7th Edition November 2021
November News & Updates
Thank you for making Augusta Ranch
“The Best Place to Live!”

Visit our website for information on board meetings and minutes, overnight parking permits, architectural requests, and more!
Neighborhood Garage Sale
AUGUSTA PALOOZA!
Space Jam Movie
Happy Thanksgiving
Casino Night
In this issue:
  • AUGUSTA PALOOZA!
  • Volunteers Needed
  • See Oktoberfest Vendors
  • Neighborhood Garage Sale
  • Space Jam Movie Night
  • Red Cross Bloodmobile
  • Casino Night!
  • November Calendar
  • School Calendar Links
  • Join Us on Facebook
  • Craft Night Photo
  • Scratch Events
  • Golf Course Events
  • Dormant Winter Lawns
  • Security Updates
  • No Flyers on Mailboxes
  • Vandalism Report
  • Why Cats Disappear
  • No Trespassing
  • HOA Board Meeting
AUGUSTA PALOOZA!
Augusta Ranch Blowout Party!
November 13, 2021 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wait 'til you see what we have planned for you!
Volunteers Needed!

We need 15 volunteers for Augusta Palooza on November 13th. If you are available, please get in touch with Kamin at: kamin.havens@fsresidential.com.
Let's Support Oktoberfest Vendors!

Augusta Ranch Oktoberfest was a huge success, greatly in part because of our fabulous vendors. Many products and services were on display that you surely want to remember. We encourage you to visit the HOA Events Website and click on the various Oktoberfest vendors to learn more about them, including photos, contact information, and social media links.
Ways to show your support:

  • Contact them and make a direct purchase.

  • Ask for more information.

  • Purchase gift cards for family and friends.

  • Give vendors positive reviews on any number of platforms.

  • Follow and share on social media.

  • Recommend vendors by word of mouth to friends and family.

  • Keep vendors in mind for special gifts and everyday treats.

In addition to building the local economy, notable benefits come from supporting our wonderful vendors.

  • Local businesses are owned and operated by your neighbors! They care more about the well-being of our community and its future.

  • Independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales to the community than chain competitors.

  • For every $100 you spend at local businesses, $68 or more will stay in the community.

  • Local businesses are more accountable to their local communities and donate more money to non-profits.

  • Supporting local businesses is good for the environment because they often have a smaller carbon footprint than larger companies.

  • Local businesses are more likely to utilize other local businesses such as banks, service providers, and farms.

However we think about it, it's definitely a win-win for everyone!
Neighborhood Garage Sale
November 6, 2021 7 AM-2 PM
SELL OR SHOP! 
The Augusta Ranch Neighborhood Garage Sale
November 6, 2021, 7 AM-2 PM

If you want to set up for the garage sale and sell, you don't have to register, but it's to your advantage because we’ll add you to our list of addresses and big-ticket items. This will help people find you. We hope to encourage plenty of shoppers for you! 

After the sale, the same day from 12-3 pm, Sunshine Acres will be available to pick up unsold goods and donations at the Golf Course parking lot.
Space Jam Movie Night!
November 12, 2021 at SUNSET
MOVIE NIGHT on the GOLF COURSE
"Space Jam, A New Legacy"
On Big Screen Outdoors!

Grab your family, friends, and neighbors and join us for Augusta Ranch Movie Night on the Golf Course, where we set up our giant 50' outdoor movie screen for this fun family-friendly movie.

FREE (no tickets required). Bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. Soft drinks, popcorn, and assorted candies will be available for purchase.

Scratch Pub & Grill
The regular menu will be available until 8 PM
Appetizers only from 8-9 PM
The kitchen closes at 9 PM
2401 South Lansing, Mesa, Arizona 85209
American Red Cross Blood Drive
November 18, 2021 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Here's your chance to donate blood without leaving your neighborhood! The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Golf Course, 2401 S. Langsing, on Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
CASINO NIGHT!
Saturday, November 27th, 7-10 PM
TRY YOUR LUCK & WIN PRIZES!
November Events Calendar
School Calendar Links
The links below will take you to school calendars:
November Coloring Pages
Craft Night at Scratch
Last month (October 27th), we made this 3-Tiered Tray,
just in time for the holidays!

