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2 weeks ago
Pet and Resident Photo-Shoot 2 weeks ago

This special event that involves both residents and their pets! The event will show resident pet-lovers you care and create a bonding opportunity among the community pets (and owners!)

 

Photography Arrangements

You'll need an experienced pet photographer who knows how to capture pets beautifully. We also suggest making it an outdoor, morning, event as the natural lighting will make the photos naturally artistic. (Outdoors will also make it easier to clean up!)

 

Use Props

Using props can take the photo-shoot fun to another level. It will make the photo-shoot more fun and lively. Props can include items like hats, bow-ties, glasses, sunshades, or hankies. Ask your photographer what types of things might be best to keep on hand.

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***TIP*** Depending on what time of year you plan this event, you may also want to add other holiday-themed or seasonal props as well!

 

Ask the Residents to Come with Dressed-Up Pets

For some added fun, ask the residents to come up with dressed up pets. Or even to dress like their pets!

***BONUS*** This could also be made into a competition for best-dressed pets. You can arrange a few small prizes for the winners. For example, gift certificates, toys, or new collars for dogs and cats.

 

Make Them Pose!

Photo shoots are most amusing when you pose, and almost every animal loves to ham for the camera. Each pet has their own quirks, so ask the residents to bring out their pets’ comical sides as they pose for photographs together. These light and carefree moments are the most memorable.

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Treats and Snacks

To make the event comfortable and cheerful, offer snacks for the residents as well as their pets.

Treats for the animals is a must, as are some water dishes for thirsty animals. Make separate sections for dogs, cats, and birds. Add treats for everyone to munch on while they wait for their turn to get their photos taken.

For residents, refreshments can include items like coffee, sandwiches, and cookies. 

 

Pet of the Day Award

One last suggestion is to give out a “Pet of the Day” award. This could be awarded to the best-behaved, good-looking, or well-dressed pet - whatever criteria you choose to go with!

 

After the session, get everyone's contact details. Remind residents to pick up their photos from the office in two weeks (or however long the photographer needs to process the photos).

2 weeks ago
Snowballs Reading and Activity 2 weeks ago

Winters sometimes make the children extra wiggly, especially when they can't go outside to play. This snowball event is the perfect way to get rid of all that pent-up energy!

It's most suitable for children aged three to seven but older children may also have fun participating. The activity includes reading the book “Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert followed by indoor activities related to the book.

The event can be organized at your community center, or if needed at a local library.

 

Indoor Snow Activities

Several indoor snow activities can be organized after reading the storybook. For example, a snow dough station, indoor snowball fight, and a snowball shovel race.

 

Snow Dough Station

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Creating a snow dough station will allow children to experiment and get creative. Here is a five-minute recipe for making your own snow dough! Once created, it can be placed in a number of trays or plastic containers to minimize the mess.

Ingredients

·         2 cups cornstarch

·         1/3 to 1/2 of a cup vegetable oil

·         3-4 tablespoons silver glitter

·         Glycerin (optional)

Method

1.      Knead cornstarch with oil until it takes the form of smooth dough.

2.      You may also add in a few drops of glycerin to make the dough softer and smoother.

3.      In the end, add in the glitter to give the snow a magical look!

 

Accessorize!

Add in accessories at the Snow Dough Station that would allow the children to come up with unique play ideas.

For example, add small items such as buttons, little snowflakes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Let the children create whatever they wish.

Some children might even want to build a snowman, so make sure you have lots of snow dough at hand!

 

Indoor Snowball Fight

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Another fun activity for the evening would be an indoor snowball fight! All you need for the snowball fight would be around two-dozen fake snowballs and a group of energized children! You may buy soft snowballs from Amazon, or you can even make your own snowballs from white yarn.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your very own soft snowballs.

***TIP*** The snowballs are super soft, so it's okay to let the children play without any rules!

 

Snowball Toss through a Snowman

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Yet another exciting activity for the day's activities would be snowball toss! You need a snowman made out of a foam sheet.  Make a hole in the middle of the snowman and ask the children to take turns and toss the snowballs through the snowman.

