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Hayden Welcome to Flower Mound! A community built by families for families, our town offers an abundance of recreational, shopping, and dining opportunities for newcomers and current residents alike. On behalf of the Flower Mound Town Council and the local business community, I am honored to be the first to invite you to explore and experience all Flower Mound has to offer. With great schools, beautiful open spaces, abundant recreational opportunities and easy access to Lake Grapevine and Lewisville Lake, you couldn’t ask for a better place to raise a family. We have over 30 miles of hike, bike, and equestrian trails and more than 600 acres of park land offer-

ing playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, and ball fields. Our newest additions include Heritage Park, Flower Mound’s signature green space, and Twin Coves, a beautiful park located on the shores of Lake Grapevine. Centrally located between both lakes, Flower Mound also provides convenient access to miles of beautiful shore lines, beaches, and bike trails for outdoor activities. Community events are a tradition in Flower Mound, with a calendar highlighted by our Independence Fest, Veteran’s Day Ceremony, Dorothy’s Dash and the Christmas Parade. Our town is also conveniently located in close proximity to D/FW International Airport, Dallas and Fort Worth and has one of the lowest tax rates and crime rates in the area.

dining and shopping opportunities that range from locally-owned boutique shops to national retailers. It’s this great sense of being an all-inclusive community that led Money Magazine to rate Flower Mound as one of the “Best Places to Live” in the nation, Forbes to note Flower Mound as being one of the “Best Places to Move,” North Texas Child to name the Town the “Best for Families,” and D Magazine to continually rank Flower Mound in the top 10 “Best Suburbs.” With so much to offer, Flower Mound invites you to play, dine, and shop to your heart’s content. Whether you are new to our community or have lived here your entire life, you are greeted as a neighbor, friend, and part of the Flower Mound family. Welcome to our town, and enjoy your time experiencing Flower Mound.

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gem FLOWER MOUND EXCITED ABOUT LAKE ACCESS AT TWIN COVES PARK

Flower Mound park officials admit that many people in town have been unaware of Twin Coves Park and the lakeside amenities it can offer.

leased to Marinas International.

But with a little upkeep, the park is slowly become more popular.

“It’s a beautiful park,” said Norma Krueger, chairperson for the Parks, Arts and Library Services (PALS) Board. “It just needed some helping hands to improve it.”

Since then, the town has spent $500,000 to improve it.

be a usage fee as the park continues to get renovated. Cost is expected to be $5 per vehicle with an option for an annual pass. The park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset.

Twin Coves, located off Grapevine Lake near Wichita Trail, opened Oct. 3, 2011. Twin Coves is a 234-acre park that the town has entered into a 25-year lease agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to operate. When the town purchased the lease, a 25year contract, the vacated property had been Corp. of Engineers property and subFLOWER MOUND 4 EXPERIENCE JUNE 2012

“A lot of people are going there already,” Krueger said. “But now that it’s more accessible, it’s becoming more attractive for runners and bikers.”

Amenities include a restored fishing pier and boat ramp, picnic areas and eventually RV spots for camping access. Krueger said the hope is residents will be able to rent canoes and kayaks at the park, too.

The town has cleared a significant amount of debris and overgrown brush from the park and has removed four septic tanks that did not meet state health requirements.

There is no charge to enter the park currently, though town officials expect there to

The town has resurfaced the one-mile entry road and has added a sewer line and will


resurface the rest of the road and add a new restroom facility this summer. “Once we get the restrooms in there, this park will be very user friendly,” Kruger said. Also, the town has hired a consultant to work with the town on a feasibility study that will provide a guide on how to make the park a regional draw. “People think it’s beautiful,” said Chuck Jennings, parks and recreation supervisor. “It’s great now that we have lake access so that people can enjoy the park on the lake. It’s starting to pick up, but it’s still a hidden gem.” Krueger said another key component to the park is the renovated boat ramp, which she said is deep enough to keep it from closing unless there are severe drought conditions. The park also contains a heavily-used mountain bike trail that runs from FM 407 in Roanoke to Rockledge Park. There is also an equestrian trail, and the newly-constructed equestrian trailhead is nearby. Gary Sims, director of community services, said the two trails may get renovated. The town is awaiting word on whether it will receive a boating access grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). If the town is awarded the grant, TPWD would match 75 percent of the costs associated with a boat replacement project, which totals $614,710. Flower Mound’s portion would be $153,680.

