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                                                                                           Annual Meeting
                                                                                             & Election
                                                                                                  Thursday,
                                                                                              February 17, 2011
                                                                                                   7:00 PM
                                                                                                Cora Spencer
                                                                                                 Elementary




                                                                                           Happy
                                                                                          Valentines
                                                                                            Day!

 •	
           In This Issue                 .
      Notice	of	annual	Meeting	 .................... 3             •	   Holiday	Lights	Contest	Winners	......... 7
 •	   Toy	drive	Overwhelming	Success	...... 4                      •	                             .
                                                                        Spring	Garage	Sale	 .............................. 9
 •	                         .
      Recycling	-	Part	3	 ................................. 5      •	   Valentine’s	day	History	........................ 11
 •	               .
      Winter	Party	 .......................................... 6   •	   Calendar	................................................ 12
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   Grand Prairie Public
Library Upcoming Events
                         Grand Prairie Public                                                                                              Association Contact Information
                           Library System
  The Betty Warmack Branch Library will hold open auditions on Janu-
ary 29 for their African-American Heritage Celebration, to be held at the
                                                                                                                                       817-473-6787 (office) • 817-473-4978 (fax)
Warmack Branch on February 19.                                                                                                            3025 S. Camino Lagos • Grand Prairie, Texas 75054
  Come audition for a chance to perform at the 7th Annual African-Amer-                                                           Premier Communities Association                       Landscape
ican Heritage Celebration co-sponsored by the Grand Prairie Arts Council                                                          Management Team:                                      Steven Bowman
and held at the Betty Warmack Branch Library, 760 Bardin Road.
          The Friends of the Library Fall Silent Auction                                                                          Welcome Link - Closing/Title                          landscape@miralagoshoa.com
            begins Mon. Oct. 4 at the Main Library. View                                                                          Transfer (888) 679-2500                               Meetings: 2nd Tuesday (Apr.-Oct.)
                                                  Auditions:
            beautiful gift baskets on display, and leave your 
                  Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
                                                                                       HOMECOMING                                 Account Services - Accounting/
                                                                                                                                  Billing Questions (877) 378-2388                      Pool
            bid at the Circulation Desk. Bidding will close at                                                                                                                          Chair Position: Open
              Room of the
   Program3 pm on Sat. Oct. 23.  Betty Warmack Branch Library. All acts should                                                                                                          Co-Chair: Gary Jeandron
                                                                                                                                  Association Manager
come prepared to perform a piece lasting It’s Homecoming! Not for your favorite high school  a
                                                                  no longer than 10 minutes with                                  Lori Stedman                                          pool@miralagoshoa.com
theme thatThe Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale will be  team ­ for your Library! This October, we’d like to see 
             is related to the African-American Heritage experience. Pick up                                                      manager@miralagoshoa.com                              Meetings: 3rd Wednesday (May-Sept.)
an Audition Registration Form at the Branch Library, or print one out from
                                                                 our books that have been long overdue  come back                 3025 S. Camino Lagos
            Oct. 19 through the 24 at the Main Library.                                                                                                                                 Safety Co-chairs
the library’s webpage at www/gptx/org/library.
            Tuesday, Oct. 19. 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Members’  to us. October 17 through 23 will be a fi ne­free week:                   Grand Prairie, TX 75054                               Michele Bobadilla & John Hughes
            Preview Night. Memberships available at the • • • overdue items turned in during that time will have their 
                                                                                                                                  (The Veranda/South Pool)                              safety@miralagoshoa.com
                              •••••••••••••                      ••••••••••••                                                     817-473-6787 Phone
            door for $10 per family.                             overdue fi nes waived. Whether you’re 2 days or 2 years                                                                 Meetings: 3rd Wednesday monthly
   Starting Sunday, February 13th at the Main Library of Grand Prairie, the                                                       817-473-4978 Fax
            Wed., Oct. 20. 10 am to 8 pm.                        late, bring back library books for no fi nes and a clear          Fall/Winter Hours: M-F
YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas (YW) will conscience!                 host a FREE Financial Education                                                                                       Social Co-chairs
            Thurs., Oct. 21. 10 am to 8 pm.                                                                                       8:30 am-4:30 pm                                       Vanessa Charles & Lori Messamore
Workshop Series; a 6 week, 12-hour series that will teach you to set financial                                                                                                          social@miralagoshoa.com
            Fri., Oct. 22. CLOSED 
goals, create a realistic spending plan, develop effective savings habits, and
                                                                 The Afternoon Movie Break will be at 1 pm on Tues.               Committee Chairs
            Sat., Oct. 23. 9 am to 5 pm.                           assets. The class will meet each
learn about credit, investing, and buildingOct. 5. Join us at the Main Library for romantic comedy                                                                                      Welcome
                                                                                                                                  Civil Action
            Sun., Oct. 24. 1 pm to 5 pm. Half Price Day! 
Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. February 13 – March 20. The class is                                                                                                                 Joanna Rhodes
                                                                 starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin.           Warren Landrum
free to men and women 18 or older.                                                                                                civilaction@miralagoshoa.com                          welcome@miralagoshoa.com
            Catch a fl ick at the Bowles Branch this month:  This feature, directed by Nancy Meyers, is part of our                Meetings: 2nd Monday bi-monthly
                                                                                                                                                                                        Meetings: 1st Tuesday monthly
            Family Movie Night, Mon. Oct. 11 at 6:30 pm.  Lois Weber Collection of fi lms directed by woman. 
  To register call 214-584-2335. www.ywcadallas.org. The Library is lo-                                                                                                                 Board of Directors
            Teen Screens, Tues. Oct. 19 at 6:30 pm. 
cated at 901 Conover Drive.                                       The Branch Library Readers’ Guild will meet on Mon., 
                                                                                                                                  Communications                                        Dick LeBlanc, President
            For title info, call 972­237­7540.                                                                                    Jeanne Spare                                          Walter Damon, Vice President
                              • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •Oct. 11 at 7 pm. They will discuss 
                                                                    •••••••••••                                by Amy             communications@miralagoshoa.com                       Ben Luedtke, Board Member
                                                                  Bloom. When her family is destroyed in a Russian                Meetings: 1st Tuesday monthly                         Warren Landrum, Resident Member
            Storytimes at the Main Library are each Tues.  Movie Presentation
                     Black History Month pogrom, Lillian comes to America alone, determined to                                                                                          Joshua Spare, Resident Member
            and Wed. at 11 am. There will be 4 weeks of 
                                        Tuesday, February 15                                                                      Finance
                                                                  make her way in a new land. 
            storytime, then a week off. There is no storytime 
   Join us for a special Black History Month presentation. “Gifted Hands:                                                         Joshua Spare
            Oct. 14 & 15. 
The Ben Carson Story” will be shown at 1 Spend a creative “crafternoon” at the Bowles Branch. 
                                                                   pm, and again at 6:30 pm.                                      finance@miralagoshoa.com
            Storytime at the Warmack Branch is still on                                                                           Meetings: Quarterly
                                                                  Tween crafts are Wed. Oct. 6 at 5 pm. Family crafts 
            hiatus. 
  Young Ben Carson didn’t have much of a chance. Growing up in a broken
                                                                  are Sat. Oct. 23 at 4 pm. 
home amongst poverty and prejudice, his grades suffered and his temper
           The 5­disc set of the fi rst season of the television  Halloween Spooktacular: Children are sure to get 
flared. And yet, his mother never lost her faith in him. Insisting that he fol-
low the opportunities she never had, she into the spirit of Halloween with an evening of spooky 
                                          was recently donated  helped to grow his imagination,
           show 
intelligence and, most importantly, his belief in himself. That faith would
           to the Main Library. ‘Legend of the Seeker’ fans  stories, games, and crafts. Ages 12 & under. 
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Library is located at 901 Conover Dr. 972-237-5700                 Warmack: Tues. Oct. 26 at 6 pm. Signup required.
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                                           Notice of Annual Meeting
                                                       By Lori Stedman, Association Manager

