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27
Dec 16

New Year’s Eve- Seattle Style

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve means something different for everyone. The last day of the year can be a time of quiet reflection, or a chance to get that one last party in before the official “reboot.” Whether you prefer a low-key celebration or crowds of cheering, smiling strangers, here’s a selection of events to help ring in the New Year, Seattle style:

The Space Needle

For the quintessential Seattle New Year’s Eve, you can join 20,000 spectators at the base of the Space Needle for the fireworks show. The event is free however, there are also ticketed parties in and around the space needle like the annual Indulgence New Year’s Bash.

New Year’s Resolution

Why sit home alone making your New Year’s resolution list, when you can join thousands of your closest friends at the Resolution 2017 party at Wamu Theater? There’s always tomorrow for making lists and starting diets.

New Year at Chihuly Gardens and Glass

Immerse yourself in the fireworks show and watch them through the glass at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Enjoy the exhibit, dining and dancing, along with a champagne toast at midnight.

Spectra 2017: NYE Under the Arches

Head over to the Pacific Science Center for a full menu of entertainment and an unobstructed view of the fireworks show from the courtyard. Includes live science demonstrations and wanderings through the exhibit halls, planetarium and Laser Dome.

Seattle Children’s Museum

Kids want to party too at the Seattle Children’s Museum! As midnight arrives in countries around the world, kids can raise a glass of apple juice and indulge in some crafts that represent the traditions of each country. Culture and apple juice go together well.

First Night

This family-friendly event in Tacoma is in its 20th year and features both day and evening events that draw up to 20,000 attendees. With 10 venues entertaining through fire, ice, music and dance, it’s unlikely anyone in the family will get bored.

Swinging Pre-Funk Party

Get a head start on the festivities on December 30th, and head over to the Century Ballroom for an elegant night of Swing dancing. An optional 5-course dinner is available and 30’s and 40’s attire is encouraged, but isn’t a deal-breaker. Dance lessons will commence after dinner and newcomers are welcome!

Slammin’ Jammin’

Sometimes “new” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If that’s your story, jam to some old-school R&B at the Slammin’ Jammin’ NYE party at the Doubletree Suites. Includes dinner, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight.

Party Cruise

Who says you have to be land-locked to ring in the New Year? Waterways Cruise will help you bid adieu to 2016 while cruising around Lake Union and Lake Washington. The 3-hour cruise includes party favors, a live DJ, dancing, dining, champagne toast at midnight, and a great view of the fireworks.

Bollywood Masquerade Party

If dancing to the Bollywood vibe has been on your 2016 bucket list, now’s the time to fulfill that dream. The Jai Ho New Year’s Eve bash is in its fifth year and features a masquerade-themed dance party with DJ Prashant spinning high energy house music. Includes a free mask, a bhangra dance lesson and for a donation, a henna tattoo.

End of the Year Run

Burn some holiday calories and challenge yourself to an end-of-the-year walk/run at Green Lake Park on December 31, starting at 8am.

What? The party is over?

Not necessarily. Start 2017 alert, refreshed and soaking wet at the Polar Bear Plunge at Puget Sound. Plunge into the cool waters, and then warm yourself up with some hot beverages at the warming tents. Rain or shine, of course.

Or, join many others around the world, and snuggle up on your couch in your pajamas, consuming large amounts of coffee, while contemplating new goals…like taking down the holiday decorations.

However you decide to celebrate, the Weidner family wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.

 

 

 

 

20
Dec 16

The Weidner Texas “Door-Tacular” Decorating Contest!

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Weidner Texas properties got into the holiday spirit this year by inviting residents to participate in a contest to decorate their front doors and patios. The contest has been a great success with some 75 residents participating in the contest.

Participants were asked to submit their photos by December 14, 2016. There were 20 winning photos and each winner received a $100 Visa Gift Card. Those winners were then entered into the…

 Grand Prize drawing to receive one month’s free rent!

The winning photos were posted to the Weidner Texas Facebook page, where viewers can visit and vote on their favorite submission through December 22, 2016. One Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the 20 photos by the number of “Likes” they receive on Facebook.

Weidner Texas properties are aglow with festive decorations that show creativity, imagination and holiday cheer. Check out a few of the submission photos, then visit our Facebook page, cast your vote, and join in on the seasonal fun!

Happy Holidays, from Weidner!

