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Easy handmade gifts for gift giving

December 19th, 2022

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While it seems that every commercial on tv these days is telling you what to buy for Christmas gifts, there is also another way. You can make them! Anything handmade with love is a special gift. NoHo Senior Arts Colony is all about creativity, and there are many creative and easy ways to make holiday gifts that will be treasured. Everything from making cookies from scratch to creating cute felt items, practical items and so much more is possible! These handmade gifts are so much more personal and appreciated. Plus, there’s fun to be had while making them. So put on some holiday tunes and have at it!

Illuminating and delicious: Hanukkah recipes

December 15th, 2022

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The festival of lights is almost here. For eight days and nights, there will be all kinds of celebrations for people to gather together and celebrate the meaning of the season. And we are all about the delicious food during the holidays! Not sure what to make or looking to freshen up your traditional menu with new ideas? No problem! We’ve found a bunch of Hanukkah recipes from Good Housekeeping, Epicurious, and The Pioneer Woman. Discover recipes for tasty appetizers, savory dishes, and sides, as well as sweet treats and holiday desserts. On behalf of everyone at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, have a happy and safe Hanukkah!

The Pickleball Phenomenon

December 12th, 2022

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Across the nation, a new recreational sport has entered the scene and is becoming a favorite for all ages and skill levels. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we love staying active and trying new things, so this sounds like a blast! Pickleball leagues are forming everywhere. You may be asking, what exactly is pickleball? It is a combination of paddle ball, badminton, ping pong, and tennis played on a smaller court indoors or outdoors with paddles and a whiffle ball. It’s played in doubles or singles matches and looks like a lot of fun. Learn more about the history of the game. Looking to join in? The Los Angeles area conveniently has pickleball courts through the parks department.  

An eco-holiday twist: Alternatives to gift wrapping paper

December 10th, 2022

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The world is changing in more thoughtful and eco-friendly ways. That includes how we wrap holiday gifts. Every year after the holidays, tons of discarded gift wrap ends up in landfills. We’ve found some fun ways to eco-wrap your gifts, so they look beautiful and are nicer to the earth. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we love being better to the planet in creative ways. You will too. Keep that mindful approach to life going with these simple eco-friendly tips you can try throughout the year. it’s easier than you might think and you’ll feel good too! 

Amenities are the gift that keep on giving at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

December 7th, 2022

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Your carefree apartment experience at NoHo Senior Arts Colony includes lots of interesting things to do. Our sophisticated amenities offer those active and 62+ so many ways to experience life fully and are a wonderful complement to our spacious residences and perfect Southern California location. For the body, we’ve got a fully equipped fitness center, a heated swimming pool, and exercise classes to get those muscles moving. For the mind, we’ve got a computer/business center, spacious visual arts studio, literary studio, a 78-seat performing arts theater, fun classes for lifelong learning, and more. For the social soul, we’ve got billiards and plenty of places throughout the community to relax and connect. All we need it you! Now’s the time to apply online and join us for a liberating life in inspiring and thriving North Hollywood CA!

Oh so bright: Holiday Light displays in SoCal

December 7th, 2022

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Twinkling, dazzling, colorful and lovely holiday lights bring out the beauty of the holidays. Seeing them in person and enjoying some fresh air and a change of scenery makes the experience resound even more. We’ve found some brilliant holiday light displays all throughout Southern California. They’d be perfect for a date night, with the family, or enjoying with your grandkids. The Los Angeles area and Orange County area have beautiful light displays going on right now. Afterward, enjoy some hot chocolate with extra marshmallows and your favorite holiday music at your spacious apartment at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

Know a history buff? We’ve got holiday ideas!

December 3rd, 2022

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Gift shopping can be a challenge, but a fun challenge! It’s always nice to give thoughtful gifts that celebrate our hobbies and passions. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we believe history is often a universal passion and still has a lot to teach us. There are so many different eras and subject matter to choose from. We’ve got some great ideas for unique gift ideas for that history lover in your life — even if it’s you!  

Our America by Ken Burns
Get your friend of loved one the ultimate coffee table book that they will enjoy for many years to come! Our America by acclaimed history documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is a gorgeous book full of all aspects of American history. In timeless black and images, it’s beautiful and meaningful. It includes an introduction by Burns and an essay by longtime MoMA photography curator Sarah Hermanson Meister.

What if your loved one loves history and the written word? Check out Letterjoy. Reproduction letters will be sent from historical figures directly to your chosen history buff. Themes vary from month to month to keep things interesting. They also include postscript notes about the context of the letter and captivating historical details. The best part is that they come via snail mail. Your gift recipient will receive them in their actual mailbox, just like the good ol’ days.

