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1 week ago
Community Speed Friending! 1 week ago

Can’t we all just get along?

 

Speed friending is sweeping the nation. We’ve all heard of speed dating and its benefits: speed-friending is no different. People want to make new friends, but it’s hard to figure out how to go about it. With speed friending, residents can pursue the goal without appearing desperate.

 

Speed friending is just what it sounds like, except the goal is to find friends instead of dates! You can host the event on-site, in a local coffee shop, or at a lounge area near your community.

 

Speed friending is like an icebreaker with a bit of a twist: it combines rotations (well-known in speed-dating) with conversation starters. Instead of making the whole group mingle together, you can let people get to know each other one-on-one. This set-up allows people to meet, visit, and mingle in a way that dissolves awkward social barriers.

 

Making a quick connection

 

With speed-friending, half the group is sitting and the other half of the group rotates. Every five minutes you ring a bell and the rotating group gets up and moves to the next sitting person.

 

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Residents will have a chance to chat, develop a connection, and possibly develop a friendship as well…or at least the start of one!

 

Remember, the time limits are flexible. If you have a larger group of people you can adjust the timing accordingly.

 

Ice-breaking discussion starters

 

You can find thousands of speed-friending discussion starter questions on Pinterest.

 

Print the questions, cut them up, and add them to a bag on the table. Residents can grab from the bag if they get stuck in the conversation.

However, as people warm up, you may be surprised to notice they need less prompts to keep the conversation going!

 

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***TIP*** Use a countdown timer on your phone for each round. Ring a loud bell when it’s time to rotate. It can be hard for everyone to hear the sound of your timer over the talking and laughing. Make sure your “move along” signal is loud enough for everyone to hear over the din!

 

Play the Name Game

 

Learning each other's names will both strengthen bonds in your community and also help residents sharpen their memory and networking skills.

 

***BONUS*** Award prizes to those who can remember the most names of everyone in the room to encourage active participation!

 

Benefits

 

Speed friending allows residents to quickly identify other community residents with common interests. In five minutes, the conversations won’t be deep, scripted, or profound. However, by simply discussing likes and dislikes in an informal way, residents may find that those first discussions can lead to future friendships.

Will this really work? Will residents be able to meet and find their next BFF in only five minutes?

While it’s possible that no friendships will be formed, there’s nothing to lose! Even if no lasting friendships form as a result of the event, your community members will have learned more about their neighbors.

 

 

Residents will feel more connected to their community and more comfortable with each other if they pass in the halls, car park, office, or gym. The result being a friendlier, and safer, community for all! 

1 week ago
1 week ago
Learning Electrical Circuits - Making Circuit Blocks! 1 week ago

Support your community scientists and engineers with this amazing circuit-building event. Watch the video below with everything you need to know about putting this project together in your community.

 

 

Materials and Components

 

Power sources

 

The recommended power source for this project is batteries. Batteries provide direct current (DC) power: this means that their power current flows in one direction. We recommend 2 AA 3V battery packs.

 

Loads

 

In a circuit, the load in a circuit is anything that consumes the power. Aim for components rated for around 3V and for DC power.

 

Here are a few ideas:


  • LEDs
  • Motors
  • Buzzers
  • Doorbells
  • Fans
  • Incandescent strand holiday lights
  • Light bulb sockets.
     

Interrupts

 

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Interrupts are any component that will interrupt the flow of energy from one component to the next. Consider making circuit blocks with interrupts like:

 

  • Buttons and switches - Pushbutton, Rocker, Slide, Push to break switch, Single pull single throw (SPST)
  • Potentiometers (e.g. dimmer switch)

 

Watch the full video to learn how to make the individual ring connectors and circuit component blocks, and put it all together!


Things to remember

 

Make sure that you purchase enough components for all children to participate. Make multiple stations with ample tools blocks, glue guns, soldering guns, and components. Have parents and staff available to help younger children with the activity and ensure everyone is able to make the blocks.

 

Once the blocks are finished, test the circuits as a group!

 

As communities and parents, it's important to provide safe, interesting, and exciting learning opportunities for our youth.

 

***BONUS*** Consider making monthly STEM-related activities a recurring event in your community.

 

Much like a coding boot camp helps to introduce young children to computer science, this circuit-building activity will inspire a life of engineering in your young residents! Now go out there and energize those circuits!

