At The Apartments at CityCenter, we believe that supporting the community isn’t limited to the holiday season. We will be partnering with local charities throughout the year, making it easy for you, our residents, to give where you live and make this corner of your world feel like home.
Starting in February, we will be offering support to Food & Friends, the only DC-based charity that provides food, nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Food & Friends’ staff of professional chefs and community dietitians design meals that meet the special dietary needs of persons living with a broad range of illnesses. These meals are delivered 6 days a week – every week – throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia at no cost to the recipients.
The impact of the work done at Food & Friends is best explained by some of their clients:
“I am extremely lucky to have Food & Friends in my life. I would never look or feel good without your help, care and support.”
“They are always kind and professional, even the little 12-year old boy who delivers to us. It gives you this sense of humanity, like you’re in contact with a larger community than yourself, and it just gives you this little pin prick happiness.”
“Since I have been dealing with Food & Friends, my health has been beautiful. I haven’t been in any hospital. My doctor says I am getting better.”
Look for special collection boxes at the Concierge Desk in each building and donate generously. $25 will provide one full day of meals for a child or adult living with a life-challenging illness. We are collecting cash and checks made to Food & Friends. The change in your pockets at the end of each day could make a huge difference to someone struggling in our community.
Would you recognize Daniel Sticco, your Director of Resident Services, if you saw him outside of The Apartments at CityCenter? Perhaps not if he’s conducting or sitting behind a piano or keyboard. Our staff, teaming with some of Washington, DC’s most accomplished property managers and premium guest services providers, is mighty talented inside and outside our properties. We’ll be showing them off to you in 2015 and beyond.
Daniel is a classically trained composer and pianist. He studied professionally with renowned pianist Martha Braden Jones in New York and is an actual Broadway composer!
Daniel has conducted over 100 shows. A few of Daniel’s favorite conducting venues are at the Studio Theater, Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera House in Chicago, and Don’t Tell Mama’s Cabaret in New York, NY. Just as he performs so passionately, he also plans your activities around the property with the same gusto and passion. Stop by the desk and add a line to the melody of CityCenter programming; he’ll work it in.
Our day, night and weekend Concierge teams offer so much variety in capabilities. Throughout this year, you’ll be hearing and seeing more about the team and their special talents, including Sanovia Gross, George Cook, Tierra Epps, Tony Brown, Lauren Sneed, Blair Bryant, Brian Quander, Biniam Belachew and Charissa Loera. And we’ll be showcasing other amazing CityCenter team members on our staff as well. There are so much to see on “the other side of the tracks.”
Cough, cough, sniffle, hack, sore throat, and then the ever popular chills. Blankets and warm tea won’t shake the worst colds and flu. The melodies of sick sounds are in the air, and are always looking for new human hosts.
How do you take care of yourself during the colder months? Naturally, keeping our regularly scheduled check ups are important. Physicians prescribe and advise on several remedies and medications which help. Here are five of our recommendations for keeping The Apartments at CityCenter buzzing with fun, instead of sounds of cold and flu.
1. Remember to wash your hands often. Washington our hands my not create a germ-free environment, but it can cut down on the spread of them.
2. Use antibacterial wipes and hand liquid. We have many touch – points, from the front door, to the handrail along the stairs, elevator buttons, door knobs, computer keyboards, and more. A wipe or two throughout the day can help decrease the spread of germs.
3. Consult your doctor quickly if you feel the onset of cold or flu – like symptoms. Some are skilled at ridding themselves of illness quickly. Others can see cold symptoms linger. It’s never a bad idea to connect with your physician about your health.
4. Maintain your healthy eating and fitness routine. Healthy bodies combat illnesses a lot better than when we don’t keep ourselves fit. Our FitnessFirst programming can augment most fitness programs. Check with your physician to determine which programming is best for you, then join in on the fun!
5. Suggest new programs and health topics for upcoming events. Are you very connected in the Washington, DC area and have access to fitness and healthy living experts? Let us know who they are. We can’t program around them all, but we can try.
Spring will be here before we know it! Let’s all stay healthy together.
Here it comes, end of year personal assessment time. Now is the time of year when many people think of ways to make positive changes in life. We all consider ways to do things different or better, or stop doing things altogether. Unfortunately, the New Year season soon wears off and the “resolutions” we make with it.
Making a to-do list can be relatively easy. Remembering it requires a bit more effort. Here are five tips to keep your new priorities top of mind.
- Keep your list short
As tempting as it may be to make a long list of improvements, the likelihood of getting through an extensive list can become exhausting. Creating one or two priorities will make it a lot easier to remember what to focus on each day.
- Use short descriptors for each resolution
Fancy words are great, but when it comes to daily commitments, short descriptors can be easily recalled when urges arise. Posting short lists on sticky pads, and note cards and placing them in areas you frequent such as your bathroom mirror, refrigerator, or even night lamp and computer monitor can be effective.
- Create reasonable goals
Think about the goals you create. Are they reasonable? If you have a very ambititous challenge, try breaking it into two or three goals. For example, if you have a goal to reduce eating out costs, creating a goal of days to cook per week is one way to impact that priority. Another goal might be to determine one eating out night per week. Another goal might be to eat left overs at least twice per week. Before you know it, you will have a full week of planned dinner goals thereby allowing you to achieve your challenge.
