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Summer Events in Silver Spring

Summer, Summertime, time to sit back and unwind– and get into all the events happening in Silver Spring! Mark your calendars and take advantage of these fun events happening around town:

Tuesdays

Have a total workout and have fun doing it when you take advantage of the Free Zumba classes hosted by Washington Sports Club. Zumba classes will be happening every Tuesday at 7 PM at the Fountain Plaza.

Wednesdays

Get some middle of the week zen for FREE at Yoga on the Fountain Plaza. This class is an all-levels flow class so beginners and intermediate yogis are welcome. Be sure to bring a mat and a water bottle. After you’ve worked up a sweat, cool off with a cocktail at these nearby happy hour spots.

Thursdays

Put on your dancing shoes! Silver Spring’s Summer concerts are free and happening every Thursday at Veterans Plaza. There will also be a raffle with prizes for adults and children. Performances run from 7-9 PM. The first concert kicked off June 20th and the last one will be August 8th. Each week there is a featured band with a different music genre. See the lineup on Silver Spring downtown’s website.

Second Fridays

Kick-off the weekend every second Friday at the TGIF Downtown Street Party from 6:30-8: 30 pm at the Fountain Plaza. DJ Damon will be playing songs with a different theme for each concert. Don’t miss a fun-filled night of games, beer, sangria stations, and dancing!

Upcoming Second Friday dates:
August 9, Top 40
September 13, Latin Music Mix

If you are new to town attending community events is a great way to familiarize yourself with the area and meet new people. Residents of Vista at White Oak, Montgomery Paint Branch, and Yorkshire Apartment Homes get to enjoy a location full of fun activities throughout the year.

White Oak Community Recreation Center

The White Oak Community Center offers a wide variety of classes from sports to dance, music and art, and social activities. The outdoor facilities include a multipurpose field, basketball court, two playgrounds and a skating area with ramps. 

On Wednesdays, they host a “Kickstart Your Health” class which consists of short, informal lectures, classes also include cooking demos and free food tastings of delicious and healthy dishes. Also included are FREE health screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

5 Apartment Balcony Decorating Ideas, Tips, and Tricks

Make the most of your outdoor real estate when you transform your balcony into a little oasis. Enjoy having morning coffee, reading a book, or entertaining company as you take in the views and breathe the fresh air. Designing an apartment balcony doesn’t have to be just putting out a table and a few chairs. With a little planning and forethought, the space can become your new favorite place to spend time. We’ve rounded up some of the most innovative ways to make your patio a place you will love:

Be sure to check with your apartment management for rules and regulations regarding balcony decor before adding your own touches.

1. Add Some Green

plant

Spruce up your space with a few pockets of green. The space will look lush and make you feel like your in the backyard. Planters to hang on the rails or walls can add interest to an otherwise bare space. Plus, your plants will get the sunlight they need on your balcony.

2. Pillows

Add some accent pillows or comfy floor pillows. Perfect for lounging or to use when you’re laying out soaking up some sun. Treating your balcony as an extension of your living room will make you want to spend more time there.

3. Lighting

Lighting is a crucial element in making any space feel homey. Standing outdoor lights or string lights are the way to go. With the extra lighting, you’ll have a nice spot for relaxing nights on your balcony.

4. Privacy Screen

Add a drop cloth or privacy screen to your balcony to block noise and have some alone time. It’s also a great way to add a pop of color without painting anything. Also adding tall plants like bamboo is an easy way to add a natural wall.

5. Outdoor Rug

Elevate the look of your balcony with a patterned rug. Make sure to pick one that will able to withstand the elements.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

7 Ideas for Your Self-Care

Over the last decade, the self-care industry has flourished thanks to the advent of social influencers, self-help bloggers, and society’s increased emphasis on mental health. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of self-care is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” While self-care refers to completing basic functions that maintain health and hygiene. The term has also come to refer to enjoying luxuries of all magnitudes from eating an extra scoop of ice cream to purchasing a new laptop. All your self-care choices should be done within reason. In other words, if you are struggling to make a tuition payment, maybe don’t buy the top-of-the-line new smartphone. The goal of the cultural-version of self-care is to recognize your accomplishments, no matter how small, and celebrate them.