1 week ago
Pooch Plunge - Dog Day at the Pool 1 week ago

If you're like most communities, you don't allow resident pets in the hot tub or pool. This is for obvious safety and sanitation reasons. However, to make your canine friends feel welcome, plan a puppy play date at the pool on the last day before the pool area closes for the year!

During the dog days of summer, a doggie swim day is a perfect event to hold in your swimming pool right before you close it down and drain the pool for cleaning. Dog day at the pool is the one time of year when your community’s dogs are welcome to dog paddle, fetch, and play in the pool!

Building a Pup Friendly Pool Party

Towels

Buy some big fluffy beach towels and spread them around on the ground in a few shaded areas near the pool. Dogs will be able to get out of the water to dry off and lounge poolside if they need a break from playing.

Toys

Invest in some pet-friendly floating pool toys. Other water-retrievable toys include things like plastic floating bones, balls, and rings! The dogs will also enjoy relaxing in the sun on some fun floaters.

Additionally, consider making an icy cool pool party dog treat cake filled with party favors and yummy snacks.

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As the ice melts in the sun (and as the dogs lick and bite the cake) the snacks and toys will start to poke out! Just remember to allow at least 24 hours before your event for the cake to fully freeze! Here are some instructions for making the perfect icy treat cake.

Pet Ramp

Dogs will be entertained for hours getting in and out of the water. But remember, little dogs may find the stairs hard to climb.

***TIP*** Prevent drowning! Add a largescamper ramp to making your pool party safe for your canine friends. A ramp or pet staircase will make it easier for the animals to get in and out of the water.

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Treats

No pool party would be complete without the treats. You can whip up a batch of pupsicles as post-pool time treats.

Prep ahead plenty of frozen dog-treats like watermelon bone popsiclesor other healthy favorites likeyogurt, peanut butter, and banana paws.

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What if my community doesn’t have a pool?

No worries! You can still plan an equally splashing fun play date by investing in a few hard plastic kiddie pools or more durable dog swimming pools. Set up the dog pools in a grassy and shaded area and fill with water. You can also add ice blocks to the pools to cool off your hot dog visitors.

Additionally, toss some rubber toys in the pool to keep the dogs entertained.

***BONUS*** As an extra attraction, set up a few sprinklers in the yard for added water play fun!

Make water guns and buckets of water available for owners to spray and play with their pups. Water soaked balls are also a wet and exciting variation on the classic catch and fetch.

Special considerations

The chlorine in the pool makes the water unsafe for dogs to drink. It may also irritate their skin and eyes (as it does to humans as well!) Remind residents to rinse their pets down and shower them off thoroughly when their pups are done playing in the pool.

Additionally, supply lots of fresh clean drinking water in large drinking bowls for all your pup guests.

***BONUS*** If you have a giant community, you may want to consider making this an even larger event! Host agility competitions, ball and Frisbee throwing in your grassy areas, or even invite local pet-themed vendors to share and sell their wares!

Your canine community friends are sure to have an amazing time and will be requesting it as an annual end-of-summer event!

2 weeks ago
Giant Outdoor Game Day 2 weeks ago

Everyone loves games, and they’re even more fun when they're the giant variety! Here are four giant-sized games you can make for a community-wide outdoor game day!

 

Giant Jenga

 

Giant Jenga is just as fun as the original, but bigger! Use two-by-fours to create the giant Jenga logs. Sand them down and paint them in bright colors of your choice!

 

Find a flat surface to play on in your community and give it a go! You can also find additional Giant Jenga game assembly (and play) instructions here.

 

Giant Kerplunk

 

Have residents show off their strategy skills with this quick-play game!

 

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Strategy, noise, and fighting gravity: Kerplunk is another game that gets even more exciting the larger it is! The Giant Kerplunk structure is simple to make: all you need is a stretch of chicken wire fencing, pliers, brightly painted dowels, some kind of stand, and plastic play balls.

 

Set the game up in a cool, shaded, grassy area and let residents give the game their best shot. Read over the full gameplay instructions and you can learn more about how to build your Giant Kerplunk contraption here.

 

Giant Yahtzee

 

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Giant Yahtzee is just like regular Yahtzee but with much bigger dice! You'll have to work a bit harder to roll that five of a kind!

