Raise Your Bottle!!

The Valley Ranch Lifestyle team successfully hosted its first Beer Tasting event on Friday, October 17, 2014 under a friendly October sky and a canopy of string lights. The transformation of the side patio  was completed with the clever use of bar tables and stools.

Beer samplings and education were conducted by Bobby Brown of Franconia Brewery (McKinney, TX). Samplings included the crowd-favored Oktoberfest, Dunkel, Kolsch, and Fallen Boch. Authentic German cuisine by Ketzler’s Schnitzel Shack food truck was a crowd pleaser offering salted pretzels, schnitzel, original and smoked bratwurst and jager fries…did I mention the jager fries!?

Thank you Valley Ranch residents for embracing this new event concept! I say we do this again…what do you think? A huge thank you to our partners that made the evening a breeze: Bobby Brown – Franconia Brewery, Marcel Koblitz – Ketzler’s Schnitzel Shack, Las Colinas Beverages, Fauxcades, At Once Party Rental.

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Ranchview Theatre Department Prestents ” Death by Dessert”


The Ranchview Theatre Arts Department invites you to their Dinner Theatre Production of “Death by Dessert”. This murder mystery comedy is about two feuding Italian restaurants.

Performance Date: Thursday, October 16th and Saturday, October 18th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Ranchview High School Cafeteria

Tickets Information

General Admission: $12.00 until Friday, October 10th

Ticket purchase will include a drink, appetizer, Italian entrée and of course, dessert! Tickets will not be sold at the door and the deadline to purchase tickets is this Friday, October 10th. You may purchase tickets in the main office before and after school or during lunches in the Cafeteria.

Contact Mr. Sanchez by Email: sanchezmartin@cfbisd.edu | Phone: 972-968-5000

This production is a great opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors to watch the talented IB Theatre Arts students as they open the season with “Death by Dessert”.

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Backyard Composting Basics

Backyard Composting Basics (C)

Fran Witte, Environmental Programs Coordinator from the Office of Environmental Stewardship, will be teaching participants the basic principles of composting and provide steps in creating a backyard composting bin. Students will learn about various types of composting including hot, cold, and composting with worms as well as uses for finished compost.

Date: Saturday, October 18th | Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register here.

Location: 8830 N. MacArthur BLVD, Suite 101 | Irving, T.X. 75063

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Top 10 Ways To Prevent Wildlife Problems



From the 911WildLife, here are the Top 10 Ways to Prevent Wildlife Problems.

  1. Don’t leave cat or dog food outside at night.
  2. Don’t leave bird seed in feeders or on the ground overnight.
  3. Don’t put unsecured garbage outside at night.
  4. If you have a pet door, securely close it at night.
  5. Trim overhanging branches that provide easy access to your roof for squirrels and other wildlife.
  6. If you have a chimney, make sure that it has a secure cap. Chimneys without caps are open invitations to birds and raccoons looking for “hollow trees” in which to raise their young.
  7. Thoroughly inspect your roof, eaves and siding for signs of damage. Cover attic vents and other roof openings with heavy-gauge, rustproof wire mesh.
  8. Cover foundation vents with heavy-gauge, rustproof wire mesh.
  9. If you have a deck, install an L-shaped barrier to prevent animals from digging underneath it.
  10. Share this information with your neighbors!

For more professional advice feel free to contact the Dallas 911WildLife.

Phone. 214-368-5911 | General Website. www.911wildlife.com


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Neighbor “Good” Stories


Have you exercised an act of kindness toward your neighbor? Or perhaps been on the receiving end of a thoughtful gesture from someone in your neighborhood? If you or someone you know has, we want to hear from you! Help us showcase the neighbor “goodness” that occurs all around Valley Ranch. Nothing comes to mind? Then here’s your opportunity to Go Out and Do Good!

Write to us at lifestyle@valleyranch.org


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2014 – 2015 Board Of Directors

board meeting

On behalf of the Valley Ranch HOA we would like to take this time to gratefully thank the Board members and the Water Conservation Committee for their dedication to and approval of the Casitas Re-landscape plan.


Please welcome your new 2014-2015 Master Board Members

Beverly Haber – President

Ketan Wadhwa – Vice President

Patricia Ward – Secretary Treasurer

Reggie Nelson – Director

Phil Barry – Director



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Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

If you struggle with adding flavor to your ground turkey, then take a gander at this recipe that adds a kick of chipotle to an ordinary turkey burger.

Recipe makes 4 burgers | Prep 25 mins | Cook 10 mins | Ready in 35 mins


  • 1 pound ground turkey • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 teaspoon onion powder • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper • 4 slices mozzarella cheese • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil grate. Place the ground turkey, onion, cilantro, chipotle chile pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, and black pepper in a mixing bowl; mix well. Form into 4 patties.
  2. Cook the hamburgers on the preheated grill until the turkey is no longer pink in the center, about 4 minutes per side. Place the mozzarella slices on the patties 2 minutes before they are ready. Serve on the toasted buns.

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