committee and the Finance Committee. Director of Operations Herbst updated us regarding water usage in November and staff updates. The meeting adjourned at 6:24 PM. Jon Dell’Antonia President, Board of Directors

New Business

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SRCA To Host Its First-Ever Livestreamed Annual Meeting We’re excited! The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) is just around the corner. By now you are likely aware that the meeting will be held on Thursday, March 4 at Crosspoint Church (2101 S. Stonebridge Dr.) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. We sent annual meeting notices in the mail the first week of February, and we have used our digital communication channels* throughout the past month to keep homeowners well-informed about their voting options and our progress towards making the required quorum. This year marks a milestone for our association. For the first time ever, we will host a hybrid meeting with both in-person attendees and online viewers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we sincerely hope your household has already cast their vote in the election for two board members and that you’ll be able to tune in online. (We are thankful that this meeting set-up might be especially helpful for parents with young children and those who have health conditions which put them at risk.) If you haven’t voted yet, don’t worry. You still have an

opportunity to participate in the board election for your chance to win a big prize—more on that on page 8. For those who watch the proceedings online, a few notes: • MEETING URL. Stay tuned on Thursday, March 4 so we can direct you where to go to view the meeting online. We will share the livestream URL by 4 PM that day at www.stonebridgeranch.com. We’ll also send reminders on the 4th from our other digital communication channels. • VOTE EARLY. The livestream of the meeting does not provide two-way communication, nor can we verify your identities via the livestream. This is why your household cannot be counted toward the meeting quorum or vote in the election unless you vote early. • QUORUM. With the help of early voting, we hope we will have achieved our required 10% quorum by Monday, March 1. A total of at least 947 households must participate in the election (either before or at the meeting) in order for the Annual Meeting to go forward.

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Here’s what you can expect to see when you view the meeting online: • ELECTION VOTING. After the call to order, in person attendees who have not voted early will cast their votes in the Board election. • YEAR IN REVIEW. The SRCA Board of Directors will then review our 2020 accomplishments and look ahead to all we hope to accomplish as an association in 2021. The board is made up of volunteer homeowners who serve many hours each month on your behalf. This is a great opportunity for you to hear from them in their own words about our mission and vision, strategic plans, and committee initiatives. • STATE OF THE CITY. After the Annual Meeting formally adjourns, a city rep will 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 and zoning. What about the big prize drawing? • PRIZE. Two lucky households will be chosen by drawing from the quorum participants for a coveted prize: the 2022 SRCA annual assessment fee! • PRIZE RESTRICTIONS. The March 4 Annual Meeting quorum must be achieved for both drawings to occur. The prizes will be awarded equal to a winner’s 2022 annual

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assessment rate for their lot, whether flat rate or tax value. The prizes are awarded as an account credit against 2022 dues. (There is no cash value or alternate redemption.) In the event a winning owner moves out of the association prior to paying 2022 annual dues, the prize will be forfeited. The two winners will be chosen at random from among all quorum participants combined (early and in-person voters). • ANNOUNCED. The winners will be announced on www.stonebridgeranch.com by 3 PM on Friday, March 5, and staff will privately notify them of their win as well.

Stay tuned on Thursday, March 4! We will share the Annual Meeting livestream URL by 4pm that day at www. stonebridgeranch.com


By the time this March edition of Stonebridge Ranch News arrives in your mailbox, we hope you will have already voted in the election. If not, here are your options: • KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES. Check out pp. 10-13 in this issue. There you will find candidate bios for the six homeowners running in the election. You can also find these posted at www.stonebridgeranch.com/annual meeting-board-election/, along with candidate videos at www.stonebridgeranch.com/candidate-videos-2021/. • ABSENTEE & PROXY BALLOTS. You can vote by absentee or proxy ballot through 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 4. These forms are available for download at www. stonebridgeranch.com, or you can stop by the onsite office (6201 Virginia Parkway, M-F, 8:30 AM to 5 PM) to pick one up. These forms are due at the office by 4 PM on March 4, OR you can drop them by Crosspoint Church during the check-in period for the Annual Meeting (between 6 to 6:30 PM). We must receive these ballots prior to the start of the Annual Meeting. During periods of office closure, you can drop your ballot in the mail slot by the office door. • IN-PERSON VOTING. If you wish to attend the Annual Meeting in person and cast your vote there, please arrive at Crosspoint Church during the check-in period (between 6 to 6:30 PM). You’ll need to present a valid photo ID (Stonebridge Ranch ID or driver’s license with your

property address). Please arrive before 6:30 PM—with everyone’s help, we can start the meeting on time.

