Posts by: Kristen Cray

August 4, 2017

Tohono Chul Presentation

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Tohono Chul has been coming to give presentations on different topics about our Sonoran Desert. This past presentation was extra special because we learned all about how Native Americans used different plants to survive in the desert. We even got to taste some of the things they would eat like the prickly pear fruit. It was sweet […]

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August 4, 2017

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

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August 2nd was National Ice Cream Sandwich Day and residents at The Inn & Gardens celebrated by making their own! They got to choose the cookie and the yummy ice cream for the middle. The most popular ice cream flavor for this sweet messy treat was Mocha Fudge. Yum!

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July 25, 2017

Outing to The Center for Creative Photography

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Residents from The Inn & Gardens went to the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography. The exhibit featured was the work of Wynn Bullock. It showed all of his creative techniques and his artistic progression through out the years. The residents really enjoyed the exhibit. It was a great way to get out for […]

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July 18, 2017

Reminiscing with Friends

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There is nothing better to do on a gloomy day than getting together with friends and pulling out photo albums. That is what the ladies at The Gardens did today and they had a blast! They got to look back on some wonderful memories and talk about them with friends. It’s the little things that […]

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July 17, 2017

Random Act of Kindness

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Today residents form the Casitas dropped off scrapbooks for The Gardens residents. The ladies made these books after attending our Alzheimer’s Support Group. They learned that people with Alzheimer’s respond well and enjoy looking at pictures from magazines. The scrapbooks are filled with great photos that The Gardens residents are really enjoying. Thank you so […]

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July 14, 2017

Delicious Family BBQ at The Gardens!

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Residents and family members at The Gardens really loved our BBQ yesterday. Dinning Manger Rafael did a great job manning the grill filled with delicious kabobs! The beef tenderloin was tender and cooked to perfection. We also enjoyed asparagus, rice and then peach cobbler! Yum! We can’t wait to taste what he will cook at […]

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July 7, 2017

Watermelon Eating Contest

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Residents and staff from The Inn & Gardens participated in a watermelon eating contest. Every year we like to hold this traditional summer game and always have a blast. Prizes were awarded and everyone that cheered them on also got some delicious watermelon to eat!

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July 6, 2017

Stars & Stripes Craft

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For the 4th of July we had residents at The Inn & Gardens help make some patriotic decorations. They always enjoy doing crafts and always make beautiful creations. The ladies loved painting and picking out the fun ribbon to really make their stars shine! It was the perfect way to work up an appetite for […]

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July 6, 2017

Music & Memory at The Gardens

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Today the residents at The Gardens got their iPods back from our friends at SAACA, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliances. We have had this program at The Gardens for over a year but with so many new residents we had SAACA come back to interview and show them how to use their iPods. Each […]

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July 6, 2017

Patriotic Bingo

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Residents at The Inn really enjoyed our patriotic spin on bingo. April read clues about Washington D.C. that related to a picture on the players cards. Not only did they have fun but they learned new things about our nations capital! Lots of the residents knew the answers and talked about their trips they’ve taken […]

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July 6, 2017

Patriotic Sing Along with Joe Hanson

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Residents from both The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a patriotic sing along with Joe Hanson. They sang all the military songs as well as a few summertime favorites. To go along with the music, the Community Life gals passed out a sweet and salty popcorn mix and a pina colada! The residents really enjoyed the […]

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July 6, 2017

Resident Crazy Hat Dinner

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We always have fun at our resident choice crazy hat dinner. This year we made it extra crazy by having balloon artist Uncle Willy help make fun hats, puppy dogs, flowers and hearts! Residents at both The Inn & Gardens had a blast! They also enjoyed the fried chicken and baked beans. Community Life provided hats […]

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June 21, 2017

A Caring Craft

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The residents at The Inn & Gardens made kitty scratching posts for the Pawsitivity Cats Shelter. Nikki our SAACA, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliances, provided art teacher is a volunteer there along with our front desk concierge Carol. They came up with the idea to have us help by making something the cats need. […]

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June 20, 2017

Coloring Therapy at The Gardens

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The residents at The Gardens in lieu of going on a bus ride, decided to color. This activity not only was relaxing but a fun way for the ladies to catch up while they worked. When the heat has you wanting to stay inside, there is no better activity than getting to be with friends!