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The grant would provide money to further improve the ramp, as well as the courtesy dock and construct truck and trailer parking. The town’s requirements for the grant include providing area for boat access, providing access to the boat ramp, supplying 25 percent of the development costs and accepting the maintenance and operation of the project for at least 25 years. Sims said the town will re-apply for the grant next year if it doesn’t get it this year. ■

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FLOWER MOUND PARK LISTINGS Bakersfield Park

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Bella Lago Park

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Bluebonnet Park

1801 Park View Dr.

Chinn Chapel Soccer Complex

3950 Justin Rd.

Colony Park

1015 Colony St.

Cortadera Park

2000 Cortadera St.

Culwell Park

1813 Southwicke Dr.

Dixon Park

6001 Windridge Ln.

Forest Park

3029 Birch Leaf Pl.

Gaston Park

2651 College Pkwy.

Gerault Park

1200 Gerault Rd.

Glenwick Park

4100 Weldon Dr.

Grand Park

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Green Acres Farm Memorial Park

4400 Hide-a-way Ln.

Grove Park

3901 Braxton Ln.

Hidden Valley Park

3838 Raintree Dr.

Hideaway Park

2001 Breezywood Dr.

Jake's Hilltop Park

4975 Timber Creek Rd.

Lakewood Park

2601 Stillwater Ct.

Lawson Park

1100 Princewood Dr.

Leonard Johns Park

1850 Timber Creek Rd.

Lone Tree Park

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Morriss Road Park

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Northshore Park

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Oak Park

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Park Place Park

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Parker Square Park

1400 Cross Timbers Rd.

Peacock Park

3000 Old Settlers Rd.

Pecan Orchard Park

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Possum Park

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Post Oak Park

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Prairie Creek Park

1200 Colony St.

Prairie Trail Park

5700 Fox Glen Dr.

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To the average person, a glance out the window driving down Spinks Road between Gerault and Bakersfield parks has for years revealed nothing more than a large area of undeveloped land. But to several of the town’s parks enthusiasts, the 94-acre land was a vision for endless possibilities. And as the dirt continues to turn at the site, those possibilities are turning into a reality. Phase I of Heritage Park of Flower Mound is expected to be complete this month. However, the opening won’t take place until the skate park and community-built playground, which are part of Phase I, are complete in September. The park, which for years had been known as the Wilson/Carmel tract until the town council voted on its name late last year, is expected to be the crown jewel of Flower Mound.

take that input, as well as input from the rest of the community, and begin the design. The playground committee members have also sought volunteers to help construct the facility, which should take place in September. The construction is expected to take about six days to complete with several hundred volunteers needed to work in four-hour shifts. “This is going to be a big undertaking and will take a considerable amount of time,” said Gary Sims, director of community relations. “But it will be fun.” Sims said Leathers Associates would oversee the project, and the town staff members would preset the main support posts. Volunteers are also needed to raise money for the playground. The town has $300,000 budgeted for the playground, though money raised through volunteers will go toward rubber surfaces, shade structures, etc.

“This will be a central park for the residents to come to,” said Chuck Jennings, parks and recreation supervisor for the town. “There will be a lot of things for every age group. So we’re excited to bring a park like this to Flower Mound. It’s long overdue.”

The components of the playground are expected to be made out of recycled plastic with wood fibers. Sims said that will keep the structures in good shape with little maintenance required.

Among its features is a community-built playground, the first of its kind in Flower Mound. It will be called Fort Wildflower.

For information on Leathers Associates’ previous playground projects, go to www.leathersassociates.com.

Part of the process for the playground has been collecting ideas from students at local elementary schools.

To volunteer for the project, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-874-6342 or racheal.hudson@flower-mound.com. Go to www.fortwildflower.com for information on the playground.

