Monday, October 26, 2015

Preparing for the Wet Season

The months of November through March will bring with them severe and frequent rainstorms in California. It’s important to prepare for the possible floods and damage that will follow. The City of Corona is already beginning to prepare for the upcoming rains and you should do the same. Currently in the fourth year of our drought, the recent flooding and mud slides signal the beginning of the wet season which will affect much of Southern California. Do you know the proper procedures to prepare for the possible flooding?

Before the serious rain storms begin you should review your flood insurance policy. What’s covered by it? Does it need updated? Make sure that your property is covered. That’s not something that can be done after the fact!

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Are you on the top floor? If you’ve been noticing a little leak in your roof, you need to alert maintenance immediately. What seems like just a small problem will be exacerbated by the coming rains and could cause serious damage. Have any leaks repaired ahead of time so you won’t have to worry about them during the storms.

You should have an emergency kit prepared and stored inside your apartment. Since the electricity could go out, gather flashlight batteries so you’ll have enough. Also make sure to have plenty of bottled water and non-perishable food items just in case. You should include a first-aid kit and a whistle.

Create a family preparedness plan so that every member of your household knows what to do in the event of extreme flooding. Everyone should designate a first point of contact so they know who they should get in touch with first in the event of an emergency during the day while the family is apart.

It’s really important to be prepared for serious emergencies such as floods. With El NiƱo on the horizon, there could be some severe flooding and mud slides happening through the next couple of months. During a flood avoid downed power lines, never drive through flooded areas and walking across flooded areas. Even a small current can sweep you off of your feet and there could be hidden manholes or ditches that aren’t visible to you. Be prepared and you’ll save yourself a ton of trouble. For more information head to the CA Department of Water Resources.

Sources Cited
The Patch
Inner Circle Corona

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lend a Helping Hand in Your Community

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It might seem like one person making a huge difference just isn’t a possibility. How can one person make a change? That’s how ALL change starts: with one person! There are tons of opportunities to get involved and volunteer in Corona. If you want to make a difference, you have to take the small steps forward to make change.

Foster a younger generation of people and impart your knowledge on them. Take a college student under your wing and mentor them in your field or major. Become a role model for a young person who will incorporate your advice and life experience into their life. The best part is you can create the schedule based on your availability. If you aren’t available to meet in person, you can arrange to correspond via emails. Whatever works for you! If you’re interested in applying through head here.

If you’re interested in bringing a community together and make a meaningful impact, you can become a Girl Scout Organizer through the Girl Scouts of America! Use your flair and personality to get the word out about the great things that girls can do as Girl Scouts. Plan recruitment events to garner even more support from the community. Even if you’re unsure that you have what it takes, the organization provides training through every single step of the process so you never have to feel lost!

If you’d like to take that even further, you can become a Troop Leader. Introduce young girls to new experiences and adventures every meeting! Give girls the confidence boost they need and change their lives. Make new friends while improving your leadership skills. If you’re interested in learning how to become a Girl Scout Troop Leader or organizer, check here.

Are you confident using a computer and completing all of its tasks and functions? Many patrons at the Corona Public Library require assistance to navigate the internet to apply for jobs and access emails. These basic tasks might seem basic to you but these can be a little intimidating for others. Give people the help they need by becoming a Tech Coach at the Corona Public Library. Luckily, for you and your mentees, the library is only a quick 12 minute drive from Montecito at Dos Lagos apartments!

There are tons of opportunities in Corona to get involved and make a difference in someone’s life. What might seem simple to you can mean the world to someone else. It could be something as small as giving advice on college, inspiring confidence in a young girl or guiding someone through the job application process online. One small thing can change someone’s whole life! Change starts with you! For more volunteer opportunities head to Volunteer Match.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall & Halloween Events This Month

With Halloween coming up at the end of the month, there are tons of fun events and activities on the way too. Luckily for us, they all take place in Corona. Unfortunately you’ll have the difficulty of choosing between which fun event you’re going to be attending come Halloween!

Starting a little early on October 24th, the Fall Harvest Festival and Food Drive is taking place at Green River Promenade. Bring with you 10 canned food items and receive a mini pumpkin and $75 worth of coupons to local restaurants. Snack on some yummy food and play games. If you’re brave enough, you can get in the bounce house! Paint the perfect pumpkin and take a ride on a pony. Afterwards, make sure to take a walk through the craft market to see what’s being sold.

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Also on the 24th is the Inland Vineyard Harvest Festival from 5:30 to 8. There will be plenty of photo opportunities at the festival as your kids get their faces painted, play laser tag and bounce around on the inflatables. Enjoy some delicious food and make sure to enter in the raffles! Participate in the Trunk-n-Treat Decorating Competition and see if your idea is creative enough to win! Make sure to check out the live music from the Flatbed Pickers! This fest will be fun for the whole family.

