Harmonson Farms News Sept 2008 - Harmonson Farms Community
Edited by Holly Rigdon, Tel (817) 562-4964
email [email protected]
for Monte Carlo Night!
Hosted by The Sherman’s 908 Homestead Dr. October 10th & 11th
8am to 1pm
Put on your “poker face” and get “decked” out. Come “shake, rattle and roll” with your neighbors for a fun night with “high stakes”! Any Harmonson Farms resident
who is interested in participating, just setup in your driveway
or garage on these days
(anytime within the timeframe).
Join us on Saturday, Sept. 20th at 7pm
There will be Black Jack, Roulette and Texas Hold’em all under one roof! “Ante Up” $40 per couple plus an appetizer to share. Beverages will be provided. If you’re “all in” then please RSVP by Sept. 14th to Laura Knowlton at (214)533‐9932 or [email protected] And remember, what happens at The Sherman’s
stays at The Sherman’s!
Individual permits are not required. Yard Sale Ads have
been placed in the Fort Worth
Star Telegram and The Keller
Signs will be placed at the intersections 48 hours before the sale.
You may also place a sign in
your yard the day of the sale.
Dates of Interest
• Sep 1– Labor Day
• Sep 3– Softball Coed
• Sep 5– Coffee talk
• Sep 7– Grandparent’s
• Sep 11– Bunco
• Sep 15– Homecoming Parade
• Sep 17– Keller Night
at the Ballpark
• Sep 18– Silpada Designs Open House
• Sep 18– Coed Softball First Game
• Sep 20- Adult Social–
Monte Carlo Night
• Sep 25– Softball
• Sep 26– Oct 19 State
Fair of Texas
COED – Softball with HFFC
Now that we are going into the Fall season, let’s talk about Softball….
yep COED Adult softball!
Keller Pointe is having a COED Fall season that starts Sept 18th through Nov 20th.
We will need at least 20 people to commit who will be there for the games. I know
with work, families, and travel that not everyone will be able to attend every game
that’s why the extra bodies will be important (13 – 14 guys and 6 – 7 ladies).
The fee for the team is $375.00 – that would be about $18 to $19 per player. The
league is open to anyone above 16 yrs old; however, with school and High School
activities I would prefer to leave the roster open for players above 21 yrs old. However, special requests will be considered.
The games will be played on Thursday’s between the hours of 6:25 to 10:05 pm.
Field location: Keller Sports Park Field #11
If you are interested in playing, please contact Rick Sleeper at 817-337-5804 or email
[email protected] no later than Wednesday, September 3rd.
Inside this issue:
Harmonson Farms News
Your Harmonson Farms HOA Board Members
have been working on making a survey of major
improvements and ideas for the neighborhood.
They will be distributed in September, one per
Please look out for the survey and be sure to
respond with your thoughts and inputs. It will
directly affect the projects that get chosen to be
accomplished first and which ideas might be
eliminated. We look forward to hearing your
Keller Middle School Walkers
The Keller-Harvel crossing guard will remain at the Johnson Road crosswalk until 8am so that middle school walkers can
safely cross Johnson Road. After this
time, there will not be a crossing guard,
so please use caution!
Harmonson Farms’ Slogan
We are looking for a friendly slogan to be placed on our HOA
letterhead and Web-Site. We would like you to submit your
If your idea is chosen, you will receive a $25 gift certificate
from the HOA.
So get creative and send your ideas along with your contact
information to be eligible for the award.
Thursday, Sept 11th
Social Hour begins at 6:30pm
Game Time starts at 7:30pm
Calling all women— please join us!
No experience necessary!
This month the group will be playing Bunco
hosted by Mandy Beard at
921 Homestead Dr.
Bring $5 cash.
Harmonson Farm Family interested in a carpool arrangement
for Keller High School. Will consider offering gas money for
Please RSVP! Mandy [email protected]
(817) 337-3737 or [email protected]
Please contact Alison Benton for
more information, (817)337-0861.
KISD Homecoming Parade
Monday September 15th
Everyone is invited to come watch and cheer on
the groups who march! The parade begins at
Be advised, Johnson Road will be closed from
Jesse street to the high school. You will have to
use the entrances on Bourland to enter the
neighborhood as Norma/Johnson and Bourland/
Johnson will be closed for the parade.
Let’s meet at Karen McDonald’s house
after school drop-offs for a coffee break
on Monday Sept. 5th at 8:30am.
419 Northshore Ct.
No RSVP necessary.
