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Granada Hills & Estates

Serving the Communities of Granada Hills & Estates, Granada Oaks, Southview Estates and Fox Run Estates Volume 4, Number 11

November 2010

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A LESSON IN SHARING Last week I had the privilege of working in the garden with Reid, Luke, Cole and Gray Hardin. We were planting winter vegetables: broccoli, lettuce, peas, garlic, beans, carrots, radishes and cabbage. The boys work with their friend Steven Hebbard from the “Mobile Loaves and Fishes” (MLF) project “Karpophoreo” tending the garden, weeding, watering and harvesting, then through the MLF program share the produce with homeless people all over Austin. They are helped by their parents Amy and Brad Hardin plus volunteers from Karpophoreo and have learned to cook and eat new vegetables and fruits. Last summer they harvested tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, cantaloupe and a few watermelon; I heard they were all delicious and were a big hit with the recipients. As many of you know “Mobile Loaves and Fishes” fills trucks with meals and distributes these meals wherever they find folks in need. They have also begun a project called “Habitat on Wheels” (HOW) that transitions the chronically homeless into permanent affordable homes. The tenant receives a fully furnished mobile home in a mobile home park. Many of these folks have chronic health problems and have lived on the street for many, many years. Guidance is given to these folks about proper nutrition, and skills that enable them to live in a stable community. Through MLF support is given in everyday living and fresh produce from gardens such as the one in the Hardin back yard at 8206 Espanola. According to Steven Hebbard, doctor and hospital visits have been significantly reduced among the tenants and their quality of life has improved greatly. The Karpophoreo Project involves the use of parts of consenting homeowner’s back yards for the growing of vegetables began in October 2009 and now is using over 12 Austin back yards. The homeowner provides the space, soil amendments, fences (if needed), water, seedlings and seeds, and receives half of what is produced. The other half is distributed to over 45 residences in the HOW project and in preparing the meals for the MLF recipients. Having a permanent address enables the tenants to find suitable work and become more self-sufficient.

Thank you Reid, Luke, Cole and Gray for sharing your special project with me and letting me tell the story of your garden. - Hope Dyson

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Granada Hills & Estates Board of Directors President Melissa Clark-Maynard....... 814-6201, [email protected] Vice President Dan Nowicki....................814-6201, [email protected] Treasurer Alicia Kothmann...............814-6201, [email protected] Secretary Tim Hendricks................. 814-6201, [email protected] Directors Hope Dyson...................814-6201, [email protected] Jim Shaw......................... 814-6201, [email protected] Jen Butel............................814-6201, [email protected]

committees newsletter Rhett [email protected] welcome Hope Dyson...................394-1558, [email protected] membership Tim Hendricks................. 771-0188, [email protected] Pool Committee POOL DIRECTORS Melissa [email protected] Alicia [email protected] Steve & Candy Allmand......... [email protected] POOL MEMBERSHIP Michelle [email protected]

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Jamie Casaday.......288-3087, [email protected]

Architectural Control Commitee Dan Nowicki................... 633-1780, [email protected] Roger Edgar................... 394-9980, [email protected] Tim Hendricks................. 771-0188, [email protected] Jim Shaw.......................................... [email protected] Front Entrance Bronnie Martin................................................... 288-1202 Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods Rick Perkins (OHAN)......426-5728, [email protected] CRIME WATCH ........................................................................ PENDING SPECIAL EVENTS ........................................................................ PENDING 

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Austin Newcomers Club November Luncheon

