Travis County Candidate Meet & Greet – SAVE the DATE!  October 20, 7pm

I am excited to announce that we have confirmations from the following candidates for our October 20th Meet & Greet.  The choices we make in local elections impact our lives on a daily basis.  Please make an effort to attend.  The meeting will be held Thursday, October 20, 7pm at the Wells Branch Community Center, 2106 Klattenhoff.  Candidates will have seven minutes each to introduce themselves to the crowd and then we’ll break for refreshments and to allow the candidates to visit with individual neighbors or in small groups.  We keep it very informal, down home and friendly.  We’d love for each of you to join us!

your-vote-your-voiceHouse District 50
Celia Israel (D)
Caesar Ruiz (R)

Travis County District Attorney
Margaret Moore (D)
Maura Phelan (R)

Travis County Sheriff
Sally Hernandez (D)
Joe Martinez (R)

Travis County Constable, Pct. 2
Adan Ballesteros (D)
Deke Pierce (R)

Don’t got to the polls without knowing the candidates!

Fall Events in Wells Branch


Wells Branch Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, October 22 • 10am-1pm • FREE!  Pick your pumpkin!
In front of the Gazebo at KF Park

WBNA Pumpkin Painting in the Park with Dianne Koehler
Saturday, October 22 • 10am-1pm • The Gazebo at KF Park
FREE with DONATION of 1 canned good
OR $1 donation to St. Andrew’s Food Pantry

Pumpkin Painting has been a WB tradition for more than a decade with real pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.  The WBNA could not do this without the help of our generous        Pumpkin Patch Sponsors:

Pam King Wachholz, REALTOR®
Christopher Stapleton, REALTOR®
Trinity Title Texas
Jay Garrett – Parkview Mortgage

Carmina Eaton Insurance Agency • State Farm Insurance

Dianne Koehler, teacher & artist, will be supplying the brushes, set-ups and examples of what to paint on your pumpkin in case you need ideas. It’s always a lot of fun and you get to take home a pumpkin to decorate for Fall!
Fall Food Drive – With this event, the WBNA kicks off the food drive for our local food bank so bring a non-perishable food item to paint for free or donate $1 to St. Andrew’s Food Pantry.
Family Film • The Ghost & Mr. Chicken
Friday, October 28 • 6:30pm

Wells Branch Community Library • 15001 Wells Port Drive

040Spooky Spider Show (Ages 0-10)
Saturday, October 29 • 10:00am

WB Community Library • 15001 Wells Port Drive

Texas Tarantulas & their Kin (Ages 10+)
Saturday, October 29 • 11:00am

WB Community Library • 15001 Wells Port Drive

And don’t forget: Seasonal Arts and Crafts at the Library EVERY Wednesday

with Dianne Koehler. See side bar for project list.

2016-09-nwe-fall-fest-ad-color-for-web-copyNorthwest Elementary Fall Festival
Saturday, October 29 • 5:30-8:30pm
Northwest Elementary School •14014 Thermal Drive

Remember growing up and going to Fall Festivals dressed in your costumes?  Remember how much fun you had?  Join your neighbors, throw on an old costume, and stop by Northwest Elementary with your kids this Saturday.  We promise a good time!
Costume Parade • Tons of Games, Treats, Food & More!

Trick or Treat & Face Painting at the Library
Monday, October 31 • 3:30-5:30pm

WB Community Library • 15001 Wells Port067

WBNA Halloween Costume Contest
Monday, October 31 • 6pm
Community Center Steps at Trunk or Treat

Calling all princesses, monsters, super-heroes and other-worldly beasts!  Since Halloween is on a weeknight, we’ll be holding the contest on the steps of the Community Center, instead of the Gazebo, beginning at 6pm.  Pre-registration not necessary.  Age Groups:  0-3 years | 4-6 years | 7-9 years | 10-12 years | 13+ years

Trunk or Treat 
Monday, October 31 • 6-9pm
WB Community Center Parking Lot

Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins abound in the CC parking lot on Klattenhoff where we’ll have a multitude of scary treats for all your little monsters as the MUD hosts Halloween Trunk or Treat!  The WBNA will be capturing the night creatures and posting their images on the Neighborhood Association Facebook page so that you may share with your friends and family.