Please join your Board of Homeowner Directors to the Mira                 proxy, drop your vote at the HOA      Tentative Agenda Topics:
Directors on February 17, for Lagos Homeowner’s Association               office no later than 3:00 p.m. the
                                                                                                                  • Welcome and Introduction
the Mira Lagos HOA Annual Board of Directors.                             day of this meeting.
Meeting. Sign in will begin                                                                                       • HOA Management Overview
                                   The following candidates have          If you have any questions regarding
at 6:30 P.M. The meeting will                                                                                     • PID Information
                                   been placed up for nomination:         the upcoming election or annual
take place at 7:00 p.m. at Cora                                                                                   • Resolve to be Involved!
                                                                          meeting, information is available
Spencer Elementary, 3140 S                    Joshua Spare
                                                                          at www.miralagoshoa.com or you          • Election
Camino Lagos, Grand Prairie,               Warren Landrum
                                                                          may call the Mira Lagos HOA             • 2010 Accomplishments
TX 75054. (Please note: this is at           Andrew White
                                                                          office at 817-473-6787.
a new location. The meeting will                                                                                  • Presentation of the 2010
                                   The election of the two (2) Board
not be at Danny Jones.) After                                                                                       Approved Budget
                                   members will take place at the Mira
the meeting, you will have the                                                                                    • Development Update
                                   Lagos Homeowner’s Association
opportunity to meet one-on-one
                                   Annual Meeting on February 17,                                                 • Election Results
with individuals and committees
                                   2011. You may vote in person at
at Open Topic Tables around the                                                                                 Adjourn Meeting and Open Topic
                                   the meeting or by proxy. A brief
room.                                                                                                           Tables for Residents.
                                   biography of each candidate along
An important part of the meeting with a proxy will be made available
will be the election of two (2) to you. Should you wish vote by