NOTE: Though we will provide an in-person voting option at the meeting, we sincerely ask all households to vote before then! There will be a headcount capacity at Crosspoint Church due to COVID-19, so voting early ensures you can participate without any issue on the night of the meeting. By voting early, you’ll also help us reach our required quorum, and you will cut down on your own wait time and contact points with other people when you sign in.

Need help? If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting or voting in the board election, please contact staff. They are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM at the onsite office (6201 Virginia Parkway). You can email srca@ cmamanagement.com, call 214.733.5800, fill out the ‘Submit a Question’ form at www.stonebridgeranch.com, or stop by in person. Face masks are required to enter the building. Thank you! ◀ *Our digital communication channels include the www. stonebridgeranch.com website, E-News blasts, broadcast texts, and the official SRCA Facebook group. You must voluntarily visit or subscribe yourself to each of these channels. For how-to details, visit the website and read the pages linked under the top drop-down tab titled “News.”

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How to Build a Backyard Oasis that Meets Guidelines One of our onsite administrative assistants, Melba Siebel, has noticed a trend over the past year. An increasing number of Stonebridge Ranch homeowners are submitting Modification Applications for large-scale backyard projects. Melba serves on our compliance team and assists homeowners who submit their plans to our volunteer Modifications Committee for approval. “Last summer,” says Melba, “we began to receive a lot more applications for backyard pools. That trend has continued into 2021. But now we’re seeing lots of projects that contain multiple installations, such as an outdoor kitchen adjacent to a pool, or a pergola adjacent to a fire pit. This increases the complexity of the application.” Of the many ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that more and more homeowners want to create outdoor spaces where they can staycation with ease. “I guess if we’re all going to be stuck at home, we want to be comfortable!” says Melba. “These projects are all about maximizing the backyard space for personal enjoyment.” Are you wanting to get the most out of your own backyard space? If you’ve been toying with the idea of a home improvement project, read ahead to learn what your application to the Modifications Committee needs to include. Melba has compiled some tips regarding the

most common backyard installations we are seeing in Stonebridge Ranch. She notes: “We’re here to help! We want to communicate to ensure your project meets the parameters outlined in the Modif ication Design Guidelines.” ALL PROJECT TYPES In general, you’ll need to supply the following documentation as part of your Modification Application. • A complete materials list for the project, including paint samples and/or stain colors. • A picture or drawing of the modification itself, complete with dimensions (height, width, depth). • A site plan or survey, complete with dimensions. This plan must show the location of the following in relation to each other: the house, any other structures on the lot, the proposed structure (or structures), including setbacks, and all property lines. You or your contractor will need to use a tape measure and complete the legwork necessary to supply these figures. Specific to the following project types, Melba notes several other tips.

Planning a backyard installation? Our volunteers and staff serve to ensure your project meets the current version of the SRCA Modification Design Guidelines. Please communicate with them! Collaboration is the key to prevent violations and fines related to unapproved construction.

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POOLS • Your site plan needs to show the access point(s) for the construction. How will the contractor(s) access your yard? • Your pool equipment must be fully screened with a 6’ cedar fence to match your existing fencing. This screen must appear on your site plan, with the stain color included in your materials list. • Be sure to measure your setbacks from the edge of the pool decking to your fence lines and to note them on your site plan. The minimum setback from the decking is 5’ in all directions. • Please include a full-color rendering of the proposed project so the Modifications Committee can see your preferred material colors/samples in relation to each other. Pool contractors typically provide such a rendering to homeowners as part of their project proposals. ARBORS/PERGOLAS • Each village in Stonebridge Ranch has unique guidelines regarding accessory structures and rear setbacks. They could be up to 20’ or more, so be sure to read the guidelines for your village and to clearly note the setbacks on your backyard site plan. • With your application, be sure to include a drawing

of the arbor/pergola itself, with all the dimensions clearly noted. PRO TIP! The dimensions in your drawings need to be readable. Even better—why not highlight them? If you present the info in a clear and/or professional manner to the committee, they can more efficiently process your application. Remember: the reviewers are your fellow homeowners. They serve in a volunteer unpaid capacity to assist you in meeting guidelines. Applications which are incomplete or unreadable are automatically denied and must be resubmitted, so getting it right the first time also saves YOU time.

