Events in Columbus this August

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Columbus is a busy city, which means there’s always plenty to do! Here’s our staff’s top picks for things to do during August.

Event: Columbus Food Truck Festival

When: Aug. 18-19
Where: Scioto Mile
With more than 70 trucks offering samples, this is a food lover’s dream come true. This two-day event will also feature live music and crafts for people of all ages.

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Visit One of Columbus’s Many Parks

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Friday, July 21, 2017

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Columbus is home to a number of great attractions, including some of the best parks in central Ohio. The staff at Preferred Living has put together a list of its five favorite parks that you can checkout and enjoy:

Scioto Mile

This park features more than 145 acres of parkland and stretches from the Arena District to the north end. Located along the riverbank, Scioto Mile has walking and bike trails, scenic views and fountains.This is a great place to go outside and enjoy your lunch break if you work downtown, or just enjoy this scenic park anytime you find yourself in the area.

Park of Roses

This public garden has more than 400 varieties of roses and over 12,000 blooms. It’s open daily from dawn to dusk year-round. The peak bloom season varies for each variety of rose. Even winter is a great time to visit the garden as the hips provide food for animals and the snowfall produces beautiful scenery.

Goodale Park

People who appreciate historical homes and scenery always enjoy this park. Surrounded by classical Victorian Homes, the park features more than 650 trees and also has a pond, picnic area, playground, tennis court and walking trail. This is also the oldest park in Columbus and one of the oldest in the U.S.

Scioto Audubon

Once an industrial part of Columbus, this area has been transformed into a green space where birds and other wildlife come together on a daily basis. The park is great for fishing, hiking and boating. There is also a sand volleyball court and a climbing wall.

Highbanks Metro Park

This park is named after a 100-foot shale bluff that overlooks the Olentangy State Scenic River. Streams have created numerous ravines, which add to the scenic views of the park. Walking trails make it easy to enjoy the picturesque scenery. 


How to be a Great Apartment Neighbor

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Fotolia 104809604 Subscription Monthly XXLWhile apartment living is great for many of us, it also means the only thing separating you and your neighbor is a wall. That’s why it’s always important to think of your neighbor before doing something that could be disruptive.

The staff at Preferred Living has some tips to help you and your neighbors live in peace.

Noise control

It’s important to keep noises at a modest level because your neighbor can easily hear loud sounds. It’s especially important to remember this fact late at night and early in the morning. If you’re having a small get-together with friends, let your neighbor know ahead of time so they won’t be surprised. You can even invite them over if you’d like. 

Pass the smell test

Know that strong smells, especially cigarette smoke and certain cooking herbs, can sometimes make their way into your neighbor’s apartment. For that reason, make sure you open a window while you cook or step outside while to smoke.

Parking lot etiquette  

If you’re having people over, make sure they park in designated guest parking spots or park in spots that aren’t right in front of your apartment building. Your neighbors may become frustrated if they have to park two buildings because your guests took their “usual” spot.

We want all the residents at Preferred Living developments to feel right home. That’s why we remind our residents to be curious to your neighbors and hold regular events at each complex so you can get to know each other.


Need Help Training Your Dog? Follow These Tips

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Monday, July 17, 2017

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A properly trained dog can make apartment living much more enjoyable for you and your furry friend – and maybe even your neighbors.
Here’s a list of helpful commands and tricks to teach your dog.

This is one of the easiest and useful commands for your dog to learn.
Step 1: Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose.
Step 2: Move your hand up while saying the word “sit” very clearly. Push your dog’s butt to the floor if needed.
Step 3: Once he is sitting, reward him with the treat and enthusiastic words!

This command will keep your dog out of trouble if he gets lose, or if you just want him to stay close to you.
Step 1: Put a leash and collar on your dog.
Step 2: Be on the dog’s level and say “come.” Pull on the leash only if needed.
Step 3: Once you dog comes to you, reward him with excited words or treats.

You’ll find this command useful if you want your trusty companion to stay out of your way for a few minutes.
Step 1: Put your dog in the sit position
Step 2: With a treat in your hand, place your palm in front of your dog’s face while saying “stay.”
Step 3: Walk away slowly while repeating stay. Once the dog has remained in the same spot for the desired amount of time, reward him with a treat.

Not barking at others
This is very important when living in close quarters with other people. But before you begin, it’s important to remember not to shout when your dog is barking since dogs often relate loud noises as a reward or reinforcement.
Step 1: Say “quiet” while also using a hand clicker (you can buy at your local pet store). This clicker and the word “quiet” will go hand and hand when your dog begins to bark at others.
Step 2: When the dog barks say “quiet” and hit the clicker. If the dog stops barking, reward them with a treat and praise them. Make sure the pet is completely done barking before rewarding them.
Step 3: Always keep your commands and rules consistent!

Remember to reinforce good behavior repeatedly when your dog follows your command, and punish him for bad behavior.
Teaching your dog these tricks will help him understand his boundaries and know which actions are acceptable, and which ones aren’t.


Boring Old Ohio, Isn’t so Boring!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

ohioLooking for some day trips and fun activities this summer? The Preferred Living staff has put together a list of the top attractions you can visit in Ohio. We even added when some deals and promotions are taking place at certain locations.

Kings Island
Get a Kings Island’s regular summer pass for only three payments of $41 dollars and enjoy every ride at the amusement park all summer long!

Cedar Point
Go platinum with a season pass for only $212! This gives you unlimited access to the amusement park, outdoor water parks, exclusive ride times, and free parking all summer long.

Hocking Hills
Save $10 per ticket on a canopy tour with a two night weekend stay at any of their tipis.

The Columbus Zoo
Military families can go for free on select dates. Check out their website for more information.

Clippers baseball games
Discounted tickets are often available on Groupon. Plus, kids eat free on Wednesday home games.

The Ohio State Fair
The Ohio State Fair has been taking place annually since 1850 and is must for anyone who enjoys concerts, livestock, rides and great food. The fair takes place from July 26 – Aug 6 and discounted tickets are available at Kroger.

Scioto Mile
Take a bike ride or walk down the Scioto Mile and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Have kids? Bring their bathing suit and let them enjoy the Scioto Mile Fountain.

Goodale Park
Goodale Park is a great place for dog owners to take their furry friend and play fetch.

German Village and Short North
These are great places in downtown Columbus to grab a bite to eat. Many restaurants have happy hour deals throughout the week.

Memberships are less than $10 dollars a month, but you can also find discounted tickets on Groupon.

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