Posts by: Abbie Stone

March 2, 2018

March 2018 Thrive Newsletter and Calendar for The Town Center

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We welcome Spring and many new exciting offerings in our community. Mark your calendars to be sure not miss these extraordinary events! » Click to see the March 2018 Town Center Calendar. » Click to see the March 2018 Thrive Newsletter and Description of Offerings.

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February 15, 2018

The Fountains Visits The Tucson Gem Show

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The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has been recognized as an international stature since the 1970s and was the first gem and mineral show to bring the hobby enthusiast, the public, and the professionals together in one location. The show exhibits provide a rare window into private and museum collections of the mineral world’s stars. It is […]

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February 2, 2018

February 2018 Thrive Newsletter and Calendar for The Town Center

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February is filled with incredibly exciting things to do with your friends and neighbors in the community. We will be going to the Gem and Mineral Show. Tucson hosts the largest gem show in the world early in the month. We will end the month with The Ocotillio Rain and Thunder Bluegrass Band, kicking off […]

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January 25, 2018

A Gathering of Talented Residents

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Every Saturday a group of very creative, ecologically minded residents meet and transform your basic plastic bags into works of art. They cut the colorful bags into strips and form a ball of “plastic yarn,” which they crochet into a large mat. The mats are then donated to the homeless population. The mats provide insulation and a cushioned […]

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January 23, 2018

Fountains Resident Dee Cohen Featured in Arizona Daily Star

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Dee Cohen, an extraordinarily active resident of The Fountains, was the topic of front page news in the Arizona Daily Star in Monday’s edition. Dee is amazing, when she isn’t attending daily exercise classes she is line dancing and ballroom dancing, she finds time to volunteer at our weekly social events and serves on many community committees in addition to making […]

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December 28, 2017

January 2018 Thrive Newsletter and Calendar for The Town Center

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2018 offers many opportunities to be engaged and share your talents and interests with friends and neighbors in the community. Have a Happy New Year and Be Well! » Click to view the January 2018 Thrive Newsletter. » Click to view the January 2018 Community Life Calendar.

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December 18, 2017

Crocheted Mats at The Fountains

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Every Saturday residents gather and cut plastic bags of many colors into strips and tie them together to create “plastic” yarn which is then crocheted into beautifully designed mats which are donated to local homeless shelters. Dwaine Greer who has been active with this group for years and was on faculty in the Art Department at the University […]

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December 15, 2017

Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum

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We visited The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum this month and learned much about the early settlers of Tucson. The museum is a re-creation of the Tucson Presidio built in 1775. We explored the presidio and saw how Tucsonan settlers would have lived. This was an informative opportunity to learn more about the roots of the Sonoran Desert.

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December 15, 2017

Chanukah Celebration at The Fountains

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Chanukah is the Festival of Lights and Miracles. The word means “to dedicate”. On Chanukah, the Maccabean Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple only to find enough oil to light the eternal lamp for one day, miraculously the oil lasted for eight days. We light a candle on the menorah each night […]

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December 1, 2017

December 2017 Thrive Newsletter and Calendar for The Town Center

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This is our favorite time of year here at The Fountains as we gather with friends and family enjoying the celebrations the season brings. We extend warm wishes for joyous holidays and a New Year that brings much happiness and peace to you! » Click to view the December 2017 Thrive Newsletter. » Click to view […]

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November 16, 2017

The Fountains Salute to Veterans 2017

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We joined together to recognize the veterans living in our community for their unwavering service to our great nation. On Saturday morning, November 11, 2017 we gathered in front of our community with members of the Flowing Wells ROTC for a flag raising ceremony. Over 25 ROTC students then visited with veterans delivering letters of appreciation and listening to […]

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November 6, 2017

All Souls Day at The Fountains at La Cholla

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All Souls Day or Dia de los Muertos is traditionally observed on November 2nd in Mexico and other parts of Latin America, but in recent years, multicultural public celebrations have spread to communities and cities around the world. The holiday honors the departed souls of loved ones with decorated altars, photos, elaborate paper cutouts and […]

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November 3, 2017

Salpointe High School Impact Day

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Salpointe, one of our local community schools, choose our community to have senior students visit and meet with our residents. The four lovely students spent two days with us. Both mornings they were available for residents to drop in for a GET SMART consult. Residents bring their smart devices, phones, tablets and laptops and the […]

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November 1, 2017

Halloween was Spectacularly Spooky!

