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Best Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July With Friends

Fourth of July CookiesThe 4th of July is a very fun and patriotic day, but it is even better when you spend time with your friends. Having a party on this day is a great idea, but there are other ways that you can celebrate with your friends without having to put in a lot of effort. These are some of the best ideas that you can incorporate into your patriotic party this year!

Best Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July with Friends

  • Watch a patriotic movie – If you are looking for something that is really easy to do, all you need to do is put on a patriotic movie. This is a nice and relaxing activity that will allow you to spend some time with some of your favorite friends without too much pressure.
  • Find a spot to watch fireworks – You do not have to get any fireworks to watch them. You may not even need to leave your apartment community. Fireworks are very popular on the 4th of July so you can get some lawn chairs and sit outside and likely see some from wherever you are.
  • Spend some time by the pool – If you are looking for a daytime activity, you can get some people together at the pool and enjoy some sun and some swimming all at the same time.
  • Make some delicious food – To bring it all together, you can put on your chef apron and make some classic patriotic food like hamburgers, hot dogs, and vegetables, as well as desserts like cookies and cupcakes, so everyone can eat some yummy food and talk while spending some time together.

If you are looking to have a great time with some friends on the 4th of July, these are some great ideas that are easy to put together and can allow you to spend some quality time celebrating this great country we live in. If you are looking for a nice and comfortable place for 55+ active adults, be sure to check out our senior apartments in Alpharetta. Be sure to stop by today for a tour and see what we have available in our active adult community.

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Best Places to Travel in June

Nantucket, MassachusettsJune is a great month to get out and explore some of the beautiful places around the world. The weather is nice, and you can even find some exotic places that are not too expensive. If you are looking for somewhere to travel this month, consider these options.

Best Places to Travel in June

  • Belize – If you are not looking to go very far, Belize is a great tropical place to visit. You can travel there on your own or on a cruise vacation package. And it’s a great place to really enjoy paradise. If you love lobster, Lobster Fest is the event to attend in June.
  • Nantucket, Massachusetts – You can stay in the states and take a trip to New England. June is also the month when you can enjoy the Nantucket Film Festival and some nice, relaxing days by the water. You also never know who you may see while you are there!
  • St. Kitts – If music is more your thing, you can enjoy some time in the Caribbean at the St. Kitts Music Festival that happens every June in St. Kitts. You can also spend time relaxing by the beach and exploring some of the local sites.

Travel Tips

Before you book your trip, you should try to save money on the booking. You can do this by booking flights on Tuesdays when rates are lower and shopping around on different sites to find the best prices. You should also travel safely by always keeping your belongings close by and traveling with others. Visiting an unknown place can pose risks but not if you travel the right way. Make sure you know about the risks before you go, and stick with the group of people you’re traveling with.

If you are searching for a great destination to relax this month, the time to book your trip is now. If you are looking for a new place to call home, be sure to stop by and see our available senior apartments in Alpharetta. We would love to take you on a tour so you can get a feel for our 55+ active adult community and apartments. Stop by or call us today.

Food Truck

Exploring Your Community

Food TruckThere’s something powerful about cultural heritage. It not only includes tangible materials and objects but also traditions, history, social practices, knowledge, and skills passed from generation to generation.

And the best part about residing in a community that appreciates culture and traditions is that you get to explore and join in the celebrations.

Food Truck Fridays Return to Suwanee in 2018

In 2018, Food Truck Fridays return to Suwanee. It’s a tradition or social practice with a long history in the City of Suwanee, Georgia.

If you’re a resident in of our apartments, it’s time you knew more about your community. Food Truck Fridays are a social practice and tradition of the locals that’ll grant you a new and memorable dining experience.

Food Truck Fridays are known for a couple of things, but this year, it will be five days of fun, food, and free music.

Check Out What Suwanee Downtown Has to Offer

Old Town Suwanee started a small, agricultural town and is now a historic district with residential and commercial areas from as early as the 1800s.

Revitalization efforts have given Old Town unique charm and remarkable economic potential that you ought to witness.

Come view and experience the historic red caboose and the wonderful office area. Get a feel for Suwannee’s super playground, PlayTown Suwanee, and Gwinnett County Public Library, which hosts all the community events.

Stroll the Town Center in Suwanee

Standing as a physical and symbolic heart of the community, Town Center Suwannee offers more than you can experience in a day. Think about Town Center Park, a classic space attractively designed to host all the community events.

Its three interlinking walkways, interactive fountain, large open areas, and performance stage with a 1,000-seat terraced amphitheater make the Town Center the perfect spot for regional and national music performances, rock concerts, intimate events, and festivals.