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But the playground is just one component of the park. Phase I will also include trail connections. There will be 7,500 linear feet of 8-foot-wide concrete multi-use trails and 1,250 linear feet of 6-foot wide concrete multi-use trails. There will be a 50-foot wide round concrete amphitheater stage for small events. It is expected to seat 1,500 people. The first phase will also include an 8-foot-by55-foot pedestrian bridge over a small creek, as well as a picnic pavilion. Phase I will also include several infrastructure necessities for the park, such as parking lots, lighting, restrooms and an irrigation system. Later phases will include botanical gardens, a dog park, a disc golf park, a duck pond, additional pedestrian trails and more.

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On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank you for your support. This is a very exciting year for the FM Chamber because 2012 marks its 30th Anniversary. Our chamber has worked hard over the past three decades. Flower Mound has become home to hundreds of businesses from small stores to corporations of nearly every size.

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CHAMBER CHAIRMAN We are extremely proud of the businesses in this community. The chamber serves as the eyes, ears and voice of our business community. We have been working hard to protect the business's interests and keep the community strong and vibrant. JANE FOSTER, Foster Chiropractic If you already live or work in our 2012 CHAIRMAN vibrant community, I hope you OF THE BOARD

have discovered the shopping and nightlife in Flower Mound. The chamber is here to help you discover the businesses in our community and enrich your opportunity to be a part of the every-expanding business community.

If you are new to Flower Mound or are considering re-locating to our community, please be sure to visit our shops and variety of restaurants during your time with us. And don't forget to check out one of our area lakes - Lake Grapevine and Lake Lewisville - and our great local golf courses - Tour 18 and Bridlewood - both in Flower Mound. Are you moving to Flower Mound? We can assist you with that process. If your business is relocating, we are here to help you with the transition to your new community. We hope you find opening your business in Flower Mound to be effortless and rewarding. Find all that Flower Mound has to offer, from its outstanding schools, family-friendly atmosphere, fabulous restaurants, great shopping, world class medical facilities and magnificent neighborhoods. The Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce is the welcoming arm of our community. The staff is the best at helping you find your way into our warm and friendly environment. Please stop by our offices and say hello . . . find out firsthand about Texas hospitality. FLOWER MOUND 8 EXPERIENCE JUNE 2012

the best is yet to come TOWN, CHAMBER SEEKING TO STRIVE TOGETHER The Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 30th year, and members hope it’s the best one yet. In fact, they have reason to believe it will be. On the heels of the May election that gave the town a new mayor in Tom Hayden, plus two new council members, the chamber and the new town council appear eager to re-establish a working relationship that some say has been missing for some time. Recently members of both entities met to discuss ways to work together on projects to bring in new businesses and provide a boost for existing ones in Flower Mound, thus helping both the town and the chamber. This comes at a time that the chamber received national accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“The Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce is thrilled with all the exciting things on the horizon with the new mayor and the new town council,” said Kathy Beahm, director of membership for the chamber. And with the chamber recently being accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we are striving for excellence.” Among the ideas going forward is an iPhone application that would feature both town and chamber information jointly. Beahm and chamber director of operations Cindi Howard said the application ideally would feature links to the town and the chamber, key contact information for both entities


and a directory of businesses, with chamber members perhaps being highlighted.

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Other ideas include having joint luncheons as a way to attract new employers. Beahm suggested the town and chamber work together to underwrite a major seminar for businesses. “It would help expose small businesses to leadership skills and teach them ways to have success,” Beahm said. “That way, businesses don’t have to go to Dallas for that. We need to look for ways to help them. They may know their product, but they might not know how to market it.” Other ideas are for town officials and chamber representatives to attend monthly chamber meetings from other communities as well as to have a small business roundtable to understand their needs. “This would allow us to see if we can help clear up some of the roadblocks that some of these businesses face,” said Mayor Pro Tem Kendra Stephenson.

