All posts by Debby Thompson

Wells Branch READY, SET, VOTE!

A non-partisan, community voter registration event!
Saturday, Jan 25th

FIVE CONVENIENT WB LOCATIONS:
Malone’s Coffee on Bratton Lane: 9am – 1pm
WB Recreation Center on Shoreline: 9am – 1pm
Wells Branch Community Library on Wells Port Drive: 10am – 2pm
(2 locations in Wells Branch Plaza shopping center @ 1779 Wells Branch Parkway):
Community Health Fair at Fighting Fit (near the Valero Corner Store): 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Branch BBQ (near the UPS store): 11am – 1pm

 

Do you or someone you know need to register to vote? Need to update your voter registration to reflect your new address? Have questions about getting registered? Unsure if you can vote? Local Wells Branch VDR’s are coming out this Saturday to help all our neighbors get registered and be ready to vote in the March 3rd primary…and beyond! The deadline to register in time for the primary is February 3rd – so come to any of our neighborhood locations on Saturday and we will help you GET REGISTERED! Early voting begins Feb 18th!

2020 Cultural Diversity Fair:
Get ready to participate!

Register to Volunteer HERE!

Contact us at:  wb-cultural-diversity@googlegroups.com 

Learn more at: wbna.us/community/wb-cultural-diversity-fair/

Get ready for the 2020 Wells Branch Cultural Diversity Fair. The last “CDF” event was a huge success. Nearly 20 countries were represented and many booths offered a tasty sample of regional cuisine. The various cultural performers provided an amazing spectrum of song, dance, music, acrobatics and meditation techniques. There were also several learning activities, photo ops and international game demonstrations.

If you and your family attended this amazing cultural showcase in previous years, you probably came away thinking WOW!, all this fantastic cultural diversity and all right here within Wells Branch. Many folks have commented that this community event is a great way to learn about far away places without leaving Wells Branch and the participants were provided with an excellent opportunity to meet new folks in the community.

The key to any successful event comes down planning. The 2020 “CDF” is slated for February 23rd, from 1-4 pm. If you or your group would like to host a country booth or provide regional entertainment, just let us know. We have already received offers to host several countries. We need to finalize the list. Please follow this LINK to register for a booth.

The Wells Branch MUD, partnering with the WBNA and other community groups will help host the event. Each country booth will have reserved a banquet table, 1 chair and a $50 budget towards food preparation. There is also a special budget set aside for entertainment. Please reach out if you have a cultural entertain group that would like to participate.

Country sponsors are encouraged to have a “kid-friendly” activity, display or craft. The WB MUD would like to request that some sort of regional “water resource” information be available. And this year we are adding an exciting new feature, sponsored by the WB Friends of the Library and the WB Community Library—an “on the spot” language lab to the practice speaking some simple words in a foreign language. We are asking that each country sponsor provide a short list of words (phonetic breakdown), e.g. Hello, Welcome, Please, Thank You, etc.

Great community events are successful through great community interaction. Please consider helping to host a booth or activity at the 2020 Wells Branch Cultural Diversity Fair.

Contact: Margaret Sufke, mmsufke@gmail.com or voice mail: 512-341-0428

TCSO Meeting on Mail Theft
Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 6:30pm
WB Comm. Ctr. | 2106 Klattenhoff Drive

Mailbox break-ins this season seem too frequent to count.  Join us this coming Thursday as we meet with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to find out what’s being done about the recent rash of mail thefts and what we, as a community, can do to help.

We realize it’s right after work, but we’ll have munchies on hand to tide you over until you make it home!

Happy Holidays from the WBNA!

The holidays are HERE!  We hope you’ll join us in celebrating these wonderful Wells Branch traditions.  Take time to reconnect with family, friends and neighbors.  We look forward to seeing each of you at the festivities!

Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner
Saturday, November 23 • 6:00-8:00pm
Sponsored by WB MUD Recreation Dept.

Wells Branch neighbors, you’re invited to bring a prepared covered dish or dessert to share and spend the evening among family and friends exchanging memories while creating new ones.  Our Thanksgiving Potluck is a long-standing tradition in Wells Branch you won’t want to miss.  Turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, and beverages will be provided by the WB MUD.

Youth Fowl Shot Contest
Tuesday, November 26 • 6:00-8:00pm
Sponsored by WB MUD Parks & Rec. Dept.

Hoop it up and put your basketball skills to the test!  Various games will be held for Wells Branch Youth to take their shot at taking home a grand prize!   The contest starts at 6:00pm in the WB MUD Rec. Center Gym.  Participants accumulate points by competing in a variety of basketball activities. Age groups will be split into three groups: 8-10, 11-13, and 14-17. Grand-prize winners from each age group will receive a turkey. Registration is free and you can register in-person at the Recreation Center.

WBNA Holiday Home Decorating Contest
Judging begins Sunday, December 8!

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 8 with winners announced on Saturday, December 21.  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.

Polar Express Pajamarama
Saturday, December 14 • 6:00 & 7:00pm

All aboard, for Wells Branch Community Library’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 Saturday, December 14 at 6:00pm & 7:00pm!  Register at wblibrary.eventbrite.com.

Light Up the Night at Luminary Fest
Friday & Saturday, December 13 & 14 • 6:00-9:00pm
Sponsored by WB MUD Parks & Rec. Dept.

Experience the glow of the holidays as our trails light up with luminaries around Katherine Fleischer Park on December 13 & 14.  Santa will be visiting the Homestead Cabin both nights from 6-9pm with FREE photos provided by WB Community Church and digital copies available the next day on the WBNA Facebook page.

Warm up inside the Community Center with hot cocoa and cookies provided by the WB MUD Parks & Rec. Dept.  WBNA sponsored craft tables will be set up both nights and children will have the opportunity to create ornaments and keepsakes.  Volunteers will be on hand to assist with crafts and MUD staff will keep the 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.  Jessica Shepherd will host the kids’ karaoke inside the Community Center on Saturday night with continued crafts and refreshments for all to enjoy.

Help to light the luminary candles on Friday and Saturday at 3:30pm.  The MUD will have lighters on hand but feel free to bring your own long lighter and meet in the courtyard at the Community Center.  Wagons are encouraged Saturday to help carry the replacement candles along the trail.

We hope to see you there!

TxDOT Meeting:
I-35/WB Pkwy Diverging Diamond

Thursday, November 21 • 7pm
WB Community Center • 2106 Klattenhoff

Engineers from TxDOT will give a short presentation on the continued improvements along I-35 and plans for renovation of the intersection at I-35 and Wells Branch Pkwy followed by a Q & A session.  They’ll have a representative on hand to record input from residents.

Along with the presentation, TxDOT will also have the complete map system for this project on display and be available to answer any questions you may have after the presentation.

In addition to North and Southbound HOV lanes from the 45 toll road down to 290/2222, this highway project includes a major overhaul of our Wells Branch Parkway & I-35 intersection, changing it to a ‘Diverging Diamond’ traffic pattern like they recently put in near IKEA at exit 257 on I-35.  The plan also includes creating bike and pedestrian routes so we can walk and bike across I-35 safely.

The link below has lots of information on what’s planned.  Please review and spread the word – this is our chance to ask questions or raise any concerns.

https://capexnorth.mobility35openhouse.com

Taryn Feigen from Rep. Israel’s office will be there to answer any legislative questions regarding this project.

For those of you who’ve expressed the desire for additional dedicated lanes at the Shoreline/Burnet Rd (1325) intersection, an engineer for that area will also be on hand to take input and answer questions.

Please make every effort to come!