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It is ok to not be ok during these times.

Times are tough right now. The glimmer of hope of reopening has dimmed a little more, jobs and many businesses have shut down again, schools are going virtual only for the time being, cases are increasing instead of flattening, and virtual everything seems to be the new normal. I am often asked when…

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Gyms are reopening, why is the Community Center still closed?

We are receiving this question a lot lately so I thought I would put a little reminder that the temporary closure of the center was a very difficult decision made by the JPA Board of Directors due to the financial situation that the Center is in. Like many businesses that were hit hard due to the CO…

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Community Input

We would like to hear from you on what your thoughts are for the Community Center in 2021 and beyond. Please note that as with all brainstorming, we cannot guarantee everything will be able to come to fruition, but we want to hear from you to see what the community would like to do moving forward. H…

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Congratulations to the Graduates of 2020!

Graduation is a time of transition and a conclusion for different phases of your life. This year it looks so different than any of us have imagined and our hearts grieve for their missed experiences and memories. We are also amazed at their abilities to adapt to all of the changes thrown at them. We…

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Moving to Weekly Updates- With everything uncertain how do we find stability?

As I have been doing daily posts since March 24, I am switching to weekly posts as of now. I took a break yesterday to celebrate my mom, mother in law, and fellow mothers. 

We are currently living in a period of uncertainty, we do not know when things will go back to normal, what the new normal …

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The state is starting to reopen- what about the Center?

As with much of what is going on right now there is a strong desire to reopen when it is ok but what that will look like, how it will be safe, and what limits for people to come into the center are... have yet to be determined. We do know that it will not be able to be the same right away. We know t…

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Mother's Day is coming and it seems harder this year like everything else...

This weekend is a wonderful one and can also be a hard one. Some of of us haven't been able to see our mothers in months, some of us meet up annually on this date and will not be able to this year, some of us have lost our mother and this year's situation makes it even harder, some of the moms are n…

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Remember to hydrate!

With the heat starting to visit us early in the morning till late into the evening, we are getting crankier and feeling not our best. One of the things that we need to do more so now than a traditional day is hydrate. Make sure that you are drinking water all day. If you are feeling thirsty- it is a…

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Celebrate the teachers in your life....

Now more than ever, we can appreciate all that our teachers do for our children. Not only do they teach the lessons and core curriculum, but they exude patience, kindness, and care. They get creative in strategies to help children learn and enjoy school. They see our children struggle and excel and …

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Mixing up our dinnertime routines...

So when I was younger, I loved to go to places that had a salad bar (no I wasn't a huge veggie lover but I did love toppings like croutons, jello salad, fruit salad, and more). I also loved the sundae bars with the soft serve.... so good and fun!

During this time when we look to shake up our dinn…

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"May the 4th Be With You!"

Today is a fun day know to "Star Wars" fans as a day for light saber fights, movie watching, dressing up or cosplaying, recreating favorite scenes, watching shows and cartoons, eating"Star Wars" themed food, and creating arts and crafts that match the day.

This year, as most of us are home, I exp…

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Baking while "Staying at Home"

My husband has been baking his own bread for years. He learned to make his own starter and has since fed it and used it for over 5 years. Our homemade bread is wonderful and my kids love it. The house smells great and we can make hoagie rolls ourselves, dessert breads, and large slices of bread.

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Self-Care Saturdays or anyday of the week

How important is it to take care of ourselves during this time? Very. We cannot be at our best if we are only taking of others or avoiding taking care of ourselves.

Each persons ideal self-care is different and as roommates, housemates, spouses, family members, we should try to assist people in h…

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Let's take a moment to be upset for the things that we are missing...

It is the first day of May which usually is the start and finish of certain seasonal events such as prom, finals week, graduations, weddings, picnics, Mother's Day, and so much more. In our current "Stay at Home" state and with most  businesses closed people are not only getting antsy, they are mour…

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Birthdays from our homes...

Our family is about to go through the first of many birthdays under "Stay at Home Orders"

It is definitely a rough time right now for our little ones who don't understand why they cant have a full blown part with their friends and at the place of their choosing. 

  • I have seen the birthday p…

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How to make walks more fun for you and your families...

As our hiking trails are closed, people have been coming up with creative and fun ways to make walks more interesting for themselves and their neighbors. Please check with your cities, HOA's, and apartment buildings before placing signage or messages to keep us all out of trouble.

  • Some cities …

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Flowers are blooming and so can kindness...

I am loving going on walks with my family right now and finding colors of the rainbow in plants has been extremely quick and easy. The California Poppy flowers are so beautiful, the Lavender and Rosemary bushes are in full force, and the roses are in full and gorgeous bloom.

We are all focusing o…

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Importance of animals during this time...

My family lost their dog last year and we hadn't yet gotten over her loss. We feel it so much more during these days and have been tempted to get another one as we have more time to train and be home with a little one which we will not have time for again. I have seen so many people adopt a new dog,…

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Memories during this time...

I miss my family and friends during this time- I miss interacting with them in person or the opportunity to hug people. I have been looking through photo albums, books, and memories on apps such as "Facebook" or "Shutterfly" to remember happier times, relive family moments, and see how much my kids …

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Heat wave- how to cool down effectively when under "Stay At Home" orders...

So the thermostat is hitting the 90's, and our normal reaction in southern California is to visit the beach, the pool, the mall, the library, or a movie theater. In L.A. County, all of those areas and businesses are currently shut down. What can we do at our homes to help stay cool and potentially s…

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