A 55+ Community in Laguna Beach, California

March - April 2018

Edition No. 13

Welcome!

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JoAnn's Corner
 

JoAnn

Greetings! We hope everyone is continuing with their awesome New Year Resolutions and has enjoyed many blessings this year. We’re looking forward to many more fantastic events and activities happening this spring.

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JoAnn's Corner

JoAnn

Greetings! We hope everyone is continuing with their awesome New Year Resolutions and has enjoyed many blessings this year. We’re looking forward to many more fantastic events and activities happening this spring.

I want to thank everyone who came and enjoyed the holiday party. It was so much fun, especially playing the oven mitt game. Please let me know if there are any other fun activities you would like us to plan as the year continues. We appreciate your residency and we look forward to working with you to continue to make Laguna Terrace a place you are proud to call home.

Announcements on any ongoing scheduled projects will be electronically delivered, so stay tuned!

-JoAnn

Community Walks

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Time to kick your fitness goals into action. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for a community walk down to the Montage. See you there!

Food

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A Single Serving

Whether you and your partner have different diets, or you find yourself needing smaller portions, cooking for one can pose a challenge. However, there’s something incredibly satisfying about cooking what you want, how you want it. Fear not! This article on solo cooking tips can help make cooking for one easier than ever.

You're Invited!
 

Invite

Have you seen the new homes we have available? We are finally done with the build-out of our new homes and you’re invited to come tour all of the new inventory. Join us for an Open House at K-21 on Thursday, March 29 from 2-5 p.m. Click for more information.

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You're Invited!

Invite

Have you seen the new homes we have available? We are finally done with the build-out of our new homes and you’re invited to come tour all of the new inventory. Join us for an Open House at K-21 on Thursday, March 29 from 2-5 p.m. Come enjoy some light snacks and wine at our new home, which includes a rooftop deck. All friends and family are welcome.

*If home sells prior to this date, Open House will be at a different home. We will notify residents if the venue is to change.

Tip of the Month
 

Repair house

When was the last time you examined your home’s infrastructure to ensure everything is in proper working condition? The best way to maintain your home is to remain vigilant with routine inspections. Click to read tips on how to check the condition of your home.

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Tip of the Month

Repair Houses

When was the last time you examined your home’s infrastructure to ensure everything is in proper working condition? The best way to maintain your home is to remain vigilant with routine inspections. Below are a few tips on how to check the condition of your home.

  1. Check for loose gutters and leaks.
  2. Inspect the foundation and refill areas that have suffered damage from rain and unsightly weather conditions.
  3. Use a screwdriver and gently poke around windows and other areas of the frame to make sure there is no damage or exposed wood.
  4. Have your roof routinely checked for damages.
  5. Check concrete slabs for cracks and settling.
  6. Inspect your chimneys and skylights.
  7. Examine hose bibs and faucets for leaks.
  8. Have a qualified furnace and AC company check units to ensure they are running efficiently.
  9. Check your decks, steps, and porches to make sure they are always safe to walk on.

Safety Tips
 

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Residents walking or running outside before dawn or after dusk should take extra precautions to ensure their safety. Read on to learn ways you can be visible when the sun isn’t.

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Safety Tips

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Residents walking or running outside before dawn or after dusk should take extra precautions to ensure their safety. Read on to learn ways you can be visible when the sun isn’t.

  • Walk against traffic so that you face oncoming vehicles.
  • When possible, walk with a friend or a group. Friends not only help to keep you safe, but they also provide motivation. Remember, there’s safety in numbers.
  • Wear reflective clothing or bright colors that stand out so vehicles and other people can see you.
  • If you must walk alone, take an alarm, a whistle, or pepper spray so you can always be prepared for the unexpected.
  • Know your surroundings and remain alert. Walk in well-lit areas and places you are familiar with.
  • The National Safety Council reminds walkers and runners, “Heads up, phone down.” Keep your eyes on the road at all times, not on your phone. It’s important that you walk safely and only use your phone in the case of an emergency.
  • Refrain from wearing headphones to listen to music when walking or running, especially in the dark. The music will drown out noises that could alert you of surrounding danger.
  • If you’re walking your dog in the dark, have your pet outfitted with reflective clothing or a reflective harness. If you can’t find what you need locally, online shopping searches such as Amazon have a large choice of new and used reflective clothing for dogs.

Though exercise is important, if something strikes you as “not right” or you get an uneasy feeling, it may be best to go home. Your safety is more important.

Your Health

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Creating a Healthy Nighttime Routine

While bedtime routines are often associated with children, an adult’s evening routine is equally as important for creating a calm, sleep-inducing environment. Taking 30-60 minutes to end your day and ease your mind is critical for good sleep hygiene. Here are some suggestions for developing your own bedtime routine, providing tips for falling asleep and recommendations of habits to avoid.

Now Taking Brokered Listings

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If you’re considering selling your home, please call us for a free market analysis. We will also promote your home using multiple outlets and include it in our weekly open house. We are located on-site for all interested sellers and buyers. Come to the office to make an appointment or call (949) 499-3021. Let us help you sell!

Resident Reward of $1,000

Refer a friend

Invite your friends to join the community! If they purchase a new home, you’ll receive up to $1,000 for the sales referral. Please contact Kristin Espinosa directly for questions at (949) 397-6287.

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Resident Reward of $1,000

Refer a friend

Invite your friends to join the community! If they purchase a new home, you’ll receive up to $1,000 for the sales referral. Please contact Kristin Espinosa directly for questions at (949) 397-6287.

*Please note: The offer is restricted to Hometown America-owned, new-inventory homes. Residents who refer a potential buyer will receive money at closing of escrow. Other terms may apply.

