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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.
Kite & Chalk Art Festival Photo Gallery
Know Your Lakes & Ponds
Amenities Committee releases new report
Get Fit This Summer
Athletic lessons available in Stonebridge Ranch
Voices of Service
Your HOA Dues at Work
Meet the Easter Bunny Photo Gallery
After The Freeze
Landscaping initiatives revitalize common area
July 17 Cardboard Boat Race
Start collecting your cardboard now
Save the Date June 2021 Events
Cover Photo by Erica Lee Copyright © 2021 All rights reserved. Published by Community Matters, Inc.
With the help of a little face paint, one young resident exhibited the ‘eye of the tiger’ while flying his kite over Stonebridge Lake. See pages 15 and 23 in this issue for more pics of the Kite and Chalk Art Festival and our Meet the Easter Bunny event.
Our annual meeting was held on March 4, 2021 at Crosspoint Church. The PowerPoint presentation made by the Board and Mayor George Fuller are available on our website (www.stonebridgeranch.com). At the annual meeting, Treasurer Norm Counts pointed out that the Association continues to remain in a very strong financial position. Our financial statements for 2020 have been audited and we have a clean opinion. Organizational Board Meeting, March 11, 2021 Our annual organizational meeting was called to order at 1:00 PM on March 11, 2021 to appoint the officers of the Board for the coming year. All Board members were present. Unanimously appointed were: President: Jon Dell’Antonia; Vice President and Treasurer, Norm Counts, Secretary: Kristen Vartian. Next was the appointment of Directors as liaisons to the standing committees of the Board: • Amenities Committee: Director Joe Closs • Communications Committee: Director Amanda Batson • Finance Committee: Treasurer Norm Counts • Landscape & Grounds Committee: Director Jim Buerkle • Modifications and Master Architectural Review Committees: Secretary Kristen Vartian • Social Committee: Director Sue Ross • Appeals Committee: Jim Buerkle, Amanda Batson, Joe Closs, Kristen Vartian • Collections Committee: Jon Dell’Antonia, Norm Counts, Amanda Batson Other items discussed at the meeting: We reviewed the annual meeting and election process to discuss improvements for the future. We also discussed the Covid 19 virus and actions we are taking on future events, meetings, and office procedures. The meeting adjourned at 2:00 PM. Board Meeting, March 25, 2021 Spring is here and we are finally rounding the corner on Covid 19 as vaccinations are becoming available to everyone over the age of 16 who wants to get one. Hopefully, in the next several months, we will see a return to more “normal” activities. Check the website and calendar for announcement of events. We are scheduling all our activities again now that the Governor has opened Texas to 100%. We will still require masks for certain events for the near future and when you visit the office. We are planning to open the pools on weekends at full capacity during May and a full schedule after Memorial Day as we have always done. The Board meeting of March 25, 2021 was called to order at 12:30 PM. All Board members were present (Amanda Batson, Sue Ross, and Joe Closs online), along with our
Director of F ROM T HE P RESIDENT Operations and CMA’s CFO and Executive Vice President. The meeting began with a Homeowners Open Forum. No homeowners appeared to speak. Five homeowners viewed the meeting online. The next item of business was to ratify the minutes of the previous Board meeting, the Organizational meeting, and all decisions made since the last Board meeting. Old Business We reviewed and accepted the Governance Management Report which documented processes and procedures we follow to manage the Association. We reviewed and updated our guidelines for violations and appeals. We also approved updated Landscape & Grounds Committee guidelines. New Business Amenities Committee member David Morgan presented ideas for consideration for our next pond dredging of Quail Creek, including potential ways we may be able to lengthen the time between future requirements for pond dredging. We approved new guidelines for natural areas that we do not maintain. We also approved changing the language in the annual assessment letter to clarify when assessments are due and the timeframe for receiving payments. Association Reports We reviewed the monthly financial reports, including the Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Assessment Collection status, Project Expenditures report, Reserve Budget report, and Investment performance. We also revised some modification guidelines on gazebos and added approval of black garage doors on a case-by-case basis. The Director of Operations updated us on some drainage issues that resulted from the latest heavy rains and how we were going to address them. Executive Session We approved the Foreclosure Report and the Appeals Committee recommendations. We also approved a change in the fining policy for short term rentals. We do not allow short term rentals (anything less than six months of the entire home). Violations of this policy will incur a fine of $200/day until the violation is corrected. The Director of Operations updated the Board on several legal issues. We also approved the addition of an additional law firm to assist us in certain legal matters where we need additional expertise. The meeting adjourned at 5:02 PM. Jon Dell’Antonia President, Board of Directors
