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The Best Home Security Pins

Home Security1Even though Flower Mound was recently ranked the #1 safest community in Texas, it’s still important to be mindful about your home security. Is your home security PIN easy to guess? With four digits you have exactly 10,000 choices — and some pins are stronger than others. This SAFEHOME article suggests do’s and don’ts for personal identification numbers you may find helpful.

Security PIN Don’ts

The best home security PINs are easy for you to remember yet difficult for others to guess. Therefore the worst PINs are 1) common or 2) easy to guess with research about your household. Here are examples of PINs to avoid.

  • The Default PIN: Your home security system might have a default PIN. Do not keep this code! Replace a default PIN as soon as possible.
  • Your Usual PIN: Don’t use the same PIN in different places. Using the same PIN for bank cards and your alarm system, for example, increases your vulnerability.
  • Patterns: Avoid choosing PINs with common number patterns such as 1234, 2222 and 2468. These sorts of PINs are very common and relatively easy to guess with sheer luck. (Don’t try to get clever with pi either; 3141 is a popular PIN too.) Also avoid physical patterns that simply move across or down the keypad, such as 2580.
  • Address and Phone: Don’t use part of your address or phone number when setting your PIN. For example, if your phone number is 867-5309, then “5309” would be a not-so-secure PIN.
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries: A criminal can easily research the dates of importance to you and your family members. Therefore don’t use birthday numbers or a wedding anniversary date as a PIN.
  • Years: It’s wise to avoid any PIN that starts with 19 or 20, such as 1968 or 2017, because criminals have found that these PINs are rather common. Also avoid using years that have historical significance such as 1776.

Home SecuritySecurity PIN Do’s

With so many don’ts, what’s left? Here are tips for choosing a home security PIN that’s memorable but can’t easily be compromised.

  • Start with a Digit 2-9. The best home security PINs start with a digit from 2 through 9. These are much less common than PINs starting with 1.
  • Space Your Numbers. People tend to choose PIN digits that are adjacent to each other on a security keypad. Make your PIN harder to guess by choosing digits that are more distant from each other. For example, 4917 is more difficult to guess compared with 4569.
  • Use Letters. Use letters instead of numbers to remember your home security code. For example, the phrase “A Very Fine House” is abbreviated AVFH. On a security keypad the corresponding digits are 2834.

Extra Security PIN Tips

For extra PIN security, be sure that your alarm control panel isn’t in view of prowlers, including prowlers with binoculars.

fingerprintsBe sure to clear your fingerprints or other signs of control pad wear. If you leave prints on a touchscreen control panel, you could make it easy for an intruder to narrow down the possibilities for your PIN. With pushbutton control panels, occasionally changing your PIN can help ensure that all the buttons wear evenly.

 

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Get your Jingle On at these Fun Area Events!

jingle-bell-merry-christmas1000x500It’s ALMOST “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!” (yikes!). To get you in the spirit, we’ve rounded up a few local must-do/must-see events:

SHOPPING

November 4, 10A – 4PArgyle Holiday Shopping Extravaganza featuring 75+ vendors and shops with specialized items, bake sale, huge raffle, concessions and more. All proceeds to benefit Project Graduation 2020. Argyle High School, 191 US 377.

November 4, 9:30AHoliday Craft Show, 9:30a to 4p featuring arts/crafts, door prizes and more. $2 admission goes toward college scholarships. Ryan High School, 5101 E McKinney Street, Denton.

November 9 – 12, 9A to 5PNeath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market 2017 sponsored by Junior League of Collin County, this 4 day fundraiser event features the best in holiday and home décor. 2000 E Spring Creek Parkway, Plano TX 75074  Psst – Ladies Night Out on November 8th, 7pm, gives you early access to the fabulous ‘Neath the Wreath vendors while enjoying a sumptuous buffet dinner, specialty cocktails and live DJ entertainment.

Shopping1Saturday, November 11Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash – A Premier handmade shopping event and party will showcase the very best in handmade apparel, bags, jewelry, home dec, and more. Hand-picked artists, crafters and designers combine for one-of-a-kind, one stop holiday shopping. Admission is FREE. Eddie Deen’s Ranch, 944 S Lamar, Dallas 75202

Saturday, November 11 9A – 4PGuyer Choir Craft Show – 11th annual craft show benefitting the choir program at John H Guyer High School. FREE admission. Local elementary school choir performs throughout the day. Over 110 vendors. Guyer High School, 7501 Teasley Lane, Denton TX 76210

November 15 – November 18 – Chi Omega Christmas Market “40 Years of Giving” 2017 Centennial Hall at Fair Park. Over 180 merchants showcasing gifts for every age.

