Save the Date!  August 11th – 4pm

Dungeons & Dragons Launch at Inclusive Game Group at the WB Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

The game Dungeons & Dragons, aka D&D, is heavily featured in the hit TV show Stranger Things, but how does one go about learning this hobby if they don’t already have a friend that has mastered it?  This is a question that Girl Scout Sarah Berver has wondered about.

She loves playing D&D with her older brother and his friends, along with all of the pop culture references it generates, but has found that this 45-year-old game is still thought of as a “boys’ hobby.” The game is frequently presented to new players in a way that comes across as overly complicated, even in beginner starter sets. This can cause novice players to give up on learning how to play the game.

For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, which is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, Sarah has partnered with the Wells Branch Community Library to develop D&D Starter Kits that will be available for check out. The kits will contain the official 5th Edition D&D Starter Set along with a number of accessories and cheat sheets she’s putting together and her own “Girl’s Guide to D&D” pamphlet to help players be able to jump in and learn the game while playing.

Sarah would like to thank PE Structural Consultants, Rouges Gallery, and her Girl Scout Cookie sale customers for making this project financially possible.

Find out more at the Dungeons & Dragons Launch at Inclusive Game Group at 4 pm on August 11th at the Wells Branch Community Library.

Malone Coffee at Café Chow Town is now back open!

They still have all the same great in-house roasted coffee and espresso drinks that you love.  The food menu is now the same menu as they have at their coffee food trucks.  Malone’s also has local baked bagels from Rockstar Bagels, muffins, smoothies and their croissant sandwiches and will also start offering pancakes in the next couple of days.  Hours are 7am to 2pm, seven days a week.

Malone Coffee at Café Chow Town is located in the Wells Branch Bratton Square Plaza on Merrilltown, next to Polvos and Four Seasons across the street from Wells Branch Elementary School.  The sign currently just says Chow Town but they’re working on putting a new sign up.  Please come out and support your local coffee shop and roastery (and all of our amazing WB businesses).  Hope to see you soon!

WBNA 2020 Calendar Contest

We all agree, Wells Branch is a beautiful place. The theme for the 2020 calendar is “Nature of Wells Branch”. We’d like to capture as many images as we can which feature birds, animals, flowers, gardens, landscapes, and trails and more. While people always add interest to photos the main subject should be a natural subject–the nature found in Wells Branch.

WBNA 2020 Calendar Contest rules and entry forms are now ready.  The Wells Branch MUD has graciously agreed to let us use the Rec. Center at 3000 Shoreline Drive for entry drop-off and display as the photos come in.  This year’s theme is “Nature of Wells Branch”.  Both current and past pictures are welcome.  Each photographer will be allowed to submit up to six (6) photos.  The WBNA will be accepting additional entries through August 31, 2019.  Voting will continue through the evening of August 31 during the MUD sponsored Labor Day Casino Night.  Winners will be announced on September 8, 2019.  The calendar will be available for purchase at National Night Out on October 1.

For Complete Contest Rules, click HERE.

For the Entry Form, click HERE.

EXTREME CLEAN Summer!

Saturday, July 13 • 8am-2pm
13905 Thermal Drive

We created Quarterly Extreme Clean several years ago to make it easy for Wells Branch residents to Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle – sort of a “one-stop shop” if you will.  We suggest you sort through the items you intend to bring and group them in bags or boxes to help expedite the process (it’s going to be REALLY HOT this Saturday and we want everything to flow smoothly).  If it’s reusable, please donate it to one of the groups listed below or recycle it, with bulk waste being a last resort.  I’ve included links to some of the things needed and listed specifics on some of the recycling items.  Please take a moment to review.

Austin Creative Reuse
https://www.austincreativereuse.org/donate/donate-materials/

Easter Seals 
Clothing, Clothing Accessories, Personal Accessories, Media, Housewares, Toys
http://www.donateestx.org/

Homeless Helpings to be distributed by Austin Humanists at Work
http://www.austinhumanistsatwork.org/donate/what-do-we-need/

Pet Shelter & Wildlife Rescue to be distributed by Lois Kantor
Clean towels, pet bedding & supplies, carriers & crates, pet toys, food, and blue jeans (for use at Wildlife Rescue)

Styrofoam – We’re talking the plain white stuff we all grew up with – no urethane foam or any of the new and “improved” stuff.  Those items need to go in with bulk trash, please.

Metal RECYCLING – LOVE this!  We want your old BBQ grills, dead patio furniture, dishwashers, and water heaters, etc.  PLEASE take your large items to the BACK of the receptacle so that we may pack as much in as possible.  The smaller items like nuts and bolts can be recycled here as well!

Limited Electronics RecyclingPlease note, we’re working on an more extensive plan to recycle electronics.  If you can wait until Extreme Clean Fall in October to bring your electronics, it would be appreciated.  If you’ve got them all packed up already, no worries, we’ll still take them.

