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Mother’s Day ideas to treat yourself

April 30th, 2021

Grandmothers appreciate pampering and gifts on Mother’s Day too. You deserve it! You’re the grams, grandma, nana, memaw, grammie, and so much more. You make a big difference in the life of your grandkids and loved ones. So how about treating yourself to some wonderful things too?! We found some awesome things to help you celebrate yourself on Mother’s Day and every day. People magazine has ideas for spa-related gifts, artisan gifts, fancy gifts, dog mom gifts, and more. Self-care is always the gift that keeps on giving. Refinery29 is all about it. They’ve got feel-good teas, comfy cotton robes, wellness journals, skincare pampering, soothing body washes & toiletries, cute pajama sets, meditation supplies, and more. Popsugar also has some good ideas to celebrate quality time too. On behalf of everyone at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, have a delightful Mother’s Day!

The best of both worlds: Plein Air Painting

April 27th, 2021

Do you love the outdoors and being creative? Then we’ve got the perfect activity for you! Have you tried Plein air painting? Plein air painting is painting nature in the daylight in the outdoors. It’s about catching beautiful natural scenes where they actually are. This gives a unique authenticity, richness of color, and textures to the art itself. It provides an extremely satisfying painting experience for the artist because of a real connection to the actual scenery. Everyone loves fresh air, soothing breezes, and the sun on their faces. Since we’re in beautiful Southern California with its friendly year-round weather, there are endless places to try Plein air painting from the beach to the foothills, to the desert, and everywhere in between. When you live at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, So Cal is your biggest muse. There are many places to capture that feeling of tranquility. Virtual Academy and Outdoor Painter have really information to get you started, give your tips from the experts, and get you on your way!

Listen in: Live Talks Los Angeles

April 23rd, 2021

Each day is a chance to learn something new. We found out about this cool virtual lecture series and we’re excited. Okay, so the word lecture has some boring connotations to it, but trust that this series is really awesome. Just go ahead and dive in head-first. Live Talks LA features a fully loaded lineup is stellar folks including writers, artists, performers, scientists, and business leaders. Many of which have books that keep the learning going. This lecture series has been going for 10 years and they really do a great job with their on-stage discussions with some of the best and brightest around. So, if you’d like some food for thought, please check it out!

Say righty-o to NoHo Senior Arts Colony!

April 19th, 2021

Loving where you live and how you live is really important. We created NoHo Seniors Arts Colony in North Hollywood to open up a new world of positivity, expression, and freedom for independent folks just like you. You’re still active, vital and full of zest. Here, you can make the most of what makes you, you! Our spacious and sophisticated apartments offer carefree living. We take care of all the repairs and maintenance. All you need to do is enjoy the modern features with them, relax, and live your life your way. Within our stylish community, we’ve got pops of color and creativity, a ton of free classes, fun events, a modern fitness center, a sparkling pool, and so much more. Plus, there’s just a good vibe here. We’d love for you to join us. Apply now! Be sure to ask about our current specials.

L.A. Times Virtual Festival of Books 2021

April 17th, 2021

The show must go on! The Los Angeles literary scene is a tenacious one and is determined to keep the passion going. Book lovers and authors unite in this year’s L.A. Times Festival of Books Virtual Edition. Enjoy from the convenience of your computer or smart device a ton of awesome literary experiences. Events include one on one conversations, book readings from your favorite authors, lectures, new authors on the rise, and more. There’s something for everyone including fiction, science-fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, picture books, poetry, and so much more. There are also VIP events and prizes. This important festival has been going on since 1996 and continues to celebrate the love of reading and writing. Ay NoHo Senior Arts Colony, it’s one of our favorite festivals.

LACMA is back! So are many museums!

April 15th, 2021

It’s so exciting to see our So Cal museums coming back in some capacity. We’ve missed them so much over the last year or so. Inspiration and culture are needed more than ever. Although in a limited capacity, for the most part, we’re glad museums are taking safety precautions seriously and mindfully. But this is a real sign that life is getting back slowly to some kind of normal. LACMA, The Huntington, Hammer, and the Natural History Museum are just a few of the museums creating safe events for the public to enjoy. Many have the provision to buy tickets ahead of time online. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we’re very happy to see all of this inspiration come back.