Go directly to the source:
Who knows more about History than the endlessly popular History Channel. They have a variety of gifts that will sure to be greeted with delight.

Natural History Museum of L.A.
Does your loved one, or quite possibly, your grandkids, go nuts over dinosaurs and wildlife? The Natural History Museum of L.A. has something for everyone in its online gift shop.

Happy Shopping!

Cozy ideas for chilly nights

December 2nd, 2022

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It’s definitely colder at night these days! We’ve got some ideas to keep you warm and toasty in your stylish apartment at NoHo Senior Arts Colony.  Spruce up your holiday wardrobe with some new fuzzy slippers and fun novelty socks! Hotsox and Pupsocks have some super cute and comfy ideas. Pupsocks can even put a picture of your fuzzy best friend on your socks, ornaments, mugs, and more! NoHo Senior Arts Colony is a pet-friendly apartment community, and we love this idea! Warm your body and spirit with some homemade soup. Taste of Home has 80 easy soup recipes to inspire your culinary talents. Another tasty idea is to make some delicious coffee right at home! Insanely Good Recipes has lots of recipes to keep you and your tastebuds happy. Or treat yourself to a new throw or blanket from Pottery Barn. They are perfect for snuggling up on the couch and watching your favorite tv shows and movies.

Local and indie businesses to find great holiday gifts

November 30th, 2022

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Supporting local and independent businesses makes you feel good, and there are awesome gift ideas to be found! We think that small business Saturday should be every day. Here are some of the places we at NoHo Senior Arts Colony love. If you’re looking for a wide variety of art materials, Carter Sexton has to be the place. It’s the oldest art supply store in Los Angeles. How about fresh and organic produce, cheeses, homemade ethnic food, sweets, and more? Then check out the North Hollywood Farmers Market. If you know bookworms, then go to The Iliad Book Shop called the “best bookstore in the valley” for used books and a great vibe. Or how about some gift cards to some great local eateries? Find even more convenient places to shop at with the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Interactive Vicinity Map. So fast and easy!

Do you love being around creativity? Move to NoHo Senior Arts Colony!

November 28th, 2022

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Welcome to a new vision for carefree active adult living! NoHo Senior Arts Colony was created to encourage and celebrate creativity in all forms. But you don’t have to be an artist to live here. Our sophisticated community invites you to create a new life. One where you have more free time to create the life you want with nothing holding you back. Apply online today! Our spacious residences are appointed with modern features and designer finishes. Our amenities are comprehensive and offer a nice balance of intellectual, social, and healthy life advantages. Create the next chapter in your life with us in thriving North Hollywood.

Giddy up: It’s time for the Hollywood Christmas Parade

November 26th, 2022

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We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving! Christmas is right around the corner. For over 90 years, this local and popular holiday tradition has brought joy to so many. The 2022 Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place on Sunday, November 27. It’s always so festive and fun. Enjoy Marching bands, colorful floats, balloons, equestrian groups, holiday performers, dance groups, cheer groups, and more. It’s everything you need to usher in the holidays. Actor Danny Trejo is the Grand Marshall this year. You may know him from tv shows and of course, his Southern California taco shops and donut shops. Watch the parade on KTLA5 at 6pm from the comfort of your sophisticated apartment at NoHo Senior Arts Colony.

Finding gratitude

November 23rd, 2022

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It’s Thanksgiving week and the start of the holidays. It can be a joyous time for many. It can also be a challenging time for some. Finding gratitude helps to ease the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to come up with gratitude ideas. Greater Good, Huffington Post, and Mindful have some super ideas to hit the reset button and experience more joy this season. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. We appreciate being the active adult community of choice in Southern California. Our community is here for you to live fully and carefree.

What is Friendsgiving?

November 18th, 2022

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You may have heard the word Friendsgiving but what the heck is it? Rumor has it that it was first started on the popular 1990s TV show ‘Friends.’ Basically, it’s a way to celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and neighbors. Many people choose to celebrate Thanksgiving Day only with family, but Friendsgiving is more open-ended and can take place before or after the official turkey day. It’s casual and fun. Plus, it’s another chance to savor some delicious holiday food together and create new memories. The menu can be traditional, like a potluck, or have more variety. Eating well and Delish have some fun recipe ideas to make your Friendsgiving extra delicious. Just make sure to invite us at NoHo Senior Arts Colony!   