 

Gather up five giant bean bag dice, or make your garden dice own out of wooden blocks for some extra-large community fun. Full instructions for making your own oversized dice can be found here.

 

Extra Yahtzee scorecards can be purchased from the Hasbro website, or you can print and copy extra free PDF Yahtzee scorecards on your office printer/copier.

 

Yahtzee lends itself well to tournament play and teams, so consider getting your residents involved by setting up more competitive games!

 

Connect Four

 

Giant Connect Four is a simple game that even some of your youngest residents can play. Oversized coins will make for a memorable community game experience.

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The game is easy to construct (full instructions here) but does take some cutting and assembling. It's a perfect job for both your power tools and maintenance staff.

 

Ordinary multiplayer games, when taken to the extreme in size and scale, are sure to be a memorable hit with community residents. Remember to snap lots of pictures to share and remember the fun day. Tuck it away for the season, and then bring everything out again the next year for another round of play!

3 weeks ago
Visit the Woods! Community Camping Reservations 3 weeks ago

Getting out into nature can be fun and relaxing. It reduces stress, reduces exposure to indoor environmental toxins, and can even regulate your sleeping patterns as well!

 

Encourage your residents to soak up the sun and fresh air by organizing a camp-out in nature! Whether you’re cabin or tent camping, residents will love an organized group camping experience to a nearby public campground.

 

Remember, start your search and planning early!

 

Consider registering your group a year in advance of your event. This way your group will find spots together at the campground of your choice. Talk to the campground directly to make arrangements for your large group well in advance and avail group discounts.

 

Registration

 

To ensure an accurate headcount, all residents will need to sign up in advance. Make sure camping dates, required deposits, and park rules or restrictions are clear to residents before they sign up. The event won't be as fun if people drop out last minute due to miscommunication.

 

Choose both family-friendly and accessible campgrounds to ensure everyone in your community can participate. State or Federal campgrounds with fire pits, showers, toilets, and running water will make for a much more comfortable resident experience.

 

Travel in a Camping Caravan

 

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On the day you take off for your new home away from home, make your departure time clear.

Distribute maps and important cell phone numbers for all the staff coordinating the camping trip. Stay on schedule and break often for those with small children to take care of their needs.

 

Depending on how far away your camping location is from your community, you may want to stagger stops like bathroom breaks, gas refill breaks, and major meals in advance. Stop every two hours or so at locations people are aware of in advance. Also, ensure there is enough parking for everyone in your caravan.

 

No man (or woman) left behind! Follow each other to the campground so no one gets lost.

 

Camping Gear

 

Share a packing list with camping essentials. You can also “buddy up” families to share a campsite with each other so they can share more expensive gear as needed.

 

Meals

 

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At least once during your stay, it's fun to do a group cookout, barbeque, or breakfast. A Build Your Own Hotdog Party is sure to be a hit!

 

Encourage campers to go shopping for food items at a location near your campground. To reduce spoilage, remind residents to always purchase plenty of ice.

 

You can also offer to do daily ice runs to the nearest grocery store. You may also want to pick up other items (as needed) to make your community members’ camping experience more enjoyable!

 

Activities

 

Consider fan favorite outdoor games and board games like obstacle courses, bike, and scooter races, water games, Frisbee, volleyball, badminton, and other team games. Make community tournaments if you like, or just encourage residents to play by setting up the equipment.

 

 

Getting tents set up the first day is a great “barn raising” activity. Pitch your tents in small teams as a family, with your new campsite “buddies,” or any other resident campers. This will help build new bonds and friendships with your new neighbors!

 

You can also check out these Community Camp-Out Ideas including a tasty s’mores bar!

 

Remember, the most important part of camping is to rest, recharge, and get away from the business of our daily lives. With some pre-planning and teamwork, your camping trip is bound to be a fantastic community bonding experience that will carry over even after you all return. Happy camping!

2 months ago
Craft Beer Tasting Challenge and Vote 2 months ago

Which brew will be recognized as the best craft beer in this ultimate beer battle? Find out when you host a beer tasting challenge and vote in your community!

 

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On a particularly hot summer day, invite residents (21+ crowd only) to enjoy and vote for a variety of local (and/or imported) chilled craft beers over in your community center!

 

If needed or desired, you can bring in a local craft beer expert or home brewer to share their knowledge and experience. An expert can help residents appreciate the beers by explaining the different kinds of beer and what to look out for when taste-testing and voting.

