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TIMELY TIPS FOR SEPTEMBER GARDENERS
Posted on Aug 27, 2015 Comments (0)
Timely Tips for September Gardeners Courtesy of Calloway’s and Cornelius 

     September is a pivotal month for your landscape, with the official arrival of autumn later this month, and hopefully, a return to cooler and wetter weather. It’s the gateway month between summer and fall gardening, so get outside and improve your landscape. 
     September is the time to apply lawn fertilizer to keep the grass healthy and growing up to the first frost. Always follow the directions on the package and avoid over fertilizing, which will damage your lawn. Fall-fertilized lawns are better equipped to make it through the winter and resume growth next spring than lawns that receive no fertilizer.   
     Double check your sprinklers carefully to make sure they are applying all that you expect in an even, uniform pattern and also to ensure that they are not leaking and wasting water.  
     Think back to last spring. Did you have lawn weeds in February and March before the grass started growing? Those were cool-season weeds, most of which germinated last fall. A preemergent herbicide applied in September will help reduce the recurrence of the same weeds next spring. 
     Sow Spring Wildflower (like Bluebonnet) seeds now. For more reliable, uniform seed germination of our state flower, purchase acid-treated Bluebonnet seeds. This treatment pits the seed coat, allowing nearly 100% germination in one to two weeks. 
     Need to add new shrubbery or trees to your landscape? This is a great month to do that. Fall landscaping will be well-rooted by next spring and summer. 
     Plant your fall vegetable garden. Plant cool-season vegetable gardens with transplants of broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard, collards, lettuce and kale. Water your new vegetables and lightly top-dress with mulch to discourage weeds. 
   
In-Store Garden Series
 
Saturday, September 5th at 10:15 am – Fall is for Planting!  Best Trees & Shrubs for Texas
Saturday, September 12th at 10:15 am – Fall Lawn Care: Professional Tips from the Pros
Saturday, September 19th at 10:15 am – Explore Rich, Colorful Fall Flowers  
Saturday, September 26th at 10:15 am – Let your Garden Sing with Bird Songs  
 
Information courtesy of Calloway's Nursery ©2015, www.calloways.com. Attribution to Calloway's required for all use and reproduction.  
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POOLS TO CLOSE SEPT. 30
Posted on Aug 15, 2015 Comments (0)
The StarCreek community pools are open to residents and residents' guests only from May through September (May 1-Sept. 30). Pool hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Each household is limited to 4 guests.
 
ACO ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Posted on Aug 6, 2015 Comments (0)
Celebrate ACO's 30th anniversary  at a special luncheon Thursday, Sept. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 210 E. Stacy Rd. Doors open at 11 a.m. For 30 years, ACO has prevented hunger and homelessness and provided hope to local families who otherwise would have nowhere to turn in times of crisis. This celebration acknowledges the accomplishments of ACO and honors those in the community that have helped make these accomplishments possible.

In recognition of ACO's 30th anniversary, nationally known expert Dr. Ruby Payne, co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Following the luncheon, Dr. Payne will present her workshop, "Bridges Out of Poverty" from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Reservation deadline is Sept. 3.
 
Ticket prices are  $45 for open seating, lunch-only ticket;  $50 for individual worship-only ticket; and  $150 for individual VIP  reserved seating ticket for lunch and seat in workshop. Sponsorship opportunities include $750 reserved table  - seating for 10 for lunch; $1,500 Silver Sponsor - seating for 10 for lunch and 5 seats for the workshop; and $2,500 Gold Sponsor - your choice of two reserved tables of 10 (20 seats total for lunch) OR 1 reserved table of 10 for lunch and 10 seats for the workshop. Details on federal tax deductible portion of ticket and sponsorship is included in your registration confirmation.
 
TWICE-WEEKLY WATERING ALLOWED THIS SUMMER
Posted on Apr 13, 2015 Comments (0)
The City of Allen is observing the restrictions in its water conservation plan. During conservation, sprinklers are allowed up to 2 times per week, but only if needed, please.
 
StarCreek residents' primary watering day is every Wednesday. Our optional watering day allowed is every Saturday. Despite the new allowances, residents may not run sprinklers between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or when it is raining.
 
