- Thank you to Edwards families
- Don't miss the fun at Fallapalooza!
- Thanksgiving's origins: No pie, but lots of other tasty food
- Corvias Foundation Scholarship and Grant Applications
- Green Corner
- Thanksgiving: All about food, family and friends
- Preparing for high winds
- Don't let the holidays "gobble" up your finances!
- Stay informed!
- Upcoming Events
On behalf of Corvias Military Living, I would like to extend a sincere "Thank you!" to Edwards family members. Your enduring commitment and sacrifice in support of your loved ones who ensure our freedom and safety is inspiring and humbling.
During Military Family Appreciation Month our team takes special note of the remarkable resiliency of military spouses and the unmatched adaptability of your children and other family members. In you we see strength and character which is unmatched outside of the military family. Through move-ins and move-outs, service requests and resident events, you open a small window into the triumphs, celebrations and struggles your commitment brings to your doorstep each day.
Sometimes it's the loving smile we see a child give their re-deployed parent when we visit your home to fix a leaky faucet. Other times it's a couple pushing a stroller around the neighborhood, while we're on our way to prepare a home for an arriving family. In all of our interactions with you, we are reminded of why we are here and why we are so proud to be a part of the Edwards community.
Our commitment to you is to provide excellent service as we continually seek to support and improve your quality of life at Edwards Air Force Base.
Thank you for being a military family member.
Fall has arrived and we invite you to join us for our first resident event! Fallapalooza will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arnold Park (Building 5211, Coliseum Drive).
Bring the kiddos for an afternoon of fun. Your family can enjoy a variety of activities including bouncy castles, games, pumpkin decorating and candy apple making. We will also provide complimentary snacks and drinks.
This event is free and open to all Corvias Military Living residents. We look forward to seeing you at Fallapalooza!
The first Thanksgiving didn't feature pies or cakes, because the Plymouth pilgrims had no ovens and a limited supply of sugar. But it may have included cranberries, which Native Americans used in a variety of foods (including pemmican, made from berries, dried venison, and melted fat) as well as for medicinal purposes.
So what was the "original" Thanksgiving really like? Although harvest feasts were common in what became known as the Commonwealth of Virginia throughout the 17th century, the Thanksgiving most Americans probably think of was held at the Plymouth Plantation in November 1621.
William Bradford, the governor of the plantation, organized a feast for colonists and their neighbors, the Wampanoag tribe, to celebrate a successful harvest. The harvest had thrived thanks in part to Squanto, a native of the Patuxet tribe who had learned English as a slave before returning to his native land. Squanto taught the pilgrims how to grow corn, catch eels and fish, and avoid poisonous plants in the surrounding forest, as well as helping them to forge a relationship with the Wampanoag and its chief, Massasoit.
This first Thanksgiving lasted three days, and probably did feature wild turkey as well as venison supplied by the Wampanoag—but no football.
Applications for the 2014 Scholarship and Educational Grant will be available after November 1 at www.corviasfoundation.org. Corvias Foundation is committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education and has awarded more than $4.5 million since 2006.
Applications for the scholarship must be submitted by February 13, 2014, and will be awarded to high school seniors with plans of attending a four-year university in the amount of up to $50,000 each. The Foundation will select 10 children of active-duty service members stationed at Forts Meade, Bragg, Polk, Rucker, Riley, Sill, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Eielson AFB, Hurlburt Field, McConnell AFB and Seymour Johnson AFB.
Applications for the Educational Grant are due by May 8, 2014. Grants are given in amounts up to $5,000 for the spouse of an active-duty service member at the installations listed above. Applicants may be in any stage of the educational process.
Applications and all necessary paperwork must be submitted by the due date. Awards for both the scholarship and grant are for use beginning in the fall of 2014.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-228-2836 with any questions about eligibility or the application process.
How can you save energy when cooking your Thanksgiving dinner? Don't open the oven door while you're cooking! Instead, turn on the oven light and check on your food through the oven window.
Nothing brings family and friends together quite like a Thanksgiving Day feast. Pulling off the perfect meal requires many hours of prep work and cooking and with more fires starting in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home, there are plenty of chances for something to go wrong.
At Corvias, we want our residents to enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday, complete with great food, family and friends. Here are a few safety tips from the American Red Cross to keep your home safe while cooking this holiday season:
- Cooks should not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves.
- Never leave food unattended, especially when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave, turn the stove off.
- Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
- Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a "kid-free zone" and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
- Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
- Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
- Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
- Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
With the colder months approaching in the Antelope Valley, it's important to remember that wind gusts near 65 mph are fairly common. At Corvias, we want our residents to stay safe and prepared for potential driving hazards, power outages and property damages that can result from high winds.
Residents are urged to prepare in advance by properly securing their property, including any outdoor furniture and materials. Antelope Valley Fire News recommends the following safety tips in the event of high winds:
- Stay alert – Check the latest weather advisories, watches and warnings.
- Stay indoors and postpone any activities that are held outside if a warning has been issued.
- Stay aware of your surroundings, as debris may be flying around.
- Report any downed power lines immediately by calling 911 or the on-base emergency number at 661-277-4540 – do not touch the lines.
- Do not touch anything that is in contact with a downed electrical line.
- Do not touch a person who may have been electrocuted and is in contact with electrical lines – dial 911 or the on-base emergency number at 661-277-4540.
- If you are driving – drive slowly with both hands on the wheel. Make sure your headlights are on while driving through blowing dust.
- Keep a safe distance from other cars and watch for debris.
- Be on the lookout for high profile vehicles – campers, big rigs and trailers are more likely to overturn under high-wind conditions.
- If driving becomes too dangerous, get off the road and park on the shoulder. Keep your headlights and hazard lights on.
- Stay away from trees or other objects that may fall.
- If an electrical line lands on your vehicle – stay in it and don't touch any metal parts of the vehicle. Honk your horn to notify others to dial 911 or the on-base emergency number at 661-277-4540.
- Keep your pets inside.
- Check on your neighbors.
Please remember, emergencies can be reported by calling 911. If using a cell phone on base, it is not recommended to dial 911, as the call will be relayed to the location of the cell phone service provider. Emergency cell phone calls should be made to the base fire department's communication center at (661) 277-4540.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is touted as the biggest shopping day of the year and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This can also be a stressful time, as gift giving can quickly "gobble" up your hard-earned money. Don't fret – we've got some quick and easy tips to ensure that your many purchases don't burn a hole in your wallet.
- Before you hit the stores, be aware of where your finances currently stand. Only purchase items that you are confident you can afford.
- Create a budget specifically for holiday shopping. Follow your budget as closely as possible, and track your spending.
- Ask for military discounts wherever you go. Even if stores do not advertise the discount, ask – you may be pleasantly surprised to hear the answer.
- Shop around. Look at advertisements for sales and discounts. Recognize a good price when you see one.
- Follow your gut instincts – if you think a potential gift is too much for you to spend, look for something else at a lower price.
- Cyber Monday, anyone? Check for last minute deals and steals online on Monday, December 2.
- Some of the best gifts come from the heart and cost nothing at all. Be creative!
Don't forget to stop, relax, and enjoy the season with your family and friends. That's really what it is all about.
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
- November 3 – Daylight Savings Time Ends – set clocks back one hour
- November 11 – Veteran's Day – Community Office Closed
- November 16 – Fallapalooza – Arnold Park (Bldg. 5211, Coliseum Drive) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- November 28 – Thanksgiving Day – Community Office Closed
- November 29 – Community Office open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.