Share Your Traditions

Last Thursday evening, resident Dennise Jarvis presented a wreath making workshop for our residents. We had a great turn out and both adults and children walked away with a beautiful holiday wreath. Your Verano Resident’s Council funded this event which included craft supplies, hot coco and cookies. What holiday traditions do you have? Is there a tradition you’d like to share with our residents? We’d love to celebrate all of the wonderful diversity represented right here, in Verano! If you have an idea, please contact Betsy Franklin at and I’ll help you plan an event for the community.

Just in case you didn’t know…

Hanging wreaths on doors goes back a very long time. No one is quite sure when this tradition began specifically, but wreaths have been used for centuries. According to

There are two different schools of thought when it comes to the history of the wreath. The first notes that the wreath dates back to ancient Greece & Rome, where members of Greco-Roman society would hand-make ring-shaped “wreaths” using fresh tree leaves, twigs, small fruits & flowers. Worn as headdresses, these wreaths represented one’s occupation, rank, achievements and status. (The Laurel wreath was most commonly used then.) Laurel wreaths were used to crown victors of the ancient Greco-Roman Olympic Games. (Wreath translated literally means, “a thing bound around,” from the Greek word diadema.) The second theory on the history of the wreath is a common Christian lore, and explains that the honored art of wreath-making began 1,000 years before the birth of Christ. Christians assembled “Advent wreaths” to symbolize the strength of life they showed by persevering through the harsh forces of winter. Today, still, the Christmas wreath is symbolic of Christian immortality, as the circle and sphere both represent immortality.

Here are a couple of wreaths made by Verano Residents at our December 4th event:


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2014 Trick-or-Treating

If you are planning on taking your child trick-or-treating in Verano tonight, please consider using the following map of Trick or Treat friendly homes. This map shows apartments who indicated that they would be giving out candy. Hard copies of this map will be available at both the Verano Housing Office and the Cyber café after 3pm today.

2014 Trick or Treat Map

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Be safe and Be seen. If your costume is a dark color, consider putting reflective tape on your costume.
  • Take a flashlight with you.
  • Check your candy before you eat it. Be sure it is not a choking hazard or allergy trigger for your child.
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Use the pathways and sidewalks to get around- don’t run through parking lots.


The Verano Place Housing Staff wishes you a very Happy Halloween!



Thank You to everyone who registered to be a Trick or Treat friendly home tonight!


Welcome Day A Lot of Fun!

Last Saturday more than 400 people came out to enjoy the Welcome Day BBQ. Thank you to our 12 community volunteers who did everything from making cotton candy, to supervising the bounce house, to serving more that 450 Burgers and Veggie Burgers. Thank you to Ed Hamada from Albertsons who partnered with us on this event! Thank you to AGS for providing tasty adult beverages and to the HA’s and VRC members who worked tirelessly to insure a fantastic welcome to the community! For photo highlights from the event visit the Verano Facebook page! THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME OUT TO BUILD COMMUNITY!

2014-15 VRC and HA's with Associate Director of Apt Life Jennifer Nelson Martinez and Manager of Community Programming Betsy Franklin

2014-15 VRC and HA’s with Associate Director of Apt Life, Jennifer Nelson Martinez and Manager of Community Programming, Betsy Franklin