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The good kind of drama! 2021 Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

July 30th, 2021

To be or not to be? How about to be entertained! The Griffith Park Annual Shakespeare Festival is back! We missed seeing live performers in person so much. The festival takes place between August 7 through September 5. This year, you’ll have to make a reservation online but it’s easy. Only 250 per performance will be allowed so get your reservations asap. They start taking reservations 7 days before the actual performances. The Independent Shakespeare Company will be performing Shakespeare classics. Due to stage construction, these performances will be taking place a bit farther in the park at the Old Zoo. Make sure to bring a picnic blanket to relax on and enjoy the show!

It’s back! The L.A. Art Show

July 26th, 2021

It’s the biggest and the best art show on the West Coast. There’s only one L.A. Art Show. This is where premier artists who work in all kinds of fascinating mediums have their wares on display at the L.A. Convention Hall. This prestigious show runs from July 29 through August 1. This is the most comprehensive international show for modern and contemporary art in the world. There are so many galleries (80 in total) from all over the world showing off gorgeous works of art. If you are looking for inspiration, you’ll find it in abundance here. There are also VIP events, after-parties, and much more. This is the 26th year of the L.A. Art Show and we wish them many, many more in the years to come!

Back to school gifts for the grandkids

July 23rd, 2021

Kids are so courageous, smart, and strong. They got through the unique virtual learning sessions like champs. School will be resuming soon. How about pampering your grandkids or great-grandkids with some fun gifts to start the school year off right?! Gifts has a wide array of cute and colorful items as well as items like backpacks you can get customized. Goodhouse Keeping has a wide array of gift ideas for fun or to stay more organized. Is your loved one a tech fanatic? Then you should check out Engadget for all kinds of goodies there. You might even find something for yourself. Not sure what to get? Gift cards are always fast, convenient, and a welcome gift whether it’s for Target, Amazon, etc. Let them choose the perfect gifts for themselves. Many stores let you send them electronically so you don’t even have to go to the store! Remember that learning is lifelong and be sure to ask about free classes in the EngAGE program at NoHo Senior Arts Colony!

Music to our ears: Summer of Soul documentary

July 20th, 2021

An exciting new documentary is out and it’s so good! Summer of Soul celebrates the 1969 Harlem Culture Festival in Harlem, New York. This newly revealed footage is such a treat to see and hear. This important documentary was created by musician Quest Love and it puts a much needed and much-appreciated spotlight on the contributions and feelings of people of color, civil rights, and the culture of Harlem. The documentary received 2 Sundance Awards so you know it has to be good. Music performers in this documentary include Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, and many more. Talk about music icons! Summer of Soul can be viewed with the subscription service Hulu.

Life made easy at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

July 17th, 2021

At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we believe real life is complicated enough. That’s why everything in our apartment community makes your life easier, more connected, and freer to do the things you love more, and freer to just be. You’ll love apartment life here. We’ve got a wide variety of contemporary floor plans filled with designer finishes, fixtures, and features. Plus, we’ll take care of all of the maintenance. Life is more than carefree; it’s vibrant here. From a ton of sophisticated amenities like our art studio, modern fitness center, and one-of-a-kind performance theatre, our community always has something clever and creative going on. Our North Hollywood location makes it easy to connect to even more that makes Los Angeles so creative. Now’s the time to apply and enjoy an easy breezy life with us! NoHo Senior Arts Colony is like no other 55+ community in the area.

It’s Pageant of the Masters & Sawdust Festival time

July 13th, 2021

Southern California is truly an artist’s paradise. Laguna Beach in Orange County has been a big player in the art scene for generations. Two big events have come back to thrill and inspire us and we’re so happy to have them return. The prestigious Pageant of the Masters is an incredible way to see art masterpieces brought to actual life. Famous paintings are recreated and revealed with actual people, authentic costuming, scenes, and the overall feel of the artist’s work. It’s a larger-than-life way to experience these incredible works of art. For a more laid-back and casual art experience, the Sawdust Festival is a relaxed atmosphere that showcases local Laguna Beach Artists of all mediums. You’ll find ceramics, glassworking, metalworking, painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, clothing, and so much more. This event is an easy way to get one on one with the artists and discuss their inspirations. It’s also the perfect place to do some early holiday shopping or get something for yourself to take back to NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Enjoy the coastal breezes and be sure to check out all the tasty waterfront dining in Laguna Beach.

More to watch: The scoop on Paramount Plus

July 10th, 2021

Joining the emerging collection of tv streaming services is Paramount Plus. You’ll be able to stream thousands of episodes, live sports, exclusive originals – all in one place. It will help to answer the age-old question “is there anything new or interesting to watch in tv?” There’s something for everyone including award-winning movies, vintage classics, and modern hits. Programs from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and The Smithsonian Channel are included as well as movies from Paramount, Miramax, and MGM. Their library also has original content original you won’t find anywhere else. Learn more about Paramont Plus right now.