Saturday, November 18, 10A – 4PHoliday Vendor Fair – Denton Civic Center, 321 E McKinney Street, Denton. Sponsored by Backing the Blue – Denton. Enjoy Christmas shopping for yourself and others. Shopping, door prizes, food

Saturday, December 2, 11a – 6pHoliday Art & Gift Market 2017 at North Haven Gardens – Love Local? If you’re looking for special gift finds this year, join us to fall in love with handmade jewelry, artwork & treasures by area artists in a relaxed atmosphere! Bring your friends to enjoy how-to demos, music, holiday cocktails and the wonderful fragrance of our fresh cut Christmas Tree forest. FREE Event, but tickets needed. 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas, 75230

FAMILY FUN

October 1 – February 25 – Dallas Museum of Art “All the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins” exhibit. One of artist Yayoi Kusama’s signature Infinity Mirror rooms, this is the only Infinity Mirror Room of its kind in a North American collection. Visitors will step inside the mirrored space and fully immerse themselves in Kusama’s creation, becoming part of the art.

FamilyFun2November 10 – January 1 – ICE! Twas the Night Before Christmas – A walk through holiday attraction kept at 9 degrees. This year’s feature will involve 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and five ice slides. See the classic poem come to life!

November 10 – January 1Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine – You and your family will marvel at more than 2 million holiday lights & acres of magnificent decorations, plus spectacular holiday activities and events! More Information

Saturday, November 18Old Town Holiday Stroll in Lewisville. Beginning at noon, spend the afternoon in old town Lewisville while you’re treated to various musical performances throughout the day. The Stroll culminates in a tree lighting ceremony at 6:30p, followed by a showing of The Polar Express movie in the plaza at 6:45p.

Sunday, November 192017 Parade of Lights in Downtown Fort Worth – First staged in 1983, the Parade of Lights is one of the largest illuminated parades in the country! This year’s theme is The Melodies of Christmas, the parade begins at 6 p.m. and features over 100 illuminated entries. More information psst – volunteers needed!

TurkeyTrot2November 23 (Thanksgiving) – Kick-start your Thanksgiving day at the 7th Annual Double Oak Turkey Trot 5K and One Mile Fun Run at the Double Oak Town Hall, 320 Waketon Road. This event has been gaining in popularity … so much that registration has closed early the past 4 years due to sell-out. Register early!! All proceeds from the 2017 Turkey Trot benefits funding for inner-city youth programs run by Dare to Serve.

Saturday, December 2Lewisville Christmas Parade – Wayne Ferguson Plaza in Lewisville. Sponsored by Huffines Auto Dealerships, events begin at 8A with a pancake breakfast served by the Lewisville Morning Rotary Club and the Motorcycle Toy Run, starting at city hall. The parade begins at 12:30P in Old Town Lewisvlle.

Saturday, December 7, 7PParade of Lights in Historic Downtown Grapevine – Bring the entire family to the Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event.

Saturday, December 9, 6P – 9PFlower Mound Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony – Celebrate “Christmas Around the World” at Flower Mound’s nighttime parade and tree lighting ceremony. Pictures with Santa, carriage rides, kids’ activities, local vendors, food trucks and more! FREE family event. The Summit Club will accept canned good donations along the parade route to benefit CCA.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Ladies Night 600x400Thursday, November 9, 6:30 – 9pmSip & Stroll at the Shops of Highland Village – Wine & food pairing event involves 7 wine stops with food pairings throughout the Highland Village Shops. Admission $10 donation to benefit Journey to Dream (Kyles Place) which supports at-risk and homeless teens in Denton county. Your donation will give you access to the wine/food tastings, a commemorative wine glass and a goodie bag. The Shops at Highland Village, 1701 Shoal Creek, Highland Village 75077

Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 – 9PCooking Demonstration with Chef Morris Salerno at Bistecca – An Italian Restaurant. Join the Women of Flower Mound and gain some holiday cooking ideas as Chef Morris Salerno demonstrates his tips and tricks for appetizer, main dish and dessert preparation. $25, proceeds benefit the Women of Flower Mound Scholarship Fund. Join Us!

Friday, November 17, 11A – 1P2017 Holiday Extravaganza hosted by Youth and Family Counseling. Lunch and fabulous live and silent auctions of beautiful holiday décor at Bridlewood Golf Club. Wear your best hat for a chance to win a prize in the hat contest! All money raised will provide mental health care to the clients of Youth and Family Counseling. Tickets are $35. See more

RESOURCES

Find even MORE fun things to do!

Cross Timbers Gazette calendar

Facebook has a plethora of community events listed

Family eGuide – events for Flower Mound & surrounding areas

Fort Worth – things to do in Fort Worth

Guide Live – sponsored by DallasNews.com

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Eat, Drink & Be Scared at these North Texas Halloween Attractions

Halloween is just around the corner, and North Texas is a great location to get your fright on! If you’re looking for things to do to get you in the spooky mood, try some of these local attractions.

