Dec 2013 News
Holiday Trash Pick Up
Christmas and New Year’s Day are holidays both recycle and trash will be picked up the following Saturdays, December 28th and January 4th
Holiday of Lights Decorating Contest
Help make the holiday season bright in Cross Creek Ranch! Get in the spirit and decorate your home for the Holiday of Lights Decorating Contest by December 12th. Judging will begin at 6 pm and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be notified December 14th. The winning homes will be featured in the newsletter and receive a Holiday of Lights Contest Lawn sign.
Contest Rules: Must be a homeowner within Cross Creek Ranch. Home decoration can include any lighting scheme, house or lawn ornaments, luminaries, etc. Judging will take place on Thursday evening, December 12th. You must sign up for the contest to be considered for the Holiday Lights contest and pick a category. Homes must have their lights on from 6 to 8:30 pm for judging. To enter your home in the Holiday Lights Contest email Robin Mitchell email@example.com.
· Lights - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
· Best Theme - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
· Most Creative - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
Are you interested in being a judge for the Holiday of Lights Decorating Contest? Judges must be available on Thursday, December 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Email Robin Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Holiday Cookie Decorating Contest
Show off your creativity and have some fun while spreading some holiday cheer at the Cross Creek Ranch Holiday Cookie Decorating contest. This contest is fun for the whole family!
December 19, 2013 • 6:30 pm • Community Room
Gumdrops Division: 5-8 Years of Ages
Candy Cane Division: 9-13 Years of Age
Sugar Plum Division: 14-18 Years of Age
Gingerbread Divisions: 19 Years of Age and up
*Registration limited to 12 contestants in each age division. Contestant 13 years of age and under may be accompanied by an adult or older sibling, but must do all of the decorating him (her) self.
- Each contestant must provide their own frosting and/or other decorating material.
(All material must fit in a small shoebox sized container. The cookies will be provided.)
- All materials used to decorate the cookie must be edible.
- Frosting and decorations may be home-made or store bought.
- Contestants will be judged strictly on appearance. Taste will not be judged.
- Prizes will be given for the “Most Creative “ cookie in each division.
- Contestants will be given 20 minutes to decorate their cookies.
Each Contestant must be pre-registered by Monday, December 16, 2013, to guarantee a place in the contest. To pre-register, please email Robin at email@example.com
Cross Creek Ranch Cares - Giving Back to the Community
Cross Creek Ranch Cares is an outreach group that gives back to the community by volunteering in the community. This group is open to all ages! Please join us as we give back to the Fulshear community this holiday season:
FaithFULL Kids -This is our community outreach where we as a group will help pack lunch bags for kids in the Fulshear community who do not have enough to eat when school is not in session. Faith-FULL Kids provides backpacks full of non-perishable food items on the weekends to elementary school children in our community who are enrolled in the Federal Free/Reduced Cost Meal Program.
- Wednesday December 4th 6:30pm-7:30pm:
- Wednesday, December 11th 6:30pm-7:30pm:
- Wednesday, December 18th 6:30pm-8:30pm:
Weekly Packing Parties - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm,
Early Learning Center Gym,
First United Methodist Church Fulshear,
8201 Harris Street,
Fulshear, TX 77441
To volunteer with the Cross Creek Ranch Cares group, please email Nolan Donald at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cross Creek Ranch Stuff the Box- food drive!
Bring a non-perishable food item! Last year we were able to help feed 50 families in the Fulshear area for the holidays. This year let’s continue to help our neighbors by dropping off your donations of nonperishable food items at the Cross Creek Ranch Fitness Center or the CCR Tree Lighting event, from now through December 14th. Your donations will help the local Food Basket Program provide holiday meals for 50 families in the Fulshear Community.
- Canned Corn
- Canned Sweet potatoes
- Canned green peas
- Dirty rice
- Cranberry sauce
- Mashed potatoes
Update on FM 1463/Fry Road - Turn Lanes & Signalization
We know our community is anxious to see this intersection improved. Here is the status/schedule for the completion of this project.
- The Cross Creek Ranch and Cinco Ranch developers allocated funds to pay for this project several months ago.
- The TXDOT approval process has taken over a year but both Cross Creek Ranch and Cinco Ranch now have their permits in hand.
- As required by law, the project, for both left and right hand turn lanes and a traffic signal, is being publicly advertised and bid. Bids will be received on Thursday, November 21st and the contract awarded promptly thereafter.
