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Participate in the Palm Valley Community Toy Drive

November 29th, 2010

Participate in the Palm Valley Toy Drive

Tis the Season for giving!  Palm Valley apartment residents, join us in making children’s holiday wishes come true.  Palm Valley Communities will be hosting a toy drive to benefit the Receiving and Intake Center (formerly the Children’s Shelter) of Santa Clara County. You can make a difference in the lives of children this holiday season with your generosity.

If you want to participate you will be provided a gift tag of someone to purchase a gift for. Gift tags will be available to pick up in the Resident Services Office.  Please bring an unwrapped gift to place under the tree no later than Tuesday, December 14th, 2010.  The gifts will then be distributed to those in need by the Department of Family and Children’s Services of Santa Clara County.

Here are some examples of great gifts to buy:

  • Stacking Blocks
  • Rattles
  • Blankets
  • Pajamas
  • Action Figures
  • Sports Eq.
  • Dolls
  • Helmets
  • Books
  • Coats
  • Coloring Books
  • Art Sets
  • Watches
  • CD’s
  • Handheld Video Games
  • Make Up
  • Jewelry
  • Radio
  • Hair Accessories
  • Board Games
  • Camera
  • Crayons
  • Clothing
  • Shoes or Slippers
  • Movies
  • Gift Cards
  • Toy Cars

Palm Valley residents can make a difference in Santa Clara County this holiday Season.

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City of San Jose Notices For Palm Valley Residents

November 24th, 2010

Donate School Supplie for Children in the City of San Jose

Hello Palm Valley residents! As a member of the community in San Jose, there are a few notices that you should be aware of the month of November.

One upcoming event  that you should know about is the Tools 4 School event. You can make a difference in the lives of children in the San Jose area through this event. This event is a fundraiser to gather school supplies for children in need. You’ll have an opportunity from November 18th through December 10th to drop off supplies and support a worthy cause. Below is a list of locations and contact information:

Locations:

  • Café Pomegranate-221 E. San Fernando Street
  • Azucar Latin Bistro-71 E. San Fernando Street
  • Southside Community Center-5585 Cottle Road
  • San José City Hall – 18th Floor-200 E. Santa Clara Street

For more information vist the City of San Jose Website.

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Great News for Palm Valley Commuters

November 22nd, 2010

VTA has a New Service for You Palm Valley!

Great news for Palm Valley Residents! The VTA has express light rail service between the Santa Teresa and Baypointe Light Rail stations. This service provides you with a great alternative to driving in the local area. Here is what is being offered according to the VTA Commuter Express.

  • Non-stop weekday service between the Ohlone/Chynoweth and Convention Center Light Rail stations saves you time.
  • Free WiFi on Commuter Express Trains.
  • 6 additional morning and afternoon trips, taking light rail fits your schedule and is more convenient than ever.
  • Express service at the same awesome price as regular light rail service.

This is just another convenience of being a resident at Palm Valley Apartments. Instead of driving, take advantage of great public transportation nearby. Head over to the VTA website for the route schedule.

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Make it a Movie Night at the Apartment

November 19th, 2010

Save your money on going to the movies this weekend. After all, the less you spend now the more you’ll have to spend on gifts and holiday shopping. The point is, if you are trying to spend a little less, rent a movie and make it a quiet night in at the apartment with a few movie rentals. If you’re looking for a cheap movie rental what’s more perfect than heading to the Redbox? Here are some of the new releases out on DVD now:

Grown Ups- What’s better than a comedy featuring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Rob Schneider? This group of friends unite after 30 years at at cabin and let’s just say that the adventure is a rough, rocky and hilarious one.

Toy Story 3- Keep the kids entertained at the apartment with Toy Story 3. It was a hit in the movie theaters. Here’s a clip from the movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_FfHA5whXc

Date Night- Steve Carell and Tina Fey bring a boat load of comedy in this movie about a couple who lose their reservation for dinner decide to sit at a table for “no show” reserved table and end up having their lives turned upside down. Their one moment of spontaneity turns out to be the adventure they weren’t looking for.

You can find a Redbox in a variety of stores in San Jose. Head over to the Redbox website for locations near Palm Valley Apartments.

Harvest Festival in San Jose

November 15th, 2010

Avoid the Crowded Mall and Head to the Harvest Festival in San Jose

What are your plans for the weekend after Thanksgiving? If you’re not the type of person that likes waking up extremely early in the morning to stand on long lines for presents then here is the fun-filled solution you’ll absolutely love to attend. Forget the stores black Friday and head over to the Harvest Festival coming to San Jose.

The festival will feature over 200 vendors. You’ll have an opportunity to purchase gifts and items you may even want for yourself. There will be handmade arts and crafts, a variety of jewelry, blown glass, clothing, photography, ceramic and pottery, and special food items. This is an event everyone can attend.It’s also a great place to bring your out of town guest instead of a packed mall.