ACT NATURALLY: The Road Theatre Company at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

November 15th, 2022

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You know we love art here, but did you know we’ve got a real performance theatre? How many active adult communities can claim that?! Wait, it gets even better! It’s professionally managed by the acclaimed The Road Theatre Company, which was founded in 1991. This renowned theatre company has been putting on original dramatic productions for years. At The Road at Magnolia, original works from established and up-and-coming talents are featured. There’s no substitute for live theatre. It just touches the soul. Plus, it makes for an easy date night because it’s within our community. Residents have the opportunity to participate in education programs relating to the theatre as well. If you’re an aspiring actor or playwright or just curious what it’s all about, it’s convenient and perfect for you.

Happy Veterans Day

November 11th, 2022

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Today is a very important day. Veterans Day honors those who have served and continue to serve our country. The sacrifices made by them are not forgotten. Their courage and resilience are tremendous. They inspire everyone at NoHo Senior Arts Colony. The brave military families and survivors are also a beacon of strength and resilience. Are you a Veteran in need of services? The Los Angeles VA is a comprehensive source to help veterans connect to medical services, mental health services, benefits, housing, and more. We appreciate the work they do to serve our veterans. 

Bright idea: Lightscape at the LA Arboretum

November 8th, 2022

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Are you looking for a fun and creative way to usher in the holiday season? Look no further than the Lightscape event at the Los Angeles Arboretum. Enjoy the best of nature and man-made radiance in a magical display of color, light, and sound. The mile-long holiday journey is so inspiring. It’s incredible how they incorporate twinkling holiday lights throughout the trees, planets, and flora. Their moonlight forest installation was a huge hit last year. Get ticket information. The event starts November 11 and goes until January 8. At Noho Senior Arts Colony, we cannot wait to see what the elves at the LA Arboretum have in store for this holiday season!

TAKE IT EASY: Easy ways to manage stress

November 6th, 2022

The world doesn’t seem to slow down. Between the news, the holidays, and just everyday life, it can be a lot. We understand. Here are some quick tips from us to help you ease stress and find some calm.


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Get some Physical activity in whether that’s taking a walk or getting in some convenient cardio at our fully equipped fitness center at NoHo Senior Arts Colony.

Take a break from reading the news, watching tv, and strolling through social media for a day or two. You’ll find it’s peaceful and a nice change of pace to help push the reset button on life’s challenges.

Say no. Yep, we mean it. Say no to a busy schedule. You don’t have to go to every event you’re invited to. Having time to yourself is very important for overall well-being.

Go outside daily. Fresh air is instantly beneficial. Even 15 minutes a day helps.

Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps everything in your body, including your nervous system function better.

Call or text a friend and vent. You don’t have to keep everything to yourself. Connect with a trusted friend, and you’ll get those endorphins rolling in no time.

WebMD and the Mayo Clinic also has some tips.

HAPPY TUMMY TIME: Comfort casseroles for chilly weather

November 3rd, 2022

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It’s official comfort food season! Let the celebrations begin. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, it’s one of our favorite times of the year. We love homemade casseroles. They fill our tummies with such joy when the weather gets a bit chillier. There are so many different kinds to make. We found some culinary inspiration from Southern Living, Taste of Home, and Good Housekeeping for casserole creativity. And what’s a casserole without some stylish casserole dishes! Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel have some beautiful serving dishes to impress your guests.

THE RIGHT BITE: Who is your favorite Dracula?

October 31st, 2022

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Since it’s Halloween, all of the traditional monsters are back and ready to serve up some thrills. We wanted to know who your favorite vampire is. Gosh, there are so many to choose from. Here’s a quick list of our favs at NoHo Senior Arts Colony courtesy of Esquire. Did you know there is a new adaption of Anne Rice’s  Interview With The Vampire on AMC?! It’s stunning, from set design to music, to costuming to the storyline. It feels like you’re really in vintage New Orleans and living in the dark world of immortality with its ups and down. Be advised it’s a vampire show, so it gets gory. Another one of our absolute fav vampires is The Count from Sesame Street. He is still hilarious, and his laugh is the best. On behalf of the entire team here, have a safe and Happy Halloween!

GET TUNED IN: Current shows on PBS that we love

October 28th, 2022

One of the most consistently meaningful sources of educational programming and entertainment is our good friend PBS. Since the 1970s, it has been providing a wide variety of incredible programs for all ages. And there’s no stopping them. Their content is still inspiring, enlightening, and fun to watch. Here are some PBS programs that we’re currently watching at NoHo Senior Arts Colony. We still love Antiques Roadshow. It’s a national treasure, and it’s amazing the treasures that people have in their attics. Finding Your Roots is also a must-watch. It makes the journey of people’s genealogy so intriguing. For those jet setters out there, Rick Steves’ Europe is an easy way to get ideas for a European vacation or a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The food always looks so delicious, and the settings are breathtakingly beautiful! Check out what’s on our local PBS SoCal station right now.