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New Report Highlights the Value of our Lakes and Ponds The Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) is recognized in North Texas for many impressive attributes, including: • Our longevity. We celebrate 33 years as a HOA this year. • Our size. With a population over 36,000, we are home to more residents than many small towns and cities throughout Texas. • Our tree canopy. We maintain thousands of mature trees across 500 acres of common area. “But,” says Joe Closs, Board Director and liaison to our Amenities Committee, “I think there’s one thing that many people take for granted in our community, and that’s our lakes and ponds. We pass by them when driving around Stonebridge Ranch, and it’s always fun to look out over the water. But it’s also easy to take them for granted when you
pass by them day after day.” Indeed, most of our lakes and ponds have been here since the very beginning of Stonebridge Ranch. “The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) helped determine their locations along natural creek beds and drainage areas,” says Joe. “We built our neighborhoods around them. Most serve as impoundments which help manage storm water runoff and prevent flooding within the Trinity River basin.” Because lakes and ponds are an essential element within the topography of our community, the SRCA aims to balance their aesthetic quality with recreational and fishing opportunities. Notes Joe, “For the Amenities Committee, caring for our bodies of water is very different than overseeing our parks and playgrounds. We can’t do it without expert vendors who have a very specific knowledge base. You can’t just dump a bunch of chemicals in the water and call it a day.”
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You can read the Lakes Report PDF online at www.stonebridgeranch.com/lakes-ponds.
Pond maintenance becomes even more difficult and costly as the years pass. Rain and irrigation runoff continually introduce silt and lawn fertilizers into our lakes and ponds. This cycle creates nutrient-dense water shallows with minimal oxygen levels, where algae is more likely to bloom and fish struggle to survive. Silt removal is a costly fix that eventually becomes mandatory to return the water to a preferred depth. Knowing this, our Board of Directors regularly sets money aside to prepare for this unavoidable budget necessity. Such foresight was one factor in this year’s $40 annual assessment increase. As a community, we simply won’t be able afford all the dredging projects we face if we don’t begin preparing now. Prior to dredging, our water management partners use a variety of methods approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to keep our lakes and ponds as healthy as possible. Depending on the unique factors of each retention area, this can include aeration through fountains and pumps, algaecide applications, and the addition of non-chemical, beneficial microbes. Sometimes we also relocate portions of the fish population so that sport fish stay in balance with smaller species. Amenities Committee Chair Tom Fredricks is committed to keeping our lakes and ponds high on the list of volunteer priorities. This is because our lakes and ponds help keep Stonebridge Ranch properties in high demand. “The bodies of water we own strengthen our property values,” he says. “They are
part of the beauty we are known for in McKinney.” Our bodies of water also enhance the daily lives of our residents. “They serve as a destination for people who like to get out with their families to enjoy the fresh air and nature,” says Tom. “If the lakes and ponds weren’t here, I think we’d all really miss them. But the average resident probably doesn’t know how many bodies of water we own or where they are located, much less what it takes to maintain them or the sport fish population.” To help Stonebridge Ranch residents appreciate and enjoy our lakes and ponds, last year the Amenities Committee began research for a new document titled the Stonebridge Ranch Lakes Report. We are happy to announce its publication at www. stonebridgeranch.com. You can locate the linked PDF via the webpages titled ‘Amenities Committee’ and ‘Lakes & Ponds,’ or you can find it using the search feature at the website.