 

15
Dec 16

Holiday Events in Minneapolis

Holidazzle at The Mall of America
Holidazzle at The Mall of America

Minneapolis is a magical place any time of the year, but during the holidays, the city is aglow with lights, laughter and action. Here’s a list of some holiday and New Year’s Eve events in and around Minneapolis, MN that are sure to keep you in the holiday spirit:

Discover the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” now playing at the Guthrie Theatre. This is nepotism at its best; this one-man show is performed by actor Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of the author, Charles Dickens. The show runs through December 30. Or, check out Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the musical at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, through December 31.

Get your wish list to Santa at the Minneapolis Zoo on Saturdays, or head over to the Mall of America for the Santa Experience, where you can get DVDs and portraits to capture the holiday memories.

After your trip to the Mall of America, stop in at Loring Park for Holidazzle,  a holiday winter wonderland for shopping, dining and entertainment. Shop artisan vendors, dine on Bavarian pastries and watch the fireworks or holiday movies. Thursdays through Sundays, through November 23rd.

Get your folklore on at the American Swedish Institute‘s Nordic Christmas  and get the inside story on elves, yule goats and trolls. The institute features displays of art pieces that help unfold unique, mythological stories that will entertain and delight the whole family.

Take a tour of the Gingerbread Wonderland at the Norway House and step in to a world made of cookies. How’s that for magical? Tours are available through January 3rd.

Head over to St Paul where the entire city is lit up and the Wells Fargo Winter Skate park hosts many a happy skater. The Landmark Center also features a variety of holiday events.

Mall of America isn’t just for shopping during the holidays. This event hub features everything from a Holiday Music Festival to Toddler Tuesdays with Rudolph, to the Nutcracker Fantasy at the State Theatre. Check out the caroler times and enjoy listening to melodious holiday classics while you shop.

Burn some holiday calories for a good cause and enter the Polar Dash on New Year’s Day.  Runners can choose to participate in a 1,500 meter, 5k or 10k race along the Mississippi River, with proceeds going to the Shriners Hospital for Children. After the race, runners win a steaming hot cup of cocoa- or a free beer at participating pubs.

Whether you’re in the mood for music, shopping or making good old-fashioned snow angels, Minneapolis and her surrounding cities are the ideal location for the holiday season.

To learn more about Weidner communities in MN, give us a call. We wish you and yours a happy holiday season!

13
Dec 16

Weidner Cares: The Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino

Weidner Cares
Weidner Cares is dedicated to giving back to the community and the wonderful people within it.

The Weidner Cares team was proud to partner with The Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino, (BGCSB) earlier this year. BGCSB is “committed to mitigating issues impacting our youth, and to improving their overall well-being.” In a city with over 30% of residents living below poverty level, programs like BGCSB “help to build self-confidence, self-esteem and foster a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence” in the city’s youth.

Here’s a look inside our Weidner Cares Day with our friends at The Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino:

Nothing says “new” like some good old fashioned cleaning, a fresh coat of paint and some tender loving care. We started with the BGCSB facility, which provides a productive place for the city’s youth to go after school and during summer break. Our 50-person team of volunteers painted an office, a few classrooms, a computer lab, the stage area and did some touch-ups on the outside. From room to room, we did repairs, deep cleaning and organizing, so that this crucial facility can shine- just like its members! We also repaired and refinished the dance studio flooring, which was damaged during a termite infestation. We couldn’t fathom letting some pesky termites win out over talented dancers!

Next, we set our sights on the community garden, located on the BGCSB grounds. We did some much needed revitalizing- weeding garden beds, bringing in new topsoil, and planting new vegetables. Now this community garden is once again a learning opportunity that teaches these youth-and our future leaders about the importance of agriculture, nutrition, sustainability, and teamwork- and that’s just the beginning. The pride one derives from planting and seeing the “fruits of their labor” manifest, is a tangible source of self-confidence they can build on throughout their lives.

Great Futures Start Here

As The Boys & Girls Club so eloquently put it, “Great futures start here” and their mission statement, categorized into three parts, reflects this statement:

  1. To America’s Youth – To provide a safe, positive place and have a significant impact on their lives.
  2. To the Nation- To uphold high standards in all areas, especially in overseeing our finances, reporting data on membership and community outreach, being good stewards of the donor dollar and representing ourselves to the public.
  3. Vision for our Second Century – We envision a future in which the Boys & Girls Club movement is a catalyst for an age in which success is within reach of every child, and whole generations of children are inspired to a level of civic engagement not seen since the founding of our nation.

We’re grateful for the opportunity to lend our hands in service to an organization that epitomizes community spirit by reinvesting in its youth. Thank you to all the volunteers that worked alongside the Weidner Cares team in making this day an extraordinary success!

