Thursday, April 23, 2015

Go Green in Corona

With all of the posts and articles you have undoubtedly seen throughout Earth Week, how many of them actually gave you useful tips on how to conserve water? It's certainly no secret that the state of California has been in the midst of a drought crisis for some time, so why not use this week as inspiration to make some changes in your day-to-day routine to live a greener lifestyle? Hopefully, these are some changes that you can incorporate into your routine without too much of a disruption!

Green Living at Dos Lagos
Just by living at Montecito at Dos Lagos apartment homes, you are already a few steps toward living a greener life! Our outdoor deck offers you a space to enjoy the natural sunlight - so go outside to read a book or magazine, or to entertain friends instead of being indoors!

We are also located just steps away from The Shops at Dos Lagos and other area points of interest, so you don't even have to get into your vehicle to arrive at many area destinations!

What Can You Do at Home?
Shop Local - When it's time to do some grocery shopping, head to the Corona Farmers Market to purchase fresh, locally cultivated produce!

Unplug "Energy Suckers" - These include large appliances like your television or microwave. If this is too tricky to remember to do, start small. You can begin by unplugging your phone charger when you disconnect your phone from it in the morning!

Go Paperless - Do you pay any of your bills online? Unsubscribe from receiving paper statements in the mail.

The Good, Old-Fashioned Carpool - Chat with your neighbors to see if you work in the same area. If so, take turns driving to work!

Laundry - Do full loads of laundry, and wash them in cold water! A half-load of laundry requires the same amount of energy as a full one, so make it count! The same applies to the dishwasher.

What are your favorite ways to be environmentally friendly in either your apartment home or throughout the community? These are some simple adjustments that will go a long way in reducing your energy output! Share your ideas on the Montecito at Dos Lagos Facebook or Twitter pages. We look forward to reading your opinions!

Sources consulted:
Green Living Apartments

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Taste of Brews Inland Empire

Do you need an excuse to get out of your apartment home this weekend? We have the perfect one for you! This Saturday, April 18, for the fourth year, the Taste of Brews beer festival returns to Corona! The event will be held from noon to 5 PM at Crossroads Riverview Park in Corona/Eastvale. The Taste of Brews offers two different tasting sessions from more than 3-dozen breweries, snacks and water, and live entertainment.

If you choose to attend the festival, you can purchase a ticket for either a four hour (noon to 4 PM) or three hour (1 PM to 4 PM) tasting. It's less expensive to purchase your tickets in advance through their Eventbrite page. Discounts are also available for larger groups. You ticket gives you access to the tasting, music festival and onsite gourmet food trucks. You can even purchase a designated driver for the event for $20 if you're worried about finding a friend to give you a ride. The event venue is about 20 minutes away from Montecito at Dos Lagos apartment homes. Parking for the event is $5. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Loyal Order of Reenactment Enthusiasts (LORE) and other Inland Empire charities. Of course, this is a 21 and over event.

Inland Empire breweries participating in the event include: Packinghouse, Inland Empire Brewing, and Sons of Liberty; other participants include Sam Adams and Angry Orchard. For a full list of participating brewers, click here. Participating food trucks include Bacon Mania, Big Wave, Devilicious and Sol Agave. You're bound to work up an appetite!

Sounds like a wonderful way to welcome spring to Corona, right? Gather your friends and your designated driver, and head to the Taste of Brews this Saturday! You may just find a new favorite brew! Cheers!

Sources consulted:
Taste of Brews
PR Web

Friday, April 10, 2015

City of Corona Garden Festival

California is currently in the midst of a water conservation crisis, and the City of Corona is taking this as an opportunity to educate area residents in a fun and interactive way! Tomorrow at city hall, join the Department of Water and Power for the 2015 Corona Garden Festival! The event takes place from 10 AM through 2 PM at City Hall on S. Vicentia and is free to attend. For Montecito at Dos Lagos residents, City Hall is about a 15-minute drive away.

The Garden Festival features a variety of family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt and story time for the kids. For the adults in attendance, demonstrations about composting and drip irrigation, and information about what plants grow best in our climate will be presented. Many of the vendors present at the event, which include retailers and local community organizations, will be distributing giveaways and prizes, as well!

Something that the whole family can enjoy is a tour of the California-Friendly Demonstration Garden. This example garden showcases all of the things learned from the presentations - what types of plants grow best in Corona, drip irrigation, and signage identifying the types of plants that are grown there. The Demonstration Garden will be divided into 4 areas:

  • Ornamental Grass Garden: features low-maintenance and low-water plants.
  • Sub Tropical Garden: low to moderate water use plants that complement commonly used housing architecture in Corona.
  • Mediterranean/California Garden: fine-textured plants in a myriad of colors that are low-maintenance.
  • Parkway and Hardscape: presents alternatives to turf grass.
Spring is the perfect season to get informed about ways to keep your garden, and our state's water supply, growing and flowing! This event is sure to inspire you to curate your own garden at home or in your apartment! Get ready to get your green thumb!

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