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These ideas are expected to go hand-inhand with the existing programs and events the chamber hosts to help the business community in Flower Mound and the surrounding area. Among those are monthly luncheons, the Chamber After 5 Mixer, the Leadership Flower Mound program, Bowling for Business and Leads Networking, an event that allows new business owners to provide a brief explanation of their business while meeting other business owners. Another program is the Senior Resource Connection, which brings together businesses that serve the senior community. The chamber also boasts Fiesta Flower Mound, its largest fundraiser of the year. This year’s event takes place Oct. 27 at Embassy Suites Outdoor World in Grapevine. For information, go to www.flowermoundchamber.com. ■

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ORGANIZATIONS IN FLOWER MOUND SENIORS IN MOTION www.flower-mound.com/seniors KEEP FLOWER MOUND BEAUTIFUL www.kfmb.org

CULTURAL ARTS ACTORS CONSERVATORY THEATRE www.getintotheact.org FLOWER MOUND PERFORMING ARTS THEATRE www.fmpat.org FLOWER MOUND COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA www.fmco.org

Seniors in Motion ENJOYING EXPANDED PROGRAM In August of 2011, members of Flower Mound’s Seniors in Motion (SIM) community celebrated the opening of the Shirley Voirin Social Senior Center, a 4,500square-foot facility located near the intersection of Cross Timbers Road and Morriss Road. Before the opening, SIM had seen a steady increase in participation over the years with a variety of activities, such as card games, trips, weekly lunches and monthly dances.

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Since the center opened, the number of activities SIM offers has increased. As has the number of residents to enjoy them.

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SIM’s membership for 2012 is just more than 700.

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“For one thing, we’re more centrally located,” said Jeff White, SIM director. “So when we’re giving someone directions how to get here, it’s easy to say that we’re right next to town hall. So that has helped out.” White said SIM having its own building has

also helped spur the growth. And the additional space – the program had 2,100 square feet in the CAC – has increased SIM’s activities. The larger facility has allowed for more theme parties, the bridge group goes from meeting once a week to twice a week, and the yoga class also increases to twice a week. “We’ve had a substantial increase because we have more room,” said Doug Brown, SIM member. “We have our meals twice a week now, and that’s a big help. Plus we have more room to do things to have a divider in the main room. That way, there’s less interference when one group is playing bridge, and the other group is playing dominoes.” White said seniors can enjoy an expanded computer class in the new center. “We’ve been offering an Introduction to Facebook class and have taught them how to post pictures to the Internet,” White said. “So there are a lot of things they can


learn in these classes.” With access to a commercial kitchen, the weekly lunches have expanded with more food available. In all, there are various activities Mondays through Fridays. Those include card games, pickleball, jewelry making, yoga, card stamping, arts and crafts classes, Wii bowling, field trips and more. The seniors' new home is actually a building with a long history. It has served as Flower Mound's town hall, and it has also acted as a fire department, a police station and the FMTV studio.

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In 2009, the building was struck by a tornado, rendering it useless for a short time. Ideas from town officials and SIM members helped turn the building into a room of possibilities for the local seniors community. White said SIM is always accepting new members. For information, go to www.flower-mound.com/seniors. CHRIS ROARK, croark@starlocalnews.com

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big. ORGANIZERS HOPE TO BUILD ON LAST YEAR’S INDEPENDENCE FEST SUCCESS

Residents in Flower Mound and the surrounding area will once again get their chance to celebrate the country’s independence in style this summer. Flower Mound will host Independence Fest on July 4 at Bakersfield Park, and organizers are hoping for a turnout that surpasses last year’s mark of more than 10,000 people. The day will begin with an Independence Day Parade at the Lewisville ISD Administration Building, 1800 Timber Creek Road. One of the attractions organizers expect to be a big draw is the headlining band Smash Mouth. The pop rock band has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and is known for No. 1 hits “All Star” and “Walkin’ on the Sun,” as well as other hits “Then the Morning Comes,” “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby” and a cover of The Monkees classic “I’m a Believer.” “With the success we had last year with FLOWER MOUND 12 EXPERIENCE JUNE 2012

