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In bloom: Spring décor inspiration

March 5th, 2021

With fresh breezes, flowers blossoming, and new green leaves on trees, Spring is on its way. This is a wonderful time to add some Spring-inspired seasonal décor to your beautiful residence at NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Yellow and gray are the Pantone colors of the year. Adding a pop of yellow is easy with fresh daffodils, sunflowers, water lilies, begonias, and the list goes on and on. Add a gray vase and you’re perfectly in fashion! Earthy materials are also in Spring interior décor fashion. Anything made of wood, rattan, bamboo, or stone is perfect. Even better are items made from reclaimed or repurposed materials. Bright whites and pastels are also classic and easy. Shabby chic is here to stay. Light colors help create a relaxing atmosphere that exudes happiness. Another big trend in the new normal is bookcases. They are in every zoom meeting background on tv! Simple bookshelves are also perfect places to display things that remind you of spring whether that be a collectible baseball, a vintage watering can, a few favorite books, and small figurines. For endless ideas on décor and everything else, try Pinterest! It’s easy to set up a free account and start saving all of your creative ideas on your very own online inspiration boards.

An American vision for decades: documentaries by Ken Burns

March 3rd, 2021

For over three decades, filmmaker Ken Burns has been capturing the American spirit and history like no one else can on PBS. Acclaimed and insightful, Burns’ documentaries tell the uniquely American stories that comprise our nation. Beautifully edited and written, his documentaries give the viewers a real sense of time, place, and emotion. He’s covered everything from the dust bowl, the history of baseball, The Civil War, Jackie Robinson, The Vietnam War, The Roosevelts, America’s national parks, prohibition, history of country music. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, jazz music history, Lewis and Clark’s expedition. The West, Congress, Thomas Jefferson, and countless other American stories. Once you watch one, you’ll get hooked. You’ll always learn something new in them; he leaves nothing out. His tender attention to detail is one of his best traits. Burns is one of America’s best documentary filmmakers for today, tomorrow, and the future.

Why NoHo Senior Living is for today’s active 62+

February 28th, 2021

Do you have a wish list for your life? Would more free time to do the things you love sound good? How about no more time-consuming yard work? That’s right up on the top of the list. How about trying and learning new things in a creative atmosphere? Looking for a more tranquil atmosphere with like-minded people? If you’ve said yes to any of the above, NoHo Senior Arts Colony is an ideal place for you to call home. Created especially for 62+, our community has the style and active amenities that you’re looking for. This is where you can be your best self without anything standing in your way. Included are sophisticated amenities and a wide variety of free classes covering everything from exercising, creating art, and so much more. All taught by experts in their field. Our community is also close to shopping dining, work centers, and plenty of culture in North Hollywood. So, if you’re looking for the complete package with the freedom of renting, NoHo Senior Arts Colony is THE place to live. Give us a call today at 855 399-5381 for more information and to set up a safe, private tour.

Do you have to be an artist to be creative?

February 27th, 2021

The word creative may seem to have a pre-conceived amount of connotations. Being an artist or writer perhaps. But we’re here to tell you that creativity is about so much more. Everyone has the ability to be creative. Creativity is much more than visual dexterity; it’s the way we problem solve situations, discover new ideas, and navigate through daily life. If you are open to new ideas, you’re a creative person. If you are a very motivated or positive person, that’s also creativity at work within you. The thing that unites creativity is the willingness to try new things. To enjoy a sense of play in the process. The kind of unbridled joy you experienced as a child when you would play. It also involves time to rest and let ideas simmer. This is where mindfulness such as meditation comes into the mix. Creativity also is a productive coping mechanism when dealing with grief, trauma, relationships, work, and everything else. So, remember that everyone is creative in many ways. Here at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we’ve got amenities and free classes to help you with traditional forms of creativity and more.