Harmonson Farms News
Recipe of the Month
Keller Night at
City of Keller Night at the
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is set for 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 17. The
mayor will have the honor of
throwing out the first pitch,
and our Council members
will be recognized on the
field before the game. Game
tickets on four selected levels may be purchased at a
savings of up to 50 percent
off the regular prices by visiting
cityofkeller, and using the
For information, call Jamie
Roberts at 817-436-5979
This recipe is your tip for getting “non-veggie” eaters to
consider a complete veggie meal. It takes maybe 15
minutes to assemble (then bake). Use your favorite
jarred sauce and pre-shredded cheese to make it easy.
2 – 3 medium eggplant (peel and thinly slice)
Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
Grated parmesan cheese (not shredded)
2 eggs (beaten)
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese
1 container whole or skim milk ricotta
tion: 1 shallow bowl with beaten eggs; 1 shallow bowl
with breadcrumb/parmesan cheese mix. (*ratio is 1 cup
breadcrumbs to ½ cup grated parmesan cheese…mix
enough to coat your eggplant slices...you might start with
1 ½ cups mixture but have to make more if you run out
before all eggplant are coated.) Quickly dip one slice of
eggplant in egg, shake off excess, drop in breadcrumb
mixture, flip to coat 2nd side, place on sheet pan. Repeat
until all slices are coated. Bake for 20 minutes or until
lightly golden brown.
Prep 9 x 13 or equivalent baking dish by spreading thin
layer of marinara sauce. Layer eggplant slices (slightly
overlapping) to cover bottom of pan. Drop teaspoonfuls
of ricotta cheese randomly over eggplant. Add several
spoonfuls of marinara sauce over eggplant. Sprinkle
with shredded mozzarella. Repeat until all eggplant is
layered in pan. Do not top with mozzarella yet. Cover
with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove
foil, top with mozzarella cheese and bake for another 10
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prep sheet pan by spray- minutes or until top layer of cheese melts.
Serve with green salad and garlic bread.
ing with cooking spray. (I use a Silpat and no cooking
Recipe submitted by Melissa Zerangue
spray, works better because eggplant gets browned
without getting soggy from oil.) Set up a dredging sta-
We are looking for a creative individual that can plan weekly or bi-weekly
playgroup meetings for preschool kids. The events are informal and usually
held at nearby parks. It’s less about the location, more about moms,
babies, toddlers and preschoolers bonding and getting a break.
Please contact Cathy Hostman if you would like to volunteer or would like more information.
[email protected] or 817-337-5032
School House Rocks!
Proud of our HF students!
David and Cindy Stueckler are proud to announce
that their daughter, Jennifer, has been named to
the Dean's Academic Honors List at the Hankamer
School of Business at Baylor University for the
Spring 2008 term. Jennifer just finished her freshman year. Congratulations Jennifer! Keep up the
We are proud of our children. If you have a child that has
received an award or recognition (academics, boy scouts, girl
scouts, art, music, sports, etc), please share it with us!
Contact: Kelley Banaszewski, (817) 431-0290 or
We are looking for an individual to chair
our safety committee with a positive and
The idea is for the committee to host fun
educational events for kids and/or adults.
Some ideas include organizing CPR training, babysitting certification classes,
Please contact Laura Knowlton for more
[email protected] or
Harmonson Farms News
More School House Rocks
Keller Independent School District: The
2007-2008 TEA Accountability Ratings
have been posted! Here are our zoned
Harmonson Farms Committees
Thank you to everyone that has volunteered to be a part of our committees. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated. The summer is a
difficult time to recruit volunteers because of vacations. So if you
were unable to attend the meeting and would still like to be apart of a
committee, please contact Laura Knowlton and she will answer your
questions and help find a committee for you.
Bear Creek Intermediate
Keller Middle School
Keller High School
Go to www.kellerisd.net for public school
information: more on TEA ratings, contacts ,
school supply lists, lunch menus, boundary
maps, bus schedule, & more.
[email protected] or 214-533-9932
Due to the complaints about garbage getting blown
around our neighborhood on trash pickup day, let’s encourage everyone to take ownership and get proper garbage containers.
Thank you Cathy
Hostman for planning and hosting
The CCRs state “all such prohibited matter shall be
the Back to
placed in sanitary refuse containers with tight fitting lids”.
The HOA Board’s interpretation of this bylaw includes gar- School family social. The kids had
bage and recycling containers and is enforceable.
a great time with
The City of Keller will provide 2 free containers for your
their last weekday
recyclables. Additional containers and lids can be purof summer!
chased for $10 & $6, respectively. You can purchase
garbage containers from Lowe’s or Home Depot in an array of sizes that best suit your bi-weekly needs.
Photo courtesy of Kelley Banazewski
So ‘get canned’ and help keep our neighborhood beautiful
and garbage free!
It’s School Time Again!