Grand Funk Railroad, we wanted to continue that with and event that would bring in people from all over the community,” said Chuck Jennings, parks and recreation supervisor. “We wanted a band that would be attractive to all ages and all families, and Smash Mouth has that type of following. [Event coordinating company] Promoter Line has used them in other events in the past, and they said Smash Mouth was really entertaining.” Jennings said the town came up with a list of bands that would fit in well with Flower Mound’s festival and made suggestions based on the festival’s budget. “We hear a lot of good things about them,” Jennings said. The event will also include opening bands Mound of Sound at 5 p.m. and Good Question at 6:15 p.m. The event will feature a variety of booths and exhibits like last year’s event did, such

as food vendors, a Kids Zone with inflatable activities, an art show, a classic car show and company booths. A fireworks show will conclude the event at sundown. There will be shuttle parking on Gerault Road and at McKamy Middle School. Also, the Lewisville High School Harmon campus, located at 1250 W. Round Grove Road in Lewisville, will be open for residents to park and walk. Last year was the first time the town had combined the previous Wild About Flower Mound Festival with its Independence Day fireworks show. “Last year showed what kind of great event we can have,” Jennings said. “So this year we’re hoping to expand it.” ■

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Seniors in Motion Labor Day Picnic SEPT. 3

CAC Outdoor Waterpark Splashtacular SEPT. 8

NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition OCT. 20

Pumpkin Dive NOV. 3

Seniors in Motion Craft Fair NOV. 10

Dorothy’s Dash 5K Run/Walk and Kids 5K NOV. 11

Veterans Day Ceremony DEC. 1

Breakfast with Santa DEC. 2

Seniors in Motion Holiday Dance and Dinner DEC. 8

Christmas Parade DEC. 14

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The town of Flower Mound Community Activity Center is excited to announce that it has expanded its traditional Day Camp program. The new Quest Camp Series now has three camps.

DISCOVERY CAMP Schools out for summer! Now what? Come join the CAC and staff for these week long sessions of Discovery Camp! Each session is highlighted by a field trip in the Metroplex Area. Campers will have the chance to discover the summer in a whole new way by participating in arts and crafts, playing games, and swimming while at the CAC. FLOWER MOUND 14 EXPERIENCE JUNE 2012

summer activities Camp may be tax deductible and/or flexible spending may be used. AGES: 5-7 years MAX: 50 LOCATION: CAC Elm Room COST: $150/$165 ($120/$132 for week 4 due to Independence Day break) ADDITIONAL SIBLING COST: $120/$132 ($96/$106 for week 4 due to Independence Day break)

EXPLORER CAMP

Ready to explore the summer with the CAC? Come join the CAC and staff for these week long sessions of Explorer Camp! Each session is highlighted by a field trip in the Metroplex Area. Campers will have the chance to explore the summer in a whole new way by participating in arts and crafts, playing games, and swimming while at the CAC. Camp may be tax deductible and/or flexible spending may be used.


AGES: 8-10 years MAX: 50 LOCATION: CAC Post Oak Room COST: $150/$165 ($120/$132 for week 4 due to Independence Day break) ADDITIONAL SIBLING COST: $120/$132 ($96/$106 for week 4 due to Independence Day break)

ADVENTURE CAMP Having trouble keeping your middle schooler busy this summer? Campers entering the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades take daily field trips all across the Metroplex area. Activities include paintball, laser tag, rockwall climbing, and so much more. Everyone must wear close-toed shoes every day of camp. AGES: Entering 6th-9th grades MAX: 27 LOCATION: CAC Chill Zone before/after Daily Field Trips throughout DFW Metroplex COST: $185/$204 ($148/$163 for week 4 due to Independence Day break) ADDITIONAL SIBLING COST: $155/$171 ($124/$137 for week 4 due to Independence Day break) ■

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LEWISVILLE ISD FACTS AND PHONE NUMBERS The Lewisville Independent School District prides itself on its long-standing tradition of educational excellence. With more than 38 schools receiving the “Exemplary” rating and 20 schools earning the “Recognized” rating by the Texas Education Agency, families move into LISD because of its commitment to student success. LISD also has six National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, which is the highest designation a school can earn by the United States Department of Education. Annually, the district receives numerous academic accolades and finance awards, which is a reflection of our quality teachers and staff. LISD’s highly qualified team is what makes our district a premiere school system in Texas. Serving more than 50,000 students, the district has been experiencing rapid growth during the past 15 years, and will continue to grow on average between 1,200-2,000 new students annually until 2016. In eight short years, LISD is projected to serve approximately 60,000 students. Encompassing 127-square miles, LISD serves all of or portions of thirteen municipalities including Argyle, Carrollton, Coppell, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Frisco, Grapevine, Highland Village, Hebron, Lewisville, Plano and The Colony.

