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Fiesta Fun!

Updated: Apr 29

Waterview Preservation neighbors and friends came out in full force yesterday for our annual Spring Fiesta! We had clear skies and an abundance of happy hour Tex Mex drinks and snacks to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a week early. We estimate 65 adults and 45 children attended. Thanks to chairs Leslie Thornton and Robert Gaertner, Kathryn and John Wahlers for soliciting free queso and chips from Chiloso, Joe and Coleen Wright for supplying 5 gallons of margaritas, Meredith and Aaron Groves for the use of their adorable lemonade stand, Scott Dunn for preparing peoples choice tickets and working check-in, and Jackie and Brent Conrad for the kids' toys and activities.

We were blown away at the talent and participation in our first Tex Mex contest. Thank you to the following families for sharing your kitchen goodies with us: Clarkes, Conrads, Dirks, J. Dunns, S. Dunns, Fieldens, Poths, Richters, L. Roberts, M. Roberts, Smiths, Weidenfellers, Wrights, Youngbergs..

The Best of the Neighborhood first place winners have bragging rights for a year and $25 in WPA Bucks to use for dues or burgers throughout the next year:

Guacamole: Stephen Dirks (entry 3)

Salsa: Mayor Bob Dubey's contribution to WPA (entry 2)

Sangria: Bob and Catherine Weidenfeller (entry 3)

Margarita: Scott Dunn (entry 2)

Start perfecting your recipe for a challenge match next year.

Thank you to our awesome volunteer judges who represented cornerstone Richardson organizations:

Holly Petty ( - Richardson Citizens Fire Academy

Lisa Kupfer ( Richardson Citizens Police Academy

Laurie Garvie ( - Richardson Symphony Orchestra

Marta Frey ( Network of Community Ministries

Daniel Burdette ( - Richardson Adult Literacy Center

Cat Burdette ( - Wildflower Art & Music Festival

Scott and I loved Richardson Citizens Police Academy. It was an experience of a lifetime! We raced an RPD Charger through an obstacle course, rode along on a Saturday late night patrol shift, and participated in virtual and actor-created simulations. Our own Carl Youngberg starred in my building sweep scenario. Visit and to learn more about these free programs.

Donating clothes, food or time at Network is so vital for those in our community who depend on our help. Teaching ESL at RALC is so rewarding. Volunteering and attending Wildflower Festival should become a family tradition. Consider Richardson Symphony League debutantes and honor guard for your teen children and grandchildren. Talk to Jami Byrd and me about RSL. There are so many wonderful opportunities to get involved in our great city.

Thank you all for a fun gathering on a beautiful April afternoon.

See you at the Family Kick-off Summer Swim Event June 1 from 9:30-11:30 AM at Heights Aquatic Center! Our president Coleen Wright was first in line at 6:00 AM this morning to reserve the center for a WPA private event. More to come on that soon!

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