Easy ways to stay cooler in the summer

July 7th, 2021

We finally made it to summer. And summer brings heat. It’s important to take extra care of yourself during these warmer months. Besides enjoying a dip in our resort-inspired swimming pool, here are some easy ways to stay cooler and more comfortable this summer. Take plenty of cool showers or relaxing baths. One in the morning and one before you go to bed will do wonders. Speaking of water, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Another good tip is to take your walks very early in the morning instead of later in the day. Take a small spray bottle full of water with you to mist your face to stay refreshed and cooler. Make sure to wear lighter clothes such as shorts. You also might consider eating lighter meals during the summer. That way you’ll keep your energy up. Be sure to check with your trusted medical professional regarding additional ways to stay cooler and have a wonderful summer.

Where on TV to watch Fourth of July Fireworks

July 3rd, 2021

Relaxing at home is always nice. This holiday weekend, there will be some amazing fireworks shows from all over the country that you can watch from the comfort of your very own living room. CNN’s “Fourth in America Special” will air Sunday, July 4 starting at 7 p.m. ET and feature phenomenal fireworks displays and incredible musical guests. For the 41st year, A Capitol Fourth will air live from Washington, D.C. on PBS on July 4th from 8-9:30 pm. Performers include Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, Pentatonix, Train, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen, and more. The 45th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will feature performances from The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus as well as Coldplay, OneRepublic, Reba McEntire, and more. You can watch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on Sunday, July 4 from 8- 10p. on NBC. On behalf of everyone at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Heal The Bay’s So Cal Beach Report

July 1st, 2021

We love Heal The Bay. This awesome non-profit has been the mindful stewards of our local beaches and all local things water-related for years. Their crew of volunteers has been mobilizing to personally clean our coastline and waterways and advocate for clean water. Their recent Heal The Bay Report Card is out. “The good news is California beaches had excellent water quality in summer 2020. 93% of the California beaches monitored by Heal the Bay received an A or B grade, which is on par with the five-year average.” The Report Card has an honor list and a bummer list.

Here’s the L.A. County Honors List:

Royal Palms State Beach
Leo Carrillo Beach, at Arroyo Sequit Creek
Puerco State Beach at creek mouth
Las Flores State Beach, at Las Flores Creek
Broad Beach, at Trancas Creek
Escondido State Beach at Escondido Creek
Nicholas Beach, at San Nicholas Canyon Creek

The OC Honors List
Newport Bay, Promontory Point
Crystal Cove
Newport Beach, at Orange Street
Newport Beach, at 52nd/53rd Street
Balboa Beach Pier
Balboa Beach, The Wedge
1000 Steps Beach, at 9th St.
North Aliso County Beach
Treasure Island Beach

Unique to NoHo Senior Arts Colony: The EngAGE program

June 30th, 2021

Learning new and exciting things is always a good thing. It helps keep our brains sharp and gives us a chance to try something different as well as create new friendships with your fellow NoHo Senior Arts Colony neighbors. Our community is very special. You’ll never be bored here. That’s because of our fantastic EnAGE program. It is a whole-person approach to a wide variety of subjects and activities. The best part is that they are free when you live here! Now that is an incredible amenity to enjoy anytime. The EnAGE classes and activities are taught by college-level instructors that really know and love their subjects. When someone really loves what they’re teaching about, classes are so much more fun and learning is much more meaningful. They are also taught in a semester system which will help you plan your schedule. Join us in North Hollywood for the active, independent, and carefree life you’ve always wanted! Our apartments have sophisticated finishes and fixtures as well as convenient features. Give us a call today at 1-855-399-5381 to learn more.

Local volunteer opps to help animals

June 28th, 2021

Have you always loved animals and wanted to do more to help them? Then it sounds like you would be a perfect candidate to do some volunteering! There are plenty of places to lend a hand to our furry friends in the Los Angeles area. Spending time volunteering is good for them as well as good for self-care for you. Everyone wins! Los Angeles Animal Services has a variety of volunteering opportunities and you can apply online. So easy! Volunteer Match is also very handy to find the right volunteer opportunity for your location, interests, and schedule. The Rescue Train in Toluca Lake is yet another organization that helps animals in the area as well. If you know of a non-profit doing some incredible stuff to make the world a better place, please let us know and we’d love to feature them on our social media.

Local restaurant spotlight: EAT in North Hollywood

June 25th, 2021

We found the perfect place to grab some breakfast or lunch. Is it us or does food taste better when you don’t have to do dishes afterward?! EAT in the North Hollywood Arts District is a casual place with some yummy things for a tasty breakfast, lunch, or to go. They are becoming quite the popular venue. The vibe there is relaxed and welcoming. The prices are fair too. They feature traditional favorites, traditional favorites with a twist, and healthier versions. So, there’s something for everyone. YELP also has some great North Hollywood restaurants to try. Happy Dining!