PLAY SETS • The maximum height for any play set in Stonebridge Ranch is 13’, and according to all village guidelines, they must be installed at least 10’ away from all property lines. Why? These requirements are not intended to stifle the fun for your family members. Instead, such guidelines help ensure that your backyard play doesn’t encroach on the privacy of your neighbors as they enjoy their own backyard spaces. • Play sets must be made of cedar/wood materials. The other elements of the play set (such as swings, slides, etc.) must be earth tones.

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• With your application, please attach or link to the brochure for the play set you intend to purchase. • Your application must also include a site plan with all dimensions clearly noted. OUTDOOR KITCHENS • As with all the projects noted above, be sure to include a drawing of the kitchen itself with all dimensions clearly noted, plus a site plan clearly noting the proposed location and the setbacks. • Stonework is required, so be sure to include a photo/ sample of the stone you intend to use. FINAL NOTE The above tips will aid you in compiling your Modification Application, but they do not serve as a substitute for visiting www.stonebridgeranch.com/modifications-applicationprocess/ and following the directions outlined there. (Not all projects require an application and committee approval, but all do require adherence to the guidelines you’ll find at the website.) As a reminder, the following tasks are the responsibility of the SRCA property owner, NOT the project contractor or any other party. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to:

• Read the Modif ication Design Guidelines and village guidelines to ensure your exterior modification complies with all applicable requirements. • Submit your Modification Application (if required) along with all related documentation and forms. • Ensure that project construction begins only after you have received Modification Committee approval (if application and approval are required for your type of project). • Construct the exact design approved by the Modifications Committee (if application and approval are required for your type of project). Altering from your SRCA-approved plan can lead to violations and fines. • Ask the right folks for help. As always, if you have questions, please contact our professional staff rather than your neighbors on social media. Even the most well-meaning individual likely cannot outline the requirements specific to your village or to the layout of your yard. Our staff are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM to assist you. You can email srca@cmamanagement.com, call 214.733.5800, fill out the ‘Submit a Question’ form at www.stonebridgeranch.com, or stop by the office (6201 Virginia Parkway) in person. Face masks are required to enter the building. ◀

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Voices of Service Meet Courtney Hugghins, our longest-serving Communications Committee volunteer. She’s one of more than 50 homeowners who serve on our seven committees. • “I’ve volunteered for the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) for over seven years, all of them on the Communications Committee.” • “By volunteering, I have gained a greater appreciation for what the volunteers, Board of Directors, and staff do behind the scenes to make our community so great. It takes way more planning and work than I would have thought!” • “What are my favorite things about Stonebridge Ranch? It’s a very common answer, but true: it’s the beauty of Stonebridge Ranch that I love and that sets it apart. And I love the wide variety of amenities and activities for all ages.” • “When my two daughters were younger, the amenity we used the most was the Beach Club. Now it’s the walking trails. I love them!” • “My proudest accomplishment as an SRCA volunteer is helping to expand our communication channels to include social media and texting. I think it’s important to reach people in a variety of ways.”

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HOA Dues at Work What a difference a little light makes! By spotlighting our village monuments, we create a cheery and welcoming aesthetic for residents returning home after a long day. Of course, lighting is an important safety feature for drivers as well. Your annual assessment helps pay for such lighting — and we certainly have a lot of bulbs to maintain. Check out the numbers below! Together, we keep our community looking bright.

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Monuments at major community entrances: 12

Village entrance monuments: 196

Stone columns: 180

Light fixtures: 850+

Light fixtures updated in 2020 (broken fixtures replaced, wiring repaired, etc.): 150+ (As the old incandescent bulbs burn out, we are also replacing them with LED to improve efficiency.)

Stonebridge Ranch covers over 5,000 acres, so residents may notice a broken spotlight at a village entrance before our maintenance team becomes aware of the outage. We appreciate your alerts! To notify staff, you can use our handy online form at www.stonebridgeranch.com/report-an-issue/, call 214.733.5800, or email srca@cmamanagement.com. (Please note that we do not own or maintain city street lights.)