 

Setting up the Samples

 

For the best bear sampling experience, you are going to need a few servers on hand to pass out samples of the different varieties you have available. Use lots of small sampling cups and keep trash-cans strategically placed around the room as well.

To make sure samples don’t get confused, aim to clearly mark the different beers so residents know which ones they’re sampling.

Sampling the Beers

 

Every beer has its own distinct flavor. Whether one is superior to another is really just a matter of preference and taste. When residents are evaluating the different brews, have them rank the beers based on qualities like…

·         Color

·         Sourness

·         Roasted flavor

·         Malted flavor

·         Hoppiness

·         Fruitiness

 

…before voting for their favorites. Encourage residents to sample the beers and cast their votes.

 

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The Voting Process

When choosing their favorite craft brew, remind residents to weigh overall taste - while also considering aspects such as a popularity, staying power, color, mouth-feel, and even the brand marketing - to choose their favorite brew that they want to see stick around for years to come!

Cheers, and have a great time!

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2 months ago
Community Photography Contest 2 months ago

To celebrate the beauty, diversity, and funly style of your community and its residents, a photography contest is just the thing! Hold a contest for best photography taken by your residents anywhere in the world!

 

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Choosing Your Categories

 

Photographs can be submitted into categories that include (but are not limited to):

 

  • People
  • Family
  • Animals
  • Nature
  • Architecture
  • Automotive
  • Fashion
  • Food
  • Music
  • Art
  • Sports
  • Travel

 

You may not want to include all of those categories, but a handful of these themes are great to include.

The finalists and winners can be featured on social media, exhibited, or even given prizes and gifts to local amusement parks or restaurants to make fun new photographic memories with their families!

 

This activity will both allow your residents to create beautiful and creative art while also showing off their photography talents.

 

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Host an Exhibition

 

At the end of the contest, print out the best photographs and have them framed and placed in a prominent location in your community.

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You can also showcase the photos in a community photography exhibition, or gift the framed prints to your winning residents!


***BONUS*** In addition to naming the contest winners and awarding prizes, you can also include in the contest rules that winning entries submitted to the contest become the property of your business or organization.

 

This is especially useful for when residents take pictures within boundaries of your community. You can use the best images in official marketing documents to show off your community, residents, and amenities!

 

Happy photo snapping!

2 months ago
Celebrate Peace Book and Activity 2 months ago

Our growing diversity and the close proximity of widely different cultures in many communities means it's important to learn how to be peaceful and tolerant of others’ beliefs.

 

At this community event for young children (and their parents), the theme is peace: peace between people, nations, and cultures.

Read The Peace Book

 

As the organizer and coordinator of the event, first read The Peace Book by Todd Parr to the gathered children and set the mood for the day's activities.

 

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Here is a YouTube video of the author reading the book aloud!

 

To make the space more comfortable for floor sitting, considering spreading out a large picnic blanket or comforter. You can also add a few floor pillows to make the story-time area more inviting.

The Crafts

After reading the book, engage your resident kids in a related craft. Here are a few ideas:

 

Pinwheels for Peace

 

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Pinwheels are hit with young children, and this craft is no exception. With thepinwheels for peace project, residents will craft their own pinwheels and write messages of hope, peace, and well wishes on each of the pinwheel blades.

Download the printable for full instructions.

 

Peace Sign Paper Plate Craft

 

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This simple and easy peace sign paper plate craft uses some paper plates, painter’s masking tape, and poster paint to create unique and cute peace sign wall hanging decorations.

 

Visit the Kiwi Co Corner blog for full materials list and instructions.

 

Hands Mural

 

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This collaborative brightly colored hands mural is a great way to help kids work together. Everyone can work independently to decorate their own handprints, and then assemble them together at the end.

It’s a great way to teach working together towards a common fun objective in a peaceful and collaborative way. It also makes a beautiful community mural to place in your rental office.

What other ways can you celebrate peace and promote safety in your community? Let us know in the comments below!

2 months ago
Summer Sidewalk Egg Fry! 2 months ago

This summer, when the sidewalks are hot enough to fry an egg on the cement, it’s good messy fun to actually give it a try!

In your community, host a sidewalk egg fry to test the talents and culinary skills of residents. Participants can craft up contraptions to harness the heat of the sun and sidewalk to cook an egg!

