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Oktoberfest at The Lakes

Sunday, October 26; 4 PM

Party picture Remember that great Oktoberfest we had last year? Well, it's coming around again and you don't want to miss out! Take out your dirndls and lederhosen and come to the Second Annual Oktoberfest at The Lakes Sunday, October 26 from 4 to 9 PM brought to us by The Lakes Activity Committee.

There will be traditional German food served; bratwursts, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels and dessert (maybe the traditional delight - Black Forest cake). We'll provide lemonade and water. Other than that, It will be a BYOB affair. Bring your favorite libation to enjoy with our food.

We will also have a live band, Silvia's Oktoberfest Band, to help get you in the spirit of the occasion. They will be playing polkas, as well as other types of music. One song they definitely will play is the "Chicken Dance". This is practically mandatory at any Oktoberfest celebration. So, get up and work the kinks out dancing to the music.

Besides the food and the music, there will be a costume contest with prizes for ages up to 12 years. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in several age categories: best boy and girl within each age category. Prizes will be age appropriate trinkets and candy.

For those people that couldn't find a costume, there will be a Photo Opportunity area where you can take your picture as a biergarten serving wench or a lederhosen-clad yodeler.

Tickets will be available at the desk at the Clubhouse and will be for sale at the door on the day of the event. Price to be determined.

Do come and enjoy the food and the music. Meet your neighbors, enjoy the park and the weather. Bring your friends, too, so they can enjoy the food and the great atmosphere and activities here.

Lakes Annual Garage Sale

Saturday, November 8; 7 AM

Recycle those treasures and Go Green! The Lakes Annual Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 7:30 AM to approximately 1:00 PM.

Sign up at the Clubhouse and get your "official Lakes Garage Sale Day permit". The fee is only $10. Be sure to post this permit on the day of the Garage Sale. On the back of the permit is important information about places to donate left over items.

The Women's Club will do all the advertising, and decorate the entrances to The Lakes with signs and balloons the day of the sale. Please put up your own signs especially at the end of your streets to help people find you!

We'll have people walking the neighborhood on Saturday, November 8 asking for your permit.

If you can't get a permit before Saturday, you can pay for one that day. But please, please make time get to the Clubhouse prior to Saturday for your permit. This way you can be on the map listing everyone's sale.

This small $10 fee is our way of helping to fund charitable contributions to community programs. The Lakes Women's Club sponsors this event and all proceeds from permits are used to fund things needed and used by us for our community center.

If you do not want to pay the $10 fee, please do not have your garage sale on this day.

Helpful tips

Linda Artac has posted some tried and true garage sale tips on the Lakes Clubs page.

Artisan Fair is a Lakes Fall Classic

Sunday, November 16; 11 AM

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The Lakes of Tempe Activity Committee is pleased to announce their Artisan Fair, to be held Sunday, November 16 from 11 AM in the community park at 5501 S. Lakeshore Drive, Tempe, 85283.

A variety of original hand-crafted art will be displayed for sale, including jewelry, sewn items, pottery, and other forms of art to provide a pleasant shopping experience in the park by the lake.

There will be places to relax and listen to mellow, live music and you can purchase snacks and drinks in the park for the full experience of a sunny November afternoon.

All comers are welcome, and artists who may wish to participate may contact the festival chairperson at, by October 31, 2014.

Architectural Rules

August, 2014

Each month, a different Architectural Rule will be covered here. At the same time, Lakes staff will be carefully screening properties to ensure compliance of the rule covered that month.

Making a Change and Submitting an Architectural Application

You have finally decided to change the landscaping or perhaps it's time to paint your home or add a new gate or roof. Whatever visible changes you want to make to your home whether front yard or lakeside will require an Architectural Application. Read more »

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Mosquito Situation

Posted: October 3

There has been much talk around the community recently about the mosquito population and what The Lakes needs to do in response. Some homeowners have asked about insecticide fogging and mosquito-eating fish in particular. I have been looking into the mosquito situation and I'd like to share some of what I've found.

Yes, we seem to have had a lot of mosquitoes this year, and not just in The Lakes; it has been all over Tempe. The city of Tempe is also dealing with the aftermath of recent storms and has written on the city website referring to mosquito situtation, "There are no Town Lake mosquito test results before or since the Sept. 7-8 storm that show either a higher-than-normal level of mosquitoes for monsoon season or the presence of West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes." View the source here under "Mosquitos".

Insecticide Fogging

First off, areas of Tempe were fogged on Saturday, September 27 after our biggest storm and that included The Lakes specifically. There is currently a Vector Control mosquito trap on Driftwood Drive right in the middle of our community. Vector Control puts them out and then collects them. If there are enough mosquitos present in our traps, they will fog again. I have requested to have another trap set at The Lakes Clubhouse and have been placed on the schedule to have the traps set.

Mosquito Larva Eating Fish

I called Dr. Amalfi, The Lakes' water quality expert, regarding the Gambusia fish, commonly known as the mosquito fish. The onset of cooler weather in and of itself will reduce the growth of mosquitoes eliminating the need to stock a huge number of these fish to attain the same goal. Dr. Amalfi does NOT recommend putting them in our lake not to speak of how many we would need for a lake our size.

What You Can Do

As responsible neighbors, we need to take the time to survey our individual properties emptying unused pots, buckets, and anything else that that collects rain water. These vessels still hold water from our recent storms and that is where mosquitoes are breeding. Encourage your neighbors to do the same.

We have had very little standing water in the streets from the rain because the drainage system on our streets is actually very good. Mosquitoes breed heavily in the shallow, still water typically found in our back yards not in deep, moving lakes. All our lake circulation pumps are on and we do have water movement.

As always, I will continue to monitor the lake and our community in all aspects and I appreciate the input of all community members.

Christine Baldanza
Community Manager

View previous Community Manager updates on the Community Manager Update page.

Coming Up

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