October 30th is the Dead Man’s Party live concert event! Dead Man’s Party is an Oingo Boingo cover band. So if you love 80’s alternative rock, this is the place to be! Tickets are $30 for this all-ages event. The concert takes place at M15 Concert Bar and Grill. Doors open at 7.

On Halloween night, the Shops at Dos Lagos are hosting the Halloween Spooktacular! Make sure to wear your best costume as there’ll be a costume competition for kids 12 and under. Make sure to watch out for the stilt walker as he towers over the crowd, but you won’t be able to miss him! If you’re a crafty one, you can create your very own Halloween craft. Stop at all the different booths and shops for candy as you trick or treat through the area all while listening to some spooky Halloween music! It will be a fun, family-friendly night so come on out!

Being part of a community that loves getting involved and putting on fun events like these are the best party of living here at Montecito at Dos Lagos. You won’t be able to choose between all the fun events going on this month! For a full list of all the events happening in Corona and the surrounding areas this month head to Inland Empire.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Corona Pumpkin Patches

Colorful leaves, hot chocolate, cozy blankets: these are just a few of the things that most exemplify the fall season. But there’s one thing that you absolutely must do during fall. You have to go to a pumpkin patch! Picking out a pumpkin whether it be to carve, to set outside your house or to make pumpkin seeds from, is one of the most fun fall activities, especially if you have kids!

At the Pumpkin Factory, they do pumpkins best! Grown on the family farm, you and your family are welcome to explore the vast options and pick the best and orangest for your home. After you pick your perfect pumpkin, head on over to the rides and games for some fall fun. For the adventurous types, strap into a harness and hop on the bungee trampoline. Or climb into a giant orb and try walking on water. For those a little more timid or younger children, take a ride on the ATV train! This ride is good for the whole entire family! There are so many other rides at the Pumpkin Factory. To see the full list of rides available check here. The Pumpkin Factory is only a short 10 minute drive away from Montecito at Dos Lagos so you don’t have far to go to find your perfect pumpkin!

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You can spend hours hunting through Tom’s Farms to find your favorite pumpkin. There are just so many! Tom’s Farms is a family business sprung up from a small produce stall on the side of the road. During the rest of the year, Tom’s Farms is a great place for fresh fruits and veggies, gourmet foods and sweets. During the fall season, it’s a pumpkin patch! Every weekend throughout October, you can guess the weight of a pumpkin. If you guess closest to the actual weight, you get to take the pumpkin home! If you stop by Tom’s Farms on October 24th or 31st you can participate in a pumpkin carving contest. The winners will receive a gift basket from the store. If you think you’re a creative carver and have a steady hand, make sure you enter the contest! Tom’s Farms is located 8 minutes away from our home at Dos Lagos.

Luckily for us both of these pumpkin patches opened last week so we have a full month to find the plumpest pumpkin! The most fun fall activity is getting to carve out a face in the pumpkin and displaying it proudly on your doorstep. Do you like carving pumpkins? What’s the best one you’ve ever carved? Share your pictures with us of your carvings!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Race for the Cure

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many are unaware of the steps that need to be taken in order to detect the disease in its early stages. That’s what this month is all about! Spreading information and in turn, awareness. Corona and the surrounding area is prepared to show its support and rally together to take the steps forward to bring the disease to an end!

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is the largest non-profit breast cancer foundation in the world today. Last year alone the foundation provided over 50,000 families affected by breast cancer with financial and social support. Susan G. Komen continues to grow every year by supporting research, spreading knowledge and providing grants to families affected by the disease.

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The biggest event for the Susan G. Komen foundation is the Race for the Cure which takes place all over the country during the month of October. This year the Inland Empire race takes place on October 18 and the foundation hopes to raise over $500,000 for breast cancer research!

On the day of the race, make sure to visit the interactive I AM THE CURE booth. While you’re there make a Curemitment. A Curemitment is “a commitment, a goal, a personal promise – to take one or more action steps that may reduce their breast cancer risk.” Or if you can’t make it to the race but you’d still like to make a Curemitment, you can do so online here! Check here to see how you can fulfill your commitment.

Costumes are optional but if you’re going to wear one, opt for a tutu! Wear a tutu on race day and take a picture of yourself wearing your tutu with a sign explaining why you think the funds raised are vital to the community! Make sure to share you photo on social media and tag it #DoYouTutu!

After your race, make sure you stick around for the Survivor Ceremony, recognizing the survivors of breast cancer in attendance as well as the awards ceremony. Once you finish your race, you’ll definitely be hungry so head over to the food court area to enjoy some delicious dishes from Carl’s Concessions, Juice It Up, Lil Miss Shortcakes, Papa Murphy’s and Kona Ice.

The race takes place on October 18th and the race village opens the doors at 6 AM. The 10K starts at 7 while the 5K doesn’t start until 8. There’s still plenty of time to register! Head here to register you or your team for the race. We hope to see you out there supporting such a great cause! This year’s race is located at the Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium, only 20 minutes away from our home at Montecito at Dos Lagos.
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