 

Snowball Shovel Race

This game gives the children an adrenaline rush. For this game, you will need:

·         Cotton Balls or fake snowballs  for the “snow”

·         Spoons as the “shovel"

·         Bowls

·         Timer or stopwatch

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How to Play

1.      Give each player an equal number of snowballs, a plastic spoon, and a bowl.

2.      Race to see which player can scoop the most cotton balls off the table and run across the room to drop them into the bowl in a minute or less.

 

3.      The players are only allowed to use their spoons to scoop the snowballs in the bowls.

2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus 2 weeks ago

Breakfast with the Clauses will be a thrilling event for the children in your community. The event will take a little planning, but will be a source of immense awe! An indoor event would be most suitable for everyone’s comfort.

 

Pre-Event Preparations

The main attraction would require two volunteers (one male and one female) to dress up as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Costumes for Santa and Mrs. Claus will also need to be made, purchased, or rented for the event.

Prepare and send out invites to the residents telling them about the program, timings, and location of the breakfast. You could also consider specifically inviting parents and grandparents of the children as well!

 

Add a Color Dress Code

Adding a color theme to the event will make it even more picture-perfect. Ask and encourage all the residents to come wearing clothes that are red, green, or white!

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Planning Your Menu

Chocolate chip cookies or sugar cookies served with tall classes of milk or hot cocoa would be a wonderful combination and complement the morning event really well. However, you can also serve up a fuller breakfast with treats like peppermint pancakes or waffles, and other holiday-themed breakfast buffet goodies!

Don’t forget to decorate at the event with things like candy canes, gingerbread men, and marshmallows to enhance the festivities.

You may also want to add to the theme by purchasing Christmas-themed disposable paper cups, plates, napkins, and other decorations!

 

***BONUS*** Make a few dozen ornament-shaped cookies to make the event even more fun.

 

Photo Booth and Professional Photography

At events like this, photo shoots are a must! While there will be photos being captured everywhere around the room (and especially with the Clauses) - having a separate photo booth is a great idea!

Here is an example of some Christmas party photo props which will go really well with the event:

·         Reindeer antlers

·         Ear-muffs

·         Winter scarves, hats, and gloves

·         Elf ears and hats

·         Snowflakes of all sizes, or a snowflake garland

·         And of course, Santa hats!

A box full of fun props is sure to make the children, and even adults, happy to play a bit of dress up.

You'll also want to arrange in advance with a local professional photographer that will do the hard work of organizing and taking all the shots of children sitting with the Clauses.

***TIP*** Play some festive and upbeat Christmas music to the event to make the morning merrier!

 

Letter Writing Station

Last but not least, organize a table with papers, pens, and envelopes. Ask the participants to write or draw their wish lists to the Clauses. Children can either give their letters to Santa by hand or put them in a special basket or decorated box which the Clauses can “take along” when they leave.

***TIP*** Remind parents to add their child's full name to the back of the letters their child writes to Santa. This can stop by the office to pick them up later for some help with gift ideas!

2 weeks ago
Facebook Scarecrow Selfie Challenge 2 weeks ago

With Autumn here, it's a treat to spend the afternoons and evenings outdoors in the crisp air. It's also a great time to take advantage of the cooler temperatures! For a competitive community event, plan a thrilling outdoor challenge for your residents. This seasonal activity is geared towards adults and teenagers.

 

How to Play the Scarecrow Selfie Challenge

Residents will be required to look for clues on your Facebook page about where the community's scarecrow is hidden. Whoever finds the scarecrow has to prove they found it by taking a selfie with the scarecrow and posting it publically on your community Facebook page. The winner will receive a gift card to a store of your choice from management.

***TIP*** before you plan this event, you can choose to ask residents to each donate a few things from their homes to build the scarecrow as a community activity. Asking the residents to participate in making the scarecrow will add to the fun and excitement!

