Frozen Watermelon Slushies

Frozen Watermelon Slushies

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“The night before your picnic, puree 6 cups chopped seedless watermelon in a blender until smooth, pour into a shallow airtight container and freeze. Bring the frozen watermelon on your picnic (it’ll double as an extra ice pack) and let thaw slightly, then mash with a fork and spoon into cups.”

Total Time: 10 min

Prep: 10 min

Yield: 4 servings

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Hillside Villas Crime Watch


Hillside Villas Crime Watch WITH LOGO

 Attention Hillside Villas Residents!

If you are interested in keeping our neighborhood safe, please consider joining the neighborhood crime watch program. 

All you have to do is email your name and address along with your contact information to

Your information will be shared with the other participants to help facilitate communication within our community. 

In addition, you will receive crime alerts and a monthly newsletter with crime tips and other helpful information.

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National Night Out

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Hark! Who lives there? If you are interested in creating some neighborhood camaraderie while enhancing your safety awareness, register your block for a National Night Out social!

Each registered neighborhood’s assigned block captain will receive $200 to support their block party treats and/or snacks. The Association will contact the Irving Police department for a representative.

Please register your block and captain by Friday, August 15th.

Please contact our office for any questions.

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Homemade Granola Bar’s

HomeMade Granola BarsIngredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.

Toss the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.

Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dates, apricots, and cranberries and stir well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.

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Expect Traffic Delays

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Lane Closure Advisory

MacArthur Blvd at Belt Line Road (Coppell)

Please be advised that the City of Coppell will be reconstructing the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and Belt Line Road in their city.  However, this major intersection is very close to the north city limits of Irving so it is expected that there will be traffic impact extending into the City of Irving and many Irving residents, businesses, and visitors will be affected as well as the thousands of motorists who travel MacArthur Blvd. and Belt Line Road to and from outside of Irving.

According to the City of Coppell, lane closures will start at approximately 12:00 noon on Monday, July 14, 2014.  The project is expected to be complete within fifteen (15) working days, although the contractor has been given a maximum of 30 days to reopen the roadways.

Belt Line Road will be completely closed either side of the MacArthur Blvd. intersection allowing no through traffic on Belt Line Road.

MacArthur Blvd., however, will maintain one lane of through traffic in both directions during the course of the construction.  The reduction from three lanes to one lane in each direction will be somewhat mitigated by there being no stopping for Belt Line Road, however, delays especially during peak traffic periods can be expected.

Detour information and updates on the project are being maintained by the City of Coppell on their website at:


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Donations & Donuts

Donations and Donuts Revised Wed Jul 14

The Valley Ranch Association is ramping up the donations for the USO DFW by hosting a “Drive Thru” Donation blitz: Donations & Donuts.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014                                                                                                                  7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.                                                                                                                 8830 N. MacArthur Blvd.                                                                                                         Valley Ranch Association Office Park (map)  

Supporters of this donation drive will enjoy curb-side donation assistance, donuts, juice and/or coffee. Drive thru for this worthy cause supporting USA Troops and their families. Please see the list of needs here.

We’ll have a donut waiting for you!

Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and groups. Please contact us!

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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Summer Fun Photo Contest

Who’s ready for another awesome photo contest? We are! The Valley Ranch Association is conducting a summer FACEBOOK photo contest of “Oh the Places You’ll go!” This is a chance for you to share your summer escapes with everyone and win some prizes too!

The Four Categories are:
1. Exotic Places
2. The Great Outdoors
3. Water Works
4. Open Road

Contestants may enter ONE photo into each category. There will be 1 winner for each category. Each of the 4 winners will receive a $50 Visa gift card. After the contest, some of these photos may be displayed in the Valley Ranch office, used on our website, marketing materials, in our social media, and in our newsletters.

Contest Timeline

Entry Period: June 30th – July 30th at 5:00 P.M.
Public Voting: August 1st – August 8th at 5:00 P.M.
Winners will be determined by the number of “likes” on Facebook. Votes will be tallied on August 8th after 5:00 P.M. The winners will be contacted on Monday, August 11th by telephone and/or email and subsequently announced through our social media platforms.


1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter into the contest.
2. Employees of Valley Ranch and other companies associated with promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible.
3. The contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

How to Enter
To enter the contest, email our Lifestyle team at with your photo and the following information: Full Name, Telephone, Email, Category Submission, and Location of photo.  A caption/brief paragraph about your photo is optional.

Photo Guidelines

1. Photos must be of high quality resolution.
2. Photos must be submitted between June 30th – July 30th by 5:00 P.M.
3. Contestants may only submit ONE photo per category.
4. Only emailed photos to the Valley Ranch Lifestyle team will be qualified for the contest.
5. No print or film submissions will be accepted.
6. Photographs must be in a .jpeg, or .jpg format.
7. Photos uploaded to the Photo Contest will be reviewed before they are made public. All approved photos will be considered for entry.
8. All entries become the property of Valley Ranch and will not be acknowledged or returned.
9. The photos and its entirety must be of original material taken by the contestant. By entering the contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, right of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.
10. The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the sponsor, contain obscene, provocative defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

Please contact the Association office with any questions, 972-869-1430.

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