Jingle and mingle at the Lakewood holiday party Sunday, Dec. 18

The holidays are here! Let’s get together for the Lakewood HOA’s holiday party at the HOA Clubhouse on Sunday, Dec. 18!

Bring the kids for a cookie decorating party from 3 to 4:30 p.m., followed by an adults’ BYOB happy hour from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with light snacks and hot chocolate and cider.

The recent fall festival saw a strong turnout, and many of you made it clear that Lakewood should hold more community events on a regular basis. We think so, too. Please put “save the date” on your calendar for Dec. 18. And tell your neighbors!

How to protect your home from flying wildfire embers

A few precautions can greatly increase your safety and your home’s chance of survival during a wildfire. It’s not too difficult to protect your home from one of a wildfire’s biggest threats:  flying embers.

Fast-moving wind can carry these fiery little chunks of wood from an intense wildfire, sometimes more than a mile away. They can reach the smallest places and easily start a fire that can burn down a home.  

The Texas A&M Forest Service says materials used to build your home can determine whether your home will survive a wildfire, and you can take steps to increase your home’s chance of survival from flying embers.

Here are a few steps that most anyone can take:

  • Look for gaps in roofing that can expose your roof decking or supports, and place angle flashing over openings between the roof decking and fascia board.
  • Install a one-eighth-inch metal screen behind roof or attic vents, keeping embers out while allowing air flow for ventilation. Clean vents to keep them free of debris.
  • Check exterior walls and cover any crevices or holes that could catch embers.

That’s just the beginning. Learn more about protecting your home from fiery embers at this forest service handout and this NFPA Fact Sheet on Embers

Lakewood hosts forum for state representative candidates August 7

The two nominees for Texas House of Representatives District 47 will speak in a candidate forum and meet-and-greet event from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 7 at the Lakewood Clubhouse.

State Rep. Vikki Goodwin is the Democrat Party nominee and Robert McCarthy is the Republican Party nominee in the newly redrawn House District 47. They are running in the November 8 general election.

As a result of the 2020 legislative redistricting process, residents of Lakewood and Jester Estates will no longer be represented by Rep. Donna Howard, an Austin Democrat.

Learn more here.

Garage sales rescheduled for June 18

The rain can’t stop the Lakewood garage sales! It just postpones them. The HOA board has rescheduled the garage sales for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 18, in garages and yards across Lakewood.

How it works: You conduct your own sale at your home on your terms. More than 30 households typically participate, and hundreds of bargain hunters visit the community. Participation is free. You may place a small sign in your front yard. Just please remove the sign by 1 p.m. See you on the bargain trail!