National Parks dream list

February 25th, 2021

Nature is always a wonderful way to rejuvenate your spirit as well as stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air. Our national parks have an incredibly scenic and bountiful array of lovely places to visit and get your nature on. Locally, there are some wonderful parks to enjoy such as the Santa Monica Mountains with hundreds of miles of trails and extraordinary views of Malibu beaches. Yosemite is also a local and long-time popular favorite with its signature waterfalls, giant sequoias, and serene meadows. Moving on, Joshua Tree is where the Mojave and the Colorado ecosystems meet in sprawling 800,000 acres. It has incredible desert scenery and its trademarked Joshua trees that have inspired photographers for decades. If you’re looking to take a road trip, there are wonderful national parks across our nation including world-famous Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon, Zion, Grand Teton, Arches, and the list goes on and on. There’s always more to explore. Make sure to send us a postcard from your adventures!

Meet your neighbor: The Road Theatre Company

February 23rd, 2021

We’ve got something really special in our amenities collection. No one else in the area has it. One of the coolest amenities we’ve got is our stadium seating, spectacular performance theatre featuring live productions by the prestigious Road Theatre Company. Seeing live theatre in person is a meaningful experience. It’s more emotional and rewarding than watching a movie. Live at NoHo Senior Arts Colony and this incredible perk will be just a few steps from your front door. It’s a real honor to have The Road Theatre Company as part of our community. For almost 30 years, The Road has been bringing unique plays and productions on socially and politically relevant voices to the stage. They have been championing new works by writers for decades. They also celebrate designers, producers, and talented technicians, because as we all know, it takes a village. Much more than mere productions, TRTC offers workshops, classes, presentations, weekly readings, and much more to seniors and youth alike. Having this continuous source of creative culture right here is so inspiring. Stay tuned for more information on virtual performances and events in this new normal. As they say, the show must go on and it definitely does at The Road Theatre Company at NoHo Senior Arts Colony.

Easy breezy lemon squeezy: Cleaning tips

February 19th, 2021

When everything is clean and fresh, it’s a good feeling. Spring is on its way, so we found some handy dandy spring cleaning tips/hacks for you to usher in this season of renewal whether you love cleaning or not so much. Buzzfeed has some great ones including we wish we had thought of for cleaning microwaves easily, ceiling fan blades, dusty buildup, and how to get off those pesky hard water stains. DeliberatelyHere also has some clever ideas to get your residence in ship shape order such as how to keep the shine on stainless steel appliances, how to condition leather furniture, getting rid of odors, getting organized, and lots of other solid ideas. Another good idea, in general, is to declutter. One aspect of it is to go through your closet and if you haven’t worn the item in a couple of years, it’s probably one you donate. Or go through your closet and determine if you really love that item. If you don’t, it’s another perfect item to donate. Happy cleaning and organizing! It’s work but feels and looks so nice when you’re done.

What we love about North Hollywood

February 16th, 2021

There are so many creative people that are from North Hollywood. There have been for decades. Here are some famous folks that are from North Hollywood you may recognize. Starting from back in the day, you’ve got famous Western actors Gene Autry and the beautiful Dorothy Lamour from the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Road To movies. Another celebrity from North Hollywood includes talented actress Teri Garr who you know from Young Frankenstein, Mr. Mom, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Friends, and lots more. Heavy metal guitarist Randy Rhoads who played with Ozzy as well as Quiet Riot called North Hollywood their hometown. Also of note, motivational speaker and best seller author Tony Robbins is from this city as well. We love North Hollywood too. There’s so much to do here. Check out the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Interactive Vicinity Map to get familiar with the area. And who knows. Maybe next year at this time, you’ll be on the North Hollywood famous folks list too!

The love of reading: Best romantic books

February 12th, 2021

Tis the season of love and what better way to celebrate than to read some of the best books about love ever written. We found a perfect list to get you started which includes one of the all-time best books, Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. The courtship between Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth never gets old. There have also been two movies based on this book. The BBC version is by far the best! If you ask us, Colin Firth is original and one and only Mr. Darcy. Other books on this timeless list include Outlander, Jane Eyre, Gone With The Wind, Sense and Sensibility, The Notebook (which has also been made into an incredible movie starring Rylan Gossling), The Princess Bride, and many more. There are also wonderful movies about the love between friends such as Shawshank Redemption, Steel Magnolias, Stand by Me, Beaches, About Schmidt, The Big Chill, and Fried Green Tomatoes (based on the book written by comedian Fannie Flag.)

