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Like frosting: Explore palette knife painting

January 14th, 2022

Sometimes we can get in creative ruts. It’s good to mix up techniques and try new things. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we’re all about opening minds to all forms of creativity whether you are an artist or not. For example, if you paint with traditional brushes, try palette knife painting to stir up new creative juices. A palette knife is a metal knife (not sharp at all) with a wooden handle. Famous palette knife painters include Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, and even TV’s own Bob Russ. Whether you prefer acrylics or oils, they will work equally well with a palette knife. What’s so fun about palette knife painting is the textures and ways you can literally create dimension depending upon how much paint you load on the knife. You can truly lay it on thick! But be sure to work up to those layers though. If you apply too much paint, the paint can crack, peel, or even fall off. Many landscape and seascape painters love this medium. Want to know more?

And the winner is: Golden Globes 2022

January 11th, 2022

Even though the ceremonies were not televised this year, it does not mean the stars glimmer and less and creative work was less dazzling. It was a tremendous year for tv-series and movies. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we take so much pride in all the creativity near us in Hollywood and Los Angeles.  A beautiful surprise is a win for best performance in a supporting role in a limited series! Squid Games’ Oh Yeong-su won! His performance was great and it’s so nice that he got recognized for it. Another favorite of ours, Jean Smart, won for best actress for her role in Hacks. Other top honors went to HBO’s Succession, West Side Story, Tick, Tick Boom, Being the Ricardos, and The Power of Dog. Check out the complete nomination and winners list here.

WORD UP: types of creative writing to try

January 7th, 2022

man’s hands typing on the laptop

A picture is worth a thousand words. And words come in almost a thousand creative forms. Thinking about becoming a creative writer? There are tons of choices out there to appeal to your specific interests. If you love everything literary, you’ll have plenty of forms to try. There’s poetry, novel-writing, article writing, op-ed writing, and the list goes on and on. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we’ve got a very inspiring community to help you stay motivated and productive. If you are interested in marketing, there’s also a wide array of writing pursuits. Writing blogs and social media content is very popular. There’s also copywriting where you can write copy for websites, brochures, and more. Often this can be done freelance or remotely. But did you know you probably do a lot of writing already? If you enjoy writing or in your journal or do gratitude lists, that’s also writing. Whatever form of writing you choose, make sure it’s something you love and you’ll never be at a loss for words.

What’s the difference between Vegan and Vegetarian?

January 5th, 2022

It can be confusing at times. Just what exactly are a vegan and a vegetarian? We’ve got the answers for you in case you’re thinking of changing your diet. Many people do change their diets for health, allergies, religious reasons, economic reasons, you name it. But let’s break it down. According to Harvard, vegetarians are people who do not eat meat, poultry, or seafood. Some take it further and do not eat any dairy products or eggs. A vegan is someone who strictly eats no meat, dairy, or anything made from animals. It’s about animals and having a healthier planet. Here are tips and vegan recipes from PETA to give you more information about becoming a vegan. Whether you are thinking of becoming a vegetarian or a vegan, it’s always best to check with your chosen doctor to determine what will work best for you. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we support everyone looking to make their lifestyle healthier. Let us know how we can help!

Warm & fuzzy ways to stay warmer this winter

January 2nd, 2022

Even though we’re in Southern California, it gets darn chilly here during the winter months and at night. Staying warm is important — at home and outdoors. To stay extra cozy at home, be sure to use adjust your thermostat in your spacious residence at NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Electric blankets and microwavable heating pads are awesome too. Another way we love to stay warm is to cuddle with a pet. They’ll love it too! A fresh cup of coffee or tea is also an easy way to warm up quickly. Be sure to watch the caffeine after lunch though. There are lots of delicious herbal teas that can do the trick. Another simple trick is to layer clothes and wear thick socks. Before venturing outside, check the weather so you can wear a decent jacket, scarf, and/or beanie to stay warmer. CNN has some more tips to keep you nice and cozy.

2022 & you: Make your wish list for next year

January 1st, 2022

The new year offers new opportunities to create the life you want. Instead of new year’s resolutions, consider a wish list. The first step would be to move to NoHo Senior Arts Colony. We offer active, independent living with free classes that encompass the arts, fitness, and so much more. The next step for your wish list would be to brainstorm and think about what areas of your life you want to enhance, work on, or add to. They can include professional goals, educational goals, relationship goals, fitness goals, mindful goals, and the list is endless. We’re here to help you live your best life. Contact us today to begin anew in 2022 at NoHo Senior Arts Colony!

Start the new year off right and declutter that closet

December 29th, 2021

It doesn’t take much before you’ve got clutter. It can sneak up on us in no time. But the good news is that you can start to manage it easily by tackling your closet. Besides making space, decluttering is so beneficial for good mental health. It helps to calm the mind and provide a serene atmosphere to live well. It sets the stage for a less distracting living space and a more focused life. Here are some decluttering tips to help you get started. The hardest part is actually starting, but once you start decluttering, you’ll find your flow and it’s actually very satisfying. You’ll find that you probably have got a lot of items that you can donate to worthy organizations so they can get a second life elsewhere for those in need. Items can include clothes, home accessories, books, bedding, and the list goes on and on. Once you complete your decluttering, you will love how fresh, organized and pretty everything looks in your beautiful residence at NoHo Senior Arts Colony. You can do it!

