Stay Active This Summer!

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Stay Active This Summer!

When the temperature rises, you might feel tempted to sit in front of your air conditioner instead of heading to the gym. To help motivate and inspire you to keep working hard this season, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite ways to stay active this summer!

Swimming

Swimming is a no-brainer way to stay fit! Not to mention it’s a great way to stay cool even when it’s super hot outside! Treading water alone for an hour can burn up to 400 calories and give your legs a great workout. For those who are looking for more of a challenge, swimming freestyle laps for an hour burns between 700-800 calories!

Biking

Riding your bicycle is another activity that lets you go at whatever pace you choose. Take a stroll through the park and enjoy the nature by yourself or with friends. If you want to test your endurance, hit the nearest trail or path and check your speed! Always be aware of other people you may be sharing any pathways! Also, if you are skilled enough to venture onto an actual road, remember to wear bright colors, so cars will be aware of you and use hand signals.

Running

Running a set of bleachers or in a hilly area for just 20-30 minutes can keep you in great shape! This exercise will keep your calf muscles toned and your endurance in top condition. Set a goal and try to get in shape to run a 5K at the end of the summer! Having something to work for will motivate you!

Rollerblading

Rollerblading can be tricky at first, but with some practice, you could be a pro in no time! This activity is a great exercise for those who like to run, but need to reduce the impact of their legs hitting the pavement. But not only do you get a great leg workout while rollerblading, but you also work your core while balancing!

If you like to follow a particular workout routine, but you aren’t sure how just use your laptop in your living room or outside! YouTube is a great source for looking up almost any kind of exercise taught by a trainer or instructor. Most videos require none to minimal equipment and take you step-by-step through work out movements.

Pool Safety Tips

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The dog days of summer are here and there is no better way to stay cool than hanging by the pool! Swimming can be fun for those of all ages, but safety always comes first. Make sure you are always careful when spending time cooling off at the pool this summer! Here are a few tips to always follow to make your pool days as enjoyable and safe as possible!

Make sure to watch your children. What seems like common sense is too often pushed aside. Young kids should always be under the supervision of an adult. Make sure they have the proper pool safety tools too like flotation devices. Lather children up with plenty of sunscreen. No one likes sunburn! But don’t forget to put some on yourself as well!

No diving! Without an experienced lifeguard on staff, it can be very dangerous to dive into a shared pool. It may be dangerous for other swimmers, and it could be potentially fatal to the diver if the pool is too shallow. No running either! It’s easy for kids and adults alike to slip and injure themselves while running in a pool area.

Always avoid alcohol and no glasses bottles of any kind whatsoever! This means no drinking both before and during swimming and whenever you’re near water—even during a pool party. It is always important you can be alert and have a clear head when swimming!

Survey the pool area. It’s a good idea to become as familiar as possible with the area you’ll be swimming. Know where to exit from the pool and from the gate. Make note of where the pool drains, pipes and openings are located. Children should stay away from any parts of the pool that have suction features.

It’s not a requirement, but knowing CPR is always a good idea and classes are not hard to come by. Knowing this first aid skill could save a life if someone who doesn’t know how to swim falls into the pool.

Always bring your phone with you! Some people go to the pool to take a break from their electronic device and to “unplug”, but in the case of emergency, its best to have it at all times. You can still make yourself stay off of it while enjoying the weather.

Unfortunately, pool season doesn’t last forever. Make sure to follow these pool safety tips to keep your pool experience fun all summer long! If you ever find yourself bored, broke and looking for something to do, grab a towel and head down to the pool!

Summer Festivals In Columbus

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A great part of summer time is the many options of events or festivals to attend! They allow you to pursue current interests and discover new loves and hobbies in your life. With the many different neighborhoods in Columbus, there are endless opportunities of things to explore, foods to try, music to listen to and people to meet!

Below are a few of the festivals happening this summer. Get your calendars out and start marking in dates for fun-filled weekends!

Summer Sizzle Concert Series

Enjoy some live music in Downtown Grove City every Friday this summer until August 18th! Bring a chair and some snacks to Grove City Town Center. The music begins at 7:00 p.m. and lasts until 9:00 p.m.

Ohio Wine Festival

If you’re a certified wine-o or just want to try out some local wineries, head to the Ohio Wine Festival at the North Market! The festival lasts all weekend, July 7-9 and will include a farmer’s market on Saturday and entertainment throughout the whole weekend.

German Village Art Crawl

Hang out in the beautiful German Village for the 14th Annual German Village Art Crawl on July 15. Macon Alley will be transformed into an art gallery and celebrate the patronage of art that thrives in this historic neighborhood.

You can enjoy live music and artistic demonstration while sampling food from participating restaurants.

