February 2011 STANDARD RATE
Grand Prairie, TX
February 17, 2011
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
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 email@example.com
begins Mon. Oct. 4 at the Main Library. View Transfer (888) 679-2500 Meetings: 2nd Tuesday (Apr.-Oct.)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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) firstname.lastname@example.org
••••••••••••• •••••••••••• 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 email@example.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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com
Storytime at the Warmack Branch is still on Meetings: Quarterly
Tween crafts are Wed. Oct. 6 at 5 pm. Family crafts
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,
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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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
ing to the EPA 85 million tons of that
waste was recycled.
resources from our planet.
• 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.
duced annually with only half of that • Start a Neighborhood Watch for your village.
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-
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
Girl Scout Cookies Are Here!
Please help support Girl Scouts in the Mira Lagos community!
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Choose from the following delicious cookies: Thin Mints, 10% Off
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Must present coupon at time of order.
Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades, Shout Outs (New)
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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
Look for a committee that suits you, vegetable. Life is grand. I am sure
Since I found out I would be indulg-
then contact them, attend a meet- I have lost ten pounds on just this
ing...get involved! Whether you ing, I have studied the diet concept,
make it are a green thumb interested in the and have garnished an abundance
first day alone, but my wife says the
“first phase” continues for 13 more
Happen Landscape Committee or a friendly
soul interetsted in Social or Hospi-
tality, there is a committee for you.
of knowledge. The reason I have a
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-
The Humane Society of North Texas
verted into sugar, and won’t digest fore you must eat only what you
properly. This undigested mass detest, and steer clear of anything
is then stored as fat. This storage that tastes good. Simply stated you
Full Service Shelter Location area builds up as more and more can load up on tofu and turnips,
1840 East Lancaster of the culprit foods are consumed but just say no to bread, pasta, and
Fort Worth, Texas, 76103 and the midsection begins to ex- chips. And there you have it – diet
817-332-HSNT (4768) pand. Throw a few potato chips, discipline.
ice cream, and eggrolls in the mix
www.hsnt.org and look out! Here comes Chubbo!
I’m not a big fan of these New Year
email@example.com resolutions. To me, there are obvi-
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
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
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
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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
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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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
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
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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