Enrolling Now for UCI Children’s Center and Verano Preschool!

UCI Child Care Services is now enrolling for toddlers 18-36 months and preschool aged children 2 ½ to 5 at the UCI Infant Toddler Center, the UCI Children’s Center and Verano Preschool (all located in Verano Housing). The UCI Infant Toddler Center and the UCI Children’s Center are full day programs7:30-6:00, serving snack, breakfast,lunch and providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum. UCI students may qualify for subsidized child care spots, based on need and income eligibility. Verano Preschool is a half-day preschool program, 9:00-1:00, full cost only, subsidized tuition is not available at this site. Please contact the UCI Child Care Services Office at 949-824-2100 for more information.

Laura Sanbrano, MA

Director

UCI Child Care Services

949-824-2103

2016 SUMMER CAMP SPACES AVAILABLE!

The Verano Summer Camp has limited spaces available for the remaining weeks of camp.
This fun summer program for children ages five through twelve years old is offered from the end of June through the end of August. Program Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Activities include fieldtrips, sports, arts and crafts, and swimming lessons (limited dates).  Verano and Palo Verde residents receive a reduced rate of $125.00 per week. Registration is required and enrollment is limited. Contact Betsy Franklin at 949-824-5383 or enfrankl@uci.edu for more information. (LIC 304270323)
  • Week of July 11th Highlights:  “What’s Your Story?”- Scavenger Hunt, Swimming Lessons, Cooking, Crafts, Rock Climbing
  • Week of July 18th Highlights: Its a Zoo Out ThereField Trip to Prehistoric Pets, Swimming Lessons, Cooking, Crafts
  • Week of July 25th Highlights: Game Show Fun– Field Trip TBD, Swimming Lessons, Rock Climbing, Cooking and More       
  • Week of August 1st Highlights: Ride the Wave– Trip to Corona Del Mar Beach, Swimming Lessons, Wacky Tacky Day
  • Week of August 8th Highlights: Movie Mania– Create your own movie, Swimming lessons, Rock Climbing, Family Night
  • Week of August 15th Highlights: Endless Summer Fun!– Field Trip To Knotts Berry Farm, Free Swim Day, Back to School Crafts

2016-2017 VRC Election Results are in!

Dear Verano Residents,

The results of the Verano Residents’ Council Elections are in…Congratulations to Stephanie Pulles, Derek McVay, and Kristin Roher, who have been elected to serve as VRC members for the 2016-17 year. The term starts on July 1st. Thank you to everyone who voted, and a special thanks to Jennifer Martinez for assisting with the process.

It has been a pleasure to serve as the election commissioner this year.

Best,
Daniel Bogart

Tree Removal and Tree Trimming

TOMORROW, 6/25
Ten trees that are dead or declining will be removed tomorrow. Work will begin at 9:00 am.
Trees are located in the following areas:
· Building 1400 – 1 tree

· Building 2000 – 1 tree

· Complex 2 – 2 trees

· Complex 4 – 1 tree

· Between complex 4 & 5 – 2 trees

· Complex 8 – 1 tree

· Beside the children’s Center – 2 trees
NEXT WEEK
Monday 6/27 through Thursday 6/30, 199 trees throughout the community will be pruned as part of the annual tree trimming for Verano Place. Work will begin at 9:00 am. The only parking lot that will be affected by the work is lot# 24. Tomorrow cones and signage will be placed in the lot to indicate which spaces will need to be left empty to allow sufficient space for the work and prevent damage to vehicles.

VRC Candidate Statements and Forum–Tonight!

Dear Verano Residents,

Do you have concerns, comments, or ideas about ways to improve the experience of living in Verano Place? TONIGHT is your chance to express those to the candidates vying to represent you as members of the 2016-17 Verano Residents’ Council!

Come to the Verano Community Lounge tonight, Tuesday, June 7, at 6PM to meet the candidates, and to engage in an open discussion about the issues that are important to you.

If you have any questions, feel free email me (this year’s Election Comissioner) at bogartd@uci.edu. Please find each candidate’s statement below.

DEREK MCVAY

Hello Verano neighbors!

As a husband, father, and graduate student who has lived in the Verano Place community for 4 years now, I have a strong desire to give back to this wonderful community through service on the Verano Resident’s Council. As a VRC member, I will listen to your issues, concerns, needs, and advocate with the housing office on your behalf. Additionally, I believe a successful VRC will meet the needs of the community by actively pursuing the following initiatives:

-Projects that improve the overall atmosphere of Verano Place in a sustainable and responsible manner

-Events that cater to the diverse nature of the housing community

-Various methods to maintain an open dialogue between residents and council members in addition to scheduled meetings

-Increasing transparency between residents and the housing office in a way that is easy to access and understand

I also want to hear what your suggestions are for improving life at Verano Place! Thank you for your consideration and participation!

KRISTIN ROHER

Hello everyone, I am currently a member of the VRC and, if re-elected, I will continue to advocate for your concerns and pursue existing projects and community improvements. This past year, the VRC successfully encouraged Verano to extend several sustainability initiatives as well as to develop an adequate plan for termite treatment with as minimal impact to residents as possible.

My background in sustainability related research will enable me to continue to advocate for developing more options for sustainability within the community. This past year, I worked to expand the existingcomposting initiative in Verano and will do so in the upcoming year. I will continue to advocate for more native plants throughout Verano in the scheduled landscaping renewal project.

With two successful years of planning social events on the AGS social committee and one year on the VRC, I am in a great position to plan events. If elected, I’ll continue to plan events that address the diverse population of residents in Verano including those that have been successful in the past (such as, welcome day, whine and cheese, lunar new year and yoga classes).

If elected, I will work to bring your concerns to the forefront and make positive changes within our community!

STEPHANIE PULLES

Hello Verano Community! My name is Stephanie Pulles and I am running to be your voice on the VRC. As a resident of the Verano community for the past five years, and as a prior VRC member, I believe it is up to the VRC to advocate for the concerns and needs of residents. If re-elected, I will dedicate myself to fighting for the issues you are passionate about. In meeting with neighbors and as a resident myself, I believe the following are necessary measures to put on the agenda this year:

– create more activities and events that are representative of the cultural and intellectual diversity of our community, such as our well-attended Lunar New Year event and co-sponsored community events
– expand communal programming and assets, such as yoga classes and the community garden
– develop sustainable options for daily maintenance and landscaping, such as expanding the compositing program and reducing water waste
– increase transparency in the communications and decision-making with the housing office to protect resident privacy, eliminate invasive procedures, and increase accountability so that residents are better informed in a timely manner about issues that impact our everyday life

More importantly, I want to hear what changes you would like to see in Verano! As a community, Verano Place has much potential for improvement. I want to be your voice in the VRC.

Please vote Stephanie Pulles for VRC!

Upcoming VRC Meeting! 5/24

Verano Residents Council Community Meeting

 
When: Tuesday, May 24th @ 6:00 – 7:00 pm

 
Where: Verano Place Commons

 
Come and discuss any concerns you have as a resident of Verano Place, or share ideas on how we can improve our community. If you have ideas for cool events you’d like to see within our community, this is a great place to share and discuss them as well.

 
Pizza will be provided, while supplies last.

 
The Verano Place Residents Council (VRC) is the democratically-selected body representing the residents of Verano Place. It is elected and budgeted to provide services, goods, and advocacy, to the benefit of Verano residents. In co-operation with the Verano Housing Office, it is the task of the Verano Residents Council to ensure the continued success of the Verano Place residential and community environment, by representing and responding to the interests of Verano Place residents.