It’s so easy: Apply now to NoHo Senior Arts Colony

June 22nd, 2021

How does a life without yard work sound? Pretty darn good we bet. We’d love it if you checked out NoHo Senior Arts Colony in North Hollywood. Our independent senior community has everything for a wonderful and carefree life! You can apply online which is fast and easy. Here, you can enjoy the sophistication of our apartments and the stimulation of our uniquely creative amenities. No other community has what we have. Plus, you don’t have to be an artist to live her. You can just enjoy the creative atmosphere. People are friendly and just as active as you are. We know you’ve got some hobbies that you want to return to as well as discover some new ones. Our beautiful community is ready and waiting for you in thriving North Hollywood. Let’s chat!

Juneteenth is Official!

June 18th, 2021

It’s official! Juneteenth is now an officially recognized Federal holiday. It took a long time, but we’re glad this important milestone is recognized. This is a really big deal. Originating in Galveston, Texas in 1865, Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It also celebrates education and achievement. This is the first new Federal holiday since Martin Luther King Day was declared back in the 1980s. Learn more now about the history of Juneteenth. A simple idea to celebrate this day is to support an African-owned restaurant or business. On behalf of everyone at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, have a happy and safe Juneteenth!

Thanks Pops! Father’s Day gift ideas

June 15th, 2021

The summer holidays are here. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20th, and is celebrated around the world. From all of us at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, Happy Father’s Day, and know we appreciate you! If you’re a dad/granddad, we found some great gifts to help you celebrate. Go ahead and treat yourself to a cool gift. Dads are very special people and you deserve something nice. Go ahead and treat yourself! USA Today has some fun gift ideas ranging from top-rated sandals to beard trimmers and more. Good Housekeeping has over 60 Father’s Day gift ideas so you know you’ll definitely find something you’ll like. New York Magazine also has a ton of ideas for gadgets gifts. A big thanks to all the dads out there for making our lives more meaningful and full of unconditional love.

Branch out: Local places to go birdwatching

June 10th, 2021

Nature is a limitless source of tranquility, loveliness, and enjoyment. Have you ever gone birdwatching? It’s an easy way to visit trails and nature areas and discover the incredible array of our unique feathered friends throughout Southern California. It’s fun to learn about their markings, songs, and habits. The Los Angeles Audubon Society is a convenient resource to learn where and how to get your birdwatching hobby started. Yelp has a list of local Los Angeles places to enjoy this relaxing yet meaningful hobby. Make sure to bring your binoculars, wear comfy clothes and shoes, and bring sunscreen.

Summer reading: Summer at the Bluffs & classic reads

June 8th, 2021

Summertime is reading time! There’s nothing like getting lost in a good book. A new one just published looks pretty good. Set in Martha’s Vineyard, “Summer At The Bluffs” is written by New York Times bestselling author, Emmy winner, lawyer and journalist Sunny Hostin. Good Housekeeping also a summer 2021 reading list with a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books from authors Kristen Arnett, Jennifer Weiner, Laura Hankin, Joanne Tompkins, Casey McQuiston, Taylor Jenkins Reid, and lots more. If you’re looking for more classic books to read poolside at NoHo Senior Arts Colony or at our beautiful local beaches, try this list.

Get swept away: Weekend jaunt ideas: Santa Barbara

June 5th, 2021

Looking to get away for the weekend but not too far away? Then Santa Barbara is calling your name. This tranquil, Mediterranean-inspired city has been a favorite in Southern California for decades and is known as the “American Riviera.” It has everything you could ever want in a weekend getaway: beautiful beaches with windswept vistas, a tasty culinary scene, and lots of wellness shops. You’ll also find plenty of popular attractions like Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara Harbor, the zoo, the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, the Old Mission, and numerous historical landmarks and venues. So, get out there and enjoy some new scenery with a timeless appeal in Santa Barbara today. When you return to NoHo Senior Arts Colony, tell us all about your trip!

It’s back! The L.A. Pride Festival

June 2nd, 2021

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On June 12, the Los Angeles Pride Festival returns. It’s been a long year and a half and it will be wonderful to have this festival back to bring people back together. The first PRIDE festival happened way back in 1970 in New York City. Over 50 years later, PRIDE is going stronger than ever in tons of cities across the nation. LA. PRIDE is a month-long celebration of in-person and virtual events to raise up the LGTBQ community. There will also be lots of ways to volunteer. We love the vibrant and joyous sense of inclusion that is PRIDE. Learn more now about the calendar of the 2021 event in June. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we’re very glad we can all be back together again.