ATHLOS Fall Fest 2016
Friday, November 4 • 5-9pm
3711 Shoreline Drive

Games • Silent Auction • Food • Live Entertainment

Arbor Day Event
Saturday, November 5 •9am-noon
WB Disc Golf Course, Owen-Tech Blvd

What is Arbor Day? Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. Planting trees is an act of kindness and optimism; a gift for our future generations. Help Keep Wells Branch Beautiful celebrate on Saturday, November 5 from 9am-noon at the Wells Branch MUD Disc Golf Course.

Mad Science
Friday, November 11 • 6pm
WB Community Library • 15001 Wells Port

( for more info)

Water for Wildlife: Ensuring Texas’ Rivers Don’t Run Dry with Tom Spencer
Sunday, November 13, 2016 • 3pm
WBCL • 15001 Wells Port Drive

Program Director of the Texas Living Waters Project, Tom Spencer will join us for an enlightening discussion of water conservation and wildlife protection.

Thanksgiving Potluck
Saturday, November 19 • 6-8pm
Dedication Grove • 3pmWells Branch neighbors once again come together for our annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner. The fellowship will be held from 6-8pm at the Recreation Center, 3000 Shoreline Drive. Everyone is encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to serve 10. The turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, bread, and beverages will be provided by the WB MUD.  Brown Santa barrels will be on-site so please bring a non-perishable food item and/or a new or gently used toy.

Dedication Paver – For $50 a brick, you can have a custom paver with your special message placed in the WB paver garden in KF Park (next to the outdoor courts and pavilion).  Deadline for submission is November 11. See for details.  An on-site dedication ceremony for new pavers will take place Saturday, November 19 at 3pm prior to the evening’s potluck.  We hope to see you there! 

Youth Fowl Shot Contest
Tuesday, November 22• 6-8 pm
WB Rec. Ctr. • 3000 Shoreline Drive

turkey_wavesWells Branch youth are invited to test their basketball skills and maybe win a turkey to take home for Thanksgiving plus a $50 HEB gift card.  The contest starts at 6pm in the WB MUD Rec. Ctr.  Participants accumulate points by competing in a variety of basketball  activities (Free Throw, H.O.R.S.E., 3pt Around the World, and possibly  Knockout). Youth will be split into three groups: 8-10, 11-13, and 14-17.  Grand-prize winners from each age group will receive a turkey and gift card.  Registration is free  and will begin early November in the Rec. Ctr.

vote-quote-tony-snow-copyVideo Links to MUD Board Candidate Forum 2016

If you were unable to attend the Candidate Forum held on October 12, we hope you’ll follow these links and view the presentation as time allows.
The first recording is of opening statements and prepared questions. The second video is of audience questions and closing statements. We hope you’ll take the time to watch them. The WBNA would like to thank Clay Leben of PfCONA (Pflugerville Council of Neighborhood Associations) for lending his time and talent to us. Thank you neighbors for your participation!
As a reminder, we have brief bios for each of the candidates under the ‘Elections’ tab along with contact information for each of them.  You’ll also find a page for the candidates for Wells Branch Library Board of Trustees under the same tab.

brent-baggett-composite-copyWB Residents Choose Art for New Complex

Thank you for taking the time to vote for your artwork preference to be located at Art at Bratton’s Edge.  With an overwhelming majority, Brent Baggett’s “Eyes on the Future” has been selected by  Wells Branch residents.  This complex stainless steel sculpture will be installed on-site in time for the grand opening celebration and can be appreciated as a new perspective from different angles of the surrounding community.