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          Toy Drive                                                                                          Tarrant Area
    Overwhelming Success!                                                                                    Food Bank
The Grand Prairie Santa Cop and Santa Spot Toy and Food Drive was an                                         2600 Cullen Street
overwhelming success. THANK YOU Mira Lagos for making this event                                             Fort Worth, TX 76107-1302
as special as it was. Check out the photos on the back cover.
                                                                                                             817-332-9177 Phone
To summarize, we collected 8 large garbage bags and 4 big boxes of toys
and through your generosity, over $800.00 in cash. On December 16th                   Our network of partner charities feeds children, the elderly,
these gifts will be distributed, along with other gifts and donations col-             the severely disabled, victims of AIDS and other chronic
lected around Grand Prairie, to over 450 families who live in Grand Prai-                diseases, victims of abuse, the working poor and the
rie and could use a little help this holiday season. The program supplies               unemployed across 13 counties of north central Texas.
a holiday turkey and all the fixings along with the gifts for the children.
Special thanks go to the Grand Prairie Police, Grand Prairie Fire, Man-
hattan Construction, UT Arlington, Mira Lagos HOA and Home Own-
ers, Girl Scout Troup 2165 and
2155, and Boy Scout Pack 788.
As with all of our outreach
events, it is really great to work
with a community that cares.
THANK YOU!
Your Safety Committee
and Mira Lagos HOA


                                     True Grit was a truly excellent film. a very authentic, extraordinary perfor-          er’. His performance was excellent,
                                     The Coen brothers have proven that mance. I was also impressed with the                duh, it’s John Wayne. However, you
                                     they can take a step outside of their performance of Matt Damon who plays              can tell throughout that version, that
                                     usual twisted and eccentric film style Texas Ranger LaBouef who teams up              ‘Rooster’ is unmistakably John Wayne.
                                     (The Big Lebowski, No Country for with the ‘Rooster’ because he also out               In this rendition, if I had not known
                                     Old Men). They have produced a com- to get Cheney for crimes against the               that Bridges was in the movie, I would
                                     mendably well done Western. Their state. His character was at times a bit              not have been able to tell who the ac-
                                     expected caliber and quality level of of comic relief from the underlying              tor was. He is so unrecognizable and
                                     film remains, but this piece is true tension, but he was not a sidekick by             believable that you forget it is actually

    True
                                     to the original genre. The casting for any means. Damon’s portrayal of the             Bridges playing the character.
                                     the film was spectacular. Jeff Bridges character was spot on. He showed the
                                                                                                                           This film weaves its path in a simple
                                     plays drunken lawman ‘Rooster Cog- audience that although Texans may be