 

How to Make a Scarecrow

Making a scarecrow can be exciting yet daunting if you have never done it before. The things you’ll need to make a sturdy scarecrow include:

·         Hammer

·         Scissors

·         Old clothes

·         Boots

·         Two 1x2 wooden sticks:  One 6’ long and one 3’-4’ long

·         Twine

·         Nails

·         Straw or dried grass

·         White pillowcase

·         Thread and needle as needed

 

Instructions:

1.      Take the two pieces of wood and make a large T shape by laying the horizontal piece of wood over the vertical piece. (Remember to insert the shirt between the vertical and horizontal sticks!)

2.      Hammer the frame together using the nails and hammer.

3.      Tie the waistline and sleeves with twine. Now stuff the shirt and pants with dried grass or straw. Sew closed as needed.

4.      You can also attach pants and boots to the scarecrow frame.

5.      Fill up the small pillowcase with straw and place it on top of the "T" to make the scarecrow’s head.

6.      Finish it off by adding details such as a face, hair, hat, etc. You may want to sew the pieces together to make them extra sturdy.

For more ideas, here is a step-by-step guide to creating a scarecrow.

Once the scarecrow is ready, find different places across the community to hide it every day for a week. Carefully but firmly hammer the frame into the ground.

Once you have your scarecrow in his hiding spot each morning, place clues on your Facebook page to guide residents to its location.

You can start with harder clues and work your way up to easier clues (noted below) as the day goes by without a sighting. Don’t forget to encourage the participants by mentioning the gifts they'll receive to create interest, healthy competition, and some hype.

 

Ideas for Hiding Places + Clues

Here are a few ideas that could be used throughout the week.

Day 1: Hide the scarecrow beside the office computer

Final clue: “The scarecrow went out to research something for school.”

Day 2: Hide the scarecrow under the playground

Final clue: “The scarecrow watched the children play from his little hidey-hole.”

Day 3: Hide the scarecrow by the pool

Final clue: “The scarecrow was sad because he didn’t have a swimsuit.”

Day 4: Hide the scarecrow near the community center

Final clue: “The scarecrow was nervous because he had to deliver a speech.”

Day 5: Hide the scarecrow near the vending machines

Final clue: “The scarecrow was famished and was looking for food.”

Day 6: Hide the scarecrow near the gym

Final clue: “The scarecrow was looking to build some muscle!”

Day 7: Hide the scarecrow near the on-side laundry

Final clue: “The scarecrow wanted to wash his clothes.”

 

Winning the contest!

It’s recommended to do this event Nov 16th-22nd (The week leading up to Thanksgiving).

Remember, after residents check the Facebook page for clues or walk around the community on a hunt, the first resident to find the scarecrow each day and post a photo with him on the Facebook page is that day’s winner!

1 month ago
Roller Skating Night Out 1 month ago

Roller Skating is making a comeback in a big way! From roller derbies to roller date nights, more people want to experience the thrill and fun of roller skating at their local rink!

 

It's easy to rent or reserve a time for your community any night of the week. Call your local roller rink to inquire about group discounts and other booking requirements.

 

No Skates? No Problem!

 

It's not likely that many people will still have their old sets of skates or blades. But no worries…the rink has them on hand to rent!

 

Roller rinks sometimes provide rental skates as part of admission fees, so there is no reason to bring your own! However, do check the policies of your local rink ahead of time to understand what services are included with their group rate admission fees. There may be an additional fee to rent skates.

 

***TIP*** Remind residents to wear socks and shoes to the rink, not sandals. Otherwise, they will usually have to buy a pair of socks before they can wear their borrowed skates! Alternatively, you may want to keep a few extra new pairs of children's and adults socks available for residents just in case.

Pick a Theme

 

Take your outing up a notch!

 

To make things even more fun, ask the skate rink management about the possibility of doing a theme for your community skate night! Encourage dressing up in costumes with games, prizes, and more!