Staying healthier during the holidays

December 27th, 2021

Celebrating the holidays is important. We all need time to appreciate this festive season and all the love and joy it brings. Many times it’s very easy to overindulge. There’s delicious food of all kinds everywhere! But at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we’ve found some good tips from our friends at Forbes and the CDC to help us all have a healthier but still festive holiday season. A few of the highlights include portion control. You can enjoy those sweet and savory dishes but try to make your portions smaller. You’ll still get to enjoy the delicious flavors without feeling like you need a nap. Another great tip is to drink plenty of water. Water helps our bodies process everything easier. Taking a short walk every day is also a good tip. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to take a healthy walk (make sure you’re wearing a warm coat and apparel). If you’re able, a light workout with light weights is also helpful. Your mind can also use a rest so if you can, fit in a 10-minute mediation to clear your mind. Make sure to check with your medical professional about any changes to your diet or exercise routine. Just remember to keep your holidays light and bright!

Are you 55+ and active? Then NoHo Senior Arts Colony is perfect for you!

December 23rd, 2021

Thinking of making the switch from a house to an apartment or from a standard apartment community to a 55+ community? NoHo Senior Art Colony was created exactly for you then! Our distinctive apartment community with tons of luxurious amenities and inspiring ambiance is for 55+ so it’s a more tranquil and respectful atmosphere. No loud college student parties, crying infants, or people coming and coming all night long. That means better sleep at night and peace of mind. Another advantage in our apartment community is that you’ll enjoy a more carefree lifestyle. Instead of mowing the lawn or time-consuming house projects, you’ll have more time to work out in our convenient and modern fitness center, take fitness classes, and enjoy swimming in our resort-inspired swimming pool. It’s easy to make new friends here too. We’d love to have you here. Let’s talk! 855 399-5381

Ways to find calm during the holiday season

December 20th, 2021

While the holidays can be full of cheer, they can be stressful. Here are some quick tips to help you have some emotional balance during this busy season.

Deep breathing: A big part of meditation is focusing on your breath. It’s that simple. A way to provide some instant relief is to practice some slow and deep breathing. Guided meditations make it easier to let go and be in the moment.

Quiet time: Sometimes the best kind of music is peace and quiet. Especially since Christmas carols are played is almost every store right now, on every radio station, etc. Take 10 minutes and just enjoy the beauty of quiet. Don’t just take our word for it. Trust the Cleveland Clinic.

Light stretching: Stretching helps get our blood circulating and makes our muscles feel better. It’s a tried and true stress reliever. Always check with your health practitioner before embarking upon a new health routine.

The good old nap. A 20-minute nap can do wonders to help push the restart button inside us. It’s not just for kids. Everyone can benefit from taking a break, resting, and enjoying a bit of rejuvenating napping.

Holiday crafts to make with the grandkids

December 16th, 2021

Quality time with the family is more than watching a movie or binging a tv show. How about making it a more creative time? The holiday season is ideal for making easy holiday crafts together. These can become treasured keepsakes for the entire family and usher in new memories that they will treasure forever. We found some great resources for easy crafts to make this holiday season. Good Housekeeping, HGTV, and Crazy Little Projects have some fun holiday craft projects that are easy and fun. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we love creativity for kids and kids at heart! Happy crafting!

Be an angel: Where to donate toys in the Los Angeles area

December 15th, 2021

They say the spirit of Christmas really is for the children. It’s so magical to see their faces light up when they get a Christmas gift especially when they are in need. We found some places where you can donate a new, unwrapped toy to go to a child in need. It makes them feel good and you feel good too! Spark of Love is in its 29th year of Christmas toy drives. It’s coordinated by the LA County Fire Department. These heroes just keep on giving. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is another local place to donate some new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls. And of course, Toys for Tots has been collecting and distributing donated Christmas toys to kids nationwide for decades. Whichever organization you donate to, know that it’s going to make a child’s holiday merrier and brighter.

Apartment life is the good life at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

December 9th, 2021

Looking for a change? Want more free time? We can help you with both of those things. We’re NoHo Seniors Arts Colony and you don’t have to be an artist to live here. But if you like inspiration, sophistication, and spacious living, we’re tailor-made for you. We’ve got a sophisticated selection of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments for rent in North Hollywood full of modern features such as gourmet kitchens with full appliance packages, in-home washer & dryer, granite countertops, and designer fixtures, and lots more. Living here also has some tremendous opportunities to enjoy unique and luxurious amenities. Our stadium-style, 78-seat performance theatre is professionally run by the acclaimed Road Theatre Company. We’ve also got a spacious art studio where you can learn from the masters in addition to a modern fitness center, computer center, resort-inspired pool, and tons of free classes. Now’s the time to chat with us about your life here with us! Call us today at 855 399-5381.

