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Variety of Pottery

Get Outside and Explore Alpharetta’s Art in the Park!

Variety of PotteryLiving in apartments in Alpharetta puts residents in the heart of a vibrant city where fun and entertaining activities for all ages are available year-round. From culinary creations and chic shopping venues to outdoor activities at parks and festivals, Alpharetta has something for everyone, such as Alpharetta’s Art in the Park outdoor artist’s market.

Art in the Park

From May to September, one Saturday each month is focused on artistic talent and creativity in downtown Alpharetta. The casual event allows local artists to show off their handcrafted goods, network with other artists, pass out business cards, build up their client base, and sell an item or two. It’s a great opportunity for beginners and experienced artists. The upcoming 2017 calendar dates for this artistic event take place:

  • May 20
  • June 24
  • July 29
  • August 26
  • September 23

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Milton Avenue, you’ll be treated to a visual smorgasbord of artistic delights, come rain or shine. The outdoor market is a breath of fresh air as originality takes center stage with a variety of handcrafted items.

Peruse the many pieces of work or stop by an artist’s booth and watch them work their magic creating an original piece right before your eyes. You’ll see colorful artwork using oil and watercolor as well as beautifully detailed mosaic art.

Watch as the potter’s wheel is used to make unique pottery pieces or see intricate pieces by the artist dedicated to metal work. The carvings from the woodworking artists are rich in detail and the jewelry creations are elegant and stylistic.

Stop by the booth emanating the fragrant aromas of handcrafted soaps and lotions then make your way to the photographer’s booth to see thoughtful and inspiring pieces of photography.

For those with children, be sure to check the booth with handmade children’s apparel.

When you want the convenience of a central location with plenty of things to do and places to go, and less than an hour from downtown Atlanta, give us a call. At our active adults 55 and older community, we have a variety of floor plans in either one- or two-bedroom apartment homes, and we’re always ready to help you find the floor plan that fits your lifestyle.

Band at Concert

Check Out an Event at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta!

Band at ConcertAt Parc Alpharetta, we know that half the fun of getting older is staying active and having more free time to enjoy the wide variety of community events and local activities near our Atlanta apartments.

Check Out the Summer Concert Series at the Verizon Amphitheatre

A popular activity of Parc Alpharetta community members is taking in a show at the nearby Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta! The 12,000-seat modern entertainment venue is perfect for music lovers in our area to see the best shows from around the world. Verizon hosts top performing national acts year-round, as well as the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during its April through November season.

Verizon Amphitheatre has a jam-packed summer concert schedule that you will love no matter what kind of music you enjoy. From rock and country to rap and big bands, there is definitely a show for everyone at this popular venue.

Fans in the Atlanta area will love seeing the city’s favorite local boys, the Zac Brown Band in concert. The local band will play one of the first concerts of the season and the band will kick off their 2017 ‘Welcome Home’ tour on May 12 in their hometown at Alpharetta’s Verizon Amphitheatre. This is a must-see for any locals and fans!

Locals are also excited about seeing Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds perform at the Alpharetta venue on May 31. Since the Dave Matthews Band is not on tour this summer, the two musicians and longtime friends have decided to take this opportunity to play acoustic dates together. Fans are looking forward to this rare opportunity to see their stripped-down version of their best songs in this acoustic jam session. Check out the summer concert schedule here.

The perfect apartment community for active adults 55 and older, Parc Alpharetta puts you in the highly desirable community of Alpharetta, which is close enough to the action in Atlanta, but far enough away for a slower, quieter pace. Give us a call today at (866) 452-6020 to schedule a tour of our floor plans and senior community in Alpharetta and take advantage of everything life has to offer at beautiful Parc Alpharetta.

Chef Cooking

Take a Cooking Class in Alpharetta!

Chef CookingAre you obsessed with cooking shows on TV? Maybe you want to learn to recreate your favorite dishes or cuisine at home. Even if you have done nothing more in the kitchen than boil water and reheat food in the microwave, it is never too late to learn how to cook. Alpharetta residents are lucky to have easy access to three top cooking schools right in the area.

Three Local Cooking Schools Close to Alpharetta, GA

Publix Aprons

Take advantage of a wide selection of single day and multiple day courses covering the entire range of culinary skills. The school’s experienced resident and guest chefs will help you discover your hidden culinary abilities. Courses include hands-on activities and demonstration workshops. Learn more at the school’s website.

Sur La Table

You already know Sur La Table sells some of the most sought after kitchen gear, but did you know they also offer in-store cooking classes to learn how to take full advantage of it? Book one-day classes through their website or by calling 678-280-0090. Class topics cover all levels of culinary skills from knife basics to the secrets of making French pastry at home.