Craft Nights are a ton of fun, and you end up learning a new skill!
Stay tuned for our next one, and join us!
It is such a happiness when good people get together.
~ Jane Austen
Scratch Pub & Grill
November Events
Scratch Pub & Grill not only offers some of the tastiest food around but loads of entertainment and games. So come on over and bring your family, friends, and neighbors. We can't wait to see you!
Look below at the wonderful events
taking place at Scratch in November!
NFL SUNDAY TICKET!
Scratch Pub & Grill has the NFL SUNDAY TICKET for all the games. There will be Specials throughout the NFL Season, including Sunday Breakfast Buffet from 9:00 AM-Noon, Game Day Menu from 10:00 AM to closing, a $5 Bloody Mary Bar, $5 22-ounce Seasonal Brews, and $4 Mimosas. COME AND CHEER WITH US!
Happy Hour
Monday - Friday 4-7 PM
Join us for drink specials.
Taco on Tuesdays
Facebook for Tuesday's
Truly Tasty Tacos 4-9 PM
Trivia Night
Every Other Tuesday
November 9 & 23, 6-8 PM
Musical Bingo Game
Tuesday, November 16
6-8 PM
Burgers on Thursday
Facebook on Thursday for this week's Terrific Burger 4-9 PM.
Dinner Feature on Friday
Facebook on Friday for our Chef's Fabulous Feature 5-9 PM.
Parrothead Performance
Jimmy Buffett Coverband
Live Music Saturday
November 6, 6-10 PM
Gameday Tailgate Party!
Bears v. Steelers
Monday - Big Screen Outdoors
November 8, 5:30 PM
Dave McClanahan
Live Music Friday
November 12, 6-9 PM
Remnants Of Soul
Live Music Saturday
November 20, 7-10 PM
Zach Nightingale
Live Music Friday
November 26, 6-9 PM
Golf Course November Events
How to Care for Your Dormant Lawn

Bermuda grass flourishes during the warm summer months. It is a hardy grass that can normally withstand traffic and is easy to grow. Once established, healthy Bermuda grass will never need reseeding.
 
As the weather cools off, Bermuda grass does not die, but it does go dormant. The roots are still alive and well, but the green tops brownout. While many residents choose to overseed their winter lawns with ryegrass, some prefer to allow the Bermuda grass to rest unencumbered. 
When you are not overseeding your lawn,
the HOA still requires you to care for it.

Below are some guidelines on how to care for a dormant lawn, which not only looks nice but encourages healthy growth come summer. These suggestions do not apply if you are overseeding. For information on overseeding, please search online.

Mow

The first step is to mow and edge the grass to achieve a tidy appearance. To reduce the stress on the Bermuda grass, do not scalp your yard unless you are overseeding. Always use a sharp blade and remove not more than one-third of your normal mow height.

Water

Before the dormancy starts, it is a good idea to water the lawn deeply. Deep watering helps to maintain the moisture on the soil. Once into the dormant stage, depending on the weather, water your lawn occasionally to rehydrate the grass and wet the soil down to a depth of five inches. This process will help the roots to stay alive during the winter.

Control Weeds

You are required to keep your yard weed-free regardless of whether you overseed or not. Some weeds thrive on a dormant lawn, creating an unsightly appearance and stealing nutrients from the turf roots. A broad application of herbicide can put pressure on turf. It is better to spot-apply herbicide directly to each weed or remove them by hand.

Do Not Fertilize

Do not fertilize a dormant lawn. Fertilizing will unnecessarily stimulate the leaves of the grass to grow, which stresses the root system in the dormant state. 

Reduce Foot Traffic

During its dormant stage, reduce the usage of the lawn. Foot traffic on the brittle grass may damage the crowns, creating breakage and rapid dehydration. For a beautiful summer lawn, keep off the grass!
Security Reminders
If you need Security, call them directly at 480-518-3399.

- Security Patrol Team -
Here When You Need Them!
Security will not respond to text messages,
as they cannot authenticate the caller.

Augusta Ranch Security Patrol Team consists of three full-time armed guards that are licensed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The guards patrol our community approximately 18 hours per day, seven days a week, continuously changing schedules. They work through Valley Protective Services, Inc., and have a close working relationship with the Mesa Police Department, which may rely on our guards to assist when needed.

When is it appropriate to call Security? 
Possible reasons to call Security might include parking violations, solicitors, trespassing, open garage door, criminal damage, animal control, lost/found property, and any suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles. For neighborhood non-emergencies, we're here to help!

Augusta Ranch Security Patrol Team: 480-518-3399
To submit a security report online: 
Mesa Police non-emergency line: 480-644-2211, option 2
Nothing is Allowed Posted
on Community Mailboxes
A percentage of HOA dues was recently used to cover the cost of painting the community mailboxes. Let's take care in keeping them looking nice!

Flyers are strictly forbidden to be attached to community mailboxes.

