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4 days ago
4 days ago
Give a Lucky Penny Day 4 days ago

May 23 is Lucky Penny Day and the best way to celebrate is to send residents on their way in the morning with a bit of good (penny) luck!

 

The Origins of the Lucky Penny

 

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In American culture, finding a penny is traditionally considered lucky. The rhyme that explains this is, "Find a penny, pick it up, and all the day you'll have good luck."

 

But you don't have to wait to find a dirty penny on the ground (like this eagle-eyed lady that's found hundreds over the years). You can actually just give them away to celebrate “Lucky Penny Day.”

 

Spread the Good Luck!

 

Everyone can use a bit of extra good luck, so spread the cheer with this fun and simple event.

 

The best part of the lucky penny event is its super low cost. Aside from the shiny new pennies (which only cost, you guessed it, $.01 each) you don't have to add much expense.

 

You may want to buy little craft baggies to package them up with some glitter or a motivational message as you give them away.

 

If you're feeling generous, you can also mix in some extra special surprises to a few lucky residents. Just add some special motivational notes, coupons, gift certificates, or other “bonuses” throughout the packages when giving out the lucky pennies.

 

Giving the Pennies Away

 

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Image source: Pixabay

 

For this simple, inexpensive, and fun event either give out “lucky” pennies at the gate in the morning, or invite residents to come by the office and pick one up.

 

You can also combine this with another breakfast giveaway like fruit and granola bars or a morning coffee bar in the clubhouse.

 

**BONUS** Ask residents to share their answers on social media to the question, “What are you lucky to have in your life?” with your own community hashtag like #LuckyAtRiverside or #LuckyAtTheRidge for even more fun!

Hope you have a lucky day!

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2 weeks ago
Start a Mothers Meetup Day 2 weeks ago

If you have a family-friendly community you may have more stay at home moms living there than you realize!

To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, host a get together for all moms and moms-to-be. It’s a great way to celebrate motherhood with your stay-at-home-moms (SAHMs) in your community

 

One of the main benefits of such an event is that it’s easily scheduled during open office hours. None of your staff will need to stay late.

 

For the moms feeling like shut-ins at home, it’s great to hold it during regular working hours to encourage companionship and fun!

 

Activities for Moms

 

There are a ton of terrific mom-friendly event ideas. Consider adding some of them into the mix!

You could:

 

 

It’s best if you can host an event where the kiddos will be occupied with their own activities in another part of the room. So if you want to create a more holistic and toddler-friendly event, you can include any of the many art and craft activities we have on this site as well!

 

Activities for Kids

 

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Image source: Pixabay (Mother son bubbles)

 

For maximum fun, encourage any kids that come to complete a project of their own!

 

You can have the kids:

 

 

The goal here is to give moms a chance to meet up and get to know each other while engaging in a fun activity they (or their kids) will enjoy!

 

**BONUS** One of the great things about this event is that it can be a one-off event to celebrate Mother’s Day. However, it can easily be made into a recurring event. Consider turning it into a monthly-get together where moms can “talk shop” and mingle.

 

Make the event a toddler-friendly place moms can come with their children in tow to participate in a get-together or have some light snacks.

2 weeks ago
Mismatched Sock Party 2 weeks ago

Celebrate your single socks with a fun mismatched sock party.

 

May 9 is National Lost Sock Memorial Day. It's a day to mourn the socks we've lost (where do they get to anyway?) And rejoice in those that are still with us today!

 

But for the single socks, it's time to get a new life. The aim of this event is to repurpose some of the unmatched singles into useful items for the home.

 

The crafts

 

To upcycle your socks into new things you can make items like:

 

Rice filled hot and cool packs

 

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Image source: Pexels

 

  • Gather up all your old make-missing socks and check for any holes or worn areas.
  • Read over and complete these step-by-step instructions.

 

Use the uncooked rice-filled socks as warmers or in place of ice-packs to soothe as needed. Rice-filled socks are a fun and colorful way to warm up or cool down as needed (and kids love them!)

 

Recycled sock coffee cozies

 

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Image source: Splash of Something

 

No-sew coffee cozies make a fun upcycled craft. These coffee cozies also make great presents for the eco-conscious coffee drinker in your life! Click here for directions.