Grandview Hop

Check out what’s happening in Grandview at the Grandview Hop! Half a mile of Grandview Avenue will be taken over with live music, local shopping and merchants, amazing art, food and fun activities for everyone.

Discover unexpected finds like handcrafted clothing and jewelry, handmade paper and leather goods! This event will take place on Saturday, June 24, Saturday, July 29, 2017, Saturday, August 26, 2017, and Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Jazz and Rib Fest

Enjoy three days of continuous jazz and ribs at the famous Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest! This event takes place Friday, July 21-Sunday July 23.

There will be three stages that will host local, regional and international jazz artists, while barbecue masters serve their own ribs, chicken and more. Try the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbecue teams compete for the “Best Ribs”.

Columbus Food Truck Festival

If you’ve ever seen the many different types of food trucks driving around Columbus and they’ve piqued your curiosity, this is a must-attend event for you! This is the Midwest’s largest food truck festival with around 60 different food trucks to try!

This foodie feast begins Friday, August 18 and continues through Saturday evening with great food, live music and special events. The event will take over Bicentennial Park, Scioto Mile and Rich Street Bridge.

Best Metro Parks Around Columbus

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It’s almost summertime here in Columbus! One of the easiest and (and cheapest) ways to spend time by yourself or with friends is check out the many great metro parks located around the city. Taking a quick trip to one of these is a great chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a few hours.

Highbanks Metro Park

Highbanks gets its name from the 100-foot-high shale bluff towering over the Olentangy State Scenic River. It is located near Powell and Lewis Center In the park, streams have created many deep ravines in the eastern part of the 1,159-acre park. The Coyote Run and Overlook trails combined make for five miles of hiking. Along with forests and river views, you’ll also come across Adena mounds and another prehistoric earthwork.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Escape the city and head to the west side of Columbus. Only 20 minutes away from downtown, Battelle Darby Creek offers more than 7,000 acres of forest and 20 miles of hiking trails. This giant park stretches along 13 miles of the Big and Little Darby creeks. Bison has also been reintroduced to the park and freely roam with in two of the enclosed pastures.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

This 761-acre park is located in Westerville and is made up of forests, fields and 11-acre lake. The Edward Thomas Nature Preserve sits inside the small park and is named after renowned Ohio naturalist and one of the founders. Seasonal pools associated with the swamp forest communities are present in the park. These pools provide critical spring breeding habitat for amphibians and other wildlife. There are four miles of paved trail perfect for bicyclists. Those looking to go off the beaten path will enjoy the three miles of nature trails that wind along the wetlands.

Slate Run Metro Park

Slate Run is located near Canal Winchester and features a variety of habitats including open area grasslands, wetlands, meadows and forested areas. The park is 1,705 acres with a 156-acre wetland. Combine the Bobolink, Kokomo and Sugar Maple trails for a 6-mile tour through the full spectrum of biomes

There are so many great parks to choose from and they can fit the specific interests of all visitors, whether you go to get your exercise in for the day or to spend your time leisurely, taking in all the nature. No matter what you choose to do at one of these parks, they are a great place to get some fresh air and relax!

How to Prepare Your Apartment for Spring and Summer

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Spring is here and summer is right around the corner, which means sweltering temperatures, tornado warnings, and big invasions are coming. Before summer hits in full force, it best to get your apartment prepared. Embrace those lazy, hazy days of summer with a few simple chores that, done in advance, will make your summer a warm, leisurely breeze. Here are some ideas in regards to what you should do to prepare your home for summer.

Freshen Your Airflow

No one wants to suffer through those dog days of summer, so to ensure a cool summer, some simple airflow updates are a must. Turn your ceiling fan to counter-clockwise. In other words, make sure your fan’s blades are tilted upward as they spin; this pushes the air downward and creates a stronger draft. In addition, replace the air conditioner’s filter or have your central air looked at by a professional. By doing this, you will have an easier time breathing in the sweltering summer heat.

Say Goodbye to Winter

Simple, seasonal changes to your interior design can make your apartment fit for summer. You can update your space with lighter and brighter accessories. Let go of anything that elicits heat: get rid of heavy rugs and curtains, thick blankets and fire logs. You can replace candles with fresh flowers and switch your winter weather mats with lightweight white ones. With these updates, winter will be long gone and out of mind.

Flip Your Garage

Say goodbye to your snow blower, shovels, snowboards, and skis! You won’t need any of those items anytime soon. Bring forward all of those summer sports gear including the lawn mower, sprinkler and garden tools. Fill your garage also with backyard sports items like cornhole, badminton, croquet and bocce ball. When they are upfront and organized, they are easily accessible. You won’t be rummaging through your winter items in order to access those outdoor summer needs.