A&S Culinary Concepts

Located in nearby John’s Creek, A&S Culinary Concepts offer home cooks the opportunity to perfect their culinary techniques in a friendly, no-stress environment. Each hands-on class focuses on a particular theme. The class topics range from how to prepare a complete meal on the ‘Big Green Egg’ grill to learning how to have “Fun with Flour.” Call 678-336-9196 or visit the school’s website for more information.

There is much more to do in Alpharetta than cooking. It is a great place to live. Are you thinking about moving to one of our apartments in Alpharetta? Parc Alpharetta is an ideal choice for active adults who are 55 and older. Our senior community provides residents with great amenities including a resort-style pool, a library, a media room, and planned community-wide social activities perfect for meeting your neighbors.

Residents can choose from a variety of one- and two-bedroom floor plans to fit their preferences. All apartments include gourmet kitchens, full-sized washer and dryers and wall-to-wall carpeting. Learn more about our Parc Alpharetta Apartments by calling 866-452-6020.

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Have You Seen the Alpharetta Veterans Memorial?

Man Walking OutsidThe community of Alpharetta has honored the soldiers who served this great country by constructing a Veterans Memorial, located just behind Alpharetta City Hall. If you have not had a chance to see it yet, we encourage you to stop by the memorial and view the bronze statue that resides there. Whether you have served in the armed services yourself, you know someone who has or you are just interested in seeing the sites in Alpharetta, you are sure to appreciate the Veterans Memorial.

The Defenders – A 7-Foot Tall Bronze Statue

At the center of the Alpharetta Veterans Memorial sits a 7-foot tall bronze statue sculpted by Kevin Chambers, an artist hailing from Atlanta. The statue, weighing in at half a ton, portrays two soldiers decked out in full combat gear. It displays a surprising level of detail and manages to capture the intensity of combat while demonstrating the dedication required from our troops.

Alpharetta Veterans Memorial – Funded by the Community

It took a group of volunteers three and a half years to raise the funds to build the Alpharetta Veterans Memorial. Volunteers like city councilman Donald Mitchell and William Perkins spent a substantial amount of time to gather the over $100,000 in donations necessary to break ground on the memorial, but it was worth it.

The volunteers explained that the response from the community was “amazing,” with several different local businesses giving large donations along with donations from everyday community members. Thanks to every contributor, the stunning statue and the grounds surrounding it are now available for all to appreciate.

The land for the memorial came from the City of Alpharetta. And a better location could not have been chosen, with the statue situated just behind the City Hall building for all visitors to see.

Your Resource for all Things Alpharetta

At Parc Alpharetta, our team is standing by to answer your questions and to assist with all of your apartment needs. If you are looking to learn more about our vibrant community, please contact our office at your earliest convenience for more information about our senior, 55+ active adult Alpharetta apartments!

Pan With Veggies

Don’t Miss Out on the Weekly Food Trucks

Pan With VeggiesWe all have to eat. But after a long day at work or on the golf course, cooking a full meal is often the last thing we want to do. That is why Food Truck Alley, hosted every Thursday starting April 13 through Oct. 19, 2017 in downtown Alpharetta, GA, is a great opportunity to expand your horizons.

Food Truck Alley is a collection of nearly a dozen food trucks and other vendors offering gourmet meals and specialty treats for our community members to explore. If you’re hunting for apartments in Alpharetta, GA, Parc Alpharetta offers a vibrant, active community for our 55+ residents and is located just minutes away from exciting activities, such as Food Truck Alley.

Five Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Food Truck Alley

1. Gourmet Food

Food Truck Alley offers tastes from around the world to fit any palate. Whether it is Asian-inspired cuisine or standard American favorites, Food Truck Alley has a little bit of everything.

2. Time to Socialize

What better way to get to know your fellow community members than to break bread together? Food Truck Alley is a great community event that provides fun and free entertainment for residents of any age.

3. Live Music

Watch, dance or sing along to live music and other forms of entertainment offered at Food Truck Alley. It is basically a free concert for the community to experience.

4. Adult Beverages

While the food trucks themselves do not serve alcoholic beverages, drinks can be purchased from the surrounding restaurants for your enjoyment. Try a sampling of beer and wine or your favorite cocktail while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere.

5. Other Activities

Food Truck Alley offers numerous other activities for people of all ages. Bring the kids and grandkids and enjoy bouncy houses, face painting and more. There are also local artists and other vendors on site to show off their works.