 

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How to Host an Egg Fry

 

Ensure that residents have enough advance notice to figure out how they will try to fry an egg.

You also need to keep an eye on the weather and plan your egg fry event on one of the hottest days of the year.

 

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To ensure you keep residents safe out on the cement, keep a time limit to how long the eggs can cook - usually around 30 minutes. Set up tents for shade or plan to host your event near some big trees for all the onlookers and cheerleaders to stand in while they watch the festivities.

 

Keep residents hydrated with coolers filled with waters and juice. You can also set up giant water dispensers and cool water for them to share. In the days before the event starts, also remind residents to wear their sunglasses, hats, and long sleeves to protect from sunburn.

Materials

 

You’ll definitely want to be in charge of the eggs for fairness! This way you can make sure they are uniformly the same size and consistency for all participants. You also don’t want anyone’s egg to be broken in transport to the event.

Consider keeping some empty pie tins and aluminum foil on hand for those that want to jump in and join the fun on the actual day of the event competition.

 

Running the Competition

 

At high noon start the clock and have everyone crack open their eggs. Then, 30 minutes later, stop the clock and award prizes to the most edible, and best-looking, fried eggs.

 

Encourage residents to get creative about their solar cooking. They can use things like arranged aluminum foil, homemade solar ovens, frying pans, mirrors, and even magnifying glasses to cook their egg as part of the frying competition.

Because most sidewalks, even in the hottest of conditions, only get up to about 145 degrees, contestants will need to use these other apparatus to get their eggs up to the required 158 or so degrees needed to fry.

 

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Have an egg-frying fantastic time as you turn up the heat and cook those eggs on the cement!

2 months ago
Community Photo Scavenger Hunt 2 months ago

One of the best ways to show off the fun and beauty of your community is to challenge residents to post selfies or photos of themselves at different places around the premises.

You can frame it as a photo contest and award prizes for the best photos, or simply have residents complete the scavenger hunt for all listed locations. This will both help build your resident’s sense of belonging and help showcase to residents all that you offer on the premises.

 

Organizing the Scavenger Hunt

 

Make a list of the locations in your community that you most want to show off.

 

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You can encourage residents to take artistic, funny, or interesting pictures of areas all around the community.

 

Here are some ideas…

 

·         Pool/Hot tub

·         Gym/Workout equipment

·         Tennis court

·         Office

·         Computer station/Printer

·         Basketball court

·         Doggy park area

·         Meeting hall

·         Clubhouse

·         Laundry rooms

·         Lounge areas

·         Benches

·         Walkways

·         Parking lot

·         Playground

·         Trees/bushes/flowers

·         BBQ grill areas

·         Front gate

·         Mailboxes

·         Staff

·         Other residents

·         And even inside residents’ apartments!

 

Design and print checklists of your most preferred amenities, and give prizes to the first person to complete the scavenger hunt. You can also hold a drawing for all the residents who participate and complete the activity.

 

Submitting Photos

 

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There are a few ways to organize the contest depending g on your preferences and how you want to showcase the photos.

Email

 

Email is useful if you want to have full control over both where the videos are displayed and their captions. Once residents email you their entries, you can upload the videos yourself to a dedicated album. You will also be able to add your own captions when (and if) it comes time for voting.

 

Social Sharing

 

Social tagging of your community on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or other social platforms - and perhaps including a specific hashtag you create yourself, for example “#YourCommunutyPhotoContest2018” - will help you easily search for and find the entries that residents are submitting.

The upside of social sharing entries is that you will reach more of their friends and followers when residents post the image(s) themselves. The downside is that you have little control over your public image or the captions added by residents. If you have a “rowdy” community this may not be the best way to go.

 

Rivet Works

 

Rivet works is a paid program that allows you to collect the user-submitted content of various types. You can then approve or decline the entries before they are ultimately displayed in collectors placed on key selling pages of your website.

You can also make collectors that do not display images at all. You can use the collector for residents to quickly submit their entries to the contest in a simplified and organized way.

 

Rivet works is a great option if you intend to share the images on your website. It’s also a great choice if you want to make a fun and artistic photo gallery to showcase your community “through your resident’s eyes.”