 

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You can also ask the rink to play a range of hits from any recognizable decade: 70s, 80s, 90s, 00’s and present day!

 

***BONUS*** Did you know your community night at the roller rink can be holiday-themed as well. When's the last time you went to a roller rink for a community-wide ugly sweater costume party? I'm going to guess never!

 

Make your own new community traditions with a holiday-themed roller-skating night on the town! Your community skate night event is sure to be a big hit with young and old alike. Skate on!

1 month ago
Super Spikeball Tournament 1 month ago

Spike ball is an action-packed game that is popular and super easy to play. To encourage some healthy competition between residents, you can organize anything from a few pick-up games to a full-on tournament!

 

Learning to Play

 

For those unfamiliar with the sport, having a few lessons and practice games ahead of the tournament will be helpful for people to get the hang of serving and scoring. While the game and point system are both similar to volleyball in a lot of ways, there are also some important differences.

 

If you and your residents have never played before, here are some beginner instructions!

 

Additionally, serving is one of the more difficult skills to learn. Here are some more tips for mastering your Spikeball serve.

 

Equipment

 

Here, you have a few options….

 

Go Authentic!

 

Buy an official set or two and extra Spikeballs from the actual company. You can also watch tutorials and learn how to play round-net and Spikeball from the people who created it!

 

DIY Round Net Setup

 

There is no shortage of online tutorials for making your first DIY round net. Additionally. handballs or tennis balls make a good substitute for the official Spikeball design.

 

Your maintenance team should be able to make a DIY spike ball net following these instructions.

Or this method is another way to go about it as well.

 

Game Modification Ideas

 

***BONUS*** Here are some “official” game modification ideas you can do to make play even more fun or accommodate different ages of players! Ideas include things like changing the ball you use, changing the rules, or changing up the number of players!

 

Host a tournament

 

Hosting a tournament is no different than any other kind if team tournament play. Register teams of two in advance and then make an easy elimination tournament using a printable template listing all the teams! (See this post for additional community tournament ideas and tips.)

 

Round net or Spikeball a lot more fun than you think! Each game is bound to attract quite a crowd due to its unusual nature. So hype it up, get residents registered, and have a super spiking great time!

2 months ago
Wine Down Wednesday 2 months ago

Sometimes you just need something to get you through the work week and “Wine Down Wednesdays” are the perfect way to get over the hump!

Pick some feel-good movies

 

This is where you can have a bit of fun! When choosing movies, you can either aim for modern favorites or old-school classics.

Think cult favorites from your residents’ teenage years, and other fun classics that will leave your residents with the warm and fuzzy feeling on their way home. Your choices may depend on the seasons, but you’ll all have more fun with movies that people know the plot inside and out!

Romantic comedies are great, but try to stay away from genres like thriller, horror, and overly loud action films. The idea is to leave your residents feeling relaxed and at ease after they leave your event - not amped up with adrenaline pumping through their veins after leaving your clubhouse!

 

***BONUS*** If you don’t want to show a movie you can also other activities into the wine and snacks mix like canvas painting, live music, dancing, poetry readings, open mic. nights, or even self-improvement and TED-inspired talks from local residents!

 

Tantalize the taste buds!

 

Serve a variety of hors-d'oeuvres and other simple snacks!

 

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This is where you can get a bit fancy if you like and serve up both simple and elegant appetizers to accompany the wine.

Make up some tasty cheeseboards, and serve up appetizers both cold and hot.

***TIP*** Stock you mini fridge ahead of time and pick up some delicious pairings at your local Trader Joes or other gourmet food store in advance. Chill whatever needs it well in advance of the event and keep a microwave and microwavable dishes available on site for heating up the hot snack on Wednesdays!

Ready to Wine Down?

 

Where would we be without the wine!

Depending on the rules in your community you can both purchase and provide the wine and snacks free of charge or ask residents to bring their own!

