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Auston Grove Apartments December 2015 Newsletter

Holiday Hours

The Auston Grove Office will be closed on December 24th and 25th and again on December 31st and January 1st. Should you have any packages in the office please make sure you pick them up before December 23rd. If you should have a maintenance emergency during this time, please call 919-217-9995 and follow the prompts!

Potluck Holiday Party

Please join your neighbors at the Auston Grove clubhouse on Wednesday, December 16th for our Holiday Party and Potluck! Please RSVP by December 10th with the dish you will be bringing. Also, please help us support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation by bringing in any unwrapped gifts to donate to children in need.

There will be light hors d'oeuvres, drinks, prizes including a $100 Visa gift card, and lots of fun! The party will be from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Dress is casual. We hope to see you there!

New Movie Releases

Inside Out
Jurassic World
The Man From U.N.C.L.E
San Andreas

Special Olympics Basketball Skills Competition

Thursday, December 3rd, a few members from the Auston Grove Team will volunteer and assist in various roles where 100 elementary school athletes will compete in a basketball competition!

Toys for Tots

This year, the Auston Grove Team will be working with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to help children who are less fortunate around the holiday time. To find out more about the program please click here. If you would like to donate a toy, please stop by the office and drop it off in our donation box in the clubhouse. All unwrapped gifts will be collected through the 14th

Frozen Pipes —
A Cold Weather Culprit

Have you ever had the misfortune of cleaning up a smelly, wet and very cold mess on a freezing winter day? Thousands of people suffer through this nightmare every year. An eighth-inch (3 millimeter) break in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, ruining furniture and keepsakes.

By taking a few simple precautions, you can save yourself the mess, keepsake loss and aggravation frozen pipes cause. Allow a trickle of water from your home's hot and cold faucets.

Open the doors of cabinets with water pipes running through them.

If you plan to be away, set the thermostat in your home no lower than 55 degrees before you leave. If you have a patio, make sure to keep the door closed at all times to keep the hot water heater from freezing.

Don't pile items on the plastic piping leading to and going from the hot water heater. They are easily broken and will result in leaks and damage to personal items.

What’s Going On?

Paint Your Pet with Shawn Hart
Thursday, December 3rd,
ArtSpace- 201 E Davie St
Ages: 21+
Tuition: $25 members / $30 non-members

Create a custom portrait of your best four-legged friend. Bring a picture and we’ll supply the paint, canvas and wine!

Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest Celebration
Saturday, December 5, 2015
3 pm-10 pm (activity times will vary)
City Plaza in downtown Raleigh on 400 block of Fayetteville Street

The Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest, produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) in partnership with the City of Raleigh, draws thousands of people to the downtown area. A centerpiece during the winter season, the event features the Mayor’s Tree Lighting along with fun-filled festivities, creating memorable experiences for downtown Raleigh visitors.

21st Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 11 a.m.

Cary Arts Center
Free & open to the public

Don't miss the 21st Annual Cary Kwanzaa Celebration! Cary Kwanzaa is a communal, cultural celebration that honors African-American people and their heritage. This year’s celebration will feature a Vendor Market and Children's Village (hands-on arts & crafts activities) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Raleigh 2016 First Night
Thursday, December 31st
Downtown Raleigh
Admission: $10

The Raleigh Acorn is lowered to ring in the New Year. Your admission pass grants you access to every performance and every venue throughout the day. That’s nearly 100 performances in over three-dozen locations across downtown Raleigh. What a bargain for just $10!

Slow-Cooker Classic Pot Roast


1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 pound carrots—peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces, and halved lengthwise if thick
1 pound baby potatoes (about 15)
1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges (root end left intact
2 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 bay leaves
3 -pound beef chuck roast, tied
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, whisk together the tomato paste, cornstarch, and 1 cup water. Add the carrots, potatoes, onion, celery, and bay leaves and toss to combine. Season the beef with 1½ teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon pepper and set on top of the vegetables.

Cover and cook until tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours (this will shorten total recipe time). Let the meat rest for 10 minutes before discarding the kitchen twine and slicing the meat across the grain.

Gift Wrapping Station

Beginning the first week of December we will have set up a gift-wrapping station for our residents to use. Bring your gifts and use our wrapping paper, scissors, tape, ribbons and bows!

Because We Care

As a resident, if you have time please fill out a resident survey to let us know what you think about your community. Please take a moment, and click here to complete a survey. We would like to know what you think. Your feedback is very, very important to us!

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