- To expedite the project, as soon as the contractor enters into the contract, he will order the signal poles, which have a 3 to 4 month fabrication/lead time.
- Construction of the left and right hand turn lane improvements will begin in early January and should be complete within 60 days.
- The traffic signal will be installed when the signal poles arrive and the lane improvements are complete.
- The intersection should be complete and operational in May 2014.
We’d like to thank Mayor Kuykendall and Fort Bend County Commissioner Meyers for their assistance in expediting the TXDOT approval process.
Wildlife in Cross Creek Ranch
The natural beauty of Cross Creek Ranch is what draws many residents to the community. This is also the environment for many of Texas’ native animals. As the weather continues to warm, residents may notice what appears to be an increase in wildlife sightings. Just as we head out doors to enjoy the summer weather, so does the surrounding wildlife. Alligators, snakes, deer and number of other animals that were here long before the houses and businesses were built and these animals continue to live in our community. While it may be a bit of a surprise or unsettling to see an alligator or a snake, all are naturally fearful of man and will turn away if not antagonized. The best plan of action is one of avoidance: residents should be mindful of where they are walking, keep pets on a leash, not to feed the animals, avoid tall grasses and the edge of the lakes.
BE GATOR SAFE!
DO NOT feed or entice alligators. Alligators overcome their natural shyness and become accustomed or attracted to humans when fed. It is now a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500, to intentionally feed an alligator.
DO NOT throw fish scraps into the water or leave them on shore. Although you are not intentionally feeding alligators, the end result can be the same.
DO NOT let your pets near them. Keep your pets on a leash and under your control while walking in the neighborhood
DO NOT get too close to them.
DO NOT swim or wade in the lakes
DO NOT agitate or tease them.
DO NOT try to catch one.
Alligators are an important part of Texas Coastal History and play a key role in the ecology of Texas wetlands statewide. They occur in coastal marshes and other wetlands within 120 Texas counties.
The department receives over 300 calls each year regarding alligators perceived as problems or nuisances. The majority of these complaints involve alligators being observed in natural habitat, roadside ditches or other wetlands adjacent to alligator habitat. It is common to see alligators in many types of wetlands that occur throughout the state. As with all wild animals, people should treat alligators with respect. Good judgment can eliminate incidents.
If you have any questions or concerns about the wildlife or alligators in Cross Creek Ranch, please contact C.I.A Services at email@example.com or 713-981-9000.
Social Committee Volunteer
Are you interested in meeting your neighbors? Do you like the fulfillment you receive through volunteering? We are looking for volunteers to help out with the following crews:
WELCOME TO CROSS CREEK RANCH’S OUTREACH CREW
Are you outgoing? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Join our official “Welcome Wagon” and be the first to welcome new residents to our Cross Creek Family. Plus, this organization participates in volunteer opportunities in the greater Fort Bend Area. What a great way to learn about your community!
GARDEN & LANDSCAPE CREW
Do you like to play in the dirt? Then join our Garden & Landscape Crew! You’ll participate in selecting the Yard of the Month in your neighborhood and help keep Cross Creek Ranch beautiful!
SPECIAL EVENTS CREW
Help plan and organize events for your community including Shred Day, Kayak Demo, Splash Day at the Pool, 4th of July, Movies on Hill, National Night Out, Adult Mixers and more!
If you are interested in being a part of the Social Committee, email Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice from City of Fulshear Police Chief, Kenny Seymour
Over the Past month the West Fort Bend County has had several residential burglaries where the suspects knock on the door to see if the resident is home. When there is no answer the suspects are breaking in through the back door and or the bathroom window.
The most recent of these burglaries happened in the Grand River subdivision located on FM 359 (Near Foster High School) Here the suspects broke into three homes. The suspect vehicle was captured on a surveillance camera from one of the residences. The suspects are described as two white males and one white female: Suspect # 1: white male, appx 6’0” tall, thin build, mid 20’s, blonde hair, with multiple tattoos on arm and possibly neck. Suspect # 2: white male, appx 5’7” tall, stalky/muscular build, late 20’s, multiple tattoos on arms and possibly neck. Suspect # 3: white female, no other description at this time. The suspect vehicle is described as Black 2-door passenger car, possibly a Pontiac or Nissan. (Attached are possible pictures of the suspects’ car)
On May 1, 2013 a resident on Cross Creek Spring Lane interrupted a suspect attempting to break in to her bathroom window at approximately 12p. The suspect(s) knocked on the door. The resident advised that she saw a black male with a “hoodie” on her back porch. The suspect(s) then proceeded to pry her bathroom window before she confronted him. The suspect fled over the concrete wall near the Welcome Center. Officers checked the area for several hours but were unable to locate the suspect.