Why renting makes sense

April 9th, 2021

Have you thought about right-sizing? At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we want you to have more freedom and quality time than ever before. Our beautiful apartments are maintenance-free. We’ll take care of any and all repairs. Our wide array of luxurious apartments is also quite beautiful with sophisticated features such as in-home washers and dryers, gourmet kitchens, granite countertops, and private balconies/patios. Enjoy fresh breezes and relax. Say goodbye to time-consuming and expensive yard work. We’ll take care of that too. Being in a like-minded community will also let you enjoy a respectful and tranquil atmosphere. We’ve even got free, meaningful classes to help you enjoy your current interests and find some new ones too. Our rental community has a very creative atmosphere which is unique to independent living in the area. Join us at NoHo Senior Arts Colony for a refreshing new world of freedom and fun right here in North Hollywood, CA.

Asian culture in L.A.

April 6th, 2021

One of the best things about living in Southern California is the abundance of Asian culture! At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we celebrate everything they have to offer and we support them in these difficult times. There are so many world-class wonderful museums devoted to Asian heritage old and new to inspire you and provide enjoyment. Nature is also here to honor such beauty. If you’ve never been to the Huntington Gardens, you must! They have a gorgeous and tranquil 15-acre Chinese garden. It’s so peaceful. Griffith Park also has the beautiful, 5-acre Amir’s Garden to see if you like hiking. Learn more about Asian culture now.

The meaning behind the last day of Passover

April 3rd, 2021

It’s Holy Week and it’s always a good time to remind ourselves of the significance behind the holidays. The last day of Passover marks the end of a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Besides prayers, and incredible food, the Seventh Day of Passover also has a tradition people should remain awake the entire night preceding the seventh day of Passover, studying Torah as a way of thanking God for the miracle He did at that time. During the morning services of the seventh day, the Torah reading includes the biblical narrative of the miraculous salvation at the sea and the song we sang.

Easter recipes that are eggxactly delicious

April 1st, 2021

Can you believe it’s Easter time already?! Don’t know what to make for Easter dinner? No worries. We’ve got you. We’ve found some delicious recipes to try making in your beautiful kitchen at NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Whether you’re looking for main dishes, side dishes, or dessert ideas, we’ve found a ton of recipes we think you’ll like. Delish has some tasty recipes for quiche Lorraine, sticky buns, garlic rosemary pork roast, lemon ricotta pasta, and many more. Parade has a whopping 101 recipes to make your Easter extra special. That carrot cake is very tempting! Good Housekeeping has wonderful Easter recipes that are delicious all year long including roasted asparagus, raspberry lemon pound cake, and spring Panzanella just to name a few. On behalf of everyone at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, have a happy Easter!

Icon spotlight: Billie Holiday

March 31st, 2021

Truly one of a kind, singer Billie Holiday had a voice all her own that she shared with the world. We’ve all heard of her and her albums are favorites in almost every coffee house on the planet. Her fascinating life was not easy facing racism, poverty, and other strife. But her voice changed the world of jazz with her unique vocal interpretations, romantic feel, as well as poignant and controversial songs like Strange Fruit about lynching. Her life was turned into a movie back in 1972 long after her death from years of substance abuse. Lady Sings The Blues starring legendary Diana Ross received rave reviews for its authenticity and powerhouse performances. In 2021, a new movie about Billie has come out called The United States VS Billie Holiday. Lead actress Andra Day won a Golden Globe for best actress in a movie picture. Billie Holiday’s music can be found online at Spotify and for purchase on Amazon and other online venues. If you haven’t listened to her music in a while, make a fresh cup of coffee, and put some Billie on, and enjoy one of the most original voices in the entire world.

Fab Features at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

March 29th, 2021

Much more than a place to live, NoHo Senior Arts Colony in inspiring North Hollywood is an unbeatable collection of features and creative amenities for today’s 62+. It’s a true lifestyle that’s active, independent, and endlessly rewarding. The wide array of apartment residences here are spacious and include wonderful things such as a full appliance package, granite counters, designer fixtures, in-home washer & dryer, and a private balcony/patio. The hand-selected amenities have something for everyone including a modern fitness center, art studio, heated swimming pool, computer/business center, and stadium-style, 78-seta performing arts theater professionally managed by The Road Theatre Company. The icing on the cake is the wide variety of activities and free classes available at NoHo Senior Arts Colony. There’s always something new to learn and enjoy! Apply now to begin your carefree life with us!

Green tips: Ways to be better to the earth

March 25th, 2021

Being green is easier than ever before. More and more of our society is finding meaning and value in recycling, repurposing, and reimagining a healthier planet right now. A few simple things you can do right now are asking for paper bags instead of plastic at the grocery store, opt for real plates and silverware instead of disposable plastic, and use energy-efficient light bulbs. But there’s so much more that can easily be done. Here’s a helpful eco article to help you be more eco-friendly right now. It includes ideas such as buying half of your food locally such as a farmer’s market, use house plants to improve your interior air quality, shop in person instead of online to reduce packaging, and buy products that don’t come in excessive plastic or wasteful packaging. You can also get local help to dispose of e-waste and electronic devices for recycling and repurposing. If you’ve got any eco-friendly tips for us, let us know and we’ll be happy to share them.