Capital Improvements

Upgrade

We are working with fantastic vendors to develop wonderful additions to our pool and spa area. We’re excited to bring our residents new resort-style pool furniture. Stay tuned for delivery dates!

Home & Garden

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

No, we’re not talking about Mary’s flower garden. Quite contrary, have you considered growing vegetables? Growing your own veggies might be easier than you think. Timing is important, and this article will determine easy-to-grow plants and when to harvest them. Most varieties can be potted, or strategically placed around your landscaping for easy maintenance.

Calling All Volunteers!

Calling all volunteers

The Laguna Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help with unloading, sorting, and stocking food and for drivers to pick up food from Smart & Final in Corona Del Mar on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Read on for more information.

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Calling All Volunteers!

Calling all volunteers

The Laguna Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help with unloading, sorting, and stocking food and for drivers to pick up food from Smart & Final in Corona Del Mar on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit justserve.org or contact Kimberly Oswald at (949) 300-1746 or email volunteer@lagunafoodpantry.org.

Disaster Preparation

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The city of Laguna Beach has launched a new initiative to become the most prepared city in Orange County. Click to read more on how you can take the disaster preparedness pledge.

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Disaster Preparation

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The city of Laguna Beach has launched a new initiative to become the most prepared city in Orange County.

Their goal is to get 25 percent of all local households to sign an online pledge by October stating that they will have an emergency plan and make an emergency kit for their home.

We recommend that every house at Laguna Terrace signs the pledge. We are aware of our susceptibility to natural disasters and it is an issue we take very seriously. To sign the online pledge, click here.

Never Stop Learning

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Gaining more knowledge gives you the opportunity to expand your mind and become a well-rounded individual. Make it a goal to keep your mind sharp and learn something new this year. Here are a few ideas.

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Never Stop Learning

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A wise Chinese Proverb confirms, “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Gaining more knowledge gives you the opportunity to expand your mind and become a well-rounded individual.

It’s easier thank you think to spend your spare time learning something new. Make it a goal to keep your mind sharp and learn something new this year. Here are a few ideas:

  • Photography - Pictures are important for keeping memories for years to come. Photography is an exciting activity with the potential to help a person grow artistically and expand their imagination. Take a class to understand camera functions and tips for different settings. Hone your craft and become an amateur photographer in no time.
  • Language - You never know when speaking a second language will come in handy. Expanding your linguistic knowledge has multiple benefits, from improving brain function to sharpening problem-solving skills. Plus, you can enjoy the glory of bragging in your second language to new friends or during travels.
  • Baking - Knowing how to bake decadent goods takes practice, but the benefits pay off. Practice your baking skills by following online recipes and watching videos. As a bonus to fine-tuning this craft, you will always have something good to eat and delicious treats to share with others.
  • Yoga - Yoga is the mixture of exercise, breathing control, and meditation that includes both physical and mental health benefits. This popular form of exercise can be done by individuals of any age or physical ability. Take up beginner level classes or follow video-based Yoga at home. Either way, your mind and your body will thank you.

Want to discover more hobbies you can learn or skills you can develop? Check out these links:

• Learn Something New

• 45 Things Everyone Should Learn

Entertainment & Leisure

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New to Netflix?

Several streaming services allow you to watch movies and television shows on demand. As with all technology, it can be confusing to navigate the site, set it up on your various devices, or decide the right plan for your needs. If you haven’t started an account yet, this site helps to answer all the questions you could have about Netflix. If you’ve recently set one up, this beginner’s guide will walk you through every step. Happy streaming!

Spring Time Cleaning

Spring time cleaning

Spring is here with warmer weather, lovely showers, and blooming flowers. This also means it’s time for spring cleaning! Here are some easy to follow tips and tricks to jump-start your seasonal cleanse.

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Spring Time Cleaning

Spring time cleaning

Spring is here with warmer weather, lovely showers, and blooming flowers. This also means it’s time for spring cleaning! Your routine probably hasn’t changed much over the years. While there is something to say about sticking to your methods, trying something new can be beneficial. Test out these tips and tricks to make your home as clean as can be for spring:

1. Make a list. When it comes to spring cleaning, you might feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do. Make a list of tasks to prioritize what needs to be done first and reduce unnecessary stress. It will also help you plan what can be done in a day versus over a few days.

2. Clean the little things. You probably don’t think about cleaning things like your door handles, walls, or cabinets very often. It is important to clean these small things regularly in order to get rid of germs and bacteria. Also try cleaning your ceiling fan. You’ll be amazed how fresh the air is after, and how dusty it was before!

3. Be smart with windows and blinds. Don’t get lost in the fuss of it. First, clean your windows with coffee filters or newspapers to reduce streaks. Second, clean the blinds by wrapping two cloths around a pair of tongs to get both sides of the blinds at once.

4. Organize your closets and cabinets. Give your closets a fresh look. Pull everything out and start organizing from scratch. Even though it may feel like everything is in the right place, this process will make it easier to rethink what’s in your closet and find items to start your donation pile.

For other useful tips check out these articles:

• Best Cleaning Tips from Good Housekeeping

• 30 Days of Spring Cleaning

Come Socialize
 

Social

Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

Travel

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Springtime Travels: Top 10 Best Vacations

Don’t wait until summer to travel. Avoid crowds, enjoy pleasant temperatures, and take advantage of affordable lodging and airfare rates by exploring the world’s top destinations in the spring. U.S. News assembled a list of the top escapes for this season. Explore these suggestions and tell your fellow residents on our Facebook page which ones you recommend.

E-Z Pay
 

EZ Pay

Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.