Fulshear Police Chief, Kenny Seymour stated, “We have not had this type of criminal activity in our community, but it’s out there. Criminals take advantage of victims because the opportunities we give them. If we minimize those opportunities that the thug is looking for then we will be effective in minimizing crime. The most effective way to deal with the criminal element is with Attitude! Having the attitude that I will protect my investment (family)and look out for my neighbor are keys to that attitude.”
The Fulshear Police Department is asking the residence of Cross Creek to be vigil in identifying people and or vehicles that are suspicious and to notify the police of any suspicious activity. (281-346-2202 Officer On Duty) (281-341-4666 Dispatch) The Fulshear Police Department invites you to visit our website at www.fulsheartexas.gov and take advantage of some of the Crime Prevention Tips and programs we have.
The Risher Companies
The Cross Creek Ranch Community Association is very pleased to announce and welcome a new member to the neighborhood. Effective August 1st, The Risher Companies will begin managing your Fitness Center. We want to thank both Plus One and Amy for all they have done in building a great membership of residents.
The July issue of “Around the Creek” announced effective August 1st, April Zieschang, soon to be with The Risher Companies, will be the new Fitness Director for the Cross Creek Ranch Fitness Center. In addition to April, most of you may have already met Robin Mitchell, our new Lifestyle Director here at CCR. She too is an employee of The Risher Companies and brings equal energy as does April, to our facility.
The Risher Companies has several similar community clients under the company’s fitness management operation and is committed to providing an excellent standard of service. Those other local Houston master planned communities are Gleannloch Farms, Long Meadow Farms, Sienna Plantation, Walden on Lake Conroe, Tuscan Lakes, and Riverstone..
We know that the new management team will provide a seamless transition of services . “Community members can expect an increase in hours of operation per week and additional class offerings such as small group training, heart rate training, and sports specific training, to name just a few” stated Randy Risher, owner of The Risher Companies. “We look forward to partnering with the community of Cross Creek Ranch and Johnson Development in meeting the neighborhood’s needs in fitness and wellness.”
Great things will follow, soon. Please give April and Robin a warm CCR welcome.
Your CCRCA Board of Directors
About The Risher Companies
Established by Randy Risher, M. Ed. in 1994, The Risher Companies has garnered experience and expertise in the fitness and wellness industry. Catering to a wide variety of markets, The Risher Companies provides fitness facility management and staffing, fitness equipment sales and services, fitness center design, and corporate wellness to more than 100 properties throughout the state of Texas.
The Risher Companies is headquartered in Houston, Texas with 63 employees helping to inspire fitness and wellness in major metro areas of Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
The Risher Companies portfolio consist of corporate fitness centers, country clubs, health clubs and studios, hotel and multifamily communities, master planned communities, plus school districts, colleges, and universities.
Johnson Development Corp.
JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT CORP. ACQUIRES
WEST HOUSTON MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITY CROSS CREEK RANCH
3,200-Acre Community, Johnson Development’s First in Area West of Houston
HOUSTON, TX (April 12, 2012) – Johnson Development Corp. has acquired Cross Creek Ranch, the 3,200-acre master-planned community located minutes west of the Grand Parkway off FM 1093.
Please read this memo for more information.
The City of Fulshear has an ordinance (2011-1040) to prohibit vendors from soliciting in communities without a permit. This does not apply to religious organizations, non-profit (girl scouts, little league) or political canvassers. All residents are encouraged to report suspicious vendors to the Fulshear Police Department at 281-346-2202.
When reporting, please obtain a business card or pamphlet and a good mental image of the person’s description to provide the police.
As always, in case of emergency or immediate threat, please call 911.
No Left Turn from Flewellen Way
The City of Fulshear has implemented a No Left Turn from Flewellen Way onto FM 1093 as a safety measure. To turn left onto FM 1093 you must exit at the traffic signal on Cross Creek Ranch Blvd.
Fry road is scheduled to be open soon and will serve as an alternate exit from the community onto FM 1463.