 

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To make for a fun recurring event you can subscribe to a “Wine of the Month Club’ in addition to picking up some good deals from local stores. This will add some elegant and special vintages to your more budget-friendly wines and allow you to do a bit of taste-testing each month!

You can either pay for all of the costs out of pocket or invite residents to pay a nominal fee to participate (which might mean better wines!)

 

***TIP*** For an extra feel-good feeling, include a charity component to your group event. Invite residents to promote and advocate for their charitable and volunteer organizations in the community.

 

 

After this event, your residents are sure to feel relaxed and ready to take on the rest of the week in stride!

2 months ago
Computer Skills 101 Class 2 months ago

In today’s modern world, technology is everywhere. We use programs and technology every day to reduce efforts and increase efficiency.

A basic introductory training in word processing, presentation creation, and spreadsheet preparation software will give residents a jumpstart in their job searches. It will also increase their productivity and efficiency at work!

One of the finest examples of such technology is Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite software. Teaching intermediate to advanced document preparation and other software skills in your community will be beneficial for beginners and advanced users.

Setting up

Arrange resident seating in the clubhouse or other community area by setting up several computer systems and a projector. Have plenty of outlets and extension cords available and encourage residents to bring along their laptops as well!

Additionally, you can choose to teach the three to four hour basic 101 intro course by hooking your computer up to a big TV and arranging areas to sit.

***TIP*** Provide simple snacks as well to keep brains active. Expect a big turnout!

If you don’t want to offer a 101 course in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, you can also offer a similar course in the free-to-use software suite of similar Google products (Docs., Sheets, and Slides). All of these softwares are free to use and are simply available to users after setting up a basic Gmail email account.

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Either way, both of these software suites will give residents enough tools to manage office work from entry level jobs to the highest management level.

Topics to cover at your event can include:

  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheet preparation
  • Presentation and slides preparation
  • Email management
  • Calendar management
  • and so much more!

After conducting a few free classes, expect to develop a good rapport with your “student” residents! For future events, prepare more space to accommodate larger groups.

 

You never know, your resident students may even work their way up in skills to be ready to tackle official Microsoft authorized certification! This could generate funds for your community as well and build excitement for ongoing monthly trainings!

2 months ago
Trunk-o-ween 2 months ago

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Tailgate trick-or-treating is where people decorate their vehicles in a Halloween theme. Children go from car to car to collect candy and it’s tons of fun for the whole community.

Tailgating trunk decorating party

 

With this event, the idea is to encourage residents to decorate their trunks (or tailgate).

 

One of the easiest ways for residents to decorate their car is to choose a theme. It’s very similar to choosing a costume, and you can even choose a theme which will go well with your costumes. Consider using your car or truck as an extension of your costume themes or an oversized prop!

Here are a few ideas:

  • Dress up like a chicken and have some toy chicks in the trunk.
  • Decorate your truck in a specific era and dress up like a famous performer of that era.

 

Remember, since it is a family event, it’s important to remind residents that the costumes and decorations are not overly sexual, graphically violent, or scary.

 

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Bring candy to share

 

Expect a big turnout of residents at this event! Encourage residents to give candy from their trunks and bring a bag to collect treats of their own!  

 

It’s best for the community if candies are brought from each family and shared among the participants. However, you can also set up some staff members in costume to go around and give out candy as well.


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***TIP*** Recruit individual residents to pass out some candy from bulk bags that you give them in advance. Make sure you grab your chance to trick-or-treat for some candy for yourself too!

Pumpkin carving contest

 

A pumpkin carving contest will attract additional interest from all age groups. Try to give ideas and some instructions ahead of time. Choosing a theme and invite residents to participate in your pumpkin carving contest.

Give prizes for the best decorations and costumes

 

The residents’ committee or the event board can select the best-decorated cars. Small but relevant token presents will create excitement among your residents.

 

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You can also snap pictures of participating kids in their costumes. Hold a community vote for the best dressed in each age group on social media as well as the kids.