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June 15, 2017

UofA History of Pharmacy Museum Outing

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Residents from both The Inn & Gardens enjoyed an outing to one of the University of Arizona’s best kept secrets! The History of Pharmacy Museum is located in the College of Pharmacy building. There are many displays spread out in the building that replicate old fashion drug stores. The museum houses artifacts dating as far […]

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June 14, 2017

Making Homemade Dog Treats

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Residents from The Inn & Gardens made homemade dog treats today! All of the residents love our furry four legged friends and wanted to make them something special when they visit. The treats were made of oatmeal, bananas and peanut butter. It was a easy but delicious recipe. We had Dennis, our Exercise Instructor, give […]

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June 6, 2017

Healthy Brownies!

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Yes they do exist! Residents at The Inn & Gardens enjoyed baking a healthier brownie by replacing butter and oil with avocado! Avocados are a great source of potassium and fiber, while also helping to lower bad cholesterols and so many other wonderful health benefits! The best part is, avocados don’t have a strong taste, so the chocolate […]

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May 19, 2017

Extraordinary Outing to Charron Vineyards

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Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed the gorgeous weather yesterday by going wine tasting at Vail’s Charron Vineyards. Charron Vineyards is one of Southern Arizona’s oldest vineyards. The residents got to try six different wines and picnic baskets filled with goodies on the patio. They also got to enjoy the scenic view of the vineyards and the […]

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May 16, 2017

Pizza Party with Flowing Wells High School

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Our friends at Flowing Wells High School enjoyed a pizza party with the residents at The Inn. The students come every week through out the school year and as a way to say thank you to the residents they wanted to throw an end of the year party! Residents loved getting to have lunch with […]

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May 11, 2017

Geology with Kermit

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We had our first Watermark University Geology class with Kermit today, and it was a hit! Kermit is one of our bus drivers that has loads of information to share. He is a Tucson native and worked as a tour guide at the mines. He knows all there is to know about rocks and minerals. […]

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May 3, 2017

May 2017 Newsletters & Calendars for The Inn & Gardens

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May is extraordinary because we are going on a special outing to a Vineyard! We are also having a fashion show and a Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Come by to join in on the fun! » May 2017 Newsletter & Calendar – The Inn » May 2017 Newsletter & Calendar – The Gardens

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April 25, 2017

Night Under the Stars!

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Even though the stars weren’t quite out yet, we enjoyed our first outdoor entertainment of the year with Amber Norgaard! She is a favorite of residents at The Inn. We also served delicious drinks to go along with the great music. Everyone was singing along! This went so well that we will start providing evening […]

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April 25, 2017

Outing to the Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Residents form The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a beautiful spring day at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. What made this trip extra special is that the garden was selected to host the Frida Kahlo expo on her life, art and her garden. There was a replica of the garden she kept in her Mexico City home […]

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April 25, 2017

Creative Cocktails: April Showers

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Every last Monday of the month we try a fun new drink! This month we had fun making everyone’s favorite drink a little more festive by making it blue! Everyone loved this fun and unexpected color! These drinks are as good as they look.

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April 12, 2017

St. Andrews Sisters Spring Concert

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The lobby and library at The Inn was packed with residents from both The Inn & Gardens to listen to the wonderful music of the St. Andrews Sisters. This wonderful group comes twice a year to perform for our residents and they always draw a big crowd! We also had a carrot cake social to go […]

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April 5, 2017

Flower Arrangement Committee

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Today we kicked off our new committee at The Inn, The Flower Arrangement Committee! At the beginning of each month, residents will help make flower arrangements to put all throughout the community. Today we made Spring and Easter theme bouquets and they turned out beautiful! It was a fun way to start the day and […]

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April 3, 2017

La Encantada Mall Walk

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Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed walking a new mall with Bayada, La Encantada! This gorgeous outdoor mall was great for a warm but cool spring day! We loved getting to go somewhere different and window shop. We will have to return here when the weather permits.

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March 29, 2017

Outing to the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson

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Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a beautiful day at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, located downtown on Court St. We enjoyed hearing the two docents talk about how life was like back when Tucson was a Presidio in the 1700s. We learned all about how the fort came to Tucson and all […]

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March 28, 2017

Gorgeous Tucson Weather

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This past week has been full of beautiful sunny skies and cool breezes. It is the perfect time to grab a sun hat, a cool drink and good friends and head outside! That is exactly what residents at The Gardens did today! They soaked up the gorgeous weather while some waited to go over to […]

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March 23, 2017

Ladies Tea Party with Laguna Elementary

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We welcomed a very special guest from a Laguna Elementary after school group called Girl to Girl. They came to have a tea party with us to practice their etiquette. It was a lot of fun for all the ladies in the room! The young ladies also brought a homemade butterfly doll that they gave to the […]

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March 22, 2017

Spring has Sprung!