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We had the most fun celebrating Halloween with a costume contest, delicious food and great company! Folks dressed up and we held a contest for the most creative, scariest and most fun. It was hard to choose as all the costumes were fantastic! We had tricks, treats, and the best homemade pumpkin cookies – thank […]

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November 1, 2017

November 2017 Newsletter & Calendar for Town Center

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November is filled with celebration and abundant in exciting things to do! Look through the November Thrive Newsletter for descriptions of classes and events in our community. » November 2017 Thrive Newsletter » November 2017 Calendar

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October 20, 2017

Holiday Fund Annual Christmas Jewelry Sale Today!


The Holiday Fund was started at The Fountains in 1987 by residents who wanted to acknowledge the associates during the holiday season. Today the Holiday Fund continues to raise funds that are disturbed to associates before the holidays. The generosity of the residents makes a difference for associates and their families during the holidays. Yvonne Shallenbeger has been the […]

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October 20, 2017

The Fountains in the Arizona Jewish Post

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The Arizona Jewish Post mentioned The Fountains in an article dedicated to sharing how senior living communities in Tucson help residents stay connected to Judais. “I have a great passion for enabling the residents to celebrate Shabbat and the holidays,” says Abbie Stone, community life director at The Fountains at La Cholla. Stone organizes celebrations […]

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October 19, 2017

Opera 101: Tosca – Highlighting the Life & Music of Giacomo Puccini


Today we were fortunate to have the renown lecturer Vivian Weede who shared the highlights of the composer’s life. Puccini was a great musician and an impassioned composer who had an extraordinary genius for melody. We listened to the incredible voices of Soprano Vanessa Salaz, Tenor Francisco Renteria and Baritone Larry Alexander who all perform […]

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October 19, 2017

Ballroom Dance Showcase at The Fountains

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Last Saturday we celebrated the talented and dedicated residents who dance every Saturday afternoon with a special event showcasing their ballroom dance routines. We gathered together and enjoyed the rhythm, tunes and most of all watching our friends and neighbors perform. It was an afternoon of Dancing with the Stars!

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October 9, 2017

Ice Carving Demo

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We ventured out yesterday to ICE T, the only Ice Sculpting Warehouse in Tucson. We learned the steps behind making ice and the beautiful works of art. Pat Caffrey showed us how the 300 pound blocks of ice are transformed from water to ice and we were able to cool off in the freezer. Then we had the good fortune […]

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September 20, 2017

Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year 5778

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Rabbi Tom Louchheim of Or Chadash congregation joined us today to share with is the meaning and traditions celebrated at Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish holiday marking the first and second days of the Jewish year. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 20th and continues through nightfall on September 22nd. It’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish […]

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September 19, 2017

Memoir Writers Share

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A very talented group of residents have been meeting every Friday afternoon with Norah Booth, a published author who has provided coaching in this very popular Watermark University offering. Last Friday we had the opportunity to have them share their work. Thirteen writers participated. The group is currently in the process of writing a collection of […]

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September 13, 2017

Fountains Knitters & Crocheters Honored

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Many of us gathered Sunday afternoon to meet the talented women celebrating 25 years of dedication and love for making sweaters. They recently hit a milestone of making over 10,000 sweaters through the years. Each sweater is given to child here in Tucson. It was a great pleasure to join in honoring the generosity of this […]

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September 5, 2017

September 2017 Newsletter & Calendar for Town Center

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We are off to a great start with the ever popular Holiday Fund Special: French Bread Chili Bowl, followed the next day with our Labor Day BBQ buffet and sing-along. Later in the month we honor the talented Fountains Knitters as they celebrate their 25th anniversary of knitting and crocheting sweaters that are donated locally to underserved children. The sweaters […]