I M P O R TA N T L I S D N U M B E R S :

HOW and WHERE TO ENROLL Student Services 469-713-5206 PRESCHOOL Early Childhood Programs, PPCD 469-948-8223

AFTER SCHOOL CARE (ESD) Campus Support Services 469-713-5997 LUNCH and BREAKFAST Child Nutrition 469-713-5207 SCHOOL BUSES Durham Transportation 972-221-4557 CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION Superintendent’s Office 469-713-5200 DRIVER EDUCATION Campus Support Services 469-713-5997

GED TESTING SERVICE Campus Support Services 469-713-5997 APPLY FOR A JOB or VOLUNTEER LISD Human Resources 469-713-5200 Not sure who to call for help? Call: PUBLIC INFORMATION and COMMUNITY RELATIONS 469-948-8152 Helpful information for and about the LISD community ■

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Flower Mound Public Library programs CHILDREN AND TEEN PROGRAMS

Weekly programs meet year-round, except during the month of August, and the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

lively talk about the book of the month. For more information call 972-874-6200. ■ Summer Reading Club - "Movie Madness" ■ Book Lover's Social Hour ■ Reading Really Rocks ■ Check Mates - An Afternoon of Chess ■ What is my dog trying to say?

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Third Wednesday of each month (except August) at 7 p.m. – 60 minutes. Stories, music, rhyme, crafts and snacks for families with young children. Registration is not required.

MOTHER GOOSE TIME ■

Mondays and Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. – 20 minutes Stories, music and movement for new parents with babies under 18 months. (No siblings please.) Registration is required; call 972-8746167 after 9 a.m. on program day.

TODDLER TIME ■

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 30 minutes. Stories, music, and rhyme for ages 18-36 months and a caregiver. Reservations required for groups of eight or more; call 972-874-6167.

STORY TIME

Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 40 minutes. ■ Stories, music, and rhyme for ages 3-6 years. Children may attend alone but caregiver must remain inside library. ■ Reservations required for groups of eight or more; call 972-874-6167. Monthly programs meet as noted. ■

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Swing batter batter, swing NATION'S LARGEST TOURNEY TAKING PLACE IN FLOWER MOUND Those traveling through Flower Mound and Lewisville this month will likely notice an inordinate amount of youngsters taking over the local Cici’s or Chucky Cheese Pizza Parlors. That’s because the fifth annual AAYBA World Series — the largest single-city baseball tournament in the nation — is taking place in Flower Mound. It begins June 30 and runs through July 15. More than 220 teams from Texas, as well as California, Nebraska, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri and others, have descended upon Flower Mound for the 7-and-Under, 9U, 11U and 13U brackets. On Friday, the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U tournaments began, running the total to more than 400 teams competing over the two-week period, which takes place throughout Flower Mound as well as portions of Lewisville and Highland Village and is hosted by the Flower Mound Youth Sports Association. The tournament is open to all teams. “If you think you’re good enough to play, you can come on out,” said Scott White, AAYBA tournament director. “A lot of times those qualifiers can be expensive and then you still have to travel to the big tournaments. Here, you can qualify and know you are going to be able to play for a week. It’s great for baseball and a lot of work is put in to ensure teams are happy. It’s a great package of baseball and is a family-run atmosphere. Very seldom teams come with just the kids. It’s typically families using the tournament as a vacation. We want to provide not only a great tournament but provide an opportunity for the whole family.”

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From there, teams began pool play with three games in two days before advancing onto bracket play, where they typically play one game per day. In addition to Bakersfield, the tournament is played at Gerault Park, Lake Park, Railroad Park, LHS, Highland Village and more.

still have a chance to walk away as a winner of your bracket.”

The tournament, in its fifth season in Flower Mound, has a contract to continue through at least 2013.

“We had a great tournament last year in St. Louis, but we wanted to come down to Texas where we could play some teams we don’t usually see,” said John Swearingen, Rattlers coach. “It’s an amazing production. We all caravanned down for the 16-hour drive.”