 

Community events encourage warmth and sharing between residents who see each other every day. This Halloween-themed event is sure to be a big hit with young and old alike!

 

 

2 months ago
2 months ago
Ask a Psychic! 2 months ago

Inviting a psychic to your community is a fun and entertaining event for residents! It allows them to get their pressing life questions answered in a clear and entertaining way.

 

Asking a psychic some questions about their life can help residents get insight into their struggles. It can also help them look to the future of their life in the coming year.

 

While this is a great activity at any time, it’s especially helpful at the end or beginning of the year. It can also easily be added as an attraction to other events like holiday parties and resident get-togethers!

 

Public or Private Consultations?

 

Ask the psychic what kind if set up they would prefer. Do they need a room and space for themselves? Or will a booth or table do the trick?

 

They will need to sit and speak with residents for a few minutes, so semi-private or even a fully private room is probably best.

 

Benefits of Bringing a Clairvoyant to Your Community

 

Because time travel is not yet an option for us, psychics are the next best thing. They can impart both understanding and wisdom as well as answer important life questions in our lives.

 

Bringing a psychic to your community simplifies the process. It means residents won’t have to travel to have their life questions answered by a professional.

 

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Inviting a psychic into your community is also a great way to test out such services. It gives residents a chance to understand what they can expect from specific spiritual teachers or from clairvoyants. Many psychics offer one free question and answer. However, you can also arrange in advance how much time they are able to give to each resident and at what cost.

 

What Questions Should Residents Ask?

 

Ask a question of great importance. It can be a question that concerns your family life, romantic life, health, or career. Ensure that your questions (or questions) are something that you’ve wanted to learn the answer to for a long time.

 

Your questions should also be about a topic that you’ve wasted many hours thinking about and pondering all the possibilities for your future.

 

Think what answer to a question could have the biggest impact on your future?

 

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***TIP*** It’s important to remember that when you bring residents a fortune-teller to look into their future, nothing is set in stone. Your residents can still change hardships into triumphs and successfully defeat challenges for better results.

 

 

Some mystics may have the gift of clairvoyance, you’re still the only one who has full control of your destiny. It can still be altered with the right mindset. You can still create a much brighter and better future no matter what kind of news from the psychic you get.

Even if your residents don’t 100% believe in the psychic’s predictions, it still makes for an entertaining event and great discussions! You can’t go wrong with getting free fortune-telling services. And you never know: a clairvoyant may actually hold the answers to what your residents want to know about their futures!

2 months ago
Take Us Out to the Ball Game! 2 months ago

Host your next community outing at the ballpark!

 

The fun, excitement, and relaxed atmosphere of Minor League Baseball (MiLB), along with the ease of planning a group outing to your local stadium, will make for a rewarding experience that shows you’re a community All-Star.

 

Why the Minor Leagues?

 

Minor League Baseball (MiLB) has over 170 teams across fourteen leagues, many of which are affiliated with professional teams. MiLB also hosted a total of over 41 Million fans in 2017! Major League Baseball (MLB) game attendance is falling but MiLB attendance is on the rise because of its appeal and affordability to baseball fans!

 

All you need to do is select your game date, seat locations, and perfect pregame meal: and there are options to fit every budget. Many stadiums also offer picnic areas or even All-You-Can-Eat seats!

 

MiLB Game Group Tickets benefits                

Affordable Pricing

MiLB is way cheaper than major league games. You’ll save an average of $15 per person in concession spending alone. Reserved group tickets cost around $8 depending on your state and team. Some of the best group seats in the stadium may not even set you back more than $20!

 

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It takes around $220 to treat a family of four to a Major League Baseball game experience (including all the concessions and merchandise!) However, in the Minor Leagues, a family of four can get away with spending almost 1/3 of that - around $70 - which makes it a much more affordable alternative! And if you only want tickets, you can easily get away with spending less than $10 per person!

 

Easy Planning          

MLB teams and sales reps make it easy to book your tickets. Most groups can be booked via email or by phone in only five minutes.