Art at Bratton’s Edge should be complete by November 2016.  The first tenants are expected to move in late October.  The property began leasing in August and is currently 46% leased.  They hope to have a grand opening celebration some time in mid-November and invite the Wells Branch community to join them.  Tours of the property will be available.

Art in Public Spaces – New Sculpture for Art at Bratton’s Edge

The Wells Branch community has been given the honor of selecting the Artwork to be located at the Art at Bratton’s Edge apartment complex at the corner of Bratton Lane and Long Vista.  We have two (2) pieces to choose from, both by local Austin artists.  Sculpture selection should be made based on the work’s artistic merit and potential for enhancing the site.  A picture/concept is included with title and description along with the artist’s statement and biography.  Click HERE to VOTE.

Please take a moment to review the information and let us know which you feel would be a good fit for our community.  Select only one.

brent-baggett-composite-copyArtist: Brent Baggett
Title: “Eyes on the Future”


  • Welded stainless steel square tube to create a “zig-zag” structure with stainless steel braided cable threaded throughout
  • Dimensions: 9′ x 3.5′ x 3.5 plus 4 ft. pedestal
  • Appears different from each angle for a new perspective

Artist Biography:
Brent was born in Kentucky in 1972.  He received his BFA from Murray State University, KY and his MFA from Bard College, NY.  He currently lives in Austin, TX with his wife and son.  Brent has been teaching art at Austin Community College since 2007 and also actively produces sculpture in his studio.  He has been working with public art for over sixteen years.  From 2000 to 2006 Brent worked as studio manager and fabricator for Artist Brower Hatcher at Mid-Ocean Studio in Providence, RI.  During that time, Mid-Ocean Studio successfully completed fifteen large-scale public sculptures.  Since 2006 Brent has been awarded many public art commissions of his own designs with several more currently in the design phase.

Artist Statement:
My artistic interests are widely varied.  Over the past two years I have been working with abstract spiraling forms and progressive rhythms that radiate around or from a central axis.  This approach has created visually dynamic forms that communicate growth, movement, transformation and energy.

I enjoy making sculpture for the public realm.  I like knowing that my objects are reaching a large audience and possibly giving viewers a moment of rest and contemplation.  I have had a great public response to my work, and I hope to be able to continue creating sculpture for the public’s enjoyment.

nicole-blair-composite-copyArtist: Nicole Blair
Title: “Brother + Sister”


  • Geometric based sculpture with a strong resemblance to a brother and sister pairing.
  • Dimensions: 9′ x 3 ‘ x 1.5’
  • Create diamond pattern and color combinations utilizing Elgin Butler glazed brick inspired by Alexander Girard painted wood toys.
  • Diagram on left depicts finished sculpture.  Example of glazed bricks to be used are on right.

Just got clarification regarding the “Brother + Sister” sculpture.  The photo to the left is a picture of the Alexander Girard TOY.  The actual sculpture would be much more abstract and covered with the tiles to the left.  See scale next to tiles.  Abstract.  Multi-color.   My apologies for the confusion.  It’s not going to look like the toy to the left.  That shape was just the inspiration. 

Artist Biography:
Nicole was born and raised in Austin, TX.  She earned her BS in Textiles and Apparel from Cornell University and her Masters in Architecture from Rice University.  She studied abroad in Florence (Syracuse University) and Paris (Rice University), and gained work experience in NYC in the award-winning offices of Peter Eisenman and Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

Nicole is please to live and work in Austin again to help shape the community that first shaped her.

Artist Statement:
Art and architecture are two of the most effective means for reconstructing the relationship between ourselves and our environment.  Drawing from personal experience, global to local influences, traditional and modern construction methods, as well as from the archives of companies and museums, I am interested in shaping and playing with form, color, pattern, materials and ideas which resonate as both familiar and uniquely original.  My work seeks to delight and warm its inhabitants and viewers.