Delicious Offerings of the Fresh Market

Stop at the Fresh Market, and experience a fresh take on groceries. The goal is to support local growers and charities while guaranteeing shoppers fresh, delicious foods.

Experience All of the Fun at Parc Alpharetta

As a resident, you ought to explore your community. Participate in events such as Food Truck Fridays. Check out Suwannee’s Downtown and Town Center, and see what they have to offer. Are you looking for excellent apartments in Alpharetta that are near all the action? Parc Alpharetta Apartments are age-restricted and available for active adults who are 55 plus. Our senior community features convenient elevator access, a swimming pool, and more amenities. For more information regarding our floor plans, call (866) 452-6020.

Parc Alpharetta Swimming Pool

Spring in May

Parc Alpharetta Swimming PoolIf you’re like many residents of our senior apartments in Alpharetta, GA, the arrival of spring provides you with a fresh burst of energy — and that’s great because spring brings new activities and fun. Following are several tips and tricks designed to help you get the most out of spring.

Weather Changes

The weather can change in a matter of minutes during springtime, so be sure to wear layers when you’re out and about to stay comfortable.

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a great way to use up extra energy and get your home in tip-top shape for the leisurely days of summer. Now is the time to organize closets, prepare your summer wardrobe and deep clean.

Fresh Food

Few things taste better than that first salad of the season crafted with freshly picked ingredients. Fortunately, farmers markets are abundant in this area, and they provide an excellent way to enjoy locally grown fruits and vegetables. If you want to enjoy fresh-picked goodness without leaving your apartment, now is the time to plant culinary herbs and salad greens in containers as well as strawberries and cherry tomatoes in hanging baskets,

Community Pool Opening

Be sure to attend our community pool opening this spring to make new friends and reconnect with others. If you’re new to our community, this offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about exercise and leisure possibilities in our resort-style swimming pool.

Workout Tips

Spring is also a great time to harness that extra energy and renew your workout routine. Our on-site fitness center offers a variety of exercise options suitable for all individual activity levels and personal preferences. Spring is also an ideal time to add a daily walk through our beautifully landscaped grounds to your fitness routine.

Visits From the Grandchildren Since School is Out

Now that spring is here, school will soon be out, and this means you’ll have more time to spend enjoying the company of your grandchildren. Now is the time to stock up on kid-friendly movies and spruce up your guest room for visits.

Our 55-plus active adult apartment community is designed to offer residents an optimal quality of life. Please contact us for more information about amenities such as unique floor plans and planned social activities.

Parc Alpharetta Library

3 Reasons to Visit a Library This Summer

Parc Alpharetta LibraryIn the age of Kindles and iPads, it may seem like there are fewer and fewer reasons to visit a library no matter what season it happens to be. And yet, libraries still offer a lot of advantages that are easy to discount when you put too much value on the convenience of digital devices. If you live in our apartments in Alpharetta, see why it’s time to slow down and make the trip to your local library.

New Choices

Wandering around a library opens up a world of new choices to readers — no matter what kind of literature they favor. Letting an algorithm choose reading material for you limits the suggestions so much that you may never have the opportunity to branch out. Maybe you love pirate fiction and you don’t even know it! Don’t let technology make the decisions for you when you can figure it out yourself.

Friendly Chats

From librarians to fellow browsers, libraries give you a chance to discuss with other people what you’ve discovered on your literary quests. Whether you’re arguing or agreeing over what makes a good book, these discussions tend to open rather than close the mind to new opinions and criticisms. You may be surprised at what you get out of even the most random of conversations. The banter may even inspire you to start your own book club!

Better Focus

If you’re tired of staring at a screen all day (every day), why would you want to watch television or read from a Kindle when you could simply grab a traditional book? Tune out the distractions and the worry by focusing on yourself instead. Traditional books let you appreciate the written word without having to worry that someone will spill their drink on your device or even steal it right out from under you.

Parc Alpharetta makes it easy for our residents to get to the library by offering one under our roof. At our senior apartments, you have a chance to stop by and pick up a new book at our library and engage with fellow readers about their current favorites. If you have questions about our library (or any of our other amenities), give us a call today to find out more about our 55 plus active adult community!

Man Entering Hotel Room

Tips for Senior Travelers

Man Entering Hotel RoomIf you’ve been bitten by the travel bug like so many other retirees, you’ll be glad to know that today’s senior citizens have more opportunities for adventure than ever before. However, senior citizens may also be more vulnerable to thieves than their younger counterparts. Following are several best practices designed to help residents of our apartments in Alpharetta, GA, ensure their safety and increase their enjoyment while traveling.

