Community News

Fire Hazards: Take Precautions to Keep Your Apartment Safe

January 27th, 2011

Give these guys a day Off!

It’s important to take precautions to keep your apartment safe. In fact, it’s a good idea to periodically look around to make sure that your apartment is free from hazards that may cause an apartment fire. You can help prevent a fire in your Palm Valley apartment by doing the following:

  • Keep your matches and lighters away from children. You should keep them stored high where your children cannot reach them. Also, talk to them about the dangers of playing with matches and lighters.
  • Never store gasoline or other flammable agents in your apartment.
  • If you are a smoker, refrain from smoking in bed. If you are not a smoker, but you friends that smoke, always check the area where they smoked for any cigarettes that may have been inadvertently dropped.

Unfortunately, the Fire Safety Presentation program has been discontinued at the San Jose Fire Department. However, they offer free safety information on their website that can help you keep your apartment safe.

Photo Credit: Jay Adan

Ciro’s at Palm Valley Website is LIVE!

January 27th, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the all-new website for Ciro’s at Palm Valley is LIVE! This website captures the excitement of the Palm Valley community and the San Jose area lifestyle. Be sure to check back often for the latest information, events and area happenings!

Local San Jose Meetings and Events!

January 25th, 2011

San Jose!

Do you feel like you are out of the loop? Do you need information regarding events in the area? If so, don’t worry because here is a list of the remaining January events in San Jose:

  • Councilmember Kalra will have Office Hours on Wednesday, January 26th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. You can contact District 2 for an appointment or you can just drop by!
  • The Hayes Neighborhood Association Meeting will take place on Thursday, January 27th from 7-9 p.m. at Hayes Mansion. For more information, contact David Monczynski at
  • The Santa Teresa Foothills Neighborhood Association meeting will take place on Thursday, January 27th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The location is TBA. For more information, contact Matt Freeman at
  • The Retirement Planning Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 29th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Edenvale Branch Library. The library is located at 101 Branham Lane East in San Jose. For more information, please call 408-808-3036.

Mark your calendars for these events!

Photo Credit: Marcin Wichary

Add Flair to Plain Window Treatments

January 24th, 2011

Plain Window Treatments

Do your window treatments look plain and ordinary? Do you want to give them a little style and pizzazz without spending an obscene amount of money? If so, you are in luck because I have a great way to add a little style to your window treatments using a rosette!

Don’t worry because it is easy to make! However, you will need to know how to sew to make this decoration.  Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Find a patterned fabric that matches your existing room décor and cut a 4 1/2×48-inch strip.
  2. Press the strip in half lengthwise while coiling the strip into the rosette shape.
  3. By hand, stitch the rosette to a circle of interfacing.
  4. Top-stitch the center of the rosette.
  5. Get rid of any excess interfacing by trimming it away.
  6. Pin your new rosette to your curtain.

If you want to see a picture of the finished product, click here.

Photo Credit: Taber Andrew Bain

Keeping the Dream Alive: MLK Day Events in San Jose

January 17th, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How are you keeping the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive today? Are you helping with a service project? If not, would you like to?

On this Day of Service, you can volunteer to help a school in need in the San Jose area. Until 3 p.m. today, volunteers will be making a difference at Daniel Lairon Elementary School.

Named in honor of former Principal, Daniel Lairon, volunteers are helping with much needed projects at the school including:
•    Organizing Classrooms
•    Painting the Blacktop
•    Restoring the School Garden
•    Painting Murals

Volunteers and organizations all over the San Jose area are all lending a helping hand. Since you children are out of school today, take them to the Daniel Lairon Elementary School to give back. By giving back on MLK Day, you child will understand that today is not about being “off’ from work and school, but about being “on” in making a difference.