Household Waste Collection INCLUDES: 
Batteries • Paint* • Antifreeze* ONLY
*MUST be in closed container.

CARDBOARD – YES!  Please break down the cardboard and separate it from the Styrofoam packing before you leave if at all possible as the heat is expected to be bad on Saturday.

Bulk Trash – Basically, whatever you have left except TVs, tires, and hazardous waste.  This is where you bring those mattresses, box springs and sofas that can’t be repurposed!  These bins always fill fast.  We’ll have volunteers there to help.  Please carry items to the back of the dumpsters so that we can PACK as much in as possible.  Thank you!

Mulch is NOT offered during Extreme Clean events, but will be back in August at Bulk Trash.

Remember, if you need help, Venture Crew 1409 is available, but you must schedule in advance by contacting Daniel White at 512-413-0097.  As they offer this service as a fundraiser for the Crew, they ask for a $20 minimum donation.  Please tip accordingly.

This is a collaborative effort from your Wells Branch Neighborhood Association (WBNA) and Wells Branch MUD.  Volunteers are always welcome!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please call or text 512-656-0654.  Thank you!

Celebrate Independence Day the Wells Branch Way at 4th Fest!

4th Fest is brought to you by the WB MUD Recreation Department—Thank you!

Roll out the Red, White & Blue! If you haven’t decorated yet, you better get busy!  Let’s show our Wells Branch Spirit.  Meet in front of the community center at 9:30am.  The parade takes off at 10am.  If you’ve never been to one of our parades before, then you should probably know we have decorated bikes, wagons, trailers, DOGS, KIDS, hats, motorcycles and floats.  It’s a grand event!  If you wish to include a float in this year’s parade, please contact the WB MUD Program & Events Coordinator at 512-251-9814.

2019 Parade Route (Departs at 10am)

  • Facing west on Klattenhoff Dr. => Right on Alpha Collier
  • Right on Fronia Woodward => Right on Cervin Blvd.
  • Right on Wells Port Dr. => Right on Crystal Shore
  • Right on Klattenhoff Dr. => Return to KF Park

When the parade returns to the Community Center, we kick off a FULL day of events.  There’ll be children’s activities throughout the park from 11am-3pm and free admission to KF Pool with games there from 12-3pm.  The Kiddy Train will be all revved up and giving rides and there’ll be balloon clowns and carnival games in the courtyard and inflatables in the park from 11-3pm.  Be sure and look for the dunk tank and capture a moment in the 4thFest photo booth.  Cool off inside the CC and get your face painted, visit the WBNA Silent Auction, stop by the Library table and get a tattoo.  ALL FOR FREE!!!

Live entertainment starts at 11am under the Big Tent with the Statesboro Review, followed by ventriloquist Ian Varella at 1pm, and the Magic of Gus Davis at 2:30pm.  Throughout the day, concessions will be available from local restaurants and community service groups offering a variety of items to enjoy.  Celebrating their 25th  consecutive year at 4th Fest, Branch BBQ will be on hand with their fabulous chopped beef sandwiches.  Malone Coffee will be back again this year serving coffee, pastries and iced coffee drinks.  Stop by the WBNA Silent Auction inside the Community Center for FREE COOKIES (including GF and Keto varieties, while supplies last) graciously donated by Dream Bakery.  And for the grown-ups, beginning at 11am, the WBNA will be serving FREE BEER (limit 2) inside the CC as well.

The Silent Auction benefits the WBNA.  Money raised from this event funds the Easter Egg Hunt, National Night Out, our participation in Halloween Trunk or Treat, crafts at Luminary Fest and all of the educational and safety seminars we put on throughout the year.  Come check out all the wonderful gift baskets and gift certificates donated by WB friends, neighbors and businesses and start placing your bids as soon as the parade returns.  Contact Debby Thompson at 512-656-0654 or SilentAuction@wbna.us if you have an item or service you’d like to donate or if you’d like to volunteer.  We can ALWAYS use a hand!

Come show your spirit, and remember,
YOU are what makes Wells Branch GREAT!

As the afternoon winds down, we hope you’ll join us as WB Celebrates Independence Day with a fireworks show to remember.  Please see below for parking and viewing areas.

Fireworks Location Reminder – Brought to you by the WB MUD Recreation Dept.

WB MUD will launch the July 4th fireworks display from the soccer field/detention pond on Shoreline Drive between the Rec. Center and Fire Station.  Please refer to the map below for designated seating areas.  We suggest being in your seats by 9pm, as the fireworks begin at dark (around 9:30pm).

Although parking is available along the street and in the Willow Bend Pool parking lot, the number of spaces are limited, so we encourage all that can, to walk or ride bikes. Please come early, bring your blankets, chairs, coolers and bug spray.

Don’t forget to clear your area and pick up your trash when you leave. Thank you!

Questions? Call the MUD Rec Center at 512-251-9814.