    Grit
                                                                                                                           steady pace, yet remains full of depth
                                     burn’ who is hired by a 14 year old arrogant at times with their state pride,
                                                                                                                           and tension. Each personality gradu-
                                     girl to track down her father’s killer, they are not people of simple loyalties.
                                                                                                                           ally opens up revealing their true loy-
                                     Tom Cheney. In true western fashion,
                                                                               This film is not like any of the other      alties and character. There is not much,
                                     a theme of vengeance floods through
                                                                               so-called “Western’s” that have come        if any, profanity and not one sexual
                                     this film. Hailee Steinfeld plays the
                                                                               out recently. It is raw. You really feel    scene. The rating is due to the slightly
                                     young Mattie Ross, an incredibly well
                                                                               as if you are watching something from       gruesome violence that appears very
                                     educated, straight talking, level head-
                                                                               the days where an-eye-for-an-eye was        true to the times. I would recommend
                                     ed 14 year old who takes us along with
                                                                               lawful. The actors really took over their   this movie to any adult that is not faint
                                     her on her quest to find retribution for
                                                                               roles and became the characters they        of heart. The audience will be taken
                                     her father’s murder.
                                                                               were portraying. Bridges looks filthy       on a journey to a time where if you
                                     Honestly, I am glad they did not get an throughout the movie, but ‘Rooster’           wanted justice, you had to get it your-
                                     unrealistic Megan Fox type of girl to probably was not interested much in             self. Mattie Ross’ journey to do this is
                                     play Mattie just to boost the sex appeal. daily hygiene. In the previous inter-       brutally painstaking, but it is definitely
                                     Steinfeld (an actual 14 year old) gave pretation, John Wayne played ‘Roost-           a story worth watching unfold.
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  Recycling: The Benefit that Gives Back – Part 3
As we move into the new year and begin to                trash and the natural resources we burn
set our new resolutions, one of the things we            producing more paper, glass, and plastic
should all be considering is how we can be bet-          will continue to degrade our environ-
ter stewards of our environment. We have an              ment.
obligation to our kids and future generations to         (some of the data collected above was                         Mira Lagos HOA
pass on a world at least as beautiful and won-
drous as the place we were given.
                                                         taken from the ehow website, www.
                                                         ehow.com,        http://www.ehow.com/
                                                                                                                         on Facebook*
I have written a few articles in the past* on how        facts_4827369_effects-not-recycling.                           is resident-run
to recycle and what items you are allowed to             html)
                                                                                                                       and just for fun.
recycle. In this article I would like to discuss    With a few of the damages listed above, what
the damages we are causing by not recycling.        could possibly be the benefit of recycling.
  • As of 2007 over 254 million tons of mu-
    nicipal waste was collected, and accord-
                                                     • Recycling preserves the environment by
                                                       reducing the pressure to extract the vital
                                                                                                                          New Year’s
    ing to the EPA 85 million tons of that
    waste was recycled.
                                                       resources from our planet.
                                                                                                                         Resolutions:
                                                     • Recycling saves energy by reducing the                  •   Introduce yourself to a neighbor. Exchange
  • The amount of trash collected in the past          manufacturing process and the hauling                       email or phone numbers.
    50 years has tripled and it is estimated we        of new materials
    will be producing nearly a billion tons of                                                                 •   Register in PremierConnect for account ac-
                                                     • A recent study has shown that recycling                     cess and community alerts.
    trash by 2060.
                                                       35,116 tons of materials was the equiva-
  • We use 13 million tons of glass annually                                                                   •   Follow Mira Lagos HOA on Twitter.
                                                       lent of taking 22,140 cars off the road,
    but only 25 percent of that is recycled,           helping to eliminate green house gasses.                •   Attend the Special Meeting January 27.
    and glass takes thousands of years to bio-                                                                 •   Volunteer. Join a committee or help at one
    degrade.                                        (some of the data collected above was taken                    HOA event.
                                                    from the Buzzel website, www.buzzle.com,
  • About 100 million tons of paper is pro-                                                                    •   Attend the Annual Meeting February 17.
                                                    http://www.buzzle.com/articles/positive-and-
    duced annually with only half of that                                                                      •   Start a Neighborhood Watch for your village.
                                                    negative-effects-of-recycling.html)
    being re-cycled. If that amount was not
                                                                                                               •   Advertise in the Mira Lagos Messenger.
    re-cycled we would lose about 850 mil-          With this knowledge in hand and the City of
    lion more trees a year to paper production.     Grand Prairie providing you with the means                 •   Pull weeds from your flowerbed more fre-
                                                                                                                   quently.
    Imagine the benefit of improving that re-       to recycle at your curb, what reason can you
    cycled amount.                                  possibly have not to use this benefit. Let us all          •   Help a neighbor with one landscaping need.
  • Currently large islands of trash are cur-       commit to adding this important item to our                •   Recycle – curbside pick-up every Monday!
    rently floating in our oceans and it will       New Year resolutions.                                      •   Take time to enjoy the beauty around you ev-
    continue to grow as most of it is plastic       J. Hughes                                                      ery day.
    and will not break down. Harming our
    oceans wild life.                               Safety Committee Co-Chair                               *Mira Lagos HOA is not affiliated in any way with the Mira Lagos
  • We continue to burn more fossil fuels by        * Part 1: April 2010 The Vista, page 10; Part 2: June   Facebook Page and does not endorse any products, services and
                                                     2010 The Vista, page 7                                 posting that may be posted on such a page.
    hauling and managing these mountains of