When planning your next meal or family outing, consider Alpharetta’s famous Food Truck Alley, which is located minutes from the Parc Alpharetta community. At Parc Alpharetta’s 55+ active adult apartment community, we are dedicated to making our community members feel at home. For more information on the community, see which floor plans are available or to schedule a tour, call us at (866) 452-6020.

Guy Walking at Park

Our Favorite Free Alpharetta Activities

Guy Walking at ParkThere’s no shortage of beautiful parks and downtown shops to explore as residents of Alpharetta apartments know, and what’s even better is that in order to have a great time, there’s no reason to break the bank. There are lots to keep you busy having fun for free near our 55+ active adult, lifestyle community. Here are our favorites:

The 6 Best Things to Do in Alpharetta, Georgia for Free

  1. Head to Big Creek Greenway: At 6.1 miles long and 12 ft. wide, it’s hard to miss one of Alpharetta’s largest attractions. So get walking or biking and don’t forget to pack a lunch and water to fully enjoy this beautiful trail.
  2. Go back in time: The Alpharetta Welcome Center will happily provide guests with a free map to go on a walking history tour of the area. Pick one up, and by visiting the 17 landmarks, you’ll get to experience some of Georgia’s greatest history, firsthand.
  3. Stop by Walk of Memories: With almost 8,000 bricks inscribed, this memorial honors veterans who have served our country in WWII and every conflict since.
  4. Visit the trees: Alpharetta has three arboretums. Whether you choose Webb Bridge Park, Wills Park or Cogburn Road Park, you’re guaranteed to learn something about the arboreal residents of our fair city.
  5. Check out Art in the Park: Beginning in May, art lovers from across Georgia congregate to enjoy this outdoor market and artists entertain visitors by working en plein air.
  6. Look up local listings for the latest happenings: This is one of our favorite sources for the most up-to-date news of what’s happening right now in Alpharetta. You’ll be amazed how much there is to do for free.

Also happening right now are Alpharetta’s Farmers Market and Food Truck Alley, which both begin running again the week of April 9. The Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 8:30 to 1 from April 15-October 17. The Food Truck Alley features a rotating cast of 6-8 trucks serving up Georgia’s best street food every Thursday evening from 5 to 9 beginning April 13. There’s live music as well. And while we’re on the topic of things happening in April, we’re having a special April promotion for new residents at Parc Alpharetta. Give our office a call at (866) 452-6020 to find out more.

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Creative Ways to Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day

ShamrocksSt. Patrick’s Day is a day to have fun with friends and celebrate Irish heritage. Whether you are someone who is of Irish descent or not, this is a great day to enjoy. In Alpharetta and in Atlanta, there are many great events being held. If you are looking for something just a little bit different however, use this list to make your plans.

Creative Ways to Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day

  • Take an Irish cooking class. A great way to celebrate Irish heritage is learning how to cook a traditional Irish dish. If you do not already know how to do so, you can look around for a local class and make a date of it. Go with your partner, children, or even your friends.
  • Walk a 5K. If you like to walk or have done 5K’s in the past and are always looking for another one, look for an Irish themed one around the holiday. It is a great way to get some exercise in and you can even dress up in green and festive clothing.
  • Host your own Irish party. Even if you do not want to add alcohol to your party, you can still throw a great Irish themed one. If you have children, you can invite other couples and their children to partake. Consider including some traditional Irish games and food at the party as well to make it well rounded.
  • Learn about the history. If you do not already know why it is celebrated, now is a great time to start your researching. You can learn about traditional festivities and why they even began in the first place. While you are reading about the culture and the history, you may even want to listen to some Irish music to really get you into the spirit.
  • Wear green. Even if you do nothing else, this is the day to wear your green. You want to avoid being pinched by a leprechaun, right?

If you are looking for a great place to host a St. Patrick’s Day party, be sure to check out our Alpharetta apartments. You may just fall in love with them after a tour.

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5 Productive Hobbies to Try

Ingredients for PastaFinding ways to spend your free time more productively is a challenge for everyone. While you want to enjoy yourself, you also want to know that what you are doing will benefit you over the long term. Fortunately, there are a number of hobbies that offer substantial benefits – many of them after only a short time pursuing them. Consider adopting one of the following hobbies, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are doing right by yourself.

5 Hobbies That Are Truly Beneficial

1. Cooking

Learning how to cook offers so many advantages, including saving money, improving your health and making your meals so much more enjoyable. Since you need to eat anyway, you might as well get the most out of it. As you improve, you can also cook for your friends and loved ones.

2. Journaling

Writing about your day, putting down your thoughts and feelings, recording events – there are so many ways you can use your journaling time that will improve your life. If you choose to keep a record, there is a good chance that your loved ones will greatly appreciate your efforts one day. Or, you can use your journal to work through problems that are too difficult to solve until you get them out of your head.