- Establish frequent milestones
Milestones are the key to keeping up with resolutions. Daily, weekly or monthly checklists can help move through the year with ease. If you are good at sticking to your goals, then monthly milestones may be best.
- Reward yourself along the way
Resolutions are great when we reach the finish line, but we can celebrate the entire way though if we plan it. Rewarding ourselves can be as basic as buying ourselves a new book, blouse or sweater, or as extravagent as booking a few short weekend getaways. This all depends on the timeline we set for our resolutions and how challenging they may be to reach.
The main point is to have fun along the way. 2015 is going to be great.
Washington, DC may not have Time Square on New Year’s eve, but there is no shortage of amazing ways to begin 2015 and close out 2014. If you’re trying to determine how to celebrate, see this list of local events. There are countless other lists as well, many which include everything from social gatherings at places like the 9:30 Club where Torche and Lionize will perform, Old Town Alexandria’s First Night family friendly event which includes a fireworks display, Potomac River event ship cruises, and more.
If you’re planning to stay in and need advice on the best places to pick up holiday party supplies, stop by the concierge. We’ve got tons of ideas to help you ring in the New Year in your own special way.
We’ve got another amazing evening of entertainment planned for you at The Apartments at CityCenter. This December 17th, from 7:00 – 8:30p.m., gather with your neighbors while listening to the sounds of Nasar Abadey.
Nasar Abadey, drummer and composer, was inspired by legends such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington. He has played with greats from Dizzy Gillespie, to Ella Fitzgerald; Eartha Kitt, Stanley Turrentine, and Charlie Rouse, to name some.
A few of his albums are: Diamond in the Rough, Mirage, Theory & Practice and Allen’s Odyssey by King James. Samples of his music can be played at www.NasarAbadey.com.
In addition to playing, Nasar is also Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Crystal City Sports Pub will cater this sensational event. Mark your calendars and prepare to ease into a jazz – filled paradise. This is an exclusive residents and guests only, jazz music treat here at The Apartments at CityCenter. See other upcoming events at CityCenterDC. Click here.
Not everyone has a warm home, adequate nutrition, and family to spend the holidays with each year. In fact, in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan region, many struggle with basic daily living needs. According to the Capital Area Food Bank’s Website, nearly 700,000 Washington, DC area residents are at risk of hunger.
This is one reason why The Apartments at CityCenter participate in charitable events in Washington, DC. This season we are supporting the Capital Area Food Bank.
From now until December 22, 2014 at 7 p.m., residents may drop off their food donations at the concierge desk.
Some of the donation needs include:
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit
- Hot and cold cereals
- Healthy snacks
- Other nonperishables. See complete list here.
Speaking of winter time giving opportunities, The Apartments at CityCenter is also participating in the local area’s Toys for Tots program. You may drop off a new and unwrapped toy at the concierge desk from December 1st – 22nd, 2014, at 7 p.m., and that toy will be added to the hundreds of thousands of toys to be distributed to local area children in need. Did you know that Toys for Tots was originally started by a Marine Corps Reservist, Major Bill Hendricks? Read about this special story at www.toysfortots.org.
Don’t fret, we have not left out our fury friends. We’re working with Home Buddies by collecting gifts for dogs. Gifts for dogs may be dropped off December 1st – 22nd at 7 p.m., at the concierge’s desk. All gifts for pets will be donated to the Washington Human Society.
Pitch in and help out. If you’re in the spirit to do even more this winter season, which promises to be very cold, click here for a list of area charities and volunteer opportunities. Tell us about other charities you would like to see included in future holiday seasons. We’d love to learn about some of your favorite ways to help those in need. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your request through BuildingLink.
Like Music? Sure you do! That’s why we’ve gone out of our way to bring award winning singer and song writer, Janine Wilson (@JanineWilson) to The Apartments at CityCenter. Join us October 29, 2014 at 7PM for an up close and personal concert with Janine as she performs tunes you may be familiar with. Janine provided us with a sneak preview of songs she might sing, which include “It Should Be Me” and “Wakin’ Up In Texas.”
Inspired by the styles of Bette Midler, Patsy Cline and Bruce Springsteen “The Boss,” Janine has won 10 WAMMIES – Washington Area Music Association awards, and she has won the Mid – Atlantic Song of the Year for “It Should Be Me”.
After a long day at work, it will be good to come home to Janine. In addition to providing bourbon iced tea and lemonade, LuxeGiving Southern Menu has planned a delicious dinner, just for you! Among the menu offerings are pulled chicken or pork sliders; flash fried mac & cheese, and for dessert, an assortment of pie flavors from Red Velvet Cupcakery (@RedVelvetWDC). You’re in for a real treat, and just because you deserve it.
Visit Janine online at www.JanineWilsonBand.com. Enjoy her music online, And follow her on social media.
It’s true… we love our four-legged residents. We’ve carved out a special way of living just for them.
One way we help our residents recognize your dog is through our PAW-parazzi program. This month’s featured pup is Bullwinkle! You’ll see him around the property, and of course at SkyBark, which is located on the rooftop of The Apartments at CityCenter. SkyBark is a lively dog walk where pups can roam and play, meet new friends and catch up with old ones.
Staff of The Apartments at CityCenter understand how important it is to help all our residents settle into your new home smoothly, pups included. Stay tuned to our blog to see the featured dogs of the month, and stop by the concierge’s desk if you’d like to submit your dog’s photo.