What is self-compassion?

March 23rd, 2021

You know the way to listen and speak to a friend that’s going through a challenging time? It’s not judgmental. It’s understanding. It’s comforting. It’s compassion. But one of the most important forms of self-care we can do for ourselves is self-compassion. It’s being accepting, understanding, mindful, and loving to yourself in the exact same, unconditional way you would with a good friend or even a stranger. No matter what the situation, feelings of failure, or self-criticism, applying self-compassion is a solid way to take a breath, regroup, feel nurtured, and avoid going down the “rabbit hole.” The longest relationship we’ve got is with ourselves. So, the next time you catch yourself being unnecessarily critical of yourself, stop and remember what we’ve told you read about this priceless way to navigate the ups and downs of life much better. Self-compassion helps with self-esteem too. We like this quote from author Joseph Campbell and think it’s relevant— “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

Irish poet spotlight: Seamus Heaney

March 18th, 2021

The month of March is traditional the time to celebrate all things Irish. Who better to feature than acclaimed Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Born in 1939 in Northern Irelands, Seamus Heaney came from a large, working-class family in the Irish countryside. At St. Columb’s College, he learned Latin which influenced him throughout his entire poetry career. His first published poems were published and seen in the 1960s when he was a young teacher. He then became one of the most influential 20th-century poets in the entire world popular with poetry lovers as well as academics. His belief in the power and effect of poetry never wavered in his career. His poetry has been a favorite of many American Presidents, singer/songwriter Paul Simon, and even today’s popular musicians and artists. Heaney’s work is simple but very deep and honest. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995. Treat yourself and check out some of his work. April is National Poetry Month so we’re sure you’ll get some inspiration from Seamus and our creative atmosphere at NoHo Senior Arts Colony to write your own poetry.

Lucky you! Your St. Patty’s Day soundtrack

March 15th, 2021

Since we’re still abiding by staying-at-home recommendations, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home with your favorite music in your spacious residence at NSAC. So much incredible creativity, music, and otherwise, has come out of Ireland. We’re here to remind you of the incredible Irish music legacy with some of the most popular Irish bands.  Create your very own St. Patrick’s Day playlist. Make sure to include The Boomtown Rats, U2, Enya, The Cranberries, Thin Lizzy, The Dubliners (Irish Folk Band), The Pogues, Sinead O’Connor, The Corrs, Van Morrison, Snow Patrol, and Celtic Thunder (a must!). Some bands or more mellow, some rock, and some are very traditional. Mix it up for a well-rounded music experience. Hop onto Apple music or Spotify to create your list! Also, some Irish food sounds pretty tasty too. You’re in luck. We found some delicious Irish recipes to enjoy for the holiday and every day.

Welcome home! Apply now to live at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

March 12th, 2021

Life is meant to lived fully. If you’re an independent senior looking to have more time to do the things you love, NoHo Senior Arts Colony is an ideal place to call home. Our spacious and contemporary apartments offer impressive living. No longer will you have to do repairs or time-consuming yard work. We’ll take care of those. All you have to do is pursue your passions. Within our North Hollywood community, you’ll find many ways to conveniently do that with a modern gym, sparkling pool, library, free classes, and so much more! Our community has a definite and unabashed creative personality. Our beautiful and spacious art studio and on-site stadium-style performance theatre are unique to independent senior living in the area. You’re special so live in a community that’s special too. Apply now! It’s fast and easy. Safety measures and protocols are in place for private appointments.

The next best thing: Online Walking Tours of Ireland

March 9th, 2021

Seeing the world up close and personal is the best. Walking the streets, squares, and coastlines is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Since St. Patrick’s Day is in March, we thought some online walking tours are the next best thing to actually traveling to Ireland. Youtube has some incredible walking tours of practically everywhere in the world. Just type in “walking tours” and the city/ country you’re interested in the search box. Some have ads. Just click ‘skip ads’ in the lower right corner and you’ll be good to go. We found some in Ireland to enjoy. Explore Dublin, and Kilkenny. World-renowned travel expert Rick Steves had been everywhere including Ireland. Rick Steves’ Europe also has a great episode on Western Ireland too. For truly breathtaking viewing of the Irish landscape that’s inspired poets for centuries, check out this very relaxing drone tour of Ireland. It’s very well done with soft music. The perfect getaway without getting away! Enjoy!

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.