Don’t Hang That Sign on the Door

Although many people automatically assume that hotels provide a secure environment, the sad fact is that thieves frequently target hotels because they find them to be easy pickings. Skilled thieves can easily jimmy locked doors, and they’re usually rewarded with valuables that hotel guests have left behind while out sightseeing, dining, and shopping. They often prowl hallways looking for door signs saying “Clean My Room” to identify rooms where the occupants are out. Instead of using these signs, call the front desk and let them know you’ll be gone for awhile. It’s also wise to hedge your bets and limit the valuables you take with you on vacation.

Jewelry, credit cards, money, and electronics aren’t the only items thieves look for–your medications may be a target as well. Don’t leave them lying in the open in your room, and always have a comprehensive list available in the event they need to be replaced.

Request a Room Near the Elevator

Although it might be tempting to ask for a room that’s a bit off the hotel interior’s beaten path, requesting a room close to the elevator may help you avoid becoming the target of thieves. You may have to put up with far more foot traffic than if you’d reserved a room in another part of the hotel, but you’ll also enjoy increased security. Thieves simply prefer to ply their trade with as few chances of being seen as possible. You should also avoid ground floor rooms–thieves sometimes access hotel rooms via windows.

Our age-restricted community features many amenities designed to provide our 55-and-over residents with a great quality of life. Contact us to learn more about our fitness center, gourmet kitchens, planned social activities, and more.

Running Shoes and Workout Equipment

How to Prepare for a 5K

Running Shoes and Workout EquipmentTraining for your first 5K, or maybe you’re getting back into the running game after some time off? It can be tough at any age and any fitness level, but we have some great tips for seniors that will have you off the couch and across the finish line before you know it!

How to Prepare for a 5K

  1. Starting out: It’s important to get the go-ahead from your doctor before you begin training for a 5K. Make sure running is a good fit for you.
  2. Look for a run club: Many fitness centers and other places around the community have their own ‘run clubs.’ Running clubs are a great way to meet like-minded people training for races. Having a run buddy will keep you on track. If your community doesn’t have a run club, ask your friends to join you on your runs.
  3. Start slowly: Remember to start slowly so as not to injure yourself. If you’re brand new to running, a program like Couch to 5K may be perfect for you. With this program, you’ll start with 60 seconds of walking alternating with 90 seconds of running, adding minutes every week. As you increase the time you spend running, you’ll notice it gets easier and easier. Make sure to warm up before every workout, and stretch after each one, too.
  4. Mix it up: Another way to get ready for your 5K is to mix up your routine. You can alternate your run days with other fitness activities, such as a swim or a bike ride. You may even want to add yoga, Pilates, or strength training into your routine. This will help you get stronger all over and increase your flexibility, which is important for runners.
  5. Rest: Don’t forget to rest! Rest days are important for every athlete. Make sure to take at least one day off each week to rest your muscles. This gives them time to recover and strengthen.
  6. Hydrate: One important tip for runners, especially new ones, is to stay hydrated. Whether you live in a warmer climate or not, it’s important to replenish the electrolytes your body loses during a run. Drink water before, during, and after your run.

Track your progress and make sure to reward yourself for hitting your goals! A new pair of running shoes or even a massage can be great motivators! Start slowly and see how quickly you’re ready to run that 5K! Our senior apartments in Alpharetta is a wonderful place to meet new people! Call our office today to see which floor plans at our 55+ active adult community are available!

Chicken Quesadillas

Simple Recipe Ideas to Celebrate National Picnic Day

Chicken QuesadillasStart planning a picnic filled with good food, loved ones, friends and fun games because April 23 is National Picnic Day and it will be here before you know it. Community members living in our apartments in Alpharetta often get together with other residents to get to know everybody living in the community and to enjoy the warm weather. While sandwiches, potato chips and pie are considered standard picnic fare, why not indulge your inner chef and impress everybody by making these picnic-friendly dishes?