Board Releases 2021 Strategic Plan We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) has released our 2021 Strategic Plan. The plan helps keep the association on track in our ongoing pursuit of a premier lifestyle and strong property values. Let’s take a deeper look at the value of this important annual document. VISION & MISSION The Board of Directors produced the first version of this document in 2013 at the request of Board President Jon Dell’Antonia. “Producing a strategic plan is not something that many smaller HOA’s even think about,” says Jon. “But in many ways, we operate like a small city due to the scope of our budget and areas of responsibility. A strategic plan really encourages big-picture thinking.” That first year, the board engaged in an intensive, multi-day process which included authoring both a Vision and Mission Statement for our association. Eight years later, these statements hold true today. They continue to guide our volunteer leaders to focus on what is most important: working to protect the investment homeowners make when purchasing a property in this community. SRCA VISION: To be the premier, large-scale, masterplanned community of choice in North Texas.

new issues we are facing that we didn’t face before—such as new, competing residential developments in surrounding areas, or rising costs in a certain portion of our budget (such as water or labor rates)? What do we need to focus on this year to protect the future financial security of the SRCA? To ensure they stay focused and tactical in these discussions, the board works with a professional, independent strategic consultant. The consultant guides their all-day planning meeting by writing notes, providing questions and prompts, and bringing an outsider’s impartial perspective to the conversation. INPUT FROM COMMITTEES Prior to the all-day planning meeting, the directors who serve as liaisons to our six SRCA committees (Amenities, Communications, Finance, Landscape & Grounds, Modifications, and Social) ask for input from our 50+ volunteer homeowners. This provides a great opportunity for the volunteers to analyze their own accomplishments in the past year and their goals for the next. This is also a time when they can look long and hard at potential projects and their “wish lists.” “This is another thing the average homeowner may not consider,” notes Jon. “Certain projects may sound great when you say them out-loud, but when you really sit down and

SRCA MISSION: To preserve and enhance the quality and natural beauty of Stonebridge Ranch for our residents by offering attractive amenities, active lifestyle opportunities, and leadership which protects property values and the financial health of the community. TIME FOR DISCUSSION One thing Jon appreciates about the Strategic Plan is the time it takes for the seven members of the Board of Directors to update it each year. They delve in and discuss a broad spectrum of ideas, proposals, and what-if scenarios. “Our homeowners may not realize how packed the agendas for our monthly board meetings are,” says Jon. “In those meetings, we’re making on-the-ground, specific decisions. But each year when we get together to discuss the Strategic Plan, we have the time for some great, free-flowing discussions.” The questions the board members ask themselves are far-reaching. Did we accomplish what we wanted to in the last year? Are there

Through intensive monthly meetings and big-picture, yearly planning sessions, the volunteer homeowners on our Board of Directors serve to ensure Stonebridge Ranch remains a desirable community for home buyers.

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think through all the costs, legalities, and other factors— when you analyze them—you can see why a ‘great idea’ isn’t necessarily right for our association.” “A perfect example of this is a third pool. This is the kind of ‘great idea’ we hear time-to-time from homeowners and which we might discuss in our planning meeting. Once such an idea is on the table, we start asking all the pertinent questions, and you can see they start to add up fast.” In this example, the questions include: Where would we put a third pool? Do we have any available land? What would such a big-ticket item cost? Do we already have the funds, or would we need to assess a special fee to our homeowners to pay for it? What are the current usage rates for the two pools we already have? Have those rates been rising or declining over the past several years? How many of our homeowners already have backyard pools? Is the rate of Modification Applications for backyard pool installations rising or falling? Are there other public pools in the area— such as the Apex—that our homeowners are already using? Could anything we could afford to build compete? What would it add to our annual budget in future years to maintain and staff a third pool? “You can see there really is a lot of thought that goes on behind the scenes in these meetings,” Jon points out. “The

teamwork and collaboration of the entire board is really crucial here to make sure we focus in the right direction. There are some ‘great ideas’ that we just won’t implement because the cost would be too great for our homeowners.” THIS YEAR’S PLAN To read the complete 2021 plan (which includes a board-identified ‘SWOT’ list of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats), visit www.stonebridgeranch. com/board-of-directors/. In the coming year, along with a continued focus on daily operations and ongoing maintenance, our homeowner leaders, committee volunteers, and professional staff will focus on priority projects in these key areas: 1. Communications 2. Water Conservation 3. Financial & Operational Health of the Association 4. Project Management 5. Modifications Committee Workload 6. Benchmarking Other Large HOAs 7. Governmental Issues 8. Board & Committee Development ◀