 

Encouraging a wide-range of resident submitted photos of your community will allow you to feature photos of your community’s amenities to your social pages in a fun and interesting way! Have fun scavenger hunting for all your best community amenities!

2 months ago
2 months ago
Herb Garden Planting Party 2 months ago

Celebrate Herb and Spices Day on June 10 by encouraging community residents to plant an herb garden of their own!

 

Planning Your Event

 

There are a few different ways to organize the event.

1) You can encourage participating residents to both bring and share their own supplies. This is cost effective to the organizers but may be a deterrent to some residents who want a done-for-them activity.

 

2) Have residents pre-register for a nominal fee. This way you can get an accurate headcount for the event and also provide the needed supplies to pre-registrants.

 

**BONUS** If space permits, consider starting an actual full community herb and vegetable garden for residents to contribute to, and harvest from in the fall!

 

Seeds or Seedlings

 

Planting from seed is more economical, but does take more time to see results.

 

If you really want to make a splash with residents, consider purchasing seedlings for replanting in larger pots or small container gardens. This way, residents can proudly take their new herb gardens home at the end of the event and immediately enjoy the results.

 

Choose Your Plants

 

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Consider all the favorite, indispensable herbs and also have residents ask themselves the question, “What do I most want to be eating this summer?” Encourage residents to plant the herbs that will help them cook the dishes they love the most!

Here is a rundown of some of the herbs you may want to make available to your community:

 

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Basil - Do you like rich sauces and caprese salads? Basil is a gift that never stops giving.

Parsley - This plant is another flavorful addition to a number of common dishes - including most everything Italian, and pesto!

Dill - If you enjoy pickled foods, don't skimp on the dill, plant more than you think you'll need.

Chives - For a fresh, oniony flavor in breakfast omelets, veggies, and topped on baked potatoes, plant a handsome supply of chives. You can also use them as part of a nice steak rub when blended with some butter.

Remember that chives come back more aggressively each year so that it something to keep in mind when planning your planting space.

Mint - Speaking of hardy herbs, mint is fantastic for some drinks and desserts. However, it’s better to grow mint in containers. Left unsupervised and wild, mint can take over your whole garden.

Cilantro - If salsas, guacamole, or South Asian cuisine are your specialty, plant some cilantro to prepare for those family get-togethers.

Thyme and Rosemary - Both are strong in flavor and scent and are used in meat, poultry, and fish recipes.

Lavender - Lavender is another fun plant to grow if you want to experiment with aromatics or try its palate-cleansing flavor.

Lemongrass - This is a must for many Southeast Asian dishes and for use in your green smoothies.

Planting Your Herbs

Here are some step-by-step instructions for a DIY home herb garden:

Planting herb gardens is a great family activity for growing both indoor and outdoor herbs. Whether in pots on patios or planted in the ground, this is a healthy and fun activity for all communities.

2 months ago
Father’s Day BBQ Rub and Marinade Meet-Up 2 months ago

Ever wanted to know what goes into those magical sauces and secret rubs? Well, now you can swap recipes!

Invite all the dads in your community for a hands-on grilling and marinade meet-up. All men who love to cook can mix up some sauces and spice mixes from scratch to create their own signature sauce style!

 

Making the Marinades

 

The goal of this event is to get men making their own healthy marinade and sauce recipes. Fathers can use fresh, in-season, ingredients like fruits, herbs, and spices - instead of bottles of sauces and marinades from the store.

 

You can enlist the help of a local chef, or try any of these five must-learn recipes for a super starter marinade list.


Grill Party

 

After marinating your meat overnight, considering having a grill party the next afternoon or evening for some added entertainment and fun!

 

Host a Grill and Chill party or cookout as a bonus get-together part of this event! Check out our grilling tips for tailgating parties and the Grilling Party Steak Edition community event for more ideas.

 

Potluck

 

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Every grill party is in need of BBQ sides. Have dads bring their best side dishes and condiments to share - and don't forget to write down the recipes!

 

Recipe Exchange

 

As part of this community event, keep lots of traditional recipe cards handy for dads to swap secret recipes! You can print some simple and free recipe cards, or purchase a few packs of rugged, water-resistant recipe cards to make the event more fun for dads!

 

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Image source: Pixabay (meat on skewers)

 

A recipe exchange is great for learning new marinade and sauce secrets. But they can also be used to swap recipes for the salsas, dips, and other side dishes the dads bring to this Father’s Day event.