Twice per week watering may not be necessary. StarCreek residents are advised to use sprinklers on Wednesdays (from midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 6 p.m.-midnight), adding a second day of watering on Saturday (same hours as Wednesday) only if needed. On other days, hand-held hose watering, use of drip systems or soaker hoses may be used when necessary, as long as no runoff is occurring. From April 1-October 31, no sprinkler use is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sprinkler use is not permitted when it is raining, and water waste (such as excessive runoff, failing to repair a controllable leak) is considered a violation.
 
WHOM TO CONTACT FOR LIGHTS OUT
Posted on Jan 17, 2011 Comments (0)
If you find that a streetlight in StarCreek doesn't come on when it gets dark, contact the City of Allen at LightOut@cityofallen.org. Describe the problem and the location of the streetlight. Keep in mind that streetlights that stay on during the day should also be reported because of unnecessary energy consumption. In either case, the city will route the request to a contractor who replaces the bulbs or makes a repair. A response takes about one week after notification. You can also call the City of Allen, 214-509-4576.
 
If streetlight fixture is broken or the spotlights on neighborhood entry signs are out, contact StarCreek property manager Teresa Lamb at tlamb@cmamanagement.com.
 
STARCREEK CLASSIFIEDS
Posted on Jul 14, 2009 Comments (1)
Looking for a babysitter, need to have some alterations done, wanna buy a used car? Do you have a sofa for sale or a child who wants to advertise his summer pet sitting business? Look no further than StarCreek's own Classified Ads. This is a free service available only to registered StarCreek residents. Unlike the message board, you can add photos. Check it out!
 

Upcoming Events
STARCREEK GREEN TEAM CLEAN-UP
Saturday, September 5, 2015, 9 a.m. at clubhouse parking lot
Join other residents to gather trash on the banks of Cottonwood Creek. Contact Darlene DeDominicis to confirm your participation and sign the City of Allen liability waiver if this is your first time to participate.
 
LADIES' BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at home of Theresa Ginsburg
Share in a lively discussion with neighborhood women each month. In September, the group is reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova, which was made into a film starring Julianne Moore, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. Don't miss the discussion. Contact Mary Manos for details. See Resident Directory for contact information.
 
TODDLER/PRESCHOOLER PLAYGROUP
Friday, September 11, 2015, 10-11:30 a.m. at playground or clubhouse
Moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers, come join your neighbors and their little ones for an informal monthly play date. Contact Amanda Kruse for additional information. See Resident Directory for contact details.
 
EMPTY NESTERS' OKTOBERFEST
Saturday, September 12, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at clubhouse
Our German celebration will include brats and fixings provided for everyone. Bring a dish with a German theme (or not) to share. If you've never tried our group, now is the time! In keeping with the German theme, bring a bag of potatoes - one of Germany's favorite vegetables - with you, for the Allen Community Outreach food pantry. RSVP to Olivia Reis or contact Becky Lindberg for information. See Resident Directory for contact information.
 
MEN'S NIGHT OUT - POKER
Friday, September 18, 2015, 8 p.m. at Clubhouse
Join other StarCreek men for a night out and Elimination Texas Hold 'Em Tournament on the third Friday of every month. For information, visit the Clubs/Groups page.
 
END OF SUMMER ADULT PARTY FOLLOW-UP
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 7:00 - 11:00 P.M. at Clubhouse
SAVE THE DATE!
The Adult End-of-Summer Party is just around the corner.
September 26th, 7-11pm
 
The cost is $10 per person. RSVP and payment due by Sept 19. Email Mike Schabel to coordinate cash/check payment. 
 
We'll be tipping our hats to summer with a good old fashioned BBQ. Our resident pit masters will be smoking the meats, DJ Jazzy Chuckwagon will be spinning the tunes, and we'll have games and prizes that are sure to guarantee a great time (best dressed cowboy/cowgirl, best pig call and cow call, horseshoes, cornhole, and more).
 
Remember, StarCreek parties are BYOB. For questions, or to volunteer to help, contact Mike Schabel. See the Resident Directory for contact information.
 
END OF SUMMER ADULT PARTY
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 7:00 P.M. at Clubhouse
Mark your calendars now for the End of the Summer Adult Party. While we can only hope for more fun than the folks in this party photo seem to be having, it promises to be a good time. Plan to attend, and meet your neighbors there. More information will follow as the date approaches.
 

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