The 25-page report describes the unique attributes of each body of water we own, including their locations. We’ve included photos so you can preview each destination. The report also includes an overview of SRCA responsibilities related to lake and pond maintenance, including the areas where we concentrate funds and resources for our sport catchand-release fishing program. Even with so many large bodies of water in our amenities portfolio, we manage to keep our annual assessments lower than many HOAs in our area—an impressive feat that requires constant oversight by our volunteers and professional partners. If you’ve ever wondered where to find the best fishing holes in Stonebridge Ranch, or if you’ve ever wondered which lakes and ponds we own (and which ones we don’t), this report is required reading. We hope you’ll head over to the website and give it a skim, and we thank the Amenities Committee for their hard work and authorship! ◀
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Get Fit with Summer Athletic Lessons in Stonebridge Ranch We consistently receive feedback from residents who love the active lifestyle opportunities in Stonebridge Ranch. Even residents who don’t exercise in our common areas can benefit. Recently an elderly resident told our office staff, “When I’m driving around here, I love seeing people exercising and waving hello on the sidewalks.” She chuckled, adding, “Even though I’m old and don’t get out much, it’s encouraging to see so many happy and healthy people out and about!” The funds we collect annually from our homeowners pay for the upkeep of more than 500 acres of common space. By exercising or playing regularly at our parks, Stonebridge Ranch households can get a “lot of bang for their buck.” Visit www.stonebridgeranch.com/premieramenities/ to learn about all the areas and amenities we maintain for members in our association. The Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) also offers several opportunities for athletic
lessons right here in our community. Taught by professional coaches for a fee, these include tennis and pickleball lessons and special exercise programs designed just for moms. Read ahead in this issue to learn more about the coaches and the programs they offer. TENNIS Fifteen summers ago, tennis coaches David Wiest and Luis Enrique Herrera founded Select Tennis Academy in Stonebridge Ranch to keep resident kids active when school is out of session “Summer is a great time for children and teens to work on their tennis skills,” says Dave. “They wake up fresh without homework on their minds. They aren’t tired after a long day of school. It’s different teaching them at this time of year. We have more hours in a day to really hone their skills. It’s also a great chance to set beginner players up for success.”
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No matter the type of exercise or athletic lessons a household chooses, Dave is a firm believer that “kids need to get out of bed and get off their smartphones during the summer.” He adds, “As with anything else, adolescents need to put in the hours to improve their tennis game. After all, ‘the mother of all skills is repetition.’” A lifelong tennis player himself, Dave loves many aspects of the game. “It’s a mental game. It improves cardio health. It requires discipline. There’s even a social component to it.” Though he has countless stories from decades of coaching, one of his favorite memories starts with a phone call from a father. “One time this dad phoned Want to enroll your child in tennis lessons? See selecttennisacademy.com/registration for me after practice,” Dave recalls. complete details. “He said his kid started crying on the way home. I thought, ‘Oh, no!’ I was worried the child had • FUTURE STAR CAMP is for kids ages 11+. It gotten hurt or something. But it was the last day of our is designed for beginner and intermediate players. summer lessons. When the father asked why he was crying, Players are grouped according to ability level, and the his son said he was going to miss camp. He’d had such coaches cover all aspects of the game. The lessons will a great time working with our coaches and making new take place from 10 to 11:30 AM. The cost is $99 for friends. I thought that was really special.” four days or $60 for two days. Tennis student Cale Gray has attended Select Tennis • TENNIS ACADEMY is for players competing in Academy for the past three years. “I’ve been here almost ZAT, Champ, or Super Champ tournaments. The every week in the summers,” he says, “and I feel like I get instructors cover stroke production, tactics, speed so much better because of the extra time doing drills and drills, mental grit, and match play. Participants must playing games. I also really love all the coaches because possess