 

Reserved Seating

You’ll get a “block” of seats rather than a row. This means that people can talk to those in front or in back of them – a great way to build friendships and community! A block of seats together means that your residents can also be unified enough to start the wave.

 

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Video Board Recognition

In some stadiums, your group name will even be recognized on the video-board during the game for everyone in attendance to view. This is a great marketing and PR opportunity for your community!

 

 

For casual fans of baseball, there’s no question that minor league baseball (MiLB) is much easier to access and more affordable than that of MLB.

So get out there and watch a game or two, and don’t forget to sing along with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch!

2 months ago
On-Site Dance Lessons 2 months ago

There are hundreds of ways to stay active, but one fun activity involves bringing a dance class right into your community!

Have an open space that can accommodate a large number of residents? Invite a Modern Dance or Hip Hop instructor into your community to give an on-site lesson. If your residents enjoy themselves, this could even turn into a weekly or monthly event!

 

What can Residents Expect?

 

Most dance classes start with a posture check and a body-loosening warm-up. The warm up may incorporates Ballet and Yoga moves along with some basic Hip-Hop or Jazz steps and stretches. The goal is to let go of tension in joints and flex the whole body.

 

Next, residents will learn and practice a basic choreographed routine taught by the instructor. They may also learn and practice a slightly more challenging routine as time permits. It’s a healthy workout and uses more of your body than you might expect!

The workout is usually followed by a good, thorough cool down session before ending the class.

 

What to Wear?

 

The best Modern Dance and Hip Hop clothing is anything that's loose, comfortable, and allows freedom of movement. However, it should not be so baggy that it gets in the way of dancing or needs to be adjusted frequently. Both will distract you from the theme your instructor has given you or the shape/position of your legs and hands.

 

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Basically, you don’t want your beautiful dancing to be interrupted by your own outfit!

 

What’s on the Feet?

 

Modern dance is fluid and interpretive, so it’s well suited to not wearing anything on your feet at all. If you opt for hosting a hip-hop class - which naturally requires more grip and stomp - you can allow residents to wear comfortable, non-marking, and flexible shoes or sneakers. Socks are also okay.

 

***TIP*** Encourage residents to pull their hair back and out of the way during class and keep jewelry to a minimum. If they want to rattle and jingle noisily when they dance, book a belly dancing instructor instead!

 

As the organizers, you may also want to provide individual bottled waters or a water dispenser for pre-and post-workout hydration for your residents.

 

That’s literally all you need for any kids of contemporary dance class. But to get the most from the experience, a big smile also helps!

 

2 months ago
Bring Your Own Brushes 2 months ago

In addition to a fun and rejuvenating Spa Night, the ladies on your property will love having a hairdresser come on-site to explain and demonstrate various hairstyling techniques!

 

At this “Bring Your Own Brushes” event, residents can bring their own hair products, brushes, and styling tools and learn beginner to advanced hairstyling techniques.

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Invite a local, licensed hairstylist to visit your community one evening or weekend. Demonstrate a number of daily wear and up-do styles and techniques.

 

Ladies in your community will have a ton of fun getting their hair made up and practicing their new skills.

Teaching Hairstyling Techniques

 

Speak to your hairstylist to create the curriculum for the event. Some styles, skills, and ideas you may want to touch on as a group include:

  • Blow dry techniques
  • Braids
  • Backcombing techniques
  • Up-dos
  • Half up, half down styles
  • French twists
  • Buns (high, low, side)
  • Product recommendations
  • Common mistakes

 

The goal is to watch, practice, and learn as many hairstyles as possible! But most importantly to have fun!

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Have groups of ladies come in with their own hair products and tools and teach them how to use them while they are having light refreshments! You can also have one or more residents as volunteers who get to walk away beautiful!  

A hairdresser who teaches techniques with hair tools is an awesome guest to host in your community. So bring your brushes, tools, and mirrors to have a blow-drying good time!

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