For questions regarding Flewellen Way, please contact Fulshear City Administrator, CJ Snipes at email@example.com
Future Cross Creek Ranch Swim Team
Cross Creek Ranch Swim Team Information Meeting-
Are you interested in helping with the planning process of the 2014 Cross Creek Ranch swim team? Join the community volunteers as they discuss the proper steps in order to start up a swim team in Cross Creek Ranch. This is not a sign up meeting, if you are interested in helping with the future swim team in Cross Creek Ranch; please join them on Wednesday, June 26 at 7pm in the community room.
For more information contact Jocelyn Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Readings of Classic Stories
Arts Fulshear and Cross Creek Ranch invite you to join us for two nights of dramatic reading of holiday classic stories to get you into the holiday spirit.
“The Night Before Christmas”, Friday, December 13th at 7pm in the Community Room
Children, put on your pajamas and bring your blanket to the community room. Gather around the room for hot chocolate, cider and cookies while enjoying a reading of Clement Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. Afterwards you can take pictures with Santa for $10 to benefit Arts Fulshear.
“A Christmas Carol”, Saturday, December 14th at 7pm in the Community Room
Ebenezer Scrooge, Marley’s ghost, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and all your favorite characters from “A Christmas Carol” are coming to Cross Creek Ranch! Join them for a dramatic reading of the classic Charles Dickens tale. Light refreshments will be served. Pictures with the cast will be available for $10 to benefit Arts Fulshear.
Seating is limited and you must R.S.V.P to reserve your spot for either reading or both. R.S.V.P at www.artsfulshear.org.
Dec 2013 Events
Flags Across America
Your Cross Creek Ranch Community Association participates in the "Flags Across America" program. Flags fly along the boulevards of Cross Creek Ranch on designated holidays throughout the year.
Did you know that you, as residents, can also participate in the program?
For a $35 annual donation to Boy Scout Troop 1103, which meets at Cross Creek Ranch on Monday evenings, a Scout will display a 3’ x 5’ American flag in your yard for seven flag display days per year.
The next flag display holiday is quickly approaching. Labor Day will be here before you know it.
Join in with CCR and other residents to support your local Troop and enjoy seeing all the flags flying! See the attached flyer/form for more information.
If you have any questions, contact CCR Resident and Scout Parent, Tina Schmidt at email@example.com.
Click here to view/print the flyer/form.
The next flag display holiday is quickly approaching:
Memorial Day will be here before you know it. Have you subscribed to the Flags Across America Program in CCR? If not, subscribe now! For a $35 annual donation to CCR’s Boy Scout Troop 1103, a Scout will display a 3’ x 5’ American flag in your yard for seven flag display days per year. So join in with CCR and other residents to support your local Troop and enjoy seeing all the flags flying! See the attached flyer/form for more information.
Submit the attached form and payment by April 30 so your flag will be ready and flying on Memorial Day and the flag holidays thereafter.
If you have any questions, contact CCR Resident and Scout Parent, Suzi Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
On-Going Events at the Fitness Center
Below is a list of the classes available to Cross Creek Ranch Residnets:
A 30-minute express intermediate to advanced circuit class to maximize strength building, and target weight loss, muscular conditioning, and endurance. Modifications are made for participants of all levels.
Sculpt & Core
Sculpt your body with an assortment of strength training exercises that will tone and work every muscle in your body. Instructors teach you weight training basics while whittling away your midsections.
A strength and conditioning class that combines total body movements with the added resistance of dumb bells. The combination of hand weights with high reps will get your heart pumping and increase lean muscle mass.
CC Run Club
Join your neighbors for a run, jog or walk along the beautiful trails in Cross Creek Ranch. Departing from the Fitness Center, the Run Club treks a 5K (~3.1 mile) course along Flewellen Creek. This Couch to 5K program is perfect for all levels of fitness.
A class featuring the ancient practice of Yoga; a series of asanas (postures) to increase flexibility, energy, and stillness of mind. Yin Yoga focuses on stretching the connective tissues of the body. In this class you will be asked to hold poses for longer periods of time, allowing your body to restore itself and return to its balance. Yoga mats are provided.
An hour class that combines high energy and motivating music with the unique moves and combinations of Latin dance. Based on the principle that a workout should be "fun and easy to do," participants are able to stick to the Zumba program and achieve long-term health benefits. Zumba is a “feel-happy” workout that is great for both the body and the mind.
Offered seasonally, water aerobics is a great cardiovascular and resistance class for a variety of different fitness levels and for those with physical limitations.
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Mommy and Me Stroller Group - Tuesday/Thursday 8:30 AM (weather permitting)
Visit the Ladies Club on Facebook!