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 18th, 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.
  • Voting will start on Friday, December 13th and run through Monday, December 16th, noon.
  • Contestants must have their lights on from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. all three days.
  • 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.
  • Voting: 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: 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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