Daniel Lairon Elementary School is located at 3975 Mira Loma Way in San Jose. For more information about this event, click here.
Photo Credit: Caboindex

Tips to Help Your Organize Your Bathroom and Kitchen

January 14th, 2011

Messy Bathroom

Are you having trouble finding space in your kitchen and bathroom? Are these rooms in disorder, and you are in need of help? If so, don’t worry because I have some awesome organization tips to share:

• If your kitchen is like mine, you have a lot of papers on the counters. If so, consider purchasing a bulletin board and hang it on your kitchen wall to display papers. If that is not an option, simply buy magnets and hang the needed documents on your refrigerator. However, make sure that the things that you hang are pertinent.

• If you have an old salad spinner that you never use, get rid of it. The same can be said for any other kitchen appliance that you no longer need. For example, why would you keep a broken toaster? There is absolutely no reason why you should hang on to items that no longer can be used. Unnecessary items take up precious storage space. 

• To create more space in your bathroom closet or storage area, buy a wine rack to store your bathroom towels. Wine racks can be purchased at a fairly decent price at most department stores.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth

Watch the NFL Playoffs at the Dive Bar in San Jose

January 12th, 2011

The Dive Bar

Are you looking for a place where you can watch your favorite team on the big screen? How about a place that has awesome happy hour specials every day of the week? No, this place does not only exist in your dreams!

The Dive Bar is the place to go to unwind and enjoy a couple of drinks with your friends after work or on the weekends. Happy Hour specials are available 7 days a week from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Drink specials include:

$6 Grey Goose
$6 Bombay Sapphire
$6 Maker’s Mark

$3 Drafts
$4 House Margaritas

$2 Domestic Bottles
$3 Drafts

If you are in the mood for wine, you can choose from a wide variety of white, red and sparkling wines. The Dive Bar is the perfect place to watch the NFL playoffs this weekend!

The Dive Bar is located at 78 E Santa Clara Street in San Jose.

If you are planning to move to the San Jose area and you want to live close to attractions and restaurants, Palm Valley Apartments is the place for you. In fact, we are located just 11 miles from the Dive Bar. For more information about our apartments, give us a call at 1-800-959-8419. One of our knowledgeable leasing consultants will be happy to assist you.

Photo Credit: The Tahoe Guy

Reach Your Weight Loss Goal: The Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker App can help!

January 7th, 2011


Okay, so it’s day 7 in your quest to keep your resolution to lose weight in 2011. How are you doing? Are you on the right track, or do you need a little boost?

Everywhere you turn there is someone or something that can offer you assistance in your weight loss challenge. In fact, your iPhone or iPod Touch may be just what you need. That’s because they are both compatible with the Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker application by MyFitnessPal. You can use this application to count calories, set goals, and track your progress. In fact there are over 600,000 foods in the database!

Even better, the application has an awesome tool that allows you to invite your family and friends to help motivate and support you while you are on your weight loss journey. This feature allows you to share any updates on your progress with your support system.

The best thing about this application is the fact that you can use your iPhone and get full access to your account. So, if you are out, and decide to stop somewhere for a quick bite to eat, you can log your meal information into your iPhone, and it actually synchronizes with the website! Oh, don’t worry about cost because the iPhone application and the supporting MyFitnessPal website are both 100% free!

Palm Valley residents, for more information about this awesome application, click here.

Photo Credit: Katie Lips

The Annual Foam & E-Waste Collection Event is this Weekend!

January 5th, 2011

Out with the Old...

Did you get a new television for the holidays, and now you have no use for your old one? Do you still have a bunch of Styrofoam around your apartment? If you don’t have a clue as to how you are going to dispose of these items, you are in luck because the Second Annual District 2 Foam & E-Waste collection event is this weekend!

Do the responsible thing, and dispose of your electronics in an environmentally friendly way. If you have old DVD players, computers, or any electronics that you no longer want, please bring them down to the event for proper disposal. To be on the safe side, check out the following websites to make sure your items can be dropped off:

Dart Container Corporation

Allied Waste

Electronic Recyclers International

For questions or more information, please contact Stacie Shih at 408-535-4925.

Who: Open to the Public!

What: Second Annual District 2 Foam & E-Waste Collection Event

When: Saturday, January 8, 2011

Where: Southside Community & Senior Center (In the parking lot next to Poughkeepsie Road)

Photo Credit: D’Arcy Norman