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                      Please help support Girl Scouts in the Mira Lagos community!
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                      Each box is $3.50
                     Choose from the following delicious cookies: Thin Mints,                                                                           10% Off
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                     Caramel DeLites (Samoas), Peanut Butter Sandwiches (Do-si-dos),
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                     Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades, Shout Outs (New)
              Contact Jenny Williams jlwilliams@hotmail.com with your order and
               please include your name & address. We appreciate your support!
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         The 2010 Mira Lagos
    2010 Holiday Lights Contest Winners
     Holiday Lights Contest is here!
                                         By Steven Bowman, Landscape Committee Chair

In December, residents were asked to show their Holiday Spirit by decorating for the holidays. This was a great year for the
Holiday Lights Contest and competition was very close within some of the villages. The Landscape committee would like to
   congratulate residents at the following addresses for winning Mira Lagos Holiday Lights Yard of the Month for 2010!

3160 N Camino Lagos • 3024 England • 3023 Meseta • 3159 Serpis • 2955 La Roda • 7303 Compas
        2756 Explorador • 2727 Magellan • 2824 Serrano • 2948 Bandera • 2916 Benissa
      Thank you to everyone who decorated their house this year and helped show off the Mira Lagos Holiday Spirit!
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                                           New Year Resolution…Phase I
                                                                          By Denny Orewiler

I’m not so sure New Year resolu- somewhere that as we age, men                      pounds away? As if they are not
tions are a good idea. They test take on the shape of an apple, and                 part of my personal aura? Surely,
commitment, rarely last for any du- women a pear. She doesn’t buy into              you jest!
ration, and can make people down- that train of thought. Furthermore,
                                                                                    On January 10th my wife and I
right miserable. My resolution for I contend, there is no way that a
                                                                                    started our diet.
last year, was to take up smoking. man of my age can fight the forc-
I made the resolution, had no in- es of gravity forever. Over time,                 I asked for a short reprieve from
tention of fulfilling it, and broke it. things age, they flower, and then           the original launch date of January
Now I can get on with this year.        they sag. And that’s the way it is.         1. Request granted. I also begged        sticks. Would three or four really
                                        Again, we are just not on the same          for one last weekend to abuse food.      hurt? At lunch I have a bowl of let-
Or so I thought.
                                        page of thought. Through the years          She obliged. Saturday it was the         tuce with absolutely nothing added.
My wife decided she should go on I have enjoyed my wife’s cooking                   blessed leftovers from holidays          Salad is fine but I like some car-
a diet. She’s thin to begin with so I immensely. I have showed my ap-               gone by and on January 9th, I be-        rots, radishes, and peppers added
saw little logic as to why she would preciation by always cleaning my               gan my farewell to the gourmet life      for variety, color, and flavor. And
choose this as a New Year resolu- plate. My figure attests to this fact             by starting the day with a breakfast     in the afternoon I am treated to a
tion. However, when she sug- alone. In the past 15 or so years I                    burrito, lunched to a double meat        celery stick “stuffed” with one
gested I join her on this particular have only put on around thirty-five,           cheeseburger, and had an afternoon       little wedge of cheese. Give me
diet, my suspicious radar peaked okay, maybe forty pounds. Eat-                     snack of four deep fried eggrolls.       half a dozen of these wedges with
as to whether she might have some ing is a delightful past time. What               They are sooooo good! That night         my crackers of choice and I’d be
ulterior motives. Lately, she has a wonderful way to spend time                     we had pasta. I wanted to swim in        in heaven. Needless to say, by the
expressed some concern about my together. It’s marital bliss. And                   it. On January 10th I awoke know-        time I get home from work I am
midriff bulge. I am sure I read now am I supposed to just shed the                  ing that the good old days of food       famished. For dinner I get a small
                                                                                    orgies were over. Let the diet begin.    amount of fish with a green cooked

