FOL 2018 Calendar Contest Underway!

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Read

Calling all photographers, amateur to professional, the Friends of the Wells Branch Library is holding its second annual contest searching for the 16 photos to grace their 2018 calendar.  Your photo could be a WINNER!!

Send in your photos of idyllic views, people, critters, activities, events – whatever you think best applies to the theme “Best of Wells Branch” to be included in our 15 month calendar for 2018.

Contest photos will be on display at the Library and in the Community Center during 4th Fest.  Stop by and vote for your favorites!

Complete rules and submission guidelines HERE.  Contest ends June 30, 2017.

Start getting your photos ready NOW!

Celebrate Juneteenth with Jazz on the Greens!

featuring The Pamela Hart and James Polk Quartet
Sunday, June 18 • 6:00 – 8:00pm
WB Homestead • 2106 Klattenhoff Drive

Join the Wells Branch neighborhood in a celebration dating back to 1865:  Juneteenth, an African American celebration of remembrance, emancipation, heritage and equality.

Jazz on the Greens will be a mellow, relaxing evening of jazz featuring Austin’s Queen of Jazz, Pam Hart, and National Talent, Dr. James Polk.  They will serenade the audience on Sunday evening on the lush greens at the WB Homestead at KF Park.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this inaugural event as Wells Branch comes together to commemorate Juneteenth.

Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training

Saturday, June 10 • 11am
WB Rec. Center • 3000 Shoreline Drive

Voter Registration – We need Volunteers!  It only takes an hour of your time to get certified and you can be as involved (or uninvolved) as you’d like. Training enables you to be a resource to new neighbors, at community events, school, church, and social groups.  We’re starting early this election cycle.  With this training, your certification won’t expire until December 31, 2018, so you’ll be set to register through mid-term elections.  PLEASE, help us to register ALL of our Wells Branch neighbors!

If you’d like to be a part of this effort (however big or small), we have a training session set for Saturday, June 10, 11am at the Rec. Center, 3000 Shoreline Drive.  We need an approximate head count so that Travis County can bring adequate supplies.  Please reserve your spot at vote@wbna.us.  Questions? Call 512-656-0654.

We will have a few extra packets so please come even if you haven’t RSVP’d!

Summer Reading starts today at the Wells Branch Community Library!

It’s time for another Summer Reading Challenge at the Wells Branch Community Library! Throughout June and July, log your reading progress on the library’s ReadSquared page to compete with friends and neighbors, unlock fun games and challenges, and earn chances to win raffles for fantastic prizes. Any and all reading counts: reading the newspaper, listening to an audiobook on your morning drive, reading aloud to kids, and more can all be counted toward your summer reading progress.

In addition to our online reading challenge, summer means a lot of free and fun library events! Join us each week for new kids’ programs, including:

  • LEGO Lab: Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. (ages 5-12)
    Build and program a LEGO robot or get creative with LEGO free-play! To sign up for LEGO robotics, visit the kids’ desk beginning at 3:30.
  • Circle Time: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (ages 0-3)
    Learn about the alphabet, days of the week, weather, and more through song in this first classroom experience.
  • Block Parties: Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. (ages 3+)
    Build with Keva planks, cardboard bricks, and blocks of all sizes.
  • Little Helpers: Fridays at 2 p.m. (ages 4-8)
    Meet community helpers, like firefighters and police officers, and learn how to become a helper yourself!

Grown-ups can have fun, too, with programs like DIY Wednesdays each week throughout June and July. For more information about all of the library’s summer programs, visit the library’s website.

Finally, the library’s still your place to find your favorite books, magazines, and movies! Stop by any day of the week to browse and borrow, or use our digital collections for 24/7 access to library materials.

Don’t have a library card? Visit the library to sign up! All Texas residents 18 and older are eligible for a free library card, with valid ID and proof of current physical address. (Minors ages 5-17 can sign up with a parent or guardian.) The library is located at 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Got a question? Call the library at 512-989-3188, email staff@wblibrary.org, or stop by the library during open hours.

FOL Financial Foundations Session 5:  Family Law & Estate Planning

Thursday, June 8 • 6:30pm
WB Community Center, 2106 Klattenhoff

Plan to join us for the final FOL adult educational program in the Financial Foundations series.  As highlighted in the earlier sessions, the main focus of this program is to educate all age groups on the foundations of personal finance and how to maximize your resources.  Nothing will be sold.  This is a FREE workshop, offered to the entire Wells Branch community.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Our final session on Family Law and Estate planning will take place on June 8th and will be lead by Mr. Brad Wiewel, a Board Certified Texas estate planning attorney with a state-wide practice with offices in nearby Georgetown.  The Wiewel Law Firm is dedicated to providing legal guidance and planning in the areas of Estate Planning and Elder Law.  For more information, visit:  texastrustlaw.com.

At this meeting, learn how to apply basic estate planning strategies to help secure your hard earned financial resources:
  • legal documents and a basic estate plan everyone should have on file regardless of age
  • ways to help secure hard-earned finances for the future
  • how to balance the costs and financial concerns of extended family situations (elder care, dependent care for disabled family members, etc.
  • learn what happens if you do nothing (e.g. fail to plan)

Start planning now to attend this final session and develop your plan for financial success. Continue reading FOL Financial Foundations Session 5: Family Law & Estate Planning

7th Annual WB Garden Guild Tour

Saturday, May 20 • Meet at the Recreation Center 3000 Shoreline Drive at 8:45am to Carpool! Departing at 9 am.
Join us at 9am to sneak a peek behind the fences and see some of the best and most interesting gardens in Wells Branch.  Take a look at how neighbors are planting to create an oasis in the shade or a sunny paradise.  We’ll visit both vegetable and flower gardens and take away lots of great ideas.

  • Joan Mead |3600 Mocha Trail | Cozy backyard xeriscape with interesting lighting
  • Barbara Romero | 2440 Rick Whinery Drive | Low maintenance, peaceful and pretty
  • Jeaneane McNulty | 2207 Fuzz Fairway | Front yard with live oaks, turf-less water conscious with stone patio and paths, featuring rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation. Backyard is veggies, native plants and play areas
  • George and Wanda Holcombe |14900 Yellowleaf Trail | Butterfly garden
  • Marlene Counts | 14583 Robert I Walker | Informal English garden including stone path
  • Vicky Linsalata | 14975 Doria | Bird and butterfly friendly native plants
  • Donna Howe | 14979 Doria | Lovely, low maintenance garden
  • Wells Branch Elementary School 14650 Merrilltown Drive | Vegetable gardens
  • Jack and Mary Hendren | 14809 Jacks Pond Rd | Front yard is shade garden featuring rock pathway with native plants
  • Glen Garey and Noe Gonzales | 14925 Jacks Pond Rd | Large, peaceful yard where they will offer some light refreshments; tea, lemonade, small sandwiches and some fruit.

Download the WB Garden Guild Tour 2017 Map HERE.

For a printable list, click HERE.