The Harvest Festival will take place from Friday, November26 to Sunday, November 28th. The event will be held at the San Jose Convention Center near Palm Valley Communities. You can find out more information by visiting the Harvest Festival website. Enjoy the stress free shopping in San Jose!!!

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Veterans Day Parade in San Jose

November 11th, 2010

Today, Veterans Day is a day to Honor those who have Served and Currently Serve

Happy Veterans Day! Palm Valley Communities would like to say a BIG Thank You to all of the veteran residents and each and every troop that has given their service to the United States.

The United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County will be honoring veterans today, November 11th, with a parade in Downtown San Jose.This parade is the largest Veterans’ Day Parade in Northern California.  The parade is organized to honor all the brave men and women who served or are currently serving our country.

The opening ceremonies for the parade start at 11am at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The Grand Marshall for the parade will be SSgt. William (Denny) Weisgerber a recipient of the Navy Cross and Purple Heart.

The actual parade will begin at noon.  It begins at Delmas Street and travels east along Santa Clara Street to Market Street and ends at San Carlos Street.  You can find out more information regarding today’s parade at United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County website.

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Thanksgiving Shortcuts for Palm Valley Residents

November 10th, 2010

Are you planning on having guest over for Thanksgiving at your Palm Valley apartment? One thing that can be frustrating is having guest over, trying to entertain and preparing dinner at the same time. Take some of the responsibility off of your back and spend more time with your guest by taking some short cuts. The following, are ways that you can skip some steps in your cooking, still make a wonderful meal, and entertain your guest at the same time.

Pie Crust- If you are making your pie crust by hand, try the shorter-time saving version. There’s plenty of crust to choose from in the grocery store. You can pick from frozen to even ready made dough that’s you just have to roll out.

Frozen Vegetables- Frozen vegetables are a better choice than canned, and a shorter alternative to cooking fresh vegetables from the produce section.

Fillings- Skip grounding the pumpkin, boiling the sweet potatoes and mixing fruit filling. Buy it! pumpkin puree in the can, and sweet potato pie mix in the can taste just as well in your pies. If you need a filling for your cake try the already made fruit filling.

There are plenty of ways to save yourself a little time in the kitchen. Sometime tradition is overruled by time and spending time with your guest is very rewarding.

Here’s a recipe that even Paula Deen takes a short cut on:

You can find the ingredients for your short cuts at SaveMart in San Jose, near Palm Valley Communities.

What’s Happening at Palm Valley Communities?

November 5th, 2010

Become the Chef of your kitchen. Learn how to Cook at the Palm Valley Cooking Classes

Looking for something to get into? You don’t have to travel too far to find a great activities. Fun is less than on minute away from your apartment. You may be asking how that is possible. The answer is easy. There are really awesome activities happening on-site at Palm Valley. Here are some upcoming activity you may enjoy:

Cooking Classes

Villa Veneto and Palma Serrento Residents! Get ready for Big City Chefs Cooking Class. You will be preparing a holiday feast. Class is Thursday November 18th at 6:30pm.

Santa Palmia and Village of Marineo Residents, Fall is in the air! Come out and learn the taste of fall flavors at your cooking class on Wednesday November 17th at 6:30 pm.

Fitness

Don’t forget to get your exercise in! You can release the stress of your day at Kickboxing Tuesdays or take a soothing yoga class on Yoga Thursdays. Enjoy these fitness classes throughout the month of November at 7pm. Fitness Classes are held at the Santa Palmia Fitness Center for all Palm Valley Resident.

You can view the calendar of on-site and local activities on the Palm Valley website.

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Spring Forward, Fall Back: Reminders for Palm Valley Residents

November 4th, 2010

Reminder: It's Daylight Savings Time. Change the Time on your Alarm Clock

Hello Palm Valley Residents! There are just a few reminders that we have for all of our apartment residents at Palm Valley Communities:

Daylight Savings Ends on Sunday November 7th at 2:00pm

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour. This was originally instituted by Germany and their allies during World War I. It was a way to save coal during the war. The United States first instituted daylight savings in 1918. Sometimes it can get confusing to remember when you move ahead and go back an hour. Keep this in mind: Spring Forward, Fall Back.

Holiday Reminders for all Palm Valley Residents

  • Check all of your appliances in advance to make sure everything is working as it should. Promptly report any issues to maintenance.
  • Holiday lights are permitted on balconies and patios from November 15th to January 15th only.
  • Do not leave your valuables or holiday packages in your car where they may be targeted for theft. Be sure your vehicle is secure.
  • Notify the office if you are out of town and include an emergency contact number.

UPS Packages

UPS has begun leaving packages at your apartment door unless a signature is required. If you prefer, you can have it sent to the office. The office does accept packages for current Palm Valley residents if brought to the office by the delivery person.

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