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Oct 03

Access ID Cards Discounted During October

Posted to Association News by Adam Rosen

Your Access ID card is more than your key to unlocking amazing community amenities; it’s your identification as a resident of our community authorized to use those community assets. Our Community Patrol team use Access ID cards to verify residency when patrolling at the pools or the gym.

Each homeowner is entitled to two free Access ID cards. Additional cards can be purchased, and this month, the management team will offer Village at Vistancia cards* at a special discounted price of $6. This is a great chance to replace any lost cards or to purchase them for children who might not have their own cards yet.

Cards will be issued to those residing in the home; exceptions will be made in special circumstances. Youth must be 10 years old to have their own Access ID cards. Those ages 10-13 will only have access to the MVC Gym. At age 14, they can access all amenities.

I can’t stress enough the importance of carrying your Access ID card with you whenever using community amenities. Community Patrol will be conducting ID checks more often to ensure amenities are being used properly by residents and their guests. As a reminder, each homeowner is allowed to bring two guests. Those using the amenities without proper identification may be asked to leave the property.

Additionally, our maintenance team has recently added security alarms to the doors along the northern glass wall of the MVC Gym. These doors are now emergency exits and should not be used to grant entry to the building. Please use the doors at either end of the building, which are accessible with your Access ID cards. Opening the emergency exit doors will cause an alarm to sound.

Purchasing an Access ID card is simple. Stop by the Association Office between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and visit me at the front desk. An adult must accompany a child who needs an ID. The individual who will be using the card must be present, as the cards require a photo.

Please note: this is for a new or replacement ID. Residents may have one active ID card per person at a time.

*Residents of Acacia Grove and Primrose Estates can receive additional or replacement cards for those neighborhood amenities, as well, for an additional $6.
Jan 23

February Landscape Tips

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Adam Rosen

By mid-February, the threat of frost is normally gone and you may begin to prune back plants that were affected by the cold winter temperatures. Bougainvillea and Lantana are the most likely candidates and look for new buds of growth on the stems and prune just above the new growth. Adjust the water upward to the plants and they will flush more growth as the sunlight and warmer temperatures of February begin our spring season.

This is also a great month to plant trees and shrubs.  Be sure to choose the right plant for the space allowed. Check with your local nursery for the mature size of the plant before you choose species. By doing this, it will allow the plant or tree to grow naturally and greatly reduce pruning or shearing needs. 

Sustainable landscape practices is all about reducing wasteful labor and water requirements while still producing beautiful color in your landscapes. Depending on space available, it is best to work with odd numbers when coming up with your design. Clusters of the same species make a dramatic statement by triangulating the design and having a grouping of blooms of the same color to catch your eye. Planting in tiers, with the larger plants in the background and smaller species in the foreground, make a great visual from the street view. By planting in tiers, you will also reduce the need to prune to separate species in your landscape as they will grow naturally to the proper heights and widths in your yard space.

Enjoy the beautiful February weather and get your landscape off to a great start before the triple digit temperatures of summer arrive.

Jan 23

Check out Peoria Greekfest

Posted to Peoria News by Adam Rosen

The Peoria Greekfest offers three days of the best Greek food and pastries at St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church!

Friday, Feb. 9: 5-10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Additional activities include live Greek music, live folk dancing, kid’s zone and a marketplace. General admission is $3. Children and active military members are free. For more information, visit their website or call 623-486-8665.