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Artisan Fair Pictures

They're In!

There was a wonderful turnout for the second Lakes Artisans Fair. The food was good, the weather was great and everybody had a fine Lakes neighborhood time. Check the pictures on the Gallery page and we'll see you next year!

Lakes Giving Tree

Annual Holiday Event

tree graphicEvery year The Lakes makes an effort to bring a little cheer to kids in our neighborhood schools who might have a less than merry time at the holidays.

There will be a small tree in the lobby of the Clubhouse with the names and ages of children from Tempe schools. Please take a tag right off the tree and buy a gift or gift card for that child. Wrap the gift and return it to the Club with the tag on the outside of the gift so the name can be seen.

Bring your gift back to the Club no later than December 14 so the gifts can be dropped off at the schools.

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Santa at Christmas Island

Sunday, December 7; 10 AM

Picture from last year Santa will be visiting The Lakes at Christmas Island on Sunday, December 7 between 10 AM and 2 PM. From the Boardwalk, the Lakes boat will ferry passengers to the island for pictures on Santa's lap. Bring your cute! The very last boat to Christmas Island leaves the Boardwalk at 1:45 PM. Don't miss it.

Here are the pictures we took last year.

In order for all children to be able to visit with Santa, please limit your picture taking so that all in line have a chance.

Instead of a canned food drive this year, Santa is asking for monetary donations for Ryan House which is a hospice for critically ill children and their families. All donations to Ryan House are tax deductable. Checks are accepted. For more information you can visit

Thank you.

Alecia Kindgren

Light Up The Lakes!

Judging is December 13

Let's bring back the nostalgia of The Holidays! In years past The Lakes was known for the beautiful lights that lift our hearts during the holiday season. Whether it was from the street or the lake, people would talk of the amazing neighborhood and the beauty of our holiday displays. Being new to this neighborhood, I actually believed that lakeside homes were required to have a light display! I had heard about the beautiful lights before I lived here; it's part of why I wanted to live in our amazing community.

Bragging rights are at stake

Let's get Tempe talking about The Lakes at the holidays! The Activity Committee will be awarding the bragging as King and Queen of The Lakes Lights, which will be a title held for the year until someone knocks you off your thrown in 2014! You will be honored in the Lakes Log with pictures and will be reprinted next year as "who to beat."

Gift cards will also be awarded! Lights must be up by December 13 at 6 PM. The judging will take place between 6 and 8 PM. There will be prizes for first and second place on the street and lakeside.

So start looking for those decorations. Let's be Tempe's most festive neighborhood.

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 »