You cannot affix anything to them, including flyers, signs about missing items or animals, and advertisements.

When we attempt to remove a flyer that someone has attached, very often some of the new paint adheres to the tape and comes off. Unfortunately, when this happens, whoever posted the flyer will be responsible for covering the expense of repainting.
VANDALISM
YOU can make a difference!
This year we overseeded the loop and Baldwin Park. When overseeding, we need to water the areas multiple times per day for the seed to germinate.

During this time, residents witnessed kids kicking the sprinkler heads off. There was a tremendous wasting of water because of the missing heads ($$). We had to repair and replace the sprinkler heads ($$) and spot seed ($$) in the damaged areas.

Your HOA dues are unnecessarily paying for this kind of vandalism and damage, funds that should be going to regular maintenance and community projects.

Parents, would you please talk to your children about vandalism? Let them know about the expense involved and how causing damage could cost your family personally.

To all residents, if you see any vandalizing of the irrigation system or other property of Augusta Ranch, please call security at 480-518-3399. Take photos if possible. All calls are confidential.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give Kamin a call at 480-354-1236.

To the vandals and thieves, we are prosecuting to the fullest extent permissible by law. You should be ashamed of yourselves for committing any crime, let alone against your neighbors!
Why Has My Cat Disappeared?
Facing the Reality of a Shared Environment.
New residents of Augusta Ranch may not be aware of the wild animals roaming our neighborhood, just trying to adapt to the encroachment of humans into their territories.

As we increase human populations and develop formerly wild areas, we cannot help but come face to face with wildlife. Coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, owls, hawks, raccoons, and javelina have been sighted in our neighborhood.

In terms of their diets, many of these animals are generalists, which means they don't have narrow requirements for food. When possible, they live off their natural prey, but they will adapt to preying on domestic animals when necessary. Our pets, especially cats and small dogs, are vulnerable to this unfortunate end.

Pets may mistake a coyote for a friendly dog, which allows the coyote to approach deadly close. As well, our pets are not nearly as fit physically as wild predators and may be easily outrun and outmaneuvered.

Never leave food outside for your pets. The enticing aroma of free food may lure some predators into your yard, where your pet becomes the entree. Coyotes, javelina, raccoons, and roof rats are also attracted to fruit and vegetables (pretty much anything edible), so be sure to secure your garbage cans and compost piles.

If you love your pets, and we know you do, please be vigilant over their safety. Cats roaming around alone at night are in the greatest danger. If possible, keep them indoors. If they must go outside, consider transforming your patio into a fenced-in "catio" or training your cat to go out on a leash. We know that is not the most comfortable solution, but it's better than losing Fluffy.
Absolutely
No Trespassing on the Golf Course
As the weather cools down, the golf course appears inviting for a bike ride, walk/run, exercising pets, or as a shortcut for going home. Every day, we see more people on the golf course who do not belong there!

The Augusta Ranch Golf Course is for golf only. No trespassing signs are located throughout the course. The no-trespassing rule is designed to keep everyone safe, including, but is not limited to, the golf maintenance crews who are out before sunrise, golfers playing at dusk, and other approved construction/utility crews.
  
Trespassing is defined as anyone on Golf Course property at any time, day or night, that has not checked in at the pro shop and paid the daily green fees. Please remember to have your receipt from the pro shop with you while playing. If you do not have a permit, golf course employees and security are authorized to ask you to leave, issue warnings for trespassing, or request police arrest of trespassers.
 
The courses are busy places at all hours. When the course is closed, it is imperative to obey the no trespassing policy. Heavy equipment may be in use, and there may be workers on the course performing various tasks. Sprinklers go off multiple times. The course has many degrees of elevation changes that increase the risk of falling and tripping without proper lighting and equipment. There is also the wildlife factor of coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions.

Please note that even though Augusta Ranch residents pay HOA fees, doing so does not authorize them to be on the Augusta Ranch golf course nor assume ownership of golf course property. The public is also not allowed access to the back of a homeowner’s property located on the golf course without prior approval.

We have to be passionate about the no trespassing on the golf course rule as this is a MAJOR safety and liability issue. Your cooperation is sincerely appreciated, and we encourage your participation in sharing this information with your fellow residents. Parents, please speak to your children so they know the severity of this issue. If you have any questions, please call Kamin at 480-354-1236.
HOA Board Meeting
Homeowners are always welcome to attend.

Monday, November 15th, 6:30 PM
Mesa Police Substation
2430 S. Ellsworth, Mesa, AZ 85209.

We appreciate each of you and are delighted to
serve a community that cares and is involved!