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Complimentary Fitness Classes to Combat Holiday Cravings

Woman Doing Yoga on MatWhen holiday cravings arrive in full force, you have to get out of your apartment in Northridge in pursuit of a distracting activity. What better way to combat your cravings than fitness classes that keep you moving and feeling healthy? After getting your heart pumping, you can overcome your cravings easier since you probably do not want to undo all that hard work. When the cravings hit, make sure to consider these following fitness class opportunities at Athleta at The Village at Topanga.

Yoga Poses Near Our Northridge Apartments

Nothing beats stress faster than moving into your favorite yoga poses and holding them for a fifteen count or more. You can attend yoga classes near our Northridge apartments at Athleta at The Village at Topanga. On Saturday, November 4 try Yoga Fusion Flow with Deanne! In this class, Deanne will flow a fusion of all methods of yoga practices. This movement and flow will create balance between the body, mind and spirit. All levels of ability and experience are welcome to this class but remember to bring a yoga mat.

If you’re looking for more of a serene yoga flow, mark your calendar for Sunday, November 5 for Peaceful Yoga Flow with Ananda. Amber from Ananda Yoga will be guiding the class through a peaceful and restorative yoga flow. For this class, remember to bring your own mat and come 5 minutes early so the class can begin altogether.

Relaxation Station

Join Kandice from Ananda Yoga on Sunday, November 12 as she leads a meditation class focused on breath work and journaling. Skin Laundry will also be providing complimentary treatments for this event that will deep clean your skin and improve it over time.

FLIGHT Class

On Sunday, November 19, take part in a diverse array of fitness classes lead by Sydney, who specializes in barre, yoga and functional fitness. FLIGHT is a 1-hour, heart pumping Electronic Dance Music (EDM) workout combining yoga, cardio dance, functional training and a full-blown dance party!

Once you return home from your fitness classes, you will likely feel ready to kick back and relax. As you sink into your favorite chair, consider contacting our office at Candlewood North by calling (866) 796-2183 to inquire about our full range of floor plans. We look forward to upgrading your home by showing you our available apartments!

Small Puppy

Dog Adoption Delaney’s Dogs Event

Small PuppyMercedes-Benz is doing more than serving the people of San Fernando Valley — they want to help our four-legged friends too. They’re out to help lost pups find a forever home. This event is hosted by a rescue organization called Delaney’s Dog and sponsored by the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Calabasas.

Event Details

The event takes place on November 5 and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Mercedes-Benz of Calabasas is conveniently located on 24181 Calabasas Road, right off the freeway). This is the second annual event, and it promises to be full of fun and friends. You’ll have a chance to meet your perfect new companion as you check out all the dogs they have available for adoption. This is the time to find a new pet for your family! If you or your new best pal get a little hungry while you’re there, you can sample some treats from SusieCakes, Healthy Spot, and Four Sigmatic. Come be a hero to a dog in need when you stop by!

About Delaney’s Dogs

Delaney’s Dog is run entirely by volunteers and is committed to helping canines of every breed find the best spot for them. They only take in rescues who are in danger of being given to the city or county shelters, or of being turned out on the street. Delaney’s Dog is a certified non-profit organization serving the greater Los Angeles area, and they do more than just find homes for dogs. All animals are spayed or neutered and have received proper veterinary treatment. They’ve also been micro-chipped and placed in loving foster care environments for more successful rehabilitation. Delaney’s Dog verifies each new parent so they can be sure their pups are getting a real forever home.

It’s not always easy to find Northridge apartments that care for animals as much as you do, but Candlewood North is happy to welcome both you and your pet. We know just how much joy and comfort our furry buddies can bring at the end of a busy day, and we don’t want to deny our residents that pleasure. Give us a call to find out more about our availability or our amenities!

Thanksgiving Table

Event Registration for Thanksgiving Volunteers at LA Mission

Thanksgiving TableOne of the major benefits of living in our Northridge apartments is that you’re close to everything. With the holidays just around the corner, your thoughts may turn to helping the less fortunate — and you’ve got a great opportunity to do so with the Los Angeles Mission.

From Your Apartments in Northridge to Helping a Vital Local Mission

With the central location of your apartments in Northridge, you’re in the ideal position to help out at the Los Angeles Mission this Thanksgiving. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Mission, and they provide hope and help to thousands every year.

The Thanksgiving volunteer sign-up starts with completing this form on their website. By filling out that form, you’ll be registered for the upcoming volunteer orientation on Saturday, November 4. The orientation lasts from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the orientation includes a tour of the Los Angeles Mission. When attending the orientation, come to 316 East Winston Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Be aware that the parking is quite limited so you may need to use metered parking if the lot’s full when you arrive.