a high level of fitness. Drills take place from they make everything fun.” 8 to 10 AM, followed by fitness from 10 to 11 AM, Residents who attend Select Tennis Academy this a lunch break from 11 AM to noon, and point play summer can expect to spend a lot of time working on from noon to 2 PM. Players can choose to attend the their cardio fitness, hand-eye coordination, skills drills, full day ($340 for four days or $190 for two days), the and stroke production. Lessons will take place from June morning session ($240 for four days or $135 for two to August at the Beach & Tennis Club (6201 Virginia days), or only point play ($190 for four days or $110 Parkway). All courses listed below take place on Monday/ for two days). Wednesday and/or Tuesday/Thursday (participant’s choice). There are limited tennis slots available. When • 10 & UNDER CAMP is designed to help kids fall in registration is full, preference will be given to students love with the game by adapting the equipment, court who choose four-day sessions. A 10% discount is available dimensions, and scoring to their age and size. Red Ball to students who sign up for two or more sessions in the (ages 5 to 8) will take place from 10 to 11 AM. The same month. (No other discounts are available.) The price cost for four days is $70. The cost for two days is $40. of tennis fees is for a one-week session. Thus, students Orange Ball (ages 9 to 10) will take place from 10 to may not buy a four-day session and split those four 11:30 AM. The cost for four days is $99. The cost for days across two separate weeks. To register, visit https:// two days is $60. selecttennisacademy.com/registration. STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS
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PICKLEBALL With the grand opening of Stonebridge Plaza (7501 Coronado Parkway) in 2016, the SRCA Amenities Committee celebrated the end of a long project: bringing the sport of pickleball to Stonebridge Ranch. Considered the fastest-growing sport in the nation, pickleball has become a favorite pastime for many of our residents. The SRCA contracts two certified pickleball instructors— Nathan Choate and Jeremy Puckett—to teach lessons on our courts. Jeremy was introduced to the game thanks to our HOA. After Stonebridge Plaza opened, he saw neighbors playing on the new courts and thought, “What is this game? Some weird kind of tennis?” A lifelong athlete who played competitive soccer for decades, Jeremy was looking for a new sport to play after injuries ended his soccer career. “I thought pickleball looked like fun,” he says, “so I bought a set of cheap paddles for myself and my son. We learned the basics by watching videos on YouTube. I’m a very competitive person in general, and my background in soccer and other racquet sports allowed me to advance my pickleball skills quickly.” Fellow players at the Stonebridge Ranch courts took notice and started asking him for tips to improve their own skills. “I had coached in a competitive soccer environment for 20 years, most recently with my son’s team. He is now close to graduation, so it was the perfect time to make a switch. That’s when I got my pickleball coaching certification so I could teach the game. I am also an Ambassador with USA Pickleball, tasked with growing the sport in our area, introducing new players to the game, and working with parks and amenities on new court developments. Ask my wife, and she’ll tell you: I’m obsessed with this sport.” Besides the time he spends coaching, Jeremy plays at least ten hours a week. Like Coach Choate, he has competed in local, regional, and national tournaments. “I’d play 24-7 if I could,” Jeremy says. He loves pickleball for many reasons. • •
It’s for all skill levels. “Pickleball is a very easy sport to learn. People who have zero sports background can pick up the rules and techniques pretty easily.” It’s a friendly game. “Pickleball is very social. With such a small court, it’s easy to engage in banter with your fellow players. It’s impossible
not to laugh and joke while playing this game, so you meet a lot of people. If someone is new to Stonebridge Ranch, I encourage them to give it a try. Playing pickleball is a great way to meet neighbors. I’ve tripled my network in Stonebridge Ranch just through this sport.” It’s played all over the world. “I travel for work, and it’s easy to fit my paddle and ball into my suitcase. I’ve played in Dublin, Ireland, Memphis, and Minneapolis—wherever I can find a court.” It’s for all ages. “Here in Stonebridge, you see everyone from little kids to grandparents playing pickleball. One guy I play with is 64 and easily competes with folks in their 20s and 30s. There’s also a group of high schoolers who play regularly here. It’s a great game for hanging out with friends.”
