tcsoWBNA Annual Safety Seminar

TCSO Captain Craig Smith
Sunday, December 11 • 4:30pm
WB Community Center, 2106 Klattenhoff

WBNA will host our Annual Holiday Safety Seminar with Captain Craig Smith of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, December 11 at 4:30pm in the Wells Branch Community Center on Klattenhoff.  Captain Smith will discuss ways to keep our homes and families safe during the holidays and current crime trends in Wells Branch.  Please make a point to join us for this informative session and PLEASE bring your questions!  Refreshments will be served.  We hope to see you there!  If you’d like to submit questions, please follow the link at the bottom of the page.

Areas of interest from the online survey taken last month:
Types of Crimes Trending in Wells Branch: 91.18%
Holiday Safety, Vacations & Close Patrol Requests: 58.82%
Neighborhood Watch: 52.94%
Crimes of Opportunity: 50.00%
General Safety Precautions: 29.41%
Graffiti & Vandalism: 14.71%

Submitting your questions early will help streamline the event. Please follow the link and enter as many as you’d like.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J7WWH38

Holiday Safety Tips

by Debby Thompson, WBNA President & WB Neighborhood Watch Coordinator

santa-sneaky-on-roof-colorWith the bustle of the holidays just around the corner, make sure you’re taking every precaution possible to keep your home and family safe and secure.  We usually see an increase in opportunistic crime this time of year; please remain vigilant.

Keep your blinds and drapes closed when away, even if only for a short period of time.

Keep your house well lit at night (backyard included).  A motion sensor activated light is an inexpensive deterrent.

Continue reading Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Events!

banner-luminary-fest-2016-copyThe holidays are right around the corner!  We hope you’ll join us in celebrating these wonderful Wells Branch traditions.  Reach out to the new folks so they feel welcome.  Take time to reconnect with family, friends and neighbors.  We look forward to seeing each of you at the festivities!

Luminary Fest Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10 • 6-9pm

Experience the glow of the holidays as our trails light up with luminaries around Katherine Fleischer Park on December 9 & 10.  Santa will be visiting the Homestead Cabin both nights from 6-9pm with FREE photos provided by WB Community Church.

WBNA sponsored craft tables will be set up both nights inside the Community Center and children will have the opportunity to make jewelry boxes for gifts, decorate ornaments, and color.  Dianne Koehler and numerous volunteers will be on hand to assist the children with crafts and MUD staff will keep refreshments flowing.

Join us outdoors for a caroling hayride or a trip around the trails on the holiday express train to see the luminaries up close.  We’ll be starting the hayride at 5:30pm both nights so bring the little ones and come early.

Saturday night, Jessica Shepherd will host the kids’ karaoke inside the Community Center with continued crafts and refreshments for all to enjoy.  Wells Branch Community Church Band will perform outside the Buffalo House both Friday and Saturday.

Holiday Home Decorating Contest • Judging begins Sunday, December 11!

Break out the tinsel and holly!  Deck the halls, yard, trees, cars, dogs, cats… Let’s show some good ole WB spirit!  The WBNA is sponsoring the Holiday Home Decorating Contest again this year!  Judging will begin on Sunday, December 11.  For more details, please visit our website at wbna.us.  If you’d like to help judge or nominate a home, email lights@wbna.us.  Be sure and watch for the “Winners” as we post signs in their yards and feature the homes on Facebook and wbna.us!  Categories include:  Most Original, Most Traditional, Most Elaborate, Best Use of Lights, Most Energy Efficient, Visible from Space and Most Patriotic.

St. Andrews Presents an Evening of Music • Monday, December 12 • 7:30pm

Join us for a holiday handbell concert of cross-continental carols and classics Monday, December 12 at 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive.

The Austin Handbell Ensemble consists of sixteen ringers, five octaves of handbells, five and a half octaves of handchimes, coordinating tremendously, collaborating fiercely to create the smoothest, most expressive musical experience possible.

For ticket information, please visit their website at austinhandbells.org.

Polar Express Pajamarama • Friday, December 16 • 6:00 & 7:00pm • WB Library

All aboard, for WBCL’s yearly Polar Express Pajamarama!  Enjoy holiday crafts, hot cocoa and cookies, a bedtime reading of The Polar Express and a special visit from Santa Friday, December 16 at 6:00pm & 7:00pm!  Advance online registration required.  See wblibrary.org for details.

Night Before Christmas Celebration • Saturday, December 24 • 5:30pm • WB Rec. Ctr.

Wells Branch Community Church and Abundant Life Church will be coming together to host a Christmas Eve service at the Wells Branch Rec. Center appropriately titled “Night Before Christmas”. The service begins at 5:30pm and all are invited. Come join in the celebration of the true meaning of Christmas as neighbors sing carols and creatively remember the Christmas story. You won’t want to miss what is in store this Christmas Eve so make sure to bring the whole family out to celebrate the holiday season!”

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See websites listed below for all Travis & Williamson County Polling Locations.

Travis County Polling Locations in Wells Branch:
• WB Rec. Center • 3000 Shoreline Drive
• WB Community Center • 2106 Klattenhoff Drive
• Northwest Elementary School • 14014 Thermal Drive
• National American University • 13801 Burnet Road
• RRISD Performing Arts Center • 5800 McNeil Road (both Travis & Wilco)

Closest Williamson County Polling Location
• RRISD Performing Arts Center • 5800 McNeil Road (both Travis & Wilco)

Local elections have a greater impact on our everyday lives than national or state elections. Many of these are non-partisan. Scroll to the end of your ballot to vote for RRISD Trustees, Wells Branch MUD Directors, and Wells Branch Community Library Trustees.

Remember, if you’re running late, don’t let the lines discourage you. As long as you’re in line by 7pm, they must let you vote.

Travis County Election Sites:
http://traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=E.4

Williamson County Election Sites:
http://wilco.org/CountyDepartments/Elections/tabid/450/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Fall Events in Wells Branch

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

(wblibrary.org for more info)

jlj-logoFamily Fun Day at Joe Lee Johnson Elementary
Saturday, November 12 • 9am-1pm
Joe Lee Johnson Elementary • 2800 Sauls Drive

Family Fun Day will be an event for all Joe Lee Johnson families, faculty, and staff from 9am-1pm on Saturday, November 12 at the elementary school campus.

  • 9-10:30: “Blaze the Trail” activities led by Coach Gonzalez
  • 10:30-12: Complete fun challenges, win cool prizes and visit booths from organizations around our community.
  • 12-1: Family picnic, fitness demos, chances for parents to win big prizes (Soccer and Swim Season Registrations! Urban Air Passes!)
  • New Fall 2016 Trailblazer Gear samples will be available to view and order.

What to Wear/Bring:

  • Wear comfortable athletic clothes and shoes
  • Bring a picnic to enjoy together with your family and chairs or a blanket if you’d like
  • A few dollars for a snack (if you’d like to purchase something, we will take cash only)
  • Check/credit card to order Trailblazer Gear
  • Consider walking or biking to the to the event. We may use some of the parking space for activities.

We need volunteers to make this event happen! Sign up to volunteer.  For more information please email:  president@jljpta.org

Tom SpencerWater 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 wellsbranchmud.com 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.