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August 28, 2017

Wine and Paint Night

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Last Thursday evening we held our second Wine and Paint event. Nikki Bellio our very talented art instructor planned an extraordinarily creative evening for us. We took colored tissue paper placed it on a wet canvas, and abstractly or intentionally creating a design. The water allowed for the colors to bled through on the canvas. The results were incredible. […]

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August 24, 2017

Eclipse Experience

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On this past Monday morning, residents and associates joined resident Bill Lofquist and Ernie Smith to learn and safely view the extraordinary eclipse. Bill who is an active member of the local Astronomer’s Club shared Alex Filipenko’s, Ph.D., video, “Glorious Total Eclipses”. Ernie shared a poem she had written about previous eclipses she has viewed […]

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August 21, 2017

The Fountains Visits San Agustin Mission Garden Friends of Tucson’s Birth Place

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We started out early to beat the heat on our adventure to visit and learn about Mission Garden. Their mission is to preserve, honor, protect, restore and recreate the cultural heritages and landscape of Tucson’s birth place. The gardens are located at the base of A Mountain in the Menlo Park Barrio. There is archeological evidence of irrigation […]

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July 24, 2017

The Fountains Extraordinary Outing to ODYSEA: An Oceanic Adventure


Once again we set out on a great adventure, we headed north to Scottsdale our destination ODYSEA, the new aquarium. Our tour followed a drop of water as it falls from the sky and flows into the lakes and rivers, finding it’s way to the shores and into the great oceans. When we entered the […]

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July 6, 2017

First Annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast!

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We started celebrating Independence Day with a pancake breakfast. The morning started off with Cassidy Peeples and Abbie Stone leading a very historic and parotic game of trivia in our lobby. At 7:30am the Catalina Dining Room opened it doors to a festive room with delicious food and patriotic music. The dining room was decorated and breakfast was […]

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July 5, 2017

Our Extraordinarily COOL Trip to Mt. Lemmon

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Over fifty of us traveled to Mt. Lemmon leaving behind the 100 degree plus temperatures in Tucson for the cool and comfortable 78 degrees in Rose Canyon on Mt. Lemmon. The pines were aromatic, the air crisp and the sky the bluest of blues without a cloud in sight. We had a delicious picnic lunch, tuna and […]

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July 5, 2017

July 2017 Newsletter & Calendar for Town Center

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Check out our calendar and peruse all the upcoming events and happenings in July at The Fountains. We are hosting our first ever Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast on 7/4 at 7:30am in the Dining Room. We wrap up the month with a visit to OdySea, the new aquarium in Scottsdale, AZ. There are always […]

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June 23, 2017

All That Jazz!

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On one of the hottest days of the year we were treated to an evening of delightful music with Jazz du Jour. The music made its way into the dining room so folks dining could also enjoyed the talented duo. What a “cool” way to spend an evening with friends!

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June 8, 2017

Visit to the New Mormon Temple

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Amid the iconic saguaro cactus of southern Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, the LDS Church’s new Tucson Temple opened its doors and welcomed the public for a three-week open house in June. The “art deco” style, 38,000-square-foot structure will close it doors and only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints deemed in good standing […]

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June 2, 2017

June 2017 Newsletter & Calendar for Town Center

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Glance through the June offerings at The Fountains which include informative Watermark University opportunities and numerous exciting outings including a picnic to Mt. Lemmon to cool off from the desert heat. » June 2017 Newsletter for Town Center » June 2017 Calendar for Town Center

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May 24, 2017

Watermark University Beer Tasting Class Field Trip

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Last Friday our ever popular WU Beer Tasting class visited Sentinel Peak Brewery for a beer tasting expedition. We traveled to Tucson’s only midtown brewery, Sentinel Peak, where we were welcomed by their wonderful staff. Cory the brewer, shared with us about all the beers available for tasting and flats were ordered along with delicious lunch […]

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May 17, 2017

This is How Our Garden Grows!