Residents who are interested in learning the basics or increasing their competitive skills can contact Coach Choate or Coach Puckett directly for lesson fees and times. Both coaches will work with you to find a time that fits your schedule. They can give one-on-one or small-group instruction. • •
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FIT4MOM Each weekday between 9:30 to 10:30 AM, a group of mothers gathers at the lower Beach & Tennis Club parking lot for a morning exercise class. This isn’t your average workout with the expected gear. Instead, the moms bring their children in strollers with them, and both the kids and the strollers are fully incorporated into each class. It’s a regular sight at the association office (6201 Virginia Parkway): to watch a group of moms jog up the sidewalk along the main drive, pushing their children in front of them. Back in the lower parking lot, they park their strollers in the shade and move through a cardio, agility, and strength-training workout which can be modified for any skill level. For both mothers and children, this is a bonding and social outing as much as it is a physical one. The moms sing songs and tickle their babies as part of the workouts. They also smile, laugh, and encourage each other, while their toddlers share toys and babble amongst themselves. Coach Leslie Cuevas brought Fit4Mom to Stonebridge Ranch in 2007. She’s a true believer since the program helped her physically and emotionally after she gave birth to her own firstborn son. “As a new mom,” she says, “it can be really intimidating to return to exercising. New moms don’t necessarily want to enter a gym and work out next
to someone who hasn’t just had a baby. A squat is a squat anywhere, but it’s a different feeling when it’s your first one after giving birth. It’s really comforting when the person working out next to you understands that.” Leslie’s favorite thing about leading Fit4Mom is the camaraderie that develops among her students. “Here in Stonebridge Ranch,” she says, “we have people move in from all over the country. Sometimes moms come to their first class, and they don’t know anyone in our city. I love seeing a current member take a new mom under her wing. It’s not unusual to see women exchanging phone numbers after class. These moms just love and care for each other so much. Some of my students have been friends for over ten years now, and their kids are even best friends because of Fit4Mom.” She adds, “New moms can go at their own pace and modify the program to their needs. We work the full body, head to toe. Each class includes core work and stretching, which is really important for new moms.” For a monthly membership fee of $75, moms have unlimited access to the Stonebridge Ranch Fit4Mom classes. Prospective students can visit https://mckinney.fit4mom. com/ for more info and to register. Adds Leslie: “Your first class is free, so that’s another reason to come out and give it a try!” ◀ STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS
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SRCA Revitalizes Landscaping Following Historic Freeze According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), over 60 temperature records were broken in the United States between February 11-16, 2021. Households throughout Stonebridge Ranch made unforgettable memories during the historic freeze and power outages that followed. Like many of our homeowners, the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) is still recovering from the aftermath of the severe weather. Over the past several months, our onsite staff have been working closely with our landscaping vendors to manage the damage to plant life across our 500 acres of common area. In the latter part of February and into March, the team made close visual inspections of trees, shrubs, flower beds, and areas of sod. Our personnel inspected countless branches to see if they were pliable or brittle, lightly scratching twigs to inspect for signs of green life just below
the surface. Certain species, such as Indian Hawthorne, Loropedalum, Oleander, Palms, and Pittosporum, have proven to be more susceptible to damage than others, such as Wax Myrtle, Vitex, Crape Myrtle, Giant Liriope, and Jasmine groundcover. During these weeks of patient waiting and watching, homeowners also watched as Live Oaks throughout our community shed their dead leaves. Our landscaping partners engaged in an unprecedented amount of leaf cleanup for this time of year. Ed Jenson, Vice President of the landscaping consulting firm OLM, provides expert support to the SRCA by monitoring the health of our tree canopy and the performance of our landscaping vendors. “If a tree was struggling or in decline before the freeze,” says Ed, “it was already stressed and is more likely to succumb to the frigid temperatures. For Live Oaks, it’s best for leaves to shed so new growth can form. Leaf shedding may be gradual
depending upon weather conditions, such as wind and storms.” At the end of March and into the month of April, staff were thankful to see many of our shared trees and shrubs begin to bloom and leaf out. “We’ve been watching closely,” says Brock Whetstone, Landscaping Manager. “It’s exciting to see things that look dead begin to show signs of life.” Unfortunately, not all SRCA landscaping has made a comeback. Read ahead to learn specific steps the association is taking to support vibrant plant growth throughout the SRCA common areas. SHRUBS In April, the SRCA began pulling out shrubs which showed zero chance of rallying. Per professional recommendation and considering the unique shade/sunlight factors at each location, we have not replaced the same species in every instance. For example, in many areas we replaced the more vulnerable Indian Hawthorne shrubs with Buford Hollies, which have proved hardier following this year’s freeze. We are on schedule to complete all shrub replacements throughout SRCA common area before the end of this month.
