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ALLEN ARTS FESTIVAL AT WATTER'S CREEK
Posted on May 10, 2016 Comments (0)
The festival, held this weekend, May 13 - 15, features an outstanding group of juried artists, showcasing original art in a variety of media. Live entertainment, children's art activities, food and fun are offered throughout the weekend. Don't miss it! (Flying Girl by Theresa Rosado)
 
COTTONWOOD CREEK TRAIL CLOSURES
Posted on May 10, 2016 Comments (0)
Sections of Cottonwood Creek Hike & Bike Trail are being replaced as part of the Allen Historic Water Station improvements project.
The section of trail directly beneath Exchange Parkway and a section beside Old Stone Dam are currently closed as they are being replaced, but the sections will reopen upon completion, which is expected in July.
“We are working on the Exchange Parkway trail section as expeditiously as possible as this location does not allow for an alternate route to be provided,” said Matt McMcomb, Landscape Architect for the City of Allen.
The trail section beneath Exchange Parkway involves complete replacement of the trail and adjacent shoulders to mitigate erosion issues that have led to trail failures. Also, the alignment is being revised to accommodate maintenance vehicles, which will allow access to the trail network located north of Exchange Parkway.
An alternate route has been provided for the closed trail section near Old Stone Dam, which is being realigned to accommodate the new pedestrian bridge that is currently being installed.
For more information on political and community business, see the City of Allen website:  www.cityofallen.org
 
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
Posted on May 10, 2016 Comments (0)
We are looking for someone who is willing to take over the maintenance of our StarCreek HOA webpage. You needn't be a computer expert, but basic knowledge of web work is required. The time commitment for this volunteer work is about two hours a week. If you are interested in neighborhood events and are looking for a way to get involved, this activity is a great choice. I have enjoyed working on the webpage for the past two years, along with Vicki Sledge, Dan Solcher, Pam Surgent, Dana Ferguson, and Dallas Ervin, along with the many volunteers who have emailed event information to me or kept me up-to-date in other ways. Sadly, we will be moving out-of-state this summer, so I must resign from this work. Please contact me through the Resident Directory to volunteer or with any questions. I will continue to watch for you on our lovely trails. 
Paula Ashley
 
MONTHLY GARDENING TIPS
Posted on Apr 21, 2016 Comments (0)
It is not too late to direct sow seeds of sunflower, zinnia, morning glory, portulaca, marigold, cosmos, periwinkles, and gourds. Achimenes, cannas, dahlias, and other summer-flowering bulbs can also be planted in May.
Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to mature and yellow before removing.
 
Pinch back the terminal growth on newly planted annual and perennial plants. This will result in shorter, more compact, well branched plants with more flowers.
May is a good time to plant caladium tubers, impatiens, coleus, begonias, and pentas in shady areas.
Replace or replenish mulch materials in flower beds and shrub borders to conserve moisture and reduce weed growth.
Make cuttings of your favorite chrysanthemums and root them in a mixture of sand and peat moss. Cover cutting box with plastic and place in shaded area for 5 or 6 days to prevent wilting.
Prune climbing roses as they complete their spring bloom season. Remove dead or weak wood as needed.
Take a critical look at your landscape while at the height of summer development. Make notes of how you think it can be better arranged, plants that need replacement, overgrown plants that need to be removed, and possible activity areas that can be enjoyed by family members.
Check for insects and diseases. Destroy badly infested plants. Spider mites can be especially troublesome at this time. Select a chemical or organic control, or use insecticidal soap.
During the summer, soil moisture becomes extremely important and essential for good plant production. Because continual watering is oftentimes costly and time consuming, it pays to conserve the moisture around plants. This is best done by mulching. A good mulch will retain valuable moisture needed for plant growth, and improve overall gardening success. Mulches are usually applied 2 to 6 inches deep, depending on the material used. In general, the coarser the material, the deeper the mulch. For example, a 2-inch layer of cottonseed hulls will have about the same mulching effect as 6 inches of oat straw or 4 inches of coastal Bermuda hay.
from the Collin County Master Gardeners website:
 