Set Up Bug Barriers

Summer weather tends to bring out the bugs. Many bugs and insects go into some form of hibernation during the colder months. The minute it starts warming up, the bugs of the summer will begin to flock to your area. There are a number of ways to keep bugs from coming in. Make sure everything is sealed. Check the caulking around your windows and doors, inside and out, and fix any of the drafts and gaps with new weather stripping and caulking. Ask your landlord for professional help!

Stock Up for Summer

It is important to stock up on all of those summer essentials in case of emergencies. Make sure to fill your medicine cabinet with sun block, aloe, and insect repellant. In addition, place picnic blankets and fresh beach towels in your linen closet. For a summer picnic, place your picnic basket in your pantry prepped with colorful summer linens and biodegradable dishware all ready to use.

Spring and summer are the best times to have fun and relax. Take some time to freshen up your apartment so you can enjoy the warm months ahead. These few maintenance tips will surely help you save money and headaches for the summer months to come.

 

5 Can’t Miss April Events in Grove City

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Spring is in full bloom and there is so much to be excited about in Grove City and Columbus!

Celebrate National Beer Day

April 7 is National Beer Day and the perfect day to support local Grove City and Central Ohio breweries! Celebrate this day by visiting a local brewery such as Grove City Brewing Company, Hop Yard 62, Hoof Hearted, or one of the other dozens of breweries in the area. Many of these breweries have delicious food too, so save room for a tasty meal!

John Mayer Concert

One of the most talented musicians of recent years, seeing John Mayer live should not be missed! Many believe that Mayer sounds even better live than on his albums and he is one of the most skilled living guitarists. Mayer will be performing at the Schottenstein Center on April 12. He recently released new music for the first time in years, so it is bound to be an amazing show of music both old and new. Other great concerts coming to the Schottenstein Center in April include Justin Moore and Lee Brice on April 19 and Chris Brown on April 29!

Ohio State Football Spring Game

The Ohio State Football spring game is an event that should never be missed! If you are suffering from the drought of football since the Super Bowl, then this is definitely the event for you. Tailgate and dress up as you would during the regular season! Enjoy a stadium hot dog, pleasant weather, and the company of good friends and family. Watch the Scarlet and Gray scrimmage in The Shoe on April 15, the day before Easter!

Heritage Cycles Bike Night

Attend an evening bike ride for Heritage Cycles Bike Night! Heritage Cycles, a local Grove City bicycle shop, hosts this event every week and this April is the perfect time to try one out with dozens of other cyclists! During April, the rides will take place on April 5, 12, 19, and 26. There are both short and long routes available, so there is something for anyone! The routes will end at a bar where you will be able to enjoy a discounted drink! Meet the other bikers at Heritage Cycles at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy the ride!

Attend Family Friendly Night at COSI

COSI is one of the greatest attractions in Central Ohio! On April 28, get your family together and attend Family Friendly Night beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is only $11 and offers admission to all of the amazing exhibits including a special screening of a National Geographic film in the Giant Screen Theater. This is the perfect event for the whole family and a great way to experience COSI at a discounted cost.April is bound to be an exciting month in Central Ohio, so start getting excited and filling in your calendar!

April is bound to be an exciting month in Central Ohio, so start getting excited and filling in your calendar!

What To Do Around Grove City in Spring

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Spring is right around the corner, and it is worth getting excited about more than just the warm weather! There is plenty to look forward to this spring, and in case you are unsure of what is coming, we have put together a list of things to do in Grove City and throughout Columbus this spring!

Taste of Grove City

Thanks to the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, on March 15 Grove City will be hosting the 9th annual Taste of Grove City event! For just $7, stroll through vendor tables of Grove City restaurants and businesses and try delicious samples of BBQ, pizza, subs, sweets, and plenty more! The event will take place at 5 p.m. at the Southwestern Career Academy located at 4750 Big Run South Road.

Visit the Columbus Zoo

Even if you’ve been before, make a return trip to the famous Columbus Zoo on a sunny day! If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably read about the new polar bear cub and it is definitely worth seeing the adorable cub in person! The Columbus Zoo is the perfect spring activity for people of all ages. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays Franklin County residents receive admission for half off! The zoo will also be hosting lots of fun events around Easter so be sure to check that out online!

Ohio State Football Spring Game

The Ohio State spring game is the perfect way to get family and friends together and to enjoy the warm weather alongside our beloved Ohio State Buckeyes! This year’s spring game will take place on Saturday, April 15 at 12:30 pm in The Shoe as always! Tailgate with friends and put on your favorite scarlet and gray gear, this is an event you will not want to miss!

Catch A Columbus Clippers Game!
Huntington Park was recently named the best stadium experience in Columbus! This beautiful stadium is right in downtown and attending a game is the perfect activity to enjoy with family and friends. Dime-a-dog nights are one of the most popular nights to attend so be sure to purchase tickets beforehand if you’re interested in one of those games!

