JUNE 2018
May this new month bring you joy and happiness.
May you get showered with blessings.
May all your previous failures turn to successes.
In The Kitchen with
Villages of Westcreek
Cool down from the summer heat with this refreshing Cherry Lemonade.

  • 2 ounces cherries, pitted
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 cups sparkling water
  1. To make the cherry syrup, combine cherries, lemon juice and sugar in blender until smooth. Place in the refrigerator until chilled.
  2. Serve over ice and sparkling water.

From The Community Manager's Desk
Strategies for coping with extremely hot weather
As we are already having summer weather I felt that this article may be helpful especially if you are new to Texas. Enjoy your summer and stay cool

Exposure to extreme heat can cause illness and even death for some people. But there are several small steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.
We need to keep our body temperature in the range of 35.5 to 37.5°C as this protects our vital organs and allows the body to function normally. Bodies gain heat from both the metabolic processes within and the environment, and heat is lost through the skin by radiation and by sweating.

How you experience heat can be improved by adaptive behavior, such as staying in the shade, indoors in air-conditioned places and using fans to circulate the air.
Heat-related illnesses occur when heat gain is greater than heat loss; when heat gain from the environment or metabolic processes cannot be effectively dissipated through physiological or behavioral thermo-regulatory processes. These illness range in impact from mild, such as heat cramps to severe or life-threatening, such as heat stroke.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency, leading to rapid death in 10% to 50% of cases and poor outcomes in a high proportion of survivors, according to the  World Health Organization . Those at greatest risk of heat-related illnesses are people aged 65 years and older, babies and young children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. People who have difficulty communicating, moving around or are bedridden are also at high risk (because they rely on others for drinks and showers), as are older people living alone.

Exposure to extreme heat has particularly adverse effects on people with chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular, respiratory or renal diseases, along with diabetes and obesity, and those with mental illness. These people account for a high proportion of the deaths caused by extreme heat.

People working outdoors  also face high risk , especially if they’re working in direct sunlight. Excessive drug or alcohol use increases the risk of heat-related illness the drugs affect thermo-regulation and alcohol acts as a diuretic (causes increased urination). Medications including blood pressure and heart medicine (beta-blockers), water pills (diuretics), antidepressants, anti psychotics and anti-convulsants (seizure medication) and antihistamines (allergy medications) may also affect how the body reacts to heat. And where you live could pay a role in the degree of risk heat poses for you. People living in multistory buildings, and houses without external shading either from blinds, awnings or vegetation are most likely to be affected.
Access to air-conditioning is clearly protective during extreme heat. This can either be at home or by going to an air-conditioned place such as cinema, shopping center, community center, or library.

You should be prepared for extremely hot weather over summer, and ensure that your heatwave plan includes:
  • setting up fans in living areas and bedrooms. Some people may need assistance from family or carers to do this;
  • check that air-conditioning units work efficiently. Ensure they’re not still on heat mode after winter and that the thermostat has been reset. Also, make sure that the cool function is clearly marked on the remote control;
  • access to fluids is important. Have a supply of cool drinks and water in the refrigerator;
  • make sure you have enough food, drink and medicines for a few days if very hot weather is in the forecast.
  • all refrigerated medicines should be kept in the fridge at all times, and other medication may need to be moved to cooler places in the house;
  • protect your home from heat by pulling down awnings and blinds. Put shade cloth over outdoor pergolas to shade walls and windows; and
  • think about what you will do if there’s an electricity blackout. Have a list of people you can call for help if needed. Ask whether your phone will work without power, if you have a backup mobile phone, and whether you will be able to ask your neighbors for help.
During extremely hot weather:
  • keep in touch with friends and family, as they may be your lifeline;
  •  stay hydrated – drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty, taking small amounts often. Don’t drink alcohol and limit tea and coffee as these are mildly diuretic;
  •  stay out of the sun, especially during the hottest part of the day, and do any essential outdoor jobs early in the morning when it’s cooler;
  • use your air-conditioner or fans. Cooling one room is easier and cheaper than cooling the whole house. Cool your bedroom two or three hours before bedtime, and open windows for ventilation in the evening when it’s cooler;
  • If you don’t have air-conditioning, arrange to go to a cool place and leave as early as possible to avoid travelling in the heat;
  • place damp towels around neck and shoulders to cool yourself, place your feet in basin or bucket of cool water. Cool water is better than icy cold, which causes your blood vessels to constrict and slows down the body’s ability to radiate heat. Be mindful of people who can’t do this for themselves such as disabled people, children and babies.
  • eat frequent small meals and avoid cooking. Store food in the refrigerator;
  • rest – don’t do unnecessary work, think siesta; and
  • listen to the radio and television for heatwave information.