3. Yoga

From vigorous exertion to deep relaxation, there is a style of yoga out there that is sure to fit your personality and your goals. Through deep breathing, meditating on the improvement of your body and stretching thoroughly, a regular yoga practice will deliver rewards for as long as you practice.

4. Hiking

Hiking gets you out of the house, into nature and improves your leg strength and cardiovascular health. Start small and work up to adventures that truly inspire you.

5. Reading

All the world’s knowledge is there to discover in books. By committing to reading every day, you will improve your mind, learn new things and enjoy yourself – all at the same time.

Encouraging Healthy Living

At Parc Alpharetta, we are here to support your healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions about productive habits, or you need more information on our Alpharetta apartments, please get in touch. Our team is here to assist you.

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Exercises You Can Do At Home

Living RoomThere is no time better than the present to start an exercise program. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to make time for working out, especially if you add a commute to the gym. One solution is to exercise at home. Here are a few great exercises that don’t require equipment and can be easily done in the comfort of your living space:

Burpees

Burpees not only get your heart pumping, but they condition your body—everywhere. You can expect burpees to tone your core, lower body and upper body while providing a cardio workout at the same time. The exercise includes a squat that transitions into a plank before returning you to a standing position to begin the moves all over again.

Pushups

Pushups offer an efficient way to tone up your arms, core and chest. Best of all, you can do them practically anywhere, and you can tailor them to match your current fitness level.

If your upper body strength is not well-developed, consider doing knee-based or standing pushups. However, if you don’t feel like a traditional pushup is enough to make you sweat, try incline pushups instead. Elevate your feet by placing them in a chair and then lower and lift your body as usual.

You can also use pushups to target specific muscle groups. For instance, if you widen the position of your hands beyond shoulder-width, you will target your chest. Placing your hands directly beneath your chest during pushups will cause your triceps to work hardest.

Crunches

Crunches are great for toning your abs, and they can easily be performed at home. All you need is a comfortable space to lie down.

The exercise, which is sometimes called a bent-knee sit-up, includes you lying on your back with your hands behind your head before lifting your shoulders off the floor using your abdominal muscles to complete the move.

Lunges

Lunges tone the legs, thighs and glutes, and surprisingly, they are not very difficult to do. To begin, take a giant step forward and then bend your front knee and back knee while keeping your upper body in a straight, upright position. Be sure to move slowly and avoid allowing your front knee to pass your toes.

Glute Bridge

A glute bridge is a relatively simple move that targets your glutes, abs and hips. To start, lie on your back with your knees bent. As you exhale, lift your hips off of the floor. Lower your hips and repeat.

If you have decided to transform your body, why not get an all-around fresh start? Consider a beautiful new apartment. To see a number of available Parc Alpharetta apartments that will suit your needs, contact our office today.

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The Easiest Way to Navigate Small Talk

Parc AlpharettaHave you ever watched two strangers engage in conversation, and it seemed so relaxed and easy? If you wish that you could master the art of small talk, here are three things you can start doing right now to make it less awkward and more rewarding.

1. Face the Anxiety

We all know it’s impossible to ignore the anxiety of some social situations. Instead, try to face it rationally and tell yourself that it’s okay to be nervous, but that nervousness does not have to dominate your interactions. It can also help to have a reward for yourself in place before venturing out. For example, you can have a movie and a snack or drink waiting for you in your Alpharetta apartment when you get home. Knowing your escape is already standing by can help you get through uncomfortable situations.

2. Focus on the Other Person

If coming up with things to talk about makes you nervous, instead try thinking of a few questions to ask to get the other person talking. From inquiring about work and pets to opinions on popular television shows and current events, there are plenty of ways to break the ice with questions. You may find that once the other person starts talking, you have plenty in common so your small talk can start moving toward more meaningful conversations.

3. Overcoming the Awkward Lull

All of a sudden, after a few minutes of pleasant small talk, everyone gets quiet. This unnerving silence can make you feel like you’re terrible at small talk, but the trick to overcoming it is to have a few topics in your pocket that work almost anywhere. For example, you can always talk about your current surroundings. If you’re at a party, comment on the food or music. If you’re in a restaurant, comment on the decor or the service.

If you’ve exhausted all your resources, remember that sometimes it’s ok to have a bit of quiet time between people. You can always tell the other person that it was great talking with them and move on.

Meeting New People

Now that you know how to get the conversation going, stop by our on-site library or ask about our group exercise and social activities. To learn more about the amenities at Parc Alpharetta, contact us today.

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