New West Side Story and other big releases for the holidays

December 7th, 2021

Vintage theatre sign

Christmas time is movie time and a favorite time of ours at NoHo Senior Arts Colony! Some of the biggest releases of the year come out now to ensure they qualify for Academy Award consideration. Directed by Steven Spielberg is a new version of West Side Story. Even Rita Moreno make an appearance which makes it extra special since she was in the original film. Bradley Cooper and an all-star cast star in the new movie Nightmare Alley by the one and only and creative powerhouse writer and director Guillermo del Toro. So, look forward to some stunning visual effects, art direction, costume direction, and ensemble cast perfection. And for you action fans, Spiderman is back in Spider-Man, No Way Home from MARVEL STUDIOS. Also for sci-fi fanatics, the much anticipated fourth Matrix movie, The Matrix Revolutions, is here back with Keanu Reeves with his good buddies Morpheus and Trinity. For a movie that the entire family can enjoy, try SING 2 with lots of furry friends singing time-tested songs.

Streaming nature cams: Naturally beautiful

December 4th, 2021

Did you know we’ve got some very famous feathered friends in So Cal? We do! Their names are Jackie and Shadow — the bald eagle couple made famous around the world on the Friends of Big Bear Valley live nest cam. Here you can get a unique glimpse into the nesting habits and day to night life of these stunning creatures. They chose a perfect spot for their nest that includes a beautiful view of the lake and surrounding forest-covered hills. The cam is on 24/7 because an eagle’s work is never done. The night camera is crisp and clean and does not disturb the eagles. This unique access to the nest cam lets you follow our feathered couple, hear the other feathered friends, watch them take care of their eggs, and catch stunning and colorful sunrises and sunsets. There’s also another cam set up for a wide view. The commentators share fun eagle and nature facts about the area too. Friends of Big Bear Valley is a non-profit 501c3 organization and their website includes an online shop where you can buy cute eagle items and support this worthy local organization and do some holiday shopping at the same time.

Dazzling possibilities: Where to see holiday lights in the LA area

December 2nd, 2021

They are light, bright, and so beautiful. Holiday lights conjure such a festive feeling during this holiday season. But where oh where are the holiday light displays in SoCal? Do not worry! The folks at NoHo Seniors Arts Colony are here for you. We found a link that has all the local listings in the Los Angeles area for light-filled holiday fun. If you happen to be in the Orange County area, check out a one-of-a-kind home holiday light display that’s pretty epic, Night of Lights OC, Disneyland, and Knott’s Merry Farm.

Schedule a personal tour with us!

November 30th, 2021

Come on by and see us in person to get a real sense of what the active 62+ life is all about at NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Get a personal tour of our beautiful apartment community. We’ve spacious apartments with sophisticated finishes and features. To add to your meaningful and carefree lifestyle. We got a ton of amenities to make every day the best day ever. From creative amenities and classes, our modern fitness center, computer center, game room, library, swimming pool, and spa, and the list goes on and on. It also includes our exclusive 78 seat performance theatre professionally run by the Road Theatre Company. All of it is just a few steps from your door. Schedule a tour with us today! We know you’re going to love your Southern California life here in North Hollywood.

U.S. Comedy Contest at the Comedy Chateau in North Hollywood

November 30th, 2021

At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we believe humor is healthy and essential for well-being. And being able to laugh often helps even more. The Comedy Chateau right here in North Hollywood has tons of events throughout the year to keep you smiling and having fun. Besides the entertainment, The Comedy Chateau serves up gourmet American bistro cuisine and craft cocktails. On December 15 from 9-11pm, see who reigns supreme for the U.S. Comedy Contest. Looks like a fun night and it’s only $15!

Holiday parades are back! Watch them on TV.

November 27th, 2021

From the comfort of your beautiful apartment at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, you can get into the holiday spirit by watching the return of holiday parades. Gran a cup of fresh chocolate and get ready for some holiday cheer. The Hollywood Christmas Parade is back with Grand Marshal Sheryl Underwood. It will air on KTLA Channel 5 on November 28. The Rose Parade is also back to start the new year off right. LeVar Burton will be the Grand Marshal. There are many stations where you can stay at home and easily watch the live stream from home.

Holiday shopping made easy: nearby stores

November 22nd, 2021

Shopping local is a nice idea for the holidays and for every single day. We love the entrepreneurial spirit of our local businesses. If you know a creative person, art supplies are always a thoughtful gift. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we love Carter Sexton Artists Materials. This shop has practically everything you could ever want and more. That’s because they are the oldest art supply store in Los Angeles. Michaels is also close to us. If you‘ve got a music lover on your gift list, try Atomic Records. For literary aficionados, try the Iliad Bookshop in North Hollywood. It’s A Wrap is a store that features the actual wardrobes and props from real movies and tv shows. Talk about unique gifts! Happy shopping!