13
Dec 16

Giving Back: Weidner Texas Food Drive

West Texas Food Bank
Say hello to a few of our Weidner warriors!

Over the last 15 years, Weidner Texas has donated over 200,000 canned goods to The West Texas Food Bank. The tradition began when Weidner’s Texas Regional Director wanted to show that they were more than just another business, but part of the community. Each November and December, the Texas Region reaches out to employees, residents and volunteers to help keep the Texas Food Drive giving back to the community they work and live in.

The West Texas Food Bank (WTFB) is “the largest collaborative non-profit, non-governmental hunger relief agency serving the Permian Basin.” They have supplied 4.4 million meals to those in need in West Texas, focusing on “the nutritional needs of children, families, and seniors through strategic partnerships with civic groups, corporate groups, and private donors.”

Giving back with Weidner is fun, convenient and at some properties, involves a little spirited competition! Some Weidner communities hold contests to encourage contributions. Some have held a Breakfast-on-the-Go for residents who trade their favorite breakfast items for canned food. This year, the Top Dawgs Team in Midland, TX hosted a 5k run whereby the participants could either pay to participate or contribute canned food items to the food bank, with all proceeds going to the West Texas Food Bank. Last year, one community traded canned food for a visit with Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” movie. Another community traded canned goods for a picture with Santa.  This year, Weidner Texas has partnered with The Permian Basin Mission Center in Odessa, TX, where they supply an average of 147 families per day with food, clothing, and other necessities.

The Weidner leasing staff helps make giving convenient for their residents by placing donation bags at every apartment door, and then returning and collecting the bags so residents don’t have to lug them down to the leasing offices. Barrels are located in the leasing offices of 24 properties located throughout Midland, Odessa and Abilene, TX. Anyone who enters the leasing office is invited to donate and either give canned foods, or a cash donation that gets passed along to the chosen charitable organization. When cash is donated, the food banks can then purchase turkeys for those less fortunate so that they can enjoy a festive holiday meal. At Permian Basin Mission, they handed out 550 food baskets during the week before Thanksgiving 2016, all generated from donations.

There are currently 6 teams of associates in Texas vying to be the “winner” that collects the most canned goods. Brenda Huffty, Weidner Texas’ Vice President, will announce the winning team during the Holiday Party scheduled for December 14, 2016.

At Weidner, what matters to you, matters to us. We consider it an honor to give back to the community we live, work and play in.

Happy Holidays!

7
Dec 16

Downtown Chic at Proxy 333

Proxy 333
Live downtown chic at Proxy 333

For apartment dwellers looking for a sublime mix of downtown chic and urban charm, Proxy 333 in Phoenix, AZ delivers.

Each studio, one, and two-bedroom apartment home includes amenities designed to cater to the busy, contemporary lifestyle. From the sleek plank wood flooring throughout, to the solar window shades, this is urban city living at its finest.

Imagine hosting an intimate dinner party in your designer-inspired apartment home. As guests mingle in the spacious living area, you put the final touches on the appetizers in your gourmet kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances and gorgeous tiled backsplashes. After dinner, you and a few guests catch the shimmering Phoenix skyline from the rooftop deck and enjoy a game of bocce ball.

Outdoor Living

Outdoor living is a Phoenix staple, especially during the cooler months from October through May. At Proxy 333, everything you need to enjoy the outdoors is minutes from your front door:

  • Outdoor Kitchen with Poolside TVs
  • Refreshing Pool and Spa
  • Sundeck with Shaded Areas

When it’s time for a workout, step in to the state-of-the-art fitness center where you can work off the day’s stress and maintain your fitness goals at the cardio center. The contemporary clubhouse is the perfect place to connect with friends and neighbors before heading out to the Phoenix downtown art and music scene.

Pet Friendly Apartments in Downtown Phoenix

Pets are part of the family at Proxy 333 in Phoenix, AZ. This pet-friendly community also offers an on-site Bark Park, where dogs can expend some energy and meet their new four-legged neighbors.

Whether you’re a single professional who desires a stylish one-bedroom near the Metro Rail, or a family who enjoys living close to downtown sporting events, Proxy 333 has the ideal floor plan for you. Contact one of the leasing professionals at 602-892-3333 to find out more about this classic, urban community.

About Downtown Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix is a hub of sports arenas, rooftop lounges, art galleries and live music. Whether you’re in the mood for a happy hour with friends, a comedy show, or catching a game, downtown has something for everyone.