Preparing to Volunteer at the Los Angeles Mission

As you prepare to volunteer at the Los Angeles Mission this Thanksgiving, there are several things to be aware of. First, you can register for future street events once you’ve attended orientation. Be sure to read the volunteer policy and procedure information prior to your orientation day. It’s also helpful if you have the Volunteer Photo and Liability Release form complete and ready to deliver on the day of your orientation.

Be aware that when you complete your registration for orientation, you won’t get a confirmation via email. Once your form is submitted, you’re all set. Be sure to show between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. After that time, the chapel doors are closed and no other entrants are permitted.

Looking for an apartment home that offers upscale living in a prime location? Candlewood North offers elegant touches like wood-style floors and ultra-spacious closets. Pets are allowed, too! Contact the Candlewood North team to learn more about our amenities and apartment home availability.

Pumpkin Patch

Nearby Pumpkin Patches in Northridge

Pumpkin PatchWith fall in full swing and Halloween coming up, this is the perfect time to visit a local pumpkin patch and select a pumpkin or two. Whether you plan on carving jack-o’-lanterns or painting your pumpkins, these are a few of the top pumpkin patches that are near Northridge.

Forneris Farms

Forneris Farms in Mission Hills is a quick 15-minute or so drive away from Northridge, which makes it a convenient place to go to for pumpkins. From September 30 through October 31, the farm has a pumpkin patch available where you can choose a fresh pumpkin for your home. During this time, the farm also has a Harvest Festival going on with a corn maze, tractor-pulled train rides and other attractions. While you’re there, you can also stock up on locally grown produce, including apples, green beans and peppers.

Bobby the Snowman’s Christmas Trees and Pumpkin Patch

Bobby the Snowman’s Christmas Trees and Pumpkin Patch is less than a half an hour south of Northridge in Woodland Hills. This family-owned and operated pumpkin patch is a local favorite for its great selection of pumpkins. You’ll also have a fun time wandering through the pumpkin patch looking for the perfect pumpkin while surrounded by spooky Halloween decorations. Bobby the Snowman’s Christmas Trees and Pumpkin Patch has pumpkins in all sizes so you can find the ideal one for a large jack-o’-lantern or a smaller one to decorate with paint and other craft items.

Tina’s Pumpkin Patch

Tina’s Pumpkin Patch is also less than a half an hour south of Northridge in Sherman Oaks. At this pumpkin patch, you can stop by any time in October to choose your pumpkins. There’s no charge to visit the pumpkin patch during October, and you’ll find some fun activities available, including a straw maze and kid-friendly train ride. Tina’s Pumpkin Patch has an impressive selection of locally grown pumpkins to choose from so it might take awhile to find the right one. While adults are looking for pumpkins, kids can enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo, as well as giant inflatables and a slide.

Our apartments in Northridge, California have a balcony or patio to set up a pumpkin display for this season. Contact us to learn more about our amenities and community.

Hiking Boots

3 Fun Things to Do in Northridge to Stay Active

Hiking BootsLiving in Northridge puts you within easy reach of plenty of activities that are both fun and healthy. With all the sunshine, the close proximity of the beach and hiking, and a community that values fitness, you are well positioned to enjoy yourself and stay active.

3 Fun Options for an Active Lifestyle

1. Hiking

If you open up a map of the Northridge area, you will see numerous green spaces only a few miles from the area. You can stick close by and hit Moonshine Canyon Park, or you can drive a few minutes further and really get into the hills at the Michael D. Antonovich Regional Park at Joughin Ranch or Rocky Peak Park. With plenty of trails for walking, hiking or running, you can get your outdoor fix anytime you like.

2. Amazing Escape Room

Getting outside is all well and good, but sometimes you want something a little more interactive. The Amazing Escape Room is designed for such an experience, offering groups of 10-12 people the challenge of escaping specialized rooms by solving clues, cracking codes and unraveling puzzles. You can bring your own group, or join one that is already there. So whether it’s just you, your friends and family, or a big group, you can enjoy a fun, active time indoors.

3. Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Located just on the edge of Northridge, Sky Zone Trampoline Park is just what the name suggests – a room full of trampolines and trampoline-related activities. You can take baby steps, or you can jump right into the fun and spring higher than you probably should. The trampoline park caters to people of all experience levels, so there is nothing to fear. You can go alone or with a group, and you can even reserve a space for a special event.

Helping You Enjoy Northridge

Northridge is one of the best locations in the country to lead an active lifestyle – both indoors and outside. As your apartment management team, we are here to help you get the most out of the area. If you have questions about our community or about our available Northridge apartments, please contact us. Our team is standing by to assist you in any way we can!