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TREES Our tree canopy is one of our most precious assets as an association. First-time visitors often remark on its beauty. Following an epic freeze event, the timeline to see if trees will rally can be longer than it is for shrubs. “It is not uncommon for plants to fool us,” says Ed. “You may be encouraged by new growth, but don’t be surprised if plants die in the summer heat for no apparent reason. The freeze may be the cause—summer may just be the time when the plant runs out of stored energy and cannot sustain itself. This can happen more with trees, such as Crape Myrtles and Live and Red Oaks.” As we progress into the hottest months of the year, our onsite staff and landscaping partners will continue to keep a close eye on trees throughout our common area. By the date this issue of Stonebridge Ranch News went to print, our professional partners had not identified any Stonebridge Ranch trees for removal. Even the palm trees at the Beach & Tennis Club have showed signs of regrowth! We are hopeful we will not experience widespread tree loss in our common area. FLOWER BEDS The SRCA replaces annual flowers throughout Stonebridge Ranch twice a year. In the spring, many residents enjoyed seeing colorful beds of red Dianthus and silver Dusty Miller thrive. Some even inquired about the names of the species so they could plant the same in their own yards. These beds will be replaced in late May/early June with new colors to welcome the summer months. ◀
Our landscaping team was pleasantly surprised when the palm trees at the Beach Club began to show signs of new life in late March.
What a joy to watch signs of green life reappear after a historic winter! Visitors to the association office (6201 Virginia Parkway) enjoyed seeing the Dianthus and Dusty Miller in full bloom.
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Voices of Service Meet Lisa Porter, Vice Chair of our Amenities Committee since March 2020. She’s one of more than 50 homeowners who volunteer to support the daily operations of our homeowners association. • “I retired after 20 years with the S.P. Richards company. It’s important to me to get involved, and retirement has allowed more time for me to do that. I wanted to join our Amenities Committee because I know how important amenities are to our community and our overall health.” • “I moved here in 1999 with my husband, Tom, and daughter, Elizabeth. I played tennis for years, but I’ve moved on to—and LOVE—pickleball and golf.” • “What do I love most about Stonebridge Ranch? The friends we’ve made who feel like family. Stonebridge Ranch provides so many ways to meet people.” • “We love to walk our dogs, Belle and Teddy, who have also made their own doggie friends!” • “We have a great group of people on the Amenities Committee who work as a team. Our goal is to make sure we have the best amenities a community can provide by staying informed about what other communities have to offer.”
Your HOA Dues at Work Each year, we make a number of repairs to ready the Beach Club and Aquatic Center for pool season. Maintenance is a crucial component to ensure residents and their guests enjoy a safe swimming experience. Such upkeep is made possible through the collection of SRCA annual assessments. We anticipate tens of thousands of visits to our pools this summer, and with your support, we’re ready. Eager to have some of your own summer fun? Grab your Stonebridge Ranch ID and come join us! BEACH CLUB (6201 Virginia Parkway) •
Early in 2021, we relocated the fiberglass turtle off-site for refurbishment. The slide is back and better than ever, with a bright new coat of paint to show for its travels. Toddlers love this cute amenity and are sure to smile when they see it.
