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Sunnyvale Christmas Tour of Homes – Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 – 1-6PM

Living Room big tree B12The 2014 Christmas Tour of Homes hosted by the Sunnyvale Garden Club will be a great way to get excited and inspired for the Holidays. Take a few hours in your busy holiday schedule on Saturday, Dec. 6th from 1 to 6 p.m. and come see how some of the folks in Sunnyvale decorate their beautiful and unique homes for Christmas.

There are 6 fabulous homes on tour. Three homes are on Tanner Creek Circle, two are on Barnes Bridge Rd. and one is on Michael Lane. There is a Tuscan mansion, designed after the beautiful Italian homes in the Tuscany area of Italy. A 10,000 sq. ft. home built in Indian-American style has many unique features including a 30 ft. dome and hand-painted cherubs. The “Mediterranean Contemporary” style house that overlooks horse pastures on a 28 acre property has about 6,000 sq. ft. Another contemporary house is built in the Frank Lloyd Wright style and features a “honeycomb” ceiling in the main living area. One traditional style house has a great open floor plan and uses unique tiles manufactured by Sunnyvale’s own Marazzi tile company. Another traditional home has lots of room for entertaining large families. The grandchildren call the backyard their own “park.”

Tickets are required for admission to each house. Tickets cost $15 to tour all six houses. You can buy tickets now through Saturday at the Sunnyvale Public Library. Tickets will be sold on Saturday at the “Tour Headquarters” at the Sunnyvale High School Cafetorium at 222 N. Collins Rd., Sunnyvale. When you present a ticket at Tour Headquarters, you will be given a map to all 6 homes, as well as a little written information about each home.

Parking is extremely limited at the homes. In fact, parking will be “impossible” at some homes (for example Barnes Bridge Rd and Michael Lane). Sunnyvale ISD has generously provided two school buses to be used as shuttle buses to the homes. Park your car at the Sunnyvale High School student parking lot, board the SISD bus to go to the homes on Barnes Bridge and Tanner Creek. Then the SISD shuttle will stop at the SISD Middle School for you to take a smaller shuttle down the very narrow Michael Lane. The two SISD buses will be driving a continuous loop to the homes and back to the school – so you will not have to wait long for a bus. You can take as much time as you want at each home, and you can “jump on” either bus at any time. I know that many people do not like to give up the “control” of driving your own car, but believe me, you will find no place to park at some of the homes. (You cannot park at those steep ditches on the sides of Barnes Bridge Rd.! Nor can you park in private driveways. Parking will be prohibited in the cul-de-sac on Tanner Creek Cir. [bus cannot make the turn if a car is parked there]). You will not want to walk long distances from wherever you may find to park. So, please, do not try to “drive your own car.”

You will also want to come to “Tour Headquarters” because there will be a wonderful Bake Sale featuring home-baked goodies made by the fabulous cooks of Sunnyvale Garden Club. There will also be a Gift Shop that will have more than 20 vendors selling everything from jewelry, clothing, food products, glass plate garden art, local Sunnyvale honey, SGC Cookbooks and much more. Get some of your Christmas shopping done now! If you shop before the tour, your purchase can be held for you until you return from the tour.

Sunnyvale’s florist, The Wild Orchid (owned by SGC member, Kathy Dalby) has generously donated beautiful floral arrangements for each home.Tour artwork

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Sunnyvale Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes, Gift Shop/Bake Sale to be held on Sat., Dec. 6

This lovely home was on one of the previous tours.

This lovely home was on one of the previous tours.

It’s been five long years since the Sunnyvale Garden Club (SGC) presented  the Christmas Tour of Homes, Gift Shop and Bake Sale. But the beloved event is back! With the presentation of a ticket, participants will be able to tour six of Sunnyvale’s finest homes bedecked in their holiday splendor.

The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Tour Headquarters will be located in the cafeteria of Sunnyvale High School (SHS) at 222 Collins Road.  Maps identifying the six homes on tour will be distributed at this location on the day of the event.

During the tour, participants will choose how long they stay in each home.  Parking will be extremely limited at each location.  All tour participants are encouraged to use the free shuttle buses.  Bus transportation will be provided by the Sunnyvale Independent School District. The bus route will begin and end at the Tour Headquarters.  If tour participants decide to drive their own cars, they may find they will have to walk longer distances because parking is so limited.

Tickets cost $15 each and can be purchased at the Sunnyvale Library, from any garden club member or at the Tour Headquarters on the day of the event. You must have your ticket with you during the entire tour.