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION INPUT OPPORTUNITY
Posted on Apr 21, 2016 Comments (0)
The North Central Texas Council of Governments is soliciting public input on regional transportation decisions. Information is posted online at www.nctcog.org/input for public review and comment through May 10, 2016.
To request printed copies of the information, call 817.608.2335 or email jstout@nctcog.org. Comments are due by 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2016.
Stay involved! Be proactive.
from City of Allen website (www.cityofallen.org)
 
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Posted on Apr 21, 2016 Comments (0)
Join the Allen-Fairview Chamber of Commerce for spicy snacks and visit with board members to learn about opportunities for involvement with the Friends of the Allen Public Library. We offer special projects, committees, opportunities to meet authors/illustrators/musicians and much more! Also on the menu....sublime liquid chocolate!
TONIGHT:   7:00 - 8:00 P.M. at Allen Public Library
See today's StarCreek Press for more details in the ALLen Reads article.
 
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 Dustin Robinson at drobinson@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
ANNUAL ALLEN POLICE DEPARTMENT APPRECIATION lUNCH
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 11:00 A.M. at Clubhouse
All are invited to participate in this rewarding, annual, community event. We honor the Allen Police Officers each year with a luncheon. The entree for the luncheon is provided by the HOA, and residents are invited to contribute vegetable, salad or dessert side dishes. Everyone is welcome to come and chat with the officers. Children not in school are also invited to stop by and say hello. Because June 2 is also the last day of school, dishes will be accepted the day before. Drop-off locations will be posted later. Volunteers are welcome and appreciated for setting up, assisting with decorating and serving and cleaning up afterwards. Please contact Olivia Reis to sign up for dishes or to volunteer time.
 
LADIES OF STARCREEK BIBLE STUDY
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 7:00 - 9:30 P.M. at Clubhouse
This group meets every Tuesday evening in June at the Clubhouse, and all women are invited for an evening of fellowship and discussion. For additional information, contact D'Lane Mueller through the Resident Directory.
 
TODDLER/PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
Friday, June 10, 2016, 10:30 A.M. - NOON at Clubhouse or Playground
Moms, dads, grandparents and all caregivers:  join your neighbors and their little ones for an informal monthly play date. Contact Amanda Kruse for details or with questions.
 
MOVIE NIGHT AT THE POOL
Saturday, June 11, 2016, DUSK at Clubhouse and Pool
Join your neighbors and friends for Movie Night at our own StarCreek pool! Bring blankets, pillows, or sleeping bags, and we'll provide the popsicles! If it gets too hot out there, we simply have the children jump into the pool! 
Please contact Karen O’Connor through the Resident Directory if you have any questions.
 
LADIES' BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 7:30 P.M. at Home of Elaine Dow
Join neighborhood women for an evening of fun and discussion each month. In June, the group will discuss Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore. “Beverly-Whittemore is at her best bringing Winloch vividly to life, evoking the look and feel of its cottages and dining hall, and its daily summer rhythms…A fairy tale aspect – of the Grimm, not the Disney variety – pervades the novel, which artfully builds an increasing sense of menace…Like a Downton-in-Vermont, Bittersweet takes swift, implausible plot turns, and its family secrets flow like a bottomless magnum of champagne, but Beverly-Whittemore succeeds in shining a light into the dark, brutal flaws of the human heart.” —New York Times Book Review. Contact Mary Manos for information.
 
MEN'S NIGHT OUT - POKER
Friday, June 17, 2016, 8:00 P.M. at Clubhouse
Join other StarCreek men for a night out and for an Elimination Texas Hold 'Em Tournament on the third Friday of every month. For information, contact David Tran.
 
NEIGHBORHOOD INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
Saturday, July 2, 2016, 9:30 A.M. at BEGIN AND END AT THE CLUBHOUSE
Come join your neighbors for what is always a rousing good time! The parade celebrating our nation’s birth begins at the Clubhouse. More details to come. Contact Kristine Crute for more information.
 
BACK TO SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Saturday, August 20, 2016, 3:00 - 5:00 P.M. at Clubhouse and Pavilion
Join in the send-off as families prepare to send children back to school. Celebrate the end of summer at the Clubhouse with friends and ice cream! What could be better? It offers a great time for children to get together before the first day of school! For public, private and home-schooled children of StarCreek. Please contact Lizzie Solcher for more information or to volunteer.
 

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