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"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." 
- F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Autumn offers us a sense of relief - not just from the oppressive summer heat but also with the return to a comfortable routine.  As lovely and carefree as summer can be, fall delivers us back into familiarity with work, school and life. Spontaneous gatherings become scarce, however, the memories of our summer adventures are still fresh as we lean back into packing school lunches. The weather softens; perhaps we appreciate the time we can be outdoors more because we know lurking right around the corner is a long, dark winter. 

Fall is a wonderful time for Warson Woods - our fall festival, picturesque trees lining the streets, the spectrum of front porch decor ranges from professionally appointed to preschool painted pumpkins (our favorite). 


In this issue we talk about upcoming Warson Woods events like the fall fest, Trot Thru the Woods, our last food truck and more -  enjoy! 

Warson Woods Fall Fest
Mark your calendars for the return of Warson Woods Fall Fest Friday, October 1! There'll be rides, live music, a hayride and profits from this year's food sales will go toward important updates for our pool. We are looking for volunteers to help run the hayride - if you are interested in helping out please contact Alderwoman Pfyl at Lpfyl@warsonwoods.com. 
Trot Thru The Woods 

This year's Trot Thru the Woods will be held on Saturday November 20th, starting at at Royal Oak Park. The 5k starts at 8:00am followed by the kids fun run at 9:00. 

Parking is available on race day morning at Royal Oaks Park and there is also parking available up the hill at the parking lot by Warson Woods City Hall. Please arrive early as parking is limited.

The 5k registration fee is $10 through October 12th, $15 from 10/13 through 11/18 and $20 on race day. If you register prior to October 12th, you have the option to purchase our famous sweet hooded sweatshirt for $22.50 (sweatshirts are not guaranteed after this date). 

Fun run registration is free through October 31st and $5 thereafter.

All kid fun run participants will receive a medal!
More information is available
here and race registration is available here

Welcome to the Woods
Our new resident welcome packet will soon be available on the website! It contains helpful information like trash pick up, a business directory, Warson Woods traditions and lots more! We are also working on a new resident "swag bag", filled with coupons and other goodies from local businesses. Stay tuned! 
Food Truck This Tuesday
Please join us at Royal Oak Park on Tuesday, September 21 from 5-7pm for a food truck picnic at the park featuring two food trucks:
Hacienda
Tropical Sno
(which also includes a hot dog menu!) 

Menus/photos below
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Have someone else make dinner while your kids play at the park and you enjoy the company of your neighbors. If you are concerned about the potential for a line at the food truck, feel free to bring a picnic and just come down and join in the fun. This will be our last food truck of the year, so come and enjoy! 
Requesting a List of Resident Veterans 
With Veterans Day coming in a couple of months, we wanted to begin to solicit names of Warson Woods residents who are Veterans or currently serving in the military so that we can honor you in our November newsletter. If you or someone you know is a veteran of the military, please submit their names here.
Call for an Arborist
In order to maintain Warson Woods' status as an official Tree City, we need an arborist who would be willing to volunteer to keep an eye on the trees in our city parks and confer with Facilities staff as tree work is needed. We are grateful to our former long-time arborist Gordon Gosh who recently moved out of Warson Woods - we wish you the best Gordon! 
Email cityhall@warsonwoods.com if you are interested in serving.
Warson Woods Business Spotlight - 
Goldfish Swim School 
Inside the new Warson Woods Goldfish Swim school
Operating owner Amy Kocher (left) stands in front of the Goldfish core value wall with owners Gretchen Klotz (middle) and Traci Gruley (right) 
An interview with operating owner, Amy Kocher: 
How did you become involved with Goldfish Swim School?

With two of my three kids now in college, I was looking to become a part of something with purpose - both service based and community oriented. I have a strong belief in the Goldfish core values of integrity, compassion and trust and was excited about the idea of getting involved with something that matters to families - swim skills not only build confidence but can potentially be life saving! I was a diver growing up as well as a Red Cross certified swim instructor so all the pieces just fell into place. 

What are the ages of your students? 
We start at 4 months and go up to 12 years. With the younger age group we focus on developing muscle memory - we teach babies how to float on their backs and play games to help them learn to turn back around and go to the wall if they ever were to fall into a pool. We want them to be confident and comfortable in the water.

For our upper age levels we begin teaching proper swim stroke technique - it's a middle ground between learning to swim and joining a swim team. The curriculum, "The Science of Swim Play", was written by an Olympic qualifying swimmer and we start with basic swimming motions that evolve into proper swim stroke development. We build up their endurance and give them the foundation and confidence they need if they wanted to move on to a swim team.  

We have a wonderful curriculum for every age group and beginners are put with other beginners of the same age, so a 8-year-old beginner would be with other 8-year-old beginners. We have a 4:1 student/instructor ratio so every swimmer gets lots of individualized attention.  

What makes Goldfish a great swim school? 
Our core values make us different - they really are our guiding light! We believe in the value of strengthening our community not only by teaching kids safety skills that could be life saving, but also through confidence and a sense of pride. This is true not only for our swimmers, but for the swim instructors we employ, most of who are local high schoolers. Our employees learn a sense of responsibility and many important skills that will help them in life. 

We are so thrilled to be a part of the amazing Warson Woods community, and our mascot, Bubbles, is excited to visit the upcoming fall festival! 

To learn more about Goldfish swim school or if you have a teenager who might be interested in becoming a swim instructor, visit their website. You can also follow them on Facebook!  
 
UPCOMING EVENTS: 
 
Food Truck: September 21 - 5:00pm
City Council Meeting: September 28 - 7:00pm

Fall Fest: October 1 - 6:00pm
Trot Thru The Woods: November 20 - 8:00am - Fun Run 9:00am
From the Archives
1957 Newsletter from Warson Woods
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