Holiday Gift Shop and Bake Sale

The Holiday Gift Shop and Bake Sale also will be located Tour Headquarters in the SHS Cafeteria.  There is no charge for shopping. Community members are invited to visit these booths even if they don’t take the tour.

The ladies of Sunnyvale Garden Club are outstanding cooks, so come early for the best selection of holiday candies, cookies, breads, pies and cakes. Individual pieces/slices as well as full cakes/pies will be sold.

The Holiday Gift Shop will feature more than 20 vendors selling items that make great holiday gifts. Vendors will include:

  • Gardenuity
  • Girlfriends
  • Janie’s Crosses
  • Magical Memories
  • Scentsy
  • Southern Gypsy Rose
  • Sunnyvale Garden Club – glass art, cookbooks and local honey
  • Usborne Books and More
  • Wreaths by Stephanie

Shoppers can buy baked items and/or gifts early and these items can be held for pickup at the end of the tour.

This event is the only fundraiser that Sunnyvale Garden Club will undertake this year. Proceeds of the event will benefit:

  • Sunnyvale Independent School District – wildflower conservation garden
  • Sunnyvale Library – equipment
  • Sharing Life – job training program

SGC President Georgeann Moss said, “We are so grateful to the six homeowners who are so graciously opening their homes for the tour. This requires a huge investment of time and energy on their part during one of the busiest times of the year.”

“Their generosity will allow SGC to make a positive difference in our community through education, literacy and job training.”

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Buy Your Tickets Today for the Christmas Tour of Homes!

Tour artwork

Sunnyvale Garden Club
Christmas Tour of Homes
Saturday, December 6, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Purchase Tickets**
From any Garden Club member,
at the Sunnyvale Public Library, or
Call 972.203.9175

Ticket Price: $15
Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the tour at Bake & Gift Shop

Park in Student Parking Lot at
Sunnyvale High School
222 Collins Rd., Sunnyvale, TX
Get map to homes in
Bake & Gift Shop in High School Cafetorium
Ride Shuttle Bus to Homes

(No parking at cul-de-sac at Tanner Creek)

**Ticket required for admission to homes on tour.

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Great Snack Ideas for Thanksgiving!

Would you like to make a fun and easy snack  for Thanksgiving?  Check out Rachel’s Turkey Cheeseball  recipe!  Kids are sure to love helping out with  this one!

Or, you could opt for the Turkey Veggie Tray!  Delicious and healthy! No recipe, just look at the photo to see what veggies were used…or use your imagination to create a bird of a different feather!

Thanks, Rachel for sending along these wonderful snack ideas to compliment our Thanksgiving meal!

Turkey Veggie Tray

Turkey Cheesball






Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee


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Meeting Reminder – Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 6PM

drought tolerantThe next meeting of the Sunnyvale Garden Club is scheduled on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6PM at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 417 E. Tripp Road. If anyone needs a ride, please contact Jean Holt at 972-226-1758 or 214-577-7438.

Important Note: Sunnyvale School District will be hosting a parent meeting at the Administrative Building from 6:30 to 8:30 on the same night. We meet at 6, but have been advised that parking might be tight.  Carpooling may be a good idea.

SGC hostesses will provide a meal before the program/meeting starts.


“Landscaping Design” presented by Judy Fender, Dallas County Master Gardener. Judy’s drought-tolerant landscaping includes over 100 roses, various herbs, perennials, native plants, and water garden and bog plants.


  • Call to Order, President’s Welcome
  • Inspirational, Pledge of Allegiance
  • Officer and Committee Reports
  • Old and New Business
  • Announcements
  • National Gardener and Lone Start Gardener Report


  • Sharing Life Community Outreach and Christian Care – please bring donations
  • Christmas Luncheon – buy your tickets for Christmas Luncheon (deadline Dec. 1)
  • Christmas Tour of Homes – tickets will be distributed

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee


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Coming Soon – 2014 State Fair of Texas

TState fair 2014he 2014 State Fair of Texas dates are September 26-October 19. This year’s theme is “Deep in the Heart of Texans!”

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Fall Garden Show , which includes beautiful  landscaping beds designed  by more than 40 landscaping firms from across the state along with an outdoor sculpture exhibit.

Visit the Fair’s website at for more information.

Check out the Texas State Fair Promotions for daily specials and reduced pricing.


Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee


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