From The Desk of
The Administrative Director

Community Quote
When one neighbor helps another, we strengthen our community!
Just a reminder 3rd Quarter Assessment in the amount of
are due on
July 1, 2018!
Finance charges are applied on past due assessments

Shop with your neighbors at the Market Day!
Market Day every Wednesday beginning at 9:00A.M.
The market will be located in the overflow parking lot adjacent to the Community Center. Credit Cards Accepted. Drop by and support our local vendors!

Aqua Fitness Classes at the Community Center Pool
Please bring a noodle and water shoes. I have spare noodles if anyone forgets theirs.
Our class meets every 
Monday and Wednesday 8pm-9pm, in the Community Center Pool.

Pool Hours
Early A.M Swim Hours
(Beginning June 4 th )
     Community Center Pool Only

Regular Pool Hours for both Pools
Monday- Sunday

New Classes in June!!!
Groovaroo Monday- 10am
Family Zumba Monday- 11:30am

VWOA (Villages of Westcreek Owners Association) – Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCR’s)

Purpose: This legal document was established to provide reasonable rules, regulations and guidelines for improvements/changes regarding residential properties within the Villages of Westcreek Owner’s Association (VWOA). The CCR’s are supplemented by the “Standards” that apply to all single-family residential areas within the VWOA. These covenants provide formal and conclusive information regarding the rules of the Community as well as providing the legal enforcement of those rules that form the basis for a “Deed Restricted Community”.

For years, deed restrictions have been successful in many residential and mixed-use developments. These protective covenants are the basis for ensuring a quality environment as well as assisting residents in maintaining the property values at their highest. Deed restrictions cover basic considerations such as allowed land uses, setbacks, utility easements, materials, colors, etc., to be used plus the procedures for dealing with non-compliance. Generally, their purpose is to:

1) preserve, so far as possible, the natural beauty of the properties;
2) avoid harsh contrasts between structures and landscape;
3) guard against the use of unsuitable materials and the erection of poorly designed or proportioned structures;
4) encourage and secure the erection of attractive improvements that are harmonious and compatible with their sites; and
5) enhance and maintain the environmental quality and economic value of the Homeowner’s property.

Please report any potential violations of these Standards or CCR’s to the Standards Manager. Any information received will be kept confidential.

Why your child should learn to swim

Reasons why your child should learn to swim are many and varied. You need to give your child the chance to learn to swim.The most important reason is that swimming is the only sport which can save your child’s life.Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill.

Other reasons why your child should learn to swim

Swimming is lots of fun for people of all ages and children especially love getting in the water and enjoying themselves.
But it is not just fun, swimming also provides loads of health benefits which can help to keep your children healthy and happy at the same time:
  • Swimming keeps your child’s heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture

Another great thing about swimming is that children of any age or ability can take part and it is more accessible for children with additional needs than almost any other sport.
  • Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which helps children to become self-confident and believe in their abilities
  • Your child will have plenty of opportunities to make friends and grow in confidence

But health, fun, and confidence are not the only reasons why your child should learn to swim. Learning to swim also opens up the door to a range of other activities.

A few sports your child can only do if they can swim
  1. Kayaking
  2. Canoeing
  3. Scuba diving
  4. Surfing
  5. Triathlon
  6. Yachting.

Learning to swim is a skill that once learnt is rarely forgotten and it is open to people of all ages. There are even swimming events for people over 100, and a few Masters swimmers who are still swimming past this age.

Remember, you can’t always be there. Learning to swim may save their life one day

To register for swim lessons here at the VWOA Community Center Pool, follow this link:
JUNE 2018

JUNE 2018