Remember the HF crosswalks are for safety , and it is unsafe to
park on or too close to a crosswalk.
Please take caution and park at least 20 feet away from the HF
crosswalks so that oncoming traffic can see if children are preparing to walk across.
Many parents already do this, and if you see room to park, please
don’t. The space is there for a very important reason: safety.
Harmonson Farms News
4 Ways to Green your Kids’ Lunch
HFFC Indoor Soccer Team
The HFFC Indoor soccer team finished its 2nd
season in a 3-way tie for 1st place in the Advanced Beginner Open division, and seeded 2nd
for the tournament. The game was a challenge
due to missing a few key players and a few off
field injuries, the game was lost to a worthy adversary.
The team is still looking for additional soccer
players for the Fall Indoor Season. The requirements are 18 yrs old up to AARP (male and female) no experience required, but always a bonus. We can have 1 player on the team that is
17 yrs old, provided a waiver from NTXSA and
Contact Rick Sleeper at (817)337-5804
or via email [email protected]
The idea of lunch brought to and
from school in a paper or plastic
bag seems so '80s, but the use of
an actual lunch box or reusable
sack (although they've been
around for years too) is back in
style, and choices in material, colors and sizes make your ecofriendly options all the easier.
Save a few trees by using cloth napkins and do your part by
lessening landfill waste with reusable utensils. Both can be
ported back home the same way they found their way to
school — within a lunch box or reusable sack.
Steer clear of prepackaged foods, juice boxes and pouches,
which create even more unnecessary hardship on our precious land.
And finally, pack your food and drink in reusable containers.
Just think of all the money you'd save per child per school
year if you packed just two snacks and a drink in reusable
Thursday, September 18th
from 10a -6p at 413 Lavena St.
State Fair of Texas
September 26th thru
This is your chance to take a break from your busy
schedule and have a little fun playing with jewelry!
All Silpada Designs handcrafted jewelry is the finest .925 Sterling Silver, complemented by colorful
semi-precious gemstones and natural materials
including Freshwater Pearls, Coral, tooled
Leather, and more. There really is something for
every taste and style.
Stop by anytime between 10-6 to try on the jewelry, check out the new catalog and take advantage of special discounts up to 30% off. Bring a
friend and win a door prize! (Kids are welcome.)
Call Kristin with any questions or to get a catalog
if you can't make it: 817-337-5804.
* Gift certificates available starting October 1st!
Visit www.bigtex.com for all the details
Harmonson Farms News
Harmonson Farms Board
President- Holly Rigdon
The voice of
parents is the voice of
gods, for to their children
they are heaven's
Vice President- TJ Perreira
Secretary- Rachelle Hearrell
Treasurer- TJ Stack
Member-At-Large- Laura Knowlton
Please contact any member
with neighborhood comments
Take a few moments
and remember the
2,974 people that lost
their lives and the
6,200+ people injured
on September 11, 2001.
Any Noise, dust or landscape complaints from
the gas wells’ operation should be reported to
the Keller non-emergency dispatch phone
Nuisance Barking Advice from The Dog Whisperer
Dogs bark as a form of communication. If your dog barks, there is a reason why. It may be simply a response to a stimulus, like a jogger running by the house—or it may be your dog's way of asking for help.
Ongoing, Excessive Barking – This is your dog’s way of sending you a distress signal. Somewhere his needs as an animal are not being met. Is his world anchored by a pack leader who projects calm-assertive energy? Are you walking with
him every day, which exercises his body and his mind? Is he living a balanced life? If nuisance barking is a problem,
consider these issues to find a solution. It’s the best way to show real love for your dog.
Barking as Greeting - Some clients tell me that they love coming home because their dog greets them excitedly by jumping and barking. They feel this proves their dog's love for the family. But in a natural setting, dogs don’t bark, yelp, or
jump on pack mates in a burst of affection. Dogs that greet their owners in this way are trying to communicate. But rather
than professing undying love, they are probably trying to tell you that they are lonely and bored; their needs as a dog are
not being met. The excitement is your dog’s way of burning off the excess energy that has been building throughout the
day. Don't be disappointed by this revelation. Dogs simply don’t use emotions like people do. Remember, they’re dogs.
To love a dog means you must treat him like an animal, which means fulfilling him as Nature intended him to be fulfilled.
Remember the Fulfillment Formula: Exercise, Discipline, and then Affection! Are you providing this for your dog?
Check out Cesar Millan’s web site for more wonderful tips on dealing with your dog issues. And if you haven’t seen his
program on National Geographic, check it out. I watched it for the first time and was very impressed with his knowledge
of dogs and his ability to transform them easily with simple and logical tactics. - Holly Rigdon