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                                                                                    few extra pounds is simply because
                                                                                    my body stores sugar, and stores it
                                                                                                                             days. At that time we will then go
                                                                                                                             into “phase two.” I can’t wait...
                                                                                    in the mid-anatomical area. Things      I think I have this dieting thing fig-
                                                                                    I crave such as pasta, potatoes,        ured out. Starving yourself is un-
                                                                                    bread, and even some vegetables         healthy, impossible to keep up, and
                                                                                    and fruits are bad for me. They         begs for the opportunity to gorge
                                                                                    either contain sugar, or are con-       when nobody is looking. There-

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                                                                                    So we start our diet. For breakfast ous reasons as to why they are rela-
                                                                                    I have these two little cups of a tively unsuccessful. They are dif-
                                         Give the Gift of                           quiche-like dish that is really quite ficult, painful, and require far too
                                                                                    good. But two little custard cups? much attention. For this I believe
                                          a New Home                                How about half a plate full? Mid- I will take up smoking. For now
                                                                                    morning I get a mozzarella cheese however, I’m dieting, miserable,
                                                                                    stick as a snack. I love little cheese and starved…
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                                                 Spring Garage Sale
                                                           By Jeanne Spare, Communications Chair
The Semi-Annual Mira Lagos HOA         registered participants. The fall ga-    up to three of their own signs to di- garage sales, please complete the
Garage Sale for 2011 will be Sat-      rage sale was a three-day event that     rect customers to their home.         garage sale survey online at www.
urday March 26th and Saturday          included Sunday and more than 75                                               MiraLagosHOA.com. Follow Mira
                                       homeowners. After each, a Garage         If you would like to provide feed- Lagos HOA on Twitter for ongoing
September 24th. To draw shoppers
                                       Sale Survey was made available           back or suggestions to help im- community updates.
to our area, the homeowners asso-
                                       for feedback. Overall, consumers         prove future Mira Lagos HOA
ciation will place print advertising
in local newspapers, including the     who were excited about shopping
Dallas Morning News, and pro-          our community-wide garage sale
mote the sale online at www.gptx.      were disappointed to find very few
org, www.craigslist.org, www.Mi-       operational garage sales on Friday
raLagosHOA.com and on Twitter.         and Sunday.
The HOA will place signs through-
                                   To maximize shopping traffic to
out the community the day of the
                                   and minimize frustration for shop-
sale and residents may display up
                                   pers, the HOA will return to Sat-
to three signs of their own.
                                   urday only garage sales. One-day
In 2010, the HOA tried multi-day garage sales generate a sense of
garage sales to see how they would urgency for buyers and hopefully
work for our neighborhood. The a desirable turnout for your efforts.
spring garage sale was a two-day, Residents should also take advan-
Friday and Saturday sale with 71 tage of the opportunity to display



