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Stone Canyon Neighborhood Newsletter www.stonecanyonoa.org

December 2010

Volume 5, Issue 12

Official Publication of Stone Canyon Homeowners Association

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! Breakfast with Santa

The holidays are around the corner and Breakfast with Santa will be on Saturday, December 11th from 8:30 to 11am in the Fern Bluff Mud Community Center. Come enjoy doughnut holes, juice and coffee as the kids visit with Santa. Choirs from Fern Bluff elementary, Chisholm Trail middle school and Round Rock high school will be performing for us. Donations for Brown Santa; the nearby Nursing Home; and our Adopt a Family program are greatly appreciated. Brown Santa and the Nursing Home are in need of food items as well as socks and other toiletry items. There are 6 families in total that we are trying to help out his year. Each of these families have special needs kids that are currently at Fern Bluff Elementary, or have been at Fern Bluff Elementary. Since the Gift Card donations worked out so well last year, we hope that we could also focus on assisting in that way again this year. (Walmart, HEB and Target are great for food and clothing items) Fern Bluff Elementary will be help to support our adopted families as well. Gifts and/or donations can be dropped off at the Fern Bluff Community Center or at the Park Valley Health Care Center during working hours up to December 13th. If you need additional information please call Laura Kouns at 733-1659 or email [email protected] All residents are invited to join in on the fun! We have already heard from several of you who wish to volunteer, but many more wonderful volunteers are still needed on the day of the event: Setup for Breakfast with Santa at 7:45 am During Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 thru 11:00am Clean up after Breakfast with Santa at 11:00am Wrap presents from 11:00am -1:00pm Delivery of all donations Copyright © 2010 Peel, Inc.

DECEMBER FAMILY FUN Looking for a few things to do with the family in December? Round Rock is having a Christmas Family Fun Night on Dec. 10th. Here is a link to the city website for a list of activities and times. http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/home/index.asp?page=634

How about a Tacky Light Tour?

Go to this website and enter your zip code and a light tour with addresses will come up. http://www.tackylighttour.com/christmas_lights/home.aspx

How about a show or play?

Check out the Paramount theatre website for info on the production: “A Tuna Christmas” http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Home The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” will be at Bass Concert Hall. The Georgetown Palace Theatre will have “Scrooge, The Musical” on their stage. The Zachary Scott Theatre is putting on “Rockin’ Christmas Party” through 12/26. Of course the all time classic “The Nutcracker” will be at the Long Center for the Performing Art.

Interested in Craft Fairs? Georgetown is holding a ‘Holiday Craft Fair” @ their Community Ctr on 12/19.

You have to check out the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar http://www.armadillobazaar.com/ Well this is just a short list. Check Austin360.com for more events. Hope your holidays are wonderful! Cathy Soukup Stone Canyon Homeowner's Association Newsletter - December 2010

Stone Canyon Stone Canyon Owners & Association Management Teams www.stonecanyonoa.org

Stone Canyon Owners Association Board of Directors:

President/Pool/Newsletter Richard [email protected] Vice President/Recreation/Landscape Jessica [email protected] Treasurer/ACC/Publicity Director Fred [email protected] Parliamentarian/Neighborhood Watch/YOM/ Website Chhaya Tripathi ............... [email protected] Secretary/Capital Improvement/Maintenance Dwip Shah........................... [email protected] Committee Chairs

ACC .................................................................... OPEN Recreation Amy Harris Hooker................................................ Swimming Pool Greg Martinez............ [email protected] Yard of the Month Kim Parker . .............................. [email protected] Maintenance Al [email protected] Landscape Cathy Soukup.................... [email protected].rr.com Neighborhood Watch .................................................................... OPEN Newsletter Judith Horton ................... [email protected] Good Neighbor Laura Kouns . ..................... [email protected] Website Ron [email protected] 

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key contacts In an attempt to make things easier to find, we have provided some key contact information for various organizations that you might need to contact.  If you have a suggestion for information to add, please contact the web committee. Home Owners Association: Bob Nardo - Goodwin Management - (512) 852-7965 11149 Research Blvd Suite 100, Austin, TX 78759-5227 http://stc.goodwintx.com/ Payment Address: Stone Canyon c/o Goodwin Management PO Box 4785 Houston, TX 77210-4785 Governmental Agencies: Fern Bluff Mud............................................(512) 238-0606 ................ 7320 Wyoming Springs, Round Rock, TX 78681 City of Round Rock....................................(512) 218-5400 ............................... 221 East Main Street, Round Rock, TX Williamson County Commissioners Office..(512) 248-3238 ............ 400 W. Main St., Ste. 216, Round Rock, TX 78664 Williamson County Constable (Robert Chody) 512-248-3239 ....................211 Commerce Cove, Round Rock, TX 78664 Williamson County Sheriff’s Office (Non-Emergency)........................................(512) 943-1300 Williamson County EMS (Non-Emergency) (512) 943-1264 Round Rock ISD............................. (512) 464-5000 - 1311 .....................Round Rock Avenue, Round Rock, TX 78681 Misc. Services: Gas Line Malfunction..... (Business Hours) 1-800-460-3030 .............................................(After Hours) 1-800-817-8090 Street Light Repair - TU Electric at 1-800-242-9113 Texas Utilities (TXU) - 1-800-368-1398 Southwestern Bell - 1-888-294-8433 Time Warner Cable - 512-485-5555 Road Kill Cleanup Williamson County Road and Bridge............512-943-3330

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Members of King of Kings Lutheran Church will return to Stone Canyon for the church’s second annual “Caroling for Cans” project, Sunday, December 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Caroling groups will spread Christmas cheer throughout the streets of Stone Canyon while collecting donations for the Round Rock Area Serving Center. The non-profit center includes a food pantry, which helps to serve individuals and families in need in Round Rock and surrounding areas. In its inaugural year, King of Kings carolers collected more than 100 pounds of food from Stone Canyon to benefit the serving center. Project organizers expect to cover even more streets this year, due to a larger number of volunteers.