The phrase “treat yourself” has become the iconic mantra of self-care because it embodies the notion of rewarding oneself through enjoyable activities and purchases. If you recognize the need to focus on your own self-care, here are seven ideas for how to treat yourself:

1. Take A Bath

Beyond basic cleanliness, a long, warm bath and a good book can be a great way to relax after a stressful day or week. Light your favorite scented-candle and drop in a bath bomb for an evening of relaxation and enjoyment. Your muscles will thank you when they are tension-free as you head to bed.

2. Watch An Extra Episode

Are you just dying to know what happens in the next episode of the show you are currently trying not to binge-watch? There is no harm in watching one more episode if you have the time. Maybe the dishes need to be done or the dog needs to be groomed – if a minor chore stands between you and your desire to watch an extra episode, then treat yourself!

3. Order Two Appetizers

Counting calories has its time and place. If you are out to dinner for a special occasion, don’t kick yourself in the butt for ordering extra treats. While going out for a meal is about food, it is also about good company. More food means longer time spent at the table engaging in conversation. It’s all about the apps!

4. Plan Your Dream Trip 

Whether you want to take a road trip one state over or have dreamed about exploring Machu Picchu since you were a kid, now is the time. You don’t have to actually take the trip tomorrow. Simply starting to plan is a step in the “treat yourself” direction! You’ll be surprised how exciting it can be to save time off and money when you know it’s for something you’re looking forward to.

5. Cut Out the Negative

Self-care isn’t all about bringing goods things into your life. It’s also about letting go of the bad. From letting go of friends who don’t have your best interests at heart to decluttering your apartment, it can be very relieving to remove people and things from your life that are holding you back from living your best life.

6. Splurge A Little

You never want to make a purchase that is going to prevent you from paying for your non-negotiables (rent, insurance, groceries, etc.), but every now and then it is nice to indulge in that item that is just outside of your budget. For some people that might be buying a popular brand of athletic apparel and for others that might mean buying lunch out one day per week instead of packing it.

7. Spend More Time On You

It can be challenging to make time for yourself with the hustle and bustle of life sweeping you along. Between work, family, friends, and responsibilities it can sometimes seem impossible to make time for yourself to do little things like paint your nails, workout, or dance around the living room. Whatever it is that makes you feel like you, make more time for it.

Self-care is easier to do when you live somewhere that you love. If you are searching for a new place to call home where you can watch extra TV episodes, read in the bath, hang your splurge buys, and more, then explore the White Oak Communities of Vista at White Oak, Montgomery Paint Branch, and Yorkshire Apartment Homes. From one to three-bedroom apartments, there is a layout to suit anyone’s lifestyle and self-care regimen.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Summer 2019 Stay-cation Ideas for Marylanders

Summer 2019 Stay-cation Ideas for Marylanders

 

The signs that the official start of summer is right around the corner are increasingly evident – kids are getting antsy in anticipation of their break, coworkers are sending out of office emails left and right, and stores are overflowing with swimsuits, sunscreen, and grilling tools.

With the abundance of sunshine and warm weather comes the itch for a vacation! Not everyone has the time or money for a “luxurious” vacation, though your Facebook or Instagram feed may make you feel otherwise. If you know you will be spending the summer locally, don’t worry! You can still experience social media worthy fun! Here are some stay-cation ideas to fill your summer weekends:

Catch a Game

Silver Spring, MD is conveniently located near both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, making attending a sporting event in either city a manageable outing. The Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles both have 13 home games to choose from this June. You can find the Nationals’ schedule here and the Orioles’ schedule here. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark filled with tasty treats and good company.

 

Pack the Perfect Picnic Basket

The White Oak Communities residents enjoy close proximity to numerous public parks, not to mention the green space within each property. Enjoy a meal and some fresh air by having a picnic. A wicker basket and checkered blanket aren’t necessities, but they’re charming! Whether you plan on packing classics or are having a potluck-style picnic, great food and conversation will having you feeling like you’re on vacation instantly.

