WB Photo Club to Host “Camera Basics”

Summer is in full swing and so is the WB Photo Club!  During the June meeting we kicked off our own “Camera Basics Summer Camp”.  Steve Hilchey led an excellent session on the “Exposure Triangle” which covered the basics of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO settings (fstoppers.com also has an excellent short article that highlights the main discussion points).

“Summer Camp” continues July 11 when we offer Part II of Camera Basics. We’ll work through bracketing, white balance, and some best practices to leverage basic “magic light” techniques.  August 8, we’ll host a hands-on session, with a photo op field trip.  Be sure to watch the WB community forums for more information.

WB Photo Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, at the WB Rec. Center, 3000 Shoreline Drive, at 6:30pm. Our meetings follow a drop-in session format and are open to the entire community.  Questions?  Contact Margaret at mmsufke@gmail.com.

Remember, everyone is welcome and you do not need expensive equipment, any camera will do–even cell phones.

Take a break this summer and learn something new or just help share the hobby!
FOL Photo Contest Update:  Everyone is encouraged to participate!  Deadline was June 30th for all photos, with one exception; you may submit your absolute favorite shot of 4th Fest no later than 6pm, July 7.  See wbfriends. org for more information.

WB MUD 4th Fest!  Celebrate Independence Day the Wells Branch Way!

Roll out the Red, White & Blue!  If you haven’t decorated yet, you better get busy!  Let’s show our Wells Branch Spirit.  Hang your flags out NOW!  Let everybody know that you’re ready to celebrate!  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 MUD Rec. Staff at 512- 251-9814.

2017 Parade Route

• Klattenhoff Dr. (facing east)
Depart Community Center
• East on Klattenhoff Drive
• Right on Surrender Drive

Left on Delvin Lane
• Right on Weldon Lane
• Left on Gaylord Drive

Left on Sandy Side Drive
• Cross over Klattenhoff Drive
• Left on Crystal Shore Drive

Right on Klattenhoff Drive
• 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 by Dianne Koehler and crew, then visit the WBNA Silent Auction.  Don’t forget to stop by the Friends of the Library table and vote for your favorite photos for their 2018 calendar.  ALL FOR FREE!!!

Live entertainment starts at 11am and goes through 5pm under the Big Tent with a magician, live music from the Camille Sanders Trio, a ventriloquist, and then MORE music!  Throughout the day, concessions will be available from local restaurants and community service groups offering a variety of items to enjoy.  For over 20 years, Branch BBQ has been on hand at 4thFest with their fabulous chopped beef sandwiches and for fans of Chon Som, they’ll make their annual reappearance serving Asian cuisine.  El Faro will be here as well with their delicious fajitas and for the first time, we’ll have Johnny Beans on hand serving coffee, pastries and iced coffee drinks.  For a complete list of entertainment, visit wellsbranchmud.com.

The Silent Auction is back this year and benefits the WBNA.  Money raised from this event funds the Easter Egg Hunt, National Night Out, our participation in Halloween Trunk or Treat, Friday night 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.  Call or email 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 at the Silent Auction.  We can ALWAYS use a hand!

As the afternoon winds down, we hope you’ll join us as Wells Branch Celebrates Independence Day with a fireworks show to remember.  The display will be launched from the soccer field adjacent to the Rec. Center on Shoreline Drive beginning at dark.  The MUD suggests being in your seats by 9pm.  Please see the map below for parking and viewing areas.  Parking will be limited so we encourage residents to walk or bike utilizing the various bike lanes and hike and bike trail.

Come show your spirit, and remember – YOU make Wells Branch GREAT! 

*Please note: 4th Fest is a Wells Branch MUD sponsored event.  Countless hours go into planning, set-up, day-of events, and clean-up, all funded by the MUD, not to mention the fact that their employees give up time that could be spent with family to make our (WB’s) holiday special.  It features many area WB community service groups and allows them the opportunity for both community service and fundraising.  The WBNA is grateful for this opportunity.

*Fireworks display is subject to change or cancellation depending on weather conditions so check our website for updates.


Plan Ahead for Fireworks Safety

by Allison Strupeck, PIO/Community Outreach Coordinator, Prevention Division
Pflugerville Fire Dept./Travis County ESD No. 2

Please respect your neighbors if you choose to light fireworks.  This year, July 4th falls on a weeknight when many families will be working the next day.  Keep in mind that the sound of fireworks can be very stressful for some veterans and others who experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  It also scares many dogs and other pets.

Remember that fireworks are NOT legal to use on or around schools and Travis County parks.  They’re also not legal on Wells Branch Municipal Utility District (MUD) property, which includes all MUD facilities, parks, trails, greenbelts, the Pond, drainage detention areas, the veloway, and the grassy area located at Robert I. Walker and Charla Circle.

But if you choose to light fireworks in a safe, legal location, Travis County ESD No. 2 (Pflugerville Fire Dept.) wants you to better understand the dangers of fireworks and work together as a family to stay safe.  Rather than risking your safety with personal fireworks, we strongly recommend checking out a professional fireworks show.  A great option in this area is the 4th Fest in Wells Branch!  Here are other safety tips for your family: Continue reading Plan Ahead for Fireworks Safety

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!