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Apr

06

The Concierges Around You – Continues

Sanovia Gross

 

Many of you know her smiling face, but how much do you know about Sanovia Gross? Here is some scoop on this Concierge and the reality is… it’s all good news.

While at Bozzuto, she wondered who would be the lucky ones to work at the brand new Apartments at CityCenter.  She still pinches herself as she comes to work each day. The hard working assistant to the Director of Resident Services considers herself the “House Mother” for the property. She selected the 3pm to 11pm shift to get the most contact with you, the residents. Her personal mission is to make sure you are comfortable.

Foodie: Sanovia confesses to love trying new foods and is enjoying all the restaurant options in the area. Need a recommendation for some new cuisine? Just ask.

Fitness: She loves getting in a run outside in nature, and recently discovered a passion for Pilates.

Pet lover: She is considered the resident “dog whisperer” and loves meeting all our furry residents. In fact, Sanovia organizes our PAW-PARAZZI – spotlighting a pet each month. On her own time, she volunteers at Coolidge Animal Hospital when she’s not at home, picking up the socks that her cat, Shadow, has left strewn across her home!

What does she want you to know? Positivity is truly her way of life. She feels blessed and wants to share that happiness. She really is happy all the time!

Jan

05

Taking Care of You in the New Year

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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.

Dec

29

Five Ways to Remember Your New Year’s Resolution

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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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Dec

01

Our Cool Weather Entertainment Series Continues in December

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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. 

Oct

29

Janine Wilson Is Coming! Janine Wilson Is Coming!

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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.                                                                                  

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