 

With some planning and prep (and some salt bae flair) this event is sure to be a hit with all the men in your community! Now, go grill up a storm!

 

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3 months ago
“Best of” Pizza Vote 3 months ago

They say everybody’s a critic - and nowhere are we more critical than when it comes to our favorite foods!

At this community event, you’ll be sharing pizza samples from a variety of local pizza venues and allowing your residents to pick their favorite ones!

Announce the event

Let residents know well in advance you will be holding a vote and doing pizza sampling in your community on a certain day. Weekends or evenings usually work best for an event like this.

Gather the pizza

This event is a great opportunity to network with local restaurants. It can help you form partnerships and friendships for other possible events.

Approach local pizza places and ask them for a sample pizza (or two or three) for sharing with your residents. Explain the event and share what you'll be doing.

Most family-owned and franchise pizza parlors will be happy to contribute a few pizzas to the event free of charge. However, you can always purchase the pizzas to share with your residents as well.

Take pictures

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Before residents dig into the samples and there is nothing left to shoot, take some Instagram-worthy pictures of each pizza. These will help you remind residents what the winners looked (and tasted like). It will also give you some images to use on social media and for advertising next year’s event.

You can also use the pictures to make fun social graphics for each of the winning pizzas in your community.

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Serve the pizza

Next, cut the pizza into small slices and serve to residents on small paper plates for easy sampling.

Hand out the cards with the plate. To make the voting easier, you can also pre-number the plates (and number the pizza companies as well). This way each resident will know which sample is which. Make sure everyone has a voting card and pen or pencil as noted below.

Prepare the voting

Ensure that the voting cards are clear and easy to read. Create large boxes for each of the pizza companies participating and create a tally box as well for collecting the completed entries.

Have residents rank the pizzas from 1 = the least tasty pizza to 5 = the best!

If you have more than five pizza companies available for sampling, extend the numbering and voting as needed.

Leave space on the cards for residents to write notes about each pizza as they sample them.

Tally the votes

At the end of the voting process, you can simply add up the total number votes for each pizza chain. The top three pizza chains with the top three scores win!

This job can be assigned to a staff member or a willing couple of community members to count and validate the votes.

Share the winners!

Announce your community favorites (and notify the winning pizza company as well).

You can also ask the winning pizza companies if they would like to offer special pizza coupons and discounts to residents as part of winning (or placing) at the pizza vote event.

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Have fun and happy pizza sampling!

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Memorial Day Kids Book and Craft 3 months ago

To celebrate Memorial Day in your community, organize a story time and craft that honors those who sacrificed in the name of honor and duty. This respectful and somber treatment of the holiday is sure to show honor and respect to our nation’s soldiers so that they are always remembered and never forgotten.

Memorial Day Book

 

Read aloud a few passages about Memorial Day from a respectfully illustrated kids book like Memorial Day by Trudi Strain Trueit. After your read aloud story time and discussion you can honor the day with some fun and meaningful crafts.

 

 

Memorial Day Crafts

 

Thank You Cards for Veterans

 

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As part of your craft activities, consider organizing a card-making activity for veterans living in your local community. Here are some printable cards with simple instructions.

 

You can find more ideas for Memorial Day veteran’s thank you cards like this cute thank you card in the form of dog-tags.

 

After the cards are made and decorated, children can keep them to give to the veterans they know. Encourage children to decorate extras, then collect all the cards and drop them off to veterans. The locations you choose can include a local veterans group, a local assisted living facility, retirement community, or your nearest VA hospital.

 

Encourage the staff at such facilities to share and distribute the cards with the most deserving members of their community (or the patients in most need of some cheering up!)

 

Patriotic Sun-catcher

 

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This patriotic sun-catcher will look great hanging in windows all across your community. It's also simple, inexpensive, and easy for small hands (and parents) to do.

 

This simple Memorial Day craft only requires a few materials:

  • Construction paper or colored cardstock
  • Clear contact paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Star confetti or star punch and white printer paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Exact-o knife or scissors

 

Click here for full craft instructions.

 

If you're looking for more hand-on activities, check out these additional red, white, and blue craft ideas.

 

Memorial Day Munchies

 

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Looking for some simple snacks to include at your event, here is a patriotic cheese and cracker snack tray lay-out that is sure to impress!