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A+ entertainment: Back to school movies

August 14th, 2020

Everyone remembers going back to school. Even though our school days may have been a few years back (or a little more than a few years back), we thought of some great movies that are school-themed and are sure to entertain you.

Grease with John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing
Take a trip in the time machine back to the 1950s with one of the all-time greatest musicals ever! The songs and dancing are so much fun. All-star cast.

Dead Poets Society with Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke
Poignant, and powerful film about poetry, tires of passage, and finding your own voice.

Pretty in Pink with Molly Ringwald, Annie Potts, James Spader, and Jon Cryer
Totally rad movie from the 1980s about being from the wrong side of the tracks and. Amazing soundtrack and ‘80s fashion.

Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison, and Robert Downey Jr.
They had us at Rodney Dangerfield.

Real Genius with Val Kilmer
Another perfect 1980s movie about geeks, science, college life, and friendship.

Revenge of The Nerds with Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards
Nerds vs jocks in this semi-raunchy but fun romp about college life. It’s a classic story of overcoming the odds!

Animal House with John Belushi, Kevin Bacon, and Tim Mattheson
Frat life on steroids as losers take on other fraternities and the college administration. Set in the 1960s, it features a timeless soundtrack and adult situations. Togas are not optional. Not for the kids to watch!

Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Penelope Ann Miller
What happens when a detective goes undercover in a grade school on a case? A lot happens. We give this movie an A+ for cuteness and action.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Grey, and Charlie Sheen
Quite possibly the quintessential high school movie from director John Hughes. What kind of adventures can a boy from Chicago get in when he fakes being sick to enjoy a day off with friends? Many adventures and some important life lessons too. Wonderful and iconic locations throughout downtown Chicago are featured.

Happy viewing! Save some popcorn for us.

 

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The importance of staying hydrated

August 11th, 2020

During these extra warm summer months, it’s vital to stay properly hydrated. Actually, it’s important all year round. Just how much water should you drink a day? According to WebMD, there are some specifics that are important. Staying hydrated has wonderful benefits. Drinking enough water daily helps your body’s temperature stay in the normal range especially on warmer days. It helps keep our joints working more smoothly by lubricating and cushioning them. It helps to protect the more delicate tissues throughout the body. And last, but not least, it really helps with removing waster from our bodies easier. Another thing to note that while all beverages contain water, it’s important to augment coffee, tea, soft drinks, juices, etc with just plain, old-fashioned water. Sports drinks are especially something to be careful of because they contain a lot of extra sugar and salt which is not helpful or good for our health. For a sweet treat and easy and delicious way to enjoy more water, eat some watermelon. It’s so refreshing! Be sure to check with your doctor to see how much water you should be drinking every day for optimum health especially if you have thyroid disease, kidney, liver or heart problems, and taking certain medications. Cheers to good health!

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How to take care of your pup during warmer weather

August 6th, 2020

Our furry friends definitely need special consideration when it comes to summer heat. Just like us, they can really feel it. NoHo Senior Arts Colony is a pet-friendly community and we love pets. Besides utilizing your air conditioning in your residence, here are some tips to help you and your pet stay cool. Talking your dog for a walk is good exercise, but the pavement/sidewalk might be too darn hot. Feel the sidewalk with your hand. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them. Aim for cooler times of the day like early morning or towards sunset. Also, some dogs require sunscreen, believe it or not. Check with your vet to see if your pup needs this. Make sure to have multiple bowls of fresh water for them throughout your residence. Staying hydrated is important. Also, brushing your pets on a daily basis is good to remove shedding hair that can keep heat in. A brush we really like is the Furminator. It helps get rid of the undercoat and it’s easy to use and comes in a variety of types for dogs AND cats. You should also be aware of signs of heat stroke in your pet. They can include excessive panting, excessive drooling, reduced or no urine production, rapid heart rate, bright red tongue, vomiting, and more. Be on the lookout for any of these symptoms and be sure to contact you vet right away if you notice any.

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Vitamins 101: An easy guide

August 4th, 2020

The body needs certain nutrients. Taking vitamins is an easy way to be good to your body and overall health and wellbeing. Let’s talk about some of them now. Vitamin D is said to help augment depression. You can get it for free by taking a walk outside on a sunny day. The body uses sunlight to make vitamin D naturally within us. Vitamin C helps your immune system when you’ve got a cold. Natural sources of vitamin C include orange juice, strawberries, and broccoli. Vitamin E is an antioxidant so it helps neutralize unstable molecules inside our bodies that can damage our cells. Vegetable oil is a natural source of Vitamin E. Vitamin B-12 is very, very important especially if you are on a vegan or vegetarian diet. It helps to lower the risk of heart disease and assist in making new cells. It’s naturally found in meat, fish, eggs, and cheese. Always check with your doctor to make sure before taking vitamins to make sure they are proper for you and your medical needs. WebMD has a super convenient, online guide to give you more information about vitamins and supplements. Here’s to good health!

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Spark joy: getting organized

August 2nd, 2020

Have too much stuff? Finding it hard to find things? It’s a very common situation. Getting organized and decluttering will help you feel better. Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy has been a popular movement for a while. Basically, it helps you narrow down what stuff you absolutely love and determine what you don’t need or have too much of. For example, look at all your kitchen utensils. Do you have 10 spatulas? That’s way too many. How many do you really and truly need? Here’s another example. When you look at an item, let’s say a shirt. Does it spark joy in you or just a meh response? If it’s meh, it needs to go. The idea is to surround yourself with joy in everything in your home and maintain an uncluttered and peaceful environment in which to live. Another principle of this getting organized movement is to have a “home” for everything ie “a place for everything and everything in its place.” So simple containers are an easy solution. Learn more about Spark Joy now.

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The ultimate online jukebox: Spotify

August 1st, 2020

Spotify is a music, podcast, and video streaming service that you can use on your computer or smartphone. Access millions of songs easily. Create your very own playlists for relaxing, feeling happy, being creative, your favorite decade, when you were in high school, and the possibilities are endless. Stop a song and when you come back to it, it plays right where you left off. You can also search for already compiled playlists to enjoy. You can fast forward songs on Spotify that you don’t like and keep on listening. The initial service is free and then there are premium memberships that require payment to choose from. It’s up to you. Happy listening!

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Everything in place: EngAGE at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

July 30th, 2020

Ready for a carefree lifestyle where each day is entirely of your design? Look no further! NoHo Senior Arts Colony was created to offer independent seniors a uniquely creative place to live, play, and thrive. Besides having sophisticated residences with modern finishes, our luxury amenity package is spectacular. We also feature EngAGE programming that has a ton of classes on almost everything and it’s all included in your rent. The people who live here are friendly and active also. North Hollywood is also a wonderful city with even more creative folks, tons of dining, shopping, parks, and more. There’s a definite vibe here that we know you’ll appreciate. So live at NoHo Senior Arts Colony and you can have it all: spacious living, lots of amenities and classes, and a dynamite city to enjoy endlessly. Apply now to begin your new adventure with us!

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