True love: Healthier Valentine’s Day treats

February 8th, 2021

NoHo Senior Arts Colony Valentines 2021 recipes

Traditionally Valentine’s Day is all about decadence. You know, chocolate candy and rich desserts. Thanks to the internet and lots of creative cooks out there, it can be still sweet yet a bit more in line with healthier ways to celebrate all things love. It’s important to be mindful of what we eat. That way, we can feel better, and most of all, have no guilt. We found some healthier recipes that your taste buds and your body will love from Cooking Light, Eating Well, and Parsnips and Pastries. There are also some easy ways to be a bit decadent yet mindful. Try watching your portions. Smaller portions are better for us. It’s simple but makes sense. Also, try to eat foods that have less processed ingredients. Foods that are certified organic are better and these days there’s a wide selection of them available at most stores. Make sure to take it easy on the carbs and fattier meats. And always drink lots of water. Let us know what you think of the recipes or if you have a healthy recipe, you’d like to share, please let us know. We’d love to share it.

Trends in retirement: Rightsizing

February 5th, 2021

Rightsizing is an opportunity to truly define what is most important to you for a meaningful lifestyle and making plans to allow that happiness and freedom to flourish. It’s about the quality of your time every day. Are you looking to have fewer chores and more time for hobbies? Or more time to spend with your grandkids and friends? Looking to write that novel you’ve always been talking about? We’re all about it at NoHo Seniors Arts Colony in North Hollywood. Then moving from a house to an apartment at NoHo Senior Arts Colony makes a lot of sense. We’ll take care of all the repairs and maintenance of your residence. Then you’ll have time and energy to take on the day and your passions on your terms. Here, you’ll find amenities that will keep up with your active lifestyle including an on-site fitness center, heated swimming pool, spacious art studio, computer/digital arts center, literary studio, billiards room, inspiring atmosphere, and even a stadium-style, 78-seat performing arts theater professionally run by the acclaimed ROAD Theatre Company. If you’re looking for the right combination of living, recreation, location, and style, NoHo Senior Arts Colony is the right place to call home!

Love art? Get a degree in Art History

February 2nd, 2021

There’s always more to learn about the world — especially those subjects that you have a passion for. Take art history. It’s an endlessly fascinating subject. So many different styles, influences, and historical significance. Whether you like ancient art, pop art, the impressionists, Bauhaus, or everything in between, there’s so much to dive into. Getting a degree in art history would be a very rewarding journey. UCLA extension, USC, Cal State University Los Angeles, and even Sotheby’s have Art History degree programs. Many have online degree courses. Don’t want to get a degree but just want to experience the enjoyment of learning? No problem! You can also enjoy many, many art history lectures for free on youtube given by acclaimed professors and acclaimed institutes of higher learning. Just search for art history lectures. Gotta love the ease and convenience of the internet!

Green it up: houseplants are the perfect touch

January 28th, 2021

A little sunlight, a little water, and a little love. That’s pretty much all you need to take care of houseplants. They add a nice pop of color and make rooms feel welcoming and oh so nice. Plus, they give off oxygen — a bonus. There are so many houseplants to choose from as well including herbs you can use for cooking. Spider plants, African violets, cactus, begonias, and many, many more are wonderful house plants and fairly low-maintenance. Plants are so popular these days that they have become the must-have, trendy accessory for Zoom video meetings. But you don’t have to do a bunch of Zoom meetings to enjoy having plants around your apartment at NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Having them around is an easy way to make your space more alive. One last thing — if you’ve got a pet(s), make sure check with your veterinarian which house plants are safe to include in your residence. There are many options for plants that are safe to have around pets. So, go ahead, get some houseplants today. It’s easy being green.

Apartment Sweet Apartment: Residence features at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

January 26th, 2021

Loving your apartment is our goal at NoHo Senior Arts Colony! That’s why we’ve included impressive features to make each day beautiful and stress-free in the spacious independent senior apartments for rent. Do you like designer finishes? Then you’ll love the granite countertops in the gourmet kitchen. To make a good thing even better, your residence comes with a complete appliance package. Hand-selected designer fixtures and wood-style plank flooring complete the look. You’ll also love having your very own balcony/patio. Enjoy fresh breezes and relax with a good book and a fresh cup of coffee or iced tea. Laundry day is even more convenient here. You’ll have your very own in-residence washer and dryer. Experience sophisticated living, plentiful amenities in dynamic North Hollywood today! We’ve got safety protocols in place throughout our community and private appointments available for your peace of mind.