Austin Newcomers is a social organization dedicated to introducing residents to the Austin Community and giving them the opportunity to meet and make new friends. Join us at our monthly luncheon as well as take the opportunity to learn about and become involved in many varied fun Interest groups. Time: 11:00 AM Social - 12 Noon Luncheon Date: November 17, 2010 (Reservations required by Thursday, November 11th) For Luncheon Reservations email: [email protected] AustinNewcomers.com or Diane Israelson 512-467-4979 For other Newcomers information visit www.austinnewcomers.com or call 512-314-5100 November Program: Dave Reilly and Bill Elsey from the Duchman Family Winery November 17, 2010 The Growth of the Texas Wine Industry… To speak to us about the Texas wine industry as well as their own work are two people who know the Texas wine industry and the making of wine, intimately. Dave Reilly began his career in the Texas wine industry over nine years ago as co-founder and grape grower at Limestone Terrace Vineyards in Wimberley, Texas - located inside the designated Texas Hill Country American Viticulture Area. Along with growing his own grapes and selling to local wineries, Dave also installed and maintained several vineyards throughout central Texas. In 2006, Dave met winemaker Mark Penna, a 20-year Texas winemaking veteran – upon the planting of the vineyards at the Mandola Estate and Duchman Family Winery. Dave brought his knowledge of the vineyard into the winery and as an understudy to Mark Penna, soon learned winemaking on his own. In 2008, Dave became Chief of Winery Operations and Winemaker at the Duchman Family Winery where he works today. Bill Elsey serves as the Director of Sales at the Duchman Family Winery. He manages the tasting room and wine club as well as works as a production assistant in the cellar alongside Dave Reilly. Bill is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators and a Certified Sommeliér through the Court of Master Sommaliérs and is pursuing higher levels of certification in both. Please join us for an enlightening afternoon and meet new friends.

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Granada Hills & Estates CHAPARRAL WOMEN’S CLUB is proud to announce their

Third Annual Babes in Toyland Market

November 6th, 2010 –9am to 5pm Old Settlers Association Hall (across from Dell Diamond) Following the success of last year’s event, The Chaparral Women’s Club is excited to once again offer an exclusive shopping event that helps to raise funds for Williamson County charities. Unique vendors from the surrounding area will have everything you need to get all of your holiday shopping done. Tickets are available at http://www.rrchaps.org/ and are $5 and children under 10 years old are free. Chaparral Women’s Club is a non-profit service organization that has served the Williamson County for over 36 years. Funds raised by the Chaparral Women’s Club go to non-profit organizations that serve residents of Williamson County. Chaparral Women’s Club has volunteered countless hours towards projects such as Coats for Kids, Round Rock Serving Center Annual Food Drive, Round Rock Volunteer Center, YMCA of Greater Williamson County, Meals on Wheels, Any Baby Can, Texas Baptist Children’s Home, Literacy Council of Williamson County, and Blue Santa. Please come shop and have some fun while helping raise money for charity! Thank you for your support, Chaparral Women’s Club To contact us please email or call Erica McDonald: [email protected]/(512)258-8775

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CHAPARRAL WOMEN’S CLUB Is Proud to Announce The Third Annual

Babes in Toyland Market November 6th, 2010 –9am to 5pm Old Settlers Association Hall (across from Dell Diamond)

Following the success of last year’s event, The Chaparral Women’s Club is excited to once again offer an exclusive shopping event that helps to raise funds for Williamson County charities. Unique vendors from the surrounding area will have everything you need to get all of your holiday shopping done. Tickets are available at http://www.rrchaps. org/ and are $10. Children 10-14 are $5 and children under 10 years old are free. Chaparral Women’s Club is a non-profit service organization that has served the Williamson County for over 36 years. Funds raised by the Chaparral Women’s Club go to

non-profit organizations that serve residents of Williamson County. Chaparral Women’s Club has volunteered countless hours towards projects such as Coats for Kids, Round Rock Serving Center Annual Food Drive, Round Rock Volunteer Center, YMCA of Greater Williamson County, Meals on Wheels, Any Baby Can, Texas Baptist Children’s Home, Literacy Council of Williamson County, and Blue Santa. Please come shop and have some fun while helping raise money for charity! Thank you for your support, Chaparral Women’s Club To contact us please email or call Erica McDonald: [email protected]/(512)258-8775

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Austin Currents BCP Hike & Lecture Series Looking to enjoy the wonderful fall weather with the family?  How about a guided hike in some of the most pristine wildland areas around town?  The Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) maintains several of the open spaces you see around Austin, around 27,000 acres in total.  These are not parks, they are preserves.  Access is limited, and no pets or bicycles or large groups are allowed. As you may be aware, the BCP is not just one single tract of land but a system of preserves that exists as a multi-agency conservation effort with Travis County under the Endangered Species Act through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW). This hike and lecture series is a partnership among several local agencies and organizations that manage land dedicated to the BCP. A hike is offered the 2nd Saturday of every month. The City of Austin is supporting the partnership and this program by handling registration for events on its website. Lectures will be posted on the calendar but do not require registration. Your field biologist will point out birds, animals, plants, insects and invertebrates. And you may see the habitats of native and nonnative plants and animals and you will learn about how they impact