 

Sock doughnuts

 

These are a super cute and no-sew project way to upcycle socks into something unrecognizable! They can be that is can be used as pin cushions, decorations, or even filled with rice and used as hand warmers.

 

 

There are a ton of other sock projects for the craft-inclined like:

  • Sock monkeys, sock snakes, and other animals.
  • Doorstops, draft-protectors, and more.

 

**TIP** Keep things like felt, colored yarn, large sewing needles, glue guns, pens, and scissors on-hard for residents to make their creations.

 

Encourage your residents to share pictures of their finished products with you or capture a few clicks of everyone hard at work yourself!

 

Remember, no matter what sock-crafts you put together, have a sock-tacular day!

4 weeks ago
Furry Friend Day 4 weeks ago

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Image source: Pixabay (boy cat hug)

 

How much do your residents love their furry feline friends? A lot right? They’ve got their artsy photos on their Instagram, and pet + owner selfies as their DP. They probably don’t need another reason to celebrate the joy they bring to their lives, but if they do, here’s how!

May 3rd is Hug Your Cat Day and June is also Adopt a Cat Month so what better way to celebrate with your residents than allowing some extra special cat time!

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Share Those Feline Selfies

 

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Image source: Pixabay (girl kittens)

 

One of the easiest ways to celebrate your feline friends is to encourage posting a lot of selfies on hug your cat day. Have your residents tag you on Instagram and then share your favorite pictures on your community profile!

 

Encourage residents ahead of time and remind them to share a hug with their favorite cat. When they share their pictures, you can even award prizes for the cats that are the most grumpy, longest hair, shortest hair, cutest face, largest, etc. to encourage participation.

 

Give out prizes like gourmet cat food, cat toys, leashes, scratching posts, and gift cards to your nearest pet store. You can also partner with a local pet store to give even bigger and better rewards!

 

Sponsor a pet adoption

 

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Image source: Pixabay (shelter cat)

If your community allows pets like dogs and cats and other furry friends in your community, consider sponsoring a pet adoption at your facility in conjunction with a local no-kill animal shelter.

 

You can encourage pet parents to adopt right in your community (and make sure they pay the extra pet deposit on the spot as well). You can also waive the pet deposit in an effort to get more adoptions!

 

Either way, the goal is to get new furry friends into as many new homes as possible.

 

Host a fundraiser

 

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Image source: Pixabay (cat art)

 

In addition to the adoption drive, you can also raise money for your local no-kill shelter in various ways. Encouraging online purchases through a specific charity link, hold an animal-themed art auction, or organize a silent auction for locally donated goods the day of the event.

 

No matter how you plan to honor and celebrate your resident’s feline friends, this spring is the best time to do it…though you probably didn’t need an excuse!

1 month ago
Food Festival and Farmers' Market 1 month ago

Who can say no to delicious food? Especially when the community is filled with the most amazing smells!

 

Plan a food festival or farmers’ market in your community to introduce your residents to the food trucks and farmers who own your local businesses.

 

Whether you get some local farmers, caterers, bakeries, or food trucks together, this is a great way to highlight the local produce and local sellers in the area.

 

In addition to getting a chance to eat all the delicious food at the event, people will learn where to buy fresh produce locally on any other given day.

 

One of the best ways to make this a successful event is to invite local farms to come out early in the year, before other “official” farmers' markets open!

Network in Advance

 

Connect with farmers' market organizers in your area. This will help you make a list of local food vendors and farms that participated in that farmer’s market the year before.

Once you have a list in hand of local food vendors, you can make the effort to reach out to all former participants. Call or email farmers and invite them to a one-day event at your community.

 

In addition to local produce sellers, remember to invite other businesses like bakeries, cheese makers, and other food artisans. Some may sell things like pickled food, artisan olives, or jams and jellies your residents would love to try.

 

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Image source: Pixabay (jams)

 

You can also partner up companies like Jamba Juice. The company often does outreach activities in communities. They provide product samples at festivals and fairs and may be able to sponsor your event in-kind by providing free samples and coupons to residents at your event.

 

Other Activities

 

Consider organizing sub-events like live cooking demonstrations and tasting contests. You can also have a grilled food area and spaces for small-scale vendors like sellers of popcorn, cotton candy, and other snacks.

