10K/5K/Santa Walk-Run/Bike Tours

We’re all aware that our neighborhood is an obvious first choice for events involving walks and runs due to the perfectly-located, quiet, safe and welcoming location.  Where we’ve run into issues is with the quantity of these city-sponsored events which can create safety hazards for both participants and our own residents pulling in and out of driveways, or street closures requiring detours.

In March, board members Robin Abrahams and Mike Ziskind met with the city’s event coordinator to share concerns and request more information on how many events are planned for next season. We suggested that any events include enough volunteers to keep participants safe and asked that any directional markings which are sprayed onto the street be removed upon an event’s conclusion.  

The City plans to communicate with us ahead of time about upcoming events. Watch our website for announcements.

1958-2018: Happy 60th Birthday, Vista Las Palmas!

SAVE THE DATE! We’re celebrating our 60th and you’re invited...  Don’t miss our VLP Birthday Bash and Annual Meeting on November 18th, the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Our events chair has already reserved the lush outdoor space at O’Donnell Golf Club and the board assures you that this year, our business portion of the meeting will be 30 minutes or less! So please mark your calendar NOW as we celebrate 60 iconic years of Vista Las Palmas with heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Social Events

Our latest VLP social event was held Wednesday, March 21 at the new Mexican restaurant, Alebrije, on Palm Canyon Drive. Board members Amy Brinkman and Howard Hawkes organized the reception in record time and 55 residents attended. The food was delicious!

Our next casual mixer event is tentatively set for Tuesday, July 3rd @ Draughtsman and will simply be an informal meet-and-greet with cash bar. We will send out a reminder notice prior to the event. Our survey indicated a great deal of support for more social activities where we can meet our fellow neighbors, including weekend events, so we would like to plan a Saturday potluck for late summer/early fall. If you would like to volunteer to host, please contact Howard: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Modernism Week VLP Home Tour

The VLPNO board is already working on logistics for our 2019 Modernism Week VLP home tour. Board member and tour chair Robin Abrahams has met with the Modernism Week planners and will be reaching out in the next few weeks for tour committee volunteers; homeowners who are willing to open their houses; and other neighbors who may be able to volunteer their expertise. If you expressed interest and gave us your contact information through the recent survey, we will contact you. If you have not yet indicated your interest to assist and would like to do so, please email Robin for further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Survey results: A snap-shot

We promised to share the results of our recent VLP survey. 51 people responded; each of whom answered 100% of the questions.  Comments included requests for more communication and outreach as well as a desire to reduce the number of short-term rentals in the neighborhood. Most questions were open-ended to elicit unbiased responses. All VLP residents are welcome to review a hard copy of survey results by contacting board Chair Jade Nelson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here is a quick summary of the most notable results:

  • Residents enjoy living in Vista Las Palmas and truly appreciate our iconic mid-century architecture and scenic location
  • 35% expressed concerns about noise and short term rentals
  • 40% stated that any day works for a neighborhood social gathering while 32% prefer weekends  
  • 10% of residents never attend VLP social events
  • Many residents who responded prefer we have our Annual Meeting during the autumn months; either the week before Thanksgiving or another autumn date
  • Most support the February 2019 VLP home tour - and 47 have offered to assist - either by opening their homes or helping otherwise