(Caption for photos above: First 3 photos above show stand-alone small houses (mostly 1 or 2 BR, 1 BA); the interior shot is of the Avion Village office; the open field shot is an open, undeveloped park area; the 2 red brick shots are apartment buildings (~20 buildings, I didn't count them); the last photo is the retail area across Belt Line Rd. from the apartments.)
Yesterday, in the swimming pool at The Summit (active senior activity center in Grand Prairie), I met a friendly woman who told me that she has lived in an Avion Village apartment (1 BR, 1 BA) for the last 8 years. She said the apartments are not all that nice, but they're quiet and safe, no issues among tenants, and she likes living there). She said over 8 years, her rent has increased only from $325/month to $375/month!
So I went to check out the "Village" and to document my findings for any interested Ambassadors. They don't advertise at all and have a wait list and Amanda in the office wouldn't say "how long the typical wait is" but when I asked if it's "like 2 years?," she said, "Oh, not THAT long." No vacancies now. When I asked about crime, Amanda said "Extremely minimal. Everybody knows their neighbors here and looks after each other."
Here is a link to their website www.avionvillage.net/ and an online Application Form can be found here. If you complete an Application Form and take them a $75 non-refundable Application Fee, when a vacancy opens, the Office will call you to view the available unit. There is no obligation to accept the vacancy. If you decline it, you will remain on the wait list for the next vacancy. Amanda said it's not like a typical lease agreement where you renew every year. Once you're in, you're in until you decide to leave (most of the vacancies are created by young people leaving to follow a job or to move to larger quarters due to growing family). When you want to leave, you provide 30 days' notice to the Office and that's it.
A bit more information can be found on their Facebook page at this link https://bit.ly/2Iz10dv
So here's the scoop.
We had a good workout today at the free Tai Chi lessons that we've been sponsoring, along with Downtown Arlington Management Corporation. A group of Chinese young men visiting UTA were walking by and two of them snapped selfies with Tai Chi participants in the background exclaiming "I want to show my friends in China that Americans do Tai Chi!" The free lessons continue on Saturdays through May 26 at 201 E. Abram Street, and then Greg Ellis, our master instructor, will continue free lessons on Saturday mornings starting at 8:00 am at Veterans Park at the bandshell stage there for the month of June.
Elva Roy made the following announcements:
1. Carol Marak, www.carolmarak.com , spoke about the various stages of aging and actions we need to take at the various stages, such as planning future living arrangements, care plans when assistance will be needed, etc. She invited any "elder orphans" to join her private Facebook page called "Elder Orphans." If you don't know the term "Elder Orphan," a synonym would be "solo ager." It describes someone who is aging alone and who doesn't have family or close friends to call on when help is needed. Carol emphasized the fact that we need to team up and take care of each other.
2. Jay Warren, Marketing Communications Manager for the City of Arlington, gave an update on various initiatives going on within the city. He invited us Ambassadors to become "digital ambassadors" by spreading the word about events and activities going on within the city. We can sign up by visiting this website www.arlingtontx.gov/dreamteam .
Lastly, Elva is seeking an Arlington veterinarian to come speak to us about caring for our pets in the hot summer months (flea/tick control, itching, etc.). This was a member's request from 2017. If you know a vet who would like to speak, please alert Elva at (817) 557-5700 or email email@example.com
Richard/Sharron Merrill / Proclamation "Older Adults Month" / Tai Chi
Tai Chi. Don't forget to come to Tai Chi beginner lessons on every Saturday in May, through May 26, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, 201 E. Abram St., Arlington.
Ambassadors. Also, you won't want to miss the regular monthly meeting of the Ambassadors on May 7, 1:00-3:00 pm, 700 E. Abram St., where we will have two good speakers. First up will be Carol Marak, writer and expert on senior issues, and creator of the "Elder Orphans/Solo Seniors" Facebook pages. Second speaker will be Jay Warren, former television news anchor and currently serves the City of Arlington as Manager of Communications.
Refreshments will be provided by Ambassadors' member Elizabeth McPherson. Thank you!
Elva Roy is the Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.