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Spring is here, and to celebrate, we made Japanese paper lanterns with Nikki in our visual arts class. Residents not only got to decorate these lamps but they also helped make the stamps that they used to fill the paper lanterns full of beautiful flowers! Some residents kept their lanterns while others let the Community […]

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March 22, 2017

Irish Dancing!

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This past weekend in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we had dancers from the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance! These dancers put on a wonderful show that had residents at all levels of care got to enjoy. Not only was the dancing great, but so were all the beautiful costumes. We can’t wait until they come […]

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March 1, 2017

Music Memories

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Our most recent Music Memories class was a big hit! We learned all about the top songs and artists of the 1950s. The residents really enjoyed all the Elvis! After the Community Life girls (Abby and Kristen) went over the featured songs, they took requests. Everyone was singing, dancing and smiling with each song! Next class we will […]

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March 1, 2017

Mardi Gras Fun

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We had a ball yesterday at our Mardi Gras celebration! We started the festivities by making Mardi Gras masks with Nikki, in our visual art class. Everyone’s mask was unique and festive for the day. Then afterward, we had our King Cake social! We learned about Mardi Gras history, traditions, how many people celebrate the holiday and of […]

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March 1, 2017

March 2017 Newsletters & Calendars for The Inn & Gardens

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“May joy and peace surround you, contentment latch your door, and happiness be with you now and bless you evermore!” ~ An Irish Blessing March is the start of spring! Come join in on all the fun things we have planned this month! » March 2017 Inn Newsletter & Calendar » March 2017 Gardens Newsletter […]

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February 21, 2017

Outing to The Tucson Rodeo Museum

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Tucson is known for its Rodeo. Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed learning all about Tucson’s history. We saw lots of wagons and historical replicas of how life was in Tucson years ago. An extra special moment came when Dr. Bob got to sign The Storks Nest window. Doc was born in Tucson and […]

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February 21, 2017

Wine & Paint Night!

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Residents at The Inn enjoyed an evening filled with painting, laughter and wine! Nikki, from our Visual Arts class, helped us learn how to create our very own masterpieces. Anyone with any art skill level could join in on the fun. Everyone’s art turned out different and everyone loved the wine! Thank you Nikki and […]

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February 21, 2017

Valentine’s Dance at The Gardens

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The Gardens had a special Valentine’s Day Dance with the CDO students who visit them each week. We enjoyed a yummy lunch together and then danced the day away with music provided by Wild Bill! It was a great way to celebrate Valentines Day!

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February 2, 2017

February 2017 Thrive Newsletters & Calendars for The Inn & Gardens

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This month we are focusing on our emotional well-being! We have an amazing Alzheimer’s Support Group that meets at The Inn every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Call The Inn for more information or come join in on any of our activities! » February 2017 Inn Newsletter & Calendar » February 2017 Gardens Newsletter […]

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January 30, 2017

Word Whimsy with Carol

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Last week we started a new writing therapy class at The Inn with our front desk receptionist Carol Hayden. Carol has always been a writer and has taught Watermark University writing classes in the past. This class is different from the rest! It is a freestyle poetry and writing class. She took words like happy, calm, […]

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January 30, 2017

Therapy Dog Visit at The Gardens

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We love when our furry four legged friends come to visit us on Sunday afternoons. Today we were treated with an extra visit from a therapy dog in training named Champ. This cutie is 7 years old and already a pro therapy dog. We can’t wait for more visits from Champ in the future!

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January 23, 2017

Outing to Sonoran Glass School & McDonalds Run!

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This past week residents from The Inn & Gardens got to experience craftsmanship first hand by going to see glass blowing at Sonoran Glass School! We have never been here before so it was so exciting to see something new. Many of the residents, staff and family members had never seen glass blowing. It is […]

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January 5, 2017

Vegetables instead of paint brushes?

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That is exactly what Nikki surprised residents with at The Inn & Gardens in her last class. We used lemons, limes and celery cut in half. It left a very cool pattern on our felt. We will be using these patterns to make a purse! What a creative way to create something beautiful!

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January 5, 2017

Special Guest Bingo Caller!

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Today, residents at The Inn were surprised with a special guest bingo caller, our Dining Manager John! The residents always enjoy when John pops by to see who is winning but they loved it even more today when he volunteered to call a few rounds! He brought lots of luck to people because many bingos […]

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January 5, 2017

Hymn Singing with Darryl

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One of our most popular artists that performs for us at The Gardens is Darryl Churchill. His hymns on Wednesday mornings always draws a crowd. Residents, associates and family members fill our living room as we listen to the beautiful music. In this picture he brought along his friend. It was a beautiful performance that got […]

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