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Mar 26

COVID-19 Closure and Cancellations

Posted to Association News by Samantha Thomas

Our top priority is to keep our community safe and healthy. We've been closely monitoring the recommendations and actions taken to help decrease the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City of Peoria and the state of Arizona. 

After careful consideration and much discussion between the Board of Directors and the Association management team, The Village at Vistancia is temporarily canceling all classes, clubs, and events until further notice effective immediately. 

What does that mean for residents?
  • Association and Lifestyle Offices: Effectively immediately and until further notice, The Village offices will be closed to visitors. Our team will still be on-site to assist you but we are requesting that personal contact be limited with staff. We highly recommend calling or emailing our team if you have any questions before visiting the office. We understand that this may be an inconvenience and apologize. See the bottom of this email for contact information.
  • MVC Gymnasium: The Gymnasium will be closed effective immediatly until further notice.
  • MVC Clubhouse: The Clubhouse is closed effective Wednesday, March 18. The Clubhouse will still be used as a Primary Election polling station for Tuesday, March 17.
  • Pools: All pools will be closed effective March, 19 at 5 p.m. until further notice.
  • Private Rentals: If you have a rental scheduled in March or April, staff will be reaching out to you to discuss some options. 
  • Tot Lot: The Tot Lots will be closed until further notice.
  • Classes and Clubs: All classes and clubs are suspended until further notice.
  • Events: All events are canceled until further notice. This includes:
  • March 26, Food Truck Night
  • April 4, Community Garage Sale (will reschedule if possible)
  • April 9, Thirst Thursday (will reschedule if possible)
  • April 11, Eggstranvangza, purchased tickets will be refunded. 
  • April 14, Vistancia Ladybug Release
  • April 16, Food Truck Night
  • April 21, Lake Pleasant Ladybug Release
  • April 23, Lake Pleasant Cruise (will reschedule if possible)
  • April 25, Village Cafe and Artwalk (will reschedule if possible)
  • As more information becomes available, additional events could be canceled.
  • Common Areas: Residents visiting The Village common area amenities are encouraged to take preemptive measures such as hand washing and hand sanitizing during and after visiting these amenities. If you or your family is showing symptoms of an illness; please refrain from using the common area amenities at this time. 
  • Board and Committee Meetings: All non-essential Board and committee meetings are suspended until further notice. Necessary meetings will be posted and held virtually.
  • Annual Meeting: Please watch for further communications regarding the Annual Meeting tomorrow.
  • Modification Applications: Please submit all applications online to practice the recommended social distancing. If you have questions please contact the Association Office via phone or email.

Steps we have taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
  • Additional cleaning days are scheduled in all of the common areas.
  • Any staff member who is feeling ill is encouraged to stay home and contact a healthcare provider.
  • We are continuing to follow all health and safety protocols currently in place, as well as maintain a focus on cleaning high traffic, commonly handled surfaces.

Contacts:
Association Office: 623-215-8646
General Information Questions - Casey Doscher 
Maintenance - Jake Monday
Communications - Samantha Thomas
Design Review - Stephanie DeAlba
Compliance - John Ruggles
Lifestyle - Kelly Strand


As this situation progresses, we will continue to evaluate upcoming events and programs. Please keep an eye out for website, Facebook, and email updates. 

Nov 18

End of Year Water Plans

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Krislyn Powell

As the 2020 calendar dwindles down towards the last month, it is time to consider your winter water plans. These plans should take advantage of cooler weather by reducing runtimes, while still providing proper hydration. 

Over-watering can lead to root rot and other issues while adding unnecessary costs to your water bill. Under-watering can also be a big issue, as even though your water should be dialed back for the winter, it is important that plants still receive adequate hydration. Not only does this water keep your plant growing on a daily basis, but it protects it from drought-related damage moving through the season. 

While we often see some winter rain across the Valley, this is not guaranteed. Therefore, despite cooler temperatures, it is important not to rely on the possibility of rain alone to water your plants in the winter. Your irrigation system should still be set to water non-desert adapted plants 1-2 hours when moisture levels are low— a soil probe may be used to test your soil’s moisture levels if you are unsure. Desert adapted plants are typically drought tolerant, therefore these irrigation areas may be shut-off. Additionally, if a freeze is in the forecast, water your plants and plants to help keep moisture in the leaves

Nov 23

Celebrate the Holidays in Peoria

Posted to Peoria News by Krislyn Powell

The City of Peoria is reimagining holiday celebrations this year.
 
PEORIA, Ariz. (Nov. 23, 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Peoria has reimagined the holiday celebrations this year to include the Old Town Holiday Lights and Peoria Jolly Holly Days. Beginning Friday, Dec. 4, Peoria residents will have the opportunity to enjoy holiday decorations, a scavenger hunt, a Christmas tree decoration contest for local businesses, and more in a safe and physically distanced way. 

“This year, we created an environment for residents to experience the magical spirit of the season in an up close and personal way,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “With music playing outdoors, small theater performances, and plenty of opportunities to capture memorable moments among holiday lights, we hope families wander around, enjoying the warmth of the season while making new and everlasting memories.”

Kicking off the festivities is the Old Town Holiday Lights. Starting Dec. 4, Osuna Park will be adorned in lights, oversized decorations, and a large Christmas tree with lights synced to a music show. Throughout the month, there will be small music concerts on the plaza outside of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA), and “A Curiouser Nutcracker” performances occurring in the PCPA, presented by the resident company TheaterWorks. Residents are encouraged to stroll through the park, to take holiday pictures or selfies, listen to music and stay physically distanced. The decorations and lights will be up until Jan. 1, 2021. 

“We are happy to be able to offer residents a safe way to experience holiday festivities throughout Peoria all month long,” said Marylou Stephens, arts and events manager. 

In addition, the city of Peoria is hosting a holiday scavenger hunt and partnering with the Peoria Chamber of Commerce for a tree-decorating contest involving local Peoria businesses for the Peoria Jolly Holly Days. For the scavenger hunt, residents must locate a minimum of five wreaths with blue ribbons hanging in local businesses throughout Peoria. Then, they can download the scavenger hunt form on www.peoriaaz.gov/events, fill it out and turn it in at either the Peoria Main Library or Sunrise Mountain Library. Participants will get a free holiday book while supplies last and be entered to win one of several prizes, including two free nights at Cibola Resort and Spa and a gift card to Cantina Gueros. Each library will also have six trees on display that will be decorated by Peoria businesses, for a total of 12, in which residents can vote on the ones they like the best. The business with the tree that is voted as the best will receive a $500 prize. 

To get a full list of holiday activities in Peoria and to download the Peoria Jolly Holly Days scavenger hunt form, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/events. Residents are encouraged to share their holiday fun on the city of Peoria’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, using #peoriaaz as your hashtag.

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