“Flower Mound is a great area and venue for the tournament,” White said. “We’ve looked over the years for various places and we thought we could have a good partnership with Flower Mound and we jumped on it. The FMYSA does a great job of helping. They provide a bunch of volunteers and it has really gone hand in hand. I can’t believe it won’t be here in the future after 2013. The quality of the fields here, the quality of the people helping out, the umpiring crews, everything is top notch.” While the FMYSA has helped with the tournament, White and company still have their work cut out to make things run smoothly. The challenges begin with the scheduling. “That’s by far the hardest thing,” White said. “But we have a scheduler that nobody in the nation has. Every team is guaranteed at least seven games. After pool play, we have crossover games that lead teams into different brackets. It’s a drop-down format and after the pool play and crossover games, the teams are seeded. The best part is that teams have chances to play teams of different caliber and everyone has a chance to win a tournament, regardless of how you finished in your pool play. You can lose all three of your pool games, lose your crossover game and

Some teams, such as the 11U Romeoville Rattlers (Ill.), have come to Texas to play despite an AAYBA World Series down the road in Missouri (in which the team competed last year).

The Rattlers are a full travel team, competing in around eight to 10 tournaments per summer for an estimated 60 games. The team has a corps of seven or eights players who have been playing since they were eight. Next season, the team will also compete in a 12U tourney in Cooperstown and a 13U tourney in South Carolina the following summer. “This is the best tournament,” Swearingen said. “You can’t beat it. They have the nicest fields, great crews, great people and it’s in a great area.” Swearingen said the Rattlers have spent their downtime in the pool and enjoying some Texas barbecue. While the Rattlers have been playing as a squad for years, others — such as the 7U Flower Mound Red All-Stars — have only recently been formed. “This team is put together based on rec players in Flower Mound,” said coach Don Manning, Red All-Stars coach. “This is our fourth or fifth


tournament. It’s nice because the tournament is local and the team is able to get in a bunch of games. We’ve played in two other all-star tournaments and actually won both of them and have been playing well here, even though we lost a game.” Another aspect of the AAYBA is the camaraderie that develops between teams in the tournament. The Rattlers, who were staying at a hotel in Carrollton, spent Thursday afternoon watching another team from Louisiana that was staying in their same hotel. “We’ve gotten familiar with each other and we want to see them play when we can and they try to watch us when they can,” Swearingen said.

More than 120 umpires are needed, while 400plus volunteers are used to rake, chalk and water fields, clean up the parks and run the gates to make the tournament a success. “Everyone has done an unbelievable job,” White said. “We regularly have the best umpires. Sometimes, we have to be a ‘fireman.’ But to be honest, we don’t have to do it out here too often. There are very few game issues. Our volunteers do a great job and it is really a thankless job. I’ve been involved in baseball since I was 4 years old and have been involved in running tournaments for many years. This is 100 percent

the best tournament I have been a part of.” With more than 400 teams, many of which are not nearby, the tournament also provides a boost for the local economy. White said when the tourney began in 2008 it generated an estimated $5.5 million for the local economies. For information on the tournament, go to: aayba.com. ■

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While many teams descend upon Flower Mound to see unfamiliar opponents, sometimes a showdown against another local squad is unavoidable. For the Texas Rattlers, two of their own teams faced off. The 10U Rattlers (who were playing up an age group in 11U and will return next week to compete in the 10U tourney) had to play the 11U Rattlers. “We love this tournament because of the way it is run and the amount and quality of games you get to play,” said Jim Mittan, 10U coach. “We’re coming back for the next one in a week, too.” Rattlers 11U coach Rick Kenyon echoed those thoughts. “You have the chance to prove yourself against a lot of teams of a lot of different calibers and have four chances to be a champion,” he said. “This is our third year here and every year it gets better. We have no complaints. (Director of tournaments and concessions) Tracy [Black] and Scott and the FMYSA do a great job of putting it together.” The Rattlers, coached by Bill Francis, also featured the tournament’s No. 1 seed in the 11U bracket. The team has won all four of its games thus far and have their eyes on the title. “We’re hoping to keep it rolling,” Francis said. “It’s great to be able to sleep in our own beds and only have to drive five or 10 minutes to play.” While White and the rest of the AAYBA staff have put together the tournament, it wouldn’t be possible without the help of local residents.

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