CityScape is located in the heart of the city and features more than twenty restaurants, a boutique hotel, retail shops, bars and the Lucky Strike bowling alley. Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen serves up more than 60 beers on tap, along with live music. The Phoenix Convention Center is also located here, along with the Arizona State University downtown campus.

Sports enthusiasts appreciate Proxy 333’s close proximity to Talking Stick Resort Arena, home of the Phoenix Suns, and Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Phoenix and surrounding neighborhoods boast more than 200 golf courses, including Camelback Golf Club, where you can enjoy a view of the stunning Camelback Mountains.

Getting Around Phoenix

Getting around downtown Phoenix is easy; the city boasts one of the most progressive transportation systems in the nation. You can rent a Grid Bike by the hour, day, or month and get just about anywhere, including a fun romp to the Phoenix Art Museum, Roosevelt Row galleries and surrounding gardens and parks. Whether you are heading off to work or play, the Valley Metro Rail is highly rated and highly efficient.

For residents who enjoy the convenience and excitement of living downtown near restaurants, shopping, and entertainment venues, Proxy 333 is the ideal place to call home.

Weidner Apartment Homes: What matters to you, matters to us.

 

Do you have a multi-family investment opportunity you think we might be interested in? Please contact our Vice President of Acquisitions, Kevin Colard, at Kevin@Weidner.com or 425-250-2955

 

 

 

2
Dec 16

Weidner Cares: Partnering for Growth and Sustainability in Canada

Weidner Cares
Weidner Cares believes in the growth and sustainability of Canada

In alignment with our vision to create quality apartment home living, we take great pride in giving back to our residents’ communities through our Weidner Cares program.

Earlier this year, the Weidner Cares team participated in two events in Canada- one in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and one in Edmonton, Alberta. With nearly 150 total participants, the impact on these two communities is something we reflect upon with fondness and pride. It is one thing to get to know your teammates in the workplace- it’s an entirely different thing to stand side by side with them in the spirit of volunteerism.  Here’s a look inside these two inspiring events:

Edmonton

At our first event in Edmonton, we partnered with The Mustard Seed. The Mustard Seed’s motto is, “Share the warmth of kindness, because hope can’t wait.” We couldn’t agree more. The Mustard Seed is committed to “meeting the basic needs of shelter, food, clothing and acceptance for men and women experiencing poverty, and working with them to find sustainable housing and employment.” The Mustard Seed recently partnered with Neighbour Centre, our 2015 Weidner Cares partner, which has served people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Alberta for more than 30 years.

Our team pulled out the paint brushes and tools and got to work painting, cleaning and remodeling three of their facilities. At Mustard Seed’s Community Support Centre, our goal was to replace three dilapidated offices with one new, larger office that would better support their efforts. Not only did we accomplish an “out with the old, and in with the new,” remodel, we also built three new shelves, and did some painting in the entry way. Then we got to work on sorting through the generous pile of donations from the local community.

At the Main Church Building, we revamped their volunteer lounges with some fresh paint, new flooring and cleaned up the outside of the facility. The Main Church Building is a flourishing hub of volunteerism, and offers a free, hot meal to hundreds of people every day. This incredible feat is accomplished by a group of selfless community volunteers who now have a sparkling, new lounge to relax in between long shifts.

Saskatoon

In Saskatoon, we partnered with the Saskatoon Food Bank’s Garden Patch. The Garden Patch is “a community-driven urban agriculture initiative” of the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, located in the heart of the city. In the past five years, the Garden Patch has produced over 100,000 pounds of produce which must be planted, grown, nurtured, harvested and distributed to the community.

This was a return engagement for Weidner. We assisted this spectacular organization last year and they were thrilled to have us back for another day of community service. Last year, we helped to build several structures at the garden, including a green roof, picnic tables, benches, a sign board, and raised beds. This year, we did some maintenance on the structures and gardening beds, and added a few brand new structures. Then it was time for harvesting! We harvested hundreds of pounds of onions and garlic, shifted compost, and installed a long trellis along the garden beds for plants to grow on. We also spread mulch across the garden, painted and installed new signs, and revamped their children’s garden with new ground cover and a cheery coat of paint.

One of our larger projects was constructing the new shaded structure to be used as a classroom space, enabling students to learn about gardening, urban culture and making a difference in their community. At nearly 10-feet tall, the classroom overlooks the garden so the students can indeed “watch their garden grow.”

The Weidner Cares team is grateful for the opportunity to partner with these two incredible communities. Thanks to all those who made these two events such a joyful success!

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