 

Food Trucks

 

If you don’t want to organize a full-scale event, food trucks are another great option and can turn into lasting partnerships to please community residents.

 

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Image source: Pixabay (food truck)

 

**BONUS** After your event, arrange to have a food truck park on your property once a week for lunch or dinner and cater to local residents. It’s a great way to bring new experiences into your community and give residents something to look forward to each month.

 

No matter whom you invite, be sure to give everyone free or low-cost booth space and allow them to sell their products and foods on the day of the event.

 

Your residents will thank you for both bringing fresh food into your community and making their monthly grocery shopping that much easier!

1 month ago
Chalk-It-Up Community Day 1 month ago

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Encouraging healthy and beautiful activities in your community can be accomplished in more ways than one. One inexpensive and fun way to encourage creativity and murals is by providing ways to make the temporary kind!

Chalk art is a simple and inexpensive way to celebrate the warmer weather. There are few requirements for this event other than available sidewalk space and quality chalk. It also encourages residents to come together and make large-scale works of art right in your community.


With this event, you’ll be encouraging residents to create large colorful chalk works of art on your community’s sidewalks over a one-two day period. You can either provide each resident with a box of chalk for free or charge a minimal registration fee to offset the cost of the quality color chalks.

A $10 pre-registration fee per sidewalk square will cover the cost of a box of chalk pastels through Amazon. You could also inquire at a local art store about quantity discounts.

 

**BONUS** Consider offering prizes per building for the most amazing sidewalk art for residents in garden-style communities.

 

Here are a few other things to keep in mind for this event.

 

Wear Sunscreen

 

Since you are going to be outside for most of the day in the sun, it makes sense to apply sunblock to exposed areas. Wear a large brimmed hat, sunglasses, and long sleeves to minimize sun exposure.

 

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Image source: Pixabay

 

Pay special attention to protecting your back, arms, back of your legs, and neck. They will all be exposed to the most sun as you crouch over your artwork.

 

Bring Knee Protection

Consider bringing knee protectors or an old pillow to help prevent aches and pains from crouching and kneeling over your art. At the very least, you’ll want to ensure that you have something to lean on if you need to reach the far corners of your art.

 

In this case, bring a medium-sized piece of cardboard to rest your hands and knees on so that you won’t smudge your drawing.

 

Plan What You Want to Draw

 

Have a basic idea of what you want to create at the event. Print or sketch your design ahead of time and put it in a sheet protector to keep it from getting dirty and dusty with chalk.

**TIP** Consider approving resident’s designs ahead of time to ensure the designs are family-friendly and appropriate for your whole community.

 

Use a Grid for Your Drawing

 

If you want your drawing to be accurate and straight, consider using a grid over the source picture when translating the picture down onto the sidewalk. This way, residents can draw their pictures square by square - starting at the top and working their way down.

 

Start From the Top of Your Chalk Drawing

 

This one is important. If you start at the bottom, you’ll smudge and wreck your chalk drawing as you work your way up. Instead, start at the top and work your way down coloring each box of your grid until you hit the bottom. This way you’ll finish without destroying all your hard work.

 

Swap Colored Chalk with Other Participants

 

If you need a lot of yellow chalk, and your neighbor needs a lot of blue, trade your chalk with each other to ensure that everyone gets the colored chalk they need. Barter with other residents to get the colors of chalk you need to finish your design.

 

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Image source: Pixabay

Blend with a Sponge, Brush, and Water

 

You can encourage residents to try their hand at more advanced techniques. Blending with a sponge or brush can give drawings a more painterly effect. It also allows the chalk to seep into the pores of the cement for a stronger and more weather resistant design.

 

Clean up

 

There is not much you need to do to clean up, most communities wait until the chalk drawings fade away naturally. Do to foot traffic and the natural washing of rain and other weather. However, you can also wash and scrub away the chalk drawings with water and stiff brooms, or a pressure washer, to make quick work of chalk clean up.

 

**BONUS** Consider making your chalk art party a yearly event. Practice makes perfect and you’ll have a higher number of participants year after year. Remember, practice makes perfect!

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“Taxes Can Be Fun” Filing Party 2 months ago

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Pretty Pysanky Easter Egg Decorating Party 2 months ago

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Indoor Nerf Battle-Zone 2 months ago

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