 

Chill Out at the Movies

Escape the summer heat or a rainstorm one afternoon by taking in a movie at Regal Cinemas on Ellsworth Drive or AFI Silver Theatre on Colesville Road. Going to an early show may help you save money on tickets with matinee pricing, depending on the theater. A movie is a perfect activity to “escape” feeling like you’re at home if you’re craving time away. Captivating flicks are notorious for engrossing audiences and making people feel like they are elsewhere.

 

Explore Nature

You don’t have to be the adventurous type to explore nature. There are hikes in and near Silver Spring to suit all skill levels. Spend the day trekking the trails of Sligo Creek Park, Burnt Mills East Special Park, or Matthew Henson State Park to feel transported to a new place. As you pass little woodland critters and listen to the sounds of babbling brooks, you’ll be glad you aren’t sitting in traffic going to the beach.

 

Enjoy a Wine Tour

Maryland is known for many wonderful things including its wineries. Napa Valley has nothing on our local wine tours! Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Serpent Ridge Vineyard in Westminster, and Hidden Hills Farm & Vineyard in Frederick are just a few of the most popular choices. Explore Google and TripAdvisor for a vineyard that piques your interest. You’ll be sipping on your favorite wine without having to sit on a cross country flight in no time!

 

Day Trips

Silver Springs’ location makes stay-cation worthy day trips a breeze! Beyond Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, popular day trips include Annapolis, MD, St. Michaels, MD, Arlington, VA, and Gettysburg, PA. Check out some ideas for a quick getaway here. Whether you have your own car or utilize public transportation, a day away will scratch your vacation itch without breaking the bank!

 

Curious about living in Silver Spring, MD for its convenient proximity to urban, suburban, and rural fun? Learn more about why it’s a great place to call it home all year long. Once you’ve moved into Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch you’ll have out of town guests raving about everything there is to do when they visit.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Whether you are moving into your very first apartment or need some new pieces for your space, furnishing an apartment can quickly add up. From carpets to couches, there are certain ways to acquire great pieces without overpaying. Avoid a shock when you see your credit card statement after a shopping spree by implementing some of these savvy shopping tactics:

Family unpacking cardboard boxes at new home.

 

  • Browser Extensions – If you use Google Chrome to do your online shopping, you will want to explore the Chrome Web Store’s free extensions. There are some extensions dedicated to helping you save money. For example, Honey automatically scans possible coupon codes for you at checkout without you having to do research on third-party sites.
  • Coupons – Often times when you give your email address to a company via their website they will send you a welcome discount. Refrain from giving your email for the first time until you know you are ready to make a purchase. You don’t want the coupon to expire if you take a long time to make a decision!
  • Forums – Social media is a great tool for finding second-hand furniture and decor. Facebook Marketplace is one example of a place where people can post photos of things they are trying to sell with a price. You can search for what you are looking for using keywords and a distance parameter. Often times, you can also negotiate the price with the seller. As with any online connection, use your judgement and arrange to make the exchange in a public, populated place.
  • Second Hand Stores – Thrift stores contain a treasure trove of unique pieces to fill your new apartment with. Some might need some TLC, while you might find someone donated items in perfect condition. Depending on how crafty you are, you can find and rehab a piece of furniture as a fun project.
  • Yard Sales – Keep an eye out around town for yard, estate, and moving sales signs. Furniture such as couches and loveseats can be a pain to move long distances so people often try and sell them before they move. Yard sales are great because you can inspect the condition of what you are buying in person before making an offer.
  • Ask Friends and Family – If you have friends and family in the area, don’t be afraid to ask if they have any extra furniture they are trying to get rid of, or if they know someone who does. Networking is a great strategy for furnishing your space!

 

 

Moving into an apartment is an exciting life event! Once your move is set and you implement some of the above shopping tactics to fill you space, you will have plenty of time to enjoy your new town.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.