Chicken Quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked skinless chicken (shredded)
  • 1 teaspoon pickled jalapeño (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup mild or medium salsa
  • 2 7-inch tortillas

Combine cumin, jalapeño, cheese and chicken in a bowl. Warm a skillet, spread mixture over one tortilla, and top with the other tortilla. Cook until crispy and golden brown. Then flip and cook the tortilla another four minutes. Let tortillas cool before packing them in your picnic basket. You can later cut them into wedges and serve with salsa dip.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

These treats are great to enjoy while lazing on the soft, green spring grass during a sunny afternoon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 & 1/2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups yogurt (plain)

In a small bowl, pour boiling water over raisins, cover and allow them to soak. Whisk egg and yogurt together. Add dry ingredients to the egg and yogurt and stir thoroughly. Add drained raisins to the soft dough. Knead before cutting the dough into pretzel ropes. Twist ropes into pretzel shapes, brush with butter, cinnamon and sugar mixture and bake until the tops of the pretzels are golden brown.

You can also make this delicious picnic dessert in between playing games: Just bring along homemade chocolate chip cookies and a jar of marshmallow creme and make your own sandwich cookies!

Enjoy National Picnic Day even more by finding out how you can become a community member at our senior apartment community. Learn more about our 55 plus active adult apartments by contacting our office today.

Writing a Letter

Tips for Preparing a Care Package

Writing a LetterWhen you haven’t seen friends or family in awhile, taking the time to send a care package lets them know that you’re thinking of them. What should you put into one of these packages? Consider including the following items the next time you prepare a care package for a loved one.

A Themed Package

Before choosing any items to put in your care package, you might want to come up with a theme for it. Think of your loved one’s interests or the reason you’re sending a package. For example, a care package for a sick or injured friend or family member could be one with a “get well” theme. If it’s for someone who loves the ocean, consider sending a nautical or beach-themed care package. When you know the theme, it will be easier to choose items for it.

Silk Flowers

Real flowers wilt after a few days in many cases, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip flowers altogether. If your loved one enjoys getting flowers or if they have a favorite flower, choose silk ones to include in your package.

Snacks

Sending a few snacks in your care package can brighten up your loved one’s day, especially if you choose their favorite types. Just make sure that you send foods that won’t spoil or go bad on the way. Stick to dry foods, such as nuts, popcorn or candy, rather than sending cheeses or other foods that might not last.

Handwritten Note or Letter

Take the time to write out a note or letter to your loved one, then place it in the care package. You might write about what you’ve been up to or how you’ve been feeling. This handwritten letter or note can put a smile on the recipient’s face, especially since these kinds of letters and notes are rare these days.

Photo

If you have a photo of yourself with your loved one, place it in your care package. This photo serves as a reminder of how much you mean to each other.

Our senior community is located conveniently close to local post offices where you can send out your care package. Please contact us to get more information on our 55 plus active adult apartments in Alpharetta, GA.

Knitting

Spring Forward With These 4 Hobbies

KnittingDaylight Saving Time is just around the corner, and the residents of our Alpharetta apartments are excited to put the spring back into their steps! Are you looking for a few ways to enjoy this second season of the year? Check out these four hobbies that will help you spring forward in style!

1. Get a Pet

Okay, pets may not actually be a hobby, per se, but they can lead to plenty of group activities and fun outings with other fur-loving friends. Consider joining a walking group so you and Fido can meet new people and soak in the sun. Of course, there are plenty of other benefits of having a pet too so this “hobby” can be a gift that keeps on giving!

2. Fall in Love With Arts and Crafts

“Arts and crafts” is a broad term that can encompass just about anything. What’s important is finding a hobby you enjoy. These days, it’s easy to find groups and classes for pretty much anything you might be interested in. Don’t just go for things you already know; try something you’ve never done before.

Here are some ideas:

  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Water aerobics
  • Card games
  • Board games
  • Scrapbooking
  • Sculpting and pottery

3. Practicing Yoga

Yoga can seem intimidating if you’ve never tried it, but don’t be scared! Yoga offers a judgment-free zone where you can realize many benefits — both physical and mental. It’s great for your heart, mind, body, and soul in so many ways. After one or two sessions, you may wonder why you never tried it before!

4. Volunteer

Volunteering is an awesome way to meet like-minded people and embrace each day with something that makes the world a little brighter. Volunteering is great because you can do it in so many capacities. Here are some ideas:

  • Are you a whiz at spreadsheets? See if your local library offers a class you can teach.
  • Did you work in an HR capacity? Help people hone their resumes.
  • Do you love animals? Animal shelters can always use an extra set of hands.
  • Is cooking your passion? Consider helping out at a food kitchen.

Sometimes, a fresh start in the spring begins by finding an apartment community that encourages you to be the best you that you can be. Parc Alpharetta is Alpharetta’s only 55 plus active adult community. If you’re looking for a senior apartment community that’s truly meant to feel like home, we invite you to stop by and say hi!

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