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The Fountains Garden Club has two raised garden beds that are loving tended to by eight members of our Garden Club. We have beautiful flowers in one bed, and herbs & vegetables in the second. What a colorful addition in our courtyard.

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May 15, 2017

Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

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Every year on May 5th we gather early in the morning on the Catalina Patio to celebrate and honor Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla that took place on May 5, 1862. Despite having a small army of fighters, the Mexicans were able to defeat the massive French army. We had delicious food and Mariachi […]

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May 2, 2017

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Outing

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We experienced perfect weather, with mild temperatures and overcast skies, which is very unusual for late April in Tucson. We couldn’t have picked a more perfect day to head out for an extraordinary adventure to the nationally acclaimed Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The museum is a 98-acre zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum and art gallery founded in 1952. […]

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May 2, 2017

May 2017 Newsletter & Calendar for Town Center

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May your days be filled with adventures and engaging activities all month long. We’ve got lots of activities to choose from, so be sure to mark your calendars for our annual Cinco de Mayo breakfast on the Catalina Patio, Friday May 5th, 2017 at 8:00am. » May 2017 Calendar for Town Center » May 2017 Newsletter […]

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April 14, 2017

Passover Seder at The Fountains

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The Passover Seder (meaning order) is the most celebrated and beloved of Jewish holidays. This holiday is rich in traditions and customs passed from generation to generation. Most Jews hold cherished memories of family times spent at a Seder. Telling the Passover Story is believed to be an obligation observed by Jewish ancestors ever since the Jews fled from slavery […]

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April 10, 2017

Extraordinary Trip to Musical Instrument Museum

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Last week, 21 of us boarded our bus and headed west on our adventure to the worlds only Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ. We arrived and were greeted by Ida Jones who assisted in planning our visit. We explored on our own and enjoyed a delicious lunch in the Museum café. Next we had a docent lead […]

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April 3, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter & Calendar for Town Center

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April is abundant with choices to stay engaged. Be sure to look over our Watermark University offerings and plan to attend a class or an entire series. Highlights include Opera 101 with performers from The Arizona Opera Company, performing lyrics from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, St. Andrew Sisters Spring Concert and ending the month with the popular Rhythm Concert. » April 2017 Town […]

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March 30, 2017

March Birthday Celebration

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Today we celebrated those of us who have birthdays in March. We enjoyed the music of Homero Ceron, a talented precisionist with the Tucson Symphony and his piano accompanist. Homero played the steel drums and we were treated to Caribbean tunes, birthday cake, ice cream and a raffle drawing!

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March 30, 2017

Spring at Last!

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The desert surrounding our community is in full bloom. From lovely scented roses to the unique Palo Verde tree, it’s a feast for our senses!

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March 30, 2017

Improv Night at The Fountains

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We hosted the local improvisation theatre group called Tuscon Improv Movement (TIM) last Thursday evening. Improv is live theatre where the characters and the dialogue of the scene or story are made up in the moment. There were several scenes where we got to be part of the show! It was a great evening filled […]

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March 17, 2017

The Fountains Garden Club

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Danny Orlosky, Director of Transportation and Security, has organized residents and formed a Garden Club. Danny and his team built raised garden beds just in time for Spring! The club is beginning to plant vegetables and flowers.

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March 16, 2017

Watermark University Presents: Native American Artifacts

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Residents joined in welcoming back Mr. Guralnick with his extensive collection of Native American artifacts. He shared the histories and customs of the natives who lived in the Sonoran Desert, including the Hohokam, Pima and Tohono O’odham peoples. We all enjoyed hearing about the lifestyles of these groups of proud people who still live in our precious […]

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March 16, 2017

Envelope of Life Presentation

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We recently had Captain Adam Goldberg from the Northwest Fire Department visit our community to speak with us about “The Envelope of Life”. The program is national program that provides emergency medical personnel with essential medical information for those receiving treatment. We were prepared for Captain Goldberg’s presentation thanks to the dedicated Hall and Casita Friends […]

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