Candy Corn

4 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Candy CornDo you dislike wasting money on a costume that you’ll only wear once? Are you on a budget and don’t want to spend money on an expensive costume? No worries! Here are four ideas for inexpensive, do-it-yourself costumes that are also easy to make.

Snapchat Filter Photo

Get a piece of yellow poster board and cut the Snapchat ghost shape in the middle. The cutout should be large enough to showcase your face. Next, draw random black dots around the ghost to mimic the Snapchat look. Next, pick a filter that you’re fond of and apply your makeup accordingly. For example, if you like the animal filters, make some dog ears and use makeup to turn your nose into a canine’s snout.

Bath Puff

For this costume, you’ll need to purchase colorful tulle (save money by looking first in the remnants section) from a fabric store. Then, bunch it together and sew or pin it to a strapless dress or a tunic-length t-shirt. Add a string to your costume to imitate the one on a bath puff.

Men in Black

If you have a black suit (or know where to borrow one), a black tie, and shades, you’ve got yourself a Men in Black costume. Wear a single earbud and tuck the other end away in your suit. Or if you’d rather be a Blues Brother, top your costume with a fedora, instead.

Jellyfish

Purchase a white or clear dome-shaped umbrella for the main body of the jellyfish. For tentacles, add pretty holographic or fabric ribbon with a glue gun to the underside of the umbrella. Strips of bubble wrap can also be used as legs. If you’d prefer, you can also wrap the entire umbrella in a gauzy material and then secure it on the underside with a safety pin. You can then glue or sew on the “legs.” Wear something white or lacy to match the jellyfish vibe.

Have you been searching for apartments in Northridge that are a true treat, without any tricks? Then come check out our pet-friendly apartments that are located close to the Northridge Mall and the Northridge Fashion Center. Visit our office to learn more!

Autumn Candles

Countdown to Fall: Autumn Touches to Add to Your Decor

Autumn CandlesWith the leaves changing colors and a crisp nip in the air, it’s time to wave goodbye to summer and welcome fall. The change of season is the perfect time to tweak the décor of apartments in Northridge. Even if you don’t want the overly-obvious skeleton and skull take on Halloween decorations, or cartoon turkeys, there are plenty of autumn touches you can add as a subtle nod to the season.

Fall Shades

Even without painting or making large-scale changes, adding fall hues to your décor can make a major impact. Pack away throws and decorative pillows in light or bright shades and bring in ones in rust, dark green, burgundy or brown. Table linens, such as placemats or table runners are also easy places to add a pop of autumn color. In addition to the traditional fall shades, add a few metallic gold items for a rich, warm look.

Cozy Textures

Cool fall temperatures invite snuggles and cuddles. Give your apartment in Northbridge a cozy vibe by adding chunky textures. Toss a nubby knit blanket over the back of the couch or the arm of a chair. Add soft throw pillows to dining room chairs and use burlap in place settings and coasters. Place velvet pillows on couches or armchairs and add an extra rug to hard-surface floors.

Pumpkins With a Twist

Pumpkins are a go-to fall decorating option. If the bright orange look is too cliché, try giving this favorite a DIY makeover. Give fresh or plastic pumpkins a coat of white or ivory spray paint. The unexpected color will blend in with your existing décor while retaining a fall feel.

Swap Flowers for Leaves

There is no more classic sign that fall has arrived than beautifully-colored leaves. Exchange vases of flower for faux stems of red or orange leaves. A few long stems casually arranged in a glass vase is a lovely addition to an entryway or mantle.

Candles

Flickering candles add extra warmth to any décor. Pumpkin, apple or cinnamon versions give an instant autumn vibe. For a more subtle and elegant touch, place an unscented pillar candle in a vase of coffee beans. Or, place a collection of pillars of varying heights on a shelf.

Are you in search of a new place to display your fall décor? Call us today to find out how Candlewood North can become your new home this autumn.

Cat and Human

Happy Cat Month! 4 Ways to Celebrate With Your Feline Friend

Cat and HumanCat lovers will be glad to know that September is Happy Cat Month! Its focus is on providing a happy life for your cat, and all it takes to celebrate is to provide some things that are sure to please them. Here are some ideas to consider:

Give Your Cat Some New Toys

Just like humans, cats like to have new things every so often. They get bored with their old toys and playthings, and they’ll appreciate the chance to play with something different. Choose toys of the same general type your cat already likes, but pick ones that have some sort of new twist to them. For example, if your cat likes to play with balls, give them one that holds some cat treats.