                           What’s New On TV!
  The cold weather may be keep-        wife and son, believes him to be         Sopranos) who is fed up with the        doctors saving lives in a beauti-
  ing you inside more than you like    dead. Lyons character becomes a          bureaucratic system. She decides        ful tropical town. What could be
  right now, but don’t fret! There     vigilante crime fighter in his city      to become a mediator and does her       better than that? And for all of
  are many new TV shows that will      and in the process becomes his           best to fix other people’s problems     you reality show fanatics, there
  begin this winter season! NBC        son’s favorite comic book charac-        while her personal life becomes         are many shows starting back up
  has a new show produced by Da-       ter. You can catch this new action       entangled between her ex-husband        this winter. FOX’s American Idol
  vid E. Kelly (The Practice), star-   drama on Sunday nights!                  and her recently widowed step-          made some big changes by nearly
  ring Kathy Bates called “Harry’s                                              mother who also happens to be her       replacing all of the judges we had
                                        For all of the fans of action packed
  Law”. This is a legal dramedy in                                              boss. I miss The Sopranos, so it is     become so fond of. We will see if
                                        fighting scenes, FX has a new show
  which Harriet (Bates) loses her                                               good to see a familiar face again on    J-Lo and Stephen Tyler can keep
                                        beginning that follows the life of
  job at a prestigious law-firm. She                                            TV!                                     the same audience. Good luck!
                                        an ex-boxer who becomes a debt
  is sought out by a college student                                                                                    Simon Cowell is in the works of
                                        collector. “Lights Out” stars Holt      ABC has a new medical show
  who brings new life to her work                                                                                       starting new show “X-Factor”,
                                        McCallany as Patrick “Lights”           that I have been waiting for since
  leading Harriet to decide to open                                                                                     that might end up overshadow-
                                        Leary the former boxing champ           the commercials started running
  up her own office in an aban-                                                                                         ing American Idol altogether.
                                       who is forced to use his talents in a    months ago. Since LOST is over
  doned shoe store. The combina-                                                                                        And if you have missed seeing
                                        different way to support his family.    and Grey’s Anatomy is ending
  tion of David E. Kelly and Kathy                                                                                      Paula Abdul on TV, don’t worry,
                                        Considering this show is on a cable     its series this year, this show will
  Bates almost insures a smash hit                                                                                      she is back! Her new show “Live
                                        channel, the fighting scenes may        hopefully fill the void both of those
  series! NBC also has a new su-                                                                                        to Dance” begins this season on
                                        be graphic, so it is probably not for   drama’s will leave us with. “Off
  perhero series starting. (RIP He-                                                                                     CBS. Dancers from all styles and
                                        children or the faint of heart. On      The Map” follows a team of doc-
  roes. You had a good run.) “The                                                                                       backgrounds will compete start-
                                        another cable network, USA there        tors to a small South American
  Cape,” beginning this January,                                                                                        ing Tuesdays in January. Make
                                        is a new dramedy starting called        town in the middle of a jungle.
  stars David Lyons as a police                                                                                         sure to set your DVR’s for all of
                                       “Fairly Legal.” This is the story of     From the commercials, it appears
  officer who has been framed for                                                                                       these new shows. You will not
                                        a young litigator, Sarah Shahi (The     to have all extremely attractive
  murder. Everyone, including his                                                                                       want to miss out!
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          Homeowner Requests                                                                                                       Beef Stroganoff from the Crock!
  As a member of the Homeowner Association, please know that
at any time, you may request the following for Board of Directors                                                                       Ingredients – Group 1
consideration:                                                                                                                          1-1/2 lbs. Beef Sirloin Tips, 1 inch cubes
  • Capitalization requests                                                                                                             2 small Onions, chopped
  • Financial requests                                                                                                                  3 cloves minced Garlic
  • Emergency requests                                                                                                                  16 oz. Baby Carrots
  • Any other request that you believe the association could benefit                                                                    1/2 teaspoon Oregano leaves
from                                                                                                                                    1 teaspoon Thyme leaves
                                                                                                                                        1 Bay leaf
  To make any of the above recommendations to the Mira Lagos Board                                                                      1/2 teaspoon Salt
for consideration, please visit our website, www.MiraLagosHOA.com                                                                       1/8 teaspoon Pepper
or www.PremierMgtConnect.com/MiraLagos and complete the form.                                                                           1+1/2 Cups Beef Broth
                                                                                                                                        1/2 Cup Apple Juice
                                         Sample Form:
                                                                                                                                        Ingredients – Group 2
                              Mira Lagos Homeowners Association                                                                         1 Cup Sour Cream (8 oz)
                                                                                                                                        1/4 Cup flour
                            Homeowner Request/Speaker Card                                                                              1/4 Cup water

The purpose of this form is for the Board of Directors to openly and constructively accept homeowner questions                     Combine all ingredients from the first group in a 3-1/2 quart slow
and comments; and to ensure questions/comments are adequately tracked and communicated to the point of                             cooker. Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours (high for 4-5 hours but
resolution. Please complete the information below and submit to the Management (7) days prior to the quarterly
scheduled Board meeting. The resident below will be allotted five minutes to further expand on the comment or
                                                                                                                                   check around 6 hours if you reduce heat to low). Remove and dis-
question below. If you are unable to appear in person, the Board will contact you via email with their response.                   card bay leaf.
Please submit one form for each question or concern. Please note the Board may have questions and may need
additional time for any research prior to answering or any action that may require a resolution on behalf of the                   Next combine sour cream, flour, and water in a bowl and mix well,
resident and the community.                                                                                                        using a whisk. Add 1 cup of the hot liquid from the crockpot to the

 Emergency Request                Financial Request                 Capitalization Request                   Other             sour cream mixture and stir until combined. Return mixture to the
                                                                                                                                   crockpot and stir to combine. Cover crockpot and cook on high for
Homeowner Name(s):________________________________Address: ________________________________________                                20-30 minutes until thickened and bubbly.
Email Address: __________________________________Contact Telephone: _________________________ _________
                                                                                                                                   Serve over hot cooked noodles. Serves 6
Do you wish to attend the next scheduled Board meeting to further expand on your comment or question?  Yes  No