Also at the Beach Club, we replaced broken pool tiles along the northern water line.
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Here we resurfaced the baby pool, giving Stonebridge Ranch toddlers and their parents another reason to smile.
We also resealed the pool deck around the junior Olympic pool. The sealant smooths seams and supports the expansion joints between the concrete pads.
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We invite all our junior anglers (age 12 and below) to our 21st Annual Hook, Line & Sinker Tournament at the first three ponds in the village of Wellington Point. Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Stonebridge Ranch residents get in free by presenting a valid form of Stonebridge Ranch I.D. (see www.stonebridgeranch. com/stonebridge-ranch-ids/). Trophies will be awarded to the children who catch the nine biggest fish and the one smallest fish (any species). Anglers are responsible for bringing their
own fishing poles. We will supply bait, but you may bring your own. We will provide chips, water, and soft drinks, plus a raffle drawing for prizes. The awards presentation will take place at 11 AM.
Picnic in the Plaza Sunday, May 2 4 to 6 PM, Stonebridge Plaza 7501 Coronado Drive Invite your neighbors and bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets filled with your favorite goodies. This fun and relaxing event will be held at Stonebridge Plaza next to the Aquatic Center. We’ll provide free snow cones and tacos, plus a variety of games including hula-hooping, cornhole, chalk art and more! The pickleball courts will be available for open play, and we will have paddles and balls on hand. This will be a great family event for residents of all ages. Note: glass containers and smoking are NOT permitted. New this year! We will set up a sound system at the Plaza stage and provide an OPEN MIC for residents to show off their musical talent. Do you love to entertain? Bring your own musical instrument and come ready to share your favorite song! (To register for the open mic— or ask questions re: the sound system—contact Event Director Dave Wiest at email@example.com or 214.733.5810.)
Wine Tasting Monday, May 3 6 to 8 PM, Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway Registration for this event is FULL. (See www. stonebridgeranch.com/events/wine-tasting-may-2021/ for details.) Note: • If you registered and realize you can’t attend, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible by contacting Event Director, Dave Wiest, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.733.5810. • You can also contact Dave to enter your name on the waitlist. If spots become available, he will contact the waitlist on a first-come, first-serve basis. If he does not contact you, this means no spots are available.
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Evening on the Veranda Friday, May 7* *rescheduled from April 16 Friday, May 14 7 to 9:30 PM, Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway We rescheduled our April Evening on the Veranda due to weather, so we are hosting two beach concerts in May. If you’ve never attended, please consider it! These events offer great relaxation after a busy week. The Beach Club is the perfect local spot to enjoy the sunset while listening to live music and sipping your favorite wine. Our host band on May 7 is Born and Raised (www.bornandraisedmusic.com). On May 14, we’ll be entertained by JD Monson and the Sundown Band (encoreproductions.ws/).
For both events, the gates open at 7 PM. The live music starts at 7:30 PM. You can use the Beach Club lounge chairs or bring your own. Both events are for adult residents with a valid form of Stonebridge Ranch I.D. (www.stonebridgeranch.com/stonebridge-ranchids/ ) and their guests. Smoking and swimming are not permitted. Feel free to BYOB and to bring snacks, but please note: glass containers are prohibited. You must be age 21+. Proof of age is required to enter. Guests pay $5 each at the gate. We appreciate exact change, and we
do not accept credit cards or bills larger than $20. (The Complimentary Guest Pass may be used for guest entry to either event.)
May Book Club Monday, May 10 7 to 8 PM, 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 discuss The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia. This fun and endearing story is set in a small Kansas town and reveals the bond and rivalry of two sisters who couldn’t be more different. (If you’d prefer to join online via Zoom, contact Event Director, Dave Wiest, at dwiest@ cmamanagement.com or 214.733.5810.)
