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 […]
Posts by: Abbie Stone
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
We have a month full of exciting and extraordinary things to do! » October 2017 Town Center Newsletter » October 2017 Town Center Calendar
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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!
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Our calendar provides many offerings to stay engaged and active everyday! With Spring beginning to grace us with warmer days, our desert is starting to bloom. What better time for a ride out to view the wonders of nature with Kermit. We are excited to welcome the Tucson Improv Movement for a night of live improvisational theatre […]
Last Saturday we had a wonderful opportunity when 14 students from Flowing Wells High School met with residents to share tips on using SMART devices. Residents started gathering at 9:00am with tablets, iPads, smart phones, flip phones and even a laptop or two. Refreshments included Smart Water and Smartees. The interactions between the students and the residents were […]
We had a great Valentine’s Day celebration here at The Fountains. Community Life gave red and pink carnations to all the residents, while we were entertained by the talented Wild Bill. Special home made treats were courtesy of our very own Laurie DiBella, the supervisor at our Gallery Café. Laurie made red velvet cupcakes with pink cream […]
Last Thursday, our community took time to recognize the many dedicated resident volunteers who generously contribute to making The Fountains an extraordinary place to live. Over eighty volunteers joined in the lobby and enjoyed a delicious and nutritious lunch. Among the accomplishments of the volunteers: The implementation of FIL, The Fountains Information Line, a dedicated phone line that residents record the daily […]
We are so lucky to have an abundance of grapefruit trees in our courtyards and fortunately for us long time resident, Allan Ely helps every year to harvest the delicious grapefruits. Thank you Allan for the fresh off the tree treats!
February is the shortest month of the year, yet still abundant in numerous ways to stay engaged, be sure to join in on the fun throughout the month! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us in the lobby at 3:00pm! Enjoy music and treats! » February 2017 Town Center Newsletter » February 2017 Town Center Calendar
Fourteen Fountains residents attended Tucson’s Women’s March last Saturday. They bundled up and carried their signs and took a stand for their beliefs! These dynamic and independent women are inspiring!
This past Saturday the talented ballroom dancers showcased the routines they have mastered over the past few months attending the ballroom dance classes held at The Fountains every Saturday at 1:00pm. The dancers from our community included Carol Barzeele, Paul Bulter, Dee Cohen, Dee Gebhard, Dick Hughes, Don O’Bryan, Yvonne Shallenberg, Edith Troup and Heather Vancranebrock. We […]
The seasonally warm winter days we so enjoy here in the Sonoran Desert, end almost every evening with incredible sunsets. The sunsets this week have been exceptionally delightful! This is the view from our community Tuesday evening. Tucson is know for many things, our beautiful sunsets is among them! Enjoy!
Liana Pasquinucci, a resident and very talented jewelry maker is leading the Watermark University class The Art of Beading. The class will cover designing, stringing and creating personalized jewelry.The class meets every Thursday at 2:00pm in the Art Room. The first class was very well attended and each participant made a wearable strand of beads. Liana expressed that […]