Scare Factor:
1 – Kid Friendly, not scary at all!
2 – A little bit Scary
3 – Super Scary – Yikes!

The Dark Path Haunt, Denton TX
Ages – 13+     Scare Factor: 3 (See warnings/rules on website)

This scary experience takes place outdoors, on an authentic haunted trail in Denton called the Dark Path. Located in the vicinity of the legendary Goatman’s Bridge, you will step right into horror down a winding path through the darkness, lit only by a single lantern to guide you. The area surrounding the Dark path has been home to various murders, suicides, disappearances, seances, ghost sightings and paranormal investigations since 1938. Be prepared!!

Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, October 28, 2017
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

A free, family-friendly event held outside, celebrating the fall season and paying homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween, including coffin races, twilight lantern parade, and cirque du horror performance. Fun down to your bones!!

Zombie Safari, Dallas
Ages 8+     Scare Factor: 2

Zombie Safari Dallas is an interactive, real-time, first-person shooter experience where you get to shoot without getting shot back. This is a one of a kind adventure and it only happens in October. A true D/FW Zombie Hunt experience.

Zombie Safari is a full service paintball facility during the day and a Zombie Hunting Adventure at Night! Food, Snacks, Drinks, Face-painting, Corn-hole, Giant Jenga, Silly String fight area and other fun stuff to do while you wait.

Advance reservations are strongly suggested.

The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

All activities are free at the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch, including the hay bale maze, bounce houses, hayrides, pumpkin patch train, picture opportunities, playground and much more! Food vendors (on the weekend only). Pumpkins for sale. Parking charge. Visit website for more details.

Canned Goods accepted to benefit CCA.

Dan’s Haunted House, Lake Dallas 
Ages – 14+     
Scare Factor: 3 (See Warnings/Rules on website)

The 2017 Theme is “Mokusatsu – Kreep’s Atomic Shadows”. This full feature outdoor walk-through professional haunted attraction features creepy Japanese inspired sets and some of the best live Halloween entertainment actors around. “Listen for the Screams of Terror and you will know you have arrived at One of the Scariest Haunted Attractions in the DFW.”

12th Annual Saints and Sinners Tour, Historic Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

Walk under magnificent oaks on graveled paths to meet many of the famous and infamous characters of early Fort Worth as they tell the stories of their lives and times. Twilight tours available. Presented by the North Fort Worth Historical Society.

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North Texas Housing Market remains strong

Keller Williams Dallas Metro North presents the September 2017 Market Reports, Courtesy of Texas Association of Realtors® (TAR) and Greater Lewisville Area Realtors® (GLAR). How is your market doing?

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Cooler fall temperatures point to outdoor fun in North Texas!

Labor Day has passed, but that doesn’t mean the fun has ended in North Texas! In fact, Fall’s cooler temperatures make outdoor events the perfect place to be! So grab your family and friends, and head outdoors for a great time at these area fairs and festivals.

grapefestSept 14 – 17, 2017 The 31st Annual GrapeFest! Grapevine TX
The four day family-friendly event includes a grape stomping competition, live entertainment on 3 stages, KidsWorld with interactive games and a live aquarium exhibit. The festival features six different wine experiences, including the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic  and Grapevine’s Urban Wine Trail. Fun for the whole family!

Sept 16 – 17, 2017 Family Camp Out, Twin Coves Park, Flower Mound TX
Experience Flower Mound camping by pitching a tent at Twin Coves Park! Various family games and activities will be provided along with a catered dinner and breakfast. Bring a tent, tent decorations, sleeping bags, bug spray, and flashlights. The “Most Creative” tent will win the tent decorating contest and a prize! Cabins and RV slots are additional charge and must be booked separately. Pre-registration required by 9/11.

Events - Balloon FestivalSept 22 – Sept 24, 2017 – Plano Balloon Festival, Oak Point Park, Plano TX
45 hot air balloons, sky divers, live music, fireworks and a kids zone. Tethered balloon rides available. ½ Marathon, 5K and 1K runs. General Admission is $5. Parking is $5-$10.

Sept 23 – Nov 22 – Autumn at the Arboretum, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas
Pumpkins, gourds and squash … oh my! This year’s theme for the internationally acclaimed pumpkin village is The Wizard of Oz, featuring 90,000 pumpkins, as well as gardens with 4,500 Chrysanthemums and 150,000 stunning, fall blooming plants. Named one of the “16 Most Beautiful Public Gardens to Visit in the fall,” by House Beautiful magazine. Cost $10-$15

shutterstock_357524000Sept 29 – Oct 22, 2017 The State Fair of Texas! Fair Park, Dallas
For 24 wonderful days, The State Fair of Texas is the largest fair and stock show in the state. Enjoy Big Tex, live music, carnival rides, good eats, art shows and more!