Travel Club Tuesday, May 11 9 to 10 AM, Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway This club meets the second Tuesday of each month. If you are curious and enjoy experiencing new things, this is the perfect group for you. The members explore together, dine together, and even cruise together. Join the club if you’re looking for some adventure!
Evening Bingo Tuesday, May 11 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway If you’re looking to make new friends or enjoy a relaxed evening with old pals, Evening Bingo is for you. We provide snacks, sodas, and water, as well as a prize for the winner of each round. Seating is free and limited to the first 40 who sign up. Visit https://tues-eve-bingomay-2021.eventbrite.com to register. Each resident may bring up to one non-resident guest. Guests pay a $5 cash fee for entry at the door.
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Saturday, May 15 8:30 to 10 AM, Beach & Tennis Club 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, along with a bring-one, takeone Book, DVD, & CD Exchange. NEW TO STONEBRIDGE? If you are new to Stonebridge Ranch or are looking for ways to get involved in our association, 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 about our community.
Electronic Recycling & Paper Shredding Event Saturday, May 22 9:30 AM to Noon, Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway Is it time to do some spring cleaning? Stonebridge Ranch is once again partnering with United Electronic Recycling (UER) to help reduce, reuse, and recycle electronic equipment. Bring your old, broken, or unwanted electronic equipment (including CRT televisions). UER will make sure they are properly recycled. In addition, we will provide a shredding truck for on-site paper and document destruction. There is no charge for dropping off any type of item. To view the list of acceptable items, visit the Events Calendar
at www.stonebridgeranch.com. Contact Jason Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the accepted items.
Morning Bingo Thursday, May 27 10 AM to Noon, Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway If you’re looking to make new friends or enjoy a relaxed morning with old pals, Morning Bingo is for you. We provide snacks, sodas, and water, as well as a prize for the winner of each round. Seating is free and limited to the first 40 who sign up. Visit https://morn-bingomay-2021.eventbrite.com to register. Each resident may bring up to one non-resident guest. Guests pay a $5 cash fee for entry at the door.
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Memorial Day at the Beach Monday, May 31 11 AM to 4 PM, Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway Join us for our first Beach Club pool party of the season! DJ Uptown Sound will keep things hopping by spinning tunes throughout the event. Text 214.491.8283 to request a song. A variety of group games will keep both parents and kids laughing and engaged. Schedule: Paddle Boat Races (11:30 AM, under 12 years must ride with an adult); Tug of War
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& Bouncy Ball Races (12:30 PM, boys vs. girls), SkyHigh Pool Contest (1:30 PM, heads up and catch the ball in the air for a prize), Hula Hoop Contest (2 PM, for all ages), Limbo (2:45 PM, how low can you go?), and Sky-High Pool Contest (3:15 PM, heads up and catch the ball in the air for a prize). On this holiday, the Beach Club will be open 10 AM to 4 PM. The Aquatic Center will be open 10 AM to 8 PM.
Cardboard Boat Races Saturday, July 17 10:30 AM to Noon, Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Pkwy Mark your calendars for JULY 17! You need to save the date AND start collecting cardboard for our second annual homemade Cardboard Boat Races. Teams may consist of 1, 2, or 4 people (adults and/or kids). There will be prizes for speed and creativity. We’ll provide more race details in the coming months, but we want you to be aware of the materials you need to start collecting—and those you must avoid—if you want to participate in this hilariously fun event. Themed, decorated and otherwise creatively festooned boats are encouraged. Permitted materials: corrugated cardboard and cardboard boxes (i.e. from grocery stores or delivery packages), cardboard “blocks” (i.e. from furniture store packaging), cardboard tubes (i.e. from carpet/linoleum
stores), duct or masking tape, liquid nails construction adhesive, latex paint, varnish or polyurethane. Materials NOT permitted: pre-coated or pretreated cardboard, plastic or plastic sheathing, wood, styrofoam, metal, sonotubes (used in construction/ concrete forms), silicone, wax, tar, caulking compounds or two-part mixed adhesives, staples, clamps, fiberglass, glass, nails, screws, or sharp objects.
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