Find your freedom with us: Apply now to NoHo Senior Arts Colony!

January 22nd, 2021

When there’s nothing to slow you down, life is good. NoHo Senior Arts Colony was created to give active and independent seniors like you a liberating lifestyle and place to home call. This is not ordinary apartment life. Here, you’ll enjoy a creative atmosphere with like-minded folks. You’ll have your choice of gorgeous residences with modern finishes and features as well as comprehensive amenities. We’ll take care of all the repairs and maintenance of your residence. That’s right. No more tiresome and time-consuming chores that are tied to homeownership. Here. You’re carefree.  Unique to our community is the EnAGE program with free classes in a wide variety of subjects and interests. This is not only a place to live but a place to live better than ever. Apply now for our gorgeous senior apartments for rent in North Hollywood, CA.

 

Slow good: Slow cooker recipes

January 21st, 2021

Make meal prep super easy by busting out the slow cooker! It’s perfect for warm and delicious dishes perfectly paired with cool winter nights. This is comfort food at its absolute finest. And the aroma of yummy food slow cooking is so darn good. So hard to deny and even more fun to dig in. Extra creamy mac & cheese, savory soups, meaty stews, juicy meatballs, spicy chili, country-style mashed potatoes, slow cooker tangy ribs, refried beans, pulled pork, and many, many more recipes are here for you! Check out Food52, Skinny Taste, Delish, Food Network, and Country Living.

Remember his dream: Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 18th, 2021

His words are incredibly relevant even several decades later. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. paved the way for so many others to continue to ensure equality for everyone. January 18th is MLK Day. His civil rights legacy and famous I Have A Dream speech are important reminders of how much work still needs to be done. Have a listen to his great words once again to remember the profound inspiration. To read the speech, go here. To learn more about Martin Luther King, click here to go to the official website for The King Center.

Classic children’s books that never go out of style

January 14th, 2021

One of the best aspects of being a new grandparent is rediscovering all the joyful things you shared with your own children when they were little ones. Books are long-lasting treasures. They set the stage for a wonderful love of reading for a child’s entire life. Some of our favorites are the Dr. Seuss series, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Little House on The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, and the list goes on and on. Check out TIME’s 100 best children’s books. Another good habit to share with your grandkids is to support local and independent bookstores. They can order you any book you want and you’ll be supporting a local business that’s so important to our culture and understanding.

A compliment goes a long way

January 10th, 2021

One of the best things we can do for one another is completely free, easy, and fun. Paying someone a genuine compliment makes you feel good and they feel good. It’s a win-win! It shows respect, appreciation, kindness, and inclusion. Whether it’s a compliment paid to your neighbor, your loved ones, your coworkers, or a stranger, everyone no matter what age appreciates this simple boost. A simple text, email, or during a phone call, or when you’re out and about, compliments do wonders for people. It’s important to give yourself compliments too. Acknowledging good things about ourselves is important for wellbeing and self-esteem. Learn how compliments affect the brain.

New year, New goals: Exercise tips

January 5th, 2021

Of course, every new year brings a renewed focus on health. Sometimes it can seem tough. There’s a lot of emphasis on fitness. But being healthy means a lot of things.  The good news is you can work on a few things or just one aspect of your health to make better health more achievable. Many people make the mistake of trying to do everything including a severe diet or rigorous fitness regime. And those things are hard to maintain. Finding a few simple things to do that are easier will help you work consistently towards a healthier you. For instance, establishing better sleep habits, portion control, eating more organic foods, basic stretching, etc. can go a long way over time to feeling your best self. Here’s a helpful and healthful guide that goes into more detail about exercise and fitness for seniors. Always check with your doctor before embarking on exercise or dietary changes. Here’s to a healthy and strong 2021!