“We were truly touched by the generosity of the Stone Canyon residents last year and the effort they made to participate in our program,” said Mark Dankis, senior pastor of King of Kings. “Some made special trips to the grocery store because they knew we were coming and wanted to help those in need. That’s what the holiday season is all about.” Organizers will place hangers on the doors of selected streets the week prior to provide residents with more information on participating. If residents are not available during the caroling event, they may place donations on their porches to be collected. The Round Rock Serving Center suggests items such as canned vegetables, soup, beans, tuna, meat, stews, breakfast cereal, pasta, peanut butter, baby food and

formula, toilet paper and toiletry items. For more information on Caroling for Cans, please contact Chris Graf at [email protected] austin.rr.com. King of Kings Lutheran Church is a vibrant community of people (from youngsters to folks just hitting their “prime”) who are growing through God’s Word, receiving His grace and glorifying Him through ministry and missions.

WATCH LIVE services Sunday mornings or view any time at www.ghbc.org Sunday Morning Schedule 9:30 - Blended Worship | 11:00 - Contemporary Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 - Bible Life Groups (all ages)

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Stone Canyon Tackle Hunger in Texas with the Souper Bowl of Caring!

What would happen if every American that celebrates the Big Football Game donated one can of food or $1 to fight hunger and poverty in their local community? The result would be an astounding $90 million in cash and cans to help feed the hungry, provide shelter to the homeless and help our neighbors in need. With all eyes on North Texas this year as they host the Big Game, you can join the Souper Bowl of Caring and help make this vision a reality! For more than 20 years, groups all over the country have joined forces to demonstrate the power of caring. To date, more than $71 million in cash and cans has been collected and 100% was donated in communities throughout the U.S. Every penny stays local and every collection matters!

Learn more at tacklehunger.org.

Last year, 1,900 schools, churches, businesses and grocery stores in Texas collected more than $4.5 million for local charities that fight hunger and poverty. The need is growing and we need your help! Join the Team. Get started today! 1. REGISTER your school, church or business at tacklehunger. org and designate an organizer for your Souper Bowl of Caring event. You’ll receive a free Resource Kit! 2. COLLECT money and/or canned foods anytime January 17February 6, 2011. Super Bowl Sunday is February 6, 2011. 3. REPORT the amount of your collection to the Souper Bowl of Caring so it can be added to the national tally. 4. DONATE 100% of your collection to the charity of your choice in your own community.

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Still Time for Year-end Financial Moves But Hurry 'Cause...

The holiday season is always a busy time of year, so you’re probably pretty busy. But it is important to take some time now to evaluate year-end financial moves that may be beneficial in preparing for your financial future. Which year-end moves should you consider? You will want to talk to your financial advisor and tax and legal professionals first, but here are a few ideas to get you started: • Boost your IRA contributions. You have until April 15, 2011, to fully fund your IRA for the 2010 tax year, but the sooner you finish with your 2010 contribution, the quicker you can get started on your 2011 contribution — and the earlier in the year you fund your IRA, the more time you give your account the opportunity to grow. • Put more money into college savings plans. If you have a 529 college savings plan for yourself or someone else, consider putting more money in before year-end. You can gift up to $13,000 ($26,000 per married couple) per person per year without gift tax consequences. However, this must be accomplished by year-end. • Be generous. If you’ve been thinking of making charitable gifts,

don’t put them off any longer. As long as you make a donation to a qualified charity before the year ends, you can claim a deduction on your 2010 tax return. For example, if you donate $100 to a charitable group [either a religious organization or one that has received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service], and you’re in the 25% tax bracket, you can deduct $100 (with a tax benefit of $25) when you file your taxes for 2010, providing, of course, that you itemize. If you donate stocks or other types of assets, you may also be able to save on capital gains taxes, because it will be the charity, not you, that eventually sells those assets. • Sell your “losers.” If you own investments that have lost value since you purchased them, you can sell them before 2010 ends and then use the tax loss to offset capital gains you may have earned in other investments. If you don’t have any capital gains, you can use up to $3,000 of your tax losses to offset other ordinary income. If your loss is greater than $3,000, you can “carry over” the excess and deduct it from your taxes in future years. However, if you then want to repurchase the investment you sold, you’ll need to wait at least 31 days to avoid violating the IRS’ “wash sale” rules. • Take capital gains. In 2011, the tax rate on long-term capital gains is scheduled to increase to 20% for most investors, up from the 15% rate it’s been the last several years. If you have stocks or other appreciated assets that you were thinking of selling in the near future, you might want to do so before the year comes to a close. However, it’s generally not a good idea to make investment decisions strictly because of tax consequences. If your appreciated assets are still a part of your overall financial strategy, you may be better off holding them for the long term, even with a higher capital gains rate. Considering these moves before the year ends may help you better prepare to address you financial picture in 2011.

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