How do you prefer to be contacted with updates or resolution?  E-mail  Phone

Question/Request:
_________________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Comments/Suggestion:

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________



                             This section to be completed by designated Board member(s), or Management

Was the issue addressed or resolved at the Board Meeting?     Yes  No

If this item remains an open task, please list person or committee to follow up on the issue. __________________________________

Resident notified of resolution or follow-up by: _____________________________________________________________________

Notification via:  E-mail  Phone
     Valentine’s Day History
                                                                                                          Februar 2011   w Mira Lagos Messenger w Page 11




                                              By Paige Whittington

Valentine’s Day – The Red and         The Early Medieval deeds of either      The lore further states that Val-
Pink day is the second most cel-      Saint Valentine were expounded          entine began sending love letters
ebrated holiday in the US, follow-    briefly in Legenda Aurea. Accord-       from his jail cell to a girl (presum-
ing Christmas. So how did the day     ing to that version, St Valentine       ably the jailer’s daughter whom he
devoted to love come to be?           was persecuted as a Christian and       may or may not have healed); he
                                      interrogated by Roman Emperor           signed the last one “From your Val-
The Romans looked forward to
                                      Claudius II in person. Claudius         entine.” In AD 496, Pope Gelasius
February because it marked the be-
                                      was impressed by Valentine and          outlawed the festival and instead
ginning of spring. In ancient times,
                                      had a discussion with him, at-          replaced it with a more appropriate
February 13th through 15th was Lu-                                                                                  erally accepted to exchange small
                                      tempting to get him to convert to       (and Christian) festival – dedicated
percalia – a festival to cleanse evil                                                                               tokens of affection or handwritten
                                      Roman paganism in order to save         to the martyr St. Valentine.
spirits and promote good energy;                                                                                    notes with friends and family. By
                                      his life. Valentine refused and tried
the Romans believed the purifica-                                             How did it go from the ancient cel- the end of the century printed cards
                                      to convert Claudius to Christianity
tion would also aid in fertility and                                          ebrations to the spectacle we have began to replace the handwrit-
                                      instead. Because of this, he was ex-
childbirth. Some debate exists                                                today? As literature evolved in the ten letters or homemade cards. In
                                      ecuted. Before his execution, he is
about the exact origins or reasons                                            Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and 1969 the Church removed St. Val-
                                      reported to have performed a mira-
behind Lupercalia, but in Roman                                               the Enlightenment, so, too, did the entine’s Day from its Roman calen-
                                      cle by healing the blind daughter of


                                                                                               Happy Valentine’s Day!
mythology it was held on the Ides                                             way love was expressed. Around dar of saints, but it is still widely
                                      his jailer.
of the month to honor the founding                                            the seventeenth century, it was gen- celebrated.
of the temple of Lupercus. Febru- Prior to the great poet Chaucer, no
ary 14 was a feast to honor Juno, relation between the saints and ro-
Queen of the Gods. For those of mance existed. Since Legenda Au-
you unfamiliar with mythology, rea still provided no connections
Juno was the patron Goddess of whatsoever with sentimental love,
the family and marriage. The next appropriate lore has been embroi-
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                                      When Claudius found out about
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                                      this, he had Valentine arrested and           MIRA LAGOS – Please Support Your Girl Scouts!!!
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      Ground Hog Day
      is February 2nd!
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                Calendar of Events - February 2011
          Sun                  Mon                              Tue                                                Wed                                                Thu                                               Fri                                              Sat

                                                     1                                                     2                                                             3                                                4                                    5
                                               Communications                                        Ground Hog Day                                                                                                                                     First Saturday
 Happy Valentine’s Day!                       Committee Meeting                                                                                                                                                                                       Classic Movie Night
                                                 Welcome
                                              Committee Meeting

        6                        7                                 8                                                    9                                               10                                              11                                                12
Super Bowl Sunday



           13                   14                        15                                                16                                                 17                                                       18                                                19
                          Valentine’s Day           Chair Meeting                                   Safety Committee                                     Annual Meeting
                                                                                                         Meeting                                          and Elections


           20                   21                                22                                                  23                                                24                                              25                                                26
                          Presidents Day
                           Ladies Bunco

           27                    28          Calendar items are subject to change. Visit www.MiraLagosHOA.com and use your Premier Connect login and password to access the HOA calendar to check for updates. *Visit www.gptx.org for more information on City of Grand Prairie events and meetings.




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