Sept 29 – 30, 2017 Lewisville Western Days Festival, Lewisville TX
The Western Days festival was designed to showcase the history and spirit of the west. Find your inner cowboy through themed events, attractions, food, shopping and entertainment. 3 stages, arts and crafts, Kid Kountry (children’s activities) and a cattle-drive parade round out this fun family event. FREE admission until 7pm each day.

Oct 7 – 8, 2017 Cottonwood Art Festival, Cottonwood Park, Richardson TX
Now in it’s 48th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show and features works from the nation’s top visual artists. Also features a variety of music, food, spirits, lake views, boutique and Art Stop (children’s area). Well-behaved dogs are welcome!

bonnie and clydeOct 14, 2017 Bonnie and Clyde Days, Pilot Point Town Square
Free festival commemorates and reenacts the filming of the bank robbery scene in the 1967 Bonnie and Clyde movie. Old-time family fun includes 2 reenactments, Model A and Classic Car show, the chain Gang Walk, pie eating contest, Kids Zone, live music and more.

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North Texas Paints it Forward!

rocksIt ROCKS to live in North Texas! Not only are its residents friendly, but they seem to take genuine pleasure in paying it forward. We often hear of people buying a Starbucks® for the next person in line, buying groceries for the person who forgot their wallet, or posting pictures to Facebook groups of found pets, wallets, backpacks. With this much kindness to spare, it only makes sense that North Texas has embraced the rock painting craze that is sweeping the country!

boy in playgroundAccording to the Facebook group Flower Mound Area Rocks, “young and old are participating in this fun community fad, which spreads happiness, love and inspiration through the simple gesture of painting rocks and hiding them throughout the community for people to find.”

mom painting rocksIt’s simple to take part – you decoratively paint small rocks, then hide them where community members gather (parks, trails, etc). The lucky finders of the rocks are asked to post a picture of the rock on Facebook, using the hashtag on the back of the rock. The finder can then keep the rock, or re-hide the rock.

So paint it forward, North Texas! You just might brighten someone’s day!

Inspiration and instructions can be found on Pinterest, via google search, or in any of these local Facebook rock painting groups: Denton Rocks / Flower Mound Area Rocks / Lewisville Rocks / Colony Rocks

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Summer in North Texas – Fun Fun Fun!

Summer Heat? … Pshaw!! North Texas has it all when it comes to fun summertime outdoor activities. So many things to see and do under our beautiful Texas blue skies. So grab a Texas sweet tea and explore all North Texas has to offer!

Bartonville Farmers Market
Bartonville Town Center, 2652 FM-407 Bartonville TX 76226
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to sell-out

Lakeside Music Series
The Shops at Lakeside DFW, 2314 Lakeside Parkway
Every Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. through the second week of November.

Dallas by Chocolate Foodie Tours
chocolate tourA fun way to learn more about our area, these luxury bus and walking tours take groups and individuals on Corporate Team Building, Taco & Margarita, BBQ, Bishop Arts, Best of Everything, Hidden Dallas, Italian, Bacon, Wine, Scavenger Hunt, Best of Everything and Chocolate Tours. Named “One Of The Ten Best Things To Do In Dallas” by USA Today.

Walking Friends and Fun Meet-up group
Nature hikes, urban hikes, park walking, leisure bike riding and the company and friendship of nice people – the motto of this group is “Get off the Couch!” The group is not about extreme exercise but they do enjoy getting out and being active.  Everyone is welcome!

Evenings on Oak Street Concert Series
Austin Street Plaza, 221 N. Oak Street, Roanoke. 7 – 8 p.m.
Next concert scheduled for August 10 – continues through September 21. Check website for exact datesfireworks.jpg

Friday Fireworks in Grapevine
A 12-minute show every Friday night over Lake Grapevine at 9:30 p.m.
Fridays, May 26 – September 4, 2017

Yoga in the Plaza
Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church Street, Lewisville
Every Wednesday until September 20, 6 p.m. Bring your yoga mat or towel/blanket, water, and your family & friends!

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) Nature Preserve
offers a variety of outdoor experiences for all ages. Kayaking, hiking, stargazing, bird walk, nature hike, tours of Minor-Porter Log House. LLELA is 2,000 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, University of North Texas, City of Lewisville, and Lewisville ISD.

Denton County Farmers’ Market
Corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard, Denton TX
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to sell-out, through September

Highland Village Concerts in the Park
Doubletree Ranch Park, 7:00 p.m.
Through September 23Events - Balloon Festival

Highland Village Lions Club 30th Annual Balloon Festival
Friday, August 18-Sunday, August 20, 2017
HV Unity Park, located near intersection of Briarhill Blvd and FM-407

Glow in the Dark Nerf Wars!
The Battlefield, 1512 I-35W, Denton 76207
Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Fort Worth Rockin’ the River – Tubing on the Trinity & Live Music Series
Panther Island Pavilion
Every Saturday until August 5th

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