the environment. You might even get lucky and see a turkey vulture, armadillo, grey fox or some roadrunners.  The best part is you can ask your guide all the questions you want.  This is great for kids and adults too. Here is the Hike & Lecture Series calendar for the fall: • Sat. 9/11 9a-11:30a Birding Habitat of Westcave Preserve (Westcave Preserve - easy) • Sat. 9/25 1:00p-3:30p Exploring Wild Basin (Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve- easy) • Sat. 9/25 9:00a-11:30a Exploring Wild Basin for Kids and Families (Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve- easy) • Sat. 10/9 10a-1:00p Rediscover Hamilton Pool (Hamilton Pool Preserve – easy) • Sat. 11/13 9a-11:45a A Bird’s Eye View of Stillhouse Hollow (Stillhouse Hollow – easy) To Register, visit http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/wildland/ bcphikelectureseries.htm. For more information contact [email protected] Rich Keith, (512) 632-0162. - Submitted by Rich Keith

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Granada Hills & Estates Nature Watch

Leafy Treasures

Texas Red Oak in fall

Flame-leaf Sumac in fall Photo by Sally and Andy Wasowski

Eastern Cottonwood in fall Photo by Benny Simpson 

Fall is the time when the quiet, green palette of summer gives way to the crisp reds, vibrant oranges, and mellow yellows that paint the natural landscape. During the growing seasons of spring and summer, our trees and shrubs use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide from the air into sugar. Called photosynthesis, this process begins to wane in November in Central Texas, and the leaves on some plants begin to change color in preparation for winter’s rest. Pigments are natural substances formed by the cells of leaves which provide the basis for leaf color. Most familiar is chlorophyll, which produces the color green, and is vitally important as it is required for photosynthesis. Carotenoid, which produces the colors yellow, orange, and brown, is a common pigment in many fruits and vegetables, as are anthocyanins, which produce the color red. Both chlorophyll and carotenoid are present at the same time in leaf cells, but the chlorophyll covers the carotenoid and hence the leaves appear green in the spring and summer. Not all trees can make anthocyanins, however, and most are produced under certain conditions and only in the fall. As the days grow shorter, the decreasing amount of sunlight eventually causes trees to stop producing chlorophyll. When this happens, the carotenoid in a leaf can finally show through, turning the leaves into a myriad of yellows, oranges, and browns. Red, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter. Affected by temperature and cloud cover, red fall colors can vary greatly from year to year. A lively showing of reds depends upon warm, sunny autumn days and cool, but not cold autumn nights. This type of weather pattern triggers the production of anthocyanins, which the tree produces as a form of protection. Anthocyanins allow trees to recover any sugar or nutrients left in the leaves, moving them through the leaf veins and down into the branches and trunk, and its presence generates the red color before the leaves fall off. Rainfall during the year can also affect fall color, with too much lowering the overall color intensity, and too little delaying the arrival of color. Fall leaf color can easily be used to help identify local tree and shrub species. The most notable reds and oranges in our area are produced by Texas Red Oak and Flame-leaf Sumac. Dotting the hillsides, roadsides, and upper reaches of wooded canyons, they contrast well with the surrounding greens of Ashe Junipers and Live Oaks. Golden yellows are represented by Eastern Cottonwood and Escarpment Black Cherry, whose color transforms the low-lying areas near creeks and streams. While a tree’s trunk and branches can survive the colder winter temperatures, many leaves cannot. Made up of cells filled with water and sap, these tissues are unable to live throughout the winter, and the tree must shed them to ensure its survival. As the days grow shorter, the veins that carry sap to the rest of the tree eventually close. A separation layer forms at the base of each leaf stem, and when complete, the leaf falls. Some oak trees are the exception, with this layer never fully detaching and the dead leaves remain on the tree until new spring growth pushes them off to the ground. Once on the ground, the leaves slowly decompose with the help of earthworms, beneficial bacteria, and fungi, creating the soil necessary for the continuation of the cycle of life. Send your nature-related questions to [email protected] and we’ll do our best to answer them. If you enjoy reading these articles, look for our book, NatureWatch Austin, to be published by Texas A&M University Press in 2011. - by Jim and Lynne Weber

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