Engage in More Active Play With Your Cat

The activity in question will mostly be done by the cat, but it’ll help keep your pet engaged and in shape just the same. If you don’t already do so, use a laser pointer to provide a target for your cat’s stalking and hunting instincts. Vary the pattern of motion you use for the dot to keep it interesting. Just make sure you never shine the laser directly into the cat’s eyes, and the play will be safe and fun.

Bring in a New Scratching Post

This’ll be a sure hit with any cat. They love to scratch, and they also love to scratch new things. As a bonus, it’ll help protect your furniture from scratching damage.

Be Attentive to Your Cat’s Needs for Affection and Solitude

Paying attention to your cat’s moods so that your actions are in tune with it will definitely please your cat. If they want to cuddle, go right ahead and engage. However, if attempts to cuddle are snubbed, leave them alone.

These are just some ways to make sure your cat is joyful during Happy Cat Month and at other times of the year as well. Our final suggestion is to make sure you’re living in a cat-friendly apartment. For a great selection of pet-friendly apartment homes to choose from, just stop by our office and see our apartments in Northridge.

Whole Pie

4 Pie Recipes That Will Make You Excited for Fall

Whole PieFall in Southern California can sometimes feel like summer that’s just mellowed out a little bit. If you’ve been having a hard time getting into the swing of autumn, it’s time to pre-heat the oven, pick some fruit (even if only from a supermarket bin), and bake a pie that will keep you warm when the crisp wind starts to blow.

Harvest Pie

If you can’t decide between a pie made of cherries, apples, and cranberries, why not combine the three into this incredible dish. Honey, almonds, and a buttery crust tie the fruit together into an incredible package you won’t be able to resist serving your friends. Serve with cheddar cheese, ice cream, or whipped cream, and you won’t go wrong.

Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

Taking two of the most delectable fruits and combining the two together yields a sweet and crunchy midnight treat. The apple butter makes the pie slightly sweeter than a traditional pumpkin, while the streusel on top gives the dish more texture. Showing up to a Thanksgiving party with this concoction will definitely put you in everyone’s good graces.

Toffee Almond Pie

If you’re not the type of person who craves fruit during any season, then try this twist on a traditional pecan pie. The toffee and almond combination is one that will get your lips smacking and taste buds dancing. This pie manages to be both creamy and crunchy while giving you just the right mix of sticky and sweet.

Triple Pear Pie With Walnut Crust

Pear is sometimes overlooked when it comes to pies, but that just gives you even more of a reason to give it a try for this season. Use pear nectar to balance out the tartness of Bosc slices, and walnut to complement the cardamom used in this recipe.

Our apartments in Northridge will always smell better when there’s the scent of a freshly-baked pie cooling off on the counter. For autumn, choose seasonal ingredients that remind you of all the fun parts of fall. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. If you’re looking for a better place to bake, call Candlewood North for more information on our available floor plans.

Sun and Grass

Dog Days of Summer Safety Tips for Valley Living

Sun and GrassSummer in the San Fernando Valley is finally in full swing and that means that temperatures are rising. With the summer weather bringing extreme heat to the Northridge area, we believe that it’s important for all of our residents to be aware of the dangers that high temps can pose for your health. Whether you only venture outside to run into your air conditioned car or you’re a fan of long summer hikes, be sure to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, cool and happy all summer long by following a few helpful summer safety tips.

Top 5 Summer Safety Tips for to Avoid Overheating

1. Stay Aware

Pay attention to the hottest parts of the day by checking the weather regularly. Modify your activities as needed to avoid spending too much time outdoors without protection from the sun. It’s also important to pay close attention to your hydration status and drink plenty of water during a heatwave.

2. Keep Cool

When you spend time outdoors in extreme heat, you’ll need to do your best to stay in relatively cool areas. Remember that you can always take cover under a tree and use an umbrella when picnicking or out at the beach.

3. Dress Accordingly

Loose-fitting, light-colored and lightweight clothing is best for naturally regulating your body temperature during the hot summer months. Additionally, natural fabrics like cotton allow your skin to breathe and your body to cool much better than synthetic or heavy materials.

4. Limit Time in the Car

During a heatwave, it’s best to avoid hot enclosed spaces whenever possible. As the temps outside rise, so will the temperature in your car. Remember to never leave children or pets in an unattended car during the summer months.

5. Prevent Sunburn

Don’t go outside without putting on your sunscreen. Most doctors recommend wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your delicate skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Stay Cool at Candlewood North This Summer

Stay cool and relaxed all summer long at our resort-style pool! If you’re interested in exploring the available floor plans at our luxury apartments in Northridge, be sure to visit our office at Candlewood North for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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