Word on the Street This month our reporter ran into some happy residents taking a walk in the village of Freedom Park. What do Doug, his daughter, Lauren, and their pup, Ginger, love about our miles of sidewalks and trails? • Doug says they typically walk Ginger around their own village. “The neighborhood loop is a great distance for a little exercise.” • “Sometimes we get more adventurous and go a lot farther,” he adds. “There’s so much area here that there is always something new to explore.” Lauren’s favorite destination so far is Erwin Park, which is owned and maintained by the City of McKinney. “She loves walking the mountain bike trails there,” her dad says. • Doug also appreciates the opportunity to greet friendly neighbors. “Usually the weather is beautiful,” he says, “and we typically run into other families on our walks. The dogs love seeing each other, and everyone always smiles and waves.” • It’s apparent that the family dog, Ginger, appreciates the chance to breathe some fresh air and track the scents left behind by wildlife. Laughs Doug, “She can’t get enough of smelling for bunnies wherever we go. We often end up at this natural area with trees near to our home.”

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www.stonebridgeranch.com/events/ DISCLAIMER: Due to print lead times, all the events listed in this issue are subject to change or cancellation. Prior to attending any event hosted by the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA), please check the online calendar to confirm event times and read complete event details. Event attendees assume all risks related to COVID-19. The SRCA does not ensure attendees’ safety or offer any warranty in relation to COVID-19. On the date of each event listed in our calendar, if face mask coverings and social distancing of six feet are recommended by state and/or health authorities, we recommend, but do not require, such measures. We ask residents to make decisions in the best interest of your household members and neighbors:

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Wednesday, March 17—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25—10 a.m. to Noon Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway We invite adult Stonebridge Ranch residents (age 21+ only) to register for a free session of Bingo. Players compete for $5 gift cards while snacking on prepackaged refreshments. Due to limited room


capacity, residents may attend only one bingo session per month, and we do not permit non-resident guests. To maintain social distancing, a max of 15 residents may sign up for each session. We also require a 12-person minimum. If we do not receive at least 12 registrations 48 hours before each session, we will cancel it and notify the registrants. March 9: RSVP at https://tues-eve-bingomarch-2021.eventbrite.com March 17: RSVP at https://wed-eve-bingomarch-2021.eventbrite.com March 25: RSVP at https://morn-bingo-march-2021. eventbrite.com

Coffee, Cars & Cycles Saturday, March 20 8:30 to 10 a.m., Circle Drive 6201 Virginia Parkway Residents are welcome to park their classic or fancy cars in the circle drive. We love to see motorcycles and choppers, too, but you are welcome regardless of the vehicle you drive! This is a relaxed come-and-go event for residents only. Feel free to stop by while on your morning walk or bike ride. We will provide coffee, burritos, and sweet treats in the Community Room until supplies run out. NEW TO STONEBRIDGE? If you are new to Stonebridge Ranch, have questions about the SRCA, or are looking for ways to get involved in our community, this event is for you! Look for our Social Committee volunteers. They will be wearing name tags and would love to answer any questions you have.

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Don’t miss this super-fun springtime event! We hope for perfect breezy weather so residents can enjoy flying their kites from the Stonebridge Lake dam sidewalk. We’ll provide chalk supplies and space for drawing in the parking lot—it’s great to see resident kids showing off their artistic talent. Other activities will include two face painters, a balloonist, and family-friendly tunes spun by a DJ. Residents must bring their own kites to fly. (Note: we’re flying our kites just for fun this year. We will not distribute trophies.)


Meet the Easter Bunny Saturday, March 27 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway

Calling all Stonebridge Ranch kids! Bring your Easter baskets and join us for one of our favorite events of the year: a hopping good time with the Easter Bunny! Attendees will enjoy a large petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists, a bubble show, a bunny puppet show, free raffle drawings for prizes, music and refreshments. This event is for Stonebridge Ranch residents only. Children may collect 20 eggs each.

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