Get Some Ice Cream!

Columbus boasts some of the most delicious ice cream options in the country. While you can enjoy this ice cream year round, there’s something even more amazing about ice cream when the weather gets warm! Go to the nearest Jeni’s or Graeter’s, or our personal favorite right now, the Cookie Dough Creamery in Worthington!

Grove City is lucky to have so much to look forward to this spring! Get your spring cleaning done early so you can have plenty of time to enjoy all of the wonderful spring activities that Grove City and Columbus have to offer!

How to Get the Most Out of Your Apartment Community

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Now that you have made the wonderful decision to live in an apartment community, it is important to ensure that you make the most out of your community and take advantage of the many benefits to living in one. There are social, financial, safety, and many other advantages that come along with living in an apartment community. Read on to learn about how you can embrace where you live and make the most out of your apartment community.

If you are a resident at Grove City Summit, you most likely know about all of the wonderful amenities. From a resort-style swimming pool to the yoga and Pilates studio and a community garden, among other amenities, there are so many benefits to living in this community. While you may be aware of the amenities, it is just as important to get your money’s worth and actually use them. During the summer months, take advantage of the pool and go for a dip after work and on the weekends. All year round, make sure to use the state-of-the-art fitness center that is just steps away from your apartment. These amenities will be sure to improve your quality of life.

Apart from the amenities that come along with living in an apartment community, the availability of maintenance is another major benefit. When there is a problem in your apartment, whether it be the plumbing, electric, or anything in between, you can file a service request and the problem will be taken care of in a timely manner.

One of the most exciting parts of living in an apartment community is the social aspect. You have the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with your neighbors and it always fun to have friends who live nearby. Because of the community aspect at Grove City Summit, you have the chance to meet new people at the fitness center, pool, café, park area, and really anywhere on the property. Making friends at your apartment community is a fun and easy way to make the most of your experience.

Living in an apartment community is a fun and rewarding experience within an area that you feel safe and comfortable. Take advantage to all of the benefits to living at Grove City Summit and make the most of your time at living in this community!

2016 In Review

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Wow! What a year 2016 has been here at Grove City Summit. We can’t believe that 2017 is only a few days away, so we wanted to take some time to look back at all of the fun stuff our residents had in 2016.

After the first blanket of snow came and went, we celebrated Valentine’s Day with a contest for our residents. For a chance to win, our residents had to write why they love living at Grove City Summit. Carol Grossman was the lucky gal who won the Valentine’s Day gift basket!

  

In early March, we were surprised by Mother Nature with a late winter snowstorm, but boy did it look beautiful! Our Community Manager, Jennifer Crager was able to capture the the essence of the snow that morning.

  

In March, we also had a “Press Your Luck” challenge for residents who paid their March rent in February. Kim Burke and John Riddle were the lucky residents who’s luck didn’t run out!

In July, we had another contest! This time it was for an awesome sundae gift basket, perfect for cooling down in a “sweet” way during the summer! Congrats to Richard Elchert, the winner of the “Sundae Spectacular” gift basket.

  

In August, we ran our Summit Selfie Contest and we received so many great selfies from in and around our community!

  

 

In December, Grove City Summit collaborated with the first snowfall of the winter to create beautiful scenery throughout the community!

 

 

 

 

 

Later in December, we had our annual holiday open house where we had a blast mingling with fellow Grove City Summit residents!

2016 was such an exciting year for everyone here at Grove City Summit and we’re excited for what 2017 has in store for our community! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and blog for more news from Grove City Summit!

Black Friday In Grove City

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If you live in Grove City, you don’t have to travel to the big outlet stores, or malls like Easton and Polaris. Grove City offers a ton of great shopping options right off of Stringtown Road.

Target, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, T.J.Maxx, Staples, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kmart to name some of the heavy hitters off of Stringtown Road that will be open for Black Friday. They will be offering shoppers discounts on electronics, clothes, home decor items, hobby items and more to all the shoppers heading out to the stores early.

Best Buy is offering TVs, cell phones and notebooks anywhere from $150-300 off. Kohl’s is offering 15 percent off of everything in their stores along with an extra $15 in Kohl’s cash if you are a member of Kohl’s Rewards Program.

Walmart has electronics, kids toys, workout equipment and everything in between. That just names a few of the deals, but almost all major retail stores along Stringtown Road will be offering discounts on for Black Friday.

Many stores ignore holiday customs and open on Thanksgiving Day around 5 p.m. to give customers a jump-start on their holiday shopping. So if you can skip the after dinner nap and want to hit the stores, go for it!

If you don’t want to brave the crowds, don’t forget that each year more and more stores offer the same deals online throughout the weekend. So if the weather, travel or family keeps you from the lines, you don’t have to miss out on the great deals this year.