Veteran Meal Deals


We’re not the only ones celebrating you today. Check out these great offers provided by your local restaurants.

  • 54th Street Grill & Bar: Irving, TX – Honor your veteran and bring them into any Five-Four for a free meal on Tuesday, 11.11.14. Up to $12.00, proof of service required.
  • Red Hot & Blue Restaurants: Las Colinas/Irving – Veterans, Active Duty, Retirees and Reservists receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée of equal or greater value. Proof of military service required. Dine-in only. Print and present the coupon before ordering. Offer valid on Monday, November 10, 2014; Tuesday, November 11, 2014 and Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
  • Rodizio Grill in Dallas is honoring our Veterans with a special deal. Veterans eat FREE, from November 10 – 13, 2014 (One free meal with the purchase of one adult Full Rodizio). We, at Rodizio Grill, appreciate your service for our nation. Please provide proof of service.5400 Green Park Drive | Irving, TX 75038
  • Starbucks: Veterans, active duty service members, and spouses—enjoy a free tall (12 fl. oz) hot brewed coffee on us, Tuesday, November 11.
  • Applebee’s: A choice of seven different meals on the house (beverages and gratuity not included).
  • Chili’s: Free meals from a special menu.
  • IHOP: Free order of Red, White, and Blue pancakes anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Olive Garden: Free entrée from special menu.
  • On the Border: Free “create your own combo” meal.
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Halloween Safety Tips


Brought to you by the National Fire Protection Association.

  • When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, and heaters.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
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3rd Annual Holiday Lights Contest

Holiday Light ContestValley Ranch is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Holiday Lights Contest, sponsored by the Valley Ranch Residential Association. WIN CASH! ** Registration Required. Entries will be judged on creativity, design, originality, and complexity. There are two categories: Single Family and Townhouse/Multi-Family. Prizes: 1st Place – $200.00, 2nd Place – $150.00, 3rd Place – $100.00.

If there are fewer than 10 entries, only a single prize of $150.00 will be awarded. Judging will be from December 13th thru December 16th, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. LIGHTS MUST BE ON TO BE JUDGED.

Tour maps will be available on the Valley Ranch blog, website, and at the Association office. Take the tour with family and friends and enjoy this magical time of year.

Contest Rules

  • Contestants must live in Valley Ranch
  • Contestants must register their home by contacting us before Friday, November 21st. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number in the email. Your information will not be shared in the contest. We will only use this information to contact the winners.
  • Judging will start on Saturday, December 13th and run through Tuesday, December 16th, noon.
  • Contestants must have their lights on from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. all three nights.
  • After the voting ends, if there is a tie, the Valley Ranch Residential board will pick the winner. All decisions about the winners of this contest are final.
  • If we have less than 10 contestants, only a single prize of $150.00 will be awarded.
  • Board members and CCMC staff of the Valley Ranch Association are not eligible to enter.


  • First Place: $200
  • Second Place: $150
  • Third Place: $100

Key Dates

  • Deadline to enter contest: Friday, November 21st
  • Holiday Lights Contest: November 24th – December 16th.
  • Judging: December 13th – 16th.
  • Winners will be selected, notified by phone, and posted here on December 18th.


Voting will be conducted by a panel of judges from the Valley Ranch community.

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Valley Ranch’s Recycle Day

kids - recycle day

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Valley Ranch Association (Map)

Here’s a list of items that are acceptable to recycle:

  • Household batteries (no car batteries)
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Wire coat hangers
  • Styrofoam (packing ‘peanuts’ ONLY) bagged in plastic
  • Electronic devices including CDs and cell phones
  • Expired gift cards
  • Prescription eye glasses
  • DVD & CD plastic cases

Come early to have your sensitive documents securely shredded and disposed of. When the truck is full, “That’s all folks!”

We will also accept the following donations for the Arc of Texas:

  • Household items in usable condition including electrical appliances
  • Clothing, shoes, miscellaneous accessories such as caps, scarves
  • Toys, games, etc.

Please note: We cannot accept weapons and/or explosives, hazardous waste, flammable products, paint, lawn chemicals, large appliances, light bulbs or other glass items, automobile parts, food, sleeper sofas, and items needing repairs or upholstery work.


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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: | 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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